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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3550 on: June 05, 2016, 02:52:04 PM »
Well, not for me, but I helped a friend declutter her crafts this weekend.  We installed a wall hanger for her iron and board, and got probably 2 kitchen trash bags worth of things set to trash or donate.  She will return the favor the next time we both have a weekend free.

DH cleaned out the medicine cabinet, there is a pile to toss, just have to do it.  He also removed the pill bottles from the kitchen counter, that helps a ton!  I find them so cluttery.

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« Reply #3551 on: June 05, 2016, 03:03:14 PM »
Noodle, it may be TMI to share, but who is your comfort fantasy author? I have several favourites, but one is the one whose collected works would keep me sane on a desert island.

I am sorry for the loss of your books!

Terry Pratchett...and honestly, a big reason I keep all his books is that he is so beloved it can be difficult to lay hands on the books through the library--a long wait, or their copies have been worn out or lost and not replaced. I rarely even see them in used book stores and the used price + shipping on Amazon is not much less than buying a new copy.

For books I wasn't sure about, it was helpful to remember that between inter-library loan and Amazon used books, a lot of books could be revisited or reacquired fairly cheaply. I haven't actually wanted to get any of them back, but knowing I could helped me let go.

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« Reply #3552 on: June 05, 2016, 03:22:14 PM »
Noodle, it may be TMI to share, but who is your comfort fantasy author? I have several favourites, but one is the one whose collected works would keep me sane on a desert island.

I am sorry for the loss of your books!

Terry Pratchett...and honestly, a big reason I keep all his books is that he is so beloved it can be difficult to lay hands on the books through the library--a long wait, or their copies have been worn out or lost and not replaced. I rarely even see them in used book stores and the used price + shipping on Amazon is not much less than buying a new copy.

For books I wasn't sure about, it was helpful to remember that between inter-library loan and Amazon used books, a lot of books could be revisited or reacquired fairly cheaply. I haven't actually wanted to get any of them back, but knowing I could helped me let go.
Well, if I can find value (hard for some of them, they are so old) the insurance is paying replacement cost.  Most of them are still on amazon.ca if not an actual bookstore - most were non-fiction.

I am also looking up a lot of them on the libraries I presently or in the future will use - if they are there, they can go.  It is the older ones that no-one has - not libraries, not Amazon - they are just gone.  So I am probably holding on to them for at least a while.

My go-to is Lois McMaster Bujold - between Barrayar, Chalion, and the Sharing knife world, I can always find someplace to be.  And how can I not love an author who names one of her main characters after Nile Etland (James Schmidt story)?
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« Reply #3553 on: June 06, 2016, 04:02:11 AM »
There's a theme here - I also decluttered my bookshelves this weekend.

I had a few cookbooks where there was one recipe I loved, but I knew I probably wasn't going to make anything else out of it. I photographed the recipe on my phone, printed it out and put it in my recipe binder. Books can now be donated.

I showed my husband what I was keeping, including a book I thought he would never get rid of. (I do not touch his stuff, as I find I can make a huge difference just doing my own, and I don't want to be a nag). Anyway, he saw that book, and said, "oh, you can get rid of that". That would not have happened 18 months ago.

He is really coming round. Since I removed one of our two bookcases he keeps saying, "Oh there is so much space! Doesn't it look great? Oh it's so lovely having so much less stuff". I really think I may be winning the war without fighting a single battle :)

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« Reply #3554 on: June 06, 2016, 06:17:33 AM »
Actually, does anyone know an easy way to cut and paste excerpts from a Kindle or Kobo book to Word or WordPerfect?

