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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2300 on: March 28, 2019, 03:31:02 PM »
@oneday "Definition of po-faced. British. : having an assumed solemn, serious, or earnest expression or manner : piously or hypocritically solemn." generally for comic effect

Thank you @mspym I should have tried urban dictionary.  Google was only giving me results on resting b***h face.


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

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« Reply #2301 on: March 28, 2019, 04:11:17 PM »
Just took out Marie Kondo's book from the library.  Hopefully this will help me get some motivation/inspiration to continue - I've hit the point where I'm not finding obvious things to get rid of, so if I want to keep paring down, I need a new tactic.

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« Reply #2302 on: March 28, 2019, 08:53:08 PM »
I have climbed Paperwork Mountain!


Thanks for the inspiration! I have my own Paperwork Mountain to deal with. I told myself I would deal with it before I move mid-April. I started on a tiny bit of it and then shoved it all in a giant box because I needed the table for a board game. At this point I donít think I have the energy to go through it before we move, so Iíll just take it as is and go through it when I need a break from tearing down wallpaper.

I also need to get better about reading the books I own and giving away the ones Iím done with. People keep writing new books that interest me and I canít keep up. I think I need to limit my exposure to places where I hear about new books until I get down to a reasonable amount. I have more vacation time than my husband does so Iíve been thinking about taking a couple days off to read in the hammock once it gets a little warmer.

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« Reply #2303 on: March 28, 2019, 09:03:02 PM »
I also need to get better about reading the books I own and giving away the ones Iím done with. People keep writing new books that interest me and I canít keep up. I think I need to limit my exposure to places where I hear about new books until I get down to a reasonable amount. I have more vacation time than my husband does so Iíve been thinking about taking a couple days off to read in the hammock once it gets a little warmer.


Are you stopped buying new ones? I am religiously using the library now and although I still own unread books, I can chip away slowly at those, at least they aren't increasing.

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« Reply #2304 on: March 29, 2019, 04:36:11 AM »
I also need to get better about reading the books I own and giving away the ones Iím done with. People keep writing new books that interest me and I canít keep up. I think I need to limit my exposure to places where I hear about new books until I get down to a reasonable amount. I have more vacation time than my husband does so Iíve been thinking about taking a couple days off to read in the hammock once it gets a little warmer.


Are you stopped buying new ones? I am religiously using the library now and although I still own unread books, I can chip away slowly at those, at least they aren't increasing.

Yesóand also stopped taking free new ones from little free libraries. I also donated about thirty recently that I donít plan to read again or could easily get from the library. I annotate some of my books and some arenít available in libraries so deciding what to do with those is harder.

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« Reply #2305 on: March 29, 2019, 06:12:54 AM »
Drove over to a resale shop in my town and asked him what sort of stuff he would buy from me. He said he would give me $10 each for shower chair, walker, and cane. I know I have those things somewhere.

I'm also looking around my house for other stuff he might buy. Like electronic keyboard.   

I'm getting disappointed with Craigslist lately. Have had some success in the past but now I get no replies, or a flake.

It would be good to just drive some stuff down to the resale store, get some $$$, and have done with it. Probably just as much $$ as I'd get from CL, too.

On the positive side, just tossed out a bunch of old used up deodorants, empty toothpaste tubes.  And recycled an old rotting cardboard moving box.

I just saw a 4 pack of beautiful tomato plants for sale for only $2.99 and I didn't buy them because they would just be in my way until May 15, when I could plant them.  May go back and buy them anyway, they looked so good.   

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« Reply #2306 on: March 29, 2019, 08:52:58 PM »
Been a while since I posted but I've been chipping away at clutter this week and figured it was time for an update

- the compost was in desperate need of some "brown"/dry material, so I grabbed a pile of paper I keep meaning to go through and with a quick shuffling found an easy 20 pages to put through the shredder and into the compost. Having an immediate need for the actual shreds made me get to that paperwork which has needed doing since before we moved here six months ago. (Still heaps to go through, but now any time the compost is a bit funky I have a reason to get to some shredding).
- posted some necklaces and clothes on the local Pay-it-forward group. Necklaces collected, one petticoat claimed. If the rest doesn't move quickly enough I'll donate it, but I've benefited from this group and I'd like to keep it active/pay it forwards myself.
- burnt down two candles, had been "saving" the last two hours or so of them because... who knows why... but they've been burned now.

