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« Reply #3700 on: July 24, 2016, 11:43:12 AM »
theadvicist: have you heard of goodreads.com ? You can put all that information on there, and it tracks how many books you read each year, as well as if you give books star ratings, then it recommends other books based on the books you like!

Thought this might be another good alternative if you're enjoying the tracking of which books you read / like!

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« Reply #3701 on: July 24, 2016, 01:56:06 PM »
Regarding books, it helped me to figure out why I didn't want to get rid of my favourites.

The answer was that I was scared I would forget about them.

So I made a spreadsheet. And every single book I read I add it on, with a really short plot synopsis (like one sentence just to jog my memory) and if I loved it I put a star next to it. That way I can still go back and see every book I have ever loved, without them getting musty on my bookshelf.

This might not work for everyone, as I am not a big rereader. But safe in the knowledge that I know exactly what my favourites are, I trust the library and Amazon to store them for me. I can buy secondhand usually for 1p plus postage, and then donate / resell, anytime I was to reread.

Thought of you this week while culling books!

I was torn between wanting to buy them as e-books now, or waiting to see if I actually miss them first.

In the end I just made a list of the titles, emailed it to myself, and piled up six more to get rid of.

I've taken to pouring myself a drink and standing in front of my bookshelves, staring at them while I ponder who is next to go...

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« Reply #3702 on: July 26, 2016, 08:17:35 AM »
theadvicist: have you heard of goodreads.com ? You can put all that information on there, and it tracks how many books you read each year, as well as if you give books star ratings, then it recommends other books based on the books you like!

Thought this might be another good alternative if you're enjoying the tracking of which books you read / like!

Thanks for the recommendation! I have used it to look up titles and read reviews, or read their 'best 50 (whatever) books' lists, but I have never created an account. I don't know if that is something I would enjoy (the recommendations feature sounds great) or just another thing I'd feel was on my to do list... the spreadsheet is quick, but yeah, no feedback. I'll go and have a poke around, thank you!

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« Reply #3703 on: July 26, 2016, 10:47:24 AM »

I've taken to pouring myself a drink and standing in front of my bookshelves, staring at them while I ponder who is next to go...

I'm pulling them off the shelves and re-reading (fiction) - if I go "OK, but not to read again" it goes in the pile of donations. 

Non-fiction - I do prefer paper to ebooks - I can read them during a power failure, they won't disappear (unless fire/flood) and I can photocopy easily if I need a few pages.

And yikes I have lot of old personal finance books.  I am reading them (well, skimming), if there is nothing new then they are donate (general advice) or put in paper recycling (definitely outdated).  The only really outdated one I am keeping is Your Money and How To Keep It (Brian Costello)(1985) who introduced me to the value of paying off a mortgage early.  Of course his interest tables start at 8% and end at 19 7/8%.  Definitely those rates were an incentive to pay down the mortgage.

For the younger readers, yes those were real rates.  Our mortgage was at 9% back then, 5 year fixed, and a friend had her mortgage come up and she renewed at 18%. 

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« Reply #3704 on: July 27, 2016, 03:14:45 PM »
Picked up my KonMari cleaning after leaving it alone in the middle of Komono for a couple months (not so good at the "do it all at once part").  I finished up Komono and started on mementos.  I was able to throw out 5 lbs of photographs!

I was also able to reduce my clothing further, but I don't think I'm quite at my click point.  I noticed a few things bugging the back of my mind and completely stopped thinking of them once I just put them in the donation box.
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« Reply #3705 on: July 27, 2016, 09:39:20 PM »
I volunteered to host voice lessons tomorrow - that caused 2 bags of shredding, one old tower computer and keyboard, a box full of empty file folders and a broken adding machine to move out of the office. Funny, but I had actually stopped seeing the clutter/mess. Oops. That was where my konmari stopped a few months ago too, but I won't get back into anything until after October.
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« Reply #3706 on: July 28, 2016, 05:40:13 AM »
Spent another few hours moving stuff into new place today.

