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« Reply #1300 on: October 01, 2018, 02:28:06 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.

Thanks, I'm like where did the year go? How am I 4 months behind on this. Oh well, at least stuff is getting out the door and not coming in :)

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« Reply #1301 on: October 02, 2018, 01:56:43 AM »
My DH finally threw away 4 plastic, orange cups. His parents have some decades in the past bought these for camping purpose. After that they have been using them for breakfast at their house, ugly, plastic, orange plates. My DH has always kept those stupid plastic cups. I was not allowed to through them away some years ago. But now he did it bij himself. :-D

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« Reply #1302 on: October 02, 2018, 04:59:48 AM »
Linda_Norway, glad to hear the plastic cups are gone. I fall into that boat of keeping old things for sentimental reasons. I have no problem getting rid of nice, newish items, but I struggle to get rid of threadbare spider-man towels from my youth. Silly!

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« Reply #1303 on: October 02, 2018, 05:13:06 AM »
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.

It's important not to overgoal!  (-:

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« Reply #1304 on: October 02, 2018, 05:15:17 AM »
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

This is my favorite kind of decluttering -- maintenance decluttering where I've already done the heavy lifting 6 months earlier!  It makes me feel like things are finally moving in a more streamlined direction.

Love the chocolates for motivation!

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« Reply #1305 on: October 02, 2018, 02:32:31 PM »
I love the vision of you decluttering your files Jooni. So cosy and soothing.

I tackled another box from the shed yesterday - the contents of the husband’s miscellaneous kitchen drawer from his last house. Many dried up pens were discarded, and I found some treasures like beautiful calligraphy pens, sparklers and an unused packet of blue tack.

I’ll take most of the office supplies in to the non profit I work for - we’ll never use so many pens and gluesticks at home.

Next mission is to get the donations out of the house, but I feel too snotty and gross to interact with the op shop volunteers today. I may photograph and list a few bigger things for sale, or I may head down to the shed to find more boxes.

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« Reply #1306 on: October 02, 2018, 02:39:06 PM »
Put two bottles of shampoo (too strong smelling), two boxes of pads (wrong length), and two cartons of almond milk (weird flavor) on Buy Nothing. Already have pending pickups for all but the pads.

Picked out a couple pairs of capris for the donate pile. I'll slowly work through some clothes as my brain comes to terms with my body changes from IVF (...hopefully).

A couple days ago, took all our returnable bottles to the grocery store. I HATE doing this with a passion, so it was nice to get done. Plus, $4.30!

Split my big mama spider plant into two pots. As a result, the awaiting pot is now in use, and the plant will be happier (assuming it lives, lol). I was procrastinating this way too long!

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« Reply #1307 on: October 02, 2018, 06:05:21 PM »
I love the vision of you decluttering your files Jooni. So cosy and soothing.

It really is!!!! I've done one session of it so far, thoroughly enjoyed that, and am very much looking forward to my next go :)

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« Reply #1308 on: October 02, 2018, 06:07:38 PM »
A couple days ago, took all our returnable bottles to the grocery store. I HATE doing this with a passion, so it was nice to get done. Plus, $4.30!

I hate doing that too (just because I'd have to hang on to stuff longer than I want to) so I just leave it in bags outside and let anyone who wants take it. Usually people that rely on it for income. That $4.30 may be all their food money for the day, and can be a wonderful gift. Might that be an option in your area?

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« Reply #1309 on: October 02, 2018, 06:27:01 PM »
A couple days ago, took all our returnable bottles to the grocery store. I HATE doing this with a passion, so it was nice to get done. Plus, $4.30!

I hate doing that too (just because I'd have to hang on to stuff longer than I want to) so I just leave it in bags outside and let anyone who wants take it. Usually people that rely on it for income. That $4.30 may be all their food money for the day, and can be a wonderful gift. Might that be an option in your area?

We always used to do that! No one comes by where we live now =( Fancy suburban neighborhood. When I lived in a city I'd always put them out in a bag and write "cans" on it. Didn't work when I tried it here. And then when I was younger and lived where I do now, I'd often take the cans to the center and if someone who looked like they do a lot of can returns/could use some help was around, I would offer them mine. No luck this time though. (Although storing them and getting them there is half the battle, I'll admit). So I just did the returns. Planned on getting myself a coffee as a reward, but I was so done by the time the machine was done crashing near my head that I just went home! (I will admit though, the new machines are MUCH better than they used to be. You can even do all returnable types into the same machine! Still loud, but quieter by far).


