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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5100 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 #5101 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 #5102 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 #5103 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 #5104 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 #5105 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5106 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 #5107 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 #5108 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 #5109 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 #5110 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 #5111 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 #5112 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)
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« Reply #5113 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 #5114 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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« Reply #5115 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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« Reply #5116 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 #5117 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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« Reply #5118 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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« Reply #5119 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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« Reply #5120 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 #5121 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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« Reply #5122 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 #5123 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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« Reply #5124 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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« Reply #5125 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 #5126 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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« Reply #5127 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 #5128 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.
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« Reply #5129 on: August 06, 2017, 01:29:44 AM »
Decluttered husband's wardrobe this afternoon.

It was a condition of buying him a new suit this morning, which was, in itself, an interesting experience.

He found a linen suit that he liked. I vetoed it.

The man practically travels for a living, and he wants to wear linen? No.

Inane shop assistant trying to make a sale: Oh but linen is lovely for when he goes to warm climates!
Me: Sure, like Detroit in January, London in February, New York in March, Norway last week...

Husband still didn't believe me, so I scrunched the sleeve up in my hand for 30 seconds and showed him how crushed it was.
Him: God, that would look awful after two days in a suitcase.
Me: You remember that aqua shirt you bought before we were married and refused to wear because it was a bitch to iron? THAT was linen.
Him: Ohhhhhh.

He ended up with something with a little stretch, much better for travel.

We've been working on making his wardrobe more mix and match, and less susceptible to fleeting trends, while being suitable for work and the filming and travel that goes with it. (And, of course, without spending a fortune!)

Understanding all this is why he gets a vote in his wardrobe, I get a vote in his wardrobe, and inane shop assistant doesn't get a vote.

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« Reply #5130 on: August 06, 2017, 04:43:12 AM »
:D :D :D

Can you sort out my wardrobe MPGH?


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« Reply #5131 on: August 06, 2017, 05:09:19 AM »
:D :D :D

Can you sort out my wardrobe MPGH?

Don't tempt me!

I'd be brutal. Bye-bye cricket shirt from 1998... :D

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« Reply #5132 on: August 06, 2017, 05:54:50 AM »
:D :D :D

Can you sort out my wardrobe MPGH?

Don't tempt me!

I'd be brutal. Bye-bye cricket shirt from 1998... :D

I'll have you know it's a summer 5-a-side soccer shirt from 1997. That remains the only soccer premiership team I've ever played in. I can't throw it away :)

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« Reply #5133 on: August 06, 2017, 06:21:50 AM »
:D :D :D

Can you sort out my wardrobe MPGH?

Don't tempt me!

I'd be brutal. Bye-bye cricket shirt from 1998... :D

I'll have you know it's a summer 5-a-side soccer shirt from 1997. That remains the only soccer premiership team I've ever played in. I can't throw it away :)

Do you wear it at least once a month?
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« Reply #5134 on: August 06, 2017, 12:22:46 PM »
Well, I've got a bunch old clothes right now, and I do wear them. For working on the house/yardwork/general getting dirty. I also sew up the holes in the shirts from the cat claws. Until I'm done with the bulk of the work, I'm keeping them. I've run out of work clothes repeatedly.

On the decluttering side - I listed the cabinet, bathroom wall cabinet, and dehumidifier, all of which I have no need for, on craigslist. If I get my act together, I'll list the cat door too, but that's in the garage and requires shoes to take pictures.


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« Reply #5135 on: August 06, 2017, 08:55:36 PM »
:D :D :D

Can you sort out my wardrobe MPGH?

Don't tempt me!

I'd be brutal. Bye-bye cricket shirt from 1998... :D

I'll have you know it's a summer 5-a-side soccer shirt from 1997. That remains the only soccer premiership team I've ever played in. I can't throw it away :)

Oh well that's completely different! :P

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5136 on: August 07, 2017, 05:11:50 AM »
I have a box with my old sports trophies I got when playing baseball as a kid. I don't know what to do with them. I don't want to throw them away but I don't want them sitting around the house anymore.  I doubt I could give them to someone because they have my name on them, baseball league, etc.   Any ideas?

