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« Reply #4250 on: January 04, 2017, 07:20:35 PM »
I love adding curry powder to chicken salad. Also, you can use it for roasted crunchy chick peas, or seasoning for pumpkin seeds.

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« Reply #4251 on: January 04, 2017, 08:01:10 PM »
I make chicken curry with leftover chicken - saute onions, garlic, peppers, any other veg, diced apples, add diced chicken, add chicken broth, add curry.  Serve over rice.  Also good with left-over turkey.  I also saw a turkey curry once that added diced canned peaches (syrup well rinsed off) - sounds odd but was very nice.
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« Reply #4252 on: January 04, 2017, 08:02:23 PM »

Curried Lentils and chickpeas!
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Oooh, thank you Bracken_Joy! (How did you know I also had an open packet of lentils in there??)

I feel like EVERYONE has a partial pack of lentils creeping around the pantry, haha.

I love adding curry powder to chicken salad. Also, you can use it for roasted crunchy chick peas, or seasoning for pumpkin seeds.

Oooh, I love the chicken salad plan! I also want to try it now on top of deviled eggs. Mmmm.

I make chicken curry with leftover chicken - saute onions, garlic, peppers, any other veg, diced apples, add diced chicken, add chicken broth, add curry.  Serve over rice.  Also good with left-over turkey.  I also saw a turkey curry once that added diced canned peaches (syrup well rinsed off) - sounds odd but was very nice.

That turkey recipe is gonna come in handy. Thawing a 16lb turkey... for just DH and I =o
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« Reply #4253 on: January 04, 2017, 08:02:57 PM »
I am also doing the January Cure. Pantry day was both satisfying and horrifying. The horror came when I found a package of weevil-y flour and a jar of very elderly instant coffee that had molded. It was gaggingly nasty.

The satisfaction was consolidating things and tossing and planning some meals to use up items I have a lot of. I have three packages of couscous, a food I rarely eat...but buy often apparently.
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« Reply #4254 on: January 04, 2017, 08:19:03 PM »
I love adding curry powder to chicken salad. Also, you can use it for roasted crunchy chick peas, or seasoning for pumpkin seeds.

Also good in potato salad.

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« Reply #4255 on: January 04, 2017, 08:58:49 PM »
Thank you for the reminder about curry chicken salad.  It was a favorite lunch for awhile and then I just quit making it.

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« Reply #4256 on: January 04, 2017, 10:33:16 PM »
I love adding curry powder to chicken salad. Also, you can use it for roasted crunchy chick peas, or seasoning for pumpkin seeds.

Also good in potato salad.

And egg salad sandwiches!

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« Reply #4257 on: January 05, 2017, 03:14:58 AM »
I agree, I'm afraid. Tell her that you have made your best efforts to sell it, but cannot, so if she doesn't collect it by x date, you will get rid of it.

If it leads to a torrent of verbal abuse, honestly, you need to stand up for yourself.

"Mom, I tried to help you out by selling it. I am sorry it is not worth anything. Please don't shoot the messenger". I would just repeat that over and over every time she mentions it, but I am kind of a bitch. If you are more embroiled in her (what honestly sounds like narcissistic) behaviour you may find that hard / impossible. But I think it's good to start establishing these kind of boundaries (ie you can't ask me to do you an impossible favour, and then berate me for not doing it) because, IMO, people like this tend to get worse as they get older.

I agree that giving her cash and lying, whilst very appealing, will lead you further down this path which you do not want to go on. I know it's great that she's letting things go, and it's good to encourage that, but, honestly (this is going to be direct, sorry if it's harsh) if you are trying to encourage her to let stuff go so that one day it's easier to deal with her estate, it's not working, because, when that sad day comes, you can donate it all without anyone's agreement. Doing it now means you are having to negotiate with her.

Sorry she's being like this.

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« Reply #4258 on: January 05, 2017, 06:50:28 AM »
Today's goals:

1. Organize the pantry (I've been dreading this).
2. Get rid of/find a place for 50% of the clutter on my desk.
3. Sell a box or two of books and CDs.
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« Reply #4259 on: January 05, 2017, 08:27:17 AM »
OKAY!