I realised just how much of the stuff in our apartment belongs to my husband.

He has far less stuff than some of his friends, but I also know that most of it never gets looked at or used. I could have tossed half of it and he wouldn't have noticed because he's forgotten about it.

So I carted it over to new place and spread it out on the floor, and I've asked him to go through it all before any of it gets put away.

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« Reply #3707 on: July 28, 2016, 08:47:19 AM »
Got $400 for taking a crap top video gaming (lol) to Half Price Books.

We got rid of a Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Game Gear, 2 Gameboy colors, an X-box and a Game Cube and all the games associated with them (except the Game Cube which we can still play in the Wii).

Probably would have made a ton more on ebay, but this took only a few hours of sitting in a bookstore and reading while waiting!

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« Reply #3708 on: July 28, 2016, 09:14:19 AM »
My aunt was happy to receive the antique sewing machine that was handed down to me from my great aunt about 25 years ago.  OTOH, another aunt gave me two pairs of capri pants (which I may just donate, but it made her happy to find them a home), and the portrait of myself @ age ten that used to hang in my grandmother's house made it back to me.  OK with that though, as we don't have a ton of things on our walls.  Managed to come home from vacation with only two pint glasses from DH's friend's brewery, and no other non-consumable items.  I'm pretty good at breaking glasses, so it kind of makes sense to add to the collection over time anyway.

This morning I gave some unneeded dog supplies to a coworker. 

It's going to be hot this weekend, so am reading this thread for inspiration to do some decluttering again since I probably won't be inclined to spend time outside in the afternoons.

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« Reply #3709 on: July 28, 2016, 10:00:52 AM »
Got $400...

NICE!  That's quite a haul.
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« Reply #3710 on: July 28, 2016, 01:33:29 PM »
A pretty but unused rocking chair has gone to the charity shop, along with various clothes, including a dress I mended with new buttons so it didn't end up in landfill... Hmm.

Other good news: tidying up ready for my monthly house guest is getting easier.
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« Reply #3711 on: July 30, 2016, 08:26:33 PM »
I got rid of some craft supplies and made $60. That was one bag I was thrilled to see head out the door!
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« Reply #3712 on: July 30, 2016, 09:23:32 PM »
Moved yesterday.

Still decluttering as a I settle into new place.

I had offered things to friends and relatives - books, kitchen items, etc - but haven't seen those people to hand over their loot, so I have labelled bags lined up ready to go, as well as donations to three different charities.

Struggling for motivation to list anything on eBay.

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« Reply #3713 on: August 02, 2016, 04:58:39 AM »
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'.

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« Reply #3714 on: August 02, 2016, 05:05:24 AM »
I remember seeing on TV the interiors of a very famous minimalist architects home.  Very empty, very white.  Until you realised that in every room one wall was floor to ceiling white handleless cupboards stuffed full of stuff.  Which told me that "minimalist" can be either for show or for real.  I'm somewhat the other way: I have things on show (built in bookcases, built in glass-fronted cupboards for china) but very little stuffed away in cupboards.

Although I do need to declutter - a sofa to sell, papers to sort and burn, clothes to donate.  When I have a moment.
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« Reply #3715 on: August 02, 2016, 11:22:07 AM »
The worst thing/best thing ever happened! Our basement flooded. Not too much water (maybe 1/2 - 1 inch), but it soaked every cardboard box on the floor, had to be wet-vacced up. It took us over 8 hours to get everything ruined out of the house, vacuum the water up, identify what was junk and put it in a pile for the dump. We borrowed a dehumidifier and have that running 24 a day.

We bought more wire shelves to add to the ones on the wall currently, so nothing will be on the floor if there is ever a repeat. NO more cardboard boxes. We have plenty of rubbermaids (both colored and clear) to store things in.

