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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5450 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 #5451 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 #5452 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 #5453 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.

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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 #5454 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.

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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 #5455 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 #5456 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.

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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!

Thanks to you and to mustachepungoeshere!
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« Reply #5457 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, weve 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, dont bring it home!

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

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« Reply #5458 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 #5459 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 #5460 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 #5461 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, weve 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, dont 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 #5462 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 #5463 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.

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« Reply #5464 on: November 10, 2017, 08:29:24 PM »
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.

In America, many garages have a high-enough ceiling to hang bikes over cars.  Would that work for you?  With the small footprint of your garage, it sounds like one of those wall storage pegboards for bikes wouldn't work.  Maybe someday your shed will fit the bikes!
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5465 on: November 10, 2017, 09:50:49 PM »
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.

In America, many garages have a high-enough ceiling to hang bikes over cars.  Would that work for you?  With the small footprint of your garage, it sounds like one of those wall storage pegboards for bikes wouldn't work.  Maybe someday your shed will fit the bikes!

No the ceiling is only just over head height! We used to stack bikes in the laundry but renovated it to include a second toilet & shower. We bought a small bike sized shed but it's not secure enough so it's full of typical garden shed type stuff which is fine. We have plans to build a new garage with storeroom so the bike storage is just for now so the car can get shelter while it's hot and for hail storms. The road bike already lives in the spare room so it's not a huge leap!

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« Reply #5466 on: November 11, 2017, 12:17:57 AM »
Last night I tossed two old towels, a couple of operating manuals and some random other crap.

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« Reply #5467 on: November 11, 2017, 04:02:09 AM »
Formatted an old external hard drive and gave it to husband to take to work to keep his laptop in order.

He manages a lot of large video files and is forever trying to free up space, so this is a win-win.

Im also making a concerted effort to use up my supplies of stationery and candles. Makes for quite a relaxing evening really, writing cute letters to my baby nephews by candle light.

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« Reply #5468 on: November 11, 2017, 08:01:10 AM »
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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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.

For anyone buying open stock dinnerware (and that isn't many any more,)  I always advise them to skip cups and saucers, and service pieces. If you love a china pattern buy dinner plates and appetizer/bread plates first. you can fill in with i expensive plain white or plain cream for the other pieces. Later, if important, you can spend real money on the patterned pieces. But by then maybe no one will care.

"Open stock" refers to the old fashioned concept of dinnerware that could be purchased piece by piece at a department store or specialty shop.

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« Reply #5469 on: November 12, 2017, 12:56:45 PM »
Two big bags of plastic bags/baggies went to Wal-Mart, where they have a collection bin in the lobby. I took three boxes of unloved art supplies to Volunteers of America, plus a gift I'd gotten for Xmas a couple years ago and did not want (still in its gift bag, so it's ready to go for the next giftee!). I also got rid of two turtlenecks I didn't like anymore, and a mug (I recently got a new mug from sister, so I'm using the "one in, one out" rule that A Slob Comes Clean uses in her blog).

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« Reply #5470 on: November 12, 2017, 02:55:03 PM »
Tossed three old cushions that had been on outdoor furniture. I had toyed with the idea of tossing the perished covers and keeping the cushions, but when I went to remove the covers the cushions had split, so I got to throw out the lot without feeling guilty.

Not technically decluttering since it was replaced, but in keeping with the one-in, one-out rule, we got rid of my husband's old laptop backpack and bought one better suited to his needs.

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« Reply #5471 on: November 12, 2017, 03:44:11 PM »
Well, that's one way to declutter. When we closed our door today, some lumber fell in the garage and crushed a speaker we have in there. It hasn't been getting much use anyway, so we were considering donating it. That makes the choice pretty easy right there!
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« Reply #5472 on: November 12, 2017, 04:31:17 PM »
I have to give away 13 bits of business merch today and it's so hard as I don't see many people on Mondays. Luckily at the last minute I'm meeting a new client and a business that might refer clients (there's probably a business word for that) and they are both going to get loaded up. Another client mentioned they really like the stuff and implied they don't want to run out so they're going to get loaded up too!

