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« Reply #3750 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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« Reply #3751 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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« Reply #3752 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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« Reply #3753 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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« Reply #3754 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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« Reply #3755 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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« Reply #3756 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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« Reply #3757 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. 


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« Reply #3758 on: August 24, 2016, 02:28:32 PM »
I put out a few dozen CDs for free and two nice stands for $5.   I also gave away a good sized bin with a dozen hardback and paperback books.  It also contained a camera, flip phone, blood pressure monitor, and other free stuff.

Another 20 lbs of stuff went to the trash can.       All in all,  it hardly put a dent in my office....

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« Reply #3759 on: August 24, 2016, 03:52:37 PM »
Oi vey! This weekend I went to my dad's house and got Everything that is still mine but was in basement storage (excluding Christmas decorations) and brought it to my house. My formerly empty living room has 11 Rubbermaid totes I am now going through and purging.

Culled books from my childhood book collection for donation. About two totes are school papers I can burn/recycle (I didn't want to leave them behind for my stepmother to take care of) and the rest are either stuff from college or sewing/craft supplies. I also got my art desk and chair and my dressmaker mannequin. So I feel overwhelmed with stuff I want to sort through but am slammed the next two weeks with charity work in the evenings so I'm trying not to panic. I've been reminding myself once this is done we won't be bringing in more stuff. We have to make a wedding registry soon and it'll be only sorely needed items like bedsheets and meat thermometer, etc.

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« Reply #3760 on: August 24, 2016, 09:09:41 PM »
Soooo close to selling another $100 pump sprayer...    Next, going list another ladder and a yard artsy wheelbarrow that should add $350 or so...   

An update (to keep myself motivated)...   Ladder, sold!  Pump sprayer, sold!  Rusty lacrosse goal, sold! 2nd ladder, have a nibble so fingers crossed!!   So just in sold items that's $240 so far for around 4 hours work.   Not counting chickens, but have another $600 in listings that may net maybe another $400 after it's all done.   And I can actually walk through the basement and my garage again as a bonus!

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« Reply #3761 on: August 29, 2016, 11:40:15 AM »
Sold a commercial cotton candy machine and related gear - $425,
papers waiting to be shredded for free at school (1 grocery bag),
and broke my food processor :(.

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« Reply #3762 on: August 29, 2016, 01:19:26 PM »
Sorry about your food processor, startswithhome!  :(

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This weekend I:

Put a bag of knickknacks/dust collectors and a pair of slacks into my vehicle to be donated.

Rid of a few expired items from our medicine/vitamin drawer.

Two stacks of empty egg cartons are ready for my chicken owning friend to pick up.

Cleared out a bunch of never used recipes from a large binder, and replaced them with current low carb recipes.

My next goal in the next few weeks is to purge short sleeve, warm weather shirts I never wear before replacing them with the bin of cooler weather shirts and sweaters.

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« Reply #3763 on: August 29, 2016, 07:53:27 PM »
On Saturday a friend and I are doing a flea market together. Our space costs $20, and we will be selling from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm. Usually we leave having made between $40-60 over the expenses, but that isn't really the point. We  sit in our deck chairs and people watch and talk and eat hotdogs. It is a chance to catch up and get rid of crap at the same time. And we bargain with buyers and just enjoy the day. Whatever does not sell goes to the Washington Area Rescue League's thrift store.

If you have never been to a flea market, you should go to one at least once, for the experience.
There are two ways to get enough: one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less. - G.K. Chesterton

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« Reply #3764 on: August 29, 2016, 08:43:12 PM »
CU Tiger, what's the flea market? I've been looking for a way to get rid of some items in the DC area - is it too late to sign up now? I don't have a yard to hold a garage sale and many items feel like they're not worth listing individually on Craigslist, but I'd love to get *some* money for them if possible.

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« Reply #3765 on: August 30, 2016, 01:22:07 AM »
CU Tiger, what's the flea market? I've been looking for a way to get rid of some items in the DC area - is it too late to sign up now? I don't have a yard to hold a garage sale and many items feel like they're not worth listing individually on Craigslist, but I'd love to get *some* money for them if possible.

