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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2150 on: February 13, 2019, 05:45:05 PM »
Well done PMG!



Today I gave my belt to Mom, whose belt was getting shredded.  Hers went in the trash.  Win-win!

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« Reply #2151 on: February 13, 2019, 06:03:54 PM »
I'm in awe of @mustachepungoeshere going through so many emails. You are inspiring to me

Nooooo, I shouldn't have let it get this bad!

My goal is to delete or file 500 a day until my inbox is under 500.

@marty998 is the king of email folders. His folder system is a work of art.


Noooooooo @mustachepungoeshere, you've seen it.... there's literally hundreds of folders arranged in various hierarchies.

Which means I can never find anything I need anymore!

I do try and keep the Inbox under 200 now. But it's a daily battle.

I'm feeling pretty smug right now.

This year I set out to clean up my inboxes.

Work email - currently 2 emails in the inbox awaiting action.  Everything else is deleted or filed under 9 folders.

Personal email - currently 1 email in the inbox awaiting payment (a bill).  Everything else is filed under 12 folders.

It makes it so much easier to find things this way, and I see what still needs to be responded to or done.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2152 on: February 13, 2019, 07:24:13 PM »
I'm in awe of @mustachepungoeshere going through so many emails. You are inspiring to me

Nooooo, I shouldn't have let it get this bad!

My goal is to delete or file 500 a day until my inbox is under 500.

@marty998 is the king of email folders. His folder system is a work of art.


Noooooooo @mustachepungoeshere, you've seen it.... there's literally hundreds of folders arranged in various hierarchies.

Which means I can never find anything I need anymore!

I do try and keep the Inbox under 200 now. But it's a daily battle.

I'm feeling pretty smug right now.

This year I set out to clean up my inboxes.

Work email - currently 2 emails in the inbox awaiting action.  Everything else is deleted or filed under 9 folders.

Personal email - currently 1 email in the inbox awaiting payment (a bill).  Everything else is filed under 12 folders.

It makes it so much easier to find things this way, and I see what still needs to be responded to or done.

... people use folders in their personal email?

Oh christ, I give up.

I just did my 500 for the day for work. My Gmail, I'm happy if it stays below 5000.

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« Reply #2153 on: February 13, 2019, 07:53:35 PM »
I think it counts as decluttering? In my personal email inbox, I get everything from 4 different email addresses delivered. Obviously, tons of junk mail. Been in process for a while.

Went through and hit unsubscribe on lots of things to stop them coming in. Cut it by 60%.
Did some "training" of the junk filters on the worst of it
Setup a folder and diverted the rest of the junk into it. while I don't want to see all the ads in my face, when I am going to buy something, I will look for coupon codes, etc. This way, that stuff is accessible if I want it but out of my way. And I set it up to auto delete, so it doesn't get too out of control.

90% fewer emails in my inbox to actually look at. :)

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« Reply #2154 on: February 14, 2019, 10:18:50 AM »
I'm in awe of @mustachepungoeshere going through so many emails. You are inspiring to me

Nooooo, I shouldn't have let it get this bad!

My goal is to delete or file 500 a day until my inbox is under 500.

@marty998 is the king of email folders. His folder system is a work of art.


Noooooooo @mustachepungoeshere, you've seen it.... there's literally hundreds of folders arranged in various hierarchies.

Which means I can never find anything I need anymore!

I do try and keep the Inbox under 200 now. But it's a daily battle.

I'm feeling pretty smug right now.

This year I set out to clean up my inboxes.

Work email - currently 2 emails in the inbox awaiting action.  Everything else is deleted or filed under 9 folders.

Personal email - currently 1 email in the inbox awaiting payment (a bill).  Everything else is filed under 12 folders.

It makes it so much easier to find things this way, and I see what still needs to be responded to or done.

... people use folders in their personal email?

Oh christ, I give up.

I just did my 500 for the day for work. My Gmail, I'm happy if it stays below 5000.

Fun story- when I got divorced about ten years ago, instead of changing my Gmail I decided to just abandon it.  It had over 20k unread... it was too much.  My new and current Gmail has 6k.  I've done a much better job.  I always joke that the rest of my life is so organized and clean so that I can have a dirty car and a disorganized email to balance it out.

