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« Reply #3600 on: May 11, 2020, 07:00:23 AM »
De cluttered: 

 - I sold a set of Seinfeld Dvd's and a puzzle (for cheap).
 - Gave away a whack of unused flat sheets to people making masks. Got three masks in exchange, so that was great.
 - Sold four kitchen chairs that I had been meaning to fix up, but never got around to. That was a win since they have been listed forever.

Cluttered:

 - I needed a couple of big pots for my tomato plants, but the only ones I could find used on FB Marketplace came in a lot with a bunch of smaller ones I don't need, so now I have to get rid of those.

I haven't really felt too motivated to de-clutter lately. Probably covid quarantine fatigue. But now that things are slowly starting to get back to normal, and Spring is springing, hopefully I will feel more motivated.


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« Reply #3601 on: May 11, 2020, 08:32:11 AM »
I had a big de-clutter in my office/studio. 
I am trying to make it easy to switch between work and play.  Mostly it was debris that had to go. But it freed up a couple of shelves and an entire bin. 
Some empty bins got pressed into service as containers of "everything needed for X".  That way I can quickly set up to paint or sew and then tidy up to that task.

The closet is a place of beauty.
All the printing supplies are in the cupboard under the printers.
All the sewing supplies are in one place.
Setting up for a video meeting is super quick.
I can now paint to online courses.
I have a number of options for doing virtual meet ups and the background is way less cluttered.

It feels amazing.

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« Reply #3602 on: May 11, 2020, 02:08:18 PM »
Of course I forgot to report back...
Garage turned into a bigger task than expected, there were lots and lots of empty boxes that needed to be cut down, but now the garage looks very neat. I decluttered some chocolate during this task as well :-)

Today someone from the neighbourhood picked up a large broken toy. I think it is mendable but my kids are too old for it so I haven't bothered to try. I put it up as giveaway on local Facebook group and described the issue clearly. The dad who picked it up was delighted and he was absolutely sure he could mend it easily - just some duct tape and a small piece of pipe. I hope it works as it is almost as new otherwise. So happy to have it out of the house.


Starting painting of walls and ceiling in the basement on Tuesday (redecorating after a water damage). Need to move some smaller furniture into the laundry room, therefore I need to clear that out to have as much floor space available as possible.
Some items need to be put away properly, other items need to leave the house for good (thrash or give away). I have sorted out a lot already, just need to put them in two piles in paper bags and boxes and label properly, then put them in the garage.

Ooh, this means I have to sort out the garage a bit as well... It's not too bad, just need a bit of straightening.

I'll go start now and report back later today.

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« Reply #3603 on: May 11, 2020, 02:41:30 PM »
My dresser drawers were back to being difficult to close, and I was tossing items onto the floor to find specific pairs of socks.  My cup runneth over indeed!  I had a specific goal in mind for the drawers.

~30 items or so tossed
~10-ish items folded neatly into a shopping bag to donate online.  Received an interested party response within two hours.  I'll meet with them later this week.
~6 or so pairs of hardly/never worn socks into a separate bag to give to a friend with daughters in need
~3 items into the rag pile

Goal accomplished:  Socks and skivvies in one drawer, bras into the second, and PJs, etc. into the third.  Much better.

I'll put sweaters and other clothes not worn for yet another winter into the donate box when I have time.

Mailed off a stack of empty egg cartons and 3 magazines to a friend.  Our Goodwill opened back up, so I'll take the no longer needed small wire wine rack and a few other items later on this week.  More items out of the house!

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« Reply #3604 on: May 11, 2020, 05:28:19 PM »

~30 items or so tossed

Goodwill take textile donations in any condition (except wet or contaminated). They recycle textiles that cannot be sold.

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« Reply #3605 on: May 12, 2020, 01:07:46 AM »
I had a big de-clutter in my office/studio. 
I am trying to make it easy to switch between work and play.  Mostly it was debris that had to go. But it freed up a couple of shelves and an entire bin. 
Some empty bins got pressed into service as containers of "everything needed for X".  That way I can quickly set up to paint or sew and then tidy up to that task.

