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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3000 on: December 29, 2015, 05:10:18 PM »
Time to wake DH up so we can go through our clothes :) love the holidays...

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« Reply #3001 on: December 29, 2015, 06:22:13 PM »
I just went through all the old paint that was taking up valuable space in the garage.  About 60% of it was too old and dried up to use.  Moved what was left down to an out of the way basement cabinet that was empty as a result of previous decluttering.  Now have a handy place for the air compressor so we don't have to lug it up from the shop if a car tire needs air.  MUCH less messy to look at when pulling into the garage, too.  Now to clean up the other side where all my horse gear lands on it's way to or from the stable.

I'm getting more and more critical about things, like WHY do I have a 3-hole punch?  I'm not a student and haven't been for over a decade, so I can't imagine needing a 3-hole punch.  If I ever do, I can just use the one at the office.  I also had literally 8,000 staples and two staple pullers in a little plastic box in the office.  Decided one small box of 1,000 staples will probably last me the rest of my life, and I only need one staple puller, if that.

Sold an iPod on eBay.  Made sure to use as much of my bubble wrap stash as possible when packing it.

Have two more boxes overflowing with stuff to donate.

Horse gear just isn't really moving right now, so I think I'm going to just set aside what I want to get rid of and take another run at selling it in the spring.

Sadly the scanner I thought I could use for my photos is worn out and isn't feeding photos properly and is making everything streaky, so I think I'll just sort through and take everything worth scanning to a shop to have it done professionally.

The shop is really cluttered, but it's hella cold, so I doubt I'll get out there and clean that up.  I suppose I could bring in the various tool chests and things and sit by the fire sort through them.

I need to finish breaking down the aquarium and list that and my espresso machine on Craigslist.  I'm ready to sell them cheap just to get them gone.  I'm even considering selling my KitchenAid mixer since I don't bake anymore, but I'm afraid I'll regret that one later.

I've been in and out of stores a lot the last few days because I've been doing some house projects and I'm happy to say that the only potential clutter I've brought home is a new toy for the dog, but she loves it, so I don't mind.

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« Reply #3002 on: December 29, 2015, 06:22:54 PM »
Cleaned out the pajama and tshirt drawer. Got rid of a good amount.
Still held on to some that don't fit but I have an attachment to, but there's room in the drawer so I'm okay with it.

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« Reply #3003 on: January 03, 2016, 03:51:21 PM »
I'm on a roll today; so far I have given away a stereo receiver, CD player, DVD player and two hockey helmets. A lady is coming tomorrow for two bar stools.

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« Reply #3004 on: January 03, 2016, 04:56:02 PM »
Took a ton of misc stuff to Goodwill the other day...suits I don't wear anymore, an old laptop bag, lots of glassware cluttering our kitchen cabinets, random throw pillows sitting in the basement, old landline phones we'll never use again, etc. Also took some books to a used bookstore traded for some store credit I'll use to by my 2 yr old some cheap books. Also listed more items on eBay. Man, I love this feeling....it's kind of like losing weight!

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« Reply #3005 on: January 03, 2016, 04:59:07 PM »
Good progress lately during time off work: took electronics including speakers, cords and CDs to a reuse collection on campus; sorted through hobby supplies and hosted 13 people over to make up projects using whatever they wanted from the pile; also gave a high end digital camera and signed camera book to a high school student who is very excited about future photo projects; gave away kitchen ware to neighbours new to the country.  A few items have recently been purchased online however, so need to process more clutter to go out and find worthwhile homes.  Hosting friends was the biggest success. Everyone brought their kids and snacks to share and lots of supplies became finished projects that day.

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« Reply #3006 on: January 03, 2016, 05:40:13 PM »
Time to wake DH up so we can go through our clothes :) love the holidays...
We got rid of about 25% of his clothes and 10% of mine. He's back at work now, so I'm sorting through things for his approval in the evenings :)

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« Reply #3007 on: January 03, 2016, 07:26:20 PM »
This thread is so inspiring to me. Decluttering with a toddler around is slow going (as she can pull stuff out of bags as fast as I can put it in), but I filled three grocery bags of stuff to donate and threw out some trash.

