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« Reply #1350 on: March 30, 2015, 08:19:31 AM »
This is such a great thread. Inspiring and motivating.

I tackled the garage this weekend. Well I started at least. There were so many things to get rid of that I will never miss. Why exactly was I keeping that second microwave? And the VERY old VERY beat up vacuum cleaner (I don't have another one, but I also don't have a carpet)?

I also finally posted online all of the things I had in my 'for sale' pile. Between those and the many things posted in the 'Free stuff' Facebook group I'm starting to get slightly overwhelmed with who is coming when to pick up which items! But it's great to see them all go out the door. The pile is certainly looking much more manageable.

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« Reply #1351 on: March 30, 2015, 01:47:50 PM »
Just a few suggestions on places which might accept your unwanted that you might not have thought of, and which will keep this stuff out of the landfill:

Women's emergency shelters:  mini-toiletries from hotels, cosmetics/lotions etc in 'nearly-new' condition. 

Youth shelters/Boys and Girls clubs:  anything school related including backpacks, school supplies or general art/craft supplies.  Socks and winter clothes are needed at most shelters.

Animal shelters:  old towels and blankets to make institutional steel cages a little more comfortable and less stressful, grocery bags for litter disposal.

Habitat for Humanity 'Restore' outlets:  building supplies in reusable condition such as lumber, drywall, plumbing or electrical fixtures and even furniture and artwork.

Most places have lists of needed 'donations in kind' right on their websites.  I had two boxes of random leftover skeins of wool that went to the YWCA.  The 'Y-Knit' program distributes it to knitting programs in senior's lodges, where the knitters make booties and caps to keep premature babies warm in hospital incubators.  Double win!

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« Reply #1352 on: March 30, 2015, 03:24:28 PM »
I've been on the waiting list for "The Life-Changing Habit of Tidying Up" since it came out! I think I'm in the 40's now.

I've attempted and failed the 30 Day Declutter Challenge a few times due to time constraints and a toddler. So on April 1st I'm going to get started again. This time instead of getting rid of 1 item that day I will get rid of as many as I can and mark that "day/number" off on the calender. I've been keeping a mental list of all the things I want to get rid of. The anticipation is exciting.

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« Reply #1353 on: March 30, 2015, 04:34:08 PM »
Another idea for hand lotion that is maybe not your favorite, but a decent scent, is to take it to work and set it in the restroom on the counter for communal use - best type for that is the pump dispensing kind. I also peeled the label off the plastic bottle, once everyone had had a chance to see what it was, and it makes it look a little more elegant than having visible writing on it. Even a plastic bottle looks quite fancy and apothecary style once the label is carefully peeled off (and de-glued :))

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« Reply #1354 on: March 30, 2015, 06:43:18 PM »
Thanks everyone! Boxing up clothes based on weight it's a brilliant idea!! Will report back how it goes.

Sibley, the cause for my weight loss and gain are poor diet and exercise. When I'm busy, I tend to slack in diet and exercise and hit 150 quickly. When I have time, I concentrate in these two and my weight comes down to 130. Can't wait to fire so I have enough time to keep my weight at 130.

Glad it's an "easy" problem! Good luck :)

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« Reply #1355 on: March 31, 2015, 07:40:49 AM »
Just a few suggestions on places which might accept your unwanted that you might not have thought of, and which will keep this stuff out of the landfill:

Women's emergency shelters:  mini-toiletries from hotels, cosmetics/lotions etc in 'nearly-new' condition. 

Youth shelters/Boys and Girls clubs:  anything school related including backpacks, school supplies or general art/craft supplies.  Socks and winter clothes are needed at most shelters.

Animal shelters:  old towels and blankets to make institutional steel cages a little more comfortable and less stressful, grocery bags for litter disposal.

Habitat for Humanity 'Restore' outlets:  building supplies in reusable condition such as lumber, drywall, plumbing or electrical fixtures and even furniture and artwork.