Here is the basic info:

Germantown Community Flea Market
The Germantown Community Flea Market is held the first Saturday of each month from April through November. The Flea Market is open from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM in the MARC train station parking lot located at Route 118 and Bowman Mill Drive. For information on renting a space, please call 301.972.2707.

The simple answer is that the spaces are first come, first served. You pay your space fee going in. You NEED to be there early to set up (we get there at 6:00 am and are always latecomers) because even though the market is supposed to start at 8:00 am, there are always early birds. Also, once the spaces are gone, they are gone.

My friend and I joke that some of the larger spaces must get there on Friday night.

Price stuff to sell, and be ready to bargain and come down on price. The point is to get rid of your stuff, so you have to let go of your attachment to things. We sell so many things for .50 - $1 and still make money because doing it together we have a lot of stuff.

We will be the two women with tables of misc stuff and a bunch of little cocker spaniels. The dogs are not for sale, we just bring them as company.
There are two ways to get enough: one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less. - G.K. Chesterton

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« Reply #3766 on: August 30, 2016, 03:40:25 AM »
Went through my shoes again and found two pairs I was ready to let go. Left some out for my husband to consider and he decided to keep them all despite never wearing them. Sigh.

However, my low pressure tactics did pay off in another area. I went through all his t-shirts and made a pile of ones I thought he might be ready to part with. Of 8 t-shirts he was done with 7 of them, only 1 went back in the drawer! So I'll take that, even with the shoe failure.

Spent yesterday getting the house ready for some building work. Making sure it was organised so as to be easy to dust sheet and cause minimal problems for the builders. Reminded me again that stuff = hassle.

I also threw out a pair of hotel slippers I had worn through. Of our stash I'm down to three pairs now. I don't know what we were keeping them for. Happy to 'use them up'. As a bonus I've 'needed' a new pair of slippers for about 18 months now but after deciding to make do with the hotel ones until they are all gone, I've put that purchase off for a long time.

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« Reply #3767 on: August 30, 2016, 04:32:44 AM »
With a little bit of sadness but a little bit more of decluttering joy I offloaded all my Terry Pratchett Discworld novels to the local library. About 25 of them all up including a couple of special editions.

Have loved them so much over the years, but been wanting to get rid of them for a few months now as they are just sitting there accumulating dust.

Someone else can share the joy of Rincewind, the Burser, Ridcully, the Dean and the Librarian "oook"; Nanny, Granny & Magrat; Lu Tze, Pteppic, Brutha; Lord Vetenari, Carrot, Vimes & Detritus; and of course the somewhat more mythical characters, from the Hogfather to the Death of Rats, Death himself and Death's granddaughter Susan, whom I had somewhat of a crush on :D

I will miss them much, but I am free of lugging them around in physical form!


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« Reply #3768 on: August 30, 2016, 10:18:09 AM »
Sold old hockey elbow pads on eBay.  Only got a few bucks for them but still better than sending them to landfill.

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« Reply #3769 on: August 30, 2016, 01:22:42 PM »
I have such a pile of stuff waiting to be taken to goodwill that the stuff broke the storage hanger and all fell over!
Guess I really am going to goodwill tomorrow

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« Reply #3770 on: August 31, 2016, 06:01:35 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 ...

glad to hear that :)

took a while to reply as we are vacationing in Nova Scotia now...has anyone any suggestions for things to do/ see while down here  (Lunenburg County) we love it!!!

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« Reply #3771 on: September 01, 2016, 04:25:22 PM »
I'm off work next week and will be getting rid of the nearly useless tin shed that was on our property when we bought it.  Thanks to decluttering, there is plenty of room in the main shed/shop for the few useful items that are still in the tin shed.  Hoping someone will haul it off for free.

I also have a big box of items needing to be donated, and need to do a dump run to get rid of yard debris that is too recalcitrant to compost.

Thinking I might take a run at my clothes as well, since it's about time to do some wardrobe rotation.

