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« Reply #3800 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 #3801 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 #3802 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 #3803 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 #3804 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 #3805 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 #3806 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 #3807 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 #3808 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 #3809 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.

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« Reply #3810 on: July 11, 2020, 05:13:54 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.

me too!

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« Reply #3811 on: July 11, 2020, 05:40:49 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.

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.

I have also unsubscribed from most of the newletters or offers. For those that I chose to keep I made a special folder and made a rule that sends the email directly into the folder. So when I am going to book airline tickets I look into the folder and see if there is an offer that I can use. Actually, I have folders and rules to all my common emails or order confirmations so they end up in the right place immediately.

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« Reply #3812 on: July 11, 2020, 07:14:04 AM »
Sold a saddle yesterday!  Packed it up and shipped in a box that was also cluttering the basement.  I don't mind the extra $1,000 that is now cluttering my bank account instead.

I made a big pile of horse stuff I am not currently using, and could potentially sell.  It's going to be hot today, so this afternoon I'm going to get it all cleaned and photographed and posted to a couple local FB groups.  I'm sure at least a few items will sell so I can consolidate the rest of it.

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« Reply #3813 on: July 11, 2020, 10:43:41 AM »
Used up a gifted tube of lotion. Didn't love the smell, but it moisturized and it's gone.

Bagged up and located a drop-off for contact lens recycling. The site won't be open until Monday, but I was able to put the container I was gathering them in into the recycling bin and out of my bathroom.

Gathered up a bag of shipping materials to drop off at the store recycling site.

Dropped off items from a job site I won't be visiting any more, in the other job site's interoffice mail area at our central location. Way simpler than doing a separate trip just for those two things.

Finally finished the garden project I'd had materials for for over a month. They were just lying in the garden, reproaching me every time I was out there. Today I dug in and finished it. In the way of most procrastinated projects, it took much less time than I was expecting. I pulled out some sickly plants and now the garden is cleaned up.

Now to figure out where to donate my old eyeglasses. The charity I usually mail them to isn't accepting donations right now, and the public libraries where there are Lions Club donation boxes are closed. Any ideas?

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« Reply #3814 on: July 11, 2020, 10:53:02 AM »

Now to figure out where to donate my old eyeglasses. The charity I usually mail them to isn't accepting donations right now, and the public libraries where there are Lions Club donation boxes are closed. Any ideas?

Here some stores that sells eyeglasses also accept donations.

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« Reply #3815 on: July 11, 2020, 11:18:07 AM »

Now to figure out where to donate my old eyeglasses. The charity I usually mail them to isn't accepting donations right now, and the public libraries where there are Lions Club donation boxes are closed. Any ideas?

Here some stores that sells eyeglasses also accept donations.


Yes, same here.  Any optical store should take them.

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« Reply #3816 on: July 11, 2020, 03:14:34 PM »
4 DVDs out to the street library and while walking last night I found several more that had spaces for books in them. I have been making a pile of manga that I am ready to let go of and I accept that I am very unlikely to try sell them so maybe I just put them all out for donation?

Also, collecting up random things from cupboards for discarding - a metal jug, two fancy glass oil/vinegar bottles, a preserving jar with a latch I hate. So close to getting rid of all the wine glasses buuuuut once a year I host book club. We are getting into the various book shelves and drawers at this point, since most of the obvious surface stuff is done. Less visually satisfying until you open a drawer and it's not a mess and you can put things away in it.

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« Reply #3817 on: July 11, 2020, 04:16:30 PM »
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.
So how do you sharpen scissors? Our kitchen scissors are pathetic and can barely cut a plastic bag now.

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« Reply #3818 on: July 11, 2020, 04:30:06 PM »
I have also unsubscribed from most of the newletters or offers. For those that I chose to keep I made a special folder and made a rule that sends the email directly into the folder. So when I am going to book airline tickets I look into the folder and see if there is an offer that I can use. Actually, I have folders and rules to all my common emails or order confirmations so they end up in the right place immediately.

Excellent idea, I might do this.

