Re-thinking something I said a while back : LUSENET : Freedom! self reliance : One Thread

I said here and on another forum that we don't have as much stuff as other folks do. Well after getting rid of and storing stuff in the barn, and seeing all the boxes that won't be unpacked for quite awhile, I guess we do/did have a lot of stuff, it's just different stuff than what most people have. The barn is full of canning jars, chicken wire, garden tools, heating/a.c. equipment and tools, all waiting for a permanent home. The house is full of boxes of books, and kitchen equipment and homemade things and things to make homemade things and my husband's music equipment. What we don't have is a lot of clothes, there's very little jewelry, not much typical furniture, and most of our videos are pioneer/family movies.

-- Cindy (S.E.IN) (, September 23, 2001


I sure can relate, Cindy. I had a yard sale last Sat., sold a bunch of stuff and donated even more. I still dread the final sorting of stuff before we move next spring. We'll have to pay for storage for several months, so that's a factor, too. I hope I can do it a little at a time. It's hard to be objective--I have things that I'm having a terrible time "letting go" of. I've moved this crap half a dozen times, but when I look at the things that were gifts from my folks (both gone now), I can't let go.

-- Cathy in NY (, September 23, 2001.

Cathy, I was told by someone, regarding "stuff", to only keep it if it brings you joy every time you look at or use it. I thought that was a pretty good criteria. All the other stuff is just weighing you down.

-- Kathleen Sanderson (, September 23, 2001.

Cathy, if you use a UHAUL truck to move and the truck rental is a "one-way move" you are entitled to one month's free storage. Check it out.

-- Stephanie Nosacek (, September 24, 2001.

Stuff! Sometimes I think people leave things here when they come to visit, 'cause I sure don't remember buying it all!

-- eric in tn (, September 25, 2001.

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