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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7050 on: January 18, 2024, 11:22:14 AM »
Had a planned drop-off for a charity sale and made a last walk through the house - grabbed a couple more books, a flower pot, a puzzle, two knick nacks that I just have because I associate them with people (for whom I have other odds and ends mementoes I like better and that no one else would want, unlike these).

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« Reply #7051 on: January 18, 2024, 09:14:47 PM »
After inventorying my food stash I ate some frozen shrimp 🍤 and a can of Chef Boyardee.   Neither one hit the spot exactly but were nourishment. 

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« Reply #7052 on: January 19, 2024, 08:09:09 AM »
After a bit of a break, I went down to my basement last night and worked on putting away my Xmas decorations - I had boxed them all up, but hadnít fully put them away. I also keep some small cardboard boxes that I reuse for wrapping gifts. So, I organized all of that back into the small closet that houses all my wrapping paper and gift bags. I labeled all the containers and organized everything so itís more accessible. I recycled a small amount too. Finally, I took out the greeting cards and ribbons and put them in another spot that I had previously purgedÖ everything is much more organized now. I also realized I never have to buy any gift bags, ribbons or wrapping paper ever again. I have more than enough!

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« Reply #7053 on: January 19, 2024, 03:15:27 PM »
@oneday - you inspired me to take all of those tiny packages of crushed pepper (that come with pizza) & add them all to our actual crushed red pepper spice container. Six packages gone & put back into use.

I also found four shirts (two of mine, one from each kid) that won't get worn, and put them in the donation pile.

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« Reply #7054 on: January 19, 2024, 06:38:13 PM »
Great job, @MaybeBabyMustache!! You are inspiring me and I love to see the "ticker" update every few days!

small progress here: not really getting rid of alot, but instead working through the stockpile of everyday things.  So it's really boring piddly stuff like finished off an old bottle of moisturizer, but I still like to see things leaving the house.

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« Reply #7055 on: January 20, 2024, 05:57:53 AM »
Last night I loaded up the contents of the deep freezers and pulled out some of the stuff I noticed that we will never eat. I usually save the decluttering to the reloading stage of the annual freezer defrosting. My goal is to get organized enough that I don't need two freezers. It may be unrealistic with the size of garden I have but managing 2 freezers takes a lot more band width.

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« Reply #7056 on: January 20, 2024, 05:03:36 PM »
Thanks, @Josiecat23503 - trying to keep myself motivated as well :-)

-Sold two new Uniqlo hoodies that didn't fit the teens (bought in Japan, forgot about the sizing difference). $20 earned, and two more items out of the house.

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« Reply #7057 on: January 21, 2024, 02:40:07 PM »
Found another of the toilet bowl cleaner that didn't work for us. My BN pickup person hadn't yet stopped by to pick up the other container, so I added the second container to the bag.

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« Reply #7058 on: January 21, 2024, 03:53:12 PM »
but he will give to me if I ask for them.
I've been doing this with my mom for years.  Now that my mom is closer to dying, I'm finding I want to keep more of her things -- and more of the things she kept from her mom and her aunts. 
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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.

oh my.  I do this.  The first time I did it, I put the cheap ones back on when I moved and brought the newer ones to my new home. 
The locks I have on my door now are those stupidly expensive electronic locks -- but they break and degrade in the sun.  I already rotated them to extend the life, but when the one on the front door goes, I'm done with that fancy shish.  There was nothing wrong with the old ones, so when these finally die, I'll probably just put the original locks back on.

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« Reply #7059 on: January 21, 2024, 10:52:40 PM »
Digging through a pile on it's way to being an organizational system, I realized there is no longer a need for the small, flimsy luggage trolly that was useful on more than one occasion. Into the box!

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« Reply #7060 on: January 22, 2024, 06:27:27 AM »
Heading out of town this am for a work trip, so did a quick sweep of the house to find stuff to get rid of.

