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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2350 on: April 08, 2019, 03:21:13 PM »
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 I’d nearly taken the whole lot to the electronic waste collection!

Congratulations. Well done!

Thank you! Today’s task is to deposit the cash in my bank account so it gets tracked in YNAB and not frittered away.

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« Reply #2351 on: April 08, 2019, 03:29:26 PM »
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.

Do I have to remind you again @mustachepungoeshere that giving me things doesn't really count as clearing clutter?

It just transfers it! :D

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« Reply #2352 on: April 08, 2019, 03:53:57 PM »
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.

Do I have to remind you again @mustachepungoeshere that giving me things doesn't really count as clearing clutter?

It just transfers it! :D

Do I have to remind you, @marty998, that plastic is forever and you don’t need a single-use plastic bag to carry apples the two blocks between the supermarket and your apartment?

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« Reply #2353 on: April 08, 2019, 04:02:03 PM »
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.

Do I have to remind you again @mustachepungoeshere that giving me things doesn't really count as clearing clutter?

It just transfers it! :D

Do I have to remind you, @marty998, that plastic is forever and you don’t need a single-use plastic bag to carry apples the two blocks between the supermarket and your apartment?

Sassy! haha. point taken :)

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« Reply #2354 on: April 08, 2019, 07:46:31 PM »
Did a few bits of paper - and it feels great.
Two books to the free library.
Daughter did a whole bin of clothes.
Collected all the tomato seeds for donation to the seed library.

Not doing so well on the dishes - neighbour gave me some beautiful dishes, I couldn't say no.

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« Reply #2355 on: April 09, 2019, 06:26:41 AM »
Opened up a small mystery box that was sitting in front of the TV. I was sure I had already gone through it and decided about it. But when I opened it up, it was stuff I could easily bring myself to donate to Goodwill. Yay! No agonizing over it. Weird old-fashioned kitchen utensils of various sorts.

It's in a bag ready to go. 
 

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« Reply #2356 on: April 09, 2019, 07:02:16 AM »
Over the past two weeks I watched some Hoarder show episodes. OMG, crazy, crazy, crazy what these people accumulate! One episode I watched this woman had 3 homes full of stuff inside and out. When they came to help her clean out she wanted to go thru every box and bin to see what to keep. They could hardly get anything done with all the procrastination! She was selling junk for $10 while the town she lived in was imposing fines of like $500 a day for not complying with zoning laws. She was freaking out when they tried to throw out absolute crap. Her one daughter was being very pushy thus causing the mother to dig her heel in further. The woman's boyfriend was fed up was taking a hammer to crap to break it so there was no question on it being junk or not! I am addicted to watching that show now! It is like peeking into a hole to a world you can not imagine exists! I think I have junk and some clutter but I am Mrs. Clean by those people's standards! If you even need inspiration to get rid of crap around your house, watch a few of those episodes!

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« Reply #2357 on: April 09, 2019, 07:32:16 AM »
Over the past two weeks I watched some Hoarder show episodes. OMG, crazy, crazy, crazy what these people accumulate! One episode I watched this woman had 3 homes full of stuff inside and out. When they came to help her clean out she wanted to go thru every box and bin to see what to keep. They could hardly get anything done with all the procrastination! She was selling junk for $10 while the town she lived in was imposing fines of like $500 a day for not complying with zoning laws. She was freaking out when they tried to throw out absolute crap. Her one daughter was being very pushy thus causing the mother to dig her heel in further. The woman's boyfriend was fed up was taking a hammer to crap to break it so there was no question on it being junk or not! I am addicted to watching that show now! It is like peeking into a hole to a world you can not imagine exists! I think I have junk and some clutter but I am Mrs. Clean by those people's standards! If you even need inspiration to get rid of crap around your house, watch a few of those episodes!

I saw that episode. Honestly, that woman hasn't hit rock bottom yet. Until she does, she's not going to change.

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On topic - added another can of paint to the pile to be donated to the local theater. I will finally have a chance this week/next week or drop off all 4 cans, which will definitely help the closet situation. Am getting close on finishing painting the back bedroom (down to doors/trim), so am debating if I'll pass on the left over paint. One gallon is 3/4 full and I don't anticipate using it again. Decisions, decisions.

