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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4950 on: June 20, 2017, 02:38:55 AM »
Pregnancy, whilst wonderful, is really ruining my efforts to have a clutter-free house! I've been given lots of maternity clothes, for which I am so grateful. But they are in a huge range of sizes (which is great, I don't know where I'll end up) and I feel like I need to keep them all to see which will be useful.

On top of that, my regular clothes are slowly becoming unwearable, but obviously I'm not just going to throw them out. So I need to pack all those up. So far I've come up with the idea of using two suitcases we have (since we are not going away again until after I am due).

The largest suitcase will hold winter clothes (as they are bulky) that I might be able to wear this winter, post-partum. The smaller suitcase will hold clothes that might fit again next summer. Hopefully that means I won't be as overwhelmed when I unpack them with two new babies to care for.

I just need to get my act together and start packing those things up. That will free hangers for the maternity clothes. But 1) it seems to be tempting fate. I know that's ridiculous, but it's how I feel 2) it makes this pregnancy seem very real! 3) I am soooo tired I just can't be bothered. But stepping over piles of clothes each day is stressing me out.

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« Reply #4951 on: June 20, 2017, 08:53:37 AM »
Waiting for the hazardous waste day in July so I can get rid of the estimated 35-40 cans of paint in the garage.

Careful of this. If you want to keep ANY of the paint colors in the house, keep those cans! It is infinitely more accurate and easier to match to paint (even if the can is really low) than to try and get a chunk off the walls. Ask me how I know not to throw out those cans... *kicks past self*

Even if I wanted the colors (which I don't), they're in the uninsulated garage. Alternate freezing and cooking, plus most it wasn't good paint to begin with. I will be keeping the cans from what I use of course.

As it is, everything needs to be repainted - walls, trim, ceilings, closets, in every room. This is not a short term project!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4952 on: June 20, 2017, 08:55:29 AM »
Pregnancy, whilst wonderful, is really ruining my efforts to have a clutter-free house! I've been given lots of maternity clothes, for which I am so grateful. But they are in a huge range of sizes (which is great, I don't know where I'll end up) and I feel like I need to keep them all to see which will be useful.

On top of that, my regular clothes are slowly becoming unwearable, but obviously I'm not just going to throw them out. So I need to pack all those up. So far I've come up with the idea of using two suitcases we have (since we are not going away again until after I am due).

The largest suitcase will hold winter clothes (as they are bulky) that I might be able to wear this winter, post-partum. The smaller suitcase will hold clothes that might fit again next summer. Hopefully that means I won't be as overwhelmed when I unpack them with two new babies to care for.

I just need to get my act together and start packing those things up. That will free hangers for the maternity clothes. But 1) it seems to be tempting fate. I know that's ridiculous, but it's how I feel 2) it makes this pregnancy seem very real! 3) I am soooo tired I just can't be bothered. But stepping over piles of clothes each day is stressing me out.

Ask a friend to help? Then you get good company too.

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« Reply #4953 on: June 20, 2017, 08:58:54 AM »
Ask a friend to help? Then you get good company too.

That's such a good idea Sibley, thank you! I've had so many people say, "Please call me if there's anything I can do to help!", and I'm like, ugh, I just lie about on the sofa and feel sick, there's not much you can do - but this is something! I have a couple of good friends who would pack things into suitcases at my direction whilst I lay on the bed and think nothing of it. Yay!

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« Reply #4954 on: June 20, 2017, 10:32:24 AM »
Waiting for the hazardous waste day in July so I can get rid of the estimated 35-40 cans of paint in the garage.

Careful of this. If you want to keep ANY of the paint colors in the house, keep those cans! It is infinitely more accurate and easier to match to paint (even if the can is really low) than to try and get a chunk off the walls. Ask me how I know not to throw out those cans... *kicks past self*

Even if I wanted the colors (which I don't), they're in the uninsulated garage. Alternate freezing and cooking, plus most it wasn't good paint to begin with. I will be keeping the cans from what I use of course.

