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« Reply #2200 on: March 01, 2019, 06:59:31 PM »
-Sold a phone (unopened, was a gift) on eBay for $150! Will get it mailed out this week. So happy, as I had no idea it was even there until I started decluttering one of our hall closets.
-Continue to try & wear clothes that I don't normally wear. If they don't make this cut, they go into the donation pile.
-Replaced my ski wear that was too small. The last time I bought ski wear was pre-kids, & 15+ years ago. A lot has happened to my body since then, but vanity, pride & $ have prevented me from buying things that fit properly. I still have my ski jacket to go. It's a size S. I'm more of an M/L these days, and fit into it.... barely. That's up next.
-Got rid of a bunch of junk off of my desk at work, & cleaned out/reorganized my to do list to better focus my time by high priority project

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« Reply #2201 on: March 02, 2019, 03:46:04 AM »
We had a water leak and water was shut off for several days, now back again since yesterday. This could have turned out so much worse, in the end the result indoors is
- messy because I had to move a lot of crap out from the laundry room so plumbers could work - this should have been taken care of long time ago but it wasn't. Now sits all over the basement area living space (none of it has gotten wet luckily). It's mainly bags of clothes etc to give away and throw away. I was planning to sell some but not a lot of money so I think I'll just focus on getting it out of the house. There was also about a liter (less than half a gallon) of clean water on the floor, which is tiled and waterproofed so no damage, just a quick mopping of the floor.
- dirty floor because plumber etc of course needed to walk in and out. This I took care of yesterday evening but once all is sorted, I will clean the floors once more <- obviously no big deal
- need to keep a small lid to an inspection gap open for a couple of weeks to dry out. No big deal, this is in a corner of the basement where we normally don't go. We don't have animals or really small kids so no worry (it is about a feet deep so not dangerous but slightly dirty)
- need to patch and paint a few holes on the basement wall where the pipes used to run. The pipes have now been moved to a MUCH better route and in the end this area will be much nicer.

So not too bad - it will force me to get rid of stuff that I should have moved out of the house long ago :-)

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Outdoors on the other hand... Half of the garden and all of the driveway/parking is a huge hole (I probably need to vent a bit in the garden thread), and there needs to be more digging towards the neighbour... and it will cost money. But we have the money set aside bc we knew about the risk (+100 years old water lines) and we have the best neighbours and really good plumbers etc.

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« Reply #2202 on: March 02, 2019, 09:33:45 AM »

Outdoors on the other hand... Half of the garden and all of the driveway/parking is a huge hole (I probably need to vent a bit in the garden thread), and there needs to be more digging towards the neighbour... and it will cost money. But we have the money set aside bc we knew about the risk (+100 years old water lines) and we have the best neighbours and really good plumbers etc.

Given it is winter I am glad they were able to do the digging you needed.  I had an outside pipe replaced last fall before the ground froze, but the grass had no chance to regrow.   Here's to all our lawn and garden areas recovering from plumbing and winter!

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« Reply #2203 on: March 05, 2019, 06:50:21 AM »
The guest bedroom set has been sold. I'm actually quite sad, as it was a beautiful set, we got it just before we were married (in 2004) and I just loved it.  But we really don't want to utilize the space in our house as a room with a bed that is slept in for 12 nights a year, so we got a murphy bed and will make the room into an office/photography studio.

I apparently way underpriced it, at $475 (and took $425 from a guy who said he'd be there the next day, and was)- I had 15 messages in 24-hours.  I kind of was thinking of it as a bed with free mattress (aka: Please get this 15 year old mattress out of my house), but apparently everyone on facebook saw an amazing deal...   It cost about $1500 new for the bed and dresser (no idea about the mattress), so I'd say we did OK.

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« Reply #2204 on: March 05, 2019, 07:13:57 AM »
My neighbour is downsizing and has been trying to give me stuff and I have tried to remain strong, but am finding it difficult to continuously say 'no thank you'.  She had some fancy cocktail glasses that weren't my taste but I took them to give to a friend that had a party last year and only had one fancy cocktail glass.  They match her fancy kitchen.  I dropped them off last night and she was thrilled.  One shoebox came into my house and one shoe box left my house.

