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« Reply #4800 on: February 25, 2021, 07:46:21 PM »
My old sewing machine sold on eBay and out the door!! Used every bit of bubble wrapped and packing paper we had in the package.

I also sewed a shower curtain out of fabric I had and took the one we didnít like to donate along with our old set of dishes, our old soup kettle and a few other odds.  Quite pleased with all this progress.

I took some long over due library books back today too! 

Hoping to keep up some momentum over the weekend. We have the trunk stuffed full of recycling but canít get away from work during the hours the drop off point is open...

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« Reply #4801 on: February 25, 2021, 07:55:21 PM »
@lazycow - For me, once I got over the hurdle of learning the process & getting experienced with eBay, I find it a snap to do. It takes me typically less than five minutes a day. I try to choose items that are easy to ship & mail. It needs to be a high value item for me to deal with fragile packaging, etc.

I donate a lot as well, but make a pretty consistent $200-300/month just selling crap we no longer want or need.

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« Reply #4802 on: February 26, 2021, 02:22:00 PM »
Dropped off another load of random stuff at the Goodwill donation center today, and mailed a package of books I sold.

I got stood up for two items I thought I had sold yesterday, but at least someone did pick up the 3rd thing (a large item from the garage), so that was a win overall.
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« Reply #4803 on: February 26, 2021, 03:27:31 PM »
-Mailed a book & a DVD I sold. Packaged one in a mailing envelope I just received this week, for the double win.
-Tried on some clothes, found things that I'm either too old for, or generally don't fit. Put them in the donation pile.

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« Reply #4804 on: February 26, 2021, 03:52:12 PM »
Thanks @MaybeBabyMustache . My husband is the ebay expert in our household but he won't sell my stuff as it may affect his perfect rating (he sells to a very specific sporting market). Plus I loathe going to the post office and put it off forever so I would be a terrible seller!

Watched an old DVD last night (Cold Comfort Farm) and sending it to the op shop. Already sold one Funko Pop out of 6. And donating a humidifier I have used once in 5 years.

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« Reply #4805 on: February 26, 2021, 06:20:43 PM »
An old metal box that was made to be a slide storage container, similar to this, I inadvertently offered to Room Mate. We both have a "thing" for storage containers. Since the slides are now digital, this box can leave my life. As I was lamenting that she just made a run to the donation station for both of us, of course I find this one thing that could have also gone. And she might want it. But might not. So it sits on the coffee table while she decides. Sigh.

It can only be my problem for 2 more weeks, max. Hopefully less.

Success! RM indicated she really did want the metal box, so it's is no longer in my household, even though it didn't take it anywhere! Lol

I will simply leave it behind when I move tomorrow. 😁

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« Reply #4806 on: February 26, 2021, 08:41:55 PM »
Thanks @MaybeBabyMustache . My husband is the ebay expert in our household but he won't sell my stuff as it may affect his perfect rating (he sells to a very specific sporting market). Plus I loathe going to the post office and put it off forever so I would be a terrible seller!

Watched an old DVD last night (Cold Comfort Farm) and sending it to the op shop. Already sold one Funko Pop out of 6. And donating a humidifier I have used once in 5 years.

Not sure how it works in Australia, but we have a local drop box about .5 miles away. I use it as forced exercise to drop my packages off. For anything bigger than that, we can request a free package pickup (left out on our porch) the next day the mail person is coming by. It's pretty convenient. If I had to go to the post office, it would be game over!

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« Reply #4807 on: February 26, 2021, 09:16:31 PM »
Finally planted out 9 plants in pots sitting around collecting leaves. I have 2 messy areas containing pot plants that I have targeted to declutter in the past, but failed.  So now one of the two spaces is nearly clear.

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« Reply #4808 on: February 27, 2021, 11:55:15 AM »
Threw out a lot of very old foodstuffs that had been 'waiting to be decided about' lol in the kitchen cabinets and the fridge.  A plastic bag full of old but still edible(?) sugary dates of some kind in the fridge. Old cheerios and sugary 'fruit loops' in a cabinet. 

