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« Reply #5800 on: January 27, 2018, 03:41:43 PM »
Sold 4 brainteaser type kid games today. Made $22, got the 4 toys & 3 bases out of the house. Win!

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« Reply #5801 on: January 27, 2018, 05:02:33 PM »
Cleaned and reorganized the basement. Another three bags to goodwill. Box of things mailed to kid at school. lots of recycling and trash removal. Mount EBay is growing and I really need to get stuff listed!

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« Reply #5802 on: January 27, 2018, 05:10:56 PM »
Got rid of my maternity leggings. Figured if I get pregnant again they probably won't be in style anymore anyway.

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« Reply #5803 on: January 28, 2018, 01:51:58 PM »
Gathered up some clothes and misc stuff for Goodwill. One bag full, another partial. I'm sure there's some more things I don't want so I can fill up the bag. Going to go clean, maybe I can find some of them.

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« Reply #5804 on: January 28, 2018, 04:23:48 PM »
Sold our nice but very under utilized (for how much counter real estate it took) espresso machine. Will replace with an Aeropress for around $40 and keep $110. Win.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5805 on: January 28, 2018, 09:11:42 PM »
Gave away two storage boxes at the weekend. Got less to store :)

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« Reply #5806 on: January 29, 2018, 08:56:31 AM »
I now have 2 gallons of expired medication ready to dispose of - but since some of it is "controlled" I need to figure out how to get rid of it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I seem to remember reading I might be able to drop it off at a fire station.
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« Reply #5807 on: January 29, 2018, 09:13:08 AM »
I now have 2 gallons of expired medication ready to dispose of - but since some of it is "controlled" I need to figure out how to get rid of it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I seem to remember reading I might be able to drop it off at a fire station.

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https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/EnsuringSafeUseofMedicine/SafeDisposalofMedicines/ucm186188.htm

Costco pharmacies also do at least once yearly collections I think.
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« Reply #5808 on: January 29, 2018, 09:19:09 AM »
I now have 2 gallons of expired medication ready to dispose of - but since some of it is "controlled" I need to figure out how to get rid of it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I seem to remember reading I might be able to drop it off at a fire station.

Pretty sure you can sell it on Craigslist. :)

I would have recommended the Hospital for help, but the fire department seems like it would be better.

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« Reply #5809 on: January 29, 2018, 09:20:26 AM »
I now have 2 gallons of expired medication ready to dispose of - but since some of it is "controlled" I need to figure out how to get rid of it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I seem to remember reading I might be able to drop it off at a fire station.

Our walmart has started issuing dispose kits with narcotics prescriptions and you can request them without a prescription.

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« Reply #5810 on: January 29, 2018, 09:21:47 AM »
Got rid of the two baby gates that I was given on buy nothing (requested walk through gate, woman dropped off step over kind, which we were game to try but then 9 month old daughter immediately pulled off the door frame...)  Quick in and out!

Listed a 36" TV and table on buy nothing today.  I'm sad as I feel like this is a great set that should have value, but it's 10 years old. 10 year old electronics have no value.  Hopefully someone will take this 150 pound monster our of my basement.

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« Reply #5811 on: January 29, 2018, 09:31:50 AM »
I now have 2 gallons of expired medication ready to dispose of - but since some of it is "controlled" I need to figure out how to get rid of it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I seem to remember reading I might be able to drop it off at a fire station.

My police station accepts it.  They have some kind of bin right in the front lobby.  Right below @jordanread 's picture on their wall.  ;-)

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« Reply #5812 on: January 29, 2018, 09:33:22 AM »
I now have 2 gallons of expired medication ready to dispose of - but since some of it is "controlled" I need to figure out how to get rid of it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I seem to remember reading I might be able to drop it off at a fire station.

My police station accepts it.  They have some kind of bin right in the front lobby.  Right below @jordanread 's picture on their wall.  ;-)

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« Reply #5813 on: January 29, 2018, 09:50:03 AM »
I now have 2 gallons of expired medication ready to dispose of - but since some of it is "controlled" I need to figure out how to get rid of it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I seem to remember reading I might be able to drop it off at a fire station.

Pharmacies - any really, but easiest if it was the pharmacy the meds came from.  I did this when DD didn't use all her morphine from a surgery.
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« Reply #5814 on: January 29, 2018, 10:34:53 AM »
Sold a chair for $25, just to get someone to pick it up quickly. I was too sore from painting to haul it out to my car to donate it. Still waiting for two side tables to sell. I'm being stubborn on the price. If they don't sell by the time I start painting some other stuff for my house, I am going to paint them too. I think a better colour will be more eye catching, plus I genuinely like the tables and even though I bought them to flip, I might end up keeping them. Oops :)

I have a bunch of left over paint that I am going to use to paint the inside of my closets so that's sorta a declutter! Working on that chore this week.

