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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5000 on: June 29, 2017, 01:18:18 PM »
I've been minimalizing for over a year now. I've recently gotten to the point where there's hardly anything left, that I don't actually use. It's amazing how much stuff folks/you have, and how little you actually use/need. There's been several times over this past year that I thought that there would be no way to get rid of any more, only to scrounge yet another carload of items to go to goodwill.

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« Reply #5001 on: June 29, 2017, 09:35:23 PM »
The last time I visited the parental units I found a bunch of small toys in the back of my closet. Today I gave them to a co-worker for the granddaughter she's raising. The kid's parents said buh-bye, and she's a sweet little girl. Tomorrow is her birthday.

Your co-worker sounds awesome for stepping up. And you're a good person for helping give the little girl a special birthday.

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« Reply #5002 on: June 30, 2017, 05:14:21 AM »

I remember my mom putting kitty litter on the flooring when we spilled some milk once... but I don't remember if it helped! Haha. We kept that car a few more years though, so *something* worked.

When our son was little he dumped an entire cup of milk in the backseat of the car.  The smell was awful.  We cleaned it up the best we could (we found actual 'cheese' forming down in the seat -- crme fraiche haha)  and then we parked the car in the hot summer sun for weeks with all the windows up.  Baked the crap out of it.  Seems to have worked -- no detectable odor after that.  I guess the heat baked the 'cheese' remnants dry.

Thanks both! Husband and I were musing that it can't smell -forever- so 'baking' it out sounds like a good idea. He had another go last night with bicarb of soda, and the smell wasn't as bad today. The internet suggested vinegar, but we only had the brown fish n chips stuff, so I'll try to pick some white stuff up today.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5003 on: June 30, 2017, 01:14:44 PM »
We are in the last stages of liquidating our CD collection.  We had over 200 CDs.  There are about 50 left and, to date, we only recouped $129 for what we sold.  Crap.  Should've done it YEARS ago when they were still worth something.  I remember paying anywhere from $10-$20 per CD, plus tax of course, back in my more spendy days.

We also have a nice solid wood CD shelf that we built from scratch that we'll now have to sell.

In the meantime, we sold the following on kijiji:

- antique tea wagon:  $200 (paid $75 + elbow grease to restore, 20 years ago)
- old sofa bed:  $30
- broken Samsung flat screen TV:  $20
- two antique 3-drawer dressers:  $160 (paid $100 for the two)
- two gift cards worth $75:  sold for $60
- two beater bikes:  $60 and $45 respectively; paid $30 and $20 respectively
- three Nike golf wedges:  $20
- leaf blower:  $17
- bike light set:  $20
- pots and pans:  $17

We have other antiques to sell, but I am holding off because they are just not commanding the same price that they were about 20 years ago.  I figure (hope) the market for them will pick up in a few years.  In the meantime they don't take up much space.

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« Reply #5004 on: June 30, 2017, 06:49:41 PM »
Decluttering again this weekend.

So far I've piled up seven books and five DVDs to donate/give away.

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« Reply #5005 on: June 30, 2017, 09:00:30 PM »
I have nothing for urine and spoiled milk in carpet smells, but...
If you ever have a musty or smoky book, stick a folded sheet of newspaper in every few pages, then place the book in a cardboard box filled with crumpled newspaper.  Seal it up for a few days.  Repeat if needed.  I have used this trick once, and it only took one shot to work.

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« Reply #5006 on: June 30, 2017, 09:47:41 PM »
I have nothing for urine and spoiled milk in carpet smells, but...
If you ever have a musty or smoky book, stick a folded sheet of newspaper in every few pages, then place the book in a cardboard box filled with crumpled newspaper.  Seal it up for a few days.  Repeat if needed.  I have used this trick once, and it only took one shot to work.

I finally bought the little ADF scanner I wanted (used, of course) and got it working with Linux, so today I scanned and dumped all the gas and electric statements I have accumulated in my adult life.  It was a four-inch thick folder.  The project continues in the coming weeks with other paper statements!
Do you need all the gas and electric statements? What would they be useful for?
Tax purposes?

