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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4000 on: November 30, 2016, 12:07:27 PM »
I never know what kind of papers to keep. Is there a good guide to that somewhere?

Like, how long do you keep credit card bills after they're paid.

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« Reply #4001 on: November 30, 2016, 01:10:33 PM »
Collected items to take to children's resale shop:
 
* Huge bag of 0-3 baby clothes.
* Smaller bag of 3yo clothes.
* This year's Halloween costumes
* Collection of gifted new "lovies"
* Train sets (2)

Pulled out two diaper bags we were gifted to try to resell on eBay.
Pulled out a never-worn (how did I miss it!) Janie & Jack newborn outfit to try to resell on eBay.

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« Reply #4002 on: November 30, 2016, 01:42:09 PM »
Like, how long do you keep credit card bills after they're paid.


Get enrolled in online billing. Then my answer is never.

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« Reply #4003 on: November 30, 2016, 03:24:05 PM »
I do pay all my bills online, but I feel better having them mailed to my house. Usually I try to shred them after a year goes by. So maybe that's what I ought to aim for.

Like, how long do you keep credit card bills after they're paid.


Get enrolled in online billing. Then my answer is never.

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« Reply #4004 on: December 02, 2016, 02:17:17 AM »
I do pay all my bills online, but I feel better having them mailed to my house. Usually I try to shred them after a year goes by. So maybe that's what I ought to aim for.


What makes you feel better about having them mailed to the house? Security-wise I would think this is riskier as people can get into your mail (and the copies are already in your email presumably, so it's just another point of weakness). Or am I missing something?

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« Reply #4005 on: December 02, 2016, 04:46:52 AM »
I do pay all my bills online, but I feel better having them mailed to my house. Usually I try to shred them after a year goes by. So maybe that's what I ought to aim for.


What makes you feel better about having them mailed to the house? Security-wise I would think this is riskier as people can get into your mail (and the copies are already in your email presumably, so it's just another point of weakness). Or am I missing something?
Even if you have copies mailed to you, your statements are available on line, I believe.  Log in and check how far back they go.  And then shred the paper ones. 

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« Reply #4006 on: December 02, 2016, 11:46:24 AM »
+1 for e-statements

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« Reply #4007 on: December 02, 2016, 04:40:24 PM »
After reading a large part of this thread, I'm finally posting to it.

I've been trying to downsize our crap for a while. Our last house was ~1700 sq ft, but when we moved to our current house, we bought a bigger one (what were we thinking?), so our house is now closer to 2100 sq ft. Every where I look there is just so much stuff on every surface. I came to this conclusion about 6 months ago, and I've been doing my best to declutter every since. I think I've taken somewhere around six full SUV loads worth of stuff to Goodwill, with plenty more to go.

Some stuff is easier for me (I'm not a sentimental person, so old birthday cards and school projects from elementary school went straight into the trash). Other stuff, usually hobby related, is harder. I'm working on it. I'm trying to work around to selling a bunch of old photography gear on Ebay, but I haven't gotten very far. To date, I have taken inventory of all the stuff I don't use (it was three pages long) and plan to try to price everything out before I attempt to sell it.

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« Reply #4008 on: December 04, 2016, 05:41:55 AM »
Just ditched 2 broken photo frames and rearranged our charging station for tablet & phones. Found the keys for the windows in the process, lucky I found them before summer really hit!

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« Reply #4009 on: December 04, 2016, 05:46:38 AM »
Today I gave away all my religious Christmas decorations, some Easter decorations, two lamps and a knickknack. Woot! I love my Buy Nothing group.

Anytime I think I've got rid of the last knickknack, I find another one...

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« Reply #4010 on: December 04, 2016, 07:12:45 AM »
Anytime I think I've got rid of the last knickknack, I find another one...
 
They have a hidden breeding ground, and the young and reckless venture out into the house where you can find them.

I figured this out when I kept finding more things after I knew I had purged - I think they found where the hangers breed and settled next to them.

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« Reply #4011 on: December 04, 2016, 07:25:36 AM »
Anytime I think I've got rid of the last knickknack, I find another one...
 