The closet is a place of beauty.
All the printing supplies are in the cupboard under the printers.
All the sewing supplies are in one place.
Setting up for a video meeting is super quick.
I can now paint to online courses.
I have a number of options for doing virtual meet ups and the background is way less cluttered.

It feels amazing.

Excellent work.

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« Reply #3606 on: May 12, 2020, 01:20:53 AM »
Before Covid closed them, I tried to take some donations to our local place but they officially won't accept books & DVDs now. I understand why, they can't move them anymore, but there were some near new books by decent authors. Maybe they should recycle the Dan Browns and the cookbooks that gather dust. Anyway, there is another charity that does a twice-yearly book sale so I will take them there. It's a pain as the drop off point is not nearby and it's not clear if it's open and these books are just sitting there.

I got rid of a bedside storage thingo, some spare timber and a window blind in the giveaway groups. I've just got to sell a couple of spare things from our build that we changed our mind about and take the e-waste to the drop off point and I think I'm done again for a little while. I still haven't got my garage set up as I want it but the good news is that there is definitely space to store everything and the vehicles. It's so cool to have the right amount of indoor/outdoor space.

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« Reply #3607 on: May 12, 2020, 01:52:54 AM »
We put books and DVDs in street libraries now and they seem to go pretty quick. We had hard rubbish recently but didn't really have anything to put out this time. We've been playing a pretty good forward defense game of not really bringing new things into the house, which I am really enjoying.

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« Reply #3608 on: May 12, 2020, 02:51:01 AM »
Oh yes, of course, the street library. I was going to build one but don't know when that will happen! Until then I will find someone else's for the good ones. And secretly recycle ones that I know noone wants eg guide books.

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« Reply #3609 on: May 12, 2020, 08:34:42 AM »
I have been using up scraps of paper for an art course I am doing.  It is lovely have all the materials sorted and the ones I will never use have been passed along.

I was able to set up in 90 seconds, paint for 20 and tidy up in three minutes. 

I continue to work on my seed box.  It is now very sorted and I have the next three planting sessions set out.  I am hoping a kid will help me do that tonight.

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« Reply #3610 on: May 12, 2020, 01:18:14 PM »
Oh yes, of course, the street library. I was going to build one but don't know when that will happen! Until then I will find someone else's for the good ones. And secretly recycle ones that I know noone wants eg guide books.

I work for a library resale shop when things are open. If you ask, they explicitly suggest recycling e.g. guide books over two years old -- basically cut out the binding and then toss in the recycle -- because no one ever ever wants them.

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« Reply #3611 on: May 12, 2020, 08:27:02 PM »
I converted to minimalism with baby #1 and it was life-changing. I find that decluttering is an on-going process. There's always something to hack away at.

My June 2020 project will mostly dealing with my digital clutter and papers. I also have a few boxes of hand-me-downs to go through and need to figure out better storage for pandemic bulk items before baby #2 shows up in July. The car could also use a little help (the trunk especially). We're staying in our 1 bedroom apartment through the end of the year, and I'd like things to be as streamlined as possible.

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« Reply #3612 on: May 15, 2020, 08:53:42 PM »
Yesterday:
-Organized my makeup area. I wear very little makeup (well, none during COVID), but still had a few things that needt to be tossed, and others that could just be better organized
-Cleaned out our bench area in the garage. Their are shoe cubbies for each of us. Found nearly soccer cleats (x3) that are now outgrown, thanks to the lack of a season this year. Put them aside for a potential resale, if soccer ever happens again. Put hiking boots & water shoes in the closet with other hiking gear. Found another almost near pair of kid shoes that can be resold. They've been worn once, and now outgrown
-Discovered a convertible skateboard/scooter set that had been used once (it was a birthday gift, I think?) when organizing the sports gear. Cleaned it up, got it listed on our neighborhood swap. A few hours later, it was picked up off our porch, and a neighbor Venmo'd me $30. Win/win!

I also swept the garage, and it looks so much better. It's funny, I've done at least a pass over most of the house (save for my husband's stuff in the garage), but I still feel like there's always WAY more that can be done!

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« Reply #3613 on: May 16, 2020, 05:43:22 PM »
Decluttering feels so very good! My toddler and I went through our entire apartment yesterday and got rid of the excess (to the trunk of the car). Even though things accumulate quickly, it's much easier to declutter after having set up minimalist systems last year. It's been 6 months since I've gone through things. I'll try to do it a little more frequently now that I know it doesn't take much.

