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Re: Continued: Getting rid of stuff / Clearing out clutter! PART 2
« Reply #5850 on: May 09, 2022, 06:43:44 PM »
Threw away a burned up candle instead of cleaning out the jar and saving it for some hypothetical future use.

Put even more clothes in the donate bag. It's summer now and I'm getting rid of clothes I didn't love from fall/winter. I'm down to ten work shirts and five work pants. That will get me through the first week or two to see what else I need. I'm attempting to be systematic in my clothing acquisitions. Packed away the summer clothes and donated some of those, too.

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« Reply #5851 on: May 10, 2022, 04:39:57 AM »
Found out there's a local paint recycling company that will pick up your old paint, for free.  So Tuesday, buh-bye all my old paint cans in the basement.

Oh wow! That's great. I wonder if there is anything like that here? I have several cans of paint that could go.

Moved on the weekend and gave several items to family members that I no longer needed.

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« Reply #5852 on: May 10, 2022, 01:59:45 PM »
Found out there's a local paint recycling company that will pick up your old paint, for free.  So Tuesday, buh-bye all my old paint cans in the basement.

Oh wow! That's great. I wonder if there is anything like that here? I have several cans of paint that could go.

Moved on the weekend and gave several items to family members that I no longer needed.

Doesn't any paint store/department take old paint?  My local, independent one does.  There's also the dump, that takes such stuff and recycles it.  If you ask around, especially at a paint store, I'm sure there's something near you.

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« Reply #5853 on: May 10, 2022, 03:29:02 PM »
Finally got rid of a few things that had been hanging around.  An old brew pot from my home brew, which was difficult to get into the rubbish bin due to it's size went out this morning in the rubbish collection, along with a brake rotor which I had been intending to throw out for ages but never quite made it to the bin, and an old alternator replaced about 4 months ago.

Gives me a bit more free room where the motorcycle is parked.

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« Reply #5854 on: May 11, 2022, 06:25:06 AM »
Decluttering by attrition. As I was looking for something in a cabinet, a jar fell onto one of my old glass beer mugs and broke a big chunk off of it. Recycled it. One less mug to take up space. Got about 15 more, lol.

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« Reply #5855 on: May 11, 2022, 07:57:32 AM »
The living room is full of piles to be donated at various places, with two more piles in the garage. Need to start deciding which tools to donate. I know we have an excess of tools partly because two handy people joined households, but why do we have three hammers?

Going to start trying to sell the furniture soon.

The last time we lived on the boat we had a storage room. This time, even the bikes will have a place onboard!

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« Reply #5856 on: May 11, 2022, 08:30:52 AM »
Four pictures off to the auction house to sell and half a box of old paperwork ready for recycling.

Still need to sort out some other bits and pieces to go to auction (jewellery I never wear, a few collectors' bits and pieces).

I'm getting some shelving put in a built-in wardrobe in my sewing room (formerly the spare room) which will hold my fabric stash.  Along with selling superflous items stored in there that then will be nicely decluttered.  I'll still have some excess paperwork and stationery to deal with but as that's stored away in the study it can wait till everything else is done.

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« Reply #5857 on: May 11, 2022, 08:55:59 AM »
The living room is full of piles to be donated at various places, with two more piles in the garage. Need to start deciding which tools to donate. I know we have an excess of tools partly because two handy people joined households, but why do we have three hammers?

Going to start trying to sell the furniture soon.

The last time we lived on the boat we had a storage room. This time, even the bikes will have a place onboard!

To be fair, I'm not necessarily all that handy and I have 2 hammers and a mallet. Please don't ask how many screw drivers I have.

But yes, there is a point at which its ridiculous.

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« Reply #5858 on: May 11, 2022, 09:47:41 AM »
Decluttering by attrition. As I was looking for something in a cabinet, a jar fell onto one of my old glass beer mugs and broke a big chunk off of it. Recycled it. One less mug to take up space. Got about 15 more, lol.

One trick I use when I have a bunch of things like old mugs is to re-frame how I think about them.  Normally I'd think "Which of these mugs do I want to get rid of?" and then I'd get sucked into the morass of making a bunch of decisions about which ones to part with, and it was really hard.

The trick I learned was to flip the question in my head.  So, nowadays I ask "Which of these mugs do I want to keep?  I'm only keeping 4, which ones do I like the best?"  Then I only have to pick 4 mugs that I really like (easy), and then the rest I can mass-recycle without any qualms, knowing that I still have the best of all the mugs still in my cabinet. 

