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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5400 on: November 04, 2017, 03:58:49 PM »
So, what do you do when each individual thing you pick up *does* spark joy, but you've still got way too much stuff and need to ditch it? We already got the easy things (another 6 full bags to the thrift store today) but I'm now finding myself going through the same closet/bookshelf/cabinet again and again, annoyed with the clutter but with nothing to happily part with. Just finished reading "the life changing magic of tidying up" and found it inspiring, but am still stuck at a slow trickle of maybe 1-2 things a day to part with. We aren't hoarders by any means, but I still dream of open space in the cabinets (and no embarrassing pile of craft supplies with no home in the spare bedroom).

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« Reply #5401 on: November 04, 2017, 05:38:06 PM »
So, what do you do when each individual thing you pick up *does* spark joy, but you've still got way too much stuff and need to ditch it? We already got the easy things (another 6 full bags to the thrift store today) but I'm now finding myself going through the same closet/bookshelf/cabinet again and again, annoyed with the clutter but with nothing to happily part with. Just finished reading "the life changing magic of tidying up" and found it inspiring, but am still stuck at a slow trickle of maybe 1-2 things a day to part with. We aren't hoarders by any means, but I still dream of open space in the cabinets (and no embarrassing pile of craft supplies with no home in the spare bedroom).

One of these might work, depending on the type of stuff:

Find alternative ways of accessing the things you love
Try getting rid of some of your books with the understanding that next time you want to read a certain have permission to buy the e-book or can borrow it from the library. Check to see if your favourite movies are on Netflix, then donate your DVDs.

Use up the consumables
You mentioned craft supplies. Is the joy in the owning or in the using and then giving away the finished product? If the joy is in the using, then commit to working your way through the stash. Then when the hoard is at an acceptable level, set yourself a limit, e.g. all craft supplies must fit in this plastic tub, or this cupboard, or this shipping container, whatever space you think is suitable. Then you know you can't buy more till you've used up some of what you have.

Get creative with how you store memories
Drowning in kids' artwork? Take a photo and get rid of the piles of craft paper and pipe cleaners.

Take some time then start again
Now that you've offloaded a lot of stuff, you need to adapt to this new base. In time, you might find yourself reassessing what you decided to hang onto. Yes, it did spark joy, but for whatever reason it doesn't anymore. Or maybe now that you've gotten rid of the stuff you don't like, you can better discern between the things you like and the things you love.

I have friends who complain about how they're drowning in stuff. But I love more than 90 per cent of what surrounds me at home. I love my doona cover, I love my favourite chair, I love these two little aqua bowls I have. I live in an apartment, so like doesn't really cut it anymore.

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« Reply #5402 on: November 04, 2017, 10:10:15 PM »
Iím curious about the best way to get rid of alcohol i donít want any more. My husband and I were always light drinkers but now he isnít drinking at all and Iíve decided to limit myself to one drink an evening, if Iím out and it seems right at the time, but not drink at home. I have several nearly full bottles of hard liquor (bourbon, gin, and of course, sloe gin) and eleven bottles of vintage port. Most of the people I know who would take this stuff should not be encouraged/enabled in their problematic drinking. I already contacted one place that buys vintage port but they arenít interested because it wasnít professionally cellared. We donít entertain often.

There has to be something less wasteful than pouring it all down the sink, right?

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5403 on: November 04, 2017, 10:45:28 PM »
So, what do you do when each individual thing you pick up *does* spark joy, but you've still got way too much stuff and need to ditch it? We already got the easy things (another 6 full bags to the thrift store today) but I'm now finding myself going through the same closet/bookshelf/cabinet again and again, annoyed with the clutter but with nothing to happily part with. Just finished reading "the life changing magic of tidying up" and found it inspiring, but am still stuck at a slow trickle of maybe 1-2 things a day to part with. We aren't hoarders by any means, but I still dream of open space in the cabinets (and no embarrassing pile of craft supplies with no home in the spare bedroom).

One of these might work, depending on the type of stuff:

Find alternative ways of accessing the things you love
Try getting rid of some of your books with the understanding that next time you want to read a certain have permission to buy the e-book or can borrow it from the library. Check to see if your favourite movies are on Netflix, then donate your DVDs.

Use up the consumables
You mentioned craft supplies. Is the joy in the owning or in the using and then giving away the finished product? If the joy is in the using, then commit to working your way through the stash. Then when the hoard is at an acceptable level, set yourself a limit, e.g. all craft supplies must fit in this plastic tub, or this cupboard, or this shipping container, whatever space you think is suitable. Then you know you can't buy more till you've used up some of what you have.

Get creative with how you store memories
Drowning in kids' artwork? Take a photo and get rid of the piles of craft paper and pipe cleaners.

Take some time then start again
Now that you've offloaded a lot of stuff, you need to adapt to this new base. In time, you might find yourself reassessing what you decided to hang onto. Yes, it did spark joy, but for whatever reason it doesn't anymore. Or maybe now that you've gotten rid of the stuff you don't like, you can better discern between the things you like and the things you love.

