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« Reply #4350 on: November 21, 2020, 02:02:18 PM »
I went through two dresser drawers today and donated a bunch of tshirts and bras that were still good (ie never worn), and threw out the rest.

I am counting this as decluttering, since I used something I had instead of buying something new. I needed an impossible skinny (15") side table for my guest bedroom. After scouring used sites and not finding anything suitable, I looked around in my basement and found a crate that will do in a pinch. It's not really tall enough, but it will be better than nothing.

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« Reply #4351 on: November 21, 2020, 02:41:15 PM »
@Prairie Gal Iíve also got a crate for a night stand that is too short. I built a foundation for it out of books and brought it right up to bed height. I like to think it looks creative and not cheap. ;)

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« Reply #4352 on: November 21, 2020, 11:21:55 PM »
Dropped off the trunkload at Goodwill the next day like I said I would. Major progress there!
Came home and immediately filled some more bags. I'm getting into the sentimental stuff and gifted items now, which is a harder layer. I continue to watch decluttering and minimalist videos on YouTube, which is helping.
I've still got the pile of items I'll try to sell on the kitchen table. Need to get motivation to actually post them. I have $164 more dollars to meet my sales goal this year and the tableful will help.
The mattress was picked up by the charity. They left the moving blanket behind so I trashed it.
Cleaned out the junk drawer and it only has a handful of items. I only have 4 drawers in my kitchen--I can't afford space for junk!

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« Reply #4353 on: November 22, 2020, 11:41:21 AM »
16 things gifted on Buy Nothing - 14 gone and 2 awaiting pickup.

Have some other donations I'll take care of this week - outgrown diapers and diaper doublers for a food bank and eyeglasses to the Lions Club.

I also found two LED lightbulbs to return to the home store, so that'll be something out of the house and a little money back.

Honestly I've made a ton of progress on decluttering - the difficult part is maintenance of neat and organized living spaces.  I've been working on the kids and picking up.  We've got a long way to go, but I'm counting any progress as a win.

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« Reply #4354 on: November 23, 2020, 05:37:42 AM »
16 things gifted on Buy Nothing - 14 gone and 2 awaiting pickup.

Have some other donations I'll take care of this week - outgrown diapers and diaper doublers for a food bank and eyeglasses to the Lions Club.

I also found two LED lightbulbs to return to the home store, so that'll be something out of the house and a little money back.

Honestly I've made a ton of progress on decluttering - the difficult part is maintenance of neat and organized living spaces.  I've been working on the kids and picking up.  We've got a long way to go, but I'm counting any progress as a win.


Does anyone have advice on how to teach this? I am naturally a picker upper/putter awayer. If I have something in my hand I don't drop it on the nearest horizontal surface, I put it away (or at the very least contain it to a "things I need to put away" pile.

I was helping my son with his room yesterday, he is 13. He walked his book to his room and dropped it on his bed. The correct "put away" place is 2 feet to the right on the top of his bookshelf. It would take literally 0 more time to set it two feet to the right. Then it would be done! I don't know how to teach this to him, all my attempts have failed. Maybe I just can't because his brain doesn't work like that?

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« Reply #4355 on: November 23, 2020, 06:04:31 AM »
16 things gifted on Buy Nothing - 14 gone and 2 awaiting pickup.

Have some other donations I'll take care of this week - outgrown diapers and diaper doublers for a food bank and eyeglasses to the Lions Club.

I also found two LED lightbulbs to return to the home store, so that'll be something out of the house and a little money back.

Honestly I've made a ton of progress on decluttering - the difficult part is maintenance of neat and organized living spaces.  I've been working on the kids and picking up.  We've got a long way to go, but I'm counting any progress as a win.


Does anyone have advice on how to teach this? I am naturally a picker upper/putter awayer. If I have something in my hand I don't drop it on the nearest horizontal surface, I put it away (or at the very least contain it to a "things I need to put away" pile.

I was helping my son with his room yesterday, he is 13. He walked his book to his room and dropped it on his bed. The correct "put away" place is 2 feet to the right on the top of his bookshelf. It would take literally 0 more time to set it two feet to the right. Then it would be done! I don't know how to teach this to him, all my attempts have failed. Maybe I just can't because his brain doesn't work like that?
I think the error here is thinking that "putting away" is a separate task from what has gone before.  What you might try teaching is that the job (whatever it is, and it might just be finishing reading his book for the day) is not complete until everything is ready for you to start the next job, or re-start the same job.  So if you have read a chapter of the book the job of reading is finished not when you finish reading the book but when the book is where it belongs and can be picked up from its proper place to start reading the next chapter.  Similarly, undressing is not completed when the clothes are off, it is completed when the clothes are in the proper place for their next use, either in the laundry hamper or put away ready to be brought out again when needed.  Taking out the trash is only completed when a new trash bag is in the bin.

