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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4450 on: January 27, 2017, 04:59:45 PM »
Oops! Ours is also kept under the spare bed, must be the universal storage space for tripods.
The space under spare beds is a great place to lose stuff. I couldn't even tell you what is under mine - no doubt valuable things that I just couldn't throw out.
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« Reply #4451 on: January 27, 2017, 05:13:04 PM »
Oops! Ours is also kept under the spare bed, must be the universal storage space for tripods.
The space under spare beds is a great place to lose stuff. I couldn't even tell you what is under mine - no doubt valuable things that I just couldn't throw out.

I just did an audit: lots of dust, tripod, easel (never used), 2 beach chairs, a broken sander (forbidden to throw out), shoes that never get worn (ditto) and a broken hi-fi. I was just dragging the hi-fi out to get rid when DH told me I'm an addict. It's true, but...it's broken...?

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« Reply #4452 on: January 27, 2017, 05:35:17 PM »
Listed two jackets for sale today on a Facebook group. Gathered up a bunch of odds & ends for a lady doing a craft project. I decided to give away my waffle maker, just have to give it a wipe down. Feeling a bit of reluctance despite not having used it for years as I used to make Sunday morning pancakes or waffles every week when my kids were little.

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« Reply #4453 on: January 27, 2017, 08:16:47 PM »
Went through the tv cabinet and have thrown out 3 x videotapes, don't even know what's on them but we don't have a video player. Went through the mysterious cables with hubby, still don't understand them but I have four for recycling. I've reorganised the CDs and DVDs to make a shelf for 'games' so that's a big win.

Bit early to celebrate though as I found and removed a big pile of CDs that have photos on - I have to figure out if they are on the computer and back them up somewhere before I can chuck them. We also have about 10 DVDs to watch and then they can go on FB.

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« Reply #4454 on: January 28, 2017, 04:13:34 AM »
All the stuff from last week is gone ( 2 carloads.)
Working on the living rooms now.
Room 1 is done except I have to repot the big pot plant, and wrap the soap sitting "curing" on the coffee table.
Speaking of grog, I decluttered the large vintage port bottle collection on the sideboard. Sadly none was consumed in the act of decluttering. The recycling bin is full ( ahem its not ALL bottles I promise), and there's 3 boxes of recycling waiting for next fortnight's bin.
Collected up a box of candle making jars, washed a few. Chucked a few too dirty and hard to clean.
Filled a box with CDs, DVDs and videos. And chucked a big bag of un-named ones out.

Its not looking bad at all, just a few more things to do and it will be pristine. Whats more, there is empty space in the TV stand and another small wall cupboard.
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« Reply #4455 on: January 28, 2017, 06:53:07 PM »
Tossed 57 more things, including a bunch of notebooks and some magazines.

I've also been using up some cleaning products I don't plan to replace.

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« Reply #4456 on: January 29, 2017, 02:46:58 AM »
Gave away a heap of things on Buy Nothing today. Feels so good!

Mr Happier painted an old hutch so that it will be visually pleasing to me, for use as nursery furniture. That turned clutter into furniture :-)

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« Reply #4457 on: January 29, 2017, 04:02:05 AM »
I've got three plastic tubs on my living room floor. I'd like to consolidate the contents to at least two, if not one. I've already thrown out some stuff.

There's some rather weird and niche electronic stuff that I'm not sure what to do with (for example, a USB DAC). I've got two spare Apple keyboards and a spare Airport Express. An iPad camera connection kit even though I no longer own the iPad in question (I did throw out the iPad box the other day).

I'll jump onto Mazuma Mobile and get rid of my old LG phone (apparently they'll pay a bit of money for it even if it doesn't work).

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4458 on: January 29, 2017, 04:16:06 AM »
I've got three plastic tubs on my living room floor. I'd like to consolidate the contents to at least two, if not one. I've already thrown out some stuff.

There's some rather weird and niche electronic stuff that I'm not sure what to do with (for example, a USB DAC). I've got two spare Apple keyboards and a spare Airport Express. An iPad camera connection kit even though I no longer own the iPad in question (I did throw out the iPad box the other day).

I'll jump onto Mazuma Mobile and get rid of my old LG phone (apparently they'll pay a bit of money for it even if it doesn't work).

I've had most luck with random electronic bits on Gumtree, but I was giving them away for free!