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5007 on: July 01, 2017, 09:22:11 AM »
I suppose another problem is the loads of guilt and grief I have about "disappointing" people (mostly my mother) if/when I throw/sell it all.

She can't be disappointed in you if she has passed away.

I've had to negotiate this issue with my mother, who had a load of heirlooms to which she was sentimentally attached but which she didn't want in her own house. Her solution was to offer them to me as if she was giving me something precious.

For years, I said no, no, no increasingly vehemently. If I had accepted these things and then got rid of them there would have been hell to pay in emotional blackmail, so I made it clear that my mother couldn't appease her ancestors by passing their now-useless artefacts on to the next generation. All credit to her, she bit the bullet and let a charity take away the treasures, throwing out the things they rejected as unsaleable because, objectively viewed, they were rubbish. If I'd accepted them I'd have been expected to cherish them and keep them for my own children.

In my own world of stuff, today I seized an opportunity to give away a piece of sports kit that I like but hadn't worn for many years to someone who will look better in it than I do. I still have too much sports kit, but the basket will be less overstuffed.



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5008 on: July 01, 2017, 10:11:32 AM »

My kid sits to pee, but the pee comes out through the front of the seat, lol.

Teach him that his left hand is for aiming.
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« Reply #5009 on: July 01, 2017, 11:03:53 AM »

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Teach him that his left hand is for aiming.

Oh! Okay :)    Thx, TomTX.
Though I think he may have sorted something like that out for himself, as it doesn't seem to be an issue anymore. There was just a bumpy year or two in there, I think when he was getting used to his body. So I probably should have put it in past tense.

We've had discussion on other threads because grown men haven't figured out that they can use their hand to put their penis in the proper position while peeing.

Said men (not present here, just discussed here) were complaining about having their penis touch the toilet (seat/bowl) when they sat to pee. Because they hadn't figured out using their hand to aim.
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« Reply #5010 on: July 01, 2017, 03:17:39 PM »
Husband agreed to relinquish his broken Xbox 360.

It had sat in his parents' house for five years. Then they moved and he grabbed it with an idea of getting it fixed.

But he barely has time to play the Xbox One, so said I can toss the old one.

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« Reply #5011 on: July 01, 2017, 03:55:58 PM »
Sorted through a spindle of DVDs, piled up 17 to get rid of.

Making good progress this weekend!

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« Reply #5012 on: July 01, 2017, 06:12:07 PM »
Just listed two pairs of jeans on eBay.

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« Reply #5013 on: July 01, 2017, 06:27:30 PM »
*snip*
I finally bought the little ADF scanner I wanted (used, of course) and got it working with Linux, so today I scanned and dumped all the gas and electric statements I have accumulated in my adult life.  It was a four-inch thick folder.  The project continues in the coming weeks with other paper statements!
Do you need all the gas and electric statements? What would they be useful for?
Tax purposes?

Nope.  I don't have a home office or rental property, so they are useless for tax purposes.  I am just a nerd and worry that I may be curious about my electricity usage back in 200X, and what if I don't have my old statements?  The spreadsheet only goes back to 201X when the I last switched dwellings.  So, need them?  No.  Save them because they are (computer-wise) small and easy to keep organized and may be interesting someday?  Sure.
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« Reply #5014 on: July 01, 2017, 07:02:18 PM »
Went through kids' outgrown clothes and filled two big tubs to send to collection that my church is doing for Syrian refugees. Also am sending my father's walker and cane, which have been sitting in the garage since he passed away. He was so proud and hopeful when he was able to walk with just a cane, but sadly he died only a month later. I hope they can help someone... it's pitiful that crutches, walkers, and wheelchairs are in such demand.

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« Reply #5015 on: July 01, 2017, 08:39:58 PM »
*snip*
I finally bought the little ADF scanner I wanted (used, of course) and got it working with Linux, so today I scanned and dumped all the gas and electric statements I have accumulated in my adult life.  It was a four-inch thick folder.  The project continues in the coming weeks with other paper statements!
Do you need all the gas and electric statements? What would they be useful for?
Tax purposes?

