OLD PERSONAL ITEMS: Stuffed animals, clothing, bedding... do you keep yours and if so, how long?

  • HndsmKansan

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    May 22, 2012 1:09 PM GMT
    One of the interesting points of having a partner, they assess your habits!
    It was pointed out to me that I tended to keep old coats (still have one from when I was a senior in high school, in great shape) and yeah, a little strange, I used to have every bedspread or comforter used on my beds since I exited the crib.

    Now I'm no hoarder (LOL), I take care of my stuff, but there is a limit. When I moved into my new home several years ago, I ditched about half of my old
    comforters, still have the chenille bedspread I had when I was 3. I really don't keep many old clothing pieces... just have a few. Nothing like old sheets or shirts now particularly..... but I do have a huge number of old Christmas decorations, many of them I had as a child (and lets not talk about old stuffed
    animals...in a box!)

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    So how much old personal items do you retain? Do you have them or your
    parents? When do you throw them or give them away?
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    May 22, 2012 1:15 PM GMT
    Over the last 7 years I've lived in 4 different countries, 7 different towns and cities, 15 different apartments. Not sure what's in store for me now, but I certainly won't be collecting much stuff. icon_wink.gif
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    May 22, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    I keep way too much stuff, like my 8th grade graduation suit! It's in a trunk in our storage room, and I just never saw a reason to toss it. It was my first good suit. I keep some other old clothes for sentimental reasons, tees, a couple pairs of jeans. Mostly I do get rid of old clothes, but some seem to evoke a time in my life so I keep them.
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    May 22, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
    Last week my bf and I had a garage sale and got rid of many years of accumulation. Clothes, furniture, stereo equipment, CDs, dishes, kitchen appliances, tools,etc. What we did not sell we dropped off at a local charity resale. We also threw out a bunch of crap like paperwork we had held onto for too many years and useless things like remotes to devices we had gotten rid of years ago. I am enjoying the space and lack of clutter. Sometimes you just need to let go.
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    May 22, 2012 2:49 PM GMT
    I just did a purge. Got rid of all my college papers, notes, etc. The only thing I kept was my high school transcripts. God I was a bad student.
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    May 22, 2012 2:56 PM GMT
    I have moved a lot - since college I've had a few apartments, and six houses. You learn to organize and keep just what you want that way. I bought rooms full of furniture, artwork, etc. from my grandparents right after college when they were downsizing. I still have many of those pieces, and they mean much more to me than new furniture from a store. One of my personal favorite items is a complete set of Limoges china from 1881.......formal service for 12. Each dish is wrapped and although this is not something I use much, just knowing the history of the set makes it fun to have.
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    May 22, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
    Purging feels frakking great! I go through my closet once or twice a year. Paperwork once a year. Last year, we hired someone to clean out the basement and garage. Basically, if it was in those places and forgotten about, we didn't need it.

    As for stuffed animal, we don't have it in our hearts to get rid of the ones we've given to each other over the years.
  • kuroshiro

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    May 22, 2012 3:29 PM GMT
    I have my textbooks and class notes from college... which I flip through a couple times a year. I've had some interesting discussions with people and it's awesome to page back through to find stuff. Other than that, I don't really have much... just a bunch of books. The only stuffed animal I have is a 26 year old teddy bear from my dearly departed grandma that I'll probably be buried with icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 22, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
    I have a few things that have value only to me for reasons different then the intent of them when they were made.

    Other then that, my rule of thumb is, for each new thing that comes in my home the old one must go.

    So, not much and not long except for the very few things I will keep until I die.
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    May 22, 2012 3:46 PM GMT
    I'm a bad gay. I tend to keep my underware 'till it falls apart.
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    May 22, 2012 5:21 PM GMT
    I've moved about 8 times in the past 7 years. Each time I pretty much purged old stuff. I do have some things in some boxes in my garage, but it's only a few boxes. I used to be pretty bad about keeping everything. I only have a few items that are really old like pictures, yearbooks, stuff from my Dad after he passed.
  • Musicman91

