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« Reply #4600 on: January 19, 2021, 07:11:17 PM »
Combined three half-burnt candles into one candle tin and tossed the other containers.

Steam mop quit working, so I ordered a new one. They don't make the brand I had anymore, so I promptly tossed the old mop and the accessories. There's no way they'll fit on the new one and no need to keep them.

Found a plastic shoebox in the pantry with a key ring and some desiccated vet wrap. Why did I keep those two silly items in a box in the pantry?? Emptied the box into the trash and put the storage bin in the donate pile. Reorganized the pantry and found nothing else  useless.

Big deal here: I put a pair of nice, still good leather boots in the donate pile. I have wiped the dust off of them twice to wear them but can't bring myself to. The heel is too high. They are so gorgeous but give me a head and neck ache every time I wear them. They are a fancy brand and did I mention still nice?? But they don't work for me and I'm burnt out on selling things after my big pre-holiday push. I've had the boots for 6 years and have gotten my money's worth, but just can't do high heels any more. Finally motivated myself to donate them after thinking of how thrilled someone might be the find fancy brand, still nice boots at a thrift store.

Up to twelve books out on PaperBackSwap. There were a few that had no takers, so I'll put them in the donate pile. Used up all of the kraft paper for mailing.

Next stop--actually drop donations off instead of driving them around town for another week!

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« Reply #4601 on: January 19, 2021, 11:55:13 PM »
We've been continuing the sporadic declutter. This morning while making breakfast, we completely rearranged one of the counters and created a lot of usable and visual space.

@okcisok high fives for donating the boots! I donate nice things because I have found so many nice things in the thriftshops, it feels karmically right to feed into the system that has helped me. Also life is too short for uncomfortable feet.

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« Reply #4602 on: January 20, 2021, 08:45:29 AM »
Three more items on buy nothing and two more just waiting for a new home.  Sold three more items also - one on Ebay.  Since I'm new to Ebay I'm limited to one sale a month, I might try some things on Offer Up, does anyone have experience with them?  Pulled out all our photos and am going to take the next two weeks to organize into two albums to keep and digitize the rest.  DD came home for a couple hours yesterday and cleaned out one of her closets and the her sink cabinet, result - two bags of trash and a bunch more to donate or sell.

Five more items sold, luckily four locally which is easier.  Gave away a parka, an ice chest and a few gun related items we had from an old tenant to one of DH's old colleagues.  Couple more things went yesterday from the Buy Nothing Group.  I'll work on listing more for sale and putting together another bunch of items to go this week.  Amazing what you find when you actually look at your belongings, I just can't believe I kept so much even through four cross country moves. 

About halfway through with the photos and decided I'll keep three albums - wedding album, album from DD's first year and one from DD year 2-present.  Consolidates by about half of where we were, but they fit nicely in a plastic tote so I'm good with it. 

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« Reply #4603 on: January 20, 2021, 12:15:17 PM »
Clothing was recycled, shredding was moved to this weekend, e-waste was moved to the free day for our city (first Wed of every month) to avoid any private company charges.

Sold an old (working) coffeemaker on a social media group. Finding other items to sell pre-move (baby carrier, old crib mattress, some unused cookware/appliances, etc.)

Intentionally working through our cupboards to eat up and use items I don't want to move. Hello, half a bag of quinoa. What to cook you in next week... ?

We're preparing for a move later this spring, so yesterday DH and I did a deep dive in our office. Recycled LOTS of outdated or expired paperwork, with a small shred pile to be disposed of (you know, the stuff you can't just throw away). Plan on hitting up local shredding service later this week, as most community free shedding days are in the summer (post-move).

Also found as part of that purge: a small pile of old electronics to take to a local e-recyclyer - three(!) old phones, a tablet, and a DVD player, all of which finally bit the proverbial dust.

Finally, a pile of ripped/worn clothing that can't be sold or donated is heading for a textile recycling bin!

(Is moving the ultimate de-cluttering motivator? It sure feels like it.)