We also found better storage for the food and toiletry items we bought in bulk to last us 6 months. Everything but 1 bag of rice found a home. I'm picking up a box of hand-me-downs for the new baby from the PO today and will go through them all and set up a space for his stuff in the closet. I also need to order some gear for him and my toddler.

I started going through papers this morning. I have a file folder with current records for the following categories: Finances, Employment/School, House, Medical, and Important Papers. I have an archive file folder with the same categories, but for previous years. I also jot down ideas and lists on paper and have an inbox for those. I use another folder for bills, leaflets, and other paper items that I need to deal with. The plan is to be ruthless about clearing out unnecessary paperwork and put a system in place for keeping it minimal. It tends to pile up and I get overwhelmed.

I'm on a roll, so I hope to spend this week and the next going through papers and my digital life. The biggest issue is the random notes I jot down on my desktop. Better to jot notes on paper and keep my computer files for more permanent things. After I've done my papers and desktop, I'm going to tackle the car.

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« Reply #3614 on: May 16, 2020, 06:36:55 PM »
I decluttered my spice cabinet today while organizing it and putting in my new rack so I can actually see everything.  I got rid of some very old spice blends and a few duplicates where one was much older than the other.  I also had a few mystery spices I had bought in bulk that I no longer knew what they were, haha.

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« Reply #3615 on: May 17, 2020, 09:59:04 AM »
I'm going to count these things as decluttering, which is a stretch. It's just that I am so frustrated lately since all the places I sell the stuff are closed now, as well as the donation sites!

I replaced 2 wiper blades on my car , and instead of keeping the packaging they came in, and keeping the old wipers (for future reference) I threw it all out!  How daring, right?   lol.

Also, I have found the occasional paper item I can recycle and into the recycling it goes. Thank God they are still picking up recycling.       

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« Reply #3616 on: May 17, 2020, 10:03:03 AM »
It counts Slackmax. If you’re like me there was the possibility that you would let the new blades sit unopened and uninstalled for 6 months.  You accomplished. Checked it off the list. And tossed the remains. Satisfying.

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« Reply #3617 on: May 17, 2020, 05:19:01 PM »
In the last couple of days I have gathered up one garbage bag of clothes, and a box of odds & ends.

I have nice clock that I bought second hand that doesn't work, I was planning to replace the mechanism, but I think I will just toss it. Don't really feel good about donating something that doesn't work.

Sold a blouse on FB Marketplace for $20. I probably have some other things that I could try to sell.

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« Reply #3618 on: May 18, 2020, 10:28:20 AM »
Over the past few days:
-Massive amount of yard work
-Went through both boys dressers again. A few things to donate, a few things to sell
-Organized a drawer in my bathroom. Cleaned out the containers I use to hold various backup supplies (lotion, eye makeup remover, etc) & consolidated a few items

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« Reply #3619 on: May 20, 2020, 03:55:09 PM »
Feeling good that I did something productive today.

I took a stack of photographs I had set aside during initial decluttering, and went through them today.  Put everything in albums, and even threw away a few more odds and ends from the stack.

Maybe some accountability will help:  I still have 2 "stacks" left to deal with - some knitting/craft patterns, and a bunch of stuff I want to sell or donate.  Making a goal to address one pile each on Thursday and Friday.

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« Reply #3620 on: May 21, 2020, 02:17:12 PM »
Feeling good that I did something productive today.

I took a stack of photographs I had set aside during initial decluttering, and went through them today.  Put everything in albums, and even threw away a few more odds and ends from the stack.

Maybe some accountability will help:  I still have 2 "stacks" left to deal with - some knitting/craft patterns, and a bunch of stuff I want to sell or donate.  Making a goal to address one pile each on Thursday and Friday.

Dealt with the knitting/craft pattern pile!

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« Reply #3621 on: May 21, 2020, 06:20:30 PM »
@NotJen you reminded me: I gave some fabric to a friend who is making masks! 

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« Reply #3622 on: May 21, 2020, 06:53:02 PM »
@NotJen -- you get all the internet awards for sorting pictures and *actually* putting them in albums!!

