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« Reply #1850 on: June 04, 2015, 01:31:32 PM »
Well put, jordanread!

From Kondo's AMA:
"What about keeping objects that don't spark joy but that I don't want to spend money or time replacing right now and which are still helpful - for example a computer, a mattress, a toothbrush...

Those things are helping you every single day. So you should appreciate how they are contributing to your life. Change the relationship with those items, by appreciating their contributions to your life."
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« Reply #1851 on: June 04, 2015, 01:50:14 PM »
I have a question for those of you selling some of your stuff: what's your go-to answer when someone asks "What's the lowest price you'll take?" I absolutely HATE that question and I get it with almost everything I put up for sale. Someone even asked me that about my house! Luckily I could honestly answer that DH and I hadn't actually talked about our bottom dollar yet so we didn't know.

I don't really care about getting the best price for my stuff, I mostly just want it gone, but that question makes me want to scream and not even deal with the person at all

It's quite possibly one of the worst questions to ask. I'm not going to tell you what the lowest I'd take for it. So now how are you going to negotiate me down from this price that's supposed to be the lowest I can go?

I usually am either really firm with these people or don't respond to them at all. The people who try and get the lowest deals are also the people who flake out the most often.

Never negotiate against yourself.  "Well, I was looking to get $X (price listed).  I'm willing to consider other offers, however, I thought was $X reasonable based on [facts - age, condition of item, interest...]." 

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« Reply #1852 on: June 04, 2015, 01:51:22 PM »
Well put, jordanread!

From Kondo's AMA:
"What about keeping objects that don't spark joy but that I don't want to spend money or time replacing right now and which are still helpful - for example a computer, a mattress, a toothbrush...

Those things are helping you every single day. So you should appreciate how they are contributing to your life. Change the relationship with those items, by appreciating their contributions to your life."
Thanks for letting me know there was an AMA.  https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2u7yet/i_am_marie_kondo_international_tidying_expert_and/


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« Reply #1853 on: June 04, 2015, 02:01:47 PM »
I have a question for those of you selling some of your stuff: what's your go-to answer when someone asks "What's the lowest price you'll take?" I absolutely HATE that question and I get it with almost everything I put up for sale. Someone even asked me that about my house! Luckily I could honestly answer that DH and I hadn't actually talked about our bottom dollar yet so we didn't know.

I don't really care about getting the best price for my stuff, I mostly just want it gone, but that question makes me want to scream and not even deal with the person at all

It's quite possibly one of the worst questions to ask. I'm not going to tell you what the lowest I'd take for it. So now how are you going to negotiate me down from this price that's supposed to be the lowest I can go?

I usually am either really firm with these people or don't respond to them at all. The people who try and get the lowest deals are also the people who flake out the most often.

Never negotiate against yourself.  "Well, I was looking to get $X (price listed).  I'm willing to consider other offers, however, I thought was $X reasonable based on [facts - age, condition of item, interest...]."
Oooh, I like this one, thanks! I never wanted to give out an amount so I usually do something along the lines of "I don't know, what's the most you're willing to offer?"
Once I (as light heartedly as I could through text) said "I really hate that question. Make me an offer and I'll let you know if it's too low" and she replied "I really hate making offers" and didn't make one (luckily I got full price for the item a couple of days later)

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« Reply #1854 on: June 04, 2015, 02:09:53 PM »
I have a question for those of you selling some of your stuff: what's your go-to answer when someone asks "What's the lowest price you'll take?" I absolutely HATE that question and I get it with almost everything I put up for sale. Someone even asked me that about my house! Luckily I could honestly answer that DH and I hadn't actually talked about our bottom dollar yet so we didn't know.

I don't really care about getting the best price for my stuff, I mostly just want it gone, but that question makes me want to scream and not even deal with the person at all

It's quite possibly one of the worst questions to ask. I'm not going to tell you what the lowest I'd take for it. So now how are you going to negotiate me down from this price that's supposed to be the lowest I can go?

I usually am either really firm with these people or don't respond to them at all. The people who try and get the lowest deals are also the people who flake out the most often.

