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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5050 on: July 22, 2017, 02:32:53 PM »
I'm going to spend this weekend decluttering!

It's amazing how much stuff you gather when you are two minimalistic, frugal adults who have never had any kind of hoarding tendencies. I think boyfriend's clothes might be the next thing. I don't have a lot of clothes (just enough to wear for a weak and a few special occasion outfits) but my boyfriend wears band shirts and those are hard to get rid of. I have heard of a lot of minimalistic men who can't get rid of their band shirts. I'm not asking him to get rid of his favourite shirts from his favourite bands, but as he's in a band he's traded t-shirts with other bands, received shirts from festivals they played at or he worked at, he even has shirts from bands he hates that he got for free from a store he used to work in. They used to give the shirts that no one bought (Coldplay) as freebies to the employees.  I think he has at least 80 and he wears about 15 of them. Some don't even fit anymore and some are 15 years old.

Have you ever thought of making a tshirt quilt with the ones that do not fit? They are easy to do, and then you will have a useful quilt instead of drawers full of old, unworn shirts. You can also pay people to make them for you, but it is easy enough to do yourself. They can be done by hand, but if you have a sewing machine, or access to one, it is a snap.

I hadn't really thought of that, but that's an option too! I am actually a quilter and I've made several quilts from old jeans and I never thought about a band shirt quilt! As he's in a band, that might actually be a nice thing to take with him on the road.

I also went through our collection of winter gear and we have way too much scarves, many of them hand knit. My brother works for a charity supporting homeless people, so these are going to him. Maybe a good place for some of those band shirts as well, but as they get a lot of clothing he's going to check if t-shirts are what they need right now (limited storage space).

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« Reply #5051 on: July 22, 2017, 05:59:32 PM »
This counts as decluttering to me. I borrowed a pressure washer from a friend (was going to rent and got lucky) to try to get the paint off the garage. Failed on that, but succeeded in cleaning out the garage!

Took all 42 cans of paint up to the hazardous waste drop off, along with the bag of lightbulbs.
Got rid of the layer of dirt that was on the concrete (several inches in a couple places).
Large pile of misc junk dragged out to the trash, and posted a "free" on Craigslist in case anyone wants it. Various wood (no, I'm NOT saving all the scraps of wood, just in case. That's why there's a large pile out back right now)
Large bag filled with misc trash that was on the floor, walls, ceiling or wherever.
For the first time ever, got the garage door open! Yeah, I need to replace it, there's some pieces of metal actually holding the door together...
Posted the 8 ft ladder that was in the garage on craigslist. (I have other, better ones)
Posted the pile of firewood on craigslist
Posted the firepit or whatever it is on craigslist.
Powerwashed all the walls, ceilings, the doors, shelves, etc.

I forgot to take the tv up to the e-waste though, so that's still in the garage :(

And since everything is out of the garage, I can put it all back in an organized, neat fashion. Just debating when - the garage is pretty wet, so it would be best for it dry some before I put stuff back in.

There's more stuff in the garage that I'll need help getting down. Not sure what most of that is, but there's at least one piece of PVC. However, it's not in the way, so can wait.

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« Reply #5052 on: July 22, 2017, 08:31:03 PM »
And since everything is out of the garage, I can put it all back in an organized, neat fashion. Just debating when - the garage is pretty wet, so it would be best for it dry some before I put stuff back in.

If you have ever wanted to epoxy the garage floor, this is the time!

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« Reply #5053 on: July 22, 2017, 09:43:21 PM »
Spent an hour on my pantry this morning.

Took everything out, wiped down the shelves, topped up my jars and canisters, updated some labels, and put a tin and a couple of jars without lids out for recycling.

My pantry looks gorgeous now. Twice I've gone and opened the door just to admire my handiwork. :)

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« Reply #5054 on: July 23, 2017, 01:39:31 AM »
I went through our bathroom cupboard and drawers. Everything in there, we use! There were only a couple of small things to throw out. We might be able to move the hand towels or something back into that room!
and now I've photographed and emailed my siblings in case they want the kitchen gadgets or castoffs from our grandma (they are not nice clothes, just ones she doesn't want any more).

