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Title: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on August 10, 2013, 05:00:47 PM
I wish we had an ongoing thread on decluttering.  I think quite a few have been started, but I couldn't find one, sooooo...

I'm bragging!  I started again on a decluttering binge and am doing so well!  I have been able to let go of a lot of things that I couldn't before.  I have lots of art books and supplies and I have passed quite a few of my most important ones (translates to things I was holding on to for dear life, in case i ever decided to paint, do colored pencil work, etc.).  I fortunately have quite a few people with artistic bent in the family who are happy to take them off my hands.     
I am also mercilessly throwing things into the thrift store box.  I put quite a few things in a box to be stored, and went through it again this morning and was able to pull out some items and put them where they really belonged...in the thrift store box.  Ahhhhh,  what a relief!
Not only that, I got a few pictures that had just been displayed by leaning them against the walls, up on the wall. 
What I find myself doing most of the time is just rearranging all the knick-knacky kinds of things I have filling every space instead of reducing the visual noise by getting rid of the ones that are not that important to me.  I have rocks crystals, stones, etc coming out my ears.  They are all safely in a box going into storage.  I love how they make me feel, but in the midst of all the mess they are just annoying.  I know where they are so when I get a handle on things I can get them out again. 
I'm going to be getting some plants to put here and there for the freshness and life they bring to the space.   
I'm feeling pretty good about this!  And feeling good keeps me going.
Anyone else on the decluttering wagon?
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on August 10, 2013, 05:18:28 PM
Congratulations! My biggest joy as a professional organizer is to see my clients have the experience you are having! It does get easier, doesn't it? It is also an ongoing process  - as you've found out, this time around, you've decluttered items you weren't able to part with last time.

I tell everyone that Done Is Better Than Perfect.

Step back, admire your hard work and reward yourself!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: daen on August 10, 2013, 05:23:06 PM
I wish we had an ongoing thread on decluttering.  I think quite a few have been started, but I couldn't find one, sooooo...

I'm bragging!  I started again on a decluttering binge and am doing so well!  I have been able to let go of a lot of things that I couldn't before.  I have lots of art books and supplies and I have passed quite a few of my most important ones (translates to things I was holding on to for dear life, in case i ever decided to paint, do colored pencil work, etc.).  I fortunately have quite a few people with artistic bent in the family who are happy to take them off my hands.     
I am also mercilessly throwing things into the thrift store box.  I put quite a few things in a box to be stored, and went through it again this morning and was able to pull out some items and put them where they really belonged...in the thrift store box.  Ahhhhh,  what a relief!
Not only that, I got a few pictures that had just been displayed by leaning them against the walls, up on the wall. 
What I find myself doing most of the time is just rearranging all the knick-knacky kinds of things I have filling every space instead of reducing the visual noise by getting rid of the ones that are not that important to me.  I have rocks crystals, stones, etc coming out my ears.  They are all safely in a box going into storage.  I love how they make me feel, but in the midst of all the mess they are just annoying.  I know where they are so when I get a handle on things I can get them out again. 
I'm going to be getting some plants to put here and there for the freshness and life they bring to the space.   
I'm feeling pretty good about this!  And feeling good keeps me going.
Anyone else on the decluttering wagon?
*raises hand timidly*
Me.
Well, soon.

We're finishing out our contract and going home in about two months, and we're going to try to fit everything into two suitcases and a carryon apiece. We've been trying not to accumulate stuff, but things sort of collect in the corners over time.
Next month I plan to get serious about weeding through the stuff I want to take back and the stuff that belongs to our furnished apartment, to see what can stay, what can be donated or trashed, and what can be packed.
I also plan on starting the cleaning process early in the less-used corners of the apartment, so I'm not frantically cleaning and packing the day before we leave. Been there, done that, used the Tshirt to clean the windows on moving day.

I suspect that when we get back, we will do some decluttering as well. There's a ton of stuff that's been stored for a year, and aside from my books, I haven't really missed most of it...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: JoW on August 10, 2013, 06:06:49 PM
I'm trying.  Oh how I'm trying.   I got rid of a 30-year old stereo 2 weeks ago.

The next big item I need to get rid of is a set of encyclopedias from the early 60's.  Gorgeous books.  They haven't been opened since about 1970.  No one has any use for them.  They belong in the recycle bin.  But it hurts to pitch them. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on August 10, 2013, 06:39:58 PM
Congratulations! My biggest joy as a professional organizer is to see my clients have the experience you are having! It does get easier, doesn't it? It is also an ongoing process  - as you've found out, this time around, you've decluttered items you weren't able to part with last time.

I tell everyone that Done Is Better Than Perfect.

Step back, admire your hard work and reward yourself!

When I'm sick of my day job, I want to go work for a professional organizer. In the middle of a career crisis a few years ago, I almost did.

My problem right now is that I get all sort of great "swag" from my day job. I need to man up and toss it.


My favorite way to declutter is to "Toss Ten."

("toss" meaning "send out of my house by trashing, recycling, donating, whatever")

I count to ten based on how I'm feeling. If I'm feeling energetic, the one of the "things" I toss might be "all the pens on the dresser." If I'm feeling low, I count each pen individually.

But usually I start a Toss Ten fortnight by making sure I get rid of ten things every night.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on August 10, 2013, 07:23:18 PM
Toots, this is my "side business." I keep my full-time gig for the steady income and insurance. I am a professional (member of NAPO, incorporated, etc.). From your name, I gather you're in NYC. Check out the NAPO.net site for POs in your area to contact if you're really interested. Feel free to pm me for more info. I do love it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: KenveeB on August 10, 2013, 07:38:37 PM
I have severe packrat tendencies, so I force myself to declutter regularly to keep a handle on it. I keep a box in my closet, so any time I try something on and realize it doesn't fit, isn't flattering, or I just don't like it, I immediately put it in the box. When the box is full, it goes in the garage. When I have two or three boxes, I make a run through the rest of the house finding any other knickknacks and such that I can add to the stack, then take it to Goodwill. It really helps keep things under control.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: guihong on August 10, 2013, 07:49:28 PM
DD and I went through her closet and donated five (5!) huge bags of clothes to Goodwill.  There's still a "bag in progress" as well.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Syfygeek on August 10, 2013, 08:12:14 PM
The other day, my DS came over, I pointed out what I wanted gone from the deck, left for work and hauled stuff to the dump.

That way I couldn't change my mind and keep anything ;D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Gwywnnydd on August 10, 2013, 08:15:48 PM
My housemate is moving out of state, and is packing/sorting/discarding stuff.

My boy is going through the summer growth spurt(s) and outgrowing a lot of his clothes.

And I'm having another round of 'Get Rid Of ALL THE THINGS!!', prompted by ATT accumulating in my bedroom, so they're out of the public areas of the house. Now my bedroom is cluttered and making me crazy.

There is an epic thrift store donation trip in my immediate future. I'll report back.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 10, 2013, 08:57:30 PM
Well, my version of decluttering is a little different...I sew and my sewing "goodies" have outgrown the "sewing/guest room." So, my summer project is to sew, organize,  and/or donate as much as possible since I have the summers off of work. (Except, of course , the unpaid babysitting that we do for our granddaughter.) There is now a path in the sewing room now and I have sewn every day for a week. Not all day, but for at least some time each day. I'm trying to stay strong!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: lisat on August 10, 2013, 09:09:01 PM
I am working on our basement. It seemed to be the catchall of everything that the girls wanted saved. Old blankets, disgust junk. I have found all kinds of things that I had been looking for-but no longer need. Stuff ordered that never got used. Stuff stuff stuff. Couldn't stand it anymore. I have the girls go through their stuff and either get rid of it-do something with it but not leaving it here etc. What is left is going either to the dump-recyle or thrift store. They had their chance. Then there is/was the hubby's " I 'm going to fix that" but never did and it is now so rusty-ruined that there is no reason to even have it. I want my basement cleared!! Of course some of that stuff is mine-old material-bird feeders-old glasses etc. It is quite a chore and it is taken me quit awhile but it does feel good to be able to go down there and actually see space-walls. Still a work in progress but it is progress.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Where's the Quiet? on August 10, 2013, 09:22:00 PM
Anyone else on the decluttering wagon?

Me! We have some renovations going on and so have been decluttering as we go to make room for the supplies. We've cleared out a patio that was holding furniture that was just not worth saving, the garage, most of the basement and I'm working on the main floor. I'm hoping to make major progress on this once school starts again.

I have to say, I LOVE Bagster! It can handle a lot and at least in our area, it's not much more than a trip to the dump. We're getting our fourth bag soon. Things would be taking a lot longer if we had to keep running to the dump ourselves to get rid of things. I've been donating to Goodwill and on Freecycle if things are still in good shape, but unfortunately it's not as much as I was hoping.

Also filled up a cardboard recycling dumpster just with what we had in the garage. Some boxes were from two Christmases ago! lol I didn't realize how much we actually had in there...we'd just keep adding to the cardboard pile with the intention of recycling at some point. Feels good to have it all out.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: KenveeB on August 10, 2013, 10:23:24 PM
Well, my version of decluttering is a little different...I sew and my sewing "goodies" have outgrown the "sewing/guest room." So, my summer project is to sew, organize,  and/or donate as much as possible since I have the summers off of work. (Except, of course , the unpaid babysitting that we do for our granddaughter.) There is now a path in the sewing room now and I have sewn every day for a week. Not all day, but for at least some time each day. I'm trying to stay strong!

Ugh. I need to do that with my scrapbook room soon. It's getting desperate.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on August 11, 2013, 12:19:35 AM
It's good to know others are doing some decluttering and organizing, too, and all the ideas and tips help, a lot.  I was going to say, "misery loves company", but it feels so good to be doing this, I don't find it at all miserable!

I did get two Spider plants today and the living room already feels fresher and nicer. I love those.  Each of them had tons of little baby plants on long stems.  I cut them off and will probably give them to my daughter to make starts she might be able to sell at her craft fair booth.  She does nature photos so it seems like plants would fit right in.

I am definitely celebrating this breath of fresh air being breathed into the house by paring down all that stuff that keeps staring at me from every surface and corner.   :)

Oh, and I was going to say, something that is kind of spurring me on to keep at it is this:  I tend to not open the drapes on the big windows in the living room, mainly because it puts a glare on the TV when I watch it  :-[.  Even though they are light in color, it makes for a gloomy room, so I am trying to open them every morning.  I'm beginning to think it makes me feel better, or more energetic, to have them open.  Has anyone experienced this?
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Cricket on August 11, 2013, 05:29:10 AM
It's good to know others are doing some decluttering and organizing, too, and all the ideas and tips help, a lot.  I was going to say, "misery loves company", but it feels so good to be doing this, I don't find it at all miserable!

I did get two Spider plants today and the living room already feels fresher and nicer. I love those.  Each of them had tons of little baby plants on long stems.  I cut them off and will probably give them to my daughter to make starts she might be able to sell at her craft fair booth.  She does nature photos so it seems like plants would fit right in.

I am definitely celebrating this breath of fresh air being breathed into the house by paring down all that stuff that keeps staring at me from every surface and corner.   :)

Oh, and I was going to say, something that is kind of spurring me on to keep at it is this:  I tend to not open the drapes on the big windows in the living room, mainly because it puts a glare on the TV when I watch it  :-[.  Even though they are light in color, it makes for a gloomy room, so I am trying to open them every morning.  I'm beginning to think it makes me feel better, or more energetic, to have them open.  Has anyone experienced this?

I've started to declutter as well. It's about 20 years overdue! It's been hard to get my DH on board because he is a borderline hoarder. I stood in the middle of the lounge room one day and shouted "We have too much STUFF!!!"  DH said, "What do you mean by stuff?" He just didn't get it.

I then broke down and told my hubby that our house made me feel claustrophobic. That it was like trying to get out of a crowded elevator. Where we had to move this and this in order to get to that thing we need. Nothing could get put away because there was nowhere to put it. Hence, dusting didn't get done because there is just too much stuff. I told him we keep things in case we need them one day, but when we do need it we can't find it and then have to buy it (even though we've got it "somewhere").

I think I finally got through to him how depressed it was making me. So, when we knew my sister and BIL were coming for a visit we started decluttering. Initially, it just got bagged up and squeezed in the shed. At least we created some space in the house. For the first time in many years, our main living areas were clean AND tidy. So, Bijou, I know exactly what you mean when you say opening your curtains makes you feel better and more energetic! We still have a long way to go, but at least we're on our way now.

My DS commented that our house was so much bigger now. And it is. We can walk a straight path from one room to another rather than manouvering round the obstacle course :)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Thipu1 on August 11, 2013, 09:43:11 AM
I'm so happy that this thread has been started up again because my clean-up efforts have stalled badly and I need the motivation.

The situation isn't desperate but it's annoying.  We can certainly easily move around the house but there are things that could be improved.  Back in the days of Ancient Sites, I would write human interest articles on life in Ancient Egypt.    As a result, I have three big Taskets of articles copied from the library. 

There's a lot of interesting stuff like an 18th dynasty Egyptian reference to 'French Toast',  a story about a man who adopted his wife and the the possible ancient origins of baseball.  Still, I'm not likely to use them again and they're not current.  Like it or not, out they have to go because we need the Taskets for other uses.       

The 'Toss Ten' idea is certainly something to consider.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on August 11, 2013, 09:55:17 AM
Another suggestion is to set a timer for 15 minutes. When it goes off, you are done decluttering for the day. It gives you permission to stop for the day. However, you will probably be encouraged by your progress and will continue.

Peter Walsh says if you don't love it or use it, get rid of it. May be extreme, but something to keep in mind.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Deetee on August 11, 2013, 01:03:54 PM
I find that now that I am no longer a starving student cluttering gets worse and better. It's worse because we can just buy more stuff, instead of pinch every penny. It's worse because we have kids. It's (much) worse because we aren't moving every 4-8 months.
It's better because I don't need to keep half broken stuff because I might use it again or it's the only one that I have and I couldn't afford to replace it.

It helps that I may have the only 4 year old in the world that dislikes stuff and actively asks for help cleaning her room and keeps asking for "stuff" to be removed from  it. We got rid of half the toys in the toy box and 3/4 of the stuffies and she helped and never asked about them again. (There is an ongoing problem with the things she regifted to her cousin as she tries to get those back.)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sophia on August 11, 2013, 01:10:02 PM
I am decluttering too.  Husband is redoing a new house we bought in a small town nearby.  We gutted the interior, and on weekends he is redoing it.  So, in between watching our 3-year-old DD, I declutter and box stuff up.  I call it "The World's Slowest Move."  I've got a storage room rented near work, and I drop off boxes when I have a car full. 

One thing that makes it hard is that my MIL is too much of non-hoarder.  It makes me sad to read DD a book that DH bought when he was teenager at a library sale to replace one of his favorite children's books that his mother threw away.  Of course, they are some of her favorites. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Amara on August 11, 2013, 01:29:10 PM
I want to congratulate all of you on your de-cluttering efforts. GOOD GOING! I am not by nature a keeper of stuff so I tend to live minimally, but I love it. The only thing I do keep is books and I have weeded out a number of times. Still, there are several hundred and I am thinking that I might make a final, very severe weeding and see if I can get rid of a minimum of 100 of them.

At any rate, thank you all. While I don't have very much, if anything I don't believe to be beautiful or find to be useful there might be. I think I will go through the house again with a very eagle eye and see what I can put up on Freecycle. Thanks for the inspiration for even this minimalist. And good luck!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: demarco on August 11, 2013, 02:50:34 PM
My biggest problems are paper, clothing, and holiday decorations.  I've been making some progress on the first two categories.  I have eight large boxes of old household files in the basement.  I am almost done weeding out the first box and when I am finished, only about ten% of the box will be left.  That's a promising start.  When I'm finished with those boxes, I'll start in on the current files upstairs. I have four drawers crammed full so new papers don't get filed, just stacked on top of the cabinet. Once I weed these out, I'll be able to keep up with the filing. 
 
Clothes weeding comes in spurts, especially around the change in seasons when I move things in and out of storage.  I took five bags to the Goodwill this summer and hope to do even better by fall.

Holiday  decorations are another  matter.  I used to think of myself as the Martha Stewart of midwestern Halloween.  I've got Halloween stuff you wouldn't believe and an embarrassing quantity of Christmas ornaments.  I have never been able to part with any of them.  I've made some discreet inquiries as to whether any of my nieces and nephews might be interested in of it but no luck. 

I hope we'll be relocating anywhere from two to seven years from now and that prospect is encouraging my decluttering efforts.

 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ebrochu on August 11, 2013, 04:15:18 PM
I'm so happy that this thread has been started up again because my clean-up efforts have stalled badly and I need the motivation.

The situation isn't desperate but it's annoying.  We can certainly easily move around the house but there are things that could be improved.  Back in the days of Ancient Sites, I would write human interest articles on life in Ancient Egypt.    As a result, I have three big Taskets of articles copied from the library. 

There's a lot of interesting stuff like an 18th dynasty Egyptian reference to 'French Toast',  a story about a man who adopted his wife and the the possible ancient origins of baseball.  Still, I'm not likely to use them again and they're not current.  Like it or not, out they have to go because we need the Taskets for other uses.       

The 'Toss Ten' idea is certainly something to consider.

If you want to keep these articles at all, you can try scanning them into the computer, then saving them to either an external hard drive, or even key drives. That way, you get to keep the articles, but they take up barely any room. Plus photos, other articles, basically anything scannable.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Amara on August 11, 2013, 04:52:16 PM
Reporting back in ...

Immediately after I posted above I decided to do what I said I would. Now, three hours later, there are six bags and two boxes of things, plus about 80 or so books culled from my bedroom, bathroom, guest bedroom and bathroom, and the den. I just posted the cat condo on Freecycle, but otherwise everything is going to my favorite thrift store.

I still have the kitchen, living room and dining room to go after I take this break but I don't think I will find much more there. Still ... we'll see.

This feel so good. I know I won't miss any of it. It's funny how hard it is to decide to let it go, then how wonderful and easy it is once I make the decision to let it go. I really don't have any second thoughts. Freedom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: mbbored on August 11, 2013, 05:45:42 PM
Today I started cleaning out my pantry: getting rid of spices I never use, old canned goods, etc. It's amazing how much space is actually in there.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on August 11, 2013, 06:55:32 PM
We just returned from the thrift store where we dropped off a big box of things, plus my daughter came by and picked up quite a few of my art supplies.  Then my son stopped by and when I showed him some of the things I was discarding, he took them off of my hands, which made me very happy.   I was really nervous in the thrift store when my husband was looking at a big, old pressure cooker and commenting on what a wonderful distiller it would make.  Thankfully he doesn't want to dismantle it to do so...I was really grateful to walk out of there without it!

I noticed that my DH, who is a very serious "Keeper of Any and Everything", was going through one of his big bins today and getting rid of things.  I was so happy to see that.  If I can keep him interested in doing it through the 3 other taking up space in the living room I will be thrilled and will try to steer him to those lousy industrial shelves we have covering every wall of the extra bedroom, which we will tackle together.  They are all stuffed with junk.  Two of them hold my art supplies and I am seriously paring them down of things I will never use. 

This thread is really keeping my spirits up.   :)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sophia on August 11, 2013, 09:46:17 PM
Bijou, well poo, I checked your profile to see if you might live nearby.  I could use some art supplies for DD and I.   But, you aren't central time zone.  So, no chance. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Dorrie78 on August 11, 2013, 09:54:15 PM
I just attacked a corner of my closet that has been mocking me for a long time. Threw away a big trash bag of cassette tapes from high school, unusable bits of wrapping paper and a few of the dry cleaner plastic bags. I'm keeping my records, though. They seem more valuable! I also threw away boxes of used and dinged up golf balls. All golfers have these by the hundreds, no charity wants them and they are so hard to throw away!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: yellowpaint on August 11, 2013, 11:05:49 PM
I am working on cleaning my basement this summer. A neighbour's 16 year old daughter is helping me. I sort and hand her things telling her what bag or box they go in. She comes over for 1 1/2 to 3 hours a day. I can't handle any more than this. I tell her I am only doing this because she is there. She hauls the stuff up the stairs and into the car and then off we go. This is the only way I am going to get it done. I also found out she can do more than that and had her empty my close, remove the closet organizer, fill, sand and paint the holes. Now she is helping install the new organizer.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on August 11, 2013, 11:19:07 PM
Bijou, well poo, I checked your profile to see if you might live nearby.  I could use some art supplies for DD and I.   But, you aren't central time zone.  So, no chance.
I'm in a different zone. 
Your mention of doing things with your DD reminds me of the days when my six kids were little and we would do lots of projects together.  Some of the happiest times.  We would do collages from old magazines, paper mache stuff, build things out of toothpicks or Popsicle sticks and glue, make a diorama out of a box. It was so much fun.  I miss those days and having someone to do stuff with.  My grand kids who liked to do projects have outgrown me (wahhh) and the others are too little. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 11, 2013, 11:47:15 PM
Well, my version of decluttering is a little different...I sew and my sewing "goodies" have outgrown the "sewing/guest room." So, my summer project is to sew, organize,  and/or donate as much as possible since I have the summers off of work. (Except, of course , the unpaid babysitting that we do for our granddaughter.) There is now a path in the sewing room now and I have sewn every day for a week. Not all day, but for at least some time each day. I'm trying to stay strong!
Reading everyone's struggles and victories is wonderful! I have set a goal of two hundred doll dresses for a local charity by next month and I just went over one hundred, so I know that I didn't set my goal overly high! :D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on August 12, 2013, 09:22:11 AM
I am working on cleaning my basement this summer. A neighbour's 16 year old daughter is helping me. I sort and hand her things telling her what bag or box they go in. She comes over for 1 1/2 to 3 hours a day. I can't handle any more than this. I tell her I am only doing this because she is there. She hauls the stuff up the stairs and into the car and then off we go. This is the only way I am going to get it done. I also found out she can do more than that and had her empty my close, remove the closet organizer, fill, sand and paint the holes. Now she is helping install the new organizer.

Yeah, that's the sort of help I need!

Once I had a friend of mine come help me clean out my closet. She was a little slimmer than I, so I knew she'd be able to wear all the clothes I'd gotten too fat for. And since she was a parochial school teacher, I knew she'd be willing to take some of them as recompense for her time. But mostly, because I knew she had given up her time to help me, I'd stay on task and get somewhere.

It was great!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 12, 2013, 10:09:42 AM
I just started the 19th of 20 knitted hats I need by Wednesday for a group of underprivileged kids - I should be able to finish them tonight.

So I'm tackling my yarn stash a little at a time.  I did have it whittled right down about 3 years ago and then I went cruising kijiji to build it back up again.   ::)

Decluttering is a winter pasttime for me.  I do so much gardening in the summer that the house goes to pot.  So much so that I am going to hire someone to clean for me once a month.  I can handle swiping out the toilets in between.

But this will also help me with the decluttering since I'll have to tidy up before the cleaner arrives.  Not clean; tidy so she can find the surfaces she's going to clean.

I'm posting in this thread mostly for the inspiration to get going on decluttering.  I'm hoping this thread is still going by the time the end of gardening season rolls around, whenever that is this year.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on August 12, 2013, 10:21:20 AM
I have built up a fabric stash again, and I'd love to be able to get rid of it by sewing it all away.

I have mending, too--finishing that would create three benefits at once:
   -pants are mended and back in circulation
   -pants aren't sitting on the chair in the corner (less mess)
   -I feel good about getting it finished

But of course, I'm in the middle of making shelves, and I still have to paint them.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on August 12, 2013, 10:44:56 AM
Well, my version of decluttering is a little different...I sew and my sewing "goodies" have outgrown the "sewing/guest room." So, my summer project is to sew, organize,  and/or donate as much as possible since I have the summers off of work. (Except, of course , the unpaid babysitting that we do for our granddaughter.) There is now a path in the sewing room now and I have sewn every day for a week. Not all day, but for at least some time each day. I'm trying to stay strong!

Ugh. I need to do that with my scrapbook room soon. It's getting desperate.