Nope.  I don't have a home office or rental property, so they are useless for tax purposes.  I am just a nerd and worry that I may be curious about my electricity usage back in 200X, and what if I don't have my old statements?  The spreadsheet only goes back to 201X when the I last switched dwellings.  So, need them?  No.  Save them because they are (computer-wise) small and easy to keep organized and may be interesting someday?  Sure.

Wouldn't it be faster to just enter them in the spreadsheet rather than scan them, label the files, etc?
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« Reply #5016 on: July 01, 2017, 10:38:25 PM »
*snip*
I finally bought the little ADF scanner I wanted (used, of course) and got it working with Linux, so today I scanned and dumped all the gas and electric statements I have accumulated in my adult life.  It was a four-inch thick folder.  The project continues in the coming weeks with other paper statements!
Do you need all the gas and electric statements? What would they be useful for?
Tax purposes?

Nope.  I don't have a home office or rental property, so they are useless for tax purposes.  I am just a nerd and worry that I may be curious about my electricity usage back in 200X, and what if I don't have my old statements?  The spreadsheet only goes back to 201X when the I last switched dwellings.  So, need them?  No.  Save them because they are (computer-wise) small and easy to keep organized and may be interesting someday?  Sure.

Wouldn't it be faster to just enter them in the spreadsheet rather than scan them, label the files, etc?

Nope.  For the older ones, I just scanned a year at a time.  Stick all the 2011 bills in the scanner feed, hit Go, and do something else as they scan.
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« Reply #5017 on: July 02, 2017, 06:05:34 AM »
Gave away 4 wine glasses that I've been trying to get rid of for a while.  Prepped a bag of donations for Goodwill.  I just need to put them in the car and drop them off.

I'm debating whether I should donate or consign a bunch of clothes.  I have a consignment store I use regularly but I noticed that the store has gone down the hill recently.  Things take forever to sell and the money I get for it is not much - I stopped by Friday when I was running an errand in the area and got a check for $50.  At what point do you say that it's just not worth the effort and donate instead?



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« Reply #5018 on: July 02, 2017, 09:13:29 AM »
Made another trip to The Goodwill with a large box of toys, another box with 50+ articles of clothing, and two old printers.

We're still enjoying the fruits of a kitchen we recently decluttered with counters bereft of any junk.  Just a small decorative 'inbox' tray where we set mail and miscellaneous items that accumulate throughout the day.  When the tray gets full we sort through it all and put everything in its proper place.
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« Reply #5019 on: July 02, 2017, 05:26:34 PM »
Had a strong finish to my weekend of decluttering.

I did all the ironing, then ran out of hangers so that motivated me to go through my wardrobe again. I grabbed two pairs of pants that I'll never wear again and added them to the charity box.

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« Reply #5020 on: July 02, 2017, 05:47:43 PM »
When I moved in, the previous owners left behind one of the shelving units that stands above the toilet. I didn't like it, didn't want it, and finally found the proper screwdriver to take it apart and throw it out on Saturday. Sunday, I went in the bathroom and realized that the smell of urine was mostly gone. Great. That's why the bottom of the legs were yellow.

Anyone know how to clean under pedestal sinks without moving them? I suspect that's why the other bathroom smells of urine.

Boys and men, please sit down to pee. I don't care if it isn't cool, I don't want these problems.

Bleach is one of the only things to neutralize the ammonia in pee. I don't know if it will fix yours, but I would try mixing up a fresh spray bottle of diluted bleach solution and spray it up, around, under and anywhere you can thoroughly soak the pedestal sink. Hopefully lots will soak into the porous back of the porcelain and neutralize as much as possible. Good luck.

I was advised never to put marble tile in a bathroom for obvious reasons, as porous stone + ammonia soaking in is one of the worst combinations.

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« Reply #5021 on: July 02, 2017, 05:49:15 PM »
This year has been pretty good for continuing to clear out clutter. Haven't posted in this thread for a long time though.

