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« Reply #4750 on: February 16, 2021, 05:56:58 PM »
Mixed success here - I got rid of 2 big bulky items we would never use by trading them locally for 5 small items. I will definitely use 4 of the new items, and the 5th might get donated soon now that I've tried it out but I'll wait a bit.

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« Reply #4751 on: February 16, 2021, 06:06:19 PM »
The Buy Nothing crowd has been reluctant to come inside my building where you have to ride in an elevator etc to get to my doorstep where I typically leave things outside my door.  Going to visit the big thrift store tomorrow afternoon with a friend and will donate 2 bags of clothing and housewares.  The already pretty cheap thrift store emailed me a 50% off coupon thatís good Wednesday-Sunday.  I will look for some new work dresses because a few of mine are getting too stretched out around the neckline. 

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« Reply #4752 on: February 16, 2021, 06:45:12 PM »
I sold a dog crate I no longer needed and listed an unwanted gift on eBay.

Next up is an electric water bath for preserving - bought second hand but never used >_< It's in a massive box in the garage and the associated bits take up half a shelf in the kitchen so this would be a massive win. I'll be able to rearrange a couple of things, get the dog stuff a proper storage space (she wasn't a part of the family when we first moved in a year ago).

I made a list of items I want to get rid of / areas to tackle in a list in descending order of space they take up. So the biggest wins will come first, genius!

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« Reply #4753 on: February 16, 2021, 10:05:59 PM »
This month has been an awesome decluttering success! My 20 yo (ADHD) daughter semi-graciously allowed me to help her declutter and organise her bedroom for the first time ever! Previously, I would do it once or twice a year, when she was at school (usually started because we were out of teaspoons, forks and bowls - hidden in her wardrobe, under the bed, chest of drawers). Anyway, we went through EVERYTHING.  I lost count at 400 items gone, not including rubbish.

I tried to dispose of everything in as an environmentally-friendly way as possible without driving myself crazy. There was sooo much empty packaging (cardboard went to green waste bin, plastic went to soft plastics recycling program), but surprisingly not much actual trash. The car is full of stuff to take to the local op shop when our lockdown finishes tomorrow, and my neighbours took some of her childhood toys and books for their grandkids. I am so very proud of her for facing up to her mess, and working out how and why it got this way. Hopefully this clear, calm new space will allow her creativity to flourish again. It will certainly cause less friction between her neatnik father and her!

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« Reply #4754 on: February 16, 2021, 10:25:12 PM »
@lazycow that is a stunning victory and high fives ✋ for your daughter in tackling this. These things are hard enough without having any sort of executive function shenanigans on top of regular This Problem Is Too Hard

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« Reply #4755 on: February 16, 2021, 10:36:03 PM »
@lazycow that is a stunning victory and high fives ✋ for your daughter in tackling this. These things are hard enough without having any sort of executive function shenanigans on top of regular This Problem Is Too Hard

Thank you @mspym. I wish I had been aware of how neurodivergancy (is that a word?) actually manifests. For years we just thought she was lazy, and I am so very sorry about that. Fortunately she is a very loving, and forgiving girl.

Coincidentally, I was just posting a comment on your journal!

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« Reply #4756 on: February 16, 2021, 11:17:58 PM »
@lazycow Well done! How long did it take, and how did you keep up the momentum?

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« Reply #4757 on: February 17, 2021, 01:22:24 AM »
@lazycow the tone is not for everyone but Unf*ck Your Habitat is pretty amazing for people with executive function issues, depression, mental health problems etc and managing your environment so it doesn't contribute to the downward spiral.

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« Reply #4758 on: February 17, 2021, 08:37:59 AM »
We used a number of bits and bobs hanging about our space to make a three shelf seedling starter stand.  Lumber, some wheels, wire shelving, Styrofoam, cardboard, ceramic tiles all came in handy.  And then the leftovers found their way to the proper disposal bin.

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« Reply #4759 on: February 17, 2021, 09:28:49 AM »
Awesome win, @lazycow

@okcisok - the line about not keeping anything I'm unwilling to wear on a video call - amen to that! I've been taking a similar approach, which has been helpful.

