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« Reply #5250 on: September 29, 2017, 08:29:35 AM »
ZiziPB, I don't have any suggestions but I can commiserate on the difficult feelings. I have listed my toddler's (preschooler now) tricycle. Even though I know she will not use it anymore and had outgrown it (nor will her siblings use it), I want to hold on to it just for the memory's sake. It feels as if I'm giving away a part of her toddlerhood. :(

The only thing that has helped so far is taking pictures of it and reminding myself that the bike has given us fun memories which are stored in my heart and I don't need the bike to remind me of them. Still working on it though.
Thanks for the support firelight!  Even though I'm not particularly sentimental it is hard to deal with objects that have all these feelings attached to them.  In my case, one additional feeling I'm struggling with is guilt - I know that these gifts were a big expense for my parents at the time they were given so it's hard to just discard them and show total disregard for that.

Not knowing anything about your relationship with your parents... These gifts are like a cashmere sweater that is two sizes too big.  It's beautiful and lovely but just doesn't fit you and it's just not useful, and honestly it's so big and baggy that it loses its beauty and looks rough.  You would trade in that sweater for one that fit.  And you can trade in these items for something that fits.  Maybe that is money towards debt or savings.  Maybe it is a necklace or kitchen utensil you're more likely to use.  They served their purpose.  You have admired their loveliness. You aren't disregarding their worth.  You tried them on.  They don't fit.

Yes, that's good advice! 

I was thinking though that I should let my mom know I'm doing this and the reasons for it.  She's a logical person who will understand.  And I will feel better if this is cleared up between us instead of being left unsaid.



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5251 on: September 29, 2017, 08:35:43 AM »
ZiziPB, I don't have any suggestions but I can commiserate on the difficult feelings. I have listed my toddler's (preschooler now) tricycle. Even though I know she will not use it anymore and had outgrown it (nor will her siblings use it), I want to hold on to it just for the memory's sake. It feels as if I'm giving away a part of her toddlerhood. :(

The only thing that has helped so far is taking pictures of it and reminding myself that the bike has given us fun memories which are stored in my heart and I don't need the bike to remind me of them. Still working on it though.
Thanks for the support firelight!  Even though I'm not particularly sentimental it is hard to deal with objects that have all these feelings attached to them.  In my case, one additional feeling I'm struggling with is guilt - I know that these gifts were a big expense for my parents at the time they were given so it's hard to just discard them and show total disregard for that.

Not knowing anything about your relationship with your parents... These gifts are like a cashmere sweater that is two sizes too big.  It's beautiful and lovely but just doesn't fit you and it's just not useful, and honestly it's so big and baggy that it loses its beauty and looks rough.  You would trade in that sweater for one that fit.  And you can trade in these items for something that fits.  Maybe that is money towards debt or savings.  Maybe it is a necklace or kitchen utensil you're more likely to use.  They served their purpose.  You have admired their loveliness. You aren't disregarding their worth.  You tried them on.  They don't fit.

And you have feel the love that the givers of these gifts wanted you to feel.  They have completed their purpose in your life.  There is some one out there that may have another use for these items.  And if you can translate them into something more useful in your life, then you should.
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« Reply #5252 on: September 29, 2017, 09:30:00 AM »
I ended up giving the toddler bike to another mom with a 1.5 year old. I now know someone else will use it well and get to make more fun memories with it. That made it a wee bit easier to part with it.

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« Reply #5253 on: September 29, 2017, 11:16:28 AM »
Another run to Goodwill last night: bed linens, towels, kitchen stuff...  I think I'm slowly getting there.  The agent who listed my house for sale commented that the house feels "minimal" (in a good way :-)

And I took an easy way out on the cleaning/laundry products.  I put the lot in the local laundromat with a sign saying Free stuff - please take.  Hopefully there will be some takers.

Animal shelters also get great use out of linens and towels!

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« Reply #5254 on: September 30, 2017, 09:33:28 PM »
Two items out the door and two more pending pickup tomorrow. Time to list more items.

I have some fan memorabilia for shows like orange is the New Black, Bojack horseman, etc. Putting as auction on eBay would give the best possible price but would include shipping work, cut in profits to eBay etc. Posting as porch pickup on Facebook and Craigslist keeps it local and doesn't have shipping hassles but I won't get the best price. What should I pick?

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« Reply #5255 on: October 01, 2017, 08:45:29 PM »
Another couple boxes of clothes and misc to the thrift store and some books to the library for its upcoming sale.  Every little bit helps.

