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« Reply #4050 on: September 02, 2020, 02:50:38 PM »
Continue to search daily for an item to: toss, donate or sell. I listed a running jacket that doesn't fit properly on eBay, added two pair of kid pants to the donation pile, and found one pair of NWT kid pants that I'll list tomorrow.

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« Reply #4051 on: September 02, 2020, 02:53:28 PM »
I've made a few eBay sales, after a quiet period. Sold a sports bra, dress, pair of workout pants, fishing float, & wine chiller. Also sold our old fridge. Our microwave/convection oven is the only kitchen remodel still outstanding.

I need to get back to my "trying everything on" from summer stuff, & putting things I won't use or wear in the donation pile.

Congratulations on the eBay sales. 

Craigslist has suddenly come to life for me. I just sold a big gas powered weed whacker and a box of ancillary stuff, that my Dad gave me.  Good to have that gone!  It was too big, overkill for the landscaping I have. All I need is my handy electric weed whacker.   

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« Reply #4052 on: September 03, 2020, 06:43:55 AM »
I forgot to mention I was finally able to return the huge stack of library books that's been waiting on my hall table!  I have access to three different library systems (courtesy of DH being a university employee) and the last holdout finally opened the book drop to accept returns.  Now there's only one book that was borrowed from a family member, that I need to see if she wants back or I should donate.

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« Reply #4053 on: September 03, 2020, 11:45:58 AM »
Calling up one more reselling shop to see if they will buy my old electronic typewriter. Sort of hoping they will say no, like the other places, so I can just donate the thing to the salvation army, and be rid of it.

On Sunday I went by the S.A. dropoff place, and it was packed to the gills with stuff! I hope they continue to accept stuff well into the future, since I have a lot.

Maybe, you can put it in the electrical recycling. I doubt it is sellable, which is also verified by your efforts with the reselling shops. By donating it to salvation army you are giving them en expense or something to get rid of instead of a gift.

Oh, don't be such a Debby Downer. I bet they could get $5 or $10 for it.

I prefer to called it realistic. I havenít seen anybody use a typewriter in 25 years.

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« Reply #4054 on: September 03, 2020, 07:08:19 PM »
Today I removed some degrees, awards, and whatnot from a stack of frames and put them into a scrapbook folder and tossed the frames. Now I have the certificates AND (a teensy bit of) closet space!

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« Reply #4055 on: September 04, 2020, 11:45:25 AM »
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I have been prioritizing the largest items since we need the floor space!  Some people have expressed a wish to buy the giant armoire that ended up in our garage. They may have it at a deep, deep, discount, and they will get my blessings with it.  They claim to be coming to pick it up this afternoon and I have my fingers crossed.

The giant armoire is gone!! Sold it to a Craigslist guy for only $130 (probably was $2K originally, but it's been for sale for almost two months.  I feel like we can breathe again!  So he's happy and I'm happy.

Way to go, Poundwise! You got some real money for it, and it is out of your house.  Very tough market for used furniture lately.

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« Reply #4056 on: September 04, 2020, 12:18:12 PM »
Thanks, slackmax!! A secret is that I probably would have been willing to PAY $130 to get it out! It was indeed a lovely piece of furniture, solid light hardwood, nice clean lines.

Calling up one more reselling shop to see if they will buy my old electronic typewriter. Sort of hoping they will say no, like the other places, so I can just donate the thing to the salvation army, and be rid of it.

On Sunday I went by the S.A. dropoff place, and it was packed to the gills with stuff! I hope they continue to accept stuff well into the future, since I have a lot.

Maybe, you can put it in the electrical recycling. I doubt it is sellable, which is also verified by your efforts with the reselling shops. By donating it to salvation army you are giving them en expense or something to get rid of instead of a gift.

Oh, don't be such a Debby Downer. I bet they could get $5 or $10 for it.

I prefer to called it realistic. I havenít seen anybody use a typewriter in 25 years.

Coincidentally, my husband just said he'll take my dad's old Selectric off to his office because he finds it more convenient for typing addresses on envelopes.

