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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4900 on: June 11, 2017, 03:33:43 PM »
I have lots of success with FB buy/sell groups for buying, selling and giving away. Second that notion. :)

Backstory: downsized from 900 to 600 sq ft.

- emptied a dresser. Found more suitable place for contents. Dresser gone. Woohoo!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4901 on: June 11, 2017, 04:00:24 PM »
Got rid of kids school papers from this last school year.  Only kept the fun stuff which is anything written about them, any written projects, art projects and awards.  A lot went into the recycle bin.

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« Reply #4902 on: June 12, 2017, 02:31:04 AM »
I got my DH to throw away a broken bicycle tire that was hanging for 2 weeks over a dining table chair. ;-)
Otherwise it is going slowly, also the second hand sales.

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« Reply #4903 on: June 12, 2017, 09:52:37 AM »
We were camping this past weekend, so when we got home and had everything cleaned up, we went through ALL the camping boxes and consolidated/got rid of a LOT that we haven't used in years. I'm happy we got anything accomplished at all; DH really, really didn't want to deal with it, but I insisted. I'm sick of scrambling to go on a trip, realizing we missed things, and then shoving it all back in boxes when we get home, to "deal with later". I even re-purposed a wooden spoon, tongs, and two oven mitts (all things we were sorely lacking on this trip...) from the kitchen to the camping box. He would have run out to buy new things for camping, but we have four sets of tongs in the kitchen and even more wooden spoons...no need to buy anything, plus it de-clutters the kitchen.

Oh, and he finally moved the 3D printer to the garage and got rid of all the packaging. It's been sitting in our office for months, to my great annoyance. Baby steps...

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« Reply #4904 on: June 12, 2017, 02:03:53 PM »
I moved a few weeks ago, and that went fairly well. My former roommate moved last week, and as expected didn't manage to quite clear out the old place. We filled up the recycling and trash bins and also had to drag out a couch and exercise machine that she'd accumulated (both trash picked and not used).

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« Reply #4905 on: June 12, 2017, 11:35:58 PM »
Almost gone:
side table (listed, but no interest yet) - I've got a bite! I hope it pans out.

Also found a shirt to put in the donate box and a worn-out sweater in the trash.
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« Reply #4906 on: June 12, 2017, 11:51:20 PM »
Shredded old paperwork from an old job-liberating. Also a big file of statements. So excited to have started clearing out the paper clutter hoard.

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« Reply #4907 on: June 14, 2017, 12:58:25 AM »
Still making arrangements with the interested party for the side table, but looks like it will be gone tomorrow. If not, I have a second party now interested.

Photographed the yarn; will try to list it tomorrow at lunch. This could be a challenge on the tablet.

Trying to put away a bulk purchase under the kitchen sink, I spilled water out of a long-unused watering can. Can went in the donate box and many of the other "potions" went in a bag for the has mat place. An annoying accident, but it pushed me to clear out that cabinet. Yay?
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4908 on: June 14, 2017, 05:20:53 AM »
I just donated about 100 books to our local library.... good ones, too. I'd read most of them at least once, and the others I never read because they didn't interest me. My partner was alarmed that I donated so many books! He said, "Books are such good things to have." I disagreed... "Books are such good things to have read." He realizes his attachment to keeping things is irrational, so his reaction was amusing to both of us. Tomorrow I attack all the miscellaneous bike stuff.

It feels great to purge and simplify!
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« Reply #4909 on: June 14, 2017, 01:31:41 PM »
Do you belong to any Facebook Buy/Sell groups? I would post it on there. I gave away an old laptop that way.

I do belong to a couple local FB buy/sell groups.  I've managed to get rid of a couple things that way, but the no-show rate is almost as bad as Craigslist.