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« Reply #4604 on: January 20, 2021, 12:55:17 PM »
-Fold up picnic table sold & is now gone, $30 into the budget
-Listed my old fitbit charger on both Buy Nothing, & then eBay after I couldn't find a match on Buy Nothing.
-Found my old fitbit box & instructions, & got those recycled

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« Reply #4605 on: January 20, 2021, 12:58:15 PM »
Now that my big summertime decluttering is done...  I have a long, skinny livingroom with the TV mounted on one wall.  I have 3 reclining chairs, a daybed vice a sofa, a cat tree by the window (of course)!   2 end tables.  2 lamp stands.  I want a friend to come over and just rearrange it all for me because now that I don't really have stuff in the livingroom I'm never happy with the furniture layout. 

I finally moved a tote of Christmas and household miscellanea down to the storage area of my condo building.  I am emptying boxes of yarn slowly but surely for charity afghans.  Also working on using up some toiletries I've acquired through gifts or my own purchases.  I also disposed of some random food from the fridge that I do not remember buying and do not want to eat.  Aspirational grocery purchases I guess. 

There is a tiny, remote possible I could have a new job in 2021 and if that is the case, I will sell my condo and move into an apartment closer to work with a shorter commute and less responsibilities.  Trying to be mindful of this remote possibility and not add more belongings to my place! 

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« Reply #4606 on: January 20, 2021, 02:27:26 PM »
Clothing was recycled, shredding was moved to this weekend, e-waste was moved to the free day for our city (first Wed of every month) to avoid any private company charges.

Sold an old (working) coffeemaker on a social media group. Finding other items to sell pre-move (baby carrier, old crib mattress, some unused cookware/appliances, etc.)

Intentionally working through our cupboards to eat up and use items I don't want to move. Hello, half a bag of quinoa. What to cook you in next week... ?

We're preparing for a move later this spring, so yesterday DH and I did a deep dive in our office. Recycled LOTS of outdated or expired paperwork, with a small shred pile to be disposed of (you know, the stuff you can't just throw away). Plan on hitting up local shredding service later this week, as most community free shedding days are in the summer (post-move).

Also found as part of that purge: a small pile of old electronics to take to a local e-recyclyer - three(!) old phones, a tablet, and a DVD player, all of which finally bit the proverbial dust.

Finally, a pile of ripped/worn clothing that can't be sold or donated is heading for a textile recycling bin!

(Is moving the ultimate de-cluttering motivator? It sure feels like it.)

I have moved quite a lot and everytime a move have been decided I have decluttered. I always ask myself if I want to pay to get this thing moved. That have allowed me to sell of all the things I donít want to donate and donate rest. I also ask if the item will fit into the new apartment. Once I had to sell a book case because both didnít fit into the new apartment. It also forced me to purge books. This also makes it easier to pack your stuff because you have made about 95 % of the keep or not decisions. Often you find even more stuff to sell and donate while you pack. This had allowed me to keep a fairly clutterfree lifestyle.

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« Reply #4607 on: January 20, 2021, 04:36:38 PM »
Clothing was recycled, shredding was moved to this weekend, e-waste was moved to the free day for our city (first Wed of every month) to avoid any private company charges.

Sold an old (working) coffeemaker on a social media group. Finding other items to sell pre-move (baby carrier, old crib mattress, some unused cookware/appliances, etc.)

Intentionally working through our cupboards to eat up and use items I don't want to move. Hello, half a bag of quinoa. What to cook you in next week... ?

We're preparing for a move later this spring, so yesterday DH and I did a deep dive in our office. Recycled LOTS of outdated or expired paperwork, with a small shred pile to be disposed of (you know, the stuff you can't just throw away). Plan on hitting up local shredding service later this week, as most community free shedding days are in the summer (post-move).

Also found as part of that purge: a small pile of old electronics to take to a local e-recyclyer - three(!) old phones, a tablet, and a DVD player, all of which finally bit the proverbial dust.

Finally, a pile of ripped/worn clothing that can't be sold or donated is heading for a textile recycling bin!

(Is moving the ultimate de-cluttering motivator? It sure feels like it.)

I have moved quite a lot and everytime a move have been decided I have decluttered. I always ask myself if I want to pay to get this thing moved. That have allowed me to sell of all the things I donít want to donate and donate rest. I also ask if the item will fit into the new apartment. Once I had to sell a book case because both didnít fit into the new apartment. It also forced me to purge books. This also makes it easier to pack your stuff because you have made about 95 % of the keep or not decisions. Often you find even more stuff to sell and donate while you pack. This had allowed me to keep a fairly clutterfree lifestyle.