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« Reply #2155 on: February 15, 2019, 09:59:39 AM »
i count email curating as useless busy work

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« Reply #2156 on: February 15, 2019, 12:56:58 PM »
Took the bus to V-Day dinner; saved on exorbitant parking too.

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« Reply #2157 on: February 15, 2019, 05:20:51 PM »
Put a shirt in the donation pile today & recycled a bunch of mail & other stuff lingering around the house.

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« Reply #2158 on: February 15, 2019, 05:22:05 PM »
I got rid of a bunch of old towels and sheets yesterday to someone who's fostering a bunch of new puppies -- yay!

Also jumped in on the email-cutting bandwagon. Down to 155 total emails in my gmail (from something like 600, plus everything in social+promptions that I got rid of).

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« Reply #2159 on: February 17, 2019, 08:28:51 AM »
Not quite out of the house yet, but listed four items on eBay yesterday, so soon!

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« Reply #2160 on: February 17, 2019, 03:12:10 PM »
Over the past three days I:

- deleted/filed another 500 emails
- rehomed two Biblical kids books (a well-meaning relative gave them to my nephews), a jumper I bought on eBay that never quite fit right, and a stuffed animal
- gave my mum a bag of things I'd put aside for her
- found an empty shoebox I'd inexplicably stashed in my wardrobe (maybe I had big plans for it?), tossed it in the recycling

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« Reply #2161 on: February 17, 2019, 03:18:11 PM »
- listed for sale on ebay a beautiful ski coat I purchased last year that I realized I will never need, and my old ratty one will do just fine. It was $$$ so hoping since it is brand new I can recoup some of the price.
- Donated about 100 books to the library
- sold a brand new pair of cycling shoes I'd bought and then realized I hated the way they fit. Made back all of the $$ I spent on them.

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« Reply #2162 on: February 17, 2019, 05:21:19 PM »
Worked through my entire shredding stack!! I give myself a gold star. Now to stay on top of it going forward...

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« Reply #2163 on: February 17, 2019, 07:01:24 PM »
Sorted through the 2yo’s clothes and passed along two bags of outgrown items via our Buy Nothing Group. Shoes next!


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« Reply #2164 on: February 22, 2019, 04:42:09 PM »
Lately I've been focusing on using up some consumables.

I rounded up all the travel packs of tissues and put the tissues in a tiny basket. When the box of tissues in my lounge room was empty, I put the basket there.

They're now all used up, which is great.

I'm also working on the travel toiletries, using up pinky-sized moisturisers, suncream, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.

It's an uncomfortable amount of plastic for me, and I've started reducing how much is coming in.

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« Reply #2165 on: February 22, 2019, 07:13:23 PM »
My aunt (mom's sister) is mentally disabled. She is able to live on her own, and work a minimum wage job. Her partner of 30 years just passed away, so in the emergency, my mom was at her house. Sidenote: my aunt will never let anyone in her house under any circumstance. The house is. . . so beyond salvage. There are bugs, cat pee everywhere, and the ambulance crew couldn't wheel the bed in during the emergency due to the wall to wall junk, paper, garbage, etc that's stacked up. I feel so very sad for my mom, who just got done dealing with her mom & her stepfather passing away. Apparently, there are six cats living in the tiny house, and the bedbugs are so terrible that the entire house needs to be basically torn apart. Oh, and my aunt refuses to change or accept help, move into an assisted living situation, etc. It will eventually come down to my mom needing to take over legal guardianship.

I know that's only marginally related to this thread, but I've offered to come to help my mom during my sabbatical, so that I can assist with some of the "tough love" elements of talking to my aunt & assisting with the house stuff. Sweet mercy.

As for me, I listed three items on eBay today, and have three other items selling today. Progress!

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« Reply #2166 on: February 23, 2019, 06:38:53 AM »
My husbands aunt lived in New York in a horrible apartment up at least 3 gigantic flights of stairs (no elevator). She lived there her whole life and it was rent subsidized. She always kept a clean apartment but when she got older she must have turned into a hoarder. When she was finally put in a nursing home, basically waiting to die, another relative took over the responsibility of her apartment. She was horrified to find there were boxes stacked to the ceiling never opened from on line shopping. Worst of all it was full of bed bugs. I was told there was no way to salvage anything but some jewelry and a few non fabric things. A crew was hired to take everything out and throw it away. I think they had to bag it all up like toxic waste to transport it thru the building to the dump truck. The guys dressed up in protective suits so the bugs wouldn't get in their clothes. It cost something like $25,000 to clean it out and fumigate. Not sure if that is NY prices or if that is abnormal price but seems a lot to me. The trouble with those old buildings in NY is that if one apartment gets bed bugs they can get into all the apartments. So unless the whole building is fumigated at the same time, I don't see how they can ever get rid of these creatures. That is why NOW I am even afraid to buy second hand furniture. What if it came from a house with bed bugs!

