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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4750 on: April 19, 2017, 05:32:44 PM »
Slowly going through and selling off items from a fancy high end fashion style I no longer wear as often.  Taking a loss on some of those items, of course, but occasionally making a profit too

So far I've sold... 3 purses, a vest, 2 blouses, and "made" $350 (not counting all I paid for these things, of course.)  Still, better cash in my pocket than all these lovely items sitting around unused.

Some unexpected emergency renovations have forced me to go through my stuff once again, and now I'm starting to make a stack of books and games I'd like to get rid of.

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« Reply #4751 on: April 19, 2017, 11:31:25 PM »
I use FB sale groups to give away stuff and the same names keep popping up. One in particular often wants my stuff but is then very flakey about picking up. I had it confirmed from a third person in the group that she's an actual hoarder. Makes sense. The annoying thing is, I don't think there's a way in FB sale groups to block a person from replying.

I am pretty much down to decluttering digital stuff now, although that includes CDs, an old laptop that are storing digital files.

I have to say, my efforts have made a difference. Our house is still a total mess day to day but given 30mins warning of visitors we could completely tidy up and do a good enough clean now everything has a place. If I can just steer DH towards letting go of a few things (he has more shoes than me and there's never quite enough space in the cupboard) it would be good so I don't find things with mould. He has got rid of quite a bit so I think my energies may be best focussed on stopping more stuff coming into the house! Also, we're going to do a massive clean out of the spare room to deal with mildew so once he sees it all and has wasted a weekend he might be inspired.

Sorry to hear you are still battling the mould problem, freshwater.

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« Reply #4752 on: April 20, 2017, 12:26:08 AM »
Sorry to hear you are still battling the mould problem, freshwater.

I think I need to vac and dust more often and then set a reminder to run the dehumidifier. Stuff in our damp old garage (where there's no dust) doesn't seem to get mouldy. I hate dusting but not as much as cleaning mould off things.

I put my wedding and funeral type clothes in space vacuum bags and it's great being able to get them out without having to do a mould check!

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« Reply #4753 on: April 20, 2017, 01:45:12 AM »
I think I finally found the energy to go through the laundry stuff and sort out what we don't use, what we can use up (and never bother buying again because something else works fine), and make some proper "cleaning kits" so I can find what I need to clean up the house without searching for it. Mmm yes, I love a neatly organised cupboard!
Laundry cupboard is now neat. I don't have "cleaning kits" yet, but I think that will be worked out once I have done a deep clean of the house and can notice what I'm using.

I freed up enough space to start taking stuff out of the study and putting it in the laundry!

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« Reply #4754 on: April 20, 2017, 07:36:04 AM »
Sold and shipped a couple (small) car parts this week.

Car is also posted, but no bites.  Might be priced too high.

Now, I only have about 500 more items to sort through and sell.
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« Reply #4755 on: April 20, 2017, 03:59:57 PM »
Approx 4 wastebaskets full of shredded documents
One shelf of books and DVDs
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Approx 2 wastebaskets of documents that didn't need to be shredded
1 box of books and trinkets to give to students
Condensed boxes of assorted notecards into one box

Up for debate: Sheet music? I don't really sing much anymore, though I do occasionally like to pull sometging out and sing it. I've got about a half-shelf worth of bound sheet music and another half of loose sheet music. Some of it would be very hard to replace. Hmmm...


It amazes me how I keep finding stuff to get rid of despite hardly buying anything in the past three years since decluttering became a goal. Right now I have three tall bookshelves full. I think it's possible to get down to one in the next several years. There's no rush, though.
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« Reply #4756 on: April 21, 2017, 12:02:11 AM »

Up for debate: Sheet music? I don't really sing much anymore, though I do occasionally like to pull sometging out and sing it. I've got about a half-shelf worth of bound sheet music and another half of loose sheet music. Some of it would be very hard to replace. Hmmm...

What about scanning it and keeping it on your computer (and on a backup server)? Then throw away the original.
Altermatively you could put the loose sheets in an ordner. Loose sheets are no good anyway.


It amazes me how I keep finding stuff to get rid of despite hardly buying anything in the past three years since decluttering became a goal. Right now I have three tall bookshelves full. I think it's possible to get down to one in the next several years. There's no rush, though.

