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« Reply #2600 on: September 05, 2015, 06:58:51 PM »
I finally managed to make some money from my old stuff! I sold my daughter's Pack & Play for $40, my Fitbit that I never use for $70, and I have someone picking up baby clothes for $10 on Monday. I also have a bunch more baby stuff on craigslist, but if it doesn't sell by the end of the month, it'll go to consignment.

I've also cleaned out the kids' closet and toys - filled up a huge black trash bag with stuff. I don't know where it all comes from. I have 2 kids sharing a 11'x12' bedroom. One kid isn't even here most of the year - he lives with his dad during the school year. But during breaks when he's with me, he accumulates a ridiculous amount of stuff. The baby stuff isn't so bad - yet.

This week, I need to list more stuff for sale (camping gear and a couple of Thirty-One brand things) and take some kids' books to consignment.
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« Reply #2601 on: September 05, 2015, 10:59:33 PM »
My decluttering got to a "good space" where I didn't feel overwhelmed by stuff and then stopped in its tracks. After reading the thread, time to try again. I know there are still lots of things that are neither beautiful not practical in my house. 26 days into my no repeat work outfits challenge might also be the right time to consider the items which havent made it out of the closet yet and consider why as well as the items I didn't feel worked when I did wear them.

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« Reply #2602 on: September 06, 2015, 03:44:09 AM »
I anxiously asked the family member who gave us our dining table today if we could get rid of it. I've been trying to do this for the last 3 years,  but I assumed it was significant... Nope! She said go ahead and give it away! If we can sell it on Gumtree, great and keep the money! Wow that is a BIG relief!

We have a kerbside pickup in 4 weeks, so we're pushing to work out exactly what we want to get rid of before then.

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« Reply #2603 on: September 06, 2015, 07:51:52 AM »
2 pairs of underwear and two tops in the trash. The undies were gifts I didn't like (and that's one thing there is no second hand market for!) And the tops were old, one had a number of holes, the other just looked super "tired".

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« Reply #2604 on: September 06, 2015, 10:43:15 AM »
We keep and reuse more than most here, but I'm going through drawers and tossing everything that hurts to wear. I am now  officially too old to suffer for fashion, have been for years but haven't done a full purge (and if I were honest, a lot of things hurt now that wouldn't have a few years ago because of...resettlement of mass). :)

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« Reply #2605 on: September 06, 2015, 12:47:10 PM »
If you are getting rid of your stuff, consider bringing them to consignment shops and even get the chance to earn even for a much lesser price from what you may have shelled out to buy that item. You can not only free up on your space at home but you can also add up to your savings in a way.
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« Reply #2606 on: September 06, 2015, 12:57:25 PM »
I just got rid of a set of wheels & tires and a truck bed tent that's been sitting in my garage for the last four years.  We don't even own a truck anymore, so it was time to see this go bye bye.  My parents came visit this weekend, so they hauled them home.  They have an 92 Silverado that would benefit from both of these. 

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« Reply #2607 on: September 06, 2015, 05:55:52 PM »
Two garbage bags of clothes and shoes to Salvation Army today, woohoo! Last week I threw out tons of plastic food containers. I love decluttering!

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« Reply #2608 on: September 06, 2015, 08:34:16 PM »
 YESTERDAY'S DE-CLUTTERING

UNEXPECTED CASH

1. I de-cluttered the desk in my home office. Found a gift card that is 3 years old and still has cash on it. Used it to pay the cell phone carrier.

NO JUNK MAIL

2. I'm still pretty good at not bringing junk mail to my desk. I sort it near the kitchen trash can. The next best thing would be to have a trash can or recycle bin near the mailbox so that the junk mail never makes it into the house.

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3. Sorted through a VHS collection and brought 2 bins down to 1 by ridding myself of the ones from a deceased colleague. Nice guy, but the very idea of his belongings in my house... Well, I didn't like that feeling. All of the movies of his that I would want to keep are available on DVD or digital download, so to the donation bin they go.

I hadn't dealt with this in years. Meanwhile, I've packed that collection with my other stuff and moved to a new place... twice! What baggage! You find ways to commemorate your friends other than keeping unwanted possessions.

