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« Reply #1700 on: November 21, 2018, 06:55:38 PM »
Any ideas for decluttering money?

Any way to incorporate it as part of your charitable givings for the year? Mailing them off to a charity where they can be used, perhaps?

The useless coins to the thrift was a great idea. I like you thinking of that kid (tiny or big) who's going to be thrilled to find them.

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« Reply #1701 on: November 21, 2018, 07:42:00 PM »
I had a big jar of coins from many countries.  Last summer I scattered them on the walkway to the elementary school near my house.  A couple of days later I checked and they were gone.  Hope I made a couple of kids happy going to school!

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« Reply #1702 on: November 21, 2018, 10:59:05 PM »
Paper score:
7 pm - 27 papers in the pile, 8 partially used notebooks
10pm - 19 papers in the plie, 8 notebooks.

Off to a good start!

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« Reply #1703 on: November 22, 2018, 03:05:53 AM »
From childhood, if I knew someone was going somewhere interesting, Iíd ask if I could have them bring me pocket change back. Or if I was going somewhere, Iíd keep the change. I also once bought a  bag of old British coins just because they were pretty. I kept it all in this decorative tin. Today, I sorted through this and grabbed any stray US coins for my wallet ($3 or so).. Almost all of the other coins are valueless now (European coins superseded by the euro or just plain pennies or the equivalent. I thought maybe some kid might get a kick out of them, so into the donation bin they went today.

It does leave me with an interesting problem. In addition to the useless coins, I found we had a lot more euros in cash than I thought from a previous trip. We arenít planning to go back for years, if ever. I donít know anyone else planning to go either. But iíve got about 100Ä, including about 25Ä in 1 or 2 Ä coins. I think thereís a couple of places I might be able to sell the paper money for dollars (minus a fee, of course) but none of them take coins. Itís real, spendable money. Just not here. Itís more money than Iíd like to waste but I canít figure out what to do with it. Any ideas for decluttering money?

Find a tourist, if they're common in your area. If you're in the Boston area in October 2019, I'll happily take them off your hands :) but I think you'll be rid of them before then!

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« Reply #1704 on: November 22, 2018, 09:19:28 AM »
plus ripped some sheets into rags[/color]

This brought back an old memory - when I was a kid my parents used ripped up old sheets to tie up the tomatoes.  Strong but soft. Of course that was after the old sheets had been used to protect the garden from frost for a few years.

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« Reply #1705 on: November 22, 2018, 10:06:24 AM »

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It's a MASSIVE storage area. Every neighbour I know has theirs crammed full, like the mystery closet on Friends. It's lovely to know I only need a fraction of it, yet also to have that bonus spot at all.

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Joon, can you rent out your remaining storage space to your neighbours?  Chance to earn some $ perhaps?

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« Reply #1706 on: November 22, 2018, 11:18:21 AM »
Joon, can you rent out your remaining storage space to your neighbours?  Chance to earn some $ perhaps?

Oh, good idea!!! Technically, I have probably a full room plus storage room plus plus plus that I could make available (not allowed to put a person or animal in any of it, but I guess stuff is okay). But no, one of my favourite things on the planet is empty or roomy space, so Iíll leave it as is :)   ...and keep helping neighbours declutter instead. They say seeing my empty spaces is what has inspired their decluttering, and Iíd rather that joy for all vs cash.

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« Reply #1707 on: November 22, 2018, 01:57:53 PM »



It's a rainy day and I have no plans except cozying up the house and unearthing my skis from the basement.


Have you found the skis yet?

Getting those CDs out of the way, and ignoring the paper for a while, has refreshed me so I'm ready to tackle the papers again.  Let's see what I can get done on a relaxing 4-day (US Thanksgiving) weekend!

Found the skis and went for a couple of runs up the mountain! Success.
We also needed to clean out the gear room, so a few more non-useable treasures have been recycled, thrown out and donated

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« Reply #1708 on: November 22, 2018, 02:26:26 PM »
Gave away a roll of wire mesh to one of the stable workers today.  Yesterday I was loading manure and he asked about growing a vegetable garden, but needed something to keep his dogs out of it.

Used up a bunch of scrap wood building a small tool shed and 3 new raised beds.  The mess of scraps behind the shed is gone, and the whole area has been cleaned out.

