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« Reply #4100 on: September 11, 2020, 08:17:36 PM »
If it's not worth selling, and the donation places won't take it, and you can't give it away - it hurts, but trash it. Try to recycle if you can of course. By product of too much mindless consumption.

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« Reply #4101 on: September 11, 2020, 10:20:02 PM »


I have a new organizing/decluttering problem lately:  it seems that decluttering has become the trendiest stay-home hobby, and all my local thrift stores are overwhelmed to the point of some not accepting new donations at all, and the others having half-hour long waits of mile-long lines of cars to drop stuff off. The animal shelter says no more linens, the little food pantry says absolutely, positively nothing but food. A lot of people around here were making Free piles at the ends of their driveways or roads - but I'm afraid to try that because some people have had other people stealthily dump even more stuff in their free piles!  Anybody else having trouble finding anywhere for their decluttering to go?

Sometimes you have to take the hit and bin things (with a promise to yourself to be more a mindful consumer in the future). We have probably all had to do it at some point. No one is perfect!!
Alternatively, you could post on your local Buy nothing/Pay it forward FB group if there is one? There are lots of clever people out there who will look at each item with fresh eyes and repurpose or reuse things in some way. Good luck.

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« Reply #4102 on: September 11, 2020, 11:32:21 PM »
Recently combed through 5 boxes of photos looking for baby pics of Sis at her request.  Pulled out a stack of non-photos, mostly postcards.  Today I finished sorting toss, keep (for scanning before tossing) and give to the ex.

Now to get the things for the ex back to the photo boxes...I will be giving him at least 2 boxes of photos once I scan the ones I want.  That will be a beautiful day. I keep thinking we are totally disentangled, but there's always one more thing.  I *think* this is really, really the last thing!

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« Reply #4103 on: September 12, 2020, 03:06:08 PM »
Now, this may be a topic for a new thread but has anyone else noticed how nice it is to have an empty space in a cupboard or closet so that you have a designated place for things when they are in use and not in use? For example we have a place on the kitchen counter where the electric griddle can plug in, but we also have a spot in the hall closet that is exactly griddle sized so it can easily be put away for the weeks when we won't use it at all.

This is my dream! A place for everything, even when everything is not in it's place.

I am fine without having the "extra" space like you have behind your flour, but I would be sure to put only very rarely-accessed things there.  When I lived alone, I was mostly able to achieve this.  Now that I have a room mate, no dice. She has a different philosophy and a different roster of stuff, especially for the kitchen.  I miss it.

I'm living the dream! Haha, I guess not quite still I'm still trying to optimize. I definitely agree that rarely-accessed things should go in the awkward places. I just want less awkward places to begin with and I'm trying to create that situation without any renos by pretending they don't exist or putting only 1 well fitted item in any given black hole.

My Friend (who is the most organized person Iíve ever known) has thin, plastic ďlazy SusanísĒ in her pantry. She is able to store a good amount while being able to see everything in one turn. It makes good use of the space (especially towards the corner where items can get lost) without anything feeling crammed in there.

Great idea for custom lazy Susans - I may have to try that out. I don't have any marbles, but may have a necklace in the house that can be sacrificed for that purpose.

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« Reply #4104 on: September 12, 2020, 03:55:29 PM »
Yesterday I took the bag of clothes to the donation bin after one last sweep of my accessories drawer, I added a tie, a big scarf, a necklace and a very nice Pelikan fountain pen that I haven't used in over 7 years. Whatever they get for it will do more good than the space it takes up.

 I also used a nice square scarf and a ribbon that have been floating around my house to wrap up a present (of small delicious consumables) for my friend's birthday.

Oh, and the boys' mum collects vintage pyrex so I could offer her this really great duckegg blue casserole dish that used to be just the right size for me but is way to small for a house of teen boys.

It feels good to let things go to good homes.

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« Reply #4105 on: September 12, 2020, 05:42:51 PM »


Great idea for custom lazy Susans - I may have to try that out. I don't have any marbles, but may have a necklace in the house that can be sacrificed for that purpose.

It doesn't work as well with beads as with marbles.  I had that same idea, but the weirdest thing happens where it works on the first couple turns, but then the beads all orient themselves so that their holes are exactly vertical, and the top pan gets stuck on all the tiny "flat sides" of the beads where the holes are, and then it doesn't turn well.  I got some marbles from the dollar store - a little bag of 30 marbles or so is enough to make 2 or 3 lazy Susans.