-Holiday guests are gone, after 2 weeks
-Christmas decor is all packed and away (except the tree and the outdoor lights- icy out so we can't deal with those yet)
-Husband is gone at work alllllll day

Time to get my declutter on! So much crap came in over the holidays, it was insane. Two whole families where gifts are their love language, and both sets of parents are moving. I'll have plenty to keep me busy.

Today I'll try to tackle:
-Pantry
-Fridge
-Make sure nothing was snuck into kitchen cupboards
-Bathroom cupboards
-Dining room built-ins, which ended up as a weird catch all

Later days:
-OFFICE. There's a giant mattress that got left in there. No friggin clue what to do with it. Plan had been to sub it with the guest mattress, but it's a weird size (Cali Queen) and frankly not comfortable. Came from Brother who lives 100+ miles away from his storage unit. At our request, but I thought it was a queen and not AWFUL. Anyway, need to start there, THEN do DH's desk and closet and un-filed filing. And another pass through our books is probably a good idea.
-DH's clothes again
-My clothes again, although I did this pretty recently

Once it's a bit warmer:
-Tree and outdoor lights, stash final xmas bin
-Organize garage shelves and camping gear

Wish me luck!
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« Reply #4260 on: January 05, 2017, 08:38:41 AM »
Ok, this was a big labor declutter for one item.  My son's home from college for the break and wanted the old recliner chair that's made it's way out of every room in our house (nobody wanted it so it would move to whatever room didn't have someone currently in it to defend the territory).  He asked me if he could trash it and I said yes.  Put it in the basement and I'll dismantle it for recycling as much as possible.  Well, we heat our house partly with a wood furnace so as I pulled the thing apart, the hardwood frame was thrown piece by piece into the furnace.  Free heat, yay!  The screws, bolts, nuts all went into the metal recycle bin and the steel recliner mechanism and springs went in with them.  There is fabric, foam and padding that's going to be trashed but a good 80% of the weight is now converted to heat or being recycled.  Less clutter!

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« Reply #4261 on: January 05, 2017, 08:45:43 AM »

"These are good shoes, I paid $300 for them!" "... they're 15 years old. You don't want them because they're dated and they're your shoes. Why would anyone else want them?"

Right? Why do they not understand this simple concept?

While she can't have a personal garage sale, she could look into community garage sales or car boot sales and sell things that way.

Yeah, no, she thinks this should be MY job because I am not elderly so therefore have allllll this time and energy to do for her. Never mind the fact that I work fulltime and she does not work (and that I live in a high crime neighborhood where I would not dare to have a yard sale myself; I'd be robbed of my cash within 5 minutes of setup.)

If you are more embroiled in her (what honestly sounds like narcissistic) behaviour you may find that hard / impossible. But I think it's good to start establishing these kind of boundaries (ie you can't ask me to do you an impossible favour, and then berate me for not doing it) because, IMO, people like this tend to get worse as they get older.

I agree that giving her cash and lying, whilst very appealing, will lead you further down this path which you do not want to go on. I know it's great that she's letting things go, and it's good to encourage that, but, honestly (this is going to be direct, sorry if it's harsh) if you are trying to encourage her to let stuff go so that one day it's easier to deal with her estate, it's not working, because, when that sad day comes, you can donate it all without anyone's agreement. Doing it now means you are having to negotiate with her.


You're not wrong, she is definitely a narcissist and gets very angry when I refuse to do something that she wants me to do. The fact that I'm even considering tossing this stuff out is progress for me.

When she goes, I am going to call up Got Junk and dump the entire lot without looking back. I read somewhere that the whole "this is worth something, I should sell it (you should sell it for me)" mentality is part of the hoarding mentality. Seeing worth and value in stuff that is, frankly, clutter and crap. At the time I thought it was a sign that she's getting better but I'm realizing that wasn't the case. :(

Meanwhile, this just makes me want to double down on getting rid of my own crap! I have been excavating this damn filing cabinet since before New Year's and I feel like I have got to start hitting bottom at some point. Found an old diary in there from my early 20s, WTF. Shredded the entire damned thing; wow, was that an embarrassing read.