Finally got DH to relinquish his nasty old pillow, and it went out with the trash yesterday.

Sending a saddle off on trial to someone.  Hopefully it will work and she'll buy it and it won't come back.

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« Reply #1709 on: November 22, 2018, 03:09:42 PM »
Paper score:
7 pm - 27 papers in the pile, 8 partially used notebooks
10pm - 19 papers in the plie, 8 notebooks.

Off to a good start!

18 papers in the plie, 8 notebooks.

Plus I organized papers for the class I'm taking.  I have learned that each week's handouts are already in the binder the passed out at the beginning of class & require us to bring each week.  I will not accept any more duplicate handouts! And I have a system for non-duplicate handouts now.

And...I don't know why this wasn't in yesterday's paper count, but I had a clutch of papers to scan, designated as such several months ago when I was first working on paper.  I scanned a few, but several of them didn't need that much work (@joonifloofeefloo I thought of what you said about not needing proof).  Instead, I started a new spreadsheet called Personal History & transcribed the events from those pages.  Then recycle.  So even though the paper score only went down by 1, I really worked a lot more than that.  Hmm...just now realizing one page can get tacked up on my corkboard.

Final paper score for today:
17 papers in the plie, 8 notebooks.

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« Reply #1710 on: November 22, 2018, 05:27:20 PM »
...(@joonifloofeefloo I thought of what you said about not needing proof).  Instead, I started a new spreadsheet called Personal History & transcribed the events from those pages.

Brilliant!!!

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« Reply #1711 on: November 22, 2018, 05:56:06 PM »
It does leave me with an interesting problem. In addition to the useless coins, I found we had a lot more euros in cash than I thought from a previous trip. We arenít planning to go back for years, if ever. I donít know anyone else planning to go either. But iíve got about 100Ä, including about 25Ä in 1 or 2 Ä coins. I think thereís a couple of places I might be able to sell the paper money for dollars (minus a fee, of course) but none of them take coins. Itís real, spendable money. Just not here. Itís more money than Iíd like to waste but I canít figure out what to do with it. Any ideas for decluttering money?


They are taken for charity here in the UK, maybe there's something similar where you are?  These people do apparently take coins by international post -
https://www.leftovercurrency.com/charity/

In Australia you can donate them to UNICEF through a bank: https://www.commbank.com.au/latest/coins-for-kids.html

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« Reply #1712 on: November 22, 2018, 06:02:34 PM »
We're having a Christmas charity drive at work and they're asking for donations of toiletries.

I bought a couple of items to donate and also raided my airline toiletry stash to donate unopened bottles of mouthwash, tubes of lip balm, etc.

Have to visit a shopping centre tomorrow to pick something up after having it repaired, so I'll take three old pairs of glasses and prescription sunnies to donate to the Lions Club through my optom.

I'm back to tallying everything that gets sold, donated or tossed: more than 60 items this week.

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« Reply #1713 on: November 23, 2018, 02:48:26 PM »
I liked the idea of donating the cash to charity. A little google searching and I found a decent and convenient charity that would take foreign coins. The cash as well as the coins are already mailed off this morning. Nearly three bucks in postage because the coins were so heavy but at least someone should be getting value out of this cash.

Also today:

Iíve been recovering from surgery. I received multiple floral arrangements. I finally threw out the fading flowers (no composting available to me, sadly) and have gotten rid of the vases. The high rise I live in has a ďtake junk, leave junkĒ table in the trash room, so they went there. One of the arrangements came with not one, but two stuffed bears. Since they were new with tags, I took them to a toy donation bin I saw at the library.

I got rid of the crock pot. We rarely used it and I realized that our instant pot has a setting that does pretty much the same thing, but in a smaller size, which is good. The crock pot was really too big for two people. If I decide I want a crock pot again, I can probably get another at the goodwill at any time.

I found a gold ring I didnít even remember I still had. It was broken and honestly, not at all the sort of thing I wear. The guy at the jewelry counter still gave me $50 for it, which was more than I expected.

I also got rid of a pair of sandals that I really wanted to like. They were a half size too big or something, because they always rubbed up and down and shredded the back of my heels. Even putting in a set of those heel pad things didnít help.

