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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4800 on: May 11, 2017, 06:38:06 PM »
Former students are coming by this weekend to take all the excess furniture from my garage. Yay!

Once that's done, it's really just going to be a matter of maintaining a balance of what comes in with what goes out. :)
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« Reply #4801 on: May 12, 2017, 11:44:54 AM »
This is my last weekend available to pack before moving, and the weather is finally warming up. I plan to swap clothes  out and cull as I go, start packing the kitchen, take down all the pictures and get them ready to move, and whatever else I can do. The more I do this weekend, the less I have to do later.

I've got a few things set aside for goodwill, but I'm sure I'll be adding to it.

I'll be acquiring some things as well for the new house. My parents have a full workbench worth of tools and stuff, and 90% of it doesn't get used anymore. Just clutters up their house. I've convinced them (mostly my dad, mom is cool) to give me everything since I'll need stuff. I can declutter what I don't need. But a decent amount of it I actually do need, so saving me money.

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« Reply #4802 on: May 12, 2017, 05:28:35 PM »
The big bookshelf is out of my room and in the patio for tomorrow's pickup. My room looks so spacious now!
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4803 on: May 13, 2017, 12:15:48 AM »
Sold the second baby fence...for $15 more than I paid.

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« Reply #4804 on: May 13, 2017, 04:01:55 PM »
Giant lego collection


Okay, I guess I'm going against the spirit of the thread - but I could really use Lego that anyone would be tossing. I spent hours today building Lego with my 3 (almost 4) year old at an open build event - I do have my old ones he's been playing with a lot, but it's really not that many.

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Tossed 3 shirts I don't need into the Goodwill box
Repackaged one mis-ordered car part for Amazon return
Cleared out the pile of empty Amazon boxes.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4805 on: May 13, 2017, 07:36:15 PM »
I got rid of my king mattress today in under an hour from posting it on for sale site. I got $60 which was way better than the $20 I thought I'd have to spend to drop it at the dump and to bribe my neighbor to let me borrow his truck.

I also went through my maternity clothes and but half of them in the Goodwill box which will go to Goodwill on Monday. I can't sell them because most of them were given to me free.

Went through newborn clothes and picked a few things to get rid of (they are so cute...it's hard to let go..what if I have another?) But those haven't sold yet.

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« Reply #4806 on: May 13, 2017, 07:59:19 PM »
Finally some big progress today! Dealt with a TON of stuff that was just... ugh! We decluttered the main areas of our life years ago, but it is so easy for small things to be left unaddressed- things like my chaotic drawer of nails/picture hang hooks and wire/command hooks/greeting cards/stamps/check books. WTH, right? So we split them, moved all the 'home DIY' type stuff to a more sensible room, and now the cards and envelopes have their very own office drawer =) Other stuff:
-Add and label some new hanging files, so I could deal with some misc. papers that had accumulated
-Sort through our 'go station' by the door. Scan business cards that had accumulated, get rid of old keys that don't apply anymore, etc.
-Cord boxes/old tech. This was a big one, and still ongoing, but way better than it was.

Happy to be making progress! Crazy how a house with mainly empty drawers and cupboards in most rooms can STILL have a ton of random stuff that needs tended. It all took like 5 hours!
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« Reply #4807 on: May 14, 2017, 05:33:35 AM »
I'm at my most difficult level now.
Well, every layer is the most difficult, if we use the approach of culling the low-hanging fruit first.

But today I did some internal processing to see if I could open to letting more go, then felt truly able indeed.
Released some papers I've carried around for a number of years.
Some of it surprised me, as it seemed like it could have easily gone ages ago.


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4808 on: May 14, 2017, 05:50:49 AM »
Giant lego collection


Okay, I guess I'm going against the spirit of the thread - but I could really use Lego that anyone would be tossing. I spent hours today building Lego with my 3 (almost 4) year old at an open build event - I do have my old ones he's been playing with a lot, but it's really not that many.
Yeah -- Legos never lose their value, as far as I can tell. Once kids are big enough not to eat them, they all go for the Legos amongst my kid-entertainment options. I've got three bins of them leftover from my childhood, and I haven't even considered getting rid of them.

