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« Reply #1950 on: June 18, 2015, 05:04:37 AM »
Nice work, advicist! I'll give that method a try. I forget about things in drawers so I clearly don't need any of it.

As for impulse purchases, before I buy anything  new I try to think of all the resources that went into making it and the route it may have had to travel to get to the store. (Then I take a step back and look at all of the items hanging on the one shelf in the one aisle of this one store, and on and on.) Then I ask if I can justify the purchase. Is the item and my use of it  worth those resources?

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« Reply #1951 on: June 18, 2015, 05:20:46 AM »
Nice work, advicist! I'll give that method a try. I forget about things in drawers so I clearly don't need any of it.

As for impulse purchases, before I buy anything  new I try to think of all the resources that went into making it and the route it may have had to travel to get to the store. (Then I take a step back and look at all of the items hanging on the one shelf in the one aisle of this one store, and on and on.) Then I ask if I can justify the purchase. Is the item and my use of it  worth those resources?

Thanks! It really helped me with things like 'headache balm'. Yes, one day I might get a headache and maybe would have used it. But when it runs out, am I going to buy another, or just deal with the headache?

I love the resource approach. That is one thing that stops me throwing things out - but it's wasteful! Think about the earth! I need to do that further up the chain and see whether the thing is really worth buying in the first place (especially toiletries where results are so varied for me. It's not worth the chance, because the guilt is too much if it doesn't work out).

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« Reply #1952 on: June 18, 2015, 07:52:55 AM »
Nice work, advicist! I'll give that method a try. I forget about things in drawers so I clearly don't need any of it.

As for impulse purchases, before I buy anything  new I try to think of all the resources that went into making it and the route it may have had to travel to get to the store. (Then I take a step back and look at all of the items hanging on the one shelf in the one aisle of this one store, and on and on.) Then I ask if I can justify the purchase. Is the item and my use of it  worth those resources?

Thanks! It really helped me with things like 'headache balm'. Yes, one day I might get a headache and maybe would have used it. But when it runs out, am I going to buy another, or just deal with the headache?

I love the resource approach. That is one thing that stops me throwing things out - but it's wasteful! Think about the earth! I need to do that further up the chain and see whether the thing is really worth buying in the first place (especially toiletries where results are so varied for me. It's not worth the chance, because the guilt is too much if it doesn't work out).

I'm relatively good on carefully thinking through purchases.  My issue is bringing in free items - things from my mom, a freebie from a site, a giveaway from people at the train, etc. - it comes from every which direction!  Just because it's free doesn't mean I should accept it!

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« Reply #1953 on: June 18, 2015, 07:55:04 AM »

I'm relatively good on carefully thinking through purchases.  My issue is bringing in free items - things from my mom, a freebie from a site, a giveaway from people at the train, etc. - it comes from every which direction!  Just because it's free doesn't mean I should accept it!
Oh god, this is me too! I opened the post this morning and received THREE free pads, and THREE free pens! Argggggghhh

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« Reply #1954 on: June 18, 2015, 08:17:52 AM »

I'm relatively good on carefully thinking through purchases.  My issue is bringing in free items - things from my mom, a freebie from a site, a giveaway from people at the train, etc. - it comes from every which direction!  Just because it's free doesn't mean I should accept it!
Oh god, this is me too! I opened the post this morning and received THREE free pads, and THREE free pens! Argggggghhh

Me three! But I've been getting much better at saying no thanks to my mom unless it is something that will actually be useful AND used (it often is).

Went through a little more paperwork last night and a couple shelves that I was dreading, full of memories, mostly from traveling. I got rid of about half of them with minimal effort! :) I didn't want to start decluttering last night, but my boyfriend persuaded me to just do it for 30 min. After 30 min I didn't want to stop! Then he helped me go through a drawer full of cords, because he has a better idea of what they are all for and whether I will ever need them. 'No dear, you likely won't ever use a landline phone cable ever again.' I certainly don't need 2 of them! I haven't had a land line in over 10 years.

A few more piles of paperwork and 2 shelves to go and I'll be finished that room (until phase 3). :)

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« Reply #1955 on: June 18, 2015, 08:36:52 AM »
I need to label cords when they come into the house, so years later I know what they go to.  I'm always terrified getting rid of cords for fear they go to something I've forgotten about (a not often used but still critical item), as it's happened before.  So I have a box of cords I go to when I need one, and hunt until I find something that works for the printer/external hard drive/cell phone I'm donating/device/random thingamabob...

