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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4150 on: October 02, 2020, 01:38:16 PM »
Sold two kids jackets.  Got rid of kids shoes, a puppy toy, a diaper pail, and a kids air mattress on Buy Nothing.

I have some cloth diapers to sell and I'm stressed out about it - they are in great condition but the site I usually sell on people are kind of crazy.  So glad the kids are finally out of diapers though.  I also am going to give away our remaining disposable diapers left over from daycare.

I pulled two work bags out of our front hall closet and going through them is my next project.  They have...stuff in them.  Like stuffed to the brim.  Deep breath, I can do this.

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« Reply #4151 on: October 04, 2020, 08:22:16 AM »
I have pretty much decided that when I retire in (hopefully) two years, I will move across the country to be closer to family. So, I have been going around the house with the thought of "Do I love this enough to move it?" I will probably be using a U Haul truck, and I know from experience that those fill up faster than you think they will. Plus, just the PIA factor of having to pack it all up.

Son and I did a big swoop through the basement and garage last month and put a bunch of stuff out on the lawn for free. This was a good way to get rid of small items without having to haul them to the thrift store.

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« Reply #4152 on: October 04, 2020, 01:14:44 PM »
Box of stuff out of the house and donated yesterday. Whoo!

Misc cat stuff donated to the animal shelter. I do not need 2 water fountains when the silly cats prefer the water bowl (or the puddles, toilets, and bathtub). Kept one, in storage. Just in case. Also gave them a litterbox, nearly new, which was just too small for my cats.

Need to  get the new desk and chair upstairs and assembled today. Not sure if I can get the top of the desk upstairs, so might need to get help from a neighbor. Wish me luck.

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« Reply #4153 on: October 04, 2020, 01:58:59 PM »
More books and a too small dress left the house.

Our basement is looking better and better.

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« Reply #4154 on: October 05, 2020, 03:42:24 AM »
After months of procrastination, we decided to open the cupboards and collect all the clothes we don't need any more. We managed to fill a huge bag with them :) In addition, I checked my book shelves and I could find 5 books that I don't need anymore, I'll sell them or give them to my friends.

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« Reply #4155 on: October 05, 2020, 04:55:34 AM »
Today was swapping out winter clothes for the hot weather clothes, so I used this to weed out some of the summer tops I already know I won't wear and donated them. Also 3 more books to the street library.

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« Reply #4156 on: October 05, 2020, 07:14:06 AM »
One half-height bookshelf left the house yesterday, and another will be gone on Saturday.

Still working on the totes.

Gathered another small bag of books. Still need to find where my schedule meets the bookstore hours. Maybe I can find another few books before that.

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« Reply #4157 on: October 05, 2020, 07:32:46 AM »
I'm going to do the big decluttering challenge (1 item on day 1, 2 on day 2 etc). I've got a head start on 5 items (air fryer, old phone, 3 old cat toys). So I'm on 2 items for October 3rd as of now.

My 3rd item for October 3rd is a ratty old sheet, then 4 random bottles for October 4th. Several cards and an out of date supplement for October 5th. So far so good!

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« Reply #4158 on: October 05, 2020, 08:40:54 AM »
-I've been listing stuff on Buy Nothing. I've given away quite a bit. I have someone coming to pick up five towels this morning (already out on the porch, for a contactless pickup).
-Sold a toaster oven we bought to get through a kitchen remodel. It had been listed for awhile, so dropped the price & quickly got an offer. Out of the house & in the hands of someone who needs it.
-I had to empty our hall closet for my husband to install shelving. Double win, in that he will finally be using the shelving, vs having them strewn about the house. I also found a bunch of stuff to donate (7 towels, 2 blankets).

I need to organize our food pantry. We have two teen boys, and while I don't think we have a crazy amount of snacks, we do have a few. We don't have a ton of space, and the snacks are strewn about, among the green beans, pasta, canned tomatoes, etc. It's driving me a bit batty.

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« Reply #4159 on: October 05, 2020, 01:49:46 PM »
A productive weekend!

