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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4500 on: January 03, 2021, 11:34:16 AM »
PTF as I am planning to de-clutter lots of things this year.
Just being sick of "STUFF" ...

100% this (the bold and caps are mine).   

I did some Marie Kondo'ing last year to my kitchen, bathroom and closet and it felt wonderful. But I just stopped before any of those areas were completed and there is SO MUCH MORE to do. I didn't even touch paper. Photos and paperwork is so daunting to me. Hopefully joining/reading this thread will get me moving again. I still like some of my stuff and they do bring me joy but when I look around my place that only represents a very small portion of my masses of stuff. How did I let myself accumulate so much STUFF and why is it so hard for me to get rid of it?

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« Reply #4501 on: January 03, 2021, 01:50:24 PM »
Had a video game for PS1 I bought a few years ago just to display as memorabilia.

Sold on eBay today for $120.

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« Reply #4502 on: January 03, 2021, 02:17:48 PM »
The sporadically do a deep declutter area by area but the linen closet has never made it to the top of the list.  Today I pulled it all out and only put a third back.  Phew!

Frustratingly I found good clothes for the kids we had purchased on sale and stored in the linen closet for them to grow into.  Now they are too small!  Argh.  An example of clutter and disorganization costing money.

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« Reply #4503 on: January 03, 2021, 02:36:53 PM »
Diploma case, gift bag and jingle bells into the donation bag today.

Can I share a bit of frustration? I have 6 boxes of old-school paper photographs and jointly purchased a scanner with Mom. She took the first turn with the scanner because she's semi retired and has more time. However, she finds it to be a boring task and has not made much progress. If I'd had the scanner, maybe I wouldn't need to move 6 boxes of photos (I'll be moving end of February). Again. Thanks for listening.

I am with your mom. I tried scanning a ton of pictures and found it to be extremely boring and gave up. Here is another idea to store pictures. I keep thinking about buying this but have not done so yet: https://www.containerstore.com/s/iris-16_case-4%22-x-6%22-photo-and-craft-storage-carrier/d?q=iris&productId=11004246

I agree with you, it is *deadly* boring. I didn't mean that to come across judgy, rather simply as the reason that progress has been slow. And I empathize with that!  At the same time,  I feel the frustration of having to move these boxes once again. Deep breath, oneday. This too shall pass.

Diploma case, gift bag and jingle bells into the donation bag today.

Can I share a bit of frustration? I have 6 boxes of old-school paper photographs and jointly purchased a scanner with Mom. She took the first turn with the scanner because she's semi retired and has more time. However, she finds it to be a boring task and has not made much progress. If I'd had the scanner, maybe I wouldn't need to move 6 boxes of photos (I'll be moving end of February). Again. Thanks for listening.

Takes some time, but you can do this with the notes app on your iPhone pretty easily if you have one

Alas, I am an Android gal.

@SunniD take heart! My best success has been with paper. Went from 7 boxes at the low point to fewer than 7" today. It can be done! But takes time and focus. You are in the right place. A tip I picked up from Marie Kondo is to start with what is easy for you and build up the decluttering muscle before you ta old the hardest stuff. And remember the tortise: slow and stray wins the race!

@zygote how wonderful that you've reached that click point! (What a great way to phrase that).

Zygote makes me wonder: what are everyone's tidying resolutions? One of mine is to deal with the photos, another is to move/merge households with BF and retain both our sanity and good relationship 😊

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« Reply #4504 on: January 03, 2021, 03:24:54 PM »
Do you actually want to scan all those photos? I have one small box of pictures, but I know there's duplicates in there. If you have multiple boxes - how many duplicates or near duplicates, out of focus, or pictures of random places or people that you don't want are in those boxes? Spending some time to decrease the volume will make the move easier, as well as reducing later scanning time.

