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Re: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter!
« Reply #2100 on: July 10, 2015, 10:10:33 AM »
Are any of the Hummells valuable at all? If not, just donate them when you end up with them.


Expensive to buy ($150-$300!!!).  But I can't imagine many (if any) of them have retained their value at all. Way too many people have these things.
Ebay tells me they go for $10-50.  Which on the lower end doesn't seem worth the effort of trying to ship something breakable, which can lose the seller money.

So yeah, we will probably donate them.  Although, with my parents I suspect we will have to have some sort of estate sale. Are stamp sets from every year since 1950 worth anything? What about coin proof sets? (At the very least I can open those up and have $1.41!) My Dad collects so much crap.

For the stamps and coins, it's worth checking with a dealer. Some of them might be valuable, and unless you want to take the time to figure it out, there are stamp/coin dealers. Though I wouldn't be surprised if you couldn't find some sort of exchange online and check prices.

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« Reply #2101 on: July 10, 2015, 10:41:20 AM »
The Hummel collection conversation is interesting.  My mom collects them.  Due to the expense, dad buys them for her, we don't.  I'm now wondering if eBay will be my new best friend for presents for my mom...

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« Reply #2102 on: July 10, 2015, 11:08:11 AM »
I read the Life-changing Magic book a couple of months ago but can't remember - why does she suggest folding all your things rather than hanging them in the closet? It seems much easier and faster to just hang everything, especially when you hang shirts to dry on the hangers and can just pop them in the closet when they're dry.
Because when you fold, you check the condition the item is in, as well as folded items taking up much less space than hanging ones.
We hang up all of our shirts and pants except for a small stack of old clothes that are worn for tasks like painting where is doesn't matter if you stain them. Hanging keeps them at eye level and unwrinkled. There is also room for air circulation around clothes that are hung up if your closest isn't stuffed full. We can see the condition of the clothes just fine on a hanger. We also have a house rule that you can't throw out anything clean so inspection better be done before the clothes hit the laundry basket!

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« Reply #2103 on: July 10, 2015, 01:17:33 PM »
The Hummel collection conversation is interesting.  My mom collects them.  Due to the expense, dad buys them for her, we don't.  I'm now wondering if eBay will be my new best friend for presents for my mom...

I found a few that I know my Mom has for as low as $7.

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« Reply #2104 on: July 10, 2015, 08:31:51 PM »
Hummels: could sell as a lot.vs individually. Less listing work and higher return.

Hanging everything:  some things stretch when hung.  Especially knits of course,
Other things can be distorted by hangers too. Some things wrinkle when folded... 

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« Reply #2105 on: July 10, 2015, 09:37:58 PM »
If I remember the story Kondo told to illustrate folding vs. hanging, it was that she had a client with two walk-in closets and a standalone filled with clothes even though it was just her and she said she didn't own that much clothing.  Turned out she hung up every piece of clothing she owned, including t-shirts and underwear, and had special hangers for each type of clothing.  Kondo just had her fold the stuff that should be folded and it solved her problem.

I love Kondo's folding methods, especially for socks, underwear and t-shirts.  I love opening my dresser now, while in the past it was just a place where things would get piled up, buried and forgotten.

But hey, if you have the closet space, hang it all.

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« Reply #2106 on: July 11, 2015, 05:18:13 AM »
Re stamps - we took my Dad's collection, and all the associated equipment, to a dealer with online auctions.  The dealer was pleasantly surprised by what it brought, two people got into a bidding war for what was a very ordinary collection.  They took their 20%, which was totally fair because they did all the work and sold to an interested market, and all I had to do was get the collection to them and wait.  I am sure even at the expected sale price that I would have netted more than if I had tried to sell it myself, and I definitely made more because of the bidding war.

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« Reply #2107 on: July 11, 2015, 08:58:33 AM »
Re stamps - we took my Dad's collection, and all the associated equipment, to a dealer with online auctions.  The dealer was pleasantly surprised by what it brought, two people got into a bidding war for what was a very ordinary collection.  They took their 20%, which was totally fair because they did all the work and sold to an interested market, and all I had to do was get the collection to them and wait.  I am sure even at the expected sale price that I would have netted more than if I had tried to sell it myself, and I definitely made more because of the bidding war.