I have a slightly different strategy, but inspired by moves. We moved from Washington to CA (from a large home we owned to a rental we weren't sure we'd be in for long). I'd say we got rid of ~30-40% of our stuff. I wasn't into decluttering at the time, had small kids growing through things, and we just had a bunch of stuff that had accumulated.

For the second move (CA rental property to a home a few blocks away that we'd purchased), I was determined to again rid of as much as possible before we moved. Because, packing & unpacking & then finding a place for crap you don't need is...not a good use of time. I'm guessing we got rid of 10-15% of our stuff that go round.

Now, I have a daily task. Every day I find something to donate, sell or toss. Every day. Back in the pre-COVID days, I did this on Fridays, when I worked from home. I'd set a goal for 10 items every Friday. A lot of it was trash coming out for the kids room, or broken pencils & the like. Now I make it a daily task, since I'm WFH all day. I reach days where it's pretty hard to find stuff, but I'm always surprised by the depths of belongings.

Today, for example, I found a Calphalon butter warmer. In the first move (7 years ago), he promised me we'd use it a lot. It was originally his from pre-marriage. We've still never used it. I listed it on eBay. If I don't sell it, I'll give it away on my local Buy Nothing group. How have I moved something twice that's taking up valuable cupboard space & we don't use?

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« Reply #4608 on: January 20, 2021, 07:03:57 PM »
Dragged another old grill to the curb to be picked up tomorrow (done with the old grills!).  Trashed an old/broken garden hose reel thingy.  Also added some yard waste from the overgrown section of the yard - goal is to do a bit each week until it is gone now that I know it's not the impossible task I thought it was.

Edit: someone has taken the old grill.  I can't imagine anyone would want to use it - it would be cool if they took it for scrap metal, though.
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« Reply #4609 on: January 20, 2021, 07:52:47 PM »
Using a ball of homespun yarn to make an ear warmer/headband. Turning clutter into something useful!

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« Reply #4610 on: January 20, 2021, 09:37:46 PM »
Took the last of the 8mm films to Costco for digital conversion. They announced the upcoming closing of their in-store photo centers recently, so I moved up the timeline on this. In a few weeks, those films will come back to me, but I'll have a digital copy also, so then I can trash the originals! Woo! Hope it's done before I move, that would be a bonus.

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« Reply #4611 on: January 22, 2021, 07:21:25 AM »
Listed a bunch on Facebook marketplace yesterday with a couple crosspostings to Craigslist.  Sold four items yesterday and two this morning.  Scanned in another batch of photos and added our honeymoon photos to the back of our wedding album. Now to get four of the purchases shipped, also need to work on more photo scanning and getting some things listed on the Buy Nothing group.   

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« Reply #4612 on: January 22, 2021, 08:16:38 AM »
Sold a few motorcycle specific tools the other day; have a couple more to donate to a local tool library; giving a small stack of 90s comics to kids of a friend.

I've took on the task of sorting through my parent's (and grand parents) picture slides after mom passed and dad was moved to a care home. Finally got around to going through them. Have removed the slides from ~75 carousels. Recycled all but 2. Still need to do a final sort on the slides and figure out which are worth digitizing and which should get destroyed. However, they now take up a small amount of space instead of half a closet.


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« Reply #4613 on: January 22, 2021, 07:37:25 PM »
4 more books.

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« Reply #4614 on: January 22, 2021, 08:08:29 PM »
Did some un-decluttering today; don't kick me out of the thread, please! I am moving soon, so have been scavenging boxes. Came across a perfectly good Rubbermaid tote in the recycle bin last night. Cleaned it up today and packed it with books and clothes. Once moved, I'll evaluate if need it.

Also decluttered a dozen books and an unloved cat toy.

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« Reply #4615 on: January 23, 2021, 07:33:59 AM »
Did some un-decluttering today; don't kick me out of the thread, please! I am moving soon, so have been scavenging boxes. Came across a perfectly good Rubbermaid tote in the recycle bin last night. Cleaned it up today and packed it with books and clothes. Once moved, I'll evaluate if need it.

Also decluttered a dozen books and an unloved cat toy.