It was a hard, sweaty, exhausting day, but at the end of it, I felt so great, because me and the Other Human had worked together to make the basement better than it has been since we moved in. The basement was the graveyard of things in our house, if we didn't know what to do with things, into the basement they went.

I was ruthless with tossing things that hadn't even gotten wet. I found some disgusting old shoes (my Other Human hates to throw away shoes) and I said, "I think these have mold on them", and bagged them and he didn't even complain.

Last night I went into the gardening area of the basement and threw away a whole other garbage bag of things that were just hanging out, wasting space. If we don't use it, it's GOING AWAY.

I feel like that old song, I am woman, hear me roar, in letters too big to ignore, this crap has got to get out of my house forevermore!"
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« Reply #3716 on: August 02, 2016, 11:47:26 AM »
We went through our miscellaneous electronics and found a whole lot of old boxes for things to throw away.  We also found that we have something like 8 or 9 pairs of functional headphones for our phones :P  At least now they are all in one place.

Today I'm going to go through some of my boxes of paper type items and shred a bunch of stuff.

I think that moving in ~6-8 weeks is really going to inspire me to get through a lot of stuff.  Because if I don't get through everything before we move, I'll probably just wind up moving a whole lot of junk with me and that would be terrible!!

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« Reply #3717 on: August 03, 2016, 02:00:28 AM »
I found some disgusting old shoes (my Other Human hates to throw away shoes) and I said, "I think these have mold on them", and bagged them and he didn't even complain.

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I know that feeling. You actually get mad at the stuff. "Be gone stuff!"
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« Reply #3718 on: August 03, 2016, 04:30:13 AM »
Okay well I cleared out a couple of my little random paper storage bins on my book shelf.  I probably got rid of about 100+ sheets of looseleaf with random stuff written on it, 5 or 6 old steno books, and some old exams I'd used with my tutoring students.  All in all not too bad.

Today I'm going to tackle the top of my dresser, which has just a ton of random toiletries, a whole bunch of books, and some supplements.

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« Reply #3719 on: August 03, 2016, 07:23:14 AM »
Have been watching Courtney Carver's 21 Decluttering Challenge videos: http://bemorewithless.com/decluttering/

Went through the bathroom cabinets and tossed some old things.  Sorted through my jewelry collection and set aside a bunch of gold and silver items that I don't wear any more and should sell.  I need to figure out where to bring them.

Gathered a few more things for consignment and donation and will bring them in this weekend - it took me a while to reach a critical mass.  And I had some fall/winter clothes I put away in the spring that were out of season then but will be accepted now.



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« Reply #3720 on: August 03, 2016, 09:51:51 AM »
Any suggestions on what to do with half-used cleaning and laundry products?  All purpose cleaner that gives me a headache or a specialized laundry additive that didn't quite work?  Pour them down the drain?



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« Reply #3721 on: August 03, 2016, 09:55:33 AM »
Any suggestions on what to do with half-used cleaning and laundry products?  All purpose cleaner that gives me a headache or a specialized laundry additive that didn't quite work?  Pour them down the drain?

Homeless shelter?  Or just post them on Facebook (if you are a user). I've found it pretty easy to give away stuff like that thru social media.  It's not something many people would but half used at goodwill!  But when you know the person giving it away it's easy to accept.

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« Reply #3722 on: August 03, 2016, 10:04:06 AM »
Good suggestion but I don't do social media.  I may bring them to the local laundromat and just leave them with a note saying "free stuff"...



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« Reply #3723 on: August 03, 2016, 04:12:34 PM »
Still sorting out things in old apartment while settling into new apartment.

I had hoped to "finish" decluttering before we hand the keys back, but I need to remember from experience that I will adapt to this new normal and then want to start again.

My big problem area is things from my mum. Letters, postcards, gifts, clothes, luggage... I know the money and thought that has gone into it. :(

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« Reply #3724 on: August 03, 2016, 04:26:21 PM »
In the spirit of the subject line of this forum, I asked my library to order the Minimalism Documentary rather than purchasing one myself, even though I reeeeeally wanted to buy it!