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« Reply #1956 on: June 18, 2015, 08:42:45 AM »
I need to label cords when they come into the house, so years later I know what they go to.  I'm always terrified getting rid of cords for fear they go to something I've forgotten about (a not often used but still critical item), as it's happened before.  So I have a box of cords I go to when I need one, and hunt until I find something that works for the printer/external hard drive/cell phone I'm donating/device/random thingamabob...

I had that fear too, hence the huge drawer full of cords. Thankful for the boyfriend that knows what they all do. There was only one whose purpose neither of us could identify. Most of the big ones we tossed. When we went though the boxes for my computer parts (motherboard, power supply, etc) I kept most of the extra cords/pieces/adaptors/manuals/etc. The only ones I tossed were in the boxes for the parts on the previous computer which I no longer have. Even then we went through the box and made sure there was nothing useful left.

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« Reply #1957 on: June 18, 2015, 09:44:05 AM »
I need to label cords when they come into the house, so years later I know what they go to.  I'm always terrified getting rid of cords for fear they go to something I've forgotten about (a not often used but still critical item), as it's happened before.  So I have a box of cords I go to when I need one, and hunt until I find something that works for the printer/external hard drive/cell phone I'm donating/device/random thingamabob...

I stow my cords individually in ziplock bags with a 3x5 card indicating which device it belongs to.  This makes it easy to find the cord I'm looking for and keeps them from getting tangled up.

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« Reply #1958 on: June 18, 2015, 09:57:51 AM »
Rubic, for the organization win!

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« Reply #1959 on: June 18, 2015, 10:04:55 AM »
I need to label cords when they come into the house, so years later I know what they go to.  I'm always terrified getting rid of cords for fear they go to something I've forgotten about (a not often used but still critical item), as it's happened before.  So I have a box of cords I go to when I need one, and hunt until I find something that works for the printer/external hard drive/cell phone I'm donating/device/random thingamabob...

I stow my cords individually in ziplock bags with a 3x5 card indicating which device it belongs to.  This makes it easy to find the cord I'm looking for and keeps them from getting tangled up.

When I unpack a new thing w/ a cord I used a labeler to identify it. It really helps. I dumped a huge box of mystery cords and chargers about 2 years ago - and nothing happened. Earth did not tilt into the sun, no zombie apocalypse, etc. I figured if they were used infrequently enough to end up in the box chances were I wouldn't miss them.

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« Reply #1960 on: June 18, 2015, 10:53:11 AM »
Bike, toilet and carseat gone. Put on the curb.

3 bags of (mostly) clothes to goodwill. 2 more to friends.

And, best of all, dh organized all our music, on the computer. Discarded most of the CDs. Made some mp3s for the car. Yay!!!!! (Huge, long over due project, done!)

I went through the kids clothes, culled a good deal and then bought only what we needed. They are pleased, im pleased and I finally let go of the guilt I always feel. About buying clothes and giving them away at the same time. (The guilt is totally irrational, I know, because I'm giving away what we don't need and buying what we do. But somehow I still feel bad for it. I think because most of the kids clothes were given to us by very kind family and friends. )

We attacked the toys too. Summer is a good time for this, BC my kids want to spend their time outside, so they are less attached to the toys. They reach have a designated spot for personal toys. There are also spots for games, books, puzzles, sets of toys and at supplies. Everything must fit in its spot or something has to go. I think they are finally old enough to get this part of it.

I culled half of my clothes and bought a dozen new pieces ( I know, not so much of a capsule girl). But now it all fits me, all fits easily in my closet, I love it all and I am enjoying wearing it much more. I started a new job 6 weeks ago, and now I also feel comfortable with the appropriate dress for the office.

Next up to tackle are the kids at supplies and projects, home school supplies, books, etc. Again, summer is a good time for this. I'll also get everything planned and ready for the fall. My goal is to be finished in two weeks. ( I work outside the home full time, plus we are traveling next week.)