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

4. Last year, I knocked down my bins of childhood memorabilia by half. Yesterday, I knocked it down by half again. I opened the last remaining one for the first time in a decade or so. The school papers meant little to me, which was a relief. It was easier than I thought to let them go. I kept a few pages on which an instructor had left a nice note, but otherwise, it is now gone. My storage space is much nicer to see.

THE OUTFIT CONTROLLED MY LIFE TOO MUCH

5. There is this one outfit that I would store with my out-of-season clothes. Twice a year, I'd take it out and think of the great moments I had in it, then put it away again. I no longer wear it and this ritual was depressing. It was as if I was telling myself life cannot get any better in that area than those few moments spent in this ensemble so many years ago. I carefully folded it and placed in the donation bag. You'd think it was the national flag, I was so solemn while folding it. Yes, THE OUTFIT needed to go.

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« Reply #2609 on: September 06, 2015, 10:13:57 PM »
@C.K. that was an amazing way of looking at things. Thank you for that.
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« Reply #2610 on: September 06, 2015, 10:44:56 PM »
YESTERDAY'S DE-CLUTTERING

UNEXPECTED CASH

1. I de-cluttered the desk in my home office. Found a gift card that is 3 years old and still has cash on it. Used it to pay the cell phone carrier.

NO JUNK MAIL

2. I'm still pretty good at not bringing junk mail to my desk. I sort it near the kitchen trash can. The next best thing would be to have a trash can or recycle bin near the mailbox so that the junk mail never makes it into the house.

REMEMBER THE DEAD, BUT STILL LIVE YOUR LIFE

3. Sorted through a VHS collection and brought 2 bins down to 1 by ridding myself of the ones from a deceased colleague. Nice guy, but the very idea of his belongings in my house... Well, I didn't like that feeling. All of the movies of his that I would want to keep are available on DVD or digital download, so to the donation bin they go.

I hadn't dealt with this in years. Meanwhile, I've packed that collection with my other stuff and moved to a new place... twice! What baggage! You find ways to commemorate your friends other than keeping unwanted possessions.

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

4. Last year, I knocked down my bins of childhood memorabilia by half. Yesterday, I knocked it down by half again. I opened the last remaining one for the first time in a decade or so. The school papers meant little to me, which was a relief. It was easier than I thought to let them go. I kept a few pages on which an instructor had left a nice note, but otherwise, it is now gone. My storage space is much nicer to see.

THE OUTFIT CONTROLLED MY LIFE TOO MUCH

5. There is this one outfit that I would store with my out-of-season clothes. Twice a year, I'd take it out and think of the great moments I had in it, then put it away again. I no longer wear it and this ritual was depressing. It was as if I was telling myself life cannot get any better in that area than those few moments spent in this ensemble so many years ago. I carefully folded it and placed in the donation bag. You'd think it was the national flag, I was so solemn while folding it. Yes, THE OUTFIT needed to go.

That's am interesting perspective of belongings of a deceased friend- which I respect and also of course decluttering is awesome.
I upcycle a substantial amount of old clothing, lace, blankets etc into couture dresses and handbags- much of which were given to me from friends - from there deceased loved ones. So, to each his own . :)

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« Reply #2611 on: September 06, 2015, 11:02:01 PM »
We're now a week into spring down under, so it's time to turn out the cupboards and see what can be tossed!

Over the weekend I pulled out and lined up all my shoes, then all my husband's.

I tossed one pair of worn out work shoes I had forgotten about (I had saved them in case I had trouble wearing in my new pair).

My husband relinquished one pair of shoes for charity (barely worn skate shoes, not really his style, and his next birthday is 30), two pairs for the bin, and discovered one pair that he forgot he had and had been planning to 'replace'.

Vacuumed the carpet in the bottom of the wardrobe, washed the shoe hanger, returned everything to its place, and am still in the stage of admiring my handiwork whenever I open the cupboard.

I rounded up a few items of clothing and made up a bag which we dropped to a charity shop.

And I sorted a couple of drawers and produced two bags of paper rubbish.

The next thing on my spring clean agenda is to clean the windows (I woke up this morning in a real hurry to do that but had to, you know, get ready for work), but after that, I will be sorting out our folded clothes.

I have also found a new home for two underbed storage tubs that are empty because decluttering always beats organising systems. The tubs are going to live with people who have not yet learnt that lesson. I'm happy, because it means they're not going to waste, and not taking up room under my spare bed that could be filled with glorious, peaceful ... nothing.

