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« Reply #1550 on: November 02, 2018, 09:33:43 PM »
Processing the loss of things we have dearly hoped for hurts. It hurts so.damn.much. And stuff may just be stuff, but it's tied in with so many other parts of our lives, and when letting go of stuff reflects the letting go that you're doing now -- damn. Add in another dollop, or two, or twelve, of pain.

Sending you hugs if you want them, Frankies Girl, and take care of yourself and lean into your support network (IRL, here, and anywhere else) as you process this.

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« Reply #1551 on: November 02, 2018, 09:49:23 PM »
@Frankies Girl I am so sorry for your bad week and the reasons behind it.  FWIW, I don't think you were stupid to buy those things...you were trying in all the ways you knew, to make your dreams come true.

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« Reply #1552 on: November 02, 2018, 10:45:17 PM »
I'm sorry to hear you are having a painful time Frankie's Girl. I hope getting rid of the things saves on painful reminders in the future.

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« Reply #1553 on: November 03, 2018, 12:13:15 AM »
Hey Frankie's Girl, hope and planning for the future is not naive or stupid. I am so sorry that it didn't work out and hope that clearing out the stuff helps you transition to a new space. Sending all the good thoughts your way.

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« Reply #1554 on: November 03, 2018, 12:23:48 AM »
Yes, you are not stupid, Frankies Girl :(
I'm so sorry you're going through a hard time.
You've made so much great headway in your life over the last several years, and I know you'll continue to do so even if right now sucks.

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« Reply #1555 on: November 03, 2018, 12:26:09 AM »
Ready for a chill time, so:
*dropped off latest batch to thrift
*returned all library books, so now zero signed out
*swept up leaves
*deleted myself from a few threads here that seemed like they were going to live forever vs wrap up
*completed final major banking steps, which means I can file and shred lots tomorrow

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« Reply #1556 on: November 03, 2018, 10:04:42 AM »
@Frankies Girl I feel for you. Best of luck as you work your way through.

I started reading Decluttering at the Speed of Life, and it has resulted in the decluttering kickstart I've been hoping for. I'm nothing like the author, but I find the book entertaining and helpful all the same. Today, I got rid of some multiple-times-over mended clothes (jeans, sweater, hat). It was hard to let go of them, but it was time. I'm also donating a suitcase that we do not need anymore since we are one-bag travelers.

Update: We cleared out our garden plot (although I guess it's not ours anymore). I feel so much lighter. It's bittersweet to let it go, but mostly sweet because I had a great time there, and I'm looking forward to our new adventures.

I also cleaned out under the sink and found that it was actually in great shape. Score!
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« Reply #1557 on: November 03, 2018, 11:44:00 AM »
Moving day/weekend is here! Decluttering as I go, somewhat.

Out:
-Old/ugly christmas swag
-Extra mugs
-Tall glasses we don't like/use.
-Old worn shoes to the trash. (I really should have gotten rid of these a while ago... but didn't want to buy replacements... haha)
-Opted to not move either of the extra beds we had in the house (both freebies, but were great for staging and guests). Offered them to the buyer for free. We'll get something smaller and easier to share with the office for the new place. (Going from a 3br+office to a 2br).
-Most of our tools I'll be taking out to my parent's place. We won't have a garage or yard anymore, so there's lots to shed. While I could have gotten money from these, it would have taken more time and effort, and my parents are happy to have them. Win-win.
-Selling our lovely electric lawnmower to some friends. We gave them our old reel mower when they bought their house, but their experience ended up mirroring ours- in spring in Oregon, the grass grows too fast to reasonably work, have hobbies, and keep up with a reel mower. They're been looking to buy an electric, so we'll give them ours for a really good deal, and it's an easy sale/good karma for us. (Love these friends. They're younger/just starting out, and also frugal sorts. They tend to welcome items we're getting rid of, like our old TV, the reel mower, some curtains, etc. I'm very mindful of what I offer- don't want to just dump stuff on them- so I think it works quite well for all of us!)

Life is changing one heck of a lot!