Also added a couple tops to the go away pile. Realized I haven't worn them all winter, therefore I'm not going to wear them.

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« Reply #2358 on: April 09, 2019, 04:48:19 PM »
Finished and submitted an assessment task yesterday. Got up this morning and shredded the printed readings straight away. Means I have some paper shreds to add to the compost next time I need them. This is very out of character for me (I would usually move those papers to a pile of similar papers and be annoyed at them for months/years until I finally went through them all and purged), I am keen to encourage this new behaviour!

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« Reply #2359 on: April 09, 2019, 05:15:05 PM »
This weekend is hard rubbish! making a pile of the things to go out feels so satisfying. The best part is people scope things out and take stuff so there is a lot of practical recycling that happens. Goodness knows, this is where we have got a lot of *our* furniture

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« Reply #2360 on: April 10, 2019, 05:15:38 AM »
I've been finding a lot of paper clutter that's easy to part with lately. Old local blurb magazines, etc., stuffed under couches.  So my brown paper grocery bag is full and heavy with all this paper clutter, and I have an excuse to drive over to the recycling place and dump it all in. Very satisfying. 

The place looks as messy as ever, but at least I know it is one bagful less cluttered.

As far as the 'yard sale' stuff goes, I'm still donating a lot of that to Goodwill, since I'm not sure I actually want to take part in my neighborhood's annual yard sale, since I am an introvert.

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« Reply #2361 on: April 10, 2019, 06:16:52 AM »
worked on more of the little pieces of paper and am starting to see some clear spaces on my desk.
Man it feels good.
Started putting away some of the gear from winter and had empty bins waiting and space on the shelf where they are supposed to live
Man that felt good too.


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« Reply #2362 on: April 10, 2019, 06:21:42 AM »
Emptied out my purse and tossed all the scraps of paper, dead pens, and other junk.  Swapped the important stuff into my back-up purse, and I'll be donating the first purse as I've decided I like the back-up better.

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« Reply #2363 on: April 10, 2019, 06:35:01 AM »
I have 8 giant garbage bags full of stuff to donate. I found our first VCR and I remember we paid around $800 for it! The remote control is on a wire connected to the machine! LOL! No chance of losing it was the only good thing!

I have a lot of crap for shredding. Our local senior center has had a free shred event for the last couple of years but there is nothing on the schedule yet. GRRRR!!! There is another shred event but it will cost me $10 a box. So...fingers crossed I find out about the free event before I have to pay about $50 to get rid of this stuff!

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« Reply #2364 on: April 10, 2019, 07:34:17 AM »
Sold an old bookshelf on Let go last night. Made $20 and the hallway is looking so empty!

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« Reply #2365 on: April 10, 2019, 09:52:54 AM »
Does anyone do a garbage bag rodeo? Grab some garbage bags and run around the house to see if you can fill them up in maybe half an hour? I think I am feeling like doing that today. I may just do one bag full because the garbage bags I have are 33 gallon size.

Does anyone still have their wedding gowns? Mine is OLD, OLD, OLD! I have no one to 'give' it to and will never wear it again and it sits in my closet taking up space. I feel weird donating it. Part of me wants to keep it and part of me wants to donate it. What to do...

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« Reply #2366 on: April 10, 2019, 10:18:00 AM »
Does anyone do a garbage bag rodeo? Grab some garbage bags and run around the house to see if you can fill them up in maybe half an hour? I think I am feeling like doing that today. I may just do one bag full because the garbage bags I have are 33 gallon size.

Does anyone still have their wedding gowns? Mine is OLD, OLD, OLD! I have no one to 'give' it to and will never wear it again and it sits in my closet taking up space. I feel weird donating it. Part of me wants to keep it and part of me wants to donate it. What to do...

I donated mine immediately after the wedding. I never understood why people held onto them for 40-50 years.  What do you do with it?

Some cities have charities where they take donations to make funeral gowns for stillborn babies.  Ours is swamped with donations though and not accepting anymore.
There are also wedding dress specific charities, which I think is probably preferable to goodwill, where it is likely to get shelved with prom and formal wear.

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« Reply #2367 on: April 10, 2019, 10:33:22 AM »
Does anyone do a garbage bag rodeo? Grab some garbage bags and run around the house to see if you can fill them up in maybe half an hour? I think I am feeling like doing that today. I may just do one bag full because the garbage bags I have are 33 gallon size.