Also took a big bag-o-clothes to Salvation Army.     

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« Reply #4809 on: February 27, 2021, 04:24:30 PM »
Sold 5 old college textbooks to one guy today.  But I got stood up by TWO MORE people this morning.  Why are there so many rude people out there?  Just tell me you don't want the thing anymore, instead of wasting my time.

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« Reply #4810 on: February 27, 2021, 04:41:21 PM »
Sold three items on eBay: a hat, an outgrown ski jacket, outgrown pants. All out of the house. Junk out, money in. Made ~$30.

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« Reply #4811 on: February 27, 2021, 05:12:32 PM »
After thinking I was pretty much done, I realised I've still got a fair bit of decluttering/ reorganising to do! There's four junk drawers in the garage that are so hard, ugh. I finally threw out a small bag full of expired dog meds, not sure why that took so long. The rest is misc uninspiring stuff like useful sticky hooks, adaptor plugs, extension cords. If I can find a place indoors for these dull things then the drawers can become a recycling station where we gather the waste that needs to be taken somewhere eg bottle lids, batteries.

I made a decision to take my vehicle off a sharing platform as someone tried to break into it. Not worth the pittance I was making if it gets damaged and I have that hassle*. So that means I can once again store some stuff in there like dog towels, bowl and harness which will make the garage tidier. I guess I should review everything as it goes back in!

*I can full-time garage it now instead of keeping on the street. 
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« Reply #4812 on: February 27, 2021, 06:58:40 PM »
One of the manga buyers messaged me to ask if I had any more for sale. I let him know the titles i am looking to post for sale. If it works out that will be another 40-60 books gone.

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« Reply #4813 on: February 27, 2021, 11:07:42 PM »
One of the manga buyers messaged me to ask if I had any more for sale. I let him know the titles i am looking to post for sale. If it works out that will be another 40-60 books gone.

Woot! That's a lot of books!

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« Reply #4814 on: February 28, 2021, 06:08:54 AM »
Sold 5 old college textbooks to one guy today.  But I got stood up by TWO MORE people this morning.  Why are there so many rude people out there?  Just tell me you don't want the thing anymore, instead of wasting my time.

 +1 on the rude buyers out there.

Did you sell those textbooks on Ebay? I have listed books of all sorts on Craigslist and not a single reply ever.     

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« Reply #4815 on: February 28, 2021, 08:31:38 AM »
Sold 5 old college textbooks to one guy today.  But I got stood up by TWO MORE people this morning.  Why are there so many rude people out there?  Just tell me you don't want the thing anymore, instead of wasting my time.

 +1 on the rude buyers out there.

Did you sell those textbooks on Ebay? I have listed books of all sorts on Craigslist and not a single reply ever.     

I sold the ones yesterday on FB Marketplace.  I haven't tried to sell anything on Craigslist.  I originally listed them about 6 weeks ago - got a buyer for one, then no views for a while.  Deleted/relisted a few days ago, and got several new views and this buyer.  Was getting close to donating them.

Last year I sold 1 on eBay - it was in very good shape, and was an edition that had some demand.  I also sold 2 or 3 to a textbook reseller using an app called BookScouter.  The versions I sold yesterday were so out of date there was no demand.

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« Reply #4816 on: February 28, 2021, 06:14:03 PM »
I just made a list of 31 things that need to go / areas that need decluttering / projects that need finishing, with the idea that I do one a day.

It got a bit thin pickings by the end so four of the items are "read a book" in the hope that I can get rid of some that are unread or not read in a while.

Let's see how it goes.

ETA: Day 1 was a bit of a fail. I did return something to someone but was blocked from getting rid of two lots of other stuff by no parking (jars to the bulk shop)/ full bins (polystyrene). Our local tip recently started accepting polystyrene for recycling but it seems they've been overwhelmed and can't take any more for the moment! There's a lot of people where I live that want to do the right thing.
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« Reply #4817 on: March 01, 2021, 09:26:58 AM »
Thanks, NotJen.  I just remembered I did have some luck, once, selling an old book. It was a Scrabble dictionary and I got 50 cents for it at a flea market, lol. 

