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« Reply #4550 on: January 09, 2021, 05:13:26 AM »
Am attempting to stay out of op shops this month so there will definitely be more stuff going out than coming in. Decluttered 2 novels I won't read again, but they won't physically leave the house till Feb as I just don't trust myself to just drop them off and not go in to browse.

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« Reply #4551 on: January 09, 2021, 05:18:12 AM »
Am attempting to stay out of op shops this month so there will definitely be more stuff going out than coming in. Decluttered 2 novels I won't read again, but they won't physically leave the house till Feb as I just don't trust myself to just drop them off and not go in to browse.

Good idea if you will be tempted! If you can get together more items, there may be a charity in your area who will come pick up from your house, so you aren't tempted! Or I'm sure there is a neighbor who wouldn't mind one or two items thrown in their donation box.

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« Reply #4552 on: January 09, 2021, 08:44:01 AM »
Moved a stack of old annual calendars from the kitchen counter to a bedroom. Now I have some more clean space on the counter.

Also found 2 unused, blank calendars in the pile and recycled them.

Having the new counter space and seeing it every day is a nice plus.

A lot of my decluttering lately is consolidating stuff, but keeping it in the house, and out of sight, and taking up less space. Can't throw everything out, lol.   

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« Reply #4553 on: January 09, 2021, 08:52:49 AM »
I sold 5 items yesterday!  3 pickups, and 2 in the mail (though now that I think about it, 3 of those things are video games I sold for my BF, so only actually 2 of my items gone...)  Seems lots of people are enjoying post-holiday shopping this year.

My elderly cat passed this week, so I spent some time gathering and cleaning her things - on Monday I'll drop most of it off at the local humane society - they said they did take donations of goods and food, so hopefully they will be put to good use since I don't intend on getting another cat for a while.  I did sell her water fountain since I thought the shelter might not use it - lots of interest in that on FB Marketplace, it sold fast - I like the idea of another cat enjoying it today.

I threw away her medicines the day after she died - I paused and almost didn't, since it felt wasteful, but the leftovers were not really that much, definitely not worth finding a taker for the non-prescription stuff.  The finality of it was sad, but still the right thing to do.

I'm hoping to go through and declutter some more from the kitchen today - old bottles I noticed under the sink, and a few items from the pantry that haven't seen the light of day in a while.

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« Reply #4554 on: January 09, 2021, 08:54:01 AM »
Moved a stack of old annual calendars from the kitchen counter to a bedroom. Now I have some more clean space on the counter.

What's the reason to keep them?

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« Reply #4555 on: January 09, 2021, 09:39:51 AM »
I sold 5 items yesterday!  3 pickups, and 2 in the mail (though now that I think about it, 3 of those things are video games I sold for my BF, so only actually 2 of my items gone...)  Seems lots of people are enjoying post-holiday shopping this year.

My elderly cat passed this week, so I spent some time gathering and cleaning her things - on Monday I'll drop most of it off at the local humane society - they said they did take donations of goods and food, so hopefully they will be put to good use since I don't intend on getting another cat for a while.  I did sell her water fountain since I thought the shelter might not use it - lots of interest in that on FB Marketplace, it sold fast - I like the idea of another cat enjoying it today.

I threw away her medicines the day after she died - I paused and almost didn't, since it felt wasteful, but the leftovers were not really that much, definitely not worth finding a taker for the non-prescription stuff.  The finality of it was sad, but still the right thing to do.

I'm hoping to go through and declutter some more from the kitchen today - old bottles I noticed under the sink, and a few items from the pantry that haven't seen the light of day in a while.

From experience, as long as the items are clean and in decent condition, they can use them. If nothing else, they'll use ratty beds and blankets for sick and injured animals as appearance doesn't matter, just comfort and function.

I'm sorry you lost your kitty. It's hard. :(

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« Reply #4556 on: January 09, 2021, 12:48:45 PM »
Moved a stack of old annual calendars from the kitchen counter to a bedroom. Now I have some more clean space on the counter.

What's the reason to keep them?

Also what are annual calendars? Do you mean the regular sort that hangs on the wall and has a page for each month with pictures?

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« Reply #4557 on: January 09, 2021, 01:23:52 PM »
I sold 5 items yesterday!  3 pickups, and 2 in the mail (though now that I think about it, 3 of those things are video games I sold for my BF, so only actually 2 of my items gone...)  Seems lots of people are enjoying post-holiday shopping this year.