I have also sorted through all my seeds.  I have them all sorted.  The oldest seeds that are probably not viable are all together with an elastic.  One part of my garden was really unproductive so I am not going to count on it for food production this year.  Instead I am going to heap it with compost, leaves and straw.  I realized that I could top all the future organic material with a little bit of soil to hold it down and then scatter all this old seed as a green manure and if some of it grows - bonus harvest.  If it doesn't grow well - green manure.  I will just keep testing the germination rate by sprinkling down a few seeds and keeping good records and then I can use up the seed if it is still viable.  Most of the seeds are greens, peas and beans.  None will cause issues for future plantings once I get this soil amped up. 

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« Reply #2205 on: March 05, 2019, 09:51:37 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.

Neighbour's decluttering finished. More than 100 black bags full and multiple trips to the dump.  If she had done this six months ago the house might have sold.

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« Reply #2206 on: March 05, 2019, 09:55:56 AM »
All the 2015-2018 catalogues are in the recycling.  Three inches of space on the shelf is now free.

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« Reply #2207 on: March 05, 2019, 10:58:03 AM »
I had my first decluttering fail this weekend - had a wonderful idea for a gift to make for MIL for next Christmas, went to find the supplies, and then sadly realized I'd donated or thrown out the potential centerpiece of the item, because I didn't have any use for it at the time :(

On the other hand, I've contacted the library about donating some board games - one of the local libraries does a weekly adult game night, so I'm hoping they will take them.  Waiting for a call back from them.  I also contacted my school athletics office about donating my old sport equipment to the team, just need to set up a day to go over and drop it off.  And, we finally sorted through the storage locker in the basement, and a number of things have been tossed or added to the donation box.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2208 on: March 05, 2019, 07:05:24 PM »
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.

Neighbour's decluttering finished. More than 100 black bags full and multiple trips to the dump.  If she had done this six months ago the house might have sold.

Ouch. Hard to imagine the extent of it.

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« Reply #2209 on: March 05, 2019, 07:08:34 PM »
The guest bedroom set has been sold. I'm actually quite sad, as it was a beautiful set, we got it just before we were married (in 2004) and I just loved it.  But we really don't want to utilize the space in our house as a room with a bed that is slept in for 12 nights a year, so we got a murphy bed and will make the room into an office/photography studio.

I apparently way underpriced it, at $475 (and took $425 from a guy who said he'd be there the next day, and was)- I had 15 messages in 24-hours.  I kind of was thinking of it as a bed with free mattress (aka: Please get this 15 year old mattress out of my house), but apparently everyone on facebook saw an amazing deal...   It cost about $1500 new for the bed and dresser (no idea about the mattress), so I'd say we did OK.

I am hoping to get hubby to agree to a sofabed for our spare room. My dad stayed in it for a week or so and we've had friends stay as per sitters, but they could have easily had our bed. It really could be so much better utilised. We swapped the spare mattress to our bed as ours had got uncomfortable so we are half way there I think. The bed is just an ikea one.

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« Reply #2210 on: March 06, 2019, 02:11:35 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.

Neighbour's decluttering finished. More than 100 black bags full and multiple trips to the dump.  If she had done this six months ago the house might have sold.

Ouch. Hard to imagine the extent of it.

Funny thing is, you could walk round the house and not particularly notice - it wasn't a horder house and is nicely decorated and in good repair.  It does all now look much more like a show house, though.  It has all made me reassess my need to declutter some more, as it demonstrates just how much stuff one ordinary house can contain.  Something close to that "show house" look seems to be the right point to aim for to know that one's decluttering has worked!

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« Reply #2211 on: March 06, 2019, 02:24:36 AM »
Got rid of a bag of clothes and a bag of books, bibs, and toys. Gave them to a friend who is single-handedly trying to support his mother, sister, and baby on about $1200/month, so I fee it went to a good cause.

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« Reply #2212 on: March 06, 2019, 04:38:17 AM »
The guest bedroom set has been sold. I'm actually quite sad, as it was a beautiful set, we got it just before we were married (in 2004) and I just loved it.  But we really don't want to utilize the space in our house as a room with a bed that is slept in for 12 nights a year, so we got a murphy bed and will make the room into an office/photography studio.