This is a real stretch goal to have set myself!! My idea for the high numbers at the end of the month is dropping some to a charity to use and to some more referring businesses if I drop by. I hate promoting so it's actually good to have another reason to go.

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« Reply #5473 on: November 13, 2017, 07:34:27 AM »
Sold the food processor that hasn't been getting any use lately.  Plus I wouldn't be able to take it with me when I move anyway.  My other listings are lingering on CL but they are all low cost $10-15 sales.  If not gone by the end of the month, I will donate them.

Talking about donations, I have several bags and boxes of stuff ready to go and sitting in the garage but didn't have the energy to bring them in this weekend.  Must do it soon though as I hate a crowded garage!



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« Reply #5474 on: November 13, 2017, 11:44:54 AM »
I made my first Craigslist ads ever this weekend!  Hopefully some of this stuff will sell.

This weekend we also got rid of 2 trash bags of junk, 2 bags of cloth recycling, and donated a giant box of kitchen stuff to Goodwill, as well as the wedding dress from my (failed) first marriage.  I tried to donate my second wedding dress, but current husband said no.  It is highly amusing me that he's the one more willing to hold onto sentimental items than I am, when I was always the clingy one.

We ended up with only an hour to clean the downstairs in preparation for having people over on Saturday, and it was amazingly easy!  Most of the clutter was stuff I'm trying to sell on Craigslist.  We've found homes for everything that used to sit out now that I've given away so much other stuff.  I really can't wait until we get through the rest of the house.

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« Reply #5475 on: November 13, 2017, 06:02:17 PM »
A colleague read somewhere that whatever you keep in plastic storage tubs, you don't actually need.

Apparently this was groundbreaking new for my team.

"Oh my god, I've got so many of those and they're full to the brim. But you're right, I never wear what's in them."

Made me grateful for six solid years of decluttering/living with less.


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« Reply #5476 on: November 14, 2017, 05:35:42 AM »
Two big bags of plastic bags/baggies went to Wal-Mart, where they have a collection bin in the lobby. I took three boxes of unloved art supplies to Volunteers of America, plus a gift I'd gotten for Xmas a couple years ago and did not want (still in its gift bag, so it's ready to go for the next giftee!). I also got rid of two turtlenecks I didn't like anymore, and a mug (I recently got a new mug from sister, so I'm using the "one in, one out" rule that A Slob Comes Clean uses in her blog).

Oh my goodness, I love that blog! And the podcast too.

I gave away a gift I wasn't going to use for a charity raffle. It was hard because I knew it was worth money and I was tempted to sell it... but the peace of mind of it going to a good cause and getting it out of my house quickly won.

Husband continues to come around to living with less. It's so amazing to me! He was just telling my brother the other day how great it is to only have things you use, and that when we move, we are going to be ruthless about what comes with us! I can't wait (though I am still decluttering in the meantime).


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« Reply #5477 on: November 14, 2017, 05:55:10 AM »
I filled the recycling bin in my office up last night.  It is really hard to throw out things that I have drawn.  Even if they are junk.
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« Reply #5478 on: November 14, 2017, 07:10:38 AM »
I live in a foreign country. Currently cleaning out my basket of cook books. Many are written in Dutch and no Norwegians can read it. But I asked the Dutch cook at my job if he wanted to receive a pile of Dutch cookbooks. He said he would love to receive them.

For some of the cookbooks that I am keeping, we are just not using them enough. DH says we should look into more, because we keep making the same dishes. So I have put one of the cookbooks on the kitchen counter. My task is to find a recipe, buy the ingredients, and prepare it. And write the tasting result in the cookbook.

I took a look into one of the books I originally put in a bag to donate. And on the second recipe I found a note that said "tastes good". So I put this book back. Now I only donate the books I really don't ever use or the ones that only contain super exclusive ingredients that I don't want to spend money on. Then I will give the rest of the books another chance before deciding to donate them.