"You'd never believe it, on the way to your house my car broke down.  I don't think I'll have a car for a while, so..."
"My uncle/grandparent/cousin just died, and now's not a good time."
"My son sprained his pancreas and I'll be in the hospital with him for a while."
"After talking it over with my spouse/child/landlord, it turns out I'm not going to be able to use that."
"Would you take 1/2 the agreed-upon amount?  No?  Sorry, it's out of my budget."
"I know I said I'd be there on Friday, and again on Saturday, but I was busy.  How about Tuesday?"
"I'll be there in 1/2 hour!" (never shows up, never responds to further PM's)

The good news is I just found out that Best Buy, Staples, and an electronics recycling company not far away will all take my old computer stuff for free - cables and all.  I'm pretty excited about that!
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« Reply #4910 on: June 14, 2017, 01:53:51 PM »
With about 10 months until FIRE and a planned move to Europe, I really need to refocus my efforts to get rid of stuff.  The problem is I am waiting for my daughter to graduate, get a job and move out so that she can pick out what she wants of my stuff.  She will be done with school at the end of this week, so the first step is almost complete :-)  Hopefully she will have a job and her own place in the next few months...

In the meantime, I would like to put together another pile of stuff for donation and/or consignment.  So far I have a pair of shoes and an old backpack set aside.



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« Reply #4911 on: June 14, 2017, 04:33:34 PM »
I gave away to a rescue group a bunch of hummels and antique glassware. They will sell it for the rescue.  I sold the curio cabinet they were in. There is a new place called Offerup that you can sell things locally. Just like CL it takes time to weed out the people really not interested, ones that don't show up etc but I sold the cabinet in a week so not too bad. Also if something does not sell I lower the price until it does.

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« Reply #4912 on: June 15, 2017, 12:28:50 AM »
Table gone!

Yarn listed!

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« Reply #4913 on: June 15, 2017, 04:57:29 AM »
Back in this thread after a long hiatus! I started this thread a few years ago in anticipation of quitting my job to travel and to move interstate. Now I'm here again for the same reason! Apparently there are things that I didn't get rid of the first time around that I'm ready to let go of now. Donated 5 items of clothing today to the local charity shop. Feels great! Going to see what else there is that I can donate or throw away.

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« Reply #4914 on: June 15, 2017, 05:50:45 AM »
I deleted 7000 emails today *preen* :)

I also sorted out my email properly so that when I delete a message on one device it also deletes it on all my other devices. It's only been about two years on the to do list.

Still have about 1000 to delete and then there's hubby's account.

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« Reply #4915 on: June 15, 2017, 05:51:45 AM »
Back in this thread after a long hiatus! I started this thread a few years ago in anticipation of quitting my job to travel and to move interstate. Now I'm here again for the same reason! Apparently there are things that I didn't get rid of the first time around that I'm ready to let go of now. Donated 5 items of clothing today to the local charity shop. Feels great! Going to see what else there is that I can donate or throw away.

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« Reply #4916 on: June 15, 2017, 08:51:41 AM »
i've sold over $200 worth of old books and $40 for my old barstools. i'm going to keep working on downsizing before my move!

i have plants i want to sell, but i'm not sure how to best list them.

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« Reply #4917 on: June 17, 2017, 12:34:11 AM »
For as much interest as the yarn generated, it has been surprisingly difficult to meet up with anyone. Seems like I have a solid commitment for tomorrow, though.

Dropped off the electronics today. Turns out that place also takes CD's, so those are gone too. A two-fer! I still have not got the old hard drives cleaned off, so will be making another trip out there at some point.

Tomorrow will be a big day. Haz mat from under the sink, a library book and some hair (haircut!). Let's see if I can also get the skis and maybe, just maybe, the purse listed.
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« Reply #4918 on: June 17, 2017, 12:39:56 AM »
Back in this thread after a long hiatus! I started this thread a few years ago in anticipation of quitting my job to travel and to move interstate. Now I'm here again for the same reason! Apparently there are things that I didn't get rid of the first time around that I'm ready to let go of now. Donated 5 items of clothing today to the local charity shop. Feels great! Going to see what else there is that I can donate or throw away.

Seems like it never ends. My aim is to become a minimalist ever so slowly, so I get used to the declining amount of stuff along the way. Hoping that will shut up the little voice in my head that tells me its OK to bring home "just this one thing."

PS - did I forgot to say thanks for this thread? Limeandpepper, thanks for this thread! I am really enjoying it!
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4919 on: June 17, 2017, 05:58:10 AM »
Yesterday I got rid of the GLASS HEAD I've been carrying around with me since a friend gave it to me as an 18th birthday present. Man, was that head heavy.

