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« Reply #3700 on: August 07, 2016, 03:03:13 PM »
Anyone have suggestions on what to do with old laptops?  We have *facepunch* 3 or 4 of them.  DH broke a perfectly good laptop by tripping over the cord and smashing it to bits.  Then others I've just been moving place to place *facepunch* because I didn't know what to do with them when they became obsolete...

I tend to purchase redundant, used, laptops -- in pairs.  My current fav is the ThinkPad T420 which I've purchased from ebay in the $250 price range.  I keep one at the office and one at home, while syncing all my work between the two.  If one breaks, I can later cannibalize it for spare parts.  Both are running Linux and have been upgraded to 8GB RAM and SSD drives.

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« Reply #3701 on: August 07, 2016, 06:09:27 PM »
I also need ideas for offloading a Macbook...

After falling into a junk funk yesterday, today I've decided to just suck it up and get on with it.

I just dropped three ziplock bags of foreign coins to the bank to be donated to UNICEF.

I kept currency for anywhere I'm likely to visit again, and offloaded the rest. Feels good.

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« Reply #3702 on: August 07, 2016, 07:48:09 PM »
Two more trips to goodwill this weekend. Also sent four bags of baby clothes to my sister and two to a friend. I'm starting to feel like I'm making progress.

Wrt gifts... I accept them, express my sincere appreciation and later quietly pass them on. No need to squash the givers joy in giving by sending them back. I know someone will be delighted to find the item at good will and I enjoy the tax deduction too. :)


Next up: kid closets and kitchen cabinets.
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« Reply #3703 on: August 07, 2016, 08:10:11 PM »
Pulled out 3 single use kitchen gadget and miscellaneous other kitchen items to be donated to goodwill. 

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« Reply #3704 on: August 07, 2016, 08:20:18 PM »
Has anyone on this thread moved from decluttering to minimalism? I've been so pleased with my progress (and my life) since cutting back significantly on stuff that I've been reading a lot and it is very tempting... I know I don't have to go 'full on' one or the other, I can just keep cutting down until it feels 'right'. But would love hear other's experiences if anyone here has come to consider themselves a 'minimalist'.

I like to think of myself as a minimalist. Stuff stresses me out, so I went through a period where so much stuff was donated and I feel much better. The stuff creep is real though and I need to keep on it.


There is a difference between the minimalist mindset and minimalist decor. My home isn't sterile.

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« Reply #3705 on: August 07, 2016, 11:30:19 PM »
An old broken down dresser and two bags of miscellaneous clothes and shoes are OUTTA HERE!

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« Reply #3706 on: August 08, 2016, 05:53:14 AM »

Not a gift, but my mom was horrified at the idea of me sending my (non-moustashian) wedding dress to a charity after I was done with it. "But what if you have a daughter and she wants to wear it one day!?" Well I still have a bunch of my accessories so she can wear those instead. A hypothetical she, at this point. As a Christmas present I did the chasing around of getting it cleaned and boxed and then gave it to my mom instead of sending it to charity. A few years ago she was moving and asked if I'd have room for it. I told her if she gave it to me I'd send it to charity. She still has it.

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« Reply #3707 on: August 08, 2016, 11:29:36 PM »
Pulled another garbage bag's worth of clothes out of my closet that are too big for me (yay!)

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« Reply #3708 on: August 09, 2016, 12:20:26 AM »
Gave away two things at work today.

One special item I gave to a colleague, the other I donated to the office in general.

Frustrated at not being home to declutter, I started a list on the train this morning of things I can get rid of.

I got up to 88 by the time I got to work...

I've been struggling a bit with the identity side of all this. I don't think of myself as someone with a lot of clutter. My friends tag me in minimalist posts on Facebook, and beg my help with decluttering their own homes.

After thinking about it for a bit today, I've decided it's not the number of possessions I own. I'm just acutely aware that there are possessions I don't want or need. Possessions which detract from my quality of life.

Any normal person would come into my home and think its tidy, lots of uncluttered surfaces. But I'm also intensely uncomfortable with excess, be it excess spending, excess consumerism or excess belongings. I hate the idea of being seen to be wasteful...

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« Reply #3709 on: August 09, 2016, 06:31:07 AM »
4 very old & dirty kitchen cabinets & 20 items of sentimental junk just hanging out in my garage set free on curb alert. Boom.

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« Reply #3710 on: August 09, 2016, 07:06:38 AM »
Put 2 large heavy hardcover books into the Little Free Library that just sprung up a few blocks away from home. More going there soon!

