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lynnm1947 posted 2/22/2014 12:12 PM

Is this the most-hated chore of ALL time--or just the most-hated chore for ME? My basement is unfinished, not really high enough to stand upright in, and all storage. I'm down there today digging it out because I want to find things I know I can use at the new country house. Oy! There are boxes down there from my move to Toronto in 1998 that have not been opened since.

So, here's the thing: I am opening boxes and spending as much time mooning and ooohing and aaaahing over my daughter's teenage formal dresses and her baby tutus as I am finding stuff for the cottage. It's slow going!

Lucky2HaveMe posted 2/22/2014 13:35 PM

There are boxes down there from my move to Toronto in 1998 that have not been opened since.

If you have not wanted/needed anything in these boxes in the last 16 years, you can be pretty sure you dont' need it now!

*They* would say to simply chuck those boxes without opening them. Ya, good luck with that!

BAB61 posted 2/22/2014 14:37 PM

Lynn - some advice from a FlyBaby (if you want to check out Flylady.com it's about clearing clutter out of your life - if not that's ok).

Get the boxes out of the storage area - set up 2 laundry baskets and 1 trash bag. Sort the boxes into them, labeled: Keep, Give-Away, Throw-Away. Keep the things you love, Give-Away the things you no longer love that are useable, Throw-Away the trash.

Set a timer and do 15 min at a time. In between the de-cluttering of the storage stuff do other household chores or relax for 15 min at a time. It's amazing how much you can get done in 15 min increments!

jrc1963 posted 2/22/2014 14:40 PM

I don't have a basement!

Also, I'm the complete opposite of a pack rat... I get rid of stuff so fast I sometimes end up having to go buy it again.

But when you move every two years you tend to declutter and downsize frequently.

FWSO is the pack rat... He won't even throw away used paper towels!!

persevere posted 2/22/2014 14:56 PM

Get the boxes out of the storage area - set up 2 laundry baskets and 1 trash bag. Sort the boxes into them, labeled: Keep, Give-Away, Throw-Away. Keep the things you love, Give-Away the things you no longer love that are useable, Throw-Away the trash.

Set a timer and do 15 min at a time. In between the de-cluttering of the storage stuff do other household chores or relax for 15 min at a time. It's amazing how much you can get done in 15 min increments!

This is wonderful! I need to get started on my garage and this will help immensely! I need to take a look at that site! Thank you!

lynnm1947 posted 2/22/2014 15:21 PM

I'm not really a packrat. I downsized from a huge house to a much smaller space when I moved to Toronto from Niagara in 1998. Knew I'd one day have more room, so I didn't get rid of much. I have household stuff that will now come in handy in my new country house. Found loads: 24 wine glasses, patio stuff like galvanized ice buckets for wine, an entire 8-setting casual stoneware set, two high stools for the kitchen (I'll sand and paint them in an accent colour first), picnic bags for toting gear to the fabulous sand dune beach that will be only minutes away, a huge wooden salad bowl and tongs, a cheese board with pickle trays, fruit nappies, placemats and napkins.........and so on.

My daughter's formal dresses--yeah, one day I SHOULD get rid of those, but they were all bought in Paris and are absolutely stunning. I keep thinking that one day my granddaughters will think they are vintage--LOL--and be excited to have them for their own formal dances. I didn't save many of her dance performance clothes, but her first pink tutu from when she was 4, yes, I saved that! Some things are worth saving!

I also found my raclette grill that I haven't seen since I moved into this house from a condo! My daughter mentioned yesterday that she wanted to borrow it for a raclette party--and that's when I realized I didn't know where it was! So, the basement crawl was a success. I now need a chiro, though.

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