I put myself on a scrapbook paper fast for 2013!  I have bought a few pieces here and there, but only because I didn't have what I needed in my stash. I also went through and culled out a big bag of paper and gave it to the art teacher at my daughter's school. Unfortunately, it didn't make much of a dent! The "fast" has actually been freeing. No more "I must take time to look at all the paper" at the craft stores.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Margo on August 12, 2013, 10:58:54 AM
I'm another trying to declutter. My motivation is that I want to move house, so reducing the amount of STUFF will hopefully help to sell the property more easily, and maen less stuff to move when it fianlly happens.

One big thing for me is taming the book piles - I'm in the process of boxing up the books which are no on shelves but are overflowing in heaps next to, on top of and on front of the book shelves.  Which meant first clearing and rationalising the cupboard under  the stiarsso that there is somewhere out of sight to put the boxes of book.

I have to make a choice as to whether it is worth packing up a book so I am also getting rid of a lot of books - it helps me that my local library accepts donations, so I am giving as new (read once) and nearly new books to the library, and I feel I shall be able to borrow them back if I do suddenly feel I want to re-read them.

 Slightly less good but still decent books to local charity shops and the oldest/most falling apart/unlikely to be popular ones go to the local dump/recycling facility, which I understand sorts the books which are taken there and some go to charity, the remainder are recycled.

I have donated about 300 so far, and am very nearly at the point of no books not on shelves in the living room, and should be able to mange the same for the main bed.

I've also managed to get rid of lots of elderly half cans of paint and creosote, obsolete electronics and general junk.

I have a big bag of financial documents which are all over 6 years old, which I'll be disposing of via our confidential waste bags at work.

Still on the to-do list is to go through the kitchen and ditch all out of date stuff, reduce the number of useful-boxes-for-putting-things-in that I've kept (which hopefully should mean that some things which currently live on the counter tops can go into cupboards, to make the kitchen look a bit bigger!)

I'm definitely finding that having started, it's getting easier - I was looking at the heap of books stacked up against the end of one of the bookcases in my bedroom yesterday and found myself thinking "If i got rid of the 'Sharpe' novels and Jean Auel's from the bookcase, most of that stack would fit in the case, and I *know* that the library has copies, and I'm pretty sure my parents do, too, so I can borrow copies f I want to read them again.

Once I've done the books and the kitchen (which affect the appearance of the place) I plan to go through my wardrobe and get rid of things I don't wear or which I'm too fat for.

Of course, as the property market is sluggish here and so I expect it will take a long time to selll the house, the next challenge will be vigilent about keeping the place uncluttered!

I've come across a few things which have been boxed up since I moved in and am trying to decide how to deal with them - one small box is mostly ornaments - I have a hard time disposing of them as many were gifts or came to me from my Grannie's house when she died, but are not things which I want to display. I kept them for sentimental reasons but am thinking that if I haven't had them out, or felt the lack of them in the last 10 years I probably won't.

I think I will unpack the box just to see what is in there and whether there is anything I would now want on display, and then take  a deep breath and say goodbye to the rest!

It's good to know I'm not the only one trying to get rid of stuff and finding it hard work!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 12, 2013, 12:26:36 PM
Margo, for those things that have sentimental value but that you are never going to display, would taking a picture of them work to free yourself from the need to keep them?

I'm in a similar boat with some stuff.  I have a lot of things that my Mom gave me that I'm having a really hard time parting with.  I just need to give them away, already.  She's been gone, coming up 10 years in September.

And my Dad is going to be downsizing in the near future so I'm going to have a lot more stuff to deal with.  My Mom loved collecting dishes so I'm going to have to sort through those and keep the ones that mean a lot to me and sell the rest.  I have collections of my own - including about 60 tea cups and saucers.  I may use the ones I don't like as well to package cookies in for my Dad's church's Christmas bazaar - put cookies in the cups and put sugar cubes, decorated as presents, around on the saucer.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: z_squared82 on August 12, 2013, 12:39:17 PM
Oh, I find decluttering so cathartic! I say I go through what I call a ďpurging bingeĒ about every 4-6 months. It happens more if Iím feeling particularly broke (money wise). I take things up to my preferred consignment shop, and whatever they donít want, I drive down the street to the big thrift store with the bins out back. I keep trying to get my best friend to weed out her Two Walk-In Closets (!!), but she says it doesnít bother her. Until it does, and then she buys something else to feel better. At least she has the closets organized by season?

I loved helping my now-ex-boyfriend clear out his closet while we were dating. You could barely move clothing around in there, but he only really worse a dozen different shirts. I helped him go through everything, getting rid of what didnít fit, deciding what was being kept even if it didnít fit, etc. We filled four of those yellow bags Vietnam Vets leaves behind. Drove them right up the road to one of those Planet Aid dumpsters that he had never noticed. He really appreciated that help.

I have a problem with hoarding craft supplies Ė Mom and I have quite the fabric stash. But I did just have her help me go through a whole bunch of fabric sample books my father had diverted from their way to the dumpster and brought home to us. I knew we were never going to use them all, so we picked out about a dozen to take up to Zero Landfill (which I'm so glad I know about and you all should search to see if you have it in your city, too). Most of the donators are interior design vendors giving outdated samples of fabric, tile, flooring, carpet, etc, but I emailed the organizers and they said we crafters could donate, too. Yay for getting stuff out of the house!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Figgie on August 12, 2013, 01:10:10 PM
We pretty much emptied out the basement (have almost 40 empty large, Rubbermaid containers now) earlier this summer.  I am not the one in our family who has a difficult time letting go of stuff  :)  It is my spouse who has issues with that.

But he watched the TV show "Hoarders" and that really opened his eyes to how things can take over lives and become more important than the people he loves.  I keep reminding him that if he doesn't love something, it is time to send it out into the world for someone else to love and treasurer. :)

Being the oldest daughter of the last surviving daughter of the oldest daughter, many family heirlooms were passed on down to me after Mom died.  And I finally sat down with my daughter, asked her what she thought she would like and what she didn't care about and set aside one small tub of things. 

I then decided that I was not responsible for holding on to other people's memories for the rest of my life.  Most of the things I have were important to my Mom or my Grandmother.  I have very few or no memories attached to these items and so I decided it was time to set them free.  :)

Realizing that I didn't have to keep things just because they were family heirlooms was tremendously freeing.  It is so easy to feel guilty because this bedspread was crocheted by my great-grandmother and that tablecloth was embroidered by my grandmother and supposedly, that meant I was supposed to keep them for forever.

I've found that I don't feel any guilt because I remind myself that I want my home to be full of things that are important to me, not to other people.  It helps keep the clutter down.  :)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on August 12, 2013, 01:59:57 PM
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I then decided that I was not responsible for holding on to other people's memories for the rest of my life.  Most of the things I have were important to my Mom or my Grandmother.  I have very few or no memories attached to these items and so I decided it was time to set them free. 

I recently told my kids, "When I die, you can ditch stuff that was important to me. I treasure this pen that I got from my college--but you shouldn't feel that this means you can't toss it after I'm dead. You're entitled to value different things from me."

Of course, I am using one of my greatest treasures--the cookie jar that my grandma had. So hopefully they'll treasure it for their own memories of it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 12, 2013, 02:09:23 PM
This feel so good. I know I won't miss any of it. 

This is so true for me. While I am not anywhere near a hoarder or packrat, I tend to keep things out of sheer laziness. But after having helped my mom move several years ago, i began to de-clutter. I now do it a couple of times a year, and even though i don't bring much BACK into my apt, i still seem to find stuff to go. which is good.

My rule is if i haven't used it or worn it since the last time, i don't need it, and out it goes.

and quite honestly, i can't think of anything i've donated that i really miss or would want back.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: KenveeB on August 12, 2013, 04:06:14 PM
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I then decided that I was not responsible for holding on to other people's memories for the rest of my life.  Most of the things I have were important to my Mom or my Grandmother.  I have very few or no memories attached to these items and so I decided it was time to set them free. 

I recently told my kids, "When I die, you can ditch stuff that was important to me. I treasure this pen that I got from my college--but you shouldn't feel that this means you can't toss it after I'm dead. You're entitled to value different things from me."

Of course, I am using one of my greatest treasures--the cookie jar that my grandma had. So hopefully they'll treasure it for their own memories of it.

Good for you! My mom periodically gets upset that my brother and I don't want all her "treasures" (how she says it) when she's gone. We point out that there are lots of things that we DO value and want passed down, but every single thing she values isn't necessarily going to be a treasure to us.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: magicdomino on August 12, 2013, 04:36:07 PM
I am working on cleaning my basement this summer. A neighbour's 16 year old daughter is helping me. I sort and hand her things telling her what bag or box they go in. She comes over for 1 1/2 to 3 hours a day. I can't handle any more than this. I tell her I am only doing this because she is there. She hauls the stuff up the stairs and into the car and then off we go. This is the only way I am going to get it done. I also found out she can do more than that and had her empty my close, remove the closet organizer, fill, sand and paint the holes. Now she is helping install the new organizer.

One of my friends has been very good about coming over and helping when I'm clearing out a storage area.  First, Friend keeps me on track, as opposed to getting distracted by reading the book I just picked up, or wandering off to water the plants.  Second, when I'm thinking about keeping something "just in case," she'll look at me like, "Do you really need that?"  At the same time, Friend doesn't argue too much when I insist on keeping my childhood Etch-a-Sketch just because it still works.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on August 12, 2013, 06:05:57 PM
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I then decided that I was not responsible for holding on to other people's memories for the rest of my life.  Most of the things I have were important to my Mom or my Grandmother.  I have very few or no memories attached to these items and so I decided it was time to set them free. 

I recently told my kids, "When I die, you can ditch stuff that was important to me. I treasure this pen that I got from my college--but you shouldn't feel that this means you can't toss it after I'm dead. You're entitled to value different things from me."

Of course, I am using one of my greatest treasures--the cookie jar that my grandma had. So hopefully they'll treasure it for their own memories of it.

Good for you! My mom periodically gets upset that my brother and I don't want all her "treasures" (how she says it) when she's gone. We point out that there are lots of things that we DO value and want passed down, but every single thing she values isn't necessarily going to be a treasure to us.

And the stuff you end up treasuring may not be something she treasures at all. She may think it's just a utilitarian flour canister, and it may really speak to you.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Gwywnnydd on August 12, 2013, 06:54:05 PM
It's a small dent, but I got the Rubbermaid bins out of my bedroom, and holding toys in my DS's room.
Then I took a box of random stuff, and a large bag of clothes, to the thrift store.

I have a little more space in my bedroom now =).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: JustCallMePat on August 12, 2013, 06:59:05 PM
I sorted and folded all of DD's outgrown clothes Sunday and dropped them at the Baby2Baby store that buys such things.  Today I picked up a check for $135!  DH put the Barbie Jeep on Craigslist and by evening had $100 cash in hand.  All in all, a good weekend and the basement is looking better.  :)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 13, 2013, 02:18:42 AM
It's a small dent, but I got the Rubbermaid bins out of my bedroom, and holding toys in my DS's room.
Then I took a box of random stuff, and a large bag of clothes, to the thrift store.

I have a little more space in my bedroom now =).

Ahh, the Rubbermaid bins...At least 7 of them to go through before I'm done. Right now, I'm going to concentrate on getting the Barbie gowns made! Another 14 today!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on August 13, 2013, 02:56:50 PM
How one person decided which books to keep:  http://taramaemulroy.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/decluttering-books/ (http://taramaemulroy.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/decluttering-books/)

The Little Free Libraries are popular in my town. http://cjonline.com/news/2012-09-25/little-free-libraries-popping-topeka (http://cjonline.com/news/2012-09-25/little-free-libraries-popping-topeka)

use this to organize your library www.librarything.com (http://www.librarything.com)


Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on August 13, 2013, 03:57:52 PM
Inspiring thread! I come from a family of hoarders and keepers, and I always fight that compulsion. I live in a really tiny apartment which is pretty packed with stuff--sometimes people suggest I move to someplace bigger and I'm always like, "No, I just need to get rid of some stuff I already have."

But, I don't really do purges. Too scary!  ;D Instead I'll go through 100 things and throw out 10. Then next time I'll go through the remaining 90 things and throw out another 10... I'll gradually start to forget why I hadn't thrown out some of the things last time, and eventually I'll get down to maybe 10 items that passed "inspection" every time, that I really want to keep.

Also, I'm trying to use stuff up, too. In 2005 and 2006 I subscribed to a couple of magazines that I really liked, but I kept not getting around to reading them, and they piled up. Finally THIS YEAR I said, I need to do something about these--either throw them away, or read them. I really wanted to try reading them, so I set a goal of how many I would read each week. When I find an article I really like, I fold the corners down, and then I make a pile of the magazines I've read. When the pile gets "high," I go through and rip out the articles I've marked, and I save those, and throw the rest of the magazine away.

I know my mom would've just tossed out the entire pile of old magazines and not looked back. But for me, that would've made me feel like a failure, and I don't think I would've learned anything from it. I feel really good seeing the stack of magazines get lower and lower, knowing I've gone through each one and saved what I was interested in. And, the effort I'm going through now is a strong reminder that I need to not be complacent--either I read the (new) magazines I receive right away, or I should stop subscribing to them because I obviously don't have time for them. And I think that's working--I still get a few magazines, and now I really make an effort to read them within a week or two, instead of chucking them into a pile.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 13, 2013, 11:04:07 PM
No sewing today, but I worked on the sewing room today and got a lot of things off the floor and onto shelves. Made things neater and have plans to work on more tomorrow. Not so much purging, but organizing.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Cutenoob on August 14, 2013, 05:32:41 AM
One way to make yourself clean out/declutter :  Bed Bugs.
Somehow they got into my place and they're a great way to get rid of stuff. It's been "I don't use this at all. Trash. This hasn't been touched in over a year. Trash. Let's pack up these winter clothes..wait..trash."
I would love to recycle this, but it's infested til proven clean. I put the dead books in the recycle bins, which WILL get shredded and kill the bugs. Some plastic too. But right now it's "fuzzy rough edges easy to climb: trash"
I have removed a lot of clothing, a lot of books, re-organized where I keep things, and it all makes it easier to clean and keep clean. It also gets me to vacuum a lot more often and tidy up!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: snowflake on August 14, 2013, 09:11:10 AM
When I lived in an apartment, I adhered pretty strongly to "use it or lose it."  And then I moved into a house with two sheds in the back yard.  I've been uncluttering those this week.  Tons of stuff went to goodwill and I'm going to have to make a dump run.  Thankfully I had dinner with a friend this week and she offered me loan of her pick-up.

Now I just have to finish picking up the "keeping" pile (mostly gardening tools that we use) from the back lawn before it rains!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 14, 2013, 09:42:01 AM
My big act of decluttering will come next week when I'm off. My town has a recycle center, which is free, but you need a sticker for your car. They take all kinds of stuff, including electronics. so my two old printers, giant computer monitor from 2000, and some other items are all going bye bye. I also bought a new printer yesterday, but won't pick up from the store until that's gone.

I'm also planning on going through my LR closet and hopefully cleaning out stuff from there, and bringing the trunkload of stuff in my car to Goodwill.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on August 14, 2013, 10:44:35 PM
Today I kind of took a break from the big stuff by just sitting at the table and decluttering and organizing my sewing box and another box that I keep odds and ends in.  It kept me on track, doing decluttering but on a smaller scale, as these things have to be done, as well.  I really like this feeling of gaining control.  I've even been thinking about doing some kind of craft project, now that I know what I have, where it is, and a clean table to work at.  I love this!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on August 15, 2013, 10:19:14 PM
Two steps forward - the sewing machine, serger, and embroidery machine are on clean tables and useable!  The cutting table is cleared (except for the rotary cutters and my plastic sewing tote) and wiped down to be useable.

Now if I just had a clear floor to stand on - as it seems that I have been stacking things under that table....

I need to figure out more shelving in that room - drawers - something for storage besides "stacks of stuff"!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on August 16, 2013, 08:57:46 PM
Two steps forward - the sewing machine, serger, and embroidery machine are on clean tables and useable!  The cutting table is cleared (except for the rotary cutters and my plastic sewing tote) and wiped down to be useable.

Now if I just had a clear floor to stand on - as it seems that I have been stacking things under that table....

I need to figure out more shelving in that room - drawers - something for storage besides "stacks of stuff"!
I guess I am not alone when it comes to not enough storage space.  That makes it so hard to stay organized.  We have quite a few books...not tons (unless you count the ones my husband keeps buying at garage sales about obsolete computer stuff) but too many for our bookshelf, so I end up using them as decorative items, stacking them here and there around the room, on the TV table, the buffet, the this, the that and the other thing.  I often wonder what it would be like to be on one of those old decorator programs on HGTV where someone comes in and re-does a room for you.  How would they convert my storage-less place to one that has somewhere to put stuff.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 16, 2013, 11:36:00 PM
I also spent part of today weeding through books; this seems to a very literate group!  ;)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: pwv on August 17, 2013, 02:05:46 PM
My office has piles of papers on the floor that meant something when I first put them down, but now I can't remember why.  I picked up one pile to sort through and found $5.00
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sophia on August 18, 2013, 03:20:07 PM
That reminds of one of my tactics for dealing with paper.  I call it Aging.  They are a lot easier to sort through when they are old, and if you really really need something, you can dig through and find it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 18, 2013, 04:03:24 PM
This is a tip for dealing with paper, that works for me.

I keep all my papers - bills, credit card and bank statements, credit card receipts, etc. for the 6 years plus the current tax year that Revenue Canada requires in case of audit.  You only need to keep tax related stuff, though.  So when I do my taxes, I shred the oldest year of the 6.  These 6 years of records live in the bottom drawer of my two drawer filing cabinet.

The top drawer has all the manuals from various appliances and electronics, as well as 'current' files for all of my bills and statements.  The plan is that I file everything as I receive it.  Yeah, that part doesn't work so well.  I end up filing two or three times a year but at least I don't get completely overwhelmed.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on August 18, 2013, 06:59:37 PM
I love all the tips and information in this thread, plus it is so motivating for me. 
Today I went through and organized and cleaned three rooms that sorely needed it.  Boy, did that feel great!  And my husband pulled out the fridge and vacuumed what ever it is he vacuums when he cleans it, and he cleared off the top.  The trouble with the top of the fridge is that it's too high for me to clear off without climbing on something and I'm just too clumsy to climb up on stuff.   
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Dazi on August 18, 2013, 07:25:42 PM
I took on the crazy task of clearing out my closet this weekend.

I've lost a significant amount of weight and cleared out every article of too big clothing I owned.  I have a semi walk-in size closet and I couldn't fit any of the stuff I bought the past two weeks in until somethings were cleared out.  My closet looks naked. 

The lady who runs the thrift shop I donate to is going to be thrilled  when I go to drop off stuff.   She said the last batch of stuff didn't last a day when it was put out.  I have several bags worth of really nice clothes to donate.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: KenveeB on August 18, 2013, 07:32:13 PM
I took on the crazy task of clearing out my closet this weekend.

I've lost a significant amount of weight and cleared out every article of too big clothing I owned.  I have a semi walk-in size closet and I couldn't fit any of the stuff I bought the past two weeks in until somethings were cleared out.  My closet looks naked. 

The lady who runs the thrift shop I donate to is going to be thrilled  when I go to drop off stuff.   She said the last batch of stuff didn't last a day when it was put out.  I have several bags worth of really nice clothes to donate.

That IS fun, though having to pay for replacements isn't as much fun! I filled four boxes of clothes for a donation drive a few weeks ago, and I gave several more boxes away a few months ago. It's easier for me to do it in stages. It's actually a lot of fun to go through my closet and just try stuff on, seeing what doesn't fit anymore, and what used to NOT fit but does now. :D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Dazi on August 18, 2013, 07:48:20 PM
I took on the crazy task of clearing out my closet this weekend.

I've lost a significant amount of weight and cleared out every article of too big clothing I owned.  I have a semi walk-in size closet and I couldn't fit any of the stuff I bought the past two weeks in until somethings were cleared out.  My closet looks naked. 

The lady who runs the thrift shop I donate to is going to be thrilled  when I go to drop off stuff.   She said the last batch of stuff didn't last a day when it was put out.  I have several bags worth of really nice clothes to donate.

That IS fun, though having to pay for replacements isn't as much fun! I filled four boxes of clothes for a donation drive a few weeks ago, and I gave several more boxes away a few months ago. It's easier for me to do it in stages. It's actually a lot of fun to go through my closet and just try stuff on, seeing what doesn't fit anymore, and what used to NOT fit but does now. :D

I actually only spent about $100 total (some of that was on new underwear, everything else was thrift store purchases).  There were a lot of things I found that still had the original tags, just those finds added up to over $400 retail...I think I made out really good.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bethalize on August 19, 2013, 03:59:46 AM
I took on the crazy task of clearing out my closet this weekend.

I've lost a significant amount of weight and cleared out every article of too big clothing I owned.  I have a semi walk-in size closet and I couldn't fit any of the stuff I bought the past two weeks in until somethings were cleared out.  My closet looks naked. 


I did exactly the same thing this weekend! The only difference is that I am scared of putting all the weight back on again so I've stored most of the clothes. There was a whole closet full in the spare room.


The lady who runs the thrift shop I donate to is going to be thrilled  when I go to drop off stuff.   She said the last batch of stuff didn't last a day when it was put out.  I have several bags worth of really nice clothes to donate.

Fat ladies don't donate stuff because it's so horribly hard to find that we have to hang on to everything. At least, that's my theory. One of the things I like about being slimmer is being able to find things in charity shops.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Dazi on August 19, 2013, 06:22:34 AM
I took on the crazy task of clearing out my closet this weekend.

I've lost a significant amount of weight and cleared out every article of too big clothing I owned.  I have a semi walk-in size closet and I couldn't fit any of the stuff I bought the past two weeks in until somethings were cleared out.  My closet looks naked. 


I did exactly the same thing this weekend! The only difference is that I am scared of putting all the weight back on again so I've stored most of the clothes. There was a whole closet full in the spare room.


The lady who runs the thrift shop I donate to is going to be thrilled  when I go to drop off stuff.   She said the last batch of stuff didn't last a day when it was put out.  I have several bags worth of really nice clothes to donate.

Fat ladies don't donate stuff because it's so horribly hard to find that we have to hang on to everything. At least, that's my theory. One of the things I like about being slimmer is being able to find things in charity shops.

I noticed the serious lack of plus sized women's clothing at some places.  I wasn't sure if it was because people don't donate a lot or if it just gets scooped up as soon as it hits the sales floor.  I am having a much easier time finding stuff now that I've hit misses size.

My DH joined me in the purge (with some mild nudging) and I have a HUGE amount of stuff from his side of the closet.  My closet is looking seriously naked and big.  Who knew I had that much room available?
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GreenHall on August 19, 2013, 07:48:34 AM
This is a tip for dealing with paper, that works for me.

I keep all my papers - bills, credit card and bank statements, credit card receipts, etc. for the 6 years plus the current tax year that Revenue Canada requires in case of audit.  You only need to keep tax related stuff, though.  So when I do my taxes, I shred the oldest year of the 6.  These 6 years of records live in the bottom drawer of my two drawer filing cabinet.

The top drawer has all the manuals from various appliances and electronics, as well as 'current' files for all of my bills and statements.  The plan is that I file everything as I receive it.  Yeah, that part doesn't work so well.  I end up filing two or three times a year but at least I don't get completely overwhelmed.

THis year I have a box...anything I should file, goes in the box.  At some point, I will file normally. ...Really I will before it's shredding time...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 19, 2013, 08:22:08 AM
^That's a good idea - I should get a box that I keep where I open my mail.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: magicdomino on August 19, 2013, 10:14:33 AM
I use one of these to store paperwork:

http://www.homedecorators.com/P/Stanton_6_1_Drawer_Wide_Storage_Cart/410/

The top drawers are labeled Taxes, Receipts, and Statements.  Once a year at tax time, I sort out any unneeded stuff and shred it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on August 19, 2013, 01:20:19 PM
I use one of these to store paperwork:

http://www.homedecorators.com/P/Stanton_6_1_Drawer_Wide_Storage_Cart/410/

The top drawers are labeled Taxes, Receipts, and Statements.  Once a year at tax time, I sort out any unneeded stuff and shred it.