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« Reply #4505 on: January 03, 2021, 03:47:19 PM »
Zygote makes me wonder: what are everyone's tidying resolutions? One of mine is to deal with the photos, another is to move/merge households with BF and retain both our sanity and good relationship 😊

My main resolution is just to keep at it on a regular basis! I made good progress with the house last year, I think will start off this year with areas outside the house:
- carport...bigtime dumping ground
- collection of plants in pots awaiting planting. I have banned myself from buying anymore. They are just maintenance the way they are...need watering and collect fallen leaves etc.
- cleanup sheds. In particular one that stuff got dumped in when I moved here and hasn't been touched since.

I'm guessing in the second half of the year I'll have another go through the house.

There is the issue of photos. I've been avoiding this since I hit a wall very quickly the last time I tried it. ( and in the grand scheme of things photos were just a few boxes) . I now have a lot of my parent's photos to deal with as well.

These were the issues last time:

- what sort of scanner to buy
- whether to keep negatives or not - does one scan those too?

Finally I never actually look at photos I've taken. The only time I do this is when I am thinking about organising/culling/moving them, or, if on the odd occasion I am looking for something very specific like those occasions when one is requested to produce a baby or embarrassing photo from one's past. I know people agonise over photos, but if I lost them all in a house fire I'm not sure it would bother me that much. So maybe I should do something daring  like an extreme cull?

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« Reply #4506 on: January 03, 2021, 06:03:28 PM »
Made a little progress with de-cluttering this weekend:
 - gave away and old, tube style TV.
 - took my old printer out to the garage. I need to find out where I can recycle it.
 - gathered up a bunch of decor items that I am not using and I will try to sell them.
 - gave a few kitchen items to DS when he was here.
 - put a couple of books in the donate bag.

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« Reply #4507 on: January 03, 2021, 08:08:19 PM »
Re: photos

I set mine to rotate on my background photos on my PC, iPhone, and TV. That way I can enjoy them more frequently. Also, after culling a lot of my keepsakes, it is nice to now see photos of that stuff occasionally instead of it being locked in a box for years at a time.

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« Reply #4508 on: January 03, 2021, 08:15:01 PM »
That is an excellent idea @Steeze and one I may yoink.

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« Reply #4509 on: January 03, 2021, 08:36:27 PM »
Re: photos

I set mine to rotate on my background photos on my PC, iPhone, and TV. That way I can enjoy them more frequently. Also, after culling a lot of my keepsakes, it is nice to now see photos of that stuff occasionally instead of it being locked in a box for years at a time.

@Steeze Can you give a quick guide on how you did this?
I've been talking about it for years but don't know how to get started.

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« Reply #4510 on: January 04, 2021, 12:18:54 AM »
Do you actually want to scan all those photos? I have one small box of pictures, but I know there's duplicates in there. If you have multiple boxes - how many duplicates or near duplicates, out of focus, or pictures of random places or people that you don't want are in those boxes? Spending some time to decrease the volume will make the move easier, as well as reducing later scanning time.

Oh, it's for sure there are many rolls where duplicates were ordered. It would be silly to scan two of the exact same image, lol! I've done some organization in the past, so know what I'm up against. A good chunk of it is in chronological order, at least. Then there are a lot of the ex's photos (as in, things he photographed that I'm not interested in), and photos from the time period with the ex. I'd rather not open those doors at the moment. It's all tucked safely away until I'm ready to deal with it.

@Sibley what are your decluttering goals for 2021?




@happy  modest but achievable goals! You might be interested in a thread I started a while back on the photo scanning topic: https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/who-has-advice-on-photo-scanning/msg2694985/#msg2694985

With your attitude about photos, you might be able to get away with a more radical cull than I would be comfortable with.
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« Reply #4511 on: January 04, 2021, 03:26:39 AM »
Decluttered a gingerbread house cookie cutter kit. It was an impulse buy a couple of years ago and when I went to use it last week I realised I'd have to make about 3 x the usual amount of gingerbread: it makes a HUGE house! I will stick to my own measurements for making 2 small houses for the kids to decorate, and just use a ruler and a knife to cut out the shapes.

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« Reply #4512 on: January 04, 2021, 03:47:17 AM »
Do you actually want to scan all those photos? I have one small box of pictures, but I know there's duplicates in there. If you have multiple boxes - how many duplicates or near duplicates, out of focus, or pictures of random places or people that you don't want are in those boxes? Spending some time to decrease the volume will make the move easier, as well as reducing later scanning time.

