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« Reply #3050 on: January 04, 2016, 06:14:35 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.

Wow! Great savings.

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« Reply #3051 on: January 04, 2016, 09:48:45 PM »
Sold our media center and donated a few more things around the living room. It's starting to look more spacious and spartan. If I can have my way, I'd want to remove things from a shelf and convert it into a toy shelf. We have too many knick knacks. Baby steps!

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« Reply #3052 on: January 05, 2016, 05:18:50 AM »
Looks like I have a buyer for one item I listed on Craigslist.  This inspired me to renew two other listings I have.  And I am going to list an armchair that I replaced recently. 

I have gathered several more items for the consignment store.  I will bring them in by the end of this week.



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« Reply #3053 on: January 05, 2016, 07:03:30 AM »
So I finally got rid of my storage unit just before xmas

Awesome!  If you don't have any debt to pay off, you should direct whatever you used to pay straight into your investments; don't change your budget around to spend more now that you 'found' money

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« Reply #3054 on: January 05, 2016, 07:21:20 AM »
My wife sold our playstation rock band set.  That thing took up a lot of space in the closet.  Now got to get rid of the PS 2.

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« Reply #3055 on: January 05, 2016, 04:33:29 PM »
I've been working on clothes and linens - today I took 6 blue recycling bags to donate plus a box of "stuff".  The car was full.  This was all easy stuff (outer skin of the onion?), but it cleared the way for seeing what else is not needed.  I also donated all sorts of craft items over Christmas, so say 8 containers total.

A few years ago, because of work, I was living in town during the week and coming home on weekends.  As I look at my stuff I am realizing that I have a lot of duplicates from that time, including a second set of metal dog dishes!  Even after having DD take whatever she wanted when she was setting up her own apartment, I still have way more than I need.  So I need to figure out how much I really need,and how much is just being held on to "in case".  Plus I know I have things that I need to keep simply because they are pretty (bedspreads, things like that), that I will use when I stage the house.  But for now they can go into deep storage.
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« Reply #3056 on: January 05, 2016, 05:07:15 PM »

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!

Wow, that is an awesome accomplishment. CONGRATS:)

I just started a 90 day challenge to deal with the house and two sheds - if I don't focus on a deadline, 2016 will be over without any progress. I made good progress in 2015, but I'm ready for the finish line.

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« Reply #3057 on: January 07, 2016, 04:04:01 AM »

Wow, that is an awesome accomplishment. CONGRATS:)

I just started a 90 day challenge to deal with the house and two sheds - if I don't focus on a deadline, 2016 will be over without any progress. I made good progress in 2015, but I'm ready for the finish line.

Thanks Rosy! Ironically, I became so attached to the sheet where I logged each item I got rid of (a spreadsheet with little boxes) that I didn't want to throw it out when I was finished! Ha ha. I took a picture of it and let it go.

I also got rid of a load more stuff yesterday - three large shopping bags full. I'm not counting this year, but I'm glad my appetite for decluttering is still going strong. I am high on the extra space and compliments about how neat my house is looking!

Good luck with your challenge, I found it so helpful.

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« Reply #3058 on: January 07, 2016, 02:48:11 PM »
Donated magazines to the VA home this morning.  (Someone, we don't know who, has gifted magazine subscriptions to DH for several years now.  Each year it's a different magazine.  Last year it was Men's Health.  The year prior it was Maxim.  This year it's ESPN and GQ.)  If you knew my DH, you'd know how very un-sporty and GQ he is.  Yet, he won't call the magazine to ask who is sending them, LOL.

Cleared out the pantry from holiday cooking and baking.  Asked the VA if they would accept an unopened 5 LB bag of flour.  Nope.  So it's going to the food bank.

