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« Reply #4000 on: November 14, 2016, 02:15:03 AM »
My wife and I are currently undertaking the 'minimalist challenge'. 
I've had a glance over the thread and haven't seen it mentioned elsewhere so I'll explain briefly the idea.

Day 1 - Sell, Trash or Donate 1 item
Day 2 - Sell, Trash or Donate 2 items
Day 3 - Sell, Trash or Donate 3 items

and so forth, we're up to day 14 and have so far removed 105 items from our lives :)

I've been amazed at some of the stuff we've accumulated over the years that I never realised was just completely useless. 

As a for instance we had several nearly empty bottles of spirits that people had brought to parties over the years, we didn't like them but kept them in case the original party goers ever wanted their drink of choice at our house again. 
Some of these bottles were 6 or 7 years old and have moved house with us several times, we haven't seen the people we were saving them for since either!

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« Reply #4001 on: November 14, 2016, 09:06:58 AM »
In the declutter vein, I packed my travel bag with (imo) minimum stuff for four days away.  Didnt clutter up my backpack with more stuff just because had extra room.  Didn't bring extra books, art supplies, or various other things would have brought in the past due to fear of missing something i might need.  I'll just have to miss it. 

 

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« Reply #4002 on: November 14, 2016, 11:44:32 AM »
Dropping off six books at the library, and giving one away to an acquaintance at work.



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« Reply #4003 on: November 14, 2016, 12:45:05 PM »
WootWoot, i thought you said "giving away an acquaintance at work" and I thought that was so awesome!! =:O

Made me think of an acquaintance i am ready to give away! In the interest of deleting and lightening the load. 

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« Reply #4004 on: November 14, 2016, 01:25:56 PM »

As a for instance we had several nearly empty bottles of spirits that people had brought to parties over the years, we didn't like them but kept them in case the original party goers ever wanted their drink of choice at our house again.

Do you make Christmas cakes or home made mincemeat? Those are pretty flexible in terms of the alcohol you can use.

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« Reply #4005 on: November 14, 2016, 02:14:18 PM »
Fiance was using the term "spark joy" sarcastically for a few weeks after I showed him how I was following the KonMari method, but I think it sunk in subconsciously over the last few months.  Yesterday, he put a few things in our on-going donation bag because, "they no longer spark joy." ^.^
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« Reply #4006 on: November 15, 2016, 02:52:56 AM »

As a for instance we had several nearly empty bottles of spirits that people had brought to parties over the years, we didn't like them but kept them in case the original party goers ever wanted their drink of choice at our house again.

Do you make Christmas cakes or home made mincemeat? Those are pretty flexible in terms of the alcohol you can use.

If we ever find ourselves with left-over booze we don't drink again I'll certainly try that!  The booze has already gone down the toilet and the bottles have been recycled this time though :)

Day 15 of the challenge today.  I threw away 15 miscellaneous items including old watch boxes (I have a fancy watch / cufflink jewelry box my mum bought me for Christmas years ago so the individual boxes don't get used), some old t-shirts and some half-broken headphones.

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« Reply #4007 on: November 15, 2016, 11:25:12 AM »
I have two days off work this week, and am getting back on the Fly Lady bandwagon after abandoning all by my kitchen habits for Kon Mari.  Kon Mari got ko'd at paper....and since I still have so much paper I stalled out.  Plus I have ADHD, and can't keep with something for very long.

So, back to Flying...it's the main bathroom zone this week.  I've thrown away a full trash bag of 1/2 used items or almost empty items someone put back.  I have a large stash to donate to the homeless shelter that takes partially used grooming products.  I can actually see things on the shelves again - maybe I won't keep buying duplicates.  I also have a large bin of expired meds/vitamins to dispose of at the Fire Department.  Whew. 
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« Reply #4008 on: November 15, 2016, 12:44:26 PM »
Five more books. A coworker took two; I put one on a table at the library where I work that says "Free" (it's a career guide for young folks) and the others are going to the public library.



