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Title: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: limeandpepper on February 04, 2018, 08:26:13 AM
First part is here: https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/getting-rid-of-stuff-clearing-out-clutter!/

I haven't been active in the original thread for a while but the other one was getting a bit long so starting a new one doesn't seem like a bad idea.

So, the challenge continues! Anything that's relevant to the thread title goes: donating clothes, eating up things in your pantry, selling goods, giving stuff to friends and family who would get more use out of them, shredding documents, putting things into the recycling bin or throwing out junk that nobody else will take.

My partner and I will be moving into a 1-bedroom apartment interstate and while we have already gotten rid of a bunch of things and packed the stuff that we're going to load on a truck over, I suspect upon arrival I will still find things that I decide to get rid of after all...
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 04, 2018, 08:30:21 AM
Thanks for creating a second thread! I will be back with more decluttering adventures :-)
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 04, 2018, 08:34:21 AM
Following on this one! =) Thanks for making the thread (again)!

Yesterday took a fair amount of stuff for goodwill to the back of the truck. Mattress cover that's more stretched out than we like, dress that I got as a gift that never fit right, pajama pants that came with one leg slightly longer that always annoyed me, and were an obnoxious pattern besides, etc. Some Christmas decor.

Goal soon will be go through the cupboards in the laundry room and the closet in the office.

Things I should sell:
-Reel mower. We replaced it with an electric mower last year.
-Sconces we replaced when we bought the house.
-Old formal dresses
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Step37 on February 04, 2018, 09:46:02 AM
This thread has been helping to keep me motivated, so Iím continuing to follow.

I have a few things listed on the local buy/sell; on Friday night someone asked about the availability of the heavy, bulky piece of furniture I really want gone and then ghosted. Gah!! I hate when people do that. Iím only asking $25 for the thing; perhaps itís time I just change the price to $0 and hope to be rid of it. It was free to me in the first place (20 years ago!) and all I did was paint it... yes, changing to $0 NOW!!

Today I will go through a few more boxes of stuff in the office.
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Post by: marion10 on February 04, 2018, 10:14:01 AM
Following
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: krmit on February 04, 2018, 10:24:28 AM
Sorted through the bookshelves and pulled a pile of books to donate/sell. Probably mostly donate, since they're 90% old textbooks from six to ten years ago, but it is nice to have cleared a little extra space. As a bonus, made a pile of books to read!
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Post by: Ms Ida on February 04, 2018, 10:42:33 AM
Ready to go! Goal for this week-relocate the goodwill box from my closet to goodwill!
The original thread has been a great motivator the last few months. I have been keeping up a pretty steady flow of boxes to goodwill and posting to my local buy nothing group.

Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Goldielocks on February 04, 2018, 10:43:47 AM
new thread!
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 04, 2018, 11:42:22 AM
I love that we needed a new decluttering thread because someone decided there were too many posts in the old one. So we got rid of it. :)
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Post by: shadowmoss on February 04, 2018, 11:45:27 AM
PTF.  Inread the thread every day and sometimes even get rid of something.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: oneday on February 04, 2018, 12:06:32 PM
limeandpepper thanks for this thread and the original!  It really helps to know that I'm not alone and that decluttering isn't weird.

Welp, have scheduled to meet with a real estate agent today (gotta go after this post & get ready for that).  STBX and I are divorcing & live in a HCOL area, so we will sell the condo & each move to a small rental apartment.  There will be a lot of clearing out clutter in the coming months!
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Sibley on February 04, 2018, 02:05:50 PM
@limeandpepper - need to lock the old thread, just in case.

On topic - I've got a project going to rewire the whole house. Phase 1 is almost done. They'll be here again tomorrow, and will be cutting into the ceilings on the first floor so they can run the new wires. So as messy as it's been, tomorrow is going to be 10x worse. To help reduce the cleanup time, I moved a bunch of stuff to the 2nd floor and started tarping other stuff. In the process, have identified several items to be donated.

Also contacted the local theater group, they're more than happy to accept unused paint donations. I've got a quart that I got to try, and immediately hated it on the wall. Also have 2 pints of another color, also samples. Once the electrical work is done downstairs, I'll need to touch up the closets then can donate that leftover paint.
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Post by: I'm a red panda on February 04, 2018, 02:13:52 PM
Gave a couch and a loveseat away.  Really happy to have those out of the house.

The biggest thing for me is to realize it is better to let go, and realize i'm fortunate enough to not need the money; rather than wait around and try to sell them.

The woman who I gave them to was super grateful.
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Post by: TomTX on February 04, 2018, 02:43:39 PM
<3
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 04, 2018, 02:52:51 PM
Mailed three eBay items - happy to get them out of the house. They included: a gifted shirt that didn't fit, a gifted set of yarn from the kids, who thought I might become a knitter, & 5 free drink coupons from United. Earned $31.61 & get to declutter in the process. Woohoo!

Next on the hit list - I have three necklaces that I never wear. (They were gifts.) I need to clean them & see if they are salvageable.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: firelight on February 04, 2018, 08:28:56 PM
Thanks for new thread.

Does preventing new stuff from entering your life count as decluttering? My mom gave me something that she had good memories of and wanted it to go to her heirs. But I have bad memories of it. I asked if I can swap with my sister but my mom said no. It kept weighing on my heart because she also forbade me from selling it or giving to someone else. Today I decided I didn't want it (even though it had a lot of cash value) if it came with so many strings attached and gave it back to her (technically still in her possession but the ownership had changed back and forth). I'm feeling way lighter after I returned it.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: limeandpepper on February 04, 2018, 09:04:24 PM
@limeandpepper - need to lock the old thread, just in case.

Already sent request to mods when I started this one.
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Post by: vikingtantan on February 04, 2018, 10:04:39 PM
I'm moving to a new apartment in a couple of weeks. As a self-proclaimed minimalist, I didn't think I had that much stuff. Boy was I wrong. I mean, it is a lot less then most people and I could easily fit everything into a car before I started the purging process, but I'm still amazed at how much I've accumulated in the past 2 years. When I moved to Korea, I brought over a full carry on suitcase, and a half full check in suitcase. Doing my best to decrease my stuff back into two suitcases and maybe a backpack. So far I've donated two bags of office and school related supplies to one of the schools I work at, and threw away a bunch of old documents I no longer need. I'll be donating at least 50% of the clothes I've accumulated tomorrow to a local thrift store, and planning to sell a few things (guitar, hamster cage, Korean language learning books, etc) by the end of the week. If they don't sell, they will also be donated to the thrift store. I've also already used up most of my food stuff or thrown away what's expired. It's such a relief when I'm not surrounded by so much clutter.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: HappierAtHome on February 04, 2018, 10:07:33 PM
YESSSSSS one of my favourite threads!

My dad asked if we wanted something today (offering to buy it). I said no. Decluttering before anything has even entered the house!!
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Linea_Norway on February 05, 2018, 01:25:41 AM
We have had some parts of remote light switches laying on the kitchen counter for the last half year of so (time flies). I once more asked DH is he could take it along on his trip to town today and return it to the store. Then he mentioned that he needed the receipt from 2 years ago and that was the reason he hadn't brought it back yet.
I retrieved the shoebox with "receipts since 2013 until now" and started looking. In 10 minutes I had found the relevant receipt. So this morning the parts and the receipt were laying near the front door to be brought back later in the day. Finally...

I usually cut DH's hair and we have a cordless machine for cutting it. The battery is not great, so we need to load it before use. As our bathroom doesn't have an electricity outlet (stupid previous owner who built the house), and we have a big kitchen, we load it in the kitchen. The machine has been there for quite some time. I have been asking DH if I could cut his hair and he has answered no each time. But today, he has an important meeting, so last night he finally agreed on being cut. Now the machine could he put away again.

Small steps...

I have given up on the room that DH uses for his sewing projects. It is a mess and it is his job to tidy it. But he is constantly having new projects there, which I think is nice for him. As it is one separate room, I leave just leave it like that.
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Post by: Astatine on February 05, 2018, 01:39:41 AM
YESSSSSS one of my favourite threads!

Same.

I don't have anything recent to report but I am hanging out for DH to go through some more of his DVDs and CDs and hopefully get rid of at least 10% of them.
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Post by: Fresh Bread on February 05, 2018, 03:46:43 AM
I had a realisation the other day - towels are like cats, there are just so many in the world that it's really hard to find homes for them. I get given 'towels for the dog', but when I try to pass them on to shelters and groomers they say they have too many. Some of the 'towels for the dog' are actually better than our towels for us so...

Things I have managed to declutter:
- Hubby's dressing gown. It was all musty from hanging on the back of the door for all eternity so it was yet again in the washing pile and I was going to store it in a space bag with a bunch of winter jumpers. He admitted he hasn't actually ever worn it and suggested we donate it :)
- Took a dog that wandered into my garden home :) :)
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Post by: Astatine on February 05, 2018, 03:54:04 AM
- Took a dog that wandered into my garden home :) :)

:D nawwww. Excellent decluttering.
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Post by: former player on February 05, 2018, 05:06:57 AM
I have a small bedroom at home and the only space for clothes is the cupboard over the stairs which also houses the water heater.  It's an awkward shape and my solution so far has been to put a cheap chest of drawers that came with the house in the cupboard sideways with drawers that only opened 8 inches, so many of my clothes have been cluttering up the guest bedroom.

Now I'm having much better custom drawers put in which will both open fully and provide more space, they will be fitted this week.  The cheap and flimsy chest of drawers will become firewood.  Any clothes that don't fit in the new drawers, using (somewhat) the Marie Kondo method, will be dispatched to the charity shop. 

This feels like the only place I can fully express the joy this is causing in me this week.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: lizzzi on February 05, 2018, 06:03:58 AM
Make it a habit to clean and tidy your closets/storage areas when you do routine dusting, vacuuming, cleaning of that particular room. Like--my storage closet is off the kitchen, so when I clean the kitchen, I routinely de-clutter the storage closet. Sometimes there is no clutter, but sometimes there is. When you do this routinely, it takes very little time. I learned to keep house this way in the military, where so often we were only living somewhere short-term, and had to keep the quarters nice.
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Post by: kaypinkHH on February 05, 2018, 06:43:31 AM
@formerlydivorcedmom
We're seriously considering moving, so I'm starting to consider what I'd need to do to stage our current house and sell it.

I was running through a mental list of things I'd pack and put in a storage unit for a few months ... and now I'm trying to justify why I would need to keep those things at all versus getting rid of them.  If I don't need it/won't use it for three months...do I really need it at all?

My husband is going to be really unhappy with me....he's admitted that I've only given away one thing he actually wanted (but had zero use for), but he is still highly suspicious of my attempts to declutter.


We just did this!! 1 storage pod was used to remove clutter from our house (we had a really small house and maximizing space made the place look way bigger than it actually was), Later, we used 2 pods were used to move rest of furniture/shed stuff after the sale.

In general the 1st pod (declutter) contained the following:
- Giant couch which we love, but made our living room look too small, fits nicely in new house. For staging we moved a smaller couch from our airbnb unit to the living room.
- Winter set of tires for car (should have been the summer ones that got packed..lesson learned)
- Seasonal items (we packed in October, knew we would have a house by spring), summer clothes etc.
- Craft items (things I know I will use once we had a new house but would not need for 4 months).
- Any extra kitchen stuff- stuff for "Hosting"- extra plates etc. Also, big specialty items- turkey/roast pan, giant soup pot. Things we use fairly regularly, but would not need in transition months.
- Personal artwork/decor- wedding photos, wedding gifts, personal trip momentos (not a lot of stuff, we like to curate our own "collections", but no one cares about my personalized artwork).

For staging we kept everything in one colour palate again to increase visual "flow" from one room to another. Anything not in this colour got moved/packed.

What we sold:
Giant ikea entertainment unit- no way we were moving that
Other ikea large furniture pieces- easily replaced and easy to sell
Patio furniture/bbq/Lawn maintenance things (bought second hand, will rebuy second hand in new location)

What we should have gone through more:
I moved out of the house before the 1st pod was packed up for work, I brought my own personal things that I have used for 4 months. Unpacking this weekend I realized a ton of old products (hair products, face/body lotions) etc. got packed. I haven't used it in 4 months, pretty sure don't need to ever use them. They all may get tossed. Same thing with a bunch of costume jewelry. I had a whole box of stuff, that obviously I don't need. At one point I used it, but it may be time to say "kthxbai" and get rid of it.
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Post by: Stachetastic on February 05, 2018, 07:37:40 AM
I loved reading the old thread, glad to be joining in on this one!

We purchased new ikea wardrobes and a new cabinet for the living room (stick with me, here). With the new pieces in place, we were able to get rid of a dresser, a large table, and a small shelf unit. Now everything is kept in enclosed storage, and we have opened up the floor space in two rooms. We also took a truck full of items to Goodwill yesterday, including 4 dining chairs, as well as a couple boxes of kids' clothes and books. They refused 2 Christmas trees, so we need to find someplace to unload those.

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Post by: JoJoP on February 05, 2018, 08:15:03 AM
I had a realisation the other day - towels are like cats, there are just so many in the world that it's really hard to find homes for them. I get given 'towels for the dog', but when I try to pass them on to shelters and groomers they say they have too many. Some of the 'towels for the dog' are actually better than our towels for us so...


The wildlife rescue in our neighborhood takes the towels.  Perhaps you've got one nearby?

I had a company last week and did a big clean-up & declutter.   Shamefully, a bit of stuff just got relocated (ok, shoved) into a back room.   BUT, the main rooms look fantastic and I'm going to keep it up.  My declutter continues slowly but surely.  Today, a Costco package of AA batteries that got old are going to the battery recycle bin at the library.   One shelf got decluttered of random items belonging to all of us. 

My new declutter commitment is that I try to drop something off at the thrift store several times a week.  Even if it's just ONE item, I swing by and get rid of it.  That way, nothing is piled in the car or the hallway.   

I've got some stuff listed on ebay that isn't selling.  I don't want to fall into the trap of relist relist relist.  If it doesn't sell, it's gone! 
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 05, 2018, 08:17:32 AM
I think you guys will appreciate/tolerate/sympathize with me being a little smug =) Husband and I have had our house going on two years now. When we first moved in, we were told by *multiple* people that we'd fill the space up with crap and clutter, that it just happens, so on. In particular this was said about the garage- well you might park the car in there and have a home gym in there NOW, but just you wait. I am happy to report that many months later, our home gym is still used and even more badass, and the car happily and comfortably fits in the garage. We still have empty drawers in our kitchen, and our cupboards for jars and tupperware (we use glass jars and containers for everything) are still filled to exactly the level they were when we moved in, still exclusively have those items, etc.

That's not to say we haven't added stuff, obviously, but Husband pointed out yesterday when we were rearranging the garage how very wrong all those doom and gloom, "you'll be swimming in crap within the year" predictions really were. Made me happy =)
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Post by: horsepoor on February 05, 2018, 08:40:31 AM
Bracken, I just don't get WTF is filling peoples' garages??  All the houses in our neighborhood are large, and actually most people do park in their garages, but I see some that are just chock full of... what, exactly?  When we moved into this big house, it just made me extra vigilant about accumulating crap. 

So now that I'm posting to this new thread, I have a couple small boxes to go to the thrift store today - a few old kitchen items that were replaced, running shoes that ended up not working, and a few clothing items I don't wear anymore.

I also decluttered a large toiletries bag that is intended to be taken to horse shows and so on, and had lots of dried up/expired supplies in it.

Pulled out a pair of breeches that are too small for me, too nice to toss, but not likely to bring any money on eBay.  Will give them to someone at the barn who I think will be able to use them.
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Post by: Sibley on February 05, 2018, 11:16:27 AM
Bracken, I just don't get WTF is filling peoples' garages??  All the houses in our neighborhood are large, and actually most people do park in their garages, but I see some that are just chock full of... what, exactly?  When we moved into this big house, it just made me extra vigilant about accumulating crap. 

Tools. Yard/garden equipment. Car stuff. Sports stuff. Bikes. Kids toys and outgrown stuff - this is a biggie. Off season holiday decorations. Motor cycles. In advanced cases, out of season clothing/out grown clothing. General catchall of stuff that should go away and doesn't.
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 05, 2018, 12:18:04 PM
I have a small bedroom at home and the only space for clothes is the cupboard over the stairs which also houses the water heater.  It's an awkward shape and my solution so far has been to put a cheap chest of drawers that came with the house in the cupboard sideways with drawers that only opened 8 inches, so many of my clothes have been cluttering up the guest bedroom.

Now I'm having much better custom drawers put in which will both open fully and provide more space, they will be fitted this week.  The cheap and flimsy chest of drawers will become firewood.  Any clothes that don't fit in the new drawers, using (somewhat) the Marie Kondo method, will be dispatched to the charity shop. 

This feels like the only place I can fully express the joy this is causing in me this week.

The new drawers sound amazing. I would be thrilled, too!
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Post by: FireHiker on February 05, 2018, 12:25:56 PM
I'm so happy for the new thread! I admit I was daunted by the size of the other one, since it was well underway before I discovered it. I'm much more likely to follow along with something from the beginning.

I am very much a minimalist at heart, but we have a giant clown house so there is a LOT to declutter before our eventual downsizing occurs. My husband wants to save everything "just in case we need it someday" but I'm slowly making progress there. I am happy to report that we DO park both cars in our garage, but we have a tandem area that is full of "stuff". I'm working on it. My mom is a borderline hoarder, so I have a lot of stuff from her that I have been sloooooowly sorting through over the years. There have been a couple things I've been really happy to have from her, otherwise I would just chuck it all without even opening the boxes. Anytime I feel complacent about getting rid of stuff I think about how much anxiety I feel when I see all of her stuff in her home. I always come home and want to get rid of stuff immediately.
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Post by: frontstepdesign on February 05, 2018, 12:49:46 PM
Yay for new thread, me too!

The new old house we moved into last fall is smaller than the 50's farmhouse, and although we moved more stuff than we really needed (thanks to moving in a swift fashion), I'm pretty happy with progress on going through stuff and getting it OUT.  Good thing, too, because in usual old-house fashion, this place doesn't have so much storage.

Does everyone know about H&M's textile recycling program?  They will take bags of ANY household textile - post-doggy towels, used underwear, 70's curtains.

Amazingly, my new town doesn't have thrift stores, so that's not an option for getting rid of stuff.  (We do have FB selling groups, which I've used somewhat.  I also drive out of town often enough to learn thrift stores in other places.)

Another option I like for nicer 'get it out now' clothing is ThredUp, which is sortof an online consignment store - you fill one of their polkadot CleanOut bags, they give you credit for what they think will sell, and give away the rest for you.  I have gotten AWESOME bargains on my clothing from ThredUp.
(Because I am on the NoClothesShopping challenge this year, I will valiantly try *not* to share my $10 for you/$10 for me code.  Unless someone asks nicely.)
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 05, 2018, 02:41:53 PM
I think y'all are right - if it's packed up for months, I probably don't need it (except the Christmas decorations.  I'm keeping what survived this year's round of decluttering.)

The house we're trying to decide on is about 10% smaller than ours, but the layout is drastically different.  I was so impressed with Husband this weekend when we toured it - he actually volunteered "if we move here, we'd want to get rid of X, Y, and Z pieces of furniture."  We had a long talk last night that it would be a change to our lifestyle - no more game room to throw the kids into and shut the door (and collect electronics clutter), no more random giant storage spaces to collect office supply/projects/"might-need-it-just-in-case" clutter.

We (mostly meaning the other 4 people in my family) would be forced to be more mindful of what comes into the house.  I LOVE this idea.  I'm trying not to push and wait to see if H will come around on his own.  Either way, I now know he isn't attached to certain stuff in our house, so I can start thinking of ways to get rid of it.
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Post by: eliza on February 05, 2018, 03:29:27 PM
I'm continuing to slowly make progress.  I still can't believe how I've managed to accumulate so much stuff.  Especially given my general lack of storage space.  And the fact that I call myself a minimalist while not being so minimal.

~Got rid of another bag of random garbage and clothes that were too far gone for goodwill.  (I wasn't aware of the H&M recycling program, but will use that for the future.)   
~Donated a bag of books to the library.
~Went through my pantry, checking expiration dates.  Two small cans of jalapenos got tossed as they were way past date (no idea why I bought them, I don't like spicy food).  And identified a few things reaching the end of their lifespan that will be incorporated into cooking in the next few weeks.

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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 05, 2018, 03:46:07 PM
Anyone have recommendations on how you would sell new (in packaging) gold jewelry? I have a matching set from my  mother in law, but the jeweler is international & doesn't have much/any eBay brand recognition. Pieces are lovely, but totally not my style. (Note that my husband is totally supportive of getting rid of it). Ideas? Take it to a local jeweler, or put on eBay & hope for the best?
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Post by: former player on February 05, 2018, 04:02:39 PM
Anyone have recommendations on how you would sell new (in packaging) gold jewelry? I have a matching set from my  mother in law, but the jeweler is international & doesn't have much/any eBay brand recognition. Pieces are lovely, but totally not my style. (Note that my husband is totally supportive of getting rid of it). Ideas? Take it to a local jeweler, or put on eBay & hope for the best?
lifejoy knows jewellery, I think, so you could tag her or message her.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 05, 2018, 08:11:33 PM
Anyone have recommendations on how you would sell new (in packaging) gold jewelry? I have a matching set from my  mother in law, but the jeweler is international & doesn't have much/any eBay brand recognition. Pieces are lovely, but totally not my style. (Note that my husband is totally supportive of getting rid of it). Ideas? Take it to a local jeweler, or put on eBay & hope for the best?
lifejoy knows jewellery, I think, so you could tag her or message her.

Thanks!  I will try that. @lifejoy Any thoughts? :-)
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Post by: Poundwise on February 05, 2018, 08:12:18 PM
All of my kids now play with teeny tiny Legos. Sorted through a big bin of Mega Bloks that has been sitting around our bedroom and had accumulated a huge assortment of other toys and toy parts.  Now the bin is in our car and will go to the children's section of the library (already checked with librarian to see if they will take it.)

That's 4 cubic feet of home space recovered!
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Post by: pancakes on February 05, 2018, 08:29:30 PM
Following along. Our little 1 bedroom place is being overrun. I feel like we donít have much stuff but a baby, cat and two adults sharing a space will do that I suppose.

Step 1 - get rid of all the boxes I havenít gotten around to taking down to the recycling bins.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on February 05, 2018, 10:05:26 PM
Anyone have recommendations on how you would sell new (in packaging) gold jewelry? I have a matching set from my  mother in law, but the jeweler is international & doesn't have much/any eBay brand recognition. Pieces are lovely, but totally not my style. (Note that my husband is totally supportive of getting rid of it). Ideas? Take it to a local jeweler, or put on eBay & hope for the best?
lifejoy knows jewellery, I think, so you could tag her or message her.

Last year on TV in Norway they showed that it was very difficult to sell private jewelry with diamonds, because the shops that would buy it need to be able to trace where the diamonds comes from.
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Post by: happy on February 06, 2018, 04:31:56 AM
PTF
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Rowellen on February 06, 2018, 05:25:04 AM
Over the last year or so I've been making adjustments to my fb newsfeed by blocking or unfollowing certain ads, friends, pages etc as well as following pages that support my lifestyle choices (mainly not spending unnecessarily, avoiding things that make me feel "not good enough", decluttering and so on). Then this week, this has come up several times from friends/family and it makes me feel sad for the world. I forget that I'm the weird one sometimes. It makes me want to do another overhaul of my house to remove excess items.

On the positive side, the last time I went to Kmart was to get undies for my daughter. I bought undies and only undies. The kids asked for extras of course, but I told them before we went that I wasn't buying anything else so they were fine when I said no. I'm pleased my perserverence has paid off. I haven't always said no so I encountered some resistence when first limiting spending more strictly.  They are finally getting it lol.
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 06, 2018, 08:18:39 AM
All of my kids now play with teeny tiny Legos. Sorted through a big bin of Mega Bloks that has been sitting around our bedroom and had accumulated a huge assortment of other toys and toy parts.  Now the bin is in our car and will go to the children's section of the library (already checked with librarian to see if they will take it.)

That's 4 cubic feet of home space recovered!

Some libraries take Legos and Mega Bloks?  That is such an awesome idea.  I had already planned to start talking the kids into letting go of many of their Legos (they love putting them together, then they just sit on the shelves for years).   I'll have to check and see if our library does this/wants to start a program.
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Post by: Shinplaster on February 06, 2018, 01:18:10 PM
Yesterday and today I went through my kitchen cupboards and sorted out glassware/dishes we never use.  I have 3 medium boxes to donate next time I go out!  Mr SP was a little perturbed when he saw the cognac glasses we got as a wedding gift in the pile, but we have not used them in 39 years.  We don't drink cognac, and neither do our friends. Out they go!
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Post by: CU Tiger on February 07, 2018, 08:14:26 PM
I had a realisation the other day - towels are like cats, there are just so many in the world that it's really hard to find homes for them. I get given 'towels for the dog', but when I try to pass them on to shelters and groomers they say they have too many. Some of the 'towels for the dog' are actually better than our towels for us so...

No idea how it works down under, but my vet will take all the towels and sheets I offer them. This is the actual veterinarian, not a groomer.  They use sheets to drape for surgeries, towels to wipe up..whatever needs wiping up, or to line cages for post-op animals.

Have you checked that?
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Post by: Shinplaster on February 07, 2018, 08:59:26 PM
I had a realisation the other day - towels are like cats, there are just so many in the world that it's really hard to find homes for them. I get given 'towels for the dog', but when I try to pass them on to shelters and groomers they say they have too many. Some of the 'towels for the dog' are actually better than our towels for us so...

No idea how it works down under, but my vet will take all the towels and sheets I offer them. This is the actual veterinarian, not a groomer.  They use sheets to drape for surgeries, towels to wipe up..whatever needs wiping up, or to line cages for post-op animals.

Have you checked that?

"Our" (in quotes because we don't actually have a dog anymore) vet too.  They are happy to take any towels offered, but especially love really big bath ones.   
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Post by: Fresh Bread on February 07, 2018, 09:25:25 PM
Thanks for the vet tip, I'll ask there.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 08, 2018, 07:51:50 AM
Got rid of a black tank top. Took it on my last business trip (under sweaters) & it slips & shows way too much to be work appropriate. Timing was poor, as it was one of my limited packed options. Put it in the donation pile for someone else to enjoy. Had hoped to finally get rid of two bulky jackets that have been on our local FB swap site forever, but someone posted about wanting both & then never replied. Pet peeve.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 08, 2018, 09:01:57 AM
Little dehumidifier gifted through Buy Nothing. Was great in our old house with no bathroom fan, but not needed here. Cute lil' basket pending pickup.

Load of goodwill stuff in the truck which I'll drop off next time I go to get gas in it.
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Post by: Poundwise on February 08, 2018, 09:37:08 AM
All of my kids now play with teeny tiny Legos. Sorted through a big bin of Mega Bloks that has been sitting around our bedroom and had accumulated a huge assortment of other toys and toy parts.  Now the bin is in our car and will go to the children's section of the library (already checked with librarian to see if they will take it.)

That's 4 cubic feet of home space recovered!

Some libraries take Legos and Mega Bloks?  That is such an awesome idea.  I had already planned to start talking the kids into letting go of many of their Legos (they love putting them together, then they just sit on the shelves for years).   I'll have to check and see if our library does this/wants to start a program.

Yes!  Our library has an after school Lego club so they welcome the little Legos; they also have a tots play area so they take things like wooden puzzles, Mega Bloks, and other toddler toys for quiet play.
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Post by: FireHiker on February 08, 2018, 10:40:06 AM
I itemize every single thing that we donate throughout the year and just entered all of 2017 into It's Deductible. We did a lot of cleaning out of stuff in 2017, although there is still a long way to go. We went from owing a couple thousand on taxes to getting a couple thousand back. I'm not sure how that will look for 2018 with the new tax stuff, but it definitely reinforced that I would rather have the money on my taxes than the junk I don't use cluttering up closets and cupboards!
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Post by: horsepoor on February 08, 2018, 01:09:27 PM
Decluttered seed packets today.  About 10 I won't use will go to the office tomorrow, used up all the seed in about 5 more and tossed a couple that were too old to have good viability.
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Post by: cheddarpie on February 08, 2018, 03:43:16 PM
My parents are in their mid-70s and have some hoarder-ish tendencies (dad especially, won't get rid of anything). My mom has decided to tackle their giant basement and start clearing things out in the name of "dostadning" -- "Swedish death cleaning" (https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/swedish-death-cleaning-254273). Our family is of Swedish heritage so this idea seemed to particularly resonate with her.

She is making good progress (though not allowed to touch any of my dad's stuff, ugh) and had my sister and I spend a day with her in the basement going through things she thought we might want. I was very pleased to be able to say, "This is such a neat thing," or, "Oh, I have such good memories of this!" but, "NO THANK YOU I DO NOT WANT IT IN MY HOUSE," and to have that message be heard and received!

There were several things -- funny pictures, old favorite toys, sentimental but useless grandparents' items -- that I took pictures of on my phone so that I can keep the memory without the stuff. Someday I will need to de-clutter all my digital photos too, but this seemed like the perfect balance for maintaining some of the memories without the physical crap ...



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Post by: happy on February 08, 2018, 04:12:34 PM
I'm still at it even after moving. Currently I have a large garbage bag collecting clothing for donation and 1 box filled with bric a brac for donation.  And another box with old paint/chemicals for the annual chemical cleanup that our council offers for free.
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Post by: Astatine on February 08, 2018, 06:39:58 PM
I tried on my swimmers (which I haven't worn for a few years) and they no longer fit, so they went straight in the donation bag.

Sadly I will need to replace them because we are going to spend 10 days at the coast in April and I'd like the option to swim. But I guess I can see it as decluttering a piece of clothing that doesn't fit.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on February 09, 2018, 03:53:50 AM
Gave away two big bags of baby clothes today :D
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Post by: Nancy on February 09, 2018, 06:05:35 AM
I finally used up my green lentils! Those little guys moved house with me last July. We had been roommates for at least two years since they were housed in a glass peanut butter jar, which was my go-to storage device circa 2016. Yum!
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 09, 2018, 10:27:02 AM
Last night I pulled out the 4 small moving boxes of sentimental things from my childhood-college. [[I graduated from college 18 years ago.]

I'm now down to 1 box of stuff.  Half of that is stuff I can scan and then throw away.  I'm hoping to have time to do that tomorrow.

I also went through the box of the kids' baby outfits that I had saved (they are 8 and 12).  We're down to 4 things.  Both kids wanted me to keep the outfits I brought them home in and their first pair of shoes, and my daughter asked me to save two dresses that she remembers loving (or at least has seen herself wearing in umpteen pictures).  The rest went into the donate pile.

The children admitted they don't want their Legos anymore and have agreed to pack those up tonight.

My husband was visibly uncomfortable by all of this.  We were doing all the sorting on the floor in front of him.  I didn't bring up any of his stuff, so I think his stress levels are back down today.
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Post by: Mongoose on February 09, 2018, 02:47:56 PM
Yay! Thanks for the new thread.

We cracked down last weekend...I'm tired of storing castoff furniture from relatives. Out out! One bookcase isn't salvageable...it's leaving along with the remains of an old, icky carpet and some other garbage, this weekend. We have set aside to donate next week: a second bookcase, two end tables, a coffee table, a love seat, a bin holder, and a microwave stand. All of it except the bin holder is just on the way out without replacement. Yay for more floor space!!! We did purchase a toy chest for DD to replace the bin holder. It wasn't actually working for her to hold her toys but the chest has been in place for a few days and has dramatically reduced her floor clutter.

I can't believe how much unused junk we have. My only consolation is that we inherited almost all of it so no money was wasted by us on initial purchases. We really need to go through room by room and remove all the items we have never used or don't even know what they are. What a huge project!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 09, 2018, 02:54:22 PM
-Donated a shirt my son has grown out of. One less thing around the house!
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Post by: Poundwise on February 09, 2018, 08:26:44 PM
I end up saving ten years of kids clothes because the younger kids wear the older kids' castoffs, plus I also save for my niece and nephew.  However, my sister and sister-in-law are both particular about clothes and only want the best pieces. 

This week a lady on Nextdoor was collecting clothes to send to Syrian refugee children, and my daughter's preschool is collecting clothes to send to an orphanage in Nicaragua. So I went through the clothes and split it into winter clothes for Syria, summer clothes for Nicaragua. About 4 cubic YARDS of space will be freed, once they leave the house!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 09, 2018, 08:34:47 PM
I end up saving ten years of kids clothes because the younger kids wear the older kids' castoffs, plus I also save for my niece and nephew.  However, my sister and sister-in-law are both particular about clothes and only want the best pieces. 

This week a lady on Nextdoor was collecting clothes to send to Syrian refugee children, and my daughter's preschool is collecting clothes to send to an orphanage in Nicaragua. So I went through the clothes and split it into winter clothes for Syria, summer clothes for Nicaragua. About 4 cubic YARDS of space will be freed, once they leave the house!

Nice! Great work! My kids wear pretty much exclusively dry fit shorts & shirts, & we're in a super moderate climate, so . . . things last for a long time. We do need things occasionally, but it's more like replacing the worn socks or shoes.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 10, 2018, 08:23:53 AM
This barely fits, but I'm gonna share it anyway: I pruned dead wood off a japanese maple. It looks so much better already, and I'm not done yet. It just really felt like a good allegory for minimalism in general: pruning away that dead wood has given the vibrant trunk and living stems the chance to lift and the colors really pop. It's amazing how much easier it is to appreciate what's there, when the dead weight is taken away.

=)
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Post by: Serendip on February 10, 2018, 09:22:19 AM
Super inspired to join and keep minimizing.
We did a bit purge 2 years ago (before a 5 month trip when we rented out our townhouse) but I feel like we are slowly accumulating again but my SO did say we could try weekly to pack a bag for the Re-Use It Center.

I honestly think we have 10 stainless steel water bottles for hiking..he keeps being given more and just received another 2 this week (including an insulated Klean Kanteen).

The idea of 'Refuse' being the 1st R before 'Reduce, Re-use, Recycle' hasn't quite penetrated yet :)

This morning it's time to de-clutter the fridge : meaning all the condiments we never touch.
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Post by: Mezzie on February 10, 2018, 04:18:56 PM
I've been accumulating again: this time books for a lit class. The problem? I only have three bookshelves now and no room for my five new (thick) novels. I'm pretty sure I've purged all the books I'm willing to give up at this time, and the dining table will only work for so long...
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Post by: Step37 on February 10, 2018, 04:30:11 PM
I decluttered a childís wooden rocking chair. It used to be at my grandparentsí house (for as long as I can remember). As the eldest grandchild, I ended up with it (and never had children, so itís just sat in the basement taking up space). I asked my cousin if heíd like it for his new baby, the first on that side of my family, and he took me up on it. Iím glad it stayed in the family and that heíll use it, and that itís out of my basement guilt-free!
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Post by: Astatine on February 10, 2018, 05:01:57 PM
This barely fits, but I'm gonna share it anyway: I pruned dead wood off a japanese maple. It looks so much better already, and I'm not done yet. It just really felt like a good allegory for minimalism in general: pruning away that dead wood has given the vibrant trunk and living stems the chance to lift and the colors really pop. It's amazing how much easier it is to appreciate what's there, when the dead weight is taken away.

=)

I love the analogy :)
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Post by: oneday on February 10, 2018, 05:10:36 PM
@Step37 , that seems like a really great home for your grandparents rocking chair!

We are divorcing, selling the condo & moving into separate small apartments.  The decluttering has begun, yay!

Yesterday I threw in the trash 2 knitting projects that didn't turn out & the yarn can't be re-used.

Today I gave 2 bags of yarn to strangers through Facebook marketplace.  Together these things would have filled maybe 1 1/2 banker's boxes. 

I have a small crochet kit that I am giving to a friend and that is already in the car for when I see her in two days.

I have a knitted blanket that is not big enough for Project Linus, so that is the one thing from my yarn "collection" that is presenting a challenge.

Up next, the knitting accessories.
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Post by: Poundwise on February 10, 2018, 09:10:36 PM
Great and brave deluttering, @oneday!  I have not attacked my knitting UFOs yet... finding it harder to let go of unfinished projects. 

How about offering the knitting accessories to an after school program or a local knitting circle?
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Post by: HappierAtHome on February 10, 2018, 11:00:54 PM
This barely fits, but I'm gonna share it anyway: I pruned dead wood off a japanese maple. It looks so much better already, and I'm not done yet. It just really felt like a good allegory for minimalism in general: pruning away that dead wood has given the vibrant trunk and living stems the chance to lift and the colors really pop. It's amazing how much easier it is to appreciate what's there, when the dead weight is taken away.

=)

I love the analogy :)

+1 It's absolutely perfect.
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 11, 2018, 12:24:33 AM
@Step37 , that seems like a really great home for your grandparents rocking chair!

We are divorcing, selling the condo & moving into separate small apartments.  The decluttering has begun, yay!

Yesterday I threw in the trash 2 knitting projects that didn't turn out & the yarn can't be re-used.

Today I gave 2 bags of yarn to strangers through Facebook marketplace.  Together these things would have filled maybe 1 1/2 banker's boxes. 

I have a small crochet kit that I am giving to a friend and that is already in the car for when I see her in two days.

I have a knitted blanket that is not big enough for Project Linus, so that is the one thing from my yarn "collection" that is presenting a challenge.

Up next, the knitting accessories.

Amazing attitude!
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 11, 2018, 12:31:29 AM
Airline socks.

I'm so vigilant but the fuckers keep getting in!

Who needs a dozen pairs of cheap socks with grippy patches on the soles?

I just keep throwing them in a bag for charity.

Also... anyone need an eye mask or 12?
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Post by: mspym on February 11, 2018, 03:03:59 AM
I've been steadily moving books I will never read/reread to the various free libraries nearby, took a bag of clothes to the Vinnies yesterday AND resisted the temptation to buy a book while I was in there, deleting old ebooks from my library and apps from my phone. The latest things I have been removing are the various electronic trackers I have accumulated over the years- toshl, habitica, fitbit. Trying to free up brain space from self-monitoring.
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Post by: Fresh Bread on February 11, 2018, 04:30:42 AM
Airline socks.

I'm so vigilant but the fuckers keep getting in!

Who needs a dozen pairs of cheap socks with grippy patches on the soles?

I just keep throwing them in a bag for charity.

Also... anyone need an eye mask or 12?

Since refusing is the first of the waste 'Rs' - could you nudge your hubby to refuse the onboard pack?
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 11, 2018, 08:17:35 AM
Airline socks.

I'm so vigilant but the fuckers keep getting in!

Who needs a dozen pairs of cheap socks with grippy patches on the soles?

I just keep throwing them in a bag for charity.

Also... anyone need an eye mask or 12?

When I fly business class, I decline the amenity kit. They donate it to charity as a full set, and I don't have to drag it around in my suitcase & then donate it later. I do like to brush my teeth, so keep a travel set readily available in my carry on.
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Post by: Mezzie on February 11, 2018, 11:02:33 AM
I found places to show off the decorative things I inherited from my grandma (they were in several boxes) and am putting a set of drawers and a bookshelf on the curb with "free" signs. If no one pickes them up by end of day, I'll call the local charity for pickup.

I'm building my birds a free-standing, larger cage which will free up room on the table their cage has been sitting on.

I'm buidling two planters and have enough compost for both (which means I can start a new round of compost).

I've labeled items going to my sister's house for a party (folding tables and chairs, mostly) and trying to strategize where these things will live in my garage once I get them back.There's room, but things are a but haphazard in there right now (we balked at my sibs paying for storage, so our garage is currently their storage unit).

Lots of progress!
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Post by: WootWoot on February 11, 2018, 11:12:32 AM
I threw out some stuff today that was mostly paper. My mom's friend gives her these magazines about high-falutin' travel in Europe, and my mom passes them on to me. I should just tell her I don't want them. I've tried reading them and they're just not that interesting.

I also got rid of a book that I bought on vacation, on a whim.
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Post by: Prairie Gal on February 11, 2018, 12:37:18 PM
Sold two swimsuits and a swim top yesterday for a total of $30. Still have two left, but if they don't sell in a week, I will just put them in the donate bag.

Went to a condo open house yesterday, and while it's not "the one", it did drive home the fact that there is still so much stuff here that I would need to get rid of before I could move. Gah! Time to get back on the bandwagon.
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Post by: RamonaQ on February 11, 2018, 01:17:56 PM
Reading through here is inspiring!

Just off the top of my head I have to get rid of:

- a container of hand soap that smells way too strongly for anyone in my house to tolerate
- all my 2017 paperwork that is in my little filing drawer.  Honestly, maybe even my 2016 stuff is still in there as well.
- a box of whatever-the-heck was in my desk from the employer that I left nearly a year ago

Now I just have to actually DO it. 
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 11, 2018, 01:36:02 PM
-Got rid of some hair elastics that were cracking/over stretched. Also threw out a sample size eye cream that is probably a decade old.
-Ended up with 3!!! open sesame oils. (Had one open and didn't notice and opened a second, then had one gifted by a moving friend). In an effort to use them up, plus make tasty snacks, we've been making shoyu+sesame oil roasted almonds. Very tasty, and will hopefully whittle away at the condiment collection in the fridge.
-Continuing my reorganization efforts. Trying to get more frequently used/more relevant items inside, and items generally where they're used more. Exception being I moved our onions and potatoes to the garage shelves since they sprout too fast inside. Come summer I'll probably move them back in.
-Visually cleaned up the pantry a ton- moved some bags of seaweed into glass, so they're not falling all over. Reorganized so we can see what's there more clearly, and use it up. Also more typical tasks- putting bulk rice into mason jars, same with coffee.
-Going to pull out all of DH's clothes from the dresser today and sort through. Get started keeping an eye out for sales for anything that needs replacing.
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Post by: Mrs. Rocker on February 11, 2018, 05:56:13 PM
Last spring we decided to sell our house and move into our small motorhome full-time. We just weren't spending enough time in our house to justify keeping it. In five weeks we sold everything we had that wouldn't fit and be useful in the RV. Yes people thought we were crazy and it was a bit stressful but we have zero regrets. The material possessions brought us little to no joy but did add to our daily stress. It feels so good to be rid of stuff we didn't need. We were already on the minimalist side of the spectrum but still had a ton of junk. Now everything we own is useful, organized and uncluttered. Love it!
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Post by: Ms Ida on February 11, 2018, 10:20:51 PM
-Dropped two big bags of clothes that don't fit to someone one my BuyNothing group
-Another bag  in the car to drop at Goodwill
-Filled a bag to send to Thredup-first time will see if I make much but at least it is another bag out of the house.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on February 12, 2018, 02:09:00 AM
Does cleaning snow count as getting rid of stuff? I have already cleaned a lot today and I am only halfway.
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Post by: Sibley on February 12, 2018, 07:35:57 AM
Does cleaning snow count as getting rid of stuff? I have already cleaned a lot today and I am only halfway.

The amount of effort involved, it better count! I'm in the same boat, though we're supposed to have a thaw this week. At least we'll reduce the piles of snow, though with the amount we have it'll be June before it's all gone.
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 12, 2018, 08:04:52 AM
I'm giving away my one-size-too-big clothes today.

In July I started a new healthy eating regimen (not a diet, a true lifestyle change).  I dropped a size in clothes, and put all my larger clothes in a big plastic tub in my closet.  I promised myself that if I didn't need anything in that tub in 12 months, I'd give away all of it.

It's been 7 months.  I gained a few pounds thanks to hurricane and holidays...but before I needed to open the box, my husband and I reset our family's eating habits again.  The weight is coming off again.

So I'm not waiting the 12 months.  I respect my health enough to reset when necessary to not be that size again.
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Post by: Serendip on February 12, 2018, 08:54:41 AM
We have a bag ready to go to the re-use it store, we add to it and then someone drops it off when they are heading to that part of town and I am going today.

Currently it contains
-1 shirt (given to me by my sister but is too tight)
-1 microfibre sponge (new, a random gift from my dad but we don't wash our car by hand)
-1 bra (newish, given by sister, doesn't fit right)
-2 take-away coffee cups
-3 stainless steel water bottles

Will see if I can find a few more things to add :)
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Post by: WootWoot on February 12, 2018, 11:39:32 AM
I'm taking three books to the library to donate today.
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Post by: RamonaQ on February 12, 2018, 11:57:17 AM
I gave away a puzzle that was way too hard for me to finish.  2000 pieces and once I got to the parts that were more similar in color it stopped being fun. 

I also threw away the stupid stinky soap.  Maybe someone could have used it, and I feel kind of bad for just pitching it, but I couldn't think of a good way to donate an open soap pump container.
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Post by: horsepoor on February 12, 2018, 12:30:42 PM
Yes! Finally sold a saddle I've had listed on eBay for 3+ months.  Threw a "bonus" saddle pad in the box as packing material and because I wanted to get rid of it.

Grabbed a pair of black skinny jeans this morning and realized I've had them set aside because they're a size or two too small to look respectable on a 40 year old.  Out they go.
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 12, 2018, 01:17:05 PM
I gave away a puzzle that was way too hard for me to finish.  2000 pieces and once I got to the parts that were more similar in color it stopped being fun. 


I wish I could convince my husband to do this!  We've had a few puzzles that took months to finish, and it wasn't fun for anyone by the end.
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Post by: RamonaQ on February 12, 2018, 01:40:45 PM
I gave away a puzzle that was way too hard for me to finish.  2000 pieces and once I got to the parts that were more similar in color it stopped being fun. 


I wish I could convince my husband to do this!  We've had a few puzzles that took months to finish, and it wasn't fun for anyone by the end.

This thing had been on a table in the basement for well over a year - it was time for it to go!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 12, 2018, 08:39:03 PM
Yes! Finally sold a dress that I've been trying to get rid of on eBay. Made $2, but getting it out of the house. Also have two people coming to pick up kids sports jerseys tomorrow, and should be making $10 on those. Three items gone that have been lingering for over a month.
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Post by: Happy Little Chipmunk on February 12, 2018, 08:59:01 PM
Hooray! Great thread and timely for me.

The sad part: I am allergic to the cats and we had to 're-home' them. The hopeful part: I might get a grip on my eczema and improve my physical and mental health.

And the work part: washing walls, dejunking drawers, cleaning out corners. It's a big task to rid my house of 6 years of cat dander...especially since I tend to hang on to things. It's time to purge.

Over the weekend I cleaned out the art supplies in the kitchen and organized the kitchen cabinets. Today I sold cookbooks & computer books and donated the ones that didn't sell (two banker's boxes!) Also donated some misc clothing.
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Post by: MrsTuxedocat on February 13, 2018, 12:03:55 AM
- Decluttered our vitamin stash, got rid of a bunch of expired vitamins.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on February 13, 2018, 12:51:48 AM
I have reopened the advertisement of my wedding dress. A girl was interested in it and asked a lot about the sizes. But her conclusion was that it was too small for her (without trying it on). I hope someone else will be interested, because this is the second round.
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 13, 2018, 03:43:25 AM
Made $2...

You crack me up! :D Don't spend it all at once!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 13, 2018, 07:25:31 AM
Made $2...

You crack me up! :D Don't spend it all at once!

I'm ready splurge with that $2!
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 13, 2018, 07:35:21 AM
One of my goals this year is to get rid of my file cabinet, which means I have to deal with the giant mounds of paper stuffed inside it.  I'm allotting 30 minutes a week, because I really hate everything to do with filing and that's as much as I can stand. I made it through 4 folders, and my recycle bin is now full.  Most of that stuff I hadn't looked at or thought about in 15 years or more.

My son needed a small part for a Cub Scout project, so I texted my ex to see if he had one.  My husband asked why on earth I would expect my ex to have it.  Daughter (age 12) piped up, "Daddy doesn't throw away ANYTHING.  Stepmom complains all the time about how much stuff he has everywhere.  Most of it is still in boxes since we moved last year."  I'm so glad he's not my problem anymore.

It made me really think about how we get to this point of being overwhelmed with stuff.   It made me wonder if part of it is just never being taught how to make decisions on what to give away and what to keep.  My ex inherited his mild hoarding tendency from his mom (who had a collection of 25 years worth of TV Guides because she just couldn't bear to get rid of them.   Everything was neatly organized but still....)  For her, part of it was poverty as a young adult so she had a reason to keep anything that might be useful, and part of it was an emotional response to an unstable childhood.

My parents also dealt with some pretty thin times, but we didn't have stuff.  I think they just didn't buy things.  It was a family joke that my mom would take 6 months to buy anything.  So we never really had to declutter because we just didn't have STUFF.  (Both my parents retired in their mid-50s....I wish they'd talked more about financial choices when I was younger.)  When I got married I deferred some to my 1st husband, who kept everything, even though we had money and bought lots of stuff (very anti-Mustachian).

It's weird to think I'm finally learning the decluttering rules at almost 40.  I'm glad my kids are young enough that maybe they can learn from me...and not their dad.
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Post by: Sibley on February 13, 2018, 07:44:38 AM
I gave away a puzzle that was way too hard for me to finish.  2000 pieces and once I got to the parts that were more similar in color it stopped being fun. 


I wish I could convince my husband to do this!  We've had a few puzzles that took months to finish, and it wasn't fun for anyone by the end.

This thing had been on a table in the basement for well over a year - it was time for it to go!

The worst one for me was a 500ish piece puzzle of a dragon, but it was actually shaped like the dragon. No background. The pieces were poorly cut so didn't fit well, thus I repeatedly had to undo sections because I realized later that it wasn't right. It took forever, but I was almost done. I came home from work one day and my cats had accidentally flipped it off the table. Pieces everywhere, they all came apart. I put it back in the box and donated it.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Sibley on February 13, 2018, 07:46:52 AM
Hooray! Great thread and timely for me.

The sad part: I am allergic to the cats and we had to 're-home' them. The hopeful part: I might get a grip on my eczema and improve my physical and mental health.

And the work part: washing walls, dejunking drawers, cleaning out corners. It's a big task to rid my house of 6 years of cat dander...especially since I tend to hang on to things. It's time to purge.

Over the weekend I cleaned out the art supplies in the kitchen and organized the kitchen cabinets. Today I sold cookbooks & computer books and donated the ones that didn't sell (two banker's boxes!) Also donated some misc clothing.

Oh no :( You know it's pretty bad when the allergy meds aren't enough. I'm allergic to one of mine, but the meds keep it in check enough.
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 13, 2018, 07:47:09 AM
I gave away a puzzle that was way too hard for me to finish.  2000 pieces and once I got to the parts that were more similar in color it stopped being fun. 


I wish I could convince my husband to do this!  We've had a few puzzles that took months to finish, and it wasn't fun for anyone by the end.

This thing had been on a table in the basement for well over a year - it was time for it to go!

The worst one for me was a 500ish piece puzzle of a dragon, but it was actually shaped like the dragon. No background. The pieces were poorly cut so didn't fit well, thus I repeatedly had to undo sections because I realized later that it wasn't right. It took forever, but I was almost done. I came home from work one day and my cats had accidentally flipped it off the table. Pieces everywhere, they all came apart. I put it back in the box and donated it.

You gave me a great idea.  Next time I'm putting dog treats on top of the puzzle before I go to work.  If the dog destroys the work we've done, my husband will probably let go of the puzzle.
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Post by: Nancy on February 13, 2018, 11:39:31 AM
Got rid of two pairs of pants that no longer fit me comfortably. Huzzah!


Anyone heard of/read The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning? I have it in my queue at the library. I'm not quite sure why I'm fascinated by these decluttering books.
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Post by: Mezzie on February 13, 2018, 05:32:00 PM
The furniture I set out with a free sign was gone within a few hours. :)

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Post by: Poundwise on February 13, 2018, 07:49:13 PM
My children's clothes, over 5 tall bags, were picked up today,  but oddly the closets are still full.

I've earmarked the next thing to go: a tub of cloth diaper sewing supplies, including a metal snap setter, a big box of snaps, organic hemp fabric,  PUL. Will try to sell them on a mom's list. 

I think it's going to be easier to get rid of things that just remind me of unfinished projects and needless expense, now that I took the step of giving away items that I had an actual sentimental attachment to (the children's clothes).  I was looking at the sewing supplies and thinking, "Why should I save these when they have no meaning to me? I may as well have saved the baby clothes instead!"

Anyway, those cute little clothes will be easing the life of orphans and sad homeless babies elsewhere. I'm thankful to the people who are collecting them, making it possible for me to find a meaningful use for these things.
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Post by: CU Tiger on February 13, 2018, 07:58:39 PM
I gave away a puzzle that was way too hard for me to finish.  2000 pieces and once I got to the parts that were more similar in color it stopped being fun. 

I also threw away the stupid stinky soap.  Maybe someone could have used it, and I feel kind of bad for just pitching it, but I couldn't think of a good way to donate an open soap pump container.

@RamonaQ  - totally okay to throw it out, but if it ever happens again you could put it in the bathroom at work or church. At my work, lots of people bring in what were obviously gift soaps and lotions that they didn't like. (Liquid soap in pump containers, not bar soap.)
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 13, 2018, 08:31:23 PM
Got rid of two more kids items today, & made $10. Slow but steady progress!
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Post by: Happy Little Chipmunk on February 13, 2018, 08:54:59 PM
Thanks Sibley. Yep, it was hard to make the decision to say goodby to our cats, but the older I get the louder my skin talks to me. I'm thankful the family is so understanding.

Today: Cleaned out the entry coat rack & got rid of hats, gloves and umbrellas. Also sorted through old phones, wall warts & related junk. The whole mess is going to the recycler tomorrow!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on February 14, 2018, 05:03:20 AM
The furniture I set out with a free sign was gone within a few hours. :)

Friends of mine once found a free chair that was set outside to be pickup by a stranger. It turned out to be a classic designer chair that is actually worth some money.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 14, 2018, 07:55:09 AM
A neighbor actually wants 3 gallons of paint the builders had left in our house 5 years ago!  That will save me having to buy tons of cat litter to absorb enough of it to throw it away.

I parted with a blazer today that I've only worn once.  It's cute, but it doesn't fit me well enough and it doesn't fit my style at all.

Youngest kid outgrew his booster seat!  If no one in the neighborhood wants it this week I'll throw it away (can't donate them).
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Post by: FI Curious on February 14, 2018, 08:03:14 AM
I've decided that no more crap is coming in until we get the crap we have under control.  We have enacted a purchasing freeze (except on food).  We'll see how this goes. :)
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 14, 2018, 08:08:28 AM
I realized I have a major wall with getting rid of clothes: I don't actually have enough! I keep resisting getting rid of things that don't fit well and I don't like, and I couldn't figure out *why*. Well, duh, I keep wearing them because I don't have enough clothing overall. So now I'm at an impasse, because I really don't want to spend money on clothing. Hand-me-downs that fit my proportions are few and far between, and I can't abide the smell of goodwill cleaner (although I do buy their industrial salvage, but it's not that cheap TBH). Anyway, I haven't done anything about this yet, but identifying my resistance to dealing with this category is a good first step!

If anyone needs some decluttering inspiration, I've been enjoying watching KonMari videos on Youtube. I've watched all of this girl's videos in the last few days: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8yT7-O7D19GkqQKJ6uawlA (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8yT7-O7D19GkqQKJ6uawlA) I don't know why watching other people speed declutter inspires me so much, but I thought I'd share in case it does for anyone else as well.
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 14, 2018, 08:27:12 AM
I realized I have a major wall with getting rid of clothes: I don't actually have enough! I keep resisting getting rid of things that don't fit well and I don't like, and I couldn't figure out *why*. Well, duh, I keep wearing them because I don't have enough clothing overall. So now I'm at an impasse, because I really don't want to spend money on clothing. Hand-me-downs that fit my proportions are few and far between, and I can't abide the smell of goodwill cleaner (although I do buy their industrial salvage, but it's not that cheap TBH). Anyway, I haven't done anything about this yet, but identifying my resistance to dealing with this category is a good first step!

How much clothing do you have that you like that fits you?  How many pieces would you need to buy to have a wardrobe that works for your lifestyle?
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 14, 2018, 08:32:45 AM
I realized I have a major wall with getting rid of clothes: I don't actually have enough! I keep resisting getting rid of things that don't fit well and I don't like, and I couldn't figure out *why*. Well, duh, I keep wearing them because I don't have enough clothing overall. So now I'm at an impasse, because I really don't want to spend money on clothing. Hand-me-downs that fit my proportions are few and far between, and I can't abide the smell of goodwill cleaner (although I do buy their industrial salvage, but it's not that cheap TBH). Anyway, I haven't done anything about this yet, but identifying my resistance to dealing with this category is a good first step!

How much clothing do you have that you like that fits you?  How many pieces would you need to buy to have a wardrobe that works for your lifestyle?

Depends which subset of clothes you're talking I guess, but for every day wear stuff? The big challenges are I only really have 2 bottoms I wear for day to day. I bought one to replace the other, but then kept both, because I kept fishing the old one out of the goodwill box to have something to wear. T shirts are decent, I have just enough to make it from one laundry day to the next, but 2 of them fit a bit oddly, so in an ideal world I'd replace them. I have 2 light jackets I wear nearly every day, but the zipper on one just broke. I could use a couple more of them, since they get dirty and washed at least once a week.

So my ideal? I guess I'd get like 3 more bottoms, 2-3 more shirts, and 2 new zip ups. Oh, and replace all 4 of my very stretched out bras. That's $$$ right there. =(
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Post by: Nancy on February 14, 2018, 09:10:36 AM
Bracken_Joy, I completely understand your situation since I was in the same one up until a few months ago. I don't have a lot of clothes, and I continue to wear items that are broken down because I hate to be wasteful and I really hate to shop for clothes. I realized a few months ago that I was constantly uncomfortable in my work clothes, which was causing tension and low-level stress in my body. It's not fun to be tugging at too tight pant legs or overstretched bra bands. So I bought three bras and two pairs of pants on sale and got rid of the items that no longer fit me. Once I started wearing clothes that fit and therefore could be forgotten about (I don't care about clothes outside of their functionality), I felt much more at ease.

I was surprised that I hadn't placed more value on my comfort initially. I think I sometimes forget that it's worth the money to take care of myself. I think I hadn't realized that properly fitting clothes are as important as properly fitting shoes. Anyway, I'm still working on it since I definitely have/wear things that I should replace.
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Post by: I'm a red panda on February 14, 2018, 09:14:34 AM
I have a bunch of baby clothes listed on facebook marketplace. Includes a note that says "Must pick up (my location)"

A woman got SUPER angry at me for not being willing to meet her at a totally different location, in the middle of the workday.  Completely cussed me out with "you must not want to sell."
Um, it's $20 worth of clothes. I'm really not going out of my way for this.  I'll just dump it at goodwill on my next trip if it isn't sold by then.

Usually when people can only pick up during the day and not the evening or weekend, I just leave it on the porch and tell them to leave the money. So far it's worked. But that woman was crazy.

@Bracken_Joy - I have on pair of pants I wear day to day.  I am lucky enough to wear jeans at work, and I wash them on Saturdays, they have giant patches on the inner thighs as they are falling apart. At home I change into a pair of leggings or fleece pants.  I have a skirt I wear to business meetings.  I hate clothes shopping.  (I have a million shirts though)
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 14, 2018, 09:19:55 AM
Bracken_Joy, I completely understand your situation since I was in the same one up until a few months ago. I don't have a lot of clothes, and I continue to wear items that are broken down because I hate to be wasteful and I really hate to shop for clothes. I realized a few months ago that I was constantly uncomfortable in my work clothes, which was causing tension and low-level stress in my body. It's not fun to be tugging at too tight pant legs or overstretched bra bands. So I bought three bras and two pairs of pants on sale and got rid of the items that no longer fit me. Once I started wearing clothes that fit and therefore could be forgotten about (I don't care about clothes outside of their functionality), I felt much more at ease.

I was surprised that I hadn't placed more value on my comfort initially. I think I sometimes forget that it's worth the money to take care of myself. I think I hadn't realized that properly fitting clothes are as important as properly fitting shoes. Anyway, I'm still working on it since I definitely have/wear things that I should replace.

I think that's part of my hesitation. My work clothes are fine- I wear scrubs, I have 5 tops and 3 bottoms and work 2 days per week right now, so that's more than enough, and they're still in fine shape. But it's my home/errand/exercise/life clothes. I never know where to draw the line at "too worn to wear out of the house" though. I'm bad about that =\ I usually wait until my husband gently requests I not wear things anymore, haha. Well, and especially because like- my yoga capris, which are what I have 2 pairs of? I always think I *won't* wear them out and just change into a pair of jeans, but then I forget, or the jeans are dirty, and I wear them out anyway.

I know I need to replace stuff at some point, but it gets back to a lot of stuff in my life (infertility, needing money for IVF soon, that sort of thing), so I keep putting it off. I've been putting it off for years, thinking I would be pregnant soon. And uh... obviously that hasn't happened, haha. I guess my "optimism" about the process is somewhat manifested in refusing to replace clothes.

Ugh. Who knew something like replacing a pair of yoga pants could be so emotionally fraught? STUFF is so hard to disentangle from hopes, grief, anxiety, etc. (Funny, just like money is).
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Post by: former player on February 14, 2018, 09:25:30 AM
Oh, and replace all 4 of my very stretched out bras. That's $$$ right there. =(
My view, as someone who really needs a good bra all the time, is that you should go out this weekend and spend money on 2 new bras that fit you well.  Hand wash them (just a quick swirl round in some soapy water will do fine) and hang them to dry.  Two will keep you going for a long time on this regimen.  And all your tops will miraculously fit you better as a result, I promise.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 14, 2018, 09:38:58 AM
Oh, and replace all 4 of my very stretched out bras. That's $$$ right there. =(
My view, as someone who really needs a good bra all the time, is that you should go out this weekend and spend money on 2 new bras that fit you well.  Hand wash them (just a quick swirl round in some soapy water will do fine) and hang them to dry.  Two will keep you going for a long time on this regimen.  And all your tops will miraculously fit you better as a result, I promise.

I do delicate cycle in lingerie bags, and air dry, and they have lasted years =) Two of them are 4 years old, 2 are 2 years old. They're just getting really, really old is all, haha. And of *course* I can't have a normal damn size of a rib cage (30), so finding bras that fit right has been a nightmare. The 4 I have are all actually size 32 bands from Victoria's Secret, and they've held up better than any of the other brands I've had (Curvy Kate, Flirtelle, etc). So I keep buying these even though they aren't the perfect fit, because at least they hold up to my very active life, haha. (FWIW I did hand wash the name brand ones for a while, but I couldn't reliably get all the soap out, and got a couple nasty rashes. That was a nightmare).

Clearly, I am a high maintenance creature!
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Post by: Sibley on February 14, 2018, 10:35:59 AM
A neighbor actually wants 3 gallons of paint the builders had left in our house 5 years ago!  That will save me having to buy tons of cat litter to absorb enough of it to throw it away.

I parted with a blazer today that I've only worn once.  It's cute, but it doesn't fit me well enough and it doesn't fit my style at all.

Youngest kid outgrew his booster seat!  If no one in the neighborhood wants it this week I'll throw it away (can't donate them).

If you've got usable paint but don't want to use it, other options:
1. Theaters - community, school, etc.
2. Habitat for humanity/similar.

Hazardous waste drop off events often take paint. this is good for the stuff you can't use especially.
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Post by: Sibley on February 14, 2018, 10:43:46 AM
Oh, and replace all 4 of my very stretched out bras. That's $$$ right there. =(
My view, as someone who really needs a good bra all the time, is that you should go out this weekend and spend money on 2 new bras that fit you well.  Hand wash them (just a quick swirl round in some soapy water will do fine) and hang them to dry.  Two will keep you going for a long time on this regimen.  And all your tops will miraculously fit you better as a result, I promise.

I do delicate cycle in lingerie bags, and air dry, and they have lasted years =) Two of them are 4 years old, 2 are 2 years old. They're just getting really, really old is all, haha. And of *course* I can't have a normal damn size of a rib cage (30), so finding bras that fit right has been a nightmare. The 4 I have are all actually size 32 bands from Victoria's Secret, and they've held up better than any of the other brands I've had (Curvy Kate, Flirtelle, etc). So I keep buying these even though they aren't the perfect fit, because at least they hold up to my very active life, haha. (FWIW I did hand wash the name brand ones for a while, but I couldn't reliably get all the soap out, and got a couple nasty rashes. That was a nightmare).

Clearly, I am a high maintenance creature!

I am also hard to fit and had really old bras. I went to Nordstroms and got fitted. Found 3 bras that I liked. Bought one of each, then went home and went on ebay. Found many more of them and got for about $20 each. More money than the old process, but much less stress/time/fuss/angst than usual. Totally recommend.
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Post by: I'm a red panda on February 14, 2018, 11:06:25 AM
A neighbor actually wants 3 gallons of paint the builders had left in our house 5 years ago!  That will save me having to buy tons of cat litter to absorb enough of it to throw it away.

I parted with a blazer today that I've only worn once.  It's cute, but it doesn't fit me well enough and it doesn't fit my style at all.

Youngest kid outgrew his booster seat!  If no one in the neighborhood wants it this week I'll throw it away (can't donate them).

