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« Reply #7100 on: February 10, 2024, 08:22:55 PM »
I certainly should do a counter, someday, but I don't think I have the bandwidth to do that much or that consistently.

Today's tiny piece of progress: answered an ask in the Buy Nothing group for a small canister. I had one gathering dust in the pantry, holding a little long-overdue grain that badly needed to go. It's clean now. It'll go out tomorrow to a new home a few streets over.

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« Reply #7101 on: February 11, 2024, 03:09:12 PM »
Put a bunch of items in the donation pile, as they didn't get picked up off of BN:
-2 gym lanyards
-4 cinch sacks
-Cropped workout pants
-Face cloths
-Yoga mat
-Ref jersey

Sold a race shirt on eBay.

108/500 items out of the house

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« Reply #7102 on: February 12, 2024, 07:41:27 AM »
I spent about 5 hours in the basement yesterday. I got a lot done! I went through 10 spaces, purging and organizing as I went. I only had a small (think plastic produce bag) of garbage, I recycled a bunch and identified more to donate. My rough count is 200 donation items since the beginning of the year. DH did a drop off yesterday during the day, so my current donate pile is quite small (~20 items). I also had 3 BN pick ups between Saturday morning and this morning. Iím now down to 9 spaces in my basement - Iíd say the vast majority is a mix of papers (will mainly be shredded or recycled) and kidís clothes and toys. The basement is over 1000 square feet so this is a major accomplishment!

Once the basement is done, the only spaces left in my house are the storage area and a small cold space. Last year I purged about 30% of my storage area, so at least Iím not starting at the very beginning. Also, Iím truly ready to get rid of A LOT. As for the cold space, Iím doing it in the spring when ďlarge itemĒ trash collection begins again. I also have a few items there that my neighbours may want in our BN group. Iím starting to feel that this project of purging my entire house can be finished this year!


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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7103 on: February 12, 2024, 01:12:27 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
  • ex roomie's video games
  • ex roomie's book case glass doors
  • old textbook (sold!)
  • heating pad

New:
  • area rug
  • box for electronics I no longer own

The stool is not getting any interest on BN, I may have to put it on some other platforms too.
« Last Edit: February 12, 2024, 05:29:50 PM by oneday »

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« Reply #7104 on: February 13, 2024, 07:12:30 AM »
@oneday , can you just give the stool to your local goodwill?

Last night I went into my storage area. I spent over 2 hours in there. I started out strong, but as I progressed I started to get overwhelmed. I didnít realize what DH and our 2 children stuffed into the space - so many outgrown and mismatched toys! I have a lot more work ahead of me than I thought :(

I started to get overwhelmed after a while. I was doubting my progress since there is still so much in thereÖbut the 2 large bag of donations, a large pile of recycling and 1/2 of a large trash bag of stuff shows otherwise. I also took before and after pictures, which are helpful to confirm the progress I made. Anyway, this is yearsí worth of stuff, so itís going to take many sessions like yesterday to finish.


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« Reply #7105 on: February 13, 2024, 05:45:15 PM »
DS17 agreed to get rid of some stuff in his closet, so that yielded:
-10 medals to donation
-2 plushies to BN

I also tossed some old toiletries, and recycled the containers.

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« Reply #7106 on: February 13, 2024, 06:44:02 PM »
I went over to my Mum's this morning and we spent a nice hour or so going through her parent's jewellery (almost all costume, now sorted) while she told me stories. I did clear out a solid armload of children's books that all her grandchildren have outgrown, some dusty calendars from 2015 with nothing written in them and a board game that no one has played in 30+ years. So she had a good time and now there is another clear shelf in her house. Just need to do this for every week for the next 10 years :D

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« Reply #7107 on: February 14, 2024, 04:24:07 AM »
@mspym- that sounds like a lovely day for both you and your mom!!

I empathize with the need to help a parent clear out the cupboards.  Every time I visit my Dad, I cannot believe that he still has the beach towels my sister and I picked out 40 years ago.  Every surface is littered with junk.  Not dirty, thankfully, just an accumulation of shit he and his wife buy on Amazon that occupies every horizontal surface.  UGH.

