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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5250 on: September 24, 2017, 05:37:29 PM »
I am moving in with my boyfriend (yay!) and already have a renter lined up who will take my place furnished (can postpone some decisions!) so am in use-up and purge mode. I have finally let go of the notes I took in college 20 years ago, for one thing, but this clearing effort can sometimes take weird paths: today I made molasses cookies (to consolidate flour/sugar/molasses) and froze them in preparation for an event later this week, and wild rice with Brussels sprouts with oyster/soy sauce glaze for dinner just to use up ingredients. Lunch was homemade strawberry ice cream from earlier in the summer ;)

I have a pile for consignment, and the car is full for a trip to a thrift store after work tomorrow. I think of this thread a lot, even if I don't check it too regularly, so thank you all for the inspiration!

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« Reply #5251 on: September 24, 2017, 07:07:08 PM »
I spent a good chunk of time on Saturday in the basement. 
A lot of stuff got tidied up in preparation of laying flooring in the last remaining unfinished part of the basement.
Fabric bins- reduced in quantity, no longer any swatches that will not have any functional uses in the future, all folded neatly and can see everything.  Large contribution to the garage donation pile.
Shoes that don't fit - sorted - and in donation pile
Shoes that are beyond repair - in garbage
Some more old sports gear is in the donation pile or sold to Play it Again.
A bunch of old toys - sorted into keep forever and located in an easy to reach area or in the donation pile in the garage.
Luggage - cleaned and stored if we are keeping, the rest is in the donation pile.
Sewing area - set up for functionality, all the equipment and supplies are now set up in our clean maker space / studio / office.
My closet - cleaned up (dusted) and edited.


The basement is looking amazing - the garage is looking really bad.  The garage has a deadline - once there is frost on the windows in the morning - hubs will be super keen to get cracking on clearing out so he can park in there. 
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« Reply #5252 on: September 24, 2017, 09:31:30 PM »
Visited my parents over the weekend so I took a few minutes to keep decluttering my childhood bedroom.

I found a drawer full of papers - uni assignments, press clippings, old birthday cards, etc. I didn't bother sorting through, just dumped the lot.

My tally for the weekend:
- 2 bags of garbage
- 1 bag to charity
- 1 rusty clothes airer

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« Reply #5253 on: September 25, 2017, 01:33:06 AM »
Earlier this year we sold both our racing bikes, because they didn't get used anymore. A few weeks ago my DH managed won an electric bicycle. He tried it out, but it was not as powerful as he hoped for, so he decided to sell it. We received a nice sum of cash that compensates for a big negative financial impact that happened recently.

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« Reply #5254 on: September 25, 2017, 06:52:04 AM »
Did not do too well this weekend in getting stuff out the door- but I got rid of two drying racks that were in the kitchen, a bunch of cleaning supplies we don't use, and some random paperwork.


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« Reply #5255 on: September 25, 2017, 11:40:56 AM »
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--100-150 VHS tapes  They wouldn't take tapes.
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A surprising number of people still want VHS tapes. You can probably donate these.
Source: the townwide garage sale last weekend, at which I saw multiple people excitedly buying stacks of VHS tapes. I prefer to think they just don't like DVDs, please don't abuse me of that if there's a gross reason.

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« Reply #5256 on: September 25, 2017, 11:48:27 AM »
Did not do too well this weekend in getting stuff out the door- but I got rid of two drying racks that were in the kitchen, a bunch of cleaning supplies we don't use, and some random paperwork.

Do you mean implements or cleaning products? 

What do you do with cleaning and/or laundry products you don't use?  Pour them down the drain and recycle the containers?

Any suggestions anyone?



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« Reply #5257 on: September 25, 2017, 01:02:26 PM »
Did not do too well this weekend in getting stuff out the door- but I got rid of two drying racks that were in the kitchen, a bunch of cleaning supplies we don't use, and some random paperwork.

Do you mean implements or cleaning products? 

What do you do with cleaning and/or laundry products you don't use?  Pour them down the drain and recycle the containers?

Any suggestions anyone?
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« Reply #5258 on: September 25, 2017, 02:48:25 PM »
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--100-150 VHS tapes  They wouldn't take tapes.
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A surprising number of people still want VHS tapes. You can probably donate these.
Source: the townwide garage sale last weekend, at which I saw multiple people excitedly buying stacks of VHS tapes. I prefer to think they just don't like DVDs, please don't abuse me of that if there's a gross reason.

Thanks--that's good to know. Maybe we will just take them to Goodwill.

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« Reply #5259 on: September 25, 2017, 03:08:44 PM »
I have a dilemma.
We are in the beginning stages for planning a fundraiser to "free cycle" / share, etc household goods in March or April 2018.   Very large community event held in a local hall.   Concept -- All items are free, except there is a limit (one bag per person before they re line up) and an entrance fee that decreases by the hour, until $0 after lunchtime. 