Managed to sell a couple of games today and the buyer actually came when they said they would, so that was a nice novelty! Listed some other stuff but no takers. At least it's mostly stuff the Salvos could sell, but they must be overwhelmed with slow-moving books, CDs and DVDs now everything is digital.

The only physical areas I have left to do now is the bedding/linen cupboards/shelves. There's so many old pillows, they seem to breed.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4459 on: January 29, 2017, 05:05:52 AM »
Any suggestions on what to do with what seems like a million pens, pencils, markers, etc. that have all been used to some extent? Couldn't figure out how recyclable they were and would prefer not to just trash them if they are reusable somehow. Have a small (ish) number set aside. The rest is just taking up space.

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« Reply #4460 on: January 29, 2017, 05:09:19 AM »
I'll jump onto Mazuma Mobile and get rid of my old LG phone (apparently they'll pay a bit of money for it even if it doesn't work).

Do you wipe your phone before sending it in, or trust them not to do anything dodgy? I have a heap of old phones that no longer work at all, which means I have no idea how to wipe them before sending them off :-/

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« Reply #4461 on: January 29, 2017, 05:34:58 AM »
Any suggestions on what to do with what seems like a million pens, pencils, markers, etc. that have all been used to some extent? Couldn't figure out how recyclable they were and would prefer not to just trash them if they are reusable somehow. Have a small (ish) number set aside. The rest is just taking up space.
How about your local school?  Teachers can hand them out to pupils who need them if they don't need them themselves.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4462 on: January 29, 2017, 05:52:57 AM »
Any suggestions on what to do with what seems like a million pens, pencils, markers, etc. that have all been used to some extent? Couldn't figure out how recyclable they were and would prefer not to just trash them if they are reusable somehow. Have a small (ish) number set aside. The rest is just taking up space.
How about your local school?  Teachers can hand them out to pupils who need them if they don't need them themselves.
Great idea! Will look into it. Thank you.

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« Reply #4463 on: January 29, 2017, 09:53:37 AM »
Today, I tackle the banker's box that is full to bursting with paperwork re our condo purchase and our multiple failed attempts at refinancing. We no longer own the condo in question, sold it 3 years ago. Thinking that the actual purchase paperwork needs to be kept, but I know that thing is full of many xerox copies of bank statements and pay stubs and such from our refi attempts. That can probably all go as it's just stuff we printed out to prove our financial status.

Ugh. I don't want to do this. Hold me....

ETA: I'm sure there's a very good reason why I found a copy of the Chicago Tribune from Sept. 12, 2001 in with our condo paperwork.

Anyone else finding random things you thought you'd lost or didn't realize you had, as you declutter? Next to the banker's box of paperwork, which lived in our "junk closet", I found another good-sized box. Still taped shut, never opened.

So.... I have a really hard time finding shoes that fit me and don't hurt; when I finally do, I buy multiples as they are always discontinued, I hate shoe shopping,and I am very hard on shoes. Sandals especially, I typically go through 1 pair per summer due to not having a car and walking everywhere. (I'm vegan for moral reasons, and realize I do sacrifice durability because I don't want to wear leather.)

Last summer I killed another pair of sandals, and realized I only had 1 pair left. I was certain I'd bought more, but they weren't in the closet. Of course they are now discontinued. I did manage to find one backup pair on ebay.

Yep. The unopened box contained two additional pairs. I apparently had shoved the unopened box onto the top shelf in the junk closet two summers ago and promptly forgot it was there. Facepunch. Well, at least I am all set for the next few summers....
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« Reply #4464 on: January 29, 2017, 04:03:04 PM »
I cleared out some of my pantry. It was only a little, but it made a HUGE difference. I also moved things so that things on the verge of expiring are at the front so I'll use them first.
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« Reply #4465 on: January 29, 2017, 05:49:04 PM »
Any suggestions on what to do with what seems like a million pens, pencils, markers, etc. that have all been used to some extent? Couldn't figure out how recyclable they were and would prefer not to just trash them if they are reusable somehow. Have a small (ish) number set aside. The rest is just taking up space.

Not sure if there is a similar charity there but here in Australia we have Second-Life Stationery which puts together backpacks of school supplies for under-privileged kids. They accept used products, and just clean them up, sharpen pencils, etc, before giving them to kids.