I've been challenging myself to either use stuff or get rid of it, which has been helpful. Like if I notice a shirt I haven't worn in a while, I'll tell myself to wear it the next day. And if I don't want to, why not? Sometimes the answer is because it's seasonally inappropriate or something, but more often it's because it's unflattering, or I don't have anything to pair it with, and into the donation pile it goes. I've started doing that with books too. I had a book that I got for my birthday a year and a half ago that I hadn't read, so I made myself start it last night. And it was terrible! The author's writing style was horrendous! So that went into the donation pile too.

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« Reply #3008 on: January 03, 2016, 07:36:59 PM »
Sold some hand tool cases on ebay.  These were the cases that wrenches originally came in but I keep all my tools in a large tool chest anyway, no need for a case.  Got a few bucks for them and they are out of my basement.

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« Reply #3009 on: January 03, 2016, 07:40:00 PM »
Made great progress today.

15 cookbooks, 15 kids books, reorganized a few cupboards and sold some stuff on varagesale. Starting to see extra space which is so nice.

Tomorrow want to go through my clothes and then take a load to the donation centre.

Then time to store away the stuff waiting to be sold. Going to give it a couple months if it doesn't sell, it won't and time to donate the rest! So freeing!

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« Reply #3010 on: January 03, 2016, 10:09:16 PM »
I have 3 bags of kid clothes and one bag of toys going to consignment tomorrow. A bag of my clothes is going to Goodwill along with whatever kid stuff the consignment shop doesn't want. Also have a few things ready for eBay, and one book already listed.

I don't understand how my kids have so much stuff...

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« Reply #3011 on: January 04, 2016, 05:05:58 AM »
So, my final update for 2015 in 2015... did I manage to get rid of 2015 things? Kinda...

I was about 150 items short by Christmas. My husband asked how I was going and I said I didn't think I was going to make it. I'd fallen behind since November, so even with a ruthless push in December I was coming up short, and I really had pared down so much I didn't think I could find enough stuff.

Well, how cute is this, he said, "If I go through my box of electrical cables, I bet I could find you close to that number". I have hated this tangled mess for years, and used to mention it periodically as a source of annoyance for me. Once I woke up to myself at the beginning of 2015, and decided to get my own metaphorical house in order first, I never mentioned it (or anything else I thought my husband could stand to get rid of), again.

Through the year he's shown more and more interest, every so often volunteering and item and telling me I can check it off my list, but I was really touched that he was prepared to go through the dreaded box just so I'd make my goal :)

That said, we kept meaning to go through it together, and we totally forgot until 1st January! So on New Year's Day, we went through the box, got rid of loads of things, and were about 18 items short of my 2015 goal. We went through the house finding an odd pen we could take to work, a leftover Christmas bow we could bin and so on, until we made it!

So I did get rid of 2015, but technically it wasn't all in 2015. I'm calling it a win though!

Thanks so much for all the support through the year. I'm not stopping now, I'm sure as time goes on I'll find more stuff, but it feels odd not to 'count' (yes, I went through the Christmas gifts ruthlessly already). For the time being I'm 'done' but I know full well I haven't reached Marie Kondo's state of happiness with the number of items I own. Good luck everyone for a less cluttery 2016!

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« Reply #3012 on: January 04, 2016, 05:39:17 AM »
So I finally got rid of my storage unit just before xmas (which I may have mentioned). Found uses or a home for damn near everything, but still wound up with two giant boxes filled with paperwork that must be destroyed. So I borrowed my little brother's fire pit yesterday, and we're going to have a fun little bonfire to get rid of it all!! And before you ask, I did sort through to make sure it's just paper good for burning. No plastic or any of that noxious crap (my neighbor burns enough of that).

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« Reply #3013 on: January 04, 2016, 12:37:42 PM »
So I finally got rid of my storage unit just before xmas (which I may have mentioned). Found uses or a home for damn near everything, but still wound up with two giant boxes filled with paperwork that must be destroyed. So I borrowed my little brother's fire pit yesterday, and we're going to have a fun little bonfire to get rid of it all!! And before you ask, I did sort through to make sure it's just paper good for burning. No plastic or any of that noxious crap (my neighbor burns enough of that).

Congratulations!  What an awesome way to begin the New Year!