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« Reply #4262 on: January 05, 2017, 08:47:49 AM »
My wife has had this tradition (or rather spleen I should say) of decluttering on Jan 1st. I've always hated it not because I hate decluttering, infact I love it, but because on Jan 1st I have more important things on my mind than decluttering. Such as hydration after last night's binge, trying to get rid of that nasty feeling in my throat after last night's binge, and fighting the massive headache that never seems to respond to Aspirin, Advil, Iboprofen, etc.

This year has been the second year in a row that we didn't declutter though. Last year we had just moved out of our old apartment shortly before christmas and moved into a spare bedroom at my parents' house so there was nothing to declutter (although truth be told my parents' place is a giant mess but that's a different issue). This year we didn't have anything to declutter yet because after travelling around the world in 2016 living out of two backpacks we have only just arrived in the US and have only just moved into our new apartment a bit less than two months ago. And since we've been very conscious and careful in what we're buying I don't think there will be any need to declutter next year or the year after that, either.

Maybe I can finally start sobering up on new year's the way it was meant to be: dirty, smelly, nasty, but with no regrets whatsoever.

I kinda miss that satisfactory rush of throwing stuff out, donating it, selling it, etc.
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« Reply #4263 on: January 05, 2017, 08:52:40 AM »
Ha! I came across a box of journals from the 90s. I was going to shred them all unread, but my brother convinced me to read them first. There's some cool stuff, for sure, but mostly embarrassing judgmentalism. They'll be shredded when I'm done reading. I may take a few pictures of pages, but for someone who was so afraid of forgetting details at the time, I'm surprised by how much I just want to let that past go.
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« Reply #4264 on: January 05, 2017, 03:25:06 PM »
I could have written that last sentence of yours, Mezzie. Every time I've looked back through old journals I cringe! Guess I need to deal with those at some point...reading through one last time and then shredding sounds like it could be cathartic.

I found 16 more placemats, added to the donate box. Seriously, I am never stepping foot inside a Pier 1 again.


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« Reply #4265 on: January 05, 2017, 04:35:24 PM »
Arrrgh, old journals! So embarrassing. I have some travel journals from a 4 month solo trip when I was 18 and I need to read them before I chuck them. They are really the best record of the trip but I have a feeling the records of what boys I kissed and the attempts at being funny may be too cringeworthy.

I just removed about 3 inches of paper from files of bills and statements. My poor 5-page-at-a-time shredder will not cope (gets too hot and shuts down) so it will have to be done gradually over days...! I might be able to consolidate what was in 2 x lever arch file and a paper folder into one lever arch. My overall aim is to convert three shelves of paperwork into one.


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« Reply #4266 on: January 05, 2017, 04:58:52 PM »
Arrrgh, old journals! So embarrassing. I have some travel journals from a 4 month solo trip when I was 18 and I need to read them before I chuck them. They are really the best record of the trip but I have a feeling the records of what boys I kissed and the attempts at being funny may be too cringeworthy.

I just removed about 3 inches of paper from files of bills and statements. My poor 5-page-at-a-time shredder will not cope (gets too hot and shuts down) so it will have to be done gradually over days...! I might be able to consolidate what was in 2 x lever arch file and a paper folder into one lever arch. My overall aim is to convert three shelves of paperwork into one.

PDF them! :-) Digital clutter vs. actual clutter.
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« Reply #4267 on: January 05, 2017, 05:14:18 PM »
Arrrgh, old journals! So embarrassing. I have some travel journals from a 4 month solo trip when I was 18 and I need to read them before I chuck them. They are really the best record of the trip but I have a feeling the records of what boys I kissed and the attempts at being funny may be too cringeworthy.