Thanks for all the encouragement!!!
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« Reply #1961 on: June 18, 2015, 10:59:25 AM »
I need to label cords when they come into the house, so years later I know what they go to.  I'm always terrified getting rid of cords for fear they go to something I've forgotten about (a not often used but still critical item), as it's happened before.  So I have a box of cords I go to when I need one, and hunt until I find something that works for the printer/external hard drive/cell phone I'm donating/device/random thingamabob...

I stow my cords individually in ziplock bags with a 3x5 card indicating which device it belongs to.  This makes it easy to find the cord I'm looking for and keeps them from getting tangled up.

When I unpack a new thing w/ a cord I used a labeler to identify it. It really helps. I dumped a huge box of mystery cords and chargers about 2 years ago - and nothing happened. Earth did not tilt into the sun, no zombie apocalypse, etc. I figured if they were used infrequently enough to end up in the box chances were I wouldn't miss them.

Such bravery!  (This is a blind spot for me, because I am convinced it'll bring on a zombie apocalypse.)

I do have them coiled with the bread ties, so at least they are no longer one giant mass (like knotted jewelry chains).
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« Reply #1962 on: June 18, 2015, 05:37:01 PM »
Be careful about offering it to other family members. I know some people may not want it, but could get very upset to learn that you are getting rid of it. I'm not saying don't offer to family, but be able to hold strong against their pressure for you to become the museum.

Select family "heirlooms" I hav been keeping, I've asked other family members if they would like . usu the answer is yes. If a "no", I wouldn't mention I was donating/selling said item in that case, because somebody ( one fam member in particular ) would be upset. But this particular fam member would never say no to any item offered.

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« Reply #1963 on: June 19, 2015, 04:18:50 PM »
I went through books yesterday, which was pretty easy. I used to be unable to part with books. After summers away, I would give my clothes away to be able to bring my books back in my suitcase! Now, I pop them on Goodreads as read or to read, and I send them on their way. The ones we kept make me happy. Surprisingly, I had the most difficulty parting with my comic books. They are reading copies of new titles (not valuable), but I felt a pang in getting rid of them.   

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« Reply #1964 on: June 19, 2015, 04:25:57 PM »
I can see the light at the end of decluttering our home but still have a huge pile of things to sell. Every time I see that pile I worry about that clutter. How do you deal with selling pile? Do you keep it somewhere you can't see? Or do you try to sell all at once (like a yard sale) and be done with it?

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« Reply #1965 on: June 19, 2015, 05:35:09 PM »
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I can see the light at the end of decluttering our home but still have a huge pile of things to sell. Every time I see that pile I worry about that clutter. How do you deal with selling pile? Do you keep it somewhere you can't see? Or do you try to sell all at once (like a yard sale) and be done with it?

I either price the items to sell quickly or donate them. Once I want to get rid of the clutter, keeping it for weeks to sell is really frustrating to me.

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« Reply #1966 on: June 20, 2015, 09:46:24 AM »
Finally can see the light at the end of the decluttering tunnel. Had a huge garage sale a few weeks ago that was very successful.  Have been selling on FB garage sale groups and craigslist. Every time we visit one of our adult children we bring along a box of their stuff- they can decide if they want to keep it. It feels great to have less stuff!
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« Reply #1967 on: June 20, 2015, 11:42:46 AM »
I finally unloaded a vintage stereoscopic viewer yesterday.  It had been sitting on freecycle.org for weeks and somebody finally came to pick it up.  I've been selling a bunch of stuff on ebay, but the viewer would have been a hassle.

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« Reply #1968 on: June 20, 2015, 02:40:02 PM »
Our important papers have been finally sorted. I need to take the unwanted papers for shredding but other than that, that area is clean and done. One down, last two areas to go (my jewelry and kitchen)! Yay!!

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« Reply #1969 on: June 20, 2015, 03:55:32 PM »
working on going through 35 years of memories today (pictures, things we saved, journals, report cards, letters, drawings, trophies, etc etc etc.) hoping to walk away for enough to make a book about the history of us that i can get printed like a regular book.  Then all i have left is the holiday stuff and a whole year of purging stuff from our house will come to a much lighter, and much more organized end. 
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« Reply #1970 on: June 20, 2015, 04:54:47 PM »
Awesome Mrs.Stubble. I've been decluttering for two months now and can't wait for it to end. You pulled through one whole year of decluttering. You give me hope. Truly awesome!

