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« Reply #2750 on: October 14, 2015, 09:20:13 AM »
Yesterday, I placed ads in our local paper for my queen sized futon and a bedliner from my new truck.  Since the slide in camper didn't play well with the bedliner, the bedliner was removed.  It is now sitting in my yard, but really needs to find a new home.
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« Reply #2751 on: October 14, 2015, 11:17:57 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 .

So the other morning I went into the kitchen and it was in worst ever state ive seen it. Wish u could post the video, but my phone doesn't hav the capability. Mess of food preparing, dirty dishes, cabinets left open, garbage on floor, recycling needed emptying, dishes in dish drain, carpet iin corner as if kicked over.... When I later morning ran into her in the kitchen I said, "I love you but this is ridiculous". Mind you, she's a really peaceful, gentle person with this being her flaw. It was hard to confront her. But when I moved in and get former roommate (with a two year old) moved out, she said she was looking forward to a tidy house. Being tidy myself I was happy to hear this. So as you can imagine I became quickly appalled.
In any case, comment seems to hav had an effect, because when I came home, was spotless- kitchen & dining room. And the next day the laundry area was cleaned up, bathrooms, hallways becoming cleared, book cabinets decuttered and sorted....!


I am so happy to say that my roommate has seriously caught the decluttering bug! :). Everyday some new area is clean and tidy or some piece of furniture or stack of books donated. And the kitchen is always spotless.
At my recommendation she has ordered Marie Kondos book from the library.
She says she is really enjoying the process:). As well as the clean & clear space as well. The biggest thing for her was this: she has a lot of stuff passed on from family. I asked her if she likes them. I told her that if she donates or sells the things she doesn't like, it doesn't mean she doesn't love her family. So she has let go of a substantial amount of this type.

Wow. Now roomie has purged former boyfriends old dresser withbad memory's of Ex -he apparently walked out after a year, on Christmas, never said anything, never saw again.. And I noted she kept the dresser by her bed! Unconsciously of course, interesting indeed. This is a big move for her, so happy for her.

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« Reply #2752 on: October 14, 2015, 11:24:23 AM »
Can you donate the books instead? Goodwill and savers takes books, though I haven't seen textbooks in there.

We don't have a savers. I'll have to call Goodwill again- they told me only children's books.

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« Reply #2753 on: October 14, 2015, 01:54:21 PM »
I think the garbage people at my parent's hate it when I visit. This past weekend, did some work on the garage that resulted in a big pile of rotted wood to be picked up.

Then we finished painting the garage earlier than I expected, so I did some things around the house for them, and got one of the old metal kitchen cabinets out of the attic and into the trash. Please don't ask why they have it, never mind the other two. Ran out of energy then, but I I do plan to get the other cabinet out of the attic and toss it.

Maybe I can get rid of a couple of chairs in the attic that mom doesn't want. Those will go to goodwill or somewhere though, she'll never stand for them to be tossed.

The last time I was there, I threw out an old fridge!

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« Reply #2754 on: October 15, 2015, 03:03:08 PM »
I think the garbage people at my parent's hate it when I visit. This past weekend, did some work on the garage that resulted in a big pile of rotted wood to be picked up.

Then we finished painting the garage earlier than I expected, so I did some things around the house for them, and got one of the old metal kitchen cabinets out of the attic and into the trash. Please don't ask why they have it, never mind the other two. Ran out of energy then, but I I do plan to get the other cabinet out of the attic and toss it.

Maybe I can get rid of a couple of chairs in the attic that mom doesn't want. Those will go to goodwill or somewhere though, she'll never stand for them to be tossed.

The last time I was there, I threw out an old fridge!


Idk what the rules are in Chicago, but where I live wood is recyclable as long as not covered in creosote. Also, if the mechanic piece of a fridge is removed is also excepted.
And chairs along with just about any functional or decorative item is excepted at goodwill & salvation army. Even fridges as long as they function (obviously).
Anyway, I know the rules and laws for everything are different everywhere. 

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« Reply #2755 on: October 15, 2015, 04:21:23 PM »
Can you donate the books instead? Goodwill and savers takes books, though I haven't seen textbooks in there.