Space savings achieved. Opened up toothbrushes and razors that were packaged poorly, and consolidated them into the ziplocks I use to organize those drawers. Looks much cleaner under my sink and in that drawer now.

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« Reply #1310 on: October 02, 2018, 06:29:22 PM »
We always used to do that! No one comes by where we live now

Darn!! Oh well, at least your decluttering is going fabulously, it sounds like :)

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« Reply #1311 on: October 03, 2018, 02:54:07 AM »
A couple days ago, took all our returnable bottles to the grocery store. I HATE doing this with a passion, so it was nice to get done. Plus, $4.30!

I hate doing that too (just because I'd have to hang on to stuff longer than I want to) so I just leave it in bags outside and let anyone who wants take it. Usually people that rely on it for income. That $4.30 may be all their food money for the day, and can be a wonderful gift. Might that be an option in your area?

We always used to do that! No one comes by where we live now =( Fancy suburban neighborhood. When I lived in a city I'd always put them out in a bag and write "cans" on it. Didn't work when I tried it here. And then when I was younger and lived where I do now, I'd often take the cans to the center and if someone who looked like they do a lot of can returns/could use some help was around, I would offer them mine. No luck this time though. (Although storing them and getting them there is half the battle, I'll admit). So I just did the returns. Planned on getting myself a coffee as a reward, but I was so done by the time the machine was done crashing near my head that I just went home! (I will admit though, the new machines are MUCH better than they used to be. You can even do all returnable types into the same machine! Still loud, but quieter by far).


Space savings achieved. Opened up toothbrushes and razors that were packaged poorly, and consolidated them into the ziplocks I use to organize those drawers. Looks much cleaner under my sink and in that drawer now.

When I am in the city center and have an empty bottle of soda that I want to get rid of, I put it on top of one of the public garbage bins. Then the bottle-collectors don't need to stick their arm inside the bin to retrieve them.

At home, I just return them to the shop and collect the money. In the past I put all old bottles and cans (with and without return money) in a large bin in the kitchen. Every now and then I had to sort out which ones had return money and bring them back. I hated that job. Now we have a small bin under the sink for the bottles and glass that can be thrown away in a bin at our porch. The return bottles and cans go into a large shopping bag that I can grab when it is full. Yes, this is annoying, but not the worst thing one has to do in a household...

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« Reply #1312 on: October 03, 2018, 05:43:00 AM »
Gave away 4 wheels and tyres that were left under the house hy the last tenants.  Someone was happy to get them, and saves my $120 that it would have cost to take them to the tip.

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« Reply #1313 on: October 03, 2018, 07:11:26 AM »
I new colleague will be emigrating to Norway. He mentioned wanting to buy a rental house that is big enough to store all his stuff until he can buy a house. Or else rent a storage place. He is sceptic towards renting an apartment, because of playing a piano. I have tipped him about the fact that you can collect a second hand piano here for free, so that it is not economically worth it to emigrate a piano. I also mentioned I have an electronic piano for sale, that you can play silently in an apartment. We'll see what happens.
I have been looking for houses for him. There is one lovely small house for rent, not so far from the office and it is cheap as well. It is just not big enough for all his stuff. I sent him the link for storage places. But I wish he had understood the value of downsizing. The furniture is maybe not worth storing for a year.

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« Reply #1314 on: October 03, 2018, 05:18:55 PM »
-BIL came and picked up our second couch (basically it was to host holidays, haha) to give to HIS brother in law. He forgot the ottomon that matches, but we'll hand that over tomorrow.
-Went through stuff and found more things to charity: two dog harnesses that won't be the right size, freebie t shirts, speakers that won't fit the new space, knitting gear I never learned to use, a yoga ball we won't have room for, and so on.
-I'm going to pack up our bookshelves tomorrow, so I will pack with a critical eye there.
-Listed our grill on Buy Nothing and already have 3 interested parties. So the grill and 2 large propane tanks will find a new home, and the back patio will show nicer. (It is not a pretty grill). And then there is no rush to rehome it immediately before moving.