I did this a couple of years ago with years of worth of paper photos. After spending some time of going through the photos I put a significantly smaller of number of photos into albums. There were a lot of duplicates and photos of people I could not even remember. If I can’t even remember the person in the photo why would I keep it. Now I have ten years of digital photos to sort through and make photo books. I prefer albums and photobooks over digital photos.

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« Reply #4513 on: January 04, 2021, 06:22:46 AM »
Re: photos

I set mine to rotate on my background photos on my PC, iPhone, and TV. That way I can enjoy them more frequently. Also, after culling a lot of my keepsakes, it is nice to now see photos of that stuff occasionally instead of it being locked in a box for years at a time.

@Steeze Can you give a quick guide on how you did this?
I've been talking about it for years but don't know how to get started.

on iPhone, download photos widget (3rd party) in app store. create an album you want to rotate through. set widget to rotate through that album, go to setting, change to 1 minute (lowest) if wanted.

on PC, Settings > Personalization > Background > Slideshow (in drop down) > Browse > Choose folder > Choose Fit > Change picture every 1 minute
on PC, Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen > Screen Saver Settings > Photos > Settings... > Browse > Choose folder

on TV - I have a Google Chrome Cast - Add photos to google photos > add album in Ambient Mode settings

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« Reply #4514 on: January 04, 2021, 09:33:56 AM »

@Sibley what are your decluttering goals for 2021?


I don't have huge piles of stuff I don't need in the house. Luckily. However, I do have huge piles of rocks outside to dig out and dispose of. Made almost no progress last year. The big declutter challenge however will be my parents. They are planning on selling their house and moving to my area. My mom thinks they're in good shape. My sister and I think they're in better shape than they were a few years ago, but it's still going to be a huge challenge. Including the fact that while mom has decided to get rid of a ton of stuff, it's all sitting in boxes labeled "sell". Combined with them moving and finding a place, normal life/work, etc.... send luck.

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« Reply #4515 on: January 04, 2021, 10:52:02 AM »
If you just take digital pictures with either your phone/tablet or camera, it's way faster than scanning.  Just spread them out on a table and click on each one individually and you have a digital record.  As you do this, get rid of the  ones you don't want to keep paper copies of.  Simple.

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« Reply #4516 on: January 04, 2021, 10:33:44 PM »

@Sibley what are your decluttering goals for 2021?


I don't have huge piles of stuff I don't need in the house. Luckily. However, I do have huge piles of rocks outside to dig out and dispose of. Made almost no progress last year. The big declutter challenge however will be my parents. They are planning on selling their house and moving to my area. My mom thinks they're in good shape. My sister and I think they're in better shape than they were a few years ago, but it's still going to be a huge challenge. Including the fact that while mom has decided to get rid of a ton of stuff, it's all sitting in boxes labeled "sell". Combined with them moving and finding a place, normal life/work, etc.... send luck.

Good luck on both the rocks and your parent's move. My former in-laws, both with hoarding tendencies so they sort of encouraged each other, had a moving truck so big that it wasn't able to fit down the street of their new home. They had to last-minute rent a smaller moving van to actually get their possessions into their new home. Whew! I hope it's not like that for you.

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« Reply #4517 on: January 05, 2021, 10:21:43 AM »
I cleared 2 small piles yesterday. I'm a piler. Got rid of a bunch of CD/DVD cases and some old clothes (half going to donation).

I have a pair of very expensive and space hogging ski boots I will try to sell. 

 

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« Reply #4518 on: January 05, 2021, 10:43:45 AM »
I listed an old treadmill on FB Marketplace this morning and immediately got 3 messages - so I obviously priced it too low!  But at least it's out of the house tomorrow.

I also listed a shelving unit that I'm not sure why I still have.  Hopefully this encourages me to take the broken TV to the curb this week, and then all that will be left in my exercise room will be my elliptical (which I still use, though not as much as when I was working), a stool, and some hand weights.

