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« Reply #2550 on: June 01, 2019, 03:41:48 PM »
A local bike club was running an e-waste clean up today.  You could take anything but large appliances or paint in, and they had a disposal company on hand to sort and shred.   All they asked for was a small donation to fund their free bike give away each spring.  I was more than happy to clean out the box in the garage, know it was going to be handled responsibly, and help some kids get some bikes.

Some cities (mine!!) make it really difficult to deal with e-waste - no drop off bins, city won't take it, and the Best Buy that is supposed to take most things is very picky about what they accept.  Today's event was very welcome I think - there were a lot of people dropping things off even at 9am.

Good on you, Shinplaster!  Where I live, the city wants $40 for any tv larger than 20 inch diagonal! Yeah, no problem... lol..  I never see TV's lying beside the road, so I guess people are hoarding them in their basements?  Or tossing them into dumpsters at midnight, lol ???  I wish there were a low cost way to get rid of old electronics here.

Wow, that's terrible. Anything our local authority can make decent money from selling to recyclers is free to drop off and we only pay to dump landfill. Plus there's an annual free chemical drop off, otherwise people would be pouring it down the drain.

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« Reply #2551 on: June 01, 2019, 07:19:27 PM »
A local bike club was running an e-waste clean up today.  You could take anything but large appliances or paint in, and they had a disposal company on hand to sort and shred.   All they asked for was a small donation to fund their free bike give away each spring.  I was more than happy to clean out the box in the garage, know it was going to be handled responsibly, and help some kids get some bikes.

Some cities (mine!!) make it really difficult to deal with e-waste - no drop off bins, city won't take it, and the Best Buy that is supposed to take most things is very picky about what they accept.  Today's event was very welcome I think - there were a lot of people dropping things off even at 9am.

Good on you, Shinplaster!  Where I live, the city wants $40 for any tv larger than 20 inch diagonal! Yeah, no problem... lol..  I never see TV's lying beside the road, so I guess people are hoarding them in their basements?  Or tossing them into dumpsters at midnight, lol ???  I wish there were a low cost way to get rid of old electronics here.

Wow, that's terrible. Anything our local authority can make decent money from selling to recyclers is free to drop off and we only pay to dump landfill. Plus there's an annual free chemical drop off, otherwise people would be pouring it down the drain.

Yes.  I have heard people talking about trying to get rid of hard drives or old computers, getting frustrated, and just hiding it in their garbage.  Or sneaking into a McDonald's trash bin or something.   We watched (and unsuccessfully tried to stop) a neighbour pour varsol, roundup, and heaven knows what else into the storm sewer last year.
 




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« Reply #2552 on: June 03, 2019, 05:20:42 AM »
I woke up yesterday morning to a friend on FB asking if anyone had a two-drawer filing cabinet that they weren't using.  Why, yes.  As a matter of fact I do.  I had to dig it out of a closet, but she came and picked it up a few hours later.  That also got me motivated to clear out some other stuff and list a kitchen table on FB marketplace. 

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« Reply #2553 on: June 03, 2019, 05:34:05 AM »
I woke up yesterday morning to a friend on FB asking if anyone had a two-drawer filing cabinet that they weren't using.  Why, yes.  As a matter of fact I do.  I had to dig it out of a closet, but she came and picked it up a few hours later.  That also got me motivated to clear out some other stuff and list a kitchen table on FB marketplace.

It's awesome when you get a bit of momentum going, isn't it?

I got rid of a pan we don't use today on a freebie site. We never used it and it just took up space in the cupboard, silly really.

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« Reply #2554 on: June 03, 2019, 06:23:27 AM »
I woke up yesterday morning to a friend on FB asking if anyone had a two-drawer filing cabinet that they weren't using.  Why, yes.  As a matter of fact I do.  I had to dig it out of a closet, but she came and picked it up a few hours later.  That also got me motivated to clear out some other stuff and list a kitchen table on FB marketplace.

It's awesome when you get a bit of momentum going, isn't it?

I got rid of a pan we don't use today on a freebie site. We never used it and it just took up space in the cupboard, silly really.