I apparently way underpriced it, at $475 (and took $425 from a guy who said he'd be there the next day, and was)- I had 15 messages in 24-hours.  I kind of was thinking of it as a bed with free mattress (aka: Please get this 15 year old mattress out of my house), but apparently everyone on facebook saw an amazing deal...   It cost about $1500 new for the bed and dresser (no idea about the mattress), so I'd say we did OK.

I am hoping to get hubby to agree to a sofabed for our spare room. My dad stayed in it for a week or so and we've had friends stay as per sitters, but they could have easily had our bed. It really could be so much better utilised. We swapped the spare mattress to our bed as ours had got uncomfortable so we are half way there I think. The bed is just an ikea one.

My house is large. But the idea of a guest room is just so silly. How much does that square footage cost? Just to hold a bed that's empty 95% of the year?

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« Reply #2213 on: March 06, 2019, 12:21:37 PM »
I've had a setback  in the paper decluttering effort: gardening catalogs. I've bought a variety of plants from a couple of nurseries online, and all of them seem determined to both send me a million emails as well as the periodic paper catalog. In addition to that, I'm getting mail from several other companies that I haven't sold.

Worst part is - while I'm not doing it right now, I will in the future be buying a bunch more plants. So I kinda want at least some of this. In the meantime, recycling bin.

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« Reply #2214 on: March 06, 2019, 08:14:38 PM »
-Put a shirt I can never figure out how to wear into the donation pile
-Found the manufacturer's guide to a bike we sold & recycled it
-Put a couple of books aside for my dad to read, and donated the rest

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« Reply #2215 on: March 06, 2019, 08:39:43 PM »
* outgrown kid shoes gifted
* outgrown kid shoes donated
* outgrown kids books weeded for Little Free Libraries/donation

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« Reply #2216 on: March 07, 2019, 12:48:50 PM »
My bossy mom (it’s true and it’s fine!) came over and helped with an audit of Thing #2’s clothes. Packed up a box of outgrown and never worn.

Also freed up a cheapie chest of drawers that will be useful for storing linens until we can get the moisture out of our linen closet (probably going to have to strip to the studs but oh well).

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« Reply #2217 on: March 07, 2019, 02:47:05 PM »
Went to Best Buy last week and recycled a ton of electronics:
3 laptops (broken)
3 tablets (broken)
8 cell phones (useless or broken)
and threw out a bunch of busted toys and junk that were in the recycle pile.

Still have a box of old wifi routers to give away.

Cleaned out the kids' homeschool science cabinet... gave away 80% of it.

Feels good.

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Totally forgot, today I also gave away an old film camera to a photographer coworker. And my daughter's wrecked car (that has been sitting in my yard for FOUR AND A HALF MONTHS) is finally gone.

Traded some music effects units (a rack unit and a floor pedal) for a nice set of studio monitor speakers.
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« Reply #2218 on: March 08, 2019, 02:42:44 AM »


Feels good.





Ooh I bet that feels good - so much electronic & big stuff! Great job!

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« Reply #2219 on: March 08, 2019, 10:30:36 AM »
posted for sale a defective Kitchenaid mixer - for attachments and parts and got an offer, will get cash for it tomorrow, very glad to get rid of as we are not into baking so much anymore and it takes a lot of space  :)
tried to sell some prints , seemed original to me, but the gallery won't have them :(

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« Reply #2220 on: March 08, 2019, 11:11:29 AM »
Yesterday at work, was able to complete a project that had been due in Oct 2018.  The due date I silly, since nobody noticed I had not completed it all this time.  Anyway, it's done now, and the monthly paper checklist for Oct is in the recycle bin, yay!  Only 3 months behind now! :)

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« Reply #2221 on: March 08, 2019, 02:14:03 PM »
I gave away a wrap I've kept at work all winter.  It was a gift years ago and I have moved it half a dozen times and I have NEVER LIKED IT.  Why do I keep torturing myself with it?  While I was carrying it to the goodwill bag in my car a coworker came by and was delighted to take it off my hands.  Perfect. 