We don't have a savers. I'll have to call Goodwill again- they told me only children's books.
Do you have a Free Little Library near you?  I have two that I pass when I walk my dog, so I drop off books as soon as I finish reading them. 

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« Reply #2756 on: October 15, 2015, 05:47:45 PM »
I think the garbage people at my parent's hate it when I visit. This past weekend, did some work on the garage that resulted in a big pile of rotted wood to be picked up.

Then we finished painting the garage earlier than I expected, so I did some things around the house for them, and got one of the old metal kitchen cabinets out of the attic and into the trash. Please don't ask why they have it, never mind the other two. Ran out of energy then, but I I do plan to get the other cabinet out of the attic and toss it.

Maybe I can get rid of a couple of chairs in the attic that mom doesn't want. Those will go to goodwill or somewhere though, she'll never stand for them to be tossed.

The last time I was there, I threw out an old fridge!


Idk what the rules are in Chicago, but where I live wood is recyclable as long as not covered in creosote. Also, if the mechanic piece of a fridge is removed is also excepted.
And chairs along with just about any functional or decorative item is excepted at goodwill & salvation army. Even fridges as long as they function (obviously).
Anyway, I know the rules and laws for everything are different everywhere.

They're in Michigan, I'm in Chicago. It'd be a lot easier for me if they were here! There are pickers who take things. I know that the metal stuff was picked up by someone before trash day in the past, and the fridge didn't work so whoever took it is welcome to recycle it. A lot of stuff is picked up, and I think that there's something done with wood as well.

The problem with the chairs is that they're big - thus harder to fit into the car. Plus, they're in the attic. Which is reached by the narrow, steep, and twisty back staircase. Not fun. But the point of this is that when they have to move, it's slightly easier to move them. Though I'm sure it'll still be a nightmare. Mom's on board in general, and sis and I had gone through the attic with her so we know what can go without a fight.

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« Reply #2757 on: October 15, 2015, 06:36:19 PM »
I think the garbage people at my parent's hate it when I visit. This past weekend, did some work on the garage that resulted in a big pile of rotted wood to be picked up.

Then we finished painting the garage earlier than I expected, so I did some things around the house for them, and got one of the old metal kitchen cabinets out of the attic and into the trash. Please don't ask why they have it, never mind the other two. Ran out of energy then, but I I do plan to get the other cabinet out of the attic and toss it.

Maybe I can get rid of a couple of chairs in the attic that mom doesn't want. Those will go to goodwill or somewhere though, she'll never stand for them to be tossed.

The last time I was there, I threw out an old fridge!


Idk what the rules are in Chicago, but where I live wood is recyclable as long as not covered in creosote. Also, if the mechanic piece of a fridge is removed is also excepted.
And chairs along with just about any functional or decorative item is excepted at goodwill & salvation army. Even fridges as long as they function (obviously).
Anyway, I know the rules and laws for everything are different everywhere.

They're in Michigan, I'm in Chicago. It'd be a lot easier for me if they were here! There are pickers who take things. I know that the metal stuff was picked up by someone before trash day in the past, and the fridge didn't work so whoever took it is welcome to recycle it. A lot of stuff is picked up, and I think that there's something done with wood as well.

The problem with the chairs is that they're big - thus harder to fit into the car. Plus, they're in the attic. Which is reached by the narrow, steep, and twisty back staircase. Not fun. But the point of this is that when they have to move, it's slightly easier to move them. Though I'm sure it'll still be a nightmare. Mom's on board in general, and sis and I had gone through the attic with her so we know what can go without a fight.

I see what you mean. Sounds like they have a good system for pickup where they live in Michigan. .

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« Reply #2758 on: October 17, 2015, 10:36:02 AM »
I went thru my fabric again and donated half(stock is small because I just used it all up in preparation for an art show. I must be more discerning about what I accept ( I upcycle only- using donations from friends , fiund, and my worn out clothing articles, wirn blankets, etc ).