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« Reply #5256 on: October 02, 2017, 06:37:26 AM »
Two items out the door and two more pending pickup tomorrow. Time to list more items.

I have some fan memorabilia for shows like orange is the New Black, Bojack horseman, etc. Putting as auction on eBay would give the best possible price but would include shipping work, cut in profits to eBay etc. Posting as porch pickup on Facebook and Craigslist keeps it local and doesn't have shipping hassles but I won't get the best price. What should I pick?

Large stuff: Definitely Craigslist/FB route.

Small stuff: Start on Craigslist/FB, sell the rest on eBay or give away if low value (<$10). Having envelopes/boxes ready for each item helps if you do eBay, cuts out the stress of last-minute shipping.

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« Reply #5257 on: October 02, 2017, 08:02:10 AM »
Two items out the door and two more pending pickup tomorrow. Time to list more items.

I have some fan memorabilia for shows like orange is the New Black, Bojack horseman, etc. Putting as auction on eBay would give the best possible price but would include shipping work, cut in profits to eBay etc. Posting as porch pickup on Facebook and Craigslist keeps it local and doesn't have shipping hassles but I won't get the best price. What should I pick?

Any kind of niche interest item is best sold on eBay.

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« Reply #5258 on: October 02, 2017, 08:12:22 AM »
Made $35 on a Super Nintendo game on ebay this weekend.  (Which makes me wish we had listed the hundreds of games we sold to Half Price books last year... but mostly, I wanted them out of the house- this is one we somehow missed.)

Didn't do a great job getting stuff out of the house this weekend.
Gave some ribbon away, which was hard. Craft stuff is always "what if I need this later".
Got rid of the dish towels we don't like, and the dog towels that are super old and we downgraded other towels to dog towels.

Also, last weekend I got rid of unused power strips that had been sitting around for years. This weekend, I needed a power strip. Go figure.

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« Reply #5259 on: October 02, 2017, 08:29:34 AM »
A friend wants some more kitchens tuff so I'm going to give her some of the spare spatulas and glasses we have around. Maybe even some of my fancy dessert plates--I have roughly a million...

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« Reply #5260 on: October 02, 2017, 08:39:45 AM »
3 hand-knitted shawls out of the house this weekend - I gave them as gifts to my cousin, aunt and friend.  But my cousin gave me some yarn to add to my knitting supplies.  In my defense, she wanted to give me a full bin but I selected 6 or 7 skeins out of it and didn't take the rest.



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« Reply #5261 on: October 02, 2017, 10:29:56 AM »
The pile in the garage grows but there is an increasing spaciousness in the house.
This morning I cleared out the sauna - yes we have a sauna that came with the house and we have been using it for storage ever since we moved in.  I really want to take sauna's. 
We made it much smaller a couple of years ago and it has never been re-connected.  It just held less junk.  This morning I carried out all the junk, (an old computer box, a spare shower door, and a bunch of old text books).  Daughter grabbed the big ball for her room - they are old enough that they don't fight over the ball.  I hid it in there in desperation one day probably four years ago.
I also grabbed two random boxes in the utility room and they are in the garage.  One was really good children's clothes that I was going to keep forever.  Now I have six nieces and nephews under four so the outfits can be offered to them and then released if there are no takers.
Daughter is giving her dollhouse and random toys to little cousins. 
The last of the flooring was installed on Sunday so we can get rid of all the extra bits.
It also means that we can set up hubs' mancave stuff and make him a work out room.  The treadmill that we got from parents is going to get carried down from the garage.  Weights in son's room under bed and random boxes from the garage will live together in one place. It gets lots of light now that the windows aren't blocked with the clutter!
We overheated the shredder but got through about four boxes.  We are down to a small filing cabinet and one bankers box.  As my hubs does all the booking keeping for his family I think this is ok.
Son emptied all the extra hockey gear from his hockey bag that he hadn't worn for his game.
This coming weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving and the garage is getting sorted.  A dump run, donation run and a photography session to list stuff on kijiji is happening.   
It is feeling amazing even though we only have so much more to do.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5262 on: October 02, 2017, 11:11:53 AM »
It looks like several Halloween stores exploded in our living room. We're pulling everything out, going through it and culling a large amount of decorations.