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« Reply #3059 on: January 08, 2016, 11:36:41 AM »
I donated a carload of stuff to Goodwill, sold some unnecessary furniture and other stuff on Craigslist for over $450, and gave away some old veterinary prescriptions on Buy Nothing. I've got a couple of drawers in my bedroom left to edit (and don't get me started on the storage shed!), but otherwise I am feeling CLEAN. It is so liberating to know exactly what I own, where it is, and that I use or otherwise value all of it. :)


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« Reply #3060 on: January 08, 2016, 12:15:02 PM »
I donated a carload of stuff to Goodwill, sold some unnecessary furniture and other stuff on Craigslist for over $450, and gave away some old veterinary prescriptions on Buy Nothing. I've got a couple of drawers in my bedroom left to edit (and don't get me started on the storage shed!), but otherwise I am feeling CLEAN. It is so liberating to know exactly what I own, where it is, and that I use or otherwise value all of it. :)

Baby steps for the fiancÚ- several beanies as well as a couple work shirts (he has a uniform) donated.
I'm steadily recycling some old drawings etc as I work on a new project.

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« Reply #3061 on: January 08, 2016, 12:38:05 PM »
Donated magazines to the VA home this morning.  (Someone, we don't know who, has gifted magazine subscriptions to DH for several years now.  Each year it's a different magazine.  Last year it was Men's Health.  The year prior it was Maxim.  This year it's ESPN and GQ.)  If you knew my DH, you'd know how very un-sporty and GQ he is.  Yet, he won't call the magazine to ask who is sending them, LOL.

New goal once I catch FIRE: Pick some random person, and then subscribe magazines for them. It should be fun. Every now and then, I'll find their weakest spot, and find a corresponding magazine. Oh yes.
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« Reply #3062 on: January 08, 2016, 01:24:33 PM »
Donated magazines to the VA home this morning.  (Someone, we don't know who, has gifted magazine subscriptions to DH for several years now.  Each year it's a different magazine.  Last year it was Men's Health.  The year prior it was Maxim.  This year it's ESPN and GQ.)  If you knew my DH, you'd know how very un-sporty and GQ he is.  Yet, he won't call the magazine to ask who is sending them, LOL.

New goal once I catch FIRE: Pick some random person, and then subscribe magazines for them. It should be fun. Every now and then, I'll find their weakest spot, and find a corresponding magazine. Oh yes.

LOL!  Put that on the bucket list.  Must be something in the Colorado air.  ;)

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« Reply #3063 on: January 08, 2016, 01:36:18 PM »
Donated magazines to the VA home this morning.  (Someone, we don't know who, has gifted magazine subscriptions to DH for several years now.  Each year it's a different magazine.  Last year it was Men's Health.  The year prior it was Maxim.  This year it's ESPN and GQ.)  If you knew my DH, you'd know how very un-sporty and GQ he is.  Yet, he won't call the magazine to ask who is sending them, LOL.

New goal once I catch FIRE: Pick some random person, and then subscribe magazines for them. It should be fun. Every now and then, I'll find their weakest spot, and find a corresponding magazine. Oh yes.

LOL!  Put that on the bucket list.  Must be something in the Colorado air.  ;)

It certainly isn't oxygen. :)
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« Reply #3064 on: January 08, 2016, 01:41:15 PM »
Spent 20 minutes on hold with the newspaper; but if that means the delivery of the free paper stops, it was totally worth it.

I shouldn't have to pick up a paper and put it in my recycling bin once a week. It doesn't even have coupons!

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« Reply #3065 on: January 08, 2016, 01:50:27 PM »
Donated magazines to the VA home this morning.  (Someone, we don't know who, has gifted magazine subscriptions to DH for several years now.  Each year it's a different magazine.  Last year it was Men's Health.  The year prior it was Maxim.  This year it's ESPN and GQ.)  If you knew my DH, you'd know how very un-sporty and GQ he is.  Yet, he won't call the magazine to ask who is sending them, LOL.

New goal once I catch FIRE: Pick some random person, and then subscribe magazines for them. It should be fun. Every now and then, I'll find their weakest spot, and find a corresponding magazine. Oh yes.

LOL!  Put that on the bucket list.  Must be something in the Colorado air.  ;)

It certainly isn't oxygen. :)

Snort!  I hear you.  I'm about 4 hours NW of you.