Never negotiate against yourself.  "Well, I was looking to get $X (price listed).  I'm willing to consider other offers, however, I thought was $X reasonable based on [facts - age, condition of item, interest...]."
Oooh, I like this one, thanks! I never wanted to give out an amount so I usually do something along the lines of "I don't know, what's the most you're willing to offer?"
Once I (as light heartedly as I could through text) said "I really hate that question. Make me an offer and I'll let you know if it's too low" and she replied "I really hate making offers" and didn't make one (luckily I got full price for the item a couple of days later)

Happy to help.  Took a negotiating class a while back and learned a lot, but the best takeaway was simply to just try negotiating and practice everywhere.

If they push you, you can even be honest.  "This is awkward for me because I already put my offer on the table and I don't want to negotiate against myself.  What's the highest amount you would pay?"

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« Reply #1855 on: June 04, 2015, 02:12:57 PM »
I have a question for those of you selling some of your stuff: what's your go-to answer when someone asks "What's the lowest price you'll take?" I absolutely HATE that question and I get it with almost everything I put up for sale. Someone even asked me that about my house! Luckily I could honestly answer that DH and I hadn't actually talked about our bottom dollar yet so we didn't know.

I don't really care about getting the best price for my stuff, I mostly just want it gone, but that question makes me want to scream and not even deal with the person at all

I say to those types " make me an offer. "
If it sounds good to me, sold. If not , the haggling begins.

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« Reply #1856 on: June 04, 2015, 02:14:44 PM »
I have a question for those of you selling some of your stuff: what's your go-to answer when someone asks "What's the lowest price you'll take?" I absolutely HATE that question and I get it with almost everything I put up for sale. Someone even asked me that about my house! Luckily I could honestly answer that DH and I hadn't actually talked about our bottom dollar yet so we didn't know.

I don't really care about getting the best price for my stuff, I mostly just want it gone, but that question makes me want to scream and not even deal with the person at all

I say to those types " make me an offer. "
If it sounds good to me, sold. If not , the haggling begins.

& sometimes I want to hold a price firm . but usu will price something slightly higher to make around the desired amount .

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« Reply #1857 on: June 04, 2015, 07:20:12 PM »
Not the typical decluttering, but I decluttered my phone contact list this week. Just because I need someone's number for that project in uni, does NOT mean I need it forever.

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« Reply #1858 on: June 05, 2015, 04:06:33 AM »
I was momentarily annoyed by my decluttering last night when I went to find something that used to live 'out' on a windowsill and it wasn't there. I glanced in the logical cupboard, and could see it wasn't there. Looked in the next logical cupboard - there it is!

It took all of 20 seconds to locate and proved that stuff does not need to live out in the open for me to know where it is. And my windowsill does look lovely all empty and clean.

Also, I was amazed that there was lots of empty space in the second place I looked - I don't even remember what used to be in there!

(I forgot to get rid of the extra washcloths though, must remember to do that tonight).

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« Reply #1859 on: June 05, 2015, 05:23:49 AM »
Not the typical decluttering, but I decluttered my phone contact list this week. Just because I need someone's number for that project in uni, does NOT mean I need it forever.

I do that too. In addition, I also clear out my email contact list and unfriend random acquaintances on facebook.

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« Reply #1860 on: June 05, 2015, 06:03:37 AM »
I got rid of two glass candle holders yesterday.

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« Reply #1861 on: June 05, 2015, 07:27:06 AM »
i love playing "the minimalism game" where you get rid of one thing on day 1, two on day 2, all the way up to 30 on day 30.
'get rid of' could be sell, donate, give away, trash, etc.

it's a really painless way to unload 500+ items!

anything counts - a rubber band, a receipt, a bed. :)

i've played it three times (the two months before i moved last october and once again this march.)
figured i'd share, since a) i'm new, and b) it IS june 2nd, so not too late to start...

I did The Minimalist Game in May 2014 with two friends. 
It was great & we had so much fun sending each other pictures of what we got rid of.
Since then, I literally have gotten rid of 80% of my junk.
Getting rid of that junk has helped pay off all my face punch debt & pay for new replacement windows in cash.
Those two guys & their game transformed my life & led me to MMM.
Very cool you did it too (and are doing now).  I could use another round.
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« Reply #1862 on: June 05, 2015, 08:21:18 AM »
I've mentioned this before but another reason I can't wait to get into my smaller house is less places for clutter to accumulate and hide. My current house looks very minimalistic right now with nothing but essentials on flat surfaces. For example, on my ample counters space in my kitchen I only have a microwave, toaster, knife block, and fruit bowl. My entire living room consists of a couch, two end table (one has two remotes on it the other is empty), and a dresser that's used as an entertainment center and has a tv, dvd player, and Scentsy-like-wax-melter on top).

