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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1850 on: June 07, 2015, 06:50:53 AM »
Hi all--
I've been lurking for a while, but this is my first post. I cleared out 2 garbage bags of clothes from my closet to bring to Savers today. Still a long way to go, but it's a start!

I haven't read all 38 pages of this thread(!) but I wonder if Moustachians are familiar with itsdeductible. It's an offshoot of Turbotax where you can enter your deductions all year long and then import them into TT if you use it (no product kickback for me in this endorsement). I love it because it gives me a value for clothes WAY beyond what I would have estimated, and sometimes even more than what I paid originally (ie a camisole in very good condition is worth 13.00 donated). Knowing that I will get a tax writeoff for my stuff takes away some of the remorse over buying it in the first place. Hope this helps someone!

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« Reply #1851 on: June 07, 2015, 07:45:09 AM »
Hi all--
I've been lurking for a while, but this is my first post. I cleared out 2 garbage bags of clothes from my closet to bring to Savers today. Still a long way to go, but it's a start!

I haven't read all 38 pages of this thread(!) but I wonder if Moustachians are familiar with itsdeductible. It's an offshoot of Turbotax where you can enter your deductions all year long and then import them into TT if you use it (no product kickback for me in this endorsement). I love it because it gives me a value for clothes WAY beyond what I would have estimated, and sometimes even more than what I paid originally (ie a camisole in very good condition is worth 13.00 donated). Knowing that I will get a tax writeoff for my stuff takes away some of the remorse over buying it in the first place. Hope this helps someone!


Thank u so much for the recommendation! I will check it out now. Sounds much more convenient than added up all my receipts at the end of the year- o my

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« Reply #1852 on: June 07, 2015, 04:55:49 PM »
Inline skates and old bike helmet went to Goodwill today.  Tried the skates on ebay a few times but no bites.  It's one of those things that the tax deduction it almost worth as much as what I'd make selling them.

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« Reply #1853 on: June 07, 2015, 06:55:59 PM »
Cleaned out our book collection using the KonMari Method.  We still have way too many books, but we donated over 50 books today.  We also cleared out an entire bookshelf!  The bookshelf has already been disassembled. 


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« Reply #1854 on: June 07, 2015, 09:57:24 PM »
Cleaned out our book collection using the KonMari Method.  We still have way too many books, but we donated over 50 books today.  We also cleared out an entire bookshelf!  The bookshelf has already been disassembled.

Excellent progress!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1855 on: June 08, 2015, 12:58:42 AM »
I found two packages of diapers that are too small for our baby now and put them on craigslist for half the price. We are still thinking abou having a second one but im not keeping the diapers around for that long. We also moved the baby bed downstairs as she moved into her own room last weekend. So much more space now!
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« Reply #1856 on: June 08, 2015, 01:12:42 AM »
I threw out some old information documents (about a health condition that I have). I have 3 nail polishes that I will give away at work tomorrow. We also gave some cat toys to a kitten rescue group because our cats had never played with those particular toys.

I really need to do some filing (and associated culling of paper) but have been running a fever and didn't feel up to it.

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« Reply #1857 on: June 08, 2015, 03:21:55 AM »
Today I got rid of random toiletries we can't use because of sensitive skin, a cutting board, a sweater, and a whiteboard. Tomorrow I will go through my crafting box. I plan to donate most of it.

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« Reply #1858 on: June 08, 2015, 03:33:34 AM »
Got rid of a small shopping bag of "stuff" over the weekend. Even though the quantity was small it feels like a win because it was in my sentimental box that I rarely open so anything I can do to reduce the size is good. When I moved house I chucked a lot of "useful" but not sentimental stuff in there. Needless to say very little of it has seen the light of day since I moved a year ago so it was good to send some of it away. I have also given away a bread maker (rarely used as the bread doesn't freeze well and I live at alone) to my mum to replace hers that broke. So I saved her money and reclaimed about an eigth of my tiny kitchen cupboard space back. I also sorted the bathroom cupboards to identify what I already have and tossed some out of date medication :-)

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« Reply #1859 on: June 08, 2015, 03:53:17 AM »
Attended a nice cycling event on saturday, and got the inevitable goody bag.
Some nice items in it, but some I know I will never use.

