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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5700 on: January 08, 2018, 07:23:09 AM »
-Found 3 more items to list on eBay

I received a promotional offer from eBay for 50 free listings in January. My goal is to use at least 20 of them. I have 8 things live so far, so more work to do.

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« Reply #5701 on: January 08, 2018, 11:17:38 AM »
Had a busy and satisfying weekend getting rid of clutter.

Sold unwanted Xmas presents: Longaberger basket and Essential Oil Diffuser.

Gave away for free: excess tree ornaments and stockings, craft rubber stamps, kids movies, and outgrown kids shoes. Today I'm mailing away my uncle's fleece that he left at our house two summers ago and returning some hockey gear.

Now what to do with the Amazon Echo we were gifted??

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« Reply #5702 on: January 08, 2018, 11:40:38 AM »
Had a busy and satisfying weekend getting rid of clutter.

Sold unwanted Xmas presents: Longaberger basket and Essential Oil Diffuser.

Gave away for free: excess tree ornaments and stockings, craft rubber stamps, kids movies, and outgrown kids shoes. Today I'm mailing away my uncle's fleece that he left at our house two summers ago and returning some hockey gear.

Now what to do with the Amazon Echo we were gifted??

Can you return the echo to a store that sells it for store credit?

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« Reply #5703 on: January 08, 2018, 11:44:03 AM »
Had a busy and satisfying weekend getting rid of clutter.

Sold unwanted Xmas presents: Longaberger basket and Essential Oil Diffuser.

Gave away for free: excess tree ornaments and stockings, craft rubber stamps, kids movies, and outgrown kids shoes. Today I'm mailing away my uncle's fleece that he left at our house two summers ago and returning some hockey gear.

Now what to do with the Amazon Echo we were gifted??

Can you return the echo to a store that sells it for store credit?

Or, sell it on eBay/Craigslist?

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« Reply #5704 on: January 08, 2018, 11:53:40 AM »
Had a busy and satisfying weekend getting rid of clutter.

Sold unwanted Xmas presents: Longaberger basket and Essential Oil Diffuser.

Gave away for free: excess tree ornaments and stockings, craft rubber stamps, kids movies, and outgrown kids shoes. Today I'm mailing away my uncle's fleece that he left at our house two summers ago and returning some hockey gear.

Now what to do with the Amazon Echo we were gifted??

Can you return the echo to a store that sells it for store credit?

Or, sell it on eBay/Craigslist?

Figure I can sell the Echo pretty quick on the local Facebook buy-sell-trade group. But wondering what to say when my brother in law asks how we like our Echo he gave us for Christmas?

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« Reply #5705 on: January 08, 2018, 11:55:00 AM »


Please tell me I can get rid of this necklace?

I am usually really good at getting rid of stuff. I am stuck on this one though. TIA

If you don't want the people in your life, you don't need their gifts in your life, either. You have permission to get rid of it.
I like the idea of giving it to a niece or another relative who might like it. But you can just donate it, or throw it out the window if you prefer.
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« Reply #5706 on: January 08, 2018, 11:57:38 AM »
I'm back from the holiday travels and more than ever motivated to get rid of stuff.  I stayed with my brother and SIL for two weeks - they are both packrats, especially my SIL.  I found their house suffocating and had to fight the urge to organize and declutter their stuff the whole time I was there :-)  My parents' apartment is even worse!  It was so refreshing to come home to my own blissfully uncluttered space. 

Since I have relocated the cat in anticipation of FIRE (she's staying with my brother temporarily until I relocate myself in a couple of months), I got rid of the cat's old litter box, the bucket I used for litter refills at Petco and an old blanket that the cat often slept on that became very ratty. 

I'm planning to go through the house this weekend to see what else I can get rid of.



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« Reply #5707 on: January 08, 2018, 12:07:55 PM »
wondering what to say when my brother in law asks how we like our Echo he gave us for Christmas?

"I installed it somewhere unobtrusive, and now can't find it. I can tell you that the voice commands don't work. Try! Maybe you'll figure out where it is."