Content of book shelves are hard to get rid of. We did a good job when we moved last year and threw away the contents of 3 cupboards. Now we have 3 left. But they are getting fuller all the time. People keep giving us books, despite me being a Kindle reader. My DH sometimes buys books on sale. We both bought more hobby books for new hobbies. And how to keep tracks of the novels that aren't read yet? They stay in piles in from of the cupboard, one pile per person, plus a pile that none of us has read. It hopeless. The only good thing about it, is that the book shelves are not in the living room, but in some bedroom that we use as storage room/guest room.

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« Reply #4757 on: April 22, 2017, 02:32:00 PM »
Sold and shipped a couple (small) car parts this week.

Car is also posted, but no bites.  Might be priced too high.

Now, I only have about 500 more items to sort through and sell.

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may I ask how do you sell car parts, my DH has some new parts from the prior car he bought them before he gave up fixing that car.
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« Reply #4758 on: April 23, 2017, 03:19:29 AM »
Tomorrow someone is picking up our broken stereo that I mentioned a while ago (it was living under our spare bed. Pretty happy about that.

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« Reply #4759 on: April 23, 2017, 06:42:39 AM »
Took two sweaters to goodwill. A huge accomplishment, as these were hand knit, by me. Very tough to part with.

Also got rid of all my jewelry from college formals. I don't wear fake diamonds and pearls anymore. People from buy nothing will be coming to get them.

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« Reply #4760 on: April 23, 2017, 07:05:10 AM »
Tonight someone will come to take a look at my racing bike that is for sale.

Yesterday I received some usefull tips about a hobby if mine that will allow me to reduce some material that isn't needed.
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« Reply #4761 on: April 24, 2017, 08:16:25 AM »

HI
may I ask how do you sell car parts, my DH has some new parts from the prior car he bought them before he gave up fixing that car.
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Not the OP but we have sold car parts very successfully on ebay. We drove a car into the ground and were offered 80 for it for scrap. We sold everything - wheels, wing mirrors, door handles, spoilers, bumpers, seats on ebay. It was a lot of work but we made about 500! And then we still sold it to the scrap yard for 50 (although we did have to borrow a trailer to get it there, since, you know, no wheels... or steering wheel for that matter!).

I got rid of all my ski socks. I have never liked the brand, and since we are not going skiing next year I decided to stop storing things I don't like, and to buy myself new ones when next we go.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4762 on: April 24, 2017, 09:47:10 AM »
Finally got my act together and posted stuff on Ebay and craigslist. One item has sold, gotta take it to the post office at lunch to send it off. The rest is packaged, ready to go, just pending a sale.

Also started packing up for the move. Mostly disposed of a bunch of dust. Then, I wanted to watch a movie but decided to sort paper at the same time. File box is much lighter now, and I shredded/recycled about 5 inches of paper. Recycle bin is completely full.

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« Reply #4763 on: April 24, 2017, 10:43:23 AM »
Finally got my act together and posted stuff on Ebay and craigslist. One item has sold, gotta take it to the post office at lunch to send it off. The rest is packaged, ready to go, just pending a sale.

Also started packing up for the move. Mostly disposed of a bunch of dust. Then, I wanted to watch a movie but decided to sort paper at the same time. File box is much lighter now, and I shredded/recycled about 5 inches of paper. Recycle bin is completely full.

If you plan on selling more stuff on eBay, get a scale so you can ship stuff from home.  The rates are cheaper and it saves you a trip to the PO.  Makes the hurdle of selling on eBay that much lower.

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« Reply #4764 on: April 24, 2017, 11:19:02 AM »
Tonight someone will come to take a look at my racing bike that is for sale.


One bicycle sold. One left for sale...

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« Reply #4765 on: April 24, 2017, 12:35:25 PM »
Sold and shipped a couple (small) car parts this week.

Car is also posted, but no bites.  Might be priced too high.

Now, I only have about 500 more items to sort through and sell.

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may I ask how do you sell car parts, my DH has some new parts from the prior car he bought them before he gave up fixing that car.
Thanks

I do a couple things in the following priority:
- Craigslist
- Car forums (many of the ones I use aren't as active anymore but can still get some interest)
- eBay

For Craigstlist you have to require cash-only and meet up in some kind of public place (I usually go for some kind of store parking lot on a busy street).

Forums and eBay will require a paypal account (they take a 3% fee).  You'll also have to keep in mind the cost of shipping.
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« Reply #4766 on: April 24, 2017, 03:48:49 PM »
Went through our clothes, put two pairs of jeans, a shirt and a coat in a bag for charity.

