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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #800 on: November 07, 2014, 08:44:50 PM »
However, since she is so much younger, you might be holding on to them for years to come (and/or she might not care for them when the time comes).  There always is a cost to ownership, whether in terms of maintenance, physical space, or sanity!

That being said, if these are fairly universal/classic toys, and you have a place to keep them safe and out of the way (e.g., in totes in your attic), you could save a bit of money in the future :)

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« Reply #801 on: November 08, 2014, 10:27:03 AM »
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« Reply #802 on: November 10, 2014, 05:02:39 PM »
Malaprop Cocktail I know what you mean about creating temporary junk in order to clear out.  It is worth it but frustrating at the time.

I am looking ahead to the time when I have no clutter, have no excess paper and every space is clear and organised.  What I am realising is that I need to come up with some systems to put into place so that this does not happen again.  I have been looking online at peoples' command centers and organisational tips and styles and most of the time it strikes me that people are simply organising excess which recently is making my skin crawl.

I no longer want to keep a couple of bags worth of presents and paper and ribbon on hand, I intend to give people homemade consumables and other homemade things.  I find the wrapping paper /gift area of my closet to be draining.

I want all my clothes to be able to hang up at once with no seasonal storage and because I do not have a dress up type of job that is very doable.

I certainly do not want my computer to be chock full of useless stuff, I want to be very careful what I save.

I don't want loads of electric cords and no idea what they are for.

And I do not want to hold onto things because they were a gift years ago and no longer appeal to me (which is still going on with me).

Most of all it is the paper and journals that haunt me, I feel overwhelmed at times when more comes to light.  Fear of people reading my journals has lead to a mass destruction and yet I keep finding more pages of notes tucked inside other notebooks, etc.

I see my mother getting ready for her death by clearing the decks and I sort of want to clear the decks now.  I want the peace of mind that comes with knowing where things are AND it does not take an hour to uncover them, with relaxing because having a houseguest does not require days of clearing out and feeling clear and free.

Is this how you guys feel?

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« Reply #803 on: November 10, 2014, 06:07:05 PM »
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And I do not want to hold onto things because they were a gift years ago and no longer appeal to me (which is still going on with me).

You hit the nail on the head. I feel the same way about all your points, but especially struggle with unwanted, handmade gifts from family. It is easy for me to get rid of a store bought gift, but the hand embroidered picture or quilt makes me keep it, even though it will only remain in storage.

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« Reply #804 on: November 10, 2014, 06:25:49 PM »
I'm really focusing my efforts on the stuff that takes time to declutter.

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I have been going through my dad's geneaology research files that I inherited and scanning what seems useful to keep. It was a decades-long hobby and he kept all his correspondence and notes. I have filled about 3 1/2 large banker's boxes with paper to recycle, and I have just one more file box to finish.


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« Reply #805 on: November 10, 2014, 07:53:23 PM »
I see my mother getting ready for her death by clearing the decks and I sort of want to clear the decks now.

DH's grandfather passed away earlier this year and we spent a week helping the family start clearing out the house. It was just so sad to see his prized possessions (and junk) become a burden that had to be dealt with by grieving relatives. Seeing how little our 'stuff' means after we are gone has made me want to get rid of the unimportant stuff now. Hopefully when I eventually pass on, only the important stuff remains to be sorted through.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #806 on: November 11, 2014, 05:11:26 AM »
It's not ideal, but I have may have found a solution. Since I have almost nothing left in the house that I can declutter, I decided to grab a few things out of my storage unit, just to then box up and take to goodwill. She's still not on board with decluttering for the sake of not having clutter, but apparently when there are huge piles of stuff being sorted, she'll start sorting some of her stuff. This past weekend, I filled up the trunk with some bags of clothes from the storage unit. I figured if I haven't missed them in the two years they've been in there, I could get rid of them. So I brought a bunch of stuff home, and then 'sorted' them into boxes and bags to go to goodwill. The GF decided to clean out her VHSs and VCR, as well as miscellaneous old technology from the entertainment center. I guess making clutter to clean it up seems to work for her. Here is a picture of the stuff that I grabbed from the storage unit, and then her pile grew into what you see in the top right.