As it is, everything needs to be repainted - walls, trim, ceilings, closets, in every room. This is not a short term project!

Oh man. In that case, chuck away!

Are you planning (or doing) a journal of the updates? I would love to follow along. I eventually need to repaint, since EVERYTHING in this house was done matte and so is scuffed up, but it's such a huge project and it's been pretty far down the list.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4955 on: June 20, 2017, 03:08:15 PM »
Even latex paint stored in basement changes colour in a relatively short time.  Walls painted a couple of years ago are a completely different shade than the wardrobe painted last summer.  Bugs my hub every time we sit in the living room together.
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« Reply #4956 on: June 20, 2017, 08:24:14 PM »
Broken dehumidifier placed at curb during large trash week.  Picked up by a scrapper in less than 15 min.  It's out of my house, won't go in a landfill and the scrapper made a few bucks. Win-win-win!

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« Reply #4957 on: June 21, 2017, 06:35:34 AM »
Broken dehumidifier placed at curb during large trash week.  Picked up by a scrapper in less than 15 min.  It's out of my house, won't go in a landfill and the scrapper made a few bucks. Win-win-win!

We had large trash week a few weeks ago.  Only a bit of my hill of stuff got picked, but a lot of my neighbor's mountain got picked!

We are low density rural, but things put out on the edge of the road disappear fast.  For larger stuff it is the perfect disposal. I don't have to drive it to a donation site, I just have to get it to the end of the driveway. 
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« Reply #4958 on: June 21, 2017, 07:20:36 AM »
Waiting for the hazardous waste day in July so I can get rid of the estimated 35-40 cans of paint in the garage.

Careful of this. If you want to keep ANY of the paint colors in the house, keep those cans! It is infinitely more accurate and easier to match to paint (even if the can is really low) than to try and get a chunk off the walls. Ask me how I know not to throw out those cans... *kicks past self*

Even if I wanted the colors (which I don't), they're in the uninsulated garage. Alternate freezing and cooking, plus most it wasn't good paint to begin with. I will be keeping the cans from what I use of course.

As it is, everything needs to be repainted - walls, trim, ceilings, closets, in every room. This is not a short term project!

Oh man. In that case, chuck away!

Are you planning (or doing) a journal of the updates? I would love to follow along. I eventually need to repaint, since EVERYTHING in this house was done matte and so is scuffed up, but it's such a huge project and it's been pretty far down the list.

I have not planned to do a journal here. I've been doing some stuff on Facebook, but with work and general life, am tackling things in manageable pieces. Right now, been focused on just the high priority stuff. Working from home today while the gutter guys replace my completely nonfunctional gutters, and hopefully they can look at the roof where I've got some fresh water damage and apply appropriate sealing (I'm guessing its flashing). Otherwise, will have to find someone to take care of that, because I can't get on the roof.

But I'm sure there will be occasional "what the heck do I do with x" posts.

Re repainting everything - one room at a time. Ceilings, walls, then trim.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4959 on: June 21, 2017, 08:59:02 AM »
Waiting for the hazardous waste day in July so I can get rid of the estimated 35-40 cans of paint in the garage.

Careful of this. If you want to keep ANY of the paint colors in the house, keep those cans! It is infinitely more accurate and easier to match to paint (even if the can is really low) than to try and get a chunk off the walls. Ask me how I know not to throw out those cans... *kicks past self*

Even if I wanted the colors (which I don't), they're in the uninsulated garage. Alternate freezing and cooking, plus most it wasn't good paint to begin with. I will be keeping the cans from what I use of course.

As it is, everything needs to be repainted - walls, trim, ceilings, closets, in every room. This is not a short term project!

Oh man. In that case, chuck away!

Are you planning (or doing) a journal of the updates? I would love to follow along. I eventually need to repaint, since EVERYTHING in this house was done matte and so is scuffed up, but it's such a huge project and it's been pretty far down the list.

