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« Reply #4650 on: March 27, 2017, 02:32:39 PM »
Bagged up the to-go pile in the basement, and grabbed a couple other things I wanted to get rid of. Everything's in the trunk, just need to drop off at Goodwill!

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« Reply #4651 on: March 28, 2017, 08:41:40 AM »
So I'm stepping up the "let people pay for my trash" as I tell my wife and also get rid of things that cause me grief.  The grief causing things first:

2005 Polaris trail touring snowmobile:  I haven't ridden this in 2 years.  This year, I pulled it out of my shed and couldn't get it started.  Spent a solid 20 hours working on the stupid thing and got it to where it started and I could ride it a bit around the house.  But am I going to ride this up north on the nice groomed trails like the first 2 years I owned it?  Nope.  Onto craigslist before the snow went away.  Sold it to a guy for $2k who had sold his snowmobile for reasons he didn't understand....and he wanted to go again.  Good riddance. 

Wire Core welder.  This is a harbor freight $99 special.  I welded up a pipe that had a leak in the exhaust of our Subaru that my son keeps at school.  Like the snowmobile, I have to screw around with it for an hour to get it to work.  Onto craigslist for $20.  Gone.

The wife has wanted new washer/dryer forever.  We found what we wanted at Sears, on sale.  Came home, used an online coupon, some of my shop your way points and a sears master card to collect free shipping and a bunch of limited time points (used them to buy some on sale craftsman wrenches).  Old washer and dryer on craigslist.  $20 for the washer, $10 for the dryer.  Again.....let people pay to take my trash away.

I kid to my wife that next, I'm going to cut my own hair and advertise "bag of hair, $20". 

The garage is way nicer without a long 2 up snowmobile in it and the spot I used in the shed for it now has some hangers for 3 bikes.  Will build some kind of racks for another 3 bikes under these.

Almost forgot.....I found a dime in a parking lot the other day.  I'm convinced that with my attitude (pick up pennies), I've piled money on top of other money.
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« Reply #4652 on: March 28, 2017, 12:22:55 PM »
We decided not to get a new dresser till we move to a new place and look at storage options there. The price was right at $40 and it was one of the models I wanted. But we have a dresser that works for now and I can always upgrade later if needed. This counts at not adding clutter right? :)

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« Reply #4653 on: March 28, 2017, 02:36:01 PM »
So I'm stepping up the "let people pay for my trash" as I tell my wife and also get rid of things that cause me grief.  The grief causing things first:

2005 Polaris trail touring snowmobile:  I haven't ridden this in 2 years.  This year, I pulled it out of my shed and couldn't get it started.  Spent a solid 20 hours working on the stupid thing and got it to where it started and I could ride it a bit around the house.  But am I going to ride this up north on the nice groomed trails like the first 2 years I owned it?  Nope.  Onto craigslist before the snow went away.  Sold it to a guy for $2k who had sold his snowmobile for reasons he didn't understand....and he wanted to go again.  Good riddance. 

Wire Core welder.  This is a harbor freight $99 special.  I welded up a pipe that had a leak in the exhaust of our Subaru that my son keeps at school.  Like the snowmobile, I have to screw around with it for an hour to get it to work.  Onto craigslist for $20.  Gone.

The wife has wanted new washer/dryer forever.  We found what we wanted at Sears, on sale.  Came home, used an online coupon, some of my shop your way points and a sears master card to collect free shipping and a bunch of limited time points (used them to buy some on sale craftsman wrenches).  Old washer and dryer on craigslist.  $20 for the washer, $10 for the dryer.  Again.....let people pay to take my trash away.

I kid to my wife that next, I'm going to cut my own hair and advertise "bag of hair, $20". 

The garage is way nicer without a long 2 up snowmobile in it and the spot I used in the shed for it now has some hangers for 3 bikes.  Will build some kind of racks for another 3 bikes under these.

Almost forgot.....I found a dime in a parking lot the other day.  I'm convinced that with my attitude (pick up pennies), I've piled money on top of other money.