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« Reply #7108 on: February 14, 2024, 08:10:20 AM »
I have a box in my attic that stores paper tax returns going back over ten years, statements for the mortgage I paid off in 2018, and other old financial papers I've hung onto for no good reason.

I've started purging them. I'm digitizing the tax returns with the Genius Scan app (thanks @solon for that suggestion, it works great) and shredding the paper copies.

I doubt if I even need electronic copies of records so old. But it only takes a few minutes, and who knows - on the less than 1% chance I need them again, I'll be glad I went to the trouble.

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« Reply #7109 on: February 14, 2024, 08:56:03 AM »
@mspym- that sounds like a lovely day for both you and your mom!!

I empathize with the need to help a parent clear out the cupboards.  Every time I visit my Dad, I cannot believe that he still has the beach towels my sister and I picked out 40 years ago.  Every surface is littered with junk.  Not dirty, thankfully, just an accumulation of shit he and his wife buy on Amazon that occupies every horizontal surface.  UGH.

I sympathize about the junk.

I still have the beach towel I bought in Hawaii in 2002.  Not quite as old as your Dad's.  It is still in good shape, and has memories, not heading for the donation pile anytime soon.   ;-)

2 books your Dad might find useful, if he is inclined to actually read them.

Let it go, by Peter Walsh (yes, from Clean Sweep).
The Swedish Art of Death Cleaning.  My favourite.

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« Reply #7110 on: February 14, 2024, 09:33:07 AM »
I spent another work day evening in my storage area. This one was much more productive than the previous evening. I focused on purging a number of items that I had been storing and then organizing the rest, including adding labels to items or shelves. I purged about 15 items, but many were larger items so that opened a good amount of space. (count for year is about 215 items gone).

Now that Iíve made some progress in this large overwhelming space in my house, Iíve broken it down into more specific areas/tasks. In total, there are 33 and Iíve now completed 14 of them.

For the first time in 20 years, I feel like one day Iíll have a home free of the burden of stuff (including other peopleís stuff)! It only took just over 7 months of sustained effort, but Iíll take it! While itís been a lot of physical effort and time, the biggest thing has been the mental work Iíve done to be able to let so much go!


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« Reply #7111 on: February 14, 2024, 10:07:02 AM »
@LeftA, what a positive step, and love that you're seeing the vision of how this can soon be for your house!

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« Reply #7112 on: February 15, 2024, 09:41:43 AM »
For the first time in 20 years, I feel like one day Iíll have a home free of the burden of stuff (including other peopleís stuff)! It only took just over 7 months of sustained effort, but Iíll take it! While itís been a lot of physical effort and time, the biggest thing has been the mental work Iíve done to be able to let so much go!

This is beautiful :)


In other news, I may follow your advice. There was an issue with a BN person picking up the stool and now it is full of bad feelings. If it's not gone by the weekend, it *will* go to the thrift shop.

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« Reply #7113 on: February 15, 2024, 10:33:07 AM »
Awe, thanks @MaybeBabyMustache and @oneday !

@oneday , no one needs bad feelings when giving away things!

Yesterday was a busy workday, but I still managed to get through a few additional spaces in my storage area, bringing the completed spaces to 18 out of 33.

Also, this morning I opened drawers of a dresser in my basement that I was sure needed purging and was pleasantly surprised to find, all but 2, had already been done! Itís a dresser with 8 small drawers, so was really happy that I donít have much to do there. Many of the drawers were empty or almost empty which means I could put stuff I want to keep that are in boxes and get rid of them from my storage area!

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« Reply #7114 on: February 16, 2024, 07:10:44 PM »
I had another good day.

In the basement, I cleared out 3 spaces - 1 was a monster and took a lot of effort. In the storage area, I went through 2 boxes; 1 large and 1 medium. Iíve listed >20 things on my BN group.