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« Reply #4519 on: January 05, 2021, 11:13:36 AM »
I thought I had thoroughly decluttered in preparation for our move in August.  When I packed up some of our kitchen things, we were still in the process of selling and I didn't know how much room we would have in the new place.    Turns out not so much!   Room for the things I use all the time, no room for things that get used every few years.   The spring pan, bundt pan, double boiler, and multiple cookie sheets are packaged up and waiting for us to come out of lockdown so I can donate them.   

I'm debating about the small food processor I have too - I liked the idea of being the kind of cook that used one, but found out my usual utensils do just fine, and I hate cleaning the thing.  It's not an expensive one, so I'd have no regrets about donating that either.   

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« Reply #4520 on: January 05, 2021, 01:07:10 PM »
I thought I had thoroughly decluttered in preparation for our move in August.  When I packed up some of our kitchen things, we were still in the process of selling and I didn't know how much room we would have in the new place.    Turns out not so much!   Room for the things I use all the time, no room for things that get used every few years.   The spring pan, bundt pan, double boiler, and multiple cookie sheets are packaged up and waiting for us to come out of lockdown so I can donate them.   

I'm debating about the small food processor I have too - I liked the idea of being the kind of cook that used one, but found out my usual utensils do just fine, and I hate cleaning the thing.  It's not an expensive one, so I'd have no regrets about donating that either.   

I bought the cheapest large food processor I could find, because I only use it when I am making relish.  The rest of the year it doesn't even live in the kitchen!  A good knife is efficient and a lot easier to clean.

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« Reply #4521 on: January 05, 2021, 02:30:11 PM »
A good knife is efficient and a lot easier to clean.

Amen! 

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« Reply #4522 on: January 05, 2021, 06:14:40 PM »
Out of the house so far this week:
-Crystal cake stand (sold on FB marketplace)
-Old ski boots, outgrown by teen (sold on FB marketplace)
-Book (eBay)
-Face mask Christmas gift thing (eBay)
-Returned a few gifts that didn't work out

I need to go through another area & find stuff for my local Buy Nothing group. Things move quickly there.

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« Reply #4523 on: January 05, 2021, 07:01:06 PM »

@Sibley what are your decluttering goals for 2021?


I don't have huge piles of stuff I don't need in the house. Luckily. However, I do have huge piles of rocks outside to dig out and dispose of. Made almost no progress last year. The big declutter challenge however will be my parents. They are planning on selling their house and moving to my area. My mom thinks they're in good shape. My sister and I think they're in better shape than they were a few years ago, but it's still going to be a huge challenge. Including the fact that while mom has decided to get rid of a ton of stuff, it's all sitting in boxes labeled "sell". Combined with them moving and finding a place, normal life/work, etc.... send luck.

Good luck on both the rocks and your parent's move. My former in-laws, both with hoarding tendencies so they sort of encouraged each other, had a moving truck so big that it wasn't able to fit down the street of their new home. They had to last-minute rent a smaller moving van to actually get their possessions into their new home. Whew! I hope it's not like that for you.

No, thank goodness. Not that bad. But my parents have not made the wisest of financial choices over the years, and are not necessarily being practical or realistic now. So it imposes limitations on dealing with everything.

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« Reply #4524 on: January 05, 2021, 07:10:24 PM »
Sent a year's worth of personal documents into the shred bin with a satisfying THUMP

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« Reply #4525 on: January 06, 2021, 01:19:48 AM »
I started the 1 thing on day 1, 2 things on day 2, and etc...challenge last year, but quit. idk that i really even have enough stuff to do the entire 30 days.
I started on 1 jan this time and feel like i'm kind of cheating already bc on day 2, i threw away a pair of socks (running socks w/holes) and counted that as 2 things instead of 1 pair.
I'm going to really try tho and see how far i can get.

days 1-5 complete.

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« Reply #4526 on: January 06, 2021, 08:58:46 PM »
Recycled all the take out containers. The good black ones. Anyone keep these?