I learnt this when reading something about how a tradesman, such as a carpenter or mechanic, works.  If you treat putting tools back where they belong once a job is done then you are always ready for the next job, you never lose or accidentally break or damage your tools.  I found it an enormously useful reframing of how to get things done.  It sounds to me as though its something you do naturally, in fact you do it so naturally you haven't realised its something that needs to be taught to most people.

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« Reply #4356 on: November 23, 2020, 06:10:58 AM »
I was helping my son with his room yesterday, he is 13. He walked his book to his room and dropped it on his bed. The correct "put away" place is 2 feet to the right on the top of his bookshelf. It would take literally 0 more time to set it two feet to the right. Then it would be done! I don't know how to teach this to him, all my attempts have failed. Maybe I just can't because his brain doesn't work like that?

I donít have kids, but I remember being one.  My room was always a disaster (part of it might have been having to share with my sister and not having full control).  But I turned into a tidy person as an adult.  We did have to clean our room periodically, but were not harped on to keep it tidy.  We also had lots of chores to help out around the house, so we learned about cleaning even if we werenít choosing to do it on our own at that point.  I wouldnít worry about it too much, eventually what youíre teaching will have an impact.

Iím still mystified about which of my things sell quickly.  Yesterday I listed a coaster set (no box, but never really used), and it sold in an hour!  Iím also setting out a mirror to be picked up - yay for a larger item gone.
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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4357 on: November 23, 2020, 07:30:05 AM »
Yesterday we had a huge snowfall.  Perfect snow for making snow sculpting and snow ball fights. All the snow pants got tried on - three pairs don't fit anyone.

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« Reply #4358 on: November 23, 2020, 01:28:11 PM »
I was helping my son with his room yesterday, he is 13. He walked his book to his room and dropped it on his bed. The correct "put away" place is 2 feet to the right on the top of his bookshelf. It would take literally 0 more time to set it two feet to the right. Then it would be done! I don't know how to teach this to him, all my attempts have failed. Maybe I just can't because his brain doesn't work like that?

I donít have kids, but I remember being one.  My room was always a disaster (part of it might have been having to share with my sister and not having full control).  But I turned into a tidy person as an adult.  We did have to clean our room periodically, but were not harped on to keep it tidy.  We also had lots of chores to help out around the house, so we learned about cleaning even if we werenít choosing to do it on our own at that point.  I wouldnít worry about it too much, eventually what youíre teaching will have an impact.

Iím still mystified about which of my things sell quickly.  Yesterday I listed a coaster set (no box, but never really used), and it sold in an hour!  Iím also setting out a mirror to be picked up - yay for a larger item gone.

Where does he put the book when he goes to bed? I have adopted the strategy to put everything away  before going to bed. It takes me about five minutes every evening to put things in their place if I havenít immediately put everything away.

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« Reply #4359 on: November 23, 2020, 02:05:28 PM »
We completed several wood working projects over the weekend using up wood we had stored, improving storage spaces, AND we even put the tools away promptly afterward!  I rebuilt nicer, prettier legs for our dining table.  My spouse moved a shelf on his office bookshelf so that now it is spaced appropriately to hold his tall binders.  I built a not very pretty but perfectly useful bookshelf for my home office space.  All from things we had on hand.

This lead to a good clean up and putting away of things and the house feels so nice today. I'm still working on organizing my work space, but it's already such an improvement.







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« Reply #4360 on: November 23, 2020, 03:11:42 PM »
@MayDay, I use the strategy of ďlike goes with like,Ē so all the books are in one place.  To your son, putting away might be completed as long as his things are in his room.  And he is a 13 year old boy, so that might be all you can expect from him.  As long as itís not creating work for you, maybe itís good enough?

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« Reply #4361 on: November 24, 2020, 11:55:11 AM »
Found some dusty and grimey areas on kitchen counter while looking for stuff to move or throw out. Cleaned that area with dish deterg and water, then noticed fridge door seal was (and has been) awfully grimey also, so wiped it clean with paper towel and water.

Rediscovered a 32 ounce tub of frozen peaches, now thawed, in fridge.  Totally brown, yuch, even though seal still intact. Instructions say they are only good for 5 days in fridge after thawing (who knew?) , and they are waaaay past that, so I feel entitled to just toss them out, and will feel mainly good about it.