I've started thinking about items in terms of "am I going to use this in the next five years before we (hopefully) move to New Zealand?" and "would I pay to ship this to NZ?" It's opening my eyes and clearing out some odd and ends which have been lingering about because they don't take up "that much" space and are easy to move (see - necklaces). Obviously if we are going to move overseas there will be a huge purge beforehand, but I'd like to keep chipping away at it between now and then, it will also give us an idea of how much space we actually need (I'm angling for a campervan and living life on the road for a year or two, hubby is not convinced!).

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« Reply #2307 on: March 29, 2019, 09:32:16 PM »
Brought a big stack of items to the consignment store and then brought what they didnít want to goodwill along with other household items. Nothing came back into the house.

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« Reply #2308 on: March 29, 2019, 11:07:14 PM »
@Yasha we have a similar timeframe [and plan] and it has been such a useful framework for assessing things. "Will we transport or put x in storage?"

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« Reply #2309 on: March 30, 2019, 07:15:53 AM »
Found some rocks. Former GF was a collector of shells and rocks). Added the rocks to my small rock rectangle area in back yard. 

Found a bag of used crayons. Thought about throwing it out. Can't. Will take it to a mall, with a 'FREE' sign on it.   

Decided which old musty boxes to take to recycling, which ones to fold up and store using little space.

Found 2 old coffee makers, so had to test them. Yes, they work. And I didn't know I had them. I just bought a new coffee maker a month ago! Oh well, I now have 2 backup  coffee makers now.

Discovered lots of sweet stuff in jars in the back of the fridge, like Maraschino  cherries and jams and jellies. Will buy a half gallon of vanilla ice crea, so I can put the sweet stuff on top, and use them up.   

I've been decluttering my former GF's stuff for 2 years now. I think I will be another 2 years or more before completion.

Thanks for listening.

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« Reply #2310 on: March 31, 2019, 12:34:09 AM »
I had stashed some freebies from work and managed to gift quite a few to a friend this weekend (plus a free gift bag).

I just went through and topped up my hand soap (I'm still using bar soap but the liquid is for guests) and shampoo pump packs, put the empty refills into recycling.

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« Reply #2311 on: March 31, 2019, 06:25:14 AM »
I decluttered the sound of robocalls from my house (and the rare real calls too) by moving the ring volume setting on the phone (landline) to 'off'.  The answering machine flashes silently if a call comes in, and anyone is free to leave a message if desired.  Take that, evil robocallers! I guffaw in your general direction!   

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« Reply #2312 on: March 31, 2019, 09:55:08 AM »
Started to Konmari my clothes in hopes of paring down a bit more, and came to the unfortunate conclusion that if I actually used her criteria of "sparks joy", I would have no clothes left to wear to work!  So instead, I am switching to her folding method, which takes up much more space than regular folding, and putting things into the drawer favorite things first, so when I run out of space, anything left has to go, or if there is something I do want to keep, something else must come out of the drawer.  I have a good stack of shirts so far for the donate pile.

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« Reply #2313 on: March 31, 2019, 10:23:40 AM »
Drove over to a resale shop in my town and asked him what sort of stuff he would buy from me. He said he would give me $10 each for shower chair, walker, and cane. I know I have those things somewhere.

I'm also looking around my house for other stuff he might buy. Like electronic keyboard.   

I'm getting disappointed with Craigslist lately. Have had some success in the past but now I get no replies, or a flake.


It would be good to just drive some stuff down to the resale store, get some $$$, and have done with it. Probably just as much $$ as I'd get from CL, too.

