Author Topic: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!  (Read 986887 times)

Astatine

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2402
  • Location: Australia
  • Blah. Blah blah blah.
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2800 on: November 02, 2015, 03:11:10 PM »
It probably isn't very mustachian but I've decided to take everything I need to get rid of to the tip shop 5 mins down the road.  Yes, I could probably make money if I invested the time but I really just want to be rid of everything and time spent listing stuff and managing sales is time not spent sorting and getting rid of clutter. I have bought a lot from the tip shop over the years and a lot of people who are hard up shop there, it is run by the local council so is not for profit and they sell stuff cheap so it is affordable for all. I took a whole car boot full of stuff there on the weekend (mostly books), then realised I need an extra sleeping bag for a camping trip this weekend and found one there for $5!

I think it's quite mustachian. You're keeping stuff out of landfill, reducing your overall impact on the environment. And helping others find stuff they need at affordable prices. It's not just about the money :)

Good point.  I will sell stuff on ebay that I barely make any money on.  I'd rather do that than throw it in the trash.

If you've got the mental/emotional energy for that. :) I don't. But luckily my city also has recycling sheds at the rubbish tips and they take nearly everything, so it's just one trip out there vs dealing with ebay (which I've never used as a buyer or a seller). I also use freecycle, which is less effort than ebay. If I lived somewhere where they weren't options, I suspect I wouldn't bother with trying to sell stuff and things may end up in landfill. I balance mental health vs my personal values.

alleykat

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 336
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2801 on: November 05, 2015, 10:27:29 AM »
It probably isn't very mustachian but I've decided to take everything I need to get rid of to the tip shop 5 mins down the road.  Yes, I could probably make money if I invested the time but I really just want to be rid of everything and time spent listing stuff and managing sales is time not spent sorting and getting rid of clutter. I have bought a lot from the tip shop over the years and a lot of people who are hard up shop there, it is run by the local council so is not for profit and they sell stuff cheap so it is affordable for all. I took a whole car boot full of stuff there on the weekend (mostly books), then realised I need an extra sleeping bag for a camping trip this weekend and found one there for $5!

I think it's quite mustachian. You're keeping stuff out of landfill, reducing your overall impact on the environment. And helping others find stuff they need at affordable prices. It's not just about the money :)

Good point.  I will sell stuff on ebay that I barely make any money on.  I'd rather do that than throw it in the trash.

If you've got the mental/emotional energy for that. :) I don't. But luckily my city also has recycling sheds at the rubbish tips and they take nearly everything, so it's just one trip out there vs dealing with ebay (which I've never used as a buyer or a seller). I also use freecycle, which is less effort than ebay. If I lived somewhere where they weren't options, I suspect I wouldn't bother with trying to sell stuff and things may end up in landfill. I balance mental health vs my personal values.

I did the same. I donated most things.  I just don't have the patience to deal with all the posting and selling and mailing.  I wanted things out of the house and I figured others could use it.  I didn't throw anything away that was usable and in good shape. It all got donated, with the exception of a few things which got sold.

horsepoor

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2632
  • Location: Boise, ID
  • Growing a Pony 'Stache
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2802 on: November 05, 2015, 12:00:48 PM »
Tuesday night I was out of town for work and talking to my husband on the phone.  He was scrounging around the house for stuff to donate for a fundraiser auction at work.  I had him toss in a few things I was planning to get rid of, and he was rummaging around down in the basement and brought some of his stuff.  Then yesterday I got home and he had a pile of stuff to take to the annual ski sale, and was posting a motorcycle helmet on Craigslist.  I don't know what sparked this, but he is usually totally complacent about getting rid of stuff.  Really exciting!

I've been reading the KonMari book and starting to fill up a big box with random stuff that escaped my last bout of decluttering.  I have probably almost $1,000 worth of horse gear to sell on eBay and should have time to get it all listed soon.  Next we need to corral all our household hazardous waste/old electronics and get them gone.

JAYSLOL

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 567
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2803 on: November 07, 2015, 09:15:58 PM »
Ok, so this is going to be way worse than the average post in this thread, so please apply face punches as necessary...

Over the last 3.5 years i've purchased 10 storage lockers of various sizes at auction as a fun hobby/side hustle.  I've been pretty good (at least initially) about getting rid of the leftover junk that builds up after moving all the easy to sell items, however in the last few months i've been too busy (excuse alert!) with my day job and family to hold a proper garage sale or spend much time organizing and listing all the little things and throwing out the junk.

The last unit i bought over this summer was larger than usually (or should have) bought and was very disorganized.  I've already made my money back and then some on it, but still have an entire bedroom of the house and most of a cube van full of stuff that needs time-consuming organization and listing for sale, or donation or trash.  I also personally have WAY more stuff than i need without all the extra locker junk and will embark on a mission over the next few months to get rid of all leftover locker items and much of my un-needed/un-used personal things. 

My goals are to sell at least $1000 worth of stuff by the end of November, to have the bedroom completely cleaned out by the end of January and to have gone through and sold, donated or thrown out ALL unnecessary possessions by the end of February. 