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« Reply #1971 on: June 20, 2015, 05:31:22 PM »
I am working on decluttering a drawer at work. It had been a repository for various things, including plastic bags to recycle, an item that I bought online that needs to be dropped off at UPS to be returned, and mostly papers and more papers to be shredded. Finally, this past week, every day I shredded a stack here and stack there, and now the papers are gone! I'm aiming to recycle the plastic bags and mail the package on Monday.

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« Reply #1972 on: June 20, 2015, 06:01:56 PM »
Commoncents, I was thinking specifically about the wishes of the dead, not of the other relatives. I too would want to offer things to certain relatives (depending on the relatives).

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« Reply #1973 on: June 21, 2015, 07:15:31 AM »
I got rid of some more stuff, the end of a lipstick, an eyeliner I didn't like and I'm collecting up another bag to go to donation.:)

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« Reply #1974 on: June 21, 2015, 11:02:34 AM »
You guys inspire me.  After reading this thread I have de cluttered the coffe table (a chest) of 3 blankets, the hall tree of a grocery bag full of old hats and falling apart gloves, the curio cabinet of 6 things I inherited but don't love.  I am also washing all the hats and gloves in the house.  B/c OMG the dog hair!

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« Reply #1975 on: June 21, 2015, 05:30:52 PM »
My husband gathered up some kitchen stuff (including these dessert dishes we got as a wedding gift that we never use...but he didn't want to give up...we've been married 19 years), some kids stuff, and some clothing to give away.

I am giving away our crib/toddler bed (probably leaving the house tomorrow).  I thought about selling it (re: the Craigslist thing above), but my research locally was telling me that most of the ads in our local FB group - the cribs didn't really sell at all.  Not sure why.  So I found a friend of a friend who needs one.

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« Reply #1976 on: June 21, 2015, 06:22:35 PM »
We put our love seat and a chair curbside and they were gone fast.  We thought about buying a recliner to fill the space and found a comfy one, but we are going to wait to decide if we need one.  House looks bigger and less cluttered.


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« Reply #1977 on: June 21, 2015, 07:24:14 PM »
My husband gathered up some kitchen stuff (including these dessert dishes we got as a wedding gift that we never use...but he didn't want to give up...we've been married 19 years), some kids stuff, and some clothing to give away.

I am giving away our crib/toddler bed (probably leaving the house tomorrow).  I thought about selling it (re: the Craigslist thing above), but my research locally was telling me that most of the ads in our local FB group - the cribs didn't really sell at all.  Not sure why.  So I found a friend of a friend who needs one.

I've heard standards have changed regarding crib sizes/gaps in bars etc. because it can cause deaths.  So if I, a non-parent have heard that, I imagine my friends who are expecting have heard it all the more so and are paranoid about accepting a hand me down crib of unknown standards.  I just typed in "using old cribs" into google and it wanted me to go to "danger using old cribs" so it's likely a well searched issue.  Here's one article on it:
http://www.willowspediatrics.com/blog/207/for-new-parents-using-older-cribs-is-potentially-dangerous/

Seems to be cribs 10+ years old that are the problem.

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« Reply #1978 on: June 22, 2015, 01:47:18 AM »
I finally took pictures of an entire pile of clothing last night. Listed it on craigslist and if it is still there on Friday it goes out the door. Not gonna keep it around any longer.
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« Reply #1979 on: June 22, 2015, 04:58:21 AM »
While reading Marie Kondo I realised that while I'm fairly minimalistic I have a ton of stuff at my parents house. Mostly because of silly reasons such as:
1. when I moved I didn't have a bookshelf and therefore left most of my books (A fair number of my posessions back then were books) for "later" (a point of time that, as we all know, never arives). 6 years later? I still don't miss most of them.
2. Things were stored in boxes. Like a heap of teddybears and winter clothes and old notes from uni and my collection of cartoons and so on.

I will not be using 99% of all this stuff and plan to go through this summer and purge.

Oddly enough, getting rid of these things (I've started a box at a time and am currently having great fun re-reading old manga before I will donate them) though they do not clutter my house and are not in the way in my parents big house, makes me feel lighter.

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« Reply #1980 on: June 22, 2015, 05:00:59 AM »
while I'm fairly minimalistic I have a ton of stuff at my parents house.
Same here. Should really work on that.