And @Frankies Girl my heart just hurt reading your post. It resonated. I'm not sure what dreams you've let go of, but this entire move for me is accepting that my life plan just isn't what we had hoped. I am so, so torn as I load baby stuff that I just don't know if we'll ever get to use. Part of me wants to get rid of it along with the house, but I haven't given up hope that entirely yet. I'm not totally at the end of the road with all my options. So it's coming with, for now, and I just... it's weird and hard and surreal. It's amazing how much sway items have, how much meaning.

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« Reply #1558 on: November 03, 2018, 04:06:05 PM »
*processed this week's admin papers (YNABed, stapled, filed or shredded)
*gathered leaves from patio, etc
*deadheaded, pruned back, and tidied garden
*covered garden with the beautiful dry leaves, then added last of manure/compost bag on top
*shredded last items
*took shreds and other recyclables to recycling
*transferred kid's old phone to new, so that tomorrow old can go to PersonWhoWantsIt
*laid out items for new project duotangs, preventing ongoing reprocessing

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« Reply #1559 on: November 03, 2018, 05:53:39 PM »
Unpacked another box of stuff.  Threw out most of it.  Listed an old fishing reel I found on eBay.  It sold in 6 hours. 

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« Reply #1560 on: November 03, 2018, 07:21:39 PM »
Three more books out of the house and there is starting to be So Much Space on all the bookshelves!

I think it may be time to go through the socks and remove all the ones I never wear and the tights that don't fit.

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« Reply #1561 on: November 04, 2018, 03:43:21 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.

One person kept pushing, I managed to direct her to bath bombs. Lord knows I love my bath and that's one of the few things I'll actually use and enjoy. I just don't want people to spend money - or goods to have been produced - simply because I made the trip around the sun. (I do give gifts, though, because people want them. Then I try to stick to experiences or consumables).

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« Reply #1562 on: November 04, 2018, 04:36:02 AM »
@Frankies Girl so sorry you're having a bad time, but it sounds like it would've been more toxic to keep that stuff around... you did the right thing!

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« Reply #1563 on: November 04, 2018, 08:22:12 AM »
@Frankies Girl - hoping that getting rid of your holiday stuff brings you peace through your transition. It's not foolish or naive. Sometimes we need certain things in our lives, and objects can be a part of that. As we grow & adapt, we may recognize that the objects don't have the power they once did, but maturing & growing doesn't mean that you used to be foolish.

@Bracken_Joy -sending you lots of good thoughts on your move, and the changes happening. May they lead you both in a fabulous new place as a couple.

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« Reply #1564 on: November 04, 2018, 10:50:29 AM »
@joonifloofeefloo , love your lists as always!  Thanks for sharing.

@Nancy I just read that one too!  I liked her methods, I know a couple people it could help if they wanted it/were ready for that.  However, the one sticking point I found for myself, and this could be hard for certain people who hold on to things for emotional reasons, is that the 2 questions will determine the permanant future of an object.  Sometimes I'm just not ready to make that decision and that's why I still have an item.   But if (or when) I/one were ready to clean up, those are excellent questions.  I never thought about it that way, so that was cool and eye-opening to get her take on the subject.

@Bracken_Joy: ABD.  Always Be Decluttering :)  Decluttering while moving/packing helped in my case too.  And I think you'll find when you get into your new space that certain things will & won't work there, so more decluttering is probably in your future.

@Sugaree such a great result to your ebay listing!  Happy for you!

@mspym it's definitely the right time for culling hoisery that you won't use! :)

@Nederstash excellent redirect!


This morning I decided to rearrange my bedroom a bit.  Doing so showed me that I can put the dry erase pens and thumb tacks in my nightstand (now that it's on the same side of the room as the white board & cork board), and I'm almost ready to admit that I have an extra book case.  The only thing on it is my printer, which could go elsewhere (easily found 2 places).  For now, I'll settle into this new arrangement, enjoying the lack of office supplies on bedroom surfaces.

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« Reply #1565 on: November 04, 2018, 04:35:41 PM »
@oneday Nice work rearranging your space! I see what you mean about the book's decluttering questions. I think the questions are designed to force a decision, especially if you have to get rid of something else to house the item. I could definitely see that being a roadblock.

