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« Reply #5000 on: April 05, 2021, 08:05:05 PM »
FWIW I wouldn't buy from someone with a faux facebook profile, especially if they had no friends.  It would read as sketchy and not worth my time.  Maybe it's different in larger metro areas. I live in a very small town and very rarely run across someone I don't have mutual friends with, I use that info to vet people a bit when buying on facebook marketplace.

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Trying to practice In & Out here.  I bought some replacement reusable straws for our water tumblers and made myself promptly toss the old straws. That lead me to donating some rarely used stainless straws as well.

I intentionally hide my sales (there's an option on FB marketplace) from friends to avoid spamming them, & have never sold to anyone I know/or have friends who know. I live in the bay area I've never used mutual friends as a reference when buying/selling on FB

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« Reply #5001 on: April 05, 2021, 08:50:16 PM »
FWIW I wouldn't buy from someone with a faux facebook profile, especially if they had no friends.  It would read as sketchy and not worth my time.  Maybe it's different in larger metro areas. I live in a very small town and very rarely run across someone I don't have mutual friends with, I use that info to vet people a bit when buying on facebook marketplace.

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Trying to practice In & Out here.  I bought some replacement reusable straws for our water tumblers and made myself promptly toss the old straws. That lead me to donating some rarely used stainless straws as well.

I intentionally hide my sales (there's an option on FB marketplace) from friends to avoid spamming them, & have never sold to anyone I know/or have friends who know. I live in the bay area I've never used mutual friends as a reference when buying/selling on FB

I don't use Marketplace because the people are so flaky, I use Buy/Sell groups and unfortunately you can't hide from friends. Someone said to me once she's fascinated and thinks what on earth will she sell next? :/ That's when I was doing rubbish clearance and had some v weird stuff!

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« Reply #5002 on: April 05, 2021, 09:08:09 PM »
@Fresh Bread - that only happens when you & your friend are both in the same group, correct? I do see that in the Buy Nothing group, as a few friends are members. But, I've never had that happen in another resale group, as none of my friends are a part of it, and it's private.

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« Reply #5003 on: April 05, 2021, 09:12:32 PM »
@Fresh Bread - that only happens when you & your friend are both in the same group, correct? I do see that in the Buy Nothing group, as a few friends are members. But, I've never had that happen in another resale group, as none of my friends are a part of it, and it's private.

I think generally they are in the group, but I do see friends' sale posts in the UK sometimes (I'm in Australia) so that's weird! I did go through a period of selling wedding presents so hopefully they didn't see or weren't too upset :D

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« Reply #5004 on: April 06, 2021, 04:17:40 AM »
Gave away a big bag of clothes.

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« Reply #5005 on: April 06, 2021, 05:44:05 AM »
Had to file 2 sheets of paper. When taking the files from the cabinet, went through the files and could throw away multiple documents. 2 sheets in - 50 (or so) out..... This was a good one. I think I will do more of those exercises when I need to file and it only took 5 minutes!

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« Reply #5006 on: April 06, 2021, 11:24:40 AM »
To avoid deciding what to declutter today, I cleaned some grimy corners on the kitchen cabinets and bathroom door.

To do so, I used a few drops of the Murphy's Oil Soap gallon jug that is almost empty, and cracked on the bottom. And some water. 

Since I was having so much fun avoiding clutter decisions, I also drained the remaining oil soap out of the gallon jug into a small jar I got out of my box-o-jars box which I created a month ago.   

Now I can declutter the big ugly empty gallon jug ! 

And I have clean cabinets and a clean door.

Two-for-one special. Whoot.

As a bonus, I'm going to take over a bag of stuff I already decided about, to the Salvation Army.

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« Reply #5007 on: April 06, 2021, 02:10:57 PM »
Filled two paper bags with kids clothing, knocked on neighbours door and asked if she wanted to take a look for her grandchildren, she was very happy. I warned her some was quite worn and she could just put anything they didn't want outside my door and I will deal with it. But some was also very nice, like kids jeans in very good condition and some play/dress up clothing they may like.
This is amazing - I have a private drop off place for kids clothing just a few metres away :-). Since I have two growing boys, this is the main category I can get rid off, and I know she is happy I when ask (she is also very clear if there is anything they don't want or don't need so that feels really good).

