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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1400 on: April 04, 2015, 02:29:22 PM »
Ok, how do I get over the fact that everytime I want to get rid of something, I think about "How could I sell this?".  I make a good income.  If I sold all this shit for top dollar (unlikely), it would be what, $500?  That is only less than 1/2 day of work.  It will take me far longer than that to sell it.  My time is in shortest supply, more than money.
Should I just donate it all and be free and happy?  Or try to wring some money out of these things that are owning me?  Is it ok to just let it go?
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« Reply #1401 on: April 04, 2015, 03:43:18 PM »

Should I just donate it all and be free and happy?  Or try to wring some money out of these things that are owning me?  Is it ok to just let it go?
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I have these very same problems. I have a box of about 8 really nice formal dresses from my past = expensive and would love to sell them. The local consignment store that takes higher end stuff wouldn't take them :-( I have never tried ebay, but I'm sure I could get around $400 for the whole lot.

I feel like I'm totally owned by these items ... I want them to GO! But it would feel so weird to give them away when I know what I paid for them! UGH!

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« Reply #1402 on: April 04, 2015, 03:54:19 PM »
 I have to confess I am not good at selling and will endlessly avoid and procrastinate, so the objective to clear stuff out is at risk of never being achieved. So I donate. 

Last night I cleared out 4 extra backpacks ( all freebies) and a white-tailed spider lurking in there. Why did I think I needed 5 backpacks?
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« Reply #1403 on: April 04, 2015, 06:31:32 PM »
Put everything you'd like to get rid of together. Give yourself a set time frame - a month or whatever in which to sell items. At the end of that time, anything you haven't sold (including stuff you haven't figured out how to sell) just donate.

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« Reply #1404 on: April 04, 2015, 09:55:37 PM »
I cracked it open!  I used the techniques I gleaned from the Japanese Art of Tidying Up ( haven't read the book yet but did watch the movies and read the reviews ( I am 240 on the library wait list, maybe I should use my gift card to buy it). I listened for what made my heart sing and thanked the things that were moving on. It made it much easier to let them go. So 1 drawer down and a a closet and 3 more drawers to go. But it is a start. Once it got going , it got easier. Yeah!  I cleaned out my shirt drawer. I was able to let go of things that used to be me but are now too young, don't fit well, had worn out, or just didn't make me happy. I put some in the basket to make a T-shirt quilt, some in the refashion pile, and some in the giveaway/yard sale box. I'm still not sure if I'm having a yard sale, but either way, those things are not moving with me. I feel so much freer and more movement. 

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« Reply #1405 on: April 04, 2015, 10:08:35 PM »
That's good to hear!  So did you do as she suggests, and put out ALL your clothes (on the floor or on the bed) to go through them all at once?  I haven't taken that big step yet, but I am close to doing it!


Everything hanging in my closet, I shoved way to one side. Then I took each item off the bar, considered it, and either hung it back up in the empty part of the closet or said goodbye and put it in the bin.

Folded items, I took down and put on the bed, then made me decisions and chose what I wanted to keep and recorded each item. Some of the, went in tht bin, others went back on the shelf ...
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« Reply #1406 on: April 05, 2015, 07:59:17 AM »
Using the test of whether a thing "sparks joy" seems really effective for clothes.  I asked myself this question while reorganizing and hanging clothes last night, and let go of a couple tops that I thought I liked, but never wear because they never feel quite right when I put them on.  OTOH, it's surprising that some simple pieces like a gray v-neck t that fits me perfectly does spark joy, and obviously gets to stay.

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« Reply #1407 on: April 05, 2015, 08:32:09 AM »
That's good to hear!  So did you do as she suggests, and put out ALL your clothes (on the floor or on the bed) to go through them all at once?  I haven't taken that big step yet, but I am close to doing it!


I just took everything out of one drawer and didn't let myself stop until I had gone through each item.  Many were maybes, so I tried them all on.  I realized that some shirts I was keeping because they 'fit' but they were mostly from a spending spree 3 years ago (at the beginning of my pregnancy) and they all had the elastic band at the bottom that was the style at the time.  Which BTW is the worst possible style for a pear shaped gal like myself.  But to really acknowledge the usefulness I had gained and respectfully thank the item before letting it go, really helped me let go of many more things.  I'm going to try and keep going today, but it is Easter too.

