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« Reply #3600 on: July 12, 2016, 02:58:11 PM »
Sorted through my spare bedroom tonight. It's intended as an multifunction space for office, guests and reading but has (as all spare rooms) become a "let's put this random junk in here and sort throw it later"-space. Later, of course, meaning "never".

Dumped all the junk on the floor and forced myself to find a home for it. Half a bag of random paperwork found their home in the garbage. A bag of books is in wait for new homes at the used books store. The rest was useful stuf that's in the box it belongs in. Need to get a box of school memorebelia into the storage room and a broken computer to recycling, then it's an actual space again. For me. Not stuff.

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« Reply #3601 on: July 13, 2016, 12:13:55 PM »
Hey All!

I'm new to this thread -- I started reading at the beginning but there were too many posts :-)

Anyway, DH and I are going to move this fall.  We are most likely buying a house and getting more space.  However,  we've been in our current 800 sf apartment for 5 years and boy do we have a lot of "stuff".  I'd like to get rid of anything that we truly don't use to make the move easier.  I figure I've going until mid to late September to get through everything.

We got through his clothes and donated/sold about 5 large grocery bags worth.  I basically took out all of his non work clothes and made him sort through them.  I routinely make sure his work clothes are in decent shape so there was no need to go through them.

I'm onto my clothes but I have a feeling I'll have to do them in stages.  I've recently gained a bunch of weight (stress related to moving, an injury cutting down my running a lot) so I have a lot of clothes that don't fit right now, but hopefully will fit again in a couple of months.  I'm doing a first pass through for stuff that is just plain worn out or that I don't like at all.  When we actually move I'll do another pass through for fit.  Hopefully that'll motivate me to get back into shape.

I think the big fight will be over books - DH has quite a collection and really intends to collect them.  If I can even get him to cut out 20% of his books that'll be a big accomplishment.

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« Reply #3602 on: July 13, 2016, 05:39:18 PM »
Last night I culled an inch-high stack of papers from my filing system.

I have a box of things that are to leave the house for new homes (charity, husband's work, in-laws' house, etc).

It's not really clutter but I am trying to run down the pantry and toiletries before we move. Five jars of salsa seemed like a good idea when they were on sale. So did the seven big tubes of toothpaste, six bottles of body wash, five bottles of hand soap and 12 deodorants.

I've somehow never shaken my mum's practice of stockpiling, which made sense when we lived 25km from the nearest supermarket. But I now live 250m from two supermarkets, and walk past them almost every day. >.<

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« Reply #3603 on: July 13, 2016, 06:27:21 PM »
Hey All!

I'm new to this thread -- I started reading at the beginning but there were too many posts :-)

Anyway, DH and I are going to move this fall.  We are most likely buying a house and getting more space.  However,  we've been in our current 800 sf apartment for 5 years and boy do we have a lot of "stuff".  I'd like to get rid of anything that we truly don't use to make the move easier.  I figure I've going until mid to late September to get through everything.

We got through his clothes and donated/sold about 5 large grocery bags worth.  I basically took out all of his non work clothes and made him sort through them.  I routinely make sure his work clothes are in decent shape so there was no need to go through them.

I'm onto my clothes but I have a feeling I'll have to do them in stages.  I've recently gained a bunch of weight (stress related to moving, an injury cutting down my running a lot) so I have a lot of clothes that don't fit right now, but hopefully will fit again in a couple of months.  I'm doing a first pass through for stuff that is just plain worn out or that I don't like at all.  When we actually move I'll do another pass through for fit.  Hopefully that'll motivate me to get back into shape.

I think the big fight will be over books - DH has quite a collection and really intends to collect them.  If I can even get him to cut out 20% of his books that'll be a big accomplishment.

Welcome! Re the books - I'm a bookworm as well. It makes a difference if you know that you personally will be the person to dust, pack, move, unpack, and arrange every single book. Including the bookcases.

Also, designate a set number of bookcases that he has, and inform him that ALL of his books must be on those bookshelves and it has to be semi-neat. No boxes, no stacks nearby, no piles all over the house. Beyond that, leave him to it. Even better if you get him to agree happily to the # of bookcases ahead of time so he can't argue that it's your fault (or really, he could but he'd be in the wrong).