I found a used copy of Marie Kondo's book and gave it to my mom however... which has me very excited. The emotional side of decluttering has always been hard, and I think it will actually be helpful. I didn't think she would be receptive when we saw the book together but she was interested.. so we will see.

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« Reply #5022 on: July 02, 2017, 09:17:19 PM »
I made a drop off at the Salvation Army today.  Not a lot of stuff, but it feels nice to get it out of the house.

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« Reply #5023 on: July 03, 2017, 04:30:19 AM »
I'm debating whether I should donate or consign a bunch of clothes.  I have a consignment store I use regularly but I noticed that the store has gone down the hill recently.  Things take forever to sell and the money I get for it is not much - I stopped by Friday when I was running an errand in the area and got a check for $50.  At what point do you say that it's just not worth the effort and donate instead?

For me it's when the thought of dragging it to the consignment store puts me off doing anything with it. Then it goes to charity, as it's easier.

If there was anything worth much in there, I would have more motivation. So when I'm dragging my heels I know it's not a good haul, and the mental and physical space it takes up as I trip over it and debate when to take it is worth more than they money I would get for the items.

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« Reply #5024 on: July 03, 2017, 09:45:46 AM »
I'm debating whether I should donate or consign a bunch of clothes.  I have a consignment store I use regularly but I noticed that the store has gone down the hill recently.  Things take forever to sell and the money I get for it is not much - I stopped by Friday when I was running an errand in the area and got a check for $50.  At what point do you say that it's just not worth the effort and donate instead?

For me it's when the thought of dragging it to the consignment store puts me off doing anything with it. Then it goes to charity, as it's easier.

If there was anything worth much in there, I would have more motivation. So when I'm dragging my heels I know it's not a good haul, and the mental and physical space it takes up as I trip over it and debate when to take it is worth more than they money I would get for the items.
I have a small batch of items prepped already so I will bring them in later this week.  And I have a few nice sweaters that I can bring in the fall.  After that, I'm done.  Anything else will just go to charity.



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« Reply #5025 on: July 03, 2017, 09:59:56 AM »
I had another fairly productive weekend. I gave away some calligraphy supplies to someone on the buy nothing group, cleaned out more clothes (the never-ending battle in our house), organized/de-cluttered some shelves. I also enlisted my husband's help and we removed a bunch of stuff from the top shelves in the kitchen, using the argument of "if it's been sitting up here for 4.5 years, we don't need it".

I have VVA scheduled to pick up on 7/10, and I think I have 8-9 boxes/bags so far, with one more weekend to add to the pile.

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« Reply #5026 on: July 03, 2017, 11:03:35 AM »
Recently I've gotten rid of a few board games we never played thru Freecycle. Someone's coming to pick up a gag-gift craft kit we got at a White Elephant years ago. I'll be glad to have that out of the house.

Someone else is supposed to come buy an end table I've been trying to sell for months. I've had so many no-shows for this table - I think it might be cursed. Anyway, I don't have my hopes up.

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« Reply #5027 on: July 03, 2017, 11:25:31 AM »

Listed:
- Couch & love seat
- Manzanita branches
- Coffee table
- Small weed whacker
- TSX/Accord brake calipers, rotors, brake pads
- shoe racks (3)

To be listed:
- Queen bed set
- Dining Table
- Multiple plate sets
- Random OEM 06-11 Civic parts
- Random tools
- Clothes
- too much stuff...


SOLD:
- Car
- Supercharger kit
- Lawn mower
- Fertilizer spreader
- Low profile mechanic's creeper
- Civic shift assembly
- Deep fryer
- Old subwoofer
- Votive candle holders
- 17' Ladder
- Console Table
- Jug of antifreeze
- Civic wheels & tires
- Trumpet vases
- Lawn chairs
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« Reply #5028 on: July 03, 2017, 11:47:00 AM »
So much paper is leaving the house. Plus we have agreed that we will not keep utility bills after they have been set to be paid.