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« Reply #5055 on: July 23, 2017, 09:39:53 AM »
Getting a lot of stuff out of the basement to prepare for painting and flooring.  It looks so amazing.  Some of it will be coming back but I am going to guard the stairs so carefully so that nothing we don't need makes it back into that area.

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« Reply #5056 on: July 23, 2017, 10:57:19 AM »
And since everything is out of the garage, I can put it all back in an organized, neat fashion. Just debating when - the garage is pretty wet, so it would be best for it dry some before I put stuff back in.

If you have ever wanted to epoxy the garage floor, this is the time!

Multiple deep cracks in the floor. Wouldn't work. I'm happy to get all the dirt out. (this isn't attached to the house btw)

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« Reply #5057 on: July 23, 2017, 11:36:33 AM »
@With This Herring: normally I'd agree with you. In this case, 1) there is no such free space and 2) ostensibly the ball is "mine", as I bought it and used it in place of an office chair for a time.

I'm taking a "better to ask forgiveness than permission" approach on this one item. Thanks for the deflation links!

Oh!  I didn't know it is yours!  That makes a big difference.  :)

He's been back from vacation since Thursday and hasn't noticed it's gone!  Win!

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« Reply #5058 on: July 23, 2017, 11:45:51 AM »
i decluttered my jewelry box and made $166 selling the broken gold necklaces, earrings with no match, etc. Then the costume jewelry I gave to friends and the rest to the thrift store.

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« Reply #5059 on: July 23, 2017, 11:51:59 AM »
A carload of things to the donation center yesterday.  They rejected 2 boxes, which we sort of expected (vhs tapes mostly).  Still, only those 2 boxes of things will need to be thrown out, the rest will hopefully find new homes!  I think the highest demand things are going to be the 2x and 3x sized men's clothes, those are just hard to find at a reasonable price.

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« Reply #5060 on: July 23, 2017, 02:54:46 PM »
They rejected 2 boxes, which we sort of expected (vhs tapes mostly).

Funny - those are in high demand at the Goodwill near us, along with VCRs.   I guess everyone takes them to the cottage for rainy days.

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« Reply #5061 on: July 23, 2017, 04:40:27 PM »
They rejected 2 boxes, which we sort of expected (vhs tapes mostly).

Funny - those are in high demand at the Goodwill near us, along with VCRs.   I guess everyone takes them to the cottage for rainy days.
Huh, interesting.  Well I just found out that DH posted to Facebook about the tapes and very quickly had 2 people say they would like some.  Better than the trash!

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« Reply #5062 on: July 23, 2017, 07:44:29 PM »
And since everything is out of the garage, I can put it all back in an organized, neat fashion. Just debating when - the garage is pretty wet, so it would be best for it dry some before I put stuff back in.

If you have ever wanted to epoxy the garage floor, this is the time!

Multiple deep cracks in the floor. Wouldn't work. I'm happy to get all the dirt out. (this isn't attached to the house btw)

When my father did it, I think he first filled cracks with...something.  (I was not around for the project.)  But good job and good riddance to dirt!

@With This Herring: normally I'd agree with you. In this case, 1) there is no such free space and 2) ostensibly the ball is "mine", as I bought it and used it in place of an office chair for a time.

I'm taking a "better to ask forgiveness than permission" approach on this one item. Thanks for the deflation links!

Oh!  I didn't know it is yours!  That makes a big difference.  :)

He's been back from vacation since Thursday and hasn't noticed it's gone!  Win!

Congratulations!

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« Reply #5063 on: July 23, 2017, 08:20:07 PM »
Gave away 2 kitchen items through a FB group. Feels good.

I'm debating whether to give away a DVD box set that is UK region or whether to wait and lug it over to the UK next visit (next year) and try to sell it for a few pounds or even give it away there to charity. It cost about $100 and it was a gift. We were in the UK one year at Xmas and for some reason DH thought he'd buy it there. I should have returned it at the time but didn't click and ended up never watching it.