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« Reply #1408 on: April 05, 2015, 12:40:23 PM »
That's good to hear!  So did you do as she suggests, and put out ALL your clothes (on the floor or on the bed) to go through them all at once?  I haven't taken that big step yet, but I am close to doing it!


Everything hanging in my closet, I shoved way to one side. Then I took each item off the bar, considered it, and either hung it back up in the empty part of the closet or said goodbye and put it in the bin.

Folded items, I took down and put on the bed, then made me decisions and chose what I wanted to keep and recorded each item. Some of the, went in tht bin, others went back on the shelf ...

That's great, Miss Madge! Yesterday I decided to go for it, and started with tank/sleeveless tops. Placing them all on the bed, there were over 50! It got easier as I went along. Like Handsnhearts did, I held up the item or tried it on to decide if it sparked joy, then thanked the discards for their years of service. I would never have thought to do that and it was like free therapy! Marie Kondo points out that some items had served their purpose just by giving you excitement when you first saw them at the store, or by showing you what styles work and don't work for you. This was incredibly liberating for me. I did the KonMari fold on my tops and am enjoying the "crayons in a box" feeling of the drawers!
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« Reply #1409 on: April 05, 2015, 12:44:38 PM »
OTOH, it's surprising that some simple pieces like a gray v-neck t that fits me perfectly does spark joy, and obviously gets to stay.

That's so true! It helps you let go of the things you think you're supposed to treasure and keep what you actually do.
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« Reply #1410 on: April 05, 2015, 01:34:20 PM »
That's good to hear!  So did you do as she suggests, and put out ALL your clothes (on the floor or on the bed) to go through them all at once?  I haven't taken that big step yet, but I am close to doing it!


Everything hanging in my closet, I shoved way to one side. Then I took each item off the bar, considered it, and either hung it back up in the empty part of the closet or said goodbye and put it in the bin.

Folded items, I took down and put on the bed, then made me decisions and chose what I wanted to keep and recorded each item. Some of the, went in tht bin, others went back on the shelf ...

That's great, Miss Madge! Yesterday I decided to go for it, and started with tank/sleeveless tops. Placing them all on the bed, there were over 50! It got easier as I went along. Like Handsnhearts did, I held up the item or tried it on to decide if it sparked joy, then thanked the discards for their years of service. I would never have thought to do that and it was like free therapy! Marie Kondo points out that some items had served their purpose just by giving you excitement when you first saw them at the store, or by showing you what styles work and don't work for you. This was incredibly liberating for me. I did the KonMari fold on my tops and am enjoying the "crayons in a box" feeling of the drawers!

Practical Magic That drawer is beautiful!  Does KonMari call it 'crayons in a box' or is that yours?  It is both beautiful and exciting like opening a fresh box of unused, brand-new crayons.  Oh the possibilities!

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« Reply #1411 on: April 05, 2015, 01:51:12 PM »
That's good to hear!  So did you do as she suggests, and put out ALL your clothes (on the floor or on the bed) to go through them all at once?  I haven't taken that big step yet, but I am close to doing it!


Everything hanging in my closet, I shoved way to one side. Then I took each item off the bar, considered it, and either hung it back up in the empty part of the closet or said goodbye and put it in the bin.

Folded items, I took down and put on the bed, then made me decisions and chose what I wanted to keep and recorded each item. Some of the, went in tht bin, others went back on the shelf ...

That's great, Miss Madge! Yesterday I decided to go for it, and started with tank/sleeveless tops. Placing them all on the bed, there were over 50! It got easier as I went along. Like Handsnhearts did, I held up the item or tried it on to decide if it sparked joy, then thanked the discards for their years of service. I would never have thought to do that and it was like free therapy! Marie Kondo points out that some items had served their purpose just by giving you excitement when you first saw them at the store, or by showing you what styles work and don't work for you. This was incredibly liberating for me. I did the KonMari fold on my tops and am enjoying the "crayons in a box" feeling of the drawers!

Practical Magic That drawer is beautiful!  Does KonMari call it 'crayons in a box' or is that yours?  It is both beautiful and exciting like opening a fresh box of unused, brand-new crayons.  Oh the possibilities!