I put under my bathroom sink random items into a shower caddy I never use.  Was tired of polish remover, baby powder, etc. tipping over.  Out from under the laundry sink a few things were tossed, clothespins went into a clean, empty pickle jar and placed on the shelf where the w/d manual was (I've seen a similar cute idea on HGTV, not that I use clothespins, lol). The manual is now stashed under the sink.  Laundry product refills are now under there as well.  My old 80's Caboodle (yes, I know) was removed, emptied and contents dispersed to the garage, the not junk drawer, or garbage can.   It was given a bath and air dried, and will be used to house jewelry.  Again, no new organizers necessary.    I can now honestly say my house has been gone through down to the last screw and nail.  Oh, one of the items was my old, OLD flip phone which was successfully charged and confirmed there are photos on it that need to be transferred elsewhere.  Milestone birthday party pictures?  Yes, please!

I'm thinking about donating the iron and over-the-door ironing board as I do not iron and haven't in years.

After several months, I finally remembered to ask DH to use the air hose to blow out the dust from the air intake of my hair dryer.  Works much better.

About 7 items were tossed from my bathroom top drawer including a few expired unopened contacts and caps from electric toothbrush heads.

Winterized the lower deck:  Put away chair cushions and arranged the furniture into a pile so DH could place a tarp over everything.  A neighbor's cat left us a present on one of the cushions, so we (read:  DH) tossed that one.  Gross.  :S

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« Reply #4160 on: October 05, 2020, 03:12:31 PM »
It's exactly two weeks until I move to my new place. I still have lots of stuff to pack, but w/full time work, busy closing the september books and two sick kids, it's proven a bit difficult. However, day after tomorrow they leave to go to their dad, and work will slow down a bit, so I will have more time and energy.

I do feel I have a pretty good overview of what needs to happen, I have more boxes in the house than I need, + unlimited no of boxes to pick up easily pick up, should I need it. Also, a lot is packed already. And I have a full day w/o kids the day before the move.

I have continued to
a) sort out things that are trash (holey socks...) or give away (nothing to sell as I don't think I have time right now).
b) put all the stuff exH left behind in a pile for him to pick up. Adding to this all the time. He missed a lot when he packed.
c) finish food items in pantry or fridge (eat or toss). It is starting to empty out :-). It's lovely to not have anything on the top shelves. Not buying any food before the move unless something really needed for the kids, they will be here for a few days more.

I need to go through and empty the bigger freezer in the basement so I can defrost it as soon as possible. Plan to start on Wednesday, have to make sure exH takes "his" frozen food before that. Have already eaten a lot from the smaller freezer in the kitchen so there is room to put some things in there.

I also need to pack things I will bring from the garage (some pots etc for the balcony and some tools) and make sure we dispose of trash. We are leaving some items such as lawn mower and snow blower for the buyers, and also some spades etc, but I WILL NOT accept that we leave any trash for them.

And I need to make sure we divide kids clothing etc, but this should be pretty quick. They already have some at their dads place.

One worry I have though is that I need to dig out all my veggies (carrots, leek, parsnip, garlic) before the 15th, and I have to prepare this for the freezer as soon as possible so I can transfer it to my new place, but I won't really have time to cook. I think I will just parboil carrots and parsnip and freeze as is. The garlic I will let dry, the leek just cut up and freeze. Oh I think I have some beetroots as well. Should eat them before the move. Love beetroots and the ones I had this year were really good.

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« Reply #4161 on: October 05, 2020, 03:19:10 PM »
Oh, I forgot to say what I really wanted to say :-D :

I believe I will have a tough couple of weeks with emptying out the house, no doubt about that. BUT there is a difference from my/our previous moves - I have way less stuff. I have been decluttering for several years, and it really shows. Some areas are still "to be done" but some are really good.

I also see that my exH has so much more stuff than me. He had a hard time packing, and now he is complaining of how hard it is to unpack and how many boxes he has still to unpack. I couldn't keep quiet after he had complained a couple of times, I told him 'there are a lot of boxes because there is a lot of stuff'...

 

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« Reply #4162 on: October 05, 2020, 04:04:43 PM »
That's exciting @LinneaH, finally almost there after all that work!

