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« Reply #7000 on: December 14, 2023, 12:32:35 PM »
We successfully turned several hundred dollars into tens of dollars. We're more careful about the books we actually buy now.

I'll trade you those tens of dollars for some magic beans!

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« Reply #7001 on: December 14, 2023, 02:39:43 PM »
We successfully turned several hundred dollars into tens of dollars. We're more careful about the books we actually buy now.
That was me and manga. Thousands of dollars spent, recouped a couple of hundred reselling.

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« Reply #7002 on: December 14, 2023, 06:58:51 PM »
We successfully turned several hundred dollars into tens of dollars. We're more careful about the books we actually buy now.

I'll trade you those tens of dollars for some magic beans!

Magic beans you say? 🤔

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« Reply #7003 on: December 14, 2023, 07:04:29 PM »
We successfully turned several hundred dollars into tens of dollars. We're more careful about the books we actually buy now.
That was me and manga. Thousands of dollars spent, recouped a couple of hundred reselling.

I had a similar experience with selling my comic book collection composed mostly of early 90's comics. A few had some actual value but most were worth less than the cover price. I had 3 short boxes full of comics and got $150 out of them. I probably spent over $1,000 getting them back when I was a kid.

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« Reply #7004 on: December 18, 2023, 10:32:57 AM »
Sent out four Christmas cards, which I found in my big box-o-cards. But used the last Christmas card. So went into the basement where I thought I had seen a box labeled 'cards'.

20 minutes later, found out 90% of the boxes there were empty, which is good news, I guess. Didn't find anything labeled 'cards'.

Found a big moving box with old work manuals and administrative papers, and clerical sundries, so I took it out completely. Nice open space there now.

Recycled half the contents, and the box itself, relocated the rest of the stuff to a  sell or recycle or donate pile for future.

Also found a lot of jars I forgot I had, and moved them up to the kitchen for my girl friend to use. Plus, found a box of 3 new hubcaps for my car (forgot I had them) and entered them into my 'house inventory' file. 

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« Reply #7005 on: December 18, 2023, 11:58:38 AM »
We had "Christmas #1" (our immediate family, since we travel for the holidays) on Sunday. That meant setting out the kiddos' (very small) Christmas Saturday night. While we did that, DH and I just packed up all the gifts we'd be taking on our travels and did a DEEP dive into all our bags/wrapping/etc. Made a pretty good dent and feel much more comfortable with the amount that we have on hand. Also finished off one of our Christmas card packs from... three (?) years ago. 

Went through kids' stuff in the playroom, since one of their gifts was a "grown up" toy box (the kind of thing that will age with them for linens, etc.) and now we've got a pile of outgrown toys to give away! (We didn't make any progress on stuffies, since KIDDO 1 had an absolute meltdown about getting rid of any. We've put a pin in it for now - it's not worth the fight/trauma for them.)

This is not explicitly about getting rid of clutter, but a win nonetheless: Monday is garbage/recycling day for us. For this past week we filled ONE (and only one!) 13 gallon garbage bag. (I don't know how much recycling we had, since I didn't take it out, but likely not much more.)

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« Reply #7006 on: December 18, 2023, 02:02:21 PM »
Large paper guillotine went directly from my friend's house to SIL's work place.

Every time I open my linen closet - I feel happy. So neat, so organized!

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« Reply #7007 on: December 20, 2023, 07:44:23 PM »
Adding some functionality to my computer setup. Needed 2 additional cables. Just so happened to have them in my stash-o-tech-stuff. Found a use for some of it. Woohoo !

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« Reply #7008 on: December 21, 2023, 08:14:25 AM »
I can open my freezer without things falling out! Backstory: I had a decently stocked freezer, then I had surgery and my mom and sister decided I needed food, but then I ate less than usual. Perfect storm for an overflowing freezer. For a bit every time I opened it a bag of bread would fall out. This is no longer happening.