If you've got usable paint but don't want to use it, other options:
1. Theaters - community, school, etc.
2. Habitat for humanity/similar.

Hazardous waste drop off events often take paint. this is good for the stuff you can't use especially.

Our landfill told me to open the containers, let it dry out and then put it in the trash
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 14, 2018, 12:21:17 PM
Oh, and replace all 4 of my very stretched out bras. That's $$$ right there. =(
My view, as someone who really needs a good bra all the time, is that you should go out this weekend and spend money on 2 new bras that fit you well.  Hand wash them (just a quick swirl round in some soapy water will do fine) and hang them to dry.  Two will keep you going for a long time on this regimen.  And all your tops will miraculously fit you better as a result, I promise.

I do delicate cycle in lingerie bags, and air dry, and they have lasted years =) Two of them are 4 years old, 2 are 2 years old. They're just getting really, really old is all, haha. And of *course* I can't have a normal damn size of a rib cage (30), so finding bras that fit right has been a nightmare. The 4 I have are all actually size 32 bands from Victoria's Secret, and they've held up better than any of the other brands I've had (Curvy Kate, Flirtelle, etc). So I keep buying these even though they aren't the perfect fit, because at least they hold up to my very active life, haha. (FWIW I did hand wash the name brand ones for a while, but I couldn't reliably get all the soap out, and got a couple nasty rashes. That was a nightmare).

Clearly, I am a high maintenance creature!

I am also hard to fit and had really old bras. I went to Nordstroms and got fitted. Found 3 bras that I liked. Bought one of each, then went home and went on ebay. Found many more of them and got for about $20 each. More money than the old process, but much less stress/time/fuss/angst than usual. Totally recommend.

Okay sorry, I should say it's hard to find bras that fit at a price point I'm okay with. I've been professionally fitted (multiple times actually), I just don't like the price tag. And I hate the buy online/return/etc process. Plus I keep getting bras that I *think* will be comfortable, then a week or two in have something that drive me up the wall about them. That's why I keep going back to the good ol' VS bras. Not perfect, but not setting cash on fire, so it's an improvement. I found precisely ONE bra that fit perfectly for it's lifespan, and then it stopped being made and online availability quickly dried up >.< Bras and me don't get along, is the point.


OKAY GUYS. Based on this convo, I'm gonna start "one-in, one-out"ing the pieces that don't work/are too worn/etc. I need to stay accountable because I have a hard time getting rid of old clothes. First up. I got a zip up. I will give myself ONE WEEK to make sure it will work for me, and then my stained white one of the same cut needs to go. I pinky swear =P I also bought a pair of tennis shoes. I will give myself TWO WEEKS with those to make sure they don't suck, and then my last attempt at work shoes will go byebye, since they never fit well.
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Post by: Sibley on February 14, 2018, 02:18:53 PM
A neighbor actually wants 3 gallons of paint the builders had left in our house 5 years ago!  That will save me having to buy tons of cat litter to absorb enough of it to throw it away.

I parted with a blazer today that I've only worn once.  It's cute, but it doesn't fit me well enough and it doesn't fit my style at all.

Youngest kid outgrew his booster seat!  If no one in the neighborhood wants it this week I'll throw it away (can't donate them).

If you've got usable paint but don't want to use it, other options:
1. Theaters - community, school, etc.
2. Habitat for humanity/similar.

Hazardous waste drop off events often take paint. this is good for the stuff you can't use especially.

Our landfill told me to open the containers, let it dry out and then put it in the trash

Yeah, but it'll take a very long time for a full can to dry out. When they're empty or nearly so that's much more reasonable.

I had to dispose of 40-50ish gallons of old paint last year (I counted but forgot). The ones that were basically empty I just left open to dry then tossed, but the rest were half or more full. Hazardous waste took it all. More recently, I've donated full, unopened cans to habitat for humanity (my friends have weird stuff), and partially used cans the local theater group is happy to get. The stuff is perfectly good, so I'm happy to have it be used rather than throw it out.
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Post by: oneday on February 14, 2018, 04:49:59 PM
Great and brave decluttering, @oneday!  I have not attacked my knitting UFOs yet... finding it harder to let go of unfinished projects. 

How about offering the knitting accessories to an after school program or a local knitting circle?

@Poundwise, I offered them to my own knitting circle!  It was only about a quart baggie full, but my friends took everything but one tapestry needle.  So I tossed it, as it is a larger size & I don't use bulky yarns much.

All my knitting stuff fits in two boxes, but they are big & measure 6 cubic feet.  I think this is too much for me.  Fortunately, I had collected up other people's scrap yarns for a scrap blankie, so when that is done I can get rid of the remainders (about 40% of the bulk).  Unfortunatly, I packed that project up until the house sells, so that won't be cleared out any time soon. :(

Have been going through the books.  There are a dozen or so I want to keep.  The problem is that many of the cast offs were gifts from my STBX.  I can't just toss them in the donate box, as he will see & not understand.  It will hurt his feelings & I don't want to create bad blood.  We have been able to work together very well so far.  So I guess I have to find a way to steath-donate these.

My next target is the kitchen.  Not sure if I'll find much there.  In the baking stuff, I found one mini-muffin pan that can go.  At least I'll know what I have when that is done.  And I don't have to worry about donating in secret!

The good news is that we have a massive box for donation already.  Can't wait to clear that out!  STBX agreed to get rid of some of his own things which he had tried to hold on to in the past.  This is good because we are sharing a storage unit until the place sells & we each find our own apartments.  My goal is not to store anything only to get rid of it later, but that probably won't happen 100%.  We have a very short time line before the place is listed.
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Post by: oneday on February 14, 2018, 04:57:51 PM
@Bracken_Joy, I support your one-in, one-out rule.  I am also very hard to fit, especially pants, and I have a hard cap on how much I will pay for an article of clothing.  It takes a long time, but I always find what I need eventually.  The trick I have learned is to start shopping for a replacement item when something starts to wear out, as it could take months to find the right item.  I didn't follow this rule when my tan cardigan was showing wear a few months back & I had to toss it a week ago (hole).  Now I am down to only 4 cardigans...have to scrounge up a 5th outfit somehow for work.

I made a rule that if it wasn't in good enough shape to wear to work (even if I wouldn't wear it to work, like your yoga capris), then it wasn't in good enough shape, period.  So the PJ pants with worn out waist elastic had to go, even though there were no holes & I never wear them outside.  Maybe you can work on coming up with some similar rules for yourself?
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 14, 2018, 05:03:57 PM
@Bracken_Joy, I support your one-in, one-out rule.  I am also very hard to fit, especially pants, and I have a hard cap on how much I will pay for an article of clothing.  It takes a long time, but I always find what I need eventually.  The trick I have learned is to start shopping for a replacement item when something starts to wear out, as it could take months to find the right item.  I didn't follow this rule when my tan cardigan was showing wear a few months back & I had to toss it a week ago (hole).  Now I am down to only 4 cardigans...have to scrounge up a 5th outfit somehow for work.

I made a rule that if it wasn't in good enough shape to wear to work (even if I wouldn't wear it to work, like your yoga capris), then it wasn't in good enough shape, period.  So the PJ pants with worn out waist elastic had to go, even though there were no holes & I never wear them outside.  Maybe you can work on coming up with some similar rules for yourself?

Hmm. I would have no clothes I'm pretty sure =P But no, that's a good idea. I may need a little looser criteria though. I both hate clothes spending and I hate shopping, so I don't end up finding bargains, because I never go look for them. I realize it's not a good system. Hence buying most of my clothing at costco. I'm already there, easy returns, limited selection.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on February 14, 2018, 06:44:20 PM
I realized I have a major wall with getting rid of clothes: I don't actually have enough! I keep resisting getting rid of things that don't fit well and I don't like, and I couldn't figure out *why*. Well, duh, I keep wearing them because I don't have enough clothing overall. So now I'm at an impasse, because I really don't want to spend money on clothing. Hand-me-downs that fit my proportions are few and far between, and I can't abide the smell of goodwill cleaner (although I do buy their industrial salvage, but it's not that cheap TBH). Anyway, I haven't done anything about this yet, but identifying my resistance to dealing with this category is a good first step!

I have read the follow up comments / discussion of this. I have the same issue from time to time. Made worse by disliking shopping and finding it difficult to find clothes that fit well, suit my needs, don't cost a fortune etc.

One thing that has been helping me lately is using Smart Closet (a wardrobe app) because I can see *what I actually wear*. Turns out that in warm weather when I'm not working, I want to wear comfy shorts all the time. Maybe for you, it would demonstrate that you wear yoga pants every day of the week and never wear your other pants. I'm not buying clothes this year, so I will keep putting up with imperfect shorts (one pair too short; one pair too loose around the waist) but when I do buy clothes again, I will do a better job of buying what I will actually wear based on my app data. I think it will really help me declutter and replace when the time comes.
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Post by: Mezzie on February 14, 2018, 08:01:38 PM
The furniture I set out with a free sign was gone within a few hours. :)

Friends of mine once found a free chair that was set outside to be pickup by a stranger. It turned out to be a classic designer chair that is actually worth some money.

Nice!

I saw the neighbors that carried the bookshelf down the block. They looked college-aged. ALL my furniture was hand-me-down in collrge, so I'm pleased to have passed something good along. :)
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Post by: Primm on February 15, 2018, 04:53:09 AM
Found you all!