My elderly cat passed this week, so I spent some time gathering and cleaning her things - on Monday I'll drop most of it off at the local humane society - they said they did take donations of goods and food, so hopefully they will be put to good use since I don't intend on getting another cat for a while.  I did sell her water fountain since I thought the shelter might not use it - lots of interest in that on FB Marketplace, it sold fast - I like the idea of another cat enjoying it today.

I threw away her medicines the day after she died - I paused and almost didn't, since it felt wasteful, but the leftovers were not really that much, definitely not worth finding a taker for the non-prescription stuff.  The finality of it was sad, but still the right thing to do.

I'm hoping to go through and declutter some more from the kitchen today - old bottles I noticed under the sink, and a few items from the pantry that haven't seen the light of day in a while.

From experience, as long as the items are clean and in decent condition, they can use them. If nothing else, they'll use ratty beds and blankets for sick and injured animals as appearance doesn't matter, just comfort and function.

I'm sorry you lost your kitty. It's hard. :(

In typical cat-fashion, my cats had zero interest in the cat beds I purchased for them.  They've just been sitting around for years, so they still look pretty new after a wash.

I did clean out underneath the kitchen sink, took a few things out of the pantry, and threw away a bunch of old bottles of "product" from the extra bathroom shower that hasn't been used in years.  I listed 5 new things for sale, so it's been a productive day so far.

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« Reply #4558 on: January 10, 2021, 12:01:09 PM »
Thanks to Amazon I have been obtaining clutter like no ones business this week.  Im getting ready to have an outpatient surgery at the end of the month so Ive invested in some loose warm,  fuzzy lounge wear, slippers, a fancy lift chair I attempted to divert and some extra cloth masks.  I wont have full use of my arms for a few weeks so Im kind of stocking up now and trying to imagine doing everyday tasks without having bendy arms.  A relative will hang out with me the first 2 weeks so Im also trying to stock up on things I know she likes. 

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« Reply #4559 on: January 10, 2021, 01:12:26 PM »
-Sold two items on eBay (scarf & earrings)
-Gave away a pilates ball I've never used via Buy Nothing group

Planning to list the boys basketball hoop today. It's a full size, and should generate some interest during COVID times

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« Reply #4560 on: January 10, 2021, 01:13:08 PM »
2-1/2 years ago we decided to sell our house and bought a smaller condo unit. At time we got rid of a lot of stuff but still brought quite a bit to our new place.

I'm about to go on another mission to reduce a lot of the stuff I have in our storage room that haven't seen the light of day since we moved. For some items I post on Kijiji for up to a week (and ignore all the kijijidiots) and if it hasn't sold I donate; other items go straight to donation.

I have 4 totes and a medium tool chest to sort and reduce. My goal is to get to get everything into the 1 tote and the tool chest (which also holds some items other than tools)

I went through the 4 totes + 2 that had camping / outdoor gear in them and ended up with 3 well curated ones. Only kept items that I have used in the past year. I have a box of oil / grease / adhesives / etc to take to our hazardous waste depot next weekend, left a box of odds and ends in our waste room for people in the building to pick through (including  ~15 lbs of random screws and bolts) Gave a couple of empty totes to a friend. Have 7 or 8 items listed for sale.

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« Reply #4561 on: January 11, 2021, 09:37:15 PM »
Between funerals and other bad news this week I had a burst of cleaning adrenaline. (Distraction and activity is my best coping mechanism.) I went through every closet and storage area and made a new consolidated area for things to sell or donate. It was much bigger than expected - more than 50 items! I guess I'm not as much of a minimalist as I thought.
I quickly sent pictures to family members and friends nearby and within a few days had 1/3 of it re-homed, and a few items listed for sale and even more on a local giveaway pile.
Tomorrow I will take more pictures to post items and see what else can be donated to save the extra steps of posting and coordinating with buyers. The extra steps might be good for me though, and a few items have mixed memories associated with them and are good quality or expensive items that should sell well (and I don't want to give them to anyone I know, so I never have to see them again - there I said it).

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« Reply #4562 on: January 12, 2021, 12:08:27 AM »
(and I don't want to give them to anyone I know, so I never have to see them again - there I said it).

Perfectly legitimate sentiment. They are your things, and they should not be able to inflict their presence on you if you decide that's how you want it.