This is a great idea , very inspiring & something I hadn't thought of .
I hav a  mink coat that was my great grandmothers .any thoughts of how I couldgo about selling to get the most money for it?

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« Reply #2108 on: July 11, 2015, 01:45:26 PM »
My dad has thoughtfully started liquidating his coin collection, knowing my sister and I have no interest.  I really appreciate that.  If there's much less, we will likely bring the collection to a dealer and see what they will give us, or maybe consider going through an auctioneer. 

The have little of much value (other than the accounts), but sister and I will take what we want (which likely won't be all that much), and the rest will either be donated, or we might bring in someone to hold a large estate sale and let them take their cut, if they think it will be worth it.  My parents don't live near friends or family, so we can't really offer to let people forage, which is just as well, I think.

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« Reply #2109 on: July 11, 2015, 01:57:38 PM »
Re stamps - we took my Dad's collection, and all the associated equipment, to a dealer with online auctions.  The dealer was pleasantly surprised by what it brought, two people got into a bidding war for what was a very ordinary collection.  They took their 20%, which was totally fair because they did all the work and sold to an interested market, and all I had to do was get the collection to them and wait.  I am sure even at the expected sale price that I would have netted more than if I had tried to sell it myself, and I definitely made more because of the bidding war.

This is a great idea , very inspiring & something I hadn't thought of .
I hav a  mink coat that was my great grandmothers .any thoughts of how I couldgo about selling to get the most money for it?

I sold my grandma's fur wrap on eBay and shipped it to a woman in Italy. To attract international buyers, I made sure to offer international postage "at actual cost" after inputting the weight and dimensions of the package. If you instead select the default option of sending it to a shipping center and having ebay forward it, they mark the price up so much that it scares away most int'l buyers. 
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« Reply #2110 on: July 11, 2015, 03:53:33 PM »
Re stamps - we took my Dad's collection, and all the associated equipment, to a dealer with online auctions.  The dealer was pleasantly surprised by what it brought, two people got into a bidding war for what was a very ordinary collection.  They took their 20%, which was totally fair because they did all the work and sold to an interested market, and all I had to do was get the collection to them and wait.  I am sure even at the expected sale price that I would have netted more than if I had tried to sell it myself, and I definitely made more because of the bidding war.
I'm just wondering if your dad's stamp collection was neatly organized in binders or something? I have a bag of loose stamps (and some may even be postmarked) from the 60s-80s. Not sure if a dealer would want to look at my mess of a collection.
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« Reply #2111 on: July 11, 2015, 04:13:53 PM »
Both.  There were stamp books with the appropriate stamps, there were loose stamps (in envelopes, sorted), there were the forceps and stuff to process the stamps.

I chatted with them while they looked at my stamps and made my list.  They get all sorts of stuff, in all sorts of levels of organisation - they are used to handling estate stamps. They will know whether to put it up in one lot or separate things out.  Or whether there is any value at all.

Re stamps - we took my Dad's collection, and all the associated equipment, to a dealer with online auctions.  The dealer was pleasantly surprised by what it brought, two people got into a bidding war for what was a very ordinary collection.  They took their 20%, which was totally fair because they did all the work and sold to an interested market, and all I had to do was get the collection to them and wait.  I am sure even at the expected sale price that I would have netted more than if I had tried to sell it myself, and I definitely made more because of the bidding war.
I'm just wondering if your dad's stamp collection was neatly organized in binders or something? I have a bag of loose stamps (and some may even be postmarked) from the 60s-80s. Not sure if a dealer would want to look at my mess of a collection.

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« Reply #2112 on: July 11, 2015, 05:35:00 PM »
Today (because all it does is rain here in NoVA) we attacked the finished attic room that we use for TV and storage. Since we moved in almost 7 years ago, we have piled things up, left unsorted boxes laying around, the usual crap. Everytime I went upstairs I felt tired and dusty and overwhelmed. First round today we made a large give away pile: old gym bags with broken zippers, never played old time games like Pictionary, soccer cleats, etc. Then filled 2 trash bags of useless, broken, whatever stuff. Moved everything out from the low edges of the room, vacuumed, dusted, and put boxes back in some order. Still lots of boxes to go through and sort (DH has all his uniforms from the Navy, even though he retired 5 years ago), tons of "memory" papers (do I need that musuem guide from Tokyo?).