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« Reply #4920 on: June 17, 2017, 06:30:58 PM »
2microsNH, that glass head is a pretty weird item.  I wonder if it's the strangest item anyone on this thread has gotten rid of?

Update time!

Gone:
shaving cream
costume jewelery
old printer
1 shred bin full
electronics
CD's
side table
1 shirt & sweater
haz mat from under the kitchen sink
yarn

Almost gone:
hard drives

Priority to move out next:
stability ball
paper monster
skis
bike
too-fancy knitting purse/handbag
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« Reply #4921 on: June 17, 2017, 08:34:35 PM »
I wonder if it's the strangest item anyone on this thread has gotten rid of?
Not the strangest thing to get rid of myself, but I volunteer at a thrift store and found a lovely little wooden box that had been donated.  It rattled - there were baby teeth inside.

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« Reply #4922 on: June 18, 2017, 12:52:43 AM »
Put two of my husband's t-shirts in the charity bag.

I need to sell two pairs of his jeans on eBay.

And I'm going to put together a go-bag for him to keep at work - a change of clothes, toiletries, a towel, phone charger, etc. He travels a lot, and while it's not usually at short notice, he will sometimes head straight to work after an international flight.

While we will still technically own those things, it does get them out of my house.

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« Reply #4923 on: June 18, 2017, 07:14:52 AM »
Yesterday, my DH missed something that I had just given away some weeks ago. All of the sudden he had found a new use for it. Luckily he found a work around, after some thinking, which worked just as well.

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« Reply #4924 on: June 18, 2017, 05:53:25 PM »
Started reading 'The life-changing magic of tidying up' and went on a 2-day (and counting) declutter binge, mostly in the basement.

Recycled two broken dehumidifiers, and discarded several large bags of junk -- mostly styrofoam, plastic bags, bubble wrap, and expired food from the pantry.

Sold a baby gate, kid's table and chairs, and train table on a local FB group.

Donated 4 more boxes to The Goodwill.  Mostly toys, decorations, clothes, and cordless phones.

I won't pretend I can see the light at the end of the tunnel yet, but it still feels amazing to get that much stuff out of our house and lives all in one fell swoop.
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« Reply #4925 on: June 18, 2017, 09:44:44 PM »
Great work everyone! The comment about decluttering a box of baby teeth made me smile and remember the armadillo purse (actual hollowed out armadillo) that I personally found being decluttered at someone's garage sale.

My progress at home: 2 big boxes to reuse centre, and cleaned out the closet to be seasonal and finally got rid of another dozen items in there.  At work: we emptied out a very full storage room so it will be ready to be used as an office soon, will be shredding 6 boxes, put a bunch of broken items in the garbage, and have 13 boxes to archive off-site.  Feels so good, I just want to keep getting rid of more.

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« Reply #4926 on: June 19, 2017, 05:20:54 AM »
Recycled two broken dehumidifiers, and discarded several large bags of junk -- mostly styrofoam, plastic bags, bubble wrap, and expired food from the pantry.

Sold a baby gate, kid's table and chairs, and train table on a local FB group.

Donated 4 more boxes to The Goodwill.  Mostly toys, decorations, clothes, and cordless phones.

Oops, forgot to mention that my pile of to-be-recycled electronics has grown to include 3 computers, 2 printers, plus 3 more boxes of miscellaneous old wires, cables, adapters, ancient cell phones, etc.  Even a standalone caller ID box that probably belongs in a museum.  :D
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« Reply #4927 on: June 19, 2017, 09:04:08 AM »
Listed:
- Trumpet vases
- Couch & love seat
- Manzanita branches
- Coffee table
- Small weed whacker
- TSX/Accord brake calipers, rotors, brake pads

To be listed:
- Queen bed set
- Multiple plate sets
- Random OEM 06-11 Civic parts
- Random tools
- Clothes
- 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
- 17' Ladder
- Console Table
- Jug of antifreeze
- Civic wheels & tires
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4928 on: June 19, 2017, 09:48:10 AM »
I took down the hideous, ugly, useless, and otherwise I-DO-NOT-WANT-THIS-THING-IN-MY-HOUSE shelving thing that was in the bathroom. Also realized that I couldn't use the microwave in the current house, so it's going away.

