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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2250 on: March 17, 2019, 12:04:34 AM »
This past month of de-cluttering has been going well! Most of this junk took a significant amount of moving van space when we moved into this house, and was not touched since then.... our next move will be much easier.

A large box of electronics has been dropped off at a city e-recycling day (Broken car radio, old hard drives, busted fans, a trashed and stripped laptop, bulky/hard to unload things like that)
Literal garbage (old business venture materials, etc, which have zero resale market and I couldn't give away for free) - five garbage bags full- is gone
A second entire car load of misc good condition "junk" and clothing is ready to go to the resale shop after the first load a few weeks ago.
TWO old dressers were taken away from our porch with minimal hassle (Thanks craigslist free section!) - DW and I now share a dresser!
"Junk drawer" bits and parts for an old hobby- 2 large boxes worth- gone for $60
And a piece of equipment from a failed business venture just sold on ebay for almost $1000! Even after 50lbs of shipping, that is well over $800.

We still have "stuff", but the house is beginning to feel bare, and we will be able to stage it to sell with minimal effort. The guest bedroom (when not staging the resale shop load) is empty, and the office is close to empty aside from the computers. Our master bedroom now holds less stuff than my old rooms from when I lived alone!
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« Reply #2251 on: March 17, 2019, 06:27:43 AM »
Brought a bag-o-books down to the library. Previously checked on internet to see if I could resell any online to 'buyback' places. Out of 10 books, all were worth zero, except one self-help book that was worth 16 cents.

Happily donated the 10 books to the library.

Also brought a bag-o-junk (said in jest) to Good Will. I'm sure they will put out at least half of it for sale. If they toss the rest, so be it.   

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« Reply #2252 on: March 17, 2019, 03:13:54 PM »
I went back through my closet after cleaning it out five or six months ago. Found even more stuff to get rid of or donate, including the forgotten tubs of sweaters lurking under the bed.

I also reorganised my dresser drawers to help aid in the clean out. Definitely all seems to be easier to find stuff now, and the closet doesn't seem nearly as cluttered.

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« Reply #2253 on: March 17, 2019, 07:16:53 PM »
Spontaneously decluttered a 4-foot tall cat scratch post last night.  As a friend was packing up to go home, my eye fell on the post and I said, "that's the post I offered you the other day, that you didn't think would work."  She looked it over and changed her mind, so we loaded it into her car an today her cat has a nice, new sturdy and stable perch!  Yay!

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« Reply #2254 on: March 18, 2019, 07:52:06 AM »
I'd consider the consignment sale a success.  Sold 104 things (mostly kid's clothes) and donated ~60 pieces that didn't sell.  I did get about 35 pieces back that were either rejected for being "out of season" or that I think have a decent chance of selling in the fall.  Made about $200....which promptly paid the contractor to finish the bathroom that DH has been working on for MONTHS now. 

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« Reply #2255 on: March 18, 2019, 08:14:44 AM »
Listed two small pieces of furniture on facebook marketplace. Hopefully they sell quickly.

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« Reply #2256 on: March 19, 2019, 07:40:17 AM »
Quick update: I just moved, but it facilitated taking one giant hatchback load of stuff to the local donation store.  It felt good.  I did it with very little thinking, which helps.

I also scraped together a few furniture solutions with things I already have/things I found in the shed rather than buying. 
The only thing I have purchased furniture-wise is a craigslist sofa.

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« Reply #2257 on: March 19, 2019, 07:48:34 AM »
Sold the console table yesterday- $20 in about half an hour :)  (Listed for $25)

I need to take the giant bag of baby clothes to goodwill. I hate sending clothes to goodwill, as most of it goes to waste (hopefully fabric recyclers) and this is all good; but no one else will take it out of season).  A friend gave me newborn clothes- all NB or 0 size (her baby is only 8 weeks). There were at least 200 outfits in there. I kept 15, which is likely more than I need, since I already had a lot on hand.


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« Reply #2258 on: March 19, 2019, 10:49:25 AM »
Posted some stuff on Craigslist 3 days ago.  No responses! There's still hope, though.

Brought six perfectly functional but ugly and superfluous pots and pans down to the recycling place.  Forced myself to do it. 

Going to Goodwill later on today with a plastic bag full of old china used for camping in the old days. Fully usable, but just unneeded. Some of it was so filthy I just threw it out instead of washing it. (Pats self on back for ruthlessly tossing it!)  I did wash the rest of it, and dried it and stacked it up in the plastic bag for Goodwill. All this decluttering is time-consuming, isn't it?

