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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4650 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

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« Reply #4651 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 #4652 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 #4653 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 #4654 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 #4655 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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« Reply #4656 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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« Reply #4657 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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« Reply #4658 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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« Reply #4659 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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« Reply #4660 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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« Reply #4661 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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« Reply #4662 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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« Reply #4663 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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« Reply #4664 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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« Reply #4665 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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« Reply #4666 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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« Reply #4667 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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« Reply #4668 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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« Reply #4669 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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« Reply #4670 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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« Reply #4671 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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« Reply #4672 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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« Reply #4673 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.

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« Reply #4674 on: April 11, 2017, 07:17:03 PM »
Two more bookshelves claimed!

If I can manage it, I'll bring another shelf tomorrow, but that one is bulkier and heavier, and I'm not sure if I can get it in my car without my husband's help. If not, I can bring it Thursday.

It's pretty fun giving things to students. The girl who got yesterday's shelves has never had a bookshelf before! She's so excited! :)
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« Reply #4675 on: April 12, 2017, 01:59:39 PM »
I reorganized some of the camping gear, so that all sleeping materials, down slippers, towels and all cooking equipment are inside the house on 1 place instead of spread halfway in the barn. I threw away some nice to keep things that we haven't used for the last 10 years or so. Let's hope I don't need it exactly next year.

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« Reply #4676 on: April 13, 2017, 04:04:26 AM »
I set aside a work suit for donation as the skirt is too tight. It always has been, but I struggled on with it for years. The other day I was so uncomfortable that as soon as I took it off I knew I would donate it.

Then this morning I put on a dress for work... and realised I usually wore that jacket with it. I feel like a charity will get more money for the suit, so I don't want to just keep the jacket to wear with this one dress. I did find another jacket that will 'do'. I guess I just have to accept that for an easier life I must deal with some sub-optimal outfits. I'm sure I'll survive!

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« Reply #4677 on: April 13, 2017, 04:35:07 AM »
I took most of this week off to decompress a little and aparantly it worked.  Just today I got the energy to bring some unused stuff down to the local Red Cross goodwill store.  Less stuff here, more $$$ for the Red Cross.  :)

Some more stuff will go out tomorrow, but probably stuff that will be thrown away since it's a public holiday.

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« Reply #4678 on: April 13, 2017, 07:10:48 AM »
Three more bookshelves gone! The last one I can fit in the car is in the trunk and will be claimed today (there's actually a bit of a contest for it). The large ones are potentially claimed and may be gone within the next week or so.

I still need to find a home for a set of drawers.

We have three printers in the garage. THREE! I think I may just donate those.

The file cabinet and fish tank still need homes.

Really, though, there's so much more space in the garage already! :)
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« Reply #4679 on: April 13, 2017, 07:39:33 AM »
If your tank and cabinet are in good condition, you could try craigslisting them?  For some reason, whenever I post a file cabinet (metro areas) they sell in days.

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« Reply #4680 on: April 13, 2017, 07:43:30 AM »
I'm shooting to do this tomorrow (took the day off):

- Vacuum, wipe down and take interior pictures of my car to list it for sale. Moving to a single-car household.
- List multiple household items/appliances on craigslist.
- Hopefully get a list of items compiled for garage sale we're aiming to have later this month or next
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« Reply #4681 on: April 13, 2017, 08:28:40 AM »
I refuse to start packing yet, but decluttering is always ok. Put my winter boots away and wondered what was in the other boxes. Start looking through and I ended up throwing out 7 pairs of shoes. Then I threw out the tennis shoes that were falling apart after I bought new ones.

Pulled out a couple of tops that were poor decisions to donate.

Also selected some Wedgewood that I don't want and put in a box. Need to take pictures and post on Ebay. There's also a needlepoint doll house rug that I did and have been meaning to sell. I have the mailing tube, just need to post on ebay.

I have a plastic pallet to raise things off the floor, cluttering up the garage. I've kept it because I knew I was going to buy a house and move, but the house I'm attempting to buy has a crawl space. Once that house passes inspection I'll get rid of the pallet. (The first house I tried to buy fell through due to structural issues.)

And FINALLY remembered to throw out the broken lamp. Not repairable, and it's been sitting for months and just kept forgetting.

