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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5450 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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« Reply #5451 on: November 17, 2017, 08:09:25 AM »
Guess I can get rid of this tail light, now.  HA!

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« Reply #5452 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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« Reply #5453 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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« Reply #5454 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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« Reply #5455 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 #5456 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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« Reply #5457 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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« Reply #5458 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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« Reply #5459 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).

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« Reply #5460 on: November 18, 2017, 08:57:58 PM »
Did musical rooms today, my parents are coming for Thanksgiving so I need the spare bedroom for them, not the cat's litterbox. In the process, did a bunch of cleaning and started some house repair (scraping bubbled paint off the wall. Leak is fixed though). While doing all that, I gathered up the pile of stuff to go away and got it ready to take to the drop off.

I also got the Ikea boxes out of the living room. I bought a dresser to use for sheets/towel storage as I don't have a linen closet, but since I knew I'd be doing all this stuff, I wanted to wait until after I'd done the cleaning to put the boxes in that room. I've been lazy and haven't put it together, but I figure that my dad may be able to help with that. I'm capable, but it makes him feel good to be needed, and I think he's still able to do this (dementia sucks).

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« Reply #5461 on: November 18, 2017, 09:01:10 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.

I took the pot with me when I walked to the shops to buy groceries, and the florist was happy to take it.

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« Reply #5462 on: November 18, 2017, 09:47:45 PM »
Yay mustachepungoeshere!

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!

We do! Or rather, the cat does. She has 4 or 5 of them and she plays soccer with them. She's very good at dribbling them at extreme speed from one room to another. I haven't seen any for a few days so I assume they're all under the couches and spare bed. I would totally take spares for kitty.



Yesterday when I was looking up the modular mates in the Tupperware catalogue I suddenly realised I was over the cereal container/dispenser thingy that I store my All-bran in because it always goes stale and bleah before I finish the packet (and I eat it nearly everyday). So I found a spare large Tupperware container that wasn't being used and repurposed it as my cereal holder (actual Tupperware, not generic plasticware). Yay! Old cereal container that I bought cheaply when I was first setting up my own place when I'd just left the ex is now in the donate pile.

I've also decided to take unopened sachets of cup-a-soup and sugar-free jelly to work and hopefully someone will take it home.

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« Reply #5463 on: November 18, 2017, 09:54:17 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.

I can only answer this as a former child (haha), but my siblings and I were using a rocking horse until we were told we were too big for it, and the blocks were in use for many years to build houses for dolls, Lego guys, and stuffed animals.

You might try the parenting section of the forum for more opinions, if no one else answers here.
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« Reply #5464 on: November 19, 2017, 09:29:17 AM »
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.

I can only answer this as a former child (haha), but my siblings and I were using a rocking horse until we were told we were too big for it, and the blocks were in use for many years to build houses for dolls, Lego guys, and stuffed animals.

You might try the parenting section of the forum for more opinions, if no one else answers here.

Thanks. It's tempting to ditch all the toys she isn't going for right now but after sleeping on it I feel like we should keep these and just hide them for a few months while she grows into them, since they are simple classics.

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« Reply #5465 on: November 19, 2017, 07:13:43 PM »
Two cars are parked in the garage.  Hubs went inside at 12 noon after a couple hours of putting away furniture, summer tires and sorting through another load for the dump and loading the car trunk for donating.  I went into stealth mode while he ate lunch and increased the load for the dump.  He left for three hours and when he returned DS and I had finished clearing out the garage and I had (more impressively) backed the van into the van side of the garage so that he could pull into the car side.  He was all "how did you do that".  I also put away a ton of stuff on the porch.
A whole load of old garden pots are ready for dropping off at the nursery that will reuse them.  All the broken hoses and old feedbags are sorted.  Another load of old sports equipment is ready for donation
And I made 50 bucks selling too small winter clothing. 
My house is looking better and better.
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« Reply #5466 on: November 20, 2017, 07:31:01 AM »
Finally got the pile of stuff that was sitting and waiting in the garage to Goodwill.  There was a comforter and some decorative pillows, a large bag of clothes, several pairs of shoes, a set of glasses, some unused kitchen gadgets and a bag of random things.  What a relief to get this all out of the house. 

