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« Reply #4650 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 #4651 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 #4652 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 #4653 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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« Reply #4654 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 #4655 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 #4656 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 #4657 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 #4658 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 #4659 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 #4660 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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« Reply #4661 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! 

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« Reply #4662 on: January 28, 2021, 08:48:53 AM »
I had success in a few areas recently, now I'm making plans for more:
-sold a few items small online, in the most streamlined transaction ever for $60 profit
-gave away a stack of egg cartens when our farm fresh eggs were delivered
-gave away 7 items in the last week that would be too small a value to sell
-made a huge master list of projects so I can prioritize the next steps on my top 2 items, and declutter some actions and supplies and procrastinator's guilt by getting rid of items and projects at the bottom of the list


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« Reply #4663 on: January 28, 2021, 08:58:28 AM »
-Continue listing items daily on eBay
-Sold a sweater & one of those champagne bottle sleeves that often come with a fancier bottle of champagne
-Organized one drawer in my eBay closet. There's more work to do here, but the shipping supplies are now easy to find & use.

For today, my goal will be to go through another shelf in my eBay closet.

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« Reply #4664 on: January 28, 2021, 11:01:38 AM »
Listed a few more items on ebay, some old family jewelry pieces and one given to me years ago that are not sentimental.  Sold three more items, getting them to the post office today.  I'm about out of shipping supplies so I posted that I'd pick up and reuse supplies in my local buy nothing and neighborhood facebook group.  Have another box of stuff ready to go to Goodwill.  Finished the photos, but then found another big batch.  I got offered a short term gig where I'll make about $40k-$45k for two months work.  I'll probably take it and slow down with the clearing out, but it's only two months and luckily no airplanes as it's in a neighboring state. 

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« Reply #4665 on: January 28, 2021, 02:37:49 PM »
Pot added to the box to go away. Matching glass lid went into the trash in many pieces last week.

New pot will be acquired whenever I get to that store.

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« Reply #4666 on: January 28, 2021, 03:38:51 PM »
-Organized all of my makeup samples, for selling. (I received Birchbox as a gift, and am very picky about makeup/skin products, so will end up selling or donating.) Listed them in groups on eBay
-Sold three more items: a butter warmer, a makeup product & a Fitbit charger (no longer have the Fitbit). They are all out of the house & on their way to someone who will enjoy them
-Listed 3 other items on eBay/FB
-Am giving away an "aspirational" craft kit on my Buy Nothing group

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« Reply #4667 on: January 28, 2021, 03:49:21 PM »
Pot added to the box to go away. Matching glass lid went into the trash in many pieces last week.

New pot will be acquired whenever I get to that store.

Mine is the opposite.  A pot with a loose handle (now unfix-able) is gone, the lid fits a frypan perfectly and is staying.

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« Reply #4668 on: January 28, 2021, 05:12:23 PM »
Finally, finally, listed my son's TI calculator on the local Buy Sell Swap page for $100 and someone is picking it up today. It literally took 5 minutes between taking the photos, listing and sale. School starts back on Monday so people are desperate for a bargain!

I am going to add that money to my little stash to start investing in February (scary). Have only bought 3 2nd hand tshirts for him this month, so the net items out (over 50 things I think) far outweigh the 3 that came in, plus a trash-picked bar stool I am currently using as a temporary piano stool.  And no one feels deprived. Very happy with that outcome.

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« Reply #4669 on: January 28, 2021, 05:35:02 PM »
Finally, finally, listed my son's TI calculator on the local Buy Sell Swap page for $100 and someone is picking it up today. It literally took 5 minutes between taking the photos, listing and sale. School starts back on Monday so people are desperate for a bargain!

I am going to add that money to my little stash to start investing in February (scary). Have only bought 3 2nd hand tshirts for him this month, so the net items out (over 50 things I think) far outweigh the 3 that came in, plus a trash-picked bar stool I am currently using as a temporary piano stool.  And no one feels deprived. Very happy with that outcome.

People still buy calculators?  I have 3 ancient scientific calculators in perfect working order, never thought there might be a market.  How old was yours?