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« Reply #5008 on: April 06, 2021, 07:17:24 PM »
@Car Jack - used Decluttr today, & I liked it. I was able to add an old iPod, to hit the minimum & the tech requirement, but I'm not sure I have other tech to add. Maybe this will lead to creativity & additional decluttering. :-)

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« Reply #5009 on: April 06, 2021, 10:59:01 PM »
Found 3 more things to go to the thrift shop! I thought last week's trip was the last. Apparently not.

Two fit in my trunk, but that is now full. The third will sit in the house until the day of drop off.

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« Reply #5010 on: April 07, 2021, 04:26:51 AM »
Using up some toiletries this week!  Toiletries are my weakness. My linen closet where the majority of my toiletries reside has been temporarily fixed.  Bifold doors are annoying, I need to remember this for future residences.

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« Reply #5011 on: April 07, 2021, 07:26:50 AM »
Down to the last few unwanted items in the house. I have now been through every room and every shelf, cupboard, cabinet and drawer. This is the culmination of over 10 years of gradual decluttering. It feels bloody fantastic!

- 2 water glasses we don't use
- planter pot in a violent shade of yellow (all my indoor planter pots are wicker, or white)
- wooden photo frame, all to the local op shop

- pair of daughter's shorts to textile recycling, as they had a broken zip and were too big for her

- 2 old towels,  donated to local vet's

The next stage will be attacking the big garden. Lots of underperforming plants and weeds to get rid of. I need to think about how to streamline the actual work in the garden so I can spend more time relaxing and enjoying it.

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« Reply #5012 on: April 07, 2021, 08:29:23 AM »
Wow, @lazycow - that is amazing, and you are definitely defying your user name. :-) Well done!

I unearthed my husband's movie collection, that's been in boxes for the last 9+ years. If Decluttr will accept any of it, I'm getting it out of the house. If not, I'll donate it or give it away on Buy Nothing.

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« Reply #5013 on: April 07, 2021, 09:42:42 AM »
Got rid of a high chair and a box full of baby clothes.  Kid stuff is infinitely easier to get rid of than my own clothing, there's no way they'll ever fit back into the smaller sizes, haha.

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« Reply #5014 on: April 07, 2021, 03:24:30 PM »
Y'all, I finished moving and I still have way too much stuff!  Threw a lot in the trash/donation box during the move, but there is still too much to fit in my new space.  Luckily the kitchen is pretty much sorted after 2 nights of work, but over the next few weeks I need to concentrate on clothing and artwork.

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« Reply #5015 on: April 07, 2021, 05:42:28 PM »
@lazycow huge congrats!

@NotJen that is what I just went through/am going through. Amazing how your attitude on any particular item changes once you get to the new space.

Found 3 more things to go to the thrift shop! I thought last week's trip was the last. Apparently not.

Two fit in my trunk, but that is now full. The third will sit in the house until the day of drop off.

Four MORE things found! They are smaller, so fit in the trunk. Can't wait for donations to open up!!

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« Reply #5016 on: April 07, 2021, 08:49:41 PM »
A friend mailed a box of books. I want to read them all, so I promptly filled the same box with books I was done with and sent it to her the next day.

I really need to finish my taxes so that I can digitize and shred the rest of the paperwork.

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« Reply #5017 on: April 08, 2021, 01:54:34 AM »
A friend mailed a box of books. I want to read them all, so I promptly filled the same box with books I was done with and sent it to her the next day.
Nice! That sounds like a delightful parcel to get.

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« Reply #5018 on: April 08, 2021, 04:46:47 AM »
Thanks @oneday and @MaybeBabyMustache! You are both doing brilliantly too.

It is so weird to be *done* for the time being (my son finishes high school at the end of the year and may move out with friends so that will be the next big purge). I am having a low-buy year, and questioning every non-essential purchase I make (so far I have not even bought one single book in 3 months, which is unheard of for me). I am not researching stuff I think I might need or want for hours on end on the Internet. It has provided me with more mental space to pursue my hobbies (knitting, crocheting, gardening, yoga, walking) and time to reconnect with old friends. Highly recommend it!!