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« Reply #5708 on: January 08, 2018, 02:07:42 PM »
I decided to make decluttering one of my goals for January. I'm starting with my bedroom, and I already reduced the number of storage boxes I need in there by three, and cleared half a bookshelf that had a bunch of magazines on it. I now have somebody coming to pick up a knee-high pile of New Scientist back issues in a couple of days time, and a whole bag of stuff to ebay.
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« Reply #5709 on: January 08, 2018, 10:53:11 PM »
Delivered 15 clothing/footwear/accessory items this morning to the local consignment seller that I mentioned earlier in the thread. First item sold this afternoon, for the full asking price, so it’s off to a great start. Have had a few serious inquiries from kijiji listings, so will hopefully shift a couple more items this week.
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« Reply #5710 on: January 08, 2018, 11:11:12 PM »
Re. Astatine's pearl necklace, I second Fresh Bread.  The motion passes and you can now let it go. :) Beside, by the time you go ahead and post on a public forum that you are thinking of getting rid of it, especially after such an extended time period, I think you know what you should do.  If you want to read more about getting rid of unwanted gifts, read Karen Kingston's Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui.  Even if you ignore the feng shui parts, Kingston does a good job of talking about the psychology of our stuff.

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« Reply #5711 on: January 09, 2018, 01:40:47 AM »
Thanks for all the replies about the pearl necklace.

:/ Turns out that if I'm actually at the point of asking about it on a forum, It's Complicated.

I have gotten rid of a shit ton of stuff over the years, including photos, diaries, millions of books, half my clothes etc so I should have know something was up if I had to ask about something I'm never going to wear.

It's a bit too upsetting to write about (and I'm at the point where I'm worried I'm gonna have bad nightmares tonight - like I said, It's Complicated). It's back in my little jewelry box for now and I'll have to deal with it later when the time is right.

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« Reply #5712 on: January 09, 2018, 01:59:15 PM »
Thanks for all the replies about the pearl necklace.

:/ Turns out that if I'm actually at the point of asking about it on a forum, It's Complicated.

I have gotten rid of a shit ton of stuff over the years, including photos, diaries, millions of books, half my clothes etc so I should have know something was up if I had to ask about something I'm never going to wear.

It's a bit too upsetting to write about (and I'm at the point where I'm worried I'm gonna have bad nightmares tonight - like I said, It's Complicated). It's back in my little jewelry box for now and I'll have to deal with it later when the time is right.

Family stuff is often complicated.  :-(

Since it is DH's side of the family, would discussing it with DH be useful?

I have to admit, if I were in your shoes I would be taking the necklace to an appraiser to see if it is actually as special as aunt-in-law implied.  A cheap imitation would make everything so easy, eh?  Gone.  Worth lots of money?  Sell it and donate the proceeds to a charity that would drive Aunt-in-law bankers. 

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« Reply #5713 on: January 09, 2018, 02:18:10 PM »
My aunt gave me a Louis Vuitton bag that she had been gifted. At the time (only a mere 5 years ago, but feels like a lifetime in mustician years), I was thrilled. But after only using it a few times, it never "fit" my lifestyle.  I felt weird shopping at the discount grocery store with a legit LV purse, the rest of my frugal clothes didn't match the purse. It sat in my closet for years, and finally this fall I needed to get rid of it. I contemplated selling it, but instead gave it back to her with the simple comment of "I never use it, I'm sure you can find someone else who would love it".  She was not offended, and plans to give it to her daughter.

A similar approach with the necklace may be appropriate!

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This weekend we packed up our entire house..does that count as clearing out the clutter?? We did a good job at paring down our stuff for the move, but I'm sure unpacking we will still find things we don't need/use.

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« Reply #5714 on: January 09, 2018, 02:33:09 PM »
This weekend we packed up our entire house..does that count as clearing out the clutter?? We did a good job at paring down our stuff for the move, but I'm sure unpacking we will still find things we don't need/use.

At some point, you just need to get everything packed, so getting rid of stuff just stops. Keep a box handy for everything you find as you unpack though!

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« Reply #5715 on: January 10, 2018, 01:12:58 AM »
Thanks for all the replies about the pearl necklace.

:/ Turns out that if I'm actually at the point of asking about it on a forum, It's Complicated.

I have gotten rid of a shit ton of stuff over the years, including photos, diaries, millions of books, half my clothes etc so I should have know something was up if I had to ask about something I'm never going to wear.

It's a bit too upsetting to write about (and I'm at the point where I'm worried I'm gonna have bad nightmares tonight - like I said, It's Complicated). It's back in my little jewelry box for now and I'll have to deal with it later when the time is right.

