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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5250 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 #5251 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 #5252 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 #5253 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 #5254 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 #5255 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 #5256 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 #5257 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 #5258 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 #5259 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 #5260 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 #5261 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 #5262 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 #5263 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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« Reply #5264 on: September 24, 2017, 05:37:29 PM »
I am moving in with my boyfriend (yay!) and already have a renter lined up who will take my place furnished (can postpone some decisions!) so am in use-up and purge mode. I have finally let go of the notes I took in college 20 years ago, for one thing, but this clearing effort can sometimes take weird paths: today I made molasses cookies (to consolidate flour/sugar/molasses) and froze them in preparation for an event later this week, and wild rice with Brussels sprouts with oyster/soy sauce glaze for dinner just to use up ingredients. Lunch was homemade strawberry ice cream from earlier in the summer ;)

I have a pile for consignment, and the car is full for a trip to a thrift store after work tomorrow. I think of this thread a lot, even if I don't check it too regularly, so thank you all for the inspiration!

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« Reply #5265 on: September 24, 2017, 07:07:08 PM »
I spent a good chunk of time on Saturday in the basement. 
A lot of stuff got tidied up in preparation of laying flooring in the last remaining unfinished part of the basement.
Fabric bins- reduced in quantity, no longer any swatches that will not have any functional uses in the future, all folded neatly and can see everything.  Large contribution to the garage donation pile.
Shoes that don't fit - sorted - and in donation pile
Shoes that are beyond repair - in garbage
Some more old sports gear is in the donation pile or sold to Play it Again.
A bunch of old toys - sorted into keep forever and located in an easy to reach area or in the donation pile in the garage.
Luggage - cleaned and stored if we are keeping, the rest is in the donation pile.
Sewing area - set up for functionality, all the equipment and supplies are now set up in our clean maker space / studio / office.
My closet - cleaned up (dusted) and edited.


The basement is looking amazing - the garage is looking really bad.  The garage has a deadline - once there is frost on the windows in the morning - hubs will be super keen to get cracking on clearing out so he can park in there. 
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« Reply #5266 on: September 24, 2017, 09:31:30 PM »
Visited my parents over the weekend so I took a few minutes to keep decluttering my childhood bedroom.

I found a drawer full of papers - uni assignments, press clippings, old birthday cards, etc. I didn't bother sorting through, just dumped the lot.

My tally for the weekend:
- 2 bags of garbage
- 1 bag to charity
- 1 rusty clothes airer

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« Reply #5267 on: September 25, 2017, 01:33:06 AM »
Earlier this year we sold both our racing bikes, because they didn't get used anymore. A few weeks ago my DH managed won an electric bicycle. He tried it out, but it was not as powerful as he hoped for, so he decided to sell it. We received a nice sum of cash that compensates for a big negative financial impact that happened recently.

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« Reply #5268 on: September 25, 2017, 06:52:04 AM »
Did not do too well this weekend in getting stuff out the door- but I got rid of two drying racks that were in the kitchen, a bunch of cleaning supplies we don't use, and some random paperwork.


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« Reply #5269 on: September 25, 2017, 11:40:56 AM »
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--100-150 VHS tapes  They wouldn't take tapes.
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A surprising number of people still want VHS tapes. You can probably donate these.
Source: the townwide garage sale last weekend, at which I saw multiple people excitedly buying stacks of VHS tapes. I prefer to think they just don't like DVDs, please don't abuse me of that if there's a gross reason.

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« Reply #5270 on: September 25, 2017, 11:48:27 AM »
Did not do too well this weekend in getting stuff out the door- but I got rid of two drying racks that were in the kitchen, a bunch of cleaning supplies we don't use, and some random paperwork.

Do you mean implements or cleaning products? 

What do you do with cleaning and/or laundry products you don't use?  Pour them down the drain and recycle the containers?

Any suggestions anyone?



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« Reply #5271 on: September 25, 2017, 01:02:26 PM »
Did not do too well this weekend in getting stuff out the door- but I got rid of two drying racks that were in the kitchen, a bunch of cleaning supplies we don't use, and some random paperwork.