Today I brought a big blanket scarf in and that will serve as my work wrap. 

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« Reply #2222 on: March 08, 2019, 02:29:47 PM »
Bag of crib sheets and liners to goodwill. We decided 3 is the right number, we had way too many for baby #1.

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« Reply #2223 on: March 08, 2019, 07:20:23 PM »
Threw 2 shirts that I'd gotten and didn't like, but didn't get my act together to return them into the go away box.

Also, please observe a moment of silence for my friend, who due to the death of her brother in law today is now going to have to clean out a 4 bedroom house, 3 storage units and a shed that are all crammed full of STUFF. Yes, the BIL was a hoarder, and due to his habit of stashing things everywhere, they're going to have to go through all of it. She estimated that it's going to take a full year.

I did suggest that she contact Habitat for Humanity and see if they do pick ups - apparently, BIL had a tendency to collect tools and various building supplies.

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« Reply #2224 on: March 09, 2019, 09:11:00 AM »
Threw 2 shirts that I'd gotten and didn't like, but didn't get my act together to return them into the go away box.

Also, please observe a moment of silence for my friend, who due to the death of her brother in law today is now going to have to clean out a 4 bedroom house, 3 storage units and a shed that are all crammed full of STUFF. Yes, the BIL was a hoarder, and due to his habit of stashing things everywhere, they're going to have to go through all of it. She estimated that it's going to take a full year.

I did suggest that she contact Habitat for Humanity and see if they do pick ups - apparently, BIL had a tendency to collect tools and various building supplies.

Your poor friend. I'm sure everyone here truly feels for her situation.

Estate agents/auction houses?  I've seen sales listed in our area where basically everything non-perishable is in the sale.

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« Reply #2225 on: March 09, 2019, 10:25:46 AM »
Threw 2 shirts that I'd gotten and didn't like, but didn't get my act together to return them into the go away box.

Also, please observe a moment of silence for my friend, who due to the death of her brother in law today is now going to have to clean out a 4 bedroom house, 3 storage units and a shed that are all crammed full of STUFF. Yes, the BIL was a hoarder, and due to his habit of stashing things everywhere, they're going to have to go through all of it. She estimated that it's going to take a full year.

I did suggest that she contact Habitat for Humanity and see if they do pick ups - apparently, BIL had a tendency to collect tools and various building supplies.

Your poor friend. I'm sure everyone here truly feels for her situation.

Estate agents/auction houses?  I've seen sales listed in our area where basically everything non-perishable is in the sale.

She doesn't think that'll work, because he stashed important stuff all over. She's planning to start with the storage units as they'll be easier (and it'll cut down the $$ out), and once she knows what they're dealing with will take the least effort path. But the main house will probably be a nightmare.

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« Reply #2226 on: March 09, 2019, 11:15:32 AM »
She doesn't think that'll work, because he stashed important stuff all over. She's planning to start with the storage units as they'll be easier (and it'll cut down the $$ out), and once she knows what they're dealing with will take the least effort path. But the main house will probably be a nightmare.

Oh, things like important documents, or small valuables?  Yes, in that case they are stuck.

We cleaned out my in-laws' storage unit after they both died. 50% was garbage and another 40% was just stuff.  I think between the whole family maybe 8 items were kept.

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« Reply #2227 on: March 09, 2019, 01:26:25 PM »
How important is the important stuff? I mean, if your sister will miss a few small wads of cash stashed in a desk or suitcase that seems worth a year of her time.

Most documents will probably be in piles together (guessing here! Your BIL may have had some creative systems) and no one is going to want to buy a box of old papers at an estate sale so they could possibly just be put to the side as they come to light.

If there are priceless family heirlooms unaccounted for that’s another thing entirely.

Habitat sounds like a great idea. I’m wishing her luck on her mission.

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« Reply #2228 on: March 10, 2019, 12:05:05 PM »
Interesting thread. My hoarder girlfriend died 2 years ago and I'm left with her stuff.  We had big arguments about her hoarding, and I finally just gave up, and let her hoard to her heart's  content. 