Also, a handful of books I finished went back to Open Books.

https://www.open-books.org/stores/open-books-west-loop/

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« Reply #1714 on: November 23, 2018, 03:00:15 PM »
Way to go, Sloeginfizz!! You're a pro :)

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« Reply #1715 on: November 23, 2018, 08:41:49 PM »
Need to get back into this thread! So far:
-Gave another child a pair of snorkel fins (in Hawaii), while we were there. They were from a set we've had for 6+ years, but my son had outgrown them
-Posted a couple of toys that have never been used on eBay

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« Reply #1716 on: November 24, 2018, 08:07:08 AM »
I got rid of the crock pot. We rarely used it and I realized that our instant pot has a setting that does pretty much the same thing, but in a smaller size, which is good. The crock pot was really too big for two people. If I decide I want a crock pot again, I can probably get another at the goodwill at any time.
https://www.open-books.org/stores/open-books-west-loop/

I keep thinking about doing the same thing.  But the CrockPot is stored out of the way so I wouldn't really put anything else where it lives.  The only thing it does better than an InstantPot is cook down tomatoes for sauce, but it seems dumb to keep it around just for that 1x a year occurrence.

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« Reply #1717 on: November 24, 2018, 08:52:07 AM »
Couldn't sleep this morning, so have been up since 3:45! But, trying to be productive.

So far, I've listed 3 items on eBay, including my old (too small) ski pants. Tried on my new ski pants, verified they fit, and added them straight to the ski bag.

I'm mostly doing kitchen/cooking prep today, but will also try to work on my decluttering a bit.

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« Reply #1718 on: November 25, 2018, 06:30:42 AM »
Decluttered three cooking pans.

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« Reply #1719 on: November 25, 2018, 09:29:46 AM »
Sold the weedwacker for $40. Circular saw, two crockpots, and a large dresser are all still listed. I've dropped the dresser price a ton, and gotten some interest but it hasn't panned out (someone didn't read the dimensions, someone wanted to see if it would be safe for someone to hold onto as they walk around (?! NO. Cure nurse heart attack! May have lost the sale, but hopefully provided some valuable education....) etc). Might drop it to $20 and just get it gone.

The donation boxes continue to grow as well. We're starting to get to the point where all areas of the apartment are fully functional, although the office could still use some work.

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« Reply #1720 on: November 25, 2018, 03:40:05 PM »
Final paper score for today:
17 papers in the plie, 8 notebooks.

Final paper score for today:
3 papers in the plie, 8 notebooks.

Funniest was one scrap that said "decide on dates to visit Mom on Thanksgiving weekend."  I've counted that paper several time over the last week, but didn't read it till today.  Had I read it sooner, I would have been able to toss it sooner, as those dates were decided weeks ago! lol

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« Reply #1721 on: November 25, 2018, 04:14:18 PM »
Cleaned out the pen/stamp drawer. I have to do this every 6 months as stuff in it seems to breed.

Got rid of 15 pens, 3 used gift cards and a bunch of paper.

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« Reply #1722 on: November 25, 2018, 05:47:00 PM »
Two steps forward, one step back.  Came back from my mom's for a belated Thanksgiving with a huge bag of stuff from her.  Not part of the plan!  Some of it will be an easy swap, one in one out, but some I'll have to put some thought into.

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« Reply #1723 on: November 25, 2018, 06:37:00 PM »
Put up christmas lights (around a pillar in our apartment) and went through the seven bins of christmas stuff we have. SIX can go back to my parents, now that they'll be hosting christmas again since we sold our house. Also, two cardboard boxes worth of decor will go down as well. We need to store it for a month until we drive there for christmas, but well worth it. We'll also be taking down some extra area rugs we won't be using.

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« Reply #1724 on: November 25, 2018, 07:01:54 PM »
Listed 71 baby clothes for sale.
They will go to Goodwill in 2 weeks

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« Reply #1725 on: November 25, 2018, 10:22:14 PM »
Two steps forward, one step back.  Came back from my mom's for a belated Thanksgiving with a huge bag of stuff from her.  Not part of the plan!  Some of it will be an easy swap, one in one out, but some I'll have to put some thought into.

Hope the thinking things don't give you too much trouble.