Did I mention I'm a super duper Halloween decorator? So we're talking LOTS and LOTS of stuff. I have a full sized carnival ticket booth in the garage and a clown mouth entrance arch and skeleton/clown performers, along with an entire graveyard complete with stones, fencing and resident ghosts. And not even counting the junk stored inside the house.

BUT I'm also tired of storing so much stuff, and tastes/themes have changed so some of it is just not my style any more and I'm creating quite a large pile of stuff to re-home.

I do also have a large amount of clothing/shoes to take to the thrift store this week as well.

And the husband is going through several large boxes of his old toys - GIJoes, transformers, ET, Star Wars... all really bad shape tho, so he's likely going to ask a few die-hard friends if they want the majority of the stuff. 

The Halloween stuff likely will be listed on Craigslist or my Halloween group's site (just depends if I feel like dealing with shipping junk all over).
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« Reply #5263 on: October 02, 2017, 02:45:47 PM »
Got rid of a frozen turkey today!

We had a old frozen turkey way down in our deep freeze, and won't be using it for Canadian Thanksgiving, so with the move coming up I posted it online, and it was gone within 30 mins. Someone will be eating old turkey, but probably delicious!

I legit had a dream about food waste the other day so I think getting rid of the turkey will make me feel better.

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« Reply #5264 on: October 02, 2017, 05:41:02 PM »
Got rid of about 35 things over the weekend.

Lots of birthdays at the moment so I'm delighted to be working my way through my stash of cards and gift bags.

I pulled out my stash of velvet and satin Christmas ribbons to give to my mum to use up (I will never get through them).

Husband agreed to part with some more work-related paperwork.

Next job is to list a pair of shoes on eBay.


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« Reply #5265 on: October 03, 2017, 11:54:19 AM »
This weekend's goals:
1) Finish cleaning out our closet.  Be realistic about which shoes I will never wear again.
2) Get rid of 4 things in the kitchen.
3) Tackle top of dresser (I have no idea what that mess is, but I suspect I don't need 85% of it)

1) I bought a new pair of shoes this week, so in exchange I threw away 2 pairs that are really worn out, I'm giving away two pairs that pinch my toes, and a third pair that pinches I'll try to sell.
I also gave away a few more clothing items and packed several more into the "slightly-too-big-for-me, will-give-away-in-a-year-if-I-maintain-the-weight-loss" box.

2) I found 3 things in the kitchen I didn't want anymore.

3) Instead of the dresser, I cleaned out the hall closet.  We hung up two framed pictures that have been hiding there since we moved in 4 years ago, threw away a bunch of stuff, moved several things to areas where I will remember that we actually have them (what possessed me to put paper plates in the hall closet?????), sorted through the coats to give away the ones that don't fit anymore, and gave away other stuff that we didn't remember we'd stuffed in the closet.

Bottom line - I filled up a giant trash bag full of stuff for Goodwill, filled a bin for recycling, and realized that if you have to store things in weird places just to say you have a home for it, then you have waaaaay too much stuff.

I also realized I need to do another pass through our linen closet to find room for the tablecloths that were in the back of the hall closet, and I need to find a better way to sort and store scarves and gloves.  I apparently buy new ones every year (especially for the kids) when I can't find the old ones.
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« Reply #5266 on: October 04, 2017, 01:37:24 AM »
...if you have to store things in weird places just to say you have a home for it, then you have waaaaay too much stuff.

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« Reply #5267 on: October 05, 2017, 07:43:43 PM »
I'm doing this gauntlet for October. It's the one where you do one object on Day 1, two on Day 2 etc. Hubby is quite adamant that we've decluttered enough so the challenge will be a combination of decluttering and storing things in their correct place for me.

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/minimalist-challenge-for-october/

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« Reply #5268 on: October 06, 2017, 01:52:19 AM »
I'm doing this gauntlet for October. It's the one where you do one object on Day 1, two on Day 2 etc. Hubby is quite adamant that we've decluttered enough so the challenge will be a combination of decluttering and storing things in their correct place for me.

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/minimalist-challenge-for-october/

To be honest, that challenge would be too much for me. I might have something to declutter every day for a month, but not 30 things on day 30. Luckily my house is tidier than that. ;-)
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« Reply #5269 on: October 06, 2017, 02:00:09 AM »
You never know until you try linda norway. I let 23 things go today.  I have so much more to go.  I have already got rid of so much too.

