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« Reply #3200 on: December 09, 2019, 12:13:44 PM »
I am older and used to love decorating for Xmas but I donít anymore. I got rid of most of the stuff and kept one small box with a few things to put out.

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« Reply #3201 on: December 09, 2019, 12:42:48 PM »
Joining this thread - planning to ramp up getting rid of stuff now that I've quit my job.

Today I dropped off a box at FedEx with 2 textbooks for a reseller.  If it works out, I'll get $95.  If it doesn't, I got 2 books out of my house.

I'm also going to try to list some 'lots' of popular fiction books on eBay today.  I'm not expecting individual titles to be worth selling/shipping, but might be worth it to try.  I've had some success selling my old DVDs.

Any advice for where to donate books that I can't get any money out of?  (I tried searching, but couldn't find a way to see if that's been discussed in this thread.)

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« Reply #3202 on: December 10, 2019, 07:35:13 AM »
What would you do with small books that an acquaintance self publishes then pens a sentimental verse to me inside the book and then signs their name?

I have no interest in these books, but if I were to donate them, my name and the author's name are inside the cover. These books just annoy the crap out of me and seems each year this person publishes another one and sends it to me. As soon as I see the envelope with their handwriting, I know it is another book. Another issue with these books is that they are not written in English and I do not speak the language it is published in. OMG!

I have mixed feeling on this and I think it is thoughtful in a way to 'think' of me to send the books. However, it kind of makes me mad it is clutter that I have no use for! So they sit on a shelf, unread, unappreciated collecting dust.

Guilt trip!

What I do (and yes, I really do this)?  I throw them into our wood furnace.  Now it's gone and made some heat for me.



I've ventured into some storage containers in the basement.  First container, a number of books nobody will ever read.  You can guess where they went.  Next were bags and bags of plastic parts for some kind of building game for maybe a 9 year old.  My youngest is 19.  Into the recycling bin minus the plastic bags.  2 cubic feet cleared.  Many, many to go.

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« Reply #3203 on: December 10, 2019, 07:46:37 AM »
I know, I am WEIRD about getting rid of the books! The person is around 83 years old and I know the person won't be banging on my door demanding where they are! LOL!  The books are in another room on a bookshelf so they really aren't in the way. But do annoy me!

I understand this is not an easy declutter. Let me make a prediction :-) :
You will keep the books for now, but the conversation in this thread will be in you subconscious mind. Some time during the next three months, you will have a moment of clarity and willpower and throw them in the trash. After you have done that, you will feel so much better.

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« Reply #3204 on: December 10, 2019, 07:48:18 AM »
What would you do with small books that an acquaintance self publishes then pens a sentimental verse to me inside the book and then signs their name?

I have no interest in these books, but if I were to donate them, my name and the author's name are inside the cover. These books just annoy the crap out of me and seems each year this person publishes another one and sends it to me. As soon as I see the envelope with their handwriting, I know it is another book. Another issue with these books is that they are not written in English and I do not speak the language it is published in. OMG!

I have mixed feeling on this and I think it is thoughtful in a way to 'think' of me to send the books. However, it kind of makes me mad it is clutter that I have no use for! So they sit on a shelf, unread, unappreciated collecting dust.

Guilt trip!

What I do (and yes, I really do this)?  I throw them into our wood furnace.  Now it's gone and made some heat for me.



I've ventured into some storage containers in the basement.  First container, a number of books nobody will ever read.  You can guess where they went.  Next were bags and bags of plastic parts for some kind of building game for maybe a 9 year old.  My youngest is 19.  Into the recycling bin minus the plastic bags.  2 cubic feet cleared.  Many, many to go.

Those plastic things weren't Lego's, were they? Lego's are supposedly sellable these days.  At least on EBay.  About 10 cents per Lego.

I tried on Craigslist and had no responses for 3 weeks, so I donated them all, about 200, to salvation army.