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« Reply #5019 on: April 08, 2021, 06:34:48 AM »
@lazycow That sounds so serene! I seem to declutter and declutter and yet there's always more to do. I think that it's a combination of both having too many things still coming in and a growing preference for having less, so that the remaining stuff irks me more. I recently saw a picture of my living room from shortly after I moved in 5years ago and it looked so FULL (granted, I took the picture because I had a kayak balanced on a loveseat that day, but even without it the room would have been busy).


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« Reply #5020 on: April 08, 2021, 08:54:37 AM »
@Car Jack - used Decluttr today, & I liked it. I was able to add an old iPod, to hit the minimum & the tech requirement, but I'm not sure I have other tech to add. Maybe this will lead to creativity & additional decluttering. :-)

I've been holding off before reporting again.  Thus far, I've shipped 4 orders.  2 payments have hit my checking account.  On this 4th order that I dropped off this morning, I decided to do books.  Well, I didn't realize that there is a minimum of $5.  Oops.  That would be a wicked heavy box at an average of a quarter a book.  So I re-did that, going through more CDs and DVDs and finding smaller books.  I am certainly not going to get rich, but I would much rather sell my junk than throw it in the trash.  I still have a pile of DVDs out of cases and a box of cases that I'll need to put together and there are books all over.  I'm pretty happy with this app.

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« Reply #5021 on: April 08, 2021, 10:22:39 PM »
A week later we are almost done. I have packed a ton of his stuff, we put tons of free stuff outside that people took, 2 big trailers to the dump and hired the neighbor teen 4 days to help.  None of this crap was mine but it was my problem because it has to be gone by the 16th. It finally looks like we will make it. I am exhausted.

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« Reply #5022 on: April 08, 2021, 10:59:07 PM »
A week later we are almost done. I have packed a ton of his stuff, we put tons of free stuff outside that people took, 2 big trailers to the dump and hired the neighbor teen 4 days to help.  None of this crap was mine but it was my problem because it has to be gone by the 16th. It finally looks like we will make it. I am exhausted.

Wow, that is quite a lot of work that you have done! I hope you get what you want out of it.

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« Reply #5023 on: April 09, 2021, 05:20:37 AM »
After a big of a hiatus, I finally got motivated to take 3 boxes of random stuff to the donation centre. The house is much improved, most things left to do now will take time and focus.

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« Reply #5024 on: April 09, 2021, 11:28:49 AM »
Good going @happy !

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« Reply #5025 on: April 09, 2021, 04:31:21 PM »
Fabulous @Cassie ! Only 6 days to go till you can relax in a clutter-free space. My sister has been through several divorces/changes of partner and she sheds more and more stuff each time, to the point where she is now ready to buy her own little place for just her own curated, lovely, possessions.

Found 2 more books from my Unread bookshelf I have no interest in reading so they will go to the op shop. One was passed on to me from a friend and I was too polite to decline and the other had been sitting there for 10 (!) years and I kept passing over it. I keep around 50 unread books at all times (a lot are older, or out of print), in case of a, you know, zombie apocolypse or pandemic. It came in very handy last year, as I am a super-fast reader and regular re-reader, and current release library books just don't do it for me as I am much pickier over what I read.

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« Reply #5026 on: April 09, 2021, 07:08:48 PM »
Donations were open today, hooray! Gave a whole car trunk full of stuff, gone forever. I'm already starting to forget what was in there.

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« Reply #5027 on: April 09, 2021, 10:21:00 PM »
I have *finally* finished decluttering a set of drawers on wheels in the garage. They were previously the junk drawers in the kitchen at our old place. The small amount of things being kept have other homes with their kin, and I've converted the drawers into a sorting / holding area for the recycling that needs to be taken somewhere eg batteries.

There's a charity here that wants bottle tops but preferably sorted by colour, so I'm setting up containers to do that! Ditto bread tags.

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« Reply #5028 on: April 09, 2021, 11:01:45 PM »
Lazy cow, I wish relaxing was in the cards but this house is sold and my son and I have 10 days to remodel my condo before the movers come for my stuff. The buyers of the house are letting me stay for a little while.  This type of stuff was easier when I was younger:)).

