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« Reply #5150 on: August 14, 2017, 08:30:30 AM »

Also, if your dad is going to feel so bad that you got rid of something that was owned by someone you've never met, then he should have stepped up and taken it originally. NOT YOUR PROBLEM.

-signed, the evil daughter who's making her mom get rid of everything (yeah, it's not working.)

To be fair, I didn't meet her because she died shortly before my Mom and Dad met.  I love sewing, and wanted something of hers (though I have her teacup collection from when my grandfather died), so I got it because I wanted it. But I think for my Dad taking an item is a lifelong commitment.

I am scared for when I have to clean out my parents house. My Dad isn't a hoarder, but only because they have a lot of space. SO MUCH STUFF. 
(When my Mom had me clear out my stuff from their attic we got 2 boxes to leave there.  I actually didn't leave anything there, I have my own attic.  Cue a year later "Jessi, you really need to clean out your stuff".  I put it all in her goodwill pile.  Two years later "Jessi, please clean out your stuff". That's when I said "Mom, at this point, it's Dad's stuff, not mine".  He kept setting aside my dolls, drill team uniform, school papers, thinks he "knew I really wanted".  Uh no, I didn't.)

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5151 on: August 14, 2017, 12:11:51 PM »

Also, if your dad is going to feel so bad that you got rid of something that was owned by someone you've never met, then he should have stepped up and taken it originally. NOT YOUR PROBLEM.

-signed, the evil daughter who's making her mom get rid of everything (yeah, it's not working.)

To be fair, I didn't meet her because she died shortly before my Mom and Dad met.  I love sewing, and wanted something of hers (though I have her teacup collection from when my grandfather died), so I got it because I wanted it. But I think for my Dad taking an item is a lifelong commitment.

I am scared for when I have to clean out my parents house. My Dad isn't a hoarder, but only because they have a lot of space. SO MUCH STUFF. 
(When my Mom had me clear out my stuff from their attic we got 2 boxes to leave there.  I actually didn't leave anything there, I have my own attic.  Cue a year later "Jessi, you really need to clean out your stuff".  I put it all in her goodwill pile.  Two years later "Jessi, please clean out your stuff". That's when I said "Mom, at this point, it's Dad's stuff, not mine".  He kept setting aside my dolls, drill team uniform, school papers, thinks he "knew I really wanted".  Uh no, I didn't.)

One of my grandmother's died when I was a baby. I don't remember her at all. My mom may be attached to things that were hers (and she is), but any emotional attachments I have to those items are through my mom, not my grandmother.

You dad is a hoarder. The amount of stuff, or how unlivable the space is, doesn't matter. It's the behavior that determines the hoarder. Good luck with the house. If you're willing and it won't make things worse, take stuff from them now and get rid of it yourself.

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« Reply #5152 on: August 14, 2017, 06:17:33 PM »
We have started decluttering our garage. It began late last week with no fanfare and it already looks better. This is the place where DH really brings out his inner hoarder, there are little piles of screws, tools, broken widgets everywhere there is a surface. If we can deal with those (sort & store/chuck) so I can move a box without first gathering up and moving random small junk then the rest is easy. Long term plan - to be able to park the car in there again.

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« Reply #5153 on: August 14, 2017, 09:55:43 PM »
My husband has a big Lego car kit which we enjoy building, but the box is about eight times the size of the contents.

He just agreed to move the Lego into a smaller plastic tub with the instructions and a picture from the box, and toss the box itself.


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« Reply #5154 on: August 15, 2017, 02:49:33 AM »
My husband has a big Lego car kit which we enjoy building, but the box is about eight times the size of the contents.

He just agreed to move the Lego into a smaller plastic tub with the instructions and a picture from the box, and toss the box itself.

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« Reply #5155 on: August 15, 2017, 03:47:29 AM »
Brought my stuff to consignment yesterday.  They took it all but 3 summer tops because the summer is ending :-(

I also shredded a whole bag of paper yesterday and tossed some other paper into recycling.  Paper seems to be multiplying on its own while I'm busy with other stuff.  So hard to stay on top of it.



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« Reply #5156 on: August 18, 2017, 07:35:11 PM »
Not my house, but I did a ton of the work so I'm sharing it! At my parent's for the weekend. Spent the day:

Bagged up and disposed of a large number of old cleaning supplies. Also various garden stuff that could be trashed and was old.