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« Reply #2612 on: September 07, 2015, 03:20:05 AM »
@C.K. that was an amazing way of looking at things. Thank you for that.

You're welcome, jordanread.


That's am interesting perspective of belongings of a deceased friend- which I respect and also of course decluttering is awesome.
I upcycle a substantial amount of old clothing, lace, blankets etc into couture dresses and handbags- much of which were given to me from friends - from there deceased loved ones. So, to each his own . :)

I would take the items of a friend's deceased relative if I were not close to that person. There would be no memories attached.

I'm still discovering how not to clutter my life with certain family rituals for the deceased. While these rituals are cathartic for everyone else, they grieve me more. I leave with a heaviness that I cannot describe. And I'm expected to participate regularly. I wish they would let me mourn in my own way.

But not to participate means to them that you neither care about the dead nor about those remaining. In short, a mild form of disdain for you shows up in the family. The only thing to do is be extremely busy or move far enough away that they don't expect you to show up every time. I'm going for the latter, by January.

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« Reply #2613 on: September 07, 2015, 04:01:29 AM »
This is my favourite thread on this forum. <3

I've been given a LOT of stuff in the past month (have some health issues, have been given lots and lots of gifts). It's all been a bit overwhelming. So I've set up a new donation box next to the front door which is helping with the feelings of being overwhelmed with stuff. I've been given lots of brochures about the health issues I have too. Also not helping with the feelings of Too Much Stuff. Reading about other people giving stuff away is vicariously calming for some reason.

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« Reply #2614 on: September 07, 2015, 04:39:10 AM »
This is my favourite thread on this forum. <3

I've been given a LOT of stuff in the past month (have some health issues, have been given lots and lots of gifts). It's all been a bit overwhelming. So I've set up a new donation box next to the front door which is helping with the feelings of being overwhelmed with stuff. I've been given lots of brochures about the health issues I have too. Also not helping with the feelings of Too Much Stuff. Reading about other people giving stuff away is vicariously calming for some reason.

Sorry to hear about your health issues Astatine. Hope you get things under control soon.

I decided to sort through my vases on Friday night. I'd been putting it off for a while, then all of a sudden I needed to do it -now-. I was amazed at many I have collected over the years, through deliveries and gifts of flowers, and how few I actually liked. Rounded up a lot to be donated. Listed a couple of things on Ebay - they get one shot then off they go.

I'm finding myself with less tolerance for relisting things. I guess it's because of the high value stuff is gone. But also because there is a mental cost to having the ebay box sitting there.

Along with the vases were decorative candles. One I've kept as I like the scent and will use it up. The rest I got rid of. I don't like burning any candles other than beeswax in the house, and I make those myself for cheap.

I was also struck by how gross most of the vases were because they weren't in constant use. I keep them on a high shelf in the utility room, and many of them had dead bees in them etc and lots of cobwebs. More proof that stuff I don't need and use but keep is only to my detriment.

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« Reply #2615 on: September 07, 2015, 04:15:21 PM »
I heard from ThredUp! For my bag of clothes . . . $9.32. Oh well, $9 beats having unwanted clothes in the closet.

I'm visiting my brother's house. It feels so different from mine. There is a lot of art--and a lot of clean surfaces with maybe a vase or a photo on them. I'm realizing yet again that we have way too much crap just sitting out. The space is full of stuff and furniture and stuff I don't even like. Oh, when I get back home . . . I don't even mind having the stuff (some of it), but I really don't need to look at the coffee mugs and the decanter and the corkscrews and the old espresso pot and the small tray of Euros and the . . . every single bloody day.

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« Reply #2616 on: September 08, 2015, 03:41:40 AM »
NoraLenderbee, I can so relate to loving the clear surfaces.

I cleared off the top of a bookshelf (not even the top shelf, just the top), and, so no-one would put anything else on it, I put a wedding photo on it. I love seeing it. It gives me such encouragement that I have been able to maintain that one spot as only for that photo.

I'm spreading that approach and introducing clutter free shelves one at a time (up to 3 now). Feels like such progress!

Last night I threw out 4 sample tubes of glue we got free. It just didn't work. Seriously. I read the instructions, did everything right, and yet every single thing I tried to glue it didn't hold, so it's gone.