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« Reply #5270 on: October 06, 2017, 02:07:16 AM »
Linda, I'm totally cheating in how I count the items :)

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« Reply #5271 on: October 06, 2017, 07:03:59 PM »
7 items out the door. Sadly I bought three toys for kiddo so the final tally is only 4. Looking forward to getting rid of more tomorrow.

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« Reply #5272 on: October 07, 2017, 09:02:57 AM »
Sold a random part from a ceiling fan (spare downrod) on ebay today.  Always nice to clean out clutter while growing the savings account.

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« Reply #5273 on: October 07, 2017, 03:02:46 PM »
Another 45 items to go. Have to wait for the charity store to open since it's the weekend but I have it boxed and ready to go. This includes 31 cookbooks, several coffee mugs, some glass bowls still in their boxes and some other random kitchen items.

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« Reply #5274 on: October 07, 2017, 05:47:11 PM »
Husband took his ruined bike to the bike library.
We get a tax receipt and space in the garage. They get some salvage parts.

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« Reply #5275 on: October 07, 2017, 07:39:35 PM »
Reduced number of loose leaf recipes from 9 display folders to one. Recycling the pages. Storing the display folders for kids to use at school. This has taken me a couple months to work through.
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« Reply #5276 on: October 07, 2017, 10:38:50 PM »
Sold an old phone. One item out the door.  Chipping away...

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« Reply #5277 on: October 07, 2017, 11:56:53 PM »
I moved apartments recently and packed a fair few boxes full of stuff that has been a "to sell" or "to throw out" for years. I thought I'd be motivated to do better after the move, but of course they've sat there in boxes for the last couple of months. Such is life, hey?

Except my partner's father passed away last week, and we've been cleaning out his house. He has rooms and rooms of junk, with a study full of messy paperwork from 2008 mixed in with mouldy towels and his daughter's artwork from primary school, and two sheds full of cobwebs and old broken furniture.

It's like a shock of cold water to the face to see this much junk. When I get back home I'm going super hard on my clutter and boxes - no excuses.

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« Reply #5278 on: October 08, 2017, 02:30:46 AM »
So sorry to hear about your FIL Ascotillon.

It's pretty bad clearing out leaving junk for others to clear but I have to say that my dad and I had a reasonably good bonding experience clearing out my mum's stuff after she passed. It was sort of cleansing, it helped somehow. That was just one room (her study) though!

We had a great win today. Up til now our tv, apple tv, PS3 and aerial have plugged into a power board that lies below the tv cabinet, gathering dust and dog hair. Every time we tried to vacuum up the aerial got knocked out. The PS3 we barely used, it's really just used for DVDs and we have Netflix now, so that was unplugged is stored in the tv cabinet. We bought 2 x surge protected double adaptors and some reuseable ties and coiled up the other three cords so that they are hidden behind the tv and not touching the floor. It looks so much better.

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« Reply #5279 on: October 08, 2017, 10:30:53 AM »
So sorry about your FIL and that you have to clear so much junk.

I have a few boxes of stuff to sell for the past few years. But with kids, I never ended up doing it and moved with it more than 400 miles. We have another move in 6 months and that is my end date - what doesn't get sold but then goes to donations. That thought has spurred me to start selling. Hope you get to sell/donate your stuff too.

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« Reply #5280 on: October 08, 2017, 12:32:12 PM »
I am making baby steps. I gave away one of my books ito a colleague. I promised of my books to a friend. I just haven't met this friend for a few weeks, so the book is still here. I also think I am going to give away a third book to my SIL when I see her in the Christmas holiday.

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« Reply #5281 on: October 08, 2017, 12:37:06 PM »
I moved apartments recently and packed a fair few boxes full of stuff that has been a "to sell" or "to throw out" for years. I thought I'd be motivated to do better after the move, but of course they've sat there in boxes for the last couple of months. Such is life, hey?

Except my partner's father passed away last week, and we've been cleaning out his house. He has rooms and rooms of junk, with a study full of messy paperwork from 2008 mixed in with mouldy towels and his daughter's artwork from primary school, and two sheds full of cobwebs and old broken furniture.

It's like a shock of cold water to the face to see this much junk. When I get back home I'm going super hard on my clutter and boxes - no excuses.

Sorry for your loss! Must be tough to find items worth keeping between all the mess. But all the more reason to dispose of your own junk, so it's very clear which items mean something to you and which items aren't adding anything positive.

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« Reply #5282 on: October 08, 2017, 04:06:57 PM »
There is a council clean-up scheduled for my building tomorrow. Finally!