I am also packing up some new shampoo/conditioner bottles to donate. I found a brand I really want to stick with so my stockpile of 5 of 6 bottles is going to a new home.

Weeded through my crocheted dish cloth collection. Picked out some really nice ones (all new) to use to wrap Christmas presents as functional wrapping. I also went through the ones I currently use and put a few in the rag pile. That significantly tidied up one drawer.

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« Reply #5815 on: January 29, 2018, 10:51:08 AM »
I now have 2 gallons of expired medication ready to dispose of - but since some of it is "controlled" I need to figure out how to get rid of it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I seem to remember reading I might be able to drop it off at a fire station.

My police station accepts it.  They have some kind of bin right in the front lobby.  Right below @jordanread 's picture on their wall.  ;-)

Just for the record, I didn't do my hair that day. It was an awful picture!

Yeah--it wasn't one of your better days.  ;-)

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« Reply #5816 on: January 29, 2018, 10:54:34 AM »
I now have 2 gallons of expired medication ready to dispose of - but since some of it is "controlled" I need to figure out how to get rid of it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I seem to remember reading I might be able to drop it off at a fire station.

Pretty sure you can sell it on Craigslist. :)

I would have recommended the Hospital for help, but the fire department seems like it would be better.

Pretty sure my kid could sell it at school too, but I'd like him to make it through college OUT of jail. 

Hence why it's all sat in my house for long periods of time. I confirmed I can take it to our local fire department, but only the pills. I'm still trying to figure out what to do with the liquids and epi pens.
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« Reply #5817 on: January 29, 2018, 12:03:39 PM »
* Donated all the Beanie Babies and oversize stuffed animals that had been recently gifted to the children. They don't play with them and they're dust traps which is no bueno for my kids, who are prone to allergies.

* Donated a bunch of terra cotta pots that had been stored for a long time and weren't likely to be used soon.

* Cleared out under the sink and took all the items I couldn't immediately remember the use for (why do I have mineral oil? why do I have this Tuff Stuff) to the toxic materials disposal site.
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« Reply #5818 on: January 29, 2018, 12:19:40 PM »

* Cleared out under the sink and took all the items I couldn't immediately remember the use for (why do I have mineral oil? why do I have this Tuff Stuff) to the toxic materials disposal site.

Machine mineral oil? Or food grade for maintaining wooden cutting boards?

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« Reply #5819 on: January 29, 2018, 12:23:18 PM »

* Cleared out under the sink and took all the items I couldn't immediately remember the use for (why do I have mineral oil? why do I have this Tuff Stuff) to the toxic materials disposal site.

Machine mineral oil? Or food grade for maintaining wooden cutting boards?

I *think* it was for a fancy cutting board we had, but then my kids accidentally burned it* and now we're using cheap bamboo boards bought new at Goodwill. I like them better because they have a ring attached so I can hang them up out of the way instead of storing on our limited counterspace.

*it was resting on the stovetop, they turned on the wrong burner on high for a while while trying to do something else...extremely charred cutting board. :D
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« Reply #5820 on: January 29, 2018, 02:08:06 PM »
I have a bunch of left over paint that I am going to use to paint the inside of my closets so that's sorta a declutter! Working on that chore this week.

Assuming that they're all various shades of the same color and same types, mix them all together. One consistent color, don't have to worry about running out of one color part way through the closet. And yes, painting counts as declutter in my book. It'd better - I have 15 gallons of paint in my house right now, and all of them will be used by the time I'm done.

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« Reply #5821 on: January 29, 2018, 02:41:07 PM »
BIL moved into a new apartment last weekend. We used the time to clean up quite a bit of clutter: mattress, bed frame, couch,  book shelf, dresser, entertainment center, 2 tables and 2 stools, tv, old computer, Several boxes of kitchen stuff. It's amazing how much stuff wanders into your house over the years.
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« Reply #5822 on: January 29, 2018, 03:39:59 PM »

Hence why it's all sat in my house for long periods of time. I confirmed I can take it to our local fire department, but only the pills. I'm still trying to figure out what to do with the liquids and epi pens.