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« Reply #4563 on: January 12, 2021, 04:30:19 AM »
Ok I'm in for this.  Family of 4 -- two adults and two teenagers.  We don't have tons of extra stuff, but we could do better.  And I love getting rid of unused things.  My goal is to get rid of 500 objects this year.  So far this month I've already donated a box of outgrown kids' clothes, shoes, and toys (22 items).  I also created an Ebay account yesterday so I could try to sell a few things that might be worth a little money.

A fun one today -- I'm giving away an unused frog dissection kit that my kids never got around to.  It includes all the tools and the preserved frog too.  My neighbor was happy to get it for her two kids.  Should be a cool indoor Covid winter project for them.   

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« Reply #4564 on: January 12, 2021, 08:43:57 AM »
Ok I'm in for this.  Family of 4 -- two adults and two teenagers.  We don't have tons of extra stuff, but we could do better.  And I love getting rid of unused things.  My goal is to get rid of 500 objects this year.  So far this month I've already donated a box of outgrown kids' clothes, shoes, and toys (22 items).  I also created an Ebay account yesterday so I could try to sell a few things that might be worth a little money.

A fun one today -- I'm giving away an unused frog dissection kit that my kids never got around to.  It includes all the tools and the preserved frog too.  My neighbor was happy to get it for her two kids.  Should be a cool indoor Covid winter project for them.

Your, and your neighbor's, idea of cool indoor projects differ greatly from mine. Dissection days were not good days for me!

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« Reply #4565 on: January 12, 2021, 08:58:28 AM »
Moved a stack of old annual calendars from the kitchen counter to a bedroom. Now I have some more clean space on the counter.

What's the reason to keep them?

Also what are annual calendars? Do you mean the regular sort that hangs on the wall and has a page for each month with pictures?

Yes, they are the calendars that hang on the kitchen wall, with big squares for writing in things you want to do, on the bottom, and a big picture on the top. I had classic cars, nature scenes, and flowers.   

The reason I kept them is that they are a nice convenient way to reminisce about my life over the years. They have lots of events recorded, events I have forgotten, but that come back to life when I look back over the years with the calendars. Is that too weird? 

By the way, I may never look at them again. They may stay untouched. That's fine with me. But I looked over a few of them as I was moving them, and it brought back good memories, so I decided to keep them.

And they don't take up much space. And no, I don't want to photograph them, then recycle them.   

Also, they are are a nice easy-to-access reference if I want to see exactly when I mailed in a check somewhere, or had some home renovation done, traveled somewhere, etc. A lot of that stuff is on the calendar.

Like I said before, you can't throw everything out. These are worth keeping.

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« Reply #4566 on: January 12, 2021, 09:09:05 AM »
Moved a stack of old annual calendars from the kitchen counter to a bedroom. Now I have some more clean space on the counter.

What's the reason to keep them?

Also what are annual calendars? Do you mean the regular sort that hangs on the wall and has a page for each month with pictures?

Yes, they are the calendars that hang on the kitchen wall, with big squares for writing in things you want to do, on the bottom, and a big picture on the top. I had classic cars, nature scenes, and flowers.   

The reason I kept them is that they are a nice convenient way to reminisce about my life over the years. They have lots of events recorded, events I have forgotten, but that come back to life when I look back over the years with the calendars. Is that too weird? 

By the way, I may never look at them again. They may stay untouched. That's fine with me. But I looked over a few of them as I was moving them, and it brought back good memories, so I decided to keep them.

And they don't take up much space. And no, I don't want to photograph them, then recycle them.   

Also, they are are a nice easy-to-access reference if I want to see exactly when I mailed in a check somewhere, or had some home renovation done, traveled somewhere, etc. A lot of that stuff is on the calendar.

Like I said before, you can't throw everything out. These are worth keeping.

My mom writes EVERYTHING on her wall calendar.  Walks she took, people over for dinner, appointments.  The old ones have all sorts of stuff about my sister and I growing up - teeth lost, first day of school, and pretty much every other milestone you can think of.

I think she has all of her calendars from like 1982 when she got married.  It's pretty cool to have an exact date for some of these things.

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« Reply #4567 on: January 12, 2021, 11:35:01 AM »
Moved a stack of old annual calendars from the kitchen counter to a bedroom. Now I have some more clean space on the counter.

What's the reason to keep them?

Also what are annual calendars? Do you mean the regular sort that hangs on the wall and has a page for each month with pictures?

Yes, they are the calendars that hang on the kitchen wall, with big squares for writing in things you want to do, on the bottom, and a big picture on the top. I had classic cars, nature scenes, and flowers.   

