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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1400 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 #1401 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 #1402 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 #1403 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 #1404 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 #1405 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 #1406 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 #1407 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 #1408 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 #1409 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 #1410 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 #1411 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 #1412 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 #1413 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 #1414 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 #1415 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 #1416 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 #1417 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 #1418 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 #1419 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 #1420 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]

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« Reply #1422 on: April 08, 2015, 07:14:22 PM »
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« Reply #1423 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 #1424 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 #1425 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 #1426 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 #1427 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 #1428 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 #1429 on: April 10, 2015, 07:40:21 AM »
Funkystickman, good luck with your new best friend! 

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« Reply #1430 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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« Reply #1431 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 #1432 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.

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« Reply #1433 on: April 10, 2015, 10:06:36 AM »
I just want to say a big thank you to everyone on this thread.  You keep me motivated to keep plugging away at areas and encourage me to revisit them after I think I'm "done" (when I'm really not!).  I read the book so many recommended above (Life Changing Art of Tidying Up), and it was great, giving some new ideas about how to treat things.  I won't start thanking my clothes anytime soon, but I am going to try more purging in the order she's recommended, bringing all items of a type together to see how big my collections really are, and to start with the blank slate and decide what to keep - rather than starting with everything and deciding what to throw away.

My home contains about 20% of what my sister's house has, and yet there is SO MUCH that I could get rid of without missing.  I admire those of you on here who have really purged down.  It helps to know my main preventers for getting rid of things are in order: my husband ("but are you sure?..."), emotional reasons ("that was grandma's"), practical reasons ("I might need it") and informational reasons "I might want to consult it later").  Step one will be not to show my husband things I'm getting rid of! 

The exercise of thinking about what I want to declutter is illuminating.  At first, I think I want to declutter to have a beautiful put-together and coordinated home like I see in magazines...but after thought, it's really that a cluttered home makes me feel like I have a to-do list that's never complete and thus home is stressful rather than relaxing.  It also takes time to keep up putting things away/cleaning.

And every time this thread pops up, it reminds me to keep on with it, helping me create habits of not just removing clutter but not letting it into my life.  I am pretty bad about seeing "deals" and picking up free stuff, and this helps me curb those instincts for only things I really want.  Free isn't really free.

So thank you.

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« Reply #1434 on: April 10, 2015, 10:04:45 PM »
I spendt about five minutes when I got home pulling clothes off their hangers. - the clothes ive been hating & avoiding everytime I go into my closet. and then of course, out go all those extra hangers I no longer need. and a set of pillowcases ive never used for good measure.
there is this skirt - really a nice looking skirt , rather interesting one actually- that I purchased at Macys for $75 like five years ago & back then I used to wear it regularly.  ive been holding onto it for those two reasons (cost and look of it ), and also because all my coworkers admire it when I wear it. maybe I should give it to one of them , thats a thought... the thing is that's its a size or 2 too big now (and ive been consistently smaller for 2 years now). another option is to alter , which im quite capable of. but I need to do something with it, because its another one of those items I refuse to ever wear.

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« Reply #1435 on: April 10, 2015, 10:22:53 PM »
got rid of a few more shirts, but I had weeded through these recently.  Tomorrow is the big closet go through.  I am now done with my dresser, except undie/bra/sock drawer...that one is a beast!

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« Reply #1436 on: April 10, 2015, 10:32:37 PM »
A garbage bag of clothes and a box of books ... GONE!

Was happy to drop another load at the thrift store ... did go back in and pick up a few much needed items in lieu of shopping retail. 1 skirt, 1 pair of pants, 2 summer tops

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« Reply #1437 on: April 12, 2015, 02:41:41 PM »
In the last couple of weeks, I cleared out several items of clothing I don't like.  Among other items, there lurked a huge tangle of hose that I haven't needed since I changed jobs 10 years ago (and probably couldn't fit in now anyway)--dealt with!  Shoes that I never wear are being donated, as are books that I haven't wanted to reread in the last couple of years.  I also put aside three boxes (and counting) of household items to donate.  Old paperwork is being shredded or recycled.  And I looked up local options for hard-to-recycle items like clothes that aren't in good enough shape to donate, paint cans, etc.

Thanks to reading this thread consistently, I'm getting past the, "what if I need it later," "what if I miss it," etc.  So thank you all for the inspiration to get (and keep) going on this project. 

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1438 on: April 12, 2015, 03:53:46 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?
It's only actually worth what someone will pay you for it. Regardless of what you think it is worth. If it is worth more, find someone to pay more. If said person is not to be found, they don't exist. :) it's OK to let it go.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1439 on: April 13, 2015, 04:04:49 AM »
So my list is around 800 items I've got out of house so far this year (I think. Somewhere around that number). My husband is by turns amused (I threw out an inelastic rubber band yesterday, and he said 'Are you checking that off your list?!') and amazed, because every so often I ask, 'Have you missed anything' and the answer is always NO.

How is it possible to get rid of so many things, and yet never once think, 'Where is that? Oh I threw it out and regret it'? Seriously, I haven't looked for / missed a single thing. It's mind-blowing.

It's getting harder though. I've picked all the low-hanging fruit. At first, it was hard. Then, when I realised I didn't miss anything it was liberating, and I got rid of loads of stuff! Things I wouldn't even had considered at the beginning. But now I am getting down to stuff I really -don't want to get rid of-.

