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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1250 on: September 24, 2018, 07:21:04 AM »
I have made two lists for downsizing after FIRE:

1 What do we want to keep?
2 What can we get rid of?

As long as we are not really selling/giving away yet, it is easy to fill out the lists, including list nr 2.

My mom is going one step farther and actually boxing/reboxing stuff up and labeling each box as keep or go. Which is good, because when they move it'll probably be a crisis time (dementia sucks) and it'll be pretty easy to tell movers not to grab boxes labeled sell, bad because now they have a massive pile of boxes full of everything under the sun that will have to be dealt with later.

I suspect that sis and I will divvy up - one deals with parents move, the other deals with parents house.

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« Reply #1251 on: September 24, 2018, 08:57:44 AM »
Such a great system, Freedomin5! :)

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« Reply #1252 on: September 24, 2018, 11:37:09 AM »
Sept. 3 2018

  I am starting with 12 boxes.  I need to cut that down by one box each week.  In three months, these 12 boxes need to be gone. 

Sept. 24 2018

I have decluttered:   0/12 boxes

Pretty pitiful!   (sob) .  I'm home sick from work today and just staring at all I haven't done since early September.

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« Reply #1253 on: September 24, 2018, 12:49:17 PM »
There are some forumites who post so much activity that I truly don't understand where they get the time and you are one of them.  When you are home sick you are allowed to cut yourself a break.

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« Reply #1254 on: September 24, 2018, 01:01:25 PM »
There are some forumites who post so much activity that I truly don't understand where they get the time and you are one of them.  When you are home sick you are allowed to cut yourself a break.

LOL, thanks!!  I was sick all day yesterday and took today off to recover but I'm feeling better now, and trying to get all the chores done today that I needed to do yesterday.

I just grabbed 6 garbage bags and made myself fill them up with junk to take to the thrift store.  I can't tackle all my boxes yet.  But we are drowning in clutter in my house because of my disorganization.  My whole family tends to hang onto things, too.  I keep reminding myself that we are going to have to move sooner rather than later and it would be so much better to already have downsized when the moment arrives.  It will make it easier to sell the house and to move. 

(Re: my boxes .  - I posted earlier than one box was filled with old Day Planners that I have a hard time getting rid of.  I was just about to scrap them but then I heard in the news about Kavanaugh dredging up an old one from 1982 to prove he was never at that party.  I have to admit, that use of an old Day Planner never crossed my mind.)

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« Reply #1255 on: September 24, 2018, 01:12:06 PM »
There are some forumites who post so much activity that I truly don't understand where they get the time and you are one of them.  When you are home sick you are allowed to cut yourself a break.

LOL, thanks!!  I was sick all day yesterday and took today off to recover but I'm feeling better now, and trying to get all the chores done today that I needed to do yesterday.

I just grabbed 6 garbage bags and made myself fill them up with junk to take to the thrift store.  I can't tackle all my boxes yet.  But we are drowning in clutter in my house because of my disorganization.  My whole family tends to hang onto things, too.  I keep reminding myself that we are going to have to move sooner rather than later and it would be so much better to already have downsized when the moment arrives.  It will make it easier to sell the house and to move. 

(Re: my boxes .  - I posted earlier than one box was filled with old Day Planners that I have a hard time getting rid of.  I was just about to scrap them but then I heard in the news about Kavanaugh dredging up an old one from 1982 to prove he was never at that party.  I have to admit, that use of an old Day Planner never crossed my mind.)

Just because he's a hoarder doesn't mean that it's admirable. Toss the planners.

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« Reply #1256 on: September 24, 2018, 01:12:57 PM »
...then I heard in the news about Kavanaugh dredging up an old one from 1982 to prove he was never at that party.  I have to admit, that use of an old Day Planner never crossed my mind.)

ha :)))))

Of course, everything under the sun *can* be used... for scrapbooking, for quilting, for papier mache (however that's spelled), for building a tree house, for looking up a date, for triggering memory, as an emergency jimmy to make the car go...   Don't let this trick you into holding on to excess.

Thrift everything that can be reused, Freecycle the items that can't, then recycle what's still around three days later. Go go go! (p.s. This is another task your kids can be recruited into! Not everything is mom's job!)