One suggestion about the carrots, etc - if you have room on your balcony, you could just dig them up without disturbing the dirt and put them in pots.  If there's not enough room for that, just leave them dirty and put them in the fridge or even on the balcony until you have time to deal with them.  Root veggies will stay a long time if they remain cold, although not at the peak of their nutrition, but no worse than what you buy in the store.

Happy moving!

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« Reply #4163 on: October 06, 2020, 02:45:24 AM »
That's exciting @LinneaH, finally almost there after all that work!

One suggestion about the carrots, etc - if you have room on your balcony, you could just dig them up without disturbing the dirt and put them in pots.  If there's not enough room for that, just leave them dirty and put them in the fridge or even on the balcony until you have time to deal with them.  Root veggies will stay a long time if they remain cold, although not at the peak of their nutrition, but no worse than what you buy in the store.

Happy moving!

Thanks @SunnyDays
I have absurd amounts of carrots this year, and I think many are too big now, so they will be compost, the rest it's a good idea to do as you suggest. Then I can deal w/them the first few days in the new apartment, some will be eaten raw, some will be added to freezer meal, and some will be parboiled for the freezer.

Kids are going to exH already tonight, so I will have to pack up some things for them. Will do during the day as I am working from home, all laundry is done, folded and put away so this will be quick.

I will also fill up a movers box with exH stuff so it can leave the house, and I will sort through freezer with a) keep/use up before move, b) ship to exH c) trash. Is it weird that I am really excited over this?! :-D

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« Reply #4164 on: October 06, 2020, 07:22:40 AM »
Surprisingly, a third bookcase left the house before the second one. Still expect the third to go this weekend.

Also managed to empty one of the totes. Only 6-8 more to go?

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« Reply #4165 on: October 06, 2020, 12:21:07 PM »
I will also fill up a movers box with exH stuff so it can leave the house, and I will sort through freezer with a) keep/use up before move, b) ship to exH c) trash. Is it weird that I am really excited over this?! :-D

It's not weird to me!

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« Reply #4166 on: October 06, 2020, 04:15:49 PM »
I'm trying to ride the momentum of big council cleanup late July, and then the chemical cleanout in early August. After that a big pile of boxes/bags with items to donate quickly accumulated in the place reserved for such things. This is good, but I didn't get long to enjoy the clean space I'd created.  Instead of filling me with glee every time I looked at it, I just felt depressed at the thought of yet another ginormous load of stuff to remove. I sulked for a week or so, but now have pulled myself together. I have decided to declutter an hour a day, capped at 5 hours a week. Time spent removing the rubbish/decluttered items will be included: hopefully this will help as I often find actually getting stuff of the premises is what is slowing me down.  I'm gunning to go room by room, section by section if necessary and not stop until I've done a complete sweep of the house.

Just checking in to say I'm still at it. I haven't often managed 5 hours a week but I have made progress every week. So far I've decluttered our second living space which is more or less my study, all except my desk, which was done not so long ago. I will have another go at it later on, but wanted to get to worse areas first.  Also have done my bathroom, and my bedroom and made a start on my front hallway. Along the way I've found other items  that can be removed ...eg donated 2 more bags of clothes and started another.

Anyone know what to do with 2 dead old mobile phones? They weren't repairable and have personal stuff on them, but I can't start them up to delete it. Do I assume no-one else will be able to retrieve it either and send them to a phone recycling place, or, smash them with a hammer and put in trash?

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« Reply #4167 on: October 07, 2020, 10:40:26 AM »
Updates of late:
-Organized our pantry. Tossed out a few very small amounts of open snacks that the kids tucked away & never finished.
-Gave away five bath towels through Buy Nothing
-Reached out to a neighbor who collects items for a shelter, & am hoping to drop off additional towels & blankets
-Continue to list items on eBay, daily

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« Reply #4168 on: October 07, 2020, 11:48:49 AM »
Oh, I forgot to say what I really wanted to say :-D :

I believe I will have a tough couple of weeks with emptying out the house, no doubt about that. BUT there is a difference from my/our previous moves - I have way less stuff. I have been decluttering for several years, and it really shows. Some areas are still "to be done" but some are really good.

