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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2350 on: August 05, 2015, 07:10:52 AM »

Wouldn't it work out better to donate to Goodwill direct and get the tax benefits? I've only done consignment twice for higher-end things ($200+) but after that I just switched to ebay/craigslist. If I can't get more than $5 out of it, I'd just donate it..

Yes, if we itemize, but despite the much flaunted mortgage interest deduction, it has never worked out better for us to itemize* (we do our tax deductions each way every year)- so it doesn't make a difference.

*Maybe we did 1 year, I don't remember. 
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« Reply #2351 on: August 05, 2015, 07:25:20 AM »
You know, I remember a few years ago reading a blog (my efforts at googling it have failed) where the writer basically said the easiest way she could get out of the clutter in her life was to get rid of everything, including the sentimental stuff. And years later, if at some point she thought "What did I ever do with that such-and-such?" she'd just think "Oh yeah, we lost that in the house fire" and move on with life. It was a way to mentally separate those things from herself as a person... they weren't her identity... and she was able to deeply minimize and move on with life with no regrets.

Sometimes (quite often) I think about getting rid of everything I have and just starting over after an "imaginary house fire." I probably won't ever do it, but it makes me realize what a stronghold material possessions can take in your life.

I actually recently came across what I think is the article you read. It's on a site called Houzz and I think her name is Rachel.

Here's the kicker: it wasn't a mind game she made up. Her house actually DID burn down. She grew and learned from it and she used it for purchases she had wanted to make but didn't at the time. I think one example was a rug. At one point she thought, "I should have bought it when I had the chance" but then would remember it was pre-fire, so if she had, she would have lost it anyway.

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« Reply #2352 on: August 05, 2015, 08:53:21 AM »
I actually recently came across what I think is the article you read. It's on a site called Houzz and I think her name is Rachel.

It definitely wasn't there, but I swear I can't find the original article. Doesn't matter, really, the principle is the same.

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« Reply #2353 on: August 05, 2015, 09:04:23 AM »
You know, I remember a few years ago reading a blog (my efforts at googling it have failed) where the writer basically said the easiest way she could get out of the clutter in her life was to get rid of everything, including the sentimental stuff. And years later, if at some point she thought "What did I ever do with that such-and-such?" she'd just think "Oh yeah, we lost that in the house fire" and move on with life. It was a way to mentally separate those things from herself as a person... they weren't her identity... and she was able to deeply minimize and move on with life with no regrets.

Sometimes (quite often) I think about getting rid of everything I have and just starting over after an "imaginary house fire." I probably won't ever do it, but it makes me realize what a stronghold material possessions can take in your life.

I actually recently came across what I think is the article you read. It's on a site called Houzz and I think her name is Rachel.

Here's the kicker: it wasn't a mind game she made up. Her house actually DID burn down. She grew and learned from it and she used it for purchases she had wanted to make but didn't at the time. I think one example was a rug. At one point she thought, "I should have bought it when I had the chance" but then would remember it was pre-fire, so if she had, she would have lost it anyway.

I read that too.  Puts things into perspective.  She said there were a few things she truly missed like pictures.

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« Reply #2354 on: August 05, 2015, 09:12:29 AM »

I read that too.  Puts things into perspective.  She said there were a few things she truly missed like pictures.

A friend who lost all of his possessions in a flood said pictures were the only thing he regretted losing.
He didn't have anytime to clear anything out because he didn't realize his house was in danger; the city called the zone too late (he lived WELL out of any flood zone, this flood was historic, well past the 500-year flood lines)- and he was out knocking on doors to get people to evacuate from other high risk areas.

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« Reply #2355 on: August 05, 2015, 11:50:14 AM »

I read that too.  Puts things into perspective.  She said there were a few things she truly missed like pictures.

A friend who lost all of his possessions in a flood said pictures were the only thing he regretted losing.
He didn't have anytime to clear anything out because he didn't realize his house was in danger; the city called the zone too late (he lived WELL out of any flood zone, this flood was historic, well past the 500-year flood lines)- and he was out knocking on doors to get people to evacuate from other high risk areas.

I have a roommate and there are 3 basic things that I really struggle with her about: she's heat intolerant and unwilling to learn to adjust; she's a bit of a slob; and she has way too much stuff (which is half the slob problem). Seriously, she's a magpie. She's also paranoid about security and safety, even though she's never lived in an unsafe area in her life.