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« Reply #1257 on: September 24, 2018, 02:41:38 PM »

(Re: my boxes .  - I posted earlier than one box was filled with old Day Planners that I have a hard time getting rid of.  I was just about to scrap them but then I heard in the news about Kavanaugh dredging up an old one from 1982 to prove he was never at that party.  I have to admit, that use of an old Day Planner never crossed my mind.)

Just because it isn't in his Day Planner doesn't mean he did or didn't attend - they are planners, not diaries.   ;-)

I have a bunch of old calendars that I have kept for the same reason, they show what I was doing when - but really I could ditch them.  But calendars, with cute pictures . . . . .

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« Reply #1258 on: September 24, 2018, 06:22:28 PM »
Go go go! (p.s. This is another task your kids can be recruited into! Not everything is mom's job!)

OMGoodness no, the kids are no help.  They are the worst little hoarders.  EVERYTHING is special to them.

The only way I've been able to get them to declutter is to take everything out of some corner of their room, let them clean and polish the space that remains, and put everything in the basement and let them bring back up whatever they really want.

They are basically pretty lazy so after a few trips, they decide they don't need anything else.  (-:

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« Reply #1259 on: September 24, 2018, 07:27:53 PM »
Thus far I have:

  • Utilized the bookcases and cabinets that will be part of the built in project to at least get books off the floor. I was hoping to complete that project and then move stuff, but it is taking me forever
  • Filled my car with various trash items that have been waiting around for no apparent reason, such as old cassette tapes and various old lamps
  • Put out various extraneous furniture items on the nature strip, all of which were taken within an hour
  • Some general tidying and gathering together of like items for further analysis

Not too shabby for a few hours' work.

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« Reply #1260 on: September 24, 2018, 08:08:01 PM »
OMGoodness no, the kids are no help.

Well, yes... Lots of kids are no help with anything until their caregivers require them to be.

They are the worst little hoarders.  EVERYTHING is special to them.

This was true of my son as well. We did a process -including therapy appointments- to resolve this.

The only way I've been able to get them to declutter is to take everything out of some corner of their room, let them clean and polish the space that remains, and put everything in the basement and let them bring back up whatever they really want.

They are basically pretty lazy so after a few trips, they decide they don't need anything else.  (-:

Great strategy!!

Another thing that works for some kids:

*Buy them out of almost everything e.g. $20 for all but their 10 favourite things. Then they have $20 to spend on the thing they actually want now.

*As above + promise to rebuy anything they end up missing too much. You get heaps of clear space, and *maybe* need to buy one thing back later (though I haven't had this request so far!).

*Let them hold a garage sale of everything (yours included) that can go. Let them keep all income, on the condition that everything remaining goes to the thrift.

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« Reply #1261 on: September 24, 2018, 09:13:15 PM »
-Yesterday, it was 4 boxes of manga to a friend, in exchange for 5 books she meant to donate to the street libraries but all the ones near her are full [and not used]. Ours are in high rotation so I can find a spot for some books. I think I may be able to get rid of a bookshelf or shuffle the contents so one can be repurposed for pantry *shakes fist at the dead-corner cupboard*
-Homes found for 3 of my bags.
-Last 4 bags or the super harsh ginger tea donated to the kitchen at work, now gone

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« Reply #1262 on: September 24, 2018, 10:42:16 PM »
Old fabric out the door to someone off Buy Nothing! \o/

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« Reply #1263 on: September 25, 2018, 03:33:52 PM »
Gave myself permission to get rid of 'nice' clothes: a lovely wool dress that itches and a pencil skirt with slit that feels too formal and figure hugging for my job.

The former was thrifted years ago and the latter was a hand me down from a friend so no money out, just getting more comfortable with keeping to only the things I need rather than 'just in case' items.

Said goodbye to holey and stretchy underwear too - with skirt weather coming up all underwear must be able to stay on by itself. Haha. I was becoming a sad underwear hoarder.   

 

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« Reply #1264 on: September 25, 2018, 06:06:11 PM »
Returned part not needed (space AND cash, woohoo!).

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« Reply #1265 on: September 26, 2018, 12:36:52 AM »

Said goodbye to holey and stretchy underwear too - with skirt weather coming up all underwear must be able to stay on by itself. Haha. I was becoming a sad underwear hoarder.

:-D

You must be living in Australia or thereabouts with shirt-weather coming up. Here, the shirt-wearers have started to wear stockings.

