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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4800 on: May 04, 2017, 08:26:02 PM »
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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.
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In my area, there is a senior identity theft prevention effort that has been going for a while where the local towns encourage seniors to bring old documents to be shredded for free.  If you have anything similar locally, you might be able to get a huge quantity shredded at once for free or cheaply.  Alternatively, maybe burn them?
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« Reply #4801 on: May 04, 2017, 08:43:39 PM »
^ Yes! I used one of those (available to all people) recently. Some areas will list an annual schedule of the public version, so you can plan for each. Short of that, I've found it worth it to pay places to do it. $25 for a giant amount, worth it to me over shredding in slow mo.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4802 on: May 04, 2017, 08:56:00 PM »
Check your bank as well. Mine offers free shredding once a week at one of their branches.
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« Reply #4803 on: May 05, 2017, 03:52:25 AM »
I have a turkey pan in my kitchen cupboard, while I have never cooked a whole turkey. I had plans to clear it out. Now my colleague said she wouldn't mind getting it. I just asked if she also wanted to receive my almost unused plush moose (big children's play thing) and she wants that as well for her youngest child. That will clear out nicely and I don't have to throw away thing that others can use.

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« Reply #4804 on: May 05, 2017, 10:48:27 AM »
Regarding the bulk shredders, see my comment about 'control'.  I have a nice shredder, and I have it where it is easy to get to now.  It is the going through the papers, not the shredding that takes time for me.  I have shredded the papers and receipts from my move the WA back in early 2009 before coffee this morning.  Gee, the money I spent on that move, most of it reimbursed.  Gots to get rid of stuff.  I'm tired of driving moving trucks across the country.  I moved my stuff multiple times (in 24' moving trucks) and Mom's a couple of times.  Summer of the Purge!
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« Reply #4805 on: May 05, 2017, 10:52:42 AM »
I LOVE having a shredder and even with everything needing to fit with us inside a compact car, I choose to always have one. The bulk days I use just for when I'm doing a massive purge that would be a pain in the butt to run through the home own.

I use the personal shredder daily. I spent a good while yesterday googling for the most compact cross-cut shredder, but the handhelds were only strip cut. So it looks like I'll end up with the little Aurora. People in RVs, little condos, etc, seem to like that one.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4806 on: May 05, 2017, 10:57:24 AM »
Car is SOLD.  Of course I still need to collect payment but buyer is coming to pick it up (and pay) tomorrow.

Now onto listing an item a day.  I've been lazy and anxious while trying to sell the car and fielding inquiries about it.  I will go into rapid-fire mode over the weekend now that the car will be gone.  Also, the nice weather is definitely helping with motivation.

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« Reply #4807 on: May 06, 2017, 08:01:14 AM »
I returned a borrowed book yesterday and will return another today. I've got a few more to go through, but one of them is Anna Kerenina, so that may take a while. :p
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4808 on: May 08, 2017, 10:18:25 AM »
Wow, what a productive weekend!

My mom was down Saturday (we have a complicated relationship, so this is always stressful), and she took a bunch of stuff she wants to sell on ebay that I was just going to donate, so that was a good start.

Then, yesterday, it rained ALL day. My youngest, who is usually the one that doesn't want to get rid of anything, decided she was done playing with the "little people" toys, and we boxed them ALL up and gave them to our neighbor with a younger daughter. Then she really got on a roll and we went through all of her clothes, a bunch of stuffed animals, etc. She goes to kindergarten in the fall and has been very motivated lately to be a "big girl" so I finally had her buy in, without any prodding even. It was shocking. I didn't expect her to be the one pushing to go through and clear stuff out, but I took it and ran with it! We also cleared out a small rocking chair and trampoline that she previously didn't want to let go of, so that was big.

I went through a random box of my old "stuff" too, and now have a huge pile of stuff for VVA to pick up Friday!

We still have TOO.MUCH.STUFF...but a little less than we did before!

