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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1200 on: March 05, 2015, 07:36:33 AM »
One thing that has been coming up a lot is noticing the money that we have spent on the things that we no longer use and how little use some of the things got.  It is a real message for me.  Things are exhausting: they get in my way so I cannot access the things I do use, their resale value deteriorates quickly in most instances and they remind me of the money that could have been saved but was wasted.

Broken things hang over me weighing me down even when out of sight.  The not-yet-done chores of repairing or painting or darning that we have allowed to build up over years are psychologically heavy.

De-cluttering is so much more than getting rid of things, it is taking me by the hand and leading me to a new way of living in the now which I am so excited to experience.  It is teaching me the value of doing things when they come up instead of putting them off.  I think that by the summer all repairs to objects, painting of furniture, darning of cloth bags and upholstery will be up to date and I can only imagine the feeling of lightness that will suffuse my being. 

No more:
* broken things stored out of sight. I will deal with them immediately by fixing them or letting them go.
* taking on other peoples' broken things
* storing things for friends who are downsizing
* stuffing ripped clothing or bags or cushions away out of sight and out of mind.
* buying several things at yard sales that are a bit tatty but a good price- instead I will buy things in good condition if at all
* keeping things that are completely unsalvageable, due to sentimental reasons

Quite frankly I cannot imagine how life will feel without all of this pressure on me.  I do know it will be freeing.

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« Reply #1201 on: March 05, 2015, 08:14:42 AM »
I am so in on this! I need to clear all the crap out of my house so we can get it ready to sell.  Whoever mentioned the "sunk money" aspect of it above someone voiced exactly what I needed to hear.  Instead of focusing on trying to sell stuff, I'll put it on our local online yard sale for a week and then haul it to Goodwill. The pic I use for the yard sale will serve me as record of the donation.
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« Reply #1202 on: March 05, 2015, 10:32:15 AM »
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I've also been using up toiletries I don't like and not buying any more.

Me too! I just today finished up my second container of face cream since a move in August! I have so many moisturizers sitting around, and it's a goal of mine to start using them more regularly (especially since it's dry in winter), so I'm very proud of this small incremental thing. I have a whole little basket of extra moisturizer on top of my dresser that I've had for years without *using* it. Senseless to throw it out as it's contained space wise, but senseless to not use it up either. So now I'm slowly making my way through. Once it's all gone (so in...oh, four years), I'll buy a good daily SPF lotion and be done with it.

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« Reply #1203 on: March 05, 2015, 10:44:02 AM »

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.



Ooh, this is me. After years of practice, I've got it pretty under control. I keep the tools and let the raw materials go because the fabric/beads/yarn/etc are always available for a casual crafter who isn't too picky.

 The elephant in my crafting room is my sewing machine.

Pros: indestructible (1960's Singer featherweight)
        Sentimental. It was my mom's first sewing machine and the machine on which I learned to sew.
        Portable. It fits neatly into a box about 10" x 12" x 18"

Cons: can't do much of anything. It basically goes forward and backward. It won't even zigzag and I sew my button holes by hand because I've never found a buttonholer that fits.

I could buy a new machine that does more stuff, but that means I either have a giant sewing machine-shaped bookend or I get rid of one of the few things that truly has sentimental meaning for me.

I would like to sew more. My sewing machine is one of my excuses for not sewing. Being gone from home 3 out of every 4 weeks is another.

I suppose that I will keep things as they are until my schedule changes. If I sew more when I am working less I will revisit replacing my sewing machine.

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« Reply #1204 on: March 05, 2015, 12:44:03 PM »
So I obviously didn't hit my goal of getting rid of my storage unit. That being said, I did just get the (i know, i know) 3rd vehicle prepped and ready for sale. The space that thing takes up is going to replace my $200/month storage unit. Once that happens, I will sell pretty much everything.
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« Reply #1205 on: March 06, 2015, 03:57:08 PM »
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I've also been using up toiletries I don't like and not buying any more.

