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« Reply #3200 on: February 16, 2016, 02:11:51 AM »
We had a chest thing as a coffee table, that for a few years held 'fancy dress' clothes. Fancy dress as in costumes, not evening wear. We decided we were a) getting a bit of for fancy dress parties and 2) never rewore anything anway, so we got rid of it all. I had about 8 wigs, and yet each time we went to a party with a new theme, it necessitated a new wig anyway, so I don't know why I kept them.

Anyway, then the chest held my fabric scraps. Well, a few weeks ago, I went through them ruthlessly. Some stuff is useful - scraps of cotton to make waistbands and pocket pieces, some knit scraps which can be used for neckbands. But many were useless, so I took them all to be recycled, and put the useful ones with my dressmaking stuff.

The chest sat empty for a few weeks, which was a lovely feeling.

Last night, we were debating putting party crockery in there, as we entertain a lot, and it's a pain to store it in the garage, as it gets cobwebby and has to be run through the dishwasher before use. But the plates were too wide, and besides, it would be better with something light in there so we can still move it around.

I sold something on ebay, and went to the utility room to get packing supplies - brainwave! Packing supplies in the bench! Light and bulky. Will free up enough cupboard space in the utility room for the party crockery to stay inside, clean and dry.

I was so pleased with myself!

Keep on keeping on, team, it makes such a difference when you are juggling less stuff around. Having the space to move things without first having to move other things out is amazing.

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« Reply #3201 on: February 16, 2016, 07:12:35 PM »
Clutter prevention is best - so I just went online and changed all my paper statements to e-statements.  I do almost all my banking online so I hardly look at the paper statements now anyway, since I have seen the transactions post as they happen.  I have so much banking paper, it will be so much easier to just have a file (and backup file) for this instead of a file cabinet full of paper.  I presently have a 4-drawer file cabinet and a 2-drawer file cabinet, and have promised DD the smaller one next time she is here.  A bit of scanning and lots of shredding in my immediate future.

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« Reply #3202 on: February 16, 2016, 07:31:30 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

Face punches welcome and deserved

Update, I have sold 11 fishing rods and 3 tackle boxes I didn't need at auction, I held back the 4 nicest rods until I could see what the cheaper ones would sell for, and they did really well so I'll be dropping off the last 4 this week.  Down to just 2 now :)

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« Reply #3203 on: February 17, 2016, 11:48:20 AM »
Whomever mentioned KonMari method earlier....I love you.  I have begun KonMari'ng the heck out of the family clothing, and I started with myself.  We have "at least" 15 bags of clothing to give to Goodwill. There are a four items I kept in my closet that I do not wear, however just looking at them "brings me joy".  1) My first interview suit (I'm almost 45); 2) My wedding dress (my daughter loves to play dress up in it); and 3) The sweater I was wearing when my father passed unexpectedly of a heart attack (not exactly joy, but I cannot let it go).  The closets and drawers are amazingly functional now.  DH is not included in the epiphany, but is now happy to be excused from folding duty on anyone else's clothes. I hope the neatness and folding lasts for more than a few weeks....

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« Reply #3204 on: February 17, 2016, 12:08:26 PM »
I brought a few things *in* this weekend - four small baskets for organization.  We don't really shop, therefore no shoe boxes a la Kon Mari and I stumbled across the perfect dimensions at Goodwill.

That being said, there are two grocery bags of stuff ready to go and the joy of not looking at cardboard when I open up the linen closet is totally worth it.

-threw out enough rags so the rag bin wasn't overflowing
-one of the organizers allowed me to clean up our drop zone and donate a fru fru container that didn't work.  Looks much better
-with enough little things gone I know how I want to rearrange the bookshelves (involves buying two things from BB&B)
-DH agreed to donate a kitchen gadget that he doesn't use

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« Reply #3205 on: February 17, 2016, 07:18:59 PM »
Had a strong coffee this morning and felt compelled to go thru dresser and closet.a  skirt , blouse, and socks to donation bag as well as three packages of flashcards (am not in school) . bra in trash. And future Hub donated several pairs of socks and a few work shirts as well.

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« Reply #3206 on: February 19, 2016, 04:05:00 PM »
Similar to riverffasion, I tossed an old bra recently.

Also recently:

Tossed a pair of very holey slippers.

Sold a rice/steam cooker on our local Facebook garage sale site to a friend for $10.  Used twice.  That friend is one who owns chickens, so I gave her a stack of egg cartons.

Tossed a few small, strange odds and ends from the utensil drawer.