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« Reply #3014 on: January 04, 2016, 04:45:21 PM »
So I finally got rid of my storage unit just before xmas (which I may have mentioned). Found uses or a home for damn near everything, but still wound up with two giant boxes filled with paperwork that must be destroyed. So I borrowed my little brother's fire pit yesterday, and we're going to have a fun little bonfire to get rid of it all!! And before you ask, I did sort through to make sure it's just paper good for burning. No plastic or any of that noxious crap (my neighbor burns enough of that).

Getting rid of a storage unit is almost as great as compounding interest.  Nice job!

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« Reply #3015 on: January 04, 2016, 04:56:26 PM »
Congratulations!  What an awesome way to begin the New Year!

Getting rid of a storage unit is almost as great as compounding interest.  Nice job!

Thank you both. In my journal, I broke down the 'savings' of not having it. It was ridiculous. $207/month saved.

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« Reply #3016 on: January 04, 2016, 06:14:22 PM »
Went through my closet and got rid of a garbage bag or two full of stuff (5 kitchen garbage bags lol) Took another load to the charity drop off. Really starting to see progress around here!

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« Reply #3017 on: January 04, 2016, 06:14:35 PM »
Congratulations!  What an awesome way to begin the New Year!

Getting rid of a storage unit is almost as great as compounding interest.  Nice job!

Thank you both. In my journal, I broke down the 'savings' of not having it. It was ridiculous. $207/month saved.

Wow! Great savings.

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« Reply #3018 on: January 04, 2016, 09:48:45 PM »
Sold our media center and donated a few more things around the living room. It's starting to look more spacious and spartan. If I can have my way, I'd want to remove things from a shelf and convert it into a toy shelf. We have too many knick knacks. Baby steps!

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« Reply #3019 on: January 05, 2016, 05:18:50 AM »
Looks like I have a buyer for one item I listed on Craigslist.  This inspired me to renew two other listings I have.  And I am going to list an armchair that I replaced recently. 

I have gathered several more items for the consignment store.  I will bring them in by the end of this week.

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« Reply #3020 on: January 05, 2016, 07:03:30 AM »
So I finally got rid of my storage unit just before xmas

Awesome!  If you don't have any debt to pay off, you should direct whatever you used to pay straight into your investments; don't change your budget around to spend more now that you 'found' money

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« Reply #3021 on: January 05, 2016, 07:21:20 AM »
My wife sold our playstation rock band set.  That thing took up a lot of space in the closet.  Now got to get rid of the PS 2.

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« Reply #3022 on: January 05, 2016, 04:33:29 PM »
I've been working on clothes and linens - today I took 6 blue recycling bags to donate plus a box of "stuff".  The car was full.  This was all easy stuff (outer skin of the onion?), but it cleared the way for seeing what else is not needed.  I also donated all sorts of craft items over Christmas, so say 8 containers total.

A few years ago, because of work, I was living in town during the week and coming home on weekends.  As I look at my stuff I am realizing that I have a lot of duplicates from that time, including a second set of metal dog dishes!  Even after having DD take whatever she wanted when she was setting up her own apartment, I still have way more than I need.  So I need to figure out how much I really need,and how much is just being held on to "in case".  Plus I know I have things that I need to keep simply because they are pretty (bedspreads, things like that), that I will use when I stage the house.  But for now they can go into deep storage.

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« Reply #3023 on: January 05, 2016, 05:07:15 PM »

So, my final update for 2015 in 2015... did I manage to get rid of 2015 things? Kinda...

I was about 150 items short by Christmas. My husband asked how I was going and I said I didn't think I was going to make it. I'd fallen behind since November, so even with a ruthless push in December I was coming up short, and I really had pared down so much I didn't think I could find enough stuff.

Well, how cute is this, he said, "If I go through my box of electrical cables, I bet I could find you close to that number". I have hated this tangled mess for years, and used to mention it periodically as a source of annoyance for me. Once I woke up to myself at the beginning of 2015, and decided to get my own metaphorical house in order first, I never mentioned it (or anything else I thought my husband could stand to get rid of), again.

Through the year he's shown more and more interest, every so often volunteering and item and telling me I can check it off my list, but I was really touched that he was prepared to go through the dreaded box just so I'd make my goal :)

That said, we kept meaning to go through it together, and we totally forgot until 1st January! So on New Year's Day, we went through the box, got rid of loads of things, and were about 18 items short of my 2015 goal. We went through the house finding an odd pen we could take to work, a leftover Christmas bow we could bin and so on, until we made it!