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« Reply #3819 on: July 11, 2020, 08:28:48 PM »
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.
So how do you sharpen scissors? Our kitchen scissors are pathetic and can barely cut a plastic bag now.

If they're good quality scissors that you want a proper job done on, take them to a knife sharpener.  Otherwise, anything like a sharpening stone or a Wilkinson knife sheath can be used at home.

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« Reply #3820 on: July 11, 2020, 08:48:53 PM »
If they are outgrown children's safety scissors with poorly designed flimsy handles, you just throw them out...
I'll save sharpening for my sewing scissors.

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« Reply #3821 on: July 12, 2020, 05:55:29 AM »
We sold a hitch mounted bike rack that we replaced about 3/4 years ago but hadn't found a buyer yet. Admittedly, we only tried a few times to sell it, but this time it worked. The guy who bought it was so thrilled about the quality of it (really heavy metal base).  He got a great deal at $75. It was a great rack, but the one we bought to replace it is easier to use to get bikes in and out of.  It was such a huge thing in our garage. I'm particularly excited to get rid of the old one and place it in a good new home.

In other recent wins:
- Reduced about 10 folders we had for various accounts into one and shredded all the unnecessary paperwork in those files
- Sorted through our 'important papers'/fire retardant pouch and got rid of about 1/3 of the papers. Not sure whey some of it was saved or deemed 'important'
- Used scrap wood in our garage to make a bird house for the garden (reducing said 'scrap' pile a little)
- Earlier this summer we used other scraps to make a new raised garden bed instead of buying new boards

I'm challenging myself to use up all the little travel size/samples that I have in my toiletry stash.
 

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« Reply #3822 on: July 12, 2020, 07:48:05 AM »

Now to figure out where to donate my old eyeglasses. The charity I usually mail them to isn't accepting donations right now, and the public libraries where there are Lions Club donation boxes are closed. Any ideas?

Here some stores that sells eyeglasses also accept donations.


Yes, same here.  Any optical store should take them.

I'll check with my optometrist when i have an appointment next week!

As to scissor sharpeners, I have a handheld version of this guy that I bought at a craft store. I've had it for over a decade.
https://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-Universal-Scissors-Sharpener-198620/dp/B00UY11D0Q/ref=sr_1_7?crid=7DVC0QNCVA6N&dchild=1&keywords=scissor+sharpener&qid=1594561605&sprefix=scissor+sharp%2Caps%2C241&sr=8-7


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« Reply #3823 on: July 12, 2020, 09:16:28 AM »

Now to figure out where to donate my old eyeglasses. The charity I usually mail them to isn't accepting donations right now, and the public libraries where there are Lions Club donation boxes are closed. Any ideas?

Here some stores that sells eyeglasses also accept donations.


Yes, same here.  Any optical store should take them.

I'll check with my optometrist when i have an appointment next week!

As to scissor sharpeners, I have a handheld version of this guy that I bought at a craft store. I've had it for over a decade.
https://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-Universal-Scissors-Sharpener-198620/dp/B00UY11D0Q/ref=sr_1_7?crid=7DVC0QNCVA6N&dchild=1&keywords=scissor+sharpener&qid=1594561605&sprefix=scissor+sharp%2Caps%2C241&sr=8-7
Thanks for the recommendation

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« Reply #3824 on: July 12, 2020, 11:49:04 AM »
We had to pack our kitchen (remodel), & it reminded me that we have a bunch of stuff that we don't regularly use. I'd decluttered most of the house during the quarantine, but some items were pushed to the back of the cupboards. Rather than toss them in boxes, I made piles: garbage, donate, sell. I've listed most of the sell items.

Today I need to go through a few items that were in our sheds (also being torn down/rebuilt) & see if they can be salvaged. One item was destroyed when I tried to clean it, so that was a major fail.

We're living in part of our house with a bunch of remodeling work happening around us. We're all masked up, and the room being re-done is completely closed to all of us. The rest of the work is happening outside. Lots of time for us to figure out what we should be decluttering! It's not a move, but it's enough of packing & shuffling to raise the same questions.

