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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1650 on: November 15, 2018, 06:20:29 AM »

I struggle with china because I don't care for it, but there's still a 12 piece set that my husband agrees we don't need but have to keep while his mother is still alive.  Huge chunk of cabinet space...

What is it with parents and china?  My Mom gave me a set that was her Aunt's decades ago, and is horrified that I want to get rid of it.  It is monogrammed (not our initial) and gold rimmed, so can't go in the dishwasher.  I'm sure it cost my Great Aunt a fortune when she bought it.  But no one wants it now, including us.  We have carted this stuff around through 4 houses, and it is not going with us next time.  So I've been sneaking it out so Mom doesn't notice - first the cups and saucers, then the bread plates, etc.   We are down to the dinner plates and a couple of small bowls now, and those will go after Christmas.


I agree!  Parents just don't understand (Cue DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince)….
I haven't thought about it too much, but I KNOW my mom has at least one set of.... maybe not china, but something she considers "her fancy dishes" and used for Thanksgiving, Xmas, etc.  I also KNOW she has a cabinet of tchotchkes (that she apparently now calls Nic Nacs, she was insisting on the phone last night that she's never used the word tchotchkes). 
We were talking a bit about my grandma, who still lives alone and just turned 91 yesterday... and I was asking if she still has cabinets full of junk at her house... my mom kept insisting that one of my aunts helped clean the house out so that it would be more livable... but when I pressed her, she said that "of course" she still has her Nic Nacs in big cabinets with glass doors... as if that's NOT what I was referring to as 'Junk' (it was).
THIMBLES and BELLS.  OH THE THIMBLES AND BELLS.

This makes me nervous that there are more cabinets of junk at my parents house than I realize.  :::Shudder:::
I try not to press them too much about the state of their junk, as I live a thousand+ miles away...  But my dad grew up dirt-floor-poor, and I know he just feels secure stockpiling stuff even though they've been securely lower-middle class for decades (not ideal, but they're secure) and he likely DOES NOT NEED his old mower salvage parts, or two decades worth of his old factory-issued steel toed boots that "have plenty of life left in them". 
OK, FEELING PANICKED, MUST STOP THINKING ABOUT THAT CROWDED HOUSE.
And several curio cabinets like were popular in the 80s for displaying dolls and shit.

…. I snort-laughed when I read that!  These are the EXACT thing my parents have in their house.  Displaying who knows what?  I think there's a model airplane in one and like... some bells and a few figurines in the other?  WHYYYYYYYYY.  I'm having vague memories of what's inside those things "displayed" and... a desk clock for like a fancy bosses desk (why), figurines of ladies in bonnets and crap, model cars my dad put together in the 1990's on like one weekend a year when we weren't allowed to bother him, ummm… some childrens crafts, some glasses for whisky or something (no one drinks), um...
I'm getting a headache thinking about it.  Ha.

Those curio cabinets are like the precursor to Instagram/Facebook, where people would collect images or objects of their lives to present a narrative to themselves (and their guests) about themselves over time. It's interesting that people do that virtually now. Humans are silly.

Anyway, I laughed when I read your post. My husband and I jokingly refer to all of our possessions as our precious golden trinkets.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1651 on: November 15, 2018, 06:40:57 AM »
Yesterday I gave 8 crystal liquor glasses that I have had for 18 years and never once drank a liquor from, to the church treasures sale.  Also leaving the house were a number of pots and old Christmas decorations.  Man it felt good.  And they will be used in the big fundraiser.

My gramma went through a phase of making dolls.  She would make clothing for them out of her wedding dress or other important clothing.  The fabric from the suits or dresses that she had made over the years was too good for turning into a quilt or a rug.  One doll for each of her grandchildren in the  wedding dress she made herself.   I have been able to store my doll at my parents house.  She lives in the glass case on the curio cabinet in the living room with the three other dolls , for each of my brothers anď my dad.