 

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« Reply #3205 on: December 10, 2019, 07:58:50 AM »
I have easier decluttering going on (i.e. not so much willpower needed) but I am currently lacking energy. Kids are not sleeping well, which affects me. Job searching is taking a lot of time and even more mental energy.
But tomorrow I may have to have all day at home, I hope I can really make some impact. We will meet with a real estate agent next week, and even though this is just a first meeting, where he will give suggestions on what do we need to fix before showing, how do we present the house and approximate selling price, I want to have the house somewhat in order. We are not selling until Feb-March at the earliest though.

I have told my husband (soon to be ex) that we must both do our best to declutter our own stuff before selling and moving and he absolutely agrees but I still think he will have a hard time doing this. We will probably have to rent a storage unit for the showing & selling period, but I hope we can get just a small one.

I have also told him that we need to go through everything "shared" (example: kitchen stuff) before showing the house in spring to see what no-one of us wants to keep/bring to our new places, so we get rid of that as soon as possible. We had a quick conversation about this already but I don't think he is ready to remove anything yet. I will push him.

So tomorrow, either another interview at a job a really want or hopefully a lot of decluttering.

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« Reply #3206 on: December 10, 2019, 09:23:29 AM »
Joining this thread - planning to ramp up getting rid of stuff now that I've quit my job.

Today I dropped off a box at FedEx with 2 textbooks for a reseller.  If it works out, I'll get $95.  If it doesn't, I got 2 books out of my house.

I'm also going to try to list some 'lots' of popular fiction books on eBay today.  I'm not expecting individual titles to be worth selling/shipping, but might be worth it to try.  I've had some success selling my old DVDs.

Any advice for where to donate books that I can't get any money out of?  (I tried searching, but couldn't find a way to see if that's been discussed in this thread.)

You could try second hand bookstores if you want to trade or sell - they may be interested, depending on what you have.  Or just give to any thrift store.

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« Reply #3207 on: December 10, 2019, 01:58:37 PM »
Dropped off 3 boxes of books, shoes, and clothes to the thrift store over the weekend. Close to 100 items and still more to go.

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« Reply #3208 on: December 10, 2019, 02:37:23 PM »
Wrapping up the year's totals:

4 boxes of random household items to Goodwill
1 box of gently used stuffed animals to the PD for children involved first responder situations
A bag of 3 barely worn shirts, toiletries and stuffed animal for the woman's shelter
A bag of sheets and a pillow to the animal shelter
$35+ from my coin bank to the PD for a Shop with a Cop fundraiser
Several carefully selected household items to various local friends
Ink and toner cartridges to Office Depot for recycling
50+ pounds paper to the burn pile
A few bags of things thrown out
Dozens of egg cartons to chicken owning friends

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« Reply #3209 on: December 10, 2019, 02:37:53 PM »
The six large now empty bins borrowed for our renovation are now gone back to the lender.
Some of the roll of armoured wire that we were saving for some purpose got used for a new outlet in the garage and the remaining part was gifted to the electricians. 

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« Reply #3210 on: December 10, 2019, 03:06:28 PM »
I've noticed that it's really easy living without a microwave or a car. I didn't use the car in my everyday life, so that isn't such a surprise, but the microwave was a big one. It's interesting to remove items that I think are integral to my life and realize that I like life without them. Whenever I settle again, I'm really going to wait to acquire things until I'm sure they are absolutely necessary.

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« Reply #3211 on: December 10, 2019, 03:10:07 PM »
Joining this thread - planning to ramp up getting rid of stuff now that I've quit my job.

Today I dropped off a box at FedEx with 2 textbooks for a reseller.  If it works out, I'll get $95.  If it doesn't, I got 2 books out of my house.

I'm also going to try to list some 'lots' of popular fiction books on eBay today.  I'm not expecting individual titles to be worth selling/shipping, but might be worth it to try.  I've had some success selling my old DVDs.

Any advice for where to donate books that I can't get any money out of?  (I tried searching, but couldn't find a way to see if that's been discussed in this thread.)

You could try second hand bookstores if you want to trade or sell - they may be interested, depending on what you have.  Or just give to any thrift store.

Where I've lived, the local libraries have had "Friends of the Library" groups that put on annual used book sales, and accepted book donations for that year-round.