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« Reply #3825 on: July 12, 2020, 12:11:51 PM »
I have about 10 things listed for free on Nextdoor and my local Buy Nothing Group.  This morning someone came to pick up a magazine.  I'm off this week and decluttering/reorganizing/re-decorating is at the top of my agenda.  I'm starting with things I inherited or was gifted.  I think at this moment if I were to Kondo the joint, it'd just be me and my cats in my recliner in an empty condo. 


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« Reply #3826 on: July 12, 2020, 03:02:23 PM »
The kids cleaned out their art-drawers today..... lots of junk came out of that and Iím proud that they could do this quite easily.
Found a play tent and put it up on FB marketplace and put some art-stuff from the kids on the Buy Nothing group.

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« Reply #3827 on: July 12, 2020, 03:52:18 PM »
I have about 10 things listed for free on Nextdoor and my local Buy Nothing Group.  This morning someone came to pick up a magazine.  I'm off this week and decluttering/reorganizing/re-decorating is at the top of my agenda.  I'm starting with things I inherited or was gifted.  I think at this moment if I were to Kondo the joint, it'd just be me and my cats in my recliner in an empty condo.
I like how you used Kondo and condo in the same sentence :)

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« Reply #3828 on: July 12, 2020, 03:53:14 PM »
We had to pack our kitchen (remodel), & it reminded me that we have a bunch of stuff that we don't regularly use. I'd decluttered most of the house during the quarantine, but some items were pushed to the back of the cupboards. Rather than toss them in boxes, I made piles: garbage, donate, sell. I've listed most of the sell items.

Today I need to go through a few items that were in our sheds (also being torn down/rebuilt) & see if they can be salvaged. One item was destroyed when I tried to clean it, so that was a major fail.

We're living in part of our house with a bunch of remodeling work happening around us. We're all masked up, and the room being re-done is completely closed to all of us. The rest of the work is happening outside. Lots of time for us to figure out what we should be decluttering! It's not a move, but it's enough of packing & shuffling to raise the same questions.
Good luck with the remodel! That is a big deal. I still have vivid memories of my parents remodeling the kitchen when I was in HS. What will you do for meals in the interim?

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« Reply #3829 on: July 12, 2020, 07:56:44 PM »
Small thing, but I remembered that my Talavera flying pig is really a piggy bank, so I put all the change from our change jar in it, and did away with the jar.  We haven't been collecting or using much change the last few years, and it's really ground to a halt since Covid.  I should probably just cash in the change, but that would require going somewhere.  I also repurposed a garlic keeper for holding rubber bands since I wasn't using it for garlic and just kept stashing it in different places around the kitchen.

I also put the broiler pan that came with my toaster oven into the donate box.  Haven't used it in over a year, doubt I ever will.

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« Reply #3830 on: July 12, 2020, 09:14:34 PM »
We had to pack our kitchen (remodel), & it reminded me that we have a bunch of stuff that we don't regularly use. I'd decluttered most of the house during the quarantine, but some items were pushed to the back of the cupboards. Rather than toss them in boxes, I made piles: garbage, donate, sell. I've listed most of the sell items.

Today I need to go through a few items that were in our sheds (also being torn down/rebuilt) & see if they can be salvaged. One item was destroyed when I tried to clean it, so that was a major fail.

We're living in part of our house with a bunch of remodeling work happening around us. We're all masked up, and the room being re-done is completely closed to all of us. The rest of the work is happening outside. Lots of time for us to figure out what we should be decluttering! It's not a move, but it's enough of packing & shuffling to raise the same questions.
Good luck with the remodel! That is a big deal. I still have vivid memories of my parents remodeling the kitchen when I was in HS. What will you do for meals in the interim?

It's quite an adventure. So far, we've made do with the microwave, pannini maker, & a toaster oven. We bought the toaster oven, but had the other items. My husband convinced the contractor to help set up the stove top in another area of the house, while everything is torn apart. There have been dishes washed in the tub, and a lot of creativity. It was fine over the weekend. I have a crazy work week next week, and a full remodel, plus the kids at home with no camp. Should be the true test of our limits.