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« Reply #2167 on: February 23, 2019, 09:08:11 AM »
@Roadrunner53 - ack. That sounds so awful. Luckily, this is a standalone house, and in a small town. So, I'm thinking the fumigation will be several thousands of dollars

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« Reply #2168 on: February 23, 2019, 09:09:05 AM »
That is quite a story.  Sad that so many things were made, transported, purchased, stored, and then dumped without every being used.  Talk about waste.

That is why NOW I am even afraid to buy second hand furniture. What if it came from a house with bed bugs!

Bed bugs aren't generally an issue here, but when there was more of a breakout among hotels and whatnot a few years ago, I bought an antique sofa and arm chair.  It happened to be winter, so I stored them in my horse trailer for a month since bugs can't survive the cold.  Not necessarily an option for everyone, but tossing something in unheated storage in a colder climate will usually do the trick.


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« Reply #2169 on: February 23, 2019, 10:19:34 AM »
I am sure the auntie didn't bring in the bed bugs herself. She never traveled anywhere. I am assuming this horrid apartment building was infested and they migrated to her apartment. She was too old to deal with it I guess. I was in this apartment many years ago and it was tiny. They called it a 3 bedroom but two of the 'bedrooms' were no more than hole in the wall for a twin bed to fit into. I don't remember a door on the 'rooms'. Maybe they had a curtain. No windows. The weirdest thing is that this place was so small but once the auntie left the owners cut it in half and made it into two apartments! I seriously cannot fathom how small the two apartments must be and can't imagine how they configured them. I also heard that each apartment was going for $3,000 each per month! Can you even imagine walking up 3 giant flights of stairs and having a kid or groceries and no elevator? Total insanity!

The auntie's parents moved into the apartment probably when they were in their late 20's and had 3 children. The auntie lived there her entire life and she was around 78 years old when she died. So the family had inhabited the same apartment for over 100 years!

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« Reply #2170 on: February 23, 2019, 03:47:21 PM »
In the last few weeks I have:
- Been through all our cosmetics/medications and thrown out (via chemist) some expired medications/creams, passed on a few unneeded things to grateful others and used up the last little bit of some shampoos and hand creams. Made up several mini-medication kits for our bags and cars so we have things like bandaids and panadol to hand when we need them. For the next little while will check expiry dates before taking tablets and use the ones closest to expiry.
- Sorted through the cleaning supplies under the kitchen and bathroom sinks. Very little thrown away here as it will all get used eventually, but everything is dusted and organised neatly, sponges and rags freshly washed and folded, a few duplicate products combined. My husband and I combined households almost four years ago and I am shocked by the amount of excess cleaning products we still have. I guess I don't clean a lot haha. And also prefer some vinegar/bicarb/tea tree oil when I do. Many of these will not be rebought when used up. I don't believe we need so many specific products.   
- Brought home about 8 boxes from my parents' home (think I've already mentioned this somewhere on the forum). All the things I own in the world are now officially under my roof.
- Gone through two of the boxes that had my sewing things in them. Decided there are so many other things I'm more passionate about right now and I don't have room for these in my life. Passed on everything usable to a friend who teaches a beginners sewing class and will rehome. 

Next step is to:
- Go through my shoes. I don't have many, and as a result most are looking pretty worn out. I need to take them to the cobbler to fix what he can, bin anything unsalvageable, and work out what I really need to replace.
- Finish unpacking from our kitchen renovation. This is nearly done but there is at least one more box in the garage we forgot and a few boxes to go awaiting my husband's blessing. We also need to go through the cutlery together as we both have strong preferences about this and there is about 3x what we need for day to day. Some may get stored for larger gatherings though.
- Go through the rest of the boxes from my parents. These seem to be books/toys from my childhood and sentimental items such as yearbooks etc. I think most of this can probably go but I need to be in the right headspace to look through it. I lost a pregnancy recently so the childhood stuff is still a bit raw.