-1 pair of jeans & a pair of gifted flip flops to the donation pile
-1 shoe box & 1 sunglasses box to the recycling

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« Reply #7061 on: January 22, 2024, 07:28:08 AM »
Realized this weekend I could clear some space by getting rid of my Dilbert books!  That phase of my life is nearly over, and while for some time they helped me find humor and feel camaraderie in my situation, I am now way too demoralized for any of that, and anyway, Scott Adams is a loathsome human being.  So, all 18 lbs of those can go.  Also donating my Dave Barry books - just outgrown/not relevant.

What stays: Calvin and Hobbes!  I have the full collection, and I am going to ration myself a few pages to read every day, in order, to remind myself of what the next phase of my life can be like.

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« Reply #7062 on: January 22, 2024, 08:03:30 AM »
There was a bankers box of old - really really old food in our two deep freezers. Food that I kept during last winter's freezer clean up. (FYI - when it is really cold, I put all the freezer contents out in a screen porch overnight)

I got them both unloaded, defrosted and cleaned. With a lot of care I was able to consolidate everything into the upright freezer. Except the rice stash and a 20 pound pail of frozen cherries.

The pail of sour cherries came frozen in 2021 and I didn't deal with it at the time. A 20 pound solid block of cherries in their own juice is a tad inconvenient for whipping up a cherry pie. I had sourced cherries a couple of weeks prior when I was told that my bulk order was not getting filled. Turns out my bulk order of 20# fresh pitted sour cherries was accidentally frozen. We have been eating all the cherries we wanted since without touching this big pail. Until now.

Now I must sort something out before it warms up. I have some time as they are still frozen in the pail in the porch. It is going to stay below fridge temperature for the week. I am thinking I should try to re-freeze them in 4 cup servings.

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« Reply #7063 on: January 22, 2024, 08:12:03 AM »
but he will give to me if I ask for them.
I've been doing this with my mom for years.  Now that my mom is closer to dying, I'm finding I want to keep more of her things -- and more of the things she kept from her mom and her aunts. 
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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.

oh my.  I do this.  The first time I did it, I put the cheap ones back on when I moved and brought the newer ones to my new home. 
The locks I have on my door now are those stupidly expensive electronic locks -- but they break and degrade in the sun.  I already rotated them to extend the life, but when the one on the front door goes, I'm done with that fancy shish.  There was nothing wrong with the old ones, so when these finally die, I'll probably just put the original locks back on.

If you feel the need to save empty peanut butter jars because they came from your mom's house, you need professional assistance to work through whatever is tangled up in your brain.

If there's nothing wrong with it, then you maybe shouldn't have replaced it. In this case, the old handles and locks were damaged. Besides the fact that they looked terrible they also didn't work well. That house had been neglected for 20 years and it showed.

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« Reply #7064 on: January 22, 2024, 07:42:54 PM »
but he will give to me if I ask for them.
I've been doing this with my mom for years.  Now that my mom is closer to dying, I'm finding I want to keep more of her things -- and more of the things she kept from her mom and her aunts. 
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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.

oh my.  I do this.  The first time I did it, I put the cheap ones back on when I moved and brought the newer ones to my new home. 
The locks I have on my door now are those stupidly expensive electronic locks -- but they break and degrade in the sun.  I already rotated them to extend the life, but when the one on the front door goes, I'm done with that fancy shish.  There was nothing wrong with the old ones, so when these finally die, I'll probably just put the original locks back on.

If you feel the need to save empty peanut butter jars because they came from your mom's house, you need professional assistance to work through whatever is tangled up in your brain.
um, no.  These are things that were personal items or letters from relatives.  Things that in the past I had no interest in.   Letters and photos I digitize, but some things are just kind of cool when you find them and I kind of want to keep them to have someone else find them when I'm gone.  For instance, I just found a bakelite letter opener that was a giveaway from the Fuller Brush man.  And for some reason, I can't seem to get rid of my grandmother's gavel unless I find someone who can use it. 
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If there's nothing wrong with it, then you maybe shouldn't have replaced it. In this case, the old handles and locks were damaged. Besides the fact that they looked terrible they also didn't work well. That house had been neglected for 20 years and it showed.
I wanted keyless electronic locks.  And after someone lost a set of my keys, I had to replace the locks anyway.  I have never been dissatisfied, I just don't want to spend money to replace them.  But I like the keyless part so much that I want to take them with me when I leave.  That's part of why I keep the originals. 