That's a great way to think about getting rid of stuff :D
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« Reply #4654 on: March 28, 2017, 05:17:10 PM »
Scrapped/parted out an old lawnmower.  It was a originally CL find.  Had some fun fixing it up and using it a few times but it got in the way one too many times.  Already enjoying the free space and made some $$ on the parts.

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« Reply #4655 on: March 28, 2017, 05:19:28 PM »
One thing I DID NOT declutter: a Gary Johnson presidential campaign lawn sign.  It has been sitting next to the trash bin since November but I decided to keep it. Hoping I can use it again in 3.5 years plus it cost something like $12.  It barely takes up any room.

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« Reply #4656 on: March 29, 2017, 02:11:30 AM »
Our local council's having an electronics recycling day, so we're going to remove hard drives from a laptop and desktop and hand them in. I am quite excited! They haven't worked for some time. Hopefully we'll be ready to scrap the hard drives by the next recycling day.

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« Reply #4657 on: March 29, 2017, 06:17:35 AM »
I have taken the decision to become a rational minimalist, which means getting rid of all the stuff we don't actively use. But it does not mean stripping down the house to the bare minimum.

Currently we have put 2 racing bikes, 2 racing wheels and a new pair of hiking trousers on the internet for sale. The wheels are already agreed sold. Someone wanted to buy the trousers, but wanted me to finance all the sending cost which was not cheap. I reclined and will wait a bit longer for a better deal.

I have gone through my drawer with underwear and removed everything that I don't wear. One nice and practically unworn bodice can be sold. I have lots of nice underwear that are a cup size too small, because my body weight has fluctuated with 8 kilograms through the years. If I ever get 1 clothes size lower body weight, they will fit again. And who knows if that might happen again if I get more active. So I've put the nicest ones in a bag and put that bag in the back of a cupboard, out of the way. -> Some of you might find this a stupid tactic, but I've burnt myself before my throwing away all clothes that didn't fit anymore and then lose 8 kilos a year later. I've thrown away all of the old underwear that I don't want to wear anymore for whatever reason. Same with sports socks. Lots of them are never used. All in the same garbage bag. I kept my favorites

I've also gone through my sweaters and taken out all the ones that I haven't worn for the past 2 or more years. They will be given away for recycling.

I have also emptied a old Amaretto tin with 150 grams of Durum flour, made pasta of the flour and threw away the tin that stood permanently on the kitchen top. And I've thrown away a high and narrow glass vase that is too high to fit into any closet and has been standing on the kitchen top for 1,5 year. Sometimes I need a high and narrow vase for when I get a single nice rose, but such a vase I already have (a better and nicer one), so this other vase could go.

I found a place for the container with dishwasher detergent. It has been standing in a window frame in the kitchen for 1,5 years (since we moved in). Now I just put it in a cupboard, together with the casseroles.

I'm gonna take small steps at the time. I have told my DH about the minimalism plan. He got a bit scared that I might want to get rid of all the hobby stuff we have. But my plan is to just reduce the piles of stuff that we don't use. And it does fit in with the plan that we want to strip down our belongings to a minimum after FIRE, to be flexible to move.

Next steps to take:
- Photographing and selling a nice bodice.
- Photographing and selling my wedding dress, which is in fact an evening gown (It was a Mustachian choice, as this dress cost less than half of what a normal wedding dress costs).
- Going through the rest of my clothes and throwing out unused clothes.
- Sorting out the camping gear and throwing away what we don't use.
- Throwing away old shoes, even though they are still wearable, but that we in practice haven't used for years.
- Clearing up some cupboards upstairs and see if I can fit our camping gear in there. Now it is spread in too many places and too easy to forget something.
- Maybe organize a garage sale to sell/give away things that can be reused. Like a moose that might fit in a children's room and a small grill.
- Testing a bunch of old small headphones. Currently we have 20 or so hanging on a cupboard knob. I should either test which ones work and are good to keep or just throw away the lot.
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« Reply #4658 on: March 29, 2017, 06:19:40 AM »
I found three more journals to shred! Sheesh -- I thought I was done! Now I'm pretty sure I'm down to the one I'm actually writing in.