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« Reply #4106 on: September 12, 2020, 06:34:50 PM »
My mom took all the old computers up to Best Buy for recycling. 8 of them.

At least they're out of the house.

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« Reply #4107 on: September 12, 2020, 08:12:07 PM »
I used up another part can of fence stain that had been cluttering the workshop for a couple of years.  You know, by applying it to the fence.

It takes longer that I would have thought.  and ugh.  One more nearly full can left to go.


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« Reply #4108 on: September 14, 2020, 04:22:23 PM »
An old, stained cutting board, a spoon rest, and a pair of shoes were tossed yesterday.  However, the first two items were replaced with new ones.  ;)

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« Reply #4109 on: September 14, 2020, 08:28:18 PM »
Donated a bunch of jewelry to the friends of library for a sale. Itís so hard to get rid of jewelry so I was so happy to find a good use for my semi precious and costume stuff that I donít want

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« Reply #4110 on: September 15, 2020, 07:43:12 AM »
Went through "closet of doom" where i keep boxes & mailing supplies. Determined I had way too much of everything. Broke down all of the boxes. Recycled the majority of them, organized the closet, bagged up all of the packaging/wrapping. Closet looks so much better! Boxes no longer fall on top of me when I open it.

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« Reply #4111 on: September 15, 2020, 09:39:22 AM »
The 3-season room is down to only my things!

Now that I have space, I plan on going through every item out there and decide keep/sell/give/toss. I hope to end up with half of what is out there. Some of those items have been stored out there for nearly 4 years, so I shouldn't have trouble with not keeping them.

I also have other piles in the house that can now be stored out there (after doing the same process). I think my house is going to look much better once I complete these next few steps.

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« Reply #4112 on: September 15, 2020, 10:54:56 AM »
It's not really a tossing-out so much as a "not acquiring specialized items that might not work at my next rental," but I managed to organize some things that were kind of just in piles in the kitchen (ah, boxes of tea!) by using cardboard boxes as organizing bins. It's not as pretty as a real organizing bin, but it's functional and I can just recycle it when we move out of here instead of trying to fit it into a new setup.

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« Reply #4113 on: September 16, 2020, 06:24:51 AM »
Donated a bunch of jewelry to the friends of library for a sale. Itís so hard to get rid of jewelry so I was so happy to find a good use for my semi precious and costume stuff that I donít want

I have tons of jewelry I want to get rid of. I have decided to take a lot of it down to a retail store that advertises for people to bring in their unwanted jewelry. I am getting about 20 pieces together for a test run.

I have selected a few nice pieces, some of it Avon, some of it other name brand stuff, whose prices I have estimated by looking at eBay,  to try to sell at a flea market.   Not expecting to get high prices. We'll see.       


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« Reply #4114 on: September 17, 2020, 03:32:02 PM »
I took the 'test run' bag of jewelry down to the store, to sell. They gave me $15 for about 20 pieces of costume jewelry. I took the $15. Seemed  fair. They also weighed 4 pieces of Sterling and offered me $5 for that, but I decided to keep the sterling to sell myself.

They also tested a ring to make sure it was not gold, and identified one of the pieces I thought was 'costume' as sterling.   Good to know.

Tons more jewelry to go. Off to a good start.

Anyone know any tricks to untangling thin silver necklace chains, let me know, please, ha ha. I have 2 chains tangled up together.  Can barely see them, even with reading glasses, magnifying glass, and lots of light.   
   

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« Reply #4115 on: September 17, 2020, 05:45:00 PM »
I took the 'test run' bag of jewelry down to the store, to sell. They gave me $15 for about 20 pieces of costume jewelry. I took the $15. Seemed  fair. They also weighed 4 pieces of Sterling and offered me $5 for that, but I decided to keep the sterling to sell myself.

They also tested a ring to make sure it was not gold, and identified one of the pieces I thought was 'costume' as sterling.   Good to know.

Tons more jewelry to go. Off to a good start.

Anyone know any tricks to untangling thin silver necklace chains, let me know, please, ha ha. I have 2 chains tangled up together.  Can barely see them, even with reading glasses, magnifying glass, and lots of light.   
 