The reason I kept them is that they are a nice convenient way to reminisce about my life over the years. They have lots of events recorded, events I have forgotten, but that come back to life when I look back over the years with the calendars. Is that too weird? 

By the way, I may never look at them again. They may stay untouched. That's fine with me. But I looked over a few of them as I was moving them, and it brought back good memories, so I decided to keep them.

And they don't take up much space. And no, I don't want to photograph them, then recycle them.   

Also, they are are a nice easy-to-access reference if I want to see exactly when I mailed in a check somewhere, or had some home renovation done, traveled somewhere, etc. A lot of that stuff is on the calendar.

Like I said before, you can't throw everything out. These are worth keeping.

My mom writes EVERYTHING on her wall calendar.  Walks she took, people over for dinner, appointments.  The old ones have all sorts of stuff about my sister and I growing up - teeth lost, first day of school, and pretty much every other milestone you can think of.

I think she has all of her calendars from like 1982 when she got married.  It's pretty cool to have an exact date for some of these things.

Wow, that's dedication!  I can't imagine keeping track of so much minutia.

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« Reply #4568 on: January 12, 2021, 12:29:06 PM »
I'm in for this!  I have about 4-6 months to sell/give away most of our stuff before we list our house.  Last year I sold about $2k worth of stuff, mostly small items, although a dining set and a generator made up $900 of it.  So far in January I've sold 6 items for $90 and another 3 of my daughter's things for $70 to her.  I just started listing items with shipping and made a mistake on one, but will chalk it up to inexperience. 

Also joined our local buy nothing group and have given away a stack of books, two boxes of Christmas decor and a filing cabinet.  Purged filing cabinet prior to selling and consolidated all the paper records we will keep down to one plastic banker box.  Onto the next closet to sort through and determine whether contents are trash, recycle, give away, try to sell.   

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« Reply #4569 on: January 12, 2021, 12:41:03 PM »
The reason I kept them is that they are a nice convenient way to reminisce about my life over the years. They have lots of events recorded, events I have forgotten, but that come back to life when I look back over the years with the calendars. Is that too weird? 

By the way, I may never look at them again. They may stay untouched. That's fine with me. But I looked over a few of them as I was moving them, and it brought back good memories, so I decided to keep them.

And they don't take up much space. And no, I don't want to photograph them, then recycle them.   

Also, they are are a nice easy-to-access reference if I want to see exactly when I mailed in a check somewhere, or had some home renovation done, traveled somewhere, etc. A lot of that stuff is on the calendar.

Like I said before, you can't throw everything out. These are worth keeping.

It's not weird to like looking at old calendars.  I don't like throwing mine away, but realistically there is not a lot of info in them, so they aren't very useful to me.  I do have lots of records on my online calendar that I refer back to frequently.

But you say you may never look at them again.  That indicates to me that they are not worth keeping.

It's fine to keep them if you do think you will look at them somewhat frequently - is there something you could do that wouldn't just be a stack somewhere - like bind the important pages into a book, or put in a 3-ring binder?  Something that's easier to access than a stack of calendars, makes it look like you value them, and encourages you to look at them every once in a while.

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« Reply #4570 on: January 12, 2021, 01:41:30 PM »
Listed another item on eBay (kids cooking set, and the teens have outgrown this)

Listed two more items on Buy Nothing group (new massager I got as a gift, but I have a theragun, and a Fitbit charger that doesn't fit the model I have).

I've posted a basketball hoop that's getting no love, & figure will make a family happy during COVID times. As always, more work to do. I've been in a daily/weekly/monthly decluttering mode for years, and don't go all in (instead I do small things every day, barring a few house wide large initiatives.) & I always find more things. It surprsies me, because we have a pretty minimalist house to start with.

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« Reply #4571 on: January 12, 2021, 01:56:09 PM »
Listed another item on eBay (kids cooking set, and the teens have outgrown this)

Listed two more items on Buy Nothing group (new massager I got as a gift, but I have a theragun, and a Fitbit charger that doesn't fit the model I have).

I've posted a basketball hoop that's getting no love, & figure will make a family happy during COVID times. As always, more work to do. I've been in a daily/weekly/monthly decluttering mode for years, and don't go all in (instead I do small things every day, barring a few house wide large initiatives.) & I always find more things. It surprsies me, because we have a pretty minimalist house to start with.
I started decluttering around 15 years ago and am still at it!  Like you I have kept at it in small ways as well as doing some bigger blitzes. I always have a donation box on the go. I wonder how I can still find stuff, but in that time I have raised 2 kids who go through various growth phases each bringing a need to update stuff, and then received another big wave of stuff when my parents died.