Cleaned out my basket of hair accessories, cleaned several, repaired one, and put them all into a baggie to give to the church thrift store.  Also put an old table lamp aside to donate (received a new one for Christmas), and a pair of slippers also a Christmas gift.

Will toss the very old Crock Pot this weekend.  It's lid broke in half two years ago, and I've been using a cookie sheet as a lid.  DH bought me a shiny new one for my birthday earlier this week.  :)

Listed the never used, given as Christmas gift years ago ice cream/fro yo/sorbet maker online earlier this week.

Haven't been able to sell the never worn street motorcycle helmet for months.  A $200 value and asking $50 OBO.
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« Reply #3207 on: February 19, 2016, 04:43:28 PM »
Sold a ski helmet on Craigslist for $25.

Threw some coffee filters that don't fit anything I have into the recycling

Got rid of some old vegetable seeds

Slowly filling yet another box for Goodwill.  It's filling much more slowly this time though, which means I must be making progress.

Still feeding scrap wood into the trash each week.  Starting to wish I'd just taken it to the dump.

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« Reply #3208 on: February 20, 2016, 03:35:50 AM »
Whomever mentioned KonMari method earlier....I love you.  I have begun KonMari'ng the heck out of the family clothing, and I started with myself. 

There is a thread on here just about that book.:)

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« Reply #3209 on: February 20, 2016, 10:29:19 AM »
Whomever mentioned KonMari method earlier....I love you.  I have begun KonMari'ng the heck out of the family clothing, and I started with myself. 

There is a thread on here just about that book.:)

Link: http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/mustachian-book-club/the-life-changing-art-of-tidying-up/

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« Reply #3210 on: February 20, 2016, 08:37:55 PM »
Cleared a heap of old junk out of my personal email inbox, and completely emptied the inbox and folders for an old email address. I guess I should wait another month or so to make sure nothing important is coming through to that one.

Mr Happier agreed to turn his hangers around the wrong way to see what he never wears. He has 50 hangers of clothes; I think he could release half and still have everything he needs. I get through more clothes than he does (sweatier; more active) and I think I could release 20 of my 55 without an issue. I'm getting there slowly :-)

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« Reply #3211 on: February 21, 2016, 02:20:29 AM »
Cleared a heap of old junk out of my personal email inbox, and completely emptied the inbox and folders for an old email address. I guess I should wait another month or so to make sure nothing important is coming through to that one.

Mr Happier agreed to turn his hangers around the wrong way to see what he never wears. He has 50 hangers of clothes; I think he could release half and still have everything he needs. I get through more clothes than he does (sweatier; more active) and I think I could release 20 of my 55 without an issue. I'm getting there slowly :-)
I should probably do this. I have 36 items on hangers. 1 wedding dress, 3 fancy dresses, 4(!) Dressing gowns/robes, then shirts/shirts/dresses/jackets. Not because I think I should get rid of any, but just to remind me to mix it up!

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« Reply #3212 on: February 21, 2016, 02:50:45 AM »
Cleared a heap of old junk out of my personal email inbox, and completely emptied the inbox and folders for an old email address. I guess I should wait another month or so to make sure nothing important is coming through to that one.

Mr Happier agreed to turn his hangers around the wrong way to see what he never wears. He has 50 hangers of clothes; I think he could release half and still have everything he needs. I get through more clothes than he does (sweatier; more active) and I think I could release 20 of my 55 without an issue. I'm getting there slowly :-)
I should probably do this. I have 36 items on hangers. 1 wedding dress, 3 fancy dresses, 4(!) Dressing gowns/robes, then shirts/shirts/dresses/jackets. Not because I think I should get rid of any, but just to remind me to mix it up!

It's a neat way to see what you really wear. Plus the vast majority of my clothes are hanging (only have two drawers, which are about 2/3rds full, for non-hanger items) so hangers are where cuts can be made.

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« Reply #3213 on: February 21, 2016, 03:15:48 AM »
^ It is a good technique. I really culled my wardrobe and it is amazing how few items of clothing I actually like and wear.

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« Reply #3214 on: February 21, 2016, 03:52:26 AM »
Ah, I have 3 drawers of clothes as well and maybe a drawer's worth of seasonal items (scarves, gloves, bathers). That said, I'm already pretty much done and happy with my amount :)

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« Reply #3215 on: February 21, 2016, 07:12:08 AM »
I started a new job a month ago, and I've challenged myself to wear things that I don't often wear.  Last week I found 2 items that just are annoying to wear, so they are going to go.  One is a blazer that looks great on me but I can no longer button, and the other is a sweater with a cowl neck that slides down over my shoulders.  Both are just a bit too annoying.

