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« Reply #3000 on: December 21, 2015, 11:00:05 AM »
Bit of a loss or stagnation, but my brother says he wants two chairs that are in our attic.  They're out of the way, but we had decided to list them on Craigslist (they need a deep cleaning or reupholstering and none of the local charities will take donations in that condition).  Which means waiting a year until he graduates and can them them with him.

Oh well.

But, I did go through our attic storage and put a healthy pile of things in our donation pile - out of season clothes that didn't get missed, etc.  There will be more when I put away the tree and go through the storage dump-all.  It's the last vanguard of clutter in the house, mostly left over from the renovation days.
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« Reply #3001 on: December 21, 2015, 12:09:39 PM »
About a year ago, I started dealing with the mountain of toiletries that I owned- stuff that I'd bought, stuff from hotels and stuff I'd been given. Its taken a full year to use most of it.

I think I am down to 10-15% of what I had!

I've started to do this just recently. I can't wait to have it all cleared out. Its tempting to just toss it, but I love to use things up even more. I will probably take a moment and just combine all the like products into larger bottles.
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« Reply #3002 on: December 21, 2015, 01:33:00 PM »
About a year ago, I started dealing with the mountain of toiletries that I owned- stuff that I'd bought, stuff from hotels and stuff I'd been given. Its taken a full year to use most of it.

I think I am down to 10-15% of what I had!

I've started to do this just recently. I can't wait to have it all cleared out. Its tempting to just toss it, but I love to use things up even more. I will probably take a moment and just combine all the like products into larger bottles.

I did that too- consolidate and conquer!  Almost through most of it.  For some reason I have way too many bandaids, but I'm not willing to increase my injury rate in order to use them up.

I finished the Kondo book yesterday and it's evidently had an effect on me, because I came to work this morning and immediately rearranged things in my cubicle and got rid of some things that were stashed under my desk for the last few years.  Planning to do more this week since we'll be reorganizing the office in the not too distant future and having things under control will make the cube move much easier.

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« Reply #3003 on: December 21, 2015, 05:43:53 PM »
[...]  For some reason I have way too many bandaids, but I'm not willing to increase my injury rate in order to use them up.
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That is awesome!! Just for the record, I did get my entertainment center back to the house, and will be using them for raised beds as you suggested. Also, just for the sake of having more fun, they aren't called raised beds. They are going to be called EGC Modules (Entertainment Garden Center).
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« Reply #3004 on: December 21, 2015, 07:27:47 PM »
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I did that too- consolidate and conquer!  Almost through most of it.  For some reason I have way too many bandaids, but I'm not willing to increase my injury rate in order to use them up.

Hah, yes I also have more Bandaids than any person could expect to use in a lifetime! But they don't have an expiry date so in 20 years, maybe we will be ready to buy a new box!

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« Reply #3005 on: December 21, 2015, 07:39:58 PM »
I finally gave in and this weekend bought the three Billy bookcases I'd been eyeing at Ikea (and stained a nice lumber top to tie them all together) to create a more organized media area with books on the shelves and TV and Wifi router on top ... after moving things around to reorganize the living room, I've now packed up a huge bag of things (including about 25 books) for Goodwill and sold on Craigslist my two Expedit bookcases, two other folding bookcases (wtf with the bookcases!), and two random stools that were serving as plant stands for more than DOUBLE what I paid for the Billy setup. So I've managed to significantly declutter, buy/make something I love, and make a profit off the whole thing ... feels pretty awesome. I'm having surgery in January and will be holed up in my living room for way too long so I'm motivated to have it set up in a way that feels good (joyful, even!) and not anxiety-provoking ... thanks for the inspiration, Mustachians!

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« Reply #3006 on: December 21, 2015, 08:47:03 PM »

That's not shallow or ridiculous. It's the magic of tidying up. When you like everything you have, and you don't have stuff that bothers you, getting dressed becomes something you don't have to worry about any more. So far, I've only thoroughly tidied my socks and underwear, but even there, knowing that everything in the drawer works and fits is genuinely gratifying. It's amazing how much energy we (well, some of us) expend dealing with clothing-baggage, and how freeing it feels to discard even a little.