Decluttered my spice rack. A few years ago someone gave me a starter pack of spices. Some had never been used and likely won't be, so out they went.

Now all my spice jars fit in my Anzac biscuit tin.

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« Reply #4767 on: April 24, 2017, 05:07:41 PM »
I loaded a box of books to sell to the used bookstore, but I was so tired after work, I came straight home. Hopefully I'll get rid of it before the end of the week!
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« Reply #4768 on: April 25, 2017, 07:24:24 AM »
Finally got my act together and posted stuff on Ebay and craigslist. One item has sold, gotta take it to the post office at lunch to send it off. The rest is packaged, ready to go, just pending a sale.

Also started packing up for the move. Mostly disposed of a bunch of dust. Then, I wanted to watch a movie but decided to sort paper at the same time. File box is much lighter now, and I shredded/recycled about 5 inches of paper. Recycle bin is completely full.

If you plan on selling more stuff on eBay, get a scale so you can ship stuff from home.  The rates are cheaper and it saves you a trip to the PO.  Makes the hurdle of selling on eBay that much lower.

I've considered it, but am an infrequent ebay seller. There's a post office a block from my office so it isn't too bad. If I keep doing this though, I might change my mind.

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« Reply #4769 on: April 30, 2017, 07:08:12 PM »
With the baby at home, taking on only tiny projects right now...
I reorganized the kitchen junk drawer, threw out just a few things.

Today I did my underwear drawer. I threw out a ton of underwear and 4 bras. I literally had a row of underwear for "emergencies". Underwear that doesn't fit me and I dislike, but was still in like new condition. Ugh. It's underwear I hate and haven't worn in 4 years or so...  It is now in the trash...

The bras were just in poor condition. And all at least 10 years old. I've only worn sports bras for the past 3 years anyway. I kept 1 regular bra that I wear when necessary.

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« Reply #4770 on: May 01, 2017, 12:08:51 AM »
Finished up two more bottles of soap. I swear, they breed in the cupboard. I had thought I had cleaned them out of the guest bathroom and when I cleaned the medicine cabinet last night, I found four bottles of soap along with other random things hiding in the back. Pretty sure I should've kept them there in the past but I just can't understand why. Anyways glad they are getting used up now.

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« Reply #4771 on: May 01, 2017, 07:00:21 PM »
Thanks for your reply : sw1tch  & theadvicist

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« Reply #4772 on: May 02, 2017, 05:13:00 AM »
Got rid of some old textbooks. Brought some history books permanently to work as that's where I refer to them most often.
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« Reply #4773 on: May 02, 2017, 09:37:30 AM »
Gave away an old pack and play we won't be using anymore. One more thing out the door (soon, pending PU now)

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« Reply #4774 on: May 02, 2017, 09:44:04 AM »
Although we already had very little stuff (minimalism inside a 450 sq ft home), we've been getting ruthless in order to facilitate a housing search with everything we own fitting in our compact car with us.

Some of that's been hard, but I'm missing absolutely nothing so far, and am loving being surrounded by only my very favourite things! Every single thing I see is a much enjoyed, daily used object. It's really nice!

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« Reply #4775 on: May 02, 2017, 10:22:18 AM »
Yesterday someone knocked over and broke my daily use ceramic to-go tea cup. My first thought was "well that's one less thing to make a decision about."

In 17 weeks (or so) we move abroad for a year.  For most of the time between now and then I will be living part time here and working full time 3.5 hours away.

Already fairly minimalist. Not much I don't use regularly, so not much I can pack early, but working my way through all my possessions again. Quite a few things, like baking pans, that I will use all summer but give to goodwill.  No sense storing them. Do want to keep my cast iron skillet though.

As for that beloved tea cup, thankfully it's spring now, I can be happy only having hot tea at home. Will carry cold tea with me in an old glass kombucha bottle which can be recycled on the way to the airport.

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« Reply #4776 on: May 02, 2017, 11:17:54 AM »
After lowering the price of my car, I finally have some interest.  I hope I can round out the week and have it sold!

Other than that, my aim is to list one item per day on Craigslist until most everything is listed and hopefully gone.  I hope we can really get our items sold between now and next month. We're also going to have a garage sale in a couple weeks to try to get those items gone.

It's getting pretty exciting around here!
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« Reply #4777 on: May 02, 2017, 12:02:20 PM »
I removed a frozen head and bones from a cod from the freezer that FIL had put there without our knowledge. Probably because he usually keeps this to make fish stock. We have tried this a number of times before and found out it is a LOT of work for something withoyt much taste. So this time we didn't want to bother. Now we have space again the the full freezer drawer.

