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« Reply #5100 on: May 09, 2021, 03:23:28 PM »
In theory someone is coming by to pick up my no-longer-needed foam mattress topper. Communication has been lacking so far, so I'm not holding my breath. There is a 2nd person who expressed interest, so if the first one flakes I'll just go to the 2nd.

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« Reply #5101 on: May 09, 2021, 04:15:51 PM »
Today will be a mini mission to return a book to the street library, pick up a book from the library-library, pick up my refurbished winter coat and turn a medium pile of small coins into bank credit.

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« Reply #5102 on: May 10, 2021, 12:46:23 AM »
Decluttered a little this weekend:
- 1 computer screen on BuyNothing - picked up immediately
- 1 big bag with bed sheets returned to FIL since it did not fit what we planned to do with it, so return to sender!
- 1 blu ray player in the hallway for Craigslist sale today, hope they show up!
- 1 book to the little free library down the street

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« Reply #5103 on: May 10, 2021, 07:15:21 PM »
Decided to rip the bandaid off. Due to covid times, job change, and general work attire shifts, I had a bunch of suits and dresses that I no longer wear. I kept 1 suit, the few dresses that I like and wear outside of work, and pulled the rest for donation. Also pulled a rain coat that I never liked and a stretchy athletic type jacket that a friend gave me and I just don't like. That's 2 kitchen trash bags full of stuff for donation.

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« Reply #5104 on: May 11, 2021, 12:07:40 PM »
Worked on the top shelf of a closet for an hour and a half. Consolidated some, threw out some, took some to textiles recycling, moved some to 'sell' pile, researched some old retro vintage board games I found up there, took some to Salvation Army.

From the  IT hoard, I sacrificed a hard copy of a COBOL II program from 1994 to the recycling container.  Oh no, that was worth big money on EBAY, right?  lol.   

 

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« Reply #5105 on: May 11, 2021, 02:36:05 PM »
A few updates:
-Listed a bunch of stuff on Buy Nothing. Already have one set of drapes out of the house.
-My husband also took a giant donation drop off on Sunday, which was glorious.
-Sold a few things on eBay, including a pair of workout pants I brought back from our vacation house, as part of pre-move clean out.

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« Reply #5106 on: May 11, 2021, 02:43:12 PM »
Cleaned under the bathroom sink and threw away several contact lens cases ( I got lasiks), an extra blood sugar meter, a bunch of other little things.
Still trying to sell on Facebook a bike, an inversion table, and a stand that converts a regular bike into a stationary bike.
Have 3 bags of stuff to go to goodwill.

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« Reply #5107 on: May 13, 2021, 01:50:06 PM »
A quick post before I get caught up on everyone's posts.

~4 magazines went to a neighbor, 1 to my sister
~Other completed reading material either went into the recycle bin or put away (books)
~6 pieces of clothing, and a bag of unopened toiletries and makeup went to Goodwill
~3 old hygiene items were tossed
~Dug through the small pile on my home office desk and put a stack of paper into the burn bin

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« Reply #5108 on: May 13, 2021, 01:55:24 PM »
It's been a busy week, to not as much progress as I'd like, but a few wins:

-Teenage son asked me to list sunglasses he received as a gift. Listed & sold the same day. Mailed out using recycled mailing packaging.
-Sold a Christmas gift that was too small (finally, has been listed since the holidays)
-And, a workout shirt that doesn't fit my husband

I also went through the kids rooms & found 8+ camp tshirts, PE gear (one is graduating from middle school in a few weeks, and PE gear is not required during COVID).

I was on the hunt for a missing shirt for one kid, and looked in my husband's drawers to see if it was misplaced. Nope, but did find a bunch of stuff he doesn't wear/use. Some is off to be donated, and I found a new in package designer Italian scarf to sell on eBay. Where in the world did he get this/why did he buy it? It pre dates me, so I'm going with gift from a woman before I was in the picture. ;-)

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« Reply #5109 on: May 13, 2021, 02:46:27 PM »
A few weeks ago I went through my framed artwork, and took out the cheapest plastic frames to get rid of (kept the artwork since it was all stuff I made).  Today I took the frames (14) to the Goodwill donation center.  Part of me wanted to try to sell them (some $ is better than no $), but I never could get up the gumption to meet up with people, so donate was the way to go.

I still have a lot of frames, and while they still should be pared down, I'm willing to let that go for a while (probably until the next time I move).