Brought all the books down from the attic and up from the basement and sorted through them with mom and sis. I'm taking 2 boxes home, sis is taking 3 boxes. 6 boxes going to goodwill. One box for mom to read and probably get rid of afterwards. Half box for dad to read. 4 boxes put into the basement to keep. 2 boxes of yearbooks and some genealogy books that trying to figure out how to dispose of (mom won't toss or donate to goodwill).

Then we switched to the dishes boxes. Sorted through 3 or 4 (?) boxes of good china, crystal, etc. Most of that was repacked and put back in the attic, but got rid of about a box full of stuff, and looking into selling about 2 boxes worth of stuff. Towards the end of this, we were all hungry and I was very crabby, so stopped for lunch.

Picked back up with the pictures. Went through 4 boxes of framed pictures. I'm taking 1 picture home that I like, and a 2nd picture that mom wants to put up (there's a bedroom I've told her she can decorate). Also have a stack of maybe 12 pictures that I'll try to sell, or donate if that doesn't work.

Also tossed a wall shelf that used to be very pretty, until it developed multiple cracks and isn't safe to store stuff on anymore. Tossed 3 old boots from various foot injuries (very old, not usable anymore).

All in all, mom's car is sitting pretty low from the weight. Everything will be dropped off tomorrow sometime.

Please wave your magic wands and make mom decide that she doesn't need to keep stuff she hasn't used in 30 years just because it belonged to great aunt so-and-so. Then send the uhaul to pick up.

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« Reply #5157 on: August 18, 2017, 08:10:42 PM »
I got back from vacation yesterday. I was staying in a lovely Air bnb that just felt very zen and serene. I got home and my house just seemed so cluttered, even though I have been chipping away at it forever. It was kind of depressing.

It's not really a fair comparison because no one actually lives at the Air bnb, so there was no daily living stuff. But is has spurred me on to make another big push. Tomorrow is the day.

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« Reply #5158 on: August 19, 2017, 04:07:08 PM »
I decided to attack the laundry room today because it is one of the smaller rooms in the house and would show instant results.

So I:

Washed a couple of loads of dirty laundry.
Put away all the clean laundry, including folding all my socks and underwear and put them neatly away in a drawer.
Wiped down the washer and dryer.
Threw out a bunch of old laundry products. Put a full container of Speed Starch in the give away box.
Listed some stuff that I don't use any more on Facebook. Gave away and old TV/VCR combo that was collecting dust in there. Took down a dusty old floral swag arrangement and put it in the give away box.
Still trying to decide what to do with the ironing board. I haven't ironed anything in years, but it seems like one of those things one should have.
Took everything out and swept and mopped the floor.
Put up two cute country prints that I was going to give away, but give the room a nice farmhouse look. Now I'm even thinking of making a rustic farmhouse sign that says LAUNDRY. Ha ha!

Anyway, I feel so much better than I did yesterday. Just taking action and attacking one small room start to finish made a huge difference in my state of mind.

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« Reply #5159 on: August 19, 2017, 05:05:20 PM »
Unless you have a neighbour you could ask to borrow theirs, I'd keep the ironing board. There's nothing worse than trying to iron without one.

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« Reply #5160 on: August 19, 2017, 05:53:50 PM »
Unless you have a neighbour you could ask to borrow theirs, I'd keep the ironing board. There's nothing worse than trying to iron without one.
We have an ironing board now, but I used to used to iron on my dryer (put a towel down).

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« Reply #5161 on: August 19, 2017, 06:05:36 PM »
Unless you have a neighbour you could ask to borrow theirs, I'd keep the ironing board. There's nothing worse than trying to iron without one.
We have an ironing board now, but I used to used to iron on my dryer (put a towel down).

+1. For a long time I did: a towel folded over, topped with a floursack cloth towel (no lint that way), on top of a stool.

That being said, now I have plenty of space.

And uh... you know, come to think of it, I might still not own an ironing board! I don't iron often, obviously.
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« Reply #5162 on: August 19, 2017, 07:21:16 PM »
No ironing boad here either. I just put a towel on the washing machine when we have a funeral to go to. Other than that, I only iron when I'm giving a professional presentation and then I use the ironing board in my hotel room - no need to store one myself.

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« Reply #5163 on: August 22, 2017, 07:21:26 AM »
Another update.  The bed under us is literally gone now.  Well, we still have an air mattress that we're using in the mean-time (just a few more weeks!).  That'll be a lot easier to move since we can just deflate and fold it up.

