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« Reply #3700 on: August 15, 2016, 02:58:11 AM »

My constant goal with organising is to make it easy for the other people who live in my house to be able to use and then put away stuff. If its not easy to get out or put away, likely there is too much stuff in the space it is being stored.

YES! This is the very essence of it for me. Everything should be easy to put away, or there is too much stuff there.

I find it hard with things like reusable shopping bags. I have too many and they are always falling off their pegs and getting in a tangle. But I know they do wear out, and I will need them eventually. I should put some 'away' and use and reuse a few until I need some more.

I have noticed things do wear out more quickly when you have fewer of them. But it's also very satisfying to know that something has performed its function well to the very end, and then to let it go.

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« Reply #3701 on: August 15, 2016, 05:19:49 PM »
Saturday I put four things out in the driveway with free signs. Two ugly office chairs were taken. The things that were not taken were put back in the basement. Today, a woman came and bought a few more things, and my husband threw in an ugly chair for free.

Every useless thing (useless to us) that leaves the house leaves me feeling lighter and more at peace.
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« Reply #3702 on: August 15, 2016, 07:38:35 PM »
Been dealing with a really difficult eBay buyer who is making me badly want to throw rocks at her. Endless questions and messages, all written "liek dis". Not happy with anything. Wants to negotiate everything.

I just keep reminding myself that it's still less stuff to deal with, even if the money isn't worth it for this amount of frustration.

I'm still blocking her from buying from me ever again though. Some measure of justice.

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« Reply #3703 on: August 15, 2016, 08:09:43 PM »
A little testimony...

This weekend, put around $600 of craigslist postings up for various tools (ladders, generator, weed sprayer, etc.) and also took $250 worth of clothing and electronics to Goodwill to shave off next year's taxes...   The ladder already sold,,,

Soooo close to selling another $100 pump sprayer...    Next, going list another ladder and a yard artsy wheelbarrow that should add $350 or so...   

@mustachepungoeshere,  So sorry to hear about your eBay experience.    I've had surprising luck with local buyers on free sites like the US Craigslist and 1 other specialty site...   The amazing sale was a vintage surf board at collector prices... sold to a man 1 mile away from my house almost 200 miles in-land.    Have faith in the old fashioned personal touch type of sales.

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« Reply #3704 on: August 16, 2016, 12:13:03 AM »
I keep reading here and also The Millenials and feel almost ready to release my books <sigh>

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« Reply #3705 on: August 16, 2016, 06:50:27 AM »
Not exactly "clutter" but my fiance spent a few hours tearing down old wiring in the basement that wasn't hooked up to anything.  WOW!  With open ceilings showing all the floor joists, it looks so much better.  Almost all the exposed wiring was from when our house was a rental and they kept running new phone and cable lines for each tenant.
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« Reply #3706 on: August 16, 2016, 05:02:50 PM »
I haven't posted here is a while, but finally got 4 boxes of random bric-a-brac to the family store, and 3 green garbage bags of vetbed to the local animal rescue.
I have at least a car load of books to heave out yet - but at least I've worked out where to take them.
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« Reply #3707 on: August 16, 2016, 06:02:41 PM »
My son received the Lego he ordered with birthday money from Amazon and I'm planning to use the ridiculously large box (that held a tiny Lego set) to release some books to the thrift store:-)

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« Reply #3708 on: August 17, 2016, 02:03:42 AM »
Not exactly "clutter" but my fiance spent a few hours tearing down old wiring in the basement that wasn't hooked up to anything.  WOW!  With open ceilings showing all the floor joists, it looks so much better.  Almost all the exposed wiring was from when our house was a rental and they kept running new phone and cable lines for each tenant.


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« Reply #3709 on: August 18, 2016, 07:48:26 PM »
We have three printers in this house. THREE. For the last year or two none of them worked with my laptop. My Other Human never prints at home because he is a high lord muckety-muck of computers at his work, and he prints whatever needs to be printed there. After a day spent running large systems with thousands of users, the last thing he wants to do is mess with my one-user system.