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« Reply #4670 on: January 28, 2021, 06:24:22 PM »
Finally, finally, listed my son's TI calculator on the local Buy Sell Swap page for $100 and someone is picking it up today. It literally took 5 minutes between taking the photos, listing and sale. School starts back on Monday so people are desperate for a bargain!

I am going to add that money to my little stash to start investing in February (scary). Have only bought 3 2nd hand tshirts for him this month, so the net items out (over 50 things I think) far outweigh the 3 that came in, plus a trash-picked bar stool I am currently using as a temporary piano stool.  And no one feels deprived. Very happy with that outcome.

People still buy calculators?  I have 3 ancient scientific calculators in perfect working order, never thought there might be a market.  How old was yours?

The students require one for Maths classes. In Year 10 they need to upgrade to the pricy TI brand ($240 AUD new!!). This one was owned by both my kids and is 5 years old.

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« Reply #4671 on: January 28, 2021, 06:48:25 PM »
Finally, finally, listed my son's TI calculator on the local Buy Sell Swap page for $100 and someone is picking it up today. It literally took 5 minutes between taking the photos, listing and sale. School starts back on Monday so people are desperate for a bargain!

I am going to add that money to my little stash to start investing in February (scary). Have only bought 3 2nd hand tshirts for him this month, so the net items out (over 50 things I think) far outweigh the 3 that came in, plus a trash-picked bar stool I am currently using as a temporary piano stool.  And no one feels deprived. Very happy with that outcome.

People still buy calculators?  I have 3 ancient scientific calculators in perfect working order, never thought there might be a market.  How old was yours?

The students require one for Maths classes. In Year 10 they need to upgrade to the pricy TI brand ($240 AUD new!!). This one was owned by both my kids and is 5 years old.

Thanks for replying so fast.  Mine are a LOT older but still do all the scientific calculations.  Maybe I could make a student happy instead of sending them to electronics recycling.

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« Reply #4672 on: January 28, 2021, 08:51:48 PM »
Finished cleaning out the 2nd half of the master closet.  Trashed a bunch of race bibs, but kept the medals for now.  Put my god-awful wedding dress in the donation pile (it came from a department store, and I had forgotten how sparkly it was).  Getting rid of a ton of t-shirts that I never wore or stopped wearing years ago - some going all the way back to high school!  Took pictures of a few, but it's nice to be rid of them.  Found a few items to try to sell.

Also "decluttered" the last bit of a bottle of coffee moonshine from the pantry.  Not even a full shot, so that was a little disappointing!


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« Reply #4673 on: January 30, 2021, 06:00:30 AM »
Watching decluttering YouTube videos has given me impetus to dig a little deeper and find even more items to get rid of. So into the donation pile goes a hot glue gun with a box of glue tubes/refills, a new pack of coloured pencils (my daughter's, she won't use them and I hate colouring with pencils, the colour isn't saturated enough), and a stack of 365 inspirational quotes on mini cards (cute, but I don't really need to refer to them).

None of these are large things, but were all surprisingly difficult to get rid of. I had such nostalgic feelings for when my kids were younger and loved crafting and drawing, but they are all grown up now and have different interests. I know once the items are out of the house I will completely forget about them, so it is much healthier for my state of mind to not see them any more!

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« Reply #4674 on: January 30, 2021, 06:13:54 AM »
Watching decluttering YouTube videos has given me impetus to dig a little deeper and find even more items to get rid of. So into the donation pile goes a hot glue gun with a box of glue tubes/refills, a new pack of coloured pencils (my daughter's, she won't use them and I hate colouring with pencils, the colour isn't saturated enough), and a stack of 365 inspirational quotes on mini cards (cute, but I don't really need to refer to them).

None of these are large things, but were all surprisingly difficult to get rid of. I had such nostalgic feelings for when my kids were younger and loved crafting and drawing, but they are all grown up now and have different interests. I know once the items are out of the house I will completely forget about them, so it is much healthier for my state of mind to not see them any more!

Glue gun - I was watching some organizing videos that were using glue guns, and I realised I do not want a glue gun.  Her organising ideas were good, and her orgainising did involve getting rid of clutter, but a lot of what she was doing was creating more clutter.  If I really need to glue something I can always get out the glue.   ;-)   She also was using a cricut, and all I could think of was that is nice for labeling little kid's things with pictures, but otherwise just one more thing to find a home for.

