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« Reply #3950 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 #3951 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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« Reply #3952 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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« Reply #3953 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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« Reply #3954 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 #3955 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 #3956 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 #3957 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 #3958 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 #3959 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 #3960 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 #3961 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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« Reply #3962 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 #3963 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 #3964 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 #3965 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.
coin collection plastic sleeves may have pockets the right size for the medals, then you can have a ring binder to flick through instead of the bag.

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« Reply #3966 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 #3967 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 #3968 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 #3969 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 #3970 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 #3971 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 #3972 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 #3973 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 #3974 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 #3975 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 #3976 on: November 09, 2016, 03:25:57 PM »
Tossed a lot of papers today. And more books.



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« Reply #3977 on: November 09, 2016, 03:57:48 PM »
Cleaned out the fridge - feels like de-cluttering to me.  :)


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« Reply #3978 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 #3979 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 #3980 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 #3981 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 #3982 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 #3983 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 #3984 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 #3985 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3986 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 #3987 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 #3988 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3989 on: November 11, 2016, 06:17:38 PM »
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.

My work place designated the day for spring cleaning too! I work at a research lab, so we threw out years of expired reagents and set out a bench to give away unused things. My team threw out about 10 bulging bags of trash, which equates to about 200 bags of trash for the entire institute. (For whatever reasons, local recycling facilities do not accept lab plastics, even though they are sterile containers that were used to hold sterile items, and were not contaminated in any way.)

It gave me pangs of eco-anxiety for the whole day but it feels great to have a cleaner working environment.

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« Reply #3990 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.



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« Reply #3991 on: November 12, 2016, 12:15:29 PM »
Does anyone know if an enameled cast iron pot can be recycled?  I just bought a replacement for mine because the enamel started wearing off on the old one but I'm not sure what to do with it?  Should I put it in the recycling bin?



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3992 on: November 12, 2016, 01:51:26 PM »
Does anyone know if an enameled cast iron pot can be recycled?  I just bought a replacement for mine because the enamel started wearing off on the old one but I'm not sure what to do with it?  Should I put it in the recycling bin?

Google "scrapping metal in ct" and a bunch of places come up. Call them and see what they buy.

I looked at one CT scrap buyer's web page and they buy tons of things that surprised me. It is worth a phone call.
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« Reply #3993 on: November 12, 2016, 09:27:26 PM »
The stuff is getting me down this week.

A birthday means I had more stuff coming in, a weekend away means I had more stuff sitting around, and a busy couple of weeks means I have bagged things up for donation but not actually gotten rid of them.

It's now all piled at the front door, along with some empty cardboard boxes and glass jars for recycling. Time to go.

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« Reply #3994 on: November 13, 2016, 11:00:52 AM »
I  took some clothes to the Salvation Army over the weekend, and just tossed a large amount of paper into the recycle bin.
It is a bit discouraging. I know I'm taking baby steps, but it feels like a drop in the ocean, compared to what's in the house. Attic, basement, and six rooms. oy vey



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« Reply #3995 on: November 13, 2016, 02:14:58 PM »
I got another bag of clothes and shoes ready for drop off tomorrow.  It feels good to get some more out.  My walk in is starting to feel emptier.   Love it.

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« Reply #3996 on: November 13, 2016, 03:29:19 PM »
I took the easy way out this morning and asked my husband to take the pile away to donate.

I did all the work sorting through cupboards and draws and listing on eBay, so he can do this.

Once that load is gone, I can start another round of decluttering ahead of Christmas.

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« Reply #3997 on: November 13, 2016, 08:21:13 PM »
I'm working on Christmas gifts using supplies on hand.  I finished a package of quilt batting.  I am down to 3 medium sized boxes of supplies and one box of current projects. I could consolidate them more, but this system makes them easy to use. A year ago I thought I didn't have any fabrics left to work with but every few months I manage to go through the boxes and find inspiration for a new project.




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« Reply #3998 on: November 13, 2016, 09:10:53 PM »
Feel like I might jinx myself by posting this, but DH ON HIS OWN asked if we could go through some clothes in advance of our Thanksgiving shopping trip. I had him review the Kids' winter clothes donations and shoe donations before putting them in the car, so that had him on the donations thought process. Plus he was trying to avoid yard chores. He donated 35 dress shirts, 11 pants, 7 pairs of shoes, 2 winter coats, and 8 shorts. He balked when we got to polo shirts, t shirts and PJs, so I let it go. He lost a bunch of weight 2 years ago, and hadn't let those larger clothes go. He is by far the clothes pack rat of the family.
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« Reply #3999 on: November 13, 2016, 10:10:59 PM »
Someone is stopping by this evening to pick up an old chest of drawers and some unused spice racks. Yay!

Yesterday I asked Mr Happier to look through his video games and see if there were any he didn't think he'd play again. He picked ONE out of hundreds. Sigh. Still, he's doing much better with decluttering than he used to - he let me give away four old jigsaw puzzles on the weekend!