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« Reply #4466 on: January 29, 2017, 06:08:35 PM »
As a teacher, I must second (and third!) the suggestions to donate to schools. So many students don't have what they need to be successful despite the desire to be. I have a stockpile of everything from pencils to backpacks that students can take, no questions asked. Though I do buy a lot of those myself, my students also benefit greatly from the kindness of strangers who donate to our school/my classroom. It makes a HUGE positive impact on their lives.
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« Reply #4467 on: January 29, 2017, 08:41:52 PM »
Cleaned out all the kitchen cabinets this weekend.  Got rid of a lot of stuff we don't use (who actually uses a ricer?!).  Thinned out the flower vases - still way too many..  A glass decanter - never used. 

The best part - our corner base cabinet lazy susan can actually rotate freely again!

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« Reply #4468 on: January 30, 2017, 04:07:51 AM »
Not sure if this is decluttering... but we had a chest of drawers that my husband rescued from a skip in the garage for, oh, 6 years. I needed some drawers, so he brought them in, I cleaned them up, and they are perfect! So I decluttered them from my garage... but put them in my house.

That said I then filled them with all my haberdashery, which previously had been in many decorate storage boxes. So now I have about 10 empty storage boxes! Plus more space in the garage and much easier to access sewing supplies. Taking the lid of a box and sliding it out and back in etc is much harder work than opening a drawer.

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« Reply #4469 on: January 31, 2017, 01:37:26 AM »
I've been holding on to a large variety of outdoor gear and accessories for the past 6ish years.  For awhile I tinkered with my ideal backpacking setup, so I always like having options... backpacks, stuff sacks, spice/food containers, dishes, flatware, shelters/tents, clothing combinations, rain gear, repair kit, tons of cordage.  This stuff has survived many of my previous purges.  Finally realized that I'm happy with my current setup and could ditch all the extras.  I took pics and created a FB group for my friends where I posted the pics and am giving all the extra stuff away. Whatever they don't take will be donated or thrown away.  I've already gotten rid of about a third of it.

I've had a struggle with balancing minimalism with preparedness/self-reliance.  I've hit the point finally where most of my just-in-case things don't get used for years at a time so I'm ready to let them go.  I think any preparedness focus from now on will be a focus on myself as my greatest asset (skills learning and practice).  I'm also attracted to the idea of being able to walk into a common chain store and buy a complete setup inexpensively because I have the experience and skills to use any basic setup to get done what I need to get done.

Still love gear though, but pretty good at not buying any anymore. 

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« Reply #4470 on: January 31, 2017, 03:04:08 AM »
I was feeling under the weather today, so I had a quiet day but I did go through a couple of drawers.

Tossed a couple of dozen little bits and pieces.

Also inadvertently decluttered a Mason jar drinking glass after the base broke off.

It was one a pair, a Christmas gift from a friend in 2015, but easy come, easy go.

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« Reply #4471 on: January 31, 2017, 04:34:12 AM »
I think any preparedness focus from now on will be a focus on myself as my greatest asset (skills learning and practice). 

This is so true. Great thing to keep in mind when decluttering, thanks.

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« Reply #4472 on: January 31, 2017, 07:47:42 AM »
I've had a struggle with balancing minimalism with preparedness/self-reliance.  I've hit the point finally where most of my just-in-case things don't get used for years at a time so I'm ready to let them go. 

+1 My rationale for getting rid of something in this category is that by the time I need it again, if I ever do, the technology behind it will inevitably be better so I'd be better off buying it again. So far I haven't had to test that.
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« Reply #4473 on: February 01, 2017, 08:04:43 AM »
2 steps forward, one step back.  I brought a large box of stuff (straw hat, frames, board games, clothes) to the thrift shop yesterday.

But they had their 5 cent sale, so I got a Ralph Lauren sweater, another fleece shirt, and a super comfy lounge around the house outfit for a total of 15 cents, plus spare ski goggles for biking and a springform pan that fits in the instant pot for $4 more dollars. Pffft. Thrift shops are a problem. :(

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« Reply #4474 on: February 01, 2017, 09:30:25 AM »
Oops! Ours is also kept under the spare bed, must be the universal storage space for tripods.
The space under spare beds is a great place to lose stuff. I couldn't even tell you what is under mine - no doubt valuable things that I just couldn't throw out.

