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« Reply #1500 on: October 28, 2018, 05:03:56 PM »
We went with the buyer who wants to buy all our stuff haha. So we'll replace a few items, but not all of them, and see if we want to add them back in one by one.
That is the dream. So pleased for you

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« Reply #1501 on: October 29, 2018, 06:23:19 AM »
I worked in the garage for a couple of hours.  While nothing has left the property the pile is sorted into zones for drop off locations in a consolidated area.  All the items that need repairs are in another place.   Some stuff left the basement.   A lot of garbage made it into the bins.  So much space.

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« Reply #1502 on: October 29, 2018, 07:36:23 AM »
Congrats, @Bracken_Joy !

I emptied out my older backpack and put it in the donate bag. I had been holding onto it for sentimental reasons (I'd used it for 11 years) and because I had some fuzzy notion that I would use my old backpack for occasions when I didn't want to get my new bag dirty....what!? My new bag carries loads much more comfortably and is better organized. The old bag, which is in pretty good shape, is off to find its new home. (If you're wondering why I got the new bag in the first place, it's because it's a higher capacity traveling backpack that I use for trekking, vacations, work, and everyday.)

I also got rid of a pair of what if shoes, whose what if scenarios have never occurred, and I cleared off the entrance table.

I noticed that I have a tendency to keep items out if I want or need to do something with them, but then I don't do those things. Then every time I see the item, I think about how I have to do that thing, but continue on not doing it. What a silly drain on my mental energy! Maybe I'll create a closet box for all my to dos, and periodically, I can go through it.

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« Reply #1503 on: October 29, 2018, 09:09:04 AM »
I started my 'List of Everything I Own' this weekend and while I have a long way to go to get everything listed, it's already helping!!

As I went through the list (just mentally, I didn't get up and dig through just yet- I'm doing memory first, then dig through and add to list) I jumped up out of my desk chair several times to get said item from said area and move it to my 'Donate' box. 
Something about listing everything and seeing it written out in front of me is helping so much.  Plus I get to do a strike-through on the list when I get rid of things, and that's VERY satisfying.  LOL.

Gone:
Coffee Grinder
Glass Cookware (I used for soap making)
Extra mobility balls (How many do I need....)
Duplicate mobility bands
Box of brand new high quality casters (I was saving for an imaginary project)
Roll of 5" elastic
Saucepan I never use

..and a few other things I can't remember just now.

YAY!

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« Reply #1504 on: October 29, 2018, 11:47:14 AM »
I started my 'List of Everything I Own' this weekend and while I have a long way to go to get everything listed, it's already helping!!

As I went through the list (just mentally, I didn't get up and dig through just yet- I'm doing memory first, then dig through and add to list) I jumped up out of my desk chair several times to get said item from said area and move it to my 'Donate' box. 
Something about listing everything and seeing it written out in front of me is helping so much.  Plus I get to do a strike-through on the list when I get rid of things, and that's VERY satisfying.  LOL.

Gone:
Coffee Grinder
Glass Cookware (I used for soap making)
Extra mobility balls (How many do I need....)
Duplicate mobility bands
Box of brand new high quality casters (I was saving for an imaginary project)
Roll of 5" elastic
Saucepan I never use

..and a few other things I can't remember just now.

YAY!

I did this many years ago when I had a lot less stuff.  I found that it made me get rid of things, because I couldn't be bothered to write some things down, so I figured I didn't want it all that badly!  Might be time to do this again.  I use all kinds of strategies for decluttering and they all have their uses.

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« Reply #1505 on: October 29, 2018, 11:58:03 AM »
I started my 'List of Everything I Own' this weekend and while I have a long way to go to get everything listed, it's already helping!!

As I went through the list (just mentally, I didn't get up and dig through just yet- I'm doing memory first, then dig through and add to list) I jumped up out of my desk chair several times to get said item from said area and move it to my 'Donate' box. 
Something about listing everything and seeing it written out in front of me is helping so much.  Plus I get to do a strike-through on the list when I get rid of things, and that's VERY satisfying.  LOL.

Gone:
Coffee Grinder
Glass Cookware (I used for soap making)
Extra mobility balls (How many do I need....)
Duplicate mobility bands
Box of brand new high quality casters (I was saving for an imaginary project)
Roll of 5" elastic
Saucepan I never use

..and a few other things I can't remember just now.

YAY!

I did this many years ago when I had a lot less stuff.  I found that it made me get rid of things, because I couldn't be bothered to write some things down, so I figured I didn't want it all that badly!  Might be time to do this again.  I use all kinds of strategies for decluttering and they all have their uses.

I'm curious to try this, but it also kinda terrifies me a little. When you do this, how much detail do you use? ("Jar of pens" or "jar of pens, 10 black, 5 blue"? Or just "box of office supplies (pens, paper, etc)"?) And how many items do you end up with?

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« Reply #1506 on: October 29, 2018, 12:00:53 PM »
Your inventory, your rules.  From attempting this a few times ( note word attempting) I'm guessing you will find the level of detail that makes sense.  Also, you can start with groups, then go into more detail later.

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« Reply #1507 on: October 29, 2018, 12:43:05 PM »

I'm curious to try this, but it also kinda terrifies me a little. When you do this, how much detail do you use? ("Jar of pens" or "jar of pens, 10 black, 5 blue"? Or just "box of office supplies (pens, paper, etc)"?) And how many items do you end up with?

I think it'll be different for everyone. 
For me, so far (this could change) if it's something I have more than 10 of, I'll write something like "15-20 pens" etc.  This helped a lot because as I was typing some of this stuff out I was even able to go "do I REALLY need 12 three-ring binders?" and then I could get them out, take a look, and then just save the best few of the bunch.
 
