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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3300 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 #3301 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 #3302 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 #3303 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3304 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 #3305 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 #3306 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3307 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3308 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 #3309 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 #3310 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)

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  • Clothing
  • Books
  • Random decorative items
  • Random collectibles

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« Reply #3311 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 #3312 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 #3313 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 #3314 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 #3315 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 #3316 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 #3317 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 #3318 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 #3319 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 #3320 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 #3321 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.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3322 on: March 06, 2016, 10:10:28 AM »
A bag of miscellaneous computer cables, mice and a keyboard off to Goodwill.  I try to be realistic in what is still usable and not give them stuff that is completely obsolete (parallel port printer cable anyone?).

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3323 on: March 06, 2016, 03:07:55 PM »
We got rid of a chair and towel my boyfriend really hates. He hates the towel because it's too scratchy and the chair because somehow it's always in his way (?).
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3324 on: March 06, 2016, 04:48:02 PM »
thank goodness for Bulk Trash Pickup every quarter.  I put out an intermittently working vacuum cleaner and an old iron (still works) and both were snatched up.

It's surprisingly hard to donate magazines though.  I have a pile of clean, recent ones (gift subscriptions) but our library and local thrift stores don't accept them.

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« Reply #3325 on: March 06, 2016, 05:52:36 PM »
I have donated magazines to the hospital in the past.

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« Reply #3326 on: March 07, 2016, 08:48:56 AM »
It's surprisingly hard to donate magazines though.  I have a pile of clean, recent ones (gift subscriptions) but our library and local thrift stores don't accept them.

Depending on the magazine topic and number of pictures, schools and after school activities can use them for crafts.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3327 on: March 07, 2016, 09:56:55 AM »
Oh man, I just had a great weekend. Despite waking up Sunday feeling totally tired because of a bout of insomnia in the middle of the night, I got a lot done!

Last week my parents brought me a love seat they were no longer using. I waited to move things around until I had time to make my kids clean out and around the old love seat. (If I could ban NERDS candy from the planet, I would. Luckily the Valentines candy seems to have been consumed and we get a break - for a few months.) So yesterday I hauled my old love seat out to the curb. I'm really hoping someone takes it. My neighborhood is a great place to just put furniture outside and have it disappear. But this old sofa does have attached back cushions and one of them is ripping off, so I'm not sure it will be taken. If it isn't gone by tonight, I'm going to have to haul it to the garage until I can borrow a truck to take it to the dump.

A few weeks ago my microwave shorted out and just stopped working. So I hauled that across my alley to the dumpster. I occasionally use the apartment complex dumpster behind my house because of the massive amount of garbage that blows out of it and into my driveway that I end up picking up - I figure it's an even trade. I also cleared off and wiped down the microwave cart and also got rid of a popcorn popper that we just don't use and got rid of some other junk on the cart shelves.

Back in the living room the cheap little area rug that I inherited from my sister a few years ago got rolled up and also brought to the dumpster. It served its purpose in keeping the beige-y tan carpet underneath from taking all the dirt. It's a high traffic area so I will probably seek out a new rug for that area until I redo the floors in a few years, but this current rug was a bad colorblock pattern that really showed dirt easily and was just not in great condition anymore.

I'm feeling pretty good about getting rid of those big ticket items. Here's hoping the sofa is actually gone when I get home today! :)

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3328 on: March 07, 2016, 11:23:08 AM »
If it isn't gone by tonight, I'm going to have to haul it to the garage until I can borrow a truck to take it to the dump.
In my area you can put a sofa out with the normal trash, and as long as you submit a request at least 24h in advance online, it'll be taken with the regular trash pickup. They don't normally have the capacity for furniture pickups, but if you give them a heads up, they'll do it for free.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3329 on: March 07, 2016, 12:04:49 PM »
It's surprisingly hard to donate magazines though.  I have a pile of clean, recent ones (gift subscriptions) but our library and local thrift stores don't accept them.

Depending on the magazine topic and number of pictures, schools and after school activities can use them for crafts.

I post some good finds from magazines on my walls- odd and beautiful pictures . I donate the rest to a "  by donation " bookstore , I used to donate to my place of work- a beauty salon, but we are so inundated with free mag subcriptions there (where I take the slight few I ever want to browse!) & am constantly downsizing the ever growing stacks.
I also keep for reference certain informative pages pertaining to health/dietary/and extreme diet trends & life of a fashion designer, for my own personal interest, that I periodically review . for me it's like the trashy chick lit I sometimes consume. A reminder of the insane compulsive life & ridiculous laps of luxury.