 Found 2 packets some powdered drink called Postum. Made one up with hot water. Didn't like it, poured it out. Yes! You can do it, Slackmax! Go, Go !  I then tossed out the remaining unopened packet. And recycled the small glass jar they were in.

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« Reply #4362 on: November 24, 2020, 12:06:51 PM »
@slackmax I grew up with a parent hoarder. Every time you post a success I feel a bit of that struggle and feel like I know a bit about how long and hard your journey is.  You are doing so much. Itís wonderful.

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« Reply #4363 on: November 24, 2020, 04:22:19 PM »
Yes! You can do it, Slackmax! Go, Go ! 

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« Reply #4364 on: November 24, 2020, 07:57:52 PM »
Way to go @slackmax! You deserve to have tasty, healthy food. No sense keeping foodstuffs you don't like.

Put an end table, storage container, and throw pillow on the curb. Put an air mattress and its storage tub on Buy Nothing. Several asks, we'll see who takes it away.

Sold a board game on Marketplace today and the buyer is on their way. Listed three more items. I keep telling myself it's perfect timing with gift buying season coming up, so many people will be looking

Used up four containers of lotions and other toiletries this week.

Pulled a quart bag of costume jewelry that was nice enough to donate, threw away the worn or broken stuff. Now it's down to what I actually wear, which is very little. I'm eyeing another necklace that may be too far gone to save. Tossed out the weird phone-cord-like ponytail holders that do not work for me. Tossed all the stretched out ponytail elastics and put a new package in my Amazon cart to add to my next order.

I don't make a grocery list on scratch paper anymore. I open my Instacart app or the Amazon app and immediately add the item to my cart. Then when I'm ready to order, everything is already there and doesn't have to be transferred from paper. Was able to throw all the scrap paper I saved for grocery lists away. Decided to clean out the entire junk drawer and rehome the few items I wanted to keep. Now it's a serving utensils drawer! My kitchen is too small for junk.

Feeling very motivated from watching The Minimal Mom's YouTube videos!


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« Reply #4365 on: November 25, 2020, 08:21:22 AM »
PMG, oneday, and okcisok,  Thanks for the encouragement!   :) 

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« Reply #4366 on: November 25, 2020, 03:02:38 PM »
Towel, blanket, pillow taken from old home and intended as donation... successfully donated. YES.

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« Reply #4367 on: November 25, 2020, 05:34:45 PM »
Iím proud of you Slackmax!  Has my nagging paid off?

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« Reply #4368 on: November 26, 2020, 06:23:28 AM »
Thanks all for the ideas on messy 13 year olds. I have been harping on "the task is not finished until ______" for awhile. In particular for trumpet practice- he has a log that he has to turn in for his band grade. Trumpet practice is not done until you write on your log!. Lol. This doesn't work. Every day I still send him back to his room to write on his log.

I think the advice to just give up is probably best.

In decluttering news I cleaned out the kitchen junk drawer. We had 4 highlighters in the kitchen. WHY.

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« Reply #4369 on: November 26, 2020, 07:32:17 AM »
Iím proud of you Slackmax!  Has my nagging paid off?

I guess so, lol. 

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« Reply #4370 on: November 26, 2020, 01:01:57 PM »
Iím proud of you Slackmax!  Has my nagging paid off?

I guess so, lol. 

Well then, I consider my job done!  (Dusts off hands.)

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« Reply #4371 on: November 26, 2020, 08:44:33 PM »
Decluttered the cupboard of the cornbread mix. Yummy.

Also gave most of a bag of charcoal to my friend when I went over to say hi today. I have a mini grill, but I don't use it. I have it for other people to grill on it. I don't need to store a bag of charcoal, this is at most a once a year thing. There is another bag in the garage, but it is less readily accessible so I left it for now.

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« Reply #4372 on: November 27, 2020, 04:47:36 PM »
Another day... more decluttering! I am working on figuring out digestive problems with the cat. I suspect food intolerance, so am trying different foods. Dropped off a bag of wet food that was rejected/I think are problems to the shelter.

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« Reply #4373 on: November 27, 2020, 05:59:29 PM »
I have been harping on "the task is not finished until ______" for awhile.