So she was arguing with me about the security system (which we have because I put up with it, but never turn it on), and said that there's all sorts of things she'd be really upset about if she lost them. I countered with what if the house burns down? That didn't go over well...

Me, I'm well aware. I'd like to grab my 2 cats, laptop, file box, purse, and keys. Yeah, I wouldn't be happy, but I'd survive and I know it. She doesn't even know it.

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« Reply #2356 on: August 05, 2015, 12:40:17 PM »
I actually started a thread asking what one item people would grab from their home (assuming their family and pets were safe - although a number of people ignored that "rule" and mentioned they'd get their family or pets out).  Makes you think about what's important, and how you can preemptively protect it.

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« Reply #2357 on: August 05, 2015, 01:59:11 PM »
I actually started a thread asking what one item people would grab from their home (assuming their family and pets were safe - although a number of people ignored that "rule" and mentioned they'd get their family or pets out).  Makes you think about what's important, and how you can preemptively protect it.

I may be the least sentimental person on the planet, but leaving aside living people, there's nothing I'd grab except for convenience reasons: wallet, cell phone, personal documents like birth certificates/marriage licenses.

I like my stuff, it makes my life easier and is useful, but if I lost it all tomorrow, my biggest concern would be the aggravation of replacing it all.

If pets and my GF was safe, I'd probably grab my box of documents. Passport, Birth Certificates, etc. Now that you mention it though, if my house burned down, and my pets and GF were safe (and she grabbed my documents), I'd initially go for the gasoline...:)
(To jurors who may or may not read this later, that was a joke)

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« Reply #2358 on: August 05, 2015, 05:05:43 PM »
Sold a coffee table and end table today. They were too big for my room so I got a smaller coffee table to replace it and used an extra end table I already had.  I like the new look and I have one less piece of furniture in the house! 

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« Reply #2359 on: August 06, 2015, 01:40:37 AM »
Also a difficult point: souvenir/band t-shirts that are hardly worn but I want to keep for sentimental reasons but this is one stack of approximately 20 shirts so I am not going to worry over them.
Just a gentle facepunch, I don't even own 20 tshirts even if you count the big ones I stole from DH to be pjs. And DH doesn't own 20 tshirts even if you count his undershirts.
The 20 shirts are a 30 year collection, so I do not think it is too bad, and they were all bought directly from the bands to support them. It is one of three things I do to support the bands I love: buying the music, going to the gig and then buying some merchandise. Probably not mustachian but all to support them. Have to admit that I just crowdfunded the CD for another band I want to help grow and yes, I chose the larger pledge of CD with T-shirt, again... Happy to be facepunched for that :-)

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« Reply #2360 on: August 06, 2015, 01:53:03 AM »
Socks: I would try donating to a women's refuge. Some of these women having nothing but the clothes on their backs so the socks would likely be appreciated as it's not normally the sort of thing that would be donated as a used item.
Band t-shirts: why not wear them??? This is my weekend wardrobe. If you don't like the fit I can post instructions for turning them into cute tank tops. Also the memory of the concert is the sentimental thing, the tshirt only serves to remind you of the memory. If you aren't wearing it it's not serving that purpose.
Great idea on the socks, did not think about the fact that this would not be a regularly donated item, but of course people will usually wear socks until threadbare, these are all brand new, even if not good quality.

I do wear the band shirts in the weekend, but as I have 20 and it is only t-shirt weather for about 5 months of the year, wear is limited to once a year or so. My solution to get more joy out of the memories: Fold them a bit Marie Kondo style. I fold them with the front picture clearly visible, then roll them into cylinders with the middle of the front picture facing upward, this makes more picture visible than if I would finish the folding true Kondo style. Then I put these rolls in a drawer. I now have a drawer with 2 x 10 rolled up t-shirts where I can see a bit of the front picture of each one! So every time I open up the drawer I do not have to rummage for what fits my mood, but I can easily pick the one I want and at the same time glance over all the others as well.

Love your suggestion on turning shirts into tank-tops, I may look at a couple of the bulkier male sized shirts to transform.

Ordered the Marie Kondo book this week to become a bit more structured in how I apply her techniques. As the paper book and the e-book were priced exactly the same I opted for the paper book, so that I can give it away after reading, it seems like a good book to share with friends who may also benefit from it.

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« Reply #2361 on: August 06, 2015, 01:54:52 AM »
Okay, I read the Kondo book and then Kondoed our dresser. I blame all of you.

