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« Reply #2450 on: May 01, 2019, 11:10:47 AM »
I am finally getting rid of the pile of stockings that I have that are gorgeous stockings but just really plain uncomfortable to wear -- so they sit, looking beautiful, as I never wear them because owwwww.

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« Reply #2451 on: May 01, 2019, 12:07:17 PM »
Fellow textbook and technical manual keeper here! A few years ago I donated some to my library. Don't know if they put them out for sale. I still have a lot more stored on the floor in my house.

Was it a struggle for you to finally donate some?  Most of my books were technical in nature, and many were out of date.  My reluctance to get rid of them was a combination of sunk cost fallacy (those suckers cost me ~$100/each on average), the feeling that I was tossing some good resources for useful information that me or my kids might make use of some day (but duh, we could find better/more up to date information on these topics online or from a library), and sheer sentimentality (I am oddly sentimental about the weirdest stuff).

I tried selling some -- no dice.  I briefly considered burning them ala a Viking funeral pyre.  But I finally decided that at least there is a small chance someone will want one of the books, so now they're the library's problem to deal with.


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« Reply #2452 on: May 01, 2019, 12:38:47 PM »
I'm surprised by everyone donating textbooks - our library won't take them, and our thrift store won't take them either.  I had to recycle mine when I finally convinced myself to let go :(

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« Reply #2453 on: May 01, 2019, 12:44:34 PM »
I cheated and took my textbooks to work. (I have a technical position at a university so this is not weird.)

Every once in a while I do go back and look something up, but 99% of the time I just get my info online. They're mostly there for decoration/nostalgia.

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« Reply #2454 on: May 01, 2019, 01:36:11 PM »
I'm surprised by everyone donating textbooks - our library won't take them, and our thrift store won't take them either.  I had to recycle mine when I finally convinced myself to let go :(

Had the people at the library examined the contents of the big box of books I dropped off (donations for a book sale), they might well have told me "Sorry, no text books!"  But they were not really paying attention, so I just set the box down with the other donations and scooted out of there before they had a chance to take a look.  :D

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« Reply #2455 on: May 01, 2019, 02:48:39 PM »
Our library sells books to raise money, and we do actually take textbooks. Textbooks are one of the few things that I've gotten requests for as a cashier in the store -- lots of people want to teach themselves something, and are okay if that something's out of date, as long as they're only spending $2-5 on it.

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« Reply #2456 on: May 02, 2019, 07:21:44 AM »
Fellow textbook and technical manual keeper here! A few years ago I donated some to my library. Don't know if they put them out for sale. I still have a lot more stored on the floor in my house.

Was it a struggle for you to finally donate some?  Most of my books were technical in nature, and many were out of date.  My reluctance to get rid of them was a combination of sunk cost fallacy (those suckers cost me ~$100/each on average), the feeling that I was tossing some good resources for useful information that me or my kids might make use of some day (but duh, we could find better/more up to date information on these topics online or from a library), and sheer sentimentality (I am oddly sentimental about the weirdest stuff).

I tried selling some -- no dice.  I briefly considered burning them ala a Viking funeral pyre.  But I finally decided that at least there is a small chance someone will want one of the books, so now they're the library's problem to deal with.

I like the Viking funeral pyre idea! But I won't do it myself.

Yes, it was a struggle to donate them, but I viewed as a self-improvement thing,   
like going to that party even though you are shy, since you'll be glad you did afterwards. 'Doing the right thing' even though you don't want to.   

My textbooks are 95% free from work days. They allowed me to take them with me when I left. All computer programming stuff.

I keep them for as a reminder of how productive I was in this life. So, sentimentality there, yes. I never read them unless I am thinking of recycling them. Then after a few paragraphs, I say 'I can't discard this priceless stuff. It's the only physical representation I have of my work role in the world'. They are all in one room, and take up only about 20% of the floor space when stacked.

What doesn't help is seeing similar textbooks on Ebay listed for $30 to $40 each. But for some reason, now I can't see if they ever sold or not, and for how much. Has Ebay hidden that information now? I used to be able to see it somewhere, like 'completed auctions', but it has disappeared.