That's what I need to work on next.  Part of my problem (aside from a husband with hoarder tendencies) is that I live in my grandparents house and it was fully furnished when I moved in.  There are tons of pots and pans that I rarely use.  I might pull them out for Thanksgiving, but even then I could probably get away with fewer pots and more planning.  Some of them I've never used, and don't really have a sentimental attachment to because I don't recall my grandmother ever using them either.  I also seem to have 1.5 lids for every pot.  I thought I'd done good last year when we pitched a lot of stuff in preparation to move it into storage while the house was being fixed.  Apparently I didn't do as good as I'd thought and they just got shoved back into the cabinets when we moved everything back in.

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« Reply #2555 on: June 03, 2019, 08:40:28 AM »
I always do porch pickup, people are so flaky about pickups and I don't want to waste my time.

Yeah - I'm going to do that from now on. In the past, I lived in buildings without any sort of front porch or stoop. Our last building had a small front stoop, but it was in a neighborhood where anything left there would immediately disappear. Which, I guess, would've solved the problem and made stuff disappear from my home? haha.

Dammit - I just realized that I'm pretty sure our old tube TV is still shoved in the back of the closet in Boyfriend's office. Because it is too heavy for us to carry down the stairs. How in hell are we ever going to get rid of that thing? I can't imagine anyone taking that on Freecycle, even if we could carry it. The idea of paying to recycle it PLUS paying for the zipcar to haul it, makes me feel vaguely ill.
(ETA: Looks like there are some pickup services? $$$, though. $180 for them to come out plus $40 for the TV?! Ugh.)
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« Reply #2556 on: June 03, 2019, 08:55:37 AM »
I always do porch pickup, people are so flaky about pickups and I don't want to waste my time.

Dammit - I just realized that I'm pretty sure our old tube TV is still shoved in the back of the closet in Boyfriend's office. Because it is too heavy for us to carry down the stairs. How in hell are we ever going to get rid of that thing? I can't imagine anyone taking that on Freecycle, even if we could carry it. The idea of paying to recycle it PLUS paying for the zipcar to haul it, makes me feel vaguely ill.
(ETA: Looks like there are some pickup services? $$$, though. $180 for them to come out plus $40 for the TV?! Ugh.)

Package deal for whoever gets the office building next?  I knew someone who bought a house and the sleeper sofa came with it. 

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« Reply #2557 on: June 03, 2019, 11:52:24 AM »
I always do porch pickup, people are so flaky about pickups and I don't want to waste my time.

Dammit - I just realized that I'm pretty sure our old tube TV is still shoved in the back of the closet in Boyfriend's office. Because it is too heavy for us to carry down the stairs. How in hell are we ever going to get rid of that thing? I can't imagine anyone taking that on Freecycle, even if we could carry it. The idea of paying to recycle it PLUS paying for the zipcar to haul it, makes me feel vaguely ill.
(ETA: Looks like there are some pickup services? $$$, though. $180 for them to come out plus $40 for the TV?! Ugh.)

Package deal for whoever gets the office building next?  I knew someone who bought a house and the sleeper sofa came with it.

My friend bought a condo and found 3 old tvs in the storage unit. One was one of the massive, huge ones. No idea what she did with it, but its gone.

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« Reply #2558 on: June 03, 2019, 01:14:14 PM »
1800 GOT JUNK. But they are expensive. There is some other company called JUNK LUGGERS. Never used them.

When I was a kid my Dad would go to a bar and find some strong guys and pay them to move our furniture when we moved a few times. LOL!

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« Reply #2559 on: June 03, 2019, 03:46:00 PM »
I always do porch pickup, people are so flaky about pickups and I don't want to waste my time.

Dammit - I just realized that I'm pretty sure our old tube TV is still shoved in the back of the closet in Boyfriend's office. Because it is too heavy for us to carry down the stairs. How in hell are we ever going to get rid of that thing? I can't imagine anyone taking that on Freecycle, even if we could carry it. The idea of paying to recycle it PLUS paying for the zipcar to haul it, makes me feel vaguely ill.
(ETA: Looks like there are some pickup services? $$$, though. $180 for them to come out plus $40 for the TV?! Ugh.)

Package deal for whoever gets the office building next?  I knew someone who bought a house and the sleeper sofa came with it.

I bought a house and the pool table came with it.  I never thought to specify that they had to take it with them!

