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« Reply #1100 on: August 13, 2018, 03:40:22 AM »
Two series of manga + 2 misc books dropped off for a friend's daughter. That's 28 books out of the house!
And the two other friends I emailed about manga have claimed most of the series so I feel Light and Happy the books are going to people who will read and enjoy them

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« Reply #1101 on: August 13, 2018, 05:47:22 AM »
Hmmm - what will be today's "get rid of" item? Maybe some old bottles I was saving for a potential home-brew journey. Now that we are moving out of the country, I don't think I need to hang onto them!

Two series of manga + 2 misc books dropped off for a friend's daughter. That's 28 books out of the house!
And the two other friends I emailed about manga have claimed most of the series so I feel Light and Happy the books are going to people who will read and enjoy them

Books! thanks for the reminder -> I've seen a few new pop-up community libraries that I can certainly donate some books to.

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« Reply #1102 on: August 13, 2018, 08:09:34 AM »
Putting this out there so I have some accountability. It's kinda decluttering because all this is in my closet, and it's a massive thing on my to-do list.

I have 18 gallons, 4 quarts, and 1 pint of paint.
-5 gallons are for the garage, which is in progress. I expect to end with 2 partial gallons, so that will be 3 out (or 4, if I need another gallon of white)
-1 gallon and the pint are the downstairs bedroom.
-1 quart is oil primer for some stuff that requires oil, it should use it up. That project will be moved to the painting stage after today and tomorrow (handyman patching millions of holes from electrical rewire).
-1 gallon is living room, etc paint (multiple rooms). I won't be getting rid of the can, but once I paint all the patches (see oil primer), it can be moved to long term storage. IE, NOT my closet.
-1 gallon and 1 quart is the utility room, again this week's handyman work will allow me to use it. Will likely end with the quart left over.
-2 gallons are closet paint. Once patched, I can paint the patches, then will donate whatever is left to the local school drama.
-2 gallons are ceiling paint. I will be doing some ceiling painting, but likely won't use either up.
-2 quarts are metal primer and paint. Need to touch up the railing, then long term storage.

There's a bunch that is primer/paint for upstairs bedrooms, which are low on the list right now. And some woodwork paint, which gets used as I do woodwork.

But not having 18 gallons of paint would be nice!

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« Reply #1103 on: August 13, 2018, 08:15:46 AM »
2 big bins to take to the consignment store today!

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« Reply #1104 on: August 13, 2018, 08:52:41 AM »
I've been carrying around about 4 trash bags full of donated items in the car.  This weekend I finally dropped them off at the thrift shop.

I have another 2, moving boxes full of stuff to drop off and I took pictures of some furniture to ask the thrift shop if they want it.

Not to derail the thread but part of my decluttering is finding a home for everything we are keeping. This is tough because in some areas we don't have enough practical storage, like smaller drawers, etc.  I've taken all the smaller, plastic drawer systems we have and put them in the basement and I bought a label maker.  So far it has been very helpful. 2 of the drawers I labeled first and filled was "packing tape" and "measuring tapes" those are the items that bring the most frustration when we can't find them.  I even put a label "put back in drawer when done" on them :)

So much crap has been moved out of the basement! 

I posted for free 2 chairs I bought several years ago with the intention of refinishing them.  They took a lot of space but I was unable to part with them because I paid $50 for the pair.  I realize I was NEVER going to finish them (such a low priority on my list) and there was little hope of getting  any money for them.  So I decided to just get rid of them!  It felt so good to see someone haul them away and now I have reclaimed so much space in the basement. 

It was very motivating that I ended up filling up the back of the car with more stuff to donate, mostly holiday decorations. I purged close to 75% of my Christmas decorations! 

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« Reply #1105 on: August 13, 2018, 09:05:24 AM »
Love reading everyone's decluttering details!!

My space remains quite empty, blissfully so. I'm excited to be using the space and clearness to begin painting walls in a cheerier layer.