For the chains, long nails or a sewing pin.  Grab a spot, jiggle to see if anything works loose, pick at it.  Should kerp you occupied for several hours.   ;-)

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« Reply #4116 on: September 17, 2020, 08:18:01 PM »
I took the 'test run' bag of jewelry down to the store, to sell. They gave me $15 for about 20 pieces of costume jewelry. I took the $15. Seemed  fair. They also weighed 4 pieces of Sterling and offered me $5 for that, but I decided to keep the sterling to sell myself.

They also tested a ring to make sure it was not gold, and identified one of the pieces I thought was 'costume' as sterling.   Good to know.

Tons more jewelry to go. Off to a good start.

Anyone know any tricks to untangling thin silver necklace chains, let me know, please, ha ha. I have 2 chains tangled up together.  Can barely see them, even with reading glasses, magnifying glass, and lots of light.   
 

For the chains, long nails or a sewing pin.  Grab a spot, jiggle to see if anything works loose, pick at it.  Should kerp you occupied for several hours.   ;-)

Iíve done exactly this, but I put the chains on a flat surface and use 2 pins to pull them apart a bit at a time.  It takes a while, but it works.

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« Reply #4117 on: September 18, 2020, 06:42:37 AM »
I took the 'test run' bag of jewelry down to the store, to sell. They gave me $15 for about 20 pieces of costume jewelry. I took the $15. Seemed  fair. They also weighed 4 pieces of Sterling and offered me $5 for that, but I decided to keep the sterling to sell myself.

They also tested a ring to make sure it was not gold, and identified one of the pieces I thought was 'costume' as sterling.   Good to know.

Tons more jewelry to go. Off to a good start.

Anyone know any tricks to untangling thin silver necklace chains, let me know, please, ha ha. I have 2 chains tangled up together.  Can barely see them, even with reading glasses, magnifying glass, and lots of light.   
 

For the chains, long nails or a sewing pin.  Grab a spot, jiggle to see if anything works loose, pick at it.  Should kerp you occupied for several hours.   ;-)

Iíve done exactly this, but I put the chains on a flat surface and use 2 pins to pull them apart a bit at a time.  It takes a while, but it works.

and a drop of mineral oil on the knot helps too.

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« Reply #4118 on: September 19, 2020, 10:47:43 PM »
Got everything out of our storage unit to Goodwill and consignment. I can hardly believe itís finally empty and gone from our life (and from our bill-pay). Oh Happy Dance!!

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« Reply #4119 on: September 20, 2020, 06:30:14 AM »
Got everything out of our storage unit to Goodwill and consignment. I can hardly believe itís finally empty and gone from our life (and from our bill-pay). Oh Happy Dance!!

Congratulations! What an achievement!

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« Reply #4120 on: September 20, 2020, 03:02:15 PM »
Very impressive! Good for you

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« Reply #4121 on: September 20, 2020, 10:27:59 PM »
Thanks okcisok and Sun Hat. I am embarrassed at how much we spent on storage facility fees. so very easy to put the stuff in there and so very hard to get it all out and disposed of.

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« Reply #4122 on: September 21, 2020, 01:23:16 AM »
Got everything out of our storage unit to Goodwill and consignment. I can hardly believe itís finally empty and gone from our life (and from our bill-pay). Oh Happy Dance!!

Good job! And good for the finances as well.

And also thank you, thank you, thank you for the reminder, I need to cancel my storage unit before month end. This is a small one, needed for house sale. I have used it for the period from when we showed the house until I move (four months) and will be totally emptied by movers on moving day mid-October, so it's not a mentally tough process (which I assume yours was more of). But I absolutely don't want to pay for another month, when it's already empty. Calling them now.

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« Reply #4123 on: September 21, 2020, 01:19:19 PM »
Progress on projects again...

Gallon of ceiling paint is used up and gone.
Did the spray painting of the gas line (outside), since it was all rusty and ugly. Still ugly, but at least it's protected.
Did the texture stuff in the book room upstairs. That stuff is annoying, makes a huge mess, and it doesn't really match the old texture. So I might just sand it down and live with the difference.

More projects have been progressed, but they haven't resulted in declutter yet. I'll get there.