Thanks for decluttering the old thread. :)
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Post by: oneday on February 15, 2018, 09:19:39 AM
Bracken_Joy, the point is to find rules that work for you, so if mine are too restrictive, then by all means adjust for your situation.

~~~~~

While I'm haven't gotten rid of anything else yet, I did get the kitchen packed up.  Well, the "extra" dishes, mostly baking things that I use exclusively in December.  They moved to the storage unit, does that count? :)

Also going through my books I found more knitting things...knitting books!  I thought I was done with knitting stuff.  Was able to divide books into his/mine/ours/donate.  "Ours" are mostly photo albums.  I have a plan for getting the donate books out tonight. Stealthily!

Up next is out of season clothes and the craft drawer.  I think a lot of the craft stuff will just be donated.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 15, 2018, 11:54:37 AM
Had to find a birth certificate & current report card for one of the kids, so ended up cleaning out both kids files when it wasn't immediately findable. Got rid of about 20 pieces of paper, 10 envelopes, etc that were unnecessary. Yay for less paperwork! I keep trimming down my filing cabinet one file at a time. My goal is to go through each file when I'm adding or finding anything. I used to need two drawers. I'm down to 2/3 of one drawer for now.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 15, 2018, 11:57:43 AM
Had to find a birth certificate & current report card for one of the kids, so ended up cleaning out both kids files when it wasn't immediately findable. Got rid of about 20 pieces of paper, 10 envelopes, etc that were unnecessary. Yay for less paperwork! I keep trimming down my filing cabinet one file at a time. My goal is to go through each file when I'm adding or finding anything. I used to need two drawers. I'm down to 2/3 of one drawer for now.

I need to go through my files soon. I've been doing really well filing stuff, which is great, but I need to clear those files out periodically, which I haven't done haha. At least they're in roughly chronological order?
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Post by: Happy Little Chipmunk on February 15, 2018, 10:23:25 PM
Oh boy, all this talk about sorting the files has me hanging my head. I have papers I wrote in high school sitting in the basement, along with every tax return and check I've ever written. The spare room has a big file cabinet full of more recent 'important' things. The attic has several boxes of 'I have no idea what is in there'.

I applaud those of you who are tackling paper. After I get our main living spaces deep cleaned, I'll make this a priority. But first: Took a bag of electronics to the Reuse/Recycle place yesterday. Today I brought fabric into the house...but it has a use. Two general purpose chairs and 5 dining room chairs will soon look spectacular.
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Post by: Sibley on February 16, 2018, 08:54:10 AM
Oh boy, all this talk about sorting the files has me hanging my head. I have papers I wrote in high school sitting in the basement, along with every tax return and check I've ever written. The spare room has a big file cabinet full of more recent 'important' things. The attic has several boxes of 'I have no idea what is in there'.

I applaud those of you who are tackling paper. After I get our main living spaces deep cleaned, I'll make this a priority. But first: Took a bag of electronics to the Reuse/Recycle place yesterday. Today I brought fabric into the house...but it has a use. Two general purpose chairs and 5 dining room chairs will soon look spectacular.

You'll get there. Be prepared with a shredder or some way to safely dispose of them though. Not everything needs that treatment, but it is a lot. And then it's an ongoing battle, cause it just keeps coming!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 16, 2018, 08:55:19 AM
Had to find a birth certificate & current report card for one of the kids, so ended up cleaning out both kids files when it wasn't immediately findable. Got rid of about 20 pieces of paper, 10 envelopes, etc that were unnecessary. Yay for less paperwork! I keep trimming down my filing cabinet one file at a time. My goal is to go through each file when I'm adding or finding anything. I used to need two drawers. I'm down to 2/3 of one drawer for now.

I need to go through my files soon. I've been doing really well filing stuff, which is great, but I need to clear those files out periodically, which I haven't done haha. At least they're in roughly chronological order?

I find paperwork to be one of those projects that I can only commit to like 10-15 minutes at a time. Some days, I get super into it, and keep going. Other days, I'm out as soon as the timer beeps. You have to have some mental energy to decide what's important. But, you can do it! Break it into super small tasks & it will be done in no time.

Today I need to get the house ready for a birthday sleepover for my 12 year old. That will inevitably involve some decluttering/cleaning. Kids are constantly bringing paperwork, wrappers, etc into the house, and it's a non-stop battle to stay on top of it.
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Post by: zygote on February 16, 2018, 09:09:43 AM
I'm in the middle of a giant KonMari style declutter. My wife is so not on board, but I hope that sorting out my own crap will make hers bother me less.

Anyway, I'm doing pretty well. I have ~10-15 medium sized bags to get rid of and I'm just at the beginning of the neverending komono category. However, I'm really slowing down because all these bags are in the way. I live in a small apartment in a big city and don't have a car. How am I supposed to get all this crap to the goodwill? I find it easier to get rid of stuff if I can pretend it will have another life elsewhere, so I'm reluctant to just throw it away downstairs.

Any ideas? I figure Mustachians would be more likely to have come across this problem than the people in my KonMari facebook group.

It's a lot of stuff to try to get it into a taxi, and it's backed up so much it feels overwhelming to take it on the train one or two bags at a time. I've thought about renting a car or using 1-800-got-junk, but both of those options are expensive enough I don't want to use them until the entire declutter is finished and the bags are in the way now.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 16, 2018, 09:17:11 AM
I'm in the middle of a giant KonMari style declutter. My wife is so not on board, but I hope that sorting out my own crap will make hers bother me less.

Anyway, I'm doing pretty well. I have ~10-15 medium sized bags to get rid of and I'm just at the beginning of the neverending komono category. However, I'm really slowing down because all these bags are in the way. I live in a small apartment in a big city and don't have a car. How am I supposed to get all this crap to the goodwill? I find it easier to get rid of stuff if I can pretend it will have another life elsewhere, so I'm reluctant to just throw it away downstairs.

Any ideas? I figure Mustachians would be more likely to have come across this problem than the people in my KonMari facebook group.

It's a lot of stuff to try to get it into a taxi, and it's backed up so much it feels overwhelming to take it on the train one or two bags at a time. I've thought about renting a car or using 1-800-got-junk, but both of those options are expensive enough I don't want to use them until the entire declutter is finished and the bags are in the way now.

A few ideas:
1. Buy Nothing Project. Then people pick it up right from you.
2. For big ticket items, your apartment trash room is a great way to get freebies gifted. (I have gotten so much good furniture this way, haha)
3. Some orgs will arrange pickup for you. I think St Vincent de Paul's does this? Call and ask!
4. Uber?
5. Phone a friend.
6. I have literally borrowed a shopping cart from Trader Joes (I asked, seriously), and walked the 1.2 miles to goodwill with the cart full of crap. Sure, I looked like a homeless person, but it got the job done!
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Post by: RetiredAt63 on February 16, 2018, 10:00:08 AM
I need more nice summer tops but am being really really fussy.  I was in the US visiting my sister and we went shopping.  I tried on 7 tops, walked out with none.  Before I would have bought the 2 that were sort of OK, but now I am being firm with myself.  If I don't absolutely love the way the top looks on me, it doesn't get bought.  At this rate I will be lucky to find 2 tops this year.

I plan to continue watching the Olympics (my every 2 years TV binge) with file folders and the shredder close at hand.  There is lots of down time in bits and pieces that I can use to sort and shred.
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Post by: frontstepdesign on February 16, 2018, 12:32:13 PM
I'm in the middle of a giant KonMari style declutter. My wife is so not on board, but I hope that sorting out my own crap will make hers bother me less.

Anyway, I'm doing pretty well. I have ~10-15 medium sized bags to get rid of and I'm just at the beginning of the neverending komono category. However, I'm really slowing down because all these bags are in the way. I live in a small apartment in a big city and don't have a car. How am I supposed to get all this crap to the goodwill? I find it easier to get rid of stuff if I can pretend it will have another life elsewhere, so I'm reluctant to just throw it away downstairs.

Any ideas? I figure Mustachians would be more likely to have come across this problem than the people in my KonMari facebook group.

It's a lot of stuff to try to get it into a taxi, and it's backed up so much it feels overwhelming to take it on the train one or two bags at a time. I've thought about renting a car or using 1-800-got-junk, but both of those options are expensive enough I don't want to use them until the entire declutter is finished and the bags are in the way now.

I'm so happy to hear the marital flipside of this stage!  (Seems so many KM groups are full of women who can't get their husbands on board.)

What about borrowing that party idea from the Minimalists, only it's a Trek To The Goodwill party?  Get a bunch of people to help you carry it, then all go have a beer or something fun.  Great photo opp.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 16, 2018, 01:01:51 PM
Have you tried Vietnam Veterans. They come to my neighborhood quite frequently. You just have to call and they come and do a pick up of small items and bags of stuff. No large furniture. Maybe Salvation Army will do a pick up. Or do a search to see what kind of organizations are in your town that will pick up stuff. Maybe call the Senior Center or call some churches. Don't call 1800 got junk, they are super expensive and will throw all the stuff away or possibly donate it, who knows. I had them come one time to my house and I could have rented a HUGE dumpster for less than got junk cost. We found this organization that came to my Mom's house after she passed and took everything. Furniture, clothing. There were a couple of mattresses they wouldn't take and a broken recliner and another chair a mouse had chewed on but every thing else they took.
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Post by: oneday on February 16, 2018, 10:50:54 PM
Everyone is talking about files.  My nemesis.  One day I will get them under control, but not on the compressed timeline of trying to stage & sell this condo.

Was able to find a donation center near work for the books & got them plus a few other items out of the house at lunchtime, yay! 

Also worked my way into the corner behind the desk, chucking some papers as I went.  Was going to reupholster a couch that was at our prior place, but that was 12 years ago.  Held on to two of the cushions sans covers because they fit in the cavity between the two desks placed in an L shape in the corner and made a more-or-less continuous surface.  Also because they were expensive (yes, sunk cost fallacy).  But they were useful!  We have had a gigantic paper organizing doohicky on them to hold papers this whole time.  Won't need that arrangement anymore, as each of us will take one of the desks, no more L shape or cavity.  The cushions are in the trash!  Felt gleeful as I tossed them!

Items that haven't left the house yet, but are slated to: the craft items mostly went in the donation box at home for future donation (STBX has no interest in craft items so I don't have to be stealthy). The craft stuff I'm keeping fits in a sandwich baggie.

Holding off on the out of season clothes as they make good packing material & lighter-weight box fillers, so they'll be absorbed into the rest of the mass of stuff...won't cull these until unpacking.
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 17, 2018, 12:00:44 AM
Finished off ribbon and a roll of wrapping paper on a birthday gift for a friend's son.
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Post by: Fresh Bread on February 17, 2018, 12:16:09 AM
Finished off ribbon and a roll of wrapping paper on a birthday gift for a friend's son.

Give the cardboard tube to someone with a dog. Dogs love em.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on February 17, 2018, 12:22:40 AM
Finished off ribbon and a roll of wrapping paper on a birthday gift for a friend's son.

Give the cardboard tube to someone with a dog. Dogs love em.

Babies too!
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Post by: Plina on February 17, 2018, 01:45:25 AM
I realized I have a major wall with getting rid of clothes: I don't actually have enough! I keep resisting getting rid of things that don't fit well and I don't like, and I couldn't figure out *why*. Well, duh, I keep wearing them because I don't have enough clothing overall. So now I'm at an impasse, because I really don't want to spend money on clothing. Hand-me-downs that fit my proportions are few and far between, and I can't abide the smell of goodwill cleaner (although I do buy their industrial salvage, but it's not that cheap TBH). Anyway, I haven't done anything about this yet, but identifying my resistance to dealing with this category is a good first step!

 
I have read the follow up comments / discussion of this. I have the same issue from time to time. Made worse by disliking shopping and finding it difficult to find clothes that fit well, suit my needs, don't cost a fortune etc.

One thing that has been helping me lately is using Smart Closet (a wardrobe app) because I can see *what I actually wear*. Turns out that in warm weather when I'm not working, I want to wear comfy shorts all the time. Maybe for you, it would demonstrate that you wear yoga pants every day of the week and never wear your other pants. I'm not buying clothes this year, so I will keep putting up with imperfect shorts (one pair too short; one pair too loose around the waist) but when I do buy clothes again, I will do a better job of buying what I will actually wear based on my app data. I think it will really help me declutter and replace when the time comes.

I had clothes that Only were for use at home before I read Marie Kondos book and ditched everything that I would not be prepared to use outside my apartment. Now I have some clothes that donít fit me because I have gained some kilos. I have decided that IF I havenít lost those kilos until summer they will also be gone. I have actually limited my purschases this winter because I will be traveling from August onwards and wanít to limit the stuff in storage. I think it is time for another purge now. I realised I want to fel comfortable in mY clothes. I have a large size for bras that makes underwear cost a fortune but it is something I am never going to save on because their is nothing more uncomfortable then a bra in wrong size.
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 17, 2018, 02:54:09 AM
Finished off ribbon and a roll of wrapping paper on a birthday gift for a friend's son.

Give the cardboard tube to someone with a dog. Dogs love em.

Babies too!

No cardboard tube, which I didnít notice till now.
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Post by: Mezzie on February 17, 2018, 09:14:37 AM
My husband and my brother will be cleaning out the garage soon. I'm pretty excited. I'm also excited that I'm not part of that team. :p
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Post by: Nancy on February 17, 2018, 11:00:10 AM
I dropped off one bag full o'stuff at Goodwill. Feels great! I got rid of two dresses and other summer stuff. I think I might use up my fabric and sew up a summer skirt to add to the rotation.
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Post by: Sibley on February 17, 2018, 05:06:38 PM
At my parent's house this weekend to do their taxes. Grabbed the 3 boxes of books that had been set aside last summer for my sister (IE, a ton of stuff mom didn't want to donate but was willing to give to sis). I'm going to go through it w/sis and donate whatever needs donating. Will get the the rest to her later, but it'll be a fairly small amount.

Also grabbed a huge bag of needlepoint pillows, etc. Will put them on ebay at some point, see what sells and donate the rest.

Every little bit helps.
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Post by: Mongoose on February 18, 2018, 07:30:36 AM
We're making a tiny bit of progress but all of it is still in the house. The extra loveseat, end tables, coffee table, and two shelf units we decided to remove a couple of weeks ago haven't managed to leave yet and probably won't for another couple of weeks. Transportation is difficult and nobody will pick up way out here in the boondocks. Free to a good home would be nice...but we're not in a location that would work. We did manage to squeeze it all in at the front of our garage and the car still fits inside. We also decided that one chair and two kid desks that are no longer working for us get to leave. All of it will probably get to stay resident for a couple more weeks until I figure out the process of actually evicting it.

Moving the stuff to the garage means that we could get the guest bedroom/office put back together. It looks much better without the extra stuff but I have the same thought as when I look at the living room. It still looks crowded. How did we function with that much extra when we remove quite a few major pieces and it's still full?

I also, with DDs permission, went through her room and organized it. I got rid of some stuff but it was only part of a garbage bag of random paper scraps. This is a HUGE improvement over previous forays into her room that yielded several bags of just garbage each time. DSs room has been done as well and we can actually walk in both rooms now! They still have way too many clothes but I'm slowly removing things from the laundry that are actually too small for them and will do a major change over when we need to switch to warm weather stuff.

We have a home-based business and tackled some cleaning there too. Just got to the first layer. It needs a complete purge as well but babysteps. I did find the result refreshingly better so we must have made good progress. I hate trying to function in cluttered spaces.

The good news is, after 2+ years of continuous decluttering, I finally feel like we're making a bit of progress actually paring down. I can finally tell that there is less stuff invading our space. So much more left though! I hope next time we move things are much easier. We also instituted a rule that if DH and I can't carry an item easily with just the two of us, it goes! (With obvious exceptions for a few appliances.)

Now I'd like to go through the kitchen and figure out what is in all the cabinets that I haven't opened in 2+ years.
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Post by: former player on February 18, 2018, 07:50:14 AM
I have a similar problem in that I live in a fairly remote rural location and even on Buy Nothing groups it's not worth people's while to come out here for lower value stuff.  I have a desirable pile of vintage cushions that would be gone in a minute if I lived in town, but out here either nothing or people who flake out on pickups.

I'm thinking of asking a friend in town if she would arrange handovers for me, but it's a bit of an imposition.
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Post by: Mongoose on February 18, 2018, 11:41:21 AM
Found yet another chair to get rid of. Plus enough stuff on a first pass to empty a cupboard. The community choir is having a fund raiser garage sale so we have a perfect place to donate the items.
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Post by: Mezzie on February 18, 2018, 11:48:33 AM
I did some Amazon cart and Wishlist decluttering. I had things in there I'd added in 2003! Clearly they weren't essential.
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Post by: horsepoor on February 18, 2018, 01:04:04 PM
Any ideas on things to do with rubber bands (like the kind that come on broccoli and asparagus bunches)?  I have a little crock of them in the kitchen, and just now I discovered a jar full I'd stashed with my sewing supplies.  I will at least cut them before throwing them away, but I'd prefer to find a use for them.  I might dump them in the office supply closet at work.

Getting rid of an old lumpy pillow and a beer mug we never use.  We are going to start demo on a bathroom tomorrow, so a trip to the dump is probably in the near future, and some junk that's been accumulating at the side of the house will disappear when we go.
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Post by: nick663 on February 18, 2018, 01:07:11 PM
Doing some cleanup work in the basement and pulled a bunch of dead end phone lines out of the ceiling.  Found a vintage phone power supply in that rats nest that appears to be worth $15-$20 on eBay so that will get listed before the end of the day.
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Post by: Cranky on February 18, 2018, 01:52:03 PM
I realized I have a major wall with getting rid of clothes: I don't actually have enough! I keep resisting getting rid of things that don't fit well and I don't like, and I couldn't figure out *why*. Well, duh, I keep wearing them because I don't have enough clothing overall. So now I'm at an impasse, because I really don't want to spend money on clothing. Hand-me-downs that fit my proportions are few and far between, and I can't abide the smell of goodwill cleaner (although I do buy their industrial salvage, but it's not that cheap TBH). Anyway, I haven't done anything about this yet, but identifying my resistance to dealing with this category is a good first step!

How much clothing do you have that you like that fits you?  How many pieces would you need to buy to have a wardrobe that works for your lifestyle?

Depends which subset of clothes you're talking I guess, but for every day wear stuff? The big challenges are I only really have 2 bottoms I wear for day to day. I bought one to replace the other, but then kept both, because I kept fishing the old one out of the goodwill box to have something to wear. T shirts are decent, I have just enough to make it from one laundry day to the next, but 2 of them fit a bit oddly, so in an ideal world I'd replace them. I have 2 light jackets I wear nearly every day, but the zipper on one just broke. I could use a couple more of them, since they get dirty and washed at least once a week.

So my ideal? I guess I'd get like 3 more bottoms, 2-3 more shirts, and 2 new zip ups. Oh, and replace all 4 of my very stretched out bras. That's $$$ right there. =(

I hate clothes shopping, but my weight has shifted around, and none of my pants worked well any more. I tried ordering online, and I am just not the right shape for any of LLBean or Lands Ends pants. I finally bit the bullet and went to Kohls and tried on about 20 pairs of pants to find 5 that would fit me right. Then I tossed all the old ones and have been very happy.
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Post by: Fresh Bread on February 18, 2018, 03:25:37 PM
Any ideas on things to do with rubber bands (like the kind that come on broccoli and asparagus bunches)?  I have a little crock of them in the kitchen, and just now I discovered a jar full I'd stashed with my sewing supplies.  I will at least cut them before throwing them away, but I'd prefer to find a use for them.  I might dump them in the office supply closet at work.

Getting rid of an old lumpy pillow and a beer mug we never use.  We are going to start demo on a bathroom tomorrow, so a trip to the dump is probably in the near future, and some junk that's been accumulating at the side of the house will disappear when we go.

You can try giving them to a bank or greengrocer. I have heard of someone having success in Australia doing that, anyway. I seem to have a small stash that's pretty stable. I guess I haven't been buying veg with rubber bands but it wasn't on purpose!
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Post by: Goldielocks on February 18, 2018, 06:29:39 PM
Any ideas on things to do with rubber bands (like the kind that come on broccoli and asparagus bunches)?  I have a little crock of them in the kitchen, and just now I discovered a jar full I'd stashed with my sewing supplies.  I will at least cut them before throwing them away, but I'd prefer to find a use for them.  I might dump them in the office supply closet at work.

Getting rid of an old lumpy pillow and a beer mug we never use.  We are going to start demo on a bathroom tomorrow, so a trip to the dump is probably in the near future, and some junk that's been accumulating at the side of the house will disappear when we go.

You can try giving them to a bank or greengrocer. I have heard of someone having success in Australia doing that, anyway. I seem to have a small stash that's pretty stable. I guess I haven't been buying veg with rubber bands but it wasn't on purpose!
I use them to tie up freezer bags / partly opened goods, like frozen veg or cheese, that are stored in the freezer (also works on chip bags and pasta bags).   The freezer is very hard on them, and they will get used up within 6 months of use, but there is always another supply of bands, so it's ok.
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Post by: Step37 on February 18, 2018, 11:28:34 PM
The good news is Iím getting rid of a bookshelf (came with a our first house that we bought in 1997 and has been useful in both houses since) - listed on Kijiji for free today and is being picked up tomorrow.

The bad news is Iím getting rid of it because I had to put a filing cabinet in its place. I took over as treasurer for my community league and it came with several boxes of files. UGH. Clutter. The filing cabinet was free from my office (was slightly broken and just required a bit of TLC to be fully functional), though, so no money spent. Now the files are nicely contained and accessible, for as long as I keep this volunteer position (Iím thinking five years max). So much better than awkward, crowded, messy boxes, and it wonít be hard to rehome the filing cabinet once Iím done with it.

Also decluttered my cookbooks yesterday (they werenít from the above-mentioned bookshelf - just from the kitchen cupboard). I use the same five or six consistently, so there is really no need to keep the other 47(ish), especially with the whole of human knowledge available on every device. So far they are just out of the cupboard and into an ďoutĒ box, as Iím not sure if anywhere would even take them as a donation. I feel bad just tossing them. Open to ideas if anyone knows a good thing to do with them!
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Post by: comicguy on February 19, 2018, 06:43:27 AM
Been reading from our bookshelves to help with the declutter progress. I have lots of books that I bought because I was interested in reading them and never made time. Now I am making the time to read a lot more, thus saving money, and getting rid of some items in the process. Most of the books will either be sold or donated after reading!

I do have some favorite authors that I will keep their books as I have reread them from time to time.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 19, 2018, 07:00:19 AM
I have some cookbooks I am selling on Ebay. However, this book that was bought for $39.99 is selling for DIRT! Anywhere from $6-$17. With free media mail shipping. This book is from the Culinary Institute of America cooking school! Guess it is hard to sell used cookbooks even though they are like new. You might think about donating them to Goodwill or your library so they can sell them to raise money.
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Post by: LaineyAZ on February 19, 2018, 08:22:38 AM
Any ideas on things to do with rubber bands (like the kind that come on broccoli and asparagus bunches)?   . . .

I save them for my postman.  I put them in a plastic baggie and when the baggie is full I put it in my mailbox with a  note saying "free" and he's always glad to get them.
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Post by: LaineyAZ on February 19, 2018, 08:32:25 AM
Wanted to add another decluttering aspect along the lines of "build it and it will get done."

The closet in the master bedroom is vintage 1978 - large mirrored sliding doors.  The inside is a single pole with shelf all the way across.  What was the "black hole" was the side areas which were about an arms length long on either end past where the closet doors closed. 
It was dark and not convenient, so naturally a lot of stuff got shoved in there.  But this week my SO built and added 4 shelves on one end, each about 20 inches deep and painted bright white.  To make this happen I had to remove what had been shoved in there and of course found items that I didn't even remember I had (ski gloves??) and many items to donate. 
I got a few small clear plastic tubs which will hold the winter clothes and other items I want to keep. 

I wouldn't have tackled this stuff without the incentive of beautiful white shelving - made a huge difference in function and looks. 
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 19, 2018, 02:41:55 PM
Went through ski stuff (mine, my husband's & the kids) & found quite a few things to donate or sell. I'm pretty rigorous with our day to day stuff, but this has been in the attic, so it was hidden from view & is only down a few times a year. Also discovered that the men's fleece I bought 17 years ago when I was first learning to ski now fits my oldest son. He wore it yesterday to ski. Yay for repurposing!
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Post by: Step37 on February 19, 2018, 05:51:17 PM
I have some cookbooks I am selling on Ebay. However, this book that was bought for $39.99 is selling for DIRT! Anywhere from $6-$17. With free media mail shipping. This book is from the Culinary Institute of America cooking school! Guess it is hard to sell used cookbooks even though they are like new. You might think about donating them to Goodwill or your library so they can sell them to raise money.

Thank you! I was actually having tea with friends today and one of them mentioned she was donating items to her friendís library/fundraiser. I asked if the friend would accept cookbooks, and she will! Now I just have to get them to her - she can hopefully get some value out of them and I can feel better about fewer (maybe none?) being in the landfill (yet).
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Post by: oneday on February 19, 2018, 06:00:54 PM
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It looks much better without the extra stuff but I have the same thought as when I look at the living room. It still looks crowded. How did we function with that much extra when we remove quite a few major pieces and it's still full?
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@Mongoose, I sure as heck don't have an answer to this question.  We have moved out 2 buffets, 5 book cases, a TV stand and a full size couch, not to mention all the other stuff filling up a 10'x10' (about 3 meters x 3 meters) storage area, and when the painter came today we still had massive piles in the center of each room with only narrow pathways on the edges allowing him to paint. 

We did get rid of some things today!  A beat up piece of artwork and two broken mini blinds.  Plus we recycled a bunch of boxes we won't need now that we are nearing the end of the packing.

We also have 2 full boxes for the donation place, but it is closed today.  Not sure if that's because it's a holiday or if it's normally closed on Mondays. Either way, it's frustrating to still have this stuff around.  I'm counting on STBX to take those two boxes and the additional haz-mat to the correct places this week.  After that, "getting rid of" will be on hold until I unpack.
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Post by: horsepoor on February 19, 2018, 06:02:28 PM
Check prices on your cookbooks on Amazon.  Occasionally there is something people are willing to pay $$ for.  I unknowingly picked up a book on a bargain table a few years back, then on a decluttering binge, decided to sell it.  Copies were listed for >$100 on Amazon.  I eventually sold it for over $50, IIRC.

I'm burning firewood today.  Maybe that counts as decluttering.  I'm hoping to have all the wood that's stacked under the porch burned before the weather warms up again.

Also started going through my drawers and have several clothing items in the donate pile. 

Gave a pair of too-small breeches to a fellow horseperson who's short on cash and was super happy to get them.  I think I listed this before, but I actually put them in her hands last night, so they are really gone now.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 20, 2018, 04:22:28 AM
I have these very large feather pillows I had made for my couch/loveseat. They were about $75 each and bought 4. Several years ago I got rid of the couch and love seat and kept the pillows. They are not bed sized but very large, puffy and square. The upholstery material doesn't match my leather couches. The place that did the custom work told me to hang onto the pillows when I got rid of the couches. Well I did, and they sit in a pile. Any suggestions what I should do with $300 worth of feather pillows? Part of me wants to get rid of them and the frugal me wants to hang onto them. But frugal me doesn't know what to do with them!
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Post by: I'm a red panda on February 20, 2018, 05:06:07 AM
Put a slipcover on them that matches your current decor?
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 20, 2018, 05:18:38 AM
The pillows are just too big. On the other style couch/love seat they seemed okay. Not sure how to repurpose them in some other way! Maybe I should just donate them to Goodwill and forget it. But knowing how much money I spent makes me want to hoard them!
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Post by: former player on February 20, 2018, 05:25:10 AM
Floor cushions?

If not, then you have two separate problems: the covers and the pads.  Is the fabric on the covers something you can repurpose?

Pads can be reduced in size, but frankly dealing with feathers is a complete pain and for preference I'd sell (probably easier without the covers on, or offer the covers separately) or give them away.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 20, 2018, 05:36:19 AM
Maybe I will just donate them. I don't have enough floor space to put pillows on the floor. They have just been sitting in another room in a pile waiting for me to decide what to do with them. I do not want this clutter. Selling on ebay would be a pain because of their size to ship. All I can see is $300 being thrown down the toilet...Once I get rid of them I will forget about it.
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Post by: Nancy on February 20, 2018, 06:57:03 AM
@Roadrunner53, the $300 that you spent on the pillows has been gone for a long time. Holding on to pillows that you no longer want won't change that. I totally understand how you're feeling; loss aversion is completely normal and part of what makes us human. If it helps, you could reframe the experience: divide the cost of the pillows by the number of years that you've had them to get a cost per year and remember that you did actually use them for some years. Perhaps your experience with these pillows will help you when you next consider purchasing an expensive durable good (since you'll know how it feels when it's time to let go). Perhaps you could imagine the joy that the new owners might feel when they pick up the pillows at the donation center.

Sounds like it's time to release these pillows back into the wild. They had a good run with you, but they must be on their way.
They have backs to support and heads to cradle and they shouldn't be delayed. :)


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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 20, 2018, 07:04:46 AM
I had the couchs made by Bassett and the pillows came stuffed with some crap that after a little use, they became flat pancakes. I took them to an upholster in town and they suggested feather pillows. Not sure why they didn't suggest foam rubber or some kind of stuffing that would stay fluffed. Yes, it has been many years the feather pillows have lived in my house and have sat in a pile for at least 3 years now. I will bag them and donate them. Wish I knew someone who might like them but I don't.
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Post by: I'm a red panda on February 20, 2018, 07:20:48 AM
I would give them away on freecycle or buy nothing or something.  Make sure they go to someone who wants them.  Goodwill often just tosses soft goods like that because they are tough to clean.

You might feel better knowing that your money spent went to someone who really wants it.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 20, 2018, 07:38:29 AM
The Vietnam Veterans pick up in my area and I have given to them before. I think I will donate to them. I have several bags waiting to donate so this can go into the pile. Good to point out that Goodwill tosses some stuff. I hope someone will enjoy them!
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 20, 2018, 08:02:59 AM
I donated a bunch of floor and couch pillows to my son's elementary school.  Some of the teachers were experimenting with allowing the kids to sit wherever they wanted - including on the floor - so the teachers used my former pillows to create a cozy sitting area in the corner for the kids.
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Post by: Sibley on February 20, 2018, 01:18:07 PM
Practical advice needed: what do I use to pack pillows for shipping? I have a bunch that I need to try to sell, and there's a bunch more at my parent's house.
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Post by: NoraLenderbee on February 20, 2018, 01:36:25 PM
Cans of paint from the previous owner--at least 14 years old. Separated, spoiled, half-solid, colors we will never use. Now in a stack waiting to be taken to the hazardous waste drop-off. The really amazing thing is that my husband ASKED me to get them ready. Usually I have to twist his arm to get him to discard anything.
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Post by: I'm a red panda on February 20, 2018, 01:40:05 PM
Practical advice needed: what do I use to pack pillows for shipping? I have a bunch that I need to try to sell, and there's a bunch more at my parent's house.
Plastic bag to keep them dry?
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 20, 2018, 01:47:04 PM
Poly bags are good because they stretch a little but I would double bag in case of rips or tears. You can find them on ebay.
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Post by: DagobertDuck on February 20, 2018, 02:16:01 PM
Yeah! Still (9 months now) travelling with less than 40 lbs of luggage. Can only imagine how little stuff I will need when I get back home.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 20, 2018, 09:07:39 PM
Went through ski stuff (mine, my husband's & the kids) & found quite a few things to donate or sell. I'm pretty rigorous with our day to day stuff, but this has been in the attic, so it was hidden from view & is only down a few times a year. Also discovered that the men's fleece I bought 17 years ago when I was first learning to ski now fits my oldest son. He wore it yesterday to ski. Yay for repurposing!

Sold old ski pants, new kids ski pants (too small), new kids ski gloves (ditto) & a few pair of used kids ski gloves for $23 today & got 6 items out of the house. Yes!
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Post by: Poundwise on February 20, 2018, 09:32:13 PM
Practical advice needed: what do I use to pack pillows for shipping? I have a bunch that I need to try to sell, and there's a bunch more at my parent's house.

How old are they? If they are quite old, you might consider taking out and tossing the stuffing (dust mite city) and then you only have to ship the casings, which would fit easily into a tyvek bag.
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Post by: cheddarpie on February 20, 2018, 10:43:11 PM
Cans of paint from the previous owner--at least 14 years old. Separated, spoiled, half-solid, colors we will never use. Now in a stack waiting to be taken to the hazardous waste drop-off. The really amazing thing is that my husband ASKED me to get them ready. Usually I have to twist his arm to get him to discard anything.

If it's latex paint, leave the lids off to let it dry out, then you can dispose with your normal trash and not pay the haz waste fee. (Double check your jurisdiction's rules, but this is true in most places in the US. If it's oil based paint, then you do have to pay, usually).
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Post by: Mongoose on February 21, 2018, 07:58:48 AM
Having to leave stuff in the garage is bad. I'm having a terrible case of the "what ifs". We could need some of it later? Major anxiety! It's all cast offs from relatives so not like we paid anything for it.
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Post by: Nancy on February 21, 2018, 08:27:11 AM
Yeah! Still (9 months now) travelling with less than 40 lbs of luggage. Can only imagine how little stuff I will need when I get back home.

Awesome! Good for you! Did you get rid of a lot of stuff before you left? Did you store the stuff you kept? I'm tentatively planning to do this in a few years. Do you have another thread about your travels?
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Post by: I'm a red panda on February 21, 2018, 08:38:32 AM
Having to leave stuff in the garage is bad. I'm having a terrible case of the "what ifs". We could need some of it later? Major anxiety! It's all cast offs from relatives so not like we paid anything for it.

Are these things no longer made? If you need it later, like -really- need it; couldn't you just get it again?
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 21, 2018, 01:11:19 PM
I followed the example above and stopped more clutter from coming into the house!

My new orthodontist tried to give me a t-shirt and a frisbee and something else as a "welcome gift".  Why on earth would I as a 39-year-old woman need to wear a t-shirt advertising an orthodontist?  Apparently no one else actually declines, though.  It went through three people before they decided that I guess I could leave without it.

It made me sad to think about how few people probably actually want these things...but that apparently all of them take them home anyway and then either store them or throw them away.
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Post by: WootWoot on February 21, 2018, 01:30:58 PM
Threw out two magazines. Lots more to go. I thought about selling them, but then considered the hassle of it all.
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Post by: Sibley on February 21, 2018, 05:48:38 PM
Practical advice needed: what do I use to pack pillows for shipping? I have a bunch that I need to try to sell, and there's a bunch more at my parent's house.

How old are they? If they are quite old, you might consider taking out and tossing the stuffing (dust mite city) and then you only have to ship the casings, which would fit easily into a tyvek bag.

The stuffing is still good. Honestly, I have the room right now and am just not into dealing with it. Getting stuff to the post office during the week is very hard right now, so I'm not anxious to raise the stakes if I didn't need to. If my mom wasn't so unrealistic about what people are willing to pay for needlepoint pillows this would not be an issue.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 21, 2018, 06:25:16 PM
Sold another item on eBay, & put 4 items that didn't sell into the donation pile.
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Post by: Mongoose on February 22, 2018, 08:38:00 AM
Having to leave stuff in the garage is bad. I'm having a terrible case of the "what ifs". We could need some of it later? Major anxiety! It's all cast offs from relatives so not like we paid anything for it.

Are these things no longer made? If you need it later, like -really- need it; couldn't you just get it again?

Well yes. And they aren't great to begin with...just cast off mass produced furniture. I have a teeny tiny problem with worrying about never having the money to buy something again. We went through a very bad period of unemployment followed by underemployment. Plus we didn't have much growing up and neither did my parents or their parents...family has always kept stuff forever "just in case". Having a hard time getting over that and accepting that we have the ability to replace things if we need to.
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Post by: I'm a red panda on February 22, 2018, 09:34:53 AM
Having to leave stuff in the garage is bad. I'm having a terrible case of the "what ifs". We could need some of it later? Major anxiety! It's all cast offs from relatives so not like we paid anything for it.

Are these things no longer made? If you need it later, like -really- need it; couldn't you just get it again?

Well yes. And they aren't great to begin with...just cast off mass produced furniture. I have a teeny tiny problem with worrying about never having the money to buy something again. We went through a very bad period of unemployment followed by underemployment. Plus we didn't have much growing up and neither did my parents or their parents...family has always kept stuff forever "just in case". Having a hard time getting over that and accepting that we have the ability to replace things if we need to.

This is one reason I really like freecycle and buy nothing rather than donating to a charity.
I reason that if I give things like this away to other people, if I ever need them, it is somewhat likely other people would give similar things to me.
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Post by: MrsDinero on February 22, 2018, 11:58:10 AM
Major Win:  I finally listed and sold, my starter set of golf clubs.  I bought these 8 maybe 9 years ago.  I've hauled them through 2 states and 3 houses.  I hadn't played golf in at 6-7 years.  I kept them around because I might play again.  Yeah I'm not.


I've been making a trip to the thrift shop to drop off stuff each week.  Last week was about 50 books and 2 bags of clothes.

I have a few things listed for sale on Craigslist and local FB groups.  So far I have "made" $140. 
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Post by: oneday on February 22, 2018, 01:45:45 PM
Threw out two magazines. Lots more to go. I thought about selling them, but then considered the hassle of it all.

It is mostly not worth the hassle for me to sell things.  At one point, I had decided only to sell if the selling price was >$20, but now I think my standard is >$50.

Success on the donation front.  STBX took 2 huge, overflowing boxes to the charity shop yesterday!  I was actually a little sad because I had found quite a bit more in the back of the closet.  It's OK, I'll go this weekend probably.

I'm giving some laundry supplies to my Aunt this weekend and some more craft items to the crafting group, hopefully also this weekend.

The condo is getting bare!  Although each time I think I've got one room cleaned out, I turn around and spot something my eye passed over before.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 22, 2018, 03:51:23 PM
Husband went through his old ski gear, and came up with probably 10 items that are now in the donation bin. I also discovered a bunch of bracelets & a nice watch. Put the bracelets in the donation bin & am planning to list the watch on eBay. Looks like they still go for around $200. Woohoo!
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Post by: Happy Little Chipmunk on February 22, 2018, 04:07:57 PM
Another 4 hours of cleaning and decluttering today (mainly cleaning, but that's important too.)

Over the last couple days I made a peg rack to hang backpacks so they aren't gathering dust on the floor in the entry. Need to make another one, but this was good proof of concept and gave me a chance to practice carving a flower in something that I'm actually going to have to look at again.

On my way now with a load of bedding for our "Welcome to our city, person who fled hardship overseas and has no stuff for your apartment" place. Also taking old medications to be disposed of properly.
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Post by: LaineyAZ on February 22, 2018, 04:13:47 PM
Threw out two magazines. Lots more to go. I thought about selling them, but then considered the hassle of it all.

Our local senior center has a magazine rack just for donated magazines.  I donated about 20 issues of various magazines this week.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on February 22, 2018, 05:54:48 PM
Mr Happier agreed with me that a present received for Baby Ewok is just a bulky and annoying white elephant, so I get to list it on Buy Nothing today! Yay! I love listing crap we don't need and seeing it disappear :D
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Post by: mspym on February 23, 2018, 02:44:23 AM
I just came back from a walk where we dropped off two books into the little free library. We'd picked them out of a free pile somewhere else, read and then returned. I like to think we are part of the little free library circulation system, moving the books to new streets. (and we did get 4 more books, but they will go back once done.)

I also sent to recycling a folder's worth of workshop handouts (three years ago, never opened again!) and an out of date textbook on qualitative analysis. I am whittling it down, particularly as I am getting better at not letting stuff in, thanks to the two other challenges I am in.
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Post by: oneday on February 23, 2018, 11:20:23 AM
Kudos to the folks who have the energy to sell their things, most recently MrsDinero & MaybeBabyMustache. 

In the final clean out for the flooring guys last night, found out that we had been keeping several decorative items that neither of us liked.  I thought he liked those things!  Sigh.  Well, they are in the donate box now & slated to be gone tomorrow.

Took out the trash which mostly full of things like the length of cable TV wire that the cable guy installed years ago for no reason...it was attached to the wall but nothing else.  It was under the bed all this time or I'm sure it would have been gone already (or at least I like to think so). 

New flooring today, then we stage the condo for sale.  I'm hoping to achieve a clean, minimal look and maintain it while it is on the market, even on days we don't have showings.  It will be hard to convince the STBX of this, but I'll give it my best effort.
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Post by: Step37 on February 23, 2018, 08:45:15 PM
A friend posted on FB that she was looking for denim for a craft (I assume a quilt as she needed to be able to make 7Ē squares). My (her?) lucky day! I had 7 pairs of jeans in the ďget out of the houseĒ pile, but no idea what to do with them, as they were too worn out and not patchable in key areas. As Iíve said, I love when things can be repurposed rather than just tossed.

Theyíre in a bag and will be gone on Monday! (I donít need replacement jeans... havenít shopped in more than three years and still have too many pairs.)
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Post by: halftimer on February 23, 2018, 10:34:35 PM
One thing that has been helping me lately is using Smart Closet (a wardrobe app) because I can see *what I actually wear*. Turns out that in warm weather when I'm not working, I want to wear comfy shorts all the time. Maybe for you, it would demonstrate that you wear yoga pants every day of the week and never wear your other pants. I'm not buying clothes this year, so I will keep putting up with imperfect shorts (one pair too short; one pair too loose around the waist) but when I do buy clothes again, I will do a better job of buying what I will actually wear based on my app data. I think it will really help me declutter and replace when the time comes.

Hey @HappierAtHome! Good to hear that you are finding that app useful. I'm doing another pass through my closet with that data too. There are things I know for sure I have not worn for 2+ years even though they fit and although I have been trying to keep things in use. It might be time for them to go. I'm obviously not a white button up shirt wearing person as much as I think I am.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on February 23, 2018, 10:55:03 PM
One thing that has been helping me lately is using Smart Closet (a wardrobe app) because I can see *what I actually wear*. Turns out that in warm weather when I'm not working, I want to wear comfy shorts all the time. Maybe for you, it would demonstrate that you wear yoga pants every day of the week and never wear your other pants. I'm not buying clothes this year, so I will keep putting up with imperfect shorts (one pair too short; one pair too loose around the waist) but when I do buy clothes again, I will do a better job of buying what I will actually wear based on my app data. I think it will really help me declutter and replace when the time comes.

Hey @HappierAtHome! Good to hear that you are finding that app useful. I'm doing another pass through my closet with that data too. There are things I know for sure I have not worn for 2+ years even though they fit and although I have been trying to keep things in use. It might be time for them to go. I'm obviously not a white button up shirt wearing person as much as I think I am.

I'm so glad I asked you about it! I love having the data on what I actually wear and my cost per wear.
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Post by: Mezzie on February 24, 2018, 04:18:22 AM
I'm going to have to get that app!
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Post by: HappierAtHome on February 24, 2018, 04:36:06 AM
I'm going to gave to get that app!

It's free :D
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Post by: shadowmoss on February 25, 2018, 05:36:14 PM
I downloaded that ap, but I'm not sure how to get the info on my (insanely huge) wardrobe into it.  A lot of it I bought at thrift stores.  It looked like if I could put the brand/style in it would work, but I'm not a brand name kinda person.  I'm stuck at the starting gate.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 25, 2018, 05:47:38 PM
I downloaded that ap, but I'm not sure how to get the info on my (insanely huge) wardrobe into it.  A lot of it I bought at thrift stores.  It looked like if I could put the brand/style in it would work, but I'm not a brand name kinda person.  I'm stuck at the starting gate.

There's a "take photo and enter your own" option.
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Post by: Fresh Bread on February 25, 2018, 05:53:00 PM
Now there's an incentive to declutter - remove clothes so you have less to input to the app that helps you declutter ;)

I'm the same - some of my clothes are very very old bought new, or v old from ebay, a couple handmade (not by me!) so it's in the too hard basket to upload right now. The turning the hanger around type method is a better fit for me because I tend to wear something to death or never wear it.
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Post by: BZB on February 25, 2018, 06:49:03 PM
Today I donated to Goodwill -
a set of scrubs someone gave me that don't fit,
scrap booking supplies I won't use again
a wall clock
trench coat I never wear anymore
Which freed up about 1 cubic foot of space

Threw out a pair of exercise pants that I had worn for a painting project and are too messed up to wear now

When i got home I found more items for the donate bag -
a quilt and pillow sham
set of sheets
decorative pillow

which, when I get rid of them, will free up about 2 cubic feet of space in my apartment
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Post by: Astatine on February 25, 2018, 10:39:05 PM
I'm gradually culling my wardrobe. Again. I've been ruthless in the past but a) I've put on a bit of weight so some of my old clothes no longer fit*, b) some clothes now have some pretty negative associations (eg wearing them through cancer treatment *shudder*) or c) I'm not the same person as I used to be.

There is a massive glut of secondhand clothing in my city (and possibly globally, from what I've learnt from some articles I've read), and some op shops are problematic for me these days (eg ones associated with certain religions that conflict with my personal values). So it's a bit tricky to know what to do with them. I'll suggest another clothes swap with the group of friends that do them from time to time, otherwise I will donate them to a charity whose values I can live with (I don't love all of their values but there is enough alignment that I can live with donating to them). Worst case scenario, I'll donate them all to the reuse/recycle shed at the rubbish tip where they give away all donated clothes for free (which tells you how much of a glut there is of secondhand clothes).




*my weight has fluctuated a lot in the past 10 years. I've learnt that there is no point keeping clothes just in case I lose or gain weight because fashions change but most importantly, my body is never the same shape even if I go back to the same weight so old clothes rarely fit again, even if I don't care about fashion. 
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Post by: HappierAtHome on February 26, 2018, 01:08:07 AM
Listed several items on Buy Nothing, including some unwanted gifts and some items that used to have sentimental value but which I am apparently now able to release.

I've learnt that there is no point keeping clothes just in case I lose or gain weight because fashions change but most importantly, my body is never the same shape even if I go back to the same weight so old clothes rarely fit again, even if I don't care about fashion. 

I have this issue with bras. If I go up or down in size I never seem to end up a size I've been before. Super annoying!

Having a capsule wardrobe helps me with this issue, because clothes have a chance to get worn out before they either don't fit in some way or start looking really wrong. But I know capsule wardrobes aren't for everyone.

I downloaded that ap, but I'm not sure how to get the info on my (insanely huge) wardrobe into it.  A lot of it I bought at thrift stores.  It looked like if I could put the brand/style in it would work, but I'm not a brand name kinda person.  I'm stuck at the starting gate.

There's a "take photo and enter your own" option.

Most of my clothes are several years old, so I used the option BJ notes above. And you don't have to put in a brand name, though there is a field for it, when you enter data about each item.

I have (mostly) just added items as and when I've worn them. I'm only up to 29 items worn in roughly six weeks, and that's with needing to change my top at least once a day due to copious baby vomit.
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Post by: MrsDinero on February 26, 2018, 07:31:18 AM
I somehow managed to fill another trash bag full of clothes.   I feel like no matter how many bags I fill there will always be more in the closet!  I finally realized I don't need any more than 5 pairs of each sock type I wear.  This has made a dramatic difference in my space. 


Does anyone have an idea of what to do with corporate type t-shirts?  I have about 8 t-shirts that have my corporate logo on them.  Some have my company nick name on them too.  I don't wear them, but I feel weird sending them to the thrift shop, because they are so specific to me. 
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 26, 2018, 07:36:43 AM
I somehow managed to fill another trash bag full of clothes.   I feel like no matter how many bags I fill there will always be more in the closet!  I finally realized I don't need any more than 5 pairs of each sock type I wear.  This has made a dramatic difference in my space. 


Does anyone have an idea of what to do with corporate type t-shirts?  I have about 8 t-shirts that have my corporate logo on them.  Some have my company nick name on them too.  I don't wear them, but I feel weird sending them to the thrift shop, because they are so specific to me.

Workout shirts, painting clothes, give them to a new employee, dusting rags, rag carpet, stuff a dog bed with them, give them to kids to make stuffed animal clothes out of... those are the ones I can think of for now =)
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 26, 2018, 08:10:26 AM
Make a tee shirt bag. 

I am not a fan of the knotted bottom. I would sew the bottom with a straight stitch.

http://www.instructables.com/id/No-Sew-10-Minute-T-Shirt-Tote/
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 26, 2018, 08:33:49 AM
If you donate to a large place like Goodwill or Salvation Army, they turn most of the clothes into rags anyway.
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Post by: Tris Prior on February 26, 2018, 09:31:25 AM
My desire to toss makeup that doesn't suit me is at odds with my desire to not fill landfills with my garbage any more than I already am. Not to mention being pissed off at myself that I spent money on makeup that doesn't suit me!

I guess ultimately the empty container gets trashed regardless....

Any tips on getting over that guilt? I should just do it. Have been forcing myself to use up a lipstick I really don't like as it's a high-end brand. Caught a glimpse of myself in a store mirror yesterday and thought, "oh good lord, that is NOT flattering in the least."
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Post by: I'm a red panda on February 26, 2018, 10:07:48 AM
My desire to toss makeup that doesn't suit me is at odds with my desire to not fill landfills with my garbage any more than I already am. Not to mention being pissed off at myself that I spent money on makeup that doesn't suit me!

I guess ultimately the empty container gets trashed regardless....

Any tips on getting over that guilt? I should just do it. Have been forcing myself to use up a lipstick I really don't like as it's a high-end brand. Caught a glimpse of myself in a store mirror yesterday and thought, "oh good lord, that is NOT flattering in the least."

If the makeup has already been purchased, it's trash whether it is in your house or in the landfill. Eventually it is going to the landfill.

Many places take makeup back. That doesn't help with the trash problem, but at least you could get something more flattering.
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Post by: frugalkristen on February 26, 2018, 10:17:38 AM
Sold clothes ($10.50) at Clothes Mentor/Plato's Closet and donated the rest.  Felt good to get rid of stuff I never wear! 
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Post by: Tris Prior on February 26, 2018, 10:19:31 AM


Many places take makeup back. That doesn't help with the trash problem, but at least you could get something more flattering.

It's half used and the original packaging is long gone, though. I have taken stuff back before to Sephora, but in those cases it was used once and I still had the box. Lesson learned - keep the box until I'm sure I like it, and don't convince myself that the color will grow on me or that I'll learn the right technique to apply something that's too dry/too wet/too shiny/too dark/whatever the issue is. If I hate it, take it back right away. Sephora has never questioned me.

But you're right; it's either going to get thrown out empty, or thrown out full. I should just bite the bullet and pitch it.
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Post by: Sibley on February 26, 2018, 10:46:30 AM
I somehow managed to fill another trash bag full of clothes.   I feel like no matter how many bags I fill there will always be more in the closet!  I finally realized I don't need any more than 5 pairs of each sock type I wear.  This has made a dramatic difference in my space. 


Does anyone have an idea of what to do with corporate type t-shirts?  I have about 8 t-shirts that have my corporate logo on them.  Some have my company nick name on them too.  I don't wear them, but I feel weird sending them to the thrift shop, because they are so specific to me.

Workout shirts, painting clothes, give them to a new employee, dusting rags, rag carpet, stuff a dog bed with them, give them to kids to make stuffed animal clothes out of... those are the ones I can think of for now =)

I use that stuff for working on the house/yard. Last summer, I was changing shirts 2-3 times a day depending on what I was doing. Painting is part of what I'm doing.
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Post by: NoraLenderbee on February 26, 2018, 10:58:47 AM

It's half used and the original packaging is long gone, though. I have taken stuff back before to Sephora, but in those cases it was used once and I still had the box. Lesson learned - keep the box until I'm sure I like it, and don't convince myself that the color will grow on me or that I'll learn the right technique to apply something that's too dry/too wet/too shiny/too dark/whatever the issue is. If I hate it, take it back right away. Sephora has never questioned me.

But you're right; it's either going to get thrown out empty, or thrown out full. I should just bite the bullet and pitch it.

The sooner you pitch it, the sooner you'll get free of the guilt and self-recrimination. Do it!
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Post by: Rowellen on February 26, 2018, 02:40:56 PM
My desire to toss makeup that doesn't suit me is at odds with my desire to not fill landfills with my garbage any more than I already am. Not to mention being pissed off at myself that I spent money on makeup that doesn't suit me!

I guess ultimately the empty container gets trashed regardless....

Any tips on getting over that guilt? I should just do it. Have been forcing myself to use up a lipstick I really don't like as it's a high-end brand. Caught a glimpse of myself in a store mirror yesterday and thought, "oh good lord, that is NOT flattering in the least."

Try posting it on a FB buy nothing group. What is no good for you may be perfect for someone else. Some people won't mind that it's used and it's saving a little bit of trash. Win win.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on February 27, 2018, 12:37:34 AM
My desire to toss makeup that doesn't suit me is at odds with my desire to not fill landfills with my garbage any more than I already am. Not to mention being pissed off at myself that I spent money on makeup that doesn't suit me!

I guess ultimately the empty container gets trashed regardless....

Any tips on getting over that guilt? I should just do it. Have been forcing myself to use up a lipstick I really don't like as it's a high-end brand. Caught a glimpse of myself in a store mirror yesterday and thought, "oh good lord, that is NOT flattering in the least."

Try posting it on a FB buy nothing group. What is no good for you may be perfect for someone else. Some people won't mind that it's used and it's saving a little bit of trash. Win win.

+1 I have given away several makeup items via Buy Nothing.
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Post by: Poundwise on February 27, 2018, 07:17:27 AM
@Tris Prior  This may not helpful to decluttering per se but it could be a way to use up and rescue the shades you don't like... blend lipstick colors.  You can also make lip gloss by melting a bit into some vaseline.

 https://www.bustle.com/articles/191385-how-to-blend-your-own-lipstick-shade-according-to-a-celebrity-makeup-artist
http://stylecaster.com/beauty/repurpose-lipstick/
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Post by: I'm a red panda on February 27, 2018, 08:05:24 AM
Threw away all the swimsuits with dead elastic or that got too stretched out while pregnant.  Took the halter tops to consignment- they hurt my neck so I can't wear them.

Now I have 1 swimsuit, so I need 1 more I think.
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Post by: nosythecat on February 27, 2018, 12:35:45 PM
Cleared out most of apartment storage by selling full size mattress, sold plastic dresser drawer, Bowflex Max Trainer, Office Chair, TV, misc. workout equipment, and computer. Thew out bed frame, odds and ends junk that couldn't be sold.  Took many things to Goodwill as well.

It feels great to be rid of what you don't need, and even better if you can sell it!
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Post by: NoraLenderbee on February 27, 2018, 01:49:52 PM
Over the weekend:
4 kitchen chairs
Cat tree that my cats were never interested in
wicker basket with cushion for cats, ditto

We put them on the front lawn with a "Free" sign. Someone came and took everything within an hour!

Husband also dismantled and trashed/recycles THREE torchiere lamps that we haven't used since we moved here 13 years ago.

For us, the current decluttering is not so much about getting rid of stuff, as getting rid of stuff that doesn't work for us. The dented filecabinet that's hard to open, the rickety desk, the ugly but working lamp that we might need someday, etc. We are bringing in replacements--so we'll end up with about the same amount of stuff. But the new stuff is convenient, practical, and solves a lot of our storage and work space problems. The office *feels* less cluttered because things can now be put away instead of lying on every surface. Getting rid of some crap makes room for something good.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 27, 2018, 04:06:22 PM
Put some things on ebay. Sold some DVD's today! YAY!
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Post by: LaineyAZ on February 27, 2018, 05:49:47 PM
Donated 3 more empty plastic milk crates that a tenant had left behind in the backyard.  Goodwill takes these. 

There were 26 (!) originally and we're trying to empty them out and recycle or junk the contents as we can.  I think we're down to 10 left to do.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on February 28, 2018, 03:58:00 AM
I have taken in use my new winter shoes that I bought some time ago. I had continued wearing my old shoes off for many months. Now I am wearing the new ones, but I'm not really ready to throw away the old shoes yet. They might come in handy now and then. But I will remove them to a cupboard to prevent the hallway from having more shoes standing in them.
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Post by: Tris Prior on February 28, 2018, 08:44:56 AM
My neighborhood has a yard sale each June - 200-plus households. It costs $10 to participate. I'm seriously thinking about it. What's stopping me is that we don't have any covered space to set up in if it rains - even the front stoop doesn't have any kind of an overhang. We *may* be able to borrow the garage that is on the property but used by our landlord. He can park on the street for 1 day, yeah? We can at least ask.

I'm concerned that we wouldn't sell $10 worth of stuff, though. Especially if it storms and no one comes.

WWMD?

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Post by: Mongoose on February 28, 2018, 11:10:10 AM
Local community choir is having a garage sale fundraiser. Yay! 9 board games, 2 puzzles, and 2 RC cars are leaving. We're keeping only the board games we like and actually play.
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Post by: Mezzie on February 28, 2018, 08:03:42 PM
I went through some papers at work and reorganized my books. Things look much nicer.
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Post by: Fresh Bread on February 28, 2018, 08:46:51 PM
I bought a secondhand electric waterbath for preserving that came with tools and a dozen jars. The waterbath is too big for any of my cupboards, waaah! Even to fit the jars I need to declutter a few more unused kitchen things... I've got my eye on some never used baking and decorating stuff.
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Post by: halftimer on March 01, 2018, 08:24:26 AM
Today I'll be dropping off 2 big boxes of donate items. I notice the one place doesn't open until noon, so now it's a race to see what else I can find and add to the boxes before they go out.  I also emptied 2 cupboards in awkward locations yesterday by getting rid of the recyclables in there. It was packaging from products that I kept in case of warranty returns, but now the warranty period has passed. Those cupboards will stay empty - I hate having to get in and out of them anyways.

I want to go through every drawer, box and item we own in the coming months. The landlord who lives upstairs has dropped a few hints lately that they plan to move. I don't know if that means our lease will end, or if it will just mean a new tenant upstairs from us. Either way, I'm feeling highly motivated to simplify everything. I refuse to move (or live with) anything we don't need.  We already know we could easily downsize 300-400 square feet (about 30% reduction in living space), and I think we can make even a smaller place be an uncluttered space.  I like this location though, and the price is good. Hoping we can continue to stick it out where we are, and that I will just have the benefits of this being an uncluttered space.
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Post by: shadowmoss on March 01, 2018, 08:32:50 AM
I am shredding some old journals.  They are from when I was at my worst, in counseling and  cycling through bad relationships.  Luckily that was 30 or so years ago.  I'm to the point of going through all the stuff I just tossed in a tote and moved around for all these years.  I have many, many  totes to go, but some of this counts as deep cleaning.
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Post by: LindseyC on March 01, 2018, 08:47:21 AM
I have to jump in here.

My house is pretty decluttered - I even tackled my craft room / office this year for the first time ever. Now that I have lots of empty hangers, shelves, drawers and such, I have started to notice items that I no longer use but have value and also a few items I just would like to swap out for something different.

I have been slowly gathering items to list on my local selling sites and has sold a few small things. I don't mind donating / giving to friends/family a lot of stuff, but some items I think just make better sense to sell if they are over a certain dollar value.

So my new declutter challenge for the next few months is to sell everything I am collecting and use the funds to continue my reno or to replace a few decor items with some second hand finds (or buy supplies to make stuff)
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 01, 2018, 11:14:08 AM
I have tried out a bunch of recipes from a certain cookbook and many were disappointing. So I will donate the book. The grocery store has a bookshelf at the entrance where you can donate books.
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Post by: oneday on March 01, 2018, 08:55:19 PM
The forum has logged me out & ate my last 3 posts, so I'm posting to say I got rid of stuff.  If this goes thru, I'll update with details.


Update: success in posting! 

Also success in getting rid of stuff/clearing out the front porch.  I had disassembled an old cal king waterbed frame* & placed the pieces on the front porch.  The mattress was still inside, but massively in the way.  Had been stressing as nobody was interested in it even for free, but someone took all of it today!  None too soon, as the photographer is coming Monday to take pictures for the litsing.

Also found another person to take a smaller cabinet.

Also was able to toss the plastic wrapping the new mattress came in...had used it to cover the bed frame from the recent rain.

I tell ya...that bed was stressing me out to no end.  I am so glad it is gone.  Don't know why we didn't get rid of it sooner, like last April/May when we first started the divorce.  Oh wait.  STBX had his man cave so full of his collectibles that a bed wouldn't fit in there.  Ok, I will stop kicking myself. 

If the people who took the bed also take the sofa like they said they might, then we'll have enough room in storage for the rest of the excess stuff that is here and the place will look good for showing & hopefully sell sooner!

*We both got beds of our own, nobody has to sleep on an air mattress anymore.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 02, 2018, 01:45:23 AM
@oneday It must feel like a strange situation to have to clear out and sell the house after a divorce. But it might be good to start over with a tidy new life in another house. Good luck.
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Post by: Mongoose on March 02, 2018, 08:02:17 AM
All the stuff left! It was super anxiety ridden but we got it all to ReStore so it is really out and cannot reappear in the house. Plus the choir rummage sale donations left today too. We don't need or use any of the stuff and I predict that in about 3 months we will not remember what left.
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Post by: Happy Little Chipmunk on March 02, 2018, 11:57:35 AM
I wonder how many pounds of weight and obligation has been lifted by this thread?

Over the past couple days I've sorted & weeded 1 tote of fabric (8 more to go), 1 drawer in the filing cabinet (4 more to go) and two bins of "what the heck is in this thing" (umpteen more to go). Time for another trip to Goodwill.

My poor paper shredder is on overload!
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on March 02, 2018, 11:59:43 AM
@oneday , I'm glad you got rid of the marital bed and got your own.  I made my ex take the master bedroom furniture when we divorced and I got the spare room set.  It would have been weird to still have that reminder, I think.

I've been divorced almost 8 years and have moved twice, and I'm still finding random little things that belonged to my ex stuffed away in closets or cabinets or boxes.  They all go straight in the giveaway bin or trash now.  If he didn't realize he didn't have it for 8 years, he doesn't need it, and I certainly don't either.  It's certainly easier to purge that stuff now, though, when the emotions are out of the picture.

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Post by: oneday on March 02, 2018, 12:08:41 PM
@oneday It must feel like a strange situation to have to clear out and sell the house after a divorce. But it might be good to start over with a tidy new life in another house. Good luck.

Hi Linda, it does have some strange moments.  But I am looking forward to the next phase of life.  We have filled a 10'x10' (about 3 meters by 3 meters) storage unit & I don't miss anything in there.  I am learning I only need my bed, a comfy chair or loveseat, dining table/work surface & not much else.

@Mongoose good for your for pushing through the anxiety.  Don't let it hold you back!
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Post by: oneday on March 02, 2018, 12:31:39 PM
@oneday , I'm glad you got rid of the marital bed and got your own.  I made my ex take the master bedroom furniture when we divorced and I got the spare room set.  It would have been weird to still have that reminder, I think.

I've been divorced almost 8 years and have moved twice, and I'm still finding random little things that belonged to my ex stuffed away in closets or cabinets or boxes.  They all go straight in the giveaway bin or trash now.  If he didn't realize he didn't have it for 8 years, he doesn't need it, and I certainly don't either.  It's certainly easier to purge that stuff now, though, when the emotions are out of the picture.

@formerlydivorcedmom that bed was a behemoth.  I was more concerned about the size and how much room it would take up in any apartment I would move to.  But now that you mention it, I would probably not want to keep the bed, as it would carry reminders.  I wasn't thinking of that aspect.

Heck, if he doesn't take his crap right away, I have not qualms about trashing it!!! Don't want that garbage in my home!  This was always a sore spot in our relationship.
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Post by: Step37 on March 02, 2018, 11:43:01 PM
This thread has been helping to keep me motivated, so Iím continuing to follow.

I have a few things listed on the local buy/sell; on Friday night someone asked about the availability of the heavy, bulky piece of furniture I really want gone and then ghosted. Gah!! I hate when people do that. Iím only asking $25 for the thing; perhaps itís time I just change the price to $0 and hope to be rid of it. It was free to me in the first place (20 years ago!) and all I did was paint it... yes, changing to $0 NOW!!

Today I will go through a few more boxes of stuff in the office.

VICTORY!! After a few inquiries that went nowhere, then no bites for weeks, this bulky thing finally got out of my house tonight. It was a piece of office furniture with a filing drawer at each end and a sliding door cabinet in the middle, so not exactly high demand (but still reasonably useful). The funny thing is that two people were asking about it last night. I chose the one who wanted it, not the one who wanted to ďhave a lookĒ.
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Post by: Mezzie on March 03, 2018, 06:38:10 AM
My husband is doing amazing decluttering in the garage!

I just got a new planter/vermicomposter that, in time, should lessen the garbage we throw out and declutter the fridge of greens that get wilted before we can eat them all. This will also allow me to decluter my stash of seeds. :)
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Post by: Nancy on March 03, 2018, 06:54:21 AM
Just read The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson, which I found to be a reflection on how we live and prepare to die and deal with the death of others. It is practical and sweet. It feels like speaking with oneís lucid grandmother and includes the gentle nudges to do things she thinks are important. It's not an algorithm or "How To" detailing the maximally efficient organization/decluttering system that will change your life forever. Her advice is to take oneís time going through possessions, reflect on how items were a part of your story and your life, and then let them go. I like how she talked about a messy house not as a reflection of someoneís mental state or a deep character flaw, but as a simple matter of an organizational system that doesnít work for you.


ďThe one thing we know for sure is that we will die one day. But before that you can try to do almost anything.Ē (ix)

ďIt is amazing, and also a little strange, how many things we accumulate in a lifetime.Ē (46)

ďWhen your home is a complete mess, it is very hard to clean it at all. But it is never too late to do something about this problem.Ē (18)

ďYou cannot know the places your objects may go after you are gone and that could be wonderful to contemplate.Ē (103)

ďI often ask myself, Will anyone I know be happier if I save this?Ē 105)

ďBefore [an item] goes... I have had a moment to reflect on the event or feeling [that arises in me from observing the object], good or bad, and to know that it has been a part of my story and of my life.Ē (105)
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on March 03, 2018, 08:38:51 AM
(@Nancy, thank you for that writeup. Based on that, I recommended it to my mom, I think she'll really enjoy it)

Husband went through his drawers (literally and metaphorically, haha) yesterday and let a few shirts etc go. It's not like he had an overwhelming amount of stuff, but it's nice to know what's wearing out and whether it needs replaced. 3 of his shirts left, and 2 pairs underwear. I'll need to replace 1 of the shirts, and come summer, get a couple others.

I got rid of a maxi dress that never fit right, a jacket I successfully replaced up thread (SEE? Keeping my promise!), 2 tank tops that are stretched out, 2 stylish shirts that were getting pilled and not worn anymore, and 1 shirt that used to be a favorite but I haven't worn in a couple years (it's too "young" for me now by far TBH). Husband and I also each got rid of a pair of shoes (another promise I made up thread).

Overall, our clothes are getting more functional now. This is re: bringing things in, so not super fitting to this thread, but since we discussed it so much earlier in the thread I thought I'd update this. I did get a new pair of yoga pants. They ended up being mega clearance sale (normally $28, were on sale for $7.99) so after having them a week and making sure they fit well, I went and got a second as a backup. I keep one of those cloth cubes as a "back up bin" for clothes that we like, fit well, were on sale, and hard to replace if you need them last minute. This includes socks and underwear for DH, jeans for both of us (we're both hard to fit), that sort of thing. So long as it keeps to that 1 cube, it really works as a system for us. Anyway, we also got a new light jacket for me to replace the one that was *never* good looking or fitting, and a zip up for DH which has quickly become a favorite. We got me a pair of tennis shoes that I've liked enough I bought a backup pair- they were only $15, and I can rarely find cheap shoes that fit my high arches and narrow feet. So all of that is moving in the right direction. It's nice to reach for something and just know it will fit right, look right, etc.


So an interesting one. DH and I talk occasionally about moving back to the city where we used to live. And part of the conversation is would we even be able to downsize happily to an apartment again if we wanted to? It's interesting to analyze the areas where we would or wouldn't struggle to downsize. Bedroom and bathroom: no problem. Garage/Home Gym: it would be sad, but all of it would go, so that's at least easy in that sense. The big area we would struggle would be the kitchen. We've added a few things that have really enhanced our lives. Our food processor, our soda stream (for sparkling mineral water), our massive spice collection we use, just getting used to having COUNTER PREP SPACE. I really think the kitchen would sting to downsize.

Does anyone else analyze your stuff this way? What you could cut easily, and what would make you miserable to cut?
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Post by: mspym on March 03, 2018, 05:13:25 PM
@Bracken_Joy Good clear out! I am upgrading my wardrobe at the moment, and having to get past the fear of getting rid of [old, unattractive, not-fitting, hole-y] clothes [that I don't even wear!] but getting there.

I have moved house and city and country enough times that somewhere in my brain I keep a log of what I would take and what I would discard at any given time. Yesterday we even contemplated moving to the other half of the duplex we live in and were using it as a sorting device for stuff [ie could we be bothered carrying Thing X] next door or not].  We eventually came down on the side of No due to less bench space but I want to use the same thinking to continue clearing out stuff from where we live now. Now I have another 6 books to take to the street library.
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Post by: Sibley on March 03, 2018, 05:28:07 PM
Emptied out the upstairs spare room closet so I prep and paint it. Also did a bunch of dusting and various other cleaning. Pulled a couple more items for the donate pile, then hauled all of it out to the car. 3 bags! Will drop it off tomorrow.
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Post by: Nancy on March 03, 2018, 07:21:09 PM
@Bracken_Joy Well done on both the clear out and the intake! So glad things are moving in the right direction for you. I also like your backup cube system.

We're thinking of doing some extended travel so I've been thinking about what I'll leave behind/get rid of. I think I'll feel gleeful leaving behind/donating almost all of my clothes and shoes. I'm really going to miss my bicycles.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on March 03, 2018, 07:23:05 PM
Husband threw out some clothes that were unwearable, undonatable and the wrong material for cleaning rags, without any prompting from me whatsoever. He struggles sometimes to let go of items so I am SO PROUD of him.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on March 03, 2018, 07:45:41 PM
@Bracken_Joy Well done on both the clear out and the intake! So glad things are moving in the right direction for you. I also like your backup cube system.

We're thinking of doing some extended travel so I've been thinking about what I'll leave behind/get rid of. I think I'll feel gleeful leaving behind/donating almost all of my clothes and shoes. I'm really going to miss my bicycles.

Oh yes! I would be very sad if I had to sell my bicycle. If we were to move back, whether I sold it would depend on where we moved. Still, that would be a hard one!
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Post by: marty998 on March 03, 2018, 08:59:29 PM
5 bags of garbage and recyclables taken out yesterday.

I have a laundry room that is acceptable to walk inside again now :)
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on March 03, 2018, 09:02:59 PM
5 bags of garbage and recyclables taken out yesterday.

I have a laundry room that is acceptable to walk inside again now :)

So proud. :D
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Post by: halftimer on March 03, 2018, 11:12:24 PM
Great successes everyone. I liked the review of the Swedish Deathcleaning book - I may have to check that out.
I added 6 more items to my donate box before taking it out, and now there are another 6 items ready from the other person's side of the closet - with no prompting from me! I also decided that all the holey and horrible socks would get one final wash but in a mesh bag so they wouldn't get confused with the good stuff. Now they are stuffing a cushion and out of my closet forever. The cushion has a non-stitched opening so if I need one to patch another sock in rotation I can get it back out. I feel the chances of me remembering to do that are low however so I'm glad they are out of sight and mind now. Feels better, and more environmentally responsible to me than just trashing these items.

Still planning to do a more thorough declutter, and might post a few items for sale. First up - the brand new suede jacket with tags that was given to me but is just not quite right for me. I already have someone interested in it!
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 04, 2018, 03:44:37 AM
I finally put the 4 expensive feather pillows in plastic bags to donate. They have been sitting around for probably 3 years. I went thru a dresser and found some old paperwork from my last job (2011). A lot of reference material that was good when I worked but since I am retired, I guess it is time to let go. Then I had these three ring binders with old resume's and cover letters from another job I lost in 2005. I flipped thru them to see where I applied and it was overwhelming. I cried to see how hard I worked to get a job and ended up working at a temp agency for a while then had two horrible jobs till I finally landed the last job. All that crap is in a bag awaiting for a shredding event. Hub has some nice books that he is no longer interested in so I listed a bunch of them on ebay. So far, no sales. Books are so hard to sell. There are some professional book sellers on ebay who have the identical books and are selling them for $3.99 with free shipping! So they may be making $1 per book but they sell thousands. These books were each purchased for $35 or more each originally. I may have to lower my prices later on just to get them out of here. Then I have some other books that are not worthy of trying to sell, so they are going in the donate box. So much crap we have accumulated. Built our house in 1975 and have never moved. I have given tons and tons of stuff over the years to Goodwill and other places. It just seems to grow and grow!
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Post by: Sibley on March 04, 2018, 10:47:52 AM
My sister got back to me on the books I'd brought back from parent's house. 2 boxes being added to the donate run today, and 1 box that she wants.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 04, 2018, 10:56:57 AM
Sold two items last week, and they are sold/out of the house. Donated another 3 items, and have a book of books (that I got for free at work) ready to go back on the freebie table tomorrow.

I do still want to re-organize my closet today to organize by color, remove extra hangers, etc. I think that will help me understand what I have, what i wear, & anything I don't need.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 04, 2018, 11:52:19 AM
I should some time soon bring a crate full og swimming things into our cellar. The cellar can only be entered from outside amd I am currently not in the mood to walk there in the dark and cold. But we haven't been swimming all winter, so the stuff should not be inside the house.
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Post by: Mezzie on March 04, 2018, 12:40:10 PM
I just filled three boxes with things from the garage my students might like. If they don't want them, I'll stop by Goodwill on the way home. :)
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 05, 2018, 12:05:29 AM
At least the give-away book and 2 library books are now in my car, so I can bring away the give-away book this afternoon. I need to drive a way around to the library, but will do that on Wednesday.
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Post by: Rowellen on March 05, 2018, 01:50:02 AM
I removed a decluttering group from my facebook. I joined for inspiration but there were far too many people on there and most of them completely missed the point of decluttering and minimalism. An example: Someone put a post up with a poll. The question was should I get rid of this large and non-sentimental item that is never used and can find other solutions for if need be. Clearly the answer should have been "yes". More people had voted "no" than the "yes" and "replace with smaller item" options combined. Facepalm.

