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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1150 on: February 23, 2015, 05:18:57 AM »
More and more stuff gone. Excess towels, clothing, books sold, bike parts sold.
Books and DVD's traded for good local beers.

Can't say I've missed any of the stuff I got rid of yet. Even funnier: I don't even remember every item.
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« Reply #1151 on: February 23, 2015, 05:48:20 AM »

Books and DVD's traded for good local beers.


+1 on the trades.
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« Reply #1152 on: February 23, 2015, 06:34:15 AM »
When looking for last year's tax paperwork to check a number, we found a bag's worth of paper that we did not need to hang onto, so that went to the recycling.

Also tossed an old sound card and a pile of floppy disks.  Possibly we could have ebayed the floppy disks, but I'm not sure it would be worth the effort.

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« Reply #1153 on: February 23, 2015, 07:24:00 AM »
Does it count that I have shredded loads of old documents recently?

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« Reply #1154 on: February 23, 2015, 08:34:50 PM »
Cleared out a four-drawer filing cabinet and consolidated down to one large and one small bin, between shredding, recycling and taking a few professional files to the office.

Although...I'm proud that I don't actually have a lot to weed out this time. The last two moves, I spent an enormous amount of time just getting rid of stuff. I have done a couple of small Goodwill trips over the last four years, did one for the move and one more to go. That should be it...

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« Reply #1155 on: February 24, 2015, 02:37:02 AM »
Cleared out that drawer with orphan socks.

10 minutes of work, and one more drawer that can actually be used instead of just being there filled with clutter.

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« Reply #1156 on: February 24, 2015, 02:59:09 AM »
Throwing them all out and getting 30 pairs of identical black socks for the cheap.
I like my diamond pattern / Kermit / Homer Simpson / Mickey Mouse / Garfield socks.

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« Reply #1157 on: February 24, 2015, 04:17:36 PM »
Giving away our swing and bassinet to a friend for her baby. Those items get used more and we get back space. Win-win!

Now I just need to find a time for actually getting them out the door.

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« Reply #1158 on: February 24, 2015, 05:27:31 PM »
So much success here!  Shredding paper is a huge success FliXfantatier, you are inspiring.

In the last few days, with help from a friend, I took three car loads of stuff out of here.  Two loads to charity and one to the dump.  What a luscious feeling.  It is better than getting a massage and cheaper too.  I am loving the clean tidy feeling that is left behind, in fact I am floating on it.

Cutenila, not getting things out the door can be maddening.  I am once again driving a car with several items in it which I also drove around two months ago but did not deliver.  This time I will get them to their owners.  Not borrowing anymore is part of my new creed, because dropping things off is complicated at times.

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« Reply #1159 on: February 25, 2015, 07:17:18 AM »
Another load to the mission yesterday and another load home from the son's dumpster dive of perfectly usable clothing.  fOUR washer loads full.  Now washed and waiting to go donate next week.  The dumpster also included a bag of books and 2 working space heaters.  SIGH. 

Our own from the house was son had 3 old cell phones that wouldn't sell on Craigslist or garage sale.  I had a decorative jar, a candle holder, a wall decor item, 2 lamps that no longer worked w/o a possible repair (mission has a handy man) and an old plaque.  GONE.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1160 on: February 25, 2015, 10:24:33 AM »
Didn't declutter anything today BUT yesterday I saw someone on a local giveaway fb group posting that she's looking for stuff for a flea market, so I have been thinking about which stuff to give to her.

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« Reply #1161 on: February 25, 2015, 12:00:09 PM »
Accidentally got rid of my rice cooker a couple days ago. By "accidentally" I mean I plugged it in and smoke and fire happened. Fortunately, I have a big pot and a little pot with lids, and those seem to be working well. It's nice having the counter space back as well.
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« Reply #1162 on: February 25, 2015, 12:40:52 PM »
Zikoris, your post reminded me to claim counter space in my kitchen. I have the essentials that I use almost every day on the counter (toaster, food processor) but I also have a ton of baby bottle parts. We need it easily accessible and easily dryable but it is an eye sore on an otherwise clean counter. Any ideas as to how to store it?

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« Reply #1163 on: February 25, 2015, 12:55:08 PM »
I've been selling a lot of books we'll never read again on Ebay.  I'm surprised at how much we've been able to sell.  We're not getting much for them, but we're getting them out of the house and putting a few bucks in our pocket so all is good.