Wish me luck

Astatine

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2402
  • Location: Australia
  • Blah. Blah blah blah.
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2804 on: November 07, 2015, 09:33:15 PM »
Today I've put several water bottles into recycling. (I get a new one every hospital visit and the empties have been accumulating at home)

Threw out some out packaging that's no longer needed. Also threw out some instructions for something I no longer own.

I've also started a new donate box. Nearly full! We'll take it to the recycling shed at the rubbish tip next time we're out that way. So far, the donation box has:

- a children's book (bought from an op shop as a gift but realised it's to tatty to use as a gift)
- 2 of my tops (one looks dowdy, the other is uncomfortable)
- candle plus 2 fake candles that I bought for a party
- old digital camera that I got from freecycle ages ago and never used
- a bag that some medical stuff came in

DH is going through his boxes of memoriabilia/sentimental stuff. A few things have made it into the recycling bin. It's mostly a consolidation exercise so we can fit some work stuff under the bed. (we're working from home for the next 5 or 6 months and there isn't space for some of the work stuff we have to have)

Wish me luck

Good luck! On the plus side, I assume you have no emotional attachment to the stuff. Hopefully that means it's just a matter of getting organised and not having to fight with/manage sentimal reactions to the stuff.

JAYSLOL

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 567
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2805 on: November 07, 2015, 10:02:12 PM »
Today I've put several water bottles into recycling. (I get a new one every hospital visit and the empties have been accumulating at home)

Threw out some out packaging that's no longer needed. Also threw out some instructions for something I no longer own.

I've also started a new donate box. Nearly full! We'll take it to the recycling shed at the rubbish tip next time we're out that way. So far, the donation box has:

- a children's book (bought from an op shop as a gift but realised it's to tatty to use as a gift)
- 2 of my tops (one looks dowdy, the other is uncomfortable)
- candle plus 2 fake candles that I bought for a party
- old digital camera that I got from freecycle ages ago and never used
- a bag that some medical stuff came in

DH is going through his boxes of memoriabilia/sentimental stuff. A few things have made it into the recycling bin. It's mostly a consolidation exercise so we can fit some work stuff under the bed. (we're working from home for the next 5 or 6 months and there isn't space for some of the work stuff we have to have)

Wish me luck

Good luck! On the plus side, I assume you have no emotional attachment to the stuff. Hopefully that means it's just a matter of getting organised and not having to fight with/manage sentimal reactions to the stuff.


Yeah, it is WAY easier to be ruthlessly unemotional with someone else's former belongings!  Good practice for me for when i get around to going through my own stuff.  I'm posting things as reply :)
« Last Edit: November 07, 2015, 10:05:28 PM by JAYSLOL »

HappierAtHome

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5544
  • Location: Australia
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2806 on: November 07, 2015, 10:19:59 PM »
PAPER has been building up since we moved house a few months ago - ugh! I neex to sit down and put an hour or two into sorting, filing and shredding.

midweststache

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 456
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2807 on: November 08, 2015, 03:24:00 PM »
Took three giant bags to Brown Elephant yesterday: 25+ books, some clothing (I checked: they textile recycle anything they can't resell--yay!), and a few other miscellaneous items.

I also got DH to clear out his desk, including some digital recyclables.

At this point, unless I can continue parting with books (an ongoing process) we've reached an impasse. (DH won't go through his closet, and I'm not going to ask again.)

I'll do an apartment run-through again at the beginning of 2016. Maybe I'll be more inclined to give up some books or clear out some old papers then (or can convince DH to do the same).

jordanread

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5995
  • Age: 32
  • Location: Colorado Springs
  • Live Long, Live Free, Drop Dead
    • Frugal FIRE Show
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2808 on: November 08, 2015, 04:28:26 PM »
I've got some stuff happening in life right now, but the part that is applicable here is that I am going to start putting miscellaneous (unused) items in a box. If it's not missed, I'm getting rid of it one way or another. Now just debating on whether to tell the SO. :) I'll have more details later that I'll post here. Minimalism is becoming a much larger part of my life, and I might even end up taking it to the extreme.
Join the cycling challenge!
Get in shape in 2017!
Frugal FIRE - Episode 2

"Mustachians rarely sit back and let things happen to them. Mustachians go out and happen to things."

Camp Mustache Canada - Sold Out Already!!

4alpacas

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1721
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2809 on: November 09, 2015, 11:50:28 AM »
I've got some stuff happening in life right now, but the part that is applicable here is that I am going to start putting miscellaneous (unused) items in a box. If it's not missed, I'm getting rid of it one way or another. Now just debating on whether to tell the SO. :) I'll have more details later that I'll post here. Minimalism is becoming a much larger part of my life, and I might even end up taking it to the extreme.
Have you read Marie Kondo's book?  A few sections helped me when dealing with my husband.  First, I don't show him the things I'm getting rid of (that are mine).  Second, I don't get rid of his items for him. 