I'm also thinking about doing the whole Marie Kondo process from start to finish next week while I have the house to myself. I've downloaded the audio book from the library and will think about it a bit more. I've always lent towards minimalism (daughter of a hoarder, apartment dweller moving countries a bit, love a good declutter) but since moving into this house and the chaos of renovating things have definitely built up. I'm also curious if I'll learn anything about myself.





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« Reply #2171 on: February 23, 2019, 04:43:47 PM »
Declutter fail.
The 2nd thing in 5+ years I've had to rebuy...

I threw out lancets from when I had gestational diabetes more than 2 years ago. Then I failed my 1 hour test and instead of taking the good awful 3 hour test I'm checking my blood sugar. (Good new...not diabetic). The new box of lancets cost $12.

(I also had to rebuy the same monitor and test strips I threw out, but my understanding is they expire. So I guess that's ok. That was $60.)

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« Reply #2172 on: February 23, 2019, 05:00:50 PM »
Sorry for your loss ChasingtheGoodLife.

I also have four days alone this week and I'm quite tempted to pull out a few cupboards. I have MKed before but the rule is you only do your own stuff which means the spare room has never really been 'done' (hubby's dumping ground).

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« Reply #2173 on: February 23, 2019, 07:16:40 PM »
My aunt (mom's sister) is mentally disabled. She is able to live on her own, and work a minimum wage job. Her partner of 30 years just passed away, so in the emergency, my mom was at her house. Sidenote: my aunt will never let anyone in her house under any circumstance. The house is. . . so beyond salvage. There are bugs, cat pee everywhere, and the ambulance crew couldn't wheel the bed in during the emergency due to the wall to wall junk, paper, garbage, etc that's stacked up. I feel so very sad for my mom, who just got done dealing with her mom & her stepfather passing away. Apparently, there are six cats living in the tiny house, and the bedbugs are so terrible that the entire house needs to be basically torn apart. Oh, and my aunt refuses to change or accept help, move into an assisted living situation, etc. It will eventually come down to my mom needing to take over legal guardianship.

I know that's only marginally related to this thread, but I've offered to come to help my mom during my sabbatical, so that I can assist with some of the "tough love" elements of talking to my aunt & assisting with the house stuff. Sweet mercy.

As for me, I listed three items on eBay today, and have three other items selling today. Progress!

@MaybeBabyMustache  - the health or building department and animal control may take options away from her. At a minimum, please make sure those cats are properly cared for. They are innocent and don't deserve to be tormented by bed bugs.

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« Reply #2174 on: February 23, 2019, 07:37:01 PM »
My aunt (mom's sister) is mentally disabled. She is able to live on her own, and work a minimum wage job. Her partner of 30 years just passed away, so in the emergency, my mom was at her house. Sidenote: my aunt will never let anyone in her house under any circumstance. The house is. . . so beyond salvage. There are bugs, cat pee everywhere, and the ambulance crew couldn't wheel the bed in during the emergency due to the wall to wall junk, paper, garbage, etc that's stacked up. I feel so very sad for my mom, who just got done dealing with her mom & her stepfather passing away. Apparently, there are six cats living in the tiny house, and the bedbugs are so terrible that the entire house needs to be basically torn apart. Oh, and my aunt refuses to change or accept help, move into an assisted living situation, etc. It will eventually come down to my mom needing to take over legal guardianship.

I know that's only marginally related to this thread, but I've offered to come to help my mom during my sabbatical, so that I can assist with some of the "tough love" elements of talking to my aunt & assisting with the house stuff. Sweet mercy.

As for me, I listed three items on eBay today, and have three other items selling today. Progress!

@MaybeBabyMustache  - the health or building department and animal control may take options away from her. At a minimum, please make sure those cats are properly cared for. They are innocent and don't deserve to be tormented by bed bugs.

The cats have been rehomed. It's been the biggest source of anger towards my mom, but on top of the fact that they just can't be in the house during the fumigation, she's obviously not able to take care of them (or, herself really).

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« Reply #2175 on: February 24, 2019, 11:35:59 AM »
Hugs, MBM, that sounds like a hard family situation.

Donated several books to the library resale shop, and used up two little travel shampoos. I also pulled a sweater out of the mending pile and mended it, which isn't precisely decluttering but feels similar - it's getting rid of dead weight. I'm starting to feel a bit better about the volume of stuff I have. I'm not there yet, but it's better.

