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Title: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 13, 2013, 09:28:25 PM
So I think this would be a good thread for me. I don't actually have that much stuff as I live in a small apartment, but I still have more than I need. I am also a bit of a hoarder. I have clothes that are getting seriously worn out which I still wear and can't bring myself to throw away. I also always seem to have snail mail that seems vaguely important so I don't throw it away and eventually it builds up. And forgotten pantry items that I should use up. And a bunch of other things.

If you're anything like me please join me in getting rid of your stuff. Whether this means throwing them out, donating them, giving them to friends/family, eating them, or selling them.

If you have any tips on how to deal with the my-clothes-have-holes-but-are-so-comfy or I-may-need-this-someday syndrome, please share. And also let me know when there are cases where I-may-need-this syndrome actually makes sense, so I can identify what things I should actually keep and what I should throw.

My progress so far:

I recently managed to find some clothes that I donated to a charity bin.

And today I put up an ad on an online board to sell off a kitchen appliance that I don't use. Hopefully I'll get a buyer.

I'm going to try to find more things I can get rid of. I may actually be moving out of my place within a year or so, which provides extra incentive.

Feel free to join me!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: kkbmustang on May 13, 2013, 10:36:24 PM
We are in major purge mode so I'm right there with you. The best thing I did was to read The Joy of Less by Francine Jay.  Also check out theproject333.com by Courtney Carver. Lots if other great resources if you need them.

This week I sold a dresser and have listed a kid table/chairs, an extra sofa and two net books. The charity comes to pick up our next set of donations next week.

This week I am targeting towels and office supplies.

If there is something of sentimental value I take a picture of it and throw the object away. Also have a stack of clothes to take to the consignment shop.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 14, 2013, 06:26:07 AM
Thanks for the recommendations, kkbmustang! And it's impressive the things you are purging already. The Joy of Less looks like a good read. I was hopping around on Amazon and found another book, It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh, which also looks great.

Just then I found another couple of items of clothing that I don't think I'll miss, so I'll be slipping those into the donation bin, too.

And there are other items of clothing that I think I might have a decent chance of selling, so I'll put them on eBay or something - a tedious process but probably worth doing.

Will also tackle some long-neglected items in the pantry. Hopefully that will make for some delicious adventures. :D
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FlorenceMcGillicutty on May 14, 2013, 06:56:59 AM
This is good timing for me. I just started purging a couple of weeks ago. We still have a long way to go so I'm planning on doing a little bit each week. On Sunday, we took a huge load of clothes and stuff to Goodwill but we've got a lot left. Many of the items are kids clothes and toys that people gave us. My goal is to get to a place where we have no more than we can appreciate and take care of. We have WAY more than that right now!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FlorenceMcGillicutty on May 14, 2013, 07:30:15 AM
I'm by no means a hoarder. Minimalist would be more accurate.

I have, however, held on to a couple of items for aesthetic and practical reasons that I'm parting with.

One is a 1918 General Electric tabletop fan.

(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTAwMFg2NjU=/$T2eC16F,!zUE9s38-QPVBRQf,NcthQ~~48_35.JPG)

I was using it for, well, "cooling" but I hooked up a Kill-a-Watt a realized it was actually kind of energy inefficient so it's on the auction block.
Another item is a 1940's Westinghouse fan that has similar power draw. Beautiful and probably irreplaceable but just more "stuff."

I LOVE that fan. Tough call.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 14, 2013, 07:34:01 AM
It IS a nice fan. Hopefully you get good money for them cjottawa.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Rebecca Stapler on May 15, 2013, 10:36:43 AM
I have been purging too. I found this article really helpful for finding ways to make a little money doing it: http://makinglemonadeblog.com/turn-your-spring-cleaning-into-cash/

I'm also juuuuust about ready to trade in my old macbook for about $72 to Gazelle.com. I have a referral code that will get you $10 if you use it and I'll get $10. If anyone's interested, send me a PM, I'll send you the code.

I also saw a great website for selling high quality used clothing but I can't find it right now.

This summer, I hope to:
1) Sell the Macbook ($72)
2) Sell clothes ($??)
3) Sell our extra cloth diapers that don't fit my toddler ($25)
4) Sell a few used books ($10)
5) Sell our charcoal grill at my parents' yard sale, and a few other items ($50)

It's not much, but it's something! And I hate having stuff I don't need / use clutter up our home.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: martynthewolf on May 15, 2013, 01:38:15 PM
I have a similar issue on the clothes front. I have a fair few t-shirts that are very worn, what tends to happen with these t-shirts is they slowly get demoted from, "I'll wear it out and about" -> "i'll wear it to do dirty jobs in" -> "i'll wear it for bed". Some t-shirts i've got i've had for the past 10 years or so and even though they have some small holes in they are good for slouching about it. :)

Other items of clothing I donate to charity and anything else is either donated/recycled or straight up binned.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: smalllife on May 15, 2013, 04:01:59 PM
I second "The Joy of Less" and Project 333.  Project 333 is a great way to take another look at clothing, its role in our lives, and the quality of our garments.  I've been doing a variation of it for about two years now. 

**If you don't have The Joy of Less from your library, Francine published a collection of her blog articles for 99 cents a while ago.  The essence of the book for a fraction of the price.

The 100 item challenge (book) was also an interesting read.  I'm a minimalist by nature but the plethora of storage (relative term) has me needing to cull again.  Something I've come across was to do an item a day, no matter how small, to build up the momentum and make the task more manageable.



Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: BZB on May 16, 2013, 02:37:51 PM
This is great timing for me too! I am tackling the Closet of Doom today. It may actually take a few days. I dragged out everything we had stuffed into a large walk-in closet and am sorting through it to keep, donate, sell, and inherited stuff that needs to be dealt with. Now the downstairs looks like a scene from the tv show Hoarders.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 16, 2013, 05:27:02 PM
Great responses so far! Looking forward to hearing updates of everyone's progress.

I had another look at Project 333. The concept is growing on me a bit. I don't have that many clothes, but because my cupboard is small, it can be difficult to rummage through stuff and I tend to forget about anything that's somewhat hidden at the back, especially when I have clothes of all seasons there.

I have a similar issue on the clothes front. I have a fair few t-shirts that are very worn, what tends to happen with these t-shirts is they slowly get demoted from, "I'll wear it out and about" -> "i'll wear it to do dirty jobs in" -> "i'll wear it for bed". Some t-shirts i've got i've had for the past 10 years or so and even though they have some small holes in they are good for slouching about it. :)

I guess in a way we are kind of Mustachian! :D  It still makes me feel a bit like a hoarder though. And it takes me away from actually wearing my "nice" clothes.

My kitchen appliance I'm trying to sell, compact grill, has no takers so far. It's already cheap but I might have to put the price down further.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Dr.Vibrissae on May 16, 2013, 06:21:53 PM
I'm constantly trying to clear the clutter.  I come from somewhat pack-ratty parents (not hoarder level, but they definitely have enough room that they don't have to go through and get rid of stuff, so they store it) and the Mr. hates to get rid of things.  I'm trying to be a little more like my sister, who doesn't have a sentimental bone in her body, and doesn't collect anything really.

Recent wins:
-got the Mr. to go through ALL his clothes, donated 2 trashbags, threw out a third and have a laudry basket of possible consignment clothes (a bit disgusting to think about, but I've been trying to pare back his holdings for a couple of years now)
-have been doing the 1 item a day thing, it helps me feel more in control
-was able to get the Mr. to willingly relinquish several towels and blankets for victims of a local disaster.

Things that help me:
-One (or more) thing a day - I always have a box or bag going to put donation in
-Revisit - sometimes there are thing I know I should get rid of, but I'm just too tired, or currently attached to let go.  However, I frequently find that after a few months of mulling it over I'm able to let it go
-Go through storage regularly, I regularly (at least yearly) go through the things I have in containers/closets because often I've forgotten what's in them and find new things to give away
-Watching Hoarders/Clean House (old TLC show) - I just find it motivating to see how bad things can be, and I'm always motivated, because I don't want my house to end up like that. YMMV

Currently I'm working on posting some things to our department-wide FYI list to sell.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Osprey on May 17, 2013, 05:32:56 AM
Great thread. Does anyone have tips for helping someone else get rid of their stuff? Mr Osprey is a hoarder and I am a minimalist. This causes is a great deal of marital strife! We recently moved apartments and I am itching to sell or donate the following:

- Kilograms and kilograms of clothes that are in good condition but far too big and completely against his current aesthetic
- A cupboard filled with electronic equipment and outdated "boys' toys" that he never uses, or that we have duplicates of (e.g. binoculars, old consoles). This cupboard has an imaginary "KEEP OUT NO GIRLS ALLOWED" sign on it.
- Piles of trading cards that keep on multiplying (Magic, The Gathering) - I play just as much as he does but I want to sell what we don't use
- Old textbooks that nobody has read in years... going all the way back to primary school!

Will report back on successes/failures.



BTW That fan is FANtastic. *cue facepalms and groans*
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: smalllife on May 17, 2013, 05:35:40 AM
Great thread. Does anyone have tips for helping someone else get rid of their stuff? Mr Osprey is a hoarder and I am a minimalist. This causes is a great deal of marital strife! We recently moved apartments and I am itching to sell or donate the following:

- Kilograms and kilograms of clothes that are in good condition but far too big and completely against his current aesthetic
- A cupboard filled with electronic equipment and outdated "boys' toys" that he never uses, or that we have duplicates of (e.g. binoculars, old consoles). This cupboard has an imaginary "KEEP OUT NO GIRLS ALLOWED" sign on it.
- Piles of trading cards that keep on multiplying (Magic, The Gathering) - I play just as much as he does but I want to sell what we don't use
- Old textbooks that nobody has read in years... going all the way back to primary school!

Will report back on successes/failures.

People hold onto things for a variety of reasons:

http://minimalistpackrat.com/2010/10/31/10-clutter-personality-types/

What helps depends on WHY he is holding onto items.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CanuckStache on May 17, 2013, 06:46:43 PM
Just managed to sell 4 things on Ebay - the larger of which was roof rack crossbars which I don't use on my truck anymore, since I built a custom roof rack. Was proud of my packaging job - took four very large paper bags we saved from shopping, and used those 'air bags' around the cross bars, which we kept from amazon shipping packages. Wrapped up with a fair bit of tape, and they're very well protected for shipping.

Also decided to pull out and sell / give away all our DVDs / bluray's / etc. I built a small PC for about $300 which we use hooked up to the tv and watch all our videos, listen to all our music, etc through that - It's phenomenal how much room CD / DVD boxes take up! I must have had two gigantic boxes worth last time I moved. Ripping everything to a hard drive is the way to go, especially since my iphone plugs into my car stereo too.

Went through our clothes on the weekend too and managed to stuff a few large bags full of give-aways - and tear up a few things for me to use as rags around the house.

On one hand I always feel good doing a purge like this, but on the other it makes me realize how much useless stuff we accumulate!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 17, 2013, 10:15:26 PM
Well done CanuckStache!

Some of my clothes are also well past the donation stage, so I may go the rag route with them too.

I'm at my boyfriend's house today and if I feel motivated enough I shall try to consolidate my stuff here too, which is kind of scattered and unorganized.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Osprey on May 18, 2013, 12:37:23 AM

People hold onto things for a variety of reasons:

http://minimalistpackrat.com/2010/10/31/10-clutter-personality-types/

What helps depends on WHY he is holding onto items.

Thanks for that link, it is very enlightening.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: BZB on May 20, 2013, 09:35:06 AM
Still working on the Closet of Doom. The downstairs still looks like an episode of Hoarders. My 3 year old is having a great time digging through stuff. Today's goal is to buy the hardware so I can finish putting together the Ikea shelving we already owned and put it in the closet. Then stuff can only go back in the closet if it fits in the shelves - nothing on the floors.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: footenote on May 20, 2013, 09:51:13 AM
We have been executing The Big Purge for the last several months, consistently saying yes to the various charities that call frequently (Lupus, Vietnam Vets, etc.).

My biggest challenge is figuring out the best way to sell inherited items that have a fair amount of value (a Limoges tea set, silverplate cutlery set, several Waterford pieces). I don't want to go the eBay route, but fear that will be what I end up doing.  : /

It's been worth the effort and hoarder-tendencies DH has been a dreamboat about it. (Way harder for him than for unsentimental me.)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: KatieSSS on May 20, 2013, 12:48:07 PM
Glad I saw this thread - just listed an item on eBay! I did a big clean-out a few months ago and donated a lot to charity. I'm going to try and make a bit of money off of some items, though. Hopefully, it works!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Miss Stachio on May 20, 2013, 08:45:29 PM
I'm working on this too after moving.  Purged stuff before the move and now I'm in a much smaller place and it's clear that more stuff has to get purged too.  Just sold some things on Craigslist and put some things out with a "Free" sign.  Still working on getting clothes and the hundreds of random 'little things' under control.

The FlyLady approach of decluttering a few things every day (http://www.flylady.net/d/br/2012/02/14/one-bite-at-a-time-declutter-15-minutes-a-day/ (http://www.flylady.net/d/br/2012/02/14/one-bite-at-a-time-declutter-15-minutes-a-day/)) was working well for me for a while but that was when I was poor and didn't have much to begin with.  Ahh, the slow creep of accumulation...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 21, 2013, 08:16:19 AM
I think 15 minutes a day could still work for me at this stage. I just need to stop being lazy.

Okay, I just opted out of snail mail from my bank, which I should've done earlier, but for some reason never got around to it. So that will help reduce snail mail clutter. Hurrah!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ace1224 on May 21, 2013, 08:21:26 AM
i'm in! i'm going to do my bookcase.  i have over 200 books in my display bookcase and tons of boxes in the garage.  its going to be hard though, i seriously love all of them.  and before anyone suggests an e-reader i have one, actually 2, but nothing is quite the same as opening up a new book, especially one that you have been waiting and waiting for!
my personal goal is to get my collection to fit in the bookcase, with none leftover.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Miss Stachio on May 21, 2013, 03:38:53 PM
nothing is quite the same as opening up a new book, especially one that you have been waiting and waiting for!

Slimming down the books is definitely a worthy goal.  It's hard to give up books but after moving a few times, the number of books sitting around just cuz I love them has decreased dramatically.

It feels pretty good opening a new-to-you book from the library too.  It's rare that the library doesn't have a book I want through the vast library network.  When they don't, I write them a note stating the case for why they should purchase the book and they generally will.  Good luck!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: BZB on May 21, 2013, 07:56:29 PM
My biggest challenge is figuring out the best way to sell inherited items that have a fair amount of value (a Limoges tea set, silverplate cutlery set, several Waterford pieces). I don't want to go the eBay route, but fear that will be what I end up doing.  : /

I'm having a similar situation with inherited items. It's quite a bit of work to figure out the value and what/where to sell something. Also I have a huge file box of my dad's genealogy research I need to go through and scan. I am not into genealogy but I don't want to lose all the work he did.
 
Also I have several stamp albums from my dad. Anyone have any suggestions on how to sell stamp albums? Stamp collecting was a big hobby of his but I have no interest in it. I've looked online for advice and it seems it's very common to be scammed if you don't know what you're doing, and I don't know anything about stamps.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: michaelrecycles on May 21, 2013, 08:01:54 PM
nothing is quite the same as opening up a new book, especially one that you have been waiting and waiting for!

Slimming down the books is definitely a worthy goal.  It's hard to give up books but after moving a few times, the number of books sitting around just cuz I love them has decreased dramatically.

+1. If anyone is still hanging onto college textbooks, bigwords.com (http://bigwords.com) is a good resource to compare the prices you can fetch for them.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: kkbmustang on May 21, 2013, 09:26:09 PM
Anyone have any suggestions for selling/repurposing the following:

Wedding dress
Tools (Craigslist?)
Baseball cards (went through a bizarre phase in 1990-1991)

Thanks.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on May 22, 2013, 05:32:52 AM
I'm enjoying www.becomingminimalist.com/‎ (http://www.becomingminimalist.com/‎) at the moment.

I did quite a purge at the beginning of last year, and have tried to make a habit of using up stuff (eg those little soaps and shampoos from the business trip hotel rooms) , throwing useless stuff out when I come across it and if any new item comes into the house, something has to go out.

I'm just inspired to start another round of cleaning out. I started just a few days ago in my bedroom. To my surprise, when I toss a bit out, and put various clutter items away, my bedside drawers are just about empty.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: mgbrin on May 22, 2013, 07:52:01 AM
Glad I discovered this. Have been working on decluttering since I started my journey toward mustachdom a few weeks ago.  Have been selling a few items and have more stuff to go to charity thrift store.

While I've had pretty good luck with Craigslist in the past, I have had better luck recently with a couple of local "pages" that have been set up on Facebook for exchanging things.  You post the item, a picture, price, what part of town you are in, and have been moving stuff.  Granted, it's $5-$10-$15-$25 items mostly, but that adds up. Plus if I don't have to pay to store them, and really don't need them anymore, it's a great deal.

We decluttered a lot last fall as we moved from a 4 BR 2-story home with 3 car garage into a 2 BR duplex with a single garage.  However, I still have a lot of stuff stored at my parents' farm, and that's what I'm working through now.  Hard to part with the tools, though, as our future life will probably be to move into my parents' place when they don't want to live there any more and I will be "insourcing" a lot of projects, and it's better to store the tools now, in my mind, than it is to sell them for $5 now and have to buy back at $25 or $50 later.  Don't know, though.  Anybody else have experience having to "buy back" things they've already gotten rid of? 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 23, 2013, 06:40:57 AM
I donated another small bag of clothes into the charity bin today. Every time I do this I feel the load is lightened, both literally and figuratively, and it's great.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Miss Stachio on May 23, 2013, 08:21:40 PM
I donated another small bag of clothes into the charity bin today. Every time I do this I feel the load is lightened, both literally and figuratively, and it's great.

Testify!  My goal is to have a small closet of clothes that I love and wear regularly like the "one suitcase" series or the 333 challenge.  The only problem is that in the hot humid summer, it means doing a lot of laundry.  I've been dunking my white shirts in soapy water when I get home followed by a quick rinse but it's still pretty time consuming.  Boo work clothes.  Although the excess clothes I have now don't mitigate the frequent laundry washings since I don't wear them much anyways.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: kikichewie on May 24, 2013, 05:37:18 AM
I love the 333 challenge!  I just started a blog on minimalism, gratitude, (financial) freedom and spirituality, inspired in part by MMM.  Right now I am living with way less than 33 pieces bc I am 21 weeks pregnant and no longer working in an office.  I just donated about 50 pieces of clothes and 10 accessories yesterday, some with the tags on or worn once.  (Tagged stuff was purchased insanely cheap at an employee discount store, which really encouraged impulse buys of impractical stuff.)

I still have a LOT to purge, and I look forward to introducing a minimalist wardrobe after the baby.

Current wardrobe:
Borrowed shorts from DH and a holey t shirt to paint, etc. in
Maternity shorts (1 pair)
One dry fit t shirt that still fits for now
Two maternity shirts
Two professional looking maternity dresses for hospice volunteer work
One maternity maxi dress
Black flats
Flip flops
Sandals
Bikini
Two sets of PJs
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on May 24, 2013, 05:49:21 AM
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Anybody else have experience having to "buy back" things they've already gotten rid of?

Maybe I haven't decluttered brutally enough in the past, but this has almost never happened to me....at least not that I can remember.

Much much more common  for me is buying duplicates of the same item because I can't find it or have forgotten I have one of whatever already.  Also when I de-clutter I find good stuff I've forgotten about and can start using again.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: footenote on May 24, 2013, 06:14:40 AM
Had lunch yesterday with Jane, whose business empties, cleans and preps  and sells houses  for the elderly (or estates) when the adult children are out of town or don't have time to do it themselves.

Jane told the story of one elder who had lots of "really valuable collectibles." Said elder was horrified when the estate sale of her entire household contents (not just the collectibles) netted "only" $3,500.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MorningCoffee on May 24, 2013, 12:20:15 PM
I've been decluttering all morning. I can't believe how much stuff we have. I have been listing some for sale online and my trunk is full for a trip to the thrift store.

Most of it is baby/kids stuff. It feels like I'm constantly going through the kids' dressers and finding clothes that's too small...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Rebecca Stapler on May 24, 2013, 01:50:57 PM
Anyone have any suggestions for selling/repurposing the following:

Wedding dress
Tools (Craigslist?)
Baseball cards (went through a bizarre phase in 1990-1991)

Thanks.

Do you have a sister / cousin / BFF who would want to wear it? I wore my sister's wedding dress, and it was so special to have a family heirloom. It was still in style, because she wore it only a few years before, and all I did was add a little jacket to it. It was fun to design my little touch to her dress.

Otherwise, I know moms who have used their wedding gown as material for their child's baptism or first communion. Might not save you $$, but it's nice to repurpose and have an heirloom.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Mozactly on May 25, 2013, 01:31:15 PM
Anyone have any suggestions for selling/repurposing the following:

Wedding dress
Tools (Craigslist?)
Baseball cards (went through a bizarre phase in 1990-1991)

Thanks.

I just sold my wedding dress about six months after our wedding.

We only asked for $250 when I had paid $700 because our goal was to unload, not make back all the money. It sold in two days on EBay.

That's part pricing, part timing (dress still in season), part dress (a popular style from David's that potential buyers could easily try on at a local retail store) and part seriously good photography of the dress by my husband.

I tried to buy my dress online before getting it at David's. my general impression was that most people are asking for almost full retail for their used dress. My opinion was I'd rather pay an extra $100 knowing there were no problems and no cleaning needed, which likely would cost that extra $100 to fix. Hence my low price on EBay.

Good luck!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: kkbmustang on May 25, 2013, 01:51:54 PM
Anyone have any suggestions for selling/repurposing the following:

Wedding dress
Tools (Craigslist?)
Baseball cards (went through a bizarre phase in 1990-1991)

Thanks.

I just sold my wedding dress about six months after our wedding.

We only asked for $250 when I had paid $700 because our goal was to unload, not make back all the money. It sold in two days on EBay.

That's part pricing, part timing (dress still in season), part dress (a popular style from David's that potential buyers could easily try on at a local retail store) and part seriously good photography of the dress by my husband.

I tried to buy my dress online before getting it at David's. my general impression was that most people are asking for almost full retail for their used dress. My opinion was I'd rather pay an extra $100 knowing there were no problems and no cleaning needed, which likely would cost that extra $100 to fix. Hence my low price on EBay.

Good luck!

Yeah, I'm thinking repurposing is going to be the way to go. I doubt selling is in the cards for me, after giving it some thought. It's from the early 1990s. Although, even back then it was *wait for it* $4,000. It's a beautiful dress, very intricately beaded, etc., but not super in style now.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: StarswirlTheMustached on May 26, 2013, 01:18:07 PM
I'm by no means a hoarder. Minimalist would be more accurate.

I have, however, held on to a couple of items for aesthetic and practical reasons that I'm parting with.

One is a 1918 General Electric tabletop fan.

(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTAwMFg2NjU=/$T2eC16F,!zUE9s38-QPVBRQf,NcthQ~~48_35.JPG)

I was using it for, well, "cooling" but I hooked up a Kill-a-Watt a realized it was actually kind of energy inefficient so it's on the auction block.
Another item is a 1940's Westinghouse fan that has similar power draw. Beautiful and probably irreplaceable but just more "stuff."

I LOVE that fan. Tough call.
How inefficient? I mean, compared to modern fans. Just talking out my butt here, but maybe you could put in a modern, efficient motor as part of your restoration and hold onto it? (I'm not sure how much of the low efficiency is due to the aerodynamics of the blades vs the older motor, though =/ )

I'm in a similar boat: I picked up a 1939 RCA Victor tube radio at a yard sale. It's lovely, but it needs restored. If I do, it'll pull 80W! Eighty! I'm thinking of just flipping it as-is on e-bay, since it looks like I can quadruple my money (5$ to 20$, woo.)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: BZB on May 26, 2013, 01:56:37 PM
We've been going through the Closet of Doom contents and have sorted out stuff to give away and stuff to sell on ebay/craigslist. Pricing stuff is a pain! It may be worth it because I have enough odd bits of silverware, table linens, and other things I will never use that it could be worth the effort in $$$
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 26, 2013, 07:17:13 PM
I'm so happy there are so many people doing this with me!

Testify!  My goal is to have a small closet of clothes that I love and wear regularly like the "one suitcase" series or the 333 challenge.

I am hoping to get to this eventually. I also really want to organize my clothing into "cold weather" and "hot weather" sections.

But I'm already seeing the benefit of this exercise! I have a tendency to want to wear things until they are absolutely at the end of their life, which is good for a frugal lifestyle. However, sometimes I feel like I have a mindset that I don't "deserve" to wear my nicer/newer clothes or that I should "save them up" for some future time, and so, instead, I continue to wear clothes that have long lost their appeal, even when there are more attractive clothes sitting right beside them (already bought or given to me at some prior time, so I don't even have to spend more to instantly look better, yet I reject them). But now that there are less distractions, I think I can slowly start overcoming that psychological block. Just yesterday, for the first time, I started wearing a pair of really nice new pants that my sister gave me (ages ago) as a gift. They look great and are so comfy, too. :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: reginna on May 27, 2013, 11:47:33 AM
Great idea. Using this long weekend to clear out WAY TOO many gardening pots and well seasoned firewood. Placed them on the free section of our neighborhood website. Heading back out to find more to bale.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: oldtoyota on May 27, 2013, 01:35:05 PM
--Recycled many plastic gardening pots
--Gave away child's swimsuit (child took photo to remember it by)
--Went through all sheets and towels and purged
--Starting on another round of Shred the Old Financial Papers
--Considering selling two IKEA POANG footstools and my antique side table

As I explained to my husband, we save time when we have less stuff.

Shredded papers will be added to the compost heap.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: kkbmustang on May 27, 2013, 01:39:36 PM
Listed 18 items on ebay and/or Craig'sList.

Edited to fix typo.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: oldtoyota on May 27, 2013, 01:47:35 PM
PS: I am selling my guitar and amp.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: mensa on May 29, 2013, 06:55:08 AM
Snap!

I've been sorting through storage this week as well.

Most of the stuff I have no issue getting rid of. That said, I'm "keeper of the family history" and am having trouble with sentimental things - a few items of ruby glass from my grandparent's 40th anniversary, my mother's elementary and high school report cards (from the 40s and 50s). Sidebar - she failed geometry! I knew I got this inability from somewhere...

My great grandmother's piano is also a toughy - though I found a great site http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.ca/2012/08/the-salvaged-repurposed-piano.html (http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.ca/2012/08/the-salvaged-repurposed-piano.html) for re-purposing, and am considering contacting them...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Dr.Vibrissae on May 29, 2013, 11:25:55 AM
I need to clean out the spare room to make room for a short term roommate (6m while he finishes his thesis - woohoo rent monies) and the Mr. doesn't want to drop the guest bed, so instead has agreed we should get rid of the desk (only used to feed cats these days), desk chair and filing cabinet from the office to make room for the bed.  I'm excited to have the blessing to clear out more stuff.  The timeline is also forcing me to get on with it too.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Self-employed-swami on May 29, 2013, 11:47:39 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!

It feels so so good~
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: michaelrecycles on May 29, 2013, 02:55:25 PM
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.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ScottEric on May 30, 2013, 06:56:59 AM
We have been executing The Big Purge for the last several months, consistently saying yes to the various charities that call frequently (Lupus, Vietnam Vets, etc.).

My biggest challenge is figuring out the best way to sell inherited items that have a fair amount of value (a Limoges tea set, silverplate cutlery set, several Waterford pieces). I don't want to go the eBay route, but fear that will be what I end up doing.  : /

It's been worth the effort and hoarder-tendencies DH has been a dreamboat about it. (Way harder for him than for unsentimental me.)

You might have good luck with a local antique/estate auction type outfit.  We used one to sell off the good bits from my grandfathers estate, they came, picked it up and sent us a check.  Worked great!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: footenote on May 30, 2013, 07:26:55 AM
ScottEric - Thanks for the suggestion - my friend who runs the "we'll empty your elder's house and prep house for sale" company is connecting me to just such folks!     
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ace1224 on May 30, 2013, 08:28:00 AM
i got rid of 3 boxes of books and sold 2 boxes of old text books from college, bonus is i got credit at 2nd and Charles and will use that credit to buy gifts at christmas
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Self-employed-swami on May 30, 2013, 08:38:37 AM
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.

She comes over, and you go through whatever spot together.  For things you are unsure about keeping/parting with, she asks you questions about the last time you used that item is, and if the space it is occupying might be better utilized with something else.  She also provided some suggestions on moving things around, to make the space more functional (like getting the bottom of the closet at the back door, back for shoes, by moving the cat litter into 'the bar' cupboard, and putting in a kitty door for them). 

She was both motivational, and supportive, not so many face punches, more encouragement really.

She would charge $50/hour (and does to her other clients) but this was free, in exchange for being able to take and use before/after pictures of my space, and a few errands run in my truck.  She has a few clients so far, but not enough to safely replace her husband's income (her desire) so he can stay home with their daughter, while she works.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on May 30, 2013, 01:02:25 PM
Other than E-Bay and Craigslist, any other suggestions for selling electronics?

I have an older DVD Player (two of them actually) and a 300 disc CD changer that when I looked on craigslist they are still sitting there after a month or so..  I'm not sure who would take them as donations (places I've looked at don't take electronics).

Thanks.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: EK on May 30, 2013, 03:46:31 PM
Okay I'm in on this!  Actually I'm really good at decluttering and I no emotional hang ups about getting rid of things.... The things just haven't made it out of the house yet.  I have basically a whole room that could be very functional for me for my etsy business that's just all junked up with stuff.  The motivation to actually move the stuff out of the house rarely strikes because we just keep the door closed and never go in there (current house is really big for our needs... too much space is a CURSE!  Really!).

So I'm committing to dealing with that room as much as I can next week when I get home- I will sell what I can and donate the rest.  At this point, I'm even okay with not getting the maximum amount of money (I'm getting rid of a lot of nice clothes), if it means I can just reclaim that room!!  I could be using that room to make stuff to sell to make me money!!!!

Then the next battle is getting mr. Eva to pare down on the books... I feel bad even asking to honestly (books are literally the only material possession he intentionally accumulates), but there are SO MANY and when we inevitably move to a smaller space, he's going to have to pare down or we will be overrun by the books.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: moosestache on May 30, 2013, 04:16:16 PM
This is my first post and this was an inspirational thread for me.  Today I took 20 or so books to work and sent out an email notifying friends and co-workers to come and take them.  So far there are only 6 left.  Whatever doesn't get taken by tomorrow will get donated.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 30, 2013, 10:56:47 PM
This is my first post and this was an inspirational thread for me.  Today I took 20 or so books to work and sent out an email notifying friends and co-workers to come and take them.  So far there are only 6 left.  Whatever doesn't get taken by tomorrow will get donated.

Well done! And welcome to the forum. :D
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 31, 2013, 01:27:59 AM
Getting rid of some food clutter at the boyfriend's place. This may sound a little iffy to some but I just retrieved some spring onions which have been kept frozen for what I estimate to be at least 2 years (yes, yes, I know). They still looked okay, if a bit dried out and wrinkled from the cold. They're now bubbling away in a big pot of congee. I just tasted a bit and it was still decent! From now on I'm going to work through the freezer and pantry more, at both his place and mine.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: BZB on June 01, 2013, 08:09:58 AM
I listed 19 items on Craigslist - futon, filing cabinet, 2 lamps, 2 tables, and several household items. Also I sorted, polished up and priced the silver I inherited, and plan to sell it on ebay, along with some other collectible type items, smaller stuff. Also got rid of a changing table on Craigslist as a free item.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Katnina on June 04, 2013, 01:18:19 PM
I really need to go through our winter coats.  We have way too many, but I have sentimental attachments to some & can't bear to let them go (faux fur coat from 6th grade still fits 20 yrs later, my mother's sheep fur trimmed coat from the 70's even though I don't wear leather...).
How do you get over it?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Dr.Vibrissae on June 04, 2013, 04:13:38 PM
Well I had decided that I didn't need to keep more than one of my Grandfather's coats (that's right I wear the same size coat as my grandfather) and the obvious choice with his dense wool army coat.  It'a a fine piece, and who knows, maybe one day I'll leave Texas again (finger's crossed) and live in a place where it is useful.  So into the give away pile went the faux shearling lined leather coat, I've always found it too stiff anyways.

Except, the Mr. saw it and accused me of giving away my grandfathers 'legacy' whatever TF that means.  And so it stays, alongside my letterman's jacket,  two sets of warm-ups from college, a corduroy jacket (that I actually wear), a lightweight raincoat, an orange windbreaker (that I absolutely don't need, but it fits so well and I love it), the aforementioned wool army jacket and a washable suede coat that I have been unable to sell and unwilling to give away. 

So, um, if you figure out the secret please let me know.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: KulshanGirl on June 04, 2013, 04:35:14 PM
I don't remember where I read it, or from what faith it was from, but it went like so ... if you have two coats, one of them is not yours.  (Share with your fellow man who is without a coat sort of thing.)  I looked at my coats and pretty much decided to keep one to stay warm, one to stay dry, one to stay warm and dry both, and one for dressing up.  And a vest.

I still gravitate towards more coats.  But I try to keep to that formula, and give away the others.  I do have one of my dad's old coats in with my halloween costumes.  Speaking of, I have a problem with those.  I could outfit everyone on this blog in costumes and still have leftovers.  I need help.  Hehe.   
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: EK on June 10, 2013, 06:43:19 AM
Okay I'm in on this!  Actually I'm really good at decluttering and I no emotional hang ups about getting rid of things.... The things just haven't made it out of the house yet.  I have basically a whole room that could be very functional for me for my etsy business that's just all junked up with stuff.  The motivation to actually move the stuff out of the house rarely strikes because we just keep the door closed and never go in there (current house is really big for our needs... too much space is a CURSE!  Really!).

So I'm committing to dealing with that room as much as I can next week when I get home- I will sell what I can and donate the rest.  At this point, I'm even okay with not getting the maximum amount of money (I'm getting rid of a lot of nice clothes), if it means I can just reclaim that room!!  I could be using that room to make stuff to sell to make me money!!!!

Then the next battle is getting mr. Eva to pare down on the books... I feel bad even asking to honestly (books are literally the only material possession he intentionally accumulates), but there are SO MANY and when we inevitably move to a smaller space, he's going to have to pare down or we will be overrun by the books.

We got the room cleared out!  Woo!  We decided to forget trying to sell it and just donated everything.  It felt so good to donate and I feel so much lighter without all that stuff (especially since we might be moving soon-ish).  And now I can use that space to make things for my etsy shop and earn some extra money!! 

I mentioned paring down the book collection to the Mr., and I set an example by donating some of my books.  He makes the very fair point that there's no need to get rid of them right now because he likes them, and we have plenty space to keep them right now (the house has tons of built in shelving).  He agreed that if we move and don't have the space he will consider paring them down.

The kitchen now is the only room that feels cluttered to me (I HATE clutter- the main living areas are always very tidy), but it's just food and laziness about getting dishes into the dishwasher right away.  So I've basically done what I can for now!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Self-employed-swami on June 10, 2013, 07:10:00 AM
Good job!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Dee18 on June 10, 2013, 07:19:33 AM
For some sentimental items taking a photo of it might provide a way to remember the item without keeping it.  Also I sometimes shame myself into it...as in, I will only use those boots if I visit Vermont again in the winter.  Someone who works outside would use them every day now.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on June 10, 2013, 08:46:29 AM
We got the room cleared out!  Woo!  We decided to forget trying to sell it and just donated everything.  It felt so good to donate and I feel so much lighter without all that stuff (especially since we might be moving soon-ish).  And now I can use that space to make things for my etsy shop and earn some extra money!! 

That is awesome!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: BZB on June 10, 2013, 01:12:55 PM
I've had pretty good success with Craigslist - gained $405 and I don't know how many square feet of space. Got rid of a full size futon, a table, 2 large floor lamps, flower hanging baskets, and various decorative items. Have a stack of board games and a kitchen island pending pickup today.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fidgiegirl on June 10, 2013, 04:30:50 PM
We have had pretty good luck lately, got rid of two rain barrels, a printer, a TV, and I am going to give away a scanner.  You all are reminding me that I wanted to eat down the freezer in the basement and unplug it for the summer.  Also my craft room reorganization project is going well, but I should take my butt off the computer and keep working on it.  Keep up the good work, all . . .
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: b20015 on June 15, 2013, 02:12:45 PM
This is the internet, you are all good people, and I've already been 7 kinds of honest in my Ask a Mustachian post (http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/ask-a-mustachian/next-step-forward/) so I figure, who not continue?

I grew up in Idaho, my family are farmers. We save everything in case we need it again. My grandfather had 50 year cans of DDT (with the labels torn off so he wouldn't get in trouble) for use on weeds and barrow pits (never on crops or near fields, don't worry). Part of it can be linked to that, I have a STRONG desire to keep things. All things. Spare screws and bolts, wood scraps, old computer parts. Everything. Just useless garbage.

And I even KNOW that I do it. It's a security thing, I don't want to run into a situation where I need something and don't have it. But it's not just that. I also build up just gobs of material things. Books, magazines, clothes, tools. Things I don't REALLY need and if I were to get rid of some of it, it wouldn't really hinder my day to day existence. I probably wouldn't ever notice if I got rid of half of it.

So I am getting in on this one. I'm going to get a garbage bag, fill it with stuff and take it to Goodwill today. I take all of my used books into Powell's or a local paperback place for cash/credit, but I only started decluttering a couple of days ago because: my in-laws are hoarders.

Big time. They have a house that is almost 3,000 square feet (a nice custom house on 65 acres on top of a hill in the coastal range, just flat beautiful) and that house is being crowded with junk. My Father-in-law spends $400-$500 per month at Goodwill buying things. Things that stay in those bags for years, untouched. He just keeps buying. And my Mother-in-law doesn't really help, sometimes she goes along with him. He has a massive shop that he built down below the house and it is door to door filled with junk. He even tripped over some of it and hurt himself 2 weeks ago! They have a mouse colony starting in a spare bedroom, but they couldn't even get into the room because the door couldn't even crack open because of all the stuff.

These are people that make $150,000+ per year... just throwing it away. They drive nice cars, have a beautiful home, property, own businesses and rental houses... it's absolutely insane. And my wife and I are scared shitless about it. We came home from visiting them and started purging our own home. We are trying to simplify, it's just healthier. We could probably do a yardsale, but are worried that it might be more of a hassle than it's worth. But we are debating it!

I think we will try to draw my in-laws into the yard sale as well. They could probably make thousands back on the massive amounts of stuff they have piled up.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: kikichewie on June 16, 2013, 06:47:37 AM
RE the grandfather's old coats....  Imagine if he were still alive, but in his last days. How would he answer if you asked him what his legacy was?  I volunteer with hospice patients, and I can tell you that most of them would believe their legacies were their families or their life's deeds, not their old clothing. 
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Post by: EK on June 16, 2013, 06:56:44 AM
...

I think we will try to draw my in-laws into the yard sale as well. They could probably make thousands back on the massive amounts of stuff they have piled up.

Good luck, B20015.  I've got someone in the family who sound just like your in-laws, and despite multiple attempts by various family members to help her out, the situation never improved at all until she had professional psychiatric treatment for the underlying mental disorder. Based on this personal experience, I would just suggest you not be too disappointed if your efforts to help them don't work, and don't let it discourage you from getting your own situation under control!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on June 16, 2013, 08:25:56 AM
...

I think we will try to draw my in-laws into the yard sale as well. They could probably make thousands back on the massive amounts of stuff they have piled up.

Good luck, B20015.  I've got someone in the family who sound just like your in-laws, and despite multiple attempts by various family members to help her out, the situation never improved at all until she had professional psychiatric treatment for the underlying mental disorder. Based on this personal experience, I would just suggest you not be too disappointed if your efforts to help them don't work, and don't let it discourage you from getting your own situation under control!

I'm struggling with getting my wife out of that mode.  I finally got her to cut down her 4 trash bag full of stuffed animals to 1 bag.

If she turns into my in-laws, it will be a challenge.  They keep almost everything.  I'm amazed at how clean their house is considering how much stuff they have.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: EK on June 16, 2013, 08:57:50 AM
...

I think we will try to draw my in-laws into the yard sale as well. They could probably make thousands back on the massive amounts of stuff they have piled up.

Good luck, B20015.  I've got someone in the family who sound just like your in-laws, and despite multiple attempts by various family members to help her out, the situation never improved at all until she had professional psychiatric treatment for the underlying mental disorder. Based on this personal experience, I would just suggest you not be too disappointed if your efforts to help them don't work, and don't let it discourage you from getting your own situation under control!

I'm struggling with getting my wife out of that mode.  I finally got her to cut down her 4 trash bag full of stuffed animals to 1 bag.

If she turns into my in-laws, it will be a challenge.  They keep almost everything.  I'm amazed at how clean their house is considering how much stuff they have.

Good luck to you too!  :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CanuckStache on June 16, 2013, 01:05:18 PM
Managed to sell both our old digital camera's on eBay the other day. Woohoo! And all the accessories that go along with them.

We're renting right now and keeping our eyes open for a place to buy and call our own...and we're feeling cramped here. Still are, but de-cluttering makes it a lot easier. Plus, our rent is super cheap so we figure if we can just make the place more comfortable we'll be able to save up more money and not feel like moving to another place has to happen right away.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jrhampt on June 16, 2013, 04:53:09 PM
Sold a couple of items on Craigslist today and got $55.  Have a few more things listed.  Filled up a donation bag for Salvation Army and cleaned out the bathroom and hall closets.  Both trash and recycling bins are full now; they were empty this morning.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: dweebyhawkeyes on June 17, 2013, 11:30:13 PM
This thread is inspiring! A little victory I had lately was purging and otherwise organizing my makeup collection into a slick Vaultz box, and now I want everything else to be just as much of a joy to look at and use. I need to do clothing, books, and art supplies next and I think I'll be good to go.

First off is clothing: My personal goal is to own two "packets" (groups? units?) of clothing, one summer and the other winter, and to be able to wash an entire packet in one load of laundry. I donated three bags of clothing to St. Vinny's this morning and I'm feeling good.

Then books: I'll probably try to sell a lot of what I have to a used bookstore and then donate the rest.

And art supplies: This is going to be the hardest part for me, because art stuff tends to be expensive and it basically lasts until I use it up. I have pens and pencils and paint and pastels and brushes and glue and canvases littering my bedroom. I just hoard this stuff and beat myself up for not using it because I don't practice art often enough to justify how much I spend. I need to stop my habit of buying new stuff for each idea I have, and try "shopping" my own collection before visiting the art store. And then there's finished works... Luckily I've made more paintings and drawings than sculptures, so they aren't totally obnoxious. I like making stuff and looking back at it occasionally, but they just take up so much space. Do any of you have suggestions to sell amateur artwork? Does anyone buy art on Craigslist or whatnot? I don't produce consistently enough to have an Etsy shop or anything, but it'd be great to earn some extra cash from this hobby...

Oh! And computer clutter as well, I need to organize my files badly.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: smalllife on June 18, 2013, 05:25:56 AM
First off is clothing: My personal goal is to own two "packets" (groups? units?) of clothing, one summer and the other winter, and to be able to wash an entire packet in one load of laundry. I donated three bags of clothing to St. Vinny's this morning and I'm feeling good.

Food for thought - a packet should be longer than 7 days to account for life's interruptions, or be able to hand wash and dry a couple of items overnight.  I was at that point, even below.  All of my clothes and either the sheets or the towels (single college student) could fit in one load, but I had to do laundry once a week.  I did it for a semester, but it was hard on the - cheap - clothes and when something came up it was really hard to delay laundry day. 

Capsule wardrobes are a fantastic concept though, I'm not knocking you at all!!  I'm trying to steer towards dresses and skirts that I can layer with a jacket and tights.  It helps that I don't like long sleeves in general . .  .
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: basd on June 18, 2013, 06:28:57 AM
This thread just motivated me to go and do some serious cleaning as well this coming weekend.. We don't have that much useless stuff but still, I could do with a lot less. There's a couple of closets and drawers that could use some serious cleaning. Plus, I've been meaning to get rid of some books and my old stamp collection as well..

Especially regarding the latter I'm looking for a worthy cause, not going to just give it away. It's not by any means a big or valuable collection, but I'd like to get at least something in return, either in hard cash or in the feeling I've given it away to someone who values it somehow. I'll let you all know how things turned out.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: madgeylou on June 18, 2013, 06:53:04 AM
we are getting ready to move, so yesterday i went through my sizable fabric stash and reduced it by half. until a few months ago, i was running a vintage-style dressmaking shop, so i had about 8 bins full of super cute vintage and eco-friendly fabrics. now i have 4 bins full.

going to put the lot i'm getting rid of up on craigslist for $100, i think ... it's about 50 yards of fabric, so someone who likes fabric is going to get an amazing deal!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on June 19, 2013, 10:26:33 AM
Haha, I finally sold off that kitchen appliance I mentioned in my first post. Yay! Got $10 for it, which is pure profit - the thing belonged to an ex-housemate who left it behind for me to do whatever that I saw fit.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: SellenMachine on June 20, 2013, 01:28:05 PM
There is a great article here: http://www.theminimalists.com/21days/day3/

The premise is 2 guys want to live a minimalist lifestyle, so they pack all of their stuff up; clothes, furniture, everything. Over a 1 week period they unpack things as they NEED to use them. Anything that is left after that week is either sold, donated, or trashed.

They call it a 'Packing Party.' I did it after moving to a new, cheaper, apartment, and unloaded nearly half of my stuff! It was so liberating that I am trying to dwindle my remaining stuff in half again.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: EK on June 21, 2013, 12:43:33 PM
There is a great article here: http://www.theminimalists.com/21days/day3/

The premise is 2 guys want to live a minimalist lifestyle, so they pack all of their stuff up; clothes, furniture, everything. Over a 1 week period they unpack things as they NEED to use them. Anything that is left after that week is either sold, donated, or trashed.

They call it a 'Packing Party.' I did it after moving to a new, cheaper, apartment, and unloaded nearly half of my stuff! It was so liberating that I am trying to dwindle my remaining stuff in half again.

Thanks for the link!  Really cool!

Clearing out our "junk room" has really got me itching to pare down more things.  I need to talk to Mr. Eva first, but maybe tonight we can start collecting more items to donate...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on June 21, 2013, 09:26:46 PM
We have the date for a huge consignment sale near us.  August 16-18.  My wife has done two of the last three. This time, though, we can get rid of a lot that we kept while we waited for our second child (over 3.5 years --  I would have rather not kept it, but we did).  We will be able to get rid of up to 75 items of clothes and like 200 items overall.  Anything that doesn't sell, gets donated.

We cleaned out our kitchen and are donating old sets of dishes, serving dishes we don't use, and other things.

We have been getting rid of stuffed animals that were saved for various reasons, clothes, memorabilia, and clothes.

I'm still looking for something to do with my two dvd players, vcr (will probably trash), 300 disc cd changer, and dual cassette deck.  Ugh.  I so don't want to just trash those.  Sometimes I hate electronics :-)

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Dr.Vibrissae on June 23, 2013, 12:18:25 AM
I'm still looking for something to do with my two dvd players, vcr (will probably trash), 300 disc cd changer, and dual cassette deck.  Ugh.  I so don't want to just trash those.  Sometimes I hate electronics :-)


Price them cheap/free on craigslist, or put them on Freecycle.  There are always people looking for that kind of stuff.  Especially if they still work.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on June 23, 2013, 08:46:27 AM
I'm still looking for something to do with my two dvd players, vcr (will probably trash), 300 disc cd changer, and dual cassette deck.  Ugh.  I so don't want to just trash those.  Sometimes I hate electronics :-)


Price them cheap/free on craigslist, or put them on Freecycle.  There are always people looking for that kind of stuff.  Especially if they still work.

Actually found a thrift shop that will actually take them for donations.  a few others wouldn't, but this one said they would.  So I'm going to take them over there.  I'd rather donate things then deal with craiglist/ebay.   I might not get as much back, but I just feel better doing it.  I know it sounds silly.

I actually wish my wife would donate more of our baby stuff/young kids stuff than trying to sell it. 

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Rebecca Stapler on June 25, 2013, 10:53:10 AM
Sold $85 worth of stuff at our yard sale this past weekend.
Packed up some clothes for consignment, waiting to hear their offer.

Still need to sell: cloth diapers, Rock Band drums and mic (if we had the guitar, we might still be playing it!), DVDs amazon will buy back, and CDs that I won't miss -- does anyone have any ideas for where to sell CDs?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: abuzzyisawesome on June 25, 2013, 01:31:32 PM
I took 2 boxes and a bag to donate today! After downsizing to half the house I owned 3 years ago, it has been a constant battle to sell/donate excess items. I also finally acknowledged the fact that I did not have the time and money to devote to my reef aquarium and sold it. Of course, I took a loss on it, but I stopped the huge gaping hole in my finances it created. It was a huge stress reliever too. I have really had an epiphany lately - more items = more stress.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Bill76 on June 26, 2013, 06:19:58 AM
Sold $85 worth of stuff at our yard sale this past weekend.
Packed up some clothes for consignment, waiting to hear their offer.

Still need to sell: cloth diapers, Rock Band drums and mic (if we had the guitar, we might still be playing it!), DVDs amazon will buy back, and CDs that I won't miss -- does anyone have any ideas for where to sell CDs?

Amazon has a trade-in program for CDs and other media.  I'm not sure how well they pay, and I'm pretty sure you get the money in the form of gift cards.  If you shop on Amazon semi-regularly, it might be worth looking into just because it's an easy one-stop solution.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on June 26, 2013, 07:50:16 AM
Sold $85 worth of stuff at our yard sale this past weekend.
Packed up some clothes for consignment, waiting to hear their offer.

Still need to sell: cloth diapers, Rock Band drums and mic (if we had the guitar, we might still be playing it!), DVDs amazon will buy back, and CDs that I won't miss -- does anyone have any ideas for where to sell CDs?

Amazon has a trade-in program for CDs and other media.  I'm not sure how well they pay, and I'm pretty sure you get the money in the form of gift cards.  If you shop on Amazon semi-regularly, it might be worth looking into just because it's an easy one-stop solution.

Given the value of some of those, I wonder if you do better donating and getting some tax relief as well.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: StaceStache on June 26, 2013, 02:14:25 PM
This thread has inspired me to do another purge of our household.

So far I have:

6-8 books to donate
3 books to sell (Should be able to get $10+ for them on Amazon)
1 bridesmaids dress to sell (listed on ebay)
3 shirts to donate

Plan on doing a more thorough purge in the next few days! I looove getting decluttered!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Mozactly on June 27, 2013, 07:28:45 AM
I just cleared out most of my yarn stash and sold it for $20. It was mostly odds and ends, leftover yarn from projects long finished.

I have more room and a fresh $20 bill in my pocket!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Rebecca Stapler on June 27, 2013, 08:18:03 AM
Sold $85 worth of stuff at our yard sale this past weekend.
Packed up some clothes for consignment, waiting to hear their offer.

Still need to sell: cloth diapers, Rock Band drums and mic (if we had the guitar, we might still be playing it!), DVDs amazon will buy back, and CDs that I won't miss -- does anyone have any ideas for where to sell CDs?

Amazon has a trade-in program for CDs and other media.  I'm not sure how well they pay, and I'm pretty sure you get the money in the form of gift cards.  If you shop on Amazon semi-regularly, it might be worth looking into just because it's an easy one-stop solution.

Given the value of some of those, I wonder if you do better donating and getting some tax relief as well.

Thanks! I will check out Amazon. They have some decent prices for some of the DVDs I want to get rid of. I don't itemize my taxes, so charitable giving doesn't give me any tax benefits :/
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Katnina on June 27, 2013, 08:43:41 PM
Just listed my first ever item on eBay!  A handbag that I kept because I paid a lot for it 10+ years ago, but only used a few times.  It's been in a storage bin on the tippy top shelf of my closet for at least 3 years.  Hope someone buys it & actually uses it!
Have 2 more bags to list, then it's dress time.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: dweebyhawkeyes on June 27, 2013, 10:09:53 PM
Actually found a thrift shop that will actually take [the electronics] for donations.  a few others wouldn't, but this one said they would.  So I'm going to take them over there.  I'd rather donate things then deal with craiglist/ebay.   I might not get as much back, but I just feel better doing it.  I know it sounds silly.

I'm so glad you donated those rather than trashing them! One of my favorite possessions is an overhead projector that was donated to me from a school. Someone will always find that outdated stuff awesome and useful.

In clutter-reduction news, I've worked up the courage to sell 50+ of my book stash to a used book store. Books are awesome to have, but if I don't read them at least once a year, it's not worthwhile to own rather than borrow from the library. I found it's really satisfying to write down what you had, so you can check it out later. Still haven't worked out the art supply situation...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Rebecca Stapler on June 28, 2013, 07:05:37 AM

In clutter-reduction news, I've worked up the courage to sell 50+ of my book stash to a used book store. Books are awesome to have, but if I don't read them at least once a year, it's not worthwhile to own rather than borrow from the library. I found it's really satisfying to write down what you had, so you can check it out later. Still haven't worked out the art supply situation...

I completely agree. Once I started letting go of books, I had so much more space, and moving was a LOT easier. I also started to use goodreads, and write little reviews of the book just for myself. It's better than having the physical reminder of having the book b/c it takes up less space! (I don't know about you, but sometimes I forget whether I've read a book or not)  At this point, I have 1 full bookshelf of books, basically divided up evenly between "favorite books," "reference books," and "books to read."
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Katnina on June 29, 2013, 01:32:06 PM
Woo hoo! My husband and I spent 2 hours going through crap, packing up our winter clothes, etc, and came up with a huge pile of clothes & stuff that we can donate or sell on ebay/craigslist!
the apartment was feeling a little cluttery, and it is SO MUCH BETTER now! 
It's easier for me to think in a more spare environment.
I think we'll be doing another purge sometime this summer.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: oldtoyota on July 01, 2013, 02:54:32 PM
Woo hoo! My husband and I spent 2 hours going through crap, packing up our winter clothes, etc, and came up with a huge pile of clothes & stuff that we can donate or sell on ebay/craigslist!
the apartment was feeling a little cluttery, and it is SO MUCH BETTER now! 
It's easier for me to think in a more spare environment.
I think we'll be doing another purge sometime this summer.

Sounds wonderful! I am doing theproject333 and whittled my current wardrobe down to 33 items (does not include socks, underthings). While I figured out my 33 items, I purged my closet. SO got inspired and so now we have a pile from both of our closets.

This all means I do not need my dresser, so that will be listed on ebay or Craig's List at some point. The type of dresser I have is going for $400 on ebay right now. Woot!




Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: madgeylou on July 01, 2013, 03:17:03 PM
got rid of a carful of crap over the weekend. it's like peeling an onion -- i keep finding new levels of shit to get rid of.

all of this de-cluttering is making the process of packing for our upcoming move MUCH easier.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Katnina on July 02, 2013, 06:55:06 PM
Just sold my first ever item on eBay :).  A handbag I haven't used in years, sold for $41!  I paid $130 for it new 10+ yrs ago....
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Rebecca Stapler on July 03, 2013, 09:03:12 AM
Just sold my first ever item on eBay :).  A handbag I haven't used in years, sold for $41!  I paid $130 for it new 10+ yrs ago....

Awesome! I have yet to sell anything on ebay. I'm a little nervous about it. We have Rock Band drums for PS2 that need to get out of the house. I'm not sure if I should craigslist it or ebay it. I think I'd rather the anonymity of sending it to someone instead of meeting up with random strangers at my house, who may or may not buy it. But I'm nervous that all the ebay / paypal fees are going to make it not worth my time.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on July 03, 2013, 09:12:38 AM
I also should sell some things on eBay. I bought two pairs of skinny jeans a few years ago, one I've worn a few times and the other I've never worn, because as it turned out I'm not really a skinny jeans kind of girl - I just don't find them comfy and don't know how other people wear them all the time. Lesson learnt, now I just have to get rid of them. eBay feels like a bit of a hassle but it's probably the best bet if I want to recoup some of my money.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: StaceStache on July 03, 2013, 11:35:25 AM
stan: we just sold my husband's ps3 and rockband set (2 separate transactions). We listed them on craigslist and ebay.

Craigslist note: we always meet at a public place - you seem most concerned about a stranger coming into your home, and I agree - we don't do this. We always meet in the parking lot of a local restaurant or something.

Ended up selling both of these things on ebay. Ebay note: for these, just make sure you add enough shipping to cover since these are pretty large objects. I think we added close to $20 for shipping on the ps3, don't remember for the rockband.

Good luck!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Rebecca Stapler on July 03, 2013, 11:41:41 AM
stan: we just sold my husband's ps3 and rockband set (2 separate transactions). We listed them on craigslist and ebay.

Craigslist note: we always meet at a public place - you seem most concerned about a stranger coming into your home, and I agree - we don't do this. We always meet in the parking lot of a local restaurant or something.

Ended up selling both of these things on ebay. Ebay note: for these, just make sure you add enough shipping to cover since these are pretty large objects. I think we added close to $20 for shipping on the ps3, don't remember for the rockband.

Good luck!

Thanks for the heads-up! Can I pick your brain for some market research? We only have the drums, mic, game disc, and a few track packs -- for PS2. Do you think we should sell them separately or together, and do you have any input on what price to put on them?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zaga on July 03, 2013, 12:46:40 PM
I don't remember where I read it, or from what faith it was from, but it went like so ... if you have two coats, one of them is not yours.  (Share with your fellow man who is without a coat sort of thing.)  I looked at my coats and pretty much decided to keep one to stay warm, one to stay dry, one to stay warm and dry both, and one for dressing up.  And a vest.

I still gravitate towards more coats.  But I try to keep to that formula, and give away the others.  I do have one of my dad's old coats in with my halloween costumes.  Speaking of, I have a problem with those.  I could outfit everyone on this blog in costumes and still have leftovers.  I need help.  Hehe.    
I also have a severe costume problem.  DH and I do medieval reenactment, and we both make our costumes.  They fill an entire closet 7.5 feet long!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Katnina on July 03, 2013, 07:08:39 PM
I also should sell some things on eBay. I bought two pairs of skinny jeans a few years ago, one I've worn a few times and the other I've never worn, because as it turned out I'm not really a skinny jeans kind of girl - I just don't find them comfy and don't know how other people wear them all the time. Lesson learnt, now I just have to get rid of them. eBay feels like a bit of a hassle but it's probably the best bet if I want to recoup some of my money.

It was waaaay less of a hassle than I thought it would be!  I made sure my photos were good, and that was really all.  I put a min bid of $9.99 and a buy it now price of $69.99 so any buyer getting it for under that would feel they were getting a good deal.  It's all psychology!
eBay makes the postage stuff uper easy too-I printed a flat rate USPS box label from eBay's site, then walked to the post office with some tape & packed the handbag into a USPS supplied box, taped the label on and sent it on its merry way :).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: StaceStache on July 08, 2013, 09:16:31 AM
stan: for ease, you may want to sell it as a package deal, but since you are missing the guitar I'm not sure. You may be able to make a few extra bucks separating it out, BUT it will be more time consuming and more of a hassle (separate shipping for everything).

For pricing, look at the completed listings on ebay for rock band items/ sets.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on July 08, 2013, 01:53:35 PM
Three boxes of books (including old tech books) and a few DVDs went to the library today.  Extra moving boxes are waiting to go out as they weren't needed for packing up our kitchen.

And my work laptop since I was laid off is now out.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Rebecca Stapler on July 08, 2013, 07:27:16 PM
Just made $28 from sending in shirts that I haven't worn in a year, and some shirts that I've never worn! I'll call that a success -- I sent in 18 items and they accepted 13, so I got about $2 each for items I don't (or shouldn't!) wear. Some of the items accepted were older than the 5-year limit they list on their site, but they're in good condition and a classic style so I decided to take a chance on them. Now that I know they are open to taking those, I'm putting together another bag of items to send in! I sent them in to Twice -- https://www.liketwice.com/FlB4H.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: BC_Goldman on July 08, 2013, 09:54:12 PM
I've been working my way through my junk room. I can actually see most of the floor now. Moved some paint stuff out into the utility closet and consolidated stuff. Now I just need to have a yardsale. I've got about 4 large tubs of stuff and a bunch of lose and larger things on the bed. I now have one bedroom cleared out and ready to rent. The junk room will be ready after a yardsale. Then I just need to take another pass at the stuff I moved into my closet to clear out the closet in one of the other rooms.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: onemorebike on July 08, 2013, 11:09:08 PM
I cleared out much of my garage - bike parts, old tools and screws, random crap. Gave a bunch away to goodwill and a local bicycle recyclery and threw away much of the rest.

Sold an old inflatable bed that we kept for our old house guests, but don't need in our new space.

Also finally posted the remainder of my old toys (transformers) from childhood on ebay and they sold for $500!!

So my garage looks great, my wallet is thicker and there is no loss of love whatsoever.

-onemorebike

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: oldtoyota on July 16, 2013, 08:10:31 PM
Fire drill! Friend coming to stay this Sunday, and I just found out about it!

Where she'll sleep is where I have a lot of junk. To my credit, I have packed away/given away most of my wardrobe. The closet looks amazing!

I still have more to do in that space though.

Eeek!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on July 16, 2013, 08:28:42 PM
I'm getting back into this. I did well a while ago last year but lapsed. Not that I got more junk, but just got lazy clearing out.

Donated a bag of old clothes. Cleaned out a section of wardrobe, containing boxes sitting there since we moved 3.5 years ago. Going through and getting rid of old papers, magazines.


Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: basd on July 19, 2013, 03:43:24 AM
Some donations from me and the missus as well this week:


Less clutter for me, and helping good causes as well. Can't beat that!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ace1224 on July 19, 2013, 06:02:13 AM
i did so good! a friend moving brought me two boxes of hardcover james patterson books and i took them 2nd and Charles and traded them in for 87 dollars in store credit!
i will use that credit to buy gifts either at xmas or bday parties my son attends.  i really wanted to keep them though, especially the hardcover versions of the paperbacks i already own....they just look prettier on my shelf
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: oldtoyota on July 19, 2013, 06:44:56 AM
I'm getting rid of:

--my wedding dress
--a fancy party dress I wore to another wedding
--a box of toys/books
--other odds and ends
--two car seats (which I have to throw into a landfill, unfortunately).

This will be a good chunk of stuff.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: maryofdoom on July 19, 2013, 09:15:38 AM
For anyone in this thread who wants to sell stuff on eBay - they're doing a promotion for free auction-style listings until July 20. I discovered this when I went to list a bunch of embroidery stuff last Sunday.

I know the listing fees aren't a ton of money, but every little bit helps.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: oldtoyota on July 20, 2013, 04:32:23 PM
got rid of a carful of crap over the weekend. it's like peeling an onion -- i keep finding new levels of shit to get rid of.


Your comment above cracked me up. That's exactly how it is!

I got rid of more today. The piles are getting smaller though. I'm getting down to old journals and papers, and those I want to look through a bit more closely.

Just shredded SO's pay stubs from a decade ago. I have no idea why they were kept them so long!

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FitStash on July 21, 2013, 05:24:18 PM
I'm by no means a hoarder. Minimalist would be more accurate.

I have, however, held on to a couple of items for aesthetic and practical reasons that I'm parting with.

One is a 1918 General Electric tabletop fan.

(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTAwMFg2NjU=/$T2eC16F,!zUE9s38-QPVBRQf,NcthQ~~48_35.JPG)

I was using it for, well, "cooling" but I hooked up a Kill-a-Watt a realized it was actually kind of energy inefficient so it's on the auction block.
Another item is a 1940's Westinghouse fan that has similar power draw. Beautiful and probably irreplaceable but just more "stuff."

The hold-up is that people aren't willing to pay much for these things. I'm looking at restoring them to bring the value up. They seem to run about $300 on eBay in restored condition.

If you are into this sort of thing, this could be a cool embedded Arduino project to replace the motor with a newer, more efficient one, and keep the old aesthetics.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: rocklebock on July 21, 2013, 08:58:39 PM
This morning I helped my boyfriend take 600 pounds of junk from his house to the dump. Which I think is the second heaviest load we've taken out there. I haven't been saving all the receipts to prove it, but I think we're at about a ton and a half since spring. This has been a mix of a) 60+ years' accumulation of junk left behind by previous homeowners; b) junk left behind by a previous girlfriend with a hoarding problem; c) construction waste from various remodeling projects.

The whole experience has me seriously motivated to continue minimizing. I'm moving into his house next month, and have suggested make a pact that neither of us will acquire any more belongings for the rest of our lives. Only sort of joking.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: lifejoy on July 21, 2013, 11:15:52 PM
I've been:

-giving away and selling clothing
-trying to get rid of things i'm not using (appliances, etc.)
-threw out some old makeup

Tackling books, next. Wanting to sell stuff on ebay, but kind of nervous about it. Thanks, Katnina, for sharing about your experience!!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Katnina on July 22, 2013, 12:38:33 PM
No problem & good luck!  I'm planning on listing more stuff on eBay tomorrow :).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: oldtoyota on July 22, 2013, 06:50:41 PM
I'm updating to say that my house looks AMAZING, and getting rid of stuff is part of the reason!