So when I donated them I assumed I was possibly missing out on $30 each! (I know, dreaming). 

I did put an ad on Craigslist for them, and suggested buyer make an offer. Zero responses, sadly.   

I also have a few stacks of my computer programs in the same room. I have actually recycled about 30% of these, and now am actually regretting it!  Who knew? Oh well, I still have a lot. Also saving presentations I made describing the  projects I led.

I also had a bunch of those 3 ring binder manual full of training lessons, which I was able to recycle without too much emotion. Pop open the metal rings, toss paper into recycling bag, donate 3 ring binder to Goodwill. They sell them for $1 or $2 each, believe it or not. I actually saw a guy at the cash register buying one once at Goodwill. I don't miss those. Kept a few empty 3-ring binders just in case, lol.   



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« Reply #2457 on: May 02, 2019, 07:34:33 AM »
You can check the buyback sites before donating.  If they are older than 5 years I wouldnít expect anything (especially for programming), but there are outliers.  I regularly buy old text books at thrift shops and sell them to one of the bigger book dealers.  I might make more if I were selling them myself, but thatís too much hassle.

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« Reply #2458 on: May 02, 2019, 07:42:26 AM »

What doesn't help is seeing similar textbooks on Ebay listed for $30 to $40 each. But for some reason, now I can't see if they ever sold or not, and for how much. Has Ebay hidden that information now? I used to be able to see it somewhere, like 'completed auctions', but it has disappeared.

So when I donated them I assumed I was possibly missing out on $30 each! (I know, dreaming). 


You used to be able to see prices of sold comparable items as one of the final steps in listing your own item. Idk if itís still there though

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« Reply #2459 on: May 02, 2019, 09:32:53 AM »

What doesn't help is seeing similar textbooks on Ebay listed for $30 to $40 each. But for some reason, now I can't see if they ever sold or not, and for how much. Has Ebay hidden that information now? I used to be able to see it somewhere, like 'completed auctions', but it has disappeared.

So when I donated them I assumed I was possibly missing out on $30 each! (I know, dreaming). 


You used to be able to see prices of sold comparable items as one of the final steps in listing your own item. Idk if itís still there though

Go to ebay
To the right of the search bar there is the word ADVANCED
Click on ADVANCED
On that page fill in search bar and type in item name you want to find sold
Go down on that same page and check mark 'SOLD'
Then click on the blue search button

The item or similar items should appear.

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« Reply #2460 on: May 02, 2019, 11:50:10 AM »
Got rid of the last of the track lights from the basement this morning.  Also 2 large boxes of odds and ends - lots of 'display' items and glassware that were given to us as wedding gifts.   If we haven't used them in 40 years, I don't think we're going to. 

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« Reply #2461 on: May 02, 2019, 01:33:24 PM »
I've noticed that after a while, some sentimental things become less...sentimental and more 'what is this?'

I've noticed this too.   I think I've reset my internal expectation of what sentimental means by getting rid of so much.  I need to do a second pass, because I'm still drowning in piles of sentimental stuff (I am the family historian).

I had surgery last month and was off my feet for a while.  It's amazing how much stuff accumulates - both medical supplies that I don't want to get rid of (I guarantee one of my kids will need these crutches before I get them out of the house) and random crap that my husband bought when I wasn't there to say "No, we don't need that." 

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« Reply #2462 on: May 02, 2019, 07:37:39 PM »

What doesn't help is seeing similar textbooks on Ebay listed for $30 to $40 each. But for some reason, now I can't see if they ever sold or not, and for how much. Has Ebay hidden that information now? I used to be able to see it somewhere, like 'completed auctions', but it has disappeared.

So when I donated them I assumed I was possibly missing out on $30 each! (I know, dreaming). 


You used to be able to see prices of sold comparable items as one of the final steps in listing your own item. Idk if itís still there though

Go to ebay
To the right of the search bar there is the word ADVANCED
Click on ADVANCED
On that page fill in search bar and type in item name you want to find sold
Go down on that same page and check mark 'SOLD'
Then click on the blue search button

The item or similar items should appear.