I also see that my exH has so much more stuff than me. He had a hard time packing, and now he is complaining of how hard it is to unpack and how many boxes he has still to unpack. I couldn't keep quiet after he had complained a couple of times, I told him 'there are a lot of boxes because there is a lot of stuff'...


Sooo - I finally have time for myself and the packing, and then I get sick... horribly sore throat and some fever. Talk to a doctor through the app, and she prescriped some liquid to rinse mouth/throat to get rid of the pain. I  decided to take a really slow day, working from home, had a nap during lunch hour. Somewhat better tonight, but will go to bed soon to rest. Hope I feel even better tomorrow. I asked my boss if I could take Friday off to pack for the move as I am somewhat stressed from being ill, and she strongly encouraged this. She's the best.

So today no packing, no physical work, but I am creating a mind map for Friday, for prioritization. I hope I am better by then. And I am decluttering some things in the pantry and fridge, so at least mini-progress.

Yesterday I was in exH apartment for five minutes. I realise he is still unpacking + painting + working full time, but still... it does give me anxiety. However, it is absolutely ok for the kids to be there and that's all I should worry about. The rest is "Not my circus, not my monkeys".

I will now eat a popsicle, which is all decluttering I will do tonight :-D

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« Reply #4169 on: October 07, 2020, 11:59:27 AM »
Hope you feel better, @LinneaH ! And agree with your perspective, you can't control how your (ex)husband is handling everything - that will be his own stress. Don't borrow from him. :-)

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« Reply #4170 on: October 07, 2020, 04:37:00 PM »
Well done @LinneaH . That separation is hard but necessary.

Two skeins of yarn out of the house today! Tomorrow I shall mail off 2.5 more skeins. There are an additional 2 skeins listed for sale; hoping to have a buyer soon!

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« Reply #4171 on: October 08, 2020, 04:29:43 PM »
I posted a few old cross-stitch magazines on Facebook Marketplace, and the 2 lots sold in a few days - who knew the demand would be that good?  I waited until I had stitched the single pattern I found in all the books that I actually wanted to make!  I know it's small, but feels good to have them out of the house and to some people who are happy for some new patterns to peruse.

Still have a number of items on FB and eBay that aren't getting any interest.  My plan is to keep them out there, just in case, and then I can donate as soon as I start the house-selling process (which will happen, I just don't know when).

I'm thinking about donating the iron and over-the-door ironing board as I do not iron and haven't in years.

Considered the same thing.  But I do use my iron for crafts once in a blue moon - so I decided to keep it for now.  I still have a full-size ironing board and a mini one - I can use the kitchen counter and a towel for a lot of my craft-ironing, but I'll probably keep the full-size board for now as well.  I think I'll make it a point to list the mini one soon and see if I can sell it.

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« Reply #4172 on: October 09, 2020, 03:31:31 AM »
Again a good week for small sales on Craigslist:
- Set of 5 children's books - sold and sent
- 2DVD set - sold, will be sent today
- 3 outgrown jumpers - sold and sent

Children are happy too, because every penny earned in these sales will go to our "travel" stash for our (hopefully, when the pandemic is over) trip to China! The children started the "travel" stash 2 years ago and they already managed to sell stuff (outgrown clothing, toys, books and home decoration) for over 2000 euro!


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« Reply #4173 on: October 09, 2020, 09:25:50 PM »
Used up some toiletries that I didn't love but did the job. Now I know not to purchase those items again.

Put a few shirts in the donation bag, which is full again somehow. I'm packing up the summeriest clothes as fall is slowing arriving here. The items that didn't get worn this summer went into the donations.

Helped SO declutter a ton of stuff at his house. He's a keeper (not technically a hoarder) and finds it hard to part with things. It takes a ton of mental energy to make the decision to get rid of things, so I like to help. But it wears me out to go through every little thing when I would just steamroller through and trash/recycle 99%. :)

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« Reply #4174 on: October 09, 2020, 11:22:34 PM »
Four horse blankets will be sold tomorrow.  I dragged my feet and finally listed them on a local FB page.  They were snapped up within the hour.  I will be buying one replacement blanket in another size, but that is three down, overall.