Since I've taken a hands-off approach to my husband's things, he's parted with more than when I was pushing him to get rid of things.  I do itemize everything and donate it, so he only has to decide that he wants to get rid of an item.

mustachepungoeshere

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1648
  • Location: Sydney, Oz
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2810 on: November 09, 2015, 04:24:41 PM »
Last year I condensed our paperwork down to a single binder.

On the weekend I went through it and pulled out anything no longer needed (e.g. last year's rego papers, etc). Ended up with a stack of papers about an inch high, which I shredded at work this morning.

theadvicist

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1328
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2811 on: November 10, 2015, 05:37:58 AM »
I'm really losing decluttering steam :( And it's not that my possessions are pared down as much as I want them to be, unfortunately.

Marie Kondo said you will know when you have the right amount of stuff for you, and I know she's right because I've reached that point with makeup and toiletries. It just feels perfect and I love it.

But to get to that point with clothes is harder for me. I have got rid of so much... but I haven't been able to replace it as quickly with things that 'give me joy'. Anyone else found this? I am actually struggling to find work outfits each morning, and yet I'm still wearing loads of things I don't even like. If I got rid of everything except the joy givers I think I'd be nude! And I don't want to spend a fortune buying new joyous items. Anyone else have this problem?

Squirrel away

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1040
  • Location: United Kingdom
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2812 on: November 10, 2015, 06:28:42 AM »
^Can you pick out your favourite outfits and see what you like about them and then try to only buy clothes like them. Maybe get a friend round to see how you look, or take photos and see which things and colours suit you.

I'm finding it hard to find stuff to declutter at the moment.


norabird

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4975
  • Location: Brooklyn NY
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2813 on: November 10, 2015, 06:44:01 AM »
theadvicist, can you arrange a clothing swap? Bring the stuff that you don't like, and see if you find new items that work from your friend's cast-offs. Do you know why you're not liking what's on hand?

AerynLee

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 688
  • Age: 31
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2814 on: November 10, 2015, 07:15:15 AM »
TheAdvicist - I'm in the same boat as you with clothes. And for me at least it's not as easy as going out and buying new (or thrift store) ones that I love because I'm so picky I can go shopping and not find one thing I love.
One thing I'm going to look into doing is creating a "uniform" where I find polo's or something similarly generic and buy a bunch in different colors. While I still won't love my work clothes at least I won't dread wearing the ones I'm keeping just so I'm not going to work nude

plainjane

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1142
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2815 on: November 10, 2015, 07:17:17 AM »
The old tv is out of the house - I really hope the person who is supposed to pick it up does so today.  For something with such a thin footprint, it has taken an inordinate amount of mental energy with copious second guessing and procrastination.

This is the problem with a big house & a basement.  There is no impetus to get rid of things, we always have the space.  And it's easy to say 'just in case'.  I wonder if for the SO it's the equivalent of a stocked pantry/freezer.
Using procrastination to my advantage since 2001.

MountainGal

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 242
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2816 on: November 10, 2015, 12:21:51 PM »
Your help and encouragement needed!  Through a roundabout way, I came across someone local who buys music records and albums, and even offered to buy my record player if I have one (which I do).  From my youth and being a DJ for a short while, I have over 200 albums, over 50 45s, and 200 cassette tapes.  The problem?  I don't seem to be ready to sell them.  They are organized in the hall closet, and I play the records once a year or so.  The cassettes never.  What would you do?

NoraLenderbee

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1015
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2817 on: November 10, 2015, 02:08:30 PM »

 I am actually struggling to find work outfits each morning, and yet I'm still wearing loads of things I don't even like. If I got rid of everything except the joy givers I think I'd be nude! And I don't want to spend a fortune buying new joyous items. Anyone else have this problem?

Yes. I have a bunch of work clothes that don't spark joy (or that I like but that also have something wrong with them that keeps me from feeling good about them). I am thinking of them as a new category--stuff that isn't what I ultimately want, but that serves a purpose well enough for now. It's like the "functional" category of stuff, except that in my mind, I explicitly label it as something that will be let go of when circumstances permit. That might be when I find a replacement that I love, or when it wears out, or when i don't need it any more. Consciously putting the items in this category means that although I still wear them, the emotions have been processed, the decision has been made, and I can wear them just as useful clothes without the baggage. And the minute that they are no longer useful, I can discard them without revisiting them.

I'm still trying out this idea, but it seems to relieve the stress of having to wear clothes that aren't joy-givers. It also helps me discriminate between items that are "I don't mind wearing this until I find something better" and items that are "y'know, I really *don't* like wearing this"--so I can discard the latter.

Like AerynLee, I'm picky, and I'm an odd size, so it's hard to find replacements that are just right. My whole life, I've worn anything that was passable just to have *something* to wear. It's going to be a step-by-step process to get to a closet of joy-sparkers only. Meanwhile, being able to articulate the difference seems to help.