You did a rescue and reuse instead of buying new, good for you.

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« Reply #4616 on: January 23, 2021, 08:37:52 AM »
Inspired by this thread. Going to look around my apartment now to see something I can get rid of ------ just a lot of trash / papers.

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« Reply #4617 on: January 23, 2021, 08:49:59 AM »
Sold an outgrown kids hoodie & a race shirt on eBay. Both are packaged & ready to be mailed out. Junk out/cash in.

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« Reply #4618 on: January 23, 2021, 09:06:13 AM »
Posted a few things from the garage to sell - got rid of a wheelbarrow last night, and hopefully have someone picking up a bike today.  Debating selling my kayak.  I want to kayak in the future, but don't have a way to transport it, and don't really want to kayak locally.

Threw out one bag of junk (why did I still have ugly bath mats from the apartment from 15 years ago?) and I'm working on a second.  Have a stack of books to donate.  Started a bag of clothes to donate.  I'm getting more ruthless as I get closer to putting my house up for sale.

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« Reply #4619 on: January 23, 2021, 09:30:20 AM »
I just de-clutter the deep freezer and the fridge freezer.
Holy moley - space.  I have now washed about two dozen zip lock bags that contained herbs from as far back as 2014.  Approximately 2 cubic feet of freeze dried herbs from my garden.  And the benefits -we do not need to go to the grocery store for a good long time.  And we could keep the ice cream in the kitchen.  Should we keep the ice cream in the kitchen is a completely different question.

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« Reply #4620 on: January 23, 2021, 10:21:28 AM »
I just de-clutter the deep freezer and the fridge freezer.
Holy moley - space.  I have now washed about two dozen zip lock bags that contained herbs from as far back as 2014.  Approximately 2 cubic feet of freeze dried herbs from my garden.  And the benefits -we do not need to go to the grocery store for a good long time.  And we could keep the ice cream in the kitchen.  Should we keep the ice cream in the kitchen is a completely different question.

Eating ice cream counts as decluttering.

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« Reply #4621 on: January 23, 2021, 10:31:35 AM »
^. :-) Yes, indeed it does!

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« Reply #4622 on: January 23, 2021, 10:44:23 AM »
I put 5 thoroughly read and enjoyed, but now cluttering,  National Geographic mags into the recycle bin.   

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« Reply #4623 on: January 23, 2021, 03:53:56 PM »
I put 5 thoroughly read and enjoyed, but now cluttering,  National Geographic mags into the recycle bin.

Any chance you can take them out of recyle bin and sell on ebay? I have bought older National Geographic mags and I see people sell newer ones too! Such great photography and stories!

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« Reply #4624 on: January 23, 2021, 04:05:23 PM »
-Sold a necklace charm from 20 years ago. It's been sitting on eBay for a year. Packaged & ready to get out of the house
-Listed six kids books on Buy Nothing
-Cleaned out my sock drawer

Cleaned out my three tiered tray, where I keep things I need (order, bills, receipts, etc). I go through it every so often & clean it out. Got rid of checks I'd cashed (mobile), but was saving to verify. Recycled old receipts. I was going to toss gift cards that had been used to purchase holiday gifts (kept, in case the item didn't work out.) Turns out one gift card had $18 on it, one had $50, and only one had $0. Labeled the gift cards with the correct dollar value, and filed in the appropriate place.
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« Reply #4625 on: January 23, 2021, 06:16:26 PM »
I put 5 thoroughly read and enjoyed, but now cluttering,  National Geographic mags into the recycle bin.

Any chance you can take them out of recyle bin and sell on ebay? I have bought older National Geographic mags and I see people sell newer ones too! Such great photography and stories!

Eh, good enough is good enough :)

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« Reply #4626 on: January 23, 2021, 06:20:47 PM »
Did some un-decluttering today; don't kick me out of the thread, please! I am moving soon, so have been scavenging boxes. Came across a perfectly good Rubbermaid tote in the recycle bin last night. Cleaned it up today and packed it with books and clothes. Once moved, I'll evaluate if need it.

Also decluttered a dozen books and an unloved cat toy.

You did a rescue and reuse instead of buying new, good for you.

I felt guilty because I wouldn't have bought a tub for moving. But I do feel good to have rescued and found an immediate use for it.


