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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #2300 on: April 02, 2019, 05:49:06 AM »
None of my Craigslist stuff, which I posted for sale, is getting any interest. The one guy who responded turned out to be a troll / flake. 

Will reduce prices for the stuff. Then, when still no interest, will move to the FREE section of CL. 

Donated 4 VHS religious tapes to my church. They actually have a VHS section in their library. 

   

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« Reply #2301 on: April 02, 2019, 06:50:41 AM »
Now that I am more aware about the clutter in my house, I am really able to resist buying stuff and seem to find it easy to dispose, re-home or use up and not replace items that I encounter in my day to day activities.  The recycling bin is getting loaded up with papers.  The pantry is getting easier to find items in because it is not so cluttered.  The rag bag is now well stocked with useful rags.  The tool bench has a working surface. 

These days I have been focusing on the mending pile.  Some items are never going to be worn - so I am being realistic about whether I will actually wear it before I invest more time in it.  A couple of items are just a little small so I have altered them for my daughter to wear.

I am really finding the house is getting me down less with the slow steady progress that I have been making.
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« Reply #2302 on: April 02, 2019, 07:47:38 AM »
Not that I am more aware about the clutter in my house, I am really able to resist buying stuff and seem to find it easy to dispose, re-home or use up and not replace items that I encounter in my day to day activities.  The recycling bin is getting loaded up with papers.  The pantry is getting easier to find items in because it is not so cluttered.  The rag bag is now well stocked with useful rags.  The tool bench has a working surface. 

These days I have been focusing on the mending pile.  Some items are never going to be worn - so I am being realistic about whether I will actually wear it before I invest more time in it.  A couple of items are just a little small so I have altered them for my daughter to wear.

I am really finding the house is getting me down less with the slow steady progress that I have been making.

That's great!  I really need to tackle my mending pile soon, it's on the agenda for after I finish going through my clothes.  There are a few things in there that have been waiting far too long, and I know exactly what I need to fix them, but haven't made it to the craft store to pick up the right color thread or a new zipper, or whatever.

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« Reply #2303 on: April 02, 2019, 01:00:32 PM »
I've been meaning to clean out our junk "drawer/shelves", but haven't made time for it. Today, I'm working from home due to a sick kid. On a call with my manager, My sick kid walks into to grab a school supply out of the "junk drawer/shelf", & everything collapses. It was hilarious & embarrassing. My manager is a great sport & found it really amusing. It's a good reminder that it's time to clean that out. ;-)

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« Reply #2304 on: April 02, 2019, 03:30:49 PM »
Minor celebration last night.  When the last tenants left, they also left behind a foam mattress.  It would have cost us over $100 to dispose of it at a tip by the time we transported and paid for the dumping, so instead I cut it up into bits and put it in the bin.  It took about 20 weeks of determined effort, but the last bit went in last night.

Now, time to get rid of the plaster from the wall I removed.

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« Reply #2305 on: April 04, 2019, 01:28:56 AM »
Update with the KonMari-ing: I finally sorted all my paper out!

I didn't want to just throw it all away, because unlike Ms. Kondo, I actually want to keep all my old financial records, I genuinely occasionally refer back to my notes from school/university, and I'm also an amateur poet and some of my poems are only written on paper copy, so I had to sort it into different piles before I could do anything with it.

I then proceeded to get distracted by various other things like ending the relationship I was in and also starting a new business, so the piles of paper had been just sat around in my bedroom since then. But now it's all sorted, and a bunch of old school stuff that was in a separate box now fits in my filing cabinet! :D

Now I need to read the section on Komono/Miscellaneous...

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« Reply #2306 on: April 04, 2019, 06:41:00 AM »
Looked inside two 'stare-at-them-and-ignore-them' bags of mystery stuff that were in my living room. Turned out to have easily donated stuff in them, and a few save-for-yard-sale things.

Put the donatable things (awful ugly knick knacks that hang on the wall) in the donate pile.

Got two bags empty that way and out of my living room.