Yesterday I got out the printer I could fit on my desk, hooked it up to the laptop and futzed with it a little, and winner-winner, chicken dinner, I can print.

So, good people,of the Internet, what does one do with two superfluous printers? Sell? Donate? Recycle? Is there a market for printers or where can I recycle them?
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« Reply #3710 on: August 19, 2016, 01:22:08 PM »
A set of ink cartridges costs about the same as a new inktjet printer (hurray for planned obsolescence and the razorblad business model), so around here used inkjet printers do about $ 5.

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« Reply #3711 on: August 19, 2016, 01:28:59 PM »
The thrift store is on my way to and from work so I've started taking stuff at least once a week.  Even if it's just a few items at a time it at least encourages me to keep going.

I have some nicer gardening pots that I'm going to sell (hopefully).  And I really need to go through my clothes.

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« Reply #3712 on: August 20, 2016, 05:42:53 AM »

So, good people,of the Internet, what does one do with two superfluous printers? Sell? Donate? Recycle? Is there a market for printers or where can I recycle them?

As the eloquent DagobertDuck noted, used printers are junk most likely.   I'd try a facebook post to friends to see if someone might want them (if the manufacturer or ink stop type online outlets still stock the cartridges for them).   Or just Goodwill/donate them and take the tax deduction.

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« Reply #3713 on: August 21, 2016, 02:45:11 PM »
donated this Saturday: 1 steamer, used once (in the box), boys cargo shorts-never worn, 1 dress , 1 dressy shirt, 1 dressy T shirt, 1 pair jeans (tommy hilfiger), 1 pair pants H&M (were too small) and other 4-5 items...(I can't even remember what)
feels very good to have 1/2 drawer empty

conversely: I needed 1 pair flats for work and abstained from buying more, I only got 1 pair ;)

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« Reply #3714 on: August 22, 2016, 10:43:25 AM »
Garage sale on the weekend and cleared out a lot of things from the house, including pairing down my books by about 75%. Sold or gave away all of the big items, so everything that remained at the end of the day fit easily into the back of the suburban and went to goodwill. Nothing made it back into the house! Well maybe 2 books... but otherwise nothing else.

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« Reply #3715 on: August 22, 2016, 11:22:31 AM »
My fiancee and I had a free afternoon this weekend, so we went through and pulled two garbage bags worth of clothes to donate. My younger sister is doing a donation drive that will accept anything, so I would love to get everything cleared out by then.

Next up is the bucket of old bank statements that need shredded. Hey, maybe that one'll be tonight!

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« Reply #3716 on: August 22, 2016, 08:00:38 PM »

Next up is the bucket of old bank statements that need shredded. Hey, maybe that one'll be tonight!

instead of shredding I am reducing them to a pulp, by dunking them in the water and mixing a bit
(doing this because I don't have a shredder)

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« Reply #3717 on: August 23, 2016, 01:00:11 AM »

instead of shredding I am reducing them to a pulp, by dunking them in the water and mixing a bit
(doing this because I don't have a shredder)

What a great idea! And so obvious too ...

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« Reply #3718 on: August 23, 2016, 01:28:11 AM »
Put a belt in the donate box. I don't know why this decision was so hard, I've known I don't like it or wear it for months but couldn't part with it. Now the guilt every time I look at it will be gone.

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« Reply #3719 on: August 23, 2016, 04:08:43 AM »

instead of shredding I am reducing them to a pulp, by dunking them in the water and mixing a bit
(doing this because I don't have a shredder)

Yes! Must remember this for when I next file/cull papers. And then I will add the pulp to our compost bin :D

What a great idea! And so obvious too ...