Thank you!   :) 

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« Reply #2463 on: May 02, 2019, 09:10:33 PM »
I put two tank tops in the donation pile. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I have the opportunity to go through the side of my close that's been untouched in the colder weather. For things that don't fit well, or show too much cleavage for the office due to stretching or whatever, into the donation bin

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« Reply #2464 on: May 02, 2019, 09:12:32 PM »

What doesn't help is seeing similar textbooks on Ebay listed for $30 to $40 each. But for some reason, now I can't see if they ever sold or not, and for how much. Has Ebay hidden that information now? I used to be able to see it somewhere, like 'completed auctions', but it has disappeared.

So when I donated them I assumed I was possibly missing out on $30 each! (I know, dreaming). 


You used to be able to see prices of sold comparable items as one of the final steps in listing your own item. Idk if itís still there though

Go to ebay
To the right of the search bar there is the word ADVANCED
Click on ADVANCED
On that page fill in search bar and type in item name you want to find sold
Go down on that same page and check mark 'SOLD'
Then click on the blue search button

The item or similar items should appear.

Thank you!   :)

Thank you +1
I have a few things to list and prior sales will make it so much easier!

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« Reply #2465 on: May 03, 2019, 02:52:32 AM »
I came across a charity online that collects hotel/airline toiletries for homeless people.

(It's called Every Little Bit Helps for any Aussies interested.)

I've just gone through my stash and picked out about 50 things to donate.

Once upon a time I would have felt a pang at the sense of scarcity, but now I'm just relieved.

I enjoy the simple straightforwardness of having four things in my shower and four things I put on my face. Why bother hoarding the rest of it?

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« Reply #2466 on: May 03, 2019, 03:12:34 PM »
So excited i have a dumpster on site for some work getting done so I am going through the house and getting rid of everything that is junk!!!

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« Reply #2467 on: May 03, 2019, 09:27:14 PM »
Just listed eight things on eBay, $80 if it all sells at minimum asking prices.

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« Reply #2468 on: May 03, 2019, 11:12:14 PM »
It's been a good week for decluttering:

- I gave away a big bag of baby clothing to a mom in need
- I sold my rice cooker, because we use the instant now
- I sold my activity play mat

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« Reply #2469 on: May 05, 2019, 03:48:06 PM »
Just sent a saddle off on trial - hopefully it will stay gone!

Also sold a protective riding vest that didn't fit properly, and sold the other one a few weeks ago, so down to just the one that I like and fits properly.

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« Reply #2470 on: May 06, 2019, 04:38:05 AM »
Good to see so many people who are able to sell stuff. I have discovered church rummage sales, where you pay $10 or $15 for a space and maybe a table, then set up your stuff to sell. I plan on trying one out soon.

I'm slowing way down on my donating of stuff to Goodwill now, and I (slightly) regret donating the good stuff, since now I realize (maybe) that I can actually get some money for it at a rummage sale.   

Before, I was in a panic to just 'get it out of the ******* house' since there was soooooooooo much junk. For example, I was bagging up 20 VHS tapes at a time and bringing them to Goodwill.  I still have about a hundred VHS tapes, but now I am actually watching them, one at a time, on my retro VCR, and enjoying it.

So I'm taking a break from the purge mentality for a while, while I see what I can  sell at these rummage sales.       
 

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« Reply #2471 on: May 06, 2019, 05:24:47 AM »
Good to see so many people who are able to sell stuff. I have discovered church rummage sales, where you pay $10 or $15 for a space and maybe a table, then set up your stuff to sell. I plan on trying one out soon.

I'm slowing way down on my donating of stuff to Goodwill now, and I (slightly) regret donating the good stuff, since now I realize (maybe) that I can actually get some money for it at a rummage sale.   

Before, I was in a panic to just 'get it out of the ******* house' since there was soooooooooo much junk. For example, I was bagging up 20 VHS tapes at a time and bringing them to Goodwill.  I still have about a hundred VHS tapes, but now I am actually watching them, one at a time, on my retro VCR, and enjoying it.

So I'm taking a break from the purge mentality for a while, while I see what I can  sell at these rummage sales.     