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« Reply #2307 on: April 04, 2019, 08:31:18 AM »
I managed to go home last night and pull the shredder out and use it! I know there will be more to come but I was glad to get something gone.

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« Reply #2308 on: April 04, 2019, 10:22:18 AM »
Goal for this month is to de-clutter 30 things.

1-4 will be some ramekins that a housemate left behind when she moved out this last weekend. Our Buy Nothing group is sadly close to useless, so I'll probably walk these over to Goodwill.

5-7 will be some hats I knitted that will go to our local DSA for distribution to the homeless.

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« Reply #2309 on: April 04, 2019, 12:46:23 PM »
The box I started a few days ago was dropped off to Goodwill this morning. On to the next one.

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« Reply #2310 on: April 04, 2019, 10:15:07 PM »
I am hoarding boxes right now due to an impending move, so am loath to use one for the donate pile, lol.  However, I have what would be about half a box of clothes.  Mostly pants that no longer fit and a lampshade.  I'll give up a precious, precious cardboard box if the stack grows and/or falls over.

The other thing I went through was my Renaissance Faire garb/costuming.  Since I've changed sizes, I wanted to see if my bodice fit and that kind of snowballed.  Turns out it does not fit, and the other one which might have fit, I cannot find.  I guess I got rid of it?  I was a little sad about not having that other bodice until I remembered I didn't like it that much anyway.  This is an opportunity to find an even better one!

ALSO in the ren garb was some of Mr. X's stuff.  I thought the taxes were the last thing to sever our ties, but turns out it's ren garb.  I have texted and hopefully we can get this taken care of ASAP, like this weekend maybe. 

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« Reply #2311 on: April 05, 2019, 04:57:34 AM »
I got free tickets to my local minor league baseball team, so I went last night, what the heck.

On entering, they gave everyone 2 cute little metal drink coasters advertising the local cable tv service.

I purposefully left my coasters on the bar counter (happy hour) when I went to my assigned seat, and the barmaid said 'hey, you forgot your coasters!".  I didn't mean to, but I may have offended her when I said "I've already got way too much junk in my house". lol. She smiled, so maybe I didn't offend her.

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« Reply #2312 on: April 05, 2019, 05:07:32 AM »
I am hoarding boxes right now due to an impending move, so am loath to use one for the donate pile, lol.  However, I have what would be about half a box of clothes.  Mostly pants that no longer fit and a lampshade.  I'll give up a precious, precious cardboard box if the stack grows and/or falls over.


Why not use a plastic bag instead of a box, to donate stuff? That's what everyone around here does at the Goodwill store. 

I can relate about the boxes. I only throw out the really beat up boxes. And a lot of my boxes are the kind you can fold up and store flat.  :)   

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« Reply #2313 on: April 05, 2019, 09:40:07 AM »
I am hoarding boxes right now due to an impending move, so am loath to use one for the donate pile, lol.  However, I have what would be about half a box of clothes.  Mostly pants that no longer fit and a lampshade.  I'll give up a precious, precious cardboard box if the stack grows and/or falls over.


Why not use a plastic bag instead of a box, to donate stuff? That's what everyone around here does at the Goodwill store. 

I can relate about the boxes. I only throw out the really beat up boxes. And a lot of my boxes are the kind you can fold up and store flat.  :)

Good call!  My first instinct was to say that California outlawed plastic shopping bags, but I could always use the kind I line my trash can with.  Not sure it will be increase the tidiness of the pile, tho :)

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« Reply #2314 on: April 05, 2019, 10:28:17 AM »
Hit a bit of a slow down.  I need to accept that baby clothes are not worth anything and just give them away in a giant pile to one of the buy nothing hoarders...
I just feel like they should go to someone who can use them, and I have SO many that it can't be a single person.

Goodwill gives SO much to fabric recyclers, just due to donation volume, I really hate taking stuff that is in great condition there.

