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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2600 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 #2601 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2602 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 #2603 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 #2604 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 #2605 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 #2606 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 #2607 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 #2608 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 #2609 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 #2610 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 #2611 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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« Reply #2612 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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« Reply #2613 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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« Reply #2614 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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« Reply #2615 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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« Reply #2616 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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« Reply #2617 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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« Reply #2618 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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« Reply #2619 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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« Reply #2620 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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« Reply #2621 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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« Reply #2622 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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« Reply #2623 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 #2624 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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« Reply #2625 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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« Reply #2626 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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« Reply #2627 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 #2628 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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« Reply #2629 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!

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« Reply #2630 on: September 15, 2015, 06:39:24 AM »
I wonder if thrift stores are noticing receiving more stuff these days with the popularity of the Marie Kondo tidying up book?  Next time I drop by, if I remember to, I will ask someone.

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« Reply #2631 on: September 15, 2015, 12:08:49 PM »
I wonder if thrift stores are noticing receiving more stuff these days with the popularity of the Marie Kondo tidying up book?  Next time I drop by, if I remember to, I will ask someone.
  In my Puget Sound town, I've noticed a huge increase in donations to our thrift store. Every time I go there to drop things off, the donation room is full to bursting. And I go in there pretty often. ;)

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« Reply #2632 on: September 15, 2015, 12:10:32 PM »
I notice a spring/fall increase, as people start getting ready for summer/winter.
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« Reply #2633 on: September 16, 2015, 02:26:55 AM »
I've just emptied the bins and the recycling was taken out.

I need to de-flea my pets today so that stuff will be thrown out afterwards

Im going to look through the fridge and cupboards and check that there is nothing out of date.

I'm making a pasta bake with leftover veggies.

I wonder if thrift stores are noticing receiving more stuff these days with the popularity of the Marie Kondo tidying up book?  Next time I drop by, if I remember to, I will ask someone.

I thought the same thing.:)

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« Reply #2634 on: September 16, 2015, 11:47:33 AM »
I just took all the pieces to hang at my art show yesterday, after that chaos of working & preparing for months, I need a good tidying again. (Rent a rent, so bedroom and art studio in one! It's a good things my belongings are minimal- ha-ha). Already have a bag to donate and haven't even started.
Also my roommate is way messy, throws her stuff around all over the place ( including the middle of the stairs! ). Anyway, I told her I'd help her ( she's told me she needs help, has a hard time letting go of things ). She said in the past she told a friend to just start tossing things, so I said I can do that! So I tidyied up the back porch a bit, only spendy maybe 15 minutes (!) But already have a huge bin of paperwork to recycle and a huge bag to donate. Excellent progress. I foresee a massive declutteer. Excited to soon hav a clear home environment :)

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« Reply #2635 on: September 17, 2015, 09:22:21 AM »
Hubby and I installed a DIY epoxy floor in the garage this past weekend, which meant everything - EVERYTHING - had to be moved outside.  Needless to say, it was a great opportunity to declutter and get rid of those 'keep it just in case' items and the duplicates of tools.  Took too-small kids bikes to the bike recycle shop, extra tools were sold on Kijiji and I finally installed the two bags of insulation left over from renovations in the garage ceiling. Most of our garden tools and big but rarely used construction tools are stored under the new deck we built this year.   We'd previously sold one of our two cars, so now there's only one car, a shelving unit and two bikes in the garage.  Looks awesome!

My husband was tempted by some shiny pre-fab garage storage systems, but he's agreed that a simpler system is just as good.  Why pay $12 for a specialized broom hanger that needs a proprietary rail system when you can just drill a hole in the broom handle and hang it on a nail?

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« Reply #2636 on: September 18, 2015, 02:12:30 AM »
I'm making up a food parcel to donate to a local food bank in the next couple of weeks.

I am buying a new candle decoration so I will look for something old to donate in it's place.

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« Reply #2637 on: September 18, 2015, 02:26:40 AM »
DH walked out of the door last night with a pair of shoes and said, "throwing these out, add it to your list" Yay! More proof that tidying your own stuff does rub off on people, I had not mentioned or hinted about the worn-out shoes at all (in fat I hadn't even noticed them).

RunningWithScissors we also had to empty the garage a few weeks ago, and weeded things out as we went. When we put it all back in, we were looking for a pile that we had missed, because, where was everything?! So glad to have got rid of some of the bulkier stuff because now it's easier to get my bike out. I've just realised I forgot to mark anything off my list though :( Oh well, if I'm at 1500 and that includes nothing from the garage clear up, it only shows I  have a way to go. I wonder if I can make it to 2015 by year end, it's definitely getting harder!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2638 on: September 18, 2015, 05:45:04 AM »
Ok, so I'm usually pretty good decluttering and Getting Rid of Stuff. However, I am stuck on a pair of boots. I bought them about a year before I discovered MMM and was in a phase of trying to break free of fear of deprivation and miserliness. DH encouraged  me to splurge a little on myself, so I bought some awesome looking boots that were ... wait for it ... $300 (might even have been more). I have never spent so much on a pair of shoes! Not even my expensive runners come close. I love these boots but they hurt my feet and ankles so much. They are full-on chunky so stretching them is not an option.

