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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3100 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 #3101 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.
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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.

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

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« Reply #3102 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 #3103 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 #3104 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 #3105 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 #3106 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 #3107 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 #3108 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 #3109 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."

We still have broken TV's and waffle irons that need to be disposed of.
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« Reply #3110 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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« Reply #3111 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 #3112 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 #3113 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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« Reply #3114 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 #3115 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 #3116 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 #3117 on: January 22, 2016, 02:22:37 PM »
Donated two years-old pairs of glasses today!

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« Reply #3118 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 #3119 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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« Reply #3120 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 #3121 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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« Reply #3122 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 #3123 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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« Reply #3124 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 #3125 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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« Reply #3126 on: January 24, 2016, 02:22:39 AM »
fixed that for you

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« Reply #3127 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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« Reply #3128 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. 


 

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« Reply #3130 on: January 25, 2016, 05:09:22 PM »
Good to see you, wintersun. I also find the results soothing and calming, even if I've decluttered just a little bit. I am so pleased every time I open my sock drawer.

DH is not into the Kondo thing, but I think he's been inspired to at least do some organizing of our overflowing drawers. Coincidentally, he just had three episodes of "I dropped X on the garage floor and now I can't find it!", so I think he might be more open to the idea that if things have a home, they will be easier to find. (And that cleaning up the ankle-deep trash makes life easier, too.)

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« Reply #3131 on: January 26, 2016, 03:21:48 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?
For me it hasn't arrived yet, just because I'm now SO picky about what I let into the house. So though I don't buy things, and I try not to accept freebies wherever possible, gifts are my personal bugbear.

We enjoy entertaining, and unless it's wine, sorry, I'm going to donate it. Christmas, birthdays, people just visiting for drinks and bringing a pot holder, a cute coffee mug etc. Sorry, none of it is coming in.

So unless I start refusing well-intentioned gifts (can't see that happening) I think I'll always have the 'donate' box ready and waiting. The difference is that I'm not 'finding' things to go in it from around the house, they are being given to me, and I won't let them 'into the house' in the first place.

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« Reply #3132 on: January 26, 2016, 03:39:01 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?
For me it hasn't arrived yet, just because I'm now SO picky about what I let into the house. So though I don't buy things, and I try not to accept freebies wherever possible, gifts are my personal bugbear.

We enjoy entertaining, and unless it's wine, sorry, I'm going to donate it. Christmas, birthdays, people just visiting for drinks and bringing a pot holder, a cute coffee mug etc. Sorry, none of it is coming in.

So unless I start refusing well-intentioned gifts (can't see that happening) I think I'll always have the 'donate' box ready and waiting. The difference is that I'm not 'finding' things to go in it from around the house, they are being given to me, and I won't let them 'into the house' in the first place.

Thanks for the insight! I haven't thought about the random things people give you.

I also tried having the "no gifts" conversation with my mom and I kinda rambled a lot. Who knows how well that went. Maybe I should try sticking to having very specific gift requests instead of absolutely nothing? Thoughts?

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« Reply #3133 on: January 26, 2016, 06:35:50 AM »
Going to try tackling my closet this week. It won't be easy, there's stuff in there that's been floating around for decades. Old collector's toys, comic books, game stuff, things like that. Plus it currently houses my (personal) camping gear, all our photo albums, kid's toys, and last but not least, clothes.

I can minimize most if not all of that. The real question is going to be what to do with 30-year-old collector's toys? I'm never going to display them. My son doesn't want them. I guess I could sell them, but that would take work...
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« Reply #3134 on: January 26, 2016, 07:08:59 AM »
I am going to drop off another small batch of stuff at the consignment store at lunchtime today.  Hopefully, I have some money in the account so that I can pick up a check from them :-)

Tossed some random old unused greeting cards into recycling this morning. 

Plan of attack for this week:
- go through hats and scarves - I have way too many...
- do another sweep through the kitchen cupboards
- go through my knitting supplies, books and yarns and consolidate into two plastic bins
- find room for said bins in the walk in closet
- sort through skiing clothing (there are things there that I'm sure don't fit me any more... and it is another bin that needs to go upstairs)
- organize condo documents - toss anything not needed
- sort through CDs (a good number of them need to go back to my ex) - I'm hoping to reduce the number of CDs I have by half

That should keep me busy enough through the weekend :-)



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« Reply #3135 on: January 26, 2016, 08:18:00 AM »
Going to try tackling my closet this week. It won't be easy, there's stuff in there that's been floating around for decades. Old collector's toys, comic books, game stuff, things like that. Plus it currently houses my (personal) camping gear, all our photo albums, kid's toys, and last but not least, clothes.

I can minimize most if not all of that. The real question is going to be what to do with 30-year-old collector's toys? I'm never going to display them. My son doesn't want them. I guess I could sell them, but that would take work...