Sibley

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2027
  • Age: 31
  • Location: Chicago, IL
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2818 on: November 10, 2015, 02:14:52 PM »
Your help and encouragement needed!  Through a roundabout way, I came across someone local who buys music records and albums, and even offered to buy my record player if I have one (which I do).  From my youth and being a DJ for a short while, I have over 200 albums, over 50 45s, and 200 cassette tapes.  The problem?  I don't seem to be ready to sell them.  They are organized in the hall closet, and I play the records once a year or so.  The cassettes never.  What would you do?

Mountain, let it go. Enjoy the space, and the reduced dusting.

AlwaysBeenASaver

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 418
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2819 on: November 10, 2015, 02:28:58 PM »
Your help and encouragement needed!  Through a roundabout way, I came across someone local who buys music records and albums, and even offered to buy my record player if I have one (which I do).  From my youth and being a DJ for a short while, I have over 200 albums, over 50 45s, and 200 cassette tapes.  The problem?  I don't seem to be ready to sell them.  They are organized in the hall closet, and I play the records once a year or so.  The cassettes never.  What would you do?
Get rid of the cassettes for sure - you don't listen to them anyway.
Go through the 200 albums and pull out the ones you don't love, or you have CDs of. Get rid of those.
If you still have a lot of albums left after purging, I don't see any problem with keeping them if you actually listen to and enjoy them.  If you only have a few left, it might be worth just making a list of them and replacing them with CDs when you see them on sale or if family members ask what you want for holiday/birthday gifts.

4alpacas

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1721
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2820 on: November 10, 2015, 04:17:08 PM »
TheAdvicist - I'm in the same boat as you with clothes. And for me at least it's not as easy as going out and buying new (or thrift store) ones that I love because I'm so picky I can go shopping and not find one thing I love.
One thing I'm going to look into doing is creating a "uniform" where I find polo's or something similarly generic and buy a bunch in different colors. While I still won't love my work clothes at least I won't dread wearing the ones I'm keeping just so I'm not going to work nude
My husband made a comment when I went through my clothing that I wouldn't have anything to wear.  I struggled for a few weeks, but I bought my favorite items slightly used on eBay.  They were more than a thrift shop, but way less than new.  Also, they're the exact same year (sometimes things shift season to season) as my favorite pair.  It's ridiculous, but true.  I also instituted a work uniform and bought 10 of my favorite tops in various colors.  Now I don't shop unless I need to replace something. 

Meadow Lark

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5259
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2821 on: November 10, 2015, 10:52:47 PM »
I love the idea of a work uniform.  I went to the thrift store and bought 3 more pairs of black pants. I already had 1 and I work 4 days a week.  Sometimes I will wear a dress, or other colored pants, but now my goto everyday is to grab black pants, my black shoes, any shirt and I am done.  It really has made it simple.

We are having white elephant gifts for Christmas at work, and the requirement is that you don't buy anything, it has to be something you already have.  I love it.  I told everyone I was giving them expired Metamucil.  Unfortunately, I don't actually own that.  But I am going to have fun choosing something!

Fbeyer

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 7
  • Age: 35
  • Location: Denmark
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2822 on: November 11, 2015, 01:28:52 AM »
Your help and encouragement needed!  Through a roundabout way, I came across someone local who buys music records and albums, and even offered to buy my record player if I have one (which I do).  From my youth and being a DJ for a short while, I have over 200 albums, over 50 45s, and 200 cassette tapes.  The problem?  I don't seem to be ready to sell them.  They are organized in the hall closet, and I play the records once a year or so.  The cassettes never.  What would you do?
Is the rest of your house decluttered?
Have you meticulously gone through, and reflected on, every single thing you own and now you're just left with dealing with the music?

Material detachment is a mental muscle you have to train. Starting with emotionally insignificant stuff is equivalent to the low weights. Getting rid of your sentimentals is the 400 pound deadlift; there is no easy way to do it, you have to do it right, no one can help you, and you have to be freakin' strong to do it.
If you still haven't pared down your stacks of papers; get it done first!
If you still haven't pared down your wardrobe; get it done!
If you still haven't pared down your kitchen; get it done!
If you still haven't pared down your movies; get it done!
If you still haven't pared down your books; get it done!

By the time you've gone through that and know why, to great detail why you've kept and especially why you've thrown away all those things again, you are in much better mental shape to handle sentimental items like photographs, letters and music.

alleykat

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 336
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2823 on: November 11, 2015, 10:43:24 AM »
I have the same problem with clothes. I got rid of a ton and still have plenty left but I don't love it all and for me, that is okay.  For now I am wearing what I have and just adding a few pieces here and there as I go along. I am super fickle with clothes but as I add, I am making sure that I really like it and will wear it. 

I have been decluttering for a number of years now.  I am still decluttering and would like to finally be done.  But that will be awhile yet.  My collectibles are harder to deal with since there really isn't a market for them anymore.

