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« Reply #3100 on: January 11, 2016, 10:55:20 AM »
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« Reply #3101 on: January 11, 2016, 11:01:30 AM »
cjottawa, that's a nice looking bag!

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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 #3102 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 #3103 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 #3104 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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« Reply #3105 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 #3106 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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« Reply #3107 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 #3108 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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« Reply #3109 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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« Reply #3110 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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« Reply #3111 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.
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« Reply #3112 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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« Reply #3113 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 #3114 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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« Reply #3115 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 #3116 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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« Reply #3117 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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« Reply #3118 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 #3119 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 #3120 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

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« Reply #3121 on: January 17, 2016, 08:06:09 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 #3122 on: January 17, 2016, 08:27:09 AM »

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.
Cheers

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.

Great, glad to hear this might work for you.
Also nice work with the shelving unit! Money & space saved!

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« Reply #3123 on: January 17, 2016, 12:46:10 PM »
a big box of things gone today. lots of baby clothes! somewhat a bit bittersweet as I'd like to have another baby, but at the same time I can re-rent them from craig's list when (hopefully) the time comes! I have cute pics of the kids in the clothes and have kept a few favourite things.

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« Reply #3124 on: January 17, 2016, 05:41:08 PM »
DH went through a bunch of his clothes and pulled out a bunch.  My brother will be over tomorrow and will probably take most of them.  He's really hard on clothes, so I know he always needs new ones.

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« Reply #3125 on: January 17, 2016, 09:21:04 PM »
Every time I think we're done decluttering, I find there's another layer to peel back.


I so feel your pain.

I keep thinking I'm almost done, then discover a whole 'nother sector of crap.  Today I ventured into the crawl space (it's an area under one part of our weird split level that actually has almost standing room) and discovered a fool tub of bottles I'd been saving for homebrewing, so that's another trip to the glass recycling place.  There's also a tub full of electronic odds and ends that are all outdated/useless, and at least two tubs of Christmas decorations that I actually thought I'd gotten rid of. 

Today I worked on the basement and have 4 sets of sheets, a blanket, three pillows/shams and a matching comforter to donate.  Also had two down comforters we never use, so they were repurposed to fluff up the dog beds that were getting kind of flat. 

The electronic crap is causing me the biggest issues.  I'll take out the non-data containing stuff and bring it to hazardous waste dropoff day, but the old computers and things... I know I should smash the motherboards and get rid of them, but it's one bit of procrastination I can't seem to get over.  And we have crawl space and attic space that can house a hell of a lot of defunct computers. 

The house is looking pretty damn' good though, and I've greatly reduced laundry and have been keeping my room so much tidier since going all Kondo on it.  I tend to wear clothing items for a short time (gym, running, horseback riding, office, lounging/dog hair accumulation all require different clothes) and having things in better order means I've been better at hanging things up and re-wearing them several times, whereas before they'd end up in a pile on the floor and then need to be washed.  It will be awesome if I can keep it up as things get busier this spring.

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« Reply #3126 on: January 18, 2016, 03:02:44 AM »
This morning my husband took the bag of stuff to donate to the charity shop near his work. Yay.




Lol, after I posted I actually thought what on earth does that expression mean.

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« Reply #3127 on: January 18, 2016, 04:31:52 AM »
Sold another item on Craigslist for $15, only to receive a call from the buyer complaining that it broke after he used it.  Well, it worked fine when I used it.  Who knows what he did with it....  I think I am done dealing with the all the crazies on Craigslist.  And I deleted my Facebook account so no more sales through the local FB tag sale group.  At this point, the only thing I have to sell is an armchair, and I think I will donate it instead, because I really don't want any strangers coming to the house to pick it up anyway.

Prepped another batch of items for consignment.  I still have way too many clothes.  I'm holding on to some in the hopes of losing a few pounds.  If I don't by the summer, they will go. 

Having a large walk in closet really skews my perspective on what is an acceptable (necessary?) amount of clothes.  I have a tendency to try and fill the void.  I also hold on to things even if I don't wear them, just because I have the room for them.  Any suggestions on how to deal with it and how to change my attitude?  I did sign up for the 2016 "no clothes shopping" challenge.



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« Reply #3128 on: January 18, 2016, 07:05:22 AM »
...Having a large walk in closet really skews my perspective on what is an acceptable (necessary?) amount of clothes.  I have a tendency to try and fill the void.  I also hold on to things even if I don't wear them, just because I have the room for them.  Any suggestions on how to deal with it and how to change my attitude?  I did sign up for the 2016 "no clothes shopping" challenge.

My antidote is Sterilite containers, and using (part of) my closet as storage for things like car detailing supplies, steam cleaner etc.

My basement storage is almost empty now except for winter tires.

You may find you don't need as big a space if you start pulling stuff in like that.