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: KatieSSS on July 23, 2013, 10:41:21 AM
I have a question about selling stuff that is technically yours, but located at someone else's house. In my case, this has to do with what is "mine" at my parents' house. My mom has kept a ton of my old toys from my childhood, and it has occurred to me that some might actually be worth something. Of course, there are a few sentimental items that I'd want to keep myself, but for the most part, I don't want any of them. Do you all think I have the right to sell them since they were mine as a child? My mom doesn't want to part with any of it, and there is a LOT. Some of my old toys are even taking up space in a storage shed that my parents pay for each month.

This might be one of those times where I just have to grin and bear it...but I see the potential to actually make some money off of some of these items and get myself closer to being out of debt. But the "are these things really mine?" question keeps bothering me. What would you guys do/have done in similar situations?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: oldtoyota on July 23, 2013, 11:41:12 AM
I have a question about selling stuff that is technically yours, but located at someone else's house. In my case, this has to do with what is "mine" at my parents' house. My mom has kept a ton of my old toys from my childhood, and it has occurred to me that some might actually be worth something. Of course, there are a few sentimental items that I'd want to keep myself, but for the most part, I don't want any of them. Do you all think I have the right to sell them since they were mine as a child? My mom doesn't want to part with any of it, and there is a LOT. Some of my old toys are even taking up space in a storage shed that my parents pay for each month.

This might be one of those times where I just have to grin and bear it...but I see the potential to actually make some money off of some of these items and get myself closer to being out of debt. But the "are these things really mine?" question keeps bothering me. What would you guys do/have done in similar situations?

That is tricky. Your mom might hold onto the items because they remind her of when you're little. Choose your battles, I say. How important is it to you to sell stuff that is not stored at your place or taking up your space?

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: KatieSSS on July 24, 2013, 09:06:28 AM
I have a question about selling stuff that is technically yours, but located at someone else's house. In my case, this has to do with what is "mine" at my parents' house. My mom has kept a ton of my old toys from my childhood, and it has occurred to me that some might actually be worth something. Of course, there are a few sentimental items that I'd want to keep myself, but for the most part, I don't want any of them. Do you all think I have the right to sell them since they were mine as a child? My mom doesn't want to part with any of it, and there is a LOT. Some of my old toys are even taking up space in a storage shed that my parents pay for each month.

This might be one of those times where I just have to grin and bear it...but I see the potential to actually make some money off of some of these items and get myself closer to being out of debt. But the "are these things really mine?" question keeps bothering me. What would you guys do/have done in similar situations?

That is tricky. Your mom might hold onto the items because they remind her of when you're little. Choose your battles, I say. How important is it to you to sell stuff that is not stored at your place or taking up your space?

This is probably one of those instances where I need to choose my battles. My mom isn't going to give these things up willingly, so I should just let it go.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Rebecca Stapler on July 24, 2013, 12:08:29 PM
I have a question about selling stuff that is technically yours, but located at someone else's house. In my case, this has to do with what is "mine" at my parents' house. My mom has kept a ton of my old toys from my childhood, and it has occurred to me that some might actually be worth something. Of course, there are a few sentimental items that I'd want to keep myself, but for the most part, I don't want any of them. Do you all think I have the right to sell them since they were mine as a child? My mom doesn't want to part with any of it, and there is a LOT. Some of my old toys are even taking up space in a storage shed that my parents pay for each month.

This might be one of those times where I just have to grin and bear it...but I see the potential to actually make some money off of some of these items and get myself closer to being out of debt. But the "are these things really mine?" question keeps bothering me. What would you guys do/have done in similar situations?

That is tricky. Your mom might hold onto the items because they remind her of when you're little. Choose your battles, I say. How important is it to you to sell stuff that is not stored at your place or taking up your space?

This is probably one of those instances where I need to choose my battles. My mom isn't going to give these things up willingly, so I should just let it go.

Yeah, I think you have to let that go. My mom has been cleaning out her attic and digging up all sorts of old toys for my son to play with. I have to admit that it makes me so happy to see my son also love the toys that I loved. Priceless? No. But probably worth the price that I would get for them on ebay.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: dweebyhawkeyes on July 26, 2013, 10:39:28 PM
Yeah, I think you have to let that go. My mom has been cleaning out her attic and digging up all sorts of old toys for my son to play with. I have to admit that it makes me so happy to see my son also love the toys that I loved. Priceless? No. But probably worth the price that I would get for them on ebay.

That is really sweet; at my grandmother's house I definitely played with the toys my parents had when they were little and it's a pretty special feeling. There is a line between hoarding and making use of things, but this is an especially sweet thing to do.

Oh! I haven't been purging enough of my own things lately, but my coworkers and I are ridding the classroom of various things we have no use for and no other teachers can/will claim. It's school policy that we can't sell the old things, and we've had to out them in the dumpster. So pro tip for those of you inclined: Check school dumpsters for toys, papers, craft supplies, furniture, etc. It's actually pretty amazing what you might find.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Xavier on August 12, 2013, 06:34:12 PM
Great thread.
This will be my second gauntlet.  If I can handle them both I'll be a friggin' superstar, or at least better than I was.

Many of the posts noted the psychological component behind why we collect all this stuff in the first place.  For my part, I whole-heartedly agree.  Having come from a background of years of having little it can be very, very challenging to let things go.  We're not little robots and in my view, recognizing our own little idiosyncrasies is part of putting ourselves on a better path.

For those who haven't watched it, the TV series 'hoarders' is a stark and sometimes disgusting look at the hoarding behavior.  I  made the mistake of eating dinner while watching this a few times.  To be clear, I'm not looking down at these folks.  These are people with something more wrong than simply being lazy.  Left unchecked, I could completely see myself heading down that path.  Scary but true.

Challenge accepted.  I'll report back occasionally.  Strength to everyone else tackling their own clutter! 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on August 12, 2013, 11:18:38 PM
Nice to have you on board, Xavier!

I've been a bit slack on the clothes front, but at least I've been working on the food front. Still eating up things that have been hibernating in the pantry and freezer for way too long. I haven't been super gung-ho about it, but am doing enough that I can see the difference, plus discovering how tasty some of that stuff is and wondering why I neglected them in the first place!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: madgeylou on August 13, 2013, 05:54:24 AM
Well, we are moved into our fab apartment, and I keep finding more things I want to get rid of! Got another box and a couple bags to take to the Goodwill within the next few days.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on August 13, 2013, 07:30:11 AM
Wife is taking two plastic containers of children's/baby clothes to a consignment sale along with 2 boxes of toys (would have liked to seen more toys go bye bye, but oh well).  That's something like 75 articles of clothes (we could sell more, but they put a 75 item limit on clothes).

I still have to take my used electronics over to the thrift store to see if they will take it.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: KatieSSS on August 19, 2013, 12:56:51 PM
Ahhh, I sold my old laptop today for $100. Yay! I'd been lazy about getting that thing listed. Now I feel the motivation to get rid of some more stuff. I'm going to try and sell a few more items, and if those don't sell, I'll donate them soon. Just ordered a few bags from www.donatestuff.com (check it out if you haven't - they mail the bags and you stick them in the mail with your linens and clothes).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on August 19, 2013, 01:27:12 PM
I've been working on this the past few months.  A coworker and I have been challenging ourselves, first to get rid of 7 items a day for a month.  I got going fast on that one and inspired myself to get rid of 500 items in total.  Gave away all of my old jewelry from when I was a kid to a friend's daughter, bags of stuff to goodwill, trashed old makeup, chapstick, toothpaste samples, sunscreen, medicine, went through my paper piles, clothes, etc.  I'm at 465 now, just need some motivation to finish it out.  After we lost steam on the items per day we set ourselves a 6 week declutter challenge, which ends this week setting personal goals of areas of our apartments to declutter.  I'm in the lead so it's looking like my coworker owes me a drink.  :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Myrmida on August 19, 2013, 04:59:55 PM
My last big purge was 2 years ago when we were expecting baby #1.  Now, we're expecting baby #2 and I'm up to my old tricks.  I already went through my dresser and closet, but I think a second, more ruthless, pass is in order.  Let's face it, I will never be a size 2 again. 

I also want to get rid of the majority of my books.  I realize that I've been holding on to several of them for bad reasons (pride, sunk cost, etc.).  I'll keep things I use frequently, but I've got shelves of books that I will never look at again.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on August 25, 2013, 06:18:54 AM
So in recent times I've been cooking from the pantry more than usual, and successfully annihilated a container of dried mushrooms, and a bag of dried borlotti beans. I'm thinking next I'll work on some dried mung beans, couscous and cornmeal that has been lying around for a while.

And just today, I finally listed a of pair skinny jeans on eBay. Hopefully someone will want it. When I find more time I'll start listing some dresses too, spring will be arriving soon in Australia.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ender on August 25, 2013, 10:29:02 AM
I am turning my computer desk (aka where I waste time) into a normal desk without any computer setup.

I'm tempted to get rid of the whole thing as I use what is in it probably 1/1000 days a year but... can't get there yet :D
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Myrmida on August 25, 2013, 12:03:10 PM
Woohoo!  I went through my books today and ditched all but a few shelves, trying to keep it down to ones that I use as reference. 

We also did a bunch of re-organizing my son's toys, so that he only has a few out at a time - when he gets bored with those, we'll exchange them for some that are put away.  We also put into storage a few toys that are too young for him (but we are keeping them for baby #2, who should arrive in the spring).

I also pulled out my old maternity clothes, although I can't find my non-maternity, larger-size clothes, which would be perfect for those first couple of months before I "pop".  I may have actually donated them, which is too bad.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: dweebyhawkeyes on August 25, 2013, 12:20:43 PM
So I used to have an addiction to buying office supplies (my dad's the same way) and I had a bunch of spiral notebooks and writing utensils that were slightly or never used. If I tear out the used pages, do you guys think it's fair to donate useable spiral notebooks? I'm never going to be able to use all of them. I've seen people buy bags of pens and pencils and various art supplies from thrift stores so I'm sure donating those is fine, but I've never seen second-hand paper goods sold. Would donating those be an asset to a thrift store or a burden?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: BC_Goldman on August 25, 2013, 05:36:43 PM
Friend of mine was having a yard sale yesterday so I loaded up my car with all the stuff I had in my junk room. I was able to make 75 bucks in about four hours. We're planning to do it again this Sat and then take any leftovers to Goodwill to be rid of them. I don't anticipate doing as well next time since I sold some of my best stuff last time.

Now I need to see if I can sell some of my Star Wars CCG cards somewhere for some more income.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fidgiegirl on August 25, 2013, 06:09:43 PM
So I used to have an addiction to buying office supplies (my dad's the same way) and I had a bunch of spiral notebooks and writing utensils that were slightly or never used. If I tear out the used pages, do you guys think it's fair to donate useable spiral notebooks? I'm never going to be able to use all of them. I've seen people buy bags of pens and pencils and various art supplies from thrift stores so I'm sure donating those is fine, but I've never seen second-hand paper goods sold. Would donating those be an asset to a thrift store or a burden?

It's something I'd personally be willing to buy.  If they are in pretty good shape you may inquire with a local school as well, or if they can pass for almost-new, put them in a local school-supply drive as lots are happening right now.  If they are beat up you may just want to recycle.

I feel your pain on office supplies!  I looooooove me some office supplies.  I've been really actively working on controlling this for several years now and it's making a difference stuff-wise and we ALWAYS still have everything we need.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: KatieSSS on August 26, 2013, 02:29:35 PM
Donated two bags of stuff this weekend! Felt great. Now, if that Craigslist person would get back to me about buying a few items, I'd be super happy right now :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Myrmida on August 27, 2013, 08:47:08 AM
Donated two bags of stuff this weekend! Felt great. Now, if that Craigslist person would get back to me about buying a few items, I'd be super happy right now :)

I do get tired of the people who respond to ads and then never show up.  I'm trying to give away a chair and ottomann, and I'm only willing to put limited amounts of effort into giving something away!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Katnina on August 27, 2013, 01:31:56 PM
Dropped off 5 items of clothing at the thrift shop tidy, and 4 yesterday.  Still more to go but I can only take so much on the bike :).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: KatieSSS on August 27, 2013, 02:31:17 PM
Donated two bags of stuff this weekend! Felt great. Now, if that Craigslist person would get back to me about buying a few items, I'd be super happy right now :)

I do get tired of the people who respond to ads and then never show up.  I'm trying to give away a chair and ottomann, and I'm only willing to put limited amounts of effort into giving something away!

Ugh, exactly. Another Craigslist pet-peeve: when you agree on the price, then they meet you in person to get the item and ask you to sell it to them for less. I've had that happen a few times. Still no word from the current Craigslist person, but did manage to sell one other item. $25 in found money!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on August 29, 2013, 10:44:33 AM
Over to the donation center:
about 6 kids toys (small number, but we wanted to let our daughter pick some more tonight)
1 Baby Swing
1 steamer for cooking (we have another one)
1 set of 3 cooling racks (we had gotten two sets for our wedding 9 years ago :-/ )
1 VCR (yes, it was sitting in our storage room)
2 DVD Players (we upgraded to blu-ray in combination with Amazon Prime and we have an xbox 360)
1 dual cassette tape player (yes, sitting in our storage room)
1 300 Disc CD Changer (digitizing audio removed the need for it)

And thrown out:
Assortment of daughter's coloring books and stuff that isn't used anymore.

The basement and storage room have so much more room in them now.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: BC_Goldman on August 31, 2013, 12:00:32 AM
I'd have loved to get my hands on a CD changer that large. Digital is nice but I buy CDs whenever possible since you actually own CDs unlike digital purchases. And since I get a good bit of my music at yard sales and thrift stores it's usually cheaper than digital too.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on August 31, 2013, 02:50:24 PM
I'd have loved to get my hands on a CD changer that large. Digital is nice but I buy CDs whenever possible since you actually own CDs unlike digital purchases. And since I get a good bit of my music at yard sales and thrift stores it's usually cheaper than digital too.

Guess i should have put that one up here!

I had our entire CD library in it at one point, but we didn't listen to it enough and I digitized all of our CDs (still have the CDs themselves, just in boxes in storage).  My wife put most of her's on he iPhone, mine was on DVDs so I could take them to work and just flip around whatever I wanted.

Did you want a VCR also? ;-)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: BC_Goldman on September 02, 2013, 09:01:08 PM
Nah, I converted to DVD long ago (EDIT: Actually, I think DVDs were already around when I started buying stuff). I just sent my VHS Star Wars Trilogy and one of Abbott and Costello to the Goodwill with the rest of the stuff that didn't sell.

I was looking at digitizing my DVD collection but it would take an insane amount of storage space to do so. My BluRays would be even more. This was all pre-MMM and I don't think I've bought any since finding his site.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on September 03, 2013, 07:55:02 AM
Went on a spree this weekend, got rid of a bunk bed, and am working on getting rid of all our VHS tapes. Also 3 big bags of clothes, a desktop computer, and trying to find a place to bring my broken flatscreen TV to recycle.

I haven't even made a dent in the kids' rooms. That will take an act of God to clear out.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: lifejoy on September 03, 2013, 05:54:48 PM
Just moved to a smaller place (woo! $400/month cheaper!) and am trying to divest myself of an epic amount of STUFF. Blech.

I find it very difficult to get rid of nice items that I never use. Like a coach bag. Sigh.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Daleth on September 03, 2013, 06:02:02 PM
Just moved to a smaller place (woo! $400/month cheaper!) and am trying to divest myself of an epic amount of STUFF. Blech.

I find it very difficult to get rid of nice items that I never use. Like a coach bag. Sigh.

Yay! Sell the Coach bag on eBay. That might make it easier. :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: N on September 03, 2013, 06:14:09 PM
passed along several bags of clothes my kids have outgrown recently-maybe 8 large bags?
made yet another pass thru the kitchen stuff and weeded out two more paper grocery bags of items I can live without. I have a box of stuff my friend is coming tomorrow to look thru-games and toys for her kid, a couple of clothes items.

went thru sons toys today and got rid of all broken items, things missing parts of the set, and some cheapie toys that he agreed could go. got rid of a paper grocery bag of toys! boxed up some of the cars he no longer plays with so much.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on September 04, 2013, 09:31:55 AM
So in recent times I've been cooking from the pantry more than usual, and successfully annihilated a container of dried mushrooms, and a bag of dried borlotti beans. I'm thinking next I'll work on some dried mung beans, couscous and cornmeal that has been lying around for a while.

Ha! Love the word choice, "Annihilate." I'm working on my pantry as well. I just reorganized the whole thing, got rid of some really old stuff and started putting out on the counter the latest bag of whatever to remind me to cook it and eat it. Next up, some gourmet "red rice" I bought about two years ago.

Yay, nice to see someone else doing similar with their pantry! I haven't cooked red rice but my mum does, she usually just mixes it with white rice and steams it as per usual, gives nice textural contrast.

In other news, my jeans on eBay didn't sell (it's an unusually tiny size... sigh), I have re-listed it. Also, yesterday I compiled some dresses, will take pictures this weekend so I can list them as well. Clearing out clothing is getting harder and harder as I don't actually have much. Most of what's left are the items that are really nice and I really like, and the items that are just really old and comfy that I'm not ready to throw away yet.

I also have a very nifty kick scooter I'm thinking about selling... originally bought it ages ago as I thought it would be an alternative to public transport, but it seems to be not so good for the knees when used extensively, so I've neglected it since then. Might give it another spin again and think about it further.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: blake201 on September 04, 2013, 01:03:39 PM
Cool thread. Just got started on a serious clutter purge...

Got rid of 90 books (which is just a small start, I have floor to ceiling bookshelves in all three rooms of my little apartment, all bulging with books 2 or 3 deep), mostly donated them but sold the ones on Amazon that were worth more than $3 each. The truly embarrassing thing is that about 20 of those books were about decluttering or organizing.

Got rid of four or five bags of clothes. Mostly just donated anything decent, anything in bad condition I cut up for rags and anything really nice I sold on eBay. For kids clothes that my daughter has outgrown I gave them to my brother who is about to become a dad to his own little girl.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: SavingMon(k)ey on September 07, 2013, 08:07:04 PM
I have a similar issue on the clothes front. I have a fair few t-shirts that are very worn, what tends to happen with these t-shirts is they slowly get demoted from, "I'll wear it out and about" -> "i'll wear it to do dirty jobs in" -> "i'll wear it for bed". Some t-shirts i've got i've had for the past 10 years or so and even though they have some small holes in they are good for slouching about it. :)

Other items of clothing I donate to charity and anything else is either donated/recycled or straight up binned.
While I totally get the progression of t-shirt roles and use mine up the same way, my partner (who is indeed pretty frugal but no extreme mustachian) wears hers until there are more holes than cloth. Sometimes they are so "holy" they are hard to fold! When I suggest retiring one of those holy shirts, I meat strong resistance. "But they are sooooo comfortable!" Ok, then. Lol!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: SavingMon(k)ey on September 07, 2013, 08:15:57 PM
Oh, and this is an inspiring thread, by the way. We just moved and I got rid of a lot of stuff, but still feel like I have too much. A couple things I'm not sure what to do with. Feel very attached, but also silly for being attached.

1) A box with cassette tapes and CDs of my performances in college (two degrees in music). No, I won't listen to them (or will I? I don't even own a cassette player anymore!)
2) A box with letters from family and friends. Letters my grandma sent to me as a kid. Letters my sister sent to me in college. And so on. Back when people wrote real letters.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on September 07, 2013, 08:59:45 PM
Ha, worldstrad, I love the comfort of well-worn clothes too! Though mine aren't as tattered as your partner's, from the sounds of it. :p

And hello to a fellow music degree holder... for your cassettes and CDs, are you able to convert them to a digital format? Same goes for the letters, you could take photos of them and upload somewhere safe. But I think it's okay to keep some things with sentimental value, as long as you don't go overboard with it.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: bluecollarmusician on September 08, 2013, 06:16:27 AM
Oh, and this is an inspiring thread, by the way. We just moved and I got rid of a lot of stuff, but still feel like I have too much. A couple things I'm not sure what to do with. Feel very attached, but also silly for being attached.

1) A box with cassette tapes and CDs of my performances in college (two degrees in music). No, I won't listen to them (or will I? I don't even own a cassette player anymore!)
2) A box with letters from family and friends. Letters my grandma sent to me as a kid. Letters my sister sent to me in college. And so on. Back when people wrote real letters.

We also just moved, and we are dealing with the same thing.  I have imported many of the CD's to the hard drive on the computer- super easy, and you have it forever.  You could do the same with the cassettes, might have to borrow something that could get it into the computer, or possibly record them to CD... not sure.  As a musician myself I understand wanting to hold on to those old recordings.  And I also understand that you will probably never listen to them.

And with the letters... if your printer/scanner has a paper handler (or even if it doesn't) it is pretty easy to scan them in.  I was resistant to this at first, since I like being able to hold them in my hand when reading back over them.  My wife convinced me to give it a try.  I found once I had them scanned in and could see them on the screen it was much easier to get rid of. 

We also determined that we didn't have to get rid of ALL of it, just most of it.  I would say we got rid of 90+% of the old paper stuff (letters, etc) tapes, CD's and Video tapes (copied many of these to DVD's and then imported to computer- the DVD's take up little space and are a nice back up.) and just kept a couple of things things with great sentimental value. 

Once you get rid of so much stuff, it seems silly to hang on to the last little bit... but that is what worked for us so far.  Good luck!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: SavingMon(k)ey on September 08, 2013, 04:36:39 PM
Oh, and this is an inspiring thread, by the way. We just moved and I got rid of a lot of stuff, but still feel like I have too much. A couple things I'm not sure what to do with. Feel very attached, but also silly for being attached.

1) A box with cassette tapes and CDs of my performances in college (two degrees in music). No, I won't listen to them (or will I? I don't even own a cassette player anymore!)
2) A box with letters from family and friends. Letters my grandma sent to me as a kid. Letters my sister sent to me in college. And so on. Back when people wrote real letters.

I have imported many of the CD's to the hard drive on the computer- super easy, and you have it forever.  You could do the same with the cassettes, might have to borrow something that could get it into the computer, or possibly record them to CD... not sure.  As a musician myself I understand wanting to hold on to those old recordings.  And I also understand that you will probably never listen to them.

And with the letters... if your printer/scanner has a paper handler (or even if it doesn't) it is pretty easy to scan them in.  I was resistant to this at first, since I like being able to hold them in my hand when reading back over them.  My wife convinced me to give it a try.  I found once I had them scanned in and could see them on the screen it was much easier to get rid of. 


Great idea with the CDs! What kind of device can transfer cassette tapes, though? I have never seen such a thing. Anybody?

Scanning the letters... hm. Yeah, I may be able to do that with some of them, but the ones from my grandma... I'm just too silly attached! Thankfully those aren't too many (maybe 10 or 15).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: SavingMon(k)ey on September 08, 2013, 04:41:13 PM
Ha, worldstrad, I love the comfort of well-worn clothes too! Though mine aren't as tattered as your partner's, from the sounds of it. :p

And hello to a fellow music degree holder... for your cassettes and CDs, are you able to convert them to a digital format? Same goes for the letters, you could take photos of them and upload somewhere safe. But I think it's okay to keep some things with sentimental value, as long as you don't go overboard with it.
Sorry, I accidentally skipped your response. Going digital may work for some of this stuff. Any idea on how to do that with cassettes?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: PlayOutside on September 08, 2013, 05:20:04 PM
I'm a late joiner, but I'm IN!

Got rid of 5 bags of clothing, passed along another one, and gave away a bunch of little kid books. Organized the hall closet and tossed bunches of expired lotion/ ointment/ medicine-esque stuff. Tackling the kitchen tomorrow. Might get rid of the Christmas dishes- they're not really pretty and are just taking up space. I don't think I even got them down last year!

Also on my list is diving into the large amount of fabric that I am holding on to and the desk area... so much to do!!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: sleepyguy on September 08, 2013, 09:38:59 PM
I'm moving out and renting out our home in next 2-3 months... OMG the amount stuff I have!  So far I've donated/given away

6-7 garbage bag of clothes
37 LCD tv
2 laptops
4 computers
8 lcd monitors
about 20 pairs of shoes
garbage bag of books
dining room set + 6 chairs
2 couches

I still have WAY too much stuff... we'll be staying at our downsized area for about 5-6yrs... my goal in that time frame is keep selling/donating my things where I'm down to pretty much not much stored (except for tools).  If i get down to about 1/6th of what I have now I'll be pretty pleased :)


Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: KatieSSS on September 09, 2013, 08:53:52 AM
Scanning the letters... hm. Yeah, I may be able to do that with some of them, but the ones from my grandma... I'm just too silly attached! Thankfully those aren't too many (maybe 10 or 15).

If some of them are cards, I have torn off the front cover and just saved the part where they have written a note. I found out that St. Jude's accepts recycled greeting cards: http://www.stjudesranch.org/shop/recycled-card-program/

I went through my stash of cards and cut down the bulk by half by tearing off the front cover and donating them. I saved the ones that were sentimental to me, but they all fit in one small shoebox now. Victory!

In other news, I sold some old curtains and bedding on Craigslist! That's $25 of found money! Now I need to tackle a few more boxes of "stuff to sell."
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on September 09, 2013, 09:10:24 AM
Sorry, I accidentally skipped your response. Going digital may work for some of this stuff. Any idea on how to do that with cassettes?

I haven't actually done it myself so I don't know how easy or difficult it is, but I've heard about it before. If you do a google search on how to convert cassettes to digital, there are plenty of sites that can help you get started.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on September 09, 2013, 09:47:40 AM
Ha, worldstrad, I love the comfort of well-worn clothes too! Though mine aren't as tattered as your partner's, from the sounds of it. :p

And hello to a fellow music degree holder... for your cassettes and CDs, are you able to convert them to a digital format? Same goes for the letters, you could take photos of them and upload somewhere safe. But I think it's okay to keep some things with sentimental value, as long as you don't go overboard with it.
Sorry, I accidentally skipped your response. Going digital may work for some of this stuff. Any idea on how to do that with cassettes?

I've done it with cassettes, you need a decent tape deck and a computer with a good quality sound card. Get an 1/8" plug to two RCA adapter cable, plug the tape deck's outputs to the sound card's line in.

Then use a free program like Audacity to record and de-noise them. Then you can split them into individual songs. I record the entire tape at once, so I don't have to sit and stop and start the program every time.

I need to write a quick how-to for doing this, it's pretty easy.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: SavingMon(k)ey on September 09, 2013, 11:23:27 AM

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I've done it with cassettes, you need a decent tape deck and a computer with a good quality sound card. Get an 1/8" plug to two RCA adapter cable, plug the tape deck's outputs to the sound card's line in.

Then use a free program like Audacity to record and de-noise them. Then you can split them into individual songs. I record the entire tape at once, so I don't have to sit and stop and start the program every time.

I need to write a quick how-to for doing this, it's pretty easy.
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Cool! I have Audacity on my laptop but never actually used it. I'll look more into this. And if you do write a how-to for this, please share! :) Thanks!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: KatieSSS on September 28, 2013, 04:52:25 PM
I just sold $53 worth of stuff at a community yard sale this morning. I left with two suitcases and a backpack and came home with only one, but heavy, suitcase. It felt great to get rid of stuff, but also to sell it to members of my own community and even meet new people!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Norrie on September 28, 2013, 08:24:00 PM
We've spent the past year purging our house. It's been slow-going, as I'm a sentimental fool who has trouble letting go, but we're getting there. Our master bedroom closet is so badass these days. We could stand to do one more quick run through, but overall it's great.

The biggest thing that we're facing right now is the kids' playroom. They've outgrown it, so we're going to turn it into another living space, but OMG, the toys and books and crap. It's overwhelming.

UFYH has been a wonderful inspiration. I read it daily.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Stasher on September 28, 2013, 10:34:30 PM
There is a great article here: http://www.theminimalists.com/21days/day3/

The premise is 2 guys want to live a minimalist lifestyle, so they pack all of their stuff up; clothes, furniture, everything. Over a 1 week period they unpack things as they NEED to use them. Anything that is left after that week is either sold, donated, or trashed.

They call it a 'Packing Party.' I did it after moving to a new, cheaper, apartment, and unloaded nearly half of my stuff! It was so liberating that I am trying to dwindle my remaining stuff in half again.

Really enjoyed reading that website, thx
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: livetogive on September 29, 2013, 03:33:04 PM
I'm getting rid of clothes now; 7 dress shirts, a suit, and 3 other shirts.  Help motivate me to get rid of 2 more suits I never wear!

I could theoretically still wear them so it's tough for me to get rid of 'em.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 4alpacas on September 30, 2013, 01:54:48 PM
You're all so motivating!  We currently live in a two bedroom/two bathroom apartment, but we're contemplating moving into a smaller space.  In order to fit into a smaller apartment (without a storage unit), we need to get rid of a LOT of stuff.  Right now, our closets are packed with stuff. 

I have had an overflowing box in my closet for about 6 months that I need to take to Goodwill/Salvation Army (need to figure out which one).  I'm going to try to sort through our stuff a little bit each week in order to donate and declutter little by little. 

Any advice for getting my husband to sort through his wardrobe?  He did a major clean-out a year ago when we moved across the country, but he still has way more clothing than necessary (and much more than me).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: livetogive on October 02, 2013, 05:24:10 PM
2 bicycle trips to Goodwill last weekend!

Next up is selling what can be sold and back to Goodwill again...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on October 30, 2013, 11:00:40 AM
Hope everyone is still doing well!

I've been lazy for the past several weeks, my room is a mess. LOTS of snail mail. (I sign up for electronic communications instead of snail mail, but somehow I still get quite a bit.) This weekend I'll be tidying up and throwing out more things in the process. My parents are visiting in a couple of weeks, not sure if they want to squeeze in with me or stay at our other relatives' bigger place, but either way there is the chance they might drop by my apartment and be horrified at the state of affairs, so that will provide impetus to clean things up.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: EK on October 30, 2013, 11:45:10 AM
I've weeded out lots of stuff to donate this month and set aside some nicer things to sell, but I'm having trouble finishing the job and getting the things out of the house!!  Right now the guest room is basically a giant pile of stuff to bring to goodwill.  So progress is happening and I love how uncluttered and neat my drawers and closets are getting, but it's still a work in progress!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on October 30, 2013, 11:55:31 AM
Any advice for getting my husband to sort through his wardrobe?  He did a major clean-out a year ago when we moved across the country, but he still has way more clothing than necessary (and much more than me).

I picked a day when we didn't have a lot going on (weekend).  I brought out a stack of his shirts, put them on the bed and asked him to go through with it.  I started with the easy stuff - the bajillions of team sports t-shirts he got free from playing soccer for years.  I then moved onto "harder" items like the 15 year old shirts he hasn't worn for 5, before ending with more questionable items.  I pre-culled and didn't ask him to go through things like his collection of undershirts or shirts he wears often.  He got rid of 20+ shirts.   He also knew I had been going through lots of stuff and maybe had a twinge that he ought to help participate/encourage (only the slightest twinge though).  Oh, also set a date you intend to drop off items at Goodwill (or similar.)  Then you can say, oh we planned to drop it off tomorrow so we really need to go through it now.

When he finished the pile, I did not try to capitalize on his apparent interest by throwing more things at him (pants, socks, etc). and left it when I was ahead.  Much thanks, raving etc as well.  (Seriously, it's for both of us so you wouldn't think I'd have to do this, but as I've learned in trying to get him to bring his dishes TO the kitchen and INTO the dishwasher, praising for the baby steps helps.  Even if at age 6 I knew to do this regularly.)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: KatieSSS on October 30, 2013, 03:01:57 PM
I got rid of another box of stuff this weekend (left over things that didn't sell at the community yard sell). I saw a post on my neighborhood list-serv that a local church was accepting donations. I also discovered a drop-off location for clothes and shoes near a place I frequently go, so next time I have a random pair of shoes or a few shirts I don't want I know where to take them!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: oldtoyota on October 30, 2013, 03:09:53 PM
I am up to around 84 items removed/given away/sold.

Yay!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on October 30, 2013, 03:15:04 PM
I am up to around 84 items removed/given away/sold.

Yay!

Kudos!  As a helpful tip (in cleaning out items and raising your number), in my great clean out I learned that sunscreen, makeup and toothpaste expires.  I had a lot of sample toothpaste tubes, bottles of sunscreen I couldn't remember the year I bought, and 3-10 year old makeup I tossed.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on November 04, 2013, 07:38:24 AM
Did 6 bags of kid's clothes, an old flatbed scanner, and some old (but still usable) pots and dishes. Gave them to a new Salvation Army store nearby, was pleasantly surprised at how laid back they were. Very cool place, and I almost got a magnetic bike trainer for $10. Also, they had real brass fireplace tools (which I need) for $10, I will be going back for those.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on November 05, 2013, 01:03:09 AM
You guys are doing such a good job of getting rid of stuff!

It is a public holiday here today. I decided to do a bit of cleaning and wiping around the house, and I did so using old undies which I would otherwise have to throw out anyway. I feel quite accomplished. I'm also slowly filling up another bag of clothes to be donated.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: oldtoyota on November 07, 2013, 09:18:51 AM
I got rid of another box of stuff this weekend (left over things that didn't sell at the community yard sell). I saw a post on my neighborhood list-serv that a local church was accepting donations. I also discovered a drop-off location for clothes and shoes near a place I frequently go, so next time I have a random pair of shoes or a few shirts I don't want I know where to take them!

For DC folks, SOME (So Other May Eat) is accepting donations. I never knew that before this year, so I thought I'd share.

http://www.some.org/give_in_kind.html
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: DTown on November 11, 2013, 05:13:08 PM
I just made a big donation over the weekend:

- 2 boxes filled with books I've already read and don't intend to re-read
- 2 old laptops and computer parts
- Big box of random things I've intended to get rid of for months
- Old printer/scanner that I hated
- 20 or so T-shirts I never wear
- Box of school/office supplies that I have no intention of using

I finally listed some old text books on Amazon and expect to get $150 for them :D. I also listed an old for-parts laptop on ebay to see if anyone wants it.

I made a new pile of stuff that I'll get rid of if I don't need any of it over the next couple months.

It really feels great to have all that crap gone.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on November 11, 2013, 06:21:52 PM
I just made a big donation over the weekend:

- 2 boxes filled with books I've already read and don't intend to re-read
- 2 old laptops and computer parts
- Big box of random things I've intended to get rid of for months
- Old printer/scanner that I hated
- 20 or so T-shirts I never wear
- Box of school/office supplies that I have no intention of using

I finally listed some old text books on Amazon and expect to get $150 for them :D. I also listed an old for-parts laptop on ebay to see if anyone wants it.

I made a new pile of stuff that I'll get rid of if I don't need any of it over the next couple months.

It really feels great to have all that crap gone.

Nice!  It really becomes a snowball effect, as you start to see the results and get excited I think, and become more willing to relinquish items.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on November 11, 2013, 06:28:14 PM
Awesome work DTown, that's a lot of stuff! I can so relate to feeling great after the things are gone, it's like an invisible weight lifted off the shoulders.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Mrs WW on November 15, 2013, 04:08:25 PM
I try and weed out a few things every day, ranging from papers to furniture. I stopped counting at 500 items (counting one heap of papers as one item) and that was in September. We don't have that much stuff, but it really gets you thinking when you can remove more than 500 things from your house and hardly notice it... The weeding continues!

The minimalists have a great callenge on decluttering, where you get rid of one thing on the first of the month, two on the second and so on for the while month!

www.theminimalists.com

Keep up the great work all!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MustacheCowboy on November 15, 2013, 05:57:06 PM
I've been slowly selling old kids clothes on eBay and the selling prices have been much higher then I expected. "Finding" the cash has been addictive plus the joy of having less has felt awesome!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Daleth on November 16, 2013, 02:37:53 PM
Oh, and this is an inspiring thread, by the way. We just moved and I got rid of a lot of stuff, but still feel like I have too much. A couple things I'm not sure what to do with. Feel very attached, but also silly for being attached.

1) A box with cassette tapes and CDs of my performances in college (two degrees in music). No, I won't listen to them (or will I? I don't even own a cassette player anymore!)
2) A box with letters from family and friends. Letters my grandma sent to me as a kid. Letters my sister sent to me in college. And so on. Back when people wrote real letters.

You could transfer the music from the cassettes/CDs to files on your computer. In other words, keep it but don't keep it--keep the music but not the objects.

I would keep letters. I always keep letters. It's not like they take up that much room, and it's sometimes fun to look back at them and remember things you'd forgotten, be reminded of someone through their handwriting, etc.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: EK on November 16, 2013, 02:44:16 PM
A giant pile of junk went to goodwill today- decor knick knack things, some clothes,  some assorted kitchen junk, etc.

Looks like we're going to be moving soon, so we will have a lot of incentive to clear out even more stuff as we go through it all to pack.  Less stuff = less to pack = less to move.  Plus the new place is going to be much smaller and I don't want it to be all cluttered up. That's another incentive to pare down.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wtjbatman on November 16, 2013, 09:29:38 PM
Over the last few months I've made a commitment to declutter and sell the things that I don't need or use any longer. Part of this is because I feel like I've definitely accrued too much crap over the years, I'd like the money so I can invest it, and because my girlfriend is not impressed at how much stuff I moved into the house we are renting.

So far:
- Sold around 90% of my Xbox 360 video game collection ($500)
- Sold a set of Anime DVDs ($200)
- Sold most of my books to Half-Price Books ($120)
- Donated three garbage bags filled with clothes
- Threw out probably four garbage bags of old magazines, papers, etc when we moved

To-do:
- Finish selling the rest of my games (est. $150 worth)
- Sell the rest of my embarrassingly large Anime DVD collection (est. $500-800 worth)
- Sell the two older Xbox 360 consoles I don't use (est. $150 worth)
- Figure out what else I have to sell or donate... I know there is lots

The books were easy as a couple years ago I discovered the joys of reading on a Kindle. I have so many books on that thing, and I can take every one with me wherever I go. And reading on an old school Kindle there is no eye strain like reading on a computer monitor. The video games I started getting rid of at the encouragment of my girlfriend, but it didn't take me long before I agreed with her. Why do I need old games I will never play again? Off to Ebay/Amazon they went! Same with the Anime DVDs. A lot of them are still worth money, but since I am able to download/stream so many of the shows I like, there is no reason to hang on to these physical DVDs while I can still make money off them. A few boxed sets I will be able to sell for more than I paid, since they are no longer in print and are considered rare among anime geeks.

I have some hobby gaming items and computer items that I intend to keep no matter what. I have two kindles (my old school e-ink version I prefer to read on and a new kindle fire hd that I use for everything else), two laptops (one is my primary computer I have hooked up in my man cave at home, the other is older and I bring it to school), and some hobby gaming things like board games (not Monopoly... google Dominion or Twilight Imperium III or BSG the board game) and books that I can't easily read on my kindle. I feel I've made some good progress, but I also know I have a ways to go. As evidenced by my above list of things I intend to keep! Hey, I said I was decluttering, not renouncing my worldly possessions and turning into a monk ;)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Moomingirl on November 16, 2013, 09:52:19 PM
Hey, I said I was decluttering, not renouncing my worldly possessions and turning into a monk ;)

I love that line!  :D

I'm definitely in on this challenge.

I am working my way through old books (far too many to count, but at least most of them were bought second hand), clothes (same, although a lot less in number) and anything else that isn't nailed down.

I am listing them all on Trade Me (NZ equivalent of ebay). It is quite addictive seeing stuff that was gathering dust in my house now increasing my bank balance.  :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on November 16, 2013, 11:44:15 PM
Mrs WW I like the idea of weeding out a few things everyday or doing it incrementally a la the Minimalists. I just get so lazy, though! Must do it more consistently.

Today I donated another bag of clothing, which makes me happy. My goal is to whittle my clothing down so that they all fit into two suitcases... maybe even one, though that may be difficult due to bulky winter coats. We'll see.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: yesslynn on November 19, 2013, 08:09:38 PM
This is thread is great! I'm excited to use the extra time off for Thanksgiving to go through a bunch of things that are not used or even looked at to sort into selling and donating piles and then actually sell and donate them. I cut down a bunch on things when I moved across country with only the stuff I could fit in the trunk and backseat of a Dodge Neon but it's been almost a year and a half and now, again I seem to have accumulated too many things. Two people in a one bedroom apartment contributes slightly to the problem but we definitely do not regularly use all of the objects currently causing this clutter so getting rid of stuff, and maybe making some money, sounds like a wonderful plan.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Ironfist on November 20, 2013, 03:33:11 PM
Working on purging a lot of extra stuff myself but unfortunately yard sale season is over so it's hard to sell a lot right now.  Maybe donating to Goodwill would be an option?  At least it's a tax deduction...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CNM on November 20, 2013, 03:54:46 PM
For those of you getting rid of clothing and accessories, you might want to check out liketwice.com and thredup.com.  They are used clothing websites and they will send you a pre-paid shipping bag.  Send them your sellable stuff, and they'll make an offer on the whole lot.  I sent a giant bag to liketwice a few months ago and got $125!  It's much, much easier than trying to sell on ebay or to an individual buyer.  Liketwice is women's clothing only, thredup is women's , boys, girls, and baby as well as shoes and accessories. 

Here are some referral links that give you and me a bonus but you certainly don't need to use them:  www.liketwice.com/GLdQ9 (http://www.liketwice.com/GLdQ9)  and http://www.thredup.com/r/XYUOUP (http://www.thredup.com/r/XYUOUP)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Norrie on November 20, 2013, 06:13:03 PM
Where do you guys stand on donating versus selling?

We've worked hard at purging, and have done a good job, but have more to do over Thanksgiving break. I'd really like to just donate it and get it out of our lives, because my guess is that if we plan on selling it, it will sit in a pile in our garage for a year before eventually being donated.
Are we being wasteful in that we probably could earn bits of cash on some of the stuff? Or should we just get it out of our lives and be done?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on November 20, 2013, 06:51:20 PM
Where do you guys stand on donating versus selling?

We've worked hard at purging, and have done a good job, but have more to do over Thanksgiving break. I'd really like to just donate it and get it out of our lives, because my guess is that if we plan on selling it, it will sit in a pile in our garage for a year before eventually being donated.
Are we being wasteful in that we probably could earn bits of cash on some of the stuff? Or should we just get it out of our lives and be done?

My wife is more into selling, I'm more into donating.. with a caveat.  Things that have real value, I'd rather sell.  And by real value I mean like collectables.  Things like your standard fare of books, movies, clothes, etc qualify has donation worthy.  Some of it is even trash worthy. 

I just don't think it is worth the effort and my wife has done some of those "small sale" type site stuff where people don't show up and it just gets very frustrating.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: JessieImproved on November 20, 2013, 06:55:40 PM
Where do you guys stand on donating versus selling?

I have discovered that I detest selling things.  Unless it's large sports equipment, a car or something like that, it's getting gifted to friends/family or donated.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Empire Business on November 20, 2013, 08:05:56 PM
I hate selling things too.  I will sell things like books/DVDs, where I can slop a big box into the used store, come back in an hour and have them give me a number.  Everything else are donations.  We even have a place that will pick up.  They don't take everything but they will take many things.

The emptier it gets in here, the happier I feel.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CG on November 21, 2013, 12:42:47 AM
I have a huge amount I should get rid of, but it's the expensive books from past enthusiasms that weigh most heavily on me. I'd give them away if I found people who really wanted them, but they are way too specialized for the few local secondhand booksellers to be interested in. Without a car I can't take them further afield even to give to a library, and Melbourne doesn't have any specialist bookshops for most of these narrow interests. In the UK I would fare better - most of them came from there - but international postage rates from Australia are so horrendous that no overseas buyer would want to cover that cost.

For other stuff I'm stuck because I don't have any means of taking photos and nothing's likely to sell on eBay without one. Freecycle has been great for things like ski-gear because people collect, but I've run through most of what people are likely to be looking for and it won't work for the books.

 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: KatieSSS on November 21, 2013, 11:09:03 AM
I'm coming to post my goal for the weekend (to hold me accountable!): Clean out one cabinet in my kitchen. I want to have a cabinet dedicated to canning supplies/storage only. I'm going to start doing more canning in 2014, so I need some space to store the equipment and the things I can. This means I need to get rid of other kitchen items I don't use!

I'm really debating on getting rid of my microwave, which I hardly use. Since I have such a small kitchen, this would massively free up counter space! Has anyone else given it up?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Dr.Vibrissae on November 21, 2013, 12:48:19 PM
I have a huge amount I should get rid of, but it's the expensive books from past enthusiasms that weigh most heavily on me. I'd give them away if I found people who really wanted them, but they are way too specialized for the few local secondhand booksellers to be interested in. Without a car I can't take them further afield even to give to a library, and Melbourne doesn't have any specialist bookshops for most of these narrow interests. In the UK I would fare better - most of them came from there - but international postage rates from Australia are so horrendous that no overseas buyer would want to cover that cost.

For other stuff I'm stuck because I don't have any means of taking photos and nothing's likely to sell on eBay without one. Freecycle has been great for things like ski-gear because people collect, but I've run through most of what people are likely to be looking for and it won't work for the books.

What about listing them on Amazon?  I did this for several nicer books that I didn't think the used book store would pay enough for.  It doesn't require a picture, just the ISBN or title a description of the condition.  If you truly don't care about making money off of them , you could just charge enough to cover the cost of shipping, whatever that might be.  It would at least expose the books to a wider audience who might be interested in some harder to find articles.

I guess I'm not really familiar with Austrailian postal practices, but in the US there is a special rate for shipping books/educational materials, so this might be feasible.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Ironfist on November 21, 2013, 12:49:57 PM
I hate selling things too.  I will sell things like books/DVDs, where I can slop a big box into the used store, come back in an hour and have them give me a number.  Everything else are donations.  We even have a place that will pick up.  They don't take everything but they will take many things.

The emptier it gets in here, the happier I feel.

I've discovered that just letting go of my old junk is the hardest part.  I don't really miss anything once it's gone.  I think I'm going to put a time limit on my records and if they're not all sold by Christmas they'll be going to Goodwill.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: KatieSSS on November 26, 2013, 01:33:06 PM
I'm coming to post my goal for the weekend (to hold me accountable!): Clean out one cabinet in my kitchen. I want to have a cabinet dedicated to canning supplies/storage only. I'm going to start doing more canning in 2014, so I need some space to store the equipment and the things I can. This means I need to get rid of other kitchen items I don't use!

I'm really debating on getting rid of my microwave, which I hardly use. Since I have such a small kitchen, this would massively free up counter space! Has anyone else given it up?

Did it! Found room in one kitchen cabinet for canning items and took the microwave out of the kitchen. I'm going to keep it in my closet for one month and see if I ever feel like I need it. If not, I'm selling it in January.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on November 26, 2013, 02:11:31 PM
I'm going through my stacks of magazines.  I have 3 years worth of my college alumni magazine and Martha Stewart Living (gift & freebie) that I need to cull before I move at the end of December.  Right now I'm trying to go through 1-2 each night I'm home.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on November 26, 2013, 02:15:29 PM
I'm going through my stacks of magazines.  I have 3 years worth of my college alumni magazine and Martha Stewart Living (gift & freebie) that I need to cull before I move at the end of December.  Right now I'm trying to go through 1-2 each night I'm home.

Magazines are a common perpetrator. If they're that valuable, you can scan key articles or pictures into Evernote (and tag them to make them easily searchable!) or switch to electronic subscriptions.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on November 26, 2013, 03:30:24 PM
I'm going through my stacks of magazines.  I have 3 years worth of my college alumni magazine and Martha Stewart Living (gift & freebie) that I need to cull before I move at the end of December.  Right now I'm trying to go through 1-2 each night I'm home.

Magazines are a common perpetrator. If they're that valuable, you can scan key articles or pictures into Evernote (and tag them to make them easily searchable!) or switch to electronic subscriptions.

I'm going low tech.  After reading I'm ripping out pages of things I want to keep from MSL.  I'm tossing the alumni magazine except 1-2 special ones (e.g. where my husband and I have a mention in the class notes for being married, or one where I'm featured in a cover story).

Maybe I'll never go through the ripped pages, but at least I'll have cut down the pile by 95% by doing so.

But yes, they are evil for just kind of slipping on you.  And then going through them becomes a chore instead of a pleasure.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on November 26, 2013, 07:19:23 PM
Donating is also much easier for me, but there are some things I prefer to sell (e.g. they will fetch a good price, or they are quite specific/niche so I want it to go to someone who really wants it).

As for magazines/books... I'm also having to think about what to do with that. Most of mine are related to food and wine, or cookbooks, and some of the content isn't necessarily always easily searchable on the internet. I'll have to think about which of the information/recipes I'm actually likely to use, and discard the rest. And, since I'll be moving next year, if I really want to keep something, I will also have to think about whether it would make more sense to sell it and buy again later if I'm still set on it.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CG on November 28, 2013, 03:50:43 AM
What about listing them on Amazon?  I did this for several nicer books that I didn't think the used book store would pay enough for.  It doesn't require a picture, just the ISBN or title a description of the condition.  If you truly don't care about making money off of them , you could just charge enough to cover the cost of shipping, whatever that might be.  It would at least expose the books to a wider audience who might be interested in some harder to find articles.

I guess I'm not really familiar with Austrailian postal practices, but in the US there is a special rate for shipping books/educational materials, so this might be feasible.
Thank you for the suggestion. Many of these titles are published pre-ISBNs and there doesn't seem to be an easy way to list a title on Amazon that has not been previously listed. Bulk consignments of printed matter can be sent by sea to a single address, but apart from that there's no separate print/book postage rate. A parcel weighing 1.5 - 2 kg costs $56.90 by air (which is what most Amazon buyers would want); $62.90 if tracked; and $40.60 even by sea.

I have had a little success selling via Fishpond to Australian & NZ buyers, but again it only works if the title is fairly mainstream and recent. They really don't handle narrow interest scarce books with no ISBN, and certainly not without a photo.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: yogagirl95 on November 30, 2013, 06:36:04 PM
Ive sold some of my daughters toys on Craiglist this week. She set them up for the pictures, so I gave her some of the money. I also sold a textbook that I had for $30 on half.com, and I have 3 auctions going on ebay.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on December 01, 2013, 09:58:03 PM
Throwing in here :) I'd like to nuke a lot of my stuff.  I already had a lot of textbooks posted on Amazon (probably burned close to $1k on them total) but now I'm sick of storing them.  Lowered the price on most things so that they're within a couple bucks of the lowest price, just to get it moved.  Whatever is still sitting by my desk in February (when the first week of school has passed for everyone around here) they'll go to Half Price.

I went through around half a dozen bags of clothing last summer (I lived overseas for 2 months, and came back with a wake-up call!) but will need to again soon (because I get a lot of free t-shirts and they are almost always too big for me!).  I've also got some businessy clothes that are too big or getting pilly that can also go.

Any suggestions for off-beat items to sell beyond eBay and Craigslist for random stuff like:

- Wetsuit (for triathlons, not sports)
- Queen sized air mattresses
- car parts (switches for an old car)

I've posted them but if they don't sell, I'm not sure if there's something similar to a consignment shop for clothing for these - or if I just give it to Goodwill and shrug?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on December 01, 2013, 10:17:06 PM
My red shirt had been sitting in my donation bin for a while.  When a relative mentioned in passing about needing a bit of red fabric for a quilt, guess where that shirt went.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Anatidae V on December 02, 2013, 01:54:51 AM
I'm in! My cluttered room is attached :) we're sacrificing a room until January 31st to work through all the clutter that was hiding in the house.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: AustinKat on December 02, 2013, 05:28:15 AM
Throwing in here :) I'd like to nuke a lot of my stuff.  I already had a lot of textbooks posted on Amazon (probably burned close to $1k on them total) but now I'm sick of storing them.  Lowered the price on most things so that they're within a couple bucks of the lowest price, just to get it moved.  Whatever is still sitting by my desk in February (when the first week of school has passed for everyone around here) they'll go to Half Price.

Don't know how old your textbooks are, but Chegg (http://www.chegg.com/selltextbooks (http://www.chegg.com/selltextbooks)) might buy them (and they'll even pay for shipping). Worth a shot.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: aglassman on December 02, 2013, 01:02:11 PM
Just sold 4 old winter tires for my Mustang (sold 2 years ago).  They've been in my garage for 2 years collecting dust.  Finally unloaded them on CL for $100!  Feels great!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on December 02, 2013, 01:07:01 PM
Throwing in here :) I'd like to nuke a lot of my stuff.  I already had a lot of textbooks posted on Amazon (probably burned close to $1k on them total) but now I'm sick of storing them.  Lowered the price on most things so that they're within a couple bucks of the lowest price, just to get it moved.  Whatever is still sitting by my desk in February (when the first week of school has passed for everyone around here) they'll go to Half Price.

Don't know how old your textbooks are, but Chegg (http://www.chegg.com/selltextbooks (http://www.chegg.com/selltextbooks)) might buy them (and they'll even pay for shipping). Worth a shot.

Ah, thanks! I haven't heard of this service before.  Their prices are pretty low but something is better than nothing (and possibly better than Half Price).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CG on December 02, 2013, 07:36:26 PM
Any suggestions for off-beat items to sell beyond eBay and Craigslist for random stuff like:

- Wetsuit (for triathlons, not sports)
- Queen sized air mattresses
- car parts (switches for an old car)

I've posted them but if they don't sell, I'm not sure if there's something similar to a consignment shop for clothing for these - or if I just give it to Goodwill and shrug?

Do you have Freecycle where you live? That way they would go to someone who actually wants them.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on December 02, 2013, 07:51:43 PM
Any suggestions for off-beat items to sell beyond eBay and Craigslist for random stuff like:

- Wetsuit (for triathlons, not sports)
- Queen sized air mattresses
- car parts (switches for an old car)

I've posted them but if they don't sell, I'm not sure if there's something similar to a consignment shop for clothing for these - or if I just give it to Goodwill and shrug?

Do you have Freecycle where you live? That way they would go to someone who actually wants them.

Oh yes, we do - I was just hoping not to turn 200$ into 0$ (the battle-cry of hoarders everywhere).  Freecycle would be the 'free' option, over Goodwill, but I'd rather get 50$ of 5$ for it than nothing, you know?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on December 02, 2013, 10:17:06 PM
Any suggestions for off-beat items to sell beyond eBay and Craigslist for random stuff like:

- Wetsuit (for triathlons, not sports)
- Queen sized air mattresses
- car parts (switches for an old car)

I've posted them but if they don't sell, I'm not sure if there's something similar to a consignment shop for clothing for these - or if I just give it to Goodwill and shrug?

Do you have Freecycle where you live? That way they would go to someone who actually wants them.

Oh yes, we do - I was just hoping not to turn 200$ into 0$ (the battle-cry of hoarders everywhere).  Freecycle would be the 'free' option, over Goodwill, but I'd rather get 50$ of 5$ for it than nothing, you know?

Check out the laws in your state.  In mine, you may not sell used mattresses.  I don't know if an air mattress would count or not.  The issue is a lot of people are uncomfortable buying it used, same as with wetsuits from a bit of the skeevy factor.  I might recommend giving up on those two if you are not having much luck.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on December 03, 2013, 07:32:07 AM
Check out the laws in your state.  In mine, you may not sell used mattresses.  I don't know if an air mattress would count or not.  The issue is a lot of people are uncomfortable buying it used, same as with wetsuits from a bit of the skeevy factor.  I might recommend giving up on those two if you are not having much luck.

It's legal to sell used mattresses - I've purchased one.  The skeeve factor might get me though.  Guess we'll see!  I only posted it within the last week so we'll see what shakes out.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: aglassman on December 03, 2013, 08:48:31 AM
Gotta love the useless laws out there.  Uh, if you don't want a used mattress or wet suit, don't buy it used.   
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CNM on December 03, 2013, 08:57:22 AM
Throwing in here :) I'd like to nuke a lot of my stuff.  I already had a lot of textbooks posted on Amazon (probably burned close to $1k on them total) but now I'm sick of storing them.  Lowered the price on most things so that they're within a couple bucks of the lowest price, just to get it moved.  Whatever is still sitting by my desk in February (when the first week of school has passed for everyone around here) they'll go to Half Price.

I went through around half a dozen bags of clothing last summer (I lived overseas for 2 months, and came back with a wake-up call!) but will need to again soon (because I get a lot of free t-shirts and they are almost always too big for me!).  I've also got some businessy clothes that are too big or getting pilly that can also go.

Any suggestions for off-beat items to sell beyond eBay and Craigslist for random stuff like:

- Wetsuit (for triathlons, not sports)
- Queen sized air mattresses
- car parts (switches for an old car)

I've posted them but if they don't sell, I'm not sure if there's something similar to a consignment shop for clothing for these - or if I just give it to Goodwill and shrug?

For your wetsuit, is there a Play It Again Sports near you?  It is a used sports store that has a lot of locations across the US.  Another place to try and get rid of it is at a swap.  Around here we have a huge Ski Swap in the winter and Bike Swap in the summer where people-  mostly retailers but some individuals, too- off-load their used or last-season stuff. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on December 03, 2013, 11:31:33 AM

For your wetsuit, is there a Play It Again Sports near you?  It is a used sports store that has a lot of locations across the US.  Another place to try and get rid of it is at a swap.  Around here we have a huge Ski Swap in the winter and Bike Swap in the summer where people-  mostly retailers but some individuals, too- off-load their used or last-season stuff.

Oh we definitely do and they take wetsuits according to their website! Thanks!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on December 03, 2013, 02:47:20 PM
Check out the laws in your state.  In mine, you may not sell used mattresses.  I don't know if an air mattress would count or not.  The issue is a lot of people are uncomfortable buying it used, same as with wetsuits from a bit of the skeevy factor.  I might recommend giving up on those two if you are not having much luck.

It's legal to sell used mattresses - I've purchased one.  The skeeve factor might get me though.  Guess we'll see!  I only posted it within the last week so we'll see what shakes out.

Not to beat on a dead horse, but did you buy from craigslist?  The seller might not have known about the law (if you do indeed have one in your state).  I learned about it when I bought a new mattress and they told us they charged a fee if you return it because they have to trash it.  I then looked it up.

Gotta love the useless laws out there.  Uh, if you don't want a used mattress or wet suit, don't buy it used.   

Consumer protection, I believe it's sold as.  Also known as "too many bed bug infestations" likely, which if you live in an apartment building can hurt everyone there.  Not saying I think the law is great, but providing a modicum of a reason why it may not be 100% bad.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on December 03, 2013, 09:24:32 PM

Not to beat on a dead horse, but did you buy from craigslist?  The seller might not have known about the law (if you do indeed have one in your state).  I learned about it when I bought a new mattress and they told us they charged a fee if you return it because they have to trash it.  I then looked it up.


Nope, I bought it from a store that sold used furniture.  According to them, they ripped out the lining, reversed it, stapled it back on, and ran the whole thing through chemical warfare.  I never caught bed bugs, rashes, or any other sort gonoherpesyphilitis from it in 5 years, and it was comfy enough, so they did something right.  Plus it was cheap. Go Minnesota laws!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: impaire on December 04, 2013, 09:35:06 PM
Where do you guys stand on donating versus selling?

I've done both--with the tax write-off, I figure it's win-win anyway. However, I will not "keep things to sell later" without a clear plan of when "later" is (I enter it in my calendar as a task due for a certain date, or if it's a pile of stuff to deal with, I'll pencil a set amount of time--for instance, 20 minutes every other day until it is all gone). If I can't hold myself to the plan, or can't even bear to plan, then to Goodwill it goes.

I'm strongly allergic to clutter :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: aglassman on December 05, 2013, 11:53:49 AM
Where do you guys stand on donating versus selling?


I sell large items.  Furniture, electronics, auto parts, ect.  These can be done in one transaction, for a lump sum.  You end up with more money that way as with donation, you are only getting a % off your taxes.  On the other hand, you can just make up any reasonable value, so you my be able to get more via the % off your taxes than from the cash.  Stuff like clothes and odds and ends I just donate as it's more efficient time wise, and you can get more value form the tax deduction.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: dobatseatcats on December 08, 2013, 11:19:39 AM
I've been working hard at decluttering and have quite a pile to unload - some of the crap in our basement storage locker isn't even mine! (leftover stuff people gave me to sell at our yard sale last summer.... yeah, never again.) We're going to be selling our condo and moving someplace cheaper in the next year so this stuff has to go!

I'm shocked at how difficult it's been to get rid of stuff on Freecycle. People not showing up when they say they will, people getting upset that I can't do daytime pickups because I work full-time and don't get home until 7 (which is clearly stated in my postings), people rescheduling over and over again until I can't keep straight who is coming when for what.

I'm really tempted to just throw this crap in the alley (in my city there's a better than even chance that someone would take it. Maybe not now though because it's snowing).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on December 08, 2013, 11:43:24 AM
I've seen people send out a "Curb alert" and say what they have out and when the garbage will come by to pick it up.  Then people come out, or not, and the crumbs get hauled off, and you don't need to bother scheduling.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on December 09, 2013, 08:08:46 AM
I've got two chairs... one's a huge La-Z-Boy, the other's a nice wooden-framed sitting chair... both were rescued out of the trash. The recliner needed repair, but after using it for a while, we realized it's just too big, and we don't have room for it, so it's going back in the trash. The other chair just doesn't have a good use and it's not that comfortable, but I hate to get rid of it if we can reupholster it.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NinetyFour on December 09, 2013, 10:33:30 AM
If this has been mentioned upthread, my apologies...

Has anyone here used Zumu to sell CDs?  If so, do you recommend it?  Are there other sites/services out there anyone knows of for selling CDs?

Same question for textbooks.  I know about Chegg, thanks to an earlier post.  Any other good sites out there for selling used textbooks?

Many thanks.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on December 09, 2013, 11:21:01 AM
I'm going through my stacks of magazines.  I have 3 years worth of my college alumni magazine and Martha Stewart Living (gift & freebie) that I need to cull before I move at the end of December.  Right now I'm trying to go through 1-2 each night I'm home.

Update: I've finished everything but the MSL magazines.  I'm also vowing to stay more on top of them in the future.  Also tossed 4 sweaters in a new "one item in, one item out" policy.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Moomingirl on December 10, 2013, 12:14:03 AM
One bag of clothes and books to the charity shop. 21 items listed for sale on TradeMe. Photos taken of another 20ish books ready to put them up for sale too. Feeling much lighter.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Bethany J on December 10, 2013, 07:04:44 AM
You might want to check completed listings on eBay before tossing magazines. Just sold 7 issues of Domino magazine my mother-in-law was going to toss for $39.99. Architectural Digest can do well, maybe the Martha Stewart Living also. I look up almost everything on eBay before I get rid of it, I have had many surprises over the years.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on December 10, 2013, 08:10:12 AM
You might want to check completed listings on eBay before tossing magazines. Just sold 7 issues of Domino magazine my mother-in-law was going to toss for $39.99. Architectural Digest can do well, maybe the Martha Stewart Living also. I look up almost everything on eBay before I get rid of it, I have had many surprises over the years.

Never thought of that.  Too bad I already ripped apart a bunch of them.  At least I still have about 20 left...  How do I see the completed listings?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Bethany J on December 10, 2013, 08:27:40 AM
Click on advanced search, type in whatever magazine and check completed (to show all) or just sold listings. You can also sort by highest and lowest price in the drop down box (where usually it is ended first or best match). Sorting that way has helped me sort out the best price of an item when buying also. I have been doing eBay for years (too many!!!) if anyone has any questions.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CNM on December 12, 2013, 11:15:28 AM
You guys, I feel like my house is getting FULL of CLUTTER.  I'd really like to clean out my kitchen cabinets and pantry. I'll set this as my goal before 2014 arrives.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on December 12, 2013, 11:43:20 AM
A part progress report - in addition to going through things like papers, clothes and other items, I've been diligently trying to eat down food in my cabinets as well.  I had to throw out a jar of vodka sauce that expired in 2010 (and I'm fearful of what else I'll find), so I'm trying to keep less of a stockpile on hand, not to mention I don't want to move more food items than I need.  So I'm thrilled to say I can see space now, that it's not entirely chock full.  Maybe only 20-25% down, but that's still progress!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on December 12, 2013, 11:56:59 PM
Well done CommonCents, you've done so much even just based on your contributions on this 5th page of the thread alone!

I successfully sold a dress on eBay the other day, very happy. I'll have to go through more of my wardrobe.

Also trying to eat up stuff, cooked some couscous the other day. Had to throw out a can of coconut cream.

My boyfriend is moving interstate soon (I'll follow several months later) so he's even more dedicated to organizing his stuff at the moment and deciding what to keep and what to throw.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: JessieImproved on December 20, 2013, 04:42:13 AM
I did this to my bathroom closet stuff...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7318/11462938774_76c642c5be_o.jpg)

This represents about 90% of my lady stuff, and also shoe care, travel stuff, and some kid stuff.  It's hard to tell from the picture, but I estimate I reduced by about 30-40% this time.  This included taking a pile of unused/barely used stuff, putting it in a nice Christmas bag (reused), and putting it under the tree.  When my mom and sister come over for Christmas, I will let them look through it and get what they need.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on December 20, 2013, 06:26:25 AM
That's really neat, jpcrowe!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on December 20, 2013, 06:45:20 AM
That's great! Good for you! The holidays secretly seem to be a great time to do some stuff-clearing.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Moomingirl on December 20, 2013, 12:01:00 PM
I made $20 selling some books over the last two weeks. Another couple of auctions are due to close this weekend, and they are up to $15 already. It's not a fortune, but it's stuff that wasn't being used, so has freed up some space and given me a bit of extra cash. It's quite addictive, I think I will list a pile more stuff today. I find pictures of 'minimalist' homes a bit too empty and soulless, but at the moment I am too far the other way, and I have a long way to go until things look relaxing and spacious.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on December 20, 2013, 12:07:52 PM
Congrats!  And great job on selling things.  I've found part of the battle is figuring out my "geegaws" and trying to limit their incursion into my home.  For example, one was candles.  They smell so nice - but I haven't actually used them all that much so I have a ton just sitting around.  Since I recognized this, I have not bought anymore (except two for my wedding day for the altar).  I tend to let magazines pile up, so I'm trying to get better about reading immediately.