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« Reply #807 on: November 11, 2014, 07:38:41 AM »
Wife and I have been struggling with stuff lately. Specifically, the kids' mounds upon mounds of stuff they don't pick up. I'm personally sick of it (as is she) but when I suggest just getting rid of stuff until they can manage, she gets very defensive about taking their "stuff" away.

I'm personally of the thought that they're spoiled (mostly by grandparents) and they could use to do without. We have plenty of things for them to play with, it won't hurt my feelings to get rid of 3 GARBAGE BAGS of stuffed animals for my girls and a WHOLE BOOKSHELF of toys my teenage son doesn't play with any more.

Ugh. I could just scream. She's constantly going on about how cluttered the house is and how she never stops cleaning, but she won't do what it takes to fix the problem!

I need an "Easy" button.
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« Reply #808 on: November 11, 2014, 08:13:59 AM »
Wife and I have been struggling with stuff lately. Specifically, the kids' mounds upon mounds of stuff they don't pick up. I'm personally sick of it (as is she) but when I suggest just getting rid of stuff until they can manage, she gets very defensive about taking their "stuff" away.

I'm personally of the thought that they're spoiled (mostly by grandparents) and they could use to do without. We have plenty of things for them to play with, it won't hurt my feelings to get rid of 3 GARBAGE BAGS of stuffed animals for my girls and a WHOLE BOOKSHELF of toys my teenage son doesn't play with any more.

Ugh. I could just scream. She's constantly going on about how cluttered the house is and how she never stops cleaning, but she won't do what it takes to fix the problem!

I need an "Easy" button.
Why not pack them away and see if they notice.  If they don't notice, offer to find a consignment shop and trade them in and say any profits, they can buy more toys with? 

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« Reply #809 on: November 11, 2014, 09:46:34 AM »
From the raptitude post:
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There’s this mild but always-present feeling that something is unresolved, because we only leave things lying around under the pretense that they’re only going to be there temporarily. But the resolution never comes, because the homeless objects have no place to go. I don’t want to beat this point to death but it’s unbelievable what a huge mental weight is released when there are no more “fish out of water” like this.

I totally feel like this about my clutter. I keep stuff because I intend to do something with it, which turns into a vague but persistent to do pile. I really don't have a lot of stuff or clutter, but it weighs on me nonetheless. If I get rid of stuff without repurposing it into something useful, I feel really wasteful. Also, when I do repurpose stuff, I get a lot of use out of it. Maybe I need to label everything with a project deadline or donate date. Anyone else have this issue?

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« Reply #810 on: November 11, 2014, 12:41:23 PM »
wintersun, for wrapping on any occasion, I've seen people use nothing at all, or only comic strips from the newspaper, or only butchers paper(the ribbon makes it festive) or only furushiki cloth (which is multipurpose).

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« Reply #811 on: November 11, 2014, 12:58:10 PM »
Nancy, yes. I'm learning when I'm really into a new hobby (and will be with it regularly for a while) and when I'm just craving a project temporarily. Once I discover it's the latter, I don't beat myself up about it.

It's like pushing back the plate at the table. You're satisfied; you have all you want from it. Even if others would have continued, you've had enough.
It's time to stop and take away the plate.

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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #812 on: November 11, 2014, 05:45:27 PM »
Wife and I have been struggling with stuff lately. Specifically, the kids' mounds upon mounds of stuff they don't pick up. I'm personally sick of it (as is she) but when I suggest just getting rid of stuff until they can manage, she gets very defensive about taking their "stuff" away.

I'm personally of the thought that they're spoiled (mostly by grandparents) and they could use to do without. We have plenty of things for them to play with, it won't hurt my feelings to get rid of 3 GARBAGE BAGS of stuffed animals for my girls and a WHOLE BOOKSHELF of toys my teenage son doesn't play with any more.