Yes, I have something like this too, only it's cheap plastic and two of the wheels have come off.  ::) And, I must admit I do tend to stuff things in it without carefully sorting or going through it on a timely basis. But, considering the amount of stuff it holds, I can't imagine what I did before I got it--the stuff must have been piling up all over my apartment. Theoretically it works well for organizing, if you have a little more discipline than I do... :)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: shygirl on August 19, 2013, 01:43:13 PM
I'm moving next week, so I've slowly been going through all of our stuff and throwing things out or donating things.  I have to do it on the sly though, because if my husband knew everything I was donating, he would be upset.  He has some hoarding tendencies.

When we first met, about 10 years ago, he had a printer.  He still has that printer, and it doesn't work.  He refuses to throw it out, thinking someone will find it useful.  So I said "okay, give it to that person who will find a 10+ year old printer useful".  But, he has not given it away, probably because no one in their right mind would find a 10+ year old printer useful.  Usually, when something like this comes up, I just wait a year and get rid of the item, since he's long forgotten about it.  But, we've talked about this stupid printer so many times, he would definitely realize that it is missing.  Siiigh...so we're going to move an obsolete printer to the new house, where it will most definitely collect ever more dust.  I think he's just being stubborn about it now.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: guihong on August 19, 2013, 01:44:22 PM
I've found a milk crate with casters makes a good mobile filing cart.  I use color-coded hanging files (health records, car, insurance, etc.) and go through it when I just feel "fiddly". 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Seraphia on August 19, 2013, 01:50:37 PM
I'm moving next week, so I've slowly been going through all of our stuff and throwing things out or donating things.  I have to do it on the sly though, because if my husband knew everything I was donating, he would be upset.  He has some hoarding tendencies.

When we first met, about 10 years ago, he had a printer.  He still has that printer, and it doesn't work.  He refuses to throw it out, thinking someone will find it useful.  So I said "okay, give it to that person who will find a 10+ year old printer useful".  But, he has not given it away, probably because no one in their right mind would find a 10+ year old printer useful.  Usually, when something like this comes up, I just wait a year and get rid of the item, since he's long forgotten about it.  But, we've talked about this stupid printer so many times, he would definitely realize that it is missing.  Siiigh...so we're going to move an obsolete printer to the new house, where it will most definitely collect ever more dust.  I think he's just being stubborn about it now.

Shygirl, if he just doesn't want it to go to waste, Best Buy will take and recycle old electronics. We took both of our old printers there.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on August 19, 2013, 04:57:59 PM
Somewhere, we have a fifteen year old laser printer - a very large one.  I may have to take it by Best Buy one of these days....

We never bought more toner for it (original cartridge) but after being in storage for several months while moving (house being built) - it had to run two pages through to clear the static charge on the drum that left a mark on the page....and running three pages of everything that you printed took too long, even back in 1998. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Seven Ate Nine on August 19, 2013, 08:10:56 PM
We have a lot of stuff that needs to be thrown out or donated, but with a 6 week old baby now, it's getting hard to do a whole project at once.  When I was about 6 months pregnant I decided to purge my closet.  No idea why that sounded like a good idea, but I tossed out anything that didn't fit or I didn't wear before I got pregnant.  I can find all of my clothes now, I just don't fit into them  ::)  Next up might be DH's closet, but I also got him to agree to let me clean out his office, which is full of broken and obsolete computer parts.  A bit easier to do might be my desk.  I have papers in there that are more than 10 years old, so I think I'll start a burn pile (much easier than shredding for me) and get some of that cleaned out.  It would be so nice to have a drawer for the manuals and papers that I actually need!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 19, 2013, 08:17:26 PM
I'm moving next week, so I've slowly been going through all of our stuff and throwing things out or donating things.  I have to do it on the sly though, because if my husband knew everything I was donating, he would be upset.  He has some hoarding tendencies.

When we first met, about 10 years ago, he had a printer.  He still has that printer, and it doesn't work.  He refuses to throw it out, thinking someone will find it useful.  So I said "okay, give it to that person who will find a 10+ year old printer useful".  But, he has not given it away, probably because no one in their right mind would find a 10+ year old printer useful.  Usually, when something like this comes up, I just wait a year and get rid of the item, since he's long forgotten about it.  But, we've talked about this stupid printer so many times, he would definitely realize that it is missing.  Siiigh...so we're going to move an obsolete printer to the new house, where it will most definitely collect ever more dust.  I think he's just being stubborn about it now.

It would really be a shame if it somehow got lost during the move. >:D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: random numbers on August 19, 2013, 10:22:42 PM
Or, you know, damaged....crushed...pulverized...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Amara on August 19, 2013, 10:33:11 PM
Or . . . oops, who left that soft drink there on top where it could spill?   >:D

Back on topic. I have never understood this argument: He refuses to throw it out, thinking someone will find it useful. Those who hang onto useless stuff often use this line, and it makes no sense. If someone will find it useful, I'd want to shout, then let it go out there so that "someone" can find it. They can't find it in your basement.

This is why I rarely will agree to help anyone clean up. Unless they are truly motivated and willing to take action (and not justify the keeping of every piece of paper or other thing) it is a hopeless and frustrating activity for both parties. One can help but one cannot motivate.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 19, 2013, 11:08:02 PM
Went through my thread stash and got rid of all of my old thread. Emptied a drawer and made some room on my sewing desk.  Now if I keep sewing, I may get back some more room on the selves where I store fabrics.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: shygirl on August 19, 2013, 11:35:46 PM
Or . . . oops, who left that soft drink there on top where it could spill?   >:D

Back on topic. I have never understood this argument: He refuses to throw it out, thinking someone will find it useful. Those who hang onto useless stuff often use this line, and it makes no sense. If someone will find it useful, I'd want to shout, then let it go out there so that "someone" can find it. They can't find it in your basement.

This is why I rarely will agree to help anyone clean up. Unless they are truly motivated and willing to take action (and not justify the keeping of every piece of paper or other thing) it is a hopeless and frustrating activity for both parties. One can help but one cannot motivate.

I COMPLETELY agree with you!  He says this about a bunch of things, and I'm like "it's not useful rotting away in our storage unit, so can you give it to this elusive person who thinks your broken stuff is useful?"  We have a baby swing in storage, which I've asked him about 5x to give away.  He apparently has a friend who had a baby who needs a baby swing.  Well, the baby is probably not a baby anymore, and the last time I was in the storage unit, I saw that he shoved it waaaaay in the back and then put stuff in front of it, so I can no longer drag it out on my own and just donate it already.  I don't understand why he did that, but I am not moving that swing to the new house.  The printer may yet have an "accident".  It's quite possible that won't sway him, I mean, it's already broken.  We'll see!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: random numbers on August 19, 2013, 11:47:11 PM
Maybe it should have that "liquid" accident now and be hopelessly corroded by the move.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on August 20, 2013, 09:41:11 AM
Back on topic. I have never understood this argument: He refuses to throw it out, thinking someone will find it useful. Those who hang onto useless stuff often use this line, and it makes no sense. If someone will find it useful, I'd want to shout, then let it go out there so that "someone" can find it. They can't find it in your basement.

This is why I rarely will agree to help anyone clean up. Unless they are truly motivated and willing to take action (and not justify the keeping of every piece of paper or other thing) it is a hopeless and frustrating activity for both parties. One can help but one cannot motivate.

Honestly, I don't think it's rational, and that's why rational arguments don't work. This is my experience with the hoarders in my family, anyway. My dad has a lot of old computer stuff around and I thought about mentioning the Best Buy recycling thing to him. I'd say there's a 75% chance it would change nothing. Because he's not really keeping them for someone else who needs them, or because he doesn't know how to get rid of them safely, or because someday he's going to fix them up--those are just words he says when my mom asks him to get rid of the stuff, to make her stop asking. Hoarding is, from what I've seen personally, a deep-seated irrational fear of getting rid of things, even absolute junk in bad condition--it almost seems to cause physical pain when you suggest or try to make a hoarder throw something away.

Now, not everyone who keeps stuff is a hoarder, of course. I think sometimes otherwise normal people get fixated on one THING, even if they're perfectly willing to throw away other stuff--I still think it becomes more about what the thing represents, than about the thing itself, though. Like, "If I throw this out, it means I'm admitting I will never actually learn to speak Chinese/water ski/quilt--it means I'm giving up on that dream." What can I say, growing up with many hoarders around me, I feel like cleaning/decluttering is so much more about psychology than physically moving stuff.  :-\
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 20, 2013, 09:54:11 AM
For those of you with electronic hoarders in your lives, check into whether or not there is an electronics recycler in the area who will pay cash for your electronics by weight.  It might persuade some of them.

We have a couple in my city.  One of them has the tagline 'We see value in your crap.'  They had a great print add in the paper, picturing a robot squatting over a pile of broken electronics, like you'd see someone squatting over a steaming pile.  It's hysterical.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: yachtchick on August 20, 2013, 12:02:25 PM
You have inspired me.  I have at least two dozen work suits I haven't worn in years.  My 5 year old business has finally taken off and i work in my hallway in camis and shorts.  Never going to work in an office again.  They are just taking up space - tomorrow they will take up space at the Humane Society "no fleas" thrift store.  Thank you.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 20, 2013, 04:12:39 PM
Or, you know, damaged....crushed...pulverized...

Accidentally crunched. So many options to choose from.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: afbluebelle on August 20, 2013, 06:51:44 PM
Or, you know, damaged....crushed...pulverized...

Accidentally crunched. So many options to choose from.

Office Space style fundraiser! 5 bucks a whack  >:D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 24, 2013, 12:17:35 AM
Okay, I'm trying to clean up the sewing room. Hoping to get all my sewing stuff into that room and not all over the house when DH asked me to take of stuff in the shed. ARG!!! Now have two boxes more to try to take care of/fit into the sewing room! He thinks he helped me!

DH:  "Well, what if you had gotten done and then I pointed it out! Wouldn't that have been worse?!"
Me: "No, actually, it wouldn't have been worse! When I get that close, I'll feel like I can do it! Now I just feel defeated!"
Cue tears of exhaustion from me and put upon sulking from DH. I am taking a small break and then I'll just keep trying to: read down the books, sew down the fabrics and neaten up everything else.

Point in my favor- I got a craft project done and mostly given away to friends. A lot of bowls, plates and glasses out of my house!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 25, 2013, 12:22:04 AM
Attention, fellow declutterers: I may have found a sure fire way to make yourself do the job. Tell a friend that she can have the three drawer clutter magnet as soon as you empty it! Guess what I have to do before next Friday, when we are getting together! Incentive!!!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on August 25, 2013, 11:53:36 AM
I love it!!  The biggest clutter magnet in my house is...is...is...Mr Bijou!  Oh, dear. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 25, 2013, 01:57:39 PM
I love it!!  The biggest clutter magnet in my house is...is...is...Mr Bijou!  Oh, dear.

I laughed when I read this! Actually my DH has many more tendencies toward clutter than I do! But, I think he may have started to clean books up in the study! (I'm afraid to look too close, because if he only moved them around, I might say something, and that would not be good!)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: RegionMom on August 25, 2013, 03:06:59 PM
DH wonders why I hold onto things, but inevitably, when we need a costume, or a prop, of whatever, I have it, and can get to it!

Once when sorting the garage, he wanted to toss a few boxes, not even looking inside.  I looked, and while 90% did get tossed, we kept the silver cup that was his as a kid, and our son also used. 

Just a few days ago, was purging books, and found, from a few b-days ago of DH's, a $100 bill in a b-day card, used as a bookmark.  (the card, he did not realize/remember the money was in there)

As much as I would like to grab and toss, I know I cannot, because "there be gold in them thare hills!" 
(well, silver and cash)

I am meeting with a teen and her dad who have set up their own ebay store to sell yardsale finds.  He does more electronics and gadgets, but I have some great NWT clothes, and even a couple of Longaberger baskets I have found for pennies on the dollar.

We donate to two different charity stores, but why not also get some cash? :D

Ok, back to the thread.



Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 25, 2013, 06:10:28 PM
I was off all last week, and while I didn't get everything done I needed to, I'd say I got about 90% done. I took two old printers to Best Buy to recycle, and have the bohemouth monitor in my trunk, to do the same with. I also pulled the hard drives out of my two dead desktops, and duct taped the cases back together. Those too I will take to recycle. I took stuff to Goodwill, and also cleaned and organized. Still need to go through and straighten and hopefully purge my LR closet, but its never really that bad.

I really could use some more time off, but I'm out of days. Darn. hopefully I can finish up what I need to do next weekend!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: JustCallMePat on August 25, 2013, 06:51:06 PM
Our decluttering project was a success.  Unlike some who seem to have not enough space, we have the opposite problem.  Too much space in the unfinished part of our basement which became an unmanaged junk room.  It's now sorted with everything either being trashed, donated, sold, or kept.  Broken stuff that DH always meant to fix is now being fixed or has been tossed.  He did insist that we make this a net zero cost project, and selling some stuff (baby clothes & toys) have paid for two shelving units, a buttload of plastic bins from Costco, and a boxful of tapes for our p-Touch label printer.

Before I declare victory, DH's Mom and uncle show up today with a bunch of boxes from MIL's basement that she says she's been meaning to give us.  First glance it looks like stuff from DH's grandmother and great-grandmother's house! (MIL is something of a hoarder, so her parting with it is not a bad thing.) Eeek!  I know what we're doing next weekend!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on August 26, 2013, 09:27:14 AM
I was looking at my magazines I'm reading through and then tossing, and I reminded myself how much progress I'd made so far and how proud I was of that, and how even though I still have a ways to go--probably won't be done before the end of the year--there IS an endpoint, and I'm going to reach it.

I think that's really important to remember. Sometimes when I'm decluttering I get frustrated because I don't feel like I'm making a dent or getting much done during any one session. If you have a decluttering project where you can measure the progress, try doing that--maybe take some "before" pictures and "in the middle" pictures to remind yourself when you get to the end how far you've come. I think I'm going to try that on my next project, because that kind of positive reinforcement is really important to me.

JustCallMePat, good luck with the older relatives' stuff! If you find anything like old letters or photos, maybe think about trying to save those somehow, even if you personally aren't interested in them. I've gotten interested in family history in the last couple of years and have recently been scanning some photos that are over 100 years old! They were just in a box someone got from their grandma.

On the other hand, I never know what to do with 3D objects--photos and letters I can scan, and then give the originals back or maybe put them in a nice box somewhere. But I'd have no idea what to do with Great-Grandma's silverware collection! Honestly if no one else in the family wanted it I'd try to sell it, rather than just store it forever, because I don't think I'd use it. Maybe if it was already a bit of a jumble I would keep a spoon or something.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: m2kbug on August 26, 2013, 10:38:23 AM
Have you heard about FlyLady?  This can be a really good tool to help with some of our clutter and cleaning issues.  There is a forum and some email groups, if this group would work for you.  I think a declutter group or thread here at eHell would be great too!

My clutter has gotten a bit out of control.  I've been in my home for many years, and a lot of things have come in, but not a lot have gone out.  When I was younger and moved house more often, I tended to get rid of things cuz I was tired of moving them.  :)   Part of my problem is I don't have a lot of money to work with.  I don't want to go and get rid of something that isn't really used all that often, only to find I need it later.  I can't just run out and replace things.  What if that thing turns out to be really importan?  Even things that are broken or can be fixed up, I always think to myself, I can deal with that later, except "later" really never shows up, and I have this thing just taking up space.  I tend to be a "saver" by nature, sentimental value, it's hard to part with certain things.  It has been a challenge determining what to keep and what to pass along or trash. 

So I am diligently working on decluttering as well and getting things organized.  :)

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on August 26, 2013, 12:26:15 PM
m2kbug, I sympathize! I know sometimes "I might need it later" or "I'm going to fix that someday" can be mere excuses for keeping stuff, but other times they are legitimate reasons. I think the key is, as you say, to be organized and be able to 1) know that you already have something; 2) find it when you need it; 3) have it be in good working order when you need it. To me, it becomes problematic when those rules are broken--yeah, you might indeed need something someday, but when that day comes, if you can't find the thing or, once found, it's so broken/dirty it can't be used, there was really no point in you keeping it, was there?

I am setting a goal this weekend of going through my closet and trying to get rid of some things. My closet is TINY and packed with stuff, and poorly designed so that some things are really hard to get to even though they shouldn't be. I've gone through it before, but maybe I'll find more stuff to get rid of or at least move this time...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Ms_Cellany on August 26, 2013, 12:33:51 PM
I love going thrifting. The Sweetie says she understands the thrill of the hunt, but has adopted the houseboat policy: if you bring something in, you're going to have to get rid of something to make room for it. 

I've been focusing on hostess equipment  - ice bucket, serving platters, things like that. To make room, I built a spice rack inside the pantry door, which freed up an entire kitchen shelf (I have a *lot* of spices).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 26, 2013, 05:54:03 PM
I just got back from my annual camping trip, but I have tomorrow booked off.  I'd planned to do some decluttering in the the crawl space where the camping gear goes and to start on the craft room/office.

But the air con has just gone on my car and it is the straw that broke the camel's back.  I'll be starting my car shopping tomorrow, instead.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: m2kbug on August 26, 2013, 10:11:37 PM
Lynn2000, you are exactly right.  Some of those things could be fixed, but you need the time, the resources, the equipment, the tools, none of which may actually happen, and you really have to make a choice to let that one go.  "Pee or get off the potty."

One of my biggest nightmares right now is the cords and cables that belong to various electronics, but I have no idea what they belong to.  I'm pretty sure these things breed and multiply and then tangle themselves up just to annoy me.  Despite the fact that these cords have been deemed useless, I know the second I throw one away will be the second I really need it!  Gah!  What to do?  I am presently getting all those cords organized in one spot and using Post-it notes and masking tape to date them, so a few months from now, a year, if they are still unused and unknown, I can toss them...still that's when I'm sure it will become important, but I guess I'm just going to have to take my chances. :) 

I dread dealing with the closet under the stairs,  Big well wishes on accomplishing your problem closet.  Return and report with any good finds!  ;D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Julian on August 26, 2013, 10:43:29 PM
I keep all my random cables, cords, power boards, double adapters and extension cords in a big plastic storage tub.  So far, it has proven invaluable when changing TVs (needed an HDMI cable, there was one in there), always being able to locate a double adapter or extension cord, or random 'who knew I had it' connectors, adapters etc.

My declutter at the moment is the yarn stash.  I have decided I'm going to finish off what I have, and build up a stash of finished items for the markets.  I've sorted, got projects lined up...  and the past two weekends I've gone out and bought more yarn.  Hi, my name is Julian, and I'm a yarnaholic...   ::)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on August 27, 2013, 09:23:29 AM
I keep cables and stuff in one bin, too. I usually wind them up and secure them with twist-ties or masking tape. At work we do this all the time or the cables would take over the desks! We often fold a piece of tape over the cord and put the sticky ends together so it makes a flag stuck to the cord, and then write on the flag what the cord goes to. It's a little thing, but I tell you, it feels so good to grab a cord and tie it up! So empowering, like taming a snake or something. ;D

I think it's important to realize that "decluttering" does not have to mean "throwing stuff away." Of course it can, but I think it can also be that as you go through those anonymous heaps in the corner you've been avoiding for years, you realize it's actually good stuff, and that if you just sort it out and store it properly, you'll be able to get value out of it.

Another decluttering thing I've been doing is digitizing a lot of my writing. I like to write by hand, but then I want it typed so it's easier to copy and preserve. I have tons of stuff I've written over the years, going back to childhood and teen years, when paper was the default anyway. I try to type and organize the random bits I find, and if something is especially interesting or unbelievable I scan it, too. But 98% of the originals I eventually trash. Artwork-type things, I keep the originals; but a story I'll type and maybe scan the first page, and then throw away the original. It was a big step for me to do that at first, and now I feel good about it. I remember when I was a kid I had a big cardboard box full of all my art projects and school papers and other stuff from elementary school, and it was stored in the garage and when I was 12 or so it got wet and moldy and ruined. :( I would rather take control of my stuff now, preserve it in the way that's most convenient for me, and then not burden myself or anyone else with storing the physical objects any longer.

On the lighter side, I'm constantly ::) as I read stuff I wrote a long time ago. Like, when I was old enough to know better, like a teenager. All I can say is 1) I read way too many romance novels; and 2) I'm so glad I didn't have to make any important decisions as a teenager, because my value system was WAY off.  :P
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: LibraryLady on August 27, 2013, 03:04:27 PM
There was a person upline who had lost a lot of weight but didn't want to get rid of her "large" cloths and was going to store them. 

Dr. Phil would tell you that you are giving yourself permission to gain the weight back; that by getting rid of them, you are committing yourself to your new "self" and won't backslide to the previous "self".

So take those big clothes to Goodwill/Salvation Army and celebrate your new self with cute, well-fitting clothing!!!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: lilfox on August 27, 2013, 05:59:41 PM
DH recently applied the Houseboat Policy to some things we changed.  I really wanted a treadmill and the only place it would fit is our room, right where my beloved but rarely used sofa was.  So, he brought home his parents' castoff treadmill and I sold the sofa on CL (surprisingly easy! No weird responses and it sold in <24 hrs).  In turn, he really wanted to expand his home office area so finally parted ways with his (rarely used) workbench, also via CL and also no hassle.

I store shred-able documents in a large-ish shoebox until the box is full, then it's sorting/shredding time - happens about once a year.  Ideally I would shred as I go but honestly, even taking the 10 seconds to do that is not a priority, so annual shredding time it is.

I also went through some clothes recently and had to be brutally honest about a) the style - if it doesn't work on my body type, it got donated, and b) the fit - even if "the dryer shrank it!" if it doesn't look good, why keep it?  That applies to anything I routinely try on because it looks cute on the hanger and then immediately remove when the mirror says nope, sorry.  I don't need closet decorations, I need clothes I can trust to fit right and look good.

And the big one - since I'm back in maternity clothes, I'm finally donating the pieces that are still in good repair but just do not fit me right.  I kept them from the last time around just because, and that isn't a good enough reason.  A lot were originally hand-me-downs from friends, but I have no one to hand off to so Goodwill gets 'em.  Bonus - it frees up some big storage bins for incoming baby supplies!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: KenveeB on August 27, 2013, 07:32:03 PM
There was a person upline who had lost a lot of weight but didn't want to get rid of her "large" cloths and was going to store them. 

Dr. Phil would tell you that you are giving yourself permission to gain the weight back; that by getting rid of them, you are committing yourself to your new "self" and won't backslide to the previous "self".

So take those big clothes to Goodwill/Salvation Army and celebrate your new self with cute, well-fitting clothing!!!

I do keep some things, when it's something that it doesn't matter if it's super baggy. My comfy lounging t-shirts, for example. But otherwise I make sure to get rid of things when they're too big. I keep a donation box in my closet. Whenever I try on something and realize it's too big, a bad style on me, or whatever, I put it in the box instead of hanging it back up and trying to remember later what didn't fit right.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 28, 2013, 09:13:46 AM

I store shred-able documents in a large-ish shoebox until the box is full, then it's sorting/shredding time - happens about once a year.  Ideally I would shred as I go but honestly, even taking the 10 seconds to do that is not a priority, so annual shredding time it is.

I also went through some clothes recently and had to be brutally honest about a) the style - if it doesn't work on my body type, it got donated, and b) the fit - even if "the dryer shrank it!" if it doesn't look good, why keep it?  That applies to anything I routinely try on because it looks cute on the hanger and then immediately remove when the mirror says nope, sorry.  I don't need closet decorations, I need clothes I can trust to fit right and look good.

 

I put my shredding into a bag, which sits on TOP of the shredder, which is in a corner of my bedroom. when it gets full, i hault it all out, and shred away.  As far as keeping other paper, i do most of my bill paying etc. online, and while I do geta  couple bills via snail mail, mainly to remind me to pay them, I don't keep copies of anything, aside from my lease, any car repair bills, and and receipts for things I buy, big ticket items. If I need any statements, I can always go and print them out.