But, we just bought a house, so I think it'll be eye opening when we move and I find yet more stuff I don't really need when I pack up.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Dr.Vibrissae on December 20, 2013, 12:12:48 PM
But, we just bought a house, so I think it'll be eye opening when we move and I find yet more stuff I don't really need when I pack up.

I tend to find stuff when I pack up (ugh-I don't want to bother moving this) and then again when I unpack at the new place (ugh-why did I bother moving this?)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on December 20, 2013, 12:25:11 PM
But, we just bought a house, so I think it'll be eye opening when we move and I find yet more stuff I don't really need when I pack up.

I tend to find stuff when I pack up (ugh-I don't want to bother moving this) and then again when I unpack at the new place (ugh-why did I bother moving this?)

That's actually why I've been trying to declutter (I actually started this summer), but it almost seems never ending.  There are definitely closets I haven't even gotten into.  And we have only 931 sq ft apt!  Another problem I have is getting rid of gifts.  My brother and his wife the past few years have given us sports themed gifts at Christmas - potato heads and gnome guys etc.  It's frustrating to unwrap because 1) sports is more my husband than me and 2) I just see it as clutter.  I am hoping this year is different, and next year I'm proposing a present truce.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: stripey on December 20, 2013, 11:56:10 PM
But, we just bought a house, so I think it'll be eye opening when we move and I find yet more stuff I don't really need when I pack up.

I tend to find stuff when I pack up (ugh-I don't want to bother moving this) and then again when I unpack at the new place (ugh-why did I bother moving this?)

I completely identify!!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on December 21, 2013, 10:16:54 PM
Finally went through the other half of my desk, with the "stuff" rather than papers.  Pens to binder clips to old phone boxes and random stuff.  I was not nearly as ruthless as I should have been, but I did get rid of: a bag full of magnets, a bag of binder clips (going to take to the office), a bag of old keys, and random papers.  Found a Panera gift card with $5 still on it from 6 years ago, last used in 2010, and a roll of pennies.  Also wrapped up some brightly multi-colored eraser shapes for my nephew (dog, star, smile, fish) from when I must have been who knows how old to add to his Christmas presents and threw away the dingy ones.  Found a very small present I picked up for a friend about 1-2 years ago and wrapped that up too.  Boxed up everything in a Barnes and Noble box I had around here.

It's amazing how much stuff I've just carried from place to place, like the eraser shapes, without reflecting on it.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Empire Business on December 21, 2013, 11:32:24 PM
I am almost finished with my last scan/shred campaign.  The only documents left (of mine, anyway) are stuff like ID.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Moomingirl on December 21, 2013, 11:43:15 PM
I hadn't even thought of listing paperwork. Yesterday, in a fit of boredom at listing more books for sale, I went through some piles of paperwork instead. I managed to clear out a two inch thick pile of random stuff.

I'm now reading my way through the 'Not Buying Anything' blog and getting more inspired to minimize.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: brooklynmoney on December 22, 2013, 07:54:09 AM
I've been trying to embrace minimalism and did a BIG purge (which is funny because I live in a 750 SQ Ft house with basically 2 closets, so where I'm keeping all this stuff I don't know), and donated like 6 garbage bags to Goodwill. Now I'm using up the Xmas bags I hoard with gift-giving, as well as gifting some of my travel/sample cosmetics (to a friend who I know likes them). Also started on a big paperwork fest. Finally installed the printer/scanner, and scanned years worth of medical claims/statements so I can shred the actual copies. Off to shred now!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: aj_yooper on December 22, 2013, 08:01:36 AM
I've been trying to embrace minimalism and did a BIG purge (which is funny because I live in a 750 SQ Ft house with basically 2 closets, so where I'm keeping all this stuff I don't know), and donated like 6 garbage bags to Goodwill. Now I'm using up the Xmas bags I hoard with gift-giving, as well as gifting some of my travel/sample cosmetics (to a friend who I know likes them). Also started on a big paperwork fest. Finally installed the printer/scanner, and scanned years worth of medical claims/statements so I can shred the actual copies. Off to shred now!

I can learn from you!  Paper trips us up.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Empire Business on December 22, 2013, 09:50:32 AM
I've been trying to embrace minimalism and did a BIG purge (which is funny because I live in a 750 SQ Ft house with basically 2 closets, so where I'm keeping all this stuff I don't know), and donated like 6 garbage bags to Goodwill. Now I'm using up the Xmas bags I hoard with gift-giving, as well as gifting some of my travel/sample cosmetics (to a friend who I know likes them). Also started on a big paperwork fest. Finally installed the printer/scanner, and scanned years worth of medical claims/statements so I can shred the actual copies. Off to shred now!

800 square feet here, two tiny closets.  (Well, and a linen closet, it's just towel shelves.) 

I have no idea how there was ever as much stuff in here as I had.  And however much I seem to get rid of, there is always more.  It seriously is like peeling back an onion.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on December 22, 2013, 10:11:09 AM
I've been trying to embrace minimalism and did a BIG purge (which is funny because I live in a 750 SQ Ft house with basically 2 closets, so where I'm keeping all this stuff I don't know), and donated like 6 garbage bags to Goodwill. Now I'm using up the Xmas bags I hoard with gift-giving, as well as gifting some of my travel/sample cosmetics (to a friend who I know likes them). Also started on a big paperwork fest. Finally installed the printer/scanner, and scanned years worth of medical claims/statements so I can shred the actual copies. Off to shred now!

800 square feet here, two tiny closets.  (Well, and a linen closet, it's just towel shelves.) 

I have no idea how there was ever as much stuff in here as I had.  And however much I seem to get rid of, there is always more.  It seriously is like peeling back an onion.

So true.
931 sq feet here, but 6 (small) closets.  Linen, coat, mine, husbands, tools, and cleaning/stockpile.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Moomingirl on December 23, 2013, 12:10:58 AM
580 sq feet, no closets, but a room that is practically a 'junk' room. Working my way through it gradually.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Moomingirl on December 26, 2013, 10:37:43 PM
I am stunned. Speechless.

My husband came to me today with a pile of things for me to put up for sale. Without me mentioning anything. He is getting rid of stuff. Voluntarily.  :-O

Maybe after all of these years he is finally getting it..... I am very excited, just thinking about thenew, less cluttered living space that may result. :-D
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ichangedmyname on January 02, 2014, 11:29:15 AM
I'm here :) *waves*

I am a clutter-er. I would like to slowly release the clutter I have accumulated so eventually we can move to a smaller place, live minimally and not in clutter. I started out a thread and was invited to check out this thread. I think I have ventured in here in the past only to read but didn't have the determination to join. Now I am throwing down the gauntlet!

*off to read from the beginning to catch up*
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on January 02, 2014, 11:35:17 AM
I'm here :) *waves*

I am a clutter-er. I would like to slowly release the clutter I have accumulated so eventually we can move to a smaller place, live minimally and not in clutter. I started out a thread and was invited to check out this thread. I think I have ventured in here in the past only to read but didn't have the determination to join. Now I am throwing down the gauntlet!

*off to read from the beginning to catch up*

Welcome!  I am very glad you followed up on my suggestion.  You'll find we cheer on small and large accomplishments, and I've gotten some great advice on disposing of items.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NinetyFour on January 02, 2014, 11:44:52 AM
I am going through my massive (several hundred) collection of CDs.  I am preparing to ship them out and get some $$ for them.  I am also storing the ones I really like on my desktop and laptop--hoping I have enough storage space.

I am using Zumu and Abundatrade.  I am finding that Abundatrade usually gives better prices, but not always.  If you know of an even better website for used CDs, please let me know.  Thanks.

Right now, my living room looks quite cluttered, with various stacks of CDs all over, but once this project is complete, the result will feel great.  Plus, I will receive checks in the range of $300 total.  Win!!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ichangedmyname on January 02, 2014, 11:48:01 AM
I know we have boxes of movie DVDs somewhere in the basement. where are you sending your CDs and getting money for them? Sounds awesome!

CommonCents, thank you!

I have a lot of cosmetics that I haven't used. Should I just throw them all out? Or donate? I don't know if anyone would really appreciate lotions and body washes, makeup, etc.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NinetyFour on January 02, 2014, 12:11:00 PM
Right now, I plan on sending some of the CDs to Zumu, and the rest to Abundatrade.  You enter the bar code, and the website tells you what they will pay.  Then you ship the CDs (at no cost to you), and they send you a check!  Both sites also accept DVDs.

I can't believe I bought this many CDs.  I probably have at least 500 of them.  Let's say I paid an average of $12 for each one.  Had I invested that money instead???  Oy.

I think I will end up keeping 20 or 30 of them.  Huge lesson here.

Regarding your question about make up, lotion, etc., is there a women's shelter in your town that could use them?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Moomingirl on January 02, 2014, 12:51:41 PM
Hi ichangedmyname, welcome to the decluttering club. :)

Don't worry, most of us here started off with far too much stuff. Soon you will be finding out how addictive it is to have a clear out. Things feel more spacious and light.

I stuck a picture of a beautiful, minimalist (but not empty) house on my pin board. Now, every time I feel myself waivering about throwing out something completely useless, I look at that picture and it inspires me to keep going.
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Post by: limeandpepper on January 02, 2014, 06:38:59 PM
I'm here :) *waves*

I am a clutter-er. I would like to slowly release the clutter I have accumulated so eventually we can move to a smaller place, live minimally and not in clutter. I started out a thread and was invited to check out this thread. I think I have ventured in here in the past only to read but didn't have the determination to join. Now I am throwing down the gauntlet!

*off to read from the beginning to catch up*

Yay, welcome! Even though I think I have less things than most people, it's amazing how they can accumulate. I've gotten rid of a few bags of things and yet sometimes it still feels like I have just as much stuff. So don't feel discouraged if at first you don't see much difference. Keep on it.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: kms on January 03, 2014, 06:37:22 AM
I love this thread, I've read all six pages of it and it feels good to see we're not alone.

Between the two of us, my wife has always been the de-cluttery part. I've never been really bad but usually decided to keep stuff around just in case. After all we did have enough space. Recently, however, I've felt more and more overwhelmed by how much stuff we've had around, even though all our friends thought our apartment was basically empty. Truth be told we really didn't have much stuff compared to our friends and family, and what we had was stowed away in closets. My wife's had the idea many years ago that we need to de-clutter once a year, and she picked Jan 1. Apart from the fact that she picked to worst possible day, one that inevitably comes with a massive hangover, I liked the idea. I'm not sure what exactly gave me the final push, it may have been my parents' house - they're not hoarders but really bad when it comes to getting rid of things, and I certainly know where my cluttery side is coming from. They're more collectors than hoarders, keeping random stuff they aren't emotionally attached to gathered at yard sales or random family members' attics, several sets of everything "just in case" (like three complete sets of ironing equipment, three fridges, probably around twelve chairs, etc.) - but it's all usable and good, no trash or broken things, just way too much of everything.

Either way, we've started to de-clutter our apartment step by step, room by room. Over the last six months we got rid of:


The thing is that I have absolutely no idea where we've kept all that stuff - we have a 74qm / 800 square feet inner city apartment, just thinking about it now gives me the jeebies and yet even before we started getting rid of everything our friends considered us to be minimalists living in a basically empty apartment. When we told them we'd started purging our apartment the thing that amazed them most was the fact that we still owned stuff in excess. And still there's always more and I feel like it never stops - "And however much I seem to get rid of, there is always more.  It seriously is like peeling back an onion." - very true. I still have way too many spare parts for my bicycles for example - do I really need four spare saddles? I hardly think so.... Speaking of which, I also have three bikes, two of which I use regularly but the third one I haven't used in years. Maybe I should get rid of that one too.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CG on January 03, 2014, 03:59:14 PM
I need help making a decision about a mobile phone I don't use. Tried it for a while but found I'd rather not have one. Gave it to my son when he lost his, but then he gave it back because he acquired a new one with a more workable keyboard. So it's been sitting uselessly in a drawer. However, I'm reluctant to dump it in a phone recycling bin at a shop, because it has photos of documents from when I was travelling, including 2 passports. And now I've so completely forgotten how to use the thing that I've no idea how to delete all the personal information so that no-one could retrieve it.

And at the back of my mind is that I could use it again just to take photos of things I want to get rid of. Yet, people take stuff I post on Freecycle without photos and I don't really want to become an eBay or Gumtree seller. Takes to much attention to monitor, I think.

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: JessieImproved on January 04, 2014, 07:42:22 AM
I need help making a decision about a mobile phone I don't use. Tried it for a while but found I'd rather not have one. Gave it to my son when he lost his, but then he gave it back because he acquired a new one with a more workable keyboard. So it's been sitting uselessly in a drawer. However, I'm reluctant to dump it in a phone recycling bin at a shop, because it has photos of documents from when I was travelling, including 2 passports. And now I've so completely forgotten how to use the thing that I've no idea how to delete all the personal information so that no-one could retrieve it.

And at the back of my mind is that I could use it again just to take photos of things I want to get rid of. Yet, people take stuff I post on Freecycle without photos and I don't really want to become an eBay or Gumtree seller. Takes to much attention to monitor, I think.

Any suggestions?

The photos may be on an SD card inside the phone, that you can take out.  What kind of phone is it?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: JessieImproved on January 04, 2014, 06:12:04 PM
Here's today's dose of decluttering inspiration: I just spent most of the day going through a room I use for storage.  It went from "can't walk through it" to the floor being clear enough to run a vacuum.  I took a large load to Goodwill and have another load of books to drop in the BetterWorldBooks drop off in the morning.  I use the storage room to mentally separate myself from things before I get rid of them, so it's an integral part of my decluttering effort.  Now it's empty enough to actually use!

So who's gotten rid of some stuff lately?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NinetyFour on January 04, 2014, 06:53:22 PM
Well, it's still an ongoing project, but I am close to the end.

I have 65 CDs packed up to go to Zumu for a whopping $18.  And I have 230 CDs set aside to be sent to Abundatrade--they will fetch around $300.  Postage to both places is free--all I have to do is get boxes and pack them up.  I guess, to make it even easier on me, I can schedule a USPS pick up at my house--I've never done that before, but it would save me from having to haul the boxes to the PO on my bike trailer.

I also have 3 textbooks ready to be sent to 2 different places for around $200.

Yay!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CG on January 04, 2014, 10:22:54 PM
The photos may be on an SD card inside the phone, that you can take out.  What kind of phone is it?

LG HTC something or other (510, is what I vaguely remember) - quite an old model, bought as a reconditioned item on eBay.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: mm1970 on January 05, 2014, 12:10:46 PM
Someone on this site - don't know who, don't know where, recommended Home Storage Solutions printable calendar for "Declutter your home in 15 minutes a day".

http://www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/support-files/2014-printable-declutter-calendar-final.pdf

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

Over the holidays I worked on just decluttering bits and pieces as I had time. I was home with the boys, so I didn't really have that much time.  But I printed January and February and got to work.  January is "the kitchen".

Well, this morning my husband helped pick out a few books to donate.  Then we tackled two kitchen drawers.  Amazing!  We still have 9 more drawers to go, but we do have all of January.  I got rid of half the stuff in that top drawer.  Even if we only do 1/3 of the days in this calendar, we will be SOOO much better off at the end of the year!  I really like the small, focused jobs.  And doing it TOGETHER is better.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: yogagirl95 on January 05, 2014, 12:57:41 PM
Went thru my girls clothes, which is a big job.

My oldest has too many, mostly been gifts. I donated 2 big bags yesterday, have 2 tubs saved to go to consignment store ( I have had the apt for 4 months, that big of a wait), and one tub saved for my younger daughter.

Went thru my clothes, found about 10 items to donate. I don't have much clothes anyway, but sent in a bag to thread up last month.

Sold my ipod for $160 on craigsist.
Sold my kindle fire tablet, 2 years old for $75 on ebay, probably $60 after fees.
Traded daughters camera for $43 into amazon, will get a credit for it. ( she got a new camera for xmas)
When I sent in the camera to amazon, traded in 5 dvds for a grand total of $1. lol
Sold two books I bought at goodwill, will net about $7 after fees and what I paid
Sold 4 textbooks, one instructor edition. For $10, 35,75, 40. Not sure fees but maybe $20 at most
sold daughters headphones for $60 net on amazon.

Ive also sold some nailpolish on ebay. sounds funny right? But I used to collect them and some of the colors are discontinued. Ive made about $50 back.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: needmyfi on January 05, 2014, 01:42:10 PM
I need help making a decision about a mobile phone I don't use. Tried it for a while but found I'd rather not have one. Gave it to my son when he lost his, but then he gave it back because he acquired a new one with a more workable keyboard. So it's been sitting uselessly in a drawer. However, I'm reluctant to dump it in a phone recycling bin at a shop, because it has photos of documents from when I was travelling, including 2 passports. And now I've so completely forgotten how to use the thing that I've no idea how to delete all the personal information so that no-one could retrieve it.

And at the back of my mind is that I could use it again just to take photos of things I want to get rid of. Yet, people take stuff I post on Freecycle without photos and I don't really want to become an eBay or Gumtree seller. Takes to much attention to monitor, I think.

Any suggestions?
   

We donated ours to the local YMCA cell phone drive-they ship to overseas military and provide them with free time as well. Didn't need ours anymore when we switched to a $7 a month burner.  Seemed like a good cause and unlikely to end up in nefarious hands.  Check online for a charity that specializes in this.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ScienceSexSavings on January 05, 2014, 02:29:58 PM
I need to get on this, too! My situation isn't too bad, more annoying than anything else. If anyone has recommendations for places other than Amazon and Ebay to sell things in Canada, I would love to here them! Mostly books, CDs and DVDs, I got rid of electronics, etc. before moving.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Ugh on January 05, 2014, 03:23:18 PM
I have been putting off a major basement clearing and got the inspiration at 4 am today when a pipe froze and split, sending a cascade of water over all the stuff in the crawl space.  What fun.
It has been educational, though.
I have discovered that most things which were put in the crawl space can be let go of without much pain, especially when they are soaked.
Anything you really want to keep needs to be packed and sealed with great care to prepare for possible water damage from below, on the sides AND above. 
Looking at what my children have left in storage, there is a direct correspondence between the amount of crap they accumulate and their financial picture.
The kid with the least baggage has the most cash.  The kid with the most accumulated junk that "might be worth something" someday has the least cash.
I think there might be some connection there.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zaga on January 05, 2014, 04:19:41 PM
Between last week cleaning out the garage and getting rid of several bags of trash and today rounding up all the excess boxes in the house (how the hell did we get so many anyways?!) our basement is looking much better.  It's still half deconstructed, but there are a few places where we can see the floor and counters.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NinetyFour on January 05, 2014, 04:30:10 PM
Hey Zaga--I need some of your boxes to pack up my CDs!!  I'm only across I 70 from you.  About 1600 miles.  :(
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zaga on January 05, 2014, 05:06:31 PM
Hey Zaga--I need some of your boxes to pack up my CDs!!  I'm only across I 70 from you.  About 1600 miles.  :(
Lol, that is a bit far!  If you lived closer I'd save them for sure!  Only half of them fit in the recycle bin this time, and it's 2 weeks until the next pickup.  Our bin is one of those giant ones on wheels too, it's completely full with more waiting, we threw out a ton!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Anatidae V on January 05, 2014, 06:15:58 PM
We took photos of some sentimental clothes (highschool jumpers etc), made sure the photos were clear, then chucked them in the bin! Also went through a stack of magazines and will now pass them on to a friend or doctor's waiting room
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CG on January 05, 2014, 08:52:18 PM
I have been putting off a major basement clearing and got the inspiration at 4 am today when a pipe froze and split, sending a cascade of water over all the stuff in the crawl space.  What fun.
It has been educational, though.
I have discovered that most things which were put in the crawl space can be let go of without much pain, especially when they are soaked.
I had to smile at this. This happened to me in the house I rented out in the UK when I first came to Australia. My tenant didn't like to chuck anything out without consulting me, and I found it hard to remember what I had stored there. It was easy to say 'chuck' to the university essays I had hung onto, but harder to let go of the stash of old love letters. Having assured me they were mere black mush and illegible, she dug them in as mulch around the garden roses - which apparently then bloomed very well that year!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on January 06, 2014, 07:11:49 AM
The thing is that I have absolutely no idea where we've kept all that stuff - we have a 74qm / 800 square feet inner city apartment, just thinking about it now gives me the jeebies and yet even before we started getting rid of everything our friends considered us to be minimalists living in a basically empty apartment. When we told them we'd started purging our apartment the thing that amazed them most was the fact that we still owned stuff in excess. And still there's always more and I feel like it never stops - "And however much I seem to get rid of, there is always more.  It seriously is like peeling back an onion." - very true. I still have way too many spare parts for my bicycles for example - do I really need four spare saddles? I hardly think so.... Speaking of which, I also have three bikes, two of which I use regularly but the third one I haven't used in years. Maybe I should get rid of that one too.

I can so relate to this. Most of my belongings are concentrated in my bedroom or kitchen, and it feels like there are endless things to sort through.

To make things worse, I have stuff at my boyfriend's place too, so even when I think I'm making progress here it's still just half the battle!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ichangedmyname on January 06, 2014, 10:25:55 AM
Gonna do the kitchen counters today.

I wanna get rid of the plastic containers. We have a ton of plastic "Tupperwares"that are either missing a lid, have burnt bottoms, 'disfigured' from putting in the dishwasher, etc. Also I want to throw out some plastic ladles and wooden spoons. Maybe keep 3 of one thing? I promise to take pictures so I can at least pat myself on the back for ANY progress.

ETA:
Just waiting for my mother-in-law to go to work. I hate working when someone else is in the house. My husband is asleep so he is not conscious and doesn't count.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: kms on January 06, 2014, 10:38:15 AM
Had a good weekend and found plenty of stuff to get rid of:

* Old (aka 1978, oldtimer by now) bike I no longer use -> for sale
* The sad sad remainder of our music CDs (the ones I thought I was still emotionally attached to but never listened to ever again) -> trash
* More of my wife's deco stuff -> partly donated, partly for sale
* A cheese cutter we got as a gift from a French friend but never used -> donated
* My old coin collection - what the hell was I thinking? Coins, the stamp's cooler brothers... -> for sale
* A steam cooker we have no idea how and where we got from and have never used -> donated

Once again I have no idea where that stuff was hiding and how it managed to escape and survive our last purges.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Wolf_Stache on January 06, 2014, 11:02:52 AM
I have a similar issue on the clothes front. I have a fair few t-shirts that are very worn, what tends to happen with these t-shirts is they slowly get demoted from, "I'll wear it out and about" -> "i'll wear it to do dirty jobs in" -> "i'll wear it for bed". Some t-shirts i've got i've had for the past 10 years or so and even though they have some small holes in they are good for slouching about it. :)

Other items of clothing I donate to charity and anything else is either donated/recycled or straight up binned.

I had an old T-shirt that had sentimental value to me, so I kept it way past its expiration date. I recently turned it into a laptop sleeve, using fabric from Joann's remnant bin as the inside and the T-shirt graphic as the outside pocket. It turned out really nice and I get to still enjoy that old t-shirt!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on January 06, 2014, 11:13:18 AM
I have a similar issue on the clothes front. I have a fair few t-shirts that are very worn, what tends to happen with these t-shirts is they slowly get demoted from, "I'll wear it out and about" -> "i'll wear it to do dirty jobs in" -> "i'll wear it for bed". Some t-shirts i've got i've had for the past 10 years or so and even though they have some small holes in they are good for slouching about it. :)

Other items of clothing I donate to charity and anything else is either donated/recycled or straight up binned.

I had an old T-shirt that had sentimental value to me, so I kept it way past its expiration date. I recently turned it into a laptop sleeve, using fabric from Joann's remnant bin as the inside and the T-shirt graphic as the outside pocket. It turned out really nice and I get to still enjoy that old t-shirt!

When I was a kid, my mom made my favorite t-shirts into a bean bag.  You could also make a quilt with them.  It was a great way to get me to relinquish them and still remember things like my participation in the Alaskan State Championships for skiing, or Odyssy of the Mind.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: EK on January 07, 2014, 08:50:07 AM
I'm getting ready to move to a smaller house and the additional motivation of if-I-get-rid-of-this-I-don't-have-to-pack-it-and-transport-it had been fantastic!!!  I found so much to get rid of and some great stuff to sell!  Feels so good to get this clutter out of my life and be able to enter the new space without worrying about how I'm going to store all this junk I never use and don't want.

The mountain of items we've stacked up in the spare bedroom to donate is just crazy!!  I wish I had taken a picture but I think my husband will have taken it over to goodwill before I get a chance to snap a pic.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on January 07, 2014, 09:00:13 AM
Ask him to take the picture.  I've been donating a lot, and I think the pictures will be helpful in case I ever get a knock on the door from the IRS, to prove my donations, in addition to my list of items.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: somepissedoffman on January 07, 2014, 01:36:02 PM
The girlfriend and I cleaned out the garage and the house this weekend, including the mounds of junk that the previous owner left (messy short sale), and put it all out with a free sign and accompanying craigslist ad.  We were worried most of it wouldn't move and we'd have to get creative with disposing of it, but it turns out our neighbors are hoarders and almost all of it was gone within an hour.  Whoo!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: kms on January 07, 2014, 03:03:44 PM
I wish I had your neighbors, we're having serious trouble getting rid of our stuff.

Had luck with the bike though, put up the ad yesterday and it sold today, buyer will pick it up on friday.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: grantmeaname on January 07, 2014, 07:36:36 PM
SWMBO and I have been doing a good deal of decluttering lately. Our goal is to fit a recliner into our tiny-ass bedroom. We've shrunk down the clothes and random bedroom stuff from two dressers, a closet, and a bookshelf to a dresser and a closet, though the closet and remaining dresser are very full. We're using it as practice for a life of moving to lots of interesting places and not being owned by lots of hard-to-move stuff (though the decluttering hasn't quite spread to the dearly beloved kitchen implements yet).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: JessieImproved on January 08, 2014, 12:11:17 PM
(though the decluttering hasn't quite spread to the dearly beloved kitchen implements yet).

The kitchen is going to be the most daunting task of all I think, especially since DH and I have to do it together.  Every other part of the house can be tackled by one person at a time.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on January 08, 2014, 05:15:46 PM
We're using it as practice for a life of moving to lots of interesting places and not being owned by lots of hard-to-move stuff

This is what motivates me to get rid of my stuff, too.

(though the decluttering hasn't quite spread to the dearly beloved kitchen implements yet).

And this is probably my more difficult task, too. :(  But I will have to do it sooner rather than later, because there is definitely a move later in the year. I guess I'll have to sell, donate or throw quite a few items away.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: grantmeaname on January 08, 2014, 05:36:24 PM
I know I need too. But I love my pans and my knife and my dishes and I really like (but never use) my Kitchen-aid and my food processor. I don't wanna!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: impaire on January 09, 2014, 01:44:59 PM
Hey guys--I'm doing the Apartment Therapy Cure this January (with modifications, since they recommend things like buying flowers every week... in January... No way!), and they have a suggestion to put the items you're having trouble parting with in an "outbox" (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/a-simple-step-to-success-set-up-an-outbox-january-cure-assignment-4-198802). Perhaps that would work for getting rid of these stubborn egg slicers and Kitchenaids? (I tried with belly fat, it was a fail).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NinetyFour on January 09, 2014, 03:36:00 PM
Just finished up boxing up over 200 CDs and 3 textbooks.  Two boxes are ready to go to the post office.  I have to wait for shipping labels for 4 other boxes.  But all the boxes are taped up and are OUT OF MY HOUSE!!  That was a big, long project, and I am glad it is done!!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: oldtoyota on January 09, 2014, 08:02:53 PM
Hello! I've been doing this here and there. I've got several bags to donate in the trunk of my car with an assortment of drinking glasses, books, and clothes.

1. I went through ALL of the clothing boxes (we pack away summer during winter, etc, due to small closets) and found items to give away. Yay!
2. While I had time off of work, I attacked one drawer at a time and got this horribly almost-can't-open it drawer completely cleaned up and organized.
3. We keep postage stamps in one of the formerly messy drawers, and some are ooooold. So, spouse and I--every time we have to mail something--use up as much of the old postage as we can. Then, we take it to the PO and have them check it, and pay them remaining few cents to mail the item.
4. Spouse cleaned the spice shelves and alphabetized them!
5. I cleaned out the pantry cabinet. Cleaned the shelves and re-organized the food by type. Thankfully, only one food item was so old it needed to be thrown away...but I did find three jars of tahini!

Tomorrow's dinner will be created around what we have and what I want to use up!

Feeling good!

 



Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: kms on January 12, 2014, 12:12:28 PM
Paperwork. It's amazing how much of that stuff accumulates over the years. Contracts, statements, copies of this and that, you name it. We went through every single piece of paper this weekend, they were taking up eleven folders, and managed to scale down to two by scanning hundreds of pages (old bank statements, tax documents, etc.), then throw them out with the rest of the stuff that didn't get scanned.

Two folders are left now, instead of taking up an entire shelf they now sit there on the right side, sad and lonely ;)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on January 12, 2014, 03:11:03 PM
I'm up and running again with clutter clearing. Seems to be a New Year with me. I also signed up for the get rid of 1 item a day thread.  So far we've donated two large garbage bags of clothes and a bag of old shoes.  Collecting up other items as I go along. Also going through the pantry and using up items close to expiry ( so far: coconut pie, flourless chocolate mud cake, chocolate brownie mix, gluten free raisin bread, home made baked beans, homous....mmm this ones a fun one).

Well done killermichschnitte. So far my study with piles and piles of paper work remains untamed. :(. 
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Post by: shamelessHedon on January 12, 2014, 08:52:58 PM
Cleaned out the bathroom cabinets. 2 trash bags of old crap. :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: pachnik on January 12, 2014, 09:03:56 PM
In preparation for moving in about 6 weeks, I went through some things and pulled out 6 boxes of stuff.  I am loading up the trunk tomorrow and taking it over to the thrift store.   I should probably take our old Ikea Poang chair too since the new apartment will be a bit smaller. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: N on January 14, 2014, 01:01:23 AM
There is a "community free table" at one of my weekly meetups. Every week I take a pile of stuff there. Im really trying to purge purge purge. We are moving in a couple of months and I just have to pare down.

Its astonishing how much Ive already gotten rid of in the last two years. And how much is still left. But Im working on it.

Last week, I donated outgrown snowpants, some toys, vases, curling irons.
A friend is taking one of my broken tivos off my hands.

It pains me to weed out books, but I will make yet another pass through them and let go of some more. I will try to find at least 25 to donate or maybe sell.

I also cleaned out a cabinet in my kitchen. two actually. I tossed a broken mandolin and some other old grimy stuff from the cabinet over the stove that no one ever uses. then I weeded out most of our glasses and cups. My daughter and I splurged on a cute set at costco for 20$, and we are getting rid of all of our mismatched, ratty plastic cups. Im thinking we will let go of our wineglasses, too. we never use them and they just take up space.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ichangedmyname on January 14, 2014, 12:22:32 PM
I'm going to sort all my magazines and sell them on eBay. I checked and outdoor actually pay for back issues.
Also gonna consolidate all my samples perfumes makeup and sell the unopened ones.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 4alpacas on January 15, 2014, 12:10:42 PM
So far, we made a huge donation to the Salvation Army before our move.  Now, we've listed 25 items for sale on eBay (sold 7).  I also listed a few textbooks on Amazon.  Only one has sold.  All together we've made about $260.  We also will have a nice tax break from our donation last year...and we're filling boxes for our next donation. 

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: N on January 15, 2014, 10:14:41 PM
Organized book shelves and game shelves.  Filled three paper grocery bags with books and games to donate/sell.

Listed 6 books on half.com and sold one today!

Made a pile of stuff for a friend to look over when she comes on Friday. whatever she doesnt take will donate.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Moomingirl on January 16, 2014, 02:50:06 PM
I've made more than $100 selling stuff on TradeMe in the last few weeks. It constantly amazes me what people will buy, until I remember that I bought the same stuff myself. :D

Dropping two bags off at the charity shop today, and then I will start another sweep of stuff to get rid of.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on January 16, 2014, 03:07:24 PM
I just listed some television series I STILL haven't watched (and therefore are still in their wrapper) and I keep on top of my book pricing for text books.  Hopefully with new semesters starting all over the US, someone wants a good deal from me.  I also stripped half a dozen shirts from my closet and put them in my Donation bag.  Will probably do more of that tonight as I clean my office and shuffle things!  I'd like to get my movie collection to just one shelf (from 3), nuke about half my closet, and sell or donate about half the books I have now - some are getting sold and some are listed on Paperbackswap.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on January 17, 2014, 10:31:55 AM
Listed 16 books today on Amazon.  Some of them are too cheap to make selling worthwhile so they'll likely end up going to Half-price, but now I have them on a dedicated shelf.

Edit - ended up listing 24 items; mailed a book for PaperbackSwap, too!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on January 17, 2014, 02:50:52 PM
I've been on this mission since before Christmas, and I think it's partly why I stumbled upon MMM, got hooked and have been reading avidly for the last few weeks.

So in the last month I have:

Convinced my husband to donate his non-running motorcycle, and followed through on that.
Sold several larger items on Craigslist
Sold lots of books, shoes and other items on Ebay and Amazon (got $55 for an old text book just today!)
Donated a Subaru Outback load of stuff to the thrift store including too-large clothes (I've lost 50# over the last few years), cookbooks, dishes, kitchen equipment, a printer, glasses and who knows what else.
Taken nicer clothes to the consignment store
Gone through files and burned old, unneeded documents
Thrown out or recycled bunches of stuff that no longer had value
Organized my iTunes library (another form of clutter!)
Reorganized the shop and removed any trash - still a work in progress, but much better!

Doing all of this forced me to handle lots of belongings I'd forgotten about, found ways to repurpose existing items, edit my wardrobe and really be happy with what I have, instead of thinking about what I don't have.  The reduction in clutter is already making my life easier and more streamlined (and it wasn't bad before, compared to lots of Americans), and I'm already happier with less.  I realized it was madness when I was thinking about spending money to buy more storage items for crap I wasn't using.  Now I have more than enough storage and can find just about anything easily.

Still left to do:

Finish organizing and sorting the shop tools & materials
Organize filing cabinet & label files
Reduce unused foodstuffs in the kitchen & freezer, probably by slowly and systematically feeding stuff we won't eat to the chickens so they can turn them into delicious eggs
Sell a few extra pieces of horse equipment
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on January 19, 2014, 07:43:04 PM
I've sold 2 books, sent 1 CD off on SwapaCd, sent 2 books off on PaperbackSwap.  My inventory on Amazon is up to 43 (from 11 a week ago); I have 3 shelves dedicated to stuff leaving one way or another, and I organized my office and recycled a big back of magazines and other paperwork.  I think 2 shirts / 1 sweater made it into the Thrift bag, too.

horsepoor, great job on the iTunes / music declutter.  I go on binges of deleting every once in a while but have many hours left.

Let's keep it up, Mustachians!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on January 19, 2014, 09:54:07 PM
Sold a $45 book on Amazon today, and then sold a bike rack on Craigslist tonight.  Nice to see the wad of cash in my change jar growing as the clutter shrinks.  Eyeballing the big fancy coffee table that's relegated to the basement and wondering how much someone might pay for it...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on January 22, 2014, 07:59:36 AM
My wife had a mini-meltdown last night. She's an OCD introverted neat freak, and me and my 4 kids are all ADHD extroverted creative types. Needless to say, she feels overwhelmed most days, and we had a long discussion about the unsustainable amount of clutter our kids have strewn everywhere. Our youngest kid is borderline Aspberger's, and oftentimes she brings the entire household to a screeching halt over the stupidest things. She's very possessive over things like empty plastic toy packaging... like, seriously.

We've been talking about it for a while, and have taken steps to minimize already... but it's never enough. We're coming out of the Christmas season with piles of just useless stuff everywhere, and it's just too much. Getting rid of a few bags of clothes isn't going to even make a dent in our mess (because we have done so, several times, in the last few weeks). I even threw away two recliner chairs and removed our kitchen island, because we just didn't have room to store everything. I just unbolted that sucker form the floor, moved the AC outlet to the floor, and put it to the curb.

So basically, I'm going to have to do more than give minimizing some lip service. It's crunch time, and I'm gonna have to step up my game.

As a side note, do you collective "peoplez of teh interwebz" think minimizing kids' stuff is best done with, or without their knowledge? If they haven't touched something in 6 months, do you make it disappear? With #4 (our problem child) she generally takes change very badly... with her, it's better to put it away, and hope she doesn't notice it's gone. So far, that's worked pretty well. if I tell her "We're going to throw away this empty package" she freaks out, but if it just vanishes, she's like "Where's the package? It's gone? But I wanted to keep it!" and we just say "Sorry, it's gone." She just moves on, living in the moment like she always does.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on January 22, 2014, 08:34:17 AM
Continuing the decluttering post move, particularly as we sort where things will go.  Unpacking the kitchen, we found (so far): 4 holiday christmas mugs and 6 different mugs.  A small start.  After much kicking and screaming, I've also agreed to go through the box of wires and stop holding onto wires "just in case" they go to something important.

(Didn't Mark Twain say, "if I had more time, I would have written a shorter novel"?  If we had more time when packing, we would have moved less stuff, particularly boxes with stuff from my old workplace.)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: aglassman on January 22, 2014, 08:50:58 AM
I came up with a great system for cord management.  I put similar cords in freezer bags, and labeld them with a Sharpie.  So, USB gets one bag.  All those random sets of ear buds get put in a sandwich bag, then into a freezer bag.  All power cords go into a bag.  All RCA cords go into a bag.  All audio adapters go into a bag.... ect...

Then, I put all those bags into one large shoe box.  Now I don't feel bad about the box since I know I'll be able to find a cord if I ever need one. If I find a straggler, it just goes in the appropriate bag! 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: EK on January 22, 2014, 09:04:08 AM
I just finished moving into our new house (a house half the size of the one we moved out of) and did some very successful decluttering along the way!! I was able to pass some good items onto the friends & family who showed up to help with the move, and I was able to donate tons more stuff to goodwill.  I don't even know where it all came from.

One big thing that helped remove temptation to keep junk was this rule: if a box was still packed from when we moved before, I didn't even open it.  It just went straight in the donation pile.

Because we were able to get rid of so much junk, I've now got space for all the art and craft supplies I thought I was going to have to get rid of because I thought there would be no room!  To have created space to do what I love just by giving away junk we don't need feels amazing!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ace1224 on January 23, 2014, 06:54:57 AM
 i re-did all the closets in the house and i took 3 bags of clothes and shoes to the domestic violence shelter.  i now only have the clothes i wear hanging in the closet and finally got rid of all my college t shirts.  i took a bunch of my son's stuff as well
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on January 23, 2014, 08:45:02 AM
Moving is shaming I think.

I moved in with my (now) husband at the end of 2010.  A bunch of my work materials got packed up and put in storage (I was temporarily unemployed).  Apparently, along with them were also some books I boxed up when I moved in and got put in the basement unwittingly with the work materials.  Discovered this unpacking (we moved to a house) last night.  On the positive side, I'm thrilled I found some items (music, cross-stitch books/patterns) I'd looked for unsucessfully a few times.  On the negative side, motivation to really keep decluttering - I never even noticed the other (academic) books were gone.  Clearly, I don't need them.  My husband and I also argued over two books that we both swear aren't ours, so they are going out the door too.  (But I'm really right.  At least he's *taken* an engineering class at some point in his life.)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on January 26, 2014, 01:57:12 PM
I organized and decluttered my craft/sewing cabinet today.  It's been a total wreck really ever since I built the cabinet and threw everything in it.  The mess was causing me to never do any projects, because I knew it would take an hour just to sort through and find what I needed.  Now I have the upper drawer all divided with drawer organizers, and labeled the Altoids tins that I keep miscellaneous crap in, so I know what is in each one.  Art supplies in one place, fabric all in one place and so on, and I put just my current projects in the most accessible spots, so I can easily grab one and work on it for a few minutes at a time without a big production.  This will help me avoid buying new supplies as well, since I can go in and see exactly what I have and try to figure out a way to use it.  I've actually impressed myself with how tidy it all is now!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on January 26, 2014, 08:03:01 PM
So I was downstairs with our kids, when my wife comes running down -- mind you this is right before dinner and after dinner we were going over to a friend's house whose father-in-law just passed away..  She comes down saying: "We have another major problem"…  She shows me a pair of pants and says: these have a wet stain (took every ounce of energy not to be sarcastic). She proceeds to tell me all of the clothes she had sitting in plastic bags in the corner of our bedroom (by two outside walls with little to no insulation) are wet and some have a strong mildew odor.  These are clothes she has had for at least two years sitting there (she has another pile out of a bag on the other side of her dresser and more clothes under our bed).  She proceeds to tell me the carpet is wet.

I go up, and I do the test on the drywall -- no water at all (solid -- so either the water has frozen the drywall or the drywall is still stable -- I'm not about to put a hole in it to find out :) ).  Feel the cable wires that are in the corner.. Still dry.  Rug..  Dry. 

Only explanation I can come up with is that the plastic bags had moisture in them from the recent changes in temperature or something with the humidity in the house.  And they held it.   But, she has gone through the bags and is washing a few pairs that now fit and getting rid of the rest.  This is why I tell her holding on to things is a waste.  We wind up having to shift things and buy storage bins for everything which costs just as much as replacing the clothes *if* you have to.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Dr.Vibrissae on January 27, 2014, 06:45:10 AM
We're rearranging a lot of things in the house at the moment, and the Mr. has finally given up the majority of his old rec league trophies, more clothing, some kitchen extras, the guest bed and has agreed to pare down the books again.  It's been a major accomplishment, because he hates to let go of anything.  He realizes though, that once stuff is gone he doesn't miss it, which has led to his instructions that If I decide to get rid of something 'just don't tell me about it.' (Not that I would get rid of his things without asking, but he can be rather attached to some of my things too :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Michread on January 27, 2014, 07:15:50 AM
My dh pays the bills.  I wanted to track our yearly expenses and WOW was I shocked to find 20 yrs of credit card statements, home owners statements and other such nonsense paperwork stuffed in the basement filing cabinet!  My dh insisted that he was NOT going to deal with it,  Well I pulled it all out and we did deal with it.  We found his birth certificate & our marriage license too (good thing we didn't just toss the whole thing)!

He did the same thing to me last year when I asked him to clean his side of the garage - I'm not going to deal with it.  I pulled it all outside and told him he WILL help me or I will toss whatever I think needs to go.  Yup, he did it with me.

I consider myself a well organized person too. Yikes, look what happens when you're not looking (20 yrs in the same home)!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on January 27, 2014, 10:11:32 AM
My dh pays the bills.  I wanted to track our yearly expenses and WOW was I shocked to find 20 yrs of credit card statements, home owners statements and other such nonsense paperwork stuffed in the basement filing cabinet!  My dh insisted that he was NOT going to deal with it,  Well I pulled it all out and we did deal with it.  We found his birth certificate & our marriage license too (good thing we didn't just toss the whole thing)!

He did the same thing to me last year when I asked him to clean his side of the garage - I'm not going to deal with it.  I pulled it all outside and told him he WILL help me or I will toss whatever I think needs to go.  Yup, he did it with me.

I consider myself a well organized person too. Yikes, look what happens when you're not looking (20 yrs in the same home)!

Errhhm.  We just moved and I packed up pretty much everything in the house, 90% of things.  I asked DH to take care of his clothes, the tool closet and his papers.  Saturday, a week after the move, we had to go back to the apartment for 5 hours to pack up everything he hadn't touched, which included a pile of papers 10 years old from when he first moved in.  When I moved in with him 3 years prior I asked him to go through them, and finally just left it on his side of the room, where they sat for years.  At least he finally was motivated to sort through it and trashed/shredded several bags of papers, but I don't know how to stop him from packrating this way in the new house.  He also has an old file cabinet stuffed with very old papers that he won't go through, so it's useless to store papers we actively need filed/managed.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on January 27, 2014, 02:29:46 PM
Well I 've started decluttering again. It must be a New Year thing. Bags of clothes, a few boxes of miscellaneous household items...and finally have started on my study:  oh dear....paper nightmare. But now I'm started its gonna get better.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FI@2022Jem on January 28, 2014, 01:30:58 PM
Hi!
I'm hoping to join this thread for on-going inspiration and accountability.  We am in the process of a major organizing/consolidating/clearing of clutter as I am pregnant with our first child.  The catch all room for closet, office, guest room, junk room will now become mostly nursery (and part guest room/office).  So far we have:
-donated a love seat and chair
-consolidated half the closet with my husband's closet and left half for baby
-Donated about 3 bags of clothing and brought a bag for consignment
-reduced my hoarded college and grad school textbooks by about 80% through amazon, donation and recycling
-brought a busted air mattress ('guest bed') for return (under warranty!) and replaced it with a slightly smaller and easier to store model (I am most proud of this because old me would have just tossed it out and had to shell out another $70 for a new one!)

We still need to work on paperwork, actual nursery storage and set-up, clearing out at least half the dresser for baby, etc.  Plus the whole rest of the house continues to need some improvement.  Thanks for letting me join!  My baby-imposed deadline is early April!  Continued good luck to everyone!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on January 29, 2014, 07:38:45 PM
My boyfriend is moving, and unsurprisingly, over the years I've accumulated quite a few things at his place, which are now coming back home to my apartment. So just when I think I've done alright getting rid of a few bags of stuff, I have to work hard again just to get back to where I was! Today I donated another bag of clothes, so that's something.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on January 30, 2014, 10:39:43 AM
Went through a box that had been stored in the basement.  Had old college notebooks.  A very sad sign that I wanted to just toss without going through everything!  But I perserved and found a few papers I want to keep, but mostly it's getting recycled.  The sad part is that I've been carrying that box around for 13 years now.  At least it is one more down...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Cassie on January 30, 2014, 04:06:30 PM
Funkystickman, I used to declutter my kids room when they were at school. They never even really noticed.  I had 3 kids and the stuff gets overwhelming if you do not cull it.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Dr.Vibrissae on January 30, 2014, 04:18:17 PM
As a side note, do you collective "peoplez of teh interwebz" think minimizing kids' stuff is best done with, or without their knowledge? If they haven't touched something in 6 months, do you make it disappear? With #4 (our problem child) she generally takes change very badly... with her, it's better to put it away, and hope she doesn't notice it's gone. So far, that's worked pretty well. if I tell her "We're going to throw away this empty package" she freaks out, but if it just vanishes, she's like "Where's the package? It's gone? But I wanted to keep it!" and we just say "Sorry, it's gone." She just moves on, living in the moment like she always does.
I have read several minimalist/organizing/decluttering blogs, and it seems people are pretty evenly split on the best course of action.  So, I'm led to believe that it probably depends on the individual family/children involved.  Seems like if asking causes trauma and grief for your daughter, while doing does not, then you should do what's working best for you.  The Mr. is this way about things.  If I get rid of an item from the house, he rarely notices/cares.  If I ask him about getting rid of an item from the house, he worries we might use it again and suddenly is very sentimentally attached to it.  So he prefers I just not tell him, and it works out pretty well. 

*Disclaimer* I do not currently have any children in my house.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on January 30, 2014, 06:37:23 PM
We've held off a bit on the severe minimizing, but we did put about 3 trash bags worth of stuff to go to Salvation Army. My wife loves to rearrange furniture, and we usually clean out the dressers "to make them easier to move..." and end up putting a lot less back in them. :)

Still, things are happening slowly. My wife, just today, asked me about doubling up house payments, because our house is depreciating... I've been telling her this for 6 months, but I waited until she was ready to think about it.

But yeah, the kids' stuff, that's going to get cleaned out in a big way, and soon.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CG on February 02, 2014, 08:00:50 PM
oh dear....paper nightmare

So much of my paper nightmare (mostly stored under my bed) is financial stuff: bank statements and share transaction records etc. too old to need to be kept any longer for tax purposes, but as I still use the same bank account and broker, I feel I should shred this stuff rather than just chuck it in the recycling bin.

I noticed a "hand shredder" (1 page at a time, that would be very tedious, I think) for $99 and an "up to 50 sheets" at a time one for $159 at OfficeWorks this morning when I went in to do photocopying. It was the size as much as the cost that put me off: wherever would I store that monster? It wouldn't fit under the bed and would certainly take up more space than even a very large stack of papers.

Do other people here bother to shred such stuff?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: aj_yooper on February 02, 2014, 08:06:35 PM
oh dear....paper nightmare

So much of my paper nightmare (mostly stored under my bed) is financial stuff: bank statements and share transaction records etc. too old to need to be kept any longer for tax purposes, but as I still use the same bank account and broker, I feel I should shred this stuff rather than just chuck it in the recycling bin.

I noticed a "hand shredder" (1 page at a time, that would be very tedious, I think) for $99 and an "up to 50 sheets" at a time one for $159 at OfficeWorks this morning when I went in to do photocopying. It was the size as much as the cost that put me off: wherever would I store that monster? It wouldn't fit under the bed and would certainly take up more space than even a very large stack of papers.

Do other people here bother to shred such stuff?

Look for a paper shredding event by a bank or village.  They bring in industrial size shredders.  We had two boxes done last year.  Felt great!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on February 02, 2014, 08:30:03 PM
I have a small shredder, Embassy brand, that's probably 5 years old, and the only problem I've had is the tab broke off that lets it turn on (because if the tab is triggered it must be sitting in the basket).  So I've put cardboard and duct tape on it and it works great for papers and plastic cards.

Amazon has similar ones for 50$ or less.  I keep mine under my desk in my home office; when I'm feeling lazy, I put Netflix on for a few hours and sit on the floor and grab the fattest files and just shred paper.  It only eats 3-5 pages at a time and I need to let it cool every 20 minutes or so - so I make a day of it.  Taking out the vast majority of my bank statements, especially banks I no longer used, reduced many pounds and inches from my filing systems.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on February 02, 2014, 09:10:17 PM
Shredding is a VERY important detail if there is any potential that accounts or PII data remains on the documents.  It is also important to use a cross-cut shredder.  Also, I know this goes against what is wanted.   Do not recycle those papers.  I actually use mine as kindle for fires :)

 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CG on February 03, 2014, 04:10:29 AM
Helpful replies here, but I've never seen a shredding event advertised anywhere here in Melbourne, Australia. I don't drive and my own bank is accessible only by tram and then a walk at the far end. Papers are far too heavy to take far in any worthwhile quantity. Other banks will do nothing for you if you are not a customer - not even change coins for notes.

I did borrow a small shredder once from someone at church but it was very heavy to get it home and then return it, and anyway  it kept jamming, probably because I was over-feeding it, so I went off the idea. I don't know what PII data is, but everything has my name and address on it, and some kind of account number.

This is such a tiny flat that I honestly don't know where I'd store the shredder. No space under the desk: there's already a suitcase and a heater there. Wardrobe floor has more luggage and backpacks. And the idea of spending the best part of a day shredding is truly ghastly. A bonfire would be great: but in the parking area of a block of flats - I don't think so. 

Maybe I'll see what my accountant suggests the next time I have occasion to talk to him.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ace1224 on February 03, 2014, 05:38:15 AM
completely disgusted with myself and my family.  i cleaned my son's closet this weekend, and threw out four (FOUR!!!!) bags of BROKEN toys and things.  and then mailed one box of nicer things to my nephew. 
i had a serious talk with his dad we have got to stop the madness.  while we thought we didn't buy him that much stuff anymore, obviously we were wrong.  the grandparents have got to stop too.
i counted over 150 dollars worth of Predator toys alone! (i included Aliens as well since he likes to play Predator vs. Alien) the only good thing i guess he is his obsessed with those and plays with them constantly.  good, because he's not getting anymore.

i took some more stuffed animals and books to the domestic violence shelter.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: EK on February 03, 2014, 06:15:40 AM
We took the last big load of donation items to goodwill over the weekend.  I didn't even count how many carfuls of stuff went.  It makes me embarrassed and pretty confused!  Our living spaces have always been organized and not cluttered... Yet we had SO MUCH STUFF.  Moving really makes you aware of how much junk you have crammed in those closets and nooks and cubbies.  It's finally gone though and I'm very happy to feel comfortable in our new small house.

There are only 2 big areas left to tackle now, and I will face them later.  The storage shed (which is currently housing a lot of things my sister wants to take next time she visits), and the holiday decorations in the attic.  I'll deal with the holiday things when I pull them out next holiday season.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on February 03, 2014, 08:11:54 AM
We took the last big load of donation items to goodwill over the weekend.  I didn't even count how many carfuls of stuff went.  It makes me embarrassed and pretty confused!  Our living spaces have always been organized and not cluttered... Yet we had SO MUCH STUFF.  Moving really makes you aware of how much junk you have crammed in those closets and nooks and cubbies.  It's finally gone though and I'm very happy to feel comfortable in our new small house.

Oh yes!  +100!
Have another box of papers to go to the dump/feed a fire one night.  My goal in this unpacking is to not keep items that aren't:
1) Regularly used
2) Highly sentimental and very limited in number (e.g. my deceased grandmother's tea set, yes, but not my childhood papers)
3) Beautiful, decorative and again, very limited in number (e.g. time to cull the ~10 vases!)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on February 06, 2014, 06:52:28 AM
I thought I'd pruned my wardrobe pretty ruthlessly, but as I was going through my summer stuff to pack for a trip to FL, I realized that I am still hanging on to some XL shirts, even though I've shrunk down to a medium.  Making another pass-through and getting that stuff to the consignment shop is going on my hit list as soon as I return.  I think I might dump all my Christmas decorations too.  Up until this year I'd been decorating for Christmas, but suddenly I'm OVER IT and want most of that shit out of my life.

I'm not sure how to go about pruning DH's book collection.  It's not much, but it's cluttering the book shelves, and he hasn't opened any of them in years.  Maybe I'll just box them up and stuff them in the basement for a few months and see if he notices...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on February 06, 2014, 07:20:11 AM
Books are kind of a weird thing.. they're part decoration, part reference, part comfort, and occasionally for reading.

But yeah, they can get out of hand.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on February 06, 2014, 07:32:40 AM
I brought some big reference books to Half Price, and have nearly filled a paper sack of clothes to donate or consign.  I recently dumped 2 television shows that I had all the seasons for.  My books are still getting out of hand, even though I haven't bought any new for quite a while.  I need to start writing down the name of the books I want to read, rather than just getting the stupid book.  My queue is at least 20 long.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on February 06, 2014, 11:04:29 AM
Yesterday, I had a snow day from work.  I continued unpacking items from the move and the donation pile grew by a round tin and 9 wine glasses collected from visiting wineries.  Slow and steady wins the race...to a happier, less stressful and more relaxed home environment.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 4alpacas on February 06, 2014, 11:19:40 AM
I donated 4 boxes of clothes and housewares to the Salvation Army this week.  It felt good! 

Now I need to tackle our storage areas. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FI@2022Jem on February 07, 2014, 01:47:42 PM
I started on the paperwork and moved it from the unsightly corner of the extra room (soon to be nursery) to the floor of a hall closet!  This was made possible by cleaning out the hall closet!  Cleared out that closet by getting rid of several extra sets of cheap sheets (really, how many extra sets does one need?!), and putting the bulky extra blanket and rarely used items on the top, previously unused shelf (I am not so lazy as to avoid using a step stool a couple times a year).  I also consolidated the closet in the nursery so that baby will get over half for baby clothes and storage needs. 

Still to do:
-finish clearing all the items on the floor to the bare minimum to install new carpet upstairs (we redid the downstairs floors ourselves when we moved in years ago, upstairs carpet are conservatively 20 years old and it shows). 
-Continue to unclutter kitchen counters (trying to convince ourselves to get rid of the microwave!) and put another shelf in the "junk cabinet" so that it is more of a pantry area then a junk storage.
+lots of other to be determined projects
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on February 12, 2014, 05:09:44 PM
Well I'm at it again. 4 garbage  bags of clothes out. 3 from daughter who finally agreed to relinquish things that needed to go ages ago. 3 boxes  of stuff to the family store  yesterday.  And oh my goodness I've started on my paper clutter, which I've been avoiding for years.  Payslips  and bills back to the 90s. Think its going to look worse before it looks better. So far 3 garbage bags of paper shreddings.....1 bag in the compost. 2 on standby for fire lighting when the weather cools down. I don't normally get this way with clutter, but I have to confess I feel completely overwhelmed by the  paper clutter. Baby steps, have faith,  breathe, it will get better...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on February 12, 2014, 05:25:41 PM
Good luck happy, paper clutter is the worst. I have to clear out mine as well. It's the most difficult area for me because I feel paranoid that I'm throwing out important information that I may need again one day in the future.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: nikki on February 12, 2014, 05:57:36 PM
I'm moving to a new one-room apartment in a little over a week, and I haven't seen it. I'm really worried that it's significantly smaller than my already tiny place. I don't have a lot of excess, but I do have some. So here's what I hope to purge this week:


I'm struggling with the best way to get rid of these items. They aren't particularly valuable, aren't even worth donating, but I feel very bad about throwing things in the dump. I'll post them on Facebook groups for free, but I don't think anyone will want any of this stuff. Siiiigh!

I left three of my six coffee mugs at work, and I'm making good progress toward eating everything in my pantry. But I'm actually acquiring more kitchen appliances and left over ingredients from someone before I move :-/

I really, really, really hope my things fit comfortably in my new apartment! So worried...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: grantmeaname on February 12, 2014, 06:08:29 PM
They aren't particularly valuable, aren't even worth donating
Useful but inexpensive items are definitely worth donating. The paperwork, maybe not, but everything else could be nice to donate.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on February 12, 2014, 06:18:34 PM
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I feel paranoid that I'm throwing out important information that I may need again one day in the future.

Yes deep down I have this irrational fear that I will need some particular informationfrom 2 decades ago to prove something some day to some one without knowing now what that might be.  What the?


Good luck  with the new apartment Nikki.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CG on February 12, 2014, 07:09:24 PM
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I feel paranoid that I'm throwing out important information that I may need again one day in the future.

Yes deep down I have this irrational fear that I will need some particular informationfrom 2 decades ago to prove something some day to some one without knowing now what that might be.

I don't really want to encourage people to keep old paperwork, but I did have this happen when I applied for an age pension. Although I'm now an Australian citizen, I had to document precisely when I arrived in Australia [in 1975!], on what visa, and how long I have spent outside Australia since then. I also needed tax assessment notices for the last 10 years, and it would have been pay-slips too except that I was self-employed.

So at the very least keep all cancelled passports, and also tax assessment notices for far longer than the ATO website says. I did wonder what would have happened had I been unfortunate enough to lose everything in a bush-fire.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on February 12, 2014, 07:14:30 PM
Thanks CG, maybe I can stick all those shredded bits back together!
Seriously though, this sort of ridiculous expectation, is what bothers me.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on February 12, 2014, 07:52:42 PM
You know, I remember a few years ago reading a blog (my efforts at googling it have failed) where the writer basically said the easiest way she could get out of the clutter in her life was to get rid of everything, including the sentimental stuff. And years later, if at some point she thought "What did I ever do with that such-and-such?" she'd just think "Oh yeah, we lost that in the house fire" and move on with life. It was a way to mentally separate those things from herself as a person... they weren't her identity... and she was able to deeply minimize and move on with life with no regrets.

Sometimes (quite often) I think about getting rid of everything I have and just starting over after an "imaginary house fire." I probably won't ever do it, but it makes me realize what a stronghold material possessions can take in your life.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on February 12, 2014, 07:59:10 PM
Yes good point, I was just thinking, what would CG have done if she'd lost those documents in a house fire? I think I'll use it more deliberately myself to get going.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on February 13, 2014, 05:12:56 PM
Adding a little fuel to the fire (pun intended):

Finally going through the huge stack of bills and invoices and insurance papers we got after my bad accident 2.5 years ago. Scanning everything into Evernote. Wish me luck... probably going to hit the upload limit, but it resets in 5 days. Can do the rest next weekend.

Yay, paperwork!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Anatidae V on February 14, 2014, 11:10:52 PM
Biked a bag of clothes to the donation bin and letters to RTS into the post box (rentals are fun like that, always surprised when they haven't let their bank know they've moved!).

Put all my winter clothes AWAY (took until over halfway through summer... I did it once, then we had to use our suitcases, and I didn't put them back in!). Then reorganised our laundry so I can actually reach the sheets. The poisonous cleaners we're working our way through are now well out of reach, and we have 2 small shelves to go before we can get rid of a set of shelving and replace with a chest/small upright freezer. Did that bit while it was 30degrees C outside without the aircon on! Then turned it on and lay under it. Oops. But so worth it.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: mm1970 on February 16, 2014, 09:58:48 AM
So I started with the "declutter in 15 minutes a day" calendar (see thread below), but I couldn't keep up with it.  Never expected to.  Anyway, I'm still working on the kitchen.

Here's what we've been working on:
Books - donated a bunch to the library

Rummage sale: The school is having one next weekend to raise money for the 6th grade trip.  We are gathering stuff
Kids toys - especially the big ones.
Kids and adults clothing and shoes
Baby backpack

Other news:
My husband has been working on the hall closet.  When we bought the place, it was a little indentation where the prior owner kept her cat box.  It had no shelves, an old pipe on the side from the old heater that was under the house (to vent it), and a very badly done "arch". (A lot of homes in my town were built in the 20's with arches.  This house was built in the 40's and someone tried to give it 20's character by putting in three arches.)

Anyway, he started the project a long time ago (pulling out the pipe, putting in electrical), but stalled because of full time job/ two kids. He took a day off this week (no school for the big boy), when the little guy was still in daycare. Made all of the shelves and started sanding/ staining.  We are hoping to finish by end of March (after shelves will need doors).  Having shelves will make this very useful, but right now it's just a place where we dump stuff behind a baby gate.

In the kitchen, I decluttered the spice drawer, and took the dried spices (that we once fresh from the farm and sat on the counter till they dried) and put them into containers.  I also decluttered the vinegar/ spice/ oil shelf.

I seem to accumulate frozen bananas, so I defrosted 3 (out of probably 10) and have banana bread in the oven.  My goal is to have the kitchen completely decluttered by the time my mother in law visits at the end of March.

I also reorganized my fabric and yarn.

On a body front, I've lost 11 lbs.  I'm really trying to not rebound (it's happened twice before).  My goal is to get to my pre-pregnancy weight (or close) so I can get rid of the big clothes and figure out which of the small clothes still fit.  So I can declutter the closet.  That's still 20-25 lbs from now.  Probably take at least a year.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on February 16, 2014, 06:08:22 PM
Just sold a weight lifting bench on Craigslist.  Woot!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ender on February 16, 2014, 07:19:46 PM
I spontaneously decluttered my closet today by adopting the "if I haven't worn it in the past year I'm getting rid of it" rule.

The girlfriend had a "you should keep this" veto she used a few times but otherwise I basically cut my wardrobe in half and filled a couple trash bags I'll bring to good will.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Wolf_Stache on February 17, 2014, 12:19:08 PM
Tried on all my pants and shorts, and go rid of anything too big or way too small. Turns out I had more pants that fit than I thought, but they were buried beneath piles of too small pants. So cleared out about half my pants. Took a big garbage bag over to goodwill this morning.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: N on February 18, 2014, 12:27:21 AM
Im moving in a week, so its hardcore decluttering around here right now.

I have 4 kitchen garbage bags and 2 boxes of items to donate waiting to go. Im making trips almost everytime I go out. Every week I bring a box of stuff to my homeschool meetup for the free table.

Im struggling with items that my mother gave me or that I got from her house after she passed away. Some of them I really dont like or use, but its still hard to get rid of them.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Dr.Vibrissae on February 18, 2014, 08:37:56 AM
Im struggling with items that my mother gave me or that I got from her house after she passed away. Some of them I really dont like or use, but its still hard to get rid of them.
One thing that has helped me in the past is thinking of the items as a group instead of considering each individual item.  Since they are all sentimental because they remind you of a specific person or place, I was able to say 'Okay do I really need 10 (or however many) things to remind me of that one time? Or does that one item I really love serve the same purpose of these other items.' It helped me to let go of some of the pieces that I really didn't care about other than their place of origin.  I definitely struggle with sentimental items, you just have to find the sweet spot.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on February 18, 2014, 11:29:30 AM
Right now, I'm struggling with tons of kids' junk (for lack of a better word) all over the house. My two youngest daughters save everything they find/make/get. Crafts, notes, scraps of paper, trinkets, empty boxes, tissue paper, holy freaking cow. I'm debating on whether to make them have an imaginary house fire and just start over. It's that bad.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on February 19, 2014, 06:30:43 AM
Awesome goal! Good luck. Knowing you haven't seen it for years must help.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MarcherLady on February 22, 2014, 07:05:20 AM
22/2/14   The remaining (9) boxes are getting harder, since most of them contain my husband's old climbing gear/photographs/university books/general 'stuff'.  All of it is too old for selling or donating, but too precious (to him) to dump.   It's his problem to sort out, really, but I'm the one that wants the boxes gone from the bedroom.  His solution would be to move them to a different room, which: No.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MinimalistMoustache on February 22, 2014, 01:45:53 PM
Well I 've started decluttering again. It must be a New Year thing. Bags of clothes, a few boxes of miscellaneous household items...and finally have started on my study:  oh dear....paper nightmare. But now I'm started its gonna get better.