What a peculiar world we live in...stuff just seems to keep arriving and needing to be dealt with. What an enormous waste of time and the planets resources!




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« Reply #4572 on: January 12, 2021, 02:04:44 PM »
Listed another item on eBay (kids cooking set, and the teens have outgrown this)

Listed two more items on Buy Nothing group (new massager I got as a gift, but I have a theragun, and a Fitbit charger that doesn't fit the model I have).

I've posted a basketball hoop that's getting no love, & figure will make a family happy during COVID times. As always, more work to do. I've been in a daily/weekly/monthly decluttering mode for years, and don't go all in (instead I do small things every day, barring a few house wide large initiatives.) & I always find more things. It surprsies me, because we have a pretty minimalist house to start with.
I started decluttering around 15 years ago and am still at it!  Like you I have kept at it in small ways as well as doing some bigger blitzes. I always have a donation box on the go. I wonder how I can still find stuff, but in that time I have raised 2 kids who go through various growth phases each bringing a need to update stuff, and then received another big wave of stuff when my parents died.

What a peculiar world we live in...stuff just seems to keep arriving and needing to be dealt with. What an enormous waste of time and the planets resources!

Your last comment about the world we live in - so very true. It's such a waste of time to keep on top of. I try to not let it into my house to start with, but like you, I have kids who go through phases, have their own whims & ideas for birthday/Christmas gifts, etc.

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« Reply #4573 on: January 12, 2021, 02:44:08 PM »
Did the first steps needed for posting some manga on Gumtree - photos & noting the titles/vols. This is going to be my first time attempting to sell anything - I usually give away or donate - but it's mostly just getting out of the house.

The ongoing kitchen declutter continues - today I found 4 more baking ingredients with best before date >5yrs ago. Often not a problem but it does matter for baking powder etc. It loses effectiveness. [Yeast seems to live forever] We have 8 different cups that we only use for coffee so 4 are put in quarantine. The other small but good task has been starting to label the containers of dry goods, so now no one has to hold up the freekah and the bulgar and ask me which one is which. So that really is decluttering the inventory management task and outsourcing it to the containers.

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« Reply #4574 on: January 12, 2021, 07:05:09 PM »
The reason I kept them is that they are a nice convenient way to reminisce about my life over the years. They have lots of events recorded, events I have forgotten, but that come back to life when I look back over the years with the calendars. Is that too weird? 

By the way, I may never look at them again. They may stay untouched. That's fine with me. But I looked over a few of them as I was moving them, and it brought back good memories, so I decided to keep them.

And they don't take up much space. And no, I don't want to photograph them, then recycle them.   

Also, they are are a nice easy-to-access reference if I want to see exactly when I mailed in a check somewhere, or had some home renovation done, traveled somewhere, etc. A lot of that stuff is on the calendar.

Like I said before, you can't throw everything out. These are worth keeping.

It's not weird to like looking at old calendars.  I don't like throwing mine away, but realistically there is not a lot of info in them, so they aren't very useful to me.  I do have lots of records on my online calendar that I refer back to frequently.

But you say you may never look at them again.  That indicates to me that they are not worth keeping.

It's fine to keep them if you do think you will look at them somewhat frequently - is there something you could do that wouldn't just be a stack somewhere - like bind the important pages into a book, or put in a 3-ring binder?  Something that's easier to access than a stack of calendars, makes it look like you value them, and encourages you to look at them every once in a while.

NotJen, thanks for the time you have spent responding to my post.

I have decided I do value the calendars, since I may refer to them in the future. And, as a practical matter, I just measured the stack, and it is 12 inches by 12 inches by 1.5 inches tall.  I can get rid of 10 times that volume in one small bag of clothing donations, so I'm not worried about the space they are taking up.

Thanks for the idea of putting them into binders, too. But they would only take up more space if I did that. And they are so easy to access as they are, in a chronological stack, so easy to open and flip through, in their natural state.

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« Reply #4575 on: January 12, 2021, 07:57:17 PM »
The day after Xmas I unloaded the car and sorted through every gift I received. Stuff I would use went to its new home. If it replaced an item I had that was worn out or past use, I threw away the old item. If I wasn't going to use it, I found a new home for it. Some items went to a friend, some got donated. I wrote the thank you notes while the items were fresh in my mind and got them in the mail. Physical and mental clutter OUT.