Didn't move us towards FIRE, but there's lots more clean floor, and it felt like progress.

ETA: of course in one dusty pile I found a forgotten "decluttering" book. Guess I'll read that tonight...
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« Reply #2113 on: July 11, 2015, 05:49:37 PM »
I've got 3 big bags of stuff in the back of the car, all going to Goodwill tomorrow. It's mostly clothes, some books and misc stuff.

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« Reply #2114 on: July 11, 2015, 09:07:07 PM »
I did another cull of my drawings and paintings. Funny how some things were soooo precious to me even a few years ago either made me sad to look at (I was extremely productive at drawing when I was going through a really bad patch in my life) or I'd lost my emotional attachment to it. So now I'm down to about 20 loose drawings and paintings, 2 sketchbooks and my drawings and paintings hung up in the lounge room.

I've kept my coloured pencils and set of 12 graphite pencils but have offloaded the rest of my stuff over the past few years. There was a lot of guilty shoulds "I should really do some drawings or paintings" but even if I made myself sit down with paints or pencils, the spark wasn't there and it felt like a chore. And because it felt like a chore, the painting or drawing was pretty shitty and soulless.

Moral of my story: something can be a huge and important part of your life for years, but I've changed and I'd rather get rid of stuff that I feel ambivalent or worse about.

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« Reply #2115 on: July 12, 2015, 05:37:42 AM »
I threw away some random things I found in a drawer. I also went through my collection of pens and threw away the ones that had run out.



ETA: of course in one dusty pile I found a forgotten "decluttering" book. Guess I'll read that tonight...

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« Reply #2116 on: July 12, 2015, 05:59:46 AM »

I read the Life-changing Magic book a couple of months ago but can't remember - why does she suggest folding all your things rather than hanging them in the closet? It seems much easier and faster to just hang everything, especially when you hang shirts to dry on the hangers and can just pop them in the closet when they're dry.

She doesn't say to fold all of your clothes since she suggests hanging items in terms of length going up to the right or some such thing. Anyway, I wouldn't get too hung up (a wink) on her suggestions of how and what to fold. Do what feels right/works for you.

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« Reply #2117 on: July 12, 2015, 06:42:50 AM »
I haven't read the book but just the idea of thanking an item for its service has really helped me say goodbye to a pot of stuff. This is probably the biggest single de clutter I have done in my adult life that wasn't motivated by moving house. And yet when I look in my closet I think "I probably could have culled further". So I may do another cut later. I also kept "this should go to someone who will appreciate it more than me". A friend dropped in tonight and I was able to give her two t-shirts and three pairs of tights. She was so stoked she pulled one of the shirts on immediately to wear out to the pub :-)  so thanking a worn out item for its service or thinking of a new appreciative owner for an item in good condition that didn't suit my life has really helped :-)

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« Reply #2118 on: July 12, 2015, 07:47:45 AM »
I bought a copy of the Magic Art of Tidying Up yesterday afternoon with a gift card + it was on sale.  I've read a little bit and so far so good. 

I've moved a few times over the last 2 years so we downsized quite a bit but I am going to attack my clothes one night next week.  I will work on 'my' stuff first and then branch over to 'our' stuff.  I think the author suggests the discarding is done in a particular order and I will do it her way. 

Because of all the moves, I let go of a few sentimental items that sat in a cupboard.  I am going to keep track of the number of boxes and bags I send to the thriftstore just out of curiosity.  When I first found this website, I sold some designer purses that I'd received as gifts but never used.  That was about it for anything of any real money value.  I think I will work it down to one sentimental item per person if I can.

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« Reply #2119 on: July 12, 2015, 12:46:12 PM »
The wardrobe categories I've cut are down to about one third.  Today, I culled 35 boots and shoes.   Still need to do cardigans, dresses, and coats.

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« Reply #2120 on: July 12, 2015, 02:07:16 PM »
Several pieces of clothing out : shirts, shorts, dresses, socks, bathing suit, shoes, fabric, handkerchiefs.. And 5 books out as well. 