The final straw came today when I commented quite helpfully on a post and got a snarky comment back about hiw I should have read her other post that explained things differently. I almost made a snarky comment back (because why should I remember this one lady out of hundreds of posts that I may or may not have had come up on my feed) but I remembered why I have a general rule of not commenting on public posts and deleted my comment and the group instead. Should have done it weeks ago.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 05, 2018, 08:16:35 AM
Bracken, I just don't get WTF is filling peoples' garages??  All the houses in our neighborhood are large, and actually most people do park in their garages, but I see some that are just chock full of... what, exactly?  When we moved into this big house, it just made me extra vigilant about accumulating crap. 

Tools. Yard/garden equipment. Car stuff. Sports stuff. Bikes. Kids toys and outgrown stuff - this is a biggie. Off season holiday decorations. Motor cycles. In advanced cases, out of season clothing/out grown clothing. General catchall of stuff that should go away and doesn't.

Hub has two tractors for mowing the lawn, snow blower, garden cart for the tractor, wheel barrow, tons of tools in mechanics toolboxes, rakes, hoes, shovels, workbench, upright freezer, refrigerator, cabinets with groceries, paper products. Our boiler and water tank and oil tank are in the garage. We have a generator and an air compressor. And MUCH, MUCH more! We also have two sheds full of crap.

I am making a trip to the Goodwill today to dump a bunch of crap there. I have a ton of books that are impossible to sell on ebay. I paid $35 to $40 for some of these books and I see them for sale on ebay for $3.99 and free shipping! How on earth can you sell a book for that with free shipping? I think I am finally on a roll to declutter. Hub is getting on board with it too. Lived in this house since 1975 and more stuff came in that went out. We have rented dumpsters many, many times and filled them up but still have so much stuff! We never had kids either! Clutter creeps up on you!
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on March 05, 2018, 08:41:09 AM
I did a really big decluttering push in my home library a few months ago and got rid of hundreds of books.  That still left me 6 pretty full bookshelves.

On the No Gazingus Pin thread we've been talking about books and why we hold on to them, and I was inspired to go through one of the bookshelves again.  I pulled out 12 books I am sure I no longer want to keep and another 30 that I like but I never think about when I'm ready to reread a book.  If I'm not going to go look for it, do I really need to keep it?

I stacked those 30 on a shelf.  I'm giving myself one month to reread them.  If I don't read them, for whatever reason, they are going away.  If I do reread them, I can only keep a max of 5 from that pile.

Then I'll move on to the next bookshelf.
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Post by: MrsDinero on March 05, 2018, 08:42:50 AM
Last week I donated 1 large bag of clothes and 1 small bag of kitchen stuff.  I have since filled another bag with baby toys that are no longer age appropriate.

Now I have my eyes on an old Ikea dressers that is filled with crap in our spare room.  The plan is go through the old Ikea one and move what we are keeping to older and nicer, but smaller, antique dresser in the spare room.  What is currently in the antique one are old DVDs and Playstation 2 games.

The spare room is kind of a catch all for a lot of stuff we don't know what to do with.  I also use it as my home office, I would like to clean it up and make it nice for guests and me. 

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Post by: I'm a red panda on March 05, 2018, 09:04:19 AM
Got rid of the baby bouncer that someone gave us a few months ago. We really only needed a docking station for the baby when I was out of town (and DH said he only had her in it for about 10 minutes, we just don't use containers). Man that thing was a noisy eye sore!

Also got rid of a big pile of clothes from the pajama and workout drawer. Some, in rough shape, got turned into reusable tissues, but most went to consignment.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on March 05, 2018, 09:11:27 AM
Went through the "paper drawer" again. UGH it's endless. Especially with how much medical stuff I've had lately. The EOBs, bills, pharmacy receipts, etc, are endless. And I have to keep it all, because if we end up doing IVF this year, we'll be over that 7.5% medical spending. Anyway, everything I need to keep has been moved to the appropriate files, a bunch is in the bag to take to be shredded, a bunch in the recycling... feels good to occasionally hit "reset" on the pile. I'm really glad that drawer is space constrained, it forces me to deal with it more often, haha.
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Post by: shadowmoss on March 05, 2018, 09:45:50 AM
Pulling out stuff from drawers I found the business and Rolodex cards that made it through the first purge.  These are folks I knew in the 90's.  Took a picture of the ones I might want to search for someday and will shred the rest.  Filed some paperwork yesterday so at some point it will be easy to decide what can then be shredded.  Some needs to be kept for awhile yet, bit having it filed by subject will make it all easier I hope.
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Post by: MrsDinero on March 05, 2018, 09:54:24 AM
Went through the "paper drawer" again. UGH it's endless. Especially with how much medical stuff I've had lately. The EOBs, bills, pharmacy receipts, etc, are endless. And I have to keep it all, because if we end up doing IVF this year, we'll be over that 7.5% medical spending. Anyway, everything I need to keep has been moved to the appropriate files, a bunch is in the bag to take to be shredded, a bunch in the recycling... feels good to occasionally hit "reset" on the pile. I'm really glad that drawer is space constrained, it forces me to deal with it more often, haha.

I hate the paperwork!  We keep on top of all the incoming papers, but we are still working on going through drawers of old papers sorting what can be recycled, what needs to be scanned, and what needs to be shredded. 
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Post by: NoraLenderbee on March 05, 2018, 01:21:54 PM
Started filling our nice new Ikea file cabinets. Decided it was probably time to go through old tax papers. We err on the side of keeping financial documents. However--bank statements from 2001, medical bills from 1999, records from when I had a freelance business in 1986 for heaven's sake, address books from the same era--I filled up the recycling container (32 gallons) and have two cartons more. Vet bills and records from two deceased cats--these are not precious memorabilia, bye-bye. 20 years' worth of service records for my now-gone car--out.

I won't mention my husband's and my report cards from elementary school.
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Post by: shadowmoss on March 05, 2018, 08:12:03 PM
I did that paper purge last year.  Now I'm going back through what I kept that time.  Getting rid of some more papers, organizing the rest.  Yeah, I had tax papers, including the instructions for federal tax filing, from 1973.
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Post by: Happy Little Chipmunk on March 05, 2018, 10:44:42 PM
I'm with you on the paper purge! Just shreded 2 boxes of 10 year old checks.

I know that one whole drawer of the file cabinet is FULL of more of these. I was so upset when the bank stopped sending back my checks.

Hmmm. Maybe that indignation was a bit misplaced!
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Post by: Fresh Bread on March 05, 2018, 11:32:48 PM
I'm with you on the paper purge! Just shreded 2 boxes of 10 year old checks.

I know that one whole drawer of the file cabinet is FULL of more of these. I was so upset when the bank stopped sending back my checks.

Hmmm. Maybe that indignation was a bit misplaced!

It's already bizarre enough to me that the US still uses cheques, but I've never heard of a bank returning cheques to the account holder. It sends shivers down my decluttering spine...what on earth would be the purpose of keeping them once they've been cashed & processed? When did this practice stop?
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Post by: marty998 on March 06, 2018, 12:36:30 AM
I removed a decluttering group from my facebook. I joined for inspiration but there were far too many people on there and most of them completely missed the point of decluttering and minimalism. An example: Someone put a post up with a poll. The question was should I get rid of this large and non-sentimental item that is never used and can find other solutions for if need be. Clearly the answer should have been "yes". More people had voted "no" than the "yes" and "replace with smaller item" options combined. Facepalm.

The final straw came today when I commented quite helpfully on a post and got a snarky comment back about hiw I should have read her other post that explained things differently. I almost made a snarky comment back (because why should I remember this one lady out of hundreds of posts that I may or may not have had come up on my feed) but I remembered why I have a general rule of not commenting on public posts and deleted my comment and the group instead. Should have done it weeks ago.

Nice - In some respects our online profiles can become extremely cluttered.

A little bit of social media tidying up can do just as much good as a physical cleanup too!
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Post by: mustachepungoeshere on March 06, 2018, 12:48:24 AM
I removed a decluttering group from my facebook. I joined for inspiration but there were far too many people on there and most of them completely missed the point of decluttering and minimalism. An example: Someone put a post up with a poll. The question was should I get rid of this large and non-sentimental item that is never used and can find other solutions for if need be. Clearly the answer should have been "yes". More people had voted "no" than the "yes" and "replace with smaller item" options combined. Facepalm.

The final straw came today when I commented quite helpfully on a post and got a snarky comment back about hiw I should have read her other post that explained things differently. I almost made a snarky comment back (because why should I remember this one lady out of hundreds of posts that I may or may not have had come up on my feed) but I remembered why I have a general rule of not commenting on public posts and deleted my comment and the group instead. Should have done it weeks ago.

Nice - In some respects our online profiles can become extremely cluttered.

A little bit of social media tidying up can do just as much good as a physical cleanup too!

@marty998, are you breaking up with us? :P
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Post by: Sibley on March 06, 2018, 07:14:43 AM
I'm with you on the paper purge! Just shreded 2 boxes of 10 year old checks.

I know that one whole drawer of the file cabinet is FULL of more of these. I was so upset when the bank stopped sending back my checks.

Hmmm. Maybe that indignation was a bit misplaced!

It's already bizarre enough to me that the US still uses cheques, but I've never heard of a bank returning cheques to the account holder. It sends shivers down my decluttering spine...what on earth would be the purpose of keeping them once they've been cashed & processed? When did this practice stop?

Before internet, getting the canceled checked back was for record keeping purposes. Then many banks started scanning and including the images in the monthly bank stmt in lieu of the actual cancelled check. The next iteration was check images available online, and that's where we are now. Check usage is continuing to decline, but honestly until local governments and certain banks get their act together there will still be some checks needed.

FYI - Citizen One auto loans technically have online payments. It really sucked last I checked, so much so that it's easier to pay via check.
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Post by: Goldielocks on March 06, 2018, 10:52:49 AM
I'm with you on the paper purge! Just shreded 2 boxes of 10 year old checks.

I know that one whole drawer of the file cabinet is FULL of more of these. I was so upset when the bank stopped sending back my checks.

Hmmm. Maybe that indignation was a bit misplaced!

It's already bizarre enough to me that the US still uses cheques, but I've never heard of a bank returning cheques to the account holder. It sends shivers down my decluttering spine...what on earth would be the purpose of keeping them once they've been cashed & processed? When did this practice stop?
Remember the statement: "Your canceled cheque is your receipt"?
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 06, 2018, 11:28:41 AM
One book given away. One crate of swimming gear put in cellar. Bag with bicycle stuff putin shed outside (there is over a meter snow outside and I won't be cycling for months). Tomorrow: 2 library books back to library, maybe all 3, although the third one hasn't reached the date yet.
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Post by: Fresh Bread on March 06, 2018, 12:25:10 PM
I'm with you on the paper purge! Just shreded 2 boxes of 10 year old checks.

I know that one whole drawer of the file cabinet is FULL of more of these. I was so upset when the bank stopped sending back my checks.

Hmmm. Maybe that indignation was a bit misplaced!

It's already bizarre enough to me that the US still uses cheques, but I've never heard of a bank returning cheques to the account holder. It sends shivers down my decluttering spine...what on earth would be the purpose of keeping them once they've been cashed & processed? When did this practice stop?

Before internet, getting the canceled checked back was for record keeping purposes. Then many banks started scanning and including the images in the monthly bank stmt in lieu of the actual cancelled check. The next iteration was check images available online, and that's where we are now. Check usage is continuing to decline, but honestly until local governments and certain banks get their act together there will still be some checks needed.

FYI - Citizen One auto loans technically have online payments. It really sucked last I checked, so much so that it's easier to pay via check.

But... In the UK and Australia we just get a line on our paper or online statement "cheque no. XXXX". In our possession we have the cheque stub where we've recorded the payee and amount to cross check. I don't know why you'd need to see it I guess is my question?
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Post by: Fresh Bread on March 06, 2018, 12:31:42 PM
I'm with you on the paper purge! Just shreded 2 boxes of 10 year old checks.

I know that one whole drawer of the file cabinet is FULL of more of these. I was so upset when the bank stopped sending back my checks.

Hmmm. Maybe that indignation was a bit misplaced!

It's already bizarre enough to me that the US still uses cheques, but I've never heard of a bank returning cheques to the account holder. It sends shivers down my decluttering spine...what on earth would be the purpose of keeping them once they've been cashed & processed? When did this practice stop?
Remember the statement: "Your canceled cheque is your receipt"?

No I've never heard that, I think that's a US thing. But then again, cheques died out in the 90s when I was only just adult. You'd be hard pressed to get anyone to accept a personal cheque in a shop in Australia unless you personally knew them! I got a refund cheque from the government - it had to be a cheque because it was a third party refund - and it caused much trouble at the bank...Took about ten minutes for the teller to figure out what to do!
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Post by: oneday on March 06, 2018, 01:47:47 PM
Success in getting rid of stuff/clearing out the front porch.  I had disassembled an old cal king waterbed frame* & placed the pieces on the front porch.  The mattress was still inside, but massively in the way.  Had been stressing as nobody was interested in it even for free, but someone took all of it today! 

Also found another person to take a smaller cabinet.

Also was able to toss the plastic wrapping the new mattress came in...had used it to cover the bed frame from the recent rain.

I can't believe the last time I posted here was only 4 days ago.  Seems like an eternity!

In that time I got rid of another heaping box to donate*, some random lumber we had sitting around and a bunch of trash uncovered while packing/staging for the photos that will be in the real estate listing.  I even threw away my pillow, which I had such a hard time finding a replacement for. I had purchased 2 other pillows, and one of them feels good now that it is on a new mattress.  Winner!

*Including more ugly dťcor items that STBX never liked, either.  Including two pillow covers.  When I said, "Are you sure?  Your brother brought these all the way from Thailand", he responded, "I doubt that."  WTF, STBX?  How can you not remember that!!!  Also, would I lie about that? Really?
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Post by: Sibley on March 06, 2018, 02:36:30 PM
I'm with you on the paper purge! Just shreded 2 boxes of 10 year old checks.

I know that one whole drawer of the file cabinet is FULL of more of these. I was so upset when the bank stopped sending back my checks.

Hmmm. Maybe that indignation was a bit misplaced!

It's already bizarre enough to me that the US still uses cheques, but I've never heard of a bank returning cheques to the account holder. It sends shivers down my decluttering spine...what on earth would be the purpose of keeping them once they've been cashed & processed? When did this practice stop?

Before internet, getting the canceled checked back was for record keeping purposes. Then many banks started scanning and including the images in the monthly bank stmt in lieu of the actual cancelled check. The next iteration was check images available online, and that's where we are now. Check usage is continuing to decline, but honestly until local governments and certain banks get their act together there will still be some checks needed.

FYI - Citizen One auto loans technically have online payments. It really sucked last I checked, so much so that it's easier to pay via check.

But... In the UK and Australia we just get a line on our paper or online statement "cheque no. XXXX". In our possession we have the cheque stub where we've recorded the payee and amount to cross check. I don't know why you'd need to see it I guess is my question?

You're assuming that the US financial system is logical. Stop that. ;)
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Post by: Poundwise on March 06, 2018, 04:27:34 PM
Finally took a large bin of odd socks and wornout clothes from the garage to my car. This doesn't sound like much, but getting rid of textile recycling has been on my list for a long, long time.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on March 06, 2018, 04:36:43 PM
I'm not sure who the dude living in my house is, but he CAN'T be my husband. Evidence: he has voluntarily gone through his shoes (not a hard task, he owns maybe six pairs) to get rid of the ones that are no longer fit for wear. He only kept one really crappy pair to use as painting shoes. This is just days after he voluntarily threw out some unwearable clothes. Who is he? What's happening?! I feel like years and years of setting a good example are finally paying off...
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 07, 2018, 04:32:11 AM
When I took my crap to the Goodwill store the other day I asked the attendant if they sell all of the stuff they receive in their store and he said they try to. However, he said that they get a lot of junk that has to be thrown out. He said people will donate shoes that are like 800 years old. So I thought I would throw in that if you are donating stuff, think twice about donating junk. Because, if they don't think it is worthwhile, they are going to toss it into the dumpster. Even charities have standards of what they will sell.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 07, 2018, 06:30:33 AM
Don't remember whether I have mentioned this before, so I'll do it again...

We are sometimes discussing our plans for after FIRE. The plans involve making several long trips in a pleasant whether part of the year. And living far north for a whole winter. And after that relocation until we have found the perfect place to live in a LCOL area, hopefully after one try. We have been thinking about keeping our cabin to store our outdoor gear and use that place as a basis to go to between trips (despite not having running water/washing machine).

What to do with the rest of our house. We have a vague plan of selling all the stuff we are not very attached to and than at a later time buying similar stuff back second hand. We are planning to get rid of most of the big things, like sofa, guest beds, our own bed, closets, dining table and chairs, office chair. And then only keep some hobby stuff, some kitchen things and maybe some tools. Then we hope it will fit into a very small container/room that we can rent during that period.

But if I am only thinking about it, the thought does scare me a bit. What of the year of travelling is disappointing. Then it is not a simple matter of starting over again. It does require buying all this stuff again, second hand. In a low density area this might be more difficult than in a city.
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Post by: firelight on March 07, 2018, 07:57:58 AM
This thread is such an inspiration! I'm visiting my parents and got a chance to clear out some of my college work (been 10 years since I finished) that I didn't know my mom had saved. Almost all went into recycling. I also found a box of my sentimentals I had stored that I'm working through. I want to be finished by end of trip so I can leave nothing at parents' place. Just glad I had the sense 10 years ago (before I left home) to go through everything, I mean everything, from my past 20 years of life and reduce it to one box of stuff. Doing it now would've been so stressful.
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Post by: oneday on March 07, 2018, 12:29:06 PM
Don't remember whether I have mentioned this before, so I'll do it again...

We are sometimes discussing our plans for after FIRE. The plans involve making several long trips in a pleasant whether part of the year. And living far north for a whole winter. And after that relocation until we have found the perfect place to live in a LCOL area, hopefully after one try. We have been thinking about keeping our cabin to store our outdoor gear and use that place as a basis to go to between trips (despite not having running water/washing machine).

What to do with the rest of our house. We have a vague plan of selling all the stuff we are not very attached to and than at a later time buying similar stuff back second hand. We are planning to get rid of most of the big things, like sofa, guest beds, our own bed, closets, dining table and chairs, office chair. And then only keep some hobby stuff, some kitchen things and maybe some tools. Then we hope it will fit into a very small container/room that we can rent during that period.

But if I am only thinking about it, the thought does scare me a bit. What of the year of travelling is disappointing. Then it is not a simple matter of starting over again. It does require buying all this stuff again, second hand. In a low density area this might be more difficult than in a city.

I'm not good with emotions, but maybe some math can help your decision a little easier?

What % do you think that you will find travelling disappointing?  If it's low, then maybe you don't need to worry much about this problem, but if it's high, then more math.

What would it cost to simply store your large possessions for a year?  Are you willing to pay that amount as insurance against the probability that travel is disappointing?

What would it cost to store only some of these items for a year, maybe only the mattress, dining table & chairs?  That would make a bare-minimum functional home while you worked on acquiring the rest of the items you need/want second hand.  Are you willing to pay *that* amount as insurance against the probability that travel is disappointing?

What would it cost to purchase the bare-minimum items new while you worked on acquiring the rest of the items you need/want second hand.  Are you willing to pay *that* amount as insurance against the probability that travel is disappointing?

Maybe there are other scenarios you could consider?
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 07, 2018, 12:40:54 PM
Just threw out half a giant Rubbermaid full of paperwork and 3 ring binders. Have another pile of books for donation. So much stuff but it seems like very little new space has emerged. Very happy on my purging so far. But much more to go!

Do you think it is wise to stay in one room and purge it to the bones or go from room to room to get the massive clutter purged?
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Post by: Mongoose on March 07, 2018, 03:37:10 PM
Don't remember whether I have mentioned this before, so I'll do it again...

We are sometimes discussing our plans for after FIRE. The plans involve making several long trips in a pleasant whether part of the year. And living far north for a whole winter. And after that relocation until we have found the perfect place to live in a LCOL area, hopefully after one try. We have been thinking about keeping our cabin to store our outdoor gear and use that place as a basis to go to between trips (despite not having running water/washing machine).

What to do with the rest of our house. We have a vague plan of selling all the stuff we are not very attached to and than at a later time buying similar stuff back second hand. We are planning to get rid of most of the big things, like sofa, guest beds, our own bed, closets, dining table and chairs, office chair. And then only keep some hobby stuff, some kitchen things and maybe some tools. Then we hope it will fit into a very small container/room that we can rent during that period.

But if I am only thinking about it, the thought does scare me a bit. What of the year of travelling is disappointing. Then it is not a simple matter of starting over again. It does require buying all this stuff again, second hand. In a low density area this might be more difficult than in a city.

Can you use the cabin as a storage shed while you travel? Is it large enough for you to disassemble and stack some of the items against walls but still have usable space for between trips? We have done this when we moved into a very much smaller space for awhile but knew it was temporary.
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Post by: CU Tiger on March 07, 2018, 07:27:20 PM
Just threw out half a giant Rubbermaid full of paperwork and 3 ring binders. Have another pile of books for donation. So much stuff but it seems like very little new space has emerged. Very happy on my purging so far. But much more to go!

Do you think it is wise to stay in one room and purge it to the bones or go from room to room to get the massive clutter purged?

Do what works for you, but I prefer to do one room or one hot spot at a time. Focusing on one area and getting it done well satisfies some need for order I have.

Marie Kondo has a different method. Her method is doing all clothes together, then later all books, all paper, etc. no matter where they are stored.

The point is, all roads lead to Rome, you just have to pick a route that suits you.
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Post by: Fresh Bread on March 07, 2018, 07:54:30 PM
The Marie Kondo method is good for finding out what you actually own, what's duplicated and then working out where to store it best, but it's an all at once type approach so you have to live with a lot of mess til you're done if you follow it to the letter. Of course you could just adapt it and do one category and then put everything away as best you can. Since its aim is minimalism I think it works best if you're not overwhelmed with stuff and just need to find a place for everything and so it worked for me but is still a work in progress - we realised we need a different living situation - less living space, more garage type space! (We have a bedroom full of stuff that should be in a shed or garage). Tackling a space at a time sounds more practical to me if you have a lot of stuff and that's what we did at my sister's place which was more of a hoarder situation.
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Post by: Goldielocks on March 07, 2018, 10:31:35 PM
I bit the bullet and am now advertising a Freecycle event I am organizing next month... the first in our area.  A community group is donating their hall for 3 days so we can hold it.  BUT... I am having trouble getting volunteers...(to help receive goods and direct people on the day of).   Any suggestions?
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 07, 2018, 11:21:57 PM
Don't remember whether I have mentioned this before, so I'll do it again...

We are sometimes discussing our plans for after FIRE. The plans involve making several long trips in a pleasant whether part of the year. And living far north for a whole winter. And after that relocation until we have found the perfect place to live in a LCOL area, hopefully after one try. We have been thinking about keeping our cabin to store our outdoor gear and use that place as a basis to go to between trips (despite not having running water/washing machine).

What to do with the rest of our house. We have a vague plan of selling all the stuff we are not very attached to and than at a later time buying similar stuff back second hand. We are planning to get rid of most of the big things, like sofa, guest beds, our own bed, closets, dining table and chairs, office chair. And then only keep some hobby stuff, some kitchen things and maybe some tools. Then we hope it will fit into a very small container/room that we can rent during that period.

But if I am only thinking about it, the thought does scare me a bit. What of the year of travelling is disappointing. Then it is not a simple matter of starting over again. It does require buying all this stuff again, second hand. In a low density area this might be more difficult than in a city.

Can you use the cabin as a storage shed while you travel? Is it large enough for you to disassemble and stack some of the items against walls but still have usable space for between trips? We have done this when we moved into a very much smaller space for awhile but knew it was temporary.

The cabin is only 60 square meters, which is quite small. It has a low attic where we can pack a number of boxes if we stuff it in. I think that is where we would store our hobby stuff. No room for storing the sofa. Maybe we could fit our comfy chairs in the room, although they would be in the way.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 07, 2018, 11:29:35 PM
What would it cost to simply store your large possessions for a year?  Are you willing to pay that amount as insurance against the probability that travel is disappointing?

What would it cost to store only some of these items for a year, maybe only the mattress, dining table & chairs?  That would make a bare-minimum functional home while you worked on acquiring the rest of the items you need/want second hand.  Are you willing to pay *that* amount as insurance against the probability that travel is disappointing?

What would it cost to purchase the bare-minimum items new while you worked on acquiring the rest of the items you need/want second hand.  Are you willing to pay *that* amount as insurance against the probability that travel is disappointing?

Maybe there are other scenarios you could consider?

I am pretty certain I would enjoy the travelling, as we intend to do things I enjoy. We are not going into a new type of travelling.

I will check prices of a storage shed. My colleague who has used it said it was surpricingly cheap, even in a HCOL area. And we could use a LCOL area to store. I will look at which of the large things (that don't fit into the cabin) I want to keep and what that would cost to store.
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Now I have checked some prices. I found out that there is such a thing as "city store", which is only need cities in HCOL areas. This is for people who often want to visit their stuff. This is pricy. I don't need this type of easily accessible storage, so we could find something cheaper.

Yes, the math says that this is an option. Thank you for reminding me.

And we could very well live on a minimum amount of stuff for a period. We are used to camping in a tent.

What I am not looking very much forward to mentally is moving our stuff around to different places several times. But maybe we shouldn't do this. Just sell most of the big stuff, like the sofa's and the dining table. Maybe keep 2 foldable chairs and a camping table, as well as basic kitchen stuff. We can sleep on camping mattresses until we buy a new mattress. I guess it is doable. And I guess it would feel better to sell more and rebuy second hand, then having to store too much in a container.

I think I will start making some lists for myself of we could keep and sell.
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Post by: middo on March 07, 2018, 11:44:20 PM
Just threw out half a giant Rubbermaid full of paperwork and 3 ring binders. Have another pile of books for donation. So much stuff but it seems like very little new space has emerged. Very happy on my purging so far. But much more to go!

Do you think it is wise to stay in one room and purge it to the bones or go from room to room to get the massive clutter purged?

Personally, I would feel much more achievement at finishing a room, knowing it can be done, than doing a little bit in each room.  We recently culled the study, and it was great.  Next is one of the adult kids rooms.  They are never here, and don't look at their stuff when they are here.  We will post pics of their stuff on messenger, and if they don't tell us explicitly they want it, out it goes!
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Post by: firelight on March 08, 2018, 01:59:43 AM
I bit the bullet and am now advertising a Freecycle event I am organizing next month... the first in our area.  A community group is donating their hall for 3 days so we can hold it.  BUT... I am having trouble getting volunteers...(to help receive goods and direct people on the day of).   Any suggestions?
Maybe let the volunteers have first dibs on going through the stuff? Some might be interested if they can pick through what's available first.
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Post by: LaineyAZ on March 08, 2018, 07:43:14 AM
I bit the bullet and am now advertising a Freecycle event I am organizing next month... the first in our area.  A community group is donating their hall for 3 days so we can hold it.  BUT... I am having trouble getting volunteers...(to help receive goods and direct people on the day of).   Any suggestions?

Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts?  or check with larger employers who usually have an Employees Club that includes employees who like doing these one-time projects.
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Post by: Happy Little Chipmunk on March 08, 2018, 12:10:07 PM
Our community has a two day "back to school" Freecycle event and they do a good job pulling in volunteers using many of the tips people here have suggested.

If you volunteer or donate, you don't pay the nominal $2 (?) entrance fee and they encourage people to bring only items in good repair; if it needs fixing, this isn't the place for it. Volunteers get early access to some of the stuff and they pull in middle schoolers & high schoolers for those all-important volunteer hours. The second day at noon they don't charge an entrance fee and they schedule in advance for a non-profit to come and glean what they want. Everything else gets taken to the dump at the end of the day (that's part of what the $2 goes towards.)

It's a fun event & I always find something I can use!

Over the past 3 days I've shreded more checks - loved the discussion about the silliness of returning checks! Yep, I still write at least a couple every month. Someday we will come out of the dark ages. Had some nice memories in there...so that's when we built the retaining wall...oh yeah, I remember when DD took violin lessons!

Also donated playground equipment and art supplies to our local school, dropped off 3 bags at Goodwill & tidied up the basement because we had the HVAC people here to clean the duct work.

There's much less cat dander in the air, my skin is not nearly as itchy and I am tantalized by the possibility of being pain-free. Baby steps.....
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 09, 2018, 11:46:52 AM
My husband is decluttering a bit too much... he has somehow lost 2 books he is halfway in reading. I have been looking in the house and cannot find them. I hope they are at our cabin so that they are not completely gone.
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Post by: Poundwise on March 10, 2018, 06:33:16 AM
My husband is decluttering a bit too much... he has somehow lost 2 books he is halfway in reading. I have been looking in the house and cannot find them. I hope they are at our cabin so that they are not completely gone.

Linda, that made me smile!  In my house, too much decluttering is not the reason we lose things!

I had a double win... was mailing a package to my brother in law... remembered how he was saying that because of the plastic bags ban in his community, he was having trouble finding pooper scooper bags for his dog.  So I bundled up big quantities of grocery bags that I have saved and used them as packing material!  I do use reusable bags when I can remember, but every grocery shopping trip is 15-20 bags so they accumulate fast.

I recently bought a new parka but have not been wearing it because it is so new and beautiful that I didn't want to get it dirty.  But yesterday I bit the bullet and donated the shabby old coat. My kids were sad because they kind of think of the coat as part of me as I have been wearing it since before they were born!
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Post by: I'm a red panda on March 10, 2018, 06:38:22 AM
Got rid of all the baby tights (she never wore a pair) and all the tiny socks. Weeded out clothes below size 9 months, kept 25% of them for hypothetical future baby. We have way too much.
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Post by: oneday on March 10, 2018, 09:54:27 PM
Last push to pack up the house today. Another 2 big boxes to donate, various items in the trash and another box for the haz mat place. Done packing for the time being. Next phase is minor home improvements to make the condo show its best, so the only decluttering will be tossing any trash generated by that, which is just normal life. So I'll be lurking until we can sell. I miss being able to post here when I don't have anything to get rid of.
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Post by: Step37 on March 10, 2018, 10:18:14 PM
Got news from the consignment place that they sold one of my dresses... so thatís never coming back, and Iíll get $50.
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Post by: better late on March 10, 2018, 10:26:18 PM
Filed or shredded about 2 inches of paper today. Geeze.
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Post by: Goldielocks on March 12, 2018, 12:38:09 AM
I went to check on my aunt's vacation place while she is gone for the winter.. ( a 400 sqft one bedroom condo downtown).   In the small kitchen, I counted 24 dinner plates.   I dd not even bother to count the bowls, salad plates, or assorted individual serving pieces.   AHH...there is no way 12 people would fit inside her place, let alone 24!   I should probably ask if she wants help to go through it when she is in town (she doesn't have a car, which may be part of the challenge for her, at least I hope that is the issue).
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 12, 2018, 01:50:11 AM
I went to check on my aunt's vacation place while she is gone for the winter.. ( a 400 sqft one bedroom condo downtown).   In the small kitchen, I counted 24 dinner plates.   I dd not even bother to count the bowls, salad plates, or assorted individual serving pieces.   AHH...there is no way 12 people would fit inside her place, let alone 24!   I should probably ask if she wants help to go through it when she is in town (she doesn't have a car, which may be part of the challenge for her, at least I hope that is the issue).

Even if you have just a few guests, they can behave in a way that you need many dishes. In our cabin we have 4 plates, and both at the cabin and at home we have only 6 sets of cutlery. When we are having guests and having breakfast, I usually ask them to leave the plates and cutlery on the table, so we can reuse those at lunch. But before I know it, FIL has already piled up the dishes and cutlery and put it in the kitchen (he has done so many times). This means we have to wash dishes before we can have lunch... In that case it would have been useful to have more dishes and cutlery. Same with glasses, if guests don't have a habit of keeping their own glass and reusing it, there can be a lot of glasses used during a day.

I do agree that 24 dinner plates is a bit much and half the amount would probably do the job just as well.
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Post by: NoraLenderbee on March 12, 2018, 10:56:48 AM
Put a bag and a box of donations in my car. It'll be easy to drop them off at Goodwill this week.
Husband shredded bags and bags of papers.
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Post by: Goldielocks on March 13, 2018, 02:09:37 AM
Linda,  I see what you are getting at.... The challenge is the small apartment only has 4 chairs / seating of any sort.   It would be hard to get more than 4 people together in there at one time.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 13, 2018, 05:37:06 AM
I used to own a timeshare that slept 6 people. In the kitchen there were 6 of everything including cutlery. If you ran out of forks, too bad, wash them. It worked out fine because we ate out a lot anyway and there was a dishwasher so we loaded it up at night and let it do it's thing. In the meantime, if we were cooking and happened to run out of silverware, we had to wash it. No biggie!
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Post by: MrsDinero on March 13, 2018, 07:23:18 AM
Just sold my Ergo 360! 

I'm working on the spare room/my office/Etsy photography studio now.  My goal is to fill 2 bags with either trash or donate items.



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Post by: Mongoose on March 13, 2018, 07:54:02 AM
One kid room approaching minimalism and kid loves it. Favorite toys are easy to find. Imagination is soaring. Second kid room is much better. Kid 1 has some anxiety and wants to keep everything. We got some nice boxes so the things were still around but contained. They will probably rarely if ever emerge from the closet but that's ok. Room is cleaner and anxiety minimalized.

I think cleaning out the cars, especially the glove boxes, should be our next big excavation.
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Post by: Nancy on March 13, 2018, 11:41:37 AM
Just went on vacation, and I realized while I was away how completely fine I'd be without most of my stuff.

Also, why do I have so many pens? Are they reproducing in the drawer?

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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on March 13, 2018, 12:46:20 PM
I emailed the children's librarian at the local public library to see if they could use Lego sets.  I thought they could let people check them out as full sets.  She said they have Lego free play once a week, and they are running low, so I can just dump them all in a box and bring them in.  As soon as the kids get back from their spring break trip, the vast majority of the Legos are leaving the house!!!

Last night I also got rid of half of the hangers in my closet (they must be breeding) and, for the second time this year, attempted to sort my desk.  I'm getting better at dumping paper in the shred box.  Once I finish the third pass of the desk, I'll probably be able to see the top of it.
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Post by: FIRE-ing in the UK on March 13, 2018, 02:03:56 PM
In an attempt to make the house less of an embarrassment for when we were having company round, I "tided". I now have a box and 6 bags worth of crap stuff which is hidden in various places around the house.

And I seem to have a massive problem with paperwork. No matter how much I think I am on top of it there are always piles of it waiting to be filed/shredded. I think the paper fairy comes in whilst we're at work and lovingly scatters paper around the house. 
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Post by: RetiredAt63 on March 13, 2018, 06:14:35 PM
The paper menace is reduced at my house.  I cancelled the paper, I can read it with my online subscription so they still get funding.  And, I called the phone number on the bag all the advertising comes in.  They sent me a sticker for my mail box, and since then I have had 1 piece of advertising (coupons for a fast-food place).  My recycling box used to be full every week .  Now I am going 2-3 weeks.  It's wonderful!
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Post by: Nederstash on March 14, 2018, 04:19:32 AM
After reading all these updates I'm just raring to go declutter again! My last stint was around New Year's so I wonder if I'll have much more to get rid of... update soon.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 14, 2018, 05:56:13 AM
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Also, why do I have so many pens? Are they reproducing in the drawer?

Ah, are you that person who always takes my pen when they stop to talk at my desk? ;-)
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Post by: Nancy on March 14, 2018, 06:34:23 AM
Who me? Look! What's that over there? (snatches pen.. runs away!)
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Post by: middo on March 14, 2018, 08:32:40 PM
More clutter from the shed went into the bin today.  (We have no recycling at all).  Including a steel box that had been damaged by my son and was repairable.  He had made me a new one, but the old one was just taking up space.

I also decluttered my wardrobe a bit last weekend.  Some old shirts became rags.  One got donated to my son.  Most were too thin to be donated, so rags they are.  They will get used fairly quickly on our hobby farm.
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Post by: Bee21 on March 15, 2018, 03:35:38 AM
Well, i had a full blown nervous breakdown with tears and yelling and binned about 5 bags full of crap from my youngest kid's room. It was horrible. I tossed rubbish, toys, clothes, books, gkw. Tomorrow i will attack the other kid's room. I didn't even bother with a donation or recycling part, i just wanted them out of my life.

Sometimes I feel that we would be better off if i just removed banknotes from my purse and put it straight in the bin. I would save myself the cleaning and decluttering part.
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Post by: Astatine on March 15, 2018, 03:52:25 AM
Bee21, that sounds pretty rough. :/ Hope your decluttering journey goes more smoothly in th the future.



I organised a clothes/homewares swap with one of my social circles for the end of April. So far only one person has said yes to attending but hopefully I'll get a few to show up. Anything unclaimed will go to a charity or recycle place whose ethics align with mine (they're few and far between these days).

Before then, though, DH and I will do a run out to the recycle shed and book/DVD/CD charity donation place to get rid of things I know none of my friends/acquaintances will want to take. Things like a spice rack I bought second hand, obscure DVDs and CDs, that kind of thing.
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Post by: chicwhitesox1 on March 15, 2018, 03:57:43 AM
getting rid of your personal stuff is very hard to do specially if it's part of your childhood
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 15, 2018, 04:28:49 AM
I bought this little hand scanner to scan photographs from old photo albums. UGH, UGH, UGH, it got old fast and I don't want to do anymore. I found this place that will send you a box and you bundle like size pictures together and they will scan them and put them on a DVD or if you pay a little more a thumb drive. They will also send you a link to the pictures. I am seriously thinking about using this service. However, getting all the albums together and bundling the pictures will be a CHORE too. You get all the pictures back once they are done. Then it is like...you have to store them if you don't have the heart to toss them. Have any of you used this service?

This is the issue for me. I am an only child and my Mom and Dad have passed away. Nobody will want the pictures or the thumb drive, so...what is the point except the control the clutter? Any words of wisdom?

http://www.scanmyphotos.com/photo-scanning/prepaid-photo-scanning-box.html
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Post by: aoedae on March 15, 2018, 06:17:52 AM
Jumping back on this thread after a failed attempt last year...

I've been doing some aggressive eBaying to reduce my clothing stock. Have sold perhaps 50 items in the last 2 months, for around £600 profit.

My goals is to have everything sold by 7th June when I move room.

On Thursday 15th March:

Taking a bag of old odds and ends to the charity shop today too...
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Post by: AmandaPanda on March 15, 2018, 07:04:20 AM
We have decided to move! I thought I'd done a pretty decent job decluttering last year, buuuuut now of course I see loads of stuff that I kept and didn't necessarily need to.  My goal is to get rid of 2 full car loads to a donation center.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 15, 2018, 08:05:21 AM
I bought this little hand scanner to scan photographs from old photo albums. UGH, UGH, UGH, it got old fast and I don't want to do anymore. I found this place that will send you a box and you bundle like size pictures together and they will scan them and put them on a DVD or if you pay a little more a thumb drive. They will also send you a link to the pictures. I am seriously thinking about using this service. However, getting all the albums together and bundling the pictures will be a CHORE too. You get all the pictures back once they are done. Then it is like...you have to store them if you don't have the heart to toss them. Have any of you used this service?

This is the issue for me. I am an only child and my Mom and Dad have passed away. Nobody will want the pictures or the thumb drive, so...what is the point except the control the clutter? Any words of wisdom?

http://www.scanmyphotos.com/photo-scanning/prepaid-photo-scanning-box.html

Roadrunner, I used a similar scanning service last year. On the one hand, I'm frustrated that the service de-organized all my documents for their scanning, leaving me with a random assortment of unlabelled, uncategorized docs -which I need to go through one at a time to find which ones didn't get scanned. Ugh.

On the other, even though that's the case, I'm so happy I got it done! I love having everything backed up digitally and am slowly shredding many of the papers.

The photos I kept the hard copies of, because I prefer hard copies. But in my case those are one small bundle (fits in my two hands). I love having them digitally and physically.
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on March 15, 2018, 10:37:56 AM
I bought this little hand scanner to scan photographs from old photo albums. UGH, UGH, UGH, it got old fast and I don't want to do anymore. I found this place that will send you a box and you bundle like size pictures together and they will scan them and put them on a DVD or if you pay a little more a thumb drive. They will also send you a link to the pictures. I am seriously thinking about using this service. However, getting all the albums together and bundling the pictures will be a CHORE too. You get all the pictures back once they are done. Then it is like...you have to store them if you don't have the heart to toss them. Have any of you used this service?

This is the issue for me. I am an only child and my Mom and Dad have passed away. Nobody will want the pictures or the thumb drive, so...what is the point except the control the clutter? Any words of wisdom?

http://www.scanmyphotos.com/photo-scanning/prepaid-photo-scanning-box.html

If any of the pictures go back to past generations (your grandparents and further), you might want to see if any of your cousins want them.  I'm the family genealogist, and I'm always trying to track down pictures that ended up with other branches of the family.
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on March 15, 2018, 10:43:07 AM
Well, i had a full blown nervous breakdown with tears and yelling and binned about 5 bags full of crap from my youngest kid's room. It was horrible. I tossed rubbish, toys, clothes, books, gkw. Tomorrow i will attack the other kid's room. I didn't even bother with a donation or recycling part, i just wanted them out of my life.

Sometimes I feel that we would be better off if i just removed banknotes from my purse and put it straight in the bin. I would save myself the cleaning and decluttering part.

@Bee21 , how old are your kids?  Are they old enough to help you with the decluttering?

I have had many similar breakdowns over the quantity of crap.  That started me decluttering the whole house last fall.  My kids are 8, 10, and 12, and when we got to their rooms I was blown away by how much they participated.  We used the Marie Kondo method - pick up every single item and see whether it brings you joy.  I could tell on their faces.  The youngest told me a story about each toy that didn't spark that reaction, and then we put it in the giveaway box.  It's been months, and not a single kid has complained about missing any of the stuff or not having enough stuff.  They actually play with the toys that are left more now.

Since we started decluttering, our spending habits have changed enormously. I'm not going to buy it if it isn't going to be used up completely (soon) or be played with for a very long time.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 15, 2018, 11:38:41 AM
I have no kids or grandkids so I am not one that should have an opinion but I am a casual observer. It makes me cringe when Christmas rolls around and friends are killing themselves to find the newest and latest toys. Some are expensive and hard to come by. My friend who can't really afford these things makes sure the grandkids get a bunch of goodies. I asked her recently if they were still playing with the Hatchible toy thingie that was popular two Christmas's ago and she pretty much said no. UGH, she killed herself getting these stupid toys and within no time they are at the bottom of the toy box to never be seen again. I don't know what the answer is but these toys are just mostly stupid junk and a waste of money. Does anyone have a solution to Christmas gifts for kids? The toys bring them joy for a very short time and then they are bored with them.
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on March 16, 2018, 09:16:25 AM
@Roadrunner53  , we told our kids (8, 10, 12) last year that we weren't buying them a singe toy for Christmas.  Instead, they each got the following:
1) a gift card to their favorite restaurant, to treat the family on a day of their choosing
2) A gift certificate for an experience they had been asking for (roller skating, a trampoline park, and pottery lessons)
3) A $10 gift card to the used bookstore

They were THRILLED.  Youngest positively beamed as he paid for our meal a few weeks later.

Grandparents went overboard on toys and stuff, most of which will be decluttered this summer. 
The highlights for my kids were books and useful stuff (ipad chargers in different colors so they won't fight over them).

The oldest's favorite present was a book her uncle gave her with profiles of scientist women through history.  (I would NEVER have chosen this for her - I don't know what possessed him to pick it out, but it was an inspired purchase.)  She now wants to be an astrophysicist.

In the past, the kids have also been happy with a day with grandparents (to pick out a new outfit or new shoes), a day at the zoo, etc.  They like spending time with people doing stuff.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 16, 2018, 09:24:51 AM
FDM, very good ideas! Christmas has got to be overwhelming for everyone including the kids. My friend's grandkids also get presents from the parents, and the other set of grandparents. Plus, my friend is divorced so her ex and his new wife bring more gifts. OMG, I would be horrified with all this junk in the house.

Experiences are a nice way to spend time with the kids and not much clutter to deal with.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 16, 2018, 09:37:33 AM
My approach to Christmas stuff is three-pronged.

1. Have him clear space before Christmas. "The more you release, the more you receive." "Let's make space for Christmas presents." Etc. He lets loads of stuff go.

2. I focus on lower cost, more practical items he's been wishing for over the course of the year, including art supplies and cans of soup etc (our house is mostly homemade food, and he loves those tins). He receives gifts from two households -me, and grandma/auntie. I ask Other Household to consider things from that list, and I buy a couple of them as well. Grandma then also provides heaps of trinkets and interests from the local thrift shop, all of which he's very excited about and that we can give away again as soon as his interest wanes.

3. A few times each year we go through his stuff and give away anything he no longer needs/uses.
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Post by: Fresh Bread on March 16, 2018, 02:30:15 PM
A little off topic, but what are good ideas for experience gifts for very young kids eg 5 years and under? I almost feel sick when I see the volume of gifts my friends' kids get and the amount of plastic is especially gross. I would like to get them something though.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: aoedae on March 16, 2018, 04:05:04 PM
Taking a bag of old odds and ends to the charity shop today too...

I did this, have a second batch of charity shop items to take in on Monday, have sold a couple more eBay items (3, to be precise), and cleared out 2 of my old boxes.

Sadly I found some moths had eaten their way through my merino woollens when they were in my ex-partner's storage (boo!), but I found a bonus fleece (yay!) and waterproof trousers, and cleared out an entire plastic box and stored the components in their categories/drawers.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 16, 2018, 04:54:34 PM
A little off topic, but what are good ideas for experience gifts for very young kids eg 5 years and under? I almost feel sick when I see the volume of gifts my friends' kids get and the amount of plastic is especially gross. I would like to get them something though.

Up to age 3, I wouldn't bother with any version of a gift. Just do special fun things, like make crafts and visit a Christmas train or something.

If they're aware of xmas excess by 3 or so, I would get them a couple of special little things -a can of sparkling juice and a bag of favourite munchies- and maybe make a booklet of images representing a fun thing you'll do together once a month (restaurant, movie out, walk in the snow). They can enjoy the booklet, you guys can talk about each thing in it, she can look forward to each one...
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Post by: Fresh Bread on March 16, 2018, 05:12:30 PM
A little off topic, but what are good ideas for experience gifts for very young kids eg 5 years and under? I almost feel sick when I see the volume of gifts my friends' kids get and the amount of plastic is especially gross. I would like to get them something though.

Up to age 3, I wouldn't bother with any version of a gift. Just do special fun things, like make crafts and visit a Christmas train or something.

If they're aware of xmas excess by 3 or so, I would get them a couple of special little things -a can of sparkling juice and a bag of favourite munchies- and maybe make a booklet of images representing a fun thing you'll do together once a month (restaurant, movie out, walk in the snow). They can enjoy the booklet, you guys can talk about each thing in it, she can look forward to each one...

Cool thanks, although maybe not a walk in the snow because that would mean a 6hr road trip ;)
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 16, 2018, 05:37:07 PM
Cool thanks, although maybe not a walk in the snow because that would mean a 6hr road trip ;)

All the more special, unique, and exciting an experience then! ;)    Though maybe not so nice for Mr and Mrs Claus to listen that long to "are we theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere yet???"
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Post by: oneday on March 16, 2018, 08:06:35 PM
A little off topic, but what are good ideas for experience gifts for very young kids eg 5 years and under? I almost feel sick when I see the volume of gifts my friends' kids get and the amount of plastic is especially gross. I would like to get them something though.

For Christmas gifts one year, took Niece to a cat cafe (she adores cats), Nephew 1 to a kid-friendly, interactive science museum (he is all into science & also dinosaurs) and Nephew 2 to the zoo.  I think only Nephew 2 was under 5 at the time, though
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Post by: oneday on March 16, 2018, 08:10:51 PM
A little off topic, but what are good ideas for experience gifts for very young kids eg 5 years and under? I almost feel sick when I see the volume of gifts my friends' kids get and the amount of plastic is especially gross. I would like to get them something though.

Up to age 3, I wouldn't bother with any version of a gift. Just do special fun things, like make crafts and visit a Christmas train or something.

If they're aware of xmas excess by 3 or so, I would get them a couple of special little things -a can of sparkling juice and a bag of favourite munchies- and maybe make a booklet of images representing a fun thing you'll do together once a month (restaurant, movie out, walk in the snow). They can enjoy the booklet, you guys can talk about each thing in it, she can look forward to each one...

Oooo, good call. Nephew 1 loved trains when he was very young, pre-school age.  This would be a good experience gift.  Add on some hot chocolate or apple cider to make it really special!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 17, 2018, 04:17:01 AM
We bought some new lamps. I cleaed away the boxes and other package material. I registered for a local facebook group to give away the old lamp. It was a very cheap Ikea lamp, but still working.
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Post by: mspym on March 18, 2018, 02:45:39 PM
I've been thinking about getting rid of a lot of my manga for about 2 years now, slowly working my way through donating or giving it away to friends. It's hard because I want it to go to someone who will enjoy and appreciate it. [I am never going to sell it, I have made peace with that]

Anyway my brother and his family were here this weekend and his teen daughter spotted my collection and her eyes lit up. So she got the complete run of Ouran High Host Club & 3 omnibus volumes of Kitchen Princess and I get more shelf space and the knowledge that I made my niece really happy. Wins all round.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 18, 2018, 03:01:14 PM
I found a couple of staples when I was shopping last week (they were on my "replace" list) & as soon as I got home, I took out the old items being replaced, and hung the new items. I'm pretty jazzed, and have been looking for a lined blazer for years. I have broad shoulders, so it was hard to find a good fit without it looking sloppy throughout the rest of the jacket. Just in time for meetings next week.

I also culled the house of a random array of school papers & projects the kids brought home last week. And, finally trashed/recycled/shredded all of the mail that's built up over the past few weeks during my crazy schedule.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 18, 2018, 03:33:50 PM
After a recent move, reminded everywhere to continue using only my permanent mailing address. There's one exception to this, so I do need to check the local box, which was already full of two other people's important mail + flyers. Cleared all that out, and put a note inside the box to postal carrier to say what can and can't go in there now.
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Post by: Fresh Bread on March 18, 2018, 04:21:38 PM
I listed some kitchen stuff for sale, yay! No takers yet, so will probably end up giving it away. I rearranged the kitchen cupboard to fit in some of a preserving kit that I bought second hand. The big waterbath itself - IDK where to put it, it's too big.
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Post by: Mezzie on March 18, 2018, 04:31:16 PM
I got rid of socks that had lost their elasticity, two scrapbooks/photo albums if things I don't need to remember, and some paper clutter that's been piling up.

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Post by: Mongoose on March 19, 2018, 09:05:50 AM
We helped some friends move...wow! I don't even think they are especially extreme in what they have. So much stuff for only 3 people. Makes me want to cut back more. We will soon begin our spring cleaning. I'm hoping to declutter along the way.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 20, 2018, 07:09:56 PM
As usual, I need help re-paring down my papers. There's not so many, and probably 10 minutes of work -max- to refile them! They've been taunting me for some days. Especially with disabilities, life has soooooooooooooooooooooooo much paperwork! Each doc comes out of one file, gets merged with others, copied or scanned or faxed, sent out, refiled, repeat ad nauseam.

The other day I was envying whoever won the latest lottery, and I realized my underlying craving was to not have to do financial paperwork ever again!

Anyway, posting here so that I might do it by midnight tonight. Really, I only need to line up 2-3 songs to play and it can be done in that time.
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Post by: middo on March 20, 2018, 08:24:52 PM
I have an empty rubbish bin that will be collected tomorrow morning (No, we don't have recycling at all).  So this evening I am planning to remove some clutter.  The laundry cupboard is getting a clean up.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 20, 2018, 09:36:31 PM
Anyway, posting here so that I might do it by midnight tonight. Really, I only need to line up 2-3 songs to play and it can be done in that time.

Still haven't started! But I got all excited about hunkering down for food and treats and music and a puzzle, so now setting that combo as a reward. If my papers are done by 9pm, I get ALL THAT!

And...start!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 20, 2018, 09:59:20 PM
Done!!
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Post by: Step37 on March 20, 2018, 10:41:33 PM
Done!!

Yay!!! :)

It always feels so good to complete an onerous task.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 20, 2018, 11:07:03 PM
Yay!!! :)

It always feels so good to complete an onerous task.

Thanks so much, Step37, for celebrating with me!

It was a HUGE relief to get it done. I moved last week, and also completed a massive tax return, and had to do more paperwork for my kid, yadda yadda. That pile was really affecting my psyche; at the same time I just froze at every thought of how I'd get it done. Applying speed with a tight deadline + reward worked well. It took twice as long as I'd anticipated at first guess, even at the highest speed I could go.

It also freed up a basket that I got to move my socks and underwear into, so that's a big help too. Place looks great again :)
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Post by: TomTX on March 21, 2018, 07:07:20 PM
  I'm getting better at dumping paper in the shred box.  Once I finish the third pass of the desk, I'll probably be able to see the top of it.

I don't have a shred box. The shredder lives under my desk (it's more of a table than a desk) - misc single items just get put on top. When mail arrives, it goes to my desk to be sorted. After sorting, all the shred items (and all accumulated shred items) are shredded.
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Post by: Fresh Bread on March 21, 2018, 07:46:09 PM
I've finished my shredding pile. Woop!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 21, 2018, 09:16:54 PM
I've finished my shredding pile. Woop!

YEAH!!!
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 22, 2018, 04:59:05 AM
My shredder broke a few years ago. I now bag up all the paper for shredding and go to our Senior Center for their once yearly FREE shredding event! Usually in April so will be happening soon! YAY!
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on March 22, 2018, 07:54:06 AM
  I'm getting better at dumping paper in the shred box.  Once I finish the third pass of the desk, I'll probably be able to see the top of it.

I don't have a shred box. The shredder lives under my desk (it's more of a table than a desk) - misc single items just get put on top. When mail arrives, it goes to my desk to be sorted. After sorting, all the shred items (and all accumulated shred items) are shredded.

I have an 8-year-old who thinks shredding paper is one of the most fun activities ever (he's weird).  I dump paper in the box, he shreds it, everyone is happy :)
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Post by: TomTX on March 22, 2018, 08:25:54 AM
  I'm getting better at dumping paper in the shred box.  Once I finish the third pass of the desk, I'll probably be able to see the top of it.

I don't have a shred box. The shredder lives under my desk (it's more of a table than a desk) - misc single items just get put on top. When mail arrives, it goes to my desk to be sorted. After sorting, all the shred items (and all accumulated shred items) are shredded.

I have an 8-year-old who thinks shredding paper is one of the most fun activities ever (he's weird).  I dump paper in the box, he shreds it, everyone is happy :)

Usually it's the 4 year old here ;)
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Post by: Sibley on March 22, 2018, 08:40:19 AM
  I'm getting better at dumping paper in the shred box.  Once I finish the third pass of the desk, I'll probably be able to see the top of it.

I don't have a shred box. The shredder lives under my desk (it's more of a table than a desk) - misc single items just get put on top. When mail arrives, it goes to my desk to be sorted. After sorting, all the shred items (and all accumulated shred items) are shredded.

I have an 8-year-old who thinks shredding paper is one of the most fun activities ever (he's weird).  I dump paper in the box, he shreds it, everyone is happy :)

Usually it's the 4 year old here ;)

To be fair, permitted and desired destruction is pretty cool.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 22, 2018, 08:48:10 AM
You should rent your kid out to shred! My shredder broke and I hated how slow it was so never bothered to replace it. Where I used to work they had an awesome one and it would take huge wads of paper and shred like a beast! Loved it!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 22, 2018, 08:53:12 AM
Shredding is literally the one job my kid could be paid from my business to do. Will he? Nope. Amazing. So I get all the fun *and* the money!
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on March 22, 2018, 12:42:22 PM
Shredding is literally the one job my kid could be paid from my business to do. Will he? Nope. Amazing. So I get all the fun *and* the money!

We reframed it as "killing paper".  He's a typical bloodthirsty little boy, and he was all over that.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 22, 2018, 12:46:08 PM
We reframed it as "killing paper".  He's a typical bloodthirsty little boy, and he was all over that.

hahaha!
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Post by: Nederstash on March 22, 2018, 01:10:07 PM
Sorry for the foam, but I bring you... the Shredder.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDbrnLCS0kc
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Post by: Poundwise on March 22, 2018, 02:19:04 PM
We reframed it as "killing paper".  He's a typical bloodthirsty little boy, and he was all over that.

hahaha!

Good one!  Gonna have to try that!

And great going on the paperwork, jFp!!  I have had my taxes spread out on a table for two months... I'm going to channel you, put on some bad tunes, and rock the paperwork away!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 22, 2018, 06:23:21 PM
I've been moving things out almost as fast as people give them to us. In the last two weeks we've been given easily 100 items; we've kept 9. Those 9 have been valuable enough to make this system worth it, but I'm glad I'm on top of getting the rest back out.

Today, tackled the "other" pile of papers. I have no idea what my idea of that pile was. Why was it its own pile, secured by a giant clip and moved from place to place over the past five months?? I went through it all, hole punched everything that needed that, put them in their proper binder.

Entered notes and edits for various documents, YNAB, etc, shredded the edited papers.

Another piece of "ouch" information has allowed me to declutter a bio-family member from my life. Not in an exciting way, but in a "oh, I can let hope and effort and obligation go now."
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Post by: Evgenia on March 22, 2018, 07:11:52 PM
Bravo to all. Decluttering can be a lot of work, but I love how decluttering gets easier and faster once you get rolling. I've been making my way through what I'll call "more KonMari than not." I started with the books around Christmas and took nine, full boxes to Goodwill and Friends of the Library. I use the library for almost all of my reading, so I don't need to hold on to books I probably won't reread. Just after the new year we had the special pick-up for hazardous waste and paint left behind by the previous homeowner. I still need to deal with e-waste drop-off; that can be part of the next Goodwill run.

This past weekend, I tackled all of our clothes. Our closet looks amazing and so spacious and clean. I have a large bag of nice things for consignment and a few more for Goodwill and textile recycling (bits and bobs). This took me 6-8 hours/day for two days and, frighteningly enough, we already had a LOT less than most people. On Monday and Tuesday, I tackled all of the papers and got them down to one legal box. Today was my craft room, and I donated fabric, yarn and sewing patterns to the local SCRAP (Society for Creative Reuse folks). I also took a bunch of packages and mail to the post office.

I am fast approaching the dreaded and most necessary category - Miscellaneous - especially in the bathroom and kitchen. I am on a roll.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 22, 2018, 07:34:55 PM
A funny thing: I have little enough stuff that the manager asked me yesterday when we're going to move in. Er, we did. This is it. lol.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 22, 2018, 08:58:45 PM
I've hit a bit of a standstill, due to a crazy work schedule. But, I'm going to kick start again this weekend & next. Plans include: closet, books, and perhaps edge over into some photo organizing.
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Post by: eeho on March 22, 2018, 10:44:56 PM
I've got three gift-requiring parties this week and I managed to find gifts that I'd received or things-still-in-packaging previously bought to regift! A salad bowl for an engagement party, a set of coasters for a housewarming and a lovely teacup/saucer plus earrings for a milestone birthday.

Perfect new gifts and less clutter in my house. Win win!
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Post by: middo on March 22, 2018, 11:13:34 PM
We will be doing the clothes this weekend.  Moving interstate for a while, but intending to return longer term, means we are going to have a good look at what we need, and what we should cull.

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Post by: pancakes on March 23, 2018, 12:48:13 AM
I packed away 2/3rds of the babyís toys and they will be rotated around.

Even though she has already emptied the toy box again, the living room is looking much tidier and she is actually playing with her toys rather than getting a new one out every 15 seconds.
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Post by: Nederstash on March 23, 2018, 03:11:13 AM
A funny thing: I have little enough stuff that the manager asked me yesterday when we're going to move in. Er, we did. This is it. lol.

LOL! That's hilarious.Well done, I'd say!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 23, 2018, 08:13:53 AM
We bought some new lamps. I cleared away the boxes and other package material. I registered for a local facebook group to give away the old lamp. It was a very cheap Ikea lamp, but still working.

Old lamp is still not given away.
Nince then, we have bought a nice second hand standing lamp.
We have taken a cheap Ikea lamp off the wall, as we don't need it anymore. DH has muffled away the holes in the wall where the lamp was sitting and put new paint on it.
We still had a similar wall lamp from our previous house that is somewhere in a moving box under a desk in the study room. The plan is to put the 2 wall lamps and the ceiling lamp for sale all together for some cheap price. Somewhere after next week.
There is also a standing lamp that can be removed after we have received another light that we ordered, but that hasn't arrived yet. I think we will reuse it at our cabin that has one quite dark corner.

At our cabin we'll need to remove the old refrigerator that is currently standing on the balcony. We need to drive it away to another town. Next week we will have time to visit that town.
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Post by: shadesofgreen on March 23, 2018, 12:16:41 PM
I am so happy I got a carload of things out of the house! It felt so good to get it out and away. Of course, I now have thoughts for some more things to go. So another pile is going to start to form.
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Post by: Evgenia on March 23, 2018, 03:59:24 PM
I am so happy I got a carload of things out of the house! It felt so good to get it out and away. Of course, I now have thoughts for some more things to go. So another pile is going to start to form.

I love that feeling of positive feedback! Keeps me going too. One pile out, another begins. Our house already looked like a magazine/staged for sale most days, so I don't know where so much stuff was hiding, but oh, it was. ;)
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Post by: okisok on March 23, 2018, 09:16:45 PM
Yay, new inspirational thread!  I read the whole thing, stopping in the middle to go through my sewing stash. I threw away a carrier bag's worth, and filled another bag to donate/offer to a sewist friend. Turns out a length of fabric I was saving for a project was too short, so out it goes. Now I don't feel guilty about buying another yardage that will actually work for the project.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 24, 2018, 03:09:16 PM
I found two items in my husband's dresser that have been there for more than a decade. Gave one to Goodwill, trashed the other. Emailed a coach to see if anyone needs a goalie jersey that my son has outgrown. If i don't get a response, will donate.

Sold a bike my son has outgrown today, and made $75! My rule for incoming unexpected money - it all goes to our unfunded 2018 goals. (kids college accounts + paying extra on our vacation house mortgage. Facepunches & all).
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Post by: Mezzie on March 24, 2018, 07:50:23 PM
Gave mire if our castoffs to students. :)
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Post by: eliza on March 25, 2018, 05:27:55 PM
One of my roommates is moving out.  Watching how much stuff he was trying to pack up and stuff in his car got me re-motivated to start decluttering.  I'm hoping to move soon too and the more stuff I can dump, the easier the moving process will be.

Went through my whole closet, plus a three door plastic storage thing I was using as a dresser, plus miscellaneous odds and ends.

Ended up with a medium sized box and three bags filled up and ready for the Salvation Army pickup scheduled for later this week.  Plus a load of recycling and a shockingly sizable bag of garbage.  And the plastic storage thing is no longer needed, so that's going as well.
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Post by: Fresh Bread on March 25, 2018, 07:19:09 PM
I listed a bunch more freebies, I hope people take them. This weekend I started uploading photos from CD backups to the cloud. I found during this process that these pics are so old that they aren't stored on any of our computers - there might be a backup on an external hard drive somewhere but I don't know if it's even compatible with my computer??

I don't know if I should store the pics on my computer as well? Or just be free of having to transfer them each computer upgrade..  They are pre-facebook but some have made it on there.
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Post by: zygote on March 26, 2018, 08:56:20 AM
I'm in the middle of a giant KonMari style declutter. My wife is so not on board, but I hope that sorting out my own crap will make hers bother me less.

Anyway, I'm doing pretty well. I have ~10-15 medium sized bags to get rid of and I'm just at the beginning of the neverending komono category. However, I'm really slowing down because all these bags are in the way. I live in a small apartment in a big city and don't have a car. How am I supposed to get all this crap to the goodwill? I find it easier to get rid of stuff if I can pretend it will have another life elsewhere, so I'm reluctant to just throw it away downstairs.

Any ideas? I figure Mustachians would be more likely to have come across this problem than the people in my KonMari facebook group.

It's a lot of stuff to try to get it into a taxi, and it's backed up so much it feels overwhelming to take it on the train one or two bags at a time. I've thought about renting a car or using 1-800-got-junk, but both of those options are expensive enough I don't want to use them until the entire declutter is finished and the bags are in the way now.

A few ideas:
1. Buy Nothing Project. Then people pick it up right from you.
2. For big ticket items, your apartment trash room is a great way to get freebies gifted. (I have gotten so much good furniture this way, haha)
3. Some orgs will arrange pickup for you. I think St Vincent de Paul's does this? Call and ask!
4. Uber?
5. Phone a friend.
6. I have literally borrowed a shopping cart from Trader Joes (I asked, seriously), and walked the 1.2 miles to goodwill with the cart full of crap. Sure, I looked like a homeless person, but it got the job done!

A very belated thank you for these suggestions. I was ready to try one or two of them, but right after I posted this, I came down with the flu and was out of commission for a few weeks. As soon as I got better, my wife got sick too. So the cleaning and the removal of the junk got put on hold for lack of energy. We finally reserved a car for this past weekend, when we got a surprise text that a friend was driving in from out of town and wanted to have dinner. We were able to cancel the rental and borrow our friend's car to take the 25 (!!) bags of clothes, books, kitchen stuff, and other miscellany to goodwill. A stroke of luck that saved us money, and we got to see our friend!

There's still more to be done, but I can't even describe how much more comfortable the apartment feels without all that crap.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 26, 2018, 10:19:05 AM
...I can't even describe how much more comfortable the apartment feels without all that crap.

Yes!!!!!!!!  Happy for you :)
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Post by: ariapluscat on March 27, 2018, 07:22:03 AM
i finally listed some clothes to etsy. i need to do another pass of my belongings, especially clothes and list them.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 28, 2018, 01:36:25 PM
Today wrapping up some more tax returns. As I go through paperwork, I'm able to shred:

*financial stuff already detailed in YNAB
*brochures from government from past year's tax communications
*everything I printed in duplicate or triplicate, lol
*most of the pages I scanned to accountant
*financial docs relevant in the last year and no longer
*all envelopes, some extras from latest big batch of mail forward

It's a very big pile. Fun to shred!

Also required an agency to remove my address from their database, as they have not been able to honour my request for no schwag. That will eliminate some incoming, as well as the cost to me of mailing their crapola.

Tore one article out of magazine, mailed to mom, recycled the rest.
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Post by: I'm a red panda on March 28, 2018, 01:52:30 PM
Took another box to the consignment store.

I made a whopping $30 on the first box, but since I won't be itemizing donations, might as well try here first.  (This next box is mostly baby clothes- I averaged about 8 cents a piece on baby clothes in the last box...)
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 28, 2018, 02:23:00 PM
Called Vietnam Veterans today and made an appointment for them to pick up a bunch of household stuff on April 6th. It couldn't be easier! Just call them and put the bags out with VVA on each bag and they will pick up and leave you a form to fill out for taxes if you itemize.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 28, 2018, 02:31:37 PM
Realized that we had two alarm clocks in our spare room. One was super old & impossible to read at a distance. Got rid of it. Also had my son go through his 35 lb backpack (that, he bikes with 6 mile/day, and has no locker at school) to get rid of pretty much all of the paperwork.
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Post by: Captain FIRE on March 29, 2018, 07:08:13 AM
Went through parts of my closet.  Got rid of 10 skirts/dresses and 6 pants. 
- Rehomed a barely used pair of Lucky Jeans that I will never fit into again.
- Purged a dress I made that I wore once.  Bought the fabric on a trip to India so I really liked it, but made a trendy-ish dress that is not something that is my style anymore.  I don't have time anymore to reuse the fabric for something I might like better.  (As it is, I still have a pile of unused fabric bought on that trip.)
- Said goodbye to several skirts made by mom (in ~2005).  Main emotion on seeing them was guilt that I didn't like them/want to wear them anymore.  Also a little too small in most cases.  Decided I'd prefer the guilt of saying goodbye once, to the constant guilt on seeing them in my closet.
- Said goodbye to a very beloved dress that had seen better days.  Wore it on my first date with my husband. 

I didn't count, but a few weeks ago I culled through my swimsuits collection, getting rid of ones from 10-20 years ago.  I still should purge more of them (and go through the rest of my dresser...).  I have a bad habit of holding onto every piece of clothing I've ever bought or been given.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 29, 2018, 07:39:10 AM
Sold 5 unused kid books for $2. Happy to get them out of the house, and onto a reader who will enjoy them!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 29, 2018, 08:11:03 AM
We are at our mountain cabin this week. Yesterday we removed the old refridgerator. Shove it through the snow to the car. Car wouldn't start. We got help from the farmer neighbour to start. Drove to nearest town, 50km to deliver the old fridge. Then we bought a new car battery which happened to be on sale that week. Good to invest in a new battery, as our car is now 9 years old and we want to drive it for another few years.
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Post by: zygote on March 29, 2018, 08:25:11 AM
Since we got rid of the 25 bags this weekend, I spent two days cleaning and reorganizing the living room and kitchen. The floors and counters are all clear now! I can walk around without stepping over things! I can cook without moving anything first!! I can reach the piano!!!

I also put 3 sentimental sweatshirts that are uncomfortably worn out into a "maybe" bag. It's crazy what a difference it makes in my closet. The remaining sweaters and sweatshirts fit just right, with a little breathing room. I'm 95% sure I'm going to get rid of those 3, but I need them out of sight for a bit longer before I can let go.

The only category I have left in my Konmari marathon is sentimental items. I don't know how much I will get rid of, but I am looking forward to knowing exactly what I have, knowing where it is, and finding it easily when I want a trip down memory lane.

My wife is still not 100% on board with Konmari (and probably never will be), but for some reason having those bags out of the apartment has kickstarted her on a purging festival. She's already come up with 5 more bags of DVDs and VHSs to get rid of, and wants to keep going through books and clothes. I'll take it!
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Post by: Nederstash on March 29, 2018, 08:42:58 AM
Since we got rid of the 25 bags this weekend, I spent two days cleaning and reorganizing the living room and kitchen. The floors and counters are all clear now! I can walk around without stepping over things! I can cook without moving anything first!! I can reach the piano!!!

I also put 3 sentimental sweatshirts that are uncomfortably worn out into a "maybe" bag. It's crazy what a difference it makes in my closet. The remaining sweaters and sweatshirts fit just right, with a little breathing room. I'm 95% sure I'm going to get rid of those 3, but I need them out of sight for a bit longer before I can let go.

The only category I have left in my Konmari marathon is sentimental items. I don't know how much I will get rid of, but I am looking forward to knowing exactly what I have, knowing where it is, and finding it easily when I want a trip down memory lane.

My wife is still not 100% on board with Konmari (and probably never will be), but for some reason having those bags out of the apartment has kickstarted her on a purging festival. She's already come up with 5 more bags of DVDs and VHSs to get rid of, and wants to keep going through books and clothes. I'll take it!

This sounds amazing! A part of me wishes I still had so much to get rid of because it feels sooo satisfying!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 29, 2018, 09:24:57 AM
Nederdash, Iím feeling the same way, lol. 25 bags, yum!!!!! zygote, happy for you in your new level of freedom :))

Linda_Norway, way to go!! That was a BIG task. Great to get stuff like that done once and for all.

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Decided I'd prefer the guilt of saying goodbye once, to the constant guilt on seeing them in my closet.

Love!!!
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Post by: Nederstash on March 29, 2018, 10:25:08 AM
With spring cleaning coming up, I've been decluttering again. Then yesterday I visited a friend, who told me she'd gotten me a gift... apparently, my crestfallen face was not the reaction she'd been expecting! Oops... must control my pokerface. Even before I opened it, I knew it'd be something I didn't want or need... and I was right. Still I thanked her, because it was really sweet of her to think of me.

Don't have the heart to declutter it straight away, so I'll let it sit for now. I don't really get it though, I've always been so vocal about decluttering. Hell, I've even told people for my birthday NOT to get me anything, or if they really want to give a gift, bath products or food. Consumables.

Maybe it's true that people like giving gifts they'd like to receive themselves, instead of what the other person would like?
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 29, 2018, 11:00:24 AM
...a friend, who told me she'd gotten me a gift... apparently, my crestfallen face was not the reaction she'd been expecting! Oops...

lol!!!

I too received a "gift" this week. Hmmmm... I am letting it hang around my house for a week in case the giver asks about it, but then it goes. I'm seeing it as a bid for connection, so am asking them this morning if they have time for a coffee together :)
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Post by: Captain FIRE on March 29, 2018, 11:42:10 AM
I didn't count, but a few weeks ago I culled through my swimsuits collection, getting rid of ones from 10-20 years ago.  I still should purge more of them (and go through the rest of my dresser...).  I have a bad habit of holding onto every piece of clothing I've ever bought or been given.

I'm inspired today so I went back into the swimsuits and got rid of 2 more.  Again, one was beloved but worn.  That's a tough one for me toss.  Plus went through my sweaters (removing 2) and in the process donating 2 shirts, though the full shirt purge will need to be another day.

So here's a question for folks: What's the hardest type of item for you to get rid of:
- ill-fitting/ill-suited for purpose (perhaps a size you hope to be again)
- beloved - but worn out/stained/broken etc.
- sentimental - special meaning
- gift
- handmade
- practical (you might want to use later)
- make up your own category and I'll add it if it might apply to a large group