You reminded me that Mom gave me a pair of her old jeans that she shrunk out of.  I'll shrink into them in a week or two.  Used one-in-one out to feel comfortable moving a different pair of too-big pants into the donate box.  Almost feel silly for keeping the other pair of too-big pants, but the amount of clothes I have keeps shrinking, and I have a good belt...

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« Reply #1726 on: November 26, 2018, 05:06:14 AM »
DH gave away a couple of book he had won to people who really appreciated it.

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« Reply #1727 on: November 26, 2018, 11:00:12 AM »
In the spirit of "more out than in," I'm looking for some things to get rid of. I got a pair of backpacks (for use as go bags), a new ledger, and some kapok filling for craft supplies, and I need to figure out what to get rid of so that I'm not piling endless possessions in my room. I decided to add three books to the bye-bye pile. One is already out (given to a friend); I just e-mailed my old academic department to see if they'd be interested in the other two. I'm now trying to figure out a good fourth thing -- maybe another book? Or some comics....

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« Reply #1728 on: November 26, 2018, 04:19:00 PM »
Got Mr. SP to clean out the floor of his closet and his desk drawers today.  Found lots of old papers and magazines that will get recycled.  By the end of the day we had 3 boxes worth of decent things to donate, plus some things to trash. He hasn't gone through his clothes yet, but it's already looking so much neater.

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« Reply #1729 on: November 26, 2018, 05:51:00 PM »
I spent yesterday afternoon decluttering the spare room.

Start -- a spare room, currently unusable, filled with DD's (she is 18) items removed from her closet when we emptied it for a repair, and replaced the "immediately needed" things.

Last week -- DD saying that she hadn't thought at all about any of the things in the spare room, (it have been over 2 months), and did not need any of it, and could get rid of it, but it was such a chore.   She wanted BF to stay over, but we did not have any bed for him to do so, and I suggested tackling the spare room (which has a clean set of sheets on the bed, ready to go, otherwise).

I asked if she wanted me to do it for her, she said yes.

Sunday -- I spent 3-4 hours sorting items, emptying binders, keeping a few keepsakes and photos into one tin, and tossing most, getting rid of garbage, Christmas presents that were opened and never used (I am keeping a few brand new things to donate to the hamper charity), I went through shoes, two bags of clothing, several "jewelry" boxes, etc.

Sunday night -- Garbage put into the bins, two large boxes for donations, moved one very large box of (mainly good winter clothing that is in excellent condition that I think she should keep if it fits... she did not move back her winter clothing to her room yet) and an area rug back to her room, AND... one box of items for me to use / give away myself (office supplies, new presents to give away).

NOW -- the bedroom is available for guest use, bed is free, floor is clear, and you can even see most of the floor in the closet.

Sunday night - Part two -- "What are all these boxes at the front door?  WAH! I had a lot of momentos that I wanted to keep!  I wanted to go through everything myself, I just did not feel like it in the past two months!  I have a friend that may want my plastic but functional gramaphone - don't give it away...!"

Sunday night - Part three -- "What!?  you opened the clothing bags that I had already decided to donate?  some of it is back in my room!  I did a lot of work to sort that stuff out, and now I need to do it again"...    (Queue Monday morning and she is wearing a nice warm cashmere sweater from that box.)

Sheesh.
I think I had better borrow the car and get these things out of here!.  I only added a large box of clothing that I had been collecting myself, but have not decluttered anything of mine yet, either.   This is takes a very long time.

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« Reply #1730 on: November 26, 2018, 08:06:20 PM »
Yeah, that's the situation where you needed to get the stuff out of the house immediately before the takebacks start.

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« Reply #1731 on: November 27, 2018, 05:32:19 AM »
Yeah, that's the situation where you needed to get the stuff out of the house immediately before the takebacks start.

What she said.  When I was packing stuff up to go in the pod while the house was being fixed, I would have to take bags to my parents' trash can because my husband would go through them and pull stuff out.  It's maddening.

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« Reply #1732 on: November 27, 2018, 07:16:10 AM »
I posted a bunch of blankets to Facebook sales pages from a horse I got rid of over the summer.  This thread motivated me to go cross post them to Craigslist as I haven't had any bites.  There is a chance my new horse will grow into them, but they're big and bulky, and I'd rather have cash in my pocket.

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« Reply #1733 on: November 27, 2018, 07:22:51 AM »
When I was packing stuff up to go in the pod while the house was being fixed, I would have to take bags to my parents' trash can because my husband would go through them and pull stuff out.  It's maddening.