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« Reply #4809 on: May 08, 2017, 02:33:04 PM »
I agreed to transport some art for a friend.  Never again!  It has taken weeks for the stranger on the other end of the deal to bother to pick it up. I had to move it just to get into my clothing shelf and my sewing shelf. So happy to have it gone!

Melted some crystallized honey today so I can use it up and finished up several small sewing projects over the weekend.

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« Reply #4810 on: May 09, 2017, 01:34:18 AM »
Yesterday I noticed that one of the grocery stores in my town has a gotten a bookshelf for book-exchange. This is a place where I can dump my excess books.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4811 on: May 09, 2017, 10:54:59 AM »
Linda_Norway, does your area not have a thrift shop? For me, this is the easiest, one-stop spot to release everything.

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« Reply #4812 on: May 09, 2017, 11:02:24 AM »
Three bags of stuff to donation, and three pieces of furniture promised to a friend.  It is a start.  I'm taking some personal items of a friend's up to her on a trip I'm taking in my class a motor home.  She was a snowbird and can no longer come down and live on her own.  It was the start of clearing out her mobile home down here.  She is not happy.  She is 91 and I have to remember to walk softly as she really isn't ready to let go of that part of her life.  Going through her extremely neat closets and drawers looking for papers and personal items (with her son's permission) made me realize again that I need to get my stuff sorted and pared way down. I'm 62 now, but at some point someone else will have to go through and get rid of what is left.  I want to make that an easy task.  Now, if my Mom would just stop giving me stuff as she gets her own apartment in order...
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4813 on: May 09, 2017, 02:59:50 PM »
Dropped off a box of cups and saucers we never use, plus some odd plates, etc. at Goodwill.  Also a tennis racket I was given - I don't play tennis!  I have another bag almost full of clothing and books, and that will go at the end of the week.   We are thinking of selling the house in the next year, and there is so much to get rid of!  I am not paying to move this stuff.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4814 on: May 09, 2017, 03:20:46 PM »
Baskets large enough to store four comforters each!
Brand new underwear I didn't want that came in package of undies I did want
Giant lego collection
Excess pillows
Largest tray of three-tray set
Oodles of kitchen items
Oodles of felt pens
Jacket that seemed practical but that I disliked so rarely put on
Camping stuff (tent, etc)
Climate-specific fan
One giant mug
Glassware I mostly had for fun
Personal art
All winter gear kid has grown out of
Excess of bulk matches, tea lights, etc

This was round five (?), so getting down to the stuff that was harder for me to let go of.
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« Reply #4815 on: May 09, 2017, 06:37:07 PM »
Cleared out more baby clothes. Also added a pair of shoes from husband to the donation pile. It just keeps comin'

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« Reply #4816 on: May 09, 2017, 09:01:47 PM »
Went through my closet again. Every few months I do a pass and pull out a few things I know I haven't worn in years and I would not buy again because it doesn't suit me.  Long, cautious process, but so far I don't regret anything that I've donated.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4817 on: May 10, 2017, 02:47:14 AM »
Does anyone have any tips for encouraging a reluctant husband to clear some clutter? I have done so much but the house is still full of a lot of his stuff.

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« Reply #4818 on: May 10, 2017, 03:02:17 AM »
Does anyone have any tips for encouraging a reluctant husband to clear some clutter? I have done so much but the house is still full of a lot of his stuff.

Hmmm, not really, but I have had small wins but making sure like is stored with like. So when he sees just how many e.g rubber bands we have, he doesn't feel the need to save more when they come into the house. Also, the one in, one out rule - you bought a new shirt so we need to throw out a ragged one. When things are stored in logical places and neatly it doesn't bug me as much.

Something I need to work on is this idea that he must wear different kit each time he exercises and can't be seen in the same thing on consecutive meetups and therefore needs XX sets. No idea why.. I have two of each thing - wash one, wear one.

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« Reply #4819 on: May 10, 2017, 03:06:59 AM »
Finally posted a lovely, but not at all practical, wedding present on Buy Nothing. One less thing in the cupboard!

