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« Reply #3750 on: July 02, 2020, 03:50:40 PM »
All the piles of junk around the house - including four heavy duty construction bags, the carpet and underpad from two bedrooms and an old play structure are now completely gone.  They are not in the garage, or the back or the side.  Enough to fill the back seat of the car, the trunk, and a 14 foot trailer.  Yippee!

And we did it the mustachian way - borrowed a car and trailer and hauled it all ourselves.  And the metal parts all got separated and sold to the scrap guy so we got some money back.  As the dump is a flat fee we made sure the trailer was full.

That is super progress!   Congratulations.

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« Reply #3751 on: July 02, 2020, 05:37:57 PM »
Poking around a bookshelf corner identified 4 cardboard sleeves, 2 plastic envelopes and about 10 misc bits of paper that can all go. Now that corner looks slightly neater. I have 3 books and a magazine to go to the street library. I should properly be more ruthless with my books. I have a pile of 30 manga and 10 books that I need to shed but I don't *quite* feel ready yet to just put them in a street library. I also recently bought some shirts and now (protests from Ofpym regardless) I will throw out the worn out shirts they are replacing.

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« Reply #3752 on: July 02, 2020, 09:23:25 PM »
Today I put a bunch more small household items in the donate box. Threw out a bunch of old nail polish, lotions and whatnot. Yesterday I listed a wall decor thing for sale on FB, but no interest so far, so I might just throw it in with the donations.

Tomorrow I am planning to take about three boxes full of stuff that are in my car to the thrift store. I just have to phone them and make sure they are accepting donations.

Do you ever feel like you just keep de-cluttering and de-cluttering and it doesn't really seem to make much difference?

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« Reply #3753 on: July 02, 2020, 10:14:48 PM »
The problem we have identified is that things come into the house regularly through all sorts of natural processes (shopping, gifts) but there is almost no regular exit process. So mass accumulates (pitting my chemical engineering education to work there!). So decluttering might just be a constant process simply to keep up with the constant inflow.

Personally I think decluttering on a regular rhythm has to be paired with really strict thoughtfulness on what is allowed in to begin with. Easier said than done.

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« Reply #3754 on: July 02, 2020, 11:50:59 PM »
Do you ever feel like you just keep de-cluttering and de-cluttering and it doesn't really seem to make much difference?

At a certain point, you'll start to really see & feel the difference, I bet. 

Plus what ysette9 said.

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« Reply #3755 on: July 03, 2020, 07:39:25 AM »

Do you ever feel like you just keep de-cluttering and de-cluttering and it doesn't really seem to make much difference?

Yes!  But I can see how much more floor space and shelf space and closet space  I have now compared to before I began the decluttering long ago.  I took pictures. 

 

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« Reply #3756 on: July 03, 2020, 05:29:07 PM »
I pulled three dresses out of the closet to take to the consignment shop.
Have a doodad to take back to the hardware store.
Have a desk to put on FB.
I'll hold myself accountable by posting here!

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« Reply #3757 on: July 04, 2020, 07:39:48 AM »
My husband did another run of stuff to the storage unit and the living room looks so much better! One more box of electronic crap to sort and one box to go to storage. Then we have to work on some random scattered crap in various rooms, but this gives me hope that we will get there sometime before the point when we will move out.

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« Reply #3758 on: July 05, 2020, 01:44:53 AM »
I started off this weekend with just a small pile of clothes to donate and now it's two reasonable size bags full. I think I'm also going to pull out a few more books AND actually take them out to the street library. Heck there are 4 *on my block* so that should be easy enough to do.

also going - a whisk head for our immersion blender - we have a whisk and a whisk head for the stand mixer. Two "non slip" bases/lids for the immersion blender jugs that we have never used in 4 years. And a bottle of bitters that have surprisingly little flavour. It might also be time to discard the makeup that I don't /can't wear (mmmm eyelid dermatitis). Some of these things have somehow survived multiple rounds of purges!

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« Reply #3759 on: July 05, 2020, 07:27:25 AM »
Continuing the "packing for moving-declutter".
Several give-away items up on local Facebook-group now: toys & puzzles that the kids were both really clear the do not want any longer, a largish piece of furniture. In total 8 items, and I have already requests for four of them (including the large furnirture). 