Ugh. I could just scream. She's constantly going on about how cluttered the house is and how she never stops cleaning, but she won't do what it takes to fix the problem!

I need an "Easy" button.
If you don't teach your kids how to get rid of stuff now, they will grow up to not be able to get rid of stuff.  If you have a teenage son, he's more than old enough to go through his things and give you a few boxes that he doesn't want anymore.  Heck, anyone over the age of 6 should be able to manage that with prompting from a parent. 

I think that it is so much better (for most kids) to go through the process themselves and learn how to make decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of.

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« Reply #813 on: November 11, 2014, 07:21:34 PM »
Thanks, CK! That's a really good way to look at it. I've had my fill. Time to let go.

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« Reply #814 on: November 13, 2014, 09:00:13 PM »
I am really enjoying reading through these posts and being inspired, yet again, to declutter.  Mustachianism prompted my hubby and I to sell our house and move to a much smaller town house last fall when the second child went off to college. Prior to that I had decluttered a lot, and we sold/donated probably 40% of our stuff when we did that.  So freeing! But there's more to get rid of! 

I'm really trying to not buy stuff, its crazy how the clutter basically comes from stores.  Ugh.

I'll toss in a go-to book author to motivate for decluttering:  Don Aslett.  He is a gift!

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« Reply #815 on: November 14, 2014, 12:33:14 AM »
I decided to challenge myself to get rid of 30 items. Even though within the past 6 months I have gotten rid of half of my clothes and donated 5 suitcases full of stuff, I still feel like I can get rid of more. So far I only have 24 items on my list. So in attempts to find more things to get rid of I am reading minimalism blogs.

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« Reply #816 on: November 14, 2014, 05:29:17 AM »
Wife and I have been struggling with stuff lately. Specifically, the kids' mounds upon mounds of stuff they don't pick up. I'm personally sick of it (as is she) but when I suggest just getting rid of stuff until they can manage, she gets very defensive about taking their "stuff" away.

I'm personally of the thought that they're spoiled (mostly by grandparents) and they could use to do without. We have plenty of things for them to play with, it won't hurt my feelings to get rid of 3 GARBAGE BAGS of stuffed animals for my girls and a WHOLE BOOKSHELF of toys my teenage son doesn't play with any more.

Ugh. I could just scream. She's constantly going on about how cluttered the house is and how she never stops cleaning, but she won't do what it takes to fix the problem!

I need an "Easy" button.
If you don't teach your kids how to get rid of stuff now, they will grow up to not be able to get rid of stuff.  If you have a teenage son, he's more than old enough to go through his things and give you a few boxes that he doesn't want anymore.  Heck, anyone over the age of 6 should be able to manage that with prompting from a parent. 

I think that it is so much better (for most kids) to go through the process themselves and learn how to make decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of.

Fun side story: in the days before I could drive myself to Goodwill I was always carrying piles of things to my mom to take to Goodwill because the minimalist streak is ingrained.  I found out last year that she just squirreled them away in the attic . . . .   
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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #817 on: November 14, 2014, 06:35:20 AM »
Wife and I have been struggling with stuff lately. Specifically, the kids' mounds upon mounds of stuff they don't pick up. I'm personally sick of it (as is she) but when I suggest just getting rid of stuff until they can manage, she gets very defensive about taking their "stuff" away.

I'm personally of the thought that they're spoiled (mostly by grandparents) and they could use to do without. We have plenty of things for them to play with, it won't hurt my feelings to get rid of 3 GARBAGE BAGS of stuffed animals for my girls and a WHOLE BOOKSHELF of toys my teenage son doesn't play with any more.

Ugh. I could just scream. She's constantly going on about how cluttered the house is and how she never stops cleaning, but she won't do what it takes to fix the problem!