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« Reply #3330 on: March 07, 2016, 12:35:01 PM »
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.
I know how you feel!  I was doing really well cleaning out our house last year, but I've stalled out.  I did bag up a bunch of stuff a few weekends ago, but the bag is still in the guest bedroom.  My goal for March is to clean out the guest bedroom.  This will take getting my DH on board too.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3331 on: March 07, 2016, 02:23:31 PM »
Another 3" stack of papers this morning plus a bag full of folded receipts.  DD10 actually was the one to do the 3" stack of school papers this morning.  I was super proud of her, as she only kept about 10 items from her stack. This will be my rinse and repeat line for about the next 6 months....I have SO MUCH PAPER.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3332 on: March 07, 2016, 04:53:06 PM »
finally donated our dog crate.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3333 on: March 08, 2016, 12:01:15 AM »
Decluttering fail. I sold a foot massager on Craigslist, but the buyer decided it was too noisy after she'd gone home with it, even though she was perfectly happy with it when she tested it out at my place. So now she's going to drive back on Friday to return it. I don't really mind, since she's the one doing the driving, but that's a lot of 40min drives for a $60 machine....

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3334 on: March 08, 2016, 03:55:56 PM »
Decluttering fail. I sold a foot massager on Craigslist, but the buyer decided it was too noisy after she'd gone home with it, even though she was perfectly happy with it when she tested it out at my place. So now she's going to drive back on Friday to return it. I don't really mind, since she's the one doing the driving, but that's a lot of 40min drives for a $60 machine....

I really try to avoid CL at all costs.  The good thing about ebay is never really have to deal with buyer's remorse.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3335 on: March 08, 2016, 04:20:38 PM »
I gleaned a dozen items   (e.g. blood pressure cuff, label maker, 10 DVDs, HD action cam) from my office.  Rather than throw them out I listed them on a recycle facebook forum for $1 to $10.   Example $2 for 10 DVD batch.   

It is amazing how flaky participants of these forums can be.    I prefer to get the items into hands of people who want them and will use them   but I think a quick trip to a Goodwill drop off site is in order.

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« Reply #3336 on: March 09, 2016, 07:47:08 AM »
I donated my wedding dress today!

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Good for you!  I need to do this on my next thrift store trip.  My young-adult daughter has no interest in my outdated dress!  And I'm tired of looking at the box in the closet.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3337 on: March 09, 2016, 07:54:10 AM »
I need a face punch, kick in the pants, or something... please tell me to unload this stuff:  I'm a runner and have collected probably dozens of shirts from races as well as purchases (mostly clearance or thrift-store, so not a lot of $ spent at least).  I have an entire small roll-aboard suitcase on the top shelf of my closet stuffed with them!  I've kept them because I have actually taken some of these excess shirts when I travel and after wearing, I toss them instead of carrying home wet stinky running clothes.  But seriously, how many throw-aways do I need?  (We travel a lot but I think I've done that exactly 3 times).  Also, the suitcase is a small old extra one that someone gave us that I'd like to toss.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3338 on: March 09, 2016, 03:52:48 PM »
These past weeks I've been reading Marie Kondo's (e-)book and though I am not aggressively throwing stuff in bags, I've progressed a lot in my decluttering. I've emptied a book shelf, a DVD shelf and a 2-drawers filing cabinet (I've kept 5 files, which will move to my spouse's cabinet and we will sell this one). I've already prepared donation boxes and ads on Kijiji.

Which brings me to my next question. Maybe it's weird, but do you even respond to people who answer your ads let's say, more than casually? I don't know if I over-analyze things, but even though I ask for people to please contact me by email, most often than not, I don't even get a ''hello'', ''please'' and ''thanks''. I find it so rude! It makes me want to hit ''delete''. I don't know... I feel insecure about giving my email adress, phone number or address to people I don't know. When they don't act at least a bit polite/civilized, I feel... I don't know, threatened in a way? Like they're being aggressive towards me. I don't know how to explain.

Maybe I should just donate stuff and be done with it. :/

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3339 on: March 09, 2016, 04:01:52 PM »
I need a face punch, kick in the pants, or something... please tell me to unload this stuff:  I'm a runner and have collected probably dozens of shirts from races as well as purchases (mostly clearance or thrift-store, so not a lot of $ spent at least).  I have an entire small roll-aboard suitcase on the top shelf of my closet stuffed with them!  I've kept them because I have actually taken some of these excess shirts when I travel and after wearing, I toss them instead of carrying home wet stinky running clothes.  But seriously, how many throw-aways do I need?  (We travel a lot but I think I've done that exactly 3 times).  Also, the suitcase is a small old extra one that someone gave us that I'd like to toss.

I've grown to like the idea of taking a picture of things I cling to (even though I never use them and forget they even exist). You could do that as a way to remember each of these races. If you want to keep a few shirts just in case, I'd suggest keeping your favourite 3 (or less). It's enough to get you through a weekend or 3-4 days without laundry. :)

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3340 on: March 09, 2016, 04:12:17 PM »
These past weeks I've been reading Marie Kondo's (e-)book and though I am not aggressively throwing stuff in bags, I've progressed a lot in my decluttering. I've emptied a book shelf, a DVD shelf and a 2-drawers filing cabinet (I've kept 5 files, which will move to my spouse's cabinet and we will sell this one). I've already prepared donation boxes and ads on Kijiji.

Which brings me to my next question. Maybe it's weird, but do you even respond to people who answer your ads let's say, more than casually? I don't know if I over-analyze things, but even though I ask for people to please contact me by email, most often than not, I don't even get a ''hello'', ''please'' and ''thanks''. I find it so rude! It makes me want to hit ''delete''. I don't know... I feel insecure about giving my email adress, phone number or address to people I don't know. When they don't act at least a bit polite/civilized, I feel... I don't know, threatened in a way? Like they're being aggressive towards me. I don't know how to explain.