I just did an audit: lots of dust, tripod, easel (never used), 2 beach chairs, a broken sander (forbidden to throw out), shoes that never get worn (ditto) and a broken hi-fi. I was just dragging the hi-fi out to get rid when DH told me I'm an addict. It's true, but...it's broken...?

Sounds like the only thing that should be retained are the beach chairs.

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« Reply #4475 on: February 01, 2017, 07:41:01 PM »
Made a trip to the thrift shop today. Two bags and one big box of stuff out of the house! One of the bags was very nice pants that my husband has shrunk out of. They were good quality trousers, in like new shape, but he has lost a lot of weight and the pants needed to go.

I know there is more to do, but it is getting harder to get rid of things, as the husband is one of those, "But I might need it someday" people.
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« Reply #4476 on: February 02, 2017, 07:02:30 AM »
Some more small victories:

Refilled our detergents and water softener and recycled the larger containers.

Used up a body wash and replaced with another one (I still have so many to go).

Used up a moisturizer and replaced with one I had left some time back at work (found it when clearing out my work space) - I found it at the right time because it would've gone bad in a few months otherwise.

Gave away some boxes of chocolate and milk to my housecleaner who loved them.

Put together a box of stuff that I know my cousin will like. She is visiting soon and can take whatever she likes. Will donate the rest.

Started finding recipes for unused stuff in the pantry. I made a curry from a long forgotten millet and it's a hit with the toddler. Will finish off packet soon :) goal is to clear out the pantry and the freezer by end of August. We still have a long way to go since I end up falling back on trusted and quick recipes but I hope even doing one new recipe a week should help.

Found a few books I can let go after pregnancy. I know of a place I can donate to that would love these books. I'm giddy even thinking of it since it'll help a lot more people there than if I sell them or give to one person.

Finally convinced husband to sell all the phones and devices we have and we finally seeing some traction on it.

Some (possible) fails:
Brought three books I intend to read. Hopefully I'll read them and donate to my library.

Still can't convince husband to give up his old textbooks that he hasn't used for the past 10 years. I guess I'll have to do some ground work and then show him their true value so he can just say "OK let it go" rather than him working on selling/donating them.

Found a few books that I'd like to keep forever but don't want to read right now that I'm wondering if I should ship back home. We'll move there in a few years and I want them in my forever home, just not my current one. I'm worried if I'm holding on to them as clutter or because they are really precious. Does anyone have stuff they want in their forever homes, just not the current one? Did you let them go or did you save them since it's part of your vision for future you?

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« Reply #4477 on: February 02, 2017, 07:35:54 AM »
Still can't convince husband to give up his old textbooks that he hasn't used for the past 10 years. I guess I'll have to do some ground work and then show him their true value so he can just say "OK let it go" rather than him working on selling/donating them.
I would just let that one go. It sounds like you made the suggestion already, and that's as far as I'd go with it. In terms of the overall relationship, respecting his boundaries and being clear that you aren't the boss of him is probably more important than the space his books take up.

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« Reply #4478 on: February 02, 2017, 07:45:24 AM »
Posting to follow.  I need to get in on this.  I have lived in a small 2-bedroom apartment since 2014 with my girlfriend and it is amazing how much stuff has accumulated in that time.  A significant portion of it is from well-meaning relatives who refuse to listen to us on holidays when we say "No, we really don't want anything, thank you!". 

The hardest part for me is just finding the time to sit down and actually go through all the stuff, create ads to sell it, throw out/donate what cannot be sold, etc, etc. 

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« Reply #4479 on: February 02, 2017, 12:53:09 PM »
This thread is so motivating.  I thought I'd share something I witnessed recently.  A friend of mine was collecting kitchen things from neighbors and friends for a blind lady who moved into independent living.  The blind lady provided a very sparse list of items she wanted/needed, and of course all the friends/neighbors provided much more than what was requested.  So my friend and I brought all the items to the blind lady and my friend went through each and every item, describing it, letting the lady feel it to see if she could use it, etc. 
The disability really showed what is needed vs. what's clutter.  Having more things on a counter or in a drawer is a major drawback to a blind person who has to feel around for absolutely everything.  She truly didn't want any of the fancy gadgets because they just made her life more difficult! 

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« Reply #4480 on: February 03, 2017, 05:19:54 AM »

The hardest part for me is just finding the time to sit down and actually go through all the stuff, create ads to sell it, throw out/donate what cannot be sold, etc, etc.

