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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1600 on: November 10, 2018, 09:32:00 AM »
Two votes for continuing to de-clutter and none for taking a break.  I think I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the task but you folks buck me up in just the right way.  Resolve renewed. 


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« Reply #1601 on: November 10, 2018, 10:08:32 AM »
@mspym I'm impressed! Not only did you declutter your stash, you also got some projects done. Good on ya!

I donated fabric to a cool second-hand art supply store in my neighborhood. I can't believe that fabric survived three moves. I had already used what I needed from it years ago. Silly.
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« Reply #1602 on: November 10, 2018, 11:35:34 AM »
A small ting. I threw away a photo album containing 5 photos or so. It was supposed to document Norwegian buildings in past times. But we never added more than the few first photos. Also, the album had been in a box when the cellar flooded and was water damaged. It has been laying on the floor of the garage for the last year or two.

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« Reply #1603 on: November 10, 2018, 03:30:38 PM »
I finally took a big box of clothes and randomness to the thrift store.  Bonus that I got DH to get rid of a stack of dress shirts and ties he hasn't worn in years.

Yesterday I gave a bunch of jars to a friend who's been getting into canning.  I also passed on a basket from our old fridge that I could never find a good place for (delivered some of the jars to her in the basket).

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« Reply #1604 on: November 10, 2018, 04:34:35 PM »
Dusting some stuff in the house today and found 3 things to donate. One was a vase someone gave me that I never put any flowers into. One is a personalized cookie jar for a dog that we had that is deceased for many years and then some decorative candle thing someone gave me that I never used. All of it was collecting dust. Just got rid of 10 bags to Vietnam Vets on Friday. Now it begins again! More STUFF to get rid of! Stuff is like mushrooms in my house!

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« Reply #1605 on: November 10, 2018, 05:39:35 PM »
Brought another truck load from the house to the apartment. This is a tough one. Lots to go through. Lots of emotional processing, too. I finally had Husband load the high chair and stroller in to be donated. That was a blow, but there's no attic to hide them in anymore. Haven't talked myself into getting rid of the clothes and cloth diapers yet, so we'll see there.

Influx was mainly decor items though. First pass I unloaded all the "easy" items, put all the things that were clear give aways into the donation box, and currently have 3 "hard" boxes to get back to. Now we're hanging art, and anything that doesn't make it up we'll get rid of.

Hardest part of all this is my mom had given me a lot of family items. We had a house, they downsized and moved far away, it made sense to 'pass the torch' in a way. But, life had other plans. So a lot of items have to be stored a couple months until we drive the nearly 1500 miles for Christmas and return it all.

A lot of this is harder than expected. Glad I bought some whiskey. Lol.

Even having to declutter a bottle of wine I had been saving for a long time with sentimental value. It got far too cold, so it should be consumed now =( Probably for the best. Clean start for everything. Husband and I will open it together tonight and try to savor it. Hopefully it's not vinegar now ;)

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« Reply #1606 on: November 10, 2018, 06:07:30 PM »
I love my personal home shredder for the tiny bits I like to do daily. 3-5 documents, maybe 30 on an exciting day. Backlog -the build up from years, or from a massive project- I like to get to a shredding company, out, done.

I'm way behind on this thread - I get discouraged because I have to get approval to get rid of almost anything.

Anyway: Shredding!

I'm pleased with the personal shredder we got from Costco some years ago. Occasionally oil the blades, occasionally remove stuck bits from the teeth. Works great for the everyday mail sorting type shredding.

For bigger shred sessions (old files) - I usually take a pile into work and use the industrial shredder.

Edit: I have decluttered my desk :)- shredded/filed/tossed a fair stack of documents, verified gift cards were zeroed and disposed, consolidated the "to do" list.
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« Reply #1607 on: November 10, 2018, 08:14:42 PM »
A Ďdress upí shirt, the cozy bolaro I wore over my wedding dress a year ago, my formal dress from year 12 (8 years ago) plus the matching bow tie, all into the donation bag. I feel like we have too many big plates, so put all the chipped ones into a bag under the bed while I decide if that means we have too few. If we donít miss them by after Christmas they will go too. Trying to drink down some of my tea stash - finished a sample pack yesterday, moving onto another sample pack today.

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« Reply #1608 on: November 10, 2018, 09:39:03 PM »
Doing a huge wardrobe clearout, plus a heap of baby things. One big surprise is EIGHT great quality bras in a size I haven't been for years - probably the only time in my life I've owned eight bras in one size?! Such luxury. Luckily a friend thinks they'll fit her so they're going to a good home.

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« Reply #1609 on: November 10, 2018, 10:11:46 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?


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« Reply #1610 on: November 10, 2018, 10:16:28 PM »
You had me at "cat blood".

There is someone out there who will LOVE it and cherish it and make it the centrepiece of their favourite room.

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« Reply #1611 on: November 11, 2018, 04:48:55 AM »
My battle at the moment is not letting Ofpym derail my progress- he keeps saying "oh I'll read that" when I create a book pile. MY DUDE YOU WON'T BECAUSE YOU HAVEN'T IN THE LAST SIX YEARS.