Do you mean implements or cleaning products? 

What do you do with cleaning and/or laundry products you don't use?  Pour them down the drain and recycle the containers?

Any suggestions anyone?
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« Reply #5272 on: September 25, 2017, 02:48:25 PM »
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--100-150 VHS tapes  They wouldn't take tapes.
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A surprising number of people still want VHS tapes. You can probably donate these.
Source: the townwide garage sale last weekend, at which I saw multiple people excitedly buying stacks of VHS tapes. I prefer to think they just don't like DVDs, please don't abuse me of that if there's a gross reason.

Thanks--that's good to know. Maybe we will just take them to Goodwill.

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« Reply #5273 on: September 25, 2017, 03:08:44 PM »
I have a dilemma.
We are in the beginning stages for planning a fundraiser to "free cycle" / share, etc household goods in March or April 2018.   Very large community event held in a local hall.   Concept -- All items are free, except there is a limit (one bag per person before they re line up) and an entrance fee that decreases by the hour, until $0 after lunchtime. 

Meanwhile I have quite a volume of books, games, CDs, DVDs, and quality older kid and household items waiting to be taken to goodwill.   I am unsure if I should just store it all longer (an area 5x7 in my garage and growing), or get rid of it.    It is the kind of stuff that would lure people to the event if it was photo'd and put on craigslist with "freecycle" event tagged on it.

If I get rid of it, I may be able to park the car AND the utility trailer in the garage over winter (rainy here, not snow).

If I keep it, it would truly help seed the event with items worthy of people's time to show up... and I would be a primary organizer of the event.

What would you do?  Store it for 6 months or release it?


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« Reply #5274 on: September 25, 2017, 03:25:44 PM »
Mr. HH and I are moving, which has accelerated our dejunking plan!

We moved into our current house in 2014, did a HUGE clean out January 2016, so compared to what we moved here with we are way down on stuff, but yet we still managed to get rid of the following:

Donate:
2 Large bags of used sheets/towels/pillow cases to an animal rescue
1 Large bag of various house hold goods to Value Village (books, games)

Recycle:
A ton of notes/workbooks/papers from university and our early working days (don't need them any more)
Magazine pages that I had ripped out years ago and never looked at
A bunch of co-ax cables and other electronic goods

Selling:
Outdoor furniture
BBQ
Ikea shelves and entertainment unit
Filing cabinet
Various other items


It feels so good knowing we are going to have a clean slate when we get to our new house!



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5275 on: September 25, 2017, 05:14:03 PM »
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--100-150 VHS tapes  They wouldn't take tapes.
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A surprising number of people still want VHS tapes. You can probably donate these.
Source: the townwide garage sale last weekend, at which I saw multiple people excitedly buying stacks of VHS tapes. I prefer to think they just don't like DVDs, please don't abuse me of that if there's a gross reason.

No gross reason that I know.  People either don't have a DVD player, can't get those specific VHS movies on DVD, or maybe have a secondary location (summer cottage?) with a working VHS player that doesn't need to be replaced.  When you have a good VHS player and VHS movies are going for cents, there is no need to shell out for a DVD player.





Goldielocks, is there storage space at the hall where the event will be held?  If they have a large attic, utility closet, or whatnot, maybe they can accumulate some of the donations until the big day.
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« Reply #5276 on: September 26, 2017, 12:00:20 AM »
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--100-150 VHS tapes  They wouldn't take tapes.
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A surprising number of people still want VHS tapes. You can probably donate these.
Source: the townwide garage sale last weekend, at which I saw multiple people excitedly buying stacks of VHS tapes. I prefer to think they just don't like DVDs, please don't abuse me of that if there's a gross reason.

No gross reason that I know.  People either don't have a DVD player, can't get those specific VHS movies on DVD, or maybe have a secondary location (summer cottage?) with a working VHS player that doesn't need to be replaced.  When you have a good VHS player and VHS movies are going for cents, there is no need to shell out for a DVD player.