I'm not going to get into painful detail, but just enough to help me REALLY realize what I have and think about each thing/category at least for a moment.

It's been great so far!  I highly recommend this.

I'm doing room-by-room/purpose such as "office items", "kitchen", "bathroom", "exercise stuff", Closet 1, Closet 2, etc. 

It'll probably be a messy list until I work on it for a while and condense, etc.


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« Reply #1508 on: October 29, 2018, 01:02:24 PM »
I do periodically inventory my books, which has helped me with that particular problem (books have been a gazingus pin for me in the past). And just listening to you guys talk about it this little bit, I suspect it'll help with a few other clutter areas (e.g. stationery -- I have stuff I love that I bought for myself, and stuff that people have given me that I don't particularly love).

I can doooooo this.

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« Reply #1509 on: October 29, 2018, 04:57:51 PM »
For a while I inventoried my books on Librarything but that's now so out of date, with the multiple sheddings that I would need to delete and re-load all my contents. A friend came over on the weekend for help making her Halloween party costume and I gave her a top that  I loved the colour of and then realised I needed to be ~6" taller to pull off, luckily she *is* that much taller and it's just right  for her. And I don't have to trek back to Uniqlo to return it. That place is a madhouse.

We returned 1 fork & 4 lunch containers to The Other House only to immediately find another container and 3 more forks.

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« Reply #1510 on: October 29, 2018, 06:04:46 PM »
Old broken iPod touch sent back to Apple for recycling.  They will give you a free shipping label for returning such items.

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« Reply #1511 on: October 29, 2018, 09:18:28 PM »
Got rid of a sweater & a shirt today. Sweater is too short & shirt is too tight. it's my goal to consolidate my closet to 3/4 of its current size. Each day, as I look to pick something to wear, I force myself to consider wearing a few things that are in my closet & haven't been worn in the last 9-12 months. If the answer is still no, and the item is seasonally appropriate enough to be logically considered, into the bin it goes.

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« Reply #1512 on: October 30, 2018, 05:49:31 AM »
Okay, I need a kick in the ass.

Problem 1: I emptied two very large containers that were on my countertop filled with utensils. One is a crock type container and the other is a square acrylic, clear container. Both are really nice and I am having issues getting rid of them but I have no use for them!

Problem 2: I bought a spicy shelf to organize my spices and emptied out about 20 small clear bottles. They all have sticky labels on them. I don't want to donate them without washing them but if I do donate them, the labels are going to require a lot of work to remove them. I am thinking about tossing them all out.

Problem 3: I have a friend who sends me flowers and they always come with a nice vase. Now I have about 6 vases and getting overwhelmed with all of them. They are all so nice but I just have too many!

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« Reply #1513 on: October 30, 2018, 06:18:52 AM »
Okay, I need a kick in the ass.
OK, I'll try!

Problem 1: I emptied two very large containers that were on my countertop filled with utensils. One is a crock type container and the other is a square acrylic, clear container. Both are really nice and I am having issues getting rid of them but I have no use for them!
> If you have no use for them, put them into your car to donate.  If they sit in your car for a few days, you might forget about them and be more OK donating them.  It's step one of three donating steps after you declutter/minimalize: put in car, drive to place, donate to place :)  If you end up not wanting to donate them, that's ok, but just take that first step.
Also, when I was younger, I really really relied on thrift stores to have a nice home.  You'll be helping someone out by donating them.


Problem 2: I bought a spicy shelf to organize my spices and emptied out about 20 small clear bottles. They all have sticky labels on them. I don't want to donate them without washing them but if I do donate them, the labels are going to require a lot of work to remove them. I am thinking about tossing them all out.
> Donate them AS-IS or recycle them.  Don't let them sit in your house for another day.  Into the car to donate or into the recycling bin they go!  If you can't put them in your car right now, put them in a box outside of your house.  Out.

Problem 3: I have a friend who sends me flowers and they always come with a nice vase. Now I have about 6 vases and getting overwhelmed with all of them. They are all so nice but I just have too many!
> That's so very kind of your friend and certainly something you want to remember.  Pick one that you like the most, donate the rest.  When she sends new flowers either move them into that favorite vase and recycle the one they arrive in, or if you like the new one more, keep that until the next ones come.  No more than one back up vase seems necessary to cherish this thoughtful act.  Again, someone will really love finding those at the thrift store, and if you end up recycling them, that's great too- they'll become something else!  How cool.  They'll get to live their lives in some other manner and spread that good energy throughout the world.  Only one back up vase- get the rest out.


Good luck!

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« Reply #1514 on: October 30, 2018, 06:42:19 AM »
OKAY JJ I think you put a dent in my ass! The empty spice jars will go unwashed in a bag for donation. I will sort thru the vases and donate 'most' and the two big ass jugs I will also donate. UGH!

It seems the more I declutter or organize, it just doesn't seem to make any difference. We have rented dumpsters, gigantic ones, and filled them up around 3 times. Have donated hundreds of bags to Goodwill and Vietnam Vets (over the years) and still, my house is overflowing. There are only two of us and we never had kids so we can only blame ourselves! I donated a boat load of professional culinary books to a local cooking school. Since then, I have purchased maybe 5 books! Not all cook books but they are creeping back in again! Just bought a new skillet after donating a bunch of pots and pans...

I used to have a timeshare and wish I could minimalize like that. Our timeshare slept 6. In the kitchen there were six of each type of glass, plates, silverware. Limited amount of pots pans and a spaghetti strainer. If you ran out of something the answer was to wash them to reuse them!