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« Reply #7065 on: January 26, 2024, 03:24:15 PM »
While I was traveling for work, one of my FB Marketplace items sold, and DH put it out on the porch. It was a back massager I purchased in desperation during COVID, but did nothing for me. Sold it for $25.

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« Reply #7066 on: January 26, 2024, 09:44:46 PM »
um, no.  These are things that were personal items or letters from relatives.  Things that in the past I had no interest in.   Letters and photos I digitize, but some things are just kind of cool when you find them and I kind of want to keep them to have someone else find them when I'm gone.  For instance, I just found a bakelite letter opener that was a giveaway from the Fuller Brush man.  And for some reason, I can't seem to get rid of my grandmother's gavel unless I find someone who can use it. 
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@BlueHouse  Have you thought of reaching out the local high school and asking if they have a Mock Trial club? Maybe they could use the gavel!

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« Reply #7067 on: January 27, 2024, 06:26:15 AM »
Recycled about 20 old paper documents. Found a sweatshirt to donate and an old raggedy dress from the former girl friend to throw out. 

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« Reply #7068 on: January 27, 2024, 05:21:40 PM »
Listed a bunch of stuff on FB Marketplace, and one item on eBay.

Went through a bit of our filing, and found two folders that can be shredded. I'm counting it as 15 items, even though there was a lot more individual papers than that.

48/500 items out of the house My goal for January is 50 items, so I'm on track!

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« Reply #7069 on: January 28, 2024, 08:31:23 AM »
Went through my night stand drawer this morning:
-Found about 25 cards to recycle
-Tossed a very expired deodorant (it's the kind for excessive sweating, not just your regular stick deodorant)
-Also found an old kids art project that I tossed

I'm counting all of this as 7 items out of the house (5 for the cards, as I try not to count paper as a one for one & 2 for the other items).

55/500 items out of the house. I've now achieved my January goal of 50!

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« Reply #7070 on: January 28, 2024, 08:37:50 AM »
Counting as decluttering. I was waiting for the perfect day to remove the Christmas lights from my bush. Always too wet, too windy, etc. It was damp today, but I just went ahead and did it. Dried them in the house, then bagged them up, one strand per bag, to minimize the untangling misery. Put the bags in the closet with the other Christmas stuff.   

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« Reply #7071 on: January 28, 2024, 07:09:48 PM »
2 bags of stuff to the thrift store, including 2 more pairs of shoes from before I transitioned to barefoot shoes and several pairs of thick winter socks. I now have some wool and alpaca socks that are much warmer.

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« Reply #7072 on: January 28, 2024, 07:13:49 PM »
@slackmax - I'd definitely count that! Well done.

I went through a few more things today:
-Tossed three expired OTC medicines. Rinsed containers & recycled.
-Sold a pair of new running shoes (somehow ordered the wrong size, somehow, & didn't notice until my current running shoes were needing to be replaced. I buy ahead) on eBay. Listed & sold in one day. Probably under priced, but glad to have them out of the house.
-Listed a few more things on BN

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« Reply #7073 on: January 29, 2024, 07:31:16 PM »
I'm trying to devote 10-15 mintues/day to small clean ups & an hour on weekends for things that take more time.

-Sold an ice cream maker, and added in a Ben & Jerrys recipe book
-Tossed a bunch of expired sunblock
-Recycled some old Sonicare covers for ones we don't have any more
-Gave away 3 samples on BN

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« Reply #7074 on: January 30, 2024, 03:33:21 PM »
The Girl Friend was talking about moving plates and glasses  around in the kitchen cabinets, reorganizing. Seemed like a lot of work so I said 'You know, we have way too much stuff here anyway. Why don't I just move half of it upstairs and out of the way?'