So I did get rid of 2015, but technically it wasn't all in 2015. I'm calling it a win though!

Thanks so much for all the support through the year. I'm not stopping now, I'm sure as time goes on I'll find more stuff, but it feels odd not to 'count' (yes, I went through the Christmas gifts ruthlessly already). For the time being I'm 'done' but I know full well I haven't reached Marie Kondo's state of happiness with the number of items I own. Good luck everyone for a less cluttery 2016!

Wow, that is an awesome accomplishment. CONGRATS:)

I just started a 90 day challenge to deal with the house and two sheds - if I don't focus on a deadline, 2016 will be over without any progress. I made good progress in 2015, but I'm ready for the finish line.

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« Reply #3024 on: January 07, 2016, 04:04:01 AM »

Wow, that is an awesome accomplishment. CONGRATS:)

I just started a 90 day challenge to deal with the house and two sheds - if I don't focus on a deadline, 2016 will be over without any progress. I made good progress in 2015, but I'm ready for the finish line.

Thanks Rosy! Ironically, I became so attached to the sheet where I logged each item I got rid of (a spreadsheet with little boxes) that I didn't want to throw it out when I was finished! Ha ha. I took a picture of it and let it go.

I also got rid of a load more stuff yesterday - three large shopping bags full. I'm not counting this year, but I'm glad my appetite for decluttering is still going strong. I am high on the extra space and compliments about how neat my house is looking!

Good luck with your challenge, I found it so helpful.

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« Reply #3025 on: January 07, 2016, 02:48:11 PM »
Donated magazines to the VA home this morning.  (Someone, we don't know who, has gifted magazine subscriptions to DH for several years now.  Each year it's a different magazine.  Last year it was Men's Health.  The year prior it was Maxim.  This year it's ESPN and GQ.)  If you knew my DH, you'd know how very un-sporty and GQ he is.  Yet, he won't call the magazine to ask who is sending them, LOL.

Cleared out the pantry from holiday cooking and baking.  Asked the VA if they would accept an unopened 5 LB bag of flour.  Nope.  So it's going to the food bank.

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« Reply #3026 on: January 08, 2016, 11:36:41 AM »
I donated a carload of stuff to Goodwill, sold some unnecessary furniture and other stuff on Craigslist for over $450, and gave away some old veterinary prescriptions on Buy Nothing. I've got a couple of drawers in my bedroom left to edit (and don't get me started on the storage shed!), but otherwise I am feeling CLEAN. It is so liberating to know exactly what I own, where it is, and that I use or otherwise value all of it. :)


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« Reply #3027 on: January 08, 2016, 12:15:02 PM »
I donated a carload of stuff to Goodwill, sold some unnecessary furniture and other stuff on Craigslist for over $450, and gave away some old veterinary prescriptions on Buy Nothing. I've got a couple of drawers in my bedroom left to edit (and don't get me started on the storage shed!), but otherwise I am feeling CLEAN. It is so liberating to know exactly what I own, where it is, and that I use or otherwise value all of it. :)

Baby steps for the fiancÚ- several beanies as well as a couple work shirts (he has a uniform) donated.
I'm steadily recycling some old drawings etc as I work on a new project.

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« Reply #3028 on: January 08, 2016, 12:38:05 PM »
Donated magazines to the VA home this morning.  (Someone, we don't know who, has gifted magazine subscriptions to DH for several years now.  Each year it's a different magazine.  Last year it was Men's Health.  The year prior it was Maxim.  This year it's ESPN and GQ.)  If you knew my DH, you'd know how very un-sporty and GQ he is.  Yet, he won't call the magazine to ask who is sending them, LOL.

New goal once I catch FIRE: Pick some random person, and then subscribe magazines for them. It should be fun. Every now and then, I'll find their weakest spot, and find a corresponding magazine. Oh yes.

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« Reply #3029 on: January 08, 2016, 01:24:33 PM »
Donated magazines to the VA home this morning.  (Someone, we don't know who, has gifted magazine subscriptions to DH for several years now.  Each year it's a different magazine.  Last year it was Men's Health.  The year prior it was Maxim.  This year it's ESPN and GQ.)  If you knew my DH, you'd know how very un-sporty and GQ he is.  Yet, he won't call the magazine to ask who is sending them, LOL.