Years ago I sold stuff at a Christmas Bazaar and at that time I was registered with the state with a tax ID number and had to charge tax for the purchases. One of the other vendors told me that it is not uncommon for State people to come in and ask to see your tax ID. Just be careful if that might be your situation. I happened to have the tax ID number for other reasons but it came in handy at the bazaar. No one asked to see my ID.

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« Reply #2472 on: May 06, 2019, 10:57:38 AM »
I spent this weekend at my dad's house with my sister, working on decluttering some of his stuff, and some of mine that I had left there.  We donated a big box of kitchen things that Dad never uses or had duplicates of, plus two bags of stuff out of my old closet and a bag full of clothes we found in a closet, that my mom never came back for after the divorce.  We also loaded up Dad's truck with things to go to the dump, mostly things that had been left to mold and couldn't be saved.

This really reminded me why I want to keep decluttering.  I never want my home to feel like that!  It will take many more trips for my sister and I to clean out Dad's house, with his cooperation.

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« Reply #2473 on: May 06, 2019, 11:07:01 AM »
It's been a good week for decluttering:

- I gave away a big bag of baby clothing to a mom in need
- I sold my rice cooker, because we use the instant now
- I sold my activity play mat

I sometimes struggle with the best home for clutter that might have value to someone else.  My current rules are:

under $10 - good will

$10-$15 - craigslist honor system (i leave the item on my porch for the buyer and they leave the money). Not worth dealing with schedules and such for that price. Not worth crying about it they don't pay.

over $15 - craigslist

anyone have luck with other avenues like consignment shops?


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« Reply #2474 on: May 06, 2019, 11:42:12 AM »
I cleared out the corner lower cupboard in the kitchen.  Found a place for the re-used aluminum trays, plates ect.  I gifted some old lunch bags that were stuffed in there.  Also found a place for the clean re-used take away containers in a drawer that was overstuffed with place mats and table clothes.

The table linens are now sitting on the bench to be sorted.  There are so many and piled deep in a drawer, they are not easy to use and get wrinkled when I root through them looking for one.  Not a good system.  I have a cupboard in the dining room - near the table they get used on most often they could move into.  I need to figure out how to fold them so that I can see them and get them out easily, and put them back. 

I still have too many platters and pie plates in the corner cupboard but I can now see them all and there is a logic of where they sit in this giant cupboard.  And the random lids with no container are in the bin.

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« Reply #2475 on: May 06, 2019, 12:16:11 PM »
Trash: Cat litter box, leftover cat food
Gave away: 2 unopened bags of cat litter, cat water fountain & filters, some toddler items also given to us by our neighbors renovating their house (e.g. handprint molds for kids 2-5)
Sold: Old HiFi speaker for 30-pin ipad for $30

Next up: Go through our bags/duffels/suitcases to finish cleaning out the laundry room and the rest of the pile of stuff from the neighbors in the basement.  I'm hoping to get our basement back in order by the end of the month.  (My husband's cat was peeing around in the basement before she passed so I'm in the midst of trying to treat those marks as well.  It's a big project.  Between toddler storage and the cat pee reek, the basement has been abandoned for a while.)

I'm pleased with the areas I've decluttered (and kept up): Hall closet that now contains space for the toy swaps so our main space is more restful, paper clutter, bathroom cabinets, boxing up and storing baby stuff, kitchen Tupperware, etc.  It's also been useful for being easier to find some things.  That said, progress is slow so I'm getting discouraged and losing steam.  I've got a toddler, so my decluttering efforts are limited to when he's asleep (and I'm not already exhausted).  It's also all on me - my husband has a new job and isn't interested in bothering to declutter.  He's not opposed to me doing it, but doesn't particular feel the need himself.

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« Reply #2476 on: May 07, 2019, 11:00:25 PM »
anyone have luck with other avenues like consignment shops?

Children's consignment, yes.   Lots of yes.
Furniture consignment - friends, yes (I just buy there)... you need current, good quality furniture (not brown goods unless current usually modern style).

Not so much luck with clothing -- I did make some money, but you need to have spent a lot on clothes first.  On line consignment is good.