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« Reply #4675 on: January 30, 2021, 09:59:36 AM »
@better late Would you consider donating your fancy opera glasses to an opera or ballet company? If they're in good condition they'd make a neat addition to an auction fundraiser for them, and I imagine that any arts group will be happy for any help that they can get this season. (In my mind, a pair of fancy glasses and tickets to a future season would be a nice auction or raffle prize).

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« Reply #4676 on: January 30, 2021, 12:51:44 PM »
Watching decluttering YouTube videos has given me impetus to dig a little deeper and find even more items to get rid of. So into the donation pile goes a hot glue gun with a box of glue tubes/refills, a new pack of coloured pencils (my daughter's, she won't use them and I hate colouring with pencils, the colour isn't saturated enough), and a stack of 365 inspirational quotes on mini cards (cute, but I don't really need to refer to them).

None of these are large things, but were all surprisingly difficult to get rid of. I had such nostalgic feelings for when my kids were younger and loved crafting and drawing, but they are all grown up now and have different interests. I know once the items are out of the house I will completely forget about them, so it is much healthier for my state of mind to not see them any more!
Glue gun - I was watching some organizing videos that were using glue guns, and I realised I do not want a glue gun.  Her organising ideas were good, and her orgainising did involve getting rid of clutter, but a lot of what she was doing was creating more clutter.  If I really need to glue something I can always get out the glue.   ;-)   She also was using a cricut, and all I could think of was that is nice for labeling little kid's things with pictures, but otherwise just one more thing to find a home for.
Recently I wanted a retro punch-style label maker but then realised that I could use old tape and a permanent marker that we already had to do the job of making labels but one involved bringing another thing into the house and the other one helped to use things up.

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« Reply #4677 on: January 30, 2021, 05:07:09 PM »
Donated a couple pair of rock climbing shoes to a local climbing group, couple dozen comics to friend's children, and shredded some paperwork.

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« Reply #4678 on: January 30, 2021, 05:11:00 PM »
Dropped off 1 bag of clothes and 2 bags of "stuff" at the Goodwill Donation center today.  I love how convenient it is.

Threw out a grody bin from the garage that held old grilling supplies.

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« Reply #4679 on: January 30, 2021, 06:09:22 PM »
I am in the process of making my upstairs yoga/indoor garden/reading/music room calm and clutter-free. Currently the coffee table is piled high with books (from the library and my own), several journals, knitting and crochet projects, DVDs I plan on watching, a tin with acrylic paints I am going to attempt to use, textas and a colouring book, gardening books, journals and seed packets. It is a mess. And I consider myself fairly minimalist in most ways! The rest of the house is tidy and everything has its place so I guess this is my my area to relax and 'be myself' whatever that means.

None of it is stuff I want to get rid of at this stage (though the acrylics have a deadline of 3 months, if I don't start painting then, I never will). I *will* finish knitting the socks, the jumper, reading the books, etc.  So it is more an organisation issue than a getting rid of clutter issue I suppose. Not meaning to hijack this fabulous thread, but thought someone might have a bright idea or 2!

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« Reply #4680 on: January 30, 2021, 06:36:10 PM »
Very successful day today!  DH had the mental energy to tackle some memorabilia, so we were able to get rid of a lot of paper bits that he didn't want anymore. Consolidated four containers into two, and moved photos to a single location instead of being scattered around.  Also trashed some tag ends of drywall that DH was saving in case they could be useful later - we kept some but had far too many - and took out more trash from the ongoing construction.

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« Reply #4681 on: January 30, 2021, 06:37:21 PM »
@lazycow I have almost all of those things in my office/yoga room too! Most reside in my desk drawers, except for the  knitting projects which languish ignored in a trunk that serves as my living room coffee table (it hides my shame).

I organized the corner of my basement that houses my canning shelves and tossed quite a number of assorted jars with odd-sized mouths in to the recycling, tossed a number of rings (though I've still kept too many), and generally scrubbed the whole area. I also tossed quite a few disused kitchen items and nearly all of the extraneous junk from atop my desk after my dog knocked the lot of it to the ground (thanks to him, I'll never have an excess of glassware). To round off my unexpected surge of inspiration, I listed my wine making kit, bottles, and 5 chairs on the local resale website. If they don't sell this weekend, I'll probably donate the chairs on Monday.