Thanks! I don't know if she calls it that, but that's the feeling I get every time I open a drawer. I'm going to try folding pants in a similar way and position them on a shelf, like this woman did. (Her cat was apparently helping). ;-)

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« Reply #1412 on: April 05, 2015, 02:01:34 PM »
Found this on a site called Karenkaminski. This is her final closet pic. I wouldn't have thought to organize pants that way (folded, sideways on a shelf), but it seems to work.

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« Reply #1413 on: April 05, 2015, 02:06:34 PM »
She has such beautiful clothes.  I want my closet to look like that.  That feels like me.  Not this drab, neutral boringness that my wardrobe has morphed into somehow.  I just realized that I have gone from bright clothes and neutral classic shoes (what she has) to boring clothes and bright shoes, which are unsustainable and need to be replaced often.  And I like quality shoes best, that last.  Great picture and great direction for me to head!

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« Reply #1414 on: April 05, 2015, 02:29:49 PM »
I'm a bit sad. I've been clearing out my parents' attic and found a lot of my old toys. Most of them aren't worth keeping or donating, and some are borderline. (As in, could be donated or maybe sold, but really likely not due to too much wear and tear.) But I'm just kind of sad to dump them in the trash. I mean, I'm 43 w/no kids, so it's not like I'm going to be playing with them, but it's still sad saying goodbye to things that were good friends when I was a kid (only child, so toys were kind of friends at times). I know I have no room or need for them, but it's just a tearjerker. I'm reminded again that growing up kind of sucks.

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« Reply #1415 on: April 05, 2015, 03:41:29 PM »
I'm a bit sad. I've been clearing out my parents' attic and found a lot of my old toys. Most of them aren't worth keeping or donating, and some are borderline. (As in, could be donated or maybe sold, but really likely not due to too much wear and tear.) But I'm just kind of sad to dump them in the trash. I mean, I'm 43 w/no kids, so it's not like I'm going to be playing with them, but it's still sad saying goodbye to things that were good friends when I was a kid (only child, so toys were kind of friends at times). I know I have no room or need for them, but it's just a tearjerker. I'm reminded again that growing up kind of sucks.

Do you have any friends with kids that might appreciate vintage toys?  I know I sure would, especially if they came from a friend. 

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« Reply #1416 on: April 05, 2015, 03:52:52 PM »
I just finished off a box of crackers...

It's been a very productive day.  Sorted, consolidated and gave away fabric.  Went from four boxes to 2.  Pulled out a few projects to finish and arranged things I know I need soon for easy access.

Filled a box for goodwill with a few articles of clothing and a few of my great grandmothers dishes.  I can't keep them all.  I have as many in circulation as I can and just a handful packed away. 

Gathered things to send to family with my brother when he visits next week.  A hammock I don't have a place to hang anymore.  Some recycling that isn't accepted here, but is there.  Sewing supplies and notions for my mom.

Salvaged several grocery bags and papertowels that had been used to pack things in.  I am always running out of trash bags! Now I've got enough for a month or two.  I used the already crummy looking paper towels to clean. 

Last week I emptied and gave away two photo albums.  I got three more out of my tub of journals and albums under the bed. Now that bin is only half full.  I don't think I'll actually go through them today, but I have them accessible, so that I can when I'm ready.

I'm parting with a few more photo frames.  I had a gallery wall at my old house, but decided not to put holes in this rental's walls.  It's taken me time to let go of all of those frames.   A friend just got her first place, so she's getting a lot of odds and ends from me, including picture frames,  an extra flashlight,  bath towel, paint, vases...

I've used up enough things out of the laundry room cupboard that I can put the soap and softener in the cupboard and have the counter clear!  I can't even remember what used to be in that cupboard space. 

The shelf above my hanging rod used to be full to the ceiling of tetris stacked boxes.  Now it has one (large) box of notions and my cooler and a cute basket of scarves.  Beneath the hanging clothes used to be tetris stacked as well, but now just hosts my shoes, my out of season fan and buckets of paint my landlord hasn't picked up yet.

That is evidence of a lot completing a lot of projects and just letting go of excess.  Whew.  I feel so close to where I want to be.   
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« Reply #1417 on: April 05, 2015, 04:17:26 PM »
I'm a bit sad. I've been clearing out my parents' attic and found a lot of my old toys. Most of them aren't worth keeping or donating, and some are borderline. (As in, could be donated or maybe sold, but really likely not due to too much wear and tear.) But I'm just kind of sad to dump them in the trash. I mean, I'm 43 w/no kids, so it's not like I'm going to be playing with them, but it's still sad saying goodbye to things that were good friends when I was a kid (only child, so toys were kind of friends at times). I know I have no room or need for them, but it's just a tearjerker. I'm reminded again that growing up kind of sucks.