Today, I got rid of a no-longer waterproof raincoat, a shirt with a ratty collar, and two pairs of pants that don't fit. I couldn't believe I still had those. I also went through all of our gardening stuff and donated/composted it all (minus one growing lamp that I think I'll try and sell). I also found a location to donate one of my bikes.

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« Reply #1566 on: November 04, 2018, 05:55:03 PM »
@Frankies Girl Share away, the easy and difficult. This is a space for that.

Today, I sorted throughout my vitamin/drug stash and got rid of a few bottles.

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« Reply #1567 on: November 05, 2018, 11:42:58 AM »
I'm in the process of getting rid of 95% of my possessions. It's stressful at times but mostly feels good every time I get rid of something. We're preparing to travel full time for the next year or two, so pretty much selling/donating everything that we don't want to lug around the world, save for a box or two of sentimental stuff.

Also, I learned recently that nobody uses Craigslist any more, at least not in my area. I was trying to sell stuff for weeks on CL with little response. Turns out, everyone uses Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, etc. I've sold maybe 10 items in the 2 weeks using these platforms, and so far people are a lot less flaky that Craigslisters ever were!

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« Reply #1568 on: November 05, 2018, 02:42:04 PM »
Dropped off a few things at a Thanksgiving donation drive that I wasn't going to use.

I also recently finished reading Decluttering at the Speed of Life, and while my clutter issue isn't in remotely the same class as what she describes, I did find some things in her approach helpful.  Particularly the advice to always start from the most visible spaces, and that it's ok to grieve when 'decluttering dreams,' as she put it.  It does hurt to give up the image of ourselves doing something we've always thought we would do, and it's ok and necessary to allow space for that grieving process.

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« Reply #1569 on: November 06, 2018, 05:25:52 AM »
@FreelanceToFreedom Nice work! I hadn't heard of OfferUp. Thanks for the tip. We're also getting rid of our stuff so we can travel for a year or two. Good luck!

Today: Dropped off items to donate. I started a new bag and have put in a few items (2 pashmina scarves), but now I'm getting to the point where all the easy stuff is gone. I know I have to get rid of more stuff because I don't want to end up storing it.  On the bright side, my apartment is looking great!
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« Reply #1570 on: November 06, 2018, 06:35:04 AM »
Everyone is doing such an AWESOME JOB! Inspiring!

I recently deleted my Facebook account (OMG what a weight lifted off my shoulders, such a depressing place) so I don't have the option of FB Marketplace, but I certainly do need to check out OfferUP for resale. 
I have had good luck with Ebay and might try PoshMark soon too.  I kind of hate the name 'PoshMark' which is the dumbest reason to have not tried it before... but it's like nails on a chalkboard.  Posh... :::Shudder:::
LOL.  Will try.

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My personal Declutter Update:

I found the coffee grinder I had been hunting for to give away and I ended up filling up the rest of a box in order to donate more items.  Yay!
I have a brand new box of large well made casters that I was "saving" to upcycle a piece of furniture in the future... but that's a SERIOUSLY VAGUE plan, so they probably need to go. 
I also tossed in a planter I had bought because it was cheap yet I never really liked it, some kitchen stuff, and a few hats and scarves for the incoming cold weather.

I worked on my 'List of Everything That I Own' and it's going well so far.

I found a rectangular Tupperware container (like one of the ones that would hold a meal prep, not the big casserole ones...) of old family photos and got a little frozen. 
I didn't get rid of any, but organized them a little bit neater. 
I also found the old coins that my grandmother would gift to me every year as a child - at some point my dad meticulously labeled them each (she'd just give them to me in a paper envelope for my birthday) and mailed them to me as an adult. 

Someday I'll look up the value of each, sell them, and keep one that I particularly like... or use that cash to buy a memorial type piece of jewelry to remember my grandma (she's still alive) but today was not that day.