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« Reply #2315 on: April 05, 2019, 05:58:45 PM »
Woohoo!  Just made a Craigslist sale. Got rid of set of bongo drums for $10.  Yay!

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« Reply #2316 on: April 06, 2019, 03:25:06 AM »
I got free tickets to my local minor league baseball team, so I went last night, what the heck.

On entering, they gave everyone 2 cute little metal drink coasters advertising the local cable tv service.

I purposefully left my coasters on the bar counter (happy hour) when I went to my assigned seat, and the barmaid said 'hey, you forgot your coasters!".  I didn't mean to, but I may have offended her when I said "I've already got way too much junk in my house". lol. She smiled, so maybe I didn't offend her.

Lol, sounds like something I could say. But maybe "No thank you, I'm trying to declutter" is good as well. She probably wasn't offended... and maybe you even made a lightbulb go off in her head and made her realize that you DON'T need to take whatever comes your way. I know that I regularly find myself impressed with a good rebuff I (over)hear, and add it to my mental library.

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« Reply #2317 on: April 06, 2019, 04:02:08 PM »
Another Craigslist sale! What is going on? Got rid of 5 orange life preservers. $20 for the lot. 

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« Reply #2318 on: April 06, 2019, 10:36:59 PM »
Hit a bit of a slow down.  I need to accept that baby clothes are not worth anything and just give them away in a giant pile to one of the buy nothing hoarders...
I just feel like they should go to someone who can use them, and I have SO many that it can't be a single person.

Goodwill gives SO much to fabric recyclers, just due to donation volume, I really hate taking stuff that is in great condition there.

We were one of those people taking a massive load of clothes... But we only did it once, and ended up giving away plenty to another friend with a baby. Giving away a massive load at once doesn't mean they will not get used, and it can save both you and the recipient time! (Not having to drive around looking for clothes a bunch of places was very helpful) That, and only doing full baby laundry every 3 weeks or less was a time saver as well....

(The load of clothes we received was pre-birth, and we are still using it a year later! It was a MASSIVE pile.. we sorted into boxes by size, and didn't buy any other clothes.)

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« Reply #2319 on: April 07, 2019, 06:01:09 AM »
Hit a bit of a slow down.  I need to accept that baby clothes are not worth anything and just give them away in a giant pile to one of the buy nothing hoarders...
I just feel like they should go to someone who can use them, and I have SO many that it can't be a single person.

Goodwill gives SO much to fabric recyclers, just due to donation volume, I really hate taking stuff that is in great condition there.

We were one of those people taking a massive load of clothes... But we only did it once, and ended up giving away plenty to another friend with a baby. Giving away a massive load at once doesn't mean they will not get used, and it can save both you and the recipient time! (Not having to drive around looking for clothes a bunch of places was very helpful) That, and only doing full baby laundry every 3 weeks or less was a time saver as well....

(The load of clothes we received was pre-birth, and we are still using it a year later! It was a MASSIVE pile.. we sorted into boxes by size, and didn't buy any other clothes.)

Oh, I know, as ive often taken massive bags. I just know the people in the buy nothing group who are currently the ones claiming all the baby clothes. They are hoarders with no children. I don't even think they resell. Just take.

A friend gave me this bag. It's all NB size and more than enough to clothe quintuplets without rewear...

I think I'm waiting for the food bank to put out a call

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« Reply #2320 on: April 07, 2019, 04:05:44 PM »
Guys, major binge-worthy youtube series: check out Curiosity Inc's channel. This guy bought a hoarder house two months ago. First few episodes are of him cleaning it out and finding lots of cool stuff for his antique shop. Then doing up the house and getting to know the previous owner, who is a 104 year old woman who was a potter. Her pottery was in galleries world wide. She's now considered for the Order of Canada for her contributions to the country. She couldn't deal with the hoard and sold the house as-is, contents and all. The guy finds all sorts of cool old stuff in the house.

Anyway if you want to binge on a Hoarder-like series with some home reno thrown in, start here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb4SpyeH5IQ

It's so addictive to watch. It's an ongoing series btw, ep 9 was just put online today. I'm already rewatching.