Do you love that it looks like a box of jelly beans now? I am ridiculously gleeful every time I open a drawer, post KonMari.  :-D
I recognise this so much! Yesterday evening I just had to grin when I opened my nightwear drawer, which is now folded KonMari style. It is such a change, I am quite surprised about the effect it has.

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« Reply #2362 on: August 06, 2015, 02:11:51 AM »
Ok, even for me that's a ridiculous number of books. I too love re-reading books. My suggestion: mark all your books somehow (sticky note, etc). Then make an effort to go through and re-read your books.  Remove the sticky note when you do. Those you can keep. After a while, you'll find that there's books you just don't want to read for whatever reason, or ones you don't like anymore. That's your goodbye pile. No guilt needed.
No autonomously growing goodbye pile unfortunately, I re-read everything I still have. Even when sorting through the books I want to get rid of, I end up on the couch re-reading them and then deciding I do not want to let go yet. I understand why people would want to chuck out books they do not read, and I do so with books I have been given and/or are not really my style, my issue is that I read and re-read a lot, I cycle through all my books in a period of 4-5 years. The one-in, one-out hopefully works. I have to chuck out books not because I do not like them or because I do not read them, but because there is another book that I like better. I just have to get accustomed to the fact that I like and re-read more books than I am happy to own in paper form. Replacing paper with e-books may be a good way to de-clutter as well. Anyone here who is doing that?

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« Reply #2363 on: August 06, 2015, 02:24:59 AM »
I actually started a thread asking what one item people would grab from their home (assuming their family and pets were safe - although a number of people ignored that "rule" and mentioned they'd get their family or pets out).  Makes you think about what's important, and how you can preemptively protect it.

I'm obviously alone in this, but if I thought my house was on fire I wouldn't stop for anything!

In fact, I once genuinely did think I was in a fire. My then boyfriend (now husband) and I were repainting my apartment on a very hot summers day. It was on the 4th floor, and probably the furthest unit from one of the two fire exits, so I was conscious about fire safety.

Well, this day, we were painting away, and so hot. So I was actually painting in my underwear. Suddenly there was an overwhelming smell of smoke and burning. I said, "Oh my god, fire! Get out!". My husband actually said, "Put some clothes on!!" and I was like, "dude we're evacuating, I'm not stopping for clothes!" and he said, "But we're going to have to wait outside on that busy street and you're in your underwear" and I said "At least I'll be alive!", and ran for the door. As it happened on the way out I passed the coat hooks, so grabbed a coat to save my modesty.

I stood, on the very busy road, in underwear and a coat (I looked very odd given it was such a hot day). It turned out that someone in a different apartment had simply burnt some toast, but due to the redecorating works I was doing there was no filter on my extractor hood, so the smoke that was vented up from their apartment was released straight into mine.

So I can genuinely say I wouldn't stop for anything :) No way I would have gone back into the bedroom for clothes, I literally only took the coat because I saw it as I was running the hell out of there in bra and knickers.
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« Reply #2364 on: August 06, 2015, 07:21:54 AM »
Just deleted all my saved craigslist searches. It's an effort to pick the stuff up and honestly I don't need anything more. I think when/if I do want something (after this new round of debt goes away! gah), I will buy it mindfully in the future. Instead of being sort of packratty or accepting things that then I let go of anyway or store for ages waiting for its moment.

Lots of stuff waiting for my thredup bag though, including a small cull on my black tops and black leggings/yoga pants. Not sure how much of anything they'll take but I figure it ups my odds of getting more money, plus it's not being used with me.

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« Reply #2365 on: August 06, 2015, 08:29:16 AM »
I was looking around my apartment, feeling overwhelmed by Stuff again so I've decided to do a big clear out.

So far I have a bag of clothes to go to H&M for recycling and two bags of books to give to the local library. After that, I want to go through the linen cupboard, winter clothes, kitchen stuff and then those giant tubs of "important" papers etc.

We will move at the end of the year so I want to get rid of a lot of stuff and sell a lot of things as well.
As we are in the Philippines, due to fairly desperate poverty, I can easily find homes for everything I don't need. This makes me happy as I know the things will be used by people who really need them.





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« Reply #2366 on: August 06, 2015, 08:31:48 AM »
I've got a mental block around jeans. I don't know why. I've cleared out SO many clothes, and yet, I just can't bring myself to tackle the jeans. Is it because they were expensive? Hard to find ones that fit? Remind me of happy times? Please can someone give me a pep talk about why I should go through them and get rid of some (probably got, hmmm, about 10 pairs total). I wear jeans probably 5 times a month.