My hubby does the exact same thing. He has read about 4 books in the last five years and all except one of those were biography type books related to his hobby in the last few yrs. He doesn't even read articles he's saved. Maybe in retirement... :/

If my Dad is any indication.... it won't happen. He has unopened boxes of books, articles, etc in the basement that I know were  still boxed from moves back at least as far as 1991. Last year I was finally able to get him to let me dispose of some magazines that I know were sitting in a box back in the 1980s.

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« Reply #1612 on: November 11, 2018, 04:59:11 AM »
Small win - gave away an unopened bottle of bath wash and it occurred to me that the person who wanted it might want an open bottle of similar gunk. She does! Getting rid of two products we won't use instead of one :-)

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« Reply #1613 on: November 11, 2018, 05:08:16 AM »
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?

If you truly don't feel the love for the mirror, let it go. One man's trash is another mans treasure. However, before you get rid of it give it one more thought. Have you considered spray painting the frame an updated color. Spray paint is amazing and can turn something ugly into something beautiful. Plus, if you updated it and now liked it better it would mean a bit more to you that it was something your granddad liked. Remove the frame and put an decorative edging on it (see video). Some people make mirrors into chalkboards so you can write on it like what's for dinner to night or appointments. Some people apply mirrors to table tops. Here is a video for some ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrW68JQfzS4    You might be able to find an art student to help apply pieces of ceramic tiles in a decorative pattern on the edges of the mirror. Some people apply fake flowers or beads or shells. I am not a fan of that because it will become a dust magnet and I have no idea how you would clean it.

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« Reply #1614 on: November 11, 2018, 06:50:18 AM »
You had me at "cat blood".

There is someone out there who will LOVE it and cherish it and make it the centrepiece of their favourite room.

+1   Doesn't sound like there is any emotional or family significance, donate and feel like your babies are safe.

I have a quilt in the donate pile (accepted when my grandmother downsized, to replace a polyester comforter - but apparently I like the polyester better, so the quilt has to go).  I put a bunch of candlemaking supplies up for sale, will list just the wax next if they still don't sell.  When I switched out the wardrobe to winter, I put a few items I wasn't excited about seeing in the donate bin as well.  Unfortunately, this means a trip to Goodwill as I literally have one work appropriate long-sleeved shirt (the other DIED, like omfg this thing stretched three sizes died the other day).  I also threw out a few fabric scraps too small to use that aren't going in my patchwork quilt.

And in the alternative use category, I took some unused mason jars - bought on sale for when the garden ramps up in a few years - filled them with water, and put them in our freezer to improve the efficiency. Win win on storage.

I've been lurking on this thread for a while, and it inspired me to do another round - hence the candles, etc.   Keep it up everyone!


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« Reply #1615 on: November 11, 2018, 08:29:55 AM »
Yes, ditch the mirror.  It's taking up too much mental space, clearly, and someone else will love to have it.

Friday night I burned up all the credit card offer type junk mail that accumulated over summer.  Actually, there is probably some more to burn, but the main basket full by the fireplace is gone.

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« Reply #1616 on: November 11, 2018, 09:01:35 AM »
I went through my summer wardrobe and weeded out a bunch of things.  A few t-shirts with small holes that I am quite fond of went in the sewing pile to be reincarnated in my next project (only because I have a concrete plan to use them that was already going to be my next project, which I have already started organizing, otherwise they would be for the donate or rag bin depending on condition).  A few other ones that I'm not attached to or weren't the right kind of fabric went in the donate bag.  Also weeded out a perfectly good bathing suit that happens to be my least favorite, and I have plenty, and a few pairs of shorts that are just a tiny bit too short to be comfortable.  Also moved a pair of boots that I like the look of but just aren't comfortable to wear into the donate pile.

The pile is getting big enough it's time to schedule a donation drop day.  Unfortunately our local thrift shop has fairly narrow hours for donations, so I'll have to time it carefully.

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« Reply #1617 on: November 11, 2018, 12:23:35 PM »
A for sure yes to getting rid of the mirror.

I helped my younger soon clean his room.
-We recycled maybe 3 shoe boxes worth of junk
-donated a few odds & ends
-I found two complete game sets that have never been played with (let that be a lesson to me at Christmas this year.) I've listed them on our local Facebook swap for a steal. Hopefully they can make someone happy!
-Everything that didn't belong in his room (bike lock, pool toy, granola bars?) are now back to their proper location
-All dirty laundry stashed under the bed has now been properly transferred to the wash

It looks SO GOOD! Also, the old library book that my son claimed he'd turned in . . . yes, that was there too. ;-0

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« Reply #1618 on: November 11, 2018, 12:29:27 PM »
More to the donate box. Our old towels were getting really worn (we only had 4, and I wash them weekly and it's been 7 or 8 years. I guess I'll allow it!). We had bought some pretty white ones to have as the guest towels, so when we moved and we don't have as much room now, the old towels will get passed on.