Put those items on a local giveaway facebook group immediately, they will be picked up tonight. Good riddance!

To do next time: refuse the goody bag.


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« Reply #1860 on: June 08, 2015, 05:13:19 AM »
Attended a nice cycling event on saturday, and got the inevitable goody bag.
Some nice items in it, but some I know I will never use.

Put those items on a local giveaway facebook group immediately, they will be picked up tonight. Good riddance!

To do next time: refuse the goody bag.

I find it hard to refuse free stuff... but then I feel guilty for getting rid of it when it's useless.  I did decline a carrier bag for something I bought earlier that would easily fit in my handbag. Baby steps!

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« Reply #1861 on: June 08, 2015, 11:42:12 AM »
Acquired several free books- to be donated of course immediately after reading. Heavy reader here

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« Reply #1862 on: June 08, 2015, 01:23:27 PM »
Acquired several free books- to be donated of course immediately after reading. Heavy reader here

My parents had (and still have) a vast home library; I wanted one when I grew up.  Plus, growing up in the countryside, miles from the nearest library and images like this






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really ingrained in me that I need to be surrounded by books everywhere, as a means of self-sufficiency.  I'm still struggling with what should be my rules for the books.

So far this has been a good rule for me: If I'm treating the books as if they are museum treasures, and not reading them, they have to go.

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« Reply #1863 on: June 08, 2015, 01:27:47 PM »
So far this has been a good rule for me: If I'm treating the books as if they are museum treasures, and not reading them, they have to go.

Love the visuals :)

I agree that's a good rule, except w/r/t one book - an 1800s copy of a Grimm's fairytales I own from my grandfather.  Not worthy of selling (as I did actually read it ~age 16-20 when I got it from my grandfather and despite my extreme care, the pages fell apart), but sufficient sentiment that I will keep it!

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« Reply #1864 on: June 08, 2015, 01:31:20 PM »
C.K., The full library is my dream too!  However, we live in a HCOL area with 2 bedrooms.  No room for excessive bookshelves.  I should admit that I have two offices with extensive collection of reference books, so I'm not completely giving up my book hoarding. 

I'm looking forward to doing paper this weekend.  We have a bad habit of not tossing/shredding documents. 

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« Reply #1865 on: June 08, 2015, 02:30:09 PM »
Threw out a bagful of various "stuff" found in my bathroom cabinets that I was holding on to for some reason.  Eyelash curler that hasn't been used in at least 7 years, anyone?  How about 10 year old skin toner?  Or that temporary hair color my DD bought several years ago that I thought I would try (haven't colored my hair in almost 5 years...)???  And this was the second pass through these cabinets and drawers after a purge a couple of months ago.  It's almost as if some stuff becomes invisible after sitting there for such a long time - I gloss over it when I open the cabinet.  I really need to KonMari these drawers and the cabinet.  Take everything out and pick up each item and decide if I still need it.  Maybe tonight.



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« Reply #1866 on: June 08, 2015, 02:31:46 PM »
Threw out a bagful of various "stuff" found in my bathroom cabinets that I was holding on to for some reason.  Eyelash curler that hasn't been used in at least 7 years, anyone?  How about 10 year old skin toner?  Or that temporary hair color my DD bought several years ago that I thought I would try (haven't colored my hair in almost 5 years...)???  And this was the second pass through these cabinets and drawers after a purge a couple of months ago.  It's almost as if some stuff becomes invisible after sitting there for such a long time - I gloss over it when I open the cabinet.  I really need to KonMari these drawers and the cabinet.  Take everything out and pick up each item and decide if I still need it.  Maybe tonight.
Good luck with the drawers and cabinet!


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« Reply #1867 on: June 08, 2015, 04:12:02 PM »
For the last 6 years my job (social worker) has had a very casual dress code, but I've held on to some office clothes from my corporate days.

For the last 5 weeks I've been on a secondment where more formal clothing is required, and I've learnt that a) I have enough clothes in my regular wardrobe to put together a nice office look short term, b) I have no desire to move back into an office role c) most of the clothes I had put aside either no longer fit well or aren't my style.