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« Reply #2121 on: July 12, 2015, 02:34:56 PM »
And on the way to the car, a pair of sunglasses out . ( there's donations for other condo dwellers where I live ) . I only just purchased them a couple months ago ( grrr ) but never really could get behind the unusual frame shape.. I sooo wanted to like them, ah well . only out $2 ( secondhand ) thankfully.

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« Reply #2122 on: July 12, 2015, 03:01:30 PM »
The bad news: Many books in, from a library sale and my mom.  (Both cases were free, as the library was closing up shop, although I did give a donation for a bag).

The good news: I'll read once and donate some of those.  (Already read two.)  I went through a pile of books near my book case and eliminated a stack of books ranging from girls scout books from my childhood to "welcome to Boston" to books from school I no longer want.

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« Reply #2123 on: July 12, 2015, 04:15:08 PM »
This has been a constant challenge living in a small house. I read an article on the book, the Life-changing Magic, but there is still a long waiting list to borrow it from the library. But I did start rolling my socks like sushi. I've been folding my shirts her way for several years now, after reading about it on life hacker and loved the idea. It saved a lot of room in my dresser.

For awhile I was making weekly drop offs to a local charity that gives items away to the poor. I've let the progress slip, so maybe this post will get me back on board!

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« Reply #2124 on: July 12, 2015, 07:04:55 PM »
I used to move every 2-3 years for about 15 years. I've been in the same house now for 7 years - and a purge is well overdue. This weekend was gangbusters for getting stuff out of the house. I took a giant carload of stuff to Goodwill (excess bedding, more clothing, hamper, storage boxes that now have nothing to hold). Came home and tackled my row of bookshelves (5 full width Billy bookshelves that go to the ceiling). Cut out all the contents from 2 of them. Took some books to the free little library. The rest are boxed up and ready to go to Goodwill or friends of the library. Can't wait to haul the actual bookshelves themselves OUT.

Organized my kitchen junk drawer.

My desk is piled w/ misc. crap right now that I pulled out of drawers and storage cabinets. Getting ready to go through that stuff and sort out what, if any, should stay and what should go.

Books have been a hang-up for me but I really did well - I would guess 200 or so books have been removed. I kept a lot of children's books because I have books that belonged to my grandmother, my parents, me, and now my children's books - and they are so treasured and we still take them down and look at them. I look forward to the 5th generation getting those books one day.

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« Reply #2125 on: July 12, 2015, 07:04:59 PM »
I read an article on the book, the Life-changing Magic, but there is still a long waiting list to borrow it from the library.
You can find the audio book on YouTube.

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« Reply #2126 on: July 12, 2015, 08:05:27 PM »
Bagged up a bag of books, a bag of DVDs and two bags of clothes yesterday for charity.

I've set aside some mugs and tea cups which I never use. They're cute, so I'm sure someone else will love them. Tonight or tomorrow night I'll wrap them carefully in bubble wrap so that they can be donated without causing me anxiety around breakage on the journey.

We also 'decluttered' yesterday by giving my nephew a huge pile of birthday presents, a month late. Obviously there was no real risk that we would accidentally keep them forever - we were just waiting until the next time we saw him - but the gifts were bulky and we're happy to have handed them over now. In the same vein, my deadline is midday Wednesday for getting some clothes bagged up and posted for return to an online shop. They're not bulky, but it needs to be done.

Right now my philosophy is that every little bit less we have to move to the next house is going to make a huge difference on the day. It's working!

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« Reply #2127 on: July 13, 2015, 06:18:29 AM »
I used to move every 2-3 years for about 15 years. I've been in the same house now for 7 years - and a purge is well overdue. This weekend was gangbusters for getting stuff out of the house. I took a giant carload of stuff to Goodwill (excess bedding, more clothing, hamper, storage boxes that now have nothing to hold). Came home and tackled my row of bookshelves (5 full width Billy bookshelves that go to the ceiling). Cut out all the contents from 2 of them. Took some books to the free little library. The rest are boxed up and ready to go to Goodwill or friends of the library. Can't wait to haul the actual bookshelves themselves OUT.