For me:
-Returned a few things we don't to Costco that have been sitting in my closet waiting an opportunity. Money in, junk out.
-Gave away some crafts on Buy Nothing. Bonus, they came from my son's room, and it's hard to get anything out of his room.
-Gave away a sun visor on Buy Nothing. Never been used, so I'm happy to get it out of the garage
-Sold running ear buds on eBay, and they are off to a new owner

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« Reply #4760 on: February 17, 2021, 03:25:18 PM »
Sold and shipped the last couple of motorcycle tools I pulled out of tool box.

We have a large box of odds and ends to donate to our local SPCA thrift store.

Took two vintage Japanese watercolour's to get reframed (original frames were hideous and did nothing to highlight the paintings) - this gets clutter out of a closet and will get art on the wall.

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« Reply #4761 on: February 17, 2021, 03:36:29 PM »
Small bag of clothes/ tablecloth donated. I gave a set of watercolour pencils sitting idle to a friend of second child. Looking at 2 cardboard boxes of items packed up for donation sitting in my study and thinking I need to get them out soon.

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« Reply #4762 on: February 17, 2021, 04:00:00 PM »
Two books to the street library, one returned to the actual library. Some day I will get around to putting up manga for sale on gumtree.

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« Reply #4763 on: February 19, 2021, 03:06:01 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.

Thanks @MayDay! I took your advice on board, and moved the little bookshelf that was in my bedroom to my craft/yoga area and all my unread books, plus library books are corralled on it. Plus I have designate a storage basket for each craft project. Now I just need to clear the big spare bed of photos. I keep all the family photos (haven't printed any out since around 2013 though) in a big box, but I am planning on picking my favourites and creating a second photo wall. I just stick them up in neat rows with a bit of washi tape, which does the job. The grown up kids love to look at themselves when they were younger. Lots of happy memories.


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« Reply #4764 on: February 19, 2021, 05:39:35 AM »
Have sorted out the shoe collection. Found 6 pairs (of various owners) with holes in it, so they are not even good for gardening anymore. Out they go!
Next on the list is the kids summer clothing collection...... spring is starting soon so I should check what still fits and what can be sold/donated/trashed.
And I need to declutter the 2nd floor hallway. This is also my WFH space but is now also full of toys and other items that need a home (whether in or outside the house....).

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« Reply #4765 on: February 19, 2021, 09:21:33 AM »
Have sorted out the shoe collection. Found 6 pairs (of various owners) with holes in it, so they are not even good for gardening anymore. Out they go!
Next on the list is the kids summer clothing collection...... spring is starting soon so I should check what still fits and what can be sold/donated/trashed.
And I need to declutter the 2nd floor hallway. This is also my WFH space but is now also full of toys and other items that need a home (whether in or outside the house....).


Shoe Goo is great for patching holes in shoes that are otherwise wearable.  I've used it on a cheap pair of gardening shoes and a slipper that the dog chewed.  They have new life now.

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« Reply #4766 on: February 19, 2021, 09:45:29 AM »
+1 on the power of Shoe Goo (or cobblers, in the case of fancier shoes). Though I also support your decision of getting rid of 6 pairs of shoes if you simply have too many overall.

I was considering buying a new tote bag. Then I remembered I had tote bags already. I gave one bag away in a batch of donations to a local charity shop that funds research on blindness, and repaired the handle of a second tote bag that I used so much it was starting to wear through. Net result: -1 bag in the house, and one more saved from the trash by fixing it.

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« Reply #4767 on: February 19, 2021, 09:52:29 AM »
If anyone has athletic shoes that have worn out, you can drop them off at most Nike stores in North America or Europe for shredding and being turned into athletic track surfaces. They accept any brand of shoes, but only athletic shoes.
https://www.nike.com/help/a/recycle-shoes

When I've done this before, my closest store sort of hides the bin but the employees knew about the program and would take the shoes no questions asked. I wasn't pressured to buy new shoes there either, though I'm sure that's what the company is hoping for.

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« Reply #4768 on: February 19, 2021, 01:38:37 PM »
After years of dithering, I finally posted some manga for sale and people are already keen to buy it? None of the tasks involved - taking a photo, logging into an account, writing an ad- are particularly onerous so why did it always seem easier to just give them away?