Yesterday's removal wasn't perfect: the couch and file cabinet went, but no one had a vehicle big enough for the bookshelves, so they're still here. I'm just about at the point where I'm going to put them on the curb.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4809 on: May 14, 2017, 04:06:33 PM »
Got rid of 8 scarves , 2 winter hats, a bottle of downy wrinkle releaser I've had for years and never used, a dog water bowl, and a stack of priority mail envelopes... All are out on the porch for buy nothing group pick ups.

Also threw out 9 cheap gloves that were without mates. I wear mismatched, but I have tons so it isn't necessary to keep them!

The mud room is nearly cleaned now. It's taken all day to do a 2 hour job because of the 7 week old who keeps attaching herself to me :). I sadly had NO nesting instinct while pregnant, and NOW really want a clean house.

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« Reply #4810 on: May 14, 2017, 05:36:13 PM »
A whole heap of stuff left my house yesterday thanks to Buy Nothing.

I'm also slowly working my way through our paper clutter - I'm hand shredding, so it takes forever but is quite pleasant to do while watching TV.

The study, which is/was our problem room, is starting to look much better.

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« Reply #4811 on: May 15, 2017, 01:55:37 AM »
It's not going fast with selling our stuff on finn.no, which is the Norwegian equivalent of GL. We still have 1 racing bike for sale and my time trial cycling helmet.

In the meantime my DH is trying to take up an old hobby of his, wind surfing, which he did about 25 years ago. He brought home from his father's house: his old board, an old sail, an old floating vest, mast foot, boom. He found out that the old sail didn't work and bought a newer second hand one (10 years old). He is also buying a lot of other stuff second hand or new to replace the old things that are rotten away, like the mast foot and a new mast. So our garage is filling up with additional stuff. And he hasn't even tried it out yet. I think it will end up with the board being to light for his current body weight (he weights 25 kgs more now than last time he surfed) and he might sink. Maybe we can sell the stuff again then.

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« Reply #4812 on: May 15, 2017, 09:10:20 AM »
I finally got my boyfriend on board with getting rid of stuff! He started his own "donate" box in his office to start purging. This is a big step for him, so I'm excited!

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« Reply #4813 on: May 15, 2017, 10:15:38 AM »
Packed up a ton of stuff this weekend for the move. Dropped off a couple bags to Goodwill, and I've got a few things on ebay/craigslist. The item on craigslist will be dumped at the curb when I move if it hasn't sold, will cart the ebay stuff to the new house if it hasn't sold. May drop the price a bunch to encourage it - I just want it gone.

I'm running out of boxes though, will stop by the liquor store and ask if they have any.

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« Reply #4814 on: May 15, 2017, 10:50:30 AM »
Cleaned out my filing cabinet and condensed the important things into my two small accordion filing folder thingies. The rest is getting shredded today! Filing cabinet and all the spare notebooks and things are on their way to my brother's house this weekend!

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« Reply #4815 on: May 15, 2017, 11:15:40 AM »
I don't know if I posted that I got rid of almost all my maternity clothes.

Also threw away two bags of trash from bedroom drawers.

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« Reply #4816 on: May 15, 2017, 02:27:11 PM »
Small progress- took 10 items to a clothing swap and came home with 6. This will actually free up a few other things to go out the door too, as I picked up replacement items for things that are just 'almost right' in my closet up to now. I also got a box out of my parents home to take to the reuse centre and have 3 boxes of my own to take there. I have a shared laundry/storage room with our upstairs neighbours and their piles of storage keep growing and mine keep shrinking.  All of the boxes I have in there for the past few months have actually been empty bins that I just keep putting more donate items in them every week getting as I get ready for another load out the door. Once they are full I will take them away and start the process over. I love this feeling!

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« Reply #4817 on: May 15, 2017, 06:16:31 PM »
I'm at my most difficult level now.
Well, every layer is the most difficult, if we use the approach of culling the low-hanging fruit first.

But today I did some internal processing to see if I could open to letting more go, then felt truly able indeed.
Released some papers I've carried around for a number of years.
Some of it surprised me, as it seemed like it could have easily gone ages ago.