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« Reply #1315 on: October 04, 2018, 12:07:14 PM »
Ugh, I hate selling things. I really should try to sell:

Electric wheel for a bicycle
Shredder (between personal and commercial sized)
Sewing machine
Futon

Except for wheel I'd rather just give them to an acquaintance who would actually use them but no one I know wants or needs any of them. And since two of them were given to me by family members I don't want to sell them on Facebook where they might see. I just need to suck it up an list them but I hate deciding on a price and then dealing with unreliable people.

Today I did manage to give my old printer to Best Buy for recycling, throw away a few items I realized weren't worth donating, and drop of some clothes at one of those local clothing drop boxes, plus drop off regular recycling while I was out. ETA: And dropped off a return via UPS for something Hubs ordered on Amazon and didn't realize was the wrong size
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« Reply #1316 on: October 04, 2018, 01:12:09 PM »
-Threw out some very old, very hard oxyclean powder that I rarely use and was left by a prior roommate and still for some reason moved with me.
-Semi-failure point: no critical eye was turned toward books. Packing them made me sad and I was dragging my feet on doing it, so I just packed them all. At least I know if we keep the shelves we have, they all fit just fine.
-Corralled items: put plastic tupperware on a high shelf into a nice looking wire bin I was given. Now they'll be more accessible and look nicer for house showing. (We mainly use glass snaplock, but sometimes plastic is called for- gifting items, bringing food when we'll be carrying it all day, etc)
-Using up bottled fizzy water vs making more with the soda stream to clear them out before sale.
-BIL did come back and get that ottoman =)

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« Reply #1317 on: October 04, 2018, 02:52:46 PM »
BJ, don't be too hard on yourself about the books. Although it would be more efficient to declutter them now, it's often easier to go through things like that in the new place where you have the emotional boost of 'exciting new life' and the motivation to keep only the right amount for that particular space.

I changed my plan on Wednesday and started a digital declutter. Backed up my laptop for the first time in far too long, went through all my digital music and deleted what I no longer enjoy, and reformatted my old phone to use as a music player in the car. Tried the music player yesterday and it's fantastic - can't believe I procrastinated on that for so long. Listening to some of the older tracks I hadn't heard in years brought back so many memories.

I found I had a lot of music I was keeping 'just in case' or that someone had given me and I told myself I would listen to it some day to see if I liked it. It's all on Spotify now so out it goes. Only keeping what I know I want to listen to over and over.

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« Reply #1318 on: October 04, 2018, 05:06:23 PM »
That is an interesting concept because unlike real clutter, digital clutter mostly has no consequences. It doesn’t really stress me out yay I have a bunch of old files on my laptop but having old junk around the house is a major source of angst. I sort of gave up long ago clearing out old emails, for example, because I can just ignore them and search for anything useful I may need down the line. How do other people handle that stuff?

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« Reply #1319 on: October 04, 2018, 07:42:41 PM »
Ysette- It was actually a lovely feeling to discard the TERRABYTES of korean/japanese dramas/anime from years ago, instead of having them lurking around, silently telling me that I should finish watching them even tho it has been years. I also used New Laptop as the excuse to clear out so many old files. I picked out the small number of photos I wanted to transfer to the new machine and then scrubbed the old one. I also actively archive/delete archives unless there is something I need to do in response to it. I dunno, I'm a discarder so it feels good to me. Ofpym retains things, so that's our household battle, but even he is watching me sort through and clear things and starting to take similar action. [he has 13k unread emails. UNSUBSCRIBE MY DUDE!]


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« Reply #1320 on: October 04, 2018, 08:45:57 PM »
Digital clutter doesn't bother as much as physical clutter does but I do like it hidden. I can't stand letting my inbox get very full or have much on my desktop but having loads of pictures in a folder I don't have to see is generally fine and I rarely (if ever) clean out the other folders in my email.

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« Reply #1321 on: October 04, 2018, 11:07:24 PM »
I would love to have a clean, slim set of electronic files -all collated and organized, just the ones actually needed. I dislike digital clutter as much as physical. But I live with it okay :)

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« Reply #1322 on: October 05, 2018, 08:27:44 AM »
Ugh, I hate selling things. I really should try to sell:

You aren't the only one, I reached a tipping point with Ebay this week and have decided it's just too much hassle for too little gain. If I want to get rid of anything from now on it goes on Freecycle.

