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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5200 on: August 24, 2017, 11:15:33 AM »
May I please have some advice on old food?

In my (slightly) younger and (much) more optimistic days, I purchased a bunch of canned/jarred foods with big plans.  Well, I've become a better cook, eliminating the need for some of those foods, and others are just not things we eat.  So now I have a bunch of canned/jarred foods that are 2-5 years past their expirations.  Most of them are probably still good, but they won't be eaten here, and I know food pantries do not take expired food.  Additionally, DBF's mother gave use a huge box of baking mixes (which I have never used) years ago, and I didn't realize at the time that I should just donate them.

So, there are no compost bins/piles available around here.  I hesitate to put it on the free section of CraigsList because someone might eat something, get sick, then sue me.  Does anyone have less wasteful ideas for getting rid of long-expired food besides throwing it out?

I've volunteered at a food kitchen and they had expired canned food there. 2-5 years might be too long but it may depend on what it actually is.

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« Reply #5201 on: August 24, 2017, 11:54:27 AM »
May I please have some advice on old food?

In my (slightly) younger and (much) more optimistic days, I purchased a bunch of canned/jarred foods with big plans.  Well, I've become a better cook, eliminating the need for some of those foods, and others are just not things we eat.  So now I have a bunch of canned/jarred foods that are 2-5 years past their expirations.  Most of them are probably still good, but they won't be eaten here, and I know food pantries do not take expired food.  Additionally, DBF's mother gave use a huge box of baking mixes (which I have never used) years ago, and I didn't realize at the time that I should just donate them.

So, there are no compost bins/piles available around here.  I hesitate to put it on the free section of CraigsList because someone might eat something, get sick, then sue me.  Does anyone have less wasteful ideas for getting rid of long-expired food besides throwing it out?

If you have a local Buy Nothing Project group, you could post on there (just be clear they're past date). I've seen expired canned food go in a lot of groups, some for people to eat, some for chickens or pigs. And Buy Nothing is very clear about 'participate at your own risk', so as long as you're clear about the dates, I don't think you're at any risk of trouble there.
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« Reply #5202 on: August 27, 2017, 03:02:28 PM »
I bought a yard of ironing board cover material (quilted non-scorch stuff) and iron on my kitchen island. I do have a tailor's ham on my wishlist, though.

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« Reply #5203 on: August 29, 2017, 04:28:41 AM »
I bought a yard of ironing board cover material (quilted non-scorch stuff) and iron on my kitchen island. I do have a tailor's ham on my wishlist, though.

A tailors ham is really easy to make, here is a free downloadable pattern and instructions: http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/2012/08/how-to-make-tailors-hams-and-sausages.html

I filled mine with well shredded jersey scraps and it works a treat. Be sure to cut the pieces small and stuff stuff stuff if you go that route.

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« Reply #5204 on: August 29, 2017, 04:37:11 AM »
Today someone is supposed to pick up our old bed! I hope he does turn up. 

Then I can finally reach the window and hang up the new curtain rods that have been lying around in their packaging for far too long. Then I can move the antique table and grandpa's chair in the living room up that room. I'll have a nice, light, quiet room upstairs where I can relax and read and we'll have more space downstairs.

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« Reply #5205 on: September 05, 2017, 08:42:37 AM »
I have 1 more week of work and 2 more weeks to get rid of as much as possible!  Can you say I'm overwhelmed?  A few keep-sakes will be put in storage until we have another place to live, but everything else will either be donated or sold.

Listed:
- Manzanita branches
- Honda/Acura brake pads
- Other wedding gifts that are still sitting around (married 8 years ago)
- Kitchen appliances
- Paper Shredder
- Random 06-11 Civic parts
- Random car parts
- LCD TV
- My bicycle :(

To be listed:
- Multiple plate sets
- Random tools
- SA2010 Race Helmet
- 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
- Folding Bicycle
- Small TV Stand
- queen Mattress, box spring, frame
- 2 shoe racks
- small weed whacker
- Civic Si suspension
- 8 person tent
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« Reply #5206 on: September 05, 2017, 08:44:27 AM »
Sold 9 baby sleepers for $10.  Have a pick up of 4 more tomorrow (hopefully...)

Need to keep going through the baby stuff and listing it.