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« Reply #4009 on: November 15, 2016, 02:43:41 PM »
And... out with more books.

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« Reply #4010 on: November 15, 2016, 08:49:47 PM »
Bag of donations going out tomorrow. The bag is by the door so I do not forget it.
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« Reply #4011 on: November 17, 2016, 05:44:51 AM »
I bought some drawer dividers yesterday. Usually I balk at buying stuff with which to organise. For two reasons: 1) I can often fashion something out of something I already have and 2) usually I don't need to 'organise' I need to declutter.

But I relented because the kitchen utensil drawer is currently divided up by two shoe box lids, and a few old takeaway containers, and they don't fit well and waste space in between. They are also tatty and battered.

I put the new dividers in, and told myself that anything that didn't fit in the specified place had to go. I have put a lettuce knife (I mean, how single-purpose is that?! A regular knife will do just fine thanks*) and a spatula in the donate box. My drawer looks fab.

*It's plastic and is supposed to prevent the cut edges browning. They still brown. Also, I not totally anti single-use knives. My tomato knife changed my life. 

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« Reply #4012 on: November 17, 2016, 09:17:25 AM »
Threw out a piece of scrap carpet I was saving in case I needed to repair the main piece of carpet it came with.  The main carpet has reached the point where it will be replaced in whole if it needs repair.

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« Reply #4013 on: November 17, 2016, 11:38:55 AM »
I threw out some plastic and aluminum foil containers that were languishing in the kitchen cupboards. Also an old pair of shoes and a broken nightlight.

This is really eye-opening. You just get used to seeing so much CRAP lying around, it becomes part of your world/the landscape. When you really begin to question every single item...wow. It's life changing.



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« Reply #4014 on: November 17, 2016, 04:48:48 PM »
I sold a brand new in packaging cappuchino frother today that I've been carting round for about 10 years (and moved with at least 6 times).  Here's hoping that the person who is supposed to buy my old hair straightener turns up today as well!

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« Reply #4015 on: November 17, 2016, 04:51:10 PM »
I threw out some plastic and aluminum foil containers that were languishing in the kitchen cupboards. Also an old pair of shoes and a broken nightlight.

This is really eye-opening. You just get used to seeing so much CRAP lying around, it becomes part of your world/the landscape. When you really begin to question every single item...wow. It's life changing.
It's amazing how your tolerance for junk changes as you get used to having less of it around as well!

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« Reply #4016 on: November 19, 2016, 09:37:52 AM »

*It's plastic and is supposed to prevent the cut edges browning. They still brown. Also, I not totally anti single-use knives. My tomato knife changed my life.

I rip lettuce - but then I don't like iceberg lettuce so rarely have it in the house to need a knife for.

What makes the tomato knife so special?  I just use a sharp paring/kitchen knife.  Am I missing something?  I do have several small kitchen knives, some are better at tiny tasks (hulling strawberries, for instance) and some are heavier duty (slicing cheese).

Duplicates - I found that with the dishwasher and cooking for one, I needed lots of some things because they collected in the dishwasher and I only ran it every second day.  If I were hand washing on a regular basis I could cut spatulas and tongs by 2/3.  On the other hand I would be using a lot more (expensive) hot water if I did dishes in small numbers.
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« Reply #4017 on: November 20, 2016, 03:25:50 AM »
I bought some drawer dividers yesterday. Usually I balk at buying stuff with which to organise. For two reasons: 1) I can often fashion something out of something I already have and 2) usually I don't need to 'organise' I need to declutter.

But I relented because the kitchen utensil drawer is currently divided up by two shoe box lids, and a few old takeaway containers, and they don't fit well and waste space in between. They are also tatty and battered.

I put the new dividers in, and told myself that anything that didn't fit in the specified place had to go. I have put a lettuce knife (I mean, how single-purpose is that?! A regular knife will do just fine thanks*) and a spatula in the donate box. My drawer looks fab.