Does anyone still have their wedding gowns? Mine is OLD, OLD, OLD! I have no one to 'give' it to and will never wear it again and it sits in my closet taking up space. I feel weird donating it. Part of me wants to keep it and part of me wants to donate it. What to do...

I still have mine, but to be fair I got married less than a year ago.  I have vague plans to try dyeing and hemming it, so I can use it as an evening gown (the style is suitable) but I have to clear out my sewing pile before tackling a new project.

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« Reply #2368 on: April 10, 2019, 10:44:18 AM »
Does anyone do a garbage bag rodeo? Grab some garbage bags and run around the house to see if you can fill them up in maybe half an hour? I think I am feeling like doing that today. I may just do one bag full because the garbage bags I have are 33 gallon size.

Does anyone still have their wedding gowns? Mine is OLD, OLD, OLD! I have no one to 'give' it to and will never wear it again and it sits in my closet taking up space. I feel weird donating it. Part of me wants to keep it and part of me wants to donate it. What to do...

I donated mine immediately after the wedding. I never understood why people held onto them for 40-50 years.  What do you do with it?

Some cities have charities where they take donations to make funeral gowns for stillborn babies.  Ours is swamped with donations though and not accepting anymore.
There are also wedding dress specific charities, which I think is probably preferable to goodwill, where it is likely to get shelved with prom and formal wear.


What do you do with it? It hangs in the original bag with veil and shoes! It takes up room and yes, been hanging for 40+ years! Maybe I could be buried in it but they would have to buy some extra fabric to let the dress out a few feet. LOL! Maybe it is time to let it go!
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« Reply #2369 on: April 10, 2019, 10:58:40 AM »
Put a book in the little free library on my street.

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« Reply #2370 on: April 10, 2019, 12:13:30 PM »
My dad gave me a stack of books from his career (he's retired now) and they've been sitting in my bookcase for well over a year now. Tomorrow I'll take them to work and drop them off at a department that might actually use it. If they don't want it, next step is the coffee table at work with a 'free' note.

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« Reply #2371 on: April 10, 2019, 12:23:30 PM »
My dad gave me a stack of books from his career (he's retired now) and they've been sitting in my bookcase for well over a year now. Tomorrow I'll take them to work and drop them off at a department that might actually use it. If they don't want it, next step is the coffee table at work with a 'free' note.

I donated a bunch of famous chef cookbooks acquired at the Culinary Institute of America to a local non profit culinary school for their use. If your books are of an educational nature like engineering or the trades, you might consider donating them to a local technical school.

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« Reply #2372 on: April 11, 2019, 06:54:48 AM »
Resisting the thought in the back of my mind "Hey, I could get 50 cents for this at a garage sale", I donated a 2,000 piece puzzle to a church I was visiting yesterday, for their annual yard sale. I asked if they took clothes and they said no. Asked if they took unused scented candles, and the answer was yes! But since they said yes, I'm now thinking of selling them to my local reseller guy, assuming he takes them.

   

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« Reply #2373 on: April 11, 2019, 07:11:11 AM »
There was so much stuff in my house (still is) that I worry about what effect there will be on  my heating and cooling bill if I ever get rid of it all.

So far the clutter I've removed  was tons of paper clutter (well, about 500 pounds at least).     

All that paper was storing heat in the winter and coolth in the summer. Sort of a thermal 'ballast' that makes it take longer for the air in house to change temperature, in theory, and allowing the heat pump to come on less often. Same way a fridge full of stuff is cheaper to run than an empty fridge.     

I'm still going to keep decluttering, though.

I'm maybe the only one thinking about this, lol. 

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« Reply #2374 on: April 11, 2019, 08:28:28 AM »
Resisting the thought in the back of my mind "Hey, I could get 50 cents for this at a garage sale", I donated a 2,000 piece puzzle to a church I was visiting yesterday, for their annual yard sale. I asked if they took clothes and they said no. Asked if they took unused scented candles, and the answer was yes! But since they said yes, I'm now thinking of selling them to my local reseller guy, assuming he takes them.