Happy - Thanks for this! Just the motivation I need to make TODAY the start of eliminating the paper dragon! Many, many years ago, I actually lost most of my material possessions in a house fire. This may have triggered an inclination for living as a minimalist much of my adult life --even prior to it becoming a "movement" :-) A few years ago, I chose to live on my own and found it easier to downsize even more. When I eventually relocated, everything packed nicely in my vehicle!

Still have few possessions. My areas of clutter have been played out through doing more grocery shopping than is required and in the accumulation of way-too-much paper. I have one shelf of books that can be passed on, and approximately four (4) "storage" boxes I want to sort through. Likely much of it can be discarded (receipts from long-ago abandoned investments, bank records, cancelled checks, etc.)

For some folks, this may seem like a small volume of stuff to clear out. After all, the clutter only spans one cabinet and one-half of a closet. Yet, it seriously weighs on my energy every time I see or think about it. These books and piles of paper represent a lot of poor choices and years of indecision.

Thanks everyone for sharing their experiences through this thread. I am encouraged!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: abhe8 on February 22, 2014, 01:55:59 PM
You know, I remember a few years ago reading a blog (my efforts at googling it have failed) where the writer basically said the easiest way she could get out of the clutter in her life was to get rid of everything, including the sentimental stuff. And years later, if at some point she thought "What did I ever do with that such-and-such?" she'd just think "Oh yeah, we lost that in the house fire" and move on with life. It was a way to mentally separate those things from herself as a person... they weren't her identity... and she was able to deeply minimize and move on with life with no regrets.

Sometimes (quite often) I think about getting rid of everything I have and just starting over after an "imaginary house fire." I probably won't ever do it, but it makes me realize what a stronghold material possessions can take in your life.

This is interesting. i've had hoarding tendencies my entire live. and i love to shop. but about 5 years ago our basement flooded. not just a few puddles, but a full 30 inches deep water pouring in flood. it was sewer water, black water. it took a professional cleaning company to decontaminate (i was pregnant and had an 18 month old, so no way I was going to touch that). we had just moved in about 6 months prior, so the basement was full of boxes yet to be unpacked, extra furniture, bedding, books, christmas tree and so on. we lost it all. my highschool year books, wedding photos, baby clothes. i was sad, for a little while. but i have to say it was SO freeing. and i didn't feel bad about the missing things, i'd just think "oh yeah, lost that in the flood." it was almost as if i needed an excuse to let the stuff go and i could no take on that responsibility myself. (i know, i'm crazy like that). and don't get me wrong, there was a lot of useful and meaningful stuff in that basement, things i could have sold (ie. all my med school text books, i was an M3) or used (baby clothes!) or enjoyed (wedding pictures and year books) but overall i would still say i'm glad we had the flood. now we live in a bigger house (and our family has doubled in size) and its still a constant chore to declutter and keep organized, but i don't seem to have the emotional draw that i used to. i'm much more willing to give things away (goodwill at least once a month), as i know someoen else can use them vs being destroyed (be it physically or just outdated) hanging out in my basement or garage.

and i say that taking a break from loading the truck for a run to goodwill. i still struggle with the thoughst of "i could SELL that" and have a little cash, but i know the time it would take is never worth the money that comes it. I count it as gaining time back in my day and my life. priceless. :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on February 23, 2014, 05:41:30 AM
What's in Your Digital Junk Drawer? (http://unclutterer.com/2014/02/20/whats-in-your-digital-junk-drawer/)

My biggest problem is having lots of bookmarks (and sub-bookmarks) to websites that I haven't visited in months or years. I hoard those thinking I won't remember it when I need it. But I haven't needed them.

I rationalize it saying it's not taking up that much physical space. But it's a pain to see all those bookmarks.

I'm getting rid of most of them today and start again.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: grantmeaname on February 23, 2014, 07:42:32 AM
We're back at it again. Got rid of a big old monitor, a couple board games, the bread machine, half a box of books, and some old written stuff for school. I need to do some ripping of CDs into ISOs and then a bunch of old video game boxes will be gone too. Then I think we're doing another round of clothes (some to get put away for the season, others to go away for good) and seeing if there's any basic kitchen stuff down in the basement that we own in duplicate or triplicate from combining households. Yay owning less stuff!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on February 23, 2014, 07:39:28 PM
Cleaned out some of the garage and now actually have room to park one car in the garage.  We still have too many kids toys and other things (snow blower and power tools/work bench) taking up the other side.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: nikki on February 27, 2014, 10:26:45 PM
Just want to chime in with an update now that I've moved!

I didn't end up finding new homes for the assorted things I listed before. Some I moved with me (craft supplies), and others I just left in my apartment like a jerk for the apartment to deal with (coffee machine without carafe, toaster oven that's seen better days) :S  I did this after my Korean friend recommended it, so I guess it's not as big of a deal to leave things behind and uncleaned here. Interestingly enough, in Korea people moving out don't have to clean their places at all before leaving! I remember scrubbing my place while boxes were being moved out in the States. This is much more relaxing ^___^

Unfortunately, it means sometimes you end up moving INTO a messy apartment. I was pretty lucky in that my school cleaned mine first. Of course, it wasn't cleaned to *my* standards ;-D

Now that I'm in my new place, I have some storage challenges in my kitchen. I need to get a cabinet or shelving unit so that my appliances aren't on the floor and my food items are more organized and not shoved in random cabinets. Fortunately, most of this will vanish into my belly at some point.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on February 28, 2014, 01:08:22 AM
Good luck in your new place, nikki! It seems pretty good from what you've said in your journal. :)

I am now also seriously thinking about how much stuff I want to move interstate with me. I can purchase 40kgs of check-in luggage for $54. At first, 40kgs seem like a lot, but things can add up so quickly. I'll be selling, giving away or getting rid of all furniture, closer to the moving date. But that still leaves clothes, kitchenware, small appliances, books, laptop. I have absolutely no idea how much my things will weigh when all added up. And suitcases alone will weigh several kg, I think...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Noodle on March 02, 2014, 04:46:35 PM
I am also doing the pre-move clean-out although my move is many months away. This is the first time in my post-college life that I have ever had more than 6 weeks notice of a move so I am determined to minimize the last-minute scramble as much as possible.  One thing I am very happy about is that I decided to start cleaning out closets for Goodwill, and had a difficult time filling up a box. You have to understand that before the last move I had innumerable trips to the food pantry, dumping station, electronics recycling, Goodwill, and several free piles on the sidewalk--that was after 1.5 years longer than I have been here, in a smaller apartment. I have gotten much better being choosy about what comes in and moving unwanted stuff out than I used to be.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MarcherLady on March 04, 2014, 04:12:56 AM
2/3/14

I guess taken in whole, that's a moderate success... "could try harder"
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on March 04, 2014, 08:04:44 AM
Ah, MarcherLady, mild success is better than none.  You could try checking UFYH every once in a while, and sub in 'pull 5 things out of a box and deal with them' for a challenge.

From December on, since I listed a bunch more books and things on Amazon, I've made anywhere from 20$ to 180$ a month.  Huge encouragement to keep selling my stuff - if I'm not using it, someone else should in exchange for money.  Win-win!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Luck better Skill on March 04, 2014, 02:27:55 PM
oh dear....paper nightmare

So much of my paper nightmare (mostly stored under my bed) is financial stuff: bank statements and share transaction records etc. too old to need to be kept any longer for tax purposes, but as I still use the same bank account and broker, I feel I should shred this stuff rather than just chuck it in the recycling bin.

I noticed a "hand shredder" (1 page at a time, that would be very tedious, I think) for $99 and an "up to 50 sheets" at a time one for $159 at OfficeWorks this morning when I went in to do photocopying. It was the size as much as the cost that put me off: wherever would I store that monster? It wouldn't fit under the bed and would certainly take up more space than even a very large stack of papers.

Do other people here bother to shred such stuff?

Look for a paper shredding event by a bank or village.  They bring in industrial size shredders.  We had two boxes done last year.  Felt great!

I have a fireplace for paper stuff.  Works better for me than a shredder.  Before current house used a charcoal grill.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on March 09, 2014, 05:22:30 AM
Donated more clothing today. Yay! If only selling is as easy...
I've also sorted some of my other clothing into a "rag box" which I will use for household cleaning.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MinimalistMoustache on March 09, 2014, 02:40:33 PM
Do other people here bother to shred such stuff?

Look for a paper shredding event by a bank or village.  They bring in industrial size shredders.  We had two boxes done last year.  Felt great!

I have a fireplace for paper stuff.  Works better for me than a shredder.  Before current house used a charcoal grill.

Thank you, LuckBetterStill !!!!! Yesterday, I was knee-deep in the midst of a huge paper clearing at home (and it continues). Everything else in my environment is clutter-free and minimally furnished -- with the exception of these paper demons which usually live -- unsorted -- within paper bags in the closet.

After culling through a lot of "why-am-I-keeping-these" documents, I realized I wasn't comfortable with just placing them in recycling/garbage. . . even with my personal information removed. Also, there is another bag filled with discards that will soon be shred-worthy.

I really appreciate this idea and will give it a go - Thanks!

MOD EDIT: fixed quote tags
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Norrie on March 09, 2014, 02:55:34 PM
I've been gone for quite a few months and am trying to catch up, which is a bigger challenge than I thought that it would be, but we're still purging!

It feels great. I'm starting to get really cut throat about which clothes get to continue living here and which have to go. We've been on a slow purge mission for the past two years or so, and it has been so great to lighten our loads.

My husband's recording studio recently flooded from a burst pipe (amazingly, all equipment was spared, but the building is pretty much a total loss inside). He had to move out in a hurry, and then had a big sale to get rid of a ton of excess gear that he really does not need. He's been clinging to that stuff for a long time, and I was worried that it would be hard for him emotionally. But it was not, and soon after the sale a really perfect opportunity opened up for him, so he's now in a much nicer, safer studio with all of his equipment fully insured.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wealthviahealth on March 09, 2014, 03:19:27 PM
For the past two months I have been selling off many of my unessential possessions that take up room and
could be freed up for money better spent on wealth generating assets.
I have found to it feel very liberating and helps to mentally declutter as well just by knowing that I have less "stuff"

I just posted a similar topic to this buy my main question surrounds- have you had any major regrets in items you sold while in
a selling/ declutter frenzy. Thread here-http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/ask-a-mustachian/am-i-taking-this-too-far-(-selling-my-old-'favorites')/
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on March 09, 2014, 07:14:51 PM
DW is pretty much all set for the consignment sale drop off this Tuesday.   I wish we were getting rid of more, but at least it is something.  I actually kind of hate these sales.  They are only twice a year (she takes things occasionally to a consignment shop other times), but will store things.  I'd much rather donate  stuff and get it out of the house quicker.  She has done well at the sales, so there is that.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Cassie on March 09, 2014, 08:43:23 PM
I have never wanted, regretted, etc anything I have gotten rid of. This even includes jewelry that I sold for about 1/3 of what it was worth.  I don't get rid of family heirlooms usually but you need to limit how many you take-spread among family members that want it is my motto.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on March 10, 2014, 08:36:05 AM
There have been a few items I've wanted afterwards (a few years later), but I can't recall any specifically at the moment, so I'm going to say that means that no, it didn't really make an impact.

My mom just brought a slew of boxes for me from her house this weekend.  Sigh.  We just bought a house and moved, and I haven't even finished unpacking the boxes I moved and now I've got this wall of boxes piling up.  Anyways, went through one box and saved out about 15% of it (my high school diploma and a few awards).  The AP course notes, tape deck holder, some weird diarama etc though are going out the door.  (On a slightly disturbing note, in 4th grade, my G&T teacher had us color diagrams of the body to learn bones.  In 11th grade AP Bio, my teacher had us color diagrams of the body to help us learn body parts, cells parts etc.  You would think that somewhere in there, you'd move on from coloring...)

I tried burning some papers but it created a lot of ash I thought (as compared to the logs), so I may go back to recycling instead.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MrCash on March 10, 2014, 08:38:13 AM
You know, I remember a few years ago reading a blog (my efforts at googling it have failed) where the writer basically said the easiest way she could get out of the clutter in her life was to get rid of everything, including the sentimental stuff. And years later, if at some point she thought "What did I ever do with that such-and-such?" she'd just think "Oh yeah, we lost that in the house fire" and move on with life. It was a way to mentally separate those things from herself as a person... they weren't her identity... and she was able to deeply minimize and move on with life with no regrets.

Sometimes (quite often) I think about getting rid of everything I have and just starting over after an "imaginary house fire." I probably won't ever do it, but it makes me realize what a stronghold material possessions can take in your life.

The sentimental stuff is definitely the hardest part for me.  Even arts and crafts that I made in Kindergarten.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: RetiredAt63 on March 11, 2014, 08:00:34 AM
Try Kijiji at kijiji.ca

I need to get on this, too! My situation isn't too bad, more annoying than anything else. If anyone has recommendations for places other than Amazon and Ebay to sell things in Canada, I would love to here them! Mostly books, CDs and DVDs, I got rid of electronics, etc. before moving.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on March 16, 2014, 01:28:13 PM
On first reading the unclutter posts I thought I did not fall into the clutter category.  I do not have stacks of stuff in the bedroom or excess things in the kitchen. My kitchen cupboards are orderly and neat with nothing unnecessary.   I read with interest the posts from others about garbage bags of clothes and crammed kitchen cupboards.  Perhaps even with a little fascination.

And then the penny dropped…I keep my bedroom and kitchen clean and do not have loads of certain types of clutter ...but I have tons of paper clutter, hidden in a closet, stacked in the dining room, stacked on shelves:  I have tons of craft supplies that almost fill a room:  my garage and cellar were a mess and unnavigable…I have mountains of unprepared broken stuff weighing me down.

Denial is powerful.  How could I have thought I did not have clutter? How did I not notice the heaviness of so much mess?

So, thanks to you all I have completely decluttered one room of craft supplies by buying new shelving, sending several carloads to the dump and marking several types of materials to be used up and not replaced. One bag went to the Goodwill.  I feel so pleased I could skyrocket heavenwards and do loop-de-loops.  I want to proudly show the room off.  My DH is shocked at the change.  I even have a clean table on which to work!  I found so many duplicate supplies which I had bought because I could not find the existing ones.

Thank-you all so much! Thanks for sharing your inspiring stories and continued focus.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on March 16, 2014, 01:38:34 PM
Thank you for sharing your story, wintersun! That's really great work.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on March 16, 2014, 02:07:40 PM
Thank-you Limeandpepper,  I have followed your example of making rags out of old fabric and now have the rags in a plastic box to discourage bugs. Somehow, standing at the kitchen counter cutting rags seems like a nice break from dealing with facing a room of mess.

 Further to my post above, I have also, with lots of help, emptied the guest room of clutter, you can actually walk into the space and sit on the empty bed. 

The exercise equipment is accessible now and the excess furniture and boxes and junk are gone.  It felt so good to donate the love seat and get it OUT. The floor has been cleaned for the first time in many many months and the rug is vacuumed.  It feels so light and spacious!  The curtains which were in a pile are now airing ready to be ironed.

One issue I have is dealing with the excess that I take out but needs to be sorted.  I now have two sparkling spaces but a third room is the repository for some of the stuff.  Getting down to sorting, tossing and scanning paper is a bit daunting still.  I have a closet full of paper where some of the craft supplies will live and the next step is emptying it so that the craft supplies can go in there. Meanwhile some of them are in the hall in a long line.

So, next for me…
...empty the closet and put the craft supplies in there in decent boxes
…label all the craft boxes
…deal with the paper
…repair some furniture
…get a storage piece of furniture for my home office

And, maintain the spaces that were so crammed with mess. I think that my major issue is being too overwhelmed at times to tidy as I go.  I am putting aside time each month on my calendar to check these now clean areas and looking to shift my habits.

Decluttering has involved some spending on storage boxes and shelving, mainly because I never organised any of this stuff initially.  Having it be accessible, sorted by type and soon labelled is going to be fantastic.  Until now I would have needed to lift and search several large unlabelled garbage bags and boxes trying to find something and it just was too much.

Having written that last paragraph I feel some lethargy so I will end by saying how delightful the guest room is, all sparkly and clear and clean!  I am so motivated by this whole MMM community, thank-you!


Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: EK on March 16, 2014, 02:42:32 PM
Wintersun- sounds like you are making great, great progress!  Sometimes it feels like it gets worse before it really gets better while everything is still strewn about waiting to be sorted, etc. You will get there. And for now you can enjoy your guest room and craft room.  :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on March 17, 2014, 10:39:04 AM
Of the ~7 boxes mentioned above that my mom dropped off, we went through and took the contents of about 3 to the dump.  I also integrated the 2 boxes of books for now, but will go through them later to reread and figure which to donate.  Keeping one box of childhood memories.  Still have a box of papers to go...

I posted a box of binders on freecycle and had two people so far flake out on picking up, so I may have to take those to the dump as well.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on March 17, 2014, 11:15:22 AM
DW is pretty much all set for the consignment sale drop off this Tuesday.   I wish we were getting rid of more, but at least it is something.  I actually kind of hate these sales.  They are only twice a year (she takes things occasionally to a consignment shop other times), but will store things.  I'd much rather donate  stuff and get it out of the house quicker.  She has done well at the sales, so there is that.

She came back with something like 25 out of 75 pieces of clothing, a baby tub, and an unopened game.  So, a large quantity was sold.  DW has a meeting with a consignment store Thursday for what was remaining (the tub will probably just get trashed).

I really need to get back to scanning in documents and shredding things again.  We also should go through our books again.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MrCash on March 17, 2014, 11:29:49 AM
Anyone know a good place to sell slightly used computer equipment?  (motherboard/cpu, ram, power supply, etc.)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on March 17, 2014, 11:36:55 AM
Anyone know a good place to sell slightly used computer equipment?  (motherboard/cpu, ram, power supply, etc.)

What kind of motherboard/cpu are you looking to sell? I need to replace one in a tower case.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: LanceBurkhart on March 17, 2014, 11:39:47 AM
We turned a large, ugly file cabinet into a single folder and some cloud-stored PDFs with a Doxie (http://www.getdoxie.com/  (http://www.getdoxie.com/)). The $100 we spent on the Doxie helped us fit into an apartment that is $525/mo less than our old one.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MrCash on March 17, 2014, 12:07:58 PM
Anyone know a good place to sell slightly used computer equipment?  (motherboard/cpu, ram, power supply, etc.)

What kind of motherboard/cpu are you looking to sell? I need to replace one in a tower case.

Here's the ad I put on craigslist:

Computer Equipment - MB, HD, Power supply, etc - $120
I'm selling several pieces of very gently used computer equipment including:
an 80GB Western Digital HD ($17)
a 600W CORSAIR Power Supply ($70)
a 770 ATX AMD Motherboard ($75)
a 2GB DDR3 stick of RAM ($18)
an AMD Sempron 140 Single-Core Processor ($38)
Subtotal = $218

All of the items are in excellent condition and I have the original packaging. If you buy all of them, I will sell them for $120 and I will throw in a free ANTEC 3-speed fan.

*Please note: The processor and the motherboard must be bought together.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on March 17, 2014, 12:39:51 PM
Anyone know a good place to sell slightly used computer equipment?  (motherboard/cpu, ram, power supply, etc.)

What kind of motherboard/cpu are you looking to sell? I need to replace one in a tower case.

Here's the ad I put on craigslist:

Computer Equipment - MB, HD, Power supply, etc - $120
I'm selling several pieces of very gently used computer equipment including:
an 80GB Western Digital HD ($17)
a 600W CORSAIR Power Supply ($70)
a 770 ATX AMD Motherboard ($75)
a 2GB DDR3 stick of RAM ($18)
an AMD Sempron 140 Single-Core Processor ($38)
Subtotal = $218

All of the items are in excellent condition and I have the original packaging. If you buy all of them, I will sell them for $120 and I will throw in a free ANTEC 3-speed fan.

*Please note: The processor and the motherboard must be bought together.

Let me think about it. I'll PM you if I'm interested. Thanks!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: grantmeaname on March 17, 2014, 01:05:51 PM
You may need to come down some on the PC hardware to move it. That stuff is ancient, and it looks like I could buy a new 770 motherboard for less than $60.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MarcherLady on March 20, 2014, 06:48:36 AM
Thanks, Basenji. 
I've totally fallen off the wagon of de-cluttering in the last couple of weeks.  So - I'm holding myself accountable to do another box - tonight

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on March 20, 2014, 08:29:12 AM
I'm looking about my house now for all the invisible stuff that makes me feel stressed and disorganized. For me, it's paper...OH! and my pantry full of food that should be eaten! Agh!

Yep!  Those are my big culprits too.  I know this, having just unpacked oodles of stuff in the move.  Sure i have a box of candles...but I have more than a box of those other stuff too!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Squirrel away on March 20, 2014, 08:43:37 AM
I've been steadily decluttering for the past few years, it's bizarre how much stuff you can store "just in case" you need it for something.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MarcherLady on March 20, 2014, 01:58:42 PM
Hey, I did it! I totally got off my bum and emptied another box. I whined about how much I didn't want to do it all the way through, and I picked one I knew would be easy, but I did it. And it's all thanks to you Mustachians in the computer judging me ;-)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: grantmeaname on March 23, 2014, 08:37:34 PM
Another fuckton of stuff to goodwill, and a bag of textbooks ready for HPB and ebay! Owning less stuff is rad.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 4alpacas on March 24, 2014, 09:03:07 AM
AH!  I was doing so well in January and February, but I fell off the wagon.  I still have a lot of purging to do.  I'm going to start back...today. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: crumbcatcher on March 24, 2014, 01:16:32 PM
I sold my first two things on eBay -- a stash of Chuck E. Cheese tokens that we've had sitting around forever, since the last birthday party my son attended there.  Who would have thought that people would pay good $$$ for those!?

Calculating shipping for eBay items is something I am still trying to figure out.  I took a loss on one item and got it just right on the other.  As soon as I get more comfortable with the shipping aspect I'll be listing a lot more often.

Lots of clutter to clear out!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on March 24, 2014, 01:25:09 PM
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: m8547 on March 24, 2014, 09:52:31 PM
So far this week I've sold $145 of stuff (3 items) after fees and shipping costs. I'm selling an old chair for $30 tomorrow, and I have about another $130 of stuff (a backpack and an old radio) that I plan to sell soon. After that maybe I'll get rid of those shelves and see how much other stuff I can give away. I can't think of much else to sell, though.

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I've been steadily decluttering for the past few years, it's bizarre how much stuff you can store "just in case" you need it for something.
I keep a lot of "just in case" stuff for two reasons. First, a lot of that stuff would be relatively difficult/expensive to obtain if I did need it, versus keeping it in case I need it. The second reason is that I hate to throw away anything, so I always try to find someone who can use something. I make so little trash that I use produce bags as trash bags. I've had people tell me there's no way they could live with a trash can that small, but I honestly can't comprehend what they need to throw away that's bigger than that.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Squirrel away on March 25, 2014, 05:07:27 AM

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I've been steadily decluttering for the past few years, it's bizarre how much stuff you can store "just in case" you need it for something.
I keep a lot of "just in case" stuff for two reasons. First, a lot of that stuff would be relatively difficult/expensive to obtain if I did need it, versus keeping it in case I need it. The second reason is that I hate to throw away anything, so I always try to find someone who can use something. I make so little trash that I use produce bags as trash bags. I've had people tell me there's no way they could live with a trash can that small, but I honestly can't comprehend what they need to throw away that's bigger than that.

It probably is a good idea to have a backup for some stuff and we do have an extra vacuum cleaner in case one breaks. We have a very small house though so we can't keep a lot of stuff stored and I'm not going pay for storage either. :)

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 4alpacas on March 25, 2014, 11:29:14 AM

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I've been steadily decluttering for the past few years, it's bizarre how much stuff you can store "just in case" you need it for something.
I keep a lot of "just in case" stuff for two reasons. First, a lot of that stuff would be relatively difficult/expensive to obtain if I did need it, versus keeping it in case I need it. The second reason is that I hate to throw away anything, so I always try to find someone who can use something. I make so little trash that I use produce bags as trash bags. I've had people tell me there's no way they could live with a trash can that small, but I honestly can't comprehend what they need to throw away that's bigger than that.

It probably is a good idea to have a backup for some stuff and we do have an extra vacuum cleaner in case one breaks. We have a very small house though so we can't keep a lot of stuff stored and I'm not going pay for storage either. :)

This is a good thought!  We have a lot of back-ups...and we're in a one bedroom apartment.  I should get rid of our just-in-case items to make room for our we-use-it-every-day stuff. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: SisterX on March 25, 2014, 12:14:21 PM
Great thread. Does anyone have tips for helping someone else get rid of their stuff? Mr Osprey is a hoarder and I am a minimalist. This causes is a great deal of marital strife! We recently moved apartments and I am itching to sell or donate the following:

- Kilograms and kilograms of clothes that are in good condition but far too big and completely against his current aesthetic
- A cupboard filled with electronic equipment and outdated "boys' toys" that he never uses, or that we have duplicates of (e.g. binoculars, old consoles). This cupboard has an imaginary "KEEP OUT NO GIRLS ALLOWED" sign on it.
- Piles of trading cards that keep on multiplying (Magic, The Gathering) - I play just as much as he does but I want to sell what we don't use
- Old textbooks that nobody has read in years... going all the way back to primary school!


I have the same issue!  My husband doesn't seem to see his old electronics as clutter, and his Magic cards have a semi-permanent place on our (broken and unrepairable, but he refuses to take it to the dump) coffee table.  This stuff drives me NUTS!  Especially since he parked an old computer by my desk over a year ago, "just until I can get rid of it".  Now when I bring it up and remind him that it's taking up MY space, he gets irritated.  !!

For my own part, I am having trouble with baby blankets.  We were given roughly 8000 baby blankets for our daughter.  Even worse, my MIL gave us all of my husband's old baby quilts that family had made.  So we've got way, way more blankets than any baby could ever possibly need, even in our cold climate.  But....many of them were actually made by family members.  I feel really, really bad about wanting to get rid of them, but I also know that there are people out there who would love to have them.  A friend of mine works for a counseling/adoption agency, and she said about 10 of her clients are supposed to give birth in the next few months.  (I already donated the disposable newborn diapers we were given, and the wipes.  Yay for removing that clutter!)  Would it really be so terrible to purge a few blankets and give them to a new (usually very, very young and poor) mother?  The only issue I see is that some of these family members do visit regularly, and would notice if some of the blankets were suddenly not there.  Perhaps I should just wait until our girl is out of the age when baby blankets seem "necessary"?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on March 25, 2014, 12:35:12 PM
Great thread. Does anyone have tips for helping someone else get rid of their stuff? Mr Osprey is a hoarder and I am a minimalist. This causes is a great deal of marital strife! We recently moved apartments and I am itching to sell or donate the following:

- Kilograms and kilograms of clothes that are in good condition but far too big and completely against his current aesthetic
- A cupboard filled with electronic equipment and outdated "boys' toys" that he never uses, or that we have duplicates of (e.g. binoculars, old consoles). This cupboard has an imaginary "KEEP OUT NO GIRLS ALLOWED" sign on it.
- Piles of trading cards that keep on multiplying (Magic, The Gathering) - I play just as much as he does but I want to sell what we don't use
- Old textbooks that nobody has read in years... going all the way back to primary school!


I have the same issue!  My husband doesn't seem to see his old electronics as clutter, and his Magic cards have a semi-permanent place on our (broken and unrepairable, but he refuses to take it to the dump) coffee table.  This stuff drives me NUTS!  Especially since he parked an old computer by my desk over a year ago, "just until I can get rid of it".  Now when I bring it up and remind him that it's taking up MY space, he gets irritated.  !!

For my own part, I am having trouble with baby blankets.  We were given roughly 8000 baby blankets for our daughter.  Even worse, my MIL gave us all of my husband's old baby quilts that family had made.  So we've got way, way more blankets than any baby could ever possibly need, even in our cold climate.  But....many of them were actually made by family members.  I feel really, really bad about wanting to get rid of them, but I also know that there are people out there who would love to have them.  A friend of mine works for a counseling/adoption agency, and she said about 10 of her clients are supposed to give birth in the next few months.  (I already donated the disposable newborn diapers we were given, and the wipes.  Yay for removing that clutter!)  Would it really be so terrible to purge a few blankets and give them to a new (usually very, very young and poor) mother?  The only issue I see is that some of these family members do visit regularly, and would notice if some of the blankets were suddenly not there.  Perhaps I should just wait until our girl is out of the age when baby blankets seem "necessary"?

Yeah that's a tough one.  There will be more women in need, so to avoid hurting feelings, I'd wait until the blanket season of life is closing before getting rid of them.  Then, I'd write the gifters a note, thanking them again for their gift and telling them you plan to plan it on to a young woman in great need, as described above, but if for some reason they would like it back to let you know within the week.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: HAULIN3 on March 25, 2014, 02:58:32 PM
Im struggling with items that my mother gave me or that I got from her house after she passed away. Some of them I really dont like or use, but its still hard to get rid of them.

Read "everything that remains"  a memoir by the minimalists.  It will forever change how you feel about those things.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: SisterX on March 26, 2014, 11:38:22 AM
Great thread. Does anyone have tips for helping someone else get rid of their stuff? Mr Osprey is a hoarder and I am a minimalist. This causes is a great deal of marital strife! We recently moved apartments and I am itching to sell or donate the following:

- Kilograms and kilograms of clothes that are in good condition but far too big and completely against his current aesthetic
- A cupboard filled with electronic equipment and outdated "boys' toys" that he never uses, or that we have duplicates of (e.g. binoculars, old consoles). This cupboard has an imaginary "KEEP OUT NO GIRLS ALLOWED" sign on it.
- Piles of trading cards that keep on multiplying (Magic, The Gathering) - I play just as much as he does but I want to sell what we don't use
- Old textbooks that nobody has read in years... going all the way back to primary school!


I have the same issue!  My husband doesn't seem to see his old electronics as clutter, and his Magic cards have a semi-permanent place on our (broken and unrepairable, but he refuses to take it to the dump) coffee table.  This stuff drives me NUTS!  Especially since he parked an old computer by my desk over a year ago, "just until I can get rid of it".  Now when I bring it up and remind him that it's taking up MY space, he gets irritated.  !!

For my own part, I am having trouble with baby blankets.  We were given roughly 8000 baby blankets for our daughter.  Even worse, my MIL gave us all of my husband's old baby quilts that family had made.  So we've got way, way more blankets than any baby could ever possibly need, even in our cold climate.  But....many of them were actually made by family members.  I feel really, really bad about wanting to get rid of them, but I also know that there are people out there who would love to have them.  A friend of mine works for a counseling/adoption agency, and she said about 10 of her clients are supposed to give birth in the next few months.  (I already donated the disposable newborn diapers we were given, and the wipes.  Yay for removing that clutter!)  Would it really be so terrible to purge a few blankets and give them to a new (usually very, very young and poor) mother?  The only issue I see is that some of these family members do visit regularly, and would notice if some of the blankets were suddenly not there.  Perhaps I should just wait until our girl is out of the age when baby blankets seem "necessary"?

Yeah that's a tough one.  There will be more women in need, so to avoid hurting feelings, I'd wait until the blanket season of life is closing before getting rid of them.  Then, I'd write the gifters a note, thanking them again for their gift and telling them you plan to plan it on to a young woman in great need, as described above, but if for some reason they would like it back to let you know within the week.

Thanks for the advice!  I'll probably end up doing something like this.  And, some of the blankets will definitely be useful when we decide to add a second child to the family, so it's not like I want to get rid of them all.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zaga on April 05, 2014, 04:25:53 PM
Today was an awesome decluttering day at our house!  We went to the basement and filled up DH's car with things for Goodwill, and also gathered a bunch of stuff for the trash.  The trash/recyclables are at the curb, and the donations are dropped off already,  love it!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fallstoclimb on April 09, 2014, 09:58:36 AM
Something about spring finally arriving has made me a woman with a mission.  I want to get rid of like half the stuff in our house.  We just moved last year so we don't actually have a TON more than we need (and some of it is not worth fighting the DH for), so I am currently focusing on my closet.  I am so motivated but it is still so hard to get rid of clothes!!!!  I keep thinking, 'wait, I never wear this but I should!'.  I really don't have many clothes but I just want LESS in my life right now.  I'm sick of having a hard time picking out outfits. 

My stretch-goal is having everything I could reasonably wear to work fit in one closet, but my closet is a small reach-in -- maybe just 2-2.5 feet across?  I haven't measured -- I currently keep some work t-shirts in my dresser and all my (many) dresses in their own closet (and since they are separate, I rarely wear them, which is dumb.  I want to wear them more).  So I'm not sure if that goal is attainable but I am culling and organizing and seeing where I end up.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: smalllife on April 09, 2014, 10:00:56 AM
Something about spring finally arriving has made me a woman with a mission.  I want to get rid of like half the stuff in our house.  We just moved last year so we don't actually have a TON more than we need (and some of it is not worth fighting the DH for), so I am currently focusing on my closet.  I am so motivated but it is still so hard to get rid of clothes!!!!  I keep thinking, 'wait, I never wear this but I should!'.  I really don't have many clothes but I just want LESS in my life right now.  I'm sick of having a hard time picking out outfits. 

My stretch-goal is having everything I could reasonably wear to work fit in one closet, but my closet is a small reach-in -- maybe just 2-2.5 feet across?  I haven't measured -- I currently keep some work t-shirts in my dresser and all my (many) dresses in their own closet (and since they are separate, I rarely wear them, which is dumb.  I want to wear them more).  So I'm not sure if that goal is attainable but I am culling and organizing and seeing where I end up.

My closet is an 18in rod and everything in a given season fits there.  Granted, I loosely follow Project 333 but I only ever have 5-6 out of "rotation" at a given point in time.  Just wanted to let you know it's possible!  Having fewer options also helps with choice-overload.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fallstoclimb on April 09, 2014, 10:08:32 AM
Something about spring finally arriving has made me a woman with a mission.  I want to get rid of like half the stuff in our house.  We just moved last year so we don't actually have a TON more than we need (and some of it is not worth fighting the DH for), so I am currently focusing on my closet.  I am so motivated but it is still so hard to get rid of clothes!!!!  I keep thinking, 'wait, I never wear this but I should!'.  I really don't have many clothes but I just want LESS in my life right now.  I'm sick of having a hard time picking out outfits. 

My stretch-goal is having everything I could reasonably wear to work fit in one closet, but my closet is a small reach-in -- maybe just 2-2.5 feet across?  I haven't measured -- I currently keep some work t-shirts in my dresser and all my (many) dresses in their own closet (and since they are separate, I rarely wear them, which is dumb.  I want to wear them more).  So I'm not sure if that goal is attainable but I am culling and organizing and seeing where I end up.

My closet is an 18in rod and everything in a given season fits there.  Granted, I loosely follow Project 333 but I only ever have 5-6 out of "rotation" at a given point in time.  Just wanted to let you know it's possible!  Having fewer options also helps with choice-overload.

Yeah.  I think my real problem is that I am completely unwilling to get rid of my ~15 dresses.  I am (trying to) ruthlessly cull tops, I have a ton of tops that I hate, but every dress I own is perfect for SOME circumstance.  Also work pants (~5 pair) take up a lot of space hanging, I want to fold them but I'm told you should hang nice pants? 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: yogagirl95 on April 09, 2014, 10:44:40 AM
Something about spring finally arriving has made me a woman with a mission.  I want to get rid of like half the stuff in our house.  We just moved last year so we don't actually have a TON more than we need (and some of it is not worth fighting the DH for), so I am currently focusing on my closet.  I am so motivated but it is still so hard to get rid of clothes!!!!  I keep thinking, 'wait, I never wear this but I should!'.  I really don't have many clothes but I just want LESS in my life right now.  I'm sick of having a hard time picking out outfits. 

My stretch-goal is having everything I could reasonably wear to work fit in one closet, but my closet is a small reach-in -- maybe just 2-2.5 feet across?  I haven't measured -- I currently keep some work t-shirts in my dresser and all my (many) dresses in their own closet (and since they are separate, I rarely wear them, which is dumb.  I want to wear them more).  So I'm not sure if that goal is attainable but I am culling and organizing and seeing where I end up.

My closet is an 18in rod and everything in a given season fits there.  Granted, I loosely follow Project 333 but I only ever have 5-6 out of "rotation" at a given point in time.  Just wanted to let you know it's possible!  Having fewer options also helps with choice-overload.

Yeah.  I think my real problem is that I am completely unwilling to get rid of my ~15 dresses.  I am (trying to) ruthlessly cull tops, I have a ton of tops that I hate, but every dress I own is perfect for SOME circumstance.  Also work pants (~5 pair) take up a lot of space hanging, I want to fold them but I'm told you should hang nice pants?


I would keep the dresses and work pants! I have same issue ( less dresses but more work pants) . They are so hard for me to find, and I would rather keep them in case needed. Who wants to shop for a last minute dress etc for an event? Its more expensive that way. I have some dress pants that Ive had for years, I think the Express and Limited work pants last forever.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 4alpacas on April 11, 2014, 11:12:26 AM
If you have dresses you like, keep them.  I always struggle when I need a dress for an occasion.  So hard to find!

I would definitely hang dress pants.  It's an easy way to keep the ironed "seam" without returning them to the dry cleaner.  Maybe I'm the only one that sucks at ironing.  If so, I don't see why folding is bad.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fallstoclimb on April 13, 2014, 08:42:08 AM
Lol I don't think I understand how to hang pants in order to keep the seam, but since I usually stuff my pants in a pannier anyway it's probably a lost cause.

I got rid of SO MANY CLOTHES this weekend - 8 paper grocery store bags worth! I had no idea I had so much crap. It actually made me really happy to get rid of all the clothes that no longer fit, in some cases never really fit in the first place, and which made me feel a pang of guilt every time I spotted them. Now I only own clothes that fit and don't make me feel bad and it is amazing. I can't believe I packed and unpacked all of this crap through 3 or 4 moves.

It wasn't until the end when I hit my lounging/scrubby clothes I was able to say things like, "ok, I have 3 pairs of long athletic pants and 2 pairs of gardening jeans,let's cut it down to one of each." I definitely could have been more ruthless with my work clothes and sweatpants but I'm too new of a minimalist to get rid of items that fit and that I wear just because I already have enough of that item. Maybe some day I'll get there.  I do have some gaps in my work wardrobe and when I fill those gaps I'm going to institute a strict one-in, one-out policy.

As penance for staying attached to all this crap, I spent a GORGEOUS day mostly inside sorting through clothes because I wanted to finish this project before going on vacation next week. But I met my stretch goal of all work clothes in my two foot wide closet!!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 4alpacas on April 14, 2014, 09:57:56 AM
Lol I don't think I understand how to hang pants in order to keep the seam, but since I usually stuff my pants in a pannier anyway it's probably a lost cause.

In case you're interested, youtube to the rescue.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_YdPNWvXOI

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Squirrel away on April 27, 2014, 03:22:32 AM
I am trying to get back into decluttering again as I have fallen off the wagon.:)

I have been moving furniture around to make the space a bit less cluttered and just put stuff (I want to keep) away in drawers or cupboards to make everything look more tidy. My house is small, about 600 sq feet I think, so everything needs to be put away to look tidy.

I am trying to use up toiletries instead of just storing them. It shows I don't need to buy certain products again as I don't use them.

I threw away some old earrings yesterday too as they have bent out of shape for some reason, I suspect it happened when one of my dogs jumped against my ear!



Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Ascotillion on April 27, 2014, 06:05:20 AM
I dug out my two old laptops (one of them from 1997!) and took them to a recycling place today. Next stop, my old games consoles, and then my misc electronics. I think I'll be moving to a cheaper place this year and I want to have as little junk to carry as possible!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on April 27, 2014, 06:13:35 AM
My house is small, about 600 sq feet I think, so everything needs to be put away to look tidy.

Yeah I know what that's like! My apartment is small, so anything lying around looks pretty obvious.

I think I'll be moving to a cheaper place this year and I want to have as little junk to carry as possible!

Hello, fellow Melburnian! I can totally relate to this as I am moving interstate later this year, and I reeaaally need to cut down my possessions.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Ascotillion on April 27, 2014, 08:05:39 AM
Hi! Are you moving Melbourne to Perth? A friend of mine moved over there for work and earns a nice 1.5x what he was earning here. Good luck there!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on April 27, 2014, 08:10:34 AM
Hi! Are you moving Melbourne to Perth? A friend of mine moved over there for work and earns a nice 1.5x what he was earning here. Good luck there!

Sort of. I'm moving my belongings to Perth but then will be travelling around Asia for several months, after which we'll return to Perth and think about what to do next. More details in my journal if you're interested. ;)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Ascotillion on April 27, 2014, 08:25:51 AM
I'll check it out! Have you ever read Magic Travel Blog (http://www.magictravelblog.com)? It's about two Perthians who travel around SE Asia for long stretches, with budget information and advice for frugal travelers.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on April 27, 2014, 08:38:26 AM
I don't think I have - thanks for the link! I had a quick look, I'm about to go to bed but I'll read more when I have time. :D
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Wolf_Stache on April 27, 2014, 09:48:09 AM
Sold three pairs of shoes that I no longer wear on ebay! Made 50 bucks with just an hours work to list them.

Now to list all those card games I never play...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Dr.Vibrissae on April 27, 2014, 11:06:52 AM
I have been trying to to stay ahead of the clutter wave, with some success, but it's hard to stem the tide of baby-related things entering the house.  It's like we're in the neap tide of accumulation season.  I'm hopeful that once the little bugger arrives we'll get a better handle on what should stay and what can go.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: abuzzyisawesome on April 27, 2014, 01:48:24 PM
Cleaning out craft supplies and selling some items - I have been clearing out stock and making wreaths with what I have accumulated. Sold 5 so far in two weeks. I think I have enough materials to make 2 or 3 more. Sold my treadmill (got a gym membership for $19.99 a month up the street from my office). Seems anti-mustachian, but my treadmill was out in a converted garage with no temp control, had no room for it in the house and last month water got into the room, narrowly avoiding ruining the treadmill. So, out it went. It feels great to have more space and to be able to organize.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on April 27, 2014, 03:58:31 PM
Got rid of a box of papers at the dump this weekend.

Today I brought over to a friend's 2 yo twins a few items from the boxes my mom dropped off from my childhood, all HUGE hits, so I was pretty pleased with that (even though one item already broken when the toddler tripped and fell, creating huge waterfalls).  Another was even requested to join in the crib for naptime.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: dweebyhawkeyes on April 27, 2014, 05:19:25 PM
I am moving out of my childhood home into a tiny apartment soon! Meaning I have a lifetime's worth of stuff in this room and need to pare it down dramatically. I'm thinking of dedicating an entire day to boxing up "the essentials" and then being violent and unforgiving in donating/dumping the remainder. Does anybody have suggestions from their experience moving out?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 27, 2014, 06:57:23 PM
I am moving out of my childhood home into a tiny apartment soon! Meaning I have a lifetime's worth of stuff in this room and need to pare it down dramatically. I'm thinking of dedicating an entire day to boxing up "the essentials" and then being violent and unforgiving in donating/dumping the remainder. Does anybody have suggestions from their experience moving out?

Start today - the process of getting rid of half of what you own takes far more time than you think!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 09, 2014, 02:17:07 AM
I'm thinking about selling off a bunch of clothing on Gumtree (sort of Australian's version of Craigslist). These are pretty good brands and still in like new condition. Is it better, for example, to just price everything at $5 and see if people snap them up? Or should I price everything at $10 but say that the price is negotiable (and in the end they might still end up paying $5, which I don't mind but it has the bonus effect that they'll be happier to negotiate and then think they got a bargain)? Just trying to suss out what sort of tactic works better to get buyers.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on May 09, 2014, 12:17:01 PM
I am absolutely getting the urge to clear out my closet again. The problem is, I don't feel good just chunking some of this stuff.... but I'm too busy to post up stuff and sell it on ebay.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on May 09, 2014, 12:45:04 PM
I'm thinking about selling off a bunch of clothing on Gumtree (sort of Australian's version of Craigslist). These are pretty good brands and still in like new condition. Is it better, for example, to just price everything at $5 and see if people snap them up? Or should I price everything at $10 but say that the price is negotiable (and in the end they might still end up paying $5, which I don't mind but it has the bonus effect that they'll be happier to negotiate and then think they got a bargain)? Just trying to suss out what sort of tactic works better to get buyers.

Depends - what are others pricing it at?  You want to price at the average of everyone else or a bit below others, in order to get interest.  Keep in mind clothing is traditionally harder to sell than things like desks or bureaus.  I'd also avoid saying price is negotiable - if people want to bargain, they will ask you if that's the case.  No need to offer it up in advance.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 09, 2014, 06:39:04 PM
Depends - what are others pricing it at?  You want to price at the average of everyone else or a bit below others, in order to get interest.  Keep in mind clothing is traditionally harder to sell than things like desks or bureaus.  I'd also avoid saying price is negotiable - if people want to bargain, they will ask you if that's the case.  No need to offer it up in advance.

Good points. Pricing varies, and with Gumtree, unlike eBay, I wouldn't know if they are successful or not. So I'm actually using the prices of successfully sold items on eBay as guidelines. Yeah, clothing is harder to sell these days, even the better brands, especially compared to years ago. Good for buyers, not so good for sellers!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fallstoclimb on May 20, 2014, 01:55:35 PM
I just counted and I have 25 pairs of shoes.  25!!!!!   Embarrassingly, this is after getting rid of several pairs, as well. 

1 pair gold/tan flats
1 pair black flats

1 pair black sandals
1 pair brown gladiator sandals

1 pair yellow open-toe heels
1 pair black closed toe heels
1 pair purple closed toe heels
1 pair blue strappy heels (painful, but they are my go-to summer wedding shoes)

1 pair "nice" flip flops
1 pair "shower" flip flops

1 pair tall brown boots
1 pair black cowboy boots (don't fit well, plan to replace these with a better pair of black boots)
1 pair brown ankle boots

1 pair LL Bean boots
1 pair Hunter rain boots
1 pair fashiony snow boots (currently packed away)

1 pair Keen sandals
1 pair Sperrys
1 pair around town low-profile cute sneakers (beat up but versatile)
1 pair Danskos
2 pair running shoes (I no longer run)

1 pair lifting shoes
1 pair paddock boots (for actual horse riding)
1 pair cycling shoes


I think I'm going to toss the yellow open-toe heels, because casual types of heels do not fit into my lifestyle/walking talents, and definitely the shower flip flops.  I don't belong to a gym or anything that would require shower flip flops, and if I ever need them I can buy them for $1. 

The black and purple heels I need to hang on to for work.  Technically I could probably let the purple ones go but they are much more comfortable and I am not ready to do that yet.  The other flats and sandals I wear often to work.

I may own too many boots but I love every pair.

Basically my shoe problem is the same as my wardrobe problem (which has come a long way!!!) -- but I have the hardest time dumping either comfort wear or technical wear.  I love it when clothes and shoes effectively fight the elements or are just really really comfortable. 

Anyway, I am mostly posting to see if I will get encouragement to drop one of the two pairs of running shoes, since I no longer run.  I need to hang on to one pair for physical therapy/ whenever I get into a random cross training mood, but two is probably overkill.  I justify both because the cuter pair, which is the pair I usually grab, are minimalist and therefore the other pair is technically probably better for cross training.  Both pairs are in great shape and a running store helped me pick out the more supportive pair....not that I run anymore. 


LOL wait I forgot I keep 3 pairs of shoes at work.  Soooo make that 28 pairs.  I am so embarrassed.  At least these don't add to the clutter at home!!!

1 pair black Clarks -- a good all-around shoe, kept at work so I don't have to always carry shoes on my bike commute
1 pair tall suede brown boots -- don't REALLY zip up all the way but sometimes I wear them anyway, especially if I biked in with sandals and get cold
1 pair black clogs -- in case I'm in a dress or something and forgot shoes

I swear to god I don't even consider myself a shoe person!!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: smalllife on May 20, 2014, 01:58:53 PM
@fallstoclimb:  do you have a base color for your wardrobe?  Black, gray, brown, blue, etc. - a neutral that everything else works with?  I ask because your shoe list makes it seem like you have the rainbow in your closet when in reality you probably reach for the same two or three tones/colors most days . . . . if you focus on the colors that you look best in, the shoe choices should narrow accordingly!

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fallstoclimb on May 20, 2014, 02:02:22 PM
Well, with the exception of the purple and yellow heels, most my shoes are black or brown.  Isn't that normal?  I'm not great with base colors but I have found life simpler when I have both black and brown shoe options -- I got really frustrated not having work appropriate black boots, and was frustrated before I had the brown sandals. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: smalllife on May 20, 2014, 02:07:12 PM
Well, with the exception of the purple and yellow heels, most my shoes are black or brown.  Isn't that normal?  I'm not great with base colors but I have found life simpler when I have both black and brown shoe options -- I got really frustrated not having work appropriate black boots, and was frustrated before I had the brown sandals.

Right, but how many of your clothes can you wear with both the black and the brown shoes?  That's the root cause.  I don't own any khakis, brown skirts/pants, navy or things that don't go with black shoes* because I don't really look good in the above colors.  The result is that I don't need brown shoes at all and I've eliminated a chunk of clothes that didn't really look good on me to start with. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on May 20, 2014, 02:07:46 PM
Fallstoclimb, first, I think we all tend to have more shoes than we think we do because of "specialization."  For example, I have a pair of: soccer, softball, water (kayaking), water (sailing), dancing (West Coast swing - foolish purchase) and hiking shoes...  And I haven't gotten rid of my softball shoes, even though I haven't played in 7 years or the dancing shoes I have only worn once since buying 7 years ago.  Yet, I call myself "not a shoe person" because I wear the same pair of work shoes day in and day out. 

I'd cull by the following:
- fit (don't wear something that doesn't fit)
- if worn out
- ones that you don't wear/like

It's ok to keep 2 that do the same job as long as you wear both (and you don't want to throw away a pair and then buy another later to replace the wornout first).  Mostly I'd advice mindful buying in the future.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fallstoclimb on May 20, 2014, 02:27:42 PM
It's ok to keep 2 that do the same job as long as you wear both (and you don't want to throw away a pair and then buy another later to replace the wornout first). Mostly I'd advice mindful buying in the future.

Yes, absolutely to this.  Thankfully at this point the only shoe I think I need is a decent pair of black boots, probably something ankle height that can be worn with pants or a skirt.  Any other shoe purchases will strictly be of the replacing, one-in one-out variety.  I really hate shopping so I am unclear as to exactly when I acquired all of these shoes.  I think a lot of my wardrobe-clutter problems are due to feeling completely overwhelmed by how to dress professionally, which was a problem for me in my early 20s -- luckily I've more or less figured it out now. 

I've talked myself into boxing up the brown boots that don't quite fit, the extra running shoes, and the black flats which honestly I don't really like, with a date ~ 6 months in the future, and donating them on that date without opening the box.  I don't usually feel like I need to resort to such measures, but, 28 pairs. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Insanity on May 20, 2014, 06:51:16 PM
I just counted and I have 25 pairs of shoes.  25!!!!!   Embarrassingly, this is after getting rid of several pairs, as well. 

My wife's uncle owned a shoe store.  They got shoes at below cost a lot of time.  As in her mom paid for them.  It started a bad shoe habit.

She might be down to 40 or 45 now.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: alsoknownasDean on May 21, 2014, 03:57:27 AM
I should do this too!

I've got a bunch of old electrical stuff (including an espresso machine), some furniture, and some computer bits that I no longer use. Should just be rid of them :)

I moved a couple of times a year or so ago and there was an awful lot of stuff accumulated from the place (I was in a sharehouse where everyone was leaving). I've got rid of some of it, some of it is in cupboards, and some of it is at my parents' place.

Problem is that some of the stuff is hard to sell. There's only so many people after a USB DAC or old hi-fi equipment :(
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 21, 2014, 04:01:09 AM
Problem is that some of the stuff is hard to sell. There's only so many people after a USB DAC or old hi-fi equipment :(

You might have to sell them for very cheap or even give them away for free. I would love to make more money out of my stuff but I'm beginning to come to terms with the fact that sometimes it's just easier to donate or freecycle, especially if you just really want to get rid of them.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: alsoknownasDean on May 21, 2014, 04:11:21 AM
Problem is that some of the stuff is hard to sell. There's only so many people after a USB DAC or old hi-fi equipment :(

You might have to sell them for very cheap or even give them away for free. I would love to make more money out of my stuff but I'm beginning to come to terms with the fact that sometimes it's just easier to donate or freecycle, especially if you just really want to get rid of them.

I know, but it's quite hard to give something away when I paid hundreds for it back in the day :(

Maybe I'll go on an eBay rampage this weekend, and at least go through the stuff in plastic tubs in my cupboards/under my bed. I'm sure some of it can be dumped/sold.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 21, 2014, 04:19:36 AM
List them a few times on eBay or Gumtree first, and if it doesn't sell after a while and you get tired of putting up the ads over and over again, then you can give it away. The other thing I've heard some people do is get a stall at Camberwell Market, you can share a stall with a friend to split the stall rental cost, though I don't know what kind of stuff sells well there.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: alsoknownasDean on May 21, 2014, 05:33:12 AM
List them a few times on eBay or Gumtree first, and if it doesn't sell after a while and you get tired of putting up the ads over and over again, then you can give it away. The other thing I've heard some people do is get a stall at Camberwell Market, you can share a stall with a friend to split the stall rental cost, though I don't know what kind of stuff sells well there.

Not a bad idea. Most of the stereo equipment is still at my parents' place, so I probably won't sell it for a while, but I could sell some other things first.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: sleepyguy on May 22, 2014, 09:00:55 AM
Made some more ground last week!  Donated and setup 4 pcs for a local NFP daycare.  3 full boxes of cloths to  donation bin.

Sadly I still got TONS more stuff to shuffle through.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on May 22, 2014, 01:00:55 PM
Made some more ground last week!  Donated and setup 4 pcs for a local NFP daycare.  3 full boxes of cloths to  donation bin.

Sadly I still got TONS more stuff to shuffle through.

Just focus on the progress you've already made!  You're ahead of where you were, and I bet it feels great.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 22, 2014, 11:52:32 PM
I have a small fridge, the freezer seems to work fine but the fridge is a bit inconclusive. Reckon there's any chance of getting money from it? I'm thinking there may be handy people who won't mind getting it for a super cheap price and fixing it up, but then again they might just only want to pick up the ones that are completely free.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: JT on May 23, 2014, 03:02:19 AM
Right! That's all the hint I need!

In the boot of my car are some clothes gathered together for charity. 

This weekend, I shall find a charity bin and drop them in.

Thanks for the thread!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: deborah on May 23, 2014, 03:48:29 AM
I have a small fridge, the freezer seems to work fine but the fridge is a bit inconclusive. Reckon there's any chance of getting money from it? I'm thinking there may be handy people who won't mind getting it for a super cheap price and fixing it up, but then again they might just only want to pick up the ones that are completely free.
I have been offered several like this for free in the past, so I guess completely free.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 23, 2014, 04:08:36 AM
Thanks, deborah - I figured that would probably be the easier way to go, too.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zaga on May 23, 2014, 06:41:22 AM
I have a small fridge, the freezer seems to work fine but the fridge is a bit inconclusive. Reckon there's any chance of getting money from it? I'm thinking there may be handy people who won't mind getting it for a super cheap price and fixing it up, but then again they might just only want to pick up the ones that are completely free.
Put it at the end of your driveway (if you live someplace that people drive past of course) with a sign on it that says $20.  It will disappear :-)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 23, 2014, 06:58:36 AM
Put it at the end of your driveway (if you live someplace that people drive past of course) with a sign on it that says $20.  It will disappear :-)

Haha, and will there be a $20 note in its place or not?

I live in an apartment block, and we aren't allowed to put stuff out on the sidewalk I don't think... though some people still do it.

Anyway I've put it up on Gumtree giving it away for free, and within like 5 minutes, 2 people have expressed interest! Maybe I should have at least put a $5 tag on it. ;)  Still, pretty happy anyhow, someone who's willing to take it and fix it must be in some ways quite MMM in their approach to life. :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: sobezen on May 23, 2014, 11:38:48 AM
Recently moved so sold the bedframe, mattress, boxspring, dresser, desk, sofa, dining table, bookcases, carpets and lamps.  Working on reducing some clothes that have outlived me (suits in particular).  Also discovered some of the childhood items command a nice premium, so it is time for them to find new homes.  Oh, finally pulling the trigger and selling the electronics (dvds and phones) and books (oh boy, really amassed a good collection) too.  Once these are gone anywhere I live will become a spacious castle!  Yippie!  Minimalism certainly has its benefits.  :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 24, 2014, 07:26:54 PM
Welcome, sobezen, and well done!

Also, I finally got rid of that fridge. It didn't take long, but it was frustrating because of the typical fickle, lazy, unreliable Gumtree sorts. I set a time and day with someone and they didn't show up and didn't even text me to tell me. I've had similar happen before as well. So discourteous.

But, now I have gotten rid of the fridge with someone who is a man of his word, he's a nice bloke, he arrived on time, he refurbishes fridges and washing machines for a living which I think is an admirable job because it reduces waste in the community, so...

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA PEEPS:

If you just want to get rid of any fridges, washing machines or scrap metal and don't care about getting money in return, you can have this guy come and get it and you won't have to pay him to remove it for you either. PM me if you would like his number.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Anatidae V on May 25, 2014, 12:47:39 AM
Well done lime and pepper!

I've been steadily working through craft projects so I can have a nice clear craft room. Got 1 crocheted rug finished! I did start a new one as a gift for a friend who's having a baby soon, but that is coming along quickly and has a clear end date (the baby shower).

Cleaned out the bathroom today, we've been steadily working through our excess stuff and I've been keeping a close eye on what we actually use so we don't buy stuff that will just sit around. It's so much easier to clean with less clutter!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on May 25, 2014, 04:02:26 AM
Cleaned out the bathroom today, we've been steadily working through our excess stuff and I've been keeping a close eye on what we actually use so we don't buy stuff that will just sit around. It's so much easier to clean with less clutter!

Good job, I'm hoping to reach that stage. Right now my bedroom looks like it has been hit by a tornado. I'm just telling myself that things have to get worse before they get better, it's always darkest before dawn, etc.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Dr.Vibrissae on May 25, 2014, 02:21:16 PM
Cleaned out the bathroom today, we've been steadily working through our excess stuff and I've been keeping a close eye on what we actually use so we don't buy stuff that will just sit around. It's so much easier to clean with less clutter!

Good job, I'm hoping to reach that stage. Right now my bedroom looks like it has been hit by a tornado. I'm just telling myself that things have to get worse before they get better, it's always darkest before dawn, etc.
It often takes me several times through to really clean excess clutter out.  I take solace from having even one drawer, or table top or closet shelf that I have cleaned off and can look at as the glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zaga on May 26, 2014, 05:27:06 PM
Put it at the end of your driveway (if you live someplace that people drive past of course) with a sign on it that says $20.  It will disappear :-)

Haha, and will there be a $20 note in its place or not?
Lol, no, that's the point!  If you put a sign that says free people think it is broken and won't take it, but if you put a price on it then they will just take it.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tmac on May 27, 2014, 05:40:12 AM
We're moving in 20 days and have just made the decision to seriously cull our belongings. There are five of us. If the stuff doesn't fit in the minivan, small pick-up, or rental trailer, it's not coming. Looking forward to a clean and streamlined new house.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: smalllife on May 27, 2014, 06:23:02 AM
We took about 5 small bags to Goodwill over the weekend - odds and ends and things that haven't been touched, plus a few clothing items that had been in the "Donate" pile for far too long.  A few less things to look at!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: SisterX on June 02, 2014, 12:13:19 PM
I posted in here once, quite a while ago, about my desire to clear out stuff, both for the mental freedom and because we'll be moving soon, most likely to a smaller place.  (We're currently in about 880 sq ft, plus some garage space.)  And then I didn't do anything.  Over the weekend, however, I FINALLY got off my butt.  For some reason, was really just feeling like this had to get started.
The first thing is that my husband and I were talking about my desk.  I said that if we move to a smaller place, we could get rid of that and I could make do with something else for my computer.  He said, "If we move, that desk probably won't live through transport."  He's right.  So I went through the drawers which are falling apart and which I've just stuck "important" papers into without ever looking at them again, mostly because the drawers are falling apart and difficult/chancy to open.  I consolidated all of our "important" stuff into two small file folders: one has all the actual documents we need, like passports, social security cards, tax files, car stuff, medical info, etc.  The other has all of our manuals and warranties for things.  That's it!  I tend not to keep many papers anyway, but still got a nice big box full of recycling and biked about 2/3 of a ream of paper to work today to be shredded.  :)  Now we just need to get to work on making sure the few things that don't come through email start to, so that we can reduce paper even more.
I found 2 old (broken) cell phones and two old (broken) cameras which I left in the desk out of lethargy, because there's no good e-recycling around here so I didn't know what to do with them.  But we're visiting my family in Seattle this summer so I've got them sitting on my desk to remind me to take them down there for recycling.
I looked through my book collection with an eye toward what I actually value.  As in, if (when) we move out of state (probably next year), which of these would I actually think are worth taking?  I didn't get rid of too many, but some is better than none.  The silly part: I sold them to our local bookstore and the credit I got can be used half cash/half credit on any used books.  So I'll end up buying some more books, but I'm going to get some more children's books to read to my daughter.  I'm on a mission to find at least one book which has a dad who's not a completely incompetent ass (harder than you'd believe).
My projects for this week: Clean that skirt I wanted to sell to the consignment shop (it has one small spot on it that just needs to be sponged off) and put it in a pile with the pants that fit, but which I never wear because they look weird on me.  I need to remind myself that if I haven't worn them often in the 4 years I've had them (or more?) I won't start wearing them now.  I already got my husband to go through his "nice" pants and figure out which is the pair that actually fits.  The other two are going to Value Village, most likely along with a few kitchen items.
Finally, there's a winter clothing drive box in my building at work.  I've been hanging onto a coat for years as my "spare" winter coat.  Then I realized, I have plenty of spare winter coats.  We'll be fine.  So that one is getting donated.  (I went through hats/gloves/scarves last winter, so I know those are fine.)

For those of you getting rid of CDs/DVDs or just the cases, don't forget your local libraries!  I believe donations are tax deductible, and they really will take just the cases since so many of theirs get damaged so frequently.  Also, anywhere that has an archives section (like an academic library) would probably love empty CDs and cases.
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Post by: Angie55 on June 02, 2014, 01:41:06 PM
Any advice in getting rid of burned DVD's and CD's? We have hundreds and I do not want to buy anything to shred them. Also, I need a way to destroy them in bulk not individually.  I don't want any legality issues of throwing them directly in the trash due to their content.
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Post by: eldred on June 02, 2014, 01:46:11 PM
Recently moved so sold the bedframe, mattress, boxspring, dresser, desk, sofa, dining table, bookcases, carpets and lamps.  Working on reducing some clothes that have outlived me (suits in particular).  Also discovered some of the childhood items command a nice premium, so it is time for them to find new homes.  Oh, finally pulling the trigger and selling the electronics (dvds and phones) and books (oh boy, really amassed a good collection) too.  Once these are gone anywhere I live will become a spacious castle!  Yippie!  Minimalism certainly has its benefits.  :)

How are you getting rid of your stuff?  I have books, DVDs and CDs I'm trying to sell.  I've used Amazon, Ebay, Craigslist, Half.com, and Ecrater.  Nobody is buying, even at $1 per book, $1-2 for CDs and $2-5 for DVDs...
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Post by: NinetyFour on June 02, 2014, 02:03:45 PM


How are you getting rid of your stuff?  I have books, DVDs and CDs I'm trying to sell.  I've used Amazon, Ebay, Craigslist, Half.com, and Ecrater.  Nobody is buying, even at $1 per book, $1-2 for CDs and $2-5 for DVDs...

I recently packed up a bunch of CDs and sent them to Abundatrade.  Free shipping.

I sent some to Zumu also (Zumu promised me more than Abundatrade for a few of them), but my package (with a shipping label supplied by them!) supposedly got lost.  And their customer service basically just refused to answer my questions.  So I would steer clear of Zumu.

But I had a good experience with Abundatrade.

As for burned CDs and DVDs, I have no ideas for you, Angie55.  :(
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Post by: Zaga on June 02, 2014, 02:56:03 PM
Any advice in getting rid of burned DVD's and CD's? We have hundreds and I do not want to buy anything to shred them. Also, I need a way to destroy them in bulk not individually.  I don't want any legality issues of throwing them directly in the trash due to their content.
Can you just break them in half, then toss them?  Or scratch up the backs?  I've also heard that a few seconds in the microwave totally destroys cd's, but that sounds potentially dangerous.
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Post by: Insanity on June 02, 2014, 06:25:20 PM
Any advice in getting rid of burned DVD's and CD's? We have hundreds and I do not want to buy anything to shred them. Also, I need a way to destroy them in bulk not individually.  I don't want any legality issues of throwing them directly in the trash due to their content.
Can you just break them in half, then toss them?  Or scratch up the backs?  I've also heard that a few seconds in the microwave totally destroys cd's, but that sounds potentially dangerous.