And gave the baggie of batteries to my mom to take home. Her town accepts batteries in the recycle bin, and I've been forgetting for months to take mine somewhere.

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« Reply #4124 on: September 21, 2020, 03:44:27 PM »
Let's see, I've done the following:
-Bought books at the friends of library sale, but immediately made a pile of keep/sell/donate (it was a genre based grab bag). I'm absolutely ecstatic to have some paper books back, but a few are not my jam. I'll keep the rest & then donate most. Have a few worth selling
-Gave my sister her birthday gift (reusable face scrubs, which I love & wanted to share), so those are now out of the house
-Found a few toys in our garage. Donated a bunch, listed a couple for sale

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« Reply #4125 on: September 22, 2020, 05:27:16 AM »
Looked around the edges of the garage, and the shelves  ( I have a big open space in the middle for a car) and took out 10 things to sell, and threw out 5.   

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« Reply #4126 on: September 22, 2020, 06:42:05 AM »
We have been puttering around the house for the last two weeks of our away from the office vacation.  A number of repairs got done and a huge number of items got tossed to more appropriate locations.  Our elderly neighbours have massive garbage bins.  This week we filled our small one and their giant one.  One fully loaded Leaf trunk of stuff went to the restore and another to Goodwill.  There are three huge bags of yard waste.  The giant recycling bin is nearly full as well. 

I am trying to be rigorous about the pantry.  As I do canning recipes and come across multiples of spices (I forgot to cross pickling spice off a grocery list and DH bought it twice) I am consolidating them or tossing something that looks like it moved to this house with us in 2010.  Or survived the 2016 kitchen restoration.

DD started to go through her bins of stuff she left in the basement after we painted her room.  One is empty now.  The other is full of empty binders. 
DH worked on the garage for two days.  We are both guilty of being pack rats there.  And now we are accumulating bicycles. 

Stuff keeps coming out of our house! Occasionally I will look at a closet and think...gee that is a little less packed.  Or I will put something away in its spot.  Or I will find the item I am looking for without having to excavate or dodge an avalanche.

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« Reply #4127 on: September 22, 2020, 11:38:31 PM »
This weekend I saw a lady who moved her horse out of my boarding stable about six months ago.  When she left, she said I could use her tack locker, because she probably wasn't sure if the move would be permanent, or if she might want to come back.  Her horse is doing well in their new place, with no room for the locker, so I've been meaning to ask if I can buy it from her.  She said I could just have it, but I know she is always short of funds and didn't feel good about that.  The tack locker is a glorious thing, people.  Everyone else is stuck with trunks that are just bottomless pits of disorganization.  After nagging her a bit, we negotiated a trade for a saddle pad I didn't need and a fly sheet my horse recently outgrew.  Win, win, and two less things in the heap of horse gear I've been sorting through in the basement.

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« Reply #4128 on: September 23, 2020, 07:20:26 AM »


Stuff keeps coming out of our house! Occasionally I will look at a closet and think...gee that is a little less packed.  Or I will put something away in its spot.  Or I will find the item I am looking for without having to excavate or dodge an avalanche.

Ha Ha, isn't it true?   I am continually surprised what I find when going through an area I have already gone through, thinking there was nothing left there to declutter. 

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« Reply #4129 on: September 23, 2020, 07:34:02 AM »
Awesome trade, @horsepoor

-I went through the "closet of doom" (we stashed a bunch of random kitchen & junk drawer items there, post kitchen remodel & unpacking) yesterday. Found three cutlery organizers that we no longer need & put them in the donate pile.
-Sold three items on eBay. Junk out, cash in.
-Sold an old pogo stick that I discovered in the garage
-Have someone interested in picking up a bike bag

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« Reply #4130 on: September 24, 2020, 02:02:07 PM »
Checking back in after a too long absence.  Sold a chair on Facebook Marketplace, and got rid of a bunch of kids clothes on Buy Nothing.

I'm really struggling with how much clutter we have, and how to get my family to make any effort to clean up after themselves.  My kids are 3 and 5, so definitely old enough to pick up after themselves, but it is always such a struggle.  Same with my spouse, who is okay at actually CLEANING things, but not so great at tidying and keeping tidy.  So I just feel overwhelmed and alone in my desire for a clean house.  Pep talks and tips for getting the family involved appreciated.