I was logged out of this site for a month, but found this series at the same time, and it is very addictive. I saw that the owner was a featured speaker for a local museum so I checked out the series to know more about him and his business before deciding to book tickets. We didn't end up going, but I did watch most of the 'Potter' (hoarder) house series.  They took out 9 tons of garbage in the first few weeks of possession!  Later there was even more to go - and that's not counting the 70 bags of clothes they kept to sell or all of the truckloads of antiques and other interesting items.

I later had a chance to see the store itself. It felt a bit voyeuristic, as I have seen the storekeeper and the provenance of some of the items for sale from watching the recent videos. I didn't buy anything though ;-)

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Progress update for me: I was able to give away a half dozen 'too-good-to-donate' items to friends and relatives lately. It was great to give out clothes that were exactly what they were looking for, and that they wore the same day.
 
I tried to give away another shirt I never seem to wear and it didn't go, so I was going to take it apart for fabric. Once I examined it though, I realized it was 2 thin layers with nicely finished seams on both sides and I could wear it inside out and it would match way more things.  Wore it that way today (took off the tags) and it worked out great!  A few people complimented my outfit, and I let 2 of them know my inside out trick - they couldn't tell even after I told them. Since I didn't actually alter the shirt I can still wear it the regular way too if I want to. So now it has a colorful side and a navy side. Options!

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« Reply #2321 on: April 07, 2019, 07:14:36 PM »
Hit a bit of a slow down.  I need to accept that baby clothes are not worth anything and just give them away in a giant pile to one of the buy nothing hoarders...
I just feel like they should go to someone who can use them, and I have SO many that it can't be a single person.

Goodwill gives SO much to fabric recyclers, just due to donation volume, I really hate taking stuff that is in great condition there.

Have you thought about putting up baby clothes for sale at a huge discount, like $20 for a big bag?  Or google "donate baby clothes" and your location.  Many shelters or places of worship will collect clothes to pass on to needy young families.

Speaking of which, I also have big bags of children's clothing to dispose of. In my case, I'm spoiled for choice: struggling with the desire to get rid of them FAST or hanging on to them to give where needed most.  I could disappear them right away through Buy Nothing to families who are about the same financial level as me (and probably better off); or save a few weeks to benefit our church youth group at the annual tag sale; or  save a few months until we find a poor family who needs those sizes.

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« Reply #2322 on: April 07, 2019, 07:54:35 PM »
All this decluttering is time-consuming, isn't it?

So true! I call it "unshopping".

I can see how some hoarders get started. Begin with a conscientious, high-throughput kind of person, like me.  I want to rehome things, but nobody wants board games with pieces missing (I know those parts are somewhere around), or appliances that don't work (I could fix it if I had the time to find a part), or incomplete craft items (I just have to get a little more yarn of the right color to finish that project) etc.  So decluttering is harder than the original act of acquisition. For a while one can keep up, but when one slows down with age or gets ill, decluttering slows or stops, and then one has a hoard.

I had a hard time with that too - partial projects and items I could upcycle but to others would just be garbage and not even accepted at the thrift stores.  Then I found that my city has a Reuse centre which accepts those kind of items, and was able to offload years worth of corks, cardboard, paper and unfinished projects that I knew I would never get to. The big purge was motivated by an impending house move that never happened, but I'm so happy I passed on those items.  It was freeing to realize if I ever wanted cardboard or any of those things there is a place to get it, and I don't need to personally store it all with no particular project in mind, just in case the artistic inspiration strikes. They also take incomplete puzzles and board games - some people use those for projects as well or to custom make their own board games. Last time I was there someone had just donated many high end art puzzles, so I grabbed a few to keep us busy on frugal evenings at home. So far only 1 was missing a piece.