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« Reply #3711 on: August 09, 2016, 10:13:46 AM »
Joining this gauntlet as my fiancee and I are going to be moving into a new apartment on September 29th. The goal is to move as little as possible- I want the new place to stay tidy. We're moving from a two-bedroom with two roommates to a two-bedroom with just the two of us, so hopefully I'll be able to use up all my crafting materials and fabric when I actually have space to do so.

To-Do List:
-Konmarie clothes (mine and hers)
-Shred old mail (she still gets paper statements - I need to help her switch that to online)
-Eat down the pantry/freezer
-Donate the bags of clothes we've already pulled (I finally found a charity that has a box near our current place where we can drop them off)
-Cull my books (I have a lot of books/magazines that I need to read and pass on to either my sisters or to the donation pile. Finally done with my current semester as of today, so I'll have some time to read down the pile)
-Reassess Crafting 'stuff' to see if it's useful or should be disposed of.

I'll admit, I've read this entire thread, and it inspires me every time I see a new post.

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« Reply #3712 on: August 09, 2016, 11:57:50 AM »
Yesterday we decluttered a little old,
Victorian house. We sold it,no mlonger my responsibility.Yay!! But
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« Reply #3713 on: August 10, 2016, 09:31:24 AM »
All our moving boxes will be going to my in-laws. Good timing on that. Unfortunately, they need to live in the back of my truck a couple weeks first, but at least they're not in the garage and I have a canopy so you can't see them. Sigh.

Started a goodwill box the second we moved in to the new house. In it so far: 4 small curtains, 1 shower curtain, shower curtain rings, old silverware organizer (the pieces slid around and husband hates it, so we replaced it), two forks from unknown sources. We also have the 3 forks we had accidentally brought back from the in-laws back to them.

Also in the "to sell or donate or gift" pile: a wire bathroom shelf, two stools with peeling paint, a crappy ikea coffee table. Once we get a new (to us) dining nook table, we will add to the pile the desk and lawn chair we're currently using. LOL. You have to slide it from side to side to open the back door or the pantry door, so we need to swap for a round one. With real chairs, ideally.
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« Reply #3714 on: August 10, 2016, 11:16:54 AM »
All our moving boxes will be going to my in-laws. Good timing on that. Unfortunately, they need to live in the back of my truck a couple weeks first, but at least they're not in the garage and I have a canopy so you can't see them. Sigh.

Started a goodwill box the second we moved in to the new house. In it so far: 4 small curtains, 1 shower curtain, shower curtain rings, old silverware organizer (the pieces slid around and husband hates it, so we replaced it), two forks from unknown sources. We also have the 3 forks we had accidentally brought back from the in-laws back to them.

Also in the "to sell or donate or gift" pile: a wire bathroom shelf, two stools with peeling paint, a crappy ikea coffee table. Once we get a new (to us) dining nook table, we will add to the pile the desk and lawn chair we're currently using. LOL. You have to slide it from side to side to open the back door or the pantry door, so we need to swap for a round one. With real chairs, ideally.

I repurposed my desk to live in my garage as a nice storage spot. You might be able to do the same?

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« Reply #3715 on: August 10, 2016, 11:31:53 AM »
All our moving boxes will be going to my in-laws. Good timing on that. Unfortunately, they need to live in the back of my truck a couple weeks first, but at least they're not in the garage and I have a canopy so you can't see them. Sigh.

Started a goodwill box the second we moved in to the new house. In it so far: 4 small curtains, 1 shower curtain, shower curtain rings, old silverware organizer (the pieces slid around and husband hates it, so we replaced it), two forks from unknown sources. We also have the 3 forks we had accidentally brought back from the in-laws back to them.

Also in the "to sell or donate or gift" pile: a wire bathroom shelf, two stools with peeling paint, a crappy ikea coffee table. Once we get a new (to us) dining nook table, we will add to the pile the desk and lawn chair we're currently using. LOL. You have to slide it from side to side to open the back door or the pantry door, so we need to swap for a round one. With real chairs, ideally.

I repurposed my desk to live in my garage as a nice storage spot. You might be able to do the same?

We have lots of big shelves out in the garage, or I would consider it =)
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« Reply #3716 on: August 10, 2016, 11:51:12 AM »
2 garbage bags, 2 boxes and a fisher price farm are out on the front porch for the thrift store to pick up. How do I have enough stuff Every. Stinking. Month. to put out? Ugh!

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« Reply #3717 on: August 11, 2016, 02:50:41 AM »
Unpacked from travelling to a wedding yesterday. Reminded me how much time it is possible to dedicate to 'stuff' - moving all the bags from the car, dumping everything out on the bed, sorting, sorting, sorting.