I've noticed this as well. The more you declutter, something happens in your brain that weakens the attachment to your remaining possessions. I've had the same experience where things I never could have dreamed of parting with, a few months later I don't care about them at all and donating is no problem.

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« Reply #4818 on: May 15, 2017, 06:30:03 PM »
Sold a part that I bought for a project that didn't work out.  Luckily I'm pretty good at buying stuff cheap (bought for $240 w/ shipping, sold for $350 plus shipping) so even when my projects fail I end up ahead. :)

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« Reply #4819 on: May 15, 2017, 06:45:40 PM »
Sent FIL home with a fuel filter. We had bought it for our old car, and didn't use it since we traded it in with the VW recall. FIL has kept his, so off it went! Small item, but still a victory.
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« Reply #4820 on: May 15, 2017, 11:37:28 PM »
I sold a car last week. Now I don't have to street park anything. :D

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« Reply #4821 on: May 17, 2017, 02:23:21 PM »
I sold a car last week. Now I don't have to street park anything. :D

Exactly!  I got rid of my old car a couple years ago.  Now I don't have to scrape ice or shovel snow off of it or monitor the air pressure or check the oil (lots of constant maintenance and low level worries with old cars).
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« Reply #4822 on: May 17, 2017, 04:31:17 PM »
Gave a bunch of toiletries and nice smelling stuff away on buy nothing group.

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« Reply #4823 on: May 17, 2017, 04:43:47 PM »
My students were thrilled with today's giveaways: lots of books for guitar, music theory, etc.
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« Reply #4824 on: May 18, 2017, 06:09:58 AM »

Today I dropped my first ever Ebay parcel into my local post office (a blender I received as a present when I already had one....).

Just now I listed my first item on Freecycle.

Small stuff, but feels so satisfying....

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« Reply #4825 on: May 21, 2017, 07:02:22 AM »
Used up laundry detergent - now down to the last one. We usually have only one but ended up buying three different ones to try out for cloth diapers. The sad part was husband brought the big containers instead of small sizes and it has taken 2+ years to work through the two extra ones. Now down to the last one and I hope we don't have to change detergents anymore.

Also gave a face cream to mom - one more out of my cupboard.

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« Reply #4826 on: May 21, 2017, 07:35:47 AM »
Used up laundry detergent - now down to the last one. We usually have only one but ended up buying three different ones to try out for cloth diapers. The sad part was husband brought the big containers instead of small sizes and it has taken 2+ years to work through the two extra ones. Now down to the last one and I hope we don't have to change detergents anymore.

Also gave a face cream to mom - one more out of my cupboard.

I am almost done using up a bottle of fluid washing detergent that followed when we bought the washing machine. Left is half a pack of detergent for white laundry, that I only use for white. When this is finished I can go back to using our usual cheap detergent and have only 1 box in the cupboard.

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« Reply #4827 on: May 21, 2017, 09:46:20 AM »
There is a "Free" weekend in my town in June. I have put a box in my kitchen and each day I am putting one thing in. Some days it is more, but I have committed to at least one each day.

So far there is:
  • a book
  • a paper towel holder
  • frames
  • some small décor items
  • a thermos & go cup set
  • a lampshade
  • a bicycle carrier thing that was DS's

I have also promised to gather up some bedding, household items and a small coffee table for some new Syrian refugee families in my town. So, I must do that today. That kind of giving gives me the good feels. :)

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« Reply #4828 on: May 21, 2017, 10:48:28 AM »
10 more books designated for sale/donation.
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« Reply #4829 on: May 21, 2017, 01:19:12 PM »
Slowly but successfully downsizing as I just moved to smaller quarters.

*Condensed photo albums. Tossed unused ones.

*Reduced Holiday boxes -1 (would like to donate it all out and go homemade each year. But child has an attachment to stuff.)

*Tossed holiday wrapping paper (will do creative brown paper or linen wrapping or continue to reuse gift bags)

*Donated 2 other boxes of various things.

*Thrown out a bunch of stuff/trash.

