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Old 11-26-2015, 04:00 AM   #1
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Hi there,

I started downsizing about two months ago. Now that I have orders to transfer and also finally purchased Randy's Trillium 4500 I got serious about it.

Last weekend I finally cleared out the remains of my 5x6 storage, (I've been living in a motel room since May and in a single room studio since before then.)

Although I still have a mid size wagon's worth of things, (packed tightly.) This includes my Military gear that was issued and doesn't belong to me personally but to Uncle Sam.

Knowing that I'm going to the warm Californian desert makes it a little easier because I am not keeping most of my winter gear.

Likely my tow vehicle will be a pick up truck and that will help with holding some stuff, (since I won't want to leave it in my living space and I do not want to get a storage.)

Any advice on how to trim down the final bit? Should I really keep old paperwork that I haven't looked at in years? I'm thinking I can scrap most of it.

Jen
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Old 11-26-2015, 04:26 AM   #2
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Hi Jen, a couple things. No idea what kind of paper work you mean but as far as IRS ect, you can look on line to see how long you need to keep things on hand. You may want to also reconsider getting rid of the winter things. It gets pretty cold in the desert in the winter, no snow but...........
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Old 11-26-2015, 04:50 AM   #3
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Hi, Jen. Consider scanning some of that paperwork. If you don't have ready access to a scanner, there may be a local service that can do it. Just be sure to make backups!
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PS. You can also use a smartphone with an app like TinyScan
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Old 01-02-2016, 06:19 PM   #4
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Thank you both!
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I'm a hoarder, so not a good person to be giving anyone advice.

However, I've been advised that if I haven't wore clothing in two years..get rid of it. Do I really need to keep clothing two sizes too small? You can always buy more if necessary.

Same with paper documents (except IRS documents) If you haven't needed to view it in two years, it's unlikely you ever will. Some medical records should be kept...but the list should be small.

Good luck with your move. Thank you for your service!

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Old 01-03-2016, 08:41 AM   #6
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I'm a hoarder, so not a good person to be giving anyone advice.

However, I've been advised that if I haven't wore clothing in two years..get rid of it. Do I really need to keep clothing two sizes too small? You can always buy more if necessary.

Same with paper documents (except IRS documents) If you haven't needed to view it in two years, it's unlikely you ever will. Some medical records should be kept...but the list should be small.

Good luck with your move. Thank you for your service!

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Thank you Bill,

I kept the birth certificate. !!

I read to turn all your hangers in your closet backwards and then when you use something turn the hanger normal and at the six month mark throw or give away anything that isn't turned normal unless it is a special piece.
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Thank you Bill,

I kept the birth certificate. !!

I read to turn all your hangers in your closet backwards and then when you use something turn the hanger normal and at the six month mark throw or give away anything that isn't turned normal unless it is a special piece.
Jen
Might want to wait 12 months in a location with four seasons...
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Old 01-06-2016, 05:56 AM   #8
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Might want to wait 12 months in a location with four seasons...
That makes sense! Although I failed to mention the article said to start on January 1st. I guess that would give you a half year's worth of seasons.


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When we were talking about clutter my daughter said "Someone told me to hold each thing you own in your hands. If it doesn't bring you pure joy, get rid of it.
That just doesn't work for me. We would have a kitchen with no pots, dishes, or cutlery... No toilet paper, etc. and what if something doesn't bring you joy, but it does to someone else who lives there?" (This daughter just isn't interested in cooking and general housework).


Actually I have downsized a lot over the last twenty years (no kids means less stuff, of course. Some sports equipment is no longer useful to us - so we sold it. Who needs two sets of measuring spoons? 6 dozen juice glasses? Ancient paperwork and books we'll never read again?
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.....Who needs two sets of measuring spoons? 6 dozen juice glasses? Ancient paperwork and books we'll never read again?
Well, sadly it seems that my wife and I do!

We have at least 3 set of measuring spoons, and my wife just bought a real neat looking set of heavy stainless measuring spoons!

Plastic and glass drinking glasses are stored everywhere! Hey, we might need them if 100 people come for lunch tomorrow! Yeah sure!

My wife has three sewing machines as I just order her a new one for Christmas. I have auto and woodworking tools that haven't seen the light of days in years, But, sure enough if I sell or give them away...I'd need them the next day!

I'd love to get rid of most of our extra stuff...and we really have tried...but, it's hard to follow thru with the actual disposal!

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Old 01-11-2016, 05:59 PM   #11
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Well, sadly it seems that my wife and I do!

We have at least 3 set of measuring spoons, and my wife just bought a real neat looking set of heavy stainless measuring spoons!

Plastic and glass drinking glasses are stored everywhere! Hey, we might need them if 100 people come for lunch tomorrow! Yeah sure!

My wife has three sewing machines as I just order her a new one for Christmas. I have auto and woodworking tools that haven't seen the light of days in years, But, sure enough if I sell or give them away...I'd need them the next day!

I'd love to get rid of most of our extra stuff...and we really have tried...but, it's hard to follow thru with the actual disposal!

Bill
I'll be driving through Oklahoma on my way to Ft. Irwin and I, um, actually have been trying to find a sewing machine for a good deal! If you both might consider it, if you are near the route I'm driving!!

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I'll be driving through Oklahoma on my way to Ft. Irwin and I, um, actually have been trying to find a sewing machine for a good deal! If you both might consider it, if you are near the route I'm driving!!

Jen
Jen, I'm afraid she would sell one of our kids before she would part with any of her sewing stuff. She makes large quilts as a hobby and uses all three machines.

However, she recommends the less expensive of the three...the one I ordered for her for Christmas. She wanted it to sew thru the heavy cuffs of my jeans, and it does that without any problems/ She is now using the machine to make curtains for our Scamp.

It is a Singer 4423 Heavy duty sewing machine that I paid $126.76 with free shipping from Amazon. It arrived in about 5 days.

http://www.amazon.com/4423-Extra-Hig...sewing+machine

Of course,there are many sewing machines that can be purchased for much less, but, my wife has had good results with this one.

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I came across this book at Urban Outfitters the other day and was intrigued. I think you will be too.

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up By Marie Kondo - Urban Outfitters

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - The Japanese Art of De-cluttering and Tidying Up
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Product Sku: 36645786; Color Code: 000
This hardcover book about the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing is a bestseller that shares simple tips that have changed countless lives. (No, really!) If your place is a disaster area, Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo can teach you how to properly simplify and organize your home once, so you never have to do it again. With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house "spark joy" (and which don't), this book will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home - and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire. Published by Ten Speed Press.

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- Width: 5.20"
- Height: 7.30"
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It's not that hard.
If you don't care that much about it, drop it off at Goodwill.
If you care, but it serves no function, take a picture of it and save the picture.
It's how I convinced my daughter to let me toss her soccer trophies in the trash.
Don't think she's ever looked at the picture.
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