One of My Resolutions for 2012

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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 me...is 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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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.
January 02, 2012 11:41 AM
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Suzanne

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

January 02, 2012 01:51 PM
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I have to become more focused on purging and eliminating clutter. Thanks for the reminder, this is a good time of the year.

January 03, 2012 01:14 AM
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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.

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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.

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