Also bringing a small bag of baby clothes to Goodwill.

Lost my flashlight somehow, making it harder to see under the stairway which is where I am decluttering now.   

All this work and my house is still a disaster area, but posting here is therapeutic.
 

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« Reply #2259 on: March 19, 2019, 05:56:33 PM »
I have been doing some de-cluttering but due to a toxic work situation, I don't have a lot of energy for anything. Last week I was informed that they will most likely let some of us go and I was one of those who received notice. This is pure joy from my side so no need to feel sorry for me. Tomorrow I get to know more.

If things go as planned/union recommended, I will have a couple of months on garden leave/minimal work from home handover during two months, starting April 1st. I expect this will do wonders for my de-cluttering situation :-).

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« Reply #2260 on: March 19, 2019, 07:07:08 PM »
You are going to declutter that job and move on to something better.

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« Reply #2261 on: March 20, 2019, 11:53:31 AM »
All this decluttering is time-consuming, isn't it?

So true! I call it "unshopping".

I can see how some hoarders get started. Begin with a conscientious, high-throughput kind of person, like me.  I want to rehome things, but nobody wants board games with pieces missing (I know those parts are somewhere around), or appliances that don't work (I could fix it if I had the time to find a part), or incomplete craft items (I just have to get a little more yarn of the right color to finish that project) etc.  So decluttering is harder than the original act of acquisition. For a while one can keep up, but when one slows down with age or gets ill, decluttering slows or stops, and then one has a hoard.

My goal is to reduce the number of items we possess overall by the time I get old, so this doesn't happen to me. 

I decluttered three big bags of kids' books, and now my children's bookshelves look great and are easy to use without books lying horizontally on top of the others.  We found nine duplicates and two triplicates of books!  I hate it when they get gifts of things they already own, and then open them up so they can't be regifted/returned.

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« Reply #2262 on: March 20, 2019, 02:29:24 PM »
Today is capsule wardrobe swap day aka look at the clothes you packed away and may/may not have missed day. I have a donation bag at the ready.

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« Reply #2263 on: March 20, 2019, 04:42:32 PM »
You are going to declutter that job and move on to something better.

Yes, that is absolutely true. Currently I feel so excited. I have about 4-5 hour work to do tomorrow (from home as it will be phone and computer only). Fri-Sun off. Then five full days in office Mon-Fri and then I am out :-D.

Today I sold two very nice baby blankets. My youngest is 6,5 now... Really nice (highly pregnant) lady buying got a really good price on a high quality woolen blanket, and I am happy those much beloved blankets will come to a good home. I also asked if she wanted some pieces of clothing for the cute 2-yr old she brought along so I managed to unload a jacket and a wind stopper fleece as well. So happy about that and so was she.

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« Reply #2264 on: March 21, 2019, 06:32:34 AM »
I'm still digging through the place under the first floor stairs. And I still haven't found my darn flashlight. But I did find a great little flashlight for $1 at Walmart! Works great. 

Found a bunch of kid toys, some nice clothes, some awful old moldy, mouse chewn cloth of some sort (blanket?) and some random plastic parts of toys.

Will take kid toys to Goodwill, the nice clothes also to Goodwill (hate to do it but too much hassle to sell), toss the random toy parts (easy to do) and recycle the mouse chewn fabric at the recycling center. It's heavy, weighs about 5 pounds. Good to get rid of it.   

I'm spending a lot of time on this.   I have to force myself to do it. I look at the clock, and work at decluttering for a half-hour, then reassess. Usually keep going until an hour is done, then feel good about things, making progress, and stop.

Now that I think about it, one hour a day decluttering is not that much!

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« Reply #2265 on: March 21, 2019, 10:36:36 AM »
One of my housemates has started to clear out her room a little and has put two bags of clothes out to be taken to Goodwill. I am very proud of her -- she used to have her own apartment and so owns a lot of stuff (and keeps buying new stuff despite having much less space now). Getting rid of stuff is a big step for her and I'm happy.

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« Reply #2266 on: March 22, 2019, 05:12:29 PM »
I have a bag of clothes for the Vinnies, 2 books for the street library and for some reason am ready to get rid of 90% of my remaining cds as we have no way to play them other than the car.

