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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5700 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5701 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 #5702 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 #5703 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 #5704 on: January 15, 2018, 05:23:20 AM »
Pretty sure it involves blankets and farting.

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« Reply #5705 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 #5706 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 #5707 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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« Reply #5708 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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« Reply #5709 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"?
hah, whoops! Yes, Linda_Norway is correct.

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« Reply #5710 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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« Reply #5711 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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« Reply #5712 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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« Reply #5713 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 #5714 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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« Reply #5715 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 #5716 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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« Reply #5717 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.

You: Gazing intently, unblinking, at husband.
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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« Reply #5718 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 #5719 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 #5720 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. :-)

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« Reply #5721 on: January 17, 2018, 01:54:44 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. :-)

@mustachepungoeshere wait... you were given a pug mug? >_<

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« Reply #5722 on: January 17, 2018, 02:38:26 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. :-)

@mustachepungoeshere wait... you were given a pug mug? >_<

@marty998, you know far too much! ;)

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« Reply #5723 on: January 17, 2018, 05:35:50 PM »
Another small box of items donated today - I am killing my declutter maintenance.

I also cleaned up and organized two kitchen drawers!

My craft room / office is the worlds smallest room and for the first time ever it is actually looking quite tidy. It is the only room in my house that is never streamlined because it is so small and I have quite a few necessary items in it. I have accepted it will never be minimal, but tidy is my definite goal.

I have mostly completed my maintenance declutter, now I am spending the rest of the month just organizing and working on putting items in logical locations and thinking about my household work flow.

I have decided instead of once a year, I will do a maintenance declutter every six months. That means in the summer I can work in my unfinished basement when the temperature is optimal.


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« Reply #5724 on: January 18, 2018, 11:08:00 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

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. :-)

Picture please!

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« Reply #5725 on: January 18, 2018, 02:35:05 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. :-)

Picture please!

Will get one! As for decluttering, I sold & mailed another eBay item today. Yielding a whopping $4 in profit. But, item gone, and $4 made.

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« Reply #5726 on: January 18, 2018, 04:25:06 PM »
I thought I didn't have anything to get rid of yet I filled my car and took it to the thrift store. I am getting rid of a ton of clothes. I probably am down to about a fourth of what I used to have.

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« Reply #5727 on: January 18, 2018, 07:42:31 PM »
3 bags of clothes and a few misguided Xmas items to Goodwill. I spent several hours in the office last night getting rid of paper clutter. Still SO much to do. Trying to figure out if I just set aside a night a  week or ?  Every piece of paper that's left requires some kind of action or follow up.

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« Reply #5728 on: January 19, 2018, 03:09:42 AM »
This weekend we are taking 5 boxes of books, CDs, DVDs and some games (not ours but we said we'd donate them for a friend) to Lifeline, which is a charity that fundraises by selling books etc a few weekends each year. (it's a decades-long institution where I live)

We'll also donating a fancy-pants clock radio that DH bought 10 years ago (still works but doesn't get used any more) and a cat scratch arch thing that a friend gave our cat a month ago, but cat has completely ignored it. Those will go to the big op shop/landfill diversion shed at the rubbish tip.

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« Reply #5729 on: January 19, 2018, 06:07:19 AM »
Listed a heap of stuff on Buy Nothing yesterday and it left the house today. Such a good feeling. Listed a heap more today so that should be gone soon :D

Sister gave me a whole heap of storage containers and baskets. Immediately gave the rose gold baskets to a friend (not at all my style, and totally hers); now we're testing the rest of the stuff to see what fits in our wardrobe so we can give away the excess. Looking forward to a more organised wardrobe!

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« Reply #5730 on: January 19, 2018, 08:59:14 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

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. :-)

Picture please!

Will get one! As for decluttering, I sold & mailed another eBay item today. Yielding a whopping $4 in profit. But, item gone, and $4 made.


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« Reply #5731 on: January 19, 2018, 09:00:17 AM »
Per your request, please feast your eyes on this artistic masterpiece. Note dripping paint, uneven color, white spaces . . . obviously my best work.

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« Reply #5732 on: January 19, 2018, 04:09:31 PM »
Per your request, please feast your eyes on this artistic masterpiece. Note dripping paint, uneven color, white spaces . . . obviously my best work.

That was all on purpose....for artistic effect.

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« Reply #5733 on: January 19, 2018, 06:47:52 PM »
Per your request, please feast your eyes on this artistic masterpiece. Note dripping paint, uneven color, white spaces . . . obviously my best work.

That was all on purpose....for artistic effect.

It's difficult to enter into this work because of how the reductive quality of the spatial relationships notates the eloquence of these pieces. I find this work playful because of the way the sublime beauty of the purity of line spatially undermines the remarkable handling of light.  It should be added that the subaqueous qualities of the biomorphic forms contextualize the distinctive formal juxtapositions.