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« Reply #1266 on: September 27, 2018, 05:19:13 AM »
Brought out our fall/winter clothes and managed to fill a big trash bag full of clothes to donate. Pretty excited!

I really just want to get rid of everything I own, but then I hold on to things. It's maddening.

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« Reply #1267 on: September 27, 2018, 09:40:37 AM »
Whoohoo! Finally got rid of a big bulky desk (sold for 51 bucks) and a desk chair (free, because it had been my cat's primary snooze spot and it showed!). So much open space!!

Can I get an opinion on dictionaries? I have gotten rid of my Dutch, English, French and German dictionaries because google translate is just more convenient if I need it. But I still have Latin, ancient Greek and Japanese. Google translate just doesn't work so well with those. I love languages, I had all 6 languages offered in high school (all of the above dictionaries except Japanese - I took up Japanese, Russian and Danish on my own). With real life ramping up (yay 30s) I just don't have the time to study languages. The only reason I'd study them is to speak the language on a trip and general curiosity. Haven't had time for curiosity for years and studying for trips never really seems to go as planned, leaving me stressed and sad and feeling inadequate. In short, I probably haven't touched these dictionaries in at least 4 years and I don't anticipate to touch them for another 10 years at least.

What to do? They're gorgeous big books that represent a passion of mine, but also bring a feeling of nostalgia and regret when I look at them.

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« Reply #1268 on: September 27, 2018, 10:40:56 AM »
^ Yep, thrift ‘em :)    You’ll free yourself of the painful feelings and of clutter, and gift other people with joy.

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« Reply #1269 on: September 27, 2018, 10:44:21 AM »
I agree with Jooni: Thrift them. There's no use keeping things that make you feel bad.

(If they're very rare materials and you're certain you'll use them again, I might keep them; but I've gotten rid of many grammars and dictionaries that ARE rare materials because I know I won't dig into them and I want them to be in the hands of someone who will use them.)
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« Reply #1270 on: September 27, 2018, 10:51:38 AM »
I agree. Also, while google translate may not work well for those languages, I'd bet a lot of money that if you google [language] online dictionary, you'll end up with something comparable to your hard copy.

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« Reply #1271 on: September 27, 2018, 10:56:26 AM »
Slowly filling a box with doo-dads and random clutter (vases, candle-holders, jewellery I don't wear anymore), would love to fill the box by the end of the month and feel a bit more spacious/minimal in some of my storage spaces.

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« Reply #1272 on: September 27, 2018, 03:57:35 PM »
I had a decluttering "nightmare" last night - in my dream I was living in an apartment that apparently came furnished and there were lots of kitchen cupboards and they all had random dishes in them and I didn't know where anything was and I was very stressed out about it. 

I was surprisingly relieved when I woke up and realized I still have my nice small kitchen and I know what's in all of the cupboards.

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« Reply #1273 on: September 27, 2018, 06:17:18 PM »
I've made a huge mistake. I opened Pandora's box, aka the basement closet. We still have stuff boxed up from when we moved in - ELEVEN years ago. And the stuff....all of the bloody stuff.

In other news, I took the carful of trash to the dump on Tuesday, and today donated a bag of clothes and two boxes of books to the local Goodwill. They'll be seeing more of me.... and all of the piles of books and dvds are now off the floor, though not in their final resting places. I have some bookcases and such in my future.

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« Reply #1274 on: September 27, 2018, 06:24:35 PM »
Three of my gorgeous but unused bags were sent off to new homes last night. And as a bonus, we arranged for social times with pals while doing the drop-off!

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« Reply #1275 on: September 28, 2018, 07:30:33 AM »
I'd like to join if I can. Been reading this thread for a long time but never written anything, even though we have been decluttering a lot for a long time. Long story short, we moved in together when we were both 30yrs+ combining two cluttered households, then inherited more stuff (furniture, household items), then had two kids and so more stuff.
Then we moved from larger house to a smaller and it is wonderful but also added a new level to decluttering. tough sometimes but mostly beneficial, we have gotten rid of a lot of stuff. But still a lot to do. We are slowly following the KonMari method but also decluttering outside of that.

Yesterday I handed in a paper bag of kids clothing to the used kids clothing store. Today added a paper bag of more worn (but still usable) kids clothing to the charity drop off pile.