I found a little mini photo album of my first childhood dog that my mom had made for me when he passed away (when I was around 13). 
I've kept it all these years and I don't think I plan on getting rid of it.  I might scale it down to my favorite 5 photos or something and then use the rest of the album to move the old family photos (some) into. 
Not there yet though, I still had THE FEELS (light cry) when I looked through it.  He was such a good dog.

My sentimental items take up about one office binder's worth of space, but it still stresses me a little that I have so many. 
The old family photos I may start mailing out to my relatives randomly. 
My dad has 6 sisters, so I have approx. 7,900,000 cousins that I don't even really know. 
A lot of them are sort of deadbeat-ish, but I also don't know them much and shouldn't judge... I'd just hate to mail them a 100 year old photo and have them just throw it away.

I'm big on rituals when getting rid of something sentimental. 

Ideas?

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« Reply #1571 on: November 06, 2018, 06:44:53 AM »

My sentimental items take up about one office binder's worth of space, but it still stresses me a little that I have so many. 
The old family photos I may start mailing out to my relatives randomly. 
My dad has 6 sisters, so I have approx. 7,900,000 cousins that I don't even really know. 
A lot of them are sort of deadbeat-ish, but I also don't know them much and shouldn't judge... I'd just hate to mail them a 100 year old photo and have them just throw it away.

I'm big on rituals when getting rid of something sentimental. 

Ideas?

My mom is the keeper of all things old for her family of 8 siblings, so she has a TON of the old photos, starting from the mid/late 1800s.  She's scanned the majority of them and actually uploaded a lot of them to Ancestry tagged to her family tree.  Yes, she pays for it, but now other people who are related to her who are also interested in family history have access to the pictures as well.  She hasn't actually gotten rid of any of the physical pictures yet, but it might help you feel like you can get rid of some of the more recent ones, or at least store them somewhere secure that you don't need to have easy physical access to.

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« Reply #1572 on: November 07, 2018, 12:28:39 PM »

I worked on my 'List of Everything That I Own' and it's going well so far.


ooh----I have wanted to do this!
So cool that you are working on it. I had an idea to do micro-illustrations to go with the list but of course..this is a huge time-commitment. Maybe in the new year once we have finished our year of No-Shopping and truly have less belongings :)

We just took another box to the thrift store

-some athletic shoes my SO was given that he didn't like
-a button-up shirt and t-shirt that I gave him that he didn't love
-more books
-a weird wood & metal thing that my father gave us at Christmas..we didn't even know what it was for, maybe a BBQ?

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« Reply #1573 on: November 07, 2018, 02:51:51 PM »
Found another box of random junk in the basement.   The pile in the garage is getting bigger.  The basement closet fits all the patio furniture cushions. Yessssss.

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« Reply #1574 on: November 07, 2018, 03:23:59 PM »
Added The Communist Manifesto, Life and Work: Rethinking Economic Man and I Could Do Anything If Only I Knew What It Was to the workplace lending library.

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« Reply #1575 on: November 07, 2018, 03:52:14 PM »
Added The Communist Manifesto, Life and Work: Rethinking Economic Man and I Could Do Anything If Only I Knew What It Was to the workplace lending library.

Lol! I should have given all my career change books to old work! Including "if it wasn't for the money I wouldn't be doing this" about how to get by when you hate your job.

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« Reply #1576 on: November 07, 2018, 07:04:20 PM »
Added The Communist Manifesto, Life and Work: Rethinking Economic Man and I Could Do Anything If Only I Knew What It Was to the workplace lending library.

Lol! I should have given all my career change books to old work! Including "if it wasn't for the money I wouldn't be doing this" about how to get by when you hate your job.

I looked that up- gosh it's hard to source! ONE COPY on Abebooks!

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« Reply #1577 on: November 07, 2018, 07:18:36 PM »
Added The Communist Manifesto, Life and Work: Rethinking Economic Man and I Could Do Anything If Only I Knew What It Was to the workplace lending library.

Lol! I should have given all my career change books to old work! Including "if it wasn't for the money I wouldn't be doing this" about how to get by when you hate your job.

I looked that up- gosh it's hard to source! ONE COPY on Abebooks!

I got it from a second hand shop... Had no idea it was so rare, it's not a bad book. It had tips for toxic colleagues and how to make people like you (bring food).