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« Reply #1652 on: November 15, 2018, 06:42:44 AM »
Okay, here is a curio cabinet story...years ago the hub and I went to Florida on vacay. We went to some shop that sold these pretty bird figurines. They are fairly large. So I get carried away and buy about 4 of these birds. They came in fairly large boxes with Styrofoam to protect them. Well, not only do we have these birds, we bought other stuff. We now realize we have no way to get these treasures home because we have no room in our suitcases. So, while we were shopping, we find this place that is selling giant roller suitcases for like $19.99 so we bought two. Now we get all this junk back to the hotel and no way we can maneuver 4 suitcases on wheels and carry bags. So we put one of our smaller suitcases into the gigantic suitcase with some of the junk we bought. We still had 3 rolly bags and one was super heavy in a cheap suitcase so it rolled like crap! Well, somehow we made it to the airport and home. Now, I have these birds and no where to put them. I have no shelves and no room to put shelves in. OMG! So, I went to Bob's furniture store (nightmare furniture store) and bought a narrow cheap curio cabinet that fit all the birds. I also had a few other random smaller birds I was able to put in the cabinet. Now, occasionally I have to dust these dumb birds. Why oh why did I buy all the birds, that led to the suitcases that led to the curio cabinet that now leads me to dust them! These birds are not collector stuff and are not worth anything but are pretty.
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« Reply #1653 on: November 15, 2018, 06:53:04 AM »
When I was a kid my Mom took me to the house of someone I now recognize as a hoarder who was a doll lady. She must have had thousands. But she had a collection of 20 she changed daily based on the weather.

I was determined to do the same with my American Girl dolls, but seasonally.

Well shit, that takes a lot of time!

So my dolls get changed yearly. And I have 13 of them (down from a high of 15).  But Toy Story emotionally scarred me, so I don't know how to get rid of any of them.  I think I should have 5. That would be more reasonable...

My daughter will get a few when she's old enough to play with them. But mostly it's an oversized collection...


But curio cabinets were the stuff of my dreams when I was a kid.  I just threw out the 11 pewter figurines I got for selling girl scout cookies (I have a traumatic story about why I don't have 12...)  I LOVE a collection, but now as an adult, I only collect postcards.

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« Reply #1654 on: November 15, 2018, 07:11:51 AM »
I think that, maybe, today is the day that the boxes of donations we filled several months ago will be able to leave the house and actually make it to the donation center. They have been sitting silently in the basement waiting for a day when I had room in the car and some extra time. I'm unreasonably excited about their immanent departure.

This weekend, DH has a whole day free. He is planning on maybe cleaning out the piled junk in said basement. More stuff may be unearthed that can leave. I think we still have too much snow to remove the leaves from the dog's yard so an inside job would be just the ticket.

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« Reply #1655 on: November 15, 2018, 02:25:41 PM »
Any time I think I’m ‘done’ with decluttering I watch someone doing the minimalism game on YouTube and always find a few more things. I tend not to play the game properly: one thing on the first day, two on the second etc, but instead I write the numbers 1-30 and then go in little bursts to see what numbers I can cross off. Last night it was 1, 2, 3, 20. I purged some old makeup, an adjustable rod for hanging things that was super wobbly and no longer needed since I built shelves for our entry hall, a skipping rope still in its packet (to the giving tree), a little bag (coin purse maybe?) that looks like a tiny backpack that I have never used, some Fitbit ‘acessories’ a different sized band etc, and a foam roller that was too firm. All packed up into the donation bag except the skipping rope which went into my work bag to drop at the tree.

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« Reply #1656 on: November 16, 2018, 07:47:41 AM »
The way we all list out the specific items we ditch reads like death notices for things. Don't get me wrong; I love this thread. It just struck me as funny and deliciously weird.

Old pillows, sodastream, and computer backpack are added to the donation pile.

Lol, it does seem like an obituary for stuff, doesn't it?

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« Reply #1657 on: November 16, 2018, 10:36:39 PM »
Listed nine things on eBay. If everything sells I'll end up with $185 back in my pocket.

I topped up my shampoo, etc, so I can throw out the empty refills.

And I started writing Christmas cards so I can get them out of my house. This is the first year I didn't buy cards in the post-Christmas sales. I had about dozen left over from Christmas 2015, a dozen from Christmas 2016 and a dozen from Christmas 2017, so I'm using up those first.

I'm undecided if I will buy cards in January as I hate to be contributing to landfill. But for now I still have seven grandparents (it's a long story), two of whom are in care, and the cards mean a lot to them.

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« Reply #1658 on: November 17, 2018, 04:45:05 AM »
Doing a huge wardrobe clearout, plus a heap of baby things. One big surprise is EIGHT great quality bras in a size I haven't been for years - probably the only time in my life I've owned eight bras in one size?! Such luxury. Luckily a friend thinks they'll fit her so they're going to a good home.

They all fit her! Yay! Friend is happy, I'm happy, everybody wins.

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« Reply #1659 on: November 17, 2018, 08:05:59 AM »
@Roadrunner53 I thoroughly enjoyed your bird/cabinet story. It sounds like a Dr. Seusian tale against buying souvenirs (to me anyway).