Ugh, sitting down and going through it all is boring and arduous, but it feels so good when you're done!

My tip for going forward is immediately assess whether something that has been given to you adds value to your day to day life. If not, donate straight away. I know this sounds callous. But I think of it thus: the gift-givers intention was to make you feel good. If having the stuff in your house will make you feel bad, but giving it to charity will make you feel good, the intention has been honoured.

I mean, they could have honoured your request and not bought you anything in the first place ;)

I find letting this stuff go before it hangs around, or before I assign a spot to it, or before I try to use something 'just to see if I'll use it', is much easier, because the items are brand new in their packaging. The charity will sell it for more. I don't have to chase around finding parts or sets when I do decide to get rid of it.

And best of all, no-one has ever asked where anything they bought me is. Ever. I don't get rid of all gifts - not at all. But honestly, no-one notices.

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« Reply #4481 on: February 03, 2017, 08:43:07 AM »
This thread has been such an inspiration I actually registered on MMM after lurking for at least a year!

After what I thought was a through round of decluttering and culling of my stuff, I'm finding that there's still plenty to let loose.
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« Reply #4482 on: February 03, 2017, 04:08:32 PM »
I sold an XBOX360 we had tucked in a closet for the last 2.5 years as well as a Keurig that has been in the garage for over a year. Each went for $25.

I did a major reorganization of my two spare bedroom closets and consolidated most of the contents down to one closet including setting up a mini home office in the newly populated closet.

I cleaned out a cabinet and several drawers in the kitchen and got rid of some things I've been holding onto for no reason. I posted them to a facebook sale page for free and a new college student was the first to bite. She is starting out from scratch so she took my extra tupperware, miscellaneous mugs and glasses, a hand mixer, and a dish set.

My neighborhood has a bulk trash pick up once a month. Wednesday I drug some broken furniture and oversized boxes to the curb that have been living in our garage since we moved into our home in 2014. They were all carted away yesterday morning.

I still need to tackle more of the garage and my linen and bathroom closets and my pantry. It feels good to let things go.

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« Reply #4483 on: February 03, 2017, 04:57:18 PM »
I gifted a thoroughly bedraggled poinsettia through Buy Nothing Project. It was HUGE, and taking up space on our table. I couldn't give it the care it needed (didn't want it near a window because all of those the Old Dog can reach, and they're toxic). Anyway, it's not out of my space and I'm no longer feeling guilt that I am killing it slowly! I'll stick to my happy spider plant that I understand =D
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« Reply #4484 on: February 03, 2017, 06:20:26 PM »
I ordered a box through ThredUp, and I have a stack of items to send away.  I could probably make more if I listed them myself, but I haven't done that in the past 2 years. 

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4485 on: February 05, 2017, 09:39:28 AM »
I passed my ultimate minimalist hurtle to date: I sold my wedding dress. It was a huge box. You couldn't see the pretty parts of it how it was packed anyway (and I never would have unpacked it, I know myself, lol). I got married 1.5yrs ago. Trends won't hold forever, and I don't want to decide down the road I had sold it and basically have to give it away. I like the idea of it being part of another wedding, too. So, $800 in the bank and a big hole in the top part of our closet.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4486 on: February 05, 2017, 10:09:33 AM »
I passed my ultimate minimalist hurtle to date: I sold my wedding dress. It was a huge box. You couldn't see the pretty parts of it how it was packed anyway (and I never would have unpacked it, I know myself, lol). I got married 1.5yrs ago. Trends won't hold forever, and I don't want to decide down the road I had sold it and basically have to give it away. I like the idea of it being part of another wedding, too. So, $800 in the bank and a big hole in the top part of our closet.

Great job! And $800 is a really good amount to get for a wedding dress, regardless of original price.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4487 on: February 05, 2017, 10:53:38 AM »
This is not so much clearing out as avoiding having to declutter in the future:

I avoided buying two books I really wanted. Turns out I can borrow one from a friend. The other I'll suggest as a library purchase; if I still really want it in a month, I'll get it with the understanding that it will be passed along when I'm done with it.

I dealt with mail that needs to be filed or shredded immediately instead of letting it pile up. I ended up finding a check in something I thought wasn't important (again! Another $255 payment for decluttering!). I do have a stack of tax-related mail that I can't do anything with until I get my final paperwork from Fidelity, but that stack will be dealt with and filed away next weekend when I do my taxes.