She had 3 large off site storage units full of junk, at $90 per unit per month. I harvested one old tv and 4 folding chairs, and let the storage facility take everything else. I checked out various ways of selling all the junk, but I decided it wasn't worth it. 

Here at the  house, it still is a disaster area, but I have tossed/donated/recycled  about one third of it all.   

   

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« Reply #2229 on: March 10, 2019, 03:58:22 PM »
@slackmax - that seems really hard. Do you have a system you're using in the house?

As for me, I went through two shelves of my pantry today, & organized & tossed a few open bags. Why do the kids always leave the pretzel bag with like two pretzels left, back on the shelf? And, organized my three tier tray where I keep papers & bills. Dealt with all of the things that needed work. Finished our taxes & now have a call tomorrow to finalize. Felt good to get all of that done.

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« Reply #2230 on: March 10, 2019, 08:02:42 PM »
Got through a tough one today.  Eons ago, my ex gave me a small basket that was sort of bear shaped and the bear wears a plaid bow tie.  Charming, cute and practical.  Over the years, bear basket has faithfully held my keys and other assorted small items.  In my current apartment, he holds tape and hand sanitizer among other things.  Charming & practical as ever.  Yet he reminds me of my ex, so not ideal.  I realized today I have a very pretty ceramic bowl of similar size that does not function as it should (yarn bowl).  But would be a great and beautiful substitute for bear basket.  So the swap is done.  Bear will find a new home after he goes to the thrift store.

This was hard because I had mixed feelings. I truly like the basket, but it comes with baggage.  So much easier to let that go once I had a substitute.

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« Reply #2231 on: March 11, 2019, 05:37:40 AM »
Consignment sale drop-off is done....finally.  I filled all 200 slots I was allotted in the sale with clothes that my kid had outgrown.  There are some things that I will get back at the end, mostly things like diapers or college football shirts that have a better chance of selling in the fall), but about 150 of those items are gone for good.  Of course, the kiddo picks this weekend to ask when he's going to get a brother or sister.  "Sorry, that's probably not in the cards for you.  Wouldn't you rather have a puppy?"  I'm feeling a bit...conflicted.  I'm 99.9% sure that I'm done having kids.  I'm not even one of those people who's very sentimental over my baby not being a baby anymore.  But getting rid of his little clothes, and the diapers especially, seems so...final. 

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« Reply #2232 on: March 11, 2019, 06:13:20 AM »
I got rid of a set of taekwondo sparring pads I haven't used in 3.5 years.  I found them last month when I was looking for a duffel bag to use for my hospital go-bag for labor.  Such a silly thing to store for 3+ years. 

My nesting brain has apparently decided our catch-all basement room is the room to declutter before there's a baby, probably because it also contains the dresser that's full of all of our saved baby clothes so I'm down there more often than I used to be.  I brought two small boxes of random things (file folders, candle jars, tea lights, an empty journal, etc), some TV trays, a toddler chair that always tips over, and an extremely old sewing machine to the ARC - holy crap do they have a lot of stuff right now.  Like, I almost want to just store my crap for longer and spread out my donations so they don't automatically go into the trash. 

I also have a bunch of clothes to get rid of.  My church does a clothes swap every Feb/March, so they were all packed up in anticipation for last weekend, but then it got pushed to some future date that works better for more people.  I'm guessing I'll just have DH drop off the clothes - I'm due in 1 week and 2 days, so PROBABLY any future reschedule will be at a bad time for me.  Maybe it'll be a nice way to get out of the house, though, who knows?

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« Reply #2233 on: March 11, 2019, 07:01:50 AM »
Slowing down on the decluttering, but managed to get another bag to Goodwill.

The hardest part is recognizing that the baby clothes have zero value. It takes too long to sell them, even at a dime a piece in lots, on facebook. (People will literally post "100 baby clothes- $12". They just need to go.  But that's hard for me to do.

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« Reply #2234 on: March 11, 2019, 02:12:50 PM »
@slackmax - that seems really hard. Do you have a system you're using in the house?

As for me, I went through two shelves of my pantry today, & organized & tossed a few open bags. Why do the kids always leave the pretzel bag with like two pretzels left, back on the shelf? And, organized my three tier tray where I keep papers & bills. Dealt with all of the things that needed work. Finished our taxes & now have a call tomorrow to finalize. Felt good to get all of that done.