I have friends who complain about how they're drowning in stuff. But I love more than 90 per cent of what surrounds me at home. I love my doona cover, I love my favourite chair, I love these two little aqua bowls I have. I live in an apartment, so like doesn't really cut it anymore.
This is fantastic! Definitely saving to read later.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5404 on: November 04, 2017, 10:50:16 PM »
Iím curious about the best way to get rid of alcohol i donít want any more. My husband and I were always light drinkers but now he isnít drinking at all and Iíve decided to limit myself to one drink an evening, if Iím out and it seems right at the time, but not drink at home. I have several nearly full bottles of hard liquor (bourbon, gin, and of course, sloe gin) and eleven bottles of vintage port. Most of the people I know who would take this stuff should not be encouraged/enabled in their problematic drinking. I already contacted one place that buys vintage port but they arenít interested because it wasnít professionally cellared. We donít entertain often.

There has to be something less wasteful than pouring it all down the sink, right?

I would definitely gift anything unopened at Christmas. You said most but that means not all your drinking friends were problem drinkers! I love port, give it to me!

Otherwise I'd investigate cooking uses eg stews and desserts with port (the alcohol will burn off), pickling veg, household cleaning/ fabric or air freshener and mouthwash.

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« Reply #5405 on: November 04, 2017, 11:00:14 PM »
This is fantastic! Definitely saving to read later.
Thanks. I should have re-read it and fixed mistakes before you quoted it!


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5406 on: November 04, 2017, 11:08:49 PM »
Iím curious about the best way to get rid of alcohol i donít want any more. My husband and I were always light drinkers but now he isnít drinking at all and Iíve decided to limit myself to one drink an evening, if Iím out and it seems right at the time, but not drink at home. I have several nearly full bottles of hard liquor (bourbon, gin, and of course, sloe gin) and eleven bottles of vintage port. Most of the people I know who would take this stuff should not be encouraged/enabled in their problematic drinking. I already contacted one place that buys vintage port but they arenít interested because it wasnít professionally cellared. We donít entertain often.

There has to be something less wasteful than pouring it all down the sink, right?

I would definitely gift anything unopened at Christmas. You said most but that means not all your drinking friends were problem drinkers! I love port, give it to me!

Otherwise I'd investigate cooking uses eg stews and desserts with port (the alcohol will burn off), pickling veg, household cleaning/ fabric or air freshener and mouthwash.

Other recipes: the bourbon can be used to make vanilla, or it's great in place of amaretto in whipped cream; the port can be used in puddings or trifles, very handy with Christmas coming up.

If you're not comfortable giving it to friends who drink, could you barter with friends, use it for thank you presents, get to know your neighbours...

I get it though. People love giving me wine, but I don't drink wine, so I'm forever rifling through the booze cupboard trying to find the stuff I actually drink.

I have been making an effort to use up these endless bottles of red (so much pasta!), but they're being replaced faster than I cook my way through them.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5407 on: November 05, 2017, 03:44:20 AM »
Heaps of stuff has left my house this weekend.

2 large plastic storage drawers to my SIL.
2 broken terracotta pots.
DVDs and booklets from a seminar I attended 11 years ago.
Lots of kids crafts and projects. (Some scanned or photographed first)
An old modem
Several power cords/phone cords that don't have anything to connect to anymore.
Dried up felt pens (thanks DS)
Crayon bits and paper wrappers.
Pencils that won't sharpen (I have blisters on my fingers from testing them so had to stop. Have about a quarter of the basket to go.) Still have another 3 pencilcases to sort. Where do they all come from!
Some items to be returned to FIL ate at the door ready to go.
Halloween decorations pulled down and put away.

I've also been cleaning, tidying and washing all weekend so my house is feeling much lighter and fresher.

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« Reply #5408 on: November 05, 2017, 04:19:48 AM »
Reposted a bunch of things on CL.  If they don't sell by the end of the month, they will be donated.

Also prepped two large batches of things for consignment and donation.  I still need to go through a bin in the basement that held my skiing stuff and that to the right piles.  Will bring the donation in today and consignment on Monday.

I have a tea/coffee set that I've been debating getting rid of for a while now.  I removed it from the cabinet in the kitchen and packed it up a year or so ago but haven't been able to part with it completely.  So yesterday I pulled it out and said to myself that if I want to keep it then it shouldn't be packed away.  But when I tried to put it back into the kitchen cabinet I had an immediate and very strong feeling of doing something wrong :-)  I felt that the cabinet that now has plenty of empty space was choked by the addition.  Since I haven't used the set in years and it evoked such a strong negative reaction when going back into the cabinet, I think it's time to finally let it go!



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« Reply #5409 on: November 05, 2017, 04:30:59 AM »
I like the KonMari questioning 'does this spark joy?' or Brooks Palmer's question 'do I love and want to keep this?' where any answer other than an emphatic yes means no, get rid of it. For practical useful things, I prefer to focus on annoyance level.

This week we donated 3 bags of stuff:
- a skirt I got in a clothes swap earlier this year but realised I didn't actually love it
- from DH, a belt, a pair of shiny shoes barely worn, several short sleeved shirts that no longer sparked joy
- a couple of old watches
- some plastic containers in as new condition but I can no longer open them due to some injuries
- a lingerie washing bag that turned out to be made of rough fabric
- a storage box that didn't work for what I wanted it to (solved this by rearranging where some things got stored)
- a magazine
- a small torch that used AAA batteries (we normally only have AA batteries on hand)
plus a few other bits and pieces

DH also got rid of a few short sleeved shirts that he hadn't worn in a while and there's now a pile of magazines at the door ready to be donated to a different charity fundraiser.