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« Reply #3760 on: July 05, 2020, 01:10:58 PM »
Do you ever feel like you just keep de-cluttering and de-cluttering and it doesn't really seem to make much difference?

At a certain point, you'll start to really see & feel the difference, I bet. 

Plus what ysette9 said.

True. I guess when it's stuff that is in cupboards, drawers, or put away somewhere it is not going to really show much. A couple of times recently I have stopped myself from buying stuff. I have a hobby of buying old furniture and fixing it up, but I don't really need any more projects right now. I actually threw out a little table that I decided I didn't like enough to re-finish. But, dang, those chairs were cute.

In the past week I took three boxes of household goods, a couple of baskets, and a bag of clothes to the thrift store. So, not only are they out of the house, they are actually out of the car.

I also have two bags of pants/jeans for a friend to go through. Sold a little bike dťcor thing for $20. Pared down a bunch of empty frames and will list them today.

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« Reply #3761 on: July 05, 2020, 01:20:36 PM »
I have seen on neighborhood groups online that the local thrift shop has lines upwards of 90min to drop off stuff. It appears decluttering is in style here at the moment.

We havenít donated anything yet and are sticking with FB marketplace and Buy Nothing

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« Reply #3762 on: July 05, 2020, 08:06:18 PM »
Need some inspiration here... I had a great all in one Canon color printer/flatbed scanner/fax machine, had it running beautifully with an aftermarket continuous flow ink system, but gradually it died on me. 

What's the best way to get rid of it? I hate to see it go to the landfill, but you'd have to be pretty handy and have lots of time to fix this one.  I'm pretty good at fixing things, and tried a lot of things including replacing the printhead... it would take some radical disassembly and possibly more parts replacement. But it needs to go.

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« Reply #3763 on: July 06, 2020, 08:32:36 AM »
I have a printer...
What's the best way to get rid of it?

Poundwise,  the best way is to an electronics recycler, where environmentally hazardous parts and anything of residual value is stripped before disposal.  We have them here, check your directory or call the landfill to ask where to find them.

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« Reply #3764 on: July 06, 2020, 09:19:02 AM »
Thank you @Goldielocks, I just googled and found that Best Buy will recycle it. That will do!

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« Reply #3765 on: July 06, 2020, 01:00:03 PM »
Getting a box together to put on the curb:
-two small parts still in the package that weren't needed for a project
-two notebooks
-brooch
-three drawstring bags
-metal recipe box with cards
-stand mixer
-two pillows
-plastic storage bin
-pencil sharpener



Some items are from a work cleanout. I brought them home thinking they might be useful but it's been a month, so out they go!

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« Reply #3766 on: July 06, 2020, 01:11:32 PM »
^^^ This was written Saturday afternoon, but I neglected to actually hit 'Post'.

All of the items were gone by 8PM!! Even the cardboard box holding it all. It probably helps that there are several houses for sale in my neighborhood, and a holiday celebration in the nearby park this weekend. Wish I'd done it sooner! My closet is so much more spacious now! The next morning my immediate neighbors put some items on the curb, and several of them are gone. I started something!

Went to the consignment shop this morning and got $10 for two items. They didn't take one, so I'll probably donate it. Then I returned a piece of a project that was the wrong size--I even managed to find the receipt for a cash refund.

Had to wait about 20 minutes for my turn at the consignment shop. Looked at the whole place and didn't find a single item that tempted me out of my 'no new clothes in 2020' challenge from another thread.



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« Reply #3767 on: July 07, 2020, 07:04:45 AM »
Does it ever feel not right when things are clean?  Yesterday was my son's birthday and I took all my paper piles and put them in the bedroom.  Now my dining room table, kitchen table and kitchen counters are almost empty, and it feels weird.

I'm going to go through the papers at least 20 minutes a day.  I realize that my problem is that I hate filing. Hate it.

I also need to get rid of stuff that I think I 'might read or use' much quicker.

Also my spouse piles up junk mail for me rather than pitching it himself.

I need to get the filing cabinet in better shape so it is more nice to use.

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« Reply #3768 on: July 07, 2020, 08:16:04 AM »
Does it ever feel not right when things are clean?  Yesterday was my son's birthday and I took all my paper piles and put them in the bedroom.  Now my dining room table, kitchen table and kitchen counters are almost empty, and it feels weird.