Today I cleaned out my storage locker. It had fewer than a dozen items, but all bulky things.  Three are on Craigslist, and one is still in my car. Once the CL items go, I'll have room to bring the last one into the house.

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« Reply #4627 on: January 23, 2021, 06:42:59 PM »
Farewell old socks!

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« Reply #4628 on: January 23, 2021, 07:06:42 PM »
Parents are going to have an estate sale with everything they're not moving. The chairs are still moving. Sigh. And mom is daily freaking out about something different - today was the dvd cases have gone missing. I'm not telling her, but I remember a box of dvd cases getting thrown out probably 5 years ago, but we all thought they were my sister's dvd cases. Have to have a call with dad to chat about the tools.

However, I'm collecting various items which I don't want and will add them to the pile for the estate sale later. So far, a too small cat toy basket, some jewelry which I don't want any more, a couple of decorative crystal boxes. A 1st edition book that for some unknown reason my mom gave me years ago (I don't care about 1st edition!).

Also dug out the padlocks I used in 2007 when I used pods for a move. Parents are going to use pods, so assuming these locks will fit, they can use them. If they won't fit, into the sale they go.

Edit: My sister told mom about the dvd cases that got trashed, and which may have included the ones she's missing. Better her than me.
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« Reply #4629 on: January 24, 2021, 07:42:00 AM »
I'm continuing to move baby things out of my house via consignment store and giving things away to friends and on Freecycle.

My parents are going through a HUGE decluttering process in their house.  My mom retired last year before the school year started, and she's getting antsy not being productive :) 

They recycled two garbage bags of shredded documents - saved receipts, billing and payment statements from when I went to college (I graduated in 2003, so that's long overdue), etc. - and another laundry basket of things that didn't need to be shredded, and my dad is still going through his filing cabinet.  Mom just sent me pictures of all my tween/YA books that are still in my old bedroom at their house asking which she should keep for my kids and which she should donate.  It's pretty awesome. 

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« Reply #4630 on: January 24, 2021, 03:54:02 PM »
I've started using washcloths. I've now dug up enough that I already had (oddball colors, but so what) that I can toss a couple of the oldest, most threadbare and not have to buy more. Small victories are still victories.

Also, dug out enough of my desk and a couple other paper hiding places to find over two dozen expired credit and membership cards. I'm going to swap the bag under the shredder and do them all in one go so I don't mix plastic shards in with paper.

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« Reply #4631 on: January 24, 2021, 04:57:27 PM »
Gave away the 6 books on my local Buy Nothing group. Asked if they wanted lemons, so gave away 8 Meyer lemons. We have an abundance.

Gave away our basketball hoop to our neighbor's kids. They are thrilled. My husband's "office" at home looks out onto their drive way & he is so happy they are getting enjoyment out of it.

Listed a set of four (unopened) books on eBay, and a kids desk chair on FB market place

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« Reply #4632 on: January 24, 2021, 06:03:58 PM »
Yesterday I noticed that we have a brand-new Goodwill donation center nearby - so today while I was out on an errand, I dropped off the books that I had pulled out yesterday, as well as a bag of clothes (threw some random stuff from my closet out to fill the bag, but it still needs to get pared down more).  I also threw out another bag of trash after purging paperwork.  I have 2 2-drawer filing cabinets I can now get rid of!

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« Reply #4633 on: January 25, 2021, 10:00:12 AM »
Sold two more items over the weekend, one was a big box of 15+ board games.  Something interesting on ebay, if you are new and limited to one sale a month, once you hit that sale and get positive feedback, you can request a limit increase.  Did that and listed a bunch more items that I had on Facebook over on ebay.  Facebook Marketplace only has shipping allowed for a couple categories, so that will help increase visibility.  Found more photos, sigh. 

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« Reply #4634 on: January 25, 2021, 10:40:33 AM »
I put 5 thoroughly read and enjoyed, but now cluttering,  National Geographic mags into the recycle bin.

Any chance you can take them out of recyle bin and sell on ebay? I have bought older National Geographic mags and I see people sell newer ones too! Such great photography and stories!

Just what I did not need to hear, Roadrunner! Thanks! lol.