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« Reply #3066 on: January 08, 2016, 03:52:51 PM »
We are in the middle of a reno on a complete junker of a house.  The place is in chaos.  Back when we listed our last house for sale (Spring 2015) we put about 60% of our "stuff" in storage in order to stage the house for an optimal sale.  That went well and we moved on to a complete fixer.  Now in order to eliminate the storage space payment we moved all that "stuff" back into our chaotic reno.  Ugh.  This month's goal is to sort through all those boxes and gift, toss or actually use these things.  Tonight I will count the number of boxes and set a weekly goal in order to get through this task by Feb 1.

Goal declared.  Here's to accountability :)

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« Reply #3067 on: January 09, 2016, 03:40:11 AM »
Maybe I should prioritize decluttering my bicycles and bike parts first. Those are a LOT harder to part with, but they take a lot more space.
Spent some time on those yesterday.... man, most of that stuff is OLD! Many items haven't been used in a decade.
Pretty stupid, since they're now so outdated that they'll be very hard to sell at a decent price (or sell at all!)

Lessen learnt: sell unused items before they've completely depreciated.
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« Reply #3068 on: January 09, 2016, 09:07:21 AM »
Spent 20 minutes on hold with the newspaper; but if that means the delivery of the free paper stops, it was totally worth it.

I shouldn't have to pick up a paper and put it in my recycling bin once a week. It doesn't even have coupons!

There is no such mechanism for my weekly penny saver.  You are getting it whether you like it or not.  It goes directly from the front porch to recycling bin.  Probably half the time it's water logged from rain and unreadable even if you wanted to look at it.

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« Reply #3069 on: January 09, 2016, 09:53:47 AM »
Posted several items on Craigslist today - bike, juicer, espresso machine, ski helmet and aquarium.  Hopefully at least one will sell this weekend!

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« Reply #3070 on: January 09, 2016, 03:20:03 PM »
Posted several items on Craigslist today - bike, juicer, espresso machine, ski helmet and aquarium.  Hopefully at least one will sell this weekend!
Nice! 

I'm going to make a donation tomorrow.  I have a big enough pile to make the drive (2.5 miles) worth it.  However, I'm hoping to get my husband in on the action to get even more stuff out of the house.  It's crazy how many things we acquired over the holidays. 

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« Reply #3071 on: January 09, 2016, 03:32:08 PM »
Have been slowly getting rid of items from shelves and storage areas with a careful sort. So now I have an empty rubbermaid bin to store my donation items in, and emptied a whole piece of storage furniture and just listed it for sale.  Ahhh, feels so good.

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« Reply #3072 on: January 09, 2016, 03:37:39 PM »
Decluttered a drawer today and discovered that I have about 10 rolls of scotch tape. Will try and pawn some off on friends and family. Why is it so hard to part with small, meaningless items, but I gave away a trailer hitch worth at least a couple hundred dollars without even thinking twice about it?

Maybe it is because I will eventually need tape, but will never have a use for that hitch.

Anyone need tape?

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« Reply #3073 on: January 10, 2016, 02:48:46 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 :)

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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).

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

Sorted! I've just found out that my local council will take all of that stuff and recycle it. I just have to take it to the recycling centre.

I've decided on a slightly different method for my decluttering this time. I used to go through the tubs of stuff and drawers and throw out what I didn't want. Now I've decided to go through everything and put aside what I do want to keep. I might be able to fill a shoebox with what I do want to keep.

Much of the rest I'll either take to my parents' place (as they're more likely to use it than me), or on a trip to the recycling centre next weekend.

Hooray!

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« Reply #3074 on: January 10, 2016, 05:25:18 AM »
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I've decided on a slightly different method for my decluttering this time. I used to go through the tubs of stuff and drawers and throw out what I didn't want. Now I've decided to go through everything and put aside what I do want to keep. I might be able to fill a shoebox with what I do want to keep.

^^^That is such good advice and something I really want to try.

I sold 2 items on Craigslist for $85.  I have 3 more listings.  At this point, I just want these things gone, so my prices are pretty low.