I was kind of depressed about it. It was a very formal wedding, so there were hat boxes, suit carriers, bottles of nail polish, endless cosmetics, various undergarments etc, just so much stuff!

I decided anything I couldn't put -easily- in it's rightful home was getting thrown out.

I was very surprised when 15 minutes everything (including suitcases, carriers, and hat boxes) was away, or in the linen basket waiting to be washed. Obviously my decluttering efforts have gone a long way to making my life a lot easier.

That said, it reminded me why I like to travel light, and that dressing up, whilst fun once in a while, is not a good default option for me.

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« Reply #3718 on: August 11, 2016, 04:12:54 AM »
I found some more stuff to shove out the door this week.:D It is quite addictive as I love relishing the empty space.

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« Reply #3719 on: August 12, 2016, 01:35:35 AM »
Got a bunch of paper to go to the shredder. Have about a dozen books to put in our local Little Free Library. Cleaned out the drawer of my bedside table. There was some stuff in there that only needed to be returned to its home, but I got rid of a bunch of bits and bobs that were useless. Also found about a dozen of those giveaway notepads that you get at meetings. I am taking them to work and putting them out with a sign that says Free To A Good Cube. People might be able to use them, because I have way more than I need.

I am having insomnia so bad this week, so I am using the night hours to sort through things. I would rather be sleeping, but if that isn't happening, tidying and getting rid of stuff is okay too.
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« Reply #3720 on: August 12, 2016, 05:46:05 AM »
Sorry to hear about the insomnia, CU Tiger. Glad to hear you've found a good use of the extra time though! I hope you get some decent sleep soon.

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« Reply #3721 on: August 12, 2016, 02:28:35 PM »
One last purse with broken strap has been filled with unwanted clothes -- ready to send that off to donation!

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« Reply #3722 on: August 12, 2016, 02:54:22 PM »
I gave a puzzle I got for Christmas to a co-worker. I was never going to put it together and she cares for a grandchild who likes puzzles.

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« Reply #3723 on: August 13, 2016, 05:20:09 AM »
Dropped a large suitcase of donations to a charity shop

Returned two dishes to a friend.

Posted an eBay sale.

Added a lunch box and two drink bottles to the cull pile.

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« Reply #3724 on: August 14, 2016, 05:54:21 PM »
Unpacked from travelling to a wedding yesterday. Reminded me how much time it is possible to dedicate to 'stuff' - moving all the bags from the car, dumping everything out on the bed, sorting, sorting, sorting.

I was kind of depressed about it. It was a very formal wedding, so there were hat boxes, suit carriers, bottles of nail polish, endless cosmetics, various undergarments etc, just so much stuff!

I decided anything I couldn't put -easily- in it's rightful home was getting thrown out.

I was very surprised when 15 minutes everything (including suitcases, carriers, and hat boxes) was away, or in the linen basket waiting to be washed. Obviously my decluttering efforts have gone a long way to making my life a lot easier.

That said, it reminded me why I like to travel light, and that dressing up, whilst fun once in a while, is not a good default option for me.

This is great motivation for me. My constant goal with organising is to make it easy for the other people who live in my house to be able to use and then put away stuff. If its not easy to get out or put away, likely there is too much stuff in the space it is being stored.

I've donated a two full banana boxes of stuff in the last couple of weeks. A small amount of it has been kitchen stuff. Got rid of 12 bowls (8 that were a frustrating size - donated. 4 that were larger but were in poor condition had to be tossed unfortunately) These have been replaced with 8 large-ish bowls that will serve multiple purposes.
My sister came past to visit the other day, and bought some books she was getting rid of with her. My other sister and I have looked over these for any we wanted and the rest (along with some extras from my shelves) are sitting in a box in my boot to take to the secondhand store. Whatever they are not interested in, will then be donated to one of the annual book fairs.
Have also heard today that a friend has bought a house, and so the small amount of stuff that we have been storing for him will soon be going to its new home. YAY!
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« Reply #3725 on: August 14, 2016, 07:52:33 PM »
A little testimony...

This weekend, put around $600 of craigslist postings up for various tools (ladders, generator, weed sprayer, etc.) and also took $250 worth of clothing and electronics to Goodwill to shave off next year's taxes...   The ladder already sold so call it easily $200 worth of net worth increase for 3 or 4 hours of work, plus whatever comes in from the remaining ads...    And in the meantime, made plans to get rid of huge bulky toys like an air hockey table and a lacrosse goal the kids no longer use as well to reduce our total square footage requirements for holding "stuff" by at least 250 square feet.    Feels absolutely awesome!

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« Reply #3726 on: August 15, 2016, 02:58:11 AM »

My constant goal with organising is to make it easy for the other people who live in my house to be able to use and then put away stuff. If its not easy to get out or put away, likely there is too much stuff in the space it is being stored.