As for clothes, about twice a year i go though. if something is iffy; say in the spring i keep a summer dress, next time around, if I didn't wear it at all, it goes. I have to say, and maybe its due to the fact I have a ton of clothes, I really can't think of anything specific I got rid of that I actually miss.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 29, 2013, 10:03:03 PM
I don't understand why shredding seems to be so difficult for some people. (I'm not pointing fingers at anyone on this site.) I recently spent the better part of a day with my cousin, shredding stuff for her. Stuff from three houses ago. Why pack it up and move it? Why not just shred it before you move? Boggles my mind. My shredder is set up and I shred stuff during commercials. Done. (This may be one of the few things I keep under control!)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Rhindle on August 30, 2013, 12:15:52 AM
It's not the shredding per se that I find difficult. It's the emptying out without making the room look like an exploded confetti factory that I find to be a drag. Wish there was a better design for dealing with that aspect.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: perpetua on August 30, 2013, 02:40:00 AM
I've just sat down with my Dad and shredded bags worth of paperwork. It's not the actual shredding of it that's made him put it off, it's the not knowing which things he's supposed to keep, so it's piled up and up because he couldn't get his head around what could safely be shredded. He's got bank statements going back years, because he wasn't sure how far back he should keep them, for example.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: KenveeB on August 30, 2013, 07:16:01 AM
For me it's my annoying shredder that likes to clog up and has to be cleaned out regularly, so it's a pain to use. But you shamed me, and I did a bunch of shredding last night. :) My mission for the long weekend is to clean out my office/craft room! I have some crafts I have to work on coming up soon, and I need space to work!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: m2kbug on August 30, 2013, 07:30:34 AM
I've just sat down with my Dad and shredded bags worth of paperwork. It's not the actual shredding of it that's made him put it off, it's the not knowing which things he's supposed to keep, so it's piled up and up because he couldn't get his head around what could safely be shredded. He's got bank statements going back years, because he wasn't sure how far back he should keep them, for example.

Sometimes the act can be so daunting and overwhelming, it just doesn't get done...or it can be a really slow start. 

My old shredder only did a few papers, nothing thick, didn't like staples or those pesky folded corners, clogged and jammed, and you could only do a few papers before over heating and then it's the paper bits mess when you have to empty it and unclog it, and then you have to vacuum and that's after going through the process of going through the papers.

Oh the steps!! :P

I agree, putting the shredder somewhere where you can run a few papers through it while watching TV or cooking some dinner or something that works with just your average routine is useful.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Ms_Cellany on August 30, 2013, 07:46:40 AM
Invite a neighbor kid over to do the shredding. That's what I used to do. They love it!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 30, 2013, 08:06:59 AM

 
I agree, putting the shredder somewhere where you can run a few papers through it while watching TV or cooking some dinner or something that works with just your average routine is useful.

I used to do this, but got tired seeing it in the corner of my living room. So i moved it into the bedroom, into  a corner, but there's no outlet handy. I do get it done on a regular basis, but for me, it's easier to let it pile up for a couple of weeks, pull it out, shred, empty it, and put it back. I try and do it on the days I'm cleaning, so any debris on my rug will get vacuumed up ASAP.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on August 30, 2013, 10:13:29 AM
Personally, I like to burn stuff. :) I grew up out in the country and that's what we do with a lot of trash. So anything sensitive, that normal people would shred, we set on fire. Of course then you have to wait until it's dry but not too dry, and not windy, and so forth.

Closet cleaning update: So I've been doing some work on this throughout the week. I have two huge Rubbermaid containers in my closet, full of stuff, and I couldn't figure out what was in them. What would I have in the realm of clothing, that I needed to keep, but didn't need easy access to? So last night I dug into them.

First, I found my "dressy" clothes. I don't need them very often, maybe once every two or three years. Like stuff I would wear to a wedding or something. I decided to put those aside and try them on before judging them. Next, I found a whole bag full of nice t-shirts. I used to wear a lot of nice t-shirts to work--I think I have the J. Jill "compassion tee" in every color. But now I always wear sleeves--it's cold at work. I literally never wear short sleeves out of the house. So I have no use for these t-shirts. But it feels weird to not own any nice t-shirts, it's such a basic thing. So I picked out a few in my favorite colors, less than half, and put the rest aside to donate.

Also--tote bags! I am a tote bag fiend. Some of them go back to conferences from ten years ago. I just really don't need or use that many. I picked out a few that I liked best, again less than half, and packed up the others to donate.

Then, I found a bunch of sweaters. They're sweaters I really like; I would wear them tomorrow, if it was cold enough. But, I think the last time I was cleaning out my closet I decided that I just didn't have room to hang them up, and I have so many sweaters that I would be fine without them, so I put them in the box. They're rather bulky so it wasn't that many sweaters. Basically, I want to keep them, but I would ideally like to have them hanging up so I can actually use them. So, they've been set aside, and after I go through what's actually hanging up I'll have a better sense of what I can part with. I also found a long-sleeved t-shirt that I'm wearing right now! Although, after I left for work this morning, I realized why I'd put it in the box with the sweaters... It's a rather warm shirt! Kind of a thermal textured material. And we're in the middle of a heatwave. ::)

I also went through my sock drawer. I caved and ordered a bunch of fun socks recently and I wanted to make room for them. I pulled out a few pairs to move on to the next life, and tried to organize the remainder with some dividers made from an old folder. I don't know if it really helped though. I am pretty sure there is not a comfortable amount of room for all the new socks that are coming. But, one thing at a time...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 30, 2013, 10:42:04 AM
I also went through my sock drawer. I caved and ordered a bunch of fun socks recently and I wanted to make room for them. I pulled out a few pairs to move on to the next life, and tried to organize the remainder with some dividers made from an old folder. I don't know if it really helped though. I am pretty sure there is not a comfortable amount of room for all the new socks that are coming. But, one thing at a time...

I have to remember to periodically cull my socks, bras and undies. It isn't that I'm so attached to the ones that are old and falling apart, I just never really seem to think about going through them and getting rid of the old ones. I did last year, and got rid of a lot of stuff I had been hanging onto.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Amara on August 30, 2013, 01:32:33 PM
Re: shredding. My parents kept so much paperwork going back decades--bank statements and checks (when they were returned) from banks that hadn't existed for many, many years, tax records (starting when they were first married in 1949) and all the necessary accompanying papers, and more. They had it neatly stored but about a year and a half ago my dad finally agreed to start shredding. I told them and my siblings who were going to have to do it about checking out bulk shredders. Where I live one company is called ShredEx, but they have large trucks with massive shredders inside and can do a *lot* of it quickly. It wasn't done--my brother is still shredding at night--but I knew someone here who did. He was an accountant and had something like 500 pounds of paper. It cost that family about $80 and took all of fifteen minutes while one family rep stood by and watched.

For me, I don't let it build it. I rarely shred either, but prefer to take a scissors to it and cut it into tiny pieces. These are then put into bags that I then use for used cat litter. Believe me when I say that no one is going to dig through a half grocery bag of used cat litter to find cut-up documents.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on August 30, 2013, 05:08:31 PM
I love shredding.  What a freeing experience!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Figgie on August 30, 2013, 06:30:21 PM
I try not to handle paper more than once.  So when I get the mail, it goes into a pile to pay, a pile for my spouse to deal with and then the stuff to be recycled goes immediately into the recycle bin and the stuff to be shredded gets shredded then and there.

I find it keeps down the papers in the house by quite a bit.  :)  I keep 10 years of bills/receipts/bank statements and every January 1st, I put this years saved things into a rubbermaid tub and shred the former 10th year of stuff.  Keeps what we have manageable.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on August 30, 2013, 10:29:47 PM
That reminds of one of my tactics for dealing with paper.  I call it Aging.  They are a lot easier to sort through when they are old, and if you really really need something, you can dig through and find it.

This is really smart, actually, especially if you find you have trouble.

Some stuff is easy to deal with the way Figgie does; but when something's tough to decide about, having a set "aging" place can help.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 30, 2013, 11:55:50 PM
For me it's my annoying shredder that likes to clog up and has to be cleaned out regularly, so it's a pain to use. But you shamed me, and I did a bunch of shredding last night. :) My mission for the long weekend is to clean out my office/craft room! I have some crafts I have to work on coming up soon, and I need space to work!

Didn't mean to shame anyone! However, I hope that you will have the space to do crafts by the end of the weekend!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: AvidReader on August 31, 2013, 07:03:37 AM
This is more a cautionary tale that really motivates.  When my widowed DFIL decided to sell his home of over 35 years, he had to deal with my late DMIL's tendency not to throw things away.  No, she was not a hoarder or a packrat because she did not mindlessly acquire.  She just did.not.toss. and the house was big enough that she could put stuff out of site.  Evidently, during the 60s, when one had carpet replaced, there was a fee to haul the old carpet away.  Cheapskate that she was, she just had the old (1940s?) carpet rolled up and put into the basement.  The kids' toys and stuffed animals/plush toys...into the basement.  The old dinette set when replaced...into the basement (there were at least 3 generations of dinette sets down there, documenting American interior design over 3+ decades).  Clothing she didn't wear anymore...quite literally jammed into the closets of the kids' former bedrooms.  She wasn't saving the toys or stuffed animals for the grandbabies to come.  Only "new" would be good enough for them.

Fast forward to prepping the house for sale.  We (DFIL, the three adult kids and spouses) all got into the basement and our collective flabbers were gasted.  Generations of mice had made homes in the stuffed animals.  When all was said and done, the pile on the curb was 12 feet high and 30 feet long and it took city workers 2 days to remove it.  There was no way or time to sort it for donation or sale.

When I tell this story to anyone, the first thing they do is turn green (the mice in the plush toys does it) and the second thing they do is say, "I've got to get started...I don't want to leave this for anyone."

DH has inherited the tendency not to discard/donate and I have to sit on him from time to time.  Once, I had him watch an episode of "Hoarders."  He sickened slightly and got motivated to fill, and I mean fill, a  black steel sack with junk from his nightstand and from under his bathroom sink.  How does that amassing happen? 

As to shredding.  I do it all the time.  About the only paper we hold on to are credit card statements and at the end of the year, it all goes into the tax prep folder.  After I pay the water/electric bills, etc., I shred the invoices.  I keep all the supporting documents for tax prep for 3 years from filing date then shred.  I keep copies of the tax forms themselves for 7 years then shred.  We have backup copies burned to disk (thank you tax prep software!).  Our county's recycling program accepts shredded office paper in clear bags (I use drycleaner's bags).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: RegionMom on August 31, 2013, 08:44:39 AM
I have mentioned this closet trick before, but it has helped me and my DD, so maybe it will help you for those clothes that you cannot decide to keep or not.

Each season ( only two here-hot season/not so hot season) I take all my hang-up clothes and hang them with the point of the hanger facing me, so that I have to lift and push out to take the hanger off the rod. 

Once I wear an item, it gets re-hung the normal way hangers are hung. 

At the end of the season, some clothes are still hanger point out.  That means never worn.  So, I pull those out, and decide, why?  Color, fit, style, wrong weather, repairs, etc... 

I shop almost exclusively secondhand.   Lots in, but lots out!

How they are arranged-

back wall of closet--dresses, semi-sorted by sleeveless or not, and casual or work or church.

Long side wall of closet-

hang-up shirts and blouses,arranged by color      tank tops/camis
_______
I           I                           lower hanging bar to hold a
I           I                            few dress pants and lots of skirts                                                                                             
I           I     
I           I    <--(metal and wood shelf that holds workout clothes/home only clothes) 

Instead of a chest of drawers, I have an open storage shelf for t-shirts and jeans and non-hang-up shirts. No need to sort through a drawer, I can see it right away!

Once you set up YOUR system, one that you can live with and use and keep settled, it is kind of fun!

Now...about that shredding...
(my kids outgrew the novelty a few years ago)  (Maybe I should hire out some young kids to shred!)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: faithlessone on August 31, 2013, 08:57:04 AM
Ooh, that sounds like a brilliant idea, RegionMom!

I need to have a go through my closet some time soon. I'm certain I could get rid of a few things I haven't worn in years.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 31, 2013, 10:33:33 AM
I have mentioned this closet trick before, but it has helped me and my DD, so maybe it will help you for those clothes that you cannot decide to keep or not.

Each season ( only two here-hot season/not so hot season) I take all my hang-up clothes and hang them with the point of the hanger facing me, so that I have to lift and push out to take the hanger off the rod. 

Once I wear an item, it gets re-hung the normal way hangers are hung. 

At the end of the season, some clothes are still hanger point out.  That means never worn.  So, I pull those out, and decide, why?  Color, fit, style, wrong weather, repairs, etc... 

I shop almost exclusively secondhand.   Lots in, but lots out!

How they are arranged-

back wall of closet--dresses, semi-sorted by sleeveless or not, and casual or work or church.

Long side wall of closet-

hang-up shirts and blouses,arranged by color      tank tops/camis
_______
I           I                           lower hanging bar to hold a
I           I                            few dress pants and lots of skirts                                                                                             
I           I     
I           I    <--(metal and wood shelf that holds workout clothes/home only clothes) 

Instead of a chest of drawers, I have an open storage shelf for t-shirts and jeans and non-hang-up shirts. No need to sort through a drawer, I can see it right away!

Once you set up YOUR system, one that you can live with and use and keep settled, it is kind of fun!

Now...about that shredding...
(my kids outgrew the novelty a few years ago)  (Maybe I should hire out some young kids to shred!)

I've heard about this as well, but I know I have some OCD tendencies, and not having all my hangers facing the same would would make me twitchy. but as I said upthread, I try and go through my closet a couple times a year, and if something was kept, but not worn that season, I'm pretty good about letting it go.

Now, if i could just curb my pj habit. I have, no lie, 50+ pairs of pj bottoms. in my defense, or perhaps just rationalizing, I come home, and put those on, if I'm not going anywhere, and no one is coming over. I also like clean jammies every couple of days. But even so, I keep buying. I like certain brands, styles, and fabrics, and when I find them, usually at Macys, for next to nothing, I can't resist.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on August 31, 2013, 01:44:12 PM
Closet cleaning DONE! Had to come back and share. :) First of all, my wardrobe is 90% tops and only 10% bottoms. I have trouble finding bottoms I like. Even so I got rid of a couple bottoms that were quite worn or that I otherwise always bypass when I'm choosing clothes. I did order some new ones, but I considered that acceptable since I'd been putting it off and could use more.

Then I went through the tops. Three piles: sweaters, hoodies, long-sleeved t-shirts. I don't have a varied wardrobe. When I find something I like, I keep buying it. (Same with pajamas, siamesecat2965! I have way too many but they're so comfy...) I went through each pile and divided the items into smaller piles by color, so I had a better sense of what I had. In many cases it was easier to decide to get rid of stuff than I thought--I would uncover something and immediately think, "Oh, I love this! I want to wear this soon." And then other things, there would be this sort of awkward silence. "Oh. Hi. So, you're still here, huh?" Once I picked up something and thought, "You know, no one NEEDS a pink sweater." Like I could say, I should keep the black and the navy blue and the red, because those are kind of staples, but... I don't need THIS pink sweater.

I found that I have two almost identical long-sleeved t-shirts. They both have the same collage-type pattern on them, but one is a slightly different color, and they have two different manufacturers. So, no wonder I was fooled into buying both, I like the pattern and bought them at two different places, so I didn't remember I already had one like it. But there you go, that's how disorganized my wardrobe was.  :P

Anyway, I filled five and a half bags with clothes to donate, plus a bag to trash, plus a bag of tote bags to donate. It's hard for me to imagine how they all fit in my closet before. I repacked the two Rubbermaid containers with stuff I really wanted to keep--some of it is seasonal stuff I'll be getting out pretty soon. I went through my drawers, too, and donated/threw out stuff. And, in my underwear drawer, I found $370 cash! I'm such a squirrel.  ::) That will take the bite out of buying the new, necessary clothes I realized I needed, once I'd cleared away all the unneeded stuff. Apparently I've been recycling the same few bras over and over again, and just thought I had a lot but mostly they were the wrong size.  ::)

So, victory is mine.  8)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 31, 2013, 02:05:56 PM


 

I found that I have two almost identical long-sleeved t-shirts. They both have the same collage-type pattern on them, but one is a slightly different color, and they have two different manufacturers. So, no wonder I was fooled into buying both, I like the pattern and bought them at two different places, so I didn't remember I already had one like it. But there you go, that's how disorganized my wardrobe was.  :P

  And, in my underwear drawer, I found $370 cash! I'm such a squirrel.  ::) That will take the bite out of buying the new, necessary clothes I realized I needed, once I'd cleared away all the unneeded stuff. 

WOO HOO. go you! I had the same issue with a tshirt, only they were exactly the same, aside from the color, and purchased at the store I work in. I knew they were similar in color, but until i actually put them side by side, i didn't realize just how close they were. So I kept the one I liked better, and donated the other. Even then I had to really think hard about doing it!

Wow - I've found $$ but never that much! 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Amara on August 31, 2013, 03:17:17 PM
For those of you with fabric and ribbon stashes you are reluctant to part with I thought I would share what I thought was a clever idea. One King's Lane is an online store that sells a lot of designer home decor (and jewelry) items that are being discounted. Today one of their categories showed a framed collection of fabric and ribbon pieces. Note: the link is only good for about three days.

https://www.onekingslane.com/product/25725/1323644
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 31, 2013, 07:16:22 PM
For those of you with fabric and ribbon stashes you are reluctant to part with I thought I would share what I thought was a clever idea. One King's Lane is an online store that sells a lot of designer home decor (and jewelry) items that are being discounted. Today one of their categories showed a framed collection of fabric and ribbon pieces. Note: the link is only good for about three days.

https://www.onekingslane.com/product/25725/1323644

Were you thinking of me?  ;D I loved that idea! I think that is going in my "Granddaughter needs to make a gift" file. Thank you!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 03, 2013, 09:44:50 AM
And my decluttering is done! I was able to finish what I started a couple of weeks ago, while off for a week. I thought initially the LR closet just needed to be re-organized (I have a big walk-in in my bedroom, and this one, which is a decent size, but thatís it for storage). Was I ever wrong!  I managed to cull two boxes of books down to one, and I also got rid of a number of other things, including my grandmotherís sewing machine, which my mom wants to donate to her churchís annual sale, but I kind of think we might be able to sell it, and a number of other items. 

I also finally went through my papers, filed a bunch of stuff, shredded more, and added yet more to the bag to be shredded. I didnít quite manage the dusting and vacuuming, but thatís the easy part. I culled  bunch of DVDs too; I figure those that I have, but havenít watched I can either find with my Amazon Prime subscription, or pay to rent and stream.  I also brought a ton of cardboard to my complexís recycling area.  All thatís left if one more trip to Goodwill, and bringing a few items to work Iím giving a friend.  Wow. What a great feeling it is to be done!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Dazi on September 03, 2013, 08:10:04 PM
I don't even want to discuss what I hauled out this weekend.  My garbage guys are probably still cussing me out.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: guihong on September 03, 2013, 08:20:10 PM
I stuffed three huge bags with quilts, none of which have sentimental value but were someone's bedspread for a season.  DH wants them in storage; I agreed to that until next spring, then if we haven't used them, out they go to Goodwill.  We live in the South, not polar bear country.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on September 04, 2013, 01:41:44 AM
Closet cleaning DONE! Had to come back and share. :) First of all, my wardrobe is 90% tops and only 10% bottoms. I have trouble finding bottoms I like. Even so I got rid of a couple bottoms that were quite worn or that I otherwise always bypass when I'm choosing clothes. I did order some new ones, but I considered that acceptable since I'd been putting it off and could use more.

Then I went through the tops. Three piles: sweaters, hoodies, long-sleeved t-shirts. I don't have a varied wardrobe. When I find something I like, I keep buying it. (Same with pajamas, siamesecat2965! I have way too many but they're so comfy...) I went through each pile and divided the items into smaller piles by color, so I had a better sense of what I had. In many cases it was easier to decide to get rid of stuff than I thought--I would uncover something and immediately think, "Oh, I love this! I want to wear this soon." And then other things, there would be this sort of awkward silence. "Oh. Hi. So, you're still here, huh?" Once I picked up something and thought, "You know, no one NEEDS a pink sweater." Like I could say, I should keep the black and the navy blue and the red, because those are kind of staples, but... I don't need THIS pink sweater.

I found that I have two almost identical long-sleeved t-shirts. They both have the same collage-type pattern on them, but one is a slightly different color, and they have two different manufacturers. So, no wonder I was fooled into buying both, I like the pattern and bought them at two different places, so I didn't remember I already had one like it. But there you go, that's how disorganized my wardrobe was.  :P

Anyway, I filled five and a half bags with clothes to donate, plus a bag to trash, plus a bag of tote bags to donate. It's hard for me to imagine how they all fit in my closet before. I repacked the two Rubbermaid containers with stuff I really wanted to keep--some of it is seasonal stuff I'll be getting out pretty soon. I went through my drawers, too, and donated/threw out stuff. And, in my underwear drawer, I found $370 cash! I'm such a squirrel.  ::) That will take the bite out of buying the new, necessary clothes I realized I needed, once I'd cleared away all the unneeded stuff. Apparently I've been recycling the same few bras over and over again, and just thought I had a lot but mostly they were the wrong size.  ::)

So, victory is mine.  8)
Yay!  Don't you love the feeling of having accomplished such a task?  And yay for the windfall you found.  It reminded me that once in cleaning a drawer I found an envelope with $350 in it.  Someone had paid back a loan and I put it in my purse, then one day just emptied my purse into the drawer, being in a rush and too lazy to actually go through the stuff.  Think I'll clean the drawers tomorrow.  I need a new recliner and that would make a nice addition to that fund. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: shygirl on September 04, 2013, 07:08:14 AM
I'm moving next week, so I've slowly been going through all of our stuff and throwing things out or donating things.  I have to do it on the sly though, because if my husband knew everything I was donating, he would be upset.  He has some hoarding tendencies.

When we first met, about 10 years ago, he had a printer.  He still has that printer, and it doesn't work.  He refuses to throw it out, thinking someone will find it useful.  So I said "okay, give it to that person who will find a 10+ year old printer useful".  But, he has not given it away, probably because no one in their right mind would find a 10+ year old printer useful.  Usually, when something like this comes up, I just wait a year and get rid of the item, since he's long forgotten about it.  But, we've talked about this stupid printer so many times, he would definitely realize that it is missing.  Siiigh...so we're going to move an obsolete printer to the new house, where it will most definitely collect ever more dust.  I think he's just being stubborn about it now.

It would really be a shame if it somehow got lost during the move. >:D

So, interestingly, he did not move the printer to the new house.  When I went back to our old condo, to finish cleaning it up and get the last remnants of our stuff, I noticed that the printer was just sitting all by its lonesome in our basement storage unit.  He definitely had the opportunity and space to bring it with him, since he also made a few trips back to get stuff.  I'm guessing that since the moving process is so awful, he finally decided that moving a useless printer is not worth it.

I'm not going to mention it though.  Just leave it where it is, and if he still doesn't bring it over, I'll throw it out and NEVER SPEAK OF THE PRINTER AGAIN.

As an aside, oh my gosh, moving sucks.  And I don't even hold on to that much stuff that I don't use.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 04, 2013, 07:30:42 AM
I'm moving next week, so I've slowly been going through all of our stuff and throwing things out or donating things.  I have to do it on the sly though, because if my husband knew everything I was donating, he would be upset.  He has some hoarding tendencies.

When we first met, about 10 years ago, he had a printer.  He still has that printer, and it doesn't work.  He refuses to throw it out, thinking someone will find it useful.  So I said "okay, give it to that person who will find a 10+ year old printer useful".  But, he has not given it away, probably because no one in their right mind would find a 10+ year old printer useful.  Usually, when something like this comes up, I just wait a year and get rid of the item, since he's long forgotten about it.  But, we've talked about this stupid printer so many times, he would definitely realize that it is missing.  Siiigh...so we're going to move an obsolete printer to the new house, where it will most definitely collect ever more dust.  I think he's just being stubborn about it now.

It would really be a shame if it somehow got lost during the move. >:D

So, interestingly, he did not move the printer to the new house.  When I went back to our old condo, to finish cleaning it up and get the last remnants of our stuff, I noticed that the printer was just sitting all by its lonesome in our basement storage unit.  He definitely had the opportunity and space to bring it with him, since he also made a few trips back to get stuff.  I'm guessing that since the moving process is so awful, he finally decided that moving a useless printer is not worth it.