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« Reply #5207 on: September 05, 2017, 02:48:32 PM »
I got rid of leftover stuff from our laundry renovation so the garage is looking pretty empty. And the tiles that were sat in boxes are now on the walls, does that count ;) The wall cabinets will go up shortly in the laundry and I am itching to fill them with all the stuff that has been stored in the wrong place for months.

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« Reply #5208 on: September 05, 2017, 07:59:48 PM »
Dropped off the old clarinet to a local organization that works with kids that wouldn't have an opportunity to do music otherwise. Yay, out of the house! And I'm pretty sure that's the last of the instruments out of parent's house.

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« Reply #5209 on: September 06, 2017, 04:32:16 AM »
Another pile of random stuff is ready to be brought to Goodwill and waiting in the garage.  You'd think that after getting rid of so much already, I would have nothing left that I don't need.  But I'm still finding things around the house that I can get rid of easily.  And there will be more when the house sells.  I've decided that I want my new apartment to be quite minimalistic because I'm really enjoying the feel of empty spaces.  It's peaceful.

No takers for any of my CL listings - I need to lower the prices aggressively and if they still don't sell, just donate them.



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« Reply #5210 on: September 06, 2017, 05:10:58 AM »
I got some more of my old stuff out of my parents attic over the weekend. I still had some old college text books, baseball cards, and an old photo scanner up there.  I recycled the old text books and am selling or giving away the baseball cards. The cards are pretty much worthless. I had an old complete set that was still in its original box so I'm selling that. I'm giving away the loose cards. I'm also giving away the scanner. It's 1999 vintage and I would be surprised if it even still worked or if you could find drivers for it.

Now, I just need to convince my parents to let me help clean up and organize their stuff in the attic. I found cancelled checks from the late 80's, old photographs strewn on the floor, unopened VHS tapes, a bathtub my dad bought in the 90's when he thought he was going to finish the attic and add a bathroom, and a bunch of other unused crap. They have no idea what is even up there at this point. I don't want to be dealing with this that crap in15-20 years after they die or we have to move them to a new place.
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« Reply #5211 on: September 06, 2017, 09:52:03 PM »
I'm wearing a dress to work that I've decided will be (washed and) donated after today.

I'd need to have it tailored in order to keep wearing it, and I'm just not going to spend that money on an eBay dress that will start looking a bit, well, loved before too long.

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« Reply #5212 on: September 07, 2017, 06:49:46 AM »
This is a tiny thing, but I have a container in the bathroom of the sample packets of lotions and such that come in magazines and are handed out at street corners. I rarely use them because they have more product in them than i need at one time. I recently finished a jar of cream, so I have started decanting the sample packets into that and fully using them up. 

Also, my dentist gives out travel size containers of toothpaste. Since I'm not travelling much these days for work, they've been filling up another bag in the bathroom. We just finished a big tube of toothpaste, and I'm not buying another until we're down to two travel tubes.
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« Reply #5213 on: September 07, 2017, 06:53:29 AM »
A bit unconventional for this thread, but I just deleted a ton of apps on my phone that I haven't used in a while.

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« Reply #5214 on: September 07, 2017, 07:01:03 AM »
I decided to keep the ironing board for now, but I relegated it to the basement. When/if I eventually downsize to a condo I will probably get rid of it and go with the Ikea one if I need to iron something.

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« Reply #5215 on: September 07, 2017, 09:56:56 AM »
A bit unconventional for this thread, but I just deleted a ton of apps on my phone that I haven't used in a while.

Mental clutter is very important. I didn't delete the latest batch of apps, but I removed them from my home screens.
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« Reply #5216 on: September 07, 2017, 05:29:52 PM »
Just like there is mental garbage, there is also bloatware on phones and computers.  Keep both forms of unnecessary garbage out of your life.
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« Reply #5217 on: September 07, 2017, 07:34:14 PM »
A bit unconventional for this thread, but I just deleted a ton of apps on my phone that I haven't used in a while.

Less stuff to manage.  Potential savings in time, bandwidth and even electricity.

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« Reply #5218 on: September 08, 2017, 03:30:09 AM »
A bit unconventional for this thread, but I just deleted a ton of apps on my phone that I haven't used in a while.

Less stuff to manage.  Potential savings in time, bandwidth and even electricity.

I agree. Getting rid of digital clutter is still valid decluttering.

