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« Reply #2650 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 #2651 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 #2652 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 #2653 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Im going to look through the fridge and cupboards and check that there is nothing out of date.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 #2654 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 #2655 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 #2656 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 #2657 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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« Reply #2658 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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« Reply #2659 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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« Reply #2660 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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« Reply #2661 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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« Reply #2662 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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« Reply #2663 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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« Reply #2664 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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« Reply #2665 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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« Reply #2666 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 #2667 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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« Reply #2668 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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« Reply #2669 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.

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« Reply #2670 on: September 21, 2015, 04:52:29 AM »

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


You're welcome, I've had a few gentle arse kickings on this thread, and it really helps!

In the UK we call a consignment store a 'Dress Agency', dunno if it might be the same down under.

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« Reply #2671 on: September 21, 2015, 07:46:32 AM »
I sold a humidifier on Craigslist over the weekend.  I have a sneaking suspicion that the buyer thought they were buying a dehumidifier because they mentioned something about a basement?  Their English was not that good.  Oh well, my listing description was correct and I had clear pictures of it in the listing.

Now I am down to just 2 or 3 items that I would like to sell.  I'll list them one more time and if they don't go, I will donate them.  I also prepared another batch of clothing for the consignment store.  I will bring them in later this week.  And my pile of stuff for Goodwill is steadily growing.  Should be ready to be dropped off next weekend.  Where is all this stuff coming from????



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« Reply #2672 on: September 22, 2015, 11:19:15 AM »
I decided to bring the new batch of clothing to consignment today since it was ready to go and taking up room in my coat closet.  While there, I tried on a couple of pairs of pants but ended up not buying anything, and I collected a check for $83 for items that sold over the last couple of weeks. 

I also went through the drawer in the bathroom holding my hair dryer, brushes and hair products, and realized that I have 4 different products for curly hair, in addition to products I actually use.  I used to have curly hair but it stopped curling when my hormones started changing due to perimenopause about 4 years ago... Out they go!  The more I look through various drawers and closets, the more I find to get rid of.  I really should do a Marie Kondo style purge :-)
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« Reply #2673 on: September 22, 2015, 12:14:30 PM »
This sad thread about hoarding making firefighting harder inspired me to go home and work on my mini-hoard:

http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/antimustachian-wall-of-shame-and-comedy/hoarding-making-firefighting-harder/

A pair of sandals, a fleece jacket, some old work shirts, and a travel pillow have been added to my donation pile.

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« Reply #2674 on: September 23, 2015, 03:03:13 AM »
A couple of old dog toys thrown away today.

The more I look through various drawers and closets, the more I find to get rid of.  I really should do a Marie Kondo style purge :-)

You should! :)

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« Reply #2675 on: September 23, 2015, 10:14:46 AM »
Still going thru my roommates stuff, another three garbage bags full out - total of 5 now! Two huge bags of recycling out . and she hasn't noticed s thing missing! (She told me to just start throwing things away. Good fun :) .loving an increasingly tidier, more serene environment .

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« Reply #2676 on: September 23, 2015, 11:26:20 AM »
This month marks one year since I began my purge.  I notice a few things have shifted and a few are still the same. 

Most of the house is pretty spotless and tidy.  It seems that once an area is dealt with and Kondoed I resist recluttering it.  When I walk into our bedroom and there is something out of place I quickly tidy it.  It is sort of like being inhabited by an alien: seeing my arms reach out and put things away.

I adore (ADORE!!!) the Mari Kondo style of folding clothes.  It has changed how I view my clothes.  Taking out a carefully folded packet gives me a lovely feeling.  I feel as though I am someone who cares about her possessions, not someone who lets them get all scrunched up.  I carefully selected what stays and what went so everything left is loved and appreciated.  This feels new to me.

Walking into the kitchen and seeing things on the counters feels icky so I don't let things accumulate much any more.  Such a delicious feeling.

I still have a pile of "to be dealt with" stuff. Dealing with that and not having it accumulate again will feel amazing. it is in the same spot it has been in for a year.  It all requires more attention such as scanning.  Scanning seems to be my bugbear.  Only one closet in the house left to do plus the one remaining pile of stuff.  I have put this off for some time.  I have never lived without clutter and I wonder if I have resistance to getting rid of the final bits?