Do you have any friends with kids that might appreciate vintage toys?  I know I sure would, especially if they came from a friend.

I do have a friend who has young grandkids, but these things need a lot of work, and some things will never be right. Decals have fallen off and been torn and pieces are missing, so even if you glued them back on, they'd never be whole. They need a lot of cleaning and other cosmetic repair. That's why I say some are borderline. Technically, they still work and can be played with, but they're never going to be "right." I don't know if people want that.

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« Reply #1418 on: April 05, 2015, 06:05:19 PM »
DragonSlayer, when I dug out all my old toys from my mom's attic, I felt like I wasn't quite done with them either. I put several of the smaller ones on display in my built-in china cabinet and enjoyed them that way for a few years. Eventually I re-stored them and finally when I felt I'd experienced them as fully as I needed to, I sold them. I took photos also, so that if I want to remember one I can just pull up the pic. Btw, I was an only child too, and I understand about the toys being your friends.

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« Reply #1419 on: April 06, 2015, 11:25:27 AM »
Seems like everyone is in that spring cleaning phase! Awesome to hear.  I have been taking stock of what I have, which is also not too much considering I live in a small carriage house I share with a roommate, but it is still too much.  I've had success listing some dresses on eBay, got a whole box of items to add to my sister's yard sale in a few weeks and am plotting a day or two to really go through all of the drawers where I just stuff the junk I don't want to deal with everyday.

A good book to put someone in the mind frame of decluttering is "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing."  Honestly, I found it a little cheesy at times, but the overall idea was really interesting, and if you're like me, even if you have not too much stuff, the act of going through it all can be daunting.  This book made it seem simple.

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« Reply #1420 on: April 06, 2015, 12:26:52 PM »
Just got back from vacation.  A strap on a pair of heels broke, so (after duct taping it initially so I could wear it that evening), I left them behind.  My example inspired my husband to do the same with some clothing, which was great.  Unfortunately, while gone I got a message about donating to Belle of the Ball (gently used formal dresses for prom) too late to give up two dresses I've been meaning to donate to a similar program, but I might still try dropping them off tomorrow night.

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« Reply #1421 on: April 06, 2015, 01:04:25 PM »
I have a couple of things listed in eBay. I started at a fairly low price and looks like it would sell for that price. However I have this mental block that I should be getting more money for that stuff. I listed at $60 and the electronic item is worth $200. I had earlier listed it at $100 and no one bid.

On one hand I just want it off my house. On the other, I know the actual value is higher and I feel bad for giving away the item. How do I convince myself its OK to let go of the (perceived) value of the item?

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« Reply #1422 on: April 06, 2015, 01:20:31 PM »
We got rid of our space heater and standing fan that have been sitting in the closet for years. It was great reclaiming that closet space and moving a bunch of other things into that closet half - the rest of the apartment is much clearer now.
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« Reply #1423 on: April 06, 2015, 04:42:16 PM »
Well, I found out I'll need to move in 30 days so taking the opportunity to get rid of more stuff. A bookcase, shelf, some clothes in styles I no longer wear, random things like manicuring stuff and moisturizer samples so far..,...

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« Reply #1424 on: April 06, 2015, 05:47:09 PM »
I have a couple of things listed in eBay. I started at a fairly low price and looks like it would sell for that price. However I have this mental block that I should be getting more money for that stuff. I listed at $60 and the electronic item is worth $200. I had earlier listed it at $100 and no one bid.

On one hand I just want it off my house. On the other, I know the actual value is higher and I feel bad for giving away the item. How do I convince myself its OK to let go of the (perceived) value of the item?
Stuff is worth what someone will pay.  Your marketing approach can influence that price, but you have to know the market ( best venue for selling, righ time of year, right key words, photos, etc.).  Some items I just list as Buy it Now on eBay and bide my time until someone buys.  Other items are always in demand and those work better for an auction format sale.