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« Reply #1515 on: October 30, 2018, 07:07:12 AM »
OKAY JJ I think you put a dent in my ass! The empty spice jars will go unwashed in a bag for donation. I will sort thru the vases and donate 'most' and the two big ass jugs I will also donate. UGH!

It seems the more I declutter or organize, it just doesn't seem to make any difference. We have rented dumpsters, gigantic ones, and filled them up around 3 times. Have donated hundreds of bags to Goodwill and Vietnam Vets (over the years) and still, my house is overflowing. There are only two of us and we never had kids so we can only blame ourselves! I donated a boat load of professional culinary books to a local cooking school. Since then, I have purchased maybe 5 books! Not all cook books but they are creeping back in again! Just bought a new skillet after donating a bunch of pots and pans...

I used to have a timeshare and wish I could minimalize like that. Our timeshare slept 6. In the kitchen there were six of each type of glass, plates, silverware. Limited amount of pots pans and a spaghetti strainer. If you ran out of something the answer was to wash them to reuse them!

What's stopping you from doing that? My husband and I lived like that for many years when we were starting out.

Also, +1 me with JJ for items to thrift stores potentially being major gifts to someone else. A lot of my home is still the thrifted or freebie items I bought/found/saved from apartment trash rooms when I was younger. Releasing your guilt and self blame is a step I think you need to take on all this. But right now I've only had one sip of coffee after waking up at 5:30am, so any further insights will have to wait, lol!

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« Reply #1516 on: October 30, 2018, 07:17:22 AM »
OKAY JJ I think you put a dent in my ass! The empty spice jars will go unwashed in a bag for donation. I will sort thru the vases and donate 'most' and the two big ass jugs I will also donate. UGH!

It seems the more I declutter or organize, it just doesn't seem to make any difference. We have rented dumpsters, gigantic ones, and filled them up around 3 times. Have donated hundreds of bags to Goodwill and Vietnam Vets (over the years) and still, my house is overflowing. There are only two of us and we never had kids so we can only blame ourselves! I donated a boat load of professional culinary books to a local cooking school. Since then, I have purchased maybe 5 books! Not all cook books but they are creeping back in again! Just bought a new skillet after donating a bunch of pots and pans...

I used to have a timeshare and wish I could minimalize like that. Our timeshare slept 6. In the kitchen there were six of each type of glass, plates, silverware. Limited amount of pots pans and a spaghetti strainer. If you ran out of something the answer was to wash them to reuse them!

What's stopping you from doing that? My husband and I lived like that for many years when we were starting out.

Also, +1 me with JJ for items to thrift stores potentially being major gifts to someone else. A lot of my home is still the thrifted or freebie items I bought/found/saved from apartment trash rooms when I was younger. Releasing your guilt and self blame is a step I think you need to take on all this. But right now I've only had one sip of coffee after waking up at 5:30am, so any further insights will have to wait, lol!

Not going to happen. We like to cook therefore we have lots of nice cookware, expensive knives and other quality stuff. It was nice while on vacation to experience it but I like having my stuff! The pots at the timeshare were cheap aluminum, the skillets were crappy too. I had a very generous Mother who loved to gift us with stuff. She would have us make a list of things we would like for Christmas. I might list a sweater in the color red. Well, if there were 6 other colors, she would buy all of them! So instead of one sweater, I would get 7! Multiply that with 10 other gifts she would buy all the colors too. She would do the same thing with my husband. We would come home from her house on Christmas day with our SUV jam packed to the moon with gifts! Multiply that by 40 years! So, we are digging out!

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« Reply #1517 on: October 30, 2018, 07:21:42 AM »
OKAY JJ I think you put a dent in my ass! The empty spice jars will go unwashed in a bag for donation. I will sort thru the vases and donate 'most' and the two big ass jugs I will also donate. UGH!

It seems the more I declutter or organize, it just doesn't seem to make any difference. We have rented dumpsters, gigantic ones, and filled them up around 3 times. Have donated hundreds of bags to Goodwill and Vietnam Vets (over the years) and still, my house is overflowing. There are only two of us and we never had kids so we can only blame ourselves! I donated a boat load of professional culinary books to a local cooking school. Since then, I have purchased maybe 5 books! Not all cook books but they are creeping back in again! Just bought a new skillet after donating a bunch of pots and pans...

I used to have a timeshare and wish I could minimalize like that. Our timeshare slept 6. In the kitchen there were six of each type of glass, plates, silverware. Limited amount of pots pans and a spaghetti strainer. If you ran out of something the answer was to wash them to reuse them!

What's stopping you from doing that? My husband and I lived like that for many years when we were starting out.

Also, +1 me with JJ for items to thrift stores potentially being major gifts to someone else. A lot of my home is still the thrifted or freebie items I bought/found/saved from apartment trash rooms when I was younger. Releasing your guilt and self blame is a step I think you need to take on all this. But right now I've only had one sip of coffee after waking up at 5:30am, so any further insights will have to wait, lol!

+2 (I'm also tired, so not sure +2 even makes sense, but... ok)
I still live very close to the 1-per-person rule, but since I live alone, I do keep enough to have a dinner for 4.  4 mugs, 4 plates, 6 glasses (uh oh), etc.  I have one VERY good pot/pan for each need, and any pots/pans that were too similar were sold/donated.
I still live with "trash furnishings" and purchase nothing new besides underwear, or occasionally something at the thrift that still has the tags on it.  Your donations will truly help someone.