In decluttering news, sold our old cooler that was taking up space. Happy to give it a new home. Also have a pile of clothes ready to go to our neighbor, who donates at the homeless shelter. She gave us some outgrown swimsuits, one of which has already been called into service when our 14 year old discovered his swim trunks were too small. Love it when things come together.

I also have someone (supposedly) coming by to pick up file folders I've had listed for a month on Nextdoor. Fingers crossed, because I'd love to get them out of my closet.

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« Reply #3831 on: July 12, 2020, 09:24:01 PM »
Small thing, but I remembered that my Talavera flying pig is really a piggy bank, so I put all the change from our change jar in it, and did away with the jar.  We haven't been collecting or using much change the last few years, and it's really ground to a halt since Covid.  I should probably just cash in the change, but that would require going somewhere.  I also repurposed a garlic keeper for holding rubber bands since I wasn't using it for garlic and just kept stashing it in different places around the kitchen.

I also put the broiler pan that came with my toaster oven into the donate box.  Haven't used it in over a year, doubt I ever will.

You might want to keep the broiler pan.  If you ever decide to give away or sell the oven, most people would want it.  Itís not something one can buy on its own.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3832 on: July 12, 2020, 10:07:10 PM »
Small thing, but I remembered that my Talavera flying pig is really a piggy bank, so I put all the change from our change jar in it, and did away with the jar.  We haven't been collecting or using much change the last few years, and it's really ground to a halt since Covid.  I should probably just cash in the change, but that would require going somewhere.  I also repurposed a garlic keeper for holding rubber bands since I wasn't using it for garlic and just kept stashing it in different places around the kitchen.

I also put the broiler pan that came with my toaster oven into the donate box.  Haven't used it in over a year, doubt I ever will.


You might want to keep the broiler pan.  If you ever decide to give away or sell the oven, most people would want it.  Itís not something one can buy on its own.


Nah, they can look at a thirft shop to find one that fits OK! 😃

If it had a high resale value, I'd agree with you.



Posting for accountability: Room Mate and I share a hobby.  Today we jointly decluttered our hobby accessories. Not a lot volume wise, but nice to clear out unused bits. I also got to reorganize my hobby cupboard; it is pleasing and more functional.

I have volunteered to advertise the items to the hobby group and handle the distribution.  Tomorrow!

Also tomorrow: finish seasoning the cast iron so it can be put away rather than cluttering up the countertop.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3833 on: July 12, 2020, 10:10:22 PM »
On a whim i posted on our neighborhood FB group about my growing collection of single-use grocery bags. I suppose I used to just toss them? I canít even remember; it feels like I have been doing being-your-own-bags now for so long.

In any case it spurred a conversation and a few people are collecting them to give to food banks that are now using a bunch for home deliveries. That feels good.

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« Reply #3834 on: July 13, 2020, 05:34:29 AM »
Oh man, I collect plastic bags too.  I've seen people make plarn (plastic yarn) and then knit or crochet with them. Goodness knows I can't take on a project right now though.

My clean surfaces started falling apart over the weekend. I still have shorts to return and I still need to finish the taxes.

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« Reply #3835 on: July 13, 2020, 07:51:14 AM »
I use plastic grocery bags to clean the litterboxes.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3836 on: July 13, 2020, 08:36:00 AM »
On a whim i posted on our neighborhood FB group about my growing collection of single-use grocery bags. I suppose I used to just toss them? I canít even remember; it feels like I have been doing being-your-own-bags now for so long.

In any case it spurred a conversation and a few people are collecting them to give to food banks that are now using a bunch for home deliveries. That feels good.

Here we got a tax on single use plastic grocery bags so that you now have to pay about 60 cents per bag, prEvioulsy it was about half of that. I read that the sales of plastic bags had dropped with 50 % in two months.

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« Reply #3837 on: July 13, 2020, 08:54:06 AM »
On a whim i posted on our neighborhood FB group about my growing collection of single-use grocery bags. I suppose I used to just toss them? I canít even remember; it feels like I have been doing being-your-own-bags now for so long.