New goal once I catch FIRE: Pick some random person, and then subscribe magazines for them. It should be fun. Every now and then, I'll find their weakest spot, and find a corresponding magazine. Oh yes.

LOL!  Put that on the bucket list.  Must be something in the Colorado air.  ;)

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« Reply #3030 on: January 08, 2016, 01:36:18 PM »
Donated magazines to the VA home this morning.  (Someone, we don't know who, has gifted magazine subscriptions to DH for several years now.  Each year it's a different magazine.  Last year it was Men's Health.  The year prior it was Maxim.  This year it's ESPN and GQ.)  If you knew my DH, you'd know how very un-sporty and GQ he is.  Yet, he won't call the magazine to ask who is sending them, LOL.

New goal once I catch FIRE: Pick some random person, and then subscribe magazines for them. It should be fun. Every now and then, I'll find their weakest spot, and find a corresponding magazine. Oh yes.

LOL!  Put that on the bucket list.  Must be something in the Colorado air.  ;)

It certainly isn't oxygen. :)

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« Reply #3031 on: January 08, 2016, 01:41:15 PM »
Spent 20 minutes on hold with the newspaper; but if that means the delivery of the free paper stops, it was totally worth it.

I shouldn't have to pick up a paper and put it in my recycling bin once a week. It doesn't even have coupons!

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« Reply #3032 on: January 08, 2016, 01:50:27 PM »
Donated magazines to the VA home this morning.  (Someone, we don't know who, has gifted magazine subscriptions to DH for several years now.  Each year it's a different magazine.  Last year it was Men's Health.  The year prior it was Maxim.  This year it's ESPN and GQ.)  If you knew my DH, you'd know how very un-sporty and GQ he is.  Yet, he won't call the magazine to ask who is sending them, LOL.

New goal once I catch FIRE: Pick some random person, and then subscribe magazines for them. It should be fun. Every now and then, I'll find their weakest spot, and find a corresponding magazine. Oh yes.

LOL!  Put that on the bucket list.  Must be something in the Colorado air.  ;)

It certainly isn't oxygen. :)

Snort!  I hear you.  I'm about 4 hours NW of you.

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« Reply #3033 on: January 08, 2016, 03:52:51 PM »
We are in the middle of a reno on a complete junker of a house.  The place is in chaos.  Back when we listed our last house for sale (Spring 2015) we put about 60% of our "stuff" in storage in order to stage the house for an optimal sale.  That went well and we moved on to a complete fixer.  Now in order to eliminate the storage space payment we moved all that "stuff" back into our chaotic reno.  Ugh.  This month's goal is to sort through all those boxes and gift, toss or actually use these things.  Tonight I will count the number of boxes and set a weekly goal in order to get through this task by Feb 1.

Goal declared.  Here's to accountability :)

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« Reply #3034 on: January 09, 2016, 03:40:11 AM »
Maybe I should prioritize decluttering my bicycles and bike parts first. Those are a LOT harder to part with, but they take a lot more space.
Spent some time on those yesterday.... man, most of that stuff is OLD! Many items haven't been used in a decade.
Pretty stupid, since they're now so outdated that they'll be very hard to sell at a decent price (or sell at all!)

Lessen learnt: sell unused items before they've completely depreciated.
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« Reply #3035 on: January 09, 2016, 09:07:21 AM »
Spent 20 minutes on hold with the newspaper; but if that means the delivery of the free paper stops, it was totally worth it.

I shouldn't have to pick up a paper and put it in my recycling bin once a week. It doesn't even have coupons!

There is no such mechanism for my weekly penny saver.  You are getting it whether you like it or not.  It goes directly from the front porch to recycling bin.  Probably half the time it's water logged from rain and unreadable even if you wanted to look at it.

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« Reply #3036 on: January 09, 2016, 09:53:47 AM »
Posted several items on Craigslist today - bike, juicer, espresso machine, ski helmet and aquarium.  Hopefully at least one will sell this weekend!

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« Reply #3037 on: January 09, 2016, 03:20:03 PM »
Posted several items on Craigslist today - bike, juicer, espresso machine, ski helmet and aquarium.  Hopefully at least one will sell this weekend!
Nice! 