Today, I decluttered the notebooks. I tore out all of my writings and put them in a folder, then I either donated or recycled the notebooks. When I Kondoed a few years ago, I just recycled all of my writings, but I think I'll keep these for a future me to look over and say, why did I keep these? I also got rid of a bunch of what I consider school supplies because I still have the mindset of a 12 year old, but I think adult people might call them stationery supplies. (Also looked into the etymology of the word stationery because that seemed like a good use of time).

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« Reply #1660 on: November 17, 2018, 08:29:46 AM »
Today I want to start the process of purging my cloth diapering supplies.  This is hard for me because I paid good money for them. But doing so would clear a cubic yard or so, and I have no intention of using them.
- solid metal snap setter and dies, think they cost me $150 or so
- several thousand new plastic snaps, many colors
- a few yards of hemp sherpa, PUL, foldover elastic, and performance wicking fabric for liners

Will take photos, then post on Craigslist to see if I can make a local sale. If they don't move, need to consider my options. The cost of shipping these materials, especially the heavy snap setter, would easily double their price.

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« Reply #1661 on: November 17, 2018, 08:31:00 AM »
The final trips of STUFF are today and yesterday. MOST was yesterday. Including my dreaded memory boxes. Dreaded just because I have nowhere to store them, and I really don't have the emotional energy to go through them. Included are some paper things, like old letters, but also stuffed animals from when I was a child, a feather from my show roo I loved when I was a kid, that sort of stuff. No idea how I'll manage to get through everything.

Got the go ahead on getting rid of 1 of 2 dressers I had gotten from my mom. The other fits, and she okay'd me selling this one. Also yesterday was able to fit in the sale of a vacuum (we had 2, this was my old one) for $75. So far I've been able to sell $160 worth of stuff during this move with pretty minimal effort.

At least now that the final pieces are up here, I can finalize decor stuff. Know what I'll be using and not. I also have a growing stash of "stuff to give back to family". Up next: neon colored fiesta ware serving plate and gravy boat MIL inexplicably showed up with one day after we bought the house. No room now, so back they go at thanksgiving! Now I need to decide if it's more rude to show up with a large dish at someone else's thanksgiving, or show up with an empty serving platter!

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« Reply #1662 on: November 17, 2018, 08:44:32 AM »
Up next: neon colored fiesta ware serving plate and gravy boat MIL inexplicably showed up with one day after we bought the house. No room now, so back they go at thanksgiving! Now I need to decide if it's more rude to show up with a large dish at someone else's thanksgiving, or show up with an empty serving platter!

Could you put food in the big serving plate, and send it home with somebody when they take leftovers home? 

As for sentimental stuff from your childhood, how about taking a few photos before you get rid of them?

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« Reply #1663 on: November 17, 2018, 08:51:58 AM »
Up next: neon colored fiesta ware serving plate and gravy boat MIL inexplicably showed up with one day after we bought the house. No room now, so back they go at thanksgiving! Now I need to decide if it's more rude to show up with a large dish at someone else's thanksgiving, or show up with an empty serving platter!

Could you put food in the big serving plate, and send it home with somebody when they take leftovers home? 

As for sentimental stuff from your childhood, how about taking a few photos before you get rid of them?

No, I need to give it to MIL. I can't very well pass a family 'heirloom' onto another person without her permission. Also, it's a giant serving platter, like what you put the turkey on, and weighs about 14lbs, lol.

And I don't *want* to get rid of any of that stuff. That was my point! Photos don't replace the tangible experience of seeing the indents from your hands as a child. And at this point, I'm still not giving up the idea I might have children of my own. So my plan is to try and get rid of enough other stuff that I might be able to make room.

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« Reply #1664 on: November 17, 2018, 08:53:04 AM »
I am still really really into this thread!

I think I'm down to close to my bare-bones materialism besides the old family photos.  I might be able to find a thing her and there to give away or sell, but right now I think I am tapped out.

This means the rest of my clean up energy needs to go to my 'Big List', which is... probably about 50% complete?


To be clear, my home is not without fluff, it's just down the essential fluff.  Right now I am staring at this beautiful hand made machete and leather decorate machete sash.  It hangs from the wall like art.
This machete was one of the items left in the first house that I purchased by the prior owners.  Everything else they left I threw out/gave away, but for whatever reason this thing made me smile and seemed like such a whimsical thing to keep.  Now that I've sold that house I keep it as a reminder of that proud amazing moment when I walked into the HOME THAT I HAD JUST PURCHASED and how warm my heart felt... and how I looked over and saw a machete sitting in the kitchen, laughed, and just never got rid of the dang thing.  HA.