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« Reply #5029 on: April 10, 2021, 02:38:01 AM »
Lazy cow, I wish relaxing was in the cards but this house is sold and my son and I have 10 days to remodel my condo before the movers come for my stuff. The buyers of the house are letting me stay for a little while.  This type of stuff was easier when I was younger:)).

Bummer, the pressure is building...you can do it!


Good job @One Day!

I'm gobsmacked with your attention to detail @Fresh Bread. Bottle tops can go in the recycling at my place and do so straight away. I don't buy much bread, so the occasional bread tag goes to landfill /hangs head in shame.

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« Reply #5030 on: April 10, 2021, 05:53:30 AM »
Fabulous @Cassie ! Only 6 days to go till you can relax in a clutter-free space. My sister has been through several divorces/changes of partner and she sheds more and more stuff each time, to the point where she is now ready to buy her own little place for just her own curated, lovely, possessions.

Found 2 more books from my Unread bookshelf I have no interest in reading so they will go to the op shop. One was passed on to me from a friend and I was too polite to decline and the other had been sitting there for 10 (!) years and I kept passing over it. I keep around 50 unread books at all times (a lot are older, or out of print), in case of a, you know, zombie apocolypse or pandemic. It came in very handy last year, as I am a super-fast reader and regular re-reader, and current release library books just don't do it for me as I am much pickier over what I read.

That's my kind of pandemic hoarding, @lazycow ! I dream of lining a room with glass cabinets full of unread books (so that I don't have to dust them). I love public libraries, but a private one is to me what a vault of gold coins to swim in is to Scrooge McDuck.

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« Reply #5031 on: April 10, 2021, 11:13:47 AM »
There's a charity here that wants bottle tops but preferably sorted by colour, so I'm setting up containers to do that! Ditto bread tags.

This is great. I appreciate when people find and donate to organizations that want small bits-and-bobs that might not be recyclable.

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« Reply #5032 on: April 10, 2021, 03:09:57 PM »
Is there a charity that wants socks?   Like, socks that are annoying to wear? 

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« Reply #5033 on: April 10, 2021, 03:43:18 PM »
There's a charity here that wants bottle tops but preferably sorted by colour, so I'm setting up containers to do that! Ditto bread tags.

This is great. I appreciate when people find and donate to organizations that want small bits-and-bobs that might not be recyclable.

I'll see how it goes. As far as I can make out, the tops go to an artist to make fruit bowls and coasters and he donates money to charity when they are sold. Other people are also making similar things - but there's a limit to how many of those the world needs. I don't know if any large recyclers are doing anything with HDPE.

I'm also collecting things for TerraCycle via a drop off point - pill packets, toothpaste tubes, contact lens packaging.

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« Reply #5034 on: April 10, 2021, 03:52:50 PM »
There's a charity here that wants bottle tops but preferably sorted by colour, so I'm setting up containers to do that! Ditto bread tags.

This is great. I appreciate when people find and donate to organizations that want small bits-and-bobs that might not be recyclable.

I'll see how it goes. As far as I can make out, the tops go to an artist to make fruit bowls and coasters and he donates money to charity when they are sold. Other people are also making similar things - but there's a limit to how many of those the world needs. I don't know if any large recyclers are doing anything with HDPE.

I'm also collecting things for TerraCycle via a drop off point - pill packets, toothpaste tubes, contact lens packaging.


That's true that efforts like this are a mixed bag. I support recycling and people getting creative with reusing "trash" as art supplies, but yes, ultimately we should just be generating less waste in the first place, and designing products so they don't ultimately end up in a landfill. I'm sure the fruit bowls look nice and I am happy to see the caps get reused. But I also know that I at least don't need another bowl or coaster.

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« Reply #5035 on: April 10, 2021, 04:28:59 PM »
Is there a charity that wants socks?   Like, socks that are annoying to wear?

I have thoughts on this. First, your answer will depend on your location, the condition of the socks, and possibly their fiber content. If the socks are in good condition and you want to go the "art supply" route of reuse, there may be a school or parent in your area who wants to make sock puppets. And if you have a pure wool sock full of holes, you could in theory just compost it if can't be darned anymore. Or use it as fire starter.

