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« Reply #3250 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 #3251 on: February 21, 2016, 04:24:50 PM »
^ It is a good technique. I really culled my wardrobe and it is amazing how few items of clothing I actually like and wear.
This is so true. I did the Marie Kondo thing on my clothes last year and discarded about 70%.

Yet nowadays I never have the feeling that I don't have anything to wear - I just reach into the closet every morning and grab something that (a) I like and (b) goes with everything else :)

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« Reply #3252 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 #3253 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 #3254 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 #3255 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 #3256 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 #3257 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 #3258 on: February 22, 2016, 07:05:36 AM »
Mailed a package to Schoola filled with clothes :)

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« Reply #3259 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 #3260 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 #3261 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 #3262 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 #3263 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 #3264 on: February 23, 2016, 08:49:18 AM »
Got rid of a dresser, two high-back chairs, and an end table this week. Going to take our old lawnmower to a local Eco Store later this week. That should be the last of the big items (other than replacing old, cheap bookshelves with high quality ones) unless I can talk DH into getting rid of a dresser we just bought as part of a bedroom set less than 2 years ago.

We're painting and re-flooring the entire house so as we go through each room it's a good opportunity to only put back items we actually want. I have hope that by the end of the summer we'll be in a great place with our house and just love how it looks

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« Reply #3265 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 #3266 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 #3267 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 #3268 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 #3269 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 #3270 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 #3271 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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« Reply #3272 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 #3273 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 #3274 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 #3275 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 #3276 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 #3277 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 #3278 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 #3279 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 #3280 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 #3281 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 #3282 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 #3283 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 #3284 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 #3285 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!

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« Reply #3286 on: March 04, 2016, 06:10:32 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 #3287 on: March 04, 2016, 06:43:54 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!

I'm glad I won't be the only one it takes a really long time.  The hard part is sticking to paper....I look in cabinets and want to do that instead because the remaining paper is in the basement where I don't really see it.
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« Reply #3288 on: March 04, 2016, 07:24:24 AM »
We're doing this in our household, ongoing.  It's really a liberating feeling as you empty out.  Here's the list of things we're liquidating:

Sell List
  • My retro video game collection (+$3k/15k so far!)
  • Unused furniture (desks, giant entertainment center)
  • 150 DVDs
  • 36" Metal bending brake
  • Old gaming PC (still quite good though)
  • Unused PC watercooling parts
  • Comic book collection
  • Unused holiday decorations
  • Pool table (+$800)
  • RC Car (+$300)
  • Belleek Irish stuff (+$50)
  • Unused picture frames (+$100)
  • Larger toys kids don't use anymore(+$100)

Donate List
  • Clothing
  • Books
  • Random decorative items
  • Random collectibles

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« Reply #3289 on: March 04, 2016, 11:21:58 AM »
Maybe I should prioritize decluttering my bicycles and bike parts first.
Spent some time on those yesterday....

.... and some more decluttering of my big bicycle parts bin (box actually) done!

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« Reply #3290 on: March 04, 2016, 11:47:07 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.

Excellent start.
Moving is always a great motivator to declutter.

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« Reply #3291 on: March 04, 2016, 03:01:19 PM »
Today's accomplishments:

1) Phone books - school phone books from the past 11 years purged to only the current one.  Church picture phone books from 2004 and 2008 and 2012 also purged.  Regular phone books sent away (I google everything and if I were desperate, I could always ask a neighbor.)

2) Greeting cards/TY cards/envelopes - all moved and sorted into one central location.

3) Coupons/coupon catalogs - (HUGE effort for me - look at my handle...) ;-)

Lots and lots of things purged today. Thank you employer for giving me the afternoon off today - it's National Employee Appreciation Day!
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« Reply #3292 on: March 05, 2016, 05:25:32 AM »
I have a pool table in my basement, because the previous owners left it.  They are a glut here, people bought them years ago, and then just leave them because it is not worth it to them to move them.  So, HOW DID YOU SELL YOURS???  Sorry for the yell, but here I am more likely to have to pay someone to take mine away (so that means I will probably leave it for the next owner)

We're doing this in our household, ongoing.  It's really a liberating feeling as you empty out.  Here's the list of things we're liquidating:

Sell List

  • Pool table (+$800)

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« Reply #3293 on: March 05, 2016, 06:16:46 AM »
I have a pool table in my basement, because the previous owners left it.  They are a glut here, people bought them years ago, and then just leave them because it is not worth it to them to move them.  So, HOW DID YOU SELL YOURS???  Sorry for the yell, but here I am more likely to have to pay someone to take mine away (so that means I will probably leave it for the next owner)

We're doing this in our household, ongoing.  It's really a liberating feeling as you empty out.  Here's the list of things we're liquidating:

Sell List

  • Pool table (+$800)


Haha, best part is, its basically what I paid for it 5 years earlier, and the guy I bought it from delivered it to me while the buy this time paid to have it moved!  Crazy.  Anyway, here's the story:

I listed it on craigslist with 10 good clear pictures for $900, it really was a nice 8', 1"slate table.  A week later I lowered it to $800 and got a call a couple days later from a guy who was reeeeeeeeeally interested in the table.  He came over the next day with his wife (45 minute drive)  to look at it which at this point was in pieces to make a move easier.  He had tourettes (the swearing version) and said he was on disability and just played pool all day and wanted to upgrade.  He didn't haggle at all and seemed really worried that someone else might buy it from me so he put a cash deposit down and then hired a mover to take it out of my basement.  He seemed confused when I included 4 sticks, a set of balls, a cover, a stick stand, and racks.  So in the end I have to chalk it up to luck, honestly.  I guess you just have to have patience and price it well.

Also, that was the first time I've ever encountered the swearing version of tourettes, that was an interesting experience.  I hope he is enjoying the table!  I probably used it 10x in 5 years.  Talk about a waste of space.

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« Reply #3294 on: March 05, 2016, 08:34:36 AM »
So I took advantage of an end of winter sale to get a nice dark gray down parka.  This will replace a puffier down jacket that is way too big since I bought it when I was 50# heavier, and a white ski jacket that I've barely worn because well, it's white and I gave up on my aspiration to become a skier.  It could also potentially replace a wool type coat that I wear to the office most of the winter, but I still really like that coat, so I'm loathe to give it up, even though in reality I'll probably just wear the much lighter (as in weight, not warmth) down coat from now on.  So my challenge this weekend is to decide what to do with the two (potentially three) very nice coats I no longer have a need for.  It's getting a little late in the year to sell ski stuff, but I want it out of the closet.

So far, I've identified two things that I regret getting rid of:  some pegboard scrap, which last night I realized I could have made into plant presses to be used for a work project, and secondly, a padded netbook case because I'm now traveling with two tablet computers, and they would have nested in there perfectly.  Pretty dang minor considering the large amount of crap I've gotten rid of, and totally worth it for the end game.  I got home from a work trip at midnight last night and it was nice walking into an organized garage and really seeing nothing out of place in the house, so I didn't go to sleep thinking of the massive organization task ahead for the weekend (not that I don't still have a bit more to do).  The donation box fill rate has really declined, so I think I'm getting near the end of this process for the time-being.

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« Reply #3295 on: March 05, 2016, 08:13:12 PM »
Continued progress, but slow. Today I cleaned the spice cabinet. I mostly identified missing or old spices.  I also purged the recipe binder and one 3"stack of school papers.

I bought a 3qt saucepan and a wallet today. The 3qt I accidentally put on the stove but forgot to put water in it. It was 19 years old, and the new one was $25 and I used a gift card. I bought the same brand because it got used almost daily for 19 years (and my old steamer insert still fits it). My old wallet fell in the toilet about 6 mo ago (ew)....I'd been using plastic bags since then!
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« Reply #3296 on: March 06, 2016, 03:39:05 AM »
Packed another large bag for donation yesterday: couple of table cloths, 2 pairs of curtains, some clothes and other miscellaneous things.  Returned 2 pairs of shoes, a handbag and a blouse that I bought on a whim and didn't really need.  Pulled 7 volumes of dictionaries and 2 law school books off the bookshelf and trying to decide what do do with them.  The dictionaries I had since college (late 1980s) and the law school books are the only 2 I kept as they relate to my practice area.  But I've been practicing 17 years now and never looked at them.  Time for them to go, just not sure where :-)

I will keep on going today since I seem to be on a roll...



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« Reply #3297 on: March 06, 2016, 04:52:13 AM »
Two weeks till the movers arrive and we leave the country.

I have been throwing stuff away steadily and trying to work down the food/household/toiletry supplies. Only fresh food is being bought now and we will make some random meals with what is in the cupboards and the fridge/freezer.

I have gotten to the point though, where I am wondering what else to throw out or donate. The moving companies indicated that we did not have a lot of stuff and I was secretly pleased by that :)

All that is left to do is donate some more clothes but I want to keep wearing them to the end. I will be throwing out some kitchen supplies/equipment at the end too. Being more of a minimalist does make moving easier!

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« Reply #3298 on: March 06, 2016, 05:00:14 AM »
We were searching for a good Lego storage option, and Pinterest delivered nicely - a lack IKEA table (we already have one) and properly sized plastic boxes! Just need to buy two more bexes and it's all going to be easy to use!

This was only possible because I cleared out several books and rearranged a bookshelf to take up the stuff that was being dumped on the coffee table. Never could have done this 6 months ago.

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« Reply #3299 on: March 06, 2016, 08:30:33 AM »
Gave away a few random toys that I was saving from my kids' childhood in case I have grandchildren. A program for refugees was looking for toys, so it felt like the right time to let them go, even though they had sentimental value.

Also cleaned up an old sandwich toaster and added that to the give away box.