I'm going to go through the papers at least 20 minutes a day.  I realize that my problem is that I hate filing. Hate it.

I also need to get rid of stuff that I think I 'might read or use' much quicker.

Also my spouse piles up junk mail for me rather than pitching it himself.

I need to get the filing cabinet in better shape so it is more nice to use.

Tells me that your "normal" is set to "cluttered".

Can you reduce the paper coming in? Don't need to file the water bill if it's online. As for the junk mail that your spouse won't throw out, have a conversation.

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« Reply #3769 on: July 07, 2020, 08:38:52 AM »
We weren't able to bring all of our decluttered items from our vacation house home (ran out of space in the car), so a few things are left in the garage. Feeling sad about that, because it just leaves junk in the garage. Ah, well. It's out & ready for next time we're there.

I spent yesterday unpacking from our trip, and didn't declutter anything new. Just unpacking, opening & tossing mail (trying to prevent clutter, to an earlier point) & sold three items on eBay. Junk out, money in.

I received three giant bags of clothes from my sister, so I need to go through all of that & decide what to keep.

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« Reply #3770 on: July 07, 2020, 09:20:22 AM »
Does it ever feel not right when things are clean?  Yesterday was my son's birthday and I took all my paper piles and put them in the bedroom.  Now my dining room table, kitchen table and kitchen counters are almost empty, and it feels weird.

You have "surfacitis".  It is a recoverable affliction.    ;-)

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« Reply #3771 on: July 07, 2020, 09:42:21 AM »
I have been working on the clutter for a long time and all of a sudden it becomes noticeable.  At a certain point you hit a critical threshold and closets and cupboards are no longer packed to the gills and there is a place to put things away.

@RetiredAt63 - nice one.  Is there a corollary condition when there is too much paper on every surface and you want to burn down the house?

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« Reply #3772 on: July 07, 2020, 10:53:47 AM »
I have been working on the clutter for a long time and all of a sudden it becomes noticeable.  At a certain point you hit a critical threshold and closets and cupboards are no longer packed to the gills and there is a place to put things away.

@RetiredAt63 - nice one.  Is there a corollary condition when there is too much paper on every surface and you want to burn down the house?

Same thing.  My neighbour and I joked, when we were decluttering in preparation for selling our houses, that it would be so much easier if they would just burn down.

I got 6 stuffed file drawers plus a box of paperwork down to 4 half full drawers.  Getting as much paperwork as possible in electronic format helps a lot.  No more paper bank statements, Hydro bills, etc.  Makes a huge difference in the long run.  Unfortunately I have 10 years worth of car maintenance work orders in the file cabinet, they get kept until the car goes.

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« Reply #3773 on: July 07, 2020, 11:23:36 PM »
I returned a book borrowed from a friend the very day I finished it! That's some kind of record. I had so much momentum built up from my other declutters.

The buyer for the desk I put on FB is supposed to pick it up tomorrow. That's the last of the 'for sale' items. I just really hope they pick it up when they say they will.

Now I'm down to two work items I need to return to a worksite and the dress the consignment store wouldn't take.

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« Reply #3774 on: July 08, 2020, 12:27:52 AM »
When I picked up my reservation from the library, I dropped off my old batteries and light globes at the recycling station there. So satisfying!
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« Reply #3775 on: July 08, 2020, 12:35:26 AM »
Dress I am returning taken to the post office. I was thinking about donating my first edition of Microserfs to a street library and Ofpym was 🤔 how muhh is this worth? (answer: $5) so off it will go.

I have also been half-heartedly pottering in the cupboards, including the dreaded Cable Drawer. Like, leaving aside the do we have the cable/will it start up/be recognised by our modern laptops, if we have never looked on this hard drive for NINE YEARS does it really contain any info at all that we will ever need?

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« Reply #3776 on: July 08, 2020, 05:06:09 AM »
re: reducing paper - the other thing that is cluttered is my email inbox - I should not say how many emails I have kept -- 10,000?  I clear out a little bit every now and then because a relative will send me huge files and I am out of space.

Also, my phone memory.  My phone is 7 years old but I often do not have memory to take new photos, so it is becoming un-functional.  I am thinking of getting a new phone anyway.  Part of me wants to resist.

I need to sell a pair of outgrown hockey skates before they sit around too long.  Maybe I will try FB marketplace?

I also need to return a pair of shorts.