Me too! I just today finished up my second container of face cream since a move in August! I have so many moisturizers sitting around, and it's a goal of mine to start using them more regularly (especially since it's dry in winter), so I'm very proud of this small incremental thing. I have a whole little basket of extra moisturizer on top of my dresser that I've had for years without *using* it. Senseless to throw it out as it's contained space wise, but senseless to not use it up either. So now I'm slowly making my way through. Once it's all gone (so in...oh, four years), I'll buy a good daily SPF lotion and be done with it.
Ditto. I've been "using up" for 2 years now. Who'd have thought I had that much stuff to use?  My bathroom cabinet is much clearer now, just a few key products, some with duplicates bought on sale. But I'm starting to get to the bottom of it and will replace with simple natural products without chemicals wherever possible.  I tossed some products I was keeping just in case, but I never use those particular items so out they went.
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« Reply #1206 on: March 07, 2015, 02:05:55 PM »
Wondering if I should sell/give away my digital camera too. (€70 5 years ago, simple 8Mpix Olympus consumer camera)

Gave it away.
Before I formatted the memory card, I found out the camera hadn't been used even ONCE since since I got my current smartphone in 2012.

Gave / threw away some other stuff, too, so I was able to get rid of one more cardboard storage box in my room.

The drawers under my desk are getting noticeably emptier, too!
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« Reply #1207 on: March 07, 2015, 03:09:43 PM »
I've made progress in the study. Its so messy I can hardly tell the difference, but I'm making progress. A box of paper off the floor and combined with another on the shelf - another bit of free floor space :). A little pile of stuff sorted to take into work.  A shelf cleared off the bookcase, now with some nicely arranged books.   2 ugly knick-knacks I hated, out!  And I've figured out a new system for papers which will reduce the piles decorating my desk chaotically….Just need to clear 1 more smallish draw of old papers and I can enact this.
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« Reply #1208 on: March 07, 2015, 03:30:10 PM »
Today we're going to take the following to the recycling shed at the local rubbish tip:
- as new cat scratching post (little buggers ignored it completely)
- bag of clothes (mix of mine and DH's)
- crappy clothes drying rack (it's not sturdy and is super annoying to use)
- plastic box for under the bed
- garden tools that aren't fit for purpose

I've made progress in the study. Its so messy I can hardly tell the difference, but I'm making progress. A box of paper off the floor and combined with another on the shelf - another bit of free floor space :). A little pile of stuff sorted to take into work.  A shelf cleared off the bookcase, now with some nicely arranged books.   2 ugly knick-knacks I hated, out!  And I've figured out a new system for papers which will reduce the piles decorating my desk chaotically….Just need to clear 1 more smallish draw of old papers and I can enact this.

Wow! Way to go, happy! That's awesome.

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« Reply #1209 on: March 09, 2015, 08:17:20 PM »
Today: excess first aid supplies to an addict's support charity plus a sheet and a mattress cover.

Yesterday: 2 bags of trash to the dumpster from my mother's house.  There seems to be a theme of helping parents divest this week.  I also took on 4 small things from her house which may or may not stay.  Now to get the other things from her house to the thrift store.


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« Reply #1210 on: March 09, 2015, 10:17:49 PM »
So I helped mom go through her books lastweek and she got rid of about 50% (that's 8 bags!) which is great  progress for her. She has TONS of everything, so we're going through a different category if stuff each time. Before, it was clothes.

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« Reply #1211 on: March 10, 2015, 06:18:28 AM »
There seems to be a theme of helping parents divest this week.

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I'm visiting my parents (who live 1.5 hrs away) this weekend, and I'm definitely going to do some decluttering there, as I did some weeks ago. I actually aim to do more.

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« Reply #1212 on: March 10, 2015, 06:43:27 AM »
The Onion, relevant as ever: http://www.theonion.com/articles/jumbled-nest-of-cords-makes-move-to-third-new-apar,38171/

I do have one of those nests, although I've gotten rid of all the chargers that fit things I no longer own.

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« Reply #1213 on: March 10, 2015, 02:05:40 PM »
Cleaned up all my digital mail - went through years of mail and deleted most of them. So easy to use my mailbox again.

Also shipped off books for amazon trade in and am meeting a buyer tomorrow for the rest of the books. Planning to donate all novels to library since there were no takers :( note to self: don't buy novels as new - doesn't hold value.
Also gave away our infant swing to a friend. So good to get back space!

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« Reply #1214 on: March 10, 2015, 03:03:24 PM »
Another box full of stuff gone (to someone who was collecting stuff for a flea market), yeah!