Listed:
- Manzanita branches
- Small weed whacker
- Honda/Acura brake pads
- shoe racks (3)
- Other wedding gifts that are still sitting around (married 8 years ago)
- Kitchen appliances
- Paper Shredder
- Random OEM 06-11 Civic parts
- Random car parts
- LCD TV
- 8-person Tent

To be listed:
- My bicycle
- Multiple plate sets
- Random tools
- SA2010 Race Helmet
- 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
- Trumpet vases
- Lawn chairs
- Desk and chair
- Couch and loveseat
- Coffee table
- Printer
- Papasan
- Dining table set w/ 6 chairs (gone in 2 days; maybe should've listed higher)
- 2 table lamps
- Box fan
- Wall Mirror
- TSX brake calipers
- DVD Player
- Card Table and 5 chairs
- Storage baskets
- pillow stuffing (free)
- TSX Rotors
- Shop Vac
- Queen bed set
- Standing Hammock
- TV Stand
- Folding Bicycle
- Small TV Stand
- queen Mattress, box spring, frame
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« Reply #5164 on: August 22, 2017, 07:29:08 AM »
No ironing boad here either. I just put a towel on the washing machine when we have a funeral to go to. Other than that, I only iron when I'm giving a professional presentation and then I use the ironing board in my hotel room - no need to store one myself.

My DH sews clothes sometimes. He needs an ironing board for that. Also for taping Goretex clothes.

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« Reply #5165 on: August 22, 2017, 09:07:11 AM »
We have some unused furniture that was still taking up space because we don't have a car and didn't want to bother anyone to drive them to the charity shop for us (they charge for picking up ...) . Decided to list them on a Facebook group for free stuff on our off day and everything except 1 was picked up today, and that other item will be picked up tomorrow.

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« Reply #5166 on: August 23, 2017, 10:02:45 AM »
Neighbor's kitchen cabinet fell off the wall, tearing up her counters, wall, floor, etc. While I don't think mine weigh nearly what hers did (she collects pottery), still a good reminder to get in there and clear out the useless stuff. Ended up with four bags and a box to take to Goodwill.

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« Reply #5167 on: August 23, 2017, 01:01:33 PM »
I helped a friend declutter because she's moving soon. We decluttered 3 large boxes of baking supplies. She's keeping two ...  but at least that means the majority is gone. I have never seen so many cookie cutters in my life, seriously not even in a cookware shop. She offered me a lot of things too, but I only took two things (that I'll really use). This is actually how I get most of my stuff: my spendypants friends throw out perfectly good stuff and I take it home. The cookie sheet I took yesterday is actually still in the original packaging and the price sticker is still on it. Who pays 15 for a cookie sheet? :o

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« Reply #5168 on: August 23, 2017, 01:26:34 PM »
I helped a friend declutter because she's moving soon. We decluttered 3 large boxes of baking supplies. She's keeping two ...  but at least that means the majority is gone. I have never seen so many cookie cutters in my life, seriously not even in a cookware shop. She offered me a lot of things too, but I only took two things (that I'll really use). This is actually how I get most of my stuff: my spendypants friends throw out perfectly good stuff and I take it home. The cookie sheet I took yesterday is actually still in the original packaging and the price sticker is still on it. Who pays 15 for a cookie sheet? :o

My local library checks out cake pans. They have like 500 to chose from.  It has saved us a ton of space and money.

Because you only use them once typically, but then you feel guilty getting rid of it because shaped pans aren't cheap.

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« Reply #5169 on: August 24, 2017, 04:42:31 AM »
No ironing boad here either. I just put a towel on the washing machine when we have a funeral to go to. Other than that, I only iron when I'm giving a professional presentation and then I use the ironing board in my hotel room - no need to store one myself.

My DH sews clothes sometimes. He needs an ironing board for that. Also for taping Goretex clothes.


I barely sew these days, but I'll agree I'd need one if I were. For just repairs and hems, though, the towel method has proved fine so far.

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« Reply #5170 on: August 24, 2017, 05:08:38 AM »
Unless you have a neighbour you could ask to borrow theirs, I'd keep the ironing board. There's nothing worse than trying to iron without one.
We have an ironing board now, but I used to used to iron on my dryer (put a towel down).

I iron on the bed. Almost the same consistency as an ironing board (I have a firm mattress) and nothing meltable.