*It's plastic and is supposed to prevent the cut edges browning. They still brown. Also, I not totally anti single-use knives. My tomato knife changed my life.

I've been coveting a new cutlery tray since moving earlier in the year. The kitchen drawers in the new place are three times the size, and I'm not utilising that space properly.

I've held off on spending the money but if I get Christmas money...

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« Reply #4018 on: November 20, 2016, 05:06:06 AM »
Gave away tea, alcohol and a spare paper towel holder through my local Buy Nothing group.

Mr Happier commented that he feels much more able to release items when he knows someone else needs or wants them :-) Buy Nothing might be the answer to his 'stuff' attachment!

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« Reply #4019 on: November 20, 2016, 07:51:24 AM »
I have resisted Facebook for all these years.  Sometimes brag about it, but not often because I have to brag then it means it is still affecting me.  But, Buy Nothing may be the thing that breaks me and I join.  Still pondering it.  And also pondering my 2 large storage units full of stuff.  I live in a 23' motor home, but still have the stuff.

On topic:  I sold Mom's portable air conditioner/heat pump yesterday that is part of what is in the storage unit.  It will be gone Wednesday morning and she will be $275 richer.  She moved into an apartment and no longer needs it.  Now to get rid of 2 microwaves, a small carpet cleaning machine...
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« Reply #4020 on: November 20, 2016, 08:04:17 AM »
Two tubs of junk ready to go to the charity shop today.  We are getting ready to move from a 3 bed house to a tiny (0-1 bed most likely) apartment in Denver as soon as I find a job.  But starting the clear out now.  I am so excited to move into a smaller place that better fits our needs and lifestyle.  Hate cleaning a big house and hate how big houses collect junk.  By the time they feel cluttered it's too late.  In a tiny place we will have to keep the clutter under control. Yea for freedom from junk. 

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« Reply #4021 on: November 20, 2016, 10:14:13 AM »
Posted 9 items for sale on CL. And a bag of stuff almost ready to go to Goodwill.



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« Reply #4022 on: November 20, 2016, 12:56:39 PM »
Yesterday was a big day. I took everything off four different bookshelves, vacuumed all the books, and decided which ones I was keeping. I had a lot of cookbooks that I never made a single item from (husband is the cook and he rarely uses books). I rearranged some books so they went into another shelving unit. I try to keep similar subjects together. Also threw out a lot of paper from grad school. I don't even know why I was keeping it. They were early drafts of papers, not even final drafts. I also put in the "toss" pile several old books that I used when I was doing a lot of collage.

One thing I'm having trouble with: Art supplies. Although I have not embroidered in OMG, six or seven years, I can't seem to part with the fabric, the threads and the books I have. It's like I keep saying, "I did enjoy it. I'm going to do it again sometime." Well, if I enjoyed it so much, why haven't I touched these items since 2010? Yet I'm afraid if I get rid of them, I'll be sorry.




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« Reply #4023 on: November 21, 2016, 07:17:51 AM »
I have resisted Facebook for all these years.  Sometimes brag about it, but not often because I have to brag then it means it is still affecting me.  But, Buy Nothing may be the thing that breaks me and I join.  Still pondering it.  And also pondering my 2 large storage units full of stuff.  I live in a 23' motor home, but still have the stuff.

On topic:  I sold Mom's portable air conditioner/heat pump yesterday that is part of what is in the storage unit.  It will be gone Wednesday morning and she will be $275 richer.  She moved into an apartment and no longer needs it.  Now to get rid of 2 microwaves, a small carpet cleaning machine...

Craigslist or ebay or similar an option? Not everything is on FB.