EDIT: Woo Hoo! My chairs and some wind bottles have sold, leaving me with a cleaner basement and $55!
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« Reply #4682 on: January 30, 2021, 06:45:58 PM »
I pulled out various stuff that I don't want and have piled it up to take to my parent's house to add to the estate sale. I might fill up the car. It works out nicely for me, as I can get rid of stuff that otherwise is very difficult to dispose of (half a bottle of CLR anyone?). Need to organize it for transport, and may add more. I'm going there Friday.

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« Reply #4683 on: January 31, 2021, 08:21:25 AM »
Took a sack of surplus hats, gloves and sweaters to Goodwill...and brought home 1 shirt that I bought there. Oops! Do I at least get points because it was Senior day, and a red tag half off?

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« Reply #4684 on: January 31, 2021, 08:43:23 AM »
Took a sack of surplus hats, gloves and sweaters to Goodwill...and brought home 1 shirt that I bought there. Oops! Do I at least get points because it was Senior day, and a red tag half off?

haha, ZsaZsa - I've been guilty of the same thing!  I time my donation drop-offs for senior discount day, so while I'm there I do a quick browse for anything I need that I can buy for 20% off.  I always donate more items than I ever buy though, so it's still a net decrease in overall stuff.

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« Reply #4685 on: January 31, 2021, 09:54:10 AM »
Lazycow I find it helpful to designate an "in progress projects" location. We have a low dresser as our living room sideboard and I use one of the drawers for in process craft projects (paintings, knitting) and my nightstand for books I plan to read soon (library or my own). It needs to fit in those places, and I put them away, don't keep them out.

Maybe designate a drawer or shelf each in your room for books and other projects.

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« Reply #4686 on: January 31, 2021, 12:03:03 PM »
@better late Would you consider donating your fancy opera glasses to an opera or ballet company? If they're in good condition they'd make a neat addition to an auction fundraiser for them, and I imagine that any arts group will be happy for any help that they can get this season. (In my mind, a pair of fancy glasses and tickets to a future season would be a nice auction or raffle prize).

yes! I would. What a great idea. Thank you!

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« Reply #4687 on: February 01, 2021, 02:48:21 AM »
For the month of January, I got rid of 48 items.  Goal for the year is 500. 

I'm noticing I get as much pleasure out of purging little things (under-used kitchen utensils) as I do big ones (under-used side table).   I love empty/near empty drawers and cupboards.

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« Reply #4688 on: February 01, 2021, 03:49:33 AM »
Good weekend:
- 1 spare small TV - sold (25 EUR into the kids "travel" account)
- 1 decoration globe - sold ( another 7 EUR into the kids "travel" account)
- 1 box of clothes - donated

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« Reply #4689 on: February 01, 2021, 07:42:37 AM »
My clothes closet is out of control. Yesterday, I wanted to put some things in it and there was no way I could squeeze one thing in it. I went berzerk and kept yanking out clothes till I pulled out 99% of the things that don't fit, don't like, haven't worn in years. I had a pile on my bed a mile high and my husband gasped when he saw the 'beast'! Of course I started this project late in the day and had to get the bed cleaned off. Got 3 giant garbage bags thinking that would do it. Not even close. I ended up with 6 garbage bags filled 3/4 full. Didn't dare fill them to the top or wouldn't be able to lift the bags. The hub helped me bag the stuff up. Everything was on hangers, so taking them off and folding them up a bit to place in the bag took the two of us 40 minutes! OMG, the closet has room but still seems full! I have to get back in there today to see what to do.

I had a small pile I moved to another closet. I have a coat closet that is overfilled too. Insanity!

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« Reply #4690 on: February 01, 2021, 08:01:46 AM »
Sounds like you are taking some good steps to deal with it, @Roadrunner53

I sold six more items on eBay, and get them mailed & out of the house the next day. I remove one item from the house every day & list something for sale. I'm in a good spot of feeling like it's a challenge to find anything new to list. Usually after I feel like that, something comes to me, & I discover an untouched area of the house that I've forgotten all about.