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« Reply #1665 on: November 17, 2018, 09:51:49 AM »
Up next: neon colored fiesta ware serving plate and gravy boat MIL inexplicably showed up with one day after we bought the house. No room now, so back they go at thanksgiving! Now I need to decide if it's more rude to show up with a large dish at someone else's thanksgiving, or show up with an empty serving platter!

Could you put food in the big serving plate, and send it home with somebody when they take leftovers home? 

As for sentimental stuff from your childhood, how about taking a few photos before you get rid of them?

No, I need to give it to MIL. I can't very well pass a family 'heirloom' onto another person without her permission. Also, it's a giant serving platter, like what you put the turkey on, and weighs about 14lbs, lol.

And I don't *want* to get rid of any of that stuff. That was my point! Photos don't replace the tangible experience of seeing the indents from your hands as a child. And at this point, I'm still not giving up the idea I might have children of my own. So my plan is to try and get rid of enough other stuff that I might be able to make room.

ah bummer!  I see what you mean. How about just quietly disappearing it, and when she asks where it is, say it's "in storage"?

Oh, I see what you mean about your childhood stuff.  Yes, this is what storage space is for. I'm getting rid of a lot of stuff that doesn't matter to me, so I can save a few of the clothes worn by my dad who died.

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« Reply #1666 on: November 17, 2018, 10:51:30 AM »
The way we all list out the specific items we ditch reads like death notices for things. Don't get me wrong; I love this thread. It just struck me as funny and deliciously weird.

Old pillows, sodastream, and computer backpack are added to the donation pile.

Lol, it does seem like an obituary for stuff, doesn't it?

I love this observation (and also like that we give these things one last nod before removing them from our lives)


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« Reply #1667 on: November 17, 2018, 11:57:29 AM »
OH just freecycled her wedding dress. Listed it for fabric as the actual outer dress had a lot of marks (oh, and a small tear from over-enthusiastic playing of lawn darts during the reception). It never got cleaned after the wedding and a decade of storage didn't do it any favours, but there was a train that never got used, plus all the lining material, etc.  So far, so dull.

But then the woman that came to pick it up said that she wanted the fabric because she used to be in a pop band, they were going on a reunion tour to the Netherlands, and so she was trying to sort out costumes. Way better story than just going into someone's craft stash.

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« Reply #1668 on: November 17, 2018, 12:42:40 PM »
Yesterday was lovely things I never wear : the gorgeous chestnut Kickers, my eelskin cowboy boots, my fluevog heels. They all hurt my feet in some way but have previously escaped the purging because they are souvenirs of Paris, Melbourne and Chicago trips with Ofpym.

Goodbye boots, I hope someone find you and loves you.

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« Reply #1669 on: November 17, 2018, 02:58:58 PM »
We had people over last night. The time spent tidying the living areas, bathroom & kitchen was minimal and it was easy to clean because.. no clutter! High five!

There's still the spare bedroom and study that are too full but I think I'll just shut the door and make peace with those. In 2019 we are building a double garage which will house stuff like skis, bikes, tools, heaters & fans that currently live in these rooms. It's not really possible to arrange stuff that just shouldn't be there in a pleasing way!

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« Reply #1670 on: November 17, 2018, 05:23:13 PM »
Today is a great day for clearing clutter!

- I sold half my stash of newborn cloth diapers for $80. I only paid $100, so pretty darn good investment.
- I took my free second hand microwave that I myself had for 8 years to the recycling drop it centre.
- Also returned months worth of wine and beer bottles. I don't drink often, so I wait until I get a couple of bucks.

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« Reply #1671 on: November 17, 2018, 07:11:08 PM »
We had people over last night. The time spent tidying the living areas, bathroom & kitchen was minimal and it was easy to clean because.. no clutter! High five!


High five indeed!!! This is my favorite part of keeping things trimmed down- easy clean up!  Yay!

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« Reply #1672 on: November 17, 2018, 09:27:52 PM »
Although my home continues to be near-empty according to most people's assessments, I want to challenge myself in a couple of areas, revamping to prevent clutter.

1. A new hobby has me making a new batch of "floor paper" pretty much daily. I completed the permanent processing of much of it yesterday, but need to find a way to delete the last 12 sheets and stop making new ones like little bunnies.