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« Reply #4057 on: September 04, 2020, 03:33:49 PM »
Thanks, slackmax!! A secret is that I probably would have been willing to PAY $130 to get it out! It was indeed a lovely piece of furniture, solid light hardwood, nice clean lines.

Calling up one more reselling shop to see if they will buy my old electronic typewriter. Sort of hoping they will say no, like the other places, so I can just donate the thing to the salvation army, and be rid of it.

On Sunday I went by the S.A. dropoff place, and it was packed to the gills with stuff! I hope they continue to accept stuff well into the future, since I have a lot.

Maybe, you can put it in the electrical recycling. I doubt it is sellable, which is also verified by your efforts with the reselling shops. By donating it to salvation army you are giving them en expense or something to get rid of instead of a gift.

Oh, don't be such a Debby Downer. I bet they could get $5 or $10 for it.

I prefer to called it realistic. I havenít seen anybody use a typewriter in 25 years.

Coincidentally, my husband just said he'll take my dad's old Selectric off to his office because he finds it more convenient for typing addresses on envelopes.

In my last office, the Payroll department had an electric typewriter for cutting checks to terminated employees.  In California, whether the employee quits on the spot, gives notice or is terminated by the company, they are to be given all their salary, vacation or any other pay they are owed by the end of that business day.  Payroll could fulfil that obligation without disrupting the normal Payables process, and also without revealing salary or other sensitive info.

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« Reply #4058 on: September 04, 2020, 10:16:36 PM »
Thanks, slackmax!! A secret is that I probably would have been willing to PAY $130 to get it out! It was indeed a lovely piece of furniture, solid light hardwood, nice clean lines.

Calling up one more reselling shop to see if they will buy my old electronic typewriter. Sort of hoping they will say no, like the other places, so I can just donate the thing to the salvation army, and be rid of it.

On Sunday I went by the S.A. dropoff place, and it was packed to the gills with stuff! I hope they continue to accept stuff well into the future, since I have a lot.

Maybe, you can put it in the electrical recycling. I doubt it is sellable, which is also verified by your efforts with the reselling shops. By donating it to salvation army you are giving them en expense or something to get rid of instead of a gift.

Oh, don't be such a Debby Downer. I bet they could get $5 or $10 for it.

I prefer to called it realistic. I havenít seen anybody use a typewriter in 25 years.

Coincidentally, my husband just said he'll take my dad's old Selectric off to his office because he finds it more convenient for typing addresses on envelopes.

In my last office, the Payroll department had an electric typewriter for cutting checks to terminated employees.  In California, whether the employee quits on the spot, gives notice or is terminated by the company, they are to be given all their salary, vacation or any other pay they are owed by the end of that business day.  Payroll could fulfil that obligation without disrupting the normal Payables process, and also without revealing salary or other sensitive info.

Did you get your salary by check? I havenít seen anybody using checks in 20 years. I find it fascinating that US has some of the world largest tech companies but still use checks.

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« Reply #4059 on: September 05, 2020, 01:17:47 AM »
In my last office, the Payroll department had an electric typewriter for cutting checks to terminated employees.  In California, whether the employee quits on the spot, gives notice or is terminated by the company, they are to be given all their salary, vacation or any other pay they are owed by the end of that business day.  Payroll could fulfil that obligation without disrupting the normal Payables process, and also without revealing salary or other sensitive info.

Did you get your salary by check? I havenít seen anybody using checks in 20 years. I find it fascinating that US has some of the world largest tech companies but still use checks.

No, but it was an option. I'm pretty sure it's legally required to offer paper checks...not everybody in the USA has a bank account.  I'm sure some employees did opt to get checks.  Those employees would have their checks handed to them by their manager on payday (like in the olden days), so those checks would be prepared ahead of time by the outsourced payroll company.

But the requirement to pay an employee out on their last day necessitated a paper check cut by the internal payroll department.  The direct deposit system was either too expensive or too inflexible to handle a same-day transfer.

The company I worked for was 80 years old.  I guarantee that typewriter had been purchased new by the payroll department back when it was current tech.  It's still in service because it's not been heavily used. 