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« Reply #1425 on: April 06, 2015, 06:09:54 PM »
Ok, this is a double post, but I don't care!  I'm enjoying this immensely more than I thought and more than any of these objects would have brought me!

Returned 4 things to Costco.
$84.35 for 15 minutes of my time!

Good reminder too, you can return anything you have ever bought at Costco for any reason, except electronics which are 90 days.

A pair of pants and a pair of shorts that I was never going to wear because they made me feel too frumpy, and a World Cup soccer jersey my husband never wore, and the wrong kind of replacement heads for our toothbrushes. I will probably have to rebuy the toothbrush heads later, but I can do it after I move and that's one less thing to move. Yay!

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« Reply #1426 on: April 07, 2015, 01:56:03 AM »
I have a couple of things listed in eBay. I started at a fairly low price and looks like it would sell for that price. However I have this mental block that I should be getting more money for that stuff. I listed at $60 and the electronic item is worth $200. I had earlier listed it at $100 and no one bid.

On one hand I just want it off my house. On the other, I know the actual value is higher and I feel bad for giving away the item. How do I convince myself its OK to let go of the (perceived) value of the item?
Stuff is worth what someone will pay.  Your marketing approach can influence that price, but you have to know the market ( best venue for selling, righ time of year, right key words, photos, etc.).  Some items I just list as Buy it Now on eBay and bide my time until someone buys.  Other items are always in demand and those work better for an auction format sale.

I agree with this - it's only worth what someone will pay. And I remind myself that yes, it was worth $100 to me, when I bought it, but the second I left the shop with it, the value likely halved. It helps to stop me from buying things new. I now let other people get the buyer's remorse and take the hit when they realise they don't want it, but it was worth half what it was. A hard lesson, but once learnt, you can use it to your advantage.

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« Reply #1427 on: April 07, 2015, 08:26:41 AM »
I started the 'minimalist game' of getting rid of 1 thing on April 1 ... 5 things on April 5, etc.  Doing good so far - haven't done anything today for day 7 but have some things in mind for when I get home.  I'm sort of out of nice things to sell but I'm trying eBay for one more thing that didn't sell at the consignment shop.

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« Reply #1428 on: April 07, 2015, 01:29:49 PM »
Made a little over $15 yesterday by selling some baby items.  It wasn't even all that much, so I'm rather pleased by the profit.
What the store wouldn't take I'll give to a friend, who works for a counseling and adoption agency.  They've got five clients (so far) who are going to have babies this summer and who will need these clothes very much.
Have a box parked in the living room in which I can deposit things as I find them and think, "WTH is this, where did it come from, and why do we still have it?"  It's getting pretty full, which is both sad and motivating.  Some items I've been hanging onto out of guilt (like the picture frame someone gave us for our wedding which is...not our style) and this thread is helping me to not feel guilty about passing it along.
Need to work on packing up my books so that I can sell the bookshelf we won't be moving.  Also need to list some modular shelving which we don't want anymore and still need to box up the "kitchen starter box" stuff.

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« Reply #1429 on: April 08, 2015, 09:19:06 AM »
I just want to thank everyone that suggested "the life changing magic of tidying up."  I spent last Friday going through my drawers and I finally felt permission to chuck things out of my life ruthlessly.  The "does this spark joy" and "thank you for serving" routine really helped!  And I'm in love with the way my drawers looks with my clothing folded in the KonMari method.  I've already spread the word to several folks.  Y'all are the best.  I can't wait to finally achieve my minimalist dreams!

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« Reply #1430 on: April 08, 2015, 11:28:03 AM »
I am enjoying the shifting of objects..sort of musical chairs. 

I saw a friend wearing my old jeans  plus my old scarf last week and she rocked them!  I am enjoying a donation of food from someone who was going away (in fact they supplied us with drinks to take to two parties) and I have been wearing some of my DH's winter clothes lately to keep warm.  I got half-used cleaning supplies from another friend and am donating a bag of winter clothes to the thrift shop today.  Perhaps I will see someone wearing one of my dresses soon?

I got some compost from the community compost heap..who knows whose leftovers have fuelled my garden?  it seems as though I am looking at a chess board and the pieces are all moving from side to side being used over and over again.

Meanwhile I am forcing myself to rein in the desire to fire out all my winter clothes because face it, I am going to need them for a little longer.  I was fingering a long sleeved top today ready to snatch it from its hanger and shove into the thrift store bag when the voice of reason said "Kiddo, it will be a long cold spring if you own nothing at all with sleeves by tomorrow".  True.