If the reasons were "I like it and I use it" that would be fine. My aim is a house that only contains things I enjoy (and by that I mean enjoy seeing and/or using). But those aren't the reasons. The main ones seem to be 'That cost me a lot of money!', yet I have researched Ebay and now know it to be basically worthless. I need to let this stuff go. The money is gone. Holding onto the item when I don't use it is just a kind of punishment.

I don't want to give it to friends/family because that just feels like giving them a burden. And in the UK, charity shops don't sell electricals. I think Freecycle is my next stop.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1440 on: April 13, 2015, 07:31:53 AM »
If the reasons were "I like it and I use it" that would be fine. My aim is a house that only contains things I enjoy (and by that I mean enjoy seeing and/or using). But those aren't the reasons. The main ones seem to be 'That cost me a lot of money!', yet I have researched Ebay and now know it to be basically worthless. I need to let this stuff go. The money is gone. Holding onto the item when I don't use it is just a kind of punishment.

I don't want to give it to friends/family because that just feels like giving them a burden. And in the UK, charity shops don't sell electricals. I think Freecycle is my next stop.

So true.
I like the concept with Freecycle, but I have a problem with people not picking things up as agreed.  I was trying to give away binders and after several people wanted them and then flaked on me, I gave up and took them away to the dump instead.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1441 on: April 13, 2015, 10:14:42 AM »
We are finally, FINALLY getting rid of our storage unit. It hasn't had much in it for a year, and is just a waste of money. We got it three years ago when we were redoing the flooring in much of the house and did not have room for all of the furniture. We will be out by the end of the month. We went out this weekend and took the last of the boxes - half a dozen or so. Mr. MoustacheKnittah made me sort through the boxes out on the patio to ensure there were no critters or other disgusting delights after the boxes have languished in the out-of-doors for so long. Immediately put half of the items in boxes for charity shop. Set a chair and a lamp out of the curb. Thought about selling these, but we had more important stuff to do this weekend. They were taken immediately - I figure I am repaying the curb furniture gods for a few good finds over the years.

At any rate, we still have an old mattress (donate/trash), two chairs that need upholstery (will go home) and a tool box (donate). Friend has some stuff and we told him it just needs to be out by the end of the month. Victory over storage unit is so close!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1442 on: April 13, 2015, 10:32:39 AM »
Get rid of the phone book for good by opting out. Saves you time by never having to recycle it again and is environmentally friendly. https://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/

THANK YOU!  Phone books are my nemesis and I have no idea the last time we've used them!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1443 on: April 13, 2015, 01:46:26 PM »
in the UK, charity shops don't sell electricals. I think Freecycle is my next stop.

British Heart Foundation.  They have some shops which are clothes etc. but others which are furniture and electricals.

You may also have a local auction which sells electricals (usually the auctions at the lower end of the market, which also means cheaper - I have a reasonably local one that charges 1 per item plus commission, so I can give something one go pretty cheaply ), although they will need a safety check before hand (the auction may do this for you).

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1444 on: April 13, 2015, 02:21:51 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.

Can I recommend that you pick one or two of your favorites and keep them?  That works for me, as I have a small box with my high school letters (for my jacket), my baseball mitt, and a few small wrestling medals.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1445 on: April 13, 2015, 02:32:14 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?

My DW has a lot of this "perceived" value going on.  She'll estimate what something is worth based on what she has seen it go for ina shop, but I remind her that she doesn't have a  shop (and doesn't want one!), doesn't have the overhead to pay, etc., but does have to pay for storage (both physical and mental) while it sits there waiting for that market price!  If you factor all that in it can be disappointing, but a dose of reality.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1446 on: April 13, 2015, 09:11:56 PM »
A lot more items out now. Getting more ruthless. More clothes I was attached to but did not enjoy anymore out. Went thru all my artwork & downsized ( took some photos ) . some dishes/kitchen stuff I don't like or use out. I have 4 more library books to read, then I will read what's on my shelves & likely discard more.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1447 on: April 13, 2015, 11:44:11 PM »
If my life was an old-fashioned novel this chapter would be entitled, "In Which They Discover That the Kitchen is Not Too Small".  I finally cleared out all of the stuff we don't need or want to move and it's taking up half the dining room table.  Trying to sell it, but if no one wants it we'll give it to the charity shop and see if they can find any takers. 
Our kitchen now is not only cleaner, it's downright spacious!  Who knew?

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1448 on: April 13, 2015, 11:51:10 PM »
If my life was an old-fashioned novel this chapter would be entitled, "In Which They Discover That the Kitchen is Not Too Small".

I would so read that book!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1449 on: April 14, 2015, 01:32:45 AM »

So true.
I like the concept with Freecycle, but I have a problem with people not picking things up as agreed.  I was trying to give away binders and after several people wanted them and then flaked on me, I gave up and took them away to the dump instead.

CommonCents, you had reminded me exactly why I let my group membership lapse... when people are picking things up for free they seem less committed to turning up. I wish the dump had a room you could just leave interesting stuff for others to look through and take for free. Each bay could be dated with a week commencing date when it will just be landfilled if no-one has taken it.