I'm not going to mention it though.  Just leave it where it is, and if he still doesn't bring it over, I'll throw it out and NEVER SPEAK OF THE PRINTER AGAIN.

As an aside, oh my gosh, moving sucks.  And I don't even hold on to that much stuff that I don't use.

Yes it does. My decluttering started a few years back when I helped my mom move. Now she and my dad had already decluttered 30 years of stuff to move from NJ to VA, so this wasn't too bad, but she was doing it alone, and had packed away a lot of stuff in anticipation of selling her house. Which took 14 months.

So she was slightly less organized than she normally is, and i made umpteen trips between the two houses, and was exhausted at the end.  But it made me realize i needed to come home, and get rid of a lot of MY clutter. which I did, and still do. This last round got rid of the rest of the stuff that had been hanging around in corners etc.

Yay to the printer.  i agree with you; don't speak of it, and if its still there, out it goes!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 04, 2013, 09:16:22 AM
I bought a new car last night.  I should be excited but I'm not; I'm totally stressed about money.  So I spent a good portion of last night, wide awake, doing a mental inventory of my possessions to figure out what I can sell.    ::)

The thing is, I have a good job, no dependents, not a huge amount on my mortgage and I'm on track to retire in 11 years when I'm first eligible.  Why is the money thing stressing me out??
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on September 04, 2013, 09:29:09 AM
I bought a new car last night.  I should be excited but I'm not; I'm totally stressed about money.  So I spent a good portion of last night, wide awake, doing a mental inventory of my possessions to figure out what I can sell.    ::)

The thing is, I have a good job, no dependents, not a huge amount on my mortgage and I'm on track to retire in 11 years when I'm first eligible.  Why is the money thing stressing me out??

Money often equals security, and that tips it into emotional territory for a lot of people, I think. My friend just went through the process of buying a house with her husband--she grew up comfortable, he grew up always have to think about money and scrimp and save. She literally had an Excel file listing where all the money to buy this house would come from and how much they would still have after they bought it (a very comfortable amount by any objective standard), and even looking at the facts in black and white he couldn't bring himself to say the word "yes" for quite a while. It wasn't a rational decision at that point for him, but an emotional one--much like the keeping of stuff sometimes is. :) And thus it can't really be helped by rational methods. He just had to get himself to point where he could say "yes"--and even after that, he felt a lot of buyer's remorse until they were able to sell their previous house (which was only a couple of months). My friend felt bad for him, but realized there wasn't really anything she could do--it was just something he had to work through.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 04, 2013, 11:15:05 AM
I bought a new car last night.  I should be excited but I'm not; I'm totally stressed about money.  So I spent a good portion of last night, wide awake, doing a mental inventory of my possessions to figure out what I can sell.    ::)

The thing is, I have a good job, no dependents, not a huge amount on my mortgage and I'm on track to retire in 11 years when I'm first eligible.  Why is the money thing stressing me out??

I have been having the same issues. I too had to buy a new car, and I had gotten used to the "extra" income I had after paying my last one off. Add to that a $40 a month increase in my rent, and my car insurance going up several hundred dollars, I still feel like oh carp, I'm broke.  even though I had to dip into my savings for a couple things, I still have a decent amount left, and put a small amount in each pay period.

And I'm still planning on a cruise next spring, come ehell or high water!  I can do it all, its just a matter of planning and budgeting. My first step? this month is the "no frivilous spending" month. No more Kindle books, no more makeup, clothes, etc. nothing unless its absolutely necessary. Its tough but i can do it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: lilfox on September 04, 2013, 06:32:22 PM
My mom was just sharing her stories of decluttering their basement while they prepare to move for the first time in 3 decades.  Now, I haven't been down into that basement in probably 5 years or more and the few times I ever did, it was motivated by a very specific search, no 'browsing'.  Anyway, among the things my parents kept: all my brother's trophies from elementary school sports, ski gear they can't even donate because it's so old, some plastic and yarn faux cross-stitch kit I finished when I was probably 7 (predating when they moved into that house!), and she said no fewer than 30 (thirty) winter coats, most of which belong to my dad.

I have in the past accepted hand-offs of these types of "treasures" just so I could ensure that they end up donated or trashed.  I really hope this decluttering exercise is cathartic for them, since obviously the last several decades had been spent avoiding the abyss that is their basement.

What really gets me though, is how Mom complains that my grandmother (dad's mom) hangs on to crazy junk in *her* basement, like old rolled up carpet and light fixtures from when she and my grandfather had a decorator do their house in 1965.  Then in the same conversation she'll say how she doesn't want to part with some lamps that haven't been used since before they moved into the current house because the shades were crushed in the move!

On my own home front, while DH was gone for the weekend, I organized our two linen closets and cleaned out expired and never-used/no longer good medicines, cleaning supplies, and other junk that was just taking up space.  Things look much nicer now that I've put stuff into clear plastic tubs.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 04, 2013, 06:40:54 PM
I pick up the car on Friday so I tonight, I took everything out of the garage and swept the entire thing out then put back most of the stuff, throwing a bunch of stuff out and moving some stuff to the shed.  I did a little gardening, too, and I was working for almost 2 hours!  Earned my dinner tonight, I did.

I organized the metal I have to go to the recycler and I have some electronics to go, too.  I'm going to ask my buddy to take me with him the next time he makes a run to the recycler.

Once gardening season is over, I'm going to get busy, in earnest, and clear out stuff.  I'm going to sell things that are worth selling, like some of my clothes and my snow tires for the old car.  There might be some camping gear I can get rid of, too.  I'd be thrilled if I could get a few bucks to help me stop stressing about a large purchase.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Dazi on September 05, 2013, 07:32:36 PM
Wish me luck!  This weekend my goal is to clean out the garage <shudder>.  :P
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: JustCallMePat on September 05, 2013, 07:47:17 PM
We clean out the garage about twice a year.  In the Spring to get out all the dirt and muck that has fallen off the cars during the winter, and in the fall so we have a clean spider-free floor on which to drop dirt and muck through the winter. Everything comes out, Simple Green is sprayed and scrubbed, and a rinse chases it all down the driveway.  It smells really nice too after that!  :D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Specky on September 06, 2013, 12:37:56 AM
We're having a case of Clutter Crisis here.  We had a recent rash of Sudden Fan Death, including 2 ceiling fans (grinding noises, electrical smell, not working, circuit breakers, etc.) and three regular move-them-around fans.  DH replaced both ceiling fans and, while in the process, used the regular stand/floor fans for circulation.  He managed to run into and kick over the three fans to the point that they also stopped working, and they joined the fan graveyard.

The fan graveyard is located in the living room.  Yesterday, I said we needed to get rid of the fans.  I'm tired of navigating around them, tripping over fans, and having to look at them.  My annoyance quotient is rising.

Me:  We need to get rid of these fans.
DH:  What?!  You mean get rid of them?
Me:  Yep.
DH:  WHY?!?
Me:  They're broken.  They don't work.  They are taking up room. I can't walk through the living room for the fans.
DH:  You mean just throw them away?
Me:  Yep.
DH:  But, we may have to replace them! 
Me:  Yep, with fans that work.  These are broken.  They don't work.  We already replaced the ceiling fans because these stopped working.
DH:  We may need more fans some day. The little fans could be fixed.  I broke the same part on all of them when I knocked them over.
Me:  Can you get that part?
DH:  No, I looked and can't find it.  I called one of the companies and they don't sell it.
Me:  So?
DH:  You want to just throw them away.
Me:  Do they work?
DH:  No, but we paid money for these fans, and I don't think we should just throw them away.
Me:  THEY'RE BROKEN!

I'm not sure what the heck got this going, but at this rate, we will have our own episode on Hoarders.  Wish me luck.  His whole FOO is like this.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on September 06, 2013, 04:00:02 AM
We're having a case of Clutter Crisis here.  We had a recent rash of Sudden Fan Death, including 2 ceiling fans (grinding noises, electrical smell, not working, circuit breakers, etc.) and three regular move-them-around fans.  DH replaced both ceiling fans and, while in the process, used the regular stand/floor fans for circulation.  He managed to run into and kick over the three fans to the point that they also stopped working, and they joined the fan graveyard.

The fan graveyard is located in the living room.  Yesterday, I said we needed to get rid of the fans.  I'm tired of navigating around them, tripping over fans, and having to look at them.  My annoyance quotient is rising.

Me:  We need to get rid of these fans.
DH:  What?!  You mean get rid of them?
Me:  Yep.
DH:  WHY?!?
Me:  They're broken.  They don't work.  They are taking up room. I can't walk through the living room for the fans.
DH:  You mean just throw them away?
Me:  Yep.
DH:  But, we may have to replace them! 
Me:  Yep, with fans that work.  These are broken.  They don't work.  We already replaced the ceiling fans because these stopped working.
DH:  We may need more fans some day. The little fans could be fixed.  I broke the same part on all of them when I knocked them over.
Me:  Can you get that part?
DH:  No, I looked and can't find it.  I called one of the companies and they don't sell it.
Me:  So?
DH:  You want to just throw them away.
Me:  Do they work?
DH:  No, but we paid money for these fans, and I don't think we should just throw them away.
Me:  THEY'RE BROKEN!

I'm not sure what the heck got this going, but at this rate, we will have our own episode on Hoarders.  Wish me luck.  His whole FOO is like this.
Oh, gads.  It's a funny conversation, but not a funny reality.  Recycling might be a way to go so he won't feel that they're such a loss.  Or sell them for scrap metal, so you realize some kind of return. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 06, 2013, 07:31:58 AM
We're having a case of Clutter Crisis here.  We had a recent rash of Sudden Fan Death, including 2 ceiling fans (grinding noises, electrical smell, not working, circuit breakers, etc.) and three regular move-them-around fans.  DH replaced both ceiling fans and, while in the process, used the regular stand/floor fans for circulation.  He managed to run into and kick over the three fans to the point that they also stopped working, and they joined the fan graveyard.

The fan graveyard is located in the living room.  Yesterday, I said we needed to get rid of the fans.  I'm tired of navigating around them, tripping over fans, and having to look at them.  My annoyance quotient is rising.

Me:  We need to get rid of these fans.
DH:  What?!  You mean get rid of them?
Me:  Yep.
DH:  WHY?!?
Me:  They're broken.  They don't work.  They are taking up room. I can't walk through the living room for the fans.
DH:  You mean just throw them away?
Me:  Yep.
DH:  But, we may have to replace them! 
Me:  Yep, with fans that work.  These are broken.  They don't work.  We already replaced the ceiling fans because these stopped working.
DH:  We may need more fans some day. The little fans could be fixed.  I broke the same part on all of them when I knocked them over.
Me:  Can you get that part?
DH:  No, I looked and can't find it.  I called one of the companies and they don't sell it.
Me:  So?
DH:  You want to just throw them away.
Me:  Do they work?
DH:  No, but we paid money for these fans, and I don't think we should just throw them away.
Me:  THEY'RE BROKEN!

I'm not sure what the heck got this going, but at this rate, we will have our own episode on Hoarders.  Wish me luck.  His whole FOO is like this.
Oh, gads.  It's a funny conversation, but not a funny reality.  Recycling might be a way to go so he won't feel that they're such a loss.  Or sell them for scrap metal, so you realize some kind of return.

My friend's ILs are like this. they go to garage, rummage, and other kinds of sales and bring home carp that they already have a hundred of, and don't use.  This would drive me nuts; to me, if something doens't work, or I don't use it, I give it away, or chuck it. I am ruthless. My cousin has half of a good sized 2 car garage full to the brim, and is slowly trying to de-clutter that, and her house. I told her, bring in a dumpster, and I'll come down and do it for you!  She hasn't yet taken me up on my offer, since she KNOWS I'll leave very little. hahahaha

what would happen if you just took them and chucked them when he's not around?
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Ms_Cellany on September 06, 2013, 08:50:07 AM
Or throw away one fan at a time - would he notice?
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on September 06, 2013, 11:01:08 AM
Suggest he use parts from one fan to fix another - if that isn't possible, then out they both go.  I am so glad my husband isn't that bad; with my CLEAN OUT THE CLUTTER personality, this behavior would be a dealbreaker for me.  Good luck.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Dazi on September 06, 2013, 07:04:08 PM
I'd experiment with the fans.  Remove one from out of his sight.  If he doesn't notice it's gone, in say a week, trash it.  Repeat as necessary.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Kaypeep on September 06, 2013, 08:13:51 PM
My mom is a hoarder so I try not to hang on to things.  Last weekend I was going through the closet and found a framed photo that I took from work when our office moved.  It is a long frame, and matted, and I took it with the intention of re-using the frame.  The photo is a scenic view of NYC skyline at night, with some printing on it promoting the tv station I work at, and the name of a show that we used to have. I've had the frame 3 years now and realize I'm never going to use it. I went to throw it away but BF won't let me because "the World Trade Center is in the picture."  Sigh....  I'm from NYC, I work in NYC.  there are no shortages of TWC photos.  This isn't even solely of TWC, and I'll never hang it up as-is since it's a promo poster for a TV show, NOT NYC.   I said "fine" but really I'm going to just wait for when he's not around and bring it down to the garbage anyway.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: guihong on September 06, 2013, 08:53:49 PM
We're having a case of Clutter Crisis here.  We had a recent rash of Sudden Fan Death, including 2 ceiling fans (grinding noises, electrical smell, not working, circuit breakers, etc.) and three regular move-them-around fans.  DH replaced both ceiling fans and, while in the process, used the regular stand/floor fans for circulation.  He managed to run into and kick over the three fans to the point that they also stopped working, and they joined the fan graveyard.

The fan graveyard is located in the living room.  Yesterday, I said we needed to get rid of the fans.  I'm tired of navigating around them, tripping over fans, and having to look at them.  My annoyance quotient is rising.

Me:  We need to get rid of these fans.
DH:  What?!  You mean get rid of them?
Me:  Yep.
DH:  WHY?!?
Me:  They're broken.  They don't work.  They are taking up room. I can't walk through the living room for the fans.
DH:  You mean just throw them away?
Me:  Yep.
DH:  But, we may have to replace them! 
Me:  Yep, with fans that work.  These are broken.  They don't work.  We already replaced the ceiling fans because these stopped working.
DH:  We may need more fans some day. The little fans could be fixed.  I broke the same part on all of them when I knocked them over.
Me:  Can you get that part?
DH:  No, I looked and can't find it.  I called one of the companies and they don't sell it.
Me:  So?
DH:  You want to just throw them away.
Me:  Do they work?
DH:  No, but we paid money for these fans, and I don't think we should just throw them away.
Me:  THEY'RE BROKEN!

I'm not sure what the heck got this going, but at this rate, we will have our own episode on Hoarders.  Wish me luck.  His whole FOO is like this.

Then the fans become HIS problem.  If you can move any of them, a fan goes on Mr. Specky's side of the bed.  A fan goes in his favorite recliner (even pour it a beverage  ;D).  A fan goes in his place at the dinner table.  I had to laugh, but five (5!) broken fans in my living room would be intolerable, even if my living room was Buckingham Palace.

Seriously, I like selling them for scrap metal.  Maybe he can get something for them.  Or enter them as a modern art sculpture  ;D.

I had a Specky-like confrontation with my husband when we were first married, over his dishes.  His mother would not stop going to garage sales and buying him really awful mismatched dishes, plus she saved margarine tubs and jelly jars for her grown son  ::).  He did finally tell his mother to stop, as he had more than enough, but he would not let me replace them with a matched set we could easily afford, plus a set of glasses, because they "worked just fine and that's a waste of money!"   Eight months after our wedding, while he was at work I tossed the tubs, donated the dishes and bought the set and glasses.  He never said anything for years  ::).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Dazi on September 07, 2013, 06:57:27 AM
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Seriously, I like selling them for scrap metal.  Maybe he can get something for them.  Or enter them as a modern art sculpture  ;D.

I just had this flash visual of Bedazzling or hot glue gunning seashells or something on a broken fan and nearly laughed myself out of the chair. I just woke up and am a little punchy, I guess.   :P
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on September 07, 2013, 01:55:52 PM
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Seriously, I like selling them for scrap metal.  Maybe he can get something for them.  Or enter them as a modern art sculpture  ;D.

I just had this flash visual of Bedazzling or hot glue gunning seashells or something on a broken fan and nearly laughed myself out of the chair. I just woke up and am a little punchy, I guess.   :P
Hey!  You've just given me an idea for a Christmas gift!  I just happen to have a broken portable oil heater, a whole bunch of sea shells, a jar of buttons  and a hot glue gun.  I also came across some fancy edging you would normally use on pillow cases or something.  All I have to do is pick up some glitter and artificial flowers.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on September 08, 2013, 11:51:03 PM
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Seriously, I like selling them for scrap metal.  Maybe he can get something for them.  Or enter them as a modern art sculpture  ;D.

I just had this flash visual of Bedazzling or hot glue gunning seashells or something on a broken fan and nearly laughed myself out of the chair. I just woke up and am a little punchy, I guess.   :P

A whole new version of a wind farm!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Dazi on September 09, 2013, 07:02:53 AM
The garage cleaning went pretty well this weekend.  It didn't get quite finished, but definitely an improvement.  I got a bit sunburnt though, lugging all that stuff out to the garbage. 

My exercise calculator is full of crap though, it shows that I only burned 500 calories. HA!  I had to have burned at least twice that.  :P
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Cricket on September 11, 2013, 02:53:56 AM
I'm so happy for all your successes! I am finding this thread motivating - in that I have so much to declutter that when I feel like there is just too much to do, I come in here and read what ya'll have been doing. I just remind myself, "One step at a time."

I think my mini-meltdown a month ago (pg 2) must have hit home with DH. He has actually been taking stuff out of the shed and to the dump! This week out electric jug needed replacing. Now, normally DH would take the old jug up to he shed, "just in case."  This time, he said, "Well, I guess we should throw out the old jug" AND HE DID right there and then :)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: guihong on September 11, 2013, 10:50:49 AM
I belong to another site that specializes in decluttering and cleaning, but I'm not sure if we're allowed to plug other sites out here.  Anyone interested can PM me (I think that's OK). 

For me, my latest "victory" was cleaning out the truck (an Explorer).  All kinds of DD's shoes, towels from swimming, notebooks, and trash.  Now my rule is "If it goes into the car, it comes back out".

 I just want a clean, organized home and vehicles. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 11, 2013, 11:03:07 AM
I'm so happy for all your successes! I am finding this thread motivating - in that I have so much to declutter that when I feel like there is just too much to do, I come in here and read what ya'll have been doing. I just remind myself, "One step at a time."

I think my mini-meltdown a month ago (pg 2) must have hit home with DH. He has actually been taking stuff out of the shed and to the dump! This week out electric jug needed replacing. Now, normally DH would take the old jug up to he shed, "just in case."  This time, he said, "Well, I guess we should throw out the old jug" AND HE DID right there and then :)

I do this with my "normal" cleaning too. While I only have a 1BR apt, it can start out clean, then get messy as the week goes on. I've also timed myself on chores I detest, such as unloading the DW. I found it takes me less than 3 minutes to do that, so it didn't seem quite as daunting.

and then I'll either try and clean one thing; like the top of my coffee table, or going through the whole apt, and taking care of all the paperwork, then clothes, etc. its not quite as bad that way, and 9 times out of 10, its neat again in a very short time.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Ms_Cellany on September 11, 2013, 11:20:09 AM
I've really taken to Flylady's motto that "you can do anything for 15 minutes," and to focus on hot spots - places that tend to accumulate books, mail, and other clutter.

The Sweetie now says, "Can we declare the end table a hot spot tonight?" or I'll set the timer for 15 minutes to clear stuff out of my truck, or I'll get out the vacuum and do *just* the walking portion of one room.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on September 11, 2013, 11:32:01 AM
POD to the last two posts. I found that I increased my willingness to clean a great deal by 1) timing how long it actually took me to do things, and thus realizing it didn't actually take that long; and 2) realizing I could do a little bit every day instead of one huge thing all at once that I would keep putting off.

I've also found that doing something regularly helps it go faster and be less painful to me. When I was cleaning the bathroom irregularly, for example, and dreading it, it seemed to take forever and was an onerous chore. Now I do it every week, usually Sunday afternoon, and since I know what I need to do (having done it so often now) I often just think about something else, and look up with surprise to find I'm 2/3 done.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 11, 2013, 02:46:17 PM
POD to the last two posts. I found that I increased my willingness to clean a great deal by 1) timing how long it actually took me to do things, and thus realizing it didn't actually take that long; and 2) realizing I could do a little bit every day instead of one huge thing all at once that I would keep putting off.

I've also found that doing something regularly helps it go faster and be less painful to me. When I was cleaning the bathroom irregularly, for example, and dreading it, it seemed to take forever and was an onerous chore. Now I do it every week, usually Sunday afternoon, and since I know what I need to do (having done it so often now) I often just think about something else, and look up with surprise to find I'm 2/3 done.

I also try and get it done FIRST - before I take a shower at night and settle down to the tv. this way, its done, over with, i can shower and then relax. I've also started making sure my kitchen counters are clear of stuff and wiped down each night. its sounds small, but it really makes a big difference. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GlitterIsMyDrug on September 11, 2013, 05:36:54 PM
I love decluttering. I blame living with my grandma, she grew up in foster care for much of her youth and moving from home to home didn't have much stuff to call her own, so as adult kept everything. Love her to death, but the woman loves her stuff.

Our recent clean out was our closet. See...I like shoes...and purses...and clothes. And so does my partner. Our lovely walk in closet was busting at the seems mostly with stuff we don't wear...or even like! So we started sorting stuff out, it was actually easier to just move what we liked to the closet in the guest bedroom then to actually take out what we didn't want. Then I had a brain storm and called up three very lovely, very broke, young women I happen to know. All three of whom are about our size and in desperate need of clothes that for things like job interviews, office jobs, and even just wanting to update their styles from high school (one recent grad, the other two are two years into college), to young adult. We let them go wild in our closet. If its in there, we don't want it and you can have it was our motto. It took one afternoon and we got our closet back! Whatever they didn't want got brought to the women's shelter and we were done! We also received three lovely hand written thank you notes for the "new to them" clothes and a fun afternoon (we got yummy food and made mocktails for the girls, it was fun).

We've also been helping my mom declutter. She's going from a three bedroom house to a one bedroom apartment. She can't even figure out how she's accumulated so much stuff! Things from her parents (her living parents FYI, just stuff they didn't want anymore), she kept holding onto, so I took pictures, sent them to my grandparents who hadn't the foggiest clue what most of these things were or where they came from (some they didn't even remember owning themselves!) so out the door they went.

Then we got to the "stuff I no longer want but can't just give away to goodwill because it's useful to someone I'm just not sure who", the woman tried multiple times to get us to take this set of dishes. Nice dishes. But..we have two sets of dishes already. We simply don't need them. Finally I gave up and started texting my friends, who knew someone who was in need of some nice basic dishes. Low and behold I got a hit! Single mom, just moved into her own place with her daughter, in desperate need of household items. My mom cheerfully loaded up this girl's car with household items (dishes, pots and pans, a food processor, a vacuum cleaner, two mops, and even two area rugs), not to mention the stuff she found for the little girl. My mom has this need with the stuff she gives up, it needs to go to someone who she knows will use it, apparently the fact that people in thrift stores need this stuff doesn't work for her.

And shredding. Oh shredding. I've given up on doing my own shredding. That just isn't going to happen. I broke two shredders. Then I found out my credit union has shred bins. The big kind with the pad lock, company picks them up once a week and the stuff goes and gets shredded, pulverized, and burned. I go once a month with our shred stuff, dump it off, and I'm done.

The partner moved in two years ago and we're still trying to fit our stuff in one place together. The truth, we need less stuff! Like...only one set of dishes, only one vacuum (we have 3 and we only have carpet in the bedrooms), we just haven't tackled it yet...two years later...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on September 11, 2013, 10:19:42 PM
Did I mention that I heard that starting a load of clothes in the washing machine was motivating and helped to focus on other cleaning?  I guess it's the sound and that you already feel like you are doing somthing but it isn't hands on.  I think this works.  So does the CD of Al green's Greatest Hits. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on September 12, 2013, 09:41:35 AM
The partner moved in two years ago and we're still trying to fit our stuff in one place together. The truth, we need less stuff! Like...only one set of dishes, only one vacuum (we have 3 and we only have carpet in the bedrooms), we just haven't tackled it yet...two years later...