I'm liking this, it's showing me things in my wardrobe that just aren't working any more though they were great at one time.

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« Reply #3216 on: February 21, 2016, 03:20:23 PM »
It's verge collection day! We've put out two outdoor chairs that were completely beyond repair, an old wicker laundry basket that snagged my delicate clothes, an old tv from the days of tvs deeper than they were wide, and two laptops and one desktop computer all with hard drives removed for security.

The junk room is looking better!!

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« Reply #3217 on: February 21, 2016, 04:26:00 PM »
I finally tackled the CDs today only to realize that I have sorted them when I moved during the divorce and only kept the ones I wanted :-(  They are now sitting in a big pile on the floor in the living room and I'm too bummed to even put them back.
So what should I do with them???  There are 2 large drawerfuls. Most of them are music I really like.

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« Reply #3218 on: February 21, 2016, 05:46:58 PM »
I finally tackled the CDs today only to realize that I have sorted them when I moved during the divorce and only kept the ones I wanted :-(  They are now sitting in a big pile on the floor in the living room and I'm too bummed to even put them back.
So what should I do with them???  There are 2 large drawerfuls. Most of them are music I really like.

I would save the songs you like to your computer or ipod or whatever in digital form an get rid of the physical copies.

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« Reply #3219 on: February 21, 2016, 06:19:40 PM »
Oh, and I also got rid of a filing cabinet in the bulk rubbish collection! Which I have hated ever since I first laid eyes on it. Heavy and ugly and awful. Happy to have it gone :-)

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« Reply #3220 on: February 21, 2016, 08:34:41 PM »
Whomever mentioned KonMari method earlier....I love you.  I have begun KonMari'ng the heck out of the family clothing, and I started with myself. 

There is a thread on here just about that book.:)

Link: http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/mustachian-book-club/the-life-changing-art-of-tidying-up/

Thank you! I will go there to look. We finished clothing and books are 2/3 sorted. My husband hates the piles, but he does like walking in the closet easily.

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« Reply #3221 on: February 22, 2016, 04:08:44 AM »
I finally tackled the CDs today only to realize that I have sorted them when I moved during the divorce and only kept the ones I wanted :-(  They are now sitting in a big pile on the floor in the living room and I'm too bummed to even put them back.
So what should I do with them???  There are 2 large drawerfuls. Most of them are music I really like.

I would save the songs you like to your computer or ipod or whatever in digital form an get rid of the physical copies.
Yes, that would be the sensible thing to do... It's going to be an overwhelming task given the number of them.  Plus, it seems I have quite an emotional attachment to a lot of them.

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« Reply #3222 on: February 22, 2016, 06:17:29 AM »
My slippers split so I threw them out. Then I had no slippers... except we have a pile of fancy hotel slippers (many still in the wrappers) WHY? Free stuff is not free when you have to store it! I wanted to get rid of them last year, but DH wanted to keep them (and I have enough of my own stuff to work on without creating conflict).

Anyway, I started wearing the hotel slippers, as I can't throw out perfectly good stuff, and i need slippers. DH borrow my slippers a lot, and after a couple of days said, "I don't know how you can wear those, they just slide off!".

So hang on, we were keeping slippers I didn't want, and he doesn't like. Argh.

I am wearing them out (which doesn't take long since they are flimsy) and I will NEVER take free slippers again because it is a horrible waste of the worlds resources to make such 'disposable' items.

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« Reply #3223 on: February 22, 2016, 07:05:36 AM »
Mailed a package to Schoola filled with clothes :)

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« Reply #3224 on: February 22, 2016, 10:40:35 AM »
My slippers split so I threw them out. Then I had no slippers... except we have a pile of fancy hotel slippers (many still in the wrappers) WHY? Free stuff is not free when you have to store it! I wanted to get rid of them last year, but DH wanted to keep them (and I have enough of my own stuff to work on without creating conflict).

Anyway, I started wearing the hotel slippers, as I can't throw out perfectly good stuff, and i need slippers. DH borrow my slippers a lot, and after a couple of days said, "I don't know how you can wear those, they just slide off!".

So hang on, we were keeping slippers I didn't want, and he doesn't like. Argh.

I am wearing them out (which doesn't take long since they are flimsy) and I will NEVER take free slippers again because it is a horrible waste of the worlds resources to make such 'disposable' items.