And I need to finish the taxes.

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« Reply #3777 on: July 08, 2020, 05:59:05 AM »
re: reducing paper - the other thing that is cluttered is my email inbox - I should not say how many emails I have kept -- 10,000?  I clear out a little bit every now and then because a relative will send me huge files and I am out of space.

Also, my phone memory.  My phone is 7 years old but I often do not have memory to take new photos, so it is becoming un-functional.  I am thinking of getting a new phone anyway.  Part of me wants to resist.

I need to sell a pair of outgrown hockey skates before they sit around too long.  Maybe I will try FB marketplace?

I also need to return a pair of shorts.

EBay is also a fabulous place to sell stuff like that.


And I need to finish the taxes.

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« Reply #3778 on: July 08, 2020, 09:57:59 AM »

The buyer for the desk I put on FB is supposed to pick it up tomorrow. That's the last of the 'for sale' items. I just really hope they pick it up when they say they will.


He showed up early and paid promptly! That's the last big item to go, and the last item that was worth selling. It's such a weight off my mind. That box loomed a lot bigger in my psyche than the actual space it took up in the garage. Now it's not a failure to plan properly, or daily reminder that I misread the return policy from the store, or a reminder of my procrastination in selling. It's off to its new home to be properly put together and used as intended.

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« Reply #3779 on: July 08, 2020, 11:55:15 AM »
re: reducing paper - the other thing that is cluttered is my email inbox - I should not say how many emails I have kept -- 10,000?  I clear out a little bit every now and then because a relative will send me huge files and I am out of space.

Also, my phone memory.  My phone is 7 years old but I often do not have memory to take new photos, so it is becoming un-functional.  I am thinking of getting a new phone anyway.  Part of me wants to resist.

I need to sell a pair of outgrown hockey skates before they sit around too long.  Maybe I will try FB marketplace?

I also need to return a pair of shorts.

And I need to finish the taxes.

You're a digital hoarder. The first step to recovery is acceptance.

As for the phone - move all the pictures to the computer, then delete them off the phone.

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« Reply #3780 on: July 08, 2020, 02:46:23 PM »
I agree that digital bills are great. However, I do print my credit card statements and keep a copy. Flyers and other junk mail go directly in the recycling bin without hitting the counter.

My friend is supposed to be coming over today to pick up some pants, and then I might take a break for a while. Until the next wave of motivation hits.

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« Reply #3781 on: July 08, 2020, 05:15:19 PM »

The buyer for the desk I put on FB is supposed to pick it up tomorrow. That's the last of the 'for sale' items. I just really hope they pick it up when they say they will.


He showed up early and paid promptly! That's the last big item to go, and the last item that was worth selling. It's such a weight off my mind. That box loomed a lot bigger in my psyche than the actual space it took up in the garage. Now it's not a failure to plan properly, or daily reminder that I misread the return policy from the store, or a reminder of my procrastination in selling. It's off to its new home to be properly put together and used as intended.

Excellent news. Now you're free!

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« Reply #3782 on: July 08, 2020, 05:30:58 PM »
I had a donation breakthrough this week. I found a drop off spot much closer to home, that accepts a range of items and donated a couple of bulky items that were cluttering up my car boot.   A lot of our charity stores only take books and clothing as these are the most marketable.  I still have more to go sitting in the donate corner of the room.

I still have a few items sitting outside under the eaves that I was going to clean up and donate. However at the moment, I'm finding that the hardest part is physically getting rid of things, not the decision to let said items go. I'm gathering up things that are basically rubbish for a free council cleanup and have decided these items can go when this happens. Once the pile is on the street people will go through it and take all sorts of things, so I'm just going to hope these things find a home without me wasting more time cleaning them up.

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« Reply #3783 on: July 08, 2020, 06:32:29 PM »
@happy council clean up time is the best! We have used it to get rid of so much stuff - people take it away before the truck comes! And we have got so much awesome stuff from it. My bike wheels have gatorskin tyres on it that came off clean up pile wheels.

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« Reply #3784 on: July 08, 2020, 07:10:48 PM »
Me too! I've had some good finds over the years.

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« Reply #3785 on: July 08, 2020, 09:40:31 PM »
You can stop flyer delivery by either contacting your postal service or any private company that delivers them.  Keeping them out of the house entirely is the easiest solution to that added clutter, plus if you donít see the ads you miraculously donít ďneed ď those items.