   

Just a thought on jigsaw puzzles. At my local oncology department at the hospital they have a big table set up just to do crossword puzzles. Any visitor can sit down and try their luck at the puzzle. So, if anyone has puzzles to donate, think about your local oncology center to see if they have an ongoing puzzle table. Maybe even a Senior Center too.

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« Reply #2375 on: April 11, 2019, 08:45:06 AM »
There was so much stuff in my house (still is) that I worry about what effect there will be on  my heating and cooling bill if I ever get rid of it all.

So far the clutter I've removed  was tons of paper clutter (well, about 500 pounds at least).     

All that paper was storing heat in the winter and coolth in the summer. Sort of a thermal 'ballast' that makes it take longer for the air in house to change temperature, in theory, and allowing the heat pump to come on less often. Same way a fridge full of stuff is cheaper to run than an empty fridge.     

I'm still going to keep decluttering, though.

I'm maybe the only one thinking about this, lol.

The risk of pest damage and mold growth that comes along with a lot of stuff would more than outweight a bit of heat savings, IMO.

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« Reply #2376 on: April 11, 2019, 09:13:45 AM »
What do you do with it? It hangs in the original bag with veil and shoes! It takes up room and yes, been hanging for 40+ years! Maybe I could be buried in it but they would have to buy some extra fabric to let the dress out a few feet. LOL! Maybe it is time to let it go!

Ha ha, I had to laugh at this. I have a wedding gown in my attic too.  Let's go full Havisham and start wearing our gowns daily. 

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« Reply #2377 on: April 11, 2019, 09:19:58 AM »
What do you do with it? It hangs in the original bag with veil and shoes! It takes up room and yes, been hanging for 40+ years! Maybe I could be buried in it but they would have to buy some extra fabric to let the dress out a few feet. LOL! Maybe it is time to let it go!

Ha ha, I had to laugh at this. I have a wedding gown in my attic too.  Let's go full Havisham and start wearing our gowns daily.
Unfortunately I am 30 pounds more than when I married - so that would be more than a little uncomfortable.  I should see if my daughter will fit it because she is almost taller than me.  If she gets taller than me it will never fit her and I should re-use that silk for something else.

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« Reply #2378 on: April 11, 2019, 09:36:28 AM »
What do you do with it? It hangs in the original bag with veil and shoes! It takes up room and yes, been hanging for 40+ years! Maybe I could be buried in it but they would have to buy some extra fabric to let the dress out a few feet. LOL! Maybe it is time to let it go!

Ha ha, I had to laugh at this. I have a wedding gown in my attic too.  Let's go full Havisham and start wearing our gowns daily.
Unfortunately I am 30 pounds more than when I married - so that would be more than a little uncomfortable.  I should see if my daughter will fit it because she is almost taller than me.  If she gets taller than me it will never fit her and I should re-use that silk for something else.

My daughter tried on my wedding dress and it did not fit - she is taller and bustier than I was then.  Not sure why I held on to it, and now that I am long divorced I am really wondering what to do with it - as in, where best to donate it.  I married in the early 70s, so it is definitely out of fashion, unless someone wants something really retro.

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« Reply #2379 on: April 11, 2019, 09:40:06 AM »
What do you do with it? It hangs in the original bag with veil and shoes! It takes up room and yes, been hanging for 40+ years! Maybe I could be buried in it but they would have to buy some extra fabric to let the dress out a few feet. LOL! Maybe it is time to let it go!

Ha ha, I had to laugh at this. I have a wedding gown in my attic too.  Let's go full Havisham and start wearing our gowns daily.
Unfortunately I am 30 pounds more than when I married - so that would be more than a little uncomfortable.  I should see if my daughter will fit it because she is almost taller than me.  If she gets taller than me it will never fit her and I should re-use that silk for something else.

What about making a really simple drape-y blouse. I'm assuming the skirt has the most fabric to it.  Even if there is a seam it might be ok to just let it add a visual element to a simple top. Something like the Lou Box top.  https://www.sewdiy.com/shop/lou-box-top-pdf-pattern

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« Reply #2380 on: April 11, 2019, 10:53:03 AM »
I recently dropped off three bags of worn out clothes for textile recycling, along with some things I decluttered in advance of our upcoming move. And then my grandma dropped off a set of dishes she found at a thrift store and decided I just had to have. (I already have a full set of dishes and never expressed interest in having more.) I think she wanted to get me something because I knit her some fingerless gloves since her hands are always cold. I’ll probably keep them around for a few months and make a point of using them when Grandma visits, and then maybe “loan them to a friend who’s having a party.” I don’t want to just get rid of them right away  because she was so excited about them, but the dishes I already have are oven safe and these new ones aren’t.