I have not planned to do a journal here. I've been doing some stuff on Facebook, but with work and general life, am tackling things in manageable pieces. Right now, been focused on just the high priority stuff. Working from home today while the gutter guys replace my completely nonfunctional gutters, and hopefully they can look at the roof where I've got some fresh water damage and apply appropriate sealing (I'm guessing its flashing). Otherwise, will have to find someone to take care of that, because I can't get on the roof.

But I'm sure there will be occasional "what the heck do I do with x" posts.

Re repainting everything - one room at a time. Ceilings, walls, then trim.

Ah well, I'll live vicariously through someone else's renovations, haha. I just like when mustachians do renos, because I can see how they balance cost/time/effort/etc.

The problem with the painting plan... we have a big open floor plan design, with tall ceilings, that's all one color through living room/dining nook/kitchen, then another all through entry/hallways. Each of those respective colors would take a good... 5-10 cans of paint. LOTS of space. =o So tackling those will be a huge project.
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« Reply #4960 on: June 21, 2017, 12:33:40 PM »
The problem with the painting plan... we have a big open floor plan design, with tall ceilings, that's all one color through living room/dining nook/kitchen, then another all through entry/hallways. Each of those respective colors would take a good... 5-10 cans of paint. LOTS of space. =o So tackling those will be a huge project.

If you are going to do it all in a short time period, you can buy big cans* of paint - like about 4-5 gallons?  That is what I bought when I painted the whole basement.  If one will do everything you also don't have to worry about little colour differences from can to can.

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« Reply #4961 on: June 21, 2017, 01:48:38 PM »
The problem with the painting plan... we have a big open floor plan design, with tall ceilings, that's all one color through living room/dining nook/kitchen, then another all through entry/hallways. Each of those respective colors would take a good... 5-10 cans of paint. LOTS of space. =o So tackling those will be a huge project.

If you are going to do it all in a short time period, you can buy big cans* of paint - like about 4-5 gallons?  That is what I bought when I painted the whole basement.  If one will do everything you also don't have to worry about little colour differences from can to can.

*really a big plastic container with a lid

That's good to know, although I more meant it as a size estimate... I can mentally picture how much space I can cover with a can of paint, but translate that into something like square feet? Shrugs, I'm at a loss then, haha.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4962 on: June 21, 2017, 07:47:01 PM »
Just donated my old kitchen trashcan, my old stick vac, giant stock pot, and a Rubbermaid tote full of stuff to Goodwill. I have been listening to my free audiobook of Marie Kondo's book and reading Francine Jay's The Joy of Less book. I really want to move towards minimalism.

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« Reply #4963 on: June 21, 2017, 09:48:08 PM »
New here but this thread got me moving!!!

I currently have 31 items listed on ebay and several (~30) more to put on. Have given away several items that I have just been holding onto for years. Since I moved back from out-of-state I let it all pile up in the attic. In about another month or so I will have sold or given away well over 100 items that we never use.

Some of the larger items that are still good for use I brought to work for us to use as a community and to save money...
THREE! Yes three Weber grills. We now grill out in the shop for lunch sometimes.
Gas pressure washer.
Several dozen large bins from all the items I've cleaned out.
Extra tools from small items to large.

Great work, and welcome! That's an impressive start!!

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« Reply #4964 on: June 22, 2017, 05:33:59 AM »
Finally sold a bike I've had listed for over two months.  Yay!

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« Reply #4965 on: June 22, 2017, 08:29:16 PM »
Finally, I dug up a pile of ~30 old college textbooks and started trying to assess the value.  As expected, most were worthless.  But around 10 had values ranging from $10-$40.  So I need to figure out whether it's worth it to try selling some or all on half.com, etc.  My local library won't take them until the next book sale in ~6 months.

I got around to posting a couple dozen of these old textbooks both on the local FB sell group and CraigsList.  The ones that are > $10 (according to bookscouter.com) I'm going to list on half.com.  If nobody bites, I'll cut my asking price in half after a week or two.  If there are still any left after that, then I don't think I'll feel bad about just recycling them.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4966 on: June 23, 2017, 10:57:56 AM »
Finally we have found a buyer for our second racer bike that is for sale. He is coming any moment and paid in advance.