I also organized the useful junk drawer a bit. Small things of like type are in little baggies. In the process, I found five old batteries that I missed last time; they're in the e-waste bin now. They must be old batteries... hardly anything runs on batteries anymore, and what little does, we have rechargeables for.

I may attack my paperwork this weekend. My filing system is a bit overwhelming (though it does all fit into just one small drawer now; that's a plus).
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« Reply #4659 on: March 29, 2017, 07:45:53 AM »
- Maybe organize a garage sale to sell/give away things that can be reused. Like a moose that might fit in a children's room and a small grill.

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« Reply #4660 on: March 29, 2017, 01:45:14 PM »

I've gotten rid of a lot so there are now gaps, an empty shelf here, an empty drawer there. Now I'm trying to store like with like. I had linen stored in the linen cupboard and the spare room, gym gear stashed in the linen cupboard and my wardrobe.

Hmmm, if only there was a solution to that ;)

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« Reply #4661 on: March 30, 2017, 01:20:24 AM »
I also checked all my sports clothes. I found out that I regularly use most of the sports clothes, but ditched a few things. Some of the clothes thrown away hurt mentally, because some required some effort to buy them. But I didn't wear them for years and couldn't find a good argument to keep them. I also ditched some perfectly good running shirts that are so small that I always choose other shirts to wear. I am still in doubt about 2 long Johns that still fit perfectly, but that I in practice never wear. Maybe because they are not made of wool and I now have 3 woolen ones that I use often.

I tried on all my trousers (normal and hiking ones). Positive thing is that with my current weight I fit into more trousers than I thought and put some back on the "regular" pile. I did however get rid of all trousers that were fitting so tight that there was no hope to fit into them any time soon. Plus a few that I don't like to wear anymore. And all the ugly shorts that I had.

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« Reply #4662 on: March 30, 2017, 02:31:15 AM »
I'm coming up to 'clothing changeover' time of year. I know Marie Kondo says not to do this, but honestly, where I live there are certain clothes that are only worn in one half of the year or the other.

I have one drawer in my dresser dedicated to neatly folded out of season clothes. I've had to reach in a few times for summery stuff, and that stuff is then 'out' and goes on hangers. But since I haven't yet put any winter stuff away, I have run out of hangers!

I guess I should try to weed out a few things I don't really like. I wash things after their 'final' wear before they go in the drawer. I guess I need to do the final wash and then decide whether I want to see this again next winter, or if I should give it to charity.

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« Reply #4663 on: March 30, 2017, 07:08:51 AM »
I'm coming up to 'clothing changeover' time of year. I know Marie Kondo says not to do this, but honestly, where I live there are certain clothes that are only worn in one half of the year or the other.

I'm with you on this, shorts are for summer and long johns are for winter, why have them handy when they won't be worn?  We can go from -40oC (super cold winter night) to mid-30's and super humid (mid-summer) so one set of clothes doesn't work year-round.
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« Reply #4664 on: March 30, 2017, 09:51:53 AM »
I'm coming up to 'clothing changeover' time of year. I know Marie Kondo says not to do this, but honestly, where I live there are certain clothes that are only worn in one half of the year or the other.

I'm with you on this, shorts are for summer and long johns are for winter, why have them handy when they won't be worn?  We can go from -40oC (super cold winter night) to mid-30's and super humid (mid-summer) so one set of clothes doesn't work year-round.

I suspect that Marie Kondo doesn't live somewhere that has both cold winters and hot summers. Because if you do, you know that there are 2 very different wardrobes and there's nothing you can do about it.

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« Reply #4665 on: March 30, 2017, 03:42:05 PM »
There might be some pieces that are exclusively for winter or summer but I find that I layer a lot during winter and use most of the same clothes without layers during summer. So I don't have to switch a lot of things about (except winter coats, boots etc).

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« Reply #4666 on: March 31, 2017, 01:39:22 AM »
I got rid of an old handbag this morning before work. I will go through the rest of that closet later.

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« Reply #4667 on: March 31, 2017, 04:28:34 AM »
Husband has lost just shy of 11kg so I'm donating a couple of his larger t-shirts.