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« Reply #1323 on: October 05, 2018, 08:36:25 AM »
Ugh, I hate selling things. I really should try to sell:

You aren't the only one, I reached a tipping point with Ebay this week and have decided it's just too much hassle for too little gain. If I want to get rid of anything from now on it goes on Freecycle.
I only have one item that would be worth putting on Ebay if it doesn't sell locally. I usually don't bother selling, but these are either weird to donate (hitch drawbar doesn't seem like a Goodwill item) or potentially worth enough to try (though most not worth enough to try very hard)

I did list 3 things on Craigslist yesterday. So far no hits but at least they're listed

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« Reply #1324 on: October 05, 2018, 09:23:33 AM »
I got pretty frustrated trying to sell stuff ok Craigslist/FB also. There are so many flaky people out there and then my husband seems to think I should hold out forever and get people to magically pay way more than I think is reasonable. His goal seems to be to get as much $ for an item as possible whereas my goal is to get it the heck out of my house.

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« Reply #1326 on: October 06, 2018, 09:56:44 PM »
I got pretty frustrated trying to sell stuff ok Craigslist/FB also. There are so many flaky people out there and then my husband seems to think I should hold out forever and get people to magically pay way more than I think is reasonable. His goal seems to be to get as much $ for an item as possible whereas my goal is to get it the heck out of my house.

Same here. In fact, I listed a TV mount (new& unopened) at half of the selling price. Have to wait and see if someone will be interested. There should be a better way of selling things :) I hope so.

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« Reply #1327 on: October 07, 2018, 01:35:33 AM »
Today DH and I will deal with paper clutter. Late last night (I am a night owl sometimes), I went through the house, tried to find all paper and papery stuff and carried it all to the TV room where I had put a large piece of plastic cloth on the floor to keep it gathered.
Then I wrote out sorting areas on blank sheets: action, keep forever, keep short term and sentimental. We are doing the Konmari method so sentimental needs to be dealt with as well, but will be postponed until later.
Today DH will do a second search through the house and then the fun (scary fun...) will begin. Kids will be on extended screen time 😜

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« Reply #1328 on: October 07, 2018, 02:03:27 AM »
Today DH and I will deal with paper clutter. Late last night (I am a night owl sometimes), I went through the house, tried to find all paper and papery stuff and carried it all to the TV room where I had put a large piece of plastic cloth on the floor to keep it gathered.
Then I wrote out sorting areas on blank sheets: action, keep forever, keep short term and sentimental. We are doing the Konmari method so sentimental needs to be dealt with as well, but will be postponed until later.
Today DH will do a second search through the house and then the fun (scary fun...) will begin. Kids will be on extended screen time 😜

It will feel great once you have done it!

Today we did a year's worth of filing. The paper bin is full and I've finally done a few admin things that had been put off. Haven't convinced hubby that he doesn't need tax stuff from 2002 but overall, we are winning.  Even better, I got to throw away an old broken plastic filing thingo - I'd acquired a metal filing drawer thing (for free, yay) but it had sat unused for months waiting for me to empty the old one. Now there is one less thing gathering dust.

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« Reply #1329 on: October 07, 2018, 08:39:32 AM »
It will feel great once you have done it!


Possibly but right now please kill me :-) . We had to take a break at lunch to do things outside of the house for some hours, but we have actually come a long way. But there is so much left. I thought I would end up putting more on hold in sentimental but not too bad. I have some old articles and e-books I need to/want to go through and that will not happen today but the rest should be done today, at least mine and possibly the shared. As for DH, I'm not sure. He sure is a pack rat, and it became clear that he has a lot more paper clutter than med, and also that it was less organized. Mine was sorted and more in need of culling (a lot) so it was quicker. I have some things I need to do together w/DH but should be done in a few hours.

We have decided to pick up McDonalds for dinner as we found a gift certificate in one of the piles. It's for two menus/meals and it's expiring soon. Will just add two small burgers for the kids. Fits well with paper decluttering AND reducing food cost :-)

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« Reply #1330 on: October 07, 2018, 09:16:23 AM »
I sold a pair of new flip flops on eBay & got them out of the house. Made a giant $5.90 on them, but they are gone now.

I'm with you guys on the effort required. I don't actually mind eBay, because there is minimal flakiness (but, maximum fees). I use my local Facebook swap for easy to move kids items, discount the price so there will be no negotiating, and do porch pickup only. I use Craigslist super sparingly, because people are so annoying.