I sold three desks on FB marketplace for only 10% less than I paid for them. Quarantine is the perfect time to sell desks, as they were all snapped up within 24 hours. Saves me returning them to the germy store :) I'll take the loss as a 'not exposing myself to Covid' tax. They had been sitting in my garage still in the boxes since (gulp) October. I decided in November they wouldn't work for what I had planned, then I procrastinated.

Went through that last drawer of craft supplies and cleaned it OUT. Some of it got neatly organized into its proper places in my craft storage, some of it is bagged for a friend that requested it. Some of it went to trash/recycling, and some of it got used for project pieces that will gradually leave the house. Now that drawer is housing the bedding that was thrown across The Chair. So many wins!

Now to actually take bag of donations to Goodwill and local charity.

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« Reply #3623 on: May 22, 2020, 05:37:36 AM »
Watched an episode of hoarders, and I am so glad I don't have the emotional disorder they have about junk.

Anyway, I got some minor decluttering done yesterday.  Read all the old documents, writings, essays, from college days, and Europe backpacking days that I had on the stairway for about 6 months, waiting for a good time to go through it all. I didn't throw anything away, but I did put it all in its own box, and put the box away. 

Found a few things around to house to throw out.

Put a ripped T shirt, newly washed, into the rag bag. 

Still have a lot of stuff I want to sell or donate. Waiting patiently for donation sites and 'car boot' places to open up.   



 

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« Reply #3624 on: May 22, 2020, 10:58:06 AM »
Moved a child sized desk chair to the garage...it is too small for all of us.

A seat for using in a shower that I had lent my late friend went back to my brother's place where they will store it until another family member can't have a shower standing up.  We now have access to the man door on the side of the garage.

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« Reply #3625 on: May 22, 2020, 01:23:44 PM »
Donation drop off centre has reopened.  Whoo Hoo.

DH has taken 3 trailer loads of "stuff" out of his shop and to the dump.

Things are looking up.

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« Reply #3626 on: May 22, 2020, 04:26:32 PM »
Moved a child sized desk chair to the garage...it is too small for all of us.

A seat for using in a shower that I had lent my late friend went back to my brother's place where they will store it until another family member can't have a shower standing up.  We now have access to the man door on the side of the garage.

Excellent way to gauge progress!

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« Reply #3627 on: May 23, 2020, 08:23:10 AM »
Filed under 'things you ignore since they've been there forever' :  an old wooden collapsible clothes drying rack fell over during the night. I noticed something was different. Ah, the old clothes rack fell over (a glued joint broke).

I took the clothes off the top of it (all of it can be donated or maybe sold) and put them somewhere else that takes up less room.

I thought about throwing out the old rack, but I got it to fold up neatly, and I kept it.

Now I have a lot more room in that room. Seems way less cluttered. Also found an old dented cardboard box that was propping up the rack. Will recycle it. 

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« Reply #3628 on: May 23, 2020, 10:04:50 PM »
Dropped off the Goodwill bag, and have the other two donation containers in the car. One isn't accepting clothing items, but the other is just waiting to be on that side of town.

Tossed five cotton washcloths in the compost bin. They were stained and worn out beyond redemption.

Returned a borrowed puzzle and am reading a borrowed book to get it back to its owner soon.

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« Reply #3629 on: May 24, 2020, 09:14:26 PM »
Finally returned a borrowed item I had for the last 7 months, and gave them 3 other items to go with it as I did the socially distant drop-off. They had said it was no rush to return, but I was itching to get items out and they did appreciate the bonus items as well.

Then I bought a little daisy bouquet at the grocery and displayed half in my kitchen and cut the rest of the flowers to fit one each in a dozen mini vases we had for no reason. I left them out for the neighbours with a sign to please take one. They were all gone within about an hour.

We had internet issues the last few days, so while I waited for the repair person I decided on my analog project - I cut up 4 pieces of clothing (not nice enough to donate, and actually from a goodwill by-the-pound fabric purchase more than a year ago) into strips and crocheted a floor mat for an area where we would have had to buy one this season. The few fabric edges left will get stuffed into a floor cushion in progress.