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« Reply #4967 on: June 23, 2017, 08:28:25 PM »
We continued the basement purge.  Brought a minivan full of stuff to The Goodwill tonight -- our biggest load yet.  Toys, books, more toys, clothing, pictures, decorations, kitchen appliances, and yet more toys.

Also recycled an old, ginormous window A/C unit and several large bags of financial/sensitive documents (now shredded) that we've been hauling around for 15 years, and threw away a broken fan and heater.

I feel like we're becoming addicted to removing all the cruft from our house.  Is that a thing?
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4968 on: June 23, 2017, 09:08:05 PM »
Wow, it took almost a week to find someone to take a free pair of snow skis & poles!  I though they would go faster.  But glad to have them gone.  Next up: hard drives.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4969 on: June 23, 2017, 10:55:54 PM »
This thread is inspiring.  I did a big purge 3 years ago but as I look around there is still more stuff that can go.  Time to get after it!

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« Reply #4970 on: June 24, 2017, 12:03:31 AM »
Recycled two broken dehumidifiers, and discarded several large bags of junk -- mostly styrofoam, plastic bags, bubble wrap, and expired food from the pantry.

Sold a baby gate, kid's table and chairs, and train table on a local FB group.

Donated 4 more boxes to The Goodwill.  Mostly toys, decorations, clothes, and cordless phones.

Oops, forgot to mention that my pile of to-be-recycled electronics has grown to include 3 computers, 2 printers, plus 3 more boxes of miscellaneous old wires, cables, adapters, ancient cell phones, etc.  Even a standalone caller ID box that probably belongs in a museum.  :D

DH just took 6 pc's and a printer to be recycled last week.   At $2k each, that is a lot of money we have spent over the years....   He even kept a couple that aren't used currently, it wasn't everything.

I sold 2 bikes on craigs list, and then helped DH buy a new bike that fits, that should be good for use for 10-15 years.
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« Reply #4971 on: June 24, 2017, 04:20:54 AM »
My DH is obviously inspired by my thoughts of getting rid of stuff. He has promised a 16 year old boy that we know his old salmon fishing rod, that he will pick up tomorrow. We know the boy loves the outdoors and fishing and spends all summers beside a good salmon river. It will get a better use now.

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« Reply #4972 on: June 24, 2017, 04:36:03 AM »
Had a break from decluttering while learning how to parent a newborn. Today I got back on the horse by listing six items on Buy Nothing. Feels good!

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« Reply #4973 on: June 24, 2017, 07:47:24 AM »
Managed to get hack through some of the garage yesterday before it got stupidly hot (high was 100+, with high humidity)

One big garbage bag (lawn bag size) in the trash, half the recycling bin filled up, stuff out at the curb: Scrap wood, bent kid's bike frame (stripped for parts for a project), wicker basket and an ancient wooden smoking stand that I am certain has lead paint on it.
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« Reply #4974 on: June 24, 2017, 04:53:28 PM »
Gone:
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skis
new: fleece fabric scrap - made 3 kitty pads (simply cut into shape) and a liner for my bike basket

Almost gone:
hard drives - got one hooked up; I think I did a good job of getting the files of this one, now just need to look at the newer one which will probably need a lot of files moved over before it can go

Priority to move out next:
stability ball
paper monster
bike
too-fancy knitting purse/handbag
added: tennis racket
added: bike shoes
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« Reply #4975 on: June 25, 2017, 03:46:24 AM »
Parents are in the process of building a new house, so I've started decluttering my room there.

I cleared it out fairly well after leaving home, but over the last few years I've taken home clothes, books, toiletries, etc. This is a good opportunity to review what I keep there.

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« Reply #4976 on: June 25, 2017, 09:50:58 AM »
I'm selling about a shelf's worth of books today.