ETA: oh that's right, people are terrible? Don't message me after midnight and then send "???" at 9am because I haven't responded. Dude. People sleep.
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« Reply #4769 on: February 19, 2021, 02:49:52 PM »
If anyone has athletic shoes that have worn out, you can drop them off at most Nike stores in North America or Europe for shredding and being turned into athletic track surfaces. They accept any brand of shoes, but only athletic shoes.
https://www.nike.com/help/a/recycle-shoes

When I've done this before, my closest store sort of hides the bin but the employees knew about the program and would take the shoes no questions asked. I wasn't pressured to buy new shoes there either, though I'm sure that's what the company is hoping for.
For the Aussies: Rebel Sport also has a similar program, if you don't have a Nike store close by. Why they don't promote this at all sporting clubs, schools and unis I will never understand!

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« Reply #4770 on: February 19, 2021, 05:00:24 PM »
-Sold a pair of outgrown kids swim trunks & an iron I've never used
-Listed a bunch of stuff on eBay
-Gave away a few more craft items on Buy Nothing

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« Reply #4771 on: February 19, 2021, 05:52:06 PM »
Successfully gave away coffee filters that didnít fit.

Ate from the fridge and recycled our recyclable bits.

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« Reply #4772 on: February 19, 2021, 08:36:39 PM »
For those of you who sell things on eBay, Iím curious how you decide on shipping charges.  Whenever I think Iím interested in buying something on there, it seems thereís usually some ridiculous charge, like the seller is hoping no one will notice and think theyíre getting a reasonably priced item.  Iíve pretty much given up even looking at it anymore due to this issue.

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« Reply #4773 on: February 19, 2021, 09:06:35 PM »
Tiny wins:
- first set of manga in the capable hands of the post office
- ingredients purchased to turn cupboard lurkers into meals
- I'm copying out the ONE recipe I regularly make from a cookbook and then that will go into the street library.

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« Reply #4774 on: February 19, 2021, 10:08:51 PM »
For those of you who sell things on eBay, Iím curious how you decide on shipping charges.  Whenever I think Iím interested in buying something on there, it seems thereís usually some ridiculous charge, like the seller is hoping no one will notice and think theyíre getting a reasonably priced item.  Iíve pretty much given up even looking at it anymore due to this issue.

I do the automatic calculation - I enter the weight and dimensions, and then USPS rates are determined based on the buyer's address, and that's what gets charged.  If you're used to free shipping from big companies, then USPS rates can seem pretty high.  I have told buyers who complain about the shipping that there's nothing I can do - they should try to find someone selling the item closer to home.  I might sometimes make a dollar or two using eBay's discounted shipping rates, but that goes towards paying for packing materials, which I don't charge extra for.

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« Reply #4775 on: February 20, 2021, 06:02:30 AM »
Just a note to say that I've seen a number of ironing boards in the thrift stores in the last 6 months, more than I've seen at any other time.

Makes me think that's another sign that business wear/formal wear will continue to be a thing of the past and that this Covid/stay-at-home leisure wear will be a permanent lifestyle.  I've been wondering if I should donate my ironing board too, and just keep my iron for any touch-ups. 
And finally wondering if there's any creative re-uses of ironing boards??  That could be a fun project.

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« Reply #4776 on: February 20, 2021, 07:05:15 AM »
For those of you who sell things on eBay, Iím curious how you decide on shipping charges.  Whenever I think Iím interested in buying something on there, it seems thereís usually some ridiculous charge, like the seller is hoping no one will notice and think theyíre getting a reasonably priced item.  Iíve pretty much given up even looking at it anymore due to this issue.

I do the automatic calculation - I enter the weight and dimensions, and then USPS rates are determined based on the buyer's address, and that's what gets charged.  If you're used to free shipping from big companies, then USPS rates can seem pretty high.  I have told buyers who complain about the shipping that there's nothing I can do - they should try to find someone selling the item closer to home.  I might sometimes make a dollar or two using eBay's discounted shipping rates, but that goes towards paying for packing materials, which I don't charge extra for.

I do the same.  Facebook marketplace has you put in the weight of an item, not dimensions.  So far, so good with both. 