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« Reply #4527 on: January 06, 2021, 09:13:18 PM »
Apparently the black ones aren’t recyclable where I live, so I have a small stack in the basement waiting for me to have a bright idea on what to do with them.

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« Reply #4528 on: January 07, 2021, 02:36:56 PM »
Listed a bunch of things on eBay.

Listed a few items on my local Buy Nothing, and have interested people for everything. I will hopefully be getting rid of board games & a bread basket we've never used.

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« Reply #4529 on: January 08, 2021, 03:36:51 AM »
I am settling in in my new apartment. I had a goal to unpack all the movers boxes in the apartment before New years eve, and I did.

I got rid of a lot of stuff before moving, but found a big bag of kids clothing. Managed to sell a jacket, snow boots and "over-pants" (wind and waterproof to put over regular pants) for a total of $30. Also some special/attractive kids books for a few $ (someone requested to buy them specifically and the kids decided to sell and get the money). It was extremely easy sales, digital payments similar to Venmo and pick up w/o contact.

And then I managed a double whammy :-D. Lots of nice/in really good shape kids clothes that would only fetch a dollar or two each  if anything. Asked my new neighbour who is very nice and has several grandkids of she wanted to take a look, thankfully she did. She took almost all, I am very pleased as there were nice things that could be used a lot more, they are out of my place, and I am building community in my new living area. We are already good friends, but it is good to add to that.

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« Reply #4530 on: January 08, 2021, 07:17:35 AM »
Nice work, @LinneaH ! I'm glad to hear you are settling into your new place. I try & balance giving things away with selling. I do lots of both, & enjoy both processes.

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« Reply #4531 on: January 08, 2021, 08:30:01 AM »
I have been decluttering for years but still thought I had too much stuff. My husband is the opposite. I am divorcing him so started packing. I bought plastic tubs to pack in and all my stuff except for clothes and pictures that hang on the walls fit into 20 tubs. All the rest of the junk is his. Luckily he is buying me out of the house because it would be a nightmare to get rid of all his stuff. I was the only thing standing between the house being a hoarders delight. I will never want to see this beautiful home again because it would be so painful to see it trashed. 

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« Reply #4532 on: January 08, 2021, 09:16:05 AM »
Ah, Cassie, this just sounds very very hard. I'm sorry that you have to deal with any of it, even if it's the right thing for you to do.

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« Reply #4533 on: January 08, 2021, 12:13:45 PM »
Cassie, I'm so sorry to hear that. Sending you strength as you go through this difficult time.

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« Reply #4534 on: January 08, 2021, 12:30:27 PM »
2-1/2 years ago we decided to sell our house and bought a smaller condo unit. At time we got rid of a lot of stuff but still brought quite a bit to our new place.

I'm about to go on another mission to reduce a lot of the stuff I have in our storage room that haven't seen the light of day since we moved. For some items I post on Kijiji for up to a week (and ignore all the kijijidiots) and if it hasn't sold I donate; other items go straight to donation.

I have 4 totes and a medium tool chest to sort and reduce. My goal is to get to get everything into the 1 tote and the tool chest (which also holds some items other than tools)

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« Reply #4535 on: January 08, 2021, 01:48:21 PM »
Very sorry to hear your news Cassie. (((hugs)))

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« Reply #4536 on: January 08, 2021, 04:35:35 PM »
My DIL ruined a couple of baking sheets drying out pine cones.  I had 2 extras that won't fit into the designated baking area of our new house.  Baking sheets are now at DIL's, and I don't have to find a place for them or donate to charity.   Both of us are pleased.

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« Reply #4537 on: January 09, 2021, 05:13:26 AM »
Am attempting to stay out of op shops this month so there will definitely be more stuff going out than coming in. Decluttered 2 novels I won't read again, but they won't physically leave the house till Feb as I just don't trust myself to just drop them off and not go in to browse.

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« Reply #4538 on: January 09, 2021, 05:18:12 AM »
Am attempting to stay out of op shops this month so there will definitely be more stuff going out than coming in. Decluttered 2 novels I won't read again, but they won't physically leave the house till Feb as I just don't trust myself to just drop them off and not go in to browse.