So, now Iím down to only 7 spaces in my basement. Iíve completed over 40 areas here, so Iím finally nearing the end!

In the storage area, Iíve done 21 areas with 12 more to go. However, I know that itís going to end up being more than 12 as I continue to make my way through itÖ

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« Reply #7115 on: February 17, 2024, 07:19:13 AM »
LeftA,
Fantastic progress and it has to feel great just to see the clean empty spaces.     I'm wondering if you, or others here, ever watch those YouTube videos showing people cleaning out very messy or hoarder houses? 
I know for some it's too revolting but for others it's inspiring.   Whatever works ...

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« Reply #7116 on: February 17, 2024, 10:02:55 AM »
Years ago when my Mom was still alive, we would go to the thrift stores to poke around. I would see something nice and would show her and tell her I liked it. She would always tell me to buy it and put it in a corner! I told her Mom, I ran out of corners 20 years ago! Right now I have about 16 garbage bags of stuff I am donating to Vietnam Vets. They were supposed to pick up a few days ago but I cancelled them out due to the snow storm. 16 bags is nothing! I have so much stuff to hoe out!
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« Reply #7117 on: February 17, 2024, 10:45:44 AM »
Bag of clothing and misc items ready to go to thrift store. Bag of stuff ready to go to animal shelter.

Also stopped being lazy and put some stuff where it belongs, rather than leaving it out.

There will be a decent amount of stuff leaving the house this week, going to my sister. Including, amusingly enough, multiple bags of plastic grocery bags. Where she lives, single use plastic bags aren't a thing anymore except what else are you supposed to use to clean the litterbox? (That is a real question if you have an answer. I have never figured it out.) So plastic grocery bags from the midwest are going to the east coast.

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« Reply #7118 on: February 17, 2024, 11:44:38 AM »
Including, amusingly enough, multiple bags of plastic grocery bags. Where she lives, single use plastic bags aren't a thing anymore except what else are you supposed to use to clean the litter box? (That is a real question if you have an answer. I have never figured it out.) So plastic grocery bags from the midwest are going to the east coast.

I have answers!  We haven't had single use plastic bags here for a while.

I used to use the single use dog poop bags for cleaning the litter box.  I bought the widest I could find, so the scoop fit in easily, no spills.  They don't hold much, so the litter box got cleaned every day.  Then they went in the garbage.

Here we can put it in the green waste.  So I put a green waste bag in a waste basket and clean into it.  Fold over the bag in between so it doesn't smell.  Put it in the green waste when it is half full (they get heavy and I don't trust the bag to be sturdy enough if it is full).  Works beautifully.

However, single use plastic bags are great for picking up all the winter dog poop when the snow starts to melt in the yard where the dog has been going all winter.  They are better than kitchen garbage bags because they have handles.

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« Reply #7119 on: February 17, 2024, 01:19:47 PM »
Bag of clothing and misc items ready to go to thrift store. Bag of stuff ready to go to animal shelter.

Also stopped being lazy and put some stuff where it belongs, rather than leaving it out.

There will be a decent amount of stuff leaving the house this week, going to my sister. Including, amusingly enough, multiple bags of plastic grocery bags. Where she lives, single use plastic bags aren't a thing anymore except what else are you supposed to use to clean the litterbox? (That is a real question if you have an answer. I have never figured it out.) So plastic grocery bags from the midwest are going to the east coast.

I use either bread bags or empty zip top cat/dog food bags if they're not too big.  They seal in the smell for a few days and are wide at the top.  Plus, they're going to be thrown out anyway.

We can no longer access plastic garbage bags either and they went from being a scourge to being valued.  I think long and hard before I use up my remaining few.

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« Reply #7120 on: February 17, 2024, 02:53:38 PM »
Minimal progress, but a little here & there:
-Donated a bra that doesn't fit
-Gave away a passport cover on BN
-Tossed three containers of expired medicine (maybe my mom bought when she was here, years & years ago?). Recycled packaging.
-Donated a workout tank top. I don't like the cut/fabric, as it chafes when I run.