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« Reply #5479 on: November 14, 2017, 07:54:28 AM »
I live in a foreign country. Currently cleaning out my basket of cook books. Many are written in Dutch and no Norwegians can read it. But I asked the Dutch cook at my job if he wanted to receive a pile of Dutch cookbooks. He said he would love to receive them.

For some of the cookbooks that I am keeping, we are just not using them enough. DH says we should look into more, because we keep making the same dishes. So I have put one of the cookbooks on the kitchen counter. My task is to find a recipe, buy the ingredients, and prepare it. And write the tasting result in the cookbook.

I took a look into one of the books I originally put in a bag to donate. And on the second recipe I found a note that said "tastes good". So I put this book back. Now I only donate the books I really don't ever use or the ones that only contain super exclusive ingredients that I don't want to spend money on. Then I will give the rest of the books another chance before deciding to donate them.

If there's just a handful of recipes in a book, copy them then donate the book. Get a binder with plastic sleeves and put them in there, or write on index cards and keep in an appropriate sized container.

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« Reply #5480 on: November 14, 2017, 08:13:05 AM »
When we get rid of stuff, I always ask myself "Could someone else find value in this?"  If the answer is yes, or even maybe, we stick it out front and it's usually gone in maybe a couple of hours at most.
One time we were getting rid of a microwave cart, we stuck it out front, and 1/2 hour later I decided I could use it for something else. It was already gone!
We had a desk, gotten from my husband's Grandma, that my daughter used for school. We stuck it out front and a guy came to our door asking if it was ok to take it. I told him yes, and he said his daughter could use it for school. I explained to him that it served my daughter well and I hoped it would do the same for his daughter. We now put 'free' signs on things.
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My husband made a 'desk' for this computer. It was a system of pullout 'table ledges' that pulloe out but could be pushed back in to save space. The guy that did out cabinets made a new one so my husband said to just put the old one in the trash. It was so nice I told him I bet someone could use it. Habitat for Humanity said they could so we took it there. We took a bunch of unused leftover building supplies there now that we know of this place.

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« Reply #5481 on: November 14, 2017, 03:31:42 PM »
I didn't get as much done last night as I wanted, so I tackled a couple of little jobs this morning.

Went through my husband's drawer, snapped photos with my phone of any business cards that were floating around, and tossed the actual cards.

Sorted through the little first aid kit he uses for travelling.

I've always got a to-do list when it comes to decluttering but a couple of days ago I added goals, to encourage me to think about what I'm actually working towards, rather than an endless cycle of just getting rid of Stuff.

One of those goals was to free up a second shelf in the linen cupboard so I could spread out the luggage. It had been packed on one shelf but every time you went to put something away or get something out, something invariably fell out.

This morning I realised I already have the space to do that, so I rearranged a couple of things and boom, second shelf for the luggage.

It was a Pancakes and French Fries/Mrs Kendall blog post years ago that changed my thinking on all this.

Previously I had stored luggage on the top shelf of the linen cupboard, because that's where everyone keeps luggage, out of the way until you need it. Then my husband started travelling a lot for work, and after a couple of weeks of manhandling suitcases over my head, I started actually organising things in a way that best suits us. (Yep, it took me an embarrassingly long time to get to that point.)

That meant culling the linen we never used, moving the reduced amount of spare linen to a high shelf, and putting the suitcases at waist height when you open the linen cupboard.

And now it has two shelves.

This really must be thrilling for you all to read.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5482 on: November 14, 2017, 05:55:21 PM »
I took a look into one of the books I originally put in a bag to donate. And on the second recipe I found a note that said "tastes good". So I put this book back. Now I only donate the books I really don't ever use or the ones that only contain super exclusive ingredients that I don't want to spend money on. Then I will give the rest of the books another chance before deciding to donate them.

I love finding notes from myself in cookbooks. A couple of weeks ago I found a recipe from 2002 that said the SO liked the variation so much that they had thirds.