Family stuff is often complicated.  :-(

Since it is DH's side of the family, would discussing it with DH be useful?

I have to admit, if I were in your shoes I would be taking the necklace to an appraiser to see if it is actually as special as aunt-in-law implied.  A cheap imitation would make everything so easy, eh?  Gone.  Worth lots of money?  Sell it and donate the proceeds to a charity that would drive Aunt-in-law bankers. 

Yes, the snark is strong today. 

Thanks for replying :) I had talked it through with DH. He's very much, whatever makes you happy. Which is fine, unless I have Complicated Feelings.

I'm happy having it sit in my jewelry box for now. I'm ignoring transphobia (for now) in favour of 'being included in an extended family thing because I am estranged by my choice from every single relative of my own and part of me wants to feel like belonging to a family thing even though the gifter is very flawed'.

and yeah, it could quite possibly be imitation pearl. My best guess is cheap farmed pearls. But, given this particular person, it could potentially be worth $. I have no idea. Will just park it in my jewelry box for now.

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« Reply #5716 on: January 10, 2018, 03:10:00 AM »
I have three big boxes of old photographs that have been sitting under my desk for two years now.  I tell myself that I will get around to scanning these so I can toss them.  Still haven't gotten to it.  i'm going to offer up some $ to the kids if they will do it.  I like a spare, uncluttered house, and those three boxes are like a weight around my neck. 

Worst case scenario -- I am FIREing next summer, so I could do it as a FIRE project.  :(

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« Reply #5717 on: January 10, 2018, 07:28:09 AM »
I have three big boxes of old photographs that have been sitting under my desk for two years now.  I tell myself that I will get around to scanning these so I can toss them.  Still haven't gotten to it.  i'm going to offer up some $ to the kids if they will do it.  I like a spare, uncluttered house, and those three boxes are like a weight around my neck. 

Worst case scenario -- I am FIREing next summer, so I could do it as a FIRE project.  :(

Ahhhh. . . photos. I hadn't even mentally crossed into that place, but yes, I too have a bunch of physical photos that need to be scanned. I also have am trying to reduce my Facebook usage. The only reason I really use it now is to store photos, and share with others. A much better option would be to upload & manage my photos, and arrange by photo books (if I want one physical version). Photos need some more thinking on my part - clearly!

On my side, found one more item to sell on eBay. I plan to get another 10-15 items listed on Friday.

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« Reply #5718 on: January 10, 2018, 08:27:14 AM »
Sold a pair of boots through the online consignment place yesterday, and shipping another pair this morning that I sold on Kijiji. :)

Oh, why did you guys have to mention photos?! Ack... one thing at a time. I will deal with the photos in due course. I need to finish the spare bedroom/office swap first and I’ll have a better workspace to organize photos...
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« Reply #5719 on: January 10, 2018, 10:30:16 AM »
3 boxes of photos? You're so lucky. My mom does genealogy. She has 5-6 large boxes of just big photo albums. Another 8-9 boxes of loose photos and small albums. That's not counting the 3 boxes of albums, photos, and slides that she's got in her house from my dad's side of the family. I think 3 boxes of books and papers. These are not shoe boxes either. They're at least the "small" moving boxes, some are larger.

Oh, and none of this "can" be discarded. Even if you scan it first. I have no idea who else in the family(ies) may want this stuff. And mom will basically murder anyone who gets rid of genealogy. Suggestions? Cause I'm at a loss.

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« Reply #5720 on: January 10, 2018, 01:00:08 PM »
Well, that's one way to declutter. Just ripped a hole in my jeans =( So out they go, and in with a paid I had moved to the "replacement bin." Basically, we used to have too many clothes in circulation, but we have tons of duplicates (like, I had 5 pairs of these same jeans). So we put some in a bin, and I just keep 2 in circulation. Well, now we're down to only one or two more in the backup bin I guess!
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« Reply #5721 on: January 10, 2018, 06:02:46 PM »
I did a massive declutter a few years ago, but noticed I needed to do a little declutter maintenance.

So far in January I have donated:

6 old board games that are no longer played because of modern, better ones in the collection.

A number of craft supplies I don't think I will ever use.

A large bag of clothes I have shrunk out of and some extra knitted mittens I never wear.

A large box of extra Christmas decorations I didn't even use this year.