2. We've made a decision to stay in our newest city for Christmas, so no trip to other people's Christmas clutter. In planning for ours, Kid said he wants a Christmas that is fancy: a tree, decorations everywhere. LOL. We'll do that. So, I want to:

*get things we can continue using year round or ditch right after (thrift store items, borrowed things, cheap stuff, recyclable stuff, thriftable stuff)
*reduce even our few current things so that + Christmas doesn't suffocate me

Ideas:
*ask him if he'd prefer the xmas stuff be in his (large) room or the living space
*fairy lights (continue using year round)
*cardstock snowflakes hanging from ceiling via taped floss (zero cost; recyclable)
*pine bough wreath (smells terrific; compostable) as dining table centrepiece
*dining chairs have hole perfect for hanging small wreaths through
*10 fake tealights (like candles, but legal in our suite; usable year round)
*propose an xmas altar/stool vs tree (usable year round)
*if a tree of any sort, keep it low to ground, so a few small gifts looks abundant
*diffuse essential oils that have xmasy aromas, like pine, cedar, cloves, orange, etc
*Spotify playlists of a wide range of Christmas/winter/solstice/etc music

3. Commit to finishing painting so I can delete the bulky painting supplies. Alternatively (or also), store the paint spinner can in the storage room so it's not taking up 1/4 of the space in the laundry room. Find out if the storage room is okay for keeping paint we want to use.

4. Delete stuff from the storage room. We've never had one of those before, and mostly keep the landlord's excess in it. But things like my boxes can go now.
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« Reply #1673 on: November 18, 2018, 12:36:00 AM »
The way we all list out the specific items we ditch reads like death notices for things. Don't get me wrong; I love this thread. It just struck me as funny and deliciously weird.

Old pillows, sodastream, and computer backpack are added to the donation pile.

Lol, it does seem like an obituary for stuff, doesn't it?

I love this observation (and also like that we give these things one last nod before removing them from our lives)

I think, for some of us, it serves the same purpose as Marie Kondo's edict to thank your items.  It's a small ritual to mark the change.  Help the emotions.


ETA: just remembered!  I did some decluttering today!  I've got through a lot and it's kind of disappointing when I don't find anything for a while.  But I came across the childhood papers I'd scanned & then saved for a cousin who doesn't use computers much.  Contacted her & dropped them off today, hooray!  I had been looking for a different paper in the paper stack (only one stack these days, woot!), and felt up to dealing with these & another envelope that arrived not too long ago.
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« Reply #1674 on: November 18, 2018, 03:38:17 AM »
Who has watched the Netflix series "Consumed"? It's about families with too much stuff that do a massive declutter. I just watched ep 1 and it made me so anxious seeing all the stuff :) This episode had a happy ending - I hope they all do.

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« Reply #1675 on: November 18, 2018, 09:03:38 AM »
Who has watched the Netflix series "Consumed"? It's about families with too much stuff that do a massive declutter. I just watched ep 1 and it made me so anxious seeing all the stuff :) This episode had a happy ending - I hope they all do.

I haven't seen it but had a dream last night about being in a space with slowly encroaching clutter/stuff beginning to take over the living space (so that we were only living in one tiny part of the house). Strange since we aren't adding much or anything to our space at this point!

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« Reply #1676 on: November 18, 2018, 12:55:04 PM »
3. Commit to finishing painting so I can delete the bulky painting supplies. Alternatively (or also), store the paint spinner can in the storage room so it's not taking up 1/4 of the space in the laundry room. Find out if the storage room is okay for keeping paint we want to use.

Gosh, I'm silly sometimes! I just approached the painting-supplies corner. Well, for starters, most things fit inside the spinner's can! Duh. LOL!!!

*Put everything except paint inside the spinner's can. This can go in the storage room and stay accessible, dust-free, in working condition, etc.
*This leaves only a little column of two paint cans in the laundry room.

The laundry room is again so bright, clear, roomy, tidy! That was a two-minute job, if that.

1. A new hobby has me making a new batch of "floor paper" pretty much daily. I completed the permanent processing of much of it yesterday, but need to find a way to delete the last 12 sheets and stop making new ones like little bunnies.

Again, how do I forget how to do these things?? Since they were super whittled down and just "extras", put them into my "processing" box, no problem.

Who has watched the Netflix series "Consumed"? It's about families with too much stuff that do a massive declutter.

Love shows like that, and haven't been able to access any for the last couple of years. So glad to hear there's a Netflix option!

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« Reply #1677 on: November 18, 2018, 01:00:30 PM »
Bed roll gets wide if left to its own devices and physics. Son's rarely-used belt is a perfect fit and makes an easy job of quickly securing a slim roll that stands. Nice.

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« Reply #1678 on: November 18, 2018, 02:15:11 PM »
@Poundwise when you post your diaper supplies for sale, you can add to the listing that the snaps and cloths can also be used for cloth pads for feminine hygiene. I just saw a sustainability thread elsewhere where people were discussing that.