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« Reply #7009 on: December 21, 2023, 11:22:16 AM »
After posting them unsuccessfully for sale, I donated two kid-size instruments that have been cluttering up my closets, to the music department of my kids' school.  Yay!

Unfortunately, package after package have been arriving for Christmas. My bedroom is filled with brown boxes.  We are a family that is top heavy on older, childless relatives with few children of gift receiving age. It may sound ungrateful, but I wish the boxes would stop coming.  Plus, I have to wrap them all too.

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« Reply #7010 on: December 21, 2023, 11:30:54 AM »
@Sibley - that's a big win! My freezer goes through phases like that.

I gave away four items on BN:
-3 pantry items we wouldn't use before the expiration date (or potentially ever)
-A new running shirt that I received as a freebie when ordering running shoes. Doesn't fit properly.

On a semi related note, I found out that I had about $50 of lost property via the state. Took the time to go through my filing cabinets to find the documentation I needed, uploaded everything to the site, and bonus, recycled some old papers I found while doing the project.

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« Reply #7011 on: December 21, 2023, 05:49:59 PM »
does finally giving away all the gifts we've been accumulating all year long count as purging???

We don't "holiday shop" as much as we identify items for people in our lives all year, store them in the closet or attic and then in December wrap them and distribute them.  So this month we get a sizeable egress of stuff.  There's nothing like the excesses of the holiday season to make me want to get rid of EVERYTHING.

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« Reply #7012 on: December 21, 2023, 08:07:41 PM »
does finally giving away all the gifts we've been accumulating all year long count as purging???

We don't "holiday shop" as much as we identify items for people in our lives all year, store them in the closet or attic and then in December wrap them and distribute them.  So this month we get a sizeable egress of stuff.  There's nothing like the excesses of the holiday season to make me want to get rid of EVERYTHING.

Ha, I know the feeling!  You win if you give away more than you get.

Today I successful regifted THREE presents to a friend and her son. She gave me ONE present. So I win. Well technically she gave me four little ones but in terms of total mass, I win. 

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« Reply #7013 on: December 26, 2023, 11:25:59 AM »
Hey, getting the gifts out of the house counts. Thanks to the cat, all gifts were kept in protective custody, ie my closets. So I have a LOT more room in the closets now.

I'm also going to replace the artificial Christmas tree. The one I have I bought used 6 years ago and it has always been bigger than I wanted. The old tree is in its box and a FB marketplace ad is up. (Took it down much earlier than usual because of the cat.)

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« Reply #7014 on: December 27, 2023, 10:47:40 AM »
We are going to be doing some work on the house to insulate more of the areas that remain uninsulated. This means whole areas of storage have to be cleared out at least temporarily.

DH has been a shredding monster. He is taking the last bankers box to a shredder place, our shredder keeps overheating and is struggling with more than 2 sheets at a time.

We are now down to one banker's box of papers.

I have pitched many boxes of duplicate photos and all the photos now fit in one place in the living room attomon. One more box of photo albums to go through. The box is from my Gramma's house but I only got it at Thanksgiving from my aunt. I am going to pull out the photos I want. I will offer it up to my siblings and cousins before I toss.

I have gone through all the fabrics and notions and yarn and button stash. Much was directly from my Gramma's house. She died in 2000. I didn't even like much of it (or have any intention of making dolls or bridal wear). It is now consolidated into one single bin from four. All to my taste.  In my defense,  DD has been doing crafts for years with the finds from the box.

DD has been doing a ton of sorting herself. I had to pull everything out of her closet for the energy auditor to get into the attic. Instead of piling it all back in she sorted it and has three huge bins to give away. 

Our house feels so much lighter! I did not realize how much the overstuffed closets  cupboards shelves and drawers were bringing me down. Opening the linen closet and seeing neat stacks of pillow cases or towels is surprisingly pleasant.  It almost feels like a little voice says: aren't you a together homemaker/responsible adult.

