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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #600 on: April 27, 2018, 03:34:29 PM »
Brother in law just came and picked up a bike carrier that we bought four years ago and never installed on our car.  He is getting a hitch installed this weekend - and he is going to give us cash what we paid for it. 

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« Reply #601 on: April 28, 2018, 07:24:05 AM »
Yard sale last weekend and I unloaded thousands of dollars worth of stuff -- much of it was brand new! 
I cleared $24.00.  It was easy for me to let it go because I've been storing it in my house and garage for 3 years refusing to let it go so cheap.  I guess I just had had enough of the stuff. 

I still have more that I forgot to put out (or couldn't stand getting rid of that much more in one day)

This was my one and only garage sale result, lots of stuff sold and almost no money.  I made more on some plants I had potted up than I did on all my stuff.  Now I just donate in the first place, so much easier and no disappointment on how little cash I recovered.

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« Reply #602 on: April 28, 2018, 08:24:18 AM »
I've had ceramic dishes since I moved out of my parents' house a couple decades ago. I used to enjoy the heft, but now my arthritis means what I used to love I now hate -- it's painful to wash dishes and set the table -- so I replaced everything with Corelle. They're not only lighter, they take up way less space and my cupboards look more organized.

The only problem is this: we've done so much decluttering, we don't have any empty boxes lying around for me to put the old dishes in so I can take them to Goodwill! Whoops!

I'll have to grab a box from work on Monday.

Other decluttering on today's agenda:
- shredding a stack of bank and retirement account statements
-cleaning the clutter that has accumulated on the bookshelves (for the first time, it's NOT my clutter! Yay!)
-selling a few books at Bookoff (that money gets to go towards my next tattoo!)
-putting board games back in the game closet

If I'm feeling ambitious, I'll clean off my desk. :)

My husband's work in the garage has been amazing. There's still a lot to be done, but the end is in sight! We are going to have to rent a dumpster for all the cabinet bits he's ripped out, but we're going to wait on that until the very end; we don't want to miss something big.




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« Reply #603 on: April 28, 2018, 08:27:45 AM »
Mezzie, all of that sounds so satisfying, mmmmmm.....   :)

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« Reply #604 on: April 28, 2018, 12:06:46 PM »
Mezzie, I have good everyday china (Noritake, definitely fine china*) and ordinary china.  An ordinary plate weighs twice what a good china plate does.  My wrists definitely appreciate the good china.  I only keep the cheap stuff because I can heat leftovers in the microwave on it.   ;-)  Your Corelle is even lighter, for the win.


*I didn't spend a fortune on this, got it at an estate auction.  It was the "good" china for the previous owners, and is my every day china. And the crazy thing is, it is tougher (less breakable) than the cheap stuff.

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« Reply #605 on: April 30, 2018, 09:42:06 AM »
This is such a small thing, but I feel like it makes a difference.

I was gifted a daily calendar in a work secret santa last xmas. Once and a while a particular comic of the day gives me a good chuckle and I was stockpiling my favourites at work. I'm just about to head out on mat leave and I chucked the "favourite" pile into recycling instead of lugging it home. In the past, this would have ended up in a box, in my home office until I finally got around to purging it. Stopped the clutter at the source!

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« Reply #606 on: April 30, 2018, 10:00:54 AM »
Got rid of a pair of pants that I never wear. And, went through & helped the kids clean out some lingering Easter stuff that were from my parents. Wrappers discarded, and everything savable went into the Easter bag in the closet (plastic eggs, & the gift bags).

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« Reply #607 on: April 30, 2018, 10:18:47 AM »
For the last few years, I've had a fetish for a specific type of journal I could find in only one obscure place I was rarely in, so I stocked up. Last time, the pickings were slim, so I compromised on design. But I hate them! So yesterday I took them toward a free exchange at an event I happened to be going to anyway. Well, one didn't even make it to the table, someone was so excited to receive it :)    There was a huge coincidence around it for her. Yay! The second one was snagged almost as quickly as I put it down. People were so happy because while these weren't MY style, they were theirs.