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« Reply #4778 on: May 02, 2017, 06:56:50 PM »
Gave away a bunch of maternity wear and toddler clothes. Now need to fold the remaining ones neatly

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« Reply #4779 on: May 02, 2017, 07:39:11 PM »

For Craigstlist you have to require cash-only and meet up in some kind of public place (I usually go for some kind of store parking lot on a busy street).

Forums and eBay will require a paypal account (they take a 3% fee).  You'll also have to keep in mind the cost of shipping.

We did that with Craigslist early on, but I stopped the meetup elsewhere thing for the most part. What is coming to my front porch going to risk? Let you see that my cars aren't worth much and you're picking up $15-$20 in baby gear?  Going somewhere just wastes my time.

Actually, the last few have been "Okay, (baby gear) is on the porch in a cardboard box, just leave the $15 in the box" - no issues.

If a buyer wants to meet somewhere public, we'll walk to the local park.
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« Reply #4780 on: May 03, 2017, 12:06:16 AM »

For Craigstlist you have to require cash-only and meet up in some kind of public place (I usually go for some kind of store parking lot on a busy street).

Forums and eBay will require a paypal account (they take a 3% fee).  You'll also have to keep in mind the cost of shipping.

We did that with Craigslist early on, but I stopped the meetup elsewhere thing for the most part. What is coming to my front porch going to risk? Let you see that my cars aren't worth much and you're picking up $15-$20 in baby gear?  Going somewhere just wastes my time.

Actually, the last few have been "Okay, (baby gear) is on the porch in a cardboard box, just leave the $15 in the box" - no issues.

If a buyer wants to meet somewhere public, we'll walk to the local park.

We buy and sell stuff on something like Graigslist, Norwegian variant. We just let people come to our house and we can collect at their house. But in the advertisement I only write the nearest town. They get the actual address when they are the ones that are going to buy. This works fine.

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« Reply #4781 on: May 03, 2017, 05:34:11 AM »

For Craigstlist you have to require cash-only and meet up in some kind of public place (I usually go for some kind of store parking lot on a busy street).

Forums and eBay will require a paypal account (they take a 3% fee).  You'll also have to keep in mind the cost of shipping.

We did that with Craigslist early on, but I stopped the meetup elsewhere thing for the most part. What is coming to my front porch going to risk? Let you see that my cars aren't worth much and you're picking up $15-$20 in baby gear?  Going somewhere just wastes my time.

Actually, the last few have been "Okay, (baby gear) is on the porch in a cardboard box, just leave the $15 in the box" - no issues.

If a buyer wants to meet somewhere public, we'll walk to the local park.

We buy and sell stuff on something like Graigslist, Norwegian variant. We just let people come to our house and we can collect at their house. But in the advertisement I only write the nearest town. They get the actual address when they are the ones that are going to buy. This works fine.

Yes, Craigslist has a map option when you post the listing. I just put in the nearest major intersection, maybe half a kilometer from the house.
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« Reply #4782 on: May 03, 2017, 06:58:37 AM »

For Craigstlist you have to require cash-only and meet up in some kind of public place (I usually go for some kind of store parking lot on a busy street).

Forums and eBay will require a paypal account (they take a 3% fee).  You'll also have to keep in mind the cost of shipping.

We did that with Craigslist early on, but I stopped the meetup elsewhere thing for the most part. What is coming to my front porch going to risk? Let you see that my cars aren't worth much and you're picking up $15-$20 in baby gear?  Going somewhere just wastes my time.

Actually, the last few have been "Okay, (baby gear) is on the porch in a cardboard box, just leave the $15 in the box" - no issues.

If a buyer wants to meet somewhere public, we'll walk to the local park.

I guess I'm only about a block from a Walmart Neighborhood market so never really thought about that.  There are some things, such as furniture, that people need to come by the house for anyway.  As we get rid of even more things, I guess it makes more sense to not really worry about theft as we don't/won't have much worth stealing anyhow.
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« Reply #4783 on: May 03, 2017, 07:37:21 AM »

For Craigstlist you have to require cash-only and meet up in some kind of public place (I usually go for some kind of store parking lot on a busy street).

Forums and eBay will require a paypal account (they take a 3% fee).  You'll also have to keep in mind the cost of shipping.