Best of all: a family came yesterday and took the swingset from the backyard. They can use it, and I can mow much easier!

And if I can remember, the American flag that was left in the house. I don't fly the flag, because then everyone will get mad at how I'm "disrespecting" it or something. Easier just to not have one.

Waiting for the hazardous waste day in July so I can get rid of the estimated 35-40 cans of paint in the garage.

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« Reply #4929 on: June 19, 2017, 09:52:30 AM »
I had a really productive weekend on the decluttering front! I will give it next weekend too and then schedule another VVA pick-up. I cleared out the following:

-giant bag of clothes from my closet
-partial declutter of bathroom stuff: old makeup, toiletries, etc
-giant bag of old kids clothes, Halloween costumes, bedding from the laundry room. AND re-organized the laundry room, which was super chaotic before.
-cleared off my desk (mostly trash, recycling, shred)
-another pair of shoes my daughter has outgrown
-old sleeping bag that my son has outgrown
-raincoat my son has outgrown
-some toys that my daughter decided are too young for her

I still feel like de-cluttering my house is a never-ending, herculean task. But, I have big plans to do a major home downsize somewhere between 6-13 years. I never, ever again want to be throwing stuff in boxes without actually considering whether I use/need/want to keep all that stuff. I know if I want that to be the case, it needs to be started now and be an ongoing effort.

Oh! I also got my husband to agree that we can get rid of his grandfather's UGLY glasses. They are sitting on a very high shelf in the kitchen, totally out of the way, but I'm jumping on it and those will go soon. Next weekend we'll go through everything on the very high shelves...we never use those things.

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« Reply #4930 on: June 19, 2017, 10:26:41 AM »
Welcome back! This thread is your legacy, it will outlive us all ;)

Haha, it would be amazing if this thread just went on forever!

Seems like it never ends. My aim is to become a minimalist ever so slowly, so I get used to the declining amount of stuff along the way. Hoping that will shut up the little voice in my head that tells me its OK to bring home "just this one thing."

PS - did I forgot to say thanks for this thread? Limeandpepper, thanks for this thread! I am really enjoying it!

And I am thankful that you (and so many people) are enjoying this thread, reading about everyone's progress really helps encourage me as well! :)

I think doing it gradually is working for me, too. I actually haven't bought much since my 2014 travels + moving house. I knew it wasn't going to be the last time I moved house, so that was a great reminder not to buy unnecessary stuff. Also my boyfriend and I are looking to buy our first home, and we can only afford a small one bedroom apartment, so more incentive again to keep things simple!

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« Reply #4931 on: June 19, 2017, 01:33:06 PM »
Waiting for the hazardous waste day in July so I can get rid of the estimated 35-40 cans of paint in the garage.

Careful of this. If you want to keep ANY of the paint colors in the house, keep those cans! It is infinitely more accurate and easier to match to paint (even if the can is really low) than to try and get a chunk off the walls. Ask me how I know not to throw out those cans... *kicks past self*
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« Reply #4932 on: June 19, 2017, 02:13:21 PM »
I'm in limbo between big transitions.  I am separating things into categories. 1. Keep forever.  2. Practical, worth storing a year.  3. Practical, not worth storing a year.  4. Use for summer then release.  5. What I need to live for a year.

When the limbo works itself out I know what to do with everything. Until then, I will keep using things and not adding.

Last night I saved a handful of relevant pages and tossed two old notebooks and a small pile of papers.  Getting ready to work my way through school papers from the past two years. 

Tossed a broken keyboard. 

Gathered a pile of books and clothes to take to a friend next week. 

Joining an craft cooperative with a storefront, I've got two boxes of items ready to go there. 