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« Reply #4175 on: October 10, 2020, 03:48:59 PM »
A few bags of books and a box of miscellaneous bric a brac went to donations this week. I threw out a pair of sox with multiple holes beyond darning. I went though the TV console and recycled a pile of old magazines.

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« Reply #4176 on: October 10, 2020, 04:20:42 PM »
Put plastic down and shovelled the rocks back in around the air conditioner. The remainder of the rock pile can go bye bye. So, I took pictures of the rock pile, the dirt pile, the extra drywall, the extra door panel. Going to put it all up as free, come get it.

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« Reply #4177 on: October 11, 2020, 08:03:40 AM »
-Listed two more items on the Buy Nothing site, and have someone coming today to pick up one the 14 Hot Pockets that my husband bought at Costco. I have no idea why he would buy them (he eats Costco, I'm not a fan). I think the kids must have tried a sample? I can't even get the teen boys to eat them. I'm so happy to have someone actually want to pick them up. Frozen foods are impossible to "donate", so this is a good alternative. Now I won't force myself to eat them.
-My husband is going to continue putting shelves in the "closet of doom" today. When that's done, I can start putting things back & properly arranging. Fingers crossed, because the items that normally go there are spread throughout our house.

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« Reply #4178 on: October 11, 2020, 01:51:21 PM »
- Someone is finally coming by to pick up the air con unit that we have been storing in our basement for 6 months now. I mean, we have plenty of space down there but it's just one less thigg to keep track of.
- Next up is working out what to do with some manga. Maybe I start putting it up on gumtree and see if there are any nibbles.
- I bought a bag at the Vinnies and realised after I left the shop that I should have given them the bag I was using at the same time. Now I need to donate or sell that one.

We are looking at moving to the mountains in 3 years or so and then after that change countries and now I am looking at everything I own through the lens of "can I be bothered packing this, twice?"

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« Reply #4179 on: October 13, 2020, 11:43:20 AM »
I listed that table-top ironing board Sunday afternoon, and it was picked up yesterday!  Made a whole $5, but worth it since it's gone!

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« Reply #4180 on: October 13, 2020, 11:47:24 AM »
@NotJen - I find that even a very low price creates accountability for people to come & pick up the item. Once it's listed as free, I have much less success getting people to reply.

I went through all of my eBay postal receipts (they print on the bottom half of the postage). They are now organized & ready for scrap paper usage, as I've never had the need to refer back to one. Ever.

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« Reply #4181 on: October 13, 2020, 01:32:18 PM »
One more book out of the house - Ofpym finally finished reading it so it went back to the street library from whence it came.

My brain is starting to consider selling things on Gumtree - I don't know if I want to get a FB acct again just for marketplace / buy nothing

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« Reply #4182 on: October 13, 2020, 02:38:53 PM »
Hope you're feeling better, @LinneaH.

Lately:
Long story short, but my grandmother's china was finally mailed to my sister for us to share.  We each received 6 sets of plates, salad plates, saucers, bowls, etc.  It is beautiful.  This meant I cleared out the two shelves I originally had 3+ years ago.  A few things were relocated, several things tossed, and a set of 15+ year old cereal sized bowls from Target will go into the donation pile.  They have served us well, and have no chips on them.

Yesterday a bag of toiletries, a few beverages, and non-perishable snacks was given to a person in need. <3

I started decorating for Halloween and noticed there are several things way past their prime.  I'll be sure and toss them instead of storing them for yet another year.

Cleared out another billion dust mites from the basement in preparation for our annual Halloween party.  I am using things leftover from previous years such as paper products, gift wrap for costume contest and other game prizes, etc.

Two magazines will be upcycled to my sister this evening.

Oh, and I've decluttered about 15 pounds so far this year.  :)
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« Reply #4183 on: October 13, 2020, 03:58:14 PM »
@MountainGal - that last one is super impressive! Big congrats.

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« Reply #4184 on: October 13, 2020, 08:55:43 PM »
Finally put my piggy bank from college in the donate pile. My mom got it for me when I was waiting tables and had a lot of coins. I'd periodically cash it out and feel rich for a bit :) About a year ago I took KonMari's advice to put coins in your wallet and *use* them instead of hanging on to them. Plus, I haven't waited tables or gotten paid in cash for years, so no more need for a coin collector on my shelf.