Goldielocks, is there storage space at the hall where the event will be held?  If they have a large attic, utility closet, or whatnot, maybe they can accumulate some of the donations until the big day.

Yah no storage there... I am also on the committee to "get rid of the junk and keep it out of the hall"...  Too many dump runs in the past year..

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« Reply #5277 on: September 26, 2017, 02:30:58 AM »
13 items out the door. $175 in pocket.

Bagged a bunch more and I need to do another run this week to get them going.

Next batch to be posted on Craigslist for sale.

I've also let the paper monster grow and grow for the past two months. Need to start working on it. Sigh! We get too much paper.

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« Reply #5278 on: September 26, 2017, 07:18:18 AM »
Another run to Goodwill last night: bed linens, towels, kitchen stuff...  I think I'm slowly getting there.  The agent who listed my house for sale commented that the house feels "minimal" (in a good way :-)

And I took an easy way out on the cleaning/laundry products.  I put the lot in the local laundromat with a sign saying Free stuff - please take.  Hopefully there will be some takers.



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« Reply #5279 on: September 26, 2017, 06:37:04 PM »
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--100-150 VHS tapes  They wouldn't take tapes.
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A surprising number of people still want VHS tapes. You can probably donate these.
Source: the townwide garage sale last weekend, at which I saw multiple people excitedly buying stacks of VHS tapes. I prefer to think they just don't like DVDs, please don't abuse me of that if there's a gross reason.

My parents just like VHS tapes. Their player works, and their vision isn't that sharp anymore - so all this new 4K (or even HD) doesn't make a difference for them.
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« Reply #5280 on: September 26, 2017, 07:36:38 PM »
Opened a cupboard this morning looking for something. Didn't find what I was looking for but grabbed six things (paperwork and brochures) that could all go straight in the recycling bin.

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« Reply #5281 on: September 27, 2017, 02:43:24 PM »
Exchanged a bunch of stuff with neighbors. Got rid of 25 items that we didn't need (balloon weights, books, etc) and got items we could use (soap, cleaning stuff, gift bags, etc). Even though it was not true decluttering, I'd consider it as such since we now have things we can use and none we can't. Also those things we couldn't use will be used by someone else. Double win!

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« Reply #5282 on: September 27, 2017, 06:59:32 PM »
I can't remember if I've posted about this idea before but I finally acted on it.

Husband travels a lot for work. Often that means getting off an international flight and going straight to the office. Sometimes it means he goes to work in jeans and a t-shirt and finds out he has to meet with a CEO, and there's a bit of a panic over wardrobe. Sometimes he has to fly interstate with a couple of hours' notice.

We've been cutting back his wardrobe anyway, so I packed a go-bag for his office: a change of clothes, shoes, toiletries, phone charger, etc.

That gets about a dozen excess things out of my house (including a gifted overnight bag which we just didn't need).

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« Reply #5283 on: September 28, 2017, 04:26:11 AM »
Exchanged a bunch of stuff with neighbors. Got rid of 25 items that we didn't need (balloon weights, books, etc) and got items we could use (soap, cleaning stuff, gift bags, etc). Even though it was not true decluttering, I'd consider it as such since we now have things we can use and none we can't. Also those things we couldn't use will be used by someone else. Double win!

It is a good form of decluttering. Well done.

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« Reply #5284 on: September 28, 2017, 01:42:00 PM »
My husband has been trying to get me to clear out clutter, but I've been resistant.  Y'all have inspired me to actually participate.  This week:

a) Husband cleaned our game room.  We are giving away 5 board games we don't play, and the ones we're keeping (30+ ... baby steps) are sorted so we can actually see what we own.

b) I sorted through my desk at home.  Reference books were returned to their actual bookshelf homes.   Paperwork was sorted and filed or recycled.  I finally looked in the two pretty baskets on the top shelf and realize they were full of paperwork and tchotchkes I had forgotten about.  The recycle bin is now full, my daughter took one of the baskets to organize HER desk, and the other basket went into the Goodwill box.  My husband is amazed that I can actually see the surface of my desk now (honestly, so am I).

c) We tried on 75% of the stuff in our closet.  Two big bags to give away, and a bunch of just-slightly-too-large stuff folded and put in a storage tote. If it is still too large next year, I'll give it away.

d) Cleaned off the kitchen island, which had served as an open-air junk "drawer"

e) I requested The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up from the library after I saw several people recommend it on this thread.