I also cleaned out the cabinet under the kitchen sink and tossed a couple of empty soap containers. 

After a couple of years of decluttering, I am really enjoying the vastly emptier and simplified house.  Cleaning is a breeze now.



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« Reply #5467 on: November 20, 2017, 07:54:16 AM »
Popped open another trash bag to leave by closet. Slowly add to it as I realize things aren't being worn until it fills, then take to charity-based thrift store. Boom!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5468 on: November 20, 2017, 05:23:26 PM »
Gave away a bag of beads to a friend who is on a crafting kick.

Put some old scrapwood to good use this weekend and cleared out the chicken supply storage, which I suppose counts as decluttering.

I have a small box of things to be donated, but think I've almost reached decluttering equilibrium; I just don't have the big boxes of stuff to clear out like in years past, which means less money is being wasted on crap I didn't need or really want.  Win!

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« Reply #5469 on: November 20, 2017, 05:35:16 PM »
I have a small box of things to be donated, but think I've almost reached decluttering equilibrium; I just don't have the big boxes of stuff to clear out like in years past, which means less money is being wasted on crap I didn't need or really want.  Win!

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« Reply #5470 on: November 21, 2017, 06:29:04 AM »
Cleaned out two junk drawers in the kitchen.  50 items in total went in the trash.  Threw away numerous items in the garage that was just laying around, taking up space.  Decided to go digital on my media (movies/video games) and sold 17 video games for $200. 

67+ items gone = $200 in my pocket

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« Reply #5471 on: November 21, 2017, 07:25:13 AM »
Cleaning out the garage - mostly reorganizing as opposed to "getting rid of", but I did get rid of the following: broken snow blower, broken yard trimmer, hovercraft (yes, hovercraft), 3 sets of kids' golf clubs (well these are in my trunk to be given to a cousin at Thanksgiving), charcoal briquettes (we have gas grills now), and cleaning products (donated to cleaners). 
Why the hell are we going shopping? Buy sh*t, return other sh*t, go through sh*t and donate sh*t. Complain about having too much sh*t. Repeat. (Bracken Joy 2/17)




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« Reply #5472 on: November 21, 2017, 08:53:02 AM »
I've been working on unsubscribing from marketing emails. I spend way too much of my day deleting them on my phone as they arrive.
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« Reply #5473 on: November 21, 2017, 11:58:52 AM »
Husband and I are almost done decluttering our bedroom.  As part of this, the treadmill went away yesterday!  One of my neighbors was absolutely thrilled when I gave it to him for free.  My mom had passed it down to me for free 10 years ago, and I used it heavily for years.  My exercise habits have changed, and I'm just glad it will be used now.  That, and it's out of my house.

We've rearranged the other furniture and repainted the accent wall to a color we both like.  The room feel so much more spacious now, and now when I walk in I feel soothed and not assaulted with clutter and crappy colors.  We still have a few small projects to finish in the room, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

For this room anyway.  The rest of the house is in varying stages of decluttering/reorganizing.

My plan for Black Friday is to get rid of stuff instead of bringing more into my house.  I have another trunkload for Goodwill, a big bag for the recycle center, and a big basket of craft supplies I'm hoping the elementary school art teacher will take.  It doesn't seem to matter how much stuff I get rid of - within a week there's always another huge box full of crap I don't want in my house anymore.
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« Reply #5474 on: November 21, 2017, 12:37:06 PM »
A charity was asking for kitchen stuff, towels, blankets and warm jackets to help set up people in housing. Just when I think I have nothing left to get rid of I search and found a big box of stuff to donate.

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« Reply #5475 on: November 22, 2017, 08:42:42 AM »
I've been working on unsubscribing from marketing emails. I spend way too much of my day deleting them on my phone as they arrive.