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« Reply #5064 on: July 24, 2017, 04:22:21 AM »
Not decluttering as such, but decluttering my to-do list and reducing waste, so I think I can count it? I mended a stack of hand-me down maternity clothes. Just some seams that had given way, and a bit of darning on a nightdress that had one hole but was otherwise perfectly functional and very comfortable.

I also took the opportunity to be ruthless with my non-maternity clothes as I was packing them away. There are many items from my early dressmaking days using fabrics that I no longer care for. I sewed size labels in (our local charity shop won't sell clothes without size labels) and they are now in the donate box. Feels good to get that done - my pregnancy lethargy and morning sickness had made that seem like a much bigger task than it really was.

Plus I'm definitely decluttering my friend's houses by accepting all their old maternity stuff LOL.

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« Reply #5065 on: July 24, 2017, 05:35:18 AM »
With my daughter moving out next weekend, I am "getting rid" of the following:
- a dresser, a nightstand, a sofa and a small end table (she is getting a new bed)
- a couple of pots and pans
- some bowls and utensils
- some towels and bed linens

We also donated 3 large bags of assorted clothes and random stuff yesterday.  And after doing another purge of her closet, she packed another large bag for donation.  Some paperwork and stuffed toys will also be leaving my house (she will store her remaining possessions that she doesn't want to get rid of in her dad's house).

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« Reply #5066 on: July 24, 2017, 06:00:37 AM »
Got rid of two kitchen gadgets at the weekend, feels good. One was bulky so I won't be moving it to get to other stuff now.

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« Reply #5067 on: July 24, 2017, 09:30:51 AM »
Gave away 2 kitchen items through a FB group. Feels good.

I'm debating whether to give away a DVD box set that is UK region or whether to wait and lug it over to the UK next visit (next year) and try to sell it for a few pounds or even give it away there to charity. It cost about $100 and it was a gift. We were in the UK one year at Xmas and for some reason DH thought he'd buy it there. I should have returned it at the time but didn't click and ended up never watching it.
Turn those into a video file and chuck the physical DVD.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5068 on: July 24, 2017, 09:32:40 AM »
Listed:
- Manzanita branches
- Small weed whacker
- TSX/Accord brake calipers, rotors, brake pads
- shoe racks (3)
- Queen bed set
- LCD TV and stand
- Standing Hammock
- Paper Shredder
- Small TV Stand
- DVD player

To be listed:
- Multiple plate sets
- Other wedding gifts that are still sitting around (married 8 years ago)
- Kitchen appliances
- Random OEM 06-11 Civic parts
- Random tools
- Clothes
- too much stuff...

SOLD:
- Car
- Supercharger kit
- Lawn mower
- Fertilizer spreader
- Low profile mechanic's creeper
- Civic shift assembly
- Deep fryer
- Old subwoofer
- Votive candle holders
- 17' Ladder
- Console Table
- Jug of antifreeze
- Civic wheels & tires
- Trumpet vases
- Lawn chairs
- Desk and chair
- Couch and loveseat
- Coffee table
- Printer
- Papasan
- Dining table set w/ 6 chairs (gone in 2 days; maybe should've listed higher)
- 2 table lamps
- Box fan
- Wall Mirror
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5069 on: July 24, 2017, 09:56:00 AM »
Finally decided it was stupid to keep decorative pillows.

Recently got rid of:
8 pillows, decorative and one body
Two nightstands
A giant makeup kit I barely used that is years past expiration
Bathtub mat
1 bathroom floor mat out of 2

Probably need to tackle the wash cloths and tons of towels from a short-lived Airbnb stint.

Car tools and cleaning supplies are a real problem but I can't part with any of it. :( It's not a crazy amount, enough to fit in a small apartment if necessary, but still. I don't trust my car with those touchless car washes. I guess polish, compound, etc isn't super necessary but it does help increase resale value I suppose?

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« Reply #5070 on: July 24, 2017, 01:55:00 PM »
If your car is shiny, it will definitely fetch more if you sell to a private party. It's usually cheaper to keep your car detailed if you do it yourself. I wouldn't worry about that stuff, sounds like you use it regularly.