Good call on the hotel items. I used to take everything, but now only the soaps, the one thing I can always make use of.

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« Reply #3225 on: February 22, 2016, 05:36:22 PM »
Good call on the hotel items. I used to take everything, but now only the soaps, the one thing I can always make use of.

Even those, only if I like them as much as my own stuff at home. Sometimes I think "now I know a brand to avoid". 

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« Reply #3226 on: February 22, 2016, 06:35:47 PM »
I finally tackled the CDs today only to realize that I have sorted them when I moved during the divorce and only kept the ones I wanted :-(  They are now sitting in a big pile on the floor in the living room and I'm too bummed to even put them back.
So what should I do with them???  There are 2 large drawerfuls. Most of them are music I really like.

I would save the songs you like to your computer or ipod or whatever in digital form an get rid of the physical copies.
Yes, that would be the sensible thing to do... It's going to be an overwhelming task given the number of them.  Plus, it seems I have quite an emotional attachment to a lot of them.

My roommate has a hobby of ripping CDs to lossless (FLAC) digital...if you want to ship us all your CDs and a hard drive or adequately sized USB drive to put everything on, he'll rip them for you for free.

That won't help with the emotional attachment side, though.

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« Reply #3227 on: February 23, 2016, 06:50:51 AM »
Good call on the hotel items. I used to take everything, but now only the soaps, the one thing I can always make use of.

I only take soaps and shampoos when I travel for work. The hotels our company puts us at always have fabulous products. (JW Marriot has the best shampoo!) 

When I book my own travel they aren't good- cheap hotels have cheap soaps, and it drys my skin.  Not worth it.


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« Reply #3228 on: February 23, 2016, 08:29:22 AM »
Good call on the hotel items. I used to take everything, but now only the soaps, the one thing I can always make use of.

Even those, only if I like them as much as my own stuff at home. Sometimes I think "now I know a brand to avoid".

Yeah, I used to take everything. I always thought, "it's good for travel!" but you know what? Everyplace we go has free toiletries if we need them. Actually, now I don't like to think of all the wasted bottles etc (even if they are recycled, it's a lot of energy), so I take small containers with the very few products I have kept.

My bathroom has benefitted the most from my purging. I use a moisturiser and facewipes, and water. Deodrant, toothpaste, lipbalm. Done. I used to buy so many lotions and potions. The simplicity is amazing, and my bathroom looks like it's out of a martha stewart magazine because it's free of all the labelled ugliness that is most toiletry packaging.

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« Reply #3229 on: February 23, 2016, 10:42:03 AM »
Good call on the hotel items. I used to take everything, but now only the soaps, the one thing I can always make use of.

Even those, only if I like them as much as my own stuff at home. Sometimes I think "now I know a brand to avoid".

Yeah, I used to take everything. I always thought, "it's good for travel!" but you know what? Everyplace we go has free toiletries if we need them. Actually, now I don't like to think of all the wasted bottles etc (even if they are recycled, it's a lot of energy), so I take small containers with the very few products I have kept.

My bathroom has benefitted the most from my purging. I use a moisturiser and facewipes, and water. Deodrant, toothpaste, lipbalm. Done. I used to buy so many lotions and potions. The simplicity is amazing, and my bathroom looks like it's out of a martha stewart magazine because it's free of all the labelled ugliness that is most toiletry packaging.

Another "free!" convert here! I ended up with a basket full of those hotel freebies that I also hardly used, so I too stopped taking the little hotel bottles home. I find that they're never (or rather, rarely) better than my own stuff. Though I am going through a "use it up" challenge this year to use up all of my lotions, body washes, etc. Surprisingly, I don't really stockpile full size shampoo and conditioner, but I do have some of those hotel bottles still floating around so before I repurchase those necessities, I will just use those up and maybe keep ONE set for when I truly do use them, such as traveling to visit my parents.

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« Reply #3230 on: February 23, 2016, 06:59:33 PM »
Another car load out - literally, the whole of the back of a Mazda 3 hatchback, with the seats down.  4 boxes, many bags, 2 cork boards, a sleeping bag.  Nice to have all the stuff out of the front hall.  That is 2 car loads and 3 animal crates so far.  It hurts to say this, but this was the easy stuff.  Now I need to hunt a little harder.  I have also discovered that I was doing a lot of "but I might use this some day" thinking, which is stupid.  Someone else can use this stuff now, and if I need it in the future, none of it was incredibly special or hard to get - I can hit a thrift shop and replace it. 