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« Reply #2367 on: August 06, 2015, 08:58:18 AM »
I've got a mental block around jeans. I don't know why. I've cleared out SO many clothes, and yet, I just can't bring myself to tackle the jeans. Is it because they were expensive? Hard to find ones that fit? Remind me of happy times? Please can someone give me a pep talk about why I should go through them and get rid of some (probably got, hmmm, about 10 pairs total). I wear jeans probably 5 times a month.

You don't need to get rid of your jeans.  Just try them on.  Are you wearing the same pairs all the time?  Are some languishing?  If so, why?  Just go through the process/exercise without a required action at the end. Then it should be clear what to do.

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« Reply #2368 on: August 06, 2015, 12:20:58 PM »
Ok, even for me that's a ridiculous number of books. I too love re-reading books. My suggestion: mark all your books somehow (sticky note, etc). Then make an effort to go through and re-read your books.  Remove the sticky note when you do. Those you can keep. After a while, you'll find that there's books you just don't want to read for whatever reason, or ones you don't like anymore. That's your goodbye pile. No guilt needed.
No autonomously growing goodbye pile unfortunately, I re-read everything I still have. Even when sorting through the books I want to get rid of, I end up on the couch re-reading them and then deciding I do not want to let go yet. I understand why people would want to chuck out books they do not read, and I do so with books I have been given and/or are not really my style, my issue is that I read and re-read a lot, I cycle through all my books in a period of 4-5 years. The one-in, one-out hopefully works. I have to chuck out books not because I do not like them or because I do not read them, but because there is another book that I like better. I just have to get accustomed to the fact that I like and re-read more books than I am happy to own in paper form. Replacing paper with e-books may be a good way to de-clutter as well. Anyone here who is doing that?

I researched it. Too many of the books I would want weren't available at the time. Also, I don't like the e-readers, bit of a luddite regarding books. My solution has been to be ruthless about the # of books I have.

For you though it might be helpful. Even if you can only get half your books in e format, that would be a big help to you.

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« Reply #2369 on: August 06, 2015, 01:10:44 PM »
Ok, even for me that's a ridiculous number of books. I too love re-reading books. My suggestion: mark all your books somehow (sticky note, etc). Then make an effort to go through and re-read your books.  Remove the sticky note when you do. Those you can keep. After a while, you'll find that there's books you just don't want to read for whatever reason, or ones you don't like anymore. That's your goodbye pile. No guilt needed.
No autonomously growing goodbye pile unfortunately, I re-read everything I still have. Even when sorting through the books I want to get rid of, I end up on the couch re-reading them and then deciding I do not want to let go yet. I understand why people would want to chuck out books they do not read, and I do so with books I have been given and/or are not really my style, my issue is that I read and re-read a lot, I cycle through all my books in a period of 4-5 years. The one-in, one-out hopefully works. I have to chuck out books not because I do not like them or because I do not read them, but because there is another book that I like better. I just have to get accustomed to the fact that I like and re-read more books than I am happy to own in paper form. Replacing paper with e-books may be a good way to de-clutter as well. Anyone here who is doing that?

I researched it. Too many of the books I would want weren't available at the time. Also, I don't like the e-readers, bit of a luddite regarding books. My solution has been to be ruthless about the # of books I have.

For you though it might be helpful. Even if you can only get half your books in e format, that would be a big help to you.

I loved reading growing up but luckily (?) I borrowed all of them from the library/classmates because we didn't have money to buy non-textbooks books then. When I went to college and had to buy textbooks (secondhand, of course), moving was this painful annual reminder that books are made from trees. So I never liked owning books if I knew I could borrow them from the library, or get them on my kindle (hooray technology).

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« Reply #2370 on: August 06, 2015, 01:59:24 PM »
I've got a mental block around jeans. I don't know why. I've cleared out SO many clothes, and yet, I just can't bring myself to tackle the jeans. Is it because they were expensive? Hard to find ones that fit? Remind me of happy times? Please can someone give me a pep talk about why I should go through them and get rid of some (probably got, hmmm, about 10 pairs total). I wear jeans probably 5 times a month.

If they all fit and feel good to wear, I'd just keep them and wear a few pairs at a time until they wear out.  But if you try them all on and some don't feel quite right, I'd give them the boot.  I just did this with a pair I had that I rarely wore because they were just a shade too short and a tiny bit too low-rise, so I never felt 100% comfortable in them.  I find this freeing because I don't have that twinge of guilt that I *should* wear them when I pass over them on my shelf.