So I decided to get rid of them about 3 or 4 months ago (I got DH to ask me if I love and want to keep them and my spontaneous answer was no). They've been sitting in the lounge room near the front door ever since. I could potentially sell them for $20 but I don't have the energy cos I'm going through some full-on medical treatments for the next 6 months or so.

Help me get rid of them please... Should I just donate them to charity? They are very unusual boots, not at all mainstream.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2639 on: September 18, 2015, 05:59:25 AM »
Ok, so I'm usually pretty good decluttering and Getting Rid of Stuff. However, I am stuck on a pair of boots. I bought them about a year before I discovered MMM and was in a phase of trying to break free of fear of deprivation and miserliness. DH encouraged  me to splurge a little on myself, so I bought some awesome looking boots that were ... wait for it ... $300 (might even have been more). I have never spent so much on a pair of shoes! Not even my expensive runners come close. I love these boots but they hurt my feet and ankles so much. They are full-on chunky so stretching them is not an option.

So I decided to get rid of them about 3 or 4 months ago (I got DH to ask me if I love and want to keep them and my spontaneous answer was no). They've been sitting in the lounge room near the front door ever since. I could potentially sell them for $20 but I don't have the energy cos I'm going through some full-on medical treatments for the next 6 months or so.

Help me get rid of them please... Should I just donate them to charity? They are very unusual boots, not at all mainstream.

Donate. It hurts, but the money is gone. Seeing them will just remind you that you feel you misspent it.

I used to work in a charity shop, and non-mainstream stuff went the fastest, and for good money for the charity. People can walk into any high street store to buy mainstream stuff. They often sought us out for the fact we had more 'out there' stock.

Also, sorry to hear about your medical treatments - I wish you all the best.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2640 on: September 18, 2015, 07:38:12 AM »
Ok, so I'm usually pretty good decluttering and Getting Rid of Stuff. However, I am stuck on a pair of boots. I bought them about a year before I discovered MMM and was in a phase of trying to break free of fear of deprivation and miserliness. DH encouraged  me to splurge a little on myself, so I bought some awesome looking boots that were ... wait for it ... $300 (might even have been more). I have never spent so much on a pair of shoes! Not even my expensive runners come close. I love these boots but they hurt my feet and ankles so much. They are full-on chunky so stretching them is not an option.

So I decided to get rid of them about 3 or 4 months ago (I got DH to ask me if I love and want to keep them and my spontaneous answer was no). They've been sitting in the lounge room near the front door ever since. I could potentially sell them for $20 but I don't have the energy cos I'm going through some full-on medical treatments for the next 6 months or so.

Help me get rid of them please... Should I just donate them to charity? They are very unusual boots, not at all mainstream.

Do you have a consignment store near you?  I've had great luck with consignment for clothes and shoes.



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2641 on: September 18, 2015, 01:31:21 PM »
Ok, so I'm usually pretty good decluttering and Getting Rid of Stuff. However, I am stuck on a pair of boots. I bought them about a year before I discovered MMM and was in a phase of trying to break free of fear of deprivation and miserliness. DH encouraged  me to splurge a little on myself, so I bought some awesome looking boots that were ... wait for it ... $300 (might even have been more). I have never spent so much on a pair of shoes! Not even my expensive runners come close. I love these boots but they hurt my feet and ankles so much. They are full-on chunky so stretching them is not an option.

So I decided to get rid of them about 3 or 4 months ago (I got DH to ask me if I love and want to keep them and my spontaneous answer was no). They've been sitting in the lounge room near the front door ever since. I could potentially sell them for $20 but I don't have the energy cos I'm going through some full-on medical treatments for the next 6 months or so.

Help me get rid of them please... Should I just donate them to charity? They are very unusual boots, not at all mainstream.

No advice, but can you post a picture or link? I'm really curious what the unusual boots look like. I bet they're awesome.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2642 on: September 19, 2015, 03:31:33 AM »
I just gave a tin of soup to a family member ( I bought it accidentally as I didn't realise it had milk in it and I don't have dairy) and I threw away a costume necklace that I never wear.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2643 on: September 19, 2015, 06:00:57 AM »
Ok, so I'm usually pretty good decluttering and Getting Rid of Stuff. However, I am stuck on a pair of boots. I bought them about a year before I discovered MMM and was in a phase of trying to break free of fear of deprivation and miserliness. DH encouraged  me to splurge a little on myself, so I bought some awesome looking boots that were ... wait for it ... $300 (might even have been more). I have never spent so much on a pair of shoes! Not even my expensive runners come close. I love these boots but they hurt my feet and ankles so much. They are full-on chunky so stretching them is not an option.