I believe that you should be able to use the Kindle Desktop app (maybe even the cloud app where you read it in a browser), and you should be able to just highlight the relevant parts, ctrl+C and ctrl+V (to paste) into Word. If that doesn't work, feel free to PM me. I know for sure a way to make it work, but set up is a bit more involved.
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« Reply #3555 on: June 06, 2016, 06:41:09 AM »
My daughter's grade six class has been doing a discovery project where the kids do research into a question and then develop a project.  They started talking about environmental issues, landed on e-waste and have been doing all kinds of activities that culminate on Saturday with an e-waste drop off and recycling day.  They started out with building an online survey a couple of months ago that they had 325 people complete.  They have walked around our city dropping off flyers at local businesses and asking them to promote the event.  They have written and performed PSA's and newspaper articles, made posters and put them up in the neighbourhood.  They researched different organizing that collect e-waste and chosen one to take the e-waste they collect Saturday.  I am really happy to have an easy (for me) place to clear out all the e-waste that is kicking around in my place.  I think I have an entire bankers  box of cords and wires...hope they are collecting them.
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« Reply #3556 on: June 06, 2016, 09:12:14 AM »
I believe that you should be able to use the Kindle Desktop app (maybe even the cloud app where you read it in a browser), and you should be able to just highlight the relevant parts, ctrl+C and ctrl+V (to paste) into Word. If that doesn't work, feel free to PM me. I know for sure a way to make it work, but set up is a bit more involved.
And my Kindle for PC is outdated (and do is my actual Kindle).  Now i have to update it before I can try anything.
Cut and past doesn't seem to work for Kobo.
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« Reply #3557 on: June 06, 2016, 11:34:43 AM »
I've been off the wagon for awhile, but we made good progress last weekend, especially in the garage.

5 bags of clothing to Goodwill.  2 couches removed from the garage for the college student next door who just moved out of her parent's house.  Wire shelving, 2 old printers that were still functional, hose reels, wire shelving, and 45 feet of rabbit fencing.  That was about all I could get DH to part with....

We also filled a garbage can with goods that were unusable or past being able to donate. 

The kids can park their bikes properly, and there is room to walk around in the garage again!  It's still got way too much "stuff" in it, but I'm celebrating our progress.

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« Reply #3558 on: June 07, 2016, 02:16:06 AM »
Well done Couponvan! The change to be able to walk around is huge, it will make everything so much easier.

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« Reply #3559 on: June 12, 2016, 09:27:41 AM »
I've handwashed and packed up a bridesmaid dress and cape from a few years go, ready to take to the charity shop with a few other things. No idea why I kept them so long but note to self: do not try on a old dress to see if it still fits, for 'fun' :)

Also shredded a big stack of old papers that were definitely not sparking joy. Much more to do but it feels good.
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« Reply #3560 on: June 12, 2016, 11:48:45 AM »
I seriously weeded before I moved--but what I do have I can actually find now.
I have to do this, and it hurts, I don't want to get rid of any of them!  I often want to reread a book, and it is great having it in the house.  Can you describe your thought processes?  How you decided what to keep and what to get rid of?

I did this. Kept everything I've re-read at least 2x. Everything else - that was harder.

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« Reply #3561 on: June 13, 2016, 03:38:02 AM »
I'm getting so ruthless! I have managed to remove our 'wrapping paper storage bin' (yes this was a thing, I am hanging my head in shame), by not buying any for ages and using up stocks. I had one roll of Christmas stuff with my maybe 30cm left on it. Usually I would hem and haw and torture myself with green guilt, keep it for for Christmas or until it got tatty enough to throw it out. I just put it straight in the recycling and got on with my life.

From now on I am only buying generic paper which can be used for birthday / Christmas and any gender or age. Simplicity! I tucked the one silver roll and the brown paper used for parcels in with the packing supplies. Feels great.

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« Reply #3562 on: June 13, 2016, 05:47:11 AM »
Oooh, I totally have a wrapping paper storage bin! Not ready to get rid of that as I love wrapping presents nicely - although there are fewer since I decided that gift cards were totally acceptable for certain gifts. Good idea about more generic paper though.

This morning, I threw away *almost* all of my notes from the MA I completed over a decade ago. Ruthless doesn't come easily to me.
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« Reply #3563 on: June 13, 2016, 07:51:44 AM »
Oooh, I totally have a wrapping paper storage bin! Not ready to get rid of that as I love wrapping presents nicely - although there are fewer since I decided that gift cards were totally acceptable for certain gifts. Good idea about more generic paper though.

This morning, I threw away *almost* all of my notes from the MA I completed over a decade ago. Ruthless doesn't come easily to me.

Yeah I enjoy the art of wrapping too! I've decided plain paper + lovely ribbons will have to be sufficient. Otherwise I just have 10 half empty rolls of very specific paper and since our place is so small it was too much. I always save ribbons and they tuck away nicely.