So, out they go! Including my only suit.

We also participated in the all-town garage sale last weekend and made some cash to put towards our fruit trees. Still need to take the leftovers to the thrift store though :/


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« Reply #1868 on: June 09, 2015, 04:36:38 AM »
Zizi, I definitely think items don invisibility cloaks during clean ups. It's always the strangest items too.

Nice work, goodlife! I like to think that when I RE I'll burn my office clothes in a FIRE pit. Pretty sure I'll wash, fold, and deliver them to Goodwill, but it's a nice thought. 

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« Reply #1869 on: June 09, 2015, 06:37:38 AM »
I have two packages of diapers that are too small for my daughter. Listed them for half the retail price on the local craigslist and people ask if they can pick them up but then dont respond anymore. Im frustrated right now as one woman emailed me five times now asking for different times when I was clear that Im working during the day.
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« Reply #1870 on: June 09, 2015, 07:15:09 AM »
Did another sweep through the bathroom cabinets last night.  Threw out a few more items and gathered things that can be used up  like half empty bottles of shampoo or body wash.  These I put in places where I will use them.  I am feeling much better even though I still kept some questionable things that probably should be thrown out eventually.

Also started purging papers this morning while I was transferring some files to a new computer.

Question: how long do I need to hold on to these types of papers:
- confirmation of final student loan payoff from over 10 years ago
- purchase and sale paperwork for a house (bought in 2003 sold in 2012)
- information relating to a 401k that I rolled over to an IRA 5 years ago
- car accident paperwork that ended up in a lawsuit (settled by the insurance co) more than 10 years ago

I've been keeping them in case questions arise relating to them but it seems that at some point they should be thrown out?



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« Reply #1871 on: June 09, 2015, 07:17:59 AM »
I just cleaned the inside of my kitchen cupboards and found some wheat noodles that need to be used up.

I forgot I had bought some mini pizza bases which I will be using this week as I have fresh tomatoes that could be used to make a pizza topping.

I decided I am going to go through my clothes again and see what I haven't worn that can go to a charity shop or if it's tatty to clothing recycling.

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« Reply #1872 on: June 09, 2015, 08:40:41 AM »
Did another sweep through the bathroom cabinets last night.  Threw out a few more items and gathered things that can be used up  like half empty bottles of shampoo or body wash.  These I put in places where I will use them.  I am feeling much better even though I still kept some questionable things that probably should be thrown out eventually.

Also started purging papers this morning while I was transferring some files to a new computer.

Question: how long do I need to hold on to these types of papers:
- confirmation of final student loan payoff from over 10 years ago
- purchase and sale paperwork for a house (bought in 2003 sold in 2012)
- information relating to a 401k that I rolled over to an IRA 5 years ago
- car accident paperwork that ended up in a lawsuit (settled by the insurance co) more than 10 years ago

I've been keeping them in case questions arise relating to them but it seems that at some point they should be thrown out?

For peace of mind would you be able to scan them?

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« Reply #1873 on: June 09, 2015, 09:05:18 AM »
Did another sweep through the bathroom cabinets last night.  Threw out a few more items and gathered things that can be used up  like half empty bottles of shampoo or body wash.  These I put in places where I will use them.  I am feeling much better even though I still kept some questionable things that probably should be thrown out eventually.

Also started purging papers this morning while I was transferring some files to a new computer.

Question: how long do I need to hold on to these types of papers:
- confirmation of final student loan payoff from over 10 years ago
- purchase and sale paperwork for a house (bought in 2003 sold in 2012)
- information relating to a 401k that I rolled over to an IRA 5 years ago
- car accident paperwork that ended up in a lawsuit (settled by the insurance co) more than 10 years ago

I've been keeping them in case questions arise relating to them but it seems that at some point they should be thrown out?

Car accident statute of limitations is certainly up, so there's no reason to keep that anymore.  The house information is likely on record with your county recorder, so there's no need for you to keep it.  Final student loan payoff I'd keep.  I'd double check that the 401(K) is included in the IRA papers and then shred that, too. 