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« Reply #2617 on: September 08, 2015, 07:04:00 AM »
I heard from ThredUp! For my bag of clothes . . . $9.32. Oh well, $9 beats having unwanted clothes in the closet.


I've been going through my closet and I'm not sure it is going to be worth sending to ThredUp. I don't have anything that is a brand name.

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« Reply #2618 on: September 08, 2015, 10:12:48 AM »
Okay, I am pleased to post that I Konmari'd my dresser, including the underwear drawer.  I can't believe I am this excited about tidying up.  I always liked decluttering but not the straightening out what was left part of this.  So my dresser and closet are done.   

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« Reply #2619 on: September 08, 2015, 10:22:23 AM »
I just joined our neighborhood's Buy Nothing FB group.  I'm going to try to start rounding up some of our stuff to give away.  Woohoo!

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« Reply #2620 on: September 08, 2015, 10:47:17 AM »
Got DH to take a first swipe at his clothes (man, has he been holding out). Threw out three shirts since none were salvageable for the thrift store. They NEEDED. TO. GO. It was all I could get him to part with for now.

I have three bags of stuff, plus three pots and pans and a pair of shoes, to take to the thrift store. Now to see if I can finagle a friend with a car into "going thrifting" with me...

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« Reply #2621 on: September 08, 2015, 11:00:56 AM »
Woo! just caught up to this thread after leaving off months ago at an early 20s page.  Its taken me about 2 weeks to read all the posts, and it has been amazing for my decluttering.  You guys have inspired me to do two things: first while going through KonMari steps 1-3 I had been placing things in garbage or paper bags so I finally got most of it out of the house totally, and second I finished the sorting part KonMari's Komono section.  So thanks everyone for that!  Now I'm left with another set of items on my entry way table to get out of the house, but I feel like I have the end in sight.  The best thing about all the decluttering is that I'm starting to feel like my apartment's natural cleanliness level has increased.  Now that I don't have to spend as much time putting things away before I get to the cleaning (or.. moving it to another surface for a few minutes), I can clean more easily and more frequently without feeling stressed or burnt out by it all.  I feel like I'll have another bump up in cleanliness once I fully finish the decluttering and I can redirect that energy.  Not to mention the fact that I won't constantly have the "on the way out" pile sitting around. 

Final steps for me will be to finish getting rid of my last "out" pile and then getting rid of the large plastic storage totes I'm no longer using!  I also need to ponder is how to reorganize the things I've decided to keep (especially knitting supplies).  They currently sit in an ugly, out of place 3 drawer plastic storage unit I got for free, but I have so much shelf space now I'm thinking about just decorating an old amazon cardboard box to be pretty and using that.

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« Reply #2622 on: September 08, 2015, 11:14:12 AM »
Hadn't done anything for a while, but with the appearance of a new clothing drop-box nearby, we've been back at it. Dropped off 4 bags of clothes this weekend, got more coming.

I'm going to buy jeans that actually fit me, and get rid of everything that doesn't.
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« Reply #2623 on: September 09, 2015, 08:46:20 AM »

Final steps for me will be to finish getting rid of my last "out" pile and then getting rid of the large plastic storage totes I'm no longer using!  I also need to ponder is how to reorganize the things I've decided to keep (especially knitting supplies).  They currently sit in an ugly, out of place 3 drawer plastic storage unit I got for free, but I have so much shelf space now I'm thinking about just decorating an old amazon cardboard box to be pretty and using that.
I've had good luck covering cardboard boxes with either cheap fabric or wall paper from the charity shop and strong double sided tape (I think it was carpet tape). I found I had to do the inside as well to give it a finished look. They've held up very well, but it's not stuff I access that often.

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« Reply #2624 on: September 09, 2015, 08:53:54 AM »
I had the serious urge to tidy up my husbandís dresser.

I tried to focus on Marieís idea that if I want to tidy other peopleís stuff I have messes of my own to deal with. So I decluttered even more stuff from the utility room, reorganised things to make often-used items easier to access. I tried, I really did, but in the end I couldnít resist.

Iíve konmaried all his t-shirts, jumpers (British usage!), shorts, trousers and jeans. Suddenly, his dresser which was so crammed I refuse to put his clothes away in it has room to spare. I did not remove / throw out a single item (I wanted to! But I held firm).