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« Reply #3212 on: December 10, 2019, 03:12:34 PM »
I've noticed that it's really easy living without a microwave or a car. I didn't use the car in my everyday life, so that isn't such a surprise, but the microwave was a big one. It's interesting to remove items that I think are integral to my life and realize that I like life without them. Whenever I settle again, I'm really going to wait to acquire things until I'm sure they are absolutely necessary.

We've not had a microwave for about four months now and it has been absolutely a-okay. Every once in a while we miss it, but for the most part I'm just soooo happy to not have all that counterspace clutter!

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« Reply #3213 on: December 10, 2019, 03:50:21 PM »
I've noticed that it's really easy living without a microwave or a car. I didn't use the car in my everyday life, so that isn't such a surprise, but the microwave was a big one. It's interesting to remove items that I think are integral to my life and realize that I like life without them. Whenever I settle again, I'm really going to wait to acquire things until I'm sure they are absolutely necessary.

We've not had a microwave for about four months now and it has been absolutely a-okay. Every once in a while we miss it, but for the most part I'm just soooo happy to not have all that counterspace clutter!
We moved to a place without a microwave 7 years ago and haven't missed it. The boys occasionally complain and we tell them to appreciate the one at their mum's more. 
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Besides, we need the benchspace for the espresso machine.

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« Reply #3214 on: December 10, 2019, 07:15:05 PM »
This is more of a promise than a I've done it (yet). At my parent's house this week while my mom has surgery/hospital stay. I noticed a box of beef broth in the fridge that expired in 2017. I'm cleaning out the fridge this week.

Cleaned out the fridge. Dozen or so bottles tossed, one of which expired in 2011. Haven't wiped it out yet, but I will. And noticed that mom seems to have a pillow case from a set of sheets that I had in middle school. So I might be going through their sheets.

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« Reply #3215 on: December 10, 2019, 11:07:42 PM »
@LinneaH good luck to you, either way it goes tomorrow!

@Sibley way to go on that fridge!

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« Reply #3216 on: December 11, 2019, 06:53:00 AM »
Those plastic things weren't Lego's, were they? Lego's are supposedly sellable these days.  At least on EBay.  About 10 cents per Lego.

I tried on Craigslist and had no responses for 3 weeks, so I donated them all, about 200, to salvation army.

No, not legos.  My older son had a summer where he couldn't find a job and went onto a lego selling site (block something) and made a few thousand dollars selling off the legos.  Did you know that each and every lego piece is numbered and from that number, you can find out what set(s) it goes to?  There are seemingly random pieces that'll bring $20 because a collector somewhere needs it to recreate a kit from parts.  There can be seemingly identical parts that are the same color that have different numbers.  Makes a difference when you're completing your first run Millennial Falcon and need a few correct pieces.

So look up the block sites.  I also have found that any of the larger sized Legos are of zero value as well.  We have kids consignment shops near us and they won't take any of this unless it's a full set with the instructions and box.  I have boys.  They've destroyed all that long ago.

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« Reply #3217 on: December 11, 2019, 11:49:28 AM »
Woo hoo!  One book lot I posted on eBay sold already - that's 9 paperbacks out of the house today.

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« Reply #3218 on: December 11, 2019, 12:00:07 PM »
I am already a pretty decluttered person but sold my 13 year old PS3 to game stop with all the games and accessories for $52. For store credit, that would have been $62 but I no longer play games and while the PS3 worked well, I hadn't touched it in a very long time.

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« Reply #3219 on: December 12, 2019, 08:39:01 AM »
Tiny accomplishment but I was going to bring the trash bag out to the bin, so grabbed 2 tiny (like 1" tall) stuffed bears from the pile of toys and threw them in.  Little bite by little bite, I'll get there.

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« Reply #3220 on: December 12, 2019, 03:16:23 PM »
I've noticed that it's really easy living without a microwave or a car. I didn't use the car in my everyday life, so that isn't such a surprise, but the microwave was a big one. It's interesting to remove items that I think are integral to my life and realize that I like life without them. Whenever I settle again, I'm really going to wait to acquire things until I'm sure they are absolutely necessary.
 
+1 on the microwave. I recycled my huge microwave when it died and wasn't easily fixable. Reheated food tastes better done on a stovetop. I only miss it for warming up cold coffee. Won't be replacing it. Lots more counter space with it gone.   