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« Reply #1276 on: September 28, 2018, 09:15:30 AM »
Welcome, LinneaH :)

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« Reply #1277 on: September 28, 2018, 09:19:10 AM »
Welcome, LinneaH!

I went to the container store with my wife this weekend and spent too much money. But I was able to throw away two dingy old boxes that didn't fit their contents and get a lot more of the stuff that my wife doesn't want to declutter off the floor, so I'll consider it an overall win.

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« Reply #1278 on: September 28, 2018, 09:34:14 AM »
Today is my last day at my current job and I get two weeks off before starting my new one. One of my big goals is to finish decluttering and re-organizing the office. The rest of my house is well set up and pretty minimal but all the miscellany ended up in the office and even though it isn't nearly as cluttered as some houses I've been it, it feels chaotic and I don't like spending time in there. I may post pictures to ask for suggestions as I get into things

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« Reply #1279 on: September 28, 2018, 09:41:06 AM »
I have an exam today; my happy reward for doing it is a day decluttering :)   My house is very minimalist but looking through some files the other day I saw at least 30 pieces of paper that can go. Can also return anti-ecology paint to building manager so will do.

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« Reply #1280 on: September 28, 2018, 11:51:51 AM »
I'm planning to return two items of clothing I bought that are unnecessary. Getting rid of stuff I don't need but already own is awesome, but keeping things from even becoming possessions is even better. I don't buy clothes frequently, but picked up a couple of super inexpensive basics. In hindsight, I already have items that will work well in both cases, so will take my money back & avoid adding to my belongings. Win!

I need to get another raft of eBay listings going. I haven't had two weekends in a row where I could commit (one for posting, one for being home to mail, etc), but the end of the year is usually better, as I have less international work travel.

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« Reply #1281 on: September 29, 2018, 05:16:28 AM »
We are just two people but clutter is everywhere. I have been doing some major stuff in my kitchen. I have this countertop on one side of the kitchen that is held up by braces. I can't have cabinets under there because there is baseboard heat under there. It is a lot of wasted space and I have never utilized it properly over the years. Recently I bought 4 small chrome rolling carts and one is organized with hanging skillets. To the side of the skillets I purchased a small wire drawer (empty) that sits on the bottom shelf of the cart and the air fryer sits on top of that. Then above all this is another shelf with sheet pans. That is all on that cart. The second cart I have various plastic containers I used everyday. They are large ones with lids on each. Next shelf is holding two small blenders and a kitchen aid food processor. Top shelf is holding some large baking pans 9x13". Next cart is holding two bins of potatoes and two bins of onions. Next shelf has garlic. I have some tools on this cart too and some empty spaces. Next cart has on bottom shelf tall bottles like a gallon of water, olive oil, some vodka, next shelf has a box of wine on it, next shelf has canned dog food. On these carts I still have some space which in my world is a miracle! My hub is itching to put stuff on the shelves but I am hording my empty spots! I do have a plan for one shelf. I have looked high and low and cannot find a bin that will fit this shelf so I am going to build one! What I am using is some cooling racks that I will cut into the proper sizes, then put together with wire ties. I have drawn the pattern out and know this will work. Then, once I get the bin together, it will fit on the top shelf of one of a cart to contain all the cooking utensils. I plan to unload two giant upright containers from my counter top into this handmade bin. I have a hard time getting the utensil out of them because there are so many of everything. Will sort thru the crap and get rid of some of it. The rest will go on the cart. Still not a great improvement because it will require moving the cart out each time we will need a spatula or whatever but should be easy to see what we want. I have a space near my fridge I might build a second bin for a few spatulas and whatever. I have been eyeing my dogs treat jars which are also on the counter top. Not sure what I will do with those right now but thinking of doing something different. Maybe one divided Tupperware. Will have to think about it. I have watched some youtube organization ideas and some are good. I also put a pantry door organizer in my hallway pantry and have a few empty shelves there too! Like GOLD! Finally got my Spicy Shelf system and put that in a cabinet too! It is a pretty cheaply made system but it works and looks great! I can actually find my spices. That is going to require more work. I plan to buy some new spices which will make things look more organized due to the similar sized bottles. I have a bad habit of leaving my Windex and other spray bottles in my sink. I got SICK of it and put up this hanging organizer behind my paper towels and it fits the two spray bottles perfectly. I also ordered two new mesh drawer systems to up under the kitchen sink to replace the junky stuff I have under there now. Why is this taking me so long to do all of this! LOL! Cleaning out the clutter is a lot of work! How did I create this monster?