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« Reply #3564 on: June 13, 2016, 01:12:50 PM »
Oooh, I totally have a wrapping paper storage bin! Not ready to get rid of that as I love wrapping presents nicely - although there are fewer since I decided that gift cards were totally acceptable for certain gifts. Good idea about more generic paper though.

This morning, I threw away *almost* all of my notes from the MA I completed over a decade ago. Ruthless doesn't come easily to me.

Yeah I enjoy the art of wrapping too! I've decided plain paper + lovely ribbons will have to be sufficient. Otherwise I just have 10 half empty rolls of very specific paper and since our place is so small it was too much. I always save ribbons and they tuck away nicely.

I have 1 giant roll of wrapping paper, two sided print. One side is blue with white stars. The other is most definitely a Christmas pattern. EVERYTHING I wrap is done with this paper, whichever side. My friends and family think I'm weird, but have adjusted.

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« Reply #3565 on: June 13, 2016, 01:16:03 PM »
Count me in with the reduce gift wrap crowd!  Over the years I stopped buying new paper and gift tags.  We're down to a few rolls, and a bin full of gift bags, bows from prior year's, tissue paper, etc.

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« Reply #3566 on: June 13, 2016, 01:38:37 PM »
I made a dent in the garage, put like things with like and tossed some stuff that was definitely trash. It looks much more orderly now and I can easily access anything I want. I used the shop vac to clean up all the webs and bugs that accumulated. I need DH to work with me to further whittle down the garage items. There are still things I could probably part with but haven't come to terms with yet as well.

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« Reply #3567 on: June 13, 2016, 03:54:51 PM »
I've combined minimalism-ish with frugality. Anything I haven't used in the last year has been gotten rid of (minus tools, and even some of them are gone). I still have a few things to sell, but besides that, I'm almost there. It's nice to have open space in my 1000 sq ft town house, and daily/weekly cleaning is MUCH easier. The more stuff you have, the more stuff you have to deal with.

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« Reply #3568 on: June 13, 2016, 11:14:39 PM »
Offloaded a table lamp to another forum member on the weekend. They got a free lamp, I have one less thing to deal with.

Also on the weekend I finally delivered two tubs of things I had put aside for a family member.

The inordinately long time between deciding to get rid of something and actually removing it from my apartment was getting me down, so it's great to have it gone at last.

Next job: spare bed. I have six standard pillows, two Euro pillows and two cushions on the spare bed. It looks beautiful all made up, and my excuse is that I have spare pillows in case we have other guests (keeping them on the bed saves me storing them in the linen cupboard). But I could say the same with four guest pillows rather than eight...

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« Reply #3569 on: June 14, 2016, 03:12:22 PM »
Wife and I have a month before we move into our new condo and are in the process of piling up old clothes and other junk to give away to the Salvation Army. Less stuff to move!

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« Reply #3570 on: June 15, 2016, 04:26:07 AM »
From now on I am only buying generic paper which can be used for birthday / Christmas and any gender or age. Simplicity! I tucked the one silver roll and the brown paper used for parcels in with the packing supplies. Feels great.

I've also decided to only use unbleached kraft paper from now on. I personalize the wrapping with a couple of stickers (butterflies, dinosaurs, flowers,...) depending on the interests of the recipient.
Sticker sheets take so less space than wrapping rolls!

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« Reply #3571 on: June 15, 2016, 04:31:03 AM »
From now on I am only buying generic paper which can be used for birthday / Christmas and any gender or age. Simplicity! I tucked the one silver roll and the brown paper used for parcels in with the packing supplies. Feels great.

I've also decided to only use unbleached kraft paper from now on. I personalize the wrapping with a couple of stickers (butterflies, dinosaurs, flowers,...) depending on the interests of the recipient.
Sticker sheets take so less space than wrapping rolls!
I like stamps, so I have some ink and a few stamps :) so many nice ways to personalise plain paper!

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« Reply #3572 on: June 15, 2016, 04:37:04 AM »
I have been working on the kitchen cupboards.  There are so many things that I have collected over the years that seem to take up space but parting with them is unbearable.  I have been putting them in a box and going down to the basement.  If they don't come back out from the basement in a reasonable amount of time, then they are going straight into the donation box at Bibles for Missions.
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« Reply #3573 on: June 15, 2016, 11:24:12 AM »
Finally listed two items on eBay. Been hanging about for months but I couldn't bring myself to donate them knowing they were valuable. Half an hour with this months budget this afternoon made me realise today is the day! So glad they are listed. Had one offer already !

