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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4600 on: March 13, 2017, 02:05:08 PM »
Ughhh. Fighting a tide of stuff coming in. ILs are moving forward with moving, which means more of DH's random stuff from childhood coming into the house.

Luckily, I talked them into adding the FOUR FOOT TALL Obama painting to the garage sale instead of having us take it. They bought it for DH... which is weird, since DH really isn't that politically active. I mean, sure Obama's great and all, but uh... a 4' tall painting?

Now I need to figure out what to do with old yearbooks, caps and gowns, a saxaphone, etc.
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« Reply #4601 on: March 13, 2017, 02:40:58 PM »
I had food poisoning last week so I fell behind a few days. My old childhood Legos are finally starting to sell, so I got a few bucks back out of those and got them out of my house.

We also finally received our new shelving units. I unloaded our beat up old book case and put the stuff I wanted in the new shelving unit. I found a few more books I was willing to part with and added them to the donate pile. I put the old book case up for sale too.

I also finally got a bite an old DVD player I have been trying to sell for the last month. That should be gone tomorrow.
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« Reply #4602 on: March 13, 2017, 03:23:08 PM »
I've been so busy with my work licensing but, am officially done now. I started gathering more donations for goodwill in my fireplace area, have a giant bag of clothes ready to go and a ton of food.

 My fiance got a new job so he tried on all his clothes in February and donated a lot if them. I redid our closets and culled my wardrobe that was scattered between two closets and a plastic bin under the spare bed.

Unfortunately there is only one church that accepts food semi nearby.
What do you do if there are no food banks nearby?


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« Reply #4603 on: March 13, 2017, 03:24:56 PM »
I've been so busy with my work licensing but, am officially done now. I started gathering more donations for goodwill in my fireplace area, have a giant bag of clothes ready to go and a ton of food.

 My fiance got a new job so he tried on all his clothes in February and donated a lot if them. I redid our closets and culled my wardrobe that was scattered between two closets and a plastic bin under the spare bed.

Unfortunately there is only one church that accepts food semi nearby.
What do you do if there are no food banks nearby?

With no food banks, you probably don't have Buy Nothing Project either, but if you do, that's an option. I've gifted food to neighbors before.
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« Reply #4604 on: March 13, 2017, 03:36:26 PM »
What do you do if there are no food banks nearby?

Block party potluck?

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« Reply #4605 on: March 13, 2017, 03:44:52 PM »
BJ- I actually joined my local BNG and its pretty much inactive. Mrs. frugalwoods posts make me want to live in a more sharing community. I might try the local Facebook  yardsale since it's basically 2 large reusable bags worth of food and unopened 10# bag of rice. I haven't had much luck on the yard sale page but- free food is nice, right?

Jordan I moved and only know a few neighbors. Block party is not really a thing in my neck of the woods. :) that is a very wonderful thought though.

Thanks for the ideas!

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« Reply #4606 on: March 13, 2017, 03:51:11 PM »
BJ- I actually joined my local BNG and its pretty much inactive. Mrs. frugalwoods posts make me want to live in a more sharing community. I might try the local Facebook  yardsale since it's basically 2 large reusable bags worth of food and unopened 10# bag of rice. I haven't had much luck on the yard sale page but- free food is nice, right?

Jordan I moved and only know a few neighbors. Block party is not really a thing in my neck of the woods. :) that is a very wonderful thought though.

Thanks for the ideas!

I can't think of a better way of meeting them. :)

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« Reply #4607 on: March 13, 2017, 04:48:16 PM »
I just cleaned up under our kitchen sink. There were a couple of decade old cleaning products: A rusty can of oven cleaner, a bottle of carpet cleaner from when we were renting, and a bottle of Lysol spray that had evaporated to the point the liquid had turned to a gel :P

I also found a bag of potting soil under there. That's in the garage now with the rest of my bags of dirt :D
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« Reply #4608 on: March 14, 2017, 03:22:04 PM »
I finally sold an old DVD player today. I think I will be able to sell an old bicycle tomorrow. If the frame isn't too big for him, that will be on less thing taking up space in the basement :)
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« Reply #4609 on: March 14, 2017, 03:46:30 PM »
Sold my bed frame last night! For $200, and I only paid $100. Sweet deal. :) Glad to have that out of my house.