Ebay for high quality sports stuff that you can ship (bike paniers, high end backpacking gear) works.  I may try our sports consignment for that too.

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« Reply #2477 on: May 08, 2019, 05:16:44 AM »
anyone have luck with other avenues like consignment shops?

Children's consignment, yes.   Lots of yes.
Furniture consignment - friends, yes (I just buy there)... you need current, good quality furniture (not brown goods unless current usually modern style).

Not so much luck with clothing -- I did make some money, but you need to have spent a lot on clothes first.  On line consignment is good.

Ebay for high quality sports stuff that you can ship (bike paniers, high end backpacking gear) works.  I may try our sports consignment for that too.

Much appreciated.  I might give it a try on my next round of consolidation.

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« Reply #2478 on: May 08, 2019, 02:48:09 PM »
2 more large bags off to Goodwill.  Guy at the donation door said "Back again?".   So I guess I'm starting to be a regular.  And yet we still have so much stuff!

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« Reply #2479 on: May 08, 2019, 08:12:50 PM »
2 more large bags off to Goodwill.  Guy at the donation door said "Back again?".   So I guess I'm starting to be a regular.  And yet we still have so much stuff!

Ha! Love this!!

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« Reply #2480 on: May 09, 2019, 12:25:39 PM »
Finally had my son drop off a box at goodwill. Three months in the making - ugh:)
Donated some books to the library.
Gave away an EZ-up to a friend.

Hopefully, DIL will pick up our practically new loveseat today. That thing just never worked out as intended.
Thrashed a few things as we cleaned up the garden storage area - about a big trash bag full. Fixed up and organized or used the remainder.

De-cluttered and cleaned my spice drawer - now it is a beautiful thing to behold - once again.
Thought I was decluttering the utensil drawer - turns out, I am using everything in there - amazing:), but it got a needed clean up anyway.
Started on a new donation box, three items so far.

De-cluttered and cleared/cleaned the utility room - another big trash bag full.
De-cluttered the carport - one more big trash can - full.
Plumbing problems forced me to clean under the kitchen sink - bakeware ruined and a lot of stuff lost to water damage. One kitchen trash bag full.

Cleared out and cleaned up the big fridge/freezer incl odd storage on top - one full-size contractor bag full of trash. How is it possible to have something with an expiration date of 2017 in my fridge - hiding:)

So much more to go it makes my head spin.

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« Reply #2481 on: May 09, 2019, 01:18:01 PM »
Still hoeing out old paperwork for the free shred event next week. I now have at least 10 plastic grocery bags full. Some of this stuff went back to 1995. Bank statements, Social Security statements, 401k statements, investments that are no longer in banks where these statements were from. Years and years of this stuff. I threw out one year of Income Tax paperwork so I have 7 years worth still here.

I have one more stash to clean up. It is the current stuff collected during the last year. Not a lot but got to get rid of it. I don't plan to ever collect this much paperwork ever again!

There was a shred event fund raiser last week and if not for this free senior center event, I would have taken my stuff to that but glad I waited for the free event! YAY!

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« Reply #2482 on: May 10, 2019, 08:50:28 AM »
This one's kind of a Mustachian fail even if it's a decluttering win.

We gave away a bulky foam mattress pad on craigslist after we failed to get interest at any price. We bought it a few months ago to try to revive an old mattress. I liked it fine, but my wife's back still hurt so we ended up having to get a new mattress anyway. We tried it on the new mattress too, and it was not a good combination. That time we both woke up in pain. We like the mattress we picked all on its own, anyway.

Big waste of money for something we only used for three nights. But we didn't know it wouldn't work until we tried it, and hopefully the elderly couple who ended up taking it will enjoy it. They seemed very grateful when they picked it up. And it's a big relief to have the space back after a month or two of it sitting on the floor.

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« Reply #2483 on: May 10, 2019, 09:12:14 AM »

--threw out all expired allergy meds


It's best to take old meds to the pharmacy for proper disposal, otherwise it can leech into groundwater or end up in bodies of water.  Not good for people or animals.