Although I am not a painter, I think that the mechanical mark-making visually and conceptually activates the essentially transitional quality.  I'm surprised that no one's mentioned yet that the iconicity of the line-space matrix seems very disturbing in light of the substructure of critical thinking.

(Critique courtesy of Pixmaven The Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator and Random number generator with light editing by yours truly.)

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« Reply #5734 on: January 19, 2018, 07:32:12 PM »
Per your request, please feast your eyes on this artistic masterpiece. Note dripping paint, uneven color, white spaces . . . obviously my best work.

That was all on purpose....for artistic effect.

It's difficult to enter into this work because of how the reductive quality of the spatial relationships notates the eloquence of these pieces. I find this work playful because of the way the sublime beauty of the purity of line spatially undermines the remarkable handling of light.  It should be added that the subaqueous qualities of the biomorphic forms contextualize the distinctive formal juxtapositions.

Although I am not a painter, I think that the mechanical mark-making visually and conceptually activates the essentially transitional quality.  I'm surprised that no one's mentioned yet that the iconicity of the line-space matrix seems very disturbing in light of the substructure of critical thinking.

(Critique courtesy of Pixmaven The Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator and Random number generator with light editing by yours truly.)

This all made me deeply happy. I will use this mug with new fondness tomorrow.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5735 on: January 19, 2018, 07:50:52 PM »
Per your request, please feast your eyes on this artistic masterpiece. Note dripping paint, uneven color, white spaces . . . obviously my best work.

That was all on purpose....for artistic effect.

It's difficult to enter into this work because of how the reductive quality of the spatial relationships notates the eloquence of these pieces. I find this work playful because of the way the sublime beauty of the purity of line spatially undermines the remarkable handling of light.  It should be added that the subaqueous qualities of the biomorphic forms contextualize the distinctive formal juxtapositions.

Although I am not a painter, I think that the mechanical mark-making visually and conceptually activates the essentially transitional quality.  I'm surprised that no one's mentioned yet that the iconicity of the line-space matrix seems very disturbing in light of the substructure of critical thinking.

(Critique courtesy of Pixmaven The Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator and Random number generator with light editing by yours truly.)

This all made me deeply happy. I will use this mug with new fondness tomorrow.

Bahahaha!! Amazing review, @With This Herring ... @MaybeBabyMustache, the colours are very pretty! ;)

Today, I got rid of an aerobic step bench (circa Jane Fonda’s Workout, inherited from my grandmother and never used — by me or my grandma, I’d guess) for $25!

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« Reply #5736 on: January 19, 2018, 08:07:55 PM »
Sort of decluttering.... I'm visiting parents and am helping Mom use up some cosmetics and perfume. She wouldn't let them go even if they were not her type since they were a gift. But she is happy I'm using them.

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« Reply #5737 on: January 19, 2018, 08:28:08 PM »
Per your request, please feast your eyes on this artistic masterpiece. Note dripping paint, uneven color, white spaces . . . obviously my best work.

That was all on purpose....for artistic effect.

It's difficult to enter into this work because of how the reductive quality of the spatial relationships notates the eloquence of these pieces. I find this work playful because of the way the sublime beauty of the purity of line spatially undermines the remarkable handling of light.  It should be added that the subaqueous qualities of the biomorphic forms contextualize the distinctive formal juxtapositions.

Although I am not a painter, I think that the mechanical mark-making visually and conceptually activates the essentially transitional quality.  I'm surprised that no one's mentioned yet that the iconicity of the line-space matrix seems very disturbing in light of the substructure of critical thinking.

(Critique courtesy of Pixmaven The Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator and Random number generator with light editing by yours truly.)

This all made me deeply happy. I will use this mug with new fondness tomorrow.

I would like to request that you get a deep shadowbox-type picture frame to use as framed shelf for your mug when not in use.  It should have a tiny gold placard with something like this on it:
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5738 on: January 21, 2018, 05:55:27 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

You can always accidentally drop it so it breaks. :-)

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5739 on: January 21, 2018, 06:04:14 AM »
I spent the last week doing a major digital declutter. I deleted and organized the mail in my personal email accounts. My goal from now on is to keep my inbox empty and moving anything that is worth saving to a separate folder. Essentially, I'm treating email the same way I treat physical mail and ruthlessly trashing it. I've been unsubscribing from marketing emails for the last several weeks as well to prevent myself from getting more unnecessary junk to process.