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« Reply #4820 on: May 10, 2017, 03:54:21 AM »
Rowellen, I was able to help five adult family members to release stuff by offering them cash outright, or to buy a replacement if they were to EVER regret the release. No one has ever taken me up on the latter, and everyone ultimately became minimalists, doing it themselves.

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« Reply #4821 on: May 10, 2017, 06:49:59 AM »
Does anyone have any tips for encouraging a reluctant husband to clear some clutter? I have done so much but the house is still full of a lot of his stuff.

Is giving the good example doesn't work, then give him his one room to stuff as full as he likes and then keep his stuff out of the other rooms.  Than at lest it is not all over the place and you don't need to look at it. Presuming that you have this extra room.

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« Reply #4822 on: May 10, 2017, 08:58:49 AM »
Does anyone have any tips for encouraging a reluctant husband to clear some clutter? I have done so much but the house is still full of a lot of his stuff.
No advice.  My DH finally started clearing his stuff out about 2 months ago.  It only took him about 2 years to come around!  :D

The only advice I have is to make the process as easy as possible for him because you're the one who truly wants the stuff out.  For my husband, I had him make a pile of the stuff and then I itemized and donated everything.  I was so happy to have the stuff out of the house!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4823 on: May 10, 2017, 12:07:16 PM »
Does anyone have any tips for encouraging a reluctant husband to clear some clutter? I have done so much but the house is still full of a lot of his stuff.

I struggle with this one too. My husband is the king of "but I might need it someday". I try to focus on the things I CAN control (my stuff, communal stuff, working with the kids on their stuff). I also try to keep focus on the WHY behind it. For us, we have a too-big house, and we will downsize to a much smaller house in a lower cost of living area that we prefer (somewhere with mountains and trees) in retirement. Also, we both like to travel, and having too much stuff weighs us down, and reduces the desirability of being able to someday rent out our eventual home on airbnb. Reminding him that we are downsizing the stuff NOW so it will make things easier eventually helps some.

I also second the idea of making it as easy for him as possible. My husband will never go through things himself, so I tend to present him with objects and focus the discussion (ie, do we REALLY need 4 of x when we only use the one good one, you haven't worn this item in 10 years, do we really need it?). Finally, I itemize everything in It's Deductible, so he can see the tax impact at tax time, and that helps too.

It is a slow battle though, and I have had only limited success. I'll take slow progress over non though.

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« Reply #4824 on: May 10, 2017, 08:36:41 PM »
Thank you got all the answers.


I struggle with this one too. My husband is the king of "but I might need it someday".

That is my husband too.


The only advice I have is to make the process as easy as possible for him because you're the one who truly wants the stuff out.  For my husband, I had him make a pile of the stuff and then I itemized and donated everything.  I was so happy to have the stuff out of the house!

Yes he doesn't see the mess like I do.

Rowellen, I was able to help five adult family members to release stuff by offering them cash outright, or to buy a replacement if they were to EVER regret the release. No one has ever taken me up on the latter, and everyone ultimately became minimalists, doing it themselves.

Good idea. Might be worth a try. All our money is joint so it might not be quite so effective lol.



I think a large part of it is that he is busy, tired and simply doesn't care as much as I do. Also the thought of starting may be a bit overwhelming.

I did have some success recently with recipe books. We have a few that we always use so I knew what we should get rid of. He actually did agree to donate some that had belonged to his parents as he recognized they were unhealthy and out of date so that's a win.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4825 on: May 10, 2017, 10:46:57 PM »
Listed five things on Buy Nothing today. Most of what I post on there is actually unwanted presents which is a bit sad... I'd be very happy not to receive presents in the first place, but if you must give me novelty soap, I reserve the right to pass it on to someone who actually wants it.

Big task on my agenda for today and tomorrow is cleaning out all our paper clutter in the study. We've let it become a bit of a tip.