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« Reply #1578 on: November 08, 2018, 03:49:23 AM »
Took two enviro bags of donations that have been accumulating over the last three months to the drop-off. Donated a veggie steamer thing for a pot we no longer have. Was going to donate a big terranium jar that I havenít planted yet but second guessed myself at the last moment and put it aside to think about for a while. Everyone is going greatguns!

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« Reply #1579 on: November 08, 2018, 04:05:41 AM »
Have around 11 giant garbage bags going to Vietnam Vets Tomorrow. They will come to the house to pick the stuff up. I told my friend about another boat load of stuff leaving my house and she said "wow, your house must be almost empty by now". Hahahahaha, not even close! Two people, no kids and a house ready to explode! Where did all this crap come from? I keep bagging up the stuff and getting rid of it but there is still more and more and more!

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« Reply #1580 on: November 08, 2018, 12:59:24 PM »
-Donated a suit jacket to Dress for Success over the weekend
-Repurposed an old poster board for a kid school project, vs buying new
-In my continuing attempts to try on something I haven't worn in a long time every day, & either wear it or donate, found another shirt to add to the donation pile. Apparently, I optimistically thought that, some day, I'd wear patterns. Nope.

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« Reply #1581 on: November 08, 2018, 01:41:34 PM »
I appreciate the support. The whole "desperately wanted kids/of course can't have them through any possible means - and yes, we tried everything, multiple times, including what you're about to helpfully suggest" thing has changed the entire fabric of my existence. When there is no one to save things for, it changes your whole outlook on the intrinsic value/need of your stuff.

I spent a few days sorting and then shredding old photos I took from middle and high school - just dumb kid stuff. I also have a huge amount of family photos of parents/sibling/family stuff that I guess need to be mailed back to my sibling, since I'm a dead branch so they'll just get pitched out eventually if I don't give them to the "fertile" branch of our family. It was another sobering, sobbing thing realizing that no one is going to care about keeping stupid old photos of me as a kid, no one will care or remember me after I'm gone anyway, so why save any of them? My sibling barely acknowledges me anyway and sibling's kid literally doesn't know me - I'd be surprised if kid even knows my last name. Husband is an only child. We're not close to any family at all... so everything is going to be left to strangers (charity) and our personal junk is likely going to be trashed if they can't sell it.

Husband is contacting his old high school to find out about donating his yearbooks. He doesn't really want them, so I suggested asking if they wanted them before tossing them into a recycle or donating.

We're supposed to go tomorrow to dump a huge amount of old toys/comics/books. Actually should be getting a bit of $ for it as there are things like Star Wars toys in decent condition, some collectable stuff that is actually worth money, just needed to wait til after the shop in question finished a big sale so they were willing to buy what we had to replenish their stock.

We're going to be sitting on a pretty large amount of Halloween decorations until next summer, unless I get antsy to dump more of it before then. But likely that would mean they'll be thrown away and I haven't reached the point of being comfortable with "perfectly good stuff" being trashed and we do have the space to store the items so we'll be hanging in there for a bit longer.

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« Reply #1582 on: November 08, 2018, 02:34:17 PM »
Frankie, I had NO idea you were in the same boat as me. We're not at the end of the line, yet, but there's not a whole lot between us and it. Once you get through an IVF round and everything is genetically abnormal, your chances aren't looking good anymore =\ I'm giving it one more try though. But I just wanted to say... I just so, so deeply and sadly and bone achingly get it. And I wish no one else was going through this shit, but since there are, I'm glad I can connect with a kickass human like yourself.


-Listed bedframe and mattress on FB marketplace for a low price and had takers (had none through buy nothing, ironically). So that'll be going tomorrow.
-Sold our gorilla shelves that won't fit well/we don't need to our new building's maintenance guy for $20 for the two of them. Made a little, didn't need to transport them, cultivated some good will. Wins all around.