I spent $28 on them, and am thrilled they are now placed with people who are excited about them. Not as ideal as giving via the thrift shop, but I'm happy they're out, and it did make for lovely conversations and connections.

I received a poster I also don't like but which is truly stunning, so I'll take that to the same place next week, unless I get to the thrift in the meantime.

Today a nice batch of shredding ++++ goes out to recycling :)

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« Reply #608 on: April 30, 2018, 10:58:55 AM »
We just had a long weekend at our cabin. We bought a secondhand oven and induction stove to replace the very old and half broken stuff. On our way back home we could deliver the old oven and stove at a shop. Nice to be rid of all that before we came home.

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« Reply #609 on: April 30, 2018, 12:09:04 PM »
I am so excited to use 1800GJ. I have a huge entertainment center that I am getting rid of along with a queen mattress and a few other things. I am single and there is no way I am getting these things out of my place without help and I don't want someone in my home responding to a CL ad.

It took 4 people to bring it in and I don't have that type of manpower anymore. I can't move the items out of my place due to it being a condo. And I live on the second floor with stairs as the only means to get things in or out. I am more than happy to pay them to get it gone.

This reminds me I need to do a few things than give em a call.

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« Reply #610 on: April 30, 2018, 12:39:17 PM »
Way to go, shadesofgreen! Sometimes spending a bit of cash is SMART, and the whole point of money is to allow us to reach our goals, which may indeed be simplicity, freedom, space, etc.

(When I've helped other people declutter, most were mainstream spenders so they gave an easy yes when I asked them to pay for the truck to take stuff away. I got to enjoy the decluttering and the truck without having to spend a penny heh heh.)

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« Reply #611 on: April 30, 2018, 01:40:59 PM »
I'm constantly on a mission to de-clutter. So far this year I've gotten rid of a bunch of clothes. Did lots of yard cleanup, gave away stuff as well as threw out some stuff. Much of it was taken during the neighborhood cleanup. It's someone else's treasure now. We've been really trying to have less stuff. It's hard to truly decide what really makes you happy. It's not happy times when you have a bunch of stuff that needs to be dusted all the time.

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« Reply #612 on: April 30, 2018, 01:47:56 PM »
Cleaned out the hall closet.

But what do I do with all the jackets and sweatshirts? I can't really donate them out of season...
I mean goodwill will take them, but I assume they will just go for fabric recyclers.  These are generally good clothes.

Should I mark them in a box for 'donate in winter'?  I have space for that in another room.

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« Reply #613 on: April 30, 2018, 02:57:56 PM »
Some shops will take them off season and put them out in season. Also, people will look specifically for those if they are camping, travelling, tree planting, etc.

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« Reply #614 on: April 30, 2018, 03:06:26 PM »
Used up the rest of two gift cards!! I forget how many it's been overall, but the last couple of months I really pushed through using them up. I believe those were the last of them, yay!! I hope people always give DS and I cash vs card from now on :)

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« Reply #615 on: May 01, 2018, 06:54:16 AM »
Spontaneously woke at 5am, got up, noticed seven very small items that always bug me a bit (memory, gifter, scent, etc) so I chucked em!

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« Reply #616 on: May 01, 2018, 02:57:25 PM »
I need to get back into de-cluttering mode, for a while I was making such good progress, now I'm just being a slug - looking at clutter, feeling irritated and defeated and a little sad that I spent money on things that I absolutely hate seeing right now. Ugh!

Maybe I could channel some jooni, I need a clutter intervention:) ..... A magic wand to make it all go away ...

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« Reply #617 on: May 01, 2018, 02:59:48 PM »
Maybe I could channel some jooni

Feel free :)
I get soooooooooooooooooo excited about this stuff.
I have wildly little stuff, so it's funny to people that have been to my place that I talk about decluttering.