They have a hidden breeding ground, and the young and reckless venture out into the house where you can find them.

I figured this out when I kept finding more things after I knew I had purged - I think they found where the hangers breed and settled next to them.

I may have to move. My hangars must keep relocating somewhere else; I have to keep restocking them, even as I have fewer clothes each year.

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« Reply #4012 on: December 04, 2016, 08:27:55 AM »
I found a stack of Natural History magazines from 2000 and I dropped them off at my kids' piano teacher, who took them gladly. His waiting room needs some "new" material. I have to admit I do have a problem if I can't just throw away 16 year old magazines!

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« Reply #4013 on: December 04, 2016, 10:51:23 AM »
Decided I had way too many under t-shirts going.  Took an inventory and cut it down to about to about half of what it was.  Cut up the old ones for rags.

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« Reply #4014 on: December 04, 2016, 12:13:14 PM »
Jumping in again. Shredded some papers over the weekend, and recycled some others. I couldn't for the life of me understand why I was holding on to some of them.

I'm going to look into the e-statements thing. I've already done it with two bank accounts. Thanks for being the voice of logic!

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« Reply #4015 on: December 04, 2016, 02:34:39 PM »
I took some stuff to SVDP today!

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« Reply #4016 on: December 04, 2016, 05:43:46 PM »
I've started another round of the Minimalist Game.

More than 20 things gone on the weekend.

One camera bag will sell on eBay this week, that's a big thing to have out of the house. Still have a few things to list.

I need to join a Buy Nothing group so I can flood them with donations.

And I've contacted our building manager to ask about council clean-up in December or January.

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« Reply #4017 on: December 04, 2016, 06:09:08 PM »
I need to join a Buy Nothing group so I can flood them with donations.

There's also freecycle, which I think is more active in some areas. Freecycle wasn't user friendly enough for me; my local Buy Nothing group is run as a facebook page and thus is super easy.

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« Reply #4018 on: December 04, 2016, 10:11:13 PM »
Put a stack of Sesame Street books in our Little Free Library, and since someone recently added a free shirt, I put out two onesies we were sent as part of a freebie kit. They are already too small for my 3mo but someone with a newborn would appreciate them.

Also packed a bag of "easy reader" books to donate to my son's school. I have started volunteering at my son's school and while most of the kids in his one-room schoolhouse are reading very well, there are two younger kids who are struggling and I think part of the problem is lack of quality reading material at their level (past Bob books but before denser chapter books).

Also posted some newborn cloth diapers for sale on eBay. Wish me luck.

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« Reply #4019 on: December 05, 2016, 06:09:07 AM »
I don't know if this counts, as I haven't actually got rid of it... but I've downgraded it.

I was hanging up clean laundry when I noticed a series of holes in a bottom sheet. I gave it to DH straight away who needed a dust sheet for a messy job. So it's out of my linen cupboard, but still on the property. Felt good anyway, usually I'd hang onto it but not use it. No more!

We used old sheets to rake up leaves - rake leaves into pile, rake onto sheet, gather up sheet, dump in woods, repeat.  Very efficient.  Reuse is the second R in the 3 Rs after all.

This is genius! Going to try this next time.

This thread inspired me to clean out 2 filing cabinets yesterday. I got rid of a few pounds of papers and old journal articles I will never read again.

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« Reply #4020 on: December 05, 2016, 07:42:48 AM »
Shredded a big bag of paper this morning - some old CC and bank statements and a whole bunch of receipts and random things.

Other than that, I haven't really done any other decluttering recently.  I'm focused on using up things I have and taking a break until I know when I'm moving and what I'm taking with me and what I need to get rid of.

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« Reply #4021 on: December 05, 2016, 11:50:49 AM »
More books to donate to the local library, plus some old papers. My, I do seem to like to collect papers.

I found some printouts from a web page design course I took online in 2009. Surely the stuff must be outdated by now! Into the recycle bin it goes.