He may love it, because now he can see what he has. He may hate it, and if thatís the case I will not be offended or upset if he goes back to how it was. But if he likes it, I would be happy to put his clean clothes away as itís easy now. (I do laundry in our household, but I have never put anything of his away due to the stuffed drawers).

I do hope he likes it, but Iím also trying not be Ďinvestedí in the outcome as I donít want to be manipulative. Iíd be lying if I didnít admit that I hope that now he can see everything he has, he will get rid of few things he doesnít like or wear. Watch this spaceÖ

PS Still folding all my underwear! About two months and counting.

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« Reply #2625 on: September 09, 2015, 09:33:58 AM »
I am pretty minimalistic, but I still end up with things hiding in drawers, closets, etc. And I still have clothes that I've stopped wearing. New, fail proof way to purge a LOT of those things without a second thought: BEDBUGS.

My roommate found bedbugs last Friday and we have been methodically bagging and removing everything. Everything will be cleaned, steamed, and/or treated before coming back in. Without hardly blinking, I have trashed bag after bag of items that are not worth the trouble. So...yay?
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« Reply #2626 on: September 09, 2015, 01:06:23 PM »
Haven't read Marie Kondo's book, but kind of want to.

Anyway, I've been wanting a bigger house. But I'm cheap, and it's a lot of work, and I like my 'hood.  We have a 2BR, 1BA, 1100 sf house with no garage, attic, or basement.  But we do have an 8x10 shed.

So in the last few weeks (culminating with the 3 day weekend):

1. We bought bunk beds for the boys on our local FB used page.  It's twin on top and full on bottom with drawers underneath and along the stairs on the side.
2. We got rid of our old queen mattress (that the toddler was sleeping on), plus the old rug in the boys room (it no longer fit), plus an old bookshelf that my spouse has had since the early 90's.
3. We traded dressers with the boys because ours fit better in their room after they got the bunk beds.
4.  This meant we went through all the dresser drawers.  Bagged up 3 bags of clothing (4?)  Clothing that the boys grew out of.  Post-baby clothing that was too big.  Pre-baby clothing that is too small.  (I've been trying to lose the last 5 pounds for 10 months.  These shirts are so tight on the shoulders, I just don't think I should keep them).  We also went through two tubs of hand me downs for the boys, to replenish their stashes and set aside stuff to grow into.
5.  Moved the computer desk into our bedroom.  We should get a new one that fits better, but haven't found a good candidate (except for a used one on FB but I didn't win that one).  Current computer desk is 20 years old.
6.  This means we have extra space in the living room, yay!  Moved a few area rugs around.

All in all, the boys room especially is less cluttered.  We still need to go through toys and some more clothing.  It's so freeing.  I never realized how much stress having all those clothes that don't fit me was having on me.  Stupid.  "Maybe they will fit some day".  Who cares!!

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« Reply #2627 on: September 09, 2015, 08:00:41 PM »
Mm1970,  I have been Kondo-ing to prevent buying a bigger house. The cost of the book is definitely worth it to avoid that enormous expense.  My boys (3 &5) will be sharing a room indefinitely but I'm ok with that as it means I can be a sahm. The plan was originally to buy a bigger house and me go back to work to help pay for it. But I like this declutter/stay put/not going back to work plan much better!

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« Reply #2628 on: September 10, 2015, 03:12:22 AM »
mm1970 definitely get the Kondo book - small investment compared to a bigger house! And congrats on everything you've done so far.

MandyM so sorry to hear about the bedbugs. What a pain. Hope you get it all sorted.

DH LOVED the kondo'd drawers! Phew. He also 'rediscovered' two lovely jumpers he'd forgotten about, and got rid of 5 things, because once everything was clear to see it was easy to spot things he didn't like / wear. Fantastic!

I got rid of some shoes which were ugly but I thought they'd be comfortable. Turns out they were neither. I count stuff as soon as it goes in the donate bag / box so I have a car full to drop off this weekend! It's amazing to have it out of the house, it will feel great to get it out of the car as well.


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« Reply #2629 on: September 10, 2015, 03:53:36 AM »
Attacked the dreaded under the bed space. Consolidated two memory boxes into one (was able to dispose of a number of items) and gave everything a general tidy up and reorganisation. Under the bed is my hardest section as many of the items are small and sentimental so it's the slowest one to tackle. Still going with it, but making solid progress.