I'm sure there will be more. My roommate closed on her condo yesterday, and she's going to start taking stuff over. She's got a problem with stuff (all the signs point to a future hoarding situation), so I'd rather give her some time to clear out the crap before I start packing boxes.

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« Reply #4682 on: April 13, 2017, 10:34:01 AM »
Love the idea of this thread.

I took a box of clothes to the local consignment shop, and hope to earn a little extra that way. I could sell each item on ebay myself, but I've found in the past that I don't earn much on clothing there (shoes/boots, though, have been lucrative).

I have a few more boxes sitting by the back door to bring to the thrift store - but have been putting that off because I keep finding small things to add to the boxes and get them out of the house.

Next up: over the next month, put many of the craft supplies (mostly fabric and yarn I bought and never used) up for free for Facebook friends or Buy Nothing.

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« Reply #4683 on: April 13, 2017, 10:56:02 AM »
This weekend I am doing a massive declutter / organization of craft, art, decor and project materials. I seem to have accumulated an awful lot of stuff and while I have plenty of room to store it all - I don't know if I want to. Luckily there is a local free art space that would love some donations.

I'm writing this here to hold myself accountable!

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« Reply #4684 on: April 13, 2017, 02:49:54 PM »
Ahh my husband is the best. He took a licensing test this week, and had borrowed a TON of reference materials from a co-worker (like, a duffel bag full). The day after the test, without prompting, he took all the materials back to Coworker! And then made a comment about how he's happy there's more space in the closet. Good man <3
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« Reply #4685 on: April 13, 2017, 06:29:58 PM »
If your tank and cabinet are in good condition, you could try craigslisting them?  For some reason, whenever I post a file cabinet (metro areas) they sell in days.

My husband wants me to avoid listing things on CL if possible because it creeps him out, so I've been trying to find homes for these things in a way that he's happy with, though he knows and accepts I'll go the CL route eventually if needed.
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« Reply #4686 on: April 16, 2017, 08:09:52 AM »
FINALLY made it to the hazardous waste dropoff day. They rejected a few paint item which I can dry out and put in the trash, and I missed a couple of items, but it's nice to get rid of every CFL I've ever used, broken thermometers, paint, etc. It has been a long time coming -- one of the items I missed is the bathtub paint from our first house's previous owner. We moved into that house in 1999.

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« Reply #4687 on: April 16, 2017, 08:10:40 AM »
FINALLY made it to the hazardous waste dropoff day. They rejected a few paint item which I can dry out and put in the trash, and I missed a couple of items, but it's nice to get rid of every CFL I've ever used, broken thermometers, paint, etc. It has been a long time coming -- one of the items I missed is the bathtub paint from our first house's previous owner. We moved into that house in 1999.

Wow! That's got to feel GREAT. Nearly 20 years of accumulation, done!
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4688 on: April 16, 2017, 02:00:37 PM »
People are bringing stuff into our house. We give away a tent for free and in return we get an asian dress to put around a wine bottle. What is the point of such a thing? Thrown into the bin. Same with the newspaper in 4 parts that FIL brought in.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4689 on: April 16, 2017, 05:06:52 PM »
I can imagine your expression at the wine cover! I'd be a mixture of confused and resigned!

I found a new FB giveaway group and successfully gave away books and DVDs that had been sat waiting to get out of the house for months. I may also have a taker for a broken stereo but they might flake.

Also I pulled out a bag and box to find the stereo and found one was covered in mould. It had three pairs of shoes that are mouldy. So I talked to DH about it - how if he wants to hold onto so much stuff in our humid environment then he'll have to clean it. It's not healthy having mould growing.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4690 on: April 17, 2017, 10:05:36 AM »
Finally got through all of our storage closet.  Got rid of a pyrex 9x11 dish and covered cake pan to my sister.  Donating a tea light candle holder and a couple of kid plates.  Threw out some old food (this closet also stores extra food items).  We have wire shelves and 1 wall only has 1 shelf that is up high and it stores paper products.  Found some carabiners and used the shelf to hang up assorted bags that were cluttered and crammed into a space.  Also was able to put like items together so now the storage space is better organized.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4691 on: April 17, 2017, 05:20:17 PM »
BiL staying tonight. I am giving him a toiletry bag full of miniatures (he always forgets to pack toiletries).