This...I never realised that I habitually don't complete the task in terms of putting things away routinely.  I mean I'm not a slob, but a lot of my clutter is because I didn't put x,y or z away when I'm finished using it. Often I'm in a hurry and think I will get that later.  And so forth with a variety of excuses. I'm practicing "finish the task"...eg new item comes into house...needs to be unpacked, packaging disposed of, and a place needs to be found for it to live.  Mail: open, dispose of excess paper/plastic covering/deal with contents. I had a pile of items I decided to declutter sit on my kitchen island for 2 months....doh! I didn't really declutter them, just displayed them!


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« Reply #4374 on: November 27, 2020, 11:55:52 PM »
Went op shopping this morning and bought a cornflower blue running top and multicoloured long cardigan, so came home and put 2 grey tops and 2 cardigans in the donation bag. I had been gravitating to grey clothes which wash me out and are so boring so am swapping them for colour. And I get such a rush from doing the '1 thing in, 2 things out' shuffle.

The school year is over, so I will sort through my son's textbooks and see what I can sell. He has no need for his ridiculously expensive Texas Instruments calculator so I will sell that too. Only 1 more year of school to go!

Next up is going through the bookselves again as I have bought a few 2nd hand and new books for my birthday. Books are my kryptonite so it will only be 1 for 1.

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« Reply #4375 on: November 28, 2020, 01:06:08 AM »
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!

Well not all the hobby items were claimed, so I finally posted in another forum and they are claimed! Posting for accountability: will arrange no-contact drop off this weekend.

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« Reply #4376 on: November 28, 2020, 02:14:36 AM »
I turned flat beer (didn't quite seal completely) into delicious beer bread, which we ate for dinner.

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« Reply #4377 on: November 28, 2020, 09:01:22 AM »
-Sold car mats for a car we no longer have. $20 in, junk out of the garage.
-Gave away a puzzle as soon as we finished it, via BuyNothing
-Listed other car mats on local neighborhood swap. (I'm not in charge of buying car accessories, but it appears we have too many!)
-Teenager has outgrown pants (it's finally pants season again, after ~8 months), so I listed a pair on eBay. Unfortunately, had to order new pants, so not really clutter out, but at least not storing things we don't need

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« Reply #4378 on: November 28, 2020, 09:46:17 AM »
Went op shopping this morning and bought a cornflower blue running top and multicoloured long cardigan, so came home and put 2 grey tops and 2 cardigans in the donation bag. I had been gravitating to grey clothes which wash me out and are so boring so am swapping them for colour. And I get such a rush from doing the '1 thing in, 2 things out' shuffle.

The school year is over, so I will sort through my son's textbooks and see what I can sell. He has no need for his ridiculously expensive Texas Instruments calculator so I will sell that too. Only 1 more year of school to go!

Next up is going through the bookselves again as I have bought a few 2nd hand and new books for my birthday. Books are my kryptonite so it will only be 1 for 1.

I saved my TI graphing calculator for unknown reasons..... Never would have thought the current models would be exactly the same! Now my 13 year old is using it for Algebra. Not that I am advocating saving them for another 20 years haha.

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« Reply #4379 on: November 28, 2020, 10:19:22 AM »
Went op shopping this morning and bought a cornflower blue running top and multicoloured long cardigan, so came home and put 2 grey tops and 2 cardigans in the donation bag. I had been gravitating to grey clothes which wash me out and are so boring so am swapping them for colour. And I get such a rush from doing the '1 thing in, 2 things out' shuffle.

The school year is over, so I will sort through my son's textbooks and see what I can sell. He has no need for his ridiculously expensive Texas Instruments calculator so I will sell that too. Only 1 more year of school to go!

Next up is going through the bookselves again as I have bought a few 2nd hand and new books for my birthday. Books are my kryptonite so it will only be 1 for 1.

I saved my TI graphing calculator for unknown reasons..... Never would have thought the current models would be exactly the same! Now my 13 year old is using it for Algebra. Not that I am advocating saving them for another 20 years haha.

Love my TI from ~1994.  I used it through college (engineering) and during my career, though most of the functions were overkill.  Still have it sitting next to me at home, and use it daily, though usually just for simple math that any calculator could do (but I've never had to buy a calculator since I have this one from my parents).

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« Reply #4380 on: November 28, 2020, 11:27:43 AM »
I still have an old calculator.  I don't use it much but can't bear to ditch it.  I have a slide rule, totally sentimental, it was my Dad's  (electrical engineer).

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« Reply #4381 on: November 28, 2020, 12:38:21 PM »
Joining the TI calculator club!  Still have mine from stats classes 30 odd years ago and still use it regularly.