In any case it spurred a conversation and a few people are collecting them to give to food banks that are now using a bunch for home deliveries. That feels good.

Here we got a tax on single use plastic grocery bags so that you now have to pay about 60 cents per bag, prEvioulsy it was about half of that. I read that the sales of plastic bags had dropped with 50 % in two months.

Most places will no longer allow you to use reusable bags due to covid-19 concerns.
I think use had dropped off quite a bit.

What's also interesting, is due to the decrease in oil cost, and some pull back of regulations requiring bags be made of post consumer waste, currently, most bags in the US are being made of completely new plastics.

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« Reply #3838 on: July 13, 2020, 09:02:30 AM »
On a whim i posted on our neighborhood FB group about my growing collection of single-use grocery bags. I suppose I used to just toss them? I canít even remember; it feels like I have been doing being-your-own-bags now for so long.

In any case it spurred a conversation and a few people are collecting them to give to food banks that are now using a bunch for home deliveries. That feels good.

Here we got a tax on single use plastic grocery bags so that you now have to pay about 60 cents per bag, prEvioulsy it was about half of that. I read that the sales of plastic bags had dropped with 50 % in two months.
In normal times plastic bags are banned and reusable bags can be purchased if you forgot to bring your own. Early in the covid crisis though most grocery stores banned you from bringing in your own bags, so the stores I shop at (mostly TJís) give you paper bags for free. I did one non-TJís run and got a bunch of plastic bags. It felt very retro.

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« Reply #3839 on: July 13, 2020, 09:13:59 AM »
On a whim i posted on our neighborhood FB group about my growing collection of single-use grocery bags. I suppose I used to just toss them? I canít even remember; it feels like I have been doing being-your-own-bags now for so long.

In any case it spurred a conversation and a few people are collecting them to give to food banks that are now using a bunch for home deliveries. That feels good.

Here we got a tax on single use plastic grocery bags so that you now have to pay about 60 cents per bag, prEvioulsy it was about half of that. I read that the sales of plastic bags had dropped with 50 % in two months.

Most places will no longer allow you to use reusable bags due to covid-19 concerns.
I think use had dropped off quite a bit.

What's also interesting, is due to the decrease in oil cost, and some pull back of regulations requiring bags be made of post consumer waste, currently, most bags in the US are being made of completely new plastics.

We implementerar the tax during the pandemic. Here one of the arguments towards the tax was that the bags were made of recycled plastic or biobased materials and that they donít end up in the ocean but rather as garbagebags. They sell more paper bags but I have also seen more reusable bags.

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« Reply #3840 on: July 13, 2020, 12:19:59 PM »
I donated 3 bags of varying sizes and a box of household stuffs to my favorite charity thrift shop at 1201.  They closed at noon but kindly let me pass.  Their donation area was literally overflowing.  I hope they treat my antique items carefully and they wind up in good hands. 

Tonight I stand to make $ when I sell some extremely unmustachian exercise equipment I purchased in 2019.  Hereís hoping the other party shows up. 

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« Reply #3841 on: July 13, 2020, 10:08:28 PM »
Posting for accountability: Room Mate and I share a hobby.  Today we jointly decluttered our hobby accessories. Not a lot volume wise, but nice to clear out unused bits. I also got to reorganize my hobby cupboard; it is pleasing and more functional.

I have volunteered to advertise the items to the hobby group and handle the distribution.  Tomorrow!

Also tomorrow: finish seasoning the cast iron so it can be put away rather than cluttering up the countertop.

Done! The items are listed and the pan is more or less seasoned.  Woo! 

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« Reply #3842 on: July 14, 2020, 05:48:48 AM »
The whole family is finding stuff they no longer want and sorting it into donate, recycle or trash. The completely full garbage bin was just collected by the City.    The number of items that is picked up curbside is great.  I am being ruthless about not collecting pots. People have been dropping them off because I used to need them but now I have such a huge collection I will never need another.  I got rid a any that were even a little damaged.