I imagine if I were to put them on my table at the flea market, no one would even touch them. But EBay is a whole different story, isn't it?

Well, they are out at the curb now, as I am typing, and I'm expecting to hear the sound of the recycling truck any minute.  What a struggle. I will leave them at the curb for now. 

I looked them up on ebay and they are going for $8 for 4 mags with free shipping.   And shipping might be $5, right?

This is almost as bad as when I dumped my COBOL II  user manuals into the big bin at the local recycling place last year, lol.     
 




 


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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4635 on: January 25, 2021, 11:20:26 AM »
Had some stuff still in storage at my parents' house.  My brother and SIL are moving in for a while and needed the stuff moved.  I admitted to myself that I am never going to be a size 3/4 ever again, and purged all those clothes.  Even snuck some of the kid's toys into the donation boxes.  I ended up bringing more stuff home than I really wanted to, but at least it wasn't everything...I guess.

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« Reply #4636 on: January 25, 2021, 06:01:11 PM »
I had a productive weekend. Decluttered the following:

-a pile of excess file folders
-several notebooks
-a couple clothing items
-3 board games
-8 bottles of hand sanitizer

I have a few spots I still need to go through but I think we've done basically the whole house in the last year.

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« Reply #4637 on: January 25, 2021, 06:07:41 PM »
Chugging away
- Made up some high-end ice tea mix a friend gave me and happily discarded the lot - not a flavour I enjoy at all. So that's out of the cupboard.
- A friend is taking the food processor in the next few weeks
- Used up a notebook for work
- Put three pens that bled through paper into the stationery cupboard at work
- Slowly deleting ebooks from my digital library. There are a whole bunch that I can happily say I'll never read again.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4638 on: January 25, 2021, 07:06:51 PM »
One more book, and a pair of my son's work pants which have been patched once at the knees, have ripped again, and he no longer needs them for his new casual job. They will go into the local textile recycling bin. Plus an indoor plant that died. It will go into the green waste bin.

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« Reply #4639 on: January 25, 2021, 08:04:06 PM »
I continue to sell baby clothes but I started amassing toddler books :| I plan to put some toys for sale this weekend

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« Reply #4640 on: January 26, 2021, 12:17:29 PM »
-Sold two technical books that I picked up off of a freebie pile. Out of the house, & into the hands of someone who needs them
-Organized our garage food storage area, and can now actually see what we have.
-Started getting our taxes ready & tossed paperwork I no longer need (not tax documents, just inserts, envelopes, etc)
-Needed a hat this morning for a chilly am walk & discovered I have several hats in my ski bag. I used to rotate through them, but these days I wear a helmet on the slopes, so I only need one hat for after/before skiing. Set aside my nice Bogner hat to sell.

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« Reply #4641 on: January 26, 2021, 01:04:22 PM »
So my living space is feeling about right.  I read somewhere that if a horizontal surface has 3 or fewer items on it, the look is cozy/curated but not cluttered. So I have worked toward that and I'll say it's a good general rule. I have a couple of places where I have 5 items, like on a large side table, but 3 of the 5 are picture frames grouped together so I think visually they might counts as one; to my eye it doesn't look cluttered.

The basement is still not ok and I think DH and I can sort through that.

I am posting today because I have about 2 dozen items that I'm finding really hard to get rid of.  Generally, they are somewhat valuable (like fancy opera glasses from a rich aunt) or just a little sentimental. A few are just hard things to figure out how to get rid of.  I've made a list on my phone and am making a promise to myself that I'll stop kicking the can down the road and finally deal with these things in 2021.  It's hard to sell something when you don't know what it's worth; I fear a bad case of seller's remorse that I sold something too low, although I know that so many "valuable" things aren't anymore.   I sold a few of these types of items on Ebay in 2019 and early 2020 but really need to step it up and continue. This post is my promise to myself in writing.

For anyone who is involved with a relative's estate, or the like, my advice to you is just say "no". and then repeat "no"  as the house is emptied. I helped with several relatives estates over the years and somehow ended up with things. Even if you don't think you're taking much, my gosh it adds up. and then turns into a time/energy suck for you later.

If you have strategies/face punches or the like to get rid of these items I'd appreciate hearing them.