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4692 on: April 17, 2017, 07:04:30 PM »
-DS#1 sold a musical instrument for me, we split the proceeds
-I listed a unused gift on Kijiji and got a meeting set up..that will net some cash tomorrow
-I donated some new and some used hardware
-I try to sell/trade some organisational stuff, and drives me crazy that everybody "likes" it but I didn't get rid of it yet
-got rid of around 1 bag of various other stuff--

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4693 on: April 18, 2017, 06:02:11 PM »
Just moved houses.  Friends who helped with the move commented that it was the easiest move they ever helped with.  That's what happens after a year of decluttering.  With pretty much everything in my house I ask, "is this ________ worth the effort of moving?"  For sooooooo many things the answer is no.

Also, Moved into a house without a yard.  So got rid of a shed full of lawn stuff and now on my days off I can get out and enjoy the city instead of working on the water sucking lawn.  Feels like freedom.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4694 on: April 18, 2017, 08:21:52 PM »
Last weekend we did a Craigslist curb alert and got rid of our tasty old tin shed in 38 minutes!

I also finally put together the horse jumps I've been meaning to build, and took most of them out to the barn.  The others are assembled, but need to be shored up with more screws.  However they can stand on their own and are out of the shop.  Lots of scrap wood used, including a cedar mailbox post we bought super cheap and never installed because it was going to infringe on the sidewalk too much.  Next project is turning the dog house + more scrap wood and unused wire rolls into a second chicken coop/run.

Donated a large basket for a division fundraiser at work last week. 

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4695 on: April 18, 2017, 10:16:09 PM »
I think I finally found the energy to go through the laundry stuff and sort out what we don't use, what we can use up (and never bother buying again because something else works fine), and make some proper "cleaning kits" so I can find what I need to clean up the house without searching for it. Mmm yes, I love a neatly organised cupboard!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4696 on: April 19, 2017, 12:02:01 AM »
Donated a bag full of stuff that I've been collecting in the past month. Need to get myself back to clearing out stuff before baby comes!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4697 on: April 19, 2017, 06:26:09 AM »
Little craigslist win.....I had a snowmobile helmet from when we bought snowmobiles in 2004.  It was for my son who was 4 at the time.  Sold to someone who sent a check including shipping cost.  Easy enough to box up and send away. 

Oh.....and the slightly (haha) bigger item.  The 2005 snowmobile that we still had from back then.  Initially we would go up to New Hampshire several times a year, stay at a nice hotel right on the snowmobile trails and go ride all around.  Over the years, that dwindled and we rode around our property. Last 2 years, it's made its way from the shed to the garage for the winter, then back to the shed, so up for sale it goes on craigslist.  We got a big last snowstorm so the buyer was able to ride it around a bit to check it out.  Pile of $100 bills and my shed spot now has bicycle hooks for my and my kids' bikes. 


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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4698 on: April 19, 2017, 07:38:37 AM »
I think I'll need to declutter one shelf in a cupboard at the time. When working full time  it is not easy to find the time and the rest to declutter, including the negotiations with my DH who likes to hang on to this. There is still a lot to declutter in almost every room in our house.
Last time I did it like this: Decluttered some camping gear:
- 1 pile of keeping
- 1 pile of throwing away
- 1 pile of in want-to-throw away, but needs DH's input. He only objected against 1 item, the rest could be ditched. This works better then stimulating him to declutter himself.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4699 on: April 19, 2017, 01:18:19 PM »
Just moved houses.  Friends who helped with the move commented that it was the easiest move they ever helped with.  That's what happens after a year of decluttering.  With pretty much everything in my house I ask, "is this ________ worth the effort of moving?"  For sooooooo many things the answer is no.

Also, Moved into a house without a yard.  So got rid of a shed full of lawn stuff and now on my days off I can get out and enjoy the city instead of working on the water sucking lawn.  Feels like freedom.

This, in my opinion; is the best way to de-clutter.

You do not have to literally move, but regularly go thru your house; probably once a month and act like you are putting it up for sale and need to clear it out for anything you do not wish to move; you will keep it down to the necessary.

Personally, I keep mine so if I decide to take a job somewhere else(I'm usually on the lookout for a better one); I can put it on the market that week and able to move in two weeks. I went thru it once where I had to pay to fix it up and basically junk a lot of things I never used anyways; I have been cured. My closets are almost empty now as most everything I use fits in the dresser.