Meanwhile I have quite a volume of books, games, CDs, DVDs, and quality older kid and household items waiting to be taken to goodwill.   I am unsure if I should just store it all longer (an area 5x7 in my garage and growing), or get rid of it.    It is the kind of stuff that would lure people to the event if it was photo'd and put on craigslist with "freecycle" event tagged on it.

If I get rid of it, I may be able to park the car AND the utility trailer in the garage over winter (rainy here, not snow).

If I keep it, it would truly help seed the event with items worthy of people's time to show up... and I would be a primary organizer of the event.

What would you do?  Store it for 6 months or release it?


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5260 on: September 25, 2017, 03:25:44 PM »
Mr. HH and I are moving, which has accelerated our dejunking plan!

We moved into our current house in 2014, did a HUGE clean out January 2016, so compared to what we moved here with we are way down on stuff, but yet we still managed to get rid of the following:

Donate:
2 Large bags of used sheets/towels/pillow cases to an animal rescue
1 Large bag of various house hold goods to Value Village (books, games)

Recycle:
A ton of notes/workbooks/papers from university and our early working days (don't need them any more)
Magazine pages that I had ripped out years ago and never looked at
A bunch of co-ax cables and other electronic goods

Selling:
Outdoor furniture
BBQ
Ikea shelves and entertainment unit
Filing cabinet
Various other items


It feels so good knowing we are going to have a clean slate when we get to our new house!



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5261 on: September 25, 2017, 05:14:03 PM »
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--100-150 VHS tapes  They wouldn't take tapes.
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A surprising number of people still want VHS tapes. You can probably donate these.
Source: the townwide garage sale last weekend, at which I saw multiple people excitedly buying stacks of VHS tapes. I prefer to think they just don't like DVDs, please don't abuse me of that if there's a gross reason.

No gross reason that I know.  People either don't have a DVD player, can't get those specific VHS movies on DVD, or maybe have a secondary location (summer cottage?) with a working VHS player that doesn't need to be replaced.  When you have a good VHS player and VHS movies are going for cents, there is no need to shell out for a DVD player.





Goldielocks, is there storage space at the hall where the event will be held?  If they have a large attic, utility closet, or whatnot, maybe they can accumulate some of the donations until the big day.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5262 on: September 26, 2017, 12:00:20 AM »
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--100-150 VHS tapes  They wouldn't take tapes.
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A surprising number of people still want VHS tapes. You can probably donate these.
Source: the townwide garage sale last weekend, at which I saw multiple people excitedly buying stacks of VHS tapes. I prefer to think they just don't like DVDs, please don't abuse me of that if there's a gross reason.

No gross reason that I know.  People either don't have a DVD player, can't get those specific VHS movies on DVD, or maybe have a secondary location (summer cottage?) with a working VHS player that doesn't need to be replaced.  When you have a good VHS player and VHS movies are going for cents, there is no need to shell out for a DVD player.





Goldielocks, is there storage space at the hall where the event will be held?  If they have a large attic, utility closet, or whatnot, maybe they can accumulate some of the donations until the big day.

Yah no storage there... I am also on the committee to "get rid of the junk and keep it out of the hall"...  Too many dump runs in the past year..

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« Reply #5263 on: September 26, 2017, 02:30:58 AM »
13 items out the door. $175 in pocket.

Bagged a bunch more and I need to do another run this week to get them going.

Next batch to be posted on Craigslist for sale.

I've also let the paper monster grow and grow for the past two months. Need to start working on it. Sigh! We get too much paper.

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« Reply #5264 on: September 26, 2017, 07:18:18 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.



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« Reply #5265 on: September 26, 2017, 06:37:04 PM »
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--100-150 VHS tapes  They wouldn't take tapes.
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A surprising number of people still want VHS tapes. You can probably donate these.
Source: the townwide garage sale last weekend, at which I saw multiple people excitedly buying stacks of VHS tapes. I prefer to think they just don't like DVDs, please don't abuse me of that if there's a gross reason.

My parents just like VHS tapes. Their player works, and their vision isn't that sharp anymore - so all this new 4K (or even HD) doesn't make a difference for them.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5266 on: September 26, 2017, 07:36:38 PM »
Opened a cupboard this morning looking for something. Didn't find what I was looking for but grabbed six things (paperwork and brochures) that could all go straight in the recycling bin.

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« Reply #5267 on: September 27, 2017, 02:43:24 PM »
Exchanged a bunch of stuff with neighbors. Got rid of 25 items that we didn't need (balloon weights, books, etc) and got items we could use (soap, cleaning stuff, gift bags, etc). Even though it was not true decluttering, I'd consider it as such since we now have things we can use and none we can't. Also those things we couldn't use will be used by someone else. Double win!