And remembering again WHY I'm doing this:
Less stuff = no need for big house and a car* = lower expenses = freedom to work part time and enjoy life NOW**

*I found out I'd rather live in a tiny apartment in an area I truly love than in a bigger one in an area I don't like.
*small house in cool area = easier to live car-free. It's been 7 weeks since I sold my car and I haven't missed it for one second.

**applied for a part time side job as a bike messenger! Secretly I'm totally stoked about this. Minimum wages but it is something I would love to do. If I had a fancy house and high mortgage I could never do something like this.

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« Reply #1215 on: March 11, 2015, 01:09:31 AM »
[quote author=DagobertDuck

And remembering again WHY I'm doing this:
Less stuff = no need for big house and a car* = lower expenses = freedom to work part time and enjoy life NOW**

*I found out I'd rather live in a tiny apartment in an area I truly love than in a bigger one in an area I don't like.
*small house in cool area = easier to live car-free. It's been 7 weeks since I sold my car and I haven't missed it for one second.

**applied for a part time side job as a bike messenger! Secretly I'm totally stoked about this. Minimum wages but it is something I would love to do. If I had a fancy house and high mortgage I could never do something like this.
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Yes! My thoughts exactly. Less stuff, less rent to pay,more money making me money.
Also, that's great that you'll be doing something fun for part-time work:) . I've been getting more into that type lately as well- in addition to my regular work, I've been showing art for a couple years again- fun & extra money :) . plus I don't purchase any of the materials, its all recycled .  very mustachian ;)

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« Reply #1216 on: March 11, 2015, 04:16:10 AM »
OK, I'm pretty good at finding new homes for clothes and general household stuff, but I'm stuck on jars of 5 and 10c coins. Help!

Long story short, when we got DH's stuff out of storage last year, there were 3 or 4 jars of coins, ie loose change. We've picked out all the high value coins and spent them, but now we're down to 5 and 10c coins - 3 jars worth. We can't use them up on parking, cos the meters are all restricted to a maximum number of coins (although we could probably get through a few 10c coings) plus they don't accept 5c coins these days. I'm guessing there's maybe $10 worth of shrapnel, give or take a bit.

What's the best way to get rid of it? I'm happy to give it away to charity. I've even considered dumping the coins on a footpath near a school for kids to find. I could possibly take it to a bank and see if they'll count it for us, but neither of us have done it in 6 months, so unlikely to happen any time soon - we just never go to a bank, and dunno which ones will accept piles of coins from non-business customers. (I've read that the US has Coinstar which would be awesome, but I don't think such a thing exists here)

Feels like such a stupid thing to be stuck on, but I just want them gone now.

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« Reply #1217 on: March 11, 2015, 06:04:04 AM »
Giggle, I just had an image of you trying to stuff hundreds of 5/10c coins into a little Salvation Army ladies box. And a surprised look on her face when it was too heavy to hold…..

Seriously though, why not give them to a charity collector ( of course there won't be any now you're looking), or take them into Vinnies or something?
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« Reply #1218 on: March 11, 2015, 07:00:08 AM »
OK, I'm pretty good at finding new homes for clothes and general household stuff, but I'm stuck on jars of 5 and 10c coins. Help!

Any collectible coins in there? In the US, 10c coins used to be made of silver and you occasionally still find them in circulation. Maybe there are coins that are worth more than their face value in your jars.

If the idea of looking through coins makes you want to huddle in the corner and rock, then I second donation.

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« Reply #1219 on: March 11, 2015, 07:14:08 AM »
It's clothes donation day for me today.  Which means I have to quickly sift through it to make a list for tax deductions.  Ugh!  But it shall be done!

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« Reply #1220 on: March 11, 2015, 08:23:29 AM »
Another box full of stuff gone (to someone who was collecting stuff for a flea market), yeah!

And remembering again WHY I'm doing this:
Less stuff = no need for big house and a car* = lower expenses = freedom to work part time and enjoy life NOW**

*I found out I'd rather live in a tiny apartment in an area I truly love than in a bigger one in an area I don't like.
*small house in cool area = easier to live car-free. It's been 7 weeks since I sold my car and I haven't missed it for one second.

**applied for a part time side job as a bike messenger! Secretly I'm totally stoked about this. Minimum wages but it is something I would love to do. If I had a fancy house and high mortgage I could never do something like this.