Most places have lists of needed 'donations in kind' right on their websites.  I had two boxes of random leftover skeins of wool that went to the YWCA.  The 'Y-Knit' program distributes it to knitting programs in senior's lodges, where the knitters make booties and caps to keep premature babies warm in hospital incubators.  Double win!

Good ideas!  We have a ReStore near us, and I've donated various light fixtures, a bathroom vanity we replaced, etc.  I have some tile I should probably haul down there.

I'm also doing the use up the toiletries thing, and making good progress.  I'm down to one kind of hair styling goo, and almost down to one body wash.  Cleaning supplies are getting consolidated too.  Last night I used up a bag of shrub fertilizer that I bought probably 7 years ago and never opened.  The space in all the shelves and cupboards is great - no digging around to find what's needed.

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« Reply #1356 on: March 31, 2015, 02:35:43 PM »
Took a carload to Habitat for Humanity Restore on Saturday---a screen door, lumber, window blinds, and an unused closet organizer, all gone!  With a receipt for taxes, too.  Just returned an item to Amazon for $14; thought I was going to need it and it came and doesn't work like I thought it would.  I considered just keeping it, but that seemed silly when I can get rid of the item AND get the money back! 

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« Reply #1357 on: March 31, 2015, 03:57:55 PM »
Over the weekend I went through my closet, which I thought I had pretty much been through a few months ago. I used the Konmari method of touching each item and seeing how I felt about it, along with thanking the items I chose to release. It was very easy and relaxing, and I have 3 big plastic bins full of things to let go of. I'm not set up to do her style of folding -- I don't have a dresser and all my shelves are above eye level, so I need to hang things and stack them flat rather than vertically -- but everything is very tidy in my closet right now.

I'm trying to organize a clothing swap with some of my pals. Hopefully we can do it in the month of April. My goal will be to bring almost nothing out of the swap though -- only if something is perfect and I love it (not just think it might be useful someday or something). We're moving this summer so I need to vastly reduce the size of my junkload, not add it to it.

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« Reply #1358 on: March 31, 2015, 08:54:20 PM »
Over the weekend I went through my closet, which I thought I had pretty much been through a few months ago. I used the Konmari method of touching each item and seeing how I felt about it, along with thanking the items I chose to release. It was very easy and relaxing, and I have 3 big plastic bins full of things to let go of. I'm not set up to do her style of folding -- I don't have a dresser and all my shelves are above eye level, so I need to hang things and stack them flat rather than vertically -- but everything is very tidy in my closet right now.

I'm trying to organize a clothing swap with some of my pals. Hopefully we can do it in the month of April. My goal will be to bring almost nothing out of the swap though -- only if something is perfect and I love it (not just think it might be useful someday or something). We're moving this summer so I need to vastly reduce the size of my junkload, not add it to it.

That's good to hear!  So did you do as she suggests, and put out ALL your clothes (on the floor or on the bed) to go through them all at once?  I haven't taken that big step yet, but I am close to doing it!

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« Reply #1359 on: April 01, 2015, 04:24:52 AM »
Found this article in an other thread. Pretty much nails it imo.

Another good article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/boomers-unwanted-inheritance/2015/03/27/0e75ff6e-45c4-11e4-b437-1a7368204804_story.html

Stuff it:  Millenials nix their parents' treasures.

Millennials dont' want all the things their Baby Boomer parents want to pass down to them.  There is a lot of stuff now that nobody seems to want.

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« Reply #1360 on: April 01, 2015, 08:14:31 AM »
Another good purge this morning, this time of wallets and small leather goods. I have listed everything I think has some value on ebay. A few bits set to go to the charity shop, and two item I forgot I had which I plan to use day to day!

I also went through shoes and boots, and got rid of 5 pairs. Now they all fit properly in their designated area with room to breathe, instead of all being squished and jumbled which made it hard and inconvenient to put my shoes away each day.

I'm also noticing how much easier life is with no stuff. Easy to clean - something I've always hated, but now I find myself doing bits here and there willingly when I notice it needs doing. It's a combination of not having to move or work around anything, and the fact that my cleaning products and cloths are not all shoved into too small a space meaning pulling one out results in a tumble I then have to struggle to cram back in.