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« Reply #2176 on: February 24, 2019, 12:39:51 PM »
@MaybeBabyMustache Thank you to you or whoever in your family helped with the kitties.  I know it will be hard for all parties involved, but they will have a safer and happier life elsewhere.  <3  That sounds like a hard situation- and even if you're not directly involved, it can certainly weigh on you.  Sending you good energy, I feel for the situation.

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« Reply #2177 on: February 24, 2019, 03:59:51 PM »
@JanetJackson - it was my lovely mom, who has taken care of her sister for years, but even more so since there mom passed away. I think we've all been in a bit of denial about how best to support my aunt now that her mom is gone. It's really, really hard & there are no good answers. Thanks for the support.

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« Reply #2178 on: February 24, 2019, 05:20:07 PM »
MBM - that is really hard and I am sorry your mum is going to need to take guardianship.

Not so much decluttering as visual decluttering, I am going through a spell of clearing off horizontal surfaces and anything that is taking up a corner. I am tired of everywhere I look just being [mildly!] out of sorts. I am also discarding recipes that I will never ever make and sewing patterns that I will never make again, because they weren't flattering on me.

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« Reply #2179 on: February 25, 2019, 09:50:16 AM »
I got a couple items into a bag and in the car waiting for goodwill drop off.  I... couldn't... let go of clothing yet.  Not gonna stress over it.

I made a cardboard box to fit in the cabinet in the bathroom, and sorted through items I had in there, got rid of extra packaging and everything fits so much better now, and it allowed me to fit the extra TP in the same cupboard, so that's less visual clutter out in the laundry/closet room.  This feels like a huge win even though it was just little bits that actually left the house.

I mailed a Valentine card I'd carried around for years.  Kind of silly, but now I no longer have any pre made cards.  I used to hoard them!  I do still have a little assortment of envelopes, and some paper craft supplies.  I either make an appropriate card, or just write a note to express whatever sentiment I want to express. I love letters and cards, but no more acquiring without a recipient planned.




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« Reply #2180 on: February 25, 2019, 11:04:47 PM »
Took a gag gift (rubber band gun kit) to work and left it out for someone to take.

It was gone in 10 minutes.

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« Reply #2181 on: February 26, 2019, 10:00:28 AM »
One more large bag off to donation, and the next one started.  Having a bag for clothing and a box for odd things going all the time is really helping with my goal to declutter.

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« Reply #2182 on: February 26, 2019, 11:00:50 AM »
Currently seeing my recently widowed neighbour struggle, emotionally and practically, to declutter the family home of 20 years so it can be sold, because they were not mustachian in the least and now the house (less mortgage) is the only asset she has left.  Sad, and an awful warning.

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« Reply #2183 on: February 26, 2019, 02:07:23 PM »
Just cleaned out my computer cabinet. OMG! So much stuff! I pulled out an old printer that wasn't even hooked up so I pulled it out and will toss it. It is very old and probably not compatible with anyone's computer otherwise I would donate it. I was able to hoe out the cabinet of a bag full of stuff to donate. I still have about 30 boxes of labels of assorted sizes and tons of cardstock and various color paper and other odd ball stuff. I bought this metal drawer organizer a while back for under a sink but it didn't fit my bathroom and I was what the heck and I going to do with it. I rehomed it under my computer desk where the printer was and organized some crap. WOW, that feels good. However, I still have way too much stuff! I have downsized about 50% so I will further unload at a later date.

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« Reply #2184 on: February 27, 2019, 07:57:12 AM »
@RoadRunner re: the printer, electronics waste can be really problematic. I'd encourage you to offer it through a free site (people will use parts, etc), or to take it to an electronics recycling place. Most cities have them =)

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« Reply #2185 on: February 27, 2019, 08:07:24 AM »
@RoadRunner re: the printer, electronics waste can be really problematic. I'd encourage you to offer it through a free site (people will use parts, etc), or to take it to an electronics recycling place. Most cities have them =)

If you live near a Best Buy, they take electronics to recycle.  Or at least they do in Canada, so I'm assuming they would in the U.S. too.

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« Reply #2186 on: February 27, 2019, 08:57:45 AM »
@RoadRunner re: the printer, electronics waste can be really problematic. I'd encourage you to offer it through a free site (people will use parts, etc), or to take it to an electronics recycling place. Most cities have them =)

If you live near a Best Buy, they take electronics to recycle.  Or at least they do in Canada, so I'm assuming they would in the U.S. too.