It may not be the right time for you to go minimalist or to scale way back, but if you're stressed from your house feeling like it's bursting, it may be time to make an organized plan of attack. 
Our "things" are supposed to HELP us with life; to make it doable and even enjoyable.  If your stuff is stressing you out, it's gotta go!

There are many methods of attack here...
> You can make a colossal pile of everything in one room and then pick through it one by one.
> You can make a big list and trim it back room by room
> You can hire a professional to help (there's a professional organizing company in my city who specializes in minimalist, believe it or not!)
> You can donate nearly everything and start with just 2-4 of everything and then repurchase what you NEED (this may seem wasteful at first, but it can work quite well).
> You can do the KonMari method
Etc. Etc... sooooo many ways.

I'm a list maker and an excessive planner, so I have to make a list that I can check off...

What method do you think might work for you?

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« Reply #1518 on: October 30, 2018, 07:29:55 AM »
Right on, Roadrunner, youíve got this!

JJís ideas were exactly how Iíd approach things. For your bigger picture, I would consider a few things. Yes, you can live in that timeshare environment -thatís how I do it and it helps me feel so peaceful and happy. If you have this much stuff -that youíve released this much over the years and still have heaps- I would look at things like:

1. Taking a week off decluttering to implement systems to stop new influx. Put a stop to junk mail. Tell people NOW that the greatest Christmas gift you can receive is ďhelp creating a clear home; no physical gifts please.Ē Where else is clutter coming from? Halt those incomings.

2. Keep a large, solid bin in your car. Anything to go, put directly in there. So there is no release pile in your house longer than three hours. You decide what goes, put it in the car bin. When itís full, drop it off.

3. Itís okay to hire help. I had two points in my life where I had more stuff than felt good to own. In the first case, I worked through the stuff. In the second, it was paper and I was just stuck. I brought in a pro who sat with me and helped me identify, inventorize, and file the papers. All I had to do was hold each page up in the air :)  It was glorious. Iíve had only a lovely amount of paper since. A neighbour was feeling very overwhelmed with general physical excess and disorganization. He too hired a pro for I think three afternoons, and that was enough to get everything moving super fast and well. The ideas and support of the pro were enough to kickstart his major momentum. One in between -1800gotjunk- will let you just point at what to take away from their nooks and crannies. Here theyíll thrift, recycle, etc, what they feel they can and only garbage the rest.

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« Reply #1519 on: October 30, 2018, 07:32:06 AM »
@Roadrunner53 - for the vases in particular, I've had success with flower shops accepting back vases (all in excellent condition, washed) for credit. Especially if they are from "Joe's Flowers", and you've received 10 bouquets, I'd call ahead, explain to Joe's Flowers that you have 10 vases you'd like to turn in & see if they would give you a $10 credit or whatever. Next time you need to send flowers, there you are. Vases out of your house, credit towards a future purchase.

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« Reply #1520 on: October 30, 2018, 07:35:17 AM »
OKAY JJ I think you put a dent in my ass! The empty spice jars will go unwashed in a bag for donation. I will sort thru the vases and donate 'most' and the two big ass jugs I will also donate. UGH!

It seems the more I declutter or organize, it just doesn't seem to make any difference. We have rented dumpsters, gigantic ones, and filled them up around 3 times. Have donated hundreds of bags to Goodwill and Vietnam Vets (over the years) and still, my house is overflowing. There are only two of us and we never had kids so we can only blame ourselves! I donated a boat load of professional culinary books to a local cooking school. Since then, I have purchased maybe 5 books! Not all cook books but they are creeping back in again! Just bought a new skillet after donating a bunch of pots and pans...

I used to have a timeshare and wish I could minimalize like that. Our timeshare slept 6. In the kitchen there were six of each type of glass, plates, silverware. Limited amount of pots pans and a spaghetti strainer. If you ran out of something the answer was to wash them to reuse them!

What's stopping you from doing that? My husband and I lived like that for many years when we were starting out.

Also, +1 me with JJ for items to thrift stores potentially being major gifts to someone else. A lot of my home is still the thrifted or freebie items I bought/found/saved from apartment trash rooms when I was younger. Releasing your guilt and self blame is a step I think you need to take on all this. But right now I've only had one sip of coffee after waking up at 5:30am, so any further insights will have to wait, lol!

Not going to happen. We like to cook therefore we have lots of nice cookware, expensive knives and other quality stuff. It was nice while on vacation to experience it but I like having my stuff! The pots at the timeshare were cheap aluminum, the skillets were crappy too. I had a very generous Mother who loved to gift us with stuff. She would have us make a list of things we would like for Christmas. I might list a sweater in the color red. Well, if there were 6 other colors, she would buy all of them! So instead of one sweater, I would get 7! Multiply that with 10 other gifts she would buy all the colors too. She would do the same thing with my husband. We would come home from her house on Christmas day with our SUV jam packed to the moon with gifts! Multiply that by 40 years! So, we are digging out!

But you can have NICE things, and not need a TON of things. We have an 8 piece set of big plates, small plates and bowls now, because we host holidays sometimes. If we need to host more, we have someone bring extras. Our dishes are nice, but we don't need tons! We also don't have tons and tons of pots and pans, and they're all incredibly high quality. (Le crueset, all clad, so on! NOT musachian, but we also adore cooking, and most have been gifts). Honestly, I think having fewer nicer items helps streamline your cooking, because then you "flow" in the tasks better. We cook a ton and all from scratch, so I definitely get wanting more kitchen items than some people might have. You have to find your balance though, and really curate your collection. You're a chef- would a chef want their kitchen overflowing with lesser used items? Or would they have their favored chef's knife kept in perfect condition always at the ready? =) Collection curation shall set us free, lol!