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« Reply #7015 on: December 28, 2023, 05:51:26 PM »
This time of year I want to get rid of ALLLL my belongings and start over with 3 flannels and hoodies but alas... 

I donated a bag of sweaters and I'm working on using up more toiletries as I type.  This weekend may be purgeapalooza. 

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« Reply #7016 on: December 30, 2023, 07:50:03 AM »
My teens have decided to organize their rooms / go through their clothes. Yesterday, I was able to pass on a bunch of their clothes to a good friend who has similarly aged children! 

I had also decided not to stress about purging and organizing too much over the holiday break. But, I did go through and organize my pj drawers the other day. I didnít really get rid of much since I had gone through them a few months ago, but they are much better organized now.

Iím thinking of going down to my basement today to see if I can make a little progress as itís been about 3 weeks since Iíve done anything down there. I was sick with a bad cold and didnít have the energy (and frankly no desire anyway).

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« Reply #7017 on: January 04, 2024, 08:08:37 AM »
4 small frying pans out, 2 to garbage, 2 to donation.  Being replaced with 2 the same size from a brand I really like.  So net loss, 2 frying pans.  Net gain, 2 frying pans I like and will use instead of giving space to 2 frying pans I didn't like and didn't use much.

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« Reply #7018 on: January 04, 2024, 08:13:02 AM »
2 glasses given to someone at work. I don't use them, they're probably 20/25 years old, but they are Disney. And she loves Disney.

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« Reply #7019 on: January 04, 2024, 08:17:19 AM »
2 glasses given to someone at work. I don't use them, they're probably 20/25 years old, but they are Disney. And she loves Disney.

oops, at first I thought you meant eyeglasses.  Was wondering who would want 20 year old eyeglasses even if they're Disney, but then realized you meant drinking glasses .... duh

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« Reply #7020 on: January 04, 2024, 08:25:08 AM »
2 glasses given to someone at work. I don't use them, they're probably 20/25 years old, but they are Disney. And she loves Disney.

oops, at first I thought you meant eyeglasses.  Was wondering who would want 20 year old eyeglasses even if they're Disney, but then realized you meant drinking glasses .... duh

Yep, drinking glasses. They probably originally came from McDonald's or Burger King or similar.

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« Reply #7021 on: January 04, 2024, 09:13:49 AM »
- We have a small box of things we received at Christmas that we're straight up not going to use; I'll be posting on my Buy Nothing group this weekend and hopefully passing them along to someone who WILL use them.

- Exchanging a sweater I was gifted for an appropriate size; not really "clearing out" but actively ensuring the "stuff" we have is usable.

- We're doing awesome at eating down our fridge/pantry. Dining out and food spoiling has been a constant battle for me, and we've been really great about being intentional with eating what we have and ensuring our pantry doesn't become a black hole.

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« Reply #7022 on: January 04, 2024, 05:24:46 PM »
I did a 15 minute "grab and purge" in my closet this afternoon. Anything that I hadn't worn, didn't like the cut or color - went in the pile.

Our local St. Vincent was "full" on clothes, and declined our bag full. But Goodwill took it!

Next up: purses and shoes.

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« Reply #7023 on: January 04, 2024, 06:17:18 PM »
A gentleman came by to pick up some stuff that I posted on the Craigslist free section. While he was here, I asked him if he wanted lots of other stuff from our unwanted items pile and he did! So I got rid of at least a cubic yard of stuff including some large potted plants.  We're still not at par though... too much junk came in at Christmas.

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« Reply #7024 on: January 05, 2024, 06:45:13 AM »
Laid out all the scarves and hats we own and went through them. We actually had some hiding in a bin that were mine and my sister's from high school! What fashion choices... Have a nice pile for donation, and a smaller stack that I actually like and expect to wear. DH still needs to go through his side of the pile, but it's significant progress.

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« Reply #7025 on: January 05, 2024, 07:13:21 AM »
I heard on NPR yesterday that the average American has 300,000 items in their home ....! 
Not sure if that's counting each paperclip or what, but it does continue to motivate to declutter.