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« Reply #4024 on: November 21, 2016, 07:21:54 AM »
Earlier this year, a neighbor was an exploding volcano of waste and threw out half a house full of stuff. Roommie and I trashed picked a ton. Microwave, car stereo, sound bar, furniture, baby stuff, etc. Donated some stuff right away (including 2 boxed of diapers!), kept a few things for ourselves, sold a bunch on craigslist, gave a few as gifts to friends. I took the remainder to Goodwill as it clearly wasn't going to sell (or my roommate wasn't going to bother selling, and that was our deal). Boy, is it nice to be able to vacuum where all that stuff was.

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« Reply #4025 on: November 21, 2016, 08:47:41 AM »

One thing I'm having trouble with: Art supplies. Although I have not embroidered in OMG, six or seven years, I can't seem to part with the fabric, the threads and the books I have. It's like I keep saying, "I did enjoy it. I'm going to do it again sometime." Well, if I enjoyed it so much, why haven't I touched these items since 2010? Yet I'm afraid if I get rid of them, I'll be sorry.

I had exactly the same struggle. I decided to let them go, and let the craft shop store them for me. If I do want to take up cake decorating / jewellery making / embroidery again I will buy some new supplies, and actually, that will make the whole thing more fun! Looking at them in the corner instead fills me with dread, like they are remonstrating with me for ignoring them, so the supplies somehow suck the joy out of the thought of doing that thing anyway. Does that make sense or help at all?


I rip lettuce - but then I don't like iceberg lettuce so rarely have it in the house to need a knife for.

What makes the tomato knife so special?  I just use a sharp paring/kitchen knife.  Am I missing something?  I do have several small kitchen knives, some are better at tiny tasks (hulling strawberries, for instance) and some are heavier duty (slicing cheese).

Duplicates - I found that with the dishwasher and cooking for one, I needed lots of some things because they collected in the dishwasher and I only ran it every second day.  If I were hand washing on a regular basis I could cut spatulas and tongs by 2/3.  On the other hand I would be using a lot more (expensive) hot water if I did dishes in small numbers.

Yes, I too rip all lettuce except iceberg, which I only use for fajitas. So it really was the most single-purpose and therefore stupid knife ever. Glad it's gone.

The tomato knife is serated, which makes it easy to make that first cut in the shiny skin without it bouncing off. It's wavy along it's length so that the slice of tomato doesn't stick to it once cut. It's Global brand, and cost the ridiculous price of 70, but it was a birthday gift for my husband and genuinely improves my quality of life every day. We eat a lot of tomatoes! 

And my decluttering for the weekend: I went through all the paperwork from our new mortgage we completed on over the summer. There was a huge stack! Got it down to a small folder with just the important legal stuff. I am hopeful that this is our last ever mortgage! I would like to be done with it before DH turns 40.

This also gave me figures and head room for some FIRE calculations. All on track for 48 for DH and 45 for me. Pretty shocked by that as we have never been big earners. The power of MMM and maths!

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« Reply #4026 on: November 21, 2016, 12:21:42 PM »
Yes, that does help. It's funny--I had a dream last night that I was trying to make something to embroider, and the experience was awful! Maybe it's a sign...


One thing I'm having trouble with: Art supplies. Although I have not embroidered in OMG, six or seven years, I can't seem to part with the fabric, the threads and the books I have. It's like I keep saying, "I did enjoy it. I'm going to do it again sometime." Well, if I enjoyed it so much, why haven't I touched these items since 2010? Yet I'm afraid if I get rid of them, I'll be sorry.

I had exactly the same struggle. I decided to let them go, and let the craft shop store them for me. If I do want to take up cake decorating / jewellery making / embroidery again I will buy some new supplies, and actually, that will make the whole thing more fun! Looking at them in the corner instead fills me with dread, like they are remonstrating with me for ignoring them, so the supplies somehow suck the joy out of the thought of doing that thing anyway. Does that make sense or help at all?


I rip lettuce - but then I don't like iceberg lettuce so rarely have it in the house to need a knife for.

What makes the tomato knife so special?  I just use a sharp paring/kitchen knife.  Am I missing something?  I do have several small kitchen knives, some are better at tiny tasks (hulling strawberries, for instance) and some are heavier duty (slicing cheese).