It definitely sounds like you might be in the place, based on the mom story, of having a hard time separating the items from the meaning of the items? Like, those sweaters aren't just sweaters, they're a symbol of love and of your mom's quirks and so on? That's not "wrong", it's just a really common impediment to decluttering! We have to come to a place to realize we're not releasing any love from our lives, we're JUST releasing objects. And, like JJ was talking about with the vases, just keeping one of a collection to symbolize a memory, or pictures, or transforming items (t shirt quilts and the like) so they serve us better.

@Roadrunner53 - for the vases in particular, I've had success with flower shops accepting back vases (all in excellent condition, washed) for credit. Especially if they are from "Joe's Flowers", and you've received 10 bouquets, I'd call ahead, explain to Joe's Flowers that you have 10 vases you'd like to turn in & see if they would give you a $10 credit or whatever. Next time you need to send flowers, there you are. Vases out of your house, credit towards a future purchase.

Oooh that's a good one! I'll need to keep that in mind.

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« Reply #1521 on: October 30, 2018, 07:36:22 AM »
Lots of cross-posting above. I hear your point about wanting the nice cookware, Roadrunner. I have that too, as cooking comfortably from scratch (health) is a very high priority for me. But when your stuff is down to just those kinds of things -your highest priorities- it will feel like the timeshare environment. Everyoneís clutter-free space will look different. Mine has cookware, and chairs for guests but pretty much nothing else, lol.

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« Reply #1522 on: October 30, 2018, 07:46:01 AM »
I am lacking motivation for the most part. I have little projects going right now. Our bathroom one sink small vanity was a sty and partially due to the fact that it is a small bathroom. I bought these hanging toothbrush holders and toothpaste holder and love them. Then my husbands prescription bottles were on the vanity. I bought this small chrome shelf and put up some hangers to hold the shelf. I created this chrome wall shelf for the mouthwash that was on the vanity. Then for the door I bought this over the door organizer with two shelves and hooks to hang damp towels. On another wall I bought this wine rack that also doubles as a rolled up towel rack. Hub painted it white. It came in black. Works really good. So I got the vanity completely cleaned off and love it. This small bathroom drives me nuts! But I am working with what I have. I also bought some more wine/towel racks for another bathroom and want to clean off that vanity. I am combining two racks together but the hub had to cut of parts of the second one and with wire tie them together and paint them too. I have another rack for the back of that door too. I have a chrome drawer organizer that is to go under the sink in that bathroom.

I kind of miss working and using my brain. House work is just not fun or challenging enough. I am always 'inventing' something around the house. My hub goes along with it but half the time he has no clue what it is I am telling him! I have to explain stuff to him a bunch of times then he will do what I ask. He is a great guy but he just can't wrap his head around my creativity. Plus, I think he is totally not interested so he only half listens to me! LOL!

JJ, I used to be an avid list maker and owned a Franklin Planner. It was for work and was pretty great. I think I need a real planner to write in and see what my chores are. Sometimes I watch youtube and people that are organizing or speed cleaning for motivation.

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« Reply #1523 on: October 30, 2018, 07:51:56 AM »
I am lacking motivation for the most part. I have little projects going right now. Our bathroom one sink small vanity was a sty and partially due to the fact that it is a small bathroom. I bought these hanging toothbrush holders and toothpaste holder and love them. Then my husbands prescription bottles were on the vanity. I bought this small chrome shelf and put up some hangers to hold the shelf. I created this chrome wall shelf for the mouthwash that was on the vanity. Then for the door I bought this over the door organizer with two shelves and hooks to hang damp towels. On another wall I bought this wine rack that also doubles as a rolled up towel rack. Hub painted it white. It came in black. Works really good. So I got the vanity completely cleaned off and love it. This small bathroom drives me nuts! But I am working with what I have. I also bought some more wine/towel racks for another bathroom and want to clean off that vanity. I am combining two racks together but the hub had to cut of parts of the second one and with wire tie them together and paint them too. I have another rack for the back of that door too. I have a chrome drawer organizer that is to go under the sink in that bathroom.

I kind of miss working and using my brain. House work is just not fun or challenging enough. I am always 'inventing' something around the house. My hub goes along with it but half the time he has no clue what it is I am telling him! I have to explain stuff to him a bunch of times then he will do what I ask. He is a great guy but he just can't wrap his head around my creativity. Plus, I think he is totally not interested so he only half listens to me! LOL!

JJ, I used to be an avid list maker and owned a Franklin Planner. It was for work and was pretty great. I think I need a real planner to write in and see what my chores are. Sometimes I watch youtube and people that are organizing or speed cleaning for motivation.

I adore those speed cleaning motivational videos =) Love Meg and Jessica Tull are a couple of my favorites. Who are your go-tos? There are also some GREAT konmari decluttering videos! Those always inspire me a lot.

Sometimes, organizing and working with your space is totally what's needed, agreed! And sometimes, it's the old adage "don't organize your clutter". It can be hard to tell which is which, lol! I think that's a moving target for all of us. Setting up a home frugally was where a lot of my creativity went for a while. Needing something and trying to get it for free, and then for very cheap. Recently, I had to get really clever on making storage attractive in my pantry for showing the house. It wasn't BAD before, but it certainly made it look hard to organize- which is true, haha. But some baskets and shelves and stuff later, and it looked way better.

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« Reply #1524 on: October 30, 2018, 07:53:00 AM »
[More cross-posting, so feel free to ignore if you just covered an aspect.]