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« Reply #3720 on: August 23, 2016, 09:57:56 PM »
I am New to the boards so I haven't read many previous posts...forgive me if this has already been suggested.  My neighborhood of Boston has a "Buy Nothing *insert name of town or neighborhood here*" Facebook page which is amazing.  People post photos of items they want to get rid of, & those who are interested comment & then arrange for pickup.  I have gotten rid of so many things that otherwise would have gone into the trash ( half-used bag of charcoal, unwanted packaged food gift from family, once-used bottle of sunscreen that gave me a rash, etc).  Conversely, I have seen people post requests for items they want to upborrow or have.  I am always surprised at how often those requests are answered.  Check it out, there may be one for your town too, or you could start one!

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« Reply #3721 on: August 23, 2016, 10:54:12 PM »
Funnily enough, I've been using my Buy Nothing group just today to pass on some kitchen stuff I no longer needed!

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« Reply #3722 on: August 23, 2016, 11:38:38 PM »
Put one of those tiny potpourri crockpots in the giveaway box today. At this pace, it will take me 100 years to get the place in ship shape!

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« Reply #3723 on: August 24, 2016, 02:07:53 PM »
I am New to the boards so I haven't read many previous posts...forgive me if this has already been suggested.  My neighborhood of Boston has a "Buy Nothing *insert name of town or neighborhood here*" Facebook page which is amazing.  People post photos of items they want to get rid of, & those who are interested comment & then arrange for pickup.  I have gotten rid of so many things that otherwise would have gone into the trash ( half-used bag of charcoal, unwanted packaged food gift from family, once-used bottle of sunscreen that gave me a rash, etc).  Conversely, I have seen people post requests for items they want to upborrow or have.  I am always surprised at how often those requests are answered.  Check it out, there may be one for your town too, or you could start one!
I also love our Buy Nothing group.  I've given away a few things, and I've received a few things that I would have spent money on otherwise. 


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« Reply #3724 on: August 24, 2016, 02:28:32 PM »
I put out a few dozen CDs for free and two nice stands for $5.   I also gave away a good sized bin with a dozen hardback and paperback books.  It also contained a camera, flip phone, blood pressure monitor, and other free stuff.

Another 20 lbs of stuff went to the trash can.       All in all,  it hardly put a dent in my office....

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« Reply #3725 on: August 24, 2016, 03:52:37 PM »
Oi vey! This weekend I went to my dad's house and got Everything that is still mine but was in basement storage (excluding Christmas decorations) and brought it to my house. My formerly empty living room has 11 Rubbermaid totes I am now going through and purging.

Culled books from my childhood book collection for donation. About two totes are school papers I can burn/recycle (I didn't want to leave them behind for my stepmother to take care of) and the rest are either stuff from college or sewing/craft supplies. I also got my art desk and chair and my dressmaker mannequin. So I feel overwhelmed with stuff I want to sort through but am slammed the next two weeks with charity work in the evenings so I'm trying not to panic. I've been reminding myself once this is done we won't be bringing in more stuff. We have to make a wedding registry soon and it'll be only sorely needed items like bedsheets and meat thermometer, etc.

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« Reply #3726 on: August 24, 2016, 09:09:41 PM »
Soooo close to selling another $100 pump sprayer...    Next, going list another ladder and a yard artsy wheelbarrow that should add $350 or so...   

An update (to keep myself motivated)...   Ladder, sold!  Pump sprayer, sold!  Rusty lacrosse goal, sold! 2nd ladder, have a nibble so fingers crossed!!   So just in sold items that's $240 so far for around 4 hours work.   Not counting chickens, but have another $600 in listings that may net maybe another $400 after it's all done.   And I can actually walk through the basement and my garage again as a bonus!

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« Reply #3727 on: August 29, 2016, 11:40:15 AM »
Sold a commercial cotton candy machine and related gear - $425,
papers waiting to be shredded for free at school (1 grocery bag),
and broke my food processor :(.

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« Reply #3728 on: August 29, 2016, 01:19:26 PM »
Sorry about your food processor, startswithhome!  :(

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This weekend I:

Put a bag of knickknacks/dust collectors and a pair of slacks into my vehicle to be donated.