Yes, Best Buy does recycle electronics here in the US too.  I have a box of electronics including a broken printer in my car now, waiting for the next time I have errands in that direction.

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« Reply #2187 on: February 27, 2019, 02:25:04 PM »
I did an impromptu closet clean out last night and now have a big bag of donations. A few things were musty, one skirt was full on mouldy (I obviously don't wear it so out it goes) so I'm going to do a big wash today before donating and putting the keep pile back.

Still got to do shoes. I only own three bags but I need to store them better so they keep their shape. I think shoes are harder as if I suddenly need a pair it's a lot of money. Yet storing them in our humid climate means cleaning them of mould.

Anyone got tips on storing shoes? I think the ones I've wrapped in fabric bags might be ok. It's suede that really suffers. Maybe I should vacuum bag my suede ankle boots in summer?

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« Reply #2188 on: February 27, 2019, 03:10:26 PM »
I did an impromptu closet clean out last night and now have a big bag of donations. A few things were musty, one skirt was full on mouldy (I obviously don't wear it so out it goes) so I'm going to do a big wash today before donating and putting the keep pile back.

Still got to do shoes. I only own three bags but I need to store them better so they keep their shape. I think shoes are harder as if I suddenly need a pair it's a lot of money. Yet storing them in our humid climate means cleaning them of mould.

Anyone got tips on storing shoes? I think the ones I've wrapped in fabric bags might be ok. It's suede that really suffers. Maybe I should vacuum bag my suede ankle boots in summer?

I am no expert on storing shoes but seems they should be allowed to breathe especially if they are leather.

Why are your clothes moldy? Where is the moisture coming from? You need to figure out how to eliminate the dampness.

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« Reply #2189 on: February 27, 2019, 03:31:57 PM »
I did an impromptu closet clean out last night and now have a big bag of donations. A few things were musty, one skirt was full on mouldy (I obviously don't wear it so out it goes) so I'm going to do a big wash today before donating and putting the keep pile back.

Still got to do shoes. I only own three bags but I need to store them better so they keep their shape. I think shoes are harder as if I suddenly need a pair it's a lot of money. Yet storing them in our humid climate means cleaning them of mould.

Anyone got tips on storing shoes? I think the ones I've wrapped in fabric bags might be ok. It's suede that really suffers. Maybe I should vacuum bag my suede ankle boots in summer?

I am no expert on storing shoes but seems they should be allowed to breathe especially if they are leather.

Why are your clothes moldy? Where is the moisture coming from? You need to figure out how to eliminate the dampness.

It's Sydney humidity combined with poor building practices. Best option is to move cities :)

We have a heat transfer ventilation system which has improved circulation but if we leave the wardrobe doors shut then it gets bad. It's probably coming through the timber floor since that's the only thing left. Someone (not me) needs to crawl under the house and check the moisture levels since it should be bone dry. There's a foam insulation product you can get sprayed under your floor that can help. It's a long story but I'm not a fan of the one guy who seems to offer that service so that's tricky. In the meantime I vacuum bag my occasion clothes, ski stuff etc. and put dehumidifier packets in the drawers.

ETA : I even get mildew on saucepans that are stored in a kitchen cupboard against an outside wall. We will be doing a big renovation so was hoping to pinpoint any damp then but it looks like I'll have to get into it earlier. We had our walls filled with insulation and I think it has caused additional problems.
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« Reply #2190 on: February 27, 2019, 03:47:35 PM »
I did an impromptu closet clean out last night and now have a big bag of donations. A few things were musty, one skirt was full on mouldy (I obviously don't wear it so out it goes) so I'm going to do a big wash today before donating and putting the keep pile back.

Still got to do shoes. I only own three bags but I need to store them better so they keep their shape. I think shoes are harder as if I suddenly need a pair it's a lot of money. Yet storing them in our humid climate means cleaning them of mould.

Anyone got tips on storing shoes? I think the ones I've wrapped in fabric bags might be ok. It's suede that really suffers. Maybe I should vacuum bag my suede ankle boots in summer?

I am no expert on storing shoes but seems they should be allowed to breathe especially if they are leather.