I still have a craft / office to completely clean out but the rest of my house is very tidy and decluttered.

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« Reply #5722 on: January 11, 2018, 08:48:20 AM »
I have decided to do the "one in, one out" thing with stuff. I used to buy a LOT of books but I'm really cutting back on that & using the library.

As I'll be moving in the near future, I've really gotta get my rear in gear with decluttering.



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« Reply #5723 on: January 11, 2018, 10:19:29 AM »
Have a bunch of stuff listed on eBay & just got 4 items shipped & mailed out. I have a huge stack of things in the closet, ready to get listed. Need to just keep working through the stack.

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« Reply #5724 on: January 14, 2018, 01:11:00 AM »
3 boxes of photos? You're so lucky. My mom does genealogy. She has 5-6 large boxes of just big photo albums. Another 8-9 boxes of loose photos and small albums. That's not counting the 3 boxes of albums, photos, and slides that she's got in her house from my dad's side of the family. I think 3 boxes of books and papers. These are not shoe boxes either. They're at least the "small" moving boxes, some are larger.

Oh, and none of this "can" be discarded. Even if you scan it first. I have no idea who else in the family(ies) may want this stuff. And mom will basically murder anyone who gets rid of genealogy. Suggestions? Cause I'm at a loss.

Start asking around your family, and if you have nephews / nieces that are under 15, one of them may grow into wanting it, too.  Hey, you could even check out the next branch of the family tree, one that you don't have much contact with... if it goes back a ways, someone from that side may want the bulk of it, leaving you to just hold onto a few grandparent and parent photos.

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« Reply #5725 on: January 14, 2018, 05:58:10 AM »
In the drawer beside my bed I fpund a step counter that I received at work mamy years ago. I now have a phone that automatically counts steps. So I ditched the step counter. It is moved to the box for technical devices to dispose in a responsible way.

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« Reply #5726 on: January 14, 2018, 06:19:36 AM »
Oh, and none of this "can" be discarded. Even if you scan it first. I have no idea who else in the family(ies) may want this stuff. And mom will basically murder anyone who gets rid of genealogy. Suggestions? Cause I'm at a loss.

Do you have a community museum or archive? I used to volunteer at such a place and it was always a real treasure when people would donate old family photos - particularly if there was genealogy info to accompany it. As a potential bonus for your mom, we often used the donor families as the basis for vignettes to tell various stories (with their permission of course) since they were the source of the most complete information.
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« Reply #5727 on: January 14, 2018, 12:37:21 PM »
Yeah, mom's not going to give originals to anyone else. She'll make copies though! Basically, I think I'm stuck until she dies then I can actually do something about it all.

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« Reply #5728 on: January 14, 2018, 02:09:10 PM »
More items from my craft room / office.

The last of the DVDs I own (12) which I never ever watch. I don't even have a DVD player other then using my computer.

Some more craft items headed to the community art space. I think by the end of the week I will have another huge box for them. I am finally going to give up some of the surplus craft / art supplies I never seem to find the time to actually use. It is so wasteful to store items when I have a wonderful community art space literally around the corner from me, where they always need supplies. I am actually a little ashamed of myself for "hoarding it" and buying new items when I have so much.

I also have a whole section of just random stuff to sort this week. Truly a mismatch of items that always end up in this small room because it is my last unorganized / decluttered space. It's a little overwhelming because some of this stuff I just don't know what to do with it. I think the sentimental items I will end up photographing and then donating / discarding because they just sits around in boxes and I almost never look at the items.

By the end of the month I am also going to work on my unfinished basement which I use just for storage. It's very organized down there and not at all cluttered but I know I have surplus items I really do not need.

Ideally by the end of January my declutter maintenance to maintain my huge clean from a few years ago will be complete and then I can get cracking on painting my rooms.


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« Reply #5729 on: January 14, 2018, 10:38:50 PM »
A friend gave me a couple of expensive dresses now that she is off the corporate treadmill.

They were beautiful but ... not my style. Into the donation bin.

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« Reply #5730 on: January 14, 2018, 11:40:36 PM »
My mum is coming to visit, and she's going to help me Dutch ditch things and store stuff properly! I am thrilled :D
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« Reply #5731 on: January 15, 2018, 04:05:17 AM »
Is 'Dutch things' an autocorrect doozy, or is it a new term I haven't come across? (I genuinely can't tell - am a tad tired)

Regardless, yay for help!