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« Reply #618 on: May 03, 2018, 02:44:15 AM »
Flea markets!
Here in Norway springtime is the time for flea markets, usually organized by school orchestra's. I found out that one of them even collects the goods at your house. So I took home a leftover moving box from my working place, where we are finished moving. I filled it with a bunch of leftover lamps. Added a complete course in Icelandic language that I haven't touched for years, and never completed for more than a couple of chapters. And added some Ikea things that you can put plastic bags in.
I couldn't convince DH to add his language course in Sami language. And the large frame that is in our garage. He thinks we should fill the frame with something. I think we don't have empty walls to hang it on and should get rid of it. It is also for sale on internet, but I haven't gotten any reactions.

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« Reply #619 on: May 03, 2018, 02:16:25 PM »
Last weekend I rearranged our living room to better utilize the space. The layout flows so much better and the space is much more open. All it took was rotating our couches, moving the TV to an existing bookshelf and getting rid of a small TV stand (which we gave away). My wife was shocked at the difference.

Next project is paring down my record collection.


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« Reply #620 on: May 04, 2018, 09:49:50 AM »
Planted the flowering, potted bulb someone had given me as a housewarming gift :)
No more "finished", unsightly pot + shoots hanging about the house.

(As a preemptive uncluttering move, did not buy a trowel or watering can. Used kitchen cooking spoon to dig, kitchen scissors to snip, kitchen mixing bowl to water.)

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« Reply #621 on: May 04, 2018, 07:10:03 PM »
Just back from our holiday in Hawaii, newly stocked up with the comfortable underwear and shoes that are so impossible & expensive to buy in Australia so time for me to go through and get rid of
- 4 bras that bring me out in hives (farewell $400 spent only last year on them)
- the Keen hiking sandals that everyone else can wear but which result in blisters ALL over my feet ($200)
- the Duckfeet work shoes that exacerbate my plantar fascitis (Anyone in Oz with size 37 feet who wants them?)
- all the ankle socks with dead elastic

Also going
- the heavy winter coat that it hasn't been cold enough for in 7 years and which has been too small for 3 years anyway
- the super cute Nancybird wallet that is just Slightly Too Big for my pockets but too small to hold my phone & count as a clutch
- Yet. More. Books.

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« Reply #622 on: May 04, 2018, 07:40:14 PM »
Nice going, mspym! Good on you for not making yourself keep unneeded stuff just because you spent money on them relatively recently.

Today I took four things -three of them tiny- to a thrift. Just couldn't stand to have them kicking around anymore. Was feeling I "should" put them at a specific free table this weekend...only to return home to a message that no household stuff is to go on there from now to end of produce season. So, good I ditched them when and where I did!

DS told me a neighbour keeps asking him if I want this, that, or the other thing. DS keeps saying nope, I don't. Whew.

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« Reply #623 on: May 04, 2018, 07:57:12 PM »
It's chuck out weekend on my street (bulky rubbish pick up)!! I've heaved a load of junk out to the street, including books and household stuff. If no-one takes the books I'll donate them but often people will have a browse while they walk the dog.

I've made a pile of stuff that DH will have to approve as it's his including many things he 'rescued' from previous cleanups, will see how that goes! I wonder if the neighbour up the street will recognise the thing I put out that they put out a year ago...

I'm going to have to accept that I won't get the car in the garage but my mission is to at least store the stuff properly. At the moment everything is just dumped in layers. Arg.

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« Reply #624 on: May 05, 2018, 11:29:24 AM »
We have hazardous waste collection this weekend - 7 big cans and 2 little cans of paint, old CFLs, and 2 old CO detectors gone. 

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« Reply #625 on: May 05, 2018, 11:56:52 AM »
Spent two hours sorting through giant piles of mixed toys and toy pieces with my kids.  Want to give games and puzzles away to church tag sale, but of course everything is missing pieces so we can't declutter them until we manage to reunify the parts.  Getting closer though nothing is completed yet.