I just removed about 3 inches of paper from files of bills and statements. My poor 5-page-at-a-time shredder will not cope (gets too hot and shuts down) so it will have to be done gradually over days...! I might be able to consolidate what was in 2 x lever arch file and a paper folder into one lever arch. My overall aim is to convert three shelves of paperwork into one.

PDF them! :-) Digital clutter vs. actual clutter.

It would take so much time to do that though, and I would just be swapping one clutter for another. I am having an issue with digital clutter too! I am probably going to pdf a few important contracts and certificates but not the bills etc., because....

.....I've agreed with hubby that bills and statements older than 7 years old can go. Wonderfully, all our bills except our council rates (which have parking stickers attached) come electronically now, so in a few more years, all the remaining bills and statements - whoosh, gone!   

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« Reply #4268 on: January 05, 2017, 10:45:06 PM »
Kitchen:
* Decluttered a bunch of old terrible alcohol. (Down the sink not down the gullet.) Goodbye blueberry vodka and strawberry daquiri beers.
* Decluttered baking cupboard of expired small amounts of cornmeal, cream of tartar, etc.

BATHROOM
* Had to fix the plumbing anyway so cleared out everything and threw out expired OTC medicines and assorted bottles of lotion.

HOME APPLIANCES
* Collected electronic knife sharpener, 2nd ice cream maker, 2nd food dehydrator and Shark sewing machine for garage sale pile

KID STUFF
* Plastic slide was passed along to another family through Buy Nothing group
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« Reply #4269 on: January 06, 2017, 01:30:07 AM »
A friend who runs a home daycare wants our 3 car seats and playpen! So glad to find a home for these things.

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« Reply #4270 on: January 06, 2017, 01:36:44 AM »
Listed another couple of things on FB for free, yay!

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« Reply #4271 on: January 06, 2017, 05:11:46 AM »
Reposted a bunch of stuff on Craigslist.  Hopefully I will get some takers this time.



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« Reply #4272 on: January 06, 2017, 05:18:08 AM »
My siblings got accepted for a rental! Woohoo! Goodbye furniture we don't want/ they need :D

Time to go through the kitchen cupboards for anything there that can be passed along as well...

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« Reply #4273 on: January 06, 2017, 06:52:20 AM »
Seriously considering if we can ship away some speciality foodstuff to my sister or if it's not worth it, to give them to a cousin who stays close by. We can't use them anymore since my kid is allergic to them and since they are available only in a particular part of India, I ended up bulk buying them when I went. Now I don't want to waste it but can't use it either. Decisions, decisions!

We are slowly eating down the freezer and the pantry. My husband hates this so I'm doing it very gradually but my goal is to have a mostly empty freezer and pantry by the time we move in 8 months (yep! It'll take us that long to eat them up :( )

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« Reply #4274 on: January 06, 2017, 07:31:41 AM »
Seriously considering if we can ship away some speciality foodstuff to my sister or if it's not worth it, to give them to a cousin who stays close by. We can't use them anymore since my kid is allergic to them and since they are available only in a particular part of India, I ended up bulk buying them when I went. Now I don't want to waste it but can't use it either. Decisions, decisions!

We are slowly eating down the freezer and the pantry. My husband hates this so I'm doing it very gradually but my goal is to have a mostly empty freezer and pantry by the time we move in 8 months (yep! It'll take us that long to eat them up :( )

Do you have a local facebook buy/sell? You may be able to get some money for them.
Or if it's too much in shipping- is there a university nearby? Maybe there are some international students organizations who could help find a home for these foods for a student who really misses them.  Or a local buy nothing group if you just want them out of the house.

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« Reply #4275 on: January 06, 2017, 08:26:35 AM »
Ok, this was a big labor declutter for one item.  My son's home from college for the break and wanted the old recliner chair that's made it's way out of every room in our house (nobody wanted it so it would move to whatever room didn't have someone currently in it to defend the territory).  He asked me if he could trash it and I said yes.  Put it in the basement and I'll dismantle it for recycling as much as possible.  Well, we heat our house partly with a wood furnace so as I pulled the thing apart, the hardwood frame was thrown piece by piece into the furnace.  Free heat, yay!  The screws, bolts, nuts all went into the metal recycle bin and the steel recliner mechanism and springs went in with them.  There is fabric, foam and padding that's going to be trashed but a good 80% of the weight is now converted to heat or being recycled.  Less clutter!