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« Reply #5071 on: July 26, 2017, 12:06:02 PM »
I took my car into a local garage this morning for some work.  Yesterday I started clearing it out, which was on my to do list for months already and moved to the top because of being out of my sight for awhile.  I have been so proud of my progress in shredding and getting rid of old paperwork.  In my trunk was a bag of paperwork to be shredded that I shoved in there to take care of 'later' about a year ago.  I'm finding things from 1990 in there.  It seems that my 'later' stacks that I've shoved various places for the past 10 or so years will haunt me for awhile yet.  Now is that 'later', though, so I work my way through them.  I also take care of paperwork as it comes in now.

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« Reply #5072 on: July 26, 2017, 06:01:30 PM »
This week is the conversion of our long-time tool storage room (from the building of the house) into a rental bedroom for awhile before hopefully it becomes the originally planned library in a few years. Anyway, husband got the walls finished and the trim and light fixture up, then on to the emptying. Lots of building scraps too small to use went to the transfer station (snuck it out of county since our county has no legal way to dispose of anything, even if you're willing to pay, so don't tell!) Also a broken fan and a broken kerosene heater, and an ancient all-in-one which no longer either prints or scans (see above about no legal way to dispose of anything...)


The he took a bunch of building materials that are not too small to use elsewhere to the barn. The room is nearly ready (still sawdust everywhere, but that's tomorrow's project).

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« Reply #5073 on: July 27, 2017, 08:17:11 AM »
Sent the old bluray player and a bunch of movies (VHS, DVD and Bluray) down to the local goodwill store run by The Salvation Army in my country.   Feels good.

Now I gotta get rid of three pieces of furniture too.

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« Reply #5074 on: July 27, 2017, 11:15:09 AM »
lemanfan, I also have a box to go to donation; it does feel good!

Mr. O is supposed to take the box, but hasn't yet.  I found a few filing supplies & binders that I want to go, so started a new box already!

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« Reply #5075 on: July 27, 2017, 01:59:35 PM »
I have found a creative way to declutter my yarn stash! I don't have a massive amount of yarn, just one box, but still plenty of bits and ends I'd never use normally. My brother works with homeless people and he's known for always wearing a striped scarf I knitted for him. I'm going to use all my bits and ends to knit more scarves and hats like that so he can give them to people who need them. It might be a strange season for knitting winter gear but I hope to have a bag full by the time it's winter.

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« Reply #5076 on: July 27, 2017, 05:35:55 PM »
I have found a creative way to declutter my yarn stash! I don't have a massive amount of yarn, just one box, but still plenty of bits and ends I'd never use normally. My brother works with homeless people and he's known for always wearing a striped scarf I knitted for him. I'm going to use all my bits and ends to knit more scarves and hats like that so he can give them to people who need them. It might be a strange season for knitting winter gear but I hope to have a bag full by the time it's winter.

Knitters, and crafters in general, usually work in the off season, so the items are ready to go when needed.  It's not strange to a knitter!

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« Reply #5077 on: July 28, 2017, 11:21:54 AM »
One person is coming over tonight to buy the cat tree (which my silly cats don't use!), and someone else is supposed to come tomorrow to get the fire pit/whatever it is out of the back yard. It will be nice to mow down the 3 ft tall grass behind it.

Update: cat tree is gone!
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« Reply #5078 on: July 28, 2017, 12:35:26 PM »
Decided to post my 46" smart TV for sale! Apparently I priced it too cheap at $150 because of the amount of interest I got, but oh well. Beats waiting around for someone to buy.

It's a bit of an older TV, so it makes any room incredibly hot. Good riddance. BF already has a 32" one anyway.

My next move should be a breeze. The only furniture I have in my possession is a bed, a tiny TV stand, and two chairs. I could get rid of all of those but I really like all of them. I guess that's how it should be!

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« Reply #5079 on: July 29, 2017, 09:58:43 AM »
Fire pit is gone! And I cleaned up where it was a bit.

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« Reply #5080 on: July 29, 2017, 11:17:59 AM »
Fire pit is gone! And I cleaned up where it was a bit.

Well done!

I have a feeling I might be done decluttering for now. I get that feeling sometimes, and then 2 months later I see so much more clutter that I start again. Strangely, after several rounds of decluttering, our house is still far from empty.