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« Reply #2759 on: October 18, 2015, 07:51:33 PM »
Piled up 14 books that had come into my life without me seeking them out. Many had been on my bookshelf - unread - for more than two years. My parents are planning a garage sale, so I will drop them off there.

Tossed a pair of used shoelaces I had apparently saved 'just in case'. Tossed them without another thought.

Started a new bag for charity. Added a pair of new airline pants courtesy of my husband. (We're coming into summer in Australia so he won't need as many pairs of long pants. He flies 80+ times a year; if he wants more comfy pants to dag around the house in, he can pick them up on an international flight before next winter.)

Also added a fairly new t-shirt of mine that was a bad judgment call on my part. Not hanging onto the shirt, not hanging onto the guilt.

I have become 'the decluttering person'. Last week a friend's husband posted an article about decluttering to my Facebook page. And when I visit a certain friend now she tells me about decluttering her wardrobe or the kids' toys, etc. I'm thrilled for her.

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« Reply #2760 on: October 18, 2015, 10:05:13 PM »
I painted my bathroom today.  I had de cluttered all my clothes I didn't like.  I had to paint naked.

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« Reply #2761 on: October 18, 2015, 11:28:00 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.

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,
Maybe if you sell the cupcake tower and ice cream maker you can put that $ towards new dishes. Maybe you/DH can send a company wide email at work to see if you can get a hassle free sale.

This is a good idea!

I might actually keep the cupcake tower; I'm planning to use it for my DD's birthday party next month. But I don't HAVE to use it; I can put cupcakes on a plate or something. Plus, using it twice in 5 years isn't really getting good use out of it. IDK.

My work actually has internal classified ads that I've used to sell things in the past; I'm at work now so I'll go ahead and list everything.
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« Reply #2762 on: October 19, 2015, 03:43:09 AM »
Going to go ahead and get rid of all the magazines. They are not getting read. I have been cancelling the subscriptions as new issues have come in. Ugh, I have no time to read them. oh well.

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« Reply #2763 on: October 19, 2015, 06:42:09 AM »
Sent a giant bag of clothes to Schoola. 
Happy to have it out of the garage :)

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« Reply #2764 on: October 19, 2015, 08:19:27 AM »
Some of you have said you've had trouble getting rid of books.  I actually just recycled some of mine.  The Chicago Public Library doesn't take book donations (due to volume received and it being more work to process donations than just buy them) and my local used book store denied them, so I just recycled.  There were a few text books that were a few editions out of date (aka useless) so those got recycled too.  I don't think its bad to recycle books that aren't in demand.  They're probably available at the library anyway (probably in a newer edition), if its not in demand you're probably not preventing a new one from being printed by offering yours second hand, and lastly since your book has already been made the materials have already been used so no use feeling guilt about recycling.  In general its good to try to find new homes for things, but sometimes its just time to toss stuff.

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« Reply #2765 on: October 19, 2015, 08:26:32 AM »
I painted my bathroom today.  I had de cluttered all my clothes I didn't like.  I had to paint naked.

Bwahahaha! How awesome. I usually keep a pair of clothes that I absolutely love (but don't mind destroying) for painting and the like. That being said, painting naked is something I love to do. Good thing I'm not an artist, and only do painting a few times every decade or so.
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« Reply #2766 on: October 19, 2015, 03:14:07 PM »
I got rid of 4 giant trash bags of clothes!

I haven't finished the marie kondo book on audio yet (the waitlist for the library ebook has 29 ppl ahead of me!) lucky for me, i went over to the next county and joined that library (now number 4 on the waitlist)

I also put aside 2 large boxes of boxes to donate to the library.

Check to see if your library is connected with Hoopla. I could listen to the book instantly on there, rather than get in the long line waiting for the book. It was all a resource connected to my library card.

This was a great tip for me. I had no idea. I've been listening to it since lunchtime, while I groomed my dog....

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« Reply #2767 on: October 19, 2015, 05:12:43 PM »
I painted my bathroom today.  I had de cluttered all my clothes I didn't like.  I had to paint naked.

LOL. I made sure to keep some "grungy" clothes so I don't frighten the neighbors while I'm gardening.