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« Reply #3772 on: September 01, 2016, 05:10:30 PM »
I'm off work next week and will be getting rid of the nearly useless tin shed that was on our property when we bought it.  Thanks to decluttering, there is plenty of room in the main shed/shop for the few useful items that are still in the tin shed.  Hoping someone will haul it off for free.

I also have a big box of items needing to be donated, and need to do a dump run to get rid of yard debris that is too recalcitrant to compost.

Thinking I might take a run at my clothes as well, since it's about time to do some wardrobe rotation.

I'm thinking I'd rather be at work than have a week off like that.... :)

Good luck with it, though.

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« Reply #3773 on: September 02, 2016, 04:40:01 AM »
So excited to find a donation bag had come through the front door yesterday! We live in a tiny village and I've never received one before. Will definitely save me a trip as I have loads of stuff lined up that I haven't got around to donating because I hate to make a special journey, but am never passing anywhere when it's open.

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« Reply #3774 on: September 02, 2016, 09:45:08 AM »
The wife and kids are running a garage sale today. She just sent me a message that big seller so far: DVDs for $1.

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« Reply #3775 on: September 03, 2016, 04:41:44 AM »
Returned a top.

Threw out three bags of garbage.

Finally delivered a bag of specific donations I had been collecting for a local charity.

Putting together another bag of general donations.

Posted something I sold on eBay.

Photographed three more things for eBay.

I'm also slowly using up my stockpile of toiletries. I went a little overboard buying my favourite body wash, etc, when on sale, but I really don't have the space in new apartment.

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« Reply #3776 on: September 03, 2016, 06:28:26 AM »
Yesterday I spend *all day* attacking the paper monster that was eating our dining room table.  Oh my.  It is terrible.  It is still unfinished!  I have a full file cabinet and it seems we "need" all the stuff in there, but it never gets used.   I made great progress on the paper clutter though and recycled tons and tons, put others in file folders (with nowhere to go, maybe a file box?)

I will follow this thread more, as we need to make our home more pleasant and clutter free.


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« Reply #3777 on: September 03, 2016, 06:42:46 AM »
DH put all of our data from 3 laptops onto Dropbox and we gave one of those laptops back to his sister. The other two will be recycled or donated shortly :) so excited, it's been on our to do list for months!

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« Reply #3778 on: September 03, 2016, 03:15:28 PM »
I'm off work next week and will be getting rid of the nearly useless tin shed that was on our property when we bought it.  Thanks to decluttering, there is plenty of room in the main shed/shop for the few useful items that are still in the tin shed.  Hoping someone will haul it off for free.

I also have a big box of items needing to be donated, and need to do a dump run to get rid of yard debris that is too recalcitrant to compost.

Thinking I might take a run at my clothes as well, since it's about time to do some wardrobe rotation.


I'm thinking I'd rather be at work than have a week off like that.... :)

Good luck with it, though.

I have to do this at least once a year to keep my life running smoothly and preserve my sanity when I am working, since my garden and horse hobbies don't wait around until I have time for them.  And vacations are for preserving sanity, right?  I've been bumbling around the house most of the day today creating even more work for myself, but getting rid of the shed is still the most onerous task.

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« Reply #3779 on: September 03, 2016, 04:14:48 PM »
I'm off work next week and will be getting rid of the nearly useless tin shed that was on our property when we bought it.  Thanks to decluttering, there is plenty of room in the main shed/shop for the few useful items that are still in the tin shed.  Hoping someone will haul it off for free.

I also have a big box of items needing to be donated, and need to do a dump run to get rid of yard debris that is too recalcitrant to compost.

Thinking I might take a run at my clothes as well, since it's about time to do some wardrobe rotation.


I'm thinking I'd rather be at work than have a week off like that.... :)

Good luck with it, though.

I have to do this at least once a year to keep my life running smoothly and preserve my sanity when I am working, since my garden and horse hobbies don't wait around until I have time for them.  And vacations are for preserving sanity, right?  I've been bumbling around the house most of the day today creating even more work for myself, but getting rid of the shed is still the most onerous task.

All the really good hobbies have a huge organizational component to them, I find. Though usually you can see the results pretty quickly, which isn't always true at work. I am just cranky about chores that involve sorting and putting things away.