YES! This is the very essence of it for me. Everything should be easy to put away, or there is too much stuff there.

I find it hard with things like reusable shopping bags. I have too many and they are always falling off their pegs and getting in a tangle. But I know they do wear out, and I will need them eventually. I should put some 'away' and use and reuse a few until I need some more.

I have noticed things do wear out more quickly when you have fewer of them. But it's also very satisfying to know that something has performed its function well to the very end, and then to let it go.

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« Reply #3727 on: August 15, 2016, 05:19:49 PM »
Saturday I put four things out in the driveway with free signs. Two ugly office chairs were taken. The things that were not taken were put back in the basement. Today, a woman came and bought a few more things, and my husband threw in an ugly chair for free.

Every useless thing (useless to us) that leaves the house leaves me feeling lighter and more at peace.
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« Reply #3728 on: August 15, 2016, 07:38:35 PM »
Been dealing with a really difficult eBay buyer who is making me badly want to throw rocks at her. Endless questions and messages, all written "liek dis". Not happy with anything. Wants to negotiate everything.

I just keep reminding myself that it's still less stuff to deal with, even if the money isn't worth it for this amount of frustration.

I'm still blocking her from buying from me ever again though. Some measure of justice.

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« Reply #3729 on: August 15, 2016, 08:09:43 PM »
A little testimony...

This weekend, put around $600 of craigslist postings up for various tools (ladders, generator, weed sprayer, etc.) and also took $250 worth of clothing and electronics to Goodwill to shave off next year's taxes...   The ladder already sold,,,

Soooo close to selling another $100 pump sprayer...    Next, going list another ladder and a yard artsy wheelbarrow that should add $350 or so...   

@mustachepungoeshere,  So sorry to hear about your eBay experience.    I've had surprising luck with local buyers on free sites like the US Craigslist and 1 other specialty site...   The amazing sale was a vintage surf board at collector prices... sold to a man 1 mile away from my house almost 200 miles in-land.    Have faith in the old fashioned personal touch type of sales.

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« Reply #3730 on: August 16, 2016, 12:13:03 AM »
I keep reading here and also The Millenials and feel almost ready to release my books <sigh>

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« Reply #3731 on: August 16, 2016, 06:50:27 AM »
Not exactly "clutter" but my fiance spent a few hours tearing down old wiring in the basement that wasn't hooked up to anything.  WOW!  With open ceilings showing all the floor joists, it looks so much better.  Almost all the exposed wiring was from when our house was a rental and they kept running new phone and cable lines for each tenant.
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« Reply #3732 on: August 16, 2016, 05:02:50 PM »
I haven't posted here is a while, but finally got 4 boxes of random bric-a-brac to the family store, and 3 green garbage bags of vetbed to the local animal rescue.
I have at least a car load of books to heave out yet - but at least I've worked out where to take them.
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« Reply #3733 on: August 16, 2016, 06:02:41 PM »
My son received the Lego he ordered with birthday money from Amazon and I'm planning to use the ridiculously large box (that held a tiny Lego set) to release some books to the thrift store:-)

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« Reply #3734 on: August 17, 2016, 02:03:42 AM »
Not exactly "clutter" but my fiance spent a few hours tearing down old wiring in the basement that wasn't hooked up to anything.  WOW!  With open ceilings showing all the floor joists, it looks so much better.  Almost all the exposed wiring was from when our house was a rental and they kept running new phone and cable lines for each tenant.


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« Reply #3735 on: August 18, 2016, 07:48:26 PM »
We have three printers in this house. THREE. For the last year or two none of them worked with my laptop. My Other Human never prints at home because he is a high lord muckety-muck of computers at his work, and he prints whatever needs to be printed there. After a day spent running large systems with thousands of users, the last thing he wants to do is mess with my one-user system.

Yesterday I got out the printer I could fit on my desk, hooked it up to the laptop and futzed with it a little, and winner-winner, chicken dinner, I can print.

So, good people,of the Internet, what does one do with two superfluous printers? Sell? Donate? Recycle? Is there a market for printers or where can I recycle them?
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« Reply #3736 on: August 19, 2016, 01:22:08 PM »
A set of ink cartridges costs about the same as a new inktjet printer (hurray for planned obsolescence and the razorblad business model), so around here used inkjet printers do about $ 5.

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« Reply #3737 on: August 19, 2016, 01:28:59 PM »
The thrift store is on my way to and from work so I've started taking stuff at least once a week.  Even if it's just a few items at a time it at least encourages me to keep going.