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« Reply #1106 on: August 13, 2018, 10:50:30 AM »
It has been a crazy weekend.

We've been seeing mice in the apartment for over a week. We couldn't find the holes where they were coming in, and the traps our super gave us stayed empty. My wife saw them go around the traps a few times. Management finally got us an exterminator Friday night.

My last post in this thread was a recognition of how far we've come. Well...it's quite the wake up call when the exterminator has to pull everything out to access the walls. Closets, on top of the fridge, some of the shelves, things that were stacked on the floor (I know, I know)...yikes. It looked like a bomb went off by the time he left, and it made me want to burn everything I own. But he did find and seal a few holes and set some traps in better locations. KNOCK ON WOOD, we haven't seen a mouse or evidence of a mouse since.

As if that wasn't enough, we had a long-scheduled delivery of a new bookcase set up for Saturday morning. We ordered it a month ago for my wife's books. The old one was falling apart and too small for the space. Before, books were stacked on top and next to it. We (I?) wanted them all to fit nicely on one bookshelf. So as soon as the exterminator left, we had to empty the old shelves onto the living room floor.

The blessing in disguise is that it was a bit of a wake up call for my wife, too. She will never be a minimalist or anything, and still rolls her eyes if I mention Marie Kondo. But as we spent all day Saturday and part of the day Sunday recovering the apartment, she managed to get rid of a lot of stuff. We ended up with three bags of goodwill stuff, 5+ bags of trash, and more to come as she sorts some papers that will go into memory boxes.

My goal this whole time was to end up with an apartment with clear floors/surfaces that was easy to clean. I was starting to become okay with a clear floor meaning that stuff was only on the very edges/in corners/etc. because of the volume of stuff. But it's still not easy to clean, then, is it? It's crazy that we can't access many of the baseboards.

I'm really grateful she's finally taking the initiative to go through her stuff. She's not being as ruthless as I'd like, but at this point it's better than nothing. We have plans to go to the container store this week (we have some gift cards) and get some boxes and bins. No more piles on the floor like that. If we're gonna have too much stuff, I want it to at least be easily moveable.

At least our small room with the new bookcase looks great now. We both love it.
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« Reply #1107 on: August 13, 2018, 10:54:38 AM »
It's amazing how something like that can really change your focus -- for me, it was moving last year after a while being in one spot. Having to lift all those books... yikes. I want to move *less* stuff when we leave this place, not more.

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« Reply #1108 on: August 13, 2018, 03:13:26 PM »
@zygote I found Francine Jay's approach a bit more palatable for people who eyeroll at Marie Kondo. The most useful part for me was that surfaces are not for storage! and that by keeping them clear you leave a space for future activities to happen.

We are still working through it but the small kitchen bench changes we've made have made things a lot nicer and our goal is to get all the bookshelves to a single layer with no books stacked on top.

Edit: mobile spelling corrections. Sigh
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« Reply #1109 on: August 13, 2018, 07:12:18 PM »
It's amazing how something like that can really change your focus -- for me, it was moving last year after a while being in one spot. Having to lift all those books... yikes. I want to move *less* stuff when we leave this place, not more.

In that vein, I've been reappraising my belongings on the grounds of Will I Want This Once I'm FIRE'd and if it's no, then why not get rid of it now? There are some things that I am keeping specifically for work but I think this will remove ~10 bags from my collection.

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« Reply #1110 on: August 14, 2018, 08:53:24 AM »
@zygote I found Francine Jay's approach a bit more palatable for people who eyeroll at Marie Kondo. The most useful part for me was that surfaces are not for storage! and that by keeping them clear you leave a space for future activities to happen.

Thanks! If I tell her to read that she'll just dig in her heels and say no, but I am glad to have something to read myself that I can use to nudge her in ways I know I can get her on board.

Especially since the mice are still here. UGH. We didn't see them for two days so we thought we sealed them out. Alas. Either there's still a hole somewhere or we sealed them in. They currently run around the traps the exterminator set.