Organized my kitchen junk drawer.

My desk is piled w/ misc. crap right now that I pulled out of drawers and storage cabinets. Getting ready to go through that stuff and sort out what, if any, should stay and what should go.

Books have been a hang-up for me but I really did well - I would guess 200 or so books have been removed. I kept a lot of children's books because I have books that belonged to my grandmother, my parents, me, and now my children's books - and they are so treasured and we still take them down and look at them. I look forward to the 5th generation getting those books one day.

You could see if a used book store near you has the Kondo book, and get in in exchange for some of your discards.

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« Reply #2128 on: July 13, 2015, 06:56:45 AM »
Went through another box upstairs. One bag of paper recycling, one small trash bag. Found a lot of old papers and writing, diaries, letters. I've decided I may get rid of some of it. Dithering over old yearbooks. High school senior year, college one, sure, keep. But do I really need my 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, grade yearbooks? Putting those aside for now. I may send two good friends their letters (remember letters?!). They might enjoy reading them. Old love letters from past boyfriends, meh. I've been thinking as I sort, who would want this?

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« Reply #2129 on: July 13, 2015, 09:24:50 AM »
I used to move every 2-3 years for about 15 years. I've been in the same house now for 7 years - and a purge is well overdue. This weekend was gangbusters for getting stuff out of the house. I took a giant carload of stuff to Goodwill (excess bedding, more clothing, hamper, storage boxes that now have nothing to hold). Came home and tackled my row of bookshelves (5 full width Billy bookshelves that go to the ceiling). Cut out all the contents from 2 of them. Took some books to the free little library. The rest are boxed up and ready to go to Goodwill or friends of the library. Can't wait to haul the actual bookshelves themselves OUT.

Organized my kitchen junk drawer.

My desk is piled w/ misc. crap right now that I pulled out of drawers and storage cabinets. Getting ready to go through that stuff and sort out what, if any, should stay and what should go.

Books have been a hang-up for me but I really did well - I would guess 200 or so books have been removed. I kept a lot of children's books because I have books that belonged to my grandmother, my parents, me, and now my children's books - and they are so treasured and we still take them down and look at them. I look forward to the 5th generation getting those books one day.

You could see if a used book store near you has the Kondo book, and get in in exchange for some of your discards.

Got it from the library a couple weeks ago, read it in the weekend, and returned it. I am aiming to drag two bookshelves out this week - now empty and remove the one from my bedroom (which is 1/2 empty). Feels sooooo good to get rid of this stuff.

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« Reply #2130 on: July 13, 2015, 09:49:55 AM »
I used to move every 2-3 years for about 15 years. I've been in the same house now for 7 years - and a purge is well overdue. This weekend was gangbusters for getting stuff out of the house. I took a giant carload of stuff to Goodwill (excess bedding, more clothing, hamper, storage boxes that now have nothing to hold). Came home and tackled my row of bookshelves (5 full width Billy bookshelves that go to the ceiling). Cut out all the contents from 2 of them. Took some books to the free little library. The rest are boxed up and ready to go to Goodwill or friends of the library. Can't wait to haul the actual bookshelves themselves OUT.

Organized my kitchen junk drawer.

My desk is piled w/ misc. crap right now that I pulled out of drawers and storage cabinets. Getting ready to go through that stuff and sort out what, if any, should stay and what should go.

Books have been a hang-up for me but I really did well - I would guess 200 or so books have been removed. I kept a lot of children's books because I have books that belonged to my grandmother, my parents, me, and now my children's books - and they are so treasured and we still take them down and look at them. I look forward to the 5th generation getting those books one day.

You could see if a used book store near you has the Kondo book, and get in in exchange for some of your discards.

Got it from the library a couple weeks ago, read it in the weekend, and returned it. I am aiming to drag two bookshelves out this week - now empty and remove the one from my bedroom (which is 1/2 empty). Feels sooooo good to get rid of this stuff.
Books were the best category for me because we were able to get rid of a large, ugly bookshelf out of our dining room.  We also reorganized all of our books and media (CDs, DVDs, video games), so our dining room and living room are so much more organized.