Love this. When I started clicking unsubscribe I couldn’t believe how quick and easy most websites make it. I thought it would be arduous but in the time it would take me to delete the email I stopped the flow forever. I can attest my inbox is so much easier to manage now. Keep at it!

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« Reply #5476 on: November 22, 2017, 09:47:40 AM »
I tossed a broken can opener I found in the cupboard while cleaning the kitchen. I composted a bag of unshelled peanuts my wife got from a coworker who I'm guessing couldn't bear to throw them away herself. They have been sitting on top of our refrigerator since last year. I also composted a box of gluten free crackers my wife opened then never finished because they didn't taste very good. The top of the refrigerator is now nice and clean.
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« Reply #5477 on: November 22, 2017, 10:04:02 AM »
Daughter is coming home for the weekend and we're planning to go through the remainder of her things in the closet in her room (I will ask her to bring the things she wants to keep to her dad's house where she has a room with a closet).  The goal is an empty closet at the end of the weekend :-) I also want to go through books and some miscellaneous things with her - there's not much left of it so it won't take long.



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« Reply #5478 on: November 22, 2017, 02:40:46 PM »
Cleaning out the garage - mostly reorganizing as opposed to "getting rid of", but I did get rid of the following: broken snow blower, broken yard trimmer, hovercraft (yes, hovercraft), 3 sets of kids' golf clubs (well these are in my trunk to be given to a cousin at Thanksgiving), charcoal briquettes (we have gas grills now), and cleaning products (donated to cleaners). 

Cleaned out two junk drawers in the kitchen.  50 items in total went in the trash.  Threw away numerous items in the garage that was just laying around, taking up space.  Decided to go digital on my media (movies/video games) and sold 17 video games for $200. 

67+ items gone = $200 in my pocket

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« Reply #5479 on: November 22, 2017, 02:43:45 PM »
I've been working on unsubscribing from marketing emails. I spend way too much of my day deleting them on my phone as they arrive.

I'm doing this with my team's generic email at work (think info@company.com.au).

We get ungodly amounts of marketing rubbish and spam, and I'm the only one who blocks spammers or unsubscribes from mailing lists.

Colleagues: But it takes longer.

It takes a second longer, and it saves us all time in the long run!

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« Reply #5480 on: November 22, 2017, 03:19:23 PM »
I've been working on unsubscribing from marketing emails. I spend way too much of my day deleting them on my phone as they arrive.

I'm doing this with my team's generic email at work (think info@company.com.au).

We get ungodly amounts of marketing rubbish and spam, and I'm the only one who blocks spammers or unsubscribes from mailing lists.

Colleagues: But it takes longer.

It takes a second longer, and it saves us all time in the long run!

It's helped a lot. It usually comes from websites I have purchased things from in the past.

I just wish I could do that with the physical junk mail I get. Junk mail is a waste of time, paper, and the energy used to print and transport it. The vast majority of I get goes directly in to the recycling bin.
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« Reply #5481 on: November 22, 2017, 03:35:00 PM »
I've been working on unsubscribing from marketing emails. I spend way too much of my day deleting them on my phone as they arrive.

I'm doing this with my team's generic email at work (think info@company.com.au).

We get ungodly amounts of marketing rubbish and spam, and I'm the only one who blocks spammers or unsubscribes from mailing lists.

Colleagues: But it takes longer.

It takes a second longer, and it saves us all time in the long run!

It's helped a lot. It usually comes from websites I have purchased things from in the past.

I just wish I could do that with the physical junk mail I get. Junk mail is a waste of time, paper, and the energy used to print and transport it. The vast majority of I get goes directly in to the recycling bin.
Actually, there is way to reduce it. Someone recommended it a while ago but I don't remember the website now.  I'll look for it.  My junk mail got reduced by over 50%.



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5482 on: November 22, 2017, 08:25:26 PM »
I've been working on unsubscribing from marketing emails. I spend way too much of my day deleting them on my phone as they arrive.

I'm doing this with my team's generic email at work (think info@company.com.au).