I have some nicer gardening pots that I'm going to sell (hopefully).  And I really need to go through my clothes.

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« Reply #3738 on: August 20, 2016, 05:42:53 AM »

So, good people,of the Internet, what does one do with two superfluous printers? Sell? Donate? Recycle? Is there a market for printers or where can I recycle them?

As the eloquent DagobertDuck noted, used printers are junk most likely.   I'd try a facebook post to friends to see if someone might want them (if the manufacturer or ink stop type online outlets still stock the cartridges for them).   Or just Goodwill/donate them and take the tax deduction.

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« Reply #3739 on: August 21, 2016, 02:45:11 PM »
donated this Saturday: 1 steamer, used once (in the box), boys cargo shorts-never worn, 1 dress , 1 dressy shirt, 1 dressy T shirt, 1 pair jeans (tommy hilfiger), 1 pair pants H&M (were too small) and other 4-5 items...(I can't even remember what)
feels very good to have 1/2 drawer empty

conversely: I needed 1 pair flats for work and abstained from buying more, I only got 1 pair ;)

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« Reply #3740 on: August 22, 2016, 10:43:25 AM »
Garage sale on the weekend and cleared out a lot of things from the house, including pairing down my books by about 75%. Sold or gave away all of the big items, so everything that remained at the end of the day fit easily into the back of the suburban and went to goodwill. Nothing made it back into the house! Well maybe 2 books... but otherwise nothing else.

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« Reply #3741 on: August 22, 2016, 11:22:31 AM »
My fiancee and I had a free afternoon this weekend, so we went through and pulled two garbage bags worth of clothes to donate. My younger sister is doing a donation drive that will accept anything, so I would love to get everything cleared out by then.

Next up is the bucket of old bank statements that need shredded. Hey, maybe that one'll be tonight!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3742 on: August 22, 2016, 08:00:38 PM »

Next up is the bucket of old bank statements that need shredded. Hey, maybe that one'll be tonight!

instead of shredding I am reducing them to a pulp, by dunking them in the water and mixing a bit
(doing this because I don't have a shredder)

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3743 on: August 23, 2016, 01:00:11 AM »

instead of shredding I am reducing them to a pulp, by dunking them in the water and mixing a bit
(doing this because I don't have a shredder)

What a great idea! And so obvious too ...

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3744 on: August 23, 2016, 01:28:11 AM »
Put a belt in the donate box. I don't know why this decision was so hard, I've known I don't like it or wear it for months but couldn't part with it. Now the guilt every time I look at it will be gone.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3745 on: August 23, 2016, 04:08:43 AM »

instead of shredding I am reducing them to a pulp, by dunking them in the water and mixing a bit
(doing this because I don't have a shredder)

Yes! Must remember this for when I next file/cull papers. And then I will add the pulp to our compost bin :D

What a great idea! And so obvious too ...

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3746 on: August 23, 2016, 09:57:56 PM »
I am New to the boards so I haven't read many previous posts...forgive me if this has already been suggested.  My neighborhood of Boston has a "Buy Nothing *insert name of town or neighborhood here*" Facebook page which is amazing.  People post photos of items they want to get rid of, & those who are interested comment & then arrange for pickup.  I have gotten rid of so many things that otherwise would have gone into the trash ( half-used bag of charcoal, unwanted packaged food gift from family, once-used bottle of sunscreen that gave me a rash, etc).  Conversely, I have seen people post requests for items they want to upborrow or have.  I am always surprised at how often those requests are answered.  Check it out, there may be one for your town too, or you could start one!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3747 on: August 23, 2016, 10:54:12 PM »
Funnily enough, I've been using my Buy Nothing group just today to pass on some kitchen stuff I no longer needed!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3748 on: August 23, 2016, 11:38:38 PM »
Put one of those tiny potpourri crockpots in the giveaway box today. At this pace, it will take me 100 years to get the place in ship shape!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3749 on: August 24, 2016, 02:07:53 PM »
I am New to the boards so I haven't read many previous posts...forgive me if this has already been suggested.  My neighborhood of Boston has a "Buy Nothing *insert name of town or neighborhood here*" Facebook page which is amazing.  People post photos of items they want to get rid of, & those who are interested comment & then arrange for pickup.  I have gotten rid of so many things that otherwise would have gone into the trash ( half-used bag of charcoal, unwanted packaged food gift from family, once-used bottle of sunscreen that gave me a rash, etc).  Conversely, I have seen people post requests for items they want to upborrow or have.  I am always surprised at how often those requests are answered.  Check it out, there may be one for your town too, or you could start one!
I also love our Buy Nothing group.  I've given away a few things, and I've received a few things that I would have spent money on otherwise.