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« Reply #4131 on: September 24, 2020, 03:27:56 PM »
Checking back in after a too long absence.  Sold a chair on Facebook Marketplace, and got rid of a bunch of kids clothes on Buy Nothing.

I'm really struggling with how much clutter we have, and how to get my family to make any effort to clean up after themselves.  My kids are 3 and 5, so definitely old enough to pick up after themselves, but it is always such a struggle.  Same with my spouse, who is okay at actually CLEANING things, but not so great at tidying and keeping tidy.  So I just feel overwhelmed and alone in my desire for a clean house.  Pep talks and tips for getting the family involved appreciated.

If it's left out, try putting it in a box in the closet or something, see what actually is requested/looked for. If it never is, then chances are you can get rid of it. Especially toys, just make them disappear after a while. The less stuff you have the easier it is to keep it neat. My house looks like a disaster because of the cat toys all over. I spend 5 minutes picking them up and it looks 10x better.

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« Reply #4132 on: September 25, 2020, 04:12:30 AM »
The tack locker is a glorious thing, people.  Everyone else is stuck with trunks that are just bottomless pits of disorganization.

So I had to google photos of 'tack locker' and now I want one. I don't have a horse, nor do I have any saddles etc. It just looks so neat!
Thank you for letting me expand my vocabulary!

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« Reply #4133 on: September 25, 2020, 06:28:35 AM »
The tack locker is a glorious thing, people.  Everyone else is stuck with trunks that are just bottomless pits of disorganization.

So I had to google photos of 'tack locker' and now I want one. I don't have a horse, nor do I have any saddles etc. It just looks so neat!
Thank you for letting me expand my vocabulary!
this made me chuckle...
one has to be careful on this page that the opposite of the intended purpose doesn't occur.

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« Reply #4134 on: September 25, 2020, 07:18:51 AM »
Back story: divorce, house is sold, we are moving to separate places. He is not a hoarder, but a "let's not throw away/donate anything because we might need it some day". I understand that this is a new situation, and that we will both need to individually add some practical items to our separate households but I am also an aspiring minimalist, and I want to try to get rid of a lot of "Just in cases".

Question to this thread: can  I count every thing I say to him "you take it, I don't want it" to my general karma in this Gettting rid of stuff in the move?
I do need some good karma as he is moving out in 7 days, and at least in my opinion, is very late/behind with packing for his move. I am stressed by this.

I will move in 3.5 weeks, and I feel further along, this is also bc I have less stuff to move, but I am also aware that I have a finite amount of time to pack...

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« Reply #4135 on: September 25, 2020, 07:22:26 AM »
The tack locker is a glorious thing, people.  Everyone else is stuck with trunks that are just bottomless pits of disorganization.

So I had to google photos of 'tack locker' and now I want one. I don't have a horse, nor do I have any saddles etc. It just looks so neat!
Thank you for letting me expand my vocabulary!
this made me chuckle...
one has to be careful on this page that the opposite of the intended purpose doesn't occur.

Oh, don't worry, I am not getting one :-), admiring the neatness in the photos is actually all I need.
However, it did make me start thinking a bit, I am moving and will have a walk in closet/small storage for me and my two kids, and I will aspire to have the same feeling of functional neatness in there. So in that way it is inspiring, but only to make the best of what I have and will have use and need for.

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« Reply #4136 on: September 25, 2020, 07:48:18 AM »
Back story: divorce, house is sold, we are moving to separate places. He is not a hoarder, but a "let's not throw away/donate anything because we might need it some day". I understand that this is a new situation, and that we will both need to individually add some practical items to our separate households but I am also an aspiring minimalist, and I want to try to get rid of a lot of "Just in cases".

Question to this thread: can  I count every thing I say to him "you take it, I don't want it" to my general karma in this Gettting rid of stuff in the move?
I do need some good karma as he is moving out in 7 days, and at least in my opinion, is very late/behind with packing for his move. I am stressed by this.

I will move in 3.5 weeks, and I feel further along, this is also bc I have less stuff to move, but I am also aware that I have a finite amount of time to pack...

Sure. And what's the plan for when he moves out and doesn't take all the stuff?