So much this. I have about a third to a quarter of the clothes I used to have but also have zero "don't have anything to wear" syndrome. Basically, I like everything that's in my closet so in the morning I just reach for a shirt and a pair of trousers, scarf, necklace, and I'm done. Zero thinking about what to wear and zero anxiety. Plus, I've basically stopped shopping for clothes because I like everything I have. So liberating.

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« Reply #3007 on: December 21, 2015, 08:53:31 PM »
Awesome work everyone! Spending the holidays in my family's cluttered homes has reinforced how important serene spaces are to me now. I find it draining to look at cluttered surfaces, trip over piles of stuff stashed around and walk along paths where the trees and bushes attack you (yes, even cluttered gardens here). I've talked to everyone about what I'm doing and the benefits but they're not especially interested.  Will keep my room neat as a pin to have a sanctuary to escape to. Will be even more motivated to do more decluttering when I get home.  Keep up the good work everyone. Ks

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« Reply #3008 on: December 21, 2015, 09:23:05 PM »
About a year ago, I started dealing with the mountain of toiletries that I owned- stuff that I'd bought, stuff from hotels and stuff I'd been given. Its taken a full year to use most of it.

I think I am down to 10-15% of what I had!

I hoard these even though I travel for business at least once a month. This weekend I dropped them off at my local church good bank for their clients. It's nice to think someone who really needs them will now have access to them.

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« Reply #3009 on: December 22, 2015, 01:49:44 AM »

That's not shallow or ridiculous. It's the magic of tidying up. When you like everything you have, and you don't have stuff that bothers you, getting dressed becomes something you don't have to worry about any more. So far, I've only thoroughly tidied my socks and underwear, but even there, knowing that everything in the drawer works and fits is genuinely gratifying. It's amazing how much energy we (well, some of us) expend dealing with clothing-baggage, and how freeing it feels to discard even a little.

So much this. I have about a third to a quarter of the clothes I used to have but also have zero "don't have anything to wear" syndrome. Basically, I like everything that's in my closet so in the morning I just reach for a shirt and a pair of trousers, scarf, necklace, and I'm done. Zero thinking about what to wear and zero anxiety. Plus, I've basically stopped shopping for clothes because I like everything I have. So liberating.

This! I decluttered my clothes ruthlessly a few years ago and while I have less, everything goes with everything and it's so much easier than it used to be. And there's no "but it's nice, really, so I really should wear it" but not actually wanting to wear it.

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« Reply #3010 on: December 22, 2015, 03:37:52 AM »
I like everything that's in my closet so in the morning I just reach for a shirt and a pair of trousers, scarf, necklace, and I'm done. Zero thinking about what to wear and zero anxiety.

Exactly the same with me.:)

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« Reply #3011 on: December 22, 2015, 09:42:00 AM »
I like everything that's in my closet so in the morning I just reach for a shirt and a pair of trousers, scarf, necklace, and I'm done. Zero thinking about what to wear and zero anxiety.

Exactly the same with me.:)

I'm still not there yet- in terms of loving all my clothes. I hav been there at certain points when I was younger.. Think miniskirts and stilettos of which there are many ha-ha! Anyway, I DO NOT dress that way anymore, I like comfort , cute, and style wrapped in one. And I'm VERY picky! And I do do not buy clothing(anymore-) . I am lucky to be recieve ample  castoffs from my lovely coworkers, some clothing of which I love. . , except of course I purchase  shoes and undergarments. . maybe I should ?? Idk, any thoughts?
Oh, and yes I hav greatly pared down my wardrobe already, think approx a dozen tops, half a dozen each pant and skirt. Mixing and matching, and using different shoes, handbag, makeup, and jewelry add quite a bit of variation.
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« Reply #3012 on: December 22, 2015, 03:01:30 PM »
I consigned several of DH's beautiful wool sport jackets--herringbone/BrooksBros/ navy; he still has some he will keep, but as we are retired, he just doesn't need many.  I felt a little sad about it; he did not.  There may be a few more we can part with...