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« Reply #5732 on: January 15, 2018, 04:30:59 AM »
Is 'Dutch things' an autocorrect doozy, or is it a new term I haven't come across? (I genuinely can't tell - am a tad tired)

Regardless, yay for help!

Maybe it is the autocorrection of "ditch things"?

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« Reply #5733 on: January 15, 2018, 05:23:20 AM »
Pretty sure it involves blankets and farting.

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« Reply #5734 on: January 15, 2018, 06:56:21 AM »
3 boxes of photos? You're so lucky. My mom does genealogy. She has 5-6 large boxes of just big photo albums. Another 8-9 boxes of loose photos and small albums. That's not counting the 3 boxes of albums, photos, and slides that she's got in her house from my dad's side of the family. I think 3 boxes of books and papers. These are not shoe boxes either. They're at least the "small" moving boxes, some are larger.

Oh, and none of this "can" be discarded. Even if you scan it first. I have no idea who else in the family(ies) may want this stuff. And mom will basically murder anyone who gets rid of genealogy. Suggestions? Cause I'm at a loss.

If your mother values this excess load of crap, have her provide infoemation, in pencil, on the back of each photo. She needs to note the complete name of each person n the photo and a date it was taken, even if that date is approximate. Write “circa” if she is unsure of the date.

And remember that you can toss the crap when she is dead. I agree with her that some of it is absolute family treasure, but not without identifying information on the back. If she truly values it  she should make it useful. A photos with a bunch of ancient relatives, unknown names, is fairly useless to family genealogy.

I went through this with my own mother with a collection of photos of much smaller scale. She always had a plan to sit with me while we “put them in albums.” No.  Albums are to me less useful as a storage mechanism than is a box. And sure, scannin them is very useful, but the identifying information for each photos must somehow be attached.

With my family collection I scanned only 10% of the photos that were really old and that showed the Ancient Ones. The rest of the photos I divided between me and my brother. I pitched many.  Both of us have no children and these collections will die with us, so be it. The scanned data went to children of my cousins, so it was passed down a generation. They will do with it as they will.

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« Reply #5735 on: January 15, 2018, 07:07:05 AM »
I need to get back into this. I've started an art hobby, and I really should have gotten rid of things before accumulating supplies.
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« Reply #5736 on: January 15, 2018, 08:33:03 AM »
I'm a bit of a genealogy freak, what works for me is reach out to more extended family and see if they want them.  I have a 2nd cousin 1x removed (by adoption, by birth she's a 3rd cousin 1x removed, my grandfather was adopted so by blood we ain't cousins at all...) who was delighted to receive the documents and photos I have of her uncle/grandfather.  She paid the shipping costs too!

That may have to wait until your mother passes though. 

3 boxes of photos? You're so lucky. My mom does genealogy. She has 5-6 large boxes of just big photo albums. Another 8-9 boxes of loose photos and small albums. That's not counting the 3 boxes of albums, photos, and slides that she's got in her house from my dad's side of the family. I think 3 boxes of books and papers. These are not shoe boxes either. They're at least the "small" moving boxes, some are larger.

Oh, and none of this "can" be discarded. Even if you scan it first. I have no idea who else in the family(ies) may want this stuff. And mom will basically murder anyone who gets rid of genealogy. Suggestions? Cause I'm at a loss.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5737 on: January 15, 2018, 10:00:01 PM »
Sold two more apparel items through the local consignment website, netting $420 - I am thrilled with getting this for what I’d long ago written off as sunk costs. I have lots more to pare down, but wins like this keep my motivation high.

I cleared out another dresser drawer and added to the donation pile.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5738 on: January 15, 2018, 10:56:32 PM »
Is 'Dutch things' an autocorrect doozy, or is it a new term I haven't come across? (I genuinely can't tell - am a tad tired)

Regardless, yay for help!

Maybe it is the autocorrection of "ditch things"?
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5739 on: January 16, 2018, 01:23:27 AM »
Is 'Dutch things' an autocorrect doozy, or is it a new term I haven't come across? (I genuinely can't tell - am a tad tired)

Regardless, yay for help!

Maybe it is the autocorrection of "ditch things"?
hah, whoops! Yes, Linda_Norway is correct.