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« Reply #2371 on: August 06, 2015, 03:28:33 PM »
I got rid of a shirt and a hat I wasn't using much. I realized it's because I have similar items that I like more and use more often. There are some sketchy for profit drop bins around our neighborhood but I went ahead and used that rather than letting them sit around any longer.

I don't know if this counts as getting rid of something per se. A pair of khakis got too stained to wear as nice office pants so I rolled up the legs and used them as capris on days I had to paint at work. They wore out on one side of the butt and I used the extra fabric rolled up in one of the legs to patch it. Finally, while exercising at lunch, they split completely. I'm now harvesting most of the fabric to patch up another pair of work pants.

So I haven't so much gotten rid of it as dismantled it to the point of its no longer being an item.

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« Reply #2372 on: August 06, 2015, 04:52:49 PM »
I've been in Canada for over two months now - I traveled with what I could carry on plus one checked bag and I am not missing much.

I have a feeling I will have a lot of stuff to declutter once I get home...

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« Reply #2373 on: August 06, 2015, 09:41:51 PM »
I've been in Canada for over two months now - I traveled with what I could carry on plus one checked bag and I am not missing much.

I have a feeling I will have a lot of stuff to declutter once I get home...

Isn't it wonderful how the decluttering mindset is always there now?
I rid myself of several things in my suitcase on vacation, clothing and books mostly. And had a list in mind for when I returned... :)

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« Reply #2374 on: August 07, 2015, 07:26:13 AM »
When I packed for BC I realized that most of my "good" t shirts are not ones I want to wear unless there is no choice.  They are now demoted to gardening t shirts (that way I am at least presentable if people come over) and I know I need to actually go shopping for new ones.  Of course I have now demoted my worst gardening shirts to grubby/painting shirts, and the really horrible ones have hit the garbage.

I've been in Canada for over two months now - I traveled with what I could carry on plus one checked bag and I am not missing much.

I have a feeling I will have a lot of stuff to declutter once I get home...

Isn't it wonderful how the decluttering mindset is always there now?
I rid myself of several things in my suitcase on vacation, clothing and books mostly. And had a list in mind for when I returned... :)

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« Reply #2375 on: August 07, 2015, 08:03:49 AM »
I am no longer interested in all my home decorating magazines because I'd rather have space to make the pretty things I want, and they're all too full of ads. I might buy myself some new ones if I feel like it later, but these aren't bringing me joy any more. It's nice to see my focus change.

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« Reply #2376 on: August 07, 2015, 08:48:35 AM »
I am no longer interested in all my home decorating magazines because I'd rather have space to make the pretty things I want, and they're all too full of ads. I might buy myself some new ones if I feel like it later, but these aren't bringing me joy any more. It's nice to see my focus change.

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« Reply #2377 on: August 07, 2015, 12:09:57 PM »

I don't know if this counts as getting rid of something per se. A pair of khakis got too stained to wear as nice office pants so I rolled up the legs and used them as capris on days I had to paint at work. They wore out on one side of the butt and I used the extra fabric rolled up in one of the legs to patch it. Finally, while exercising at lunch, they split completely. I'm now harvesting most of the fabric to patch up another pair of work pants.

So I haven't so much gotten rid of it as dismantled it to the point of its no longer being an item.


Use the remnants to make rag paper. After you've used both sides of the paper, shred it for lining the hamster cage. When it's dirty, compost it.

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« Reply #2378 on: August 07, 2015, 01:37:59 PM »

I don't know if this counts as getting rid of something per se. A pair of khakis got too stained to wear as nice office pants so I rolled up the legs and used them as capris on days I had to paint at work. They wore out on one side of the butt and I used the extra fabric rolled up in one of the legs to patch it. Finally, while exercising at lunch, they split completely. I'm now harvesting most of the fabric to patch up another pair of work pants.

So I haven't so much gotten rid of it as dismantled it to the point of its no longer being an item.


Use the remnants to make rag paper. After you've used both sides of the paper, shred it for lining the hamster cage. When it's dirty, compost it.

Great zero waste ideas!

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« Reply #2379 on: August 07, 2015, 01:38:56 PM »
Okay, so there's lots of kondo talk on this thread. 