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« Reply #4060 on: September 05, 2020, 08:50:18 AM »
I was up early this morning and procured a prescription through the CVS drive-through and then I was the UPS Store's first customer to return some poorly fitting masks and a poorly fitting dress to Amazon.  I have now removed my card info from the website and I AM OFFICIALLY BREAKING UP WITH AMAZON. 

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« Reply #4061 on: September 05, 2020, 08:05:25 PM »
Way to go, @MoolahLula !

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« Reply #4062 on: September 05, 2020, 09:44:03 PM »
I was up early this morning and procured a prescription through the CVS drive-through and then I was the UPS Store's first customer to return some poorly fitting masks and a poorly fitting dress to Amazon.  I have now removed my card info from the website and I AM OFFICIALLY BREAKING UP WITH AMAZON.

You are living the dream.

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« Reply #4063 on: September 05, 2020, 10:47:26 PM »
Just recycled a piece of paper from the Pile of Doom (hat tip to @happy ).  There are 3 papers left! It's not my only cache of papers, but other stuff just needs scanning. I may have a victory post of my own soon.

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« Reply #4064 on: September 06, 2020, 03:07:15 AM »
Good work @oneday, only 3 to go! I look forward to your victory dance post. I burnt all the confidential papers from the Box of Doom this evening, and put the rest of the discards into the recycle bin. There's about 2 inches of pile left inside the box and I have a plan for those which I hope to execute tonight.

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« Reply #4065 on: September 06, 2020, 05:38:22 AM »
My son moved out yesterday.  He took two car loads of stuff.  I have stockpiling stuff for him since May.  After he was off I spent the afternoon collecting the garbage piles he left in his bedroom.

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« Reply #4066 on: September 06, 2020, 07:01:13 AM »
@MoolahLula I'm impressed! I've been wanting to break up with Amazon, but they're so seductive that I can't break the habit! Please keep us posted on the challenges and successes you have with it.

Way to go Frugal Lizard! Congrats on launching a child, unloading two car loads of stuff, and evicting someone who leaves garbage piles in their wake!

I gave a chair and ottoman away yesterday to make room to do yoga in my office/spare bedroom. I had tried to bring it to a donation centre, but wasn't able to get the chair into my little car, so I posted it online as a free pick up, and it was snapped up immediately. As a lovely bonus, I got to meet two gorgeous and charming foreign students who came to pick it up. Oh, to be 20 again!

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« Reply #4067 on: September 06, 2020, 08:30:51 AM »
Awesome wins, @MoolahLula @Frugal Lizard @oneday ! Progress everywhere.

I've recently:
-was on an incredibly terrible call recently, & spent the time organizing my son's dresser (I work out of his bedroom). Found a few things to donate, & a few to sell. Found dirty laundry under the bed (now in laundry). Also, gross
-Promptly returned two items that didn't work out (running shoes that were too big)
-Donated extra toiletries (including quite a few travel sizes, which were a request) to a neighbor collecting for a homeless shelter
-Got rid of our old microwave/convection oven that didn't fit after our remodel. I'd wanted to donate that + the fridge to a good charity, but it was quite hard to get that together. Instead, sold on FB & then made a donation to the wildfire fund. Done, and done!
-Continued to unpack kitchen (post remodel) & getting rid of things we no longer need. It's been a useful process to pack (dumped a bunch of stuff at that time) & then unpack. Why do we have six colanders, of various sizes, for example? I did stop my husband from buying a second package of cutting boards. We already have 8. He wanted to buy another 3 pack...

Speaking of my husband & progress, he grew up without a lot & immigrated alone to Canada at 16. So, he has some clutter/accumulation issues from a time when he truly had no belongings & lived in poverty. We hit a delicate balance at home, with me being driven nuts by clutter, and trying to be respectful of him.
Last night, he asked me to get rid of his old suits! He has a bunch of very, very nice suits from his role in sales (8+ years ago). We are both now in tech, and will never wear them again. I'm going to find a nice charity. I also suggested selling our old digital camera, and he agreed to that as well! Woop!!

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« Reply #4068 on: September 06, 2020, 12:37:14 PM »
Thanks @happy, right back atcha!  I have a feeling the last 2 inches will feel soooo satisfying to dispose of.