128/500 items out of the house

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« Reply #7121 on: February 17, 2024, 07:30:01 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
  • ex roomie's video games
  • ex roomie's book case glass doors
  • old textbook (sold!)
  • heating pad
  • area rug
  • box for electronics I no longer own

New:
  • stool of guilt & anger
  • small suitcase
  • box of miscellany: clothes, books, water bottles, etc

Time to start a new box?

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« Reply #7122 on: February 18, 2024, 09:04:16 AM »
Thanks @LaineyAZ , it does feel good. But, even with getting rid of so much, we still have quite a bit. This is especially true in the basement and storage. However, the last few months Iíve started taking before and after pictures. It really makes the progress very apparent!

@Roadrunner53 , if 16 bags is nothing, good for you for letting go of such a large amount to start!

@Sibley , apart from the plastic bags why is so much being sent to your sister? Where I am, plastic bags are not being given out at stores any longer. But, you can still purchase smaller ones for garbages purposes. But, who wants to buy them when you used to be able to get them for free?!

@SunnyDays , I can relate. I also ration those plastic bags, lol.

@MaybeBabyMustache , every little bit contents. I might have to abandon the counting items. I was at about 215 items, but then I got rid of a lot of paper - shredded and recycled it. How do you count that?!

@oneday , lol at ďstool of guilt & angerĒ.

AFM, I got 3 more things done in the basement yesterday. I gave away a wooden dollhouse, with its accompanying furniture and dolls. I went through a box of papers. And, finally I went through a box of miscellaneous items, mainly papers and small toys. The box had been housed in our family room for years and was recently moved to the basement. This leaves me with ONLY 5 spaces/areas to go in my entire ~1000 square foot basement!! If I break it down into categories of types of things it is: books, rugs and papers. The first two will take awhile because I need to drive to a donation place further away or put them out for large garbage collection which only starts again in April. The paper will be worked on again later today when my youngest wraps up their birthday party - itís a sleepover and the kids are still sleeping! Iíll likely need a few separate sessions to get through this because of the volume and also my stamina for paper is poor.

In terms of storage, Iím really excited as I found someone to take the baby clothes and shoes! Iíve got a few boxes of these left (not much of any other age left, thankfully) so this will make room for things I actually want to keep in my storage area.






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« Reply #7123 on: February 18, 2024, 09:13:35 AM »
@LeftA - I don't actually count the paper, other than as something representative. For each file I went through & cleaned out, I assigned it a value of "1".

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« Reply #7124 on: February 18, 2024, 10:04:31 AM »
@Sibley , apart from the plastic bags why is so much being sent to your sister? Where I am, plastic bags are not being given out at stores any longer. But, you can still purchase smaller ones for garbages purposes. But, who wants to buy them when you used to be able to get them for free?!

I'm going there anyway, so it makes sense to move stuff around as needed. This is stuff that would just be dropped off if she were local, but since she's not it gets stored up until someone is making the trip.

There's a large bag my mom got for the UK trip last year but otherwise has no need for which my sister can use, so I'm taking that. Everything except the bags will fit into that one bag, so it's not big stuff. Bottle of wine which I do actually like but which is bigger than I will ever drink, so I'm taking it for her to share (it was a gift). I'll be seeing a friend so taking gifts for her and her daughter. Couple random little things that I have which I don't need and sister can use. The bags of bags are by far the bulkiest item. In return, I'll be bringing back some cat stuff which her cat is not interested in, between my 2 and my parent's 2, someone will like it.

As for the litter box bag ideas - the bread I'm getting the bags are so thin and cheap I'm having to rebag the bread frequently, so they will not work for litter at all. And zip top cat food bags? Haven't seen that, so not an option. I could get the doggie bags but realistically I'd probably end up using more plastic than the actual grocery plastic bags. Don't have green waste pickup in my area. Realistically, if I had to switch I'd get a small trash can with a tight lid, put some sort of really thick trash bag in it and use that for a week at a time. Or, just forego the bag and have to wash the trash can out after dumping it straight into the big can outside.