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« Reply #2267 on: March 22, 2019, 05:58:15 PM »
Finally got DH to sit down with me and go through a bin and duffel bag that we were storing in the basement storage.  Wound up tossing almost everything into the donate box, just a few things he wanted to keep that need to find proper homes.  And a big pile of electronics waste/computer parts to go to the electronics recycling.  Fortunately, I hadn't made the trip yet with my broken printer, so they can all go together.

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« Reply #2268 on: March 23, 2019, 07:40:51 AM »
Found hundreds of great vinyl albums under the stairs. Blew off the dust on top, and brought them all upstairs and put them next to the record player. I had decluttered around the record player last year, so I now had some room for them.

Moving the albums is not decluttering, but at least they will be in a better climate. Less mold-inducing. They do have a musty odor, but seem to be fine, sound great still. 

As far as the other junk under the stairs, have been able to recycle 2 old rotting moving boxes, and recycled/ threw out  a lot of the junk in them. Will end up putting back about 25% of the 'junk' since it has sentimental value. So, a 75% success rate here, I guess.

It's unbelievable how much time I have to take on this stuff. I have to (choose to, actually) think about just about everything I find, and reminisce about it, before deciding what to do with it. I don't photograph it, thank God. I'm not that bad, ha ha.   

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« Reply #2269 on: March 23, 2019, 10:59:22 PM »
I came into a dozen gorgeous recipe books through work and put them aside for a friend.

Finally caught up with her and handed them over.

I also threw out a pair of work pants that were well and truly past it. (Still trying to replace them, as the company stopped making this style - black, stretchy, skinny leg suit pants with belt loops and real pockets.)


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« Reply #2270 on: March 24, 2019, 09:24:02 AM »
I always gave my kids toys and clothes to foster homes because they are hard on toys.   We are older now and I definitely won’t be leaving a mess behind.

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« Reply #2271 on: March 24, 2019, 10:26:21 AM »
Finally got rid of the clothes I chose to purge at the beginning of January. It was too much for public transportation, so I waited until my wife went through a pile she wanted to clean, and we got a Lyft to goodwill to get rid of everything at once. It feels so good to have that corner of the room back.

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« Reply #2272 on: March 24, 2019, 12:13:41 PM »
The school has agreed to let me and a few other parents use the gymnasium to organize a community clothes and sports equipment swap/sale in a couple of weeks. Hope it works out well, we don't have a lot of time for preparation.

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« Reply #2273 on: March 24, 2019, 01:08:07 PM »
The school has agreed to let me and a few other parents use the gymnasium to organize a community clothes and sports equipment swap/sale in a couple of weeks. Hope it works out well, we don't have a lot of time for preparation.
Great idea.  That is how we got all our bikes as kids.  Sell your outgrown kid's bike, buy someone else's outgrown kids bike.

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« Reply #2274 on: March 24, 2019, 01:36:28 PM »
4 more handbags to add to the Vinnies pile.

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« Reply #2275 on: March 24, 2019, 08:21:46 PM »
-Donated two pair of barely used soccer cleats. The kids feet grew before they got any use. Sports gear is hard to come by where we live, so hopefully it will make someone happy.
-Tried to use one of my baking pans in the oven, only to discover it's too big. The oven won't close. We moved two years ago, so this is not one of my favorites, but I was surprised to see that the oven won't shut with it. Into the donation pile it went.

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« Reply #2276 on: March 25, 2019, 07:02:09 AM »
Just unhooked a big bulky printer/scanner that I can't seem to get to work on my computer. I have widows 10 and I think this dinosaur is incompatible. I am donating it to the Vietnam Vets. It is nice and hardly used when I had it hooked up to an older computer. Printers are cheap sooooo, if I really need a second one, I can buy another.

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« Reply #2277 on: March 25, 2019, 07:58:05 AM »
Went through my stash of seed starting stuff and some it is so old that the plastic just crumbles at touch.  Why am I storing it?  Gone into the bin.

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« Reply #2278 on: March 25, 2019, 07:58:12 AM »
Gave away a tall white cabinet that was in my kitchen when I moved in.  I had to condense everything into the current cabinets, but it was just fine and helped me sort some kitchen items into my donation box and get that big lumbering "pantry" out of there.  Now my kitchen, which I perceived as "very small" seems pretty average or larger than average size. 
It's a 1940's kitchen, so just two big tall upper cabinets and two lower cabinets, but really, that's probably all that I need.

Also decluttered my "catch all" room a bit this weekend too.  I've got a big copier box about 1/2 full of donations at this point, and growing.