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« Reply #4276 on: January 06, 2017, 04:16:26 PM »
Someone picked up all the leftover pregnancy and ovulation tests I have. (I don't think we are trying again, but they technically expire before I do.) Space saved under the sink, and I got $25 :) 
That's basically what I paid, so it's like the ones I used were free.

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« Reply #4277 on: January 06, 2017, 04:18:05 PM »
You all keep inspiring me.

Sorted and recycled so much junk mail.

Cleaned up last semesters notes and got supplies ready for this semester (salvaged plenty of notebook paper from 10-15 year old notebooks and journals I am tossing)

Sent some books back to the library.

Consolidated some things in the closet and freestanding cupboard. Doing some rearranging to make sure things are accessible and efficient.

Started a new bag of things for goodwill, a dress, wrong color pantyhose, a pair of shoes.

Built some more custom sized storage boxes to fit in the cupboard and make better use of the space. Better aesthetic helps ease the mind as well.

Tossed an old bottle of tanning lotion.

I prepped a pile of photos and things to scan and toss when I get my new thrift shop scanner going.



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« Reply #4278 on: January 06, 2017, 04:23:35 PM »
Woohoo! My dad is coming by to pick up our old fridge that they're going to use. It's been delayed by 2 winter storms now. Garage space incoming.
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« Reply #4279 on: January 06, 2017, 04:31:58 PM »
Filled a bag with garbage from the garage.

Tossed a spare mesh bag for goggles. (Why we have a spare is beyond me. It's not like we really need one, let alone two.)

Topped up bottles of liquid hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, surface spray, etc, from the large bottles and tossed a couple of empties.

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« Reply #4280 on: January 06, 2017, 04:44:47 PM »
Three more boxes of good (but no longer useful to me) stuff sold!

I've got maybe five more boxes to go (harder to sell stuff, but I think worth trying to sell; if I can't get buyers by summer, I'll donate). Other than that, it's all furniture and an aquarium. So close!

There are still photos and documents to go through, but that amount has shrunk considerably. I feel optimistic that I'll be able to take care of that over Spring break (for now, I'm taking a break from the tough stuff).
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« Reply #4281 on: January 06, 2017, 05:07:31 PM »
I supposed to be doing other things so obviously am  decluttering instead... More paper gone. I've got three more files to go through and I think most of it will be rubbish. Then all I have to do is consolidate all the bits I'm  keeping from about 8 files into 2, get hubby to reduce and consolidate 3 files to 1 and then, bingo - I've got my one shelf of paperwork.

I'm having trouble throwing out ultrasounds and X-rays. I think the doctors get electronic copies anyway and it's not like they'd look at old ultrasounds if anything similar happened again, so I should just chuck them, right? One set is an awkward A3+ shape that it's impossible to find a home for!

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« Reply #4282 on: January 06, 2017, 06:31:27 PM »
i took 4 bags of "stuff" and a small table to donate today.  It looked like a lot of stuff but there is still so much  more I can do.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4283 on: January 06, 2017, 09:57:14 PM »
Went through my old maternity clothes and clothes I used after delivery and sorted out the ones I would use this time and started a bag for donation with the rest. Also went through my kid's baby clothes to make sure we have everything we need for baby#2. Looks like we don't have to buy anything at all. Also donated some of the baby clothes that were stained or ones I didn't like the first time around. Guess we are set for baby#2 wrt clothes.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4284 on: January 06, 2017, 09:58:27 PM »
Seriously considering if we can ship away some speciality foodstuff to my sister or if it's not worth it, to give them to a cousin who stays close by. We can't use them anymore since my kid is allergic to them and since they are available only in a particular part of India, I ended up bulk buying them when I went. Now I don't want to waste it but can't use it either. Decisions, decisions!