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« Reply #626 on: May 05, 2018, 04:22:05 PM »
I went through my son's winter clothes with him.  (Winter in Australia is coming up faster than I would like). We made do last year without buying new stuff so most of it was too small now.  5.5 pjs, 7 tracksuit pants, 5 long sleeve shirts, 5 jumpers, 2 vests and a dress shirt gone.  Some items from the too big bag in the cupboard have been relocated to his drawers for use this season.  He was sad to realise some things were too small. I'm proud of him for letting go.

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« Reply #627 on: May 05, 2018, 07:27:55 PM »
We had to stop decluttering for spring yard work. I love reading everyone's stories though. So much I want to do but time is very limited. It'll still be there when we get to it. Wish DH could just take a week off and we could go through this whole place in one fell swoop. Probably not going to happen but I can dream, right?

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« Reply #628 on: May 05, 2018, 08:51:29 PM »
A new batch came in today -stuff I bought to replace the versions given to me that I didn't want, miscellany from a neighbour (ditto), plus general stuff wanted and shopped for (carpet stain remover per previous tenant). Got overwhelmed, sat in the sunshine in the back of my open car for 90 minutes, chilled until a vision of what was and wasn't working formed. Wrote and drew it out, came home and implemented. Newly unwanteds go to thrift within seven days, soil is scattered, etc.

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« Reply #629 on: May 06, 2018, 11:36:36 AM »
We had to stop decluttering for spring yard work. I love reading everyone's stories though. So much I want to do but time is very limited. It'll still be there when we get to it. Wish DH could just take a week off and we could go through this whole place in one fell swoop. Probably not going to happen but I can dream, right?

Yesterday was yard work here too.  I decluttered a bunch of weeds from the garlic bed, a bunch of weeds from where the peas will go, and some other basic weed decluttering.  Decluttered the lawn of winter's dog poop. 

I also decluttered 9 cans of paint and two old CO monitors and a bunch of dead CFLs.  Things are coming along.

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« Reply #630 on: May 06, 2018, 12:16:33 PM »
Went through my one basket of odds and ends (batteries, picture hangers, foldback clips, etc). Reorganized all (like with like into ziploc sandwich bags), resulted in a small pile of bits and pieces I could let go of.

Almost said to a neighbour, "What I could really use is that empty box of yours...to take all the stuff you're giving me to the thrift." It wasn't meant to be jerky, so I'm glad I realized in time that it sure would have been, had I gotten as far as saying it aloud. Or the irony could be seen as very, very funny, which it does to me since I did manage to filter :)

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« Reply #631 on: May 06, 2018, 12:47:46 PM »
I decluttered some nature today. Close to a parking place at the beach I found 4 full plastic bags with eatern european, empty, beer cans. And some other stuff, mostly plastic. All properly recycled now.

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« Reply #632 on: May 06, 2018, 12:52:13 PM »
We are moving soon and I let go of our crib. It was barely used and we had gotten it four years back when we were expecting our first. We were naive parents who assumed baby would take to crib like fish to water. Haha! Both kids hated it, used it to play at times and I used it to contain them when I had to use the restroom. Now that second is a year old it's  a good time to chuck it. Still have the mattress - planning to make a montessori bedroom with it. It ended up being a  very costly laundry basket. Sold to a new mom who was super happy to get a mint condition crib for cheap.

Now eyeing what else I can sell/donate before our move. Maybe the dining room set.

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« Reply #633 on: May 06, 2018, 02:02:27 PM »
Packed up a huge bag of clothes that didn't fit anymore. Post-menopause has resulted in lumps and bumps shifting around, so even getting the weight off wouldn't mean anything would fit properly anyway.   I was sad at first, but it's a relief not having those things in the closet shaming me every time I saw them.

Also started packing up some dishes my Mom insisted I take 30 years ago.  We don't use fine china, and these have been carted around through 4 moves now.  Time for them to go and find a new home with someone that appreciates them.

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« Reply #634 on: May 06, 2018, 03:08:33 PM »
I have a set of 'good' dishes. Not even sure if they are china or not. I never, ever use them. Don't think they have ever been used but are taking up valuable space in my cupboard. Good idea to get rid of them. I am not hoity toity and wouldn't even be embarrassed if I were to serve company on a mixed bag of dishes and even paper plates! Going to have to think about getting rid of those dishes. Space is precious and I never use them!