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« Reply #1874 on: June 09, 2015, 11:50:43 AM »
So far this has been a good rule for me: If I'm treating the books as if they are museum treasures, and not reading them, they have to go.

Love the visuals :)

I agree that's a good rule, except w/r/t one book - an 1800s copy of a Grimm's fairytales I own from my grandfather.  Not worthy of selling (as I did actually read it ~age 16-20 when I got it from my grandfather and despite my extreme care, the pages fell apart), but sufficient sentiment that I will keep it!

The pictures remind me of the house I grew up in.  I think a lot of people struggle with keeping books.  I've been able to keep my book acquisition habit reasonably under control by being limited to three bookcases that were a gift when I was young.  Since then I have never gone beyond the bookcase limit, which has meant tossing a lot of books over time as I got new ones.  What is left are a lot of ones I look at again and again, and the bookcases aren't full.  Also I reread old ones regularly, and now just utilize the library.  So while I do still have more books than I might like, I don't feel out-of-control about it either.  I'm certainly not going to toss them all just for the sake of it.






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« Reply #1875 on: June 09, 2015, 12:37:51 PM »
So far this has been a good rule for me: If I'm treating the books as if they are museum treasures, and not reading them, they have to go.

Love the visuals :)

I agree that's a good rule, except w/r/t one book - an 1800s copy of a Grimm's fairytales I own from my grandfather.  Not worthy of selling (as I did actually read it ~age 16-20 when I got it from my grandfather and despite my extreme care, the pages fell apart), but sufficient sentiment that I will keep it!

The pictures remind me of the house I grew up in.  I think a lot of people struggle with keeping books.  I've been able to keep my book acquisition habit reasonably under control by being limited to three bookcases that were a gift when I was young.  Since then I have never gone beyond the bookcase limit, which has meant tossing a lot of books over time as I got new ones.  What is left are a lot of ones I look at again and again, and the bookcases aren't full.  Also I reread old ones regularly, and now just utilize the library.  So while I do still have more books than I might like, I don't feel out-of-control about it either.  I'm certainly not going to toss them all just for the sake of it.

I think the difference b/w a lot of people here is how often you reread your books.  I reread mine and I also read fast.  Not every one gets read every year, but some get reread multiple times, and some might be more on a 3 year reread schedule.  I'm ok with this.  Given by my appreciation of the visual - to me, it's décor, not clutter.  To another, it'd be clutter (but something they have I'd consider clutter).  I have enough clutter clutter to work on for now!
Did another sweep through the bathroom cabinets last night.  Threw out a few more items and gathered things that can be used up  like half empty bottles of shampoo or body wash.  These I put in places where I will use them.  I am feeling much better even though I still kept some questionable things that probably should be thrown out eventually.

Also started purging papers this morning while I was transferring some files to a new computer.

Question: how long do I need to hold on to these types of papers:
- confirmation of final student loan payoff from over 10 years ago
- purchase and sale paperwork for a house (bought in 2003 sold in 2012)
- information relating to a 401k that I rolled over to an IRA 5 years ago
- car accident paperwork that ended up in a lawsuit (settled by the insurance co) more than 10 years ago

I've been keeping them in case questions arise relating to them but it seems that at some point they should be thrown out?

I believe you are to hold onto tax paperwork related to houses for 7 years.  Maybe use that as a guideline?  I would keep it plus the loan payoff (but perhaps scan it).  The other two I'd toss.

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« Reply #1876 on: June 09, 2015, 07:02:05 PM »
Droopy pants and blazer out ( keeping the skirt ) .

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« Reply #1877 on: June 09, 2015, 10:08:00 PM »
Worked through some more piles of paperwork today. Tossed out (rather, put in the 'to shred' pile) tax returns from 1997 to 2007. Got rid of my jr high and high school report cards, and post-secondary records. I had no idea I still had them! There were account statements of all sorts from accounts I no longer have. After about 2 hours I neared the end of the pile the paperwork and they became more recent and it wasn't as easy to know what I needed to keep, so I stopped for the day. There is still a full filing cabinet drawer and 3 small piles to go, but I feel like I made great progress the last coupe days. :D

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« Reply #1878 on: June 10, 2015, 01:38:35 AM »
Took out the full content of my wardrobe last night. I keep it down and managed (I toss out clothes I don't wear/that's worn out regularly) but still ended up with 1 bag of donatable items, 1/2 a bag for fabric reuse and 1/4 bag of junk. And to be honest: I didn't sort through the summer clothes. Summer is so long ago I can't remember what I like to wear. It's just 2 tiny piles, though. Will sort through it in fall.