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« Reply #2560 on: June 04, 2019, 09:51:31 PM »

I am struggling with my smaller sized clothes and a drawer of nice bras. They haven't fit in 10 years...I really should just let them go and give myself permission to buy brand new if/when I need a smaller size. I'm not sure why I can't bring myself to let them all go; I did add 3 to the donate pile this weekend though so that's something.


I read somewhere that organisations that work with homeless are in need for underwear and bras because most of the people don't donate that stuff. Maybe you could look if there is some kind of organization that needs them.

Thank you for this comment! You motivated me to actually search an Australian bra donation service.

I bought a new (quality) sports bra, ran in it twice and it rubbed holes in my skin both times.

Will now be posting it to this organisation:

Support The Girls Australia
P.O. Box 10717
Southport BC,
Qld, 4215

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« Reply #2561 on: June 05, 2019, 08:45:35 AM »
Now that the weather is warmer, I'm trying on each of my workout tank tops each day. For those that are too tight, too big, uncomfortable, etc, they are going straight into the donation pile. So far, I've gotten rid of two, with more to come!

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« Reply #2562 on: June 05, 2019, 08:50:16 AM »
Now that the weather is warmer, I'm trying on each of my workout tank tops each day. For those that are too tight, too big, uncomfortable, etc, they are going straight into the donation pile. So far, I've gotten rid of two, with more to come!


I've started using a similar method for my kid's clothes.  I keep a laundry bag in his room and as he's getting dressed in the morning, if it doesn't fit, it goes into the bag for donation/consignment.

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« Reply #2563 on: June 05, 2019, 10:22:39 AM »
Box and bag of miscellaneous items now out of the house and headed for the Church fete jumble stall.  Feels good on several levels.

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« Reply #2564 on: June 05, 2019, 12:59:32 PM »
~3 vases given to a florist friend's business
~8 magazines and egg cartons will leave my life tomorrow.  Oh, and my old 2001 Chevy.  :D

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« Reply #2565 on: June 05, 2019, 02:19:22 PM »
1800 GOT JUNK. But they are expensive. There is some other company called JUNK LUGGERS. Never used them.

When I was a kid my Dad would go to a bar and find some strong guys and pay them to move our furniture when we moved a few times. LOL!
I had to get rid of stuff, including a large tube tv, in a town where none of these major junk services seem to operate. My gf found some local guys (appeared to be a moonlighting landscaping crew) through one of the usual "local" sites (maybe Craigslist, maybe a different one?) and a few phone calls. They showed up with a pickup and trailer and hauled the lot away. Had to pay extra for the TV, but it was well worth it to be rid of that albatross!

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« Reply #2566 on: June 05, 2019, 03:12:31 PM »
Anonymously donated a 'Captain Planet' board game to a retirement community, as well as  one wicker basket. Marching on.

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« Reply #2567 on: June 05, 2019, 07:02:46 PM »
Posted the sports bra and some sanitary products to Support the Girls this morning.

Spoke to my grandfather last night and he mentioned needing laundry bags as he accidentally damaged one of his wool jumpers in the washing machine.

I've somehow accumulated a dozen laundry bags, so I put three aside to give him.

And I'm palming a pair of calf guards/compression sleeves off on @marty998 (with his permission).

So six things out of the house this week.

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« Reply #2568 on: June 05, 2019, 08:46:02 PM »
Slowly continuing to prune the book collection, both physical and digital. Two more books for the street library and out of my TBR pile!

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« Reply #2569 on: June 06, 2019, 05:41:51 AM »
Posted the sports bra and some sanitary products to Support the Girls this morning.

Spoke to my grandfather last night and he mentioned needing laundry bags as he accidentally damaged one of his wool jumpers in the washing machine.

I've somehow accumulated a dozen laundry bags, so I put three aside to give him.

And I'm palming a pair of calf guards/compression sleeves off on @marty998 (with his permission).

So six things out of the house this week.

Thank you @mustachepungoeshere! Very helpful for marathon recovery!

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« Reply #2570 on: June 06, 2019, 09:57:19 AM »
Three more tank tops + one race shirt out of the house. Every time I get a workout shirt, I force myself to grab one I don't normally wear. If it's not a go, into the donation pile it is. Super helpful to just make progress on getting things out of the drawers.