I wouldn't do hundreds of them in a microwave.  Unless it isn't your microwave and no one will know it was you.

You could just break them with a hammer, I have done that.  A lot easier than scratching them up.
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Post by: dweebyhawkeyes on June 02, 2014, 11:24:51 PM
Any advice in getting rid of burned DVD's and CD's? We have hundreds and I do not want to buy anything to shred them. Also, I need a way to destroy them in bulk not individually.  I don't want any legality issues of throwing them directly in the trash due to their content.
Can you just break them in half, then toss them?  Or scratch up the backs?  I've also heard that a few seconds in the microwave totally destroys cd's, but that sounds potentially dangerous.

I wouldn't do hundreds of them in a microwave.  Unless it isn't your microwave and no one will know it was you.

You could just break them with a hammer, I have done that.  A lot easier than scratching them up.
Invite your friends over to smash stuff!
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Post by: nikki on June 07, 2014, 12:48:41 AM
My fiance and I are both preparing for his post-marriage move overseas to be with me in Korea. He has to sort through his things, purge, store keepsakes and other miscellaneous items, and pack up his life in limited luggage. I have to purge because it will make me feel better about accumulating another person and his belongings (although we will be moving to a larger "couples" apartment--university housing), and it's always nice to do a purge!

So we agreed upon this challenge: get rid of one item per day until I leave for California on July 31. We chose a nice even number of 55, and I set up a Google doc for us to keep each other accountable.

The rules: one thing per day must be dealt with (sold, given away, donated, recycled, trashed). We must stay on track or ahead. If we do more than one thing a day, we'll just put it on the next day. Finished when we're at 7/31.

So far I've cleaned out 1.5 drawers completely! Most of this involves moving books, papers, folders, etc. to my office on campus rather than storing them here, but hey--gone's gone.
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Post by: tmac on June 07, 2014, 12:55:50 PM
Yard sale done! Our living room was packed full of stuff, piled high. We sold most of it and delivered the rest to Goodwill. We also sold our old pick-up truck and lawn tractor. Thank god that's over.
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Post by: brooklynmoney on June 08, 2014, 07:49:38 AM
I was lying in bed last night tossing and turning and thinking about the things I had just purged that day (mostly costume jewelery) when I realized I have way too many towels, many of which are old and I don't use. I also have a bag (paper, plastic and cloth) hoarding problem. So this morning I got rid of tons of bags and put aside 3 or 4 towels for Goodwill (have to see if they take them). I love purging!
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Post by: Dr.Vibrissae on June 08, 2014, 08:50:46 AM
I was lying in bed last night tossing and turning and thinking about the things I had just purged that day (mostly costume jewelery) when I realized I have way too many towels, many of which are old and I don't use. I also have a bag (paper, plastic and cloth) hoarding problem. So this morning I got rid of tons of bags and put aside 3 or 4 towels for Goodwill (have to see if they take them). I love purging!
Our local animal shelter is always looking for towels or other linens and bedding items.  That might be a good place to offer them (they are not picky about condition.)
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Post by: horsepoor on June 09, 2014, 12:17:55 AM
Ditto the animal shelter or animal rescues.  They'd love to have old towels/blankets.

I need to get back at this.  I have two saddles that need to be sold, and probably a few other things worthy of ebaying.  Came across my computer from grad school this weekend and really need to just destroy the harddrive and get rid of the thing.  The paper clutter is starting to build again, and I need to think about pruning a few books and magazines.

Got rid of a ton of stuff and Christmas and haven't given it a second though since them, so there's got to be more around here that can go without being missed.  Ought to have the time to tackle it soon, now that the intensive garden work season is drawing to to a close.  Need to broach the subject of the motorcycle helmet and saddlebags for the bike DH no longer owns, or they'll be here forever.  Towards my end, I think I'll Ebay the antique Singer Featherweight I've been carting around for the past 20 years.
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Post by: brooklynmoney on June 15, 2014, 07:10:42 PM
I was lying in bed last night tossing and turning and thinking about the things I had just purged that day (mostly costume jewelery) when I realized I have way too many towels, many of which are old and I don't use. I also have a bag (paper, plastic and cloth) hoarding problem. So this morning I got rid of tons of bags and put aside 3 or 4 towels for Goodwill (have to see if they take them). I love purging!
Our local animal shelter is always looking for towels or other linens and bedding items.  That might be a good place to offer them (they are not picky about condition.)

Thanks, Dr.Viebrissae! That is a great idea.

Yesterday I cleaned out the pantry and took items that I don't eat regularly to a family party where different members were happy to receive my panko breadcrumbs, Quaker Oats, jasmine rice, etc.  I really should get rid of all of my baking supplies. I haven't baked in more than two years. Think those items are up next for disposal.
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Post by: NV Teacher on June 15, 2014, 07:23:03 PM
I have a small fridge, the freezer seems to work fine but the fridge is a bit inconclusive. Reckon there's any chance of getting money from it? I'm thinking there may be handy people who won't mind getting it for a super cheap price and fixing it up, but then again they might just only want to pick up the ones that are completely free.
Put it at the end of your driveway (if you live someplace that people drive past of course) with a sign on it that says $20.  It will disappear :-)

My mother does this quite often in the summer but with a free sign.  It's amazing that people will stop and haul away our junk for free.  Way better than us having to drag it to the dump.
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Post by: NV Teacher on June 15, 2014, 07:27:03 PM
Now that school is out for the summer I've had some time to clean out.  I made $160 this week selling some old crafting supplies on ebay.  A little money in my pocket and some clean space in my craft room.  I'd say that's a double win for me.
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Post by: limeandpepper on July 04, 2014, 03:37:54 AM
The big move is at the end of this month, so I'm truly getting rid of stuff in earnest now.

Today, sold a microwave to a nice Taiwanese guy for $15, got to have a friendly conversation in Mandarin too, which is awesome as I don't have many people to speak to in languages other than English.

Tomorrow, someone is coming over to pick up my kick scooter for $100. It's a fabulous scooter that is so well-designed and so much fun to ride, and I'm sad to see it go, but at this stage it doesn't really make sense to take it with me interstate.
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Post by: BZB on July 04, 2014, 09:29:48 AM
I inherited 5 big boxes of my dad's genealogy research (he was not much of a computer user, so it's all on paper and index cards). This was about 25 years of research. I am trying to scan about 1 box a week so I can get rid of the paper and keep everything in pdf's. The trickiest part is figuring out how to organize it on the computer. There is a LOT of correspondence between him and other genealogy hobbyists, and the letters are about several families, so I will have to file some letters in multiple folders.

Also I have an IKEA Poang chair and an IKEA rolling file cabinet I want to post on Craigslist. July is a great time to sell used furniture in Houston because so many new med students, residents, and fellows are starting training at the Texas Medical Center at the same time.
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Post by: limeandpepper on July 05, 2014, 06:52:40 PM
Tomorrow, someone is coming over to pick up my kick scooter for $100.

This happened yesterday.

And an hour ago, someone came to pick up an oscillating pedestal fan for $5.

TV stand, bedside table and lamp haven't received any promising responses yet. Might have to re-post.

Also should start selling off the really big items soon.

I would kind of like to keep the fridge and washing machine for at least another couple of weeks though as I'm still using them. I wonder how quickly I could get rid of them? Ideally I'd offload it during the last week if they're popular items that are easy to sell.
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Post by: EK on July 05, 2014, 07:37:47 PM
Good work everyone!!

I decluttered A LOT when I moved earlier this year, but I am starting to get the urge to purge again. Planning to take a look some time this week and see where I can start to weed. I have some rather embarrassing luxury clothing items (they were gifts!!) that I just never wear, but have felt bad about selling them because they were gifts and SO EXPENSIVE. I need to be realistic about my lifestyle go and think about saying goodbye to these things.
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Post by: limeandpepper on July 06, 2014, 06:03:31 AM
I have some rather embarrassing luxury clothing items (they were gifts!!) that I just never wear, but have felt bad about selling them because they were gifts and SO EXPENSIVE. I need to be realistic about my lifestyle go and think about saying goodbye to these things.

I know what you mean. I have clothing that I hold on to, though mine are not necessarily expensive, but I rarely wear them and the main reason I keep them is for sentimental value. Sigh. At least there aren't too many of those items. Maybe I should just wear them more often, that way I don't feel bad. ;)

TV stand, bedside table and lamp haven't received any promising responses yet. Might have to re-post.

Very happy because I did end up selling off the bedside table and lamp today, after all; and the lady who picked it up decided she'd like the shoe rack as well, so she took that too.
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Post by: limeandpepper on July 10, 2014, 05:22:41 AM
Sold an office chair and a couch this evening, after putting up leaflets in my apartment block. I was surprised by how quickly people responded. I think I actually sold the couch too cheaply and I'm kicking myself a bit for that, but still, it's a relief to get it out of the way, and it was so hassle-free because it went to my neighbour across the hallway so we didn't even have to lug it up or down any stairs!
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Post by: fallstoclimb on July 10, 2014, 06:57:55 AM
I've finished the big donation runs but find a couple things about every other day or so to add to another slowly-growing donation pile.  I am definitely one who feels tied down by stuff and I am finding it so freeing to be offloading, even though we have plenty of space for things.

Does anyone have any advice for stopping inlaws from getting us junk?  I know I should probably just have a frank talk with them, but my mother in law LOVES shopping at craft shows and will be so disappointed when we tell her we don't want that crap anymore....
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Post by: Doomspark on July 10, 2014, 08:43:58 AM
I'm trying to downsize / reorganize a little.

I'm going through our bookshelves and collecting books we don't want any more.  They're all being moved to one shelf.  When it gets full, I'll take the books down to the local library and donate them.

One major undertaking is going to be the computer room.  I have 4 non-functioning laptops and 6 non-functional desktop PCs that I need to either repair or dispose of.  I'm thinking of hauling them down to the local mom & pop computer store and seeing how much store credit I can get for them.
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Post by: horsepoor on July 10, 2014, 10:44:25 AM
I've finished the big donation runs but find a couple things about every other day or so to add to another slowly-growing donation pile.  I am definitely one who feels tied down by stuff and I am finding it so freeing to be offloading, even though we have plenty of space for things.

Does anyone have any advice for stopping inlaws from getting us junk?  I know I should probably just have a frank talk with them, but my mother in law LOVES shopping at craft shows and will be so disappointed when we tell her we don't want that crap anymore....

Let your husband talk to them after he's had a few adult beverages and tell them not to give any more useless crap?  This is what my husband did with my aunt who loves giving horrid gifts.  On one bookshelf we have the one-of-a-kind custom art piece that we refer to as the "pubic hair horse".  I don't know if she thought he was joking when he said that, but the gifting has definitely tapered.  Seriously, it probably depends on the personalities and emotions involved, but maybe you could phrase it as: "we're really trying to go for a minimalistic household to streamline our lifestyle" or something like that.

This weekend I'm planning to get back to work on selling a couple saddles and other horse gear.  I also think I'm going to list my great aunt's Singer Featherweight for sale, and just see if I can do a general purge of some odds and ends.
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Post by: tariskat on July 11, 2014, 05:47:59 PM
Just dropped a bag and a half of clothing off at a thrift shop. Woohoo!
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Post by: BZB on July 12, 2014, 10:14:03 AM
I sold an IKEA Poang chair for $50 and a small file cabinet for $20 on Craigslist this week. Also I scanned about 1/4 of a box of genealogy research I inherited from my dad. I am taking some old paint to the hazardous waste recycle today and a bag of junky kids toys to Goodwill.
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Post by: NinetyFour on July 12, 2014, 02:04:12 PM
Wow--great work, BZB!
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Post by: palebluedot on July 12, 2014, 02:14:28 PM
Any advice in getting rid of burned DVD's and CD's? We have hundreds and I do not want to buy anything to shred them. Also, I need a way to destroy them in bulk not individually.  I don't want any legality issues of throwing them directly in the trash due to their content.

You can send them to this recycling center: http://www.cdrecyclingcenter.com/
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Post by: boognish on July 14, 2014, 03:09:52 PM
I just moved into a 276 sq ft studio and am being forced to declutter. I'm finally letting go of crap I've been dragging around for years, feels good
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Post by: FunkyStickman on July 15, 2014, 08:15:21 AM
Keep it going, folks... don't give up!

This week we got rid of an armchair (that we had rescued from a trash pile, so back in it goes). Also cleaned out our kid's bookshelf and got rid of 2 big boxes of books (going to a friend with little kids). Eliminated a dresser from the 3 girls' room, used that as an entertainment center and was able to eliminate our DVD shelf and 2 buckets of game controllers by repurposing the existing one. Also got rid of a small table we used to hold our printer.

On the down side, I did get a new writing desk, but it has hidden compartments, so I can store all my little computer-y things in it without them being out in the open. It's also the smallest writing desk I could find.

Son's room had two shelves of toys, we eliminated those and had him thin his stash of big toys that he's mostly outgrown. They will be going to another family.

So, progress! Was a busy week.

We're currently looking at replacing our kitchen cabinets... probably will do away with the dishwasher, since it doesn't work well and just takes up space. More cabinet space, and we can eliminate the 2 ugly pantry cabinets we're using.
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Post by: 4alpacas on July 15, 2014, 09:15:58 AM
Keep it going, folks... don't give up!

This week we got rid of an armchair (that we had rescued from a trash pile, so back in it goes). Also cleaned out our kid's bookshelf and got rid of 2 big boxes of books (going to a friend with little kids). Eliminated a dresser from the 3 girls' room, used that as an entertainment center and was able to eliminate our DVD shelf and 2 buckets of game controllers by repurposing the existing one. Also got rid of a small table we used to hold our printer.

On the down side, I did get a new writing desk, but it has hidden compartments, so I can store all my little computer-y things in it without them being out in the open. It's also the smallest writing desk I could find.

Son's room had two shelves of toys, we eliminated those and had him thin his stash of big toys that he's mostly outgrown. They will be going to another family.

So, progress! Was a busy week.

We're currently looking at replacing our kitchen cabinets... probably will do away with the dishwasher, since it doesn't work well and just takes up space. More cabinet space, and we can eliminate the 2 ugly pantry cabinets we're using.
Wow!  I was just about to brag about getting rid of a box of clothing items, but I've been outdone.  Bravo! 

When we moved from a two bedroom to a one bedroom apartment, we got rid of a lot of stuff.  Unfortunately it wasn't enough.  We still have stuff overflowing and need to purge.  I'm going to attack our storage unit again (last trip was productive, but didn't dent the massive amount of stuff we have).
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Post by: swick on July 15, 2014, 09:20:31 AM
Should probably join the thread, better late then never, right?

We bought our first house just over a year ago, now it looks like through some very unforeseen circumstances we could be facing another big move  to a new city. Not sure what the housing situation will look like for the next couple of years. We have collected an amazingly large amount of crap.

Much of it isn't ours, I believe I have at least half the supplies of our local art centre stored in my house so I'm tackling this first.  I have removed three large boxes so far.

We also were given a warning that we might have to evacuate due to several forest fires close to town so that definitely caused us to view everything in a new light (and has actually made it much easier to face getting rid of things) I went through several boxes of papers and got rid of a lot of them, added a couple of boxes of books to our sell/donate pile.

Right now I'm going through everything asking myself a couple of questions:
1. Do I want to move this item?
2. If I had to leave in the middle of the night, would I take this with me?
3. Is it replaceable? Would I run right out and buy it again if my house burned down?

The answer to the majority of stuff is "no" but sometimes the answers have surprised me.
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Post by: EK on July 15, 2014, 10:28:20 AM
I spent last night heavily weeding and reorganizing our file cabinet!! That job had been looming for ages, and it felt great to tick it off. It was a big job- our files were a complete disaster. I also hung up some pictures that were blocking easy access to the file cabinet, so now we can have a pleasant experience whenever we need to retrieve something or file something away!
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Post by: SisterX on July 15, 2014, 10:39:51 AM
I spent last night heavily weeding and reorganizing our file cabinet!! That job had been looming for ages, and it felt great to tick it off. It was a big job- our files were a complete disaster. I also hung up some pictures that were blocking easy access to the file cabinet, so now we can have a pleasant experience whenever we need to retrieve something or file something away!

I think that of all things, organizing the files has been the most satisfying to me.  Going from 3 desk drawers stuffed with crap that I didn't want to deal with/didn't know what to do with down to 2 neatly organized file folders was blissful.
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Post by: happy on July 21, 2014, 11:50:15 PM
I must be the slowest declutterer ever, but I'm still at it sporadically bit by bit. Since we don't buy much other than food, groceries and key essentials, I must be making progress. Probably averaging 50 items a month - most of those are quite small. Went through my shoes to throw out any old ones and realised they were all old since I'm on a no buy clothes challenge and haven't bought shoes for over 2 years maybe even longer. Disposed of 1 pair.  Have a watch on two more pairs  of summer sandals which are in great condition because I don't wear them. If not worn next summer, they go!

Chucked out a shelf of Xmas lights, left over from DS's lighting phase. Not used in years and most didn't work when I checked so no loss.
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Post by: EarlyRetirementGuy on July 22, 2014, 08:56:31 AM
Bought our first house back in January and still have tonnes of boxes stashed away which havnt been opened since. Im of the opinion that if it hasnt been needed in the past 6 months, its unlikely to be needed much at all so better to get rid of most of it!

Will get some photos to track the de-cluttering journey for you all :)
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Post by: Mike2 on July 22, 2014, 09:23:22 AM
My kitchen needs a serious decluttering.  I can't find my kitchen table, the pantry is full of stuff I don't eat anymore since I changed to eating a lot healthier, and a couple cabinets are just full of unused junk.  The kitchen has been bothering me more and more so I think I start on it this week.  It is going to be quite a project.
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Post by: LalsConstant on July 22, 2014, 09:58:59 AM
I have been on a roll!  At least ten carloads gone and I have someone coming with a trailer to pick up even more.

A few things that are small and valuable I am going to keep until I have time to sell them on specialty websites.
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Post by: smalllife on July 22, 2014, 10:06:21 AM
I've had a hankering to clean out the backs of shelves and odds and ends that stick around for one reason or another.  I'll probably scrape together a box of items and sell a few more.

I like to have lots of "breathing room" in shelves and any storage locations ;-)

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Post by: Wolf_Stache on July 22, 2014, 09:21:57 PM
Anyone have any recommendations on how to digitize physical photo books? My mom mailed me THREE APPLE BOXES of photo albums! O.o
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Post by: Anatidae V on July 22, 2014, 10:16:14 PM
Anyone have any recommendations on how to digitize physical photo books? My mom mailed me THREE APPLE BOXES of photo albums! O.o
If they're photographs within albums, you should be able to take it to office works or your local equivalent and pay for them to scan the lot for you.
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Post by: smalllife on July 23, 2014, 05:15:24 AM
Anyone have any recommendations on how to digitize physical photo books? My mom mailed me THREE APPLE BOXES of photo albums! O.o

I've heard good reviews of Shutterfly - prints them in a book format with whatever layout you want.  You'd still have to digitize the actual photos . . . .  or at least the ones you want to keep.  Emphasis on the "the ones you want to keep".  Just because your mom gave them to you doesn't automatically mean they still have meaning and you have to tote them around.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on July 23, 2014, 09:04:30 AM
Went through a box and a half of the latest pile my mom dropped off.  Sorted clothing and items into trash (bathing suits from 20 years ago do not hold their elasticity...), goodwill and keep.  Went through a big folder of papers, tossing most.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: BZB on July 23, 2014, 07:32:18 PM
My decluttering game of the moment is to declutter by date. For example, since today is the 23rd, I have to find 23 things to get rid of. For some reason that is more motivational to me than decluttering 15 minutes/day, or the same number of things/day. Weird, but I'll take any motivation I can get. I started this game on the 20th, so I have gotten rid of 86 things so far. Mostly I got rid of small things so I don't see much progress yet, but I will soon.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on July 24, 2014, 08:01:25 AM
BZB, that sounds like a really fun way to get rid of stuff.  I like it!  I might try it.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on July 24, 2014, 08:13:14 AM
Went through a box and a half of the latest pile my mom dropped off.  Sorted clothing and items into trash (bathing suits from 20 years ago do not hold their elasticity...), goodwill and keep.  Went through a big folder of papers, tossing most.

Went through another half a box of papers, recycling most last night.  I'm trying to do a little each week.  Slow and steady will eventually get me through all of the remaining boxes!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on July 25, 2014, 01:44:48 AM
I've decluttered a measly 1/2 a box the whole month of July. I still have a moving box from 4 1/2 years ago. Its up really high so I just keep not seeing it. Wish I could bring this up to my consciousness more often, but I get so consumed with the nitty gritty of life that I actually forget to declutter.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: smalllife on July 25, 2014, 04:58:14 AM
Went through all of our papers and tossed about half (or rather put in the to-be-shredded pile).

Cleared out some clothes that had been on the chopping block for too long - a skirt that wrinkles, two pairs of inherited socks, and a dress that I'm always self conscious in.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: EK on July 25, 2014, 05:42:50 AM
I've had such an urge to declutter and finish some lingering projects, but no time to make it happen! Clutter in my house is very sneaky because it's not visible until you open a drawer or cabinet, or take a peek in a closet. I know it's there though and it makes me crazy!!

I have been squeezing in time here and there to read a wonderful book that I highly recommend to anyone in need of decluttering motivation- "The Joy of Less" by Francine Jay (aka Miss Minimalist).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Trudie on July 25, 2014, 08:00:16 AM
My decluttering game of the moment is to declutter by date. For example, since today is the 23rd, I have to find 23 things to get rid of. For some reason that is more motivational to me than decluttering 15 minutes/day, or the same number of things/day. Weird, but I'll take any motivation I can get. I started this game on the 20th, so I have gotten rid of 86 things so far. Mostly I got rid of small things so I don't see much progress yet, but I will soon.

That's a really great idea!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: BZB on July 26, 2014, 10:28:25 AM
So far my decluttering by date game has worked really well, especially since we're in the big number side of the month. I found a bunch of old cleaners, spray paint bottles, and other toxic chemicals to take to the hazardous waste drop off today.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: swick on July 26, 2014, 01:40:49 PM
Today I am dealing with my sock tote, literally a large plastic tote FULL of socks that need to be matched...or turned into dog toys. It might swallow me whole....
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Wolf_Stache on July 26, 2014, 03:42:47 PM
Just posted 25 eBay auctions to clear some signed books off my shelves!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: nikki on July 26, 2014, 06:30:23 PM
I feel a dip in my energy for getting rid of things because the clothing swap I was looking forward to this month never happened. So now, clothes that I set aside to swap are just sitting in a cabinet. If stuff doesn't actually GO, it makes it harder for me to mentally continue setting things aside. No visible progress, you know?

But I'll keep on keepin' on. I have about five days left before I go to America to get married and bring back a dude with tons of his own things. Then we'll move to a new apartment. So, ya... I can handle some of this now.

Another option is to just drop things off in donation bins, but then I don't get the option of swapping for things I could potentially wear. I really could benefit from more work clothes...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NV Teacher on July 27, 2014, 10:03:19 AM
I've spent a good amount of time this summer trying to help a relative that is a hoarder clean out her house and yesterday we hit the 20,000 pound mark at the dump.  And I'd estimate that that much if not more has gone to the recycle and donate centers as well.  The sad thing is  we've only managed to clear out maybe 20% of the hoard.  So keep up the decluttering everyone. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on July 27, 2014, 05:02:12 PM
I've spent a good amount of time this summer trying to help a relative that is a hoarder clean out her house and yesterday we hit the 20,000 pound mark at the dump.  And I'd estimate that that much if not more has gone to the recycle and donate centers as well.  The sad thing is  we've only managed to clear out maybe 20% of the hoard.  So keep up the decluttering everyone.

That sounds like a nightmare.  How is your relative dealing with letting things go? 

I just decluttered the garage.  My "corner" of the garage is dedicated mostly to horse feed and other horse items that get ferried back and forth to the barn on a regular basis.  However, lots of tools and general crap had accumulated there too.  Found some horse items that need to be either sold or given away; it's time for an Ebay blitz.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MayDay on July 27, 2014, 08:20:33 PM
Moved xcountry two years ago.  Moved from rental house one year ago.  Did major purges, had garage sales, sold on CL.

I undertook a basement clean out the last two weeks, and somehow got rid of about four boxes of stuff, and cleared out two plastic tubs for future storage needs.  How is that possible?  How does all this stuff accumulate?

Every time I do a good purge, it inspires me to be more valiant about keeping the junk from coming in in the first place.  That is always good, especially as we visit my parents next week, and they want to buy things for us.  I already told them that all the kids need is socks, underwear, and school shoes.  No toys, no other clothes. 

I wish I could get rid of photo albums and framed photographs without guilt. But for now they stay.  Maybe some day. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on July 28, 2014, 02:00:17 AM
How do you guys deal with greeting cards with really nice thoughtful messages written in them? The generic ones I can easily throw away, but these are way more difficult.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: smalllife on July 28, 2014, 04:24:14 AM
How do you guys deal with greeting cards with really nice thoughtful messages written in them? The generic ones I can easily throw away, but these are way more difficult.

One per person if I'm feeling generous - at the end of the day it's to help remember my relationship with the person.  I'm not really a card person though, so my mementos tend to be displayable.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on July 28, 2014, 06:33:34 AM
Thanks, smalllife. The one-per-person rule seems like it could work for me. :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: swick on July 28, 2014, 09:47:24 AM
How do you guys deal with greeting cards with really nice thoughtful messages written in them? The generic ones I can easily throw away, but these are way more difficult.

Gather them together, cut out the important messages and turn them into a piece of art, or scan them and let the physical copies go.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on July 28, 2014, 11:00:12 AM
I joined this forum to get motivated but honestly, I think I am paralyzed by my clutter -- don't know where to start so I don't start at all<sigh>  complainypants, I know.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: KatieSSS on July 28, 2014, 01:47:48 PM
Books have been creeping into my apartment lately. I've been trying to figure out how to get rid of them, and karma swept right in with a great solution! A "take a book - leave a book" shelf at work! If there isn't one where you work, I highly recommend it! I've brought in more books than I've taken out, so now I have less at home. When I'm done reading a book, I just put it back where I found it. A great system, if you ask me!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: limeandpepper on July 28, 2014, 06:08:32 PM
Gather them together, cut out the important messages and turn them into a piece of art, or scan them and let the physical copies go.

I like the first idea! :D
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: RetiredAt63 on July 28, 2014, 06:43:40 PM
Um, be careful - I read on another decluttering site of someone who did that - turned out her passport was in one of the boxes.  Ouch.

Bought our first house back in January and still have tonnes of boxes stashed away which havnt been opened since. Im of the opinion that if it hasnt been needed in the past 6 months, its unlikely to be needed much at all so better to get rid of most of it!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: couponvan on July 29, 2014, 08:25:33 PM
I have 197 children's books in the trunk to take to work for the book drive.

Our entire company's goal was 2,000 books.  I think they will be surprised when I show up with 10% of the book drive myself.  We LOVE books, but now that the kids have graduated to Nook and iPad paper books are just clutter.  I was trying so hard to get to 200, but I am keeping a few signed/sentimental books. Bernie's Books will be reallocating these books to low-income children.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Anatidae V on July 29, 2014, 11:08:00 PM
I have 197 children's books in the trunk to take to work for the book drive.

Our entire company's goal was 2,000 books.  I think they will be surprised when I show up with 10% of the book drive myself.  We LOVE books, but now that the kids have graduated to Nook and iPad paper books are just clutter.  I was trying so hard to get to 200, but I am keeping a few signed/sentimental books. Bernie's Books will be reallocating these books to low-income children.
That is seriously cool! We have too many soft toys (sentimental no-kids-yet couple), and I have just started thinking they would do better for kids who don't have toys than hanging around our house.

I took everything out of my kitchen cupboards last night, and rearranged the lot. Haven't gotten rid of anything yet, but now we can see all of it! I also rearranged the pantry. It's overfull, so we'll be eating our way through it over the next few months.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: swick on July 30, 2014, 08:13:03 AM
I'm a couple of boxes lighter and 90.00 richer. I have been posting stuff on our local buy and sell page as I find it - mostly books but a old game we haven't played in a while, some old jewellery and a candle I was gifted that is way too smelly for us.

Some of our pantry surplus, and some new groceries from costco I am boxing up and taking to a local family who needs it. Will also take some kids books I found while organizing I know the kids will like.

Today my main goal is to finally decide what to do with some old clothing I have moved with twice and not worn....
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fallstoclimb on July 30, 2014, 11:54:50 AM
I've been continuing to make small progress.  Finally let go of a dress that is comfortable and has held up well over the years but isn't my style and never makes me feel pretty.  I felt the weight of letting that one go.

Question:  do I need to hang on to my navy blue strappy sandals with the really uncomfortable heel?  The ONLY time I wear these shoes is to weddings, however, they are kind of my only wedding-appropriate shoe.  (Typically I hobble in these shoes for the ceremony and then after dinner switch into flats that don't quite match my outfit, but at that point I'm a little tipsy so I don't care!).  It does seem like I should have one pair of wedding-appropriate shoes, but only wearing these stupid shoes a couple times a year seems silly. 

I do have 2 pairs of businessy closed-toe heels (purple and black) that would work with some of my formal wear dresses, but probably not the salmon/pink one and definitely not the brown dress....
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NV Teacher on July 30, 2014, 05:26:02 PM
I've spent a good amount of time this summer trying to help a relative that is a hoarder clean out her house and yesterday we hit the 20,000 pound mark at the dump.  And I'd estimate that that much if not more has gone to the recycle and donate centers as well.  The sad thing is  we've only managed to clear out maybe 20% of the hoard.  So keep up the decluttering everyone.

That sounds like a nightmare.  How is your relative dealing with letting things go? 

Some days are good and some days are bad.  She is also dealing with the death of her mother so it's been a difficult few months for her.   

Friday we are going to start on a room that hasn't been opened in over 25 years.  She told me yesterday that she has cleared a path to the door but she was afraid to open it and see what kind of condition it's in.  They have a BIG mouse problem so who knows what we'll find.

Our grandma lived with them when she was elderly so they ended up with all of her things when she passed away.   I'm pushing her to get through this room before I head back to school because the family pictures should be in that room and honestly I want the pictures of my dad that they have. 

One bonus is that it's made me ruthless with my own junk.  I've gone through my things here and I've gotten rid of several bags of stuff and once I get to school I'm going to do the same there.  It's freeing to live in a space that isn't packed with stuff.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: TeresaB on July 31, 2014, 07:45:05 AM
Question:  do I need to hang on to my navy blue strappy sandals with the really uncomfortable heel?  The ONLY time I wear these shoes is to weddings, however, they are kind of my only wedding-appropriate shoe.  (Typically I hobble in these shoes for the ceremony and then after dinner switch into flats that don't quite match my outfit, but at that point I'm a little tipsy so I don't care!).  It does seem like I should have one pair of wedding-appropriate shoes, but only wearing these stupid shoes a couple times a year seems silly. 

I do have 2 pairs of businessy closed-toe heels (purple and black) that would work with some of my formal wear dresses, but probably not the salmon/pink one and definitely not the brown dress....

If you only go to a couple weddings a year, how many formal wear dresses do you need? Can you get rid of the pink one and the brown one and the uncomfortable shoes and then just wear the businessy heels with the remaining dresses to your couple weddings a year?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fallstoclimb on July 31, 2014, 08:12:45 AM
If you only go to a couple weddings a year, how many formal wear dresses do you need? Can you get rid of the pink one and the brown one and the uncomfortable shoes and then just wear the businessy heels with the remaining dresses to your couple weddings a year?

But the pink one and the brown one are the prettiest ones!!  I have a hard time letting go of formal wear dresses, because when I'm a few pounds up they tend to be forgiving in different ways.  I think for now I'll just hold on to all of them, it's not like this is clutter really.  I'll let this advice set for a while and reassess when the fall wedding season is over.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 4alpacas on July 31, 2014, 12:11:38 PM
If you only go to a couple weddings a year, how many formal wear dresses do you need? Can you get rid of the pink one and the brown one and the uncomfortable shoes and then just wear the businessy heels with the remaining dresses to your couple weddings a year?

But the pink one and the brown one are the prettiest ones!!  I have a hard time letting go of formal wear dresses, because when I'm a few pounds up they tend to be forgiving in different ways.  I think for now I'll just hold on to all of them, it's not like this is clutter really.  I'll let this advice set for a while and reassess when the fall wedding season is over.
I would recommend keeping them because they're expensive to replace.  I have too many formal dresses that I rarely wear.  However the replacement cost (time and money) is too high for me to purge them.  I focus on getting rid of excess t-shirts, worn out items, and items that I will NEVER wear again.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on July 31, 2014, 07:45:09 PM
I just tossed my only formal outfit. Decided even if I needed it i just wouldn't wear it again. Since I've lost some weight it looks weird. However this weight loss is good, I actually have clothes that are too big now. Daggy ones are tossed. Good ones that are expensive to replace are stored in the bottom of the closet for now. Of course I'm "never going back", but thats happened before, so I'm just keeping them for the moment.  Good news is I went around looking for stuff that could fill up my garbage bin and couldn't find much! Must be making progress. Still heaps of stuff to declutter, but mostly will need to be donated/sold. Ahem, then there's the paper clutter…..still….
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Chippewa on August 02, 2014, 12:42:18 PM
I feel like I am always de-cluttering and thought I didn't have anymore to get rid of. But I was wrong. And glad I was!

- 1 med Box and a bag of books ranging in subjects (off to the library). I did get rid of my whole Anne Rice collections I've started 20 years ago!
- 1 sm box of books (niche subject) off to a friend's house because she has a friend that wants them.
- 1 roll of 6.0 mm heavy duty plastic to friend's dad.
- tossed old suitcase and lots of odds & ends
- clothes (off to thrift store donation)
- 2 blankets (donating to animal shelter)
- 3 pairs of running shoes (donating to local running club. goes to kids at local high school)
- 1 David Bowie 4-CD 'box set' I've had for eons (gifting to relative)

And I am loving my walk-in closet! Didn't realize I had one! ;)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Chippewa on August 04, 2014, 09:21:47 PM
And I sold a handbag tonight for $50! Clutter-Be-Gone
The FB local garage sale groups make a great place to sell.

And I cleaned out the jacket closet. Donating.

All this decluttering feels great!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: mc6 on August 05, 2014, 05:24:12 AM
I'm having zero luck with CL and only flighty/flaky potential buyers on Fb yard sales.  I'm having an open house to sell my condo this weekend and I seriously need to get rid of some bulky weird items.  And of course I would welcome the extra cash too.  :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: canuckie on August 05, 2014, 09:28:12 AM
Over the last few weeks I have gotten rid of THREE (!) giant bags of clothes (and one bag full of ...bags). I  can't believe I even had that much. It feels really great to be free of that giant mass of useless. I feel lighter, and am now itching to find other things to toss!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Chippewa on August 05, 2014, 01:36:38 PM
@mc6 do u could always do the "Monica closet" from Friends. Where its filled with lots of Stuff to make her place seem clutter free. ;)

@cunuckie i agree - is a great feeling to declutter!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: eostache on August 08, 2014, 10:36:55 PM
(We have a lot of bikes!) The bf and I finally gathered together a big pile of bike parts, wheels, tires, and accessories that we are done with and are going to take it all down to the local bike kitchen. The guys there are running a nice little business and they help out folks that need some transportation. Some of the stuff we could sell if we really wanted to take the time to do so but I decided to let the bike kitchen guys try to make some $ off it. Those guys don't have any sort of internet so I am also giving them an old smartphone that I am done with. They could go to the library and use the free wifi to get online if they want.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NinetyFour on August 09, 2014, 03:47:31 AM
FINALLY, I took several things to the thrift store:

Plastic mug
Ceramic mug
Electric steamer
Backrest pillow
2 stools
several glasses
5 brand new large candles

Some of these items had been on my porch for.....TWO YEARS!  I'm so glad I finally got motivated to really get rid of them!

I need to keep up the momentum and start getting rid of some clothes.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zikoris on August 10, 2014, 11:38:17 AM
I love this challenge - we recently downsized to a smaller apartment, and that was a huge catalyst for getting rid of stuff. Our old place had tons of storage space, and you just don't feel any sort of urgency to get rid of, say, a toaster you never use if it just sits on a cupboard out of sight. I've gotten rid of three garbage bags of clothes, a bag of excess linens/towels/blankets, my couch, my old hulk of a kitchen table (replaced with a sleek wooden folding one), so many books, and so much other random crap.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: pachnik on August 10, 2014, 12:49:39 PM
My favourite method of getting rid of stuff is trying not to let it get into the apartment in the first place.  Easier said than done though.  I took maybe a medium-sized box of stuff that didn't sell at our garage sale this spring over to the thrift store. 

I do have some concerns about accumulating more since the place we are moving into is larger than where we live now even though the rent is quite a bit cheaper. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: abuzzyisawesome on August 20, 2014, 02:08:24 PM
Sold $45 worth of clutter on our local FB sell page. The house is starting to feel lighter and more airy.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Chippewa on August 20, 2014, 05:42:08 PM
Totally doing the same, local FB yardsale. sold an extra dining set, bed frame, cameral lens, and garden planter. In fact, I need to run off and deliver it right now!

It does feel wonderful! And even when I didn't think I have stuff to sell, something shows up in my house. and I'm like, "oh ya, i can sell that" ;)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: medstache on August 20, 2014, 10:20:06 PM
First time poster here! I'm using my last week of summer vacation from grad school to purge stuff. Have already sold a few books on Amazon, and I have a big Ikea bag of clothes ready to go to Goodwill. Also trying out the yerdle app to give stuff away without the hassle of craigslist/freecycle.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on August 22, 2014, 11:23:30 AM
For those of you getting rid of clothing and accessories, you might want to check out liketwice.com and thredup.com.  They are used clothing websites and they will send you a pre-paid shipping bag.  Send them your sellable stuff, and they'll make an offer on the whole lot.  I sent a giant bag to liketwice a few months ago and got $125!  It's much, much easier than trying to sell on ebay or to an individual buyer.  Liketwice is women's clothing only, thredup is women's , boys, girls, and baby as well as shoes and accessories. 

Here are some referral links that give you and me a bonus but you certainly don't need to use them:  www.liketwice.com/GLdQ9 (http://www.liketwice.com/GLdQ9)  and http://www.thredup.com/r/XYUOUP (http://www.thredup.com/r/XYUOUP)

All right, I'm in. We're going to be moving in the next year, but today, it's primarily the "In Training" part of my signature. I have a storage unit. Just sold an elliptical, but have a lot more to go through. Just quoted that message above so that I remember the links. They may be useful.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Write Thyme on August 25, 2014, 02:05:35 PM
I read about the 30 day declutter challenge on another forum, and I am currently on day 10. I'm excited to receive my shipping bags from donatestuff.com (http://donatestuff.com) so I can get rid of my growing pile of clothes.

I mentioned the challenge to my husband, and I'm hoping by day 30 he will see how wonderful it is to get rid of things and start doing it too.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MWOverlander on August 27, 2014, 03:08:04 AM
I'm in! We are possibly moving across country next year.  My goals are to sell off everything and only buy the necessities in the new place.  This week, I've sold off $575 in electronics (video games just sitting on shelves or in closets).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: norabird on August 27, 2014, 08:44:40 AM
Taking first batch of books to be sold/donated today--next batch and a bag of things for the consignment store in waiting for later this week. I also need to either recycle or give to a friend my moving boxes now that I've unpacked and my new roommate is moving in! I should also try to find a way to get rid of the many excess tote/grocery bags I have...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: te rose on August 27, 2014, 08:58:19 AM
I wish I could handle my stuff problem.  I have my parents house full of stuff since they passed away and no relatives to help.  My mother was disabled and her enjoyment was QVC, ect.  The stuff is all real good brand hew stuff.  All the estate businesses want 40% and I think that is too much.  Any thoughts or suggestions appreciated!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: te rose on August 27, 2014, 09:00:26 AM
Having problems with sign in
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Write Thyme on August 27, 2014, 02:51:41 PM
I wish I could handle my stuff problem.  I have my parents house full of stuff since they passed away and no relatives to help.  My mother was disabled and her enjoyment was QVC, ect.  The stuff is all real good brand hew stuff.  All the estate businesses want 40% and I think that is too much.  Any thoughts or suggestions appreciated!

That's a tough one. You can check out this site http://www.pickupplease.org/donation-pickup (http://www.pickupplease.org/donation-pickup) to see if you can have someone come out to pick up a bunch of things.

For the QVC stuff you could try selling them on ebay or amazon.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Gin1984 on August 27, 2014, 03:08:55 PM
I wish I could handle my stuff problem.  I have my parents house full of stuff since they passed away and no relatives to help.  My mother was disabled and her enjoyment was QVC, ect.  The stuff is all real good brand hew stuff.  All the estate businesses want 40% and I think that is too much.  Any thoughts or suggestions appreciated!

That's a tough one. You can check out this site http://www.pickupplease.org/donation-pickup (http://www.pickupplease.org/donation-pickup) to see if you can have someone come out to pick up a bunch of things.

For the QVC stuff you could try selling them on ebay or amazon.
Or here, if they are still in new condition.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zikoris on August 27, 2014, 03:52:04 PM
I did a big round of clearing out stuff recently at the advice of the forums. Here's my apartment before: http://imgur.com/a/OdC3L (http://imgur.com/a/OdC3L) and after http://imgur.com/a/CvkHu (http://imgur.com/a/CvkHu).

Still have a few things to do, mainly figure out how to get the tv onto the wall, but overall it's going well.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MWOverlander on August 28, 2014, 02:40:01 AM
I dropped off 4 full 50 gallon trash bags of clothes to Goodwill that have been in the closet for years and not worn.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: norabird on August 28, 2014, 09:26:42 AM
Zikoris, that looks great! I also had a cat like yours once...what a cutie.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Squirrel away on August 29, 2014, 12:35:43 AM
I've got rid of so much shit since I was last on here, whenever that was.:) I'm really paring down and I love the feeling of having a more spacious house as it's less than 650 sq ft and it needs to be minimal.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ashley on August 31, 2014, 11:45:59 AM
I cleared out three very full grocery bags of old clothes this morning. I know I could get rid of more, so I think I'm going to do one more sweep before I call it done. I'm realizing as I go through my wardrobe that it's mostly old, worn out, crappy looking stuff. Even the clothes in my regular rotation are looking pretty ratty (90% came from thrift stores in the first place). This makes me want to buy more clothes, which defeats the purpose entirely. Must resist.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on August 31, 2014, 11:06:09 PM
Wow, nice work, Mapleseed!  I'm also guilty of the old windows never made into a cold frame as intended thing.

I'm off work this week and decluttering is on my list.  This thread motivated me to get off my butt and go through my closet and prune out clothes I'm no longer wearing.  Have a pretty nice pile to split between donation and maybe Ebay, but need to go through my dresser and maybe the coat closet and my scarf collection as well.

Sold a few horse equipment items on Ebay, but need to redouble my efforts and get rid of my old saddle and a few other things.  Also plan to get after DH to make a few things disappear, at least from my line of sight, such as the saddle bags and helmet for the motorcycle he no longer owns...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NinetyFour on September 01, 2014, 05:14:40 PM
I am about halfway through The Joy of Less (borrowed from the library, of course).

One line that really struck me:  "Life is the space between our things."  I read this line while sitting in my campsite last weekend.  Between my bike and a camp table was a beautiful view of the Colorado mountains.  Yep.  The view (and the camping experience) was much more enjoyable than the bike (fairly useless at that particular location) and the table of stuff I had brought with me.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on September 01, 2014, 05:19:39 PM
I am about halfway through The Joy of Less (borrowed from the library, of course).

One line that really struck me:  "Life is the space between our things."  I read this line while sitting in my campsite last weekend.  Between my bike and a camp table was a beautiful view of the Colorado mountains.  Yep.  The view (and the camping experience) was much more enjoyable than the bike (fairly useless at that particular location) and the table of stuff I had brought with me.
Isn't this place great? I have an experience like that at least once a week here. And I don't even count the breathtaking views when I bike into the office.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CatchingFire on September 01, 2014, 06:23:38 PM
Thoroughly enjoying de-stuff'ing our home.  Virtual yardsale (local Craigslist type ads) netted $265 this past weekend for things which I've been cleaning around for years.  Woot!  Must check out The Joy of Less.  Sounds perfect!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MWOverlander on September 01, 2014, 07:25:00 PM
I've sold another $750 worth of stuff including two old bikes, and iPad, cell phone, and another video game system. That's about $1300 in the last  1.5 weeks. I've got so much more to go through. It's actually fun getting rid of all this crap. Hopefully I'll be able to contribute and get our cc debt paid off quicker than my plan entailed.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Squirrel away on September 02, 2014, 03:06:50 AM
I have another pile of stuff to go to a charity shop and I just threw away some other crap.:) Woo hoo.

I am a fan of The Minimalists at the moment.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on September 06, 2014, 06:06:59 PM
There can be a definite upside to clearing out clutter.  I was scanning books with my Amazon app to see if anything was worth selling.  One of my cookbooks that I've never, ever used, is apparently out of print and the cheapest used copy is listed for $225!  Woohoo, I'll gladly undercut the competition and sell that puppy.  That's some great motivation to keep going and see if I have anything else of significant value sitting around here.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on September 08, 2014, 10:42:42 PM
Listed a bunch of shit on Amazon and Ebay yesterday.  Already sold 5 books (not the $225 one yet) and have bids on my saddle and a brand new bathroom faucet that I apparently was going to install at some point.  Amazingly have watchers on DH's vintage Ray-Bans for $50 and Levi's sherpa jacket for $100 that his mother forced us to take last time we were at her house.

Also have two large boxes of crap staged in the basement to go to the thrift store in the near future.  Hoping to add to the pile when I get a little more time.

Threw an armload of magazines in the recycling bin.

Still have a ways to go though.  I want half empty cabinets where I can open them and see all of the contents without moving stuff around.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: SisterX on September 09, 2014, 01:10:45 PM
I've got a rather large box of stuff that I need to bike over to the local U for this upcoming weekend's freecycle event.  Yay!  Hopefully the students will appreciate having it, and I know I'll appreciate being rid of it.
Debating whether I should put the old sports helmet in there for students who want to play intramurals, or take it to Play It Again Sports and try to sell it?  Not sure it would be worth my time to try to sell it, or that they'd even take it, and don't have time before the freecycle event anyway.  Hmmm.
Gonna dig through the closets one more time, then do a pass-through in the guest room just to make sure I'm getting rid of everything that needs to go.
It's not even that much stuff but it feels so nice to know that it will be gone soon.  :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NinetyFour on September 09, 2014, 02:54:20 PM
Drat.  Just when I was getting excited/motivated about decluttering, I broke a bone in my leg and am on crutches.  This just happened two days ago, so the break is still painful and swollen, and resting is pretty much all I can do.  But just as soon as I regain significant mobility, I will start gathering up stuff to get rid of.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on September 09, 2014, 03:27:07 PM
Drat.  Just when I was getting excited/motivated about decluttering, I broke a bone in my leg and am on crutches.  This just happened two days ago, so the break is still painful and swollen, and resting is pretty much all I can do.  But just as soon as I regain significant mobility, I will start gathering up stuff to get rid of.

Ouch! Hope you recover quickly. If you're still keen to declutter, maybe you could mentally walk around your house and perhaps make a written list of stuff you want to get rid of once you have some mobility? Or if you have any visitors or live with someone, you could ask them to bring you a drawer of stuff to go through while you're sitting/lying down?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on September 09, 2014, 04:59:56 PM
Gave away a fully stuffed garbage bag of kid clothes to a friend in need.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NinetyFour on September 09, 2014, 06:02:08 PM
Drat.  Just when I was getting excited/motivated about decluttering, I broke a bone in my leg and am on crutches.  This just happened two days ago, so the break is still painful and swollen, and resting is pretty much all I can do.  But just as soon as I regain significant mobility, I will start gathering up stuff to get rid of.

Ouch! Hope you recover quickly. If you're still keen to declutter, maybe you could mentally walk around your house and perhaps make a written list of stuff you want to get rid of once you have some mobility? Or if you have any visitors or live with someone, you could ask them to bring you a drawer of stuff to go through while you're sitting/lying down?

Thanks!  I live by myself.  Actually, this experience might REALLY motivate me, because not only am I surrounded by stuff, but I can't do a darn thing about it!!  So when I get back on my feet, I will attack everything with a vengeance!!  :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zaga on September 12, 2014, 08:40:47 AM
Drat.  Just when I was getting excited/motivated about decluttering, I broke a bone in my leg and am on crutches.  This just happened two days ago, so the break is still painful and swollen, and resting is pretty much all I can do.  But just as soon as I regain significant mobility, I will start gathering up stuff to get rid of.

Ouch! Hope you recover quickly. If you're still keen to declutter, maybe you could mentally walk around your house and perhaps make a written list of stuff you want to get rid of once you have some mobility? Or if you have any visitors or live with someone, you could ask them to bring you a drawer of stuff to go through while you're sitting/lying down?

Thanks!  I live by myself.  Actually, this experience might REALLY motivate me, because not only am I surrounded by stuff, but I can't do a darn thing about it!!  So when I get back on my feet, I will attack everything with a vengeance!!  :)
Could you still clean out and declutter small areas while you are seated like junk drawers?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: smalllife on September 12, 2014, 05:18:17 PM
I had a small but growing pile of donation items.  Five small grocery bags in all - little odds and ends, clothing, and a few items that had been mentally dragging me down.  I also culled my memory box and finally got around to ordering a T-shirt quilt off Etsy.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on September 12, 2014, 05:52:50 PM
Put 10 books in a giveaway box .. I'm very slow at this and appreciate reading about all you ninja-like declutterers!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on September 13, 2014, 07:32:15 PM
Slowly slowly. Not making as much progress as I want, but improving. Between this, the losing weight challenge , and the buy no more clothes challenge and Project 33, I'm gradually clearing the wardrobe.  I'm finding it tougher than I thought - I have now convinced myself I don't need to keep clothes with holes in them.  I don't need to mend them, because I have way more than I need.  I can even let go of things I don't like and never wear, because I have way more than enough. Apart from an interview outfit last year, I've really not bought anything much in the last 2 years, so there's not too much I have thats highly fashionable, so really I'm down to wear it or lose it.
I used to be able to wander around the house finding old/broken stuff, not able to be donated to fill up by garbage bin (which is never full) each week, but can't do that now, so must be improving.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on September 13, 2014, 10:36:32 PM
Set aside two small items to give away today.  Noticed my medicine cabinet and the cabinets in the wet bar are wonderfully clutter-free.  Good motivation to keep going.

Next, I'm going to sell my espresso machine; hopefully craigslist will do the trick.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Squirrel away on September 14, 2014, 04:10:45 AM
We attacked my husband's floor to ceiling cupboard over the past few days. He has dramatically pared down his clothes, DVDs and records.:)

I'm going to do a quick sweep through the house today to look for anything more that can be donated to the charity shop.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on September 14, 2014, 04:43:29 AM
I'm going to tackle a clutter pile of "shoulds". I decided earlier this year that I would make greeting cards instead of buying them. I even bought some coloured cardboard from our one and only trip to Costco. I've eventually realised that while it's fun to make cards using prints of photos I've taken, the other fiddly types of cards are unfun to make. So I'll declutter the pile that's been sitting in the spare room for MONTHS taunting me that yes, I love doing this really, I'll get back to it soon! Yeah, but no.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on September 16, 2014, 08:56:18 AM
Are you a flagrant offender of any of these?
http://metropolitanorganizing.com/professional-organizing-services/declutter-your-home-in-a-jiffy/

20.  I have 20 vases, which take up way too much space.  Time to cut this one down.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on September 16, 2014, 09:05:39 AM
Are you a flagrant offender of any of these?
http://metropolitanorganizing.com/professional-organizing-services/declutter-your-home-in-a-jiffy/

20.  I have 20 vases, which take up way too much space.  Time to cut this one down.

Thanks for this.  I have a whole tub of outdated or broken electronics.  Need to destroy the hard drives on the computers and get it all disposed of.

Just got rid of much of the random and dried up cans of paint this weekend.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Write Thyme on September 16, 2014, 09:47:24 AM
Are you a flagrant offender of any of these?
http://metropolitanorganizing.com/professional-organizing-services/declutter-your-home-in-a-jiffy/

20.  I have 20 vases, which take up way too much space.  Time to cut this one down.

I have 7-9 vases. They are all different sizes so I'm prepared to accommodate whatever sized bouquet my husband happens to bring home on a rare occasion. They are displayed on top of the kitchen cabinets.

What size will you be keeping?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: gt7152b on September 16, 2014, 09:48:37 AM
Got together a pile of stuff this weekend and got it on craigslist or in the car for donating. Made $80 so far on the listed items. Lots more to go but they say the hardest part is getting started.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Elderwood17 on September 16, 2014, 09:58:20 AM
We moved a year and a half ago.  At the time we really thought we had gotten rid of a lot of stuff, but this past weekend I pulled some boxes out of a closet and opened them.   Two were full of winter clothes......hats, gloves, sweaters, etc.  They were mine, not DWs.  Obviously we lived an entire winter without them, so obviously I don't need them.  And yet I feel the urge to keep them.  Why is it so hard to get rid of perfectly fine things, even when you have proved you can live fine without them??
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 4alpacas on September 16, 2014, 10:14:58 AM
We moved a year and a half ago.  At the time we really thought we had gotten rid of a lot of stuff, but this past weekend I pulled some boxes out of a closet and opened them.   Two were full of winter clothes......hats, gloves, sweaters, etc.  They were mine, not DWs.  Obviously we lived an entire winter without them, so obviously I don't need them.  And yet I feel the urge to keep them.  Why is it so hard to get rid of perfectly fine things, even when you have proved you can live fine without them??
I struggle with this problem.  I have a lot of nice winter clothes--for running, for every day.  Now I live in a much gentler climate, so I don't use these items.  However, I can't seem to get rid of everything. 

We're moving to a house with negligible closet space in a month, so I will need to get over my fear of purging expensive items. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on September 17, 2014, 12:48:55 AM
An Amazon box came into the house today with a helmet for my son. I had the idea that every time a box comes into the house, I need to fill it up with things to donate! I am at the very beginning of my declutterring journey. We have a large family and live in a very large, very cluttered house :0/ Will try to do this task tomorrow. The box is only about 1 1/2 feet long. Shouldn't take me too long.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: starbuck on September 17, 2014, 06:00:07 AM
I had the idea that every time a box comes into the house, I need to fill it up with things to donate!

I love that idea!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on September 17, 2014, 08:38:52 AM
Are you a flagrant offender of any of these?
http://metropolitanorganizing.com/professional-organizing-services/declutter-your-home-in-a-jiffy/

20.  I have 20 vases, which take up way too much space.  Time to cut this one down.

I have 7-9 vases. They are all different sizes so I'm prepared to accommodate whatever sized bouquet my husband happens to bring home on a rare occasion. They are displayed on top of the kitchen cabinets.

What size will you be keeping?


I'm getting rid of 2 bud vases I never use, 3 different round cyclinders from my cousin's wedding, 1 from my wedding, and a few florist vases.  Still dithering over 2 matched bud vases from my grandparents which I rarely use.  They are small to keep, and I think I'm just not quite ready to let them go even if I don't use them.

Keeping:
1 small German vase from my deceased grandparents
1 very low fat round vase
1 small blue (fancy blown glass) clear vase
1 small white vase
1 rectangle red clear vase
1 large blue clear vase (always filled with two dozen dried roses, the first flowers my husband gave to me 6 years ago when he left on a European vacation shortly after we started dating)
1 large cylinder from our wedding (getting rid of the double)
1 large clear florist vase

The red vase may also be on the chopping block.  All of the others I've actually used recently, some for a baby shower for my SIL this weekend (low vase holding chocolate lollipop favors, small white and blue vases holding sock flower bouquets, large cylinder holding cookie bars) and the large clear florist vase (and broken flowers in the German one) because ironically, my husband brought me flowers yesterday as I stayed home from work sick.

Also getting rid of the dried baby's breath kept from my wedding 2.5 years ago.  My wedding flowers were lost (a friend was going to dry them but threw them out when bugs got into them) so I had been holding onto them - in a large clear florist vase - but I think I'm ok saying goodbye to both.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: norabird on September 17, 2014, 09:48:22 AM
Hmmm I should target some vases to get rid of--probably will just return them to the friends who sweetly used them to bring flowers over. I also have a smattering of clothes and odds and ends that aren't resaleable or really swappable that I think I can donate next week.

Was excited to get an email from twice today that they are now accepting shoes--I definitely have more pairs than I need and hopefully this will spur me to send off even more things! Plus I have a box of socks I still haven't unpacked from my move a month ago and it's also the only box available to ship anything in, so maybe I can finally get that situation sorted...

Feeling a bit of momentum and inspiration!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zaga on September 17, 2014, 09:55:00 AM
Are you a flagrant offender of any of these?
http://metropolitanorganizing.com/professional-organizing-services/declutter-your-home-in-a-jiffy/

20.  I have 20 vases, which take up way too much space.  Time to cut this one down.
One more big and easy thing to add to this list:

Any expired medicines, prescription or otherwise.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on September 17, 2014, 10:02:40 AM
Are you a flagrant offender of any of these?
http://metropolitanorganizing.com/professional-organizing-services/declutter-your-home-in-a-jiffy/

20.  I have 20 vases, which take up way too much space.  Time to cut this one down.
One more big and easy thing to add to this list:

Any expired medicines, prescription or otherwise.

Good call.  I fortunately already did this myself before my move, but along those lines - old sunscreen and toothpaste, both of which lose their efficacy over time (and are bad to use thinking they are still good!)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NinetyFour on September 17, 2014, 11:02:05 AM
I live by myself, and rarely have company in my tiny little home.  (Sounds sad, but it isn't--don't worry.)  Since I do not have other people giving me feedback about my home, I find that my levels of cleanliness and organization, while comfortable for me, are probably not reasonable for lots of other folks.

Next Monday, 4 people from the City will be coming to my small house to inspect it (as part of the new process for permitting Accessory Dwelling Units in my town).  First, I can't really picture 4 people in my house, in addition to me.  Second, I am already feeling embarrassed about all the stuff in my house!  So, the upshot is that the appointment with these inspectors has served to motivate me to declutter!!  I have just a few days to get rid of lots of stuff!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Elderwood17 on September 17, 2014, 04:02:12 PM
I had the idea that every time a box comes into the house, I need to fill it up with things to donate!

Great idea....box comes in, box goes out.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NinetyFour on September 19, 2014, 02:37:48 PM
Well, the City has cancelled its planned inspection, by 4 of its employees, of my <400 sq ft house on Monday.  So I can stop stressing about how they will all fit in my house at the same time.

However, this morning, before I got the cancellation news, I was still worried about all the stuff in my house and what others might think, so I packed up about 15 shirts, a big fat candle (never used), a tea pot someone gave me, about 6 books, and about 14 video tapes and took them to the thrift store.  I also poured out about a tablespoon of whiskey that remained in a large bottle of JD, so that I could get rid of the bottle.  That freed up space so that I could move something from its "temporary" (months?) place on the kitchen floor and into a cabinet.

I had high hopes of carrying a bunch of textbooks from my house to my vehicle (so that I could get rid of them) this weekend, but I have been told by a doctor to not put weight on my broken leg (go figure!), so I will have to postpone the textbook decluttering.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: norabird on September 19, 2014, 03:07:20 PM
Dropped off another box at the charity thrift shop today...time to start another for twice with some shoes!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: starbuck on September 19, 2014, 03:11:01 PM
One thing that had been sitting around my house for a long time was old electronics. Since college, we've accumulated SO MANY old desktops and laptops, cables and connectors, broken digital cameras and mp3 players. I tried over the last year to give away some of it to those that wanted it, like the old webcams and tv antennas. But most of it just sat, and I didn't want to just chuck it in the landfill. My husband had an ENTIRE storage tote of just cables. To what, I had no idea, but he was sure they were useful. I pulled it out of the basement one day and pulled out each one, asking if it should stay or go. We had 8 iPod cables in the house, in addition to the ones that are in our cars and at our offices. It was so ridiculous. And so useless.

On Wednesday I finished dropping off the last box of all this stuff at Best Buy! Thankfully they've really stepped up their recycling program, and take all sorts of stuff, including all those random cables we had acquired over the years. They used to charge for recycling computers but not any more. PHEW!

Now onto the magazines!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on September 19, 2014, 03:16:58 PM
One thing that had been sitting around my house for a long time was old electronics. Since college, we've accumulated SO MANY old desktops and laptops, cables and connectors, broken digital cameras and mp3 players. I tried over the last year to give away some of it to those that wanted it, like the old webcams and tv antennas. But most of it just sat, and I didn't want to just chuck it in the landfill. My husband had an ENTIRE storage tote of just cables. To what, I had no idea, but he was sure they were useful. I pulled it out of the basement one day and pulled out each one, asking if it should stay or go. We had 8 iPod cables in the house, in addition to the ones that are in our cars and at our offices. It was so ridiculous. And so useless.

On Wednesday I finished dropping off the last box of all this stuff at Best Buy! Thankfully they've really stepped up their recycling program, and take all sorts of stuff, including all those random cables we had acquired over the years. They used to charge for recycling computers but not any more. PHEW!

Now onto the magazines!

Oh, I have a box of "wires".  DH wanted me to get rid of it - but "what it" it belongs to something?!  (And many times it does, in fairness.)  I should treat it like the hangar idea - put the wires that I used in a box, and ones I haven't used after a year, I toss.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Anatidae V on September 19, 2014, 06:20:11 PM
One thing that had been sitting around my house for a long time was old electronics. Since college, we've accumulated SO MANY old desktops and laptops, cables and connectors, broken digital cameras and mp3 players. I tried over the last year to give away some of it to those that wanted it, like the old webcams and tv antennas. But most of it just sat, and I didn't want to just chuck it in the landfill. My husband had an ENTIRE storage tote of just cables. To what, I had no idea, but he was sure they were useful. I pulled it out of the basement one day and pulled out each one, asking if it should stay or go. We had 8 iPod cables in the house, in addition to the ones that are in our cars and at our offices. It was so ridiculous. And so useless.

On Wednesday I finished dropping off the last box of all this stuff at Best Buy! Thankfully they've really stepped up their recycling program, and take all sorts of stuff, including all those random cables we had acquired over the years. They used to charge for recycling computers but not any more. PHEW!

Now onto the magazines!

Oh, I have a box of "wires".  DH wanted me to get rid of it - but "what it" it belongs to something?!  (And many times it does, in fairness.)  I should treat it like the hangar idea - put the wires that I used in a box, and ones I haven't used after a year, I toss.

We have so many cables and computer pieces in different boxes. I love the idea of chucking anything still in the box after a year! I will collect all the stuff into one box this week.

Yesterday I took all SO's t-shirts into the lounge room and he folded and sorted while watching tv. Didn't get rid of any, but baby steps - he now has an empty drawer!
Today I'm sorting Lego while breakfast cooks.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on September 20, 2014, 05:52:25 PM
Today I'm sorting Lego while breakfast cooks.

Whoa there...Legos are always awesome (unless you step on them). ;-)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on September 21, 2014, 09:05:36 PM
Got rid of:
- 4 bras, each 15+ years old (yeah, time to go...DH gently pointed this out while I was debating if I really should get a new bra in the store), with 3 bras in) for a net decrease of 1.  At least it's going in the right direction.  I have plans to sort through the sock/underwear drawer more ruthlessly next weekend.
- About 2-3 inches of paper, sorting through the stuff that's piled up over the past few months.  It's been stuffed away in the closest since our Memorial Day party.  Sorted but did not file the paper I'm keeping.   Good timing on going through it - found a settlement notice from JCrew DH had 4 more days to respond to.  Still have a few more inches of paper to go.  I need a better location for our files than the furthest spot in the house from where the mail enters the house.
- A box for the iron I've apparently been carting around (I have a box issue stemming from moving too much in my childhood).  This is indicative of the random stuff I've carted around, as the iron has not been sitting in the box for many months now, and is annoying to use if you need to put it/out of the box each time, plus the iron does not need to be protected in the box.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on September 22, 2014, 05:37:00 AM
I realized that no matter how organized my things are, no matter how much space I have to keep the items, things are still clutter if they are not being used or bring more stress than benefit. [Thanks, Clutter Busting (http://brooks-palmer.blogspot.com.au/)]

It really came home to me this past week when sorting through a box that I had labeled with bullet points. One of the bullet points read "unimportant papers." That's right. Rather than just toss or recycle the papers, I typed and printed labels and placed them on all four faces of the box, plus the top, to tell myself, there is trash in here.

And I dragged that box through two moves!



Well, the City has cancelled its planned inspection, by 4 of its employees, of my <400 sq ft house on Monday.  So I can stop stressing about how they will all fit in my house at the same time.

However, this morning, before I got the cancellation news, I was still worried about all the stuff in my house and what others might think, so I packed up about 15 shirts, a big fat candle (never used), a tea pot someone gave me, about 6 books, and about 14 video tapes and took them to the thrift store.  I also poured out about a tablespoon of whiskey that remained in a large bottle of JD, so that I could get rid of the bottle.  That freed up space so that I could move something from its "temporary" (months?) place on the kitchen floor and into a cabinet.