I don't like to actually send anything to be incinerated unless it has absolutely no use, so I love the fact that they have started re-using fabric. Makes fleeze and blankets, I'm told. Also makes me not feel guilty about getting rid of things.

Will try to take a small pile of items to my used things store this weekend. And then try to sell some old movies and games I never use.

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« Reply #1879 on: June 10, 2015, 01:53:16 AM »
Thanks Nancy, love the idea of a FIRE pit for ceremonial corporate clothes burning!

I moved a few months ago and combined households with my partner. On the weekend we dragged a whole pile of boxes in from the shed to sort and unpack (doing this in stages as we're renovating and not all rooms are useable). It's cold here and I'm not really in the mood but I am DETERMINED to get through a few tonight with a cup of hot tea and some trashy TV. I WILL do it! 


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« Reply #1880 on: June 10, 2015, 09:04:19 AM »
FINALLY recycled an old iphone that belonged to an ex who had wanted to throw it out. This was probably two years ago!! Dropped it off to Best Buy. Also getting ready to soon finally bring some household stuff to Housing Works and another small batch of books (once I cull them) to re-sell/fund a father's day gift. And I avoided taking two pairs of high heels in my size that were out in my neighborhood recently--I was interested but would never actually wear them. Previously I'd never hesitate!

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« Reply #1881 on: June 10, 2015, 09:43:52 AM »
I'm a third through the Magi of Tidying audio book and I'm not terribly impressed. She is definitely an odd one. I don't think it helps that the audiobook sounds like they're trying to impersonate a computer generated voice. Thnk GLaDOS, but with less personality.

Personally, I think the main thing she's selling - to keep only things that give you joy - doesn't make sense. Not everything is made to give you joy. Most tools are just tools. Does this USB cable give me joy? No, but it takes up a small amount of space and I like to have an extra one for certain situations. A bag of screws certainly doesn't give me joy, but that bag has saved me several trips to a hardware store.

I think a big problem I have is that I'm already pretty minimal and organized so most of her advice doesn't help me. I was hoping for something that would push me to go farther, but this book hasn't. I can't say it hasn't done anything for me, though. It has given me some motivation to go through some more stuff and make another pile for donation.

I've got this on request at the library and can't wait to actually read the book. It's not something I want to pay for as I think once you have the principles down, you're set...it's not like a fiction novel where you can re-read it over and over. (Or maybe I'm the only one who's read Harry Potter 7 a zillion times?)

I've only read news articles and blogs on it to glean the basic premise, and so far I like it a LOT. My problem is, I was hanging onto a lot more old stuff than I thought, some of which I didn't like anymore or need since I now live with my husband. I thought I was pretty minimal having just moved from an apt, but turns out I was porting tons of crap I didn't use from place to place with every move.

I view the things that are mostly utility (cables, that kind of thing) as "bringing me joy" in the sense that they are allowing me to fulfill a certain function. I wonder how much of that is lost in translation, since joy isn't the word I'd use to describe our mop or our toilet bowl cleaners, haha. Another valuable thing it's done for me is to just reduce my consumerism for eco-reasons. Where is this thing going to go? Is it really worth it? Vs before, when all I really thought about was if it was worth the temporary happiness, despite MMM's admonishing.

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« Reply #1882 on: June 10, 2015, 12:44:02 PM »
This is an electronic one - we moved house last year and sold it a couple of months ago. I went through my credit union online bill payee list and deleted any related to the old house that I would never have to pay anymore. Makes things simpler as two utility companies were the same as we only moved 17 miles closer to my work, just different account numbers. I hadn't mixed them up, but this makes sure I won't.