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« Reply #2571 on: June 08, 2019, 07:39:37 AM »
Found a bag-o-papers on the living room floor pile of junk. Easy to jettison this stuff. Old receipts, church bulletins, etc. Saved some of the paper since it can be written on, for notes.

 Also was some toss-in-trash junk there too, which I happily tossed into the trash.

Will bring the full bag of old receipts, bulletins, etc to recycling and get that ahhhhh feeling when I dump the whole thing in!

Two fewer  pounds of paper clutter in the house.   

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« Reply #2572 on: June 08, 2019, 07:51:38 AM »
As per our normal last day of school routine, I had the kids do the following:
-Empty their backpacks. Recycle all old papers, clean out garbage, & save all school supplies that can be reused next year
-Try on all of their shoes, donating anything still in good condition, tossing the rest. This helps us make a list for what we need, as we tend to buy shoes 2x year at the Nike outlet on vacation.
-Try on all of their clothes, putting anything they don't fit into/won't wear into the donation bin. I made a small pile of super nice stuff that I might be able to sell.

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« Reply #2573 on: June 08, 2019, 08:27:07 AM »
We are moving in a couple weeks, so this weekend we:

- Threw out over 10 bags of papers and trash
- Placed some old but still serviceable baby toys in a box beside the dumpster
- Threw out all old expired makeup
- Gave away a really nice brand new Starbucks thermos
- Threw out an old suitcase with broken wheels
- Threw out a steamer and some other kitchen appliances that we never use

By “throwing out”, I mean we placed them in a box/bag on the ground beside the dumpster. We made sure to place the items out on a sunny day when all the retired folks were sitting outside chatting and playing cards and mahjong. We made sure they could see us walk all these wonderful goodies to the dumpster. Then we left the apartment complex to run errands so that they could pick through the things in peace. We discovered that they don’t pick through anything. They just take everything. Even the old cardboard box holding all the stuff was gone. It was like we hadn’t placed anything outside at all.

Another box of nice, random stuff is going out tomorrow morning, as long as it’s not raining.

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« Reply #2574 on: June 08, 2019, 02:13:16 PM »
Put a dress (too short) & a pair of shorts (just ugh) into the donation bin. Slow but steady!

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« Reply #2575 on: June 09, 2019, 04:33:46 AM »
Trying to get rid of an old baby stroller. Reseller says he will give me $10 for it and he will sell it for $20. But he hasn't seen it yet. I was in his area yesterday, so I stopped by, got stroller out. He wasn't there, try again tomorrow.

I then spent 20 minutes figuring out how to collapse the stroller so I could get it back in the car. Pull, twist, stretch, pry, right, left, up, down. Unbelievable. I was lifting it up to just shove it back in uncollapsed and suddenly something shifted into the right configuration, and I got it to collapse.

It's probably too dirty for the reseller to be interested, anyway. I tried to clean it up.

I'll be so happy when I get rid of it.  Had it on Craigslist for $5, I think. No interest.     


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« Reply #2576 on: June 09, 2019, 09:10:41 AM »
Should have just left the stroller at the reseller's door and texted/emailed that they can pay you $10 if they like it.

You're wasting a lot of time and effort on $5 worth of stroller.

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« Reply #2577 on: June 09, 2019, 05:00:44 PM »
Should have just left the stroller at the reseller's door and texted/emailed that they can pay you $10 if they like it.

You're wasting a lot of time and effort on $5 worth of stroller.

That just makes too much sense, TomTx. 

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« Reply #2578 on: June 09, 2019, 06:05:30 PM »
Should have just left the stroller at the reseller's door and texted/emailed that they can pay you $10 if they like it.

You're wasting a lot of time and effort on $5 worth of stroller.

A lot of time when I sell stuff on Craigslist I tell people to just put money under the door mat. It's rarely worth my time to meet up with them. If they want to steal the thing, at least it's gone

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« Reply #2579 on: June 09, 2019, 09:46:22 PM »
Should have just left the stroller at the reseller's door and texted/emailed that they can pay you $10 if they like it.

You're wasting a lot of time and effort on $5 worth of stroller.