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« Reply #4022 on: December 05, 2016, 06:39:23 PM »
I'm stuck on how to get rid of items that are semi-personal, or personalized. For example, we have a blanket that was given to us for our wedding, which is not to my taste. The problem is that it has our names and wedding date on it. We've never used it, so it's in perfect condition, but it feels totally weird to give away something with our names on it. I have other similar items that I don't know what to do with. Thoughts?

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« Reply #4023 on: December 05, 2016, 06:59:57 PM »
I'm stuck on how to get rid of items that are semi-personal, or personalized. For example, we have a blanket that was given to us for our wedding, which is not to my taste. The problem is that it has our names and wedding date on it. We've never used it, so it's in perfect condition, but it feels totally weird to give away something with our names on it. I have other similar items that I don't know what to do with. Thoughts?

If it's monogrammed using thread, you may be able to unpick the thread.

And this is why I don't do monogramming.

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« Reply #4024 on: December 05, 2016, 10:12:54 PM »
I'm stuck on how to get rid of items that are semi-personal, or personalized. For example, we have a blanket that was given to us for our wedding, which is not to my taste. The problem is that it has our names and wedding date on it. We've never used it, so it's in perfect condition, but it feels totally weird to give away something with our names on it. I have other similar items that I don't know what to do with. Thoughts?

What is the blanket made from? Could you cut off the monogrammed section and run a new seam, then give it away?

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« Reply #4025 on: December 05, 2016, 11:30:05 PM »
I'm stuck on how to get rid of items that are semi-personal, or personalized. For example, we have a blanket that was given to us for our wedding, which is not to my taste. The problem is that it has our names and wedding date on it. We've never used it, so it's in perfect condition, but it feels totally weird to give away something with our names on it. I have other similar items that I don't know what to do with. Thoughts?

Maybe donate it to a local dog/cat shelter? I assure you that a dog couldn't care less about your names and wedding date as long as he gets a soft blanket :)


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« Reply #4026 on: December 06, 2016, 10:33:04 AM »
One of the things I love about my cohousing community is "Free Sunday."

One Sunday a month, we set up tables and people drop stuff off they want to get rid of and take anything they want. The next day, the organizer takes a bunch to donate and leaves anything he can't donate. We're supposed to go by and take back anything of ours that got left behind. I get a weird sense of satisfaction when I don't have to take back anything. It's also helpful because it's every month so I pile stuff up and then take it over. So convenient.

This weekend, I moved on a bunch of cleaning supplies the previous resident left, some outdoor lights and office supplies. Every little bit helps.

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« Reply #4027 on: December 06, 2016, 10:39:23 AM »
Couldn't possibly have read through the entire thread, but enjoy the concepts discussed. On my decluttering efforts, I have found a couple truths:

1. Settling (dealing with) the physical contents of an estate instills a desire to declutter. Things just aren't as valuable as your time.

2. My two sons want to play with everything that goes into the donate/throw away pile, which in turn puts most things into the throw away pile. I only hope my DS does not develop some hoarding tendencies as we get rid of so much unnecessary stuff.

3. Americans have absurd abundance.

And then I ask myself and DW, how do we become less wasteful and more efficient with space, time, and future purchases?

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« Reply #4028 on: December 06, 2016, 01:21:08 PM »
I'm in Christmas card mode (yes, I understand that being a hard-core decutterer while sending people something they will almost certainly throw away in three weeks leaves me wide open).

My little nephews are very excited about Christmas, and they're also at an age where they love receiving mail. I have a few stray blank cards leftover from previous years, all in different designs, so I'm sending a few to my nephews. A countdown to Christmas and a little message about some of the the things we will do when I visit (Nerf wars? Oh yes!)

So that declutters the card box.

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« Reply #4029 on: December 06, 2016, 02:01:01 PM »
I'm stuck on how to get rid of items that are semi-personal, or personalized. For example, we have a blanket that was given to us for our wedding, which is not to my taste. The problem is that it has our names and wedding date on it. We've never used it, so it's in perfect condition, but it feels totally weird to give away something with our names on it. I have other similar items that I don't know what to do with. Thoughts?