I would include getting rid of financial accounts as part of this. Last year after we paid off our house, we eliminated 2 accounts associated with the mortgage holder. We also closed the joint account the mortgage holder used to use for automatic payments. I closed an old HSA account and transferred the money to my current HSA. The fewer accounts you have, the easier it is to manage your finances.
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« Reply #5219 on: September 08, 2017, 09:28:48 AM »
Well, in my never ending quest to declutter, we found some gold (not real gold, just keep reading...).  So my college son spent the summer working and also researching and selling his old Legos.  He figures out what's worth good money and sells small collections.  He's brought in well over $1000 doing this and as his last sale before heading back to college, put a somewhat random box of 15 pounds of legos out there and sold it for $110.  Ok.....next thing he starts researching.  Do you remember the old yu-gi-oh! cards that kids spent way too much money on.  TV cartoons to feed the craving.  Well, he found a bunch of his old "valuable" ones, most well preserved in perfect condition.  These are all serialized, so they can be researched to find their age and potential value.  Well, one that's in a protective case has several examples that have sold on eBay for over $500!  Yikes!  So we've worked into our hidden decluttering, looking for these cards.  What do I mean by hidden?  Well, the wife just can't bring herself to throw anything out so I bring her a 6"x9"x12" container with things I think should be thrown out (mostly random small plastic parts to baby toy kits.....my youngest turns 17 in 2 weeks) and this has been sitting for her to go through for 3 months.  So while on the lookout for yu-gi-oh! cards or magic, the gathering cards, I put paper crap in one bag and plastic crap in another.  When she's out, these get dumped into the appropriate recycling containers.  I'd estimate I've offloaded about 10 full trash barrels of stuff over the past 3 years and nobody even notices since we have every toy (from our inlaws) known to man in our house from when the kids were little.

Little bites out of the clutter at a time.  We'll get there.

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« Reply #5220 on: September 08, 2017, 09:33:50 AM »
This is somewhat depressing - the more I get into clearing out the more clearing out there appears to be. 

I am putting my office / studio back together after some redecorating.  This means throwing out stuff I printed out more than a decade ago and moved without even looking at then.  I am a pack rat.  And a slob -so much dust - and I am finding mold - boy this is going to be great when it is done.

The new storage units are supposed to hold everything.  All tools, supplies and references are being sorted and nothing gets to stay without a good dusting first and then it has to be stored with all the similar tools so I can find everything.  This means digging into other hoards of stuff to consolidate and pitch.  In the end I and daughter will have all our materials for sewing, krafting, art making and my paid work all in one area and all easy to access - and most important - put away when finished.

We have been here 7 years and things are out of control because this house has too many storage spaces.  I keep carrying things up to the garage and now the garage is a complete disaster. Last weekend Hubs did a dump run and you would never know it.  I haven't even looked under the stairs and only peaked in the sauna (it is full of junk) and there are two giant closets packed to the gills.

Enough mold and dust for today.

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« Reply #5221 on: September 08, 2017, 09:38:47 AM »
Just needed to announce to all those that have been observing my journey that I've now gotten rid of my Bicycle.  That bike served me well and allowed me to sell my car earlier this year.  I'm kind of sad now that I think of it, but it was definitely necessary for what we plan to do in the future.  It's strange how quickly things that you thought were important just don't seem that sentimental anymore when you learn to disassociate yourself with the notion (provoked by marketing and peers) of material possessions.  I know I'll buy another bike when we get settled again, but the bike itself isn't what matters; it's how I choose to enjoy it and push myself forward while on it.

Anyhow, I have only until a week from Monday to sort through and donate the rest of the items.

Listed:
- Manzanita branches
- Honda/Acura brake pads
- Other wedding gifts that are still sitting around (married 8 years ago)
- Kitchen appliances
- Paper Shredder
- Random 06-11 Civic parts
- Random car parts
- LCD TV

To be listed:
- Multiple plate sets
- Random tools
- SA2010 Race Helmet
- 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
- Folding Bicycle
- Small TV Stand
- queen Mattress, box spring, frame
- 2 shoe racks
- small weed whacker
- Civic Si suspension
- 8 person tent
- my bike (2007 Trek 7.2 FX)
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« Reply #5222 on: September 08, 2017, 12:07:39 PM »
Such great progress reports from everyone!  I am planning to bring the stuff I've been gathering around the house to Goodwill this weekend.  And I'm going to put together another batch of clothing for consignment and bring it in next week. 

I've decided that I want to live a minimalist lifestyle when I move next year.  My current place is about 1600 sq ft and I will be downsizing to 650 sq ft.  I'm looking forward to having less.  A lot less!