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« Reply #4610 on: March 14, 2017, 08:54:36 PM »
I'll join in.
Took 5 big bags of stuff to Salvation Army this weekend and have 2 big boxes full of old business postcards by the front door for recycling day. I also did a post for some lumber that I don't want to store on our local Buy Nothing Group. It feels so good to see more of my basement floor. I really hope to clear out more stuff this year. Stuff just keeps accumulating even though we've purchased very little in the past 2 years. I'd really like to clear out some old metal filing cabinets and get rid of them too! Just need the energy and the motivation!

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« Reply #4611 on: March 14, 2017, 10:12:33 PM »
Tossed a bunch of old letters, some travel memorabilia from years ago, and a broken ramekin.

And I returned two of the four new bras I bought. I don't even know why I bought four new ones. I only have two boobs.

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« Reply #4612 on: March 15, 2017, 02:44:55 PM »
I packed up a bunch of clothes in bags in my trunk, and I will drop them off soon.

I'm giving away a bag of random knickknacks on my Buy Nothing Group.   

I have not kept up with clearing out the clutter.  I need to go through my clothes again, but I also need to go through all of our miscellaneous stuff.

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« Reply #4613 on: March 15, 2017, 04:57:11 PM »
Got rid of 4 glass toiletries bottles. Tiny, but gone from the house!

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« Reply #4614 on: March 16, 2017, 07:51:11 AM »
Charity pickup is today!  $621 worth of donations submitted.  I feel so good about sending things to a better home where they will be needed.  I didn't include any shoes in my items as they are going to a work shoe drive for immigrant children who are moving to Chicago.  I now feel better about my snow boots donations - knowing they are actually going to an immigrant child that needs them in this area.  Somehow I feel better about that than Goodwill (I'm not sure why that is though).
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« Reply #4615 on: March 17, 2017, 06:42:31 AM »
I donated some canned and jarred food to the local food bank. It's good stuff that I would have eaten eventually, probably, but it's in a better place now.

I gave away a journal to a student and have been writing thank you cards liberally (I have so many!).

I attacked the ever-growing pile of mail. I swear that is the biggest hurdle for me as far as keeping my living room uncluttered goes.

I'm doing another closet purge this weekend. I thought I'd gotten rid of everything I could, but I think I've actually got a bag or two worth of clothes I don't love wearing.

I'm giving up on reading my old journals before shredding them. They're too depressing, and that doesn't make up for the cool parts where I see the name of someone I'd forgotten or am reminded of a fun memory with a relative who has since passed. Plus, there are simply SO MANY. I'm done. They served their purpose when I wrote them: I improved my writing skills and sorted out my thoughts. For journals going forward, I think I'll make a five-year expiration date.
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« Reply #4616 on: March 17, 2017, 11:47:01 AM »
Sold a Bumbo chair and tray that was given to me as a hand me down for $20. We decided we won't be using one, so it is out of the house, and that $20 goes into the college fund.

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« Reply #4617 on: March 18, 2017, 03:44:03 PM »
I finally convinced my wife to let me clear out a cabinet in our dining room so we can store our bird seed in it. We were just leaving the bird seed on the living room floor, but we were getting sunflower seeds and peanuts all over the place. It also meant we had to move the bird seed containers whenever we needed to vacuum in there. Now that they are in the cabinet, we shouldn't have to move them when we clean. Also, she will be scooping them out in the dining room which has gray tiles. The rogue peanuts and sunflower seeds will be easier to find and pick up.
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« Reply #4618 on: March 18, 2017, 04:15:08 PM »
I'm still decluttering. I'm working on my kitchen and my study at the same time. I've been avoiding the study for so long. I still have boxes stored in there untouched from when I moved in 7 years ago. I'm excavating paper.  Yesterday I found and shredded some stuff that went back to 1985. Doh! I've made a goal to go paperless.....should manage that in another 7 years.
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« Reply #4619 on: March 18, 2017, 05:23:24 PM »
Rearranged toys and books to empty a shelf so plush toys can go in there and make the corner they are in much more usable for my kid. I'm thinking to move a coffee table there so she can spread her toys on it when needed. The books are now in a easy to access basket so my kid doesn't have to get the whole shelf out to find her favorites. Also moved a book to donate pile and put away clothing from a trip. Now to attack clothing from laundry once it's done.

