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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5300 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 #5301 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 #5302 on: October 07, 2017, 10:38:50 PM »
Sold an old phone. One item out the door.  Chipping away...

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« Reply #5303 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 #5304 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 #5305 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 #5306 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 #5307 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 #5308 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 #5309 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 #5310 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 #5311 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 #5312 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 #5313 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 #5314 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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« Reply #5315 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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« Reply #5316 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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« Reply #5317 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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« Reply #5318 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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« Reply #5319 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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« Reply #5320 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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« Reply #5321 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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« Reply #5322 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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« Reply #5323 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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« Reply #5324 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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« Reply #5325 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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« Reply #5326 on: October 12, 2017, 07:52:20 PM »
I love the catharsis of getting rid of things! Last week I donated a garbage bag of clothes and a smaller bag of shoes, today I brought a carload reclaimables & recyclables to the waste depot - empty plant pots, untreated lumber scraps, various metal bits, old electronics. Tonight, I've shredded a bunch of old work papers and bagged old course material that I'll never use again. Aaah!

I'm reading Marie Kondo's book on tidying and although it sounds hokey, am loving the approach of thanking things and releasing them. If I keep it up much longer, I may only have the dog and my bed left in the house soon :)
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« Reply #5327 on: October 13, 2017, 03:50:26 AM »
Took a large antique blanket box to auction yesterday.  I love having the space much more than the storage.

Although I now have a pile of jigsaw puzzles to complete and donate.  (It was the family tradition to do a big jigsaw together over Christmas.)
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« Reply #5328 on: October 13, 2017, 09:57:27 PM »
Vent: I've been doing good at decluttering but got into the rabbit hole of selling some of the stuff. I have a lot of people interested but no concrete buyers yet. Not to mention the scammers that want you to ship stuff to them. Everytime I sell I go through this pain and apparently I forget :( hope it sears in memory this time and I don't sell anything more unless it's like for 100% profit.

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« Reply #5329 on: October 14, 2017, 12:00:00 AM »
I currently am having a bit of a panic attack about taking roughly 9 large boxes of various items (decor/clothes/toys) to the thrift shop tomorrow. Lots of like new "valuable" stuff that we could technically try to sell, but the idea of dealing with selling said items just makes me want to hop on the NOPEtopus to NOtown.

And some things were from my childhood/family, so there are stupid FEELINGS attached to them. But they are junk or things I absolutely can't use or even want out in my house!

Will sleep on it and possibly just wait a bit longer, as usually I will end up staring at the boxes/piles and finally get sick to death of looking at it.
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« Reply #5330 on: October 14, 2017, 12:12:58 AM »
Vent: I've been doing good at decluttering but got into the rabbit hole of selling some of the stuff. I have a lot of people interested but no concrete buyers yet. Not to mention the scammers that want you to ship stuff to them. Everytime I sell I go through this pain and apparently I forget :( hope it sears in memory this time and I don't sell anything more unless it's like for 100% profit.

In my experience it differs. Some items only generate messages and scam offers. But we have also sold things quickly for a good price, like three bicycles.

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« Reply #5331 on: October 14, 2017, 04:06:43 AM »
I have a pile of things in my courtyard that have been collecting in my shed. We have a verge pickup (council sends people around to take our stuff to the tip). Bye bye, stuff!

Gotta take some other things to the charity donation bins and work out how to get rid of our mostly full box of disposable nappies that don't fit this week. And work out how best to store outgrowth baby things for the next kiddo in 2-3 years.

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« Reply #5332 on: October 14, 2017, 11:52:00 AM »
I threw away an old, secondhand-bought mushroom basket that didn't work well. For two years I have kept the new basket and the old. Now just the new one that I use every week. More space in the cupboard in the hall.

DH had bought a new vest from a Chinese website. The size was not as expected and the vest was too small. It didn't fit well on me either, so today we donated it.

We replaced a frying pan that had lost it's non slup. Old one was thrown away the same day.

Stupidly, I forgot to bring along the pile of technical deviced that need to be thrown away. We need to deliver this at certain places (shops that sell electrical stuff). Today we were close to such a shop, but I totally forgot. Maybe because it was still early morning. DH also forgot something he needed on that trip. Better next time...

We bougt a new snow shovel to replace one that works badly. I just need to find the old one and ditch it. I didn't find it easily, but I need to look harder tomorrow.

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« Reply #5333 on: October 14, 2017, 02:17:19 PM »
I currently am having a bit of a panic attack about taking roughly 9 large boxes of various items (decor/clothes/toys) to the thrift shop tomorrow. Lots of like new "valuable" stuff that we could technically try to sell, but the idea of dealing with selling said items just makes me want to hop on the NOPEtopus to NOtown.

And some things were from my childhood/family, so there are stupid FEELINGS attached to them. But they are junk or things I absolutely can't use or even want out in my house!

Will sleep on it and possibly just wait a bit longer, as usually I will end up staring at the boxes/piles and finally get sick to death of looking at it.