That's what I keep telling people!  They tell me, 'You need to get a bigger place,' and I say, 'I don't need more room, I need Less Stuff!'   

I say the exact same thing! I have a pretty small apartment anyway, but most of the stuff filling it is decorative, for lack of a better word. Someday I would like to have someplace bigger, for many reasons but partly so my stuff doesn't look so crowded and I can actually enjoy it more, so it isn't such a hassle to get things out and put them away; but I don't think that letting my stuff push me into a larger house is really a good idea, psychologically.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on September 13, 2013, 12:11:50 AM
So, this week I went over 250 Barbie dresses and started to cut out the Christmas "lounging pants" (PJ bottoms made of polar fleece, but if you call them PJ's people expect tops even though they only wear T-shirts, so lounging pants they are!) I cleared enough space on the book shelves to move some things which in turn frees up a space on the floor. Go, me!

It is a slow thing, but I'm trying to do something each and every day.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bethalize on September 13, 2013, 05:35:50 AM
There was a person upline who had lost a lot of weight but didn't want to get rid of her "large" cloths and was going to store them. 

Dr. Phil would tell you that you are giving yourself permission to gain the weight back; that by getting rid of them, you are committing yourself to your new "self" and won't backslide to the previous "self".

So take those big clothes to Goodwill/Salvation Army and celebrate your new self with cute, well-fitting clothing!!!
That was me.

Dr Phil can say that if he likes, but as nearly everyone does regain the weight they lost that's magical thinking.  Peer reviewed research shows that if you are aware that you may regain the weight at any moment you are less likely to, like alcoholics knowing they are in danger of falling off the wagon.  Certainly the number of people who go from "Fat" to "Thin" and stay there is statistically rounded down to zero percent
http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/fat-officially-incurable-according-to-science/

I get that people say that kind of thing meaning to be helpful but frankly they aren't because they aren't true. Statements like Dr Phil's are fat shaming and I reject that one on the grounds of being downright wrong.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: LibraryLady on September 13, 2013, 02:38:50 PM
I'm sorry  :-[  .  I should have know better than to rely on a guru like Oprah's Dr. Phil.

I apologize, Bethalize.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Dazi on September 14, 2013, 07:22:38 AM
I'm sorry  :-[  .  I should have know better than to rely on a guru like Oprah's Dr. Phil.

I apologize, Bethalize.

I think we all want to believe that anyone can lose weight and keep it off. It gives us hope.  The sad reality is very few can.  It's practically 0%, I think the highest estimate is 5% after the 2 year mark.  The only people I personally know who managed to keep the weight off had surgical intervention...and honestly, not even all of them managed it, some regained 50% to all their excess weight plus more (granted that is two people I know out of over a dozen that had gastric bypass or lap band done).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bethalize on September 14, 2013, 07:53:35 AM
I'm sorry  :-[  .  I should have know better than to rely on a guru like Oprah's Dr. Phil.

I apologize, Bethalize.

Thank you. I am touched by your apology as it didn't occur to me that one was possible, let alone necessary. I don't think you have anything to apologise for, and I appreciate you not taking my post as personal attack. We're all learning, all the time.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: magicdomino on September 16, 2013, 02:10:39 PM
We're having a case of Clutter Crisis here.  We had a recent rash of Sudden Fan Death, including 2 ceiling fans (grinding noises, electrical smell, not working, circuit breakers, etc.) and three regular move-them-around fans.  DH replaced both ceiling fans and, while in the process, used the regular stand/floor fans for circulation.  He managed to run into and kick over the three fans to the point that they also stopped working, and they joined the fan graveyard.

The fan graveyard is located in the living room.  Yesterday, I said we needed to get rid of the fans.  I'm tired of navigating around them, tripping over fans, and having to look at them.  My annoyance quotient is rising.

Me:  We need to get rid of these fans.
DH:  What?!  You mean get rid of them?
Me:  Yep.
DH:  WHY?!?
Me:  They're broken.  They don't work.  They are taking up room. I can't walk through the living room for the fans.
DH:  You mean just throw them away?
Me:  Yep.
DH:  But, we may have to replace them! 
Me:  Yep, with fans that work.  These are broken.  They don't work.  We already replaced the ceiling fans because these stopped working.
DH:  We may need more fans some day. The little fans could be fixed.  I broke the same part on all of them when I knocked them over.
Me:  Can you get that part?
DH:  No, I looked and can't find it.  I called one of the companies and they don't sell it.
Me:  So?
DH:  You want to just throw them away.
Me:  Do they work?
DH:  No, but we paid money for these fans, and I don't think we should just throw them away.
Me:  THEY'RE BROKEN!

I'm not sure what the heck got this going, but at this rate, we will have our own episode on Hoarders.  Wish me luck.  His whole FOO is like this.

And this is why my mother had every single TV she had ever owned.  In fact, she had every single electical appliance she had ever owned.  Our conversations about dead appliances were so similar to you and your DH.  The only saving grace is that she didn't like to buy new ones if she could help it, so there only 5 broken TVs (and one that worked).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 16, 2013, 02:52:23 PM
We're having a case of Clutter Crisis here.  We had a recent rash of Sudden Fan Death, including 2 ceiling fans (grinding noises, electrical smell, not working, circuit breakers, etc.) and three regular move-them-around fans.  DH replaced both ceiling fans and, while in the process, used the regular stand/floor fans for circulation.  He managed to run into and kick over the three fans to the point that they also stopped working, and they joined the fan graveyard.

The fan graveyard is located in the living room.  Yesterday, I said we needed to get rid of the fans.  I'm tired of navigating around them, tripping over fans, and having to look at them.  My annoyance quotient is rising.

Me:  We need to get rid of these fans.
DH:  What?!  You mean get rid of them?
Me:  Yep.
DH:  WHY?!?
Me:  They're broken.  They don't work.  They are taking up room. I can't walk through the living room for the fans.
DH:  You mean just throw them away?
Me:  Yep.
DH:  But, we may have to replace them! 
Me:  Yep, with fans that work.  These are broken.  They don't work.  We already replaced the ceiling fans because these stopped working.
DH:  We may need more fans some day. The little fans could be fixed.  I broke the same part on all of them when I knocked them over.
Me:  Can you get that part?
DH:  No, I looked and can't find it.  I called one of the companies and they don't sell it.
Me:  So?
DH:  You want to just throw them away.
Me:  Do they work?
DH:  No, but we paid money for these fans, and I don't think we should just throw them away.
Me:  THEY'RE BROKEN!

I'm not sure what the heck got this going, but at this rate, we will have our own episode on Hoarders.  Wish me luck.  His whole FOO is like this.

And this is why my mother had every single TV she had ever owned.  In fact, she had every single electical appliance she had ever owned.  Our conversations about dead appliances were so similar to you and your DH.  The only saving grace is that she didn't like to buy new ones if she could help it, so there only 5 broken TVs (and one that worked).

I have to confess my last bit of clutter is my old tv. which is on the floor in my LR, in a corner. but ONLY beacuse its too heavy for me to carry down the stairs, out to my car, and somewhere to be recycled. and its only a 20". i shudder to think how i will get my 27" when it dies or i replace it. i'm serioulsy considering taking it apart, and recycling the pieces. no way i'd get it out otherwidse.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on September 16, 2013, 02:56:14 PM
Decluttered a bunch of apps on my smartphone.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 16, 2013, 03:14:48 PM
I managed to get through my accumulated paperwork from about March and got it all filed.  This is also of financial benefit because I get to claim my internet costs for side job I'm doing so I'm going to get a nice cheque next week!

I still have more stuff to go through in the office - magazines I was keeping for recipes, and the like - but that'll now have to wait until my gardening stuff is done.  I have a pile of bulbs to plant!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on September 18, 2013, 06:03:38 PM
I managed to get through my accumulated paperwork from about March and got it all filed.  This is also of financial benefit because I get to claim my internet costs for side job I'm doing so I'm going to get a nice cheque next week!

I still have more stuff to go through in the office - magazines I was keeping for recipes, and the like - but that'll now have to wait until my gardening stuff is done.  I have a pile of bulbs to plant!
I did this a couple of years ago (has it been that long?) and it was so much easier to find things.  I need to do it again and go through my filing system to get rid of some old unnecessary stuff.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on September 18, 2013, 06:22:27 PM
I've got a question:  When I closed out my aunt's estate, I ended up with about a gazillion old pictures.  After giving copies to other relatives and passing around the ones of unknown people for clues as to who/what the pictures are, I've now got a half gazillion old pictures.  One problem is that my forebears were big on having copies of pictures made, so I found tons of copies of some of the pictures.  There was something like 10 copies of a picture of my grandfather in his Army uniform during WWII - enough for everyone who wanted one plus some left over. 

Any ideas what I can do with these pictures?  I was thinking of sending the ones that were of the house in the town where my aunt lived to the local museum in that town, as members of my family lived in that area from 1881 until my aunt passed away in 2012.  However, after that, I have no idea what to do with those pictures, and I've still got almost a whole big plastic bin full.     
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on September 18, 2013, 07:30:36 PM
Sell them on eBay or Etsy, to people who will use them for paper crafts.

Or just toss them. It may seem like heresy, but it isn't. If there aren't people who want them, they have no value.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on September 18, 2013, 07:42:48 PM
I figured out a way to organize some of my fabrics; I used clip hangers and hung them up. Now I can see them and there is more floor space cleared. (And I'm up to 263 Barbie gowns!)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on September 19, 2013, 09:34:05 AM
Family photos: Personally, I would scan them and save them digitally, which takes up far less space than the actual photos and won't deteriorate over time. It's also a lot easier to send digital copies to relatives who might be interested in them later, perhaps someone in the next generation.

If the actual photos are too much for you to keep safely, I would check local museums and historical societies first. Even if they don't want them, they may know of other people/groups who do. Although I must admit I shuddered a little at TootsNYC's suggestion of tossing them ;) there is certainly nothing inherently wrong with that option. Personally, I would make some effort to see if anyone else wanted them for their historic value first. Also, around here there's a number of antique shops and used bookstores that sell vintage photographs and postcards, I guess for people to do crafts with or use as curios. You could also look into that before tossing them in the trash.

And, if you have multiple copies of the same photo, you could certainly keep just the one in the best condition, and toss/give away the others. If that reduces the amount of photos to a reasonable number for you, great. Specialty photo shops can usually make good prints of old photos from the original, should the day come that you wish you did have more copies.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GlitterIsMyDrug on September 19, 2013, 10:25:20 AM
Ok I finally got my grandma on the decluttering bandwagon. A few years ago she and my grandpa moved from a large 3 bedroom house, to a much smaller 2 bedroom house that suited their needs better. In the old house the garage was so filled with stuff, they couldn't fit even one car in, let alone two. Well...they still can't fit any cars into the new garage. So grandpa had a enough and insisted grandma start figuring out what she really wants to keep and what she's just hanging onto just because.

Now, when ebay first started my grandma ran a nice little business going around to yard sales and estate sales, picking up items, fixing them up, and reselling them. She made decent money doing this, but eventually when ebay became big business she lost interested. But she didn't loose the stuff and this is what is primarily in the garage. So we helped her by dragging in some of it to the house so she can sort through it all (rather then her be in a hot garage). Yesterday I get a phone call that she's started going through some of the clothes and found something that might be very intresting to us. So we headed over to check it out.

In the process of decluttering my grandma found a wedding dress. Not only a wedding dress, but a wedding dress exactly in the style that Partner wants her dress to be in. And it fits her! Needs a few alterations, a little fixing up, and Partner says there are a few details she's going to add but I don't get to know about that.

See why decluttering is important? Never know what you'll find. Grandma is now keeping an eye out for me as she know she has a few more dresses, including her's from her second marriage, which would be the style I want (I've seen pictures, I love it).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on September 22, 2013, 09:10:40 PM
Today we put up a new closet rod and I hung much of the organza and polar fleece that I had laying around. We also put up an Ikea CD Shelving unit, think floor to almost ceiling. I am just about organized!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on September 23, 2013, 01:12:10 AM
Got rid of 8 bags of stuff. Four more will go out tomorrow and 3 more on Friday. Starting to see more floor daily!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Margo on September 23, 2013, 06:12:21 AM
I got rid of another 4 bags on Friday - clothes, this time.  A good friend who is thinner than me got first pick of the good stuff  (and was really pleased as she now has a 'new' dress to wear when she attends a wedding next weekend, plus some nice skirts) then the balance of the good stuff  went to a charity shop, with the not-good stuff going for recycling.

My next goal is to thin out my chest of drawers (I shall have to admit that those odd socks are never going to show up..) and to go through the kitchen cupboards and sort out what I actually use and is worth keeping, and what I should ditch.

My initial burst of decluttering obviously worked, as I have had an offer on my house  :) Which of course does mean I can now look at stuff with "do I want to pay to move this to a new property?"  in my head, which is quite the incentive!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Dazi on September 23, 2013, 06:15:52 AM
I had to pick up some new to me thrift store clothes over the weekend, so I'm planning on purging my closet again.  I'm going to try the "bring something home, must get rid of equal amount" method and see how that goes.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: daen on September 23, 2013, 09:45:44 AM
Today is packing day, and I'm getting rid of a bunch of books, some clothes, and some knick-knacks.

It surprises me how much I've accumulated in a year where I tried not to accumulate things.

Once the current load is out of the dryer, I can more-or-less finish packing, and we can start weighing to see how we need to redistribute the heavy stuff across our bags.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on September 23, 2013, 12:21:31 PM
I cleaned off the counter this weekend. I'd been accumulating papers there mostly--important stuff that I need to keep, but just hadn't gotten around to filing yet. Found something from a year ago. ::) So I sorted it all and filed it, then wiped off the counter and put back the stuff that lives there. Somehow, there was much more free space. Funny how that works!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on September 24, 2013, 10:00:34 PM
Does it count if I'm reading the stacks of books so that I can donate them without guilt? (Four books down and hundreds to go.) ;D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: scotcat60 on September 25, 2013, 06:32:29 AM
Hoarding is, from what I've seen personally, a deep-seated irrational fear of getting rid of things, even absolute junk in bad condition--it almost seems to cause physical pain when you suggest or try to make a hoarder throw something away.

I had a next door neighbour who was a hoarder. He was Hungarian and had been a prisoner in a labour camp during World War II. For him I suppose, possessions were security, and power, and having control of his life, which he had not had in the camp. He was not as bad as some people you see on the TV programmes about hoarders. Stuff wasn't piled up to the ceilings, he could for example walk upstairs, his bathroom and toilet were clutter free, but his bedrooms were full of stuff, his loft, his shed, and the garden had lots of furniture under tarpaulins. Wehn he died it all got thrown away,save for some stuff that went back to his family in Hungary, and a cup and saucer and a bowl which my Mum and I chose as mementos.

The only trouble with givng away clothes is that sometimes I do it, and then find that I want womething, and I haven't got it. I did this with a corduroy overshirt recently, and it would have been just nice to wear on a day that was not freezing, but not cold enough for a woolly cardigan.

As for family photos, scan them by all means, but make very sure that no one else in the family would like the originals. My SIL is still spitting blood about her aunt who got rid of all the family photos without asking if anyone was interested. And she did not scan them first, so no copies are available at all.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: faithlessone on September 25, 2013, 09:29:04 AM
As for family photos, scan them by all means, but make very sure that no one else in the family would like the originals. My SIL is still spitting blood about her aunt who got rid of all the family photos without asking if anyone was interested. And she did not scan them first, so no copies are available at all.

Gosh, I wasn't aware you were my aunt! ;)

My mother is still completely furious about a couple of her family members who threw away a large group of old photos without copying them / consulting her. She's a keen genealogist and every bit of family evidence like that is incredibly precious to her.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on October 05, 2013, 02:22:05 AM
I am planning an attack on the kitchen tomorrow. (And I'm up to 385 Barbie dresses!)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on October 18, 2013, 07:16:28 AM
Reporting on my uncluttered room...
A while back ( a long while back) we had some work done on our bedroom and had moved into the computer room (which is also a junky storage room) until we would move back into our 'real' bedroom.  Last night was the first night back in the old room.  It is spare to say the least, with nothing on the walls, no clutter, no excess stuff in there.  Just the bed, 2 dressers and a table.  It was Heaven!  There are no curtains on the windows, just some brown craft paper that I taped up to cover the peeping tom viewing areas.  I could see the apple tree limbs outside the window and the shadows they made on the wall.  I felt like I was in a monastery or convent.  I slept for about 4 hours and then just lay there for a few hours enjoying the peace.  Ordinarily I would be chomping at the bit with restlessness for not being able to sleep, but I didn't feel that, at all. 
I had slowed down miserably on my decluttering efforts, but today I have renewed enthusiasm for the projects I put on the back burner.   
 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: EveLGenius on October 18, 2013, 09:34:58 AM
I'm not sure if this counts as decluttering or just finishing a project.  In April, DH and I decided to use our tax refund to update our kitchen.  We found new countertops first, and got them installed.  Then we got new linoleum installed.  Then there was a significant break while we looked for tiles for the backsplash.  We finally found some, and for various reasons they just gathered, along with the various tools of the trade, in the garage.  Well, last weekend we put in the backsplash, put away all of the tools, and generally tidied the garage.  It hasn't been swept, so I don't consider it "clean," but both the kitchen and the garage now look much better!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on October 18, 2013, 10:02:16 AM
I have a new decluttering project to investigate. I need to get rid of my old laptop computer. It's about 7 years old (at least!) and I haven't used it at all for about four years. It's just been hanging around in its ginormous carrying case. Well, I could really use that space for other stuff. As we know from the "paper, pens, and office supplies" thread my paper notebook collection is growing and needs a home. Computers being pushed out by paper! That's the sort of craziness that goes on at my house. Anyway, I need to research computer shops in town and see if any of them will destroy the hard drive and take the rest of the body away.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on October 18, 2013, 02:55:06 PM
I have a new decluttering project to investigate. I need to get rid of my old laptop computer. It's about 7 years old (at least!) and I haven't used it at all for about four years. It's just been hanging around in its ginormous carrying case. Well, I could really use that space for other stuff. As we know from the "paper, pens, and office supplies" thread my paper notebook collection is growing and needs a home. Computers being pushed out by paper! That's the sort of craziness that goes on at my house. Anyway, I need to research computer shops in town and see if any of them will destroy the hard drive and take the rest of the body away.

There are programs (CCleaner from Piriform.com) that will write random zeros and ones on the hard drive once, three times, seven times, or the government standard of 35 times...then you grab the original recovery disk set (if you can find it) and tell it to format the hard drive and install the original factory image on the hard drive.

There should be no problem with anyone recovering anything off of it, for all practical purposes.   

And you can donate it or contact a recycler on Freecycle to take it away at that point.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: demarco on October 18, 2013, 03:36:42 PM
We had community electronics recycling last weekend and we got rid of a car trunkload. It felt really good to get rid of that stuff but we still have more....  I also took three more bags of clothes to the Goodwill. 

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GlitterIsMyDrug on October 18, 2013, 03:46:45 PM
I have a new decluttering project to investigate. I need to get rid of my old laptop computer. It's about 7 years old (at least!) and I haven't used it at all for about four years. It's just been hanging around in its ginormous carrying case. Well, I could really use that space for other stuff. As we know from the "paper, pens, and office supplies" thread my paper notebook collection is growing and needs a home. Computers being pushed out by paper! That's the sort of craziness that goes on at my house. Anyway, I need to research computer shops in town and see if any of them will destroy the hard drive and take the rest of the body away.

There are programs (CCleaner from Piriform.com) that will write random zeros and ones on the hard drive once, three times, seven times, or the government standard of 35 times...then you grab the original recovery disk set (if you can find it) and tell it to format the hard drive and install the original factory image on the hard drive.

There should be no problem with anyone recovering anything off of it, for all practical purposes.   

And you can donate it or contact a recycler on Freecycle to take it away at that point.

This just reminded of me of my mother. She'd been shleping around a computer from 1999. Didn't use it or anything, just kept moving it from one place to another. When we were moving her Partner looks at this thing and says "Are you seriously taking this with you?" and mom says "Well, I need to get the hard drive cleared. But I don't trust those computer places, those techs could copy it and steal my info", I roll my eyes, I've told her everything VorFemme said to do a few times over but she's convinced that still won't work. So Partner sits down, gets it opened and yanks out the hard drive. Then she hands it to my mom and says "There, now you have the hard drive", we took the computer to be recycled.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Cutenoob on October 18, 2013, 09:16:43 PM
I have a new decluttering project to investigate. I need to get rid of my old laptop computer. It's about 7 years old (at least!) and I haven't used it at all for about four years. It's just been hanging around in its ginormous carrying case. Well, I could really use that space for other stuff. As we know from the "paper, pens, and office supplies" thread my paper notebook collection is growing and needs a home. Computers being pushed out by paper! That's the sort of craziness that goes on at my house. Anyway, I need to research computer shops in town and see if any of them will destroy the hard drive and take the rest of the body away.

There are programs (CCleaner from Piriform.com) that will write random zeros and ones on the hard drive once, three times, seven times, or the government standard of 35 times...then you grab the original recovery disk set (if you can find it) and tell it to format the hard drive and install the original factory image on the hard drive.

There should be no problem with anyone recovering anything off of it, for all practical purposes.   

And you can donate it or contact a recycler on Freecycle to take it away at that point.
Just physically remove the hard drive, drill some holes in it and toss in the garbage. Put the case/rest of it on curb as FREE, done!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sophia on October 18, 2013, 10:11:02 PM
I have to admit that I am almost as bad as GlitterIsMyDrug's mom.  I have about 10 hard drives somewhere around here.  I know I could do something to them.  Or they are so old that even if I tossed them, there wouldn't be anything personal on there.  But, still ...   It is easier to just keep them. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: KenveeB on October 18, 2013, 10:28:10 PM
I have to admit that I am almost as bad as GlitterIsMyDrug's mom.  I have about 10 hard drives somewhere around here.  I know I could do something to them.  Or they are so old that even if I tossed them, there wouldn't be anything personal on there.  But, still ...   It is easier to just keep them.

I have an old laptop I haven't gotten rid of yet, but that's mostly because I'm saving it for when I get really, really frustrated with an electronic device and need to smash something.  >:D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on October 19, 2013, 07:56:03 AM
If you're close to a Best Buy, they'll recycle electronics for free. I think they do charge $10 for items with a screen tho. Keeps stuff out of the landfill.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sophia on October 19, 2013, 01:38:50 PM
If you do take an old, beat-up computer to Best Buy, don't smile and say you have a return. 
Apparently they have heard that joke a few times.   ;)

A distant friend of DH's reclaims the metals from electronics.  So, when we see him next, we will have a load for him. 

I might take apart the hard drives though.  Playing with hard drive magnets is a fad at work (lots of geeks)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on October 19, 2013, 02:13:26 PM
I just removed 9 bags of trash (mostly empty boxes that got soggy when my humidifier fritzed out and flooded the basement) from downstairs.  So.  Many. Spiders.

Anthony has an extremely irritating habit of throwing boxes downstairs instead of throwing them away and it drives me nuts, moreso because there's been a lot of complaining from him about all the junk and boxes downstairs when probably about 90% of it is his.  I told him yesterday that I was cleaning out the basement today and to go through his stuff down there if there was anything he wanted to keep.  He didn't, so all of it (with the exception of a few things I KNOW he would never want me to throw out) has gone.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: stitchygreyanonymouse on October 19, 2013, 07:19:52 PM
We moved over the summer, so managed to declutter a bit there (although we still need to go back to the old house at some point in the next month or so to get rid of the stuff that needs to be donated).

Since moving, SO finally got rid of the 6 year old laptop and more electronic junk, I took another pass through our paper clutter, and have the DVD box slated for tomorrow. Also, we fully unpacked within a month of moving in. That is awesome, considering that I found unpacked boxes from when we moved into our house two years ago when we started packing up the house for this move.