MaybeBaby,

My system at first was to dig into the mountain, and finds bag after bag of paper clutter - bills, bank statements, leaflets, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets,etc, and get about 5 pounds sorted out, and look over all the possibly important papers, keep the important stuff, and take the rest down to recycling.

Each trip to recycling was a couple shopping bags of paper clutter dumped into the bin. About 5 to 10 pounds each trip. Felt good. Did about 30 trips to recycling and now all the 'easy' decluttering is done.

The hard stuff is all the knick knacks she collected, and hundreds of unworn clothing items, craft stuff,  some electronics here and there. And about a thousand books! paperbacks and hardback. 

My problem now is that almost everything now seems to have a monetary value, even if very low, and giving it away or tossing it is hard. A beautiful scarf is worth $1 at a garage sale, I guess.  Hard for me to donate it to Goodwill. Although I have donated a lot of decent stuff of hers to Goodwill already, just to prove to myself I can do it, and not feel bad about it.   

Right now I'm waiting for our annual neighborhood yard sale. That's my excuse for not decluttering more. I'll put out all sorts of knicknacks for $1 each, card stock (paper) for a half-cent per sheet, perfume for $1 a bottle, Avon lotions and makeup for $1 per item, wicker baskets for $2 each (40 wicker baskets!) and a few clothing items just for kicks, books for $1 each, dvd's and vhs tapes $1 each.   And on and on and on.   

But the yard sale is months away, and when I get bored, I still declutter. My new system is to  select an area, perhaps one specific closet, and tear all the hoarded stuff out, that's packed tightly from top to bottom, and look for any obvious junk I can throw out (and I usually find some)  and  box some of it up in a  box labeled 'yardsale'.  About half of the closet stuff gets put back in the closet.   

 

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« Reply #2235 on: March 12, 2019, 04:56:39 AM »
Finally got rid of a bag of sports equipment that's been following me from apartment to apartment and not been used once since college.  I decided to donate it to my college program, since they offer a class for beginners for athletic credit in addition to the varsity team.  It was a bit of a drive to drop it off, but I know it will be used, unlike if I donated at a thrift store, and it was an excuse to catch up with my old coach as well.

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« Reply #2236 on: March 12, 2019, 01:03:10 PM »
@slackmax - sorry for your loss.  You have an extra layer of difficulty there in getting rid of her possessions.  Just wanted to share my experiences with garage sales (LOTS of them).  I found that no matter how low the price, people will always ask if you'll take less.  Some had the audacity to offer literally a dime on a dollar item!  And then you'll only sell 20% of the stuff if you're lucky  Unless you like to meet lots of people and have some interesting chats, in my opinion, garage sales just aren't worth it, with all the setting up and deciding on prices.  Not to mention packing it all back up again.  Now, I just give stuff away, to people I know if possible, or to charity garage sales.  Anything over $50 I try to sell online.  Way easier.

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« Reply #2237 on: March 12, 2019, 01:05:18 PM »
Guys, major binge-worthy youtube series: check out Curiosity Inc's channel. This guy bought a hoarder house two months ago. First few episodes are of him cleaning it out and finding lots of cool stuff for his antique shop. Then doing up the house and getting to know the previous owner, who is a 104 year old woman who was a potter. Her pottery was in galleries world wide. She's now considered for the Order of Canada for her contributions to the country. She couldn't deal with the hoard and sold the house as-is, contents and all. The guy finds all sorts of cool old stuff in the house.

Anyway if you want to binge on a Hoarder-like series with some home reno thrown in, start here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb4SpyeH5IQ

It's so addictive to watch. It's an ongoing series btw, ep 9 was just put online today. I'm already rewatching.
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« Reply #2238 on: March 12, 2019, 01:41:09 PM »
Will definitely check it out, sounds fascinating!

My own update: I’m still working my way through the konmari process. So far I’ve done clothes, books, papers (both of ours), jewellery and electronics. I thought I was quite minimalist already but I’ve let go of so much in the last week and it feels great.