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« Reply #3630 on: May 25, 2020, 07:59:32 PM »
Our donation centers are still closed, but I've had luck just putting things at the end of the driveway.  This weekend we got rid of an extra office chair that had seen better days, and a bookcase that I had repaired and used in the garage.   I'm trying to pick nice days to put things out so there's a better chance that someone will take them.

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« Reply #3631 on: May 26, 2020, 06:38:05 AM »
Pared down my DVD collection this weekend. Have a box ready to be sent to decluttr which will result in $25 coming my way. Another big box is ready to go to Goodwill (ones that decluttr wouldn't take).  Several more boxes were filled that are destined for ebay. Only planning to keep a handful out of hundreds.

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« Reply #3632 on: May 26, 2020, 08:50:59 AM »
Our waste drop off opened today.  The line up is huge. The city is tweeting not to come today. 

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« Reply #3633 on: May 26, 2020, 01:34:50 PM »
Last week I cleared out the car and found a place for the new baby's things. My toddler climbed out of the crib a couple times over the weekend, so we moved her to a floor bed. I stored quite a few things under her crib and had to get creative about shuffling things around to find them a home. I also found a spot for the crib since the new baby will be in a bassinet the first few months.

I finished going through my papers. My computer is next. Those two areas are hardest for me to keep under control because I tend to jot down or type my ideas/thoughts to help clarify them. I don't like to throw away the notes because sometimes I need to reference them a few months later when new inspiration strikes.

The system I came up with is to keep an inbox for my paper notes and use Google Keep for typed notes and just let both be chaotic. I think my problem before was in trying to organize them or integrate them into some type of system. They're a bit too fluid for that. So I'm embracing the messiness and giving them a space of their own.

Tonight I will tackle Google Docs (by diverting the random notes I have there to Google Keep). I'll also try to come up with a better system for Gmail and Google Photos.

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« Reply #3634 on: May 26, 2020, 05:36:57 PM »
Filed under 'things you ignore since they've been there forever' :  an old wooden collapsible clothes drying rack fell over during the night. I noticed something was different. Ah, the old clothes rack fell over (a glued joint broke).

I took the clothes off the top of it (all of it can be donated or maybe sold) and put them somewhere else that takes up less room.

I thought about throwing out the old rack, but I got it to fold up neatly, and I kept it.

Now I have a lot more room in that room. Seems way less cluttered. Also found an old dented cardboard box that was propping up the rack. Will recycle it. 

Oh my.  Not noticing things in an overstuffed house is called Clutter Blindness.  Your brain just doesn’t see it after a while.

So I have to ask - why are you keeping a clothes rack that has already been repaired, but clearly didn’t “take” because it needed a box to hold it up?  Do you actually think you’ll fix it again?  This is hoarder thinking I’m afraid.

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« Reply #3635 on: May 27, 2020, 08:12:30 AM »
Filled another box last night with extra items I had in my kitchen cupboards. Dusted off some decorative knick knacks that I am planning to list on FB Marketplace to see if I can get a few dollars out of them.

Donation centers are re-opening here. I've had a bad back, but it is nearly better, so perfect timing. This weekend I am planning to drop off a bunch of stuff.

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« Reply #3636 on: May 27, 2020, 01:50:07 PM »
I've been going through areas of the house, which has the double win of decluttering & generating things to list on eBay or donate/toss. I've finally gone through my crystal. Why I even have it is a mystery. I'm a low maintenance entertainer, and the crystal (which, I've never used in 20 years) requires hand washing. Listed it on eBay. Sold a crystal pitcher & a super fancy cheeseboard. Made $165.

I've been finding that it takes a few rounds in each area to get down to finding everything that needs to go. Just when I think I'm done... I find new things to toss, donate or sell. It's glorious!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3637 on: May 27, 2020, 06:26:22 PM »
Filed under 'things you ignore since they've been there forever' :  an old wooden collapsible clothes drying rack fell over during the night. I noticed something was different. Ah, the old clothes rack fell over (a glued joint broke).

I took the clothes off the top of it (all of it can be donated or maybe sold) and put them somewhere else that takes up less room.

I thought about throwing out the old rack, but I got it to fold up neatly, and I kept it.