A lot of time when I sell stuff on Craigslist I tell people to just put money under the door mat. It's rarely worth my time to meet up with them. If they want to steal the thing, at least it's gone

A friend of mine has the same approach. Anything under $40, she leaves it on her front verandah and asks them to leave the cash. If they leave the cash, it's a perk. If not, she still got rid of a thing.

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« Reply #2580 on: June 09, 2019, 09:52:25 PM »
Visited my parents on the weekend and decluttered my room there. (I have a bad habit of dumping old hoodies and ancient jeans there to dag around in till they wear out completely. The problem is, I've been doing that for 10 years and have yet to actually get to the next stage and throw anything out.)

Tossed an old pair of shoes, put a few things in a donation bag, and threw out some actual rubbish.

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« Reply #2581 on: June 09, 2019, 09:55:35 PM »
Over the Memorial Day weekend I had Marie Kondo'd my sweaters and shoes. Weeded out a ton (gone to Goodwill) but what was really helpful was arranging what I kept by color. It's amazing how much faster it is to find things, and how much more motivated I am to put things away when they have a specific spot (as opposed to somewhere in the sweater keeper). It worked so well I got motivated to alphabetize my spice drawer, and although I didn't toss much there, it's shocking how much easier it is to find things.

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« Reply #2582 on: June 10, 2019, 06:26:07 AM »
Over the Memorial Day weekend I had Marie Kondo'd my sweaters and shoes. Weeded out a ton (gone to Goodwill) but what was really helpful was arranging what I kept by color. It's amazing how much faster it is to find things, and how much more motivated I am to put things away when they have a specific spot (as opposed to somewhere in the sweater keeper). It worked so well I got motivated to alphabetize my spice drawer, and although I didn't toss much there, it's shocking how much easier it is to find things.

I find that the organization matters so much. I have my closet clothes (work sweaters, tops, etc) hung by color & sleeve length. I also have drawers that i use for workout clothes, because color is pretty much irrelevant. Instead, I have: tank tops, short sleeve, long sleeved all rolled separately. At a glance, I can quickly grab the first available in whichever type I need. I also have two types of sports bras: those good enough for running, & those not quite supportive enough. Same with workout pants: those that don't slip during running, and those that are good for running. I stack in separate piles in my drawer, so I just grab the first one on top from the pile I need. It has made getting ready to work out infinitely easier.

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« Reply #2583 on: June 10, 2019, 07:03:18 AM »
Finally parted with my old prom gown - I know, it's ridiculous to have kept it this long, but it's a gorgeous dress, still fits me perfectly (probably looks better on me now than when I was in high school, honestly) and I kept trying to convince myself that I could use it someday - costume party, evening gown, etc.  But it's not the right style for an evening gown, and I can't hold onto it just on the off chance I come up with a costume to use it.  Still a little sad about it, though.

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« Reply #2584 on: June 10, 2019, 11:43:28 AM »
As per our normal last day of school routine, I had the kids do the following:
-Empty their backpacks. Recycle all old papers, clean out garbage, & save all school supplies that can be reused next year
-Try on all of their shoes, donating anything still in good condition, tossing the rest. This helps us make a list for what we need, as we tend to buy shoes 2x year at the Nike outlet on vacation.
-Try on all of their clothes, putting anything they don't fit into/won't wear into the donation bin. I made a small pile of super nice stuff that I might be able to sell.

Great idea!

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« Reply #2585 on: June 10, 2019, 11:44:41 AM »
Should have just left the stroller at the reseller's door and texted/emailed that they can pay you $10 if they like it.

You're wasting a lot of time and effort on $5 worth of stroller.

A lot of time when I sell stuff on Craigslist I tell people to just put money under the door mat. It's rarely worth my time to meet up with them. If they want to steal the thing, at least it's gone

Haha we used to do the same thing except we used the mailbox for the cash drop.

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« Reply #2586 on: June 10, 2019, 12:01:26 PM »
Finally parted with my old prom gown - I know, it's ridiculous to have kept it this long, but it's a gorgeous dress, still fits me perfectly (probably looks better on me now than when I was in high school, honestly) and I kept trying to convince myself that I could use it someday - costume party, evening gown, etc.  But it's not the right style for an evening gown, and I can't hold onto it just on the off chance I come up with a costume to use it.  Still a little sad about it, though.