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« Reply #4185 on: October 14, 2020, 05:44:26 AM »
Well, this was kind of bitter sweet. Since this pandemic, I have not been going to cash in my deposit soda cans/bottles. Now our local store limits the amount you can bring in and they limit the amount of people in the room where you use the machines that crush the cans. You have to wait and wait to get into the room to use the machines. So our pile has grown and grown to the point of insanity. We had 13 garbage bags worth. I always loved cashing in the bottles and saving the money for my 'retirement'. However, I am leery of exposing myself to too much time where I might catch the virus. So, in our town there is a guy who collects cans and uses the money to help people with fuel oil to heat their houses and uses the money for other charitable reasons. He really does many nice things. So we called him and he picked up our giant pile of cans and that cleared up a large area that they had been taking up. So glad they are gone!


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« Reply #4186 on: October 14, 2020, 06:04:49 AM »
Congratulations on finding a win/win solution to your can problem.  I find it's one of the big advantages to being settled in one place that one knows about these sorts of local solutions.

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« Reply #4187 on: October 14, 2020, 06:19:57 AM »
Congratulations on finding a win/win solution to your can problem.  I find it's one of the big advantages to being settled in one place that one knows about these sorts of local solutions.

Yes, good to find a solution. This virus isn't going away any time soon so there is no way I would be able to cash in the cans in a reasonable time frame. Maybe if I am diligent I can take a small bag of cans when I go to the store now and then but not let them build up again!

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« Reply #4188 on: October 14, 2020, 08:04:42 AM »
I keep breaking stuff to the point where it is no longer repairable.  And most of it does not need to be replaced.  So I break it up further and separate the recyclable from the garbage and off it goes. 

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« Reply #4189 on: October 14, 2020, 10:43:53 AM »
Glad you found a solution, @Roadrunner53, but that's a lot of soda.  Maybe you should cut down?  Also, you can just step on the cans to crush them - no need for a fancy gizmo.  If you do it as soon as you finish the can, you can keep up.

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« Reply #4190 on: October 14, 2020, 10:49:27 AM »
I love it, Roadrunner! My parents are doing something similar -- they have a bunch of cans because they haven't returned any since the pandemic started. They're donating them to a local hospice that takes can donations.

ETA: Sunnydays, if you crush the cans you usually can't get the money back (the machines have to scan the barcode and they can't do that on a crushed can). So, they definitely take up a lot of space before you can bring them back!

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« Reply #4191 on: October 14, 2020, 12:38:06 PM »
Glad you found a solution, @Roadrunner53, but that's a lot of soda.  Maybe you should cut down?  Also, you can just step on the cans to crush them - no need for a fancy gizmo.  If you do it as soon as you finish the can, you can keep up.

I have not returned cans since around February. I only drink one can of diet cola a day. There were some seltzer and tonic bottles too. My husband drinks a lot of bottled water so that is part of it too.

Yes, as diapasoun said, the cans must be in normal condition to go thru the recycle machines to read the bar code. If it can't read the bar code, it rejects it.

During the summer months there are other youth groups that collect cans too to help with their organizations.

Please don't throw out your cans. The money can help so many different organizations. Also, I see homeless people searching the trash cans in parks to find cans to cash in. I am sure soup kitchens might take them too. Years ago my Mom worked with this woman who was a single mother. She really had hard times and we all donated our cans to her for extra money. She was very grateful.
« Last Edit: October 15, 2020, 10:02:03 AM by Roadrunner53 »

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« Reply #4192 on: October 14, 2020, 12:44:29 PM »
Note for any who are confused about the can discussion: in the US, some states allow for a cash refund if you turn in empty cans/bottles for recycling. Not all states do this however.

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« Reply #4193 on: October 14, 2020, 12:55:41 PM »
Yes, my state charges 5 cent deposit on each beverage can or bottle. To get your money back you have to go to a grocery store typically and insert each can or bottle one at a time. The machine scans the bar code and adds up the amount of money you will get refunded. Usually you have to go inside the store to get the money. It is a pain in the butt for sure. There should be a faster way. The machines are fussy, fill up and an attendant has to come out and put in an empty box and take out the full one. They get jammed up and the older they get they are a nightmare. They need constant attention. Then on top of that, yellow jackets are drawn to the aroma of the cans. Even when they are rinsed out they still have a bit of a smell.