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4137 on: September 25, 2020, 08:43:38 AM »
Back story: divorce, house is sold, we are moving to separate places. He is not a hoarder, but a "let's not throw away/donate anything because we might need it some day". I understand that this is a new situation, and that we will both need to individually add some practical items to our separate households but I am also an aspiring minimalist, and I want to try to get rid of a lot of "Just in cases".

Question to this thread: can  I count every thing I say to him "you take it, I don't want it" to my general karma in this Gettting rid of stuff in the move?
I do need some good karma as he is moving out in 7 days, and at least in my opinion, is very late/behind with packing for his move. I am stressed by this.

I will move in 3.5 weeks, and I feel further along, this is also bc I have less stuff to move, but I am also aware that I have a finite amount of time to pack...

Sure. And what's the plan for when he moves out and doesn't take all the stuff?

Front yard with a sign that says "free"

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4138 on: September 25, 2020, 09:15:28 AM »

Sure. And what's the plan for when he moves out and doesn't take all the stuff?

Tbh, not really sure. I see a few possible scenarios:
1) he will work hard this weekend and get a lot done. I actually assume he will take what is clearly his, it is the "shared, need to be split/assigned" that worries me, but that part is also my responsibility so I will make an effort with this also. This is the best outcome.
2) He will procrastrinate and have a lot still to pack Thursday evening. Not my problem really but I will probably help out a lot, just to get it done. I think this is the most likely outcome. I will be annoyed but it will pass.
3) As in no 2, but I will not help him, I am tired of taking care of his problems. He will not have all packed when movers show up Friday morning. This will work as I will stay in the house for a couple of weeks more, as long as he gets them to take all the furniture. Then he will pick up stuff over these weeks, until I move, then house needs to be empty for cleaning and handing over the keys to the buyers. Possible since we are both moving about five minute drive in separate directions, but not good as he needs to borrow my car and I will go crazy if he needs to do that several times (he can borrow the car, but annoying he needs to show up here, I just want peace and quiet to pack my stuff).




Front yard with a sign that says "free"

Hehe :-D

In addition to above, I believe that when he has moved out, when I continue and intensify my packing, I will find several items I will not bring.
These can be either his, ours jointly but I don't want them and he forgot/missed to take them, or stuff none of us want but we should dispose of jointly but I will have to do it. Here the "free" sign will absolutely come in handy, combined w a very active local Facebook group 'buy and sell and give away'. 

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« Reply #4139 on: September 25, 2020, 10:16:00 AM »
After we unpacked our kitchen, I've continued to go through our stuff, and donate/sell what we don't need.

I'm now left with the "closet of doom". It's where we keep all of the random stuff that doesn't have a natural home. So far, I've:
-Found a more logical home for all of our jars/lids
-Rehomed my son's cooking supplies. He likes his own stuff (recipe books, apron, measuring cups, timer, etc). Found a drawer that would work well to hold everything.
-Determined a good location for coffee supplies we only use when my parents are here. We have an espresso machine, but they prefer brewed coffee. They visit 1x-2x/year, so it doesn't need to be accessible, but I want it all in one place. Done. Tucked away, but all grouped for easy use & pull out when they arrive.

All that was left was the "junk drawer" items (copious number of pens, pencils, school supplies, and other miscellany). I seriously considered getting some sort of desk to hold all of this, and then was embarrassed by my giant overkill to a tiny problem. I'm instead doing the following:
-Adding necessary school supplies to the kids rooms, as they are now doing homework & online learning in their rooms
-Dumping/donating things we don't need. Pretty sure we don't need 100+ pencils
-Add a few items to our school supply area in a cupboard for things we might need in the future, but don't need right away.

It's my goal to finish the "junk drawer" items today.

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« Reply #4140 on: September 25, 2020, 12:22:49 PM »
I just added an amazing shelving unit to my living room. It's going to organize a large portion of the decorative items I've decided to keep.

Because of this, I'm giving a friend a bookshelf and I'm going through two full totes of random, maybe three. I'll be thrilled if I don't need to keep anything in the totes, but even if I get down to one, it'll be progress.

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« Reply #4141 on: September 26, 2020, 09:02:49 AM »
-Gave away five organizing units on "Buy Nothing" yesterday (3 came out of our "junk drawer" area, and we've rehomed a few necessary supplies & ditched the rest. 2 were silverware/kitchen tool organizers, and we now have built ins in our kitchen cabinets. The person I gave away to was able to swing by & grab them within an hour, and I left them on my porch. Done, and done.
-Sold another six items on eBay (books, mostly, plus my son's soccer shorts he outgrew before he could wear, thanks to COVID). Mailed & out of the house.