At lunch today I learned that a new co-worker makes overnight oats with chia seeds. So I asked if they would like an unopened bag that I have kicking around in my cupboard, and they said yes. So that is in my bag to go into the office tomorrow.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5483 on: November 15, 2017, 08:00:50 AM »
*snipped luggage Tetris*

This really must be thrilling for you all to read.

You say this, but it is stories like this that make someone realize than can fix their own storage woes by revisiting their default arrangements.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5484 on: November 15, 2017, 08:18:13 AM »
*snipped luggage Tetris*

This really must be thrilling for you all to read.

You say this, but it is stories like this that make someone realize than can fix their own storage woes by revisiting their default arrangements.
It made me smile - it is nice to know I am not the only one devoting brain power to these types of problem.  And just think of all the time you saved with this optimization.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5485 on: November 15, 2017, 12:35:38 PM »
Ack!  I'm still finding clothes in my closet that I don't love. I put two work tops and a blazer in the donate box today.  One of them I've never worn.  It looked way better in the store.  Sigh.

When I changed jobs 8 months ago I stuffed everything in my office into 3 boxes and brought them home.  I have a tiny desk now, so no room for most of it at work.  The boxes have just been sitting at home for months.  I've decided that while I wait for the kids to brush their teeth at night, I will pull at least one item out of the box and deal with it.

Last night I pulled out an intro book on project management that I got from a class in 2000.....I'm now certified in project management, with way more technical reference material.  I laughed to my husband that I've been carting this overly simplified book from job to job for 18 years; he scolded me because he's taking a project management class in college right now, and this book is a perfect study companion that he could have really used last month.  At least now he has it to study for finals!  And then we can give it away.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5486 on: November 15, 2017, 02:23:52 PM »
Yay, I get to jump back into the fray. Finally took the last extra hard drive from an old computer and a kaput thumb drive to the computer recycling place.  My desk is starting to show up again!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5487 on: November 16, 2017, 02:40:58 PM »
I just read that the average person spends 40% of their cleaning time on things they don't even use.  I'm so inspired to start getting rid of things!
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5488 on: November 16, 2017, 05:43:06 PM »
I thought I might have to buy a new dress since my weight has been fluctuating lately. I tried on my dress from last year and it still fits. So I'm set for the office Christmas party. I have also pulled out 2 dresses that I no longer wear to be donated. Double win.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5489 on: November 17, 2017, 07:33:35 AM »
I cleared out one large tote that was Christmas decorations.  Winnowed it down to a smaller tote, and my Mom gets to give away the rest.  She was obviously excited to give them to her neighbors in the senior housing.  Discovered that my Lodge wants any and all empty totes for storage.  Great motivation to clear out some more.  I'm clearing a 10' x 20' storage unit as I live in my motorhome now.  This has been a years long project, but I'm making progress I can see now.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5490 on: November 17, 2017, 07:37:11 AM »
I live in a foreign country. Currently cleaning out my basket of cook books. Many are written in Dutch and no Norwegians can read it. But I asked the Dutch cook at my job if he wanted to receive a pile of Dutch cookbooks. He said he would love to receive them.

For some of the cookbooks that I am keeping, we are just not using them enough. DH says we should look into more, because we keep making the same dishes. So I have put one of the cookbooks on the kitchen counter. My task is to find a recipe, buy the ingredients, and prepare it. And write the tasting result in the cookbook.

I took a look into one of the books I originally put in a bag to donate. And on the second recipe I found a note that said "tastes good". So I put this book back. Now I only donate the books I really don't ever use or the ones that only contain super exclusive ingredients that I don't want to spend money on. Then I will give the rest of the books another chance before deciding to donate them.

If there's just a handful of recipes in a book, copy them then donate the book. Get a binder with plastic sleeves and put them in there, or write on index cards and keep in an appropriate sized container.