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« Reply #4933 on: June 19, 2017, 06:06:44 PM »
re: Paint cans. What about identifying the matches now, and just keeping the single page paper record of those?
And paint colour changes with exposure to light, so any paint in the can that is still good is probably not going to match the wall colour anyway.  I do save codes for colours I like so I can use them if I am repainting.
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« Reply #4934 on: June 19, 2017, 06:18:52 PM »
re: Paint cans. What about identifying the matches now, and just keeping the single page paper record of those?
And paint colour changes with exposure to light, so any paint in the can that is still good is probably not going to match the wall colour anyway.  I do save codes for colours I like so I can use them if I am repainting.

Heh, and alkyds (oil paint) actually changes color when they don't get enough light. They yellow in the dark.
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« Reply #4935 on: June 19, 2017, 06:22:05 PM »
re: Paint cans. What about identifying the matches now, and just keeping the single page paper record of those?
And paint colour changes with exposure to light, so any paint in the can that is still good is probably not going to match the wall colour anyway.  I do save codes for colours I like so I can use them if I am repainting.

Heh, and alkyds (oil paint) actually changes color when they don't get enough light. They yellow in the dark.


Make a sample board/ piece of drywall. A couple coats of primer first then a couple inch swatch of each color. You can label it with the codes too. If you do this at the same time as you paint it might age at a similar rate.

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« Reply #4936 on: June 20, 2017, 02:38:55 AM »
Pregnancy, whilst wonderful, is really ruining my efforts to have a clutter-free house! I've been given lots of maternity clothes, for which I am so grateful. But they are in a huge range of sizes (which is great, I don't know where I'll end up) and I feel like I need to keep them all to see which will be useful.

On top of that, my regular clothes are slowly becoming unwearable, but obviously I'm not just going to throw them out. So I need to pack all those up. So far I've come up with the idea of using two suitcases we have (since we are not going away again until after I am due).

The largest suitcase will hold winter clothes (as they are bulky) that I might be able to wear this winter, post-partum. The smaller suitcase will hold clothes that might fit again next summer. Hopefully that means I won't be as overwhelmed when I unpack them with two new babies to care for.

I just need to get my act together and start packing those things up. That will free hangers for the maternity clothes. But 1) it seems to be tempting fate. I know that's ridiculous, but it's how I feel 2) it makes this pregnancy seem very real! 3) I am soooo tired I just can't be bothered. But stepping over piles of clothes each day is stressing me out.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4937 on: June 20, 2017, 08:53:37 AM »
Waiting for the hazardous waste day in July so I can get rid of the estimated 35-40 cans of paint in the garage.

Careful of this. If you want to keep ANY of the paint colors in the house, keep those cans! It is infinitely more accurate and easier to match to paint (even if the can is really low) than to try and get a chunk off the walls. Ask me how I know not to throw out those cans... *kicks past self*

Even if I wanted the colors (which I don't), they're in the uninsulated garage. Alternate freezing and cooking, plus most it wasn't good paint to begin with. I will be keeping the cans from what I use of course.

As it is, everything needs to be repainted - walls, trim, ceilings, closets, in every room. This is not a short term project!

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« Reply #4938 on: June 20, 2017, 08:55:29 AM »
Pregnancy, whilst wonderful, is really ruining my efforts to have a clutter-free house! I've been given lots of maternity clothes, for which I am so grateful. But they are in a huge range of sizes (which is great, I don't know where I'll end up) and I feel like I need to keep them all to see which will be useful.

On top of that, my regular clothes are slowly becoming unwearable, but obviously I'm not just going to throw them out. So I need to pack all those up. So far I've come up with the idea of using two suitcases we have (since we are not going away again until after I am due).

The largest suitcase will hold winter clothes (as they are bulky) that I might be able to wear this winter, post-partum. The smaller suitcase will hold clothes that might fit again next summer. Hopefully that means I won't be as overwhelmed when I unpack them with two new babies to care for.

I just need to get my act together and start packing those things up. That will free hangers for the maternity clothes. But 1) it seems to be tempting fate. I know that's ridiculous, but it's how I feel 2) it makes this pregnancy seem very real! 3) I am soooo tired I just can't be bothered. But stepping over piles of clothes each day is stressing me out.

Ask a friend to help? Then you get good company too.