Now, off to declutter some dirt in the house.

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« Reply #7125 on: February 18, 2024, 10:50:46 AM »
Bag of clothing and misc items ready to go to thrift store. Bag of stuff ready to go to animal shelter.

Also stopped being lazy and put some stuff where it belongs, rather than leaving it out.

There will be a decent amount of stuff leaving the house this week, going to my sister. Including, amusingly enough, multiple bags of plastic grocery bags. Where she lives, single use plastic bags aren't a thing anymore except what else are you supposed to use to clean the litterbox? (That is a real question if you have an answer. I have never figured it out.) So plastic grocery bags from the midwest are going to the east coast.

I use either bread bags or empty zip top cat/dog food bags if they're not too big.  They seal in the smell for a few days and are wide at the top.  Plus, they're going to be thrown out anyway.

We can no longer access plastic garbage bags either and they went from being a scourge to being valued.  I think long and hard before I use up my remaining few.

Where are you that you cannot access plastic garbage bags and why? What do you put your garbage in?

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« Reply #7126 on: February 18, 2024, 08:27:29 PM »
Bag of clothing and misc items ready to go to thrift store. Bag of stuff ready to go to animal shelter.

Also stopped being lazy and put some stuff where it belongs, rather than leaving it out.

There will be a decent amount of stuff leaving the house this week, going to my sister. Including, amusingly enough, multiple bags of plastic grocery bags. Where she lives, single use plastic bags aren't a thing anymore except what else are you supposed to use to clean the litterbox? (That is a real question if you have an answer. I have never figured it out.) So plastic grocery bags from the midwest are going to the east coast.

I use either bread bags or empty zip top cat/dog food bags if they're not too big.  They seal in the smell for a few days and are wide at the top.  Plus, they're going to be thrown out anyway.

We can no longer access plastic garbage bags either and they went from being a scourge to being valued.  I think long and hard before I use up my remaining few.

Where are you that you cannot access plastic garbage bags and why? What do you put your garbage in?

Pretty sure SunnyDays is referring to the single use plastic grocery bags, not the kitchen trash bags you buy at the store.

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« Reply #7127 on: February 19, 2024, 09:55:36 AM »
Bag of clothing and misc items ready to go to thrift store. Bag of stuff ready to go to animal shelter.

Also stopped being lazy and put some stuff where it belongs, rather than leaving it out.

There will be a decent amount of stuff leaving the house this week, going to my sister. Including, amusingly enough, multiple bags of plastic grocery bags. Where she lives, single use plastic bags aren't a thing anymore except what else are you supposed to use to clean the litterbox? (That is a real question if you have an answer. I have never figured it out.) So plastic grocery bags from the midwest are going to the east coast.

I use either bread bags or empty zip top cat/dog food bags if they're not too big.  They seal in the smell for a few days and are wide at the top.  Plus, they're going to be thrown out anyway.

We can no longer access plastic garbage bags either and they went from being a scourge to being valued.  I think long and hard before I use up my remaining few.

Where are you that you cannot access plastic garbage bags and why? What do you put your garbage in?

Pretty sure SunnyDays is referring to the single use plastic grocery bags, not the kitchen trash bags you buy at the store.

Yes, exactly.  Canada banned them last year, along with plastic straws.  We can still buy kitchen trash bags, but they have no handles, so not as useful.

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« Reply #7128 on: February 19, 2024, 10:39:55 AM »
I am in Connecticut, USA and the stores no longer bag groceries in plastic bags either. They passed the law a few years ago. Not all states have passed the law yet.

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« Reply #7129 on: February 19, 2024, 10:45:54 AM »
Yes, exactly.  Canada banned them last year, along with plastic straws.  We can still buy kitchen trash bags, but they have no handles, so not as useful.

And speaking of unintended consequences, what about the elderly or disabled who CAN'T drink from a cup and need a straw to drink safely? What are they supposed to do? Die of dehydration or aspiration?

