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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3900 on: October 30, 2016, 11:56:15 AM »
Yesterday I sent off a bag of canning jar rings to someone on Facebook.  I still need to get rid of another bag.  This morning tossed some stuff that was in the work space in the garage (like empty packaging that "might be useful someday, and a pair of shoes that were worn out and missing the insoles).

Getting closer to having all my the garden produce put up for winter.  I think having piles of tomatoes and potatoes and things laying around counts as clutter.

And DH's football season is coming to a close, so he can put all that crap away, and we might have clear counter spaces in the house again.


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« Reply #3901 on: October 30, 2016, 12:55:21 PM »
I've always wanted to paint and draw. I have some materials and they are hard to part with. I don't use them but I'm hopeful. :D

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« Reply #3902 on: October 30, 2016, 02:23:08 PM »
I've always wanted to paint and draw. I have some materials and they are hard to part with. I don't use them but I'm hopeful. :D

It's hard for me to do this as well, because it's for me an admission that I did not do the thing I wanted to do.  I don't really care about the stuff itself, just what it represents.

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« Reply #3903 on: October 30, 2016, 02:24:07 PM »
I only pop in here once in a while but you all keep inspiring me!  Just posted a few toys on an online sale group just now . . . but should probably just bring them all to the thrift shop!

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« Reply #3904 on: October 30, 2016, 02:26:46 PM »
I should add that I am rereading Simplicity Parenting and this is encouraging me to revisit and pare down the visual clutter, physical clutter and choices my boy has access to.  I am beginning to wonder if he doesn't have some anxiety as falling asleep is difficult for him - fights it tooth and nail - and he doesn't do it on his own, only with momma or daddy laying with him.  I wonder if some changes in the household might help.

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« Reply #3905 on: October 30, 2016, 10:18:36 PM »
Good progress this week - removed pictures from a few frames on the wall and the shelf that I hate to dust and donated them. Worked through 3 big boxes of supplies from former side gig and sold 1 box for $60, trashed one box, and have a drop off date booked for the third.  I could have made $100-200 for the supplies but I just wanted it gone so I advertised it that way and it was taken away within a few hours. Feeling so free and calm now. I should have done this ages ago.

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« Reply #3906 on: October 31, 2016, 03:22:31 AM »
I've always wanted to paint and draw. I have some materials and they are hard to part with. I don't use them but I'm hopeful. :D

I was like this with jewellery making (and the supplies). I always thought I wanted to do it and would give it a go sometime!

But then I realised. I have plenty of free time. I choose to use it dressmaking and cooking. So actually, I didn't want to do the jewellery making as much as I thought I did, or I would have done it already.

I wanted to want to make jewellery. But I had the supplies and the time available, so it turns out I didn't actually want to make jewellery.

Just my experience.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3907 on: October 31, 2016, 03:40:38 AM »
We got a large plastic tub of DH's old toys from his mum a couple of months ago. Last week I sorted it into what I thought would be the "keep" and "Chuck" piles, then left him to check over and change anything I'd gotten wrong. We've kept at most a quarter of the box! It made it easier on him to have it pre-sorted. It's easier to answer "right pile - y/n" than for him to pick up each piece, try to recollect memories, then get sentimental, and find it hard to do more than a piece or two at once.

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« Reply #3908 on: October 31, 2016, 06:16:07 AM »
Got rid of a bag of clothing. Too big or worn out. 

Returned a borrowed book.

Delivered a fairly large piece of art.

Slow and steady for me. I did the big purge a couple years ago, now I am finding empty space in my cupboards. I guess I completely changed my consumption patterns.



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« Reply #3909 on: October 31, 2016, 06:25:27 AM »
I did some Spring (or Autumn) cleaning today and found some more rubbish and things to be binned or put into the recycling.

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« Reply #3910 on: October 31, 2016, 07:13:23 AM »
Listed some items on a local Facebook group that didn't sell at the yard sale. Now I'm going through the no-show reschedule crud that I remember from Craigslist. Next stop Freecycle. You can just leave free stuff on the front steps and be done with it.

Today is a massive eBay listing day for things that were too good for the yard sale.
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« Reply #3911 on: October 31, 2016, 09:25:46 AM »
Listed some items on a local Facebook group that didn't sell at the yard sale. Now I'm going through the no-show reschedule crud that I remember from Craigslist. Next stop Freecycle. You can just leave free stuff on the front steps and be done with it.