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« Reply #3013 on: December 22, 2015, 05:04:53 PM »
I came across this Wait But Why post recently (it's a great post), and I was struck by how accurate it was. I'd previously printed out the Life in Weeks chart and tracked my life so far, but I hadn't thought about the time that I have left.

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Not counting Wait But Why research, I read about five books a year, so even though it feels like Iíll read an endless number of books in the future, I actually have to choose only 300 of all the books out there to read and accept that Iíll sign off for eternity without knowing what goes on in all the rest.

I read about 10 books a year, which gives me about 600 books for the rest of my life, although FIRE will boost that number greatly. It definitely puts things into perspective when you have a concrete number. I used to finish reading every single book that I'd started even if I lost interest or didn't like it; I really hated leaving things unfinished (sunk cost fallacy). But as I got older, I realized the time spent slogging through a terrible book could have been better spent doing something else instead. Similarly, I find myself being more and more willing to let go of things (donating old clothes, useless trinkets that were presents from family and friends, etc) as I learn what's important to me.

And on that note, I reorganized the ebooks on my Kindle. It had gotten to the point where I had >30 unread books, and when I turned on my Kindle, I'll get analysis paralysis trying to decide which one I should read first. Now I'm down to 10 books, ordered in a to-read priority list, hopefully I'll get through a few of them during all the holiday traveling.

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« Reply #3014 on: December 25, 2015, 09:30:25 PM »
I need to get back into this. I don't know if it's the holidays (so much more kid stuff everywhere!), the fact that my 1yo's favorite way to "play" is to throw toys around the room, or what, but everything feels so cluttered lately. My clothes are still nice & neat, but there's a ton more areas I need to attack. Mr Tofu is off all weekend, I believe (a very rare occurrence!), so may be tomorrow and Sunday we can start a proper KonMari-ing.
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« Reply #3015 on: December 27, 2015, 02:02:33 PM »
Got home yesterday afternoon after a few days away for Christmas.

I took an hour to go through a few drawers and the bathroom, and tossed 37 things. I don't go back to work for a week, so if I do that every day I will start the new year in a good place.

My husband is finishing up with his company in a few days and has four boxes of business cards here at home. I suppose it would be cheating to count those individually... :)

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« Reply #3016 on: December 27, 2015, 02:37:23 PM »
Worked on my kitchen today and got rid of extra stuff and cleaned out my pantry and reorganized so I can easily find everything.   A few days ago I filled my car and went to thrift store. I like to have some extra space so if I buy something I don't have to worry abut where to put it.

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« Reply #3017 on: December 27, 2015, 03:56:53 PM »
Husband went through all of his clothing today - prompted by a sock gift (thanks mom!). Four bags to goodwill and one to the landfill. A gift card replenished socks and undershirts, so now he's much lighter in the clothing department.  Big win as he had a LOT of clothes, mostly because any culling would be all at once and he never got around to it. I facilitated as best I could and didnt try to sway one way or another. Very proud of him and happy with the state of our closet :-)

Three bags went to goodwill yesterday after my annual post Christmas freakout - we tend to exist on the high end of my admittedly low "stuff" tolerance, so even the minimal gifts put me on edge.

We rearranged a room to make a crafting corner, as some of the gifts - needed - meant that items needed a home.

It's only two days after and all holiday errands and after holiday errands are complete.

Happy holidays :-)
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« Reply #3018 on: December 27, 2015, 06:18:09 PM »
I came across this Wait But Why post recently (it's a great post), and I was struck by how accurate it was. I'd previously printed out the Life in Weeks chart and tracked my life so far, but I hadn't thought about the time that I have left.

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Not counting Wait But Why research, I read about five books a year, so even though it feels like Iíll read an endless number of books in the future, I actually have to choose only 300 of all the books out there to read and accept that Iíll sign off for eternity without knowing what goes on in all the rest.

I read about 10 books a year, which gives me about 600 books for the rest of my life, although FIRE will boost that number greatly. It definitely puts things into perspective when you have a concrete number. I used to finish reading every single book that I'd started even if I lost interest or didn't like it; I really hated leaving things unfinished (sunk cost fallacy). But as I got older, I realized the time spent slogging through a terrible book could have been better spent doing something else instead. Similarly, I find myself being more and more willing to let go of things (donating old clothes, useless trinkets that were presents from family and friends, etc) as I learn what's important to me.