I had high hopes of carrying a bunch of textbooks from my house to my vehicle (so that I could get rid of them) this weekend, but I have been told by a doctor to not put weight on my broken leg (go figure!), so I will have to postpone the textbook decluttering.

1. This is an interesting story. Keep us posted.
2. Can you carry one book at a time to the car?
3. If not, how about stacked books as a book stand/coffee table, like this:

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_QvDZGAOnyMg/TMgd-FL84tI/AAAAAAAAA48/-7Yrtp7JDqw/s1600/books4-+shelter.jpg)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on September 22, 2014, 06:28:00 AM
As well as getting rid of stuff, I have been steadily using stuff up and not replacing it. I looked in my bathroom cabinet today, I mean, really looked and it was almost empty.  Gone are all the random half-used and unnecessary bottles and tubes of  miscellaneous goop.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Squirrel away on September 22, 2014, 06:48:39 AM
^That is a really good idea to use books as a side table.:)

My decluttering has slowed down as I got rid of so much stuff recently.

I just went through the drawers and threw away an old bottle of hand lotion, a disposable camera that I will never use, an old cassette tape (!) and a toothbrush.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: swick on September 24, 2014, 09:45:26 AM
How is everyone doing?

I have been making some huge progress, due to having more time after quitting my toxic job.

I went through ALL Hubby's and my clothing. Weird experience, because we aren't shoppers, what we buy is always second hand (except socks and underwear) but we still had a ton of clothing - mostly because we are both the sentimental type. In my case, the last couple of years of work have been so stressful and toxic I have gained weight - and I have also been keeping a lot of clothing because I can't get it again, as it was handed down or purchased overseas or whatever. Hubby had a lot of clothing from his University days he has had a hard time parting with.

I have also been dealing with the 6! garbage bags of second hand clothing I bought for $40.00. I resold most of it for a profit, got at least another couple years worth of clothing out of it for myself, gave away a bunch to several deserving ladies who never spend any money on themselves and still had quite a bit left over.

Out of my house went two garbage bags full of clothing for rags and or art projects at our local  art centre and three bags to out local thrift store and another two to be given to specific people I know can use them.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: sheepstache on September 24, 2014, 11:14:51 AM
I haven't been paying attention this thread because I poo-poo the whole minimalism anti-clutter thing. Yet, I know that I am messy and have a hard time getting rid of things. 
So, I'm pleased that I threw out a bag of cables I was going to give to an outfit I occasionally work for when I saw them next... but they haven't given me any work in eight months.
I've managed to foist about 10 books on other people who expressed an interest (including extra on a younger colleague who celebrates big paychecks by buying a bunch of books on Amazon). And have a couple others I promised to mail someone out of town.
A friend suffered a mysterious spine issue that's preventing her from walking. So I sent her a box of random crap from my place that I thought she might like. And brownies, in case she doesn't like any of the crap.

eta: oh! And I got as far as putting an old t-shirt in our bag-to-be-donated. Who knows if I'll actually let it get out the door. It's one of those "babydoll" t-shirts that's really tight around the shoulders so it's uncomfortable plus it's a graphic tee which I pretty much never wear.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on September 24, 2014, 03:19:45 PM
sheepstache--

MESSIES UNITE!

:-)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Nancy on September 24, 2014, 03:52:07 PM
I'm doing this. I feel like my small apartment is getting cluttered, so it's time to donate stuff. My problem is that I like to repurpose items to extend their life and avoid waste, but I end up with a lot of half finished or to do project piles. I'm going to try and remember that a donated item might end up being enjoyed in its current state by someone else.

Tonight I'm donating clothes!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on September 25, 2014, 05:29:20 PM
FINALLY!

I got a bit of energy to do some decluttering today and filled up 3 Amazon boxes of stuff that I've been dragging around for years! So freeing!

I'm excited about my personal Amazon box challenge, especially since I just placed a bunch of orders for Christmas and bday presents. Lots of boxes coming in = lots of boxes going out! One down, about 499 to go, but hey, its a start.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: basd on September 26, 2014, 05:03:44 AM
Hopefully I'll have the time this weekend to sort out some of the drawers that have magically filled up with junk.

On the other hand, I hope I don't have the time, because it's supposed to be the last weekend with truly good weather for a while. I'd rather enjoy the outside in that case. Those drawers aren't running away (hopefully).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Penny Lane on September 26, 2014, 06:47:18 AM
I love my house; I think it's beautiful, inspiring, smallish by today's standards, filled with used/repurposed/repaired/built by friends furniture.  Not cluttered, too much.  Our attic, garage and basement are not stuffed with too much unused stuff.

But.  This week I found two stacks of plates on my utility shelves in the basement, where the canning jars live with the turkey roaster pan;  these are those old Wedgwood jasperware Christmas and mothers day annual plates my MIL had and gave to DH saying they were "worth" something.  Maybe back in 2001.  I am shocked!  So I have never done Ebay, but it seems people pay upwards of $30 a piece for some of these!  I NEED to learn how to deaccession these ASAP.  Any takers?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on September 26, 2014, 08:55:24 AM
I have been bitten by the purge bug.  All of a sudden I want a clear house, with nothing extra.

My areas of clutter include two closets worth of clothes in four sizes, at least 30 broken things such as chairs, boxes, a plant stand, etc., dozens of pieces of framed artwork (inherited 19 years ago) in a closet, a cellar full, a garage full and a shed full. 

 The most enervating part is that last spring I got all the paper, files, journals and binders from everywhere in the house and put them on a table to sort and it grew until it takes up about16 sq ft  and drains me.


Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on September 26, 2014, 09:06:36 AM
Also, I have been helping friends and family members to get rid of stuff and it is a real education.  Not because they are hoarders, they are not, but because I don't want to grow old with over 50% of my space inhabited by broken, unused materials or objects.  The emotional drain of all that stuff is too much.  And I don't want to be in my 80s and directing young people to get rid of cellars full of weird things that might get used…but never did.  That generation had very little and knew that saving things for the future would possibly save them money.  But now that they are too old to do their own repairs all that stuff weighs on them.

I have been ferrying things to the dump and the thrift store over and over for my elders.

It gives me a new perspective on our own house.  I dream of a swept clear garage and cellar floor, visible floors in the house with nary a pile, a place for everything and everything in its place, all paper dealt with at the door and everything in good order.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fallstoclimb on September 26, 2014, 11:47:55 AM
My inlaws are downsizing and insisting on giving us the other half of the dish set they first gave us when we moved in together.  It was appreciated then, but when we married we got our own dishes and we really don't have room for more.  But they 'can't' just donate them....I don't understand this sentimentality around objects, it is literally just passing on a physical burden to your children/loved ones.

I'm dorkily excited to revisit my wardrobe when I do my seasonal clothing switch.  I got rid of a LOT of crap in the spring -- about 6 bags worth, and I thought I didn't have many clothes -- but am hoping to get serious with a minimalist wardrobe with this switch.  I did also just buy some new clothes, but they're awesome, so I'm embracing it.

Also, trying to figure out what to do about kitchen stuff.  I probably don't need a frittata pan - I can't remember the last time I even made a frittata - but everything in my kitchen is well-stored so I don't really feel an emotional drain there.  I think I am going to pare down our coffee mugs to just the ones I love, I have really ridiculous and specific standards for mugs and about half of our collection bums me out when I have to use it.  DH does not agree on this front though so I will have to do it stealthily! 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on September 26, 2014, 02:51:55 PM
  I think I am going to pare down our coffee mugs to just the ones I love, I have really ridiculous and specific standards for mugs and about half of our collection bums me out when I have to use it. 
  I dream of a swept clear garage and cellar floor, visible floors in the house with nary a pile, a place for everything and everything in its place, all paper dealt with at the door and everything in good order.

 

I love both these lines. Feels like therapy to read things like these on this particular post. I live in a terribly cluttered house with many children and I'm quite overwhelmed with our stuff.

But I got a good start with some Amazon boxes the other day. They are all 1/2 full on my dining room table.  Maybe I can get them done by the end of the weekend? I also gave my son a smallish Amazon box and challenged him to fill it with stuff from his room. We shall see.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Maigahane on September 26, 2014, 03:26:51 PM
I dream of a swept clear garage and cellar floor, visible floors in the house with nary a pile, a place for everything and everything in its place, all paper dealt with at the door and everything in good order.
Sounds like heaven :)

I despise clutter but I live in a too-big house with an ridiculous amount of built in storage so it manages to hide in ways that wouldn't bother a normal person but makes me crazy when I do stumble across it
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on September 26, 2014, 03:39:44 PM
I dream of a swept clear garage and cellar floor, visible floors in the house with nary a pile, a place for everything and everything in its place, all paper dealt with at the door and everything in good order.
Sounds like heaven :)

I despise clutter but I live in a too-big house with an ridiculous amount of built in storage so it manages to hide in ways that wouldn't bother a normal person but makes me crazy when I do stumble across it

Hidden clutter is still clutter. It's emotional/mental clutter, not visual clutter.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on September 27, 2014, 06:13:56 AM
  I think I am going to pare down our coffee mugs to just the ones I love, I have really ridiculous and specific standards for mugs and about half of our collection bums me out when I have to use it. 
  I dream of a swept clear garage and cellar floor, visible floors in the house with nary a pile, a place for everything and everything in its place, all paper dealt with at the door and everything in good order.

 

I love both these lines. Feels like therapy to read things like these on this particular post. I live in a terribly cluttered house with many children and I'm quite overwhelmed with our stuff.

But I got a good start with some Amazon boxes the other day. They are all 1/2 full on my dining room table.  Maybe I can get them done by the end of the weekend?

1967Mama:  Stuff is so overwhelming isn't it?  My sis is bringing me boxes this morning to get a start on the paper.  Getting those Amazon boxes full and out of the house will feel so freeing.  You will float around the house I bet! 

fallstoclimb:  I agree about the mugs.  I am very fussy and certain mugs only get touched when we have a big potluck.  Let us know when they bite the dust.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on September 27, 2014, 06:16:57 AM
I have been removing things from rooms where they have been sitting for months and months.  No more stretching roller standing in the corner of the bedroom, no more wrapping paper on a chair, no more random papers on the bedside table.  Felt so good to look around the bedroom this morning now that it is cleared of those things.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on September 27, 2014, 02:31:25 PM
Just cleared out another box of books! That's 3 since I started last week! Now we're getting somewhere!!!!

Thanks for the encouragement, wintersun..much appreciated.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on September 27, 2014, 03:23:31 PM
Very cool 1967mama,  congrats! 

My family came by today and commented on how fresh and nice the living room looks without so much stuff on the mantelpiece and everywhere else.  Yay!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on September 27, 2014, 05:16:29 PM
Way to go, everyone!

Decluttering is definitely an iterative process. I got rid of around 3/4 of my personal stuff over the last few years and yet I'm still finding stuff to get rid of. Today I'm finding new homes for some art stuff (starting by asking friends who do a lot of drawing/painting) and a heater that we didn't use all winter.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Exhale on September 27, 2014, 07:43:43 PM
One way to think of "letting go"/"getting rid" of stuff may be to reframe it as "sharing" it with/"gifting" it to others who need it. At least that's what I suggested to my dad who is trying to get my hoarder mom to let go of some things so they have enough room to get in the door of their house...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: oldladystache on September 27, 2014, 08:22:44 PM
After many years of trying to decide which of my things I could bear to get rid of, I think I've come upon a "foolproof" method. Essentially deciding what to keep, rather than what to get rid of.

I'm moving to a place less than half the size, and I'm only bringing things I use, or things I really love. And I'm planning to get mostly new furniture, and leaving behind all the old shabby stuff.

I intend to take several months to complete the move, and when I have everything I use or love in the new place, I'll have an "everything must go" sale. Strangers in my house, offering 5 cents on the dollar for my stuff. And I plan to accept their offer. Then a day when everything remaining is free. Come and get it. After that, what remains goes to the dump.

Will it work? It kinda has to. I'll probably wind up bringing more than I should with me, but the majority of it will be gone.

The 580 square foot place will be mine next week. The 1106 foot place plus 2 car garage should be emptied by the end of the year. And for sale soon after that.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: sheepstache on September 28, 2014, 01:08:04 AM
Oddly, I have gotten rid of more things. What have you people done to me??

Found an old pair of non-leather boots which were completely disintegrating, so that was an easy call. Consolidated some computer discs so I could get rid of one of the cases. Decided enough time had passed to get rid of some gift items we were never going to use. Was going through clothing to be mended and decided one dress was too ill-fitting to be worth the trouble. Gone.

One problem I'm having is last month I discovered a broken mug that needed repair. It had been my favorite mug but I realized since I hadn't missed it for a year, it was probably okay to get rid of. But now I feel bad about it . . . because I have (intact) mugs that I like even less. I find myself thinking, hm, since I still haven't gotten around to trashing these ugly ones, why did I get rid of the one I liked? (Bear in mind, I also have mugs that I like that are not broken.) So, funny how our brains make the connection that since we have some crap, we'd better hold on to all our crap! Or is that just my brain?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on September 29, 2014, 04:44:00 AM
One way to think of "letting go"/"getting rid" of stuff may be to reframe it as "sharing" it with/"gifting" it to others who need it. At least that's what I suggested to my dad who is trying to get my hoarder mom to let go of some things so they have enough room to get in the door of their house...

Good tip.

...I think I've come upon a "foolproof" method. Essentially deciding what to keep, rather than what to get rid of.

Another good tip.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fallstoclimb on September 29, 2014, 05:55:21 AM
fallstoclimb:  I agree about the mugs.  I am very fussy and certain mugs only get touched when we have a big potluck.  Let us know when they bite the dust.

Just added two mugs to the donate pile.  DH thinks these are mugs I like to use so brings me tea in them when I request "special mugs" (yes, he brings me tea every night, I'm very lucky), but I actually never liked them due to my specific and ridiculous mug standards, so they are gone.  There are other mugs I don't love but I think DH will get annoyed with me for getting rid of them, we really do need about 8 mugs unless we want to start handwashing them and I'm not that much of a minimalist.  I might slip one in the donate pile and see what happens.

Also switched out my seasonal wardrobe.  I've paired down enough now that it's only about 10 items that I am putting into "storage" (a box in the basement) since everything else has a sensible place.  Began to wonder about setting a goal where I wouldn't have to switch out my wardrobe twice a year at all, but really I don't want to be looking at sweaters in summer or tank tops in winter when I'm getting dressed so I'm not going to pursue that.  It's also a good opportunity to reevaluate my clothes -- I set aside several for the tailor and found holes in one shirt that I trashed.  Overall I'm feeling really good about my closet.

Now, the entire dresser I have for workout/bike commute clothes is another story....but that is all-season wear, which is a different challenge.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on September 29, 2014, 12:47:54 PM
I am in the middle of a turf out and have come up for air.  Three carloads to the dump, one carload to the local art teacher, lots of books ready to go to the thrift shop, and suddenly I am exhausted.  I got lots of help this morning which was great.  I am so grateful for strong arms and backs.

My DH got in the mood and cleared his study and there is nothing on the floor in there except furniture- woohoo!

And I emailed a picture of an 8 foot long shelf to the local consignment shop and they want it!  Yay!!!

I am in that halfway place of lots of piles but I know if I come back tomorrow I will have renewed energy.

It is so energising to have other folks here doing the same.  You really rock!!!!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on September 29, 2014, 12:50:19 PM
I am pretty sure I copied this from the forum some months back but have lost the poster's name:

"In Peter Walsh’s book “It’s All Too Much”  he focuses on what you want now as opposed to dwelling on unfinished business of the past or potential “maybes” of the future. By making room for life now, you give yourself permission to live optimally in the present, and that often leads to greater productivity and creativity."

Thanks to whoever posted that, I am finding it useful as a motivator.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on September 29, 2014, 01:43:56 PM
Helped a friend go through her problem area in her closets (cutting down 31 blazers...) and get rid of some on Friday.  She'll be helping me go through my shirts, my main problem area when we can set a date.  Got rid of a random box in my kitchen.  Will continue working on the paper pile (much reduced now).

I love this keeps popping up on my feed and remind me to relinquish and release items to another home.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Squirrel away on September 30, 2014, 03:28:02 AM
I bought a few items recently for my capsule wardrobe (ironically lol) so I have just collected one large rubbish bag of clothing to go to the textile recycling centre near me.

I got rid of some of my hub's old underwear, a dressing gown, cushion, spare curtains and a few things from my wardrobe too.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on September 30, 2014, 03:42:04 AM
Another Amazon box made its way into our "to the thrift store" cupboard! Gave a box to my 13 year old son to fill with his outgrown clothes and toys and he told me he would have no problem filling it.

A friend told me about a company that will come, once a month, and pick up boxes that you leave on your front porch for them and donate them to charity. They even call you a week before and then the night before to remind you! I signed up today. The call a week before will really get me motivated to get cracking!

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Post by: tariskat on September 30, 2014, 06:53:49 AM
Which company is this? That's awesome!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on September 30, 2014, 06:56:56 AM
Its in Canada --
http://www.diabetes.ca/how-you-can-help/clothesline
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on September 30, 2014, 12:02:52 PM
Common Cents, that is so cool that you have a buddy to help you declutter.

We dropped the 8 foot long shelf off this morning to the consignment store and next is another trip to the dump.  I am loving this!

Weirdly, my sister, my mother and my aunt and my cousin are all doing this at the same time.  Apparently my grandmother was a great one for clearing the decks and getting rid of excess. 

I am so delighted by having the rooms in the house look so clear and light.  What a joy!  Who knew?  Now I have only one room left which has major piles and right now a lot of them are books.  We are going to stand the books on top of the kitchen cupboards for now until we can get a shelf built in.

I was thinking we might need a bigger built in bookcase but I have donated so many books this week that I think that will not be an issue.

Next Up: A gentle request for consumable presents such as veggies seedlings, massage certificates, food and manure.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on September 30, 2014, 12:29:40 PM
Next Up: A gentle request for consumable presents such as veggies seedlings, massage certificates, food and manure.

omg, yes.  My family is terrible about getting gifts we don't want.  Examples:
- Star Wars jenga (sister)
- Cat necklace (brother)
- Big wine cork lazy susan (mom)  This was $150 or so too!
- Basket with 8 sections to bring things outside for a picnic (mom)

I have used none of them.  Even worse are when the projects take up my time and space too.  My mom wants me to help her lay out the pattern of the wine corks when we visit next, when I already planned a lot of activities, like borrowing her sewing maching to finish a quilt I am making for a wedding present.

I am working on channeling presents to more desired items to avoid more guilt clutter.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on September 30, 2014, 05:11:47 PM
A quilt is a lovely present.  Lucky friend. 

Piled up more stuff to go this evening:  broken candlesticks, an old cd and tape player, musical rattles, a computer mouse, loads of children's' books.

I am really aware of how much I spent for so long.  Holy Cow!  I see books I bought and never read, must-have long sleeved tops I have never worn, furniture we don't use, several spare jars of spices which we will take years to use up.  And also there is stuff I bought second hand which was in really bad shape when we got it and was throwing good money after bad.  How many barely filled journals can one woman house?  Apparently at least 20.

Unfortunately I just brought a new thing into the house to fulfil my doctor's orders: a bike trainer thing to turn my bicycle into a stationary bike - so I can do doctor prescribed spinning exercises.  It cost less than three months at the gym and then I can sell it once my leg is better. I figure I can get half the price back. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on September 30, 2014, 05:36:17 PM
Next Up: A gentle request for consumable presents such as veggies seedlings, massage certificates, food and manure.
Please ensure manure and food are properly labelled. :-)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on September 30, 2014, 08:47:52 PM
I got an Amazon box today... and I'm gonna have a ton of fun filling it up again with stuff to get rid of!  Not counting the air-filled bags that came in it, anyway.  Thankfully those are made of recyclable plastic.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on September 30, 2014, 09:37:06 PM
Yay, tariskat! I have several parcels waiting for me to go pick up (early Xmas shopping) so
I have a ton of decluttering ahead of me too! Yay for Amazon boxes!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Anatidae V on September 30, 2014, 09:51:29 PM
We've decided to get rid of a large low bookshelf/side table. We were wondering how to rearrange our space after it's gone form our little dining area. SO suggested we put our dining table lengthways against one wall, and then we'd have a clear area. We're going to put a rug on the floor and our beanbag to make it a board games & puzzles area :) so much more useful and fun!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fallstoclimb on October 01, 2014, 10:29:25 AM
Unfortunately I just brought a new thing into the house to fulfil my doctor's orders: a bike trainer thing to turn my bicycle into a stationary bike - so I can do doctor prescribed spinning exercises.  It cost less than three months at the gym and then I can sell it once my leg is better. I figure I can get half the price back.

These are actually nice to have when the weather is bad and you want a cardio workout.  I often use mine in the winter. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Practical Magic on October 01, 2014, 04:17:36 PM
I've been so inspired by this thread that yesterday I listed 40 items for sale on eBay and today I dropped off Halloween costume miscellany at the local consignment shop. Getting rid of my Amazon boxes too, and using them to ship the eBay items. Hmm, what should I part with next? :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on October 01, 2014, 05:15:19 PM
I had my teenaged son fill an amazon box of his own things he was ready to part with...divide and conquer, I say!!

Way to go, Practical Magic! Another good use of those amazon boxes!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Exprezchef on October 01, 2014, 07:20:05 PM
I have been on vacation for the past few weeks and decided to tackle the clutter issue in my garage and my sons bedroom (he moved out a few weeks ago). It feels so liberating to get rid of the clutter and hopefully make a few extra bucks with some Craigslist items I want to try and sell. I have always had the anti-clutter mindset but my wife not so much on the same page. (She would disagree with that statement) We moved into our current house ten years ago and there were items in the garage that came with us from our old house. I am pretty sure most of those items were in the garage of my old house as well. ARRRRRR.  What I am not going to attempt to sell is headed to our local Goodwill drop-off in the morning. Whatever does not sell on Craigslist in 30 days will be donated as well. I had to keep reminding my wife that she needed to break the "emotional attachment" to the stuff. The easiest way for me to set everything in motion was to empty the entire garage onto my driveway and set a rule that every box/bag will be opened and everything will be touched. Everything needed a defined purpose or designated location before it went back in. My wife did not like this method because it took us a few days to complete but it worked. 
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Post by: 1967mama on October 02, 2014, 01:28:51 AM
Exprezchef,

Laying everything out in the driveway reminded me of this show:

http://www.hgtv.ca/consumed/video/season+2/kerr+family/video.html?v=2389224673&p=1&s=dd#consumed/video

There are several other episodes on the website as well. I'm not sure if this link will work in the USA, but the show is called "Consumed" if you want to try and find it somewhere else online.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CU Tiger on October 02, 2014, 05:36:23 PM
I am making real progress! This Saturday I am taking boxes and boxes and boxes of crafting, knitting, and quilting supplies to a flea market to sell them. Whatever I can't sell, I am donating. It's NOT coming back into the house.

So excited.
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Post by: wintersun on October 02, 2014, 06:34:48 PM
Please ensure manure and food are properly labelled. :-)

Jordanread, I will make sure to keep that in mind!!!!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on October 02, 2014, 06:36:54 PM

These are actually nice to have when the weather is bad and you want a cardio workout.  I often use mine in the winter.

Fallstoclimb,  I am wondering about that.  My DH set it up today and tomorrow if my knee is okay I will test it out.  It could be a keeper!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on October 02, 2014, 06:40:47 PM
Today I delivered things that needed servicing: a picture to get glass in the frame, irregular foam cushions that need to be recovered (I am not quite up to that with my sewing yet).

Tomorrow is the final push for getting the excess out.

A Place For Everything and Everything in its Place!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on October 02, 2014, 06:44:45 PM
Today I delivered things that needed servicing:[...]irregular foam cushions that need to be recovered (I am not quite up to that with my sewing yet).
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Those can be fixed????? If so, it's awesome, but I just went the route of hating my couch.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: nessness on October 02, 2014, 08:46:02 PM
I've been silently playing along, and have donated 5 bags of stuff plus a foot spa that I think I used three times in three years, plus thrown out a few bags of junk and recycled a bunch of cardboard. Slow going compared to some of you, but still progress!

I've also discovered a few things packed away that I forgot I owned, like some never-worn jewelry that I bought in Mexico four or five years ago, so that's been exciting!

I haven't been quite as successful at my goal of not acquiring any non-consumable stuff -- we have a baby coming any day now and have bought/been given a number of things for the baby over the last few weeks. Also we need to take my nephew shopping for winter clothes; he moved in with us out here in Denver from California this summer and I don't think he owns anything warmer than a sweatshirt. I'm pretty sure the net amount of stuff we own is still decreasing though.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 03, 2014, 12:07:33 AM
This thread is so motivating - I've decided that it's time for another PUSH! of stuff out the door. I really want my space to be calm and uncluttered. Easy to say, hard to achieve.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Maigahane on October 03, 2014, 08:56:31 AM
So even though I generally feel like I'm pretty good at keeping out clutter, occasionally something comes along to remind me that I'm not as good as I think.

I'm in one of those Facebook "Buy/Sell/Trade" groups and someone posted looking for a bowling ball. Lo-and-behold I have one....that I've owned for probably close to 10 years...and not used for at least 6 maybe 8. This means I've moved this thing 3 times, two of them out of state...for no reason! And it's not like I spent a lot of money on it, I got it free from a friend of a friend. So she is coming over tonight to pay me $5 for my free, lugged across too many states bowling ball, getting rid of 13lbs of unecessariness.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on October 03, 2014, 04:44:12 PM
I just came across this great article:

http://www.everynothingwonderful.com/2011/01/5-tips-to-innovate-your-organization.html
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zamboni on October 04, 2014, 07:20:12 AM
Listed bunk beds on Craigslist! Progress. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: starbuck on October 04, 2014, 08:55:36 AM
I just came across this great article:

http://www.everynothingwonderful.com/2011/01/5-tips-to-innovate-your-organization.html

That was a great article, thanks for sharing! After reading it I promptly went to the kitchen and pulled out the two spatulas that I hate to cook with and put them in the donate box.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on October 04, 2014, 07:20:04 PM
I just came across this great article:

http://www.everynothingwonderful.com/2011/01/5-tips-to-innovate-your-organization.html

That was a great article, thanks for sharing! After reading it I promptly went to the kitchen and pulled out the two spatulas that I hate to cook with and put them in the donate box.

Well done!

I threw out more of my photos. I would like to have none except for a few from our wedding but I can't quite pull the plug yet. I would love to just have stuff for living in the here and now. Being pulled back into past feelings (even positive ones) just because I looked at or held an item disturbs my equilibrium.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on October 04, 2014, 08:57:41 PM
Has anyone else seen the show called "Consumed" that I linked to up-thread? It is pretty motivating, actually. I just watched the show I linked to and the host comes into the incredibly cluttered home and helps the people get rid of loads of their stuff. There are lots of other episodes as well.

The homeowners have to pack up all the contents of their home except basic furniture, a place setting each, a few pots and pans, and 10 non-essential items of their choice. Then we see them enjoying their peaceful, simple home for a few weeks.

Then a few weeks after that, they go to a warehouse where all of their stuff is unpacked and sitting there. They have to get rid of a huge amount of it.

Just thought others might enjoy it too!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Squirrel away on October 05, 2014, 04:34:20 AM
I will have to watch Consumed, I watch Hoarding: Buried Alive all the time and that motivates me too.

I actually decluttered my kitchen utensil drawer last week, there was one serving spoon that I don't think I have even touched in the whole time I've had it in there.:D
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on October 05, 2014, 04:37:54 AM
Jordanread, yep, the foam cushions are for a window seat and will be returned with new fabric instead of the ripped and stained old stuff.

1967mama, I will check out that show Consumed, it sound so liberating. 

Astatine, I have excess photos too.  Do you scan them at all?  I need to set and toss and then decide what to do with what is left.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on October 05, 2014, 04:47:19 AM
Astatine, great article! 

I love this quote:

"Anything that takes up space in your home, in your drawers, or on your computer takes up a space in your mind, your vision, and your emotions: do you really want to waste time, emotions, or space on a bottle you kept simply because it might be useful again? Or would you rather be rid of it and leave more space for creativity?"

My mind feels so free today after emptying the house of 90% of the excess!  Woohoo! I felt such wonder looking in at the newly cleared space when I got up.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on October 05, 2014, 04:50:33 AM
And Astatine, the following is a brilliant quote from your article up-thread!  Thanks so much for these nuggets:


                                Procrastination is clutter.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on October 05, 2014, 05:07:25 AM

Astatine, I have excess photos too.  Do you scan them at all?  I need to set and toss and then decide what to do with what is left.

No, because of this:

Astatine, great article! 

I love this quote:

"Anything that takes up space in your home, in your drawers, or on your computer takes up a space in your mind, your vision, and your emotions: do you really want to waste time, emotions, or space on a bottle you kept simply because it might be useful again? Or would you rather be rid of it and leave more space for creativity?"

My mind feels so free today after emptying the house of 90% of the excess!  Woohoo! I felt such wonder looking in at the newly cleared space when I got up.

I'm going to go through and delete most of my photos at some point. It doesn't take up physical space but it takes up mental space for sure.

Getting rid of photos is a slow ongoing process for me. I started 10 years ago!! And I'm still going. I wish I hadn't got a whole bunch of photos printed out a year or two ago, damnit.

Going through electronic photos is slow because it's so easy to take so many with digital cameras. I liked my old camera that only held like 200 photos, which was a great discipline to hold to on a week-long trip. I've stopped using my camera and only take phone photos, and only ones that I like to share on social media or send to hubby. Still, too many photos!! It's frustrating having so many. It's too easy to take photos these days.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Squirrel away on October 05, 2014, 08:35:38 AM
I just watched a couple of episodes of Consumed and it was good. It's one of those programmes where you cry at the end when they do the big reveal of their new, improved home.:)

Some men came round to take some stuff that we left in our drive but there is still junk to go to the tip. I'm going to look through my house once more to see if there's anything I can add to the pile.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on October 05, 2014, 09:47:12 AM
Starting to fill my Amazon box with give-away; inspired by the 'too many coffee mugs!' mention upthread, I went there first.  I tossed what used to be my favorite go-cup but a piece inside the mug cracked so it leaks (and I threw away the busted part so I can't even fix it). So I've moved a broken go-cup with me to at least 2 homes. Wtf? It was an amazing mug that is broken, I haven't used in 3 years, and is now in the trash.  7 other perfectly good mugs / go-cups are in my box. When I get back from a 2-week conference/vacation with just a duffel bag of clothes later this month, it will be easy to fill the other half, I bet.

Also, I love Consumed! Will have to throw an episode of that on later today and pull out more things.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Practical Magic on October 05, 2014, 06:20:49 PM
I am making real progress! This Saturday I am taking boxes and boxes and boxes of crafting, knitting, and quilting supplies to a flea market to sell them. Whatever I can't sell, I am donating. It's NOT coming back into the house.

So excited.

CU Tiger, how did it go at the flea market?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on October 05, 2014, 07:26:05 PM
Hubby has just half-filled a box with old magazines.

We're about to get his stuff (A LOT OF STUFF) out of storage and I'm keen to clear the decks as much as possible before we get swamped with boxes. Luckily we're able to get the removalists to drop off most of the furniture at a garage sale on the way home but it will still be SO MUCH STUFF. I'm quite intimidated tbh, but it will save us $3k per year so we're sucking it up and dealing with it. eep.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CU Tiger on October 05, 2014, 08:23:03 PM
I am making real progress! This Saturday I am taking boxes and boxes and boxes of crafting, knitting, and quilting supplies to a flea market to sell them. Whatever I can't sell, I am donating. It's NOT coming back into the house.

So excited.

CU Tiger, how did it go at the flea market?

It was great. I came home with $32 - which does not sound all that impressive until you consider I made it in sales that averaged 50 cents to one dollar. I paid for half the spot and got rid of so much stuff! At the end a woman asked me how much for all the remaining fabric and bought it for $8.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: swick on October 05, 2014, 08:30:39 PM
Wow - throwing on that consumed show sure is a kick in the butt! I'm pretty sure we are considered minimalists compared to many of the families featured - but We still have too much stuff. Part of our problem is it is a 2 hour drive to even a remotely big city, don't have a recycling program or facilities in town and tend to bring stuff into the house "just in case"

But I went through our kitchen, linen closet and storage cupboard today and got a couple of boxes to donate and a garbage bag so progress was made :)

Love hearing how everyone else is doing!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on October 05, 2014, 08:47:14 PM
Went through my dresser and got rid of a pile of clothes.  I organized my drawers and it's awesome to be able to see things in there better so I wear more of what I own.  Didn't find something I was missing though, unfortunately (last seen on an overnight trip so it might sadly be gone forever).
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Post by: 1967mama on October 05, 2014, 08:52:00 PM
Getting ready for my Wednesday pick up of stuff for the thrift store! (see link up-thread -- its in Canada) What a great motivator it is to know that a truck is coming in a few days to take away as much stuff as I can get out of here by then! I have currently sent my boys upstairs with a shoe box and yet another Amazon box to fill up with toys and outgrown clothes. 

Who knew decluttering could be so exciting! haha!

I'm glad that some of you have had a chance to watch "Consumed!" Imagine living in one of those sparse, simplistic, cleaned out homes? AHHHHHH! Blissful!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on October 06, 2014, 12:48:30 PM
5th box of mostly never-read books donated to the local library today. Now to attack the overflowing linen closet...

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on October 06, 2014, 01:01:21 PM
C.K. That's so great! I like MMM's theory that you can borrow MOST books from the library anytime (even if its inter-library loan and takes a while to get to you). THEY can store the books for us! haha! Here's a link to MMM's article on using the library -- I really enjoyed this one!

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/11/08/get-rich-with-the-library/
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Practical Magic on October 06, 2014, 01:47:53 PM
I am making real progress! This Saturday I am taking boxes and boxes and boxes of crafting, knitting, and quilting supplies to a flea market to sell them. Whatever I can't sell, I am donating. It's NOT coming back into the house.

So excited.

CU Tiger, how did it go at the flea market?

It was great. I came home with $32 - which does not sound all that impressive until you consider I made it in sales that averaged 50 cents to one dollar. I paid for half the spot and got rid of so much stuff! At the end a woman asked me how much for all the remaining fabric and bought it for $8.

That's great! Don't you love the feeling of multiple wins: reduce your clutter, make some money, and let others use and enjoy the stuff!  I've had some eBay sales lately and am always happy to receive feedback saying the person loves the item. :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on October 06, 2014, 04:34:25 PM
So, yesterday was the final push to clear and then clean the worst clutter area in the house (plus some things from the garage and cellar).  My DH leapt in with gusto and took trips to the dump and chopped up furniture with his bare hands (just kidding he used a giant mallet thing). 

Houston, we have a floor!!!!!  Things look so light filled and airy and spacious!

And…when we were clearing I had put a bunch of stuff on top of my desk so now I have that to go through this morning.

And…when we were clearing, we put a bunch of paper that should be kept in two boxes and put them in a closet.  So this winter I will be scanning and doing minor filing.

And…when we were clearing we put things to be repaired in the garage.

Keeping in mind that amazing quote  "Procrastination is clutter" I have made some deadlines for the remaining clutter.  We have things to be darned, new fabric to be sewn into things like curtains, furniture to repair, antique tchochkes to repair, a bookshelf to build to give the books we are keeping a home, a workshop area to set up properly so I can reach tools and paint and drop cloths etc, and the dreaded shed to go through.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on October 06, 2014, 04:38:02 PM
Today someone was talking about getting something new and I practically shuddered.

Are you all feeling the revulsion at the thought of bringing anything in?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on October 06, 2014, 07:20:13 PM
Today someone was talking about getting something new and I practically shuddered.

Are you all feeling the revulsion at the thought of bringing anything in?

Hell yes. Tupperware is the exception but yes. Do not want more stuff ever again. Getting rid of stuff is such a huge motivator for consuming less and spending less. It's one of the best ways IMO to deprogram from the consumerist mindset.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 06, 2014, 10:21:14 PM
Today someone was talking about getting something new and I practically shuddered.

Are you all feeling the revulsion at the thought of bringing anything in?

Hell yes. Tupperware is the exception but yes. Do not want more stuff ever again. Getting rid of stuff is such a huge motivator for consuming less and spending less. It's one of the best ways IMO to deprogram from the consumerist mindset.

Haha Tupperware is also my exception.
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Last night when I got home from work I spent a solid hour on sorting through and clearing out old paperwork. I need to set aside an hour a few times a week, and I'll be there in no time!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Squirrel away on October 07, 2014, 02:46:30 AM
Some guys came to take away lots of junk today. They called up to me as I was looking out the window saying that they would use some of it so it wasn't junk to them.:D

Some things have also been given to my husband's family. It's such a freeing feeling.:)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CU Tiger on October 07, 2014, 05:35:19 AM
On Sunday I went through our file cabinet and got rid of old paperwork and files that we no longer need. The box they filled was about 9 inches x 12 inches x 30 inches. Husband shredded them for me.
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Post by: horsepoor on October 07, 2014, 07:28:22 AM
Right before I left for the week, I put a couple fancy planters out by the street with a free sign.  Hopefully they'll be gone when I get home on Friday.  Also sold a fairly obscure text book on Amazon.  Gave my bento lunch jar set to my dad while he was here.

Have two large, overflowing boxes in the basement that need to get transported to the thrift store soon.

This weekend I'll be incorporating a couple pieces of foam into a useful seat cushion for my tack trunk.

Really need to take a run at destroying the electronics clutter soon, and sell my espresso machine, which I rarely use, and takes up too much space on the kitchen counter.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: LisaCO on October 07, 2014, 08:52:52 PM
.....
Keeping in mind that amazing quote  "Procrastination is clutter" .....

I love this quote.  I never thought about it this way, but it's so true.  thank you. :-)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on October 07, 2014, 09:04:22 PM
Loaded all my boxes out onto the front porch for pickup in the morning! heehaw~!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MsRichLife on October 07, 2014, 09:40:31 PM
Over the weekend I took some good quality dresses to the 'designer op shop'. Unfortunately they only bought two of them, but it's better than nothing.

I packed up two large garbage bags of clothes, a big box of unwanted kitchen gifts, three unwanted vases and every plastic flower in the house and DH took them to the op shop today.

(Why oh why did I go through a phase of buying plastic flowers, photo frames and cushions when I was younger? Now I have to get rid of them all.)

We are donating our Xmas Tree to DS childcare centre tomorrow because we never put it up and it takes up so much space in the cupboard.

We have gotten rid of so much stuff and it feels great to see it leave the house, but it sometimes feels like we've barely scratched the surface!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on October 07, 2014, 10:27:53 PM
Woohoo finally sold my red wool duffel coat on eBay today!  Hopefully I can move dh's vintage Levi's jackets next.  Arranged to give away a pair of too small breeches to a girl at the barn.  Also hereby committing to sell at least 4 pair of shoes and my espresso machine on ebay when I get home. Maybe the Singer sewing machine too.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: BigBigote on October 08, 2014, 08:02:30 AM
Alright, fine - you guys are way too motivating... I have now put in the give-away pile a pair of shoes that look practically brand new, look really good on, and are uncomfortable as hell so I always avoid wearing them but feel obligated to keep ...because they look good and I've basically never worn them since buying them two years ago.  The guilt is real!

Phew!
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Post by: 4alpacas on October 08, 2014, 09:29:23 AM
We're moving in a month, so I need to get serious about getting rid of stuff.  I don't know how we've acquired so many new things since our move last year. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on October 08, 2014, 12:26:28 PM
LOL, Big Bigote! Yes I'm finding this very motivating too!

malaprop, and the amazon box technique is working! This morning a truck came and took away a whole porch-full of amazon boxes! I still have a loooong way to go, but I am finding that baby steps to decluttering are really helpful. Otherwise, I am paralyzed by the enormity of the task :-/

Taking a break from decluttering for Canadian Thanksgiving weekend but will be back at it next week!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on October 09, 2014, 04:16:02 AM
I'm dealing with abstract clutter - digital photos. Part of me would like to delete nearly all of them! Just keep some wedding ones. But somehow I can't pull the trigger. So I'm doing a half-assed deleting some in each folder. At least I have nothing older than 2009 thanks to the last big electronic decluttering I did. I've never regretted getting rid of/deleting anything so far - why can't I just live in the present?? Ugh. Brains. They overthink things.
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Post by: FunkyStickman on October 09, 2014, 08:20:12 AM
I gave away a whole box of Bicycle Times magazines... I really like that 'zine, but there's so many ads for ridiculously overpriced stuff, so I let my subscription expire. Reclaimed a whole shelf on my bookshelf.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: RetiredAt63 on October 09, 2014, 08:23:09 AM
Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to declutter - think of all the cookware that is only for holiday cooking.  If you don't use it for Thanksgiving dinner, you won't use it for Christmas - it can go.  It is also traditionally cottage-closing weekend, so can be designated as get the yard ready for winter weekend as well.  And if family are coming home, there are extra bodies to help.  ;-)

Other decluttering: My DD just broke up with her boyfriend - she and a friend are looking for an apartment together.  I am hoping that a pile of kitchen/bath stuff will be of use to her.  If not, it is being donated.  I needed it at one point, but not now. 
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Post by: wintersun on October 09, 2014, 02:13:47 PM
I am starting to look over my clothes with an eye to tossing.  Then of course yesterday I wore an old shirt that is destined to be tossed and all my friends exclaimed how good I look in it.  Maybe I will keep that one…

What was I thinking acquiring all this stuff?  And wow, how free it is without some of it.  I returned more stuff to people, this lot had been left at my house yesterday for a potluck and I just drove it all to its homes immediately today and felt the relief viscerally. 
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Post by: fireferrets on October 10, 2014, 11:37:26 AM
Read all 15 pages of this thread- dang do I feel motivated!

During college I accumulated a lot of video games (not like I had time to play them - just wishful thinking!), so now I'm selling them because now that I have a job, I don't have the interest in playing them- go figure. On average, I net about $10 per game (selling on eBay). ^____^

I offered the following deal to my boyfriend, who also has a ton of video games: if he lets me sell the games, we'll use the profit to buy him a Spanish guitar (which he has been begging to buy). I told him in order to take the deal, he has agree to pare down his collection to a dozen games. He's still mulling it over, ... ^,<
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Post by: sheepstache on October 10, 2014, 12:00:37 PM
I got rid of our mop! It rarely gets used, we had no place to store it, and our place is so small that it's just as easy to clean the floors by hand with a big sponge.

I will have to watch Consumed, I watch Hoarding: Buried Alive all the time and that motivates me too.

Agreed, I feel bad about the schadenfreude I get from Hoarders. But I can't stop.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fireferrets on October 10, 2014, 01:36:01 PM
I offered the following deal to my boyfriend, who also has a ton of video games: if he lets me sell the games, we'll use the profit to buy him a Spanish guitar (which he has been begging to buy). I told him in order to take the deal, he has agree to pare down his collection to a dozen games. He's still mulling it over, ... ^,<

There's a gauntlet that's like this - http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/sell-your-junk-to-buy-something-nice/ - It's not very active but I love the idea.

Thanks for the link, Malaprop! :D
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ash7962 on October 10, 2014, 02:07:00 PM
I've been reading this thread for the last few days and I love it so far!  I'd like to join in!

Yesterday I threw out some old bras and socks that I had replaced, and therefore never wore because they were old/holey.  Not sure why I was keeping them.  I also sorted through a bunch of the make up/hair stuff I've some how accumulated despite the fact that I only wear make up to weddings and never really style my hair (pony tails and buns = awesome).  I had been storing those things in my linen closet because they were so rarely used, but now I've reclaimed almost an entire shelf so now my kitten's blankets and laundry supplies fit!  I've also ditched a bunch of books in the past month, but I still have a ton of paper clutter.  I looked into the doxie scanner that someone posted and found one for relatively cheap on Ebay.  I actually don't have much inflow of papers to keep, so I think I will try to sell it after I'm done using it (or maybe pass it along).  Last thing I did was take my well worn boots to a shoe repair store.  The soles/heel were totally worn, but the leather (I think?) part was still in good, if dirty, condition.  They were actually a gift I got years ago, so this is the first bit of money (38$) that I will be spending on them and its cheaper than buying new boots of the same quality!

Next steps:
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CU Tiger on October 10, 2014, 05:02:53 PM
Y'all are inspiring me. I am going to list some things on craigslist and Freecycle tonight!
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Post by: MsRichLife on October 10, 2014, 10:04:13 PM
I'm not having much luck with selling things on Gumtree lately, so I've just been donating stuff to the Op Shop. I feel a little bad that we are giving away gifts that people gave us, but then I realise that the are just accumulating dust and it's better for someone to get some use from them.

This weekend, I plan to get rid of about 20 books I haven't been able to sell. Hoping some friends will want the freebies, otherwise they are getting donated.

I'm also going to sell some of my toddler's bigger toys that he no longer plays with. Toys seem to be the biggest clutter in our living areas, so keeping them minimal is key.

I've also cleaned out our linen closet this weekend. Undecided what to do with the excess hand towels and sheet sets we seem to have. What's a reasonable number to keep?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Cookie on October 11, 2014, 07:23:46 AM
I'm joining in! I realized I have no room in my storage unit for my bicycle when winter comes. Besides a chair and Christmas decorations, I cannot remember what is in there. Hopefully that makes it easier!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zaga on October 11, 2014, 07:30:13 AM

I've also cleaned out our linen closet this weekend. Undecided what to do with the excess hand towels and sheet sets we seem to have. What's a reasonable number to keep?
My opinion about this is 2 sets per bed that you use daily, and one set per bed that is used only occasionally.  Then I keep a good sized stack of pillow cases.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on October 11, 2014, 09:48:15 PM

I've also cleaned out our linen closet this weekend. Undecided what to do with the excess hand towels and sheet sets we seem to have. What's a reasonable number to keep?
My opinion about this is 2 sets per bed that you use daily, and one set per bed that is used only occasionally.  Then I keep a good sized stack of pillow cases.

This seems like a good rule of thumb to me.  We upgraded to a King bed a couple years ago and now have all these Queen sheets and really only need one set for the guest bedroom.  However, that's a lot of perfectly good fabric, so I'm trying to think of some good uses for it, rather than just carting them all to the thrift store.    We actually have four sets for the king bed now; 1 set that kind of sucks and we don't use, 1 good set, 1 OK set, and now some flannel sheets for winter.  Should just get rid of that sucky set.  I tried repairing the fitted sheet once but the corners keep tearing out.

I just got done listing a couple more things on Ebay and got better photos of an item that wasn't selling.  Also used up some scrap wood and leftover foam and batting to make a nice padded seat for my tack trunk.  It's nice to see clutter being absorbed into something useful.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fireferrets on October 12, 2014, 12:39:55 PM

I've also cleaned out our linen closet this weekend. Undecided what to do with the excess hand towels and sheet sets we seem to have. What's a reasonable number to keep?
My opinion about this is 2 sets per bed that you use daily, and one set per bed that is used only occasionally.  Then I keep a good sized stack of pillow cases.

In my home, we keep one set per bed - otherwise, I noticed the "dirty" set sits in the laundry for a looong time before it gets washed (and only then when it was critically needed). Having only one set keeps us honest when it comes to getting it washed.
As for towels, there's one for each of us and two "fancy" towels on hand for guests - same reason as the bed sheets.

Much like Zaga, we keep extra pillow cases around to change more frequently. (^_^) I think we have one extra case per pillow.

I have to invent tricks like this because we are lazy bums. (-_-)'
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on October 12, 2014, 02:57:27 PM
I have kept old shirts from summer camp, school and university in boxes. I keep saying I'll send them off to be made into quilts to make them useful, but I haven't done it yet. Maybe by the end of the year...


I've also cleaned out our linen closet this weekend. Undecided what to do with the excess hand towels and sheet sets we seem to have. What's a reasonable number to keep?
My opinion about this is 2 sets per bed that you use daily, and one set per bed that is used only occasionally.  Then I keep a good sized stack of pillow cases.

This is almost what I was about to say. Very good advice.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ash7962 on October 12, 2014, 04:44:06 PM
I've got some old bed sheets as well.  I plan on turning one of them into a laundry bag that I can hang in my tiny bathroom as a hamper.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on October 12, 2014, 10:07:17 PM
I have kids and with flu season approaching, I'm hesitant to part with sheets! haha
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MsRichLife on October 12, 2014, 10:36:06 PM
I have kids and with flu season approaching, I'm hesitant to part with sheets! haha

Ha ha....The boy has wet two sets of sheets over the last couple of nights and now it's raining so there's no chance to dry them. Looks like I need to keep a few surplus sets for at least the next few years.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on October 13, 2014, 12:43:07 AM
Speaking of sheets -- I have a super-organized friend who puts the following in a pillowcase:

1 fitted sheet
1 flat sheet
1 more pillowcase

Genius, I say! Her linen closet is impeccably neat and tidy <sigh>.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on October 13, 2014, 06:36:39 AM
Speaking of sheets -- I have a super-organized friend who puts the following in a pillowcase:

1 fitted sheet
1 flat sheet
1 more pillowcase

Genius, I say! Her linen closet is impeccably neat and tidy <sigh>.

That is a great idea!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on October 14, 2014, 04:33:55 AM
I decluttered a bottle of whiskey by drinking the last tiny amount (not sure why it went back in the cupboard with so little in it, but oh well). *feeling virtuous*


I'm not having much luck with selling things on Gumtree lately, so I've just been donating stuff to the Op Shop. I feel a little bad that we are giving away gifts that people gave us, but then I realise that the are just accumulating dust and it's better for someone to get some use from them.

I've given up on selling anything in this city. It's hard enough even giving stuff away.

Re gifts: if it makes you feel better, I gave away a Christmas gift last Christmas within days of receiving it. I felt briefly bad but am being ruthless with what I keep/don't keep. Haven't regretted it.

I'm dealing with abstract clutter - digital photos. Part of me would like to delete nearly all of them! Just keep some wedding ones. But somehow I can't pull the trigger. So I'm doing a half-assed deleting some in each folder. At least I have nothing older than 2009 thanks to the last big electronic decluttering I did. I've never regretted getting rid of/deleting anything so far - why can't I just live in the present?? Ugh. Brains. They overthink things.

Since I wrote this I've been imagining how great it would be if I lost everything on my hard drive (well, I'd regret a few things). So that's probably a sign to be super ruthless.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on October 14, 2014, 05:07:26 AM
I decluttered a bottle of whiskey by drinking the last tiny amount (not sure why it went back in the cupboard with so little in it, but oh well). *feeling virtuous*

I'm dealing with abstract clutter - digital photos. Part of me would like to delete nearly all of them! Just keep some wedding ones. But somehow I can't pull the trigger. So I'm doing a half-assed deleting some in each folder. At least I have nothing older than 2009 thanks to the last big electronic decluttering I did. I've never regretted getting rid of/deleting anything so far - why can't I just live in the present?? Ugh. Brains. They overthink things.

Since I wrote this I've been imagining how great it would be if I lost everything on my hard drive (well, I'd regret a few things). So that's probably a sign to be super ruthless.

LOL @whisky. Sounds like a good way to declutter.
I changed jobs earlier this year and protectively transferred my key work files onto a stick "just in case". Despite getting the IT guru to do it,  when I tried to get  to the files, there was nothing there, and my old computer had already been cleaned. My heart sunk, but its now 8 months later and I haven't missed a thing.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MsRichLife on October 14, 2014, 06:12:34 PM
I got rid of some digital clutter yesterday. I couldn't find what I was looking for in my email inbox so I finally decided to give it a good clean out. Deleted 2000 emails and filed 500 or so. Feels so tidy in my inbox now :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Elderwood17 on October 14, 2014, 07:00:49 PM
I got rid of some digital clutter yesterday. I couldn't find what I was looking for in my email inbox so I finally decided to give it a good clean out. Deleted 2000 emails and filed 500 or so. Feels so tidy in my inbox now :)

Good job!  That is an area of clutter that gets out of hand quickly. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on October 15, 2014, 03:21:53 PM
This week has been super busy in the rest of my life, not much time for decluttering.  However today I got to toss out broken flower pots, etc. at my house and then at my mother's house which was satisfying.  I drove them straight to the dump.

The urge to purge is still strong.  There were several things I needed in a hurry this week and could not find and it was very inconvenient and annoying.  I want to know where things are and to have easy access.  I could not find some specific storm supplies, and I cannot find some hardware needed to secure the house which I KNOW is in the garage…grrrrr!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 15, 2014, 06:29:40 PM
I've cleared out a lot of paperwork lately. Need to keep working on that. And convince the BF that it's time to go through his giant, heavy filing cabinet!

This weekend we'll be taking a car load of clothes, books and DVDs to an op shop. I don't understand how we haven't run out of clutter yet! I'm definitely not bringing anywhere near this volume of new stuff into the house... I must have just never realised how bad we were with clutter before the last few years.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MsRichLife on October 15, 2014, 06:39:30 PM
I don't understand how we haven't run out of clutter yet!

This is how I feel. We've been actively decluttering for months, but everywhere I look I see more! It's never ending.

It doesn't help that I put excess towels in a box to donate and DH takes them out and puts them back in the linen closet I just cleaned out! Arrgghhh....
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 15, 2014, 06:50:01 PM
I don't understand how we haven't run out of clutter yet!

This is how I feel. We've been actively decluttering for months, but everywhere I look I see more! It's never ending.

I think part of it is that your standards change as your de-clutter... so my space is so much better now than it was two years ago, but I'm not comparing it that way. Looking around the house now 'resets' my expectation of what my house looks like, and all I can see is the clutter that needs to be gone for it to feel lighter and brighter. Of course once I get rid of that clutter my perception will reset again and I'll want to get rid of even more...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: sheepstache on October 15, 2014, 09:14:05 PM
Donating a too-small-pair of bowling shoes.

I came up with a trick. Whenever I'm thinking, 'I should spend 20 minutes cleaning up the apartment,' I tell myself that I can get out of it if I can think of one thing to get rid of.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on October 15, 2014, 09:53:29 PM
Tossed a plastic pitcher into the donate pile.  That pile of crap is going to the Youth Ranch (allows a state tax deduction in addition to federal) on Friday.

Used a big foam core poster I brought home from work, plus some fabric to create decorative panels for my kitchen cabinets - I've been moving that poster board around here and there for about 2 months, so it's nice to have it in its final crafty destination.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on October 16, 2014, 02:13:03 AM

I came up with a trick. Whenever I'm thinking, 'I should spend 20 minutes cleaning up the apartment,' I tell myself that I can get out of it if I can think of one thing to get rid of.

Loved this idea, sheepstache!

Today, I gave my 11 year old son a mandarin orange box and asked him if he could fill it with small things to give away. He said yes and so I challenged him to do it in a limited amount of time. He decided on 20 minutes, so we set the kitchen timer and off he went! Yay!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Anatidae V on October 16, 2014, 02:30:20 AM
On the weekend we made paperwork categories and worked out the flow for our physical paperwork clutter. SO bought a shredder today and nearly got the fancy large one, but we agreed the next one down would be better as it suits our long term needs. Next step is scan and shred :)
We've been working through a paperflow book that we bought for SOs dad a few years ago, it's been good to have some guidance as we set up a system that works for us.

 http://www.paperflow.com.au  (http://www.paperflow.com.au)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on October 16, 2014, 02:38:53 AM

There were several things I needed in a hurry this week and could not find and it was very inconvenient and annoying.  I want to know where things are and to have easy access.

This is one of my GREATEST desires! To have a place for everything, and everything in its place.

I once read an article (source?) that asked, "If the power was out in the middle of the night, would you be able to find a pair of scissors?" Of course, I just laugh at the thought...there's NO WAY I'd be able to find a pair of scissors! Yet, I have 2 good friends who answered the same question with an unqualified "YES!!" Harrumph ..... Baby steps, mama, baby steps!

Thanks for everyone who is posting their successes and challenges here -- so very motivating to me!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on October 16, 2014, 05:08:17 AM
We got hubby's stuff out of storage. The furniture got donated without even coming to our house -yay!!!

Now there are just the boxes and boxes and boxes of stuff. So much stuff. I'm start to feel genuine revulsion to stuff. I suspect I may retch if I get any gifts this year with the exception of consumables like alcohol.

I find it distressing how much people are in the thrall of their Stuff. I used to be. Now minimalism seems to be so deeply appealing.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on October 16, 2014, 05:36:35 AM
Funny you should mention this, Astatine. I just made some sort of minimalist pledge to myself. I've been intermittently decluttering in a random way for over 5 years, but it feels like I'm not getting anywhere. I'm not sure how far I will go, and how fast I'll get there but I feel an increasing aversion to stuff.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: RetiredAt63 on October 16, 2014, 01:38:44 PM
You are all very inspiring.

Sheets - for adults I find one winter and one summer set are fine.  For kids, lots of backup.  We went through 4 sets one memorable night.  Historical note, before fitted sheets, people had three sheets - the bottom one went to the wash, the top one went to the bottom, the clean one went on top.  It cut down on laundry and wear, and there wasn't a huge rush to get the laundry dry - if didn't matter if line drying took more than one day, the bed was made.  There are times that I think that if I could find sheets I liked that I could just buy all "top" sheets I would go back to that.

@Fireferrets - just curious.  What is the difference between acoustic and Spanish guitar?  I thought Spanish was acoustic?  Different strings? Different tuning?


I spent most of the summer outside (have to take advantage of warm weather).  Now that winter is approaching I am really sorting and rearranging and decluttering.  DD was here for Thanksgiving and we did a bunch of things that don't need a lot of strength, but do need two sets of hands. Outdoor things that are awkward are all put away for winter.  My plant stand for house plants is set up, the plants are all spruced up and on it, and the plant stand for seedlings is set up, ready for January.

As I sort and clean each area, I am looking at what I actually use and what I thought I would use, but don't.  A lot of the things I bought when I first moved here are now surplus, and are out or on their way out.  It's so nice to have more open rooms and surfaces.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: WESTOFTHEHUDSON on October 16, 2014, 03:57:59 PM
I have given up on trying to sell any of the items I no longer need. I don't live in a largely populated area anyways and between waiting for an offer and waiting for people to show up (some never came and then I'd re-post), etc it was not worth my time. I finally found a non profit group that was accepting items for a grage sale fundraiser. I cleared out 3 large garbags bags of clothes/kitchen items and it felt sooo good!

I next found someone who could use my kids extra clothes toys and a younger neighbor who is able to wear some clothes and shoes and even wanted unopened hand creams,etc I had around the house. I feel like I am on a roll and it's very liberating to reduce the amount of stuff we have.

Next is to give away yarn that I haven't knitted with but have stored for over two years. I think our local library said they would take it.

Oddly enough, it still feels like a lot of stuff around the house but I might take a few weeks off and then sort through what I feel should go next.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Cookie on October 16, 2014, 04:15:43 PM
DH and I sorted through our storage area in our apartment building. We've learned that traveling with anything but a small suitcase is terrible, so out went 4 large suitcases, and we managed to fill 3 of them with other things to get rid of too! I'm trying to sell a few things, but I'd rather get them out of the house so if they don't sell soon those will be donated too.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on October 16, 2014, 06:08:51 PM
....We've learned that traveling with anything but a small suitcase is terrible...

Yep. That's why if it can't fit into my Zuca, I manage without the item for trips of up to a week.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: RetiredAt63 on October 16, 2014, 06:57:00 PM
I have a few places where I donate, I no longer even try to sell. Years ago a friend ad I did a shared yard sale, and the only things that sold well were my garden plants.  So anything still good is donated, everything else is thrown out.

I have also found that for larger items, just putting them at the end of the driveway on non-garbage days works - they are usually gone in a few hours.  All this needs is decent weather - no snow, no rain.  This is on a very quiet rural road, so this technique should work anywhere.

I figure whatever it is has paid its way, I am not going to wear myself out trying to get the last few dollars out of the item.  Just because I no longer get paid for my time doesn't mean my time is not valuable. 

I have given up on trying to sell any of the items I no longer need.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: norabird on October 17, 2014, 10:10:52 AM
My door is literally pulling at its top hinges from the shoes I hang over the back, and many of them I rarely or never wear, so I'm going to try taking some of the pairs to re-sell. Hopefully by the time I'm able to get over there, I'll have worked myself up to being comfortable with letting go of the pairs I like and still fit but hardly wear. They definitely aren't needed by any stretch of the imagination, I just need to take some time to accept letting them go. My door would thank me I know!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fallstoclimb on October 17, 2014, 02:13:07 PM
Just had to dig through my file cabinet to find some documents and ended up putting aside a whole pile to be tossed.  Whoo-hoo!  We are so close to not needing the filing cabinet at all, although it serves as a TV stand in the office so it'll stay whether it's empty or not.  I am loving Evernote as a filing cabinet alternative. 

mo paper mo problems
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on October 17, 2014, 05:12:25 PM
We got hubby's stuff out of storage. The furniture got donated without even coming to our house -yay!!!

Now there are just the boxes and boxes and boxes of stuff. So much stuff. I'm start to feel genuine revulsion to stuff. I suspect I may retch if I get any gifts this year with the exception of consumables like alcohol.

I find it distressing how much people are in the thrall of their Stuff. I used to be. Now minimalism seems to be so deeply appealing.

We're still going. Not too many boxes left in the lounge room but the spare bedroom is full of boxes stacked higher than me.

Learn from my hubby:  THROW EVERYTHING AWAY. Do not keep stuff. Do not keep multiples of stuff you don't need. Don't buy books or DVDs. Stuff is overwhelming.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: flamingo25 on October 17, 2014, 06:39:10 PM
I HATE having excess stuff. Even though I've always been somewhat frugal, I am finding more and more how much crap I have accumulated over the past few years. I just took a big bag of clothes to a consignment store and have given away a lot of stuff on my local Buy Nothing group. So refreshing.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: madgeylou on October 18, 2014, 10:04:52 AM
it's very motivating reading about everyone else's hard work!

i signed up to participate in a designer discard sale that is going on tomorrow -- a bunch of designers/artists are getting together to have a yard-sale-type thing where we are going to sell supplies, prototypes, and anything else we have lying around our house that we want to sell. i guess the assumption is that designers will have cool stuff because it seems like a lot of people are coming.

i feel like this is a great opportunity for me to get rid of my things that are too nice/valuable to just give to the thrift store but which i am a little too lazy to try and sell on ebay or something. :) so i'm going through everything and trying to sell as much as possible.

earlier this week i went through all my clothes and pulled about probably about 50 pieces to sell, including several of the dresses i made when i was running a dressmaking company. these are beautiful little shift dresses, made from vintage and eco-friendly fabrics, so i'm still wondering where to price them. the fabrics in them alone are worth ~$20 each. i guess i will price them around $30 and be open to negotiation. there's also a lot of just normal clothes, which i'm going to price at $5 each, i think ...

i've pulled about a dozen pairs of shoes, too -- will price them at $5 each except maybe a couple of pairs that are fancy brands and practically brand new, which i'll put at $10. i've also got a small jewelry box of costume jewelry, which i'll probably price pretty low.

today my task is to go through my fabric stash and see if i can part with half of it. i also have a silhouette cameo cutting machine that i just HAD TO HAVE a couple christmasses ago but have like 0 interest in now. and i think i can also sell off the linocut printing gear i bought to make my wedding invites. it was fun to do that project, but i don't see myself doing any more.

i also have a rather large stash of silly japanese stationery with like cats hiding in food on it. i cut this in half a few years ago at a stoop sale i held in brooklyn, but i'm probably ready to cut it in half again.

so ... busy day! but i'm pumped about tomorrow. i think i can probably bring in at least a few hundred dollars. i even signed up for a square credit/debit card reader for my phone, so people can buy my shit with plastic. woo! here's to everyone taking my shit and giving me money!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: lbdance on October 18, 2014, 01:28:36 PM
Hit a bit of a slow patch here. Trying to convince DH not just to tidy all his stuff but to sort through and see what he actually needs. Managed to get rid of a few more clothes that aren't worn recently (mine and his) so still making a bit of progress.

Madgeylou that discount sale sounds great. Great opportunity for you and the other designers to collaborate which always makes running that kind of activity much easier. Would love to know how it goes.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zikoris on October 18, 2014, 04:45:21 PM
I had a big pile of magazines I was keeping for recipes I wanted to try for months/years. One or two recipes per magazine. Last weekend I finally just ripped out the recipes, stuck them in a binder, and tossed the magazines. Bonus: now that I don't have to dig around looking for a recipe, I've actually started making them! I made two this week from the collection, a crazy good Thai green curry and some spiced roasted vegetables with pistachios (Canadian Thanksgiving side dish).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on October 18, 2014, 06:35:08 PM
9 full car loads of stuff to various charities and the recycle shed at the tip plus e-waste.

Still so many many boxes of crap.

There are also boxes of packing paper, 3 large boxes of rubbish (will gradually dispose of through the weekly rubbish collection and luckily our neighbour is going away next week so we can borrow his bin and fill it to the brim too), filled the recycling bin, have a huge pile of stuff for hubby to give to his friend tonight (not sure why the friend's stuff filled several boxes but there you go), gave away a grill to another friend, etc.

So much crap. Minimalism <3
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on October 18, 2014, 11:16:21 PM
Have to get moving again next week. Just found 4-5 amazon boxes in my cupboard! Will fill and release to Thriftland!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on October 19, 2014, 05:31:55 AM
I volunteer at a small local organization that doesn't have much storage space, so I took it upon myself to keep their tablecloths and chair covers in my closet between events.  Now I do not have as much space as I'd like for my own items.