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« Reply #3221 on: December 12, 2019, 03:27:21 PM »
I am already a pretty decluttered person but sold my 13 year old PS3 to game stop with all the games and accessories for $52. For store credit, that would have been $62 but I no longer play games and while the PS3 worked well, I hadn't touched it in a very long time.

On the subject of retro gaming stuff, I found an old (in new shape) super nintendo box, with instructions inside, and I think some controller gizmo, maybe. I'm too lazy to set up an EBay account, but I looked it up anyway, on EBay, and the empty box with the instructions is going for $50! (Yes, one empty box sold for $50). Unbelievable. I'm hanging onto the box, eventually will possibly sell it on EBay. (I better get it sold before the retro gamer  market tanks, right, lol ???)

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« Reply #3222 on: December 13, 2019, 06:35:31 AM »
Don't hang onto it! Sell it now! Get it out of the house.

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« Reply #3223 on: December 13, 2019, 07:20:24 AM »
7 old but decent coats donated.  Now there is room for visitor's coats in the entry closet.

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« Reply #3224 on: December 13, 2019, 07:34:13 AM »
7 old but decent coats donated.  Now there is room for visitor's coats in the entry closet.

In my continuing foray into the bedroom clutter, I'm opening up plastic bins and finding 'perfectly good clothing' which is hard for me to donate. I can bring myself to get one bag together at a time, of the low end stuff ( I just have to keep the good stuff to attempt to sell in the Spring/Summer/Fall at the car boot sales)  and take it to Salvation Army.  Argghhh. I was hoping to find more stuff like old papers, magazines, or worn out clothes, which are easy to get rid of, lol.   

Anyhoo, the bedroom is a lot roomier than it was when I started decluttering it. So good to be able to see the results of one's work, no?       

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« Reply #3225 on: December 13, 2019, 09:58:01 AM »
7 old but decent coats donated.  Now there is room for visitor's coats in the entry closet.

In my continuing foray into the bedroom clutter, I'm opening up plastic bins and finding 'perfectly good clothing' which is hard for me to donate. I can bring myself to get one bag together at a time, of the low end stuff ( I just have to keep the good stuff to attempt to sell in the Spring/Summer/Fall at the car boot sales)  and take it to Salvation Army.  Argghhh. I was hoping to find more stuff like old papers, magazines, or worn out clothes, which are easy to get rid of, lol.   

Anyhoo, the bedroom is a lot roomier than it was when I started decluttering it. So good to be able to see the results of one's work, no?     

I did a garage sale many years ago (decades, actually). The money I made was definitely not worth the time and effort I put into it. After that I told myself that I would never do that again. I donate almost everything, mostly to a dog rescue group that has the resources to do both yard sales and online auctions.
I do sell really valuable stuff, I sold my old curtain rods ($200 new) to the new occupants of my last apartment, and I will sell my table loom if I decide I want the space more than the loom. I'm not donating something that is worth about $500. But generally, donation just works so much better. Figure out your true return on time invested (money made/hours wasted) - is it worth it? Just find a good place to donate clothing and give it all to them. Except things that should really go to the garbage. I'm loving my new place more and more as I get rid of the excess stuff (downsizing is a pain, don't wait until you are to old to cope).

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« Reply #3226 on: December 13, 2019, 11:23:20 AM »
Slackmax, do you enjoy the car boot sales?  If that's not a fun hobby for you, I'm with RetiredAt63 to quit trying to monetize every last penny out of your gf's stuff, particularly clothing which has such low resale value.  If you just can't bring yourself to do that, consider at the very least if thredup will accept it.  Then at least it's easy and done - you just bag it up and ship to them.

I just seeing you posting over and over with negative tones about how long it's taking you to recover your home and life, and it seems it's taking so much life energy and time away from you for so little monetary return.  I suspect you'd make a better return by throwing everything away and spending that free time at a second job.

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« Reply #3227 on: December 13, 2019, 01:03:54 PM »
Today I dropped off a box at FedEx with 2 textbooks for a reseller.  If it works out, I'll get $95.  If it doesn't, I got 2 books out of my house.