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« Reply #2323 on: April 08, 2019, 01:56:21 AM »
Had booked an annual leave day off work and spent a lovely day slowly chipping away at clutter (there isn't much left, yet I always find something...). Gave away a bottle of perfume on our PIF site (yet to see if she collects but there was heaps of interest, so if not I'll do another draw). Plus listed a pair of boots and a chest of drawers on Gumtree (equiv to Craigslist). The drawers have sold for $10, and if the shoes don't sell by the end of the week for $10 I'll put them up on the PIF site too. Rearranged my closet and will see if the new look (open so everything is visible) inspires me to declutter some more clothes.

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« Reply #2324 on: April 08, 2019, 03:36:37 AM »
Took some miscellaneous, decade old, electronics down to Cash Converters. 2 laptops, 2 cameras, couple of old consoles and a few games. Nothing special so I was happy with $365 for the lot, especially since Iíd nearly taken the whole lot to the electronic waste collection!

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« Reply #2325 on: April 08, 2019, 04:05:34 AM »
In the past week I have:

- cashed in two bags of bottles and cans
- gave a friend a birthday present that has been sitting here for a month
- gave @marty998 the mesh produce bags I ordered for him, which I've been carrying around for two weeks and kept forgetting to hand over

Still have to drop off a couple of bags of donations and list about a dozen things on eBay.

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« Reply #2326 on: April 08, 2019, 05:55:41 AM »
Speaking of which, I also have big bags of children's clothing to dispose of. In my case, I'm spoiled for choice: struggling with the desire to get rid of them FAST or hanging on to them to give where needed most.  I could disappear them right away through Buy Nothing to families who are about the same financial level as me (and probably better off); or save a few weeks to benefit our church youth group at the annual tag sale; or  save a few months until we find a poor family who needs those sizes.

Our local elementary schools have a free "clothes closet" based on donations.

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« Reply #2327 on: April 08, 2019, 06:32:03 AM »
Took some miscellaneous, decade old, electronics down to Cash Converters. 2 laptops, 2 cameras, couple of old consoles and a few games. Nothing special so I was happy with $365 for the lot, especially since Iíd nearly taken the whole lot to the electronic waste collection!

Congratulations. Well done!

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« Reply #2328 on: April 08, 2019, 07:18:35 AM »
Hit a bit of a slow down.  I need to accept that baby clothes are not worth anything and just give them away in a giant pile to one of the buy nothing hoarders...
I just feel like they should go to someone who can use them, and I have SO many that it can't be a single person.

Goodwill gives SO much to fabric recyclers, just due to donation volume, I really hate taking stuff that is in great condition there.

Have you thought about putting up baby clothes for sale at a huge discount, like $20 for a big bag?  Or google "donate baby clothes" and your location.  Many shelters or places of worship will collect clothes to pass on to needy young families.

Speaking of which, I also have big bags of children's clothing to dispose of. In my case, I'm spoiled for choice: struggling with the desire to get rid of them FAST or hanging on to them to give where needed most.  I could disappear them right away through Buy Nothing to families who are about the same financial level as me (and probably better off); or save a few weeks to benefit our church youth group at the annual tag sale; or  save a few months until we find a poor family who needs those sizes.

I can't sell them, as I haven't done a good job of keeping track what was given to me and what I bought. I don't want to sell things that were gifts.

I like Buy Nothing Project, as I've benefited greatly from them. I don't mind that people don't "need" the financial assistance; I'd rather things just go used.
I also give a lot through foster projects, churches, and the food pantry- but none of the usual places are asking for clothes.

I'm hoping someone puts up a BNP request soon. As, while the "rules" say you don't have to give to anyone you don't want- it's weird when only the one hoarder asks for things (um, everything), and then you just not give it away...  She's gotten like 60 requests in the past 2 weeks because no one else is claiming things...  most people just want stuff gone.

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« Reply #2329 on: April 08, 2019, 09:38:03 AM »
I hope your plans, travel, etc are shaping up well... 
A question, becuase I think I have mixed things up in my mind...