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« Reply #4818 on: March 01, 2021, 10:31:12 PM »
An old metal box that was made to be a slide storage container, similar to this, I inadvertently offered to Room Mate. We both have a "thing" for storage containers. Since the slides are now digital, this box can leave my life. As I was lamenting that she just made a run to the donation station for both of us, of course I find this one thing that could have also gone. And she might want it. But might not. So it sits on the coffee table while she decides. Sigh.

It can only be my problem for 2 more weeks, max. Hopefully less.

Success! RM indicated she really did want the metal box, so it's is no longer in my household, even though it didn't take it anywhere! Lol

I will simply leave it behind when I move tomorrow. 😁

More luck: RM decided to keep the dust mop that neither of us used while we lived together. lol

ETA: Forgot to mention the excess packing material that I successfully Craigslisted yesterday. I'm re-building the stash as I unpack, so this will be an ongoing category for a while.
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« Reply #4819 on: March 03, 2021, 07:09:59 PM »
Manga dude is getting a bargain and I am getting another 70 books out of the house.
Another book to the street library. It's starting to feel like I am getting down to my core books.

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« Reply #4820 on: March 03, 2021, 08:38:08 PM »
Manga dude is getting a bargain and I am getting another 70 books out of the house.
Another book to the street library. It's starting to feel like I am getting down to my core books.

That's fantastic. Sell the manga books as a set to that buyer will save you so much time vs. individual sales.

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« Reply #4821 on: March 04, 2021, 08:58:09 AM »
Speaking of books, I'm going to list my old mainframe computer books again, on Craigslist. Probably ask $3 each or something like that.

Amazingly, I see employment ads for mainframe programmers still. (Mainframes are the big old-fashioned computers that have lots of old style programming languages running on them). Might be a programmer out there who could use a textbook for Fortran or Cobol, lol. 

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« Reply #4822 on: March 04, 2021, 09:18:04 AM »
Speaking of books, I'm going to list my old mainframe computer books again, on Craigslist. Probably ask $3 each or something like that.

Amazingly, I see employment ads for mainframe programmers still. (Mainframes are the big old-fashioned computers that have lots of old style programming languages running on them). Might be a programmer out there who could use a textbook for Fortran or Cobol, lol.

Much of the banking system underpinnings is ancient - and Cobol. Most big companies that have been around for a while have older programs, so do governments. May or may not be on mainframes still, but there is a demand for Cobol still.

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« Reply #4823 on: March 04, 2021, 06:39:07 PM »
Tidied up the car yesterday. A coworker almost needed a ride home and it made me realize how much crap was in it. The random clothes came inside to be washed. The damaged umbrella got trashed and one in good shape went into donation. Now I have one umbrella.

I tossed the window shade that was a few inches too short and was a pain to put up. Same with plastic carrier bags that were too damaged to use as dog poop bags. Tossed all the random bits of paper that had accumulated. Put the reusable shopping bags in the deep trunk with the spare tire. I haven't needed them since I've been doing grocery pickup.

Filled the trunk with more donations. One box had been sitting in the garage for over a year because the specific charity wasn't accepting donations. Off to the one that does! Along with a very nice gift that I already had a duplicate of. It's still in the box and will make someone very happy. Some new toiletry items will go to the little giving library. That's a box out of the entryway that's been sitting there since December, awaiting my decision-making.

Went through the hall closet and pulled a couple of items to add to the donations.

Put all of my paper couponing supplies in recycling. I think I save more money when I make a careful list of the items I need/like instead of chasing deals.

Dumped a potted plant on the compost pile. It had never thrived and I didn't want to keep fussing with it.

Had to declutter the garage after some water damage from a burst pipe. Out with some old gardening supplies. There are a few more bags of recyclables that will go into the bin next week after pickup.