We did that with Craigslist early on, but I stopped the meetup elsewhere thing for the most part. What is coming to my front porch going to risk? Let you see that my cars aren't worth much and you're picking up $15-$20 in baby gear?  Going somewhere just wastes my time.

Actually, the last few have been "Okay, (baby gear) is on the porch in a cardboard box, just leave the $15 in the box" - no issues.

If a buyer wants to meet somewhere public, we'll walk to the local park.

I guess I'm only about a block from a Walmart Neighborhood market so never really thought about that.  There are some things, such as furniture, that people need to come by the house for anyway.  As we get rid of even more things, I guess it makes more sense to not really worry about theft as we don't/won't have much worth stealing anyhow.

As a woman living alone, I'm a bit concerned about strangers coming to my house.  We had at least one recent Craigslist transaction in our state that went terribly wrong.   I prefer meeting my buyers in a well lit and busy public space.  I use the parking lot of a local Target store which very close to my house.  Having said that, I tend to go with my gut and if I'm comfortable with someone based on the communications about the item in question, I will let them come to the house (e.g. a phone call about an item from a pleasant young woman who sounded polite, introduced herself and asked if she could have a look at it).



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« Reply #4784 on: May 03, 2017, 07:39:47 AM »
Bringing another batch of clothes to consignment today.  I'm also trying to put together stuff for donation but so far I only have a couple of items.  Need to go through closets and cabinets again...



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4785 on: May 03, 2017, 10:11:33 AM »
Giving a few things away on our Buy Nothing Group on FB.  I also donated a lot of clothes last weekend.  I'm hoping to purge another bunch this weekend.  Woohoo!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4786 on: May 03, 2017, 10:37:14 AM »
I got rid of a handful of things through the Buy Nothing Group last weekend, all stuff the kids don't play with anymore. I also went through my daughter's shoes (I think we pulled out 4 outgrown pairs, and bought one new pair yesterday to replace them), and filled the recycling with more papers from when I went to college and a bunch of kid art papers. I have been putting all of their paper stuff in a cupboard and then go through it periodically when the kids aren't around, because otherwise my daughter wants to save everything. I hand pick the "best" kid art and then get rid of the rest.

I have made a lot of progress lately but I still have so far to go that it's easy to get disheartened. Well, I'll keep plodding along on the downsizing. I really want to go through all of the cupboards, drawers, boxes, etc and only keep what we REALLY need/want, but damn, it's hard in a house of five when no one else is interested in getting rid of stuff!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4787 on: May 03, 2017, 10:44:37 AM »
jillinsandiego, do your peeps respond at all to "payment"?

I love releasing stuff, kid likes keeping stuff. If I make a big pile of the stuff I think he's not using any more, and suggest a release, he'll cry out in angst. If I offer him $5, $10, $20, $50, or $100 (depending on size of pile and how much I'd like to see it gone), he suddenly has zero attachment to most of the items. (I encourage him to retrieve the 1-3 things he actually does still want.)

With an older kid or adult, sometimes we feel happy knowing we have cash in hand to (a) buy something we like even more or (b) replace the released item in future if we find we want it again.

It took a few years, and even a couple of therapy sessions, for kid to be able to release stuff. Now he's amazing at it.

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« Reply #4788 on: May 03, 2017, 11:39:26 AM »
I have thown away more food, something I hardly ever do. Three portions of froozen leftovers. Two of them two years over the original storage date. One portion without any date at all, but probably old as well, who would know...

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« Reply #4789 on: May 03, 2017, 11:46:11 AM »
So, for the parents out there, an idea. Looking back, I think my mom did this with us.

Go through stuff, make a list, box it up, and put it in the closet. Kid may or may not be aware of this, use judgement. Then, 6 months later or whatever seems appropriate, if it hasn't been missed you can just get rid of it.

My mom would drop of boxes of stuff at Salvation Army when I was a kid, and in retrospect I suspect they were outgrown toys and clothes that we might have had a fit over.

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« Reply #4790 on: May 03, 2017, 01:29:40 PM »
I must have posted early on in this thread as it is in my followed list.  I'm ready now to do a major purge.  This is the summer of the purge.

I live in an older Class A motor home.  I also have a 10' x 20' storage unit.  I am in the same town as my storage unit now for the summer, and I need to make a huge dent in the amount of stuff I have.  I am now settled finally in a living situation that I feel I'll occupy for a long time, the Class A.  I'm ok having a storage unit somewhere as well, but not that large of one, so stuffed that I don't even know where the things I would actually use might be located.