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« Reply #3780 on: September 03, 2016, 09:18:52 PM »
Sold $160 worth of unused stuff. Cleared out several board games, many DVDs, too small kids clothes.

In addition, I took several shelves worth of books to my office (where I actually will use them), which allowed us move a shelving unit out of the living room. As an added bonus, we re-arranged the furniture which makes the room seem new, with nothing spent!

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« Reply #3781 on: September 03, 2016, 11:17:51 PM »
I'm off work next week and will be getting rid of the nearly useless tin shed that was on our property when we bought it.  Thanks to decluttering, there is plenty of room in the main shed/shop for the few useful items that are still in the tin shed.  Hoping someone will haul it off for free.

I also have a big box of items needing to be donated, and need to do a dump run to get rid of yard debris that is too recalcitrant to compost.

Thinking I might take a run at my clothes as well, since it's about time to do some wardrobe rotation.


I'm thinking I'd rather be at work than have a week off like that.... :)

Good luck with it, though.

I have to do this at least once a year to keep my life running smoothly and preserve my sanity when I am working, since my garden and horse hobbies don't wait around until I have time for them.  And vacations are for preserving sanity, right?  I've been bumbling around the house most of the day today creating even more work for myself, but getting rid of the shed is still the most onerous task.

All the really good hobbies have a huge organizational component to them, I find. Though usually you can see the results pretty quickly, which isn't always true at work. I am just cranky about chores that involve sorting and putting things away.

Well, to make you really jealous, I'll just tell you that I also need to purchase, load and stack hay this week.  At least it's exercise?

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« Reply #3782 on: September 04, 2016, 04:54:33 AM »
I did the flea market yesterday. Got seven boxes of stuff out of the house and made a little money. Win-win!
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« Reply #3783 on: September 04, 2016, 06:04:19 AM »
Gave two almost new bath sheets to my brother-in-law, and returned some of his financial papers after helping him out with a transfer.

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« Reply #3784 on: September 04, 2016, 09:32:08 AM »
I'm off work next week and will be getting rid of the nearly useless tin shed that was on our property when we bought it.  Thanks to decluttering, there is plenty of room in the main shed/shop for the few useful items that are still in the tin shed.  Hoping someone will haul it off for free.

I also have a big box of items needing to be donated, and need to do a dump run to get rid of yard debris that is too recalcitrant to compost.

Thinking I might take a run at my clothes as well, since it's about time to do some wardrobe rotation.


I'm thinking I'd rather be at work than have a week off like that.... :)

Good luck with it, though.

I have to do this at least once a year to keep my life running smoothly and preserve my sanity when I am working, since my garden and horse hobbies don't wait around until I have time for them.  And vacations are for preserving sanity, right?  I've been bumbling around the house most of the day today creating even more work for myself, but getting rid of the shed is still the most onerous task.

All the really good hobbies have a huge organizational component to them, I find. Though usually you can see the results pretty quickly, which isn't always true at work. I am just cranky about chores that involve sorting and putting things away.

Well, to make you really jealous, I'll just tell you that I also need to purchase, load and stack hay this week.  At least it's exercise?

You are just cramming your vacation with fun, aren't you? I am going to clean out the back hall, so that I have enough room to use it for cold storage. When I get it organized enough, I'm going to start calling it the mudroom.

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« Reply #3785 on: September 05, 2016, 04:19:19 PM »
Hello after a long absence.

It is two years since I got so deeply into de-cluttering with all of you and it feels so good to know that much of the house is still quite clear.  Not all of it though and as I prepare to delve in again I do have some tips for myself:

-Go over the entire house quickly every month so nothing can accumulate for very long
-Deal with papers right away and get them out of the house (thank goodness for internet billing)
-Every week deal with any hotspots where things pile up, and take the time to put everything away
-Go back to keeping a list of everything other than food that enters the house
-Put Things Away!  I think this requires allowing time at the end of a task to put everything away - a new mindset.