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« Reply #1164 on: February 25, 2015, 12:58:43 PM »
Zikoris, your post reminded me to claim counter space in my kitchen. I have the essentials that I use almost every day on the counter (toaster, food processor) but I also have a ton of baby bottle parts. We need it easily accessible and easily dryable but it is an eye sore on an otherwise clean counter. Any ideas as to how to store it?
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« Reply #1165 on: February 26, 2015, 04:14:57 AM »
Okay, it's getting harder now.
Currently going through stuff I used to tell myself I might use in the future.

Towels, why on earth do I own so many towels? (Not THAT hard to ditch though)

More difficult: my old spare cycling (I love cycling) shoes I've kept in case my fancy Sidi's would get wet or break.
But did I actually wear them since I got the fancy Sidi's over 3 years ago? Not even once.
What do I actually do when my Sidi's get wet? I dry them.
What will I actually do when the Sidi's break? I'll order spare parts or new ones straight away, and use my mountain bike pedals and shoes in the meantime.
Sure, I liked to think it's Pro to own spare shoes, but truth is, I am not a fucking pro cyclist, but a recreational rider with a preference for fair weather.
Actually they're just cluttering my closet, as they have been doing over the last 3 years.

How clarifying it is to write things down.
I'm selling them.
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« Reply #1166 on: February 26, 2015, 03:44:18 PM »
Update: put the cycling shoes, some vintage cycling jerseys and some bike parts for sale on marktplaats and facebook this afternoon, and got some serious biddings already!
Looks like the shoes will be going to a cycling mate looking for something affordable, just as I was hoping for. The vintage jerseys even seem to have some collector's value!
Totally stoked!
Some towels and garments to goodwill, too.

Also Spent some thought about WHY I'm decluttering so ferociously.
2 important things came up:
-Me being in control of my possessions, in stead of my possessions controlling me.
-Less stuff = possibility to live in a smaller home = less rent, less mortgage, less taxes, lower energy bills = more freedom to work parttime, or FIRE.

2 YT vids that inspired me to declutter:
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Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus


Decluttered my iPad and pc as well: deleted a number of apps, put all the Apple apps I don't use in one folder, and reduced the number of desktop icons on my pc too.
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« Reply #1167 on: February 26, 2015, 07:46:01 PM »
I continue to sell 1-7 items per week on eBay and am slogging through decades of paperwork. I must've scanned at least 10,000 pieces of paper by now. We have rental properties and loads of related documents and receipts, and I'm taking time to tape small receipts to a piece of paper, which I scan in a clear plastic cover. My burden gets lifted a little bit more with every scan. And soon I'll actually sell one of the rental houses, an even bigger burden lifted!
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« Reply #1168 on: February 26, 2015, 08:49:20 PM »
I never knew how uplifting this would be.  I did not realise how the weight of all that STUFF was pressing me down and pinning me to the ground in paralysis.  When we got home tonight I cast my eye around the dining room and felt such pleasure in seeing clear surfaces.

I have three boxes of things to go through from my big clear out the other day but a quick glance at them shows me that I can deal with it in about 10 minutes.  I was busy hurling things out but part of me sensibly grabbed things that I would be able to use- duct tape, bandaids, four or five boxes of blank cards which can have a photo glued on the front ( a donation from a pal).  Now I need to put those things where they belong and get rid of the temporary mess of three cardboard boxes.

I am very into making sure that clutter does not begin to gather once more, especially paper, that dreaded monster.  I have started to spend a few minutes in the mornings tidying and putting things back which I find very soothing.  Are you guys enjoying the fruits of your labours?  Is anyone finding the paper piles growing again?

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« Reply #1169 on: February 26, 2015, 11:08:03 PM »
I finally culled our book collection to a manageable size. For our textbooks, I was comparing between amazon trade in and eBay. Should I just send them for trade in and be done with it? Or should I put it on eBay and sell over a longer period of time? The difference is easily a couple of hundred dollars. My husband says we won't go through with the selling on eBay thing. But I think this would be a perfect way to dip our toes into eBay selling.

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« Reply #1170 on: February 27, 2015, 11:30:02 AM »
Took a car load of stuff to the Salvation Army this a.m. gleaned from the dumpster by son...nothing he wanted to sell in his somewhat regular garage sales, but not needing to be thrown away either.  We were on our way to grocery anyway.