She agreed. I ended up donating some of the never-used and ugly stuff, and moved some upstairs to use later or sell at flea market this Spring.

Now have some breathing room in those cabinets.

 

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« Reply #7075 on: January 30, 2024, 06:02:06 PM »
Nice work, slackmax.

I had another taker on BN for more toiletries we won't use. (3 mini lotions, 2 dental flosses - we prefer a different type, & one foot lotion).

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« Reply #7076 on: February 02, 2024, 09:02:36 AM »
Donated three blankets we don't need.

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« Reply #7077 on: February 02, 2024, 02:30:24 PM »
Wow @MaybeBabyMustache -- you are on a tear!!!

We have only made small bits of progress here; mostly shredding and using up items as opposed to giving them away, but still trimming down the stash while growing the 'stache.

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« Reply #7078 on: February 03, 2024, 03:24:34 PM »
- A ripped pair of jeans and a poorly-fitting kids' backpack (swag from daycare that we didn't really want) in the textile recycling bag. [Also a (very old) swimsuit, but that's actually being replaced so I don't feel like it is *technically* decluttering! :)]
- Gifting our old potty training toilet to a family in our BN group.
- FINALLY finished an old lotion! I think they one I'm on now was a holiday gift from at least two years ago!

At this point, I'm feeling pretty great about the amount of "stuff" we have. We definitely have some work to do in our basement, but otherwise we have what we need and not terribly much more. We're not complete minimalists, but we're not exploding at the gills and it doesn't seem there's much that we hold onto that is truly clutter.

(I do wish we could let go of some more toys that are a bit young for my kiddos, but I want them involved in that process and, honestly, they're not there yet.)

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« Reply #7079 on: February 03, 2024, 05:33:44 PM »
Went through my parent's file box and pulled out a stack of paper about 6 inches high that is no longer needed. I had done a full purge in 2021 on that box.

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« Reply #7080 on: February 03, 2024, 08:36:27 PM »
I hosted a gathering at my house & we had a bunch of leftover supplies. (It was a poster making party for senior athletes). I immediately posted the extra glue sticks on BN, bagged up soccer stickers & school logos that can be used for next year & found another parent who will take those, & sent the extra pizza home with other parents.

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« Reply #7081 on: February 03, 2024, 08:49:23 PM »
I recycled to a local business some drink thingies I was given by mistake.   Then the end is in sight for a crocheted afghan Iíve been working on since MLK Day that is using a yarn color Iím not crazy aboutÖitís variegated but not interestingly enough to be pleasing to my eye. 

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« Reply #7082 on: February 04, 2024, 12:08:40 AM »
Got a couple of previously-listed Buy Nothing gifts the rest of the way out of the house.

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« Reply #7083 on: February 04, 2024, 04:04:49 PM »
I havenít posted here in a bit. I havenít made significant progress in my basement. However, I did get rid of over 50 pieces of clothing that my youngest outgrew since the beginning of the year. All to a BN group, with some of it going to Ukrainian refuges. I also gave them a piece of kitchenware that was in my storage area. Additionally, my youngest had a little party in the basement yesterday and as she was preparing for it she exclaimed ďwow, mommy youíve gotten rid of a lot of stuff!Ē. This, coupled with being able to easily find all the party decorations, plates, cups, etc. for her made me quite pleased.

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« Reply #7084 on: February 04, 2024, 05:14:50 PM »
@LeftA - nice work!