I'm on the waitlist for her book at the library.  I've read a very little bit about her "method," and I'm disappointed to see (admittedly in limited searches) that all everyone raves about is folding things up and putting them in the drawers vertically.  I've been doing this for years, ever since realizing that baby clothes don't do well in stacks.  (My kids are 6 and 4 now.)

Is there anything else that I might find life changing in her book, or is it just all about the damned folding and whether things you own "spark joy?"  (I mean, good tips, but a whole book devoted to these two points?)

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« Reply #2380 on: August 07, 2015, 01:47:49 PM »
Okay, so there's lots of kondo talk on this thread. 

I'm on the waitlist for her book at the library.  I've read a very little bit about her "method," and I'm disappointed to see (admittedly in limited searches) that all everyone raves about is folding things up and putting them in the drawers vertically.  I've been doing this for years, ever since realizing that baby clothes don't do well in stacks.  (My kids are 6 and 4 now.)

Is there anything else that I might find life changing in her book, or is it just all about the damned folding and whether things you own "spark joy?"  (I mean, good tips, but a whole book devoted to these two points?)

Her decluttering methods of doing everything at once were useful, and the anecdotal stories were kind of fun. You are getting at the library, and I think most value from it is the mindset people get while spending the time to actually read it. Also, she spends so much time on confronting the kind of excuses people commonly give, that it's worth it there. I'm not a huge believer (although the folding was awesome) in her totally, but there is value there. I don't know that I would recommend buying it, but from the library...why the hell not?

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« Reply #2381 on: August 07, 2015, 01:59:24 PM »
I just googled Kondo and saw a video of her folding a sock drawer. The fact that all the things in it were not the same height REALLY bothered me.

I guess DH's anal retentive folding has finally got me.  Even though laundry has always been my chore, he made me change how I folded things to meet his expectations. To be fair, his way is pretty good.  I can't use the exact same folds on men's clothes as women's clothes though, because the end result has to be that all the things are the same dimensions in the drawer.

Now the only thing I won't fold is my underwear. I did for awhile and decided life is too short. I still fold his, I don't think I could get away with just throwing them in the drawer.

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« Reply #2382 on: August 07, 2015, 02:37:38 PM »
Okay, so there's lots of kondo talk on this thread. 

I'm on the waitlist for her book at the library.  I've read a very little bit about her "method," and I'm disappointed to see (admittedly in limited searches) that all everyone raves about is folding things up and putting them in the drawers vertically.  I've been doing this for years, ever since realizing that baby clothes don't do well in stacks.  (My kids are 6 and 4 now.)

Is there anything else that I might find life changing in her book, or is it just all about the damned folding and whether things you own "spark joy?"  (I mean, good tips, but a whole book devoted to these two points?)

The method is (potentially) life-changing because it focuses on working through the emotions attached to things. You deal with every *thing* and all the feelings, memories, etc. around it. The "does it spark joy" question is not a yes-or-no question. Rather, it opens up a space for you to consider all the feelings you may have about something.

You aren't discarding unwanted  items so much as you are discarding the *baggage* they have.

By dealing with all of one category at a time, you see the whole picture. (You can make the category as small as you want. If doing all the clothes is too much, you can do all the shoes, or all the pants, or all the long-sleeved shirts--whatever suits your tolerance.)

Folding clothes is a small part of the book and you don't have to do it.

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« Reply #2383 on: August 07, 2015, 09:48:10 PM »
I tossed a pair of jeans today that were at least one size too big. I have another pair I probably should toss (half a size too big) but then I will have no thick winter jeans, so I put them on the maybe pile... Currently they get occasional use camping etc but I am not sure if that is enough to justify owning them.

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« Reply #2384 on: August 07, 2015, 10:03:03 PM »
Another 2 books out.

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« Reply #2385 on: August 08, 2015, 02:14:29 AM »
I donated a small pile of things today: old magazines, a bag of clothes, a set of sheets, some curtains, a storage container, a bicycle basket, and a book.
 

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« Reply #2386 on: August 08, 2015, 06:40:44 AM »
I have done such intense decluttering over the last couple of years that I actually was thinking the other day that there wasn't anything else I wanted to be rid of ( besides books as I read them ) , but now I'm thinking I'll probably come up with more before too long - its just like that :) . but I'm very happy with what I hav now and really there's nothing that I miss and nothing that I need.

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« Reply #2387 on: August 08, 2015, 10:49:05 AM »
Sold 3 things from the doll collection list!  (I have about 15 I would like to go.)