The garage sales he has nothing is priced under a $1 so he keeps no change on hand.
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« Reply #1171 on: February 27, 2015, 04:16:47 PM »
This week it's clearing our tv cabinet. I want to sell our DVDs and husband finally said yes to selling Xbox (he doesn't play anymore but was reluctant to part with it). Will also check out the cabinet for more stuff to sell, donate, toss.

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« Reply #1172 on: February 27, 2015, 04:26:22 PM »
Just got a note from husband - the move for which we are decluttering might not happen after all. So I can take my time decluttering. I can either sell books on eBay (wait for a good time) or amazon trade in(stuff gone, money in hand but less profit). Now that we may not be moving, I'm not sure if I should declutter quickly. My husband is all for decluttering quickly even at a loss as long as the house becomes lighter.

Do you think I should declutter quickly or take my time selling stuff on eBay for more profit?
I can't seem to decide: money vs clean house immediately
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« Reply #1173 on: February 27, 2015, 09:17:30 PM »
Do you think I should declutter quickly or take my time selling stuff on eBay for more profit?
I can't seem to decide: money vs clean house immediately

I've sold a lot of stuff on eBay over the past year, but I don't seem to have any luck with books there. I took down my book auctions and put them up on Amazon; still not sold, so who knows. The prices could probably be lowered to make them sell. Do you only have books or are there other items you can sell?

A couple tips to make eBay more profitable for you as the seller and make sure you get paid:

* Go to: My eBay, Account, Seller Account and change Buyer Preferences to the strictest settings possible. Only accept buyers with Paypal, buyers with the least negative feedback and fewest non-payment strikes. Yes, you may get fewer bidders/buyers, but the ones you get will be better quality.

* Borrow or buy a cheap digital scale to weigh your own packages, pay for postage/print your shipping labels via eBay (after weighing and measuring). Ebay charges the same discounted online rate that USPS/stamps.com charges with no monthly fee. I print my labels on plain white paper and use clear packing tape to attach them to the packages. If you prepay postage & print your own labels, you can just drop off your packages on the post office counter or leave them for the mail carrier to pick up from home; you don't need to wait in line. (I love that!!)

* If a buyer doesn't pay you within 48 hours, click on the item and select Resolve a Problem and Buyer Hasn't Paid. This will open a case so that eBay will go after payment for you. If the buyer still doesn't pay, ebay will refund any fees you've been charged for the auction. It helps resolve the issue much quicker AND it causes deadbeat buyers to have non-payment strikes against them, which helps keep the system functioning.
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« Reply #1174 on: February 28, 2015, 07:08:37 AM »
With your books, have you tried paperback swap?  It means you will get credits for more books (and you have to pay to ship them) so it is not ideal, but if you want to have different books to read, you could try it.  The software lets you develop wish lists too.

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« Reply #1175 on: February 28, 2015, 07:09:29 AM »
I am thinking of getting rid of all our books and only buying copies 2nd hand when I need a specific book for a specific thing.  Once it's read it's outta here.  (Except for some reference books -- if I use them all the time! ). 

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« Reply #1176 on: February 28, 2015, 09:36:38 AM »

Do you think I should declutter quickly or take my time selling stuff on eBay for more profit?
I can't seem to decide: money vs clean house immediately

Personally, I detest selling things online. In fact, it was my entry in the "small things you could do to save money, but don't" thread. My MIL runs a charity rummage sale for her church, so I give nearly everything that can be sold to her.

If you don't mind/enjoy the sales process, I would sell them to maximize cash. If the pile of items to be sold will simply be a source of guilt for months before you haul it to the thrift store, then cut out the middle man and donate now.

Re books: I live in a craftsman with built in bookcases. Those bookcases determine the quantity of books I own. The collection changes as books drift in and out of my life (I am a sucker for the 25 cent book pile) Thanks to the library, I rarely wish for something I can't have.

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« Reply #1177 on: February 28, 2015, 11:28:37 AM »
I got rid of a good chunk of my books (except for a few reference ones), but due to some extra wood and free time, I thought about doing a little free library on my corner. Since I live in the ghetto, there isn't one near me, and it might even help with our stray kid problem. Give them a book, and they might read it as opposed to random acts of vandalism.
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« Reply #1178 on: February 28, 2015, 02:07:17 PM »
Old copies of CDs - looking for suggestions.