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« Reply #7026 on: January 05, 2024, 10:48:06 AM »
I heard on NPR yesterday that the average American has 300,000 items in their home ....! 
Not sure if that's counting each paperclip or what, but it does continue to motivate to declutter.

No wonder why it feels like something is breaking every other day.

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« Reply #7027 on: January 05, 2024, 11:49:40 AM »
Don't know if I posted this earlier but volunteering in an op shop is helping make me resist the lure of the new shiny thing.
1- we throw out so much stuff! there's just Too Much Stuff in the world
2- yes *this things* is very very cool but there will be more cool things next time I am working so I don't need to take it home
3- just being around and handling Material Objects all day makes me a little exhausted and jaded by them. It's like inoculation.

I am putting together a small pile of things to take in on my next shift.

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« Reply #7028 on: January 05, 2024, 12:15:20 PM »
Going to tackle the storage area under the stairs this weekend. DH just measured it for insulation.
Tonight is the camping gear. DH built a storage area in the garage for weatherproof items to live when not in use. I will decide what goes in the garage, needs to stay in the house and what needs to be shared with other campers.
Tomorrow is Christmas undecorating. More than half the decorations didn't see the light of day. Our house was plenty decorated. I will do the sorting when no one is around. What I give away will be missed by no one.

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« Reply #7029 on: January 05, 2024, 02:36:30 PM »
Don't know if I posted this earlier but volunteering in an op shop is helping make me resist the lure of the new shiny thing.
1- we throw out so much stuff! there's just Too Much Stuff in the world
2- yes *this things* is very very cool but there will be more cool things next time I am working so I don't need to take it home
3- just being around and handling Material Objects all day makes me a little exhausted and jaded by them. It's like inoculation.

I am putting together a small pile of things to take in on my next shift.

In college, I worked in a used book store that was run by someone who was a literal hoarder. It cured me of the urge to stockpile books forever. There will always be more books. Mountains of books.

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« Reply #7030 on: January 05, 2024, 03:37:46 PM »
Don't know if I posted this earlier but volunteering in an op shop is helping make me resist the lure of the new shiny thing.
1- we throw out so much stuff! there's just Too Much Stuff in the world
2- yes *this things* is very very cool but there will be more cool things next time I am working so I don't need to take it home
3- just being around and handling Material Objects all day makes me a little exhausted and jaded by them. It's like inoculation.

I am putting together a small pile of things to take in on my next shift.

In college, I worked in a used book store that was run by someone who was a literal hoarder. It cured me of the urge to stockpile books forever. There will always be more books. Mountains of books.

I somewhat curate and keep my old books, because the library doesn't carry them and finding them used can be expensive.  New books - library.  Reference books?  Library first, if I keep it until I can't renew it any more then I buy it.

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« Reply #7031 on: January 05, 2024, 04:44:15 PM »
Don't know if I posted this earlier but volunteering in an op shop is helping make me resist the lure of the new shiny thing.
1- we throw out so much stuff! there's just Too Much Stuff in the world
2- yes *this things* is very very cool but there will be more cool things next time I am working so I don't need to take it home
3- just being around and handling Material Objects all day makes me a little exhausted and jaded by them. It's like inoculation.

I am putting together a small pile of things to take in on my next shift.

In college, I worked in a used book store that was run by someone who was a literal hoarder. It cured me of the urge to stockpile books forever. There will always be more books. Mountains of books.

I used to have a scarcity mentality and it definitely contributed to a overstuffed, chaotic home.  So glad I got past that.