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« Reply #2381 on: April 11, 2019, 11:40:12 AM »
Watched another Hoarders episode yesterday. This woman lived in a 31 room mansion in SC and she had every room filled with JUNK! She had little trails she walked thru with her cane! It was a disaster. The stupidest things she saved. She actually lost the house to foreclosure and was living in her van with two dogs and the van was a mess too. The new owners, along with the Hoarder show people, allowed her to come on the property so she could take a few things. Well we all know how that would go. She wanted to pick thru everything. They had 35 workers and in the end I think they filled 100 dumpsters. She was dragging stuff into the street and had someone come with a pick up truck hauling a trailer. That got loaded up but no way all of it could fit. So the town came along and scooped it up into a dumpster. What a nightmare!

If anyone is procrastinating on hoeing your house out, watch a few episodes of Hoarders and you will get mighty motivated! I have 8 bags ready for Vietnam Vets but I plan to fill more before I call them!
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« Reply #2382 on: April 11, 2019, 12:40:26 PM »
Watched another Hoarders episode yesterday. This woman lived in a 31 room mansion in SC and she had every room filled with JUNK! She had little trails she walked thru with her cane! It was a disaster. The stupidest things she saved. She actually lost the house to foreclosure and was living in her van with two dogs and the van was a mess too. The new owners, along with the Hoarder show people, allowed her to come on the property so she could take a few things. We well all know how that would go. She wanted to pic thru everything. They had 35 workers and in the end I think they filled 100 dumpsters. She was dragging stuff into the street and had someone come with a pick up truck hauling a trailer. That got loaded up but no way all of it could fit. So the town came along and scooped it up into a dumpster. What a nightmare!

If anyone is procrastinating on hoeing your house out, watch a few episodes of Hoarders and you will get mighty motivated! I have 8 bags ready for Vietnam Vets but I plan to fill more before I call them!

Wow.
I'm not watching hoarders, just planning to sell the house is enough motivation to get all the extra stuff out so it will show better.  Word to the wise - this is exhausting, do it sooner rather than later.  Two moves ago I donated masses of stuff and still found more to donate as I was unpacking.  And that was a move to a bigger house!

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« Reply #2383 on: April 11, 2019, 01:19:43 PM »
I've been watching the hoarder shows as a cautionary tale.  Unfortunately DS and DIL are dealing with DIL's parents' hoarding.  It started out slow, but is now at the point where between clutter and mold, the house will become uninhabitable if they don't do something soon.   

We would like to move either this year or next, if we could just find a place to move to in the GTA we like and could afford.  We've been in this house 20 years, which is the longest we have ever lived in one place.  We usually moved every 7 years or so, and that did wonders for keeping the clutter down.  My goal has been one bag or box per month, and so far I am exceeding that.  Which says we have far too much stuff in this house!

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« Reply #2384 on: April 11, 2019, 03:04:17 PM »
The thing with having a hard time throwing things out is that we become attached to things that made us happy in the past. For some it is like a security blanket to have stuff.  I also find that guilt makes me keep stuff. Like if a friend or my Mother gave me something.  But for these hoarders, it is an illness and they can't let go and cannot recognize they are hoarding even when there are mouse droppings and urine on things. What gets me is that it is bad enough that the stuff is up to the ceiling but some have piles of clothes all over the floors, even in the kitchen. No room at all in the kitchen to prepare a meal or run water in the sink. Some have broken plumbing and can't use the toilet or tub! Some don't have heat and no one will come in to fix the problem because they can't get into the house! Plus, Styrofoam cups, food containers and crap that could go in the garbage can but is placed everywhere. As much as I can't agree with hoarding at all, you would think that there would be some kind of organization like placing things in giant rubbermaids and labeling them.