I've sold 10 items this month along with a stack of 1940s cookbook pamphlets for a grand total of $450.  One of those items was a set of dishes that was packed into three boxes for the person picking up so that cleared out a lot of space.  Not much other clearing out as I took a two month gig for Feb/March, but April 1st I'll start again.  I took down all my ebay and facebook listings as I head to the job site next week for a month. 

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« Reply #4777 on: February 20, 2021, 10:44:16 AM »
For those of you who sell things on eBay, Iím curious how you decide on shipping charges.  Whenever I think Iím interested in buying something on there, it seems thereís usually some ridiculous charge, like the seller is hoping no one will notice and think theyíre getting a reasonably priced item.  Iíve pretty much given up even looking at it anymore due to this issue.

I do the automatic calculation - I enter the weight and dimensions, and then USPS rates are determined based on the buyer's address, and that's what gets charged.  If you're used to free shipping from big companies, then USPS rates can seem pretty high.  I have told buyers who complain about the shipping that there's nothing I can do - they should try to find someone selling the item closer to home.  I might sometimes make a dollar or two using eBay's discounted shipping rates, but that goes towards paying for packing materials, which I don't charge extra for.

This exactly. @SunnyDays - I think you'll find that most the time this is the actual cost of the shipping, not any special fees the seller is charging. I always just enter the dimensions & weight, and eBay calculates the price. Unfortunately, postage is not cheap. Many times I opt not to sell an item, because I have to reduce the item sale price to make it a reasonable offer for the buyer, once factoring in shipping. I almost never see crazy shipping on eBay that's unrelated to actual shipping charges.

Like @NotJen , I don't charge for any packing supplies (mailing envelopes, tape, etc) which adds up, depending on how much you sell. Sometimes eBay offers a small discount on shipping, which I used to cover the shipping supplies.

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« Reply #4778 on: February 20, 2021, 01:39:05 PM »
Sold my preserving kit for $60! We are going to use the space in the kitchen for a proper first aid kit area.  Currently we have bits everywhere. That's good because we can do a review & clear out of first aid stuff at the same time.

I tidied the study / craft room yesterday. Threw out some very small things but now projects are organised. I got a desktop organiser drawer thingo for free which is v handy.

All this action is brought to you by a new technique I made up that I want to share... I gamified my to-do list!

First I wrote out all my huge list of niggly to-dos that aren't super urgent but do need doing. I put them into a table with about 90 cells, printed it, and cut it up into tasks. I put these in a jar. Everyday at about the same time, and sometimes at other free moments, I pull one out and just do it! They are mostly meaty things that will take an hour or more, and sometimes it just gets them started, but overall it's amazing! Some of them say "free time" so you really don't know what you'll get. Yesterday I got "tidy the study".

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« Reply #4779 on: February 21, 2021, 10:16:10 AM »
Thanks for the info re ebay shipping charges.  I checked the item that made me choke, and it's a 3" x 2" pomander that sells for $12.00 Canadian and comes from Michigan, so really just 3 states over from me, and the shipping is $53.00!  I know it's fragile, but still, that's just nuts.

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« Reply #4780 on: February 21, 2021, 03:53:29 PM »
I took 7 cases of canned food to the animal shelter yesterday, along with a bag of cat toys. It was a guilt offering really, because on Friday I'd taken the cat. :( But it did clear out the closet quite well.

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« Reply #4781 on: February 22, 2021, 06:35:14 AM »
Successfully regifted an old Fitbit my mother didnít want after I got an Applewatch (I know not a frugal purchase). Today I will hopefully have someone show up to take some linens. I wish people werenít so darn flakey. Especially when Iím giving away nice stuff for FREE.

Yesterday I used my beloved Kirby vacuum that came from the same Buy Nothing group.  I do love a good clean carpet! 

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« Reply #4782 on: February 22, 2021, 11:18:57 AM »
I took 7 cases of canned food to the animal shelter yesterday, along with a bag of cat toys. It was a guilt offering really, because on Friday I'd taken the cat. :( But it did clear out the closet quite well.

Oh no, what happened with the cat?

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« Reply #4783 on: February 22, 2021, 11:46:29 AM »
I took 7 cases of canned food to the animal shelter yesterday, along with a bag of cat toys. It was a guilt offering really, because on Friday I'd taken the cat. :( But it did clear out the closet quite well.