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« Reply #1981 on: June 22, 2015, 07:44:40 AM »
Charity donation pick-up is coming Friday. This week the kids are at their Dads house all week - so I have time for more decluttering. I am going to dig into those cabinets and shelves that are rarely used, get the junk drawer under control. I am even going to get rid of storage baskets - because the contents of the baskets has been moved along. Hoping to have a pretty substantial collection of stuff to go to charity.

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« Reply #1982 on: June 22, 2015, 07:57:04 AM »
So we're basically moved into our new house 1/3 the size of our old one. We actually fit pretty well but after having so much extra room we're feeling a little cramped and DH is now questioning some of the stuff he's kept over the years. Like boxes. As in the box for the sander we bought....3 years ago maybe, even though the sander came with it's own carrying bag that we've been keeping it in so the box has just been sitting empty in the garage. He insisted on keeping it when we packed up the old garage but when we were unpacking a week later he looked at it with a very obvious "why the hell did I keep that" look on his face. So now it's gone, along with the box for the cheapy camera we bought last summer :)

We also went out this weekend to buy shelving for the garage. Found an awesome deal on a huge set (2'Dx5'Wx7'H) and we almost bought two (DH is concerned about the lack of storage in this house) but I suggested buying one and seeing how it worked out and buying a second one if we felt we needed it. Got it home, assembled, and loaded it up and there's still space left. No need for a second one!

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« Reply #1983 on: June 22, 2015, 08:13:24 AM »
I realised that while I'm fairly minimalistic I have a ton of stuff at my parents house.

My Mom actually had me clean out the stuff at her house. I took what I wanted, and left the rest for her to donate or toss (like every single one of my report cards K-12!)
My Dad went through the donation pile and insisted I didn't really want to give away most of it (clearly I NEED my high school drill team cowboy hat, right?), and put it back in storage.  5-years later, I went through it again, told her I wanted to donate it, and she set it in the garage. My Dad "rescued" half of it, again.

I've now told her this is my Dad's stuff, not mine.

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« Reply #1984 on: June 22, 2015, 09:35:54 AM »
We did a good cleaning on Saturday before my parents arrived from out of state. Since we've been decluttering more regularly so far this year, as well as buying less, we noticed it was quite easy to do a top to bottom clean in just a couple hours. DH looked around and said "Wow, this looks great. Can we keep it like this more often?"

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« Reply #1985 on: June 22, 2015, 10:21:46 AM »
We did a good cleaning on Saturday before my parents arrived from out of state. Since we've been decluttering more regularly so far this year, as well as buying less, we noticed it was quite easy to do a top to bottom clean in just a couple hours. DH looked around and said "Wow, this looks great. Can we keep it like this more often?"

Next up: Going through all our clothes. Not looking forward to that.

I've noticed the cleaning thing too. On Sunday morning we did laundry, swept, hoovered in what felt like half the time it usually takes. Amazing what a different just 10% less stuff has. (Hmm, I wonder what percentage I have got rid of? 1000 things so far this year. I'd actually be embarrassed if I have 10000 after reading so many people with 100, so hopefully it's more like a 25% reduction? Oh dear, now I want to count!)

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« Reply #1986 on: June 22, 2015, 10:45:01 AM »
I went home this weekend and my mom always has tons us stuff for me. Picked up all of the clothes she laid out with the intention of sending most of them to twice; keeping three black tops and a black floral Old Navy dress which I'm wearing today. Also a white top which I may just use as a rag. I probably have too many black tops, but I actually have gotten rid of some lately. She had a collection of different colored new tank tops which I also took in the intent to stencil them and give them to my cousin and her friends when they visit for her bachelorette in two months. Now to get fabric paint...

Also brought home a bunch of books from my bedroom with the sole intent of trying to re-sell them at the strand.  I figure I didn't read them before, don't really care to read them now, and can maybe get some cash. Some kitchen stuff acme home with me too, but it will be useful: a big nice platter (I host pretty often), a pastry brush which was on my buy list, some peppercorns and mustard and tapenade and jam.

My mom has too much stuff so getting it out of the house is good, though she does also buy things with the idea to give them to me, so I'm not sure that I'm actually helping. I will use the stuff though, even the things going immediately to twice--I see it as a zero-cost opportunity to perhaps make a few dollars. Someday I really need to go home to help clear out the garage, basement, side room--but I know my mom doesn't actually want me to do this, even though she needs the help. Maybe as she gets older I'll think about this more seriously.