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« Reply #5223 on: September 08, 2017, 05:57:43 PM »
Finally tossed a little stool that was left in my garage by the previous tenants of my apartment.

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« Reply #5224 on: September 08, 2017, 08:51:11 PM »
I'm moving tomorrow and it's been much easier to pack this time than when I moved 3 months ago. I specifically got rid of decorations and things that were particularly difficult to pack, such as decorative paper lantern lights. Or a pretty cool set of reusable stickers that made a tree on a wall. Not worth the effort. Now all that's left is like two pictures and some glued and framed puzzles.

I do still have a dream catcher left that isn't super easy to pack but it has stayed together pretty well and I really like it. I'm trying to only keep things that I see myself keeping for life. What's the point of temporary decorations?

Same with kitchen stuff--I'm almost 100% cast iron now. Less toxic (especially if I ever get a pet bird) and will last forever!

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« Reply #5225 on: September 09, 2017, 03:29:18 AM »
Tossed a couple more things from the balcony. Feeling good.

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« Reply #5226 on: September 09, 2017, 05:13:47 AM »
Tossed a couple more things from the balcony. Feeling good.
I hope there was nobody underneath.
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« Reply #5227 on: September 09, 2017, 10:38:08 AM »
DD came home for a weekend and we did a major haul in the garage - I had a huge pile of recycling out that week.  I am still shredding old papers and bank statements and those are done (I think) and I am now doing old insurance policies.  I keep thinking I have mostly empty boxes now, and then I pick one up and it is not empty! 

I've donated masses of old books and magazines.  If it is fiction that my local library has, it goes.  A lot of the non-fiction (reference material) is also in the going/gone category.  I've always been a heavy-duty reader, so getting rid of books is probably one of the most traumatic parts of decluttering for me.

Basement is next, craft things need sorting and decluttering.  Christmas decorations too.  Re crafts, I had a very pretty sheet set (lovely embroidery at the top of the sheet) wear out, and I am proud of myself that it hit the garbage instead of being stored for salvage of the embroidery part.

Almost of all DD's stuff is now at her place, and the rest is in a neat pile in the garage for my next trip there, so all this stuff is mine, all mine, only me to blame.
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« Reply #5228 on: September 09, 2017, 11:09:02 AM »
I got rid of a bunch of old baseball cards this week. My parents bought me complete sets for Christmas for a few years when I was a kid, but they pretty much just went up in the attic. I checked the value online, and they weren't worth much at all. Like $20-30 for a box in good shape. I sold the one that was still in it's original box and gave away the ones that I stored in these cheesy baseball shaped storage cases my parents got. I'm pretty confident many of the cards were missing from the ones that I stored in the cases.

Now I just need to get rid of my old comic books. Of the 300 some books I have, only about 20 of them are worth anything. The rest I probably couldn't sell for the cover price :(

I don't collect anything anymore. Collecting is more of a hassle than it's worth especially when you no longer want the burden of caring for the collection or trying to get rid of it.
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« Reply #5229 on: September 09, 2017, 07:28:23 PM »
Tossed a couple more things from the balcony. Feeling good.
I hope there was nobody underneath.

Hehehehehe.

Point taken.

I disposed of a some things that had been stored on the balcony.

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« Reply #5230 on: September 10, 2017, 04:32:29 AM »
Brought 2 bags of clothes, 3 pairs of shoes and 3 bags of miscellaneous stuff to Goodwill yesterday.  Another batch of clothes is ready for consignment and I will bring it in on Monday.  Still finding things around the house that I can get rid of.



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« Reply #5231 on: September 10, 2017, 07:10:54 PM »
The box of Wedgewood I've been trying to sell for months finally sold! yay! All packed up, I'll take to the post office tomorrow.

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« Reply #5232 on: September 11, 2017, 08:17:54 AM »
16 things picked up that I gave away on the buy nothing project. Including 8 graphing calculators.

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« Reply #5233 on: September 11, 2017, 11:11:22 AM »
Brought a bunch of clothing items to the consignment store.  They took all but a few that were not in season.  I have some more winter things that I will bring at the beginning of October as it is still too early for them.  Received $69.84 for prior sales.



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« Reply #5234 on: September 12, 2017, 11:47:27 AM »
Trying to figure out what to do with my MIL's old silver cutlery...