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« Reply #2630 on: September 10, 2015, 05:21:15 AM »
Today I threw away three tea towels that were falling to bits.

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« Reply #2631 on: September 10, 2015, 05:45:22 AM »
Selling all our 220v appliances today in anticipation of the move, as well as some storage stuff.  I'm nearly giving a lot of it away, just to have it gone, and I'll still have made $220 if the rest of the people show up as promised.  Not too shabby!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2632 on: September 10, 2015, 07:09:13 AM »
MandyM so sorry to hear about the bedbugs. What a pain. Hope you get it all sorted.

Thanks. It really is a pain to deal with, but I am trying to look on the bright side. We have gotten rid of so much stuff. And selfishly, I'm happy that my roommate is uber paranoid - she has cleared out a lot of things that she has been unwilling to in the past.

Also, I'm glad I'm on MMM. The financial aspect of this whole thing isn't hardly a second thought. $100+ for mattress covers: bought. Vacuum to use and toss at the end: bought. Steamer: bought.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2633 on: September 10, 2015, 01:55:19 PM »
2 big boxes of stuff out of here yesterday. I'm finally getting back in the groove after being set back by 2 injuries (and accompanying surgeries) in 8 months.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2634 on: September 10, 2015, 03:38:17 PM »
Tended to a lower kitchen cupboard that has been a toss an item in quickly and shut the door to avoid things spilling onto the floor:

Relocated a use once-a-year toaster.  I really should rid of it completely....
Tossed two items
Two items went into DH's garage
Approximately 8 items soaked, cleaned, dried, and put into the donate pile.  We accumulated numerous water bottles from our various volunteer activities over the years.
Cleaned and dried the beautiful crystal vase and put it back into the cupboard.  It is only one of two I kept from a purge earlier this year.
Took out the shelf liner and wiped down both shelves.  Waited for them to dry, put the shelf liner back, and neatly placed remaining items back into the cupboard.  Ahhhh... Sweet relief!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2635 on: September 10, 2015, 09:11:53 PM »
I haven't had much success lately. I did sell my daughter's pack & play for $40. I listed a bunch more baby stuff on a local facebook buy/sell page, but no bites yet, just one lowball attempt. Then tonight I was looking on eBay and found out that the same things are selling there for more than I've been asking, so I'm in the process of listing it there instead.

theadvicist, I am exactly where you were wrt husband's clothes. He has SO MUCH, and I refuse to put away his laundry because it's such a mess. But he rarely puts it away, either, so there's always at least 1, usually 2 or more, piles of clean folded clothes sitting around the bedroom. I might konmari his drawers and see if it makes a difference. In the past I've straightened up and folded his stuff, but he would just dig through the stacks and make a mess, which bothered me, because it seemed like an insult to my work. So I think I'll take your approach and just do it once and see if it sticks.

My kitchen stuff needs to be the next category to konmari. I have a teeny-tiny kitchen and a zillion things that I never use. We have a crock-pot that got used once and then stopped working. A cupcake display thing that was used once, at our wedding 4 years ago, and has been sitting in the box ever since. An ice cream maker that was a wedding present, and I don't want it because I'm no longer friends with the person who gave it, so, y'know, negative associations. Et cetera. I'd love to toss our mismatched dishes and silverware and get a nice basic matching set, but that costs money, so I've been putting it off. I've done little bits with the kitchen, but I really need to set aside an afternoon and just do the whole thing in one go.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2636 on: September 13, 2015, 09:57:41 AM »
Sometimes, downsizing means buying something new that does the job of multiple other items.

Latest: several backpacks & sling bags - a runner's day/hydration pack, an alpine sling bag, and a camera bag - downsized in favour of this sling pack.

So, all these:



To this:



It doubles as a bug-out-bag, and archery accessory sling, with some first aid gear, hydration pack etc.

Three bags now down to one and it's adaptable for other tasks. (MOLLE webbing allows expansion too)
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2637 on: September 13, 2015, 11:03:29 AM »
This month was a winner.  I ended a relationship and then moved out; got rid of stuff while I was packing
Good for you. It sounds like you are freeing a lot of blocked energy!

I hadn't thought of it that way, but yes!!  Life is a lot smoother and cleaner this way.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2638 on: September 13, 2015, 03:55:41 PM »
This month was a winner.  I ended a relationship and then moved out; got rid of stuff while I was packing
Good for you. It sounds like you are freeing a lot of blocked energy!

