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How much junk do you keep?

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rickman Tue 19-Apr-05 12:29:31

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compo Tue 19-Apr-05 12:32:29

Well personally I would love to throw it all away. But my dh is a hoarder. The loft is full of past cinema tickets, birthday cards, random letters and notes. I made an executive decision to recycle last year's Christmas cards. He wasn't too bothered but I would love to chuck all his junk away.

TheVillageIdiot Tue 19-Apr-05 12:35:19

I am a hoarder and I wish so much that I wasn't. I live in a 2 bed house with dd and my bedroom is just rammed with crap! I take a bin-liner up and end up thinking 'oh no I want that' etc

Why do I want it?? I won't look at it again until I take another bin liner up. at myself for being like this!

expatinscotland Tue 19-Apr-05 12:36:37

im a minimalist to the extent that i sometimes get rid of stuff and later wish i hadn't.

TheVillageIdiot Tue 19-Apr-05 12:37:22

very jealous of you expat

compo Tue 19-Apr-05 12:38:47

oh, and now dh wants an extension (probably to fill with even more crap!)

MarsLady Tue 19-Apr-05 12:38:53

all of it!

Chandra Tue 19-Apr-05 12:40:30

Select the best pictures and paste them in an album, distribute the rest between grannys, single aunts, and you can even recycle them as parts for Christmas cards, thank you cards etc.

SkiBunnyFlummy Tue 19-Apr-05 12:42:28

the only solution is to move house at least once every three years. it is irritating beyond belief to keep packaging up crap to be shifted (by paid help) and dumped in lovely new home.

then you realise don't need it.

my mum framed about 4 pictures we had done as kids, and a couple of stories and put them up in the bathroom. binned the rest.

Frizbe Tue 19-Apr-05 12:44:41

well done to your mum, our house is filled with crap, dh is a hoarder and he's passed the habit onto ss......dd is in training to use the bin!

Chandra Tue 19-Apr-05 12:47:17

To avoid the need for extensions, look at your clutter size and decide how much it's its real money value, then decide what do you need to keep it (i.e. board the attic, a bigger house, a garage, etc), calculate the cost of the extension/move. Then bin the clutter and use the extension/attic/garage money on a family holiday which would bring more memories that a bunch of paper.

purpleturtle Tue 19-Apr-05 12:51:18

I keep a few pictures - first one from nursery, really good ones, etc - they're in a box file for each child, along with the important things like birth certificates and bonus bonds. I've got their first birthday cards (I think). Christening cards and birth announcement cards are stuck into albums. Everything else goes in the bin!

I also have a drawer full of photos, which shouldn't expand too much now we've bought a digital camera

If you organise your crap, I find you can keep more of it

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