Today is a massive eBay listing day for things that were too good for the yard sale.

I recommend checking for a local Buy Nothing Project if you have one in your area. Way less flakey than random internet people, plus you get to know your neighbors which is pretty cool. Way more limited scope of who knows my address, which I prefer!

The craigslist thing is so frustrating though. I've ended up super judgmental about grammar. IME, the better the grammar the less likely to no-show. Which I suppose ends up being classist, but it saves enough aggravation for me I just don't care. One I gave myself permission to do this, my no-show rate dropped substantially.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3912 on: November 01, 2016, 11:55:07 AM »
I recommend checking for a local Buy Nothing Project if you have one in your area. Way less flakey than random internet people, plus you get to know your neighbors which is pretty cool. Way more limited scope of who knows my address, which I prefer!

The craigslist thing is so frustrating though. I've ended up super judgmental about grammar. IME, the better the grammar the less likely to no-show. Which I suppose ends up being classist, but it saves enough aggravation for me I just don't care. One I gave myself permission to do this, my no-show rate dropped substantially.

Yup. The one coming today at 5, supposedly, already bailed once. Perfect grammar. I think she's a flipper. Good luck to her, trying to ship the huge glass punch bowl she's picking up. My local Facebook groups are such a joke. Half the members are not really from the town and a very high percentage are the same people trying to get a flip deal on Craigslist. I don't care about the flipping except that they tend to respond to everything possible immediately and then decide if they are really going to follow through or not.

My 2 best yard sale customers were professional junkers who, between the two of them, almost cleaned me out. Fair on offers, when I could understand them. One guy carried his yard sale quarters in a knotted handkerchief. I'll take that sort of customer any day.

I am lucky to have 2 free groups for my town. We have FreeCycle AND BuyNothing although I haven't listed anything with either yet. You are right. I should just go that route.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3913 on: November 01, 2016, 12:08:49 PM »
I recommend checking for a local Buy Nothing Project if you have one in your area. Way less flakey than random internet people, plus you get to know your neighbors which is pretty cool. Way more limited scope of who knows my address, which I prefer!

The craigslist thing is so frustrating though. I've ended up super judgmental about grammar. IME, the better the grammar the less likely to no-show. Which I suppose ends up being classist, but it saves enough aggravation for me I just don't care. One I gave myself permission to do this, my no-show rate dropped substantially.

Yup. The one coming today at 5, supposedly, already bailed once. Perfect grammar. I think she's a flipper. Good luck to her, trying to ship the huge glass punch bowl she's picking up. My local Facebook groups are such a joke. Half the members are not really from the town and a very high percentage are the same people trying to get a flip deal on Craigslist. I don't care about the flipping except that they tend to respond to everything possible immediately and then decide if they are really going to follow through or not.

My 2 best yard sale customers were professional junkers who, between the two of them, almost cleaned me out. Fair on offers, when I could understand them. One guy carried his yard sale quarters in a knotted handkerchief. I'll take that sort of customer any day.

I am lucky to have 2 free groups for my town. We have FreeCycle AND BuyNothing although I haven't listed anything with either yet. You are right. I should just go that route.

Wow, I'm pretty shocked your Buy Nothing culture is so different over there! I'll admit I'm pretty biased, because I'm an admin for my local group, but that really surprises me. Sorry that's been your experience!
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3914 on: November 02, 2016, 07:07:17 AM »
Noooo! It's not BuyNothing with the problems, it's the local Facebook groups for my town. You know, like [townname] Online Yard Sale. I'm a member of BuyNothing and Freecycle so I see the posts but I haven't tried offering on them yet.
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« Reply #3915 on: November 02, 2016, 12:18:54 PM »
I went through some bookshelves and pulled some books to be donated to our local library.

I also downloaded Decluttr and scanned some of them to see what they are worth. Sadly, almost nothing. This will remind me that once brought into the house, these suckers will depreciate faster than a car leaving the sales lot.



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« Reply #3916 on: November 04, 2016, 12:33:06 AM »
Nice work, people, keep it up! :D

I discarded two puzzles and half a dozen craft magazines today. I also have a "make your own clock" set that looks brand new and hasn't been opened, so I'm donating that to a Christmas Toy Run.