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« Reply #5283 on: October 08, 2017, 04:12:36 PM »
There is a council clean-up scheduled for my building tomorrow. Finally!

Ours is normally October but I'm waiting, waiting... We've got a couch and a bunch of downpipes to go!

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« Reply #5284 on: October 08, 2017, 04:20:41 PM »
Must be tough to find items worth keeping between all the mess.
My partner and his sisters don't want any of their dad's stuff, but their mum is insistent that our generation throws too much stuff away and all of this stuff is still good. She also says that she needs to buy an extra storage unit because her house is already full of old furniture. Can't make this stuff up.

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« Reply #5285 on: October 09, 2017, 07:07:32 AM »
Must be tough to find items worth keeping between all the mess.
My partner and his sisters don't want any of their dad's stuff, but their mum is insistent that our generation throws too much stuff away and all of this stuff is still good. She also says that she needs to buy an extra storage unit because her house is already full of old furniture. Can't make this stuff up.

Sounds very familiar. And if they run out of arguments, they can always say: 'you know how happy we were to have x when the war happened?'. First of all, the war was 70 years ago. Warfare is different now. Secondly, they were lucky to have been able to stay in their house, many people had to flee or had their houses destroyed by bombs. Thirdly: if a war happens, you're not going to need Wedgwood porcelain or fake Queen Anne style furniture. What you are going to want is money, so you can leave the country before it happens. You know what the rich people in our town did right before WWII? They left en masse to the US, where they were more than welcome, found a place to live, put their kids in school and put their skills to good use supporting the war effort. They only took their money, stocks and bonds. They knew everything else was replaceable.

It is a fact that the younger generations throw away a lot of stuff that belonged to the older generations, but it's wrong to guilt trip the kids into keeping it all. After all, the parents were the ones who bought too much stuff and held on to other people's crap too. That overconsumption was a waste, but you can't undo that waste by hanging on to the products. It's much better to take it to the dump so it can be recycled into useful stuff.

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« Reply #5286 on: October 09, 2017, 07:12:00 AM »
Haven't made any progress this weekend but next weekend Daughter will be home so I'm planning to set aside stuff that she may want.  If she doesn't, out it goes.



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« Reply #5287 on: October 09, 2017, 08:35:43 AM »
I have just decided that the boots I wore to work need to go. I've had them for 10 years, they are super comfortable and matched with both jeans and dresses, but they are now beyond repair. There's a big rip in the leather on the side of the foot where it's supposed to be attached to the sole. The heels are damaged and so is the leather on the nose. I've also condemned an old shirt and pair of shorts that belong to my partner. He lost weight a couple of years ago and he's not going to get that heavy again. They are now so big he can't wear them anymore.

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« Reply #5288 on: October 09, 2017, 01:15:56 PM »
Well, we just started Operation Glistening Wood. In short, we reclaimed a bunch of oak flooring for free, and are going to redo our house. Since our house isn't that big, some tetris is going to be played. I'm hoping to use this as a motivation to declutter.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5289 on: October 09, 2017, 09:44:06 PM »
Council clean-up stuff went out this morning.

A friend just messaged me offering me some work clothes (corporate stuff) which she no longer needs. I asked what I can trade her, and suggested a few things, which she jumped at.

Even if the clothes don't work out, it will be easier for me to donate her things than mine.

(And we always exchange like this with no strings attached.)

I owe 90 per cent of my running gear to this friend (all new when she gave it to me). Happy days!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5290 on: October 09, 2017, 10:16:29 PM »
Tiny things

Decanted the last of a roller ball perfume into a teeny tiny sample bottle. Easier to use. Tossed the original.

consolidated and tossed a couple spice jars and medicine bottles. (I think I do this every time I post.  Why am I never done?)

Tossed random packaging.

Took a grocery bag of clothing items to goodwill. Tossed some worn items.

Got out my safety razor and tossed the last disposable.

Down to my last tub of lotion. Last body wash. Last soap. stretching these out for three weeks before international move. Will be so satisfying to just toss them! 




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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5291 on: October 10, 2017, 07:41:14 AM »
Garage is now sorted into piles:  e-waste, recycling, building materials for re-store, donations to BFM, list on kijiji, hand me down clothes for neighbours to go through, bottle returns, toxic disposal.  This took two of us six hours. 