And on that note, I reorganized the ebooks on my Kindle. It had gotten to the point where I had >30 unread books, and when I turned on my Kindle, I'll get analysis paralysis trying to decide which one I should read first. Now I'm down to 10 books, ordered in a to-read priority list, hopefully I'll get through a few of them during all the holiday traveling.
I have smashed through 4 novels on this vacation already!!! (Less than 10 days in)... And it's been an active vacation with lots of hiking, driving etc, and only an overnight flight (I will typically read over half a novel on a four hour flight) so I never feel bad about leaving something unfinished (as it's pretty rare, when you read this quickly you don't tend to loos interest). You have made the right choice not to waste time on books you don't like, although I really hope you can read more than 600 books in your life time, because there are so many great ones :-)

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« Reply #3019 on: December 27, 2015, 08:32:59 PM »
So I have been gifting friends like mad nice things I just have never really used -- a set of champagne glasses, a leather briefcase, a cute makeup bag, a purse and I even brought a big bag of tea to my friend's Xmas tea today. I am mostly upfront that the gifts are hand me downs. No one cares.

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« Reply #3020 on: December 28, 2015, 12:06:26 AM »
I askef for no presents this year from our extended family given our decluttering efforts this year - and I suddenly find myself being treated as a decluttering guru on my holidays. My mum has decluttered a few bad corners before I arrived and was keen to show off her work. My sisters in law have cleaned out sheds in my presence and my very messy Mil has done an amazing job on her house. Still lots to do but I've promised to help. Everyone, the word is getting out!

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« Reply #3021 on: December 28, 2015, 02:40:00 AM »
Now the house is decluttered of Christmas things I have been going around and throwing away random stuff. I can't even remember what all the things were, some chives I didn't like, some outof date cream etc...

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« Reply #3022 on: December 28, 2015, 03:32:07 AM »
This evening I watched some minimalist youtube videos and am inspired to get rid of more stuff! I already have some unwanted Christmas items in the donate pile and just posted several other items for sale. I know I'm ready to part with more stuff than that, but need the approval from Mr. Meowstache before anything else gets the boot.

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« Reply #3023 on: December 28, 2015, 10:42:02 AM »
Hi Meowstache, I was in a similar position,  needing hubby's approval before getting rid of lots of shared stuff. I just filled some big boxes and then asked  him to review them for anything he thought needed to stay. He found 2 things out of about 300 so I was happy with that!

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« Reply #3024 on: December 28, 2015, 01:08:00 PM »
Hi there~ jumping in here!

I've struggled with keeping stuff since I was a kid. Committing to slowly, steadily, going through our house from top to bottom in 2016. I actually sometimes do Clutterers Anonymous phone meetings for the support and focus.

I've spent some time the past few days going through crap in the basement. Got rid of a lot... still have a lot to go. I took a big box to the Salvation Army and several boxes of recycling to a recycling drop off. Secretly purged some of the kids toys... stuff they won't miss. Also purged some old files from houses we no longer own. It's amazing how much stuff piles up. Feels great to be getting rid of stuff.

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« Reply #3025 on: December 28, 2015, 01:48:51 PM »
Am super proud of myself for getting rid of a huge bag of fabric scraps that I was never going to use to make anything.
It is HARD to let craft supplies go, because I often go digging for just the right thing for a project. But this would never be the right thing!

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« Reply #3026 on: December 28, 2015, 03:25:22 PM »
Finally got rid of a nice chunk of my stuff at my parents' house today.
Lots more to do though...

... and did some more these holidays! Felt good, I'm inspired to do more in my own house!

Nice read on clutter btw (Found via The Minimalists fb)
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« Reply #3027 on: December 28, 2015, 05:19:06 PM »
I spent all day in my office and the linen closet so filled my car once again. It feels good to open a closet and have everything be neat and not falling out.  Congrats to everyone for doing such a great job!