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« Reply #4194 on: October 14, 2020, 01:28:20 PM »
Yes, my state charges 5 cent deposit on each beverage can or bottle. To get your money back you have to go to a grocery store typically and insert each can or bottle one at a time. The machine scans the bar code and adds up the amount of money you will get refunded. Usually you have to go inside the store to get the money. It is a pain in the butt for sure. There should be a faster way. The machines are fussy, fill up and an attendant has to come out and put in an empty box and take out the full one. They get jammed up and the older they get they are a nightmare. They need constant attention. Then on top of that, yellow jackets are drawn to the aroma of the cans. Even when they are rinsed out they still have a bit of a smell.

I believe you are in CT, no? I'm in CT and for beer cans/bottles, many package stores allow you to drop off your empties and just tell them how many. No machines necessary. When I used to live with my folks they used a redemption center for all of their soda cans and bottles, where you would go in and as long as everything was pre-sorted you could dump them on these large sorting platforms (a different platform for plastics, glass and cans) and the workers would count them for you. I'm sure there are others like it around (unsure which part of the state you live). Below is a list maintained by the state, though no indication of whether or not they are machine-based:

https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Reduce-Reuse-Recycle/Bottles/Connecticut-Redemption-Centers

When the pandemic started and redemption centers were closed, we started to put our seltzer cans and bottles in clear plastic bags and leave them out by the street (we live in a city), and they're snatched up almost immediately. Despite redemption centers opening we've continued the practice.


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« Reply #4195 on: October 14, 2020, 01:47:58 PM »
Thank you, @MaybeBabyMustache!

@Roadrunner53, in the future, can you crush the cans at home via a booted foot?  That's what we used to do.  That way it would save time at the recycle center.  Glad to hear about the big-hearted local guy and his service to the community! :)

ETA:  Disregard my crush suggestion.  I didn't know that they had to be in good condition.  In our area, they reimburse via weight, not scan.
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« Reply #4196 on: October 14, 2020, 02:30:24 PM »
Wish they were by weight. It would be so much easier. Yes, I am in CT but no place I know takes bags of cans and bottles. Maybe if you buy a case of beer from a liquor store they will take it. Most places don't have the ability to take in tons of cans due to space issues.

https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Reduce-Reuse-Recycle/Bottles/Connecticut-Redemption-Centers

Jim Fiction, These centers are way far away from where I live. But thanks for the link. Good idea on the clear bags too.

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« Reply #4197 on: October 14, 2020, 09:08:55 PM »
@Roadrunner53 what a wonderful contribution you have made to your community!


Two skeins of yarn out of the house today! Tomorrow I shall mail off 2.5 more skeins. There are an additional 2 skeins listed for sale; hoping to have a buyer soon!

Those other two skeins are still here and the selling site allows re-listing once a week. It's been longer than that, so I've re-listed. This prompted me to re-list a Craigslist item as well. So maybe this week something will sell!

Maintenance-related decluttering: biked to the library to pick up my books, but forgot to bring the returns. Opted to make a second trip on the bike to turn in the finished books. I could have easily just kept them around, but have been looking for something to get rid of, lol.

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« Reply #4198 on: October 15, 2020, 09:03:47 AM »
@NotJen - I find that even a very low price creates accountability for people to come & pick up the item. Once it's listed as free, I have much less success getting people to reply.

That makes sense - sounds like my plan to just donate any unsold items will work best.

This morning I cleared out my glassware cabinet and found a bunch of things to sell.  I skipped over it before because I didn't want to bother with glassware on eBay (not worth the shipping cost and worry about breakage), but I'm hoping some of it will sell on FB.

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« Reply #4199 on: October 15, 2020, 10:28:21 AM »
-Sold a pair of my teen's futsal cleats today & have them packaged & ready for pickup tomorrow.
-Need to go through the kids socks. Laundry is telling me we have a ton with holes.