Fingers crossed DH will go through the board games with me tonight, we have some that have been unopened for years (plastic wrap and everything still on, as-new, but they're his, not mine...)

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« Reply #3917 on: November 04, 2016, 01:26:45 AM »
I volunteer to relieve you of any surplus board games! Will swap for ... um... not sure. Marmalade?

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« Reply #3918 on: November 04, 2016, 02:13:24 AM »
I volunteer to relieve you of any surplus board games! Will swap for ... um... not sure. Marmalade?
I was gonna donate to the kiddies. We're talking Simpsons themed chess and dr who Monopoly. Still interested? (Obviously DH probably has a say in this...)

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« Reply #3919 on: November 04, 2016, 09:09:01 AM »
Please give me some encouragement, fellow declutterers.

I was buying some (much needed) winter running gear, and was given three free pairs of running socks with my purchase. Actually, I do need them, my running socks are worn at the heel so that there are only threads going in one direction.

But then... I know that they are still functional. I have been for two runs now since the purchase, and both times I have selected the new socks. So I know I will not end up using the old ones until they rub all the way through to holes unless I put the new ones away somewhere.

But then I think, these socks have done their job... let them go. But I can't help but think they have life left in them, and it's an irresponsible waste (environmentally) not to use them 'all the way up'. I would recycle them at our local recycling centre.

Please give me permission to get rid of these socks! I don't know why I'm struggling with this so much.

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« Reply #3920 on: November 04, 2016, 09:16:16 AM »
Theadvicist, the socks have done their duty and if you were to wear them until holey, they would then be doing a disservice to your feet, which work much better in good socks.

Does that help?

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« Reply #3921 on: November 04, 2016, 12:05:14 PM »
I was buying some (much needed) winter running gear, and was given three free pairs of running socks with my purchase. Actually, I do need them, my running socks are worn at the heel so that there are only threads going in one direction.

Please give me permission to get rid of these socks! I don't know why I'm struggling with this so much.

You old socks are not protecting either you or your new shoes. Noone else needs socks that won't protect them.

Thank them for their service, and throw them out. Harsh wording, I know. ;)

Welcome the new socks wholeheartedly into your life.


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3922 on: November 05, 2016, 08:30:09 AM »
Do you really want blood (from the blisters your old socks are going to give you) on your shoes?  Throw the socks.  Use them for cleaning rags.  But no more wearing them.
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« Reply #3923 on: November 05, 2016, 03:31:54 PM »
I posted about this one in "made your day,' and I'm not generally a declutterer, but this is too good not to leave here:


Today we sold not one, not two, but three trucks that no longer run. Money in our pockets, the trucks will be rehabbed and put to good use again, and the woods around the house are nearly dead vehicle-free! Plus the buyer brought three (much younger than us) friends and hauled them all down off this mountain without us having to do more than help direct things.The only (not serious) downside is I'm no longer in the running at all for oldest Mustachian vehicle - one of them was our '71 Dodge Power Wagon. But I think I was out once it quit running, anyway. The '81 Tercel (which does run) is now our resident antique.$2,500 for all three , so not what we had in them, but then we got long years of use out of them all. We did, however, have under 10k in all of them put together (purchase price, not counting DIY maintenance and repairs), and we'd had the Dodge for over 20 years and ran it for more than half that, and one of the others for more than 10, ran it for about 8.

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« Reply #3924 on: November 06, 2016, 05:17:55 PM »
As I've been decluttering I have found some things that just got postponed and postponed because I didn't know what to do with them.  Help?!?

Medals - DD (and me to a much lesser extent) used to compete in an activity where lots of medals got handed out.  I now have a grocery bag full of medals on ribbons, many with little clips.  They are from a bunch of different host groups, and do not get reused.  I hate to just throw them out, but they are so specific I can't see using them for something else (unless I do Christmas tree ornaments or streamers with them,but that is a desperation move).  Any suggestions?  Or just throw out?  They are not even worth putting in recyclng.
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« Reply #3925 on: November 06, 2016, 05:30:48 PM »
As I've been decluttering I have found some things that just got postponed and postponed because I didn't know what to do with them.  Help?!?