For today, have a roasting pan & oven element I will try to give away. Feel like those are the kinds of things that won't do well as a donation at my local place, but maybe I can match people up locally.

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« Reply #4142 on: September 26, 2020, 09:24:27 AM »
The tack locker is a glorious thing, people.  Everyone else is stuck with trunks that are just bottomless pits of disorganization.

So I had to google photos of 'tack locker' and now I want one. I don't have a horse, nor do I have any saddles etc. It just looks so neat!
Thank you for letting me expand my vocabulary!
this made me chuckle...
one has to be careful on this page that the opposite of the intended purpose doesn't occur.

Oh, don't worry, I am not getting one :-), admiring the neatness in the photos is actually all I need.
However, it did make me start thinking a bit, I am moving and will have a walk in closet/small storage for me and my two kids, and I will aspire to have the same feeling of functional neatness in there. So in that way it is inspiring, but only to make the best of what I have and will have use and need for.

Haha, mine is not that fancy, it's actually a little outdoor mini-shed and isn't deep enough to fit my saddles.  https://www.homedepot.com/p/Outdoor-Living-Today-4-ft-x-2-ft-Cedar-Garden-Storage-Shed-GC42/100655535?source=shoppingads&locale=en-US&mtc=Shopping-B-F_D28I-G-D28I-28_21_STORAGE_BUILDINGS-MULTI-NA-Feed-SMART-NA-NA-SMART_SHP&cm_mmc=Shopping-B-F_D28I-G-D28I-28_21_STORAGE_BUILDINGS-MULTI-NA-Feed-SMART-NA-NA-SMART_SHP-71700000071528812-58700006277461964-92700056727253507&gclid=Cj0KCQjwzbv7BRDIARIsAM-A6-3W4ATXFd4QaLj5we5JmQVGOg3ghiNbw1SMghxnvGrVoO2kB8ZgqOEaAv0aEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds  But after your post, I went looking at tack lockers on Pinterest, and now I'm inspired to take out the existing shelving in there and re-do the interior to make it even more space-efficient.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4143 on: September 27, 2020, 11:23:59 AM »
Getting our home ready to sell.  This means doing a few final touchups and getting trim completed, etc.

The nice part is that when the last bit of trim goes up, I can throw away all the remaining bits and boards each time.  Paint too, I touch up all the walls in colour X, and then I can get rid of those paint cans.  Feels good.

I also need to make space in my closets and pantry with the goal that everything remaining should have a bit of space around it.   Lots of donations are happening.   Sad that the big thrift store near me is closing and all the others only take a couple of bags at a time.

I went with DH to check out a storage locker.  It would end up being $95/mo for a 5ftx5ft locker.  We looked at each other and said "nope", and will find a corner of the house to densely pack things into instead.  This is great because storage out of the home tends to never go away, and we can again deal with the stuff when it is time to move and we know what furniture we want to take as we will know where we are going to.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4144 on: September 27, 2020, 08:23:26 PM »
Gave away a roasting pan/tray from our old oven, and copious amounts of mint & basil that we picked & shared with neighbors. Mailed a book that I sold.

Spent time breaking apart an old fence, so we could get rid of it. It was hot this weekend, and it was a really unfun project, but is done now. Woop!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4145 on: September 27, 2020, 09:58:20 PM »
I replaced the roof on the greenhouse today.  Except instead of clear panels, I made put opaque panels on 3/4 of it, and will begin walling most of it in.  In the process, I pulled out a bunch of smaller plant pots and other things that will be going away.  I'm thinking I'll post them as free on my local FB gardening group.

Since the greenhouse will now be more of a shed, I have my totes of horse blankets and other equine paraphernalia moved out there.  If I can get my DH to get rid of the non-running riding mower, we'll have ample space in the shop.