Again, the pharmacy where it was bought should take it back, or really any pharmacy (drugstore).
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« Reply #5823 on: January 29, 2018, 03:58:12 PM »
Epipens might be nice to keep. Liquids u could put down the drain. Any veterans in your family? I know the VA pharmacies have envelopes to mail meds for disposal.

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« Reply #5824 on: January 29, 2018, 04:11:47 PM »
Don't pour medication down the drain. Water treatment isn't designed to deal with it.

You could mix it with kitty litter or mulch to trash it.

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« Reply #5825 on: January 30, 2018, 03:12:49 AM »
Where I live, any pharmacy will take out of date medicines (tablets, liquids for injecting etc) and ensure they are disposed of responsibly. Is that an option where you live? (and yeah, I don't think pouring medicines down the sink is a good option)

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« Reply #5826 on: January 30, 2018, 06:11:45 AM »
I'm going to check the pharmacy today after work.  I'll be picking up the new version of some prescriptions later today.  Of course last night I read an article about how expired prescriptions are actually good way past their expiration date - some tested 30-40 years later and still had 90% potency. Too late for those dry prescriptions.  Grr. It probably wasn't good for all that codeine and old ADD meds to be hanging out in the house anyway.
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« Reply #5827 on: January 30, 2018, 06:49:49 AM »
The problem with out of date medicines is you don't know HOW potent they are, or for how long.  Yes, some of them are probably fine - I'd take ibuprofen basically forever, since it is a dry pill - but with antibiotics and things that are strictly dosed, you don't know how much of the prescribed amount of active ingredient you're actually getting.  You can't double up, because it is dangerous, but what if you're not getting enough of your antibiotic to clear an infection, because you decided to use the leftovers from a previous course?  I have a prescription that I took two pills from before they changed me to a different antibiotic that was more effective for the type of infection, but I'd never take the leftovers now, because they've been in my cupboard way too long.

I work at a pharmaceutical company that makes topical products, and the vast majority of our expiration dates are set for consistency or color changes in the product rather than decreased potency or increased bacterial load.  They're there for customer satisfaction and FDA requirements. 

On the other side of the coin, I have a coworker who used some badly out of date sunscreen and got burned in a ridiculous blotchy pattern, because the active ingredients were degrading over time and weren't effective anymore.  It was pretty funny for everyone but her :)

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« Reply #5828 on: January 30, 2018, 07:43:25 AM »
Regarding the prescription drugs, I know some of the town halls will have drop off days, and a quick online search (I entered city name,state prescription drugs) brought up the info pretty easily.
 https://www.greenwoodvillage.com/2093/Pharmaceutical-Drug-Disposal

and it looks like some businesses will do it year round(from the link above):
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« Reply #5829 on: January 31, 2018, 07:49:22 PM »
In my town, our sherriff's station has a secure, anonymous drop box for expired medicine. Our pharmacies don't accept them.

I have a lot to get rid of. I'll add that to my weekend to-do list.
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« Reply #5830 on: February 01, 2018, 12:49:23 AM »
On the other side of the coin, I have a coworker who used some badly out of date sunscreen and got burned in a ridiculous blotchy pattern, because the active ingredients were degrading over time and weren't effective anymore.  It was pretty funny for everyone but her :)

That is good to know. I often have a load of half full sunscreen bottles, as we have so many different sun factors. Last year I actively started using up some of them. I hope the rest keeps doing their job long enough.

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« Reply #5831 on: February 01, 2018, 01:54:09 AM »
On the other side of the coin, I have a coworker who used some badly out of date sunscreen and got burned in a ridiculous blotchy pattern, because the active ingredients were degrading over time and weren't effective anymore.  It was pretty funny for everyone but her :)

That is good to know. I often have a load of half full sunscreen bottles, as we have so many different sun factors. Last year I actively started using up some of them. I hope the rest keeps doing their job long enough.

Aussie here. Not an expert but I have to pay attention to UV because ours is harsh and I have pale-ish skin. I look at the active ingredients to work out if I'm comfortable using sunscreen past its use-by.

If the active ingredient is zinc oxide or titanium oxide, then I'm happy to use sunscreen past its use by date for a year or so (those oxides are not gonna break down in a hurry).

But if the active ingredient is something else, I'll probably chuck it in the bin when it gets past its use by date or only use it in autumn or spring when the maximum UV is less than 8 and its less than 6 months past the use by date (dunno if the UV scale is international, I've just calibrated my burn rate to the numbers on the Aussie Bureau of Meterology forecasts/observations).