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« Reply #7032 on: January 06, 2024, 09:46:12 PM »
Organized and decluttered my parent's house a bit. 2 bags of recyclable, empty containers removed from their house and put in the recycle bin at my house because dad will keep them forever because he might want to use them for something, but he will give to me if I ask for them. And a box which originally held the new door handle and lock but was repurposed to hold the old handle and lock was also snuck out by me and put in my garbage. No idea why it hadn't been tossed in 2021 when the handle was replaced. Moved around a bunch of books, getting a massive stack off my dad's dresser (I was kinda concerned that it was going to fall on him) and onto a bookcase. In the process, organized/consolidated/decluttered 2 shelves of stuff into 1 shelf, determined they need a dresser for storage in the tool room and 1-2 more shelves on a bookcase. Oh, and provided entertainment for their cats in the process.

Messaged my neighbor, who is a bit of a hoarder, to ask if he had suitable lumber for shelves, and if he had a lead on a dresser. He thinks he has shelf lumber, so I may be able to declutter his garage a bit.

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« Reply #7033 on: January 08, 2024, 03:50:42 PM »
One of my goals for 2024 is to get rid of 500 items from our house, although seeing the post about 300,000 items in our house above suggests I should set the bar higher!

So far, out of the house, we have (all given away via BN so far)
-Outgrown ski pants
-A colander we never use
-Part of a business class flight amenity kit
-A scarf
-A reusable swap (replacement for Qtips). I had a goal a few years back of reducing my single use cosmetic items. I did, but opted for a different solution. This is brand new, and I was able to find someone who had the same goal & wanted to try this.
-A bread machine + all of the parts
-2 bags of unopened powdered sugar I bought for a holiday item & didn't end up needing. We never use this, so passing it along before it expires
-A backpack, found on the bottom of a teen's closet
-A new running hat (came with an order of running shoes)

So, 9 items out of the house.

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« Reply #7034 on: January 08, 2024, 03:55:24 PM »
I am noticing how much easier it is to look at our stuff and decide to keep or pass along it is getting.  Still getting a great buzz when I open a closet or cupboard and it contains less than it did. I am also really bothered by the overstuffed areas. We must stop buying pantry items and eat what we have. There is no room!

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« Reply #7035 on: January 08, 2024, 04:13:46 PM »
@MaybeBabyMustache , while Iíd like to know the number of items that are leaving my house I find counting too tedious. If I had to estimate, Iíd say that last year I got rid of at least 500 items. And, really Iím not aiming for a number but rather to reduce the items we just donít need or have a use forÖ

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« Reply #7036 on: January 09, 2024, 08:48:57 AM »
I go by volume rather than by number. Thus it's a big deal to get rid of a quilt or a treadmill, but not worth my time to go through a stack of letters. 
However, it makes sense to declutter items that might bear psychological weight or which disrupt organization. Like if my file cabinet gets full, it means I should throw out old utility bills even if they don't take up that much space globally.

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« Reply #7037 on: January 09, 2024, 09:30:33 AM »
It's early in the year, so who knows how things will go as we get along further, but so far I'm finding the tracking motivating. While my ultimate goal is to get rid of things we don't need/use, sometimes the motivation of trying to look more closely at our stuff & come up with ten things in a day leads me to realize we have things we're not using that wouldn't have jumped out at me to start with.

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« Reply #7038 on: January 10, 2024, 06:51:26 PM »
Took everything off the fridge, evaluated if I wanted to keep it. Tossed some old papers, put some photos in the scan pile and put some things back. All the magnets survived :)

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« Reply #7039 on: January 12, 2024, 09:03:08 PM »
I cleaned out the hall closet!

Threw away a trash bag of stuff (expired OTC meds, etc) and found a few donate items.

It feels glorious every time I go to hunt for a bandaid.

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« Reply #7040 on: January 13, 2024, 07:18:34 AM »
Found myself with 4 days in a row where nothing is scheduled and I have nowhere to be. 
So I've been going through my winter and summer clothes and already have 2 bags to donate and I'm only 1/2 through.

I've been decluttering in bits and pieces for many months but this feels great doing it in one fell swoop.
(related:  check out comedian Nate Bargatze on YouTube describing his spat with his wife about the term "one fell swoop" - hilarious!)