@Frugal Lizard no more garbage piles, yay!

@Sun Hat sounds like your trash was their treasure. Score!

@MaybeBabyMustache I can feel the triumph for you both when your husband agreed to sell the camera. Yay!


lol, forgot my update.  Two of three papers gone! One dealt with, the other in my calendar for later this week.  The last page has info I need to make a phone call on Tuesday.  That is also in my calendar.  In two days time, the pile of doom should be gone!
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« Reply #4069 on: September 06, 2020, 12:54:11 PM »
I've managed to get a good number of loads over to my mom's shed from the back porch/room over the past week.
I even cleared up some of my temporary piles that needed to move out to that room.

However, until that last bit of stuff goes to her place, I can't set the room up to do as I'd like. Been nearly 4 years, you'd think I could wait until Thursday. (If it actually happens then...)

Part of this move is to get space so that I can go through my things again. I needed more space to lay it all out to sort. Some of my stuff has been shoved on shelves for years without me using it. Hopefully soon!

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« Reply #4070 on: September 06, 2020, 01:42:25 PM »
Sold our old dining room table and its 6 chairs! That really was a relief to see it leaving the house.
Cleaned out our sonís closet and made 3 piles: junk / give away / sell. Already sold a few items (will be picked  up tomorrow)and will donate the give away pile tomorrow (Spare sets for kindergarten, the teachers there love to have a few spare sets of clothes in case of accidents.....)!
Now my daughterís closet......... (12yo tween with her own style......😜)

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« Reply #4071 on: September 07, 2020, 10:02:20 PM »
I took a weeklong break from the internet, so I had a bunch of time to declutter:

-last bits of elastic to a friend to fix a facemask. Mailed them off in some of the stationery stash.

-took apart an old photo album. Mailed some shots to my nephew that had his family in them. Put the rest in an existing memory box. Cover went into trash. Paper pages are being turned into a sketch book. Beaded decoration turned into a doll necklace.

-doll necklace and mended doll's clothes to SO's daughter and out of mending pile.

-reorganized kitchen cabinets and put plastic packeted items into glass jars. Tossed or recycled packaging. Pared down the glass jars to just the Mason or Kerr jars, rest in recycling.

-more stationery out in notes and letters. There's room in that cubby now!

-repurposed a yoga mat strap into a hairclip holder

-put a box on the curb with previously mentioned carving fork, shot glass, sheet, plus added a paper towel holder, sunhat, and bath pillow. SO took the sun hat and the rest was gone in 24 hours

-turned an unfinished sewing project and its scraps into a usable project, down to small scraps. Too-small scraps and threads went into the compost pile (100% cotton).

-came home from a family visit with a trunk load of stuff. Most of it went straight to the recycling bin (old magazines, catalogues, etc). They live in a rural area with very few recycling options, so I'm happy to bring them back and put them in my recycling bin to keep them out of the dump. The trick is to get them out immediately and not leave them in my car or mudroom for days, weeks....

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« Reply #4072 on: September 08, 2020, 05:27:35 PM »
Once again, a three hour "listening" training (e.g. no face time) resulted in me cleaning out my son's dresser. (His room is my "office.) Found a few things to donate, a few to sell. Also found a bunch of dirty clothes in his soccer bag... he last had a soccer game in February (pre COVID). Sweet lord. Tossed everything in the laundry, hope to salvage stuff.

Sold a few items on eBay - items out of the house, money in.

In non household items, I picked a bunch of jalapenos, and put them out with a free sign to share with neighbors. While I was at it, added giant packages of disposable cups/plates & silverware, leftover from our kitchen remodel. They were gone to other neighbors who are also remodeling or hosting a few socially distanced family meets. Win!

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« Reply #4073 on: September 08, 2020, 06:11:28 PM »
@shrimpwd sounds like there's a tangle of Family Stuff at your place.  Best wishes for getting that sorted out ASAP!

@Dutch Comfort well done with all the selling!