I haven't made it to the consignment store last week but I will put the things into my car today so that I can easily bring them in this week.



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« Reply #3075 on: January 10, 2016, 06:08:08 AM »
I have a small bedroom that was absolutely CLOGGED by a humongous dresser and night table, plus tons of clothes, many of which it doesn't occur to me to wear.  Yesterday was the Decluttering Jihad.  Out went the dresser (with some difficulty, but it's out) and the night table.  I cleaned out my minuscule closet--I can see the floor now!--made several large bags of clothes and shoes destined for Goodwill, and got my husband and our unofficial handyman to move my platform bed so I could easily access the storage baskets on the far side.  With the exception of a few work blouses that need to be hung up, everything I wear or otherwise own can fit easily into one of the six large baskets in the bed.  We had a small table in the living room once used to hold electronics we no longer have, and I've turned that into my night table.  In the space freed up by the dresser we moved in a very comfortable wing chair and a small antique table inherited from my father-in-law.  With a floor lamp and an ottoman, this will be a cozy reading nook/work space.  I'm also storing my clothes in the vertical KonMari method, which saves even more room.  I'm not totally done--I have to go through my staggering number of t-shirts--but it's amazing how open and airy my room is now.
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« Reply #3076 on: January 10, 2016, 11:25:56 AM »
I just read The Year of Living Danishly, and given how similar Canada's climate is to Denmark's, I am going for hygge. 

So this means clean and open and cozy.  Which means even more stuff to ditch than originally planned.  But that is OK.

And I will appreciate my southern location, today I have 8 hours and 55 minutes of daylight (except that it is pouring rain,which is really icky because tomorrow it will all be ice)  and Copenhagen has 7 hours and 26 minutes.
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« Reply #3077 on: January 11, 2016, 05:10:40 AM »
I have a small bedroom that was absolutely CLOGGED by a humongous dresser and night table, plus tons of clothes, many of which it doesn't occur to me to wear.  Yesterday was the Decluttering Jihad.  Out went the dresser (with some difficulty, but it's out) and the night table.  I cleaned out my minuscule closet--I can see the floor now!--made several large bags of clothes and shoes destined for Goodwill, and got my husband and our unofficial handyman to move my platform bed so I could easily access the storage baskets on the far side.  With the exception of a few work blouses that need to be hung up, everything I wear or otherwise own can fit easily into one of the six large baskets in the bed.  We had a small table in the living room once used to hold electronics we no longer have, and I've turned that into my night table.  In the space freed up by the dresser we moved in a very comfortable wing chair and a small antique table inherited from my father-in-law.  With a floor lamp and an ottoman, this will be a cozy reading nook/work space.  I'm also storing my clothes in the vertical KonMari method, which saves even more room.  I'm not totally done--I have to go through my staggering number of t-shirts--but it's amazing how open and airy my room is now.

That must feel so good. I was ready to part with my bedroom furniture just because I want the open space.  I realized unfortunately I will have to keep one bureau for now but am going to part with the other one.  I emptied it all and put all of my clothes in the closet.  One I was tired of everything being in a ball and then have to organize and refold everything every so often. But, two, I would love the space because I too want to put my desk in the corner and create a reading nooks and also a place I can put my mu on in the morning.  I can't wait to get this thing out so I can get setup.

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« Reply #3078 on: January 11, 2016, 10:49:04 AM »
I engaged in a bit of an odd "clearing out the clutter" activity recently: consolidating redundant first aid kits.



I had a small, crappy kit under the bathroom sink, a camp kit, and a bunch of random stuff on bathroom shelves.

Ditched the bathroom kit container, consolidated in a Rubbermaid container until I find a large enough first-responder bag:


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« Reply #3079 on: January 11, 2016, 10:55:20 AM »
http://www.ergodyne.com/products/pages/default.aspx?PCA=89&PRD=162

I have that one in orange and have been using it for off-roading, camping, and road trips for 5 years. It can carry enough for any basic first aid and minor medical issues.