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« Reply #635 on: May 06, 2018, 04:47:35 PM »
I saw advertised on a sales page a set of Xmas crockery. Crockery with a Xmas pattern for use on just few days of the year. That's a minimalist's nightmare right there.

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« Reply #636 on: May 06, 2018, 09:37:53 PM »
Crockery with a Xmas pattern for use on just few days of the year. That's a minimalist's nightmare right there.

lol, yes!!!

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« Reply #637 on: May 06, 2018, 11:04:04 PM »
Packed up a huge bag of clothes that didn't fit anymore. Post-menopause has resulted in lumps and bumps shifting around, so even getting the weight off wouldn't mean anything would fit properly anyway.   I was sad at first, but it's a relief not having those things in the closet shaming me every time I saw them.

Also started packing up some dishes my Mom insisted I take 30 years ago.  We don't use fine china, and these have been carted around through 4 moves now.  Time for them to go and find a new home with someone that appreciates them.

Have you considered using your fine china and getting rid of the other stuff. I got rid of my cheap glasses and started using the nice stuff. Yes, Sometimes something breaks bitit not the whole world.  If I look at my grandparents they saved the nice stuff and never got around using it. Instead it was sold when they died. Seems like such a waste.

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« Reply #638 on: May 07, 2018, 03:20:06 AM »
I saw advertised on a sales page a set of Xmas crockery. Crockery with a Xmas pattern for use on just few days of the year. That's a minimalist's nightmare right there.

For reasons unclear, multiple people in my life try to give me Christmas themed serving ware. Brand new, bought for me. Wtf.

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« Reply #639 on: May 07, 2018, 04:10:26 AM »
Is it too late to join this group?
My mother died in January and yesterday I finished clearing out her house. I didn't bother with an estate sale because her stuff was either expensive and new (most of the furniture was two or three years old) or not really worth anything (kitchen stuff, clothes). So I donated anything I didn't want and took the rest to my house. Thinking I would have more time to decide what works in my house and what doesn't.
I now have five couches, four dining tables, six beds, and countless boxes of formal china, silver, crystal etc. My basement looks like an episode of Hoarders. And this is on top of already having large piles of outgrown kids toys.
I don't even know where to begin!!!

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« Reply #640 on: May 07, 2018, 04:52:29 AM »
Wow BeanCounter you have created quite the mess but I understand completely because my Mom died 5 years ago and I dragged stuff home and still doesn't work in my house. We also donated almost 99% of the contents of her home to a charitable organization. We paid the org. $35 (gas money) to come and get the stuff and it took them the best part of a day to get it all in the truck. It was a sad day but it had to be done.

First off, you obviously can't use all this stuff. Get a pad of paper and decide exactly how many beds, tables you need or want to keep. Call Salvation army and donate it to them or some other charitable organization that will do a pick up. You will be helping some family out and getting rid of this stuff.

With the boxes, I think you need to either plan on spending a day opening them all up to see what is in each. Mark each box with a number (Number 1-100) and take that pad of paper and write on the pad the inventory in the box and close it up and go onto the next boxes and do the same thing. Maybe even take a picture of each boxes inventory while it is in the box so you don't have to open it again.

Then make the hard decisions. Are you ever going to use this stuff? Where will you store the stuff? How often are you going to use the stuff? Keep what you will really use or admire in a hutch or curio cabinet and get rid of the rest. There are pickers who will sell your stuff and they make 40% and you make 60%. You can sell it on Craigslist. You might even find an organization that has a yearly auction to make money for their organization/church/animal welfare/fire department and donate to them. You are never going to use all this stuff. If you can give it away you may help someone else and lighten your load. Get rid of this stuff now before someone else has to deal with this accumulation. Good luck to you!