There's still some key areas that aren't dealt with yet, so I'm sure more will join! Need to address meds/bathroom goods, camping gear, christmas decor, general decor (some remaining unknowns), and what *was* our garage stuff, but we don't have a garage anymore, lol! We also have a large dresser in the back of our truck that ended up not fitting. Dang. Oh! And I'm moving a bunch of my clothes from hanging and from the dresser my husband and I have been sharing, into a dresser of my VERY OWN. (Gasp). I'm sure I'll pare down as I go.

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« Reply #1619 on: November 11, 2018, 01:18:13 PM »
A few tubes of almost used up creams, tinctures and the like while cleaning out the entry closet that doubles as the bathroom and Ďshedí storage. Two pretty bras that are too uncomfortable to wear. A tiny handbag with an Elmo pattern that Iíve grown out of XD

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« Reply #1620 on: November 11, 2018, 06:40:17 PM »
The way we all list out the specific items we ditch reads like death notices for things. Don't get me wrong; I love this thread. It just struck me as funny and deliciously weird.

Old pillows, sodastream, and computer backpack are added to the donation pile.
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« Reply #1621 on: November 11, 2018, 06:55:39 PM »
Visited my folks this weekend and grab two huge bins of my DVDs that I've been storing there. Planning to go through and ebay/decluttr/good will the vast majority of them. So I helped to declutter their house, while temporarily cluttering mine!

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« Reply #1622 on: November 11, 2018, 11:56:02 PM »
@MaybeBabyMustache I appreciate you posting so steadily.  That goes for everyone.  I just *love* coming back here periodically to find how much others are "in it with me". 

Yesterday got 4 small boxes of CDs back to Mr. X.  Actually, 3 boxes of CDs and one box of empty CD cases.  Nice to get that particular box out of the house with only minimal effort on my part!

5 down, 4 to go.  Those were the smallest 5, so the last 4 will likely take more effort.  Maybe a box a week rather than 3?  Putting the end date for this project at Nov 18.  Yes, that is what I'll shoot for.

In the last little while, I have been able to rip 3 of the remaining 4 boxes.  One of the ripped boxes was completed today, so will definitely be gone by next weekend. The last remaining box is the second biggest, not totally sure I'll be able to get that done in a week, but my estimate of 11/18 was not that far off.  I'll probably make a push to try to get done by then.  But work has been taking extra time, so we'll see how that shakes out.

So, next project is a combined paper/digital decluttering.  Getting all my passwords into a password manager.  It's deadly dull.  But I've been hanging on to this one dog-eared piece of paper that has the passwords written on it, so will be nice to ditch that even though it doesn't take up much space.

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« Reply #1623 on: November 12, 2018, 01:36:30 AM »
I have asked DH if we could throw away a whole moving box full of cassette tapes. We don't have a cassette player anymore.
Most of the tapes are stuff he recorded as a hobby, not music, but stand-up comedy. He didn't want to use time on it exactly then, but I hope he can let it go when (or before) we will sell the house.

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« Reply #1624 on: November 12, 2018, 04:29:24 AM »
Linda_Norway not sure if your husband would be interested but there is a converter that you can use to convert cassettes to CD's.

http://www.cassette2usb.com/?tid=B002

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« Reply #1625 on: November 12, 2018, 04:37:49 AM »
Linda_Norway not sure if your husband would be interested but there is a converter that you can use to convert cassettes to CD's.

http://www.cassette2usb.com/?tid=B002

We did that once with a bunch of longplay records. We borrowed a record player, connected it to the audio in the computer and recorded it on CD. Worked very well. I guess we could score a cassette player somewhere and do the same trick. It is just that this box contains so many tapes, that it is a very big job. Also, he knows 99% of the content by hart and can citate it. He also hasn't been playing them for the last 10 years or so. Maybe time to let go...
We have also 4 boxes full of VHS tapes with stand up comedy. They are not standing in the way, as they stand on top of a closet in a bedroom. But we also haven't opened these boxes for a decade at least. We still have a VHS player which is not connected to the TV and stereo. I hope we can some day ditch both the player and the video tapes, including the movies that we still have on video tapes.

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« Reply #1626 on: November 12, 2018, 04:58:54 AM »
I just donated VHS movies to Vietnam Vets. Some were brand new and never opened. UGH! I still have two VCR's! We have the first one and the last one and I think we got rid of another one. The first one has the remote on a wire, that is how old that one is! It was SUPER expensive because it was new technology at the time! Now it isn't worth 10 cents!

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« Reply #1627 on: November 12, 2018, 08:52:32 AM »
This weekend I took two full boxes to our county shredding event - tax returns and insurance policies are all scanned now.  Sold a sewing machine we no longer use and listed 5 more items on craigslist. 