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« Reply #5410 on: November 05, 2017, 05:30:32 AM »
I did unvoluntarily clear out another piece of clothing. One of my woolen vests was so dirty that I wanted to wash it. I did not choose wool program in the washing machine and it came out filted and children's size.

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« Reply #5411 on: November 05, 2017, 08:17:06 AM »
Iím curious about the best way to get rid of alcohol i donít want any more. My husband and I were always light drinkers but now he isnít drinking at all and Iíve decided to limit myself to one drink an evening, if Iím out and it seems right at the time, but not drink at home. I have several nearly full bottles of hard liquor (bourbon, gin, and of course, sloe gin) and eleven bottles of vintage port. Most of the people I know who would take this stuff should not be encouraged/enabled in their problematic drinking. I already contacted one place that buys vintage port but they arenít interested because it wasnít professionally cellared. We donít entertain often.

There has to be something less wasteful than pouring it all down the sink, right?

Do you know anyone who is hosting for the holidays? Even if they are not drinkers themselves (or much, or picky), they likely would appreciate good drinks to serve to their guests.

When I "inherited" a large amount of various alcohols when a relative moved, I ended up gifting them through my neighborhood's Buy Nothing Project. I just did one bottle per person, so it's not like I was dumping a huge amount onto any one person, and got to 'spread the love'.
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« Reply #5412 on: November 05, 2017, 12:08:08 PM »
I did unvoluntarily clear out another piece of clothing. One of my woolen vests was so dirty that I wanted to wash it. I did not choose wool program in the washing machine and it came out filted and children's size.

OTOH, I have purchased extremely dense, beautiful cashmere sweaters at the thrift store for this very reason -- Size L but fits a Size S.! 

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« Reply #5413 on: November 05, 2017, 12:18:02 PM »
Okay,  I have a lot of items up on Craigslist right now, and on my way to getting $40 before lunch.
Man, there is a huge volume of things I want to sell / give away.   Next weekend, it will be "free giveaways", then the last of it to thrift store, I guess.  Seems like a lot of work, which is why I can declutter (to the garage staging area),then I stop.

Each room I enter, I now have the urge to declutter and the garage pile will start to grow quickly.  It fills the utility trailer right now.

Kids items are worth quite a bit (scooter / pogo stick, like new downhill biking helmet)..  maybe I will need to wait until spring to sell those...  argh, the challenge is what to do with a kid's (the helmet) item that cost $90, that was worn about twice.. giving it away seems like such a loss of $$'s.


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« Reply #5414 on: November 05, 2017, 12:32:24 PM »
Hopefully a kijiji pick up happens today. 
Half a van load left this morning for my brothers house and for his little kids.  So far much of the hand-me-downs have hit the bulls eye for happiness making for niece and nephews. 
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« Reply #5415 on: November 05, 2017, 07:26:28 PM »
If you are trying to use up Port, google 'venison with port and apricots' by Mary Berry. Fabulous stew and uses up about 250ml of port if I recall correctly each time, and you could easily sub beef for the venison.

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« Reply #5416 on: November 06, 2017, 07:33:04 AM »
No kijiji sales materialized yesterday.  Maybe today - two parties are interested or maybe it is just one party pretending to be two.  I have dropped the price to $15 bucks.  Sheesh - this weekend I am taking it to the Bibles for Missions - enough already.
I would have done it last weekend but it was crappy and the van keeps getting a flat so I while I inflate the tire at home, I don't want to be away the compressor I know how to use with a flat.
Maybe the person will show up at 12 and we will be done with it.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5417 on: November 06, 2017, 09:41:43 AM »
So, what do you do when each individual thing you pick up *does* spark joy, but you've still got way too much stuff and need to ditch it? We already got the easy things (another 6 full bags to the thrift store today) but I'm now finding myself going through the same closet/bookshelf/cabinet again and again, annoyed with the clutter but with nothing to happily part with. Just finished reading "the life changing magic of tidying up" and found it inspiring, but am still stuck at a slow trickle of maybe 1-2 things a day to part with. We aren't hoarders by any means, but I still dream of open space in the cabinets (and no embarrassing pile of craft supplies with no home in the spare bedroom).

I've definitely found myself making "rounds" of cluttering.  Husband and I sorted our bookshelves this summer and got rid of more than 100 books.  I was satisfied that everything else I really *had* to keep.  This weekend, I got rid of 100 more books.  I suspect that after Christmas, I'll be able to get rid of 50 more (which still leaves me with more than 1k books, but now they won't be crammed every which way).

As you get peel off each layer of things that have outlived their purpose, give yourself time to see if there are more layers.  The key for me was to focus on the konmari point of thanking my things for the past happiness they had brought me - now I'm able to let things go without feeling guilty.
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« Reply #5418 on: November 06, 2017, 09:50:12 AM »
This weekend, I made my 11-year-old sort through her closet.  She doesn't want more than half of her clothes.  Granted, a lot of them she had outgrown, but there were multiple things with the tags still on that she didn't want anymore.  We had a nice heart-to-heart, and she confessed that although she likes the idea of those clothes, she really hates wearing X, Y, and Z type clothes.  Simple fix - we aren't buying those types of garments anymore. 

It was also reallllly irritating to find a few nice skirts and blouses crammed into a drawer.  Those would have been appropriate for a funeral we had to go to recently; instead, we spent $100 buying a dress at the last minute (I literally had 20 minutes to shop, so I bought the first thing that fit her).   