(and if it's an aerosol can of sunscreen, I would a) assume that 50+ is more like 15+ and I would discard it as soon as it hits the use by date. There were a bunch of articles about aersol sunscreens here recently from a reputable source and unfortunately my google-fu is failing me to share the articles)
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« Reply #5832 on: February 01, 2018, 03:52:37 AM »
On the other side of the coin, I have a coworker who used some badly out of date sunscreen and got burned in a ridiculous blotchy pattern, because the active ingredients were degrading over time and weren't effective anymore.  It was pretty funny for everyone but her :)

That is good to know. I often have a load of half full sunscreen bottles, as we have so many different sun factors. Last year I actively started using up some of them. I hope the rest keeps doing their job long enough.

Aussie here. Not an expert but I have to pay attention to UV because ours is harsh and I have pale-ish skin. I look at the active ingredients to work out if I'm comfortable using sunscreen past its use-by.

If the active ingredient is zinc oxide or titanium oxide, then I'm happy to use sunscreen past its use by date for a year or so (those oxides are not gonna break down in a hurry).

But if the active ingredient is something else, I'll probably chuck it in the bin when it gets past its use by date or only use it in autumn or spring when the maximum UV is less than 8 and its less than 6 months past the use by date (dunno if the UV scale is international, I've just calibrated my burn rate to the numbers on the Aussie Bureau of Meterology forecasts/observations).

(and if it's an aerosol can of sunscreen, I would a) assume that 50+ is more like 15+ and I would discard it as soon as it hits the use by date. There were a bunch of articles about aersol sunscreens here recently from a reputable source and unfortunately my google-fu is failing me to share the articles)

Thanks so much for specifying this. I think most of my personal sunscreens with SPF 30 contains these filters, because they make my white when I use them. But DH has a bunch of low SPF ones that I might want to throw away if we still have old bottles.

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« Reply #5833 on: February 01, 2018, 04:36:50 AM »
(and if it's an aerosol can of sunscreen, I would a) assume that 50+ is more like 15+ and I would discard it as soon as it hits the use by date. There were a bunch of articles about aersol sunscreens here recently from a reputable source and unfortunately my google-fu is failing me to share the articles)

The Cancer Council slammed aeresol sunscreens in November and announced they were pulling all aerosols from their own product line.

Apart from the fact that most people fail to apply it properly, people are drastically underestimating the amount needed for proper coverage.

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Thanks so much for specifying this. I think most of my personal sunscreens with SPF 30 contains these filters, because they make my white when I use them. But DH has a bunch of low SPF ones that I might want to throw away if we still have old bottles.

Smiling at SPF30 not being considered a low SPF in Norway. :)

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« Reply #5834 on: February 01, 2018, 08:18:17 AM »
Prescription pills successfully surrendered to the Fire Department this morning.  I had to go to two different doors, but then the nice fireman also said I could just put the liquid meds in the box as well since they started taking them in January. Yippee! It felt a bit weird when I was driving up because there was a police officer sitting on the street and here I am going up with this huge set of two bags of random pills and stuff.  I thought I might get pulled over or they'd pay more attention to my pharmacy record or something. The directions they gave were to dump all the pills into a large bag without the prescription labels - so essentially I was driving around town with a bunch of drugs that I didn't have an actual prescription in my name on anymore. It's done though!  That feels good.

I have a car full of Christmas returns - if the kids and husband haven't bothered to open/use their gifts within a month, I return them and give them cash back.  Turns out cash is king in our house.
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« Reply #5835 on: February 02, 2018, 12:52:44 PM »
We're seriously considering moving, so I'm starting to consider what I'd need to do to stage our current house and sell it.

I was running through a mental list of things I'd pack and put in a storage unit for a few months ... and now I'm trying to justify why I would need to keep those things at all versus getting rid of them.  If I don't need it/won't use it for three months...do I really need it at all?



My husband is going to be really unhappy with me....he's admitted that I've only given away one thing he actually wanted (but had zero use for), but he is still highly suspicious of my attempts to declutter.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5836 on: February 03, 2018, 01:23:48 AM »
If you want to get rid of your stuff that you don't use anymore. you can sell them. In this way, you can earn money as well. :)

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5837 on: February 03, 2018, 06:13:35 AM »
DH just took a boot load of stuff to the donation bin, all of which was stuff gifted to us that we never used. Ugh I'm so glad to have it out of our house.

New line for anyone offering us anything (we're I about to move from our rental house to one we purchased):
"Thanks for thinking of us. We already have everything we need!"