Back when I was working I had copies of my music CDs at the office, so now I have a big set of duplicates.  So far my only idea is to glue them to clothespins, to keep the birds from landing on the clothesline (occasionally I have had to re-wash things thanks to them, not fun when they have been eating purple berries).

Any other ideas for recycling CDs?  Or do I just pop them in the recycling (or the trash)?

Note - I just read Marie Kondo's book  The Life-changing Magic of Tidying up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and am trying to declutter by category more than by room. Right now I am doing clothes, then it will be the CDs.
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« Reply #1179 on: February 28, 2015, 04:59:30 PM »
I got rid of a good chunk of my books (except for a few reference ones), but due to some extra wood and free time, I thought about doing a little free library on my corner. Since I live in the ghetto, there isn't one near me, and it might even help with our stray kid problem. Give them a book, and they might read it as opposed to random acts of vandalism.

Yes! This is a great idea. I live in the ghetto too. At my complex, we all put out all our donations for each other. And before the end of the day, its all been grabbed, every time.

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« Reply #1180 on: March 01, 2015, 06:07:02 AM »
I got rid of a good chunk of my books (except for a few reference ones), but due to some extra wood and free time, I thought about doing a little free library on my corner. Since I live in the ghetto, there isn't one near me, and it might even help with our stray kid problem. Give them a book, and they might read it as opposed to random acts of vandalism.

Yes! This is a great idea. I live in the ghetto too. At my complex, we all put out all our donations for each other. And before the end of the day, its all been grabbed, every time.

This is such a great way of sharing and getting rid of stuff.  Sort of like a swap.  People can get what they possibly need and nothing goes into the landfills.  I either take things to Goodwill, library or put it out on the curb.  It is 100% always picked up by someone. 

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« Reply #1181 on: March 01, 2015, 06:31:54 AM »
Just had one of the cycling jersey I was selling picked up: € 25 cash in hand!

A few weeks ago I posted some books on my own fb to give away. Some of them I gave to friends (in exchange for beer or dinners ;) ), but the ones no one was interested in I just put on a local giveaway fb page: within seconds someone sent me a message and within minutes he picked them up, in exchange for a nice bottle of prosecco and a specialty beer.

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« Reply #1182 on: March 01, 2015, 08:15:24 AM »
More decluttering: had 2 gift vouchers I got years ago. (mijnpluim.nl)

There was really nothing useful in the list of things I could trade them in for, (I could use things like wine or olive oil but one € 15 gift card for 1 bottle of wine or 2 tiny bottles of olive oil is quite ridiculous) so I chose the option to donate them to charities. One for WWF, one for Unicef.
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« Reply #1183 on: March 01, 2015, 05:39:18 PM »
One sweater out the door, one dress dropped off to a friend who is thrilled.  Yes!

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« Reply #1184 on: March 01, 2015, 06:28:34 PM »
One sweater out the door, one dress dropped off to a friend who is thrilled.  Yes!

Yay! That is one of my favorite things about decluttering and giving away items or selling them: when the recipient is thrilled!
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« Reply #1185 on: March 01, 2015, 06:29:38 PM »
Attacked the kitchen again this evening, in an angry therapeutic sort of way. So much junk. Anyone want a fondue set? What the hell was I thinking?

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« Reply #1186 on: March 01, 2015, 09:33:55 PM »
Another sweater and pair of pants for my neighbors. Feels good to recognize now that there are items I have been holding onto that I don't really like. I am becoming much more discerning.

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« Reply #1187 on: March 01, 2015, 09:45:52 PM »
I'm new, so maybe this has been said, but I have a de-cluttering strategy to share. My husband has trouble parting with things. So I created a box that serves as a staging area. If we aren't sure if we should keep something we put it in the box. If we end up needing it, it can be retrieved from the box. The box gets looked at once a year or so, and all things that have been in the box since the last clean out that haven't been needed get tossed/sold/donated. This two step process is easier, because usually once things are in the box we've completely forgotten they exist, indicating we probably don't really need them.

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« Reply #1188 on: March 02, 2015, 05:45:32 AM »
I'm new, so maybe this has been said, but I have a de-cluttering strategy to share. My husband has trouble parting with things. So I created a box that serves as a staging area. If we aren't sure if we should keep something we put it in the box. If we end up needing it, it can be retrieved from the box. The box gets looked at once a year or so, and all things that have been in the box since the last clean out that haven't been needed get tossed/sold/donated. This two step process is easier, because usually once things are in the box we've completely forgotten they exist, indicating we probably don't really need them.