How about a storage bench in the closet that doubles as a place to sit to put clothes on? Maybe store sporting equipment in it. Then it's not just "a big empty closet;" you can have open areas that serve a purpose.
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« Reply #3129 on: January 18, 2016, 07:35:46 AM »
...Having a large walk in closet really skews my perspective on what is an acceptable (necessary?) amount of clothes.  I have a tendency to try and fill the void.  I also hold on to things even if I don't wear them, just because I have the room for them.  Any suggestions on how to deal with it and how to change my attitude?  I did sign up for the 2016 "no clothes shopping" challenge.

My antidote is Sterilite containers, and using (part of) my closet as storage for things like car detailing supplies, steam cleaner etc.

My basement storage is almost empty now except for winter tires.

You may find you don't need as big a space if you start pulling stuff in like that.

How about a storage bench in the closet that doubles as a place to sit to put clothes on? Maybe store sporting equipment in it. Then it's not just "a big empty closet;" you can have open areas that serve a purpose.

Good ideas!  I have two containers of yarn and a container with ski stuff in the basement so I can definitely bring them up. Also my suitcases and the backpack and other stuff that I'm storing in the basement.

The only thing I'm concerned about is creating a lot of visual clutter (which stresses me out) - but I guess it's a good opportunity to look at things and decide whether I really need them!



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3130 on: January 18, 2016, 07:50:57 AM »
Wife and I emptied out the cup/mug/glasses storage cabinet which had overflowed. Packed at least half of it away, and dutifully put it in the van to go to Goodwill.

A month later, she says "I'm just gonna throw them away, tired of them being in the back of the van."

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3131 on: January 18, 2016, 08:13:17 AM »
Having a large walk in closet really skews my perspective on what is an acceptable (necessary?) amount of clothes.  I have a tendency to try and fill the void.  I also hold on to things even if I don't wear them, just because I have the room for them.  Any suggestions on how to deal with it and how to change my attitude?  I did sign up for the 2016 "no clothes shopping" challenge.

I actually turned a small closet  into a reading nook.  I still have my shoes stored in there, and a purse holding extra wallets hung as decoration on the wall.  It's really cozy and cute.  IDK if your walk-in might be useful for something similar, but it's a thought.  Or you might be able to bring in a dresser or other piece of furniture and a mirror and make it into a nice dressing space?  Anything to make it seem less like a hole that ought to be stuffed to the brim with clothing.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3132 on: January 18, 2016, 08:15:01 AM »
Another small computer table, shoes, DVDs and a bag full of randomness will be going out today.

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« Reply #3133 on: January 18, 2016, 10:11:14 AM »
This morning my husband took the bag of stuff to donate to the charity shop near his work. Yay.




Lol, after I posted I actually thought what on earth does that expression mean.

I'm thinking, on a roll like when a snowball or something travels down a hill and momentum bulilds up.

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« Reply #3134 on: January 18, 2016, 02:15:01 PM »
Having a large walk in closet really skews my perspective on what is an acceptable (necessary?) amount of clothes.  I have a tendency to try and fill the void.  I also hold on to things even if I don't wear them, just because I have the room for them.  Any suggestions on how to deal with it and how to change my attitude?  I did sign up for the 2016 "no clothes shopping" challenge.

I actually turned a small closet  into a reading nook.  I still have my shoes stored in there, and a purse holding extra wallets hung as decoration on the wall.  It's really cozy and cute.  IDK if your walk-in might be useful for something similar, but it's a thought.  Or you might be able to bring in a dresser or other piece of furniture and a mirror and make it into a nice dressing space?  Anything to make it seem less like a hole that ought to be stuffed to the brim with clothing.

Thanks, I like the idea of a dressing room! 



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3135 on: January 18, 2016, 03:33:02 PM »
Wife and I emptied out the cup/mug/glasses storage cabinet which had overflowed. Packed at least half of it away, and dutifully put it in the van to go to Goodwill.

A month later, she says "I'm just gonna throw them away, tired of them being in the back of the van."
That right there is the story of my life.

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« Reply #3136 on: January 18, 2016, 04:38:59 PM »
Got through the Christmas decorations today and consolidated down from 3 tubs to 1, which is a win.

Went through the random electronic stuff and over half of it was literally garbage, like a box and spare parts from the kit I received back when I had DSL like a decade ago.  A box and paperwork for a camera I lost 8 years ago, tons of CD jewel cases and liner notes I haven't looked at in ages, etc.  That's all been binned.

This afternoon I started in on the greenhouse and pitched all of the little nursery pots that were odd sizes or otherwise unfit to reuse for seed starting.  Also took all of my smaller planters out of there and will get them cleaned out and donated to ReStore.

Found my mom's old 35 mm SLR and am trying to figure out what to do with it.

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« Reply #3137 on: January 19, 2016, 03:33:46 AM »
I cleared out the cupboard under the kitchen sink and cleaned the surfaces down and put everything back neatly. I did use up the last of a kitchen cleaner that was lurking at the back and I threw away some glue that had gone hard. No idea why that was even in there.

I'm thinking, on a roll like when a snowball or something travels down a hill and momentum bulilds up.