I currently have 18 auctions going on ebay, including a pair of brand new jeans my husband pulled out the other day. I have been careful not to touch any of his stuff, or nag him to get rid of items. He just brought them to me when I was listing other stuff, and said, "I tried these on the other day and decided I'm never going to wear them", and that was that. It seems leading by example is working (this is a major thing for a guy who never gets rid of clothing. Though to be fair it's pretty hard to get him to buy anything either, which is an improvement on my 'buy it all, and STILL never get rid of anything' model).

I'm still tallying everything up for my 2015 things out of the house in 2015 personal challenge. Just broke 750 items! And still, I have not missed a single one!

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« Reply #1361 on: April 01, 2015, 08:23:32 AM »
I'm still tallying everything up for my 2015 things out of the house in 2015 personal challenge. Just broke 750 items! And still, I have not missed a single one!

That's awesome! I'm around 310 items now, but same thing as you, haven't missed a single thing! I was amazed going through the garage this weekend at the stuff I found that I'd forgotten completely about.

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« Reply #1362 on: April 01, 2015, 08:32:11 AM »
Just broke 750 items! And still, I have not missed a single one!
I didn't keep count, but I haven't missed one thing, too. (Not even my car)

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« Reply #1363 on: April 01, 2015, 08:45:56 AM »

That's awesome! I'm around 310 items now, but same thing as you, haven't missed a single thing! I was amazed going through the garage this weekend at the stuff I found that I'd forgotten completely about.
Well done cookie!

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« Reply #1364 on: April 01, 2015, 08:48:27 AM »

I didn't keep count, but I haven't missed one thing, too. (Not even my car)

Isn't it incredible? I would not have considered myself to have much unused stuff in the house... but I would have thought the house was nice and clean too, and getting to the back of every nook and cranny has shown me that isn't the case either!

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« Reply #1365 on: April 01, 2015, 09:59:03 AM »
Found this article in an other thread. Pretty much nails it imo.

Another good article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/boomers-unwanted-inheritance/2015/03/27/0e75ff6e-45c4-11e4-b437-1a7368204804_story.html

Stuff it:  Millenials nix their parents' treasures.

Millennials dont' want all the things their Baby Boomer parents want to pass down to them.  There is a lot of stuff now that nobody seems to want.


Yeah, I'll be dealing with this. My mom has a lot of things that were passed on by family, plus whatever else she's accumulated. Some things I want, I'm sure my sister wants some things, but the majority we do not want. Luckily, mom isn't a pack rat and is working on clearing out. I suspect that what will happen eventually is we'll offer things to family/friends, then sell or donate whatever's left.

Though the really hard part will be I know there's a few things that both my sister and I want!

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« Reply #1366 on: April 01, 2015, 08:45:04 PM »
Sold a box of craft supplies for $45. Got rid of a bag of torn, stained clothes. Progress!

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« Reply #1367 on: April 01, 2015, 10:09:53 PM »
Found this article in an other thread. Pretty much nails it imo.

Another good article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/boomers-unwanted-inheritance/2015/03/27/0e75ff6e-45c4-11e4-b437-1a7368204804_story.html

Stuff it:  Millenials nix their parents' treasures.

Millennials dont' want all the things their Baby Boomer parents want to pass down to them.  There is a lot of stuff now that nobody seems to want.


Yeah, I'll be dealing with this. My mom has a lot of things that were passed on by family, plus whatever else she's accumulated. Some things I want, I'm sure my sister wants some things, but the majority we do not want. Luckily, mom isn't a pack rat and is working on clearing out. I suspect that what will happen eventually is we'll offer things to family/friends, then sell or donate whatever's left.

Though the really hard part will be I know there's a few things that both my sister and I want!

Great article! This was the mindset I had when I was decluttering. Deal with things now instead of 10/20/30 years later - I never want to be a situation where other people have to clean out massive piles of stuff on my behalf (upon death, etc). 