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« Reply #4382 on: November 28, 2020, 06:04:11 PM »
Went op shopping this morning and bought a cornflower blue running top and multicoloured long cardigan, so came home and put 2 grey tops and 2 cardigans in the donation bag. I had been gravitating to grey clothes which wash me out and are so boring so am swapping them for colour. And I get such a rush from doing the '1 thing in, 2 things out' shuffle.

The school year is over, so I will sort through my son's textbooks and see what I can sell. He has no need for his ridiculously expensive Texas Instruments calculator so I will sell that too. Only 1 more year of school to go!

Next up is going through the bookselves again as I have bought a few 2nd hand and new books for my birthday. Books are my kryptonite so it will only be 1 for 1.

I saved my TI graphing calculator for unknown reasons..... Never would have thought the current models would be exactly the same! Now my 13 year old is using it for Algebra. Not that I am advocating saving them for another 20 years haha.

I was able to use this to my advantage! Saved mine for and used during college, which took me over a decade to complete. Was still able to sell it for decent coin, since it was still virtually the same as newer models.

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« Reply #4383 on: November 28, 2020, 06:55:38 PM »
Air mattress was picked up. The very next day, SO mentioned he could use my air mattress for something. I pointed out that I'd saved it for 5 years and we didn't use it, and I had given it away *the day before*. He shrugged and said, ok then, no worries. It wasn't even important enough to go buy one for what he had in mind. Moral of the story--don't keep things just in case!

Have two more bags of donations by the back door waiting to fill completely before I take them to the donation center.

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« Reply #4384 on: November 28, 2020, 08:16:20 PM »
Air mattress was picked up. The very next day, SO mentioned he could use my air mattress for something. I pointed out that I'd saved it for 5 years and we didn't use it, and I had given it away *the day before*. He shrugged and said, ok then, no worries. It wasn't even important enough to go buy one for what he had in mind. Moral of the story--don't keep things just in case!

Have two more bags of donations by the back door waiting to fill completely before I take them to the donation center.
Ack.  About 2 months ago, I had a pile of misc. metal "free for pickup".  It included a large amount of house wiring (new), on partial spools from a home reno 10 years ago. Even some heavy stuff for a stove circuit. We are selling the home and don't want to store it anymore.   The day after it was picked up, I opened the wall where I was adding a closet door (for resale) and saw that a mystery wire was in the wall-- that needed rerouting and a new junction box.   

I had to run out to buy 20 ft of house wire.  At least I still had one junction box left behind.   I am still glad to have gotten it out of the house and the lucky person who got $300 worth of wiring for free was very happy.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4385 on: November 28, 2020, 08:34:08 PM »
After I ran all my errands yesterday, a bunch more popped up so I was out again today. Not my plan! But I did deliver the big bag of cat food that I forgot to take to the shelter yesterday. 20lb bag of dry food, out! (accidently ordered the wrong kind, don't want to deal with returning to Chewy.)

also caulked in the book room, threw out an empty tube of caulk. Will finish up the rest of the caulk in the utility room.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4386 on: November 29, 2020, 12:00:28 PM »
Returned an item I bought on Wednesday that I ended up not needing. I *did not* want to drive across town again to return it, but I wanted the money back in my account and the item out of my car. And I wanted to be able to post that it was done, so I did it. It took less than an hour and now the full amount I paid is back in my account. I didn't have to move it repeatedly or take pictures to sell it on the secondary market for less.

Dropped off another trunk load of donations to Goodwill while I was out.

Cut up an old pair of felted wool house shoes into insoles for my rubber boots. The boots are great, except in cold weather. I realized I was shying away from wearing them when it was cold and rainy because they felt so cold. Now they are so cozy! I came home after wearing them out and forgot to take them off because my feet were so warm and comfortable. One useless pair out and one less-than-desirable pair fixed.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4387 on: December 01, 2020, 10:25:28 AM »
Finally primed the book room last night. 1 can is empty and drying out for the trash.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4388 on: December 02, 2020, 12:30:12 PM »
Have identified a hand knit wool multicolored big floppy shirt that I was sure someone would want at the flea market ( but no interest) as destined for donation.
Just a matter of time now. Next time I'm going that way, it goes.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4389 on: December 02, 2020, 04:52:03 PM »
We went through the Christmas lights, if less than 2/3's of the lights were burnt out, off they went.  Now all the strings are up and will fit into a smaller box when they come down.