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« Reply #2768 on: October 19, 2015, 09:13:39 PM »
PSA: If anyone is looking for motivation to get rid of stuff, Hoarders is now on Netflix.
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« Reply #2769 on: October 19, 2015, 11:37:02 PM »
Hi all, I hate to ask this question but I'm going to anyway -anyone have declutters remorse?  Thrown out tonnes then wished you hadn't? Not just having to buy another pair of socks because you culled your sock drawer a bit too enthusiastically. But actual lasting regrets? I'm doing KonMarie but honestly I feel like I could throw everything away. I'm struggling to find joy in any of my things. Which of course begs the question why did I buy so much shit in the first place. I'm a Sahm and feel up to my ears in stuff -lots.of it that's not mine. I guess for decades I have mistakenly thought shopping (especially second hand) would make me happy but it didn't but I now have a house load to clear out. Please help reassure me that at the end of the process I will feel better -because doing the clearing out feels pretty draining.

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« Reply #2770 on: October 20, 2015, 05:37:32 AM »
Kiwi, trust us, you will feel better!  Start with one area, see how you feel.  I know you won't regret it.

Do be cautious about other people's things though, I wouldn't want you to cause strife in your household!  Maybe start someplace neutral like the medicine cabinet or kitchen cabinets.

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« Reply #2771 on: October 20, 2015, 06:39:32 AM »
re: remorse.

No.  You won't.  There might be an occassional item that flits through your mind, but at the same time you'll remember the mess you used to deal with and the clean space you have now and you'll be just fine with having let it go. 

Irreplaceable things are worth taking ones time with, they are where regret may happen.  But replaceable things can be culled without mercy.   

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« Reply #2772 on: October 20, 2015, 07:11:55 AM »
Hi all, I hate to ask this question but I'm going to anyway -anyone have declutters remorse?  Thrown out tonnes then wished you hadn't? Not just having to buy another pair of socks because you culled your sock drawer a bit too enthusiastically. But actual lasting regrets? I'm doing KonMarie but honestly I feel like I could throw everything away. I'm struggling to find joy in any of my things. Which of course begs the question why did I buy so much shit in the first place. I'm a Sahm and feel up to my ears in stuff -lots.of it that's not mine. I guess for decades I have mistakenly thought shopping (especially second hand) would make me happy but it didn't but I now have a house load to clear out. Please help reassure me that at the end of the process I will feel better -because doing the clearing out feels pretty draining.

I've gone pretty drastic - 1600 things gone this year and counting - and can honestly say I haven't regretted getting rid of a single thing. I couldn't even tell you what most of them were, even though I painfully deliberated about whether to get rid of about half of them.

I did try to put on a trouser suit this morning and couldn't find the trousers (like, anywhere!) so I am a bit worried I got rid of those...! But I just can't imagine I did, I like and wear them, plus the jacket only goes with them, so surely I would have donated both?! Hoping they turn up, and if they don't, oh well, it's not like I'll go naked. The space and mental space I have gained would be well worth one pair of trousers.

I keep reminding myself that if it's something I really miss I can rebuy it. And you know what? I haven't wanted to, ever. It's been so liberating to throw it all out that shopping (with the exception of fabric shopping for my hobby, dressmaking) has lost all appeal.

What I have done, however, is taken the opportunity to replace some things with nicer versions. Fewer, better quality things was the aim, and as I whittle my stuff down I can see what I genuinely use frequently, and then I feel fine spending a little money making that frequent usage more satisfying. Seeing things I love and use in my home really does make it feel like a nicer place!

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« Reply #2773 on: October 20, 2015, 08:02:39 AM »
re: remorse.

No.  You won't.  There might be an occassional item that flits through your mind, but at the same time you'll remember the mess you used to deal with and the clean space you have now and you'll be just fine with having let it go. 

Irreplaceable things are worth taking ones time with, they are where regret may happen.  But replaceable things can be culled without mercy.   

100% in agreement.  Out of the hundreds and hundreds of items I've culled in the past 6 months (maybe 50 garbage bags of stuff, $2000 worth of ebay sales, and various items freecycled), I miss exactly two items:
  • Half used bottle of magnesium supplements (easily replaced).
  • Climbing harness (already 7 years old and probably needed to be replaced anyway).
In compensation for the above losses, I now have an great feeling of serenity whenever I walk into my home.