We are expecting about 10 cm of snow tomorrow, perfect time to hit the kitchen and then start on the basement.

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« Reply #3231 on: February 24, 2016, 12:38:37 PM »
Got rid of a huge black trash bag full of expired food and empty snack boxes, etc. from the pantry.  Moved all the flour from the 25 lb bags into smaller containers.  Threw all the 1/16 of a box of cereal into baggies and got rid of the Costco sized boxes.  Gave myself permission to throw out the open flax seed my dear sister brought last summer and the opened gluten free flour she brought as well. We aren't gluten free and no one nearby is either....yes I should have given it to someone who needs it, but if I haven't done it since last summer it isn't going to happen. 

My mother in law brings over 2 jars of canned fruit every time she visits - we probably have 25 jars of canned fruit from the last 5 months dinner visits.  We like fresh fruit, but she won't take hers home.  I need to donate this ASAP...or start sucking it up and eating canned fruit.

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« Reply #3232 on: February 24, 2016, 01:05:30 PM »
Decided to donate the ice cream/fro yo/sorbet maker and helmet mentioned on a prior page, a toaster oven, and printer with toner to a local Boy Scout fundraiser yard sale.  Perhaps they'll have better luck selling the items than I did online.  DH insists on keeping a 4 slice toaster, because "he likes toast".  The problem is, we don't usually buy bread, and we haven't used the toaster in years.  Oh, well.  Baby steps.

Last weekend I started focusing on the hall closet:  Threw away two pairs of gloves, put one pair in the donate pile, washed two jackets to drop off at the thrift store, folded up to snail mail a vest back to a certain volunteer group I quit years ago.  Space clearing is my new cardio, LOL.

My ultimate goal is to buy matching labeled fabric storage cubes for the closet to hold items in a unified neat manner:  Light bulbs, ATV gear, gloves/scarves/hats, errand items, and small misc (extra candles, sunglasses, etc).
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« Reply #3233 on: February 24, 2016, 02:38:39 PM »

My ultimate goal is to buy matching labeled fabric storage cubes for the closet to hold items in a unified neat manner:  Light bulbs, ATV gear, gloves/scarves/hats, errand items, and small misc (extra candles, sunglasses, etc).

By all means buy what you want... But I recently made myself half a dozen or so cube storage boxes. I took cardboard from the neighbors recycling when I ran out of Amazon boxes and covered them with fabric I had around. It was shockingly simple to get something that looks nice. I just used a glue stick to attach the fabric. I added a couple handles I had to some.  This fabric was pretty to look at but cheap and not good enough for quilting.  They won't last more than a few years and won't fold flat to move but they were almost free. 

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« Reply #3234 on: February 24, 2016, 11:06:16 PM »
A few months ago, while cleaning out the paperwork drawer, I came across a settlement doc for I don't remember what- for a vehicle safety issue? Anyway, I found it a few days before the expiration of action, and sent it in. Just today I received a check in the mail for......... drumroll. $157. Awesome.

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« Reply #3235 on: February 25, 2016, 05:10:36 AM »

My ultimate goal is to buy matching labeled fabric storage cubes for the closet to hold items in a unified neat manner:  Light bulbs, ATV gear, gloves/scarves/hats, errand items, and small misc (extra candles, sunglasses, etc).

By all means buy what you want... But I recently made myself half a dozen or so cube storage boxes. I took cardboard from the neighbors recycling when I ran out of Amazon boxes and covered them with fabric I had around. It was shockingly simple to get something that looks nice. I just used a glue stick to attach the fabric. I added a couple handles I had to some.  This fabric was pretty to look at but cheap and not good enough for quilting.  They won't last more than a few years and won't fold flat to move but they were almost free.

I've made my own too. Step by step tutorial I used here: http://www.iheartorganizing.com/2012/03/pretty-pretty-diy-fabric-boxes-link.html

You can obviously make it simpler by leaving off handles etc. I went to a local discount fabric store and bought the cheapest nicely patterned stuff I could find. Worked out much cheaper than purchasing, and honestly, they've been very durable since I chose a sturdy box to start with, and made sure all seams were well taped before covering.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3236 on: February 27, 2016, 03:14:43 PM »
Yesterday we went through two drawers in our bathroom. Got rid of a small bag of out of date medicines and creams (DH will take to our local pharmacist for disposal). I also rearranged the main medicine drawer so that every box was lined up on its edge with the name sticking up. That way we can see at a glance what meds we already have on hand before we buy anything new. Huzzah!