I have gone through stages of decluttering. I will get real into it and then wane off and then pick it up again.  It does get tiring. But, I will keep dealing with it until I am at a point I want.  I am not looking to be a "real" minimalist, but I want to get close.  I really don't want things stored in closets/rooms unless it is stuff I am really using.

Quite frankly, if I was younger, I would go the backpack route or own very little, just to feel the freedom from stuff, even for a minute. 

MountainGal

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 242
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2824 on: November 11, 2015, 12:06:26 PM »
Thank you, Sibley, Always and Fbyer.

Your help and encouragement needed!  Through a roundabout way, I came across someone local who buys music records and albums, and even offered to buy my record player if I have one (which I do).  From my youth and being a DJ for a short while, I have over 200 albums, over 50 45s, and 200 cassette tapes.  The problem?  I don't seem to be ready to sell them.  They are organized in the hall closet, and I play the records once a year or so.  The cassettes never.  What would you do?
Is the rest of your house decluttered?  Things on display, yes.
Have you meticulously gone through, and reflected on, every single thing you own and now you're just left with dealing with the music?

Material detachment is a mental muscle you have to train. Starting with emotionally insignificant stuff is equivalent to the low weights. Getting rid of your sentimentals is the 400 pound deadlift; there is no easy way to do it, you have to do it right, no one can help you, and you have to be freakin' strong to do it.
If you still haven't pared down your stacks of papers; get it done first!  Done
If you still haven't pared down your wardrobe; get it done!  Working on it
If you still haven't pared down your kitchen; get it done!  Done, but can do more
If you still haven't pared down your movies; get it done!  Will need DH's assistance, since most are his
If you still haven't pared down your books; get it done! Done

By the time you've gone through that and know why, to great detail why you've kept and especially why you've thrown away all those things again, you are in much better mental shape to handle sentimental items like photographs, letters and music.

Thanks again.  Makes sense.

jordanread

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5995
  • Age: 32
  • Location: Colorado Springs
  • Live Long, Live Free, Drop Dead
    • Frugal FIRE Show
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2825 on: November 11, 2015, 12:20:56 PM »
I've got some stuff happening in life right now, but the part that is applicable here is that I am going to start putting miscellaneous (unused) items in a box. If it's not missed, I'm getting rid of it one way or another. Now just debating on whether to tell the SO. :) I'll have more details later that I'll post here. Minimalism is becoming a much larger part of my life, and I might even end up taking it to the extreme.
Have you read Marie Kondo's book?  A few sections helped me when dealing with my husband.  First, I don't show him the things I'm getting rid of (that are mine).  Second, I don't get rid of his items for him. 

Since I've taken a hands-off approach to my husband's things, he's parted with more than when I was pushing him to get rid of things.  I do itemize everything and donate it, so he only has to decide that he wants to get rid of an item.

I have read the book, and loved it (mostly). All of my stuff is now folded in her fashion. I mentioned a few things earlier in this thread (although now I realize how long this thread is), when I was really clearing it all up. I found that making a pile in the middle of the living room for stuff to go to Goodwill made the pile get magically bigger. Right now though, I'm pretty close to being fully optimized (and fully optimized when it comes to clothes). My main issue is that there is oh so much stuff, and almost none of it is used...ever. Hence the sneaky aspect of it all. Who knows, maybe after I hit the time thing, I'll run through it all prior to getting rid of it. We'll see.
Join the cycling challenge!
Get in shape in 2017!
Frugal FIRE - Episode 2

"Mustachians rarely sit back and let things happen to them. Mustachians go out and happen to things."

Camp Mustache Canada - Sold Out Already!!

alsoknownasDean

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1569
  • Age: 33
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2826 on: November 11, 2015, 07:45:37 PM »
My issue is that I'm a bit uncomfortable with putting functional stuff in the trash,  but most of it isn't worth selling (or may only get a few bucks if anything).

I'm keen to do a declutter though.

Alternatively there's stuff that'd take a long time to find a buyer (hifi kit).

Any tips? Thanks :)

Sent from my LG-D855 using Tapatalk

riverffashion

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 888
  • Age: 33
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2827 on: November 11, 2015, 08:13:45 PM »
My issue is that I'm a bit uncomfortable with putting functional stuff in the trash,  but most of it isn't worth selling (or may only get a few bucks if anything).

I'm keen to do a declutter though.

Alternatively there's stuff that'd take a long time to find a buyer (hifi kit).

Any tips? Thanks :)

Sent from my LG-D855 using Tapatalk

When you say trashing functional stuff, you mean recycling or donating whenever possible right?

alsoknownasDean

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1569
  • Age: 33
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2828 on: November 11, 2015, 08:30:50 PM »
My issue is that I'm a bit uncomfortable with putting functional stuff in the trash,  but most of it isn't worth selling (or may only get a few bucks if anything).

I'm keen to do a declutter though.

Alternatively there's stuff that'd take a long time to find a buyer (hifi kit).

Any tips? Thanks :)

Sent from my LG-D855 using Tapatalk

When you say trashing functional stuff, you mean recycling or donating whenever possible right?
No. That's why I haven't done it. I'm not sure on all the recycling places that'll take the stuff either.