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« Reply #3786 on: July 09, 2020, 07:55:19 AM »
I sold a bike on Facebook marketplace yesterday. It was great to get it out of the house, and into the hands of someone who will use it. As a side note, bikes are in incredibly high demand right now, due to bike shops not being able to get much inventory (COVID) & people wanting to get exercise for themselves/family. If you have old bikes, now is the time to sell them!

I clearly should have listed the bike for more, as the listing received 1200 views in 4 hours, and I had 36 people reach out before the buyer could swing by. Nuts!

I listed another 20 items on eBay yesterday. For today, I plan to clean the steamer we found in an old shed we're tearing down. It needs some love, but then I'm hoping to retake photos of a few items that were very wrinkly when I posted them on eBay.

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« Reply #3787 on: July 09, 2020, 10:39:42 AM »
Good tip on the bikes, I think we may have an extra kids' bike around. 

I will list the hockey skates today and get some tax prep done.

I am keeping the kitchen counter, kitchen table, and dining table mostly cleared.  It's been 3 days!

Also, I am unsubscribing to the marketing emails that seem to collect very easily.

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« Reply #3788 on: July 09, 2020, 12:56:34 PM »
I sold a bike on Facebook marketplace yesterday. It was great to get it out of the house, and into the hands of someone who will use it. As a side note, bikes are in incredibly high demand right now, due to bike shops not being able to get much inventory (COVID) & people wanting to get exercise for themselves/family. If you have old bikes, now is the time to sell them!

I clearly should have listed the bike for more, as the listing received 1200 views in 4 hours, and I had 36 people reach out before the buyer could swing by. Nuts!

I listed another 20 items on eBay yesterday. For today, I plan to clean the steamer we found in an old shed we're tearing down. It needs some love, but then I'm hoping to retake photos of a few items that were very wrinkly when I posted them on eBay.
I did something similar as I had an old u used bike I decided to get rid of. I had no idea of the demand so I underpriced it and was inundated with messages within minutes. I sold it to a lady who offered me over asking price and picked it up immediately.

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« Reply #3789 on: July 09, 2020, 01:30:05 PM »
@ysette9 - it's wild how in demand they are! Good work getting a good price, & out of your hair quickly.

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« Reply #3790 on: July 09, 2020, 02:08:20 PM »
Listing things on Ebay is a PITA.  I listed the hockey skates  ($100 obo) and am listing some shoulder pads ($4.99 start bid) but maybe I'm better off just donating the shoulder pads? But WTH, they are getting listed, and I will package their awkward shape and ship them off if they sell.

The point is to get this stuff out of the house. I hope the time put in feels worthwhile.

In other news I have been staring at our FUGLY built in china cabinet that I have hated for 20 years.  I am going to take the sliding glass doors out, paint it, put in new shelves and I think I am motivated.  I sketched up some ideas for divided shelves, and then I looked at these little easel displays you can put your fancy china on and dang, they are expensive for little pieces of plexiglass.

My husband just took the sliding glass doors out.  I think I will donate them to a  REStore.  The glass shelves, too once I get the new shelves figured out.
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« Reply #3791 on: July 09, 2020, 02:39:16 PM »
Iíve sold things like laptops on eBay in the past, but I am almost incapable of shipping anything unless under duress, so I much prefer Buy Nothing and FB market place/Craigslist.

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« Reply #3792 on: July 09, 2020, 02:45:30 PM »
@ysette9 - it's wild how in demand they are! Good work getting a good price, & out of your hair quickly.

Thanks for the tip on the bikes.  I have 2 adult bikes that might go for $200 each, according to the Craigslist ads I am seeing. Wow.

I was really kind of stuck, grinding away at the other decluttering chores, and now I think I will check out the bikes, maybe even ride one of them, and get some exercise. Maybe sell one!       Woohoo! 

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« Reply #3793 on: July 09, 2020, 05:19:34 PM »
Reading everyone's posts is so motivating!

I cleaned up the kitchen cupboards again, and found another set of items to sell. They are on FB right now! I'm hoping with all the COVID cooking going on right now that it will be quick sales.