Another method: Identify (write down) your 100 favourite or most-used items, release the rest. (Let the generosity and tastefulness and wealth of your mom and friend now reach hundreds of others, while the items are still in good, usable shape. What a legacy!)

Or, identify a cause very important to you (e.g. womens shelter) and ask a rep to come over and point at what would be most helpful to their clients. Later, bag most of those up and deliver them. (Integrate your momís gift of overwhelming generosity.)

Or, think of it as disaster planning. If flood, fire, hurricane reaches your excess before you manage to process it, itís no good to you or anyone. If you make it available to others now, your moms gifts are assured to support hundreds of people, long-term.

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« Reply #1525 on: October 30, 2018, 08:16:54 AM »
@Roadrunner53 - for the vases in particular, I've had success with flower shops accepting back vases (all in excellent condition, washed) for credit. Especially if they are from "Joe's Flowers", and you've received 10 bouquets, I'd call ahead, explain to Joe's Flowers that you have 10 vases you'd like to turn in & see if they would give you a $10 credit or whatever. Next time you need to send flowers, there you are. Vases out of your house, credit towards a future purchase.


That sounds like a good idea.  The other thing you might think about is saying to your friend "I love that you send me flowers, and now I've got so many lovely vases to put them in, it would be great if you could have them sent them as a bouquet without a vase".  You might even get extra flowers that way!

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« Reply #1526 on: October 30, 2018, 12:05:39 PM »
After my latest phone backup, I realized I only had 30 GB free on my computer. WHOOPS.

So last night I deleted 130 GB worth of stuff. Some older phone backup files, junk from the downloads folder, and the recycling bin I never remember to empty. There's still more I could delete, but at least I have >10% of the hard drive free again. Going through the rest of my files will be slower going. There's also some stuff I will only feel okay deleting if it's backed up on an extra external drive, which I am asking for for Christmas.

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« Reply #1527 on: October 30, 2018, 12:12:00 PM »
Okay, I bagged up the spice jars, the two big ass utensil containers, another sponge type holder and one flower vase! Out of sight, out of mind!

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« Reply #1528 on: October 30, 2018, 12:26:33 PM »
Got rid of a bag of baby clothes and crib shoes.
What are even the point of crib shoes? We never put any of these on our daughter (hand me downs).

Waiting to find out the sex of baby 2.  We've tried to save all gender neutral clothes, but since we had almost all hand me downs for the first one most of our clothes were pink and frilly; if this one is a boy (and I suspect it is) a lot of the saved clothes is leaving the house ASAP.

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« Reply #1529 on: October 30, 2018, 12:30:22 PM »
Okay, I bagged up the spice jars, the two big ass utensil containers, another sponge type holder and one flower vase! Out of sight, out of mind!
BOOM.  Great work!

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« Reply #1530 on: October 30, 2018, 01:00:32 PM »
Was procrastinating on getting rid of that crap (actually good stuff) but glad it is bagged and tagged to go!

Thanks JJ!

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« Reply #1531 on: October 30, 2018, 05:50:33 PM »
Was procrastinating on getting rid of that crap (actually good stuff) but glad it is bagged and tagged to go!

Thanks JJ!

Oops, maybe I' too late!  I was going to say that the way I removed labels from jars is to let them soak in a sink/bowl of hot water until the paper part comes off or the glue is soft enough to pull off a plastic label, then use an SOS pad to scrub off the glue.  Works great.

I must say, it sounds like you just have too much of everything.  You could try watching the show "Consumed" to see how little you really can be happy with and the process for getting rid of things.  (Cliff's notes:  keep only bare essentials for a few weeks, while removing everything else.  Once you're used to that level of spareness, go through everything you've put away and see what you want to add back.  Probably a lot less that you think, because finding somewhere to properly put it all is stressful and tiring.  Get rid of all the excess.)  It may not be practical to do this all in one fell swoop, so you can do it by room instead.  Another trick I use is to tell myself I must either use something or display it in order to keep it - I can't just "store" it.  Because really, if I'm not doing either thing with it, then what is it good for?  Another mental trick is "if I had a fire and lost everything, what would I bother to replace?"  I change tactics periodically when I get stalled using any particular one.

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« Reply #1532 on: October 30, 2018, 06:34:42 PM »
Oops, maybe I' too late!  I was going to say that the way I removed labels from jars is to let them soak in a sink/bowl of hot water until the paper part comes off or the glue is soft enough to pull off a plastic label, then use an SOS pad to scrub off the glue.  Works great.

It's no worries, though -the person gifted with them via the thrift shop can do it just as easily :)

Probably best if RR just focuses on moving perfectly good stuff out at this point.

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« Reply #1533 on: October 30, 2018, 08:41:40 PM »
Three boxes of baby clothes sorted. Sad to be getting rid of all the frilly stuff but we have zero need to hang onto it.

Will take it to once upon a child tomorrow and the rest that they don't take to Goodwill.

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« Reply #1534 on: October 31, 2018, 08:47:58 AM »
After my latest phone backup, I realized I only had 30 GB free on my computer. WHOOPS.

So last night I deleted 130 GB worth of stuff. Some older phone backup files, junk from the downloads folder, and the recycling bin I never remember to empty. There's still more I could delete, but at least I have >10% of the hard drive free again. Going through the rest of my files will be slower going. There's also some stuff I will only feel okay deleting if it's backed up on an extra external drive, which I am asking for for Christmas.

If you have a windows computer, there's also the Disk Clean Up function (at least there was, no idea about Win10). That can clear a TON of stuff sometimes, and it's windows doing it so it knows not to delete system files.