Now I have a lot more room in that room. Seems way less cluttered. Also found an old dented cardboard box that was propping up the rack. Will recycle it. 

Oh my.  Not noticing things in an overstuffed house is called Clutter Blindness.  Your brain just doesn’t see it after a while.

So I have to ask - why are you keeping a clothes rack that has already been repaired, but clearly didn’t “take” because it needed a box to hold it up?  Do you actually think you’ll fix it again?  This is hoarder thinking I’m afraid.


A gentle second on the hoarder thinking. If the clothes rack was covered with clothes that can be discarded, and it was broken with a cardboard box propping it up, that's a useless item holding more useless items. Let them go and enjoy that empty space.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3638 on: May 28, 2020, 12:06:11 AM »
Gathered the gumption to go through my paper pile again.  Discarded a handful; stored some things in more logical places and have a small stack to go through in the coming days as gumption returns.

Also finally decided to let go of a bag I haven't used more than a handful of times in the last two years (maybe more).  It's not going to the donation center until the Covid restrictions are loosened, however.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3639 on: May 28, 2020, 07:22:12 AM »
Gave away two old computers to a guy that uses them for parts.

I've been going through areas of the house, which has the double win of decluttering & generating things to list on eBay or donate/toss. I've finally gone through my crystal. Why I even have it is a mystery. I'm a low maintenance entertainer, and the crystal (which, I've never used in 20 years) requires hand washing. Listed it on eBay. Sold a crystal pitcher & a super fancy cheeseboard. Made $165.

I've been finding that it takes a few rounds in each area to get down to finding everything that needs to go. Just when I think I'm done... I find new things to toss, donate or sell. It's glorious!

That's awesome! Found money!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3640 on: May 28, 2020, 09:08:23 AM »
Filed under 'things you ignore since they've been there forever' :  an old wooden collapsible clothes drying rack fell over during the night. I noticed something was different. Ah, the old clothes rack fell over (a glued joint broke).

I took the clothes off the top of it (all of it can be donated or maybe sold) and put them somewhere else that takes up less room.

I thought about throwing out the old rack, but I got it to fold up neatly, and I kept it.

Now I have a lot more room in that room. Seems way less cluttered. Also found an old dented cardboard box that was propping up the rack. Will recycle it. 

Oh my.  Not noticing things in an overstuffed house is called Clutter Blindness.  Your brain just doesn’t see it after a while.

So I have to ask - why are you keeping a clothes rack that has already been repaired, but clearly didn’t “take” because it needed a box to hold it up?  Do you actually think you’ll fix it again?  This is hoarder thinking I’m afraid.

Thanks for the concern,  SunnyDays.  Actually, I noticed after my post that I can repair the rack by tying up the affected joint. Or by regluing. And I can reuse the wood  dowels, maybe in the garden, maybe for some other repair. 

Yeah, I don't NEED to keep the old rack, but it's not taking up much space folded up.

Onward to bigger items, lol.   
   

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3641 on: May 28, 2020, 11:39:46 AM »
Filed under 'things you ignore since they've been there forever' :  an old wooden collapsible clothes drying rack fell over during the night. I noticed something was different. Ah, the old clothes rack fell over (a glued joint broke).

I took the clothes off the top of it (all of it can be donated or maybe sold) and put them somewhere else that takes up less room.

I thought about throwing out the old rack, but I got it to fold up neatly, and I kept it.

Now I have a lot more room in that room. Seems way less cluttered. Also found an old dented cardboard box that was propping up the rack. Will recycle it. 

Oh my.  Not noticing things in an overstuffed house is called Clutter Blindness.  Your brain just doesn’t see it after a while.

So I have to ask - why are you keeping a clothes rack that has already been repaired, but clearly didn’t “take” because it needed a box to hold it up?  Do you actually think you’ll fix it again?  This is hoarder thinking I’m afraid.

Thanks for the concern,  SunnyDays.  Actually, I noticed after my post that I can repair the rack by tying up the affected joint. Or by regluing. And I can reuse the wood  dowels, maybe in the garden, maybe for some other repair. 

Yeah, I don't NEED to keep the old rack, but it's not taking up much space folded up.

Onward to bigger items, lol.   
   

