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« Reply #2400 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 #2401 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 #2402 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 #2403 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 #2404 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 #2405 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 #2406 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 #2407 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 #2408 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 #2409 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 #2410 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 #2411 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 #2412 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 #2413 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 #2414 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 #2415 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 #2416 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 #2417 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 #2418 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 #2419 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.


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« Reply #2420 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.

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« Reply #2421 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 #2422 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 #2423 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 #2424 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 #2425 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 #2426 on: August 07, 2015, 10:03:03 PM »
Another 2 books out.

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« Reply #2427 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 #2428 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 #2429 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 #2430 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!

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« Reply #2431 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 #2432 on: August 08, 2015, 01:49:51 PM »
$200 at yard sale and the leftovers to charity. Yay for me!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2433 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 #2434 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 #2435 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 #2436 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?

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« Reply #2437 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2438 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2439 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 #2440 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 #2441 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 .

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« Reply #2442 on: August 09, 2015, 01:44:06 AM »
I'm late but I'd love to join the party. I live with hubby and 2 small boys in an old 80sqm villa in NZ. I am a full time mum and feel like I spend all day dealing with stuff -washing, sorting, tidying, retidying and retidying again. We built attic storage so we wouldn't suffocate in our possessions. And I have had a first round of Marie Kondo but need to get back into. The biggest problem is that the first time around I wasn't sure that the family would cope with minimalism so instead of getting rid of stuff I put it in the attic. The house looks pretty good but I feel an oppressive weight from above and I know what it is -all that crap I should have gotten rid of because nobody missed anything. I need some moral support for the task at hand. I have been reading through this epic thread and you guys are amazing. The big driver for me is that I want to stay in our current home which we own mortgage free and put our cash into investments but we need to feel comfortable in our home to do that and that means keeping the clutter under control.

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« Reply #2443 on: August 09, 2015, 03:36:20 AM »
If you haven't taken the stuff out of the attic in tweleve months I would take it all to the op shop without even opening the box. Because think about what stuff would you go more than 12 months not needing and then suddenly need (the only things I can think of are baby things for families planning another child, ski clothes for people who don't live on cold climates but enjoy ski holidays and maybe some tools/camping equipment though I suspect if you are mustachian the later two would at least obtain annual use.)

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« Reply #2444 on: August 09, 2015, 10:59:20 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.

Hahaha . well, I got inspired this morning and gathered a couple jewelries, 3 books, a tank top, some charms I don't like , and a terrible version of vanilla room spray. I also was searching for some specific photos and threw out maybe 3 more.

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« Reply #2445 on: August 10, 2015, 07:27:53 AM »
Had a sudden realisation today of some cosmetics that went missing last time I moved house and felt sad I dont have them anymore. I managed to nitbthink of them for over a year and now urgh... I hope I don't feel like that about stuff I decluttered, although today I had another regret (namely, why did I toss out my only track pants even though they were threadbare and covered I. Paint stains. It's really cold today**!!) Two steps forward a quarter of an inch back???

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« Reply #2446 on: August 10, 2015, 07:43:44 AM »
This weekend I started to face the books. I love books and my overflowing 'library', but I don't want to move them on upcoming move to LCOL area. First pass was all my old technical books. Off to recycling they went. So sad that these don't have value anymore...but must admit I don't know why I held on to old calculus textbook.


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« Reply #2447 on: August 10, 2015, 08:22:28 AM »
Had a sudden realisation today of some cosmetics that went missing last time I moved house and felt sad I dont have them anymore. I managed to nitbthink of them for over a year and now urgh... I hope I don't feel like that about stuff I decluttered, although today I had another regret (namely, why did I toss out my only track pants even though they were threadbare and covered I. Paint stains. It's really cold today**!!) Two steps forward a quarter of an inch back???

Sounds like the track pants needed to go regardless, and maybe you'll decide that you should replace them.  If you replace 2% of what you throw out, you're still ahead.  Re the cosmetics, if it took you a year to think about them, I don't think they're truly missed, but if they are, then consider it a learning opportunity to hone your decluttering muscles, in knowing what you will and won't regret tossing.

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« Reply #2448 on: August 10, 2015, 10:07:10 AM »
DD cleaned out her bathroom cabinet yesterday and tossed some almost empty shampoo bottles, hair products and expired meds.  She reorganized the rest of her stuff using an extension shelf I used to have in my closet but didn't need any more.

I haven't done any real decluttering lately (although I started another Goodwill bag with the clothes that the consignment store rejected).  I'd like to focus on it again but may wait until DD is gone back to university in September. 

I have unraveled a cashmere sweater and salvaged the yarn for a future knitting project.  I also washed and repaired the slipcovers I have on a couple of chairs in the kitchen.  My cat uses the chairs as her scratching posts (ugh, I have tried everything but I don't know how to stop her from doing that!) so there were a lot of pulls, loose threads and small holes on the sides.  And lots of cat hair!  I was prepared to just throw them out but I thought I would give cleaning them a try first.  The instructions said they are dry clean only but I washed them on delicate, hang them up to dry and ironed them.  I trimmed all the loose threads and darned the holes.  They look good!  Now, if I can only train the cat not to scratch them!



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« Reply #2449 on: August 10, 2015, 11:17:54 AM »
DD cleaned out her bathroom cabinet yesterday and tossed some almost empty shampoo bottles, hair products and expired meds.  She reorganized the rest of her stuff using an extension shelf I used to have in my closet but didn't need any more.

I haven't done any real decluttering lately (although I started another Goodwill bag with the clothes that the consignment store rejected).  I'd like to focus on it again but may wait until DD is gone back to university in September. 

I have unraveled a cashmere sweater and salvaged the yarn for a future knitting project.  I also washed and repaired the slipcovers I have on a couple of chairs in the kitchen.  My cat uses the chairs as her scratching posts (ugh, I have tried everything but I don't know how to stop her from doing that!) so there were a lot of pulls, loose threads and small holes on the sides.  And lots of cat hair!  I was prepared to just throw them out but I thought I would give cleaning them a try first.  The instructions said they are dry clean only but I washed them on delicate, hang them up to dry and ironed them.  I trimmed all the loose threads and darned the holes.  They look good!  Now, if I can only train the cat not to scratch them!
I have had pretty strong success putting my cat's scratching post exactly in front of my $800 couch that she likes to scratch. With the post just there she will use it instead. The second the post moves a metre away she will go for the couch. Cats are weird.