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« Reply #1679 on: November 18, 2018, 04:23:07 PM »
Who has watched the Netflix series "Consumed"? It's about families with too much stuff that do a massive declutter. I just watched ep 1 and it made me so anxious seeing all the stuff :) This episode had a happy ending - I hope they all do.

Yes, I saw the series many years ago on "regular" TV.  Amazing how much stuff people thought they needed, but soon realized they were happier without.  To the best of my recollection, there are good outcomes for all the families, unlike the people on "Hoarders."

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« Reply #1680 on: November 18, 2018, 05:43:07 PM »
Who has watched the Netflix series "Consumed"? It's about families with too much stuff that do a massive declutter. I just watched ep 1 and it made me so anxious seeing all the stuff :) This episode had a happy ending - I hope they all do.

Yes, I saw the series many years ago on "regular" TV.  Amazing how much stuff people thought they needed, but soon realized they were happier without.  To the best of my recollection, there are good outcomes for all the families, unlike the people on "Hoarders."

I used to watch "Clean Sweep"  They got rid of some furniture I would have kept, but generally speaking they really did a good job of decluttering and got the homeowners on board. Some of the reasons for the clutter were very sad, others were just people who had totally different ideas of what a space should be used for.

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« Reply #1681 on: November 18, 2018, 08:39:46 PM »
Listed nine things on eBay. If everything sells I'll end up with $185 back in my pocket.

One thing sold, $20 for me.

I also:
- put a top and a necklace in the charity bag
- palmed half a dozen things off on @marty998
- surveyed my stock of gifted fancy teabags at home and brought anything nearing its expiry date to work, where it will be used (I don't drink tea, just keep it around for guests)
- found four books I've been given that I would like to read but not own , so as soon as I read them they are out the door
- brought some tiny bottles of hand sanitiser and moisturiser (airline toiletries) to work to keep in my desk

Looking forward to my next trip to visit family so I can deliver Christmas presents for them, Christmas shopping I've done for them, baby clothes I'm passing on from mutual friends. That will get rid of half a dozen bags from my spare room.

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« Reply #1682 on: November 18, 2018, 09:58:18 PM »
@Poundwise when you post your diaper supplies for sale, you can add to the listing that the snaps and cloths can also be used for cloth pads for feminine hygiene. I just saw a sustainability thread elsewhere where people were discussing that.

Ooo, good point!  Thanks!

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« Reply #1683 on: November 18, 2018, 10:02:14 PM »
- found four books I've been given that I would like to read but not own , so as soon as I read them they are out the door

A small but vital distinction.

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« Reply #1684 on: November 19, 2018, 05:49:53 AM »
I bought this book after reading a small article about New England stone walls. I live in New England and always wondered about the stone walls. I have only read part of the book and it is pretty interesting. A part of our history. Just can't fathom removing the rocks from thousands and thousands of acres and building stone walls with limited resources. You had women who were probably too busy having and raising babies, old people who couldn't do the work. Children that were not that strong. How on earth did they do all this work? Rock are heavy!

Sermons in Stone

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« Reply #1685 on: November 19, 2018, 06:07:50 AM »
I bought this book after reading a small article about New England stone walls. I live in New England and always wondered about the stone walls. I have only read part of the book and it is pretty interesting. A part of our history. Just can't fathom removing the rocks from thousands and thousands of acres and building stone walls with limited resources. You had women who were probably too busy having and raising babies, old people who couldn't do the work. Children that were not that strong. How on earth did they do all this work? Rock are heavy!

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I always figured it was originally a byproduct of picking rocks out of the field to make it easier to plow and plant. Easiest place to stack them is the edge of the field, and if you're going to be carrying rocks to the edge of your field anyway - may as well make it a wall.

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« Reply #1686 on: November 19, 2018, 06:18:10 AM »
I bought this book after reading a small article about New England stone walls. I live in New England and always wondered about the stone walls. I have only read part of the book and it is pretty interesting. A part of our history. Just can't fathom removing the rocks from thousands and thousands of acres and building stone walls with limited resources. You had women who were probably too busy having and raising babies, old people who couldn't do the work. Children that were not that strong. How on earth did they do all this work? Rock are heavy!

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The Stone Walls of New England and New York
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I thought they made stone walls mainly because they wanted to empty their piece of land for stones. I have understood that in Britain a professional wall maker can build about 1 meter of wall per day.
Children were in the past seen as a valuable resource for low paid hard work. In the Book "The story about my boyhood and youth" by John Muir it described that he had to crawl down deep in the ground for many hours a day to dig out the well. That is also an interesting book to read.
And about women, I think they also worked very hard, running the (big) household without modern equipment like running water and electrical devices.