The filing cabinet is now empty and will be given away, as all our documents fit in four slim document boxes on our bookshelf. I’ve got a few ideas about how I can rejig the guest room to be a relaxing space for me to exercise and work on my projects.

I’m still holding on to two pairs of shoes that  are ready for the bin until I can buy some more but apart from that I have really gotten rid of all the stained, torn, faded clothes that are no long appropriate for out of the house wear, with the exception of three comfy gardening/renovation outfits that I enjoy wearing for that purpose. I’ll probably be washing more often after this, but I think I’ll be feeling a lot better about how I look and how I present myself at work.

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« Reply #2239 on: March 12, 2019, 07:23:00 PM »
Finally got 4 bags of clothing and knicknacks, an old coffee maker,  and a hat gone to Goodwill. Most of this was left by previous housemates, so it's nice to have gone.

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« Reply #2240 on: March 13, 2019, 04:08:40 AM »
I'm finding myself decluttering my work desk again, for sad reasons.

My department has been sold, and we move to our new offices in less than two weeks.

It will mean breaking up my tight-knit team (two of these people have worked together for 18 years).

So I am - very sadly - tossing papers and donating books ahead of the office move.

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« Reply #2241 on: March 13, 2019, 06:25:29 AM »
@slackmax - sorry for your loss.  You have an extra layer of difficulty there in getting rid of her possessions.  Just wanted to share my experiences with garage sales (LOTS of them).  I found that no matter how low the price, people will always ask if you'll take less.  Some had the audacity to offer literally a dime on a dollar item!  And then you'll only sell 20% of the stuff if you're lucky  Unless you like to meet lots of people and have some interesting chats, in my opinion, garage sales just aren't worth it, with all the setting up and deciding on prices.  Not to mention packing it all back up again.  Now, I just give stuff away, to people I know if possible, or to charity garage sales.  Anything over $50 I try to sell online.  Way easier.

SunnyDays,

Yeah, I don't look forward to the yard sale, as I'm an introvert. If I could just get 'anything' for the stuff, if I could just sell it all to another yardsaler for $10 or something, that would be great.     

Oh well, I can practice my people skills and maybe meet some new people in the process.

When my girlfriend was alive, I used to tell her to imagine all of her clutter just disappearing and if she would miss any of it.




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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2242 on: March 13, 2019, 07:02:27 AM »
Yeah, I don't look forward to the yard sale, as I'm an introvert. If I could just get 'anything' for the stuff, if I could just sell it all to another yardsaler for $10 or something, that would be great.     



Can you list it in large "must take all" lots for super cheap on facebook market? 
I pretty much never think yard sales are worth the effort.

I'm sorry for your loss.

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« Reply #2243 on: March 14, 2019, 06:38:38 AM »
Yeah, I don't look forward to the yard sale, as I'm an introvert. If I could just get 'anything' for the stuff, if I could just sell it all to another yardsaler for $10 or something, that would be great.     



Can you list it in large "must take all" lots for super cheap on facebook market? 
I pretty much never think yard sales are worth the effort.

I'm sorry for your loss.

Thanks.  I'm not a Facebook fan, but I do like Craigslist. Have had some luck selling stuff there before.  Maybe the bulk tactic would work there.

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« Reply #2244 on: March 14, 2019, 11:49:04 PM »
Watching the Curiosity Inc show and got a sympathy dust-headache by halfway through the first episode.

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« Reply #2245 on: March 15, 2019, 06:48:10 AM »
I'm sloooowly going through my clothes and paring down a bit.  I did a fast pass through it all a few months ago and got the obvious stuff, but now I'm going drawer by drawer and weeding out further.  This week I went through my sock/undies drawer and my sweatpants/sleepwear and pulled a few things.  Going to try to do my t-shirts this evening.

I also finally heard back from the library that they will accept donated board games, so I'll be able to drop those off in the next few days.