Also brought home a radio and a laptop, I guess I am not really at full on decluttering mode but both have been on my mental list! I swear I did get rid of some stuff last week (via clothing swap, book selling, and as a trade for someone's stuff) and have clothes I intend to re-sell soon...I'm not exactly sure if I'm just doing a 1 in 1 out situation here with the simultaneous recent acquisitions. But at least nothing is stagnant, which I think ultimately helps individual items from becoming too much of a permanent fixture.

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« Reply #1987 on: June 22, 2015, 11:41:47 AM »
We did a good cleaning on Saturday before my parents arrived from out of state. Since we've been decluttering more regularly so far this year, as well as buying less, we noticed it was quite easy to do a top to bottom clean in just a couple hours. DH looked around and said "Wow, this looks great. Can we keep it like this more often?"

Next up: Going through all our clothes. Not looking forward to that.

I've noticed the cleaning thing too. On Sunday morning we did laundry, swept, hoovered in what felt like half the time it usually takes. Amazing what a different just 10% less stuff has. (Hmm, I wonder what percentage I have got rid of? 1000 things so far this year. I'd actually be embarrassed if I have 10000 after reading so many people with 100, so hopefully it's more like a 25% reduction? Oh dear, now I want to count!)

It really does make a huge difference, I think mainly because I don't have to pick up stuff off the floor, put things away, etc. All I have to do is clean the surfaces (dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, etc).
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1988 on: June 22, 2015, 12:57:42 PM »
while I'm fairly minimalistic I have a ton of stuff at my parents house.
Same here. Should really work on that.

I'm very proud of myself here. There is nothing at my parents house that should be in mine. (Items which they may give me in the future/I'll inherit aren't counted.)

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« Reply #1989 on: June 22, 2015, 02:11:59 PM »
Oh dear, I have LOTS of things that my parents are storing for me. Reminds me of one writer's confession on Apartment Therapy:

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[W]hen I posted my own small space manifesto earlier this year, about how happy and peaceful my little 260 square foot apartment made me feel . . . I got an indignant phone call from my mother, who wanted to know if I had admitted to the Apartment Therapy community that the reason my small space was so uncluttered and zen-y was that half of my stuff was still at my parent's house.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-dirty-secret-of-small-space-living-219439.

Meanwhile, I creep forward with progress at my own apartment. Over the weekend, I donated a bag of clothes, a pair of shoes, a spatula, a skirt hanger, and a poster. Unfortunately, I have also been ordering new work clothes online, so it feels like a wash (though in a fairly responsible way -- trying to buy quality basics that fit well and will last a long time so I can simplify my closet).
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« Reply #1990 on: June 22, 2015, 02:30:17 PM »
I'm very proud of myself here. There is nothing at my parents house that should be in mine.
Way to go!
There's lots of stuff at my parents house that doesn't fit in my current apartment, but even if I had a bigger house, I still wouldn't want it.

Better get rid of it now, or I'll have to sort it all out when my parents die or move to a nursing home.

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« Reply #1991 on: June 22, 2015, 02:44:45 PM »
My mom dropped all of my stuff off within a month of buying a house, before I really had a chance to breathe from unpacking the bulk of my stuff.  :(  I culled it down to one bin.

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« Reply #1992 on: June 22, 2015, 03:07:56 PM »
My sister was notorious for moving out of my parents' house for a few months, moving back with all her new stuff, then moving out again but leaving much of the junk in the basement. She did it three times. When I left after college, I made sure to clear all my stuff out. My sister's stuff is still here. She moved out for the last time 25 years ago.

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« Reply #1993 on: June 22, 2015, 03:24:21 PM »
When my husband and I bought our house, my parents actually hired a semi truck to come and take all the stuff I'd ever left there. plus a piano and some smaller furniture, plus all of this stuff my mom thought I would want. Something like 75 boxes plus furniture. I still have a bunch of those to go through. Since the attic storage is right next to my kids' room, I am having a hard time getting to it, though it's a goal for this year to clear out both the basement and the attic so we can start some house projects. Thanks, Mom and Dad! I am grateful, but they are packrats and have such a high volume of stuff! I grew up the same way but am ready for a change.