Basement is looking so good. - the workout equipment is migrating from various locations in the house and garage to be arranged in a man-cave for hubs and son
Building materials that will come in handy are stored the loft over the garage door in a logical manner.  Hubs found some scraps of baseboard that will fit the small pieces needed in man-cave
Sauna is completely empty - ready for friend to hook it up to the panel and for hubs to finished rebuilding the benches.
Utility room lost three boxes to recycling pile in the garage. Won't say how many more to go.....
Wheelie bins are completely full.  Piles ready to fill neighbour's bins with permission of course - would cost to take to the dump.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5292 on: October 10, 2017, 08:24:52 AM »
My sister in law flew into town last week.  While lakeside, having a picnic, her and my wife get to talking about the old Barbie dolls they had and some other doll (can't remember the name) and how they're worth so much.  Neither of them have sold a thing in their life while I've literally sold thousands of things between eBay, craigslist and specific forums for things.  I said that none of these dolls are worth anything if they're not willing to actually take action and go out and sell them. 

Meanwhile, the house is slowly but surely being decluttered under my wife's nose.  My college son has 7 week terms and is home for a week between terms.  Lately, he's used his "Mr Research" to find values on his old toys, cards, legos to see what he has and what can sell to help both declutter and bring in some cash.  He's been very successful and under the premise of looking for legos/magic cards/yu-gi-oh! cards which are indeed selling for good money, I covertly fill paper shopping bags in two categories.  #1 is burnables.  If it's paper or wood, it goes in there.  We heat with a wood furnace in the winter, so I'm currently filling that up with a light-off on cool weekend days.  The other bag is plastic toys.  Our town has huge recycling bins that are collected curbside every 2 weeks so I'm able to dump quite a bit into this.  I'm getting rid of on the order of probably 25 gallons of plastic every other week.  Even at that, it's not even noticed.  If the amount of junk starts becoming noticeably light, I've got plastic bins in the basement full of more of these toys and will bring them upstairs to keep the junk level fairly constant.  We had years of in-laws who made visits several times a week and would never think of coming in the door without some junk Wal*Mart plastic shit that would last almost until the end of their visit.  The wife will throw away nothing.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5293 on: October 10, 2017, 12:14:10 PM »
Cleared out a few boxes - stuff donated and boxes ready for recycling.

Next on list: baby bottles. Will keep some Dr Browns and give away the rest.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5294 on: October 10, 2017, 05:06:08 PM »
The sole of my favorite fall dress shoes split the whole way across, during the middle of a rain storm in the middle of my work day. Sad, but easy to toss.


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5295 on: October 11, 2017, 11:04:32 AM »
I gifted a co-worker 2 bottles of scented laundry soap along with some liquid fabric softener. So happy that I know they will use the stuff up and I don't have to deal with heavy scented detergent.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5296 on: October 11, 2017, 11:21:37 AM »
Six boxes of magazines are gone. Why do I keep these things?  They were so damned dusty!
Two pairs of heels that are done - one was 19 years old and disintegrated as I tried to put it on.  The other was always too small.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5297 on: October 11, 2017, 03:55:43 PM »
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one was 19 years old and disintegrated as I tried to put it on. 

This happened to me at a wedding. I thought the ground was unusually lumpy, and then I noticed chunks of foam rubber on the grass where I'd been walking. Good thing it was a casual wedding.
It happened again just last month--fortunately, before the wedding this time. I guess I *really* don't need white pumps.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5298 on: October 11, 2017, 07:12:22 PM »
Returned two small decor pieces I'd borrowed for an event.

Gave away some window plastic and bug spray. I just picked a random friend who owns a large older house and sure enough, he was delighted "I just said last week I need to buy some!"  Satisfying.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5299 on: October 11, 2017, 07:32:04 PM »
A few days of rain, followed by a few days of not feeling 100 per cent, followed by a few days away has resulted in washing overload at my place. I've done four loads in three days, with another in the machine to run tonight.

Last night I did all the folding, which still left about one and a half baskets of ironing.

You would think that with so many clothes not in the wardrobe - because they are in the washing machine, on the line, or waiting impatiently in the ironing basket - the wardrobe would be empty.

But, to my eternal frustration, it's not.

My husband has lost some weight and is working to lose more, so I'm in a holding pattern with his wardrobe, which is fine.

But he also has a heap of jackets from special events (swag through work) that he won't part with.

Forgive me for venting. I'm at work, when I would rather be home putting my house back to rights.

In other news, we just found out my team is moving offices within our building, so a work declutter is on the horizon.
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