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« Reply #1111 on: August 14, 2018, 05:13:22 PM »
Thatís awful about the mice. I worked on my half of the walk in closet and took a trunk full to the thrift store. Also sold a antique chair, 5 sets of dog steps and a bread Machine.

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« Reply #1112 on: August 14, 2018, 07:12:33 PM »
Boo mice. Hopefully they are just trapped in? Problem is full grown mice can get through a hole the size of your thumbnail so even tiny holes need to be considered. And they will chew on wiring so they are a hazard. I hope they clear out soon.

Decluttering- I dropped two more books off at the free library this morning. Just nibbling away at it seems to reduce the effort/reluctance to manageable levels. If I had tried to just Get Rid Of FIFTY BOOKS I would have been all No Way! and keep them all but somehow sneaking them out 2 or 3 at a time seems to not trigger any alerts.


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« Reply #1113 on: August 14, 2018, 08:15:44 PM »
Ugh I know the challenge of mice too. One lonely mouse a few months ago motivated a few very quick changes so they would find less appealing hidey holes behind stuff. We caught that one, and none of his friends have appeared yet.

Mini success this week: we had 2 guests for 3 days in our small space (less than 1000 sq ft) and found lots of room to put a full air mattress down by moving the desk into a corner of the kitchen. We were still able to use the kitchen for meals, the desk (plus table) for projects and games together, and when the air mattress was deflated there was so much room to crazy dance in that big open space! A bag with sentimental items also went out the door with the guests, and we worked together on using up craft supplies and made some fantastic projects.

I know that 4 people in 1000 square feet does not seem like a big accomplishment. Mostly it feels like it since we have never had overnight guests at all due to the awkward layout of only having one bathroom and it is only accessible through the only bedroom, and it only has an accordion door.  In contrast, we will be staying soon with family for more than 10 nights, and there will be 4 people in 340 square feet. But at least their bathroom is very private, and actually the toilet area is in a separate area from the shower so it's more guest friendly that way.

They inspire me to get rid of more. Time to pick my next area to target now...

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« Reply #1114 on: August 15, 2018, 07:32:27 PM »
After a 6-week trip back to the US, I brought back luggage crammed with stuff, as usual: secondhand clothes of a cut and quality you can't get here, art supplies and art projects-in-progress, shampoos and organic cleaning supplies,etc. I'm trying to get rid of one item for every new-to-me addition, so every day I'm taking stuff to the shared bin in our hallway. Though few places in town take donations of women's clothes and accessories (there are just too many, our city has one of the world's highest wealth gaps), my neighborhood is the poorest in town and there's often someone who can use clean articles. Yesterday's was a quirky camera bag, lace cardigan, and tank top. Tonight I'm hoping to add more.

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« Reply #1115 on: August 15, 2018, 10:50:01 PM »
Excited to jump back into the fray here! I have a box ready to go to the charity shop and several boxes of food I won't eat for the food bank. No time to drop the things off until the weekend, though.

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« Reply #1116 on: August 16, 2018, 01:18:24 AM »
Another full day of decluttering and more stuff to thrift store.

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« Reply #1117 on: August 16, 2018, 09:13:21 AM »
Thanks for the mice commiseration. We haven't seen them since my last post, so they either got back out, are hiding, or died somewhere from the poison. None of these are good options. I don't even mind mice as a concept, but NYC mice are riddled with disease and I don't want them chewing on our cords. I wish they'd just go outside, but that would mean there's a hole somewhere for more to come back. Hopefully the mice will be decluttered soon, one way or another...

But the apartment has continued to make progress. Two more bags for goodwill, another big bag of trash, and a few things have sold on ebay.

It's so great to hear about everyone else's progress too!

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« Reply #1118 on: August 16, 2018, 01:51:24 PM »
I decluttered a box of craft supplies; some stuff will go to a friend who's learning to sew, some will go to a friend's children, some will stay, some stuff is being put in a spot where I'll actually *use* it. The sturdy box they were in can now contain formerly loose house plant supplies.