I learnt to do that when I was selling my house, and a friend told me to just iron the sheets once I had made up the bed.

Also, Ikea do a small table-top ironing board that hangs away with your clothes (there's a hook) for cheap. That's what I use for sewing projects when I need it near my sewing machine. http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/laundry-cleaning-products/ironing-boards/j%C3%A4ll-ironingboard-table-art-20242890/

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« Reply #5171 on: August 24, 2017, 06:22:26 AM »
The ironing board conversation makes me laugh.  I actually have a HUGE ironing board- I had a custom board made to fit over the regular one to double the space on it. 

The only reason I iron is to sew.  And all the hacks won't work- you just cannot get a firm enough press on top of anything soft (like a towel on a counter, or a mattress.)


However, I'd throw clothes away before I would iron them.

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« Reply #5172 on: August 24, 2017, 10:05:35 AM »
May I please have some advice on old food?

In my (slightly) younger and (much) more optimistic days, I purchased a bunch of canned/jarred foods with big plans.  Well, I've become a better cook, eliminating the need for some of those foods, and others are just not things we eat.  So now I have a bunch of canned/jarred foods that are 2-5 years past their expirations.  Most of them are probably still good, but they won't be eaten here, and I know food pantries do not take expired food.  Additionally, DBF's mother gave use a huge box of baking mixes (which I have never used) years ago, and I didn't realize at the time that I should just donate them.

So, there are no compost bins/piles available around here.  I hesitate to put it on the free section of CraigsList because someone might eat something, get sick, then sue me.  Does anyone have less wasteful ideas for getting rid of long-expired food besides throwing it out?
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« Reply #5173 on: August 24, 2017, 11:05:31 AM »
May I please have some advice on old food?

In my (slightly) younger and (much) more optimistic days, I purchased a bunch of canned/jarred foods with big plans.  Well, I've become a better cook, eliminating the need for some of those foods, and others are just not things we eat.  So now I have a bunch of canned/jarred foods that are 2-5 years past their expirations.  Most of them are probably still good, but they won't be eaten here, and I know food pantries do not take expired food.  Additionally, DBF's mother gave use a huge box of baking mixes (which I have never used) years ago, and I didn't realize at the time that I should just donate them.

So, there are no compost bins/piles available around here.  I hesitate to put it on the free section of CraigsList because someone might eat something, get sick, then sue me.  Does anyone have less wasteful ideas for getting rid of long-expired food besides throwing it out?

any farms near? might make good pig fodder. You could call and inquire with the farmer beforehand.

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« Reply #5174 on: August 24, 2017, 11:15:33 AM »
May I please have some advice on old food?

In my (slightly) younger and (much) more optimistic days, I purchased a bunch of canned/jarred foods with big plans.  Well, I've become a better cook, eliminating the need for some of those foods, and others are just not things we eat.  So now I have a bunch of canned/jarred foods that are 2-5 years past their expirations.  Most of them are probably still good, but they won't be eaten here, and I know food pantries do not take expired food.  Additionally, DBF's mother gave use a huge box of baking mixes (which I have never used) years ago, and I didn't realize at the time that I should just donate them.

So, there are no compost bins/piles available around here.  I hesitate to put it on the free section of CraigsList because someone might eat something, get sick, then sue me.  Does anyone have less wasteful ideas for getting rid of long-expired food besides throwing it out?

I've volunteered at a food kitchen and they had expired canned food there. 2-5 years might be too long but it may depend on what it actually is.

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« Reply #5175 on: August 24, 2017, 11:54:27 AM »
May I please have some advice on old food?

In my (slightly) younger and (much) more optimistic days, I purchased a bunch of canned/jarred foods with big plans.  Well, I've become a better cook, eliminating the need for some of those foods, and others are just not things we eat.  So now I have a bunch of canned/jarred foods that are 2-5 years past their expirations.  Most of them are probably still good, but they won't be eaten here, and I know food pantries do not take expired food.  Additionally, DBF's mother gave use a huge box of baking mixes (which I have never used) years ago, and I didn't realize at the time that I should just donate them.

So, there are no compost bins/piles available around here.  I hesitate to put it on the free section of CraigsList because someone might eat something, get sick, then sue me.  Does anyone have less wasteful ideas for getting rid of long-expired food besides throwing it out?