Paper is still an issue but not so much.  I toss most receipts after I have recorded the purchases, I have no magazine subscriptions any longer, all bank statements are online, we receive very little junk mail…and yet old papers are still here in numbers too large to ignore (well actually I have done a great job of ignoring them until recently). Two years ago I sorted through the huge piles and put papers in folders according to type.  Now it is time to purge them.

Anyone else dealing with the paper monster?

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« Reply #3786 on: September 05, 2016, 06:37:33 PM »
Anyone else dealing with the paper monster?

My life has changed dramatically since I last organized my papers 5 or 6 years ago. Many files are completely unnecessary now. This winter I will take a month to purge things and to determine what new documents are needed, like a new will and personal directive. It is a good project for January.

I have much less paper coming in that needs to be saved, since so much is online, but I needs a regular process for handling it.

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« Reply #3787 on: September 05, 2016, 11:48:44 PM »
My husband's team moved offices, from a beautiful and pricey waterfront office building to more of an industrial warehouse space. And they love it. No HR, no managers, just the boys.

I'm taking the opportunity to offload all manner of things - excess stationery, air freshener, carpet cleaning products (we no longer have carpet at home), coffee mugs, and some work-related books and resources he brought home when the previous office moved to hot-desking.

What I'm finding is that he wants to keep his new office space pristine. Funny that.

It's become a good test to see what he really wants and needs, and whether these event programs and training guides and business cards can go in the bin after all.

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« Reply #3788 on: September 06, 2016, 08:04:06 AM »
DH put all of our data from 3 laptops onto Dropbox and we gave one of those laptops back to his sister. The other two will be recycled or donated shortly :) so excited, it's been on our to do list for months!

My husband just did this as well.

Pro-tip:  If you have a best buy, you can sell them your old laptops.  We just got $100 for 3 old laptops.  $50 for one and $25 each for the other two.  I'm mostly glad that they aren't just around gathering dust.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3789 on: September 06, 2016, 09:56:16 AM »
I have porcelain dolls given to me by my grandma years ago. Not interested in keeping them, but I feel bad just throwing them out. I've tried Craiglist but no replies. Would it sell on EBay perhaps? I'm afraid of them breaking during shipping.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3790 on: September 06, 2016, 01:58:04 PM »
I visited with my family over the last 3 weeks - they are all pack rats!  Seeing their places gave me new motivation to get rid of things, even though my place seems minimal and very tidy in comparison with theirs.  I am FIREing and moving overseas in just over 18 months so I need to pick up the pace of decluttering :-)

Have a couple of items to list on Craigslist and a new batch of clothes for the consignment store.  I will deal with that this coming weekend.



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3791 on: September 06, 2016, 04:19:57 PM »
My life has changed dramatically since I last organized my papers 5 or 6 years ago. Many files are completely unnecessary now. This winter I will take a month to purge things and to determine what new documents are needed, like a new will and personal directive. It is a good project for January.

I have much less paper coming in that needs to be saved, since so much is online, but I needs a regular process for handling it.

Hear, hear. I was able to get us down to two bankers boxes last year and I'd love to get down to one. The will and trust stuff (not just ours, but copies of those that belong to family members) is one box on its own. I still need a regular process for handling the ridiculous quantities of mail that still seem to come in.

In other news, FIRE means that we require a lot fewer things in our wardrobes, so several more bags have been taken to Goodwill, other things have been picked up via Freecycle this week, and two higher end things are posted on eBay. Whenever I think of getting a new thing, I need to remind myself how much work it actually is to get RID of things. :)
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3792 on: September 11, 2016, 05:20:36 PM »
My baby is almost at the moving stage, so this is promoting a fresh look around the lounge to see what items can be removed. Trying to make it so that items are removed permanently not solely shifted to another room for storing. Goal for today is to clear 10 items. So far I have found some items that should be rubbish, a couple more books to take to the second hand store (making room for her books on the lower shelves of the bookcase), and a couple of things to put in the donate box.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3793 on: September 11, 2016, 07:17:22 PM »
15 months ago, I consolidated the belongings I had in a rental house I had while on 3 years of contracts in another city into my primary household. I left a small pile of clothes and a few boxes that I hadn't unpacked on the table in "my project room."

