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What rules of thumb do you use when deciding to get rid of stuff?

Posted on 2/01/10 at 8:35 PM By BISSELL | 123 Replies

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Michael West

Muncie, IN

94 Community Rewards Points

Anything i have not used in quite a while, i toss. On occasion i regret it when i suddenly find a use for something i threw away or realize many years later it has collectors value. Like most everything i had as a child is either rare or has some resell value now.

Posted on 3/07/10 at 9:01 AM


Hesperia, CA

142 Community Rewards Points

sorry about my spelling and punctuation, my cell doesnt like this discussion board

Posted on 3/04/10 at 3:13 PM


Hesperia, CA

142 Community Rewards Points

i go by a year...if i havent used it in the past year, i toss it. just cause some things are seasonal. like my roaster...i use it during the holidays but not in the summmer cause it heats up the house wrose than the oven.

Posted on 3/04/10 at 3:09 PM

Maria Martin

Salem, IL

145 Community Rewards Points

If I haven't used it in 6 mo. to a year and it's not worth anything I throw it away. I can't function in clutter so it's easy for me :)

Posted on 3/30/10 at 11:43 AM

John Niejadlik

Clifton, NJ

320 Community Rewards Points

if it hasnt been used in a year, or i cant figure out what it is or where its from, then it goes

Posted on 3/29/10 at 11:49 AM

Sandra Goebel

Cape Coral, FL

247 Community Rewards Points

If I haven't used it in 2 years, it is out of here.

Posted on 3/28/10 at 5:14 PM


Mansfield, OH

905 Community Rewards Points

I clean all the closets and storage areas once a year, and if I haven't used or worn an item.. it goes to Goodwill.

Also, since my apartment is kinda small and I live alone, I have a rule: For every new item I bring into my house, something else has to go OUT!  So if I buy a new pair of shoes, I find my oldest/least liked pair and give them to Goodwill.

Then to further be "Green" and try to recycle, I also pass on as much as I can so it continues to be of use to someone else before it eventually has to be thrown out.  I found a local laundry mat that gladly takes my last months magazines, so I just cut my name off the cover and pass them along.. getting much more use out of the paper used to make the magazine and also keeping to my rule of when something comes in.. something goes out.

It's just d<span lang="EN">iscipline, but it keeps my house very tidy and organized.</span>

<span lang="EN">Also, consider it a boost to good Karma and offer to give things you no longer use to a neighbor or friend. I just got a new convection oven, so I gave the delivery man my old (still working) oven and he was thrilled. Then since I didn't need my little convection toaster oven anymore, I gave that to my downstairs neighbor and she uses it all the time now.



Posted on 3/26/10 at 10:35 PM

marcia beuten

jeannette, PA

201 Community Rewards Points

i simply think 'do i really need to keep this' and if any hesitation, i toss it out or if i say 'i forgot i had this' then it's time to get rid of it

Posted on 3/16/10 at 4:53 PM

Andria Newton

O'Neill, NE

102 Community Rewards Points

I go by 6 months to a year or I think about do I really want to keep looking at it or not??????? Watch the show called Hoarders on A&E, Monday nights @ 9. See stuff like that and you'll be glad you can get rid of stuff. WOW

Posted on 3/15/10 at 8:22 PM

Megan Wagner

Valley, NE

281 Community Rewards Points

My general rule is a year.  If it hasn't been touched in a year, throw it away!

Posted on 3/10/10 at 3:14 PM
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