Thank you, I really appreciated this post. Life took a crazy turn in the last few weeks and I haven't been doing much of anything except recovering. I moved the 'donate' pile out of sight for a bit and haven't been decluttering at all. I also haven't been cleaning much, but I did notice the other day when I finally swept the floor and tidied up the kitchen that it is much easier than it used to be with less stuff in the way.

I will get back at it in good time, but I appreciated the great reminder of why I am doing this.

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« Reply #1221 on: March 11, 2015, 01:47:09 PM »
OK, I'm pretty good at finding new homes for clothes and general household stuff, but I'm stuck on jars of 5 and 10c coins. Help!

Any collectible coins in there? In the US, 10c coins used to be made of silver and you occasionally still find them in circulation. Maybe there are coins that are worth more than their face value in your jars.

If the idea of looking through coins makes you want to huddle in the corner and rock, then I second donation.

A bank will give you wrappers.  Tally them up while watching a redbox or hulu/amazon movie.  And then drop them off at your bank.  :)

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« Reply #1222 on: March 11, 2015, 02:54:20 PM »
For the past year or so, I've been pretty obsessed with the idea of minimalism and decluttering. I've been slowly getting rid of most of my collection of stuff. I've cut my wardrobe down to about half of its size (still considering of reducing it further), realized I didn't need 5 pairs of jeans and like 10 different pairs of pajama pants or a drawer overflowing with socks. Down to 10 pairs of shoes, that I actually wear regularly. Got rid of all of my DVDs and CDs, all but one shelf of books, most of my random knick-knacks, most of my beauty stuff, art supplies I never used, etc.

I'm moving out of my parents' house in the fall, and I'd like to make the move as smooth as possible, by not lugging a lot of stuff with me. As much as I've already gotten rid of, I feel like there's still quite a bit more to go. I'm in the process of trying to sell this last bit of stuff through a mix of Ebay, Amazon, and local Facebook buy/sell groups. Kind of a slow process, and sometimes I think of just saying, "screw it" and tossing it all in a big bag to go to the Goodwill, but I could use the chunk of change for living expenses and such. I feel like I've come a long way in removing emotional attachments to physical possessions!

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« Reply #1223 on: March 11, 2015, 03:15:08 PM »
There is a good chance we'll be selling our ~2800sqft house this summer and downsizing to a >1000sqft one. For the most part I'm really excited about getting rid of a lot of stuff and having to carefully plan our layout/belongings in order for it to work. There are a few things that we'll have to do without that will be a little sad like a large musical instrument and our cute kitchen table but for everything else I almost can't wait to get rid of it.

I've put "The Life Changing Art of Tidying Up" on hold at the library and I'm finally down to #2 with 2 copies (after over 2 months...) so hopefully I'll get that soon. Right now I'm planning on going through room by room and clearing out the stuff we can get rid of now and make a plan for the things we need to hold onto for now (like the lawnmower we won't need if we buy the house we're looking at). I'm hoping to get the first room done this weekend but we're also doing some repairs to the house to get it ready to sell so we'll see how timing works out

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« Reply #1224 on: March 12, 2015, 05:01:22 AM »
Giggle, I just had an image of you trying to stuff hundreds of 5/10c coins into a little Salvation Army ladies box. And a surprised look on her face when it was too heavy to hold…..

Seriously though, why not give them to a charity collector ( of course there won't be any now you're looking), or take them into Vinnies or something?

LOL Hmmm. That's a good point. I could take the jars to Vinnies and see if they'll take them. Or I could be annoying and go to our local Maccas and stuff coins into the Ronald McDonald House collection box til the staff get sick of me. Thanks for the suggestions!

OK, I'm pretty good at finding new homes for clothes and general household stuff, but I'm stuck on jars of 5 and 10c coins. Help!

Any collectible coins in there? In the US, 10c coins used to be made of silver and you occasionally still find them in circulation. Maybe there are coins that are worth more than their face value in your jars.

If the idea of looking through coins makes you want to huddle in the corner and rock, then I second donation.

A bank will give you wrappers.  Tally them up while watching a redbox or hulu/amazon movie.  And then drop them off at your bank.  :)

LadyDriver - nah, highly unlikely to be collectible coins in our stash of shrapnel. And if there were, yeah, huddle in corner and rock would be my likely reaction :)

CommentCents - that's a possibility but will probably suffer from inertia/laziness that we've demonstrated superbly thus far (also not helped by the opening hours of the banks we have accounts with).