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« Reply #3028 on: December 28, 2015, 09:54:11 PM »
So I showed the minimalist youtube video to Mr. Meowstache and we talked about how calm and lovely the home tour was. That inspired us to go through lots of our joint stuff and a bit of our individual stuff. I am SHOCKED! My living room is full of piles and piles of stuff and I feel so disgusted that we ever had that in the first place. And this is AFTER We did a massive purge last year.

I have some things that I could sell, but it is so overwhelming I'm donating most items. Madness!

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« Reply #3029 on: December 28, 2015, 09:59:01 PM »
So I showed the minimalist youtube video to Mr. Meowstache and we talked about how calm and lovely the home tour was. That inspired us to go through lots of our joint stuff and a bit of our individual stuff. I am SHOCKED! My living room is full of piles and piles of stuff and I feel so disgusted that we ever had that in the first place. And this is AFTER We did a massive purge last year.

I have some things that I could sell, but it is so overwhelming I'm donating most items. Madness!

Sounds like progress- keep up the good work Mr. & Mrs. Meowstache.

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« Reply #3030 on: December 29, 2015, 08:09:04 AM »
Sold a dress yesterday on a FB garage sale site. It has inspired me to sell more of my excess clothing. Especially stuff that has never been worn, and is just hanging there because I might wear it some day. I am off work this week, and will list at least one item/day.

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« Reply #3031 on: December 29, 2015, 12:23:18 PM »
Future hubby and I moved a couple weeks ago & he's finally donated some clothing. And  he's finding a little more since we've moved... Decluttering is not his thing, but at least moving is a little motivation.
He and I were living separate and with our combined kitchen things, I've recycled a dozen or so Tupperwares with a top or missing a bottom . o definitely wouldn't say we hav a lot of things between us but a little more than what fits comfortably in our 500sq. foot apt.. Closet spaccs are pretty packed (he's filled the big one with his hoards of clothing and shoes and a couple shelves in the linen closet. My small closet is very modest with clothing, but filled otherwise to the brim with completed art- great motivation to keep selling! Omg

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« Reply #3032 on: December 29, 2015, 04:26:01 PM »
Went through the bathroom cabinets and tossed a few things. Put away a few clothing items for consignment. Filed paperwork that was gathering dust for the last month or so. Went through my cc bill and tossed the receipts. Had to call about a couple of fraudulent charges - nothing huge but I'm getting charges from Netflix Mexico under an old account number that apparently was compromised and closed about a year ago!  What gives???  The cc company was trying to tell me that I need to call Netflix Mexico and stop them from charging me!!!  Ugh!  It took an hour and conversations with 3 people to make them understand that I had nothing to do with the charges and it was the cc company's problem for accepting random charges to an account that they closed and deactivated a year ago!



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« Reply #3033 on: December 29, 2015, 05:10:18 PM »
Time to wake DH up so we can go through our clothes :) love the holidays...

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« Reply #3034 on: December 29, 2015, 06:22:13 PM »
I just went through all the old paint that was taking up valuable space in the garage.  About 60% of it was too old and dried up to use.  Moved what was left down to an out of the way basement cabinet that was empty as a result of previous decluttering.  Now have a handy place for the air compressor so we don't have to lug it up from the shop if a car tire needs air.  MUCH less messy to look at when pulling into the garage, too.  Now to clean up the other side where all my horse gear lands on it's way to or from the stable.

I'm getting more and more critical about things, like WHY do I have a 3-hole punch?  I'm not a student and haven't been for over a decade, so I can't imagine needing a 3-hole punch.  If I ever do, I can just use the one at the office.  I also had literally 8,000 staples and two staple pullers in a little plastic box in the office.  Decided one small box of 1,000 staples will probably last me the rest of my life, and I only need one staple puller, if that.

Sold an iPod on eBay.  Made sure to use as much of my bubble wrap stash as possible when packing it.

Have two more boxes overflowing with stuff to donate.

Horse gear just isn't really moving right now, so I think I'm going to just set aside what I want to get rid of and take another run at selling it in the spring.