I need an "Easy" button.
If you don't teach your kids how to get rid of stuff now, they will grow up to not be able to get rid of stuff.  If you have a teenage son, he's more than old enough to go through his things and give you a few boxes that he doesn't want anymore.  Heck, anyone over the age of 6 should be able to manage that with prompting from a parent. 

I think that it is so much better (for most kids) to go through the process themselves and learn how to make decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of.

Fun side story: in the days before I could drive myself to Goodwill I was always carrying piles of things to my mom to take to Goodwill because the minimalist streak is ingrained.  I found out last year that she just squirreled them away in the attic . . . .   
Oh no!  And now when she passes away many years from now you'll have to get rid of that crap *again*!

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« Reply #818 on: November 14, 2014, 12:10:28 PM »
I'm sitting with my foot elevated from surgery a week ago, but am still reading and feeling motivated to declutter again! Cheering you all on from the side lines! Go Team!

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« Reply #819 on: November 14, 2014, 04:00:04 PM »
Fun side story: in the days before I could drive myself to Goodwill I was always carrying piles of things to my mom to take to Goodwill because the minimalist streak is ingrained.  I found out last year that she just squirreled them away in the attic . . . .   

Haha!  I give my stuff to my MIL who takes pics, notes (for documentation) and then donates it for me.  I should check her attic...  But it's actually been great, doing this has prompted her to start going through her stuff, which means less for us eventually.  And maybe she'll find she doesn't need the 5 bedroom house for just her and she can downsize to a condo as we've suggested.

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« Reply #820 on: November 14, 2014, 05:29:11 PM »
Wife and I have been struggling with stuff lately. Specifically, the kids' mounds upon mounds of stuff they don't pick up. I'm personally sick of it (as is she) but when I suggest just getting rid of stuff until they can manage, she gets very defensive about taking their "stuff" away.

I'm personally of the thought that they're spoiled (mostly by grandparents) and they could use to do without. We have plenty of things for them to play with, it won't hurt my feelings to get rid of 3 GARBAGE BAGS of stuffed animals for my girls and a WHOLE BOOKSHELF of toys my teenage son doesn't play with any more.

Ugh. I could just scream. She's constantly going on about how cluttered the house is and how she never stops cleaning, but she won't do what it takes to fix the problem!

I need an "Easy" button.
If you don't teach your kids how to get rid of stuff now, they will grow up to not be able to get rid of stuff.  If you have a teenage son, he's more than old enough to go through his things and give you a few boxes that he doesn't want anymore.  Heck, anyone over the age of 6 should be able to manage that with prompting from a parent. 

I think that it is so much better (for most kids) to go through the process themselves and learn how to make decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of.

Fun side story: in the days before I could drive myself to Goodwill I was always carrying piles of things to my mom to take to Goodwill because the minimalist streak is ingrained.  I found out last year that she just squirreled them away in the attic . . . .   

Ugh!! My mom did the very same thing when I went through all my stuff after college and before moving out of state in the mid 80s. Turns out she's had it all this time.

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« Reply #821 on: November 14, 2014, 06:42:16 PM »
Wife and I have been struggling with stuff lately. Specifically, the kids' mounds upon mounds of stuff they don't pick up. I'm personally sick of it (as is she) but when I suggest just getting rid of stuff until they can manage, she gets very defensive about taking their "stuff" away.

I'm personally of the thought that they're spoiled (mostly by grandparents) and they could use to do without. We have plenty of things for them to play with, it won't hurt my feelings to get rid of 3 GARBAGE BAGS of stuffed animals for my girls and a WHOLE BOOKSHELF of toys my teenage son doesn't play with any more.

Ugh. I could just scream. She's constantly going on about how cluttered the house is and how she never stops cleaning, but she won't do what it takes to fix the problem!

I need an "Easy" button.
If you don't teach your kids how to get rid of stuff now, they will grow up to not be able to get rid of stuff.  If you have a teenage son, he's more than old enough to go through his things and give you a few boxes that he doesn't want anymore.  Heck, anyone over the age of 6 should be able to manage that with prompting from a parent. 