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5137 on: August 07, 2017, 05:23:21 AM »
I have a box with my old sports trophies I got when playing baseball as a kid. I don't know what to do with them. I don't want to throw them away but I don't want them sitting around the house anymore.  I doubt I could give them to someone because they have my name on them, baseball league, etc.   Any ideas?

Third time posting this here so forgive me for repeating myself.

Some churches take them for mission trips, or for sporting camps for under-privileged kids.

The plaques come off with a hair dryer to melt the glue and dental floss.

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« Reply #5138 on: August 07, 2017, 06:34:04 AM »
Just got rid of a bunch of stuff, ending up giving it to the guy working on the house (I'm just the tenant/roommate).

I also found out that he's being paid only $500 under the table for two months of work...Stuff like painting the whole house, ripping up carpet and installing laminate floors, installing ceiling fixtures, painting cabinets, back splash, building a porch, and a ton of other stuff.

Thankfully he's moving back to his home state and has a job and a house lined up. And now he has two hardly used sheet sets, a comforter, and some kitchen stuff from me so not starting entirely from scratch. And thankfully I'm moving out anyway because my landlord is clearly an asshole.

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« Reply #5139 on: August 07, 2017, 06:53:30 AM »
A freakin' awesome weekend.  Got rid of our last big pieces of furniture (queen bed set, TV stand).

Listed:
- Manzanita branches
- Small weed whacker
- Honda/Acura brake pads
- shoe racks (3)
- Other wedding gifts that are still sitting around (married 8 years ago)
- Kitchen appliances
- Paper Shredder
- Small TV Stand
- Random OEM 06-11 Civic parts
- Random car parts
- Folding Bicycle

To be listed:
- LCD TV
- My bicycle
- Multiple plate sets
- 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)
- TSX Rotors
- Shop Vac
- Queen bed set
- Standing Hammock
- TV Stand
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5140 on: August 07, 2017, 07:10:38 AM »
Tried on all the clothes in the closet and got rid of a giant pile that doesn't fit.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5141 on: August 07, 2017, 07:11:53 AM »
I have a box with my old sports trophies I got when playing baseball as a kid. I don't know what to do with them. I don't want to throw them away but I don't want them sitting around the house anymore.  I doubt I could give them to someone because they have my name on them, baseball league, etc.   Any ideas?

Third time posting this here so forgive me for repeating myself.

Some churches take them for mission trips, or for sporting camps for under-privileged kids.

The plaques come off with a hair dryer to melt the glue and dental floss.

Thanks for the reply mustachepungoeshere.  I'll look into that.

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« Reply #5142 on: August 07, 2017, 12:29:58 PM »
I have a box with my old sports trophies I got when playing baseball as a kid. I don't know what to do with them. I don't want to throw them away but I don't want them sitting around the house anymore.  I doubt I could give them to someone because they have my name on them, baseball league, etc.   Any ideas?

Third time posting this here so forgive me for repeating myself.

Some churches take them for mission trips, or for sporting camps for under-privileged kids.

The plaques come off with a hair dryer to melt the glue and dental floss.

Thanks for the reply mustachepungoeshere.  I'll look into that.

We took off the plaques off a box of old throphies and donated them to a charity that works with kids with Down's Syndrome to use them for the sports tournaments they organize.

Apparantly there's a market for second hand generic trophies because apparantly they are quite expensive.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5143 on: August 07, 2017, 07:06:23 PM »
Woo hoo! The firewood is gone! Apparently, it was about a cord of wood. And it is no longer in my backyard.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5144 on: August 07, 2017, 11:27:22 PM »
sw1tch - how big is your house???? I am very impressed by all the stuff you have got rid of, I'm just a little confused as to where you were keeping all that!

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« Reply #5145 on: August 08, 2017, 05:31:37 AM »
Well, it looks like we are moving at the end of the year so that we can have a guest bedroom and a room for our son. Even though the house will be bigger, this is a prime opportunity to get rid of things that won't fit for the next phase of our lives.

What's weird is that a lot of the stuff I'm piling up to get rid of is brand new to us, mostly gifts or "I thought you could use...". I wonder if we need to have a talk with some people...