Why are your clothes moldy? Where is the moisture coming from? You need to figure out how to eliminate the dampness.

It's Sydney humidity combined with poor building practices. Best option is to move cities :)

We have a heat transfer ventilation system which has improved circulation but if we leave the wardrobe doors shut then it gets bad. It's probably coming through the timber floor since that's the only thing left. Someone (not me) needs to crawl under the house and check the moisture levels since it should be bone dry. There's a foam insulation product you can get sprayed under your floor that can help. It's a long story but I'm not a fan of the one guy who seems to offer that service so that's tricky. In the meantime I vacuum bag my occasion clothes, ski stuff etc. and put dehumidifier packets in the drawers.

ETA : I even get mildew on saucepans that are stored in a kitchen cupboard against an outside wall. We will be doing a big renovation so was hoping to pinpoint any damp then but it looks like I'll have to get into it earlier. We had our walls filled with insulation and I think it has caused additional problems.

Without being alarmist, that sounds like more than just Sydney humidity.  When we moved into the Belgrave wreck in Melbourne the whole house was damp.  Yes, it was winter, but it shouldn't be damp inside.  We have found - in no real order:
  • Soil pushed against the side of the house allowing moisture to penetrate the weatherboards
  • Soil under the house touching the floorboards allowing moisture to penetrate the flooring
  • Termites eating the walls
  • A leaking shower base that is (mostly) no longer leaking

With each rectification we could feel the moisture levels in the house drop within a couple of days.  I would be looking for soil against the house, or leaking pipes/drains.

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« Reply #2191 on: February 27, 2019, 04:02:50 PM »
It's a brick house on piles so there shouldn't be the soil or termite problem. Having said that hubby keeps storing wood against the house on the other side. I'm dealing with that. I'll look for leaks but the underfloor of the kitchen is really hard to reach. I guess if I pull out the kickboard I would see internal stuff. We just had the sewer replaced so can't be that. Our water bills are dead low so I don't think it's any incoming pipes.

We just spent $$$$ with an architect to improve the house and it's better but still needs work. To be honest everywhere we've lived in Sydney has been the same, it's better in this 50s house than when we lived in a new build apartment that had no ventilation. It keeps me minimalist.

Sorry everyone for the diversion.

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« Reply #2192 on: February 27, 2019, 04:31:42 PM »
It's a brick house on piles so there shouldn't be the soil or termite problem. Having said that hubby keeps storing wood against the house on the other side. I'm dealing with that. I'll look for leaks but the underfloor of the kitchen is really hard to reach. I guess if I pull out the kickboard I would see internal stuff. We just had the sewer replaced so can't be that. Our water bills are dead low so I don't think it's any incoming pipes.

We just spent $$$$ with an architect to improve the house and it's better but still needs work. To be honest everywhere we've lived in Sydney has been the same, it's better in this 50s house than when we lived in a new build apartment that had no ventilation. It keeps me minimalist.

Sorry everyone for the diversion.

You need a professional person to come in and identify where the moisture is coming from. Mold is unhealthy and dangerous to your health. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/an-insidious-mold-31-01-2002/

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« Reply #2193 on: February 28, 2019, 01:32:18 AM »
I did an impromptu closet clean out last night and now have a big bag of donations. A few things were musty, one skirt was full on mouldy (I obviously don't wear it so out it goes) so I'm going to do a big wash today before donating and putting the keep pile back.

Still got to do shoes. I only own three bags but I need to store them better so they keep their shape. I think shoes are harder as if I suddenly need a pair it's a lot of money. Yet storing them in our humid climate means cleaning them of mould.

Anyone got tips on storing shoes? I think the ones I've wrapped in fabric bags might be ok. It's suede that really suffers. Maybe I should vacuum bag my suede ankle boots in summer?

I am no expert on storing shoes but seems they should be allowed to breathe especially if they are leather.

Why are your clothes moldy? Where is the moisture coming from? You need to figure out how to eliminate the dampness.

It's Sydney humidity combined with poor building practices. Best option is to move cities :)

We have a heat transfer ventilation system which has improved circulation but if we leave the wardrobe doors shut then it gets bad. It's probably coming through the timber floor since that's the only thing left. Someone (not me) needs to crawl under the house and check the moisture levels since it should be bone dry. There's a foam insulation product you can get sprayed under your floor that can help. It's a long story but I'm not a fan of the one guy who seems to offer that service so that's tricky. In the meantime I vacuum bag my occasion clothes, ski stuff etc. and put dehumidifier packets in the drawers.