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« Reply #1282 on: September 29, 2018, 06:22:27 AM »
Oh, good job RoadRunner!  I'm jealous of all your undercounter space and rolling carts!  We have room for just one such cart (if I am imagining yours correctly) and I can hang 3 pots off the side, which I LOVE.   I'd be so great to have a few more!

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« Reply #1283 on: September 29, 2018, 06:51:32 AM »
My dream would be to have a room with chrome rolling shelves. I would have all my cooking things on one or two of these rolling shelves and then I would have two more for canned foods, boxed foods and other foods. I would have bins on just about every shelf to contain all this stuff. But alas, this dream is not going to happen. The carts are perfect and fit under the countertop. I did a lot of measuring. The great thing about these carts is that the shelves are adjustable. In fact, I bought a 5th cart but cannibalized it to put more shelves on two of the carts. All only come with 3 total shelves, but by cannibalizing the 5th cart I was able to add two shelves more to one cart and one more to the other.  I assessed my height needs and installed the shelves to the need. I bought these hooks for the cart that hangs the skillets. I must have around 7 or 8 skillets that are hanging from the top shelf.

This is not my cart but gives you the idea on how these skillets hang. Mine are closer together from smallest in front to biggest in back. https://www.amazon.com/MyGift-Mount-Kitchen-Storage-Utensil/dp/B01IWA59QE?hvadid=77859222677193&hvbmt=bb&hvdev=c&hvqmt=b&keywords=hanging+pot+shelf&qid=1538224469&sr=8-112&tag=mh0b-20&ref=sr_1_112

I used these hooks on the chrome rack. What is nice about them is that when you pull off a pan, the hook stays put! https://www.amazon.com/Mtlee-Hanging-Hangers-Storage-Bathroom/dp/B078HRKGJR?keywords=pot+hook&pd_rd_i=B078HRKGJR&pd_rd_r=df8405c1-184b-41e6-af07-17f548e2b47f&pd_rd_w=nJJRg&pd_rd_wg=8bjvB&pf_rd_i=pot%2Bhook&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=be4e4b33-ff1d-476e-a827-fb55b7c4763f&pf_rd_r=FA2P13HAZMHYAGK5DQWX&pf_rd_s=loom-desktop-bottom-slot&pf_rd_t=301&qid=1538224945&ref=sxbs_sxwds-stvpv2

Here are the chrome carts. Mine are all on wheels and you'd have to measure your area to make sure it will fit under a countertop or in a special spot. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=chrome+cart&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

This is the one I bought three of but cannibalized one: https://www.amazon.com/Whitmor-Supreme-Laundry-Versatile-Solution/dp/B000ILHN4C?keywords=chrome+cart&qid=1538225268&sr=8-9&ref=sr_1_9

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« Reply #1284 on: September 29, 2018, 11:17:55 AM »
Roadrunner53, glad you found a solution that works for you, but I would find that a nightmare!  My first thought was, how do you keep it all clean?  I HATE dust, plus I'm allergic to it.  Add in 3 pets (4 temporarily), and I would go out of my mind.  I like storage that's enclosed, so easy dusting.  Personally, I would have put something with doors there and just left room for heat venting behind it.  But if it works for you, great!

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« Reply #1285 on: September 30, 2018, 08:24:12 AM »
Roadrunner53, glad you found a solution that works for you, but I would find that a nightmare!  My first thought was, how do you keep it all clean?  I HATE dust, plus I'm allergic to it.  Add in 3 pets (4 temporarily), and I would go out of my mind.  I like storage that's enclosed, so easy dusting.  Personally, I would have put something with doors there and just left room for heat venting behind it.  But if it works for you, great!

I cannot enclose the area at all. As it is, the Hub was concerned about the carts blocking the heat. It is still very open under there. Most of what is on the carts gets used often so dust won't be a major disaster. I would prefer cabinets but no can do in that spot. It is a solution that is not perfect but works for me.