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« Reply #2131 on: July 13, 2015, 10:08:45 AM »

I'm just wondering if your dad's stamp collection was neatly organized in binders or something? I have a bag of loose stamps (and some may even be postmarked) from the 60s-80s. Not sure if a dealer would want to look at my mess of a collection.

From my research- loose stamps are less likely to see for nearly as much as organized ones. Because finding out if anything in them is worthwhile is a lot of work.

If you have anything still on an envelope DO NOT REMOVE IT.  Sometimes that is worth more than just a stamp.

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« Reply #2132 on: July 13, 2015, 02:16:18 PM »
I actually got some push back from my mother this weekend. She thought I was making a mistake getting rid of most of my books because "children need to know that books are valued and important." Well, yes. But they don't need to know that book OWNERSHIP is important. We spend plenty of time worshipping the book gods at the library, thank you very much.

She then joked that she didn't ever have to declutter her own crowded home because I would just do it for her once she was dead. I wanted to remind her that her own mother had cleared out her home in a major purge a couple of years before she died, and how grateful we all were at the time of her death that we didn't have to grieve and spend weeks emptying out her home at the same time. But I didn't. I will next time. I did, however, pull three cardboard boxes from her basement and insist she fill them for me to take to the Goodwill.

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« Reply #2133 on: July 13, 2015, 03:18:01 PM »

I'm just wondering if your dad's stamp collection was neatly organized in binders or something? I have a bag of loose stamps (and some may even be postmarked) from the 60s-80s. Not sure if a dealer would want to look at my mess of a collection.

From my research- loose stamps are less likely to see for nearly as much as organized ones. Because finding out if anything in them is worthwhile is a lot of work.

If you have anything still on an envelope DO NOT REMOVE IT.  Sometimes that is worth more than just a stamp.

Thanks for the tips, Iowajes and Retiredat63! I'll see if I have anything I can organize them into (like a slide protector page with little pockets), so I can at least present them in a more viewable fashion. ~Same thing with some old coins I've found stashed away.

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« Reply #2134 on: July 13, 2015, 03:23:31 PM »
I actually got some push back from my mother this weekend. She thought I was making a mistake getting rid of most of my books because "children need to know that books are valued and important." Well, yes. But they don't need to know that book OWNERSHIP is important. We spend plenty of time worshipping the book gods at the library, thank you very much.

She then joked that she didn't ever have to declutter her own crowded home because I would just do it for her once she was dead. I wanted to remind her that her own mother had cleared out her home in a major purge a couple of years before she died, and how grateful we all were at the time of her death that we didn't have to grieve and spend weeks emptying out her home at the same time. But I didn't. I will next time. I did, however, pull three cardboard boxes from her basement and insist she fill them for me to take to the Goodwill.

I can relate to this, as I have two parents who are collector-hoarders. My mom has gotten upset when she's heard I'm selling my own childhood stuff on eBay, and years ago when I attempted to declutter a bunch of childhood books, she took them out of the donation pile. So I'm sure she still has them stored in boxes--probably chewed up by mice at this point! To me it feels like emotional bullying when she tells me I HAVE to keep something. It also feels like my (70+ year old) parents are expecting me to continue to carry the burden of their hoards. And that feels like enabling a mental illness. :-/

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« Reply #2135 on: July 13, 2015, 06:13:29 PM »
Taking a huge bundle of papers to the shredder at work today :-) I also have all my PP&E used on occasional site visits to be stored in my desk at work which I recently decluttered. This gets this seldom used but needs to be owned stuff out of my way. I also gave my mum two toiletries bags to use on her upcoming vacation (she was going to buy some) as I now use a very small kit bag and small makeup bag as I only ever take hand luggage. My next zones I am hoping to tackle are the car (aka the random junk holder) and the linen shelf.

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« Reply #2136 on: July 13, 2015, 06:51:04 PM »
I've made zero, or possibly negative progress on decluttering lately, but did just pawn off two name-brand purses on my visiting nieces, and they were thrilled to have them.  Really hoping to summon the mental energy to start selling some things.  It's the items with some value that aren't leaving the house; I have no problem dropping things by the thrift store.  Maybe it's time to read the Kondo book and become inspired.