My hardest are beloved (such memories!) followed closely by handmade gifts (oh, the guilt!).
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 29, 2018, 12:06:34 PM
What's the hardest type of item for you to get rid of:

Paper -notes and art done by hand, work backups.

Or are we talking only clothes? My clothes I'm very attached to, but it's low volume (maybe 15 shirts/pants/dresses/sweaters/coats combined, and that was after a shopping spree). I have a hard time releasing the clothing category called comfy. I find comfy, multipurpose items tricky to find -plus I don't enjoy clothing shopping- so when I do find them, I tend to continue wearing them for up to 15 years.
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Post by: mspym on March 29, 2018, 05:45:46 PM
Hardest thing to get rid of? Absolutely the clothes I loved wearing that are now too small. I am getting better at keeping only a tiny sample of them but it is better for my brainspace if they are out of sight and not reproaching me. Which really, they're inanimate objects that I have externalised my own internal voice onto, so moving them out of my space is one way of getting rid of a prompt to feel bad about myself.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 29, 2018, 06:00:00 PM
...moving them out of my space is one way of getting rid of a prompt to feel bad about myself.

So beautiful :)
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Post by: HappierAtHome on March 30, 2018, 01:07:51 AM
Just passed on a fancy blush and a fancy nappy bag, neither of which I was using. Must be almost time to do another sweep for unwanted or unneeded items.
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Post by: Captain FIRE on March 30, 2018, 08:16:48 AM
What's the hardest type of item for you to get rid of:

Paper -notes and art done by hand, work backups.

Or are we talking only clothes? My clothes I'm very attached to, but it's low volume (maybe 15 shirts/pants/dresses/sweaters/coats combined, and that was after a shopping spree). I have a hard time releasing the clothing category called comfy. I find comfy, multipurpose items tricky to find -plus I don't enjoy clothing shopping- so when I do find them, I tend to continue wearing them for up to 15 years.

Nope, it can be anything, though I was trying to focus less on category of paper/clothes/electronics and more on general emotions they might evoke.  Added a new category of practical and edited to clarify ill-fitting so it's not just clothes oriented.
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Post by: zygote on March 30, 2018, 08:28:30 AM
I would say the hardest thing for me to get rid of is sentimental items, but with a twist. My problem is that I ascribe sentimental value to generic things. A sweater I wore on a particularly interesting vacation or a shirt I wore on a lot of nights out with friends. A practical note my wife left me reminding me of things to do while she was away on a long-ago trip. A junky pot from Ikea that I got when I moved to NYC. These things have all served their function and may or may not still be usable, but I used to be unable to get rid of them.

I think it's related to the fact that I have a terrible memory. All the advice saying "you can get rid of the stuff and just keep the memory!" is useless to me because, often, past events will not come to me without a trigger. The thing that has made the most difference in my ability to declutter is taking pictures of things. I may just be making more digital clutter for myself, but all my pictures are squirreled away in a folder on my computer and they take up much less physical and mental space than the item.
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Post by: Mezzie on March 30, 2018, 08:43:06 AM
I have the same challenges as Zygote and employed the same picture-taking strategy at first. I don't take pictures anymore. I've found that I'm actually better off letting skme memories -- even good ones -- go.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 30, 2018, 09:27:27 AM
My hard-to-release categories, then, are:

*evidence and work backups
*paper communications from beloveds
*comfy clothes
*things that actively healed me
*my stuffie
*things that create an ambience of softness (warm glow table lamp, kettle, blankets gifted to me, etc)

I don't make myself release those. They spark vigor, joy, strength, clarity so are very welcome to be my few possessions.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 30, 2018, 10:26:34 AM
Sold a pair of pants for a whopping $5 on eBay. Will be happy to get them out of the house. They are now packaged, and sitting by the door, ready to go
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Post by: NoraLenderbee on March 30, 2018, 11:24:32 AM
  Decided I'd prefer the guilt of saying goodbye once, to the constant guilt on seeing them in my closet.

This! This is the mantra for me. My initial closet purge was not to remove clothes, but to remove guilt and bad emotions evoked by certain clothes.


I also put 3 sentimental sweatshirts that are uncomfortably worn out into a "maybe" bag. It's crazy what a difference it makes in my closet. The remaining sweaters and sweatshirts fit just right, with a little breathing room. I'm 95% sure I'm going to get rid of those 3, but I need them out of sight for a bit longer before I can let go.


I've done this too with sentimental clothes. I've been able to discard almost all of it a few months later, or whenever I next come across it. It's amazing how the sentiment fades away once I decide to put it in the "maybe" category. It also works with papers and journals, although the timeframe is years rather than months.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 30, 2018, 12:00:52 PM
I have a mountain of cookbooks on my dining room table and listed them on ebay. I sold three books but have about 20 more. It has been more than a month and I can't take this pile anymore! So, I contacted our Animal Welfare in our town to ask if they have an annual tag sale and they do but it is mostly dog type things they sell. So, then I emailed a local small culinary school that teaches a short course in culinary arts. I am keeping my fingers crossed they will take these book! I can't take this pile on my table anymore!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 30, 2018, 12:13:06 PM
If those won't take them, Roadrunner53, can you drop them off for a library's fundraising book sale or to a thrift shop? (I generally drop everything to the thrift. One stop releasing!)
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Post by: Poundwise on March 30, 2018, 02:00:00 PM
Went outside with the kids and planted some 8 year old vegetable and herb seeds. Will be surprised if any come up, but you never know! And at least the seed kits are not cluttering up any more.

Dropped off some old curtains and toys to collection for church tag sale.

Tried to get rid of an old desk and got stood up by craigslist guy.  So frustrating!
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Post by: Poundwise on March 30, 2018, 02:06:42 PM
I would say the hardest thing for me to get rid of is sentimental items, but with a twist. My problem is that I ascribe sentimental value to generic things. A sweater I wore on a particularly interesting vacation or a shirt I wore on a lot of nights out with friends. A practical note my wife left me reminding me of things to do while she was away on a long-ago trip. A junky pot from Ikea that I got when I moved to NYC. These things have all served their function and may or may not still be usable, but I used to be unable to get rid of them.

I think it's related to the fact that I have a terrible memory. All the advice saying "you can get rid of the stuff and just keep the memory!" is useless to me because, often, past events will not come to me without a trigger. The thing that has made the most difference in my ability to declutter is taking pictures of things. I may just be making more digital clutter for myself, but all my pictures are squirreled away in a folder on my computer and they take up much less physical and mental space than the item.

Same, same, same!

The things I find hardest to get rid of is unfinished craft projects, closely followed by handmade gifts.
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Post by: Goldielocks on March 30, 2018, 04:18:10 PM
Hardest items -- old down pillows.  Lap quilts (many handmade but falling apart). 

Weird.  I know.  Maybe because I love being warm and cuddly in a cold winter house, or maybe because I know these items just go to fibre recycle / trash and they don't deserve that.   
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Post by: oneday on March 30, 2018, 06:29:54 PM
I didn't count, but a few weeks ago I culled through my swimsuits collection, getting rid of ones from 10-20 years ago.  I still should purge more of them (and go through the rest of my dresser...).  I have a bad habit of holding onto every piece of clothing I've ever bought or been given.

I'm inspired today so I went back into the swimsuits and got rid of 2 more.  Again, one was beloved but worn.  That's a tough one for me toss.  Plus went through my sweaters (removing 2) and in the process donating 2 shirts, though the full shirt purge will need to be another day.

So here's a question for folks: What's the hardest type of item for you to get rid of:
- ill-fitting/ill-suited for purpose (perhaps a size you hope to be again)
- beloved - but worn out/stained/broken etc.
- sentimental - special meaning
- gift
- handmade
- practical (you might want to use later)
- make up your own category and I'll add it if it might apply to a large group

My hardest are beloved (such memories!) followed closely by handmade gifts (oh, the guilt!).

My two hardest to get rid of are both practical/might want to use later.  Other things I can chuck with abandon, even gifts.  Sentimental items are hard, but nowhere near as hard as these two:

Paper
Odds & ends - a recent example is a block of wood the carpet guys left behind, it's about the size of a new pack of post-its.  I see a lot of potential uses for this guy!  Plus he is so small, he doesn't take up much space.  *Sigh*  He's living on the dining table for now.  If I don't come up with a use for him soon, then I guess I will recycle him.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 30, 2018, 07:11:40 PM
Today I pressed through to return every single item eligible for a refund (about $40 total). I was determined to arrive home having nothing I don't mean to keep. That included a few "gifts." However, thrift shops were on their Good Friday schedule...so I chucked a handful of stuff into a garbage bin. I can't take eternal responsibility for stuff other people give me.

Nothing left to ditch!
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Post by: mspym on March 31, 2018, 12:34:42 AM
Today I pressed through to return every single item eligible for a refund (about $40 total). ...I can't take eternal responsibility for stuff other people give me.

Nothing left to ditch!

HIGH FIVE! That is awesome stuff!
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Post by: mspym on March 31, 2018, 12:52:27 AM
So I dropped out of the No Clothes Buying Challenge when I realised that this was a way to hate on myself every time I looked in my wardrobe or got dressed and I made a list and replaced everything that was worn out or not fitting or just made me feel frumpy or not like myself. Now I have a well-coordinated minimalist wardrobe full of colours and shapes that I want to wear and make me feel good. Nothing scratchy or drab or fraying. So much less black/grey and more teals/sunshine yellow/terracottas and chocolate brown.

And now we are getting rid of the old. I threw out the bikinis that don't fit, donated three merino jerseys that made me inexplicably HOT and FRUSTRATED every time I wore them. My husband donated 6 pairs of really lovely trousers that his calves are too big for- thanks, cycling!

Yesterday we walked around and dropped off 12 books at the local free libraries and have a pile of ~10 that we will donate once we have read them. Slowly whittling down the obligation books. It feels really freeing.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 31, 2018, 05:19:48 AM
The culinary school emailed me and will take all the CIA and other cookbooks I have! YIPPIE! They even offered to pick them up! I may take them up on that because parking downtown is a pain in the butt! Not to mention lugging these heavy piles of books!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 31, 2018, 08:43:32 AM
Oh, excellent, Roadrunner53!!
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 31, 2018, 09:19:29 AM
Yes, one giant pile of clutter almost gone! Next week I hope!
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Post by: zygote on March 31, 2018, 08:39:09 PM
In NYC there are a lot of people who sell old books/CDs/DVDs informally from tables on the street, and my wife had the idea to ask the guy a block away if he wanted some books and DVDs, and he said yes. So now 6 more bags of her stuff are gone. We maybe could have gotten $5 for things here and there, but it is frankly worth it to both of us to not have to deal with it.

I do want to list some clothes on poshmark that have popular labels (I got them all on sale and loved them, but they don't fit anymore). I should get more money back for my effort.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 31, 2018, 08:53:32 PM
...my wife had the idea to ask the guy a block away if he wanted some books and DVDs, and he said yes.

Smart!! You win via quick release, this entrepreneur wins via a boost to his business. Nice :)
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Post by: Sibley on March 31, 2018, 09:09:53 PM
Cleaning the house after the electrical project, and I'm finally starting to unpack my books (almost a year after I moved in). Found a couple that I don't want anymore. On a whim, I googled one of the books, and realized that it's a first edition. Selling for $100+ online. Ugh, now I can't just donate it. Might just put it back on the shelf for now.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on March 31, 2018, 09:25:22 PM
Might just put it back on the shelf for now.

Don't do it!!!! Post online nownow!

Or donate and let someone else enjoy affordably or gain needed income :)
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 01, 2018, 03:38:29 AM
I agree with jooniFLORisploo, advertise the book NOW! While it is on your mind, get rid of it and get that $100!
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Post by: eeho on April 01, 2018, 04:32:38 AM
Today I bit the bullet and got rid of all of the dead plants out on my balcony (after a miscommunication over watering with my housemate while we were both away in the height of summer!). I'd just been putting it into the too hard basket for AGES. I managed to save a couple and I've set them up inside for some TLC.

Next week's job is to gather some rosemary cuttings from the huge public park to add a bit more green to the space.
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Post by: kanga1622 on April 01, 2018, 08:57:42 AM

So here's a question for folks: What's the hardest type of item for you to get rid of:
- ill-fitting/ill-suited for purpose (perhaps a size you hope to be again)
- beloved - but worn out/stained/broken etc.
- sentimental - special meaning
- gift
- handmade
- practical (you might want to use later)
- make up your own category and I'll add it if it might apply to a large grout

Practical! I hate to get rid of things I spent money on that may be used in the future but arenít currently in use. I get over it after a time but donít like to spend the money again if I have to replace things. Clothes and shoes are the worst - I can get rid of things with little problem until I realize I have to replace them. I will wear shoes until the soles are completely falling off because I hate having to purchase again. I will wear clothes that are too big just so I donít have to spend money on new ones.

I am quite happy to take photos or scan all my kids artwork and turn into photo albums (I make 100 page photo albums every year with stories and memories of our year). 

I am a pretty serious declutterer and have very little in the way of sentimental items other than photos.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on April 01, 2018, 09:09:22 AM
My goal for today is to find 10 items we don't need in the house, and to also look for at least two items to sell. The 10 should be pretty easy. I have kids, and they bring junk home all the time. ;-) I've sold pretty much anything I can think of already, so that will be trickier.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 01, 2018, 09:52:19 AM
I have kids, and they bring junk home all the time. ;-)

Hey, wow, I just realized that's finally not an issue for us! Years and years of him bringing home all that crap from school, plus every stick and sparkling doodad he found, plus the schwag from marketers at community events. Ugh. Now he only brings in stuff he's saved up to buy! Whew. That was a long journey.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on April 01, 2018, 10:09:45 AM
My goal for today is to find 10 items we don't need in the house, and to also look for at least two items to sell. The 10 should be pretty easy. I have kids, and they bring junk home all the time. ;-) I've sold pretty much anything I can think of already, so that will be trickier.

Wow - that did not take long! Found 12 items to donate (soccer jerseys, football jersey, 3 pair of outgrown shorts, a bracelet) &, more surprisingly, quickly found 4 items to sell! Yes!!!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on April 01, 2018, 10:10:20 AM
I have kids, and they bring junk home all the time. ;-)

Hey, wow, I just realized that's finally not an issue for us! Years and years of him bringing home all that crap from school, plus every stick and sparkling doodad he found, plus the schwag from marketers at community events. Ugh. Now he only brings in stuff he's saved up to buy! Whew. That was a long journey.

It's true - there is a constant influx of papers, garbage, plastic toys from parties, etc. It's hard to stay on top of it all!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 01, 2018, 10:24:24 AM
Wow - that did not take long! Found 12 items to donate...

Well done!!!

It's true - there is a constant influx of papers, garbage, plastic toys from parties, etc. It's hard to stay on top of it all!

We had therapy appts over it! So the counsellor could get what I was talking about, I brought just one full-size garbage bag to one appt, with things from his bedroom door forward. He was saving literal garbage, every broken this and that...   The work on this was 2-3 years all told. Now he has no trouble releasing excess, declining crap, etc. I'm curious which approach will be the case in his adulthood. I know some people feel much comfier surrounded by stuff and with physical mementos. At the same time, I feel like spaces are ideal when we can walk through them easily, sit on furniture, reduce fire risks...
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Post by: zygote on April 01, 2018, 10:58:43 AM
I know some people feel much comfier surrounded by stuff and with physical mementos. At the same time, I feel like spaces are ideal when we can walk through them easily, sit on furniture, reduce fire risks...

This is me and my wife personified, haha. She feels weird if she's not surrounded by stuff, but I want to be able to walk through the apartment and sit on all furniture. I think our compromise goal is going to be all surfaces clear, but all storage areas stuffed with stuff so the apartment still feels full and cozy. I would be happy with that.

Last night we deep cleaned the bathroom (wild Saturday!). I know it's not decluttering, but prior decluttering made the job a lot easier. We had gotten rid of a lot of expired stuff and put the remaining bottles on a new, cheap laundry cart (they used to sit on the floor because there wasn't any storage). Much easier to just move the cart to clean the floor, and no gunk building up around the bottles since they're elevated.

It felt like a big milestone to me, because a lot of the reason I want surfaces clear is to make it easier to dust, scrub, vaccum, etc. and keep the apartment feeling clean, not just decluttered.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 01, 2018, 01:55:52 PM
I think our compromise goal is going to be all surfaces clear, but all storage areas stuffed with stuff so the apartment still feels full and cozy. I would be happy with that.

That sounds like a great option.

I had a big experience of this with a boyfriend. Months after I'd moved out, I visited his place. It was cluttered, messy, and dirty, with everything set up to play online 24/7 without having to move. Like, kinda extreme.

However, my takeaway was a total epiphany about how much he'd loved me and really worked to make us go! He had made a LOT of compromise in that area. I wasn't aware of it at the time.

Shortly after, he married someone with the same preferences and ways as him and was so happy to immerse in [what was in their case] squalor. Noted! I'm glad he didn't have to live with my preferences ongoing :(

It also made me more sensitive to the preference for "surrounded", including in my kid, etc.

It felt like a big milestone to me, because a lot of the reason I want surfaces clear is to make it easier to dust, scrub, vaccum, etc. and keep the apartment feeling clean, not just decluttered.

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I grew up in a lovely, clean home that had lots of clutter. I perpetually dreamed of minimalism, in part so cleaning was easy. I have that now. So happy for you, zygote!
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on April 02, 2018, 07:44:27 AM
I was sick last week, and when I start feeling better I generally clean/organize like a fiend.  My family knows to just stay out of the way for a few days.

I started with the medicine cabinet, and threw away all the medicines that expired in 2016 or earlier.  Most were kid-related OTC stuff.  I took a minute to give thanks that my kids are finally healthy, and we aren't needing this stuff all the time anymore. 

Once the kids go to bed tonight, I'm going to throw away half of the plastic Easter eggs.

At some point this week, we are tackling the Legos.  I expect to give away about half of them.

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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 02, 2018, 07:48:23 AM
You might want to check out ebay to see if it might be worthwhile to sell the lego's.
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on April 02, 2018, 07:49:44 AM
@Roadrunner53 , we already agreed to give the Legos to the library.  They have a weekly "open Lego play" time and have asked for donations.  The kids like the idea that they can still play with their old stuff if they want, and let other kids have fun too.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 02, 2018, 07:53:23 AM
Good idea! I try to sell what I can on ebay but it is a time sink. Right now I have about 8 items on and it is like a ghost town and nothing is selling!

I have a pile ready for Friday for Vietnam Vets and a giant pile of books to give to the culinary school in my town.

GIVE IT AWAY!
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Post by: Sibley on April 02, 2018, 08:14:29 AM
I've got a logistics problem. Ideas?

I have 4 (!!) light fixtures I need to put on ebay.
1 first edition book that is apparently worth enough that I need to sell it, so ebay/biblio.
A giant bag of pillows to put on ebay (which probably won't sell, but I need to at least try)

And due to new job schedule, I can't get to the post office during the week. So, how the heck do I put all this stuff on ebay if I can't then ship it out promptly if it sells? This is taking up a lot of space!
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Post by: I'm a red panda on April 02, 2018, 08:30:14 AM
Our grocery store takes packages for USPS. 
You could also ship UPS which has stores open evenings.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 02, 2018, 08:30:27 AM
SO EASY! You can have PO pick up your package at your house! I have done it before and is wonderful!
I put a bag on the doorknob with the package in it. PO would pick up and wa la! No need to leave the house!

https://tools.usps.com/go/ScheduleAPickupAction!input.action
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Post by: zygote on April 02, 2018, 08:58:40 AM
@Sibley PO pick up is a great option if it's available in your area. I don't think it is in mine. Is there a post office near your work where you could drop off the package on a lunch break? There is one a few blocks from my office so that's what I do basically all the time. Worst case you can just go on Saturday and message the buyer to let them know. If it were me I don't think I'd care if it took a week to get my light fixture as long as I knew it was coming.

Yesterday I listed some clothes on Poshmark and Vinted. A lot of people have looked at the listings and some have favorited them, but no bites yet. Anything I don't sell in the next week or two I'll just take to the consignment store and see what I can get. I'd probably make more selling them directly, but it's not worth it to me to put in a bunch of effort optimizing the listings and messing with the price to get them all to sell.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 02, 2018, 09:08:23 AM
You could also put your ebay stuff on so the end date finishes on a Thursday giving you Friday to pack the thing up and take it to the PO on Saturday.

Do you have a kid who drives or a SO or a friend, neighbor who might do you a favor and take it to the PO?

UPS is another option as someone else mentioned. I can take UPS packages to Staples and drop them off.
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Post by: Sibley on April 02, 2018, 09:23:27 AM
There is a PO nearish my work, but I can't get to it before they close, so would have to go at lunch. It's 15 minute walk from work. Not sure if there's another one closer, I'll have to look into it.

No kids, friends are busy and I'd rather ask favors on other things! I'm gonna need some help moving furniture soon, which is more important to me.

I'll look into the pick up, but typically I'm also having to buy postage when I take the package in. Other issue is size - these aren't small packages. And I take a train to work.

Overall, the new job is causing all these issues. :( Old job I could get to 2 different POs during the day no problem.
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Post by: diapasoun on April 02, 2018, 09:27:36 AM
I've been following along, and am going to finally join in here. I need to part with some of my books. *cue dramatic music*
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 02, 2018, 09:33:14 AM
Do you have a Paypal account? You can buy postage on ebay and the money comes out of Paypal. It is easy to set up. I have had Paypal for years and years.

It might make sense to have your ebay listing end on Thursday like I mentioned before. Then you can take the boxes to the PO on Saturday. You may not even sell these items! LOL, I have stuff listed for more than a month and no interested parties!

One other option would be to sell 'local' where you do not ship the item, the buyer picks it up. I would make sure the person pays first and no money exchanges hands at your home.

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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 02, 2018, 09:40:35 AM
Unless youíre in extreme poverty, I would just give them away, Sibley. You have a job, and thatís awesome! Is the time spent hustling with every little item worth the relatively small net? When you do the time/money calculation, whatís the real hourly wage on those sales, and the effect on your spirit and body of cramming for that bit of cash? Is it worth fussing with things, or is there a bigger net gain to your whole life in having a charity benefit from such gifts?
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Post by: Sibley on April 02, 2018, 02:49:18 PM
Unless youíre in extreme poverty, I would just give them away, Sibley. You have a job, and thatís awesome! Is the time spent hustling with every little item worth the relatively small net? When you do the time/money calculation, whatís the real hourly wage on those sales, and the effect on your spirit and body of cramming for that bit of cash? Is it worth fussing with things, or is there a bigger net gain to your whole life in having a charity benefit from such gifts?

Family politics. Honestly, the light fixtures (vintage) - yes. The pillows - no, but you can't convince my mom of that! Book - probably, but it's the smallest and least annoying of the lot.

I'll try Craigslist, then when I figure out the logistics of ebaying under the current situation will list stuff there.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 02, 2018, 03:14:18 PM
Family politics.

Understood :)
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Post by: eliza on April 02, 2018, 03:25:40 PM
SA came and picked up.  Ended up getting rid of two boxes and three bags full of random stuff: clothes that I never wear, books I'm not going to reread, household goods (mostly acquired as gifts) that I don't use, random bits and bobs.

My floors in my bedroom have been needing swept for a while, I just kept putting it off because it seemed like soooo much work.  Since the storage unit is gone (went with SA), I figured I had no more excuses.  This dreaded task ended up taking less than 5 minutes and the room looks so much better now.  WTF brain, why do you always make things seem like so much bigger of a task than they actually are?
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 02, 2018, 03:43:46 PM
This dreaded task ended up taking less than 5 minutes and the room looks so much better now.  WTF brain, why do you always make things seem like so much bigger of a task than they actually are?

:))))))))))))
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Post by: Fresh Bread on April 02, 2018, 04:42:19 PM
I ended up being sick a lot of our long weekend which stuffed up my funtime plans with my drop saw (building garden beds) BUT meant I got more decluttering and rearranging done. I got rid of some shelves, woo! It's still not ideal but there are no longer things lying on our study floor and there's less furniture in that tiny room.

A big part of it was DH decluttering a foot high stack of papers and notebooks. I was amazed, he must have caught a bit of the my decluttering zeal. I wonder if I can get him to do another stack next public holiday ;) He also tidied up his stuff in the spare room - some stuff has magically disappeared and I'm suspicious that it's been stuffed somewhere else like the garage, lols! Too bad because our garage is up next (again! Stuff breeds in there, and not in a neat and tidy way).
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 03, 2018, 02:43:18 AM
When tidying up our camping gear after a holiday, I saw my old (small) teddy bear that my grandparents gave me when I was 1 year old. I have kept it for sentimental reasons. But it has been standing in the back of a cupboard for years now. I think it is time getting rid of it. I can make a picture of it.

At the next rainy day (or any day I feel that I will have time on my hands), I will start taking pictures or some sentimental paperwork (dancing diplomas and old school reports) and then throw them away. I will also put some of our stuff on the local facebook selling group.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 03, 2018, 02:49:11 AM
Yesterday I saw our cabin neighbour decluttering. He was carrying out a man-high metal round rack that looked a bit like an old-fashioned bird cage, but was too open on the side. No idea what it was. Maybe some ornamental wine rack?
He was mumbling something about getting rid of waste. I think he could have been able to sell it. There might be a market for ornamental stuff.
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Post by: mspym on April 03, 2018, 03:47:39 AM
I have a new pile of books to donate after this weekend, which feels like progress.
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Post by: Goldielocks on April 03, 2018, 03:02:52 PM
Yesterday I saw our cabin neighbour decluttering. He was carrying out a man-high metal round rack that looked a bit like an old-fashioned bird cage, but was too open on the side. No idea what it was. Maybe some ornamental wine rack?
He was mumbling something about getting rid of waste. I think he could have been able to sell it. There might be a market for ornamental stuff.
Compost cage / tumbler?
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Post by: MarciaB on April 03, 2018, 06:47:27 PM
@Roadrunner53 , we already agreed to give the Legos to the library.  They have a weekly "open Lego play" time and have asked for donations.  The kids like the idea that they can still play with their old stuff if they want, and let other kids have fun too.

We did this but with adult stuff (furniture mostly) where we "gave it away" to people we know who are enjoying it and we can use/sit on/borrow/enjoy any time we want. It's a win win.  We basically gave away and sold everything we own to be international nomads, but some things were so sentimentally important to us we could only go as far as having them "fostered" by friends and family.
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Post by: MrsTuxedocat on April 04, 2018, 12:16:17 AM
I am moving at the end of the month and I am pretty proud of myself of the work I have done.

- I am a card hoarder and have recycled 75% of them
- Went through my clothes and got rid of a garbage bag of stuff
- Donated three pairs of shoes (I don't have many to begin with)
- Donated 20% of my books
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Post by: mspym on April 04, 2018, 03:20:29 AM
OK random declutter- I was keeping a cookbook for the sake of One Particular Dessert recipe that I wanted to make. Well we made it this weekend, the book is on the donate pile AND we ended up giving away 75% of the [superdelicious but totally not healthy] dessert, mostly to get it out of the house!
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 04, 2018, 04:54:42 AM
One of the people from the local Culinary school is coming to my house to pick up around 6 grocery bags of Culinary cookbooks and some famous chef cookbooks! So glad they can use them and plus getting them out of the house. It is really hard to give up beautiful books but they are dust collectors and I still have more than I need! You can get most anything you need on the internet!
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Post by: MarciaB on April 04, 2018, 08:05:45 AM
OK random declutter- I was keeping a cookbook for the sake of One Particular Dessert recipe that I wanted to make. Well we made it this weekend, the book is on the donate pile AND we ended up giving away 75% of the [superdelicious but totally not healthy] dessert, mostly to get it out of the house!

One of my favorite decluttering books of all times is Don Aslette's Clutter's Last Stand. He has tons of great suggestions for all the different kinds of things in your life, and one I implemented was this - all those cookbooks that I had? I often really loved only 1 or 2 recipes out of them (and would cook those recipes over and over again), but the rest of the book...meh.

So I sliced that one or two recipes out of the book (gasp!) and gave the book away. Then I took the recipes and put them in a plastic sleeve and popped them into a binder I have with all my super favorite recipes. I have been creating that binder for over 20 years and only have about 90 recipes. That's not many per year (meaning something has to be a tried and true favorite, not a "maybe I'll make this" recipe).

I created a simple index on an Excel spreadsheet (name, type of food, page #) and update that every few years.

That binder goes everywhere - like we took it to France the year we lived there and cooked for dinner guests (who were shocked Americans could actually cook, let alone cook great food). And that binder is a coveted possession of the next generation, who all want it!
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 04, 2018, 08:12:36 AM
Take your 'cookbook' to Staples and have them make copies and bind them to give to your family members now, while you can see them enjoy it!

What other tips do you have from the Clutter's Last Stand book?
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Post by: MarciaB on April 04, 2018, 08:26:12 AM
What other tips do you have from the Clutter's Last Stand book?

Get the book from the library - the copy I originally read in the 90s was the first edition, and there's been another one since. Totally worth checking out.

He is a big one for keeping the memory/spirit of something while also not keeping the actual physical thing. So taking a photo of the thing, or writing a little story about it, or somehow capturing why you love the thing...without lugging the thing around and storing it. That way you still "have it" without having the burden of it.

He also uses funny names for things, like storage containers he will call "junk bunkers" because they don't only organize our stuff, they allow us to eternally store stuff we aren't using and don't need. In my house we use the term "crap containment."

It's a funny book with silly drawings (he does them) and cute stories and quotes (there was one woman who said that because there was so much stuff in the hallways at her house, her children had to climb over it like mountain goats.) Totally worth checking out of the library and getting some tips.

That book was what turned me from a careless stuff-haver to basically a minimalist (over a number of years - it's a process). I gradually owned less and less, and was freer and freer. I now call myself a "recovering slob." The book was eye-opening (and for me life changing)!
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 04, 2018, 08:32:52 AM
Yes, library is a good idea! Just getting rid of about 30 books and must resist buying more even if I get them for $2!

Thanks and congrats to you for being a recovered slob. I am that slob that needs unslobification! I am working on it and have 10 bags for Vietnam Vets on Friday. TRYING!!! Also, had a car load of crap I took to Goodwill about a month ago! Where in the hell does all this crap come from? So far, it has barely made a dent in the areas where stuff was removed!

We have had dumpsters over the years filled to the brim and still too much crap!
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on April 04, 2018, 08:37:15 AM
Take your 'cookbook' to Staples and have them make copies and bind them to give to your family members now, while you can see them enjoy it!

My grandmother did this about 20 years ago.  All 5 of her kids and all of her adult grandchildren got a copy.  I treasure mine.

There were also notes about where the recipes came from.  I found a neat genealogy clue in the book (NO ONE in the family knew the parents of my grandfather's grandmother, who was a Smith with a common first name...and lo and behold, there was one of "Grandma Sylvia's" recipes.  No one in the family knew who Grandma Sylvia was, but on a hunch I searched for her with gf's gm...and there was the whole family!)
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Post by: zygote on April 04, 2018, 09:47:09 AM
Take your 'cookbook' to Staples and have them make copies and bind them to give to your family members now, while you can see them enjoy it!

My grandmother did this about 20 years ago.  All 5 of her kids and all of her adult grandchildren got a copy.  I treasure mine.

There were also notes about where the recipes came from.  I found a neat genealogy clue in the book (NO ONE in the family knew the parents of my grandfather's grandmother, who was a Smith with a common first name...and lo and behold, there was one of "Grandma Sylvia's" recipes.  No one in the family knew who Grandma Sylvia was, but on a hunch I searched for her with gf's gm...and there was the whole family!)

My grandmother did this too, though I was younger when she did it and only my parents/aunts/uncles have copies. It's really nice to have the stories to go with the family recipes. I will certainly cherish it one day when it comes to me, but for now I'm happy it lives at my parents' house!

Thanks for the tip on that book, @MarciaB. I will have to see if I can get my hands on a (library!) copy.

And congrats on the progress @Roadrunner53! It feels so good to get rid of that much stuff. it may not seem like you've made any progress at first, but it really does make a difference long term, especially as you keep going. I promise.
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Post by: BlueHouse on April 04, 2018, 12:17:08 PM
I have an old desktop computer that I no longer use and I assume is a security issue due to an old operating system.  It's almost always turned off, except when I need something windows-based. 
Should I just bring it to electronics recycling or should I try to sell it for parts?  Any advice?
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 04, 2018, 12:26:28 PM
First clean the hard drive really well, so thereís nothing private thatís recoverable. @BiochemicalDJ really helped me with instructions for that once. There are also some online. Let me know if you need me to dig up BcDJís to me.
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Post by: MarciaB on April 04, 2018, 12:58:35 PM
I have an old desktop computer that I no longer use and I assume is a security issue due to an old operating system.  It's almost always turned off, except when I need something windows-based. 
Should I just bring it to electronics recycling or should I try to sell it for parts?  Any advice?

I donate electronics stuff to a nonprofit in Portland (FreeGeek.org) that helps kids use/rebuild/recycle them. And they "clean" them and say they guarantee data destruction. Which is good because I wouldn't know how to go about that.

Perhaps there's something like that in your community?
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on April 04, 2018, 01:27:44 PM
I kept telling myself I'd sell our reel mower. Well, more than a year after replacing it, it hasn't happened. Some of our friends are buying a house and, lo and behold, want a reel mower. We're just going to gift it to them. Space in our garage, and helping them out as they're getting started (setting up a house is EXPENSIVE!) We'll still have it for a couple weeks until they move in, but still, it'll be nice to see it go.
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Post by: eliza on April 04, 2018, 01:53:15 PM
Take your 'cookbook' to Staples and have them make copies and bind them to give to your family members now, while you can see them enjoy it!

What other tips do you have from the Clutter's Last Stand book?


My grandmother did something similar - creating a book with recipes, pictures, and random anecdotes about how particular dishes played a role in various parties/holidays/get togethers over the years.   Had a bunch of copies made and gave them out to family members for Christmas one year.  One of my prized possessions.

ETA: Should have read further --- its sounds like this has been done many times and always seems to be greatly appreciated.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 04, 2018, 10:58:51 PM
Last night: Found a stack of gorgeous clothes outside my door.
Today: Tried them on, kept one pair slacks that fit DS perfectly, delivered the rest to thrift shop, done!
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Post by: Fresh Bread on April 04, 2018, 11:31:11 PM
Last night: Found a stack of gorgeous clothes outside my door.
Today: Tried them on, kept one pair slacks that fit DS perfectly, delivered the rest to thrift shop, done!

Ooo, there are no clothes fairies where I live, you live in a magical neighbourhood!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 04, 2018, 11:38:23 PM
^ It's pretty funny! I've found many beautiful things outside my home. One I know who it was from, because it was food so I made sure to ask so I wouldn't die and things. I suspect Same Person of the other gifts as well, but a fourth occasion was someone else... So, who knows? All such gorgeous items :)
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Post by: Yasha on April 05, 2018, 02:56:29 AM
Hello hello! My first post in the MMM forum and it's to declutter ^_^ after having a bag of clothes sitting behind my front door for some weeks I finally got around to taking them to the women's space at my university after lurking in this thread for a few days. I dropped off 3 jumpers (I hope these will help someone who really needs them as we are coming in to winter), 4 tops, 3 bottoms (one shorts, one pants, one skirt), 4 scarves and one dress. It was very freeing to finally be rid of those items and to know that they will be really helpful to whoever needs them.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 05, 2018, 04:02:20 AM
Welcome Yasha!

Where are you from that winter is just starting? I am here in Connecticut, USA and our winter is almost over. However, seems another snow storm this Saturday. We 'New Englanders' are so done with this winter!

Congrats on your declutter. Good choice where to donate the clothes!
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Post by: Yasha on April 05, 2018, 05:29:56 AM
Welcome Yasha!

Where are you from that winter is just starting? I am here in Connecticut, USA and our winter is almost over. However, seems another snow storm this Saturday. We 'New Englanders' are so done with this winter!

Congrats on your declutter. Good choice where to donate the clothes!

Thanks! I'm from Eastern Australia (coastal) so our winters are very mild, but still cool enough for an additional layer!

I am keen to continue the declutter efforts over the weekend and I'm sure I can find more space in our unit - I'm toying with the idea of my sister moving in with my husband and I for a few months as a roommate to take the sting out of the rent a bit and for that to happen we would need to clear out a whole room (of our two bedroom apartment) - doable? for sure, easy? nope.
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Post by: mspym on April 05, 2018, 05:39:08 AM
OK random declutter- I was keeping a cookbook for the sake of One Particular Dessert recipe that I wanted to make. Well we made it this weekend, the book is on the donate pile AND we ended up giving away 75% of the [superdelicious but totally not healthy] dessert, mostly to get it out of the house!

One of my favorite decluttering books of all times is Don Aslette's Clutter's Last Stand. He has tons of great suggestions for all the different kinds of things in your life, and one I implemented was this - all those cookbooks that I had? I often really loved only 1 or 2 recipes out of them (and would cook those recipes over and over again), but the rest of the book...meh.

So I sliced that one or two recipes out of the book (gasp!) and gave the book away. Then I took the recipes and put them in a plastic sleeve and popped them into a binder I have with all my super favorite recipes. I have been creating that binder for over 20 years and only have about 90 recipes. That's not many per year (meaning something has to be a tried and true favorite, not a "maybe I'll make this" recipe).

I created a simple index on an Excel spreadsheet (name, type of food, page #) and update that every few years.

That binder goes everywhere - like we took it to France the year we lived there and cooked for dinner guests (who were shocked Americans could actually cook, let alone cook great food). And that binder is a coveted possession of the next generation, who all want it!

I actually have a cookbook that I write the tried and true recipes in, which has been a great help so i don't waste time trying to find the One Perfect Recipe in the depths of the internet, but sometimes a book hovers until I work out whether or not I will be pulling anything in to my master file.

A friend's husband had her classics turned into a really nice hardcover cookbook, and I've definitely taken recipes from it, and added to mine. I love how this recurring theme of food + stories threads its way through. Connections!
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Post by: Captain FIRE on April 05, 2018, 07:14:16 AM
My mom took all of the family recipes, deciphered the tiny handwriting, typed them up, translated where necessary (e.g. How much is "5 cents of yeast" - today?), and printed out into 3 small binders she gave to my siblings, cousin and me.  It's great it's in a binder because she easily adds to it when any of us finds a new favorite.  So it's become a compilation from grandma/cookbooks/our own adaptations.  It also makes it easier to send a recipe to a friend when asked.  And for some reason, because it's a printout, I don't mind writing in my own notes where I normally can't "desecrate" a book.
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Post by: BlueHouse on April 05, 2018, 07:43:26 AM
First clean the hard drive really well, so thereís nothing private thatís recoverable. @BiochemicalDJ really helped me with instructions for that once. There are also some online. Let me know if you need me to dig up BcDJís to me.
In the past, I've just erased everything, then copied music files until the disk is full, then repeated, but I just googled some software to do it for real and will get DBAN.  Good Advice, thanks!

I donate electronics stuff to a nonprofit in Portland (FreeGeek.org) that helps kids use/rebuild/recycle them. And they "clean" them and say they guarantee data destruction. Which is good because I wouldn't know how to go about that.

Perhaps there's something like that in your community?
Will look for something like this in my neighborhood.  Thanks for the idea!
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on April 05, 2018, 07:59:21 AM
8-year-old asked if we could do more decluttering in his room last night.  We KonMari'd his room a few months ago, together, but he wanted to do a second pass.

We ended up removing:
2 (adult) armloads of recylcing
1 small trashbag full to throw away
1 small packing box full of stuff to donate

plus he has marked half of his Legos for giving to the library.  He won't let me remove them from his room yet; he wants to finish putting together the last set and is worried there might be random pieces he needs in the big box.

I was really proud of him!  The 12-year-old was jealous of the attention he was getting, so she plans to do her room tonight.
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Post by: Just_Looking_Here on April 06, 2018, 03:55:44 AM
Heading home after an extended family trip where we travelled light.

Just shows how little you need and excited to geT back and start a major declutter!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 07, 2018, 08:28:58 PM
1. When I needed to pull out a work thing, I came across five small things that could go now. Processed all of those.

2. Shipped out a tiny item worth $90 in refund.

3. Set a boundary with kid's school: Will keep his work at home for two weeks at a time, max, then it gets recycled. If you want to document it, receive an oral report on it, etc, those are the time limits.

4. Used up all leftovers/perishables in tonight's supper.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 08, 2018, 07:44:38 AM
Reorganized the most annoying drawer in the kitchen. I took out an oven tray that was laying underneath it't own rack, 2 cake baking tins and a cookie cooling rack. This oven tray is used frequently without it's rack. I put it in another cupcoard. Found out that that cupboard still had the glass lid of a glass oven jar, never used since we moved into this house. The glass lid is thrown away in the glass container. The oven tray is in it's place, more easily accessible. DH said he wasmost annoyd by the cookie rack laying on top of everything, so I removed that to another cupboard as well.
In the drawer I had 3 cake baking tins in total. I use most 2 at the time. I removed the newest one, made of silicon. I think I've not used it more than once or twice, after owning it for 12 or so years. I don't want to throw it away completely, so I've put it in a leftover halfunpacked moving box that is stored in an hobby room under a desk. This is in case we suddely remember to need it for another purpose. This whole box can go next time we move.

I retrieved something from of the bottom of the kitchen bin (green garbage is in another bin). It was a neat piece of velcro used to keep a cable together. I reused it to hold together 2 handle bars of my mushroom basket. It was in my list to sew something to hold them together and I hadn't been motivated to do this yet. This was a simple and effective solution.

Removed another 2 of my summer tops to the pile of remake clothes. I want be wearing them anymore anyway.

Not removing clutter, but I used a black marker to hide some damage on the large doors of  the coat cupboard in the hall, which are dark brown. They look better now.
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Post by: aoedae on April 08, 2018, 08:57:28 AM
I've sold 20(!) eBay items yesterday, which I'm in the process of packaging for sale. I expect another 10 or so to go tonight! :D

Also slimmed down my closet substantially this week and gave away a pair of plastic storage boxes.
Next up... reducing my book collection, which was always going to be a formidable task.

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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 08, 2018, 11:08:39 AM
Today I cancelled my bank account in a full servicebank. I have been using two internet banks for years, which are cost free to use. I had 20 dollars in the full sercive bank for many years, just in case I would ever need a service that my other banks don't provide. The 20 dollars in my account have decreased to 12 dollars. 8 dollars have evaporated in the form of yearly cost to have that account.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on April 08, 2018, 12:05:39 PM
I had three items not sell on eBay. Immediately put them in the donation pile. Three more items out of the house!
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Post by: pancakes on April 09, 2018, 05:02:13 AM
I cleared out my email today! Deleted/ filed /archived the lot and unsubscribed the shit out of promotional newsletters and social media notifications.

Next up in my digital declutter are photos.
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Post by: Mongoose on April 09, 2018, 07:31:24 AM
Our basement flooded, our furnace needs to be replaced (unrelated), and I've been gone a lot taking care of my parents and various emergencies. Our house is a disaster. It's so discouraging...looks like we never started decluttering and organizing.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 09, 2018, 08:18:14 AM
Where did the water come from? Thru the foundation or a water leak? Bad news! How much water are you talking about? If it isn't too much you could get the doggie wee wee pads to soak it up. Once you get it soaked up bring down some fans to dry it out to prevent mold. If your leak is really bad you may need a professional company. One time at work a pipe busted in the ceiling and splat on my chair and computer and the floors were soaked. They had to hire a professional company to come in and clean up. They had these GIANT fans running for days. I had to find somewhere else in the building to work. Good LUCK!
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Post by: zygote on April 09, 2018, 09:37:52 AM
Sorry to hear about your basement, @Mongoose, that really sucks! The house may feel like a disaster now, but I bet it's still in better shape than it would have been without previous decluttering efforts. Just keep telling yourself that, and that you'll get back to it when the crisis is over.

I have an old iPhone sitting around, and I sent it in to be recycled. I should get $100 back for it. I used it until it died so I don't feel comfortable selling it on eBay. I'm just happy I'm getting something back for the parts.

Listing my old clothes online has not been worth it at all. I've only gotten messages on one of the dresses I listed for $10, and no one has bought it despite all their detailed questions that take time and effort to answer. Not a good return on my time. This weekend, I'm just going to take everything to the consignment store.
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Post by: I'm a red panda on April 09, 2018, 09:41:18 AM
Got rid of bamboo placemats and table runner my MIL bought us like a decade ago. Tags still on them.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on April 09, 2018, 09:51:02 AM
Sorry to hear about your basement, @Mongoose, that really sucks! The house may feel like a disaster now, but I bet it's still in better shape than it would have been without previous decluttering efforts. Just keep telling yourself that, and that you'll get back to it when the crisis is over.

I have an old iPhone sitting around, and I sent it in to be recycled. I should get $100 back for it. I used it until it died so I don't feel comfortable selling it on eBay. I'm just happy I'm getting something back for the parts.

Listing my old clothes online has not been worth it at all. I've only gotten messages on one of the dresses I listed for $10, and no one has bought it despite all their detailed questions that take time and effort to answer. Not a good return on my time. This weekend, I'm just going to take everything to the consignment store.

Wow, $100 back for a not working iPhone? How does that work, where do you send it? We have a few dead phone hanging around =\ Thanks.
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Post by: zygote on April 10, 2018, 11:31:21 AM
Sorry to hear about your basement, @Mongoose, that really sucks! The house may feel like a disaster now, but I bet it's still in better shape than it would have been without previous decluttering efforts. Just keep telling yourself that, and that you'll get back to it when the crisis is over.

I have an old iPhone sitting around, and I sent it in to be recycled. I should get $100 back for it. I used it until it died so I don't feel comfortable selling it on eBay. I'm just happy I'm getting something back for the parts.

Listing my old clothes online has not been worth it at all. I've only gotten messages on one of the dresses I listed for $10, and no one has bought it despite all their detailed questions that take time and effort to answer. Not a good return on my time. This weekend, I'm just going to take everything to the consignment store.

Wow, $100 back for a not working iPhone? How does that work, where do you send it? We have a few dead phone hanging around =\ Thanks.

I guess it depends on your definition of dead. In my case, it was unusable due to constant freezing and crashing, but it did still turn on and I was eventually able to wipe it. I just answered the questions on the recycle link below and they gave me a quote. Doesn't hurt to see if you can get something back based on your phones' conditions!

This is the link I used: https://www.apple.com/recycling/ They don't do it in store unless you're trading it in for a new device, so they'll mail you the kit to send it in.

I will say that I could end up getting less if the phone is in worse condition than they thought...we'll see.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 10, 2018, 05:01:36 PM
Returned a small furniture gift to the giver
Declined a massive one

This actually took some effort, because we're in the second biggest place of my kid's life and I was aiming to meet his dreams of a conventional set-up. But it's not actually a mansion, and it wouldn't take much to fill it up, restricting play options and movement, etc. So, it was tough for me to say no thank you, but I did it! I love space and ease. Gotta actively choose it. DS is perfectly happy with our current schtick.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 11, 2018, 10:05:56 PM
*Decluttered myself from a one-man show that was pretending to be a committee
*Realized a thing was obsolete per manager's latest reno, so chucked that
*Canceled several email subscriptions
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Post by: middo on April 11, 2018, 10:11:02 PM
Threw out an old drop saw that had seen better days and only worked as a test of our electrical safety switches....

It had been sitting in the shed for about a year unused and unloved.  Time to go.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 13, 2018, 10:37:05 AM
My credit card statement says I made $373 worth of returns last month. Excellent!
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Post by: Wayward on April 13, 2018, 12:28:36 PM
Sold a couple guitars, painting supplies, exercise equipment, cds/dvds, old coins, etc.
Donated several big bags of clothes, household and other miscellaneous items
Recycled/thrown out old papers/documents and much moreÖ

Itís amazing I still have more clutter to clear out!
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Post by: Yasha on April 13, 2018, 07:54:29 PM
Gave a stuffed lemur toy to a friend who rescues baby possums, also a colouring book of native plants. She loved both of them and they're out of my house now/ I have another colouring book on my donate pile which I will offer a different friend today and if she doesn't want it it will go to the op-shop.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 14, 2018, 11:57:32 AM
I have thrown away a weekend bag, as we have 4 other weekend bags that we prefer to use. I also ditched 4 of my hand bags. One of them I try to give away on facebook, as well as a fluffy duck toy. I have also ditched a toy bear from my childhood and a cover to carry a suit in, as we have 2 of those. I also threw away 3 glasses. I made a facebook add to sell three lamps for little money.
I have put my triathlon cycle helmet for sale again. I did't succeed in selling it last spring. I also reativated the adds of my wedding dress and my digital piano, both at a lower price than before.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 14, 2018, 02:51:30 PM
I made a decision to put in the garbage stuff people leave at my door. I didn't ask for them, I didn't indicate need, I have everything, I don't want the job. I used to sort through, take 99-100% to the thrift or contact them to make arrangements, yadda yadda. I'm just going to view it as illegal dumping and chuck 'em now. Ditto unwanted gifts brought into my house. We're blocks from so many thrift shops -take it there. If I need it and love enough to pay $75 cents for it, I'll go get it -but more likely I'll choose the one that fits or is in a colour I like or isn't stained.

When people see how clear and spacious our place is, many do two things:
1. compliment it on being lovely, clear, spacious, zen, uncluttered, etc
2. leave stuff for us

???????????

Once I made the decision that my body is not a garbage can -when people give me "food" that's not optimal for my body, I was no longer obligated to eat it. I could put it in what IS the garbage can. Now I will apply the same to stuff.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 14, 2018, 02:54:56 PM
Just curious, who leaves stuff at your front door? That is very strange!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 14, 2018, 02:55:46 PM
Neighbours, buddies, strangers, maintenance people...
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 14, 2018, 03:00:24 PM
Did you encourage this? Why would they do this? I have never had any unwanted crap appear at my door. I have had booze bottles and beer cans chucked in my yard!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 14, 2018, 03:08:01 PM
What encourages it? Standing in an uncluttered house? Processing (a.k.a. quietly ditching) previous items? Saying a polite thank you and then discarding them? All I know is I didn't ask for it, invite it, or say yes to it, so no. I've also specifically said to three of them that I don't want x or use y, but they bring them anyway.

In one case, a person "offered" my son a pile of stuff. I said no, we can't use it, he doesn't use it, we like to keep more space than stuff, he just received a bunch of stuff... I identified a person who was specifically looking for donations of exactly those items for a nonprofit project and directed the donor there. Months later, she brought it to our house. She'd stored it that whole time for DS. So now it sits in our storage, and soon I'll take it to the person I identified, or the thrift. Bah.

I'm often surrounded by very kind, generous people (as well as some who don't listen)  :)
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 14, 2018, 03:18:26 PM
OMG, I have enough junk I am trying to get rid of and to have these do gooders leaving crap at my house would infuriate me! You are going to have to tell them NO THANK YOU! Let them know that you have no use for it and that it would be best to take it to Goodwill!

Sometimes you have to be mean which I don't like to do but dang! My husband worked at a place where this woman kept coming in and forcing these Jehovah Witness or some other religious materials into his hands. He told her nice a few times no thank you but she kept pestering him every few days. Finally, one day he was probably having a bad day and she came in again with these materials. He took the materials and chucked them in the garbage can right in front of her and told her he was not interested. She finally got the picture.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 14, 2018, 03:33:57 PM
It would be simple if it were just one person over and over. But when it's 14 different people over a given month or three, or stuff is left anonymously, it's beyond me. It doesn't infuriate me, and it's not my responsibility to guess, communicate, recommunicate, etc. I can just chuck it (or thrift it if I'm going there), because the stuff is their responsibility and this action is the fastest and easiest for me in the bigger scenario.
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Post by: Fresh Bread on April 14, 2018, 03:43:18 PM
Can you put a sign up on your door? Tactfully worded of course! "Thank you for thinking of us but we have everything we need. The nearest thrift store accepting donations is x.."
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 14, 2018, 03:45:01 PM
Why do these people think you want or need this junk?

Put a sign out in front of your house, No Dumping! LOL!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 14, 2018, 03:58:41 PM
Can you put a sign up on your door? Tactfully worded of course! "Thank you for thinking of us but we have everything we need. The nearest thrift store accepting donations is x.."

Yes, and that would stop the more generic ones left outside, but not the ones they view as personal gifts. Then there's the ones that make it in -I have a very hard time getting words out in the moment, so I'm just going to stop having these extra jobs (the coming up with words, and the processing other people's stuff).

Why do these people think you want or need this junk?

I don't think they think we need it. I think they want to declutter their homes, but are having that thing of: "Oh, I can only release this divine wonderful amazing old stained/partial/favourite item if it goes to someone I know."
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Post by: Ms Ida on April 14, 2018, 04:13:44 PM


This is the link I used: https://www.apple.com/recycling/ They don't do it in store unless you're trading it in for a new device, so they'll mail you the kit to send it in.

I will say that I could end up getting less if the phone is in worse condition than they thought...we'll see.


Thanks  for the link. I have a dead phone, dead dead, sitting on the counter that I need to recycle.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 14, 2018, 09:22:39 PM
Today someone offered me a bunch of stuff -frozen foods from the garden (nice!!), cuttings and other supplies for potted indoor plants. They're wanting to clear space in their home. I said nope :)

I did buy some things I wanted, including a basket to store the weird collection of different subjects I work on from my nest. Now everything's in there, all easily viewable, accessible, and putbackable. Massive improvement, both logistically and visually.
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Post by: Yasha on April 15, 2018, 05:06:48 AM
Took a brown wooly jacket (which my husband always said made me look like Snuffleupagus), another colouring-in book, and six books that I was keeping for a rather embarrassing reason... because they made me look 'cultured', depite never having read them... to work to give away from there - the jacket to the women's space, the colouring book to the lunchroom and the books to the second hand bookshop. I have my eyes set on the study room because I'm sure there is plenty more to go from there and because if my sister moves in with us for a bit that would be her room so there needs to be some more space.
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Post by: Mongoose on April 15, 2018, 10:02:32 AM
Water leak was from a door to a stairwell back porch. We covered that now so it hopefully won't happen again. Our furnace has been replaced (unrelated problem) and the workers cleaned up after themselves well. Today we are at home and I'm hoping that my family will help me restore order so we can resume our regularly scheduled decluttering!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 15, 2018, 12:00:48 PM
DH thinks I might be able to get some money for my leather handbags. So I took them out of the bin and made and add. If the are no reactions soon, they will be thrown away again.

Stupid facebook removed one of my adds on facebook, in suspision that it was spam. I have marked it as no spam and hope it will be back soon.

DH threw away an old (ancient) floating vest.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 15, 2018, 01:16:57 PM
My Senior center is having a shredding event in May. I have gathered up my old tax returns from way back to 1998! I kept 2010 and forward. That was two grocery bags full. I cleaned out some bank statements and other statements from last year that was two bags full. I also have another 2 bags or maybe 3 in another room. I have one more spot to clean out. So about 7 grocery bags full of crap so far. It will be gone the first week of May! On top of that, because we are seniors, we get to shred FREE! Some events are for charity and cost about $10 a box full I would probably have 3 boxes or more!

Also, started another giant garbage bag for donation. It is never ending! My dogs have a crate full of toys and most are crappy and they don't play with them anymore so that might be the next thing I tackle to chuck out. I also have a drawer of turtle necks that I used to love but have not worn in several years now. So they are going to go out too! I might even have a couple of empty drawers! That is unheard of in my house! LOL!
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Post by: halftimer on April 15, 2018, 08:22:52 PM
Like Roadrunner - I'm on a shredding mission!  I started using my small shredder at home but was overwhelmed and just wanted it done. Next, I looked up the free events locally, but there are only 2 in the next 2 months and not at good times for me. Then I noticed a discount coupon online for secure shredding at a nearby office centre and I was able to get rid of a giant box there the next evening. It felt so good to have all those pages gone. I'm actually surprised that after going through all my random papers and filing that I only had one box full to go.  I also sent a lot to recycling though, and have reduced the number of papers we print or get that need to be shredded to begin with.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 15, 2018, 09:10:03 PM
When I started my shredding mission, I was willing to pay even $40-$50 at a time to dump the stuff through the big systems. Worth it just to get it out of there! (I used the freebies if there happened to be one coming up, but I had a LOT to shred and didn't want it sitting around for months at a time.)

Today: Found a new, simpler system for filing. I'd started out using the plastic tabs + inserts that came with the folders. First I was typing the labels on a sheet, then I graduated to using my label maker to create an insert, then a same-size post-it *over* the plastic tab with handwriting... Today I finally realized I can use the larger, square post-its as the entire labeller. lol. Much faster and simpler, gets me to make the new files I need, and let me chuck all the plastic tabs and inserts. If I'll label a folder, I'll file properly and consistently, so YAY!

Shredded a few pages no longer needed, deleted some folder labels no longer needed, created the few that were. Also took out all recycling and garbage, and removed the few elements from my main living space to run Roomba through every millimeter. Looks and feels great!
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Post by: Goldielocks on April 15, 2018, 09:30:32 PM
Jooni -- I recommend setting up a freecycle event for your community.   There are two ways to do this:

1.  A "Share shed" or "Share room" concept -- find a large closet / shed / corner in your community, where people can drop off items that they don't want and pick up stuff (from others) that they do want.

2.  Have a single day freecycle in your community hall -- people bring what they don't want, and the next day, it is open for everyone to take what they do.  People that drop off items donate $2 towards disposal.   You get volunteers to help set up the tables, and use the $$'s to dispose of the remainder.  (I called a donation truck for a pickup).

e.g., set up  an outlet for these people to avoid you when they get rid of stuff, and direct everyone to the event.

BONUS -- get others started on the idea, and hand it over to others to arrange and make happen.

My event was a bigger success than I anticipated.  We advertised and invited the whole neighborhood to come, not just the local resident / community.   People love "Free" and took away boxes and boxes of stuff.  You would just need to say no to furniture that one person can't lift.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 15, 2018, 09:52:28 PM
Jooni -- I recommend setting up a freecycle event for your community.

No -I don't want another job, there are heaps of thrift shops (and free depots) people can drop off to, and I'm passionate about thrift shops over freebies.

I prefer the thrift shop system for multiple reasons:
*creates jobs and/or supports important causes
*creates a daily or weekly social community for workers and customers
*moves all items into one organized warehouse so people can select what they need when they need it
*even the small cost reduces hoarding in some people vulnerable to that
*creates a space anyone can immediately drop stuff off at, getting clutter out

I love pretty much everything about the thrift shop system!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 16, 2018, 01:40:59 AM
My colleague told me I can drop a stuffed pet in the Salvation Army box where you can donate used clothes. I hadn't thought of that. I am going to drop the things that I put for free on a facebook group. And even the leather handbags, if they don't sell soon, I'll put them in the clothes box. Advantage: they are out of your house immediately. If you put them in an add, you'll have to wait until someone wants them.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 16, 2018, 04:14:09 AM
I used to have a little electric shredder. I really despised it because I could only put in about 6 sheet of paper at a time. The bin for the shreds would fill up so fast and it was a mess each time it had to be emptied. When it broke, no tears here. When I used to work, my company had a beast of a shredder. No idea what that thing cots but way too expensive I am sure! It might have been a rental.

I wonder why people don't open a brick and mortar store with shredding machine service? The only shredding I have seen in my area is the charitable events that have a truck in the parking lot and you bring your boxes to them. If they were available, then I personally would not have such a giant pile each year to get rid of! I could make it one of my every 2 month chores to take paperwork to be shredded. 
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Post by: I'm a red panda on April 16, 2018, 06:48:45 AM
Dropped another box off at the consigment shop.

Included:
2 sets of glasses (really nice pattern but my mother doesn't use it anymore, and we don't actually need glasses. Have held onto the "just in case" for 5 years)
5 puzzles
10 books
A bunch of baby shoes
A bunch of baby clothes, including a ton of infant swimsuits
A few baby toys
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Post by: zygote on April 16, 2018, 08:32:09 AM
I gave up on all the clothes I listed online. They weren't getting any interest, except for one Zara dress from last season - that one got lots of messages but no sales. I think even though they were all well-known labels, most were too old. People who want to spend money on a label don't want something from 5-10 years ago.

I took them all to a consignment shop just to see what I could get. They gave me $3 for the Zara dress and didn't want anything else. The rest of the bag went straight to goodwill. I don't even care about not getting money for them. It was spent long ago, I enjoyed the dresses at the time, and it's not worth the hassle.

Though sometimes it feels like I am throwing money out the window with this whole decluttering enterprise, it has really changed my mindset about buying things. I don't want to spend my money on something unless it is worth the cost and I know I will use it well. Otherwise it'll just turn into one more thing to take to the goodwill in a few years. So it's probably saving me money in the long run.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 16, 2018, 08:53:09 AM
How many of you still have your wedding dress, shoes, headpiece/veil? I do...Have not looked at it in years and couldn't fit into it either. I don't even think the shoes would fit! Got married in 1973! Do you think it's time to let it go? LOL!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 16, 2018, 08:57:26 AM
Quote
I wonder why people don't open a brick and mortar store with shredding machine service?

They do. Thatís where I was taking all of mine. Was awesome! (No backlog left. Now I shred at home as I go, a few pieces per day generally.)
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on April 16, 2018, 09:00:08 AM
How many of you still have your wedding dress, shoes, headpiece/veil? I do...Have not looked at it in years and couldn't fit into it either. I don't even think the shoes would fit! Got married in 1973! Do you think it's time to let it go? LOL!

I sold it about a year after we got married. I'm glad I did. Honestly, the way it was boxed, the most beautiful aspects of the dress weren't visible anyway. And this way, it was still a current style. I got back all but like $200 of the purchase price, too, so that was a nice bonus. Basically means I had a custom designer gown, fit to me and my skin tone, that cost less than renting it would have.

...that being said, none of the parents know =P I don't look forward to that coming up, haha. (Oh, and I never had a veil, and just wore payless sandals I already owned... I still have those, although they're starting to wear out.)
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 16, 2018, 09:01:44 AM
My colleague told me I can drop a stuffed pet in the Salvation Army box where you can donate used clothes. I hadn't thought of that. I am going to drop the things that I put for free on a facebook group. And even the leather handbags, if they don't sell soon, I'll put them in the clothes box. Advantage: they are out of your house immediately. If you put them in an add, you'll have to wait until someone wants them.

YAY!!!! Music to my ears :)))))
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 16, 2018, 10:57:15 AM
How many of you still have your wedding dress, shoes, headpiece/veil? I do...Have not looked at it in years and couldn't fit into it either. I don't even think the shoes would fit! Got married in 1973! Do you think it's time to let it go? LOL!

I sold it about a year after we got married. I'm glad I did. Honestly, the way it was boxed, the most beautiful aspects of the dress weren't visible anyway. And this way, it was still a current style. I got back all but like $200 of the purchase price, too, so that was a nice bonus. Basically means I had a custom designer gown, fit to me and my skin tone, that cost less than renting it would have.

...that being said, none of the parents know =P I don't look forward to that coming up, haha. (Oh, and I never had a veil, and just wore payless sandals I already owned... I still have those, although they're starting to wear out.)

I got married in an evening gown, which cost half the price of a wedding gown.
It has been on sale for a while. Some interested reactions, but no sale yet.
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on April 16, 2018, 11:30:08 AM
How many of you still have your wedding dress, shoes, headpiece/veil? I do...Have not looked at it in years and couldn't fit into it either. I don't even think the shoes would fit! Got married in 1973! Do you think it's time to let it go? LOL!

Three months ago, I had TWO wedding dresses.  I had kept the one from my first marriage in case my daughter wanted it...but at 12 years old, she's already 6 inches taller than me, so it wouldn't fit (plus she thinks it's ugly).  I gave it and the veil to Goodwill last month.

The other dress is from my second marriage 5 years ago.  I tried to give it away as well, but my husband protested, so it's still sitting in a bag in my closet.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 16, 2018, 01:25:03 PM
I wonder how it could be upcycled into 'something' so we could make something out of it with the fabric and just get rid of the rest of it? I suppose if you could sew you could make a mini bride dress for a bear or a bigger doll. Or maybe a pillow case for show and tell. If I were divorced, and it was ugly, I might have a burning of the dress ceremony in a barbeque pit! LOL!
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Post by: Fresh Bread on April 16, 2018, 02:19:17 PM
I sold my veil, gave away the shoes and shortened and dyed the dress to make a cocktail dress. Not sure if would fit anymore but I did wear it about 3 times.
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Post by: Rowellen on April 16, 2018, 03:13:17 PM
There's a charity in Australia that turns wedding dresses into burial gowns for stillborn babies. I intended to donate mine to them. I wanted to take some pictures first and haven't got around to it. Must put that back on my to do list.
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Post by: Goldielocks on April 16, 2018, 08:06:42 PM
I had a declutter fail!   After finally getting rid of a trailer worth of stuff, using 3 different donation systems, I had saved 2 boxes (medium size) of things that I can get money for. 

A person finally called me from craigslist for my "new in box" appliance part, and gosh darn it.  I think it got mixed into  the donation boxes just one day before in my rush to get them out the door.  Damn.  $15 lost.  Argh.
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Post by: Step37 on April 16, 2018, 08:23:53 PM
I wonder how it could be upcycled into 'something' so we could make something out of it with the fabric and just get rid of the rest of it? I suppose if you could sew you could make a mini bride dress for a bear or a bigger doll. Or maybe a pillow case for show and tell. If I were divorced, and it was ugly, I might have a burning of the dress ceremony in a barbeque pit! LOL!

I got married in a borrowed dress, but still have my veil (in the attic of the garage) - should really give it away. Itís quite pretty...

A FB friend of mine posted this picture of her familyís Christmas stockings she made from her wedding gown. I think they look quite nice, and it provides a way to continue to enjoy the dress.

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Post by: Yasha on April 16, 2018, 11:24:52 PM
Sitting in the waiting room for the doctor and I purged 7 loyalty cards from my wallet (two of them for the same place!)... Iím starting a challenge where you declutter 1-30things each day for 30days, so expect to see me around here frequently :D
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 16, 2018, 11:39:27 PM
Completed a school unit today, including exam, so put all the pages (text and notes) into recycling. Really have to trust that I know that stuff now (because I do).

I'm doing my best to keep four chairs for other people's sakes, but realized yesterday that they don't all need to live in the main part of the house. Moved two into the spare room nearby, making the main area *and* spare room look much better!
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Post by: mspym on April 17, 2018, 02:49:25 AM
This week I should be handing over a kid's bike that our family has outgrown to a friend, which will cut down the bike stash even more. Soon I will only have one (1) bike and one that will eventually be mine once boys outgrow it.

2 more books to go to the free library.

One day I will go through my bag collection and donate a whole bunch - I've definitely donated ~20 in the last two years and the influx has been staunched (no more gazingus pin) so whittling away at The Stuff.
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Post by: Yasha on April 17, 2018, 05:09:42 AM
Ended up doing 55things today in a bit of a flurry. 7 loyalty cards, 8 books, 4 measuring cups, 2 bowls, a plate, a egg splitter, a broken spoon, a fruit thingy that is meant to go in a water jug, 4 handkies, a skirt that doesn't fit, 6 nail polishes, two sleep supplements that I haven't used in five years, two lipsticks, two concealer sticks, a handful of beads, a pair of dried contacts, a cookie tin, a pair of cake tray plate things and two calculators.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 17, 2018, 05:57:12 AM
I have a collection of old perfumes that I never use. They are still good but maybe I will donate some of them.

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Post by: RetiredAt63 on April 17, 2018, 09:37:10 AM
I still have my wedding gown (1972) and my matron of honour dress from my sister's wedding (gorgeous dress, looked a lot like Kate Middleton's wedding gown) and a horrible bridesmaid dress from my best friend's wedding.  They are all massively dated, I should find a vintage shop.  I also have a gorgeous black velvet evening coat, perfect for wearing to a formal.  I wore it to formals in University, and it has sat in my closet ever since.

DD tried on my wedding dress, it was way to small for her.  I was smug,  Really, it is because she has a full bust and I was pretty flat-chested back then.  Plus she is 3" taller so our body proportions are different.

I still have my veil.  DD was going to wear it, but the dress she bought needs a totally different veil, so it is still sitting in its box.

These may be some of the last things I declutter, hard to let go.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 17, 2018, 11:27:00 AM
I have no one to hand the wedding dress to and it is dated. It has been in the back of the closet for almost 47 years in a zip bag. It is hard to get rid of it just because I have had such a nice long marriage. It almost seems like a bad omen to get rid of it! LOL!
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Post by: oneday on April 17, 2018, 03:50:02 PM
How many of you still have your wedding dress, shoes, headpiece/veil? I do...Have not looked at it in years and couldn't fit into it either. I don't even think the shoes would fit! Got married in 1973! Do you think it's time to let it go? LOL!

I rented my dress.  Veil was made by a friend: white headband with some tulle & "silk" flowers glued on.  I didn't mid tossing that when the event was over, as it was to her taste & not mine.  I wouldn't have even had a veil, but the groom wanted me to have one.  Sandals were Payless specials...they gave me a blister & I tossed them right away.
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Post by: oneday on April 17, 2018, 03:55:17 PM
I have no one to hand the wedding dress to and it is dated. It has been in the back of the closet for almost 47 years in a zip bag. It is hard to get rid of it just because I have had such a nice long marriage. It almost seems like a bad omen to get rid of it! LOL!

I tell you what, not having a wedding dress in the back of a closet really has no bearing on my marriage ending in divorce!!!
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Post by: Mezzie on April 17, 2018, 05:36:29 PM
My husband dropped off a carload at the thrift store. He's doing amazing things in the garage.

Right now I'm only really helping by not buying anything.
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Post by: Yasha on April 18, 2018, 02:20:25 AM
Decluttered another 50odd things today - mostly empty pots after tipping all the dead plants into the compost, plus a few boxes of tea which I was able to combine together. How do I have so much junk?
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 18, 2018, 04:29:32 AM
I have no one to hand the wedding dress to and it is dated. It has been in the back of the closet for almost 47 years in a zip bag. It is hard to get rid of it just because I have had such a nice long marriage. It almost seems like a bad omen to get rid of it! LOL!

A friend of mine painted her wedding dress green. It has a nice effect on the various fabrics. I have seen her wearing it once to an opera.
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Post by: mspym on April 18, 2018, 05:47:51 AM
My wedding dress was a nice linen Laura Ashley dress I found at the Vinnies the weekend before we got married. Now it's on the sewing pile to be turned into a top, because I am Too Messy to be a white linen dress person.

Bike successfully delivered! 10 more ebooks deleted from my library, two actual books in the pile to go to the free library.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 19, 2018, 07:29:48 AM
My wedding dress was a nice linen Laura Ashley dress I found at the Vinnies the weekend before we got married.

Now that is planning your marriage carefully. :-)))
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Post by: oneday on April 19, 2018, 03:51:21 PM
The cycle of clearing out clutter starts again for me!  Excited! 

I unpacked 1 whole box from my recent move, lol.  Used that box to be the donation box, and put in 3 garments that I had used as packing material when packing said box.

Also tossed a pair of shoes which were not that old, but both the uppers & the sole were showing wear (especially the sole).  I feel like the shoes I've bought recently have worn out quickly, so I'm going to start tracking when I bought them & see how long they last.  Does anyone have any good sturdy-yet-comfortable shoe brand recommendations? Does not need to be "thrifty", TIA.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 19, 2018, 03:56:30 PM
I wear Bogs most of each year. They freakin' rock, and if they wear out, the company sends you a new pair!

Got to help a neighbour declutter for some hours today!!!!!!!!!!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!! #favouritething
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Post by: RetiredAt63 on April 19, 2018, 03:58:42 PM
My Rockports (men's) are going fine after at least 8 years.  My Bogs boots are finally giving up the ghost this year, and I have had them for nearly as long.  They were my main winter boots the last few years.  My Ecco sandals look almost new and I have had them for years as well.  Good shoes last, and most can be resoled.
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Post by: oneday on April 19, 2018, 04:14:16 PM
Thank you @jooniFLORisploo and @RetiredAt63 for quick & useful recommendations!
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Post by: Happy Little Chipmunk on April 19, 2018, 10:08:07 PM
This month I organized lumber in the basement so it was all in one place instead being trip hazard piles all over. Which meant that I emptied a big shelf of OTHER stuff and turned it into a wood storage rack and am slowly nibbling through the newly liberated boxes & piles.

So far I've weeded 2 shoeboxes full of photos & a large tote of memorabilia and have kept enough to fill 15 scrapbooking pages. Next up 3 more large totes of kid art, journals, precious relics from child hood. <groan>

Had to take a break from looking at paper to do something real: Cleaned the kitchen counters, repaired the grout and sealed it. It looks so much better!
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Post by: diapasoun on April 19, 2018, 10:44:20 PM
I shredded a pile of old papers today. Beautifully freeing. Goal for tomorrow is to put some books in some nearby little free libraries.
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Post by: expatartist on April 19, 2018, 11:29:12 PM
Wow everyone you are inspirational! I hope to use your ideas for looking at the many ways to get rid of things that pile up without our noticing.

It's about the time of year when I do a bi-annual "turn my tiny flat upside down" and switch over from winter to summer:
* Linens
* Clothes
* Shoes

I live in a subdivided micro-apartment. Everything's as vertical as possible, most is dual purpose. Clothing is mostly rolled Kondo-style into slender bookshelves at the foot of my bed. A few easily-wrinkled items are hung on a small rack next to it. Socks and unmentionables are rolled then stuffed into a shoe holder on the side of bookshelves. Scented toiletries and often-stinky shoes share a tall shoe shelf with door, about the same size as the bookshelf. Twice a year I pack up clothes/winter linens/shoes, then remove everything from the Japanese-style overhead storage and camphor trunks and do the switch-over. If I don't devote an entire day to it, it can take a week! I've been putting it off but can't for much longer. Your posts are giving me hope ;)
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Post by: Step37 on April 20, 2018, 08:42:13 PM
I managed to sell a set of dog clipper combs (attach to the clippers to allow custom-length haircuts) that I didnít end up liking. I found it easier to freehand after all. I added a set of dog nail clippers to the ad, since I had upgraded to a style that was easier to use. I receovered most of my money and theyíre out of the house. (Aside from MAKING money on something, this is my favourite kind of decluttering!;)