I'm going to make a donation tomorrow.  I have a big enough pile to make the drive (2.5 miles) worth it.  However, I'm hoping to get my husband in on the action to get even more stuff out of the house.  It's crazy how many things we acquired over the holidays. 

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« Reply #3038 on: January 09, 2016, 03:32:08 PM »
Have been slowly getting rid of items from shelves and storage areas with a careful sort. So now I have an empty rubbermaid bin to store my donation items in, and emptied a whole piece of storage furniture and just listed it for sale.  Ahhh, feels so good.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3039 on: January 09, 2016, 03:37:39 PM »
Decluttered a drawer today and discovered that I have about 10 rolls of scotch tape. Will try and pawn some off on friends and family. Why is it so hard to part with small, meaningless items, but I gave away a trailer hitch worth at least a couple hundred dollars without even thinking twice about it?

Maybe it is because I will eventually need tape, but will never have a use for that hitch.

Anyone need tape?

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3040 on: January 10, 2016, 02:48:46 AM »
My issue is that I'm a bit uncomfortable with putting functional stuff in the trash,  but most of it isn't worth selling (or may only get a few bucks if anything).

I'm keen to do a declutter though.

Alternatively there's stuff that'd take a long time to find a buyer (hifi kit).

Any tips? Thanks :)

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When you say trashing functional stuff, you mean recycling or donating whenever possible right?
No. That's why I haven't done it. I'm not sure on all the recycling places that'll take the stuff either.

Especially if it's items that are only a couple of dollars new and aren't really what you'd donate (like TV/phone cables and packets of envelopes and the like), or outdated tech accessories (I've got about four or five external hard drives).

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All the Goodwill stores in my area accept just about anything- including outdated tech stuff/appliances, chords, envelopes.

Sorted! I've just found out that my local council will take all of that stuff and recycle it. I just have to take it to the recycling centre.

I've decided on a slightly different method for my decluttering this time. I used to go through the tubs of stuff and drawers and throw out what I didn't want. Now I've decided to go through everything and put aside what I do want to keep. I might be able to fill a shoebox with what I do want to keep.

Much of the rest I'll either take to my parents' place (as they're more likely to use it than me), or on a trip to the recycling centre next weekend.

Hooray!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3041 on: January 10, 2016, 05:25:18 AM »
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I've decided on a slightly different method for my decluttering this time. I used to go through the tubs of stuff and drawers and throw out what I didn't want. Now I've decided to go through everything and put aside what I do want to keep. I might be able to fill a shoebox with what I do want to keep.

^^^That is such good advice and something I really want to try.

I sold 2 items on Craigslist for $85.  I have 3 more listings.  At this point, I just want these things gone, so my prices are pretty low.

I haven't made it to the consignment store last week but I will put the things into my car today so that I can easily bring them in this week.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3042 on: January 10, 2016, 06:08:08 AM »
I have a small bedroom that was absolutely CLOGGED by a humongous dresser and night table, plus tons of clothes, many of which it doesn't occur to me to wear.  Yesterday was the Decluttering Jihad.  Out went the dresser (with some difficulty, but it's out) and the night table.  I cleaned out my minuscule closet--I can see the floor now!--made several large bags of clothes and shoes destined for Goodwill, and got my husband and our unofficial handyman to move my platform bed so I could easily access the storage baskets on the far side.  With the exception of a few work blouses that need to be hung up, everything I wear or otherwise own can fit easily into one of the six large baskets in the bed.  We had a small table in the living room once used to hold electronics we no longer have, and I've turned that into my night table.  In the space freed up by the dresser we moved in a very comfortable wing chair and a small antique table inherited from my father-in-law.  With a floor lamp and an ottoman, this will be a cozy reading nook/work space.  I'm also storing my clothes in the vertical KonMari method, which saves even more room.  I'm not totally done--I have to go through my staggering number of t-shirts--but it's amazing how open and airy my room is now.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3043 on: January 10, 2016, 11:25:56 AM »
I just read The Year of Living Danishly, and given how similar Canada's climate is to Denmark's, I am going for hygge. 

So this means clean and open and cozy.  Which means even more stuff to ditch than originally planned.  But that is OK.