On the positive side, just tossed out a bunch of old used up deodorants, empty toothpaste tubes.  And recycled an old rotting cardboard moving box.

I just saw a 4 pack of beautiful tomato plants for sale for only $2.99 and I didn't buy them because they would just be in my way until May 15, when I could plant them.  May go back and buy them anyway, they looked so good.

Almost all the sale traffic in my area has moved to FB marketplace or NextDoor. And I talked to some family recently, same is true in Denver and SF right now too.

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« Reply #2314 on: March 31, 2019, 10:39:40 AM »
1 garbage bag full of clothes, a medium box of picture frames (why do we have so many picture frames???), and a smaller box with linens and dishware will be picked up by the Diabetes charity truck tomorrow.   I've already got the next box started.  It's amazing how quickly I can fill one with just tossing the odd thing every day or two.

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« Reply #2315 on: March 31, 2019, 11:36:05 AM »
Drove over to a resale shop in my town and asked him what sort of stuff he would buy from me. He said he would give me $10 each for shower chair, walker, and cane. I know I have those things somewhere.

I'm also looking around my house for other stuff he might buy. Like electronic keyboard.   

I'm getting disappointed with Craigslist lately. Have had some success in the past but now I get no replies, or a flake.


It would be good to just drive some stuff down to the resale store, get some $$$, and have done with it. Probably just as much $$ as I'd get from CL, too.

On the positive side, just tossed out a bunch of old used up deodorants, empty toothpaste tubes.  And recycled an old rotting cardboard moving box.

I just saw a 4 pack of beautiful tomato plants for sale for only $2.99 and I didn't buy them because they would just be in my way until May 15, when I could plant them.  May go back and buy them anyway, they looked so good.

Almost all the sale traffic in my area has moved to FB marketplace or NextDoor. And I talked to some family recently, same is true in Denver and SF right now too.

Thanks. That's a shame. I'm not a big Facebook fan. Guess I'll try Nextdoor.   

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« Reply #2316 on: April 02, 2019, 05:49:06 AM »
None of my Craigslist stuff, which I posted for sale, is getting any interest. The one guy who responded turned out to be a troll / flake. 

Will reduce prices for the stuff. Then, when still no interest, will move to the FREE section of CL. 

Donated 4 VHS religious tapes to my church. They actually have a VHS section in their library. 

   

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« Reply #2317 on: April 02, 2019, 06:50:41 AM »
Now that I am more aware about the clutter in my house, I am really able to resist buying stuff and seem to find it easy to dispose, re-home or use up and not replace items that I encounter in my day to day activities.  The recycling bin is getting loaded up with papers.  The pantry is getting easier to find items in because it is not so cluttered.  The rag bag is now well stocked with useful rags.  The tool bench has a working surface. 

These days I have been focusing on the mending pile.  Some items are never going to be worn - so I am being realistic about whether I will actually wear it before I invest more time in it.  A couple of items are just a little small so I have altered them for my daughter to wear.

I am really finding the house is getting me down less with the slow steady progress that I have been making.
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« Reply #2318 on: April 02, 2019, 07:47:38 AM »
Not that I am more aware about the clutter in my house, I am really able to resist buying stuff and seem to find it easy to dispose, re-home or use up and not replace items that I encounter in my day to day activities.  The recycling bin is getting loaded up with papers.  The pantry is getting easier to find items in because it is not so cluttered.  The rag bag is now well stocked with useful rags.  The tool bench has a working surface. 

These days I have been focusing on the mending pile.  Some items are never going to be worn - so I am being realistic about whether I will actually wear it before I invest more time in it.  A couple of items are just a little small so I have altered them for my daughter to wear.

I am really finding the house is getting me down less with the slow steady progress that I have been making.

That's great!  I really need to tackle my mending pile soon, it's on the agenda for after I finish going through my clothes.  There are a few things in there that have been waiting far too long, and I know exactly what I need to fix them, but haven't made it to the craft store to pick up the right color thread or a new zipper, or whatever.