Now, what else can I list... canít have Ďnothingí for sale!
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Post by: Yasha on April 21, 2018, 05:24:48 AM
Purged an enviro bag full of paperwork, a handful of beach rocks (in a bag now  to go back the beach), a few sets of earrings, a bag of Ďto repairí clothes that have been in that bag for over a year, two books, a set of juggling balls and a bag of rubbish... starting to slow down a little bit but have three days off this week and looking forward to digging a little deeper into the layers of declutterable Ďstuffí.
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Post by: Cali on April 21, 2018, 06:24:56 AM
I’ve been listing things online and have made some really decent money doing it.

This photo from a RetireBeforeDad.com motivated the heck out of me. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180421/091b45c0dafafa207936b604f78e1b89.jpg)
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 23, 2018, 07:16:25 AM
Declined another batch of furniture.

When people see how minimalist and spacious my place is, they want to fill it up :)    Some see it as a wonderful potential depot for the excess in their homes. Since sorting through my boundary needs here and on journal, Iím now solidly good at saying, ďWe have everything we need now, thank you.Ē Or, ďOur place is now full, we canít receive any more.Ē Itís a bit confusing for them, since they just saw what they see as a near-empty space, but so far no oneís found a way to debate this phrase, lol.

What we have does feel like -not just enough but- abundance, and just right. Itís also more than weíve ever had and I need to give my body time and space to adjust to even this much. I also really love having room to move easily and play, and will keep that!
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Post by: oneday on April 24, 2018, 12:25:23 PM
@Cali, that photo is inspirational!

@jooniFLORisploo, glad you have found & are enforcing your boundaries on space-filling! I had a similar thing happen to me recently.  Family Member found out about my new apartment & immediately started listing out furniture that is in FM's storage unit that "might work" in my place.  It's sweet that FM wants me to have a homey place to live, but the amount of times I had to repeat, in a half hour span, "I don't know what I'll need; still dividing up furniture with Mr. X" was really stressing me out! 

I decluttered a cardigan on its last legs.  It's so worn that one can see through the fabric, and it's not supposed to be that way/doesn't look good that way.

Creative decluttering (re-purposing instead of trashing):  Was going to throw these things out, and live with constantly re-arranging the chair covers to actually cover the chair (they get twisted up when you sit on them).  Instead, re-purposed the tie down cords that came with the chair covers to actually function with my chairs, which have a thicker than usual seat.  Tying two together was enough length to reach down to the legs & secure the chair covers in place at the front of the chair.  At the back of the chair, the Velcro straps are long enough to go around already.  This means that out of 4 covers, only 2 can be tied down, but I only got 2 of the 4 chairs anyway, so that works!

Edit: its, not it's
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 24, 2018, 01:23:30 PM
There is a senior shredding event in May and I have gone thru a lot of places in the house where paperwork accumulates. I think I have finally hoed out the last spot. I have one giant Rubbermaid tote full to the brim with plastic grocery bags full plus two bags that don't fit. They are going to think I went door to door looking for shredding! I threw out a ton of old IRS stuff from the 1990's and forward. I saved 7 years worth. I also had a bunch of paperwork from may last job (2011) that I couldn't bear to throw out till now. So I have made a lot of progress with that crap. I plan to toss out one year of IRS stuff each year after I file. That way I will only have 7 years worth.

I also have started to weed out more stuff for Vietnam Vets. I have a carpet spot cleaner thing I am getting rid of, some skillets I don't use, turtle necks I don't wear, a laundry basket I don't use, a little file cabinet that is cleaned out and pretty useless. Plus, I have some stuff on ebay that is just not moving and I am tired of it sitting on my dining room table. Out it goes. I also have this big ass suitcase that is filled with some hobby junk that I have not been using and I think it is time to purge it out. Then there is another suitcase filled with the hub's clothes that I had grand intentions of selling on ebay but have not done so. They need to go! I also have a bunch of Rubbermaid totes that are empty and not sure what to do with those at this time but they have to go.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 24, 2018, 04:35:15 PM
...the amount of times I had to repeat, in a half hour span

That's the piece, yes! I've already said it to each person more than once. They don't hear my words; they see only "space!".
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 24, 2018, 08:01:32 PM
I used to work for a food research company and every Friday we had to clean the lab. The lab had block walls that were painted, concrete floors with curved floors tilted to the drains and stainless steel equipment. Each Friday we used a floor scrubber and scrubbed the floors and hand scrubbed the equipment. We sprayed the suds down the drain. I always thought what a great thing that was if I had that in a house! Just soap up the floor and everything else and hose it off down the drain! AWESOME!

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Post by: Step37 on April 24, 2018, 08:57:13 PM
@Roadrunner53, I would think youíd be able to sell (or give away) the totes on Craigslist or equivalent. You know, for someone elseís storage/hoarding project! Theyíre not cheap to buy new...
;-)

(On that note, I think Iím going to inherit thousands of totes from my parents one day, so I am hoping for a robust secondary market! My dad thinks that putting stuff into totes and into the garage is ďdealingĒ with it. I have tried to explain that heís throwing good money after bad to store GARBAGE [seriously. Car magazines, hunting magazines. No order whatsoever = NO value]. Skip the middle step and go straight to the bin. Aaaarrrrggghhh. /rant)
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 24, 2018, 09:06:36 PM
Good idea on giving the totes away. We have been bagging up clothing and some small household junk to give to Vietnam Vets. Good organization and they come to your house to pick up. We regularly give to Goodwill too.

I cannot believe how much stuff we have donated over the years and we have so much more! We are only one couple, never had kids but my God, we have more stuff than anyone could believe!
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Post by: Mongoose on April 25, 2018, 01:31:57 PM
Major housecleaning and decluttering is in progress today. We have a small box each of items to donate, shred, and file so far. Dead printer is headed to recycling. Kids clothes need to be sorted and culled. But mostly things needed to be cleaned and put away in their designated locations. It was all just dropped after we ran out of time and energy doing some house repairs. I really want to excavate the basement as well but I'm not sure we'll get to it today. It's still a mess after we had to move everything to have the furnace replaced.
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Post by: oneday on April 25, 2018, 09:58:38 PM
...the amount of times I had to repeat, in a half hour span

That's the piece, yes! I've already said it to each person more than once. They don't hear my words; they see only "space!".

I suspect there's no way to get certain people to "hear"/believe this message.

Today I partially unpacked a couple boxes (just getting things I needed) and pulled out the "packing material".  All textiles that were to be donated when packing became packing material.  Now that I'm finding these textiles, they are going into the donation box.  Today I found jeans, 2 napkins, table cloth and a pillow case. 
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 25, 2018, 10:04:41 PM
Apparently so. Despite profoundly clear, direct statements, I had a really hard time of this one today. Person was aggressive in their hope I would take massive stuff so they would have an uncluttered house *and* they would be free of guilt for otherwise garbaging it (instead of organizing appropriate transfer). I just...can't... My home is not a garbage can, not a recycling centre, not a nonprofit service, not a junk transfer station, not an emergency disposal facility...
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 26, 2018, 04:50:13 AM
No one if buying the stuff I have put in adds. I have already lowered the price for my bicycle time trial helmet.

I should consider giving some more stuff away for free.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 26, 2018, 05:05:35 AM
I have had some stuff on ebay for almost two months and sold a few things and the rest is not selling at all. UGH, is ebay a ghost town these days?
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Post by: Dragonswan on April 26, 2018, 07:03:50 AM
...the amount of times I had to repeat, in a half hour span

That's the piece, yes! I've already said it to each person more than once. They don't hear my words; they see only "space!".
Must be nice.  I had/have the opposite problem.  When I bought my 2700 sq ft house (No facepunches. I love it and it was cheaper than a condo in the city and the commute to an even bigger city is essentially the same.) I only had a 2bdrm apartment's worth of furniture.  I asked my mom, pack rat, for a few furniture items and only managed to wrest away one small chest of drawers I had as a child (I'm middle aged now) and an old stereo (circa 1960? the kind that comes as a piece of furniture).  I'm still eyeballing her sewing machine and refuse to buy one as I intend to inherit hers while she's still living.

Last year the Great Supervisor (mom) let me start cleaning out the bedroom you can't walk into for the volume of stuff.  I took out 13 yard trash size bags (donated to charity), threw away another 4-5 bags and the room still looks like I never touched it.  Keep up the good fight declutterers and I'll post again if I mom lets me continue my efforts.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 26, 2018, 07:10:37 AM
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Must be nice.  I had/have the opposite problem.

No, definitely not nice. Stressful, frustrating, and irritating to be considered a garbage receptacle and have to practically ďfightĒ to be allowed to maintain my space and choices.

Your experience is very common with keepers. If they have excess that others could well use, theyíre generally not willing to part with it. If I were to *ask* these same people for some of their stuff, they would be saying no. Itís just when they turn that corner and become downsizers/declutterers, they have an equal lack of concern for us and aim to dump.
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Post by: Dragonswan on April 26, 2018, 07:14:55 AM
I'm afraid the downsizing will not occur until my parents pass.  The task of cleaning everything at once is what I'm hoping to avoid by doing little bits now, and getting a few things that would benefit me now instead of having to buy them.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 26, 2018, 07:22:22 AM
Dragonswan, knowing you will inherit a mass of mess can be very stressful for a person, for sure.

Unfortunately, until your parents decide they want to declutter, give, etc, thereís not a whole lot you can do -though it sounds like theyíre able to let go of quite a bit more than is usually the case in these situations. If they are still keepers, anything they give you they would likely replace with more stuff anyway.

Personally, I would go ahead and get what you need (from thrift shops) for your home, then plan to spend some more money getting a redistribution service in after they pass.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 26, 2018, 07:24:06 AM
When my Mom passed I found an organization that came to the house with a box truck and took just about everything. There was no room at my house for any of it or very little of it.

My Mom's house was small but she had every nook and cranny filled to the brim with things! These two guys worked for hours and hours taking stuff out of the house and filled the entire truck up. They said they had never been to such a small house and hauled out so much stuff! I filled up probably 30 giant trash bags full of clothes. Tied them up and rolled them down staircase. The hub would carry them outside. It was one of the hottest days on earth too. I had a giant dish towel wrapped around my forehead so the sweat didn't roll down my face. It worked like a charm! Had to hire another outfit to pick up some stuff the other organization wouldn't take like mattresses and a chair, love seat and a freezer from the 1940's that weighed 1,000 lbs! They had to get 3 guys to get it out of the basement! It was a beast! My hub had a dumpster delivered and cleaned out the shed and basement. It was a giant dumpster and was filled to the brim!
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Post by: Dragonswan on April 26, 2018, 07:48:07 AM
Yep.  I have what I need now (except that sewing machine) but do have space in the basement I'm intentionally saving for inherited items (though I suspect they're planning to outlive me ;))  When they do pass I intend to look into one of those liquidation places. 

Roadrunner53 did you have to pay for your liquidation service?  Was the dumpster delivery and pickup a hassle or very expensive?
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 26, 2018, 03:32:06 PM
Dragonswan, the dumpster was maybe $350. The deal is they let you have it for maybe a week. Which isn't enough time typically when you work so we rented it so it arrived on a Friday and we had all weekend to fill it. Then we rented it for the following weekend and we had to pay maybe $10 for each extra day. Then the following Monday we had them take it away. So we kept it 10 total days.

The organization we found only charged us $35 and that was for fuel for the truck. It was a bargain for sure.

We also had 1800 got junk and that place was expensive! They charged us to take away a small amount of stuff as much as the $350 dumpster rental. If you have the room, go with the dumpster if you are physically able to load the dumpster. If you are not, 1800 got junk does the job but trust me, they are expensive considering what they take away.

If you have them bring a dumpster, makes sure you tell them to put some wooden planks under the wheels of the dumpster so it doesn't dig into your driveway.

Dumpster delivery was very easy and we had them come first thing in the morning and they were there. No hassles whatsoever. When you are done with the dumpster you just call them and they arrange pick up. If it is a Monday pick up make sure to call them the Friday before.

We went thru our garbage company. The did require payment on the phone and wouldn't add the service to my normal garbage bill.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 26, 2018, 08:59:26 PM
The advantages to 1800GotJunk?, as they told me anyway, was

(1) they will do the physical removal - you can just point here and there in the house and they will remove

(2) they will aim to get usable stuff to a thrift, recyclables to recycling, and only actual garbage to the dump.

I love hauling stuff so am happy to do that part, but (2) seems super valuable to me. Is it accurate?
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Post by: Step37 on April 26, 2018, 10:51:25 PM
Dragonswan, knowing you will inherit a mass of mess can be very stressful for a person, for sure.


I feel physically ill when I think about my parentsí place. 100 acres, a 6000+sg.ft. house, a 5-car garage, a 2-car garage (each with an additional storey of ďstorageĒ on top!!), at LEAST a dozen outbuildings . . . And all FULL OF STUFF. Nothing is organized. Some of it is valuable, but Iíd say much, much more is junk. I am convinced it will ruin five years of my life to sort it all out. They pay lip service to downsizing but I really donít think they can be bothered. It makes me sick. I went there for the first time in over six months yesterday (theyíd been away all winter), so this is all refreshed in my mind.

No matter how well I can streamline and minimize my own stuff/footprint, I will one day have that to contend with. Yes, I can (and will) hire an auction or some such service, but it will still be very, very hard, as it really bothers me to waste things. I will simply have to get over it.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 27, 2018, 01:17:36 AM
Yeah, Step37, hard. I haven't had to deal with that in my own family (there was stuff at two points, but in both instances it all got sorted). Some of my work was in the home of hoarders, though, and it was intense. I can't imagine knowing I'd ultimately be responsible for what you're describing -that's a lot of square footage.

Are family members always handed that task? Or only if the property is willed to you?

I also watched two boyfriends return to super intense clutter (etc) when our relationships ended. I was a bit thrown to realize my presence and activity had kept things well in check, and very sad to realize how difficult it was for them to manage things independently (they are both very happy, however, so it hasn't actually hurt them! they're not concerned with managing things, that was only my schtick -they love the stuff, the more piles the better). I was surprised and perplexed: How does such an intense change in environment happen, and so fast, even with the smartest people and the best of intentions?

I wouldn't mind doing a total clean up over a few years so long as I weren't also working full-time. That would be too much! But hopefully if the garbage is willed to a person, the property underneath it also is, and one could FIRE and take the time to clean it up, or take out some equity and hire someone to. But I love cleaning so to me that's kinda dreamy. Maybe I'll come help you!!!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on April 27, 2018, 11:04:13 AM
Dragonswan, knowing you will inherit a mass of mess can be very stressful for a person, for sure.


I feel physically ill when I think about my parentsí place. 100 acres, a 6000+sg.ft. house, a 5-car garage, a 2-car garage (each with an additional storey of ďstorageĒ on top!!), at LEAST a dozen outbuildings . . . And all FULL OF STUFF. Nothing is organized. Some of it is valuable, but Iíd say much, much more is junk. I am convinced it will ruin five years of my life to sort it all out. They pay lip service to downsizing but I really donít think they can be bothered. It makes me sick. I went there for the first time in over six months yesterday (theyíd been away all winter), so this is all refreshed in my mind.

No matter how well I can streamline and minimize my own stuff/footprint, I will one day have that to contend with. Yes, I can (and will) hire an auction or some such service, but it will still be very, very hard, as it really bothers me to waste things. I will simply have to get over it.

I'm not in this position, but you have my sympathy. My mom is a very organized person with way too much, but I plan to have a big garage sale, and then recycle the rest. ;-)

One thought you might want to have in mind for when the inevitable happens. Is there a family member (right out of college, high school person, etc) who would be looking for a flexible job? Given the property size, hopefully there is value there, so it sounds like it would be worth your sanity to hire someone to take care of much of it - grouping into piles (keep, donate, sell, ask you for input), etc. Even if this is a fluid plan given no action can be taken yet, it always helps me knowing I have an approach in mind.
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Post by: RetiredAt63 on April 27, 2018, 11:52:57 AM
This is why I am gradually decluttering and down-sizing my life*.  Less for me to look after, and so much less for DD to have to deal with down the road (well down the road, I hope).  It wears me out and it is my stuff, what would it be like for her?

*Plus I don't want to be one of those elderly people who cling to the house and yard when they are clearly not capable of managing it all.  Or moving from the house to a nursing home and someone having to deal with all my stuff.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 27, 2018, 12:27:44 PM
Yes, 1800 Got Junk will physically take all your crap and you don't have to lift a finger. They charged about $350 and it wasn't more than a pick up truck full and nothing gigantic or big and bulky. Whereas if you are physically fit and can load the dumpster yourself, it will cost about $350 for a gigantic dumpster and you can get about 4 times as much or more. They had it made too because my Husband put everything in a pile in the yard. They really didn't have to do much of anything.

1800 Got Junk claims they do recycling. No clue if they actually do.

If I were some of you and your junk was worth giving away, consider Vietnam Veterans, Goodwill and Salvation Army. Not sure about Goodwill but the other two you can arrange pick up. Call local churches to see if they have needy members who need household crap. I would rather donate something someone can use than trash it. Put an ad in Craigslist and advertise you have a truck load of free stuff. There are lots of people who will resell your junk. Also, my town has a recycling center and you can bring junk there too. They set aside some stuff on tables for freebies.
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Post by: BlueHouse on April 27, 2018, 12:59:25 PM
Yard sale last weekend and I unloaded thousands of dollars worth of stuff -- much of it was brand new! 
I cleared $24.00.  It was easy for me to let it go because I've been storing it in my house and garage for 3 years refusing to let it go so cheap.  I guess I just had had enough of the stuff. 

I still have more that I forgot to put out (or couldn't stand getting rid of that much more in one day)
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 27, 2018, 01:07:32 PM
Congrats BlueHouse! I bet there were a lot of happy people! I have much more crap to weed out. I am doing a pretty good job but too slowly. I only had one tag sale in my life and it was a horrible experience. I think because I am not a people person and it was overwhelming with so many people all at once bombarding me! Someone stole my Tupperware canister's! Can you believe someone could do that when nothing was very expensive to begin with. Hope they enjoyed them! Plus, at the very end when most of the junk was gone these 3 creepy people drove up the driveway and were checking things out. I had a very bad feeling about them and thank goodness they left. Not sure if they bought anything because it was a long time ago. But never forgot feeling like they were going to steal my money box! Plus, that day was really hot. BLEH, never again!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 27, 2018, 01:10:02 PM
Well done, BlueHouse!!!!!!!!!!! What a terrific feat, to just focus on the primary intention of releasing the stuff. Side income is well and good, but it's got nothing on the wonderful freedom of a clear space and happy home. Way to go!!
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Post by: Frugal Lizard on April 27, 2018, 03:34:29 PM
Brother in law just came and picked up a bike carrier that we bought four years ago and never installed on our car.  He is getting a hitch installed this weekend - and he is going to give us cash what we paid for it. 
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Post by: RetiredAt63 on April 28, 2018, 07:24:05 AM
Yard sale last weekend and I unloaded thousands of dollars worth of stuff -- much of it was brand new! 
I cleared $24.00.  It was easy for me to let it go because I've been storing it in my house and garage for 3 years refusing to let it go so cheap.  I guess I just had had enough of the stuff. 

I still have more that I forgot to put out (or couldn't stand getting rid of that much more in one day)

This was my one and only garage sale result, lots of stuff sold and almost no money.  I made more on some plants I had potted up than I did on all my stuff.  Now I just donate in the first place, so much easier and no disappointment on how little cash I recovered.
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Post by: Mezzie on April 28, 2018, 08:24:18 AM
I've had ceramic dishes since I moved out of my parents' house a couple decades ago. I used to enjoy the heft, but now my arthritis means what I used to love I now hate -- it's painful to wash dishes and set the table -- so I replaced everything with Corelle. They're not only lighter, they take up way less space and my cupboards look more organized.

The only problem is this: we've done so much decluttering, we don't have any empty boxes lying around for me to put the old dishes in so I can take them to Goodwill! Whoops!

I'll have to grab a box from work on Monday.

Other decluttering on today's agenda:
- shredding a stack of bank and retirement account statements
-cleaning the clutter that has accumulated on the bookshelves (for the first time, it's NOT my clutter! Yay!)
-selling a few books at Bookoff (that money gets to go towards my next tattoo!)
-putting board games back in the game closet

If I'm feeling ambitious, I'll clean off my desk. :)

My husband's work in the garage has been amazing. There's still a lot to be done, but the end is in sight! We are going to have to rent a dumpster for all the cabinet bits he's ripped out, but we're going to wait on that until the very end; we don't want to miss something big.



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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 28, 2018, 08:27:45 AM
Mezzie, all of that sounds so satisfying, mmmmmm.....   :)
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Post by: RetiredAt63 on April 28, 2018, 12:06:46 PM
Mezzie, I have good everyday china (Noritake, definitely fine china*) and ordinary china.  An ordinary plate weighs twice what a good china plate does.  My wrists definitely appreciate the good china.  I only keep the cheap stuff because I can heat leftovers in the microwave on it.   ;-)  Your Corelle is even lighter, for the win.


*I didn't spend a fortune on this, got it at an estate auction.  It was the "good" china for the previous owners, and is my every day china. And the crazy thing is, it is tougher (less breakable) than the cheap stuff.
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Post by: kaypinkHH on April 30, 2018, 09:42:06 AM
This is such a small thing, but I feel like it makes a difference.

I was gifted a daily calendar in a work secret santa last xmas. Once and a while a particular comic of the day gives me a good chuckle and I was stockpiling my favourites at work. I'm just about to head out on mat leave and I chucked the "favourite" pile into recycling instead of lugging it home. In the past, this would have ended up in a box, in my home office until I finally got around to purging it. Stopped the clutter at the source!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on April 30, 2018, 10:00:54 AM
Got rid of a pair of pants that I never wear. And, went through & helped the kids clean out some lingering Easter stuff that were from my parents. Wrappers discarded, and everything savable went into the Easter bag in the closet (plastic eggs, & the gift bags).
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 30, 2018, 10:18:47 AM
For the last few years, I've had a fetish for a specific type of journal I could find in only one obscure place I was rarely in, so I stocked up. Last time, the pickings were slim, so I compromised on design. But I hate them! So yesterday I took them toward a free exchange at an event I happened to be going to anyway. Well, one didn't even make it to the table, someone was so excited to receive it :)    There was a huge coincidence around it for her. Yay! The second one was snagged almost as quickly as I put it down. People were so happy because while these weren't MY style, they were theirs.

I spent $28 on them, and am thrilled they are now placed with people who are excited about them. Not as ideal as giving via the thrift shop, but I'm happy they're out, and it did make for lovely conversations and connections.

I received a poster I also don't like but which is truly stunning, so I'll take that to the same place next week, unless I get to the thrift in the meantime.

Today a nice batch of shredding ++++ goes out to recycling :)
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 30, 2018, 10:58:55 AM
We just had a long weekend at our cabin. We bought a secondhand oven and induction stove to replace the very old and half broken stuff. On our way back home we could deliver the old oven and stove at a shop. Nice to be rid of all that before we came home.
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Post by: shadesofgreen on April 30, 2018, 12:09:04 PM
I am so excited to use 1800GJ. I have a huge entertainment center that I am getting rid of along with a queen mattress and a few other things. I am single and there is no way I am getting these things out of my place without help and I don't want someone in my home responding to a CL ad.

It took 4 people to bring it in and I don't have that type of manpower anymore. I can't move the items out of my place due to it being a condo. And I live on the second floor with stairs as the only means to get things in or out. I am more than happy to pay them to get it gone.

This reminds me I need to do a few things than give em a call.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 30, 2018, 12:39:17 PM
Way to go, shadesofgreen! Sometimes spending a bit of cash is SMART, and the whole point of money is to allow us to reach our goals, which may indeed be simplicity, freedom, space, etc.

(When I've helped other people declutter, most were mainstream spenders so they gave an easy yes when I asked them to pay for the truck to take stuff away. I got to enjoy the decluttering and the truck without having to spend a penny heh heh.)
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Post by: sisto on April 30, 2018, 01:40:59 PM
I'm constantly on a mission to de-clutter. So far this year I've gotten rid of a bunch of clothes. Did lots of yard cleanup, gave away stuff as well as threw out some stuff. Much of it was taken during the neighborhood cleanup. It's someone else's treasure now. We've been really trying to have less stuff. It's hard to truly decide what really makes you happy. It's not happy times when you have a bunch of stuff that needs to be dusted all the time.
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Post by: I'm a red panda on April 30, 2018, 01:47:56 PM
Cleaned out the hall closet.

But what do I do with all the jackets and sweatshirts? I can't really donate them out of season...
I mean goodwill will take them, but I assume they will just go for fabric recyclers.  These are generally good clothes.

Should I mark them in a box for 'donate in winter'?  I have space for that in another room.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 30, 2018, 02:57:56 PM
Some shops will take them off season and put them out in season. Also, people will look specifically for those if they are camping, travelling, tree planting, etc.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on April 30, 2018, 03:06:26 PM
Used up the rest of two gift cards!! I forget how many it's been overall, but the last couple of months I really pushed through using them up. I believe those were the last of them, yay!! I hope people always give DS and I cash vs card from now on :)
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 01, 2018, 06:54:16 AM
Spontaneously woke at 5am, got up, noticed seven very small items that always bug me a bit (memory, gifter, scent, etc) so I chucked em!
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Post by: Rosy on May 01, 2018, 02:57:25 PM
I need to get back into de-cluttering mode, for a while I was making such good progress, now I'm just being a slug - looking at clutter, feeling irritated and defeated and a little sad that I spent money on things that I absolutely hate seeing right now. Ugh!

Maybe I could channel some jooni, I need a clutter intervention:) ..... A magic wand to make it all go away ...
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 01, 2018, 02:59:48 PM
Maybe I could channel some jooni

Feel free :)
I get soooooooooooooooooo excited about this stuff.
I have wildly little stuff, so it's funny to people that have been to my place that I talk about decluttering.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 03, 2018, 02:44:15 AM
Flea markets!
Here in Norway springtime is the time for flea markets, usually organized by school orchestra's. I found out that one of them even collects the goods at your house. So I took home a leftover moving box from my working place, where we are finished moving. I filled it with a bunch of leftover lamps. Added a complete course in Icelandic language that I haven't touched for years, and never completed for more than a couple of chapters. And added some Ikea things that you can put plastic bags in.
I couldn't convince DH to add his language course in Sami language. And the large frame that is in our garage. He thinks we should fill the frame with something. I think we don't have empty walls to hang it on and should get rid of it. It is also for sale on internet, but I haven't gotten any reactions.
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Post by: Jim Fiction on May 03, 2018, 02:16:25 PM
Last weekend I rearranged our living room to better utilize the space. The layout flows so much better and the space is much more open. All it took was rotating our couches, moving the TV to an existing bookshelf and getting rid of a small TV stand (which we gave away). My wife was shocked at the difference.

Next project is paring down my record collection.

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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 04, 2018, 09:49:50 AM
Planted the flowering, potted bulb someone had given me as a housewarming gift :)
No more "finished", unsightly pot + shoots hanging about the house.

(As a preemptive uncluttering move, did not buy a trowel or watering can. Used kitchen cooking spoon to dig, kitchen scissors to snip, kitchen mixing bowl to water.)
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Post by: mspym on May 04, 2018, 07:10:03 PM
Just back from our holiday in Hawaii, newly stocked up with the comfortable underwear and shoes that are so impossible & expensive to buy in Australia so time for me to go through and get rid of
- 4 bras that bring me out in hives (farewell $400 spent only last year on them)
- the Keen hiking sandals that everyone else can wear but which result in blisters ALL over my feet ($200)
- the Duckfeet work shoes that exacerbate my plantar fascitis (Anyone in Oz with size 37 feet who wants them?)
- all the ankle socks with dead elastic

Also going
- the heavy winter coat that it hasn't been cold enough for in 7 years and which has been too small for 3 years anyway
- the super cute Nancybird wallet that is just Slightly Too Big for my pockets but too small to hold my phone & count as a clutch
- Yet. More. Books.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 04, 2018, 07:40:14 PM
Nice going, mspym! Good on you for not making yourself keep unneeded stuff just because you spent money on them relatively recently.

Today I took four things -three of them tiny- to a thrift. Just couldn't stand to have them kicking around anymore. Was feeling I "should" put them at a specific free table this weekend...only to return home to a message that no household stuff is to go on there from now to end of produce season. So, good I ditched them when and where I did!

DS told me a neighbour keeps asking him if I want this, that, or the other thing. DS keeps saying nope, I don't. Whew.
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Post by: Fresh Bread on May 04, 2018, 07:57:12 PM
It's chuck out weekend on my street (bulky rubbish pick up)!! I've heaved a load of junk out to the street, including books and household stuff. If no-one takes the books I'll donate them but often people will have a browse while they walk the dog.

I've made a pile of stuff that DH will have to approve as it's his including many things he 'rescued' from previous cleanups, will see how that goes! I wonder if the neighbour up the street will recognise the thing I put out that they put out a year ago...

I'm going to have to accept that I won't get the car in the garage but my mission is to at least store the stuff properly. At the moment everything is just dumped in layers. Arg.
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Post by: RetiredAt63 on May 05, 2018, 11:29:24 AM
We have hazardous waste collection this weekend - 7 big cans and 2 little cans of paint, old CFLs, and 2 old CO detectors gone. 
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Post by: Poundwise on May 05, 2018, 11:56:52 AM
Spent two hours sorting through giant piles of mixed toys and toy pieces with my kids.  Want to give games and puzzles away to church tag sale, but of course everything is missing pieces so we can't declutter them until we manage to reunify the parts.  Getting closer though nothing is completed yet.
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Post by: Rowellen on May 05, 2018, 04:22:05 PM
I went through my son's winter clothes with him.  (Winter in Australia is coming up faster than I would like). We made do last year without buying new stuff so most of it was too small now.  5.5 pjs, 7 tracksuit pants, 5 long sleeve shirts, 5 jumpers, 2 vests and a dress shirt gone.  Some items from the too big bag in the cupboard have been relocated to his drawers for use this season.  He was sad to realise some things were too small. I'm proud of him for letting go.
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Post by: Mongoose on May 05, 2018, 07:27:55 PM
We had to stop decluttering for spring yard work. I love reading everyone's stories though. So much I want to do but time is very limited. It'll still be there when we get to it. Wish DH could just take a week off and we could go through this whole place in one fell swoop. Probably not going to happen but I can dream, right?
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 05, 2018, 08:51:29 PM
A new batch came in today -stuff I bought to replace the versions given to me that I didn't want, miscellany from a neighbour (ditto), plus general stuff wanted and shopped for (carpet stain remover per previous tenant). Got overwhelmed, sat in the sunshine in the back of my open car for 90 minutes, chilled until a vision of what was and wasn't working formed. Wrote and drew it out, came home and implemented. Newly unwanteds go to thrift within seven days, soil is scattered, etc.
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Post by: RetiredAt63 on May 06, 2018, 11:36:36 AM
We had to stop decluttering for spring yard work. I love reading everyone's stories though. So much I want to do but time is very limited. It'll still be there when we get to it. Wish DH could just take a week off and we could go through this whole place in one fell swoop. Probably not going to happen but I can dream, right?

Yesterday was yard work here too.  I decluttered a bunch of weeds from the garlic bed, a bunch of weeds from where the peas will go, and some other basic weed decluttering.  Decluttered the lawn of winter's dog poop. 

I also decluttered 9 cans of paint and two old CO monitors and a bunch of dead CFLs.  Things are coming along.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 06, 2018, 12:16:33 PM
Went through my one basket of odds and ends (batteries, picture hangers, foldback clips, etc). Reorganized all (like with like into ziploc sandwich bags), resulted in a small pile of bits and pieces I could let go of.

Almost said to a neighbour, "What I could really use is that empty box of yours...to take all the stuff you're giving me to the thrift." It wasn't meant to be jerky, so I'm glad I realized in time that it sure would have been, had I gotten as far as saying it aloud. Or the irony could be seen as very, very funny, which it does to me since I did manage to filter :)
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 06, 2018, 12:47:46 PM
I decluttered some nature today. Close to a parking place at the beach I found 4 full plastic bags with eatern european, empty, beer cans. And some other stuff, mostly plastic. All properly recycled now.
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Post by: firelight on May 06, 2018, 12:52:13 PM
We are moving soon and I let go of our crib. It was barely used and we had gotten it four years back when we were expecting our first. We were naive parents who assumed baby would take to crib like fish to water. Haha! Both kids hated it, used it to play at times and I used it to contain them when I had to use the restroom. Now that second is a year old it's  a good time to chuck it. Still have the mattress - planning to make a montessori bedroom with it. It ended up being a  very costly laundry basket. Sold to a new mom who was super happy to get a mint condition crib for cheap.

Now eyeing what else I can sell/donate before our move. Maybe the dining room set.
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Post by: Shinplaster on May 06, 2018, 02:02:27 PM
Packed up a huge bag of clothes that didn't fit anymore. Post-menopause has resulted in lumps and bumps shifting around, so even getting the weight off wouldn't mean anything would fit properly anyway.   I was sad at first, but it's a relief not having those things in the closet shaming me every time I saw them.

Also started packing up some dishes my Mom insisted I take 30 years ago.  We don't use fine china, and these have been carted around through 4 moves now.  Time for them to go and find a new home with someone that appreciates them.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 06, 2018, 03:08:33 PM
I have a set of 'good' dishes. Not even sure if they are china or not. I never, ever use them. Don't think they have ever been used but are taking up valuable space in my cupboard. Good idea to get rid of them. I am not hoity toity and wouldn't even be embarrassed if I were to serve company on a mixed bag of dishes and even paper plates! Going to have to think about getting rid of those dishes. Space is precious and I never use them!
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Post by: Fresh Bread on May 06, 2018, 04:47:35 PM
I saw advertised on a sales page a set of Xmas crockery. Crockery with a Xmas pattern for use on just few days of the year. That's a minimalist's nightmare right there.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 06, 2018, 09:37:53 PM
Crockery with a Xmas pattern for use on just few days of the year. That's a minimalist's nightmare right there.

lol, yes!!!
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Post by: Plina on May 06, 2018, 11:04:04 PM
Packed up a huge bag of clothes that didn't fit anymore. Post-menopause has resulted in lumps and bumps shifting around, so even getting the weight off wouldn't mean anything would fit properly anyway.   I was sad at first, but it's a relief not having those things in the closet shaming me every time I saw them.

Also started packing up some dishes my Mom insisted I take 30 years ago.  We don't use fine china, and these have been carted around through 4 moves now.  Time for them to go and find a new home with someone that appreciates them.

Have you considered using your fine china and getting rid of the other stuff. I got rid of my cheap glasses and started using the nice stuff. Yes, Sometimes something breaks bitit not the whole world.  If I look at my grandparents they saved the nice stuff and never got around using it. Instead it was sold when they died. Seems like such a waste.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on May 07, 2018, 03:20:06 AM
I saw advertised on a sales page a set of Xmas crockery. Crockery with a Xmas pattern for use on just few days of the year. That's a minimalist's nightmare right there.

For reasons unclear, multiple people in my life try to give me Christmas themed serving ware. Brand new, bought for me. Wtf.
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Post by: BeanCounter on May 07, 2018, 04:10:26 AM
Is it too late to join this group?
My mother died in January and yesterday I finished clearing out her house. I didn't bother with an estate sale because her stuff was either expensive and new (most of the furniture was two or three years old) or not really worth anything (kitchen stuff, clothes). So I donated anything I didn't want and took the rest to my house. Thinking I would have more time to decide what works in my house and what doesn't.
I now have five couches, four dining tables, six beds, and countless boxes of formal china, silver, crystal etc. My basement looks like an episode of Hoarders. And this is on top of already having large piles of outgrown kids toys.
I don't even know where to begin!!!
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 07, 2018, 04:52:29 AM
Wow BeanCounter you have created quite the mess but I understand completely because my Mom died 5 years ago and I dragged stuff home and still doesn't work in my house. We also donated almost 99% of the contents of her home to a charitable organization. We paid the org. $35 (gas money) to come and get the stuff and it took them the best part of a day to get it all in the truck. It was a sad day but it had to be done.

First off, you obviously can't use all this stuff. Get a pad of paper and decide exactly how many beds, tables you need or want to keep. Call Salvation army and donate it to them or some other charitable organization that will do a pick up. You will be helping some family out and getting rid of this stuff.

With the boxes, I think you need to either plan on spending a day opening them all up to see what is in each. Mark each box with a number (Number 1-100) and take that pad of paper and write on the pad the inventory in the box and close it up and go onto the next boxes and do the same thing. Maybe even take a picture of each boxes inventory while it is in the box so you don't have to open it again.

Then make the hard decisions. Are you ever going to use this stuff? Where will you store the stuff? How often are you going to use the stuff? Keep what you will really use or admire in a hutch or curio cabinet and get rid of the rest. There are pickers who will sell your stuff and they make 40% and you make 60%. You can sell it on Craigslist. You might even find an organization that has a yearly auction to make money for their organization/church/animal welfare/fire department and donate to them. You are never going to use all this stuff. If you can give it away you may help someone else and lighten your load. Get rid of this stuff now before someone else has to deal with this accumulation. Good luck to you!
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Post by: RetiredAt63 on May 07, 2018, 05:50:25 AM
Packed up a huge bag of clothes that didn't fit anymore. Post-menopause has resulted in lumps and bumps shifting around, so even getting the weight off wouldn't mean anything would fit properly anyway.   I was sad at first, but it's a relief not having those things in the closet shaming me every time I saw them.

Also started packing up some dishes my Mom insisted I take 30 years ago.  We don't use fine china, and these have been carted around through 4 moves now.  Time for them to go and find a new home with someone that appreciates them.

Have you considered using your fine china and getting rid of the other stuff. I got rid of my cheap glasses and started using the nice stuff. Yes, Sometimes something breaks bitit not the whole world.  If I look at my grandparents they saved the nice stuff and never got around using it. Instead it was sold when they died. Seems like such a waste.

If you like the pattern, use the "good" stuff.  My everyday dishes and glasses are "good".  Using nice china is a joy, it is strong and light weight and food just looks more appetizing on it.  I am not saving it for "good", so I put it in the dishwasher, I am not coddling it.  The sad part of this?  I got it at an estate sale, I am sure it was someone's good china, and I didn't pay much for it.  I am sure I am getting more joy out of using it than they ever did.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 07, 2018, 05:56:47 AM
One word of caution, some china has gold rims around the edges. If you were to put the dish in the microwave it might damage the microwave. Not sure how to know but I would avoid putting those type dishes in the MW.
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Post by: former player on May 07, 2018, 06:01:31 AM
Is it too late to join this group?
My mother died in January and yesterday I finished clearing out her house. I didn't bother with an estate sale because her stuff was either expensive and new (most of the furniture was two or three years old) or not really worth anything (kitchen stuff, clothes). So I donated anything I didn't want and took the rest to my house. Thinking I would have more time to decide what works in my house and what doesn't.
I now have five couches, four dining tables, six beds, and countless boxes of formal china, silver, crystal etc. My basement looks like an episode of Hoarders. And this is on top of already having large piles of outgrown kids toys.
I don't even know where to begin!!!

Been there, done that, still going through it a little.  The hard thing is not physically moving stuff, it's the mental effort involved in all the decisions that have to be made.  For each item, and there can be thousands, there are just so many decisions: do I want to keep it and if so where does it go, if I don't want to keep it do I sell it and if so how, or do I donate it and if so to whom, or do I dump it and if so how do I do least damage to the environment?  The difficulty is compounded by all the emotions and memories involved.  My family is getting smaller over the generations so I've had to go through this all too many times, fortunately I don't think I'll ever need to do it again.  Apart from some family heirlooms I'm now thinking I'll leave all the contents of my house to a charity so I don't impose the same job on anyone else.

My view when looking at each category of item was: start with what you want to keep.  You can only have one dining table: pick the one that suits your home best and say goodbye to the others.  Same with the beds and couches: pick what best suits your home and say goodbye to the others.  Don't make one mistake I made, which was keeping stuff for the home I was going to have rather than the one I had then (adding a room, which took two years and is only now allowing me to do a final sort of what I do and don't want:  fortunately I think I got the decisions about right, but 18 months of storage payments did hurt).

I did decide to keep some sentimental items, mostly fancy china.  I had a big wall cupboard with glass doors built specially: it decorates the kitchen but doesn't need dusting because of the doors: no way I would have kept it all on open shelves.  I use daily the cut glass crystal glasses that were previously kept for best.  The sellable stuff went to auction, the donateable stuff to various charities, some unsellable stuff (old upholstered furniture that doesn't meet current fire safety regulations) went via freecycle/freegle/buy nothing.  The last house I cleared I made one or two trips to the dump with my compact car, that's all: it was a well kept home.

It took me 6 months to clear the last house, and then a couple more to get it redecorated and let out, so you are already ahead of my timetable on that: do give yourself credit for that.
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Post by: Mongoose on May 07, 2018, 07:04:35 AM
Is it too late to join this group?
My mother died in January and yesterday I finished clearing out her house. I didn't bother with an estate sale because her stuff was either expensive and new (most of the furniture was two or three years old) or not really worth anything (kitchen stuff, clothes). So I donated anything I didn't want and took the rest to my house. Thinking I would have more time to decide what works in my house and what doesn't.
I now have five couches, four dining tables, six beds, and countless boxes of formal china, silver, crystal etc. My basement looks like an episode of Hoarders. And this is on top of already having large piles of outgrown kids toys.
I don't even know where to begin!!!
Sorry to hear about your mom. I would definitely second choosing how much furniture you need and which pieces you want to keep. That is a lot of excess large items! FWIW, we sold some fancy china and water goblets for close to $1000. You might be able to sort through the dishes and clear out some that way once you have the bulky stuff sorted and some time to consider what you want to keep.

Decluttering kept me from getting a ticket (or two) last night. I got stopped by the police to be told I have a headlight out and actually had proof of insurance with me that was current thanks to decluttering my desk recently! Got to show it again when I got stopped a second time. So, so glad I got our paperwork sorted through!
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 07, 2018, 07:11:26 AM
Yesterday was a declutter success. Friends bought their first house. Moving from a small apartment, and they're very frugal types, so we're in the unique place of actually having things we can offer that help! Two big things: they had asked us where we found our reel mower, how much it was, etc, that we had previously owned. I don't think they realized- I never got around to selling it when we bought our electric mower! So we offered them the reel mower, and they accepted. Took it with us yesterday. While we were there, we were discussing living room layout- currently, the couch is super close to the wall with the TV, because they have a little old 30" TV. She mentioned that they plan on pushing the couch back once they have a bigger TV, but "that's WAY down the list of purchases." We replaced our TV before Christmas, and were holding onto our old 42" TV for BIL- but he recently decided that's too small, so he's buying a new one. (Funny how he's not the one buying a house... ahem...) Anyway, we offered, and they're very interested in the old TV. So next time we see them, we'll hand that off as well.

I could have sold these two things, and gotten probably $50 for the mower and $100+ for the TV. But honestly? I'm not usually in a place to actually help a friend like this, so I'm happy to contribute to their house set up. We were fortunate recipients of many things, so it's only fair to pay it forward with passing on useful/needed/desired items.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 07, 2018, 08:06:55 AM
Today I am going to tackle a giant suitcase that is full of hobby crap that I have not done in a few years now. It is going in a garbage bag for Vietnam Vets. Already have a giant pile of stuff to donate.

Oh, and I am going to buy two collapsible laundry baskets and get rid of the three that don't collapse. This is going to be such a great space saver!
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Post by: Sibley on May 07, 2018, 09:04:13 AM
Today I am going to tackle a giant suitcase that is full of hobby crap that I have not done in a few years now. It is going in a garbage bag for Vietnam Vets. Already have a giant pile of stuff to donate.

Oh, and I am going to buy two collapsible laundry baskets and get rid of the three that don't collapse. This is going to be such a great space saver!

You clearly don't have a cat. When the laundry basket isn't being used for laundry, it has a cat in it. And sometimes has both.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 07, 2018, 09:41:29 AM
No cats here! Two dogs. They are not interested in the baskets! Used to put one of them in the laundry basket when he was a puppy but he freaked out and never liked it! LOL, needless to say I put him in it for my entertainment!
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Post by: shadesofgreen on May 07, 2018, 10:42:22 AM
I offered my old stereo to my brother and he is going to take it off my hands. It won't work for the design plan I have for my living room when the entertainment center goes. The conversation went like this --

Brother - I have a new CC and I need to go buy a stereo!
Me -       Don't use all that credit at once.
Pause ........
Me -       If you are interested I am getting rid of my old stereo - 5 disc, 2 tape deck, speakers and remote if you want
Brother - How much are you asking?
Me -        $ 45
Brother -  Is it broken????
Me-       No, it works I have something smaller  that I want to use instead.   
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 07, 2018, 11:01:41 AM
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I just took 13 bags to a shred event last week and just found another two drawer file cabinet with a ton of crap that needs shredding! The event I went to was free. Last Saturday they had one elsewhere that cost $10 a box. GRRRRRRRR! The free one one is only one time a year. What do you think I should do? Find another event and pay to get rid of this crap or wait till next year?

My head just blew a gasket when I opened those drawers and saw all that crap! ARGGGGGG!!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 07, 2018, 11:12:57 AM
GET RID OF IT NOW! Pay the fee. Make it go away. Worth it.

And, as you declutter, you will probably have this experience over and over again. You clear out "everything" that can go, and three days later find or identify more. Nature of the game. Keep it going OUT, even if a small fee is involved.
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Post by: diapasoun on May 07, 2018, 11:55:45 AM
Congrats on being able to help a friend, Bracken Joy! That's fantastic!

Put two books in one of our local Little Free Libraries this morning. That's always a nice moment.

A question: It seems like a lot of folks deal with serious paper shredding issues. Is it worth it to those who have copious paper to buy a shredder? I know that goes against the general minimalist/get rid of stuff bent, but if you know you're going to have a LOT of paper coming in and out for years, it might be worth it. I got a small one several years ago from a friend who was moving out of town -- 10 bucks well spent for me, since I've shredded quite a few confidential bits of paper with it with no stress. The one I have costs about $30 new. If you have to pay $10 to shred each box and have more than three boxes, buying the shredder is already cheaper in terms of raw dollars spent. (Obviously not worth it if this is just another strategy to keep more clutter IN your house, but if it can help you get boxes and boxes of clutter out more quickly -- maybe a thing to think about?)
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Dragonswan on May 07, 2018, 12:03:49 PM
If you're still working can you bring in a little at a time and use the office industrial shredder.  I have a small home shredder (for receipts and junk mail from banks) but I still do this on occasion when I do a big clean out push.
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Post by: Dragonswan on May 07, 2018, 12:10:05 PM
Dragonswan, the dumpster was maybe $350. The deal is they let you have it for maybe a week. Which isn't enough time typically when you work so we rented it so it arrived on a Friday and we had all weekend to fill it. Then we rented it for the following weekend and we had to pay maybe $10 for each extra day. Then the following Monday we had them take it away. So we kept it 10 total days.

The organization we found only charged us $35 and that was for fuel for the truck. It was a bargain for sure.

We also had 1800 got junk and that place was expensive! They charged us to take away a small amount of stuff as much as the $350 dumpster rental. If you have the room, go with the dumpster if you are physically able to load the dumpster. If you are not, 1800 got junk does the job but trust me, they are expensive considering what they take away.

If you have them bring a dumpster, makes sure you tell them to put some wooden planks under the wheels of the dumpster so it doesn't dig into your driveway.

Dumpster delivery was very easy and we had them come first thing in the morning and they were there. No hassles whatsoever. When you are done with the dumpster you just call them and they arrange pick up. If it is a Monday pick up make sure to call them the Friday before.

We went thru our garbage company. The did require payment on the phone and wouldn't add the service to my normal garbage bill.

Thanks for the info.  My siblings and I will likely that a week off from work and descend on the house and get it done.
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Post by: Shinplaster on May 07, 2018, 12:12:30 PM
Packed up a huge bag of clothes that didn't fit anymore. Post-menopause has resulted in lumps and bumps shifting around, so even getting the weight off wouldn't mean anything would fit properly anyway.   I was sad at first, but it's a relief not having those things in the closet shaming me every time I saw them.

Also started packing up some dishes my Mom insisted I take 30 years ago.  We don't use fine china, and these have been carted around through 4 moves now.  Time for them to go and find a new home with someone that appreciates them.

Have you considered using your fine china and getting rid of the other stuff. I got rid of my cheap glasses and started using the nice stuff. Yes, Sometimes something breaks bitit not the whole world.  If I look at my grandparents they saved the nice stuff and never got around using it. Instead it was sold when they died. Seems like such a waste.

We actually do use some of the bowls, etc.  It is gold rimmed though, so not supposed to go in the dishwasher.  Also monogrammed with an initial that is not ours.   I would definitely keep it and use it if I liked it, but it was never anything I would have picked out for myself.  Knowing the relative it came from, I'm sure they paid a fortune for it back in the 40's.   Our everyday dishes are plain white, so suitable for any occasion.   I can't see us using the tea cups and saucers under any condition - weird shape, too tiny, and just not attractive.  Those will be the first things to get packed up.

I have some stemware that was a wedding gift that I used to keep for 'good'.  Yes, just like your grandparents.  So a couple of years ago I started using it for everyday.   If something breaks, that's fine.  I still have my 'free with gas' Texaco wine glasses from the 60's as a backup.   : )
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Post by: BeanCounter on May 07, 2018, 12:31:53 PM
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I just took 13 bags to a shred event last week and just found another two drawer file cabinet with a ton of crap that needs shredding! The event I went to was free. Last Saturday they had one elsewhere that cost $10 a box. GRRRRRRRR! The free one one is only one time a year. What do you think I should do? Find another event and pay to get rid of this crap or wait till next year?

My head just blew a gasket when I opened those drawers and saw all that crap! ARGGGGGG!!
I have friends that throw it in their fire pit while they sit drink beer/roast marshmallows.
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Post by: BeanCounter on May 07, 2018, 12:34:52 PM
[It took me 6 months to clear the last house, and then a couple more to get it redecorated and let out, so you are already ahead of my timetable on that: do give yourself credit for that.
Thank you. Yes. I think it was a mistake to bring so much of it to our home to deal with. But it's in our basement and not our living space, and that allowed me to quickly sell the house and invest the proceeds, as well as not make tough decisions on what to keep when I'm still very emotional.
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Post by: BeanCounter on May 07, 2018, 12:37:29 PM
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Sorry to hear about your mom. I would definitely second choosing how much furniture you need and which pieces you want to keep. That is a lot of excess large items! FWIW, we sold some fancy china and water goblets for close to $1000. You might be able to sort through the dishes and clear out some that way once you have the bulky stuff sorted and some time to consider what you want to keep.

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I'm thinking I figure out what to keep and work on selling the big pieces of furniture first. Then use that space to store boxes on one side of the basement while I sort them on the other one at a time? We are also starting the process of remodeling our house which makes it that much more complicated. What will I want once the remodel is done? Who knows.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 07, 2018, 12:58:59 PM
GET RID OF IT NOW! Pay the fee. Make it go away. Worth it.

And, as you declutter, you will probably have this experience over and over again. You clear out "everything" that can go, and three days later find or identify more. Nature of the game. Keep it going OUT, even if a small fee is involved.

You made me laugh when you said "make it go away". LOL! Spoke to the Hub about the two drawers full and he agreed to get rid of it. I might be able to pare down the cost if none of the junk is confidential, thus costing me less to shred. I have no idea what all the junk is. But two drawers full.

I had a shredder, actually two and I despised them. They are slower than molasses and filled up so fast. Then the mess the shred pieces make when you remove the bin. The last one broke and I don't want another one. When I worked we had a beast of a shredder at work and it would almost take telephone books.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 07, 2018, 01:05:08 PM
I love my personal home shredder for the tiny bits I like to do daily. 3-5 documents, maybe 30 on an exciting day. Backlog -the build up from years, or from a massive project- I like to get to a shredding company, out, done.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Sibley on May 07, 2018, 01:17:56 PM
I've had a box w/ a couple books for my sister and a big bag of needlepoint pillows from my parent's house to try to ebay. Except that I can't really get to the post office easily due to work schedule.

Packed all of it up into a big box, going to ship to my sister. She will ebay the crap. (Family politics, have to at least try to sell.) We tend to divvy up the parent related stuff, and by virtue of the current situation, she's light. Will take to post office probably next week since I've got the week off, but it's at least neat and contained.

I plan to pull out the 4(!) light fixtures that I need to ebay, clean and take pictures and get them posted this week. Since I'm off next week, maybe I'll get lucky and they'll all sell and I can take to the post office pretty easily.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 07, 2018, 09:07:46 PM
Newly unwanteds go to thrift within seven days...

Done! :)

Also: Headed off the phone book delivery at the pass. It's 2018 and I have internet. Nope!
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Post by: Mezzie on May 08, 2018, 04:50:03 AM
Gave some more castoffs to some excited students. :)
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 08, 2018, 06:48:54 AM
Okay, a few years ago I bought these plastic organizers. One says it is for organizing beads and junk for jewelry making. The other one I think I picked up in an isle in Walmart for tools or fishing so this could organize lures I guess. However, I just loved these organizers so much I HAD TO BUY THEM. So I get them home and have no idea what to put in them. I put them away and forgot about them. Yesterday I was yanking out crap to donate and found them again and once again fell in love with these plastic organizers. But still have nothing to put in them. How stupid can I get? They have dividers but you could use the whole thing as an open space.

This is one of the organizers and the other is a little smaller: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Plano-FTO-Elite-3700-Size-Crank-Bait-Organizer/17126456

I don't fish and I don't make jewelry. I have no idea what to do with these but I love them! LOL! I am an idiot! Anyone have any ideas on some uses for these things? My Hub has a bunch in the garage for nuts and bolts and he will gladly take them off my hands if I can't figure out how to use them.
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Post by: chaskavitch on May 08, 2018, 07:01:52 AM
Okay, a few years ago I bought these plastic organizers. One says it is for organizing beads and junk for jewelry making. The other one I think I picked up in an isle in Walmart for tools or fishing so this could organize lures I guess. However, I just loved these organizers so much I HAD TO BUY THEM. So I get them home and have no idea what to put in them. I put them away and forgot about them. Yesterday I was yanking out crap to donate and found them again and once again fell in love with these plastic organizers. But still have nothing to put in them. How stupid can I get? They have dividers but you could use the whole thing as an open space.

This is one of the organizers and the other is a little smaller: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Plano-FTO-Elite-3700-Size-Crank-Bait-Organizer/17126456

I don't fish and I don't make jewelry. I have no idea what to do with these but I love them! LOL! I am an idiot! Anyone have any ideas on some uses for these things? My Hub has a bunch in the garage for nuts and bolts and he will gladly take them off my hands if I can't figure out how to use them.

We have a beading/jewelry making organizer similar to that which is perfect for holding all of the pieces for our Agricola board game :)  It has a ton of tiles, tokens, cards, etc., and somehow I found an organizer with exactly enough holes that fits perfectly inside the game box.  Infinitely better than little plastic baggies for everything.
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Post by: firelight on May 08, 2018, 07:56:27 AM
I love using it for organizing earrings. I also use one to organize hair ties by color for my kids. I love them!!
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Post by: oneday on May 08, 2018, 10:04:19 AM
Okay, a few years ago I bought these plastic organizers. One says it is for organizing beads and junk for jewelry making. The other one I think I picked up in an isle in Walmart for tools or fishing so this could organize lures I guess. However, I just loved these organizers so much I HAD TO BUY THEM. So I get them home and have no idea what to put in them. I put them away and forgot about them. Yesterday I was yanking out crap to donate and found them again and once again fell in love with these plastic organizers. But still have nothing to put in them. How stupid can I get? They have dividers but you could use the whole thing as an open space.

This is one of the organizers and the other is a little smaller: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Plano-FTO-Elite-3700-Size-Crank-Bait-Organizer/17126456

I don't fish and I don't make jewelry. I have no idea what to do with these but I love them! LOL! I am an idiot! Anyone have any ideas on some uses for these things? My Hub has a bunch in the garage for nuts and bolts and he will gladly take them off my hands if I can't figure out how to use them.

I don't know if I'm allowed to say this to an internet stranger, but please don't call yourself names.  For one thing, it's counterproductive.

I too have a peculiar love and attachment for organizers.  When I moved, I packed up a bag full of bags.  Like a 2' (60cm) tall bag full of other empty bags.  I had overflow in my bike basket (itself a container).  I <3 containers of all kinds.  Bags, boxes...expecially if it has lots of pockets or cubbyholes.  It has nothing to do with intelligence; it's an emotional reaction.  I think I see possibility & opportunity when I see those things.

I have a tackle box I use as my "indoor" tool box.  It holds misc hardware like cup hooks, alligator clips, picture hanging hardware and also my 4-in-1 screwdriver, a 25' (7.6m) tape measure, utility knife, and a lot more.  So that's an idea.

Do you have a junk drawer in your house?  Could one or both of these containers be used to bring some organization to that mess?

@firelight has a good idea with the earrings.  Regular rings (for fingers) might work, too.

Is there craft/hobby you do that has small bits?  I have a similar organizer that I put embroidery floss & spare buttons in.

Gigantic pill/medication organizer? :)

Last, consider it an opportunity for personal growth and generosity to either give them to your Hub or to the charity of your choice.
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Post by: RetiredAt63 on May 08, 2018, 11:25:50 AM
One word of caution, some china has gold rims around the edges. If you were to put the dish in the microwave it might damage the microwave. Not sure how to know but I would avoid putting those type dishes in the MW.

I have plain white plates that go in the microwave.  I don't care if the metal trim eventually wears off in the dishwasher.  I have some glasses that had gold trim, and were hard to wash by hand (a bit narrow) and they go in the dishwasher.  The gold is gone, of course, but do I care?  No.

Funny microwave and metal trim story from work.  Someone put a mug with metal trim in the microwave - yes, it made weird noises and exploded and we had the fire department in.  This was someone who should have known better.

The big downside for  nice china from relatives/bought at auction is that it comes with all the little cups and saucers, that no-one uses any more.  Top shelf at the back.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 08, 2018, 11:26:57 AM
oneday, Don't take everything someone says so seriously! I called myself an idiot and stupid because I can! It is called humor! I didn't call anyone else those things.

Some of us do things that we think will improve a situation like clutter and then come home with a totally useless item. It is great when you find something and say, "oh, wow, that is just what I have been looking for". Then there is the, Oh, I like those organizers and I have to have them and I will find some use for them and then don't.

I was halfway thinking of putting lunchmeat in them but I don't think they are for food and may not be air tight. I am thinking of maybe a desk organizer. I have post it notes, pens, rulers, a few batteries, calculator and other little things. Or maybe all my $100 bills I have scattered around the house! Ha, ha!

Thanks for your other ideas.
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Post by: oneday on May 08, 2018, 03:33:48 PM
RR53, your post did not read (to me) as humorous at all, rather it seemed like you were being really hard on yourself.  I'm glad to know that's not the case.  I will admit that I am sensitive to using lack of intelligence as insults (dumb, stupid, idiot etc).  Even when I keep that in mind & re-read, it just doesn't seem funny to me.

The desk organizer idea seems like a winner!

Or maybe all my $100 bills I have scattered around the house! Ha, ha!

Now that's funny :)
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 08, 2018, 04:12:19 PM
Seriously, oneday, you need to lighten up. If you reread a portion of what I wrote it was:  LOL! I am an idiot! LOL means laughing out loud!

Sorry you don't get my humor. I call myself an idiot, jerk, and many other things when I make dumb mistakes. If you read future posts of mine, I try to interject humor most of the time.

Laughter it the best medicine!

Ended up taking the lid off the larger organizer and using it as a desk organizer. It is okay, not great. The other one I did clean out a junk drawer and used the smaller one. It was okay but not perfect. Kind of ridged in a small drawer.
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Post by: Yasha on May 09, 2018, 05:19:10 AM
Helped my Mum get rid of five garbage bags of towels to the RSPCA... it wasnít half of the towels they have in the house, but it was a good effort all the same. Still chipping away at little odds and ends in my own house and I think I still have too much clothing and fabric type stuff (sheets, towels, anything that lives in the laundry basket basically) because the house is still regularly a mess of clean but unfolded laundry. *sigh* I sometimes wish I was a neat and tidy person by nature.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 09, 2018, 07:52:03 AM
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I sometimes wish I was a neat and tidy person by nature.

KonMari is confident we can all become that. Do you believe you can, Yasha?

Way to go on the towels!!!
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Post by: Nederstash on May 10, 2018, 11:59:13 AM
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I sometimes wish I was a neat and tidy person by nature.

KonMari is confident we can all become that. Do you believe you can, Yasha?

Way to go on the towels!!!

I certainly can believe that. I used to be such a slob and a packrat. Just the other day I saw a picture of my house, maybe just two years ago, and I'm appalled at the endless array of bits and bobs on every damn surface! No fewer than 9 pieces of 'decor' on a 6 foot wide window sill. Can't believe that was just two years ago! My house has changed dramatically and I don't think I really realized how much.

My window sill is empty nowadays. I have a gorgeous view of the river and trees and I like my view uninterrupted! And my cats love basking in the sun, all stretched out. Who needs things?
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 10, 2018, 12:28:00 PM
I used to work at a company where we produced food products so it had to be sanitary. We had concrete floors with the floors pitched to the drains, stainless steel tables and concrete walls. Most of the equipment was stainless steel. Every Friday we would remove everything and put it in its proper place and hose the walls, floors, tables down with this special detergent to prevent germs. I loved it and thought what a great thing this would be in a home! Just lather it all up and spray it with water and all the gunk down the drain! That is my dream house!
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Post by: oneday on May 10, 2018, 09:58:39 PM
Well it's been a busy two weeks since I last posted on this thread about decluttering.  I've been settling into my new place an keeping occupied finding the right place for all my things.  Including identifying items for the donation box I started two weeks ago, but haven't filled yet.

Last weekend I helped Mr. X move into his new place that has no kitchen access.  He decided that I should have two large boxes of kitchen things.  Um, no thanks!  It was actually quite distressing to have him dump that stuff in my apartment, when I was just getting it to feel organized.

Which means it took a couple days to even work up to being able to deal with it.  Last night I went through those boxes to pull out a few dishes I did want.  Tonight I got all the food situated in the cabinets.  I plan to bring the remainder to our storage unit this weekend.  It will be, quite literally, a load off!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 11, 2018, 07:46:43 AM
Whatís the goal with the storage unit, oneday? It sounded like the rest of those two boxes of kitchen stuff neither of you wants..? Can they go straight to the thrift?
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Post by: midweststache on May 11, 2018, 08:39:10 AM
So... we currently have (and maybe I should go post on Wall of Shame with this too...) 5 (!) computers in our house.

1. DH's old Mac (2006) that literally stopped working/turning on in 2012 and has been sitting in a drawer since.
2. DH's old PC (2012) that he actually got from the Presidential campaign he worked on in 2012 when the offices shut down. (If he paid for it, which I'm not sure he did since that would have been 'campaign income' after the fact, it was likely around $100). This is in the process of being wiped.
3. DH's new PC (2018) to replace the 2012 PC. DH works from home 1-2x/week and the computer is necessary for his job.
4. My old Mac (2016) which had an unfortunate run-in with my toddler and liquid earlier this spring.
5. My new Mac (2018) which I needed to replace the old Mac. (I currently work from home FT and could not 'share' my DH's computer on days we were both home... *le sigh*)

So we need to get rid of computers 1, 2, and 4. Next weekend, I'm taking computers 1 and 4 to the Apple store nearby, as they will recycle old Macs at no cost (neither piece of hardware is worth the 'trade in' process, and I don't need to buy anything from Apple anyway). I'm also going to gently encourage (read: probably nag) DH into getting his computer completely clean to be recycled at a local electronics store that same weekend. They WILL be gone (recycled) by 5/31.

*sigh* We've moved at least one of these (non-working) computers TWICE. TWICE! That's nuts. If I can get these three things out of my house by the end of the month, I'm going to consider May a decluttering win.
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Post by: shadowmoss on May 11, 2018, 08:55:56 AM
If I makes you feel better (the opposite of the purpose of this thread) I have at least 6 computers and I live alone.  Since I moved into my motor home full time I use 2 laptops, a large one and a smaller travel one.  I have my old desktop and at least 3 older laptops.  Wait, I think I gave away one of the smaller older laptops a few years ago.  I may only have 5.  And that is because 2 years ago I decluttered the non-working ones when I retired.  Le sigh.  As a computer geek I have an issue with what to do with working but older technology that most folks wouldn't want.  There is also the issue that I have a bunch of games that won't work on the newer operating systems...

I'm working on it.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 11, 2018, 10:06:15 AM
So... we currently have (and maybe I should go post on Wall of Shame with this too...) 5 (!) computers in our house.

1. DH's old Mac (2006) that literally stopped working/turning on in 2012 and has been sitting in a drawer since.
2. DH's old PC (2012) that he actually got from the Presidential campaign he worked on in 2012 when the offices shut down. (If he paid for it, which I'm not sure he did since that would have been 'campaign income' after the fact, it was likely around $100). This is in the process of being wiped.
3. DH's new PC (2018) to replace the 2012 PC. DH works from home 1-2x/week and the computer is necessary for his job.
4. My old Mac (2016) which had an unfortunate run-in with my toddler and liquid earlier this spring.
5. My new Mac (2018) which I needed to replace the old Mac. (I currently work from home FT and could not 'share' my DH's computer on days we were both home... *le sigh*)

So we need to get rid of computers 1, 2, and 4. Next weekend, I'm taking computers 1 and 4 to the Apple store nearby, as they will recycle old Macs at no cost (neither piece of hardware is worth the 'trade in' process, and I don't need to buy anything from Apple anyway). I'm also going to gently encourage (read: probably nag) DH into getting his computer completely clean to be recycled at a local electronics store that same weekend. They WILL be gone (recycled) by 5/31.

*sigh* We've moved at least one of these (non-working) computers TWICE. TWICE! That's nuts. If I can get these three things out of my house by the end of the month, I'm going to consider May a decluttering win.

I think we have 5 computers and 6 phones around, in spite of having taken a load of stuff to electronics recycling back in 2015. Husband's work is just so demanding on computers that they kinda need bleeding-edge computers. He's also basically the IT department for the company, so we just end up with computers like crazy. Only one of the computers was mine that I bought before nursing school, and it... kinda doesn't work much anymore. I currently use an old work computer of husband's that can't handle 3D modeling anymore, but is fine for web browsing and spread sheets.

Some day we'll get around to the tech overload =\ Part of the problem is the computers HAVE been used as emergency work backups before, so they sit 90% of the time but save the day once a year or so. Ugh. At least they're all laptops, so they fit nicely tucked away in the office closet!
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 11, 2018, 10:18:01 AM
Does anyone know of a place to donate old cell phones? Do they even take old cell phones with old technology?

I have a bag of old ones and want to get rid of them. I donated some years ago. Where ever it was I didn't even get a thank you.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 11, 2018, 10:43:03 AM
https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/donate-cell-phone-charity.htm
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 11, 2018, 12:30:04 PM
Thanks for that link. I am going to donate to the Cell Phones for soldiers! I am excited that they will go to good use!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 11, 2018, 12:33:34 PM
I don't know how up-to-date the article is, so just an example of what might come up in a Google search. Probably lots of other good options too.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 11, 2018, 12:44:36 PM
This is really pathetic but I am so excited! I purchased two new laundry baskets from Walmart and they are collapsible! I have 3 giant clunker ones that are a pain to store and they are going bye, bye! Two are in perfect shape and I have Vietnam Veteran organization doing a pick up here on Tuesday so will include the two good baskets. The one that is my favorite is cracking and pinches your fingers...so that one will get chopped up and thrown in the garbage.

I must live in a very special world where a collapsible laundry basket was the highlight of my day! LOL! It is a space saver though!

Here it is! https://www.walmart.com/ip/PO-BSKT-COLLAPSE-1-6/126266179
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Post by: Sibley on May 11, 2018, 01:11:55 PM
So... we currently have (and maybe I should go post on Wall of Shame with this too...) 5 (!) computers in our house.

1. DH's old Mac (2006) that literally stopped working/turning on in 2012 and has been sitting in a drawer since.
2. DH's old PC (2012) that he actually got from the Presidential campaign he worked on in 2012 when the offices shut down. (If he paid for it, which I'm not sure he did since that would have been 'campaign income' after the fact, it was likely around $100). This is in the process of being wiped.
3. DH's new PC (2018) to replace the 2012 PC. DH works from home 1-2x/week and the computer is necessary for his job.
4. My old Mac (2016) which had an unfortunate run-in with my toddler and liquid earlier this spring.
5. My new Mac (2018) which I needed to replace the old Mac. (I currently work from home FT and could not 'share' my DH's computer on days we were both home... *le sigh*)

So we need to get rid of computers 1, 2, and 4. Next weekend, I'm taking computers 1 and 4 to the Apple store nearby, as they will recycle old Macs at no cost (neither piece of hardware is worth the 'trade in' process, and I don't need to buy anything from Apple anyway). I'm also going to gently encourage (read: probably nag) DH into getting his computer completely clean to be recycled at a local electronics store that same weekend. They WILL be gone (recycled) by 5/31.

*sigh* We've moved at least one of these (non-working) computers TWICE. TWICE! That's nuts. If I can get these three things out of my house by the end of the month, I'm going to consider May a decluttering win.

I think we have 5 computers and 6 phones around, in spite of having taken a load of stuff to electronics recycling back in 2015. Husband's work is just so demanding on computers that they kinda need bleeding-edge computers. He's also basically the IT department for the company, so we just end up with computers like crazy. Only one of the computers was mine that I bought before nursing school, and it... kinda doesn't work much anymore. I currently use an old work computer of husband's that can't handle 3D modeling anymore, but is fine for web browsing and spread sheets.

Some day we'll get around to the tech overload =\ Part of the problem is the computers HAVE been used as emergency work backups before, so they sit 90% of the time but save the day once a year or so. Ugh. At least they're all laptops, so they fit nicely tucked away in the office closet!

My dad has 2 full filing cabinets, 1 floor to ceiling bookcase, 1 half size bookcase, and at least 3-4 boxes of computer stuff. Parts, software, wires, connections, etc. That is actually reduced in size.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 11, 2018, 01:14:14 PM
So... we currently have (and maybe I should go post on Wall of Shame with this too...) 5 (!) computers in our house.

1. DH's old Mac (2006) that literally stopped working/turning on in 2012 and has been sitting in a drawer since.
2. DH's old PC (2012) that he actually got from the Presidential campaign he worked on in 2012 when the offices shut down. (If he paid for it, which I'm not sure he did since that would have been 'campaign income' after the fact, it was likely around $100). This is in the process of being wiped.
3. DH's new PC (2018) to replace the 2012 PC. DH works from home 1-2x/week and the computer is necessary for his job.
4. My old Mac (2016) which had an unfortunate run-in with my toddler and liquid earlier this spring.
5. My new Mac (2018) which I needed to replace the old Mac. (I currently work from home FT and could not 'share' my DH's computer on days we were both home... *le sigh*)

So we need to get rid of computers 1, 2, and 4. Next weekend, I'm taking computers 1 and 4 to the Apple store nearby, as they will recycle old Macs at no cost (neither piece of hardware is worth the 'trade in' process, and I don't need to buy anything from Apple anyway). I'm also going to gently encourage (read: probably nag) DH into getting his computer completely clean to be recycled at a local electronics store that same weekend. They WILL be gone (recycled) by 5/31.

*sigh* We've moved at least one of these (non-working) computers TWICE. TWICE! That's nuts. If I can get these three things out of my house by the end of the month, I'm going to consider May a decluttering win.

I think we have 5 computers and 6 phones around, in spite of having taken a load of stuff to electronics recycling back in 2015. Husband's work is just so demanding on computers that they kinda need bleeding-edge computers. He's also basically the IT department for the company, so we just end up with computers like crazy. Only one of the computers was mine that I bought before nursing school, and it... kinda doesn't work much anymore. I currently use an old work computer of husband's that can't handle 3D modeling anymore, but is fine for web browsing and spread sheets.

Some day we'll get around to the tech overload =\ Part of the problem is the computers HAVE been used as emergency work backups before, so they sit 90% of the time but save the day once a year or so. Ugh. At least they're all laptops, so they fit nicely tucked away in the office closet!

My dad has 2 full filing cabinets, 1 floor to ceiling bookcase, 1 half size bookcase, and at least 3-4 boxes of computer stuff. Parts, software, wires, connections, etc. That is actually reduced in size.

I'm desperately trying to avoid it, but with Husband being an electrical engineer, that may be the eventual future. *Sigh* so long as he keeps it organized and in the office, I guess, it's fine.
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Post by: Shinplaster on May 11, 2018, 01:51:03 PM
Multiple pairs of shoes off to the thrift store.  Mr. SP had bought a few pair for work, but then retired.  He doesn't need them now, won't wear them, so out they go.  I have plantar fasciitis, so shoes that used to be comfortable are not now.  A few pair had only been worn a couple of times (dress shoes), so I think someone will be very glad to find them at Goodwill.  Our closet looks so much neater.
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Post by: Swish on May 11, 2018, 02:21:37 PM
YAY!

I have lurked for a long time and this thread motivated our spring clean up efforts. Initially we were going to haul most of the following list to the dump/metal recycle and instead we sold a bunch on Facebook Marketplace! We also donated six boxes of clothes/toys to community living!

Here is the list so far from cleaning out garage:
Smart Car Rims $125 $100 SOLD
Tar: $40
Paintings: $30
Vase: $15
Little People: $75 SOLD
Dryer: $85 SOLD
Jacuzzi Tub: $300 SOLD
Table & Chair: $15 SOLD
Potterybarn rug: $40 SOLD
LED Spares: $55 SOLD
Toys: $22 SOLD
Mirrors: $25 SOLD
Baby Gate: $25 SOLD
Fridge: $300 SOLD
Used Water Heater: $150 SOLD
Another Dryer: $100 SOLD

TOTAL SALES: $1,192.00 $1,292.00

Time spent listing/cleaning: 8.75 hours
Dump fees: $0.00

Thank you for the motivation and I hope this motivates some one else the same way you all have motivated me!
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Post by: firelight on May 11, 2018, 08:50:16 PM
I have a decluttering win! We moved today and all our belongings fit in a 15 foot uhaul truck (two adults and two kids). Last time we made the same move ten months back, we had a 15 foot truck and a sedan and a suv packed to the gills. Now after packing with two young kids under 4 underfoot,I want to declutter more since we have another move in a year's time.
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Post by: oneday on May 11, 2018, 08:53:50 PM
Whatís the goal with the storage unit, oneday? It sounded like the rest of those two boxes of kitchen stuff neither of you wants..? Can they go straight to the thrift?

The storage unit was a temporary place for our excess stuff while we prepped & then put the condo on the market starting in Feb.  I have 3 pieces of furniture & 1 box left in there, then I wash my hands of it.  I am negotiating right now with several companies to help with the furniture possibly next weekend. 