But most socks today are some blend of cotton and non-natural fibers, or made of all synthetic fibers. These materials are very difficult to reprocess back into new clothing. Plenty of places will accept socks as a part of generalized textile waste donation stream, like Terracycle or Simple Recycling or even some fast fashion stores like H&M that are trying to improve their public image and have drop boxes. Understand that those programs don't typically use the material to make new clothing. At this point at least most textile waste with a synthetic or blended content will be washed and shredded for use for things like insulation and stuffing car seats cushions. That's all well and good, but it's downcycling, not true product-to-product recycling.

Of the general takeback programs, I personally trust Terracycle's waste management more than the clothing stores, but that's just me. But remember that you don't have to buy anything from a store if you go to drop off donations, and any brand of textile waste is typically accepted (note - I hear H&M suspended their recycling program during the pandemic). There may also be locally-run textile recycling operation in your are that's good.

If you want the socks to be reused as a sock rather than processed as textile waste for recycling, it's much harder to find somewhere to send them. I've heard of a group in the UK called the London Sock Exchange that takes gently used socks. The Odd-Sox Project in Canada is another. You could also try posting an offer of socks in your local Buy Nothing group.

Don't donate socks to small charity/thrift shops unless they are clearly new with packaging; they don't have the infrastructure to do anything but throw used socks out. I've heard mixed things about how the bigger operations like Goodwill process textile donations. I think it varies by location how nuanced they can be in redirecting textile waste for recycling.

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« Reply #5036 on: April 10, 2021, 05:56:27 PM »
Target finally ran a car seat recycling event so we were able to get an old car seat out of our garage & a coupon for baby gear in return. Iím good with that. This thing was lightly pre-loved, gifted by a neighbor, and not a good fit for our kid, and it was huge! I also gave a huge pile of bubble wrap to my sister, whoís moving.

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« Reply #5037 on: April 10, 2021, 05:56:54 PM »
Originally my ex was buying the house and qualified for a loan. I packed and all my stuff filled 33 plastic bins plus some furniture. All the rest of this junk is my exís. Itís my problem because the buyers wonít close unless itís gone. His loan fell through and I put it on the market. We have been working nonstop for the past 30 days. Ugh!

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« Reply #5038 on: April 10, 2021, 06:30:50 PM »
Is there a charity that wants socks?   Like, socks that are annoying to wear?
I use them for
- Dusting
- Applying shoe polish
- Tie some together and play tug-of-war with the dog

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« Reply #5039 on: April 11, 2021, 02:08:56 PM »
Is there a charity that wants socks?   Like, socks that are annoying to wear?
I use them for
- Dusting
- Applying shoe polish
- Tie some together and play tug-of-war with the dog

Make Tawashi sponges from old socks:
https://www.permacrafters.com/how-to-make-your-own-eco-friendly-dish-sponge-the-tawashi-scrubber/

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« Reply #5040 on: April 11, 2021, 07:42:39 PM »
Dropped 2 bags of clothing (secondhand maternity clothes I didnít like + a few items I wasnít getting good use out of) and a box of kitchen supplies at the goodwill today. Iím continuing my efforts to only own clothing that I like & that fits me properly. Iím very tempted to donate a lot of my formal work clothes but I guess itís possible Iíll have to return to the office someday... :)

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5041 on: April 11, 2021, 09:32:51 PM »
This may be TMI, but I have a pile of reusable menstrual pads I no longer use. Did not want to throw them away, and I assume most people would be freaked out if I tried to post them on FB even as a donation. Was chatting to a friend who has just had a baby and she said there is a big market for used cloth nappies, and maybe I could try posting them on the local FB nappy swap/sell page, as obviously some of the mothers who use reusable nappies would also be interested in reusable pads.
Otherwise, I suppose I could use them as dusting cloths, or at worst, compost them.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5042 on: April 12, 2021, 07:46:20 AM »
Lucky break in my decluttering saga. I saw a microwave for sale at a flea market. Thought about offering $5 for it. I have been meaning to buy one cheap, for a long time, simply to use it to reheat cold coffee, since I thought it must use less electricity than the electric stovetop I currently use. I somehow decided not to even offer anything for the microwave, since I just didn't want another thing in my kitchen, and just live with the extra electricity cost, and wear and tear on the burner and dial switch of the stovetop.  Lo and behold, I googled it, and it turns out that the average microwave uses 25% more electricity to heat up a cup of water than a stovetop burner. For the win! Of course I still have the wear and tear on the dial, turning it on and off every day forever, but it seems to be lasting forever anyway, lol.       