Especially if it's items that are only a couple of dollars new and aren't really what you'd donate (like TV/phone cables and packets of envelopes and the like), or outdated tech accessories (I've got about four or five external hard drives).

Sent from my LG-D855 using Tapatalk


norabird

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4975
  • Location: Brooklyn NY
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2829 on: November 11, 2015, 08:37:49 PM »
Best buy takes used electronics, including chargers and other accessories I believe.

riverffashion

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 888
  • Age: 33
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2830 on: November 11, 2015, 08:42:14 PM »
My issue is that I'm a bit uncomfortable with putting functional stuff in the trash,  but most of it isn't worth selling (or may only get a few bucks if anything).

I'm keen to do a declutter though.

Alternatively there's stuff that'd take a long time to find a buyer (hifi kit).

Any tips? Thanks :)

Sent from my LG-D855 using Tapatalk

When you say trashing functional stuff, you mean recycling or donating whenever possible right?
No. That's why I haven't done it. I'm not sure on all the recycling places that'll take the stuff either.

Especially if it's items that are only a couple of dollars new and aren't really what you'd donate (like TV/phone cables and packets of envelopes and the like), or outdated tech accessories (I've got about four or five external hard drives).

Sent from my LG-D855 using Tapatalk

All the Goodwill stores in my area accept just about anything- including outdated tech stuff/appliances, chords, envelopes.

Kaikou

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 506
  • Location: United States
  • Kermit is like a box of chocolates
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2831 on: November 11, 2015, 09:07:04 PM »
My issue is that I'm a bit uncomfortable with putting functional stuff in the trash,  but most of it isn't worth selling (or may only get a few bucks if anything).

I'm keen to do a declutter though.

Alternatively there's stuff that'd take a long time to find a buyer (hifi kit).

Any tips? Thanks :)

Sent from my LG-D855 using Tapatalk

no need to trash it. Goodwill, Craigslist, Freecycle... etc Rinse and repeat

theadvicist

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1328
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2832 on: November 12, 2015, 03:59:17 AM »
Thanks for all the help on the clothing front everyone. I love the idea of seperating 'it will do for now' clothes mentally. I actually wish I had the space for a separate rail where I could hang the stuff I love and slowly add to it until I didn't need the other one.

I've had great luck with ebay as well. Beautiful, expensive, well made items that cost a fraction of retail - many of them have never even been worn. That's my go-to source for now, but even at 10 - 15 an item to get a fully functioning work wardrobe will be a decent investment.

And thanks for the advice on working out WHY I like certain items. I will select my favourites and consider which silhouettes, fabrics, colours etc I prefer.

Nancy

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 798
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2833 on: November 12, 2015, 04:58:22 AM »
I'm back! I had to take a break from decluttering during the gardening season (I look forward to the RE day when I have time for more than one hobby).

My bathroom, clothes, papers, kitchen appliances, sewing/knitting stash, and books remained decluttered nicely. Woohoo, Kondo!

Now, I have to tackle my gardening and biking supplies.

4alpacas

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1721
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2834 on: November 12, 2015, 09:07:00 AM »
My issue is that I'm a bit uncomfortable with putting functional stuff in the trash,  but most of it isn't worth selling (or may only get a few bucks if anything).

I'm keen to do a declutter though.

Alternatively there's stuff that'd take a long time to find a buyer (hifi kit).

Any tips? Thanks :)

Sent from my LG-D855 using Tapatalk

no need to trash it. Goodwill, Craigslist, Freecycle... etc Rinse and repeat
I joined a No Buy Group in my area.  I've gotten rid of things.  But I've also received a few things that I would have spent money to purchase.  Win. Win. 

Squirrel away

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1040
  • Location: United Kingdom
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2835 on: November 12, 2015, 10:30:57 AM »
Random stuff thrown away, a tiny bit of chilli sauce as I couldn't remember when I opened it. I have an old set of curtains but I might use them as a sofa covering so I got them out to decide, if not they can go to recycling. A decorative box put into recycling, I was keeping it for my two bracelets but I thought that was just silly.

NoraLenderbee

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1015
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2836 on: November 12, 2015, 12:03:50 PM »
My issue is that I'm a bit uncomfortable with putting functional stuff in the trash,  but most of it isn't worth selling (or may only get a few bucks if anything).



If Craigslist is fairly active in your area, put the functional stuff on the Free section. In my area, anything on Free gets hoovered up, unless it's something like an old mattress full of cat pee.

acorn

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 366
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2837 on: November 12, 2015, 01:02:16 PM »
My issue is that I'm a bit uncomfortable with putting functional stuff in the trash,  but most of it isn't worth selling (or may only get a few bucks if anything).

If Craigslist is fairly active in your area, put the functional stuff on the Free section. In my area, anything on Free gets hoovered up, unless it's something like an old mattress full of cat pee.