I'm starting my preparations for this year's garden, so lots of gardening things I've been hoarding (egg cartons for sprouting seeds, for example) are finally getting used. I haven't yet figured out where to put the grow light my mom gave me when she was decluttering. If I can't find a good place in two weeks, I'll donate it.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4488 on: February 05, 2017, 01:13:43 PM »
You guys are so inspiring! I have dropped off about 3 more Rubbermaid bins worth of donations since late fall to Goodwill. Yesterdays bin included "sentimental" items so a huge improvement for me even if it was only a few items of nostalgia! I have a few more sentimental items I am really close to donating. I'm out of boxes to use for donations...i need to find more, than I can say goodbye.  I have a trashbag full of clothes to donate and a bag of Food ( need to find a local food bank/pantry) sitting in my *donation station* I set up.

 I found using the wasted area under my mantle by the door made me really likely to donate or recycle so my fireplace looks nice. I went through all the papers in my house last week and had a laundry basket full of papers to shred and two large reusable bags of paper I took downstairs to recycle. We've been staying on top of incoming mail too.


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4489 on: February 05, 2017, 01:42:11 PM »
Oh! I totally forgot one. When the lady came to buy my wedding dress, I offered her 6 shirts I was going to goodwill. I said, 'well, I figured we'd be the same size and have similar tastes!' She loved them, took them all.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4490 on: February 05, 2017, 01:42:38 PM »
Everyone is so amazing!

I'm starting to create a pile for ThreadUp (mostly J Crew items that I never wear).  My husband saw the pile and added about 5 pairs of pants to it!  Woohoo! 

Oh! I totally forgot one. When the lady came to buy my wedding dress, I offered her 6 shirts I was going to goodwill. I said, 'well, I figured we'd be the same size and have similar tastes!' She loved them, took them all.
That is so thoughtful!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4491 on: February 05, 2017, 03:01:29 PM »
Took all of my empty alcohol containers back to the Beer Store for a $6.20 refund.  It is surprising how many of those can accumulate over a few months!  Definitely cleared out some storage space. 

However, I've realized that the cost/benefit of holding onto empties is not worth it, so from now on, I will just place them in the recycle bin.  It took me an hour to organize them all and carry them down to the local Beer Store, thus making the $6.20 refund I received less than minimum wage. 


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4492 on: February 05, 2017, 05:09:06 PM »
Took all of my empty alcohol containers back to the Beer Store for a $6.20 refund.  It is surprising how many of those can accumulate over a few months!  Definitely cleared out some storage space. 

However, I've realized that the cost/benefit of holding onto empties is not worth it, so from now on, I will just place them in the recycle bin.  It took me an hour to organize them all and carry them down to the local Beer Store, thus making the $6.20 refund I received less than minimum wage.

I've been doing this for a while- our bottle deposit is only $0.05/bottle, and it's one of my least favorite chores. Where I used to live, I would put them in a bag beside the bin so that our neighborhood homeless lady that collected cans and bottles could just 'grab and go'. But where I live now there are no homeless people that check the bins! Not sure what to do now, it seems a shame that *no one* is getting that money.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4493 on: February 05, 2017, 05:23:00 PM »
DH has been claiming for a long time he can make money renovating old electronics and selling them online. He just never got around to the selling part, until this month. Knowing his sales skill, someone got a good deal. But he still got away with about twice as much as he paid for the stuff, including parts. The big question now is whether this counts as getting rid of stuff, or if he'll just buy new stuff to continue the "business". Until then, I'm counting it as a win.

The kids have grown about 10 cm each, and have done a decent job sorting out their clothes as they grow out of them. I'm working on my closet, placing everything I've used most recently in the front. I've already sorted out a lot of stuff that I don't use, but in June I've done this for a year, and there will be no excuse to keep the stuff lingering in the back.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4494 on: February 05, 2017, 05:24:33 PM »
An entire granny-cartful of crap (plus 1 additional bag) went to the thrift store today!

Including a couple of things that my mother had given me to sell, that I've been trying to sell for literally years, with no takers. I feel really terrible about this; if she finds out, she'll be really angry. Note: this stuff is literally crap; it is not valuable in any way. (hoarder tendencies mean she's typically only willing to get rid of crap if someone will pay her for it, and she won't sell stuff herself for fear of getting murdered by a stranger coming to her home plus she doesn't have Internet  - I can't remember if I posted about this on this thread or in my journal? Anyway.) But, FFS, we're moving and I don't want to haul all her crap through yet another move.