Still going. If it doesn't fit in the house its out!

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« Reply #4830 on: May 22, 2017, 06:37:54 AM »
Cleared a huge pile of junk out of the garage.  More to do.
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« Reply #4831 on: May 22, 2017, 07:11:23 AM »
I have just started packing things up in my house. I'm not moving, but I'm having all of my floors refinished so everything except the kitchen and bathroom will get moved out for a few days (well, not EVERYTHING, but most). I started with a coat closet that isn't often used and got rid of a coat and some Christmas items.

Its just me living in the house and I really don't have much "stuff" but there is always a little bit to toss. For better or worse, this is the third time in two years that I have been prompted to go through large portions of my possessions. The first was a bed bug situation (courtesy of my then roommate), second was a broken water line and related flood to 1/3 of the house, now the floors (which is the last of the flood related repair). The bed bug situation caused the biggest purge as almost everything had to be either decontaminated or tossed. In the past, my roommate had trouble letting go of things, but her fear of bugs trumped almost any attachment. As much of a headache as it was, I secretly loved the bug purge.
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« Reply #4832 on: May 22, 2017, 07:48:01 AM »
I've been doing some thinking and it might be a good idea for me to properly log everything that my wife and I have gotten rid of recently.  I'll just keep quoting this list and cross off & move the stuff that I've sold.  Hopefully it'll inspire others to get rid of all the excess junk in their lives.

Listed:
- Trumpet vases
- Couch & love seat
- Console table
- Manzanita branches
- Set of spare tires/wheels for 07-15 Civic
- Small weed whacker
- Jug of radiator fluid
- 17' Ladder

To be listed:
- Queen bed set
- Coffee table
- Multiple plate sets
- TSX/Accord calipers, rotors, brake pads
- Random OEM 07-11 Civic parts
- too much stuff...

SOLD:
- Car
- Supercharger kit
- Lawn mower
- Fertilizer spreader
- Low profile mechanic's creeper
- Civic shift assembly
- Deep fryer
- Old subwoofer
- Votive candle holders
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« Reply #4833 on: May 22, 2017, 01:37:30 PM »
Is it worth listing on ebayif you aren't a power seller?
I have some LSU baby clothes that came in a hand me down box. Not really a popular school around here, but I figure NCAA stuff is probably worth more than shipping.

Any tips?
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« Reply #4834 on: May 22, 2017, 06:23:30 PM »
I am paring down which helps as the wedding gifts started arriving 2 weeks ago. I got an instantpot, flannel sheets, an end table, a ninjas blender and oven mitts. So I got rid of a holey sheet, ruined oven mitts and donated my magic bullet and blender. My fiance wants to keep the crock pot and rice cooker for now til we figure out the instant pot. :) it's super exciting to get useful things I was going to need to buy soon.

First week of May: I got back from Aruba May 1 and by the 3rd I had 4 massive boxes to take to Goodwill. We got rid of the rice cooker, the slow cooker (huge crock pot), the food processor, 2 non stick pans, a dragon shaped musical fountain, tchotckes, organization bins, a vase, a bulky Eiffel Tower shaped lamp, and all of our old cutting boards, old steak knives, measuring cups and spoons {we got quality versions for the wedding}. All gifts were opened and packaging was recycled/trashed immediately.

Last Week: We have a scanner and shredder now and last week I went through the equivalent of 3 file boxes and paired it down to 1 that needs to be scanned then shredded. The other 2 got recycled or shredded/recycled. I have approximately 3 more boxes to go through in my quest to become a paper minimalist.

Yesterday: I was able to clean out and trash 80% of my stackable sterilite drawers yesterday and rehome the remainder I kept. Now all of my soaping supplies are organized in the repurposed drawers. I cleaned out two milk crates, and recycled about 2 crates worth of magazines, work and school papers. I went through a couple rubbermaids I had left in the hobby room closet from moving last year- 1 is full of donation books, the other is now the Goodwill box.

My house is amazing! I love emptying containers and letting go. Reading Marie Kondo last March and then buying my first house has really  changed me. I love being able to only keep what I need and want.