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« Reply #2279 on: March 25, 2019, 05:39:40 PM »
Kon Maried literally thousands of books in anticipation of Baby #4. Simply can’t keep up with any extra maintenance, organizing, furniture. “Can’t clean a messy house” and all that. I cried hysterically several times during the process (hormones!) but I accept that it’s for the best and I’ve resolved to go work out or write when I feel the impulse to thrift.

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« Reply #2280 on: March 25, 2019, 09:02:35 PM »
I had two free hours this morning and went headfirst into the mystery top shelves of both wardrobes. I have reorganised everything, found stuff to chuck and donate,  making space to store what was under the spare room bed. I'm now reorganising the hanging space and shelving so that we can store what is lying about on surfaces and the floor. THEN we can get rid of the spare bed and start using the space.

I have found during my sorting that hubs has NINE backpacks/ water packs!! More than I have shoes!

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« Reply #2281 on: March 25, 2019, 09:51:38 PM »
Very short and neat video on minimalism and thinking about what it is for https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pJxMEeezSI

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« Reply #2282 on: March 25, 2019, 10:38:50 PM »
Finally passed on a few "too precious to give to Goodwill" clothes and toys, including a beloved rocking horse, to my baby niece.

Got rid of a combination changing table/dresser; but now as a result we are one dresser short. There is going to be a dresser cascade whereby my mother gives me one of her dressers, I pass mine to my eldest son, he passes his to his brother, and so forth.  But in the meantime there are huge maddening piles of clothing lying about.

Note to self: declutter containers last, not first.

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« Reply #2283 on: March 26, 2019, 09:40:04 AM »
I have climbed Paperwork Mountain!

Went through scads of paperwork in both Staring You In The Face and Taunting You places and in Cleverly Hidden so You've Mostly Forgotten it Exists locations.  Some particularly old gems I unearthed: library card from 30+ years ago, provisional drivers license from 25 years ago, title to the car we are going to get rid of this month (complete lucky chance - weren't aware it wasn't in the car).  There is admittedly still a small pile to deal with relocating/reorganizing, but I recycled pounds of paperwork.  Bought new folders to replace the 20+ year old ones that were falling apart and reorganized what was left in a hopefully easier to maintain way.  Have reclaimed: two file boxes previously so stuffed full I couldn't go through them, a table, shelf in the top of a closet, shelf in the basement.

Alas there are a few more Cleverly Hidden so You've Mostly Forgotten it Exists locations to be targeted, but I needed some positive reinforcement here before soldiering on.  Alas, the worst part of doing a really good cleanout, is realizing how much stuff there is left in some of the Unused Parts of the House.

I have also separately defeated the Master Bathroom Cabinet Monster during my son's glorious 3.5 hour nap on Saturday.  Using willpower muscles developed from the Great Paperwork Declutter, I ruthlessly purged old makeup, medications, skin regime treatments, nail polish, etc. and discovered the floor of the cabinet again.  Pretty sure we don't need to buy razors for 5+ years with the stash I collected.

Per the video posting by mspym, it's interesting to think through WHY I am decluttering:
- To not lose critical items and correspondingly find my things easier/faster (save money/time)
- To not clean/reorganize stuff as much (save time/energy)
- To be as restful at home as I am on vacation.  i.e. To not see a "to do" list when I look around my home (save energy)
=> To save time, money, and energy for what I value more.

Why do you want to declutter?

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« Reply #2284 on: March 26, 2019, 01:43:44 PM »
Very short and neat video on minimalism and thinking about what it is for https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pJxMEeezSI

Hmm. I like the questions she poses but seems like she spends most of her time being bored. LOL.

I mean, if you only have 1 coffee cup you can't even have a friend over for coffee. Maybe she doesn't *want* to do that...  I dunno.

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« Reply #2285 on: March 26, 2019, 05:32:23 PM »
For some extra motivation to others.

I grew up in a family of "organized hoarders". I was never allowed to throw anything away for fear that we may need that item some day.

So, naturally I followed suit as an adult. It wasn't until recently where I ran into a concept of minimalism. Minimalism is about possessing only the things that either create utility value or bring joy to your life. I was so fascinated by the idea that I took it to the extreme. I threw away about 90% of everything that I owned. It was one of the most satisfying and fun things I ever did, some of the things I was even able to donate away which only brought more fun and satisfaction. Admittedly I have slowly started accumulating a few more items as extreme minimalism is not the answer. However, I still hold true that the quality of my life has vastly improved since decluttering my junk. My wallet has also benefited greatly. I estimate that I was able to increase my savings rate by an additional 10% due to the consequences of decluttering my life.