I still have my old prom gown...I was just looking at it the other day, as my oldest (son) went to his prom a week ago. Maybe I'll get rid of it someday, but not quite yet. I certainly could NOT fit in it right now though.

This weekend was a wash for us. We did more acquiring than normal, and unplanned at that. We replaced some outdoor furniture after I sat on a chaise lounge and it broke...it was a cheap wicker-like material and it was living on borrowed time. We went to Ikea and bought two new chaise lounges and matching chairs, as our chairs were also cheap and disintegrating. Confession time: I didn't even look second-hand; my oldest graduates Thursday and we have all kinds of social hosting coming up at our clown-house with pool... We have the money (not too bad at $129 for a solid wood chaise lounge, even if we did have to do some assembly) and took the expedient route this time around. We did re-use our cushions though as they are still in decent shape. The old furniture is not usable so my husband is in the process of dismantling it so it can be thrown out/recycled as appropriate. He already cut down the boxes from the new furniture and put them in the recycling instead of stashing them in the garage, which is progress for him!

On the upside, we did a very thorough cleanout of the fridge last night and I took a stab at the pantry also. I am determined to do a better job of eating what we have and not having things get "lost" in either one. My middle son (who's 9) started cleaning out his closet this weekend and I'm going to work with him soon to go through his stuff and help him declutter. He is not a keeper of stuff, but things accumulate anyway, so it will be much easier than my daughter who wants to keep EVERYTHING.

On an unrelated note, my 2008 Honda Civic has been having A/C issues and of course it's starting to get hot. My husband ordered relays online ($12) and it seems to be working today! Not a de-cluttering event, but I'm so happy to have (hopefully) fixed it so cheaply.

I just need to get through this week with my oldest's high school graduation and get past all the school year end festivities and then I look forward to having time this summer to really tackle the house, one drawer/cabinet at a time.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2587 on: June 10, 2019, 07:47:24 PM »
Having decluttered (used up or donated) most of the airline toiletries, I moved a few nice things (hand creams, etc) into the bedside table in the spare room for guests.

Most of the little decluttering jobs are done now (apart from the ongoing maintenance), with one big job left: to donate a very heavy timber hutch and move an antique timber desk from the garage back into the house.

The hutch doesn't get used, takes up space and looks out of place where it is.

The desk has been damaged while in storage, and I want to move it back into the house before it gets damaged further.

I just need a van and more muscle than I possess...

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« Reply #2588 on: June 11, 2019, 10:25:29 AM »
Over the Memorial Day weekend I had Marie Kondo'd my sweaters and shoes. Weeded out a ton (gone to Goodwill) but what was really helpful was arranging what I kept by color. It's amazing how much faster it is to find things, and how much more motivated I am to put things away when they have a specific spot (as opposed to somewhere in the sweater keeper). It worked so well I got motivated to alphabetize my spice drawer, and although I didn't toss much there, it's shocking how much easier it is to find things.

I find that the organization matters so much. I have my closet clothes (work sweaters, tops, etc) hung by color & sleeve length. I also have drawers that i use for workout clothes, because color is pretty much irrelevant. Instead, I have: tank tops, short sleeve, long sleeved all rolled separately. At a glance, I can quickly grab the first available in whichever type I need. I also have two types of sports bras: those good enough for running, & those not quite supportive enough. Same with workout pants: those that don't slip during running, and those that are good for running. I stack in separate piles in my drawer, so I just grab the first one on top from the pile I need. It has made getting ready to work out infinitely easier.

It really surprised me how much of a difference it made to have a specific spot for each thing that it goes back into. I am fairly organized already (I think our closets are pretty similar!) but this took it up a notch!

I have been disposing of some things entirely but also trying to use things that had been stashed away. I got two greeting cards into the mail that had been tucked in a drawer and wore two pairs of cute shoes (on separate days :) ) that had been lurking in a dark corner, only to discover they had aged past the point of wearability...enjoyed one last time of wearing them and then sent them to their reward.