Maybe I should just donate stuff and be done with it. :/

Donating would solve the problem.  :)

But no, that is par for the course.  If we have several responses, we tend to only answer ones that are complete and grammatical.  It might sound elitist, but those kinds of responses are the ones that have most typically ultimately resulted in a sale.

If we are getting few bites, sometimes we'll spend time answering others, but often find we'd rather just give it away.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3341 on: March 10, 2016, 04:39:15 AM »
These past weeks I've been reading Marie Kondo's (e-)book and though I am not aggressively throwing stuff in bags, I've progressed a lot in my decluttering. I've emptied a book shelf, a DVD shelf and a 2-drawers filing cabinet (I've kept 5 files, which will move to my spouse's cabinet and we will sell this one). I've already prepared donation boxes and ads on Kijiji.

Which brings me to my next question. Maybe it's weird, but do you even respond to people who answer your ads let's say, more than casually? I don't know if I over-analyze things, but even though I ask for people to please contact me by email, most often than not, I don't even get a ''hello'', ''please'' and ''thanks''. I find it so rude! It makes me want to hit ''delete''. I don't know... I feel insecure about giving my email adress, phone number or address to people I don't know. When they don't act at least a bit polite/civilized, I feel... I don't know, threatened in a way? Like they're being aggressive towards me. I don't know how to explain.

Maybe I should just donate stuff and be done with it. :/

I'm generally selective in my responses to Craigslist buyers.  I ignore the ones that are obviously rude or intrusive (potentially scams).  I'd rather lose a potential sale than deal with someone I'm not comfortable with dealing.  And if I am buying something, I always make sure to send a polite message that will convey that I am a responsible buyer :-)  It takes an enormous amount of patience and time to sell stuff on Craigslist.



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3342 on: March 10, 2016, 05:41:06 AM »
I did an unplanned mini-purge in my garage last night, it was awesome. The garage is my weak spot and I tend to just let things accumulate (although I can always park my car in it - it is NOT for overflow house storage). This morning was garbage day and I didn't initially plan to take the extra large garbage bin out as it only had one small bag in it. By the time I called it quits in the garage, I had the bin overflowing. I even swept out most of the leaves. It was so satisfying when I walked to my car this morning.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3343 on: March 11, 2016, 11:35:39 AM »
I am proud to report that participation in our local Buy Nothing group is not just good for getting, but good for GIVING.

Today I dropped off 48 used 4-inch plant pots at a district elementary school for their gardening club, and donated three puzzles for their new PreK/K take-home toy library as well. Whoohoo!
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3344 on: March 11, 2016, 12:50:27 PM »
I have come very close to sort every inch of the house. In fact I have done one go through completely and that feels amazing.

However my last frontier is not specific areas but projects such as darning, mending, glueing and upholstering.  So the garage has furniture to glue, the linen closet has fabric to use, the closet has mending projects.  Now they hang over me as a specialized form of clutter.

Help!

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« Reply #3345 on: March 11, 2016, 02:48:55 PM »
I have had really good luck with CL but I tend to just sell larger items on it such as furniture, appliances, car etc. I don't feel it is worth my time for the small stuff.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3346 on: March 13, 2016, 03:19:57 PM »
Five boxes and a bag to Goodwill today.  I've been consciously going through drawers and cabinets, donating or trashing items or putting them out for use, every day for the last few weeks.

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« Reply #3347 on: March 13, 2016, 06:32:48 PM »
Decluttering fail. I sold a foot massager on Craigslist, but the buyer decided it was too noisy after she'd gone home with it, even though she was perfectly happy with it when she tested it out at my place. So now she's going to drive back on Friday to return it. I don't really mind, since she's the one doing the driving, but that's a lot of 40min drives for a $60 machine....

Got the massager back on Friday and sold it off to someone else today!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3348 on: March 14, 2016, 07:49:06 AM »
I have come very close to sort every inch of the house. In fact I have done one go through completely and that feels amazing.

However my last frontier is not specific areas but projects such as darning, mending, glueing and upholstering.  So the garage has furniture to glue, the linen closet has fabric to use, the closet has mending projects.  Now they hang over me as a specialized form of clutter.

Help!
I moved into my house 3 years ago. At the time, I cut some fabric off a bolt and put it on clippy curtain rings as drapes, but I didn't hem it or put anything to cover the electrical conduit I used as curtain rods.

A couple weeks ago, I started hemming. I've been hemming during my commute, and now the living room has finished curtains with valances. Now I'm working on the bedroom ones. It feels nice to finally get that project underway.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3349 on: March 14, 2016, 12:40:30 PM »
One set of sheets/duvet cover added to the donation pile.  I have too many as it is.  I'm also debating whether to sell one of my TVs.  This one is in the den and the only thing available on it is Netflix, now that I got rid of cable.  I have to ask my DD if she will want it when she starts living on her own next year, but if not, I'll sell it.