@okcisok I do the same thing with a family member's recycling 😁

@MaybeBabyMustache I am fascinated and repulsed by what you find in your "office"

The Pile Of Doom is gone! 🥳 In its place is today's mail, which will sit for a few days for decontamination.  This will be an easy pile to get through, so I'm happy to declare No Doom Pile even though there is still a stack rather than a clear spot on the counter.

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« Reply #4074 on: September 08, 2020, 08:40:53 PM »
@oneday - nice work getting rid of the pile of doom!!! Awesome progress.

What I really need to do is move my "office" to another child's room during long call days & start working through his stuff. Because, that guy is a real clutter bug!

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« Reply #4075 on: September 09, 2020, 08:08:42 AM »
The handyman is here today to work on the utility room. Which means that:

-all the lumber for the new window trim will be installed and not in the way
-the countertop will be installed and not in the way
-the shelving will be cut to length and ready for installation (the brackets are MIA so there will be a hunt later for those)
-the old dryer vent will be gone, hole closed up and the supplies for that used
-leftover drywall can be offered to people
-leftover lumber can be offered to neighbor for his garage work
-unused items purchased for the project can be returned to the store for a refund
-finally, I'll be ready to call the plumber to get the plumbing stuff finished up.

Once I find the shelf brackets, then I can get all the stuff that should be stored in the utility room out of my hall closet and bedroom and kitchen and dining room and properly stored where it belongs.

I'm really excited. :)

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Handyman is done!
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« Reply #4076 on: September 09, 2020, 09:24:02 AM »
@Sibley  The decluttering that comes with finishing a project is very very satisfying!!

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« Reply #4077 on: September 09, 2020, 11:16:55 AM »
The garbage bin was emptied this morning and DH half filled it with more garbage. 
The recycle bin is completely full and won't be emptied for a week.  I am wondering if I can stalk the garbage truck and have a box of recycling ready for a second dump?

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« Reply #4078 on: September 10, 2020, 04:57:31 AM »
@Sibley that sounds wonderful! So much stuff on the way out or to it's proper place!

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« Reply #4079 on: September 10, 2020, 07:23:48 AM »
The garbage bin was emptied this morning and DH half filled it with more garbage. 
The recycle bin is completely full and won't be emptied for a week.  I am wondering if I can stalk the garbage truck and have a box of recycling ready for a second dump?

I've done that a number of times too. When I feel ambitious, I load up the car with excess recyclables and even non-recyclables that can be reclaimed like wood, garden debris, ceramics, appliances, paint to bring to my city's recycling and reclamation depot. It's free to drop off anything that isn't going into the dump. I highly recommend it as a very satisfying experience- it's free, highly organized, and gets rid of junk.

@Sibley Congratulations on finishing a project and reclaiming your space!

My recently reclaimed closet space is full again. While I enjoyed looking at the mostly empty shelf, I've now put my sofa throw cushions on it while I test out whether I actually miss them or whether their sole role was to get knocked onto the floor to join the perpetual debris of dog toys and wandering socks. Now I just have to remember to make a decision about whether to keep them or not, rather than just have them take up space in my closet forever.

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« Reply #4080 on: September 10, 2020, 12:38:03 PM »
Cleared up a few more items, and posted some things for sale and finished a few tiny projects that have been staged for months. Very happy to have any small progress.

Now, this may be a topic for a new thread but has anyone else noticed how nice it is to have an empty space in a cupboard or closet so that you have a designated place for things when they are in use and not in use? For example we have a place on the kitchen counter where the electric griddle can plug in, but we also have a spot in the hall closet that is exactly griddle sized so it can easily be put away for the weeks when we won't use it at all. So that our counters can be completely cleared quickly and stay that way as long as we like. Same for the blender and a cake tray - they both fit just under the counter so they are always hidden from view except for when they are actively in use or being cleaned.

I'm also getting our out of season blankets and clothes into a similar set up: winter clothes and blankets need more storage space but they have a designated shelf that is easy to access, and when we put summer things there I do not fill the empty space left over during that season.