If you have a local Buy Nothing Project group, you could post on there (just be clear they're past date). I've seen expired canned food go in a lot of groups, some for people to eat, some for chickens or pigs. And Buy Nothing is very clear about 'participate at your own risk', so as long as you're clear about the dates, I don't think you're at any risk of trouble there.
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« Reply #5176 on: August 27, 2017, 03:02:28 PM »
I bought a yard of ironing board cover material (quilted non-scorch stuff) and iron on my kitchen island. I do have a tailor's ham on my wishlist, though.

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« Reply #5177 on: August 29, 2017, 04:28:41 AM »
I bought a yard of ironing board cover material (quilted non-scorch stuff) and iron on my kitchen island. I do have a tailor's ham on my wishlist, though.

A tailors ham is really easy to make, here is a free downloadable pattern and instructions: http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/2012/08/how-to-make-tailors-hams-and-sausages.html

I filled mine with well shredded jersey scraps and it works a treat. Be sure to cut the pieces small and stuff stuff stuff if you go that route.

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« Reply #5178 on: August 29, 2017, 04:37:11 AM »
Today someone is supposed to pick up our old bed! I hope he does turn up. 

Then I can finally reach the window and hang up the new curtain rods that have been lying around in their packaging for far too long. Then I can move the antique table and grandpa's chair in the living room up that room. I'll have a nice, light, quiet room upstairs where I can relax and read and we'll have more space downstairs.

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« Reply #5179 on: September 05, 2017, 08:42:37 AM »
I have 1 more week of work and 2 more weeks to get rid of as much as possible!  Can you say I'm overwhelmed?  A few keep-sakes will be put in storage until we have another place to live, but everything else will either be donated or sold.

Listed:
- Manzanita branches
- Honda/Acura brake pads
- Other wedding gifts that are still sitting around (married 8 years ago)
- Kitchen appliances
- Paper Shredder
- Random 06-11 Civic parts
- Random car parts
- LCD TV
- My bicycle :(

To be listed:
- Multiple plate sets
- Random tools
- SA2010 Race Helmet
- 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
- Trumpet vases
- Lawn chairs
- Desk and chair
- Couch and loveseat
- Coffee table
- Printer
- Papasan
- Dining table set w/ 6 chairs (gone in 2 days; maybe should've listed higher)
- 2 table lamps
- Box fan
- Wall Mirror
- TSX brake calipers
- DVD Player
- Card Table and 5 chairs
- Storage baskets
- pillow stuffing (free)
- TSX Rotors
- Shop Vac
- Queen bed set
- Standing Hammock
- TV Stand
- Folding Bicycle
- Small TV Stand
- queen Mattress, box spring, frame
- 2 shoe racks
- small weed whacker
- Civic Si suspension
- 8 person tent
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« Reply #5180 on: September 05, 2017, 08:44:27 AM »
Sold 9 baby sleepers for $10.  Have a pick up of 4 more tomorrow (hopefully...)

Need to keep going through the baby stuff and listing it.

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« Reply #5181 on: September 05, 2017, 02:48:32 PM »
I got rid of leftover stuff from our laundry renovation so the garage is looking pretty empty. And the tiles that were sat in boxes are now on the walls, does that count ;) The wall cabinets will go up shortly in the laundry and I am itching to fill them with all the stuff that has been stored in the wrong place for months.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5182 on: September 05, 2017, 07:59:48 PM »
Dropped off the old clarinet to a local organization that works with kids that wouldn't have an opportunity to do music otherwise. Yay, out of the house! And I'm pretty sure that's the last of the instruments out of parent's house.

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« Reply #5183 on: September 06, 2017, 04:32:16 AM »
Another pile of random stuff is ready to be brought to Goodwill and waiting in the garage.  You'd think that after getting rid of so much already, I would have nothing left that I don't need.  But I'm still finding things around the house that I can get rid of easily.  And there will be more when the house sells.  I've decided that I want my new apartment to be quite minimalistic because I'm really enjoying the feel of empty spaces.  It's peaceful.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5184 on: September 06, 2017, 05:10:58 AM »
I got some more of my old stuff out of my parents attic over the weekend. I still had some old college text books, baseball cards, and an old photo scanner up there.  I recycled the old text books and am selling or giving away the baseball cards. The cards are pretty much worthless. I had an old complete set that was still in its original box so I'm selling that. I'm giving away the loose cards. I'm also giving away the scanner. It's 1999 vintage and I would be surprised if it even still worked or if you could find drivers for it.