I think that it is so much better (for most kids) to go through the process themselves and learn how to make decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of.

Fun side story: in the days before I could drive myself to Goodwill I was always carrying piles of things to my mom to take to Goodwill because the minimalist streak is ingrained.  I found out last year that she just squirreled them away in the attic . . . .   

Ugh!! My mom did the very same thing when I went through all my stuff after college and before moving out of state in the mid 80s. Turns out she's had it all this time.

I have to admit though, it's better than the alternative in some cases though!  My dad came back from his first year at the USCoast Guard academy to find his mom got rid of *everything* he had left at home - including all of his civilian clothes he couldn't wear as a first year, but could in the summer or as he gained seniority!

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« Reply #822 on: November 20, 2014, 06:24:37 AM »
November 20th is Use Less Stuff Day.

I discovered this when reading the Ava Gardner Museum Facebook page:

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« Reply #823 on: November 20, 2014, 06:31:46 AM »
We've got a move coming up in about three months, so I've doubled my normal decluttering instincts to prep for the big move. I don't want to pay to move a single thing that isn't of value to me. So far I've sold about $500 worth of stuff on CL and have quite a bit more to either sell, give away or trash.

This thread continues to serve as great motivation.

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« Reply #824 on: November 20, 2014, 07:32:08 AM »
The Goodwill box that's been sitting in the living room has made it to its destination, along with several bags of clothes that SO got from a friend that didn't fit.  No new incoming!
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« Reply #825 on: November 21, 2014, 01:44:48 PM »
Kids did major minimizing today, will post pics tonight if possible!
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« Reply #826 on: November 21, 2014, 02:12:33 PM »
Would love to see photos, stickman!

My adult daughter took six garbage bags ... SIX ... full of stuff out of my 2 littlest kids room (they share). AMAZING! It looks so much better and they seem very content. Also, must be so nice for them to come into a clean room, have a clean place to play, and be able to clean it up so easily.

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« Reply #827 on: November 22, 2014, 04:21:42 PM »
I've been reading several minimalist blogs for inspiration and it has helped me clean out a lot of stuff. No more keeping stuff "just in case" I'll need it in the next couple years, because I know I won't. My home still has a lot of stuff, but this is a good first step!

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« Reply #828 on: November 22, 2014, 07:49:37 PM »
Can you make the stuff slowly disappear on its own or would it be missed?

I wish I would have asked before cleaning...I probably could have gotten at least a few things out of there. Unfortunately, she is becoming aware of most of the stuff now. I might have to be sneaky about some of it, but the main opportunity has passed. I might just have to wait until we move and 'lose' stuff.

I know making it 'disappear' can cause huge problems in a relationship, but a small step may be to move things to some location you use for things you want to get rid of someday.  Box up certain things and hide them away... if the spouse doesn't ask where it is for a year or two or three, make them disappear then, or bring up getting rid of it. 
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« Reply #829 on: November 23, 2014, 04:38:07 PM »
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« Reply #830 on: November 23, 2014, 05:36:42 PM »
Yesterday I came home to find my husband cleaning up and decluttering "his" room in the basement during his annual shift from football season to ski season.  I got all inspired and added a couple tubs worth of fabric that I honestly will never get around to doing anything with, to my donate pile.  Also finally decided to release an antique clawfoot wingback chair that I bought at a thrift store and reupholstered when I was in college.  I love it, but it SO doesn't go with anything else in our house and had been relegated to the guest room in the basement where it really was just in the way. Need to plug into some podcasts and get back at it tonight.

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« Reply #831 on: November 23, 2014, 08:09:57 PM »
donated a grocery bag full of assorted kid clothes and baby towels

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« Reply #832 on: November 24, 2014, 09:41:54 PM »
I'm really focusing my efforts on the stuff that takes time to declutter. What I realized is that in a move, it's easy to throw stuff I don't care about or that isn't worth much into a box to donate to Goodwill. But stuff that I would prefer to resell, or sentimental stuff that takes some time or effort to go through, there just isn't time to deal with it during a move so I end up taking it with me to deal with at another date.