A boyfriend used to go out to the trash, dig through, and take out what I'd put in. (Only my own, personal stuff, ditched to maintain my health, e.g. when others would give me a pile of junk food.) The conversations after those moments were revealing, and helped signal the beginning of the end.

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« Reply #1734 on: November 27, 2018, 08:39:40 AM »
I posted a bunch of blankets to Facebook sales pages from a horse I got rid of over the summer.  This thread motivated me to go cross post them to Craigslist as I haven't had any bites.  There is a chance my new horse will grow into them, but they're big and bulky, and I'd rather have cash in my pocket.

the shelter I got my dog from uses horse blankets when they do outreach and for cold kennel pups.  In the city I used to live in there was a horse rescue that accepted them. 
Worst case, if you can't get any money for them, there's definitely a need for them to be donated somewhere.

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« Reply #1735 on: November 27, 2018, 12:53:28 PM »
When I was packing stuff up to go in the pod while the house was being fixed, I would have to take bags to my parents' trash can because my husband would go through them and pull stuff out.  It's maddening.

A boyfriend used to go out to the trash, dig through, and take out what I'd put in. (Only my own, personal stuff, ditched to maintain my health, e.g. when others would give me a pile of junk food.) The conversations after those moments were revealing, and helped signal the beginning of the end.

He was taking food out?

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« Reply #1736 on: November 27, 2018, 12:59:14 PM »
Yes. He dumpster-dived food (and anything else) regularly. But I felt I should be able to throw out my own kryptonite and have it stay gone from my home. He disagreed.

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« Reply #1737 on: November 27, 2018, 03:17:15 PM »
Well this morning's flooding will be spurring on the storage room clean-out that we should have done months ago.

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« Reply #1738 on: November 27, 2018, 04:07:23 PM »
Well this morning's flooding will be spurring on the storage room clean-out that we should have done months ago.

Oh nooo! Hope there isn't too much damage/hassle to deal with.


I got the dresser sold! Only getting $30 for it, but I was about to donate it, so that's $30 more than I would have gotten. (Glossing over the small stab in the heart that it's being bought by a pregnant woman to go in the baby's room, which is why I had been holding onto it. Talk about a heavy handed metaphor for letting go of my dreams, life. Jesus). Anyway, she'll pick it up Friday so that her boyfriend and I can load it since she can't lift right now.

I shuffled the last bits of decor that are in flux (do I store? Do I ditch? Do I put them out once holiday decor is stashed? Etc) into the office, so now there is only the dresser and donation items in the den. Wooo! The end is in sight for everything having a home. Still some to do on the office, for sure, but I might need to get additional storage in there. Need to figure that out, I really don't have a 'home management' area right now where I deal with all our papers and so on. Mainly though, now it's just about getting it done.

Still waiting to sell:
2 crock pots
circular saw
table top mirror

I'll give those a couple more weeks, then move on to donating. May donate the saw to the local tool library if they want it.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1739 on: November 27, 2018, 04:19:31 PM »
Well this morning's flooding will be spurring on the storage room clean-out that we should have done months ago.

Oh nooo! Hope there isn't too much damage/hassle to deal with.


I got the dresser sold! Only getting $30 for it, but I was about to donate it, so that's $30 more than I would have gotten. (Glossing over the small stab in the heart that it's being bought by a pregnant woman to go in the baby's room, which is why I had been holding onto it. Talk about a heavy handed metaphor for letting go of my dreams, life. Jesus). Anyway, she'll pick it up Friday so that her boyfriend and I can load it since she can't lift right now.

I shuffled the last bits of decor that are in flux (do I store? Do I ditch? Do I put them out once holiday decor is stashed? Etc) into the office, so now there is only the dresser and donation items in the den. Wooo! The end is in sight for everything having a home. Still some to do on the office, for sure, but I might need to get additional storage in there. Need to figure that out, I really don't have a 'home management' area right now where I deal with all our papers and so on. Mainly though, now it's just about getting it done.

Still waiting to sell:
2 crock pots
circular saw
table top mirror

I'll give those a couple more weeks, then move on to donating. May donate the saw to the local tool library if they want it.