We found the document that says we have paid off the mortgage.  We have not yet found the paper that says we bought the house, or the one that says we are married.
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« Reply #5029 on: July 03, 2017, 04:55:08 PM »
When I moved in, the previous owners left behind one of the shelving units that stands above the toilet. I didn't like it, didn't want it, and finally found the proper screwdriver to take it apart and throw it out on Saturday. Sunday, I went in the bathroom and realized that the smell of urine was mostly gone. Great. That's why the bottom of the legs were yellow.

Anyone know how to clean under pedestal sinks without moving them? I suspect that's why the other bathroom smells of urine.

Boys and men, please sit down to pee. I don't care if it isn't cool, I don't want these problems.

Bleach is one of the only things to neutralize the ammonia in pee. I don't know if it will fix yours, but I would try mixing up a fresh spray bottle of diluted bleach solution and spray it up, around, under and anywhere you can thoroughly soak the pedestal sink. Hopefully lots will soak into the porous back of the porcelain and neutralize as much as possible. Good luck.

I was advised never to put marble tile in a bathroom for obvious reasons, as porous stone + ammonia soaking in is one of the worst combinations.

Mixing bleach and ammonia generates a rather nasty compound: Chloramine. If you do use this technique, PLEASE ventilate thoroughly.
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« Reply #5030 on: July 03, 2017, 04:56:34 PM »
Finally got my old dresser out to the curb (It's been empty for months, wife has been coming up with excuses) - it was from my first furniture as a kid, 40 years ago. And it wasn't really high quality either. Wife did give up a broken office chair as well.
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« Reply #5031 on: July 04, 2017, 05:04:30 AM »
I let go of three emotionally invested items today. It was hard to let go but it is going to go to a better place - I hope!

When Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France, I had spent that entire month of July watching him and urging him and screaming hoarsely to win and conquer the mountains as hours passed midnight here. When Cadel beat Contador, it was a sweet moment.

Anyhoo, the morning of his win, I went to the nearest BMC dealer here and bought the Team BMC Hincapie cycling jersey and cycling cap. I bought the same jersey he was wearing on the podium in Paris.

Years later, the jersey has remained unused, hung in my wardrobe not seeing sunlight; same with the cycling cap and same with the other cycling jersey. Tonight, my childhood friend had written a letter to my mother and she showed me photos of him and his son - the latter an avid cyclist who has won a couple of races and who liked BMC but wearing the knock-offs.

The BMC jersey is going to a better place.

I still have a BMC Jacket, not to mention my BMC bike. But those $200 cycling clothing items which I have rarely used will find better use elsewhere and hopefully appreciated by a better athlete.

It's time to let go of my piece of Cadel and a piece of that magical moment in July. Vale jersey - I will miss what you stood for but I never saw you. I'm going to be Buddhist and zen about this all....

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5032 on: July 04, 2017, 08:13:35 PM »
too-fancy knitting purse/handbag - will sell to knitting friend when I see her on 7/3
tennis racket - listed

Yay! Friend came through on her promise to buy the purse! Sydneystache, it might be as good a match between this purse and this friend as your cycling gear and your good friends son. She and I bought the same bag at the same convention a few years ago. While she fell in love with hers, I kind of never adjusted to mine. Now she has a nearly-new version of her beloved bag from a vendor who is now out of business, and I have $X!

Racket-taker #1 backed out at the last minute yesterday. Taking a day off decluttering and will reach out to the next interested party tomorrow.

Mr. O is out of town starting Thursday, so I will list the stability ball then. He won't agree to get rid of this huge thing in our tiny apartment that has sat in the corner, unused, blocking the fire escape for *years*. So I'm doing it behind his back.

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« Reply #5033 on: July 05, 2017, 12:20:55 AM »
I let go of three emotionally invested items today. It was hard to let go but it is going to go to a better place - I hope!

When Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France, I had spent that entire month of July watching him and urging him and screaming hoarsely to win and conquer the mountains as hours passed midnight here. When Cadel beat Contador, it was a sweet moment.

Anyhoo, the morning of his win, I went to the nearest BMC dealer here and bought the Team BMC Hincapie cycling jersey and cycling cap. I bought the same jersey he was wearing on the podium in Paris.