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« Reply #3574 on: June 21, 2016, 12:23:01 PM »
Cousin from CA is here visiting....She said "how do you have so little clutter"....1) I've been reading this thread, 2) I did some KonMari method, and 3) I have a basement hiding place for crap - almost no one in CA has a basement....

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« Reply #3575 on: June 21, 2016, 12:31:06 PM »
Cousin from CA is here visiting....She said "how do you have so little clutter"....1) I've been reading this thread, 2) I did some KonMari method, and 3) I have a basement hiding place for crap - no one in CA has a basement....

Must clean out basement, must clean out basement....

I have a basement in CA :P

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« Reply #3576 on: June 21, 2016, 12:42:31 PM »
Cousin from CA is here visiting....She said "how do you have so little clutter"....1) I've been reading this thread, 2) I did some KonMari method, and 3) I have a basement hiding place for crap - no one in CA has a basement....

Must clean out basement, must clean out basement....

UPDATING to "almost no one has a basement in CA...." ;-)

I have a basement in CA :P
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« Reply #3577 on: June 21, 2016, 05:33:17 PM »
I tossed a baking dish (after it shattered into a million pieces), and a handful of items from the bathroom.

Between me stockpiling sale items, and my husband travelling for work, I'm still losing the war on toiletries. Every time he comes home from overseas he brings four business or first class airline toiletry kits. It saves us money in the long run - I have enough mini tubes of toothpaste to last a year - but I do excited when we finish one and I get to throw it out.

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« Reply #3578 on: June 22, 2016, 07:11:02 PM »
Half my clothes are donated, next is to start helping parents to get rid of clutter

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« Reply #3579 on: June 22, 2016, 08:50:48 PM »
A few decluttering successes lately: took 3 big containers of good quality clothes to a swap and only came away with 1 shirt. Then I finally threw out a worn out pair of winter boots, and sold a bunch of hobby equipment. I made $80, and my mom made $100 (she brokered the hobby/craft deal and made up some kits from the items so they would sell for more). I was happy to give her the task and the bigger share of the profits since they are still at the broke and struggling end of the mustachian scale, and I'm suddenly at the more than enough (but not FI by any means) middle of the spectrum.
I have also sorted out another 5 boxes of things that can be donated or sold soon. I'm finding my schedule too hectic to do more at the moment. I really like knowing that all of that stuff will be gone soon, and knowing that I can take my time to dispose of it responsibly. Now with summer here, and the patio table moved outside, and a 6" tall and wide shelf now gone forever from my living room I am enjoying absolute acres of space in our little one bedroom apartment.

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« Reply #3580 on: June 23, 2016, 02:20:01 AM »
My two ebay items are sold and packed.

I don't know whether it's a good thing or a bad thing. On the one hand, I am pleased I got money for stuff that I didn't want. On the other hand, the fact that I did get money has reinforced the idea that the rest of the stuff in that pile has value, and I should sell it, rather than just donating it.

The effort involved in listing was minimal. Yet still, I find myself resistant to listing the other stuff. Some of it won't 'donate' well, you know? It's specialist hobby stuff which is expensive to buy, but layman will just be like, 'what even is this?'.

I'll set myself a date, and if it isn't sold by then, I will donate.

And everytime I consider taking up a new hobby, I will remind myself how much I struggle with getting rid of working equipment, because if it tortures me this much, it is not worth buying it in the first place.

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« Reply #3581 on: June 23, 2016, 02:48:04 AM »
I got rid of our cumbersome knife block. The bench appreciates the space. Also broke two cups, so out they go! Pity they weren't the same set...

On digital clutter, down to ~200 emails in my two personal in boxes from over 500 each, and I've kept it steady! Work inbox has filled up again, but regular filing seems the simple key there. It's so nice to be able to know I'm making a steady difference.

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« Reply #3582 on: July 01, 2016, 06:59:12 AM »
Epic decluttering in the Fig house lately. Posting here to remind me how far we've come!