Oh no, what happened with the cat?

Arwen refused to accept Rosie. I was hoping my parents could take her, but my mom didn't think one of theirs would accept her. Since both Arwen and Rosie were unhappy, I couldn't continue indefinitely with the situation. So I returned Rosie to the shelter. They didn't hesitate, probably because I'd talked to them multiple times to check if I was missing anything that could help. Arwen is much happier, though a bit unsettled. She'll be ok.

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« Reply #4784 on: February 22, 2021, 11:52:53 AM »
Added four tshirts to the donation pile, & listed an item on eBay.

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« Reply #4785 on: February 22, 2021, 11:57:30 AM »

All this action is brought to you by a new technique I made up that I want to share... I gamified my to-do list!

First I wrote out all my huge list of niggly to-dos that aren't super urgent but do need doing. I put them into a table with about 90 cells, printed it, and cut it up into tasks. I put these in a jar. Everyday at about the same time, and sometimes at other free moments, I pull one out and just do it! They are mostly meaty things that will take an hour or more, and sometimes it just gets them started, but overall it's amazing! Some of them say "free time" so you really don't know what you'll get. Yesterday I got "tidy the study".

That is a great idea! I might have to co-op it in the future.
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« Reply #4786 on: February 22, 2021, 12:00:33 PM »

All this action is brought to you by a new technique I made up that I want to share... I gamified my to-do list!

First I wrote out all my huge list of niggly to-dos that aren't super urgent but do need doing. I put them into a table with about 90 cells, printed it, and cut it up into tasks. I put these in a jar. Everyday at about the same time, and sometimes at other free moments, I pull one out and just do it! They are mostly meaty things that will take an hour or more, and sometimes it just gets them started, but overall it's amazing! Some of them say "free time" so you really don't know what you'll get. Yesterday I got "tidy the study".

I have a grid of all of my daily tasks on it, and one of them is "choose something from the chore list" and another is "choose something from your personal to do list". I like the idea of putting them in a jar & selecting one!
That is a great idea! I might have to co-op it in the future.

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« Reply #4787 on: February 22, 2021, 12:25:44 PM »
The guy who came by to pick up one 10-vol manga set also took a 16-vol manga set. So thatís half a shelf cleared.

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« Reply #4788 on: February 22, 2021, 03:02:45 PM »
I had my first ebay sale! yay!

Actually it was my second. The first buyer never paid. I finally got through closing that out yesterday, relisted and it sold it in a couple hours to a new buyer paid right away. Printed the label and get it dropped at the post office over lunch.  After fees I'm getting $90 for a leather bag I bought used for $3. I was so pleased when I got it.  Leather, beautiful, would last forever, but I carried it for a couple months and it was so heavy it caused me shoulder pain, but it was so nice and I knew it was "worth something" so it was hard to get rid of.  But, now it's out of the house and out of my closet and I should have a positive sale review. 

We also did quite a few chores around the house over the weekend.  One big success was taking care of a pile of junk my spouse pulled out from our basement months ago now.  I cut up a big, half rotted board into pieces that we can work in to the trash.  We rigged a hose for our sump pump out of a big piece of piping and we put a couple odds in the trunk of the car to get dropped off at recycling.  That took care of a couple big eyesores!

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« Reply #4789 on: February 22, 2021, 03:40:28 PM »
Wow, @PMG - nice flip on the leather bag!

@mspym - nice job doubling your sales with a captive buyer :-)

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4790 on: February 22, 2021, 10:28:30 PM »
I have major decision fatigue after decluttering my daughter's room. Every single item (over 600) had to be assessed, and a decision over whether it was rubbish (and then which bin - trash, recycling, compost, glass), usable donation (and then where - op shop, friends), other (metal recycler, textile recycler). Exhausting. I have finally finished running around to the various donation centres with several full boot-loads! So what I estimated to be a day's worth of work turned out to actually take us around a week.

We just have to go through all the makeup (several boxes), this evening. What proved useful was corralling all the like objects together while we were doing it (Marie Kondo-style). So we put all the hair care stuff together (most of it went), makeup, stationery (journals, notebooks, so many notebooks! pens, etc), personal papers (1 folder for everything), childhood stuffed toys (they all stayed), knick knacks (95% gone - yay), books (lots moved out of her room and on to the communal bookshelves). Then we could take our time sorting them all out one by one.