I am trying this with DH's clothes. He has been the same size for the entire time I've known him, but still buys new clothes periodically. The problem is he won't get rid of anything unless it is worn out. Even if I have never seen him wear it. In 14 years. So, I packed everything that he doesn't wear in plastic totes. If he wants it, he can get it out. If he doesn't wear it by 2016, it is gone.

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« Reply #1189 on: March 02, 2015, 09:26:52 AM »
Posting as a reminder to myself to stop hanging onto so much! Just because it's wearable doesn't mean I'm actually wearing it. I need to get more stuff out of the house (it helps that I'm feeling a little stretched and making a little money from clothes I don't need yet am inexplicably hanging onto). I feel like I need to accept that just because I am used to having clothes on hand to wear, when I then don't wear them, they should go.

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« Reply #1190 on: March 03, 2015, 12:24:20 AM »
Saw some things that my husband had cleaned out of our kids cupboards in the trash. This included a set of rubber stamps that I had used when they were really little and I pulled out 3 to keep for memories. But then I thought of this thread and .... I let them go!

Thanks for the ongoing encouragement, everyone. Its a slow and steady battle.

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« Reply #1191 on: March 03, 2015, 02:51:12 AM »
Kitchen stuff (pan with crappy teflon layer) gone, more clothing (3 shirts and a pair of sandals) to goodwill, cycling shoes sold, coffe mug (with my first name on it) given away, 2 more books given away! Yeah baby!

Wondering if I should sell/give away my digital camera too. (€70 5 years ago, simple 8Mpix Olympus consumer camera)
I haven't used it since I got my current phone, just because I always carry my phone AND the pictures I take with my phone upload to Dropbox automatically.
Image quality IS better than my smartphone cam, but I'm not a photography geek at all, I just take snapshots.
Won't get much (if any) money for it, but chances I will ever use it will only decrease as my next smartphone will surely have a better camera than my current one.

Maybe I should prioritize decluttering my bicycles and bike parts first. Those are a LOT harder to part with, but they take a lot more space.

And, as I said before, I should help my parents declutter their home. It's been 7 years since I left my parents' house, but there's still a lot of my stuff left in my old bedroom, the shed and the attick. Anything I haven't used/missed in those 7 years should go. And that's a LOT.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1192 on: March 03, 2015, 05:35:07 AM »
Saw some things that my husband had cleaned out of our kids cupboards in the trash. This included a set of rubber stamps that I had used when they were really little and I pulled out 3 to keep for memories. But then I thought of this thread and .... I let them go!

I had a hard time with mementos too. For most of them I took photos and organized them into a folder in my computer so I can look at them if I ever feel like taking a trip down memory lane. Since everything is digital and labeled in a folder, it kind of works out better too (more space efficient, less likely to lose it somewhere). There are still a few mementos that I can't part with, but having them physically makes me so much happier that I don't consider them as clutter.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1193 on: March 03, 2015, 10:14:36 AM »
Today I will visit with my mom & help her do ALOT more decluttering. Last time we did clothes,purses,etc. This time we will do books.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1194 on: March 03, 2015, 10:52:08 AM »
Today I will visit with my mom & help her do ALOT more decluttering. Last time we did clothes,purses,etc. This time we will do books.

I did this a few years ago with my mom. She wasn't really ready to get rid of much yet. She and my dad are now officially downsizing so I think she is ready to have another go. Now I will have to worry about fending off hand-me-downs.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1195 on: March 03, 2015, 02:47:04 PM »
I had some "found time" today due to a meeting getting canceled at the last minute, so spent about two hours going through everything in my cubicle.  I've been here >5 years and finally got rid of a bunch of stuff from the previous occupant, plus a bunch of hard copy stuff from past years. Filled a huge shredding bin about halfway.  Ahhh, drawer space and cleared off desks.  Now I want to go home and clean my own house too.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1196 on: March 03, 2015, 05:52:39 PM »
Since I moved to a slightly smaller apartment and am now on an upper floor, I'm finding I don't buy nearly as many heavy groceries or other Stuff that isn't so necessary. 