So glad I don't have this disorder! I have way too much crap though! I am doing good whittling it down and am seeing the light of day. We built our house in 1975 and have never moved. Over the years stuff came into the house but not much left it! I am finding I don't have much need for anything. I can let it go without a problem. Just gotta spend time bagging it up. I am trying to use the concept if I buy some new kitchen thing I have to get rid of one kitchen thing. So far so good. Just got rid of a zillion kitchen spatulas, tongs and duplicates, triplicates and stupid things. Got rid of a giant bag of kitchen towels, placemats, books. I tell a friend of mine quite regularly on how many giant garbage bags I am getting rid of and she is in awe of my accumulations. Not moving is a bag thing!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2385 on: April 12, 2019, 12:16:52 PM »
I helped a friend pack up her kitchen yesterday.  She is moving from a large family home to a condo.   (Divorced a few years ago but kept the family home until her youngest is done grade 12).

She is excellent at not holding onto "stuff"...truly, only her kitchen and workshop have a lot of "tools"... even so, it was interesting to see her thought processes.  She has a lot of very nice pots / pans / dishes and did a great job culling out at least 25% on the first go before I arrived.   I would subtly remind her from time to time about the size of the new kitchen...   or ask if she tends to cook with three large frypans at the same time so could maybe get down to two?  No? Okay. (She started with 5).   I encouraged her to get rid of the large wok, for example, by pointing out how many fabulous Asian restaurants are at the door of her new place, and that maybe she will want to get into SE Asian cooking or something new next.

We hold onto our stuff for so many reasons:
- it is great condition / quality still
- It cost a lot
- We remember being young and NOT having some of these items / quality items and it sucked.  Fear of missing it sometime in future.
- Memories of the food that we have made, people we made it with.
- Hope (dream) for another dinner party or event of X in future (Hello shaped cake pans and 10 piece plate setting x 5 sizes of plates and bowls).
- We identify with a role "Decorator", "Family chef and party maker" and surrounding ourselves with these things reinforces our self-identity

But you know what?  At some point the old stuff prevents us from making new memories with new people and activities, events.   We need to remember the good and MOVE ON.

My friend did a terrific job and will cull more after she moves in and lives in the space.   It did inspire me to gut a couple of corners in my own place, too.  We are never as good at this as we think we are.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2386 on: April 13, 2019, 01:35:12 AM »
I'm making an effort to use up my stash of 100 or so tea lights.

Once I've used them up I think I'll donate the cute tea light holders and just stick with one or two large candles at a time.

I need to research more a more environmentally-friendly approach to candles that are only used for ambience and decor.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2387 on: April 13, 2019, 02:01:22 AM »
Hard rubbish day is being a big success. So much of the stuff we put out has already been picked up so won't end up in the tip. It feels good to have things out of the basement, making room for the things we do use.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2388 on: April 13, 2019, 04:21:26 AM »
I'm making an effort to use up my stash of 100 or so tea lights.

Once I've used them up I think I'll donate the cute tea light holders and just stick with one or two large candles at a time.

I need to research more a more environmentally-friendly approach to candles that are only used for ambience and decor.

Keep a few tea lights  for power outages.   

I only buy candles second hand now. I’ve seen “sustainable” candles marketed but decided second hand was right for me. I question how good (or bad) the scents and smoke are but still enjoy burning some in a long evening. 

ETA: I broke the spirit of the thread suggesting you keep tealights!  Ah! Sorry!
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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2389 on: April 13, 2019, 04:46:40 AM »
I'm making an effort to use up my stash of 100 or so tea lights.

Once I've used them up I think I'll donate the cute tea light holders and just stick with one or two large candles at a time.

I need to research more a more environmentally-friendly approach to candles that are only used for ambience and decor.

Keep a few tea lights  for power outages.   

I only buy candles second hand now. I’ve seen “sustainable” candles marketed but decided second hand was right for me. I question has good (or bad) the scents and smoke are but still enjoy burning some in a long evening. 

ETA: I broke the spirit of the thread suggesting you keep tealights!  Ah! Sorry!