I also finished three books this week and returned them to the library. I have three more to go along with a bunch of magazines.

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« Reply #4620 on: March 20, 2017, 02:21:12 PM »
We had a really productive weekend in the getting rid of stuff/clutter category. I am looking for something that I can't find in the house, and it always spurs me on to downsize the stuff when that happens. I went through multiple drawers/cupboards and, although I still didn't find what I was looking for, I got rid of a TON of old stuff that didn't need to be taking up space, lots of miscellaneous bits of junk I used to save because that's what my mom did and I didn't know any better: old cards, brochures from places I visited, movie ticket stubs, stupid crap like that. Then I cleaned out a box in the garage (more of the same but stuff my mom saved and then gave me as "your stuff"...still have 4 or 5 of those boxes left that I dread) and 1.5 file folder boxes full of old college work.

We also took a stab at the playroom, and managed to remove 64 children's books and some miscellaneous toys to donate. We gave our neighbor all the duplos (kids are onto "real" legos now), nice ski pants, a raincoat, and hiking boots that my youngest has outgrown. My oldest has two bags of clothes to donate that aren't worth saving for his younger brother. I pulled out a pair of pants that I don't like and never wear and 3 shirts.

I'm disappointed to be back at work today instead of de-cluttering some more, but my recycling can is full anyway and doesn't get picked up until Thursday. Ideally I want to touch everything and know everything we have (and where it is). It is a daunting goal.

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« Reply #4621 on: March 20, 2017, 02:52:04 PM »
I'm disappointed to be back at work today instead of de-cluttering some more, but my recycling can is full anyway and doesn't get picked up until Thursday. Ideally I want to touch everything and know everything we have (and where it is). It is a daunting goal.

I know that feel when you fill up your recycling bin. I've done that twice since I started decluttering in earnest this year. It's filled up mostly from breaking down packaging for old appliances and things we no longer have.

Keep up the good work. It'll give you something to look forward to over the weekend :D
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« Reply #4622 on: March 20, 2017, 03:54:01 PM »
We had a really productive weekend in the getting rid of stuff/clutter category. I am looking for something that I can't find in the house, and it always spurs me on to downsize the stuff when that happens. I went through multiple drawers/cupboards and, although I still didn't find what I was looking for, I got rid of a TON of old stuff that didn't need to be taking up space, lots of miscellaneous bits of junk I used to save because that's what my mom did and I didn't know any better: old cards, brochures from places I visited, movie ticket stubs, stupid crap like that. Then I cleaned out a box in the garage (more of the same but stuff my mom saved and then gave me as "your stuff"...still have 4 or 5 of those boxes left that I dread) and 1.5 file folder boxes full of old college work.

We also took a stab at the playroom, and managed to remove 64 children's books and some miscellaneous toys to donate. We gave our neighbor all the duplos (kids are onto "real" legos now), nice ski pants, a raincoat, and hiking boots that my youngest has outgrown. My oldest has two bags of clothes to donate that aren't worth saving for his younger brother. I pulled out a pair of pants that I don't like and never wear and 3 shirts.

I'm disappointed to be back at work today instead of de-cluttering some more, but my recycling can is full anyway and doesn't get picked up until Thursday. Ideally I want to touch everything and know everything we have (and where it is). It is a daunting goal.

That is an enormous effort. Well done!

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« Reply #4623 on: March 20, 2017, 03:56:08 PM »
A bout of decluttering inspiration struck while I was getting ready for work this morning (as it does most days. I like my job but get bored with the morning routine).

I grabbed a stack of loyalty cards from a drawer, checked they were all in my Stocard app, then tossed them plus the little card wallet they'd been stored in. Fourteen things gone in five minutes.

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« Reply #4624 on: March 21, 2017, 07:07:12 AM »
I think I'll attack the junk drawers this weekend. Most, if not all, of the stuff we actually use (I already got rid of stuff from them), but I'm thinking of organizing them logically with little dividers.
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« Reply #4625 on: March 21, 2017, 07:39:08 AM »
Last week I finally took the two dozen mason jars I had collected to a friend who cans.  She was delighted.

I took a bag of clothing to goodwill as well and read another book just to get it off my shelf.


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« Reply #4626 on: March 22, 2017, 09:07:03 AM »
I'm buying a house!!!!!! (first house, really excited, I'm annoying to be around right now.) Which means I'll be moving soon.