Given to charity shop: lots of stationery, folders and notebooks, wooden box, chair support, other sundry items.

Taken by people in our building: noticeboard, unused calendar, coathangers, large and frankly unattractive plant I've kept for 12 years

Binned/shredded/recycled: unfinished sewing project, unused fabric, more stationery, old wrapping paper, gift bags and ribbons*, beloved but decrepit Doc Martens, about 30 pens/pencils, old jars, old candles and many, many papers. Also a tippy-over vase which broke during whilst awaiting donation; the world is better off without it.
 
Electronics recycling: two computer monitors, toothbrush, old camera, old mp3 player

And yet more things I can't recall. Really enjoying this but still to work through: books (no!), clothes (ugh), sentimental stuff (ouch), kitchen.

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« Reply #3583 on: July 01, 2016, 01:41:30 PM »
I've fallen off the wagon, and my house and garage are getting cluttered (my basement--also in CA--is clean).  I'm going to use my day off (4th of July) to get back to business.  The clutter has got to go! 

You are all motivating me to get back on the wagon.

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« Reply #3584 on: July 01, 2016, 02:45:54 PM »
I was looking at my closet last night and realized that, even after packing only what I thought I'd need when I moved cross country (via airline with checked luggage), the majority of clothing occupying my closet never gets worn.

It might be time for another round of clothing disposal!

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« Reply #3585 on: July 03, 2016, 12:35:29 AM »
My husband's team is moving into a new office on the next couple of weeks, so I've started piling up things: excess cutlery, a collection of stationery items that have been brought home from current office in dribs and drabs, and work-related paperwork. If he needs it for work, he can keep it at work!

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« Reply #3586 on: July 04, 2016, 02:39:20 AM »
Epic decluttering in the Fig house lately. Posting here to remind me how far we've come!

Given to charity shop: lots of stationery, folders and notebooks, wooden box, chair support, other sundry items.

Taken by people in our building: noticeboard, unused calendar, coathangers, large and frankly unattractive plant I've kept for 12 years

Binned/shredded/recycled: unfinished sewing project, unused fabric, more stationery, old wrapping paper, gift bags and ribbons*, beloved but decrepit Doc Martens, about 30 pens/pencils, old jars, old candles and many, many papers. Also a tippy-over vase which broke during whilst awaiting donation; the world is better off without it.
 
Electronics recycling: two computer monitors, toothbrush, old camera, old mp3 player

And yet more things I can't recall. Really enjoying this but still to work through: books (no!), clothes (ugh), sentimental stuff (ouch), kitchen.

* Inspired by theadvicist - thank you!

Glad to have inspired, and jealous at your epic decluttering!

I rearranged my underwear drawer, as I realised my resistance to putting away clean bras was because the space I had allocated them was just a teeny bit tight, so there were straps and hooks all competing with each other and getting tangled. I made more space, and now it's easy to put away and select a bra to wear. Success!

However, I also have reluctance when hanging dresses, and I know that is because of a lack of space. My 'wardrobe' has changed in the past few years, I wear fewer separates and more dresses. But my actual wardrobe has remained the same, with most of the space dedicated to half-height hanging. There is plenty of space on those racks, but now not enough on the full-length hanging rail. Ugh.

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« Reply #3587 on: July 04, 2016, 03:09:30 AM »
I definitely identify with the reluctance to put away clothes.

Over the weekend I was staring down two baskets of ironing, with another load of washing on the line, and our sole, small wardrobe is full.

I believe in decluttering over storage solutions, but I think I'm going to have to rearrange things and come up with a better solution.

My decluttering progress for the evening: 10 seconds spent decluttering the freezer. Not food - I check that regularly. But my freezer door was full of ice-packs. Two medicinal gel ice-packs and five (!) cold bricks for the Esky. I don't remember when I last used any of them. One medicinal ice-pack and three cold bricks came out, and two ziplock bags of pumpkin soup went in.

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« Reply #3588 on: July 04, 2016, 03:21:27 AM »
I definitely identify with the reluctance to put away clothes.

Over the weekend I was staring down two baskets of ironing, with another load of washing on the line, and our sole, small wardrobe is full.

I believe in decluttering over storage solutions, but I think I'm going to have to rearrange things and come up with a better solution.