On vacation, I bought a necklace and an anklet that I really like. I think I'm still good on the decluttering balance. :)
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« Reply #4977 on: June 25, 2017, 01:21:12 PM »
Ok, I've got a confession to make, and some work to do to correct the situation, lol.  I posted a year or so back that I had sorted through all my fishing gear and found (to my surprise and horror) that I was the owner of 17 fishing rods.  To de-clutter I sold most of them at auction and a garage sale along with a couple of extra tackle boxes, but in the process found out that fishing gear can sell for a fair bit of money even when well used.  So for the last year or so, every time I find cheap fishing gear at garage sales, I've bought it with the intention to drop off at auction... except I haven't actually sorted through them and done that yet... and now I've added up how many fishing rods I've got... and it's 28 :/
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« Reply #4978 on: June 25, 2017, 01:26:44 PM »
De-clutter fail.

But not yet fail on side hustle. :)

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« Reply #4979 on: June 25, 2017, 01:32:15 PM »
De-clutter fail.

But not yet fail on side hustle. :)


Hopefully not!!  Otherwise it's a double fail!!

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« Reply #4980 on: June 25, 2017, 11:04:26 PM »
After several weekends of throwing away/donating things from the basement, we finally reached a milestone of sorts.  1/4 of our basement -- the part that used to be a play area for the kids -- is once again a play area for the kids.  A neat, tidy, organized play area with about 1/5 as many toys as before.  We even merged the upstairs playroom (formerly our dining room) into the basement play area.

Actually, come to think of it, the dining room is now neat and tidy too since it's nearly empty.  Not sure if we'll turn it back into a formal dining room or not, but the novelty of having an empty room is kinda cool.
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« Reply #4981 on: June 25, 2017, 11:20:31 PM »
My dad is visiting and I gave him a plant ID book for the NW coast.  He is also taking my mom's mountain bike from the '80's.  I tried selling it a while back, but it turns out I'd put more into getting it tuned up than what anyone was willing to pay.  Glad to keep it in the family instead.

I also recently turned some scrap wood into horse jumps and brought them out to the stable, so less clutter in the shop.

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« Reply #4982 on: June 26, 2017, 12:53:20 AM »
Deposited a poorly built Jenga knockoff into our giveaway box. The pieces aren't standardized in size and so the tower is crooked/leaning before you even start. Lesson learned ... buy authentic Jenga.

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« Reply #4983 on: June 26, 2017, 02:30:03 AM »
Two years ago, one of our girls went off to college. She's a clutter monster. We set about her bedroom when she was gone. She was delighted with the result when she came home for vacations.

One year ago, she dropped out of college and took a year out to earn some money and think about her future.

This month, she went off again. Different city, different course, much more mature girl.

Guess what we're going to be doing when we can face the task?

One year! How does anyone collect so much tchotchke in one year?

Otherwise, we're doing very well. With RE on the horizon and a big ticket plaything on our shopping list, we're being focused about not bringing new stuff into the household and offloading what we don't need.



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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4984 on: June 26, 2017, 09:35:24 PM »
Almost gone:
hard drives - got one hooked up; I think I did a good job of getting the files of this one, now just need to look at the newer one which will probably need a lot of files moved over before it can go - one down, one to go (still)
too-fancy knitting purse/handbag - will sell to knitting friend when I see her on 7/3
tennis racket - listed
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4985 on: June 27, 2017, 10:15:01 AM »
Recently cleaned out the basement... 2 large recycle bags, and 2 large garbage bags full of throw away, plus a stack of collapsed cardboard.

Was able to sell the following(first two items aren't a result of the basement clean out, but happened last week):
- Fitbit Blaze - $150
- Samsung Galaxy S5 - $75(below market as I took the easy way out and sold to a re-seller)
- Old fan w/ remote - $20

Few other things up for sale from the basement clean out.  Need to put together my old desk so I can take pics of it and sell it.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4986 on: June 27, 2017, 12:28:30 PM »
When I moved in, the previous owners left behind one of the shelving units that stands above the toilet. I didn't like it, didn't want it, and finally found the proper screwdriver to take it apart and throw it out on Saturday. Sunday, I went in the bathroom and realized that the smell of urine was mostly gone. Great. That's why the bottom of the legs were yellow.