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« Reply #7041 on: January 13, 2024, 10:50:32 AM »
Found myself with 4 days in a row where nothing is scheduled and I have nowhere to be. 
So I've been going through my winter and summer clothes and already have 2 bags to donate and I'm only 1/2 through.

I've been decluttering in bits and pieces for many months but this feels great doing it in one fell swoop.
(related:  check out comedian Nate Bargatze on YouTube describing his spat with his wife about the term "one fell swoop" - hilarious!)

@LaineyAZ - Thank you for that reminder.  That bit is hilarious!!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7042 on: January 15, 2024, 12:05:31 AM »
I should resume decluttering in earnest. In the meantime, I have a small success to share.

I had some cups that were part of a gift/promo set, which I gave to coworkers who promised to use them in place of the paper cups they'd been using. So far, they even seem to be using them.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7043 on: January 15, 2024, 05:33:15 PM »
I should resume decluttering in earnest. In the meantime, I have a small success to share.

I had some cups that were part of a gift/promo set, which I gave to coworkers who promised to use them in place of the paper cups they'd been using. So far, they even seem to be using them.

@crocheted_stache great double win (declutter & save the planet)!


I've gone through all my bags and put half a dozen into the donation box (which will be donated when full). Same with water bottles.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7044 on: January 15, 2024, 06:17:13 PM »
We were out of town, so not much progress this weekend. But, today, I gave away a reusable sandwich bag (sandwich skins, I think they are called), & a full package of fiber supplements that my doctor recommended but were not the right solution for me.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7045 on: January 17, 2024, 04:05:59 PM »
Finally sold a 168 piece set of "liberty blue" that was stored in the back barn since 2014 on FB marketplace. Problem was I remember its "worth" from when I owned an antique store, so it took some will to accept the true market value now. Barn space/head space freed up by knowing its gone = priceless!

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« Reply #7046 on: January 17, 2024, 04:33:56 PM »
@rklsoptmst - had to look up "liberty blue", but it's very lovely. Well done getting out of the barn & out of your head!

I've been under the weather, so not very productive. I did go through our supplies today, and give away a six pack of soap that everyone universally was irritated by (skin irritation, that is) & an organic toilet cleaning product that didn't work with our hard water.

21/500 (yearly goal) items out of the house

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7047 on: January 17, 2024, 05:30:53 PM »
I didn't read the whole thread, so I apologize if it has been posted before...

I had to clean out my parents house to sell it, where  I actually had to pay some to haul away the stuff...

Shortly after I stumbled over Jerry Seinfelds take on stuff...

https://youtu.be/HfYzlSNHapA?si=joo5yGZ0RTAe1EFZ

Ever since I hardly buy anything, because little Jerry is sitting on my shoulder asking me, if I really want to  spend that much money on  garbage?

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7048 on: January 18, 2024, 08:41:24 AM »
Finally sold a 168 piece set of "liberty blue" that was stored in the back barn since 2014 on FB marketplace. Problem was I remember its "worth" from when I owned an antique store, so it took some will to accept the true market value now. Barn space/head space freed up by knowing its gone = priceless!

Look up sunk cost fallacy, that might help you.

Doesn't matter what it was worth 10 years ago. What matters is what it is worth today.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7049 on: January 18, 2024, 10:43:00 AM »
I didn't read the whole thread, so I apologize if it has been posted before...

I had to clean out my parents house to sell it, where  I actually had to pay some to haul away the stuff...

Shortly after I stumbled over Jerry Seinfelds take on stuff...

https://youtu.be/HfYzlSNHapA?si=joo5yGZ0RTAe1EFZ

Ever since I hardly buy anything, because little Jerry is sitting on my shoulder asking me, if I really want to  spend that much money on  garbage?

@Leseratte funny and depressing!


Last night I decluttered my spcie drawer. Got rid of a couple jars...why did I have them? I don't make/can my own spices, lol. (the answer is because I love jars and containers unreasonably).