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« Reply #1368 on: April 02, 2015, 12:54:57 AM »
@theadvicist, My son needs a wallet! Haha! Am I the only one here who reads other people's lists and thinks, "Oh my gosh, I totally would have taken that!"? (Not sure if I've punctuated that correctly, but you get my drift)

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« Reply #1369 on: April 02, 2015, 02:24:20 AM »
@theadvicist, My son needs a wallet! Haha! Am I the only one here who reads other people's lists and thinks, "Oh my gosh, I totally would have taken that!"? (Not sure if I've punctuated that correctly, but you get my drift)

Yep, I do too! Don't worry though, he can go and pick it up at the charity shop now!

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« Reply #1370 on: April 02, 2015, 03:00:03 AM »
@theadvicist, My son needs a wallet! Haha! Am I the only one here who reads other people's lists and thinks, "Oh my gosh, I totally would have taken that!"? (Not sure if I've punctuated that correctly, but you get my drift)

Yep, I do too! Don't worry though, he can go and pick it up at the charity shop now!

You're right!!!!

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« Reply #1371 on: April 02, 2015, 07:54:24 AM »
@theadvicist, My son needs a wallet! Haha! Am I the only one here who reads other people's lists and thinks, "Oh my gosh, I totally would have taken that!"? (Not sure if I've punctuated that correctly, but you get my drift)

Yep, I do too! Don't worry though, he can go and pick it up at the charity shop now!

Maybe instead of just meet ups, we should have item swap meet ups?

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« Reply #1372 on: April 02, 2015, 07:57:14 AM »
@theadvicist, My son needs a wallet! Haha! Am I the only one here who reads other people's lists and thinks, "Oh my gosh, I totally would have taken that!"? (Not sure if I've punctuated that correctly, but you get my drift)

Yep, I do too! Don't worry though, he can go and pick it up at the charity shop now!

Maybe instead of just meet ups, we should have item swap meet ups?

But that's my point, we have swap meet ups already - I drop stuff I don't need at a charity shop, you swing by and pick it up for pence on the pound, and charity benefits! It's exactly that, on a wider scale so there is more chance of people finding just what they need. Plus, you know, England is a long way for most of you to come for a used wallet :)

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« Reply #1373 on: April 02, 2015, 09:19:14 AM »
Found this article in an other thread. Pretty much nails it imo.

Another good article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/boomers-unwanted-inheritance/2015/03/27/0e75ff6e-45c4-11e4-b437-1a7368204804_story.html

Stuff it:  Millenials nix their parents' treasures.

Millennials dont' want all the things their Baby Boomer parents want to pass down to them.  There is a lot of stuff now that nobody seems to want.


Yeah, I'll be dealing with this. My mom has a lot of things that were passed on by family, plus whatever else she's accumulated. Some things I want, I'm sure my sister wants some things, but the majority we do not want. Luckily, mom isn't a pack rat and is working on clearing out. I suspect that what will happen eventually is we'll offer things to family/friends, then sell or donate whatever's left.

Though the really hard part will be I know there's a few things that both my sister and I want!

Great article! This was the mindset I had when I was decluttering. Deal with things now instead of 10/20/30 years later - I never want to be a situation where other people have to clean out massive piles of stuff on my behalf (upon death, etc).

Can you convince my mom to get rid of the all the "family stuff" that we do not want? I don't care who owned it, I'm not taking it!

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« Reply #1374 on: April 03, 2015, 08:45:39 AM »
We are going through this now with my mom's estate.  My dad passed nearly 5 years ago, my mom 6 months ago.  She had a home in Wisconsin, I live in arizona and my one sibling is in NC.  40 years of stuff to go thru and we only get home for a few long weekends (4 days at a time) every other month or so?  It's going to take us until eternity. 