OTOH, after finally getting a handle on the yard waste, he dropped a huge branch that was overhanging the shop, and now have a bunch more tree detritus to deal with.  Boo.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4146 on: September 28, 2020, 04:04:28 AM »
Back story: divorce, house is sold, we are moving to separate places. He is not a hoarder, but a "let's not throw away/donate anything because we might need it some day". I understand that this is a new situation, and that we will both need to individually add some practical items to our separate households but I am also an aspiring minimalist, and I want to try to get rid of a lot of "Just in cases".

Question to this thread: can  I count every thing I say to him "you take it, I don't want it" to my general karma in this Gettting rid of stuff in the move?
I do need some good karma as he is moving out in 7 days, and at least in my opinion, is very late/behind with packing for his move. I am stressed by this.

I will move in 3.5 weeks, and I feel further along, this is also bc I have less stuff to move, but I am also aware that I have a finite amount of time to pack...

Update on this, during the weekend ex finally realised he needs to get serious about packing. So we have been through a lot of shared items, and I would say I have taken about 25%, he 50% and 25% neds to be discarded in different ways. So many things I don't need. Feels great. I have to replace a few kitchen utensils, but really not a lot. For other types of items, I don't see much I have to add back.

One does not need an ice cream scoop when we eat that type of ice cream maybe twice a year, a regular spoon will do. One does not need many types of wine glasses when only two types are used (other ones are not heirlooms or valuable, just 'we don't get rid of things if we already have them'. One does not need things of which ex said "why have we kept this?" and my answer is "you are the one who wanted to keep it so you take it".

So I managed to keep most of what I felt I will need, but removed a lot of things from my life that will not be replaced by similar/same category at all. Feels amazing!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4147 on: September 28, 2020, 06:56:31 AM »

  Lots of donations are happening.   Sad that the big thrift store near me is closing and all the others only take a couple of bags at a time.


The one near me now has a sign in front of the driveway leading to the donation shed that says 'we are not accepting donations between the hours of 4 PM and 8 AM.' 

Makes me think they are having stuff stolen at night. I've seen some nice  electronics in there at times.   

At least they are still accepting stuff, lol. 

I was donating stuff, from decluttering, years ago, so I was donating and cluttering before it was 'cool'.         

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4148 on: September 28, 2020, 07:39:01 AM »
Back story: divorce, house is sold, we are moving to separate places. He is not a hoarder, but a "let's not throw away/donate anything because we might need it some day". I understand that this is a new situation, and that we will both need to individually add some practical items to our separate households but I am also an aspiring minimalist, and I want to try to get rid of a lot of "Just in cases".

Question to this thread: can  I count every thing I say to him "you take it, I don't want it" to my general karma in this Gettting rid of stuff in the move?
I do need some good karma as he is moving out in 7 days, and at least in my opinion, is very late/behind with packing for his move. I am stressed by this.

I will move in 3.5 weeks, and I feel further along, this is also bc I have less stuff to move, but I am also aware that I have a finite amount of time to pack...

Update on this, during the weekend ex finally realised he needs to get serious about packing. So we have been through a lot of shared items, and I would say I have taken about 25%, he 50% and 25% neds to be discarded in different ways. So many things I don't need. Feels great. I have to replace a few kitchen utensils, but really not a lot. For other types of items, I don't see much I have to add back.

One does not need an ice cream scoop when we eat that type of ice cream maybe twice a year, a regular spoon will do. One does not need many types of wine glasses when only two types are used (other ones are not heirlooms or valuable, just 'we don't get rid of things if we already have them'. One does not need things of which ex said "why have we kept this?" and my answer is "you are the one who wanted to keep it so you take it".

So I managed to keep most of what I felt I will need, but removed a lot of things from my life that will not be replaced by similar/same category at all. Feels amazing!

That's wonderful, LinneaH, that you've been able to do this together.  It will be nice to have a few new items of your own but still keep only what you want and need in your own house.  Sounds like it's all going as smoothly as these things can.  Best wishes for you in your new space!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #4149 on: September 29, 2020, 12:50:36 AM »
Late reporting in, but I want "credit" dammit :)

Before leaving on a road trip, took the haz mat to the haz mat drop off station.  Did not bring home any clutter from the road trip, but I did find a nice sterling silver and amethyst ring to fit one of my fingers perfectly. Also bought some bike parts for repairs after my crash earlier this summer. Local shops are having a hard time keeping things in stock.  I vow to discard the old parts when they are replaced (the old parts are broken beyond repair).