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« Reply #2286 on: March 26, 2019, 05:35:01 PM »
Very short and neat video on minimalism and thinking about what it is for https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pJxMEeezSI

Hmm. I like the questions she poses but seems like she spends most of her time being bored. LOL.

I mean, if you only have 1 coffee cup you can't even have a friend over for coffee. Maybe she doesn't *want* to do that...  I dunno.
Ah, maybe it's personal style but I read her as having Resting Po Face so it was cracking me up.
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« Reply #2287 on: March 27, 2019, 07:36:03 AM »
OMG, I got a response to one of my many decluttering items for sale on Craigslist. Hoping for the best!

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« Reply #2288 on: March 27, 2019, 06:03:34 PM »
I trimmed my stuff when I moved out of the marital home, when I moved out of my apt, and after I moved into my townhouse. I got some medical news that prompted me to go through stuff again to find things to sell (my tub of bike stuff, accessories for an outdoor hobby, videos, an armoire, side-table, a TV table, etc.) My sister said that I was holding my own estate sale. I got over $1K in sales, and have a number of $10-20 items on eBay that an executor would just take to Goodwill in order to get the house on the market quickly.


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« Reply #2289 on: March 27, 2019, 06:54:51 PM »
I trimmed my stuff when I moved out of the marital home, when I moved out of my apt, and after I moved into my townhouse. I got some medical news that prompted me to go through stuff again to find things to sell (my tub of bike stuff, accessories for an outdoor hobby, videos, an armoire, side-table, a TV table, etc.) My sister said that I was holding my own estate sale. I got over $1K in sales, and have a number of $10-20 items on eBay that an executor would just take to Goodwill in order to get the house on the market quickly.

Sorry about your health news but glad the sales have gone well.

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« Reply #2290 on: March 27, 2019, 06:59:39 PM »
There is a massive fire at a storage facility nearby today. Everything inside will be lost. It will obviously be upsetting and there will be businesses affected, but I can't help think that for some people it might be a relief of a burden.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2291 on: March 27, 2019, 07:08:22 PM »
This week I have trimmed a bunch of craft stuff and cushions that we no longer like or need, and those things are bulky! Hubby has donated an unwanted new cap.

I am having trouble squeezing a spare pillow into the wardrobe, so I'm thinking I bin it and if someone needs to stay, buy one? I might still find space if I pare down our linen.

I struggle to chuck out linen that is good enough for us but not to donate. I will take it to fabric recycling I guess (eventually).

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2292 on: March 27, 2019, 10:48:19 PM »
I have climbed Paperwork Mountain!

Went through scads of paperwork in both Staring You In The Face and Taunting You places and in Cleverly Hidden so You've Mostly Forgotten it Exists locations. 

Alas there are a few more Cleverly Hidden so You've Mostly Forgotten it Exists locations to be targeted, but I needed some positive reinforcement here before soldiering on

Way to go, @Captain FIRE !  Well I know the Taunting You paperwork piles.  It is not an effective motivational tool, though.


Very short and neat video on minimalism and thinking about what it is for https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pJxMEeezSI

Hmm. I like the questions she poses but seems like she spends most of her time being bored. LOL.

I mean, if you only have 1 coffee cup you can't even have a friend over for coffee. Maybe she doesn't *want* to do that...  I dunno.
Ah, maybe it's personal style but I read her as having Resting Po Face so it was cracking me up.
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I got the sense that she was keeping her vivaciousness under wraps. (What is resting Po face?)

It was interesting that she questioned: why do you want to have 5 pairs of shoes?  I have not put a quantity on many of my items outside of clothing, but it's always tied to function.  I have 4 pairs of slacks and one pair of jeans and five cardigans; this gets me through the work week (for example). 

But overall I declutter/minimize because I feel the burden of having excess stuff keenly.  It actually bogs down my mental process at all times. Since I have been living on my own and reducing my belongings, I feel better able to handle Life.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2293 on: March 28, 2019, 12:42:25 AM »
@oneday "Definition of po-faced. British. : having an assumed solemn, serious, or earnest expression or manner : piously or hypocritically solemn." generally for comic effect

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2294 on: March 28, 2019, 04:38:47 AM »
@oneday "Definition of po-faced. British. : having an assumed solemn, serious, or earnest expression or manner : piously or hypocritically solemn." generally for comic effect

It's obvious I have a kid because my first thought was Po from Kung Fu Panda.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2295 on: March 28, 2019, 07:51:15 AM »
The school has agreed to let me and a few other parents use the gymnasium to organize a community clothes and sports equipment swap/sale in a couple of weeks. Hope it works out well, we don't have a lot of time for preparation.