Note:  it would go MUCH faster if she hadn't had hidden money in EVERYTHING.  $1 here, $5 there, $100 every now and again.  We have to go thru EVERY.SINGLE.ITEM!  (the treasure hunt is fun but man alive, it's going to take a lifetime....)

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« Reply #1375 on: April 03, 2015, 09:06:44 AM »
Hot_AZ, if you are doing trips to Wisconsin only for the decluttering, would it make sense to just do it in one shot and be done with it? Are the hidden $1s and $5s worth your multiple plane tickets? (Times two if your sibling is flying in every time too)

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« Reply #1376 on: April 03, 2015, 09:09:03 AM »
Sold my first on eBay :) one less item as clutter and more money in my pocket. Now eyeing what else I can put on eBay and get a profit (I have a self imposed limit of $30 when I'm trying to sell on eBay. Otherwise its not worth the hassle.)

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« Reply #1377 on: April 03, 2015, 10:59:13 AM »
@Hot_AZ - when my mother moved to assisted living, my sister and I spent about 8-10 days (using vacation time) going through the entire house, sorting as we went. I drove in from Washington state and she came from Hawaii, and we dug in. It turned out that I did most of the house while she spent the entire week in the office! While it was exhausting but oddly companionable (there was a lot of "look at this!" and "why did s/he save this??!!", it all got done. At the end we scheduled a charity to come and pick up what family members didn't want. I had time to check pockets, ventilators (my dad was prone to putting jars of coins in them), and everywhere my mom or dad could stash cash. Would something like that work for you two? After my mom was in assisted living for awhile, we went ahead and sold the house (and put the costs towards her care). That way none of us had to deal with an empty house and possible vandalism, squatters, etc.

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« Reply #1378 on: April 03, 2015, 11:11:07 AM »
I should clarify, those $1 here and $1 there have added up to over 100k so far.  We don't feel comfortable having someone else come in and assist.  I only accrue 1 day of vacation a month and my brother and I both have families with children.  His wife is in the military, mine works a job that has hours some days starting at 5am, some days he ends at 8:30pm (depends on the day).  He can't really facilitate the daycare/school thing for very long without assistance.  Neither my brother or I have family in our respective states.

So for now, we're doing what we can on those 4 day weekends.  The first 2 trips home were for funerals (my mom's and then my godmothers) so part of the time home was spent for those services.  We will do a longer trip (hopefully) at the end of this summer/fall to finish out the estate. 

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« Reply #1379 on: April 03, 2015, 12:21:00 PM »
Hot AZ, that's a lot of cash. I can see why you don't want strangers coming in to help. Don't know if its practical, but would it make sense to rent a trunk and load everything in? You could then drive home, and go through things there.

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« Reply #1380 on: April 03, 2015, 12:30:37 PM »
@sibley, not sure that works.  We would have to split the stuff and get 2 trucks (one to AZ and one to NC).  My life is a mess right now, we're trying to finish this AND sell our house/move to Wyoming before school starts at the end of August.  I think I need to start thinking about quitting/taking a leave of absence to get it all done.

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« Reply #1381 on: April 03, 2015, 12:50:18 PM »
That's a lot on your plate. Good luck!

Note to self - don't stash cash all over the house.

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« Reply #1382 on: April 03, 2015, 01:57:47 PM »
@sibley... my mom warned us for years.  She thought it was hilarious!  Not so funny for us now but it does give my brother and i bonding time when we're at her house since we both go sans families.  Loads to do but "i have a spreadsheet for that" (ugh, seriously Type A over here).

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« Reply #1383 on: April 04, 2015, 02:29:22 PM »
Ok, how do I get over the fact that everytime I want to get rid of something, I think about "How could I sell this?".  I make a good income.  If I sold all this shit for top dollar (unlikely), it would be what, $500?  That is only less than 1/2 day of work.  It will take me far longer than that to sell it.  My time is in shortest supply, more than money.
Should I just donate it all and be free and happy?  Or try to wring some money out of these things that are owning me?  Is it ok to just let it go?
I know, I have problems...