Years later, the jersey has remained unused, hung in my wardrobe not seeing sunlight; same with the cycling cap and same with the other cycling jersey. Tonight, my childhood friend had written a letter to my mother and she showed me photos of him and his son - the latter an avid cyclist who has won a couple of races and who liked BMC but wearing the knock-offs.

The BMC jersey is going to a better place.

I still have a BMC Jacket, not to mention my BMC bike. But those $200 cycling clothing items which I have rarely used will find better use elsewhere and hopefully appreciated by a better athlete.

It's time to let go of my piece of Cadel and a piece of that magical moment in July. Vale jersey - I will miss what you stood for but I never saw you. I'm going to be Buddhist and zen about this all....

Beautifully written. I really felt this.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5034 on: July 05, 2017, 12:48:00 AM »
Thanks! Cadel lifted the nation that night *sniff, sniff*

DH says to keep it as a collector's item but I know I will NEVER use it again. It's Tour de France time too. I have been staring at Cadel's BMC SLR01 bike which he rode to win the maillot jaune just to soothe the pain but I don't do road bikes anyway. Hate the high seat post and the aggressive riding position which makes people look like hunchbacks of Notre Dame.

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« Reply #5035 on: July 05, 2017, 04:47:13 AM »
I'm moving this weekend, so I've been trying to declutter first. I picked up Kondo's Spark Joy to motivate me. I've donated books, shoes, clothes, and kitchenware. I still have way too much stuff.

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« Reply #5036 on: July 05, 2017, 12:24:58 PM »
*snip*
Mr. O is out of town starting Thursday, so I will list the stability ball then. He won't agree to get rid of this huge thing in our tiny apartment that has sat in the corner, unused, blocking the fire escape for *years*. So I'm doing it behind his back.

This doesn't seem like a bad move to you?  Wouldn't it be better to deflate it and stick it under his dresser or in his closet space?  To deflate it, you might need either something blunt and poky or a spoon to remove a plastic stopper.
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« Reply #5037 on: July 05, 2017, 11:43:45 PM »
@With This Herring: normally I'd agree with you. In this case, 1) there is no such free space and 2) ostensibly the ball is "mine", as I bought it and used it in place of an office chair for a time.

I'm taking a "better to ask forgiveness than permission" approach on this one item. Thanks for the deflation links!
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5038 on: July 06, 2017, 09:09:32 AM »
When I moved in, the previous owners left behind one of the shelving units that stands above the toilet. I didn't like it, didn't want it, and finally found the proper screwdriver to take it apart and throw it out on Saturday. Sunday, I went in the bathroom and realized that the smell of urine was mostly gone. Great. That's why the bottom of the legs were yellow.

Anyone know how to clean under pedestal sinks without moving them? I suspect that's why the other bathroom smells of urine.

Boys and men, please sit down to pee. I don't care if it isn't cool, I don't want these problems.

Bleach is one of the only things to neutralize the ammonia in pee. I don't know if it will fix yours, but I would try mixing up a fresh spray bottle of diluted bleach solution and spray it up, around, under and anywhere you can thoroughly soak the pedestal sink. Hopefully lots will soak into the porous back of the porcelain and neutralize as much as possible. Good luck.

I was advised never to put marble tile in a bathroom for obvious reasons, as porous stone + ammonia soaking in is one of the worst combinations.

Mixing bleach and ammonia generates a rather nasty compound: Chloramine. If you do use this technique, PLEASE ventilate thoroughly.

For those interested, spraying Nature's Miracle seems to have done the trick. Still working on cleaning up the mess in general (forgot to go back to it), but the urine smell is gone.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5039 on: July 06, 2017, 09:43:19 AM »
For those who need to digitize their books:
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« Reply #5040 on: July 06, 2017, 04:46:17 PM »
@With This Herring: normally I'd agree with you. In this case, 1) there is no such free space and 2) ostensibly the ball is "mine", as I bought it and used it in place of an office chair for a time.