Why don't you dig out some stuff you don't need and give to the pregnant lady. Seems she could use stuff.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1740 on: November 27, 2018, 04:26:56 PM »
Well this morning's flooding will be spurring on the storage room clean-out that we should have done months ago.

Oh nooo! Hope there isn't too much damage/hassle to deal with.


I got the dresser sold! Only getting $30 for it, but I was about to donate it, so that's $30 more than I would have gotten. (Glossing over the small stab in the heart that it's being bought by a pregnant woman to go in the baby's room, which is why I had been holding onto it. Talk about a heavy handed metaphor for letting go of my dreams, life. Jesus). Anyway, she'll pick it up Friday so that her boyfriend and I can load it since she can't lift right now.

I shuffled the last bits of decor that are in flux (do I store? Do I ditch? Do I put them out once holiday decor is stashed? Etc) into the office, so now there is only the dresser and donation items in the den. Wooo! The end is in sight for everything having a home. Still some to do on the office, for sure, but I might need to get additional storage in there. Need to figure that out, I really don't have a 'home management' area right now where I deal with all our papers and so on. Mainly though, now it's just about getting it done.

Still waiting to sell:
2 crock pots
circular saw
table top mirror

I'll give those a couple more weeks, then move on to donating. May donate the saw to the local tool library if they want it.

Why don't you dig out some stuff you don't need and give to the pregnant lady. Seems she could use stuff.

Well, for one I already gave it away. For two, that would be unbelievably awkward. "Oh hey do you want all these baby clothes" "Oh, do you have kids?" *looking around trendy urban apartment* "Nope! Infertile and had a miscarriage and I'm slowly dying inside being around your belly for even a second more. Here you go, good luck, ta!"

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1741 on: November 27, 2018, 05:25:12 PM »
Two small rugs and a bag of books gone to the charity shop today.  There's a few too many papers in the study still, and the spare bedroom needs a good sort-out but otherwise I think I'm down to the right amount of stuff properly stored in ways that look good and function well.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1742 on: November 27, 2018, 05:55:34 PM »
(Glossing over the small stab in the heart that it's being bought by a pregnant woman to go in the baby's room, which is why I had been holding onto it. Talk about a heavy handed metaphor for letting go of my dreams, life. Jesus).

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1743 on: November 27, 2018, 06:53:15 PM »
(Glossing over the small stab in the heart that it's being bought by a pregnant woman to go in the baby's room, which is why I had been holding onto it. Talk about a heavy handed metaphor for letting go of my dreams, life. Jesus).

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1744 on: November 28, 2018, 06:26:42 AM »

Well, for one I already gave it away. For two, that would be unbelievably awkward. "Oh hey do you want all these baby clothes" "Oh, do you have kids?" *looking around trendy urban apartment* "Nope! Infertile and had a miscarriage and I'm slowly dying inside being around your belly for even a second more. Here you go, good luck, ta!"

It's really really hard to get rid of baby stuff.  I can't fathom how you are feeling, because I had one come along; but after my loss, we shut the door to the baby's room and didn't open it for over a year, and even then we didn't get rid of most of it.  His stuff wasn't clutter.

Don't feel you have to get rid of anything until you are ready.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1745 on: November 28, 2018, 06:30:54 AM »

Well, for one I already gave it away. For two, that would be unbelievably awkward. "Oh hey do you want all these baby clothes" "Oh, do you have kids?" *looking around trendy urban apartment* "Nope! Infertile and had a miscarriage and I'm slowly dying inside being around your belly for even a second more. Here you go, good luck, ta!"

It's really really hard to get rid of baby stuff.  I can't fathom how you are feeling, because I had one come along; but after my loss, we shut the door to the baby's room and didn't open it for over a year, and even then we didn't get rid of most of it.  His stuff wasn't clutter.

Don't feel you have to get rid of anything until you are ready.

Ah, I *do* have to get rid of stuff though. We moved from a 1900 sq ft house with a large (400 sq ft) garage and a little attic space, to a 1300 sq ft apartment with an open floor plan. The dresser is *literally* sitting in the middle of a room. I think ultimately it would bring me a lot more pain to have the visual reminder all the time, so this is like "pulling bandaid off" status right now. I just want to get it done. I'm also considering, the items I *am* keeping, taking to my parents house in (other state) when we drive there for Christmas. I still have cloth diaper I was gifted, and a large painting my mom handed down to me of a baby wrapped in a quilt I'd always wanted to put in a nursery. If the third round of IVF actually works, I can always go get stuff back, you know?