Medals - DD (and me to a much lesser extent) used to compete in an activity where lots of medals got handed out.  I now have a grocery bag full of medals on ribbons, many with little clips.  They are from a bunch of different host groups, and do not get reused.  I hate to just throw them out, but they are so specific I can't see using them for something else (unless I do Christmas tree ornaments or streamers with them,but that is a desperation move).  Any suggestions?  Or just throw out?  They are not even worth putting in recyclng.
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« Reply #3926 on: November 06, 2016, 06:56:24 PM »
Dropped off a bag at the local consignment shop. It sat around for years without being used before I got the wherewithal to cart it down. One. Less. Thing.

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« Reply #3927 on: November 06, 2016, 08:22:19 PM »
Threw out a 20 year old bottle of clear nail polish. I used it just a few months ago to glue to ends of some threads but tonight it was almost solid.

Wore out a pair of yellow rubber gloves.

Did some sewing using supplies I had.  Emptied and tossed a spool of ribbon.

My shampoo is getting low and I'm very tempted to buy more but I keep reminding myself to wait until it is actually all used up.  Last time I bought some a friend ended up giving me some fancy stuff.  It's taken me several years to use it all.  This time I'm going to wait until the need is real! 

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« Reply #3928 on: November 06, 2016, 08:32:50 PM »
As I've been decluttering I have found some things that just got postponed and postponed because I didn't know what to do with them.  Help?!?

Medals - DD (and me to a much lesser extent) used to compete in an activity where lots of medals got handed out.  I now have a grocery bag full of medals on ribbons, many with little clips.  They are from a bunch of different host groups, and do not get reused.  I hate to just throw them out, but they are so specific I can't see using them for something else (unless I do Christmas tree ornaments or streamers with them,but that is a desperation move).  Any suggestions?  Or just throw out?  They are not even worth putting in recyclng.

Pick 1-3 of the most meaningful, and frame with a picture of you guys in the event. Then it can be on display, and loved. Release the rest. If they're in storage, you aren't finding them useful or beautiful already.
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« Reply #3929 on: November 07, 2016, 05:46:52 AM »
Anatidae V and Bracken Joy, good suggestions - but - we have trophies too (we got better).  So displaying them as medals is not really needed, I am trying to think of alternate uses.  For medals and for ribbons.  I can't donate the medals, it wouldn't be right that someone could have medals for something they didn't do.  I could donate all the ribbons they hung on though, someone else might have a group that could use them. So the choices are alternate use, or garbage.
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« Reply #3930 on: November 07, 2016, 06:26:42 AM »
I've seen breakfast trays covered with coins and a clear sealant, maybe something like that? I don't know that medals really have a use.

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« Reply #3931 on: November 07, 2016, 06:46:01 AM »
I've seen breakfast trays covered with coins and a clear sealant, maybe something like that? I don't know that medals really have a use.
If the kid that earned the medals were still at home, that would be a fun idea. 

It looks like they may be off to the garbage - I will actually put them in recycling (in a bag) in case the metal can be re-used.  Ribbons to donations.  The don't take up that much room, but every time I am sorting and pick them up they are a mental weight.  Time to be gone!

OR, maybe keep them and see how they do as small Christmas tree ornaments, and then if that works keep a few, ditch the rest.  Hmm, maybe keep them to hang on the cherry trees (the birds presently get 99.9% of the cherries, I should net them), would the flashing metal keep birds away?
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« Reply #3932 on: November 07, 2016, 11:42:31 AM »
Brought some books to the local library. I'm slowly going through my shelves.

Brought four boxes of instant pudding also, as they are doing a Thanksgiving food collection at the moment. (I don't eat pudding unless it's sugar free).



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« Reply #3933 on: November 08, 2016, 12:25:56 PM »
Someone in my neighborhood started a Goodwill run. They put big plastic bags in our mailboxes with the request to fill them with usable clothes/shoes and put them on the curb on Friday morning to pick them up. I put out 1 bag of shoes and two bags of coats and sweaters I no longer use. Only had to put them on the curb and off they went! Fantastic. I love when I get to be lazy! Next pick up is in six weeks!

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« Reply #3934 on: November 09, 2016, 11:37:30 AM »
I'm sure this list of stuff is going to look pretty random and unusual here.  All sold on craigslist or specific car and racing forums:

Pnumatic 20 ton jack on CL.  I gave my son my harbor freight gift card one day.  He bought this thing for reasons unknown.  Didn't keep the box or receipt, so off to a construction guy it went.