This weekend I finished the unpacking. I have a few more clothes I can use, the books are shelved, papers have been moved into general filing, a bag of belongings is being tossed, and my mending is all in one box.  I also found a home for some items in the project room that had no place to be put away before now.  All of this only took a few hours.

The project room is ready to use, just in time for long winter evenings.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3794 on: September 12, 2016, 07:41:49 AM »
My daughter, 12, wanted to have a garage sale.  She thought it would be fun.  We have been postponing getting rid of the stuff she was targeting for her sale.  This past weekend she had her sale.  After about 45 minutes of waiting for costumers she was so bored.  Hubs and I had been telling her that garage sales were a lot of work and not that financially rewarding. Most of the stuff she could part with was really just junk.  It was a great learning opportunity for her that took up most of our day (helping her set up, hanging around to make sure all was good and helping her haul it all back in) but it got tons of stuff out of our house and she is completely cured of thinking a garage sale would be fun.  She is quite happy to donate stuff.  Some of the better items I posted to kijiji but if they don't sell, we will donate them to charity.  There is now a big space in the basement and the garage might just be able to hold some cars this winter.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3795 on: September 12, 2016, 09:29:58 AM »

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)
Watch this, dont become too crazy, haha!

I say this bcause my mother had Alzheimer's Disease and her method of getting rid of sensitive information was to tear off bits of paper woth the information and put them into a large jar of water, and hde the jar. We found that jar sitting on a high shelf after many months.

While that is not entirely crazy, the data she considered sensitive was her name and address. Umm, n sensitive. . By that time my brother was taking care of all of her financial transactions so she had no bank statements or anything within a social sexurity number or,etc. ahe had only junk mail with her name and address. So, she took elaborate pains to desteoy it..

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3796 on: September 12, 2016, 10:40:07 AM »
Found myself browsing hangars on amazon this morning since we keep running out when all the laundry is clean (just by one or two hangars, but enough to be a weekly annoyance). Saw this thread on my new replies... walked into my closet, and got rid of 5 shirts, 1 tank top, 6 pairs of underwear, and 3 bras. End result: 4 unused hangars. The 1-2 I was short each week, plus a couple spares.

Gifted a desk to my mom. Happy to see it go to family- when we lived in 500sq ft, it was our dining room table plus the desk that took me through nursing school. Good memories, so it was sitting in the garage- I was having a hard time letting it go.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3797 on: September 12, 2016, 10:43:49 AM »
Had some good luck with Varagesale.com to sell some weights yesterday. Craigslist in my area can be hit or miss, but Varagesale seems little more active.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3798 on: September 12, 2016, 02:44:02 PM »
Put together another donation bag.

Donated some mugs to work.

My husband has agreed to part with some pieces of a collection but doesn't want to be responsible for actually selling/donating, so I have to decide what to do with it.

My home looks tidy but, having moved a month ago, I'm keenly aware that there are still things in cupboards and drawers that I'm not using.

I'm seriously considering parting with my food processor, blender and stick mixer. They were fairly cheap and it shows in their performance, whereas a KitchenAid stick mixer would do the work of all three and take up less space. (Before you jump one me: my birthday is next month, and my grandparents, aunts, and great-aunts are asking for gift ideas.)

Mostly I just want time at home to declutter. Away last weekend, away next weekend, sigh...

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3799 on: September 12, 2016, 04:25:58 PM »
I'm seriously considering parting with my food processor, blender and stick mixer. They were fairly cheap and it shows in their performance, whereas a KitchenAid stick mixer would do the work of all three and take up less space. (Before you jump one me: my birthday is next month, and my grandparents, aunts, and great-aunts are asking for gift ideas.)

Mostly I just want time at home to declutter. Away last weekend, away next weekend, sigh...
Mustache, I recently did something similar to this.  I donated our rarely used toaster oven (we kept the toaster) and never used ice cream maker to a Boy Scout yard sale, and food processor to charity.   All were in good shape and still had their manuals.  Cupboard space gained was what, 5 sq ft?  And the peace of mind with less stuff is priceless.  :D