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« Reply #2137 on: July 13, 2015, 08:10:46 PM »
Have made progress on the decluttering of old stuff stuck at my parents house.
So far 1 box of old paperbacks and 2 boxes of old school papers have made it into paper recycling. 3 boxes of old books will be offered to relatives with children of right age. Tossed some old toys that were broken (plastic doesn't store well) and saved the quality toys for later.

Also brought home a box to look through more thoroughly and found some old dvd's I'm going to enjoy watching on a rainy night. I know the result of the 'decluttering' will be more stuff at my house and less at their. But that's ok, as long as I don't own more than I can comfortably house in my (smal) apartment.

Also took stuff to el-recycling today. For some reason I put that of, sometimes for months...

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« Reply #2138 on: July 14, 2015, 03:35:54 AM »
Have made progress on the decluttering of old stuff stuck at my parents house.
So far 1 box of old paperbacks and 2 boxes of old school papers have made it into paper recycling. 3 boxes of old books will be offered to relatives with children of right age. Tossed some old toys that were broken (plastic doesn't store well) and saved the quality toys for later.

Also brought home a box to look through more thoroughly and found some old dvd's I'm going to enjoy watching on a rainy night. I know the result of the 'decluttering' will be more stuff at my house and less at their. But that's ok, as long as I don't own more than I can comfortably house in my (smal) apartment.

Also took stuff to el-recycling today. For some reason I put that of, sometimes for months...
Urgh this pile!!! I had a quick glimpse at it last time I was at my parents, pretty sure it is mostly sewing stuff which should be able to come home now I have decluttered, stuff I use there (a spare sweater and some sports equipment) but I will need to check no junk crept in.

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« Reply #2139 on: July 14, 2015, 08:58:37 AM »
I actually got some push back from my mother this weekend. She thought I was making a mistake getting rid of most of my books because "children need to know that books are valued and important." Well, yes. But they don't need to know that book OWNERSHIP is important. We spend plenty of time worshipping the book gods at the library, thank you very much.

She then joked that she didn't ever have to declutter her own crowded home because I would just do it for her once she was dead. I wanted to remind her that her own mother had cleared out her home in a major purge a couple of years before she died, and how grateful we all were at the time of her death that we didn't have to grieve and spend weeks emptying out her home at the same time. But I didn't. I will next time. I did, however, pull three cardboard boxes from her basement and insist she fill them for me to take to the Goodwill.

I can relate to this, as I have two parents who are collector-hoarders. My mom has gotten upset when she's heard I'm selling my own childhood stuff on eBay, and years ago when I attempted to declutter a bunch of childhood books, she took them out of the donation pile. So I'm sure she still has them stored in boxes--probably chewed up by mice at this point! To me it feels like emotional bullying when she tells me I HAVE to keep something. It also feels like my (70+ year old) parents are expecting me to continue to carry the burden of their hoards. And that feels like enabling a mental illness. :-/

Don't tell them you're getting rid of something. And good luck when you have to clean out their house.

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« Reply #2140 on: July 14, 2015, 04:28:35 PM »
Good idea, Sibley. What's that movie quote, "You can't handle the truth!"  They want to think that all their collecting and hoarding efforts have been worthwhile and the sad truth is, it was mostly a waste of time, energy and money.

Today I took my old coins to a reputable dealer and they bought maybe 1/3 of them. They paid me $44 for coins with an original face value of $5. So, though it was nearly 9x their original value, it doesn't seem like it was worthwhile to hold on to them for all those years. I asked him about stamps and they're only interested in 1910 and older, in pristine condition. That rules out my whole collection, lol! I will be donating them to the local thrift store. Maybe they'll be used for arts & crafts.

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« Reply #2141 on: July 15, 2015, 06:33:30 AM »
I am on a (free) vacation & hav packed almost all of my clothing. Because that is how minimal my wardrobe is ! So funny :)

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« Reply #2142 on: July 15, 2015, 07:39:14 AM »


I am on a (free) vacation & hav packed almost all of my clothing. Because that is how minimal my wardrobe is ! So funny :)

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« Reply #2143 on: July 15, 2015, 07:45:01 AM »
Been dipping in and out of this thread but I am about 80% done with getting rid of probably 80% of my belongings. My husband and I are setting out on a months-long road trip, in which we intend to stay in a bunch of different places until we find one where we want to settle down for a while. We have a small storage room and a Honda Fit and that's it!