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    May 22, 2012 5:45 PM GMT
    I have a blanket with the 101 Dalmations on it that I've had since I was about 3 or 4. I also have a few stuffed animals a bear, rabbit and a snake. I use to have more but I have gotten rid of it over the last few months.
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    May 22, 2012 6:02 PM GMT
    Always being mobile, not even having a place of my own for a while I had to give a lot of my things away, others into thrash. It's hard to let go of things, but I hold on dearly to few small things I've got. Cause of that I'm not a packrat person, and have an almost phobia for hoarding/hoarders. Sentimental and things that actually get use and stored away neatly are fine. Anything should be a hand me down, charity item or thrown away. Just saying.
  • patmos9990

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    May 22, 2012 6:18 PM GMT
    I still have my favorite stuffed animal sitting on my dresser. If you really know me, you know his name.
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    May 22, 2012 6:28 PM GMT
    I've saved one set of antique dressers that ought to be enough to hold any family keepsakes. Barring farm equipment. However, I can't off-hand think of anything of mine that would go in there.
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    May 22, 2012 6:35 PM GMT
    Trollileo saidWhen I was younger (8-13) I'd pick up cheap Ty Beanie Babies from garage sales, yard sales, and thrift stores. I have a collection of well over 100. However, this was roughly the time I was going through my RPG phase. I'd use them as characters in my plays.

    I could never get rid of them. I have a stronger nostalgic connection with them than I even understand.
    A great mind once said, "First World Problems" sadly he's lost to us now... icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif
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    May 22, 2012 6:36 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI tend to purge regularly and donate items.
    How does the porcelain god repay you for your sacrifices?icon_neutral.gificon_neutral.gificon_neutral.gif
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    May 22, 2012 6:39 PM GMT
    We get rid of a bunch of stuff every so often and rarely regret it. Garage sale or donate to Goodwill (no donations to the homophobic Salvation Army).
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    May 22, 2012 6:40 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    JoyfullyRandom said
    Trollileo saidWhen I was younger (8-13) I'd pick up cheap Ty Beanie Babies from garage sales, yard sales, and thrift stores. I have a collection of well over 100. However, this was roughly the time I was going through my RPG phase. I'd use them as characters in my plays.

    I could never get rid of them. I have a stronger nostalgic connection with them than I even understand.
    A great mind once said, "First World Problems" sadly he's lost to us now... icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif
    This is not a First World Problem. It's a First World Delight. The fact that I remember the names, character attributes, personality strengths and weaknesses of each is testament to how insane I am.
    It takes sanity to be so cognitive, to question itself and to be aware... you're not insane, you're surrounded by moronic jerks.
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    May 22, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
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    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI tend to purge regularly and donate items.
    How does the porcelain god repay you for your sacrifices?icon_neutral.gificon_neutral.gificon_neutral.gif


    Oh they're not sacrifices...I'm so readily and happily eager to let those items go. icon_cool.gif
    Lol. Sorry, I read you statement thinking you meant manorexia.
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    May 22, 2012 6:48 PM GMT
    Nothing like a good sized tornado or fire to make you realize how painfully stupid it is to collect stuff.
    If it's not valuable enough to have on: an insurance form, prenup, or notarized domestic partnership statement, then toss it when your done with it.

    Hypocritical; however, it's taking me way to long to up load all my CDs , I still have more hard bound books than I can beleive I've read and my partners collection of frogs is cute as hell, but knowing all I need to grab in a disaster is my external hard drive, is comforting.
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    May 22, 2012 6:53 PM GMT
    I have a tiny condo so I really have no choice but to "keep the inventory down." icon_smile.gif I like it that way though.
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    May 22, 2012 6:56 PM GMT
    Tenebroism saidI have a tiny condo so I really have no choice but to "keep the inventory down." icon_smile.gif I like it that way though.
    Excellent! I'll get one of those.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 22, 2012 6:59 PM GMT
    I am amazed how much stuff gets collected without intending to do so. Combine that with the stuff you want to keep and you can have a problem.

    I remember before we sold our family home in 2004, I spent time hauling out several truckloads of stuff from our garage and got rid of it. When we did move, it has hard enough after all the years of owning the home (we moved there when I was 6). I think getting rid of excess stuff on a regular basis, either through donation......or just giving it up makes much sense.
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    May 22, 2012 6:59 PM GMT
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    Tenebroism saidI have a tiny condo so I really have no choice but to "keep the inventory down." icon_smile.gif I like it that way though.
    Excellent! I'll get one of those.
    I can't tell you how much nicer it is having less space. Wish I had done it years ago.