My MIL made us a horribly tacky non-functional wedding "thing" (it was not large enough to call it a blanket, had tons of ugly badly done embroidery and little tassels and trinkets sewn all over it). She'd put our names and marriage date in the center. I got a small pair of nail scissors and cut all the name stuff off and donated it as the fabric might have been useful to someone that sews.

As long as it doesn't have your images on it or phone/address... remove whatever personalization if you can and donate, if you can't then donate it to a thrift shop that isn't in your friend/family member's area. That's what we do anyway. ;)



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« Reply #4030 on: December 06, 2016, 02:04:10 PM »
Jumping in again. Shredded some papers over the weekend, and recycled some others. I couldn't for the life of me understand why I was holding on to some of them.

I'm going to look into the e-statements thing. I've already done it with two bank accounts. Thanks for being the voice of logic!

I used to be really spooked at the idea of e-statements and not having a paper trail. But then I did start doing all of online and the forms, statements and everything possible is neatly organized in my online accounts for each bank/utility/whatever. I'm now actually annoyed that my water district still hasn't made the jump to all for e-billing now! It is soooo much nicer to just have them email you your bill and then pop online and pay it and you can even set up reminders and alerts and schedule payments weeks in advance. You'll wonder why you didn't try it sooner. :)

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« Reply #4031 on: December 06, 2016, 02:22:33 PM »
I'm in Christmas card mode (yes, I understand that being a hard-core decutterer while sending people something they will almost certainly throw away in three weeks leaves me wide open).

My little nephews are very excited about Christmas, and they're also at an age where they love receiving mail. I have a few stray blank cards leftover from previous years, all in different designs, so I'm sending a few to my nephews. A countdown to Christmas and a little message about some of the the things we will do when I visit (Nerf wars? Oh yes!)

So that declutters the card box.

Just did cards for a niece and nephew myself :-) except they live in my 'hood, so I just walked over and popped the cards in their postbox.

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« Reply #4032 on: December 06, 2016, 02:53:23 PM »
I'm in Christmas card mode (yes, I understand that being a hard-core decutterer while sending people something they will almost certainly throw away in three weeks leaves me wide open).


Getting rid of the guilt ridden things people had given me really opened up my eyes to how I give things!  Most of the time it doesn't need to be stated but there have been a few times I made sure to tell family members that they only needed to keep my gift as long as they enjoyed it.  I will not be hurt when they let it go. 

Cards are really about an experience right?  It's about finding something fun in the middle of the junk mail.  It's about a joke or a warm sentiment.  For your nephews you are really building it into your visit.  It doesn't matter what happens with those pieces of paper after they have supplied the experience.

(or that's what I think anyway...)


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« Reply #4033 on: December 06, 2016, 04:12:11 PM »
I'm in Christmas card mode (yes, I understand that being a hard-core decutterer while sending people something they will almost certainly throw away in three weeks leaves me wide open).


Getting rid of the guilt ridden things people had given me really opened up my eyes to how I give things!  Most of the time it doesn't need to be stated but there have been a few times I made sure to tell family members that they only needed to keep my gift as long as they enjoyed it.  I will not be hurt when they let it go. 

Cards are really about an experience right?  It's about finding something fun in the middle of the junk mail.  It's about a joke or a warm sentiment.  For your nephews you are really building it into your visit.  It doesn't matter what happens with those pieces of paper after they have supplied the experience.

(or that's what I think anyway...)
As I consider gifts and Christmas this year, I'm finding myself leaning strongly towards Christmas cards instead of gifts because I can make a nice card, write a note about our year and good wishes for them in it, and they can throw it out when Xmas is over! Of course I'd have trouble getting rid of cards if I received them, but shhh.

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« Reply #4034 on: December 07, 2016, 03:21:53 AM »
I'm in Christmas card mode (yes, I understand that being a hard-core decutterer while sending people something they will almost certainly throw away in three weeks leaves me wide open).


Getting rid of the guilt ridden things people had given me really opened up my eyes to how I give things!  Most of the time it doesn't need to be stated but there have been a few times I made sure to tell family members that they only needed to keep my gift as long as they enjoyed it.  I will not be hurt when they let it go. 