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« Reply #5859 on: May 11, 2022, 11:19:33 AM »
Decluttering by attrition. As I was looking for something in a cabinet, a jar fell onto one of my old glass beer mugs and broke a big chunk off of it. Recycled it. One less mug to take up space. Got about 15 more, lol.

One trick I use when I have a bunch of things like old mugs is to re-frame how I think about them.  Normally I'd think "Which of these mugs do I want to get rid of?" and then I'd get sucked into the morass of making a bunch of decisions about which ones to part with, and it was really hard.

The trick I learned was to flip the question in my head.  So, nowadays I ask "Which of these mugs do I want to keep?  I'm only keeping 4, which ones do I like the best?"  Then I only have to pick 4 mugs that I really like (easy), and then the rest I can mass-recycle without any qualms, knowing that I still have the best of all the mugs still in my cabinet. 

Bingo!  Deciding what you want to keep is the key to getting rid of what you don't.

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« Reply #5860 on: May 11, 2022, 01:26:04 PM »
Bingo!  Deciding what you want to keep is the key to getting rid of what you don't.

Yes, this was a huge shift in thinking for me resulting in a lot more items purged.  I still have to remember to focus on it though.

On the purging note: bugaboo stroller with numerous barely used accessories, gifted to me by neighbors found a new home today.  Also passed along a bunch of other odds and ends that had missed in prior purges (e.g. 2 pairs of newborn socks, a 6 m hat, etc.)

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« Reply #5861 on: May 11, 2022, 05:40:59 PM »
Person finally came to pick up the deep freeze today. Yay!

Put a non-working lawn mower, old BBQ and several other small items on the driveway for free and all got picked up today. Another Yay!

Getting down to the nitty gritty of stuff left at the old house. I need to get rid of an old desk, which might be a little harder.

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« Reply #5862 on: May 11, 2022, 10:57:28 PM »
I had to get a new phone last week (a few too many repairs on the old one, it was time) and the box it was shipped in didn't even have time to hit the recycle bin before I sold a similarly sized item online and shipped it back out again with the new (old) contents. 

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« Reply #5863 on: May 13, 2022, 02:08:54 PM »
Had a frankly dismal day at the flea market today as I was trying to make a profit and declutter. The positive 'spin' is that I sold my Roberta Flack / Donny Hathaway album. I had heard it plenty and it was time to let some one else enjoy it.

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« Reply #5864 on: May 14, 2022, 12:56:44 PM »
I had to get a new phone last week (a few too many repairs on the old one, it was time) and the box it was shipped in didn't even have time to hit the recycle bin before I sold a similarly sized item online and shipped it back out again with the new (old) contents.

Love this! Packing/shipping materials are an item I'm working on. At my past job, we always needed shipping boxes and packing paper. Now I don't have that outlet I allow myself to keep one padded mailer at a time and everything else gets recycled.

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« Reply #5865 on: May 14, 2022, 01:07:50 PM »
An old clothing item bit the dust last week. I ordered a replacement and threw away the old one when the new one came in. The box got flattened and used for weed control in the garden. Shipping paperwork straight to recycling.

Went through prescription medication today to sort them by expiration date. One of my meds is $9 PER PILL so I cannot afford for one pack to go bad because of poor organization. Luckily, I only take them as needed and not daily, and none of them had expired. This is your reminder to check your meds!

My house came with one compost pile. Now it is full of lawn clippings, dead leaves, and kitchen waste. I made another from an old piece of fencing I removed. The first one is perking away and the second one is ready for another year's worth of waste diverted from the landfill.


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« Reply #5866 on: May 16, 2022, 07:34:03 PM »
My brother and I went through all .... everything from my mom's apartment and sorted out what was straight up junk and what we would keep and what to donate. She has a few items at her retirement home. It was hard slogging but we got it done. Better now than after she is gone. 

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« Reply #5867 on: May 17, 2022, 09:47:41 AM »
Congrats Frugal Lizard. That is quite a momentous achievement!

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« Reply #5868 on: May 17, 2022, 10:16:15 AM »
Old pillows.  What do I do with them.  They are objectively fine.  My Mom passed in February and I'm clearing her place now.  A lot were left behind when she bought the 5th wheel last summer.  Some were hers.  We seem to have a massive overabundance.  I'm thinking 10-15 bed pillows of various sizes.  I hate to just put them in the dumpster, but I don't need this many.

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« Reply #5869 on: May 17, 2022, 10:37:29 AM »
Old pillows.  What do I do with them.  They are objectively fine.  My Mom passed in February and I'm clearing her place now.  A lot were left behind when she bought the 5th wheel last summer.  Some were hers.  We seem to have a massive overabundance.  I'm thinking 10-15 bed pillows of various sizes.  I hate to just put them in the dumpster, but I don't need this many.