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« Reply #4835 on: May 23, 2017, 02:19:19 AM »
Still decluttering. Another carload to the Salvos today. Found a local shop that will sell good quality used clothes on consignment - pretty unusual around here, so I'm gathering a cluster to take down.
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« Reply #4836 on: May 23, 2017, 06:53:54 AM »
I love this thread.  Thanks to the OP and all the contributors.

We have way too much unused stuff in our house, and at times the clutter gets oppressive.  Particularly toys that the kids never play with, but also plenty of random junk that my wife and I rarely or never use.  I tend to keep stuff "just in case" it may be useful one day.

Inspired by this thread, yesterday my wife and I agreed to each put at least one item per day in a donation box, and one item in a throw-away box.  We plan to keep doing that until the problem areas (mainly basement, kid's playroom, and attic) are where we want them.

In the past we've periodically gone on a decluttering binge when it reached a breaking point, but we always seem to end up in the same situation again after a year or two.  What have others done to avoid the cycle of accumulate/declutter?
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« Reply #4837 on: May 23, 2017, 08:07:29 AM »
I love this thread.  Thanks to the OP and all the contributors.
  What have others done to avoid the cycle of accumulate/declutter?

Just being so so careful about what comes into the house.

Every time I pick something up in a shop (that isn't consumable), I think, 'Do I want this enough to declutter it in 6 months / 1 year / 5 years?'. Online orders sit in the basket for a minimum of 24 hours. I don't accept freebies - race t-shirts, water bottles, mugs etc.

When I do decide to replace something, I really replace it. As in, I don't keep the other thing 'Just in case', I get rid of it.

Every gift is scrutinised (after the giver is appropriately thanked). If I wouldn't pay money for it, I donate it. No-one has ever noticed and, with a family of random gift givers, this has made THE BIGGEST difference.

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« Reply #4838 on: May 23, 2017, 08:12:32 AM »
Somewhere next week I'll borrow the hanger from my work. Then we can ship off a load of old twigs in the garden that are not big enough to burn in the oven. And some of the bigger articles that are lying around. Maybe some of the boxes with videotapes/cassette tapes, if I can convince my DH of that.

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« Reply #4839 on: May 23, 2017, 03:53:57 PM »
I finally finished parting out and putting up for sale a few Lego sets from my childhood I was keeping for posterity. They were just sitting in a box in the basement collecting dust. I wish I had done that several years ago. It turns out some of the parts I had were pretty uncommon and I have already sold about $200 worth of parts.

The next ask is taking some furniture I haven't been able to sell out to the curb in 2 weeks.
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« Reply #4840 on: May 23, 2017, 11:13:04 PM »
I read Unfuck Your Habitat (from the library) and felt pretty good about my progress decluttering. It had some nice sections about growing up with a hoarder and having negative associations with cleaning based on childhood experiences, and it was nice to read a decluttering book that understood people with chronic pain can't do marathon cleaning sessions. There wasn't anything mindblowingly new; it was just nice to read it and feel recognized. I don't see myself in a lot of the decluttering/cleaning books and blogs out there.

Today I decluttered nearly all flat surfaces, throwing some things away and putting away others. The only clutter on the end table right now is bills I'll be paying on Friday.
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« Reply #4841 on: May 24, 2017, 12:39:50 AM »
Joining the fray!  I gave a jar of lady's shave cream to my aunt about a week ago...does that count for my first item? :)

Today I listed a piece of jewelry on a Facebook group.  Hoping to clear out some of the more special things this way.


I love this thread.  Thanks to the OP and all the contributors.

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In the past we've periodically gone on a decluttering binge when it reached a breaking point, but we always seem to end up in the same situation again after a year or two.  What have others done to avoid the cycle of accumulate/declutter?

Well, I have not found a way to completely avoid the cycle.  Some things I have because I love, then after a time I no longer want them anymore, so away they go.  My best strategy is to keep a "donate" box at all times, so that we can corral those things and clear them out periodically and easily.
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« Reply #4842 on: May 24, 2017, 05:28:00 AM »
In the past we've periodically gone on a decluttering binge when it reached a breaking point, but we always seem to end up in the same situation again after a year or two.  What have others done to avoid the cycle of accumulate/declutter?