Went through the stationery again. I feel like I keep doing it! I received several gifts of cards lately, so I'm trying to get rid of the older ones I haven't used and send out the new ones.

I'm trying to stick really hard to Erica Lucas' 20/20 decluttering rule. If you can replace the item in less than 20 minutes for less than $20, let it go.


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« Reply #4824 on: March 05, 2021, 11:08:46 AM »
I'm changing jobs, today is my last day at old job, and I'm in the office for the first time in a year to clean out my desk, etc.

-trashed various paper
-donating the box of plastic silverware to the office kitchen. no idea where that came from
-found a can of Sprite in my drawer. Don't need to buy a drink at lunch!
-brought the stack of magazines with me to the office to read. plan to toss them out before I go home.


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« Reply #4825 on: March 05, 2021, 11:34:40 AM »
Tried on all of my dresses yesterday. I've lost ~15 or so during COVID, so things fit differently. Dresses, as opposed to pants, are more of a challenge, as I've lost a lot from my chest & the dresses hang if they don't fit properly. Found a couple to attempt to sell, and two to donate. I re-ordered my favorite dress a size down, so I hope that works. I suppose the math then works out to four out, one in, for a net loss of three. I still have a few more I'm on the fence on & don't fit totally properly, but I'm a) picky about dresses, and b) not looking to rebuild that part of my wardrobe from the ground up.

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« Reply #4826 on: March 05, 2021, 06:54:22 PM »
@Sibley Congrats on the new job! That last-day office clean out has always been so satisfying to me.

Actually took the donations in today! They were in my trunk less than 24 hours! Some kind of world record for me. Also took an outfit to the cleaners the day after I wore it. There was a stain issue that I was afraid my usual at-home cleaning solution wouldn't take care of.

Asked a friend if they wanted some stationery and the answer was affirmative. Out that goes tomorrow so that it all fits in the shoebox I have designated. Used up a spool of ribbon and a mailing envelope that just came in.

Tossed a portfolio from an old job. It was pretty and I had used it every day, but it holds bad memories from a very stressful job that I don't need. So out it went.

Tossed four notebooks. Why do I always have so many notebooks?? Gathered up a baggie of pens/pencils to take to a teacher friend. Just looked at the holder on the desk next to my computer and pulled out another handful. Is is a sign of age that you like a very particular kind of ink pen?

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« Reply #4827 on: March 05, 2021, 07:31:15 PM »
Woot woot! Manga is all gone! Time to take the ad down.

@okcisok I have been using up all the spare notebooks like a champion and also putting all the pens that I Do Not Like back in the stationery cupboard at work. Life is too short for poor flow, random inkblots, bad ergonomics or bleeding the moment the ink gets wet.

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« Reply #4828 on: March 05, 2021, 07:45:27 PM »
Threw out the pair of shoes that had been at the office. No idea what happened to them, but they were ruined. However, they were getting worn out so not a big loss.

I did indeed throw out all the magazines I took to the office. I still have a stack of Reader's Digests at home, but the total stack is significantly smaller at least.

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« Reply #4829 on: March 06, 2021, 08:48:39 AM »
@MaybeBabyMustache I know what you mean about rebuilding a wardrobe! What a pain. I am currently holding on to a bunch of ill-fitting clothes for that reason.

Yesterday, gave excess pet supplies and a Styrofoam cooler to random people from the internet. Craigslist for the win! I know there is a reputation for high flakiness on CL, but I find it to work "well enough."

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« Reply #4830 on: March 06, 2021, 04:15:02 PM »
@oneday - that's interesting, as I haven't had any success on Craigslist in years, and from your profile, it looks like we're generally in the same area.

 I listed one of the nicer dresses on eBay, and it looks like they sell well. I also called another one, and put it into the donation pile. I went out and bought two new bras today, and will toss a like amount.

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« Reply #4831 on: March 06, 2021, 08:53:31 PM »
Small win today - I finally returned a book to a friend, about 5 years later.  He gave me a stack to read, which I did and returned.  The one I still had was one I hadn't asked for, and was never really interested in, so I kept forgetting to take it to him.