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« Reply #5081 on: July 31, 2017, 08:52:48 AM »
Due to DD's moving out, a lot of stuff left my house: furniture (sofa, dresser, chair, two nightstands), two lamps, bed linens, towels, an umbrella, some pots and pans, utensils, hand held mixer, bowls, measuring cup and other miscellaneous things.  Hopefully she'll want some other stuff once she's situated in her new place :-)

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« Reply #5082 on: July 31, 2017, 08:59:15 AM »
Got rid of a breast pump a friend gave me as a back up that is a different brand than what i use.

Also got rid of the extra flanges for my pump that don't fit me.

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« Reply #5083 on: August 01, 2017, 07:42:17 AM »
Listed:
- Manzanita branches
- Small weed whacker
- TSX/Accord rotors, brake pads
- shoe racks (3)
- Queen bed set
- LCD TV and stand
- Standing Hammock
- Paper Shredder
- Small TV Stand

To be listed:
- Multiple plate sets
- Other wedding gifts that are still sitting around (married 8 years ago)
- Kitchen appliances
- Random OEM 06-11 Civic parts
- Random car parts
- Random tools
- Clothes
- too much stuff...

SOLD:
- Car
- Supercharger kit
- Lawn mower
- Fertilizer spreader
- Low profile mechanic's creeper
- Civic shift assembly
- Deep fryer
- Old subwoofer
- Votive candle holders
- 17' Ladder
- Console Table
- Jug of antifreeze
- Civic wheels & tires
- Trumpet vases
- Lawn chairs
- Desk and chair
- Couch and loveseat
- Coffee table
- Printer
- Papasan
- Dining table set w/ 6 chairs (gone in 2 days; maybe should've listed higher)
- 2 table lamps
- Box fan
- Wall Mirror
- TSX brake calipers
- DVD Player
- Card Table and 5 chairs
- Storage baskets
- pillow stuffing (free)
« Last Edit: August 02, 2017, 09:08:59 AM by sw1tch »

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« Reply #5084 on: August 01, 2017, 08:32:48 AM »
Gave away my two favorite pairs of shoes. They are the cutest shoes and I love them. But my tendinitis doesn't let me wear heels anymore. So they are useless to me.

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« Reply #5085 on: August 01, 2017, 08:33:14 AM »
More clearing out of the basement.  Not all of it has left the property but moving it out to the garage is so close to it being gone.
Daughter has caught the bug.  She is 13 and has started to part with toys.  She threw out a ton of actual garbage and recycling she had stashed in her giant closet.  The carrot for all this is that we are going to paint her bedroom a new colour.  (We can't paint it with all that stuff in there.)
Son, 16, is easily giving away the mego blocks, kinex and some other non-lego stuff.  He has been organizing his lego in his bedroom and playing with it more. 
The toys in the basement only get played with when nieces and nephews visit.  I am going to keep all the good books and the really durable toys - for various ages but most of it needs to go.

My mom shows up with junk every time she visits. Hopefully the concrete rabbit with the broken ear and the concrete patch can just leave.  It is painted grey and pink and it looks so fake and ugly, I can't bear to have it in my garden.  She had it out of the car and into my daughter's hands as a 'birthday' present/project. 

My mom has passed along a huge pile of Halloween costumes.  A lot of it is musty rags but I think I will wash what I can and offer to my brothers (they have kids under 5) and the rest is going. It was great fun to play dress up when I was a kid.  All of it is now too small for my guys.  The sonic costume I made my son when he was nine (the mask took me 10 hours) is staying.  He still likes to wear the mask every now and then....
What is so surprising is how much complete junk we have.  Things with absolutely no functional life left.
We found:
The counterweight for a garage door. Hubs thought it might be useful for something.  I said - what if it contains lead?  Hubs said - this form of lead is safe.  I said - so why do we want to store it in the basement?  It was in the house when we bought it.  It is now in the garage.
Some long heavy metal rods.
A couple of pieces of tiles from our previous house.
A bunch of tiles that were leftover from floors that we have removed from this house.
Broken florescent lights.
A collection of broken, stripped and bent nails and screws and pieces from snapped knife blades.
Paint stir sticks - stuck together from paint stirring.