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« Reply #3604 on: July 14, 2016, 05:20:50 AM »

Welcome! Re the books - I'm a bookworm as well. It makes a difference if you know that you personally will be the person to dust, pack, move, unpack, and arrange every single book. Including the bookcases.

Also, designate a set number of bookcases that he has, and inform him that ALL of his books must be on those bookshelves and it has to be semi-neat. No boxes, no stacks nearby, no piles all over the house. Beyond that, leave him to it. Even better if you get him to agree happily to the # of bookcases ahead of time so he can't argue that it's your fault (or really, he could but he'd be in the wrong).

Thanks for the advice :-)  I'll try for that.  Currently we have just a few book piles.  Living in 800 sf of space I've been able to limit him.  I think that when we move to a house he imagines he'll just have like a library/office filled with books.

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« Reply #3605 on: July 14, 2016, 05:29:52 AM »
Turning out some cupboards tonight.

Problematic items that I'm still considering: photos (most of which exist in digital form), negatives, and souvenirs from trips.

The souvenirs - pins, figurines, etc - have been in a box for five (?) years, and we have no real interest in displaying them. I hate having things around to dust. I should donate them...

Oh, and a small Pringle can of sand from a very famous beach. Which was probably illegal to bring back into Australia.


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« Reply #3606 on: July 14, 2016, 02:25:56 PM »
New to the thread as well.
I should get rid of stuff...
Some things I need to go through include notes from college. I'd like to scan these and have them digital since I know I will probably never need them but I would feel assured having them. Other than that I need to go through all of the nick nack drawers that I have. We have a roommate moving in Aug 1st so I'll probably need to get rid of more. I've got 2 dining room tables which is ridiculous for my 900 sqft apartment, so I need to contemplate getting rid of one of those again.

The biggest help to my decluttering effort has been my dog. Occasionally she decides she is going to destroy something and I have to evaluate "did I really need that - do I need to replace it?"

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« Reply #3607 on: July 14, 2016, 02:58:36 PM »
Had a mini fashion show last night and got rid of everything that didn't fit perfectly.  Am also being more selective on what colours I keep in my wardrobe.  For example:  I had a nice sweater but the colour did nothing for me so to the goodwill it goes.
I feel so much better when I get rid of things that are not fashionable for me  (although they will be perfectly fine for someone else).

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« Reply #3608 on: July 14, 2016, 03:25:32 PM »
Offloaded my Nintendo Wii to my brother yesterday along with several games.. hadn't played it in a few years.

Not exactly a win for throwing things out because my clutter becomes his but I'll claim it for now :)

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« Reply #3609 on: July 14, 2016, 04:01:10 PM »
Offloaded my Nintendo Wii to my brother yesterday along with several games.. hadn't played it in a few years.

Not exactly a win for throwing things out because my clutter becomes his but I'll claim it for now :)

That's definitely a win for decluttering! You offloaded it to someone who will use it.

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« Reply #3610 on: July 14, 2016, 06:21:54 PM »
Just tossed two large garbage bags of notes from my husband's previous job. They had been stored in plastic tubs in the garage, but enough time has lapsed for them to be trashed.

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« Reply #3611 on: July 15, 2016, 11:27:19 PM »
Today I boxed up a ton of too-small boy clothes into a big box. Also started a smaller box and got rid of a few puzzles, an old dvd  player, books that no one reads anymore, and a scarf that is itchy. Progress!

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« Reply #3612 on: July 15, 2016, 11:30:44 PM »
I sent off three clothing returns that had been languishing on my dresser a couple of weeks... does that count? :)

Eta: and loaded up my car to take to goodwill in the am.

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« Reply #3613 on: July 17, 2016, 09:49:38 AM »
Well I got rid of two trader joe's bags worth of books.  DH put them downstairs in the mailroom in our building.  Perhaps some people will get use out of them.  We were looking for places to sell/trade them in but it seemed that there wasn't much opportunity for that.  We still have a *lot* of books, but that's a start.

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« Reply #3614 on: July 17, 2016, 02:26:02 PM »
5 bags to goodwill and 6 boxes to half price books!  It was a good weekend.

