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Old March 21st, 2020, 08:58 PM #21
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Definitaly understand the overwhelming feeling. Taking frequent breaks (even just 5 minutes to walk outside and get some fresh air) helps me a lot.
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Old March 21st, 2020, 08:59 PM #22
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Been shoveling things in to my garage since I bought the house. Now I'm giving crap the heave ho and sending it packing. Didnt know what I would need but now that I do the balance is disappearing.

Someone buy the safe I have in the classifieds and help me out!!!
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Old March 21st, 2020, 10:21 PM #23
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One thing someone taught me.... as they were waffling on to pitch it or not.. take a photo.

That way, even when it is gone, still can have that picture as a memory. Not all things need physically saved.
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Old March 21st, 2020, 10:34 PM #24
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You nailed it. Over the past several months, we've been going through this process getting ready to put our house on the market. We've been here since 1996. Added on in 2011 and filled the new space. Overwhelming is an understatement. I even had to hire a small local moving company to haul boxes to a self storage unit. I guess I probably hauled 2 tons of stuff to the landfill. The hardest part was getting my wife on board. She had trouble parting with stuff. I did at first but after unloading stuff (either selling or pitching), it started to feel good. We got to the point of listing last week. The stager and photographer came last Friday and it hit the market the following Monday. Went under contract by noon.

It's a painful process. It's something that should be done every 5 years. Good luck.
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Everything excess got tossed in the attic for years. Old toys, clothes, shoes, boxes stuff came in... One of my goals if I get a Corona-cation this spring is to back the truck under the window and start shovelling shit out.

I have probably a thousand war books up there that need shelves built for. They won't go.
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I went through this with my wife and her sisters a couple years ago when my FIL died. WE had to clear out the house, full of things they loved and kept for years and years. They wanted very little of it. I did salvage a 22 rifle and a Ruger 22 pistol for my 2 oldest kids and I ended up with the .41 Derringer that he made from a kit. They threw things out left and right.

I ended up with a million pictures and slides from my wife's parents and grandparents to be added to the million pictures I had from when my Mother died. They just sat in boxes and with some of them being 100 years old they were deteriorating. I went to Staples and bought a flat bed scanner that would scan negatives and slides as well as doing multiple pictures at one time for about $125.

I scanned all those pictures and then dumped them. Made thumb drives for my brother, wife's sisters and a couple cousins and for our kids. Freed up a lot of storage space!
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Whenever my grandmother dies one day I dread having to clean the house out. So much stuff, some of it still in boxed and valuable but there is no way to easily sell the stuff.

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Mrs GnR and I are going to rent one of those giant dumpsters, the ones that are essentially the back end of a big truck ...



They drop it off, give you a period of time to fill it, and then come back when it's full to haul it away.



Hoping to clear out the basement, a small barn, and an old hunting camp that collapsed under the weight of a heavy snow way back in the 90s.
You'll probably need 2 of them. Seriously. They fill up fast.
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I hate throwing something away, and finding out next week you need it.
Doesn't really happen to most people. Seriously. What will you need next week that you've long forgotten about in some box buried deep in the basement? If it's something very expensive, you probably wouldn't have it stored away. Something you may need is cheap enough to go buy.
The liberation from being held hostage by crap is a worthwhile high.
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