Cards are really about an experience right?  It's about finding something fun in the middle of the junk mail.  It's about a joke or a warm sentiment.  For your nephews you are really building it into your visit.  It doesn't matter what happens with those pieces of paper after they have supplied the experience.

(or that's what I think anyway...)

Absolutely.

And I try to keep the reverse in mind when triaging my own mail.

Do I expect people to keep every piece of mail I send them? No, and I would think it absurd if the did.
So I shouldn't feel compelled to keep everything I receive.

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« Reply #4035 on: December 07, 2016, 02:26:04 PM »
Cards are really about an experience right?  It's about finding something fun in the middle of the junk mail.  It's about a joke or a warm sentiment.  For your nephews you are really building it into your visit.  It doesn't matter what happens with those pieces of paper after they have supplied the experience.

(or that's what I think anyway...)

All of which I believe.  But I also kept all the cards my grandmother sent me that had more than just to & from written.  Now that she is gone, it's important to me to have them - the tangible evidence of the effort and care she put into keeping the relationship alive even though we lived in different countries and saw eachother once a year.  She always found the perfect card from Hallmark - like "to my granddaughter and her husband on their first anniversary".  When she passed away, they found on her kitchen table the cards for the next several months already purchased and in a card holder as to what month they'd be needed.

When they were going through my _other_ grandmother's papers, they found letters I had written to her, with her notes in the margin of when they arrived, little commentaries (written by her, or later by my aunt who read the letters to her).  Since she never replied directly, it was very important to me to get those back.

In other words - to everyone else, this is clutter and I should just take photos to remind myself of the memories.  But they fit into a small box, and I'm keeping them.

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« Reply #4036 on: December 07, 2016, 02:49:43 PM »
Cards are really about an experience right?  It's about finding something fun in the middle of the junk mail.  It's about a joke or a warm sentiment.  For your nephews you are really building it into your visit.  It doesn't matter what happens with those pieces of paper after they have supplied the experience.

(or that's what I think anyway...)

All of which I believe.  But I also kept all the cards my grandmother sent me that had more than just to & from written.  Now that she is gone, it's important to me to have them - the tangible evidence of the effort and care she put into keeping the relationship alive even though we lived in different countries and saw eachother once a year.  She always found the perfect card from Hallmark - like "to my granddaughter and her husband on their first anniversary".  When she passed away, they found on her kitchen table the cards for the next several months already purchased and in a card holder as to what month they'd be needed.

When they were going through my _other_ grandmother's papers, they found letters I had written to her, with her notes in the margin of when they arrived, little commentaries (written by her, or later by my aunt who read the letters to her).  Since she never replied directly, it was very important to me to get those back.

In other words - to everyone else, this is clutter and I should just take photos to remind myself of the memories.  But they fit into a small box, and I'm keeping them.

I understand. 

Personal belongings are so... personal.

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« Reply #4037 on: December 07, 2016, 03:52:54 PM »
Wow, 80 odd pages of decluttering, that makes me so happy! I love getting rid of stuff!

I'm joining in - for December I'm going to declutter old Xmas cards bought but never sent by actually sending them. I'm just not into Xmas but I really need to restablish contact with heaps of rellies on the other side of the world that I never see. By making it a Decluttering objective it gives me the incentive I need. It sounds awful, I do actually like these people, I just forget to keep in touch.

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« Reply #4038 on: December 08, 2016, 03:30:48 PM »

I can beat that. One of my best friends and her first husband got a Gourmet Magazine cookbook with their names embossed on it. The photos of the food inside were the sort of thing that ends up on a "bad recipes" web site. They were hideous. She never made a thing from the book, and was afraid to give it to a charity shop because their names were on it. Finally, she just tossed it in the trash.


I'm stuck on how to get rid of items that are semi-personal, or personalized. For example, we have a blanket that was given to us for our wedding, which is not to my taste. The problem is that it has our names and wedding date on it. We've never used it, so it's in perfect condition, but it feels totally weird to give away something with our names on it. I have other similar items that I don't know what to do with. Thoughts?