I tried to order a better/heavier winter coat online from Lands End and it was backordered/unavailable last week.  This week I tried ordering a different coat from another online retailer--also sold out.  I think these are signs! 

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1197 on: March 03, 2015, 10:02:17 PM »
Saw some things that my husband had cleaned out of our kids cupboards in the trash. This included a set of rubber stamps that I had used when they were really little and I pulled out 3 to keep for memories. But then I thought of this thread and .... I let them go!

I had a hard time with mementos too. For most of them I took photos and organized them into a folder in my computer so I can look at them if I ever feel like taking a trip down memory lane. Since everything is digital and labeled in a folder, it kind of works out better too (more space efficient, less likely to lose it somewhere). There are still a few mementos that I can't part with, but having them physically makes me so much happier that I don't consider them as clutter.

I do something similar...I take photos of nostalgic items and add them to a Facebook album entitled Old Stuff, which is set for only me to see. I find that I'm actually able to enjoy the things more this way. I feel good knowing I'm honoring their memory, and I can view the album at any time.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1198 on: March 05, 2015, 05:55:00 AM »
Hi everyone,

Loving this thread! It caught my eye as I have been on a mission to get rid of stuff this year, and I ended up reading it end to end. Lots of motivation and useful tips, thank you.

I read online somewhere about a challenge to get rid of 2015 in 2015. I'm up to over 400 already, and the crazy thing is, I haven't missed any of it! My husband thought I was nuts, but watched on, and the strange thing is... after years of asking him to clear out drawers full of old useless crap, since watching me clear things, he has started doing it.

I really agree with someone upthread that if you mention the stuff, they become very attached, and it can feel like an attack. But just watching me do it seems to have motivated him, amazing!

I'm a, 'But what if I need it!' keeper of things. I've realised that a lot of the stuff I was keeping was easy to come by (eg, cardboard. Um, I can go in the kitchen and get some anytime I need it, there is no reason to keep an entire magazine holder filled with random sheets of it). I am allowing myself to keep things that cannot easily be replaced though, because we do fix up a lot of stuff around the house, and when you need something, you really need it.

So instead of whether I want to keep something, I ask myself, if I needed this, would I be able to procure it (from a shop, or online)? If the answer is yes, I let the shop store it for me. If I wouldn't be able to just buy it, then I can keep it.

An example, because I know this sounds vague, is that I make my own handbags. Finding something to make the base rigid is hard. The pro stuff is really expensive, for something that will never be seen. You can't use anything that will disintegrate over time or with damp (so cardboard is out). So when I was throwing away broken folders, keeping the plastic sides was allowed, because it will be absolutely perfect for that job, it is free, and I DO make bags.

Accepting that there are plenty of hobbies that I would like to do, but won't, has been freeing. I've got rid of so much jewellery making stuff. I have the time for hobbies, because I've got plenty. If I've never yet actually made any jewellery, I clearly don't want to do it that badly - it's the IDEA I like, not the actual craft.

I've also been using up toiletries I don't like and not buying any more. Most things I can do without, I just (again) like the idea of being the kind of person to use cleanser, when, in fact, I always reach for a face wipe (it's the perfectionist in me. I feel guilty using face-wipes because they are disposable and wasteful, but, you know what? It's more wasteful to buy products to replace them that I won't use!).

Keep the tips coming!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1199 on: March 05, 2015, 06:59:34 AM »
I am re-inspired by you all once again, I love reading the stories on this thread.

Another storage area got whacked this week, the results are amazing.  I had help with this one and wow, the floor is visible for the first time in years!  We tossed loads of stuff and gave to charity which felt great.  I can now get into the room... and can reach things, a new concept.

Also, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, there are very few spaces left that have not been dealt with.  The feeling is one of such lightness and joy. 

Some of the accompanying things that are coming up are:
* Finding out what things are broken and fixing them ( furniture, jewellery, clothing, cushions)
* Putting together a list of what needs a coat of paint which sounds fun
* Figuring out new storage methods
* Making a list of supplies that need to be used up whether paper, notecards, food, cloth, wood or crafting stuff
* Making a list to have in a prominent place of cool things we already own which we could be enjoying instead of buying new things and experiences (music, movies, board games, crafting tools, popcorn, books with pictures of beautiful architecture and interiors, unread novels)

This experience is definitely an enriching one.  Yup, getting rid of things is enriching, whaddaya know?