Are their organizations locally who hold benefit auctions.  Here there's an advocacy group and an adult day care center who hold annual festivals with fundraiser auctions.  Donate with a tax write off?

Might also find someone to do the selling for you? 

That sounds like a really intense closet. Keep going and moving ahead!  For me, I would have to break the sentimental stuff into categories and handle something a little less emotional in between!

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« Reply #3136 on: January 26, 2016, 08:20:14 AM »

Thanks for the insight! I haven't thought about the random things people give you.

I also tried having the "no gifts" conversation with my mom and I kinda rambled a lot. Who knows how well that went. Maybe I should try sticking to having very specific gift requests instead of absolutely nothing? Thoughts?

General consensus on here seems to be that people who like giving gifts like giving gifts, and will continue to do so, whatever the recipient says. (I find it ironic. I mean, the idea of a gift is to give something nice to the other person. If they have specifically said they don't want gifts, aren't you doing JUST the opposite by giving them something? Just making yourself feel better, not them? I digress).

I know many people have luck asking for 'experiences' eg tickets to events, days out, massage vouchers etc. My mum is a 'things' person and enjoys wrapping things up and watching us open them, so I asked for consumable things on account of our house being small. Mostly, she obliges, and actually, I love getting fancy cookies I wouldn't otherwise buy. Toiletries I usually donate brand new. If she comes just for a visit I always get a deluge of 'hostess gifts', though olive oil etc is becoming more common, and I definitely gush about consumables such as that, to try to encourage her.

Since getting really strict on what I 'let in' though I have noted that neither she, nor anyone else, has ever noticed that the things they give me aren't in the house. I'm guessing they just want to check the box of, "Gave hostess something" and don't recall from visit to visit what it was, or expect to see it.

I was worried about her noticing I just gave it all away, but nope, been doing it a few years and she hasn't caught on at all.

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« Reply #3137 on: January 26, 2016, 11:08:31 AM »
I am going to drop off another small batch of stuff at the consignment store at lunchtime today.  Hopefully, I have some money in the account so that I can pick up a check from them :-) Done - got a check for $80

Tossed some random old unused greeting cards into recycling this morning. 

Plan of attack for this week:
- go through hats and scarves - I have way too many...
- do another sweep through the kitchen cupboards
- go through my knitting supplies, books and yarns and consolidate into two plastic bins
- find room for said bins in the walk in closet
- sort through skiing clothing (there are things there that I'm sure don't fit me any more... and it is another bin that needs to go upstairs)
- organize condo documents - toss anything not needed
- sort through CDs (a good number of them need to go back to my ex) - I'm hoping to reduce the number of CDs I have by half

That should keep me busy enough through the weekend :-)



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« Reply #3138 on: January 26, 2016, 11:10:56 AM »
Going to try tackling my closet this week. It won't be easy, there's stuff in there that's been floating around for decades. Old collector's toys, comic books, game stuff, things like that. Plus it currently houses my (personal) camping gear, all our photo albums, kid's toys, and last but not least, clothes.

I can minimize most if not all of that. The real question is going to be what to do with 30-year-old collector's toys? I'm never going to display them. My son doesn't want them. I guess I could sell them, but that would take work...

Is there a consignment store that will take them?  There was a local one near me that would sell toys. I barely got anything, but I also didn't have to do anything but drop them off.

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« Reply #3139 on: January 26, 2016, 12:49:43 PM »
this weekend we're getting rid of the bookshelves (putting them in the storage unit to be precise).

Getting rid of furniture feels good! It only cost $10 on CL in the first place and has served us well.

It would be more in the spirit of this thread to put the bookshelves on CL this weekend rather than in storage.  You can always buy off CL again if you ever need more bookshelves again - in the meantime, let CL be your storage unit.
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« Reply #3140 on: January 27, 2016, 03:00:24 AM »
I threw away an old mascara today. There was some left but it made my eyelashes stick together!

I am considering going upstairs to reorganise my husband's stuff as I realised that I could rearrange some things and get rid of an old storage box. It has been scratched by the cats and would not be able to be donated.

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« Reply #3141 on: January 27, 2016, 03:23:37 AM »
I'm going to a clothes swap in the near future. I think I'll take along a skirt (I like it but rarely wear because usually it's too small), a dressing gown (wasn't thinking clearly when I bought it, wore it precisely once) and some scarves. I will only bring something home if I love it and can't wait to wear it.

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« Reply #3142 on: January 27, 2016, 07:04:33 AM »
I am going to drop off another small batch of stuff at the consignment store at lunchtime today.  Hopefully, I have some money in the account so that I can pick up a check from them :-) Done - got a check for $80

Tossed some random old unused greeting cards into recycling this morning. 

