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The "Bag A Week" Club

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  • collage1collage1 Registered User Posts: 1,737 Senior Member
    Yes, great news for you, @swimcatsmom, and good luck!
  • swimcatsmomswimcatsmom Registered User Posts: 16,155 Senior Member
    @mom60 we have a $2000 deductible ant the carpet is 30 years old. We decided insurance wasn't going to cover anything so didn't report it.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 29,442 Senior Member
    @swimcatsmom - But is the damage only cosmetic? We had flooding that ended up with ceiling repair, new bathroom floor, and drying fans running in the hose for days. The estimate was truly shocking, and the settlement (after our $1000 deductible) was enough to cover our repair costs with a bit left over because I chose the repair teams carefully.
  • collage1collage1 Registered User Posts: 1,737 Senior Member
    D1 is moving across the country and, in an effort to help her, I stopped by her apartment that she's vacating at the end of the month and took 4 big bags of clothes, accessories, etc. from her and dropped them off at Good Will today. She also told me how much she's thrown away. I'm proud of her!
  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner Registered User Posts: 38,635 Senior Member
    edited May 25
    Interesting article on decluttering:

    http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190515-can-decluttering-your-house-really-spark-joy

    Wow:
    “For hoarders, objects can represent comfort and security,” says James Gregory, a clinical psychologist and expert on hoarding at the University of Bath. In the most extreme cases, hoarding is recognised as a medical disorder that can rob people of their quality of life. One study by researchers at Yale University used brain scans to show that for people with the disorder, throwing out objects activates a part of the brain that’s also responsible for processing pain.
  • HouseChatteHouseChatte Registered User Posts: 479 Member
    @VeryHappy then we're a pair -- I have to suppress jumpy claps whenever I go to Goodwill!
  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner Registered User Posts: 38,635 Senior Member
    edited May 26
    Make that three of us! Trips to unload stuff spark joy. I also can't stand flat surfaces covered with stuff, so two tables with nothing but an orchid in the middle spark joy to me. Mister knows better than leaving his crap on them. ;)
  • collage1collage1 Registered User Posts: 1,737 Senior Member
    ^^makes 4 of us. I LOVE getting things out of the house, into my trunk and dropped off at GW. My D is moving and had 4 bags for GW. I was visiting with her and near her house and offered to take them. She works f/t and lives in a city w/o a car and was thrilled to pass them off and I experienced joy when I dropped off HER bags at GW the next day!
  • sryrstresssryrstress Registered User Posts: 2,512 Senior Member
    Our 30 yard dumpster is mostly full. I kept it 3 weeks overdue (I know from experience they don't usually charge the full rate). I wanted it FULL! S1 added some remodel junk from his house and ours included a barn, shed, everything we could get from the house, and storage units.

    Had a contractor out to see about building a small loft in the barn for storage. I can move totes home and go through them more leisurely. I know I can pitch/donate more, as I was in a rapid downsize from 6000 SF, a fast forced sale, and going through 55 years of emotional weight. Yes, my mom had not thrown out *anything* from my childhood, and I had done the same with my kids. I tell my kids, "Do NOT do this." It doesn't matter if you have the room. Purge along the way.
  • HouseChatteHouseChatte Registered User Posts: 479 Member
    Another Goodwill run -- here come those jumpy claps! -- MIL had tens of linear feet of magazines she kept in those magazine file things. The periodicals are going to recycling, but the holders are a very tough vinyl-covered cardboard. I swear I feel like a lottery winner every time the donation center takes something like that ("Are you SURE?") but they swear they can both use and sell them.
  • oregon101oregon101 Registered User Posts: 5,485 Senior Member
    edited May 29
    Many bags ready to go. Cleaned out the hall closet. H contributed 1 pair of shoes and one decades old jacket that I have hated for years. My closet is quite reduced (in my case not such a good thing--I hate shopping and clothes in general)
    and some to go. I simply love to purge. Still swear it all procreates overnight.
    LOL H worked on the foot high of magazines and reduced by two magazines in over 1.5 hours. He leaves for 10 days soon and he will have 5 inches left of his stack when he returns. He was warned.
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