I thought the same thing when I read it.  SM, it may not only be your old girlfriend that had trouble letting things go.  I've noticed you have a pattern of holding for various reasons (to get top dollar, it "might" be useful, it doesn't take up that much space, etc.)  The little things do all add up.

I challenge you to set a deadline to use it such as by the end of this weekend, or let it go.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3642 on: May 28, 2020, 11:54:04 AM »
Filed under 'things you ignore since they've been there forever' :  an old wooden collapsible clothes drying rack fell over during the night. I noticed something was different. Ah, the old clothes rack fell over (a glued joint broke).

I took the clothes off the top of it (all of it can be donated or maybe sold) and put them somewhere else that takes up less room.

I thought about throwing out the old rack, but I got it to fold up neatly, and I kept it.

Now I have a lot more room in that room. Seems way less cluttered. Also found an old dented cardboard box that was propping up the rack. Will recycle it. 

Oh my.  Not noticing things in an overstuffed house is called Clutter Blindness.  Your brain just doesn’t see it after a while.

So I have to ask - why are you keeping a clothes rack that has already been repaired, but clearly didn’t “take” because it needed a box to hold it up?  Do you actually think you’ll fix it again?  This is hoarder thinking I’m afraid.

Thanks for the concern,  SunnyDays.  Actually, I noticed after my post that I can repair the rack by tying up the affected joint. Or by regluing. And I can reuse the wood  dowels, maybe in the garden, maybe for some other repair. 

Yeah, I don't NEED to keep the old rack, but it's not taking up much space folded up.

Onward to bigger items, lol.   
   

Along these lines, I received a wall mounted drying rack earlier this year for my birthday, and asked DH to toss the old, wooden one we had for decades.  He didn't, and instead has been using pieces for his various hobbies.  Recycle, reuse, repurpose.  I love it.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3643 on: May 28, 2020, 01:34:33 PM »
Oh for sure, reuse when possible, as long as you do reuse items and don’t just keep them “in case” or for “someday.”  Hoarders tend to have big plans for 1001 projects as an excuse to keep things.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3644 on: May 28, 2020, 04:13:13 PM »
Oh for sure, reuse when possible, as long as you do reuse items and don’t just keep them “in case” or for “someday.”  Hoarders tend to have big plans for 1001 projects as an excuse to keep things.

Agreed.  :)

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3645 on: May 30, 2020, 01:36:26 PM »
My husband has finally decided that we will divorce. Not my choice, but I will make the best of it. I have decluttered a lot already, but a lot more needs to be done. I will not bring a lot of crap into my coming apartment.

Also, I am by choice not taking a lot of "stuff" from our current home. If there are things I don't absolutely need (but want/would be nice to have) and I don't love what we have now, I will not take it with me, but take time to look for something I really like instead. Examples are cheapo Ikea book shelves, I will not take them, I will put the few books I own in a box until I find the right solution. Could be new-to-me lovely old book shelves, could be in a unused kitchen cupboard, who knows? :-)

This will also help with ex-DH letting my have the few items I really want. Today I asked if I could take a really lovely pot stand that I believe originally comes from his grandma, and he was absolutely fine with that. There are a few things that I really want to keep (big and small, a linen cupboard is another thing) and I will really try to get them, but not much more except for what I really need.

As you maybe can tell, besides the sadness, I am also really excited to recreate my life. I am so looking forward to this.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3646 on: May 30, 2020, 02:52:50 PM »
@LinneaH - I'm so sorry to hear about the divorce. It sounds like you have a very positive outlook for the future

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3647 on: May 30, 2020, 03:33:12 PM »
@LinneaH  - divorce sucks but sometimes really good things happen after divorce that couldn't happen before.

The donation center openned - DH loaded up the car and so many bags left the house.  A huge section of the basement and the garage is now empty and spacious again.
Whoot whoot.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3648 on: May 30, 2020, 06:28:54 PM »
I'm sorry to hear about the divorce but hope that you get to remake your life into exactly what you need and desire.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #3649 on: May 31, 2020, 01:51:12 AM »
LinneaH, sorry about your divorce. I think the attitude you have towards possessions will serve you well. I spent a lot of time churning through items that reminded me of my ex after my divorce, would have preferred a cleaner break from those memories.