I do not like 'deep' storage - so I have a deep kitchen cupboard that is only used in the front half with nothing in the space behind the flour and sugar. Same in the bathroom, the back section is completely empty except for an empty electric toothbrush box in case of warranty concerns later. And one awkward part of the hall closet that goes behind a wall only has the empty box for the humidifier there so we won't need it unless we move.  The hardest to reach high shelves are also empty boxes for DVD player and similar - so if we ever pack up our stuff actually compresses into less space (humidifier and jewellery box and DVD player, etc which normally have their own designated places get put into their placeholder boxes and our closets become 25% less full).

Does anyone have a similar organization hack or tip along these lines?  For example, maybe if I see a sale on a larger package of flour, I'll put it in the empty space behind those dry goods or just leave that empty.

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« Reply #4081 on: September 10, 2020, 02:02:48 PM »
-Sold two workout shirts I didn't like, mailed & out of the house
-Listed another item on eBay (kids shorts, no longer fit)
-Added a few other shirts to the donation pile

I'm really, really digging my much more thoughtful (and smaller wardrobe). I know have more work to do, but it's so much closer to a curated list of all things I enjoy wearing, but for various situations.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4082 on: September 10, 2020, 03:49:41 PM »
I do not like 'deep' storage - so I have a deep kitchen cupboard that is only used in the front half with nothing in the space behind the flour and sugar. Same in the bathroom, the back section is completely empty except for an empty electric toothbrush box in case of warranty concerns later. And one awkward part of the hall closet that goes behind a wall only has the empty box for the humidifier there so we won't need it unless we move.  The hardest to reach high shelves are also empty boxes for DVD player and similar - so if we ever pack up our stuff actually compresses into less space (humidifier and jewellery box and DVD player, etc which normally have their own designated places get put into their placeholder boxes and our closets become 25% less full).

Does anyone have a similar organization hack or tip along these lines?  For example, maybe if I see a sale on a larger package of flour, I'll put it in the empty space behind those dry goods or just leave that empty.

I'm vertically challenged and previously I put items not used frequently up on the top shelves so I didn't have to get a stool to get them down. Now my goal is to have all the top shelves empty, so I never have to do this.


I'm really, really digging my much more thoughtful (and smaller wardrobe). I know have more work to do, but it's so much closer to a curated list of all things I enjoy wearing, but for various situations.

That's great! I'm really reducing my clothes as well. I don't seem to be able to toss a lot in one go, but with persistence and not buying any more, its on the improve. Since I retired I find I am wearing different types of clothes...so I devised a list of  roles that I need my clothes to fulfil eg daily chores in the yard, gym and so on. I hardly wear dressed up clothes at all now. At first I found this liberating, but now after 2 years, and maybe exacerbed even more by covid, I kind of miss this just a bit. I'm sticking to my plan though, and am gradually whittling down those dressy clothes keeping only my absolute favourites. 

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4083 on: September 10, 2020, 09:26:11 PM »
Now, this may be a topic for a new thread but has anyone else noticed how nice it is to have an empty space in a cupboard or closet so that you have a designated place for things when they are in use and not in use? For example we have a place on the kitchen counter where the electric griddle can plug in, but we also have a spot in the hall closet that is exactly griddle sized so it can easily be put away for the weeks when we won't use it at all.

This is my dream! A place for everything, even when everything is not in it's place.

I am fine without having the "extra" space like you have behind your flour, but I would be sure to put only very rarely-accessed things there.  When I lived alone, I was mostly able to achieve this.  Now that I have a room mate, no dice. She has a different philosophy and a different roster of stuff, especially for the kitchen.  I miss it.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4084 on: September 10, 2020, 09:40:31 PM »
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I do not like 'deep' storage - so I have a deep kitchen cupboard that is only used in the front half with nothing in the space behind the flour and sugar. Same in the bathroom, the back section is completely empty except for an empty electric toothbrush box in case of warranty concerns later. And one awkward part of the hall closet that goes behind a wall only has the empty box for the humidifier there so we won't need it unless we move.  The hardest to reach high shelves are also empty boxes for DVD player and similar - so if we ever pack up our stuff actually compresses into less space (humidifier and jewellery box and DVD player, etc which normally have their own designated places get put into their placeholder boxes and our closets become 25% less full).