I hadn't thought of it that way, but yes!!  Life is a lot smoother and cleaner this way.

Now that's real deal decluttering! Always an excellent time to get rid of things.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2639 on: September 13, 2015, 09:17:10 PM »
Cleaned out two dressers and have two more trash bags for Goodwill. This makes about 15 bags this year! :)

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2640 on: September 14, 2015, 03:25:38 AM »
Dropped all the bags off at the charity shop (didn't peek!) and it felt good. I don't know how stuff I don't want is still coming out of the woodwork but it is.

Some of my good work in the utility has been undone - I was so pleased at how empty the shelves were after my decluttering - until a friend brought round a big cool box we had left at theirs. Whoops. Still, the shelves are much less full than they were 10 days ago - even with the cool box back in place.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2641 on: September 14, 2015, 04:31:30 AM »
I got a gift this weekend and it came in a pretty box that I would have kept in the past but it went straight into the recycling bin.:)

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2642 on: September 14, 2015, 05:44:07 AM »
Husband took two bags to goodwill, then sorted out five shirts that should go as well (there is a major clean out pending for his clothes ...). Home is at a state of calm at the moment. All clean, put away, and relaxed
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2643 on: September 14, 2015, 05:55:12 AM »
I got a gift this weekend and it came in a pretty box that I would have kept in the past but it went straight into the recycling bin.:)
Well done! So tempting to keep the pretty boxes!

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« Reply #2644 on: September 14, 2015, 06:01:41 AM »
I got a gift this weekend and it came in a pretty box that I would have kept in the past but it went straight into the recycling bin.:)
Well done! So tempting to keep the pretty boxes!

Haha, thanks.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2645 on: September 14, 2015, 11:21:14 AM »
I got a gift this weekend and it came in a pretty box that I would have kept in the past but it went straight into the recycling bin.:)
Well done! So tempting to keep the pretty boxes!

Haha, thanks.

I keep the pretty boxes for regifting or for storing things :P

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2646 on: September 14, 2015, 12:27:07 PM »
Tossed an old broom handle and a rusty handsaw left behind by my former roommate. Donated a linen dress and a free drawstring backpack I got for walking a 5K.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2647 on: September 14, 2015, 05:11:16 PM »
Sometimes, downsizing means buying something new that does the job of multiple other items.

It doubles as a bug-out-bag, and archery accessory sling, with some first aid gear, hydration pack etc.

Three bags now down to one and it's adaptable for other tasks. (MOLLE webbing allows expansion too)

Ha! I did almost the same thing.  I sold most of the old bags although I'm having a hard time with the one that has my initials monogrammed on it.  Think school age bookbag.  :)

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« Reply #2648 on: September 15, 2015, 05:52:54 AM »
Sometimes, downsizing means buying something new that does the job of multiple other items.

It doubles as a bug-out-bag, and archery accessory sling, with some first aid gear, hydration pack etc.

Three bags now down to one and it's adaptable for other tasks. (MOLLE webbing allows expansion too)

Ha! I did almost the same thing.  I sold most of the old bags although I'm having a hard time with the one that has my initials monogrammed on it.  Think school age bookbag.  :)

I still have the monogrammed backpack that I got as a high school freshman! I still use it several times a year, so it gets to stay. Sadly, the zippers are getting a bit wonky...it might be on its last years.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2649 on: September 15, 2015, 06:30:04 AM »
Spent the weekend at my parents, and did oh so much on Saturday. I hurt now, but it's worth it. End results:

-30 yr old nonworking fridge out of the garage and into the trash
-gigantic window a/c that came from somewhere and ended up in the attic in the trash
-Bunch of trash from the garage is now in the trash.
-The 20+ containers of various fluids are sorted out. The ones to keep are neat in milk crates, ready to be put on the new shelving once I go back and fix up the garage. There's a giant pile of all sorts of stuff to go to hazardous waste pickup or habitat for humanity
-2 bags of top soil are spread out where they were intended to go, last year.
-1 bag of cobblestones are spread out where they were intended to go, 10 years ago.
-one car load (trunk and backseat), packed tetris-style, taken to Salvation Army.

It was too hot in the attic to work, so the stuff up there can stay until it cools off some.
Two bags kids clothes, fish tank and box of books all out this weekend. Yay!