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« Reply #5043 on: April 12, 2021, 08:16:26 AM »
That is a tough one Slackmax. I lived for years without a microwave, but now that we have a built in one in this house we use it heavily, but I wouldnít give up counter space for it.

In that vein.  Iím thinking about getting rid of our toaster oven.  I canít believe I said that!  We use it a lot, but now that we have a good stove and oven in this house we use the toaster oven a lot less than we did in our past rentals.  It would be so nice to have that counter space empty.  Maybe we could get by with just a slice toaster? We do eat toast for breakfast often.  We use the toaster oven for reheating many leftovers, or baking brownies, or frozen pizza.  But... it would be so nice to have that space back.  If I see a nice slice toaster at thrift...

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5044 on: April 12, 2021, 09:03:21 AM »
I had a toaster oven taking up space on my kitchen counter, too, PMG.  I think I must have donated it, since I never used it. I should have tried to sell it at the flea market, but I probably thought I couldn't sell it, it was so old and beat up.

I currently have 3 working crock pots. Two in the basement, one on the kitchen floor for quick access. Not getting rid of any of them. 

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5045 on: April 12, 2021, 10:29:34 AM »
Lucky break in my decluttering saga. I saw a microwave for sale at a flea market. Thought about offering $5 for it. I have been meaning to buy one cheap, for a long time, simply to use it to reheat cold coffee, since I thought it must use less electricity than the electric stovetop I currently use. I somehow decided not to even offer anything for the microwave, since I just didn't want another thing in my kitchen, and just live with the extra electricity cost, and wear and tear on the burner and dial switch of the stovetop.  Lo and behold, I googled it, and it turns out that the average microwave uses 25% more electricity to heat up a cup of water than a stovetop burner. For the win! Of course I still have the wear and tear on the dial, turning it on and off every day forever, but it seems to be lasting forever anyway, lol.       

Maybe look for one of those Contigo non-spill mugs.  They keep hot liquids hot forever.  No need to reheat at all.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5046 on: April 12, 2021, 05:35:49 PM »
I had a toaster oven taking up space on my kitchen counter, too, PMG.  I think I must have donated it, since I never used it. I should have tried to sell it at the flea market, but I probably thought I couldn't sell it, it was so old and beat up.

I currently have 3 working crock pots. Two in the basement, one on the kitchen floor for quick access. Not getting rid of any of them.

Why are you hanging on to 2 extra crockpots? I see them semi-regularly at thrift stores, so I don't think they're all that rare.

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« Reply #5047 on: April 12, 2021, 06:38:18 PM »
^^ Agreed, I have two crockpots but I use them both regularly as they are different sizes - a small one that I use for beans, and a large one that fits a whole chicken.  If they are in the basement, not being regularly used, why keep them?  Replacements are easy to come by at thrift stores if your main one breaks.

Today I realized we'll want to stop adding new material to our compost tumbler, so that it can be emptied and cleaned before we move.  I'll be giving/lending the tumbler to my mom, so I want it to be clean enough to put in her car.  That means we won't need the stock of cardboard and 'clean' paper that I use to balance the compost.  The cardboard stash is moved to recycling.  I also realized we had far too many plastic grocery bags saved, so I took half and put them by the door to go to recycling next time we are going somewhere that takes them.

Over the weekend I pulled everything out of my closet and tried it all on.  Quite a few dresses and tops into the donate box, as well as my interview suit that doesn't quite fit right anymore.

The more I can clear out now, the less I'll have to pack!

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5048 on: April 12, 2021, 08:41:17 PM »
Last night I gave my friend the food processor we don't use and which she will.

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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5049 on: April 12, 2021, 10:27:17 PM »
I currently have 3 working crock pots. Two in the basement, one on the kitchen floor for quick access. Not getting rid of any of them.

It's your choice. I have a feeling you'll find something else that you can move out instead.