Now, we can see into her drawers and her closet and know exactly what she has!

I took her with me this weekend to drop 2 bags off at Goodwill, to sell the nicer clothes at the resale shop, and to sell 100 books at the used bookstore.  She was SHOCKED at the tiny amounts of money we got for what was easily more than $1k worth of stuff, bought new.  It was a nice teachable moment about why I'm suddenly refusing to buy stuff.  We're being wasteful.

I'm going to do the same exercise with middle daughter next weekend, and maybe I can pin son down sometime during the week to make him go through his closet too.
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« Reply #5419 on: November 06, 2017, 03:58:40 PM »
Okay,  I have a lot of items up on Craigslist right now, and on my way to getting $40 before lunch.
Man, there is a huge volume of things I want to sell / give away.   Next weekend, it will be "free giveaways", then the last of it to thrift store, I guess.  Seems like a lot of work, which is why I can declutter (to the garage staging area),then I stop.

Each room I enter, I now have the urge to declutter and the garage pile will start to grow quickly.  It fills the utility trailer right now.

Kids items are worth quite a bit (scooter / pogo stick, like new downhill biking helmet)..  maybe I will need to wait until spring to sell those...  argh, the challenge is what to do with a kid's (the helmet) item that cost $90, that was worn about twice.. giving it away seems like such a loss of $$'s.

I would think those would sell in a heartbeat with the tagline "GREAT FOR XMAS!"

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« Reply #5420 on: November 06, 2017, 04:02:42 PM »
This weekend, I made my 11-year-old sort through her closet.  She doesn't want more than half of her clothes.  Granted, a lot of them she had outgrown, but there were multiple things with the tags still on that she didn't want anymore.  We had a nice heart-to-heart, and she confessed that although she likes the idea of those clothes, she really hates wearing X, Y, and Z type clothes.  Simple fix - we aren't buying those types of garments anymore. 

I have a 34-year-old friend who can't admit that yet. Good on your daughter for having that level of self-awareness so young.

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« Reply #5421 on: November 06, 2017, 08:26:06 PM »
Another big purge day.

9 hats
Sons clothes - 13 shirts, 4 shorts, 2 pair shoes
Daughter's clothes - 7 long sleeve tops/jumpers, 2 tshirts, 2 dresses, 4 leggings.
Quilt cover set
Safety plugs
Broken curtain rod holder
Spare toy pram handle
Doll stand
Daughter's school scrapbooks from last year
10 items from the bathroom cabinet
Money box
And a few other sundry items.

Hubby also filed a large garbage bag full of crap from his side of our room.

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« Reply #5422 on: November 06, 2017, 09:03:40 PM »
I took her with me this weekend to drop 2 bags off at Goodwill, to sell the nicer clothes at the resale shop, and to sell 100 books at the used bookstore.  She was SHOCKED at the tiny amounts of money we got for what was easily more than $1k worth of stuff, bought new. It was a nice teachable moment about why I'm suddenly refusing to buy stuff.  We're being wasteful.

Great lessons for your daughter.

This is definitely a huge part of whatís making me hold onto my shoes and clothing that I no longer wear. While I never went into debt accumulating all of it, I spent an absurd amount over several years and I just canít bear to take the loss (yes, I know Iíve already taken the loss/itís a sunk cost... Iím obviously not mentally ready to let it go). At least itís all well organized and accessible. 2018 is going to be Step37ís Year of (getting mentally prepared for?) Closet Consolidation... yes, yes it IS. I stopped buying clothes and shoes nearly three years ago (other than replacements of worn-out items such as gym shoes), so this is the next logical step. God knows Iíll never wear all of it out.

The wastefulness of it all really bothers me. I abhor waste (Iím the person who saves all the only-one-side-printed paper and prints anything that doesnít leave the office on that), so I have to get rid of things in a way that doesnít feel wasteful (selling is good!).

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« Reply #5423 on: November 07, 2017, 07:08:02 AM »
I made so much progress since last week!

-started Project 333 (with the exception of attire for a wedding I was in this weekend).  Easy so far.  Boxed up all my other clothes and plan to not open the box until I move.
-gave away a floor lamp
-found someone who wants my printer that is taking up space and rarely used
-bagged up clothes to sell to ThredUp (never done this before; it seems like the CleabOut kit I ordered is taking forever to arrive)
-filled an entire box with clothes, DVDs, etc to be donated to the local community assistance center

This weekend I plan to:
-have my husband go through his clothes and try on things to see if there is anything he wants to get rid of
-clean up my patio furniture and take a nice picture to list it all for sale
-clean up a couple of laptops which aren't really functioning and need to be recycled (I already found a recycling center for these)
-take several barely worn J.Crew pieces to the local high-end consignment store.

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« Reply #5424 on: November 07, 2017, 12:22:13 PM »
This is definitely a huge part of whatís making me hold onto my shoes and clothing that I no longer wear. While I never went into debt accumulating all of it, I spent an absurd amount over several years and I just canít bear to take the loss (yes, I know Iíve already taken the loss/itís a sunk cost... Iím obviously not mentally ready to let it go). At least itís all well organized and accessible. 2018 is going to be Step37ís Year of (getting mentally prepared for?) Closet Consolidation... yes, yes it IS. I stopped buying clothes and shoes nearly three years ago (other than replacements of worn-out items such as gym shoes), so this is the next logical step. God knows Iíll never wear all of it out.