I also finished reading the KonMarie book (in the HPB box already)- and it did give me some good perspective on getting rid of some things. But, even though she says she works with international clients, I think she seriously underestimates both how much stuff Americans have and how much space we have to put it in...  I am still doing my closets one at a time. There is just no way I could find everything from one category to look at it all at once- it's just way too all over the place.  But I am trying to get it all into one space to store.

I have renewed vigor for this.  The baby's room (for the baby that didn't get to come home) had become a junk room, and we just found out we will likely need it again!  And I want the office streamlined so the computer can just go into the guest room and we can use the office as a playroom until the little one is big enough to play downstairs unsupervised.

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« Reply #3615 on: July 17, 2016, 03:00:36 PM »
We've been working on decluttering our kitchen, slowly but surely. I took a box of unwanted coffee mugs, and also a small bag of clothing, to the resale store today. Baby steps!

Also, I had a fandom-related T-shirt that I loved but it really doesn't fit me. But it seemed too nice to just donate. I posted a pic of it to Facebook in case someone I know might want it - and got a taker right away. And it fits her perfectly. She's happy, I'm happy. Yay!

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« Reply #3616 on: July 17, 2016, 03:06:39 PM »
It's gone! My old furniture! Wa-hoo! (As the infamous Yoshi would say)

There is so much space in my apartment now the walls echo. Room is lighter too!

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« Reply #3617 on: July 17, 2016, 03:33:38 PM »
Listed an unused TV stand and microwave on CL. If I do't get bites in 1 week, They'll go to Buy Nothing Project, then goodwill if no interest there.

Slow, but starting. Dreading old papers!

Microwave is gone ($40 in hand), and someone is coming by for the TV stand tonight (another $40). Excited about the TV stand, because we bought it used off CL for $40 4 years ago. Crazy how well Ikea items retain their value, haha.

Unintentional minimalism: our kitchen timer was always screwy (hard to add minutes), but it recently stopped alarming most of the time when the timer is up. Totally defeats the purpose. My poor DH was trying to make rice when he got a very very not happy work call. The timer didn't make noise again, and so he went to pantomime throwing it in the trash... except he accidentally let go. I told him to just leave it and not go in after the piece of junk. Good riddance.

Emotionally preparing to get rid of some old workout clothes. I know it's ridiculous to have a hard time getting rid of perma-stinky, pilling shirts, but I have so many hikes logged in these. Including when my husband proposed. Sigh, so silly how much emotion we assign to things!

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« Reply #3618 on: July 17, 2016, 03:40:17 PM »

I have renewed vigor for this.  The baby's room (for the baby that didn't get to come home) had become a junk room, and we just found out we will likely need it again!  And I want the office streamlined so the computer can just go into the guest room and we can use the office as a playroom until the little one is big enough to play downstairs unsupervised.



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« Reply #3619 on: July 17, 2016, 04:18:45 PM »
Great news, iowajes!

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« Reply #3620 on: July 17, 2016, 04:50:20 PM »

I have renewed vigor for this.  The baby's room (for the baby that didn't get to come home) had become a junk room, and we just found out we will likely need it again!  And I want the office streamlined so the computer can just go into the guest room and we can use the office as a playroom until the little one is big enough to play downstairs unsupervised.


congratulations!

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« Reply #3621 on: July 17, 2016, 04:56:42 PM »
It's gone! My old furniture! Wa-hoo! (As the infamous Yoshi would say)

There is so much space in my apartment now the walls echo. Room is lighter too!

Awesome work!

I think someone has the decluttering bug now. :D


I have renewed vigor for this.  The baby's room (for the baby that didn't get to come home) had become a junk room, and we just found out we will likely need it again!  And I want the office streamlined so the computer can just go into the guest room and we can use the office as a playroom until the little one is big enough to play downstairs unsupervised.

Congratulations!

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« Reply #3622 on: July 17, 2016, 05:03:31 PM »
I have renewed vigor for this.  The baby's room (for the baby that didn't get to come home) had become a junk room, and we just found out we will likely need it again!  And I want the office streamlined so the computer can just go into the guest room and we can use the office as a playroom until the little one is big enough to play downstairs unsupervised.