Well if I can do it so can you!several years ago I sold my baby dolls. I had hauled them feom state to state for 30 years. I loved them but felt it was time to let them go. One went to live in
Japan via ebay.

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« Reply #5334 on: October 14, 2017, 04:13:09 PM »
We have a verge pickup (council sends people around to take our stuff to the tip).

We had ours last week. Put everything out, cheering.

Yesterday I was in the laundry and spotted the blind rack from our previous apartment. Kicking myself for forgetting to put it out.

I'd been waiting a year for council clean-up!

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« Reply #5335 on: October 14, 2017, 05:17:05 PM »
Donated about 7-8 garbage bags of stuff today and it felt so good. Came back with my huge tv that hasn't been hooked up in 5 years. They wouldn't take electronics apparently.

It's also alarming to me that I had 7-8 bags to donate and still feel like I have way too much stuff. Must. get rid of. crap.

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« Reply #5336 on: October 14, 2017, 08:11:52 PM »
We have a verge pickup (council sends people around to take our stuff to the tip).

We had ours last week. Put everything out, cheering.

Yesterday I was in the laundry and spotted the blind rack from our previous apartment. Kicking myself for forgetting to put it out.

I'd been waiting a year for council clean-up!

You need to find a friend in the next clean up suburb on the list who will take it....

Ours is next weekend but I believe I may live further than is appropriate to bin your thing. Can it not squish in the general bin? If it's metal and you pop it on the verge for a day it may be gone by the time you get home.

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« Reply #5337 on: October 14, 2017, 08:34:38 PM »
huge success today. 
One huge van load of stuff donated to bibles for missions.  I don't mind using them because they have folks working there who couldn't get work any where else.
Three shelves put out on the sidewalk and they were gone before we got back from the donation drop off.
Next was scrap metal - the tool library was collecting scrap at a church downtown so it was on the way to my son's friends. 
Then hubs loaded the stuff for the sorting yard.  Shredded paper - two huge bags, three bags of plastic film, random cardboard that didn't fit in our already full bin, e-waste, toxic waste, old medications.
The garage has room for a car now.
One more parking space to clear out still but huge progress.
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« Reply #5338 on: October 14, 2017, 08:40:46 PM »
huge success today. 
One huge van load of stuff donated to bibles for missions.  I don't mind using them because they have folks working there who couldn't get work any where else.
Three shelves put out on the sidewalk and they were gone before we got back from the donation drop off.
Next was scrap metal - the tool library was collecting scrap at a church downtown so it was on the way to my son's friends. 
Then hubs loaded the stuff for the sorting yard.  Shredded paper - two huge bags, three bags of plastic film, random cardboard that didn't fit in our already full bin, e-waste, toxic waste, old medications.
The garage has room for a car now.
One more parking space to clear out still but huge progress.

Being able to park your car in the garage is massive, congrats!

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« Reply #5339 on: October 14, 2017, 08:47:56 PM »
Finally got the old light fixture out of my house. I'd replaced it, and it's been sitting around for a month waiting for me to take it to Habitat for Humanity. Someone else will like it. Not me!

Also dropped off some stuff to the hazardous waste collection event today. Most of that stuff went earlier this summer, but I'm happy to get rid of the small bag too.

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« Reply #5340 on: October 14, 2017, 11:34:18 PM »
Finally got the old light fixture out of my house. I'd replaced it, and it's been sitting around for a month waiting for me to take it to Habitat for Humanity. Someone else will like it. Not me!

Also dropped off some stuff to the hazardous waste collection event today. Most of that stuff went earlier this summer, but I'm happy to get rid of the small bag too.

As one who regularly volunteers there, WE DO!!

Obligatory video when I say "WE DO"

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5341 on: October 14, 2017, 11:52:18 PM »
We have a verge pickup (council sends people around to take our stuff to the tip).

We had ours last week. Put everything out, cheering.

Yesterday I was in the laundry and spotted the blind rack from our previous apartment. Kicking myself for forgetting to put it out.

I'd been waiting a year for council clean-up!

You need to find a friend in the next clean up suburb on the list who will take it....

Ours is next weekend but I believe I may live further than is appropriate to bin your thing. Can it not squish in the general bin? If it's metal and you pop it on the verge for a day it may be gone by the time you get home.

Thanks Freshwater, I'll take it home to my parents and let my dad dispose of it.

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« Reply #5342 on: October 15, 2017, 02:31:22 AM »
We went to 2 donation bins today to find one that wasn't stuffed full. We are SO glad to have that stuff gone.