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« Reply #7085 on: February 05, 2024, 03:34:21 PM »
Victory! I bought my kid a present for Christmas that I then misplaced. No worries, I can give it to him for his birthday, right? I hunted all over, decluttering as I went. Gave up hope only to find it the night before I needed it. Losing things is good motivation to declutter. I managed to find about 5 missing things (including 1 i didn't remember was lost).  Only 1 known missing item remaining to be found, but at this point I'm wondering if I accidentally threw it out. At least that one was only $6

Some of the items removed from the house include:
- 26 pairs of kid shoes/boots mostly donated to Ukraine (along with a plastic bag of health care supplies and candles)
- a garbage bag full of worn out clothing
- 4 winter jackets, 6 hoodies/sweaters
- 2 grocery bags of stuffies
- 1 small box and 2 grocery bags of kid clothing
- 1 small bag of bath toys
- ~10 grocery bags of kid toys
- 1 bag of kid sheets/blankets
- 1 plastic bag of wall stickers
- 2 branded lunch bags from a toxic workplace (does NOT inspire joy to look at, so this was a major emotion lift getting it out)
- some books, nylons and odds and ends to visiting family members
- thick chair cushion
- 2 big floor puzzles

Alas, incoming (from the same free site/neighbors) during this time:
- 2 grocery bags of toys
- 4 winter coats
and a bunch of Christmas/birthday presents

Saga to continue as this effort while stressful, has ultimately also been inspirational...

What are your declutter motivations? Mine:
- Finding lost items
- Freedom from negative emotions when looking around house
- More restful house not looking at clutter
- Easier to clean house
- More space for kids' new clothes'/interests

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« Reply #7086 on: February 05, 2024, 04:13:22 PM »
My primary motivation is making it easier to clean/manage, partly because in Sydney you can get mould from the humidity. Add in the salty sea air where I am and the fewer things you have, the fewer things there are to maintain.

I also love the look of clear surfaces and floors. Unfortunately my husband doesn't!

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« Reply #7087 on: February 05, 2024, 04:53:08 PM »
That's some serious decluttering, @Captain FIRE - well done!

Went through our filing drawer to find a few tax statements. Found those, but also found our ski season passes that I searched our entire house for before a ski trip a month or so ago. We got them reissued, but I have no idea who they ended up there. I guess I'll shred these. I also found a handful of papers to shred.

Separately, I listed a luggage tag on eBay, and made more decluttering progress:
-Found two incomplete deck of cards, which I tossed
-Gave away two tshirts & a book
-Recycled an old language lesson book that was marked through

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« Reply #7088 on: February 05, 2024, 07:13:31 PM »
Thanks @MaybeBabyMustache! You are almost at 100 items gone. Keep it up!

@Captain FIRE , WTG! Thatís some serious purging. I got serious about decluttering when I changed jobs last year and finally had the mental energy and more time to devote to the process. My motivation is to let go of the past and feel less encumbered by the sheer amount of stuff we have. I was someone who kept A LOT and also got stuck with other peopleís stuff (for many reasons). Apart from the basement and storage area, my house is now in really good shape - this is after months of purging and organizing one space at a time.


Today I worked on the my basement staircase. Lots of miscellaneous piles - for example, random stuff from when I decluttered youngest childís closet a few month ago (!), a pile of papers, empty small boxes, etc. As a result, Iíve got a few things to donate, posted a bunch of stuff on BN that someone wanted - I was sure it was going to go to the landfill! Small amount went to trash or recycling. Feels good to have that done, as it was there for way too long and makes the basement a more inviting space overall.

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« Reply #7089 on: February 05, 2024, 07:50:32 PM »
My DD is borrowing my shredder, she has piles to shred, and plans to keep it for a month or so.  Yay her!

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« Reply #7090 on: February 05, 2024, 09:01:55 PM »
Today I gave away some music books to a Buy Nothing person who can hopefully use them more than I did. I'm happy to share the wealth and get back to focusing on the hobbies that now take up more of my energy.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7091 on: February 07, 2024, 07:17:40 AM »
DH ended up hauling 2 bankers boxes to staples for shredding.  He had been shredding and shredding with my little shredder. It is now only able to shred one sheet at a time for about 20 minutes tops. It then over heats.

In the interest of preserving it for the enwry now and then single sheet shred, he paid Staples to shred the rest.

I refroze 6 4-cup portions of sour cherries. Between a deep lasagne pan of tart cherry crisp and canning a load of cherry juice by hot bath, the 20 pound lump of cherries is now manageable.