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« Reply #2246 on: March 15, 2019, 01:06:17 PM »
Watching the Curiosity Inc show and got a sympathy dust-headache by halfway through the first episode.

lol yeah I understand! At one point it gets to -40 F and of course there's no heating in the house. This guy is seriously a trooper, donates or resells anything he can and the house is starting to look fantastic with upcycled stuff found everywhere. Keep watching :)

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« Reply #2247 on: March 15, 2019, 01:46:43 PM »
Guys, major binge-worthy youtube series: check out Curiosity Inc's channel. This guy bought a hoarder house two months ago. First few episodes are of him cleaning it out and finding lots of cool stuff for his antique shop. Then doing up the house and getting to know the previous owner, who is a 104 year old woman who was a potter. Her pottery was in galleries world wide. She's now considered for the Order of Canada for her contributions to the country. She couldn't deal with the hoard and sold the house as-is, contents and all. The guy finds all sorts of cool old stuff in the house.

Anyway if you want to binge on a Hoarder-like series with some home reno thrown in, start here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb4SpyeH5IQ

It's so addictive to watch. It's an ongoing series btw, ep 9 was just put online today. I'm already rewatching.

Thanks so much for posting this.  I had heard the story about "Adam", and the Bambi film cell, but didn't know about Mary's house.  So interesting to watch.  I did all 9 episodes in one evening - stayed up until 2 a.m. to do that - good job I'm retired!  I'm working my way through some of his other videos too.

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« Reply #2248 on: March 16, 2019, 03:32:19 AM »
Guys, major binge-worthy youtube series: check out Curiosity Inc's channel. This guy bought a hoarder house two months ago. First few episodes are of him cleaning it out and finding lots of cool stuff for his antique shop. Then doing up the house and getting to know the previous owner, who is a 104 year old woman who was a potter. Her pottery was in galleries world wide. She's now considered for the Order of Canada for her contributions to the country. She couldn't deal with the hoard and sold the house as-is, contents and all. The guy finds all sorts of cool old stuff in the house.

Anyway if you want to binge on a Hoarder-like series with some home reno thrown in, start here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb4SpyeH5IQ

It's so addictive to watch. It's an ongoing series btw, ep 9 was just put online today. I'm already rewatching.

Thanks so much for posting this.  I had heard the story about "Adam", and the Bambi film cell, but didn't know about Mary's house.  So interesting to watch.  I did all 9 episodes in one evening - stayed up until 2 a.m. to do that - good job I'm retired!  I'm working my way through some of his other videos too.

Yes, I saw the Bambi film cell story! This guy is just top quality. I think he wants to turn the Potters House into a museum when it's done. And so satisfying to see everything rescued from the house, cleaned and sold on from his shop. In my mind, this is true materialism: having deep respect for the items that exist around us - as opposed to an unbridled want for new and more stuff.

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« Reply #2249 on: March 16, 2019, 11:20:45 AM »
Guys, major binge-worthy youtube series: check out Curiosity Inc's channel. This guy bought a hoarder house two months ago. First few episodes are of him cleaning it out and finding lots of cool stuff for his antique shop. Then doing up the house and getting to know the previous owner, who is a 104 year old woman who was a potter. Her pottery was in galleries world wide. She's now considered for the Order of Canada for her contributions to the country. She couldn't deal with the hoard and sold the house as-is, contents and all. The guy finds all sorts of cool old stuff in the house.

Anyway if you want to binge on a Hoarder-like series with some home reno thrown in, start here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb4SpyeH5IQ

It's so addictive to watch. It's an ongoing series btw, ep 9 was just put online today. I'm already rewatching.

Thanks so much for posting this.  I had heard the story about "Adam", and the Bambi film cell, but didn't know about Mary's house.  So interesting to watch.  I did all 9 episodes in one evening - stayed up until 2 a.m. to do that - good job I'm retired!  I'm working my way through some of his other videos too.

Yes, I saw the Bambi film cell story! This guy is just top quality. I think he wants to turn the Potters House into a museum when it's done. And so satisfying to see everything rescued from the house, cleaned and sold on from his shop. In my mind, this is true materialism: having deep respect for the items that exist around us - as opposed to an unbridled want for new and more stuff.

I love that he also kept all the family photos and papers for the family.  He could have so easily just turfed it, but instead sorted it and gave it all back to the family.   I can't wait to see what he ends up giving the town museum to represent Mary and her work.