This weekend's goals:
1) Finish cleaning out our closet.  Be realistic about which shoes I will never wear again.
2) Get rid of 4 things in the kitchen.
3) Tackle top of dresser (I have no idea what that mess is, but I suspect I don't need 85% of it)


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« Reply #5285 on: September 28, 2017, 02:11:22 PM »
I am down to some difficult things that I'm trying to decide as to what to do with:

- sterling flatware (it was a gift from my parents but not something that has been in the family) - I don't like the pattern and never use it because it's a pain the neck to clean
- a set of antique silver utensils (another gift but never used)
- a gold necklace (worn a few times but not recently and doesn't fit with my current or future lifestyle)

Together, these items would probably bring $800-$1000 if sold for scrap.  But I feel bad about scrapping or selling fairly valuable gifts from my parents.  And the thought of the necklace melted down makes me sad.

I brought the necklace to a local jewelry store but they were not interested in buying it for their vintage collection.  So the only option is to sell it is for scrap.

Any ideas as to how to deal with these?  Should I just get over the guilt and sell the lot if I know I won't be using it? 



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5286 on: September 28, 2017, 03:49:40 PM »
ZiziPB, I don't have any suggestions but I can commiserate on the difficult feelings. I have listed my toddler's (preschooler now) tricycle. Even though I know she will not use it anymore and had outgrown it (nor will her siblings use it), I want to hold on to it just for the memory's sake. It feels as if I'm giving away a part of her toddlerhood. :(

The only thing that has helped so far is taking pictures of it and reminding myself that the bike has given us fun memories which are stored in my heart and I don't need the bike to remind me of them. Still working on it though.

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« Reply #5287 on: September 29, 2017, 02:58:14 AM »
My husband has been trying to get me to clear out clutter, but I've been resistant.  Y'all have inspired me to actually participate.  This week:

a) Husband cleaned our game room.  We are giving away 5 board games we don't play, and the ones we're keeping (30+ ... baby steps) are sorted so we can actually see what we own.

b) I sorted through my desk at home.  Reference books were returned to their actual bookshelf homes.   Paperwork was sorted and filed or recycled.  I finally looked in the two pretty baskets on the top shelf and realize they were full of paperwork and tchotchkes I had forgotten about.  The recycle bin is now full, my daughter took one of the baskets to organize HER desk, and the other basket went into the Goodwill box.  My husband is amazed that I can actually see the surface of my desk now (honestly, so am I).

c) We tried on 75% of the stuff in our closet.  Two big bags to give away, and a bunch of just-slightly-too-large stuff folded and put in a storage tote. If it is still too large next year, I'll give it away.

d) Cleaned off the kitchen island, which had served as an open-air junk "drawer"

e) I requested The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up from the library after I saw several people recommend it on this thread.

This weekend's goals:
1) Finish cleaning out our closet.  Be realistic about which shoes I will never wear again.
2) Get rid of 4 things in the kitchen.
3) Tackle top of dresser (I have no idea what that mess is, but I suspect I don't need 85% of it)

Awesome progress for just a week!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5288 on: September 29, 2017, 07:33:38 AM »
ZiziPB, I don't have any suggestions but I can commiserate on the difficult feelings. I have listed my toddler's (preschooler now) tricycle. Even though I know she will not use it anymore and had outgrown it (nor will her siblings use it), I want to hold on to it just for the memory's sake. It feels as if I'm giving away a part of her toddlerhood. :(

The only thing that has helped so far is taking pictures of it and reminding myself that the bike has given us fun memories which are stored in my heart and I don't need the bike to remind me of them. Still working on it though.
Thanks for the support firelight!  Even though I'm not particularly sentimental it is hard to deal with objects that have all these feelings attached to them.  In my case, one additional feeling I'm struggling with is guilt - I know that these gifts were a big expense for my parents at the time they were given so it's hard to just discard them and show total disregard for that.