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« Reply #5268 on: September 27, 2017, 06:59:32 PM »
I can't remember if I've posted about this idea before but I finally acted on it.

Husband travels a lot for work. Often that means getting off an international flight and going straight to the office. Sometimes it means he goes to work in jeans and a t-shirt and finds out he has to meet with a CEO, and there's a bit of a panic over wardrobe. Sometimes he has to fly interstate with a couple of hours' notice.

We've been cutting back his wardrobe anyway, so I packed a go-bag for his office: a change of clothes, shoes, toiletries, phone charger, etc.

That gets about a dozen excess things out of my house (including a gifted overnight bag which we just didn't need).

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« Reply #5269 on: September 28, 2017, 04:26:11 AM »
Exchanged a bunch of stuff with neighbors. Got rid of 25 items that we didn't need (balloon weights, books, etc) and got items we could use (soap, cleaning stuff, gift bags, etc). Even though it was not true decluttering, I'd consider it as such since we now have things we can use and none we can't. Also those things we couldn't use will be used by someone else. Double win!

It is a good form of decluttering. Well done.

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« Reply #5270 on: September 28, 2017, 01:42:00 PM »
My husband has been trying to get me to clear out clutter, but I've been resistant.  Y'all have inspired me to actually participate.  This week:

a) Husband cleaned our game room.  We are giving away 5 board games we don't play, and the ones we're keeping (30+ ... baby steps) are sorted so we can actually see what we own.

b) I sorted through my desk at home.  Reference books were returned to their actual bookshelf homes.   Paperwork was sorted and filed or recycled.  I finally looked in the two pretty baskets on the top shelf and realize they were full of paperwork and tchotchkes I had forgotten about.  The recycle bin is now full, my daughter took one of the baskets to organize HER desk, and the other basket went into the Goodwill box.  My husband is amazed that I can actually see the surface of my desk now (honestly, so am I).

c) We tried on 75% of the stuff in our closet.  Two big bags to give away, and a bunch of just-slightly-too-large stuff folded and put in a storage tote. If it is still too large next year, I'll give it away.

d) Cleaned off the kitchen island, which had served as an open-air junk "drawer"

e) I requested The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up from the library after I saw several people recommend it on this thread.

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)


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« Reply #5271 on: September 28, 2017, 02:11:22 PM »
I am down to some difficult things that I'm trying to decide as to what to do with:

- sterling flatware (it was a gift from my parents but not something that has been in the family) - I don't like the pattern and never use it because it's a pain the neck to clean
- a set of antique silver utensils (another gift but never used)
- a gold necklace (worn a few times but not recently and doesn't fit with my current or future lifestyle)

Together, these items would probably bring $800-$1000 if sold for scrap.  But I feel bad about scrapping or selling fairly valuable gifts from my parents.  And the thought of the necklace melted down makes me sad.

I brought the necklace to a local jewelry store but they were not interested in buying it for their vintage collection.  So the only option is to sell it is for scrap.

Any ideas as to how to deal with these?  Should I just get over the guilt and sell the lot if I know I won't be using it? 



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5272 on: September 28, 2017, 03:49:40 PM »
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.

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« Reply #5273 on: September 29, 2017, 02:58:14 AM »
My husband has been trying to get me to clear out clutter, but I've been resistant.  Y'all have inspired me to actually participate.  This week:

a) Husband cleaned our game room.  We are giving away 5 board games we don't play, and the ones we're keeping (30+ ... baby steps) are sorted so we can actually see what we own.

b) I sorted through my desk at home.  Reference books were returned to their actual bookshelf homes.   Paperwork was sorted and filed or recycled.  I finally looked in the two pretty baskets on the top shelf and realize they were full of paperwork and tchotchkes I had forgotten about.  The recycle bin is now full, my daughter took one of the baskets to organize HER desk, and the other basket went into the Goodwill box.  My husband is amazed that I can actually see the surface of my desk now (honestly, so am I).

c) We tried on 75% of the stuff in our closet.  Two big bags to give away, and a bunch of just-slightly-too-large stuff folded and put in a storage tote. If it is still too large next year, I'll give it away.

d) Cleaned off the kitchen island, which had served as an open-air junk "drawer"

e) I requested The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up from the library after I saw several people recommend it on this thread.

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)

Awesome progress for just a week!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5274 on: September 29, 2017, 07:33:38 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.



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5275 on: September 29, 2017, 08:07:00 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. 


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5276 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 #5277 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 #5278 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 #5279 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5280 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5281 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5282 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5283 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5284 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5285 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5286 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5287 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 #5288 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5289 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5290 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5291 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5292 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.

Stealing this.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5293 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5294 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5295 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5296 on: October 06, 2017, 02:07:16 AM »
Linda, I'm totally cheating in how I count the items :)

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« Reply #5297 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5298 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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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5299 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.