I agree decluttering > storage solutions. Like you (I think) I'm happy my level of stuff and the choices it affords me, but the place I am keeping it doesn't work for me. As long as you are not creating more storage space to accumulate more, I think reworking it so the space is more in line with your priorities is a good thing. I really don't know how I can go about doing it in my space, but yes, a better solution is necessary.

Pairing down really is leading to living life with 'less resistance'. I owe Marie Kondo a lot!

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« Reply #3589 on: July 04, 2016, 04:32:34 AM »
I definitely identify with the reluctance to put away clothes.

Over the weekend I was staring down two baskets of ironing, with another load of washing on the line, and our sole, small wardrobe is full.

I believe in decluttering over storage solutions, but I think I'm going to have to rearrange things and come up with a better solution.


I agree decluttering > storage solutions. Like you (I think) I'm happy my level of stuff and the choices it affords me, but the place I am keeping it doesn't work for me. As long as you are not creating more storage space to accumulate more, I think reworking it so the space is more in line with your priorities is a good thing. I really don't know how I can go about doing it in my space, but yes, a better solution is necessary.

Pairing down really is leading to living life with 'less resistance'. I owe Marie Kondo a lot!

My husband's clothes are the main cause of the frustration. He travels overseas for work, so he has a whole drawer full of cold weather gear he wears a few times a year. He has a couple of suits for the handful of occasions that require one. He is given branded/promo merchandise through work which isn't even remotely what I would buy for him (most recently an expensive white Gore-Tex jacket).

I've culled my wardrobe, I'm successfully creating a capsule wardrobe, and I still can't enjoy the fruits of my labour because I share the space with things like 25-30 baseball caps.

Apologies for the rant.

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« Reply #3590 on: July 04, 2016, 08:23:11 AM »

My husband's clothes are the main cause of the frustration. He travels overseas for work, so he has a whole drawer full of cold weather gear he wears a few times a year. He has a couple of suits for the handful of occasions that require one. He is given branded/promo merchandise through work which isn't even remotely what I would buy for him (most recently an expensive white Gore-Tex jacket).

I've culled my wardrobe, I'm successfully creating a capsule wardrobe, and I still can't enjoy the fruits of my labour because I share the space with things like 25-30 baseball caps.

Apologies for the rant.
I had the same issue (except mine never got rid of anything, so he had shirts that were clearly way out of style).  I have seen so many couples where the husband uses more of the clothes space than the wife.  Where did this myth come from that women have masses of stuff and men have so little?
Years ago when I decluttered, I put tape on the bars right in the middle, and told him this half is yours, that half is mine - because otherwise his stuff would have moved into all the nice space I had cleared.  Maybe if you claim half, and he has to figure out what to do with his?  Things he uses rarely don't deserve prime storage space.  Those of us in variable climates know all about shifting the warm weather clothes and the cold weather clothes twice a year.  I don't need easy access to my -30C coat and boots right now, when the high is 28C  ;-)  He doesn't need easy access to the cold weather gear and the suits, as long as they are stored someplace that will keep them in good shape. I can't help with the baseball caps, I had to live with 15-20 visors (golfers love them, I hate them because the top of my head is not protected from the sun).
I don't know if that was any help, but know you have my sympathy.  ;-)
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« Reply #3591 on: July 04, 2016, 03:21:24 PM »
Got rid of 2 blouses, 3 pairs of shorts, 14 t-shirts, 6 books, and a couple other odds and ends today.

Oh, and I broke a plate (and threw it away) a few days ago.  Does that count as decluttering?  :)
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« Reply #3592 on: July 04, 2016, 07:30:58 PM »

My husband's clothes are the main cause of the frustration. He travels overseas for work, so he has a whole drawer full of cold weather gear he wears a few times a year. He has a couple of suits for the handful of occasions that require one. He is given branded/promo merchandise through work which isn't even remotely what I would buy for him (most recently an expensive white Gore-Tex jacket).

I've culled my wardrobe, I'm successfully creating a capsule wardrobe, and I still can't enjoy the fruits of my labour because I share the space with things like 25-30 baseball caps.