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« Reply #3080 on: January 11, 2016, 11:01:30 AM »
cjottawa, that's a nice looking bag!

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This weekend I started another donation bag.  In it is the 5 LB bag of unused flour from Christmas baking, a lamp which was replaced by a nicer one at Christmas, and a pair of slippers I will never wear, also given to me for Christmas.  I need to tell my family in the future I am all set when it comes to slippers, bottles of lotion, and lip balm.  :P

I also deep cleaned behind the stove, and tackled the entire upstairs dusting, vacuuming and two bathrooms.  From the kitchen, I tossed about 20 alcohol wipes (dried out most likely) from various restaurants, two opened and expired Torani syrups, and a 2.5 gallon water jug I used to use for watering plants.  Next up:  I'm going to thin out old, but clean, towels to take to the animal shelter.  This will make room in the kitchen drawer to move a table cloth and place mats into it, and clean out the overflowing drawer those are in.  It is in the single digits outside-perfect weather to focus inside.

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« Reply #3081 on: January 11, 2016, 05:06:23 PM »
We recently moved from a 3bedroom home to a small 2 bedroom apartment in order for me to be closer to work.  We've used this change as an opportunity to declutter and have been on a craigslist and ebay listing binge.

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« Reply #3082 on: January 12, 2016, 06:38:14 AM »
After getting rid of almost everything we owned in July and hitting the road, my husband and I have landed in a place that we love and that we can afford, and we want to stay a while.

So we are re-crapulating, I guess. We've been sitting on the floor for the last 2 weeks and have an IKEA order arriving tomorrow with a bed, dining table, small sofa bed, etc.

It's a weird place to be in, after just having gotten rid of so much! But we're trying to be thoughtful about it, and only buy stuff that we really need for the running of the household. I have found after staying in many Airbnbs that I tend to like a place more, the less crap there is in it. Trying to remember this and be thoughtful about what we purchase now.

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« Reply #3083 on: January 12, 2016, 08:09:53 AM »
The silver lining is that you can be selective about what you add to your lives, instead of looking at a pile of stuff and wondering what to get rid of. 

After getting rid of almost everything we owned in July and hitting the road, my husband and I have landed in a place that we love and that we can afford, and we want to stay a while.

So we are re-crapulating, I guess. We've been sitting on the floor for the last 2 weeks and have an IKEA order arriving tomorrow with a bed, dining table, small sofa bed, etc.

It's a weird place to be in, after just having gotten rid of so much! But we're trying to be thoughtful about it, and only buy stuff that we really need for the running of the household. I have found after staying in many Airbnbs that I tend to like a place more, the less crap there is in it. Trying to remember this and be thoughtful about what we purchase now.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3084 on: January 12, 2016, 11:01:26 PM »
Went through grandma's books again today. She's got a lot of books. Last time she donated 4 bags (including some doubles). This time a dozen, ehh its progress.. and she had more doubles! And we finally donated the remaining cookbooks (she's 94 & does NOT cook anymore) . :)

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« Reply #3085 on: January 13, 2016, 04:18:06 AM »
The silver lining is that you can be selective about what you add to your lives, instead of looking at a pile of stuff and wondering what to get rid of. 

After getting rid of almost everything we owned in July and hitting the road, my husband and I have landed in a place that we love and that we can afford, and we want to stay a while.

So we are re-crapulating, I guess. We've been sitting on the floor for the last 2 weeks and have an IKEA order arriving tomorrow with a bed, dining table, small sofa bed, etc.

It's a weird place to be in, after just having gotten rid of so much! But we're trying to be thoughtful about it, and only buy stuff that we really need for the running of the household. I have found after staying in many Airbnbs that I tend to like a place more, the less crap there is in it. Trying to remember this and be thoughtful about what we purchase now.

I agree, I think this is a great place to be in a sense. You can add back in what you really want and need as opposed to being saddled with the decisions of what to get rid of.  Seems like a fresh start.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3086 on: January 15, 2016, 08:10:54 PM »
I finally made some progress! I took TON of stuff to goodwill yesterday - a comforter, body pillow + 2 covers, big box of books, baby clothes, my clothes, some miscellaneous crap.