I've purged a bunch of stuff from my closet.  Others are hard to get rid of. I have a box in my closet of clothes that I don't really want, or that don't fit.  It's a transparent tub, so I can still see the clothes.  I'm going to look at them on the top shelf for a year, and then get rid of them.

It also helps me to thank each item of clothing for the value that it already brought my life.  I am generally a very practical, no-room-for-woo-woo-craziness person, and I felt really silly doing this when I started the Konmari method.  I was surprised at how well it worked to alleviate my guilt for the waste.
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« Reply #5425 on: November 07, 2017, 02:17:01 PM »
Had my husband go through the newspapers he had stashed in a drawer and pull out the pages he wanted to keep. The rest went into recycling.

I recently received what I call a Generic Girl Gift (uninspired gifts of body butter and bath products, usually strongly scented, occasionally full of glitter).

I messaged my mum and asked if she can regift it to anyone. She needs something for a group gift exchange (where generic gifts are encouraged), so thatís one more thing out of the cupboard.

And I dropped some small tech components in a zip-lock bag and threw out the box they were in.

Once again I feel like Iím making progress on getting rid of the clutter but I have a lot of stuff in a holding pattern (Christmas gifts, two birthday gifts, shoes to return to shop, a bag to return to family...) Get out of my house!

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« Reply #5426 on: November 07, 2017, 03:22:20 PM »
Storage question!  Ladies who wear molded-cup brassieres:  Where do you keep them? 

I keep mine daily ones in a drawer and some fancy ones in a bin on a shelf. Your hook idea gave me an idea though. How about one of those space-saving multi-skirt hangers - one with several rows of clips? If you clipped one bra strap to each clasp, you could keep a bra per tier, preserve their shape, and hide them a bit by hanging it among your clothes.

An example of the hanger I'm talking about: https://www.amazon.ca/Miyare-Foldable-Closet-Multi-layer-Trousers/dp/B07478KCVV/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1509669433&sr=8-1&keywords=multi-skirt+hanger

Ooo, I like the hanger idea.

Sunhat, my drawers are too shallow to hold bras without crushing them.  :(  But thank you!

So, what do you do when each individual thing you pick up *does* spark joy, but you've still got way too much stuff and need to ditch it? We already got the easy things (another 6 full bags to the thrift store today) but I'm now finding myself going through the same closet/bookshelf/cabinet again and again, annoyed with the clutter but with nothing to happily part with. Just finished reading "the life changing magic of tidying up" and found it inspiring, but am still stuck at a slow trickle of maybe 1-2 things a day to part with. We aren't hoarders by any means, but I still dream of open space in the cabinets (and no embarrassing pile of craft supplies with no home in the spare bedroom).

Adding to mustachepungoeshere's list:
Store things in different places than you have previously!  When I started looking at some random oddments (large plastic cooler, old music stand, and many more) that live in a weird place (at the top of the stairs leading to our apartment there's a little landing/open storage area), I knew I would be able to trim them down, but I didn't think they'd be gone completely, and I couldn't see how things would ever look organized.  However, after I pared down some food storage and food containers storage, suddenly I have an open shelf inside the apartment.  Now the cooler can go there, and it will probably be joined by other oddments later.

So, in your case, maybe decluttering a linen closet or the attic or the under-bed storage space will lead to extra space that will let you store the crafting supplies you love in a more pleasing manner.
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« Reply #5427 on: November 07, 2017, 04:45:27 PM »
Someone bought my daughter's old twin bed and I indicated that the box spring was included and also managed to include all the miscellaneous pieces of wood that hubs had used to make it super over-structured.  It was taking up a couple of locations in the garage. 

Now I am back focused inside the house.  I painted two dressers so I took all the clothes out of the drawers.  Hubs dumped all his back in without sorting through them.  I am going to go through all mine and refold first.  I did t-shirts this morning before work.

So what should I do with all the bras that don't fit anymore.  I bought three new bras two years ago.  I got them because none of my bras fit - I was so appalled at the size of them it was the incentive to lose weight.  Now they are huge.  And they are brand new looking - well two of them are.  And they were expensive. I don't even want to say what I paid. It was probably my last pre-MMM purchase.  Do I keep in case I put 10 pounds back on - or say goodbye to the Goodwill. Does Goodwill even sell bras? This is not something I want to put on kijiji and it is a little embarrassing to ask a friend no? 
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« Reply #5428 on: November 07, 2017, 08:00:59 PM »
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So what should I do with all the bras that don't fit anymore.  I bought three new bras two years ago.  I got them because none of my bras fit - I was so appalled at the size of them it was the incentive to lose weight.  Now they are huge.  And they are brand new looking - well two of them are.  And they were expensive. I don't even want to say what I paid. It was probably my last pre-MMM purchase.  Do I keep in case I put 10 pounds back on - or say goodbye to the Goodwill. Does Goodwill even sell bras? This is not something I want to put on kijiji and it is a little embarrassing to ask a friend no?