Apologies for the rant.
I had the same issue (except mine never got rid of anything, so he had shirts that were clearly way out of style).  I have seen so many couples where the husband uses more of the clothes space than the wife.  Where did this myth come from that women have masses of stuff and men have so little?
Years ago when I decluttered, I put tape on the bars right in the middle, and told him this half is yours, that half is mine - because otherwise his stuff would have moved into all the nice space I had cleared.  Maybe if you claim half, and he has to figure out what to do with his?  Things he uses rarely don't deserve prime storage space.  Those of us in variable climates know all about shifting the warm weather clothes and the cold weather clothes twice a year.  I don't need easy access to my -30C coat and boots right now, when the high is 28C  ;-)  He doesn't need easy access to the cold weather gear and the suits, as long as they are stored someplace that will keep them in good shape. I can't help with the baseball caps, I had to live with 15-20 visors (golfers love them, I hate them because the top of my head is not protected from the sun).
I don't know if that was any help, but know you have my sympathy.  ;-)

Thank you, that has given me a few things to think about. :)

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« Reply #3593 on: July 05, 2016, 03:31:46 AM »
I'm another woman whose husband has significantly more clothes.

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« Reply #3594 on: July 05, 2016, 04:03:00 AM »
My husband had ... odd clothing habits.

Shopping has always been his mum's favourite - and really only - hobby. But while she would always hunt out bargains for herself, buying expensive pieces on sale, when it came to buying clothes for her sons she was just cheap.

He had some godawful clothes when we met. And it took me until after we were married to get her to stop buying him cheap and nasty clothes.

They were also weird about socks. She didn't believe in her sons and husband owning their own socks; they all had to share. So the socks lived in plastic tubs in the lounge room. The sock collection was pretty pathetic. Occasionally someone would get new socks for Christmas and the boys would fight over them. (I say boys - this was still happening when my husband and his brother were in their 20s. And my FiL was in his 50s and still trying to snaffle the "good socks" from his sons! >.<)

We got married. I bought him socks. He wore the socks, I washed them, folded them, put them in his drawer. When the socks wore out, we bought new ones. Fairly simple process. It blew his mind that socks could be so simple.

So that's a litmus test for me. I don't need anything in my life that is going to suck up so much emotional energy as three grown men fighting over socks.

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« Reply #3595 on: July 05, 2016, 06:54:15 AM »
I'm another woman whose husband has significantly more clothes.

Me too- way more clothes.  Though I mostly buy them... it's just easier to find good stuff, inexpensively for him.

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« Reply #3596 on: July 05, 2016, 07:22:09 AM »
I'm another woman whose husband has significantly more clothes.

Me too- way more clothes.  Though I mostly buy them... it's just easier to find good stuff, inexpensively for him.

I have had to break myself of this habit.  I find nice stuff, cheap, for him all the time.  But then It is my fault if he has too much clothing, because I KNOW when I buy it that he will never get rid of it.  So I had to really just stop buying him clothing unless it was to replace really ratty work clothes basically.  That I will insist on throwing away.

When we met the man owned green jeans (and not the trendy hipster kind!) and hot pink gym shorts, because his mother had bought them, and so he had them.  He had never worn them, but it never occurred to him to just TOSS THEM. 
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« Reply #3597 on: July 05, 2016, 09:02:08 AM »
I'm another woman whose husband has significantly more clothes.

Me too- way more clothes.  Though I mostly buy them... it's just easier to find good stuff, inexpensively for him.
I wish I was the only person buying my husband's clothes.  He buys things in bulk and holds on to the older items.

This weekend, we went through his closet and got rid of a LOT of stuff.  I'm SO excited.  I need to drop them off at the Salvation Army next weekend.

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« Reply #3598 on: July 05, 2016, 12:35:13 PM »
I'm moving in 38 days and have already begun the decluttering, which is surprising to me since we just moved last year and I decluttered then. And a year before that and ditto. We're actually moving to a larger home with one walk-in closet in the master, so Current and I will be sharing a closet instead of each having our own. The last few posts have been helpful in that we'll each probably take a side, and if one can't fit all their stuff in their half of the closet, out it goes!

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« Reply #3599 on: July 06, 2016, 03:31:08 AM »
I'm another woman whose husband has significantly more clothes.

Same here. :D I bought some space saving coat hangers recently for him and he has twice as many clothes as I do.