I have 2 items that are supposed to go out to FB Marketplace buyers in the next couple of days, hopefully they both work out.

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« Reply #4832 on: March 06, 2021, 09:09:05 PM »
Four more books to the street library. We are down to the donation dregs at least until I try all the books I picked up from various libraries and decide whether to keep them.

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« Reply #4833 on: March 06, 2021, 10:10:37 PM »
Finished transferring almost all of my spices that were in plastic jars into glass jars.  I had been saving the glass jars as I used up the spices in them.  They are a lot cheaper in round plastic containers, but the square glass jars fit better on the risers I have in my cabinet and the round plastic ones sometimes fall when I mess with them.  So I got rid of 8 plastic containers.

Also threw away 8 partial boxes of ancient tea.
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« Reply #4834 on: March 07, 2021, 08:23:24 AM »
@MaybeBabyMustache it's not that I don't get flakes...I do! But I just re-post and try again. Mostly I use it to give away free stuff, not sure if that's the difference?

@meadow lark your spice cabinet looks great!

Yesterday's attempt to give away stuff was different. Tried to return a doorstop from the prior residence to prior room mate, but turned out it was broken and already replaced, so I tossed it instead. That door stop has been among my posessions, waiting to be reinstalled, for a year and a half. I'm kind of embarrassed that I didn't notice it was really trash all along. 😵

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« Reply #4835 on: March 07, 2021, 08:33:18 AM »
@oneday - ah, that makes sense. I use a local Buy Nothing to give things away, as the FB element makes people a lot more responsive.

I returned a pair of shoes that didn't fit (COVID makes buying shoes for quickly growing teens a bit of a challenge). I only had them in my house for one day before I turned around & got them back out, so I'm considering that a win.

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« Reply #4836 on: March 07, 2021, 08:39:50 AM »
@MaybeBabyMustache in my old location, I didn't have a buy nothing group. One day turn around is pretty fantastic, actually!

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« Reply #4837 on: March 07, 2021, 08:49:12 AM »
Started looking through a bag of financial records to see what I could recycle. So far I'm recycling about 50% of them! Hope this percentage continues as I go farther into the bag. I'm finding a lot of informational blurbs that are no longer relevant. Easy to toss.

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« Reply #4838 on: March 07, 2021, 09:32:54 AM »
Thanks!  My wife made the risers with some scrap wood we had and I covered it in contact paper.  I love spices so she made the first one about 3 houses ago and every time we move she makes me a new one.

Decluttered 9 bags (plastic grocery bag size) of clothes and books into the trunk of my car.  Threw away 2 bags of worn out clothes, fabric scraps, craft stuff that went wrong, old papers.

A bunch of what looks like clutter itís stuff I need to hang on the walls.  I just hate doing that stuff!

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« Reply #4839 on: March 07, 2021, 09:25:18 PM »
Today's declutter:

-a small cache of no-longer-needed boxes and packing material

-returning the Rug Doctor to the store

-a massive drawer organizer tray (like for silverware) that is far too big for any of the drawers in the new place, given back to prior room mate. Not sure this one counts, as she in turn have me the smaller one she has purchased but found inadequate for the cavernous drawers there. At least it wasn't a net gain of items. I may keep it and donate the one I have.

The first two mean that for the first time in weeks, I can put the back seats up and replace the cargo area cover, making my car feel "normal" again. Yay!

ETA: Forgot that on Saturday I donated a bunch of towels to the SPCA! I want "credit" for that, lol :)
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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4840 on: March 08, 2021, 05:50:41 AM »
Yes!!!! finally decluttered my childrens' closets. Lots of clothing now out of the closet and currently on a pile for me to sort by size and decide whether to sell/donate/toss. First 3 sales of clothing (around 20 items in total) already in the hallway ready for pickup. And a good reminder to only shop with a list, since they had WAY TOO MUCH clothes!