Took another small bag to the community thrift store.  I get tax deductions, not cash, but they invest all proceeds directly back into our local community.  It's my way of doing "United Way" without doing "United Way."

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« Reply #5235 on: September 12, 2017, 12:00:18 PM »
Trying to figure out what to do with my MIL's old silver cutlery...

Took another small bag to the community thrift store.  I get tax deductions, not cash, but they invest all proceeds directly back into our local community.  It's my way of doing "United Way" without doing "United Way."

Kudos for keeping it local and not contributing towards the United Way CEO's salary of over $1.2MM.

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« Reply #5236 on: September 14, 2017, 03:50:14 PM »
We are halfway through installing the second hand kitchen cabinets we have been storing in our garage for the last year. I have started mentally preparing my partner that once the cabinets are out of the garage we will be going through everything we have stored out there during the renovations and deciding what we want to bring into the house and what we are ready to get rid of. Some of the books may need to stay in the garage until we get around to building the built in shelves we are planning (seems silly to buy bookcases for 6 months of use) but there is plenty that can go.

One of the challenges for me has been convincing him that it's ok not to provide unlimited free storage to family and friends - usually for things they don't want themselves but can't quite bring themselves to get rid of. If someone has left something with you for years, while they've changed their living situation several times, they're probably not going to wake up one day and think 'Gee, it's quite rude that I've been expecting XX to store my crap for years without making any effort to find a home for it. I better go and pick it up or let them know they can get rid of it.'. These people need a little push. 

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« Reply #5237 on: September 14, 2017, 07:52:26 PM »
This weekend is the great closet purge of '17. Posting here for accountability. I have a real problem getting rid of clothes (6 Rubbermaid totes of stuff that doesn't fit, plus a jammed walk in closet). but sometimes you have to just rip the bandaid off.

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« Reply #5238 on: September 14, 2017, 08:04:11 PM »
Listening to radio coverage of the damage Irma left behind, I heard one woman describing how the storm took everything she owned. The house is wrecked, her possessions are gone or damaged beyond repair, her clothes are gone or ruined. She literally has nothing.

It made me look around and re-evaluate the value of a lot of my stuff and wonder why I have some of it at all.

If a storm wrecked my home and possessions, what would I bother replacing? What would I take  with me as I fled ahead of the storm? If I was that woman on the radio, how would I face starting from absolute zero stuff?
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« Reply #5239 on: September 15, 2017, 07:13:15 AM »
This weekend is the great closet purge of '17. Posting here for accountability. I have a real problem getting rid of clothes (6 Rubbermaid totes of stuff that doesn't fit, plus a jammed walk in closet). but sometimes you have to just rip the bandaid off.

Good luck!  I have problems with clothes and shoes as well.  I've made a lot of progress but still have a ways to go.  Let us know how it went on Monday!



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5240 on: September 15, 2017, 07:50:10 AM »
This weekend is the great closet purge of '17. Posting here for accountability. I have a real problem getting rid of clothes (6 Rubbermaid totes of stuff that doesn't fit, plus a jammed walk in closet). but sometimes you have to just rip the bandaid off.

Well, those 6 totes are going to be pretty easy. Straight to consignment/donation. Good luck with the rest!

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« Reply #5241 on: September 15, 2017, 08:00:07 AM »
Listening to radio coverage of the damage Irma left behind, I heard one woman describing how the storm took everything she owned. The house is wrecked, her possessions are gone or damaged beyond repair, her clothes are gone or ruined. She literally has nothing.

It made me look around and re-evaluate the value of a lot of my stuff and wonder why I have some of it at all.

If a storm wrecked my home and possessions, what would I bother replacing? What would I take  with me as I fled ahead of the storm? If I was that woman on the radio, how would I face starting from absolute zero stuff?

I actually think I would be okay. I don't even have that many clothes, less than four garbage bags full doing the hanger/garbage bag trick. Maybe 3 weeks worth of clothes, most of which are t-shirts/tank tops?

Really, the only thing I'd be upset about is my bike probably, but even that wasn't super expensive. The car tools would be a little annoying to replace but it would be easy to find the same stuff again.

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« Reply #5242 on: September 15, 2017, 09:54:20 AM »
I don't even have that many clothes, less than four garbage bags full doing the hanger/garbage bag trick.

I am ignorant.  What is this trick?
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« Reply #5243 on: September 15, 2017, 10:43:57 AM »
I don't even have that many clothes, less than four garbage bags full doing the hanger/garbage bag trick.