My new habits seem to be ingrained but time will tell.  I am very aware of my love of visual order now and how clutter messes with my serenity (this from someone who used to have piles of paper and clothes next to her bed).  I feel a new peace when I am at home. When I survey a room and it is tidy I feel a wave of ease come over me.

How are things with the rest of you?  Notice any shifts in behaviour?  Are you loving your new life?

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« Reply #2677 on: September 23, 2015, 11:53:13 AM »
This month marks one year since I began my purge.  I notice a few things have shifted and a few are still the same. 

Most of the house is pretty spotless and tidy.  It seems that once an area is dealt with and Kondoed I resist recluttering it.  When I walk into our bedroom and there is something out of place I quickly tidy it.  It is sort of like being inhabited by an alien: seeing my arms reach out and put things away.

I adore (ADORE!!!) the Mari Kondo style of folding clothes.  It has changed how I view my clothes.  Taking out a carefully folded packet gives me a lovely feeling.  I feel as though I am someone who cares about her possessions, not someone who lets them get all scrunched up.  I carefully selected what stays and what went so everything left is loved and appreciated.  This feels new to me.

Walking into the kitchen and seeing things on the counters feels icky so I don't let things accumulate much any more.  Such a delicious feeling.

I still have a pile of "to be dealt with" stuff. Dealing with that and not having it accumulate again will feel amazing. it is in the same spot it has been in for a year.  It all requires more attention such as scanning.  Scanning seems to be my bugbear.  Only one closet in the house left to do plus the one remaining pile of stuff.  I have put this off for some time.  I have never lived without clutter and I wonder if I have resistance to getting rid of the final bits?

My new habits seem to be ingrained but time will tell.  I am very aware of my love of visual order now and how clutter messes with my serenity (this from someone who used to have piles of paper and clothes next to her bed).  I feel a new peace when I am at home. When I survey a room and it is tidy I feel a wave of ease come over me.

How are things with the rest of you?  Notice any shifts in behaviour?  Are you loving your new life?


Wintersun, your transformation sounds fantastic!

I was tidy and neat to begin with but I did have a lot of stuff.  What I have learned over the last few months is that it's fine to let go of things.  For me, the biggest lesson from Mari Kondo  was to recognize when things have served their purpose.  And then to thank them for their service and let them go.  There was one line in her book that really resonated with me - I don't recall the exact words but it was an example of an article of clothing that didn't suit but you held on to it.  Not every item of clothing you buy has to be worn to death.  She said to recognize its real purpose as teaching you what color or cut didn't work for you and then let go because the item DID serve its purpose. 

Oh, and I do love her folding style.  It's magic, it works and it sticks with you!




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« Reply #2678 on: September 23, 2015, 12:09:11 PM »
ZiziPB,  hello fellow MK folding friend!!! (waves)

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« Reply #2679 on: September 23, 2015, 02:34:32 PM »
I'm so excited, we are having an all city large trash day this weekend.  I have plans of getting rid a bunch of the larger things that I can't throw away normally such as the broken screen door and the blue barrel that we made into a horse for an event but haven't used since.

The only hitch in my plan is my husband has been ordered by a doctor to not lift anything over 5 pounds until the middle of October.  So I'm on my own for this.  Wish me luck, I'll need it!

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« Reply #2680 on: September 23, 2015, 08:11:00 PM »
I just wanted to send a quick thank you for this thread!  I have been lurking for quite some time and am an aspiring minimalist at heart.

DH and I are welcoming twins into our two bedroom home in about three weeks and I was so nervous about the influx of stuff for the babies.  I have spent the last few weeks clearing out my own clutter and encouraging DH to do the same.  While I don't think we have an equal number of things going out as coming in, we are definitely streamlining our own lives to make room for two more humans.  Also we have been extremely picky about what we have purchased/ registered for the twins in hopes of keeping things to a minimum.  I feel very good about our choice to continue to live small as opposed to upgrading our house, car, and lifestyle simply because that is the status quo.