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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4642 on: January 26, 2021, 01:24:15 PM »
Inspection for the sale of our place is tomorrow, so we're gonna get the shredding done while we have to be out of the house, along with some additional textile recycling we've drummed up. Gave away our bottle/teething stuff from our last baby ('cause WE. ARE. DONE.)

Working through our pantry, including meal-planning around our stocks of soup, polenta, and freezer foods. We're also down to our last powdered hot chocolate, which was the gift-du-jour of our HOA in XMas 2019... 

The big win is that I had my four-year-old go through his toys and pick a few to pass along to other kids. It wasn't much, and at least one we're gonna keep for the younger sibling (it's basically too young for the oldest, but too young for the eldest) but it was a good step!

Next up - the kids' bookshelf. (We're trying to use the library more often, and will donate anything that's in good shape there.)

Clothing was recycled, shredding was moved to this weekend, e-waste was moved to the free day for our city (first Wed of every month) to avoid any private company charges.

Sold an old (working) coffeemaker on a social media group. Finding other items to sell pre-move (baby carrier, old crib mattress, some unused cookware/appliances, etc.)

Intentionally working through our cupboards to eat up and use items I don't want to move. Hello, half a bag of quinoa. What to cook you in next week... ?

We're preparing for a move later this spring, so yesterday DH and I did a deep dive in our office. Recycled LOTS of outdated or expired paperwork, with a small shred pile to be disposed of (you know, the stuff you can't just throw away). Plan on hitting up local shredding service later this week, as most community free shedding days are in the summer (post-move).

Also found as part of that purge: a small pile of old electronics to take to a local e-recyclyer - three(!) old phones, a tablet, and a DVD player, all of which finally bit the proverbial dust.

Finally, a pile of ripped/worn clothing that can't be sold or donated is heading for a textile recycling bin!

(Is moving the ultimate de-cluttering motivator? It sure feels like it.)

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« Reply #4643 on: January 26, 2021, 03:14:29 PM »
So my living space is feeling about right.  I read somewhere that if a horizontal surface has 3 or fewer items on it, the look is cozy/curated but not cluttered. So I have worked toward that and I'll say it's a good general rule. I have a couple of places where I have 5 items, like on a large side table, but 3 of the 5 are picture frames grouped together so I think visually they might counts as one; to my eye it doesn't look cluttered.

The basement is still not ok and I think DH and I can sort through that.

I am posting today because I have about 2 dozen items that I'm finding really hard to get rid of.  Generally, they are somewhat valuable (like fancy opera glasses from a rich aunt) or just a little sentimental. A few are just hard things to figure out how to get rid of.  I've made a list on my phone and am making a promise to myself that I'll stop kicking the can down the road and finally deal with these things in 2021.  It's hard to sell something when you don't know what it's worth; I fear a bad case of seller's remorse that I sold something too low, although I know that so many "valuable" things aren't anymore.   I sold a few of these types of items on Ebay in 2019 and early 2020 but really need to step it up and continue. This post is my promise to myself in writing.

For anyone who is involved with a relative's estate, or the like, my advice to you is just say "no". and then repeat "no"  as the house is emptied. I helped with several relatives estates over the years and somehow ended up with things. Even if you don't think you're taking much, my gosh it adds up. and then turns into a time/energy suck for you later.

If you have strategies/face punches or the like to get rid of these items I'd appreciate hearing them.

For seller's remorse, I'll start with the caveat that I'm rarely selling something super expensive. For anything worth more than $50 or so, I do research & spend a bit of time on trying to find an appropriately similar value - say, 15 minutes at the absolute most. It usually takes less than five minutes of time. Other than the occasional, "Oh, crap, I should have priced that higher" feeling the day I make a sale, I can honestly say that I've never looked back & spent a bunch of time on regrets. I'm always much happier just to have something out of my house & my mental energy. I move on pretty quickly once it's sold. I guess I'd say that I prioritize expediency over precision.

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« Reply #4644 on: January 26, 2021, 04:01:48 PM »
I referred to today's activity (in my head) as "rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic".  I took my "for sale" pile out of an upstairs closet/shelving unit, and moved the items to the garage shelving unit.  My thinking being that I want to sell the upstairs shelves (now listed on FB Marketplace!), and the garage ones will stay with the house.  All in an effort to get my house "show ready", and I think a closet with a clear floor will show better.  I did put a few items that didn't get any interest in the donation bag.