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« Reply #1431 on: April 08, 2015, 12:12:43 PM »
Selling two of our lamps today. We used them in our previous homes but the current one has light fixtures already and our lamps are gathering dust. Also they are not child proof (from prekid days) and I dont see ourselves using them for a long time. So storing them in craigslist :)

Now thinking if I should sell our office chair too.

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« Reply #1432 on: April 08, 2015, 01:13:04 PM »
I mentioned to MIL that I'm in the process of decluttering the house. When she asks me what things I'm getting rid of, I mention things like the jewelry making supplies I bought and haven't used for years (letting go of my fantasy self). Her response? "Don't get rid of it! You may want to use it some day!" When I politely responded that no, I don't ever see myself as the jewelry making type, she said "Well then give it to me, and I'll keep it for you!"

There are so many things wrong with that statement, I don't even know where to begin. Not the least of which is the fact that she lives on the other side of the continent!

Anyway, I get an email from her today that's all about the Feng Shui of letting go of paper... So, paper is bad Feng Shui, but boxes full of supplies you're never going to use is good? The logic escapes me.

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« Reply #1433 on: April 08, 2015, 01:39:23 PM »
Work sent out a notice about their "office supply recycling program" where you direct unused office supplies to the program and they redistribute.  Took two reams of copy paper, a container of cardstock that I've had for 4 years, and a few other useful odds and ends in.  SO nice to have found a good home for those items! 

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« Reply #1434 on: April 08, 2015, 02:49:50 PM »
In a rare situation, I needed to put on a suit today for work.  I was in a hurry, so I didn't change when I realized it was tight on my thighs.  As I've been carefully bending down to pick up things and I can hear I've ripped my lining a few times...I am mentally filing this away as motivation, not only to get rid of this suit but to try on all of my suits and get rid of those that don't fit.  For some reason when I go through my closet, I never try suits on - just pants/skirts/shirts.

Sad though, it was my favorite suit!

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« Reply #1435 on: April 08, 2015, 03:02:31 PM »
Realized today that although I love the look of colourful cushions on my beige sectional couch (hygge) http://www.visitdenmark.com/danish-meaning-hygge I can't STAND it when the kids chuck the cushions on the floor. All day long, I keep putting cushions back in their place. Today, I put the cushions away to try and remove this little messy frustration from my life.

They may/may not make a reappearance next winter!

OT: Can anyone instruct me in how to insert a link but just making the word highlighted? I love that feature but can't figure it out!

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« Reply #1436 on: April 08, 2015, 03:15:58 PM »
Now that I know I will be moving within the month, I am doing even better with decluttering. Nothing like moving to help with that!  Antique falling apart (REALLY falling apart) chandelier out. Old pillow I don't like (that was almost out before, but I TOOK OUT of the pile... tsk tsk.) . Several more clothes in a style I haven't been wearing for a couple years now. Went thru paperwork again.. its amazing how it seems to accumulate so quickly.. I thought I was getting better about discarding before it landed in the pile.. Will go through everything again before I move. Hoping to decrease a bit more. I don't hav much now, but the bulk of what I do have is actually fabric (and related sewing articles) and pieces I have created, as well as other art pieces. I show my work , so that will be kept for sure. Will review all sewing stuff again (as haven't been sewing for a while now) and reduce further.

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« Reply #1437 on: April 08, 2015, 03:27:36 PM »
Write it out this way, removing the #:

[#url=http://www.visitdenmark.com/danish-meaning-hygge]link[/url]

Obviously, you can change the word link
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« Reply #1439 on: April 08, 2015, 07:14:22 PM »
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« Reply #1440 on: April 08, 2015, 07:25:16 PM »
Took three large backs of clothes, books, and other miscellany to the Brown Elephant (local thrift store) Monday. Already have another bag of clothes ready to go (most of the clothes is either 10 years old or hand-me-downs from my mother or sister that I thought I would wear but don't).

I almost took a pair of rain boots, but they're Aigle and the are in great condition (they simply don't fit anymore) so I'm trying to recoup some of my cost via Craigslist. Fingers crossed!

Next project: BF's closet...