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« Reply #1628 on: November 12, 2018, 11:05:36 AM »
This probably isn't exactly in the spirit of this thread, but I thought you all would understand. I'm in the midst of unpacking boxes.  I guess when everything was packed away I could kind of lie to myself about how much china I have.  I just unpacked 9 place settings of my "good" pattern and 12 settings of my grandmother's pattern (that I'm 95% sure she got free for buying an air conditioner).  Oh yeah, and the extra 8 dinner plates and hostess pieces that match my grandmother's set.  The only mustacian thing about any of this is that I've never paid full price for any of them. They are mostly pieces that I've picked up over the years at thrift stores and yard sales.  But it's still ridiculous for dishes I might use once a year.  Trying to talk myself into at least consolidating to one set...

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« Reply #1629 on: November 12, 2018, 12:12:50 PM »
I went through our three tiered tray that we keep to organize incoming mails, coupons, bills, etc. It's supposed to be cleaned out weekly. It gets. . . less attention than that. It's now pretty much organized. Could use one more pass to reassign things to their proper filing drawers, but all of the junk is now recycled & gone, at least.

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« Reply #1630 on: November 12, 2018, 01:15:05 PM »
Dropped more clothes off at Once Upon a Child. They'll only take 1/4 of them, but maybe I can get $10 before sending them to goodwill.

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« Reply #1631 on: November 12, 2018, 04:00:17 PM »
This probably isn't exactly in the spirit of this thread, but I thought you all would understand. I'm in the midst of unpacking boxes.  I guess when everything was packed away I could kind of lie to myself about how much china I have.  I just unpacked 9 place settings of my "good" pattern and 12 settings of my grandmother's pattern (that I'm 95% sure she got free for buying an air conditioner).  Oh yeah, and the extra 8 dinner plates and hostess pieces that match my grandmother's set.  The only mustacian thing about any of this is that I've never paid full price for any of them. They are mostly pieces that I've picked up over the years at thrift stores and yard sales.  But it's still ridiculous for dishes I might use once a year.  Trying to talk myself into at least consolidating to one set...

Do the sets go together, or at least not clash? Keep the plates from one, bowls from another, etc.  Or serving bowls/hostess piece as a centerpiece? Basically, a way to keep a pattern you like without having to get rid of it immediately.

I struggle with china because I don't care for it, but there's still a 12 piece set that my husband agrees we don't need but have to keep while his mother is still alive.  Huge chunk of cabinet space...

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« Reply #1632 on: November 12, 2018, 04:14:52 PM »
This probably isn't exactly in the spirit of this thread, but I thought you all would understand. I'm in the midst of unpacking boxes.  I guess when everything was packed away I could kind of lie to myself about how much china I have.  I just unpacked 9 place settings of my "good" pattern and 12 settings of my grandmother's pattern (that I'm 95% sure she got free for buying an air conditioner).  Oh yeah, and the extra 8 dinner plates and hostess pieces that match my grandmother's set.  The only mustacian thing about any of this is that I've never paid full price for any of them. They are mostly pieces that I've picked up over the years at thrift stores and yard sales.  But it's still ridiculous for dishes I might use once a year.  Trying to talk myself into at least consolidating to one set...

Do the sets go together, or at least not clash? Keep the plates from one, bowls from another, etc.  Or serving bowls/hostess piece as a centerpiece? Basically, a way to keep a pattern you like without having to get rid of it immediately.

I struggle with china because I don't care for it, but there's still a 12 piece set that my husband agrees we don't need but have to keep while his mother is still alive.  Huge chunk of cabinet space...

They sorta, kinda, but not really match.  The nicer set is my Lennox Opal Innocence.  My first husband came from old money so his family insisted on a very traditional registry so we had to pick china, stemware, and flatware.  I got the china and stemware back a few years after the divorce and have added pieces here and there.  I figure those were the things my ex couldn't hock.  It's basically white/platinum so it can kind of match anything.  The other set is pink and grey.  I don't normally like pink, but this one is pretty.  It's Harmony House, which was Sears' store brand for many years.  I also don't think I'll be able to get rid of it while mom is still alive either.  Oh God.  I didn't even think about my mom's set.  At least she knows that I've never particularly cared for it.  Maybe she'll leave it to my brother's wife and I won't have to deal with it.  Supposedly there is another set from my other grandmother that's supposed to be mine, but it's packed in a box somewhere and I couldn't tell you what it looks like.

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« Reply #1633 on: November 13, 2018, 01:59:57 AM »
Gave sister in law a book and got hubsí blessing to donate the five others by the same author. I am planning on gifting them to the giving tree at work but on the instructions at the tree it is requesting new books/toys, not second-hand... the books have each been read once, then on a bookshelf since then. They are clean and undamaged and if I hadnít read the instructions I would have gladly donated them to the gifting tree without a second thought, but now that Iíve read that instructions sheet Iím conflicted... thoughts? The books are all young adult fiction books by John Green (popular YA author) if that makes any difference.