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« Reply #2319 on: April 02, 2019, 01:00:32 PM »
I've been meaning to clean out our junk "drawer/shelves", but haven't made time for it. Today, I'm working from home due to a sick kid. On a call with my manager, My sick kid walks into to grab a school supply out of the "junk drawer/shelf", & everything collapses. It was hilarious & embarrassing. My manager is a great sport & found it really amusing. It's a good reminder that it's time to clean that out. ;-)

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« Reply #2320 on: April 02, 2019, 03:30:49 PM »
Minor celebration last night.  When the last tenants left, they also left behind a foam mattress.  It would have cost us over $100 to dispose of it at a tip by the time we transported and paid for the dumping, so instead I cut it up into bits and put it in the bin.  It took about 20 weeks of determined effort, but the last bit went in last night.

Now, time to get rid of the plaster from the wall I removed.

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« Reply #2321 on: April 04, 2019, 01:28:56 AM »
Update with the KonMari-ing: I finally sorted all my paper out!

I didn't want to just throw it all away, because unlike Ms. Kondo, I actually want to keep all my old financial records, I genuinely occasionally refer back to my notes from school/university, and I'm also an amateur poet and some of my poems are only written on paper copy, so I had to sort it into different piles before I could do anything with it.

I then proceeded to get distracted by various other things like ending the relationship I was in and also starting a new business, so the piles of paper had been just sat around in my bedroom since then. But now it's all sorted, and a bunch of old school stuff that was in a separate box now fits in my filing cabinet! :D

Now I need to read the section on Komono/Miscellaneous...

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« Reply #2322 on: April 04, 2019, 06:41:00 AM »
Looked inside two 'stare-at-them-and-ignore-them' bags of mystery stuff that were in my living room. Turned out to have easily donated stuff in them, and a few save-for-yard-sale things.

Put the donatable things (awful ugly knick knacks that hang on the wall) in the donate pile.

Got two bags empty that way and out of my living room.

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« Reply #2323 on: April 04, 2019, 08:31:18 AM »
I managed to go home last night and pull the shredder out and use it! I know there will be more to come but I was glad to get something gone.

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« Reply #2324 on: April 04, 2019, 10:22:18 AM »
Goal for this month is to de-clutter 30 things.

1-4 will be some ramekins that a housemate left behind when she moved out this last weekend. Our Buy Nothing group is sadly close to useless, so I'll probably walk these over to Goodwill.

5-7 will be some hats I knitted that will go to our local DSA for distribution to the homeless.

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« Reply #2325 on: April 04, 2019, 12:46:23 PM »
The box I started a few days ago was dropped off to Goodwill this morning. On to the next one.

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« Reply #2326 on: April 04, 2019, 10:15:07 PM »
I am hoarding boxes right now due to an impending move, so am loath to use one for the donate pile, lol.  However, I have what would be about half a box of clothes.  Mostly pants that no longer fit and a lampshade.  I'll give up a precious, precious cardboard box if the stack grows and/or falls over.

The other thing I went through was my Renaissance Faire garb/costuming.  Since I've changed sizes, I wanted to see if my bodice fit and that kind of snowballed.  Turns out it does not fit, and the other one which might have fit, I cannot find.  I guess I got rid of it?  I was a little sad about not having that other bodice until I remembered I didn't like it that much anyway.  This is an opportunity to find an even better one!

ALSO in the ren garb was some of Mr. X's stuff.  I thought the taxes were the last thing to sever our ties, but turns out it's ren garb.  I have texted and hopefully we can get this taken care of ASAP, like this weekend maybe. 

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« Reply #2327 on: April 05, 2019, 04:57:34 AM »
I got free tickets to my local minor league baseball team, so I went last night, what the heck.

On entering, they gave everyone 2 cute little metal drink coasters advertising the local cable tv service.