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« Reply #1883 on: June 10, 2015, 12:56:43 PM »
So far this has been a good rule for me: If I'm treating the books as if they are museum treasures, and not reading them, they have to go.

Love the visuals :)

I agree that's a good rule, except w/r/t one book - an 1800s copy of a Grimm's fairytales I own from my grandfather.  Not worthy of selling (as I did actually read it ~age 16-20 when I got it from my grandfather and despite my extreme care, the pages fell apart), but sufficient sentiment that I will keep it!

+1 on the pictures :)

I too have a book problem. My solution has been to severely limit the number of books I buy. I have a set amount of space for books, and that isn't changing. However, I am a re-reader. Books like I like and re-read, I'm fine owning. Books that I need for reference (Joy of Cooking, etc) I'll keep. Beyond that, if I won't re-read it, then I shouldn't keep it. Of course, the purges only happen when I run out of space...

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« Reply #1884 on: June 10, 2015, 12:59:10 PM »
Did another sweep through the bathroom cabinets last night.  Threw out a few more items and gathered things that can be used up  like half empty bottles of shampoo or body wash.  These I put in places where I will use them.  I am feeling much better even though I still kept some questionable things that probably should be thrown out eventually.

Also started purging papers this morning while I was transferring some files to a new computer.

Question: how long do I need to hold on to these types of papers:
- confirmation of final student loan payoff from over 10 years ago
- purchase and sale paperwork for a house (bought in 2003 sold in 2012)
- information relating to a 401k that I rolled over to an IRA 5 years ago
- car accident paperwork that ended up in a lawsuit (settled by the insurance co) more than 10 years ago

I've been keeping them in case questions arise relating to them but it seems that at some point they should be thrown out?

Personally, I'd toss or shred all of those items.

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« Reply #1885 on: June 10, 2015, 02:00:18 PM »
Thanks to all who responded to my questions about retention of paperwork.

I will shred the accident and 401k paperwork, file house paperwork with the tax returns for the year of sale and scan the loan payoff confirmation.




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« Reply #1886 on: June 10, 2015, 02:16:38 PM »
Last night I sold 2 bulky photography props I have.  2 less things to move and $35 in my pocket :)

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« Reply #1887 on: June 10, 2015, 03:14:59 PM »
I cleaned out my craft/sewing supplies last night. I went through my keep pile and asked myself if I was keeping it to actually use, or keeping it because it was aspirational stuff. Some things I really couldn't tell. I was hoping to part with more, but it's still progress.

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« Reply #1888 on: June 10, 2015, 05:09:34 PM »
I am currently planning for a cross country move. So currently very motivated to declutter and looking at what I own in a different light. I wonder if thinking "would I take it with me if I moved interstate" help any of you guys to make decisions.
Like most kids I have some "stuff" ay my folks house but I am pretty certain it's stuff I may need again not just junk. (Example, my modem is there, but I currently share my neighbors connection, I will be taking this on the move as they cost $100 and I think I'll need it, unless I can find another neighbour. Other example: half my crockery - after I moved from a house to an apartment I knew I would no longer be hosting dinner parties for 8. Kind of useful to have as I do break things and this way can take from this pile as needed.) However I fully intend to go through it in detail to confirm next time I see them.

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« Reply #1889 on: June 11, 2015, 02:50:58 AM »
Today I sold 3 baking pans and a fancy food warmer. I also donated a grocery bag worth of clothes and books, three pots, 5 baking pans 4 mixing bowls and a crockpot! I upgraded the pots so not entirely empty cupboards, but I did decide to get rid of most of my baking supplies. We really don't eat desserts, and if I have to buy them instead of easily make them, then we will be encouraged to eat even less.

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« Reply #1890 on: June 11, 2015, 03:12:25 AM »
Some more clothes into the consignment pile, just need to find an opportunity to drop them off (and soon, because they are summer stock).

I needed a flannel, after deciding to get rid of them all! Luckily they hadn't gone to the recycling yet, so I got one (just one) out to keep.