Thank you for your inspiration!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2681 on: September 23, 2015, 08:37:09 PM »
Hi JROH, living small with kids can certainly be done and feel quite luxurious as well. My boys are a boisterous 3 and 5 and we plan to stay in our 2.5 bed indefinitely. I can tidy from hurricane level mess to immaculate in 15 mins and a thorough house clean takes an hour. You will have to put up with everyone assuming you plan to upsize or asking 'how you do it?' as if you were scaling Mt Everest with a baby on each hip. Most kid stuff is optional with the exception of your love, time and attention and if you keep your stuff minimal you will have an abundance of this to share. You will find there is a Manufactured Product for every parenting issue like teething, sleeping etc but most of them don't work and the phase soon passes. A deep breath and a sense of humour can cure most things without expense.  Best of luck for the adventures ahead!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2682 on: September 25, 2015, 02:25:24 AM »
This month marks one year since I began my purge.  I notice a few things have shifted and a few are still the same. 

Most of the house is pretty spotless and tidy.  It seems that once an area is dealt with and Kondoed I resist recluttering it.  When I walk into our bedroom and there is something out of place I quickly tidy it.  It is sort of like being inhabited by an alien: seeing my arms reach out and put things away.

I adore (ADORE!!!) the Mari Kondo style of folding clothes.  It has changed how I view my clothes.  Taking out a carefully folded packet gives me a lovely feeling.  I feel as though I am someone who cares about her possessions, not someone who lets them get all scrunched up.  I carefully selected what stays and what went so everything left is loved and appreciated.  This feels new to me.

Walking into the kitchen and seeing things on the counters feels icky so I don't let things accumulate much any more.  Such a delicious feeling.

I still have a pile of "to be dealt with" stuff. Dealing with that and not having it accumulate again will feel amazing. it is in the same spot it has been in for a year.  It all requires more attention such as scanning.  Scanning seems to be my bugbear.  Only one closet in the house left to do plus the one remaining pile of stuff.  I have put this off for some time.  I have never lived without clutter and I wonder if I have resistance to getting rid of the final bits?

My new habits seem to be ingrained but time will tell.  I am very aware of my love of visual order now and how clutter messes with my serenity (this from someone who used to have piles of paper and clothes next to her bed).  I feel a new peace when I am at home. When I survey a room and it is tidy I feel a wave of ease come over me.

How are things with the rest of you?  Notice any shifts in behaviour?  Are you loving your new life?

Wintersun, it sounds like we are feeling similarly, although I don't think I'm quite as far along as you. I started at the end of January. My bedroom also now feels calm and relaxing, and I make the bed as soon as I get up, and hate to have anything out of place. I also find myself dusting and vacuuming much more frequently, because I get pleasure out of it looking nice. Never thought I'd say those words!

However, not everywhere in the house is like that yet, I still have work to do.

I'm also still folding MK style, and loving it. Even the underwear! But I have stopped organising everything by colour - dark and the back to light at the front, as she suggests. I just found it was harder to see what I had. 2 black t-shirts next to each other morph into one, but if I can see them distinctly I can recall what is different about each of them and why I like them.

The hardest part for me is using things up and not immediately replacing them. With most things I'm finishing them and THEN seeing if I miss them / need them. But I'm pretty much at the point now where everything is 'necessary' (used loosely, because, you know first world and all that), so when I empty something I immediately want a new one, even if I won't need it for a couple of months (eg hair dye. I'm used to having a current one, and one in stock. Now, I've finish everything I have in the house... but I still won't need the replacement for weeks or months). Forcing myself to wait.

Re scanning, would it be quicker / easier / acceptable to take photos instead? If you are just looking to 'take a copy' just in case, and will likely never look at it, I often find this sufficient, and far faster, using a camera, iphone, or ipad.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2683 on: September 25, 2015, 08:47:37 AM »
I'm so excited, we are having an all city large trash day this weekend.  I have plans of getting rid a bunch of the larger things that I can't throw away normally such as the broken screen door and the blue barrel that we made into a horse for an event but haven't used since.