Husband, unfortunately, took a few things out of a box. I had a couple of Dave Ramsey books in there, as well as the Financial Peace DVD's. We both read the book ages ago (like, early 2012), and started watching the DVD's but didn't finish them. Now he wants to re-read the book (unlikely), and watch the DVD's (even more unlikely, since we didn't get through them the first time). These things have literally been sitting untouched for nearly 4 years. And the library has the book if he REALLY wanted it. I pointed this out but he doesn't listen to me. He also is insisting on keeping 2 huge computer towers that have been sitting in a closet for as long as the Dave Ramsey stuff has. He says he's going to build a computer one of these days. He also denies telling me that I could go ahead and toss them. They're ancient; even if he did build something (again, very unlikely), he'd probably end up wanting to upgrade. I told him fine, keep them for now, but I'm not moving them again. We've moved them twice now and they haven't been used. We are probably buying a house next year, and none of that crap is coming with us unless it's actually being used. He agreed. We'll see.

Lesson learned: don't let husband see what you've packed for goodwill.
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« Reply #3087 on: January 15, 2016, 09:32:17 PM »
Confession time!  I've been slowly cleaning out the storage room downstairs and correcting some un-mustachian accumulation of crap. 

Fishing rods:  I knew I had a way too many fishing rods, Wife and I got a couple of small collapsible rods for lake fishing, I got a couple cheap ones thrown in when I bought a used aluminum boat a few years ago.  I've also bought a few at garage sales when I saw a deal, had a couple damaged rods laying around and just got 2 brand new ones as a gift for Christmas.  So I thought I might have 7 or 8, which is obviously already 5 or 6 too many.  Turns out I had 17 total!  What the actual F@&k!  How did this happen?  Anyway, I will be selling or throwing out all but the new ones and maybe keep one good used backup rod.  Also selling the boat in spring.

Swiss Army Knives:  Kind of the same story, just found a 7th one downstairs.  I bought one years ago, got one as a gift, and most of the rest I bought at garage sales or got for free.  How do you not buy a genuine Victorinox knife when you see it for a $1?  Anyway got to start selling the extra ones and make a profit instead of just throwing them in a drawer.

Tools:  Same goes here, for some reason I've got 2 stud finders, more than 6 hammers, countless redundant screwdrivers, wrenches etc.  I've only got 2 hands and I'm not a contractor, so what the hell, time to thin out the tools too

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3088 on: January 15, 2016, 10:30:37 PM »
Face punches welcome and deserved

No face punches from me, but I will confess to giggling a bit at your shock of finding 17 fishing rods. Well done for ditching (or planning to) the excess.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3089 on: January 15, 2016, 10:48:24 PM »
Husband, unfortunately, took a few things out of a box. I had a couple of Dave Ramsey books in there, as well as the Financial Peace DVD's. We both read the book ages ago (like, early 2012), and started watching the DVD's but didn't finish them. Now he wants to re-read the book (unlikely), and watch the DVD's (even more unlikely, since we didn't get through them the first time). These things have literally been sitting untouched for nearly 4 years. And the library has the book if he REALLY wanted it. I pointed this out but he doesn't listen to me. He also is insisting on keeping 2 huge computer towers that have been sitting in a closet for as long as the Dave Ramsey stuff has. He says he's going to build a computer one of these days. He also denies telling me that I could go ahead and toss them. They're ancient; even if he did build something (again, very unlikely), he'd probably end up wanting to upgrade. I told him fine, keep them for now, but I'm not moving them again. We've moved them twice now and they haven't been used. We are probably buying a house next year, and none of that crap is coming with us unless it's actually being used. He agreed. We'll see.

Lesson learned: don't let husband see what you've packed for goodwill.

heh. tofuchampion, I feel your pain.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3090 on: January 16, 2016, 12:21:26 AM »
Confession time!  I've been slowly cleaning out the storage room downstairs and correcting some un-mustachian accumulation of crap. 