Plan of attack for this week:
- go through hats and scarves - I have way too many...
- do another sweep through the kitchen cupboards Made a half-hearted attempt at this - tossed one plastic container into recycling...  Need to do more.
- go through my knitting supplies, books and yarns and consolidate into two plastic bins
- find room for said bins in the walk in closet
- sort through skiing clothing (there are things there that I'm sure don't fit me any more... and it is another bin that needs to go upstairs)
- organize condo documents - toss anything not needed Done.  Also went through two drawers that hold office things, stationery, etc. and tossed a bunch of stuff.  Made room for the [now organized] condo documents.
- sort through CDs (a good number of them need to go back to my ex) - I'm hoping to reduce the number of CDs I have by half

That should keep me busy enough through the weekend :-)

What do I do with the following??
- photo printing paper
- old but still working iPod player/speakers (does not support an iPhone)
- old but still working small humidifier (needs a new wick - not even sure if they are still made)

Also, can old batteries be tossed into regular garbage or are they considered hazardous waste?



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3143 on: January 27, 2016, 09:55:51 AM »
What do I do with the following??
- photo printing paper
- old but still working iPod player/speakers (does not support an iPhone)
- old but still working small humidifier (needs a new wick - not even sure if they are still made)

Also, can old batteries be tossed into regular garbage or are they considered hazardous waste?

Not sure about printing paper.  Probably depends on the kind.  If there was enough, I'd ask my local library.

ipod player/speakers - I'd freecycle or Craig's list or Goodwill (well not Goodwill, but equivalent)
Ditto humidifier

Old batteries are hazardous waste.  Your local electronics store might have a program.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3144 on: January 27, 2016, 12:54:41 PM »
Also, can old batteries be tossed into regular garbage or are they considered hazardous waste?

Batteries can be recycled. I think Home Depot and Best Buy have battery recycling boxes.

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« Reply #3145 on: January 27, 2016, 01:07:17 PM »
I was just looking up battery disposal! Actually, normal lithium batteries are standard household trash and do not get recycled; they no longer contain mercury. Rechargeable batteries must be dropped of at special sites.

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« Reply #3146 on: January 27, 2016, 01:17:55 PM »

Old batteries are hazardous waste.  Your local electronics store might have a program.

Depends on the type. Our city regularly runs commercials that say that standard batteries go in the trash, but specialized batteries must be taken to hazardous waste.

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« Reply #3147 on: January 27, 2016, 01:53:42 PM »
I have regular alkaline batteries - sounds like these can go into garbage. 

And I have an old rechargeable toothbrush with (I assume) a lithium battery that should be disposed off as hazardous waste?



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3148 on: January 27, 2016, 02:13:14 PM »
Going to try tackling my closet this week. It won't be easy, there's stuff in there that's been floating around for decades. Old collector's toys, comic books, game stuff, things like that. Plus it currently houses my (personal) camping gear, all our photo albums, kid's toys, and last but not least, clothes.

I can minimize most if not all of that. The real question is going to be what to do with 30-year-old collector's toys? I'm never going to display them. My son doesn't want them. I guess I could sell them, but that would take work...

If you figure out what to do with those toys, let me know. I have a collection of dolls from when I was a kid that more or less my mother and grandmother bought and "collected" for me. They were "good" dolls so I never could play with them and they just sat on display in a case. Some may be worth money, many probably aren't, but I don't know. When I bought a house seven years ago, my mother showed up a with a van load of my stuff and that included these dolls. They sit on shelves in the basement because I don't care about them and can't really be bothered to go through much effort to look into selling them. But she would kill me if I just threw them all in a donation bin because what if one of them was worth something??

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« Reply #3149 on: January 27, 2016, 03:41:21 PM »
Going to try tackling my closet this week. It won't be easy, there's stuff in there that's been floating around for decades. Old collector's toys, comic books, game stuff, things like that. Plus it currently houses my (personal) camping gear, all our photo albums, kid's toys, and last but not least, clothes.

I can minimize most if not all of that. The real question is going to be what to do with 30-year-old collector's toys? I'm never going to display them. My son doesn't want them. I guess I could sell them, but that would take work...

If you figure out what to do with those toys, let me know. I have a collection of dolls from when I was a kid that more or less my mother and grandmother bought and "collected" for me. They were "good" dolls so I never could play with them and they just sat on display in a case. Some may be worth money, many probably aren't, but I don't know. When I bought a house seven years ago, my mother showed up a with a van load of my stuff and that included these dolls. They sit on shelves in the basement because I don't care about them and can't really be bothered to go through much effort to look into selling them. But she would kill me if I just threw them all in a donation bin because what if one of them was worth something??

I would suggest martial arts or knife fighting. That way, when she tries to kill you, you can hold your own.
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