You mentioned challenges with getting US health insurance, ACA changes maybe impacting your coverage / costs, etc.   I think I understand some of that.... but then you mentioned that if you travel and live elsewhere, like Germany, that their health care system may not have available some of the wonderful new (hideously expensive) drugs that are actually working for you.

I keep wondering if I mis-understand...  It seems like you don't like the US private system because coverage for people without tons of money or with existing conditions sucks (it does), but then socialist type health care would not even provide you the expensive newer treatments you need...?   I know I was shocked at how much health care a person on a "good" employer health plan and $5k in out of pocket could get in the USA..  Levels of health care proceducres / drugs / service that are not available in Canada.

Anyway, please correct me?  Would you want the EU type social health care if you move, or not or ??

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« Reply #2330 on: April 08, 2019, 11:45:05 AM »
I have decided I am not going to make* my own wine any more, the LCBO has all sorts of interesting wines at decent prices.  So 3 cartons of empty wine bottles will go for returns once the weather clears again.

I have also started a bunch of sweet potato slips, have been saving jam bottles for that.  I will be glad when they have all gone to our fund-raiser and I can put all the bottles into recycling and reclaim the windowsill.


*To be honest, I buy the concentrate and the store does all the work. I just do the bottling.  So at least there is no wine-making equipment to be gotten rid of.

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« Reply #2331 on: April 08, 2019, 11:58:29 AM »
We used up a quart of paint, and a roller cover, and then built a desk with scrap wood accumulated for that purpose and had to buy two quarts of paint for it and some other projects, so have we really decluttered anything?!  Almost. Almost. 

A friend gave me a few tops she didn't want.  They don't fit.  I feel a lot of awkward obligation to resew them and make them fit, and wear them in front of her so she can see I appreciate them... but I don't like them!  Synthetic fabrics, bleh!  I had one all pinned up to alter then came to my senses.  I found another friend who just started a new job and needs office wear, they are more likely to work for her... so perhaps I can navigate my way out of that ridiculous social obligation.

I've also packed up a few small things for Goodwill, and feeling good about it. 

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« Reply #2332 on: April 08, 2019, 01:15:29 PM »

A friend gave me a few tops she didn't want.  They don't fit.  I feel a lot of awkward obligation to resew them and make them fit, and wear them in front of her so she can see I appreciate them... but I don't like them!  Synthetic fabrics, bleh!  I had one all pinned up to alter then came to my senses.  I found another friend who just started a new job and needs office wear, they are more likely to work for her... so perhaps I can navigate my way out of that ridiculous social obligation.

I've also packed up a few small things for Goodwill, and feeling good about it.

I like the notion that once someone gives something away that they don't like/use, they also relinquish the right to be offended if their recipient does the same! I have been practicing this myself, even gave away a sweatshirt that my sisters gave me as a gift (they each had a matching one) but I couldn't wear it and thought someone else might love the colors.

Packing a bag with clothing, a purse, books, skipping ropes--all heading out.

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« Reply #2333 on: April 08, 2019, 02:54:32 PM »
I can't sell them, as I haven't done a good job of keeping track what was given to me and what I bought. I don't want to sell things that were gifts.


I guess I'm just shameless!! I used to feel that way,  but nowadays will turn around and sell any gift that I don't want/need, even within a month of receipt.  I think I would have some qualms about handmade gifts though. I have a big ugly (but warm) sweater that my mother knit for me in the 1980s.  Big bat wing sleeves, y'know? Still haven't brought myself to get rid of it.

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« Reply #2334 on: April 08, 2019, 03:21:13 PM »
Took some miscellaneous, decade old, electronics down to Cash Converters. 2 laptops, 2 cameras, couple of old consoles and a few games. Nothing special so I was happy with $365 for the lot, especially since Iíd nearly taken the whole lot to the electronic waste collection!

Congratulations. Well done!

Thank you! Todayís task is to deposit the cash in my bank account so it gets tracked in YNAB and not frittered away.