Rid of a few expired items from our medicine/vitamin drawer.

Two stacks of empty egg cartons are ready for my chicken owning friend to pick up.

Cleared out a bunch of never used recipes from a large binder, and replaced them with current low carb recipes.

My next goal in the next few weeks is to purge short sleeve, warm weather shirts I never wear before replacing them with the bin of cooler weather shirts and sweaters.

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« Reply #3729 on: August 29, 2016, 07:53:27 PM »
On Saturday a friend and I are doing a flea market together. Our space costs $20, and we will be selling from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm. Usually we leave having made between $40-60 over the expenses, but that isn't really the point. We  sit in our deck chairs and people watch and talk and eat hotdogs. It is a chance to catch up and get rid of crap at the same time. And we bargain with buyers and just enjoy the day. Whatever does not sell goes to the Washington Area Rescue League's thrift store.

If you have never been to a flea market, you should go to one at least once, for the experience.
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« Reply #3730 on: August 29, 2016, 08:43:12 PM »
CU Tiger, what's the flea market? I've been looking for a way to get rid of some items in the DC area - is it too late to sign up now? I don't have a yard to hold a garage sale and many items feel like they're not worth listing individually on Craigslist, but I'd love to get *some* money for them if possible.

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« Reply #3731 on: August 30, 2016, 01:22:07 AM »
CU Tiger, what's the flea market? I've been looking for a way to get rid of some items in the DC area - is it too late to sign up now? I don't have a yard to hold a garage sale and many items feel like they're not worth listing individually on Craigslist, but I'd love to get *some* money for them if possible.

Here is the basic info:

Germantown Community Flea Market
The Germantown Community Flea Market is held the first Saturday of each month from April through November. The Flea Market is open from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM in the MARC train station parking lot located at Route 118 and Bowman Mill Drive. For information on renting a space, please call 301.972.2707.

The simple answer is that the spaces are first come, first served. You pay your space fee going in. You NEED to be there early to set up (we get there at 6:00 am and are always latecomers) because even though the market is supposed to start at 8:00 am, there are always early birds. Also, once the spaces are gone, they are gone.

My friend and I joke that some of the larger spaces must get there on Friday night.

Price stuff to sell, and be ready to bargain and come down on price. The point is to get rid of your stuff, so you have to let go of your attachment to things. We sell so many things for .50 - $1 and still make money because doing it together we have a lot of stuff.

We will be the two women with tables of misc stuff and a bunch of little cocker spaniels. The dogs are not for sale, we just bring them as company.
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« Reply #3732 on: August 30, 2016, 03:40:25 AM »
Went through my shoes again and found two pairs I was ready to let go. Left some out for my husband to consider and he decided to keep them all despite never wearing them. Sigh.

However, my low pressure tactics did pay off in another area. I went through all his t-shirts and made a pile of ones I thought he might be ready to part with. Of 8 t-shirts he was done with 7 of them, only 1 went back in the drawer! So I'll take that, even with the shoe failure.

Spent yesterday getting the house ready for some building work. Making sure it was organised so as to be easy to dust sheet and cause minimal problems for the builders. Reminded me again that stuff = hassle.

I also threw out a pair of hotel slippers I had worn through. Of our stash I'm down to three pairs now. I don't know what we were keeping them for. Happy to 'use them up'. As a bonus I've 'needed' a new pair of slippers for about 18 months now but after deciding to make do with the hotel ones until they are all gone, I've put that purchase off for a long time.

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« Reply #3733 on: August 30, 2016, 04:32:44 AM »
With a little bit of sadness but a little bit more of decluttering joy I offloaded all my Terry Pratchett Discworld novels to the local library. About 25 of them all up including a couple of special editions.

Have loved them so much over the years, but been wanting to get rid of them for a few months now as they are just sitting there accumulating dust.