Purged more Xmas stuff as I was unpacking it and packing it to put away.

I keep my stationery to one small box. It was getting overstuffed, so I packaged up a dozen cards and envelopes and mailed them to a friend who mentioned her lack of stationery.

I read What Your Clutter Is Trying to Tell You and it was fantastic! I thought I'd read all of the helpful info out there--feng shui, minimalism, decluttering, fly lady, etc. This one was about getting to the cause of the clutter, your feelings or past issues that caused sticking points. Only about 100 pages so a quick read. Inspired me to purge books I've had for over 20 years. (Yes, I was an English major in college, but I don't have to hold onto college-bookstore quality paperbacks to prove that. I have a diploma!) I have a box of books to send to a friend and a stack to take to the little library down the street. It's usually pretty bare of books, so it needs some love. Now all of my books fit on the shelf, not piled next to it.

Had to throw. a. book. away. It seemed wrong, but this book was on the floor and soaked up a dog accident. No way to salvage or recycle. Another plus to having all the books on the shelf!

Figured out my favorite workout dvd program is on YouTube. One more DVD out of the house. I purged all the cases last year, so now all the little plastic sleeves fit in a shoebox with room to spare.

Keep the declutter mojo going, my friends!

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« Reply #4576 on: January 13, 2021, 04:10:38 AM »
Ok I'm in for this.  Family of 4 -- two adults and two teenagers.  We don't have tons of extra stuff, but we could do better.  And I love getting rid of unused things.  My goal is to get rid of 500 objects this year.  So far this month I've already donated a box of outgrown kids' clothes, shoes, and toys (22 items).  I also created an Ebay account yesterday so I could try to sell a few things that might be worth a little money.

A fun one today -- I'm giving away an unused frog dissection kit that my kids never got around to.  It includes all the tools and the preserved frog too.  My neighbor was happy to get it for her two kids.  Should be a cool indoor Covid winter project for them.

Your, and your neighbor's, idea of cool indoor projects differ greatly from mine. Dissection days were not good days for me!

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« Reply #4577 on: January 13, 2021, 11:10:21 AM »
We're preparing for a move later this spring, so yesterday DH and I did a deep dive in our office. Recycled LOTS of outdated or expired paperwork, with a small shred pile to be disposed of (you know, the stuff you can't just throw away). Plan on hitting up local shredding service later this week, as most community free shedding days are in the summer (post-move).

Also found as part of that purge: a small pile of old electronics to take to a local e-recyclyer - three(!) old phones, a tablet, and a DVD player, all of which finally bit the proverbial dust.

Finally, a pile of ripped/worn clothing that can't be sold or donated is heading for a textile recycling bin!

(Is moving the ultimate de-cluttering motivator? It sure feels like it.)

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« Reply #4578 on: January 13, 2021, 03:18:45 PM »

I went through the 4 totes + 2 that had camping / outdoor gear in them and ended up with 3 well curated ones. Only kept items that I have used in the past year. I have a box of oil / grease / adhesives / etc to take to our hazardous waste depot next weekend, left a box of odds and ends in our waste room for people in the building to pick through (including  ~15 lbs of random screws and bolts) Gave a couple of empty totes to a friend. Have 7 or 8 items listed for sale.

Two items sold in past two days. I've had a run of about 8 successful drama free online selling transactions over past few months ... I keep joking with my wife that I am overdue for a whack job.

One of our building neighbours has taken the box of random screws and bolts.

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« Reply #4579 on: January 13, 2021, 03:28:27 PM »
Beyond excited that my 20 yo daughter is going to let me help her declutter her overstuffed bookshelf. I have run out of things to get rid of in the rest of the house and begged her to let me have at it.  She has given me 2 books for the donation pile so far and I am so happy. (I know you will all understand!)

Please note that a lot of the books are YA series she has outgrown. I would *never* force anyone to get rid of books they want to keep. I have over 1000 of my own.

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« Reply #4580 on: January 14, 2021, 02:32:49 PM »
Today was a good day!  Filled the backseat of my car with all of my cat items, and delivered them to the local humane society.  Filled my trunk with household hazardous waste since I learned they collect M-F (used to be once a month) and are right near the humane society.  And then went hiking!  Happy to combine my errands to that side of town into one trip.

I left an old grill at the curb last night for pickup today, but it was gone first thing in the morning.

I did fail at getting rid of my old TV.  I tried to fit it in my car, but it won't.  So I'll either find a car it fits in, or try to leave it at the curb for large item pickup next week.

