Fenzi mimicry class
#21
I'm trying to spring/summer clean and get rid of things and have less stuff in my home and you people are not helping!   Frantic  I guess I can promise myself that I will get rid of 25 items and my reward will be the book. Tongue
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#22
Giggle That's a good way to look at it T&MM. We all know about the reward system and how well it works.  Wtg
Linda

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#23
I'm trying to go minimalist, but I can only do so much throwing out at a time, so it may take the rest of summer and into fall before I even start feeling like I'm getting somewhere.
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#24
Gideon's Mom, I understand.  I doubt I will ever be a minimalist but that is the goal.  It is an exhausting process.  So far, I have five bankers boxes of books that will be going to charity.  I think if I can manage to fill one more box I deserve the book. Big Grin
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#25
Yes, you do. I took about 400# of books to our library and about 200# of old magazines. Since I homeschool, I have kept old National Geographic magazines forever. It was time for them to go. Our library does a book sale fund raiser twice a year. I think this time I supplied all the books they will need.

I doubt I will ever truly be a minimalist, but I know I have tons of junk that I never use and my house isn't even cleanable right now because of all the stuff. My goal is to get to where everything has a place to belong. Then I will have earned a really nice reward.
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#26
I homeschool too and we have gotten rid of a ton of stuff over the past few years.   We are always donating things and yet my home is full of stuff!  I once gave a large stack of readers to my daughter's violin teacher.  She was very grateful and asked if she could give me something to offset what I had spent on the books.  I told her I purchased all of them second hand for 25-50 cents each and didn't pay the $4.00-$6.00 I would have had to pay retail and was grateful to get rid of them to someone with small children that would enjoy the books.  My youngest has very different interest from her older brother and sister and yet I have kept everything.  I have closets packed so full that the items threaten to fall on any innocent person that opens the door.  Right now I have the contents of three closets out in the main living area, it looks like I am moving out.  

I am in the same position that I can't keep my house clean because of all the stuff.  And unlike most of the people that write about minimalism I didn't get this way because of purchasing things I don't really need.  I got this way because I didn't get rid of things we used often but then outlived their usefulness.
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#27
Same. I have probably purchased 2 or 3 unneeded items in 20 years. I do have parents that garage sale and give me stuff I really don't need though. Maybe I can find a reward for myself that will make all the cleaning out worthwhile. Maybe if I got floor space I'd enjoy starting Fenzi classes, but I'll probably wait on that a couple more years. I don't need 2 kids and a dog in college, all at the same time.
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