I've been trying to deep clean the house and purge some things and I would like to thank the show Hoarders for motivating me and encouraging me to keep on track. My thought process usually goes like this:
What should I do with this? Throw it out?
That's still kind of useful! We can't throw that out, we might need that.
That's what those people on Hoarders say. Is that what we want? If keeping this item means that one day strangers may be sifting dead cats out of the crap piled up around our house, will that be worth it?
No. We can throw that out.
And it feels good to get rid of stuff. I also have a garage sale pile because I live in Garage Sale Central, but some things aren't even worth saving until then. I do feel bad for the landfill, but not bad enough to potentially end up on that show one day.
OMG that show is like a train wreck you hate to look but you can't help it.
taht show freaks the shit out of me....how in the hell can people live like that?
I need to do this so bad, but it seems like something else is always getting in the way, like Law & Order reruns. Seriously I'm so lazy. Gah.
I cannot watch that show. I hate clutter and it makes me hyperventilate! I throw EVERYTHING away when I'm cleaning. My husband gets so mad when I throw away socks, pennies, mail, his magazines, pay stubs, etc. We always have to scramble to find the proper paperwork when it is time to renew license plates because I just throw paper away without looking to see if it is important.
The episode with the dead cats...that made me sick to my stomach. Blah.
I love a good deep clean! I feel so accomplished afterward...so on top of things....then the kids come home...and the dogs tear something up...the cat knocks something over...my husband comes home...
It's nice while it lasts! lol!
I toss things on a regular basis as well. My mom hangs onto mail WAY too long, my parents office is a royal wreck & it makes me crazy. Plus, being military, we have to be under a certain weight when we move or we're charged so I have motivation to stay fairly clutter-free. Luckily, however, our books, Ryan's military gear and all of my sewing stuff doesn't count towards our weight. :) That weight limit does make me fairly choosy when it comes to sentimentality. I have one tub of baby stuff that I've kept. I can't get crazy.
All I have to do is go to my mom's house. That cures me of saving crap real quick!! I keep telling my mom she better really enjoy her stuff cause after she dies it's all going in a garage sale or on ebay!
I'm on a purging spree too. I have no idea where the crap comes from, b/c I don't buy anything but food these days since we are poor and all. I just filled the back of my van and brought it to the shelter, but I had a garage sale just a year ago!
If there is something I haven't touched in a year, I throw it out. Special occasion clothing excluded, it works out pretty well!
There's this electronic scanner thing you can use to save old bills/receipts/etc., if you want to hold faith in technology. If not, I see it as the equivalent of accidentally throwing something away and not the end of the world.
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