And I cleaned out my shoebox of Christmas decorations (yeah, I don't really do much, some fairy lights and a few baubles) because I wanted the box for something else and I found a stack of cut up old Christmas cards I was obviously planning to make gift tags out of. Well, they're gone. I have loads of tags already, I don't need another half done craft hanging around. Bonus was that I could use an ever smaller shoe box going forward.

I'm getting really close to 1000 things decluttered this year!

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« Reply #1891 on: June 11, 2015, 05:39:01 AM »
Today I sold 3 baking pans and a fancy food warmer. I also donated a grocery bag worth of clothes and books, three pots, 5 baking pans 4 mixing bowls and a crockpot! I upgraded the pots so not entirely empty cupboards, but I did decide to get rid of most of my baking supplies. We really don't eat desserts, and if I have to buy them instead of easily make them, then we will be encouraged to eat even less.
That's about where we are, except SWMBO has celiac disease so buying desserts isn't a real option. Still, we eat dessert like twice a month or something and the baking stuff is by far the least used kitchen equipment we own. And when we do eat dessert it's often pudding that uses the same saucepans as everything else.

Edited to add: will you need a name change now? :p

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« Reply #1892 on: June 11, 2015, 07:39:56 AM »
Any ideas for what to do with an old letterman jacket?  It takes up space and I never wear it but there's still a bit of sentiment attached to it.

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« Reply #1893 on: June 11, 2015, 08:26:25 AM »
I need to spend some time on the kitchen.  That bundt cake pan I got as a wedding present and have never used?  It needs to go.  Lots of tools and gadgets and bowls and whatever that can go. 

It's a busy summer before our move, but I really want to get a lot more stuff out before we get packed up. 

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« Reply #1894 on: June 11, 2015, 08:29:23 AM »
I am currently planning for a cross country move. So currently very motivated to declutter and looking at what I own in a different light. I wonder if thinking "would I take it with me if I moved interstate" help any of you guys to make decisions.

Absolutely. I consider this question when I am deciding to keep something or not (the answer is almost always 'hell no'). I'm not planning on moving for a couple years, but it's still a great question to ask while decluttering now. :)

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« Reply #1895 on: June 11, 2015, 10:36:12 AM »
Any ideas for what to do with an old letterman jacket?  It takes up space and I never wear it but there's still a bit of sentiment attached to it.

  • Take a digital photo of your jacket.
  • Put the photo in your electronic scrapbook.
  • Get rid of the jacket.

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« Reply #1896 on: June 11, 2015, 10:54:12 AM »
Any ideas for what to do with an old letterman jacket?  It takes up space and I never wear it but there's still a bit of sentiment attached to it.

I took the letters off mine and sold the jacket at a rummage sale.  I decided that the real sentiment was in the letters, and those are virtually two-dimensional and easily fit in the box of memorabilia I keep. 

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« Reply #1897 on: June 11, 2015, 03:45:05 PM »
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Edited to add: will you need a name change now? :p


OH NO! dangit.

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« Reply #1898 on: June 11, 2015, 06:38:34 PM »
I am currently planning for a cross country move. So currently very motivated to declutter and looking at what I own in a different light. I wonder if thinking "would I take it with me if I moved interstate" help any of you guys to make decisions.

Absolutely. I consider this question when I am deciding to keep something or not (the answer is almost always 'hell no'). I'm not planning on moving for a couple years, but it's still a great question to ask while decluttering now. :)
This question was useless for me until we were actually considering an interstate move. Then all of a sudden a lot of things got earmarked for disposal! Several of those items are ones we won't get rid of unless we make a move because we do use them (couches) and i would simply want to get new ones at the new place. Also because I've tried selling them on Gumtree and I'm not ready to put them up for free until we move, which should be at the end of this year even if its just to a new place in the same city.

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« Reply #1899 on: June 11, 2015, 07:42:17 PM »
It works really well for paperwork and clothes and sentimentals... But perhaps less well for furniture ;-) if I applied this too liberally I would be sleeping on the floor (my I got it second hand and have had it for 5 years mattress will not be making the journey).  But yeah it's been good. Also everything out and only the useful stuff back in helps at lot. I have done the bathroom and pantry scanning both for out of date items or items I will never use. If I hadn't emptied both out onto the floor first I don't think I would have got rid of as much