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« Reply #2774 on: October 20, 2015, 10:22:53 AM »
I have donated I would say about 70% of my belongings.  All and every category got hit.  I am not sure what I was thinking with all that shopping. I guess it is an addiction like everything else.  I don't miss a thing and love the space and peace it has created.  Although, I still have too much. Sometimes I have half a mind to get rid of it all and just start over. I wont do it at this point, but it gets tempting.  I really only want what I use and love.

The only thing I would say to people just starting out especially when it comes to clothes, make sure you are looking at what you are getting rid of. A few times I thought I was reaching for something else and ended up tossing some loved pieces in my haste.  Would I take everything back to get them back, heck no. 

I am really dragging my feet on collectibles though. I have a ton of lenox porclain collectibes and they are basically worth nothing.  I want to take them all and just donate them but I am not able to pull that bandaid just yet. Has anyone dealt with their collectibles?  What did you do?

Good luck to all. It is definitely a journey.

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« Reply #2775 on: October 20, 2015, 10:57:24 AM »
A few months ago I realized that I'd given away something that would have again been useful to me, and had a day or two of regret.  Now I can't even remember what it was.

I can't wait to spend some time this winter taking another sweep through the house.  I won't get rid of DHs stuff, but some of it might end up in his junk room when hes gone skiing.

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« Reply #2776 on: October 20, 2015, 12:08:50 PM »
I only regret selling one thing - we had an XBox 360 and Kinect and sold them when we downsized to the smaller apartment, assuming I wouldn't have space to play dance games anymore due to the layout of the place. Well, it turns out that by mounting the TV on the wall and flipping up the Murphy bed, I have a perfect size square for dance games. We picked up a Wii U and I've been rocking out to Just Dance 2015, but it's not the same :( Oh, and I never got to play this awesome game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBDqXjVzXFw
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« Reply #2777 on: October 20, 2015, 03:27:34 PM »
I donated about 90% of my things for the first time at 19. I had decided to wander for a while, sleep outside, and at friends houses, at the beach. I said to my friends, take whatever you want. One took the hunting knife collection. One took a lot of clothing.   One took a lot of my cds. Etc. I kept a backpack full iof stuff, plus 2 paperbags full. purged about 75% again at 21. Again at 30 about 75% with the konmarie method. Each time I decluttered I had accumulated more of course, but wiith this last time, I am hiping ill be more discerning....
In regards to regrets, really only a few. All are books, mostly kids and young adult. And this is only because I haven't been able to find them again! Some books are extremely rare, but cèst la vie. I figure if I'm meant to read them again, I'll come upon them someday. Otherwise, I hav donated many many other books and don't miss them, hav got a couple from the library to reread.
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« Reply #2778 on: October 20, 2015, 03:49:39 PM »
I have no idea how many things I've tossed/donated/whatever (never thought to count!), but I have never missed anything.
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« Reply #2779 on: October 20, 2015, 04:17:38 PM »
Thanks so much everyone, I feel reassured. What amazing efforts you have all made. I did my overseas experience in my early 20's with a single backpack for a year and a half and that time was all about experiences. I guess I want to recapture that foot loose feeling -as much as is possible with hubby and 2 kids. You know, I want to say, nice weather tomorrow, let's go camping, grab the well organized pile of camping gear and go. At the moment such things require a weeks planning...

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« Reply #2780 on: October 20, 2015, 05:09:06 PM »
Every time I've gotten rid of a bunch of stuff that wasn't literally clothing that didn't fit, I've had regrets. Usually something minor within a week or two, but then the more serious regrets come to light over time. Just today I was talking to a student about a book I sold back decades ago, literally because I needed the money to buy food. I've regretted the loss ever since, though I made the right decision,the only one I could at the time.


With most getting-rid-offs, I've regretted, either an item that I couldn't replace, lit that book, or the money it later cost me to replace the replaceable. I don't tend to accumulate, so that's likely a part of it. Other than things breaking or wearing out or a more recent unfortunate tendency for changes in weight to mean I can't wear clothing, I really have a use for every item I own.