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« Reply #4668 on: March 31, 2017, 06:34:26 AM »
A student asked if I had an extra fountain pen she could have, so there's one more gone.

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« Reply #4669 on: March 31, 2017, 08:39:05 AM »
I also checked all my sports clothes. I found out that I regularly use most of the sports clothes, but ditched a few things. Some of the clothes thrown away hurt mentally, because some required some effort to buy them. But I didn't wear them for years and couldn't find a good argument to keep them. I also ditched some perfectly good running shirts that are so small that I always choose other shirts to wear. I am still in doubt about 2 long Johns that still fit perfectly, but that I in practice never wear. Maybe because they are not made of wool and I now have 3 woolen ones that I use often.

I tried on all my trousers (normal and hiking ones). Positive thing is that with my current weight I fit into more trousers than I thought and put some back on the "regular" pile. I did however get rid of all trousers that were fitting so tight that there was no hope to fit into them any time soon. Plus a few that I don't like to wear anymore. And all the ugly shorts that I had.

I dealt with the long john thing with my snowboard socks.  You wont wear them. Promise. The others are better. Ditch em. (I kept them in a drawer for a year with some other 'maybe's and didn't want to touch them; it wasn't needed).

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« Reply #4670 on: March 31, 2017, 10:03:09 AM »
I have a VVA pickup scheduled for Monday, so I hope to spend a fair bit of time this weekend putting together a couple more bags. I am also going to try and offload some specific items on the local "buy nothing" group this weekend. I have a lot of positive momentum going right now and want to keep it up.

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« Reply #4671 on: March 31, 2017, 11:12:21 AM »
Dropped off a couple more wooden puzzles to the children's room at the library. Their old ones are all manky and missing pieces... ours are clean and new looking.

BIL and wife picked up some of our old baby stuff... filled their trunk and back seat. The question is, why do we still have so much stuff? I also posted some baby equipment they don't want on Craigslist but no bites yet. Husband thinks that people aren't looking at strollers yet because the weather has been so poor.


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« Reply #4672 on: March 31, 2017, 06:58:38 PM »
Took aforementioned mower and a grill to the scrap yard, got $15. 

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« Reply #4673 on: April 01, 2017, 08:14:11 AM »
I finally cleared off a music stand that has been sitting untouched in our front bedroom/storage room. I pitched some concert programs and musical instrument brochures from the late 90's and early 2000's that were sitting on it. It was fun looking at them and seeing all of the tubas I used to lust after. Yes, I used to play the tuba. Like seriously played the tuba. As in, I actually have a bachelor's degree in tuba performance. This is why 17 year olds shouldn't be allowed to make life changing decisions :D

I've also been contemplating selling some musical instruments I have laying around. I have a few guitars I could sell pretty easily. I could also sell my tuba. I have been hesitant to do that. Quality tubas aren't cheap and they aren't easy to acquire. Usually, you can't just go to your local music store and drive home with one. I haven't played it in about 6 years and I really don't see myself playing it seriously again. Rationally, I know I just need to sell it, but emotionally, I'm having a hard time letting go. It was a prized possession in my younger days and my parents sacrificed to make sure I got it when I was in music school. Since it was so expensive, I want to make sure my parents are ok with me selling it too. I guess I'll just have to have that conversation the next time I see them. 

I also cleared out some clutter in the garage. I took some spent motor oil to the auto parts store to be recycled. I had a combination oil catch pan/reservoir that I pitched also. The cap that was supposed to keep the oil in cracked at some point, so it would spill oil unless it was absolutely level. The auto parts store was nice enough to dispose of that and the 5qt jug of spent oil I brought to them. I didn't want to have to take a leaky oil container back home.
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« Reply #4674 on: April 01, 2017, 08:35:01 AM »
Tuba is awesome. :) Why did you stop playing?

Because mail never ends, today I'm going through yet more mail from the week. I'm going to be calling the groups I give monthly donations to and telling them to take me off their mailing lists. I already have auto-deducted payments and e-mails for major news; I don't need paper reminders as well.