I think my conclusion is try to give it to charity in some way. Vinnies is probably easiest option (or the local op shop).

Thanks everyone!

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« Reply #1225 on: March 12, 2015, 06:06:14 AM »
5 big bags dropped off at the charity shop today! I can't even really remember what half of that stuff was, but I know I'm glad to be rid of it.

Wow, our bedroom is so much easier to vacuum now! There used to be stuff that 'lived' on the floor because there wasn't anywhere else to put it. Now I've cleaned off all shelves and drawers of stuff that was 'put away' but rarely / never used, I'm getting to the point where everything that is used regularly has a home.

I designated one of my dresser drawers for 'works in progress' for my dressmaking hobby. Fabrics that have been cut out have to lay flat to prevent anything stretching out of shape, and they were taking over. Now, they all lay flat in the drawer, ready for me to grab and sew. I tend to cut out lots at once as it's a faff for me to get the cutting board out.

I've been checking every item off my list - since the beginning of the year I have got rid of over 600 things. And I thought I'd didn't have much stuff...

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« Reply #1226 on: March 13, 2015, 04:56:30 AM »
2 shirts and 1 pair of trousers to goodwill, 1 cycling hat given away.

Found out there's some kind of book trading/giveaway/takeaway store not far from here. Will surely bring some books there, too.


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.
Smartphone homescreen decluttered as well: 8 less icons on my homescreen.
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« Reply #1227 on: March 13, 2015, 07:33:54 AM »
I always accumulate a stack of papers ( pamphlets, receipts, clippings, etc) to look at "later". Went thru and recycled 90%. Like to take care of papers when I get them to avoid the pile . donated a dress, nightgown, pants. Tossed several worn socks.

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« Reply #1228 on: March 13, 2015, 09:28:57 AM »
I always accumulate a stack of papers ( pamphlets, receipts, clippings, etc) to look at "later". Went thru and recycled 90%. Like to take care of papers when I get them to avoid the pile . donated a dress, nightgown, pants. Tossed several worn socks.

Riverffashion - this is a great insight - I'm going to try to remind myself that 'later' rarely comes. If I wanted to read it, I would do it there and then. I am not short of time, it's just a delaying tactic for me. Thank you!

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« Reply #1229 on: March 13, 2015, 02:57:10 PM »
I listed 5 old text books last week.  One sold today.  Mailed it out.  I should make about $20. 

I am going to sort through all of our paperback books this week.  I'll probably walk around our neighborhood and put books in all of the Free Little Libraries. 

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« Reply #1230 on: March 13, 2015, 03:02:18 PM »
Today is the day of The Great Shoe Roundup.

I knew we had a ton of shoes, but geez there were even more than I thought!  There's no reason for 2 people to have over 50 shoes between them, I mean really!

So once DH gets home we'll go through, I believe we can easily get rid of 20 pairs, maybe more.

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« Reply #1231 on: March 13, 2015, 04:22:02 PM »
Zaga, you reminded me of something I need to declutter: shoes!!

Will attack that this weekend.

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« Reply #1232 on: March 13, 2015, 05:00:58 PM »
It was quite an undertaking.  1 trash bag is full of trash shoes, and about a half bag for donation.  Total of 18 pairs.  So we still have around 35 pairs for the 2 of us. 

We sort of suck at this, but it's a start.

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« Reply #1233 on: March 14, 2015, 10:45:09 AM »
Posting here to keep motivated (y'all are awesome!). Over the past three years I've donated/sold two-thirds of my wardrobe (maybe 60 items?), close to 800 books (yeah, I used to have a HUGE used book buying problem), and scanned about 4,000 sheets of paper and 200 photos. So now all the obvious candidates for removal are gone, but I still feel that I have more stuff than my apartment can comfortably hold and that I don't need.

Incidentally, while clearing out some digital clutter, I found this quote I like from Shakespeare:

Those that much covet are with gain so fond
That what they have not, that which they possess,
They scatter and unloose it from their bond,
And so by hoping more they have but less,
Or, gaining more, the profit of excess
   Is but to surfeit and such griefs sustain
   That they prove bankrupt in this poor-rich gain.

