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Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Discussion with Mr. Décor About Paring Down

Last Thursday I announced on the Décor To Adore Facebook page that the Mr. has two job interviews scheduled for this week and two more next week. Can I get a woo hoo?

In preparation we we’re hanging out in the closet selecting outfits and creating dry cleaning piles. I pulled down his necktie holder. I asked him to show me the ties that he has never worn and probably will never wear.

Six ties were selected. I pulled them off and put them in pile.

“What are you doing?” He inquired.

You know I have been cleaning and paring down hardcore for the past three weeks. Those are going in the garage sale pile.” I replied.

“But they don’t take up that much room. Why can’t I just keep them”?

Ladies… therein lies my biggest organizational obstacle.

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I’ve asked him to clean out the garage while he is home this week… :)

Tell me your stories.

Laura

11 comments :

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, my hubby doesn't know what it is to purge anything. He is totally a hoarder. I have to purge things when he isn't around and then he never misses them. Good luck with the garage.

Vicki said...

When I discovered Flylady.net several years ago and began to declutter our home, I would get so discouraged by Dan's lack of participation. But, after the house was completely clutter free(except for his stuff), whenever he would complain that he couldn't find something or complain about the clutter in the garage, I could sweetly, yet honestly proclaim "that's your stuff, mine has all been removed from the premises!" hahaha Slowly but surely (emphasis on slowly) he has been decluttering his stuff...

Lorrie said...

That brings a smile. But I can't empathize because my husband is a de-clutterer, too. Although you wouldn't know it by looking at his collection of every type of nail, screw, & washer in his shop. But he keeps everything organized so well. Puts me to shame.

Catherine Holman said...

I told my husband we are getting a dumpster and cleaning out the basement this spring and he went and bought someone's old album (records) collection and put them in plastic tubs (lots and lots of them) in the basement. I don't think he gets the concept of simplifying.

Deanna said...

Laura, The best to your hubby with the interviews. God bless. Moving has challenges, but think with your cleaning and clearing out you'll make the transition easier.

Right now, I am downsizing because we so need to. It has been a long drawn out process. Have a ways to go yet, but it's getting easier for me to throw stuff out.

Them there ties will make someone very happy! Some people make quilts out of them.

Have a delightful day,
d

Maureen Wyatt said...

When my husband left, just the clothes he left behind filled my car when I took them to the charity store. I filled the front yard with 'free' stuff he had hoarded in the basement. Luckily, more male hoarders came and took it all away!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

At our home...I am the one with all the "stuff".....however, when I ask my hubby to go through his part of the stuff...."that is all important!" I just gave up. Just telling you like it is!

Vel Criste said...

Hahaha! been there, done that! the funny thing is, they notice a lot more of OUR STUFF than theirs! LOL! Good luck Laura!

Kelley said...

There will come a day when he will shock you and say, "OK."

Recently, I went through our walk-in closet, too, purging and asking, purging and asking. Each time I asked, he selected and willingly said OK. I didn't act shocked, although I was. I did tell him I was proud of him, and that the young recipient of more than a dozen very gently worn polos, a half-dozen barely used tube socks (and the list goes on) was going to be thrilled. "Yeah, he really needs them, doesn't he?"

So, 33 years, folks. It may take 33 years, but it will happen.

*wink*
Kelley~

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Well its hard to get rid of things and we had to before the current home, but some things were just easier to pack rather than go through. However, when they sat in boxes at the new place for months, it was then easier to purge. I found ties were difficult for my spouse, so many had a memory. I found with my daughter that sometimes we just needed to take a photo and that was enough to let go. That said, I don't think I necessarily do any better than the rest of the family.

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

My husband will purge and clean everything, but very rarely does he get rid of ties. It's almost like a collection. He even wears one that was his Dad's. It's back in style now!
Go figure.