Sadly the scanner I thought I could use for my photos is worn out and isn't feeding photos properly and is making everything streaky, so I think I'll just sort through and take everything worth scanning to a shop to have it done professionally.

The shop is really cluttered, but it's hella cold, so I doubt I'll get out there and clean that up.  I suppose I could bring in the various tool chests and things and sit by the fire sort through them.

I need to finish breaking down the aquarium and list that and my espresso machine on Craigslist.  I'm ready to sell them cheap just to get them gone.  I'm even considering selling my KitchenAid mixer since I don't bake anymore, but I'm afraid I'll regret that one later.

I've been in and out of stores a lot the last few days because I've been doing some house projects and I'm happy to say that the only potential clutter I've brought home is a new toy for the dog, but she loves it, so I don't mind.

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« Reply #3035 on: December 29, 2015, 06:22:54 PM »
Cleaned out the pajama and tshirt drawer. Got rid of a good amount.
Still held on to some that don't fit but I have an attachment to, but there's room in the drawer so I'm okay with it.

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« Reply #3036 on: January 03, 2016, 03:51:21 PM »
I'm on a roll today; so far I have given away a stereo receiver, CD player, DVD player and two hockey helmets. A lady is coming tomorrow for two bar stools.

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« Reply #3037 on: January 03, 2016, 04:56:02 PM »
Took a ton of misc stuff to Goodwill the other day...suits I don't wear anymore, an old laptop bag, lots of glassware cluttering our kitchen cabinets, random throw pillows sitting in the basement, old landline phones we'll never use again, etc. Also took some books to a used bookstore traded for some store credit I'll use to by my 2 yr old some cheap books. Also listed more items on eBay. Man, I love this feeling....it's kind of like losing weight!

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« Reply #3038 on: January 03, 2016, 04:59:07 PM »
Good progress lately during time off work: took electronics including speakers, cords and CDs to a reuse collection on campus; sorted through hobby supplies and hosted 13 people over to make up projects using whatever they wanted from the pile; also gave a high end digital camera and signed camera book to a high school student who is very excited about future photo projects; gave away kitchen ware to neighbours new to the country.  A few items have recently been purchased online however, so need to process more clutter to go out and find worthwhile homes.  Hosting friends was the biggest success. Everyone brought their kids and snacks to share and lots of supplies became finished projects that day.

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« Reply #3039 on: January 03, 2016, 05:40:13 PM »
Time to wake DH up so we can go through our clothes :) love the holidays...
We got rid of about 25% of his clothes and 10% of mine. He's back at work now, so I'm sorting through things for his approval in the evenings :)

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« Reply #3040 on: January 03, 2016, 07:26:20 PM »
This thread is so inspiring to me. Decluttering with a toddler around is slow going (as she can pull stuff out of bags as fast as I can put it in), but I filled three grocery bags of stuff to donate and threw out some trash.

I've been challenging myself to either use stuff or get rid of it, which has been helpful. Like if I notice a shirt I haven't worn in a while, I'll tell myself to wear it the next day. And if I don't want to, why not? Sometimes the answer is because it's seasonally inappropriate or something, but more often it's because it's unflattering, or I don't have anything to pair it with, and into the donation pile it goes. I've started doing that with books too. I had a book that I got for my birthday a year and a half ago that I hadn't read, so I made myself start it last night. And it was terrible! The author's writing style was horrendous! So that went into the donation pile too.

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« Reply #3041 on: January 03, 2016, 07:36:59 PM »
Sold some hand tool cases on ebay.  These were the cases that wrenches originally came in but I keep all my tools in a large tool chest anyway, no need for a case.  Got a few bucks for them and they are out of my basement.

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« Reply #3042 on: January 03, 2016, 07:40:00 PM »
Made great progress today.

15 cookbooks, 15 kids books, reorganized a few cupboards and sold some stuff on varagesale. Starting to see extra space which is so nice.

Tomorrow want to go through my clothes and then take a load to the donation centre.

Then time to store away the stuff waiting to be sold. Going to give it a couple months if it doesn't sell, it won't and time to donate the rest! So freeing!