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« Reply #1331 on: October 07, 2018, 01:53:41 PM »
We thought council hard rubbish day was coming up but was maybe next weekend* but I realised as I took the dog out last night that it was yesterday and we missed our chance to get rod of our bulk stuff for another 6 months. We're going to have to come up with another plan.

* normally people start putting things out a couple of weeks in advance and the piles get very large before collection. This time there was almost nothing on the street for pickup so we misread the signs.

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« Reply #1332 on: October 07, 2018, 04:41:52 PM »
Next weekend is the local hazardous waste drop off. I've been accumulating some things for that, the problem is I can only find half the pile. Will be spending some time hunting down the rest of it this week.

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« Reply #1333 on: October 08, 2018, 04:09:58 AM »
I am on my way selling 500 grams of dried mushrooms. When done, I can remove the large bucket that is standing in the kitchen.

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« Reply #1334 on: October 08, 2018, 08:31:12 AM »
More of organization this week and removed some garbage. Organized the garage, closet, and pantry. Now, all looks neat & tidy. :)

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« Reply #1335 on: October 08, 2018, 09:58:22 AM »
Yesterday, culled at least 80 papers from files in the annual go.

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« Reply #1336 on: October 08, 2018, 10:00:28 AM »
-Went through our three tiered tray & recycled/tossed a bunch of stuff.
-Organized the kids school pictures so they are now ready for distribution & mailing
-Had the kids comb through the house & put all of their stuff back where it belongs. That was at least an hour of work.
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« Reply #1337 on: October 08, 2018, 10:26:49 AM »
I'm somewhat of a digital hoarder, and have basically kept every file I've ever produced. I'm approaching the limit of laptop hard drives of a reasonable size, so it's time to apply my decluttering to my digital life. I'm still going to back up the deleted files onto two hard drives so it's not quite the same as a normal declutter, but hopefully my computer will run more smoothly and digital files will be easier to find. And as a bonus, limiting the amount of files I have may help reduce replacement costs whenever this computer bites the dust. 50 GB and counting removed so far....

Also, I have identified random pantry items I'll never eat. I don't really know what to do with them because I don't think they're going to be donateable to a food bank? It's an unopened jar of fudge sauce I got as a gift, and an opened tin of smoked paprika I didn't like.

I want them out of the house, but don't want to trash them. I have a hard time wasting food even if these two items aren't of much nutritional value.

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« Reply #1338 on: October 08, 2018, 10:33:47 AM »
Most food banks can take everything (unopened, etc). Ideally there’s a bank in the new model (set up like a store) in your area and someone gets to choose the fudge. Sometimes the old-model food bank will have a mini version of this its lobby, where just the person who can use it will get to see it displayed.

Otherwise, Freecycle, Buy Nothing, etc, are also good for foods/ingredients.

The opened one you’re likely going to have to chuck, unless a Freecycle participant or a friend want it. Feed it to the earth so the earth can make more beautiful food?

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« Reply #1339 on: October 08, 2018, 11:02:58 AM »
I just remembered that I have to take off All day Thursday from work to take DH to a midday drs appointments. If I wake early that will give me a good 4 hour chunk of am time to take care of all my paperwork decluttering.

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« Reply #1340 on: October 08, 2018, 12:04:26 PM »
I'm so excited I can participate in this thread again!  Been focusing on other stuff, but yesterday I replaced a pair of slacks that never fit right, so the ill-fitting ones went into the thrift box.  Granted, they have not left the house, but I have a good track record of filling up a box and then taking it down. Box is mostly empty at the moment.

Bonus decluttering: a friend was on extended travels & stayed with me the night he got back.  I noticed he put his travel guide in the thrift box :)

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« Reply #1341 on: October 08, 2018, 07:06:17 PM »
I spent $110 at the tip last week, throwing out the old tenant(s) rubbish!  A mattress, three gas bottles all out of date, a broken double bed cast iron frame that would have been worth something if not damaged as badly as it was.  Lots of broken motorcycle helmets.  A full ute load.

It may have been expensive, but it feels so much better to have that rubbish out of my life.

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« Reply #1342 on: October 09, 2018, 08:57:43 AM »
I've been trying on things I don't normally wear each morning. If it's not something that fits properly, or that I like, it goes in the donation box, or into a pile I save for a friend who is a bit smaller than me. I'm 2/2 this week, and it feels great to get rid of things that just take up space in my closet.