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« Reply #4645 on: January 27, 2021, 03:17:30 PM »
So my living space is feeling about right.  I read somewhere that if a horizontal surface has 3 or fewer items on it, the look is cozy/curated but not cluttered. So I have worked toward that and I'll say it's a good general rule. I have a couple of places where I have 5 items, like on a large side table, but 3 of the 5 are picture frames grouped together so I think visually they might counts as one; to my eye it doesn't look cluttered.

The basement is still not ok and I think DH and I can sort through that.

I am posting today because I have about 2 dozen items that I'm finding really hard to get rid of.  Generally, they are somewhat valuable (like fancy opera glasses from a rich aunt) or just a little sentimental. A few are just hard things to figure out how to get rid of.  I've made a list on my phone and am making a promise to myself that I'll stop kicking the can down the road and finally deal with these things in 2021.  It's hard to sell something when you don't know what it's worth; I fear a bad case of seller's remorse that I sold something too low, although I know that so many "valuable" things aren't anymore.   I sold a few of these types of items on Ebay in 2019 and early 2020 but really need to step it up and continue. This post is my promise to myself in writing.

For anyone who is involved with a relative's estate, or the like, my advice to you is just say "no". and then repeat "no"  as the house is emptied. I helped with several relatives estates over the years and somehow ended up with things. Even if you don't think you're taking much, my gosh it adds up. and then turns into a time/energy suck for you later.

If you have strategies/face punches or the like to get rid of these items I'd appreciate hearing them.

For seller's remorse, I'll start with the caveat that I'm rarely selling something super expensive. For anything worth more than $50 or so, I do research & spend a bit of time on trying to find an appropriately similar value - say, 15 minutes at the absolute most. It usually takes less than five minutes of time. Other than the occasional, "Oh, crap, I should have priced that higher" feeling the day I make a sale, I can honestly say that I've never looked back & spent a bunch of time on regrets. I'm always much happier just to have something out of my house & my mental energy. I move on pretty quickly once it's sold. I guess I'd say that I prioritize expediency over precision.

That is exactly what I need to hear and remember.

I actually haven't looked back with regret on sales I've made. I'm just anxious that I'm going to...wow... Way for me to get in my own way.  Thinking this is some odd version of perfectionism or something.

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« Reply #4646 on: January 27, 2021, 07:54:05 PM »
4 boxes of brewing bottles picked up from the curbside today. I used up one of the many many notebooks lurking around our house and get to start on the next one. Three pens I don't like moved to the work stationery cupboard.

Chipping away.

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« Reply #4647 on: January 27, 2021, 08:21:54 PM »
I was in the office today for the first time since before Thanksgiving.  I took along the token Christmas goodies I had for my coworkers. I almost decided it was too silly so late but I didnít want them sitting at home anymore!! So they have been given.

I used supplies on hand to make a bodysuit for our kittens recovery after her upcoming surgery. No money spent and some supplies used up.

Iím getting a new sewing machine and preparing a mental list of the things Iíll be able to get rid of. This piece is hard! 

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« Reply #4648 on: January 27, 2021, 09:00:26 PM »
Sold the shelving unit quickly, and it's out of the house.  Listed a few other random items, including the two coffee makers I previously didn't want to get rid of.

Almost finished with the contents of the office closet - last step is to decide which random cords are worth keeping, and which to take to electronics recycling.

Put 2 bags of yard waste out for pickup tomorrow.  Will try dragging an old TV to the curb in the morning for large-item pick up.

Started on the master closet clean out and finished the first half (it's a giant closet) - started a new pile to donate, and trashed a few things with holes as well as a ton of buttons and unused lotions.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4649 on: January 27, 2021, 11:36:31 PM »
Today I cleaned out my storage locker. It had fewer than a dozen items, but all bulky things.  Three are on Craigslist, and one is still in my car. Once the CL items go, I'll have room to bring the last one into the house.


Three CL-ed items claimed & gone! The last bulky item is now in the house with minimal disruption to the living space (which is shared with Room Mate).

I'd forgotten about some hobby items that I wanted to sell earlier. Now, before moving, is the time to list them at fire sale prices!