+1. Free things get snapped up quickly. Sometimes I leave it out at the curb, or if it's small enough, I bring it to work and leave it at a common area. They're usually gone within the day.

riverffashion

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 888
  • Age: 33
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2838 on: November 12, 2015, 11:05:41 PM »
My issue is that I'm a bit uncomfortable with putting functional stuff in the trash,  but most of it isn't worth selling (or may only get a few bucks if anything).



If Craigslist is fairly active in your area, put the functional stuff on the Free section. In my area, anything on Free gets hoovered up, unless it's something like an old mattress full of cat pee.


Lol. Yup

theadvicist

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1328
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2839 on: November 13, 2015, 03:28:49 AM »
I've had two buyers on ebay fail to pay recently. Annoying! One item I boxed and packed as soon as it was sold, so though I'm tempted to just donate it, I would have to unwrap it first, and it was glass so it's really well packed. I have relisted. The other I have done a second chance offer.

This never used to happen to me on ebay, but I've had it three times this year, and I've been selling less than before. Interesting trend that I hope does not continue.

I got of more jewellery I don't really wear, and a dress which I hate, yet wear quite a lot (why? It's comfy, I guess). Still pondering my work wardrobe. I think I am falling behind on 2015 in 2015, but I went through my books again and only found 1 to get rid of. Yet there still feels like there is too much stuff in my house. I'm going to have to be more ruthless.

indentured4now

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 228
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2840 on: November 13, 2015, 06:50:47 AM »
Your help and encouragement needed!  Through a roundabout way, I came across someone local who buys music records and albums, and even offered to buy my record player if I have one (which I do).  From my youth and being a DJ for a short while, I have over 200 albums, over 50 45s, and 200 cassette tapes.  The problem?  I don't seem to be ready to sell them.  They are organized in the hall closet, and I play the records once a year or so.  The cassettes never.  What would you do?

MountainGal,   Parent of 2 teenagers here...  Record players and vintage vinyl are hot with teens (and nostalgic parents of teens).   Cassettes are worth maybe a dollar for rare stuff but not much else... Your likely sitting on over $1500-$2500 in vinyl alone if you have the good DJ quality stuff (dance tunes, 80s rock, etc).  But the market will cool quickly as this batch of kids moves on.    Save your Tippy Top Ten records (for you) and then carry the lot to a college town used record store  on a weekday morning (before they get busy at lunch) and see what happens.   

ZiziPB

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2476
  • Location: CT for now...
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2841 on: November 13, 2015, 07:38:51 AM »
I am bringing in another batch of stuff to the consignment store today.  I realized that I started to get rid of stuff in my closet about a year ago and managed to reduce the clothing by about half!  I still have some items that could go.  It's a big closet :-)

I'm slowly getting used to wearing my favorites more often.  I have this irrational fear of wearing out my favorite items and not being able to find something I like to replace them.  This causes me to "save" the things I like and wear things I don't really care for.  By the time I get back to the favorites, they either don't fit any more or are out of style.  Where is the logic in this??? 

So I'm trying to focus on wearing my favorites instead, and wearing them more often.  Today, I have on a pair of shoes I adore and a cashmere cardigan that I like a lot.  I wore them last Friday as well.  When I was getting dressed this morning, I had anxious thoughts floating in my head of what I'm going to do when these things wear out and what will people at work think seeing me in the same stuff two Fridays in a row ;-)



AerynLee

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 688
  • Age: 31
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2842 on: November 13, 2015, 09:20:18 AM »
TheAdvicist - I'm in the same boat as you with clothes. And for me at least it's not as easy as going out and buying new (or thrift store) ones that I love because I'm so picky I can go shopping and not find one thing I love.
One thing I'm going to look into doing is creating a "uniform" where I find polo's or something similarly generic and buy a bunch in different colors. While I still won't love my work clothes at least I won't dread wearing the ones I'm keeping just so I'm not going to work nude
I had some good coupons for Kohl's so on Veteran's Day I went and got four polo's basically for free. I had to buy men's since there weren't any women's polo's but in a way it boosted my self esteem. In women's I would have needed at least a large because of my shoulders/arms but in men's I bought smalls and their a tad bigger than I'd prefer.
I put three old work shirts that I dreaded wearing in the donate box this morning plus a tank I only ever wore with one of them and will probably add another top once I look again this weekend (those were the three no-brainers)

Cookie78

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1622
  • Location: Canada
    • Cookie's Goals
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2843 on: November 13, 2015, 11:18:55 AM »
I went through an old box of photos, negatives (yes, that old), and various travel related memories from 2005 in the form of ticket stubs, maps, etc. and through out most of them. I saved a few photos to scan and a couple ticket stubs for my scrapbook. I can throw out the negatives right? In my entire life I've never ever used one, but I feel this irrational sense that I'm supposed to keep the negatives just in case! Absurd, I'm no professional photographer!

acorn

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 366
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2844 on: November 13, 2015, 12:01:02 PM »
I'm slowly getting used to wearing my favorites more often.  I have this irrational fear of wearing out my favorite items and not being able to find something I like to replace them.  This causes me to "save" the things I like and wear things I don't really care for.  By the time I get back to the favorites, they either don't fit any more or are out of style.  Where is the logic in this??? 

