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We are debulking items from the garage.

He still will not part with 2 window AC units that have been stacked unused and unneeded for 7.5 years. (My second attempt)

His reasoning is "You never know..."

I may have to bury them with him when his time comes.

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My hubby is the opposite. I have to watch him or he will toss any "clutter" we don't "need". Hmmm, maybe I am the "you never know" person in our home. :wideyed:

In the last two years we went from a 2400 sq ft house, to a 1900 sq ft condo rental to a 1200 sq ft town house. We HAD to de-clutter. We didn't want to pay for a storage, and I do feel that if I don't use it (whatever "it" is), someone else might benefit from it (clothes or whatever else). So other than sentimental items we gave away half of our furniture and other "stuff". It feel good to simplify and have less clutter.

Maybe you can talk him into giving them away with the idea others might be able to benefit from them. Donate to local charity, sell on Craig's list, etc. You never know.... ;) Maybe he will reconsider. Good luck.

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I was married to a man who always had back ups for his back ups. Sailboat with motor and oars. Wired in radio, hand held and cell phone. Those were all reasonable in the situation, but... Then we went on a year long trip across the US. We had to down size to a very small trailer. He still had back ups for his back ups. That was tough. Now I live a very simple life and still have managed to gather too many things. Huge yard sale coming up. I plan to move to a small apartment and need to downsize again.

While living in small areas I found that most things could have three uses, if you got creative.

I try to keep a decent pantry but other than too many kitchen tools (many are going in the yard sale) I have cut back on most things, except books. I have a difficult time parting with books. I have no desire for a Kindle or such. I want real books in hand. They take up a great deal of space. Most are a useful as those AC units. I probably will never read them again, and I love to get used books. I just hate parting with old friends. Maybe your other half has some of these issues, also. Be patient with these things. Better to keep a useless AC and not lose the person. Stupid thing to fuss over IMHO. (been there, done that)

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I have cut back on most things, except books. I have a difficult time parting with books. I have no desire for a Kindle or such. I want real books in hand. They take up a great deal of space. Most are a useful as those AC units. I probably will never read them again, and I love to get used books. I just hate parting with old friends.

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AK don't lose the books. They are part of our lives. When we has our disastrous fire here 7 years ago, I lost all my precious books.

No replacement. I am still sad about that.

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I live in a small condo so I can understand the need to size down. But I have a familial tendency (if there is such a thing) to 'having stuff' like my maternal relatives. They all bought in multiples, always the biggest size, if it was on sale and a bargain, if it had a coupon, they'll get around to using it , it'll make a good gift for XXX, etc etc etc.

There was always STUFF. Not really hoarding, but just lots of stuff. Is it any wonder that I'm really hooked on those reality Hoarding shows, just to keep myself in check. I have COLLECTIONS; some are rather significant, like my 150 or so pairs of high heels (red heels are my favorites). My collecting runs in cycles and in item clusters, like hairpieces, Disney videos or English bone china teacups and coffee mugs. I could go on & on.

But I too have BOOKS. My book collection has some nsg texts, some world travel/museum books, and some odd books here & there. But my downfall is cookbooks; even they have subsets of cookbooks.

The tough thing about downsizing & clearing out is that those items do have value and would be worth something to someone with that particular liking. The conundrum is how to get it to them. It rips me to discard things so I had to come up with an alternative. I started donating to charity for the tax donation. I still haven't been able to break down my special collections, but I did start with my cookbooks.

My local county community college started a culinary program a few years ago, so I called them. And yes, they would take cookbooks. Well, I think they should name their library (or at least a wing) after me. I gave away 157 hard-cover cookbooks and some 500 little ones (the kind that are in the checkout line at the grocery). I still have some more that are my favorites; some I kept because they were just pretty ones.

So all us collectors of stuff, we know. To those that just don't seem to understand, bear with us. It's like giving away a pet, you want them to go to another good home. Where they'll be loved and used with care & appreciated.

Cleaning out the garage ain't so easy to some of us!

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We got the clutter sorted into areas.

He can do whatever he wants with his manly things. I am not going to yap about the AC units anymore. The time will come when they will go.

We have the book section, the holiday sections, clothes section, man-stuff section and the kitchen stuff. I also have my side of the family things.

We each will be having our weed down each section.

I have the book, holiday and family stuff.

We'll do the kitchen together.

I have a lot of books. I will have to weed down.

I have a kindle but it doesn't replace the real thing.

At least we have a game plan.

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