I'm now seeing where the hard decluttering is going to be after books: yarn...

I've begun my yarn decluttering. It is divided into:

(a) Yarns I will never use and am definitely getting rid of (apparently I accidentally decluttered some yarns previously that I thought I'd had still stashed, so this pile is smaller than I thought it would be; many of these yarns were leftovers given to me by destashing friends/family).

(b) Yarns bought for specific projects, which are now separated and stashed together as befits each project. These are mostly yarns for large, showy afghans that take me a long time to finish. (Stained glass afghans, I tell you!)

(c) My pile of Cascade 220 left over from other projects, which will be repurposed into various hats, slippers, and other small projects that can be good as gifts; I'm very lucky that almost all of this yarn color-coordinates well.

(d) My pile of other nice yarns, mostly leftovers again.

(e) My cheap Christmas-y yarns (good for presents for some family members who like twee things).

(f) Other miscellaneous cheap yarns, which will likely go into hats/scarves for my local homeless shelter.

I feel okay right now in keeping yarns b-f, but I need to work harder at getting projects finished and out of the house.

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« Reply #1119 on: August 16, 2018, 04:11:27 PM »
I decluttered a box of craft supplies; some stuff will go to a friend who's learning to sew, some will go to a friend's children, some will stay, some stuff is being put in a spot where I'll actually *use* it. The sturdy box they were in can now contain formerly loose house plant supplies.

I'm now seeing where the hard decluttering is going to be after books: yarn...

I've begun my yarn decluttering. It is divided into:

(a) Yarns I will never use and am definitely getting rid of (apparently I accidentally decluttered some yarns previously that I thought I'd had still stashed, so this pile is smaller than I thought it would be; many of these yarns were leftovers given to me by destashing friends/family).

(b) Yarns bought for specific projects, which are now separated and stashed together as befits each project. These are mostly yarns for large, showy afghans that take me a long time to finish. (Stained glass afghans, I tell you!)

(c) My pile of Cascade 220 left over from other projects, which will be repurposed into various hats, slippers, and other small projects that can be good as gifts; I'm very lucky that almost all of this yarn color-coordinates well.

(d) My pile of other nice yarns, mostly leftovers again.

(e) My cheap Christmas-y yarns (good for presents for some family members who like twee things).

(f) Other miscellaneous cheap yarns, which will likely go into hats/scarves for my local homeless shelter.

I feel okay right now in keeping yarns b-f, but I need to work harder at getting projects finished and out of the house.

I've been in a yarn declutter mode too.  Some of the yarn I have given to friends or the thrift shop, typically stuff I know I am not going to use.

For some of the smaller balls of leftover yarn I have, I have been making newborn baby hats to donate.  They take about 30 minutes to whip up, it gives me a chance to try new stitches without the commitment of a larger blanket, and I feel good about my donation.  I recently dropped off 36 baby hats.

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« Reply #1120 on: August 16, 2018, 04:13:25 PM »
I've been in a yarn declutter mode too.  Some of the yarn I have given to friends or the thrift shop, typically stuff I know I am not going to use.

For some of the smaller balls of leftover yarn I have, I have been making newborn baby hats to donate.  They take about 30 minutes to whip up, it gives me a chance to try new stitches without the commitment of a larger blanket, and I feel good about my donation.  I recently dropped off 36 baby hats.

This is a fantastic idea for some of my scrap acrylic -- I've been wondering what to do with it, and here we go! Does your local hospital have a program, or are you using one of the larger online programs?

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« Reply #1121 on: August 16, 2018, 04:19:29 PM »
I've been in a yarn declutter mode too.  Some of the yarn I have given to friends or the thrift shop, typically stuff I know I am not going to use.