Single layer Simpson racing suit and balacava.  Some years ago, I used to own a prepared racecar that required this stuff.  Sold the car long ago.  Someone else can use it now.

Wrangler TJ front spring bag helpers.  I used these to help stiffen up the front end of my 02 Wrangler when I put the snow plow on it.  I sold that Wrangler well over 10 years ago.  Pulled the bags out in case I ever get another.  They don't fit my present Wrangler.  Mailed them to a guy in Maine.

Kids radio flyer wagon:  This had been sitting next to our driveway, in the woods forever.  I first put it into my scrap metal pile, then thought someone else might have use for it, so put it at the end of the driveway and a day later, it was gone.  Glad it's not just getting me $0.01 for the scrap value.

Bunch of watches:  When my dad passed away, I inherited all his watches.  Out of all of them, 2 were of any value.  A 50 year old Longines, which I kept and a citizen eco titanium.  The rest were really novelty junk.  I put up the whole lot on eBay and sold them in one fell swoop.  I haven't worn a watch myself in 10 years.....my phone tells me the time.  Sold the Citizen separately.

I've been slowly going through our bins of toys from our 2 kids.  Most are appropriate for 6 year olds.  My youngest is 16 so you know these will never be used again.  Anything paper or wood is being used for starter for my wood furnace.  Plastic into recycling.  Legos or Brio is kept in a box because I know I can sell these easily on either craigslist or ebay.  I've been known to fill 4 trash barrels with this stuff when the family is gone for a few hours......and nobody even notices any less clutter.  There's that much stuff.  Grandparents never entered the house without a $10 plastic Wal*Mart piece of junk and both wife and one kid are pack rats. 

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« Reply #3935 on: November 09, 2016, 12:59:43 PM »
I'm sure this list of stuff is going to look pretty random and unusual here.  All sold on craigslist or specific car and racing forums:

Pnumatic 20 ton jack on CL.  I gave my son my harbor freight gift card one day.  He bought this thing for reasons unknown.  Didn't keep the box or receipt, so off to a construction guy it went.

Single layer Simpson racing suit and balacava.  Some years ago, I used to own a prepared racecar that required this stuff.  Sold the car long ago.  Someone else can use it now.

Wrangler TJ front spring bag helpers.  I used these to help stiffen up the front end of my 02 Wrangler when I put the snow plow on it.  I sold that Wrangler well over 10 years ago.  Pulled the bags out in case I ever get another.  They don't fit my present Wrangler.  Mailed them to a guy in Maine.

Kids radio flyer wagon:  This had been sitting next to our driveway, in the woods forever.  I first put it into my scrap metal pile, then thought someone else might have use for it, so put it at the end of the driveway and a day later, it was gone.  Glad it's not just getting me $0.01 for the scrap value.

Bunch of watches:  When my dad passed away, I inherited all his watches.  Out of all of them, 2 were of any value.  A 50 year old Longines, which I kept and a citizen eco titanium.  The rest were really novelty junk.  I put up the whole lot on eBay and sold them in one fell swoop.  I haven't worn a watch myself in 10 years.....my phone tells me the time.  Sold the Citizen separately.

I've been slowly going through our bins of toys from our 2 kids.  Most are appropriate for 6 year olds.  My youngest is 16 so you know these will never be used again.  Anything paper or wood is being used for starter for my wood furnace.  Plastic into recycling.  Legos or Brio is kept in a box because I know I can sell these easily on either craigslist or ebay.  I've been known to fill 4 trash barrels with this stuff when the family is gone for a few hours......and nobody even notices any less clutter.  There's that much stuff.  Grandparents never entered the house without a $10 plastic Wal*Mart piece of junk and both wife and one kid are pack rats.

Excellent job, Car Jack!  Very methodical and inspiring!

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« Reply #3936 on: November 09, 2016, 03:25:57 PM »
Tossed a lot of papers today. And more books.



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« Reply #3937 on: November 09, 2016, 03:57:48 PM »
Cleaned out the fridge - feels like de-cluttering to me.  :)


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« Reply #3938 on: November 09, 2016, 04:32:37 PM »
ItsDeductible finally is working again, so I logged my last goodwill trip. FINALLY.
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« Reply #3939 on: November 09, 2016, 05:11:59 PM »
Out:

A dried up bottle of super glue

A old  pair of panties

A used up notebook

A small pile of receipts

The packaging for my mace (why did I keep it?!)