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« Reply #3725 on: August 04, 2016, 02:07:25 AM »
Still sorting out things in old apartment while settling into new apartment.

I had hoped to "finish" decluttering before we hand the keys back, but I need to remember from experience that I will adapt to this new normal and then want to start again.

My big problem area is things from my mum. Letters, postcards, gifts, clothes, luggage... I know the money and thought that has gone into it. :(

Fill the luggage with all the letters, postcards, gifts and clothes.

Put the luggage on a plane back to mum with a note saying "hi, can you store this in my old room pretty pretty please???"

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« Reply #3726 on: August 04, 2016, 06:49:16 AM »
Any suggestions on what to do with half-used cleaning and laundry products?  All purpose cleaner that gives me a headache or a specialized laundry additive that didn't quite work?  Pour them down the drain?

I give stuff like this away on my local Buy Nothing Project group. I always get takers =)
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« Reply #3727 on: August 07, 2016, 12:44:42 AM »
Oh MMM. It's been a hard week for Stuff.

We moved, only within our apartment building, but I drastically under-estimated the amount of Stuff involved.

I would say I've been permanently decluttering for at least a year, but it turns out I've only been decluttering my stuff or "joint" (practically mine) things like kitchen Stuff.

While I have been decluttering, my husband has been bringing so much into our home. Mostly freebies, due to his work (clothes, stationery, speakers, external hard drives, portable battery chargers, plus branded merch like USBs, clothes). But while those things are 'free', they still come at a cost. A cost of space.

My husband was embarrassed by the amount of his Stuff we had to move, and the cost involved in acquiring it all. That's a worthwhile lesson to learn, and he's willing to offload some to charity or eBay.

And a relative has offered to buy six pieces of furniture, we just have to store them for a week or two.

But I still feel like I'm drowning under it all.

For more than a week, I've faced a thousand questions of keep or toss, charity or sell, over and over again.

We've moved into a beautiful new space, we've bought a couple of new things for new place including a beautiful new chair (almost everything in old place was second hand), and I want to enjoy it rather than playing Tetris with Stuff to ensure it all fits in cupboards.

I have a tendency to make the perfect the enemy of the good, and I've realised I just need to move everything over then deal with it, rather than just trying to get rid of it all from old apartment.

TL;DR: I've realised I have a lot of room for improvement, and not a lot of room for stuff. But as with all things MMM, it is a process, and I'm still doing better than I was five years ago.

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« Reply #3728 on: August 07, 2016, 07:31:54 AM »

Put the luggage on a plane back to mum with a note saying "hi, can you store this in my old room pretty pretty please???"

You really shouldn't declutter your house by cluttering up someone else's!

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« Reply #3729 on: August 07, 2016, 08:08:13 AM »
My DH went through his gundam and warhammer today. Consolidated it to half the size, and chucked all kinds of little plastic and cardboard rubbish! I'm so proud of him!


Put the luggage on a plane back to mum with a note saying "hi, can you store this in my old room pretty pretty please???"

You really shouldn't declutter your house by cluttering up someone else's!
But, on the off chance this is someone who tends to buy many not-really-required gifts for other people, it could be a great lesson for "actually maybe I should stop buying my kid so many things..." :P

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« Reply #3730 on: August 07, 2016, 11:52:49 AM »
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...

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« Reply #3731 on: August 07, 2016, 02:48:27 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...
2 options I can think of right off the bat. 

There are charities that take old computers and laptops, make sure they work, and give them away to people who wouldn't get a computer otherwise.  This can work even if only some of the components work, they can be cannibalized.

If that isn't an option then electronic recycling.

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« Reply #3732 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 #3733 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 #3734 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. :)


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« Reply #3735 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 #3736 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.


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« Reply #3737 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 #3738 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 #3739 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 #3740 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3741 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3742 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3743 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3744 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
I miss it.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3745 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3746 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3747 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3748 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3749 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.