I'm in a lot of physical pain today, so that's probably all I'll be accomplishing.
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« Reply #4675 on: April 01, 2017, 09:15:52 AM »
Removed even more clothes today: t-shirts, jackets, vest, gloves and 5 pairs of shoes. I was in doubt about throwing away a few things and will move them to our mountain cabin. The rest will be donated.

In the shed I hang up a hook, so that my husbands fisking clothes can dry there instead of being draped over the garbage bin and making the bin unusble.

Also paid a low priority bill and installed something in the car. Both things were laying on the dining table for a good week -> way too long.

Chopped some dry stubs into fire wood. Now the pile of stubs is a bit neater and we have enough wood to warm up the house for the next 2 months. Hopefully by then it will be summer-like.
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« Reply #4676 on: April 01, 2017, 09:24:26 AM »
Tuba is awesome. :) Why did you stop playing?

Because mail never ends, today I'm going through yet more mail from the week. I'm going to be calling the groups I give monthly donations to and telling them to take me off their mailing lists. I already have auto-deducted payments and e-mails for major news; I don't need paper reminders as well.

I'm in a lot of physical pain today, so that's probably all I'll be accomplishing.

I still think the tuba is a great instrument too :) I stopped playing seriously back in 2005. I went to a few orchestra auditions after graduating, but I was completely out of my league. There were guys at the auditions for second rate "keep your day job" orchestras whose warm ups were more complicated than solos I prepared. I realized pretty quickly that no amount of practice would get me to the level of a top professional, so I just kind of moved on with my life. I just haven't managed to let go of the hardware that went along with being a tuba player.

I'm not a fan of mail either. I have eliminated any paper bills I possibly can. It's like they're saying "Here, you throw this away." :D

I hope your pain subsides soon.
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« Reply #4677 on: April 01, 2017, 10:48:04 PM »
Put a pair of my shoes in the donation bag, tossed a worn-out pair of my husband's Converse (with permission), tossed an empty box (having previously decluttered the contents), giving a pair of cricket gloves to a local team (thanks Marty), and rearranged my linen cupboard to better access what we use most*.



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« Reply #4678 on: April 03, 2017, 08:30:49 AM »

Small progress this weekend: cleaned two drawers in the kitchen. Lot's of old hard candy gone in the trash along some items that we never use.

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« Reply #4679 on: April 03, 2017, 02:05:30 PM »
Over the weekend, I caught up on my filing, which included shredding a bunch of existing files and making some 2017 files. I made some room in the filing cabinet, but the drawer does not close because it's kind of broken. I looked around, and I have 12 drawers of files in my office. OK, time to go all paperless, and get rid of some of these cabinets.

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« Reply #4680 on: April 03, 2017, 03:10:36 PM »
To the donation pile - a sewing machine, a container to hold thread, an electric knife and some clothes I have not worn for awhile.  I grabbed my toaster oven and am I'm going to bring to work to use.  I broke down and recycled a bunch of boxes that I was saving for no good reason.  Threw out some really old drinking glasses that were cloudy/etched.  I had bought some replacements years ago and now finally decided to use them.  I just love clearing out space in the storage closet.

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« Reply #4681 on: April 04, 2017, 06:11:07 AM »
My roommates are interested in having a garage sale. I've got two boxes of donations, but maybe I'll sell them instead. Hmmm.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4682 on: April 04, 2017, 07:35:03 AM »
I went to a presentation on conserving old fabrics and clothing.  DD has a fancy competition dress she has outgrown and will eventually have on display in a shadow box, and now I know how to care for it.  And that means the quilt batting I was never going to use has found a new purpose!
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4683 on: April 04, 2017, 11:36:24 AM »
VVA came yesterday and picked up 9 bags/boxes of stuff (which is all itemized in It's Deductible for our taxes). I also offloaded an old water play table on the buy nothing group.

We leave Friday for vacation but I'll be back at the decluttering with a vengeance when we're home!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4684 on: April 05, 2017, 08:26:58 PM »
Donated a huge box of food to a food pantry (my dad came to dinner the other weekend and volunteers at the pantry on Tuesdays so he dropped it off for me). YAY! So much space.
I dropped off 3 boxes at goodwill on Saturday.
I only have one humongous bag of clothes to donate, I forgot to take it with me to Goodwill so I might go back Sat. It's maybe a 10 minute drive.

