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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5250 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 #5251 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5252 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5253 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5254 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 #5255 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5256 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 #5257 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5258 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5259 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5260 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 #5261 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5262 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5263 on: September 15, 2017, 06:26:45 PM »
I am trying to consolidate one box in the basement, recycle 4 or more books, sell one thing on ebay or craigslist - every week.

I'm now down to 9 large boxes in the basement, only 3 massive bookshelves... eh heh... and listed several things on ebay as well as craigslist. I'm actually excited about how easy next year's move will be.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5264 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5265 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.