One of My Resolutions for 2012

Real Estate Agent with Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)

Have you ever taken an inventory of your home for insurance purposes?   

If you have, you know what it takes.....days and days and days.  

After Christmas, I always have the urge to purge.  

So, as I did two years ago, this year will be another year of getting rid of one thing a day.

I can't stand clutter, and living with someone who collects...and collects for nearly intolerable for my psyche.

So, every so often I purge.  And, I try to keep meaningful things.  But, I learned an invaluable lesson some years ago.  And, that is sometimes you need to "pass things along".  And, a great way to do that is by taking a photo of the item, and keeping that instead of the item itself  

Photos take up very little space, especially digital ones that you can keep on a stick....or on the web.  

So, if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed as I am.  I suggest that for every item you bring into your home this year (except food, etc.), you let something go to a charity or recycle it .  

Remember, reuse, recycle and repurpose.  I guarantee that your life will be much improved as mine as this past year.  Less to clean and care for gives you more time for fun AND work.  

Try it for a month....let me know how it goes.  

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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Many of us need to purge our stuff.  A photo inventory of possessions is a great idea and a good item to include in our resolutions.

Happy New Year!

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Dec 26, 2011 12:20 PM #4
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Suzanne, good for you!  I have less clutter than I did a year ago.  Still, I'm a long way from the Zen minimalist I'd love to be!

Dec 26, 2011 01:12 PM #5
EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat
Russel Ray Photos - San Diego, CA

I clean out every six months, usually around the Fourth of July and then again at Christmas.

Hope you had a beautiful and blessed Christmas day. Wishing you all the best for 2012.

Dec 26, 2011 01:39 PM #6
Andrea Lueth
The Real Estate Experts - Sugar Land, TX
REALTOR - Sugar Land Texas Homes for Sale

This is a great reminder! I have to do the same, my three kids got a bunch of new stuff (2 birthdays and Christmas), gotta get rid of lots of the old stuff. I totally relate to living with someone who is a packrat collector. I just get rid of things when he's not around, unless I know it really is a treasured item. I love the 3 "R"s!

Happy New Years and Happy purging!!

Dec 26, 2011 05:45 PM #7
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

That makes me shudder.  But, I know before you throw give anything away, you will run it past a great antique collector.  Have fun!

Dec 27, 2011 12:27 AM #8
Drick Ward
NEPTUNE REALTY - Virginia Beach, VA
"RealtorDrick" - Experienced Representation

The week between Christmas and New Year's is an excellent time to purge - thanks for the timely advice.

Dec 27, 2011 07:00 AM #9
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I hope I can inspire you all to at least try it for a month.  It really doesn't take too long to do a closet or sometimes even a room.  And, you will feel so much relief when it is done!

Dec 27, 2011 07:24 AM #10
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey Suzanne!

I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.  Have a Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2012 02:11 PM #11
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Selling Norfolk County Homes

Suzanne, I am so with you on this! I cannot stand clutter! I have several "collectors" in my house, but they are beginning to get with the program. The younger ones are learning that hiding it under the bed is not called putting it away! lol Mom will find it and put it away...for good!

Jan 01, 2012 02:27 PM #12
Mary Macy
Top Agents Atlanta Metro - Roswell, GA
Top Agents Atlanta Metro

Good time of year to get rid of all the old so new will come in, good post, very timely

Jan 01, 2012 03:46 PM #13
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


I started purging last year and am still at it.  I know it will take quite a while, mainly because I have a husband whose goal in life is to have one of everything in the world.  We talk about this often and I think I have convinced him that he needs to trim his collections to one or two of every item. 

Jan 01, 2012 05:18 PM #14
Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Suzanne: The clutter (not mine) is driving me crazy. Last year a friend used some downtime to purge 6 things a day. I think a goal of one each day is a good start! Sounds like an AR contest to me. LOL

Jan 01, 2012 06:19 PM #15
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Trimming the inventory is a good thing...if you have ever dealt with the disposal of an estate....this will have greater meaning than ever before !

Jan 02, 2012 12:01 AM #16
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

This is a great idea.  I do purge every so often, and it always feels great afterwards.  But I love the rule, "bring one in, throw one out."  I'm going to definitely try to do that!  Thanks.

Jan 02, 2012 02:13 AM #17
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Suzanne,  Downsizing for many also means letting go of some of our " stuff " !  Digital piocs is a great idea !

Jan 02, 2012 02:32 AM #18
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX
Suzanne - recycling is a great way to get rid of stuff that you don't need that others might need. We are trading kids clothes with a friend, kind of like a swap if you would. Have a great 2012.
Jan 02, 2012 03:41 AM #19
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


I am in the process of doing much you recommended right now. Updating my Trust and getting rid of stuff. cheers in 2012 cvc

Jan 02, 2012 05:51 AM #20
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

I have to become more focused on purging and eliminating clutter. Thanks for the reminder, this is a good time of the year.

Jan 02, 2012 05:14 PM #21
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Lifetime Friend/Helper!

Suzanne you had mentioned: "Are there any plans to find housing for the homeless? Just wondering. Our winters are brutal usually, and I understand your weather is better by far, but someone might be able to make a dollar or two with some subsidized housing of some kind....just curious." 

Hindrances vary from good ole boy politics, to "not in my neighborhood", zoning issues, high cost of land and more.  There are a few government agencies addressing the problem and some private foundations and trusts.  Some of the homeless would RATHER live on the beach and not be bound by 'rules and regulations'.  it's an ongoing issue.

Jan 03, 2012 02:58 PM #22
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Good idea, Suzanne. It amazes me how easily our lives ( and closets, and rooms) become over-full of stuff ....just stuff. I used to like clutter. Reminded me of Grandmas house, I guess. But now that I am Grandma  ...not so much.

Jan 05, 2012 04:57 PM #23
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