Oh I thought maybe your mum was kiwi, ha ha.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5740 on: January 16, 2018, 01:52:49 AM »
I friend of mine is trying to start a business as a professional organizer, so she came over and helped me go through a few of my trouble spots in the house. 

In addition to a much more organized living space, I also sold $430 worth of useful to other people items.  I've also got sales pending for another $350 worth of things!

Sounds like an interesting business. How does it work? Is she coaching and face-punching you through the process? Does she help evaluate and sell off your stuff? I was actually wondering whether such an endeavor would be successful, after much sorting and moving this week.

The thing that I thought was: Is this a potential side hustle?

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5741 on: January 16, 2018, 07:32:11 AM »
Sold another eBay item that I'm mailing this morning! Had one jacket not sell after two tries, so sticking it in the donation pile so someone else can enjoy it.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5742 on: January 16, 2018, 11:27:09 AM »
OMG. I found a shoebox of papers from the 1980s. Paycheck stubs. newspaper clippings. Postcards. Desk calendars.

I saved some letters and drawings from friends and tossed the rest.

It's only been 30 years.

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« Reply #5743 on: January 16, 2018, 03:21:07 PM »
A friend gave me a personalised mug... personalised as in it has a photo of her dog on it.

>.<


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5744 on: January 16, 2018, 03:41:43 PM »
I took a vacation last week with friends.  One bought lots of souvenirs for friends and family.  Last year, that would have been me.  This year, I just looked on in bemusement.  There was nothing I could justify bringing into my home....except chocolate.  I bought the kids a giant chocolate bar.  They are busily decluttering that for me.

We're starting to think about moving; I got all excited about the idea of getting rid of more stuff.  More husband looked at me blankly and said, "Aren't we done now?  We gave away everything we didn't need."

I might have cackled a little bit.
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« Reply #5745 on: January 16, 2018, 05:12:52 PM »
I took a vacation last week with friends.  One bought lots of souvenirs for friends and family.  Last year, that would have been me.  This year, I just looked on in bemusement.  There was nothing I could justify bringing into my home....except chocolate.  I bought the kids a giant chocolate bar.  They are busily decluttering that for me.

I laughed at this.

We're starting to think about moving; I got all excited about the idea of getting rid of more stuff.  More husband looked at me blankly and said, "Aren't we done now?  We gave away everything we didn't need."

This too. :)

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5746 on: January 16, 2018, 06:04:27 PM »
I took a vacation last week with friends.  One bought lots of souvenirs for friends and family.  Last year, that would have been me.  This year, I just looked on in bemusement.  There was nothing I could justify bringing into my home....except chocolate.  I bought the kids a giant chocolate bar.  They are busily decluttering that for me.

We're starting to think about moving; I got all excited about the idea of getting rid of more stuff.  More husband looked at me blankly and said, "Aren't we done now?  We gave away everything we didn't need."

I might have cackled a little bit.

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Him: What?
You: ...
Him: What are you looking at?
You: I am just thinking about other clutter I can get rid of.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5747 on: January 16, 2018, 09:11:07 PM »
A friend gave me a personalised mug... personalised as in it has a photo of her dog on it.

>.<

That was . . . a very risky decision. My husband would definitely use it, ironically.

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« Reply #5748 on: January 17, 2018, 01:05:20 AM »
A friend gave me a personalised mug... personalised as in it has a photo of her dog on it.

>.<

That was . . . a very risky decision. My husband would definitely use it, ironically.

He sounds fun. :) Tell him I'll do him a good deal on a mug!

Don't get me wrong, I love her dog.

But I already have too many mugs. I don't drink tea or coffee so any more than one is too many. :D

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« Reply #5749 on: January 17, 2018, 12:22:53 PM »
A friend gave me a personalised mug... personalised as in it has a photo of her dog on it.

>.<

That was . . . a very risky decision. My husband would definitely use it, ironically.

He sounds fun. :) Tell him I'll do him a good deal on a mug!

Don't get me wrong, I love her dog.

But I already have too many mugs. I don't drink tea or coffee so any more than one is too many. :D

The fact that you don't drink coffee or tea makes it even more interesting! My husband currently drinks out of a mug I made at a work event. It looks like a child made it. He thinks it's hilarious. The paint is crooked, the colors are awful. . . I'm clearly not an artist. :-)