ETA : I even get mildew on saucepans that are stored in a kitchen cupboard against an outside wall. We will be doing a big renovation so was hoping to pinpoint any damp then but it looks like I'll have to get into it earlier. We had our walls filled with insulation and I think it has caused additional problems.

Spray foam insulation is potentially DIY-able, although this chap has more skills than most -

http://manhattan-nest.com/2018/12/07/fall-checklist-diy-spray-foam-insulation-with-dow-froth-pak/

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« Reply #2194 on: February 28, 2019, 02:56:52 PM »
If you have a lightbulb (incandescent) in the closet, keep it on at all times and the heat from it will dry the air, hopefully enough to prevent mild and mildew.

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« Reply #2195 on: February 28, 2019, 03:23:04 PM »
Donated a small bag of clothes that hadn't been worn in forever. I usually always have a "goodwill" bag going. I've slowly been going through my book collection.

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« Reply #2196 on: March 01, 2019, 05:24:27 AM »
It's a brick house on piles so there shouldn't be the soil or termite problem. Having said that hubby keeps storing wood against the house on the other side. I'm dealing with that. I'll look for leaks but the underfloor of the kitchen is really hard to reach. I guess if I pull out the kickboard I would see internal stuff. We just had the sewer replaced so can't be that. Our water bills are dead low so I don't think it's any incoming pipes.

We just spent $$$$ with an architect to improve the house and it's better but still needs work. To be honest everywhere we've lived in Sydney has been the same, it's better in this 50s house than when we lived in a new build apartment that had no ventilation. It keeps me minimalist.

Sorry everyone for the diversion.

You need a professional person to come in and identify where the moisture is coming from. Mold is unhealthy and dangerous to your health. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/an-insidious-mold-31-01-2002/

Do you have a clothes dryer that is vented to the outside or is the vent inside? If inside, that moisture can cause problems. I would buy some small fans and place them facing the areas where you are finding mold to dry up the areas. You could invest in a dehumidifier too. It will suck out the moisture in the air and fill a catch pan with water. Typically it turns off when the pan is full and you will need to empty it. Very effective in drying up damp places. My mother had a musty basement and my husband installed a humidifier. It took a little while but it dried up the basement and that disgusting smell was eliminated. My mom's basement had a drain in the floor so no one needed to empty the dehumidifier. The water trickled down the drain.

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« Reply #2197 on: March 01, 2019, 10:24:45 AM »
Three shopping bags full of odds and sods dropped off at Goodwill this morning.

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« Reply #2198 on: March 01, 2019, 12:42:09 PM »
As part of my clearing out 5 things every day challenge I shredded checkbooks and registers from old closed out accounts. That felt awesome. Those were our spend-ier years. Nice to have them done and dusted.
I keep having these thoughts like if something happened to me and DH our kids should NOT have to deal with this stuff.

ETA changed spendy to spend-ier. We are still spendy in many ways
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« Reply #2199 on: March 01, 2019, 03:15:54 PM »
Great work everyone.

Fresh Bread that does sound a bit abnormal to me too. My grandmother had similar issues when she was living in an apartment on the Gold Coast - for her I think the building wasn’t built very well and especially the bathroom had terrible ventilation.

Husband is leaving for a week today and I’m committed to trying the whole Kondo process. My stuff only of course. I’ve listened to the audio book twice now and despite my long held belief that I’m a minimalist I think there will be a big change.

I struggle most with the waste and consumption side of things. I buy most things secondhand to begin with and if I know something will find another home eg a nice silk scarf or leather bag, it’s easy to send it back out into the world. The initial purchase price was just a donation to charity! But a pilled and worn pair of track pants that are going to landfill and need to be replaced with a new pair? HARD.

I did my shoes last weekend and ended up with three piles: joy, no joy and ‘so much joy but seriously lady these are falling apart and you need to throw them away’. Still pondering that last category but I deep cleaned the area I store my shoes, put aside the boots that need to go to the cobbler and arranged everything attractively with a new painting on the wall. A lot better.

But probably the most useful thing I learnt was that my hiking boots were stored in such a difficult spot to access it was unlikely I would ever use them for the short weekend hikes I want to be doing. Have moved them and will see if they get more use.