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« Reply #2335 on: April 08, 2019, 03:29:26 PM »
In the past week I have:

- cashed in two bags of bottles and cans
- gave a friend a birthday present that has been sitting here for a month
- gave @marty998 the mesh produce bags I ordered for him, which I've been carrying around for two weeks and kept forgetting to hand over

Still have to drop off a couple of bags of donations and list about a dozen things on eBay.

Do I have to remind you again @mustachepungoeshere that giving me things doesn't really count as clearing clutter?

It just transfers it! :D

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« Reply #2336 on: April 08, 2019, 03:53:57 PM »
In the past week I have:

- cashed in two bags of bottles and cans
- gave a friend a birthday present that has been sitting here for a month
- gave @marty998 the mesh produce bags I ordered for him, which I've been carrying around for two weeks and kept forgetting to hand over

Still have to drop off a couple of bags of donations and list about a dozen things on eBay.

Do I have to remind you again @mustachepungoeshere that giving me things doesn't really count as clearing clutter?

It just transfers it! :D

Do I have to remind you, @marty998, that plastic is forever and you donít need a single-use plastic bag to carry apples the two blocks between the supermarket and your apartment?

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« Reply #2337 on: April 08, 2019, 04:02:03 PM »
In the past week I have:

- cashed in two bags of bottles and cans
- gave a friend a birthday present that has been sitting here for a month
- gave @marty998 the mesh produce bags I ordered for him, which I've been carrying around for two weeks and kept forgetting to hand over

Still have to drop off a couple of bags of donations and list about a dozen things on eBay.

Do I have to remind you again @mustachepungoeshere that giving me things doesn't really count as clearing clutter?

It just transfers it! :D

Do I have to remind you, @marty998, that plastic is forever and you donít need a single-use plastic bag to carry apples the two blocks between the supermarket and your apartment?

Sassy! haha. point taken :)

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« Reply #2338 on: April 08, 2019, 07:46:31 PM »
Did a few bits of paper - and it feels great.
Two books to the free library.
Daughter did a whole bin of clothes.
Collected all the tomato seeds for donation to the seed library.

Not doing so well on the dishes - neighbour gave me some beautiful dishes, I couldn't say no.

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« Reply #2339 on: April 09, 2019, 06:26:41 AM »
Opened up a small mystery box that was sitting in front of the TV. I was sure I had already gone through it and decided about it. But when I opened it up, it was stuff I could easily bring myself to donate to Goodwill. Yay! No agonizing over it. Weird old-fashioned kitchen utensils of various sorts.

It's in a bag ready to go. 
 

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« Reply #2340 on: April 09, 2019, 07:02:16 AM »
Over the past two weeks I watched some Hoarder show episodes. OMG, crazy, crazy, crazy what these people accumulate! One episode I watched this woman had 3 homes full of stuff inside and out. When they came to help her clean out she wanted to go thru every box and bin to see what to keep. They could hardly get anything done with all the procrastination! She was selling junk for $10 while the town she lived in was imposing fines of like $500 a day for not complying with zoning laws. She was freaking out when they tried to throw out absolute crap. Her one daughter was being very pushy thus causing the mother to dig her heel in further. The woman's boyfriend was fed up was taking a hammer to crap to break it so there was no question on it being junk or not! I am addicted to watching that show now! It is like peeking into a hole to a world you can not imagine exists! I think I have junk and some clutter but I am Mrs. Clean by those people's standards! If you even need inspiration to get rid of crap around your house, watch a few of those episodes!

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« Reply #2341 on: April 09, 2019, 07:32:16 AM »
Over the past two weeks I watched some Hoarder show episodes. OMG, crazy, crazy, crazy what these people accumulate! One episode I watched this woman had 3 homes full of stuff inside and out. When they came to help her clean out she wanted to go thru every box and bin to see what to keep. They could hardly get anything done with all the procrastination! She was selling junk for $10 while the town she lived in was imposing fines of like $500 a day for not complying with zoning laws. She was freaking out when they tried to throw out absolute crap. Her one daughter was being very pushy thus causing the mother to dig her heel in further. The woman's boyfriend was fed up was taking a hammer to crap to break it so there was no question on it being junk or not! I am addicted to watching that show now! It is like peeking into a hole to a world you can not imagine exists! I think I have junk and some clutter but I am Mrs. Clean by those people's standards! If you even need inspiration to get rid of crap around your house, watch a few of those episodes!