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« Reply #3940 on: November 10, 2016, 06:17:19 AM »
Cleaned out the fridge - feels like de-cluttering to me.  :)

I keep our fridge soooo minimalist now, and it gives me joy everytime I open the door! I don't buy interesting condiments etc because they always became suspect before I finished them. It makes such a difference to my serenity being able to see everything I have in at a glance, and knowing nothing is 'lurking' at the back.

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« Reply #3941 on: November 10, 2016, 07:04:36 AM »
Well, I'm in the UK, so I think I have (as most people do) what you would call a mini-fridge or a bar fridge or something? 600mm wide and fits under the worktop.

Even then it's never full (except for parties), though I admit the only fruit I keep in there is grapes, everything else is on the worktop, which is not possible in some climates, I know.

Yes, we do call big fridges "American" fridge freezers!

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« Reply #3942 on: November 10, 2016, 11:45:09 AM »
Basement entryway only...Tackled in 15 minute increments over the weekend and first two days of this week. I threw away one huge garbage bag, took a laundry basket full to Goodwill, and put away about 2 garbage bags full of stuff in the rightful location in said basement.  Dusted, wiped, and vacuumed 1/2 of the basement.  My dirty secret is getting less dirty. I still need to sell/donate a hoarder's anonymous amount of stuff from the storage area of the basement, but at least that door closes (and locks) in case of company....
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« Reply #3943 on: November 10, 2016, 12:03:28 PM »
This one's embarrassing to admit.. Back when we bought our house in August, the homeowners left a few things. One was a set of big glass food storage jars- one filled part way with sugar, the other white flour. I wanted to keep the jars, but not knowing how old the food was, was not going to use it! So I just needed to empty and clean them. And you know what? I FINALLY did today. So now they'll be off the counter and holding useful items (or on the counter and holding useful items- either way, they won't be Totems of Procrastination Shame now.
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« Reply #3944 on: November 10, 2016, 06:26:19 PM »
I finally got the 2 kiddie craft kits still pristine in their boxes put the door for the Christmas toy run yesterday, and today I'm taking in the board games :) so glad to be passing them on! Plus two puzzles to be dropped in the Sammie's bin, because they're already opened.

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« Reply #3945 on: November 10, 2016, 07:45:32 PM »
My spare bedroom is now completely empty with nothing in any of the cupboards. I know I should probably utilise this space and rent it out or something but I enjoy living by myself for the moment (not very mustachian I know)

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« Reply #3946 on: November 11, 2016, 02:39:31 AM »
We had a spring cleaning afternoon at work today. I chucked years and years of paperwork that was collecting dust on my desk.

It's so amazingly clean now, I'm almost afraid to keep anything on it for fear of spoiling it!!!

All that is there is a monitor screen and a desk phone. Even the laptop is put away in a draw when not in use.

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« Reply #3947 on: November 11, 2016, 03:32:41 AM »
Medals - DD (and me to a much lesser extent) used to compete in an activity where lots of medals got handed out.  I now have a grocery bag full of medals on ribbons, many with little clips.  They are from a bunch of different host groups, and do not get reused.  I hate to just throw them out, but they are so specific I can't see using them for something else (unless I do Christmas tree ornaments or streamers with them,but that is a desperation move).  Any suggestions?  Or just throw out?  They are not even worth putting in recyclng.

I posted this idea earlier in the thread.

Some churches who do mission trips to poorer countries collect medals and trophies (regardless of sport/event) and hand them out to kids as prizes for soccer, etc.

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« Reply #3948 on: November 11, 2016, 05:04:35 AM »
Or the medals, would they be fun for dress up? Perhaps a local children's centre / preschool could use them if you can't find a Church with the programme mentioned above.

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« Reply #3949 on: November 12, 2016, 07:02:09 AM »
Rearranged my walk in closet this morning.  I put away a few things for consignment and basically moved everything onto one side of the closet.  It feels cramped but I'm hoping that the cramped feeling will motivate me to get rid of more stuff.  If I spread the clothes around, it feels like I have lots of space that could be filled with more things...

Got rid of one house plant that was really old and scraggly.  Trying to pack a bag of things for donation as well.