I am ignorant.  What is this trick?

Image attached. It's not super common, but very helpful! Keeps your clothes all in the same order and it only takes a couple minutes.

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« Reply #5244 on: September 15, 2017, 11:57:09 AM »
I don't even have that many clothes, less than four garbage bags full doing the hanger/garbage bag trick.

I am ignorant.  What is this trick?

Image attached. It's not super common, but very helpful! Keeps your clothes all in the same order and it only takes a couple minutes.

Ooo, fancy that!  Thank you!
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« Reply #5245 on: September 15, 2017, 01:38:46 PM »
Put out another 15 children's books and workbooks in the Little Free Library.
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« Reply #5246 on: September 16, 2017, 03:30:18 AM »
I pulled down some old telephone wiring that was stapled to the walls in my garage by a previous owner. It wasn't connected to the phone wire in the house and it wasn't connected to a jack either. Somebody in the past started the job of removing it but never finished it. So I just had random wire stapled to the wall at that point.
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« Reply #5247 on: September 16, 2017, 02:08:29 PM »
This weekend is the great closet purge of '17. Posting here for accountability. I have a real problem getting rid of clothes (6 Rubbermaid totes of stuff that doesn't fit, plus a jammed walk in closet). but sometimes you have to just rip the bandaid off.

Good luck!  I have problems with clothes and shoes as well.  I've made a lot of progress but still have a ways to go.  Let us know how it went on Monday!

I took everything out of the closet, and I am only putting back stuff that fits, and which I love. Currently 4 garbage bags full are in the car. I had to repair a small patch of drywall, and I am currently taking a break and waiting for that to dry. Then I can put a shelf and rod back up that has literally been hanging up with ropes for the last 10 or so years. A lot of this effort is because I am planning to downsize in the future, so I want the closet to look all fancy and be a selling point. I will probably only put some empty baskets on the repaired shelf for fear it might fall down again.

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« Reply #5248 on: September 21, 2017, 07:36:07 AM »
We took 10 cubic meter of thrash to the dump yesterday! Granted, most of it wasn't mine. A friend and I rented a van together - she's moving out and leaving most of her stuff behind. When we want to get rid of something, we put it in the garage and wait until someone we know is renting a van so we can share the cost.

We dumped three old sofas. We have been given several nearly-worn out sofas in the past by friends who bought a new one. We then used them until they would literally break down or couldn't be cleaned anymore, then we'd put them in the garage to be taken to the dump in the future. We now have a really nice (free) sofa that's nearly brand new and hopefully this one will last us years. We also took some chairs to the dump that weren't safe to sit on and an extremely worn out chest of drawers.

We are now for the first time at the point where all our furniture is nice-looking and functional and we don't expect anything to need replacement within the next 5 years. We've had a lot of semi-worn-out furniture in the past 10 years and we're now at the point where our house looks nice and cosy and put-together. We are extremely happy with the result. We feel like proper 'grown-ups' now (end 20s/early 30s) and we still barely spent any money on it. A lot of it is older, quality wooden furniture that we restored and refinished ourselves.

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« Reply #5249 on: September 23, 2017, 02:13:58 PM »
This is a big day.

To Goodwill:
--Bread machine (working)
--Skis
--T-shirts from a past job

Waiting to be loaded into the truck and taken to electronics recycling drop-off:
--Power Mac G4
--Windows tower PC
--2 CRT monitors
--2 keyboards
--combo VCR/DVD player
--DISH satellite receiver from 2000
--CD player that was old when I bought it at a yard sale in the 1990s
--2 boxes of misc. dead computer parts and other electronics
--100-150 VHS tapes  They wouldn't take tapes.
--dead microwave (not sure if they'll accept this) They took it, yay!

To the trash:
--papers and files from the job that laid me off in 2012
--B.S. management books from same job
--outdated other books ditto
--the ten-year anniversary Lucite block ditto (gee, thanks)

I was holding on to that stuff because it represented SO MUCH WORK that I did, work that I was happy and proud to do. But it also carries lousy memories because of the awful way it ended. I am finally ready to let go of the evidence of my work, and get all the reminders of that shitty experience out of my life forever. It felt good to toss it into the recycling bin.

What Marie Kondo said holds true for me--that you have to get the stuff you don't want out of your life (and the associated feelings) before you can make mental room for activities and things that make you happy.
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