That is wonderful news!

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« Reply #3623 on: July 17, 2016, 05:10:57 PM »
Last night I sorted out two small drawers of cables, chargers, batteries, etc.

Tossed four dead lightning cables (eBay cheapies), a handful of dead batteries, and a couple of pre-recall Apple wall chargers (we have half a dozen).

I packaged up an Apple charger, lightning cable, USB cable, micro-USB cable and a couple of other bits and pieces for my husband to take in to his new office tomorrow.

(They've finally moved, seven months after first talking about it! Today is the first day in new digs.)

I also have cutlery and some other kitchen items he can take to help stock work kitchen.

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« Reply #3624 on: July 18, 2016, 09:40:22 PM »
I sold an incubator (for chicken eggs) today.  $80.  We got rid of the chickens years ago.  Mostly I've been just donating stuff and trashing the crap.  I've been looking at local houses for sale, not really looking for a new house, just looking.  In two years we may want to downsize.  But the looking at all the nicely staged houses makes me crazy.  Then looking at the houses full of knick knaks also makes me crazy, so I go and declutter.   
   I've got a couple of other things up for sale, but no takers.  Thanks to Retired at 63, I've found the online library (Overdrive)  which has allowed me to release some of my books.

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« Reply #3625 on: July 18, 2016, 11:29:04 PM »
Congratulations, Iowajes! Great news!

Today I put a pair of jean shorts in the giveaway box ... They were once too small for me, and now they are too big for me! Wahoooo!


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« Reply #3626 on: July 19, 2016, 12:05:43 AM »
I've decided that a few items with residual value, which I was pressuring myself to try to sell on ebay for some $$, are better off being put in a laundry tub as a pile of "things I will offer guests when they come over". As in, maybe one of the girls coming over for dinner this Friday will want an as-new Fossil handbag? Maybe next time my family comes over someone will want this Tupperware flask? etc.

I think that this will mean things *actually leave the house* whereas "I'm going to list it on ebay someday" meant they never did. And donating is great, but if this plan works out I think it will be more rewarding than donating because I get to SEE that someone wants something and will use it.

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« Reply #3627 on: July 19, 2016, 02:52:14 AM »
I'm killing two birds this week as we prepare to move and I tackle the long list of address changeovers.

I've received a couple of fundraising letters from charities that I'm either not or no longer interested in supporting. Rather than updating my address, I'm returning them to sender with a note asking to be removed from their database.

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« Reply #3628 on: July 19, 2016, 03:19:05 AM »
We're moving soon and my boyfriend suggested going through Every item this weekend to see what we can get rid of. As a minimalist I'm extremely excited about this.

SO JEALOUS

At -some point- in the next year or so we will be moving into our guest suite to renovate our house (it was derelict when we bought it, so I get to keep my MMM credentials I think, despite the ridiculouslness of a guest suite. We only have 1 bedroom, so it's not as crazy as it sounds)

Anyway, obviously I'm excited about making the house properly habitable. But I am actually more excited about the 'fresh start' when it comes to stuff! Instead of 'moving in', I plan to just go to the guest suite, and come back to the house for every single thing I need. At the end of a month or so, I should have a very clear idea of what I am not using!

Out of season clothes won't count, of course, but I am sooooo looking foward to this!

Iowajes, many congrats, very happy for you.

I've decided that a few items with residual value, which I was pressuring myself to try to sell on ebay for some $$, are better off being put in a laundry tub as a pile of "things I will offer guests when they come over". As in, maybe one of the girls coming over for dinner this Friday will want an as-new Fossil handbag? Maybe next time my family comes over someone will want this Tupperware flask? etc.

I think that this will mean things *actually leave the house* whereas "I'm going to list it on ebay someday" meant they never did. And donating is great, but if this plan works out I think it will be more rewarding than donating because I get to SEE that someone wants something and will use it.
This is a nice idea, but beware creating an obligation for friends and family. Why do you need to see that they will use it? I have had this conversation with my husband. He said, "Let's give it to so and so! It will be nice to know they want it!", and I said, "If we donate we can be -sure- they want it, because they have chosen it and paid money for it". You can be sure your stuff will be put to good use, when someone selects it specially, you know? I'm not trying to criticise, just... people have given me things and expected to see me use them, and it creates an expectation, a burden. If you give something away, just give it away.

