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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5800 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 #5801 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The problem with out of date medicines is you don't know HOW potent they are, or for how long.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On the other side of the coin, I have a coworker who used some badly out of date sunscreen and got burned in a ridiculous blotchy pattern, because the active ingredients were degrading over time and weren't effective anymore.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 #5802 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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100 Founders Pkwy. in Castle Rock
4271 S. Buckley Rd. in Aurora
2810 Quebec St. in Denver
3400 Youngfield St. in Wheat Ridge
1650 30th St. in Boulder
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« Reply #5803 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 #5804 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 #5805 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 #5806 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 #5807 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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http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/useless-aerosols-cancer-council-says-best-place-for-spray-sunscreen-is-the-bin-20171130-gzvsk2.html

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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 #5808 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.

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« Reply #5809 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?



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #5810 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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« Reply #5811 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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« Reply #5812 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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« Reply #5813 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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« Reply #5814 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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« Reply #5815 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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« Reply #5816 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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« Reply #5817 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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« Reply #5818 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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« Reply #5819 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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« Reply #5820 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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« Reply #5821 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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« Reply #5822 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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« Reply #5823 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.

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« Reply #5824 on: February 04, 2018, 03:22:26 AM »
Sold a dress on eBay for $140.

@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. :))

Loads fine for me.

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« Reply #5825 on: February 04, 2018, 07:29:39 AM »
@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. :))


It may be that the difference is only noticeable for those with marginal Internet (like me). As a general rule, long threads are slower to load for me than shorter ones, and this is one of the threads where I notice and go do something else for a minute while it loads. It's not "go get more coffee" slow, but it's "start preloading a news article in another tab" slow. (Yes, I know that slows it down more, but it makes me feel better, so I don't care.)

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« Reply #5826 on: February 04, 2018, 07:33:44 AM »
@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. :))


It may be that the difference is only noticeable for those with marginal Internet (like me). As a general rule, long threads are slower to load for me than shorter ones, and this is one of the threads where I notice and go do something else for a minute while it loads. It's not "go get more coffee" slow, but it's "start preloading a news article in another tab" slow. (Yes, I know that slows it down more, but it makes me feel better, so I don't care.)

Same. Since DH works from home, the router assigns him a huge % of the total bandwidth during the day. When this happens, I notice the loading speed of the longer threads. This and the "small thing to save money" in particular. The rest of the time it's fine though.
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« Reply #5827 on: February 04, 2018, 07:43:59 AM »
@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. :))


It may be that the difference is only noticeable for those with marginal Internet (like me). As a general rule, long threads are slower to load for me than shorter ones, and this is one of the threads where I notice and go do something else for a minute while it loads. It's not "go get more coffee" slow, but it's "start preloading a news article in another tab" slow. (Yes, I know that slows it down more, but it makes me feel better, so I don't care.)

Same. Since DH works from home, the router assigns him a huge % of the total bandwidth during the day. When this happens, I notice the loading speed of the longer threads. This and the "small thing to save money" in particular. The rest of the time it's fine though.


I've installed the "Images on/off" extension in Chrome, and it helps a lot. The forum in particular works well as text only, and if there's a picture I want to see, it's just a toggle button to turn things on.


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« Reply #5828 on: February 04, 2018, 08:16:44 AM »
So jazzed. I have had a couple of thick jackets posted on our local Facebook swap for weeks now, with no takers. They are too thick to mail cheaply via eBay. Finally got an interested person today! Hopefully they will be gone by end of day.

I also sold 3 more items on eBay & will get those out of the house & mailed today as well.

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« Reply #5829 on: February 04, 2018, 08:28:41 AM »
Okay peeps, I started a new thread! If you would like to continue to talk about your experiences getting rid of stuff and clearing out clutter, this is our new abode! :))

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/continued-getting-rid-of-stuff-clearing-out-clutter!-part-2/

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« Reply #5830 on: February 04, 2018, 02:42:41 PM »
Okay peeps, I started a new thread! If you would like to continue to talk about your experiences getting rid of stuff and clearing out clutter, this is our new abode! :))

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/continued-getting-rid-of-stuff-clearing-out-clutter!-part-2/

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