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« Reply #1343 on: October 09, 2018, 11:55:38 AM »
I had a surprising win with the office closet last night. I pulled out all the Warhammer stuff and put it in a pile. It took up the entire futon. When Hubs got home I asked him to help me organize it in a way where it's all together and neat. I even offered a huge box that currently hold motorcycle and winter gear. He not only got rid of about 1/3 of it, he reorganized it in a way that got rid of the the foam and egg cartons and eliminated most of the bulk. When he was done it all fit into one box that originally held less than half of it.
Then we reorganized the D&D stuff and got rid of a few things that let it all fit nicely into a drawer. He is MUCH more of a keeper of things than I am so him offering to get rid of things when I just asked to reorganize was surprising. We traded in the discards at the local gaming store for some stuff we'll actually use (and that takes up far less space)
Today I threw away or recycled all the old packaging and now the closet is clearer. There's still more work to be done but I expected that to be the hardest part

No response yet on the other stuff I'm trying to sell though :(

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« Reply #1344 on: October 09, 2018, 07:08:25 PM »
On just one counter, my teen likes to rest bits of food-related items. That space is literally inches from multiple appropriate receptacles. I put a sign on the counter: "Do not store things here. A thing goes in recycling, compost, wash bin, or garbage. Nothing goes here." Likely it will need to stay put just a few days before Teen has established a new habit. Looking forward to that :)

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« Reply #1345 on: October 09, 2018, 08:12:28 PM »
I started out to clean some clutter in Kitchen. There were so many utensils/plates/bowls - used less and in perfect condition. Was very upset to realize how much money would I've saved :(

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« Reply #1346 on: October 09, 2018, 08:25:11 PM »
I started out to clean some clutter in Kitchen. There were so many utensils/plates/bowls - used less and in perfect condition. Was very upset to realize how much money would I've saved :(

I've made aspirational purchases in the past, thinking I would be this amazing dinner party host. I haven't become that person, but it's ok to just acknowledge the mistake and move on! Maybe you know someone starting out that would appreciate a gift?

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« Reply #1347 on: October 09, 2018, 08:44:14 PM »
I made a decision to just take the time to go through my books properly. I'm not comfortable with donating one that I bought and then never touched, so I'm reading a few pages of each, skimming more of some. It's really working for me and I have a pile of 11 books to go, three to keep and read and I've put one in a maybe pile. I've got 10 more to consider. I can do two or three in a day. Fast decisions just don't work for me and books, sorry Marie Kondo.

I've also got a bunch of home type magazines that I guess are kept for inspiration? So I'm going to suggest hubby and I make a sort of mood board with clippings for our new build and then recycle the rest. This weekend might be wet and cold so would be a good time.

I have to talk to hubby about his collection of outdated foldable maps and leaflets. Maybe he's keeping them as memories of trips and we could do some cool collage in a frame. I think he thinks we might go back to certain places and we could reuse them but I think we are more likely to get our info online now.

After this I'm pretty happy we will have contained our books to our available storage space.

We have people coming for a soiree in mid November so I've got a deadline to 'finish' the house after a small scale renovation which is really helping. It includes things like patching walls so not really about decluttering tho. A longer term deadline that is becoming clearer is our new build - it might be done by this time next year. Unfortunately it's too far away to generate any more minimising activity but at least it's a good incentive not to buy more (the new place is smaller).

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« Reply #1348 on: October 10, 2018, 07:52:05 AM »
Inspired by this thread, when I went to find a photo yesterday, I deleted so much "digital clutter". Probably over 1000 photos. I need to keep going. It's actually a project I was hoping to accomplish on my sabbatical (and will definitely do that), but I can also delete a few things here & there when I have a spare moment.

It's crazy, because I can now easily review all of the high quality photos that are worth saving, vs having to sift through all of the useless stuff. Kind of how, after cleaning your closet, you're able to see all of your favorite items.

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« Reply #1349 on: October 10, 2018, 10:27:23 AM »
Room is looking so much better -- it turns out that when you get rid of crap, you make space to put away the stuff that was just lying around! Huzzah.

Got rid of another shirt; it's super cute, and very comfortable when I'm seven pounds lighter, but I'm over 30, my body shape has changed, and I'm probably not going to be seven pounds lighter any time soon.