Keep up the good fight!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1234 on: March 14, 2015, 11:56:28 AM »
Gloriana you ROCK!!! What scanner did you use?  And how do you keep track of the info in your computer?

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1235 on: March 14, 2015, 05:34:27 PM »
Wintersun, I've used my ca. 2009 Canon MP620 flatbed scanner for the vast majority of the paper and photo scanning. It's rather slow (I just jam out to music while scanning), but the quality seems to still be pretty good.

Honestly I don't really keep track of all that in one location-- I just tallied it up for this thread because I was curious. When I record the money earned from selling books in my master income/expenses spreadsheet, I always note the number of books sold. For pages scanned, I counted PDF pages because obviously I have nothing better to do with my time. :)
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« Reply #1236 on: March 15, 2015, 11:59:46 AM »
Went through the hall closet today. Cleaned out about half of it. Stuff I haven't used in .....ever, expired medicines, vacuum cleaner bags even though my vacuum is long gone! Looks so much nicer. I can actually see what's in there now.

Tackling my donate pile today too. It's getting too big, but after stuff sits in that pile for awhile it makes it easy to see it for what it is... junk.

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« Reply #1237 on: March 15, 2015, 03:10:58 PM »
I've been finding random bags of "stuff" as I sort various rooms.  A lot of it is old paper - maybe 1% is keep, the rest is recycling or shredding.  I now have another blue recycling bag full of shredded paper to go out this week.  Plus my recycling bin is full every week, instead of half full.  Plus I am managing paper better as it enters the house, since it is easier to file what should be kept and recycle or shred what needs to go.  Lots of pluses   ;-)
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« Reply #1238 on: March 15, 2015, 03:16:52 PM »
Paper question - especially for Canadians (things vary by country).  Has anyone found a site that tells how long to keep documentation? 

Background: I figure I can start shredding old CC statements (unless I need one for proof of purchase) and things like that.  Fortunately a lot of my billing is online now,which has cut down on the paper.  But I am thinking of paperwork for houses I no longer own - how long do the major documents have to be kept?  Plus now that the divorce is done, I have put most of the paperwork in a box for storage - but I hope in a year or so to go back and shred 98% of it.  And is there anything that qualifies for "keep for almost forever" besides income taxes?
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« Reply #1239 on: March 15, 2015, 04:35:42 PM »
Paper question - especially for Canadians (things vary by country).  Has anyone found a site that tells how long to keep documentation? 

Background: I figure I can start shredding old CC statements (unless I need one for proof of purchase) and things like that.  Fortunately a lot of my billing is online now,which has cut down on the paper.  But I am thinking of paperwork for houses I no longer own - how long do the major documents have to be kept?  Plus now that the divorce is done, I have put most of the paperwork in a box for storage - but I hope in a year or so to go back and shred 98% of it.  And is there anything that qualifies for "keep for almost forever" besides income taxes?

I'm curious about this also. I still need to attack the paperwork. I have credit card statements, utility bills and pay stubs that go back as far as 2008! I thought that you were supposed to keep income tax records for 7 years, but I just looked it up and CRA says 6 years. http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/kpng/menu-eng.html

Went through the greenhouse and a little bit of the garage today to tidy up and I threw out a few more junk things. Very excitedly, I found so many things in the garage that I can donate too. That's going to be a big project and I am quite looking forward to it.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1240 on: March 15, 2015, 06:39:34 PM »
OK, I'm pretty good at finding new homes for clothes and general household stuff, but I'm stuck on jars of 5 and 10c coins. Help!

Commonwealth (and probably others) has machines you can dump your change into and they'll convert it to electronic money. You can look on your bank's website and see if they do it. Last time I took my bucket in, it was over $200!

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« Reply #1241 on: March 15, 2015, 07:22:19 PM »
I'm just going to start reading this thread from the beginning...

But I have been doing a little decluttering of my own. I decided to deal with the "toiletry cupboard of shame" as its known. It was full of stuff people have given me (gift sets etc), hotel toiletries, stuff I 'had' to try and duplicates of stuff because I'd forgotten that I had them...

I've been working it down for 6 months and should be done soon. When its over, I will be trying to use far fewer products overall...

I also did the cupboard under the sink where I keep household cleaners. I've used up most of the products I had and now use just a few multi-purpose (more natural) ones.