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« Reply #4691 on: February 01, 2021, 08:15:00 AM »
I have an emotional tie to an old table that came by way of XH's family.  It's actually a terrible table that I never really cared for as a dining room table, but has come in handy as a craft table.  But I listed it on FB Marketplace and someone's picking it up today.  Furniture goes so fast on there.  I temporarily moved a 30 y.o. loveseat (from my parents) into the office in its place - I need to get rid of it too, but it's the PERFECT reading chair, so I'm going to enjoy reading at least one book in it before I get rid of it.

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« Reply #4692 on: February 02, 2021, 07:48:29 AM »
For the month of January, I got rid of 48 items.  Goal for the year is 500. 

I'm noticing I get as much pleasure out of purging little things (under-used kitchen utensils) as I do big ones (under-used side table).   I love empty/near empty drawers and cupboards.

I feel this hard. I went through our cards recently (we keep the ones with heartfelt notes and anything from family members who have passed on) and, in addition to some old cards that just had names in them, getting rid of all the unnecessary envelopes was both a *tiny* thing and yet so cathartic!

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« Reply #4693 on: February 02, 2021, 11:12:53 AM »
-Sold 29 items in January
-Gave away another ~10
-Recycled/trashed another ~30 (includes paper work)

For today, tossed some expired antacids, and two makeup samples I don't care for

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« Reply #4694 on: February 02, 2021, 11:46:21 PM »
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!


The hobby items got some interest, but there was a misunderstanding on the price. Maybe next time.

In the mean time, I found another bulky item to add to the donation box.

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« Reply #4695 on: February 03, 2021, 05:29:47 AM »
Well, this is very interesting! Seems the objective is to reuse your cardboard boxes by filling them with clothes or other useful household items. You can print a FREE label and either take the box to the shipping company or have them pick it up at your house! The boxes are sent to various charities. If you wish to send to a specific charity, you pay the shipping. Otherwise, shipping is free. Check it out!

https://www.givebackbox.com/faq#

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« Reply #4696 on: February 03, 2021, 07:50:04 AM »
I went through my son's closet while he was out (because of online schooling, he's almost always in his room when I have a free moment). Found five pair of base layer pants with ripped out knees. He's a soccer goalie. Found four base layer shirts that he's outgrown. Found one set that should be properly sized & not ripped.

-Tossed the ripped pants
-Will give away outgrown shirts

While I was in his room, also found a book he's done reading that I'll either list or donate.

We also ordered a bike tire replacement for my other son. The tire came in an absolutely enormous box, with....25-30 feet of brown wrapping paper (like the kind used in moves to wrap dishes & such). I'm hoping someone on my Buy Nothing group has a use for it.

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« Reply #4697 on: February 03, 2021, 09:26:54 AM »
Today I cleaned out a cupboard above the fridge and got rid of:

-a pile of misc silverware that I never remember is up there so I never use. Stuff like decorative pate knives.
-a napkin holder.
-gatoraid that we only drink when sick and will probably be expired before we drink it (I kept enough for one round of sickness)
-Sprite, same

From my closet a paid of jeans that doesn't spark joy

And a book that I read but it wasn't that great.

Yay me.

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« Reply #4698 on: February 03, 2021, 10:40:12 AM »
I've mostly been focusing on cleaning the last few days, but today I took another trunkload to the household/hazardous waste drop-off this morning.  Also decluttered my credit cards (I 'churn' so I have more than a few), and got rid of the canceled/expired ones.

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« Reply #4699 on: February 03, 2021, 11:15:35 AM »
Sold four more items for Jan to end with 28 items sold in Jan for $597.  Also decluttered some boxes of tea, two large boxes of cookbooks (only kept two) and some other random items.  Everything listed and picked up on craigslist/Buy Nothing group.  Listed a bunch of items over the weekend and starting off February with three items sold.  Brought over a bunch of expired epi pens and inhalers over to Walgreens to dispose of properly, I think I had items going back 5-6 years.  Put together a bag to take over to Clothes Mentor, I'll do that this week.  I'll do some more clearing out this weekend as rain is in the forecast.