This past weekend I dealt with the sewing machine cabinet. I am going to take the old sewing machine in to see if it can be serviced.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7092 on: February 07, 2024, 07:45:11 AM »
A related question:  a retired friend who was downsizing scanned four 4-drawer file cabinets of paper.  She organized them in categories so they could be searched. 
Everything is now digitized and she was able to get rid of the file cabinets but for those who have done something similar, I'm wondering - Was it worth it?  Do you actually use the digitized files? 

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7093 on: February 07, 2024, 07:48:58 AM »
Looking for stuff to get rid of. Slim pickings.

Donated 2 drinking glasses with Superman decals to Goodwill. I was going to sell them for $1 each at the flea market, but decided just to get rid of them.

Also recycled 5 metal keys I was holding onto, but now am 99.9% sure I won't need them.

Went through some financial paperwork from years gone by, and found about a half pound worth to recycle.

Selected a few more technical books I have tried hard enough to sell, will donate them to library.

Hoping to find one of those 'already decluttered this area' places in the house that now has stuff I can allow myself to get rid of.   

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« Reply #7094 on: February 07, 2024, 12:26:52 PM »
@RetiredAt63 , how old is your DD? I feel like Gen Y and younger should have so much less paper since so much went digital in the last 20 yearsÖ

@draco44 , thatís a great attitude to have IMO.

@LaineyAZ , I personally couldnít be bothered to do that. Once Iím done shredding old papers, I donít think I will have four drawers. What you need to keep in print is quite limited these days.  Iíd rather just keep the filing cabinet that I have and store what I need in it, then have to scan them all and manage them digitally. 

 @slackmax , ah to one day be where you are with the slim pickings!!

AFM, thanks to who ever mentioned Dana K. White when I posted about being a bit burned out from purging. I took the needed break and then listened to a couple of her videos. It REALLY helped me get unstuck! Yesterday, I decisively went through an entire desk (more like a wall unit & desk combo) in my basement. There is almost nothing in it or on it anymore! It feels so good!

My donation bag (mainly from throughout the basement) is currently at about 100 items. So a loose tally for the year is now 150 items out of my house since the beginning of 2024.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7095 on: February 07, 2024, 02:18:38 PM »
@RetiredAt63 , how old is your DD? I feel like Gen Y and younger should have so much less paper since so much went digital in the last 20 yearsÖ

She is in her 30s.

I too love Dana K. White. 

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7096 on: February 09, 2024, 09:23:56 AM »
I gave away a stack of magazines to a neighbour who is using them for a craft and found a few more things to add to the donate pile, so now Iím at ~170 items gone.

Iíve spent the last couple of evenings organizing my books and going through papers in the basement. I have identified over 50 books to get rid of. I was going to take them to a used book store that buys books. However, after calling them, I donít think itís worth it. They are very selective (likely ti only accept a small portion of mine), donít pay much for each book and itís not particularly close to my house. All of the used bookstores in my area seem to have closedÖI may just donate them all to my local goodwill type place, although I may try listing some on my BN group first.




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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7097 on: February 09, 2024, 04:51:37 PM »
Since November:

  • haz mat
  • e-waste
  • household goods (4 boxes)
  • papers and photos from the fridge
  • excess bags & water bottles
  • empty spice jars
  • luggage trolly

New:
  • ex roomie's video games
  • ex roomie's book case glass doors
  • old textbook (sold!)
  • heating pad
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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7098 on: February 09, 2024, 06:19:12 PM »
-Sold luggage tags
-Donated back cloth napkins that I picked up on BN, but we never used (we have other sets, and do indeed use cloth napkins)

97/500 items out of the house

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7099 on: February 09, 2024, 07:01:35 PM »
@MaybeBabyMustache- you are crushing it!!

Super small progress here.  DS had me sell a video game on EBAY for him.  I have identified a raincoat to list.  Had someone on BN group ghost me for some old magazines, but will repost and I'm sure that they will find a home.