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« Reply #4939 on: June 20, 2017, 08:58:54 AM »
Ask a friend to help? Then you get good company too.

That's such a good idea Sibley, thank you! I've had so many people say, "Please call me if there's anything I can do to help!", and I'm like, ugh, I just lie about on the sofa and feel sick, there's not much you can do - but this is something! I have a couple of good friends who would pack things into suitcases at my direction whilst I lay on the bed and think nothing of it. Yay!

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« Reply #4940 on: June 20, 2017, 10:32:24 AM »
Waiting for the hazardous waste day in July so I can get rid of the estimated 35-40 cans of paint in the garage.

Careful of this. If you want to keep ANY of the paint colors in the house, keep those cans! It is infinitely more accurate and easier to match to paint (even if the can is really low) than to try and get a chunk off the walls. Ask me how I know not to throw out those cans... *kicks past self*

Even if I wanted the colors (which I don't), they're in the uninsulated garage. Alternate freezing and cooking, plus most it wasn't good paint to begin with. I will be keeping the cans from what I use of course.

As it is, everything needs to be repainted - walls, trim, ceilings, closets, in every room. This is not a short term project!

Oh man. In that case, chuck away!

Are you planning (or doing) a journal of the updates? I would love to follow along. I eventually need to repaint, since EVERYTHING in this house was done matte and so is scuffed up, but it's such a huge project and it's been pretty far down the list.
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« Reply #4941 on: June 20, 2017, 03:08:15 PM »
Even latex paint stored in basement changes colour in a relatively short time.  Walls painted a couple of years ago are a completely different shade than the wardrobe painted last summer.  Bugs my hub every time we sit in the living room together.
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« Reply #4942 on: June 20, 2017, 08:24:14 PM »
Broken dehumidifier placed at curb during large trash week.  Picked up by a scrapper in less than 15 min.  It's out of my house, won't go in a landfill and the scrapper made a few bucks. Win-win-win!

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« Reply #4943 on: June 21, 2017, 06:35:34 AM »
Broken dehumidifier placed at curb during large trash week.  Picked up by a scrapper in less than 15 min.  It's out of my house, won't go in a landfill and the scrapper made a few bucks. Win-win-win!

We had large trash week a few weeks ago.  Only a bit of my hill of stuff got picked, but a lot of my neighbor's mountain got picked!

We are low density rural, but things put out on the edge of the road disappear fast.  For larger stuff it is the perfect disposal. I don't have to drive it to a donation site, I just have to get it to the end of the driveway. 
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« Reply #4944 on: June 21, 2017, 07:20:36 AM »
Waiting for the hazardous waste day in July so I can get rid of the estimated 35-40 cans of paint in the garage.

Careful of this. If you want to keep ANY of the paint colors in the house, keep those cans! It is infinitely more accurate and easier to match to paint (even if the can is really low) than to try and get a chunk off the walls. Ask me how I know not to throw out those cans... *kicks past self*

Even if I wanted the colors (which I don't), they're in the uninsulated garage. Alternate freezing and cooking, plus most it wasn't good paint to begin with. I will be keeping the cans from what I use of course.

As it is, everything needs to be repainted - walls, trim, ceilings, closets, in every room. This is not a short term project!

Oh man. In that case, chuck away!

Are you planning (or doing) a journal of the updates? I would love to follow along. I eventually need to repaint, since EVERYTHING in this house was done matte and so is scuffed up, but it's such a huge project and it's been pretty far down the list.

I have not planned to do a journal here. I've been doing some stuff on Facebook, but with work and general life, am tackling things in manageable pieces. Right now, been focused on just the high priority stuff. Working from home today while the gutter guys replace my completely nonfunctional gutters, and hopefully they can look at the roof where I've got some fresh water damage and apply appropriate sealing (I'm guessing its flashing). Otherwise, will have to find someone to take care of that, because I can't get on the roof.

But I'm sure there will be occasional "what the heck do I do with x" posts.

Re repainting everything - one room at a time. Ceilings, walls, then trim.

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« Reply #4945 on: June 21, 2017, 08:59:02 AM »
Waiting for the hazardous waste day in July so I can get rid of the estimated 35-40 cans of paint in the garage.

