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How much stuff do I own???

December 30th, 2010 at 06:04 pm

I've got the serious decluttering bug. I don't have any freelance deadlines until Monday, so I thought I would tackle my desk and a few spots in my office.

I have so much stuff. It's just insane. I just got rid of a box of floppy disks. From 1993. They had my college papers on them. WHY do I still have these???

I cleared out one whole drawer of the file cabinet, and filled it with some freelance-related court papers I need to give back to the reporter who lent them to me. They can go live in HER house.

On the upside. I did find an old, working wireless router in one of the drawers. My sister just decided she needed one so she could start telecommuting. And voila, I've got an extra. So that's nice.

In other news, I have decided to give grocery couponing a shot. The Point, Click & Save book I'm reading has given me the confidence and the information to really give it a go.

I rustled up an old binder, put in some trading card sheets, and started organizing my coupons. I also opened an email account that I am using only for coupon and discount sites. I'll let you know how it turns out. Baby steps, baby steps.

I also got an email from my freelance gig that my $640 check will be in my account by Monday. Just in time for the new year. I'm going to tackle everyone of these goals this year, you just watch!

OOOOOOOO, and I almost forgot. This is big. Hubby normally just defers to me on all major planning and decisions. He tells me his overall wishes, and leaves me to figure out how to make it all happen. (It works for us, what can I say). Anyway, we actually had a useful talk about the moving/house/school district plan, and it seems we are on the same page.

The plan is to start the serious house hunt in about two years, so we'll still have about 6-9 months to buy and get settled before our oldest starts kindergarten. We will be casually looking now, just to get to know our target areas and see what houses are on the market and what they sell for.

For a short time, probably starting next year, we will have to pay for preschool, care, etc for two kids. It will be tight. But, we will know when the oldest starts kindergarten, one of those bills will go away. We're in a good space financially right now and can handle paying for two kids. It might not be so easy if we were to take on a mortgage now.

And, we will hopefully have $20,000 more to put down on a new place. That's the short version, but it was a good albeit brief discussion.

2 Responses to “How much stuff do I own???”

  1. Swimgirl Says:

    You and your husband sound like us! I think it's a product of me (and you!) being home and having a little more time to think and research and plan. And I definitely tend more toward planning and organizing than he does! Plus, I know my husband's brain is full of work things most of the time, and though that's not the most important thing in the world (family is!), it's clearly important that he have a job!

    Yep, I'm the one who makes it all happen, too. Good job getting it all cleaned out! I still have a lot to do, but I'm tackling a bit a day.

  2. ThriftoRama Says:

    I still have mountains of things to sort through. It's all got to go. This is the year.

    As for hubby. Well, I started taking care of things about 6 months int our marriage. I realized he would open a bill, put it on his desk, throw stuff on top of it, forget to pay it, and we'd get socked with late fees, even though we had money in the account to pay it.

    Enough was enough. I'm just really good at bill paying, planning, moving money around, and doing taxes. It's a side effect of my job. I write/wrote about personal finance for magazines and newspapers, so that's just always where my head's been.

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