That was over a year ago. Sometimes I "borrow trouble," as my sister says.

Recently, they committed to some clutter busting, which means they now have the space for their own things.  I had planned to return their linens anyway this month, whether they had space or not. Now, I don't need to have that conversation.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: RetiredAt63 on October 19, 2014, 12:40:41 PM
@Malaprop - I agree about purses - I have a summer purse, a winter purse, and a dressy purse.  It is too much trouble to keep switching purses.

I am sorting out my DD's room - really it is supposed to be the "guest" room where she is by far the most frequent guest, but others have used it.  It is definitely her room at the moment - masses of her stuff.  All gone once she gets her permanent job and a place of her own.  Well, to be totally honest, half is her stuff, and half is mine - it is a handy place to "toss things in for a bit", and then the bit turns into months.  And what is with the cache of dog food?  That is scary, since she swears up and down it was not her.  No sign of mice, at least!

When I look at the house as a whole, I realize that my usage has changed since I retired.  I no longer have a lot of school prep and marking to do, which was why I had one bedroom turned into my office.  Some of the things I do in my living room (what a multi-purpose room that room is) could move into the office, and make the living room more welcoming to visitors.  Hmm, must think about this more.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: madgeylou on October 19, 2014, 02:58:14 PM
Well, the sale was really fun! I sold a lot of dresses and shoes and some fabric and some random stuff like a bike basket. I sold only a few of the primo vintage fabrics -- seemed like people were looking more for finished items than raw materials -- so I'm thinking that I might need to bite the bullet and list them on Etsy.

Everything that I didn't sell, other than the primo vintage fabrics, I drove straight to the thrift store. Eight bins down to three and $250 in my pocket. No bad.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 19, 2014, 08:07:12 PM
Made great progress on the weekend. You can actually walk around in our spare room now! The main living areas are looking great, so much nicer when there's very little clutter. We took an entire car load to charity and now I can't see how we ever fit that much crap in the house.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Pants on October 20, 2014, 05:18:30 AM
Oh god, I read bits of this thread and got motivated to declutter ALL THE THINGS! Again.

I've been decluttering for a while... I went fairly hardcore for about 18 months before I moved to this house a year ago. I was living in a too-big house full of shit I had "inherited" from various hoarders in the family who never got rid of anything. I've been resting on my laurels for most of the past year at the new (much smaller) place, but I recently realised that there was room for improvement.

For example, books. I have now sold/donated the long-unread, the half-read, the maybe-will-read-agains, etc. I now only have one small bookcase and am determined to keep the books I own confined to that. I used to be very sentimental about books but realised recently that life is too short to read most of the stuff I've read more than once, so I got rid of it. And I've also accepted that I may never read the "classics" that I *should* read, and that's okay. Because I don't feel like reading them anyway. So I got rid of those.

Today I organised some documents, got rid of a lot of cardboard boxes left over from the move, made a list of things I should get rid of, on Gumtree or ebay or by donating to a charity.

And most importantly, I have listed two pairs of shoes on ebay and identified 6 other pairs that I will put up. I just hate taking all the photos... I am a shoe-a-holic. I have too many shoes to admit to on this forum... and some I only keep for sentimental reasons. Like a pair of heels that my ex bought me. Beautiful but no longer really "me".

*sigh*

So my goal for the next few days is to put them all up on ebay and also get rid of the now-unnecessary bookcase and a few other bits.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: fallstoclimb on October 20, 2014, 07:09:00 AM
My husband just decided on his own to sell 99% of his records -- about 200 of them -- and they were out the door on Sunday.  I'm shocked.  To be honest he had a bit of an emotional reaction but knew he was doing the right thing.  He almost never listened to them, and he saved the ones he had an emotional attachment to.  He was staring horrified at the empty shelf and then was like -- I'm going to look at the records I kept -- and sat and looking at them for a while LOL.  The poor guy.  Records have defined him for a very long time, but he wanted the money for his bike fund.  I DO wish he'd sold them before we moved those damn things 4 or 5 times across different apartments, but I'm proud of him for doing it at all, and with no pressure from me!  When he was having the "what have I done?" reaction I had to remind him we are not our things.  I'm a little afraid he will regret it, to be honest, but there was no reason for him to hang on to them.

We rearranged some furniture this weekend to make room for a dog bed in our bedroom, and ended up accidentally making our guest room this really streamlined, minimalist room.  I'm really happy with it and am wondering if we can do the same with the office -- it would involve getting rid of the filing cabinet, definitely doable, and the old school TV in there.  I do like being able to watch the news while working when there is some sort of major story going down, but its been over a year since I've done that....I should probably just let it go.  We'll see.   

Anti-minimalist, I do want to get some big throw pillows to turn the guest room bed into more of a daybed, but those are expensive enough it'll probably be quite a while before I actually buy them.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CU Tiger on October 20, 2014, 07:28:39 AM
Congratulations to everyone who is hitting the decluttering hard - you are all so inspiring!

Yesterday I got down in the basement (The Basement of Doom) and while the laundry was washing and drying I sorted through things, reorganized some shelves so I can see what I have, and got a bunch of things to throw away/recycle/donate.

Here is where I ran into some trouble...my husband came along behind me and tried to sneak some of the stuff back into the basement. One of these items was a BROKEN dustpan....I said, "This is trash! It goes out!" In the end I prevailed and a large amount of pure-t junk left the building.

I think that we are now on the same page about the clutter. Our goal is that in the spring we are going to paint the floor with epoxy paint, for a clean look down there. We will have to get everything - EVERYTHING - out of the basement when that happens. We have about five months to reduce the amount of crap we'll have to move out and back in. I think having a reason to dejunk/declutter helps some people get stuff done.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on October 20, 2014, 09:15:10 AM
Visited my sister this weekend.  I have new inspiration/motivation to declutter after seeing how it was impossible to walk around in her basement due to stuff/storage,
and surfaces everywhere were completely stuffed to the gills.  I'm very happy in my smaller and significantly less cluttered place.  It's more functional, looks bigger and brighter and is so much easier to keep clean!

Goals this week: Keep working through some paper clutter, and work on the digital clutter in my phone.  It's becoming evident I will need to replace it soon, so I want to only hold onto those photos I really want, not the 12 photos of the same object because it's so easy.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zaga on October 20, 2014, 09:45:26 AM

I've also cleaned out our linen closet this weekend. Undecided what to do with the excess hand towels and sheet sets we seem to have. What's a reasonable number to keep?
My opinion about this is 2 sets per bed that you use daily, and one set per bed that is used only occasionally.  Then I keep a good sized stack of pillow cases.

This seems like a good rule of thumb to me.  We upgraded to a King bed a couple years ago and now have all these Queen sheets and really only need one set for the guest bedroom.  However, that's a lot of perfectly good fabric, so I'm trying to think of some good uses for it, rather than just carting them all to the thrift store.    We actually have four sets for the king bed now; 1 set that kind of sucks and we don't use, 1 good set, 1 OK set, and now some flannel sheets for winter.  Should just get rid of that sucky set.  I tried repairing the fitted sheet once but the corners keep tearing out.

I just got done listing a couple more things on Ebay and got better photos of an item that wasn't selling.  Also used up some scrap wood and leftover foam and batting to make a nice padded seat for my tack trunk.  It's nice to see clutter being absorbed into something useful.
If you or someone you know sews, old sheets can make great fabric for basic costumes, under-dresses, lining for fancy clothes, etc.  I make medieval costumes, and save old sheets for under-dresses.  They are great because they are so wide without seams.  Depends on the fabric though, if it has torn it may be too thin/worn even in the 'good' places to still be usable.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on October 20, 2014, 01:46:00 PM
Hubs is going away on business this week -- this is often when I do my best decluttering. Amazon boxes are sitting in the hallway at the ready. Now its time to put on my gloves and get in the game! Go! Go! Go!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on October 20, 2014, 01:50:24 PM
I got rid of a 2cm pile of photos last night and this morning I will add a pair of jeans to the donation pile.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: smalllife on October 20, 2014, 02:34:53 PM
I decluttered quite a bit of the yard work to-do list (mental clutter) this weekend.  Seeds are no longer on the dining room table, they are planted, and two manual tasks are behind me for less than I thought it would cost.

As an added bonus, I went through the linen closet and streamlined/rearranged to give myself some breathing room when I open it up. Goodwill box is ready to go!

What do you guys do with papers that need to be shredded?  We don't have enough to justify purchasing a shredder but it gets big enough to be annoying waiting for the bi-annual free days from the library.  Burn it as starter paper?  Oh! yet another reason to cross off "get/make worm composter" off my to-do list.  :-)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: starbuck on October 20, 2014, 02:50:35 PM
What do you guys do with papers that need to be shredded?  We don't have enough to justify purchasing a shredder but it gets big enough to be annoying waiting for the bi-annual free days from the library.  Burn it as starter paper?  Oh! yet another reason to cross off "get/make worm composter" off my to-do list.  :-)

Yea we use it as starter paper in the outdoor fire pit. You can also tear off just the confidential part of the document, and recycle the rest of the piece of paper. That way you're dealing with less overall paper to shred and dispose of.

When I had a worm composter I would shred it and give some to them using a small handheld shredder.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: ender on October 20, 2014, 03:02:11 PM
Posting a few things on Craigslist in anticipation of moving in December (and getting married!).

FEELS SO GOOD.

WHY HAVEN'T I DONT THIS BEFORE!

/done
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on October 21, 2014, 03:28:10 AM
What do you guys do with papers that need to be shredded?  We don't have enough to justify purchasing a shredder but it gets big enough to be annoying waiting for the bi-annual free days from the library.  Burn it as starter paper?  Oh! yet another reason to cross off "get/make worm composter" off my to-do list.  :-)

In January, we gave in and bought a small one for $20 at OfficeWorks. Paper is my nemesis so it helps with that and is far faster than tearing by hand to put in the recycling bin. I use the shredded paper as mulch sometimes and other times chuck it in the compost bin.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on October 21, 2014, 09:24:20 AM
Giving my box of 72 votives left from my wedding to a non-profit I volunteer with for decor their gala.  Technically it's not in my house, as it was put in my MIL's house, but it is my clutter.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on October 21, 2014, 12:45:45 PM
I trashed bathroom cabinet old / never used stuff, pulled a purse (and will pull a second if I ever find it) to donate, and have been eyeing my book collection very hard.  I'm not counting the trashed things as part of my Amazon box, though; that's all gonna be give-away items.  If I did I'd probably have filled it.  I also added to my paper bag of clothes to donate, things I saw after coming back from vacation and just thought You know what, this is adorable but I haven't worn it for over a year.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on October 21, 2014, 08:29:28 PM

I've also cleaned out our linen closet this weekend. Undecided what to do with the excess hand towels and sheet sets we seem to have. What's a reasonable number to keep?
My opinion about this is 2 sets per bed that you use daily, and one set per bed that is used only occasionally.  Then I keep a good sized stack of pillow cases.

This seems like a good rule of thumb to me.  We upgraded to a King bed a couple years ago and now have all these Queen sheets and really only need one set for the guest bedroom.  However, that's a lot of perfectly good fabric, so I'm trying to think of some good uses for it, rather than just carting them all to the thrift store.    We actually have four sets for the king bed now; 1 set that kind of sucks and we don't use, 1 good set, 1 OK set, and now some flannel sheets for winter.  Should just get rid of that sucky set.  I tried repairing the fitted sheet once but the corners keep tearing out.

I just got done listing a couple more things on Ebay and got better photos of an item that wasn't selling.  Also used up some scrap wood and leftover foam and batting to make a nice padded seat for my tack trunk.  It's nice to see clutter being absorbed into something useful.
If you or someone you know sews, old sheets can make great fabric for basic costumes, under-dresses, lining for fancy clothes, etc.  I make medieval costumes, and save old sheets for under-dresses.  They are great because they are so wide without seams.  Depends on the fabric though, if it has torn it may be too thin/worn even in the 'good' places to still be usable.

I do sew, but nothing like that.  I'd probably just use them as frost covers for the garden, or maybe make lightweight sheets for the horses.  They aren't worn out at all, just shitty quality with almost zero fabric allowance for the seams, so any stress and the seams tear right out.

Haven't had time to do much lately, but did get a bridle sold that was too small for my horses.  I should be able to really get after it once the weather turns less amazing and I'm stuck indoors more.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: swick on October 21, 2014, 10:29:47 PM
Time to get serious, looks like we are moving back down south! Going to be spending the next couple of weeks REALLY ruthlessly looking at everything we own. Posted a dozen items on  our local buy and sell and have created a list of big stuff we are not taking with us:) now those darn papers...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: acorn on October 21, 2014, 11:42:01 PM
Going to move to a different country by the end of 2015 - time to start clearing things out as well! Good thing I've moved twice in the past 4 years, so I've mostly gotten rid of the big/heavy things (extra furniture, appliances, most books, etc). But I do need to start cutting down on the small things like clothes! Aim is to fit everything into 2 large suitcases in a year's time.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: swick on October 22, 2014, 02:21:40 AM
well, went back through my books and am gifting away another 4 boxes (this is after I had already gone through them, ruthlessly, I thought) When actually staring the prospect of moving in the face (again) I really don't want to pack them yet again...off to do more, good luck everyone!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on October 22, 2014, 07:01:46 AM
I spent an hour scanning a box of papers into Evernote. Also my wife replaced ALL of our old mismatched dishes FOR FREE from a full set someone gave my mom to sell at a garage sale. We actually didn't even take the whole set!

My kids haven't gotten on board with minimizing yet, but every day my wife tells them "You guys can't keep up with your stuff because you have too much stuff!"

I just smile. Their time is coming.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: acorn on October 22, 2014, 11:41:59 AM

That is terrific! What do you do about kitchen stuff? I try and try to cut down, but there's still so much. Bulky appliances (that we do use regularly), nice pots and pans that we've bought over the years, etc. We aren't collectors--we have one set of dishes and silverware, not like my mom who has a set for every holiday--but it is still so much!


Thankfully, I've never had much kitchen stuff (always preferred a simple and uncluttered kitchen). After moving so many times, I've cut it down to only things that I use somewhat regularly. I don't plan on bringing any of my kitchen stuff with me when I move, the plan is to sell/give away/donate everything (except my favorite mug that I've had for the past 8 years).

I think it helps that I live alone, so I haven't had the opportunity to generate clutter with family/kids!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Cookie on October 22, 2014, 04:28:53 PM
I have a lot of kitchen appliances too. I use them all, so I won't get rid of them, but I have been thinking of getting rid of the extra attachments. I really only use a few blade styles on my food processor so I could get rid of the extras.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Rebecca Stapler on October 22, 2014, 06:12:49 PM
I finally started listing some clothes on ebay. I haven't made a ton of money on them, but I felt like they were worth more than what I would get for them if I sent them to a consignment store. I sold 3 suits, a lot of maternity clothes, and some nice dresses. I just wanted someone else to love them as much as I did (when they fit!)

Then I cleaned out more and sent in two big bags to online consignment stores, and got $55 for them. Easiest $55 I've ever made! Took me all of 1 hour, including the time it took to drop it off at the post office.

I still have a box of clothes that I listed on ebay. No bites yet, but I'll lower my price if I have to re-list them.

Behold the end result! (attached)
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Post by: fallstoclimb on October 24, 2014, 02:25:17 PM
Fully cleaned out the filing cabinet!

Well, I cheated a little.  My husband has a crate in the closet he uses for filing his teaching stuff, so I just stuck his papers in there (all of which were school related).  I sorted through the rest of our papers, trashed a LOT, put a very few into Evernote, and put the remaining in my desk.  Remaining folders are: previous year tax returns, current tax year, house sale documents, pet health records, very important receipts, career stuff (letters of rec, transcripts), and legal docs.  Wish I could Evernote or trash more but they all seem like things I should probably keep actual physical copies of.  The good news is everything feels much more accessible now, I hated digging through that filing cabinet. 

Followup question:  Do people actually use like security deposit boxes?  Should I be keeping things like the deed to the house there?  Because....I am not.  A fire just seems so unlikely, and aren't there probably backups of everything with the relevant companies and government entities?

Next up is to address the overflowing Goodwill donation pile.  I was sort of planning to wait until the next tax year because of my not-so-great documentation, but it seems like I am doing what I need to do to claim over $500 (basically just write down everything) -- from now on I'll start taking some pictures too. Hopefully that'll be enough, because I am getting super tired of everything still being in the house. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on October 24, 2014, 03:29:53 PM


Followup question:  Do people actually use like security deposit boxes?  Should I be keeping things like the deed to the house there?  Because....I am not.  A fire just seems so unlikely, and aren't there probably backups of everything with the relevant companies and government entities?
 

We had a safety deposit box 20 years ago, but we no longer have one. We keep our Wills in a plastic bag in the middle of the deepfreeze that is in the garage.

And yes, our lawyer has a backup copy of our wills, so if it really came down to that, there would be a copy in existence.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on October 24, 2014, 04:10:41 PM
If you're concerned about a fire, you can get fire-safe boxes that are pretty small.  They're like gun safes only tiny and for small things, like paper documents / deeds / passports / etc.  If you're worried about thievery, though, unless you drill the box into the floor, people can just pick it up and break into it at their leisure.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on October 24, 2014, 05:19:34 PM
I bagged up an extra scarf, extra earmuffs that someone gave me last year which still has the tag on it, packs of hand warmers left over from camping awhile ago that we never got around to using and will expire soon, extra quilts and blankets that I haven't touched in a couple of years.

Someone can use these items in winter and I've been squatting on them all this time; that seems almost morally wrong.

Thanks to you all and your inspiration I'm running out of stuff worth giving away. Everything else is either too worn or dinged up or I'm actually using it.

It feels weird to be this devoid of stuff. But it's a good weird.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Ascotillion on October 24, 2014, 06:53:42 PM
My housemate is moving out tomorrow (and I'll be leaving within a month) so we're going through everything in the house. We're not big on possessions and we always joked that we were minimalists but quite a bit of stuff has accumulated! So far we've filled two trash bags and had a bunch of recycling too, plus the enormous entertainment unit we both hate is getting taken away!

Once he leaves I'm going to start cleaning the house and I may never stop :P
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Cookie on October 24, 2014, 07:57:22 PM
You guys have inspired me to go through my digital clutter!

Today I went through about 600 pictures and deleted the ones that were blurry. I hope to go through all of my pictures on the computer and sort them into different albums by the end of November. I have the terrible habit of taking a million pictures, uploading them, and then telling myself I'll go through them later. I can't even remember one time where I actually picked through the pictures before throwing them into the abyss of a single photo album.

This will be fun...
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Post by: CU Tiger on October 24, 2014, 09:39:59 PM
Got rid of a huge desk from the basement. We never used it, it was strictly taking up space. Sayonara!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Anatidae V on October 25, 2014, 02:04:44 AM
Got rid of a large shelving unit today! I offered it to my parents, and they said they had the perfect space for it. Booyah.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: starbuck on October 25, 2014, 05:14:25 AM
We spent some time decluttering our driveway and got rid of a car this week! Neither of us use our personal cars to commute to work, so a 2nd car was really unnecessary (and was costing way to much in repairs and maintenance to justify the very little it was driven.) So glad to finally have that rust bucket gone and donated!
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Post by: fireferrets on October 30, 2014, 08:03:12 PM
Been slow-going getting rid of stuff on Ebay, but with rock bottom prices, I'm finally getting rid of stuff. The stuff no one buys, I yerdle for credits. If it fails to get picked up through Yerdle, Goodwill gets it.

The hardest part has been old craft projects. For instance, a dress I made that is so heavy the collar stretches out when I wear it. aghhh -,-

On the plus side, I unearthed some old burned CDs/DVDs that I am gonna use to make a sweet recycled art project. :D
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Post by: FunkyStickman on October 31, 2014, 06:50:01 AM
You guys have inspired me to go through my digital clutter!

Today I went through about 600 pictures and deleted the ones that were blurry. I hope to go through all of my pictures on the computer and sort them into different albums by the end of November. I have the terrible habit of taking a million pictures, uploading them, and then telling myself I'll go through them later. I can't even remember one time where I actually picked through the pictures before throwing them into the abyss of a single photo album.

This will be fun...

Good job! I haven't tackled that job yet... got about 10 years of photos to go through.

On a good note, my wife and the kids cleared off the whole pack patio area of junk last weekend. Threw away piles of scrap wood, wire, junk, busted garden hoses, threadbare rugs, the whole thing. It's awesome.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on October 31, 2014, 09:39:24 AM
I'm going slowly, but 3 more skirts are gone from my closet.  One was a hand me down I never liked, the other two sadly no longer fit.  Going to see if my sister wants one of those two.

I also am going to do a decluttering/cleaning "game" with a friend.  We have done two different decluttering challenges before to keep us motivated.  For this one, we'll each write down a bunch of decluttering locations or cleaning chores (e.g. kitchen utensils, purse etc.), then we'll mix them up and draw a set number to do each week.  There'll be some element of surprise, and it may help on not putting off certain "dreaded" areas.  (It may be silly, but I find tricking myself into thinking the project is new, different, interesting, or a game is helpful.)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on October 31, 2014, 07:19:05 PM
Wow, you are all so inspiring.  I looked at an article on Peter Walsh who helps hoarders on tv.  He thinks excess clutter can be related to excess weight.  Do any of you concur?

My sister is still removing her stuff from my parents' house and once it is gone I am sure everyone will feel it.

I had a houseguest come last week and freak at my house: she said :"What happened to your house?  Where did all the stuff go?  Help me with my house!"  It was so satisfying to have someone really notice the changes I have made.

Due to various events I will be spending a fair amount of time at home recuperating and so I am going to deal with my computer clutter this week.  I have just dealt with Facebook clutter and removed half of my 'friends' and most groups.  One issue I have is finding things on my computer (macbook air).  I don't mean things I am looking for but things I want to delete and occasionally see on a list on the computer.  A lot of it is downloads.
 I am wanting to delete any excess but cannot locate it.  Or I suddenly find a whole bunch and spend time deleting only to find it is still on there.  Perhaps i need external help?


Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on October 31, 2014, 07:20:15 PM
How many hangers do women aim to have in their closets?   I am thinking of future downsizing and wondering how much is reasonable to keep?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on October 31, 2014, 09:10:12 PM
wintersun,  I've heard Peter Walsh connect excess weight with clutter. From what I recall, he says if you can't find your running shoes, you're less likely to run. If you organize your snacks so that they are not at eye level, you are less likely to snack. It's things like that.

I'd also say that if you're busy, you're more likely to eat just anything, and more likely to take the most commonly-used mode of transportation-a car.

 If you're already self-conscious about yourself, you're less likely to do something odd in your neighborhood, like ride a bike to work.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Cookie on October 31, 2014, 11:38:30 PM
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I am wanting to delete any excess but cannot locate it.  Or I suddenly find a whole bunch and spend time deleting only to find it is still on there.  Perhaps i need external help?

Perhaps you need to empty the trash bin? I was frustrated with my pictures not being deleted until I learned I was only moving them to the trash can.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: smalllife on November 01, 2014, 10:31:25 AM
How many hangers do women aim to have in their closets?   I am thinking of future downsizing and wondering how much is reasonable to keep?

Depends on how minimal you want to go ;-)  I have 24ish hangers, and other than the occasional time where I need to dry non-hanging items AND all the hanging items are clean that is a good number.  Big enough for variety, small enough to keep everything visible and meaningful.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: acorn on November 01, 2014, 11:31:05 AM
How many hangers do women aim to have in their closets?   I am thinking of future downsizing and wondering how much is reasonable to keep?

Depends on how minimal you want to go ;-)  I have 24ish hangers, and other than the occasional time where I need to dry non-hanging items AND all the hanging items are clean that is a good number.  Big enough for variety, small enough to keep everything visible and meaningful.

I have 35 hangers, but I also have non-hanging clothes folded away in shelves. I'm trying to cull my wardrobe and hang up as many clothes as possible (35 in my case, hah), to visually remind me that I still have those clothes and that I should really wear them. It's really easy to forget you have certain items when they're folded away.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on November 02, 2014, 04:48:19 AM
How many hangers do women aim to have in their closets?   I am thinking of future downsizing and wondering how much is reasonable to keep?

Depends on how minimal you want to go ;-)  I have 24ish hangers, and other than the occasional time where I need to dry non-hanging items AND all the hanging items are clean that is a good number.  Big enough for variety, small enough to keep everything visible and meaningful.

I have 35 hangers, but I also have non-hanging clothes folded away in shelves. I'm trying to cull my wardrobe and hang up as many clothes as possible (35 in my case, hah), to visually remind me that I still have those clothes and that I should really wear them. It's really easy to forget you have certain items when they're folded away.

I have 50 items of clothing hung up on hangars, but that's *all* of my clothes except for 3 pairs of leggings, scarves, beanies, sunhats, socks, underwear, bras and a pair of swimmers. So it really depends on your clothing storage.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: lizfish on November 02, 2014, 07:16:09 AM

Donating a too-small-pair of bowling shoes.

I came up with a trick. Whenever I'm thinking, 'I should spend 20 minutes cleaning up the apartment,' I tell myself that I can get out of it if I can think of one thing to get rid of.

Genius. I am feeling so overwhelmed with our clutter. One thing at a time is really the way.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Gin1984 on November 02, 2014, 09:06:29 PM
Two boxes are by the door to go out in the morning and we used up three candles tonight.  We should be able to use up all the excess candles by the end of next weekend as well.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Penny Lane on November 03, 2014, 06:18:02 AM
I was invited to the opening of an office next week where there will be a truck shredding papers for free.  I'm going to bring a box of records-- mostly financial-- that I no longer need to save.  I thought this was a brilliant idea as I otherwise would not go.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on November 03, 2014, 08:08:19 AM
Finally made some progress on this. I've reorganized my office, and got rid of the collapsed boxes I keep for stuff I may need to return (usually tech of some kind). I cleaned out the spare bedroom and got rid of a full box of old stuff that isn't needed anymore. My SO isn't on board with this at all, so I've only been getting rid of my stuff. While I cleaning up, I did take a minute to count out the number of giant rubbermaid containers. We have 3 in the spare bedroom closet, 3 stacked in the spare bedroom, 2 in our bedroom closet, 1 in the office, and 4 in the shed. On top of that, there are 4 boxes of books in the spare bedroom closet, 3 boxes of I have no idea what stacked in the spare bedroom, and all kinds of crap.
I asked if she wanted to do anything with the two unopened snuggies in the closet, and she got a bit upset and said "FINE! I'll get rid of them". Other things (like a bag of super soft socks with the tags still on - pre-date me moving in 4 years ago) she says are for stocking stuffers.

How did you all get your SO on board? This is a bit of a challenge for me, since I'd pretty much have to get rid of her stuff. My stuff in the house consists of 4 under the bed drawers (I  brought the bed), 2 feet of closet bar in the spare bedroom (no room in our bedroom), and some equipment in the office. Not sure what I can do here, since I haven't even brought it up and caught a bit of heat with just the snuggies. Any ideas? Anybody else have issues with this?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on November 05, 2014, 11:38:29 AM
Jordanread, it's tough.  DH doesn't want to spend the time decluttering (thinks we have space so we should just leave it alone) and persists in genuinely believing it's all "my" clutter and not his.  (This extends to paperwork.  According to him, 85% of the paper that comes in the house is "mine."  While disagreeing on that percentage, I point out unsuccessfully that I deal with mine but his just sits there forever, including the envelopes and junk that comes with the statement/bill.  I also unsuccessfully point out that as the paperwork is really stressful to me, it would be great if he would help out *even if he thinks it's "mine*.  I have yet to get him to recycle any junk mail though so I'm curious how others get it to work.)

So my method is 1) to work hard on my stuff, 2) to deal with joint stuff (particularly as he thinks its all mine regardless) and only then try 3) set up a specific time with him to deal with a specific area of his such as "the box from your old office 4 years ago."  I hold up items and ask if I can get rid of them while he plays his computer game.  Usually I can get through about half of a single box before he decides he's tired of it.  Sessions generally have to be scheduled months apart, not days or weeks. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on November 05, 2014, 03:37:31 PM
Your idea about Peter Walsh makes sense CK.  I was trying to figure out the link between the two in case it was useful.

Cookie, I just emptied the trash to see if that helps. Thanks.

Smalllife, Acorn, Astatine, useful to know.  I don't think I have more than thirty hangers at present but will count.  Right now I still have several different sizes of clothes and once I get to one size I will see what is left.

Meanwhile, my computer is getting a gentle fear out.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on November 05, 2014, 03:53:29 PM
Jordanread, it's tough.  DH doesn't want to spend the time decluttering (thinks we have space so we should just leave it alone) and persists in genuinely believing it's all "my" clutter and not his.  (This extends to paperwork.  According to him, 85% of the paper that comes in the house is "mine."  While disagreeing on that percentage, I point out unsuccessfully that I deal with mine but his just sits there forever, including the envelopes and junk that comes with the statement/bill.  I also unsuccessfully point out that as the paperwork is really stressful to me, it would be great if he would help out *even if he thinks it's "mine*.  I have yet to get him to recycle any junk mail though so I'm curious how others get it to work.)

So my method is 1) to work hard on my stuff, 2) to deal with joint stuff (particularly as he thinks its all mine regardless) and only then try 3) set up a specific time with him to deal with a specific area of his such as "the box from your old office 4 years ago."  I hold up items and ask if I can get rid of them while he plays his computer game.  Usually I can get through about half of a single box before he decides he's tired of it.  Sessions generally have to be scheduled months apart, not days or weeks.


Thanks for the advice. But how does one deal with someone who has no interest in de-cluttering?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: acorn on November 05, 2014, 09:44:07 PM
But how does one deal with someone who has no interest in de-cluttering?

Do you have any plans to move? Or people visiting/staying over for Thanksgiving/Christmas?
Is she interested in anything (crafts, yoga, etc)? Can you propose the idea of clearing out space for a hobby area/exercise corner?

If everything is fine as it is and no major changes are coming up, I can see why people will not want to de-clutter. But if you can create a valid reason as to why you need the space (e.g. for visitors or for a home improvement project), that could help with motivation. I would market it as "de-clutter your things and get more space for your hobbies!" (although hopefully she doesn't have too many things required for her hobbies)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Gin1984 on November 06, 2014, 04:52:22 AM
One more candle gone!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on November 06, 2014, 01:13:03 PM
Thanks for the advice. But how does one deal with someone who has no interest in de-cluttering?

I guess that's what I was driving at - DH doesn't have interest in it.  He does it because I ask (presumably because he wants to make me happy...), but only if I don't nag or harp on it.

Agree with Acorn to figure out her motivations.  Does she like watching HGTV (and their minimal rooms)?  Having guests over?  More space for a workout room?  Preserving kid's stuff in scrapbooks before she forgets?  A bigger house?  Less to clean?  Figure out what might motivate her, and then focus on that in conversations rather than saying "declutter".
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on November 06, 2014, 01:44:31 PM
But how does one deal with someone who has no interest in de-cluttering?

Do you have any plans to move? Or people visiting/staying over for Thanksgiving/Christmas?
Is she interested in anything (crafts, yoga, etc)? Can you propose the idea of clearing out space for a hobby area/exercise corner?

If everything is fine as it is and no major changes are coming up, I can see why people will not want to de-clutter. But if you can create a valid reason as to why you need the space (e.g. for visitors or for a home improvement project), that could help with motivation. I would market it as "de-clutter your things and get more space for your hobbies!" (although hopefully she doesn't have too many things required for her hobbies)

That's the frustrating part. Her family is coming out, and we are moving next year (if we can find a place), and we are cleaning every room top to bottom (one day a week). And still no interest in actually getting rid of things. Just straighten the huge pile of boxes. Cleanliness and clutter are two totally different things, where one is nice, and the other is like...gravity or air. It's just something that is. Doesn't make her mad, not anything that bothers her. It's like that is what a spare bedroom is for, boxes of stuff that is never used. I don't let it get to me, so it's not really a point of contention (as long as I don't ask), but it would be nice to actually get more usable space out of the house, and get rid of the clutter.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on November 06, 2014, 02:08:18 PM
Can you make the stuff slowly disappear on its own or would it be missed?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: RunningWithScissors on November 06, 2014, 04:00:21 PM
^ this.

My husband gets overwhelmed by the thought of cleaning out our basement and de-cluttering so my strategy is to do it myself.  I love the feeling of taking chaos and turning it into order.  If there's something that I think he might want, I'll ask - but that usually only involves one or two items at a time.  I've tend to just 'take care' of most items via Freecycle or Craigslist and only once or twice has he ever noticed, much less actually missed the item.  Plus, he's happy when the money I get for our unused items goes for an unbudgeted splurge on pho or a fish dinner.

Mustachianism through Bribery - hey, it has a nice ring to it!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on November 06, 2014, 05:46:30 PM
Can you make the stuff slowly disappear on its own or would it be missed?

I wish I would have asked before cleaning...I probably could have gotten at least a few things out of there. Unfortunately, she is becoming aware of most of the stuff now. I might have to be sneaky about some of it, but the main opportunity has passed. I might just have to wait until we move and 'lose' stuff.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: sheepstache on November 06, 2014, 07:02:43 PM
But how does one deal with someone who has no interest in de-cluttering?

Do you have any plans to move? Or people visiting/staying over for Thanksgiving/Christmas?
Is she interested in anything (crafts, yoga, etc)? Can you propose the idea of clearing out space for a hobby area/exercise corner?

If everything is fine as it is and no major changes are coming up, I can see why people will not want to de-clutter. But if you can create a valid reason as to why you need the space (e.g. for visitors or for a home improvement project), that could help with motivation. I would market it as "de-clutter your things and get more space for your hobbies!" (although hopefully she doesn't have too many things required for her hobbies)

That's the frustrating part. Her family is coming out, and we are moving next year (if we can find a place), and we are cleaning every room top to bottom (one day a week). And still no interest in actually getting rid of things. Just straighten the huge pile of boxes. Cleanliness and clutter are two totally different things, where one is nice, and the other is like...gravity or air. It's just something that is. Doesn't make her mad, not anything that bothers her. It's like that is what a spare bedroom is for, boxes of stuff that is never used. I don't let it get to me, so it's not really a point of contention (as long as I don't ask), but it would be nice to actually get more usable space out of the house, and get rid of the clutter.

Huh, well it's nice that you're laid back about it. They say everyone has a different comfort level with stuff. Personally, it's not something I think about, but I dislike being in a minimalist environment. When I get into a hotel room, I start putting my stuff on all the surfaces :) So it seems like she's on the extreme end. I can see how perfectly nice rooms being used for storage is a bit of a shame, but to her it might feel like if they're empty then it's space that needs to be filled. I would think being really insistent that you need a room for an alternative use would eventually work. It might just mean she's okay with moving stuff to the basement or something, but at least having full storage areas could be used as an argument against getting any more stuff.  And then when you talk about moving to a new place, discuss wanting each space to be optimized and usable for a particular purpose to avoid buying more space than you need.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on November 06, 2014, 07:45:27 PM
But how does one deal with someone who has no interest in de-cluttering?

Do you have any plans to move? Or people visiting/staying over for Thanksgiving/Christmas?
Is she interested in anything (crafts, yoga, etc)? Can you propose the idea of clearing out space for a hobby area/exercise corner?

If everything is fine as it is and no major changes are coming up, I can see why people will not want to de-clutter. But if you can create a valid reason as to why you need the space (e.g. for visitors or for a home improvement project), that could help with motivation. I would market it as "de-clutter your things and get more space for your hobbies!" (although hopefully she doesn't have too many things required for her hobbies)

That's the frustrating part. Her family is coming out, and we are moving next year (if we can find a place), and we are cleaning every room top to bottom (one day a week). And still no interest in actually getting rid of things. Just straighten the huge pile of boxes. Cleanliness and clutter are two totally different things, where one is nice, and the other is like...gravity or air. It's just something that is. Doesn't make her mad, not anything that bothers her. It's like that is what a spare bedroom is for, boxes of stuff that is never used. I don't let it get to me, so it's not really a point of contention (as long as I don't ask), but it would be nice to actually get more usable space out of the house, and get rid of the clutter.

Huh, well it's nice that you're laid back about it. They say everyone has a different comfort level with stuff. Personally, it's not something I think about, but I dislike being in a minimalist environment. When I get into a hotel room, I start putting my stuff on all the surfaces :) So it seems like she's on the extreme end. I can see how perfectly nice rooms being used for storage is a bit of a shame, but to her it might feel like if they're empty then it's space that needs to be filled. I would think being really insistent that you need a room for an alternative use would eventually work. It might just mean she's okay with moving stuff to the basement or something, but at least having full storage areas could be used as an argument against getting any more stuff.  And then when you talk about moving to a new place, discuss wanting each space to be optimized and usable for a particular purpose to avoid buying more space than you need.
Had I been born a couple of decades early, I'd have totally been a hippie. One of the things that I didn't learn from MMM was the circle of concern thing. Sometime around age 12, I just realized I was in control of how I felt about things, and damn near overnight I stopped being ticklish and letting other people control how I felt (with a lot of practice since then). I personally prefer the Asian style of super minimalism, but I can live however. I feel like Raymond Reddington sometimes. He had a quote about being in a shipping container for 3 weeks. Something like the first week was absolute hell, but the other two were quite pleasant. :-) I do love a nice minimalist space, but I love my gf more.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Firefly on November 07, 2014, 07:26:18 PM
My desire to have a clutter free house and my tendency to keep the stuff for "just in case" and just because I paid money for it don't go together. I am in a constant inner struggle. I've gotten very good about clothes - the amount of clothes I have is half a size it was a few years ago. And I am super careful and thoughtful about buying new clothes. There is hope though. We are moving soon - it will give me a chance to go through all the stuff and get rid of a lot of stuff.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Fientologist on November 07, 2014, 07:56:37 PM
Our strategy in this regard is simple, yet effective.  Each year we go through our stuff and if we haven't used something in over 1 year AND if we don't plan on using it within the next year, we either give it away to friends, sell it, or donate it.  We recently took this to another level and got rid of a large batch of stuff that we'd fooled ourselves into thinking we were going to use last year.  And not only do we not miss any of it one single bit, but we've netted over $1,000 in cash from Craigslist and eBay, and probably another $500 in tax deductions from donations.

The only real exceptions for us in this regard are tools, as we're constant tinkerers.

The next step for us is to inventory basically everything we have, which presents myriad benefits (e.g., knowing exactly where anything is, having a record in case a disaster or burglary, etc.).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Firefly on November 07, 2014, 08:16:39 PM
My biggest problem is toys toys and more toys. 7 yo boy and 18 mo old girl. Since she is so much younger, I am saving all of my son's toys and supplies so she can use them later. But after she is done with it  - GONE! I usually just donate them or passing down for friends.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Fientologist on November 07, 2014, 08:44:50 PM
However, since she is so much younger, you might be holding on to them for years to come (and/or she might not care for them when the time comes).  There always is a cost to ownership, whether in terms of maintenance, physical space, or sanity!

That being said, if these are fairly universal/classic toys, and you have a place to keep them safe and out of the way (e.g., in totes in your attic), you could save a bit of money in the future :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Gin1984 on November 08, 2014, 10:27:03 AM
Another candle gone, and burning all of these candles is really helping the gas bill!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on November 10, 2014, 05:02:39 PM
Malaprop Cocktail I know what you mean about creating temporary junk in order to clear out.  It is worth it but frustrating at the time.

I am looking ahead to the time when I have no clutter, have no excess paper and every space is clear and organised.  What I am realising is that I need to come up with some systems to put into place so that this does not happen again.  I have been looking online at peoples' command centers and organisational tips and styles and most of the time it strikes me that people are simply organising excess which recently is making my skin crawl.

I no longer want to keep a couple of bags worth of presents and paper and ribbon on hand, I intend to give people homemade consumables and other homemade things.  I find the wrapping paper /gift area of my closet to be draining.

I want all my clothes to be able to hang up at once with no seasonal storage and because I do not have a dress up type of job that is very doable.

I certainly do not want my computer to be chock full of useless stuff, I want to be very careful what I save.

I don't want loads of electric cords and no idea what they are for.

And I do not want to hold onto things because they were a gift years ago and no longer appeal to me (which is still going on with me).

Most of all it is the paper and journals that haunt me, I feel overwhelmed at times when more comes to light.  Fear of people reading my journals has lead to a mass destruction and yet I keep finding more pages of notes tucked inside other notebooks, etc.

I see my mother getting ready for her death by clearing the decks and I sort of want to clear the decks now.  I want the peace of mind that comes with knowing where things are AND it does not take an hour to uncover them, with relaxing because having a houseguest does not require days of clearing out and feeling clear and free.

Is this how you guys feel?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Cookie on November 10, 2014, 06:07:05 PM
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And I do not want to hold onto things because they were a gift years ago and no longer appeal to me (which is still going on with me).

You hit the nail on the head. I feel the same way about all your points, but especially struggle with unwanted, handmade gifts from family. It is easy for me to get rid of a store bought gift, but the hand embroidered picture or quilt makes me keep it, even though it will only remain in storage.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: BZB on November 10, 2014, 06:25:49 PM
I'm really focusing my efforts on the stuff that takes time to declutter.

+1
I have been going through my dad's geneaology research files that I inherited and scanning what seems useful to keep. It was a decades-long hobby and he kept all his correspondence and notes. I have filled about 3 1/2 large banker's boxes with paper to recycle, and I have just one more file box to finish.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MsRichLife on November 10, 2014, 07:53:23 PM
I see my mother getting ready for her death by clearing the decks and I sort of want to clear the decks now.

DH's grandfather passed away earlier this year and we spent a week helping the family start clearing out the house. It was just so sad to see his prized possessions (and junk) become a burden that had to be dealt with by grieving relatives. Seeing how little our 'stuff' means after we are gone has made me want to get rid of the unimportant stuff now. Hopefully when I eventually pass on, only the important stuff remains to be sorted through.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on November 11, 2014, 05:11:26 AM
It's not ideal, but I have may have found a solution. Since I have almost nothing left in the house that I can declutter, I decided to grab a few things out of my storage unit, just to then box up and take to goodwill. She's still not on board with decluttering for the sake of not having clutter, but apparently when there are huge piles of stuff being sorted, she'll start sorting some of her stuff. This past weekend, I filled up the trunk with some bags of clothes from the storage unit. I figured if I haven't missed them in the two years they've been in there, I could get rid of them. So I brought a bunch of stuff home, and then 'sorted' them into boxes and bags to go to goodwill. The GF decided to clean out her VHSs and VCR, as well as miscellaneous old technology from the entertainment center. I guess making clutter to clean it up seems to work for her. Here is a picture of the stuff that I grabbed from the storage unit, and then her pile grew into what you see in the top right.

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-LSov5y-AvO8/VF6g1HjUpFI/AAAAAAAALlQ/dev9m4M7iWU/w1597-h899-no/IMG_20141108_160112395.jpg).

Very little visible progress, but it's progress!!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on November 11, 2014, 07:38:41 AM
Wife and I have been struggling with stuff lately. Specifically, the kids' mounds upon mounds of stuff they don't pick up. I'm personally sick of it (as is she) but when I suggest just getting rid of stuff until they can manage, she gets very defensive about taking their "stuff" away.

I'm personally of the thought that they're spoiled (mostly by grandparents) and they could use to do without. We have plenty of things for them to play with, it won't hurt my feelings to get rid of 3 GARBAGE BAGS of stuffed animals for my girls and a WHOLE BOOKSHELF of toys my teenage son doesn't play with any more.

Ugh. I could just scream. She's constantly going on about how cluttered the house is and how she never stops cleaning, but she won't do what it takes to fix the problem!

I need an "Easy" button.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Gin1984 on November 11, 2014, 08:13:59 AM
Wife and I have been struggling with stuff lately. Specifically, the kids' mounds upon mounds of stuff they don't pick up. I'm personally sick of it (as is she) but when I suggest just getting rid of stuff until they can manage, she gets very defensive about taking their "stuff" away.

I'm personally of the thought that they're spoiled (mostly by grandparents) and they could use to do without. We have plenty of things for them to play with, it won't hurt my feelings to get rid of 3 GARBAGE BAGS of stuffed animals for my girls and a WHOLE BOOKSHELF of toys my teenage son doesn't play with any more.

Ugh. I could just scream. She's constantly going on about how cluttered the house is and how she never stops cleaning, but she won't do what it takes to fix the problem!

I need an "Easy" button.
Why not pack them away and see if they notice.  If they don't notice, offer to find a consignment shop and trade them in and say any profits, they can buy more toys with? 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Nancy on November 11, 2014, 09:46:34 AM
From the raptitude post:
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There’s this mild but always-present feeling that something is unresolved, because we only leave things lying around under the pretense that they’re only going to be there temporarily. But the resolution never comes, because the homeless objects have no place to go. I don’t want to beat this point to death but it’s unbelievable what a huge mental weight is released when there are no more “fish out of water” like this.

I totally feel like this about my clutter. I keep stuff because I intend to do something with it, which turns into a vague but persistent to do pile. I really don't have a lot of stuff or clutter, but it weighs on me nonetheless. If I get rid of stuff without repurposing it into something useful, I feel really wasteful. Also, when I do repurpose stuff, I get a lot of use out of it. Maybe I need to label everything with a project deadline or donate date. Anyone else have this issue?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on November 11, 2014, 12:41:23 PM
wintersun, for wrapping on any occasion, I've seen people use nothing at all, or only comic strips from the newspaper, or only butchers paper(the ribbon makes it festive) or only furushiki cloth (which is multipurpose).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on November 11, 2014, 12:58:10 PM
Nancy, yes. I'm learning when I'm really into a new hobby (and will be with it regularly for a while) and when I'm just craving a project temporarily. Once I discover it's the latter, I don't beat myself up about it.

It's like pushing back the plate at the table. You're satisfied; you have all you want from it. Even if others would have continued, you've had enough.
It's time to stop and take away the plate.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zaga on November 11, 2014, 05:45:27 PM
Wife and I have been struggling with stuff lately. Specifically, the kids' mounds upon mounds of stuff they don't pick up. I'm personally sick of it (as is she) but when I suggest just getting rid of stuff until they can manage, she gets very defensive about taking their "stuff" away.

I'm personally of the thought that they're spoiled (mostly by grandparents) and they could use to do without. We have plenty of things for them to play with, it won't hurt my feelings to get rid of 3 GARBAGE BAGS of stuffed animals for my girls and a WHOLE BOOKSHELF of toys my teenage son doesn't play with any more.

Ugh. I could just scream. She's constantly going on about how cluttered the house is and how she never stops cleaning, but she won't do what it takes to fix the problem!

I need an "Easy" button.
If you don't teach your kids how to get rid of stuff now, they will grow up to not be able to get rid of stuff.  If you have a teenage son, he's more than old enough to go through his things and give you a few boxes that he doesn't want anymore.  Heck, anyone over the age of 6 should be able to manage that with prompting from a parent. 

I think that it is so much better (for most kids) to go through the process themselves and learn how to make decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Nancy on November 11, 2014, 07:21:34 PM
Thanks, CK! That's a really good way to look at it. I've had my fill. Time to let go.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: lumosma on November 13, 2014, 09:00:13 PM
I am really enjoying reading through these posts and being inspired, yet again, to declutter.  Mustachianism prompted my hubby and I to sell our house and move to a much smaller town house last fall when the second child went off to college. Prior to that I had decluttered a lot, and we sold/donated probably 40% of our stuff when we did that.  So freeing! But there's more to get rid of! 

I'm really trying to not buy stuff, its crazy how the clutter basically comes from stores.  Ugh.

I'll toss in a go-to book author to motivate for decluttering:  Don Aslett.  He is a gift!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Cookie on November 14, 2014, 12:33:14 AM
I decided to challenge myself to get rid of 30 items. Even though within the past 6 months I have gotten rid of half of my clothes and donated 5 suitcases full of stuff, I still feel like I can get rid of more. So far I only have 24 items on my list. So in attempts to find more things to get rid of I am reading minimalism blogs.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: smalllife on November 14, 2014, 05:29:17 AM
Wife and I have been struggling with stuff lately. Specifically, the kids' mounds upon mounds of stuff they don't pick up. I'm personally sick of it (as is she) but when I suggest just getting rid of stuff until they can manage, she gets very defensive about taking their "stuff" away.

I'm personally of the thought that they're spoiled (mostly by grandparents) and they could use to do without. We have plenty of things for them to play with, it won't hurt my feelings to get rid of 3 GARBAGE BAGS of stuffed animals for my girls and a WHOLE BOOKSHELF of toys my teenage son doesn't play with any more.

Ugh. I could just scream. She's constantly going on about how cluttered the house is and how she never stops cleaning, but she won't do what it takes to fix the problem!

I need an "Easy" button.
If you don't teach your kids how to get rid of stuff now, they will grow up to not be able to get rid of stuff.  If you have a teenage son, he's more than old enough to go through his things and give you a few boxes that he doesn't want anymore.  Heck, anyone over the age of 6 should be able to manage that with prompting from a parent. 

I think that it is so much better (for most kids) to go through the process themselves and learn how to make decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of.

Fun side story: in the days before I could drive myself to Goodwill I was always carrying piles of things to my mom to take to Goodwill because the minimalist streak is ingrained.  I found out last year that she just squirreled them away in the attic . . . .   
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zaga on November 14, 2014, 06:35:20 AM
Wife and I have been struggling with stuff lately. Specifically, the kids' mounds upon mounds of stuff they don't pick up. I'm personally sick of it (as is she) but when I suggest just getting rid of stuff until they can manage, she gets very defensive about taking their "stuff" away.

I'm personally of the thought that they're spoiled (mostly by grandparents) and they could use to do without. We have plenty of things for them to play with, it won't hurt my feelings to get rid of 3 GARBAGE BAGS of stuffed animals for my girls and a WHOLE BOOKSHELF of toys my teenage son doesn't play with any more.

Ugh. I could just scream. She's constantly going on about how cluttered the house is and how she never stops cleaning, but she won't do what it takes to fix the problem!

I need an "Easy" button.
If you don't teach your kids how to get rid of stuff now, they will grow up to not be able to get rid of stuff.  If you have a teenage son, he's more than old enough to go through his things and give you a few boxes that he doesn't want anymore.  Heck, anyone over the age of 6 should be able to manage that with prompting from a parent. 

I think that it is so much better (for most kids) to go through the process themselves and learn how to make decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of.

Fun side story: in the days before I could drive myself to Goodwill I was always carrying piles of things to my mom to take to Goodwill because the minimalist streak is ingrained.  I found out last year that she just squirreled them away in the attic . . . .   
Oh no!  And now when she passes away many years from now you'll have to get rid of that crap *again*!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on November 14, 2014, 12:10:28 PM
I'm sitting with my foot elevated from surgery a week ago, but am still reading and feeling motivated to declutter again! Cheering you all on from the side lines! Go Team!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on November 14, 2014, 04:00:04 PM
Fun side story: in the days before I could drive myself to Goodwill I was always carrying piles of things to my mom to take to Goodwill because the minimalist streak is ingrained.  I found out last year that she just squirreled them away in the attic . . . .   

Haha!  I give my stuff to my MIL who takes pics, notes (for documentation) and then donates it for me.  I should check her attic...  But it's actually been great, doing this has prompted her to start going through her stuff, which means less for us eventually.  And maybe she'll find she doesn't need the 5 bedroom house for just her and she can downsize to a condo as we've suggested.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Practical Magic on November 14, 2014, 05:29:11 PM
Wife and I have been struggling with stuff lately. Specifically, the kids' mounds upon mounds of stuff they don't pick up. I'm personally sick of it (as is she) but when I suggest just getting rid of stuff until they can manage, she gets very defensive about taking their "stuff" away.

I'm personally of the thought that they're spoiled (mostly by grandparents) and they could use to do without. We have plenty of things for them to play with, it won't hurt my feelings to get rid of 3 GARBAGE BAGS of stuffed animals for my girls and a WHOLE BOOKSHELF of toys my teenage son doesn't play with any more.

Ugh. I could just scream. She's constantly going on about how cluttered the house is and how she never stops cleaning, but she won't do what it takes to fix the problem!

I need an "Easy" button.
If you don't teach your kids how to get rid of stuff now, they will grow up to not be able to get rid of stuff.  If you have a teenage son, he's more than old enough to go through his things and give you a few boxes that he doesn't want anymore.  Heck, anyone over the age of 6 should be able to manage that with prompting from a parent. 

I think that it is so much better (for most kids) to go through the process themselves and learn how to make decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of.

Fun side story: in the days before I could drive myself to Goodwill I was always carrying piles of things to my mom to take to Goodwill because the minimalist streak is ingrained.  I found out last year that she just squirreled them away in the attic . . . .   

Ugh!! My mom did the very same thing when I went through all my stuff after college and before moving out of state in the mid 80s. Turns out she's had it all this time.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on November 14, 2014, 06:42:16 PM
Wife and I have been struggling with stuff lately. Specifically, the kids' mounds upon mounds of stuff they don't pick up. I'm personally sick of it (as is she) but when I suggest just getting rid of stuff until they can manage, she gets very defensive about taking their "stuff" away.

I'm personally of the thought that they're spoiled (mostly by grandparents) and they could use to do without. We have plenty of things for them to play with, it won't hurt my feelings to get rid of 3 GARBAGE BAGS of stuffed animals for my girls and a WHOLE BOOKSHELF of toys my teenage son doesn't play with any more.

Ugh. I could just scream. She's constantly going on about how cluttered the house is and how she never stops cleaning, but she won't do what it takes to fix the problem!

I need an "Easy" button.
If you don't teach your kids how to get rid of stuff now, they will grow up to not be able to get rid of stuff.  If you have a teenage son, he's more than old enough to go through his things and give you a few boxes that he doesn't want anymore.  Heck, anyone over the age of 6 should be able to manage that with prompting from a parent. 

I think that it is so much better (for most kids) to go through the process themselves and learn how to make decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of.

Fun side story: in the days before I could drive myself to Goodwill I was always carrying piles of things to my mom to take to Goodwill because the minimalist streak is ingrained.  I found out last year that she just squirreled them away in the attic . . . .   

Ugh!! My mom did the very same thing when I went through all my stuff after college and before moving out of state in the mid 80s. Turns out she's had it all this time.

I have to admit though, it's better than the alternative in some cases though!  My dad came back from his first year at the USCoast Guard academy to find his mom got rid of *everything* he had left at home - including all of his civilian clothes he couldn't wear as a first year, but could in the summer or as he gained seniority!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on November 20, 2014, 06:24:37 AM
November 20th is Use Less Stuff Day.

I discovered this when reading the Ava Gardner Museum Facebook page:

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"Today is USE LESS STUFF DAY! Before Ava passed away, she arranged for an auction to take place at Sotheby's- which inevitably happened after her death in 1990. Over time, Ava preferred to have less clutter and more cash for the quality of her lifestyle...."


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Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: onemorebike on November 20, 2014, 06:31:46 AM
We've got a move coming up in about three months, so I've doubled my normal decluttering instincts to prep for the big move. I don't want to pay to move a single thing that isn't of value to me. So far I've sold about $500 worth of stuff on CL and have quite a bit more to either sell, give away or trash.

This thread continues to serve as great motivation.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: smalllife on November 20, 2014, 07:32:08 AM
The Goodwill box that's been sitting in the living room has made it to its destination, along with several bags of clothes that SO got from a friend that didn't fit.  No new incoming!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on November 21, 2014, 01:44:48 PM
Kids did major minimizing today, will post pics tonight if possible!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on November 21, 2014, 02:12:33 PM
Would love to see photos, stickman!

My adult daughter took six garbage bags ... SIX ... full of stuff out of my 2 littlest kids room (they share). AMAZING! It looks so much better and they seem very content. Also, must be so nice for them to come into a clean room, have a clean place to play, and be able to clean it up so easily.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Cookie on November 22, 2014, 04:21:42 PM
I've been reading several minimalist blogs for inspiration and it has helped me clean out a lot of stuff. No more keeping stuff "just in case" I'll need it in the next couple years, because I know I won't. My home still has a lot of stuff, but this is a good first step!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Driftwood on November 22, 2014, 07:49:37 PM
Can you make the stuff slowly disappear on its own or would it be missed?

I wish I would have asked before cleaning...I probably could have gotten at least a few things out of there. Unfortunately, she is becoming aware of most of the stuff now. I might have to be sneaky about some of it, but the main opportunity has passed. I might just have to wait until we move and 'lose' stuff.

I know making it 'disappear' can cause huge problems in a relationship, but a small step may be to move things to some location you use for things you want to get rid of someday.  Box up certain things and hide them away... if the spouse doesn't ask where it is for a year or two or three, make them disappear then, or bring up getting rid of it. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Chippewa on November 23, 2014, 04:38:07 PM
♬ 5 pieces of clothing ♬
♬ 4 stuffed grocery bags of junk and papers ♬
♬ 3 gym bags....♬
♬ 2 Bowling Balls...♬  <(customized w/name(s))
♬ 1....handmade rug♬


Closet is clean once again. I'm actually on a mission to find something, but am thinking its at work. Hope and pray as it contains much needed info.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on November 23, 2014, 05:36:42 PM
Yesterday I came home to find my husband cleaning up and decluttering "his" room in the basement during his annual shift from football season to ski season.  I got all inspired and added a couple tubs worth of fabric that I honestly will never get around to doing anything with, to my donate pile.  Also finally decided to release an antique clawfoot wingback chair that I bought at a thrift store and reupholstered when I was in college.  I love it, but it SO doesn't go with anything else in our house and had been relegated to the guest room in the basement where it really was just in the way. Need to plug into some podcasts and get back at it tonight.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: BZB on November 23, 2014, 08:09:57 PM
donated a grocery bag full of assorted kid clothes and baby towels
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Practical Magic on November 24, 2014, 09:41:54 PM
I'm really focusing my efforts on the stuff that takes time to declutter. What I realized is that in a move, it's easy to throw stuff I don't care about or that isn't worth much into a box to donate to Goodwill. But stuff that I would prefer to resell, or sentimental stuff that takes some time or effort to go through, there just isn't time to deal with it during a move so I end up taking it with me to deal with at another date.

That date is now. We are planning to sell the house and move to an apartment in a couple of years so this is the time to tackle the long-ish project of dealing with the stuff that takes time to deal with. I'm selling stuff on eBay and Craigslist bit by bit, digitizing my decades-old photos, and vowing not to buy much in the way of clothes or shoes so that my wardrobe will gradually get a little bit smaller as things wear out but aren't replaced. For the other stuff, we have been taking a few boxes of household miscellany to Goodwill every other week or so.

One thing I find a little funny and a little annoying is that the eBay project has actually led to more clutter because I am saving boxes and bubble envelopes when things come into the house (at this point mostly consumables like toiletries and cat food that's cheaper to buy online) to reuse them for shipping. I've at least managed to organize the boxes into a little shipping center on some wire shelving, but I'm looking forward to being mostly done with the eBay sales and being able to recycle boxes again (and maybe sell the shelving!).

Malaprop Cocktail, our guest room really resembles your remark! I am in the throes of putting up over 100 eBay auctions and shipping items as they sell. The cat doesn't know what to make of it and I think there will be a big sigh of relief all around when this project is over. ;-)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Driftwood on November 24, 2014, 10:06:08 PM
Just got done with another wave of purging.  Made a tidy sum (actually just regained a tiny portion of what I paid for this stuff when I first bought it). 

I get rid of stuff, so that I have less stuff, and more time for my family, and more room to play.  But, during the purges, I'm usually pretty busy and after a bit I get tired of being so busy selling stuff.  It's nice to be done and enjoying the space I made in my house.  The goal is to have just the 'right amount' of things that we use all the time, and the flexibility to move to a smaller place without any pain.  Also, staring at the things I paid so much for and am only getting a little bit of money for is depressing, so it's nice to have it all gone and have cash instead. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Grog on November 24, 2014, 11:16:51 PM
I finally started decluttering, selling off for the first time some stuff I had laying around that I didn't use anymore (one electric guitar, one logitech videogame racing wheel) . I did get around 50% of my purchasing value, for which I'm very happy for, and such a liberating feeling of emptiness in the 1 m^2 that were occupied by these dust-collecting items.

Thanks to everyone for sharing their experience and convince me!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zaga on November 25, 2014, 06:04:31 AM
Sold 2 twin platform beds, replaced with twin bunk beds.  More storage room underneath, plus now they are in one room.

This enabled us to convert the other room over entirely to an office/library.

Also, we are cash positive, paid $50 for the bunk beds, got $75 for the pair of platform beds.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on November 25, 2014, 09:46:29 AM
My two youngest daughters cleared out their massive toy collection. My wife, fighting it to the last, finally agreed to let all of it go after days of "but what if they want to play with it again?"

These two pics are about half of what they actually purged. There was also a huge duffle bag of Barbie stuff, and a few more boxes of trash.

My 9-year-old said "With less toys, I feel better. My room is nice to be in again. I want to keep it this way." This, coming from a child who had a 2-hour meltdown when we threw away her favorite styrofoam packing peanut! No, not making that up.

There is light at the end of the tunnel.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on November 25, 2014, 12:03:07 PM
Way to go everyone. On my home front, I decided to stop focusing on the "Getting Rid of" part, and focus more on the clutter. Since the GF gets super-defensive any time I bring it up, it just wasn't worth it. It's one of the few actual arguments we've had in our 6+ years together. So in the interest of peace, I sent her over that raptitude post regarding everything in it's place (http://www.raptitude.com/2011/02/everything-in-its-place-finally-and-forever/). I made it clear that I didn't want her to get rid of anything, I just want a home for everything. I don't think she was stoked about the entire thing, but throw in a couple of bribes regarding my behavior (I have to stop drinking for a few months), and she might just get on board. In a couple of weeks (probably after her family leaves after xmas) I'll shoot over the Stuff vs. Things (http://www.raptitude.com/2011/01/i-dont-want-stuff-any-more-only-things/) article and hope it sticks. Otherwise it'll be plan B...burning down the house and start from scratch (or losing stuff in the move within the next couple of years).

So whoever initially posted those links, much appreciated. I've found a lot of good stuff out of that little rabbit hole. The rest of you are kicking ass, though. Keep up the great work!!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Firefly on November 28, 2014, 08:48:31 PM
We are moving in a month and I am taking this opportunity to do some serious de-cluttering. I have a headache just thinking about packing and unpacking all this stuff :). Feeling really good today - I spent the whole day today going through the basement storage (where we've been keeping most of the just in case things and kids' toys). Happy to report that I threw away 2 huge trash bags of stuff, donated another and sold boxes and boxes of misc. kid's stuff on local yard sale groups. It's amazing what people would buy! Not sure how popular those groups in other areas - in Boston area, there are TONS of local Facebook Yard Sale groups with lots of traffic. Highly recommend it!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Chippewa on November 29, 2014, 03:03:42 PM
Rid of 2 duffle bags, 1 picture + frame, and a rope light that just looked worn out.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: SisterX on December 02, 2014, 11:45:18 AM
This week or weekend we'll be moving our daughter into the second bedroom.  Which means getting rid of the mattress in there.  The cat's been using it as a scratching post and it's saggy and old, so no selling it unfortunately.  Still, it's something we're getting rid of.
Also, I finished the last little bit of a baby blanket that's been in the closet for years, found a full-size light summer duvet (we don't have any full size beds), and will add those items to a box of baby clothes I couldn't sell and donate them all to the local homeless shelter.
I also gave away an old sports helmet which I haven't used in years, threw away some broken lacrosse sticks that also haven't been used in years (because they're broken....) and figured out how to get rid of some kitchen items.  We're planning to move in May, right around the time the local U gets out.  I'm going to box up some of the kitchen items we won't be bringing (some pots, a pan, a few dishes) and sell them on Craigslist as a "kitchen starter kit".  It'll make some poor college student moving out of the dorms really happy to get all that on the cheap, and we'll have less stuff to move.  Win-win!
Still need to finish up a few more craft projects to donate or give to friends, and we have several boxes we don't even know the contents of which will need to be gone through.  But, progress!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zikoris on December 02, 2014, 11:54:04 AM
Our third bread machine finally crapped on the weekend, so into the garbage it went! We didn't actually buy any of the three - all gifts, mostly from people who used it once and decided not to use it twice. I have a big chunk of nice counter space free in the kitchen now that looks lovely. And now I have to stop being so lazy and do my bread by hand. Yay!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: grantmeaname on December 03, 2014, 07:55:14 AM
I think this December is going to be a challenge month where we get rid of one thing every day. Should be fun, and get us started on getting rid of some of our crazy excess amount of stuff.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Maigahane on December 03, 2014, 08:26:34 AM
This year I've gotten rid of most of the physical clutter, we just have to clean out the garage and find homes for a couple bigger items in the house (anyone want a massive first gen HD tv and entertainment center sturdy enough to handle it? I can't even give it to Goodwill). We could literally have supplied another house with everything we got rid of, 2 beds, a couch, loveseat, two end tables, coffee table, tons of kitchen items, a desk, dresser, clothes, sheets, towels. I'm not the type to accumulate stuff but it's crept in over the years, usually for free, and didn't seem to be an issue in our overly large house

This coming year I'm going to focus on my "to-do list clutter". We have a mudroom that has been in process of renovating for....4 years. Our garage is only partially repainted after having to scrape off peeling pant to refi our house 2.5 years ago. There's a sink in my laundry room that has never drained since we moved in 6 years ago. The windows in the bedrooms need sealed better. I want to get as much stuff done that we've been putting off for years as we can though DH might go crazy since he's not a fan of DIY projects (there ends up being lots of cursing) but I will feel sooooo much better for having it off my mind
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Cookie78 on December 03, 2014, 09:56:44 AM
Yesterday there was a silent auction at work for a social club fundraiser. I put in a few bids at the beginning, trying to support the cause, and also thinking I wouldn't win them, but ended up going home with 6 things for $7.50. My rule is that for everything I bring home I need to get rid of 2 things, plus my usual 1 thing per day. I found 13 things to sell, donate, throw out easily, but was on such a roll I ended up finding 8 more things to get rid of.