Does anyone have a similar organization hack or tip along these lines?  For example, maybe if I see a sale on a larger package of flour, I'll put it in the empty space behind those dry goods or just leave that empty.

My Friend (who is the most organized person Iíve ever known) has thin, plastic ďlazy SusanísĒ in her pantry. She is able to store a good amount while being able to see everything in one turn. It makes good use of the space (especially towards the corner where items can get lost) without anything feeling crammed in there.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4085 on: September 10, 2020, 10:47:22 PM »
Today we threw out 6 different sauces/pastes that we will never use, clearing out just a little more of the fridge. Now we just have things we use regularly taking up the real estate

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4086 on: September 11, 2020, 05:13:53 PM »

My Friend (who is the most organized person Iíve ever known) has thin, plastic ďlazy SusanísĒ in her pantry. She is able to store a good amount while being able to see everything in one turn. It makes good use of the space (especially towards the corner where items can get lost) without anything feeling crammed in there.

A few months ago I first made a small lazy susan in my spices and condiments cabinet, by putting a handful of marbles between 2 cake pans, and it was so miraculously useful that more recently I did the same thing with 2 big round metal serving trays with lips, and I put all my baking ingredients on it, in my previously-stupid-awkward corner cabinet.  It has transformed a previously inconvenient space into something so much better.


I have a new organizing/decluttering problem lately:  it seems that decluttering has become the trendiest stay-home hobby, and all my local thrift stores are overwhelmed to the point of some not accepting new donations at all, and the others having half-hour long waits of mile-long lines of cars to drop stuff off. The animal shelter says no more linens, the little food pantry says absolutely, positively nothing but food. A lot of people around here were making Free piles at the ends of their driveways or roads - but I'm afraid to try that because some people have had other people stealthily dump even more stuff in their free piles!  Anybody else having trouble finding anywhere for their decluttering to go?

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4087 on: September 11, 2020, 08:17:36 PM »
If it's not worth selling, and the donation places won't take it, and you can't give it away - it hurts, but trash it. Try to recycle if you can of course. By product of too much mindless consumption.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4088 on: September 11, 2020, 10:20:02 PM »


I have a new organizing/decluttering problem lately:  it seems that decluttering has become the trendiest stay-home hobby, and all my local thrift stores are overwhelmed to the point of some not accepting new donations at all, and the others having half-hour long waits of mile-long lines of cars to drop stuff off. The animal shelter says no more linens, the little food pantry says absolutely, positively nothing but food. A lot of people around here were making Free piles at the ends of their driveways or roads - but I'm afraid to try that because some people have had other people stealthily dump even more stuff in their free piles!  Anybody else having trouble finding anywhere for their decluttering to go?

Sometimes you have to take the hit and bin things (with a promise to yourself to be more a mindful consumer in the future). We have probably all had to do it at some point. No one is perfect!!
Alternatively, you could post on your local Buy nothing/Pay it forward FB group if there is one? There are lots of clever people out there who will look at each item with fresh eyes and repurpose or reuse things in some way. Good luck.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4089 on: September 11, 2020, 11:32:21 PM »
Recently combed through 5 boxes of photos looking for baby pics of Sis at her request.  Pulled out a stack of non-photos, mostly postcards.  Today I finished sorting toss, keep (for scanning before tossing) and give to the ex.

Now to get the things for the ex back to the photo boxes...I will be giving him at least 2 boxes of photos once I scan the ones I want.  That will be a beautiful day. I keep thinking we are totally disentangled, but there's always one more thing.  I *think* this is really, really the last thing!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4090 on: September 12, 2020, 03:06:08 PM »
Now, this may be a topic for a new thread but has anyone else noticed how nice it is to have an empty space in a cupboard or closet so that you have a designated place for things when they are in use and not in use? For example we have a place on the kitchen counter where the electric griddle can plug in, but we also have a spot in the hall closet that is exactly griddle sized so it can easily be put away for the weeks when we won't use it at all.

This is my dream! A place for everything, even when everything is not in it's place.

I am fine without having the "extra" space like you have behind your flour, but I would be sure to put only very rarely-accessed things there.  When I lived alone, I was mostly able to achieve this.  Now that I have a room mate, no dice. She has a different philosophy and a different roster of stuff, especially for the kitchen.  I miss it.