Fishing rods:  I knew I had a way too many fishing rods, Wife and I got a couple of small collapsible rods for lake fishing, I got a couple cheap ones thrown in when I bought a used aluminum boat a few years ago.  I've also bought a few at garage sales when I saw a deal, had a couple damaged rods laying around and just got 2 brand new ones as a gift for Christmas.  So I thought I might have 7 or 8, which is obviously already 5 or 6 too many.  Turns out I had 17 total!  What the actual F@&k!  How did this happen?  Anyway, I will be selling or throwing out all but the new ones and maybe keep one good used backup rod.  Also selling the boat in spring.

Swiss Army Knives:  Kind of the same story, just found a 7th one downstairs.  I bought one years ago, got one as a gift, and most of the rest I bought at garage sales or got for free.  How do you not buy a genuine Victorinox knife when you see it for a $1?  Anyway got to start selling the extra ones and make a profit instead of just throwing them in a drawer.

Tools:  Same goes here, for some reason I've got 2 stud finders, more than 6 hammers, countless redundant screwdrivers, wrenches etc.  I've only got 2 hands and I'm not a contractor, so what the hell, time to thin out the tools too

Face punches welcome and deserved

Well done, massive progress.
And sry, but I had to laugh about the fishing poles:)

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3091 on: January 16, 2016, 02:29:57 AM »
I put three cardigans in the bag by the front door to go to the charity shop. I think it is a good idea to leave it by the door as it makes it more definite that it will be leaving the house for good.:)

Husband, unfortunately, took a few things out of a box. I had a couple of Dave Ramsey books in there, as well as the Financial Peace DVD's. We both read the book ages ago (like, early 2012), and started watching the DVD's but didn't finish them. Now he wants to re-read the book (unlikely), and watch the DVD's (even more unlikely, since we didn't get through them the first time). These things have literally been sitting untouched for nearly 4 years. And the library has the book if he REALLY wanted it. I pointed this out but he doesn't listen to me. He also is insisting on keeping 2 huge computer towers that have been sitting in a closet for as long as the Dave Ramsey stuff has. He says he's going to build a computer one of these days. He also denies telling me that I could go ahead and toss them. They're ancient; even if he did build something (again, very unlikely), he'd probably end up wanting to upgrade. I told him fine, keep them for now, but I'm not moving them again. We've moved them twice now and they haven't been used. We are probably buying a house next year, and none of that crap is coming with us unless it's actually being used. He agreed. We'll see.

Lesson learned: don't let husband see what you've packed for goodwill.

That sounds like my husband!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3092 on: January 16, 2016, 06:04:34 AM »
Now that I am working part time, I want to go back to making and selling fine art. We had moved most of my art supplies to our cabin in the back yard, but DH ran over the pipe with the key with his lawnmower and broke it, so the water doesn't work, and we don't want to pay to heat the cabin all winter. We moved most of my stuff back to the house. We put my drafting table in a corner of a small room upstairs and I cleared some shelf space for my pastels and a few other supplies. I set up my mat cutter with table and art scanner with its computer and table in the basement. The flat file is in the basement. My main work will be oil painting, and the easel will have to go in the living room. We've cleared out a ton of crap to be able to set these things up so far, but now comes the hardest part: where to store the artwork. I need to make or buy a rack for paintings, etc., and it will have to go in the basement where there is currently a huge pile of old paint cans and supplies, ancient camping gear, tools and other assorted stuff and junk. DH says he's too busy with taxes to help with the sorting and cleanout, although I know he will be supportive about taking stuff to the dump.

Just writing it down now, the whole plan sounds crazy anyway. Is the gallery owner really going to visit my yucky rough basement to view my work? Sometimes we get water in the basement, too. I must be out of my mind! But, I don't see any other options, so, wish me luck. The big cleanout starts today.

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« Reply #3093 on: January 16, 2016, 09:01:16 AM »
More stuff... I threw away a plastic bowl we keep for garden stuff as I noticed it had a huge crack down the side.