Now, I just need to convince my parents to let me help clean up and organize their stuff in the attic. I found cancelled checks from the late 80's, old photographs strewn on the floor, unopened VHS tapes, a bathtub my dad bought in the 90's when he thought he was going to finish the attic and add a bathroom, and a bunch of other unused crap. They have no idea what is even up there at this point. I don't want to be dealing with this that crap in15-20 years after they die or we have to move them to a new place.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5185 on: September 06, 2017, 09:52:03 PM »
I'm wearing a dress to work that I've decided will be (washed and) donated after today.

I'd need to have it tailored in order to keep wearing it, and I'm just not going to spend that money on an eBay dress that will start looking a bit, well, loved before too long.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5186 on: September 07, 2017, 06:49:46 AM »
This is a tiny thing, but I have a container in the bathroom of the sample packets of lotions and such that come in magazines and are handed out at street corners. I rarely use them because they have more product in them than i need at one time. I recently finished a jar of cream, so I have started decanting the sample packets into that and fully using them up. 

Also, my dentist gives out travel size containers of toothpaste. Since I'm not travelling much these days for work, they've been filling up another bag in the bathroom. We just finished a big tube of toothpaste, and I'm not buying another until we're down to two travel tubes.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5187 on: September 07, 2017, 06:53:29 AM »
A bit unconventional for this thread, but I just deleted a ton of apps on my phone that I haven't used in a while.

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« Reply #5188 on: September 07, 2017, 07:01:03 AM »
I decided to keep the ironing board for now, but I relegated it to the basement. When/if I eventually downsize to a condo I will probably get rid of it and go with the Ikea one if I need to iron something.

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« Reply #5189 on: September 07, 2017, 09:56:56 AM »
A bit unconventional for this thread, but I just deleted a ton of apps on my phone that I haven't used in a while.

Mental clutter is very important. I didn't delete the latest batch of apps, but I removed them from my home screens.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5190 on: September 07, 2017, 05:29:52 PM »
Just like there is mental garbage, there is also bloatware on phones and computers.  Keep both forms of unnecessary garbage out of your life.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5191 on: September 07, 2017, 07:34:14 PM »
A bit unconventional for this thread, but I just deleted a ton of apps on my phone that I haven't used in a while.

Less stuff to manage.  Potential savings in time, bandwidth and even electricity.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5192 on: September 08, 2017, 03:30:09 AM »
A bit unconventional for this thread, but I just deleted a ton of apps on my phone that I haven't used in a while.

Less stuff to manage.  Potential savings in time, bandwidth and even electricity.

I agree. Getting rid of digital clutter is still valid decluttering.

I would include getting rid of financial accounts as part of this. Last year after we paid off our house, we eliminated 2 accounts associated with the mortgage holder. We also closed the joint account the mortgage holder used to use for automatic payments. I closed an old HSA account and transferred the money to my current HSA. The fewer accounts you have, the easier it is to manage your finances.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5193 on: September 08, 2017, 09:28:48 AM »
Well, in my never ending quest to declutter, we found some gold (not real gold, just keep reading...).  So my college son spent the summer working and also researching and selling his old Legos.  He figures out what's worth good money and sells small collections.  He's brought in well over $1000 doing this and as his last sale before heading back to college, put a somewhat random box of 15 pounds of legos out there and sold it for $110.  Ok.....next thing he starts researching.  Do you remember the old yu-gi-oh! cards that kids spent way too much money on.  TV cartoons to feed the craving.  Well, he found a bunch of his old "valuable" ones, most well preserved in perfect condition.  These are all serialized, so they can be researched to find their age and potential value.  Well, one that's in a protective case has several examples that have sold on eBay for over $500!  Yikes!  So we've worked into our hidden decluttering, looking for these cards.  What do I mean by hidden?  Well, the wife just can't bring herself to throw anything out so I bring her a 6"x9"x12" container with things I think should be thrown out (mostly random small plastic parts to baby toy kits.....my youngest turns 17 in 2 weeks) and this has been sitting for her to go through for 3 months.  So while on the lookout for yu-gi-oh! cards or magic, the gathering cards, I put paper crap in one bag and plastic crap in another.  When she's out, these get dumped into the appropriate recycling containers.  I'd estimate I've offloaded about 10 full trash barrels of stuff over the past 3 years and nobody even notices since we have every toy (from our inlaws) known to man in our house from when the kids were little.