I'm living the dream! Haha, I guess not quite still I'm still trying to optimize. I definitely agree that rarely-accessed things should go in the awkward places. I just want less awkward places to begin with and I'm trying to create that situation without any renos by pretending they don't exist or putting only 1 well fitted item in any given black hole.

My Friend (who is the most organized person Iíve ever known) has thin, plastic ďlazy SusanísĒ in her pantry. She is able to store a good amount while being able to see everything in one turn. It makes good use of the space (especially towards the corner where items can get lost) without anything feeling crammed in there.

Great idea for custom lazy Susans - I may have to try that out. I don't have any marbles, but may have a necklace in the house that can be sacrificed for that purpose.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4091 on: September 12, 2020, 03:55:29 PM »
Yesterday I took the bag of clothes to the donation bin after one last sweep of my accessories drawer, I added a tie, a big scarf, a necklace and a very nice Pelikan fountain pen that I haven't used in over 7 years. Whatever they get for it will do more good than the space it takes up.

 I also used a nice square scarf and a ribbon that have been floating around my house to wrap up a present (of small delicious consumables) for my friend's birthday.

Oh, and the boys' mum collects vintage pyrex so I could offer her this really great duckegg blue casserole dish that used to be just the right size for me but is way to small for a house of teen boys.

It feels good to let things go to good homes.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4092 on: September 12, 2020, 05:42:51 PM »


Great idea for custom lazy Susans - I may have to try that out. I don't have any marbles, but may have a necklace in the house that can be sacrificed for that purpose.

It doesn't work as well with beads as with marbles.  I had that same idea, but the weirdest thing happens where it works on the first couple turns, but then the beads all orient themselves so that their holes are exactly vertical, and the top pan gets stuck on all the tiny "flat sides" of the beads where the holes are, and then it doesn't turn well.  I got some marbles from the dollar store - a little bag of 30 marbles or so is enough to make 2 or 3 lazy Susans.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4093 on: September 12, 2020, 06:34:50 PM »
My mom took all the old computers up to Best Buy for recycling. 8 of them.

At least they're out of the house.

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« Reply #4094 on: September 12, 2020, 08:12:07 PM »
I used up another part can of fence stain that had been cluttering the workshop for a couple of years.  You know, by applying it to the fence.

It takes longer that I would have thought.  and ugh.  One more nearly full can left to go.


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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4095 on: September 14, 2020, 04:22:23 PM »
An old, stained cutting board, a spoon rest, and a pair of shoes were tossed yesterday.  However, the first two items were replaced with new ones.  ;)

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« Reply #4096 on: September 14, 2020, 08:28:18 PM »
Donated a bunch of jewelry to the friends of library for a sale. Itís so hard to get rid of jewelry so I was so happy to find a good use for my semi precious and costume stuff that I donít want

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« Reply #4097 on: September 15, 2020, 07:43:12 AM »
Went through "closet of doom" where i keep boxes & mailing supplies. Determined I had way too much of everything. Broke down all of the boxes. Recycled the majority of them, organized the closet, bagged up all of the packaging/wrapping. Closet looks so much better! Boxes no longer fall on top of me when I open it.

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« Reply #4098 on: September 15, 2020, 09:39:22 AM »
The 3-season room is down to only my things!

Now that I have space, I plan on going through every item out there and decide keep/sell/give/toss. I hope to end up with half of what is out there. Some of those items have been stored out there for nearly 4 years, so I shouldn't have trouble with not keeping them.

I also have other piles in the house that can now be stored out there (after doing the same process). I think my house is going to look much better once I complete these next few steps.

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« Reply #4099 on: September 15, 2020, 10:54:56 AM »
It's not really a tossing-out so much as a "not acquiring specialized items that might not work at my next rental," but I managed to organize some things that were kind of just in piles in the kitchen (ah, boxes of tea!) by using cardboard boxes as organizing bins. It's not as pretty as a real organizing bin, but it's functional and I can just recycle it when we move out of here instead of trying to fit it into a new setup.