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« Reply #2589 on: June 12, 2019, 08:03:55 AM »
Awesome, @Noodle

As part of my sabbatical, I committed to decluttering our entire house. We've moved twice in the last 5+ years, so both of those were a great exercise in getting rid of stuff. However, things still build up. Yesterday I went through one of our hall closets, took everything out, organized what was left, cleaned the dust bunnies on the floor, and found three things to donate. Added two items to the "sell" pile. I'm currently holding on selling anything, as we're going to be out of town for a few weeks. So, I'm instead generating a big "sell" list for our return.

For today, I have another hall closet & perhaps my *shivers* filing cabinet on the to do list. Otherwise, maybe the fridge & freezer. Which isn't really as much about decluttering as cleaning, organizing & ensuring I know what's available.

The hot weather over the past few days has meant more time for inside chores vs all of my yard work projects.

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« Reply #2590 on: June 12, 2019, 11:58:57 AM »
Two more big bags of stuff my son decided he no longer wanted us to keep off to Goodwill.  Also a bunch of odds and ends we don't need.  Lots of vases, kitchen utensils we have multiples of, etc.

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« Reply #2591 on: June 12, 2019, 12:24:49 PM »
Threw out 3 vases of dried roses. Represent a rose from every bouquet I've been given in over 20 years. But I don't need them.

I kept one rose from when my son was stillborn, it hangs on a bulletin board, but the rest are gone.

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« Reply #2592 on: June 12, 2019, 04:48:49 PM »
I'm a red panda - that sounds hard. It's great you found a way to honor your son as well.

I moved on to a bathroom drawer clean out today. I did one side (four drawers, two shelves) & got rid of a bunch of stuff. Some to donate, some to trash, some to better reorganize. I also cleaned everything thoroughly. More to come, because our house has a ton of nooks & crannies!

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« Reply #2593 on: June 13, 2019, 12:48:43 PM »
Finished one bathroom clean out. Got rid of expired medicine, a variety of junk we don't need, and consolidated extra products. Need to move on to the second bathroom or the hall closet next. The fun continues!

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« Reply #2594 on: June 13, 2019, 01:52:18 PM »
Threw out a bunch of underwear I don't like. And a big pile of Christmas cards.

I need to empty closets, but the baby just isn't up for it...
Maybe he will let me put him down next month, but maternity leave is flying by and I'm trapped under him for most of the day.

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« Reply #2595 on: June 14, 2019, 10:54:37 AM »
I need to empty closets, but the baby just isn't up for it...
Maybe he will let me put him down next month, but maternity leave is flying by and I'm trapped under him for most of the day.

Oh gosh, I remember those days! I found that the only way I could do anything sometimes was with a Moby wrap. Total lifesaver when you have a baby that doesn't want to be set down at all. Enjoy the time though; my oldest graduated from high school yesterday. There is a lot of truth to the saying "the days are long and the years are short."

Haven't gotten rid of anything since my last post, but we did prevent adding to clutter yesterday (well, months ago really I suppose). Like I mentioned, my oldest graduated from high school yesterday. He chose to rent all of the graduation stuff and didn't even want to buy a tassel because he is not a keeper of stuff. So, hopefully HE won't ever have to post in a thread like this!

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« Reply #2596 on: June 15, 2019, 03:27:10 AM »
Tidied my pantry and consolidated a couple of sauce bottles, threw out a worn-out pair of pants, and sold a dress on eBay.

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« Reply #2597 on: June 15, 2019, 05:46:37 AM »
Finally got rid of the bulky awkward space-consuming baby stroller. Goodwill didn't want it. I tried to plop it down in their back door drop off area, but a watchful guard popped out and said 'we don't take those!'

Was able to unload it at the Salvation Army. Their website implied they took baby stuff. Placed it in an outdoor shed at the SA. Big sign saying 'you are on camera'. OK, fine. But no guard to stop me.   

 

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« Reply #2598 on: June 16, 2019, 12:39:38 AM »
I had serviettes left over from a party (from years ago - I no longer buy single-use products like this).

They were sitting in a drawer not being used, so I cut them into quarters to use in place of tissues and paper towel.

Once they're used up, they won't be replaced.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2599 on: June 17, 2019, 08:01:31 AM »
one of our rooms has almost no furniture in it now
so relaxing