And more updates, because I've been away for a while:

I used to buy lots of stuff in bulk. I stopped, oh, over a year ago. I calculated I still have TWO YEARS of tampons in stock. And worst of all, they are not my preferred brand. Ugh.

My husband rang the other day to ask if we needed batteries. I did a check, and said no, we've got 6 of that type. He was worried, "I should get some more!". I said, "No, we don't store stuff anymore! The shop stores it for us!". He didn't buy them.

The following day (literally!) a device which uses 4 batteries ran out. I replaced them. Husband was very worried that now we have only 2 batteries! I was like, "we checked, we had sufficient. Now we know we need some more, so I will put them on the list. This is the system WORKING". I think he is coming round!


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« Reply #3629 on: July 19, 2016, 03:26:55 AM »
I used to buy lots of stuff in bulk. I stopped, oh, over a year ago. I calculated I still have TWO YEARS of tampons in stock. And worst of all, they are not my preferred brand. Ugh.

Would you consider donating them to charity?

In Australia, Share the Dignity collects tampons for homeless women, while The Beauty Bank collects cosmetics and toiletries for women escaping domestic violence.

http://www.sharethedignity.com.au/

http://www.thebeautybank.org/

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« Reply #3630 on: July 19, 2016, 03:55:04 AM »
I used to buy lots of stuff in bulk. I stopped, oh, over a year ago. I calculated I still have TWO YEARS of tampons in stock. And worst of all, they are not my preferred brand. Ugh.

Would you consider donating them to charity?

In Australia, Share the Dignity collects tampons for homeless women, while The Beauty Bank collects cosmetics and toiletries for women escaping domestic violence.

http://www.sharethedignity.com.au/

http://www.thebeautybank.org/

I certainly would! A great way to buy some of my preferred ones guilt free, and help people in the process.

I will do some googling, but if anyone is aware of British organisations that accept donations, please do comment. They are boxed and everything!

Hmmm, I wonder if my foodbank will take them? Off to look at the list now. Thank you for the suggestion!

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« Reply #3631 on: July 19, 2016, 03:56:55 AM »
Right, my foodbank website says:

URGENTLY NEEDED ITEMS

TOILETRIES
NAPPIES (ALL SIZES)
TOILET ROLLS
SPONGE PUDDINGS
CUSTARD

It doesn't specify tampons, and I don't want to waste a volunteer's time by emailing, but would you all interpret this as falling under 'toiletries' and being something they need?

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« Reply #3632 on: July 19, 2016, 04:08:00 AM »
Okay, I see that "sponge puddings" may refer to contraceptives, but you have me stumped with "custard".

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« Reply #3633 on: July 19, 2016, 04:10:32 AM »
Okay, I see that "sponge puddings" may refer to contraceptives, but you have me stumped with "custard".

ha ha, no, I was referring to 'Toiletries'!! Sorry. Sponge puddings and custard and typical deserts here and they are running short of the actual food items.

I'm still lolling at sponge pudding as a contraceptive though!

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« Reply #3634 on: July 19, 2016, 04:29:21 AM »
the advicist: your local womens' refuge will gladly take the tampons.  There will be a phone number available, and you arrange to meet someone in a (central, busy, well lit, car number plates exchanged) car park for the handover, so they don't have to reveal the location of the shelter.

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« Reply #3635 on: July 19, 2016, 04:32:49 AM »
the advicist: your local womens' refuge will gladly take the tampons.  There will be a phone number available, and you arrange to meet someone in a (central, busy, well lit, car number plates exchanged) car park for the handover, so they don't have to reveal the location of the shelter.

Thanks for that info. I don't think it's enough of a donation to warrant someone's time like that in this case. It's only 4 boxes, it's just two years worth at the rate I use them. The foodbank sounds ideal because I donate regularly anyway, and we have a collection point locally, so I can just add them to the bag I'm taking anyway.

But I will definitely bear in mind for the future.