Careful of this. If you want to keep ANY of the paint colors in the house, keep those cans! It is infinitely more accurate and easier to match to paint (even if the can is really low) than to try and get a chunk off the walls. Ask me how I know not to throw out those cans... *kicks past self*

Even if I wanted the colors (which I don't), they're in the uninsulated garage. Alternate freezing and cooking, plus most it wasn't good paint to begin with. I will be keeping the cans from what I use of course.

As it is, everything needs to be repainted - walls, trim, ceilings, closets, in every room. This is not a short term project!

Oh man. In that case, chuck away!

Are you planning (or doing) a journal of the updates? I would love to follow along. I eventually need to repaint, since EVERYTHING in this house was done matte and so is scuffed up, but it's such a huge project and it's been pretty far down the list.

I have not planned to do a journal here. I've been doing some stuff on Facebook, but with work and general life, am tackling things in manageable pieces. Right now, been focused on just the high priority stuff. Working from home today while the gutter guys replace my completely nonfunctional gutters, and hopefully they can look at the roof where I've got some fresh water damage and apply appropriate sealing (I'm guessing its flashing). Otherwise, will have to find someone to take care of that, because I can't get on the roof.

But I'm sure there will be occasional "what the heck do I do with x" posts.

Re repainting everything - one room at a time. Ceilings, walls, then trim.

Ah well, I'll live vicariously through someone else's renovations, haha. I just like when mustachians do renos, because I can see how they balance cost/time/effort/etc.

The problem with the painting plan... we have a big open floor plan design, with tall ceilings, that's all one color through living room/dining nook/kitchen, then another all through entry/hallways. Each of those respective colors would take a good... 5-10 cans of paint. LOTS of space. =o So tackling those will be a huge project.
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« Reply #4946 on: June 21, 2017, 12:33:40 PM »
The problem with the painting plan... we have a big open floor plan design, with tall ceilings, that's all one color through living room/dining nook/kitchen, then another all through entry/hallways. Each of those respective colors would take a good... 5-10 cans of paint. LOTS of space. =o So tackling those will be a huge project.

If you are going to do it all in a short time period, you can buy big cans* of paint - like about 4-5 gallons?  That is what I bought when I painted the whole basement.  If one will do everything you also don't have to worry about little colour differences from can to can.

*really a big plastic container with a lid
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« Reply #4947 on: June 21, 2017, 01:48:38 PM »
The problem with the painting plan... we have a big open floor plan design, with tall ceilings, that's all one color through living room/dining nook/kitchen, then another all through entry/hallways. Each of those respective colors would take a good... 5-10 cans of paint. LOTS of space. =o So tackling those will be a huge project.

If you are going to do it all in a short time period, you can buy big cans* of paint - like about 4-5 gallons?  That is what I bought when I painted the whole basement.  If one will do everything you also don't have to worry about little colour differences from can to can.

*really a big plastic container with a lid

That's good to know, although I more meant it as a size estimate... I can mentally picture how much space I can cover with a can of paint, but translate that into something like square feet? Shrugs, I'm at a loss then, haha.
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« Reply #4948 on: June 21, 2017, 07:47:01 PM »
Just donated my old kitchen trashcan, my old stick vac, giant stock pot, and a Rubbermaid tote full of stuff to Goodwill. I have been listening to my free audiobook of Marie Kondo's book and reading Francine Jay's The Joy of Less book. I really want to move towards minimalism.

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« Reply #4949 on: June 21, 2017, 09:48:08 PM »
New here but this thread got me moving!!!

I currently have 31 items listed on ebay and several (~30) more to put on. Have given away several items that I have just been holding onto for years. Since I moved back from out-of-state I let it all pile up in the attic. In about another month or so I will have sold or given away well over 100 items that we never use.

Some of the larger items that are still good for use I brought to work for us to use as a community and to save money...
THREE! Yes three Weber grills. We now grill out in the shop for lunch sometimes.
Gas pressure washer.
Several dozen large bins from all the items I've cleaned out.
Extra tools from small items to large.

Great work, and welcome! That's an impressive start!!