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Does anyone else have this issue? Everything is junk to me that I just want to throw away. When cleaning my office today I came across a cap gun from the 1950s that my mom had. I always wanted it as a kid and when I was in my 20's my mom gave it to me. Its just junk. I have a camera collection some going back to the 1800's, I just want to throw it in the trash. My parents have a grandfather clock from the 1840's that my sister and I have been debating about for decades over who gets it. My parents gave it to me, I told them I did not want to deal with it any longer and give it to her. I swear I could throw everything away and live in one of those tiny homes.

Anyone else feel like this? I am just purging things from my life left and right. If it requires any amount of effort to take care or or upkeep its gone. Even when my wife wants to fight about something like not handling the crystal properly my response is always "if we are going to fight about it than I am going to put it in the trash"
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One mans junk is a another mans treasure.
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Agree. Been telling my wife some of the same thoughts. Junk and stuff everywhere. Clutters my thoughts at times. Really need to clean house.
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The older I get the less I value material stuff - honestly the boat is the only asset that I own that I really have a love affair with (it really makes me feel good to push the throttles forward) - everything else is just a tool.. BUT I feel like am valuing life experiences more these days. Time with family , surfing, fishing, camping, etc.. having a bunch of crap just adds headaches IMO...
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I feel the same way.

I think it's easy to see a thing and think "I cant throw this away, it's sentimental for XYZ reason" so then it goes back in a box in the attic or takes up space in a closet and you never think about it again until the next time you realize it's taking up space and talk yourself out of throwing it away because you feel guilty.

I try to contrast any enjoyment I get from keeping a thing with the pain in the ass factor of storing / maintaining / worrying about all of it.
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Does anyone else have this issue? Everything is junk to me that I just want to throw away. When cleaning my office today I came across a cap gun from the 1950s that my mom had. I always wanted it as a kid and when I was in my 20's my mom gave it to me. Its just junk. I have a camera collection some going back to the 1800's, I just want to throw it in the trash. My parents have a grandfather clock from the 1840's that my sister and I have been debating about for decades over who gets it. My parents gave it to me, I told them I did not want to deal with it any longer and give it to her. I swear I could throw everything away and live in one of those tiny homes.

Anyone else feel like this? I am just purging things from my life left and right. If it requires any amount of effort to take care or or upkeep its gone. Even when my wife wants to fight about something like not handling the crystal properly my response is always "if we are going to fight about it than I am going to put it in the trash"

yes Iím at that stage. Mrs is turning into a pack rat and itís wearing on me. The latest ( yesterday). Amazon delivered a peddle bike thing for under her desk at home office.

last week her company sent her 6 boxes of her office crap. Itís sitting in garage in card board boxes getting in the way. Iím going to have to throw a fit to get her to move on it.
if Texas allowed me to smoke a joint I would just light one up and play a video game. But texas gov thinks they should determine what I do with my free time.
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Be careful your down sizing doesn't leave you all alone in that 75 sq. ft. little house w/ paper plates and plastic spoons.
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Got to agree, no point in keeping something that has no meaning to you.
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Does anyone else have this issue? Everything is junk to me that I just want to throw away. When cleaning my office today I came across a cap gun from the 1950s that my mom had. I always wanted it as a kid and when I was in my 20's my mom gave it to me. Its just junk. I have a camera collection some going back to the 1800's, I just want to throw it in the trash. My parents have a grandfather clock from the 1840's that my sister and I have been debating about for decades over who gets it. My parents gave it to me, I told them I did not want to deal with it any longer and give it to her. I swear I could throw everything away and live in one of those tiny homes.

Anyone else feel like this? I am just purging things from my life left and right. If it requires any amount of effort to take care or or upkeep its gone. Even when my wife wants to fight about something like not handling the crystal properly my response is always "if we are going to fight about it than I am going to put it in the trash"
Tell me about it. Love the simplistic life, the less stuff the better. If it hasnít been used in the past 6-12 months it needs to go.

If I had the time I would go through absolutely every object in my home, ask that question, keep some things in a chest that were sentimental, and sell or give away the rest.
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You should revisit eBay. A friend of mine from church life group is retired and has been selling stuff on eBay for 2-3 years more as a hobby but also to get rid of junk. The $ people pay for stuff makes it worth his time. Old plastic cap guns with the paper and gunpowder.. I think he gets around $10 / pack. Old 16mm camera and equipment = $400. Kids old McDonald toys = $100. Can't help you with the grandfather clock, and sorry to inform anyone on this thread but nobody wants grandma's China.. but the other novelty / nostalgic stuff can bring some $$.
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Yup - exactly the same. I would even say my boat, cars, etc I have no real emotional attachment. I don't want the boat to sink, but it does I have great insurance. Way more into experiences then stuff right now.
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I'm with you. My wife has a huge issue of not being able to differentiate between shit someone meaningful gave her, and stuff that was meaningful to someone important to her. For instance we have a nice wooden rocking chair that her grandfather built, and sat in on the porch nearly every day of his adult life. It's a nice chair, and the story behind it is also cool. We also had some old living room furniture that her grandmother gave us when she upgraded her own stuff, and we were staring out with a tight budget. For some reason that stuff held sentimental value and it was like pulling teeth to get rid of it, despite being beyond worn out. Thankfully our old cat lost bladder control right before he croaked and ruined it for good.
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Wife and I began going to flea markets a couple of years ago to unload stuff we didn’t use or need. Then I discovered I was scratching my head wondering,what did I do with this or that? Now I don’t get rid of anything and am in danger of becoming a hoarder but it’s ok if I need something I know I’ve got one,,,,, somewhere. LOL
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
When cleaning my office today I came across a cap gun from the 1950s that my mom had. I always wanted it as a kid and when I was in my 20's my mom gave it to me.
I bet that is a cool looking cap gun, brings back memories of my childhood. Can you post a pic?

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I'm the exact opposite. I worry for my future. I keep EVERYTHING. I could probably retire if I could sell my half empty cans of spray paint. (but I always buy a new can for each project because I might not have the right color). When I do end up going through stuff and throwing away what I think I don't need, I find a use for it the next day. I can't win. "Its all good stuff!"

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Yep. Wife keeps all kinds of stuff, has kids drawings from school, teeth, old clothes, etc. I care about none of it. I cherish the pictures and time spent with them now.
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My wife finally let go go of her grad school books and notes this summer. She graduated 19 years ago!!!
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We get rid of most things that have not been uses in a couple of years. Tools and guns and fishing gear and some survival type stuff are exceptions. Rest gets donated or tossed.
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Having recently spent a week+ cleaning out my pop's house, I concur. Garage, basement, woodshop, cold cellar, you name it. All overflowing with useless junk. Cost me $2000 and multiple trips to the landfill.

Throw/sell/give away that stuff.

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