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« Reply #3636 on: July 19, 2016, 06:35:24 AM »
the advicist: your local womens' refuge will gladly take the tampons.  There will be a phone number available, and you arrange to meet someone in a (central, busy, well lit, car number plates exchanged) car park for the handover, so they don't have to reveal the location of the shelter.

Thanks for that info. I don't think it's enough of a donation to warrant someone's time like that in this case. It's only 4 boxes, it's just two years worth at the rate I use them. The foodbank sounds ideal because I donate regularly anyway, and we have a collection point locally, so I can just add them to the bag I'm taking anyway.

But I will definitely bear in mind for the future.
They will also take any household stuff you want to get rid of - bedding, kitchen stuff, etc., as they gift it to women who are leaving to help set up home.  They take clothes, too (they are always desperate for knickers in various sizes) and cleaners, washing powder, etc.  I bet they would take just the tampons (worth ringing to see), but if not if you have any other spares to donate they would take those too.

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« Reply #3637 on: July 19, 2016, 08:45:14 AM »
   I've got a couple of other things up for sale, but no takers.  Thanks to Retired at 63, I've found the online library (Overdrive)  which has allowed me to release some of my books.
Glad to help with book release.  I am also finding that when I get a so-so library book by someone whose books I have, that tells me I can release all my books by that author.  So next time I am culling I can search those books out.  The second hand bookstore staff at the community center where my library is are getting used to me bringing a bag or two of various books each time I come to the library.  I donate there, the money is spent well.  My regular second-hand bookstore has switched from cash to credit for books brought in, and they pay 5% of book price (10% on their books) so for a $5 book I might get 25 cents.  Or they might not take it at all. I would rather donate.  I have always been a book hoarder, this is a 180o change for me. 
My really old fiction is hard to find, it is what I will probably end up holding on to, unless I can get Kindle editions without paying huge amounts.

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« Reply #3638 on: July 21, 2016, 01:57:36 AM »
Regarding books, it helped me to figure out why I didn't want to get rid of my favourites.

The answer was that I was scared I would forget about them.

So I made a spreadsheet. And every single book I read I add it on, with a really short plot synopsis (like one sentence just to jog my memory) and if I loved it I put a star next to it. That way I can still go back and see every book I have ever loved, without them getting musty on my bookshelf.

This might not work for everyone, as I am not a big rereader. But safe in the knowledge that I know exactly what my favourites are, I trust the library and Amazon to store them for me. I can buy secondhand usually for 1p plus postage, and then donate / resell, anytime I was to reread.

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« Reply #3639 on: July 24, 2016, 11:43:12 AM »
theadvicist: have you heard of goodreads.com ? You can put all that information on there, and it tracks how many books you read each year, as well as if you give books star ratings, then it recommends other books based on the books you like!

Thought this might be another good alternative if you're enjoying the tracking of which books you read / like!

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« Reply #3640 on: July 24, 2016, 01:56:06 PM »
Regarding books, it helped me to figure out why I didn't want to get rid of my favourites.

The answer was that I was scared I would forget about them.

So I made a spreadsheet. And every single book I read I add it on, with a really short plot synopsis (like one sentence just to jog my memory) and if I loved it I put a star next to it. That way I can still go back and see every book I have ever loved, without them getting musty on my bookshelf.

This might not work for everyone, as I am not a big rereader. But safe in the knowledge that I know exactly what my favourites are, I trust the library and Amazon to store them for me. I can buy secondhand usually for 1p plus postage, and then donate / resell, anytime I was to reread.

Thought of you this week while culling books!

I was torn between wanting to buy them as e-books now, or waiting to see if I actually miss them first.

In the end I just made a list of the titles, emailed it to myself, and piled up six more to get rid of.

I've taken to pouring myself a drink and standing in front of my bookshelves, staring at them while I ponder who is next to go...

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« Reply #3641 on: July 26, 2016, 08:17:35 AM »
theadvicist: have you heard of goodreads.com ? You can put all that information on there, and it tracks how many books you read each year, as well as if you give books star ratings, then it recommends other books based on the books you like!

Thought this might be another good alternative if you're enjoying the tracking of which books you read / like!