I have booked myself a solo retreat for a couple of days, just to sit in someone else's serene, peaceful space and not make any decisions, apart from where and what to eat!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4791 on: February 23, 2021, 11:37:03 AM »
Recycling guys came by this morning and took away a big garbage can full of plastics, glass, and cans, most of which was clutter from a kitchen cabinet. I wasn't able to put it out last time, so it sat around the house for 2 more weeks. Glad to have it gone to its new usage.

Found an old paperback and a bunch of papers under the bed, and put them in recycling.

A few days ago dropped off an insulated coffee warmer and some plastic plates at Salvation Army. 

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4792 on: February 23, 2021, 11:45:31 AM »
The weather took a weird turn and so I unboxed some stuff I was going to donate for maybe a couple more wearings. I really do not enjoy winter. 

Today around 1600 hrs someone may or may not show up to collect a router I no longer need for $10.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4793 on: February 23, 2021, 12:07:51 PM »
Sold a desk chair we don't need, and listed/sold an item today. That's a pretty good sign my pricing wasn't right, but it's now out of my house & on its way to someone who will enjoy it!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4794 on: February 23, 2021, 01:50:11 PM »
I went through the pot cupboard and pulled out all the pots that don't work on induction.  (We are getting a new stove soon) The cupboard is still full of more than enough pots.  I am going to store the bankers box of really high quality pots for my kids to take with them when they set up their own households.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4795 on: February 23, 2021, 10:12:20 PM »
I had two beautiful but nearly-identical coffeepots, so I posted the slightly nicer one on Amazon Marketplace a couple of years ago. It sold today! I was smug about it all day until I calculated how much money I'd made.  After the cost of shipping expedited and insured, and Amazon's large cut, I made only $2.50... not including the time it took to for me to pack it and take it to the post office.  In annoyance, I closed down all my Amazon sales... will sell on FB, Nextdoor, or Craigslist from now on even if the overall price is lower. Also lesson learned, I will keep the nicer things for myself!

Well, even if I can't have positive reinforcement to declutter, a pasta maker fell out of an overstuffed and poorly organized closet and hit me in the foot, so there is certainly negative reinforcement!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4796 on: February 24, 2021, 01:03:51 AM »
Donated a bag of clothes and a small whiteboard today. Set aside a simmer mat for metal recycling. It lost its wooden handle years ago, and I have to hold it by the metal attachment thingy and am in constant fear I will burn myself severely. Time to buy a new one!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4797 on: February 25, 2021, 09:03:40 AM »
I have donations in the car and will be dropping them off after work tonight.

So happy to see the empty area in my living room. I am sure that I will be filling it with more things to go soon enough.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4798 on: February 25, 2021, 09:13:16 AM »
Tossed a lipgloss I don't use yesterday, and plan to go through my (non-jean) pants today. I continue to list an item on eBay every day. Often I also find things to donate as well.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4799 on: February 25, 2021, 07:36:54 PM »
@MaybeBabyMustache I don't know how you have the energy to list on Ebay! Every time I start thinking I might try and sell something, I get a feeling of dread, and just end up donating instead, even if I could possibly get decent $ for it.

Having said that, I am going to attempt to sell my daughter's Funko Pops (now *there* is a ridiculous waste of money, in my opinion!) She has 8, but I am holding on to 2 of them which are already rareish. The rest I will list on the local Buy, Sell, Swap page this afternoon, local pickup only, but if they don't go in a week I will donate them.

Went through her makeup yesterday and tossed 20 items which were used up or expired. I took a few things (mainly samples) to use up. We managed to fit everything in a small box on an empty shelf in her bathroom. She is so very happy to be done with decluttering, and has managed to keep her room organised and fairly tidy for a couple of weeks now. She just needs a study desk, and a rubbish bin. *I* am extremely proud of her efforts too; the sense of order and calm from her room is seeping into other areas of her life, which is wonderful to see.

Am off for a walk to the local op shop with a hardback book, a DC comic (worth nothing, I checked), a small tripod and a Marvel poster. Then to tackle the box of photos, the last frontier...
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