The only hitch in my plan is my husband has been ordered by a doctor to not lift anything over 5 pounds until the middle of October.  So I'm on my own for this.  Wish me luck, I'll need it!
This is coming along nicely.  I have until tonight to get things out to the curb.  I am amazed at the crap we've been ignoring in the picnic shelter and the shed.  Just so much crap that we put out there "just for now".  Ugh, that's a terrible phrase!  I have a significant pile including the screen door, a bunch of styrofoam (that the recycling people won't take despite the recycle symbol on it, pet peeve of mine), several moldy throw rugs, a bunch of completely worn out outdoor cushions, the cardboard boxes that went with the styrofoam, some old iron scrollwork that we tore out years ago, an old table, some plastic lawn furniture that's falling apart...

So much more to go.  I'm going to be one tired puppy by the end of today!  I have to go to work for 3 hours now, and do the grocery shopping, and I have a customer coming over for a hem job tonight.  I hope I can get all the things out that I wanted to.

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« Reply #2684 on: September 26, 2015, 06:25:29 PM »
I'm settling into my new apartment.  Did some significant letting go of things in the past two years, but I'm at maintenance level now.

Today I was browsing online for organizing and small space living ideas.   I was overwhelmed by so many clever ways to pile stuff and hide stuff and stack stuff and decorate stuff and make stuff look cute and just kept wondering why these super cooler bloggers didn't ever stop buying stuff!  Oh the excess! 

Walls of shelves built just to display purses and shoes!  Cute racks to hold scarf collections.  How many scarves can a person wear at a time?!

I am so grateful for the excess I have.  I am so privileged. I am also so glad that I don't have 20 extra boxes of toothpaste and 5 bottles of shampoo and half a dozen pairs of black riding boots because they are just too cute to resist.

I have what I need and I'm pretty happy with that.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2685 on: September 26, 2015, 07:33:58 PM »
At a community yard sale we sold some bits and bobs and made $35. The money is just incidental, getting this crap out of my basement was the important thing.
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« Reply #2686 on: September 26, 2015, 10:01:47 PM »
PMG, I agree, it is amazing the organizing of excess that we do.  I was pretty surprised that after I did a hard decluttering, how many fewer storage hacks I needed.

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« Reply #2687 on: September 27, 2015, 04:52:33 AM »
I am still organizing and getting rid of stuff...  It seems never ending. 

Yesterday, I Konmaried the last drawer in my bedroom.  I did underwear and socks before.  This drawer holds gym clothes.  I got rid of two tops there. 

I also went through my knitting yarns and managed to reduce them to 2 bins.  I used the third bin to pack away some summer clothes that are currently one size too small.  If I don't fit into them next spring, they will go.  I got rid of everything that was two sizes too small.  I prepared a couple more items for the consignment store and finished the pile for Goodwill.  I think I will bring it in today.  I still have way too many sweaters.  I hit a wall in that category, so I decided to wait until spring and then give away any I have not worn by then. 

I went through my cleaning supplies and tools.  What do I do with dusters and mops I don't use?  Can they be donated or should I just throw them out?



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2688 on: September 27, 2015, 07:00:00 AM »
What do I do with dusters and mops I don't use?  Can they be donated or should I just throw them out?

Lots of non-profits would accept cleaning supply donations, especially the smaller ones. Humane societies are what stick out in my head.
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« Reply #2689 on: September 27, 2015, 12:06:53 PM »
Humane society will also welcome old blankets, etc since they use them for dog beds.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2690 on: September 27, 2015, 02:32:37 PM »
This is a small one, but I finally used the epoxy finish kit that I bought for a project like 2 years ago.  It's been annoying me every time I open the cupboard and see it there nagging me to finish the project, and now it's done. 

My eBay adventures are almost complete, so a bunch of boxes I was saving for shipping went into the recycling. 

Just did all my laundry and feel like my dresser drawers are still too full.  Might have to take another run at culling, but I wear almost everything in there, so maybe I just need to focus on attrition and blocking new stuff from coming in.

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« Reply #2691 on: September 27, 2015, 03:16:12 PM »
The large trash cleanout went well, everything left on the curb was picked up by either the trash pickers (after the metal, there wasn't anything salvageable other than that) or the borough.  I didn't get everything I wanted up there, ran out of steam, but I did get a very large pile gone!