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« Reply #641 on: May 07, 2018, 05:50:25 AM »
Packed up a huge bag of clothes that didn't fit anymore. Post-menopause has resulted in lumps and bumps shifting around, so even getting the weight off wouldn't mean anything would fit properly anyway.   I was sad at first, but it's a relief not having those things in the closet shaming me every time I saw them.

Also started packing up some dishes my Mom insisted I take 30 years ago.  We don't use fine china, and these have been carted around through 4 moves now.  Time for them to go and find a new home with someone that appreciates them.

Have you considered using your fine china and getting rid of the other stuff. I got rid of my cheap glasses and started using the nice stuff. Yes, Sometimes something breaks bitit not the whole world.  If I look at my grandparents they saved the nice stuff and never got around using it. Instead it was sold when they died. Seems like such a waste.

If you like the pattern, use the "good" stuff.  My everyday dishes and glasses are "good".  Using nice china is a joy, it is strong and light weight and food just looks more appetizing on it.  I am not saving it for "good", so I put it in the dishwasher, I am not coddling it.  The sad part of this?  I got it at an estate sale, I am sure it was someone's good china, and I didn't pay much for it.  I am sure I am getting more joy out of using it than they ever did.

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« Reply #642 on: May 07, 2018, 05:56:47 AM »
One word of caution, some china has gold rims around the edges. If you were to put the dish in the microwave it might damage the microwave. Not sure how to know but I would avoid putting those type dishes in the MW.

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« Reply #643 on: May 07, 2018, 06:01:31 AM »
Is it too late to join this group?
My mother died in January and yesterday I finished clearing out her house. I didn't bother with an estate sale because her stuff was either expensive and new (most of the furniture was two or three years old) or not really worth anything (kitchen stuff, clothes). So I donated anything I didn't want and took the rest to my house. Thinking I would have more time to decide what works in my house and what doesn't.
I now have five couches, four dining tables, six beds, and countless boxes of formal china, silver, crystal etc. My basement looks like an episode of Hoarders. And this is on top of already having large piles of outgrown kids toys.
I don't even know where to begin!!!

Been there, done that, still going through it a little.  The hard thing is not physically moving stuff, it's the mental effort involved in all the decisions that have to be made.  For each item, and there can be thousands, there are just so many decisions: do I want to keep it and if so where does it go, if I don't want to keep it do I sell it and if so how, or do I donate it and if so to whom, or do I dump it and if so how do I do least damage to the environment?  The difficulty is compounded by all the emotions and memories involved.  My family is getting smaller over the generations so I've had to go through this all too many times, fortunately I don't think I'll ever need to do it again.  Apart from some family heirlooms I'm now thinking I'll leave all the contents of my house to a charity so I don't impose the same job on anyone else.

My view when looking at each category of item was: start with what you want to keep.  You can only have one dining table: pick the one that suits your home best and say goodbye to the others.  Same with the beds and couches: pick what best suits your home and say goodbye to the others.  Don't make one mistake I made, which was keeping stuff for the home I was going to have rather than the one I had then (adding a room, which took two years and is only now allowing me to do a final sort of what I do and don't want:  fortunately I think I got the decisions about right, but 18 months of storage payments did hurt).

I did decide to keep some sentimental items, mostly fancy china.  I had a big wall cupboard with glass doors built specially: it decorates the kitchen but doesn't need dusting because of the doors: no way I would have kept it all on open shelves.  I use daily the cut glass crystal glasses that were previously kept for best.  The sellable stuff went to auction, the donateable stuff to various charities, some unsellable stuff (old upholstered furniture that doesn't meet current fire safety regulations) went via freecycle/freegle/buy nothing.  The last house I cleared I made one or two trips to the dump with my compact car, that's all: it was a well kept home.

It took me 6 months to clear the last house, and then a couple more to get it redecorated and let out, so you are already ahead of my timetable on that: do give yourself credit for that.