This is going to get very addicting and I'm super excited. :D
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: benjenn on December 03, 2014, 11:00:03 AM
Someone gave me the idea last year (we downsized and moved from a 2,500 sf house to a 1,200 sf condo) when we moved about this same time) to hang all my clothes on the rods with the hanger backwards (hooked to the front).  As you wear the clothes, you rehang them the regular way.  At the end of the year, anything still on a backwards hanger has to go because you haven't used it in a year!  I checked the other day and only have a few things left hanging backwards... less than a month to go and they're gone if I haven't worn them!  I thought this was a great way to easily know what to get rid of.  :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: halftimer on December 03, 2014, 03:59:09 PM
I'm going to box up some of the kitchen items we won't be bringing (some pots, a pan, a few dishes) and sell them on Craigslist as a "kitchen starter kit".  It'll make some poor college student moving out of the dorms really happy to get all that on the cheap, and we'll have less stuff to move.  Win-win!

This is a great idea to put together a "kitchen starter kit"! I did the same not long ago for a friend getting his first place away from the parents. We had so many duplicates that had somehow accumulated that we were able to get him started plus donate even more extras. I do not buy new kitchen stuff - but many of my family and friends are constant upgraders and the still great cast-offs end up coming our way to the point that we also have excess and just keep the best.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on December 04, 2014, 05:20:55 AM
3 bags of clothes out of the house today: donated.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: SisterX on December 04, 2014, 11:40:49 AM
I'm going to box up some of the kitchen items we won't be bringing (some pots, a pan, a few dishes) and sell them on Craigslist as a "kitchen starter kit".  It'll make some poor college student moving out of the dorms really happy to get all that on the cheap, and we'll have less stuff to move.  Win-win!

This is a great idea to put together a "kitchen starter kit"! I did the same not long ago for a friend getting his first place away from the parents. We had so many duplicates that had somehow accumulated that we were able to get him started plus donate even more extras. I do not buy new kitchen stuff - but many of my family and friends are constant upgraders and the still great cast-offs end up coming our way to the point that we also have excess and just keep the best.

That's awesome!  Pretty much all of the stuff we're getting rid of were our own cheap starter pots and pans, things like that.  We've since gotten nicer ones, either as gifts for our wedding or as Christmas gifts.
I'm starting to get really excited for our move, if only because we're being forced to de-clutter and get rid of stuff we no longer use!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on December 04, 2014, 12:00:17 PM
There does seem to be some sort of virus involved in decluttering.  Like many of you, once I started to declutter my DH suddenly joined in.  Recently he is talking about getting rid of his dad's books that he never looks at…wow! Before this his office was full of stuff and the floor was only visible in the middle.  Now he even wants to empty the top of his bedside table which is making me do twirls of joy, I like a minimalist bedroom.

Somehow having less STUFF is making it easier for us to do home repairs and to maintain things more regularly, who would have thunk it?
I think it is related to feeling clearer and less weighed down.

I have a close friend who was really depressed in September and could not bear to be at home, particularly in her bedroom.  I suggested decluttering, especially under her bed.  She went home and got that done immediately and now has hired a declutter expert who is helping her do one room at a time.  She is feeling great and in part it is due to feeling less weighed down.

This week I am actually feeling like I have a porsche behind me revving its engine.  My husband is so into the cleaning out that he has gotten a teenager to help him and wants to tackle the garage spaces.  Now I am the one who is saying Wait!  I feel like he will throw out things that I would like to keep.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Gin1984 on December 05, 2014, 07:00:14 AM
I'm going to box up some of the kitchen items we won't be bringing (some pots, a pan, a few dishes) and sell them on Craigslist as a "kitchen starter kit".  It'll make some poor college student moving out of the dorms really happy to get all that on the cheap, and we'll have less stuff to move.  Win-win!

This is a great idea to put together a "kitchen starter kit"! I did the same not long ago for a friend getting his first place away from the parents. We had so many duplicates that had somehow accumulated that we were able to get him started plus donate even more extras. I do not buy new kitchen stuff - but many of my family and friends are constant upgraders and the still great cast-offs end up coming our way to the point that we also have excess and just keep the best.

That's awesome! Pretty much all of the stuff we're getting rid of were our own cheap starter pots and pans, things like that. We've since gotten nicer ones, either as gifts for our wedding or as Christmas gifts.
I'm starting to get really excited for our move, if only because we're being forced to de-clutter and get rid of stuff we no longer use!
When I was starting out, I would have been grateful for that.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on December 05, 2014, 10:04:30 AM
There does seem to be some sort of virus involved in decluttering.  Like many of you, once I started to declutter my DH suddenly joined in.  Recently he is talking about getting rid of his dad's books that he never looks at…wow! Before this his office was full of stuff and the floor was only visible in the middle.  Now he even wants to empty the top of his bedside table which is making me do twirls of joy, I like a minimalist bedroom.

Somehow having less STUFF is making it easier for us to do home repairs and to maintain things more regularly, who would have thunk it?
I think it is related to feeling clearer and less weighed down.

Yeah, I was a bit impressed by how it turned out on my end. My GF still gets super defensive, and absolutely refuses to de-clutter or have a conversation about it. Turns into an argument every time. That being said, every time I get more of my stuff ready to throw away, cleared out, or ready to go to goodwill, some other stuff magically appears, and some of the rooms are getting a bit cleaner outside of what I do, and things start to have a permanent place where they are put away. Maybe it is like a virus. :-)

It's too bad my GF hates de-cluttering. ;-)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on December 05, 2014, 12:47:33 PM
Yeah, I was a bit impressed by how it turned out on my end. My GF still gets super defensive, and absolutely refuses to de-clutter or have a conversation about it. Turns into an argument every time. That being said, every time I get more of my stuff ready to throw away, cleared out, or ready to go to goodwill, some other stuff magically appears, and some of the rooms are getting a bit cleaner outside of what I do, and things start to have a permanent place where they are put away. Maybe it is like a virus. :-)

It's too bad my GF hates de-cluttering. ;-)

Sounds like she doesn't hate it; she just hates agreeing to it with you. So she comes around when she's not feeling pressured. Win-win. :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on December 05, 2014, 12:52:32 PM
Went through a garbage bag of teddy bears that my adult daughter had collected out of her little siblings bedrooms. Only kept out 3 for sentimental value. I should really start a box for each child with a few special things from their childhood. Does anyone else do this?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: sheepstache on December 05, 2014, 03:30:51 PM
I am minimalist with my de-cluttering, having gotten rid of about 3 things so far :)

Today got rid of a bike saddle. Finally admitted it's a good seat but not quite right. I have another saddle, so no replacement buying needed. It's pretty banged up, so I didn't bother selling or giving it but I set it on top of the street trash can, sometimes stuff finds a taker that way.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on December 05, 2014, 05:10:54 PM
Yeah, I was a bit impressed by how it turned out on my end. My GF still gets super defensive, and absolutely refuses to de-clutter or have a conversation about it. Turns into an argument every time. That being said, every time I get more of my stuff ready to throw away, cleared out, or ready to go to goodwill, some other stuff magically appears, and some of the rooms are getting a bit cleaner outside of what I do, and things start to have a permanent place where they are put away. Maybe it is like a virus. :-)

It's too bad my GF hates de-cluttering. ;-)

Sounds like she doesn't hate it; she just hates agreeing to it with you. So she comes around when she's not feeling pressured. Win-win. :)

Yeah. I'm realizing that's kind of the deal. Seems useless to me. I either need to figure out how to fake argue so she gets the point and I don't get worked up, or find a new GF.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: SisterX on December 05, 2014, 05:16:41 PM
I'm going to box up some of the kitchen items we won't be bringing (some pots, a pan, a few dishes) and sell them on Craigslist as a "kitchen starter kit".  It'll make some poor college student moving out of the dorms really happy to get all that on the cheap, and we'll have less stuff to move.  Win-win!

This is a great idea to put together a "kitchen starter kit"! I did the same not long ago for a friend getting his first place away from the parents. We had so many duplicates that had somehow accumulated that we were able to get him started plus donate even more extras. I do not buy new kitchen stuff - but many of my family and friends are constant upgraders and the still great cast-offs end up coming our way to the point that we also have excess and just keep the best.

That's awesome! Pretty much all of the stuff we're getting rid of were our own cheap starter pots and pans, things like that. We've since gotten nicer ones, either as gifts for our wedding or as Christmas gifts.
I'm starting to get really excited for our move, if only because we're being forced to de-clutter and get rid of stuff we no longer use!
When I was starting out, I would have been grateful for that.

Me too, which is part of what made me think of it.  :)
One of the great things about my area, too, is the thrifty nature of many of the people.  There's stuff we could never sell, but we can put it in the "free" section of the transfer station and someone will snap it up!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on December 05, 2014, 06:41:17 PM
Sold my juicer today!  One less thing in the house, and the $140 will go towards 3.1% of the remainder of my car loan.

Need to get the espresso machine listed next.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on December 06, 2014, 03:55:43 AM
A small car load of various items to the family store today. Trying to book a council cleanup, but the online booking system is playing up.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zamboni on December 06, 2014, 07:55:50 AM
Donated some food to the local food drive today.

Next on my list is the green sofa.  Ugh, green sofa.  I just hope that the thrift shop people will think it's good enough to take away.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: sheepstache on December 06, 2014, 08:22:01 AM
Yeah, I was a bit impressed by how it turned out on my end. My GF still gets super defensive, and absolutely refuses to de-clutter or have a conversation about it. Turns into an argument every time. That being said, every time I get more of my stuff ready to throw away, cleared out, or ready to go to goodwill, some other stuff magically appears, and some of the rooms are getting a bit cleaner outside of what I do, and things start to have a permanent place where they are put away. Maybe it is like a virus. :-)

It's too bad my GF hates de-cluttering. ;-)

Sounds like she doesn't hate it; she just hates agreeing to it with you. So she comes around when she's not feeling pressured. Win-win. :)

Yeah. I'm realizing that's kind of the deal. Seems useless to me. I either need to figure out how to fake argue so she gets the point and I don't get worked up, or find a new GF.

But maybe you're being mean or bossypants in the course of arguing and that's what she's resisting? I mean, I wouldn't assume that from how you talk about it, but it's a possibility to consider.

As you say, you do get 'worked up' and if she gets stressed out about the idea of getting rid of things, your emotional state adds more stress on top of that. She may just not feel capable of making decisions under those conditions so she withdraws and does it on her own later.

People who don't like to get rid of stuff are fearful of the huge feelings of regret they get from losing or getting rid of something that they find they want later and they'll go to great lengths to avoid that feeling. So no matter what small amount of well-meaning pressure you apply may be too much for her to feel she can make decisions in that moment.

Signed,
The secret hoarder on the thread
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: smalllife on December 06, 2014, 10:09:06 AM
I have a grocery bag ready to go with extra towels and various items, a cork board that held my also-being-donated jewelry, and a picture that I've had since college.  In getting rid of the picture I've also decluttered a to-do list item: putting pictures in a collage frame that's been on the floor in the living room.  It's a stop gap, but it's done!  My sister is coming over for something unrelated so I'll offer her the jewelry before taking it to goodwill.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: TeresaB on December 06, 2014, 02:30:26 PM
Yeah, I was a bit impressed by how it turned out on my end. My GF still gets super defensive, and absolutely refuses to de-clutter or have a conversation about it. Turns into an argument every time. That being said, every time I get more of my stuff ready to throw away, cleared out, or ready to go to goodwill, some other stuff magically appears, and some of the rooms are getting a bit cleaner outside of what I do, and things start to have a permanent place where they are put away. Maybe it is like a virus. :-)

It's too bad my GF hates de-cluttering. ;-)

Sounds like she doesn't hate it; she just hates agreeing to it with you. So she comes around when she's not feeling pressured. Win-win. :)

Yeah. I'm realizing that's kind of the deal. Seems useless to me. I either need to figure out how to fake argue so she gets the point and I don't get worked up, or find a new GF.

But maybe you're being mean or bossypants in the course of arguing and that's what she's resisting? I mean, I wouldn't assume that from how you talk about it, but it's a possibility to consider.

As you say, you do get 'worked up' and if she gets stressed out about the idea of getting rid of things, your emotional state adds more stress on top of that. She may just not feel capable of making decisions under those conditions so she withdraws and does it on her own later.

People who don't like to get rid of stuff are fearful of the huge feelings of regret they get from losing or getting rid of something that they find they want later and they'll go to great lengths to avoid that feeling. So no matter what small amount of well-meaning pressure you apply may be too much for her to feel she can make decisions in that moment.

Signed,
The secret hoarder on the thread

I will out myself here as a non-secret hoarder. And what Sheepstache is saying is absolutely true. I can't stand to talk about decluttering with my husband. I know that I need to get rid of lots of stuff, and I actually am making progress on my own, but my husband has a tendency to approach it in a very one size fits all way, for example: "You haven't opened that box since we moved in, so we should just recycle it all because you clearly don't need anything in it." That makes me run to the other extreme and dig in my heels: "No I'm sure everything in it is valuable and important. Even if I haven't needed it recently I am sure I will need it soon." In reality it's somewhere in the middle: Probably 95% of the box can be recycled, but there are some things in there that are worth hanging on to (like my college diploma), so it does need to be sorted through. But it's hard for me to acknowledge that when he's in full-on THROW AWAY ALL THE THINGS mode, because it just puts me into "keep the broken fragment of china in case I ever buy a broken plate that has exactly that piece missing" mode.

I also tend to declutter in layers in a way that my husband doesn't. He takes a category and is ruthless about getting rid of lots of stuff. I'm much more likely to get rid of a few things from multiple categories every few months. In the fall, I sorted through my clothes and my kitchen stuff, and now I'm thinking that there are still some things in my dresser and in my cabinets that I don't really use and could get rid of. I'll probably sort through them before Christmas and then do the whole thing again next spring. My husband will probably say something like "Why haven't you gotten rid of that before if you've never used it?" but it's because it really has taken me six months of marriage to realize that I don't make shortbread and don't need the special shortbread baking dish. (Actually, he will probably say, "What is that? I didn't even know we had it." LOL)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on December 07, 2014, 01:33:52 PM
Thought the Christmas lights were in the Christmas box, but turned out not.  In the hunt for them, I went through two bins I've been intending to go through "when I had time".  Things I boxed up when I moved into my husband's apartment back in late 2010.  Not surprisingly, I found a bunch of things to toss and donate.  I culled it down to less than half a box, most of which is sentimental that I might be able to relinquish at another time.  Just waiting to hear back if my college aged cousin wants any of the kitchen items before I donate them.  And a hat tip in thanks to my mom, who stayed over last night (we had an unexpectedly full house with last minute visitors of my nephew, his dog, and my parents) for offering to help me go through the bins while we were down there and looking through them.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: halftimer on December 07, 2014, 03:36:36 PM
Donated 3 big boxes last week, then sorted through another layer of stuff, and posted 7 online sales. Some of these are groups of similar items, so if it all goes that will be another 20 things gone. First item sold today, happy to have the $ in my pocket even though it was a small sale. Secretly, I want to make a little money back and free up the space because I have been unusually spendy (for me) in the last few weeks. And I still have a few things I want to buy this week...
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on December 07, 2014, 08:54:54 PM
Today someone finally bought one of the two Levi's sherpa jackets from my husband's teenage years, which my MIL foisted upon us when we were visiting over the summer.  Books have not been moving on Amazon, so I probably need to just suck it up and lower the price.  The more the clutter is cut down, the more I'm inclined to just sell stuff cheaply to get it out of the house.  It helps that I've been doing some work around the house replacing the kitchen floor, ripping out an ugly 1970's railing and replacing beat up old baseboards. Things seem more orderly, so the clutter sticks out even more than before, when the main living area looked more chaotic due to half-finished projects.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on December 08, 2014, 03:27:54 AM
Today someone finally bought one of the two Levi's sherpa jackets from my husband's teenage years, which my MIL foisted upon us....

Sounds like you're not the only one getting rid of clutter. :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on December 08, 2014, 06:49:49 AM
But maybe you're being mean or bossypants in the course of arguing and that's what she's resisting? I mean, I wouldn't assume that from how you talk about it, but it's a possibility to consider.

As you say, you do get 'worked up' and if she gets stressed out about the idea of getting rid of things, your emotional state adds more stress on top of that. She may just not feel capable of making decisions under those conditions so she withdraws and does it on her own later.

People who don't like to get rid of stuff are fearful of the huge feelings of regret they get from losing or getting rid of something that they find they want later and they'll go to great lengths to avoid that feeling. So no matter what small amount of well-meaning pressure you apply may be too much for her to feel she can make decisions in that moment.

Signed,
The secret hoarder on the thread

Yeah, I thought about that, but I am almost always pretty chill. I do get worked up when she gets upset and starts accusing me of wanting to trash all of her stuff. What did I do exactly? While cleaning a room, I asked (very nonchalantly): "Hey, I didn't know you had this! Is there a reason you are keeping it?". It's a stretch for me, but I do understand how it could be taken in a negative light. Part of the issue is that I usually just like talking through things, no decision needed. "I've been reading this thread, and this article, and I think it would be kind of cool to try something like that." "WHY DO YOU WANT TO GET RID OF ALL MY STUFF?!?!" Holy crap. I'm getting the hang of it. I stopped actually trying to talk things through, and just started doing them. If she agrees, she'll join in, and if she doesn't, she'll say something. It's just weird to me since I am usually more proactive than reactionary. Not a huge deal now that I figured it out, just different. I'm pretty flexible, and don't get the point of arguing, so the new method of communicating things is just a bit odd. It's amazing that something like this hasn't come up in the past 6 years, but that's what a relationship is I suppose. :-)

I will out myself here as a non-secret hoarder. And what Sheepstache is saying is absolutely true. I can't stand to talk about decluttering with my husband. I know that I need to get rid of lots of stuff, and I actually am making progress on my own, but my husband has a tendency to approach it in a very one size fits all way, for example: "You haven't opened that box since we moved in, so we should just recycle it all because you clearly don't need anything in it." That makes me run to the other extreme and dig in my heels: "No I'm sure everything in it is valuable and important. Even if I haven't needed it recently I am sure I will need it soon." In reality it's somewhere in the middle: Probably 95% of the box can be recycled, but there are some things in there that are worth hanging on to (like my college diploma), so it does need to be sorted through. But it's hard for me to acknowledge that when he's in full-on THROW AWAY ALL THE THINGS mode, because it just puts me into "keep the broken fragment of china in case I ever buy a broken plate that has exactly that piece missing" mode.

I also tend to declutter in layers in a way that my husband doesn't. He takes a category and is ruthless about getting rid of lots of stuff. I'm much more likely to get rid of a few things from multiple categories every few months. In the fall, I sorted through my clothes and my kitchen stuff, and now I'm thinking that there are still some things in my dresser and in my cabinets that I don't really use and could get rid of. I'll probably sort through them before Christmas and then do the whole thing again next spring. My husband will probably say something like "Why haven't you gotten rid of that before if you've never used it?" but it's because it really has taken me six months of marriage to realize that I don't make shortbread and don't need the special shortbread baking dish. (Actually, he will probably say, "What is that? I didn't even know we had it." LOL)

Yeah, I get that way too. I went to my storage unit and grabbed all of the bags of clothing. I didn't even bother going through them. The GF was appalled that I would do that, but I figured that I haven't missed anything from them in the past 3 years, so why bother? Granted, I am kind of like you and the plate when it comes to electronics. I hate throwing them away. I finally tossed all of my IDE hard drives and kept only one IDE cord, as opposed to an entire plastic grocery bag full.

Now, all that being said, I know I've noticed a huge improvement in my already pretty chipper mood. Not everything has a home just yet, but I'm getting there. Coupled with the book I'm currently reading (Cooked by Michael Pollan (http://amzn.com/0143125338)),the fact that pretty much everything in the kitchen now has a home has found me gravitating there and experimenting with different dishes. I usually cook a few times a week, but the frequency has been increasing. Also, my previous habit of keeping everything clean as I go has reasserted itself. For example, once I finish cutting everything, and stuff goes in the dish, the cutting board and knife get washed immediately. By the end of the meal, there are usually only 3 dishes to clean (plate or bowl for each of us, and whatever pot/pan/skillet I used to cook). Makes dinner very pleasant, and allows us to focus on the food. Now, couple that with my One Month, One Habit challenge for this month (eating in the dining room instead of in front of the TV) and the fact that I managed to find a home for everything that was stacked up on the Dining Room table, and meals are becoming more than the sum of their parts. Also, even though our kitchen layout is awful, everything being cleaned allows us to actually be in there together, working together on food. It takes a bit of creative spinning about, and god forbid someone goes to the laundry room when someone else needs in the refrigerator (which would trap someone in the laundry room), but we are actually able to accomplish a fair amount. Shit, yesterday, after heating up some stuffed clams in the oven for lunch, the GF actually sat down to the dining room table before I even got there. This is someone who absolutely loves her TV time, and for as long as she's been on her own has eaten all her at home meals in front of the tube. Oh, and night before last, we stopped watching TV to play some scrabble on the newly cleared off dining room table. Clean table, games in a specified home, and good times. There is a lot more happening as a result of this gauntlet than I expected. 

tl;dr: I've recently found that certain topics (like this one) cannot be broached conversationally with my GF, but if I begin taking action, she'll join in without ever acknowledging it. Aforementioned action makes things awesome.

Edited to reduce quotes.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Gin1984 on December 08, 2014, 07:18:36 AM
I threw out 6 textbooks after checking that no one was buying them because they are too old.  I also posted two books for sale on the online yard sale, let's see if I get an bites. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on December 08, 2014, 07:28:38 AM
While cleaning a room, I asked (very nonchalantly): "Hey, I didn't know you had this! Is there a reason you are keeping it?".

Asking for reasons why she's keeping it might put her on the offensive instantly, even though you aren't intending it that way.  Maybe ask her if it's something she wants to keep, or if you can put it in a place where it will be easier found/used.  I suspect that it might be helpful if she doesn't feel instantly like you're trying to get rid of her thing, but rather trying to help her make it more accessible and usable.

@C.K. yes, MIL has been decluttering and more or less has DIL's hoard down to his one designated room.  I was never in their house when it was full to the brim, but for a long time they never got rid of anything, and the house was so stuffed that my husband was sleeping on the floor for a long time after he went home to help out while his dad had cancer. A few years ago they got rid of literally dumpster loads of crap. Knowing this makes me extra vigilant about clutter, because I don't think it really bothers my husband the way it bothers me, due to living in a packed house as a kid.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on December 08, 2014, 09:58:06 AM
Threw out the backpack that had mold on it.  I knew it had electronics we moved ourselves last year when we bought a house, but also found a small pair of earrings I didn't know I had buried in it...  That's bad on multiple levels.

My parents mentioned a friend of theirs moved last Tuesday and on Saturday had her annual party.  That's pretty awesome, to even have up stuff on walls and such.  We still don't have some things up a year later!  Many benefits to less stuff.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on December 08, 2014, 10:36:44 AM
A week or so ago, my wife had another meltdown because of clutter. Christmas season sends her into a depressional tailspin of clutter, cooking, and having to be nice to family (none of which she enjoys). So we sat down, and I gently reinforced the idea that our kids will not hate us for getting rid of their stuff.

"But it's their stuff! How can we get rid of their stuff?"

"If it's causing you to hate living here, then it needs to go. People are more important than things." (She's told me this on numerous occasions)

The girls ended up doing a massive cleaning, my son didn't get rid of anything, but packed up 3 huge boxes of stuff and put them away in the shed.

It's slowly getting better.

We went to a Christmas party, and re-gifted our stuff for the White Elephant exchange. I got rid of a set of juggling clubs! (I still have 2 more sets... *sigh*)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on December 08, 2014, 12:51:32 PM
Whole front porch is full of several garbage bags of clothes and stuffed animals as well as a set of wooden tray tables and a rocking horse. They will be picked up tomorrow by a local thrift store that picks stuff up (for free!) once a month. I have gotten onto their monthly schedule which is equally fabulous and depressing. Fabulous because they will come each and every month and it gives me motivation to work towards the next date -- depressing because I have enough stuff to actually have a truck come by each month to pick up our clutter :-/
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Cookie on December 08, 2014, 01:57:06 PM
When going through some of DH's stuff I found out he keeps sentimental crap. How did you manage to help someone get rid of it? I tried saying that keeping his old sneakers or robe will not get rid of the  memories, but they never managed to leave the closet.

We currently have a grocery bag by the kitchen island that we continually add stuff to donate whenever we see it. It's unsightly, but helpful to have someplace to put things before you have time to change your mind.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on December 08, 2014, 02:15:25 PM
When going through some of DH's stuff I found out he keeps sentimental crap. How did you manage to help someone get rid of it? I tried saying that keeping his old sneakers or robe will not get rid of the  memories, but they never managed to leave the closet.

We currently have a grocery bag by the kitchen island that we continually add stuff to donate whenever we see it. It's unsightly, but helpful to have someplace to put things before you have time to change your mind.

I wouldn't car sneakers or a robe sentimental, so I think you have a different issue going on here (fear of releasing items rather than sentimentality).  For sentimental items, I try multiple passes of decluttering.  Things I was on the fence on pass 1 I feel better about releasing on pass 2 - or 3.  I also try to pick one item of a collection to save that represents all of them.  (I've got way more sentimental items saved than I need.  It doesn't help DH tells me I should keep things from my grandparents.)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on December 08, 2014, 02:16:48 PM
@Cookie -- go gently with sentimental people :-) I am very sentimental and yet I am peeling off the layers, getting rid of things that 2 years ago, I couldn't bear to part with. It will need to be on his own terms.  It can be done ... just sloooowwwlly  :-)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Cookie on December 08, 2014, 02:35:36 PM
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I wouldn't car sneakers or a robe sentimental, so I think you have a different issue going on here (fear of releasing items rather than sentimentality).
They are from high school and remind him of riding bikes and hanging out with friends. I wouldn't have guessed old sneakers would be something sentimental, but they are. I'll let a couple months pass and then go through the closet again with him, maybe then he can part with the old shoes.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: CommonCents on December 08, 2014, 02:41:16 PM
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I wouldn't car sneakers or a robe sentimental, so I think you have a different issue going on here (fear of releasing items rather than sentimentality).
They are from high school and remind him of riding bikes and hanging out with friends. I wouldn't have guessed old sneakers would be something sentimental, but they are. I'll let a couple months pass and then go through the closet again with him, maybe then he can part with the old shoes.

Interesting.  Maybe suggest he reach out to the friends instead?  Sounds like he misses that time of life.  If he's moved away, he could still restart an online friendship.  I 3-way email with two long distance high school friends (one of whom moved away too) and have for 15+ years.  He might then feel better about it.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 08, 2014, 05:29:25 PM
When I got home from work yesterday I FINALLY gave the balcony a once over - we had broken pots, rusty plant-stands, etc that are all now in the bin. Much better already.

Next step for the balcony clutter: releasing some of the pots (filled with potting mix) in which there are no longer plants. I don't know why I thought I needed to have 100 different pot plants on my balcony. Now that most of them are dead, I'm very happy to cut back to those that are surviving well.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: bye-bye Ms. FancyPants on December 08, 2014, 06:37:12 PM
We moved everything out of our kitchen into the basement. Whatever we don't use in 30 days leaves this house. Its been about 2 weeks so far and we have barely used anything! I am amazed at what we could actually live without.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Angie55 on December 09, 2014, 10:14:28 AM
After an online clothes/shoe shopping spree (I'd much rather over-order online, try on at home, then return what I don't like) I've made quick decisions on what to keep and what to return. I've filled up my car with the clothes returns and gathered up unused (still in package) stuff from around the house. I've filled up the entire car just about between returns, old project returns, and 2 bags of goodwill. I have to get them all out by Thursday when DH needs the car.

I'm a total overbuyer. Especially for home depot type crap. I'd rather buy everything possible that can work to minimize the million trips to the store. I always procrastinate on deciding whether I need it or not. Then the stuff goes unused in my garage collecting dust. Sad part is most of this will end up on a gift card because receipts are long gone. I wish I could kick that habit!

I see more decluttering in my future. Some mice have decided my garage is their winter home. I'm too terrified to go in and shuffle stuff around yet. I'm waiting the 2-3 weeks until the poison kicks in.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: indentured4now on December 09, 2014, 08:39:38 PM
Pardon if i missed a post in this thread, but what's the best method for getting antique furniture sold  (60 yrs or better) for good prices.   Craigslist isnt working well for this (sell other stuff there all the time).   Thx!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NinetyFour on December 10, 2014, 01:18:13 AM
I don't know why I thought I needed to have 100 different pot plants on my balcony.

Impressive!!  Legal??

;-)

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: dorothyc on December 10, 2014, 10:01:37 AM
I don't know why I thought I needed to have 100 different pot plants on my balcony.

Impressive!!  Legal??

;-)

Translation for US - potted plants.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: acorn on December 10, 2014, 10:36:32 AM
I don't know why I thought I needed to have 100 different pot plants on my balcony.

Impressive!!  Legal??

;-)

Translation for US - potted plants.

well there is this (http://rt.com/news/212191-woman-marijuna-christmas-tree/)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NinetyFour on December 10, 2014, 10:37:43 AM
Oh--thank you for that translation!  I was beginning to wonder if Happier had a nice little side gig, as many folks here in Colorado now do!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on December 10, 2014, 01:01:18 PM
Oh--thank you for that translation!  I was beginning to wonder if Happier had a nice little side gig, as many folks here in Colorado now do!

That might be why she's happier at home. :D
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: BZB on December 10, 2014, 09:05:53 PM
several grocery bags full of toys and kids books are in the car ready for donation drop off
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 11, 2014, 01:02:39 AM
Oh--thank you for that translation!  I was beginning to wonder if Happier had a nice little side gig, as many folks here in Colorado now do!

That might be why she's happier at home. :D

Love it!!

But yeah, other posters are correct. Aussies call plants that grow in pots "pot plants". NinetyFour, you'd better file that away for when you visit us down under.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NinetyFour on December 11, 2014, 05:48:59 AM
Oh--thank you for that translation!  I was beginning to wonder if Happier had a nice little side gig, as many folks here in Colorado now do!

That might be why she's happier at home. :D

Love it!!

But yeah, other posters are correct. Aussies call plants that grow in pots "pot plants". NinetyFour, you'd better file that away for when you visit us down under.

Got it!  That term is now in my "Aussie glossie"--my Australian-inspired nickname for my glossary of Australian terms.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Pangolin on December 12, 2014, 11:39:56 AM
I posted another batch of junk nice stuff on ebay last night. The first batch brought in over a hundred bucks. It turns out that the t-shirts I wore as a teenager in the 90s are now desirable "vintage" items. My former packrat tendancies served me well for once. :-P
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Ready2Go on December 12, 2014, 12:16:35 PM
This thread has been an inspiration to me.  Have taken 14 boxes of old papers to recycle.  A mini-van full of stuff to local donation center, and FINALLY able to get DH to recycle 15 years of old computers, hard drives, zip drives,  bernoulli disks ( anyone else even know what these are??), and a box of old  floppy disks.  we can now almost move around in the basement.  Still more to go!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on December 12, 2014, 10:55:00 PM
Booked council cleanup - 2 cubic meters of stuff is up on the kerb ready to go.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Ready2Go on December 13, 2014, 05:14:20 PM
DH emptied 3 more boxes and we sent another car load to the thrift shop today.  Found more zip disks and another zip drive.  DH not happy that we got rid of old computers last week and now he can't check what's on the old zip disks.  After 15 years I can't see what we could be missing... not easy to get rid of clutter!!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: horsepoor on December 13, 2014, 10:28:04 PM
Realized this morning that all my Amazon listings were inactive... no wonder none of my books were selling!  Sold two of them since reactivating the listings, and also sold some car seat covers on Craigslist. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on December 16, 2014, 07:53:25 AM
Wow, there is some serious decluttering going on on this thread.  I do not have any to report per se, however the feeling of ease and enjoyment in our uncluttered spaces continues unabated.  My uncle came over the other day and could not stop talking about how beautifully we had fixed the house up and how great the new paint job looks.  Of course nothing has been painted, or fixed up, I simply decluttered and am keeping each room clutter-free. 

I still have a lot of papers in storage right now which need to be tossed/scanned/filed but they can wait until after Christmas.

I am working on how to declutter my Christmas preparation which still includes loads of presents, mailing cards and having a big messy wrapping station on the dining room table.  I have managed to use almost every gift in my gift drawer and do not plan to continue to have one.  I am using up all the old wrapping and ribbon and cards (I am ashamed to say that I am actually using some that someone else was tossing out).  I find the mess created by  having the wrapping stuff out for more than one day is messing with my serenity.  Note to self…not doing that next year.

Next year I want to cut back on the number of kids we give gifts to and put the Christmas card info into a database so I can print labels.  I know the card thing is outdated but it is an old fashioned thing I like and it is a way of keeping in touch with elderly friends abroad.

I aslo want to move more and more into baking gifts instead of buying them. 

One final part, we have always driven around delivering to houses, and it takes a lot of time and energy.  When we were younger it was like an all day party but now it is a slog.  I definitely want to examine this for next year.

Do any of you guys make this time of year too complicated?
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on December 16, 2014, 09:26:35 AM
Good luck, wintersun.  We have actually simplified our Christmas big this year (no gifts for one family, and will miss the party on the other side and hopefully the avalanche of little white-elephants that comes with) but it helps that we don't have kids.  I have had some uber-busy Christmases and this year might be the simplest, woohoo.

Over the weekend I went through my closet and have now 2 paper bags of clothes to donate (already had 1 nearly full, just hanging out); filled a small bag with toys to give out; recycled most of the paper in my 'pet' file folder; went through 2 little bins of office supplies / computer things and reorganized and tossed things.  Over the last couple weeks I have gotten rid of probably 3 dozen books and half a dozen DVD's; my crap finally fits in my bookshelves! At the end of last week I recycled several huge stacks of paper in our office that were 10-20 years old, and this morning cleaned up my own desk at work.  As grad students our lab tends to get messy and I'm fighting it hard.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Student on December 16, 2014, 01:06:40 PM
Before joining this forum I did these things:

-I used to have two closets full of clothing. They were so full to the brim I had to have a full hamper of dirty clothing all the time since all the clean stuff would not fit. I donated both closets to people who needed them, took 80% of my clothing and donated it in one go. I am still donating stuff since.
- I sold my tv since I desperately wanted to reduce my media-intake.
- I sold my iphone.
- I sold my laptop.
- I donated/ threw out all of the extra bits and bobs that were my ''decoration''.
- I stopped smoking.

My tip: have a big bag/basket where you throw in all of the clothing/stuff you want to donate on a daily basis. After a month it's a lot and when you have little time on your hands to go to a local charitybin. I've found this very helpful when I wanted to make donating and clearing out clutter a habit.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: C. K. on December 16, 2014, 01:50:02 PM
wintersun,

One organizer suggests butcher paper for all gifts year round. Decorate festively. Saves space and it's a multi-purpose item. You can wrap sandwiches or something in it.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MsRichLife on December 16, 2014, 02:23:04 PM
This week we've managed to sell some larger items on Gumtree for a reasonable amount. Must be the Xmas spending season that's helping us out.

1 x Smart trike that my son has grown out of
1 x quad bike scooter thing
1 x hiking backpack that my husband pulled out of a dumpster and cleaned up. Sold for a profit of $110!
Various bits of 'stuff' out of the man cave

I think I'm going to spend today doing a serious declutter and then take a load of things to charity.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on December 28, 2014, 08:05:55 AM
Ms Rich Life,  You really did well on the backpack, congrats!!!  It is so satisfying to both clear the house AND a make money!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zamboni on December 28, 2014, 08:37:23 AM
I'm starting at one corner of the house and working my way across in a winter clean out project.  So far I've managed the master bath and most of the master bedroom.  Initially I was trying to do one room a day, but so far managing only about 1/2 room a day, which is okay.

I don't have the cleaning gene, so unfortunately the dustiness level is impressive.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on December 28, 2014, 09:38:58 AM
Cookie and Funkystickman,
how are you doing with your digital organising?  I have not begun the photo thing yet.  To be honest I barely know how the iPhoto software works.  I just put things in there.  This winter I am determined to deal with the photos and the excess paper that I held onto in the big purge. 

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: smalllife on December 28, 2014, 01:02:51 PM
Received a (requested) gift of a drawer knife block-thing, which means that I can declutter the knife block that hogs counter space :-)  As an added bonus we decided to only keep the knives we use, so half of the knives go with the knife block.

Gave up on taking a probably-silver serving dish to be appraised and am just donating it instead.

Just took a pile to Goodwill a week ago and already there's another half bag of stuff.  The main living area is finally at the point where I can clean up and not feel cramped (I like lots of breathing room  ..)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on December 28, 2014, 07:19:51 PM
Cookie and Funkystickman,
how are you doing with your digital organising?  I have not begun the photo thing yet.  To be honest I barely know how the iPhoto software works.  I just put things in there.  This winter I am determined to deal with the photos and the excess paper that I held onto in the big purge.

Going slowly. I did scan a box's worth of paperwork. I'm using leftover computer parts to build a file/print server (it's a tiny little computer) that will store all my digital stuff.... photo scans, DVD rips, music, whatever. For about $150 I can get a couple of 2TB drives and mirror them for safety.

The computer itself is already running Ubuntu (free OS) so I just need to get the drives and set them up. Then I can systematically destroy all the papers and crap I have piling up everywhere, including DVD's, CD's, and photographs. If I want to get fancy, I could even make a media server out of it, and be able to play my media from it on the Xbox or tablets.

Will post up progress as it happens.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on December 28, 2014, 07:37:48 PM
For me, after Christmas feels like time to kick it into high gear! As the visiting and such winds down, I want to really get going with the decluttering!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Nancy on December 29, 2014, 08:53:35 AM
Yesterday, I dropped off a bag full of various items at Goodwill. Then last night, I decluttered our sock drawers, which had become ridiculous. I could still cut back more. I find that the first pass of decluttering is the hardest for me. I keep a lot more stuff than I need. By the second and third pass, I'm better at letting go of stuff that I don't use. Does anyone else go through this or are you better at culling the first time around (which saves time).
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on December 29, 2014, 10:49:36 AM
Nancy, I often have to make a few passes at things before I can let them go. The first time through, its funny to me how I will be thinking, "There is NO WAY I could get rid of xyz" and yet the 2nd or 3rd time through, I'm thinking, "Why was I keeping that?!"
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Cookie78 on December 29, 2014, 11:35:16 AM
Yesterday, I dropped off a bag full of various items at Goodwill. Then last night, I decluttered our sock drawers, which had become ridiculous. I could still cut back more. I find that the first pass of decluttering is the hardest for me. I keep a lot more stuff than I need. By the second and third pass, I'm better at letting go of stuff that I don't use. Does anyone else go through this or are you better at culling the first time around (which saves time).

I do it in stages also. As I get a freeing feeling from getting rid of the first wave of things it becomes easier to eliminate more in subsequent rounds.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on December 29, 2014, 01:36:32 PM
I find that the first pass of decluttering is the hardest for me. I keep a lot more stuff than I need. By the second and third pass, I'm better at letting go of stuff that I don't use. Does anyone else go through this or are you better at culling the first time around (which saves time).

Yes, thats how it works for me too.  And sometimes at random times an item I've visited  and kept on a previous declutter will pop into my mind and I think, "I could let that go".
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: deborah on December 29, 2014, 02:08:50 PM
I find that the first pass of decluttering is the hardest for me. I keep a lot more stuff than I need. By the second and third pass, I'm better at letting go of stuff that I don't use. Does anyone else go through this or are you better at culling the first time around (which saves time).

Yes, thats how it works for me too.  And sometimes at random times an item I've visited  and kept on a previous declutter will pop into my mind and I think, "I could let that go".
I think that this is the best way to do it - get rid of things that you absolutely don't need in a quick first pass; then get rid of things you really don't need in a second pass; then really get stuck into it and get rid of things you don't use. In between you have been subconsciously monitoring how often you actually use things, and have also been subconsciously changing habits, so you realise how little some things are used.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Ready2Go on December 29, 2014, 02:28:53 PM
Nearby elementary school was hosting free shredder day!! Was able to bring in 4 boxes of old tax returns, medical records and other old personal docs for free shredding.  Next step is the guest bedroom closet that's jammed with clothes we haven't worn for years..
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Nancy on December 29, 2014, 05:51:16 PM
Oh excellent! Thank you for your responses! I feel much better about my progress now. You guys rock!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Cookie on December 29, 2014, 11:39:12 PM
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Cookie and Funkystickman,
how are you doing with your digital organising?  I have not begun the photo thing yet.  To be honest I barely know how the iPhoto software works.  I just put things in there.  This winter I am determined to deal with the photos and the excess paper that I held onto in the big purge. 

Great! I deleted about 2,600 bad photos, and organized the past 4 years of pictures into files. I also have been working on unsubscribing from emails, and have gotten rid of all icons on my desktop. It feels great to have this done!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: MsPeacock on December 31, 2014, 07:12:07 AM
I decluttered by clothes - closests and dressers, and shoes. Totalled up about 8 bags. Now I have much more room in my closet, can actually see what I have, and everything that is left fits, is in good condtion, and I enjoy wearing. Decluttered the board games - got rid of quite a few that we don't play. Working on the rest of the house. The kids rooms are the hardest because they both like to hang onto junk long past the point where they have lost interest.

I moved every 2-4 years for about 20 years. Now I've been in the same place since 2008. The moving was very effective at getting me to declutter in the process of packing and/or unpacking. Now I just put things away and they are out of sight/out of mind. (And I am still one of the least cluttered people that I know.)

ETA: I don't know if I can do an item a day for 2015 since I just unloaded a ton of stuff. However, I like the idea and I am going to try!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: wintersun on January 01, 2015, 04:47:21 PM
Cookie, that is impressive, 2,600 pics!  You must feel fabulous now.  I just wrote it in my diary to do this month (gulp). Thinking about it makes me want to snuggle under a blanket for a few months.

Funkystickman,  very cool.  I am not very tech savvy but vaguely know what you mean.  Good luck.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: morning owl on January 02, 2015, 07:12:52 AM
Has anyone read "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo? It's really helpful in learning how to organize your house. A brief summary: start with clothes, then books, then papers, then personal items, then mementos. (From easy to more difficult.) And don't organize by room, but by subject, so that you take everything out of its place and examine one item at a time, while the group of items is all out in front of you. This way you can see at a glance what you have (usually a lot!), and eliminate one thing at a time. This is important because she advises that you assess for yourself whether each item sparks joy in you -- that is the one and only determining factor on whether or not to keep the item.

This cuts through all the excuses. "Oh but when I'm thinner maybe I can wear that again... or my sister bought me this so I can't throw it away." The idea is that the item has served its purpose -- either in the past, or if it's a gift, then the gift was a symbol of love and thoughtfulness that we can be grateful for, and then let it go. If you don't think too much about it, or give yourself time to come up with an excuse on why you are keeping the item, then you can assess how you feel about it intuitively. If you clear things out this way, in theory, you'll be surrounded only by things that give you joy!

I'm on a mission to sort through my household of stuff using this method over this next year. Maybe I'll do a little each month. Just cleaning out all the paperwork in my office took about 3 days over the holidays.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Joan-eh? on January 02, 2015, 07:31:42 AM
Wow- This is a great thread to be read for motivation NOT TO BUY!  When I reflect on the time "wasted" in organizing "stuff" , I think -better not to have stuff if the first place.  If I have only a limited number of days on the planet, surely I don't want to spend it constantly decluttering.

So this is motivation for me to de-clutter ONCE and don't put myself in the position to need to do it again.

Ps. When I last moved offices at work, a lot of my files got boxed up or filed in a disorganized way because it was a last minute move.  I have decided not to go back and organize it. I know where it is if I need it - when I retire, I will just recycle the unorganized mess and I won't have wasted a week of my precious time dealing with it.  It's been two years, and I've only needed to get one file! Luckily it was on top. :-)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: NinetyFour on January 02, 2015, 09:18:40 AM
Has anyone read "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo?

You might be interested in this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/garden/home-organization-advice-from-marie-kondo.html?_r=0
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on January 02, 2015, 11:13:32 AM
Neat read, thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: morning owl on January 02, 2015, 11:29:38 AM
Has anyone read "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo?

You might be interested in this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/garden/home-organization-advice-from-marie-kondo.html?_r=0

Thanks, NinetyFour... I had heard of the book via this NYT article, and then took it out from the library. Worth the read. It's like a how-to for becoming a minimalist, in a very human way. Most minimalism ideas I find a bit preachy and cold, but this book is totally heartfelt and down to earth. It's like working at minimalism from the inside out, rather than taking a bunch of rules and applying them.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: gaja on January 02, 2015, 01:06:18 PM
We have been getting ready to downsize in 2014, and have lost 40-45 m3 of stuff. Most of it junk, a lot has been donated, and some has been sold. In a week, a 32 m3 moving van will try to take the rest of our stuff to the new house. According to my calculations, we have 30 m3 of stuff left, I hope I'm right.

We will be buying new beds for the new house, and we might need some appliances (washing machine and fridge). But otherwise, I whink we are well covered.

Will try to
a) not buy stuff
and
b) loose even more stuff as we unpack
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: jordanread on January 02, 2015, 01:11:27 PM
We have been getting ready to downsize in 2014, and have lost 40-45 m3 of stuff. Most of it junk, a lot has been donated, and some has been sold. In a week, a 32 m3 moving van will try to take the rest of our stuff to the new house. According to my calculations, we have 30 m3 of stuff left, I hope I'm right.
We will be buying new beds for the new house, and we might need some appliances (washing machine and fridge). But otherwise, I whink we are well covered.

Way to go on getting rid of stuff, and what a fun metric!! However,

Will try to

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Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on January 06, 2015, 11:18:23 AM
Just dumped another 4 garbage bags of clothes to Goodwill, and I talked my parents into bring it for me, didn't even have to make an extra trip! :)

We also minimized more board games. Wife swears we play them all, but I know better... not worth storing if they only play them once a month or less.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on January 06, 2015, 12:54:19 PM
Pulled a whole green garbage bag of old clothes and purses I never use out of my cupboard to donate. Brought in 5 new articles of clothing last night so was determined to find 5 things to get rid of and found much, much more! yay!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Mr Dorothy Dollar on January 06, 2015, 07:07:41 PM
Get rid of the phone book for good by opting out. Saves you time by never having to recycle it again and is environmentally friendly. https://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on January 06, 2015, 07:15:19 PM
Awesome work, everybody!

Successfully convinced DH to get rid of a few old computers (a few had been in his long term storage and one in the carport). Yay!! There's one broken one to go which is tricky cos he wants to delete/rewrite the hard drive before disposal. But, big progress!

We've also given away a few things to friends and will take half a boot load of stuff to the recycle shed at the rubbish tip. I'm also finally getting of the box my electric garden shredder came in.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: RetiredAt63 on January 06, 2015, 07:49:35 PM
Magnet?  I found a bunch of old floppy disks while I was decluttering my home office - I ran a heavy duty (rare earth) fridge magnet over all of them, one at a time, both sides - not that anyone has a floppy disk drive any more.  They are in the recycling box now.


 There's one broken one to go which is tricky cos he wants to delete/rewrite the hard drive before disposal. But, big progress!

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on January 06, 2015, 07:52:32 PM
Still trying to goad council into action to remove our pile of stuff awaiting collection. Its free, but they are useless at collecting. Last time they took so long my lawn died. Heh this time its on driveway. Just have to keep phoning up.

Cleared out some old makeup. Went through DDs wardrobe, out with another small bag of clothes, found 1 pr my undies and 2prs of her brother socks.

Made yet another restart on the study: tossed a small pile of old magazines. This is my most troublesome, most avoided, junkiest, dustiest room. I just have to do something regularly in there.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on January 06, 2015, 10:04:54 PM
Magnet?  I found a bunch of old floppy disks while I was decluttering my home office - I ran a heavy duty (rare earth) fridge magnet over all of them, one at a time, both sides - not that anyone has a floppy disk drive any more.  They are in the recycling box now.


 There's one broken one to go which is tricky cos he wants to delete/rewrite the hard drive before disposal. But, big progress!


Thanks for the suggestion! DH also found a bunch of floppy disks when he got his stuff out of storage (the smaller ones with a hardcase, not the bigger actual floppy ones). I just slid the metal slide open and stabbed at the inner plastic drive with scissors to deform it and scratch it in a few places. Didn't think of a magnet but this was relatively fast too.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on January 07, 2015, 12:50:16 AM
Sorted through about 1/2 of a junky cupboard today. Got rid of some stuff but gave up after a while. So frustrating. Nothing has a "home."  Junky, junky, junky.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Astatine on January 07, 2015, 01:45:27 AM
Sorted through about 1/2 of a junky cupboard today. Got rid of some stuff but gave up after a while. So frustrating. Nothing has a "home."  Junky, junky, junky.

I find it helps to focus on the stuff I got done, not the stuff still to go. So woot! You got rid of some stuff! Yay! (I also say to myself, you eat an elephant one bite at a time)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: FunkyStickman on January 07, 2015, 08:19:38 AM
Awesome work, everybody!

Successfully convinced DH to get rid of a few old computers (a few had been in his long term storage and one in the carport). Yay!! There's one broken one to go which is tricky cos he wants to delete/rewrite the hard drive before disposal. But, big progress!

Ah yeah, I forgot, I chunked an old PC tower this week. It was sitting in my closet. When I realized I could buy a $50 Altoid-tin-sized computer that was just as fast, it was gone!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: 1967mama on January 07, 2015, 03:31:10 PM
Thanks, Astatine! Feeling better about it today.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: tariskat on January 07, 2015, 03:58:13 PM
Has anyone read "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo? It's really helpful in learning how to organize your house. A brief summary: start with clothes, then books, then papers, then personal items, then mementos. (From easy to more difficult.) And don't organize by room, but by subject, so that you take everything out of its place and examine one item at a time, while the group of items is all out in front of you. This way you can see at a glance what you have (usually a lot!), and eliminate one thing at a time. This is important because she advises that you assess for yourself whether each item sparks joy in you -- that is the one and only determining factor on whether or not to keep the item.

This cuts through all the excuses. "Oh but when I'm thinner maybe I can wear that again... or my sister bought me this so I can't throw it away." The idea is that the item has served its purpose -- either in the past, or if it's a gift, then the gift was a symbol of love and thoughtfulness that we can be grateful for, and then let it go. If you don't think too much about it, or give yourself time to come up with an excuse on why you are keeping the item, then you can assess how you feel about it intuitively. If you clear things out this way, in theory, you'll be surrounded only by things that give you joy!

I'm on a mission to sort through my household of stuff using this method over this next year. Maybe I'll do a little each month. Just cleaning out all the paperwork in my office took about 3 days over the holidays.

I read the article someone posted after this message and over the weekend read the book. Really really enjoyed it! I trashed 3/4 of all my files over the weekend and will probably recycle more when I go through it again after following her suggested order of stuff-examination.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: happy on January 08, 2015, 12:26:15 AM
I'm pleased to report I have decluttered paper in my study two days in a row for about 45mins each day. No visible sign of improvement but its a hell of a mess. 

I just must keep telling myself:

1. " an elephant is eaten one bite at a time" : thanks Astatine :)
2. I'll be retired in 3-4 years,  time to start culling, only keeping what is needed in the short term.

Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: gaja on January 08, 2015, 03:38:57 AM
Packed the stuff from the bathroom yesterday. Decided to only keep five of the towels, the rest go to recycling. Those five are the only ones we have bought. The rest were hand-me-downs and gifts.

Also got the kids sorting socks and finding pairs. The rest of the mismatched socks were tossed. Some of those have been single for years.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: RetiredAt63 on January 08, 2015, 05:46:31 AM
Paper sorting is the worst.  I just put out the recycling (-26C, gotta love winter) - a full recycling bin, and a blue recycling bag full of paper.  I would say I am 1/2 way through, in that of the paper to keep about 1/2 is sorted and filed.  The rest gets spread out on my bed, sorted until other activities call, and then popped into a box until the next time.  I should be done by the weekend.  Paper done, office done, me done.

I have a stack of paper (regular 8.5x11 paper) to shred.  Has anyone made fire logs out of this (as opposed to newspapers)?  I want to set up a terra preta bed in the garden this spring, and they could be used for that.  I am not worrying about the ink, it is all vegetable based now.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: grantmeaname on January 08, 2015, 06:44:59 AM
SWMBO gave Goodwill almost half of her clothes yesterday and I cleared out a (smaller) fraction of mine. And I listed all sixteen of the books I still own on eBay. Nothing lights a fire under your ass like moving to a place a third the size of the one you're in!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Cookie78 on January 08, 2015, 09:24:32 AM
I'm pleased to report I have decluttered paper in my study two days in a row for about 45mins each day. No visible sign of improvement but its a hell of a mess. 

I just must keep telling myself:

1. " an elephant is eaten one bite at a time" : thanks Astatine :)
2. I'll be retired in 3-4 years,  time to start culling, only keeping what is needed in the short term.

Paperwork is the thing I'm dreading dealing with the most. I think I need to try your strategy of 'one bite at a time'. :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zaga on January 08, 2015, 02:36:38 PM
Started this week on a 1 year program to declutter.  It's called Declutter 365 if you want to look it up.

Week 1 was kitchen countertops.  I was doing great, my kitchen looked awesome...then I remembered that I have another kitchen in the basement.  Well, I'm tired, but the basement kitchen now also has completely cleared off countertops!  Well, except for the necessary items like dish soap of course!  All that remains for this week is to clear off the kitchen table (already mostly done) and to declutter potholders.

This is really going to be helpful to me I think.  I tent to start one thing, then see a mess someplace else and start on it, then see a mess somewhere else and start on it...  Next thing I know it's 3 hours later and the house looks exactly the same!

Next week is kitchen cupboards.  I hope to get rid of some things and have everything that remains be comfortably accessible.
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Zaga on January 08, 2015, 02:44:05 PM
Oh, and I should add.  The recycle bin was completely full last week.  It's one of the big ones with wheels and an attached lid.  It was so nice to get that much crap out of the house and recycled!
Title: Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
Post by: Anatidae V on January 08, 2015, 02:51:46 PM
Has anyone read "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo?

You might be interested in this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/garden/home-organization-advice-from-marie-kondo.html?_r=0

Thanks, NinetyFour... I had heard of the book via this NYT article, and then took it out from the library. Worth the read. It's like a how-to for becoming a minimalist, in a very human way. Most minimalism ideas I find a bit preachy and cold, but this book is totally heartfelt and down to earth. It's like working at minimalism from the inside out, rather than taking a bunch of rules and applying them.
I just read this on your recommendation. It is the best decluttering/minimalist/etc book I've read. I'm tidying in a haphazard way at the moment instead of the correct way she suggests, but I now have a gorgeously clear and prettily decorated bookshelf, and what looks like 100 books that ware "to-read" to be reviewed. I only pulled out the ones we haven't read yet, to give us a chance before they go.
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Post by: jordanread on January 08, 2015, 04:04:14 PM
Has anyone read "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo?

You might be interested in this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/garden/home-organization-advice-from-marie-kondo.html?_r=0

Thanks, NinetyFour... I had heard of the book via this NYT article, and then took it out from the library. Worth the read. It's like a how-to for becoming a minimalist, in a very human way. Most minimalism ideas I find a bit preachy and cold, but this book is totally heartfelt and down to earth. It's like working at minimalism from the inside out, rather than taking a bunch of rules and applying them.
I just read this on your recommendation. It is the best decluttering/minimalist/etc book I've read. I'm tidying in a haphazard way at the moment instead of the correct way she suggests, but I now have a gorgeously clear and prettily decorated bookshelf, and what looks like 100 books that ware "to-read" to be reviewed. I only pulled out the ones we haven't read yet, to give us a chance before they go.

It's already on the kindle, and is next on the list to read.
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Post by: Penny Lane on January 08, 2015, 05:15:33 PM
I love "get rid of paper as it never brings joy"!  YES!  I got rid of about 18inches of documentation I no longer need this week as well as some samples I received as gifts for buying certain products if I had not used them.  Tomorrow is recycle day so I keep stalking through the house looking for more candidates for the bin.
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Post by: Anatidae V on January 08, 2015, 05:35:11 PM
I love "get rid of paper as it never brings joy"!  YES!  I got rid of about 18inches of documentation I no longer need this week as well as some samples I received as gifts for buying certain products if I had not used them.  Tomorrow is recycle day so I keep stalking through the house looking for more candidates for the bin.

I get joy from the occasional bill that shows how we're doing with our use of electricity etc :)
I just listed our couches and two armchairs on Gumtree, because the couches certainly don't give us joy! The armchairs might, but I re-covered them with the intention of selling them, so I'll try that before we use them ourselves. If it works, we'll be a couch-less household for a little while - I'm really excited about the space!
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Post by: Astatine on January 08, 2015, 09:13:06 PM
I went through a shelf in the laundry that obviously hadn't been touched since before I started thinking seriously about minimalism (will never have a minimalist house cos DH is a recovering packrat and loves his CDs, DVDs, books etc, but I'm quite minimalist with my personal items now). I found half a packet of wooden clothes pegs that I didn't know I had. woot! So I put some out on the washing line (cos there's always a slow attrition rate of pegs getting lost or broken) and stashed the rest for later, but in a more easily seen spot.

Moved some stuff out to the carport (emergency water containers taking up space) and moved some painting stuff from when we painted the laundry and lounge 3 years ago.

Then looked at our leftover paint from 3 years ago. No idea how long it lasts, but at least 2 tins have started leaking out the side seam of the tin, and one was seriously rusted on the bottom. Need to work out what to do with it all.

In total, getting rid of to the recycle shed at the rubbish tip:
- plastic chest of drawers (they're a bit manky now from rust and leaking paint, so the shed might not take them)
- old gutter guard, no longer needed
- small bag of assorted crap from around the house

It's funny how I think I've gone through and cleared out every nook and cranny, and several years into serious decluttering, I'm STILL finding stuff to get rid of. Yikes.
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Post by: acorn on January 08, 2015, 09:29:31 PM
Has anyone read "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo?

You might be interested in this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/garden/home-organization-advice-from-marie-kondo.html?_r=0

Thanks, NinetyFour... I had heard of the book via this NYT article, and then took it out from the library. Worth the read. It's like a how-to for becoming a minimalist, in a very human way. Most minimalism ideas I find a bit preachy and cold, but this book is totally heartfelt and down to earth. It's like working at minimalism from the inside out, rather than taking a bunch of rules and applying them.

A sentence I really like from the book: There are three approaches we can take toward our possessions: face them now, face them sometime, or avoid them until the day we die.

Kind of morbid, but sometimes I look at my stuff and think about what will happen after I die. The thought of having my family wasting time going through my junk is so depressing. I don't have too much stuff, but there's still some ways to go before minimalism.
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Post by: 1967mama on January 09, 2015, 12:45:24 AM
This book by Marie Kondo sounds fantastic! I am sad to report that it is not available at my library and in the spirit of decluttering, I will not be buying it....but, oh the temptation!
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Post by: Cookie on January 09, 2015, 04:20:18 AM
I enjoyed the book. The main thing is asking yourself if each item sparks joy. If not, it's out! Another thing I liked is that she says if you do it correctly, you won't have to be constantly decluttering. I feel like I have to purge stuff every year so that really sparked joy in me! Lol
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Post by: horsepoor on January 09, 2015, 07:42:25 AM
I might have to give that book a gander. 

Yesterday I went down in the newly decluttered basement and swung my kettlebell around.  I'd been avoiding the area when all the stuff waiting to be donated was lurking down there (even though it wasn't in the way of my weights).

This should be a good weekend for going through my dresser and decluttering - I have a bunch of race shirts that are ugly and ill-fitting, and probably some other things that haven't seen the light of day in a while.  Trying to figure out how to approach getting DH to remove some of his clutter from a couple pieces of furniture he has appropriated - his MO is to spread shit all over horizontal surfaces so he can see all of it.  I've mostly trained myself to ignore these flaming clutter spots, but as the clutter is reduced around them, they stick out even worse and make me itch to just bin everything.
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Post by: acorn on January 09, 2015, 01:02:22 PM
I'm a little over halfway through the Joy of Tidying book and it's really eye-opening, so thank you for bringing it up, morning owl! The funniest thing to me is I started a gauntlet to get rid of one thing per day. Then I read Marie Kondo's book and she specifically says NOT to declutter this way! Instead, you're supposed to make the decisions for whatever category of things is next on the list (clothing, books, etc.) all at once before moving to the next category. I kind of want to try her method as in some ways it makes sense to make the decisions holistically and do it all at once and be done.

Even before I read the book, I found that decluttering worked best for me when done in a single massive session. I marked out a Saturday, and right after breakfast, start tossing things into keep/donate/trash piles. At the end of the day, the trash gets taken out, boxes to donate get their corner by the door, everything else I keep goes back into their designated storage areas. I found getting it over and done with in one day was a lot easier than having this constant thought of needing to declutter a room a day. Just buckle down and do everything over the weekend!

Although after I've read the book, I've got new ideas on how I can declutter more. Going to spend Saturday decluttering!
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Post by: acorn on January 09, 2015, 01:13:06 PM
For those without access to the book, I found a nice excerpt talking about decluttering the items you keep around for "what if" situations or mementos (gifts from people) that you can't bear to part with.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2014/12/19/the_life_changing_magic_of_tidying_up_by_marie_kondo_is_a_best_selling_guide.html

I don't buy the talking to her clothes/thanking her socks for their hard work/greeting her apartment parts, but the book does have good practical tips for decluttering and learning to let go of things.
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Post by: 1967mama on January 09, 2015, 01:24:45 PM
"Found" $24.30 on two ancient Visa gift cards that have been kicking around in my wallet. Went to the 2 different websites to find out the balances and was pleasantly surprised. This decluttering business is paying off ... literally!
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Post by: lbdance on January 09, 2015, 05:04:33 PM
Whilst continuing to slowly potter away at my bits and pieces. Esp those areas that become collection locations for like minded items that you might use one day. This was useful at Christmas as I was able to recycle some tissue paper / cellophone etc when making up gift baskets. I haven't really felt like I have made any significant progress.

Today however, with a couple of days warning, we were able to tackle my husbands spare room. This has a range of items from car parts / computer parts (some personal some relating to his business which works out of our home) / toys / tools etc. Major progress has been made, and he has managed to recognise some items are rubbish / or would be better in someone elses home.
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Post by: Nancy on January 10, 2015, 05:20:25 AM
The whole sparking joy thing really worked for me. Great reframing idea. I sold a chair on Craigslist, and I'm bringing two bags to Goodwill today.
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Post by: Anatidae V on January 10, 2015, 05:31:26 AM
I love "get rid of paper as it never brings joy"!  YES!  I got rid of about 18inches of documentation I no longer need this week as well as some samples I received as gifts for buying certain products if I had not used them.  Tomorrow is recycle day so I keep stalking through the house looking for more candidates for the bin.

I get joy from the occasional bill that shows how we're doing with our use of electricity etc :)
I just listed our couches and two armchairs on Gumtree, because the couches certainly don't give us joy! The armchairs might, but I re-covered them with the intention of selling them, so I'll try that before we use them ourselves. If it works, we'll be a couch-less household for a little while - I'm really excited about the space!
I used the 40 minutes cleaning, 20 minutes break and new shows on tv to get me through several large piles of paper yesterday and today. Tons of old receipts (from up to 7 years ago!) were tossed. Our recycling bin is now full, so probably up to 1.5 m3 of paper was removed. I then rearranged the dining area to fit our bikes better so we can get them in and out easier.

Yet, I'm struggling to see the difference in the house. I REALLY need to remember to take before and after shots. Will everything become clear once we are down to only the things we need and the things that bring us joy? I can still look at a spot and see things that don't fit. I think I'll keep trusting the process, since there hasn't been a downside yet!
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Post by: CommonCents on January 10, 2015, 03:46:26 PM
Took a slew of plastic bags out with recycling today, both the type we get at the grocery store and the fat pillows you get in packages.  Kept some for cat's litter/general use, but it was really nice to clear out that clutter.  I can actually get at stuff now.  (Still more to get rid of in the way of packing supplies.)

Also threw away a bit of boxed food that was waaay past date (2005 and 2007!)
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Post by: Zaga on January 10, 2015, 04:59:00 PM
My sweetie cleaned off the top of his dresser today <3
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Post by: madgeylou on January 10, 2015, 05:33:48 PM
I went through my socks and underwear baskets today and threw out everything that did not spark joy. I have no more annoying socks or wedgie underwear, only ones that fit and do their job and make me happy. :)
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Post by: 1967mama on January 10, 2015, 05:47:12 PM
My sweetie has been clearing out our little boys shared bedroom today (ages 9 and 7)!
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Post by: Cressida on January 10, 2015, 07:32:00 PM
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