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« Reply #4826 on: May 11, 2017, 04:49:57 AM »
With reluctant husbands, I just focussed on my own stuff. I had tried to have him get rid of old t-shirts etc for YEARS. When I decided to declutter, I took Marie Kondo's advice and just did my own stuff.

Even though I'd been telling myself he was a huge part of the problem, actually, when I really really pared down my stuff, it made a huge difference. It was also amazing how much simpler our lives became, how much easier it was to clean and so on. DH couldn't help but see this, and, most importantly, see the huge improvement it brought.

Slowly (without my prompting, which would have made him get defensive, I think) he just started offering stuff up as I was decluttering. I made sure to have the 'donate' box clearly marked, and he just started putting stuff in it. The more we did, and the more our lives improved, the more he wanted to get rid of stuff.

So, lead by example. It's hard to keep your mouth shut, but, for me at least, it really worked.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4827 on: May 11, 2017, 07:17:53 AM »
Car is SOLD.  Of course I still need to collect payment but buyer is coming to pick it up (and pay) tomorrow.

Now onto listing an item a day.  I've been lazy and anxious while trying to sell the car and fielding inquiries about it.  I will go into rapid-fire mode over the weekend now that the car will be gone.  Also, the nice weather is definitely helping with motivation.

Next up:
- Gas lawn mower
- Manual push mower
- More car parts...

Sold the mower - now I'm certain I listed it too low as I got about 8-10 queries the first day and the first person paid asking price.  I only got one low-ball offer which is amazing for craigslist.
Sold a mechanic's creeper - also got loads of interest.

Now onto more things:
- Set of brake calipers and rotors for an Acura TSX/ Honda Accord
- OEM parts from my sold car
- Fertilizer spreader
- Couch Set
- Bed Set
- TV Stand
- Console & coffee table
- still need to prep for garage sale
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« Reply #4828 on: May 11, 2017, 11:39:50 AM »
Three pieces of furniture gone to friend who was actually able to fit them into his car on his way through town.  We both noted that a lot of the clutter in the storage unit is actually empty containers and totes.  I'm hanging onto them for now to pack stuff from the larger totes into as I pare down.  It is a process.  I am making progress, though.

Told my Mom NOT to buy me ANYTHING.  She enjoys thrift store shopping, and since she doesn't need much herself now she buys for me. ARRRRGGGGG!
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« Reply #4829 on: May 11, 2017, 06:38:06 PM »
Former students are coming by this weekend to take all the excess furniture from my garage. Yay!

Once that's done, it's really just going to be a matter of maintaining a balance of what comes in with what goes out. :)
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« Reply #4830 on: May 12, 2017, 11:44:54 AM »
This is my last weekend available to pack before moving, and the weather is finally warming up. I plan to swap clothes  out and cull as I go, start packing the kitchen, take down all the pictures and get them ready to move, and whatever else I can do. The more I do this weekend, the less I have to do later.

I've got a few things set aside for goodwill, but I'm sure I'll be adding to it.

I'll be acquiring some things as well for the new house. My parents have a full workbench worth of tools and stuff, and 90% of it doesn't get used anymore. Just clutters up their house. I've convinced them (mostly my dad, mom is cool) to give me everything since I'll need stuff. I can declutter what I don't need. But a decent amount of it I actually do need, so saving me money.

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« Reply #4831 on: May 12, 2017, 05:28:35 PM »
The big bookshelf is out of my room and in the patio for tomorrow's pickup. My room looks so spacious now!
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« Reply #4832 on: May 13, 2017, 12:15:48 AM »
Sold the second baby fence...for $15 more than I paid.

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« Reply #4833 on: May 13, 2017, 04:01:55 PM »
Giant lego collection


Okay, I guess I'm going against the spirit of the thread - but I could really use Lego that anyone would be tossing. I spent hours today building Lego with my 3 (almost 4) year old at an open build event - I do have my old ones he's been playing with a lot, but it's really not that many.