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« Reply #644 on: May 07, 2018, 07:04:35 AM »
Is it too late to join this group?
My mother died in January and yesterday I finished clearing out her house. I didn't bother with an estate sale because her stuff was either expensive and new (most of the furniture was two or three years old) or not really worth anything (kitchen stuff, clothes). So I donated anything I didn't want and took the rest to my house. Thinking I would have more time to decide what works in my house and what doesn't.
I now have five couches, four dining tables, six beds, and countless boxes of formal china, silver, crystal etc. My basement looks like an episode of Hoarders. And this is on top of already having large piles of outgrown kids toys.
I don't even know where to begin!!!
Sorry to hear about your mom. I would definitely second choosing how much furniture you need and which pieces you want to keep. That is a lot of excess large items! FWIW, we sold some fancy china and water goblets for close to $1000. You might be able to sort through the dishes and clear out some that way once you have the bulky stuff sorted and some time to consider what you want to keep.

Decluttering kept me from getting a ticket (or two) last night. I got stopped by the police to be told I have a headlight out and actually had proof of insurance with me that was current thanks to decluttering my desk recently! Got to show it again when I got stopped a second time. So, so glad I got our paperwork sorted through!

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« Reply #645 on: May 07, 2018, 07:11:26 AM »
Yesterday was a declutter success. Friends bought their first house. Moving from a small apartment, and they're very frugal types, so we're in the unique place of actually having things we can offer that help! Two big things: they had asked us where we found our reel mower, how much it was, etc, that we had previously owned. I don't think they realized- I never got around to selling it when we bought our electric mower! So we offered them the reel mower, and they accepted. Took it with us yesterday. While we were there, we were discussing living room layout- currently, the couch is super close to the wall with the TV, because they have a little old 30" TV. She mentioned that they plan on pushing the couch back once they have a bigger TV, but "that's WAY down the list of purchases." We replaced our TV before Christmas, and were holding onto our old 42" TV for BIL- but he recently decided that's too small, so he's buying a new one. (Funny how he's not the one buying a house... ahem...) Anyway, we offered, and they're very interested in the old TV. So next time we see them, we'll hand that off as well.

I could have sold these two things, and gotten probably $50 for the mower and $100+ for the TV. But honestly? I'm not usually in a place to actually help a friend like this, so I'm happy to contribute to their house set up. We were fortunate recipients of many things, so it's only fair to pay it forward with passing on useful/needed/desired items.

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« Reply #646 on: May 07, 2018, 08:06:55 AM »
Today I am going to tackle a giant suitcase that is full of hobby crap that I have not done in a few years now. It is going in a garbage bag for Vietnam Vets. Already have a giant pile of stuff to donate.

Oh, and I am going to buy two collapsible laundry baskets and get rid of the three that don't collapse. This is going to be such a great space saver!

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« Reply #647 on: May 07, 2018, 09:04:13 AM »
Today I am going to tackle a giant suitcase that is full of hobby crap that I have not done in a few years now. It is going in a garbage bag for Vietnam Vets. Already have a giant pile of stuff to donate.

Oh, and I am going to buy two collapsible laundry baskets and get rid of the three that don't collapse. This is going to be such a great space saver!

You clearly don't have a cat. When the laundry basket isn't being used for laundry, it has a cat in it. And sometimes has both.

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« Reply #648 on: May 07, 2018, 09:41:29 AM »
No cats here! Two dogs. They are not interested in the baskets! Used to put one of them in the laundry basket when he was a puppy but he freaked out and never liked it! LOL, needless to say I put him in it for my entertainment!

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« Reply #649 on: May 07, 2018, 10:42:22 AM »
I offered my old stereo to my brother and he is going to take it off my hands. It won't work for the design plan I have for my living room when the entertainment center goes. The conversation went like this --

Brother - I have a new CC and I need to go buy a stereo!
Me -       Don't use all that credit at once.
Pause ........
Me -       If you are interested I am getting rid of my old stereo - 5 disc, 2 tape deck, speakers and remote if you want
Brother - How much are you asking?
Me -        $ 45
Brother -  Is it broken????
Me-       No, it works I have something smaller  that I want to use instead.   
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