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« Reply #1384 on: April 04, 2015, 03:43:18 PM »

Should I just donate it all and be free and happy?  Or try to wring some money out of these things that are owning me?  Is it ok to just let it go?
I know, I have problems...

I have these very same problems. I have a box of about 8 really nice formal dresses from my past = expensive and would love to sell them. The local consignment store that takes higher end stuff wouldn't take them :-( I have never tried ebay, but I'm sure I could get around $400 for the whole lot.

I feel like I'm totally owned by these items ... I want them to GO! But it would feel so weird to give them away when I know what I paid for them! UGH!

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« Reply #1385 on: April 04, 2015, 03:54:19 PM »
 I have to confess I am not good at selling and will endlessly avoid and procrastinate, so the objective to clear stuff out is at risk of never being achieved. So I donate. 

Last night I cleared out 4 extra backpacks ( all freebies) and a white-tailed spider lurking in there. Why did I think I needed 5 backpacks?

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« Reply #1386 on: April 04, 2015, 06:31:32 PM »
Put everything you'd like to get rid of together. Give yourself a set time frame - a month or whatever in which to sell items. At the end of that time, anything you haven't sold (including stuff you haven't figured out how to sell) just donate.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1387 on: April 04, 2015, 09:55:37 PM »
I cracked it open!  I used the techniques I gleaned from the Japanese Art of Tidying Up ( haven't read the book yet but did watch the movies and read the reviews ( I am 240 on the library wait list, maybe I should use my gift card to buy it). I listened for what made my heart sing and thanked the things that were moving on. It made it much easier to let them go. So 1 drawer down and a a closet and 3 more drawers to go. But it is a start. Once it got going , it got easier. Yeah!  I cleaned out my shirt drawer. I was able to let go of things that used to be me but are now too young, don't fit well, had worn out, or just didn't make me happy. I put some in the basket to make a T-shirt quilt, some in the refashion pile, and some in the giveaway/yard sale box. I'm still not sure if I'm having a yard sale, but either way, those things are not moving with me. I feel so much freer and more movement. 

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1388 on: April 04, 2015, 10:08:35 PM »
That's good to hear!  So did you do as she suggests, and put out ALL your clothes (on the floor or on the bed) to go through them all at once?  I haven't taken that big step yet, but I am close to doing it!


Everything hanging in my closet, I shoved way to one side. Then I took each item off the bar, considered it, and either hung it back up in the empty part of the closet or said goodbye and put it in the bin.

Folded items, I took down and put on the bed, then made me decisions and chose what I wanted to keep and recorded each item. Some of the, went in tht bin, others went back on the shelf ...

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1389 on: April 05, 2015, 07:59:17 AM »
Using the test of whether a thing "sparks joy" seems really effective for clothes.  I asked myself this question while reorganizing and hanging clothes last night, and let go of a couple tops that I thought I liked, but never wear because they never feel quite right when I put them on.  OTOH, it's surprising that some simple pieces like a gray v-neck t that fits me perfectly does spark joy, and obviously gets to stay.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1390 on: April 05, 2015, 08:32:09 AM »
That's good to hear!  So did you do as she suggests, and put out ALL your clothes (on the floor or on the bed) to go through them all at once?  I haven't taken that big step yet, but I am close to doing it!


I just took everything out of one drawer and didn't let myself stop until I had gone through each item.  Many were maybes, so I tried them all on.  I realized that some shirts I was keeping because they 'fit' but they were mostly from a spending spree 3 years ago (at the beginning of my pregnancy) and they all had the elastic band at the bottom that was the style at the time.  Which BTW is the worst possible style for a pear shaped gal like myself.  But to really acknowledge the usefulness I had gained and respectfully thank the item before letting it go, really helped me let go of many more things.  I'm going to try and keep going today, but it is Easter too.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1391 on: April 05, 2015, 12:40:23 PM »
That's good to hear!  So did you do as she suggests, and put out ALL your clothes (on the floor or on the bed) to go through them all at once?  I haven't taken that big step yet, but I am close to doing it!