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« Reply #1634 on: November 13, 2018, 04:19:38 AM »
Gave sister in law a book and got hubsí blessing to donate the five others by the same author. I am planning on gifting them to the giving tree at work but on the instructions at the tree it is requesting new books/toys, not second-hand... the books have each been read once, then on a bookshelf since then. They are clean and undamaged and if I hadnít read the instructions I would have gladly donated them to the gifting tree without a second thought, but now that Iíve read that instructions sheet Iím conflicted... thoughts? The books are all young adult fiction books by John Green (popular YA author) if that makes any difference.

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« Reply #1635 on: November 13, 2018, 05:21:57 AM »
Gave sister in law a book and got hubsí blessing to donate the five others by the same author. I am planning on gifting them to the giving tree at work but on the instructions at the tree it is requesting new books/toys, not second-hand... the books have each been read once, then on a bookshelf since then. They are clean and undamaged and if I hadnít read the instructions I would have gladly donated them to the gifting tree without a second thought, but now that Iíve read that instructions sheet Iím conflicted... thoughts? The books are all young adult fiction books by John Green (popular YA author) if that makes any difference.

Given they're in excellent condition, I wouldn't hesitate to give them to the giving tree.

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« Reply #1636 on: November 13, 2018, 06:08:17 AM »
Gave sister in law a book and got hubsí blessing to donate the five others by the same author. I am planning on gifting them to the giving tree at work but on the instructions at the tree it is requesting new books/toys, not second-hand... the books have each been read once, then on a bookshelf since then. They are clean and undamaged and if I hadnít read the instructions I would have gladly donated them to the gifting tree without a second thought, but now that Iíve read that instructions sheet Iím conflicted... thoughts? The books are all young adult fiction books by John Green (popular YA author) if that makes any difference.

Given they're in excellent condition, I wouldn't hesitate to give them to the giving tree.

Agree, if it looks like a book you'd  get at Barnes and Noble, having read it doesn't change the condition- you didn't use up the story.  If the spine is broken or pages are bent, then the condition is "used".

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« Reply #1637 on: November 13, 2018, 08:12:09 AM »
This probably isn't exactly in the spirit of this thread, but I thought you all would understand. I'm in the midst of unpacking boxes.  I guess when everything was packed away I could kind of lie to myself about how much china I have.  I just unpacked 9 place settings of my "good" pattern and 12 settings of my grandmother's pattern (that I'm 95% sure she got free for buying an air conditioner).  Oh yeah, and the extra 8 dinner plates and hostess pieces that match my grandmother's set.  The only mustacian thing about any of this is that I've never paid full price for any of them. They are mostly pieces that I've picked up over the years at thrift stores and yard sales.  But it's still ridiculous for dishes I might use once a year.  Trying to talk myself into at least consolidating to one set...

Do the sets go together, or at least not clash? Keep the plates from one, bowls from another, etc.  Or serving bowls/hostess piece as a centerpiece? Basically, a way to keep a pattern you like without having to get rid of it immediately.

I struggle with china because I don't care for it, but there's still a 12 piece set that my husband agrees we don't need but have to keep while his mother is still alive.  Huge chunk of cabinet space...

China.  I have a set of family Wedgewood from the late 1700s, I struggle with it and with other family pieces.  I also have several old books that have been signed by ancestors in the 1800s and early 1900s as well as my father's Hardy Boys books that he signed in the 1950s and I'm assuming used for target practice since there are several bb holes.  Technically it's all clutter, but I can't get rid of any of it. 

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« Reply #1638 on: November 13, 2018, 09:48:29 AM »
This probably isn't exactly in the spirit of this thread, but I thought you all would understand. I'm in the midst of unpacking boxes.  I guess when everything was packed away I could kind of lie to myself about how much china I have.  I just unpacked 9 place settings of my "good" pattern and 12 settings of my grandmother's pattern (that I'm 95% sure she got free for buying an air conditioner).  Oh yeah, and the extra 8 dinner plates and hostess pieces that match my grandmother's set.  The only mustacian thing about any of this is that I've never paid full price for any of them. They are mostly pieces that I've picked up over the years at thrift stores and yard sales.  But it's still ridiculous for dishes I might use once a year.  Trying to talk myself into at least consolidating to one set...

Do the sets go together, or at least not clash? Keep the plates from one, bowls from another, etc.  Or serving bowls/hostess piece as a centerpiece? Basically, a way to keep a pattern you like without having to get rid of it immediately.

I struggle with china because I don't care for it, but there's still a 12 piece set that my husband agrees we don't need but have to keep while his mother is still alive.  Huge chunk of cabinet space...

China.  I have a set of family Wedgewood from the late 1700s, I struggle with it and with other family pieces.  I also have several old books that have been signed by ancestors in the 1800s and early 1900s as well as my father's Hardy Boys books that he signed in the 1950s and I'm assuming used for target practice since there are several bb holes.  Technically it's all clutter, but I can't get rid of any of it.

See, the Wedgewood I might take and very happily (I have a Jasperware collection, which I have thinned a bit).