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« Reply #5110 on: May 13, 2021, 04:04:40 PM »
- traded in 660 small denomination coins for $79 in my banking acct.
- 1 library book returned
- 3 books into the street library

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« Reply #5111 on: May 13, 2021, 04:33:05 PM »
Gave a friend a beautiful dress that has always been a size too big for me, but I've not loved enough to get tailored to fit properly.

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« Reply #5112 on: May 13, 2021, 07:03:25 PM »
Sold a camera bag for $50.

Next up is try to sell an old camera. Not sure if it will sell as they upgrade the models on digital cameras every year or so now.

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« Reply #5113 on: May 15, 2021, 05:36:42 AM »
We finally cleared out the garage last weekend, and I dropped a load at the thrift store.

Things I cleaned out:
-old bike helmets that we held onto as backups in case some neighborhood kid needed one, at this point they are quite old
-a few project leftovers that needed to be cut down to fit in the trash
-a few clothing items
-if can't remember what else

We still need to figure out how to dispose of our broken dehumidifier. I think I have to drive it to the county recycling center. I tried giving it away to someone who wants to fix it, but no takers.


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« Reply #5114 on: May 15, 2021, 03:58:00 PM »
I was so close to emptying out my car at the thrift shop today but there was a traffic accident at the intersection so I diverted. Weíll try again Monday. The same thrift shop now has eyebrow threading in a kiosk so Iím keen to try it.

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« Reply #5115 on: May 15, 2021, 04:41:17 PM »
Pretty productive weekend selling things from our storage room under the stairs like a mulcher and heater. I'd forgotten that this area still needed a declutter! Disappointed that it actually doesn't feel like there's more space but there's less tetris going on so it's easier to access garden tools. I call myself a minimalist but I'm really not when you look at the garden & garage spaces!

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« Reply #5116 on: May 15, 2021, 06:33:14 PM »
Thanks to the parent's move, I ended up with an extra twin size mattress protector. Changed sheets on the beds today, and took the opportunity to put the better quality one on the twin. The extra is in the wash and then will be added to donation pile.

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« Reply #5117 on: May 15, 2021, 07:21:14 PM »
Thanks to the parent's move, I ended up with an extra twin size mattress protector. Changed sheets on the beds today, and took the opportunity to put the better quality one on the twin. The extra is in the wash and then will be added to donation pile.

I use mattress protectors as waterproof-ish pet mats, by cutting off the skirt bit. Handy for the car, beds etc.

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« Reply #5118 on: May 15, 2021, 07:49:44 PM »
Sold a camera bag for $50.

Next up is try to sell an old camera. Not sure if it will sell as they upgrade the models on digital cameras every year or so now.

The person came and picked up the camera bag today, and I sold a pair of canvas prints for $20. I also listed the camera, but I am not too confident that it will sell. If not, I might see if I can donate it to the high school or something. Even a charitable receipt would be better than nothing.

A weird thing happened when I was trying to list it on FB Marketplace. They wanted me to upgrade the listing for money. I had seen that one other time, but today it wouldn't let me go any further, so I had to exit. I wonder if it was because I used the word Canon?

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« Reply #5119 on: May 16, 2021, 03:23:18 AM »
Nice topic!

I had an iMac and a MacBook Pro. Sold my iMac last week for 800 euros and bought index funds for it :).

I'm decluttering already since 5 years. So funny that in every round you can get rid of stuff you wanted to keep before.


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« Reply #5120 on: May 16, 2021, 07:49:36 AM »
Thanks to the parent's move, I ended up with an extra twin size mattress protector. Changed sheets on the beds today, and took the opportunity to put the better quality one on the twin. The extra is in the wash and then will be added to donation pile.

I use mattress protectors as waterproof-ish pet mats, by cutting off the skirt bit. Handy for the car, beds etc.

I will probably offer it to the animal shelter. My cat prefers fleece.

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« Reply #5121 on: May 16, 2021, 10:09:52 AM »
-Gave away two workout shirts on Buy Nothing, as well as a set of five items of youth clothes my kids have outgrown
-Sold a book, and a shoe dust cover on eBay
-Resisted picking up a bunch of free books on Buy Nothing, as I have a closet full of stuff still to read

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« Reply #5122 on: May 16, 2021, 07:49:25 PM »
@FinanceFreaky that's so great! And way to go on investing the $$!!