It worked!  They just paid out my $95!  I was nervous because of mixed reviews (TextbookRush), but the books were in really good shape.

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« Reply #3228 on: December 13, 2019, 01:56:33 PM »
7 old but decent coats donated.  Now there is room for visitor's coats in the entry closet.

In my continuing foray into the bedroom clutter, I'm opening up plastic bins and finding 'perfectly good clothing' which is hard for me to donate. I can bring myself to get one bag together at a time, of the low end stuff ( I just have to keep the good stuff to attempt to sell in the Spring/Summer/Fall at the car boot sales)  and take it to Salvation Army.  Argghhh. I was hoping to find more stuff like old papers, magazines, or worn out clothes, which are easy to get rid of, lol.   

Anyhoo, the bedroom is a lot roomier than it was when I started decluttering it. So good to be able to see the results of one's work, no?     

I did a garage sale many years ago (decades, actually). The money I made was definitely not worth the time and effort I put into it. After that I told myself that I would never do that again.

+1  About a decade ago DH and I had a yard sale along with another couple.  We made $180 in 8+ hours work that day, sitting in the sun, getting up at 5:30 or whatever it was, never mind the prep beforehand.  He said never again, and I agreed, LOL.

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« Reply #3229 on: December 13, 2019, 06:44:32 PM »
I kept the box I carried the computer & tablet in yesterday, now it's full of my old ski jacket, a second robe I don't use, some chair pads given to my god knows why and a few smaller items.  Won't have time to get that to the thrift shop or the electrical stuff to the ReStore or the haz mat to the haz mat place this week or maybe next.  I shall pout, for being too busy to have time to get the discarded items to their proper homes.

So, that box I kept.  I wanted so much to find a good use for it.  It was a double thick cardboard banker box with attached lid and cutout handles in the sides.  So handy! So much potential!  In the end, it was too small for the other things that were going to thrift, so I recycled it.  There was much agonizing, but I survived, lol

Today I dropped off the ReStore and the thrift stuff!  Woo!

I think I'll be able to find a day next week, before next Saturday in fact, to drop the haz mat, so that will feel good!  Trying to make the place look nice for the holiday decorations that are going up!

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« Reply #3230 on: December 14, 2019, 04:10:58 PM »
Slackmax, do you enjoy the car boot sales?  If that's not a fun hobby for you, I'm with RetiredAt63 to quit trying to monetize every last penny out of your gf's stuff, particularly clothing which has such low resale value.  If you just can't bring yourself to do that, consider at the very least if thredup will accept it.  Then at least it's easy and done - you just bag it up and ship to them.

I just seeing you posting over and over with negative tones about how long it's taking you to recover your home and life, and it seems it's taking so much life energy and time away from you for so little monetary return.  I suspect you'd make a better return by throwing everything away and spending that free time at a second job.

Captain Fire, Thanks for the constructive suggestion about thredup.com as a possible solution to my problem. I will check them out.

And yes, I do enjoy the carboot sales, so no worries, mate. 

         

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« Reply #3231 on: December 14, 2019, 10:30:52 PM »
I have also sold to swap.com

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« Reply #3232 on: December 16, 2019, 07:33:28 AM »
We decorated the Christmas tree last weekend and could only fit half the decorations on it.  I think it is time to look really hard at the rest of them - and say adios instead of putting them back into the cupboard.  Many of the ones that are too heavy to use on our real Christmas tree, are from my stepmom who likes to give us each an ornament every year.  And we had a full tree before each of the kids came along.  Add to it, all the ornaments they have made since daycare, preschool and school - we have way too much.  I shall have a careful look again this January.

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« Reply #3233 on: December 16, 2019, 07:55:23 AM »
We are picking up our Christmas tree tomorrow. I will think long and hard about which Christmas decorations we will hang and place in the rooms. We don't have a lot but we also don't have a lot of space so maybe we don't need to keep everything.