They found traces of opioids in shellfish.  It does leach into the water. Scary stuff!  I hauled a bunch of horse meds to the local sheriff's office for recycling.  They have a drop bin there, but I've heard all pharmacies will take old meds (human) also.
 
 https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/25/614593382/traces-of-opioids-found-in-seattle-area-mussels

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« Reply #2484 on: May 10, 2019, 09:37:52 AM »
In some places it can be hard to get rid of meds. Our pharmacies take opiods a few days a year, but never anything else. Our emergency services don't take them.

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« Reply #2485 on: May 10, 2019, 08:50:55 PM »
3 bins of children's clothes and random housewares to big church tag sale (not even my own church, I got impatient waiting for ours.)

Went up to attic to find more stuff for the tag sale. Brought it down.  Found a box of books, but tag sale doesn't accept those so brought them to the library book sale. Library rejected them for various reasons (names written in front, too old, etc) so dropped rest off at little free library. Had to take a few because my little daughter Pennywise was with me and begged, but overall, I got rid of 20 big books and acquired only 2 little ones, so that was a win.

House is still messy and car is still full because of stuff that I took down from the attic, but I do have some space up there now and hopefully by tomorrow I will be able to clear out a tub or two more.  It's complicated because Mr. Poundwise and all the kids just chuck stuff in boxes, so I have a few pieces of a game in one tub, then more parts in another box. etc.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2486 on: May 11, 2019, 06:17:26 AM »
This one's kind of a Mustachian fail even if it's a decluttering win.

We gave away a bulky foam mattress pad on craigslist after we failed to get interest at any price. We bought it a few months ago to try to revive an old mattress. I liked it fine, but my wife's back still hurt so we ended up having to get a new mattress anyway. We tried it on the new mattress too, and it was not a good combination. That time we both woke up in pain. We like the mattress we picked all on its own, anyway.

Big waste of money for something we only used for three nights. But we didn't know it wouldn't work until we tried it, and hopefully the elderly couple who ended up taking it will enjoy it. They seemed very grateful when they picked it up. And it's a big relief to have the space back after a month or two of it sitting on the floor.

Congratulations!  I had a clean, good shape crib mattress on Craigslist for $10 and no takers, so moved it to the FREE
section of CL. Been 2 days, still no responses.   

In other news, I couldn't stand tapping my 25 inch TV so much, to get the flicker to stop, so I have
 replaced it with my non-flickering 20 inch TV. I just have to acclimate to the smaller screen size.
 Future of the flickering 25 inch TV is unknown at this time. Man is it heavy! I haven't moved
anything that heavy for a long time.     

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2487 on: May 11, 2019, 06:45:06 AM »
Minor setback! The church that had just taken my name and phone number last week as registration to be a seller at their yard sale called me back and said sorry, we made a mistake and we were already full, and you can't come.

**** ! 

So now I'm combing thru the internet looking for some other places that will rent you space to sell stuff. Nothing so far! Everything is neighborhood/ no outside vendors type of yard sales. Bollocks.

 

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2488 on: May 11, 2019, 08:47:39 AM »
-I went through all of my sports bras, and pulled out a few that are too tight. I'll see if my sister wants them. If not, into the donation bin they will go
-I have a dress in the same pile, for my sister to check out
-I've been going through my freebie book pile, and either reading a few pages & keeping, or immediately putting in the return pile
-Recycled paperwork & found a few new tax documents that have to be filed

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« Reply #2489 on: May 12, 2019, 04:04:13 AM »

My textbooks are 95% free from work days. They allowed me to take them with me when I left. All computer programming stuff.

I keep them for as a reminder of how productive I was in this life. So, sentimentality there, yes. I never read them unless I am thinking of recycling them. Then after a few paragraphs, I say 'I can't discard this priceless stuff. It's the only physical representation I have of my work role in the world'. They are all in one room, and take up only about 20% of the floor space when stacked.

What doesn't help is seeing similar textbooks on Ebay listed for $30 to $40 each. But for some reason, now I can't see if they ever sold or not, and for how much. Has Ebay hidden that information now? I used to be able to see it somewhere, like 'completed auctions', but it has disappeared.

So when I donated them I assumed I was possibly missing out on $30 each! (I know, dreaming). 