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« Reply #3237 on: February 27, 2016, 05:59:34 PM »
If you live in the Seattle area, there is a new company that will pick up your stuff, sell it for you (or donate it if it doesn't sell), and then send you a check:

http://stuffhopper.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/stuffhopper-seattle

We haven't used them yet, but plan to in a few months. For us, paying to have someone else handle it all is worth it.

FYI, I know about this company because some guy was dressed as a kangaroo in downtown Seattle passing out fliers :)

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« Reply #3238 on: February 29, 2016, 01:25:36 PM »
Decided to donate the ice cream/fro yo/sorbet maker and helmet mentioned on a prior page, a toaster oven, and printer with toner to a local Boy Scout fundraiser yard sale.  Perhaps they'll have better luck selling the items than I did online.  DH insists on keeping a 4 slice toaster, because "he likes toast".  The problem is, we don't usually buy bread, and we haven't used the toaster in years.  Oh, well.  Baby steps.

Last weekend I started focusing on the hall closet:  Threw away two pairs of gloves, put one pair in the donate pile, washed two jackets to drop off at the thrift store, folded up to snail mail a vest back to a certain volunteer group I quit years ago.  Space clearing is my new cardio, LOL.

My ultimate goal is to buy matching labeled fabric storage cubes for the closet to hold items in a unified neat manner:  Light bulbs, ATV gear, gloves/scarves/hats, errand items, and small misc (extra candles, sunglasses, etc).

Church thrift store donation dropped off this morning!  What a fantastic feeling to get the items out of the dining room, and out of my life.  Along with the two laundered coats and gloves, the donation included a 5 LB bag of unopened flour from Christmas baking, a box of Uncle Ben's rice (a recent freebie at the grocery store), and a pair of never worn slippers from Christmas, lamp and hair accessories mentioned on a previous page.

I plan on counting my penguin bank coins soon.  If/when the total is over $20, I'm going to donate it to the thrift store's food bank.

The Boy Scout fundraiser items will leave my life this Thursday.  :)  Haven't mailed the volunteer vest yet.

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« Reply #3239 on: February 29, 2016, 03:18:41 PM »
I bagged up a bunch of stuff last night.  This weekend I'm planning to hit our kitchen.  I've purged every other area.  I'm excited!

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« Reply #3240 on: February 29, 2016, 05:55:05 PM »
We chucked a set of cutlery I found annoying to use! It had a chrome-plated section between the metal useful bit and the plastic handle. All the chrome had worn off and things tended to get stuck in the joins. Now my drawer closes easily! I'm also way less bothered by my cupboards now that the cutlery drawer works.

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« Reply #3241 on: March 01, 2016, 05:51:36 AM »
One large white plastic bag of paper to the shredder. Three beach towels and one hand towel to the Humane Society along with 8 large cans of dog food my dog can't eat. I'm up to paper on the KonMari method - she is obviously a single lady without kids or lots of cars/houses. I dream of electronic receipt scanning, but I am not there yet. :-)

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« Reply #3242 on: March 02, 2016, 01:43:27 PM »
I've been focused on other stuff for the last month or so but need to redouble my efforts this weekend.  Clothes, household goods, shoes, etc.  For some reason, my mindset has been strange in the last couple of weeks and I'm having a very hard time letting go of things.  Hopefully, it's temporary.  Need to find some new motivation.

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« Reply #3243 on: March 02, 2016, 06:16:34 PM »
Today I moved DH's entire filing cabinet full of 2007-2008 information to two file boxes in the basement.  He's "not ready" to go through them yet, and I know there is nothing in there I need/want.  In my mind, they are just waiting to be put in the trash.  These boxes are now labeled with his name and the information of what is inside.  I keep saying if he dies first, I'm not opening any boxes that have his name in front of them - I will just throw them out!  If I die first, it's his problem! If we both die together, the kids know what I'm doing and they'll throw all them out. Really he's a packrat.

With the rest of the filing cabinet drawers, I went through every receipt from 2015 and all the files.  I got it down to house improvement receipts, health savings account reimbursement receipts, and tax receipts.  Each child has a medical file I pared down significantly.  I have another white trash bag of shredding.  Now the 4 filing cabinet drawers have been reduced to 1/2 of a filing cabinet drawer.  I am amazed that I was keeping so much excess paperwork. Why was I doing that to myself??? Mind you there are 10 years worth of annual files in the basement still to go.....This will be the never ending paper project.