My mom has 4, yes FOUR, complete sets of china, plus a bunch of partials, etc. We did get her to got through all of it, with the "we're JUST repacking the stuff, the boxes are falling apart for goodness sake" phrase. We managed to go through all of it, get it all packed into boxes of only one pattern per box. And she actually designated some stuff as "sell" boxes, not that they've actually been sold. They're just sitting in the basement with everything else she's marked sell. Some estate sale company is going to have a bunch of work one of these days.

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« Reply #1639 on: November 13, 2018, 12:08:21 PM »

I struggle with china because I don't care for it, but there's still a 12 piece set that my husband agrees we don't need but have to keep while his mother is still alive.  Huge chunk of cabinet space...

What is it with parents and china?  My Mom gave me a set that was her Aunt's decades ago, and is horrified that I want to get rid of it.  It is monogrammed (not our initial) and gold rimmed, so can't go in the dishwasher.  I'm sure it cost my Great Aunt a fortune when she bought it.  But no one wants it now, including us.  We have carted this stuff around through 4 houses, and it is not going with us next time.  So I've been sneaking it out so Mom doesn't notice - first the cups and saucers, then the bread plates, etc.   We are down to the dinner plates and a couple of small bowls now, and those will go after Christmas.

Got Mr. SP to go through a bunch of files, and shredded at least 10 pounds of paper.   Every time I think we've found everything that isn't needed, we find more.   I've also got a box out in the garage just about ready for Goodwill - books, things people have given us over the years that we don't need, etc.  So far I've been sticking to my goal of at least one good size bag or box out of the house each month.   

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« Reply #1640 on: November 13, 2018, 12:21:40 PM »
Gave sister in law a book and got hubsí blessing to donate the five others by the same author. I am planning on gifting them to the giving tree at work but on the instructions at the tree it is requesting new books/toys, not second-hand... the books have each been read once, then on a bookshelf since then. They are clean and undamaged and if I hadnít read the instructions I would have gladly donated them to the gifting tree without a second thought, but now that Iíve read that instructions sheet Iím conflicted... thoughts? The books are all young adult fiction books by John Green (popular YA author) if that makes any difference.

Given they're in excellent condition, I wouldn't hesitate to give them to the giving tree.

Same. If the covers are flat and shiny, I'd give them to the giving tree.

I've been doing unusually well on the decluttering front. Gave away a lot of winter stuff to collection for refugees, also used up a lot of fleece fabric making scarves for same.  While looking for the fleece in my stash, found a big bag of scraps way too small to be useful... why was I saving them? They're going to textile recycling.

Selected a bunch of children's books that I hate reading out loud  (I'm talking about YOU, Pinkalicious!) to give to the library book sale.  Turned down an offer to return some doll furniture that I once gifted to a friend's daughter before I had my own daughter. Friend's daughter is now grown and wants to sell her kid stuff, but my daughter has plenty of tiny furniture that just ends up all over the carpet and underfoot.

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« Reply #1641 on: November 13, 2018, 12:26:59 PM »
Getting rid of some small stuffies and the litter box -- someone in the local Buy Nothing group is taking supplies up to Butte County to help out fire victims. Also gave a small spider plant away to a guest yesterday.

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« Reply #1642 on: November 14, 2018, 07:13:14 AM »

I struggle with china because I don't care for it, but there's still a 12 piece set that my husband agrees we don't need but have to keep while his mother is still alive.  Huge chunk of cabinet space...

What is it with parents and china?  My Mom gave me a set that was her Aunt's decades ago, and is horrified that I want to get rid of it.  It is monogrammed (not our initial) and gold rimmed, so can't go in the dishwasher.  I'm sure it cost my Great Aunt a fortune when she bought it.  But no one wants it now, including us.  We have carted this stuff around through 4 houses, and it is not going with us next time.  So I've been sneaking it out so Mom doesn't notice - first the cups and saucers, then the bread plates, etc.   We are down to the dinner plates and a couple of small bowls now, and those will go after Christmas.


I agree!  Parents just don't understand (Cue DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince)Ö.
I haven't thought about it too much, but I KNOW my mom has at least one set of.... maybe not china, but something she considers "her fancy dishes" and used for Thanksgiving, Xmas, etc.  I also KNOW she has a cabinet of tchotchkes (that she apparently now calls Nic Nacs, she was insisting on the phone last night that she's never used the word tchotchkes). 
We were talking a bit about my grandma, who still lives alone and just turned 91 yesterday... and I was asking if she still has cabinets full of junk at her house... my mom kept insisting that one of my aunts helped clean the house out so that it would be more livable... but when I pressed her, she said that "of course" she still has her Nic Nacs in big cabinets with glass doors... as if that's NOT what I was referring to as 'Junk' (it was).
THIMBLES and BELLS.  OH THE THIMBLES AND BELLS.

This makes me nervous that there are more cabinets of junk at my parents house than I realize.  :::Shudder:::
I try not to press them too much about the state of their junk, as I live a thousand+ miles away...  But my dad grew up dirt-floor-poor, and I know he just feels secure stockpiling stuff even though they've been securely lower-middle class for decades (not ideal, but they're secure) and he likely DOES NOT NEED his old mower salvage parts, or two decades worth of his old factory-issued steel toed boots that "have plenty of life left in them". 
OK, FEELING PANICKED, MUST STOP THINKING ABOUT THAT CROWDED HOUSE.