I did put an ad on Craigslist for them, and suggested buyer make an offer. Zero responses, sadly.   

I missed this conversation on textbooks. Recently I put up a 17 year old textbook up for sale on Amazon, and to my surprise it was snapped up within a week!  After shipping costs etc were deducted, I made $23 off what probably cost $200-$300, but the outcome was much better than I expected.

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« Reply #2490 on: May 13, 2019, 04:20:48 AM »
Posted two bags of new toiletries and cosmetics to two Australian charities.

Found a bag of fridge magnets for a friend who mentioned she doesn't have enough to hold all her kids' artwork on the fridge.

Still waiting for my eBay items to sell. If they don't, I'll put two things in the donation bag and keep re-listing the others. No pressure.

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« Reply #2491 on: May 14, 2019, 10:31:22 AM »
A friend's dad has latched onto the fact that I'm a Star Wars fan, and has brought home several books from work (resale, gets donations) and given them to me. None of these are items I want, but this family has pretty much adopted me. Have added these books to my donate pile.

Realistically, I at least will get them out of the house, while he would probably still bring them home but then sit on them for years. I've seen their basement, and I'm not going to make it harder for the mom and my friend to clean it up. I can handle a few books. Also volunteered to take some old paint cans that will need to to go the hazardous drop off. I have to go anyway, won't hurt to add a few more items to that pile.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2492 on: May 14, 2019, 04:33:59 PM »

My textbooks are 95% free from work days. They allowed me to take them with me when I left. All computer programming stuff.

I keep them for as a reminder of how productive I was in this life. So, sentimentality there, yes. I never read them unless I am thinking of recycling them. Then after a few paragraphs, I say 'I can't discard this priceless stuff. It's the only physical representation I have of my work role in the world'. They are all in one room, and take up only about 20% of the floor space when stacked.

What doesn't help is seeing similar textbooks on Ebay listed for $30 to $40 each. But for some reason, now I can't see if they ever sold or not, and for how much. Has Ebay hidden that information now? I used to be able to see it somewhere, like 'completed auctions', but it has disappeared.

So when I donated them I assumed I was possibly missing out on $30 each! (I know, dreaming). 

I did put an ad on Craigslist for them, and suggested buyer make an offer. Zero responses, sadly.   

I missed this conversation on textbooks. Recently I put up a 17 year old textbook up for sale on Amazon, and to my surprise it was snapped up within a week!  After shipping costs etc were deducted, I made $23 off what probably cost $200-$300, but the outcome was much better than I expected.

Way to go!  You've given me hope. I'm going to browse thru Amazon now and see if I can find any used IT textbook prices.   

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« Reply #2493 on: May 14, 2019, 09:45:23 PM »
I have been listening to the audiobook 'The Minimalist Home' by Joshua Becker of The Minimalists. It's actually pretty good and has helped me / inspired me to do a bit more.

Eg If keepsakes don't inspire you / make you feel confident about the future, don't keep them. I've never actually tackled my 'memories' box but this will help.

Also, putting the toaster in the cupboard. We don't actually use it daily, so why is it out on the side? I will have to chuck some stuff to fit it in though...

I haven't read a lot on their website so it's possible the book has some repetition from that, I wouldn't know.

I wanted to free up a couple of shelves of the linen cupboard, so I've gone through my bathroom drawer and cleaned out enough stuff that I can store the three spare handtowels and my facecloths. I've made a pile of old towels for vets etc if they want them. There's a bulky heated throw blanket that can go and if I go through my shoes again I might make space in our bedroom for a spare set of sheets. Then if I go through all the stationery I've hoarded eg gift bags given to me, I might make space to move my craft things to the study and keep the spare bed sheets in the spare room. It's like a puzzle.

And then I can try and remember why I wanted these empty cupboard shelves in the first place!!!

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« Reply #2494 on: May 15, 2019, 09:54:08 AM »
Huge coffee table off to Goodwill this morning.  Thankfully we have a hatchback - it barely fit.  Table had been languishing in our finished basement since we moved into this house (20 years ago) because it was too big to fit anywhere else.  Rec room looks so much bigger now without it.