The Goodwill stores in my area only sell new bras, but you could call your local branch and ask.  Certainly try kijiji!  Alternatively, do the cups still fit, or are they now wrong as well?  If just the bands are an issue, you can take them in a bit.  Safety-pin the parts you want to take in first to make sure the straps are still placed appropriately.
Easy band alteration, easy to reverse, bra will be obviously altered
Very pretty band alteration, more tricky but bra will still look good
List of bra-altering guides for bands, straps, and cups; probably varied difficulty levels
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« Reply #5429 on: November 08, 2017, 07:10:33 AM »
So what should I do with all the bras that don't fit anymore.  I bought three new bras two years ago.  I got them because none of my bras fit - I was so appalled at the size of them it was the incentive to lose weight.  Now they are huge.  And they are brand new looking - well two of them are.  And they were expensive. I don't even want to say what I paid. It was probably my last pre-MMM purchase.  Do I keep in case I put 10 pounds back on - or say goodbye to the Goodwill. Does Goodwill even sell bras? This is not something I want to put on kijiji and it is a little embarrassing to ask a friend no?

If you're comfortable dealing with shipping, you can always try https://www.reddit.com/r/braswap/ . There's a number of women there who are swapping and selling their bras.

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« Reply #5430 on: November 08, 2017, 09:15:02 AM »
I started going through the kitchen last night, until husband made me stop and sit and cuddle for a little while.

I've got about 1/4 of my baking stuff ready to go way, and maybe 1/6 of our kitchen utensil-y tools.  The drawers still look too crowded, so I need to figure out what else I don't realllly need. (I'll confess, I REALLY LIKE kitchen gadgets.  Unfortunately, I don't need them.)  A lot of this stuff are things I use, but only because they are there.  I'm trying to declutter based on "would I buy this again if it burned up in a fire tomorrow".  If not...goodbye.

My ultimate goal is to have nothing sitting on the kitchen counters except the knife block, AND be able to quickly identify everything in the drawers/cabinets just by opening it up.
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« Reply #5431 on: November 08, 2017, 09:53:30 AM »
Someone bought my daughter's old twin bed and I indicated that the box spring was included and also managed to include all the miscellaneous pieces of wood that hubs had used to make it super over-structured.  It was taking up a couple of locations in the garage. 

Now I am back focused inside the house.  I painted two dressers so I took all the clothes out of the drawers.  Hubs dumped all his back in without sorting through them.  I am going to go through all mine and refold first.  I did t-shirts this morning before work.

So what should I do with all the bras that don't fit anymore.  I bought three new bras two years ago.  I got them because none of my bras fit - I was so appalled at the size of them it was the incentive to lose weight.  Now they are huge.  And they are brand new looking - well two of them are.  And they were expensive. I don't even want to say what I paid. It was probably my last pre-MMM purchase.  Do I keep in case I put 10 pounds back on - or say goodbye to the Goodwill. Does Goodwill even sell bras? This is not something I want to put on kijiji and it is a little embarrassing to ask a friend no?

I have heard that organisations that gives clothes to homeless needs bras because almost nobody donades underwear. Maybe also safe houses.

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« Reply #5432 on: November 08, 2017, 12:25:36 PM »
I dropped another batch of stuff at the consignment store: a large vase, some candle holders, bowls, pretty utensils, some clothes and shoes.  They took pretty much everything.  Now I need to pack all the stuff that is sitting in the garage and waiting to be donated at Goodwill or Salvation Army.  I have also renewed all my CL listings.  If things don't sell by the end of the month, they will be given away for free or donated.



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« Reply #5433 on: November 08, 2017, 02:11:07 PM »
Iím getting brutal now. Threw out two lamps than have been sitting in the cupboard for more than a year waiting for a good home. I paid $40 for the two lamps and two bedside tables six years ago, and used them for five years. Theyíve served their time.

Had a wardrobe re-think this morning too. I put on a work top I havenít worn in a ages and I realised my colleagues would ask if it was new. Iíve been at my job for just over a year now so they know my wardrobe by now. Gave up on the top (I still donít like it), but at least thatís a new way of assessing work clothes. Never been worn to this job? Itís out.

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« Reply #5434 on: November 08, 2017, 03:48:39 PM »
So, what do you do when each individual thing you pick up *does* spark joy, but you've still got way too much stuff and need to ditch it? We already got the easy things (another 6 full bags to the thrift store today) but I'm now finding myself going through the same closet/bookshelf/cabinet again and again, annoyed with the clutter but with nothing to happily part with. Just finished reading "the life changing magic of tidying up" and found it inspiring, but am still stuck at a slow trickle of maybe 1-2 things a day to part with. We aren't hoarders by any means, but I still dream of open space in the cabinets (and no embarrassing pile of craft supplies with no home in the spare bedroom).

One of these might work, depending on the type of stuff:

Find alternative ways of accessing the things you love
Try getting rid of some of your books with the understanding that next time you want to read a certain have permission to buy the e-book or can borrow it from the library. Check to see if your favourite movies are on Netflix, then donate your DVDs.

Use up the consumables
You mentioned craft supplies. Is the joy in the owning or in the using and then giving away the finished product? If the joy is in the using, then commit to working your way through the stash. Then when the hoard is at an acceptable level, set yourself a limit, e.g. all craft supplies must fit in this plastic tub, or this cupboard, or this shipping container, whatever space you think is suitable. Then you know you can't buy more till you've used up some of what you have.

Get creative with how you store memories
Drowning in kids' artwork? Take a photo and get rid of the piles of craft paper and pipe cleaners.