Anyone know how to clean under pedestal sinks without moving them? I suspect that's why the other bathroom smells of urine.

Boys and men, please sit down to pee. I don't care if it isn't cool, I don't want these problems.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4987 on: June 27, 2017, 01:11:33 PM »
The purging while settling in to our new home continues.

In the donate box:
12 clothing articles
a comforter
rarely used bath mat from our previous home
4 coffee mugs
a few knickknacks, including a Scentsy warmer and several fragrances (it was a gift, I would have never purchased such a thing)
tray from the toaster oven donated last year
a never used word search puzzle book from when I was down after surgery
6 pairs of shoes, including 2 pairs in their original box, and one pair never worn

Into the trash:
5 articles of clothing from the 80's.  Yes, folks, I wore spandex.  :P
3 chipped bowls and small plates.  My mom bought us a BBB gift card as a housewarming present, so I bought a new 16 piece serving set for 4.

Specific donations:
Glass flower vases to a flower shop owning friend

I'm taking 4 days off for the upcoming US holiday, so purging will continue.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4988 on: June 27, 2017, 01:20:57 PM »
When I moved in, the previous owners left behind one of the shelving units that stands above the toilet. I didn't like it, didn't want it, and finally found the proper screwdriver to take it apart and throw it out on Saturday. Sunday, I went in the bathroom and realized that the smell of urine was mostly gone. Great. That's why the bottom of the legs were yellow.

Anyone know how to clean under pedestal sinks without moving them? I suspect that's why the other bathroom smells of urine.

Boys and men, please sit down to pee. I don't care if it isn't cool, I don't want these problems.

+1.  A huge, huge thank you to my MIL, who back in the old days required all male family members (including DH) to sit and aim it down.  We have taught our DS as follows:    Public toilets -- ok to stand up.  At home -- you sit.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4989 on: June 27, 2017, 07:24:10 PM »
When I moved in, the previous owners left behind one of the shelving units that stands above the toilet. I didn't like it, didn't want it, and finally found the proper screwdriver to take it apart and throw it out on Saturday. Sunday, I went in the bathroom and realized that the smell of urine was mostly gone. Great. That's why the bottom of the legs were yellow.

Anyone know how to clean under pedestal sinks without moving them? I suspect that's why the other bathroom smells of urine.

Boys and men, please sit down to pee. I don't care if it isn't cool, I don't want these problems.

+1.  A huge, huge thank you to my MIL, who back in the old days required all male family members (including DH) to sit and aim it down.  We have taught our DS as follows:    Public toilets -- ok to stand up.  At home -- you sit.

I've lived with a man for the last 19 years and the only times I've ever found urine outside the toilet were when we had contractors working. Apparently I am super lucky? I never even thought about it. (My dad moved out when I was a kid, and I only have sisters, so I didn't experience it then either.) Or is it usually younger boys who are the problem?

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« Reply #4990 on: June 28, 2017, 11:14:54 AM »
I had some success using a spray bottle to send some soaking cleanser underneath. I couldn't reach a scrubbing tool under there, but the soak seemed to reduce or eliminate the smell.

A plumber said we can go one of two ways on the matter:

1. Put sealant around the base. But then the pee will likely discolour the sealant over time, compelling some people to want to replace it.

2. Put no sealant around, and clean more thoroughly. He felt this was the optimal way to go.

My kid sits to pee, but the pee comes out through the front of the seat, lol.

I will try flushing it out with a spray bottle. Maybe the stuff I use for cat urine will help.

Regardless, I'm still working on cleaning up the floor in that bathroom. There was half an ice cream sandwich shoved into the back of the sink at some point. It's a lot better, but there's some nooks and crannies still.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4991 on: June 28, 2017, 02:44:55 PM »
Just recycled all my medical paperwork from a long-term illness I had three years ago. Lyme -- and Lyme paper trail -- be gone!

