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4 Obstacles to Decluttering — and How to Beat Them

Letting go can be hard, but it puts you more in control of your home's stuff and style. See if any of these notions are holding you back Full Story
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jamminmama
How did I, a lover of old, sentimental, and historical objects, raise children who don't care for antiques or shabby chic? By saving everything! A couple years ago my son said, "Mom, if I need furniture, it's not going to be from your garage." They've seen it all, and they don't want it. A word to the wise.

I've been working on letting things go for the past 3 years or so. I'm making progress, but it's slow-going. The books were the hardest, but I have an e-reader and can read the classics for free and many other books can be borrowed from the library. I've donated over 500 books and 5 bookcases, with more still to sort.

The book "To Buy or Not to Buy" changed my life. My problem is less shopaholic and more saveaholic, but the underlying issues discussed in the book are the same. My parents grew up poor in the Depression, and they taught me to save everything, and never turn down anything free. Now I am learning that free things are not always free, because I have to give up my time and space to keep them. Between freecycle, craigslist, and the thrift shops, I am moving things out. Others can use what I don't, and that leaves more room for family and friends.
July 15, 2014 at 9:12pm     
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chookchook2
They say every second generation has the opposite taste. By that logic, the grand kids should love what the kids hate?
July 15, 2014 at 9:19pm     
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7 Tips to Get With a New Minimalist Mentality

Feeling overwhelmed by your stuff? Here's how to pare down, simplify and keep just what you need and love at home Full Story
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Norma Sassone
Very well said, Mary Lou. One question I always ask my self is: "Why did my great grandmother or grandmother or mother get to shop and pick out things THEY loved and then I have to keep them, even though I don't really like them or they are not my taste?" Why shouldn't I have the same pleasure they had in choosing furniture or decor that speaks to me personally and is not just stuff I inherited and feel obliged to keep? And perhaps there is someone else out there who would really like my gramma's bedroom set or my mother's 1960's faux colonial dining furniture, when I'd really rather have modern decor. I am 65 years old and still cannot sell that dining set because it would break my 91 year old mother's heart! My kids, on the other hand, have no problems rejecting any hand-me-downs that their gramma or I try to foist on them!
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suzee_may
My house burnt down in March 2014. We were out at the time and so did not save anything. I wholeheartedly agree with you. The stuff that burnt was just stuff. Memories don't burn. I have tried to focus on the positive. There was nothing left - so I didn't have to sort through the rubble. We have moved into a furnished holiday unit while we wait to rebuild. Furnished holiday units have the bare minimum and we're surviving very well. I am in the not naturally organised category but with very few possessions, my unit is tidy. I plan to keep it this way when we rebuild.
July 10, 2014 at 4:36am   
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Your Total Home Organizing and Decluttering Guide

Take it slow or be a speed demon — this room-by-room approach to organizing and storage will get your home in shape no matter how you roll Full Story
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katelyn1953
@yellowfinch030. Not sure why that last commented posted here, it was intended for a different discussion. But since it did, these are essentially one box (6" deep with a plywood bottom and drain holes) sitting on top of a box built with 2x12" lumber. I've been able to grow almost any vegetable I've tried, other than carrots and corn.
July 11, 2014 at 7:04am   
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katelyn1953
Forgot to add, the airspace in the lower box allows soil in the upper box to warm earlier in the year and keeps out creeping weeds, airborne weeds are still a problem.
July 11, 2014 at 7:25am     
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How to Create an Inventory, Whether You're Naturally Organized or Not

Documenting your home items is essential, even if disaster seems unimaginable. And it may be easier than you think Full Story
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thedivinemscarla
Great article, I'm sorry this happened to you but thanks for the writing this. Our area was devastated with fires in a drought in 2011. End of story is our neighborhood ended up ok. But when the fires got close, we got ready to evacuate. I spent 30 minutes and opened every cabinet door and took photos (don't forget all the tools in the shed/garage) and uploaded to Flickr. One box got filled with handmade quilts and photos to go with us and it was weird but we were mentally ready to let our house go.
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eddyse
Thank you to audreyhg for reminding everyone of the importance of a public adjuster. I have been a PA for 6 years and take great pride in being able to represent the property owner. Most of my clients would not have been able to make full repairs with the settlements offered by the insurance company. I was able to get them the full amount they needed to bring their property back to pre loss condition. However, everything being written about creating an inventory, taking pictures, scanning or keeping receipts, etc. gives the PA the backup needed to process the claim. A loss in a home is devastating - fighting the insurance company just adds to the aggravation. Take all the advice that's been given !
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How to Choose a Lampshade