After the DVDs, I need to tackle the dressers. My wardrobe is pretty sparse. SO has an overflowing dresser, and clothes in my drawers as well, but only wears a handful of it. He had one and half drawerfulls when we moved in together 6 years ago, so I don't even know how it amassed so quickly. I think it's the free t-shirts he's somehow managed to be a magnet for. He realized that the weight of the clothes is breaking the drawer mechanisms, so I think he'll be willing to let go of some stuff finally. Yay!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on October 19, 2013, 09:09:32 PM
I was at Best Buy today (didn't ask about my old laptop though) and I saw in the foyer they have a collection box with lots of different holes in it where they will take batteries, cables/wires, gift cards (presumably empty, to recycle), plastic bags, even DVDs/CDs and their cases. Might have been a couple other small things, too. So that might be an outlet for some pesky items people have. My mom got super-excited about it, which made my dad kinda nervous.  >:D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Dazi on October 20, 2013, 07:54:45 AM
I need to make a pass on the house this week sometime. 

I just can't do it when DH is home.  He has an unnatural attachment to junk, so I have to clear it out when he's not here.  The funny thing is, he doesn't notice when it's gone, he just can't seem to SEE me throw it out.  I still can't believe I got him to go through his side of the closet for clothes donations...granted, he should have gotten rid of about 3X what he did, but it was still a great improvement.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on October 20, 2013, 10:47:42 AM
I need to make a pass on the house this week sometime. 

I just can't do it when DH is home.  He has an unnatural attachment to junk, so I have to clear it out when he's not here.  The funny thing is, he doesn't notice when it's gone, he just can't seem to SEE me throw it out.  I still can't believe I got him to go through his side of the closet for clothes donations...granted, he should have gotten rid of about 3X what he did, but it was still a great improvement.
My DH also has an attraction for junk.  I'm not brave enough to go through those boxes of things I don't recognize but yesterday I got overwhelmed to the point of sputtering.  I think it scared him into going through one of the six disgusting industrial shelving units that line the walls in our computer room.  What bothers me is that when he goes through things with me in that state, he says things like, 'I want to keep the Nikon stuff..." He should know that I don't mean to toss our camera equipment.  :o   But what about those 50 and more obsolete computer books that are forcing one of the units into submission.   >:(  Anyway he did go through one of the units and now we know what is there and have a bunch of stuff to take to the electronics class at the high school.  The instructor is a wonderful computer whiz and he welcomes donations of things. 
I sounded like my mother when I thanked him for going through the shelf and said, "Now,  if we do one of the units and go through one of the bins every day we can get it cleared out".   >:D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GlitterIsMyDrug on October 21, 2013, 11:35:22 AM
I have to admit that I am almost as bad as GlitterIsMyDrug's mom.  I have about 10 hard drives somewhere around here.  I know I could do something to them.  Or they are so old that even if I tossed them, there wouldn't be anything personal on there.  But, still ...   It is easier to just keep them.

Partner has 3 hard drives she's been keeping. Her plan is to copy them and get them onto an external hard drive, get what she wants off and then get rid of everything else. Or something like that. But honestly, the hard drives are small enough that I can't fault her keeping them around...for now. Then entire computer on the other hand...

My mom can't figure out what to do with her hard drive now that it's out. But at least she has it. And it's much easier to pack up and move then the old computer was.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Amara on October 21, 2013, 02:34:17 PM
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My mom can't figure out what to do with her hard drive now that it's out.

Drop it in some vinegar for a day or so. That will take care of it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Ms_Cellany on October 21, 2013, 02:43:15 PM
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My mom can't figure out what to do with her hard drive now that it's out.

Drop it in some vinegar for a day or so. That will take care of it.

Power drill!  Or take it to a shooting range.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GlitterIsMyDrug on October 21, 2013, 02:45:08 PM
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My mom can't figure out what to do with her hard drive now that it's out.

Drop it in some vinegar for a day or so. That will take care of it.

Power drill!  Or take it to a shooting range.

Lol, she does like her drill! I meant to say she can't decide if she wants to get the information off of it. Though what could be on there from 13 years ago that she'd need now but hasn't needed in the past oh...10 years since we've used that computer, I don't know.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on October 21, 2013, 03:20:00 PM
I think I'm gonna try to remove the hard drive from my laptop tonight. You guys have inspired me. I don't really care if I damage it as I made sure to copy what I needed from it when I switched over to my current computer; I just want to make sure no one else can read it. Then, even if I can't bring myself to part with the hard drive yet (I really want to find one of those places that will destroy it in front of me, like someone else mentioned), that will be a smaller thing to store, and I can find a way to get rid of the rest of it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GlitterIsMyDrug on October 21, 2013, 03:26:32 PM
I think I'm gonna try to remove the hard drive from my laptop tonight. You guys have inspired me. I don't really care if I damage it as I made sure to copy what I needed from it when I switched over to my current computer; I just want to make sure no one else can read it. Then, even if I can't bring myself to part with the hard drive yet (I really want to find one of those places that will destroy it in front of me, like someone else mentioned), that will be a smaller thing to store, and I can find a way to get rid of the rest of it.

There are youtube videos on how to do it! And after watching Partner do it...it looks so easy!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on October 21, 2013, 03:44:51 PM
I have installed the original factory image back to back three times (formatting the hard drive as part of the factory image recovery), then run the CCleaner (Piriform.com) drive wiper three times (random zeros & ones) on the unused space.

Then I tried the EASEUS Partition Manager's recovery mode (Iobit.com) and didn't get anything.  Granted, it was all share ware, but the websites I researched indicated that this was enough for anything smaller than a country with LOTS of resources and a good reason to try to get stuff off your hard drive to give up (I am not a terrorist, a pervert, an assassin, nor did I steal billions and try to hide it off shore). 

Granted, one of them didn't need all that, as I had to replace the hard drive with a larger one (40gb hard drive computers do NOT sell very fast) to get any use from it myself and I don't do our taxes!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Moralia on October 21, 2013, 08:34:21 PM
I hit the coat closet last weekend and washed/aired/oiled all the coats.  I then filled a whole garbage bag with coats we don't wear and took them to the Salvation Army.
Next, Winter Shoes!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on October 21, 2013, 08:58:19 PM
I just posted some too small Halloween costumes to Craigslist - I am debating adding a too small Renn Faire costume to the list - but it is better made than the (commercial) costumes and might be worth looking at with an eye to altering.  Or at least making a larger chemise that isn't sorta semi-sheer to wear under it...

Not that I object to wearing comfortable clothes - but I tend to save the ones that you can see shadows of ME through if I am standing in front of a light source for more private locations than the local Renn Faire or handing out candy at the door on Halloween....I might feel more like showing off my figure if I was still in my thirties and a few sizes slimmer...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on October 23, 2013, 03:58:19 PM
Okay, still haven't gotten around to dealing with my old hard drive/laptop yet. :P Soon, though.

However, I've been digitizing my old stories/creative works and that has been going really well. I took about a month to go through one folder, which was about an inch thick. This including sorting the items in it, typing them into Word files, and then I just did about four days of scanning so as to retain a flavor of the original documents. Then I threw out almost all the paper. I think I only saved three or four paper things. I work on it about 45min several days a week.

I have a serious goal of digitizing ALL of my creative works from the last... 30 years... which is a big job especially as I keep adding to the stack. But working on it a little bit at a time for several days a week has allowed me to part with some large notebooks and stacks of paper over the last couple of years. Just gotta keep going.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 23, 2013, 04:02:32 PM
I picked my brussel sprouts.  They are sitting outside my patio door, ready to come in and be prepped for cooking.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Seven Ate Nine on October 23, 2013, 04:35:40 PM
I spent Monday taking all of the stuff off of the shelving unit and sorting it.  My basement looks like there was a minor explosion, but it's merely step 1 in the reorganization process.  Yesterday I cleaned out my desk, including two paper bags of papers going out (one is straight junk to be recycled, the other will be burned).  Hopefully if I can get a place for everything then I'll start doing things like tossing the junk mail as it comes in so that my counters stay clear.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on October 24, 2013, 02:17:11 AM
Today I finished making the Barbie dresses! 500 to donate and about 50 more to give as gifts to the children of friends and family. Then we packed up everything that we are donating to the same place and got it loaded, ready to deliver tomorrow. My "extra daughter" came over and I got several bags of clothing for her children out of the house. Between sewing up my stash and reading the books, I am slowly making a dent. Several bookcases look like they are full; however, they are no longer double shelved and no longer have books stacked flat on the top of the upright books! (I take joy where I can find it!)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 24, 2013, 07:52:24 AM
I now have motivation for going through my kitchen and 'hoarder' room!  I was chatting with the girl who bought my snow tires last night.  She's military, just moved into her own place and has no kitchen stuff.  So if I have any stuff I want to get rid of, she's interested!  The weather looks crap for doing outside work this weekend so I might just be tackling this project and sending her an email to see if she wants anything.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: JustCallMePat on October 27, 2013, 01:48:08 PM
Next decluttering project - the file cabinet!  We keep a fireproof locking file cabinet in the office/den/used-to-be-a-bedroom.  I've not been good at filing lately and had a pile of stuff to organize.  I also had one of the boxes Mom brought which was full of papers.  I've sorted, re-organized, digitized, and shredded until my shredder gave up!  Interesting finds from Mom's box: a lock of my grandfather's baby hair (c.1909), the original deed to the family plot at the church cemetery (c.1891), burial records from 1910, baptismal certificates (1873, 1898, 1923, 1933).  All have been scanned and the originals stored in archival boxes with notes on what I knew or learned about the people involved.

I also found the cemetery papers for the plot where Mom wants to be buried - not in the family plot above.  DH thinks it morbid that I showed such interest in it but I countered that someday we'll need this information and to have it reviewed and in good order now can only help then.

So everything's been sorted and categorized.  The stuff currently useful will go back into the file cabinet.  We're getting a second fireproof file in which to store the 'archive' files in the basement storage.  Some of this old stuff is just irreplaceable and while the scans are good to have, the originals are even better.  And the old tax records, property records, security forms from work, etc. need to be kept and protected.  Copies of all the scanned material is on DVDs in the bank security deposit box along with the really critical papers like wills, deeds, and such.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on October 27, 2013, 03:22:51 PM
I picked my brussel sprouts.  They are sitting outside my patio door, ready to come in and be prepped for cooking.
I remember the first time I ever saw a stem full of sprouts.  I had no idea they grew that way. I thought it was amazing.
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://mypersiankitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/brussel-sprouts-stalk-custom.jpg&imgrefurl=http://mypersiankitchen.com/brussel-sprouts-persian-style/&h=348&w=520&sz=35&tbnid=EltFJP3DQzzogM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=134&zoom=1&usg=__iLVRpMSwgFLdQmIQXNRLHzw1bL0=&docid=HcOBC8Nm3BqCtM&sa=X&ei=8nVtUrXrAsb5iQKE2IGoBQ&ved=0CDEQ9QEwAw
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on October 27, 2013, 03:31:32 PM
Did I say we finally moved into our remodeled bedroom from that horrible and cluttered computer room?  That and the bathroom are the only uncluttered rooms in the house.  Talk about peaceful sleeping, now (in the bedroom, not the bathroom).  How do I work so hard at decluttering but never finish the job?
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: JustCallMePat on October 27, 2013, 04:10:33 PM
How do I work so hard at decluttering but never finish the job?

For me, I think it's like the crew who paints the Golden Gate Bridge.  As soon as they finish at the far end, it's time to start at the near end again!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on October 27, 2013, 06:52:44 PM
I think you're right.  I also think it's because I don't get rid of enough stuff when I do a decluttering sweep.   :-[
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on October 27, 2013, 07:15:26 PM
I'm listing some older costumes for sale in Craigslist (can't get much interest in them the rest of the year). 

If they don't sell, well, one or two might work for the Renn Faire (gypsy & pirate) and I'll see what happens.  If all else fails, they will be loaned to some of VorSon's friends to wear when we go to the Faire after Thanksgiving (30 November). 

They are being cleaned, repaired, and can be washed again after the Faire & put away.  At the moment, VorGuy isn't into dressing up and they are a bit short for VorSon, who is just enough taller than his dad that it is a bit awkward.

I might take them to Ambrosia Hino's house in the spring - to see if any of her friends want to wear them to the Atlanta Renn Faire, if they don't sell...

There's always a use for a costume, even if it doesn't fit you just this minute....

If all else fails, my dressmaking dummy might end up wearing one!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on October 28, 2013, 12:24:50 PM
Found another spot to declutter. (Still need to get rid of the old laptop!) I have about 1/3 of a shelf filled with small notebooks and folders that are basically scrap-paper notes from over the years. I used to write little notes on scrap paper, then I'd lose them or throw them away only to find I needed them again, so now I have small notebooks that I write everything in, and when it's full I put it on this shelf. Well, surely some of them, from years ago, could be tossed! And if I find something important, I can always tear out just that page and keep it. If I could get it down from 1/3 of a shelf to maybe one folder, that would be... more space for me to put other things. ;D

It's so funny how I look at this thing every day and it's only recently occurred to me that I could go through it and change it. You just get so used to looking at things sometimes.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on October 28, 2013, 10:29:38 PM
Two more bags out of the house on next Wednesday! Still decluttering, but starting to lose steam! Need to take a break from cleaning or going to work! Guess which one I'd LIKE to do! >:D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on October 29, 2013, 09:34:25 AM
As promised, decluttered the 1/3 of a shelf filled with old notes. It was fun flipping through the notebooks and seeing what I was working on. I saved about 1% of the pages. Mostly they were just temporary lists of things that would have been thrown away a long time ago if they were on loose scrap paper, nothing too exciting. Let me tell you, though, there is nothing to inspire fear for one's sanity than encountering pages of notes from a "room escape" game and not realizing what they are at first... ;) After that I was able to move several blank notebooks to this shelf from the cranny where I had originally stored them. Next up: A box on the same shelf, filled with... ??
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on October 29, 2013, 04:31:00 PM
A pile of boxes & used but not abused padded mailers to Freecycle today.  (The eBay seller was very happy to have them.)

A pile of women's clothing (cool & warm weather clothing) two sizes too small - if you go by numerical sizes instead of letter sizes (which span two numbered sizes), then they might have been either four or five sizes too small...to two women who are starting exercise programs.  One is in that size range and the other will be "soon" she said.  So the one is getting clothes that the other can no longer wear and neither is having to come up with a whole new wardrobe every three or four months...

I do need to go through the closet and pack away the summer clothes - or at least the shorts, it is "fall" in Houston (and I have varicose veins) so shorts are probably not going to be something that I need to wear until it gets back to the range of "hotter than normal human body temperature" again.  Probably not before Easter...or not more than once or twice, at least, before Easter!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on October 31, 2013, 12:27:16 AM
We have two, yes two, magazine racks. As of last night, the biggest one is empty and we are offering it to DD and SIL. Hope they want it and can get it before it gets filled! (Baby steps, but that is all I can do while working and keeping up the charity work that I do.)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on October 31, 2013, 09:19:26 AM
I was searching for some embroidery stuff that I *know* I have somewhere in my apartment, and found a whole LOT of stuff that can be put on Freecycle.   On the one hand, yay for Freecycle!  On the other hand, I still haven't found those embroidery projects.   :-[

It's going to be a busy busy weekend.
I think your embroidery projects are in the bottom shelf of my big armoire in the living room. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on November 04, 2013, 07:04:03 AM
I was searching for some embroidery stuff that I *know* I have somewhere in my apartment, and found a whole LOT of stuff that can be put on Freecycle.   On the one hand, yay for Freecycle!  On the other hand, I still haven't found those embroidery projects.   :-[

It's going to be a busy busy weekend.
I think your embroidery projects are in the bottom shelf of my big armoire in the living room.

LOL  Probably.   
;)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on November 04, 2013, 09:40:56 AM
Every time I read this thread I think, "Have I decluttered something recently that I can mention?" Well, I cleaned out the fridge this weekend and threw some stuff away, but I don't keep much extra in there. It was mostly about actually cleaning it, and rearranging things so I could find what I wanted easier. I also vacuumed under the couch cushions, so I have harvested approximately a pound of dust bunnies if anyone wants those! ;D

I'm next eyeing the shelf that holds my binders of financial records, and the bins where I stuff receipts etc. I haven't dealt with yet. Big job, that. Not so much decluttering as organizing, then culling the oldest stuff.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on November 04, 2013, 03:54:08 PM
I *hated* the various organizing shows - if they walked into a house where someone sewed, made jewelry, or otherwise was a serious crafter AS THEIR HOME BASED BUSINESS - they made them add about half their stuff to the garage sale to get rid of "clutter".

Wait one hairy minute - would you walk into a store or any business and tell the owner to "get rid" of half his stock of inventory?  I don't think so!  So why are you making someone get rid of half their "inventory" just because they work out of their home instead of a store or office?  (((grumble, mumble, possibly rude things under my breath))). 

Then they would gush about how much money the person made at the garage sale, with half their inventory being sold off at less than 25% of original "value" to make empty space.  Yeah, right....

I went to a (brief) class at the Quilt Festival (it was free - worth every penny I didn't pay and even more for a Boeing engineer's tips).  One of her comments is that anyone who starts "organizing" your stuff by making you get rid of at least half of it is CHEATING!  Read a different article, watch a different show, or buy a different book of tips - because if you are a quilter (seamstress, make your own jewelry, and especially if that is your BUSINESS/job) then they are cheating you out of half your "tools" (for artist's, half your supplies) to make it easier on themselves by reducing the amount of things that have to be organized.  I liked her....and her tips, too!

I will admit that if you've got damaged goods (flood, pests, broken drain, etc.) that there are legitimate reasons to get rid of "stuff" that is no longer useable - but you'll have to sort & organize ALL your stuff to find the things that no longer will be a part of your "inventory".  Size 2 patterns from when you were 14, half your current weight, and three inches shorter - put in a box to sell or donate - depending on whether or not that is an uncut pattern (or at least has all the pieces) or see if you have clients that want to dress in authentic vintage patterns and will PAY you to use if for them.

But trash it?  (((shudder)))  Ebay, Amazon, or even donate it to the local charity thrift store - where someone can use it.  Maybe a theater group is doing a revival of a play set in that time?   You never know...

I now have an idea on how to get my danged shelves sorted and organized (she was out of her stock in trade acrylic folding rulers - I'll have to improvise for now)...  And see how much space that leaves me for other things.

I'm also debating between a computer spreadsheet for patterns or a loose leaf notebook (possibly a combination) to make it easier to see if I have a given pattern without running to the store...again...

I sold six duplicate patterns last month and gave away one more to a visiting friend who sews. 

I've also got a link to a vintage pattern collector - who wants a chance to LOOK at the ones I want to sell (not current patterns - OLD ones).  It might not raise lots of money - but any chance to get some of my "investment" in my "inventory" and "supplies" is nothing to sneeze at! 

Not to mention being able to *find* the cloak clasps I spent money on for VorSon's new cloak...before next summer (Renn Faire at the end of the month).  There is also a project for VorDaughter - more usually referred to as Ambrosia Hino - for a chemise and over dress that she designed before she got married.  WonderfulGrandSon is now three...so it's been...let's leave it at "a few years longer than that" (and if she sees this, she'll tell everyone what the date is on the fabric store receipt - I just know it - because the fabric, pattern, etc. are at HER house).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on November 07, 2013, 01:27:44 PM
I took a decluttering step today that I had not even thought about before.  Just wanted to pass this on in case anyone else is interested in it.  I got 4 catalogs in the mail today.  I must have contacted a business who sells their mailing lists to others   >:(   because I have been getting tons of them from  places i have never heard of, in the mail lately, several a day sometimes.  So, I called the 800 number on each of them and told them to take me off of their mailing lists.  Yay!  Maybe a baby step, but I do think it will make a difference.   I think there is a place online to go and ask them to stop sending, but I don't know what it is.  I think there is a general junk mail one, too, but I'm not sure about that. 

My husband just told me that he got one in his name today, too, and 'took care of it'.  I asked him if he called them and he said, "No, I just tossed it." 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GlitterIsMyDrug on November 07, 2013, 01:46:27 PM
I've decluttered my computer! Which sounds odd, cause it's just virtual clutter, but still, it's very nice. I have two businesses I run and I have various documents and other such things saved for them. I started putting everything on USB drives awhile ago so that I could move between my laptop and desktop easily. Expect my collection of USB drives got a little nutty, and I'd pretty much just grab whichever was near by and throw what I needed onto. Which meant I had 14 USB drives to sort through to find what I wanted. Not exactly efficient. No more!!

I still have 14 drives, but they are all clearly labeled for their intended purpose and store information only for that purpose. Then I have one drive that I call my "travel drive", this is for if I need something different from each of the other 14, I can load copies onto this one and have it with me so I don't have to schlep around all 14 and then when I'm done with it I can clear it off and store it for "travel" again.

I also went and got two external hard drives. One for business stuff, and one personal stuff, clearly labeled and Partner has safely stored them away in our safe, she says we'll just update them from time to time with new stuff. This way if anything happens I'll have my stuff.

I love having nice clean computers and easy to find information. So nice. Now I just gotta figure out how to organize my USB drives. Right now they're just in a basket thing on my desk, not bad, but I think I can do better.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: lilfox on November 07, 2013, 01:52:10 PM
Forgot to post this success from last month - I was forced to go through a bunch of my old financial documents looking for something that I never found anyway.  But that inspired me to shred several pounds' worth of documents and clear out most of my filing "system."  I did keep a fraction of the stuff for personal reasons, but most of it had been hauled around for way too long.

And I'm very much looking forward to donating all of these darn maternity clothes and reclaiming space in my closet and drawers, but that'll be next month's success story.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on November 07, 2013, 03:37:45 PM
I took a decluttering step today that I had not even thought about before.  Just wanted to pass this on in case anyone else is interested in it.  I got 4 catalogs in the mail today.  I must have contacted a business who sells their mailing lists to others   >:(   because I have been getting tons of them from  places i have never heard of, in the mail lately, several a day sometimes.  So, I called the 800 number on each of them and told them to take me off of their mailing lists.  Yay!  Maybe a baby step, but I do think it will make a difference.   I think there is a place online to go and ask them to stop sending, but I don't know what it is.  I think there is a general junk mail one, too, but I'm not sure about that. 

My husband just told me that he got one in his name today, too, and 'took care of it'.  I asked him if he called them and he said, "No, I just tossed it."


www.catalogchoice.org

I did what you did a few years ago - amazing how much it helps!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: oogyda on November 07, 2013, 06:23:10 PM
My latest decluttering project has been forced upon me.

Our newish (6 years old) house has a lovely walk-in closet.  It's 8ft.x8ft.  On one side there is a single shelf and rod running the length of the closet.  On the other is two shelves/rods running the length, designed to hold shorter clothing such as shirts.  All very basic contractor grade wire shelving.  I figured I'd get around to upgrading it "someday" since it's very few people besides us see the inside of our closet.

Last weekend, I heard a loud crashing noise and ran around the house searching for it's location.  I found it when I could not open my closet door.  The top shelf/rod on the side with two had fallen off the wall!  We damaged the door a bit trying to get in but that will be easy enough to repair.  It looks like I'll be redoing the closet right after Thanksgiving.  In the meantime, I've sorted through everything in there.  I donated 3 big garbage bags of clothing and 2 comforters and organized everything else that I'll be keeping.  Some of it finally got packed up to go out in the garage. 

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on November 07, 2013, 07:24:03 PM
I did something in the way of replacing a plain wooden rod (one) in a small closet with the wire shelving in a kit for a two & one split.  VorGuy had that closet and his uniforms "shared" the larger walk in closet (two closets in the master suite).  It was a good idea - but he kept moving things from the overcrowded small closet to the shared closet...and I was running out of space for MY clothes.

Increasing the hanging space by 60% by going with a double set of rods on one side and one rod on the other made it possible not to have my clothes crowded out to another bedroom's closet (maternity clothes, before baby clothes, and after baby clothes - I was pregnant twice in that house).

It was a rental - so I chose to update ONLY the one closet - but the owner had no problem, as he'd been thinking of doing that before they got orders to move (military family) and we got orders to go there & contacted him about whether or not the house was currently rented out.  We were in it for four years - I think that the $50 or so was worth it some twenty years ago! 