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« Reply #4581 on: January 14, 2021, 10:53:03 PM »
Not a bad day. Reviewed what was under the bathroom sink. Only some cotton pads went into the donate bin, but nail polish remover went to Room Mate who almost bought some, and expired medications are waiting for a good time to dispose of at the pharmacy.

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« Reply #4582 on: January 15, 2021, 12:20:24 AM »
I recovered and wiped off fully a third of the surface of my desk, after several days of chipping away at piles.

Now I'm down to odds and ends that are there because I have no idea what to do with them. Perhaps the clean third will inspire me to keep plugging away at the rest.

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« Reply #4583 on: January 15, 2021, 01:36:16 AM »
My daughter relinquished another book for the donation pile. Actually, it was 2 books, but I might read one of them (Heart of Darkness, school text) so have put it on my bookshelf. If I don't read it this year it will go.

Found a pair of work boots my son wore for his previous part-time job. They are cheap, non-leather boots, were never comfortable, and have a hole in them, so will see if the local recycling organisation will take them.

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« Reply #4584 on: January 15, 2021, 02:28:37 AM »
I did my annual clear out on the run up to Xmas and New Year. I threw out four old holey tees and two others - they are now dog tug toys or in a pile to make fabric woven baskets (I found a how-to online but need to buy a big needle first).

I thought I'd do Project 333 (after finally reading the book) where you only wear 33 items for 3 months, but when I counted up what I'd usually wear it came to about 35 so ha ha, no need!

Also I read the book "How to Manage Your House Without Losing Your Mind" and really liked it. I recommended it to the library months and months ago and they just got it.

Also totally tidied the study since husband is no longer WFH. It's now a sort of craft room! Got rid of a bunch of things that had been listed for free but not been taken. I put them on another site and they went quickly.

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« Reply #4585 on: January 15, 2021, 06:47:29 AM »
After the initial purge last month we started tracking the items coming in and out of the house with a goal of having NET -365 items by years end.

We also have our first baby due in a couple months and the things are piling up! So far we acquired 24 items and have gotten rid of only 5. Luckily I think that is most of the baby stuff for now... maybe <10 items left on the registry.

Getting down to -365 is going to be tough!

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« Reply #4586 on: January 15, 2021, 01:28:58 PM »
I had five minutes to find a use for the other day and decided to examine our bathroom cart for things that could go. Three expired OTC medicines gone and one box of mint waxed floss left by a long-ago house guest (neither of us will use waxed floss), gone and out the door.

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« Reply #4587 on: January 15, 2021, 02:05:09 PM »
I grew weary of all the supplies for unfinished projects around the house, so I selected one to complete (painting dining room ceiling).  The project has been dragging on aggravatingly, but at least I finished a quart of primer completely and am half done with another quart.  We also attached some trim that I bought 5 years ago. Soon the patches, sanding, and touch ups will be  done and then I can look forward to consuming 2 gallons of paint, which means more room in the garage!

I also got rid of a shelf, lamp, and random china through Buy Nothing... another 8 cubic feet freed!

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« Reply #4588 on: January 15, 2021, 02:09:54 PM »
Between funerals and other bad news this week I had a burst of cleaning adrenaline. (Distraction and activity is my best coping mechanism.)

@halftimer, I'm sorry for your losses. Good work on taking a bit of control back by making your physical space a little nicer, and I am sure that the recipients of the items you passed on appreciated them!

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« Reply #4589 on: January 15, 2021, 02:34:11 PM »
Today I threw out a whole shelf of magazines that I was keeping for no other reason than I didn't need the shelf for anything else.

Finally got rid of 3 old pairs of sneakers (I replace my running shoes annually, but the used pile builds up because it's hard to get rid of shoes that still look good, but have run out their useful life).

Cleaned up and listed for sale a laptop bag that my former company didn't want back.

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« Reply #4590 on: January 15, 2021, 07:40:22 PM »
Culled more books. I posted some of them on PaperBackSwap. Five of them were taken and I immediately wrapped them in upcycled packaging and taken straight to the post office. The ones that weren't claimed went right to a neighborhood little library. Five books and five bubble mailers/envelopes out. All books fit on one small shelf and in one cubby.

Donated a box of cake mix that had been an Instacart substitution, a coloring book and set of new markers.

Tossed a dress in the donation bag after a full day of wearing it and being very annoyed with it. Well, after washing and drying it.