Price was slightly lower than I wanted; but still not nearing rock bottom.

Today's goal is to have the guest room closet 100% cleared out so we can get started on baby room closet in a few months.

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« Reply #2388 on: August 08, 2015, 11:59:11 AM »
I've offloaded like ten books by sending them to friends and relatives. Thank goodness for book rate.


I don't know if this counts as getting rid of something per se. A pair of khakis got too stained to wear as nice office pants so I rolled up the legs and used them as capris on days I had to paint at work. They wore out on one side of the butt and I used the extra fabric rolled up in one of the legs to patch it. Finally, while exercising at lunch, they split completely. I'm now harvesting most of the fabric to patch up another pair of work pants.

So I haven't so much gotten rid of it as dismantled it to the point of its no longer being an item.


Use the remnants to make rag paper. After you've used both sides of the paper, shred it for lining the hamster cage. When it's dirty, compost it.

Great zero waste ideas!

When the compost turns to dirt, cup it in your hands every evening and whisper to it how much you appreciate it.

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« Reply #2389 on: August 08, 2015, 12:03:20 PM »
I've offloaded like ten books by sending them to friends and relatives. Thank goodness for book rate.


I don't know if this counts as getting rid of something per se. A pair of khakis got too stained to wear as nice office pants so I rolled up the legs and used them as capris on days I had to paint at work. They wore out on one side of the butt and I used the extra fabric rolled up in one of the legs to patch it. Finally, while exercising at lunch, they split completely. I'm now harvesting most of the fabric to patch up another pair of work pants.

So I haven't so much gotten rid of it as dismantled it to the point of its no longer being an item.


Use the remnants to make rag paper. After you've used both sides of the paper, shred it for lining the hamster cage. When it's dirty, compost it.

Great zero waste ideas!

When the compost turns to dirt, cup it in your hands every evening and whisper to it how much you appreciate it.

And let the dirt be taken by the wind all across the earth? :)

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« Reply #2390 on: August 08, 2015, 01:49:51 PM »
$200 at yard sale and the leftovers to charity. Yay for me!

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« Reply #2391 on: August 08, 2015, 03:25:29 PM »
I'm very happy with what I hav now and really there's nothing that I miss and nothing that I need.

That sounds like a pretty great place to be!

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« Reply #2392 on: August 08, 2015, 03:59:26 PM »
I've offloaded like ten books by sending them to friends and relatives. Thank goodness for book rate.


I don't know if this counts as getting rid of something per se. A pair of khakis got too stained to wear as nice office pants so I rolled up the legs and used them as capris on days I had to paint at work. They wore out on one side of the butt and I used the extra fabric rolled up in one of the legs to patch it. Finally, while exercising at lunch, they split completely. I'm now harvesting most of the fabric to patch up another pair of work pants.

So I haven't so much gotten rid of it as dismantled it to the point of its no longer being an item.


Use the remnants to make rag paper. After you've used both sides of the paper, shred it for lining the hamster cage. When it's dirty, compost it.

Great zero waste ideas!

When the compost turns to dirt, cup it in your hands every evening and whisper to it how much you appreciate it.

And let the dirt be taken by the wind all across the earth? :)

That would be a waste of good compost. Put it in the garden, on the tomato plants. When you eat the tomatoes, the compost will run through your veins.

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« Reply #2393 on: August 08, 2015, 04:00:44 PM »
I'm using up some toiletries and cleaning products this weekend.  These 2 areas are big for me.

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« Reply #2394 on: August 08, 2015, 04:15:45 PM »
I have gotten serious this week about decluttering.  I have gotten rid of about 100 books (to libraries), lots of clothing (mostly t-shirts), blankets and comforters, and some knick knacks.  Also, my recycling bin is now full (cardboard, paper, plastic).  Thankfully, not much has ended up in the trash.

My house feels like it can breathe again.

Question:  what is the best thing to do with plastic that is not recyclable?  landfill or burn it?

Has anyone here sent cassette and VHS tapes to GreenDisk (or a similar service)?  If so, were you happy with the result?

Thanks.

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« Reply #2395 on: August 08, 2015, 04:32:43 PM »
I've offloaded like ten books by sending them to friends and relatives. Thank goodness for book rate.


I don't know if this counts as getting rid of something per se. A pair of khakis got too stained to wear as nice office pants so I rolled up the legs and used them as capris on days I had to paint at work. They wore out on one side of the butt and I used the extra fabric rolled up in one of the legs to patch it. Finally, while exercising at lunch, they split completely. I'm now harvesting most of the fabric to patch up another pair of work pants.