Paper is a major issue, many bankers boxes of files that I think I filled when I moved about 10 years ago.  I'm working my way back to them, as I'm going through and shredding the smaller boxes and bags of papers I accumulated since then.  I've been making progress on this, as well as keeping up with the incoming papers, for the past month.  This morning I shredded or tossed several folders of stuff.

I also have a bunch of stuff to use up.  Large sizes of cleaning products, multiples of things like soap and shampoo.  I've been using these up for the past year, since I moved into the first motor home (I moved from a smaller Class C that was 30 yo to a larger Class A that is 20 yo).  It is a work in progress.

I've been reading this thread almost every day.  It has help when I'm uninspired.  I know that along with issues of health and debt, my greatest regret in my life so far is how I've lugged just so much stuff around with me.
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« Reply #4791 on: May 03, 2017, 03:06:03 PM »
Backpack (for backpacking) that sat in the basement for the last 13 years was donated to the universe last weekend. Unfortunately, the Universe did not want the old skis that I tried to donate also.

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« Reply #4792 on: May 03, 2017, 04:26:21 PM »
To add to the parent file, I just wanted to mention that with my kid, his body memorizes everything he's ever had, so my tossing his stuff (even unused, stored, unmentioned stuff) is akin to violence on him. That's why I do the payment version. He has to be in charge of his stuff -makes all the difference.

shadowmoss, so helpful to me to hear your process! Everything my kid and I have fits inside our compact car again, but much of that is my paper (four banker boxes)! So, looking at getting that down further. Looking forward to hearing more.

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« Reply #4793 on: May 03, 2017, 04:48:58 PM »
Apart from identity documents and similar things, you could scan your papers and shred the originals. It's time consuming tho and I haven't done it myself. The approach I've taken is to register to get all bills etc electronically, then dispose of any I need to keep for tax after 7 yrs. In 7 yrs I'll have v little paper.

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« Reply #4794 on: May 03, 2017, 04:56:55 PM »
jooniflorisploo: I haven't tried the payment approach with the kids yet, but I'll consider it if it comes to that. Two of the kids are perfectly willing to let go of things they don't use anymore, and the third is making progress. She definitely doesn't have the "remembers everything" trait that yours does (and I do too), so I often do what Sibley recommended: boxing things up and removing them first to the garage and then for good, and not once has anyone missed anything.

The biggest hurdle is that no one else is willing to help with any of it. So, I have a family of five and a big house full of all the crap trappings of "standard suburbia", and I'm trying to tackle it alone, with a full-time job. It is SLOW going. My husband is also one of those "save in case we need it someday" types, although he's coming around with FIRE becoming a goal, and downsizing is a big part of our plan. Fortunately I have you all for motivation and support!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4795 on: May 03, 2017, 04:59:33 PM »
Our local Goodwill gives receipts that are signed but, otherwise blank.
Motivation for tax deductions!   : )




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« Reply #4796 on: May 04, 2017, 11:23:11 AM »
I went through 3 folders of papers from a job I left in 2009.  The initial paperwork and such was a large part of it.  I'm maybe 1/3 through the container of papers labeled with that companies name.  I did that in an organizing effort a few years ago.  I worked as a contractor to the US military, so I felt that I needed to keep the documents for...  awhile.  Not any more.  I shredded most of it so far, threw away the insurance company brochures.

Most of what needed to be scanned has been scanned.  These papers left are not things that I need to scan.  They just need to be gone.  However, most of it needs to be shredded as it has information that shouldn't get out of my control.  So I think.  I have a heavy duty paper shredder.  I've been doing this for awhile now.

I also attempted to guilt trip my best friend into declaring it 'our' summer of purge.  She laughed.

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« Reply #4797 on: May 04, 2017, 11:27:34 AM »
Daughter's boyfriend is getting a cat and asked if I had any spare "cat things".  I sure do!  He is picking up a litter box, a pet bed, a scratcher and a couple of small toys from me today :-)



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« Reply #4798 on: May 04, 2017, 06:01:34 PM »
Gave away a backpack to a student. :)
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« Reply #4799 on: May 04, 2017, 07:33:13 PM »
Scanned and went through paper collected over a month. Most of it is shredded now and the rest filed away. Used up some food before it expired. Sadly had to throw some fruit since it went bad before I could get to it.