Take some time then start again
Now that you've offloaded a lot of stuff, you need to adapt to this new base. In time, you might find yourself reassessing what you decided to hang onto. Yes, it did spark joy, but for whatever reason it doesn't anymore. Or maybe now that you've gotten rid of the stuff you don't like, you can better discern between the things you like and the things you love.

I have friends who complain about how they're drowning in stuff. But I love more than 90 per cent of what surrounds me at home. I love my doona cover, I love my favourite chair, I love these two little aqua bowls I have. I live in an apartment, so like doesn't really cut it anymore.

All good input. Our biggest category is kid stuff - clothes and toys saved for the next kid, clothes and toys handed down to us that don't fit yet. I've been whittling this down, but most of it is not in deep storage because I'm reluctant to buy totes for the garage, and the 2yo pulls stuff out of closets - it might be time to get it moved into the garage, or move beyond the simple door nob cover for keeping the kid out of things. It still isn't a huge amount (we still have less than half the toys of anyone else I know with kids and what we do have is pretty open ended, not talking toys, etc) but it needs a better solution.

The craft supplies are mostly used on things that stay in the house once completed, not much leaves as gifts. I am trying to find more things I can make for Christmas gifts, but since crafting time is limited I tend to spend it on special things that we keep (knit a sweater for the kid, make a quilt, etc. My 2yo tends to immediately destroy everything she makes (and loves that part just as much) so we have very little kid artwork, haha.

I do love to read, but prefer the library, so we've only got maybe 30 books for adults in the house - but we have maybe 200 kids picture books and those are getting paired down as well.

I did find two new bags of stuff to let go of today, and I think my takeaway is to try get rid of more of the saved kid clothing and to also take a good chunk of the kids books to good will or maybe try half price books.

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« Reply #5435 on: November 08, 2017, 04:52:16 PM »
Thanks for the great suggestions to donate - the bras are too big in both the band and the cup - two sizes too big in the cup.  I really like the idea of donating them to a shelter or clothing cupboard.  One is completely molded so would be impossible to make smaller.  The other one is just difficult.  One of my friends helps out at a clothing cupboard for people making transitions, either immigrants getting jobs or coming out of mental health care or corrections.  She would probably be delighted to give these to a client.
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« Reply #5436 on: November 08, 2017, 05:45:10 PM »
All good input. Our biggest category is kid stuff - clothes and toys saved for the next kid, clothes and toys handed down to us that don't fit yet. I've been whittling this down, but most of it is not in deep storage because I'm reluctant to buy totes for the garage, and the 2yo pulls stuff out of closets - it might be time to get it moved into the garage, or move beyond the simple door nob cover for keeping the kid out of things. It still isn't a huge amount (we still have less than half the toys of anyone else I know with kids and what we do have is pretty open ended, not talking toys, etc) but it needs a better solution.

I wouldn't classify clothes and toys your child has grown out of or hasn't yet grown into as items that spark joy - they're just necessities. And that's ok.

In that case, you might get something from reading some of what Rachel Jonat (The Minimalist Mom) has written on the subject.

She has three children but is not a big believer in stockpiling clothes for future kids because you can't predict sex, sizing or seasons, so what you keep might never get worn.

She is also a big proponent of minimalist wardrobes, even for children.

http://www.theminimalistmom.com/2011/09/paring-down-for-fall-toddler-clothes/

http://www.theminimalistmom.com/2015/04/bye-bye-baby-stuff-2/

http://www.theminimalistmom.com/2016/01/week-4-kid-clothes/

http://www.theminimalistmom.com/2012/06/childwardrobe/

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« Reply #5437 on: November 09, 2017, 11:50:51 AM »
I'm ambivalent about hand-me-downs.  My girls are 18 months apart.  The oldest is what my friends call a "gigantor" child.  She's almost 12 and is taller than I am and weighs a little more.  The younger one is average height and skinny skinny.

Younger daughter is JUST NOW able to fit into clothes her sister outgrew 5 years ago.  Unfortunately, the styles just don't work for her body type.  After we figured that ou,t I gave away all the other clothes....except for the few pairs of shoes and jeans I kept for myself! 

My sister gives me hand-me-downs for my son.  I keep some of it, but most I give away.  Her son is more of a husky size, and mine is lanky and short, so they don't fit him right.
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« Reply #5438 on: November 09, 2017, 12:32:18 PM »
I tackled the kitchen last night.  This is apparently the one area my husband isn't as interested in decluttering, because he retrieved multiple items.  I think he's feeling possessive because a lot of the stuff I was decluttering were items he brought into our marriage ... 5 years ago.  I do most of the cooking, so...anyway, I'll keep extra pots to help him feel more secure.

The bigger problem:  I have a full set of Pfaltzgraff dishes with all the accessories (all bought in 2000).  I don't ever use the teacups/saucers, the sugar dishes, etc.  They take up 3 shelves, and I don't want them.  At the same time, I feel like because it's a set I should keep it all together.

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« Reply #5439 on: November 09, 2017, 01:25:21 PM »
The bigger problem:  I have a full set of Pfaltzgraff dishes with all the accessories (all bought in 2000).  I don't ever use the teacups/saucers, the sugar dishes, etc.  They take up 3 shelves, and I don't want them.  At the same time, I feel like because it's a set I should keep it all together.