That date is now. We are planning to sell the house and move to an apartment in a couple of years so this is the time to tackle the long-ish project of dealing with the stuff that takes time to deal with. I'm selling stuff on eBay and Craigslist bit by bit, digitizing my decades-old photos, and vowing not to buy much in the way of clothes or shoes so that my wardrobe will gradually get a little bit smaller as things wear out but aren't replaced. For the other stuff, we have been taking a few boxes of household miscellany to Goodwill every other week or so.

One thing I find a little funny and a little annoying is that the eBay project has actually led to more clutter because I am saving boxes and bubble envelopes when things come into the house (at this point mostly consumables like toiletries and cat food that's cheaper to buy online) to reuse them for shipping. I've at least managed to organize the boxes into a little shipping center on some wire shelving, but I'm looking forward to being mostly done with the eBay sales and being able to recycle boxes again (and maybe sell the shelving!).

Malaprop Cocktail, our guest room really resembles your remark! I am in the throes of putting up over 100 eBay auctions and shipping items as they sell. The cat doesn't know what to make of it and I think there will be a big sigh of relief all around when this project is over. ;-)
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« Reply #833 on: November 24, 2014, 10:06:08 PM »
Just got done with another wave of purging.  Made a tidy sum (actually just regained a tiny portion of what I paid for this stuff when I first bought it). 

I get rid of stuff, so that I have less stuff, and more time for my family, and more room to play.  But, during the purges, I'm usually pretty busy and after a bit I get tired of being so busy selling stuff.  It's nice to be done and enjoying the space I made in my house.  The goal is to have just the 'right amount' of things that we use all the time, and the flexibility to move to a smaller place without any pain.  Also, staring at the things I paid so much for and am only getting a little bit of money for is depressing, so it's nice to have it all gone and have cash instead. 
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« Reply #834 on: November 24, 2014, 11:16:51 PM »
I finally started decluttering, selling off for the first time some stuff I had laying around that I didn't use anymore (one electric guitar, one logitech videogame racing wheel) . I did get around 50% of my purchasing value, for which I'm very happy for, and such a liberating feeling of emptiness in the 1 m^2 that were occupied by these dust-collecting items.

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« Reply #835 on: November 25, 2014, 06:04:31 AM »
Sold 2 twin platform beds, replaced with twin bunk beds.  More storage room underneath, plus now they are in one room.

This enabled us to convert the other room over entirely to an office/library.

Also, we are cash positive, paid $50 for the bunk beds, got $75 for the pair of platform beds.

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« Reply #836 on: November 25, 2014, 09:46:29 AM »
My two youngest daughters cleared out their massive toy collection. My wife, fighting it to the last, finally agreed to let all of it go after days of "but what if they want to play with it again?"

These two pics are about half of what they actually purged. There was also a huge duffle bag of Barbie stuff, and a few more boxes of trash.

My 9-year-old said "With less toys, I feel better. My room is nice to be in again. I want to keep it this way." This, coming from a child who had a 2-hour meltdown when we threw away her favorite styrofoam packing peanut! No, not making that up.

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« Reply #837 on: November 25, 2014, 12:03:07 PM »
Way to go everyone. On my home front, I decided to stop focusing on the "Getting Rid of" part, and focus more on the clutter. Since the GF gets super-defensive any time I bring it up, it just wasn't worth it. It's one of the few actual arguments we've had in our 6+ years together. So in the interest of peace, I sent her over that raptitude post regarding everything in it's place. I made it clear that I didn't want her to get rid of anything, I just want a home for everything. I don't think she was stoked about the entire thing, but throw in a couple of bribes regarding my behavior (I have to stop drinking for a few months), and she might just get on board. In a couple of weeks (probably after her family leaves after xmas) I'll shoot over the Stuff vs. Things article and hope it sticks. Otherwise it'll be plan B...burning down the house and start from scratch (or losing stuff in the move within the next couple of years).