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« Reply #1583 on: November 08, 2018, 04:44:22 PM »
Tomorrow 11 giant garbage bags out the door. Vietnam Vets will do a pick up between 8 am and 5 pm. We are due to get rain in the afternoon so I hope they come early. So much good stuff leaving my house. Kind of feel sad to give it up but none of it has been used in years...I hope it makes someone happy! We have probably given 50 bags to Vietnam Vets so far not to mention dumpsters, donating to Goodwill and selling stuff on ebay. OMG, where does this stuff come from? Still have tons of crap to get rid of! Just two people with no kids!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1584 on: November 08, 2018, 05:04:14 PM »
Way to go, Roadrunner53!!!!

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« Reply #1585 on: November 08, 2018, 07:24:47 PM »
I've been away from this thread for too long, and now moving day is in sight so I've got to get going on clearing out the clutter.  I've dropped off a big car load of donation items, and have a lot more to go including some furniture, speakers, old TV, tons of boxes of left over garage sale stuff and clothing to clear out.  It's going to be an interesting ride.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1586 on: November 08, 2018, 07:43:13 PM »

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1587 on: November 08, 2018, 10:27:25 PM »
This thread is so motivating! I went through my stationary drawer and got rid of random paper, some pens that no longer work and corroded paper clips.

I also donated dropped of a small bag of clothing at a thrift store. I posted a few free items online and should have them gone by the weekend.


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« Reply #1588 on: November 09, 2018, 02:05:32 AM »
Yesterday donated a box of surplus office supplies to the village school.  Today taking a box of bits and pieces from my mother's house (she died nearly 4 years ago) to my brother - a nice chance to get together for a country pub lunch.

Apart from too much old paperwork and the disaster which is the spare bedroom the house is looking and feeling pretty good.

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« Reply #1589 on: November 09, 2018, 09:37:51 AM »
I finally got rid of my old torn up gardening sneakers. (Thank you for your service; you were brilliant.) Also donated school supplies and some just in case sewing supplies, among other things. Some posts ago, I listed jobs to tackle, and I'm happy to say I've done them all. Today, I'm walking my bikes over to the donation place where teens learn how to fix bikes and work their way toward owning one of the donated bikes. I'm stoked!

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« Reply #1590 on: November 09, 2018, 09:47:21 AM »
Giant bag going to goodwill.
This has gotten harder for me to do now that we aren't itemizing our taxes. I feel like I should save it all for a year that we do (we think we will every 3 years now due to our DAF.)

I tried to sell a few of the things in it, but it is barely worth the time. :(

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« Reply #1591 on: November 09, 2018, 11:49:53 AM »
Love this thread!

Six items to the donation bin today:
-1 shirt that I never wear
-3 maxi dresses (too small)
-1 race shirt (too small)
-1 gaming item I received at a conference & never used

Now that I have a bit of momentum, I may open the doors to the boys room. It's always so frightening to see what lurks in the rooms of an 11 & 12 year old!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1592 on: November 09, 2018, 12:03:03 PM »
Did a walk-through of my house and then my charity drop off this morning. Only had a small box, along with some boxes and some unsalvagable furniture to the dump. Apart from books and clothes I think I'm pretty much done decluttering! Organized some stuff and cleaned. Every drawer and cupboard gives me a peaceful feeling. I love it.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1593 on: November 09, 2018, 12:11:52 PM »
We just got an energy audit done on our house and the biggest energy saving thing we can do is insulate the basement walls.  That will entail pulling everything away from the walls of the basement.  Which is 75% devoted to storage.  This will be a massive opportunity to declutter.  I will have to be ruthless about not putting stuff back after.  I think we will tackle that project next summer.  Trying to decide if I should try to de-clutter first so that there is way less stuff to take off the shelves and out of the closets or just let it stay there for now and shame myself with the craziness of the amount when we go to put it back?

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1594 on: November 09, 2018, 12:41:21 PM »
Did a walk-through of my house and then my charity drop off this morning. Only had a small box, along with some boxes and some unsalvagable furniture to the dump. Apart from books and clothes I think I'm pretty much done decluttering! Organized some stuff and cleaned. Every drawer and cupboard gives me a peaceful feeling. I love it.

What a superb feeling--congrats!!