Thanks for the recommendation! I have used it to look up titles and read reviews, or read their 'best 50 (whatever) books' lists, but I have never created an account. I don't know if that is something I would enjoy (the recommendations feature sounds great) or just another thing I'd feel was on my to do list... the spreadsheet is quick, but yeah, no feedback. I'll go and have a poke around, thank you!

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« Reply #3642 on: July 26, 2016, 10:47:24 AM »

I've taken to pouring myself a drink and standing in front of my bookshelves, staring at them while I ponder who is next to go...

I'm pulling them off the shelves and re-reading (fiction) - if I go "OK, but not to read again" it goes in the pile of donations. 

Non-fiction - I do prefer paper to ebooks - I can read them during a power failure, they won't disappear (unless fire/flood) and I can photocopy easily if I need a few pages.

And yikes I have lot of old personal finance books.  I am reading them (well, skimming), if there is nothing new then they are donate (general advice) or put in paper recycling (definitely outdated).  The only really outdated one I am keeping is Your Money and How To Keep It (Brian Costello)(1985) who introduced me to the value of paying off a mortgage early.  Of course his interest tables start at 8% and end at 19 7/8%.  Definitely those rates were an incentive to pay down the mortgage.

For the younger readers, yes those were real rates.  Our mortgage was at 9% back then, 5 year fixed, and a friend had her mortgage come up and she renewed at 18%. 

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« Reply #3643 on: July 27, 2016, 03:14:45 PM »
Picked up my KonMari cleaning after leaving it alone in the middle of Komono for a couple months (not so good at the "do it all at once part").  I finished up Komono and started on mementos.  I was able to throw out 5 lbs of photographs!

I was also able to reduce my clothing further, but I don't think I'm quite at my click point.  I noticed a few things bugging the back of my mind and completely stopped thinking of them once I just put them in the donation box.

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« Reply #3644 on: July 27, 2016, 09:39:20 PM »
I volunteered to host voice lessons tomorrow - that caused 2 bags of shredding, one old tower computer and keyboard, a box full of empty file folders and a broken adding machine to move out of the office. Funny, but I had actually stopped seeing the clutter/mess. Oops. That was where my konmari stopped a few months ago too, but I won't get back into anything until after October.

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« Reply #3645 on: July 28, 2016, 05:40:13 AM »
Spent another few hours moving stuff into new place today.

I realised just how much of the stuff in our apartment belongs to my husband.

He has far less stuff than some of his friends, but I also know that most of it never gets looked at or used. I could have tossed half of it and he wouldn't have noticed because he's forgotten about it.

So I carted it over to new place and spread it out on the floor, and I've asked him to go through it all before any of it gets put away.

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« Reply #3646 on: July 28, 2016, 08:47:19 AM »
Got $400 for taking a crap top video gaming (lol) to Half Price Books.

We got rid of a Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Game Gear, 2 Gameboy colors, an X-box and a Game Cube and all the games associated with them (except the Game Cube which we can still play in the Wii).

Probably would have made a ton more on ebay, but this took only a few hours of sitting in a bookstore and reading while waiting!

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« Reply #3647 on: July 28, 2016, 09:14:19 AM »
My aunt was happy to receive the antique sewing machine that was handed down to me from my great aunt about 25 years ago.  OTOH, another aunt gave me two pairs of capri pants (which I may just donate, but it made her happy to find them a home), and the portrait of myself @ age ten that used to hang in my grandmother's house made it back to me.  OK with that though, as we don't have a ton of things on our walls.  Managed to come home from vacation with only two pint glasses from DH's friend's brewery, and no other non-consumable items.  I'm pretty good at breaking glasses, so it kind of makes sense to add to the collection over time anyway.

This morning I gave some unneeded dog supplies to a coworker. 

It's going to be hot this weekend, so am reading this thread for inspiration to do some decluttering again since I probably won't be inclined to spend time outside in the afternoons.

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« Reply #3648 on: July 28, 2016, 10:00:52 AM »
Got $400...

NICE!  That's quite a haul.

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« Reply #3649 on: July 28, 2016, 01:33:29 PM »
A pretty but unused rocking chair has gone to the charity shop, along with various clothes, including a dress I mended with new buttons so it didn't end up in landfill... Hmm.

Other good news: tidying up ready for my monthly house guest is getting easier.