In addition to the many papers and user manuals of everything we have bought in the last twenty years.

It feels so amazing to get rid of this stuff.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5086 on: August 01, 2017, 09:21:22 AM »
Gave away my two favorite pairs of shoes. They are the cutest shoes and I love them. But my tendinitis doesn't let me wear heels anymore. So they are useless to me.
I donated all of my pairs of heels except for one pair a few years ago.  It was a great decision.  My feet feel better.  My running has improved, and I have way more room in my closet.  :)

I've stalled out on the clearing of clutter.  We got a new puppy, so the clutter has been coming in the house more and more...I'm feeling overwhelmed.  I need to start tackling one room a week. 

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5087 on: August 01, 2017, 03:42:28 PM »
Two new pairs of jeans in, two old pairs of jeans sold on ebay.  Three years old, kind of surprised someone wanted them.

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« Reply #5088 on: August 01, 2017, 06:44:18 PM »
Almost all of the lumber has gone from the house to the barn. We've used a lot of it this week, but there will be some projects undone when husband goes off to grad school (and for the rest of our lives, undoubtedly). But we're almost ready to show the house to the prospective room renter.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5089 on: August 02, 2017, 08:46:31 AM »
I cleared three bagfuls of detective fiction off my bookshelves today and took them to the charity shop. I've been getting rid of bundles of novels intermittently for years, and last night I looked at the stack of one particular author's work on the shelf and thought, "Your turn. There are a million other books I want to read and I'm not going to re-read you lot. You can go and entertain someone else now."

I also cleared out and disposed of a small metal box of odds and ends. 11-year-old odds and ends. That box must have moved house with us unopened.

More importantly, I had a chat with my youngest daughter, who is about to go away to college and who has far too many clothes and trinkets, and she assures me that she's going to go through her clothes and donate a lot of them now, then have a second pass through the ones she keeps but doesn't take to college and donate any that she hasn't missed during her first semester. She has, however, explicitly banned me from having a yard sale with her collection of scented candles.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5090 on: August 02, 2017, 10:20:47 AM »
I have read pretty much this entire thread but this is my first time posting.  I love reading everyone's progress so keep the posts coming! 

I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up in late 2015 as we prepared to move from a 1700 sq ft townhouse to a 1000 sq ft apartment!  It literally changed my life and I haven't looked back since.  We purged at least 50% of our belongings and it felt amazing.  I continue to cull through stuff as we have lived here but the biggest change was in my purchasing habits.  I really think hard before buying non-consumable items and I enjoy the things (especially clothes) I do purchase so much more than I did before.  I think the main benefit of the book for me was it gave me "permission" to purge so many things I always WANTED to get rid of but couldn't.  Prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses, graduation robes were several things that I finally felt ok about giving away.  It's amazing how much emotion can be tied to stuff.

As we approach 2 years at our current apartment, we are planning to move to a 760 sq ft apartment closer to my job.  I am already purging in anticipation of this move and it feels great.

Progress:
-sold my husband's car (almost never driven; we will be a one car family since I will be able to walk to work)
-wiped FIVE old iPhones and sent them to Amazon Trade-In.  I got $156 and it was so easy!
-donated several bags of stuff to a local community assistance center. (I always donated to Goodwill because it was easy but recently found out about this local charity and they do some great work!  I feel really good donating my gently used clothes and household goods to them)
-selling my bicycle this evening (cheap beach cruiser not suitable for any reasonable distance. My husband told me a cheap bicycle was a waste of money and he was correct.  Don't tell him I admitted he was right)
-sold my bike rack

I normally hate selling things because of the hassle but this new Facebook Marketplace is so easy and fast.  For me, it is way easier than craigslist or eBay.

I will keep posting as I make more progress!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5091 on: August 02, 2017, 06:42:54 PM »
TCNG, great work!  I am a little jealous of you & others still in declutter mode.  I have hit a wall & lost my motivation for the time being.