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5289 on: September 29, 2017, 08:07:00 AM »
ZiziPB, I don't have any suggestions but I can commiserate on the difficult feelings. I have listed my toddler's (preschooler now) tricycle. Even though I know she will not use it anymore and had outgrown it (nor will her siblings use it), I want to hold on to it just for the memory's sake. It feels as if I'm giving away a part of her toddlerhood. :(

The only thing that has helped so far is taking pictures of it and reminding myself that the bike has given us fun memories which are stored in my heart and I don't need the bike to remind me of them. Still working on it though.
Thanks for the support firelight!  Even though I'm not particularly sentimental it is hard to deal with objects that have all these feelings attached to them.  In my case, one additional feeling I'm struggling with is guilt - I know that these gifts were a big expense for my parents at the time they were given so it's hard to just discard them and show total disregard for that.

Not knowing anything about your relationship with your parents... These gifts are like a cashmere sweater that is two sizes too big.  It's beautiful and lovely but just doesn't fit you and it's just not useful, and honestly it's so big and baggy that it loses its beauty and looks rough.  You would trade in that sweater for one that fit.  And you can trade in these items for something that fits.  Maybe that is money towards debt or savings.  Maybe it is a necklace or kitchen utensil you're more likely to use.  They served their purpose.  You have admired their loveliness. You aren't disregarding their worth.  You tried them on.  They don't fit. 


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5290 on: September 29, 2017, 08:29:35 AM »
ZiziPB, I don't have any suggestions but I can commiserate on the difficult feelings. I have listed my toddler's (preschooler now) tricycle. Even though I know she will not use it anymore and had outgrown it (nor will her siblings use it), I want to hold on to it just for the memory's sake. It feels as if I'm giving away a part of her toddlerhood. :(

The only thing that has helped so far is taking pictures of it and reminding myself that the bike has given us fun memories which are stored in my heart and I don't need the bike to remind me of them. Still working on it though.
Thanks for the support firelight!  Even though I'm not particularly sentimental it is hard to deal with objects that have all these feelings attached to them.  In my case, one additional feeling I'm struggling with is guilt - I know that these gifts were a big expense for my parents at the time they were given so it's hard to just discard them and show total disregard for that.

Not knowing anything about your relationship with your parents... These gifts are like a cashmere sweater that is two sizes too big.  It's beautiful and lovely but just doesn't fit you and it's just not useful, and honestly it's so big and baggy that it loses its beauty and looks rough.  You would trade in that sweater for one that fit.  And you can trade in these items for something that fits.  Maybe that is money towards debt or savings.  Maybe it is a necklace or kitchen utensil you're more likely to use.  They served their purpose.  You have admired their loveliness. You aren't disregarding their worth.  You tried them on.  They don't fit.

Yes, that's good advice! 

I was thinking though that I should let my mom know I'm doing this and the reasons for it.  She's a logical person who will understand.  And I will feel better if this is cleared up between us instead of being left unsaid.



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5291 on: September 29, 2017, 08:35:43 AM »
ZiziPB, I don't have any suggestions but I can commiserate on the difficult feelings. I have listed my toddler's (preschooler now) tricycle. Even though I know she will not use it anymore and had outgrown it (nor will her siblings use it), I want to hold on to it just for the memory's sake. It feels as if I'm giving away a part of her toddlerhood. :(

The only thing that has helped so far is taking pictures of it and reminding myself that the bike has given us fun memories which are stored in my heart and I don't need the bike to remind me of them. Still working on it though.
Thanks for the support firelight!  Even though I'm not particularly sentimental it is hard to deal with objects that have all these feelings attached to them.  In my case, one additional feeling I'm struggling with is guilt - I know that these gifts were a big expense for my parents at the time they were given so it's hard to just discard them and show total disregard for that.

