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Old July 25th, 2016, 12:31 AM
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We are in the process of downsizing to a smaller home. Tonight I was going through an armoire and found old cruise papers from 1999 - 2004. It had things from Renaissance Cruises, Princess, NCL, Celebrity and Seabourne.

I threw almost all of it in the recycling bin. I kept a few things from Renaissance and Celebrity but the rest went away. It was a full size drawer full of dailies, adverts, cruise documents, etc.

I did the same thing a few years ago with other cruise stuff. I can no longer think of a reason to keep it sitting in a drawer or file cabinet. I really don't go the "Cruise Room" route and neither does my wife so we keep very little anymore.

Is anyone else "Evil"?

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Old July 25th, 2016, 05:17 AM
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Mike, I don't think that you are evil. You are using common sense, because it's not good to keep a cluttered home.
We know a couple who moved into a smaller home and they have not been able to weed out their belongings and their home is an absolute mess and it's giving them a lot of stress.


My DW and I actually moved to a larger home when we came to Florida but we got rid of a lot of stuff that we no longer found useful.


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Ours hit the circle file long ago....all that I've saved our sign and sail cards.
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Did the same thing years ago, aside from an occasional fridge magnet and sign/sail cards, don't save much either....
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Old July 25th, 2016, 08:08 AM
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I still have a "cruise room", but it is also the computer/office/craft/jigsaw/scrapbooking/teaching stuff room. The décor is pure Caribbean - sunshine, bright colours, tropical plants, laminated jigsaw puzzles, and various cruise souvenirs (colourful cups, ship on a stick, ship models.)
As for the paper souvenirs, we have gradually purged that stuff. Only the ones that haven't made it into scrapbooks yet (I'm a little behind), are saved, but most has gone. The only cruise memories I won't part with are photos.

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Old July 25th, 2016, 09:23 AM
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We keep very little cruise stuff. We do have our loyalty cards but other than that just some photos and most of those are on memory cards. Our general rule is if it hasn't been used, brought out, cleaned or even looked at in 2 years then out it goes.
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Good on you! My wife and I are currently de-cluttering our home and it's making all difference.
If, whatever it is, no longer gives me joy, I let it go.
The hardest things to part with hold sentimental value but they're only tactile representations of past experiences. The memories will stay forever.


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I have a folder on each and every Trip and Cruise I have been on. I have thought many times I should toss them but I have not. They say my family does not care for this stuff but I have memories and so they are still here.

So I better change my mind fast and do as most all of you are doing. Will let you know when they are gone.
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We're more evil than you. For many decades we've not even bothered to bring that stuff home. Cruise dailies and all the other junk they leave in the room go in the trash as soon as their specific usefulness--if any--has passed. I do think that somewhere we have a set of menus from our first cruise on Sitmar. Those are a revelation compared to the perfectly OK but perfectly ordinary food in main dining rooms today. It was like a specialty restaurant every night, and then a bit better. Caviar was served routinely.

A couple months ago we began a more or less perpetual "spring cleaning" of lots of other stuff. It's hard, and sometimes emotional, but even though we're not planning on moving, it's just something that has to be done. These days, most everything that used to be on paper goes on a hard drive with a cloud backup, either automatically or by scanning, so that helps.

But there's still plenty more to sift through.
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I have the cruise newsletter's for most of our cruise's, but I'm now really thinking about getting rid of them. I thought they'd be nice to look back on, but, frankly, I'm not at all sure I'd even know or care about what I was looking at :0!
I also have kept our cruise cards and think I'll keep them to try to remember... .
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In 2003 we downsized from a large home in NYC to a town house in a relatively small town (pop.25,000).

We got rid of so much stuff .However ,I still have a lot of things that I have been saving for many years.
i have a sports collectibles collection that i am trying to sell in person and not on e-bay . I have sold hundreds of items to collectibles stores so far.

I also have approximately 12 plaques that were given to me by various organizations over the past 35 years.My wife wants me to get rid of them.My children suggest that I take pictures of them and then get rid of them but I am keeping them as long as I can.
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