For some of the smaller balls of leftover yarn I have, I have been making newborn baby hats to donate.  They take about 30 minutes to whip up, it gives me a chance to try new stitches without the commitment of a larger blanket, and I feel good about my donation.  I recently dropped off 36 baby hats.


This is a fantastic idea for some of my scrap acrylic -- I've been wondering what to do with it, and here we go! Does your local hospital have a program, or are you using one of the larger online programs?

No official program.  When I have a shoebox full of hats, I just take them to the maternity wing and drop them off.

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« Reply #1122 on: August 16, 2018, 04:26:25 PM »
I've been in a yarn declutter mode too.  Some of the yarn I have given to friends or the thrift shop, typically stuff I know I am not going to use.

For some of the smaller balls of leftover yarn I have, I have been making newborn baby hats to donate.  They take about 30 minutes to whip up, it gives me a chance to try new stitches without the commitment of a larger blanket, and I feel good about my donation.  I recently dropped off 36 baby hats.


This is a fantastic idea for some of my scrap acrylic -- I've been wondering what to do with it, and here we go! Does your local hospital have a program, or are you using one of the larger online programs?

No official program.  When I have a shoebox full of hats, I just take them to the maternity wing and drop them off.

Interesting! That's great that they'll accept them -- I'll have to find a way to contact my local NICU and/or maternity wing to see if they'd take some. Thanks so much for this idea, I'm excited! :D

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« Reply #1123 on: August 16, 2018, 07:38:44 PM »
@diapasoun wow you are so organized!  One day I'll get there.  That is a future project.

@MrsDinero great tip!  If I lose touch with my knitting friend who collects the donated items, I'll go straight to the maternity ward of my local hospital.


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Milestone reached!  If anyone remembers, I'm dealing with paper clutter right now.  I've been working on this one piece of paper on which I've written a ton of user ID's an passwords.  I checked on my flickr password & found I had pictures from 2004-2007 on there.

So why do I even have this any longer?  Of course being thorough, I had to go through all pictures on the website to be sure I had them locally before I shut down the account.    Finished today!  Account shut down!  Woo!

Back to dealing with that paper...

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« Reply #1124 on: August 16, 2018, 09:06:44 PM »
Woo hoo @oneday ! That is *fantastic work*

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« Reply #1125 on: August 16, 2018, 09:31:13 PM »
WOW, oneday!!!! What perseverance!!!! HOORAH HOORAH!!

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« Reply #1126 on: August 16, 2018, 09:54:48 PM »
mspym & ms floofeefloo, thanks!  Couldn't have done it without you.  The One Song Wonder thread kept me going on the task.

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« Reply #1127 on: August 16, 2018, 10:11:29 PM »
Not quite out of the house yet but manga series are boxed up for their respective peoples and ready to go. This feels like progress.

AND I am taking one of my favourite bags that I just cannot wear any more [thank you nerve damage] on my weekend jaunt and hope to find a new home for it while I am gone.

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« Reply #1128 on: August 17, 2018, 09:28:18 AM »
For you yarn people: my mom knits hats for kids and adults with cancer. She even got a ribbon for her work at the local county fair. It's MUCH appreciated by the recipients.

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« Reply #1129 on: August 17, 2018, 10:57:36 AM »
Congrats on your paper decluttering milestone, @oneday!

@Mezzie, thanks for another tip -- I think we have a cancer center at our hospital, as well as a NICU, so that's a lot of good chances for getting hats to people who can use them.

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« Reply #1130 on: August 17, 2018, 11:06:04 AM »
I knit scarves for the homeless. I drop them off at Xmas time and they let people pick out what they want.

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« Reply #1131 on: August 17, 2018, 02:22:41 PM »
Congrats on your paper decluttering milestone, oneday!

Thanks!  Feels nice to be released from that task.


I knit scarves for the homeless. I drop them off at Xmas time and they let people pick out what they want.

This is what my knitting friend does!  She collects up all the scarves knit by us and gives them to the charity to distribute.  It's really nice to have her as a facilitator for that.

