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Yes that is what we call it stuff. The things one accumulates over a lifetime. How can we all say oh, I will save that for later. Well later never comes and stuff piles up. We are committed now to take off and go sailing so we are cleaning out our basement which was a catch all. Kids things our things ect. Its just gota go ya know. It is taking time but we are gaining on it and we are both feeling much happier.

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Comment by Terri on April 3, 2009 at 2:55pm
When I sold my house a few years ago I too did the big purge. So I sit here today making the list of things I need for the boat, that I gave away...and will be buying again..yikes...
Comment by Rob on April 3, 2009 at 2:40pm
We're having a garage sale tomorrow because we're purging so much junk local bargains.

I like Marco's rule of 6 months, though we usually go with a year just because some things we may need next season. Books are certainly hard to part with, but what we're doing is if it's a reference book we almost never use but feel like we should have, I look to see if I can find the info online somewhere instead. If so, I don't feel so bad in letting a book go.
Comment by Marco Garcia on March 30, 2009 at 7:49am
We are in that process too. Our approach: Anything we have not used in more than 6 months goes. Anything that is broken (even if it can be repaired) goes. All the furniture goes. All the toys go (except a handful of them). The only thing I find hard to depart with is books. I know most of them will have to go, but I'm grabbing on them and giving my wife a hard time :-). Most of them are professional (read expensive) and political books, so very few people would want them anyway. Sending them back home would cost me a fortune, so I'm convincing myself that I'll do a big donation to the library here (Seychelles). I guess they'll end up with the best marine biology and physical oceanography book collections in the whole indian ocean :-).
Comment by Suky on March 29, 2009 at 11:38pm
Such great news ~!~! You just feel lighter for it !

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