Went through the art/craft drawers (4 of them) and am donating 10 mini acrylic paint tubes that I obviously will never use, as I've had them for 6 years. I am holding on to the mini tubes of watercolour paints, but have given myself a deadline of Sept this year to use them. It makes it so much easier to get rid of the stuff I am in 2 minds about if I set myself a time limit.

I also decluttered quite a few crochet and knitting patterns that I know I will never use.

I have also rehomed all the books on my adorable little vintage wooden bookshelf, and hidden said bookshelf in my wardrobe to see if I miss it. It is gorgeous but I really don't have a proper corner to display it. My daughter wants it for when she moves out, and I am *almost* ready to let it go, but not quite.


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« Reply #5123 on: May 16, 2021, 07:56:28 PM »
Sold a lot of 15 books on eBay, for $25. So happy to get a large space of closet back. They are now packed up & ready for the postal carrier to pick up tomorrow morning, along with two other packages.

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« Reply #5124 on: May 16, 2021, 08:49:22 PM »
Went to the tip with a bunch of bulky junk like a cracked bucket & cardboard - got paid to do it too because I got a gig taking someone else's. Husband said he's selling a power tool he doesn't need. Someone's coming at lunchtime for a heater and then I need to post something else. Pretty productive considering I thought we'd finished decluttering and I didn't expect to get so much $$ either :)

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« Reply #5125 on: May 16, 2021, 10:06:33 PM »
Had to come back straightaway to report that my daughter (who just started ADHD medication) just asked me for the aforementioned wooden bookshelf to use as her new bedside table. Her old one has a drawer which gets crammed with crap, which her brain then completely forgets about, so the shelves are much better visually. This has led to her reorganising, cleaning and decluttering more stuff from her room.

Just borrowed Tracy McCubbin's "Making space, clutter free. I love her writing style and she has excellent content on Youtube as well.

Now if I could only get my husband to part with a wardrobe full of cassette tapes, DVDs and CDs which  he is hoarding in his man cave/shed...
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« Reply #5126 on: May 17, 2021, 09:24:54 AM »
Proud of myself for doing the dreaded paperwork declutter this past weekend.  Amazing what a few hours of focused work can accomplish.
Managed to toss 2 boxes and 1 small plastic tub of old tax files, articles, old bank paperwork, photos, and other miscellaneous. 

And it's true that seeing a cleared space can motivate you even further, so organizing the remaining photos and reviewing the last 4 boxes should be much easier.
Just do it!
 

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« Reply #5127 on: May 17, 2021, 06:43:37 PM »
@lazycow That is a wonderful question to ask!

@okisok thanks! As predicted, it didn't last past getting the mail! But I did my deal-with-one-paper-a-day thing today and it will at least stay in control.

What is it you are getting? Can you switch to estatememts and ebills? And cancel circulars? 

I rarely get mail. I get a vehicle registration papers once a year, my local area parking stickers and quarterly business bank statements (as annoyingly they can't do estatememts for business accounts??) And maybe 3 Xmas cards, lol.  Mr F gets a few charity donation letters & the waste of money & paper (not to mention "gifts" they send) is infuriating and makes us *not* want to donate.

Everything else goes straight in the bin as it's junk, even though I've got a sign requesting no junk. Conveniently most companies have stopped sending paper mail without me needing to cancel, I wish charities would follow suit.

I got a coupon from a store I have a credit card with, and that went into the Time Will Tell place. It will get recycled if I don't use it, but it might be handy as I need to replace sheets soon.

And I got a newsletter from the Parks District I joined for the first time in January. It was actually pretty easy to go through and discard, but since it was the first time I'd seen one of those, I wanted to check it out.

And I also got a page of checks from the bank, because my payroll dept requires something printed from the bank to start direct deposit. But the one check I needed is in the mail to payroll and the rest are in The Filing Place.

I'm actually back to Inbox Zero as of this evening. Which will last for a while, but if my life gets stressful, that's probably something that will get less attention.

Have been able to maintain Physical Inbox Zero for most of the intervening time. Today I have a few paycheck stubs out because I'm working on financial projections based on income from a brand-new job. This is acceptable.

On the plus side, attempt #2 to give away some really nice self-closing cardboard boxes worked. The last of the unpacked moving boxes gone!