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« Reply #4992 on: June 28, 2017, 03:17:32 PM »
Sorted through previous tax returns last night and piled up about five years' worth to toss. I just need to figure out where I can shred them (I used to do my shredding at work but changed jobs last year).

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« Reply #4993 on: June 29, 2017, 06:23:28 AM »
Just recycled all my medical paperwork from a long-term illness I had three years ago. Lyme -- and Lyme paper trail -- be gone!

That's great news on both counts!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4994 on: June 29, 2017, 07:50:42 AM »
I had some success using a spray bottle to send some soaking cleanser underneath. I couldn't reach a scrubbing tool under there, but the soak seemed to reduce or eliminate the smell.

I will try flushing it out with a spray bottle. Maybe the stuff I use for cat urine will help.

If anyone has specific recommendations on what to spray under there that will help with the smell, please let me know.  My concern is that some urine might have soaked into the wood underflooring.  I think the only thing to do in this case is replace the affected wood (what a pain!), or use some kind of enzymatic solution to break down the urine.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4995 on: June 29, 2017, 08:05:31 AM »
Speaking of difficult cleaning situations, I dumped a whole travel mug of milk-based hot chocolate onto the (non-removable) floor carpet of my car. I mopped it up immediately, and we have shampooed it. No dice, the smell of the spoiling milk is awful. My SIL always jokes about an old beater in which the spilt a pint of milk - in the end it was enough to condemn the vehicle and she had it scrapped!

This is not an option with my (company) vehicle. Any ideas? Could a super valet service help?

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4996 on: June 29, 2017, 08:07:12 AM »
I have Nature's Miracle that I use when the cats have an accident (or are mad at me). This is on tile, so the biggest issue is that the sink is in the way.

Now, anything under the toilets could get to subfloor. Hoping not, but I'm not moving the toilets right now anyway!

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4997 on: June 29, 2017, 09:09:02 AM »
Speaking of difficult cleaning situations, I dumped a whole travel mug of milk-based hot chocolate onto the (non-removable) floor carpet of my car. I mopped it up immediately, and we have shampooed it. No dice, the smell of the spoiling milk is awful. My SIL always jokes about an old beater in which the spilt a pint of milk - in the end it was enough to condemn the vehicle and she had it scrapped!

This is not an option with my (company) vehicle. Any ideas? Could a super valet service help?

I remember my mom putting kitty litter on the flooring when we spilled some milk once... but I don't remember if it helped! Haha. We kept that car a few more years though, so *something* worked.
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #4998 on: June 29, 2017, 09:20:49 AM »
Speaking of difficult cleaning situations, I dumped a whole travel mug of milk-based hot chocolate onto the (non-removable) floor carpet of my car. I mopped it up immediately, and we have shampooed it. No dice, the smell of the spoiling milk is awful. My SIL always jokes about an old beater in which the spilt a pint of milk - in the end it was enough to condemn the vehicle and she had it scrapped!

This is not an option with my (company) vehicle. Any ideas? Could a super valet service help?

I remember my mom putting kitty litter on the flooring when we spilled some milk once... but I don't remember if it helped! Haha. We kept that car a few more years though, so *something* worked.

When our son was little he dumped an entire cup of milk in the backseat of the car.  The smell was awful.  We cleaned it up the best we could (we found actual 'cheese' forming down in the seat -- crème fraiche haha)  and then we parked the car in the hot summer sun for weeks with all the windows up.  Baked the crap out of it.  Seems to have worked -- no detectable odor after that.  I guess the heat baked the 'cheese' remnants dry.   

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« Reply #4999 on: June 29, 2017, 09:30:38 AM »
The last time I visited the parental units I found a bunch of small toys in the back of my closet. Today I gave them to a co-worker for the granddaughter she's raising. The kid's parents said buh-bye, and she's a sweet little girl. Tomorrow is her birthday.