I purposefully left my coasters on the bar counter (happy hour) when I went to my assigned seat, and the barmaid said 'hey, you forgot your coasters!".  I didn't mean to, but I may have offended her when I said "I've already got way too much junk in my house". lol. She smiled, so maybe I didn't offend her.

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« Reply #2328 on: April 05, 2019, 05:07:32 AM »
I am hoarding boxes right now due to an impending move, so am loath to use one for the donate pile, lol.  However, I have what would be about half a box of clothes.  Mostly pants that no longer fit and a lampshade.  I'll give up a precious, precious cardboard box if the stack grows and/or falls over.


Why not use a plastic bag instead of a box, to donate stuff? That's what everyone around here does at the Goodwill store. 

I can relate about the boxes. I only throw out the really beat up boxes. And a lot of my boxes are the kind you can fold up and store flat.  :)   

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« Reply #2329 on: April 05, 2019, 09:40:07 AM »
I am hoarding boxes right now due to an impending move, so am loath to use one for the donate pile, lol.  However, I have what would be about half a box of clothes.  Mostly pants that no longer fit and a lampshade.  I'll give up a precious, precious cardboard box if the stack grows and/or falls over.


Why not use a plastic bag instead of a box, to donate stuff? That's what everyone around here does at the Goodwill store. 

I can relate about the boxes. I only throw out the really beat up boxes. And a lot of my boxes are the kind you can fold up and store flat.  :)

Good call!  My first instinct was to say that California outlawed plastic shopping bags, but I could always use the kind I line my trash can with.  Not sure it will be increase the tidiness of the pile, tho :)

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« Reply #2330 on: April 05, 2019, 10:28:17 AM »
Hit a bit of a slow down.  I need to accept that baby clothes are not worth anything and just give them away in a giant pile to one of the buy nothing hoarders...
I just feel like they should go to someone who can use them, and I have SO many that it can't be a single person.

Goodwill gives SO much to fabric recyclers, just due to donation volume, I really hate taking stuff that is in great condition there.

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« Reply #2331 on: April 05, 2019, 05:58:45 PM »
Woohoo!  Just made a Craigslist sale. Got rid of set of bongo drums for $10.  Yay!

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« Reply #2332 on: April 06, 2019, 03:25:06 AM »
I got free tickets to my local minor league baseball team, so I went last night, what the heck.

On entering, they gave everyone 2 cute little metal drink coasters advertising the local cable tv service.

I purposefully left my coasters on the bar counter (happy hour) when I went to my assigned seat, and the barmaid said 'hey, you forgot your coasters!".  I didn't mean to, but I may have offended her when I said "I've already got way too much junk in my house". lol. She smiled, so maybe I didn't offend her.

Lol, sounds like something I could say. But maybe "No thank you, I'm trying to declutter" is good as well. She probably wasn't offended... and maybe you even made a lightbulb go off in her head and made her realize that you DON'T need to take whatever comes your way. I know that I regularly find myself impressed with a good rebuff I (over)hear, and add it to my mental library.

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« Reply #2333 on: April 06, 2019, 04:02:08 PM »
Another Craigslist sale! What is going on? Got rid of 5 orange life preservers. $20 for the lot. 

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« Reply #2334 on: April 06, 2019, 10:36:59 PM »
Hit a bit of a slow down.  I need to accept that baby clothes are not worth anything and just give them away in a giant pile to one of the buy nothing hoarders...
I just feel like they should go to someone who can use them, and I have SO many that it can't be a single person.

Goodwill gives SO much to fabric recyclers, just due to donation volume, I really hate taking stuff that is in great condition there.

We were one of those people taking a massive load of clothes... But we only did it once, and ended up giving away plenty to another friend with a baby. Giving away a massive load at once doesn't mean they will not get used, and it can save both you and the recipient time! (Not having to drive around looking for clothes a bunch of places was very helpful) That, and only doing full baby laundry every 3 weeks or less was a time saver as well....

(The load of clothes we received was pre-birth, and we are still using it a year later! It was a MASSIVE pile.. we sorted into boxes by size, and didn't buy any other clothes.)