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« Reply #5128 on: May 18, 2021, 04:26:55 AM »
A few weeks ago I went through my framed artwork, and took out the cheapest plastic frames to get rid of (kept the artwork since it was all stuff I made).  Today I took the frames (14) to the Goodwill donation center.  Part of me wanted to try to sell them (some $ is better than no $), but I never could get up the gumption to meet up with people, so donate was the way to go.

I still have a lot of frames, and while they still should be pared down, I'm willing to let that go for a while (probably until the next time I move).
@NotJen I did this a while back, but with framed photos. Now I've just stuck the photos on the wall -  in serried ranks - with washi tape, to make a photo wall. It looks a lot neater and way less bulky.

Found 4 mindfulness magazines/workbooks from when it was a new Thing. A girlfriend is going to take them all as they are in pristine condition. That is the very last of the magazines.

Now I just have to decide whether the photo wall in my dining room, which comprises around 100 photos, all of which are more than 10 years old, means that I am 'living in the past' or 'nostalgic for happier times' (as my latest decluttering book seems to suggest). For the time being they make me and my family happy so they stay. Though I really *could* update it by printing some recent photos. They really are the final frontier of organisation though.

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« Reply #5129 on: May 18, 2021, 08:35:28 PM »
Tackled my sock drawer this evening. Between droopy, holey, mismatched (only one), and not really the right size, I'm keeping fewer than I'm parting with. I'm going to try with the much reduced selection for a while. I may eventually get a few more of the kind I like that fits and lasts.

I even pulled a couple t-shirts, which are hard for me because they often say things I want to remember.

In general, how do folks here decide what to donate versus what to put on Buy Nothing? Is there such a thing as textile recycling for the truly worn out stuff?

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« Reply #5130 on: May 18, 2021, 08:57:19 PM »
Tackled my sock drawer this evening. Between droopy, holey, mismatched (only one), and not really the right size, I'm keeping fewer than I'm parting with. I'm going to try with the much reduced selection for a while. I may eventually get a few more of the kind I like that fits and lasts.

I even pulled a couple t-shirts, which are hard for me because they often say things I want to remember.

In general, how do folks here decide what to donate versus what to put on Buy Nothing? Is there such a thing as textile recycling for the truly worn out stuff?

There definitely is such a thing as textile recycling - what country are you in? Here in AUS, Vinnie's sell stuff they can't sell instore to the rag recyclers and H&M also take it instore.

I put everything on Facebook because I think it's got a wider reach than a charity shop. I take the odd thing there.

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« Reply #5131 on: May 19, 2021, 04:34:17 AM »
Tackled my sock drawer this evening. Between droopy, holey, mismatched (only one), and not really the right size, I'm keeping fewer than I'm parting with. I'm going to try with the much reduced selection for a while. I may eventually get a few more of the kind I like that fits and lasts.

I even pulled a couple t-shirts, which are hard for me because they often say things I want to remember.

In general, how do folks here decide what to donate versus what to put on Buy Nothing? Is there such a thing as textile recycling for the truly worn out stuff?

There definitely is such a thing as textile recycling - what country are you in? Here in AUS, Vinnie's sell stuff they can't sell instore to the rag recyclers and H&M also take it instore.

I put everything on Facebook because I think it's got a wider reach than a charity shop. I take the odd thing there.

Anything that gets beyond wearing in our household ends up as rags for when I change the oil on the car or have sone other dirty work to do. 

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« Reply #5132 on: May 19, 2021, 06:05:22 AM »
After thinking about it way too long, I threw out an almost empty  5 gallon tub of 25 year old joint compound. More space in the garage! Woohoo !     

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« Reply #5133 on: May 19, 2021, 08:01:09 AM »
I've decided to downsize my ironing board from full-size to table-top.  Got a table-top version at Goodwill yesterday for a few dollars, so the full-size will be donated.
It's funny because I noticed about 5 full-size ironing boards for sale at Goodwill, so I'm wondering if they are a casualty of the pandemic?  No need to be ironing business clothes if everyone's working from home in sweatpants.

Also, it's bulk trash pickup here starting the end of the month.  It's fun to watch what neighbors put out on the curb, and then watch cars drive by slowly so they can eyeball everything.  Maybe 70% of this stuff gets picked up by the City trucks, about 30% just gets snagged by other neighbors.  The quarterly swap!

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« Reply #5134 on: May 19, 2021, 09:21:02 AM »
After thinking about it way too long, I threw out an almost empty  5 gallon tub of 25 year old joint compound. More space in the garage! Woohoo !     