I completely understand the problems created by single use plastics. But those single use plastics also solved problems, and sometimes very serious problems. It's not as easy as "ban single use plastic because BAD". If you want to ban the single use plastics, you also need to come up with solutions for all the problems that are suddenly going to pop up again.

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« Reply #7130 on: February 19, 2024, 12:17:16 PM »
Yes, exactly.  Canada banned them last year, along with plastic straws.  We can still buy kitchen trash bags, but they have no handles, so not as useful.

And speaking of unintended consequences, what about the elderly or disabled who CAN'T drink from a cup and need a straw to drink safely? What are they supposed to do? Die of dehydration or aspiration?

I completely understand the problems created by single use plastics. But those single use plastics also solved problems, and sometimes very serious problems. It's not as easy as "ban single use plastic because BAD". If you want to ban the single use plastics, you also need to come up with solutions for all the problems that are suddenly going to pop up again.

I do agree on the straws but there is a solution if someone has this issue. On Amazon they sell a travel straw that is collapsible and could hang on a keyring. It also comes with a tiny brush to clean it. If anyone needs this information this is the name of the item on Amazon: Reusable Metal Straws Collapsible Stainless Steel Straws with Cleaning Brush and Storage Case Portable Collapsible Straws with a Case for Travel Home Metal Straws Drinking

There are a variety of other stainless steel straws on Amazon and other websites. I personally bought some glass straws years back but don't recommend them. Glass is fragile. I wish I had not bought them.

In the scheme of things, straws don't seem to be the boogie man. There are tons of plastic items that are much larger and have a larger footprint in the landfills.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #7131 on: February 19, 2024, 01:43:38 PM »
Plastic straws have been replaced with paper ones.  They work fine for a single drink but not beyond that.  Th problem is that unless it's put into recycling, it just ends up in a bought plastic kitchen trash bag, where it still doesn't decompose.  Metal straws are sold a lot of places too.

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« Reply #7132 on: February 19, 2024, 04:56:30 PM »
We bought rubber straws a couple of years ago at our local BevMo. We toss them in the dishwasher, and cut them in half for shorter cocktail glasses.

Much better than a paper straw.

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« Reply #7133 on: February 19, 2024, 08:54:28 PM »
Cleared up the garage & yard at the weekend. Two bikes to a charity, bunch of metal and cardboard to recycling. Still another couple of days worth of sorting to do but the floor is clear.

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« Reply #7134 on: February 20, 2024, 07:07:02 AM »
Started a pantry clean-out and found tea from 2012 - yikes.   I'd been thinking that tea doesn't really expire but I imagine this stuff might taste like dust. 
Also found an extra electric kettle that I'm donating to our local senior center.  And a neighbor who recently had a grandchild is going to get some baby toys that my grandchildren have outgrown. 

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« Reply #7135 on: February 20, 2024, 07:48:25 AM »
@mspym- that sounds like a lovely day for both you and your mom!!

I empathize with the need to help a parent clear out the cupboards.  Every time I visit my Dad, I cannot believe that he still has the beach towels my sister and I picked out 40 years ago.  Every surface is littered with junk.  Not dirty, thankfully, just an accumulation of shit he and his wife buy on Amazon that occupies every horizontal surface.  UGH.

I sympathize about the junk.

I still have the beach towel I bought in Hawaii in 2002.  Not quite as old as your Dad's.  It is still in good shape, and has memories, not heading for the donation pile anytime soon.   ;-)

2 books your Dad might find useful, if he is inclined to actually read them.

Let it go, by Peter Walsh (yes, from Clean Sweep).
The Swedish Art of Death Cleaning.  My favourite.

oh my goodness on the towels.  I still have towels I inherited from my grandmother.  She's been dead for 37 years.  I use them for the dog now but they're still in decent shape.


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« Reply #7136 on: February 21, 2024, 02:47:33 PM »
@BlueHouse ,your post had me calculating how long ago my own grandmothers passed away. 40 years for one and 33 for the other! It seems unbelievable to me that it was already so long ago.