But tealights in a good holder make great emergency candles.  They don't smell, and if the container is really solid you can leave one burning all night as a night light.   Votive candles the same - actually better, they last longer.  Or the decorative candles in a glass jar.  The last batch of emergency candles I bought reeked.  My decorative candles are my emergency candles.  Just be sure you know where the matches are in the dark!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2390 on: April 13, 2019, 08:58:04 AM »
So I'm 10 weeks pregnant now, and after a good scan, I'm realizing that luck might actually be on my side for once and I might *actually* need to fit an infant into this apartment, LOL. Not that we don't have the space, it's a big place, but I know it'll be less stressful to deal with the influx of baby stuff if we cull other unneeded stuff first. So that'll be my next big project. I also need to figure out what things I don't fit I'll store, vs what I'm unlikely to fit again. (I'm thinking skinny jeans that were already pretty tight on my hips might be a no go- I have fairly narrow hips now, so I'm guessing they may end up wider, ultimately. And not sure $15 jeans are worth storing with that likelihood, you know?)

Our biggest inefficient storage areas are our 3 closets. 1 will likely survive most culling, since it has our camping gear. The master currently has a hodgepodge of items up top, some hand me down baby gear, gift wrap, winter gear, that sort of stuff. It's a super tall closet and if nothing else very inefficiently packed, so I think I'll be able to streamline it a lot. Our front hall closet is like, our garage kinda. It's where everything we kept from the garage went. Also has a bunch of shoes and some coats, again poorly stored so it's really space inefficient. Ideally I could get it so a stroller can fit in there, so we don't block the hallway with it full time. This will require culling shoes, and organizing the remainder better. ...not on super short weird freebie hand me down particle board racks, haha.

Oh, also thought of- our second bathroom (we're in 2br/2ba, second bedroom is my husband's office since he WFH). That bathroom has built in storage, most of which is storing off season linens, some massive serving platters and such we got for our wedding, basically things that made sense when we owned a home, but not now. Unsure what we'll do with these. I don't want to get rid of them? But if we need the space, I suppose they're things that could go. There's also a lot of bulk storage in there right now (ziplocks, paper towels, toilet paper) and all my old IVF supplies (extra needles, sharps containers, on and on). So I can whittle that stuff down pretty easily.

Cool, I kinda have a game plan! Let's hope this second tri energy shows up soon so I can actually DO these plans, haha!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2391 on: April 14, 2019, 12:22:11 AM »
I'm making an effort to use up my stash of 100 or so tea lights.

Once I've used them up I think I'll donate the cute tea light holders and just stick with one or two large candles at a time.

I need to research more a more environmentally-friendly approach to candles that are only used for ambience and decor.

Keep a few tea lights  for power outages.   

I only buy candles second hand now. I’ve seen “sustainable” candles marketed but decided second hand was right for me. I question how good (or bad) the scents and smoke are but still enjoy burning some in a long evening. 

ETA: I broke the spirit of the thread suggesting you keep tealights!  Ah! Sorry!

I can't believe I didn't think to look for second-hand! Love this idea, thank you.

No worries about suggesting I hang onto a couple of tea lights. It's a good idea. At the moment they fill an entire basket, so once I'm down to half a dozen for emergencies that can hide in a drawer, I'll be happy.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2392 on: April 14, 2019, 04:32:51 AM »
So I'm 10 weeks pregnant now, and after a good scan, I'm realizing that luck might actually be on my side for once and I might *actually* need to fit an infant into this apartment, LOL. Not that we don't have the space, it's a big place, but I know it'll be less stressful to deal with the influx of baby stuff if we cull other unneeded stuff first. So that'll be my next big project. I also need to figure out what things I don't fit I'll store, vs what I'm unlikely to fit again. (I'm thinking skinny jeans that were already pretty tight on my hips might be a no go- I have fairly narrow hips now, so I'm guessing they may end up wider, ultimately. And not sure $15 jeans are worth storing with that likelihood, you know?)

Our biggest inefficient storage areas are our 3 closets. 1 will likely survive most culling, since it has our camping gear. The master currently has a hodgepodge of items up top, some hand me down baby gear, gift wrap, winter gear, that sort of stuff. It's a super tall closet and if nothing else very inefficiently packed, so I think I'll be able to streamline it a lot. Our front hall closet is like, our garage kinda. It's where everything we kept from the garage went. Also has a bunch of shoes and some coats, again poorly stored so it's really space inefficient. Ideally I could get it so a stroller can fit in there, so we don't block the hallway with it full time. This will require culling shoes, and organizing the remainder better. ...not on super short weird freebie hand me down particle board racks, haha.