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« Reply #1643 on: November 14, 2018, 07:25:48 AM »

I struggle with china because I don't care for it, but there's still a 12 piece set that my husband agrees we don't need but have to keep while his mother is still alive.  Huge chunk of cabinet space...

What is it with parents and china?  My Mom gave me a set that was her Aunt's decades ago, and is horrified that I want to get rid of it.  It is monogrammed (not our initial) and gold rimmed, so can't go in the dishwasher.  I'm sure it cost my Great Aunt a fortune when she bought it.  But no one wants it now, including us.  We have carted this stuff around through 4 houses, and it is not going with us next time.  So I've been sneaking it out so Mom doesn't notice - first the cups and saucers, then the bread plates, etc.   We are down to the dinner plates and a couple of small bowls now, and those will go after Christmas.


I agree!  Parents just don't understand (Cue DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince)Ö.
I haven't thought about it too much, but I KNOW my mom has at least one set of.... maybe not china, but something she considers "her fancy dishes" and used for Thanksgiving, Xmas, etc.  I also KNOW she has a cabinet of tchotchkes (that she apparently now calls Nic Nacs, she was insisting on the phone last night that she's never used the word tchotchkes). 
We were talking a bit about my grandma, who still lives alone and just turned 91 yesterday... and I was asking if she still has cabinets full of junk at her house... my mom kept insisting that one of my aunts helped clean the house out so that it would be more livable... but when I pressed her, she said that "of course" she still has her Nic Nacs in big cabinets with glass doors... as if that's NOT what I was referring to as 'Junk' (it was).
THIMBLES and BELLS.  OH THE THIMBLES AND BELLS.

This makes me nervous that there are more cabinets of junk at my parents house than I realize.  :::Shudder:::
I try not to press them too much about the state of their junk, as I live a thousand+ miles away...  But my dad grew up dirt-floor-poor, and I know he just feels secure stockpiling stuff even though they've been securely lower-middle class for decades (not ideal, but they're secure) and he likely DOES NOT NEED his old mower salvage parts, or two decades worth of his old factory-issued steel toed boots that "have plenty of life left in them". 
OK, FEELING PANICKED, MUST STOP THINKING ABOUT THAT CROWDED HOUSE.

I so understand.  FIL grew up, not exactly poor, but his parents worked for different school districts.  They would move somewhere for the school year and when the year was over they would sell everything, including FIL's toys and stuff, and move back to their farm.  Then in the fall the cycle would repeat.  So FIL holds on to EVERYTHING.  Combine that with the fact that MIL and FIL are both only children they inherited everything from both sides.  There are at least 4 storage units full of furniture and other "antiques" that will have to be gone through and disposed of eventually.  I'm pretty sure there are at least 3 pianos including the one in their house.  And several curio cabinets like were popular in the 80s for displaying dolls and shit.  It's going to be a long process and my husband (and to some extent son if I don't nip it in the bud early) shows hoarding tendencies too.  BIL doesn't care about the stuff, so he may end up being my ally when it comes down to that stuff not coming in my house.

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« Reply #1644 on: November 14, 2018, 07:31:50 AM »

I struggle with china because I don't care for it, but there's still a 12 piece set that my husband agrees we don't need but have to keep while his mother is still alive.  Huge chunk of cabinet space...

What is it with parents and china?  My Mom gave me a set that was her Aunt's decades ago, and is horrified that I want to get rid of it.  It is monogrammed (not our initial) and gold rimmed, so can't go in the dishwasher.  I'm sure it cost my Great Aunt a fortune when she bought it.  But no one wants it now, including us.  We have carted this stuff around through 4 houses, and it is not going with us next time.  So I've been sneaking it out so Mom doesn't notice - first the cups and saucers, then the bread plates, etc.   We are down to the dinner plates and a couple of small bowls now, and those will go after Christmas.


I agree!  Parents just don't understand (Cue DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince)Ö.
I haven't thought about it too much, but I KNOW my mom has at least one set of.... maybe not china, but something she considers "her fancy dishes" and used for Thanksgiving, Xmas, etc.  I also KNOW she has a cabinet of tchotchkes (that she apparently now calls Nic Nacs, she was insisting on the phone last night that she's never used the word tchotchkes). 
We were talking a bit about my grandma, who still lives alone and just turned 91 yesterday... and I was asking if she still has cabinets full of junk at her house... my mom kept insisting that one of my aunts helped clean the house out so that it would be more livable... but when I pressed her, she said that "of course" she still has her Nic Nacs in big cabinets with glass doors... as if that's NOT what I was referring to as 'Junk' (it was).
THIMBLES and BELLS.  OH THE THIMBLES AND BELLS.