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1746 on: November 28, 2018, 07:47:38 AM »

Well, for one I already gave it away. For two, that would be unbelievably awkward. "Oh hey do you want all these baby clothes" "Oh, do you have kids?" *looking around trendy urban apartment* "Nope! Infertile and had a miscarriage and I'm slowly dying inside being around your belly for even a second more. Here you go, good luck, ta!"

It's really really hard to get rid of baby stuff.  I can't fathom how you are feeling, because I had one come along; but after my loss, we shut the door to the baby's room and didn't open it for over a year, and even then we didn't get rid of most of it.  His stuff wasn't clutter.

Don't feel you have to get rid of anything until you are ready.

Ah, I *do* have to get rid of stuff though. We moved from a 1900 sq ft house with a large (400 sq ft) garage and a little attic space, to a 1300 sq ft apartment with an open floor plan. The dresser is *literally* sitting in the middle of a room. I think ultimately it would bring me a lot more pain to have the visual reminder all the time, so this is like "pulling bandaid off" status right now. I just want to get it done. I'm also considering, the items I *am* keeping, taking to my parents house in (other state) when we drive there for Christmas. I still have cloth diaper I was gifted, and a large painting my mom handed down to me of a baby wrapped in a quilt I'd always wanted to put in a nursery. If the third round of IVF actually works, I can always go get stuff back, you know?

Do you have someone who can come remove it for you?  That way YOU don't have to empty it all out.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1747 on: November 28, 2018, 07:56:20 AM »

Well, for one I already gave it away. For two, that would be unbelievably awkward. "Oh hey do you want all these baby clothes" "Oh, do you have kids?" *looking around trendy urban apartment* "Nope! Infertile and had a miscarriage and I'm slowly dying inside being around your belly for even a second more. Here you go, good luck, ta!"

It's really really hard to get rid of baby stuff.  I can't fathom how you are feeling, because I had one come along; but after my loss, we shut the door to the baby's room and didn't open it for over a year, and even then we didn't get rid of most of it.  His stuff wasn't clutter.

Don't feel you have to get rid of anything until you are ready.

Ah, I *do* have to get rid of stuff though. We moved from a 1900 sq ft house with a large (400 sq ft) garage and a little attic space, to a 1300 sq ft apartment with an open floor plan. The dresser is *literally* sitting in the middle of a room. I think ultimately it would bring me a lot more pain to have the visual reminder all the time, so this is like "pulling bandaid off" status right now. I just want to get it done. I'm also considering, the items I *am* keeping, taking to my parents house in (other state) when we drive there for Christmas. I still have cloth diaper I was gifted, and a large painting my mom handed down to me of a baby wrapped in a quilt I'd always wanted to put in a nursery. If the third round of IVF actually works, I can always go get stuff back, you know?

Do you have someone who can come remove it for you?  That way YOU don't have to empty it all out.

I appreciate the concern. Luckily I already did all the emptying. Hopefully, my husband will be home Friday so he can do the loading. If not it's on me, but at least it'll be done. Honestly, the stroller and high chair were worse. At this point, I'll just be glad to be able to access my laundry closet easily <3 It might help that I have an appointment tomorrow, too, to restart treatment. So I'm hoping meeting the new doctor will make me feel more optimistic again. We'll see I guess!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1748 on: November 29, 2018, 05:49:55 AM »
I finally brought the bags o' stuff to Goodwill. My husband asked me what was in them, and I couldn't remember. That's how out of my life the stuff already was. I told him I could check the public record (this forum!), but he didn't care and was happy it was going. It helps that I don't declutter any of his stuff and check with him before getting rid of any of our joint items. Onward!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #1749 on: November 29, 2018, 01:37:32 PM »

(Glossing over the small stab in the heart that it's being bought by a pregnant woman to go in the baby's room, which is why I had been holding onto it. Talk about a heavy handed metaphor for letting go of my dreams, life. Jesus).

Jesus @Bracken_Joy I'm so sad for you. I'm crossing all my limbs that the next try succeeds. Good luck with everything.