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Tossed 3 shirts I don't need into the Goodwill box
Repackaged one mis-ordered car part for Amazon return
Cleared out the pile of empty Amazon boxes.
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« Reply #4834 on: May 13, 2017, 07:36:15 PM »
I got rid of my king mattress today in under an hour from posting it on for sale site. I got $60 which was way better than the $20 I thought I'd have to spend to drop it at the dump and to bribe my neighbor to let me borrow his truck.

I also went through my maternity clothes and but half of them in the Goodwill box which will go to Goodwill on Monday. I can't sell them because most of them were given to me free.

Went through newborn clothes and picked a few things to get rid of (they are so cute...it's hard to let go..what if I have another?) But those haven't sold yet.

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« Reply #4835 on: May 13, 2017, 07:59:19 PM »
Finally some big progress today! Dealt with a TON of stuff that was just... ugh! We decluttered the main areas of our life years ago, but it is so easy for small things to be left unaddressed- things like my chaotic drawer of nails/picture hang hooks and wire/command hooks/greeting cards/stamps/check books. WTH, right? So we split them, moved all the 'home DIY' type stuff to a more sensible room, and now the cards and envelopes have their very own office drawer =) Other stuff:
-Add and label some new hanging files, so I could deal with some misc. papers that had accumulated
-Sort through our 'go station' by the door. Scan business cards that had accumulated, get rid of old keys that don't apply anymore, etc.
-Cord boxes/old tech. This was a big one, and still ongoing, but way better than it was.

Happy to be making progress! Crazy how a house with mainly empty drawers and cupboards in most rooms can STILL have a ton of random stuff that needs tended. It all took like 5 hours!
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« Reply #4836 on: May 13, 2017, 10:06:29 PM »
I'm at my most difficult level now.
Well, every layer is the most difficult, if we use the approach of culling the low-hanging fruit first.

But today I did some internal processing to see if I could open to letting more go, then felt truly able indeed.
Released some papers I've carried around for a number of years.
Some of it surprised me, as it seemed like it could have easily gone ages ago.

Anyway, more progress!

I'd just love to carry as little paper as possible to my next location!
Moving always seems like such a lovely opportunity for a fresh start, so I love getting as much released in advance as possible.

Also donated some lovely bedding, unsuitable to my next climate.
Gave the bedding many specific thanks and very kind folding and placement :)

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4837 on: May 14, 2017, 05:33:35 AM »
I'm at my most difficult level now.
Well, every layer is the most difficult, if we use the approach of culling the low-hanging fruit first.

But today I did some internal processing to see if I could open to letting more go, then felt truly able indeed.
Released some papers I've carried around for a number of years.
Some of it surprised me, as it seemed like it could have easily gone ages ago.


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4838 on: May 14, 2017, 05:50:49 AM »
Giant lego collection


Okay, I guess I'm going against the spirit of the thread - but I could really use Lego that anyone would be tossing. I spent hours today building Lego with my 3 (almost 4) year old at an open build event - I do have my old ones he's been playing with a lot, but it's really not that many.
Yeah -- Legos never lose their value, as far as I can tell. Once kids are big enough not to eat them, they all go for the Legos amongst my kid-entertainment options. I've got three bins of them leftover from my childhood, and I haven't even considered getting rid of them.

Yesterday's removal wasn't perfect: the couch and file cabinet went, but no one had a vehicle big enough for the bookshelves, so they're still here. I'm just about at the point where I'm going to put them on the curb.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4839 on: May 14, 2017, 04:06:33 PM »
Got rid of 8 scarves , 2 winter hats, a bottle of downy wrinkle releaser I've had for years and never used, a dog water bowl, and a stack of priority mail envelopes... All are out on the porch for buy nothing group pick ups.

Also threw out 9 cheap gloves that were without mates. I wear mismatched, but I have tons so it isn't necessary to keep them!