So whoever initially posted those links, much appreciated. I've found a lot of good stuff out of that little rabbit hole. The rest of you are kicking ass, though. Keep up the great work!!
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« Reply #838 on: November 28, 2014, 08:48:31 PM »
We are moving in a month and I am taking this opportunity to do some serious de-cluttering. I have a headache just thinking about packing and unpacking all this stuff :). Feeling really good today - I spent the whole day today going through the basement storage (where we've been keeping most of the just in case things and kids' toys). Happy to report that I threw away 2 huge trash bags of stuff, donated another and sold boxes and boxes of misc. kid's stuff on local yard sale groups. It's amazing what people would buy! Not sure how popular those groups in other areas - in Boston area, there are TONS of local Facebook Yard Sale groups with lots of traffic. Highly recommend it!

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« Reply #839 on: November 29, 2014, 03:03:42 PM »
Rid of 2 duffle bags, 1 picture + frame, and a rope light that just looked worn out.
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« Reply #840 on: December 02, 2014, 11:45:18 AM »
This week or weekend we'll be moving our daughter into the second bedroom.  Which means getting rid of the mattress in there.  The cat's been using it as a scratching post and it's saggy and old, so no selling it unfortunately.  Still, it's something we're getting rid of.
Also, I finished the last little bit of a baby blanket that's been in the closet for years, found a full-size light summer duvet (we don't have any full size beds), and will add those items to a box of baby clothes I couldn't sell and donate them all to the local homeless shelter.
I also gave away an old sports helmet which I haven't used in years, threw away some broken lacrosse sticks that also haven't been used in years (because they're broken....) and figured out how to get rid of some kitchen items.  We're planning to move in May, right around the time the local U gets out.  I'm going to box up some of the kitchen items we won't be bringing (some pots, a pan, a few dishes) and sell them on Craigslist as a "kitchen starter kit".  It'll make some poor college student moving out of the dorms really happy to get all that on the cheap, and we'll have less stuff to move.  Win-win!
Still need to finish up a few more craft projects to donate or give to friends, and we have several boxes we don't even know the contents of which will need to be gone through.  But, progress!

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« Reply #841 on: December 02, 2014, 11:54:04 AM »
Our third bread machine finally crapped on the weekend, so into the garbage it went! We didn't actually buy any of the three - all gifts, mostly from people who used it once and decided not to use it twice. I have a big chunk of nice counter space free in the kitchen now that looks lovely. And now I have to stop being so lazy and do my bread by hand. Yay!
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« Reply #842 on: December 03, 2014, 07:55:14 AM »
I think this December is going to be a challenge month where we get rid of one thing every day. Should be fun, and get us started on getting rid of some of our crazy excess amount of stuff.

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« Reply #843 on: December 03, 2014, 08:26:34 AM »
This year I've gotten rid of most of the physical clutter, we just have to clean out the garage and find homes for a couple bigger items in the house (anyone want a massive first gen HD tv and entertainment center sturdy enough to handle it? I can't even give it to Goodwill). We could literally have supplied another house with everything we got rid of, 2 beds, a couch, loveseat, two end tables, coffee table, tons of kitchen items, a desk, dresser, clothes, sheets, towels. I'm not the type to accumulate stuff but it's crept in over the years, usually for free, and didn't seem to be an issue in our overly large house

This coming year I'm going to focus on my "to-do list clutter". We have a mudroom that has been in process of renovating for....4 years. Our garage is only partially repainted after having to scrape off peeling pant to refi our house 2.5 years ago. There's a sink in my laundry room that has never drained since we moved in 6 years ago. The windows in the bedrooms need sealed better. I want to get as much stuff done that we've been putting off for years as we can though DH might go crazy since he's not a fan of DIY projects (there ends up being lots of cursing) but I will feel sooooo much better for having it off my mind

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« Reply #844 on: December 03, 2014, 09:56:44 AM »
Yesterday there was a silent auction at work for a social club fundraiser. I put in a few bids at the beginning, trying to support the cause, and also thinking I wouldn't win them, but ended up going home with 6 things for $7.50. My rule is that for everything I bring home I need to get rid of 2 things, plus my usual 1 thing per day. I found 13 things to sell, donate, throw out easily, but was on such a roll I ended up finding 8 more things to get rid of.