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« Reply #1595 on: November 09, 2018, 12:42:15 PM »
We just got an energy audit done on our house and the biggest energy saving thing we can do is insulate the basement walls.  That will entail pulling everything away from the walls of the basement.  Which is 75% devoted to storage.  This will be a massive opportunity to declutter.  I will have to be ruthless about not putting stuff back after.  I think we will tackle that project next summer.  Trying to decide if I should try to de-clutter first so that there is way less stuff to take off the shelves and out of the closets or just let it stay there for now and shame myself with the craziness of the amount when we go to put it back?

I'd definitely start decluttering, so there's less stuff to put on the shelves. Sounds like a great opportunity to declutter!

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« Reply #1596 on: November 09, 2018, 01:47:27 PM »
Started a new donation bag. Decluttered a camping bathroom bag thing with a hook to hang up in the shower... Iíd been putting off decluttering it for ages because it would mean I would have to empty it out and in my mind that was an impossible task. Opened it up and the entire contents were 4 individually wrapped tampons and a necklace I wore once and am never going to wear again. Donated the necklace, set aside the tampons until I make contact with the womenís shelter and find out if they take half-open boxes. I remember watching an interview with homeless women once and over and over they requested tampons not pads... it really stuck with me, and now I no longer need them it seems so wrong to throw them away.

Other than that found a weird card holder thing that is meant to stick to the back of your phone and donated that. The donation bag itself is a backpack I donít want and I saw something on Hubbys desk that I think I can donate I just need to check with him first.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1597 on: November 09, 2018, 05:06:15 PM »
Did a walk-through of my house and then my charity drop off this morning. Only had a small box, along with some boxes and some unsalvagable furniture to the dump. Apart from books and clothes I think I'm pretty much done decluttering! Organized some stuff and cleaned. Every drawer and cupboard gives me a peaceful feeling. I love it.

Nice. I'm not very far off that if I don't open Hubby's drawers ;)

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« Reply #1598 on: November 09, 2018, 11:03:57 PM »
Combining the Gazingus Pin and Clutter threads, I went through my stash today and put all the material I am never ever going to make into clothes into the donation pile, along with any patterns that I am never ever going to make. I live in Sydney, I don't need woolen skirts and once I live in a country that might need them, I'm not going to need work suitable clothes anymore. Similarly, the peppermint striped material that I thought would make a sundress? Is 100% artificial fibers and will be disgusting in the heat! The iridescent olive green taffeta with a dark olive plaid? Even if I made it up, I would never ever wear it. All these fantasy outfits provided a GREAT DEAL of enjoyment to me when I was picturing making them, and now someone else gets to have them.

I also went through the repair pile and mended my perfect linen dress and my favourite shirt, so they are back in the closet and accepted that I am never turning my $12 wedding dress [white linen Laura Ashley!] from the Vinnies into a shirt or work out how to make one shirtdress less inexplicably frumpy. Into the donation pile they go!

I officially abandoned all of my WIP that I have made no progress on in 1 calendar year, and now I can fit all my fabric into the one storage box. It feels great. And now I have cut out a new pattern {kwik sew 3232} and wil be making it up in sea blue linen from the duvet set we bought at Ikea that we didn't like sleeping on.

Lastly, I turned one of my old teeshirts into a plaid rope chew toy for Honey and she loves playing tug of war with it.




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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1599 on: November 10, 2018, 08:17:03 AM »
We just got an energy audit done on our house and the biggest energy saving thing we can do is insulate the basement walls.  That will entail pulling everything away from the walls of the basement.  Which is 75% devoted to storage.  This will be a massive opportunity to declutter.  I will have to be ruthless about not putting stuff back after.  I think we will tackle that project next summer.  Trying to decide if I should try to de-clutter first so that there is way less stuff to take off the shelves and out of the closets or just let it stay there for now and shame myself with the craziness of the amount when we go to put it back?

Declutter now.  It will be easier to move everything away from the walls.  When you put back what is left you will find more to declutter.  I've done serious decluttering before every move, and still moved stuff that then got donated.  It's like peeling an onion, there is another layer once the first layer is gone.