I am paring down which helps as the wedding gifts started arriving 2 weeks ago. I got an instantpot, flannel sheets, an end table, a ninjas blender and oven mitts. So I got rid of a holey sheet, ruined oven mitts and donated my magic bullet and blender. My fiance wants to keep the crock pot and rice cooker for now til we figure out the instant pot. :) it's super exciting to get useful things I was going to need to buy soon.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4685 on: April 06, 2017, 05:03:27 AM »
I tidied up my craft area, getting rid of a few things I was never going to use. Everything looks so much better. Now I need to keep my craft stash down to the things I can neatly store there, with no overflow.

As the seasons change I am continuing to wash clothes I no longer like to go to charity.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4686 on: April 06, 2017, 09:06:36 AM »
Yesterday I took a carload of stuff to the thrift shop (yay for state tax deduction!) including lots of clothes, several pairs of shoes, a suitcase and small box of random home goods.

Now I'm working on decluttering outdoors.  I moved all of our split firewood up under the porch, which it its last stop before the fireplace.  Then the unsplit stuff was moved up closer to the shed.  Moved all scrap wood out from behind the chicken coop, so I now have a nice empty area to put in a new chicken run.  The old dog house will be modified a little bit and put down there.  I almost gave the dog house away last summer, so there's one instance where I'm glad my decluttering efforts failed.  It will be a mother-in-law suite for my old hens when my brand new chicks are ready to take over the main coop.

The scrap wood is going to go towards building the new chicken run, and also building a few new horse jumps.  The jumps will then go out to the stable and be out of my way.

It's looking rainy today, so the annual shop cleaning and decluttering just might be on the agenda if it's too wet for gardening.

Sunday we will be dismantling the crappy old tin shed at the end of the driveway since it's pretty much just a hotel for wasps.  Hoping we can just detach it from the floor, walk it up to the street and entice someone to haul it away with a Craigslist curb alert.


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4687 on: April 06, 2017, 09:22:43 AM »
I did a big Konmari on my clothes last weekend and got rid of 4 grocery bags' worth, along with a laptop bag and a toiletry bag I'm not using any more. And all my clothes look very cheerful folded and rolled in my dresser, and I have a lot more breathing room in my closet. Good stuff!

I need to go through my shoes as well, which is tricky because I always feel like if only I got the right inserts, I'd be able to wear this pair, or I should give it another summer to see if I wear those sandals again ...

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4688 on: April 10, 2017, 07:58:16 PM »
For those who are donating clothes and itemizing, I'm curious how you value your clothes. I'm never should what would be reasonable -what I paid for it? What I'd get selling it on ebay? Somewhere in between?

I have been changing out some of our furniture (new dining room chairs, end tables, etc.) and selling what we no longer want. Since pretty much all of my "new" purchases come from Craigslist, it's fun to figure out how much the changes are costing us. So far, it's been pretty close to breaking even, if not actually earning money. It also spurred me to stop dragging my heels and list a few smaller things on CL/FB garage sale groups. So glad to have some of those items out of my house! It's amazing how getting rid of just a few things can make you feel lighter.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4689 on: April 10, 2017, 10:10:52 PM »
Finished another bottle of soap and lotion. Opened a new soap and another bottle of lotion. I can't wait to get to the end of this!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4690 on: April 11, 2017, 12:17:52 AM »
Forgot to add, I also got rid of a bunch of gift cards and got cash for it. One major mental Todo done!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4691 on: April 11, 2017, 01:01:25 AM »
For those who are donating clothes and itemizing, I'm curious how you value your clothes. I'm never should what would be reasonable -what I paid for it? What I'd get selling it on ebay? Somewhere in between?

I am currently trying to sell a brand new trousers for jalf the new price. No hits, except for someone who wanted to pay 25% less.

For used clothes you'll need to get a lot lower. I have donated my clothes for free to some organization that has containers in town. I have kept one body stocking that has never been worn. I'll try to get something for it. Maybe for 25% of the original price.

