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Old 09-29-2012, 07:04 AM   #21
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Cars, not that we have a mercedes benz collection but we each have a car, we also live in rural black forest germany. Now one could argue trains, but no I dont do trains, not because I a above them but I am just to lazy with kids and it gives me panic attacks.

craft supplies- I love crafting if I ever make the time. But I also do not have a lot I have a few drawers full.

chilrens books- though I did go digital for me


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Old 09-30-2012, 08:17 AM   #22
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Books, and shoes for me.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:58 AM   #23
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I battle with clothes overload....but the clothes are losing! . Also, we're heading into this fall/winter season MUCH more minimal than in past seasons, so I think I finally have a handle!

I have a hard time with educational items since we homeschool...but I find that allocating a space and not letting the stuff multiply PAST that designated space helps...for us its the cupboard in our kitchen that I keep all our school items.

Lastly, TOYS. Having 4 kids in 2 genders and 4 definite age groups (baby,early-preschool, kindergarden, elementary/school age) makes the toy situation explode easily if I don't keep a handle on it. Luckily, I teach the kids about decluttering young, so they see it as a positive thing. They know we have limited space,so if they want something new they quite often offer up an older/ outgrown toy in order to demonstrate the "space" for a new toy. For us, the saving of monetary allowance to pay for the toy is only part of what is required for new toys...the other required thing is the often more highly valued commondity in our home....SPACE!!

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Old 09-30-2012, 05:56 PM   #24
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My shoes. Including boots, I have almost 20 pair. I do wear them all.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:30 PM   #25
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Books! For me and the kids we have a lot but hey we homeschool... at least that's my excuse LOL.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:53 PM   #26
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Fabric and diapers!!! Lol. I dont feel a bit guilty either. I need to keep up my fabric stash in order to keep plenty of variety in my store. I like having plenty of diapers so they stay looking nice longer. I was down to only 13 diapers just a few weeks ago, but Ive been rebuilding the stash, and we're at probably about 30ish now. Still small compared to the number Ive had in the past, but its a work in progress!

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Old 10-03-2012, 07:37 PM   #27
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Books. I struggled with it for a day or 2 then we decided we didn't really want to minimalize books, we love books. One area I do have a problem with is clothes. I desperately want to cut down on our clothing.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:51 AM   #28
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I'm not really a minimalist but am trying to declutter and get rid of a lot.
Things I won't minimalize are books, DVD's/CDs, kitchen stuff (cooking/baking), Diapers (I have 170ish) and yarn/fabric (but those are in bins under our bed).

My kids have WAY too many clothes, so I am minimalizing those, but probably not as much as a lot in here, I'll make sure they have more than they need, but still less than they have now.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:58 AM   #29
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Clothing and kids books. Clothes make me happy. It's just one of those things that I truly enjoy. I've found that by minimizing the things that aren't important to me, there is plenty of room for the clothes. I have learned to let go of the stuff that I don't intend on using anymore, but I still like to have a varied wardrobe for myself and my kids. As for the kids books, that's just important to me. I do have a kindle and had considered purchasing all of our favorites, but it's just not the same for a child I think. Plus after they outgrow the books we can pass them on to another child so that they can also have a collection of great books. I have thinned out all of the "crap books" or ones we didn't care for, but we still have a good amount of them and I don't feel guilty at all.

ETA- I forgot to add that we are not minimalist when it comes to DVDs either. That's mostly DH's doing, but we really enjoy watching movies and we seem to go through phases where we get tired of paying for cable and shut it off every couple years . I tried to get DH to confine them to a big cd type case, but he refuses. He's been getting rid of a lot of other stuff which is amazing for his hoarder personality so I decided not to give him to much grief about it.
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:45 AM   #30
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Books for my kids and I guess I would say kitchen appliances. We have a Keurig, quesadilla machine, bread machine, slow cooker, doughnut machine, electric can opener, blender/food processor... I think that is everything? BUT- Most of these items are put away in cabinets and only out when in use.
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