We get ungodly amounts of marketing rubbish and spam, and I'm the only one who blocks spammers or unsubscribes from mailing lists.

Colleagues: But it takes longer.

It takes a second longer, and it saves us all time in the long run!

It's helped a lot. It usually comes from websites I have purchased things from in the past.

I just wish I could do that with the physical junk mail I get. Junk mail is a waste of time, paper, and the energy used to print and transport it. The vast majority of I get goes directly in to the recycling bin.
Actually, there is way to reduce it. Someone recommended it a while ago but I don't remember the website now.  I'll look for it.  My junk mail got reduced by over 50%.
Here I can just buy a "no junk mail" sign and stick it on my letterbox.

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« Reply #5483 on: November 23, 2017, 04:36:05 AM »
I just sold my 12-year-old snow tires (great condition) for $200, and this weekend I'm going to post a bunch of old cycling stuff that's in great condition, but which I don't use anymore. I'm really paring down and I love the simplicity.

I recently encountered this quote by Socrates: "How many things there are that I don't want." Indeed.

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« Reply #5484 on: November 23, 2017, 04:57:37 AM »
I've been working on unsubscribing from marketing emails. I spend way too much of my day deleting them on my phone as they arrive.

I'm doing this with my team's generic email at work (think info@company.com.au).

We get ungodly amounts of marketing rubbish and spam, and I'm the only one who blocks spammers or unsubscribes from mailing lists.

Colleagues: But it takes longer.

It takes a second longer, and it saves us all time in the long run!

It's helped a lot. It usually comes from websites I have purchased things from in the past.

I just wish I could do that with the physical junk mail I get. Junk mail is a waste of time, paper, and the energy used to print and transport it. The vast majority of I get goes directly in to the recycling bin.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5485 on: November 23, 2017, 05:01:20 AM »
I've been working on unsubscribing from marketing emails. I spend way too much of my day deleting them on my phone as they arrive.

I'm doing this with my team's generic email at work (think info@company.com.au).

We get ungodly amounts of marketing rubbish and spam, and I'm the only one who blocks spammers or unsubscribes from mailing lists.

Colleagues: But it takes longer.

It takes a second longer, and it saves us all time in the long run!

It's helped a lot. It usually comes from websites I have purchased things from in the past.

I just wish I could do that with the physical junk mail I get. Junk mail is a waste of time, paper, and the energy used to print and transport it. The vast majority of I get goes directly in to the recycling bin.
Found the thread.  I used the recommended links and my junk mail went down significantly. https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/share-your-badassity/receiving-(almost)-no-junk-mail/msg591429/#msg591429

Thanks ZiziPB! I'll look into that. We do a pretty good job recycling what we can, but it would be much better to just not get it to begin with. It boggles my mind how much stuff in the world gets produced just to be thrown away pretty much immediately.
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« Reply #5486 on: November 23, 2017, 05:50:15 AM »
I have been calling the addressee on the addressed ad mail and for the most part that has worked well - except for Rogers.  Now instead of my name or the previous homeowners name, the junk mail is addressed to 'Resident'.
But all the others have stopped.
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« Reply #5487 on: November 23, 2017, 02:22:32 PM »
Do you all think youth biking accessories (new) and snow shoes (with tags youth size) would qualify for "Toys for Tots"?  Otherwise I'll donate them to the local middle school....We always seem to receive triplicates of things because of having 3 kids, but 1 or 2 are all we use at a time so one stays "new" until it's too late to use them.  Kids school is having a toy drive, and work is also having a toy drive. I see snow shoes and bike gear as big kid toys, but maybe I'm just scroogey....
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« Reply #5488 on: November 23, 2017, 03:55:55 PM »
Here I can just buy a "no junk mail" sign and stick it on my letterbox.

What is this "buy" thing you speak of? :D

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« Reply #5489 on: November 23, 2017, 04:03:21 PM »
Here I can just buy a "no junk mail" sign and stick it on my letterbox.