Mr. X is going overseas for 2 months in late summer, so for now he is renting a room with no kitchen access.  This he will give up when he travels, so he is keeping the storage unit until he comes back.  At that time he will get a proper apartment & kitchen, and he will want this stuff then. 

Anyway, if I dare to give away his precious stuff...woe betide me!

Took a forum break just now to bring 2 empty boxes down to the recycle bin and move 4 packed boxes* into the storage closed on my back deck.  I uncovered an outlet that I suspected existed, but couldn't find.  That means I no longer need the extension cord running across the room in order to charge my phone overnight, but still have it close at hand as it is my alarm clock.  WIN!

*Holiday 1, holiday 2, camping, cat crate.  Will turn my attention to these later on.
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Post by: oneday on May 11, 2018, 08:59:09 PM
This is really pathetic but I am so excited! I purchased two new laundry baskets from Walmart and they are collapsible! I have 3 giant clunker ones that are a pain to store and they are going bye, bye! Two are in perfect shape and I have Vietnam Veteran organization doing a pick up here on Tuesday so will include the two good baskets. The one that is my favorite is cracking and pinches your fingers...so that one will get chopped up and thrown in the garbage.

I must live in a very special world where a collapsible laundry basket was the highlight of my day! LOL! It is a space saver though!

Here it is! https://www.walmart.com/ip/PO-BSKT-COLLAPSE-1-6/126266179

In the context of this thread, this is exciting!  The vets will be happy with their baskets & you will be happy with your new baskets too!  And the broken, pinchy basket goes to the trash like it should.

@Swish you just motivated me to put some things I was planning to sell into the donate box!  Ha!  Your post reminded me how much I dislike trying to sell things.  I'm so glad it works for you...nice little side hustle!

@firelight I was composing while you posted...your post started with a win and mine ended with one.  This tickles me.  Great work on the decluttering in the last 10 months!
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Post by: Fresh Bread on May 11, 2018, 09:58:03 PM
So some of you know that I clear other people's places for money. I just did an awful one. They'd moved overseas in a hurry and there was so. much. stuff. left behind. 75% of it was junk and I rehomed most of the rest. I have no idea why they hung on to so much crap eg rusty pans, linen with moths etc etc but it made me sad that this stuff was just stored til it was unusable by anyone. I assume time constraints meant they couldn't deal with it while they were packing. Bonus tho: I found collectable crockery from the 60s that's worth $.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on May 12, 2018, 12:45:25 AM
Big wins today! Giving away cloth nappies (a type I was given as a hand-me-down), oil pastels, New Scientist magazines and toys - neighbours and almost-neighbours (found via Buy Nothing) all so thrilled with the items. Great!

Not decluttering in the sense of getting stuff out of the house, but I have spent some time today boxing up too-small baby clothes to put in the attic until we have a small baby again. Perhaps not surprisingly this has made me feel rather emotional and nostalgic. I don't have a tiny baby anymore.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 12, 2018, 04:12:23 AM
Today is Mailman food collection day for the foodbanks. Collected up a bunch of food that has limited best buy dates. Some are good for a long time and some are good till August. So now a bunch more stuff is leaving the house. I ended up throwing some foods out that had expired and it made me pretty mad. Cash in the trash...But, at least I have a very generous pile of usuable food to donate today!
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Post by: LaineyAZ on May 12, 2018, 06:40:00 AM
Roadrunner53,
We did the same thing here:  checked our pantry for extra food along with any food close to expiration date.  (our local food bank actually accepts canned and boxed food up to one year after expiration date but the flyer for today's collection didn't say that so I'm sticking with not-yet-expired food)
A great way to help the community and also clear out the pantry.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 12, 2018, 08:34:36 AM
LaineyAZ, wish that was the case on the dates because some were not long expired. Like some were only about two months and one expired today!

I used to work for a food company and we did food storage studies. We knew our product would last longer than the date we decided upon but  due to falling nutritional numbers we had to choose an expiration date sooner. Not that much but if you claim the product has so much Vitamin such and such you have to provide that amount. Over time, product does lose flavor, vitamins, nutritonal values and color.

My Hub has got a real thing about expiration dates on products. I keep telling him that the thing is not going to self destruct and turn green and rotten in front of his face due to the expiration date being off by a few weeks. He will throw the stuff in the garbage. He has gotten a little better about it and I can convince him sometimes the item is okay! Some things like canned tuna or canned meat I don't play games with but dehydrated onion soup or green beans in a can are not scary! Unless, the can is dented then I might toss it. I don't have that much expired stuff but every once in a while it happens. LOL!

There have been stories on the news on expiration dates, best buy dates and other dates and they said it is very confusing to the consumer and I think they are supposed to come up with better verbage to put on food items.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 12, 2018, 08:39:36 AM
Today is Mailman food collection day for the foodbanks. Collected up a bunch of food that has limited best buy dates. Some are good for a long time and some are good till August. So now a bunch more stuff is leaving the house. I ended up throwing some foods out that had expired and it made me pretty mad. Cash in the trash...But, at least I have a very generous pile of usuable food to donate today!

We have the same. Made me feel good in a way- we only came up with 4 things we likely won't use. 1 pack of pasta, 2 cans salmon, 1 can smoked oysters. So at least the pantry has stayed pretty well in control. Can't always say the same about the freezer, ahem.
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Post by: Yasha on May 12, 2018, 09:30:30 PM
I had a bit of a think about the idea of being a natural cleaner, or like someone suggested above, that everyone could be if they had less stuff. With that in mind I took a critical look at the stuff that is always left behind in the laundry basket, and I ended up purging over 50 items. About a dozen were odd socks, whose buddies have been missing for eons. Add in some jackets that don't fit, a few out dated work blouses, two pairs of shoes I never wear (and if I do hurt my feet), plus some odds and ends from the kitchen. Hopefully that will keep things a little easier to control, and thus keep clean.
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Post by: oneday on May 12, 2018, 11:10:50 PM
@Yasha you really took that advice to heart & put it to good use!  Would be nice (if you wan to, if you remember) report back here is a month or so & let us know how you are feeling about it.

Tossed the address labels with Mr. & Mrs. Oneday (we are divorcing) and our old address.  Felt good! 

I am recovering one of the cat scratch posts, and got one of the pieces (which took all evening a couple weeks back to remove) cut, and in just a few minutes, too.  Tossed the old piece, even though I'm not ready to attach the new piece yet.  It's just a rectangle!  Why would I need to keep it?  Also, why do I feel slightly bad for getting rid of it while the project is not complete?

ETA: how could I forget?  I got those two boxes of kitchen crap into Mr. X's storage unit.  I am thisclose to having a moving company to get my stuff out, so it's time to stop thinking of it as "our" storage unit.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 13, 2018, 08:51:32 AM
The TV went to it's new home! Now, some day, I need to get rid of the light fixtures that were here when we moved in. I sold the two chandeliers really quick after we replaced them all, but the god awful mock french country side sconces are still living in the top of the office closet. Pro: they prevent crap accumulation there. Cons: they're ugly and doing nothing. My hangup has been I want to sell them- they're good quality, just incredibly not to my aesthetic liking, and didn't produce enough light for the dimensions of our house.

I'm also coming to accept that I actually DO need to bring some items into our home. Old Costco cardboard boxes do not make adequate item storage for the garage shelves. I really need proper totes, ideally with clear sides, that are an appropriate size. It's impossible to go through stuff there right now without pulling everything down off the shelves.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 13, 2018, 11:42:09 AM
Tuesday Vietnam Vets organizaiton is picking up another load at our house. We just counted the giant black garbage bags and we have 15. Last time they came was about a month ago and we got rid of around the same amount...15 giant bags full. Starting to put a dent in things around here. I can actually open some drawers and there is space! That is never the case in this house!

One time we went to Florida and we shopped at this place that had these exotic bird figurines. We bought around 4 and they were pretty large and in boxes. Then we bought more 'crap'. Well...now we have no way to transport these things back home so we bought two gigantic and I mean gigantic suitcases to put our treasures in. We then had to juggle our other clothes and things. We were like maniacs with all these suitcases on wheels! My Hub was swearing up a storm with all this crap! LOL, somehow we got all this stuff home. The gigantic suitcases were real crapola and only cost about $19 a piece. So the other day I emptied out one suitcase of some hobby junk that I had not used in several years and am donating some of the craft stuff and the giant suitcase. I still have one more suitcase filled with clothes that needs to go too!

The Hub had a giant bag of socks he donated! Probably 50 pair!

Living in one house for 43 years is not a good thing! I am so happy to get rid of this stuff! Plus, I mentioned in another post that I just bought these collapsible laundry baskets and they take no room at all when flattened down! LOVE THEM!
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Post by: Frugal Lizard on May 14, 2018, 07:45:24 AM
Daughter cleared out her play house to make it more teen hang out - and all the stuff we put in there last fall had to come out. 
Some of it really just needed to go straight to Goodwill.
Next weekend is Freecycle in our town so we will get that stuff out at the curb for the weekend and then what is left goes to the dump or goodwill.
The basement is looking so much better.
Need to work on clearing out the kitchen a little more.  I am slowly finding things and saying "why do I have this?" and then putting it in the box in the garage.  Or I break something and say 'oh well" but don't need to replace it. 
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Post by: Sibley on May 14, 2018, 09:51:30 AM
I FINALLY ran various errands which resulted in stuff leaving the house. Donated some unneeded paint (2 gallons, 1 quart, 2 pints) to the local theater group. Mailed the big box. Took care of official paperwork, so now I can put it away.

Will take the light fixture to Habitat's Restore tomorrow as they are not open today. Have a bunch of stuff scheduled for this week - on PTO :) so working through the to-do list.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 14, 2018, 09:54:31 AM
Vietnam Vet organization called to confirm pick up tomorrow. They asked how many bags and I told them 15. They said 15 was the maximum for one pick up so WHEW! Glad I didn't get too gung ho! I still have a gigantic suitcase full of the Hub's clothes. I was going to sell them on ebay but BLEH to that!

Will have to donate that suitcase/clothes next time.
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Post by: oneday on May 14, 2018, 07:11:35 PM
The cat scratch post I am recovering is not cooperating.  I can't nail a nail in straight and the staple gun is not powerful enough to get through the thicker carpet I'm using.  Boo.  I either need different tools or different materials.  Will think on this, but in the meantime, the tools & materials are clutter I'm going to ignore.

On the other had, was able to get some good, small to medium size boxes, so repacked the holiday box that wouldn't fit on the shelf. In the process, found a bunch to donate. The smaller volume of holiday box allowed me to get my bike back in the storage closet on the deck. Double-win!

So only needed one box and that leaves me with two empty boxes.  I'll hold on to them, as the donation box I have now is almost full and it will be nice to be able to replace that right away.  Or maybe even fill a second or third box before I make the donation run.

Does anyone know if charity shops will take donations of out-of-season holiday items?

Another win today: was able to schedule movers for Sunday to get the last of my furniture from the storage unit into the apartment.   Found a company with a lower hourly rate AND a lower minimum number of hours, saving at least $200 over the other available options.  (Mustachian tie-in).  Once I have my buffets, I'll be able to unpack the 15 boxes that are still here.  It will be so nice!
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Post by: Goldielocks on May 14, 2018, 11:57:36 PM
I finally spent two days in the garden, removing the spent bulbs and leaves. That certainly feels like decluttering (the garden).   I also gave away two bags of excess bulbs.
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Post by: firelight on May 15, 2018, 12:07:19 AM
We moved into a new house and seeing all the stuff not yet put in place is making me want to declutter some more. We've already decluttered quite a bit in previous house, so I'm not sure how much we can do. But I'm going to redo konmari once again once we've settled down.

Gave away a table - starting to work through big stuff first.
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Post by: oneday on May 15, 2018, 11:17:30 AM
We moved into a new house and seeing all the stuff not yet put in place is making me want to declutter some more. We've already decluttered quite a bit in previous house, so I'm not sure how much we can do. But I'm going to redo konmari once again once we've settled down.

Gave away a table - starting to work through big stuff first.

I am in the same place: just moved, still unpacked.  Even though you've decluttered, I would not at all be surprised if you found more.  Some stuff just doesn't work in a different space.  For example, in the old place, I had a shower caddy to hold soap & stuff.  The new place has enough built in shelf space that I don't need the caddy anymore.

Hmm...maybe I should read the Konmari book again, too.  Good suggestion.
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Post by: RetiredAt63 on May 15, 2018, 06:12:44 PM
Every time I've moved, I've done a major declutter beforehand, and still found lots of stuff to get rid of after the move. 

I worked on the garage this weekend (glorious weather, finally) and found more to throw out, and 3 more boxes of paper to shred.  It isn't super sensitive, so I may just spend some money and take it to Staples.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 15, 2018, 06:30:07 PM
Does anyone know if charity shops will take donations of out-of-season holiday items?

It varies by shop, usually based on how much storage room they have + clientele. e.g. Some will take OOS to supply people for travel, camping, tree planting, etc. Some ship to supply people or flea markets in other lands. You'd need to call the shops in your area.
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Post by: oneday on May 15, 2018, 08:51:55 PM
Thanks, jooni.  I was thinking the answer is most likely no, so good to know that there is a possibility.

I will call the three places nearest me to see if anyone is interested.  If not, I will use a Facebook giveaway group I've had success with before. 

Today I didn't declutter anything and am feeling low energy, so I'll rest & get back to this tomorrow.

I did get the Konmari book from the library, also the follow up book and a comic illustrating a client's experience.  The comic was fun and got me excited to get going again.
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Post by: Serendip on May 15, 2018, 09:21:01 PM
Hi everyone, not a usual poster here but I am a lover-of-decluttering and need to get my spring clean on.

I find if I start a big bag or box, then I am more likely to find things to fill it. So I pulled out a big orange garbage bag & put Karen Kingston's audiobook "clear your clutter with feng shui" on in the background as a helper. I do like the Konmari book but KK was my first intro to decluttering so I have a soft spot for her :)

I tossed in a few sweaters that I rarely wear, some duvet covers/sheets and fabric that I planned to use...but haven't. As well, a few old picture frames and books that I no longer need/don't really want to read.
Will continue in the morning when I have more energy :)
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 16, 2018, 09:38:11 AM
So, a little "random decluttering inspiration" for you. One of my good friends is in a manual wheelchair. Among other things, we're in a book club together where we rotate whose house we have it at. Last week was the first time the event was at one person's house, and watching this friend struggle to navigate around alllll the furniture (book cases, bins, etc) filled with stuff was pretty frustrating. It was clear it was a major difficulty. At one point I went and helped her move some stuff so she could make a tight turn to even be able to get to the bathroom. (And mind you, she has a small chair and is super skilled with it, so this was a *tight* fit) Later, she texted me and thanked me, and in that conversation, also mentioned how nice it is to visit my house. She said it's open and clear, and easy for her to navigate. I guess it's one of the few places she's comfortable having a drink, because she doesn't have to worry about getting around a little worse and knocking into stuff. Anyway, it made me grateful that these minimalist habits have been in place, and really reminded me that what WE do with OUR stuff, affects other people!
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Post by: oneday on May 16, 2018, 08:18:17 PM
So, a little "random decluttering inspiration" for you. One of my good friends is in a manual wheelchair. Among other things, we're in a book club together where we rotate whose house we have it at. Last week was the first time the event was at one person's house, and watching this friend struggle to navigate around alllll the furniture (book cases, bins, etc) filled with stuff was pretty frustrating. It was clear it was a major difficulty. At one point I went and helped her move some stuff so she could make a tight turn to even be able to get to the bathroom. (And mind you, she has a small chair and is super skilled with it, so this was a *tight* fit) Later, she texted me and thanked me, and in that conversation, also mentioned how nice it is to visit my house. She said it's open and clear, and easy for her to navigate. I guess it's one of the few places she's comfortable having a drink, because she doesn't have to worry about getting around a little worse and knocking into stuff. Anyway, it made me grateful that these minimalist habits have been in place, and really reminded me that what WE do with OUR stuff, affects other people!

Aww, that's sweet (not the part about the cluttered house of course) and, yes, inspiring!
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Post by: HappierAtHome on May 17, 2018, 05:53:17 AM
So, a little "random decluttering inspiration" for you. One of my good friends is in a manual wheelchair. Among other things, we're in a book club together where we rotate whose house we have it at. Last week was the first time the event was at one person's house, and watching this friend struggle to navigate around alllll the furniture (book cases, bins, etc) filled with stuff was pretty frustrating. It was clear it was a major difficulty. At one point I went and helped her move some stuff so she could make a tight turn to even be able to get to the bathroom. (And mind you, she has a small chair and is super skilled with it, so this was a *tight* fit) Later, she texted me and thanked me, and in that conversation, also mentioned how nice it is to visit my house. She said it's open and clear, and easy for her to navigate. I guess it's one of the few places she's comfortable having a drink, because she doesn't have to worry about getting around a little worse and knocking into stuff. Anyway, it made me grateful that these minimalist habits have been in place, and really reminded me that what WE do with OUR stuff, affects other people!

Very cool.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on May 17, 2018, 05:56:10 AM
We've kicked off birthday celebrations for the baby and there are soooo many toys entering the house :-/ we're going to have to be ruthless in decision making about what we keep versus what gets passed on. I've labelled a box for us to start filling as we find things he won't need anymore.
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Post by: Mr.GrowingMustache on May 17, 2018, 06:56:41 AM
Count me in!!!!

I am setting myself a goal to throw something out EVERY DAY!

DW and I have definitely been doing the status quo around the house, especially with the young one sucking up "productive prime time".


Yesterday I cleaned out a whole kitchen cabinet that had threw out a box load of old crap that we haven't touched in years.... ugh.
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on May 17, 2018, 10:02:51 AM
Our decluttering tapered off over the last few months, but we're having a huge party in three weeks, so we're trying to see how much we can get rid of between now and then.

In two hours last night, the giveaway pile grew by a large trash bag full of clothes (S8 grew), a medium-sized box of office supplies, and a medium-sized box of silk flower arrangements we'd used as centerpieces at our wedding five years ago (that I was supposed to sell then and forgot), and a small box of things from the garage.

I'm especially proud of the office supply declutter - we got rid of SO MUCH STUFF that we each thought the other one was stockpiling for some mysterious but valid reason.  I also gave up a lot of aspirational items.  Our two overflowing shelves of office supplies is down to 1.5 shelves with plenty of room to see everything :)    H still needs to go through the third shelf - craft supplies - and decide what can be released. (I'd throw it all away.)
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Post by: meghan88 on May 17, 2018, 10:26:20 AM
I'm especially proud of the office supply declutter - we got rid of SO MUCH STUFF that we each thought the other one was stockpiling for some mysterious but valid reason.  I also gave up a lot of aspirational items.  Our two overflowing shelves of office supplies is down to 1.5 shelves with plenty of room to see everything :)    H still needs to go through the third shelf - craft supplies - and decide what can be released. (I'd throw it all away.)

LOL re. the office declutter.  I did the same, and actually brought a bagful of stuff into my workplace to re-use:  file folders, separators, boxes of staples and paperclips.  Though some employees see fit to use office supplies as a stock-up for their home use, we did the exact opposite.

My own decluttering problem involves antiques.  Even though I was a really frugal garage-sale-ing bargain hunter back in the day, now I'm keeping some stuff that is so undervalued right now that it would be really hard to sell it at today's prices.  I think at some point I need an attitude adjustment so that I can get rid of it all.  Not that there's that much to offload, but it hurts to let a gorgeous 100-yr-old solid oak dining set with pedestal table, FOUR inserts to seat a crowd comfortably, six chairs, sideboard, all with barley-twist details and Mission styling, for less than what I paid 30 years ago (800 back then).  Sigh.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 17, 2018, 11:38:50 AM
Tuesday got rid of 15 bags to Vietnam Veterans. I had two drawers of turtle neck tops that I have not worn in a lot of years. I saved maybe 4 but not even sure if they fit at this point. Will probably start a new collection effort for VV again soon. We got rid of a lot of stuff that was brand new with tags and some really GOOD stuff that was hard to part with. Just had to let it go. It sat downstairs since Mom passed away. I dragged it home thinking I would use this stuff but never did. I cannot believe how much stuff we've donated!
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Post by: Plina on May 17, 2018, 02:52:10 PM
I'm especially proud of the office supply declutter - we got rid of SO MUCH STUFF that we each thought the other one was stockpiling for some mysterious but valid reason.  I also gave up a lot of aspirational items.  Our two overflowing shelves of office supplies is down to 1.5 shelves with plenty of room to see everything :)    H still needs to go through the third shelf - craft supplies - and decide what can be released. (I'd throw it all away.)

LOL re. the office declutter.  I did the same, and actually brought a bagful of stuff into my workplace to re-use:  file folders, separators, boxes of staples and paperclips.  Though some employees see fit to use office supplies as a stock-up for their home use, we did the exact opposite.

My own decluttering problem involves antiques.  Even though I was a really frugal garage-sale-ing bargain hunter back in the day, now I'm keeping some stuff that is so undervalued right now that it would be really hard to sell it at today's prices.  I think at some point I need an attitude adjustment so that I can get rid of it all.  Not that there's that much to offload, but it hurts to let a gorgeous 100-yr-old solid oak dining set with pedestal table, FOUR inserts to seat a crowd comfortably, six chairs, sideboard, all with barley-twist details and Mission styling, for less than what I paid 30 years ago (800 back then).  Sigh.

If you consider that you used the items for 30 years and divide the cost with what you loose you will find that you got a really reasonable prized furnitures during those years, in other words you didnít loose money.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 18, 2018, 08:52:58 AM
Bracken_Joy, that was a really cool story! Thanks for that :)

People often comment that they feel relief, peace, lightness, ease when in my minimalist space, so I feel like I'm giving people some minutes or hours of respite. The person next door was so bowled away, she hired a pro and got hers whittled down fast! It's fun to think we can create more space -in so many ways- for others as well as for ourselves.
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Post by: Serendip on May 18, 2018, 09:12:29 AM
Bracken_Joy, that was a really cool story! Thanks for that :)

People often comment that they feel relief, peace, lightness, ease when in my minimalist space, so I feel like I'm giving people some minutes or hours of respite. The person next door was so bowled away, she hired a pro and got hers whittled down fast! It's fun to think we can create more space -in so many ways- for others as well as for ourselves.

Agreed, this is a thought-provoking story by @Bracken_Joy and I like @jooniFLORisploo 's mention about creating space for others.
Just read a book called "A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind" and in it he mentions hospitality (and a guest's comfort) as a generous meditation practice. Cleaning/clearing to help make ourselves and others feel more welcome.

I filled a bag with wool, fabric and books yesterday and my SO took it all away (I find it best to get out of the house asap before I start digging things out!)
So many potential projects which only increase anxiety..so I am letting it go.
We also took a few things from the basement, a table hockey game & baby stroller (given to us to pass along to my sister, but she already has one)
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Post by: Rowellen on May 18, 2018, 03:53:59 PM
(I find it best to get out of the house asap before I start digging things out!)

So true.
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Post by: happy on May 18, 2018, 04:53:55 PM
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So many potential projects which only increase anxiety..so I am letting it go.
Very wise. When I started decluttering I realised that a lot of  the clutter was unfinished projects and mending or repurposing projects. I made a decision - if it was fairly quick - do it now, or chuck it out.
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on May 18, 2018, 08:40:23 PM
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So many potential projects which only increase anxiety..so I am letting it go.
Very wise. When I started decluttering I realised that a lot of  the clutter was unfinished projects and mending or repurposing projects. I made a decision - if it was fairly quick - do it now, or chuck it out.

I've finally been able to do this for most projects.  My poor husband is still adamant that he will finish all his projects...and it's stressing him out that he hasn't started most of them.  i'm actually tempted to start sneaking things out of the attic into a separate pile to see if he notices.  My father-in-law says my H and his mom are "one with the stuff" and will notice if I move anything.
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Post by: Yasha on May 19, 2018, 03:10:56 AM
I finished the minimalism game today (1-30 things a day for 1-30 days). I broke al the rules, didnít start on the first of the month with one thing (started in the middle of the month), decluttered in spurts as it was convenient/I was inspired (I wrote 1 thru 30 in little bubbles in a notebook and coloured them in as I got to them)... I ended up getting rid of over 430 items (goal was 406) over the last month... lots of clothes (so far Iím already feeling the benefit of having fewer things to fold), odds and ends, kitchen Utensils, pens and pencils and the such. I am surprised I was able to find so much to declutter after so many goes at decluttering before... still, happy to be rid of so much and hopefully the things I donated will benefit someone else.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 19, 2018, 04:30:33 AM
I have an electric typewriter. It is probably one of the last really 'modern' electric typewriters just before computers. It cost me quite a bit of money 'back then'. It is in a hard plastic case sitting in a closet.

Thinking of donating it but would like to donate it to an organization rather than just give to Goodwill. Anyone know of an organization that would use a typewriter for a specific reason?

When my Father had a stroke they told Mom to buy a manual typewrite for my Dad to use to help with therapy on his hands.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 19, 2018, 07:51:01 AM
I finished the minimalism game today (1-30 things a day for 1-30 days). I broke al the rules, didnít start on the first of the month with one thing (started in the middle of the month), decluttered in spurts as it was convenient/I was inspired (I wrote 1 thru 30 in little bubbles in a notebook and coloured them in as I got to them)... I ended up getting rid of over 430 items (goal was 406) over the last month... lots of clothes (so far Iím already feeling the benefit of having fewer things to fold), odds and ends, kitchen Utensils, pens and pencils and the such. I am surprised I was able to find so much to declutter after so many goes at decluttering before... still, happy to be rid of so much and hopefully the things I donated will benefit someone else.

I may try this. Sounds like a great motivational idea.

Yesterday I went through my son's room & gathered up all of the paper & recycling that were lingering around. I'll go for 10 more items today.
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Post by: Mezzie on May 19, 2018, 11:04:50 AM
It's nearing the end of the school year, which means it's time to fill up all the extra space I've cleared in the shed with things I'm not allowed to keep at school (but that my classroom can't function without; the bulk of the supplies my students use were purchased by me).

It'll be nice in 20 years or so to pass all this stuff along to a new teacher, though!
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Post by: Nederstash on May 20, 2018, 07:21:13 AM
I need your input, dear declutterers. Do any of you work in a 'bullpen' type office, with flex work places where no one has an assigned desk?

I do, and I think my decluttering at home has made my office space feel so much more stressed and cluttered. Even though no one has an assigned desk, most people have claimed a desk for themselves and don't care much for the 'clean desk policy'. Now, the problem is as follows. Aside from 2-3 people, everyone in my office works 3 days at the office, 1 day at home and 1 day off. On the one hand, that means there's always a desk somewhere for the people who haven't been able to claim a desk (like me). On the other hand: I always work at desks filled with other people's clutter. Files, stationary, a bazillion paperclips, pictures of their kids... ugh, I can't even work in my own clutter, let alone someone else's!

What should I do? I'd feel like such a whiner if I asked people to clear up 'their' desks because I get antsy around clutter. Most people don't seem to mind it, so I don't feel like people would be so understanding.

What do?!
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Post by: chaskavitch on May 20, 2018, 07:30:19 AM
I'm really slow at decluttering, but I'm working on it.

My MIL is up for the weekend, and she brought our toddler a little guitar thing that was my SIL's when she was little.  Which, fine, he likes it a lot, and she loves to give people things, so they're both happy.  But then she says "I just don't know what to get him for his birthday!"  It's in two weeks.  Couldn't you wait to bring the guitar until then?  And avoid getting him something ELSE noisy for his birthday?  /sigh.

I'll just have to sort his toys this week and try to siphon some of them off into our basement or the ARC basket before his party.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 20, 2018, 07:33:29 AM
I would get a box and jam all the crap into it semi neatly but not take much time to do it. Then I would set it somewhere it won't get tossed or damaged. I would do this every time and sooner or later they will get the picture. Send your boss and the culprit an email informing them the desk was not cleaned off and you needed the space. That you gathered up the junk and put it in a box and where it can be located. That way you will cover your ass and no one will be able to play the blame game. If you don't think you will be able to find a box at work, I suggest you bring some plastic bags from home.  I would also put the name of the culprit on the outside of the box or bag so if someone comes along, they will know who it belongs to. I think sending the email after you bag or box the crap up will be important. If that person should come to you and start acting irate, tell them to see the boss who will have prior knowledge of this situation.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 20, 2018, 08:08:05 AM
I cleaned off a three tiered tray that we use to capture "in process" things. Paperwork for school that needs to be filled out. Camp forms I haven't submitted, bills we haven't paid yet, etc. I do this every few months or so. It is sparkling clean & now just contains one gift card that I have to mail as soon as it sells. I'd estimate it previously held about 100 individual papers, cards, etc. So, lots of trash to the recycling!

Next up is my junk drawer. It was clear we have way too much & this is a disaster area.
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Post by: Mezzie on May 20, 2018, 09:54:23 AM
@Nederstash
That would drive me nuts. I have a shared work space that is overrun by the person I share it with. Sometimes she piles her stuff in front of my bookshelves and I can't get to what I need. A friend recommended I throw away anything that crosses over to my side; I wish I could! I am considering having my students mark the halfway line with masking tape so I can be very clear about how much space she's taking. She easily takes up 80% of the room; walking in there is dangerous.

I do like the idea of respectfully putting things into boxes. I think that's fair.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 20, 2018, 11:34:15 AM
Nederstash, another thing you could suggest to your employer is to have a file cabinet brought in and each employee could be assigned a drawer to store their crap on the days they are not there. Then if the jerk still leaves their crap on the desk, it would at least give you a place to dump the junk. It really irks me that people are so lazy and uncaring for their fellow employees.

I used to work in the food industry and people were stupid at times too. All food/ingredients that were stored were to be identified, dated when it expired and to whom it belonged to. Some were just too lazy to do the right thing and couldn't be bothered. Well, they appointed this guy who was a jack ass creep to patrol the walk in refrigerators and other storage areas to check for proper storage and identification of the items. If they were not properly stored he would bring a giant garbage can and throw it all out. OMG, did he ever piss off people. Some of the samples were made in our labs and it was sometimes very difficult to make the samples. Once he threw them out it all had to be redone. He was on the most hated list but people got the picture after that!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 20, 2018, 04:38:19 PM
I sold a $5 item (adhesive for patches) that I didn't open/use after my son quit Boy Scouts. One more item out of the house, and $5 in my pocket!
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Post by: mspym on May 20, 2018, 07:44:33 PM
One more book sent to the street library, and starting to build the pile for the council hard rubbish day - broken coffee machine, chin-up bar, clearing out the storage areas in our basement. We have a lot of wheels?
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Post by: Frugal Lizard on May 21, 2018, 05:54:50 AM
Our garage looks amazing.   Hubs took Friday off and has been on a mission.   He bought new hooks for the garden tools.   He saw a bike rank thing and bought that too.   He retrofitted his table saw stand so that he can move it. 
This is all in preparation for insulating the shared wall between the house and garage.
It is free weekend where you can leave items by the street for others to take.
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Post by: NoraLenderbee on May 21, 2018, 01:39:13 PM
I spent 4 hours "decluttering" my front yard . . . pulling weeds and cutting back overgrown plants. Do weeds count? Unfortunately, it hardly made a dent. I need about 3 days in there.

I put down cardboard in one of the paths between beds and piled wood chips on top. Kept some cardboard out of the waste stream, and used up some of our mountain of wood chips. I'll do more as soon as we have more cardboard. I like the feeling of finishing a half-done project.
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Post by: plainjane on May 21, 2018, 02:30:05 PM
I spent 4 hours "decluttering" my front yard . . . pulling weeds and cutting back overgrown plants. Do weeds count?

I hope so. I spent about 3 hours yesterday in the backyard pulling out climbing vines. Filled 3 craft bags, and dumped a number of large branches into the compost pile in the back. Discovered the yardwork gloves have a rip at the join between the thumb and the palm. That probably means I should throw them away too.

I also cleared out half my printed knitting patterns. About a dozen books are off the bookshelves, but they are simply in the back room for us to decide how to disperse them, so that doesn't count yet.
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Post by: midweststache on May 21, 2018, 05:40:16 PM
I took two Macs, an old iPhone, an older iPod nano, and various cords and Mac accoutrements to our local Apple store yesterday. I tried to go right when the opened so they wouldn't be packed. The woman dealing with my intake gave me a very polite smile when I told her that and replied that they were never 'not busy.' She wasn't wrong. It was pouring rain and cold, but there was a line waiting for help at 11:03am (they opened at 11am). Oh well--old tech disposed of as ethically as possible.

In other news, we re-stocked out pantry and went through the little one's closet. I boxed up some quality stuff that would survive for Potential Progeny #2 and packed away about 10 items for our next trip to the thrift store. We get a lot of clothes gifted/hand-me-down and we're pretty diligent about only keeping things we'd really want to pass on to PP#2. (Even donating a lot, we'd still be 100% set on clothes if we have another kid.)

I'm getting hit like a brick wall with work the next three weeks, so I don't envision much more cleaning out BUT if I can I'm gonna work on some outdoor kids toys that were gifted to us by neighbors who moved and didn't want to take all their stuff: cleaning the Ikea bag of toys and passing along what we don't choose to keep.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 21, 2018, 05:54:02 PM
I'm planning to tackle just a few small things a day, so posting for momentum's sake, although not terribly big wins. Today I found an old purse tucked away in my closet. Put that + the matching wallet in the donation pile, and found several old credit cards in the wallet. Will shred those tomorrow at work, and also found another kid school item to put in the recycling.

I'm scared to tackle the "junk drawer". It's where we keep pens, pencils & the like. An abundance of writing materials have made it super crazy. Need to think of a more optimal solution in terms of layout, as well as just removing a bunch of stuff.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 22, 2018, 04:33:26 AM
Tonight someone is coming who wants to buy my time trial bicycle helmet. So I hope the helmet fits the person.
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Post by: chaskavitch on May 22, 2018, 06:34:03 AM
Brought five books to the Little Free Library near my house.  There are three of them on my 2.5 mile bike to work!  I think it's awesome :)
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Post by: Frugal Lizard on May 22, 2018, 07:17:04 AM
More junk left the property yesterday.  Some of it was garbage that we were waiting for capacity in our grey bin - and presto- realized that one of the neighbours has been away and has a completely empty grey bin.  Hubs wheeled it to the garage and filled it to the brim and it is a large bin.  Now we must remember to put it at the street tonight.  They return home tomorrow!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 22, 2018, 07:21:14 AM
I'm planning to tackle just a few small things a day, so posting for momentum's sake, although not terribly big wins. Today I found an old purse tucked away in my closet. Put that + the matching wallet in the donation pile, and found several old credit cards in the wallet. Will shred those tomorrow at work, and also found another kid school item to put in the recycling.

I'm scared to tackle the "junk drawer". It's where we keep pens, pencils & the like. An abundance of writing materials have made it super crazy. Need to think of a more optimal solution in terms of layout, as well as just removing a bunch of stuff.

I kicked off the junk drawer clean out yesterday. Used mason jars for pens, pencils, & highlighters & then started to toss a bunch of broken things. Put the actual drawer insert into Goodwill (it's nice & wooden & worth donating) & then will start coming through the "random" things that don't belong today. They all need to be individually evaluated to go back to their rightful home. The area already looks so much better!
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Post by: plainjane on May 22, 2018, 07:27:35 AM
So I have two pairs of boots which were badly salt stained this past winter. One pair has broken zippers. One pair has split leather where it folds at the ball of the foot. Both pairs of boots were very expensive. Both are over 5 years old.

It isn't worth it to fix them (they probably aren't fixable) and it isn't fair to donate them. But I have this thing where I am having trouble actually throwing them away.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 22, 2018, 07:44:01 AM
You can do it, plainjane! :)
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 22, 2018, 07:59:00 AM
plainjane, if you have a shoe repair guy in your town, take them there and see what they say. Zippers can be replaced and leather can be conditioned. It might be worth a try to see what they say. If not, toss them out. You could also try selling them on ebay listing all the problems. Point out all the problems so the buyer is aware. Some people are creative and might turn your boots into something else! You just never know! I have seem people put dirt into boots and plant flowers in them and put the boots out in the yard. Not sure if that would be my cup of tea but some like it!
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Post by: mspym on May 22, 2018, 05:39:38 PM
Four books to the free library last night, and we are working on using up the food stockpile. We didn't grocery shop last weekend and are getting creative with what we already have.

I looked up the date of the council hard rubbish day and we were overseas during the last one. Next one is October so now I need to work out what to do with the things we were going to put out - chin up bar, weird home cable gym we picked up in an alleyway, spare wheels etc.
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Post by: Frugal Lizard on May 22, 2018, 07:04:24 PM
@plainjane  Salt stain will come out with vinegar.  and I second the shoe repair option.  A good shop will tell you if the failure is fixable or not.
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Post by: SunnyDays on May 24, 2018, 10:03:35 AM
I've been reading this thread (and the previous one) and it's been very motivating!  Yesterday, I sent 11 boxes and 3 bags of stuff and a rattan chair to the local animal rescue for their upcoming garage sale.  The house feels better.  Happy dance!  Still have a ways to go, but I've started on my dad's house too.  (He's more than willing.)  As I buy next to nothing now, in the next year I anticipate having a nicely streamlined house.  Can't wait.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 24, 2018, 11:20:50 AM
Totally get the happy dance! So satisfying, freeing, releasing. Great job, everyone!

I'm having one of those times where I want the fun of more control, thus want to declutter and clean... But I have nothing left to declutter at the moment and no current invitations to do anyone else's. Will scrub my empty home :)
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Post by: krmit on May 24, 2018, 11:41:03 AM
Reorganized the bookshelves the other day. After 3 years in this apartment, FINALLY put the books in some semblance of alphabetical/topical organization. Also managed to add some seven year old college textbooks to the Goodwill pile.

Does anyone else find inertia in getting the donation pile OUT of the house? I don't think it's that I actually want to keep any of it...maybe just laziness on my part.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on May 24, 2018, 11:47:24 AM
Will scrub my empty home :)

...which I will declare "decluttering specks of dirt." Like weeding, it counts!

Does anyone else find inertia in getting the donation pile OUT of the house?

It's a hard part for lots of people. There seem to be two clubs: one group struggling with that last step; one as eager about it as all the others. When there's even a small pile, it goes in my car for the next time I'm passing a thrift shop.
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Post by: RetiredAt63 on May 24, 2018, 11:59:56 AM

Does anyone else find inertia in getting the donation pile OUT of the house? I don't think it's that I actually want to keep any of it...maybe just laziness on my part.

My favourite place to donate is not in a direction I often go, so I either donate elsewhere, or wait until I am going in the right direction - by which time I have a full car!  Speaking of which, 3 more boxes out this week.
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Post by: mspym on May 24, 2018, 05:39:54 PM
We have a tiny pile near the door that doesn't seem to be shifting because it needs to go to specific people, but the books and clothes are an easy discard and leave on a regular basis.  The big one for me is the ~400 manga that I want to get rid of. I am TOO LAZY to try ebay it, it doesn't seem to be accepted by 2nd hand bookstores and yet, some of these are really difficult to acquire and would be really appreciated if only I could work out how to find their people. I know I know, just donate.
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Post by: BeanCounter on May 25, 2018, 09:50:46 AM
In the last two weeks I have been able to get rid of-
1 loveseat, overstuffed chair, 5x8 rug, painting, lamp and coffee table- all were gifts to a cousin restarting her life in a new apartment
3 bags of jeans, tops and coats went to a homeless shelter

this weekend I'd like to finish going through the stuff in the laundry room, get the thrift store donation pile into my car and dropped off. Possibly add some clothing from my own closet.

Then start listing the furniture I have to sell.
Once that's out of the way I an think about organizing and clearing out boxes I think.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 25, 2018, 01:56:36 PM
Donated three pair of too small kid shorts + a pair of sandals

I also found a crystal Waterford pitcher that I'd forgotten about. Will get posted on eBay after my business trip
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Post by: HappierAtHome on May 26, 2018, 01:35:52 AM
Doing really great work today with listing items on Buy Nothing that I'd dithered over decluttering for MONTHS.
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Post by: Nederstash on May 26, 2018, 01:42:39 AM
We have a tiny pile near the door that doesn't seem to be shifting because it needs to go to specific people, but the books and clothes are an easy discard and leave on a regular basis.  The big one for me is the ~400 manga that I want to get rid of. I am TOO LAZY to try ebay it, it doesn't seem to be accepted by 2nd hand bookstores and yet, some of these are really difficult to acquire and would be really appreciated if only I could work out how to find their people. I know I know, just donate.

eBay still seems like the best way to go. If you donate it, you don't know whether it'll end up in a landfill anyway. Just take a picture of your entire collection and list it as 'free to a good home'. I'll bet you'll get takers.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 26, 2018, 04:50:02 AM
Go to Vietnam Veterans website:

https://pickupplease.org/schedule-ppc/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=donations&utm_term=vietnam%20veterans&msclkid=61d72cd465951a2dfba577dd5f2c0edd

Schedule a pick up date.

Put stuff in garbage bags.

Attach a label to each bag with V V A written on each bag.

Leave outside where you indicated bags would be located.

They will pick up.

I have done this many times and they are very efficient. You don't even have to leave home.
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Post by: seattlecyclone on May 26, 2018, 01:47:17 PM
I paused on listing old things on Amazon about a year ago when we moved houses. Just started it up again and sold a couple of things last week. I also got a document scanner and am slowly emptying out our file cabinet. The goal is to get all the paper we're keeping around down to the size of one desk drawer, and at that point the entire file cabinet can go.
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Post by: JAYSLOL on May 26, 2018, 04:36:22 PM
I finally cleared out some old junk out of the shop I've been saving to take to the scrap metal place for ages, an old aluminum radiator, old lawn tractor batteries, broken extension cords and a bunch of scrap copper cable ends.  Got over $100!  Less clutter and more cash for the 'stach, woohoo!
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: midweststache on May 28, 2018, 10:49:07 AM
The last of the computer/tech was donated to a local NPO that wipes data before resale/recycling (like, a hard wipe after the neo-Luddite in me 'deletes' everything and thinks it's good). We're down to the computers we *actually* use. WOOT!

Also, got rid of some excess outdoor toys that were gifted to us by moving neighbors that LO won't actually play with (or that we have duplicates of, like pails and shovels).

Gonna spend the day cleaning and eyeing anything else that needs to go; I plan to take a bag of nice stuff a donation run to a local thrift store and another bag of lost causes to a textile recycling bin nearby.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: chaskavitch on May 29, 2018, 06:25:19 AM
I convinced my husband to move an upright bookshelf from our living room to our bedroom.  We went through all of the books, and ended up getting rid of like 30 of them, as well as some decorations.  It's awesome. 

Now our living room feels more open, and our bedroom feels slightly more put together. We don't have a bed frame, just a mattress, so it's nice to have some furniture.  We're looking for a bed, but it's a slow process, because I'm determined to find one I really like this time around.
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on May 29, 2018, 12:24:34 PM
I "decluttered" half of my yard of weeds this weekend and didn't get heatstroke!

I finally started sorting through boxes of keepsakes.  Six years ago I inherited all of my grandmother's and all of my father's framed pictures, photo albums, and boxes of important papers.  They've been sitting in 7 boxes in my office ever since.

I filled two extra-large trash bags of things to throw away, filled a medium-sized box with picture frames that I will give away, and sorted the photos in three boxes of photo albums into decades so I can do further culling. It's now consolidated into 4 1/2 boxes.   It's going to take me months to get all these scanned in, but I'm proud of myself for finally starting. 
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Post by: Serendip on May 29, 2018, 12:29:22 PM
Good job @formerlydivorcedmom --weeding is so satisfying

Sitting in my highly disorganized art room/studio.
About to start a round of clearing out supplies and projects that don't have momentum or energy behind them.
Fresh starts...wish me luck!

Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: FireHiker on May 29, 2018, 12:33:19 PM
Our progress is so slow that it's ridiculous, but we did have another VVA pickup this morning, several bags and boxes gone. Slow progress is better than no progress!
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Post by: comicguy on May 29, 2018, 01:34:28 PM
Got rid of 2 big itmes:

1 lawnmower from the shed sold for 50

1 treadmill from the den sold for 100

The extra money is nice but the space both items created is actually even better!!
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Post by: shadesofgreen on May 29, 2018, 01:36:08 PM
I finally got the big stuff out of the house over the weekend! Than I managed to get some shredding done and am slowly going through things. A small but important step was just getting the big furniture gone. The house seems a bit lighter which I am enjoying.
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Post by: Mongoose on May 29, 2018, 03:24:19 PM
We managed to declutter by putting stuff away from a recent trip. Nothing actually left the house but it's still better to not have suitcases piled in the living room. I have misplaced the charger for my trimmer battery and it's causing me a lot of angst. I've looked in all the obvious places but it wasn't there. The downside of taking stuff off the random junk shelf and giving it a "home" is that I clearly don't remember where that home was. I still think we have way too much stuff but most of it that remains needs my DH to sort because it's electronic stuff I can't identify or things the kids are desperate to keep.
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Post by: happy on May 29, 2018, 04:37:44 PM
Another 4 large bags of clothing was donated this week. I've started shredding some old bank statements again - found some from 1997, but mostly 2006-7.
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Post by: Frugal Lizard on May 29, 2018, 08:30:50 PM
My niece and nephew and brother dropped in.  I gave them some really lovely little girl dresses that are size 2-6.  I really don't know why we still had them.  A whole bag left the house.
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Post by: midweststache on May 30, 2018, 08:07:11 AM
I convinced my husband to move an upright bookshelf from our living room to our bedroom.  We went through all of the books, and ended up getting rid of like 30 of them, as well as some decorations.  It's awesome.

Great job! I find book decluttering *SO HARD*. Especially now that I have a kid and I think, "But SOMEDAY..." I so desperately want to pass on my love of science fiction and sassy lady writers to him...
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on May 30, 2018, 09:55:08 AM
I convinced my husband to move an upright bookshelf from our living room to our bedroom.  We went through all of the books, and ended up getting rid of like 30 of them, as well as some decorations.  It's awesome.

Great job! I find book decluttering *SO HARD*. Especially now that I have a kid and I think, "But SOMEDAY..." I so desperately want to pass on my love of science fiction and sassy lady writers to him...

Yes!  I pulled about 3 dozen books off the shelves to give away...and my 10-year-old decided that she wants to try them all.  Turns out she really likes Agatha Christie.  So the books stay.
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Post by: firelight on May 30, 2018, 10:48:33 PM
Caught up on this thread and I'm restarting my decluttering journey. Attacked our junk drawer and scanned and threw away loads of paper. Have a bunch of todo to do now.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: mspym on May 31, 2018, 12:44:42 AM
Not so much decluttering as visual decluttering of my wardrobe- it's time to move all the summer clothes out of rotation and bring out the jerseys.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Mezzie on May 31, 2018, 06:54:25 PM
Went through boxes of old letters and photos and got rid of 75% of them.

I'm an avid pen pal and have been for thirty years, so there were a LOT of letters!
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Post by: RetiredAt63 on June 01, 2018, 05:59:38 AM
A car full of dog equipment went out (donated).  Two crates and a grooming table gone has freed up a lot of floor space.  If I get another dog (not in the plans any time soon) Kijiji will be my friend.

Also 2 big garbage bags (my usual garbage output is 1/2 of one regular bag).
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Post by: Sibley on June 01, 2018, 01:12:47 PM
Not so much decluttering as visual decluttering of my wardrobe- it's time to move all the summer clothes out of rotation and bring out the jerseys.

I know you're in a different hemisphere, but that just is weird to me. I just put away my winter clothes in favor of the summer ones.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: oneday on June 01, 2018, 02:36:02 PM
@firelight @Mezzie I've said it before, but paper is my bugaboo.  I'll try to take inspiration from the work you have done!

@RetiredAt63 quadrulpling your trash output is impressive!

This weekend I'll be Kondo'ing my clothes and will report back here.  I've already got a box full of stuff from when I re-packed the holiday box, so I'm hoping to double that to two boxes with the addition of the clothes.  AND get it taken to the donation place this weekend.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Mezzie on June 01, 2018, 09:40:18 PM
Filled four boxes of books from my clasroom to return to the bookroom. I'd been tasked with housing them. I'm now relinquishing that role.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: mspym on June 01, 2018, 11:47:48 PM
Not so much decluttering as visual decluttering of my wardrobe- it's time to move all the summer clothes out of rotation and bring out the jerseys.

I know you're in a different hemisphere, but that just is weird to me. I just put away my winter clothes in favor of the summer ones.

Everyone is *shivering* and *dying* in the brisk 17C weather this week, looking around for the sleeves no one has worn for 8 months.

In that spirit, I gave a friend some Uggs our son had outgrown so her feet will be warm, and dropped off some winter coats at the Vinnies. Someone will find them useful.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on June 02, 2018, 02:43:51 AM
This morning I went to a flea market. Lots of people there at 9 in the morning on a Saturday. I went looking for some specific books that I have borrowed from the library, but that I like to keep and make notes in. I didn't find them. I stood there with a classic cookbook in my hands and had almost thought of buying it. But then I remembered that I recently removed 50% of my cookbooks and that I should fill up the shelf with new ones.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Mezzie on June 03, 2018, 06:06:14 PM
The garage is pristine, practically EMPTY, and organized!

I got rid of some very old stuffed animals.

I cleaned out the pantry and organized shelves.

I cleaned out the refrigrrator.

I did order something... there are some small treasures I plan to keep, but they're hidden away in an ugly box. I bought a beautiful 10" x 6" vintage wooden hinged box that will itself be beautiful while holding beautiful things. :)
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Post by: oneday on June 03, 2018, 07:52:14 PM
Well done, Mezzie!  You are really on a roll!

This weekend I'll be Kondo'ing my clothes and will report back here.  I've already got a box full of stuff from when I re-packed the holiday box, so I'm hoping to double that to two boxes with the addition of the clothes.  AND get it taken to the donation place this weekend.

It's done.  I was surprised at the amount of items I am getting rid of*, as wardrobe is one place where I feel I have always done a good job of culling constantly.  And I'm sure I won't miss most if not all of those things, since they were sometimes a burden to wear.


*6 pants & 18 tops, plus various accessories - definitely another box full, but in a bag because I'm out of boxes!
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Post by: mspym on June 03, 2018, 09:34:32 PM
I went through my bathroom and threw out 90% of my makeup, much of which was decades old. Why was I keeping hold of lipsticks from university? And these were the ones that survived regular purges and multiple shifts, including moving country. I don't wear make-up. I can let go of it.
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Post by: Serendip on June 03, 2018, 09:40:17 PM
I went through my bathroom and threw out 90% of my makeup, much of which was decades old. Why was I keeping hold of lipsticks from university? And these were the ones that survived regular purges and multiple shifts, including moving country. I don't wear make-up. I can let go of it.


Good job--I love getting rid of old cosmetics, or using up cream/shampoo/soap, etc. That stuff seems to hang on MUCH longer than necessary.

Moved out another bag of odds & ends including gloves which no one ever wore/brand new, a few sweaters that made me feel like an old man (I am neither old nor a man) and a few boring books that I honestly did not want to read
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Post by: Linea_Norway on June 04, 2018, 04:17:06 AM
I just decluttered my private files on my job PC. Electronic decluttering is also a good thing to do once in a while.

At home, I have recently required som stuff in the form of paper sheets, which I have piled on the dining table. One is a pile of recipes. I should look which of them I want to keep and put them into one of my cookbooks.
The other is a pile of documents that I printed for a recent public meeting. I just need to scan the 1-2 documents that I need to keep and post them on dropbox. Rest should be in the bin. Maybe they can all go to the bin?
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on June 04, 2018, 04:22:56 AM
I found more junk around my house. More sneaky places stuff has been stashed for years. So, I ran across some video's (movies), some were even in the plastic and never watched. I don't even remember buying these movies! A few yes, the rest no!

I looked up some on ebay and the pricing is all over the place. From $1.99 to $12.99. It could take me a year to sell them and make a whopping $12 for all of them!

Does anyone know of an organization that would like DVD movies? Like senior centers, nursing homes or ??? Or sending them to Veterans in the military?

Maybe I will just donate them to Vietnam Veterans.
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Post by: Nederstash on June 04, 2018, 10:59:28 AM
Came across this, had a good laugh when I remembered that this is no longer me!
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Post by: SunnyDays on June 04, 2018, 04:43:18 PM
@mspym, thanks for the chuckle re shivering at +17!  That's tank top weather where I live, maybe even bikini weather if you're out of the wind!  Shivering doesn't kick in until about 0 degrees.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on June 05, 2018, 02:00:40 AM
Earlier I sold my racing bicycle. Now DH has sold or given away some cycle parts that we meant to help lifting up the triathlon arm rests on that bike. Nice that he is also in the modus for getting rid of stuff we don't need.
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Post by: Mezzie on June 05, 2018, 05:50:05 PM
We're going to host a backyard barbecue and board games in the garage to celebrate our newly roomy space. :)
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on June 05, 2018, 08:06:32 PM
At this time of the year, my number one goal is to not let new clutter into the house. The kids are coming home with bags of school supplies (half used), art projects, homework assignments, etc. Must stay on top of the influx, and later I can worry about decluttering beyond that.
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Post by: Serendip on June 07, 2018, 11:03:24 AM
We filled a bag with books that don't need to be read again & some clothing that I never wear, mainly non-natural fabrics which I shy away from.
Really enjoying the de-cluttering energy happening in the house right now..

I have another box waiting to be filled: recognizing that I currently enjoy space more than stuff
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Post by: plainjane on June 07, 2018, 11:52:51 AM
Question - bras. I have a number of lightly worn bras from 20 lbs ago. Is there a good place to donate them? Or are they just landfill?

I understand there are good reasons to say no underwear unless it is brand new. But bras are pricey. But used. It isn't like I think people should be grateful, I just don't want them thrown out if they could be useful. IDK.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on June 07, 2018, 12:25:53 PM
Question - bras. I have a number of lightly worn bras from 20 lbs ago. Is there a good place to donate them? Or are they just landfill?

I understand there are good reasons to say no underwear unless it is brand new. But bras are pricey. But used. It isn't like I think people should be grateful, I just don't want them thrown out if they could be useful. IDK.

I think bras are different from undies. Not so much different from a tight sitting t-shirt.

And even then, there is a market for used underwear. Some (weird) men love to buy used women's underwear.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on June 07, 2018, 12:52:12 PM




And even then, there is a market for used underwear. Some (weird) men love to buy used women's underwear.
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EWWWWW!!!!!!!!! JUST EWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!
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Post by: SunnyDays on June 07, 2018, 01:36:01 PM
Good Will/Value Village and such will accept used bras.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on June 07, 2018, 01:54:25 PM




And even then, there is a market for used underwear. Some (weird) men love to buy used women's underwear.

EWWWWW!!!!!!!!! JUST EWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!
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I couldn't agree more.

I haven't sent anything to our local weirdo, although he was interested in a body I sold. I ended up giving it away for free in a charity box.
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Post by: Plina on June 07, 2018, 02:17:47 PM
Question - bras. I have a number of lightly worn bras from 20 lbs ago. Is there a good place to donate them? Or are they just landfill?

I understand there are good reasons to say no underwear unless it is brand new. But bras are pricey. But used. It isn't like I think people should be grateful, I just don't want them thrown out if they could be useful. IDK.

I read somewhere that charities for homeless was looking for bras and underwear. I have also bras that are getting to big when I loose weight. Really annoying due to the price tag. The good part is that I have some smaller sizes that are basically new.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on June 07, 2018, 05:26:40 PM
At this time of the year, my number one goal is to not let new clutter into the house. The kids are coming home with bags of school supplies (half used), art projects, homework assignments, etc. Must stay on top of the influx, and later I can worry about decluttering beyond that.

Recycled a tremendous amount of paper, tossed broken pencils & supplies, saved what I could & washed all of the backpacks. Woohoo! I think I've now gone through all of the end of school influx of "things"
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Post by: Linea_Norway on June 08, 2018, 01:47:28 AM
Recycled a tremendous amount of paper, tossed broken pencils & supplies, saved what I could & washed all of the backpacks. Woohoo! I think I've now gone through all of the end of school influx of "things"

I once put a backpack in the washing machine. That was the end of the backpack. The coasting it had that kept the pack in shape and had some water resistance, came off piece by piece. The backpack ended up shapeless.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on June 08, 2018, 08:36:49 AM
Recycled a tremendous amount of paper, tossed broken pencils & supplies, saved what I could & washed all of the backpacks. Woohoo! I think I've now gone through all of the end of school influx of "things"

I once put a backpack in the washing machine. That was the end of the backpack. The coasting it had that kept the pack in shape and had some water resistance, came off piece by piece. The backpack ended up shapeless.

I've washed ours pretty regularly. They hold up well. I have an old Jansport (I think it was my college back pack) & inside, the plastic coating is definitely coming off from the wash.
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Post by: zygote on June 08, 2018, 09:04:43 AM
Last night I spent over an hour cleaning out the black hole between the couch and the wall. It's where we store pillows and blankets we use on the couch, and I knew there were some I wanted to get rid of. However, it's my wife's side of the couch and a bunch of her stuff had fallen over and the whole thing was a mess. Full of pages she had saved from magazines, old (clean) napkins and plastic cutlery, general knick knacks. I've been avoiding it because I don't want to mess with her stuff. But I wanted to deal with my pillows and blankets, and frankly it was out of control. I threw away everything that was trash and put everything that was hers into a pile. I was planning to just consolidate it and leave it alone, but she ended up sorting through the pile and throwing away some of it. We got rid of three small plastic bags worth of junk and four pillows (for goodwill). We also found her favorite sunglasses and lighter that had been missing for months!

I still haven't put everything back, but it already feels so much better. I'll finally be able to reach my blankets again!
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Post by: Sibley on June 08, 2018, 12:27:46 PM
Recycled a tremendous amount of paper, tossed broken pencils & supplies, saved what I could & washed all of the backpacks. Woohoo! I think I've now gone through all of the end of school influx of "things"

I once put a backpack in the washing machine. That was the end of the backpack. The coasting it had that kept the pack in shape and had some water resistance, came off piece by piece. The backpack ended up shapeless.

I've washed ours pretty regularly. They hold up well. I have an old Jansport (I think it was my college back pack) & inside, the plastic coating is definitely coming off from the wash.

Really depends on the backpack. Some have been destroyed in the washer, some have come through just fine.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on June 09, 2018, 03:32:37 PM
-Went through all of the closets (mine + the kids). My husband's. . . well, that's another story. For my closet, it's already pretty trimmed back, but found a bunch of stuff in the kids closets to donate
-Finally spent the time to gather all of the kids Pokemon cards & accessories, package them up & listed them for sale
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Post by: Rustychase on June 09, 2018, 06:31:08 PM
My family are all hoarders. Borderline worthy for that tv show about extreme hoarders. There is an entire single wide on my dad's property filled up with stuff. I'm moving back to the states and wanted to go through what I have stored in there. I have pridefully claimed a WHOLE room. Aha, it's mostly old Barbies and her accessories, Polly Pockets, and tons of stuffed animals.

Does anyone have suggestions for donating these? I'm not keen on taking them to Good Will, I was thinking maybe churches or hospitals?
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on June 09, 2018, 08:11:56 PM
My family are all hoarders. Borderline worthy for that tv show about extreme hoarders. There is an entire single wide on my dad's property filled up with stuff. I'm moving back to the states and wanted to go through what I have stored in there. I have pridefully claimed a WHOLE room. Aha, it's mostly old Barbies and her accessories, Polly Pockets, and tons of stuffed animals.

Does anyone have suggestions for donating these? I'm not keen on taking them to Good Will, I was thinking maybe churches or hospitals?

Do you think there's anything of value in there? Maybe a flat fee estate sale, if any of the items could be worth money. If not, and they are inexpensive toys, I vote for a local kid friendly charity
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Post by: Rustychase on June 09, 2018, 08:18:56 PM
My family are all hoarders. Borderline worthy for that tv show about extreme hoarders. There is an entire single wide on my dad's property filled up with stuff. I'm moving back to the states and wanted to go through what I have stored in there. I have pridefully claimed a WHOLE room. Aha, it's mostly old Barbies and her accessories, Polly Pockets, and tons of stuffed animals.

Does anyone have suggestions for donating these? I'm not keen on taking them to Good Will, I was thinking maybe churches or hospitals?

Do you think there's anything of value in there? Maybe a flat fee estate sale, if any of the items could be worth money. If not, and they are inexpensive toys, I vote for a local kid friendly charity

Maybe one or two New Year's Barbie's, but I wouldn't say anything has real value. Probably will look up some stuff just to see, but I would classify most things as trinkets.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on June 10, 2018, 12:03:52 PM
I finally emptied some pots with earth and wine rwigs that didn't start growing. I put it all in the cellar, out of sight.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on June 10, 2018, 12:26:36 PM
I just had Vietnam Vets come about two weeks ago to pick up about 15 giant garbage bags of stuff. I now have 3 grocery bags full of stuff. I also have two small entertainment cabinets I would like to get rid of. I also have some vases that I don't use and don't want. They were gifts and more clutter. I know I can come up with another mother load for VV for the next pick up. Seriously cannot believe how two people have accumulated so much stuff! Don't even get me started on the Hubs tools and things! He has two John Deere lawn mowing tractors. They are not the ones you get at Home Depot. They are more industrial so bigger. Then there is the snow blower, Sooooo much stuff in the garage we cannot park our two cars in there! OMG!

Two people that never had children, built a house in 1975 and never moved. Kept accumulating and accumulating for 43 years! We have rented dumpsters, gigantic ones and cleaned out many times! But the house is still FULL! Gotta keep pecking at it!
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Post by: Sibley on June 10, 2018, 01:09:26 PM
I just had Vietnam Vets come about two weeks ago to pick up about 15 giant garbage bags of stuff. I now have 3 grocery bags full of stuff. I also have two small entertainment cabinets I would like to get rid of. I also have some vases that I don't use and don't want. They were gifts and more clutter. I know I can come up with another mother load for VV for the next pick up. Seriously cannot believe how two people have accumulated so much stuff! Don't even get me started on the Hubs tools and things! He has two John Deere lawn mowing tractors. They are not the ones you get at Home Depot. They are more industrial so bigger. Then there is the snow blower, Sooooo much stuff in the garage we cannot park our two cars in there! OMG!

Two people that never had children, built a house in 1975 and never moved. Kept accumulating and accumulating for 43 years! We have rented dumpsters, gigantic ones and cleaned out many times! But the house is still FULL! Gotta keep pecking at it!

One option: move everything out that you WANT. Then hold a massive estate sale on the rest. Once cleared out, move back in. If nothing else, you'll be able to clean the floors and do all your painting pretty easily while the house is empty. Make sure you do ceilings and closets too, everyone forgets those and it makes a huge difference. :)
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Post by: oneday on June 10, 2018, 11:34:02 PM
Not a lot of getting rid of this week.  But while looking through boxes for the aloe vera (hello, sunburn), I found the cover to the fire alarm...from my prior home!  Why the heck did I take that?  It's useless without the insides of the alarm.  Straight into the trash it went!
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Post by: mspym on June 11, 2018, 12:09:07 AM
4 books and 30 comic books into the free library, and a whole bunch of plastic hangers removed from my newly decluttered closet. I also realised exactly how many pens I have absentmindedly taken home from work so that's about to be rebalanced.

Steps towards future progress- made a list of the books sitting unread on the shelf behind my bed [there are 20!] and I'm going to start working my way through them. Get them off the mental backlog.
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Post by: Sibley on June 11, 2018, 12:46:32 PM
Added another random thing to the get-out-of-my-house box. The box is getting full enough that I could/should take it all to the thrift. Will get around to it, it's not in the way.

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Does anyone know a reasonable estate sale company in the Detroit, MI area? There will be a house with lots of stuff to dispose of, sooner rather than later.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on June 12, 2018, 03:12:23 PM
Great work everyone.

It was a public holiday weekend here so used my ‘bonus’ day off to do a little bit of decluttering and maintenance around the house.

First I cleaned out the kitchen utensils and convinced SO to get rid of duplicates (how does a coffee loving household accumulate 4 tea strainers?) and a few useless things such as pasta servers that are almost impossible to pick up anything with. I oiled the wooden utensil handles, then moved on to oiling the wooden chopping boards/cheese board. Reviewing the chopping boards I noticed that with the new ones we were given for our wedding last year we have more than enough for any chopping board related emergency that might befall us, so the two grotty plastic ones were chucked.

It was so satisfying oiling and buffing those boards that I decided I would clean all of our leather as well. While doing that I went through the shoe cleaning supplies and tossed a bunch of old dry polish that SO must have brought with him when we combined households. We still have 5 (five !?$!) shoe brushes but holding off on tossing any while I think about how many we actually need (at least two for coloured/clear polish?) and whether we can repurpose them without sending to landfill (drubbing brush?)

Next step - go through the groceries that houseguests have left with us and donate the ones we won’t use to the local food pantry.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Sciurus mustachius on June 13, 2018, 10:20:42 PM
I didn't see this mentioned so I wanted to add a great resource I've been using:

Zappo's For Good (https://www.zappos.com/about/zapposforgood/give) pays shipping for donations; just print as many pre-paid UPS labels as you need. They take:

Shoes (this is the Soles for Souls program, which they're supporting by doing all the shipping)
Clothes
School supplies
School books

They sort and send to developing countries, for donations to schools but also and to people to start their own stores, to sell used clothing and shoes. Win-win!
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Poundwise on June 14, 2018, 04:14:06 AM
Not a lot of getting rid of this week.  But while looking through boxes for the aloe vera (hello, sunburn), I found the cover to the fire alarm...from my prior home!  Why the heck did I take that?  It's useless without the insides of the alarm.  Straight into the trash it went!

Ha!  That's the kind of thing I do too. I recently found a ziplock bag containing a bit of trim that fell off the kitchen cabinets in our old apartment. 

I made the mistake of helping clean up after the church tag sale, so I ended up with a lot of random stuff that was headed for the landfill.  I took photos, so the next step is to post them on Nextdoor for free where they will get snapped up.

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Post by: Rustychase on June 14, 2018, 09:20:37 PM
I'm in the middle of moving stuff from storage to my house, hasn't consisted of much cleaning out just yet, BUT I did go through two closets worth of stuff. I donated an encyclopedia set from the 80s :O, got rid of some ugly blankets that I wouldn't use, old comforter sets (there were literally 5), puzzles and puzzles and more puzzles, some airplane kits, and gave a few boxes of stuff that was my dad's back to him, muahaha.

Tomorrow I'm going to start going through things and sorting into trash, donate, sell, and move piles. Hopefully I'll be done by the end of the weekend!
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: firelight on June 15, 2018, 07:55:29 AM
Got a huge pile of clothing out the door. Also went through baby clothes and selected a pile for donation. Even though I want to do a full round of km, I think we have so much excess that I need to first get rid of obvious excess before jumping into km.

And kids clothes and toys multiply!!! Both my kids now have a full drawer in our dresser (not including their fancy clothes) and wear one fifth of it for various reasons. I need a better way to rotate their clothes. Any ideas?
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Post by: oneday on June 15, 2018, 08:14:12 AM
@Poundwise its strangely comforting to know I'm not alone in those WTF did I keep this moments.

Tossed a pair of shoes that were hurting my feet, plus unpacked another box from the move. Nothing obvious to toss, but found a thing that belongs to my ex, so should be able to get that to him this weekend.

I took Monday off work and will do phase 2 of KonMari: books.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Sibley on June 15, 2018, 01:09:57 PM
Got a huge pile of clothing out the door. Also went through baby clothes and selected a pile for donation. Even though I want to do a full round of km, I think we have so much excess that I need to first get rid of obvious excess before jumping into km.

And kids clothes and toys multiply!!! Both my kids now have a full drawer in our dresser (not including their fancy clothes) and wear one fifth of it for various reasons. I need a better way to rotate their clothes. Any ideas?

Firelight, if they're only wearing 1/5 of the clothes, then they have too many clothes. Purge.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on June 15, 2018, 06:18:43 PM
@firelight are many of the clothes too big and you are waiting for them to grow into them?

You could store them separately as long as you are sure you will remember to get them out when it’s time. That will make your day to day choosing and putting away clothes so much easier.

Too small/worn but hanging onto them for memories? Purge. Don’t fall into the trap of hanging on to too many worn and torn clothes for messy activities either - for most people one or two outfits will do, and other clothes will continue to wear out and fill the gaps if you realise you’ve chucked too many.

Clothes for specific activities such as art or sport? Be realistic about how often they are using them, keep a realistic amount (few people need more than 2 swimsuits, even if all of them are in great condition), consider storing with the other supplies for that activity.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: firelight on June 15, 2018, 07:40:15 PM
These are right sized clothes for daily use (day and night) but due to the system I have (in a drawer front to back with laundered items going in the front), they end up wearing mostly the clothes that are in the front. My husband dresses them every day and he just picks from the front all the time despite me saying to pick from everywhere. Also I sometimes try and put the laundered clothes at the back in an effort to push other clothes to front but forget it most of the time. Is there a better way to do it?

How many outfits do your kids have for daily use?
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: oneday on June 16, 2018, 10:02:05 AM
These are right sized clothes for daily use (day and night) but due to the system I have (in a drawer front to back with laundered items going in the front), they end up wearing mostly the clothes that are in the front. My husband dresses them every day and he just picks from the front all the time despite me saying to pick from everywhere. Also I sometimes try and put the laundered clothes at the back in an effort to push other clothes to front but forget it most of the time. Is there a better way to do it?

How many outfits do your kids have for daily use?

Maybe if you got rid of a *few* of the clothes, it'd be easier for you to put clean clothes at the back?  Cuz you know your husband isn't going to change his ways.

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Followed the one-in-one-out rule.  Bought a pair of shoes to wear indoors on doctor's orders and tossed out my slippers.  They needed to go anyway, they were pretty grungy.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 16, 2018, 10:13:37 AM
Late to the convo, but re: bras. When I bought them, I bought them at the thrift. I also bought underwear there. And bathing suits. And slacks that the previous owner may or may not have worn undies with. Please donate everything! I'm very, very fussy about a lot of things -kitchen hygiene, sex safety, etc- and buy these second-hand because it makes the exact same sense as buying slacks there. Washed, they're clean.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Sibley on June 16, 2018, 01:38:30 PM
These are right sized clothes for daily use (day and night) but due to the system I have (in a drawer front to back with laundered items going in the front), they end up wearing mostly the clothes that are in the front. My husband dresses them every day and he just picks from the front all the time despite me saying to pick from everywhere. Also I sometimes try and put the laundered clothes at the back in an effort to push other clothes to front but forget it most of the time. Is there a better way to do it?

How many outfits do your kids have for daily use?

Firelight, the kids simply have too many clothes. If you do laundry once a week, then they should have enough clothing for a week + 2-3 days. Otherwise, if your husband is going to dress the kids and only pulls from the front, then YOU have to create the rotation by putting freshly laundered clothing at the back. But realistically, just too much clothing.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: better late on June 16, 2018, 03:30:30 PM
I didn't see this mentioned so I wanted to add a great resource I've been using:

Zappo's For Good (https://www.zappos.com/about/zapposforgood/give) pays shipping for donations; just print as many pre-paid UPS labels as you need. They take:

Shoes (this is the Soles for Souls program, which they're supporting by doing all the shipping)
Clothes
School supplies
School books

They sort and send to developing countries, for donations to schools but also and to people to start their own stores, to sell used clothing and shoes. Win-win!

Thank you for posting this. I have a few very nice, unworn, items from very recent season that I've had a mental block about giving away... But I got excited to give them to this charity.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on June 16, 2018, 04:10:19 PM
Do you find it difficult getting rid of things people have given to you?

For example, I was recently given super cheap bath supplies as a present. I already have tons of bath products and I don't really want it. Yet, the frugal in me wants to keep it, but the thing is that I have sensitive skin and can't use products full of dyes and chemicals.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Fresh Bread on June 16, 2018, 11:29:38 PM
Do you find it difficult getting rid of things people have given to you?

For example, I was recently given super cheap bath supplies as a present. I already have tons of bath products and I don't really want it. Yet, the frugal in me wants to keep it, but the thing is that I have sensitive skin and can't use products full of dyes and chemicals.

If you can't really use them then maybe pass them to a women's refuge or similar? I am debating a decorative thingo I was given about 10 years ago that I really liked at the time, but I've just sort of gone off... I don't really know why I've gone off it, so I might hang on to it another 6 months in case I change my mind! It's kind of awkward because I did really like it and I don't want my friend to think I was fibbing.

I am having an awesome decluttering session today. It was the best kind because I'm only dealing with surfaces, so I'll really see the difference. We've got small building works happening inside this week and there might be dust, hence the surface clearing. I've got rid of two things on FB, chucked a few, and found cupboard space for others.

We also went through a stack of magazines and papers that I'd asked hubby to do months ago (mainly his) and it's pretty much gone save some filing. It had been bugging me so long so it feels v good now.

I've just got to keep the energy up for a couple more hours!
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Post by: Mezzie on June 17, 2018, 02:11:20 PM
Do you find it difficult getting rid of things people have given to you?

For example, I was recently given super cheap bath supplies as a present. I already have tons of bath products and I don't really want it. Yet, the frugal in me wants to keep it, but the thing is that I have sensitive skin and can't use products full of dyes and chemicals.

I used to. This is one area where Marie Kondo helped me a lot. When I feel loved when someone gives me a gift, the gift has served its purpose. I feel no guilt passing the gift along to someone who is more likely to use or appreciate the physical gift itself. It's incredibly freeing.
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Post by: chasingthegoodlife on June 17, 2018, 02:35:18 PM
Do you find it difficult getting rid of things people have given to you?

For example, I was recently given super cheap bath supplies as a present. I already have tons of bath products and I don't really want it. Yet, the frugal in me wants to keep it, but the thing is that I have sensitive skin and can't use products full of dyes and chemicals.

I used to. This is one area where Marie Kondo helped me a lot. When I feel loved when someone gives me a gift, the gift has served its purpose. I feel no guilt passing the gift along to someone who is more likely to use or appreciate the physical gift itself. It's incredibly freeing.

This was one of my favourite take aways from Marie Kondo’s book too.

Most of the time people will never know if you’ve used their gift - a heartfelt thank you from you is what will bring them joy. If it is something like jewellery I try to wear it once or twice and send a photo of me enjoying the gift, if it is still not my style I will donate.