And yes, I'm taking the coward's way out and not telling her what I did, because it will result in verbal abuse and tears and screaming and I don't have to take that!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4495 on: February 05, 2017, 05:50:14 PM »
I did some real decluttering too:

- Cleaned out enough of my closet that I could fit my sewing machine and board games in there, making more room in the garage. I also have room for my sewing table to come in once I drop off a newly filled box of donations.

- I got some yarn to see if I could crochet, but my arthritis flared up like crazy. That means I can give said yarn, crochet, and knitting stuff to relatives and friends who can use them. I've hung onto that stuff for a loooong time wondering if I could ever use it again.

-Shredded an old diary. Reading the next one and should shred tonight. I kind of like rereading them, but I also am tempted to just shred them all at once. (I have dozens -- I've been an avid diarist since I could write and a near-hoarder just as long).

-I'm seriously loving the Konmari folding style still. It saves a ton of room (part of how I managed to fit the sewing machine in the closet).

Challenge coming up: Stuffed animals. I still have my first teddy bear and some other stuffed animals that are heavy nostalgia triggers for me. Thinking about it....
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4496 on: February 05, 2017, 07:38:29 PM »

I've been doing this for a while- our bottle deposit is only $0.05/bottle, and it's one of my least favorite chores. Where I used to live, I would put them in a bag beside the bin so that our neighborhood homeless lady that collected cans and bottles could just 'grab and go'. But where I live now there are no homeless people that check the bins! Not sure what to do now, it seems a shame that *no one* is getting that money.

Yeah....in my neighbourhood there are definitely homeless people that go through the recycle bins.  Usually the empties are gone within an hour, so someone is getting the money back from the government haha. 

Using MMM's method of valuing my time though, it just simply is not worth the time to bring the empties back. 

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4497 on: February 06, 2017, 05:21:11 AM »
Re: the bottles with deposits (we don't have these here, AFAIK) aren't the bottles being reused instead of recycled if they're properly returned though? As in, cleaned and refilled and sold again, instead of broken up and made into 'new' glass? If so I think I'd still do it for the environmental benefits. Not trying to chastise anyone, we all have our own causes, so I totally get if it's still not worth it to you. Just thought it was worth a mention (if I am indeed correct that they get reused).

I got rid of some fabrics scraps at the weekend. I made a skirt and the remaining bits were not large nor particuarly useful (a thick tweed which frayed easily, so not a contender for facings or pocket bags etc).

I also tidied up a load of tools and supplies being used in our renovations and was able to weed out lots of empty screw boxes. The ugly pile is now smaller and neater.

I am still loving how much easier it is to clean with so much less stuff!


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4498 on: February 06, 2017, 05:38:03 AM »
Re: the bottles with deposits (we don't have these here, AFAIK) aren't the bottles being reused instead of recycled if they're properly returned though? As in, cleaned and refilled and sold again, instead of broken up and made into 'new' glass? If so I think I'd still do it for the environmental benefits. Not trying to chastise anyone, we all have our own causes, so I totally get if it's still not worth it to you. Just thought it was worth a mention (if I am indeed correct that they get reused).

I got rid of some fabrics scraps at the weekend. I made a skirt and the remaining bits were not large nor particuarly useful (a thick tweed which frayed easily, so not a contender for facings or pocket bags etc).

I also tidied up a load of tools and supplies being used in our renovations and was able to weed out lots of empty screw boxes. The ugly pile is now smaller and neater.

I am still loving how much easier it is to clean with so much less stuff!

50 years ago a fair number of glass bottles were being re-used in the USA. Think those heavy classic Coke bottles. Typically now they are not.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4499 on: February 06, 2017, 07:04:34 AM »

50 years ago a fair number of glass bottles were being re-used in the USA. Think those heavy classic Coke bottles. Typically now they are not.

Ah, thanks for the clarification. I still have a milkman, because I like the idea of the bottles being reused over and over, plus I can smell plastic on milk from the supermarket. DH claims I'm making this up, but seriously, I always sniff the milk before using and the overwhelming smell (unless it's off) from shop-bought is plastic to me. Plus I hate leaving the house so milk, bread and eggs on the doorstep makes me very happy.