Duplicates - I found that with the dishwasher and cooking for one, I needed lots of some things because they collected in the dishwasher and I only ran it every second day.  If I were hand washing on a regular basis I could cut spatulas and tongs by 2/3.  On the other hand I would be using a lot more (expensive) hot water if I did dishes in small numbers.

Yes, I too rip all lettuce except iceberg, which I only use for fajitas. So it really was the most single-purpose and therefore stupid knife ever. Glad it's gone.

The tomato knife is serated, which makes it easy to make that first cut in the shiny skin without it bouncing off. It's wavy along it's length so that the slice of tomato doesn't stick to it once cut. It's Global brand, and cost the ridiculous price of 70, but it was a birthday gift for my husband and genuinely improves my quality of life every day. We eat a lot of tomatoes! 

And my decluttering for the weekend: I went through all the paperwork from our new mortgage we completed on over the summer. There was a huge stack! Got it down to a small folder with just the important legal stuff. I am hopeful that this is our last ever mortgage! I would like to be done with it before DH turns 40.

This also gave me figures and head room for some FIRE calculations. All on track for 48 for DH and 45 for me. Pretty shocked by that as we have never been big earners. The power of MMM and maths!



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« Reply #4027 on: November 22, 2016, 10:10:39 AM »
And today, tossed some books and donated some others.



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« Reply #4028 on: November 22, 2016, 11:50:00 AM »
DH's closet refresh continues.  He identified 15 t-shirts to let go. His side of the closet looks AMAZING. He also found winter pjs from last year....that hadn't been washed. (Eww gross.)

FIRE house - basement demo was completed and we threw away 2 big black trash bags of remaining items that had been in there and the final nails/bits from the walls.  Now that protruding nails are not a problem, we were finally able to move the construction supplies from the main level back to the basement without worrying about someone tripping and catching themselves on an exposed nail.

Found about 2 large plastic bins full of unused construction stuff to return to various stores if possible...if not, it will go to ReStore.  Threw out one large plastic trash bag of broken toys/games/etc.  The house looks so much better.
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« Reply #4029 on: November 23, 2016, 08:56:41 AM »
I hosted a clothing swap and now have tons of stuff left over (I didn't insist on people removing their not-taken stuff). I've sorted it into different bags but without a car to easily ferry, it's all sitting in my bedroom! So I need to commit to going home after work starting next week and taking the bags out to their various new homes for donation. 

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« Reply #4030 on: November 23, 2016, 08:26:28 PM »
Went thru the Christmas decorations today.  Downsized from two tubs to one by getting rid of anything we didn't absolutely love.  I adore my minimalist decorations - always had them, but they were hidden in all the extra crap we collected over the years.   

We got rid of our tree two years ago.  Didn't want to buy and store another fake tree.  They take up too much space and can end up smelling musty.  And I don't like the idea of cutting down real trees for Christmas since they end up in the trash after Christmas.  What a waste.  So I'm going to use a plastic table top tree that I got from my grandmother when she passed away.  It is the cutest retro 50s tree and brings me joy to think of her and remember that tree in my grandma's house and all the other Christmas memories. 

Now our decorations are meaningful to us and reflect our personality and style.  Perfect.

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« Reply #4031 on: November 24, 2016, 12:39:40 AM »
I tackled two thirds of the filing cabinet of doom yesterday.  It was the home to a whole host of paperwork which was relevant once upon a time.  I filled our recycling bin and will attack the remainder once it gets emptied on Monday.

Highlights included a hotel booking confirmation from a friends wedding in 2010 and some store card statements from 2008.

I also closed an old bank account and two credit cards I'd forgotten about.

It feels like the weight of that pile of papers has been lifted from me, I hadn't realised how anxious I was about sorting it out (I've been putting it off for years and just adding to it).