Today I gave away a kid's Santa dress that will fit a four-year-old. My youngest is seven... A really small thing leaving the house but good anyway.
I am happy to give away these type of things (don't want to make the effort to sell, will probably get $1-2), but it annoys me a bit that the woman who got it picks up a lot of the free stuff in our local Facebook group (buying/selling/giving away in the neighbourhood-type of group).  She does not live here, she does not have kids. I think she sells the stuff, and that is fine, she may need the money and want to go through the effort - fine. But I'd rather want to give away to parents who are our neighbours. Is this bad of me?
I am really clueless when it comes to Facebook. Can I block her so she doesn't see my postings in this group? (Or anywhere on Facebook).
I have more stuff I just want to give away for pick-up so I don't have to take it to charity.

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« Reply #3234 on: December 16, 2019, 08:28:14 AM »
Slackmax, do you enjoy the car boot sales?  If that's not a fun hobby for you, I'm with RetiredAt63 to quit trying to monetize every last penny out of your gf's stuff, particularly clothing which has such low resale value.  If you just can't bring yourself to do that, consider at the very least if thredup will accept it.  Then at least it's easy and done - you just bag it up and ship to them.

I just seeing you posting over and over with negative tones about how long it's taking you to recover your home and life, and it seems it's taking so much life energy and time away from you for so little monetary return.  I suspect you'd make a better return by throwing everything away and spending that free time at a second job.

Captain Fire, Thanks for the constructive suggestion about thredup.com as a possible solution to my problem. I will check them out.

And yes, I do enjoy the carboot sales, so no worries, mate. 

         

Just in the interests of optimizing your life, you may enjoy the carboy sales, but is there something else you could do at those times that would improve your life/bring joy even more?

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3235 on: December 16, 2019, 09:00:17 AM »
I am already a pretty decluttered person but sold my 13 year old PS3 to game stop with all the games and accessories for $52. For store credit, that would have been $62 but I no longer play games and while the PS3 worked well, I hadn't touched it in a very long time.

On the subject of retro gaming stuff, I found an old (in new shape) super nintendo box, with instructions inside, and I think some controller gizmo, maybe. I'm too lazy to set up an EBay account, but I looked it up anyway, on EBay, and the empty box with the instructions is going for $50! (Yes, one empty box sold for $50). Unbelievable. I'm hanging onto the box, eventually will possibly sell it on EBay. (I better get it sold before the retro gamer  market tanks, right, lol ???)

I was surprised how my controller was worth the most. I got about $25 for it even though it was about 11 years old. Apparently, people mod these controllers for PC. The retro gaming market can definitely get you money back.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3236 on: December 16, 2019, 11:15:56 AM »
5 more paperbacks sold and out of the house.

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« Reply #3237 on: December 16, 2019, 01:03:06 PM »
Electric wok and George Foreman Grill donated last week, both of which have not seen the light of day in many years.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3238 on: December 17, 2019, 07:10:11 AM »
Electric wok and George Foreman Grill donated last week, both of which have not seen the light of day in many years.

Good on the donations!  I just tried to fix an old countertop oven I have. The temp adjuster broke and it only heated up to 300 degrees. It was OK for making lasagna and roasts, but no good for things at 450 degrees, obviously. It is unfixable, since the screws won't even come out, for me to look inside.

So...... I will recycle it (metal) if possible, or throw it out. More space! I am planning to buy a brand new countertop oven, so it's a neutral declutter situation, I guess.

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« Reply #3239 on: December 17, 2019, 07:29:55 AM »
RetiredAt63 wrote:

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Just in the interests of optimizing your life, you may enjoy the carboy sales, but is there something else you could do at those times that would improve your life/bring joy even more?
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Thanks for asking, RetiredAt63.  My answer is, probably not.  I am male, age 65. I do think that finding a woman I click with, for a relationship, would make my life better. And I am working on that. Going to various groups to meet people. But it takes a lot of time.  I'm even looking for a good male friend.   

Even if If I were to find a 'good' relationship,  I would still want to do the car boot sales, I think.

And here's the kicker.... I meet interesting people at the car boot sales, so who knows, right?         

 

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3240 on: December 17, 2019, 11:27:53 PM »
RetiredAt63 wrote:

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Just in the interests of optimizing your life, you may enjoy the carboy sales, but is there something else you could do at those times that would improve your life/bring joy even more?
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Thanks for asking, RetiredAt63.  My answer is, probably not.  I am male, age 65. I do think that finding a woman I click with, for a relationship, would make my life better. And I am working on that. Going to various groups to meet people. But it takes a lot of time.  I'm even looking for a good male friend.   