That might be a good idea. I have started trying them out.
I might also just remember the combination of ingredients of the good and simple recipies and make them from memory next time, depending on what it is.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5491 on: November 17, 2017, 08:09:25 AM »
Guess I can get rid of this tail light, now.  HA!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5492 on: November 18, 2017, 01:53:03 PM »
Put four pairs of shoes and some odds & ends in the donate box. This hurts a little because I had intended to try to sell two pairs of shoes that were never worn, and still in their boxes. But, since I never seemed to get around to it, I decided to just get them out of the house.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5493 on: November 18, 2017, 02:37:51 PM »
We have an office chair that recently broke. This afternoon we bought a second hand good quality replacement. Now I need to bring away the old chair that is now standing in the (hall)way.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5494 on: November 18, 2017, 03:21:52 PM »
Question for parents - what age did your kid like blocks and/or a rocking horse, or never? 2.5 yo is not at all interested in either, but I'm on the fence as to whether that means we should tuck them away for 6 months, or just donate now. Possibly relevant - we have no flashy/talking toys - just wood toys, books, a few puzzles - I try to keep the toys both minimal and open-ended.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5495 on: November 18, 2017, 03:29:50 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/

Good stuff, thank you! I think I'll haul the three totes of baby stuff and clothes in from the garage today and try to cut it in half. I do want to save stuff for the next kid but we don't need ALL of it. I think with the next kid it will become clear what's worth saving vs. just planning to buy again later to a degree, but since we didn't find out gender in advance the baby stuff is 50/50 girl/boy (people still bought clothes even not knowing). At this point the toddler grows so slowly she wears out all her cloths and the only things that get saved for later are bigger items like snow pants and nice coats. Also, we live in a climate where you can pretty much have the same wardrobe for 75% of the year and you just don't use the heavy winter coat for all of that - ha! So if the next kid is born in the opposite season we'd still make use and only need to buy a handful of summer things in whatever size was needed for those few months.

Edit to add - I just bookmarked this blog after readying a few entries - thanks! As you can see, I am often torn between wanting to be minimalist and HATING buying something again that I had donated in the past which makes it hard not to stockpile. Still looking for the happy medium.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5496 on: November 18, 2017, 03:36:07 PM »
We had 10-15 stress ball type promotional objects (shaped like lightbulbs, frogs etc from various companies). They are all GONE!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5497 on: November 18, 2017, 04:32:15 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/

Good stuff, thank you! I think I'll haul the three totes of baby stuff and clothes in from the garage today and try to cut it in half. I do want to save stuff for the next kid but we don't need ALL of it. I think with the next kid it will become clear what's worth saving vs. just planning to buy again later to a degree, but since we didn't find out gender in advance the baby stuff is 50/50 girl/boy (people still bought clothes even not knowing). At this point the toddler grows so slowly she wears out all her cloths and the only things that get saved for later are bigger items like snow pants and nice coats. Also, we live in a climate where you can pretty much have the same wardrobe for 75% of the year and you just don't use the heavy winter coat for all of that - ha! So if the next kid is born in the opposite season we'd still make use and only need to buy a handful of summer things in whatever size was needed for those few months.

Edit to add - I just bookmarked this blog after readying a few entries - thanks! As you can see, I am often torn between wanting to be minimalist and HATING buying something again that I had donated in the past which makes it hard not to stockpile. Still looking for the happy medium.

Glad you find it useful.

I don't have kids but I've followed Rachel's blog for years and always get a lot out of it. I've also given a couple of copies of her book The Minimalist Mom's Guide to Baby's First Year as baby shower gifts to friends who I think can still be saved. :D

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5498 on: November 18, 2017, 04:38:03 PM »
I have a ceramic pot from the last time someone sent me flowers.

I don't need it but it would be a waste just to throw it out, so I'm going to ask the local florist if she can re-use it.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5499 on: November 18, 2017, 04:46:33 PM »
We had 10-15 stress ball type promotional objects (shaped like lightbulbs, frogs etc from various companies). They are all GONE!

I don't know anyone that actually uses those things! They make me stressed not less stressed because I have a hand injury and they remind me I have no strength, ha ha. I have used them in the past for dog toys (my dog is small and a light chewer and doesn't swallow bits).