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« Reply #1132 on: August 18, 2018, 07:37:37 AM »
For 4hrs a week I'm a volunteer cashier at a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  It's fun, and I have gotten in the habit of taking stuff with me each week to donate. 

That's a good thing, but the best part has been seeing how the customers appreciate the low prices and what they can find (a lot of decent furniture, housewares and building materials).   Witnessing the clutter/stuff go to good use has helped me disconnect from whatever sentimentality or hesitation I have from letting my things go.  Giving stuff away feels great!  I also feel confident that if we ever move, I could completely refurnish a household with cool stuff for less than $1000 via thrift stores.

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« Reply #1133 on: August 18, 2018, 09:01:06 AM »
I finally got the puzzle rug living room trip hazard out of the house to a new home. Today I will take the kids outgrown play costumes to donate. We traded them for some older never used sheets from a closet. They can now happily make tents without dismantling their beds every day, a bonus since putting those back together in the evening was a source of conflict.

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« Reply #1134 on: August 18, 2018, 10:50:38 AM »
@diapasoun - Gigi from The Knitmore Girls podcast donates premie hats to her local neo-natal, and I think she's in California. If you check on Ravelry they might be able to suggest a hospital near you that is taking donations and any special considerations.

Charity knitting needs to be careful about yarn composition. I've looked into it before, but I don't work with much superwash or acrylic, so the shelters are not encouraging.

[I should not be posting here about yarn, I just bought 9 skeins at my LYS' annual sale]

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1135 on: August 18, 2018, 11:18:13 AM »
I gave away some furniture to a fellow teacher (and got some fabric for my wall from another teacher for a pin exchange center I want to set up in my classroom corner; I found out last year some of my students who will have me again love pins and buttons. I have a ton. It'll get them out of my house and be a fun before & after school socializing thing).

I forget who posted this upthread, but I'm trying that 13-space accordian folder thing, and so far it's a HUGE help.

I just decluttered the living room, and most of it wasn't my stuff! Yay!

I do have a meditation cushion coming in in hopes it helps me get into a more arthritis-friendly position. If it doesn't, I know the local meditation center will take it. Per my one in, one out rule, I'll be donating a stack of books of comparable size.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1136 on: August 18, 2018, 03:42:09 PM »
@Mezzie I am using the accordion folder to organize my daily to-do papers...is that what you are refering to?  In any case, YAY I am glad you found something that helps you!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1137 on: August 18, 2018, 07:15:33 PM »
Finally got the damn light fixtures out of the house. 3 of them. Donated them to the ReStore. Mom wanted to sell them, but I've had them for 6+ months and haven't made a move. I'll send her money for them without telling her I donated them.

There's another light fixture somewhere I can donate, but I can only find the globe. When I find the other half I'll donate it.

Also got rid of a huge box and a big trash bag of packing peanuts. The UPS Store doesn't take them anymore. Probably corporate trying to make more money, selling them. Goodwill took them. Not sure if they all will, but they did today.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1138 on: August 18, 2018, 09:12:12 PM »
I'll send her money for them without telling her I donated them.

Brilliant :)

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1139 on: August 19, 2018, 05:35:28 AM »
Such a worthwhile weekend of decluttering! Yesterday I took a big bag of books (8 or 9) to a friend's house and got Harry Potter socks in return (the left says "Master has given Dobby a sock" and the right: "Dobby is free!". Yes please. Good trade.

Today I've packed up an unused vacuum and tupperware box to give to my brother. Not much, but he said he'd like to have them.
 
I've been scraping the bottom of the barrell, I can't really think of much more to get rid of. Books will go as they get finished. Clothes will be needing a jolly good sifting but my weight is doing weird things now. It'll settle - in a positive way, I hope.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1140 on: August 19, 2018, 07:25:06 AM »
Big box of work pants and some structured jackets - that I only held onto for interviews. Since I am retiring in a year- there will be no more interviews. They went to a halfway house for women recently released from prison.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1141 on: August 20, 2018, 07:37:35 AM »
Guest bedroom is nearly done. I sorted the kids summer art and put what I am keeping to foist on them later in a bin. They want to keep everything so this is the compromise. DH got a shelf from me to organize his home office.