In the meantime, I have been working on going through all of the kids' stuff we've accumulated in the past 6 years since our first was born, and selling or donating it. This spring I made over $400 selling mostly kids' clothes at 3 different consignment sales. It's a few hours of work plus drop-off and pick-up, but these are not amazing clothes and I never would have been able to make any money on any of them through Craigslist. The toys I try on Craigslist first so I can get 100% of the sale instead of the 65% I get at the consignment sales. This cash ends up covering the costs of buying the larger clothes for my two boys, plus some toys or other things like new bike carriers, and babysitting for our rare nights out.

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« Reply #1994 on: June 22, 2015, 06:34:04 PM »
I think things are clearing mentally for me with the de-cluttering.  I am beginning to see possibilities I did not see before and am revelling in the cleared areas.  I am still in love with seeing the floor we unearthed last September.  I have not completed the house but have an urge to revisit a few spots to get rid of some things I hung onto the first time around.

I just LOVE looking in my closet and seeing it so clear and clean and beautiful.  Lately I have been taking an hour here and there and rearranging things in drawers, etc.and that of course leads to more turfing out, and more beauty. 

I find that thinking of approaching an entire room or closet can be daunting but dealing with one area only seems do-able to me.  Also, having a friend here to help makes all the difference to how long I will stick with clearing out.  It helps to have someone cheering me on for getting rid of things.

Thus far no regrets, only joy.  That is, no regrets at having gotten rid of something, but plenty of regrets at seeing how I used to spend my money. 


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« Reply #1995 on: June 23, 2015, 04:42:04 AM »

Thus far no regrets, only joy.  That is, no regrets at having gotten rid of something, but plenty of regrets at seeing how I used to spend my money.

This is exactly how I feel. Hopefully it will keep me from impulse purchases going forward.

One thing I'm struggling with is our medicine cabinet. I see bloggers with only 100 things, and I think, 'What about plasters (bandaids)'? What about all those things I have left over that were used once... but might be needed again. Cold and flu remedies I didn't finish. Cough mixture. Some magnesium sulfate used to remove a splinter. I don't have a cold right now. I rarely get splinters, but wow, when you've got one, it hurts. What does everyone else do about this stuff? Just accept it's useful and move on? Or get rid of it and allow the chemist to store it for you? It doesn't help that we are about a half hour from an all night chemist.


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« Reply #1996 on: June 23, 2015, 05:11:26 AM »
I keep my meds and bandages since they are useful. I got rid of duplicates, expired medicine, and things I wouldn't use even if their intended purpose arose. I'm not concerned with having  X amount of items in my house. I just want the things that I need to be accessible.  There is a spot for it, and it'll definitely spark joy to have a bandaid when I need it! I grew up in a house that didn't have these types of goods, and it was stressful to have to figure out how to work around not having a bandage. Also if you plan and buy ahead, you can get the items for cheaper than you may be able to get at the nearest store. Sorry for the long response! I've never given it much thought, but clearly have some ideas about it. Do what works for you and good luck!

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« Reply #1997 on: June 23, 2015, 07:20:32 AM »
The medicine cabinet is one area where I ignore the per unit costs and just get the absolute smallest amount I can. We both rarely take OTC meds, and it usually expires before it gets used up. Such a waste. We only have one size of bandaid, and just replace it (with the smallest box available) when it runs out. I usually need to buy cough drops once a year, but also drink a LOT of hot tea/hot water when I have a persistent cough to deal with it.

For splinters, we just use tweezers and/or sewing needle, if anything. (My spouse is a woodworker.)

We use the nail clippers to also trim our cats' nails - learned this one from our vet!

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« Reply #1998 on: June 23, 2015, 07:24:18 AM »
I keep a small box in the cupboard under the sink in the kitchen with bandages and things like that.

I have two more rubbish (garbage) size bags to donate. Where does it all come from? It seems like I decluttered so much stuff a few months ago.:P

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« Reply #1999 on: June 23, 2015, 08:06:02 AM »
We both rarely take OTC meds, and it usually expires before it gets used up. Such a waste.

This is one area where it is fun to have a medicinal chemist in the house. Expired medication is rarely "bad", it just loses it's efficacy.  My husband has actually calculated half-life on some of it, and recalculated dosage based on the age of the medicine.

But that is even with buying the smallest size.  I need to be near death to take OTC meds.