Good idea if you will be tempted! If you can get together more items, there may be a charity in your area who will come pick up from your house, so you aren't tempted! Or I'm sure there is a neighbor who wouldn't mind one or two items thrown in their donation box.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4539 on: January 09, 2021, 08:44:01 AM »
Moved a stack of old annual calendars from the kitchen counter to a bedroom. Now I have some more clean space on the counter.

Also found 2 unused, blank calendars in the pile and recycled them.

Having the new counter space and seeing it every day is a nice plus.

A lot of my decluttering lately is consolidating stuff, but keeping it in the house, and out of sight, and taking up less space. Can't throw everything out, lol.   

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4540 on: January 09, 2021, 08:52:49 AM »
I sold 5 items yesterday!  3 pickups, and 2 in the mail (though now that I think about it, 3 of those things are video games I sold for my BF, so only actually 2 of my items gone...)  Seems lots of people are enjoying post-holiday shopping this year.

My elderly cat passed this week, so I spent some time gathering and cleaning her things - on Monday I'll drop most of it off at the local humane society - they said they did take donations of goods and food, so hopefully they will be put to good use since I don't intend on getting another cat for a while.  I did sell her water fountain since I thought the shelter might not use it - lots of interest in that on FB Marketplace, it sold fast - I like the idea of another cat enjoying it today.

I threw away her medicines the day after she died - I paused and almost didn't, since it felt wasteful, but the leftovers were not really that much, definitely not worth finding a taker for the non-prescription stuff.  The finality of it was sad, but still the right thing to do.

I'm hoping to go through and declutter some more from the kitchen today - old bottles I noticed under the sink, and a few items from the pantry that haven't seen the light of day in a while.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4541 on: January 09, 2021, 08:54:01 AM »
Moved a stack of old annual calendars from the kitchen counter to a bedroom. Now I have some more clean space on the counter.

What's the reason to keep them?

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4542 on: January 09, 2021, 09:39:51 AM »
I sold 5 items yesterday!  3 pickups, and 2 in the mail (though now that I think about it, 3 of those things are video games I sold for my BF, so only actually 2 of my items gone...)  Seems lots of people are enjoying post-holiday shopping this year.

My elderly cat passed this week, so I spent some time gathering and cleaning her things - on Monday I'll drop most of it off at the local humane society - they said they did take donations of goods and food, so hopefully they will be put to good use since I don't intend on getting another cat for a while.  I did sell her water fountain since I thought the shelter might not use it - lots of interest in that on FB Marketplace, it sold fast - I like the idea of another cat enjoying it today.

I threw away her medicines the day after she died - I paused and almost didn't, since it felt wasteful, but the leftovers were not really that much, definitely not worth finding a taker for the non-prescription stuff.  The finality of it was sad, but still the right thing to do.

I'm hoping to go through and declutter some more from the kitchen today - old bottles I noticed under the sink, and a few items from the pantry that haven't seen the light of day in a while.

From experience, as long as the items are clean and in decent condition, they can use them. If nothing else, they'll use ratty beds and blankets for sick and injured animals as appearance doesn't matter, just comfort and function.

I'm sorry you lost your kitty. It's hard. :(

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4543 on: January 09, 2021, 12:48:45 PM »
Moved a stack of old annual calendars from the kitchen counter to a bedroom. Now I have some more clean space on the counter.

What's the reason to keep them?

Also what are annual calendars? Do you mean the regular sort that hangs on the wall and has a page for each month with pictures?

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4544 on: January 09, 2021, 01:23:52 PM »
I sold 5 items yesterday!  3 pickups, and 2 in the mail (though now that I think about it, 3 of those things are video games I sold for my BF, so only actually 2 of my items gone...)  Seems lots of people are enjoying post-holiday shopping this year.

My elderly cat passed this week, so I spent some time gathering and cleaning her things - on Monday I'll drop most of it off at the local humane society - they said they did take donations of goods and food, so hopefully they will be put to good use since I don't intend on getting another cat for a while.  I did sell her water fountain since I thought the shelter might not use it - lots of interest in that on FB Marketplace, it sold fast - I like the idea of another cat enjoying it today.