I had this problem before when I was saving my favorites in pristine condition because I didn't want them to get damaged. Then I got over it and decided to use all the good stuff, because they're meant to be used. The only downside to this is that I've had a few of my favorite items wear out because I literally used them almost every other day for years. Every now and then I search through eBay in the hopes of finding that specific pair of shoes, and that specific leather jacket that I had because I'm just sad that they're gone forever.

But it was great to open my wardrobe and know that I'm wearing my favorites everyday.

jordanread

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5995
  • Age: 32
  • Location: Colorado Springs
  • Live Long, Live Free, Drop Dead
    • Frugal FIRE Show
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2845 on: November 13, 2015, 01:19:25 PM »
[...] Then I got over it and decided to use all the good stuff, because they're meant to be used. The only downside to this is that I've had a few of my favorite items wear out because I literally used them almost every other day for years. Every now and then I search through eBay in the hopes of finding that specific pair of shoes, and that specific leather jacket that I had because I'm just sad that they're gone forever.

But it was great to open my wardrobe and know that I'm wearing my favorites everyday.

First, I just stumbled across your recipe thread thing you did. That was awesome. Secondly, how the hell do you wear out real leather? I've tried. Never worked.
Join the cycling challenge!
Get in shape in 2017!
Frugal FIRE - Episode 2

"Mustachians rarely sit back and let things happen to them. Mustachians go out and happen to things."

Camp Mustache Canada - Sold Out Already!!

riverffashion

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 888
  • Age: 33
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2846 on: November 13, 2015, 08:32:54 PM »
[...] Then I got over it and decided to use all the good stuff, because they're meant to be used. The only downside to this is that I've had a few of my favorite items wear out because I literally used them almost every other day for years. Every now and then I search through eBay in the hopes of finding that specific pair of shoes, and that specific leather jacket that I had because I'm just sad that they're gone forever.

But it was great to open my wardrobe and know that I'm wearing my favorites everyday.

First, I just stumbled across your recipe thread thing you did. That was awesome. Secondly, how the hell do you wear out real leather? I've tried. Never worked.

It takes a long while, but it happens naturally with use.

Astatine

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2402
  • Location: Australia
  • Blah. Blah blah blah.
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2847 on: November 14, 2015, 01:25:17 AM »
I am bringing in another batch of stuff to the consignment store today.  I realized that I started to get rid of stuff in my closet about a year ago and managed to reduce the clothing by about half!  I still have some items that could go.  It's a big closet :-)

I'm slowly getting used to wearing my favorites more often.  I have this irrational fear of wearing out my favorite items and not being able to find something I like to replace them.  This causes me to "save" the things I like and wear things I don't really care for.  By the time I get back to the favorites, they either don't fit any more or are out of style.  Where is the logic in this??? 

So I'm trying to focus on wearing my favorites instead, and wearing them more often.  Today, I have on a pair of shoes I adore and a cashmere cardigan that I like a lot.  I wore them last Friday as well.  When I was getting dressed this morning, I had anxious thoughts floating in my head of what I'm going to do when these things wear out and what will people at work think seeing me in the same stuff two Fridays in a row ;-)

I've had to fight this as well over the years (thanks, childhood brainwashing from parents). But, who knows, you could be hit by a bus tomorrow. Or what is your favourite today may no longer be your favourite next year, or your tastes change, or you change size or shape. Wear what you love now. Trust that you will find future favourite things later if needed. The only day that matters is today.

riverffashion

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 888
  • Age: 33
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2848 on: November 14, 2015, 09:55:54 AM »
Went thru two huge kitchen cabinets with my roommate- she was able to release things like graters, strainers, Tupperware missing tops or bottoms, party supplies like disposable plates and cutlery. Two bags donated, two recycled.
Also tidied my closet, bookshelf, sewing and art supplies, and memento scraps. (It was all rather minimal to begin with, e.g. had been already reduced to ~30 books now is ~25).
I've really become aware that the problem is "new" (read: castoffs -of which I am offered many and regularly!) stuff , I  must be more discerning. Also, sometimes I don't take the minute to put my things away, and fr there it continues. Insideous.
So, a few flight stubs out, a hospital pillow, some art supplies, a couple blouses and PJ bottoms, etc., a few books, etc. All donated except stubs which were recycled.
Closet is organized again, jewelry making stuff, currency collection, books, fabrics and art/sewing supplies, makeup & toiletries .

Anatidae V

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 6550
  • Age: 28
  • Location: West Aus yo
  • Naps for all!
Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2849 on: November 14, 2015, 07:35:43 PM »
Went through my kitchen and the "out" box if been meaning to go through with DH. Ditched random weird stuff that even the charity won't take. We have what I think are two retro pyrex casserole dishes. they've been turned into two lovely garden beds for my succulent propagation :)