But even though none of the closets/storage spaces are remotely full, they have things that we really should get rid of (like 2 pairs of snow boots I have no desire to keep in the mudroom closet) and I can't seem to muster up the motivation to do it because I don't see it and it's not hindering me in any way. This weekend my goal is to go through some of these places and put anything we're not keeping in the (otherwise empty) bedroom we're storing the this-is-not-moving-with-us stuff. Maybe even take some of it to Goodwill, Half Price Books, and HFH Restore if I'm feeling really good :)

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« Reply #1863 on: June 05, 2015, 09:06:42 AM »
I went through a ton of my sewing supplies last night and got rid of several bags of junk - weird bits of fabric, crappy thread that people have given to me that's unusable in my machine, patterns I'll never make or made and disliked. It's great - now that it's been pared down to a manageable level, it's way easier to focus on some of the projects I want to do since I know exactly what I have and don't have. I cut out a shirt pattern last night and will sew it today. More fabric gone!

Also my old giant blender that was starting to leak, replaced with a small modern one that's easy to clean.
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« Reply #1864 on: June 06, 2015, 12:00:12 AM »
Hung out with my grandma today and we found 4 bags of books and magazines to donate:) . she still has lots, but progress for sure
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« Reply #1865 on: June 06, 2015, 09:28:32 AM »
I went through a ton of my sewing supplies last night and got rid of several bags of junk - weird bits of fabric, crappy thread that people have given to me that's unusable in my machine, patterns I'll never make or made and disliked. It's great - now that it's been pared down to a manageable level, it's way easier to focus on some of the projects I want to do since I know exactly what I have and don't have. I cut out a shirt pattern last night and will sew it today. More fabric gone!

Also my old giant blender that was starting to leak, replaced with a small modern one that's easy to clean.

I've also been through my stash again. Realised some of my jersey scraps were the perfect size / weight for underwear (sorry, TMI, but yes, I made my own undies!), so I will cut those out today. Also found a piece of fabric which was left over and is the perfect thing to test a new pattern on. It only fitted on the fabric by reducing the seam allowances, but that makes it even better because I will truly only have little scrappy scraps left (and 5/8th is excessive anyway IMO). I have a lovely piece of viscose challis for the final run but wanted to test the fit first.

And I just hand-rolled a piece of scrap silk into a scarf, so that is one gift for someone sorted! I usually dislike handsewing, but I found it super relaxing.

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« Reply #1866 on: June 06, 2015, 12:52:43 PM »
I had to go to the mall with friends. And fought the urge to not buy anything..... And succeeded! Usually I buy something during sales. But today I just didn't even though I was sorely tempted. I was thinking where I'll use each item that tempted me and couldn't come up with a good answer. I'm surprised and happy about my mindset now. Can't wait to clear more from my home and look for the change in mindset.

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« Reply #1867 on: June 06, 2015, 03:52:19 PM »
I finally got the energy to start tackling the piles of paperwork last night. I found all my pay stubs since 2006, visa bills from cards I no longer own, and utility bills from houses I no longer live in! I threw out a lot, and since I don't have a shredder I started a little fire in my fire pit this morning and burned all the ones that should be shredded. :)

Feels great. I hope I can keep the motivation and use it to tackle paperwork: part 2.

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« Reply #1868 on: June 07, 2015, 05:54:06 AM »
Mom had a broken serger (specialty sewing machine) at her house more than ten years with intention of taking to the shop.  I moved it here 9 months ago.  This weekend I fixed it.  Guilt ridden clutter became a useful tool.


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« Reply #1869 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 #1870 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 #1871 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 #1872 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 #1873 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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« Reply #1874 on: June 07, 2015, 10:37:29 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.
Nice job!

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« Reply #1875 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 #1876 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 #1877 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 #1878 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 #1879 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 #1880 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 #1881 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 #1882 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






and this



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 #1883 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 #1884 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 #1885 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 #1886 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 #1887 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1888 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1889 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 #1890 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1891 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 #1892 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1893 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 #1894 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1895 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 #1896 on: June 09, 2015, 07:02:05 PM »
Droopy pants and blazer out ( keeping the skirt ) .

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« Reply #1897 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 #1898 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 #1899 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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