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« Reply #2335 on: April 07, 2019, 06:01:09 AM »
Hit a bit of a slow down.  I need to accept that baby clothes are not worth anything and just give them away in a giant pile to one of the buy nothing hoarders...
I just feel like they should go to someone who can use them, and I have SO many that it can't be a single person.

Goodwill gives SO much to fabric recyclers, just due to donation volume, I really hate taking stuff that is in great condition there.

We were one of those people taking a massive load of clothes... But we only did it once, and ended up giving away plenty to another friend with a baby. Giving away a massive load at once doesn't mean they will not get used, and it can save both you and the recipient time! (Not having to drive around looking for clothes a bunch of places was very helpful) That, and only doing full baby laundry every 3 weeks or less was a time saver as well....

(The load of clothes we received was pre-birth, and we are still using it a year later! It was a MASSIVE pile.. we sorted into boxes by size, and didn't buy any other clothes.)

Oh, I know, as ive often taken massive bags. I just know the people in the buy nothing group who are currently the ones claiming all the baby clothes. They are hoarders with no children. I don't even think they resell. Just take.

A friend gave me this bag. It's all NB size and more than enough to clothe quintuplets without rewear...

I think I'm waiting for the food bank to put out a call

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2336 on: April 07, 2019, 04:05:44 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.

I was logged out of this site for a month, but found this series at the same time, and it is very addictive. I saw that the owner was a featured speaker for a local museum so I checked out the series to know more about him and his business before deciding to book tickets. We didn't end up going, but I did watch most of the 'Potter' (hoarder) house series.  They took out 9 tons of garbage in the first few weeks of possession!  Later there was even more to go - and that's not counting the 70 bags of clothes they kept to sell or all of the truckloads of antiques and other interesting items.

I later had a chance to see the store itself. It felt a bit voyeuristic, as I have seen the storekeeper and the provenance of some of the items for sale from watching the recent videos. I didn't buy anything though ;-)

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Progress update for me: I was able to give away a half dozen 'too-good-to-donate' items to friends and relatives lately. It was great to give out clothes that were exactly what they were looking for, and that they wore the same day.
 
I tried to give away another shirt I never seem to wear and it didn't go, so I was going to take it apart for fabric. Once I examined it though, I realized it was 2 thin layers with nicely finished seams on both sides and I could wear it inside out and it would match way more things.  Wore it that way today (took off the tags) and it worked out great!  A few people complimented my outfit, and I let 2 of them know my inside out trick - they couldn't tell even after I told them. Since I didn't actually alter the shirt I can still wear it the regular way too if I want to. So now it has a colorful side and a navy side. Options!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2337 on: April 07, 2019, 07:14:36 PM »
Hit a bit of a slow down.  I need to accept that baby clothes are not worth anything and just give them away in a giant pile to one of the buy nothing hoarders...
I just feel like they should go to someone who can use them, and I have SO many that it can't be a single person.

Goodwill gives SO much to fabric recyclers, just due to donation volume, I really hate taking stuff that is in great condition there.

Have you thought about putting up baby clothes for sale at a huge discount, like $20 for a big bag?  Or google "donate baby clothes" and your location.  Many shelters or places of worship will collect clothes to pass on to needy young families.

Speaking of which, I also have big bags of children's clothing to dispose of. In my case, I'm spoiled for choice: struggling with the desire to get rid of them FAST or hanging on to them to give where needed most.  I could disappear them right away through Buy Nothing to families who are about the same financial level as me (and probably better off); or save a few weeks to benefit our church youth group at the annual tag sale; or  save a few months until we find a poor family who needs those sizes.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2338 on: April 07, 2019, 07:54:35 PM »
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.