Little bites out of the clutter at a time.  We'll get there.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5194 on: September 08, 2017, 09:33:50 AM »
This is somewhat depressing - the more I get into clearing out the more clearing out there appears to be. 

I am putting my office / studio back together after some redecorating.  This means throwing out stuff I printed out more than a decade ago and moved without even looking at then.  I am a pack rat.  And a slob -so much dust - and I am finding mold - boy this is going to be great when it is done.

The new storage units are supposed to hold everything.  All tools, supplies and references are being sorted and nothing gets to stay without a good dusting first and then it has to be stored with all the similar tools so I can find everything.  This means digging into other hoards of stuff to consolidate and pitch.  In the end I and daughter will have all our materials for sewing, krafting, art making and my paid work all in one area and all easy to access - and most important - put away when finished.

We have been here 7 years and things are out of control because this house has too many storage spaces.  I keep carrying things up to the garage and now the garage is a complete disaster. Last weekend Hubs did a dump run and you would never know it.  I haven't even looked under the stairs and only peaked in the sauna (it is full of junk) and there are two giant closets packed to the gills.

Enough mold and dust for today.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5195 on: September 08, 2017, 09:38:47 AM »
Just needed to announce to all those that have been observing my journey that I've now gotten rid of my Bicycle.  That bike served me well and allowed me to sell my car earlier this year.  I'm kind of sad now that I think of it, but it was definitely necessary for what we plan to do in the future.  It's strange how quickly things that you thought were important just don't seem that sentimental anymore when you learn to disassociate yourself with the notion (provoked by marketing and peers) of material possessions.  I know I'll buy another bike when we get settled again, but the bike itself isn't what matters; it's how I choose to enjoy it and push myself forward while on it.

Anyhow, I have only until a week from Monday to sort through and donate the rest of the items.

Listed:
- Manzanita branches
- Honda/Acura brake pads
- Other wedding gifts that are still sitting around (married 8 years ago)
- Kitchen appliances
- Paper Shredder
- Random 06-11 Civic parts
- Random car parts
- LCD TV

To be listed:
- Multiple plate sets
- Random tools
- SA2010 Race Helmet
- 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
- Trumpet vases
- Lawn chairs
- Desk and chair
- Couch and loveseat
- Coffee table
- Printer
- Papasan
- Dining table set w/ 6 chairs (gone in 2 days; maybe should've listed higher)
- 2 table lamps
- Box fan
- Wall Mirror
- TSX brake calipers
- DVD Player
- Card Table and 5 chairs
- Storage baskets
- pillow stuffing (free)
- TSX Rotors
- Shop Vac
- Queen bed set
- Standing Hammock
- TV Stand
- Folding Bicycle
- Small TV Stand
- queen Mattress, box spring, frame
- 2 shoe racks
- small weed whacker
- Civic Si suspension
- 8 person tent
- my bike (2007 Trek 7.2 FX)
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« Reply #5196 on: September 08, 2017, 12:07:39 PM »
Such great progress reports from everyone!  I am planning to bring the stuff I've been gathering around the house to Goodwill this weekend.  And I'm going to put together another batch of clothing for consignment and bring it in next week. 

I've decided that I want to live a minimalist lifestyle when I move next year.  My current place is about 1600 sq ft and I will be downsizing to 650 sq ft.  I'm looking forward to having less.  A lot less!



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5197 on: September 08, 2017, 05:57:43 PM »
Finally tossed a little stool that was left in my garage by the previous tenants of my apartment.

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« Reply #5198 on: September 08, 2017, 08:51:11 PM »
I'm moving tomorrow and it's been much easier to pack this time than when I moved 3 months ago. I specifically got rid of decorations and things that were particularly difficult to pack, such as decorative paper lantern lights. Or a pretty cool set of reusable stickers that made a tree on a wall. Not worth the effort. Now all that's left is like two pictures and some glued and framed puzzles.

I do still have a dream catcher left that isn't super easy to pack but it has stayed together pretty well and I really like it. I'm trying to only keep things that I see myself keeping for life. What's the point of temporary decorations?

Same with kitchen stuff--I'm almost 100% cast iron now. Less toxic (especially if I ever get a pet bird) and will last forever!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5199 on: September 09, 2017, 03:29:18 AM »
Tossed a couple more things from the balcony. Feeling good.