And I will appreciate my southern location, today I have 8 hours and 55 minutes of daylight (except that it is pouring rain,which is really icky because tomorrow it will all be ice)  and Copenhagen has 7 hours and 26 minutes.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3044 on: January 11, 2016, 05:10:40 AM »
I have a small bedroom that was absolutely CLOGGED by a humongous dresser and night table, plus tons of clothes, many of which it doesn't occur to me to wear.  Yesterday was the Decluttering Jihad.  Out went the dresser (with some difficulty, but it's out) and the night table.  I cleaned out my minuscule closet--I can see the floor now!--made several large bags of clothes and shoes destined for Goodwill, and got my husband and our unofficial handyman to move my platform bed so I could easily access the storage baskets on the far side.  With the exception of a few work blouses that need to be hung up, everything I wear or otherwise own can fit easily into one of the six large baskets in the bed.  We had a small table in the living room once used to hold electronics we no longer have, and I've turned that into my night table.  In the space freed up by the dresser we moved in a very comfortable wing chair and a small antique table inherited from my father-in-law.  With a floor lamp and an ottoman, this will be a cozy reading nook/work space.  I'm also storing my clothes in the vertical KonMari method, which saves even more room.  I'm not totally done--I have to go through my staggering number of t-shirts--but it's amazing how open and airy my room is now.

That must feel so good. I was ready to part with my bedroom furniture just because I want the open space.  I realized unfortunately I will have to keep one bureau for now but am going to part with the other one.  I emptied it all and put all of my clothes in the closet.  One I was tired of everything being in a ball and then have to organize and refold everything every so often. But, two, I would love the space because I too want to put my desk in the corner and create a reading nooks and also a place I can put my mu on in the morning.  I can't wait to get this thing out so I can get setup.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3045 on: January 11, 2016, 10:49:04 AM »
I engaged in a bit of an odd "clearing out the clutter" activity recently: consolidating redundant first aid kits.



I had a small, crappy kit under the bathroom sink, a camp kit, and a bunch of random stuff on bathroom shelves.

Ditched the bathroom kit container, consolidated in a Rubbermaid container until I find a large enough first-responder bag:


http://www.ergodyne.com/products/pages/default.aspx?PCA=89&PRD=162
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3046 on: January 11, 2016, 10:55:20 AM »
http://www.ergodyne.com/products/pages/default.aspx?PCA=89&PRD=162

I have that one in orange and have been using it for off-roading, camping, and road trips for 5 years. It can carry enough for any basic first aid and minor medical issues.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3047 on: January 11, 2016, 11:01:30 AM »
cjottawa, that's a nice looking bag!

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This weekend I started another donation bag.  In it is the 5 LB bag of unused flour from Christmas baking, a lamp which was replaced by a nicer one at Christmas, and a pair of slippers I will never wear, also given to me for Christmas.  I need to tell my family in the future I am all set when it comes to slippers, bottles of lotion, and lip balm.  :P

I also deep cleaned behind the stove, and tackled the entire upstairs dusting, vacuuming and two bathrooms.  From the kitchen, I tossed about 20 alcohol wipes (dried out most likely) from various restaurants, two opened and expired Torani syrups, and a 2.5 gallon water jug I used to use for watering plants.  Next up:  I'm going to thin out old, but clean, towels to take to the animal shelter.  This will make room in the kitchen drawer to move a table cloth and place mats into it, and clean out the overflowing drawer those are in.  It is in the single digits outside-perfect weather to focus inside.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3048 on: January 11, 2016, 05:06:23 PM »
We recently moved from a 3bedroom home to a small 2 bedroom apartment in order for me to be closer to work.  We've used this change as an opportunity to declutter and have been on a craigslist and ebay listing binge.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3049 on: January 12, 2016, 06:38:14 AM »
After getting rid of almost everything we owned in July and hitting the road, my husband and I have landed in a place that we love and that we can afford, and we want to stay a while.

So we are re-crapulating, I guess. We've been sitting on the floor for the last 2 weeks and have an IKEA order arriving tomorrow with a bed, dining table, small sofa bed, etc.

It's a weird place to be in, after just having gotten rid of so much! But we're trying to be thoughtful about it, and only buy stuff that we really need for the running of the household. I have found after staying in many Airbnbs that I tend to like a place more, the less crap there is in it. Trying to remember this and be thoughtful about what we purchase now.