I also spent about 3 days deleting old photos on my machine. For a couple of years, I was really into photography and I was taking all of my photos in the camera's native raw format which creates files about 5-6 times a large as a jpeg. I was also really lazy about culling the herd of blurry or poorly composted photos and I ran out of space on my machine. I deleted over 100GB of garbage photos. I'm also thinking about selling my camera gear because I haven't really taken any photos for fun in about a year and a half.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5740 on: January 21, 2018, 03:12:23 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

You can always accidentally drop it so it breaks. :-)

Oh you evil, evil genius!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5741 on: January 21, 2018, 03:32:46 PM »
In preparation for tax season, went through our filing cabinets.
-Got rid of a ton of old paperwork. Made a huge stack for shredding
-Found all of our mortgage paperwork for a house that we sold this year. Not sure what exactly we will need for our taxes, but apparently we refi'd 5 times. (Rates dropping.) No wonder we have so much paperwork. I will be thrilled to toss this once we're done with taxes this year.
-Recycled a few papers in the boys room, plus found an item to donate.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5742 on: January 21, 2018, 05:44:39 PM »
I (finally) got started on my whole-apartment decluttering project today.  I moved in about 2.5 years ago and haven't reassessed my possessions or what goes where since I moved in and unpacked quickly.  Let's see if I can manage to go through the whole apartment before I get busy this summer.

Today I tackled my dining room/office (1 room used for both purposes):

- Organized the heap of papers on my desk.  Shredded and recycled a bunch, but still need to file the "to-file" stack I ended up with.
- Organized everything else on my desk and finally labeled the storage boxes.
- Gave up on ever reading some of the magazines I've accumulated.  Made a pile for recycling, a pile to give to my coworker to read, and a pile of the ones I still actually want to read.  (I save them for plane trips, so that way I'm not tempted to buy a magazine at the airport.)
- Cleared out a little stand-alone cupboard that had been holding random stuff ever since I moved in.  Turned it into overflow kitchen storage for my InstantPot, mixer, and some bowls that had been stored out-of-the way but that I want to use more often now.
- Went through all the drawers of my desk and shelves of my desk and organized them.  Got rid of a few random things, plus a decorative plate a friend gave me awhile back.  (I had been hanging on to it because it was a gift, but it's really not my design aesthetic.)

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5743 on: January 21, 2018, 05:49:01 PM »
I donated my hotel toiletry collection to a homeless veteran shelter today. This is surprisingly difficult which really shows my hoarder tendencies

I also got rid of 8 napkin rings that my husband's mother gave us for two different anniversaries one for like pewter and one for copper I think. We have never once used a napkin ring in our home although we do use cloth napkins.


I also got rid of an old popcorn 10 that someone is using for a Valentine's Day project so that was nice.

All of this will buy nothing project which is just wonderful
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5744 on: January 21, 2018, 07:06:42 PM »
Here's random decluttering win - I saw on the local fb giveaways page a travel memento being given away and lots of people were interested?!! I have something similar that I don't really want but didn't want to throw away, and now I can rehome it!

I started another bag for clothes donations today, it's amazing that they keep coming. I've bought 10 clothing items or less since my last purge last Xmas, so with this latest round my clothes are finally looking like they have breathing space, just like Marie Kondo wanted ;)

I can't decide whether to get rid of my backpack. I think my backpacking days are over, we tend to pack one large duffle bag with wheels between us now, and we own two. I can't see me hiking a multi-day trail anytime soon/ ever so I think I am hanging on to it for sentimental reasons. I don't think I've used it in 5 years, possibly more.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5745 on: January 22, 2018, 07:05:45 AM »
Culled one of the underutilized bikes from the herd.  Was really in the fence about getting rid of it but now I am relieved that it is disassembled with all the parts listed on eBay.

If I'm undecided about getting rid of something, I rarely find that I regret parting with it once it's gone.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5746 on: January 22, 2018, 07:40:04 AM »
Culled one of the underutilized bikes from the herd.  Was really in the fence about getting rid of it but now I am relieved that it is disassembled with all the parts listed on eBay.

If I'm undecided about getting rid of something, I rarely find that I regret parting with it once it's gone.

I don't struggle with stuff too much, but even I have found that disassembling things and parting them out removes any inkling of emotional attachment.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5747 on: January 22, 2018, 07:52:06 AM »
Got on a roll last night after some wins with the filing cabinet/tax area. Decluttered 20+ items from the boys closets & moved to the donation box.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5748 on: January 22, 2018, 12:44:03 PM »
Dropped off a box of 31 items to savers yesterday. On track for my 365 items in 2018 resolution. It is getting easier and easier to throw stuff in a box and get rid of it.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5749 on: January 22, 2018, 04:34:28 PM »
I boxed up 17 college text books and shipped them off to an online text book buyer. Got $300 for a bunch of old books sitting in our closet. My wife worked on our daughters room and got rid of old books, toys, clothes, etc.