So I haven't so much gotten rid of it as dismantled it to the point of its no longer being an item.


Use the remnants to make rag paper. After you've used both sides of the paper, shred it for lining the hamster cage. When it's dirty, compost it.

Great zero waste ideas!

When the compost turns to dirt, cup it in your hands every evening and whisper to it how much you appreciate it.

And let the dirt be taken by the wind all across the earth? :)

That would be a waste of good compost. Put it in the garden, on the tomato plants. When you eat the tomatoes, the compost will run through your veins.

Right . but the compost would eventually scatter.
And most likely land on some other ground and be of use.

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« Reply #2396 on: August 08, 2015, 04:59:23 PM »
I've offloaded like ten books by sending them to friends and relatives. Thank goodness for book rate.


I don't know if this counts as getting rid of something per se. A pair of khakis got too stained to wear as nice office pants so I rolled up the legs and used them as capris on days I had to paint at work. They wore out on one side of the butt and I used the extra fabric rolled up in one of the legs to patch it. Finally, while exercising at lunch, they split completely. I'm now harvesting most of the fabric to patch up another pair of work pants.

So I haven't so much gotten rid of it as dismantled it to the point of its no longer being an item.


Use the remnants to make rag paper. After you've used both sides of the paper, shred it for lining the hamster cage. When it's dirty, compost it.

Great zero waste ideas!

When the compost turns to dirt, cup it in your hands every evening and whisper to it how much you appreciate it.

And let the dirt be taken by the wind all across the earth? :)

That would be a waste of good compost. Put it in the garden, on the tomato plants. When you eat the tomatoes, the compost will run through your veins.

Right . but the compost would eventually scatter.
And most likely land on some other ground and be of use.

I've got it. I'll use it to grow cotton and make a new pair of pants.

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« Reply #2397 on: August 08, 2015, 07:23:28 PM »
Thank you, all you inspiring and hilarious de-clutter bugs! You push me to get rid of more and more. Tonight I am listing things on craigslist. What does not sell this week will be donated.

Edited to add that this afternoon while I was doing yard work, a couple came to pick up the stack of Japanese quilting magazines. They were so happy to get them and I was so happy to say goodbye. Win-win!
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« Reply #2398 on: August 08, 2015, 08:24:32 PM »
This is a great thread!    My daughter is moving out in September and my son is 2 years behind her.   I want to start decluttering so that we'll be ready to go.

I listened to Marie Kondo's book over the last 2 weeks (audiobook on my commute to work).   At first I thought she was nuts - folding underwear and socks?    But her other ideas are excellent.    If it doesn't 'bring you joy' why are you keeping it?     (Well my tools don't really bring me joy, but I keep them so I don't have to pay people to do trivial jobs.)

I donated 4 boxes of books to the library today (8 cubic feet down, how many to go?)   I can't believe it feels good!   I've had some of those books for 30 years.   And I haven't used them for 30 years either.    We actually have empty shelf space on 2 of our bookcases now.

I'm finding this change easy because I've always been a little obsessive/compulsive about being organized.    DW not so much.   Any ideas on how to get her engaged in this process?

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« Reply #2399 on: August 08, 2015, 09:48:58 PM »
I've offloaded like ten books by sending them to friends and relatives. Thank goodness for book rate.


I don't know if this counts as getting rid of something per se. A pair of khakis got too stained to wear as nice office pants so I rolled up the legs and used them as capris on days I had to paint at work. They wore out on one side of the butt and I used the extra fabric rolled up in one of the legs to patch it. Finally, while exercising at lunch, they split completely. I'm now harvesting most of the fabric to patch up another pair of work pants.

So I haven't so much gotten rid of it as dismantled it to the point of its no longer being an item.


Use the remnants to make rag paper. After you've used both sides of the paper, shred it for lining the hamster cage. When it's dirty, compost it.

Great zero waste ideas!

When the compost turns to dirt, cup it in your hands every evening and whisper to it how much you appreciate it.

And let the dirt be taken by the wind all across the earth? :)

That would be a waste of good compost. Put it in the garden, on the tomato plants. When you eat the tomatoes, the compost will run through your veins.

Right . but the compost would eventually scatter.
And most likely land on some other ground and be of use.

I've got it. I'll use it to grow cotton and make a new pair of pants.

Lol nice .