Not knowing anything about your relationship with your parents... These gifts are like a cashmere sweater that is two sizes too big.  It's beautiful and lovely but just doesn't fit you and it's just not useful, and honestly it's so big and baggy that it loses its beauty and looks rough.  You would trade in that sweater for one that fit.  And you can trade in these items for something that fits.  Maybe that is money towards debt or savings.  Maybe it is a necklace or kitchen utensil you're more likely to use.  They served their purpose.  You have admired their loveliness. You aren't disregarding their worth.  You tried them on.  They don't fit.

And you have feel the love that the givers of these gifts wanted you to feel.  They have completed their purpose in your life.  There is some one out there that may have another use for these items.  And if you can translate them into something more useful in your life, then you should.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5292 on: September 29, 2017, 09:30:00 AM »
I ended up giving the toddler bike to another mom with a 1.5 year old. I now know someone else will use it well and get to make more fun memories with it. That made it a wee bit easier to part with it.

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« Reply #5293 on: September 29, 2017, 11:16:28 AM »
Another run to Goodwill last night: bed linens, towels, kitchen stuff...  I think I'm slowly getting there.  The agent who listed my house for sale commented that the house feels "minimal" (in a good way :-)

And I took an easy way out on the cleaning/laundry products.  I put the lot in the local laundromat with a sign saying Free stuff - please take.  Hopefully there will be some takers.

Animal shelters also get great use out of linens and towels!

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« Reply #5294 on: September 30, 2017, 09:33:28 PM »
Two items out the door and two more pending pickup tomorrow. Time to list more items.

I have some fan memorabilia for shows like orange is the New Black, Bojack horseman, etc. Putting as auction on eBay would give the best possible price but would include shipping work, cut in profits to eBay etc. Posting as porch pickup on Facebook and Craigslist keeps it local and doesn't have shipping hassles but I won't get the best price. What should I pick?

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« Reply #5295 on: October 01, 2017, 08:45:29 PM »
Another couple boxes of clothes and misc to the thrift store and some books to the library for its upcoming sale.  Every little bit helps.

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« Reply #5296 on: October 02, 2017, 06:37:26 AM »
Two items out the door and two more pending pickup tomorrow. Time to list more items.

I have some fan memorabilia for shows like orange is the New Black, Bojack horseman, etc. Putting as auction on eBay would give the best possible price but would include shipping work, cut in profits to eBay etc. Posting as porch pickup on Facebook and Craigslist keeps it local and doesn't have shipping hassles but I won't get the best price. What should I pick?

Large stuff: Definitely Craigslist/FB route.

Small stuff: Start on Craigslist/FB, sell the rest on eBay or give away if low value (<$10). Having envelopes/boxes ready for each item helps if you do eBay, cuts out the stress of last-minute shipping.

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« Reply #5297 on: October 02, 2017, 08:02:10 AM »
Two items out the door and two more pending pickup tomorrow. Time to list more items.

I have some fan memorabilia for shows like orange is the New Black, Bojack horseman, etc. Putting as auction on eBay would give the best possible price but would include shipping work, cut in profits to eBay etc. Posting as porch pickup on Facebook and Craigslist keeps it local and doesn't have shipping hassles but I won't get the best price. What should I pick?

Any kind of niche interest item is best sold on eBay.

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« Reply #5298 on: October 02, 2017, 08:12:22 AM »
Made $35 on a Super Nintendo game on ebay this weekend.  (Which makes me wish we had listed the hundreds of games we sold to Half Price books last year... but mostly, I wanted them out of the house- this is one we somehow missed.)

Didn't do a great job getting stuff out of the house this weekend.
Gave some ribbon away, which was hard. Craft stuff is always "what if I need this later".
Got rid of the dish towels we don't like, and the dog towels that are super old and we downgraded other towels to dog towels.

Also, last weekend I got rid of unused power strips that had been sitting around for years. This weekend, I needed a power strip. Go figure.

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« Reply #5299 on: October 02, 2017, 08:29:34 AM »
A friend wants some more kitchens tuff so I'm going to give her some of the spare spatulas and glasses we have around. Maybe even some of my fancy dessert plates--I have roughly a million...