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« Reply #1535 on: October 31, 2018, 06:45:57 PM »
After my latest phone backup, I realized I only had 30 GB free on my computer. WHOOPS.

So last night I deleted 130 GB worth of stuff. Some older phone backup files, junk from the downloads folder, and the recycling bin I never remember to empty. There's still more I could delete, but at least I have >10% of the hard drive free again. Going through the rest of my files will be slower going. There's also some stuff I will only feel okay deleting if it's backed up on an extra external drive, which I am asking for for Christmas.

If you have a windows computer, there's also the Disk Clean Up function (at least there was, no idea about Win10). That can clear a TON of stuff sometimes, and it's windows doing it so it knows not to delete system files.

Thanks for the suggestion! I hadn't heard of that. I just checked, and it says it can clear a grand total of 400 MB. Wah wah. Either the tool got less useful or I really hoard way too many files on this thing. Probably the latter, though I guess it could be both.

Maybe the tool will help someone else.

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« Reply #1536 on: November 01, 2018, 01:10:52 AM »
Tiny future win: my birthday is coming up. Some friends asked me what I wanted to get. I said that I wanted nothing and that I was absolutely positive about that - also, if they do get me anything it'll most probably end up in the donation box during my next declutter. There was some hemming and hawing but I think I'll be okay!

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« Reply #1537 on: November 01, 2018, 03:30:30 AM »
Nice one, Nederstash!!

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« Reply #1538 on: November 01, 2018, 04:21:42 AM »
Tiny future win: my birthday is coming up. Some friends asked me what I wanted to get. I said that I wanted nothing and that I was absolutely positive about that - also, if they do get me anything it'll most probably end up in the donation box during my next declutter. There was some hemming and hawing but I think I'll be okay!

Why don't you ask for something consumable like movie tickets, a home cooked meal, a gift certificate to Red Lobster, ingredients to a recipe such as 7 can taco soup, a batch of home made chicken noodle soup, a pan of cookies, a bottle of wine or booze, flower bulbs or flower seeds for outdoors, an outdoor plant such as a Hosta, an American Flag to hang outside, a first aid kit for your car, a fire extinguisher. This might sound dumb but a family pack of toilet paper and Kleenex. Useful! Some new spices to replace old ones. Your favorite coffee or tea. A box of chocolates! A weeks worth of Mason Jar salads or refrigerated overnight oats. A pan of lasagna. A weekly planner, a journal or a nice pen you wouldn't buy yourself.

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« Reply #1539 on: November 01, 2018, 06:07:31 AM »
Tiny future win: my birthday is coming up. Some friends asked me what I wanted to get. I said that I wanted nothing and that I was absolutely positive about that - also, if they do get me anything it'll most probably end up in the donation box during my next declutter. There was some hemming and hawing but I think I'll be okay!

Why don't you ask for something consumable like movie tickets, a home cooked meal, a gift certificate to Red Lobster, ingredients to a recipe such as 7 can taco soup, a batch of home made chicken noodle soup, a pan of cookies, a bottle of wine or booze, flower bulbs or flower seeds for outdoors, an outdoor plant such as a Hosta, an American Flag to hang outside, a first aid kit for your car, a fire extinguisher. This might sound dumb but a family pack of toilet paper and Kleenex. Useful! Some new spices to replace old ones. Your favorite coffee or tea. A box of chocolates! A weeks worth of Mason Jar salads or refrigerated overnight oats. A pan of lasagna. A weekly planner, a journal or a nice pen you wouldn't buy yourself.

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Every time I have ever requested "No Gifts" I have still received gifts... people can't seem to help it.
Fast forward to now- every single x-mas one of my clients gives me the biggest jumbo one-ply (they know my style) supply of Toilet Paper they can get as Costco. 
It's become sort of a running joke, but I absolutely LOVE IT! 
It lasted me 6 months last year, It lasted me 7.5 months this year!! 
I had a roommate for part of last year, so I am curious to see if the pack can last me the whole year this year. 
It's so big it blocked my view in the passenger seat and I had to put it in my trunk.  YAY!

My parents also had a hard time with this for a while, so I caved and let them mail care packages for birthdays for a few years... eventually they realized that it wasn't cost efficient, so now they usually send me a small gift card ($20 to the dollar store or Amazon or something). 

My best friend makes really beautiful handmade cards every year... I don't know how she does it... she has two kids, she's a practicing midwife and she's very involved in local politics in her area.  But every year, here comes her card in the mail.  I love it.

These are the only gifts that I receive, but I've slowly curated them to be meaningful and useful while keeping everyone happy.

Every now and then I'll get a "typical" gift (a box of chocolate or a gift set of smelly lotions or whatever) from a client or from a vendor at work and I always express gratefulness and then immediately re-gift in some way- one year that meant breaking apart the gift set and giving one lotion/smelly stuff item to each of the women that I see with signs asking for help at the intersections.  I never have cash to give them, but I do know that I used to use smelly stuffs to get through only showering once a week when I lived in a camper (about a decade ago- harder times) and didn't have shower access besides at a gym. 
Another year I took the chocolates to the day job and plopped them down at the front desk. 
They were gone within an hour.
Outdoor plants are a great gift!

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« Reply #1540 on: November 01, 2018, 10:41:41 AM »
I love receiving a certain kind of gifts. But I also find it easy to put them in the thrift after a day, a week, a month, a year -whenever my enjoyment or use of them is complete. The givers know I do this and donít mind.