I think getting a mustachian mindset will help. Just get used to not buying to much nonsense, because you want to save money and prioritize your pension. But otherwise, regular decluttering is probably the key.

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« Reply #4843 on: May 27, 2017, 03:28:23 PM »
Gave away a bed frame and a set of sheets that I don't like.
A place I used to volunteer as an English tutor is now working to resettle immigrants- they are working with a family of 15!  I wish I had MORE beds to give.  But I'm glad to have this out of the storage room

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« Reply #4844 on: May 28, 2017, 04:15:45 AM »
Another timely thread for me to join, as I pack up an accumulation of ten years stuff from my present house to move to a new place.

Threw out a bunch of stuff, and have a big box to take to the op shop next week.

I'm thinking I'm at least a borderline hoarder 😳

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« Reply #4845 on: May 28, 2017, 02:16:56 PM »
I decided to get rid of an oak curio cabinet. I donated all the hummels and antique glassware to a dog rescue that sells the stuff to help the rescue and now have the cabinet up for sale. I have been doing this for years and also ask myself before I buy if I will ge giving it away in a few years. I like a few decorations so my home does not feel sterile but not a ton. It also makes it a lot easier to clean.

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« Reply #4846 on: May 28, 2017, 02:39:13 PM »
Just confirmed plans to meet someone to give a piece of costume jewelry on Tuesday. 

Also listed an old computer for free; hope to get some bites soon.

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« Reply #4847 on: May 28, 2017, 04:56:26 PM »
I bought a totally frivolous ring today. Normally at the festival I was at, I would have also bought some kind of clothing, some kind of useless trinkets, and probably a weapon of some sort.

I went in wanting a ring, and that's all I got. It's not decluttering, but it was actively *not* adding clutter, so I'm happy.
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« Reply #4848 on: May 28, 2017, 05:00:14 PM »
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In the past we've periodically gone on a decluttering binge when it reached a breaking point, but we always seem to end up in the same situation again after a year or two.  What have others done to avoid the cycle of accumulate/declutter?

It is tough to avoid the cycle, unless you establish a few house rules: One item in - one item out. Keep a box or bag handy to go to donation. Huge one for me -  limit the number of bookcases, no hoarding of magazines - exception, max of 12 garden mags:) for me and 12 Nat Geo for him:)
Going through closets and drawers has become routine and even the kitchen drawers get a regular dump, wipe, re-line and organize. Same with the pantry, one big deep shelf at a time - check dates, rotate or toss or donate.
Gifts are either re-gifted, donated or used - no more stashes or storage of things I really don't care for.

My biggest problem - never ending paper clutter. I have made great strides in the past year and we both got rid of and shredded a ton of papers. Still the paper tiger has me by the tail - can't seem to make it through the last six boxes.

...and yup, I'm back on a de-cluttering binge, thinking of throwing up a 30 to 60 day challenge for 2017 - to keep me motivated and tackle some long overdue projects.

Last project was the inventory and re-organization of extra food storage, water and hurricane emergency supplies. So happy I'm done with that - thrashed some, donated some, now I need to replenish a few things, next time they are on sale to take advantage of bulk savings.
 
So far in 2017 - cleaned my side of the closet, bedroom shelves and cabinets and most of his - his five! T-shirt drawers are next on the list.
Finished inventory and de-cluttering, re-organizing of food storage - yay:) Trash-donation - done!
Cleaned out both fridge/freezers. Trash - done!
Cleared out one big bookcase and one huge shelf in the shed cum studio - donated, yay!
Cleaned up and re-organized carport and front porch.

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« Reply #4849 on: May 28, 2017, 07:00:39 PM »
...and yup, I'm back on a de-cluttering binge, thinking of throwing up a 30 to 60 day challenge for 2017 - to keep me motivated and tackle some long overdue projects.

If you do, will you please post a link here?  I found last year's 90-day challenge thread super-helpful for my own paper tiger.  Still fighting the good fight...
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