Keeping something you will never use is not frugal. It saves you no money sitting in a closet.

For things like bath products I like to donate to organisations putting together Christmas hampers, packages for newly arrived refugees etc. People without any money for luxuries would really appreciate them.

Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: oneday on June 17, 2018, 10:26:43 PM
Got the one item I found to Mr. X today, plus a few more things I found in the meantime.

Didn't wait for Monday to Kondo my books.  I got rid of 23* and kept 48.  They would have all fit in my bookshelf, but I'm happier having only books that bring joy.

Actually got the Kondo'd clothes (1 box) and books (1/2 box) plus another 1 1/2 boxes down to the thrift shop today too.  I took @jooniFLORisploo's tip and called them...they were happy to have the out of season holiday items, whew.

Threw away a space bag that made the linens stored in it smell funny.

Identified 4 pieces of furniture that will go out shortly...2 into the trash, but tomorrow is trash day and all the dumpstsers are overflowing already.  Mr. X was vacillating on whether to take one of the others, so I will press him to decide soon.

*3 being the hardbound set of all the Calvin & Hobbes strips which I bought for myself as a luxury in 2005 when they first came out...passed them to a relative who will save them for her son Calvin when he's old enough.  That makes us both happy! :D
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Post by: MrsDinero on June 18, 2018, 07:59:50 AM
I've been carrying around about 4 trash bags full of donated items in the car.  This weekend I finally dropped them off at the thrift shop.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 18, 2018, 10:49:54 AM
...they were happy to have the out of season holiday items, whew.

Wonderful!!! :)

You're making heaps of progress!!!! Well done, oneday.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Bird In Hand on June 18, 2018, 02:32:56 PM
I had to go back ~1 year to the original 'Clearing out clutter!' thread to find where I left off.  It was a good reminder of how much junk we got rid of last year.  But I feel like all we did was grab the low-hanging fruit.  Looking around the house now, I feel like we're just about back where we were a year ago.  One more year of more junk coming in, and not enough junk going out.  Time to start it all over again.  :(
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: RetiredAt63 on June 18, 2018, 05:14:16 PM
I had to go back ~1 year to the original 'Clearing out clutter!' thread to find where I left off.  It was a good reminder of how much junk we got rid of last year.  But I feel like all we did was grab the low-hanging fruit.  Looking around the house now, I feel like we're just about back where we were a year ago.  One more year of more junk coming in, and not enough junk going out.  Time to start it all over again.  :(

Didn't you know?  It breeds while your back is turned.  Like wire clothes hangers.
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Post by: mspym on June 18, 2018, 07:09:30 PM
It is amazing how often I keep looking at the same wardrobe/bookshelves and get rid of More Things.
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Post by: oneday on June 18, 2018, 07:28:02 PM
@jooniFLORisploo thanks!  For some reason I was going around & around in my own head about the holiday items.  I was stuck.  Your comment unstuck me.

@Bird In Hand @RetiredAt63 @mspym : as much as I am decluttering, I am also bringing in a bunch of stuff too. Between buying for need (shower curtain, trash can) and well-meaning people trying to give me furniture, the influx is mammoth.  I'm doing my best to keep it under control with tools like one-in-one-out and looking for alternates to buying (borrowing, making do, etc), and refusing stuff I plainly don't need.  But it's hard!  Just keep plugging away, I guess.

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I did trash the 2 furniture things and I think the third thing (loveseat) I'll have to trash too, as I didn't realize how much the cat has shredded it.

I'll press Mr. X for a decision on the 4th thing tomorrow when he comes over for other business.

Keeping the momentum going!
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Post by: mspym on June 18, 2018, 08:44:43 PM
My battle at the moment is not letting Ofpym derail my progress- he keeps saying "oh I'll read that" when I create a book pile. MY DUDE YOU WON'T BECAUSE YOU HAVEN'T IN THE LAST SIX YEARS.
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Post by: Fresh Bread on June 18, 2018, 08:57:18 PM
My battle at the moment is not letting Ofpym derail my progress- he keeps saying "oh I'll read that" when I create a book pile. MY DUDE YOU WON'T BECAUSE YOU HAVEN'T IN THE LAST SIX YEARS.

My hubby does the exact same thing. He has read about 4 books in the last five years and all except one of those were biography type books related to his hobby in the last few yrs. He doesn't even read articles he's saved. Maybe in retirement... :/ 
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Post by: mspym on June 18, 2018, 09:26:23 PM
My battle at the moment is not letting Ofpym derail my progress- he keeps saying "oh I'll read that" when I create a book pile. MY DUDE YOU WON'T BECAUSE YOU HAVEN'T IN THE LAST SIX YEARS.

My hubby does the exact same thing. He has read about 4 books in the last five years and all except one of those were biography type books related to his hobby in the last few yrs. He doesn't even read articles he's saved. Maybe in retirement... :/

I am legit sneaking my books out of the house to stop this happening. I don't touch his books, many of which we have moved multiple houses without opening [but WHATIF HE NEEDS TO BUILD HIS OWN ELECTRIC BASS and we got rid of the book?!? CHECKMATE!] but just stopping him vetoing my right to get rid of my own books.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: firelight on June 18, 2018, 10:03:59 PM
Spent the day reorganizing my kitchen and pantry and now we have a lot more empty space (top corner cabinets at a weird angle anyone?) that I'm not sure what to do with. But the space is nice and the rearranging of the kitchen makes it more efficient. Also decluttered kids clothes and linen closet. Next on list are the bathrooms and toys.

I have a bunch of stuff to give away on but nothing group and work list. Hope they get picked up soon.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on June 19, 2018, 12:29:51 AM
What to do when your mother wants to give you a book as a birthday present. I could pick one myself up to 50 euro.
I bought a book I wanted to have, a subject matter book that I can use for lookup things. But it was a lot cheaper. I couldn't find a relevant other book. Then I fell for the temptation of buying 3 pockets for little money. All 4 books together 50 euros. I will read the pockets, let DH read them and bring them to the give-away-bookshelf in the grocery store. They do need need to be moved to our next house.
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Post by: oneday on June 19, 2018, 11:01:46 AM
My battle at the moment is not letting Ofpym derail my progress- he keeps saying "oh I'll read that" when I create a book pile. MY DUDE YOU WON'T BECAUSE YOU HAVEN'T IN THE LAST SIX YEARS.

My hubby does the exact same thing. He has read about 4 books in the last five years and all except one of those were biography type books related to his hobby in the last few yrs. He doesn't even read articles he's saved. Maybe in retirement... :/

I am legit sneaking my books out of the house to stop this happening. I don't touch his books, many of which we have moved multiple houses without opening [but WHATIF HE NEEDS TO BUILD HIS OWN ELECTRIC BASS and we got rid of the book?!? CHECKMATE!] but just stopping him vetoing my right to get rid of my own books.

@mspym @Fresh Bread I feel you!  Mr. X tried to do something like this with an exercise ball *I* bought, then abandoned.  He never used it either.  My mistake was asking him if he would ever use it.   I snuck it out when he was on vacation & he never noticed!

Spent the day reorganizing my kitchen and pantry and now we have a lot more empty space (top corner cabinets at a weird angle anyone?) that I'm not sure what to do with.

Leave it empty :)  Sounds like it might be hard to get to, anyway.
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Post by: Nederstash on June 19, 2018, 11:42:26 AM
What to do when your mother wants to give you a book as a birthday present. I could pick one myself up to 50 euro.
I bought a book I wanted to have, a subject matter book that I can use for lookup things. But it was a lot cheaper. I couldn't find a relevant other book. Then I fell for the temptation of buying 3 pockets for little money. All 4 books together 50 euros. I will read the pockets, let DH read them and bring them to the give-away-bookshelf in the grocery store. They do need need to be moved to our next house.

You're Dutch (speaking), right? This book is pretty special, you give it to your Mom to fill out and then she gives it back to you. There are similar books for fathers/grandparents. It'll be a book you'll keep forever!
https://www.bol.com/nl/p/vertel-eens-mam-vertel-eens/9200000040710112/
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Post by: Bird In Hand on June 19, 2018, 11:50:54 AM
I'm sure this idea has come up earlier in the thread or in the predecessor.  But we're going to give the kids each a cardboard box and pay them $5 (or $10, I don't know yet) to fill it up with old toys to donate.  I wish someone would make me the same offer to get rid of some of my unused items!  :D
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Post by: Linea_Norway on June 19, 2018, 12:35:25 PM
What to do when your mother wants to give you a book as a birthday present. I could pick one myself up to 50 euro.
I bought a book I wanted to have, a subject matter book that I can use for lookup things. But it was a lot cheaper. I couldn't find a relevant other book. Then I fell for the temptation of buying 3 pockets for little money. All 4 books together 50 euros. I will read the pockets, let DH read them and bring them to the give-away-bookshelf in the grocery store. They do need need to be moved to our next house.

You're Dutch (speaking), right? This book is pretty special, you give it to your Mom to fill out and then she gives it back to you. There are similar books for fathers/grandparents. It'll be a book you'll keep forever!
https://www.bol.com/nl/p/vertel-eens-mam-vertel-eens/9200000040710112/

Yes, I am Dutch. Interesting concept. My mother also has her birthday soon. I'll consider this book.
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Post by: oneday on June 19, 2018, 11:25:46 PM
I'll press Mr. X for a decision on the 4th thing tomorrow when he comes over for other business.

Mr. X is a slippery one and did not give me an answer.  So I'm not free to try to re-home the item!  I'm giving him an ultimatum on Friday, as I won't have time to follow through before that anyway.

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Decided on a 5th item that needs to go, but can't go right away.  First I'll offer it back to the family member who gave it to me, but if they won't take it, it is trash.  Maybe I should just toss it?  It's a bookcase made from pine planks, quite ugly but functional, however subsequent modifications to add shelves are unsafe & should be removed.  No, the relative who gave it to me will notice if it's not in my house.  Although I did clarify it wasn't a loan, it was a gift...but I only got it a month ago...

Someone please tell me what to do!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 19, 2018, 11:53:10 PM
Yes, tell the relative you've appreciated it but can't use it in your new home, do they want it back? Because otherwise you'll be donating it. Definitely donate vs trash :)
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Post by: Mezzie on June 20, 2018, 01:07:33 PM
I've been pretty good about dealing with incoming paper clutter. It's not perfect yet, but I'm getting better!
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Post by: oneday on June 20, 2018, 07:30:19 PM
Yes, tell the relative you've appreciated it but can't use it in your new home, do they want it back? Because otherwise you'll be donating it. Definitely donate vs trash :)

You're right.  I have to.  I don't want to insult them, but it would be worse if I just donated it & they noticed.  Text sent!

ETA: Yes, I'll donate it, but first I'll take off the sharp/dangerous bits.
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Post by: WootWoot on June 22, 2018, 08:15:30 AM
I've got some bags of clothing and art supplies to go to the Salvation Army. I decided it was time to get rid of clothing I didn't really love. I'm not gonna go so far as saying "they didn't spark joy" but I did have a few items that I never liked much, so why keep them?
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: oneday on June 22, 2018, 06:46:21 PM
The relative wanted the bookcase back.  I'm glad I didn't act to hastily!

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I recycled two boxes today!  It's sort of cheating.  I only put away a few things, then rearranged the contents of the remaining boxes.  Still, I am reclaiming the air space from inside several partially empty boxes!  And the living room is almost clear of boxes. Only the paper boxes and the donate box (which I don't count because it's on the way out soon-ish).

I'm pulling out all papers I find for the next phase of KonMari.  This weekend!  I'm anxious about this.

I'm also piling up all photographs.  That pile is getting impressively large (3 1/2 boxes at this time).  These are all family of origin photos + married to Mr. X photos (1975-1997).  Few are in albums.  I was pleased to note when I packed the photos originally how much of them are organized chronologically.  That has always been the biggest mental hurdle for me.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 22, 2018, 07:04:26 PM
Oooooooh, I will be so inspired by ANY movement you manage to make with papers. It's totally my sticky point (though I'm down to two banker boxes of it). Please post as much detail as you're willing!

When I was doing Morning Pages this week (which I shred the same day I write them!), they assured me I could now go through a layer of old work stuff. Whew. My life feels so new and different now, and it seems like this can maybe happen now!

Other stuff my Morning Pages said can go now:
*electric toothbrush -man, those work well! but I've come to hate the noise so I don't use it
*books and manuals from early learning in two subjects this past year -I've genuinely graduated from them
*many pages from two binders
*my giant vision board (still current, but will just take a pic)
*all the other oversized papery things in the Oversized Paper Folder
*lots of electronic files
*shame about being hyperkeen on accuracy
*several tags, boxes, etc, from stuff purchased since moving here that I'm for sure keeping because the things are awesome!
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Post by: Serendip on June 22, 2018, 07:27:43 PM
Love Morning pages @jooniFLORisploo ! I haven't done them for years but I love the idea of immediate shredding, could greatly reduce self-censoring.

Was visiting family this week, which brings up mixed feelings. My mother has major hoarding problems and it has affected our family my entire life.
I occasionally become very triggered when visiting, even though I've learned some skills to deal with the emotions (the food hoarding is hard for me still : multiple fridges packed full, food all gone bad, many freezers--same situation and a pantry that is never touched and jammed).

However, one thing I am reassured of is

*Life is not about the things. Use the things to live your life or pass them along and be free to explore experiences *

So..on that note, decluttered some books that aren't speaking to me anymore, clothing that isn't comfortable and extra sheets/bedding because really, when do I need 10 sheet sets? Love coming home to my own space which is feeling like more and more of a sacred and personal space.

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Post by: firelight on June 22, 2018, 08:21:32 PM
Managed to declutter kids clothes and kitchen/pantry. Plan for weekend: go through my clothes again and get them into one dresser so it's easy to get/find what I need. Also need to get the toy room in shape.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 22, 2018, 10:13:23 PM
Love Morning pages @jooniFLORisploo ! I haven't done them for years but I love the idea of immediate shredding, could greatly reduce self-censoring.

I only just restarted them this week, and every morning I'm pissed off at them ;)   This is because I usually only sleep 4-5 hours at night now (plus another random amount in the afternoon), so when I wake unnaturally and unnecessarily early, it's dark, I'm truly bleary-eyed, my brain is foggy. So, the MPs happen with the intended lack of self-censoring -I can't see or think what I'm writing! And it's working.

And then I shred them because JC recommends we not look at them again. If I'm not going to look at them again, out!

Love coming home to my own space which is feeling like more and more of a sacred and personal space.

Beautiful :)
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 22, 2018, 10:17:01 PM
Went through my little storage spaces and made a fast pile of stuff identified in Morning Pages, plus the boxes I keep on hand for the next time we need to move. (We're hoping we don't need to move for some years, and if we do, I can get more -even my "perfect" ones for a couple of bucks.)

Our living room is very empty, the way I love, and now I just lie down on the carpet, gaze out at the trees, and fall into a lovely snooze whenever I'm compelled to :)
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Post by: Fresh Bread on June 25, 2018, 12:41:00 AM
Soooo, I had to clear a lot of surfaces because we are doing renovations, and it went well. Now I'm looking at the empty surfaces and it doesn't feel..."right". I definitely don't like clutter, but now is it turning out that I don't like minimalism either??
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Post by: Linea_Norway on June 25, 2018, 01:09:10 AM
Soooo, I had to clear a lot of surfaces because we are doing renovations, and it went well. Now I'm looking at the empty surfaces and it doesn't feel..."right". I definitely don't like clutter, but now is it turning out that I don't like minimalism either??

I my work they made a new brake room which has a few minimalistic looking comfy chairs, a TV on the wall and nothing else. I commented to a colleague that I missed something, maybe a plant or something on the wall. But the colleague answered that she liked it this way.
Obviously people are a bit different. Some really like a minimalistic look and others want something a little less sterile.

Why don't you in your case leave the surfaces empty for a while and see what you think about it over time. And then you can experiment with adding a carefully chosen item to put on it, rather than lots of things.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 25, 2018, 07:49:16 AM
...but now is it turning out that I don't like minimalism either??

Yep, maybe! Definitely some people don't. When people come to my place, most express a sense of relief, space, zen, etc. But a minority feel uneasy as a result of the minimalism. They really, really, really need there to be a bit more stuff. You'll find your balance :)
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Post by: Ladychips on June 25, 2018, 10:08:20 AM
When I was in college, my best friend lived down the street in new-build, bigger-than-an-efficiency-but-not-quite-a-one-bedroom apartment. I could NOT sit in her apartment because of how much 'stuff' she had, big furniture, knick knacks, etc.  I literally could not catch my breath in her place because the stuff was overwhelming.  I would sit on her front stoop and wait for her to get ready just so I could breathe.

I lived down the street in an old house that had been cut up into a duplex.  I had 12 foot ceilings, hardwood floors, big windows...it was divine.  Lots of space and room to breathe.  One day she was in my house and she said "I feel so sorry for you because you don't have any stuff."  And THAT'S when I realized different people love different things.  It was a real eye opener for me.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 25, 2018, 01:58:32 PM
I dig a biggie today: a relatively recent paper journal. Oy.

I kept six pages from it, because they had my son's birthday, other notes of mama love for son, a couple of big things I still need to process a bit (a person being vicious; the beginning of the housing journey that brought us to our current location).

It's really, really challenging for me to let go of handwritten pieces. Oh, the emotions of that! So attached to those, but there are too many pages!

Criteria I used: If I can't read it (and that's the majority of my writing), it goes. hahahahaha
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Post by: oneday on June 25, 2018, 05:23:17 PM
Since my post on Friday, I did not deal with any papers.   It was very intimidating and so I found lots of other things to do.  Sis & I were talking about FlyLady v. Marie Kondo last night.  I think I am going to combine the two approaches.   From KonMari: I will deal with all papers "in one go" and also I will try to follow her directives for keep/toss.  From FlyLady: I will set a timer ("you can do anything for 15 minutes") and work each night to get through this.   I will probably also reward myself with chocolate ;)

I am committing to two small parts of this task tonight.  1-dig through all remaining boxes to be sure I've got all papers in one pile; 2-separate filing supplies from informational papers.  That may not take 15 minutes, but that's all I'll do tonight because I also have another commitment in the evening.

@jooniFLORisploo I'm just going to brute-force myself to deal with it (method outlined above)...hold myself accountable for doing *something* each day...and be satisfied with whatever results I can achieve by next Sunday (tentatively).  PS - how long does it take you to do your morning pages, and do you stick to 3 pages no matter what? PPS - great job getting rid of all that stuff!  I especially have a hard time letting go of packaging because very often I am disappointed by the things I buy.


So...on that note, decluttered some...Love coming home to my own space which is feeling like more and more of
a sacred and personal space[/b].

@Serendip, sorry about the family issues. But I love what you wrote bolded above!  I am going to sit with "sacred" and see if that is what I am going for (I've been thinking serene).

Soooo, I had to clear a lot of surfaces because we are doing renovations, and it went well. Now I'm looking at the empty surfaces and it doesn't feel..."right". I definitely don't like clutter, but now is it turning out that I don't like minimalism either??

Why don't you in your case leave the surfaces empty for a while and see what you think about it over time. And then you can experiment with adding a carefully chosen item to put on it, rather than lots of things.

@Fresh Bread @Linda_Norway Another vote for Linda's wisdom! Especially the bolded part.
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Post by: oneday on June 25, 2018, 05:25:01 PM
I dig a biggie today: a relatively recent paper journal. Oy.

I kept six pages from it, because they had my son's birthday, other notes of mama love for son, a couple of big things I still need to process a bit (a person being vicious; the beginning of the housing journey that brought us to our current location).

It's really, really challenging for me to let go of handwritten pieces. Oh, the emotions of that! So attached to those, but there are too many pages!

I feel you!

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Criteria I used: If I can't read it (and that's the majority of my writing), it goes. hahahahaha

Lol, almost makes me wish my handwriting were less neat :)
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 25, 2018, 06:33:02 PM
@jooniFLORisploo I'm just going to brute-force myself to deal with it (method outlined above)...hold myself accountable for doing *something* each day...and be satisfied with whatever results I can achieve by next Sunday (tentatively).  PS - how long does it take you to do your morning pages, and do you stick to 3 pages no matter what? PPS - great job getting rid of all that stuff!  I especially have a hard time letting go of packaging because very often I am disappointed by the things I buy.

Because the paper is so emotional for me, I can only manage a relatively short amount per day -15 minutes or an hour depending on the content; or one journal. I am so conflicted when it comes to paper. I adore it and I feel like it keeps me "safe" and known. But I get giddy at the thought of being free of it! The process makes me feel fragile, vulnerable, a little stressed, teary. So I'm careful with how much I ask of myself.

My MPs take me probably 7 minutes per day -totally guessing, as I don't have a clock happening at that point in the day. I write very fast, sloppily, illegibly. I get it out, move on with my day, and somewhere in there shred it.

Packacking I usually keep for at least a few months, until I know I'm keeping it. (If a warranty issue arose, I can buy a great box from UPS.) But so many places will accept a return even without the packaging, anyway, so that's freed me quite a bit.
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Post by: oneday on June 25, 2018, 11:51:05 PM
*shame about being hyperkeen on accuracy

Meant to address this earlier, but didn't have adequate time.

I am also hyperkeen on accuracy, and proud of it.  However, what is shameful/jerky is the way I would treat other people who don't share that trait; like they are deficient human beings.  So I started out being smug & superior but eventually realized I was just a jerk.  I have been reforming for some time and sometimes I lapse but it's farther & farther between incidents.

That's to say, I hope you can shed the shame.  Personally, I see nothing wrong with accuracy (natch), and I can't imagine you lording it over others, so the only thing left (in my reconing) is releasing the shame, just like your morning pages said.

ETA: jooni, thank you for your responses to my questions.  I've added The Artists Way to my ever-growing list of books to read.  Maybe oneday I'll get it from the library and learn the whole scoop on morning pages.

Reporting that I scoured my home for papers and found some in odd places: kitchen & bedroom closet.  Along the way, consolidated the smallest moving box into another partially empty box.  This empty box will get jammed between the wall & the washer to block the cat from going back there.  He is weirdly transfixed with that space, but the few times he got in there, he almost got stuck.  Yet he keeps wanting to go back.

I glanced at the paper pile & I think the filing supplies are separate for the most part.  I spent so much time finding papers that I didn't spend much time on this part.  It will be worked out eventually.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 26, 2018, 12:35:03 AM
Thanks, oneday :)
Very happy to meet someone else keen on accuracy (I suspect many forumites are). I think releasing the shame will take some time, as it involves decades of memories of people's snide remarks, blasts, and other inappropriateness. Blech.

The Julia Cameron book I'm working through is not The Artist's Way (though that would also tell you all about the MPs), but her version for people hitting retirement, which I think is an amazing resource for FIRE people. It speaks to issues around: leaving one's long-time network, solitude (perhaps initially unwanted), lack of structure, lack of imposed schedule. She acknowledges how difficult these can be for retirees -including those retiring from intensive parenting. It's called It's Never Too Late to Begin Again.

Great job getting your papers collected, per KM!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 26, 2018, 05:10:56 PM
Had some excellent movement today! Faced the 17" wide closet that was holding the boxes that were holding the envelopes that were holding the papers that I'd had scanned :)

1. Ripped open boxes
2. Emptied each envelope.
3. Stuff I instantaneously love went on one side of the shelf; stuff I instantaneously do not love (but legally may be required to keep) went on the other. Everything fit on one small shelf.

A final box held mostly bubble wrap from the last two moves, with some beloved items.

1. Ditched the wrap and box.
2. Place beloved items on shelf.

The closest looks and feels so much clearer now.

On another day, I can see if a section of that unloved paper is old enough tax stuff that it can now go.

I really hate that the scanners staples and folded some of my most precious papers (handwritten letters, two arts I did 43 years ago). Even if you opt for the "stuff back" option (which to me means I just want an electronic back up, not everything destroyed), they handle it as though one wants it wrecked. Darn!!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 26, 2018, 05:45:27 PM
Donate it to a thrift shop :)
Someone will use it as is, modify it into another lovely garment, or use the materials in a whole new way.
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Post by: Serendip on June 26, 2018, 09:43:02 PM
Someone gifted me something, while saying "if it doesn't work for you just pass it on"..so I put it straight into my give-away box when I got home ;)

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Post by: Linea_Norway on June 27, 2018, 02:54:45 AM
Would anyone have suggestions as to what to do with my (deceased) mother's wedding dress????

If it fits you, you could paint it and use as an evening dress, if you have any use that that. Or remake it into something.
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Post by: Bird In Hand on June 27, 2018, 06:52:35 AM
@jooniFLORisploo I'm just going to brute-force myself to deal with it (method outlined above)...hold myself accountable for doing *something* each day...and be satisfied with whatever results I can achieve by next Sunday (tentatively).  PS - how long does it take you to do your morning pages, and do you stick to 3 pages no matter what? PPS - great job getting rid of all that stuff!  I especially have a hard time letting go of packaging because very often I am disappointed by the things I buy.

Because the paper is so emotional for me, I can only manage a relatively short amount per day -15 minutes or an hour depending on the content; or one journal. I am so conflicted when it comes to paper. I adore it and I feel like it keeps me "safe" and known. But I get giddy at the thought of being free of it! The process makes me feel fragile, vulnerable, a little stressed, teary. So I'm careful with how much I ask of myself.

Oh my gosh, I know this is insensitive -- but you two sound a little nuts with the holding onto packaging, and also the emotional attachment to certain papers.

Did I mention that I apparently have found my people?  :D  I have the same exact issues!  I hang onto packaging waaaay too long, on the off chance that I might one day return something.  In my case it's really dumb because I'll hang onto boxes/receipts well beyond the end of the return window.  Eventually some of that stuff gets lost in the shuffle, and I'll uncover it a year later during a rage cleaning.

As far as paper, I'm hopeless.  I simply cannot bring myself to throw away certain papers, especially anything that triggers memories of meaningful times in my life.  I'm pretty sure I have every single letter or card that my wife (and before that when she was my gf) gave me.  I have the newspaper I bought on the day I left home to drive across the country to start college.  I have most of my notebooks from college stashed somewhere in the basement.  Anything that my kids bring home from school that looks halfway interesting and has their names on it, I put in a box.  Ok, it's now grown to about 3 boxes and counting.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 27, 2018, 08:30:36 AM
lol, I was going to be so bold as to agree that was insensitive...and then I read on :)

Literally everything the two of us own fits in my compact car in one go, so no one would say I have too much stuff, and one 8.5x17 shelf of paper is relatively little. I guess the ďcrazierĒ part is the ongoing, compelling desire to get rid of it all. A bunch of us in IRL community had talked once about how the compulsion to release stuff can be as, well, compulsive as the one to hoard. I canít imagine feeling so unaffected by Stuff as to just walk by it every day and ignore it, lol. (Currently, my borrowed bed is driving me bonkers, with it being so present, taking up so much space, being so hefty.)

When I see my late dadís nice little printing, I feel so connected and happy and loved :)    Ditto my sweet sonís grade 1 art. Iíve never kept all of it -just small samples.

The bulk of my paper is legal stuff (seven tax years, work stuff), or clear reminders to not get back with exes, lol (because Iíve tended to forget).

I might be okay with the stack now, now that itís scanned for backup, in its lovely viewable storage system, and I can just go through it all once a year and shred anything thatís ready to go. Maybe Iíve hit the optimal balance now (down from a deep, four-drawer filing cabinet) and need to train myself to bypass the compulsion now.
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Post by: Bird In Hand on June 27, 2018, 01:38:52 PM
A bunch of us in IRL community had talked once about how the compulsion to release stuff can be as, well, compulsive as the one to hoard.  I canít imagine feeling so unaffected by Stuff as to just walk by it every day and ignore it, lol. (Currently, my borrowed bed is driving me bonkers, with it being so present, taking up so much space, being so hefty.)

This is all rings true for me, but in my case it's a weird bi-polar kind of tension.  Decades of evidence are enough to label me a 'hoarder of certain things' (especially mementos, and anything that seems likely to be useful in the future).  Much of the time the clutter is invisible to me.  But I do cyclically bounce to the opposite pole where I'm extremely irritated by those hoarding tendencies, and suddenly I see it all around me and Must.  Destroy.  The Clutter.

The problem is that during these rage cleanings, I hit the low-hanging fruit first, saving the mementos/etc. for last.  And by the time I get to the mementos, my resolve has waned to the point where the memento-hoarding part of me wins out.  Maybe next time I'll ignore the clutter around my office desk and instead head straight to the memento stash and attack it.  :D


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When I see my late dadís nice little printing, I feel so connected and happy and loved :)    Ditto my sweet sonís grade 1 art. Iíve never kept all of it -just small samples.

...and this is the main reason that I struggle with mementos.  When I do revisit old papers and other mementos every few years, the memories come flooding back and the thought of losing -- either the mementos or memories -- becomes an anathema to me.  I think in my case a good baby step would be to "thin out the collection" a bit.  Maybe go through all the old saved kids schoolwork and allow myself to let go of the stuff that doesn't immediately strike a chord, or are +/- duplicates of something else.

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The bulk of my paper is legal stuff (seven tax years, work stuff), or clear reminders to not get back with exes, lol (because Iíve tended to forget).

Ah, I had forgotten about legal stuff.  I have a bunch of that too, though I keep it out of perceived necessity rather than sentimentality.  I should be smart enough to realize that I've never actually needed any of it, and am exceedingly unlikely to ever need any of it in the future.

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I might be okay with the stack now, now that itís scanned for backup, in its lovely viewable storage system, and I can just go through it all once a year and shred anything thatís ready to go. Maybe Iíve hit the optimal balance now (down from a deep, four-drawer filing cabinet) and need to train myself to bypass the compulsion now.

Ugh, you just mentioned a deep, four-drawer filing cabinet.  Every so often I think to myself, "If I only had a deep, four-drawer filing cabinet, I could stash all this stuff away in a tidy manner!".  But I know that is faulty thinking when the real problem is that I simply have too much paper!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 27, 2018, 01:52:02 PM
Ugh, you just mentioned a deep, four-drawer filing cabinet.  Every so often I think to myself, "If I only had a deep, four-drawer filing cabinet...

:))))    That was my Paper Peak, reflecting an intensive, paper-centered work-from-home period. Man, deleting that stuff when it did become no longer needed, YUM.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 27, 2018, 08:10:42 PM
Progress:

*Got all the plastic tape off three shipping boxes, recycled as able, garbaged as required
*Got all the other packaging from this week's processing complete and out
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Post by: Mezzie on June 27, 2018, 08:23:56 PM
I put the free pen and spiral notebook from a training in my teaching-stuff box to give away next school year and declined other freebies.
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Post by: oneday on June 28, 2018, 12:51:06 AM
@Bird In Hand the struggle is real!  I relate to what you are saying.  I don't have kid stuff, but hold many sentimental items from Dad who passed on about 10 years ago.  I know I won't forget my Dad if I toss these things, but that isn't why I'm holding on to them, so it doesn't help release them.

@jooniFLORisploo good going getting that packaging perfectly prepared for it's next life phase. (sorry, ran out of alliteration juice)

@Mezzie way to go declining!  That is so helpful to me when I remember to do it.  I've gotten some funny looks and some folks have wondered, "Are you sure?"  Did you get any push back?

=====================================================


tl;dr - Did the thing. Not as bad as I thought. Recycled some papers & packaging; even more is going to shredder tomorrow.



My goal is to be paperless/digital outside of sentimental papers and currently-being-used papers, like the notes I write to myself or bills to be paid.  No papers should hang around more than 2 weeks.  If they do, they need to be scanned or stored with the other sentimental papers.

Yesterday I was stressed out by something that happened Monday evening, so it was not a good time to work on the paper pile.  Today I was feeling better & even a little guilty for skipping a day.  Plus, I brought work from the day job home.  It's my MO* to always leave one thing un-done and that thing is the ickiest task.  Today the work spillover was ickiest, and sorting papers seemed almost not icky in comparison!

So I set the timer for 15 minutes & got to work.  Quickly sorted out the filing supplies from the other paper, showing I have about 3 boxes of paper.  This is down from 7 boxes several years ago, so I feel good about that. Good to keep in mind how far I've come.  The work I've already done tell me the bulk of what remains is just trash waiting to be tossed.  Why do I feel compelled to look through it all?

Decided to attack "the box" first.  This box holds the oldest papers and also the ones that are hardest for me to deal with, hence why they are still there.  Happily, I immediately found several files that I can pass on to Mr. X, so that was some good momentum.  Then there were several that I could easily deal with.  Turns out the box is a mixed bag (har har).  Some of the papers are hard, but I found old contracts with gyms I no longer belong to, bills for the land line (including long distance charges!), vet bills on cats who are long deceased, etc. I saw dates in the 2007-2012 range.  Got a good chunk into the recycle bin and am taking a 2"/5cm stack to work tomorrow to shred.  Wee!

Also, found the packaging to my tablet.  Broke it down and it too got recycled.  Recent discussion here helped with that (thanks, you know who you are); I had that, plus KonMari's wisdom in mind as I was figuring out what to do with the packaging.  All this took maybe 20 minutes, so setting the timer for 15 was a good strategy (as was bringing home work). 

Hopefully today's good experience will carry over to momentum/motivation for tomorrow.

*Not a conscious choice, but that's how it usually ends up being.  Sometimes I can use this to get the 2nd most icky thing done, but not always.
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on June 28, 2018, 07:38:56 AM
I helped a friend and her three kids move yesterday.  It was a lot of work.  In the grand scheme of things, she really doesn't have a lot of stuff...and it made me slightly horrified by how much we still have, even after my big decluttering purge over the last 9 months.  I think I would have about 3 or 4 times as many boxes as she did, but most of it probably belongs to my husband and children.

My husband started work to organize our walk-in attic last night.  He shooed me out after a little while because I was asking him if we had to keep every single thing.  His giveaway and throwaway piles were quite small - but at least they exist!

I think I'm going to be inspired by y'all and go through my file cabinet again.  I'm hoping to get rid of enough that I can get rid of the two-drawer file cabinet and replace it with a small expandable folder for papers I need now and a slightly larger box for longer-term storage (kids' school papers, past year taxes)
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 28, 2018, 08:02:33 AM
Shredded the last two journals yesterday! Everything that can go at this point is gone!
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Post by: oneday on June 28, 2018, 10:57:35 AM
formerlydivorcedmom, you are in good company: realizing you have more than you want to, cleaning up your own stuff, inspiring others to follow suit.  I think you will find a lot to toss in that file cabinet.

jooniFLORisploo way to go!  You are living the dream: perfect paperwork pile.
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Post by: Swish on June 28, 2018, 03:06:29 PM
YAY!

I have lurked for a long time and this thread motivated our spring clean up efforts. Initially we were going to haul most of the following list to the dump/metal recycle and instead we sold a bunch on Facebook Marketplace! We also donated six boxes of clothes/toys to community living!

Here is the list so far from cleaning out garage:
Smart Car Rims $125
Tar: $40
Paintings: $30
Vase: $15
Little People: $75 SOLD
Dryer: $85 SOLD
Jacuzzi Tub: $300 SOLD
Table & Chair: $15 SOLD
Potterybarn rug: $40 SOLD
LED Spares: $55 SOLD
Toys: $22 SOLD
Mirrors: $25 SOLD
Baby Gate: $25 SOLD
Fridge: $300 SOLD
Used Water Heater: $150 SOLD
Another Dryer: $100 SOLD

TOTAL SALES: $1,192.00

Time spent listing/cleaning: 8.75 hours
Dump fees: $0.00

Thank you for the motivation and I hope this motivates some one else the same way you all have motivated me!

I was having trouble selling the smart car rims and had them the last couple months. Two weeks ago my friend was driving and I saw a random guy park his smart car. I asked my friend to pull over cause that guy could need my rims. My buddy called me an idiot and that there was no way this would work. I convinced him to stop and I ran down the busy street to catch the guy. I asked him if he was interested in buying a set of smart car rims for his car. After his *who is this weirdo chasing me* response, he was pretty excited as he had just gotten a quote that day for almost $800 from the dealer! He met us at the house and I am $100 richer from a free set of rims :)

To quote my friend when I climbed back in the truck:

"Shut up that didn't work. Your such an idiot. Only you could pull some asinine stunt like that off."


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Post by: oneday on June 28, 2018, 10:55:00 PM
@Swish that's a fun story!  Decluttering for fun & profit :)

I did my 15 minutes of paperwork sorting today & no more.  Got through a 2" stack of old insurance papers (2002-2006).  Some I am keeping as the policies are still in force, but several like the homeowner's and the life insurance have lapsed within the last 12 month period, so easy this attempt to get rid of.   A few more pages for Mr. X, too.

Looking at my posting history, it was 2 years ago in June that I first started tackling the paper monster.  At that time it was the equivalent of 7 banker's boxes.  That it's down to 3 (less than that now) now is such a huge encouragement!  At that time, I had papers scattered all over the office, too.  Now they are corralled to one small corner of the apartment.   Hopefully it's all as easy as it has been the last two days.  After current stacks are dealt with, I need to really develop good systems for incoming papers.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on June 28, 2018, 10:57:06 PM
Skookum job on every count, oneday!!
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Post by: Fresh Bread on June 28, 2018, 11:39:44 PM
Well done, oneday!

My builders have just finished with the messy work so my plan is to see how neat and uncluttered I can keep the kitchen til the painter comes in a month and also how I like it that neat. I think the problem I was having earlier is that once everything is removed, the unattractive kitchen units and surface are more noticeable. It's not in terrible condition but it's shabby and not to my taste and the dark worktop never looks clean.
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Post by: oneday on June 29, 2018, 12:35:47 AM
Thanks jooni & Fresh Bread for the encouragement!  It feels nice to clean up, and getting accolades here feels nice a second time. 

Fresh Bread, sounds like a good length of time for an experiment.  Once you have the results you will know what to do.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on June 29, 2018, 02:47:13 AM
Well done, oneday!

My builders have just finished with the messy work so my plan is to see how neat and uncluttered I can keep the kitchen til the painter comes in a month and also how I like it that neat. I think the problem I was having earlier is that once everything is removed, the unattractive kitchen units and surface are more noticeable. It's not in terrible condition but it's shabby and not to my taste and the dark worktop never looks clean.

Is it made of wood? In that case you could polish and oil. Otherwise could you paint it?
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Post by: Mongoose on June 30, 2018, 10:33:09 AM
Today: unpacking from trip. Everything needs to be stowed! We also have convinced the kids that there HUGE cardboard houses can be photographed and recycled. We''ve had them in the way for a year.

DH wants to go through the whole house and declutter it! Going to take forever but I just don't do well trying to sort through all our stuff by myself. Plus the kids are more on board when both parents are helping.

Edited to add: the whole family just spent nearly 3 hours on kid1's room. A favorite book lost in the clutter precipitated a willingness to do a major cleaning. One laundry basket of stuff to donate and 20 gallons of recycling/trash. Kid2 is now begging to be next.
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Post by: mspym on June 30, 2018, 04:44:58 PM
I have a pile of hangers to take to the op-shop, now that I have downsized my wardrobe and Ofpym is thinking of down-sizing and consolidating his bass collection. We bought an instant pot and are now finding new homes for the pressure cooker, slow cooker and yogurt maker. So much additional kitchen space.
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Post by: oneday on June 30, 2018, 09:56:39 PM
Mongoose, good work getting unpacked right away.  I always struggle with that, but it feels so good to get it done!  Your place is going to feel so much more homey when you all are done. 

mspym, great work on the wardrobe!  In my area, a lot of the places won't take hangers. Which seems silly, because people (at least I) would like to buy used hangars just as much as any other household good.

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Didn't work on papers  Friday because I worked till 8 pm, plus was fasting since 7:30pm for blood work this morning.  Didn't seem like a good time to push myself.

Today I did 15+ minutes.  I thought I had found all the expired credit cards 2 years ago, but found another today!
 The next little bit in the box I'm clearing out was inherited papers.  Folks, I get my paper hoarding tendencies from *both* parents.  Two files were different life insurance polices my Dad had (he died in 2008).  He valued them very highly because he had a congenital heart defect that meant most carriers wouldn't insure him.  These were both group policies from former employers that he was able to keep after leaving those companies.  I saved a few pages from each which had samples of his handwriting and dated back to 1975.  Found his resume from 1990, and parent's tax return from 1999, their last as a married couple.  These papers I'll scan later on.
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Post by: Mongoose on July 01, 2018, 04:38:17 PM
Oneday, um, it wasn't exactly right away...more like over a week later. It was as right away as we could manage around our work schedules though.

Other kid's room only took 30 minutes. I'd been in there to help more recently. Also got all our laundry done and put away, and the living room rearranged.

The kids sorted their books and we have a small box of unwanted items to donate. I also have a small box of school curriculum we have completed that we may be able to sell.

We have an 8 foot couch that has never fit anywhere. I think it's finally going to leave (well, as soon as we can arrange to transport it; it is currently sitting in front of the fireplace). Well, maybe it will leave. The inertia of actually evicting it could be a problem. Plus I tend to get panicked about getting rid of stuff that would cost a lot to replace, not that we are likely to decide we desperately need a ginormous, heavy couch.

DH and I are convinced that we likely have a ton of unnecessary and unwanted items scattered about. The trick is going to be finding time to sort through it all.
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Post by: mspym on July 01, 2018, 06:06:38 PM
mspym, great work on the wardrobe!  In my area, a lot of the places won't take hangers. Which seems silly, because people (at least I) would like to buy used hangars just as much as any other household good.

How odd, ours take them, sell the nice wooden hangers {which is where I got mine] and use the plastic ones since they all eventually break from usage.

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Post by: zygote on July 01, 2018, 08:49:48 PM
I decluttered old greeting cards the other day and put the discards on the floor. I went to clear them up today and made the fatal mistake of glancing through them again. Now I'm having a hard time getting them into the trash. It's just so final. I may not care now about the generic happy birthday message from my parents/grandparents a few years ago, but what about future me? Will I regret not having these things when they are older/gone? There's no getting those mementos back.

I did end up keeping some cards from each of the important people in my life - mostly the ones where they wrote a longer note. And a shorter one where my grandfather who has already passed away wrote the message.

I think part of my struggle is that I don't know how to organize them. If I knew exactly when I received each card, I would want to keep them all and sort them by life event (birthday, Christmas, graduation, etc.). But they aren't really labeled so I don't always know which birthday each card was for, etc. So now I've got them grouped by person and and throwing away some graduation cards, keeping some, etc. It feels very jumbled.

I know Marie Kondo says throw them all away because they have already served their purpose, but I know I want to keep some. It does bring me joy to read the longer messages from my family and friends. How does everyone else handle keeping/organizing greeting cards?
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Post by: oneday on July 01, 2018, 11:52:09 PM
Mongoose, lol.  That's counts as right away in my house!  I am impressed at the skills you are teaching your children.  It will serve them well!

@zygote good job on the greeting cards!  That can't be easy.

I toss all greeting cards, but then I'm not the sentimental type.  I believe Marie Kondo would say to put these greeting cards with your sentimental items, not your paper, as they provoke those emotions in you.  So you wouldn't just toss them all.  Strange as it is, I have old pay stubs in my sentimental items & will deal with them at the appropriate time later.

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I spent some amount of time today sorting through the last of the box I've been working on.  A lot of papers to shred, but there was a lot of this gritty, black stuff in the folders.  I shudder to think what it was, but I wasn't putting those papers in my backpack to carry to work to shred, no way no how.  So I found a local place & paid $3 and change to shred 5 lbs/2.3kg of papers.  Worth it. 

What I found was a lot of papers from my schooling...report cards, programs and the like I am keeping to scan.  Yesterday's sorting was all about papers Dad kept.  This was stuff Mom kept.  I still have to micro-sort to see which actual pieces I even want to bother scanning, but that goes into the sentimental basket to deal with later.

So I guess I am down to about 2 banker-size boxes, although it's spread out into 6 separate containers.  Part of what made the last box so hard was it had the sentimental papers intermingled with normal crap.  What makes the next bit hard is simply my unusually strong attraction to the information on the papers.  It's all more recent stuff (in particular one pile started after I put everything else in storage to stage & sell my condo in February), and I've found that the more time passes, the less I am invested in keeping that particular piece of info.  It may take a lot more time to get through the same volume, now.
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Post by: marty998 on July 02, 2018, 02:22:27 AM
First time in a long time I did not have any excess furniture to put out at my semi-annual council cleanup.

I consider that a win :)
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Post by: mspym on July 02, 2018, 02:36:48 AM
First time in a long time I did not have any excess furniture to put out at my semi-annual council cleanup.

I consider that a win :)
Woot woot!
We are a little sad we were overseas during our last one, surprisingly we had things to discard tgis time.
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Post by: marty998 on July 02, 2018, 02:54:11 AM
First time in a long time I did not have any excess furniture to put out at my semi-annual council cleanup.

I consider that a win :)
Woot woot!
We are a little sad we were overseas during our last one, surprisingly we had things to discard tgis time.

Someone in my apartment block put out the front a very interesting picture of the Hoff, starkers from his Baywatch days.

I shudder to think where they hung it and what they were doing while looking at it    :S

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Post by: Bird In Hand on July 02, 2018, 08:10:43 AM
I toss all greeting cards, but then I'm not the sentimental type.
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Strange as it is, I have old pay stubs in my sentimental items & will deal with them at the appropriate time later.

Well, which is it?  If you have paystubs in your sentimental items, I say you're sentimental (over odd things -- but no judgment, I have old paystubs in my sentimental items too :D ).
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Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on July 02, 2018, 01:55:38 PM
@zygote, I just sorted through old greeting cards too.

I am the family historian/genealogist too, so my rule is to keep papers that tell part of my relative's (or my) story.  A random greeting card with someone's name scrawled on it doesn't usually do that.  A card with a handwritten message that was tailored just for me - that tells part of both of our story. 

I'm also keeping all of the letters that my grandmother and my dad had sent me, and the postcards that I sent to my now-deceased uncle.  (He had Downs Syndrome and could not read but LOVED to get mail.  When I turned 16 I started buying postcards and sending him one a month with a short message for my grandmother to read him.  He kept every single one in a wooden box on his dresser, and he'd get them out every few weeks and look at the pictures.  When he died, she gave them all back to me, and I treasure them.)

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I did a pass through the file cabinets again this weekend.  I found half a drawer worth of old genealogy papers that I don't need, and a few folders full of papers that I had forgotten I had and need to deal with.  I threw away a bunch of other types of files too.  I've emptied one of the 3 drawers, and I think I can get rid of about 1/3 - 1/2 of the rest.

My husband actually did more in the attic.  I filled a lawn trash bag with trash, and had a small box of things to donate and another small box of things to recycle.  That's major progress for him....I hope that more will go as he continues this process and realizes it is not so devastating to get rid of things.  We also agreed that the 4 ancient computers and monitors in the attic will only stay for 12 more months.  If he doesn't have them working and ready to sell by then, I'm taking them to the electronic recycling.
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Post by: oneday on July 02, 2018, 01:59:57 PM
I toss all greeting cards, but then I'm not the sentimental type.
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Strange as it is, I have old pay stubs in my sentimental items & will deal with them at the appropriate time later.

Well, which is it?  If you have paystubs in your sentimental items, I say you're sentimental (over odd things -- but no judgment, I have old paystubs in my sentimental items too :D ).

Bird In Hand, lol! It's more accurate to say I am not conventionally sentimental.

@formerlydivorcedmom excellent news about  your husband. It can be a learning curve.
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Post by: plainjane on July 02, 2018, 03:59:51 PM
I am the family historian/genealogist too, so my rule is to keep papers that tell part of my relative's (or my) story.  A random greeting card with someone's name scrawled on it doesn't usually do that.  A card with a handwritten message that was tailored just for me - that tells part of both of our story. 

I'm also keeping all of the letters that my grandmother and my dad had sent me, and the postcards that I sent to my now-deceased uncle.  (He had Downs Syndrome and could not read but LOVED to get mail.  When I turned 16 I started buying postcards and sending him one a month with a short message for my grandmother to read him.  He kept every single one in a wooden box on his dresser, and he'd get them out every few weeks and look at the pictures.  When he died, she gave them all back to me, and I treasure them.)

This is how I managed my cards too - if there was any kind of note, I kept it. If it was just my name, then I didn't. At one point I wrote monthly notes to both my grandmothers. A couple came back to me afterwards, partially annotated. It would have been lovely to get them all, but the annotations were wonderful to see.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on July 03, 2018, 04:25:32 AM
We have 3 old computer hard disks saved in the house. We took them out when we ditched the computers. I want to throw them away after making them unreadable.

DH thinks that hitting them with a hammer or pickaxe and boiling in water would make them at least very difficult to read. Very specialized software might be able to retrieve something, but the chance of someone doing that is maybe not so big.

Someone else who has good idea about it that do not require connecting it to a computer?
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Post by: mspym on July 03, 2018, 05:02:15 AM
Linda, what about magnetic wipe?
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Post by: Linea_Norway on July 03, 2018, 05:12:31 AM
Linda, what about magnetic wipe?

@mspym
Can you do that with a small magnet? I have some small ones.
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Post by: Mezzie on July 03, 2018, 07:02:46 AM
@zygote
The card instance is one where taking pictures might make things easier.

What I've found, though, after five years of serious decluttering, is that I have not regretted anything. I keep one item per deceased relative; that one item has proven enough to spark a wealth of memories.

That said, I do keep a drawer full of thank you notes and cards from students. On a bad day, they give me the strength to go on, so they serve a purpose. In this case, the amount matters: if that many people can thank me for specific ways I have helped them, then I must not totally suck. Those may be the only things relatives will have to really sort through when I die, and I'm okay with that. If your cards serve a real purpose for you, then making space for them might also be okay. The goal, as far as I can tell, is to find out what truly brings us joy and make room for those things.
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Post by: dashuk on July 03, 2018, 07:20:02 AM
Got a box of stuff (mostly kids clothes) actually out of the house.

Main achievement though was moving stuff around. There is now (pretty much*) nothing in our loft space that we don't need/want. Basically what's left is.

 - Kids clothes which #1 has grown out of and #2 will grow into**, plus a bit of 'next size' stuff for #1. Stuff #2 has outgrown is being ruthlessly purged.
 - Toys which are not currently 'in play' (we have a rotation so everything isn't out at once).
 - OH's craft supplies.
 - Camping gear.
 - Out of season sports clothing

There is still a load of surplus stuff, but it's all downstairs in our utility room. My reasoning is:

 - If we need it occasionally, we won't mind going up to the loft for it.
 - The junk is somewhere we can see it, and if we want the utility space back we've got to get rid of it.




* Only obvious thing is a sofa-bed we were hanging on to because we were thinking about extending, but we've kicked that several years down the road.

** We were cunningly 'storing' this with friends who have a child in between our two, but their child is small for age, our #2 is big for age, and they're now too close in size for the once or twice a year we meet up.
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Post by: oneday on July 03, 2018, 12:02:21 PM
@zygote
The goal, as far as I can tell, is to find out what truly brings us joy and make room for those things.

This is what I'm aiming for.   I like the "brings joy" criteria better than simply "it makes me happy" because, in my mind at least, it's a higher bar for what to keep.  It helps me let go of things that are good, but not great.

@dashuk what a great concept, to get all the keep stuff in it's final home, and make the surplus live in an easily accessible place.  Let us know how it works for you over time!
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Post by: Nederstash on July 05, 2018, 01:49:40 PM
Guys, I had the best decluttering week ever. Due to complications my very pregnant colleague started her maternity leave one day early. The result: utter and complete chaos at her desk. I'm talking stacks of files scattered on her desk, in her filing cabinet and around her desk on the floor. Dozens and dozens of post it notes on anything and everything. She gave me her log in codes for her e-mail (she had active cases that needed to be distributed to other people).

She apologized for not being able to clean up on her last day. Now, I adore her, she's incredibly sweet, but she would've never managed to clean up and get all her case files in order in just 1 day. She's a tasmanian devil on a good day.

Y'all... I'm still working on it. And I consider myself a ruthless and highly efficient declutterer. But I do love it. Pulling everything out of the stacks and the mailbox to complete the case files, get them to a new lawyer and out of my sight! I have cleared ALL the non-digital clutter in one week. Every single damn case file, loose paperclips, notebooks. Even her personal items are neatly boxed up and tucked away until she returns in January.* All there's left to do, is to get her email folders in order.

It feels soooo good to haul stacks upon stacks of outdated regulations, closed files and whatever else there was and archive or chuck them.


* Yes, January. 6 months of maternity leave, 4,5 of which are paid. I'm waiting for some immaculate conception because I want in on that.
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Post by: SunnyDays on July 05, 2018, 02:04:30 PM
@Nederstash, maybe you should move to Canada - we get a year of mat leave here, paid at 70% of income!
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Post by: Mezzie on July 05, 2018, 07:23:11 PM
I decluttered the living room yesterday; the mail and my lesson planning papers had taken over. For once what clutter remains is NOT MINE.

Today I helped my dad declutter a dot matrix printer (!) that my husband wants to use as a prop in his art project, and he took my electric lawnmower that I don't use since hiring a gardener (the disability precludes heavy yardwork). The latter is technically a loan, but he can keep it as long as he needs.
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Post by: mspym on July 05, 2018, 08:10:04 PM
This weekend is the donate everything that is in the donation pile* weekend. I will also send my sister the book I promised her two weeks' ago, stymied only by timely access to a post office.  I'm also going to kondo the shit out my manga collection and email the list to a friend who knows people who will want it.

*no clothes but working pressure cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, rad satchel bag that my old self would snatch up in an instant if I saw it.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on July 06, 2018, 02:58:29 AM
*no clothes but working pressure cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, rad satchel bag that my old self would snatch up in an instant if I saw it.

Slow cooking at normal pressure can also be done in a normal pan, as well as making yoghurt if you use a thermometer.

On my wish list are a bread making machine and a smoothie maker. Of course, you can bake bread in the oven, but you'll need to make the oudh yourself. And smoothies can be made in a normal kitchen blender, but it is challenging to pour from a round container into a glass without making a mess (like I did yesterday).

My DH doesn't want these extra machines. In my kitchen cupboards there are already the following apparatuses:
- an old an small kitchen blender (used often)
- a hand blender (used regularly)
- an ice cream maker (used occasionally)
- a stone grill (never used)
- a waffle maker for Norwegian waffles (used regularly)
- a waffle maker for Dutch waffles/stroopwafels (used sometimes years ago, now just filling cabinet)
- a slicer (used occasionally)
- a cake carrier tray with lock (used occasionally)
- a orange squeezer (never used in recent years)
- a good quality knife sharpener (used seldom)
- a coffee machine (used occasionally)
- a pasta maker (used occasionally)

As I sum it up it shows some possible candidates for leaving the house if we are going to live smaller.

I think the orange squeezer should go first. Fresh oranges are just so expensive here compared to orange juice in packs that I never make fresh juice. I could buy a very small manual manual squeezer, like the one I have at our cabin. But it should be a little easier to use, because I hate that specific model.

Also the stone grill can go, almost not used. It feels like a waste to ditch something so little used. But it needs a type of fuel for the flame that is not easily available in Norway. Therefore we never use it. We also have several charcoal grill alternatives for outside which could even be used in winter.

The Dutch waffle maker is a hard one. You can't make these waffles without such a machine. On the other hand, we seldom eat those now, because we miss them less than before and because of lack of time. Maybe it would sufficient to buy some packs of waffles once a year when we visit the country. It would also hurt to ditch this one, my MIL spent quite some time many years ago to find it for us. Also, in FIRE we would have plenty of time to use it.

The knife sharpener is a tool that increases the lifespan of your knives. This should be a stayer.

The pasta maker would be used more often if I had more time. Therefore: keep it for after FIRE.

The coffee machine is something you just need to have, I guess, from a social aspect. Offering powder coffee with hot water is probably not the same for a coffee drinker.

The cake tray is only practical for carrying a cake somewhere else als is quite difficult to do without a fitting lock. I don't know whether we would do this more in the future. Maybe keep it for the time being.

The ice cream maker can stay. We love homemade ice cream and this machine makes it so much easier..

The slicer is practical from time to time. Let's keep it for the time being.
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Post by: diapasoun on July 06, 2018, 06:34:47 AM
For coffee - I'm assuming that Norway has access to pour over coffee, right? That is much smaller space-wise than a full machine, and if you need to make a big batch, you can just pour over into a big teapot or carafe. ;)

I find it hard to get rid of kitchen things; kudos to you for trying....
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Post by: Linea_Norway on July 06, 2018, 07:32:11 AM
For coffee - I'm assuming that Norway has access to pour over coffee, right? That is much smaller space-wise than a full machine, and if you need to make a big batch, you can just pour over into a big teapot or carafe. ;)

I find it hard to get rid of kitchen things; kudos to you for trying....

Yes, I remember a pour over coffee filter from what my parents used to bring along when camping. That might indeed be a good alternative. The coffee machine takes up quite some space in the cupboard.
And no, I will not pour coffee into my tea pot.

And we can (as long as it lasts) order stuff from all over the world without import fees up to 38 USD or so. A coffee filter should fit in that category.
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Post by: Car Jack on July 06, 2018, 08:12:27 AM
We have 3 old computer hard disks saved in the house. We took them out when we ditched the computers. I want to throw them away after making them unreadable.

DH thinks that hitting them with a hammer or pickaxe and boiling in water would make them at least very difficult to read. Very specialized software might be able to retrieve something, but the chance of someone doing that is maybe not so big.

Someone else who has good idea about it that do not require connecting it to a computer?

This can be done with parts in the disk drive itself.  If you have the tools, disassemble the drive.  You'll find 2 very strong neodymium magnets near the base of the heads.  Once you pull the disks themselves out, get out the 2 magnets.  Place one magnet on a surface, the disks on top and the other on top of the disks.  Feel free to move all this stuff around.  The disks themselves are aluminum so won't provide any resistance to the magnets.  You could certainly just use one magnet on each pile of disks.

I e-scrap so have a pile of maybe 25 disks with microwave magnets.  I've yet to bring them to the e-scrap yard because I know from talking to one of the guys who used to work in data recovery that he's been able to recover files on a disk that had a hole drilled in it and that was bent 90 degrees.  For the 5 cents I'll recover from my pile of disks, I'll likely never let the platters out of my house.  The rest of the drive.....sure.  The aluminum housing is the bulk of the value anyways.
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Post by: I'm a red panda on July 06, 2018, 09:03:09 AM
I've taken a few more loads of stuff to the consignment shop. 

Now that the baby is a toddler, the cleaning out has really hit a hard stop. She just gets into everything! Most weekends though I try to find at least 5 things to toss or donate.
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on July 06, 2018, 08:38:16 PM
@Nederstash, maybe you should move to Canada - we get a year of mat leave here, paid at 70% of income!

Not all of us do!
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Post by: joonifloofeefloo on July 06, 2018, 08:39:52 PM
Went on a trip. Whenever I'm away from home, I like to do a mental scan of my home and stuff, as from the fresh perspective it's easier to identify what can go. I think this was the first time ever that NOTHING came up!! I seem to be down to my preferred balance :)   YAY!!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on July 07, 2018, 03:54:09 AM
DH wanted to keep the coffee machine. But he suggested to ditch the bread toaster that we use once a year. We can use the oven for those occasions. My list was also missing the hand mixer, which is regularly use.

So today I threw away the stone grill, but I keep the stone a little longer. I made a box with the bread toaster, juice sqeezer, 2 old MP3 players, a broken male brooming device and a bunch of old batteries and lights. All can be delivered at stores that sell the same stuff.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on July 07, 2018, 01:04:42 PM
I've been trying to ditch a bunch of outgrown kids clothes, and find that it's hard to sell even the nicer pieces one by one. Instead, created a lot & it was gone in under a half hour. 13 items out of the house, and made $15. Less than I would have made if I'd sold a few of the nicer items one by one, but just thrilled to get them out of the house. And, the $15 pushed me over my 2018 goal of $1000 in sidehustle! Woohoo!
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on July 07, 2018, 02:41:01 PM
And, the $15 pushed me over my 2018 goal of $1000 in sidehustle! Woohoo!

Hey, nicely done!! :)))))
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: mspym on July 07, 2018, 04:46:18 PM
And, the $15 pushed me over my 2018 goal of $1000 in sidehustle! Woohoo!

Hey, nicely done!! :)))))
+1!
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: mspym on July 07, 2018, 04:48:33 PM
Pressure cooker is off at its new home AND I got to see pal and her not-so-wee-anymore baby. Next steps are putting the remaining items in the car for taking to the Vinnies.

Maybe today is sort through the manga day?
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: oneday on July 07, 2018, 07:14:01 PM
@i'm a red panda, as long as your 5-things a week at least keeps up with the incoming volume, you will succeed!  Taking care of your little one is more important right now.

@jooniFLORisploo wow that's awesome!  What a great place to be.  You win the thread!

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In the last week I've worked a lot of overtime, with little energy left over, so I lost focus on the papers.  However, last night I decided to at least put a token effort in.  I was rewarded.  There was a tipping point or a breakthrough or something that happened and I whizzed through the last boxes, deciding to keep very little.  Of the 2 boxes I started with yesterday, 1/4 will be shredded in the coming few days, 1/4 is related to the condo I sold this year, so will keep until the taxes are filed & make a determination at that time about how much of it to keep. 1/4 is permanent/indefinite keep or scan and 1/4 is filing supplies.  Yes, I have a volume of filing supplies that is equal to papers needing filing!  So that will be the next thing to be decluttered.

I had to return the Kondo book to the library because someone had a hold on it. So I'm going to stay in paper-land for a bit and turn my focus to scanning, which leads to more shredding, which leads to being able to file what's left and then decluttering the filing supplies.  If I'm motivated, that could all be done by tomorrow!  Although it took me 2 weeks to get to this point, so I don't have my hopes up too high.

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I'm killing me.  I forgot I started this post last night.  Lots of new good stuff on this thread today!  Shout out to @Linda_Norway @MaybeBabyMustache and @mspym for progress!
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on July 07, 2018, 07:55:05 PM
Thanks, all! I'm thinking of listing the kids books (we mostly use the library, but they do accumulate through gifts, etc) in a big batch lot. I also have a Waterford pitcher I've been meaning to list on eBay as well. Getting rid of things!!!
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Fresh Bread on July 07, 2018, 08:26:21 PM
Glad to see so much progress here, well done everyone!

I will share a win with you all - I had our architect over (we are doing a big reno) and I was saying that I thought it would be too hard to paint the walls while we have all our stuff/ are living in the house and he said: "you don't have a lot of stuff compared to most people..." I don't know about that, but I think this means our place doesn't look cluttered :)  Dirty and untidy most of the time, but not cluttered ;)

Also, hubby is working his way though a bunch of hobby parts to sell. It's so he can make another purchase, but it's a lot of things out being replaced by one thing so it sounds good to me. 
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 08, 2018, 05:00:39 AM
I will share a win with you all - I had our architect over (we are doing a big reno) and I was saying that I thought it would be too hard to paint the walls while we have all our stuff/ are living in the house and he said: "you don't have a lot of stuff compared to most people..." I don't know about that, but I think this means our place doesn't look cluttered :)

I would take that as a real compliment :-)
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: SunnyDays on July 08, 2018, 11:10:48 AM
Alf91, this is what I would do:  one album at a time, take all the pictures out.  Put the very best ones aside for possible displaying (a wall gallery is nice), throw out any that are poor quality or just pointless, give other people ones you think they might want, and put the rest in a photo box.  This takes up a lot less room than albums, and can be put into cupboards where they won't get dusty.  If you periodically look at them again, continue to reduce the quantity as you go.  If you can get the collection down to a manageable size, then you could scan them onto a thumb-drive.

I have a relative that has probably tens of thousands of photos, I kid you not!  I pity her son when he "inherits" those.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: shadowmoss on July 08, 2018, 02:22:00 PM
What SunnyDays said, except I would go ahead and scan a few as I went along.  Maybe not all of them on the first pass, just a few as you go. That way those that have been scanned can be put back someplace separate or even tossed. 

I am going through my own box of pictures and tossing a bunch.  Old boyfriends from 20-30 years ago and their kids, especially if it ended badly.  Sadly I considered myself a fair photographer.  The evidence shows otherwise.  Lots of fuzzy focus landscape and flower pics that I have no idea what or where they are.  I'm also tossing all negatives.  I won't go through and look and won't make any further prints.  So, out.

Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on July 08, 2018, 03:14:43 PM
Mr. TC has gone through his scrubs and got rid of 3 shirts and 2 pants that he doesn't wear/like.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Raymond Reddington on July 08, 2018, 03:33:04 PM
I've managed to shred two 10 ten gallon bags worth of unnecessary paperwork from my job, get rid of a bunch of old magazines I've never read, throw out some things that don't actually work anymore, and find a $50 Amazon gift card I never used in the process which I redeemed on our account. I've also organized the stuff I'm keeping a lot better, so things aren't as all over the place anymore. In addition, we got rid of a ton of cardboard boxes we don't need and a bunch of stuff from the yard that we don't need or want and has no value. My wife has spent the better part of the day listing things online that have value in the hopes of selling them. And we claimed EnergyStar credit from the local utility for the two air conditioners we had to purchase this year as well as the washing machine we purchased last year to replace the old one we are selling. The new one has higher capacity and uses less energy, which will reduce the electrical costs of doing laundry, plus it uses less water per item of clothing. Both air conditioners have the ECO option and will stop running when they reach the set temperature, whereas the old would just cycle off the compressor and continue to run the blower.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: joonifloofeefloo on July 08, 2018, 03:38:44 PM
WOW, Raymond Reddington! Great going!!! Must feel good :)))
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: halftimer on July 08, 2018, 10:32:54 PM
Everyone's progress here is so motivating! We just got a box of items out into my neighbors garage sale, plus a patio table and 2 chairs. I'm already finding more to join it. Also they borrowed my folding table, so in moving that out of the room, it looks like a good time to go through the items it was obscuring in my living space. And, we finally hung a picture that we bought last year! (It took a long time to decide the best way to hang it on the brick, we just had it leaning close to it's spot for most of this time)
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: MrsDinero on July 09, 2018, 07:27:14 AM
I've been carrying around about 4 trash bags full of donated items in the car.  This weekend I finally dropped them off at the thrift shop.

I have another 2, moving boxes full of stuff to drop off and I took pictures of some furniture to ask the thrift shop if they want it.

Not to derail the thread but part of my decluttering is finding a home for everything we are keeping. This is tough because in some areas we don't have enough practical storage, like smaller drawers, etc.  I've taken all the smaller, plastic drawer systems we have and put them in the basement and I bought a label maker.  So far it has been very helpful. 2 of the drawers I labeled first and filled was "packing tape" and "measuring tapes" those are the items that bring the most frustration when we can't find them.  I even put a label "put back in drawer when done" on them :)
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Roadrunner53 on July 09, 2018, 07:38:14 AM
Advice please! I inherited both parents' sets of photo albums and now including my own, I have almost 40 altogether (about 3 are mine). I am completely overwhelmed by this and they have just been sitting on a shelf for some time now. I do look at them sometimes, but they are taking up a lot of space and the dust seems to collect on them! I'm not sure how to tackle them.


Here is a service that will scan your photos. I have never used it but may in the near future: https://www.scanmyphotos.com/services/photo-scanning.html
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on July 09, 2018, 10:08:47 AM
Advice please! I inherited both parents' sets of photo albums and now including my own, I have almost 40 altogether (about 3 are mine). I am completely overwhelmed by this and they have just been sitting on a shelf for some time now. I do look at them sometimes, but they are taking up a lot of space and the dust seems to collect on them! I'm not sure how to tackle them.


Here is a service that will scan your photos. I have never used it but may in the near future: https://www.scanmyphotos.com/services/photo-scanning.html

I've been tempted to use a service like this.  I inherited my grandmother's and my dad's pictures - I have 5 giant tubs of photo albums that I have been meaning to sort through the last 5 years.

I'm concerned with a service like this that the pictures come back with just random numbers or letters as the filename.  My grandmother did an excellent job of writing on the back of every single picture when/where it was taken and who was in it, and I don't want to lose that information. 

I started sorting one tub of the pictures a few weeks ago.  I realized that the albums were totally random.  I pulled all the pictures out and sorted them into decades (1940s, 1950s, etc) as best as I could.  That makes it easier to go through and throw a bunch away - I realized there were a lot of duplicates or pics that were similar enough I didn't need to keep all of them. 

My plan is to go through each decade once or twice more and throw away even more....and then I'm going to have to set myself scanning goals with rewards.

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I was home alone this week so I turned the junkyard that was our "front room" into a formal dining room.  (The breakfast room is now missing a table, but I'll fix that problem later.)  I repainted, bought new curtains, and sorted everything in the room.  Two pieces of furniture went to the garage to be gotten rid of.  I  have two big boxes of things that I want to give away that my husband needs to sort through (I promised nothing would leave the house without his approval - he hates decluttering - except for the fugly curtains that were here.  They were long gone when he got back.) 

The room looks SO MUCH NICER and so much bigger with less than half of the knick-knacks and furniture in it.  Fingers crossed that he'll actually let go of the things in the boxes so that I can keep the room this way.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: meghan88 on July 09, 2018, 12:23:13 PM
I listed 30 items on kijiji in the last few weeks; loads of antiques and other quality stuff.  No bites so far on some of it, but I am not the most patient person.  Can't wait to get rid of it all.  (Yes, it is priced fairly.)
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: diapasoun on July 09, 2018, 01:24:47 PM
I too have dealt with some paper. Got rid of an entire plastic file tub of papers -- lots of old medical stuff, financial stuff, etc that I simply didn't need to have around, and am now down to one plastic bin of neatly filed paper! I'm quite happy to have only one bin of paper; I'm down to essential records and a small number of mementos.

I'm sitting with a separate pile of papers trying to figure out what I want to do with them. All of them have, at the very least, extreme sentimental value; some also have actual value. Some are old and rare academic materials; although I'm not currently working on those topics, I haven't ruled out starting again on my own time. Some of it is old language learning materials that need a better storage system than just "in a file folder." Some of it is old creative output that I no longer have digital access to.

The language learning materials will probably go into a binder; I think that would work very well, and it would allow them to sit neatly on my bookshelf next to my language books. I'm not sure what I want to do with the academic materials (keep all of them? some of them?) or the creative output (keep all/some? in what format?). Some of it probably needs to be let go, but it's something I think I really do need to sit with for a bit.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: oneday on July 09, 2018, 10:56:08 PM
@MrsTuxedocat kudos to Mr. TC!  Are you further reducing your wardrobes, or are they at a good place now?

Everyone's progress here is so motivating!

Agreed!

@MrsDinero 6 bags/boxes in the last several weeks...well done!

@formerlydivorcedmom I'm sending good thoughts your way so that you can keep your dining room beautiful!

@meghan88 not quite the same, but I listed a loveseat on Craigslist & Facebook on Saturday.  No interest yet and I'm getting impatient too!

@diapasoun fight the good fight (papers)!  Great progress.  My own experience in the last few years (going from 7 to <2 boxes) is that yes, sitting on it & coming back later does help.  You seem to have a very good solution for the language learning papers, so that is your win for now.

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Apropos to a discussion on scent in another thread? Today I decluttered a can of air freshener which didn't really freshen the air or mask bad odors.  Took it to the bathroom at work, it seems to work better there probably due to the larger area & better ventilation.  I got it when first moving into the new place & didn't have any incense, but now I have incense & a burner, so...

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So glad I just cleared out the papers!  I have such a small stack now, and it came in handy today.  I was online chatting with a customer service rep & couldn't find my account# in email.  So I sifted through the papers real quick & found it there!  I'm making a case that the internet service at my old place was/should have been turned off on May 8, not July 3...if I win the decision that's $120+ bucks back in my pocket.  So glad I found that account # and related documentation!

Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: dashuk on July 10, 2018, 02:19:38 AM
As part of the Great Shuffling Around of a week ago, I brought mine and OH's university notes (a combined seven years worth of maths and engineering degrees, maybe about 25 lever arch files) down from the loft and dumped them in our bedroom.

Intended to just strip all the paper out and lob it straight into the recycling. None of it has been looked at since 2005.

Then the first file I opened happened to contain a couple of the more interesting modules from my final year...

Sigh.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Bracken_Joy on July 10, 2018, 09:12:58 AM
Got a copy of Marie Kondo's first book from the library. Let's see if this gives me some inspiration. There's a chance DH and I will move back to the city and sell our house we bought a couple years ago... this will require extreme downsizing, especially if we go back to an apartment rather than a house. We had to acquire all the trappings of suburban life, plus some hobby stuff (home gym, gardening equipment, so on). If I can at least thin stuff now, while we wait on making any moves, it'll be good no matter what. But especially so if we list the house!
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: shadesofgreen on July 10, 2018, 10:23:47 AM
I was able to add a few more things to my box for donation. I believe that I will be doing a haul and drop either this weekend or next. I am actually looking forward to this because when it happens within a day or two I end up finding things I didn't realize needed to go so I start another box.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on July 10, 2018, 11:35:39 AM
They are at a good place now! We just moved a few months back and had got rid of a lot of clothing.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: diapasoun on July 10, 2018, 01:33:59 PM
I started tackling the books a bit. I'm a wee bit data obsessive, and I keep a spreadsheet of my books, including the percentage read. I worked out the percentage read by genre, and it is... indicative. There is a set of books I acquired during grad school, intending to read/cite as a Good Grad Student, and I just never did. At this point? Most of them need to go. I'm going to take a break from work this afternoon and sort through that shelf.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Raymond Reddington on July 10, 2018, 01:35:14 PM
re: tax writeoffs for donated items. It is typically limited to clothing, or are there other categories of items that can be taken to a goodwill / salvation army type place and generate some tax savings?

"asking for a friend"

lots of trinkets and tchotchkes that may not sell via ebay/amazon/CL
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on July 10, 2018, 03:57:51 PM
re: tax writeoffs for donated items. It is typically limited to clothing, or are there other categories of items that can be taken to a goodwill / salvation army type place and generate some tax savings?

"asking for a friend"

lots of trinkets and tchotchkes that may not sell via ebay/amazon/CL

You can write off almost anything that could be sold....DVDs, jewelry, books, etc.  Just be realistic about the value.  If you can't sell it via all of those methods - is it priced too high?  What could Goodwill conceivably get for the item?
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Roadrunner53 on July 11, 2018, 06:57:57 AM
I don't think many of us will be able to deduct charitable deductions under the new tax plan.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/20/your-money/tax-plan-donations-charities.html
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: Linea_Norway on July 11, 2018, 06:58:14 AM
I still have the kitchen machines that I want to get rid off standing in a box in the garage. Because we have no shop in the vicinity of our house where I can deliver it. And the public delivery place is a bit far driving. I tried giving it away to colleagues at work. But one mentioned that close to where I live, there is a deposit for the next flea market. Once a week they will receive this kind of goods there. That will help.
Title: Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
Post by: oneday on July 11, 2018, 02:47:22 PM
As part of the Great Shuffling Around of a week ago <snip>

lol!

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Intended to just strip all the paper out and lob it straight into the recycling. <snip>

It's not too late!

<snip> I end up finding things I didn't realize needed to go so I start another box.

Same!

They are at a good place now! We just