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« Reply #4039 on: December 08, 2016, 08:33:45 PM »
This thread is so inspiring! It's been slow going here - a pair of shorts here, a small stack of paper there. But I keep telling myself that so long as we're getting rid of more than we're bringing it it's still progress! And we're giving a sofa and loveseat to a friend next week that have just been taking up room in the basement to clear some room for the new baby.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4040 on: December 08, 2016, 09:24:54 PM »
In-laws are still in the process of moving, which means they're still dumping stuff on me.

Why throw things in the bin at their house when they can drive 250kms and dump it on me so that I can throw it in the bin?

They keep saying, "We thought you might need this. We would keep it, but we're moving into an apartment." (So far this has included books, clothes, old electronics, office supplies, and more.)

Newsflash: I live in an apartment. I don't need it. I'm not storing it for you.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4041 on: December 08, 2016, 10:17:49 PM »
Got rid of 4 big boxes of misc items. Also went back through old sentimental boxes and took apart old cards and recycled the not great ones, or insides with our names on and kept only the really good ones.  A few that just said 'from mom & dad' I donated to the reuse centre as whole cards together with the other card fronts.  When I was at the centre donating them there were 3 care-workers with severely disabled clients with them who were looking at all the used cards for craft supplies, so I'm happy I found them a good home.

On the flip side I found about a dozen unused cards that I took for the non-profit I work at and a few other supplies for that office.

Also sold a few items, and cleared off an additional half shelf of random supplies. This process has been slowing down as the obvious items are already gone but it still feels great!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4042 on: December 08, 2016, 10:56:50 PM »
I listed a couple of things for free on our local FB buy/sell/swap group today. Felt great as they needed cleaning up first and I'd been putting it off. No takers yet tho.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4043 on: December 09, 2016, 03:49:00 AM »
Husband sold the two remaining dead vehicles on the property. This is huge!


Meanwhile, I'm figuring out why I have trouble with this concept in the house. I needed something for a white elephant exchange at work and had to search for almost an hour to find something we weren't using, and then it wasn't something we'd bought (a travel alarm clock that had been left behind in my hotel room on a recent trip - yes, I did check with the front desk before bringing it home).

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4044 on: December 09, 2016, 06:04:06 AM »
Husband sold the two remaining dead vehicles on the property. This is huge!

I'm impressed! This is quite a few vehicles off the property now. It must feel great.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4045 on: December 09, 2016, 06:56:42 AM »
I scanned in almost all my physical photographs made over the decades.  Physical DVDs and CDs are next on the list for digitization.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4046 on: December 09, 2016, 09:02:28 AM »
Seven grocery bags of stuff and a pet carrier are ready to go the thrift store! Most of it is DH's stuff, but I'll take credit anyway since I nagged him for a month to do it. ;)
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4047 on: December 09, 2016, 03:05:53 PM »
Husband sold the two remaining dead vehicles on the property. This is huge!

I'm impressed! This is quite a few vehicles off the property now. It must feel great.


Yep, total of five gone (and two of the trucks are already on the road again. But this has all brought he to me what a good job he's doing in keeping clutter out of the house. He does try.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4048 on: December 09, 2016, 06:50:29 PM »
I have a partial win. I tried to take my Xbox 360 game console and 16 games to Gamestop to trade them in for money. Sadly, I forgot one of the cords for the Xbox, so I couldn't trade it in, but the games brought in $55. Now I just have to grab the cord to the Xbox and make a second trip to the store to get rid of the console. Sadly, since this time I'll be trading it in for cash rather than a store credit (used on Christmas gifts), I'll get $8 less than I would have if I'd done it today. Oh well. Still a win, and probably another $32 in my pocket.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4049 on: December 09, 2016, 06:57:04 PM »
Took maybe 17 items to a nicer consignment shop this week. I also have a bag started for the goodwill of clothing and a box started for books for our local library sale. I hope to get some items cleaned out over Christmas break and get my house in a less cluttered state...