We are slowly eating down the freezer and the pantry. My husband hates this so I'm doing it very gradually but my goal is to have a mostly empty freezer and pantry by the time we move in 8 months (yep! It'll take us that long to eat them up :( )

Do you have a local facebook buy/sell? You may be able to get some money for them.
Or if it's too much in shipping- is there a university nearby? Maybe there are some international students organizations who could help find a home for these foods for a student who really misses them.  Or a local buy nothing group if you just want them out of the house.
This is a great idea. I'll contact the student org in nearby university. I'm sure there'll be someone who'd love to take these off my hands. Thanks iowajes!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4285 on: January 06, 2017, 11:23:20 PM »
Someone bought our ladder!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4286 on: January 07, 2017, 05:35:40 AM »
I condensed a 40cm x 40cm box full of drop files into one-and-a-bit 8cm wide neat box files that fit on a bookshelf. I'm very pleased.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4287 on: January 07, 2017, 05:52:53 AM »
Someone bought our ladder!
Yay! We're about to put a tyre + rim on Gumtree and fingers crossed it goes for a decent price. Otherwise, we'll just drop it slowly.

I condensed a 40cm x 40cm box full of drop files into one-and-a-bit 8cm wide neat box files that fit on a bookshelf. I'm very pleased.
Wooh! That is awesome, a huge amount gone!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4288 on: January 07, 2017, 08:07:37 AM »
Someone bought our ladder!

Ok, I gotta ask.  Why would you get rid of a ladder?  Don't get me wrong, I love decluttering but my ladders are neatly hung on the garage wall ready for any task around the house.  Given how frequent I use them, it's not the kind of thing I want to make arrangements to borrow.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4289 on: January 07, 2017, 09:36:20 AM »
We use our ladder as a bike rack in the garage - it's mounted to the side wall, and we bungee the bikes to the rungs.

People like my parents, though - one has a heart condition, the other has stability issues after knee and foot surgery, and they are older - they are never going to be up on ladders again; they aren't at a point where they should even be setting one up, let alone climbing it. I can understand why people might get rid of them. 

Anyway - I did 5 steps forward, one step back in the last couple days. I have foot issues (skinny feet with a bunion) that make it hard to find the perfect boots. When the front is roomy enough, the back slides around and gives me blisters. And I bike when it's way below freezing so I need something warm without laces. I kept buying thrift shop boots and not loving them, so buying more and trying them. Ugh. I finally got the perfect pair, boxed up all the rejects and donated them to a thrift shop yesterday along with a large box of sweaters I didn't love. But the shop had their five for $5 sale, and I bought 5 comfy fleece shirts. :(

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4290 on: January 07, 2017, 02:52:27 PM »
I am taking a bag of books, a lamp, a candle to the thrift shop.  I also am recycling a bunch of old magazines, pounds of them!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4291 on: January 07, 2017, 03:32:55 PM »
Dropped a bag off to charity while I walked to the supermarket this morning.

Took cloth bags to slow the influx of plastic bags, then packed up a heap of plastic shopping bags for a friend who uses them for nappies.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4292 on: January 08, 2017, 03:11:52 AM »
Someone bought our ladder!

Ok, I gotta ask.  Why would you get rid of a ladder?  Don't get me wrong, I love decluttering but my ladders are neatly hung on the garage wall ready for any task around the house.  Given how frequent I use them, it's not the kind of thing I want to make arrangements to borrow.

Too old and uncoordinated to use it any more. Sold mine at a yard sale last summer. Any outdoor work that is higher than arms reach from a sturdy stepstool gets outsourced now. 
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4293 on: January 08, 2017, 03:15:05 AM »
Dropped a bag off to charity while I walked to the supermarket this morning.

Took cloth bags to slow the influx of plastic bags, then packed up a heap of plastic shopping bags for a friend who uses them for nappies.

Because I use green bags and don't really shop much I have no bags for all my giveaway and donated stuff! Had to use brand new bin liners to put clothes in charity bin.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4294 on: January 08, 2017, 06:28:49 AM »
I attacked the junk drawers today.