Someone else can share the joy of Rincewind, the Burser, Ridcully, the Dean and the Librarian "oook"; Nanny, Granny & Magrat; Lu Tze, Pteppic, Brutha; Lord Vetenari, Carrot, Vimes & Detritus; and of course the somewhat more mythical characters, from the Hogfather to the Death of Rats, Death himself and Death's granddaughter Susan, whom I had somewhat of a crush on :D

I will miss them much, but I am free of lugging them around in physical form!


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« Reply #3734 on: August 30, 2016, 10:18:09 AM »
Sold old hockey elbow pads on eBay.  Only got a few bucks for them but still better than sending them to landfill.

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« Reply #3735 on: August 30, 2016, 01:22:42 PM »
I have such a pile of stuff waiting to be taken to goodwill that the stuff broke the storage hanger and all fell over!
Guess I really am going to goodwill tomorrow

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« Reply #3736 on: August 31, 2016, 06:01:35 AM »

instead of shredding I am reducing them to a pulp, by dunking them in the water and mixing a bit
(doing this because I don't have a shredder)

What a great idea! And so obvious too ...

glad to hear that :)

took a while to reply as we are vacationing in Nova Scotia now...has anyone any suggestions for things to do/ see while down here  (Lunenburg County) we love it!!!

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« Reply #3737 on: September 01, 2016, 04:25:22 PM »
I'm off work next week and will be getting rid of the nearly useless tin shed that was on our property when we bought it.  Thanks to decluttering, there is plenty of room in the main shed/shop for the few useful items that are still in the tin shed.  Hoping someone will haul it off for free.

I also have a big box of items needing to be donated, and need to do a dump run to get rid of yard debris that is too recalcitrant to compost.

Thinking I might take a run at my clothes as well, since it's about time to do some wardrobe rotation.

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« Reply #3738 on: September 01, 2016, 05:10:30 PM »
I'm off work next week and will be getting rid of the nearly useless tin shed that was on our property when we bought it.  Thanks to decluttering, there is plenty of room in the main shed/shop for the few useful items that are still in the tin shed.  Hoping someone will haul it off for free.

I also have a big box of items needing to be donated, and need to do a dump run to get rid of yard debris that is too recalcitrant to compost.

Thinking I might take a run at my clothes as well, since it's about time to do some wardrobe rotation.

I'm thinking I'd rather be at work than have a week off like that.... :)

Good luck with it, though.

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« Reply #3739 on: September 02, 2016, 04:40:01 AM »
So excited to find a donation bag had come through the front door yesterday! We live in a tiny village and I've never received one before. Will definitely save me a trip as I have loads of stuff lined up that I haven't got around to donating because I hate to make a special journey, but am never passing anywhere when it's open.

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« Reply #3740 on: September 02, 2016, 09:45:08 AM »
The wife and kids are running a garage sale today. She just sent me a message that big seller so far: DVDs for $1.

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« Reply #3741 on: September 03, 2016, 04:41:44 AM »
Returned a top.

Threw out three bags of garbage.

Finally delivered a bag of specific donations I had been collecting for a local charity.

Putting together another bag of general donations.

Posted something I sold on eBay.

Photographed three more things for eBay.

I'm also slowly using up my stockpile of toiletries. I went a little overboard buying my favourite body wash, etc, when on sale, but I really don't have the space in new apartment.

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« Reply #3742 on: September 03, 2016, 06:28:26 AM »
Yesterday I spend *all day* attacking the paper monster that was eating our dining room table.  Oh my.  It is terrible.  It is still unfinished!  I have a full file cabinet and it seems we "need" all the stuff in there, but it never gets used.   I made great progress on the paper clutter though and recycled tons and tons, put others in file folders (with nowhere to go, maybe a file box?)

I will follow this thread more, as we need to make our home more pleasant and clutter free.