Height, width, shape ... we turn you on to all the info you need to pick the right shade for your lamp and your room Full Story
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Luminoso Design
great article! again! www.luminosodesign.com
April 23, 2014 at 7:33am     
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Zurleys
Some really nice table lamps, The Lauren Liess lamp is something different and i really like it.
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Old Furniture: Clean, Reupholster or Replace It?

A veteran upholstery cleaner weighs in on the options for found, inherited and thrift store furniture Full Story
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dchresto
Got this chair for 30.00. Any suggestions for fabric - it is going to go in my music room and tho the chair needs some work I think it is worth it. Thanks for any suggestions.
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Connie Long Interiors
Connie Long Interiors says:
Find a professional cleaner. I use FibeCon in Nashville and have had great results. They have an ozone chamber and with that, along with their expert cleaning experience, they have been able to salvage several unique used pieces for my clients and myself.
We have dealt with both cigarette and mold issues with great results.
They have even dealt with fire and smoke situations and of course the problems from our great flood several years ago.
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11 Reasons to Paint Your Interior Doors Black

Brush on some ebony paint and turn a dull doorway into a model of drop-dead sophistication Full Story
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Pattianne Madeo
I would NEVER paint our interior doors black. They are all original Heart Pine Craftsman style doors with rare 6 horizontal panels and as we finish restoring each room plan to use clear coat finishes to protect the wood from dirt and dust and show off the beauty of the grains. All of the huge windows will also be refinished this way (a fairly rare down here 9 pane top over single pane bottom and still the original 'wavy' glass.
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therebeldiva
I'm impressed! Never in all my years! Consider this DONE! Thanks for sharing!
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Design Workshop: 9 Ways to Open a House to the Outdoors

Explore some of the best ideas in indoor-outdoor living — and how to make the transitions work for both home and landscape Full Story
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dreamdoctor
Or even encouraged.
July 20, 2014 at 2:08pm     
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Shanghai Green Antiques
The sunset photo is taken from under the pergola or veranda (not sure what to call it, but it is attached on one side to the house!) at our White Surf home in Vero Beach Florida. The next photo is taken from the enterainment area on the ground floor - looking out at the resort pool. Final is the ideabook link which contains more pictures of this house, just in case anyone is interested in looking at our design equivalent of baby photos.

Vero Beach Florida - White Surf Oceanfront Home

Vero Beach Florida - White Surf Beachside Home

Ideabook: White Surf - Designing the Ultimate East Meets West Beach House
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16 Ways to Get More From Your Small Backyard

Make a tight or awkward yard a real destination with these design tricks from the pros Full Story
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perezgroup
Very nice!
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California Fence Company
I too have a small backyard and I think I can use some of the tips mentioned in the ideabook. But I think you have made use of too much of hardscaping which needs much time and efforts. Anyways the ideas were great. I would love to incorporate at mine.
July 10, 2014 at 2:50am   
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Bathroom Workbook: How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?

Learn what features to expect for $3,000 to $100,000-plus, to help you plan your bathroom remodel Full Story
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zannej
I have to agree with neny12972. If the installer did something wrong that is causing the pipes to back up, then the installer is responsible for fixing it at his own cost. This is one of the reasons why installers are supposed to have insurance. If they make a mistake and damage something else, they need to be able to pay for it.
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Lowe's of Orland Park, IL
This is one of the first realistic looks at bathroom remodeling budgets & scope definitions I have ever seen! Mitchell Parker definitely defines the difference between DIY & DIFM (Do It Yourself & Do It For Me)
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