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« Reply #3043 on: January 03, 2016, 10:09:16 PM »
I have 3 bags of kid clothes and one bag of toys going to consignment tomorrow. A bag of my clothes is going to Goodwill along with whatever kid stuff the consignment shop doesn't want. Also have a few things ready for eBay, and one book already listed.

I don't understand how my kids have so much stuff...
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« Reply #3044 on: January 04, 2016, 05:05:58 AM »
So, my final update for 2015 in 2015... did I manage to get rid of 2015 things? Kinda...

I was about 150 items short by Christmas. My husband asked how I was going and I said I didn't think I was going to make it. I'd fallen behind since November, so even with a ruthless push in December I was coming up short, and I really had pared down so much I didn't think I could find enough stuff.

Well, how cute is this, he said, "If I go through my box of electrical cables, I bet I could find you close to that number". I have hated this tangled mess for years, and used to mention it periodically as a source of annoyance for me. Once I woke up to myself at the beginning of 2015, and decided to get my own metaphorical house in order first, I never mentioned it (or anything else I thought my husband could stand to get rid of), again.

Through the year he's shown more and more interest, every so often volunteering and item and telling me I can check it off my list, but I was really touched that he was prepared to go through the dreaded box just so I'd make my goal :)

That said, we kept meaning to go through it together, and we totally forgot until 1st January! So on New Year's Day, we went through the box, got rid of loads of things, and were about 18 items short of my 2015 goal. We went through the house finding an odd pen we could take to work, a leftover Christmas bow we could bin and so on, until we made it!

So I did get rid of 2015, but technically it wasn't all in 2015. I'm calling it a win though!

Thanks so much for all the support through the year. I'm not stopping now, I'm sure as time goes on I'll find more stuff, but it feels odd not to 'count' (yes, I went through the Christmas gifts ruthlessly already). For the time being I'm 'done' but I know full well I haven't reached Marie Kondo's state of happiness with the number of items I own. Good luck everyone for a less cluttery 2016!

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« Reply #3045 on: January 04, 2016, 05:39:17 AM »
So I finally got rid of my storage unit just before xmas (which I may have mentioned). Found uses or a home for damn near everything, but still wound up with two giant boxes filled with paperwork that must be destroyed. So I borrowed my little brother's fire pit yesterday, and we're going to have a fun little bonfire to get rid of it all!! And before you ask, I did sort through to make sure it's just paper good for burning. No plastic or any of that noxious crap (my neighbor burns enough of that).
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« Reply #3046 on: January 04, 2016, 12:37:42 PM »
So I finally got rid of my storage unit just before xmas (which I may have mentioned). Found uses or a home for damn near everything, but still wound up with two giant boxes filled with paperwork that must be destroyed. So I borrowed my little brother's fire pit yesterday, and we're going to have a fun little bonfire to get rid of it all!! And before you ask, I did sort through to make sure it's just paper good for burning. No plastic or any of that noxious crap (my neighbor burns enough of that).

Congratulations!  What an awesome way to begin the New Year!

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« Reply #3047 on: January 04, 2016, 04:45:21 PM »
So I finally got rid of my storage unit just before xmas (which I may have mentioned). Found uses or a home for damn near everything, but still wound up with two giant boxes filled with paperwork that must be destroyed. So I borrowed my little brother's fire pit yesterday, and we're going to have a fun little bonfire to get rid of it all!! And before you ask, I did sort through to make sure it's just paper good for burning. No plastic or any of that noxious crap (my neighbor burns enough of that).

Getting rid of a storage unit is almost as great as compounding interest.  Nice job!

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« Reply #3048 on: January 04, 2016, 04:56:26 PM »
Congratulations!  What an awesome way to begin the New Year!

Getting rid of a storage unit is almost as great as compounding interest.  Nice job!

Thank you both. In my journal, I broke down the 'savings' of not having it. It was ridiculous. $207/month saved.
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« Reply #3049 on: January 04, 2016, 06:14:22 PM »
Went through my closet and got rid of a garbage bag or two full of stuff (5 kitchen garbage bags lol) Took another load to the charity drop off. Really starting to see progress around here!