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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5500 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 #5501 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 #5502 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 #5503 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 #5504 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 #5505 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. 
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« Reply #5506 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 #5507 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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« Reply #5508 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 #5509 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 #5510 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 #5511 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). 
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« Reply #5512 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 #5513 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 #5514 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 #5515 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 #5516 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 #5517 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 #5518 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 #5519 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 #5520 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.
Less is more.

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« Reply #5521 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 #5522 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 #5523 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 #5524 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.
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



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« Reply #5525 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 #5526 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 #5527 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 #5528 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 #5529 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 #5530 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 #5531 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 #5532 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 #5533 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 #5534 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 #5535 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 #5536 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5537 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5538 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5539 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.

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« Reply #5540 on: November 26, 2017, 09:39:22 AM »
Went through the kids rooms & got rid of a bunch of junk, paper, stuffed animals (donated) & cleaned & organized. So much easier to find everything! And, now I don't cringe when I walk into their rooms. Win!

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« Reply #5541 on: November 26, 2017, 12:09:05 PM »
DD got new fancy tiny hearing aids, and promptly lost them. So far we have decluttered her room, the car, my office, large parts of the living room, and her sister's room in an effort to find them. You don't notice all the tiny stoff in drawers and boxes, until you have to look through everything in the search for small expensive things. We have thrown away sooo much junk. Much of it is tiny junk, but it all adds up.

The hearing aids are so fancy that they even have an app with a "find me" function, but we found out the hard way that it doesn't work when they are turned off.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5542 on: November 26, 2017, 12:24:36 PM »
DD got new fancy tiny hearing aids, and promptly lost them. So far we have decluttered her room, the car, my office, large parts of the living room, and her sister's room in an effort to find them. You don't notice all the tiny stoff in drawers and boxes, until you have to look through everything in the search for small expensive things. We have thrown away sooo much junk. Much of it is tiny junk, but it all adds up.

The hearing aids are so fancy that they even have an app with a "find me" function, but we found out the hard way that it doesn't work when they are turned off.

Oh no! I hope you can find them, undamaged.

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« Reply #5543 on: November 26, 2017, 12:28:01 PM »
I think digital clutter counts, right? Saw something online about decluttering old social media posts so I decided to take a look at Facebook. Holy cow, there's a lot of old stuff there. I'm taking a lazy day, so working that.

Also piled more stuff up for donation, and have 3 light fixtures to sell on ebay once I get boxes for them.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5544 on: November 26, 2017, 01:21:57 PM »
Two more trash bags of stuff to goodwill. A couple of items that I hesitated to donate -- maybe should have thrown away. How do you decide if it's "nice enough" to donate? Part of me thinks it's better that Goodwill makes that decision...

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5545 on: November 26, 2017, 01:42:04 PM »
Two more trash bags of stuff to goodwill. A couple of items that I hesitated to donate -- maybe should have thrown away. How do you decide if it's "nice enough" to donate? Part of me thinks it's better that Goodwill makes that decision...

I agree that Goodwill should decide... I think many clothing items get cut into rags if they’re not salable. Conversely, something you think is garbage might be just what someone is looking for.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5546 on: November 26, 2017, 05:14:01 PM »
I gave away a giant solid wood china cabinet. It was beautiful, but there is literally no where in the house where it works. It served me well and someone else will enjoy it. Now there is so much more space in the office, and we can replace it with something that provides more functional storage.

We moved everything else out so I could paint the room. Now my husband is going through piles of his stuff to weed out broken electronics,  useless papers, and other accumulated crapola. AOL floppy disks anyone?  Boxes of empty boxes? Takeout menus from restaurants in a town we moved away from 13 years ago? I am so pleased with him.

Seven cans of dried-out paint into the trash also. Some of it is from the previous owner's paint job in 2003. I can't believe we have so much of this shit.

And another box of clothes I just don't want anymore.   

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5547 on: November 26, 2017, 05:40:19 PM »
I managed to lose an entire box of bubble wrap at the church sale this weekend at the Treasure table , as well as some random odds and sods. 
The basement storage continues to get trimmed down.  A bunch of stuff has slowly left our bedroom as my hubs figured out alternate storage for it. 
I am really looking forward to pulling out all the Christmas stuff and just not putting it all back away at the end of the holiday.  Anything broken or no longer our taste will not make it back into the two boxes total that I am allowing.
We now have at least 5 empty tote bins in the garage.  I am thinking of repurposing them as planter bins in the greenhouse.
All this paring down is actually starting to be noticeable when I go to clean the house.  It is so nice to open a cupboard and not have the contents spill out onto the floor or have a space to put the object in my hand away into.
 
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« Reply #5548 on: November 26, 2017, 07:32:07 PM »
Finally got around to dropping off three bags to charity, have three more to go.

Then proceeded to have dinner with a friend who gave me two bags of new clothes, including a heap of running gear. She went on a big shopping spree for when she reached her goal weight then never reached it.

She wouldn't let me pay so I'm doing some graphic design work for her.

So got rid of stuff I won't use, brought home stuff I will use.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5549 on: November 27, 2017, 04:26:48 AM »
DD got new fancy tiny hearing aids, and promptly lost them. So far we have decluttered her room, the car, my office, large parts of the living room, and her sister's room in an effort to find them. You don't notice all the tiny stoff in drawers and boxes, until you have to look through everything in the search for small expensive things. We have thrown away sooo much junk. Much of it is tiny junk, but it all adds up.

The hearing aids are so fancy that they even have an app with a "find me" function, but we found out the hard way that it doesn't work when they are turned off.

Check coat pockets, trouser pockets, her bed and her school bag, if you didn't do that already. I hope you'll find them.