I am also using up watercolour paper that I had previously used one side of.  I am taking online courses and doing a lot of exercises.  No need to do the entire exercise on a single sheet if I have a bunch of small pieces.  And then I take a photo of the work, do a reflection/review in my notebook and then into the recycling.  I was wondering about composting them but I am not sure about the chemicals in the pigments.  I don't think there is cadmium in paint still but I don't want to take the chance.

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« Reply #3843 on: July 14, 2020, 09:08:38 AM »
Speaking of paper (paper shopping bags, and using the other side of watercolor paper) I still have tons of this paper called 'card stock', which is usual sized 8.5  x  11 inch paper, but is thicker than usual. It can be used to make greeting cards, by folding it in half. It comes in multiple colors.

I was actually able to sell about 10 pounds of this stuff, for 1 cent per sheet, on Craigslist 2 years ago, but no one wants it these days. 

I  made myself donate some of it to my church, and the lady reluctantly accepted it.

I'm greedily hanging onto about 30 pounds of it, waiting for the resurgence of Craigslist demand!       



 

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3844 on: July 14, 2020, 09:27:56 AM »
Speaking of paper (paper shopping bags, and using the other side of watercolor paper) I still have tons of this paper called 'card stock', which is usual sized 8.5  x  11 inch paper, but is thicker than usual. It can be used to make greeting cards, by folding it in half. It comes in multiple colors.

I was actually able to sell about 10 pounds of this stuff, for 1 cent per sheet, on Craigslist 2 years ago, but no one wants it these days. 

I  made myself donate some of it to my church, and the lady reluctantly accepted it.

I'm greedily hanging onto about 30 pounds of it, waiting for the resurgence of Craigslist demand!       
 
It sounds as though it might be useful for home schooling, for which there is probably going to be considerable demand. You may have other things that could be advertised as "home school supplies" too!

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« Reply #3845 on: July 14, 2020, 09:42:08 AM »
Re: grocery bags.  The stores are instructing staff not to handle bags.  If I have a small order, I just chuck it back in the cart and then put it in my bags after checkout.  For a larger order, if you have some totes that you can put in the bottom of your cart, you can just chuck your groceries straight into the totes as they ring things up.  Or shop at a bag your own type place. 

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« Reply #3846 on: July 14, 2020, 02:18:28 PM »
@horsepoor, those are excellent ideas.  Thank you.

Finally made the Goodwill drop off time frame, so a small box and a bag of clothing were donated.

Rounding up another stack of egg cartons to mail off to an out-of-state chicken and duck egg laying friend.

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« Reply #3847 on: July 14, 2020, 02:22:25 PM »
Re: bags, we typically don't take one & load items in the cart. Wheel the cart out to our car, and unload from there. This wouldn't work if you were hauling groceries from your car over a distance, or had a large purchase. We shop at Costco (no bags) & then fill in with smaller orders at the local store.

For us, I've listed an item on eBay I'm hoping to save from the landfill. My husband's motorcycle jacket was damaged in our shed, but the armor inside the jacket is in great shape. I don't think it's recyclable, so hoping it serves a need to someone else. If not, I'll have to get more creative about disposing of it.

I also sold another eBay item (son's shirt he grew out of & wore 1x), & packaged it in a repurposed Amazon pkg.

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« Reply #3848 on: July 14, 2020, 02:39:30 PM »
Yesterday I did a big grocery trip, did not take bags in due to covid concern, but I ended up doing self check out so I probably could have. Doing self check out did allow me to skip plastic bags when a clerk might use them.  I used a couple for small items but just stacked the rest in the cart.  The key is that I had put the laundry basket in the car, so I just loaded up all the cold things in the laundry basket and we were able to haul them all inside quickly and come bag for the other loose items once the fragile stuff was put away.

As for getting rid of stuff.  Weíve got another bag of odds and ends started and I am still working my way through sewing supplies. We moved in to this house in February and weíre finally settled enough that things are starting to fit in place and weíre more able to identify what we will use and what we wonít. I got hangers that fit our closet and promptly took the old ones to goodwill, and now the closet doors shut!

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« Reply #3849 on: July 14, 2020, 04:12:16 PM »
Have some baby stuff to my sister.


Because my sister is having a baby!!!! :):)