Donate them to Goodwill - I promise you someone will be delighted (and grateful) with nice pillows for their home.

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« Reply #5870 on: May 17, 2022, 01:05:11 PM »
Finally sold a new coat (gift) via eBay & got it out of the closet. I also kept the box it was mailed in, and used that for shipping to the buyer, which means I have two items out of the house!

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« Reply #5871 on: May 17, 2022, 05:26:59 PM »
Ah, tea. My old nemesis (or something). I have some flavored tea I'm very "meh" on. Thanks for the reminder okisok and Fresh Bread . I will make an effort over the next few weeks to use it up. Today would have been a good day for a cup in the afternoon, too! Ah well.

One of two boxes of meh tea gone!

Both boxes of the pedestrian tea are G-O-N-E! Woo!

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« Reply #5872 on: May 18, 2022, 01:22:17 PM »
@oneday High fives for no more bad tea!

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« Reply #5873 on: May 18, 2022, 11:09:35 PM »
@oneday High fives for no more bad tea!

Yay, high fives!

Time for the Tea Trials to begin. I've bought another box of tea and am recording brands and varieties along with my ratings, so I won't end up with 2+ boxes of something gross again.

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« Reply #5874 on: May 19, 2022, 04:17:34 AM »
Slowly throwing the renovation rubbish out in the council rubbish collection.  The 80 litre bin doesn't hold much, but we have very little normal trash, so I get a fair bit of plasterboard or tiles out each week.  More than half of it gone from February, and hoping to get rid of the rest of it in the next few months before we start the kitchen renovation.

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« Reply #5875 on: May 19, 2022, 10:39:35 AM »
Slowly throwing the renovation rubbish out in the council rubbish collection.  The 80 litre bin doesn't hold much, but we have very little normal trash, so I get a fair bit of plasterboard or tiles out each week.  More than half of it gone from February, and hoping to get rid of the rest of it in the next few months before we start the kitchen renovation.

I've done this same thing before. If the trash company won't offer a smaller bin, at least I can make use of the excess space sometimes!

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« Reply #5876 on: May 20, 2022, 09:36:46 PM »
Took 3 books to the little library down the street. I read two of them this week and then decided I was not going to read the third. The little library was empty except for a discarded shoe, so I was glad I put three different books in there for the next person.

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« Reply #5877 on: May 22, 2022, 06:24:15 AM »
BIG win (by my standards at least)! We've accumulated an immense bag of worn out and ragged clothing, and I finally brought it to the farmer's market where there is a textiles recycling collection. As a bonus, I also picked up some Too Good To Go treats and combined the errand with another one (the farmer's market is some distance from my home), so that I wasn't driving out there just to recycle.

Next week the church is restarting our annual tag sale which was canceled during the pandemic, so I'm looking forward to making some space in the garage at last.

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« Reply #5878 on: May 22, 2022, 07:45:35 AM »
Took 3 books to the little library down the street. I read two of them this week and then decided I was not going to read the third. The little library was empty except for a discarded shoe, so I was glad I put three different books in there for the next person.

One discarded shoe! Ha! I was going through my shoe collection and found one worn out wingtip shoe worthy of going to textile recycling.

'm waiting, though, to find the matching shoe, since I'll forget I already recycled this one, ha ha.     

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« Reply #5879 on: May 22, 2022, 08:34:23 AM »
Since I chose not to go to the flea market today where I sell stuff, I plan on roaming around the house, for just a half hour, looking for hidden gems that I can put into the sell pile or the recycle/toss pile.

I am continually surprised to find news stuff I had somehow overlooked before.

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« Reply #5880 on: May 23, 2022, 02:54:32 PM »
Recycled plastic shopping bags accumulated by the household above and beyond what we can use as trash bin liners. That bag of bags had been hanging off the front door handle for a week! Finally remembered in the way to the grocery store this week.

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« Reply #5881 on: May 23, 2022, 06:13:50 PM »
Gave away an old piece of dark room equipment to someone that was very happy to get it.

Took a bunch of extra boxes from moving to the re-cycling center.

Just a few bits and pieces left at the old house to get rid of. The last 10% is taking as long as the first 90%, it seems.

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« Reply #5882 on: Today at 03:23:49 PM »
I tried to give away an old desk, but had no takers, so today it went to the dump. It was made out of MDF, so no great loss. 

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« Reply #5883 on: Today at 04:16:03 PM »
Put two clothing items into the donation pile. Neither fit particularly well, and are just taking up space in my closet. Moving them on to someone who may get joy from them.