Tip, see if you can arrange some sort of pickup for leftovers. My church has an annual tag sale and there are usually a lot of remainders. We deal with this many ways, such as having things go half then quarter price in the last hour; sacks of clothing go to thrift shops; but there is still a huge bulk trash pickup at the end.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2296 on: March 28, 2019, 07:53:53 AM »
I have found during my sorting that hubs has NINE backpacks/ water packs!! More than I have shoes!

If you have a homeless shelter nearby, ask if they need these! Around here, backpacks are very desired by people with no homes.

P.S. Sorry, I think this and my last post are unsolicited advice. Pay no regard if these don't apply to you. 
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I'm still struggling with the effects of the Great Leap Forward in my house. We shuffled all the kids' rooms, and now the furniture doesn't fit and we somehow lost a lot of storage, because my oldest got a room with a lot of storage which I emptied out for him... yet he doesn't own much as he gave all his toys to his siblings. So he has 1.5 large, empty closets in his room.  I have been decluttering like mad but apparently not enough. Not sure where to go from here.
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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2297 on: March 28, 2019, 10:05:21 AM »
I have found during my sorting that hubs has NINE backpacks/ water packs!! More than I have shoes!

If you have a homeless shelter nearby, ask if they need these! Around here, backpacks are very desired by people with no homes.

P.S. Sorry, I think this and my last post are unsolicited advice. Pay no regard if these don't apply to you. 
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I'm still struggling with the effects of the Great Leap Forward in my house. We shuffled all the kids' rooms, and now the furniture doesn't fit and we somehow lost a lot of storage, because my oldest got a room with a lot of storage which I emptied out for him... yet he doesn't own much as he gave all his toys to his siblings. So he has 1.5 large, empty closets in his room.  I have been decluttering like mad but apparently not enough. Not sure where to go from here.

Have you thought of converting one of those storage closets into a homework/desk area? I have seen several good design ideas around. It might not help with the other things you have with no place to go but it could help you mentally about not having the storage spaces anymore.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2298 on: March 28, 2019, 11:12:02 AM »
I have found during my sorting that hubs has NINE backpacks/ water packs!! More than I have shoes!

If you have a homeless shelter nearby, ask if they need these! Around here, backpacks are very desired by people with no homes.

P.S. Sorry, I think this and my last post are unsolicited advice. Pay no regard if these don't apply to you. 
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I'm still struggling with the effects of the Great Leap Forward in my house. We shuffled all the kids' rooms, and now the furniture doesn't fit and we somehow lost a lot of storage, because my oldest got a room with a lot of storage which I emptied out for him... yet he doesn't own much as he gave all his toys to his siblings. So he has 1.5 large, empty closets in his room.  I have been decluttering like mad but apparently not enough. Not sure where to go from here.

Have you thought of converting one of those storage closets into a homework/desk area? I have seen several good design ideas around. It might not help with the other things you have with no place to go but it could help you mentally about not having the storage spaces anymore.

Great idea!!  I will look into it.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2299 on: March 28, 2019, 01:52:45 PM »
For some extra motivation to others.

I grew up in a family of "organized hoarders". I was never allowed to throw anything away for fear that we may need that item some day.

So, naturally I followed suit as an adult. It wasn't until recently where I ran into a concept of minimalism. Minimalism is about possessing only the things that either create utility value or bring joy to your life. I was so fascinated by the idea that I took it to the extreme. I threw away about 90% of everything that I owned. It was one of the most satisfying and fun things I ever did, some of the things I was even able to donate away which only brought more fun and satisfaction. Admittedly I have slowly started accumulating a few more items as extreme minimalism is not the answer. However, I still hold true that the quality of my life has vastly improved since decluttering my junk. My wallet has also benefited greatly. I estimate that I was able to increase my savings rate by an additional 10% due to the consequences of decluttering my life.

Also the child of organized hoarders! My husband is a minimalist. It’s been a hard transition over many years but I do try to foster an abundance mindset. There is plenty. There is enough.

above all, the time spent stewarding objects is better spent doing almost anything else.