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« Reply #3244 on: March 02, 2016, 07:25:14 PM »
Today I moved DH's entire filing cabinet full of 2007-2008 information to two file boxes in the basement.  He's "not ready" to go through them yet, and I know there is nothing in there I need/want.  In my mind, they are just waiting to be put in the trash.  These boxes are now labeled with his name and the information of what is inside.  I keep saying if he dies first, I'm not opening any boxes that have his name in front of them - I will just throw them out!  If I die first, it's his problem! If we both die together, the kids know what I'm doing and they'll throw all them out. Really he's a packrat.

With the rest of the filing cabinet drawers, I went through every receipt from 2015 and all the files.  I got it down to house improvement receipts, health savings account reimbursement receipts, and tax receipts.  Each child has a medical file I pared down significantly.  I have another white trash bag of shredding.  Now the 4 filing cabinet drawers have been reduced to 1/2 of a filing cabinet drawer.  I am amazed that I was keeping so much excess paperwork. Why was I doing that to myself??? Mind you there are 10 years worth of annual files in the basement still to go.....This will be the never ending paper project.

My husband has scads of work generated paper, and what really helped him was this: Every time I found paper, I'd throw it into a laundry basket. A couple inches would accumulate (no more) and I'd hand it to him when he had a free moment and ask him to sort through it right then. It would take like 10 minutes, wasn't overwhelming, and he threw away nearly all of it. It took longer than I would have liked, but it all got done and I don't have random piles around the apartment now.

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« Reply #3245 on: March 03, 2016, 07:44:32 AM »
Something similar to serpentstooth strategy solved my problem with DH accumulating papers. Once he realised I was regularly going to get him to go through them, suddenly picking up a catalogue at the hardware store no longer seemed like such a good idea. He's also stopped bringing home work paperwork (though I never understood why he did! Surely you either need it at the office... or you don't need it. He never worked from home).

So I was trying to sort the piles, but it's actually stopped the piles coming in now. I hadn't really noticed until I thought about it just now; I must remember to thank him tonight.

I also went through old credit card statements and set them aside for burning. It worked well when we ran out of firelights, so I used the statements instead :)

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« Reply #3246 on: March 03, 2016, 08:18:29 AM »
Today I moved DH's entire filing cabinet full of 2007-2008 information to two file boxes in the basement.  He's "not ready" to go through them yet, and I know there is nothing in there I need/want.  In my mind, they are just waiting to be put in the trash.  These boxes are now labeled with his name and the information of what is inside.  I keep saying if he dies first, I'm not opening any boxes that have his name in front of them - I will just throw them out!  If I die first, it's his problem! If we both die together, the kids know what I'm doing and they'll throw all them out. Really he's a packrat.

With the rest of the filing cabinet drawers, I went through every receipt from 2015 and all the files.  I got it down to house improvement receipts, health savings account reimbursement receipts, and tax receipts.  Each child has a medical file I pared down significantly.  I have another white trash bag of shredding.  Now the 4 filing cabinet drawers have been reduced to 1/2 of a filing cabinet drawer.  I am amazed that I was keeping so much excess paperwork. Why was I doing that to myself??? Mind you there are 10 years worth of annual files in the basement still to go.....This will be the never ending paper project.

My husband has scads of work generated paper, and what really helped him was this: Every time I found paper, I'd throw it into a laundry basket. A couple inches would accumulate (no more) and I'd hand it to him when he had a free moment and ask him to sort through it right then. It would take like 10 minutes, wasn't overwhelming, and he threw away nearly all of it. It took longer than I would have liked, but it all got done and I don't have random piles around the apartment now.

Good idea!  I have to remember that, although I'll bet he will balk.  We tried that with his office downstairs when we moved it upstairs.  I gave up and just boxed it up.  You are right that whole box is overwhelming, but a few inches at a time might be doable.  Maybe 3 folders at a time?  I'll have to think about that once I get through my OWN piles of waste and paper. Insert embarrassed face.

Something similar to serpentstooth strategy solved my problem with DH accumulating papers. Once he realised I was regularly going to get him to go through them, suddenly picking up a catalogue at the hardware store no longer seemed like such a good idea. He's also stopped bringing home work paperwork (though I never understood why he did! Surely you either need it at the office... or you don't need it. He never worked from home).

So I was trying to sort the piles, but it's actually stopped the piles coming in now. I hadn't really noticed until I thought about it just now; I must remember to thank him tonight.