How did you keep joint compound from drying out that long? Whenever I've bought it, it hasn't lasted more than a year. Sometimes it gets moldy!

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« Reply #5135 on: May 19, 2021, 09:27:20 AM »
After thinking about it way too long, I threw out an almost empty  5 gallon tub of 25 year old joint compound. More space in the garage! Woohoo !     

Maybe it would make life easier for you to have blanket rules about things.  Such as: any kind of sprays, cleaners, compounds etc older than two years gets tossed.  Any food more than a year past expiry gets tossed.  Any clothes that aren't mine are given away.  And so on.  Then you don't have to decide about every single item.  The chances of you missing those items or regretting getting rid of them are near zero.  Unless you really want to be doing this forever?

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« Reply #5136 on: May 19, 2021, 09:55:35 AM »
After thinking about it way too long, I threw out an almost empty  5 gallon tub of 25 year old joint compound. More space in the garage! Woohoo !     

Maybe it would make life easier for you to have blanket rules about things.  Such as: any kind of sprays, cleaners, compounds etc older than two years gets tossed.  Any food more than a year past expiry gets tossed.  Any clothes that aren't mine are given away.  And so on.  Then you don't have to decide about every single item.  The chances of you missing those items or regretting getting rid of them are near zero.  Unless you really want to be doing this forever?

This sounds like a great idea.  And the best part is that you are making the rules so you can make ones that work for you.  And you can change them later as things become easier to get rid of.

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« Reply #5137 on: May 19, 2021, 10:58:19 AM »
Sold two stickers & a sunglasses kit on eBay. More junk out of the house! I've taken a pause  listing items, because I need a break.

We are selling our vacation house "turn key", which means we won't have to move out anything other than clothes & food. This is huge, as I was overwhelmed by the idea of getting rid of everything in a tiny market, over a very short period of time.

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« Reply #5138 on: May 20, 2021, 06:01:08 AM »
After thinking about it way too long, I threw out an almost empty  5 gallon tub of 25 year old joint compound. More space in the garage! Woohoo !     

How did you keep joint compound from drying out that long? Whenever I've bought it, it hasn't lasted more than a year. Sometimes it gets moldy!

It was still moist, but cracks had formed in it. And yes, it had a mildew odor, lol.

It was just a big unknown tub in the corner of my garage forever. I don't even know how it got there.

I finally dragged it out to see what the heck it was. 
 

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« Reply #5139 on: May 20, 2021, 07:26:24 AM »
-Sold a book from our vacation house & a shirt that is too big for my husband on eBay
-Heading to our vacation house today. We have about a month until closing. We did the majority of clean out last time we were there, but there are still things to go through & clean/organize/declutter. I'm bringing my mom & sister, so it will be a bit of a combo fun trip, & clean out "party"

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5140 on: May 20, 2021, 06:01:08 PM »
Yesterday, received a delivery of materials to repair the back fence. Immediately put the pallet and misc lumber they came packed with at the curb with a free sign. The lumber is gone, but the pallet, which is in poor condition, is still there. I remain hopeful that someone will take it for the wood.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5141 on: May 20, 2021, 10:45:50 PM »
Yesterday, received a delivery of materials to repair the back fence. Immediately put the pallet and misc lumber they came packed with at the curb with a free sign. The lumber is gone, but the pallet, which is in poor condition, is still there. I remain hopeful that someone will take it for the wood.

Are you at all handy?  You could make some birdhouses from the pallet.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5142 on: May 20, 2021, 11:31:23 PM »
Yesterday, received a delivery of materials to repair the back fence. Immediately put the pallet and misc lumber they came packed with at the curb with a free sign. The lumber is gone, but the pallet, which is in poor condition, is still there. I remain hopeful that someone will take it for the wood.

Are you at all handy?  You could make some birdhouses from the pallet.

A good suggestion! But I lack the tools, time and motivation (I have a cat, and think it's not fair to attract prey to the yard. Maybe I will print out plans for a birdhouse and attach it to the pallet for someone else to make.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5143 on: May 20, 2021, 11:44:55 PM »
Tackled my sock drawer this evening. Between droopy, holey, mismatched (only one), and not really the right size, I'm keeping fewer than I'm parting with. I'm going to try with the much reduced selection for a while. I may eventually get a few more of the kind I like that fits and lasts.