We had tried me switching from the always messy desk I've used for household administration stuff to a shelf with an inbox and some storage. I became super stressed out and was unable to keep track of the bills. Just can't switch to a new system of keeping track. Desk is back in service. This weekend I decluttered 30 gallons of paper from it. All cleaned out and neat now. All the wayward bills have been found and paid. I need to keep on top of the paperwork if I want to keep it neat but at least this way I won't miss payments if things do get messy.

We have 2 boxes of books and 2 boxes of miscellaneous kid stuff to donate. They will leave tomorrow.

I'm still amazed at the amount of stuff remaining given how much stuff has left.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1142 on: August 20, 2018, 08:37:45 AM »
Minor progress this weekend:

Gave away
- 4 camisoles I never ever wear
-6 scrunchies that are too thin for my hair
-6 fitness headbands that anchor on the forehead and I hate
-a pack of hairnets that i used to have for ballet.

The nice thing is none of this got trashed.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1143 on: August 20, 2018, 09:00:58 AM »
I'm still amazed at the amount of stuff remaining given how much stuff has left.

This is how I feel too.

This weekend, I took a giant bag of stuff that we gathered during the mouse hunt last weekend down to goodwill. Even though the decisions were made already, it felt great to actually get it all out of the house.

I also started a new bag, which currently includes:
-3 3-wick bath and body works candles I don't like the smell of anymore
-3 tank tops I used to love that no longer fit right

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1144 on: August 21, 2018, 10:15:16 AM »
I'm back. Glad to see so many of you have kept up with your decluttering.

I'm thinking about moving again and this time I would really like to pare down by belongings to the essentials. I've been dragging my feet on selling items, so I think I'll start with donations and recyclables/trash. Not sure how I'll structure my decluttering. I have found that if I don't structure it, I tend to forget about it. :)


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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1145 on: August 21, 2018, 10:36:19 AM »
Again: inspired by this thread and the updates.
I have a few hours this afternoon and would like to minimize a few cluttered spaces/drawers/cupboards. Will check back in tonight :)

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1146 on: August 21, 2018, 02:54:38 PM »
In honor of this thread, I am gonna go burn down a candle in my very slow burn-all-the-candle-stash project I have going... thanks y'all. ;)

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1147 on: August 21, 2018, 03:04:00 PM »
We have a tiny pile near the door that doesn't seem to be shifting because it needs to go to specific people, but the books and clothes are an easy discard and leave on a regular basis.  The big one for me is the ~400 manga that I want to get rid of. I am TOO LAZY to try ebay it, it doesn't seem to be accepted by 2nd hand bookstores and yet, some of these are really difficult to acquire and would be really appreciated if only I could work out how to find their people. I know I know, just donate.

I paid someone 50% to sell my coins on ebay.  I certainly did not have time to do it myself

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1148 on: August 21, 2018, 03:45:02 PM »
In honor of this thread, I am gonna go burn down a candle in my very slow burn-all-the-candle-stash project I have going... thanks y'all. ;)

I maintain candles are the ultimate decor. You can burn them instead of dusting. Really, that's my idea of home decor: flammable.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1149 on: August 21, 2018, 04:13:33 PM »
In honor of this thread, I am gonna go burn down a candle in my very slow burn-all-the-candle-stash project I have going... thanks y'all. ;)

Last year I got rid of a candle I bought almost 20 years ago.   It sounds weird but I was really sad to see it go.  I got it when I was married to my 1st husband but on the verge of separating.
 It had always been displayed in the living room of  my 1st  two apartments (post divorce) , then 1st house, then 2nd house, then carried it with me when I moved to 2 different states and finally married my current husband. 
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