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« Reply #5146 on: August 08, 2017, 06:24:20 AM »

What's weird is that a lot of the stuff I'm piling up to get rid of is brand new to us, mostly gifts or "I thought you could use...". I wonder if we need to have a talk with some people...

With people trying to give me stuff, I say, "If I can no longer use it, would you like it back?". No-one has ever said yes. Therefore I feel free to just donate. I don't want to tell them not to give us stuff as lots of useful things have come to us second hand, especially being pregnant. I'm getting a really expensive body pillow from a friend this week!

With gifts, I remind myself their intention was to make me happy. I thank them genuinely for the gift, then I do what will make me happiest. Usually that is to donate it. If I wouldn't have bought it for myself, it just becomes an obligation to me. No-one has ever noticed, and I have been doing it for literally years.

Note I never regift. I just think it's tacky. I donate, so a charity can benefit and someone can get something they truly want at a low price. And I choose people gifts I genuinely think they will enjoy, and then let them do with them as they choose.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5147 on: August 08, 2017, 06:39:05 AM »

What's weird is that a lot of the stuff I'm piling up to get rid of is brand new to us, mostly gifts or "I thought you could use...". I wonder if we need to have a talk with some people...

With people trying to give me stuff, I say, "If I can no longer use it, would you like it back?". No-one has ever said yes. Therefore I feel free to just donate. I don't want to tell them not to give us stuff as lots of useful things have come to us second hand, especially being pregnant. I'm getting a really expensive body pillow from a friend this week!

With gifts, I remind myself their intention was to make me happy. I thank them genuinely for the gift, then I do what will make me happiest. Usually that is to donate it. If I wouldn't have bought it for myself, it just becomes an obligation to me. No-one has ever noticed, and I have been doing it for literally years.

Note I never regift. I just think it's tacky. I donate, so a charity can benefit and someone can get something they truly want at a low price. And I choose people gifts I genuinely think they will enjoy, and then let them do with them as they choose.

During gift season, it is a very good habit to make a wishlist of things you really want to get. If you are planning to buy something, put it on your wist and wait until the gift season. This way you might not receive so much nonsense.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5148 on: August 08, 2017, 06:58:32 AM »
sw1tch - how big is your house???? I am very impressed by all the stuff you have got rid of, I'm just a little confused as to where you were keeping all that!

Glad you asked!  Well, in 2015 we moved out of our ~2000 sqft house, which had an unfinished basement and 2-car garage into a ~ 900 sqft duplex with a 1-car garage.  When we first moved, we got rid of ALOT of stuff (probably 75%), so all of this stuff is just what we moved from the first house.  We found that with our current lifestyle (DINKS that don't really need much), even 900 sqft is too large for us.  The garage also allowed me to justify keeping the 2nd car for way longer than necessary (2 years) and the extra space allowed for stuff to sit unnoticed (out of sight out of mind).  Going forward, I think we're good with 500 sqft - my wife only really cares about having a decent bathroom and kitchen.

With FIRE and life changes coming, we decided to completely minimize and start from scratch.  We are literally planning to sell the bed out from under us.  We're also planning to move about 10.5 hours south of our current location and I didn't want to pay to move/store more stuff than we needed/wanted.  We can always re-buy essentials.  Ultimately, our end-goal is to be able to pick up and leave any place that we end up at without having to go through an ordeal like this again!  The possibility of being nomadic or semi-nomadic is pretty appealing.

Anyhow, with our current timeline we have about a month left to get rid of / donate the rest of the items.  As I said elsewhere on the forum, maybe I'll journal about this experience someday soon.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5149 on: August 08, 2017, 07:01:13 AM »

During gift season, it is a very good habit to make a wishlist of things you really want to get. If you are planning to buy something, put it on your wist and wait until the gift season. This way you might not receive so much nonsense.

I do have a wishlist, well, a folder in my chrome favourites. All year when I see something someone might like I file it in the 'gift' folder. I have a subfolder called 'me' for stuff I would like but never buy! But I would only ever suggest something if someone asked. I would never volunteer that information without a specific request (which my in-laws regularly make, bless them).