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« Reply #3794 on: July 09, 2020, 06:12:28 PM »
This morning I didn't let myself get side tracked (promising myself I Will Get To It only to fail) and put one book in the street library and bananagrams, an uno deck and the unopened Articulate that the boys gave us 4?5? Christmases ago which we forgot we owned into the street library by the play centre. Toys, games, art supplies go super quickly from there.

Next step, I am gathering up all the scissors in the house and putting them on the kitchen table to choose which ones to keep. Everywhere I look - more! scissors!

UPDATE: SIX PAIRS OF BAD NO GOOD SCISSORS, BEGONE!
also about 20 non-working pens/sharpies and the backup coffee thermometer that we have used in 4 years.
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« Reply #3795 on: July 10, 2020, 04:04:31 AM »


UPDATE: SIX PAIRS OF BAD NO GOOD SCISSORS, BEGONE!
also about 20 non-working pens/sharpies and the backup coffee thermometer that we have used in 4 years.

I have to admit, I had to Google what a coffee thermometer was used for because I didnít even know they existed.

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« Reply #3796 on: July 10, 2020, 08:36:35 AM »
Hope to get some motivation from this group.
I'm quite good in getting clutter out, unfortunately my SO is a "just-in-case" type of person. We try to make it work!
Today I already got rid of a sewing project that I will never finish (oops), a child toy that was used as a prop for the school play and some old paperwork.
Want to get more done during the coming weekend. Next week, kids will have their final school week before summer holiday starts, so I just hope they do not come home with loads of paper workbooks and art-work that they want to keep.

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« Reply #3797 on: July 10, 2020, 12:21:20 PM »
Hope to get some motivation from this group.
I'm quite good in getting clutter out, unfortunately my SO is a "just-in-case" type of person. We try to make it work!
Today I already got rid of a sewing project that I will never finish (oops), a child toy that was used as a prop for the school play and some old paperwork.
Want to get more done during the coming weekend. Next week, kids will have their final school week before summer holiday starts, so I just hope they do not come home with loads of paper workbooks and art-work that they want to keep.
My husband grew up with "just in case" tendencies due to his parents, father especially, being what I consider to be hoarders. Well, to be fair not actual hoarders, just breathtaking amounts of duplicate, usually inexpensive stuff. Lots of stuff.

My husband has slowly been moving closer on the spectrum of having less stuff. Part of it is us working on developing a more critical eye on deciding if we really need things or not before acquiring them. Two big factors also are FB marketplace/Buy Nothing/Craigslist and moving. Moving is a clear motivator because it you want to sort and purge before to not end up wasting time and money moving things you don't need. With FB Marketplace and the like it makes us realize that we can easily get rid of things AND easily get things back if we ever realize we need item X again in the future. So that greatly reduces the urge to keep things "just in case" because you can, in a sense, use FB marketplace/Buy Nothing as storage for those items.

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« Reply #3798 on: July 10, 2020, 04:34:59 PM »
re: reducing paper - the other thing that is cluttered is my email inbox - I should not say how many emails I have kept -- 10,000?  I clear out a little bit every now and then because a relative will send me huge files and I am out of space.

Also, my phone memory.  My phone is 7 years old but I often do not have memory to take new photos, so it is becoming un-functional.  I am thinking of getting a new phone anyway.  Part of me wants to resist.

I need to sell a pair of outgrown hockey skates before they sit around too long.  Maybe I will try FB marketplace?

I also need to return a pair of shorts.

And I need to finish the taxes.

You're a digital hoarder. The first step to recovery is acceptance.

As for the phone - move all the pictures to the computer, then delete them off the phone.

Then find the twenty you actually would look at ever and delete the rest off the computer....

I have made a big push unsubscribes the past couple weeks. While it is nice to get mail, it is also nice to not get mail.

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« Reply #3799 on: July 11, 2020, 05:13:04 AM »
Next step, I am gathering up all the scissors in the house and putting them on the kitchen table to choose which ones to keep. Everywhere I look - more! scissors!

UPDATE: SIX PAIRS OF BAD NO GOOD SCISSORS, BEGONE!

I had to laugh at this. We have the opposite problem.  I can never find scissors when I need them even though I feel like a buy a few new ones every year.  Our home is not very cluttered either. They just seem to sprout legs and walk away on their own.  Totally agree though to not keep bad ones around. That's frustrating unless you have the ability to sharpen them.

 

Wow, a phone plan for fifteen bucks!