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« Reply #2781 on: October 20, 2015, 09:39:02 PM »
I decluttered about 2000+ items and haven't missed any in six months. Start with clothing so you can practice the decluttering with minimal loss.

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« Reply #2782 on: October 20, 2015, 10:49:02 PM »
Just today I was talking to a student about a book I sold back decades ago, literally because I needed the money to buy food. I've regretted the loss ever since, though I made the right decision,the only one I could at the time.

I agree - this is literally the only thing I've ever been sorry I got rid of. I had more money as an undergraduate than as a grad student, and so there were a number of books from my undergrad studies that I sold in the next couple of years. I'd love to have them all back, but, one needs to eat. Oh well!

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« Reply #2783 on: October 21, 2015, 02:42:57 AM »
Over the past 2 or 3 years, I've gotten rid of about 3/4 of my belongings. No regrets except for not doing it sooner. Unfortunately you can't really tell I've done this cos DH is a packrat. He's gotten rid of about half of his stuff and it's still a lot of stuff.


Today's effort: donated 5 magazines and a hat to the oncology waiting room. There are boxes of free hats knitted by volunteers in all the wards (cos chemo often makes you lose your hair). One of the hats I was recently gifted was really not my style so I paid it forward.

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« Reply #2784 on: October 21, 2015, 02:57:09 AM »
Most of my things to jettison are clothes for me and the kids that my mum has bought from the op shop and either aren't my style, don't fit or kids have grown out of. There is a lot of kitchen/house stuff in the attic that I decided wasn't essential for the house (so obviously should go). I have tonnes of books but aside from a couple from my childhood I don't feel sentimental.  Am using the library lots and thinking about getting a tablet for reading ebooks/kids homework. Have lots of unfinished projects that need to go because they remind me that I struggle to finish what I start (which probably explains many well intentioned book purchases that I can't now enthuse myself to read. Will keep camping items/a few spare plates, towels, mugs for guests and a small box of sentimental items but the rest will be going.

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« Reply #2785 on: October 21, 2015, 05:56:49 PM »
Hi Kiwi

I am discovering the joys of fewer things. Recently I had two big things to prep for and I knew where everything was. In fact I had all the gear for one thing all stored together. 😊 My husband was so appreciative that he could reach it all without moving stuff.

Not one large regret- just a small one - wishing I had kept old shoes for painting.

I have found a surprise cache of small useless objects today and am feeling annoyed that I need To clear once more.

It really does seem to be permanent. I was in a gourmet cooking store this week and looked at all the stuff (while a friend shopped) and I got a twinge of acquisitiveness which faded quickly.

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« Reply #2786 on: October 21, 2015, 10:02:22 PM »
Hi wintersun, that is great to hear. My hubby is a hoarder of books and papers but at least he is tidy and it's limited to one corner of the attic. I have been the shopper and am messy/disorganized so most of the problem is mine. I am loving the tidiness and ease of finding things in the areas I have done.  I am glad to see it is permanent.  Perhaps the colossal effort involved in sorting, deliberating, piling up then rehoming/throwing out makes us much more reluctant to take on new possessions.  A long but awesome journey ahead...

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« Reply #2787 on: October 22, 2015, 09:08:24 AM »

It really does seem to be permanent. I was in a gourmet cooking store this week and looked at all the stuff (while a friend shopped) and I got a twinge of acquisitiveness which faded quickly.

This is a great phrase! I definitely still suffer from this too.

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« Reply #2788 on: October 22, 2015, 09:21:24 AM »
I'm still doing well after my big decluttering 2 months ago.  I have missed a few things, and have maybe spent $50 buying back stuff I got rid of...  But, having a cleaner, neater, more organized home has been completely worth it.  Even though I had to paint the bathroom naked because I threw away my painting clothes.

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« Reply #2789 on: October 22, 2015, 10:13:32 AM »
After realizing how many blankets we had, I pulled 5 out and gave them away.  There are still some more that should go, waiting on DH to talk to his sister about taking the sleeping bags for her kids to camp with.