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« Reply #5343 on: October 15, 2017, 06:18:58 AM »
Today I wanted to find out in which year DH and I went to live together. (Needed the information for something.)
I took out the fully stuffed drawer where our living-together contract should have been. But I think I ditched the contract after we got married. I did find the bill, so I know the date.
In the drawer I found lots of things that are just memories. Like school reports from elementary school. And diploma's from dancing championships. And a certificate that I weighed enough to not be a witch. Combined with relevant diplomas from higher education.
I guess when we'll downsize at FIRE this is one of of the personal stuff that we need to remove, just to get less stuff in total and make it easier to move between (rental) houses in the first period. Yes, I understand folks emotions about throwing away childhood memories. I am really not there yet to be rigorous about it. Maybe I should start photographing some of it to store it electronically. Then it can be thrown away later. I'll put the photografing on my todo list.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5344 on: October 16, 2017, 05:25:39 AM »
Today I wanted to find out in which year DH and I went to live together. (Needed the information for something.)
I took out the fully stuffed drawer where our living-together contract should have been. But I think I ditched the contract after we got married. I did find the bill, so I know the date.
In the drawer I found lots of things that are just memories. Like school reports from elementary school. And diploma's from dancing championships. And a certificate that I weighed enough to not be a which. Combined with relevant diplomas from higher education.
I guess when we'll downsize at FIRE this is one of of the personal stuff that we need to remove, just to get less stuff in total and make it easier to move between (rental) houses in the first period. Yes, I understand folks emotions about throwing away childhood memories. I am really not there yet to be rigorous about it. Maybe I should start photographing some of it to store it electronically. Then it can be thrown away later. I'll put the photografing on my todo list.

I am planning to do this as well. I bought an external hard drive to store the pictures on, but haven't started doing it yet. I'm also planning to store family photos on it, so when I downsize I can get rid of the paper copies.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5345 on: October 16, 2017, 10:38:27 AM »
I'm reading Marie Kondo's book on tidying and although it sounds hokey, am loving the approach of thanking things and releasing them. If I keep it up much longer, I may only have the dog and my bed left in the house soon :)

I just finished the book this weekend.  It's a lovely new perspective, and it is working for practical me.

I started with my dresser this weekend - dumped everything out on the bed and touched each item.  She was right - my reactions to each piece were really different.  I now have about 1/2 of what I started with, and it is folded nicely so I can actually find a pair of socks.  (I found 5 pairs of stockings still in the packaging that I must have bought 5 years ago.  I kept buying because I couldn't find anything.)

I also did a second pass through my closet, and I've already got some items in mind for a third pass.  In total, 2 large bags to Goodwill, 1 large bag to cloth recycling.   

We are recycling a tv whose screen is just about dead, and we decided to sell the treadmill, and, if I really decide I need one, I can find a newer, smaller model on sale later. 

Hubby and I decided the bedroom "feels" different now - we were both calmer now that we've gotten so much stuff out of it. 

While we watched tv last night, I thanked and released 40% of my cd collection.

Husband worriedly asked if he's going to be on the list of things to thank and release.  I told him he brings joy, so he gets to stay.  The kids, well.....   
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5346 on: October 17, 2017, 07:24:18 AM »
Any ideas how/where to get rid of perfume, scented lotions, bath salts, and mostly full Scentsy packs?  I cleared out the "things that smell good" category last night and I have a lot of stuff that needs to go away.  Most is unopened; some has been opened and tried once or twice before I realized I didn't like it.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5347 on: October 17, 2017, 07:50:33 AM »
@FDM, have you tried a freecycle/facebook buy and sell group?

Mr.HH has staged our house to move, and now that I see it all empty and cleaned out, it makes me so happy, but also sad, because we don't get to enjoy it in it's clutter free state. Have to remember this when we unpacking...I still feel like we have too much stuff, and want to sort through it even more.

Not sure how much stuff we got rid of in the end, but we definitely moved out with significantly less stuff than what we moved in. We only will be using 2 U-haul Pods (which is the recommended for a 1 bdrm apartment), we technically have a 3 bedroom small house, so it makes me happy that we have way less stuff than the average mover.

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« Reply #5348 on: October 20, 2017, 09:25:16 AM »
Slowly but surely.  College son is home and has made a HUGE dent in the Legos, selling off some more valuable ones, then putting together a 10 pound random piece box and shipping them all out.  Meanwhile, I've been digging through an attic storage area, bringing more legos, burnable crap and Brio stuff out.  Found the one thing I have been searching for....a brio train roundhouse.  Granted, it's not worth much, but this was the one big thing I knew we still had.  Brio stuff now up on craigslist.  Have removed (and burned) a bunch of empty boxes that were in storage.  Why are we storing empty boxes?  Continued baby plastic toys and pieces into the recycling bin (youngest son is 17.....we need baby stuff why?).  Also saving yu-gi-oh! cards and Magic the Gathering cards as college son has found buyers.  Son greeted me when I got home yesterday and said that our upstairs room (where the mess resides) is starting to look like space has opened.  This is good and bad.  If my wife notices, she'll probably go ape shit.  My plan now includes getting a bin of similar crap from the basement, dumping it upstairs and then bringing the container to the recycling center to hide the evidence.  She won't notice basement reduction in crap.

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« Reply #5349 on: October 20, 2017, 09:37:08 AM »
For the unopened lotions and salts - have you tried your local woman's shelter? The women and families there often have to leave on short notice with nothing, and certainly need a bit more joy in their lives as they rebuild.

Also, it is nice for them to get a small care package when they move out to their new homes.

For opened things and perfume, I second Freecycle.
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