Also sold a backpack on Craigslist and donated 5 pairs of shoes which I have not worn in the last 2 years and will probably not wear again.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4841 on: March 08, 2021, 08:21:18 AM »
@Dutch Comfort - whenever I clean out my kids closets, I come to the same realization. I'm not sure how the shirts and shirts multiply, but they do. Both of my kids are going through a growth spurt, and my 15 year old will no longer wear whatever I pick up on sale at Costco. So, the good news is that his desire to have things he's selected corresponds with my awareness that he generally just needs "less". Because, what he wants is often more expensive than what I would have found on sale at Costco. ;-) The irony is that he's still at home (no school), so no one is seeing these much nicer clothes. Hopefully in a month or so.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4842 on: March 08, 2021, 09:10:26 AM »
@MaybeBabyMustache I find that they have a minimum of 20 sets of clothing, while they only wear 5-6 of them. So this is definitely a work in progress! And I too find that as they grow older, they need less (my girl is now 13 and she only wears her fav's and has a very specific fashion taste, fortunately for me, she loves 2nd hand clothing for environmental reasons, this seems to be a hype at school now. I do not complain!!!!).
 

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4843 on: March 08, 2021, 10:35:59 PM »
A few aluminum pie tins to recycling, a few dishes into the donate box. Nothing actually out of the house, but I may have a full donate box by this weekend, that would be nice.

When I moved in, there were a lot of extra drawers and shelves for the fridge. Most of them don't fit. I've gathered them together and put them in the storage shed the landlord uses for extra tiles and other construction items. This way I don't have to decide if/how to dispose of them, lol!

Also forced myself to list something that I was dreading because I think it will get little or no response, but if so, then I guess it's trash. Also reached out to the prior CL ad responder with a few extra pet supplies that I found hidden behind some other stuff. Hopefully they will respond quickly and I can get that out too. Doing those things was hard, but I don't have the space to let things linger.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4844 on: March 09, 2021, 12:23:36 PM »
Wrestled a bookcase down to the garage, listed it on FB Marketplace, and sold it all before noon today!  I've been stood up so many times lately, I'm glad that I can still reliably get rid of (cheap) furniture at least.

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« Reply #4845 on: March 09, 2021, 03:08:15 PM »
And people actually picked up 2 other items.  Color me surprised.  And I sold my house today! (Well, accepted an offer.)  Not a bad day to get rid of things.

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« Reply #4846 on: March 09, 2021, 03:13:54 PM »
And people actually picked up 2 other items.  Color me surprised.  And I sold my house today! (Well, accepted an offer.)  Not a bad day to get rid of things.
Woot woot! 🎊

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4847 on: March 09, 2021, 04:05:30 PM »
What started out as a basic task - shred taxes from 10+ years ago, replace with 2020 taxes (I do this every year, as you only have to hang on to 10 year's worth), became a much bigger paper project because... I couldn't find our 2020 tax paperwork. I've already filed, and I know I once had everything, but I went through & organized & cleaned along the way. I eventually found my paperwork, and have a couple of large stacks ready for shredding. The amount of paperwork generated through a mortgage refi is staggering.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4848 on: March 09, 2021, 05:26:54 PM »
My 31 things to declutter in March hit a bit of a wall but I did chuck the chewed up dog toys today and yesterday I returned something to a shop. Now I don't have to move an empty storage box off the printer everytime I want to scan something.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4849 on: March 09, 2021, 07:16:23 PM »
Quart-sized bag of pens, pencils, and random office supplies to a teacher friend for their classroom.

Brand-new sweater to a friend that will actually wear it.

Put six bags of aluminum recycling in the bin. I had been storing them in the garage thinking I would take them to the scrap metal place for cash. One Hoarders show marathon knocked me right out of that 'someday' and 'they're worth something' thinking. That's exactly the justification the people on the show used to keep housefuls of worthless items.

Tossed an old makeup palette in the trash. I realized it's several years old and all that is left are the colors I don't like. No more buying large selections of makeup in one tray.