One amusing thing I "decluttered".  While cleaning out the shed I found a 5 foot long snake skin, probably from the black snake I saw in there a few months ago.  Well, I think snake skins are cool, so I posted a pic on facebook.  A friend said her sister would love that as a christmas present, so I asked her for shipping costs and mailed it to her!  Decluttered a snakeskin!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2692 on: September 27, 2015, 06:26:43 PM »
I'm going through cancer treatment at the moment (not posting for sympathy - just for context!) and about 2-3 months in, I got given a metric shit ton of brochures and booklets about living with a cancer diagnosis. There is soooo much. (and it was stuff that would have been helpful in the first couple of weeks, not 2 or 3 months in when I was coping much better and mostly come to terms with it) I feel like I'm drowning in the stuff so today's decluttering will be doing a major cull and donating any of the more substantial booklets/books.

One amusing thing I "decluttered".  While cleaning out the shed I found a 5 foot long snake skin, probably from the black snake I saw in there a few months ago.  Well, I think snake skins are cool, so I posted a pic on facebook.  A friend said her sister would love that as a christmas present, so I asked her for shipping costs and mailed it to her!  Decluttered a snakeskin!

Oh wow, that's so cool. (as long as the snake was not too venomous - we have some scarily deadly snakes around here)


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2693 on: September 27, 2015, 07:05:14 PM »
Yesterday morning I sorted out one of  the kitchen cupboards of death!!! Didn't get rid of much (some tuppaware without lids/bottoms) but it now doesn't pounce out and attack me every time I open the cupboard. I did the worst one but I will try the others today.

On another note while i have been 90% successful in maintaining order the underwear draw refuses to be tidy!!! Folding underwear is sooooo not instinctive for me!

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« Reply #2694 on: September 27, 2015, 08:22:22 PM »
My unmentionables drawer is the tidiest it has ever been, in my whole life.  I had 4 shoebox size clear plastic containers (bought them about 5 years ago for $1/pc at Big Lots.) and they fit perfectly.  So now I have separate places for underwear, bras, light socks and dark socks.  I felt kind of weird putting a picture of my stuff on the Internet, so I emptied the bins with underwear and bras.  I don't fold, but it still feels tidy to me.

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« Reply #2695 on: September 27, 2015, 08:26:05 PM »
Called the city and got a special trash visit where they took away an enormously heavy TV my son had left in my basement.  We got it out to the backyard and it has been sitting there for about a year!  Now it is gone gone!

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« Reply #2696 on: September 28, 2015, 05:18:21 AM »
I can't believe that the Marie Kondo book has gotten so popular. Interesting article over at Raptitude, and this time he talks about decluttering time and emails. Good stuff.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2697 on: September 28, 2015, 06:56:35 AM »
The large trash cleanout went well, everything left on the curb was picked up by either the trash pickers (after the metal, there wasn't anything salvageable other than that) or the borough.  I didn't get everything I wanted up there, ran out of steam, but I did get a very large pile gone!

One amusing thing I "decluttered".  While cleaning out the shed I found a 5 foot long snake skin, probably from the black snake I saw in there a few months ago.  Well, I think snake skins are cool, so I posted a pic on facebook.  A friend said her sister would love that as a christmas present, so I asked her for shipping costs and mailed it to her!  Decluttered a snakeskin!

Wow, a five foot snake skin!! So cool to pass that on.. I'm glad someone will enjoy that. Would freak me out probably ha-ha:)

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« Reply #2698 on: September 28, 2015, 07:32:51 AM »
This isn't the first time I've found a 5 foot long snake skin in the shed :-)  I thought at the time that the first one was from a huge garter snake I had been seeing around.  They rarely get to be 5 feet long, it was a beautiful snake!  Dark blue with yellow/green stripes down its length.

Don't worry, black snakes are common around here, and I've never heard of anyone being hurt by one.  I like having snakes in our shed, it's not vermin tight and that helps keep the mice and chipmunks to a minimum.

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« Reply #2699 on: September 28, 2015, 07:51:57 AM »
Brought the pile of stuff that was ready to go to Goodwill yesterday but I forgot a lamp that I set aside for donation.  It will have to wait for the next batch.  I brought the extra cleaning tools to Goodwill and they had no problem taking them.

It's harder now to find things to get rid of, but I also noticed that I have no trouble letting go of a number of things that I kept previously "just in case".  I feel like I need to revisit all the previously decluttered areas.