What is this "buy" thing you speak of? :D
Or make? I don't generally see them going for free! And I don't have the stuff to make one. And I can't just write on the letterbox (renting)

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« Reply #5490 on: November 23, 2017, 04:11:51 PM »
Here I can just buy a "no junk mail" sign and stick it on my letterbox.

What is this "buy" thing you speak of? :D
Or make? I don't generally see them going for free! And I don't have the stuff to make one. And I can't just write on the letterbox (renting)

I'm just taking the piss. ;)

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« Reply #5491 on: November 23, 2017, 04:41:24 PM »
Here I can just buy a "no junk mail" sign and stick it on my letterbox.

What is this "buy" thing you speak of? :D
Or make? I don't generally see them going for free! And I don't have the stuff to make one. And I can't just write on the letterbox (renting)

I'm just taking the piss. ;)
Haha oh whoops! I was thinking "what magic source do they have that I don't? Must know!"

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« Reply #5492 on: November 23, 2017, 08:07:48 PM »
I knew husband was getting low on aftershave so I mentioned it to family who asked about a Christmas present for him.

Husband then dramatically announced yesterday that he had run out of aftershave (expecting, what, me to rush out at 6am and buy more? I don't know.)

I wordlessly pointed him at the plastic tub of spare toiletries, including more than a dozen Bvlgari mini aftershave bottles that will more than tide him over till Christmas.

He was fascinated by the tub. "Hey, there's some great stuff in here!"

How many times have I mentioned triaging what goes in that tub, and he apparently had no clue it existed. >.<

Anyway, that's a roundabout way of saying the aftershave collection will be decluttered naturally.

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« Reply #5493 on: November 24, 2017, 11:31:40 AM »
Here I can just buy a "no junk mail" sign and stick it on my letterbox.

What is this "buy" thing you speak of? :D
Or make? I don't generally see them going for free! And I don't have the stuff to make one. And I can't just write on the letterbox (renting)

Paper were you write ”no junk mail” and tape that you use to cover the paper works fine. You can take it away when you move.

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« Reply #5494 on: November 24, 2017, 04:35:26 PM »
Here I can just buy a "no junk mail" sign and stick it on my letterbox.

What is this "buy" thing you speak of? :D
Or make? I don't generally see them going for free! And I don't have the stuff to make one. And I can't just write on the letterbox (renting)

Paper were you write ”no junk mail” and tape that you use to cover the paper works fine. You can take it away when you move.
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« Reply #5495 on: November 24, 2017, 06:58:20 PM »
Man, in Canada you just need to put a red dot sticker inside your box, and boom, no junk except for political stuff. And my apartment building ha a recycle bin right under the mailboxes for the political stuff anyways. It would seriously piss me off having to deal with junk mail on a regular basis.
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« Reply #5496 on: November 24, 2017, 08:32:10 PM »
I donated 5 bags of clothing and linens to my favorite charity thrift shop today.  As I was leaving I saw the volunteers holding up my Harris Tweed mini skirts of 2005 to price.  Sure hope some fashionable lady enjoys them as much as I did. 
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« Reply #5497 on: November 25, 2017, 10:04:14 AM »
-Sold a bike the kids had outgrown for $50. (Bonus, kids did all of the work prepping it, washing it, & taking pictures. They are then splitting the $50 towards Christmas gifts they would like to give.)
-Cleaned our hall closet. Found lots of junk to get rid of. But, best part is that I found three pieces of hardware from work. All of these are assigned to me via asset tags, so I need to turn them in. I'm considering it part of my pre-FIRE prep. :-)

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« Reply #5498 on: November 25, 2017, 12:48:03 PM »
I spoke with my friend who works with a clothing closet and she would love to have my expensive not fitting practically new bras.  She said FOR sure.  They are always needed because they are not often donated and rarer still, in new condition. 
I can drop them off at her house.
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« Reply #5499 on: November 26, 2017, 07:37:06 AM »
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.

I had a very tiresome and long working day week last week and did not have the energy to bring it away. I will do it this coming week.