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« Reply #3743 on: September 03, 2016, 06:42:46 AM »
DH put all of our data from 3 laptops onto Dropbox and we gave one of those laptops back to his sister. The other two will be recycled or donated shortly :) so excited, it's been on our to do list for months!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3744 on: September 03, 2016, 03:15:28 PM »
I'm off work next week and will be getting rid of the nearly useless tin shed that was on our property when we bought it.  Thanks to decluttering, there is plenty of room in the main shed/shop for the few useful items that are still in the tin shed.  Hoping someone will haul it off for free.

I also have a big box of items needing to be donated, and need to do a dump run to get rid of yard debris that is too recalcitrant to compost.

Thinking I might take a run at my clothes as well, since it's about time to do some wardrobe rotation.


I'm thinking I'd rather be at work than have a week off like that.... :)

Good luck with it, though.

I have to do this at least once a year to keep my life running smoothly and preserve my sanity when I am working, since my garden and horse hobbies don't wait around until I have time for them.  And vacations are for preserving sanity, right?  I've been bumbling around the house most of the day today creating even more work for myself, but getting rid of the shed is still the most onerous task.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3745 on: September 03, 2016, 04:14:48 PM »
I'm off work next week and will be getting rid of the nearly useless tin shed that was on our property when we bought it.  Thanks to decluttering, there is plenty of room in the main shed/shop for the few useful items that are still in the tin shed.  Hoping someone will haul it off for free.

I also have a big box of items needing to be donated, and need to do a dump run to get rid of yard debris that is too recalcitrant to compost.

Thinking I might take a run at my clothes as well, since it's about time to do some wardrobe rotation.


I'm thinking I'd rather be at work than have a week off like that.... :)

Good luck with it, though.

I have to do this at least once a year to keep my life running smoothly and preserve my sanity when I am working, since my garden and horse hobbies don't wait around until I have time for them.  And vacations are for preserving sanity, right?  I've been bumbling around the house most of the day today creating even more work for myself, but getting rid of the shed is still the most onerous task.

All the really good hobbies have a huge organizational component to them, I find. Though usually you can see the results pretty quickly, which isn't always true at work. I am just cranky about chores that involve sorting and putting things away.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3746 on: September 03, 2016, 09:18:52 PM »
Sold $160 worth of unused stuff. Cleared out several board games, many DVDs, too small kids clothes.

In addition, I took several shelves worth of books to my office (where I actually will use them), which allowed us move a shelving unit out of the living room. As an added bonus, we re-arranged the furniture which makes the room seem new, with nothing spent!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3747 on: September 03, 2016, 11:17:51 PM »
I'm off work next week and will be getting rid of the nearly useless tin shed that was on our property when we bought it.  Thanks to decluttering, there is plenty of room in the main shed/shop for the few useful items that are still in the tin shed.  Hoping someone will haul it off for free.

I also have a big box of items needing to be donated, and need to do a dump run to get rid of yard debris that is too recalcitrant to compost.

Thinking I might take a run at my clothes as well, since it's about time to do some wardrobe rotation.


I'm thinking I'd rather be at work than have a week off like that.... :)

Good luck with it, though.

I have to do this at least once a year to keep my life running smoothly and preserve my sanity when I am working, since my garden and horse hobbies don't wait around until I have time for them.  And vacations are for preserving sanity, right?  I've been bumbling around the house most of the day today creating even more work for myself, but getting rid of the shed is still the most onerous task.

All the really good hobbies have a huge organizational component to them, I find. Though usually you can see the results pretty quickly, which isn't always true at work. I am just cranky about chores that involve sorting and putting things away.

Well, to make you really jealous, I'll just tell you that I also need to purchase, load and stack hay this week.  At least it's exercise?

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3748 on: September 04, 2016, 04:54:33 AM »
I did the flea market yesterday. Got seven boxes of stuff out of the house and made a little money. Win-win!
There are two ways to get enough: one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less. - G.K. Chesterton

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #3749 on: September 04, 2016, 06:04:19 AM »
Gave two almost new bath sheets to my brother-in-law, and returned some of his financial papers after helping him out with a transfer.