I think my wedding dress could perhaps get 30 to 50% of the price.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4692 on: April 11, 2017, 06:12:52 AM »
I gave away two small bookshelves to a student, and now everyone else is envious, so I'm going to slowly bring all the other shelves that I can fit in my car (5) for students to take. That'll leave me just three tall bookshelves to find homes for.

I also overheard a biology teacher talking about a fish thing in his classroom... maybe he'll want my aquarium?

And some teacher somewhere that hasn't converted all his/her files to digital MUST want my filing cabinet, right?

Anyway... progress!
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4693 on: April 11, 2017, 08:05:35 AM »
For those who are donating clothes and itemizing, I'm curious how you value your clothes. I'm never should what would be reasonable -what I paid for it? What I'd get selling it on ebay? Somewhere in between?

I use ItsDeductible https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/itsdeductible/. That way I don't have to worry about justifying my valuation to anyone ;) It's definitely NOT the purchase price though. Goodwill also publishes a guide: https://www.goodwill.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Donation_Valuation_Guide.pdf
Key points, to deduct their value, they have to be in "good condition or better". For large items that are NOT in good condition, bank rate says: "If you claim a deduction of $500 or more for a used item that's not in good condition, the IRS says you'd better get an appraisal.
http://www.bankrate.com/finance/taxes/valuation-guide-for-donated-goods.aspx#ixzz4dwwHVT9w"

Hope this helps. Personally, I also opt to snap photos of all my donations and dump them into evernote. Makes it easier to fill out those goodwill donation cards, and if I'm ever audited I'm set. Plus it's a pretty quick step for some peace of mind =)
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4694 on: April 11, 2017, 09:51:03 AM »
My DH went through his clothes!  I've been asking for over 2 years, and he did it on his own while I was out for a run.  Now I need to get everything packaged up to donate.  Woohoo! 

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4695 on: April 11, 2017, 10:02:42 AM »
For those who are donating clothes and itemizing, I'm curious how you value your clothes. I'm never should what would be reasonable -what I paid for it? What I'd get selling it on ebay? Somewhere in between?

I use ItsDeductible https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/itsdeductible/. That way I don't have to worry about justifying my valuation to anyone ;) It's definitely NOT the purchase price though. Goodwill also publishes a guide: https://www.goodwill.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Donation_Valuation_Guide.pdf
Key points, to deduct their value, they have to be in "good condition or better". For large items that are NOT in good condition, bank rate says: "If you claim a deduction of $500 or more for a used item that's not in good condition, the IRS says you'd better get an appraisal.
http://www.bankrate.com/finance/taxes/valuation-guide-for-donated-goods.aspx#ixzz4dwwHVT9w"

Hope this helps. Personally, I also opt to snap photos of all my donations and dump them into evernote. Makes it easier to fill out those goodwill donation cards, and if I'm ever audited I'm set. Plus it's a pretty quick step for some peace of mind =)

Thanks for the links! That's a great idea to just take a quick picture before donating. I usually sell my old clothes on ebay, and can offload 75-80% this way, but there are some that just don't sell. This year even with our mortgage interest, we came in *just* under the standard deduction - I know if I'd itemized our donations it would've taken us across that line. I was kicking myself for sure, so I don't want to let it happen again!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4696 on: April 11, 2017, 12:09:16 PM »
When we left our mountain cabin I asked my DH if he really wanted to keep 2  pairs of his old CC ski shoes there that he never uses. But unfortunately he is not ready for removing them. He also doen't want to throw away the old tent we had there. Now it is on it's way home again.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4697 on: April 11, 2017, 12:21:51 PM »
Got rid of a bunch of books this past week, and have another two boxes to go.

Next on the block: Putting the iPhone on eBay.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4698 on: April 11, 2017, 06:13:01 PM »
In the past week husband and I have broken a glass, a bowl and a side plate.

That's one way to declutter...


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4699 on: April 11, 2017, 06:45:12 PM »
Over the weekend, I decluttered a pile of old camera stuff, cables, phone cords, and the like. Also just gave away the second of the four pairs of binoculars I previously removed from my office. My desk is getting there.