At first I found Marie Kondo's "thank your items" thing a bit strange, but over time I came to interpret that as being about closure and permission to yourself to pass things on.  Just phrased a bit...spiritually?  I don't know what to call it.  Of course I could be off base, but that is what it means to me.  And seems like you have a similar interpretation.

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« Reply #5092 on: August 03, 2017, 02:17:57 PM »
After a long period of stalled progress, I resumed by donating four bags of clothes and lunch boxes yesterday.

And now I've treated myself to an Angie's list big deal house cleaning, so I have to get in gear and get this place cleared out for the cleaning! I have set myself up for a fun weekend . . .

Facebook marketplace sounds interesting. We also have a neighborhood for sale online group, but I haven't tried it yet.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5093 on: August 03, 2017, 10:16:47 PM »
I just reviewed a drawer in my son's dresser. I counted 29 t-shirts. That is just t-shirts. That doesn't include long sleeve shirts, school uniforms, dress shirts or any that are in the wash. I've pulled out 14 in smaller sizing. It seems like such a waste as they still fit him.

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« Reply #5094 on: August 04, 2017, 09:43:16 AM »
I just reviewed a drawer in my son's dresser. I counted 29 t-shirts. That is just t-shirts. That doesn't include long sleeve shirts, school uniforms, dress shirts or any that are in the wash. I've pulled out 14 in smaller sizing. It seems like such a waste as they still fit him.

With a child's clothing, I would think you could let them go by attrition.  Just remove them as they are outgrown or become overly stained or worn.  Or do his drawers not have enough space?

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5095 on: August 04, 2017, 04:13:43 PM »
I just reviewed a drawer in my son's dresser. I counted 29 t-shirts. That is just t-shirts. That doesn't include long sleeve shirts, school uniforms, dress shirts or any that are in the wash. I've pulled out 14 in smaller sizing. It seems like such a waste as they still fit him.

With a child's clothing, I would think you could let them go by attrition.  Just remove them as they are outgrown or become overly stained or worn.  Or do his drawers not have enough space?

They are getting rather full.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5096 on: August 04, 2017, 07:42:23 PM »
I just reviewed a drawer in my son's dresser. I counted 29 t-shirts. That is just t-shirts. That doesn't include long sleeve shirts, school uniforms, dress shirts or any that are in the wash. I've pulled out 14 in smaller sizing. It seems like such a waste as they still fit him.

It's only a waste if you throw them in the trash.  If they go to another family you know as hand-me-downs or are donated to a thrift shop, someone else will put them to good use!   

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« Reply #5097 on: August 05, 2017, 06:21:10 PM »
Sold today:
 - 2 snorkel sets
 - a wooden chest that DS made in high school shop

Gave away:
 - an old box of Computer Arts magazines

Threw out:
 - a bunch of old ill-fitting bras

Put in the donation bag/box:
 - more clothes
 - placemats
 - a thrift store vase
 - wire rack thingy
 - Xmas decorations
 - mug rack
 - fridge magnets

Still need to list: (putting here to keep me accountable)
 - vintage canister set
 - sewing machine
 - fancy dresses
 - fancy dress shoes (never worn)
 - bread maker
 - electric wok
 - George Foreman grill

The space under the stairs is now totally clear, but I look around the house and you can't even notice my efforts. :( Oh well, the decluttering continues. (My sister calls it purging, but I hate that term. Makes me think of bulimia.)

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5098 on: August 05, 2017, 08:24:07 PM »
Dropped off 3 gallons of paint that I can't use and 2 brand new water lines that don't fit anything in my house at the Habitat for Humanity Restore today.

Also found a high school drama teacher (I assume) who will happily take the partial gallon of paint. Just need to get it to her. Connections are wonderful.

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« Reply #5099 on: August 05, 2017, 11:16:00 PM »
Helped a cousin move from one apartment to another today. Mr. O had our donation box in his car. Cousin deputized him to take her donation box as well, so he got rid of both of them today! Can I take credit for her stuff? ;-)

Started a new donation box. Cousin gave Mr. O a nicer salad spinner than the one we have. So I said, "We can put the old one in the donation box?" He said, "Sure...unless you want it". I said, "I don't spin my salads". He gave me the WTF look. I do not understand him sometimes.