Everything hanging in my closet, I shoved way to one side. Then I took each item off the bar, considered it, and either hung it back up in the empty part of the closet or said goodbye and put it in the bin.

Folded items, I took down and put on the bed, then made me decisions and chose what I wanted to keep and recorded each item. Some of the, went in tht bin, others went back on the shelf ...

That's great, Miss Madge! Yesterday I decided to go for it, and started with tank/sleeveless tops. Placing them all on the bed, there were over 50! It got easier as I went along. Like Handsnhearts did, I held up the item or tried it on to decide if it sparked joy, then thanked the discards for their years of service. I would never have thought to do that and it was like free therapy! Marie Kondo points out that some items had served their purpose just by giving you excitement when you first saw them at the store, or by showing you what styles work and don't work for you. This was incredibly liberating for me. I did the KonMari fold on my tops and am enjoying the "crayons in a box" feeling of the drawers!
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1392 on: April 05, 2015, 12:44:38 PM »
OTOH, it's surprising that some simple pieces like a gray v-neck t that fits me perfectly does spark joy, and obviously gets to stay.

That's so true! It helps you let go of the things you think you're supposed to treasure and keep what you actually do.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1393 on: April 05, 2015, 01:34:20 PM »
That's good to hear!  So did you do as she suggests, and put out ALL your clothes (on the floor or on the bed) to go through them all at once?  I haven't taken that big step yet, but I am close to doing it!


Everything hanging in my closet, I shoved way to one side. Then I took each item off the bar, considered it, and either hung it back up in the empty part of the closet or said goodbye and put it in the bin.

Folded items, I took down and put on the bed, then made me decisions and chose what I wanted to keep and recorded each item. Some of the, went in tht bin, others went back on the shelf ...

That's great, Miss Madge! Yesterday I decided to go for it, and started with tank/sleeveless tops. Placing them all on the bed, there were over 50! It got easier as I went along. Like Handsnhearts did, I held up the item or tried it on to decide if it sparked joy, then thanked the discards for their years of service. I would never have thought to do that and it was like free therapy! Marie Kondo points out that some items had served their purpose just by giving you excitement when you first saw them at the store, or by showing you what styles work and don't work for you. This was incredibly liberating for me. I did the KonMari fold on my tops and am enjoying the "crayons in a box" feeling of the drawers!

Practical Magic That drawer is beautiful!  Does KonMari call it 'crayons in a box' or is that yours?  It is both beautiful and exciting like opening a fresh box of unused, brand-new crayons.  Oh the possibilities!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1394 on: April 05, 2015, 01:51:12 PM »
That's good to hear!  So did you do as she suggests, and put out ALL your clothes (on the floor or on the bed) to go through them all at once?  I haven't taken that big step yet, but I am close to doing it!


Everything hanging in my closet, I shoved way to one side. Then I took each item off the bar, considered it, and either hung it back up in the empty part of the closet or said goodbye and put it in the bin.

Folded items, I took down and put on the bed, then made me decisions and chose what I wanted to keep and recorded each item. Some of the, went in tht bin, others went back on the shelf ...

That's great, Miss Madge! Yesterday I decided to go for it, and started with tank/sleeveless tops. Placing them all on the bed, there were over 50! It got easier as I went along. Like Handsnhearts did, I held up the item or tried it on to decide if it sparked joy, then thanked the discards for their years of service. I would never have thought to do that and it was like free therapy! Marie Kondo points out that some items had served their purpose just by giving you excitement when you first saw them at the store, or by showing you what styles work and don't work for you. This was incredibly liberating for me. I did the KonMari fold on my tops and am enjoying the "crayons in a box" feeling of the drawers!

Practical Magic That drawer is beautiful!  Does KonMari call it 'crayons in a box' or is that yours?  It is both beautiful and exciting like opening a fresh box of unused, brand-new crayons.  Oh the possibilities!