Oh, also thought of- our second bathroom (we're in 2br/2ba, second bedroom is my husband's office since he WFH). That bathroom has built in storage, most of which is storing off season linens, some massive serving platters and such we got for our wedding, basically things that made sense when we owned a home, but not now. Unsure what we'll do with these. I don't want to get rid of them? But if we need the space, I suppose they're things that could go. There's also a lot of bulk storage in there right now (ziplocks, paper towels, toilet paper) and all my old IVF supplies (extra needles, sharps containers, on and on). So I can whittle that stuff down pretty easily.

Cool, I kinda have a game plan! Let's hope this second tri energy shows up soon so I can actually DO these plans, haha!


Some people turn a closet into a pseudo office space. If you have a closet you could expand somehow, you could use the second bedroom for the baby. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/342344009147600588/
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« Reply #2393 on: April 14, 2019, 05:11:58 AM »
Bbq, two desks, a drawer frame, two hiking bags, a bike, a skateboard, two frying pans, misc tools in a toolbox, misc bike parts. Some balls for sports we no longer play! All out for hard rubbish! The neighbourhood kids have had a great time in the park the last couple of days with various toys and wheels from the piles. It has been fun.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2394 on: April 14, 2019, 05:44:10 AM »
I'm making an effort to use up my stash of 100 or so tea lights.

Once I've used them up I think I'll donate the cute tea light holders and just stick with one or two large candles at a time.

I need to research more a more environmentally-friendly approach to candles that are only used for ambience and decor.

Keep a few tea lights  for power outages.   

I only buy candles second hand now. I’ve seen “sustainable” candles marketed but decided second hand was right for me. I question how good (or bad) the scents and smoke are but still enjoy burning some in a long evening. 

ETA: I broke the spirit of the thread suggesting you keep tealights!  Ah! Sorry!

I can't believe I didn't think to look for second-hand! Love this idea, thank you.

No worries about suggesting I hang onto a couple of tea lights. It's a good idea. At the moment they fill an entire basket, so once I'm down to half a dozen for emergencies that can hide in a drawer, I'll be happy.

Ah, so there is a chance someone will buy my 10 unopened, and of course, unused, scented candles when I put them on Craigslist for $1 each, must buy all?

 

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2395 on: April 15, 2019, 02:59:44 AM »
Two smallish boxes of stuff and a set of glasses to the op shop today. Progress has been slowed by my partner having sprained his ankle pretty badly.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2396 on: April 15, 2019, 06:37:05 AM »
My DD completely cleared out the main bath vanity.   It looks amazing.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2397 on: April 15, 2019, 07:39:59 AM »
I had a complete breakdown last night about the clutter in the garage. At midnight I was in there throwing stuff into boxes, because it's just ALL over the shelves... 
We still have room for our 2 cars in the garage; but the garage is the main entry into the house and there is just STUFF everywhere. And as much as I sweep or vacuum, the dirt and dust and sawdust is just everywhere.  I can't declutter the garage because it isn't my stuff.

So now, most of the shelves are at least in boxes, and I don't have to see it anymore.

But I feel bad, because I really took it out on my husband...

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« Reply #2398 on: April 15, 2019, 11:49:10 PM »
I had a complete breakdown last night about the clutter in the garage. At midnight I was in there throwing stuff into boxes, because it's just ALL over the shelves... 
We still have room for our 2 cars in the garage; but the garage is the main entry into the house and there is just STUFF everywhere. And as much as I sweep or vacuum, the dirt and dust and sawdust is just everywhere.  I can't declutter the garage because it isn't my stuff.

So now, most of the shelves are at least in boxes, and I don't have to see it anymore.

But I feel bad, because I really took it out on my husband...

Sounds tough, red panda. I've been there, where I've just completely snapped over stuff.

I'm sure you're forgiven. And at least you don't have to look at it now.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2399 on: April 15, 2019, 11:54:07 PM »
I put a pair of work pants in the Vinnies bag this morning.

They haven't been worn in at least three years, and I've lost 10 kilos since then.

They were so laughably big on me that I sent a pic to @marty998, who was incredibly polite in agreeing with me that the big pants make my already-short legs look ridiculously stumpy.

Why have I even kept them this long??? (The pants, that is. The short legs I'm apparently stuck with.)