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« Reply #1242 on: March 15, 2015, 08:14:18 PM »
Wish me luck: I'm planning a big weekend of decluttering.

Targets this weekend are the huge, heavy, horrible filing cabinet in the spare room - this is the BF's and holds only his stuff, so I will be spending a lot of time assisting him with that and offering emotional support (he finds decluttering difficult) - and our apartment's external storage unit, which is filled with who knows what. We need the storage unit to be more or less clear so that we can shift our remaining possessions into it as necessary while we're repainting, redoing the flooring, and then staging the place to sell.

I'm anticipating having a lot to throw out (including some broken / crap furniture to take to the tip), a lot of papers to take in for shredding, and hopefully by the end of the weekend another car load for charity.

At some point when the BF isn't around to get sentimental on my behalf, I'm going to photograph and then throw out some items from childhood which aren't in good enough condition to pass on to our hypothetical children or give to charity. I suspect I also have some half-finished craft projects that need to go.

I also have some laptops which are no longer at all useable / re-sellable, but which I've hung on to as I didn't know how to clear my personal information from them before recycling. I know I need to remove the hard drive, but how?? I have no computer knowledge at all. Suspect the BF has at least one old computer for which he needs to do the same. Maybe I should make friends with somebody with IT expertise (or even basic general IT knowledge...).

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« Reply #1243 on: March 16, 2015, 05:17:45 AM »
OK, I'm pretty good at finding new homes for clothes and general household stuff, but I'm stuck on jars of 5 and 10c coins. Help!

Commonwealth (and probably others) has machines you can dump your change into and they'll convert it to electronic money. You can look on your bank's website and see if they do it. Last time I took my bucket in, it was over $200!

Ooooh. That might be a goer. We did take one jar of coins to the local op shop but they were closed. *sigh*

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« Reply #1244 on: March 16, 2015, 06:12:31 AM »
@HappierAtHome - sentimental stuff is the hardest.  I donated little china animal figurines a while ago, all from my childhood.  That was hard.  But they were sitting in a box and I never had them out, so why keep them?  So I kept the two I liked the most now, and have them out, and donated the rest.  And I don't miss the ones I donated.  Remembering that whole exercise helps when I go through sentimental things - is it truly something I want to keep, in which case why is it living in a box, or is it inertia?

The possibility that I might be putting the house on the market in the summer of 2016 and moving 4500 km away certainly gives me motivation.
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« Reply #1245 on: March 16, 2015, 07:58:10 AM »
I'm afraid my first piece of decluttering grief has reared its ugly head...

My friend gave me an sports bra which no longer fits her, because I was saying I needed a new one. I looked at it, realised it was totally the wrong size, and put it straight in the donate bag. Off it went...

She text me the other night... Whoops, that wasn't the sports bra I gave you! It was a nursing bra, can I have it back?

Uh oh.

(but also, don't let me put you off. I've got rid of over 600 things so far this year and I haven't missed a single one! Just maybe think twice when you are expecting something in your size and what you get is totally different... should have put two and two together).

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1246 on: March 16, 2015, 10:02:30 AM »
I also have some laptops which are no longer at all useable / re-sellable, but which I've hung on to as I didn't know how to clear my personal information from them before recycling. I know I need to remove the hard drive, but how?? I have no computer knowledge at all. Suspect the BF has at least one old computer for which he needs to do the same. Maybe I should make friends with somebody with IT expertise (or even basic general IT knowledge...).
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1247 on: March 16, 2015, 10:11:31 PM »
I have just finished 3 weeks of arduous work painting and prepping a house for sale and it's now on the market as of today! It was a rental house for 9 years and finally the market was high enough to consider selling it. We still have several other rental houses though, so my burden is only slightly lessened. I have a garage full of supplies that *might* be used at one of the houses, and a couple of them are furnished, so besides building and painting supplies, I have decor items and tons of cleansers and such. It all feels so burdensome, but I hesitate to get rid of it for fear of needing it. Not quite sure how to deal with the situation.

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« Reply #1248 on: March 16, 2015, 10:54:37 PM »
Practical magic, maybe store it in craigslist?

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« Reply #1249 on: March 17, 2015, 03:33:43 AM »
I started with decluttering our wardrobe today. Got rid of some old panties, bikinis and socks.
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