I had a hard time with that too - partial projects and items I could upcycle but to others would just be garbage and not even accepted at the thrift stores.  Then I found that my city has a Reuse centre which accepts those kind of items, and was able to offload years worth of corks, cardboard, paper and unfinished projects that I knew I would never get to. The big purge was motivated by an impending house move that never happened, but I'm so happy I passed on those items.  It was freeing to realize if I ever wanted cardboard or any of those things there is a place to get it, and I don't need to personally store it all with no particular project in mind, just in case the artistic inspiration strikes. They also take incomplete puzzles and board games - some people use those for projects as well or to custom make their own board games. Last time I was there someone had just donated many high end art puzzles, so I grabbed a few to keep us busy on frugal evenings at home. So far only 1 was missing a piece.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2339 on: April 08, 2019, 01:56:21 AM »
Had booked an annual leave day off work and spent a lovely day slowly chipping away at clutter (there isn't much left, yet I always find something...). Gave away a bottle of perfume on our PIF site (yet to see if she collects but there was heaps of interest, so if not I'll do another draw). Plus listed a pair of boots and a chest of drawers on Gumtree (equiv to Craigslist). The drawers have sold for $10, and if the shoes don't sell by the end of the week for $10 I'll put them up on the PIF site too. Rearranged my closet and will see if the new look (open so everything is visible) inspires me to declutter some more clothes.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2340 on: April 08, 2019, 03:36:37 AM »
Took some miscellaneous, decade old, electronics down to Cash Converters. 2 laptops, 2 cameras, couple of old consoles and a few games. Nothing special so I was happy with $365 for the lot, especially since Iíd nearly taken the whole lot to the electronic waste collection!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2341 on: April 08, 2019, 04:05:34 AM »
In the past week I have:

- cashed in two bags of bottles and cans
- gave a friend a birthday present that has been sitting here for a month
- gave @marty998 the mesh produce bags I ordered for him, which I've been carrying around for two weeks and kept forgetting to hand over

Still have to drop off a couple of bags of donations and list about a dozen things on eBay.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2342 on: April 08, 2019, 05:55:41 AM »
Speaking of which, I also have big bags of children's clothing to dispose of. In my case, I'm spoiled for choice: struggling with the desire to get rid of them FAST or hanging on to them to give where needed most.  I could disappear them right away through Buy Nothing to families who are about the same financial level as me (and probably better off); or save a few weeks to benefit our church youth group at the annual tag sale; or  save a few months until we find a poor family who needs those sizes.

Our local elementary schools have a free "clothes closet" based on donations.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2343 on: April 08, 2019, 06:32:03 AM »
Took some miscellaneous, decade old, electronics down to Cash Converters. 2 laptops, 2 cameras, couple of old consoles and a few games. Nothing special so I was happy with $365 for the lot, especially since Iíd nearly taken the whole lot to the electronic waste collection!

Congratulations. Well done!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2344 on: April 08, 2019, 07:18:35 AM »
Hit a bit of a slow down.  I need to accept that baby clothes are not worth anything and just give them away in a giant pile to one of the buy nothing hoarders...
I just feel like they should go to someone who can use them, and I have SO many that it can't be a single person.

Goodwill gives SO much to fabric recyclers, just due to donation volume, I really hate taking stuff that is in great condition there.

Have you thought about putting up baby clothes for sale at a huge discount, like $20 for a big bag?  Or google "donate baby clothes" and your location.  Many shelters or places of worship will collect clothes to pass on to needy young families.

Speaking of which, I also have big bags of children's clothing to dispose of. In my case, I'm spoiled for choice: struggling with the desire to get rid of them FAST or hanging on to them to give where needed most.  I could disappear them right away through Buy Nothing to families who are about the same financial level as me (and probably better off); or save a few weeks to benefit our church youth group at the annual tag sale; or  save a few months until we find a poor family who needs those sizes.

I can't sell them, as I haven't done a good job of keeping track what was given to me and what I bought. I don't want to sell things that were gifts.

I like Buy Nothing Project, as I've benefited greatly from them. I don't mind that people don't "need" the financial assistance; I'd rather things just go used.
I also give a lot through foster projects, churches, and the food pantry- but none of the usual places are asking for clothes.