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« Reply #1687 on: November 19, 2018, 06:26:34 AM »
I bought this book after reading a small article about New England stone walls. I live in New England and always wondered about the stone walls. I have only read part of the book and it is pretty interesting. A part of our history. Just can't fathom removing the rocks from thousands and thousands of acres and building stone walls with limited resources. You had women who were probably too busy having and raising babies, old people who couldn't do the work. Children that were not that strong. How on earth did they do all this work? Rock are heavy!

Sermons in Stone

The Stone Walls of New England and New York
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I always figured it was originally a byproduct of picking rocks out of the field to make it easier to plow and plant. Easiest place to stack them is the edge of the field, and if you're going to be carrying rocks to the edge of your field anyway - may as well make it a wall.

Yep. Even modern day. Childhood Bracken_Joy and siblings and cousins were often employed as stone movers. Not for plowing, but for horses. Hooves can abscess really easily with mud and rocks. We had great fun building plinths and skipping stones with the resulting pile. And Roadrunner, don't underestimate the strength of kids. I was bucking hay in elementary school. I recently bucked a couple bales for my ILs, and was shocked how heavy it felt. (Current life status: noodle arms). I can say with confidence that I had stronger arms at 11 than I do at 29! And I am not a small woman.

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« Reply #1688 on: November 19, 2018, 06:43:05 AM »
Yes, they say there are/were more rocks than soil so they had to move the rocks so they could grow food. Then there was some laws that were passed that required those who had livestock to pen them up/fence them in to keep them from destructive behaviors in neighbors yards.

Some people don't believe early settlers built the stone walls and that they were built thousands of years ago. For some reason there doesn't seem to be much documentation on building the walls.

http://www.field-notebook.com/?p=119

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« Reply #1689 on: November 19, 2018, 06:54:02 AM »
You guys!!!!

One side of the family has opted out of presents between adults, with a baked goods exchange instead.  Happy thanksgiving!

I gave some candle making supplies and 8lbs of beeswax to a friend. She is short on funds and was really excited - most of it was hand me downs anyway, so no big loss. Plus, that allowed a streamlining of three storage places.

Something I hit on a year or two ago is to do a pre-holiday burst, in anticipation of more stuff coming in.  I usually get stressed about the amount of stuff joining the household, but pre clearing space really helps.

On a bummer note, I'm down to one work appropriate long sleeve shirt, which means a goodwill trip in my future.

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« Reply #1690 on: November 19, 2018, 07:22:57 AM »

On a bummer note, I'm down to one work appropriate long sleeve shirt, which means a goodwill trip in my future.

...A funny coincidence, this is happening to me too, but with pants.  Recently I stitched my work pants for the 2nd time.  They were cheap Costco pants to begin with and I really don't think they're going to withstand another patching.  They're starting to rip again... so instead of buying new work pants I have slooooooooooowly started wearing 'nice jeans' to work (still with a dress-up shirt/blazer) and waiting to see if anyone says anything.  Nothing yet.  I'm not sure what your line of work is, but maybe you could start sliding in more casual dress 1x a week and string out the life of that last long sleeved shirt?
Just an idea! :)


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As for the stone walls, that stuff is FASCINATING.  There were quite a few of these where I grew up in NE OH and I've always kind of thought that along with referring to my body as 'corn fed' I also certainly look like a person who may be descendent of folks who hauled rocks.  Ha. 
I should really get into strongman or highland games. 
My mom is from Hungary and my dad has no traceable lineage, but grew up as poor as his mom grew up, who was as poor as her mom grew up, who was as poor as her mom grew up... etc. etc. and he has fire red hair...so.... guessing irish. Ha.

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« Reply #1691 on: November 19, 2018, 07:47:33 AM »

On a bummer note, I'm down to one work appropriate long sleeve shirt, which means a goodwill trip in my future.

...A funny coincidence, this is happening to me too, but with pants.  Recently I stitched my work pants for the 2nd time.  They were cheap Costco pants to begin with and I really don't think they're going to withstand another patching.  They're starting to rip again... so instead of buying new work pants I have slooooooooooowly started wearing 'nice jeans' to work (still with a dress-up shirt/blazer) and waiting to see if anyone says anything.  Nothing yet.  I'm not sure what your line of work is, but maybe you could start sliding in more casual dress 1x a week and string out the life of that last long sleeved shirt?
Just an idea! :)

It's already fairly casual, a blazer would be out of place.  The issue is more that I only have one winter skirt and no dress/non-jeans I can wear with flats, which further limits the upper body options on top of a small wardrobe.  It's been about 3-4 years since I've bought any new clothes, so I'm due for a replacement year (I have a small wardrobe, so items get worn hard).   If I declutter my fabric stash by making a few pieces, that will help - which is why I bought the fabric (already connected with patterns) in the first place.