I also went through old credit card statements and set them aside for burning. It worked well when we ran out of firelights, so I used the statements instead :)

My DH is in avoidance mode....And he tends to bring in papers in chunks - usually with job changes.  He hasn't had a job change in 8 years, and all the old paperwork from his old job is still here in the house.  He might "need" it someday.

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« Reply #3247 on: March 03, 2016, 01:10:02 PM »
I got rid of a flannel shirt that was too small and realized that leaves with exactly 2 items in all of my wardrobe that are colored (they are both red). Everything else ranges from white to black with a few dark green pieces mixed in.

I actually am now considering getting rid of those red tops since it would be kinda cool to have such minimal wardrobe in color and amount. Plus, I never have to worry about something not matching.

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« Reply #3248 on: March 04, 2016, 06:09:13 AM »
I have seen this thread in my "recent new posts" view for a long time and always felt guilty since I love the idea but am apparently a complete hypocrite about actually doing anything about it.

We now have a pile of goodwill clothes from my closet! And I sold my old computer and a pair of headphones on Craigslist last week.

We're moving this summer (from a 1BR so not that crazy) and got married right before moving here, so we have a lot of stuff we should purge.

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« Reply #3249 on: March 04, 2016, 06:09:52 AM »
Today I moved DH's entire filing cabinet full of 2007-2008 information to two file boxes in the basement.  He's "not ready" to go through them yet, and I know there is nothing in there I need/want.  In my mind, they are just waiting to be put in the trash.  These boxes are now labeled with his name and the information of what is inside.  I keep saying if he dies first, I'm not opening any boxes that have his name in front of them - I will just throw them out!  If I die first, it's his problem! If we both die together, the kids know what I'm doing and they'll throw all them out. Really he's a packrat.

With the rest of the filing cabinet drawers, I went through every receipt from 2015 and all the files.  I got it down to house improvement receipts, health savings account reimbursement receipts, and tax receipts.  Each child has a medical file I pared down significantly.  I have another white trash bag of shredding.  Now the 4 filing cabinet drawers have been reduced to 1/2 of a filing cabinet drawer.  I am amazed that I was keeping so much excess paperwork. Why was I doing that to myself??? Mind you there are 10 years worth of annual files in the basement still to go.....This will be the never ending paper project.

My husband has scads of work generated paper, and what really helped him was this: Every time I found paper, I'd throw it into a laundry basket. A couple inches would accumulate (no more) and I'd hand it to him when he had a free moment and ask him to sort through it right then. It would take like 10 minutes, wasn't overwhelming, and he threw away nearly all of it. It took longer than I would have liked, but it all got done and I don't have random piles around the apartment now.

Good idea!  I have to remember that, although I'll bet he will balk.  We tried that with his office downstairs when we moved it upstairs.  I gave up and just boxed it up.  You are right that whole box is overwhelming, but a few inches at a time might be doable.  Maybe 3 folders at a time?  I'll have to think about that once I get through my OWN piles of waste and paper. Insert embarrassed face.

Something similar to serpentstooth strategy solved my problem with DH accumulating papers. Once he realised I was regularly going to get him to go through them, suddenly picking up a catalogue at the hardware store no longer seemed like such a good idea. He's also stopped bringing home work paperwork (though I never understood why he did! Surely you either need it at the office... or you don't need it. He never worked from home).

So I was trying to sort the piles, but it's actually stopped the piles coming in now. I hadn't really noticed until I thought about it just now; I must remember to thank him tonight.

I also went through old credit card statements and set them aside for burning. It worked well when we ran out of firelights, so I used the statements instead :)

My DH is in avoidance mode....And he tends to bring in papers in chunks - usually with job changes.  He hasn't had a job change in 8 years, and all the old paperwork from his old job is still here in the house.  He might "need" it someday.

I know you know this from the 'embarrassed face' but I've got to say, that whilst I have got my DH on board as I said, it only happened -after- I'd take care of my own cr*p. Sorry. Marie Kondo was right when she said if you're focussing on other people you've got stuff to take care of - for me, at least.

I worked on ONLY my own stuff for a year, and I realised actually, DH's two tiny piles were nothing. Getting my stuff down made a huge difference, and then he naturally wanted to follow suit when he saw how much nicer our house looked and how much easier our lives were.

It was easy for me to focus on, "There's no point! DH just leaves catalogues everywhere anyway!", but when I decided just to do my stuff, and did it, the whole house changed. It got so tidy and organised the papers stuck out like a sore thumb and he was happy to tackle them. He was probably thinking, "there's no point! DW has crap everywhere!" all along!