The mud room is nearly cleaned now. It's taken all day to do a 2 hour job because of the 7 week old who keeps attaching herself to me :). I sadly had NO nesting instinct while pregnant, and NOW really want a clean house.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4840 on: May 14, 2017, 04:38:21 PM »
Yeah -- Legos never lose their value

I would venture that everything on the planet retains its value to someone, and that everything on the planet loses value to others. The key thing in releasing clutter is recognizing when an item no longer has value to its holder. For my kid, the Lego lost its value (especially in relation to other stuff), so off it went :)

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4841 on: May 14, 2017, 05:36:13 PM »
A whole heap of stuff left my house yesterday thanks to Buy Nothing.

I'm also slowly working my way through our paper clutter - I'm hand shredding, so it takes forever but is quite pleasant to do while watching TV.

The study, which is/was our problem room, is starting to look much better.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4842 on: May 15, 2017, 01:55:37 AM »
It's not going fast with selling our stuff on finn.no, which is the Norwegian equivalent of GL. We still have 1 racing bike for sale and my time trial cycling helmet.

In the meantime my DH is trying to take up an old hobby of his, wind surfing, which he did about 25 years ago. He brought home from his father's house: his old board, an old sail, an old floating vest, mast foot, boom. He found out that the old sail didn't work and bought a newer second hand one (10 years old). He is also buying a lot of other stuff second hand or new to replace the old things that are rotten away, like the mast foot and a new mast. So our garage is filling up with additional stuff. And he hasn't even tried it out yet. I think it will end up with the board being to light for his current body weight (he weights 25 kgs more now than last time he surfed) and he might sink. Maybe we can sell the stuff again then.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4843 on: May 15, 2017, 09:10:20 AM »
I finally got my boyfriend on board with getting rid of stuff! He started his own "donate" box in his office to start purging. This is a big step for him, so I'm excited!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4844 on: May 15, 2017, 10:15:38 AM »
Packed up a ton of stuff this weekend for the move. Dropped off a couple bags to Goodwill, and I've got a few things on ebay/craigslist. The item on craigslist will be dumped at the curb when I move if it hasn't sold, will cart the ebay stuff to the new house if it hasn't sold. May drop the price a bunch to encourage it - I just want it gone.

I'm running out of boxes though, will stop by the liquor store and ask if they have any.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4845 on: May 15, 2017, 10:50:30 AM »
Cleaned out my filing cabinet and condensed the important things into my two small accordion filing folder thingies. The rest is getting shredded today! Filing cabinet and all the spare notebooks and things are on their way to my brother's house this weekend!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4846 on: May 15, 2017, 11:15:40 AM »
I don't know if I posted that I got rid of almost all my maternity clothes.

Also threw away two bags of trash from bedroom drawers.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4847 on: May 15, 2017, 02:27:11 PM »
Small progress- took 10 items to a clothing swap and came home with 6. This will actually free up a few other things to go out the door too, as I picked up replacement items for things that are just 'almost right' in my closet up to now. I also got a box out of my parents home to take to the reuse centre and have 3 boxes of my own to take there. I have a shared laundry/storage room with our upstairs neighbours and their piles of storage keep growing and mine keep shrinking.  All of the boxes I have in there for the past few months have actually been empty bins that I just keep putting more donate items in them every week getting as I get ready for another load out the door. Once they are full I will take them away and start the process over. I love this feeling!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4848 on: May 15, 2017, 06:16:31 PM »
I'm at my most difficult level now.
Well, every layer is the most difficult, if we use the approach of culling the low-hanging fruit first.

But today I did some internal processing to see if I could open to letting more go, then felt truly able indeed.
Released some papers I've carried around for a number of years.
Some of it surprised me, as it seemed like it could have easily gone ages ago.

I've noticed this as well. The more you declutter, something happens in your brain that weakens the attachment to your remaining possessions. I've had the same experience where things I never could have dreamed of parting with, a few months later I don't care about them at all and donating is no problem.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4849 on: May 15, 2017, 06:30:03 PM »
Sold a part that I bought for a project that didn't work out.  Luckily I'm pretty good at buying stuff cheap (bought for $240 w/ shipping, sold for $350 plus shipping) so even when my projects fail I end up ahead. :)