I even pulled a couple t-shirts, which are hard for me to part with because they often say things I want to remember.

In general, how do folks here decide what to donate versus what to put on Buy Nothing?

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« Reply #5144 on: May 21, 2021, 07:44:21 PM »
I am generally unwilling to deal with people, so I tend to donate a lot. I'm more likely to sell furniture. Random piles of dirt/rocks/whatever I give away free, just come and get it out of my yard.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5145 on: May 21, 2021, 09:14:43 PM »
Yesterday, received a delivery of materials to repair the back fence. Immediately put the pallet and misc lumber they came packed with at the curb with a free sign. The lumber is gone, but the pallet, which is in poor condition, is still there. I remain hopeful that someone will take it for the wood.

I was unaware that LandLord had decided to hire someone to build the fence; they disposed of the pallet. Hooray!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5146 on: May 21, 2021, 09:28:52 PM »
Yesterday, received a delivery of materials to repair the back fence. Immediately put the pallet and misc lumber they came packed with at the curb with a free sign. The lumber is gone, but the pallet, which is in poor condition, is still there. I remain hopeful that someone will take it for the wood.

I was unaware that LandLord had decided to hire someone to build the fence; they disposed of the pallet. Hooray!

I thought you were going to say that the pallet was used to build the fence.  One of my neighbours has done that.  Turned the pallets so the boards run vertically and strung a bunch together and stained it.  Iím all for saving money, but really!  He doesnít see it because itís behind a bunch of trees along a walkway, but everyone else has to look at it.  I think he put it up to keep the pine cones from rolling onto the walkway, because he canít be expected to actually rake them up, can he?

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5147 on: May 22, 2021, 06:30:08 AM »
Pallets can be useful.  I used to wire them together to make compost bins.  I knew someone who built a frame, walled it with pallets and then sided it with wood shakes.  Pallets for floor plus a basic roof, and he had a nice well-ventilated shed for firewood.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5148 on: May 22, 2021, 11:37:47 AM »
Tackled my sock drawer this evening. Between droopy, holey, mismatched (only one), and not really the right size, I'm keeping fewer than I'm parting with. I'm going to try with the much reduced selection for a while. I may eventually get a few more of the kind I like that fits and lasts.

I even pulled a couple t-shirts, which are hard for me to part with because they often say things I want to remember.

In general, how do folks here decide what to donate versus what to put on Buy Nothing?

Various factors can influence what I choose to do at any given time, but donating is the fastest way to give stuff away because you don't have to work with another person's schedule. This can be especially helpful if you have a large quantity of items and are at a moment in life when you may not have mental energy to describe and post everything.

Assuming limitless time and energy (ha!), other considerations for me are the (1) the uncommonness of the item and (2) if I think it can sell at a resale shop.  Breaking this down:
- If the item in question is something that might not be self-explanatory to a random stranger, I like giving it away on Buy Nothing because I can say in my post what it is and therefore maximize the changes it will get used instead of going to the landfill.
- Buy Nothing would also be my first choice for items that are brand specific in terms of what they work with, like say a car window reflector/sun shade that's sized to a certain make and model of vehicle, or extra parts for an item I no longer own that I later find around my home (vacuum cleaner bags, e.g.).
- Examples of items likely unsellable in a thrift store items include things like beauty or cleaning products you tried but didn't like and don't want to pour down the drain. Or something that may require repair before being usable but is structurally sound, like furniture that needs repainting. On my Buy Nothing group I also see a fair number of food posts for fridge/pantry clean-outs, especially when people move, for things that would likely not be suitable for a food kitchen donation, like a partially used bottle of olive oil or holiday-specific candy or an assortment of frozen food.

There's also an emotional element to it. Sometimes if I have an item to get rid of that I still have a lot of attachment to, I will choose Buy Nothing over a thrift store donation because it seems too special to do anything other than give directly to another person. It's a more personal interaction, and avoids the risk that the item may slip through the cracks of a thrift store's sorting system and never find a new home. Of course, the person on Buy Nothing could turn around the next day and donate it themselves if they change their minds about the item, but it can be really satisfying to feel like you've found the right home for a special item.
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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5149 on: May 22, 2021, 05:24:38 PM »
Just found out that I need to move in the next few weeks.  Time to declutter!  I'll be combining households with my partner, so we'll need to work on reducing duplicates.  The apartment we're moving into is about half the size of my current one, so it'll be good motivation to let things go.