We've been following the usual course of action ... Craigslist, friends, Goodwill. We've made about $800 selling stuff so far and will probably clear $1500 by the time it's all said and done. Plus we've given a lot of great stuff to our friends and to the thrift stores around here. It's been a lot of schlepping, but it feels awesome to go through literally every item you own and only keep the ones that you have decided to keep.

I keep leaping out of bed at 5 in the morning because I'm so excited! We leave Sunday! Still lots to do but not so much that we will need to go bananas to get it done.

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« Reply #2144 on: July 15, 2015, 07:59:26 AM »
Anyone have any ideas on getting rid of a hooked rug canvas, pattern & yarn? It's not selling on ebay. Just has to go somewhere where it will be appreciated.

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« Reply #2145 on: July 15, 2015, 08:09:08 AM »
Anyone have any ideas on getting rid of a hooked rug canvas, pattern & yarn? It's not selling on ebay. Just has to go somewhere where it will be appreciated.

Kids art center
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« Reply #2146 on: July 15, 2015, 09:21:40 AM »


I am on a (free) vacation & hav packed almost all of my clothing. Because that is how minimal my wardrobe is ! So funny :)

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« Reply #2147 on: July 15, 2015, 09:24:51 AM »
Been dipping in and out of this thread but I am about 80% done with getting rid of probably 80% of my belongings. My husband and I are setting out on a months-long road trip, in which we intend to stay in a bunch of different places until we find one where we want to settle down for a while. We have a small storage room and a Honda Fit and that's it!

We've been following the usual course of action ... Craigslist, friends, Goodwill. We've made about $800 selling stuff so far and will probably clear $1500 by the time it's all said and done. Plus we've given a lot of great stuff to our friends and to the thrift stores around here. It's been a lot of schlepping, but it feels awesome to go through literally every item you own and only keep the ones that you have decided to keep.

I keep leaping out of bed at 5 in the morning because I'm so excited! We leave Sunday! Still lots to do but not so much that we will need to go bananas to get it done.

That is so exciting! A long roadtrip . finding a place to settle for a bit . that's what I'll be doing a little later .

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« Reply #2148 on: July 15, 2015, 12:31:53 PM »
Thanks to you all I watched some Konmari type videos and really swallowed the idea that when purging paper I should not deal with other things.  SoI entered the room of paper (cue scary music) and separated out all other stuff such as CDs, books, electrical cords, boxes, etc.  They all went on a different table.  Suddenly it all seemed simpler.  Magic!

i emptied out desk drawers, a filing drawer, some shelves, binders and boxes.

Then I decided to have one binder with everything in it in my office plus one box with rarely accessed stuff in a closet.

I have been destroying old bills, statements, journals, course notes, and notecards.  I have been tossing junk mail, flyers, and goodness knows what all. I have tossed three bags of paper trash and I feel great.  I am not finished yet but can see the end in sight.  I had a look at my computer and realised that perhaps the reason my scanner won't work is that I have my previous (dead) scanner listed as the scanner in my computer.  Whoops.

I stacked nostalgic papers in a separate pile to deal with after going through the unsentimental stuff.  Most of that will be scanned and tossed. 

I still have three boxes of paper in a closet.  I know Marie Kondo would not approve but there is only so much clutter I can visually deal with without giving up.  Most of that is keepsakes and scannable stuff so it can come out once I get the scanner ready to go.  And more importantly it can come out when the present heavily reduced stacks are down to small mounds.

After my first phase last fall I am seeing all kinds of stuff I suddenly am ready to toss with this second go around.  I am determined not to scan nonsense so I am going to go through the To Be Scanned Pile one more time before scanning and I bet I will toss a lot more.

Woohooo!!!! This thread is really inspiring me.




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« Reply #2149 on: July 15, 2015, 12:42:36 PM »


I am on a (free) vacation & hav packed almost all of my clothing. Because that is how minimal my wardrobe is ! So funny :)

If there was a badassity prize you'd have my nomination!!!


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