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« Reply #2495 on: May 15, 2019, 03:19:22 PM »
So.

I'm thinking in the next week of donating something I used to think I'd have til I died... my grandparents had this wacky GIANT round mirror in their house and when they died, I ended up with it. All I know about it is that it was once a barbershop mirror back in the 40s or 50s and my granddad somehow ended up with it (he was not a barber - no idea). It is like 4 foot round, small bevel, nothing to really look at other than the sheer size of it. It has 4 basic clips that are screwed into a heavy wooden frame and the whole thing likely weighs something like 30 pounds and there are a few tiny chips in the edge and it's got some very very minor silvering specks happening. And the clips themselves always look like it's about to slip the frame and fall - I can see the edge of the wood frame back at the top. I got so paranoid for about 6 months it wasn't even on a wall as I wanted to get it looked at and then just said screw it and put it back up, but it give me butterflies still seeing it hanging up and thinking about what a godawful mess it would make and all the cat blood that would result from it crashing down as the only room it can go in is the "cat/craft room" where we keep the litterboxes (we have 5 cats. I am a sucker for a sob story stray).

So no one is going to know if I donate it. It's not like it's an heirloom that someone will rise up from their grave and there's no secret compartment or anything. I think someone that is into modern/clean lines and mirrors would really love it, but I just don't really want to deal with it any more. I keep thinking about the bother and expense of getting it remounted and for all of that, I could go BUY a beautiful, well framed and even antique mirror if I really, really had to have one again.

So can I get rid of it?




So FINALLY took the mirror to the small, church run donation/charity shop. They were lovely and I feel a tiny bit of anxiety but mostly relieved and just sat in the car afterwards and chanted the recovering hoarder's mantra "it's okay to let it go. you didn't need it or want it" for just a few dozen times (I wish I was kidding about doing this).

Only took me 8 months! :D



Took some other bits and pieces with it too - some pretty red heels I can't walk in without risking a fall, fancy wine/champagne glasses I can't remember EVER using, clothes that no longer fit (hooray! I'm not a plus size, so screw keeping any of that stuff any more!), and we even were able to donate our old iphones for them to recycle as they specifically list that they make money off of them and are very grateful for donations of that type.

AND I got rid of two old expired fire extinguishers that could not be reused and 2 gallons of old paint that absolutely would not dry out and we didn't want to waste the time/kitty litter trying to solidify. Turns out there is a FREE COUNTY DROP OFF for household hazardous waste - and it is like 15 minutes from our neighborhood! They accept dropoffs every Wednesday - talk about perfect timing. And they also accept cooking oil and small engine oil (husband does our mower's oil changes and we thought we'd have to pay to dispose of it once the container was full). Sweet!
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« Reply #2496 on: May 15, 2019, 06:49:31 PM »
I had an old word processor (electric typewriter with a screen)  on Craigslist for cheap, then on the FREE part of Craigslist, but nobody responded.

 So today I took it off to Staples and recycled it. 10 pounds and 2 cubic feet of clutter gone! I will also recycle the paper user manuals it had.     

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« Reply #2497 on: May 16, 2019, 06:55:48 AM »
Yesterday took around 10 plastic grocery bags full of paperwork to the Senior Center Free shred event! WOO HOO! The hub did give some organization a small donation to help seniors. My one screw up is that I had a small container full of paperwork that I should have gone through but kind of ran out of time. It isn't that big and I will go thru it and bag it up for the free shred event next year. I have cleared up a LOT of paper clutter. I have been going to this event for 3 years now and I can finally say I have cleared out most of the nook and crannies of paperwork. I know there is more paperwork lurking but I really put a dent in it!

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« Reply #2498 on: May 16, 2019, 03:46:15 PM »
Book clubast night and most of the women have kids a few years younger than the boys so very grateful recipients of lots of books that we have grown out of (all the Wimpy kids, 13-story tree house etc). It felt good!

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« Reply #2499 on: May 17, 2019, 09:28:14 AM »
Just bagged up another bag for Vietnam Vets. I have a second one started. UGH, I just got rid of at least a dozen bags a week ago. Where does this stuff come from?