This makes me nervous that there are more cabinets of junk at my parents house than I realize.  :::Shudder:::
I try not to press them too much about the state of their junk, as I live a thousand+ miles away...  But my dad grew up dirt-floor-poor, and I know he just feels secure stockpiling stuff even though they've been securely lower-middle class for decades (not ideal, but they're secure) and he likely DOES NOT NEED his old mower salvage parts, or two decades worth of his old factory-issued steel toed boots that "have plenty of life left in them". 
OK, FEELING PANICKED, MUST STOP THINKING ABOUT THAT CROWDED HOUSE.
And several curio cabinets like were popular in the 80s for displaying dolls and shit.

Ö. I snort-laughed when I read that!  These are the EXACT thing my parents have in their house.  Displaying who knows what?  I think there's a model airplane in one and like... some bells and a few figurines in the other?  WHYYYYYYYYY.  I'm having vague memories of what's inside those things "displayed" and... a desk clock for like a fancy bosses desk (why), figurines of ladies in bonnets and crap, model cars my dad put together in the 1990's on like one weekend a year when we weren't allowed to bother him, ummmÖ some childrens crafts, some glasses for whisky or something (no one drinks), um...
I'm getting a headache thinking about it.  Ha.

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« Reply #1645 on: November 14, 2018, 12:59:48 PM »
I have a glass doored 60s display cabinet that holds books so I don't have to dust them! And my late dog's ashes and collar. There is one nic-nac in there that was a gift to hubby. It's ugly but he likes it so I put it at the bottom :P

When I was shopping for a cabinet the ad would say "contents not included", like you'd really want their collection of tat :)

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« Reply #1646 on: November 14, 2018, 01:52:20 PM »
Following for the inspiration.

We moved earlier this year and we got rid of quite a lot of stuff (mainly my books which I sold/donated *blush*)
Now we are settled I want to address the still unopened boxes, which is a bit daunting. I will start small, tomorrow.
I found out that a donation container for clothing is close to my route to work, so I will donate two sweaters I havenít been wearing for years.

Reading through the posts made me realize that I put too much emotional value on stuff. Just keeping things and not using them is a funny way of Ďappreciatingí I think.

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« Reply #1647 on: November 14, 2018, 05:44:10 PM »
Loving the progress here! The descriptions about stockpiles of china and curio cabinets, and hoarding tendencies reminds me very vividly of some close family friends. She grew up living in a shack, and feels the need to hold on to everything now as security or because it is 'collectible' and 'worth something' with the idea that they can sell it at an indeterminate future date for cash. He is a recovered alcoholic, many years dry who has turned to making collections and shopping pawn shops as his new addiction. Together they just reinforced those tendencies - it was always a very clean hoard but so overwhelming.  They had rooms with hundreds of shoes, any vintage victorian item you can think of, stamps, coins, and VHS and DVDs by the hundred. We helped him once to make up a list of his movies so that he could find them easier and we found doubles of dozens of them and triplicates of many titles too!   Later, they rented out a room and the boarder secretly started a side business selling their stuff. It took them many months and many emptied storage sheds before they even suspected.

I got rid of another box of unneeded kitchen items this week - margarita glasses, crockpot insert, water filter, plus some clothes.  Then I did a reorganize project to clear up shelves, which will hopefully lead to more items to donate.  I made a floor cushion and added a hidden lapped zipper, then put all my medium sized clean fabric scraps and odds of other fabric projects (and lonely socks) inside to fill it up.  It is an 18" cube and it is more than half full already!  I'm very happy with the extra space I got back on the shelves, and now we have extra seating.  If I ever feel inspired to do mini projects or need a scrap I can rescue what I need - but I hope to just keep filling it to capacity.



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« Reply #1648 on: November 14, 2018, 06:22:27 PM »
I definitely find the more I get rid of, the more I look at what I still keep. I gave away 6 nice handbags and now I am looking at another three "keepers" and wondering if they should go too. AND next week, we go to NZ and my luggage will be a suitcase of manga, that is being rehoused with a friend. I may even be able to leave the suitcase there. Poor bag - I had such plans for being a person with a good travelling suitcase and then I transformed into a Carry-on Luggage person the moment I moved. In its life it's been on one[1] cross-Tasman trip in total and has mostly been used when shifting house.

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« Reply #1649 on: November 15, 2018, 02:58:09 AM »
Freecycled old dining table and four chairs*. There were another two chairs that had been broken by the kids tipping them over which we'd never got round to fixing. Offered those to the guy when he came to collect in case he wanted to try fixing them. Said "No, but since you're giving us stuff do you want me to dispose of them for you?". Unexpected bonus.

Got electric guitar and amp advertised because I only ever play the acoustic. Just trying to decide whether to accept the first slightly lower offer for a quick sale or let the ad run a bit longer.








* In a truly extravagant upgrade, we've gone from the table and chairs my parents gave us 13 years ago (which were left in a rental property belonging to my grandmother) to a nicer setup which cost us a total of £35 from charity shop (table) and local free-ads (chairs).