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« Reply #1541 on: November 01, 2018, 02:00:55 PM »
3 bags and boxes are in the car boot ready for the charity shop.

A spare tent can go to the local church collection for refugees next month.

What is left to go through are 4 boxes of papers, a big box of books, and whatever is piled into the spare bedroom.

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« Reply #1542 on: November 01, 2018, 02:09:56 PM »
Local anarchist space is having a "really free market" this weekend -- this seems like a great chance to take clothes, groceries, and some other supplies we have an excess of and get them to folks who could use them. \o/

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« Reply #1543 on: November 01, 2018, 02:10:51 PM »
Made an appointment with Vietnam Vets to pick up my donations. I have at least 10 bags or more. I made labels that they require to apply to the bags to identify them as donations (VVA). The earliest they will come is 11/9/2018. Yay, a giant pile is ready to go!

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« Reply #1544 on: November 01, 2018, 08:39:44 PM »
Bought a toaster!

We'd never had a toaster before. When we moved into our current place, management gave us one someone had left behind. Veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery long toaster, with the markings rubbed off so everything was a guess. I've gotten a kick out of it, but its length only allowed it to be stored in a cupboard my kid can't reach, so it would get left out, filling most of a counter.

Let myself buy a new one today, $12, fits even the smallest cupboard (and only half of it, at that).

Old one is now in the thrift bag with Halloween stuff :)

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« Reply #1545 on: November 02, 2018, 09:30:58 AM »
After my latest phone backup, I realized I only had 30 GB free on my computer. WHOOPS.

So last night I deleted 130 GB worth of stuff. Some older phone backup files, junk from the downloads folder, and the recycling bin I never remember to empty. There's still more I could delete, but at least I have >10% of the hard drive free again. Going through the rest of my files will be slower going. There's also some stuff I will only feel okay deleting if it's backed up on an extra external drive, which I am asking for for Christmas.

If you have a windows computer, there's also the Disk Clean Up function (at least there was, no idea about Win10). That can clear a TON of stuff sometimes, and it's windows doing it so it knows not to delete system files.

Thanks for the suggestion! I hadn't heard of that. I just checked, and it says it can clear a grand total of 400 MB. Wah wah. Either the tool got less useful or I really hoard way too many files on this thing. Probably the latter, though I guess it could be both.

Maybe the tool will help someone else.

Buried in that screen there is (or was) an option to clean up system files. That clears old windows update files, etc. Try that too. But yes, you're probably a digital hoarder.

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« Reply #1546 on: November 02, 2018, 09:34:53 AM »
Local anarchist space is having a "really free market" this weekend -- this seems like a great chance to take clothes, groceries, and some other supplies we have an excess of and get them to folks who could use them. \o/

I love events like that.  Our buy nothing group does a free garage sale every year the weekend after city wide garage sales. People are usually in disbelief that the stuff is actually, really free.

The biggest issue is making sure we have enough volunteers to get things to goodwill at the end of the day; but last year we had over 1000 people visit to get or give stuff.

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« Reply #1547 on: November 02, 2018, 12:59:58 PM »
The clean out continues. I'm more of a "one a day" person, as I find it motivating. Over the past few days, I've added the following to our donation pile: a necklace, a pair of sandals, two pair of good condition socks. And, tomorrow I'll drop off a jacket at the "Dress for Success" donation event happening down the street.

I also cut a pair of jeans to make them capris. They are too long & I never wear them. Not nice enough to have hemmed, and I wear capris a lot here due to the weather.

I also had to buy a new sheet set (old set ripped), so I'm hoping to turn the rest of the ripped sheet into handkerchiefs, if I can figure out how to run the sewing machine.

More progress coming this weekend!

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« Reply #1548 on: November 02, 2018, 08:58:50 PM »
The clean out continues. I'm more of a "one a day" person, as I find it motivating. Over the past few days, I've added the following to our donation pile: a necklace, a pair of sandals, two pair of good condition socks. And, tomorrow I'll drop off a jacket at the "Dress for Success" donation event happening down the street.

I also cut a pair of jeans to make them capris. They are too long & I never wear them. Not nice enough to have hemmed, and I wear capris a lot here due to the weather.

I also had to buy a new sheet set (old set ripped), so I'm hoping to turn the rest of the ripped sheet into handkerchiefs, if I can figure out how to run the sewing machine.

More progress coming this weekend!

Make sure you tension the sewing machine properly.

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« Reply #1549 on: November 02, 2018, 09:27:22 PM »
Another truck load today. Lots of miscellaneous, but mostly x-mas decor. We had two trees (one fake real, one ridiculous green tinsel). Dumped all the outside decorations including the candy canes, gumdrop lights, oversized lollipops and giant C9 old school multi lights that used to make the house look like a gingerbread cottage (we used to do a candyland theme for x-mas).

I no longer care about x-mas at all. It just hurts to see the stuff. We kept the silly tinsel tree, but that likely will go next year since I never want to put up a tree or even acknowledge the holiday again.

One of the biggest things I've had to deal with during all these purges of stuff is the fact that I was keeping most of it because of things that represented what should have been, but will never be and now just serves as a constant reminder of how naive and downright stupid I was. Realizing that keeping stuff you saved/bought in anticipation of how you thought things would be? Sad and kind of pathetic. Sort of a Miss Haversham but without the cake. But it was stuff imbued with love and dreams for the future and lots and lots of happiness and hope, and letting go of that stuff also means letting go of all of those hopes and dreams. Which hurts so very very much. But I keep telling myself - it's just stuff.

Sorry for the downer. But it has been a pretty bad day/week actually around here.
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