Since last posting a few days ago, Iíve been working on my storage area and more specifically, children's clothing.

Yesterday I gave away 3 smaller boxes of older childrenís clothing - mainly ages 6-8, with the odd item for 10 year's old. I now have one tote for ages 6-14 and a small box. I think I may cull once more, but these are all my absolute favourite things Iím not ready to let go of yet. I also have the space to keep them.

But, the really big progress was on baby clothes, that is, from newborn to 3T. I wasnít ready to let it go initially and then when I finally was, I kept missing the opportunity - the child in question had outgrown these sizes. The stars have finally aligned! After several hours of organizing, the person is supposed to pick up today. I have a very large box, 2 medium sizes boxes and a big reusable bag of clothes ready. Iíd say itís several hundred pieces of clothing!! And, yesterday was probably another 75-100 pieces.

My rough estimates (excluding paper) is 600 items gone from my house in 2024.








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« Reply #7137 on: February 23, 2024, 01:44:04 PM »
Itís been quiet hereÖ

Since last posting I went through 3 boxes of paper from my storage area. I recycled a lot, shredded a tiny bit and got it down to less than 1 box full! These are papers from all my previous jobs and 22 years of schooling. For a sentimental person I think thatís pretty darn good!

From my basement, I got rid of some beauty products that I won in a raffle that Iím never going to use. So, my count is 615 items gone in 2024. (I decided not to count paper at all, though will include books in my count).

I now have 5 areas to go in my basement and 10 in my storage area. In total, Iíve done 205 areas throughout my house since starting last June. The end is in sight!

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« Reply #7138 on: February 24, 2024, 09:56:52 PM »
Earlier this week: took a <1" stack of paper to the office where there's a shred bin. I have a shredder at home, but it's awfully slow and tedious for any quantity.

Today wasn't much for decluttering, but I got the stove top clean after what I'm pretty sure is the last of the canning for the season and put a bunch of stuff away so it's not cluttering up the counter. A couple of overdue fruit ended the day in the compost, and the counters are clean, at least.

If it counts, we pruned one of our fruit trees.

And I think I may have talked DH into helping do shorter, more frequent cleaning and decluttering sessions. They'll last until we get busy, tired, or distracted, which is likely not long, knowing us, but maybe we'll make a dent first.

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« Reply #7139 on: February 25, 2024, 12:29:50 PM »
@crocheted_stache , you got to do whatever works for you!

Since last posting a couple of days ago I did the following:
-Went through a plastic bag full of papers DH had put aside for shredding. TG I did because there were some papers in there that are important! I also Shredded a lot and recycled a ton of papers. This took about 2.5 hours - it was a lot of paper!
- Drove to the used bookstore - itís a 25 minute drive and not convenient. But, I had another errand to run that was 2/3rds of the way there making it less wasteful. I only brought about 15 books because they are quite selective. (Though it seems this is more of a recent development because the place looked very disorganized and full of old, dilapidated books!). They took all but 2 and I made a whole 14 bucks, but my goal was to decluttering so I guess it was okay.
-Organized some of my gift boxes and Xmas decorations - I had recently purged and organized it but made some tweaks.

Overall, Iím running out of easy things to get done - the majority of the last ~12-15 spaces in my house are about giving away things that are more sentimental and going through the last of the paper. Apart from a small pile, the paper is now all organized and constrained in 2 filing cabinets. I could probably cull more of it but not sure I want to invest the time right now. It might be time to take a short break again.

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« Reply #7140 on: February 26, 2024, 05:34:35 PM »
We were out of town last week, so no progress was made. My husband forgot his ski pants & jacket. Luckily, DS18 had an extra jacket, so he wore that. But, he had to buy ski pants. He found an inexpensive pair ($35), and when we got home, I listed them on BN. He now has a check list for his ski stuff, and would really prefer not to wear cheapy ski pants, when he has a nice pair already. That said, the person we are giving them to is just trying out skiing, so it's a perfect option for a beginner.