Have been accumulating a pile of stuff to get rid of for a while, so will be adding to it as I start packing and eventually take it all to goodwill. Move sometime in May, so I have time, and nowhere near as much crap as my roommate who's in the same boat.

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« Reply #4627 on: March 22, 2017, 09:26:44 AM »
I'm buying a house!!!!!! (first house, really excited, I'm annoying to be around right now.) Which means I'll be moving soon.
Congratulations!!!

All of my big clear outs have centered around a move.  I purged as I packed and unpacked.  :D

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« Reply #4628 on: March 23, 2017, 08:02:39 PM »
I would have shredded seven more journals, but the shredder overheated at four and a half. I'll have to finish those in the morning.

After that, all I have left journal-wise is a few pages I ripped out that I'll scan and journals from the past five years. I'm going to institute a one-filled, one-shredded policy from here on out.

It feels really good to be almost rid of them -- they've been quite a weight.

I've also moved some new-condition stuffed animals (prizes from carnival games) to the donate pile, freeing up most of another closet shelf.
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« Reply #4629 on: March 23, 2017, 08:20:31 PM »
Threw out the volumising attachment for my hairdryer this morning.

I didn't own a hairdryer till I was 26. Four years later I've never used this attachment, and only use the hairdryer when it's an emergency.

I think I'll be ok without it.

My goal is to get all toiletries down to one bathroom drawer (we only have one) and one small tub of spares. Getting there slowly.

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« Reply #4630 on: March 24, 2017, 06:10:34 AM »
I would have shredded seven more journals, but the shredder overheated at four and a half. I'll have to finish those in the morning.

After that, all I have left journal-wise is a few pages I ripped out that I'll scan and journals from the past five years. I'm going to institute a one-filled, one-shredded policy from here on out.

It feels really good to be almost rid of them -- they've been quite a weight.

I've also moved some new-condition stuffed animals (prizes from carnival games) to the donate pile, freeing up most of another closet shelf.

I've been contemplating throwing out old journals. I mean, I never read them. When I have glanced at them they caused nothing but embarrassment. But I don't know. For some reason I feel I should keep them. Like I'm letting go of my former self or youth or something? I dunno.

I do know that whenever I consider my own mortality, I cringe at the thought of someone reading them. Maybe that is reason enough to get rid, I mean, I'm definitely going to die.

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« Reply #4631 on: March 24, 2017, 06:19:41 AM »
I had the same feelings. I read some, liked seeing the names of old friends and family members that are no longer living, hated reading about my deep depression and unhealthy relationships, got slightly sucked in to said depression, and stopped reading. The journals served their purpose when I wrote them. Keeping them has been a burden (sometimes literal when moving as they took up boxes of space), and as each one goes, I feel better.

Except for some furniture I need to unload, my decluttering is now at the hardest stage: mementos and emotionally charged things. It's slow-going, but I'm making constant progress. More importantly, I've managed to not add to that group of objects. I don't need to remember everything. Forgetting some good memories is well worth it if it also means forgetting/letting go of the bad.
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« Reply #4632 on: March 24, 2017, 07:14:59 AM »
Got rid of a few more baby hand me downs I don't plan on using at all.  I love the buy nothing group!

Funny story though: My mother came over and opened our (well organized, but totally full) container cabinent in the kitchen.  She sighed and said "I've been helping your sister clean out- we need to get rid of half of these! You have way too much!" 

Except, last week, the cabinet was completely empty because every single one of them was full with food in the fridge!  We cook every single meal from scratch, plan to have leftovers so that we can bring lunches to work and have a few dinners each week we don't have to prepare, and save ingredients in containers when we don't need them all for a recipe.  Just because SHE doesn't need fridge containers doesn't mean we don't!

However, I did ask her to sneak out some of the coffee mugs while DH wasn't looking!  No one needs 20 coffee mugs!

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« Reply #4633 on: March 24, 2017, 05:17:31 PM »
I got rid of a huge ugly dresser that we didn't want to move! We were just going to "donate" it to the alley, but I decided to email everyone else in my building to see whether anyone wanted it. Turns out our across-the-hall neighbor likes to refinish furniture! We pushed that heavy sucker out of my apartment and into hers, and she paid me in beer from the microbrewery she works at. Score!