Paper clutter is at zero! I've spent the last month taking care of paper as soon as it comes in. I even tossed a folder full of art (scrap) paper that I hadn't used in projects.

Eyeing a few of the pillows on the couch. I put two away to see if the remaining number is the perfect number.

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« Reply #4591 on: January 15, 2021, 09:10:45 PM »
Very successful week. We took advantage of the local buy nothing group and were able to give away a foam mattress topper we didn't need anymore but that was in good shape, along with a large mirror that was holding a space on the wall until something better came along.

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« Reply #4592 on: January 16, 2021, 02:25:38 PM »
Packed up two more boxes of random cups, glasses, jars, books etc that weren't being used. I think I almost have enough to make a trip to the thrift store worthwhile, so that is happening this week.

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« Reply #4593 on: January 16, 2021, 02:53:09 PM »
I moved some furniture a few inches here and there to vacuum and found some yarn my cats had decluttered for me.  Working it into an afghan now. 

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« Reply #4594 on: January 16, 2021, 03:47:05 PM »
I just dumped four drawers and sorted them. A basket of magazines is also sorted. Now the buffet is full on functional and for the first time ever, I have my good cutlery in a place that is easy to access. The two drawers in the kitchen are a work of art.  When I need a marker to identify something I am freezing or scissors...there they are. 
Over the last week i have been going through my seed box.  Anything that is well and truly past viability...compost.  anything that is a complete mystery....compost.  anything that was yucky...ugly squash that shred like spaghetti but have no flavour.....compost. 
I was dreading the drawer in the kitchen but now it's done. 

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« Reply #4595 on: January 16, 2021, 04:12:35 PM »
5 more books onto PaperBackSwap and 3 in the mailbox. Used up shopping bags and an old poster to wrap them. Even managed to release some books I've had since childhood, and they were on wish lists. Knowing items are going straight to someone who wants them feels really good.

The car trunk is completely full of times to go to the thrift store, including a reading pillow that takes up a ton of space. I washed and fluffed the two pillows I took off the couch and decided to donate them. Added a duvet cover, two shams, two pillowcases, two towels, and two washcloths.  Now there's space to walk into my small bedroom closet. I bought some battery-operated lights to brighten up the space and really see what I'm working with. Next, the dreaded coat/storage closet.

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« Reply #4596 on: January 16, 2021, 05:23:57 PM »
I've had an oven element in my closet since summer (remodeled our kitchen, and this was in the second of a stacked oven that never turned on?). Sold it for $5 on eBay, and is now packaged & ready to get picked up on Tuesday. I would have donated it, but our local donation site wouldn't accept it & no traction on Buy Nothing. Very happy it's not going to a landfill!

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« Reply #4597 on: January 17, 2021, 07:15:31 AM »
Three more items on buy nothing and two more just waiting for a new home.  Sold three more items also - one on Ebay.  Since I'm new to Ebay I'm limited to one sale a month, I might try some things on Offer Up, does anyone have experience with them?  Pulled out all our photos and am going to take the next two weeks to organize into two albums to keep and digitize the rest.  DD came home for a couple hours yesterday and cleaned out one of her closets and the her sink cabinet, result - two bags of trash and a bunch more to donate or sell. 

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« Reply #4598 on: January 17, 2021, 09:57:36 AM »
I took a bunch of pictures yesterday of wall decor items that I still really like, but don't have wall space for. I have gotten rid of most of the low hanging fruit, but since my intention is still to downsize within the next two years, I have to start de-cluttering the harder choices. *sniff* Will try to get them listed for sale today. Posting here for accountability.

I should also try to sell or give away my old camera that I don't use.

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« Reply #4599 on: January 17, 2021, 10:08:03 AM »
Three more items on buy nothing and two more just waiting for a new home.  Sold three more items also - one on Ebay.  Since I'm new to Ebay I'm limited to one sale a month, I might try some things on Offer Up, does anyone have experience with them?  Pulled out all our photos and am going to take the next two weeks to organize into two albums to keep and digitize the rest.  DD came home for a couple hours yesterday and cleaned out one of her closets and the her sink cabinet, result - two bags of trash and a bunch more to donate or sell.

I used to sell on ebay all the time before the state sales tax was imposed. Do you know how it works? Let's say you live in Florida, what state's taxes are collected? Do FL taxes get collected or the buyer's state? I am assuming that ebay takes care of the tax money and there is no need to claim or do anything. I would like to hear from those who understand this better than me! I want to start selling again but this tax thing has scared me off!