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« Reply #4390 on: December 02, 2020, 05:11:39 PM »
Ofpym cleared out a whole clutter corner the other day while I was in back-to-back meetings.
this morning we are intermittently going through the overflowing with paper cube of our Billy bookcase and ripping up things we don't need to keep anymore.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4391 on: December 03, 2020, 06:57:20 AM »
I sold a few things on FB marketplace recently and have a few more things going out today.

I also FINALLY got DH to take the 15 year-old, only-semi-working TV out (the one that his buddy is supposed to fix).

DH seems to be decluttering some.  One of the medications he takes has the side effect of compulsive behavior disorder, which has turned his packrat tendencies into borderline hoarding.  Now that the med seems to be leveling out, he's getting better.  Sorta.  I keep telling myself that at least it's not compulsive gambling...

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4392 on: December 03, 2020, 05:59:33 PM »
I got some more items posted on Marketplace. I'll give it a week, then lower the price, then one more week and it gets donated.

I've started decluttering tasks as well as things. Instead of dreading and putting off things like making appointments, untangling insurance issues, etc, I just do it as soon as it pops up. In the main, it's taken less time to just do it than mental energy to avoid doing it.

And for new items coming in, I try to only touch it or decide about it once. No more putting mail aside to look through later, no more putting papers in a pile to look through when I get a minute. I just take the minute to put it away, do the task, or toss it.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4393 on: December 03, 2020, 07:15:57 PM »
Spent half an hour sorting through some costume jewelry and low cost sterling jewelry, to get it ready for jewelry store clerks to evaluate. Small stuff, so no big decluttering, but it has to be done anyway. Felt good just knowing I had spent the time on it, toward the final goal of a decluttered house. 

Finally took the quart tub of old blackened frozen peaches out of the fridge, threw out the peaches, rinsed and recycled the plastic tub. Less 'cold ballast' in fridge now, but one additional quart of open space.

Took the big floppy knit shirt to salvation army and put it in the bin.

Identified another book for donating to the library.



 

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4394 on: December 03, 2020, 07:25:05 PM »
Trying to pass the baby stuff on quickly once we're done with it.  Out:
- Newborn, 3-6 mo clothes, swaddles
- Some pump parts I'm not using
- Mobile we never used
- Pregnancy books
- Bassinet
- And today, the baby swing!  Getting the tree tomorrow to replace it.

Bassinet and swing are big wins, take up so much space.
Sadly, we accepted a bunch of bulky toys recently from our neighbors so we're still in arrears on "stuff" in the house.

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« Reply #4395 on: December 04, 2020, 12:51:15 PM »
Identified a pair of pants for donation.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4396 on: December 04, 2020, 05:47:57 PM »
Took a bag of lights to a coworker. I am peeling off the last layer of stuff in my house, getting deep into drawers and storage areas. I was going to donate the bag and she mentioned wanting some. She was super happy with them and I got them out of my house. Now I have two more empty plastic storage boxes to get rid of.

Update on no junk drawer--I'm really enjoying having that drawer back in my kitchen. The big serving spoon and spatula fit perfectly in there, right by the stove and fridge. Why did I ever think I needed to devote an entire drawer to rubber bands and scrap paper?

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4397 on: December 04, 2020, 09:13:11 PM »
Update on no junk drawer--I'm really enjoying having that drawer back in my kitchen. The big serving spoon and spatula fit perfectly in there, right by the stove and fridge. Why did I ever think I needed to devote an entire drawer to rubber bands and scrap paper?

My kitchen is big enough that I have a junk drawer AND a junk cabinet.  When I move, the junk draw goes directly to the trash (saying that for accountability!), until then, it's not space I would otherwise use.  Today I happened to throw away 2 tubes of super glue from the junk drawer that had hardened, as well as some craft glue from the craft closet that's not any good (looking for something to repair a coffee table drawer that fell apart for no discernable reason).

I went through all my printed-out recipes in the kitchen today - threw out some that I know I didn't like, and the rest I am going to put in a binder for easier use and storage.  It appears I don't have a 3-hole punch, which seems impossible considering how many 3-ring binders I got rid of earlier this year.  Did I never have one, or did my XH take it when he moved out 10 years ago?  I guess I'll never know...

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4398 on: December 05, 2020, 06:37:35 AM »
NotJen, if you have (oops, buy?) those plastic sleeves for papers, they have the holes for the binder and the plastic will protect your recipes from splatters.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4399 on: December 05, 2020, 06:56:53 AM »
NotJen, if you have (oops, buy?) those plastic sleeves for papers, they have the holes for the binder and the plastic will protect your recipes from splatters.

I might have a few of those sleeves.  I do have a 1-hole punch I can use, it will just be a little more work.