Ah yes, maybe.:)

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« Reply #3138 on: January 22, 2016, 02:22:37 PM »
Donated two years-old pairs of glasses today!

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« Reply #3139 on: January 22, 2016, 03:29:02 PM »
Future Hub is finally willing to give up his giant ancient and yellowed comforter. He almost renigged saying he might need it that night - but I assured him we have two others, plus another two packed away. It's in my car where he can't get at it.

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« Reply #3140 on: January 22, 2016, 04:50:01 PM »
Future Hub is finally willing to give up his giant ancient and yellowed comforter. He almost reneged renigged saying he might need it that night - but I assured him we have two others, plus another two packed away. It's in my car where he can't get at it.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3141 on: January 23, 2016, 12:21:13 AM »
So I think this would be a good thread for me. I don't actually have that much stuff as I live in a small apartment, but I still have more than I need. I am also a bit of a hoarder. I have clothes that are getting seriously worn out which I still wear and can't bring myself to throw away. I also always seem to have snail mail that seems vaguely important so I don't throw it away and eventually it builds up. And forgotten pantry items that I should use up. And a bunch of other things.

If you're anything like me please join me in getting rid of your stuff. Whether this means throwing them out, donating them, giving them to friends/family, eating them, or selling them.

If you have any tips on how to deal with the my-clothes-have-holes-but-are-so-comfy or I-may-need-this-someday syndrome, please share. And also let me know when there are cases where I-may-need-this syndrome actually makes sense, so I can identify what things I should actually keep and what I should throw.

My progress so far:

I recently managed to find some clothes that I donated to a charity bin.

And today I put up an ad on an online board to sell off a kitchen appliance that I don't use. Hopefully I'll get a buyer.

I'm going to try to find more things I can get rid of. I may actually be moving out of my place within a year or so, which provides extra incentive.

Feel free to join me!

I am constantly selling old junk laying around on offerup.com and i throw 100% of it on my 3 year mortgage !

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« Reply #3142 on: January 23, 2016, 02:10:18 AM »
I seem to always keep a bag in the entry way to fill with random bits to donate. I'm looking forward to the day when I don't have this.

Or does that day never come?

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3143 on: January 23, 2016, 07:10:12 AM »
I seem to always keep a bag in the entry way to fill with random bits to donate. I'm looking forward to the day when I don't have this.

Or does that day never come?

I would like to know that.

I figure this current house decrapification effort will be labeled a success if I don't have more than a box or two to donate at the end of the calendar year.

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« Reply #3144 on: January 23, 2016, 09:46:56 AM »
Two more things out today (by accident) my hub's computer monitor broke and so did one of my costume necklaces!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3145 on: January 23, 2016, 06:08:02 PM »

I am constantly selling old junk laying around on offerup.com and i throw 100% of it on my 3 year mortgage !


I looked up www.offerupnow.com and wasn't able to find fee info. Do you know how much seller fees are...are they comparable to eBay seller fees? And how do you receive payments for items?

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« Reply #3146 on: January 23, 2016, 09:06:08 PM »
Future Hub is finally willing to give up his giant ancient and yellowed comforter. He almost reneged renigged saying he might need it that night - but I assured him we have two others, plus another two packed away. It's in my car where he can't get at it.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3147 on: January 24, 2016, 02:22:39 AM »
fixed that for you

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« Reply #3148 on: January 25, 2016, 04:11:04 AM »
DD is now gone back to the uni so I have no excuse for not continuing with my effort to get rid of stuff.  I think by now I have gotten rid of most actual clutter in the house, so next stage for me is to move towards minimal :-)



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3149 on: January 25, 2016, 12:10:26 PM »
I am checking back in after a hiatus. I am finding the changes already made to be soothing and look forward to more of that feeling. Marie Kondo's method really helped me. Yes I am STILL folding our clothes in her recommended way and loving it (really weird that I am so into it).

Most things I uncluttered stayed clear but not all. The garage got full again with projects. Emptying that requires repairing things.  Two closets got a bit messy but were returned to tidiness in a short period of time last week. It is easy to tidy most areas now since I have gotten rid of so much and know where things are. I wanted to hang a pair of curtains last week and actually found the hooks immediately. This is where the thinning out really pays off for me: when I am not wasting time and money buying new things because I cannot find the ones I already own.

Final Frontiers:
That one last cupboard with things that have family sentimentality to my in-laws but no one actually wants. 

The repair and painting of various things which are cluttering the garage.

The darning of several pieces of clothing.

Setting up storage in my craft area so I can do my hobbies.

The sewing of various projects.

Scanning photos and papers (my personal bugbear)

Reassess my computer for excess and organize again. 

First Set of Goals and Deadlines:
Set up craft supplies storage by finding an appropriate piece of furniture-February 29th
Paint and repair and empty the garage first. Goal date with help from others- March 15th
Cupboard emptied- May 1st
All darning - February 6th.

I will let you know how it goes. Somehow these final frontiers seem easier to tackle now.