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« Reply #4634 on: March 24, 2017, 05:37:56 PM »
I have old cringe-worthy journals too. I did get rid of one last weekend. I like the consideration that the writing of it served its purpose and I can let them go now.

Getting ready to leave the work week behind me and see how much more stuff I can clear out this weekend! We have company the entire weekend so it probably won't be as productive as last weekend, unfortunately.

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« Reply #4635 on: March 25, 2017, 12:33:28 AM »
Won a fridge in a chook raffle a few weeks ago. Handed it off to a cousin who needed it today.

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« Reply #4636 on: March 25, 2017, 01:44:02 AM »
I sold a bunch of stuff this week. I finally got rid of some bicycle wheels that were sitting in the basement. I sold a tea set that we were given as a wedding gift and never used. I also sold a bunch of old Legos from my childhood. The Legos are trickling out of my inventory, but they are still starting to disappear.

At this point in my decluttering process, I think I've picked all of the low hanging fruit. I would like to clean out my garage too, I'm just waiting for the weather to improve. I also need to figure out how to throw away a garbage can. The previous home owners left like 10 garbage can marked yard waste. I'll see if any of my neighbors are interested. I use the side discharge on my mower and just break down and compost any twigs or branches that fall of the trees in my yard.

We're expecting some additional shelving to be delivered on Monday. The shelves are called BrickBox and they essentially let you build a bookcase or shelves for storage as small or as large as you need it to be. When we get that, we can get rid of some more of our less functional "early poverty" furniture. My wife has a leopard gecko that lives in a tank that straddles two crappy end tables her parents gave her when she moved out. Other than holding up the tank, they aren't good for much else. The new shelves will look better and give us space to store things we actually do want to keep.
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« Reply #4637 on: March 25, 2017, 03:37:04 AM »
I have old cringe-worthy journals too. I did get rid of one last weekend. I like the consideration that the writing of it served its purpose and I can let them go now.

I needed this. I have about a dozen journals in my bedroom at my parents' place that I've been reluctant to part with. Lord knows I never read them, couldn't bear it, but still felt reluctant to part with them. But now it's time for them to go.

Got rid of two old side tables with baskets this evening. Took a mallet to them until they fit in the bin. The two lamps that were on them will go to my parents. The blender and food processor is going tomorrow, I'm passing it on to another Mustachian (hi, marty998).

A couple of weeks ago (?) I printed up a numbered grid to keep a tally of decluttered items. I'm at 154, with yet more on the to-declutter list.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4638 on: March 25, 2017, 03:38:55 AM »
Won a fridge in a chook raffle a few weeks ago. Handed it off to a cousin who needed it today.

Hey, you're here!

I've decluttered a lot but even I haven't decluttered a fridge!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4639 on: March 25, 2017, 03:41:35 AM »
Now I need to declutter a blender :/

What are you doing to me? :D

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4640 on: March 25, 2017, 03:50:35 AM »
Now I need to declutter a blender :/

What are you doing to me? :D

You wanted smoothies, dammit!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4641 on: March 25, 2017, 03:56:21 AM »
I do... but you haven't told me how big this appliance is!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4642 on: March 25, 2017, 06:13:00 AM »
BIL is on his way to pick up the dining room table and 6 chairs. I will also send one of my 4 pairs of binoculars and a birding book to my sister. The dining table is the last major obstacle to the demolition/light renovation project in the home gym.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4643 on: March 25, 2017, 08:53:54 AM »
I finished shredding the journals. I feel wonderful. :)

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4644 on: March 25, 2017, 03:14:18 PM »
Ha, I recently shredded a cringeworthy journal too!

I think the rest of my (high-school-era) journals are probably still in my mother's house somewhere. Yikes.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4645 on: March 26, 2017, 07:10:36 PM »
Article from the Australian Financial Review:

http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/home-design/interior-design/love-decluttering-and-minimalism-youre-probably-rich-and-showing-off-20170326-gv73n0

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while we're talking about Marie Kondo, if you follow her motto, throwing out anything that doesn't "spark joy", it means you have the privilege of disposing of excess stuff, safe in the knowledge that there's plenty more where that came from.

As Reductress, the parody women's website, pointed out last month, the advantages of decluttering your life include, "no longer [being] bogged down with all that stuff you don't need … that you can immediately order again on Amazon. Thankfully, you make enough money that owning things feels like a burden!"