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« Reply #4032 on: November 24, 2016, 03:24:16 AM »
Another car load out today. A old push mower, books, cushions, various no longer used linen items,  and clothes. Just how did I mange to accumulate so much stuff.  Aiming for 1 load a month.
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« Reply #4033 on: November 25, 2016, 03:33:26 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!

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« Reply #4034 on: November 25, 2016, 06:43:14 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.
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« Reply #4035 on: November 25, 2016, 05:27:16 PM »
Loaded some stuff into the car and drove it to its new home. I'm finding the more I do this, the easier it is getting.

I still have a certain amount of weird guilt when it comes to getting rid of gifts I never liked. I keep asking myself, "Do I love this? Do I really LOVE this?" and a lot of times, the answer is NO.



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« Reply #4036 on: November 28, 2016, 08:20:50 AM »
Loaded some stuff into the car and drove it to its new home. I'm finding the more I do this, the easier it is getting.


So true, it's a virtuous cycle, you get rid of stuff, you see how good it (and the space it created) feels, you get rid of more stuff. It's really starting to have an effect on my husband as well now. He's getting so much better at letting things go having seen what a difference it made for me.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4037 on: November 28, 2016, 08:42:54 AM »
I have permission from DH to send Xmas tree to the recycle after this year. It's on its 11th year of service, and we will be doing LED next year (and going smaller with the size as well).  Less to store, less to put away.

The new trees plug into each other via the trunk, so I envision plastic wrapping each section upstairs, walking the sections from upstairs to the basement fully decorated but plastic wrapped, and then just hauling the tree sections up again the next year and unwrapping carefully. I have a friend that has done this for the past two years. Our current tree is too large to do this with, but a smaller tree will be able to do this.

In anticipation of this, I got rid of all the ornaments I didn't LOVE this year.  The tree is slightly barer than I would like, but I am holding out until next year.
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« Reply #4038 on: November 28, 2016, 12:11:49 PM »
As part of our 10-year plan, DH and I found a house out in the country we really like over the weekend.   This means we'll put our current home on the market.  The new house is smaller, but is on acreage.   I filled another box to be donated with an almost full set of DH's dishes from before we started living together, a random, unused water bottle, small plastic measuring cup, a coffee mug, a large, unopened bottle of apple juice leftover from our Halloween party and an unopened box of hot chocolate envelopes from last year for the food bank, and a few other random kitchen items.  Compared to our current location, the new kitchen has approx 4 less cupboards and no pantry.

And I'll give a never used, very nice Coleman thermos to someone for Christmas.  :)

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« Reply #4039 on: November 28, 2016, 05:28:31 PM »
Recycled a pile of old college term papers today. Donated some local history books to the library. And decided to bring a gift I got for Xmas last year to our office's annual Secret Santa.



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4040 on: November 29, 2016, 03:53:54 PM »
More books are gone! and some cheap plastic containers went into the recycle bin.



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4041 on: November 29, 2016, 05:09:54 PM »
I am trying to compress 6 file drawers into 4 (or fewer).  I am doing a lot of shredding.  I am at the car paperwork - I am keeping all my maintenance records, and of course registration, but insurance policies - I don't need them going back forever, do I?  Same with house insurance, I would assume this year's and last year's is enough?

(I'm in Canada, if that matters).
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4042 on: November 29, 2016, 06:57:32 PM »
I am trying to compress 6 file drawers into 4 (or fewer).  I am doing a lot of shredding.  I am at the car paperwork - I am keeping all my maintenance records, and of course registration, but insurance policies - I don't need them going back forever, do I?  Same with house insurance, I would assume this year's and last year's is enough?

(I'm in Canada, if that matters).

I tend to keep a few years, so that sounds right about to me.

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« Reply #4043 on: November 29, 2016, 10:38:47 PM »
I keep the current one and digital copies of last two years

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« Reply #4044 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.

More books to the library!!



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« Reply #4045 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4046 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 #4047 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 #4048 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 #4049 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.