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« Reply #1692 on: November 19, 2018, 12:14:17 PM »

On a bummer note, I'm down to one work appropriate long sleeve shirt, which means a goodwill trip in my future.

...A funny coincidence, this is happening to me too, but with pants.  Recently I stitched my work pants for the 2nd time.  They were cheap Costco pants to begin with and I really don't think they're going to withstand another patching.  They're starting to rip again... so instead of buying new work pants I have slooooooooooowly started wearing 'nice jeans' to work (still with a dress-up shirt/blazer) and waiting to see if anyone says anything.  Nothing yet.  I'm not sure what your line of work is, but maybe you could start sliding in more casual dress 1x a week and string out the life of that last long sleeved shirt?
Just an idea! :)

It's already fairly casual, a blazer would be out of place.  The issue is more that I only have one winter skirt and no dress/non-jeans I can wear with flats, which further limits the upper body options on top of a small wardrobe.  It's been about 3-4 years since I've bought any new clothes, so I'm due for a replacement year (I have a small wardrobe, so items get worn hard).   If I declutter my fabric stash by making a few pieces, that will help - which is why I bought the fabric (already connected with patterns) in the first place.

Oh, people!  I know this is a frugal website, but not a poverty one!  Go shopping!

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« Reply #1693 on: November 19, 2018, 12:21:39 PM »
I hate shopping ... not about the money on this one.

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« Reply #1694 on: November 19, 2018, 01:16:51 PM »
Today I want to start the process of purging my cloth diapering supplies.  This is hard for me because I paid good money for them. But doing so would clear a cubic yard or so, and I have no intention of using them.
- solid metal snap setter and dies, think they cost me $150 or so
- several thousand new plastic snaps, many colors
- a few yards of hemp sherpa, PUL, foldover elastic, and performance wicking fabric for liners

Will take photos, then post on Craigslist to see if I can make a local sale. If they don't move, need to consider my options. The cost of shipping these materials, especially the heavy snap setter, would easily double their price.


How about Etsy?  Or does Hyenacart have a "supplies" section?

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« Reply #1695 on: November 19, 2018, 04:00:13 PM »
Two soothing nature DVDs put in the free library by the kindergarten. Ofpym used them to get the boys to sleep when they were wee tinys.

We watched the first ep of Consumed last night and couldn't watch another. We kept shouting STOP HOMESCHOOLING! Send your kids to regular school also the husband was Checked Out in a way that felt really shitty. HIVES at the amount of stuff everywhere.

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« Reply #1696 on: November 20, 2018, 12:07:47 AM »
- found four books I've been given that I would like to read but not own, so as soon as I read them they are out the door

A small but vital distinction.

I think so.

Unlike my law and politics textbooks from uni, which for some reason I feel the need to hang onto despite not opening in a decade.

I've culled it down to three, but it's still a wanker move, hanging onto them.

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« Reply #1697 on: November 20, 2018, 02:32:19 AM »
I sold an item on eBay today.  And on the weekend I allocated a box to charity, anything that goes in it goes to charity, and it’s full with unused suncreen (skin reacts to it) and lots of new baby stuff that never got used.

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« Reply #1698 on: November 20, 2018, 11:46:08 AM »
Consumed doesn't seem to be available on Canada's Netflix, darn.

I lost a Thing necessary for my kid's next therapy step. Before our recent trip, I removed it from his daybag as it wouldn't be needed... And now I can't find it! I've touched ~3/4 of everything we own, including checking each file. I've found cash, other items set aside for trip time, but not the Critical Item. Sigh.

Luckily, we don't own much so going through everything doesn't take much time, but I will have to explore the other 1/4.

In the process, am rearranging each area, which feels wonderful. I have all day minus 90 minutes to tackle the home, so whew.

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« Reply #1699 on: November 20, 2018, 12:38:05 PM »
Found it!!

Now my place looks like it's been burglarized, lol. But we have the critical items and can resume playing out in the world. I might drop kid off, drive back and continue at it during his long therapy... Because I accidentally invited someone for dinner, lol.

Pretty excited, though, about going through everything, finding a few things to release, washing an exposed shelf right down. Some areas have ended up looking too bare, though, so I'll rearrange those back.