Simple, effective, hopefully won't result in any reasoning from the other party as to why we need their junk.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5838 on: February 03, 2018, 08:18:37 AM »
We're seriously considering moving, so I'm starting to consider what I'd need to do to stage our current house and sell it.

I was running through a mental list of things I'd pack and put in a storage unit for a few months ... and now I'm trying to justify why I would need to keep those things at all versus getting rid of them.  If I don't need it/won't use it for three months...do I really need it at all?

My husband is going to be really unhappy with me....he's admitted that I've only given away one thing he actually wanted (but had zero use for), but he is still highly suspicious of my attempts to declutter.

I'll save you some effort: you don't need to keep most of that stuff. Seasonal stuff, sure. Next up is just your husband. It might help to decide to move into a smaller house.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5839 on: February 03, 2018, 08:59:25 AM »

Aussie here. Not an expert but I have to pay attention to UV because ours is harsh and I have pale-ish skin. I look at the active ingredients to work out if I'm comfortable using sunscreen past its use-by.

If the active ingredient is zinc oxide or titanium oxide, then I'm happy to use sunscreen past its use by date for a year or so (those oxides are not gonna break down in a hurry until the Sun expands into a Red Giant and swallows the earth. Or a volcano erupts under the bottle. Something serious).


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5840 on: February 03, 2018, 10:34:04 AM »
Took a giant tote to the crappy consignment shop. Since we won't itemize taxes this year, I'll let them have it and see if I can get a few pennies.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5841 on: February 03, 2018, 02:13:50 PM »
Donated 3 swim tops and a swimsuit that were in the "hopefully I will fit into these again someday" drawer.

Also gave away a bunch miscellaneous Christmas stuff that didn't get used this year.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5842 on: February 03, 2018, 05:26:40 PM »
DH just took a boot load of stuff to the donation bin, all of which was stuff gifted to us that we never used. Ugh I'm so glad to have it out of our house.

New line for anyone offering us anything (we're I about to move from our rental house to one we purchased):
"Thanks for thinking of us. We already have everything we need!"

Simple, effective, hopefully won't result in any reasoning from the other party as to why we need their junk.

Love it! Maybe change it slightly to 'We already have everything we need and want'. To avoid the occasional person who thinks that everyone needs treats and fancy things on top of the essentials.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5843 on: February 03, 2018, 05:44:26 PM »
DH just took a boot load of stuff to the donation bin, all of which was stuff gifted to us that we never used. Ugh I'm so glad to have it out of our house.

New line for anyone offering us anything (we're I about to move from our rental house to one we purchased):
"Thanks for thinking of us. We already have everything we need!"

Simple, effective, hopefully won't result in any reasoning from the other party as to why we need their junk.

Love it! Maybe change it slightly to 'We already have everything we need and want'. To avoid the occasional person who thinks that everyone needs treats and fancy things on top of the essentials.
That is a very good point, or even the people who think that if 1 coffee table is good, 2 must be better...

I had a dream that I'd missed some of the stuff I meant to donate last night. I was so relieved when I woke up and checked.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5844 on: February 03, 2018, 05:59:10 PM »
Just gifted some hand-me-down kids books that we didn't like, and a weird coat hanger (designed so it looks like a cat who is also a nurse is wearing your clothes...) on Buy Nothing.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5845 on: February 03, 2018, 09:53:08 PM »
2 more boxes ready to get donated and sent to reuse centre, and found a new hope for a few things that were gifted to me and never used (full string of tropical leaf shaped lights). Also went through a bunch of old photos and garbaged a pile, and set aside one envelope of the best duplicates and near-duplicates to go in our safety-deposit box so if our few albums ever get ruined we will have those pics. 
Great reminder here to do the digital declutter! I started a while ago, and need to get back to that.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5846 on: February 03, 2018, 10:09:25 PM »
@limeandpepper - This thread is quite long and slow to open. How do you feel about closing it and you or someone could open a new one?

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5847 on: February 03, 2018, 10:45:39 PM »
@Fresh Bread it seems to load fine for me but I can open a new one and close this one, anyone else wants to chime in before I do it? Thanks for asking. :))

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5848 on: February 03, 2018, 11:03:59 PM »
Loads fine for me too. But supposedly long threads do slow down the server* more than short threads.

*Not sure if I described that right.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5849 on: February 04, 2018, 01:27:22 AM »
It might only be on my phone. No worries if no-one is slowed.

There might be people that posted on page 2 that might be glad to see a new thread though. I will re-join because I. just. love. decluttering.