Even if If I were to find a 'good' relationship,  I would still want to do the car boot sales, I think.

And here's the kicker.... I meet interesting people at the car boot sales, so who knows, right?         

If you are enjoying them, great.

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« Reply #3241 on: December 18, 2019, 03:48:30 AM »
A carload of guinea pig equipment has  left my building...donated to RSPCA who were pleased to have them.  It was nice to be thanked cheerfully instead of being interrogated about whether my donations were good enough. ( this seems to happen all my local op shops ).

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3242 on: December 18, 2019, 10:35:49 AM »
Woke up this morning with a slight fever and a partially flooded basement. It is only clean water, but there will be damages to some inner walls and baseboards. So we have to move everything and throw away some stuff.
It is not too bad w/the stuff, I think the only furniture we have to throw away is an old IKEA Billy book shelf and this was in pretty bad shape anyway (so this makes me slightly happy to get rid of).
For stuff it is mainly paper - I had my paper piles in that area... Some of it is good - it will give me a push to just throw away the papers I have been indecisive for such a long time. Some of it not so good, it will give me some extra job. But I don't think anything is really really bad yet. Will know nore after the continued 'going through everything'-process later today.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3243 on: December 18, 2019, 11:44:37 AM »
I got new lamps for the bedroom and over the weekend I donated the old ones along with some clothing and a large humidifier. I felt good to get those gone.

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« Reply #3244 on: December 19, 2019, 06:06:57 AM »
Donated 2 books to the senior center.

Bought myself a brand new countertop oven. Tried it out. Works great! A little bit larger than the old one, but that's good, imo.

Will keep the enormous box it came in, in case I have to send it back somewhere under warrantee. Enormous box going into basement. Maybe I'll toss a few smaller boxes, to compensate.

Old countertop oven going to recycling (metal) if they accept it.   

Can't wait to make lasagna in it, at the right temp.     

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« Reply #3245 on: December 19, 2019, 06:27:27 PM »
My last 3 items:

23. Semi-truck mattress - given to friend of friend for foster dogs.
24. Paperback - going to animal rescue garage sale.
25. Portable phone charger that doesnít fit my phone - garage sale also.

So thatís my list of 125 items in total (well, since I started keeping track - there were hundreds before that too.). Now that Iíve gotten rid of the surplus, my 2020 goal is to finish all the decor projects I have, like picture framing, rearranging furniture and refinishing and reupholstering some furniture.  Time to create the home ambiance I really want.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3246 on: December 19, 2019, 07:11:44 PM »
My last 3 items:

23. Semi-truck mattress - given to friend of friend for foster dogs.
24. Paperback - going to animal rescue garage sale.
25. Portable phone charger that doesnít fit my phone - garage sale also.

So thatís my list of 125 items in total (well, since I started keeping track - there were hundreds before that too.). Now that Iíve gotten rid of the surplus, my 2020 goal is to finish all the decor projects I have, like picture framing, rearranging furniture and refinishing and reupholstering some furniture.  Time to create the home ambiance I really want.

That's an awesome  place to be.

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« Reply #3247 on: December 20, 2019, 10:18:46 AM »
Took old broken countertop oven to metal recycling. They took it, yay!  Threw out the detachable glass door. Kept the trays and the power cord. 

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« Reply #3248 on: December 20, 2019, 03:09:05 PM »
Thanks Tyson, I think itís awesome too!  Iíve been wanting to do this for quite a while, but didnít have the time when I was still working and then had too much junk laying around when I retired.  Not to say I didnít enjoy my home before, but it just wasnít what it could be.  Looking forward to a revamped space.

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« Reply #3249 on: December 20, 2019, 03:40:08 PM »
That is awesome (and inspirational) @SunnyDays !

-I was able to finally get ahold of someone for a return/drop off for a school item that's been in my closet for 3 months. So happy.
-Put a pair of too small kid jeans in the donation pile

I need to go through the kids drawers & start making piles of keep & donate. A good project for a rainy day in January.