Interesting theory but this misses the mark for me.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4646 on: March 26, 2017, 08:23:28 PM »
I got rid of some kid art supplies and an American girl type doll and clothes.   A friend does loaves and fishes at a church and said they also do craft projects.  Figured they could use the sticky foam pieces.  They also put donated items on a table for people to take.  Some little girl should like the doll.

When I was taking the stuff out of my storage closet, I saw an ice bucket we got as a wedding present... 12 yrs ago.  Never used, time to go!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4647 on: March 27, 2017, 10:02:36 AM »
Article from the Australian Financial Review:

http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/home-design/interior-design/love-decluttering-and-minimalism-youre-probably-rich-and-showing-off-20170326-gv73n0

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while we're talking about Marie Kondo, if you follow her motto, throwing out anything that doesn't "spark joy", it means you have the privilege of disposing of excess stuff, safe in the knowledge that there's plenty more where that came from.

As Reductress, the parody women's website, pointed out last month, the advantages of decluttering your life include, "no longer [being] bogged down with all that stuff you don't need … that you can immediately order again on Amazon. Thankfully, you make enough money that owning things feels like a burden!"

Interesting theory but this misses the mark for me.

It's interesting, but it misses the mark for me too. I can think of numerous times where we went out and spent money on something we didn't need to buy because we had so much stuff and didn't realize that we had what we thought we needed to go buy, lost amidst all the other stuff (fancy lightbulbs for the ceiling fan light in the living room...still irritated by that one!). For me, my objective in decluttering is to get rid of all the distraction and chaos. I don't have a problem with keeping something I may use "someday" as long as I know what it is and where it is.

As for me, I had a great weekend on this front! I cleaned out the cabinet under the kitchen sink (we need to buy new sponges but I wanted to be sure we didn't have any spares lurking in there still like last time). I emptied three boxes that have been in the garage since we moved in 4+ years ago. A fourth box is being donated in its entirely. I bagged up a giant bag of clothes we don't wear. I recycled an entire box of college notebooks...if I haven't looked at them in 17 years then I really don't need them anymore! And, the thing that really spurred me on two weeks ago, I finally found the passport holder I was looking for, in time for our upcoming trip in two weeks. I even pound a ten pound note in it, so that will go towards food during our 7 hour layover at Heathrow. Oh! I also found a stack of college textbooks, and we looked online to see if they were worth anything. Most of them weren't, but we had two copies of the same book (husband and I both got the same degree from the same school, two years apart, years before meeting each other), and it is worth $65, so $130 between the two of them.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4648 on: March 27, 2017, 11:05:55 AM »
For those dealing with journals, here's something to think about. I've just gone through this and what it came down to for me was, "Would I want anyone to read this after I'm dead?" I'm at the age now where, while I don't think I'm going to die tomorrow, stuff happens and I like to be prepared. Looking back at my journals, I knew that if I died and someone read them (and they most assuredly would as they purged my things) I would be mortified.

There were things in there that, while helpful to me for processing emotions, etc., would be hurtful for some of my loved ones to read. They wouldn't understand. And there are things in there I wouldn't want others to know about my personal struggles, etc. I didn't disclose a variety of things for a reason (mostly to keep people form worrying about me) and I don't want others to read it later and go, "I wish she'd told us," or, "She didn't trust/love us enough to tell us these things."

It was easy, looking at it that way, to destroy them all.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4649 on: March 27, 2017, 12:21:51 PM »
For those dealing with journals, here's something to think about. I've just gone through this and what it came down to for me was, "Would I want anyone to read this after I'm dead?" I'm at the age now where, while I don't think I'm going to die tomorrow, stuff happens and I like to be prepared. Looking back at my journals, I knew that if I died and someone read them (and they most assuredly would as they purged my things) I would be mortified.

There were things in there that, while helpful to me for processing emotions, etc., would be hurtful for some of my loved ones to read. They wouldn't understand. And there are things in there I wouldn't want others to know about my personal struggles, etc. I didn't disclose a variety of things for a reason (mostly to keep people form worrying about me) and I don't want others to read it later and go, "I wish she'd told us," or, "She didn't trust/love us enough to tell us these things."

It was easy, looking at it that way, to destroy them all.

Yes, this is exactly what I needed to realize in order to part with mine!!