So I decided to get rid of them about 3 or 4 months ago (I got DH to ask me if I love and want to keep them and my spontaneous answer was no). They've been sitting in the lounge room near the front door ever since. I could potentially sell them for $20 but I don't have the energy cos I'm going through some full-on medical treatments for the next 6 months or so.

Help me get rid of them please... Should I just donate them to charity? They are very unusual boots, not at all mainstream.

Donate. It hurts, but the money is gone. Seeing them will just remind you that you feel you misspent it.

I used to work in a charity shop, and non-mainstream stuff went the fastest, and for good money for the charity. People can walk into any high street store to buy mainstream stuff. They often sought us out for the fact we had more 'out there' stock.

Also, sorry to hear about your medical treatments - I wish you all the best.

Thank you so much. They will go to a charity shop this week. That was the kick up the arse I needed.

Ok, so I'm usually pretty good decluttering and Getting Rid of Stuff. However, I am stuck on a pair of boots. I bought them about a year before I discovered MMM and was in a phase of trying to break free of fear of deprivation and miserliness. DH encouraged  me to splurge a little on myself, so I bought some awesome looking boots that were ... wait for it ... $300 (might even have been more). I have never spent so much on a pair of shoes! Not even my expensive runners come close. I love these boots but they hurt my feet and ankles so much. They are full-on chunky so stretching them is not an option.

So I decided to get rid of them about 3 or 4 months ago (I got DH to ask me if I love and want to keep them and my spontaneous answer was no). They've been sitting in the lounge room near the front door ever since. I could potentially sell them for $20 but I don't have the energy cos I'm going through some full-on medical treatments for the next 6 months or so.

Help me get rid of them please... Should I just donate them to charity? They are very unusual boots, not at all mainstream.

Do you have a consignment store near you?  I've had great luck with consignment for clothes and shoes.

I'm reasonably sure they don't exist in my city. Just did a quick google to check and there's nothing obvious (or maybe consignment stores are called something else in Australia?) There is minimal market for second hand clothes here (except vintage stuff that appeals to hipsters). The charity shops are drowning in excessive amounts of clothes, and the recycle shed at the rubbish tip gives all its secondhand clothes away for free (they charge a small amount for shoes though).

Ok, so I'm usually pretty good decluttering and Getting Rid of Stuff. However, I am stuck on a pair of boots. I bought them about a year before I discovered MMM and was in a phase of trying to break free of fear of deprivation and miserliness. DH encouraged  me to splurge a little on myself, so I bought some awesome looking boots that were ... wait for it ... $300 (might even have been more). I have never spent so much on a pair of shoes! Not even my expensive runners come close. I love these boots but they hurt my feet and ankles so much. They are full-on chunky so stretching them is not an option.

So I decided to get rid of them about 3 or 4 months ago (I got DH to ask me if I love and want to keep them and my spontaneous answer was no). They've been sitting in the lounge room near the front door ever since. I could potentially sell them for $20 but I don't have the energy cos I'm going through some full-on medical treatments for the next 6 months or so.

Help me get rid of them please... Should I just donate them to charity? They are very unusual boots, not at all mainstream.

No advice, but can you post a picture or link? I'm really curious what the unusual boots look like. I bet they're awesome.

I have no mental energy for that, sorry.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2644 on: September 19, 2015, 01:31:10 PM »
I went thru my stack of illustrations, collages, and magazine clippings & recycled about half.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2645 on: September 19, 2015, 02:19:41 PM »
I'm going to be back home tomorrow after almost four months in Canada. I have five days before I leave again...since I've been living with a suitcase and two backpacks' worth of stuff all summer, I'm curious how much i will be able to get rid of this week!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2646 on: September 20, 2015, 09:56:35 AM »
Last weekend was Recycle Rendezvous in our town. You could put stuff out on your lawn for others to take for free. Got rid of tons of stuff. Couldn't believe the stuff that went. Cassette tapes? Who uses them any more? The stuff that was left has been sitting in the garage. Called a charity yesterday and they will be coming to pick it up. Feels good to get rid of so much stuff all in one fell swoop. Already looking forward to next year.

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« Reply #2647 on: September 20, 2015, 11:07:29 AM »
More crap out... some extras that came with an electrical device I bought binned, recycling taken out and used up toiletries binned.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2648 on: September 20, 2015, 12:51:00 PM »
My roommate asked me to help her declutter- to just throw things out, which I thought amazing. Anyway, I've donated two trash bags so far & two trash bags also in the recycling. She hasn't noticed a thing yet! So as I feel like it, I'll keep going . might add that I cannot believe some of the things she's left outside on the patio- what seems to me like important documents, etc. I am happy to help & happier to be working toward a tidy home environment.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2649 on: September 21, 2015, 04:08:39 AM »
Went through the stach of papers last night. Old bils from my former house? Yes, I had saved those. And lugged them to my new home.  *facepalm*
Now, at least, they are gone.