A reusable cloth bag that I received for free into charity shop bag by the front door.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3094 on: January 16, 2016, 12:39:16 PM »
Now that I am working part time, I want to go back to making and selling fine art. We had moved most of my art supplies to our cabin in the back yard, but DH ran over the pipe with the key with his lawnmower and broke it, so the water doesn't work, and we don't want to pay to heat the cabin all winter. We moved most of my stuff back to the house. We put my drafting table in a corner of a small room upstairs and I cleared some shelf space for my pastels and a few other supplies. I set up my mat cutter with table and art scanner with its computer and table in the basement. The flat file is in the basement. My main work will be oil painting, and the easel will have to go in the living room. We've cleared out a ton of crap to be able to set these things up so far, but now comes the hardest part: where to store the artwork. I need to make or buy a rack for paintings, etc., and it will have to go in the basement where there is currently a huge pile of old paint cans and supplies, ancient camping gear, tools and other assorted stuff and junk. DH says he's too busy with taxes to help with the sorting and cleanout, although I know he will be supportive about taking stuff to the dump.

Just writing it down now, the whole plan sounds crazy anyway. Is the gallery owner really going to visit my yucky rough basement to view my work? Sometimes we get water in the basement, too. I must be out of my mind! But, I don't see any other options, so, wish me luck. The big cleanout starts today.

I've tended to photograph my work (and include all pertinent information, such as dimensions etc) and brought this in to a gallery or wherever we are meeting. But must be its different depending on where u live or the galleries themselves?
Either way, its wonderful you've decided to get to more into your art & showing . it seems you are really getting creative (ha) with placement! Excellent use of space.
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« Reply #3095 on: January 16, 2016, 01:11:25 PM »
Sold my son's old twin bed *finally* on Craigslist. I have an identical bed that is in the attic and is coming down to be listed next weekend.

Listed a bunch of cluttery bulky stuff for free on my neighborhood listserve. Hopefully will get takers quickly.

I plan to pick-up some boxes tomorrow and do some more book decluttering. I also went through some papers on my basement desk and got them sorted out (not a ton of papers, just needed to be sorted and put in their proper place).

Cleaned out all extra stuff in the guestroom. It is now ready to be rented out or used for a live-in childcare person. The room looks so nice and bright and fresh.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3096 on: January 16, 2016, 06:02:26 PM »

I've tended to photograph my work (and include all pertinent information, such as dimensions etc) and brought this in to a gallery or wherever we are meeting. But must be its different depending on where u live or the galleries themselves?
Either way, its wonderful you've decided to get to more into your art & showing . it seems you are really getting creative (ha) with placement! Excellent use of space.
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Taking photographs is a wonderful idea! Thank you, riverffashion. I am lucky you were reading this thread. I could bring a few canvases in a series to a meeting with the gallery rep and have photos of the rest of the series handy, in case he likes them.

I cleaned out enough junk today to fill up the back of our pickup truck. We also remembered another shelving unit we can move to the basement, so I don't think we will need to purchase another storage unit after all. What a relief that is... it is so much work getting rid of things, as others have mentioned, it makes us less eager to bring more stuff onto the property.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3097 on: January 17, 2016, 03:04:59 AM »
I'm on a roll. I shredded some more old paperwork, put a jacket in the charity shop bag and thrown away a broken dog toy this morning.

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« Reply #3098 on: January 17, 2016, 04:48:55 AM »

I just took a box to a family member that will be having a yard sale in the spring. I was going to donate it but he can have it and hopefully make a few bucks from it.

I am sorting through my DVDs to give to him too. Why is it tough to part with these things.  I keep thinking I am going to watch these or will watch and never do. Some of them still have the plastic on them. Sigh   I have given away a lot over the years to the library so only my favorites remain so maybe that is why I can't pull the bandaid but I must, I never watch them.
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« Reply #3099 on: January 17, 2016, 05:04:33 AM »
I dropped three boxes of stuff off to the salvos over the weekend. Was mainly clothing, and a few items from my kitchen.

I am hoping to tackle the rest of the house over the coming weeks