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« Reply #1286 on: September 30, 2018, 08:38:35 AM »
Here are the chrome carts. Mine are all on wheels and you'd have to measure your area to make sure it will fit under a countertop or in a special spot. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=chrome+cart&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Yes, that's what I have -- but only have room for the one!   My 1950s kitchen is so small.  Someday I'd love to have a larger kitchen with a real pantry.

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« Reply #1287 on: September 30, 2018, 08:55:19 AM »
Here are the chrome carts. Mine are all on wheels and you'd have to measure your area to make sure it will fit under a countertop or in a special spot. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=chrome+cart&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Yes, that's what I have -- but only have room for the one!   My 1950s kitchen is so small.  Someday I'd love to have a larger kitchen with a real pantry.

Yes, CB, I dream of a giant pantry and a extra large laundry room! My house was built in 1975. We actually built it way back then. But we were kids (22 and 23 years old) and didn't know much about anything! It is just an average raised ranch home with no frills. I rant about it all the time of what I wish we had. Until we sell and buy/build something else. This is it! We built it on a shoe string so even if we had been smarter, we probably couldn't have put in bells and whistles due to money issues! Now we are retired and face money issues!

CB, have you looked into buying a taller chrome cart? If you have space, you could go higher in the same footprint. I also bought this cart for another room. It is very narrow but is twice as tall. https://www.improvementscatalog.com/6-shelf-pantry-rack/250959?&prank=2  It says it is 10 inches wide but the shelf is actually smaller on the inside measurement. I like it a lot!

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« Reply #1288 on: September 30, 2018, 10:20:37 AM »
The decision had officially been made: we're selling and moving. In preparation, we've made a big list of what needs to go now vs later and so on. It's a big list because we're going back to apartment living from our big suburban house.

Today, I've cleared out the 'alcohol' cupboard (no alcohol left in it, but weird odds and ends). Put a little book about whiskey into the donate box, recycled a booklet from a whisky tasting, recycled a couple fancy scotch boxes. Threw out some corks, and tossed out the tiny bit of remaining irish cream.

I also took photos of my old prom dresses from high school and listed them on facebook marketplace.

This is going to be a BIG project to get everything done.

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« Reply #1289 on: September 30, 2018, 10:49:43 AM »
The decision had officially been made: we're selling and moving. In preparation, we've made a big list of what needs to go now vs later and so on. It's a big list because we're going back to apartment living from our big suburban house.

Today, I've cleared out the 'alcohol' cupboard (no alcohol left in it, but weird odds and ends). Put a little book about whiskey into the donate box, recycled a booklet from a whisky tasting, recycled a couple fancy scotch boxes. Threw out some corks, and tossed out the tiny bit of remaining irish cream.

I also took photos of my old prom dresses from high school and listed them on facebook marketplace.

This is going to be a BIG project to get everything done.

I'm impressed!  Most of my decluttering came after my move...your way will be so much better!

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« Reply #1290 on: September 30, 2018, 04:18:06 PM »
I have done some cross country moves with 5 people and learned the hard way to declutter first:))

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« Reply #1291 on: September 30, 2018, 04:24:50 PM »
I have done some cross country moves with 5 people and learned the hard way to declutter first:))
Amen. Before our last move we took about two months before to slowly go through every room, closet, drawer, and so forth to declutter. We got rid of a lot.

Then we got to the other side and realized “oh crap, we have too much stuff, it isn’t going to fit.” Then we spent another several months doing decluttering round two. It felt silky to have moved that unwanted stuff even though we only moved five blocks.

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« Reply #1292 on: September 30, 2018, 04:37:20 PM »
I have done some cross country moves with 5 people and learned the hard way to declutter first:))
Amen. Before our last move we took about two months before to slowly go through every room, closet, drawer, and so forth to declutter. We got rid of a lot.

Then we got to the other side and realized “oh crap, we have too much stuff, it isn’t going to fit.” Then we spent another several months doing decluttering round two. It felt silky to have moved that unwanted stuff even though we only moved five blocks.

Yeah, I learned the hard way on my first major downsize that even pre-decluttering isn't enough! BF and I moved from 2 bedrooms, ~950sqft to about 500sqft. Even getting rid of a TON of stuff before moving, I still ended up crying on the floor of an apartment with walls stacked with boxes, utterly overwhelmed.