I threw away her medicines the day after she died - I paused and almost didn't, since it felt wasteful, but the leftovers were not really that much, definitely not worth finding a taker for the non-prescription stuff.  The finality of it was sad, but still the right thing to do.

I'm hoping to go through and declutter some more from the kitchen today - old bottles I noticed under the sink, and a few items from the pantry that haven't seen the light of day in a while.

From experience, as long as the items are clean and in decent condition, they can use them. If nothing else, they'll use ratty beds and blankets for sick and injured animals as appearance doesn't matter, just comfort and function.

I'm sorry you lost your kitty. It's hard. :(

In typical cat-fashion, my cats had zero interest in the cat beds I purchased for them.  They've just been sitting around for years, so they still look pretty new after a wash.

I did clean out underneath the kitchen sink, took a few things out of the pantry, and threw away a bunch of old bottles of "product" from the extra bathroom shower that hasn't been used in years.  I listed 5 new things for sale, so it's been a productive day so far.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4545 on: January 10, 2021, 01:12:26 PM »
-Sold two items on eBay (scarf & earrings)
-Gave away a pilates ball I've never used via Buy Nothing group

Planning to list the boys basketball hoop today. It's a full size, and should generate some interest during COVID times

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4546 on: January 10, 2021, 01:13:08 PM »
2-1/2 years ago we decided to sell our house and bought a smaller condo unit. At time we got rid of a lot of stuff but still brought quite a bit to our new place.

I'm about to go on another mission to reduce a lot of the stuff I have in our storage room that haven't seen the light of day since we moved. For some items I post on Kijiji for up to a week (and ignore all the kijijidiots) and if it hasn't sold I donate; other items go straight to donation.

I have 4 totes and a medium tool chest to sort and reduce. My goal is to get to get everything into the 1 tote and the tool chest (which also holds some items other than tools)

I went through the 4 totes + 2 that had camping / outdoor gear in them and ended up with 3 well curated ones. Only kept items that I have used in the past year. I have a box of oil / grease / adhesives / etc to take to our hazardous waste depot next weekend, left a box of odds and ends in our waste room for people in the building to pick through (including  ~15 lbs of random screws and bolts) Gave a couple of empty totes to a friend. Have 7 or 8 items listed for sale.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4547 on: January 11, 2021, 09:37:15 PM »
Between funerals and other bad news this week I had a burst of cleaning adrenaline. (Distraction and activity is my best coping mechanism.) I went through every closet and storage area and made a new consolidated area for things to sell or donate. It was much bigger than expected - more than 50 items! I guess I'm not as much of a minimalist as I thought.
I quickly sent pictures to family members and friends nearby and within a few days had 1/3 of it re-homed, and a few items listed for sale and even more on a local giveaway pile.
Tomorrow I will take more pictures to post items and see what else can be donated to save the extra steps of posting and coordinating with buyers. The extra steps might be good for me though, and a few items have mixed memories associated with them and are good quality or expensive items that should sell well (and I don't want to give them to anyone I know, so I never have to see them again - there I said it).

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4548 on: January 12, 2021, 12:08:27 AM »
(and I don't want to give them to anyone I know, so I never have to see them again - there I said it).

Perfectly legitimate sentiment. They are your things, and they should not be able to inflict their presence on you if you decide that's how you want it.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4549 on: January 12, 2021, 04:30:19 AM »
Ok I'm in for this.  Family of 4 -- two adults and two teenagers.  We don't have tons of extra stuff, but we could do better.  And I love getting rid of unused things.  My goal is to get rid of 500 objects this year.  So far this month I've already donated a box of outgrown kids' clothes, shoes, and toys (22 items).  I also created an Ebay account yesterday so I could try to sell a few things that might be worth a little money.

A fun one today -- I'm giving away an unused frog dissection kit that my kids never got around to.  It includes all the tools and the preserved frog too.  My neighbor was happy to get it for her two kids.  Should be a cool indoor Covid winter project for them.