Also, started recycling my old (worthless) textbooks a few at a time.  Pulling off the covers on the hardbacks was easy with a utility knife.  I don't want to toss them all at once so the recycle bin doesn't get too heavy.

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« Reply #2790 on: October 22, 2015, 12:49:34 PM »
After realizing how many blankets we had, I pulled 5 out and gave them away.  There are still some more that should go, waiting on DH to talk to his sister about taking the sleeping bags for her kids to camp with.

Also, started recycling my old (worthless) textbooks a few at a time.  Pulling off the covers on the hardbacks was easy with a utility knife.  I don't want to toss them all at once so the recycle bin doesn't get too heavy.

can't sell them online?

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« Reply #2791 on: October 22, 2015, 12:59:04 PM »
After realizing how many blankets we had, I pulled 5 out and gave them away.  There are still some more that should go, waiting on DH to talk to his sister about taking the sleeping bags for her kids to camp with.

Also, started recycling my old (worthless) textbooks a few at a time.  Pulling off the covers on the hardbacks was easy with a utility knife.  I don't want to toss them all at once so the recycle bin doesn't get too heavy.

can't sell them online?
They are science textbooks from almost 20 years ago, too much has changed in the research for them to be worth anything.  I may try selling a few that won't be outdated like the calculus one and "On The Origin Of Species".

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« Reply #2792 on: October 23, 2015, 11:55:41 PM »
It's spring here in New Zealand and I'm having a traditional spring clean. Every nook and cranny of our house is getting an overhaul and I'm being really ruthless.  Already have about 2 full car loads of stuff to take away. Not lots of junk as I have decluttered before but just too much of everything.  My boys (3 & 5) had 30 pairs of hand me down trousers and shorts, and the stationary drawer had 50 pens and 20 pencils. We have an overabundance in every category in every room. So a big job but I've made a big dent today. I have bought lots of it from the local tip shop so will be taking it back there for people who will actually use the stuff.

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« Reply #2793 on: October 24, 2015, 04:15:40 PM »
Got rid of the bookshelve in my bedroom today. It was full of not-read yet books, some of the, having lived on one shelves for years. I am taking the books to them
Title free library in my neighborhood. I have transitioned to electronic books from my public library. I have gotten rid of two height bookshelves in my basement. There are 3 to go. Goal is to empty one tomorrow. Ink what the end point will be with the books (I don't want to get rid of all of them).


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« Reply #2794 on: October 24, 2015, 04:54:19 PM »
Moving halfway across the country into a furnished apartment really helps one declutter. I've reduced all my possessions to fit in about 24 cubic ft or about a closet worth.
I put a picture of my possessions on my blog: http://www.livelikeyou.ca/decluttering-moving-prep/

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« Reply #2795 on: October 24, 2015, 05:38:31 PM »
Just cleared out a grocery bag full of old tupperware containers. We bought some new ones, and the cabinet was overflowing... also chunked 2 bags of jigsaw puzzles my mom "had to get for us" from garage sales. None of my kids like puzzles.
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« Reply #2796 on: October 24, 2015, 06:33:03 PM »
Took a bag of non-donatable clothes and some assorted metal pieces to a recycle center.  Not much, but it's more stuff out of the house!

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« Reply #2797 on: October 24, 2015, 08:50:32 PM »
Sold a horse blanket on Craig's list yesterday, put the old iron in the donate pile.  I hardly ever iron, why did I think I needed a spare.

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« Reply #2798 on: October 25, 2015, 03:22:52 PM »
Meadowlark, I had to laugh at the bought of you naked painting your loo. Such a funny image!!!!

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« Reply #2799 on: October 25, 2015, 05:00:31 PM »
Re-organised four shelves and four drawers. Came up with a bag of rubbish and a bag for charity.

I then allocated one empty drawer to store thermals, beanies, etc. We're now in summer, so it's better to have it out of the way, and if we do need it to travel it makes life easier to be able to grab it all from one place.

And in case I'm hit by a bus or something and my husband needs to find his gloves, I even labelled the drawer.