This is going to get very addicting and I'm super excited. :D

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« Reply #845 on: December 03, 2014, 11:00:03 AM »
Someone gave me the idea last year (we downsized and moved from a 2,500 sf house to a 1,200 sf condo) when we moved about this same time) to hang all my clothes on the rods with the hanger backwards (hooked to the front).  As you wear the clothes, you rehang them the regular way.  At the end of the year, anything still on a backwards hanger has to go because you haven't used it in a year!  I checked the other day and only have a few things left hanging backwards... less than a month to go and they're gone if I haven't worn them!  I thought this was a great way to easily know what to get rid of.  :)
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« Reply #846 on: December 03, 2014, 03:59:09 PM »
I'm going to box up some of the kitchen items we won't be bringing (some pots, a pan, a few dishes) and sell them on Craigslist as a "kitchen starter kit".  It'll make some poor college student moving out of the dorms really happy to get all that on the cheap, and we'll have less stuff to move.  Win-win!

This is a great idea to put together a "kitchen starter kit"! I did the same not long ago for a friend getting his first place away from the parents. We had so many duplicates that had somehow accumulated that we were able to get him started plus donate even more extras. I do not buy new kitchen stuff - but many of my family and friends are constant upgraders and the still great cast-offs end up coming our way to the point that we also have excess and just keep the best.

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« Reply #847 on: December 04, 2014, 05:20:55 AM »
3 bags of clothes out of the house today: donated.
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« Reply #848 on: December 04, 2014, 11:40:49 AM »
I'm going to box up some of the kitchen items we won't be bringing (some pots, a pan, a few dishes) and sell them on Craigslist as a "kitchen starter kit".  It'll make some poor college student moving out of the dorms really happy to get all that on the cheap, and we'll have less stuff to move.  Win-win!

This is a great idea to put together a "kitchen starter kit"! I did the same not long ago for a friend getting his first place away from the parents. We had so many duplicates that had somehow accumulated that we were able to get him started plus donate even more extras. I do not buy new kitchen stuff - but many of my family and friends are constant upgraders and the still great cast-offs end up coming our way to the point that we also have excess and just keep the best.

That's awesome!  Pretty much all of the stuff we're getting rid of were our own cheap starter pots and pans, things like that.  We've since gotten nicer ones, either as gifts for our wedding or as Christmas gifts.
I'm starting to get really excited for our move, if only because we're being forced to de-clutter and get rid of stuff we no longer use!

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« Reply #849 on: December 04, 2014, 12:00:17 PM »
There does seem to be some sort of virus involved in decluttering.  Like many of you, once I started to declutter my DH suddenly joined in.  Recently he is talking about getting rid of his dad's books that he never looks at…wow! Before this his office was full of stuff and the floor was only visible in the middle.  Now he even wants to empty the top of his bedside table which is making me do twirls of joy, I like a minimalist bedroom.

Somehow having less STUFF is making it easier for us to do home repairs and to maintain things more regularly, who would have thunk it?
I think it is related to feeling clearer and less weighed down.

I have a close friend who was really depressed in September and could not bear to be at home, particularly in her bedroom.  I suggested decluttering, especially under her bed.  She went home and got that done immediately and now has hired a declutter expert who is helping her do one room at a time.  She is feeling great and in part it is due to feeling less weighed down.

This week I am actually feeling like I have a porsche behind me revving its engine.  My husband is so into the cleaning out that he has gotten a teenager to help him and wants to tackle the garage spaces.  Now I am the one who is saying Wait!  I feel like he will throw out things that I would like to keep.