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« Reply #1441 on: April 08, 2015, 09:54:02 PM »
Snuck my accumulated plastic wear into the cupboard in the lunch room at work.  Coworkers use and toss that stuff like crazy!  I forget to pack a utensil and have to use plastic more often than I like, but I can't handle throwing it out... So I take it home and wash it, but I had collected quite a pile.

Tossing a box I thought would be great to store something in...  Something?  What?? That's too vague. Out it goes.

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« Reply #1442 on: April 09, 2015, 02:35:43 AM »
Another 11 things out of the house yesterday. And 5 things sold on ebay (I had already counted them as decluttered, so it was just nice to see the money roll in).

I did buy some fabric at the weekend though, so I need to concentrate on making up some things before I buy any more. I worked on a top yesterday, but it's a finicky fabric and I wasn't enjoying myself. Hope to cut out a few more things at the weekend, concentrating on using up large scraps so they are out of my life once and for all. I see a few new tank tops in my future!

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« Reply #1443 on: April 09, 2015, 05:23:45 AM »
Last night I scanned more of the endless genealogy files I inherited from my dad. My mom was going through some of her stuff and found 2 big accordion files of papers. I can recycle most of it without scanning but I have to look at each paper because sometimes I find photos or personal correspondence from my grandparents or aunt.

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« Reply #1444 on: April 09, 2015, 06:42:47 AM »
My community posted a flyer for a garage sale next weekend.  Super excited, will put my stuff out in the driveway for 4 hours and if it doesn't sell, pack it up and head to goodwill.  Will curb my "it's worth something" mind and get more stuff out of the house.  And will probably be a good reminder that my stuff really isn't worth much and make future donations much easier! 

Love reading everyone's successes on here, it's been so motivating!

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« Reply #1445 on: April 10, 2015, 07:32:33 AM »
Still trying to convince my wife and youngest 2 daughters to get on board with minimizing. My youngest is borderline Asperger's... she hangs on to every little piece of cardboard and junk.

Last night, wife told them "You either clean the room or I'm going to get a big bucket and do it myself!" which she's threatened numerous times, and never follows through on. I said "I have a big plastic tub available, would you like me to go get it right now??"
I'm going to bring the tub in today, and it's not moving from the center of the room till it's full. My girls are absolute hoarders, I won't even go in their room any more, my oldest daughter can't even stand it. My wife is so flustered with all the housework of cleaning up after the pack rats that she doesn't know what to do.

Plastic Tub is my new best friend. And he's hungry.
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« Reply #1446 on: April 10, 2015, 07:40:21 AM »
Funkystickman, good luck with your new best friend! 

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« Reply #1447 on: April 10, 2015, 09:20:48 AM »
I did buy some fabric at the weekend though, so I need to concentrate on making up some things before I buy any more. I worked on a top yesterday, but it's a finicky fabric and I wasn't enjoying myself. Hope to cut out a few more things at the weekend, concentrating on using up large scraps so they are out of my life once and for all. I see a few new tank tops in my future!


This is a great idea- to use up fabric to minimize. I hadn't thought of this . periodicly I get way into my sewing ( only have to get started then I remember how much I love it) . so I still have been holding onto a fair amount of fabric and supplies. Best to use them up rather than keep holding onto  the stuff for more years to come!
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1448 on: April 10, 2015, 09:57:11 AM »
Still trying to convince my wife and youngest 2 daughters to get on board with minimizing. My youngest is borderline Asperger's... she hangs on to every little piece of cardboard and junk.

Last night, wife told them "You either clean the room or I'm going to get a big bucket and do it myself!" which she's threatened numerous times, and never follows through on. I said "I have a big plastic tub available, would you like me to go get it right now??"
I'm going to bring the tub in today, and it's not moving from the center of the room till it's full. My girls are absolute hoarders, I won't even go in their room any more, my oldest daughter can't even stand it. My wife is so flustered with all the housework of cleaning up after the pack rats that she doesn't know what to do.

Plastic Tub is my new best friend. And he's hungry.

Definitely nip the hording in the bud with the kids. I've been enjoying watching the Hoarder tv shows this week (train wreak tv - and my roommate can't do without cable) and some of them it started when they were kids.

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« Reply #1449 on: April 10, 2015, 09:58:23 AM »
I am committed to weeding out my suits and wedgewood. Going to get rid of stuff I don't like.