We're now in a 3/2 with a den, storage attic, two car garage, and a yard, ~1900sqft, and probably moving to a 2/1 apartment with ~750sqft. Happily, we've stayed fairly minimalist while here, but that's still a HUGE change in space. Not to mention I want to get rid of some extras even before listing so it shows really well.

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« Reply #1293 on: September 30, 2018, 06:15:24 PM »
I've filled up the donation box, now I just need to actually donate all of it. Will get around to it.

Have made significant progress on the garage, which allowed me to throw out 3 empty paint cans. Also, the pieces to repair my damaged gutter arrived, and I fixed the urgent one. The non-urgent one I'll do next weekend. All the leftover (messed up) pieces I can give to my neighbor for scrap metal recycling, he has a bin. (Note - if you drop a ladder on your downspout, it will bend.)

Also had a craigslist person come and take about half the rock pile, he'll probably come back this week and take the rest.

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« Reply #1294 on: September 30, 2018, 10:17:45 PM »
Off sick today with a gross head cold but I am having the time of my life unpacking and decluttering my books.

It’s the perfect low energy job and I’m giving myself lots of tea breaks.

We moved into this fixer upper 3.5 years ago, and have finally finished the dining room where our book shelves are. All the boxes have been waiting patiently in the dusty garage since we moved. It’s kind of like Christmas! Only I feel less guilty about sending half my presents straight to the thrift store.

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« Reply #1295 on: October 01, 2018, 02:57:04 AM »
Created a couple of ads on local Facebook buy and sell. Sold half a bag of toy tools almost immediately. So happy when it goes to someone who will appreciate it, my kids are now 7 and almost 6, this went to a grandma for a her 2 yr old granddaughter, and it is really suitable for that age. Also the grandfather used to work as a carpenter so perfect.

No takers on the cars the kids want to sell. Tons of ads on toy cars. If there aren't any takers, I will give them away. Not worth a lot of money anyway and those are big cars for smaller kids so would be great to get out of the house. EDITED TO ADD: when my kids decide to sell things, I give them money regardless if it sells or not. But I may price the toy to $3 and they want to sell for $1 so it all evens out anyway.

Also trying to give away a lamp but no takers there either.

And then I started another bag to hand in to local used kids clothing store, they are open later in the week. Want to add a few more things and hope to be able to hand it in on Thursday of Friday if I can leave work early enough.

The house just looks a total mess after the weekend. Before I can declutter more, I need to straighten up the regular stuff. We were away Satuday all day and tired yesterday. Got A LOT of laundry done though so today I will be folding so much. That is the project for tonight :-)  Then sort out what else needs to be done and after that go back to Konmari and ALL THE PAPERS...
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« Reply #1296 on: October 01, 2018, 01:52:11 PM »
Put together a box to donate this weekend with 31 items. My goal for 2018 is to donate/sell 1 item for every day in the year. So far this will bring me up to May 31st.

It's getting tough but if I really sit and think about it I don't need all those books. I'm never going to re-read 95% of them, and I can just get them from the library. Clothes I have gotten rid of lot but still tend to hang on to things that I probably wont wear again. I wear the same outfits all the time and have a couple dresses that I wear for special occasions I really should just get rid of the rest. Shoes are another thing. I wear sneakers everyday except for the rare occasion when I wear hiking boots or sandals. Yet I have a good 20 pairs of heels sitting under my bed. Hoping to get the "June" box put together this week.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1297 on: October 01, 2018, 01:57:59 PM »
Put together a box to donate this weekend with 31 items. My goal for 2018 is to donate/sell 1 item for every day in the year. So far this will bring me up to May 31st.

The phrasing here killed me. Because it's exactly how I feel in my own efforts to do things, especially decluttering. Goals, lists, mind tricks on myself.... and somehow on many things I end up six months behind! Best of luck with the June box.

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« Reply #1298 on: October 01, 2018, 02:08:28 PM »
Blocking off a set of time to go through all files -there aren't many, they got superculled a while back so now it's just an annual update, essentially.

The Plan:
*schedule a two-hour block in my calendar
*buy a box of chocolates
*make tea
*bring files to big living area
*have empty crate for shreddables
*do eet

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« Reply #1299 on: October 01, 2018, 02:19:46 PM »
The tea + chocolates + papers combo sounds like a really good way to go about that bit of decluttering, Jooni. ;)