I've also sold a few things lately:
-A Soda Stream
-Two pair of shoes

133/500 items out of the house


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« Reply #7141 on: February 26, 2024, 11:34:21 PM »
Sifted through some of the accumulation on my desk and came up with another handful of stuff to shred/toss. It's slow going. It mostly only looks better compared to how it was before. Most of what remains needs attention beyond just sorting and filing, and the mail is going to come and the next meeting is going to happen.

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« Reply #7142 on: February 27, 2024, 11:07:10 PM »
Two smallish items that were already selected for decluttering left my porch this morning with different free group participants, one of whom I think came by bike.  One pair of too-well-loved headphones made it all the way to an e-waste collection bin after sitting around in a "should go out someday" spot for much too long. (The sound was gone in one ear and cutting out in the other, and there was too much glued/snapped-together plastic to be possible to fix.)

I now have Buy Nothing takers lined up for the next three to five grocery-bag-sized items, depending on what I count as an item.

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« Reply #7143 on: February 28, 2024, 02:15:22 AM »
Had some spare time last week and cleaned out several items:
- 2 big bags of clothes went to charity
- 1 set of 20-year old bedding went to recycling (even charity did not want this)
- sorted out Lego sets to store for DS
- 3 bags of trash went out of the attic
- several items were picked up from the curb by members of the local BN group

I CAN WALK TO MY DESK AGAIN (instead of almost having to climb to it)!

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« Reply #7144 on: February 28, 2024, 03:51:18 PM »
Congrats, @Dutch Comfort that's a great accomplishment!

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« Reply #7145 on: February 28, 2024, 11:18:55 PM »
One tiny victory here: polished off the remaining 3/4 of a thing of so-so dishwasher detergent given to me by a friend who no longer has a dishwasher, and recycled the empty container. I'll never buy this brand, but better to use it up for its intended purpose than cart it off to hazardous waste. We're now working through a second partial thing of a different dishwasher detergent from the same friend. The second detergent is not our usual choice either, but at least it's decent and it fits under the sink.

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« Reply #7146 on: March 01, 2024, 08:43:10 PM »
After redying them Repeatedly I decided my 2 oldest Amazon Basics undershirts could no longer be worn in good conscience.  Also a pair of too tight socks that were irritating. 

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« Reply #7147 on: March 02, 2024, 09:10:49 PM »
Bartie Musa - There is truly something to be said for a clean and clutter less environment. Excellent job! I've been cleaning house a little here and there but definitely have more than necessary.

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« Reply #7148 on: March 03, 2024, 08:11:10 AM »
Itís been a few days since I last posted.

Have been focusing mainly on paper in the basement. Went through an entire drawer of a filing cabinet and organized important paper. Shredded what wasnít needed and returned some papers to their rightful owners (no idea why I had other peoples papers!). Also went through another pile of random papers. DH went through some papers too, which I then shredded, recycled or filed. After countless hours of going through paper (always underestimating what is left!), I think we are finally getting close to the end. Right now we have a small box and 2 accordion folders (one with a handle and the other open) left and I think that is it! We likely have some papers in our filing cabinet that we could get rid of, but Iím only going through that as needed (i. e., if what I file newly requires more space than currently available).

Meanwhile, in my storage area, I got rid of 2 boxes; gave back my sibling a box of his clothing and my mom a box of her greeting cards.



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« Reply #7149 on: March 03, 2024, 10:16:46 AM »
Some unwanted de-cluttering here. The cat wanted to play yesterday, while I wanted to sleep in on a Saturday morning. My bedside table lamp was the victim. I'm not sure exactly how she did it, but I was woken up at 7:30 by the massive crash of a crystal lamp shattering into a million pieces on the floor. I then spent a good chunk of the day cleaning the room to get all the glass. Of course, I actually used that lamp and not having it is somewhat problematic, so I will be replacing it.

I did pull out a sweater that I decided I don't want. I'd gotten one as a test, didn't like it but never got rid of it.