They won, but were not completely unscathed.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4295 on: January 08, 2017, 09:11:49 AM »
More than seven more things culled for the weekend of 1/7!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4296 on: January 08, 2017, 10:10:17 AM »
OK, so, this week I've been trying to get rid of stuff responsibly. Stuff that the donation shop won't take. And it's turned into such a pain in the ass!

Exhibit A: A sword that we have hanging on our wall. We don't feel comfortable putting it in the trash as, while it's decorative and not that sharp, it could definitely be used as a weapon and we're in a high-crime neighborhood with folks regularly going through our trash. I posted this in a few nerdy/geeky Facebook groups I'm in. Got a response Friday night. He said he can come pick it up any time this weekend. I said, great! Sunday's better for me. What time works? Complete radio silence ever since.

Exhibit B: A big stash of jewelry gift boxes (like, the kind that a store puts your jewelry in, when you buy it; small shiny cardboard boxes with a cottony liner). I posted these on a couple of crafters' forums that I'm on, offering them for free pickup, or just the cost of shipping if mailed. Got a taker right away. We set up a time when she could pick them up. She didn't show and stopped answering messages. OK then, back on offer. Got another taker. She balked at the shipping cost ($10). I offered to send her fewer boxes to get the shipping cost down. She agreed, we agreed on a price, I packed them up.... now radio silence and no payment. I'm not paying to give stuff away! I guess I'll bug her one more time and then put them in the recycling. It's too bad because many jewelry artists use these and they're in good shape.

Exhibit C: A stack of fan magazines for a musical artist. I did successfully get rid of these; they are on their way to the recipient. I offered them for the cost of shipping, which she paid. However, didn't realize I didn't have anything to mail them in; had to buy a padded mailer. It was only $2 but still, grrrr. (She wanted media mail rate so I couldn't use the free priority packing materials. Understandable as this was several pounds of printed material.)

Exhibit D: Some posters we don't want any more. I posted these to Facebook, just to my friends. I have someone interested. Of course it's my friend who lives in Sweden. Who says she'll pay for shipping.... but I don't own any poster tubes so I'll have to go get one and then figure the shipping. Which I'm certain will be more than she wants to spend.

I am starting to feel like this is turning into a ton of work and time spent, and it's not making the pile of crap get any smaller. These are just the most recent examples and I'm getting really tired of chasing down the people who say they want my stuff but then don't follow up.  I am starting to feel like I should just be pitching or recycling this stuff - but, there's been so much publicity lately about how most recycling in our city actually ends up in the landfill. And I have so many zero-waste friends who get on me for discarding ANYTHING that's useful. (of course, they don't offer to take this stuff either.) So I end up feeling guilty about tossing it.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I can get rid of the sword? I've tried my friends, nerdy groups, SCA groups, bellydance groups. Really not comfortable putting it in the trash, though I guess I could wrap it up in a ton of garbage bags to disguise it? Maybe add some used kitty litter or otherwise stinky garbage so no one's tempted to dig through it?

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4297 on: January 08, 2017, 11:27:15 AM »
Maybe a local theater group for the sword?  Or a highschool's theater department?

I've had better luck on freecycle than anywhere else giving things away.  We always do porch pick up - give me an approximate time, and I will make sure the item is out.  In about 50 giveaways, I've only had 2 no shows.  Those items just got offered to the 2nd people who had requested them, and were taken immediately.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4298 on: January 08, 2017, 11:35:27 AM »
Tris -- your experience is exactly what's making me drag my feet when it comes to posting things on Craigslist. I want to add something like, "only available for pickup Saturdays from 8am-12" which is when I'm generally puttering around the house or garden. At least if I get a no-show then, I won't feel put-out.

Regarding the sword, I second the theater donation idea.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4299 on: January 08, 2017, 12:53:15 PM »
The buy nothing group on facebook seems to have reliable pick ups in my area. Plus then I know who is coming to my house a bit better.