I'm hoping someone puts up a BNP request soon. As, while the "rules" say you don't have to give to anyone you don't want- it's weird when only the one hoarder asks for things (um, everything), and then you just not give it away...  She's gotten like 60 requests in the past 2 weeks because no one else is claiming things...  most people just want stuff gone.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2345 on: April 08, 2019, 09:38:03 AM »
I hope your plans, travel, etc are shaping up well... 
A question, becuase I think I have mixed things up in my mind...

You mentioned challenges with getting US health insurance, ACA changes maybe impacting your coverage / costs, etc.   I think I understand some of that.... but then you mentioned that if you travel and live elsewhere, like Germany, that their health care system may not have available some of the wonderful new (hideously expensive) drugs that are actually working for you.

I keep wondering if I mis-understand...  It seems like you don't like the US private system because coverage for people without tons of money or with existing conditions sucks (it does), but then socialist type health care would not even provide you the expensive newer treatments you need...?   I know I was shocked at how much health care a person on a "good" employer health plan and $5k in out of pocket could get in the USA..  Levels of health care proceducres / drugs / service that are not available in Canada.

Anyway, please correct me?  Would you want the EU type social health care if you move, or not or ??

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2346 on: April 08, 2019, 11:45:05 AM »
I have decided I am not going to make* my own wine any more, the LCBO has all sorts of interesting wines at decent prices.  So 3 cartons of empty wine bottles will go for returns once the weather clears again.

I have also started a bunch of sweet potato slips, have been saving jam bottles for that.  I will be glad when they have all gone to our fund-raiser and I can put all the bottles into recycling and reclaim the windowsill.


*To be honest, I buy the concentrate and the store does all the work. I just do the bottling.  So at least there is no wine-making equipment to be gotten rid of.

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« Reply #2347 on: April 08, 2019, 11:58:29 AM »
We used up a quart of paint, and a roller cover, and then built a desk with scrap wood accumulated for that purpose and had to buy two quarts of paint for it and some other projects, so have we really decluttered anything?!  Almost. Almost. 

A friend gave me a few tops she didn't want.  They don't fit.  I feel a lot of awkward obligation to resew them and make them fit, and wear them in front of her so she can see I appreciate them... but I don't like them!  Synthetic fabrics, bleh!  I had one all pinned up to alter then came to my senses.  I found another friend who just started a new job and needs office wear, they are more likely to work for her... so perhaps I can navigate my way out of that ridiculous social obligation.

I've also packed up a few small things for Goodwill, and feeling good about it. 

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2348 on: April 08, 2019, 01:15:29 PM »

A friend gave me a few tops she didn't want.  They don't fit.  I feel a lot of awkward obligation to resew them and make them fit, and wear them in front of her so she can see I appreciate them... but I don't like them!  Synthetic fabrics, bleh!  I had one all pinned up to alter then came to my senses.  I found another friend who just started a new job and needs office wear, they are more likely to work for her... so perhaps I can navigate my way out of that ridiculous social obligation.

I've also packed up a few small things for Goodwill, and feeling good about it.

I like the notion that once someone gives something away that they don't like/use, they also relinquish the right to be offended if their recipient does the same! I have been practicing this myself, even gave away a sweatshirt that my sisters gave me as a gift (they each had a matching one) but I couldn't wear it and thought someone else might love the colors.

Packing a bag with clothing, a purse, books, skipping ropes--all heading out.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2349 on: April 08, 2019, 02:54:32 PM »
I can't sell them, as I haven't done a good job of keeping track what was given to me and what I bought. I don't want to sell things that were gifts.


I guess I'm just shameless!! I used to feel that way,  but nowadays will turn around and sell any gift that I don't want/need, even within a month of receipt.  I think I would have some qualms about handmade gifts though. I have a big ugly (but warm) sweater that my mother knit for me in the 1980s.  Big bat wing sleeves, y'know? Still haven't brought myself to get rid of it.