I'm taking a "better to ask forgiveness than permission" approach on this one item. Thanks for the deflation links!

Oh!  I didn't know it is yours!  That makes a big difference.  :)
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« Reply #5041 on: July 07, 2017, 12:19:31 AM »
The ball is dusted & posted!  Also a bike that Mr. O had been selling. With him out of town, I'm taking that over.  I still have the tennis racket listed, am supposed to meet someone tomorrow for that, but I don't like to count my chickens before they hatch.

Whew.  This seems like a lot to juggle.  But if the tennis racket goes like promised, then I only have 2 things to manage, and it'll be a weekend.  I think I can do it.

On another note, while I waited for the picture of the ball to go from my phone to the computer via Dropbox, I cleaned out 400 pix from Dropbox that got duplicated in there somehow.  Why did it take so long for that one picture to go through Dropbox?  Because I had both the wifi and data turned off!  *Slaps forehead*
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5042 on: July 07, 2017, 05:32:06 AM »
I've made good progress packing away normal clothes and filling my wardrobe with (hand me down, thankfully!) maternity clothes. The problem now is volume. One friend gave me about 20 pairs of jeans (she had been given loads by other people and so on), but they are all different sizes, so I do want to hold onto them all throughout my pregnancy as I don't know where I'll end up. I have the space, I guess, I just prefer empty shelves.

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« Reply #5043 on: July 07, 2017, 11:18:20 PM »
Yay, the tennis racket is gone! 

I found some more yarn; gonna reach out to the lady who took the first batch & see if she wants it.  She seemed so pleased with her yarn...
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« Reply #5044 on: July 08, 2017, 05:46:45 PM »
Woo! After one flakeout, sold the old oxyacetylene torch and regulators today for $95.  It was acquired originally with some other stuff I actually wanted and used, for a total of $100.  Probably should see if I can sell the buffer and turn this into a profit - I'm really not using it.
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« Reply #5045 on: July 08, 2017, 10:01:54 PM »
Yay, the stability ball is gone!  As a bonus, I scrubbed the two big black marks it had made on the walls, so the evidence that it lurked in the corner of our bedroom for years is also gone!

Put a stuffed toy and a greeting card in the donation box.  Found 2 tiny notepads; put them on the table to take to work where I will use them.

I had a little twinge of guilt yesterday because the USB cord I got from Amazon arrived.  Like, how dare I bring something INTO the house! When I've been working so hard to move things out!  But I was able to counter that by thinking about how I ruined my other USB cord a few days before that by dropping my phone while it was on the charger, so I'm not in violation of the one-in-one-out rule.  Whew! Close call.  I don't want to get obsessive or anxious about decluttering.

The lady who took the first batch of yarn is lined up to take the second batch.   The bike is listed & I have 2 interested parties.

I was worried having 3 things listed, but am so quickly back down to 1 thing.  I just may list another item tomorrow, but I think I'll wait until after the yarn is gone. 
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5046 on: July 08, 2017, 10:20:23 PM »
Brought a big box of assorted stuff to Goodwill...
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« Reply #5047 on: July 09, 2017, 08:17:07 AM »
I've started working with on thinning out my book collection.  I was getting pretty bogged down and discouraged because it was hard getting rid of certain books I haven't read yet.  I decided to compromise by reading through my backlog and discarding each one when I'm done -- possibly keeping some that I think I'll reread, but probably not.  This will kill two birds with one stone: I'll finally get through that backlog, and declutter my book collection at the same time.
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« Reply #5048 on: July 09, 2017, 10:00:22 AM »
Not directly related but experience while decluttering:

Super frustrated with one of the new apps that lists items for selling. I and posted a few phones and tablets and got 30+ hits within a few minutes - sadly almost all of them were scammers. I think I should just stick to Craigslist. I really wish Craigslist had an app interface to make the listing part easy. That is my roadblock :(

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« Reply #5049 on: July 09, 2017, 06:51:21 PM »
Two pairs of jeans sold for $40 so I will post those today.

And I've put some empty shoeboxes out for recycling.