I saw that episode. Honestly, that woman hasn't hit rock bottom yet. Until she does, she's not going to change.

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On topic - added another can of paint to the pile to be donated to the local theater. I will finally have a chance this week/next week or drop off all 4 cans, which will definitely help the closet situation. Am getting close on finishing painting the back bedroom (down to doors/trim), so am debating if I'll pass on the left over paint. One gallon is 3/4 full and I don't anticipate using it again. Decisions, decisions.

Also added a couple tops to the go away pile. Realized I haven't worn them all winter, therefore I'm not going to wear them.

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« Reply #2342 on: April 09, 2019, 04:48:19 PM »
Finished and submitted an assessment task yesterday. Got up this morning and shredded the printed readings straight away. Means I have some paper shreds to add to the compost next time I need them. This is very out of character for me (I would usually move those papers to a pile of similar papers and be annoyed at them for months/years until I finally went through them all and purged), I am keen to encourage this new behaviour!

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« Reply #2343 on: April 09, 2019, 05:15:05 PM »
This weekend is hard rubbish! making a pile of the things to go out feels so satisfying. The best part is people scope things out and take stuff so there is a lot of practical recycling that happens. Goodness knows, this is where we have got a lot of *our* furniture

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« Reply #2344 on: April 10, 2019, 05:15:38 AM »
I've been finding a lot of paper clutter that's easy to part with lately. Old local blurb magazines, etc., stuffed under couches.  So my brown paper grocery bag is full and heavy with all this paper clutter, and I have an excuse to drive over to the recycling place and dump it all in. Very satisfying. 

The place looks as messy as ever, but at least I know it is one bagful less cluttered.

As far as the 'yard sale' stuff goes, I'm still donating a lot of that to Goodwill, since I'm not sure I actually want to take part in my neighborhood's annual yard sale, since I am an introvert.

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« Reply #2345 on: April 10, 2019, 06:16:52 AM »
worked on more of the little pieces of paper and am starting to see some clear spaces on my desk.
Man it feels good.
Started putting away some of the gear from winter and had empty bins waiting and space on the shelf where they are supposed to live
Man that felt good too.


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« Reply #2346 on: April 10, 2019, 06:21:42 AM »
Emptied out my purse and tossed all the scraps of paper, dead pens, and other junk.  Swapped the important stuff into my back-up purse, and I'll be donating the first purse as I've decided I like the back-up better.

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« Reply #2347 on: April 10, 2019, 06:35:01 AM »
I have 8 giant garbage bags full of stuff to donate. I found our first VCR and I remember we paid around $800 for it! The remote control is on a wire connected to the machine! LOL! No chance of losing it was the only good thing!

I have a lot of crap for shredding. Our local senior center has had a free shred event for the last couple of years but there is nothing on the schedule yet. GRRRR!!! There is another shred event but it will cost me $10 a box. So...fingers crossed I find out about the free event before I have to pay about $50 to get rid of this stuff!

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« Reply #2348 on: April 10, 2019, 07:34:17 AM »
Sold an old bookshelf on Let go last night. Made $20 and the hallway is looking so empty!

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« Reply #2349 on: April 10, 2019, 09:52:54 AM »
Does anyone do a garbage bag rodeo? Grab some garbage bags and run around the house to see if you can fill them up in maybe half an hour? I think I am feeling like doing that today. I may just do one bag full because the garbage bags I have are 33 gallon size.

Does anyone still have their wedding gowns? Mine is OLD, OLD, OLD! I have no one to 'give' it to and will never wear it again and it sits in my closet taking up space. I feel weird donating it. Part of me wants to keep it and part of me wants to donate it. What to do...