Help!
You've kept the set together for nearly 18 years, so it's all grown up now and you can send the parts you don't want out into the world without guilt.
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« Reply #5440 on: November 09, 2017, 02:04:32 PM »
The bigger problem:  I have a full set of Pfaltzgraff dishes with all the accessories (all bought in 2000).  I don't ever use the teacups/saucers, the sugar dishes, etc.  They take up 3 shelves, and I don't want them.  At the same time, I feel like because it's a set I should keep it all together.

Help!
You've kept the set together for nearly 18 years, so it's all grown up now and you can send the parts you don't want out into the world without guilt.

Agreed.

My dinner set came with 12 mugs that I knew we would never use. We're not coffee or tea drinkers, and we had been given a set of six mugs that we could use for guests.

I gave away the 12 spare mugs almost eight years ago and, until you posted about your dinner set, hadn't given it another thought.

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« Reply #5441 on: November 09, 2017, 02:06:54 PM »
Yesterday I came home from a conferance with a new bag. Not a pretty one and not one we needed. I double checked with DH and ditched it. No new rubbish in the house.

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« Reply #5442 on: November 09, 2017, 02:42:01 PM »
The bigger problem:  I have a full set of Pfaltzgraff dishes with all the accessories (all bought in 2000).  I don't ever use the teacups/saucers, the sugar dishes, etc.  They take up 3 shelves, and I don't want them.  At the same time, I feel like because it's a set I should keep it all together.

Help!
You've kept the set together for nearly 18 years, so it's all grown up now and you can send the parts you don't want out into the world without guilt.

This made me laugh, and it is exactly what I needed to hear.  It's time to launch them into the world!

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« Reply #5443 on: November 09, 2017, 03:03:57 PM »
Yesterday I came home from a conferance with a new bag. Not a pretty one and not one we needed. I double checked with DH and ditched it. No new rubbish in the house.

I always find those decisions are easier as soon as you get the item or bring it home. My husband gets a lot of that sort of thing and I try to triage it immediately, otherwise it gets put in a cupboard, he forgets we even have it, then I drag it out and he inevitably wants to keep it because, well, weíve kept it this long, it must have been for a reason.

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Nope. Better to rip off the Band-Aid as soon as he gets home. Even better, donít bring it home!

I have to keep reminding him that hotels have bins. No luck yet.

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« Reply #5444 on: November 10, 2017, 08:46:46 AM »
More progress!

-found a buyer for my coffee/end tables (selling them for what I paid for them used 7 years ago)
-found the replacement coffee table that I want (used, of course).  This is kind of decluttering since my coffee and two end tables are being replaced by one coffee table (that I actually love)
-letting go of the tv in my bedroom that I never watch and just takes up space and annoys me.  Probably will go to Goodwill since it's nearly 10 years old.
-husband agreed to go through his collection of cards and letters and I'm going to go through mine again (throwing out a few at a time).
-we agreed to go through our books and DVDs again.  I don't watch many DVDs as there are so many movies included with Amazon Prime.  I also use the library heavily and I pretty much never re-read books.  One of the biggest decluttering victories is that I pretty much stopped buying books a couple of years ago and I'm finally comfortable letting go of a few more.


Big decluttering plans for this weekend!  I am so ready!

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« Reply #5445 on: November 10, 2017, 10:45:31 AM »
I gave away my nice woolen, now filted vest to a colleague with a 10 year old daughter. She thought the daughter would fit it and would like it.

Next time: use the f... wool program when washing nice woolen clothes.
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« Reply #5446 on: November 10, 2017, 01:22:47 PM »
Ooooo, I've done that before.  It's so disappointing to see one of your favorite pieces become child-sized.
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« Reply #5447 on: November 10, 2017, 03:29:13 PM »
Yesterday I came home from a conferance with a new bag. Not a pretty one and not one we needed. I double checked with DH and ditched it. No new rubbish in the house.

I always find those decisions are easier as soon as you get the item or bring it home. My husband gets a lot of that sort of thing and I try to triage it immediately, otherwise it gets put in a cupboard, he forgets we even have it, then I drag it out and he inevitably wants to keep it because, well, weíve kept it this long, it must have been for a reason.

>.<

Nope. Better to rip off the Band-Aid as soon as he gets home. Even better, donít bring it home!

I have to keep reminding him that hotels have bins. No luck yet.

I have started avoiding those bags if possible or leaving them back discretly at the venue. I got a cup at a bike race that I bought with me to my workplace. People are really surprised when you say no Thank you to something that is free.

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« Reply #5448 on: November 10, 2017, 06:23:16 PM »
I mentioned to a friend that daughter had grown out of snow pants and was going to list them on kijiji and whining about how people can be so annoying about not showing up but since they were in such good shape I wanted try and sell first.  She asked what size and how much did I want for them and is going to pick them up this weekend.  No haggling and no no shows and $25 bucks.
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« Reply #5449 on: November 10, 2017, 06:26:52 PM »
I gave 41 business merch items away this week. That's one ahead of schedule, so yay. I've moved four boxes into the house so that they annoy me so much that I continue with the plan.

We've been decluttering the shed and found more stuff in the garage too. The bad news is that in order to park the car in the garage, the four bikes will have to live in the spare room. I'd rather the bikes than the hedge trimmer etc! The garage is  about 5.5 x 2.4m for context - built in an era of matchbox cars. We have a small car but you have to be a contortionist to get out.