Thanks! I don't know if she calls it that, but that's the feeling I get every time I open a drawer. I'm going to try folding pants in a similar way and position them on a shelf, like this woman did. (Her cat was apparently helping). ;-)

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1395 on: April 05, 2015, 02:01:34 PM »
Found this on a site called Karenkaminski. This is her final closet pic. I wouldn't have thought to organize pants that way (folded, sideways on a shelf), but it seems to work.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1396 on: April 05, 2015, 02:06:34 PM »
She has such beautiful clothes.  I want my closet to look like that.  That feels like me.  Not this drab, neutral boringness that my wardrobe has morphed into somehow.  I just realized that I have gone from bright clothes and neutral classic shoes (what she has) to boring clothes and bright shoes, which are unsustainable and need to be replaced often.  And I like quality shoes best, that last.  Great picture and great direction for me to head!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1397 on: April 05, 2015, 02:29:49 PM »
I'm a bit sad. I've been clearing out my parents' attic and found a lot of my old toys. Most of them aren't worth keeping or donating, and some are borderline. (As in, could be donated or maybe sold, but really likely not due to too much wear and tear.) But I'm just kind of sad to dump them in the trash. I mean, I'm 43 w/no kids, so it's not like I'm going to be playing with them, but it's still sad saying goodbye to things that were good friends when I was a kid (only child, so toys were kind of friends at times). I know I have no room or need for them, but it's just a tearjerker. I'm reminded again that growing up kind of sucks.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1398 on: April 05, 2015, 03:41:29 PM »
I'm a bit sad. I've been clearing out my parents' attic and found a lot of my old toys. Most of them aren't worth keeping or donating, and some are borderline. (As in, could be donated or maybe sold, but really likely not due to too much wear and tear.) But I'm just kind of sad to dump them in the trash. I mean, I'm 43 w/no kids, so it's not like I'm going to be playing with them, but it's still sad saying goodbye to things that were good friends when I was a kid (only child, so toys were kind of friends at times). I know I have no room or need for them, but it's just a tearjerker. I'm reminded again that growing up kind of sucks.

Do you have any friends with kids that might appreciate vintage toys?  I know I sure would, especially if they came from a friend. 

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #1399 on: April 05, 2015, 03:52:52 PM »
I just finished off a box of crackers...

It's been a very productive day.  Sorted, consolidated and gave away fabric.  Went from four boxes to 2.  Pulled out a few projects to finish and arranged things I know I need soon for easy access.

Filled a box for goodwill with a few articles of clothing and a few of my great grandmothers dishes.  I can't keep them all.  I have as many in circulation as I can and just a handful packed away. 

Gathered things to send to family with my brother when he visits next week.  A hammock I don't have a place to hang anymore.  Some recycling that isn't accepted here, but is there.  Sewing supplies and notions for my mom.

Salvaged several grocery bags and papertowels that had been used to pack things in.  I am always running out of trash bags! Now I've got enough for a month or two.  I used the already crummy looking paper towels to clean. 

Last week I emptied and gave away two photo albums.  I got three more out of my tub of journals and albums under the bed. Now that bin is only half full.  I don't think I'll actually go through them today, but I have them accessible, so that I can when I'm ready.

I'm parting with a few more photo frames.  I had a gallery wall at my old house, but decided not to put holes in this rental's walls.  It's taken me time to let go of all of those frames.   A friend just got her first place, so she's getting a lot of odds and ends from me, including picture frames,  an extra flashlight,  bath towel, paint, vases...

I've used up enough things out of the laundry room cupboard that I can put the soap and softener in the cupboard and have the counter clear!  I can't even remember what used to be in that cupboard space. 

The shelf above my hanging rod used to be full to the ceiling of tetris stacked boxes.  Now it has one (large) box of notions and my cooler and a cute basket of scarves.  Beneath the hanging clothes used to be tetris stacked as well, but now just hosts my shoes, my out of season fan and buckets of paint my landlord hasn't picked up yet.

That is evidence of a lot completing a lot of projects and just letting go of excess.  Whew.  I feel so close to where I want to be.   
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