I've been looking at updating our current master bedroom closet - but it is much larger and is going to run a lot more than $50 to do properly!  The other one was about five feet wide - this one is more like six feet deep and ten feet wide - so I'll need a lot more "parts"! 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 08, 2013, 08:41:23 PM
My latest decluttering project has been forced upon me.

Our newish (6 years old) house has a lovely walk-in closet.  It's 8ft.x8ft.  On one side there is a single shelf and rod running the length of the closet.  On the other is two shelves/rods running the length, designed to hold shorter clothing such as shirts.  All very basic contractor grade wire shelving.  I figured I'd get around to upgrading it "someday" since it's very few people besides us see the inside of our closet.

Last weekend, I heard a loud crashing noise and ran around the house searching for it's location.  I found it when I could not open my closet door.  The top shelf/rod on the side with two had fallen off the wall!  We damaged the door a bit trying to get in but that will be easy enough to repair.  It looks like I'll be redoing the closet right after Thanksgiving.  In the meantime, I've sorted through everything in there.  I donated 3 big garbage bags of clothing and 2 comforters and organized everything else that I'll be keeping.  Some of it finally got packed up to go out in the garage.

I have the same setup, only mine is about 8 feet long, but only 5 or so wide. came home from being away, and my whole shelf/hanging rack had fallen. but because it was never hung on teh wall studs! and when they replaced it, they put the brackets incorrectly. so at some point i have ot remove everything and get them to come in and re-do it. (I live in an apt)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on November 09, 2013, 08:16:36 AM
I went through several plastic bins yesterday and made a nice trip to the thrift store.  I finally parted with all that yarn that has been holding me captive and is of no use to me.  I stored some things upstairs in the storage rooms.  I have a real hard time not keeping everything that someone gives me out in sight, but there just is NO room! 
This morning was the biggie, though...I went through some of my beading things and reduced the keepers from a gigantic bin to a much small one.  I still love beading and all the stuff that goes with it, but just not at my house, anymore.  It's a start.  It's hard for me to part with those things. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 10, 2013, 10:41:41 AM
I went through several plastic bins yesterday and made a nice trip to the thrift store.  I finally parted with all that yarn that has been holding me captive and is of no use to me.  I stored some things upstairs in the storage rooms.  I have a real hard time not keeping everything that someone gives me out in sight, but there just is NO room! 
This morning was the biggie, though...I went through some of my beading things and reduced the keepers from a gigantic bin to a much small one.  I still love beading and all the stuff that goes with it, but just not at my house, anymore.  It's a start.  It's hard for me to part with those things.

I've done that with all my scrapbooking stuff. I never have any time anymore, and I had so very much it was annoying me. I got it down to a manageable level, i.e. can be hidden in drawers etc. So I'm very happy about that.

My next project, but probably won't happen until after the holidays, is not quite decluttering, but scanning photos onto my computer. I want to make a photo book for my mom, but have to get them scanned first.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on November 11, 2013, 01:25:51 PM
My next project, but probably won't happen until after the holidays, is not quite decluttering, but scanning photos onto my computer. I want to make a photo book for my mom, but have to get them scanned first.

Scanning can be such a pain at the time, but I find it so worthwhile later, when I can organize, backup, and share photos so much more easily, and not worry about keeping the originals easily accessible.

One thing I do is put as many photos onto the scanner as will fit and then scan them all at once. Then, keeping them in the same place, I flip them all over and do one big scan of the backs (if there's anything written on the backs). Then later I can crop this group of pictures down into individual ones. My scanner is rather old and makes horrible noises as it's scanning, so I like to keep the number of passes as low as possible.  :P
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 11, 2013, 01:51:03 PM
My next project, but probably won't happen until after the holidays, is not quite decluttering, but scanning photos onto my computer. I want to make a photo book for my mom, but have to get them scanned first.

Scanning can be such a pain at the time, but I find it so worthwhile later, when I can organize, backup, and share photos so much more easily, and not worry about keeping the originals easily accessible.

One thing I do is put as many photos onto the scanner as will fit and then scan them all at once. Then, keeping them in the same place, I flip them all over and do one big scan of the backs (if there's anything written on the backs). Then later I can crop this group of pictures down into individual ones. My scanner is rather old and makes horrible noises as it's scanning, so I like to keep the number of passes as low as possible.  :P

Good idea! I hadn't thought about that. I don't want to do all of them, and I have done quite a few already. I jsut bought a new printer that scans. I also want to take some of my mom's photos, many of which I don't have, and scan those. 

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on November 12, 2013, 06:31:14 AM
I went through several plastic bins yesterday and made a nice trip to the thrift store.  I finally parted with all that yarn that has been holding me captive and is of no use to me.  I stored some things upstairs in the storage rooms.  I have a real hard time not keeping everything that someone gives me out in sight, but there just is NO room! 
This morning was the biggie, though...I went through some of my beading things and reduced the keepers from a gigantic bin to a much small one.  I still love beading and all the stuff that goes with it, but just not at my house, anymore.  It's a start.  It's hard for me to part with those things.

I've done that with all my scrapbooking stuff. I never have any time anymore, and I had so very much it was annoying me. I got it down to a manageable level, i.e. can be hidden in drawers etc. So I'm very happy about that.

My next project, but probably won't happen until after the holidays, is not quite decluttering, but scanning photos onto my computer. I want to make a photo book for my mom, but have to get them scanned first.
It does feel good to get that sort of thing under control, to me.  I've pretty much decided to make paper my project basis.  Paper-cutting, collage and origami.  And I love my wire and tools so that stays.  Everything else is going away.  I have given away all of my paints and think I might take my books up to my son's on Thanksgiving (we host at his house) and let the family just take what they want.  My family really enjoys art/craft stuff and I think they'll all find good homes.  I might do the same with my beads.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Coralreef on November 12, 2013, 08:39:41 AM
I went through my clothes, with my sister's help and moral support.  Close to 3/4 of it did not fit anymore.  They are piled up on the guest bed, waiting for DIL to stop by and check if she wants anything.  I give it about 2 or 3 more weeks, then it will go to the thrift store.  It will make someone happy, a lot of it is designer clothing and pretty much looks like new. 

Now I have a huge empty closet and I will not buy new stuff, unless it is to replace something worn out. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GratefulMaria on November 12, 2013, 12:36:27 PM
My mother moved in with us at the end of the summer, so we're combining furniture and household goods.  It's going nicely for the most part -- she and I can both agree on what to keep when there are duplicates.  There are knick-knacks, though, that she'd just love to have me curate for her.  She wants them, but not badly enough to find space for them in her room.  I've taken quite a few of her things already and purged a lot in anticipation of absorbing them, but there are still some items that just won't find a home here.  I guess I'm in the middle of decluttering plus pre-decluttering at the same time.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Amara on November 14, 2013, 10:35:05 AM
Fellow readers and booklovers know how hard it is to get rid of books. While I am not nearly as bad as I used to be I still probably own several hundred books. But I have been thinking about paring down even more.

Yesterday I had a discussion with one of my best friends, Lynn. She is a passionate reader too and a Vine reviewer so she often gets books that way. But as she is now a devoted Kindle user she rarely buys books. Still, she had so many that their house was stuffed--her husband collects valuable record albums--that they had a storage unit to house about two thousand of her books along with some other things. That storage unit was costing them $600 per year.

Last week they decided to get rid of it so she called a couple of book dealers, two of whom bought her more valuable items. Then the guy from the famous Bart's Books of Ojai came out and took all the rest. They ended up about $2,600 richer, and now she is considering pruning her home's bookshelves out.

So am I. I have pared before and feel as if every book I now have I love. And I do. But I no longer feel the need to keep many. For me, the library is fine. But because I don't have any dead weight, so to speak, I haven't really had the motivation to begin. Until I saw this post from The Improvised Life, an e-newsletter to which I subscribe, this morning: http://www.improvisedlife.com/2013/11/13/lighten-look-shelves-filled-books/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+improvisedlife+%28The+Improvised+Life%29

Now I am motivated. I have seen shelves like this before but somehow her post has infused me with a new sense that this is right at this time. I don't have many "objects" since I object to mindless clutter--and I won't go out and buy any just to fill space--but I have a strong sense that this look is exactly what I want. More simple. Airier. More artistic while remaining readable. Just kinda neat, ya know?

I know what I am going to be starting tonight.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on November 27, 2013, 05:18:39 AM
This week I went through a bunch of boxes of old papers and ended up with a huge black trash bag full of shredding.  I also ended up with a huge trash bag full of papers that don't need shredding, envelopes, newspapers, etc.  Gosh.  I couldn't believe it...and that's not the bottom of the paper pit.  All those trees!  I've been contacting the catalog stores that somehow got my name when I ordered something online, and am telling them to stop sending, already! 
I have more to go through, but I sometimes don't know what I need to keep and what to throw out, and when. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 27, 2013, 09:10:10 AM
This week I went through a bunch of boxes of old papers and ended up with a huge black trash bag full of shredding.  I also ended up with a huge trash bag full of papers that don't need shredding, envelopes, newspapers, etc.  Gosh.  I couldn't believe it...and that's not the bottom of the paper pit.  All those trees!  I've been contacting the catalog stores that somehow got my name when I ordered something online, and am telling them to stop sending, already! 
I have more to go through, but I sometimes don't know what I need to keep and what to throw out, and when.

I live alone and am AMAZED at the amount of trash I have. Mainly paper. shredding, catalogs and other stuff that gets chucked. Simply amazing. its never ending!!! 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 27, 2013, 10:10:49 AM
I'm really good about sorting my paper as it comes in and the stuff that can be recycled goes back out regularly.  But the shredding pile?  Builds up.  I do get to it at least once a year at tax time because when I file the documents on which the taxes were based, I pull out the oldest folder of tax documents and shred those, as well as any other shredding hanging about.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: AmethystAnne on November 27, 2013, 10:39:37 AM
This weekend is when I have decided to work on my kitchen. It has become the dumping ground for the stuff (from other rooms) that is to be shredded, recycled, or donated.

My Mom and Dad gave me a nice wooden kitchen base cabinet he made years ago. I have to declutter to make room for this cabinet.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on November 27, 2013, 11:32:52 AM
I am also cleaning my kitchen this week.  Mine is also a catch all.  It drives me mad.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on November 30, 2013, 05:30:09 PM
I had to change a light bulb over the sink today.  Decided it would be easier to change light bulbs in future if I switched the fixture 180 degrees, so that I can access all three little screws holding the milk glass cover in place. 

The resulting shower of grossness is also going in that thread (let's leave it at "bug dust" in this thread) - but on THIS thread, I am now mightily motivated to clean the kitchen counter and get rid of some of the clutter.  I may "enjoy" the collection of various glass & ceramic containers lined up with a basket or two - but they are "just" out of reach unless I stand on a ladder & lean way over...

Everything is going through the dishwasher - as I want to get things CLEAN.  If I had a steam sterilizer like my mother used to use when canning fruits & vegetables at home or the autoclave that she used at work...I'd be shoving everything into it.  But the closest appliance I have is the dishwasher.

But the danged light fixture got rotated 180 degrees and it got CLEANED, too.

My "collection" of cute kitschy things is going to get smaller....
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 30, 2013, 06:38:30 PM
Well, my decluttering plan is going to be put into high gear.  I have someone coming on Tuesday to give me a quote on cleaning and I want her in before Christmas.  And then once a month hereafter.

I don't have a lot of time so I think my plan will be to toss everything into rubbermaids that I can stack in a corner in my craft room.  Then, as I have time, I'll go through a rubbermaid or two.  I wouldn't normally do it this way but with Christmas coming, I don't have the time to do it the way I'd like.

I do not clean before the cleaner comes but I do tidy so she can find the floor to vacuum and mop.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on November 30, 2013, 07:40:46 PM
Yeah - finding the floor is a good thing...I need to work on that in the sewing studio.  I cleared the storage area due to a leaking drain - and it shows.  My sewing room looks like a before shot on one of the home makeover shows.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 30, 2013, 07:53:11 PM
Yeah, my craft room is affectionately known as the hoarder room right now.  It is also my kitchen overflow room, where I keep all my cake decorating stuff and all the cake pans and muffin tins.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 02, 2013, 11:05:29 AM
I do not clean before the cleaner comes but I do tidy so she can find the floor to vacuum and mop.

Ah, but that *is* exactly what 'cleaning for the cleaning lady' is supposed to be!  I never understood it before I got my current cleaning lady.  I have to keep my crap picked up and put away so she can actually *clean*.  The more stuff I have out of her way, the better she can clean.   Having her come over once a month actually forces me to be neater overall.  It's a symbiotic relationship.

This is what I'm hoping.  When you life alone, it is too easy to 'carp where you land', as my mother would have said.  Only she didn't say carp.  If I can get it sorted and have her coming on a regular day each month - or every 4 weeks - me and my OCD will be much happier.  Chronic illness and OCD are not a good combo.  The carp drives me nuts but I don't generally have the energy to deal with it, which just stresses me out.  If I can take cleaning off my plate, I can expend my energy on the stuff I like doing, like baking, knitting, gardening, skiing, softball...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on December 02, 2013, 12:58:05 PM
I added some more "things" to my tiny apartment after celebrating my birthday this weekend.  :P I also brought home some more folders of my old stories from my parents' house, which I am typing up and then tossing to reduce clutter. I already have a huge backlog so I didn't really need to bring more, but sometimes I'm just in the mood for certain things and typing goes so much faster when I'm inherently interested in the content.

I am really going to get rid of the old laptop this week. I'm going to remove the hard drive and then take the old housing to Best Buy. Actually it's the carrying case that takes up so much room and my mom was like, why don't you just put other stuff in it, once the laptop is gone? Well, duh.

On the bright side I am making really good progress with reading my backlog of magazines. I think before the end of the year one of my two stacks will be gone, and then I can focus exclusively on the remaining stack. I think that will be gone before next summer. That will be a huge accomplishment for me and I think I will feel really good for having actually read them, ripped out the few articles I'm really interested in, and tossed the rest--as opposed to just dumping them all in the recycling bin straight away, which I think would have been just treating the symptom and not the overall problem of allowing magazines to pile up. Now I will have a good lesson about how I need to either keep up with what I subscribe to, or stop subscribing.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on December 05, 2013, 07:27:16 PM
We had a pretty large collection of wine bottles (cool bottles, cool labels, whatever) that lined the entire backsplash of the kitchen except where the stove is.

They're all gone now, thank heavens.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 06, 2013, 07:49:17 AM
Well, the cleaner didn't work out.  She is much more expensive than I was expecting and she doesn't do some of the things I want done.  And she won't use my cleaning stuff that allows me to clean, using only cold water, thus avoiding chemicals.

So back to the drawing board on that front.  But I still need to declutter and clean so I start working on that next week.  I'm going to give an hour a day, setting a timer, to try and get stuff done.  I'll have 4 piles:  pitch, recycle, donate, sell.  Anything that is 'keep' has to be put away immediately.

I don't know whether or not I have unrealistic expectations but I have always thought that if I'm hiring someone to clean, they should be doing MORE than what I do myself when I clean.  This lady who came in doesn't clean on top of cabinets, doesn't lift most knick knacks to dust, doesn't do even the insides of windows, won't use my products, wants me to supply all the products for her to use and wants to charge me at least $25 more per visit than I think I should be paying, talking to other people in the office.  I'm really kind of frustrated right now but I do have a few leads for some other cleaners and cleaning companies.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on December 06, 2013, 09:56:24 AM
I don't know whether or not I have unrealistic expectations but I have always thought that if I'm hiring someone to clean, they should be doing MORE than what I do myself when I clean.  This lady who came in doesn't clean on top of cabinets, doesn't lift most knick knacks to dust, doesn't do even the insides of windows, won't use my products, wants me to supply all the products for her to use and wants to charge me at least $25 more per visit than I think I should be paying, talking to other people in the office.  I'm really kind of frustrated right now but I do have a few leads for some other cleaners and cleaning companies.

Well, my expectations would be the same as yours, so I don't know if we're both unrealistic or what...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 06, 2013, 12:11:09 PM
^  I have two or three more recommendations already from various people in the office.  As well as a few non-recommendations!

I even have the number of a lady I met in Costco back in the summer.  There were a few of us looking at rugs and searching for particular patterns.  This lovely lady assisted all of us in digging out the different patterns from the bottom of the bin.  When one of the other people thanked her, she just brushed it off but did happen to mention that she'd been cleaning houses all day.  I asked her for a card, which she didn't have, but she gave me her number.  I figure anyone willing to go to the trouble to help out fellow shoppers can't be all bad.   :)  I'll give her a call when I get some decluttering done between now and the New Year.

My baking will be done tonight or tomorrow morning; I still have cards and knitting to do but otherwise, I'm not too busy.  So I think I'm going to try to give 30-60 minutes per night, using a timer, and just start *somewhere*.  If I get tired, I can stop the timer, take a rest, start the timer back up and go back to it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on December 23, 2013, 08:59:03 AM
Bless my husband's heart!  At some point yesterday evening he cleaned and organized the computer room,which is the landing zone room for anything that has no home and probably shouldn't even exist in ours!.  I don't know how he organized it so it doesn't look like it's someone's junk drawer, but he did.  When I came in here this morning I was so happy!   :) :) :)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 23, 2013, 09:05:31 AM
My decluttering took a back seat to getting my nephew's sweater done for Christmas.  And moving snow.  But I have made inroads!  This weekend, I emptied my food cupboard and baking cupboard of stuff that's been there far too long and got the food that was on my kitchen table and overflow shelf into the cupboards.  And got the kitchen table and the side table cleared of most of the stuff by putting it on the overflow shelf.  The only thing on the side table right now is my Christmas cookie containers!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on December 23, 2013, 06:47:35 PM
Today we spent cleaning the house in preparation for Christmas and I have to say, my husband is a star!  He cleans so thoroughly (compared to my often slap-dash and quit before your back hurts too much style).  He gets up to his elbows in cleaning and is right now doing the drain board and stuff, which looks fantastic.  I'm a lucky girl!   
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on January 23, 2014, 09:23:21 PM
I went through the closet and all the coat hooks. All the coats were inspected and sorted. If no one is currently using but it will fit a younger child eventually it went to the back of the closet. If it was trashed it went to rags or garbage. It it was good but wouldn't fit anyone ever again it went to charity pile.

It's amazing how much room is now available.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Mrs S on January 23, 2014, 09:49:51 PM
The other weekend i went through all the kids toys. A friend of mine is having a giant toy garage sale to raise money for a charity, so i had a major cull and got rid of all the broken/baby toys (yay, no more babies in my house!)

Apparently i declutter better when I am hung over, I got rid of heaps more stuff than I normaly would.

Takeling my wardrobe this weekend.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: guihong on January 23, 2014, 10:15:18 PM
Cleaning out our bedroom, which has become the family junk room :(.  Half the floor is picked up, and laundry picked up and sorted.  We're going to remodel this room come tax time and so I wanted to get a jump on it. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: KenveeB on January 23, 2014, 10:17:17 PM
Three more boxes of clothes cleared out of my closet! I have to do a purge on a semi-regular basis as I keep losing weight. I've now cleared all the 14s and most of the 12s out of the closet. Make room for the 8s! :D 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on January 24, 2014, 08:05:37 AM
I got a call a couple of weeks ago from a charity that will pick stuff up at your door step.  The pickup was scheduled for Wednesday.  I managed to put out a big bag of clothes, mostly turtlenecks.  Now that I'm having hot flashes, turtlenecks are an absolute no go for me.   :D

I also managed a small box and small bag of books.  I still have lots of books - I like to keep most of them - but there are some I know I'll never read again so out they went.

I have a set of bookshelves along one wall in my spare bedroom.  Once those shelves are full, if I want to add more books, I have to decide which of the ones on the shelves are going.  I've been buying a lot of ebooks lately so it'll probably be 2-3 more years before I'll have to make those decisions.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: oogyda on January 24, 2014, 08:40:17 AM
We bought new living room furniture!  To get rid of the old stuff (it was still in good shape...we just needed different stuff to fit the layout of the room), I called a charity that would pick it up.  Since they ask for a lot of household things, I went through my boxes and bins in the garage and managed to rearrange things and get rid of 2 boxes! 
We also donated a coffee table that was taking up room in the garage and an extremely uncomfortable sofa bed from Oogydh's office. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on January 24, 2014, 09:23:01 AM
We bought new living room furniture!  To get rid of the old stuff (it was still in good shape...we just needed different stuff to fit the layout of the room), I called a charity that would pick it up.  Since they ask for a lot of household things, I went through my boxes and bins in the garage and managed to rearrange things and get rid of 2 boxes! 
We also donated a coffee table that was taking up room in the garage and an extremely uncomfortable sofa bed from Oogydh's office.
I'll bet that feels so freeing!  We have a small house and too much furniture.  Trouble is, everything is something I love, having inherited it from past generations or is a finding from a thrift store.  I'm a sucker for old tables.  OK, the computer table can go.  I don't exactly consider a 4 by 8 foot piece of plywood a treasure.  You sure can put a lot of junk unrelated to a computer on it though...from here I see pink bubble wrap, green dish washing gloves, a pot lid, an old pair of binoculars, a roll of toilet tissue lots of music CD's, empty pill bottles, 2 jars of  cough drops , a hot-cold pack, some gum, some books, on and on and on.    :-[
The computer table is actually nicely finished even to moulding around the edges, by my husband, and is mounted on two two drawer file cabinets. It does catch all though.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sophia on January 24, 2014, 09:45:11 AM
I need help with my decluttering.  We are doing the world's slowest move, which is great for decluttering.  I have a printer paper box stuffed full of pantyhose.  Most of them are still in the original packaging.  I haven't worn pantyhose in the last year.  But they are in the original packaging, and they weren't cheap.  Opinion?
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on January 24, 2014, 09:58:35 AM
I need help with my decluttering.  We are doing the world's slowest move, which is great for decluttering.  I have a printer paper box stuffed full of pantyhose.  Most of them are still in the original packaging.  I haven't worn pantyhose in the last year.  But they are in the original packaging, and they weren't cheap.  Opinion?

I would keep a couple pairs of each colour, if I thought I might wear them eventually, and sell the rest on Craigslist or donate them to a women's shelter.  If there are fancy ones with bling or lace or something, I might try to find a consignment store.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on January 24, 2014, 10:14:07 AM
I need help with my decluttering.  We are doing the world's slowest move, which is great for decluttering.  I have a printer paper box stuffed full of pantyhose.  Most of them are still in the original packaging.  I haven't worn pantyhose in the last year.  But they are in the original packaging, and they weren't cheap.  Opinion?

I've found with mine--which I grant you were certainly the cheap kind when I bought them--that the elastic breaks down, or something, as they get older, even if I haven't been wearing them. I had to wear some the other day, first time in years, and was shocked at how bad they were--I never would have kept them if they'd been that bad last time I wore them, so they must have deteriorated in the interim. Might be worth opening a couple of packages just to check that.

Also, check for avant-garde craft stores in your area. Okay, that sounded weird. :) But the other day in my town I found a store that has EVERYTHING, neatly organized, for crafts and other creative inspiration: bits of yarn and fabric, pop tabs, bowling statues that have been divided into parts (base, column, topper), glazed tiles, bubble wrap, those plastic rings that six-packs of pop cans come in, used notebooks, literally bits of plastic flotsam divided by color... They would probably love old pantyhose, even if it wasn't in great condition anymore, because people could use it creatively somehow instead of wearing it. If they came in the eggs they would definitely love those!!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: SCMagnolia on January 24, 2014, 10:41:08 AM
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I haven't worn pantyhose in the last year.  But they are in the original packaging, and they weren't cheap.  Opinion?

I can't remember the name of the charity right now (and it's going to drive me nuts all day until I DO remember it), but there is one that takes work-appropriate clothing for women that need clothes for job interviews and first jobs but can't otherwise afford it.  They may be interested since there are a lot of workplaces that haven't yet embraced the bare-legs-as-fashion thing.

Question for y'all....  What about CD's?  Do you keep them in the plastic cases or put them in those binders?  Every organizing blog I've read says to ditch the cases and buy those binders to put the CD's in.  I get that it saves room, but for some reason, I'm a little quirky and OCD about ditching all those cases, though they could probably be recycled.   And I teach dance lessons so I have a TON of CD's.  The saved space would be awesome, but still....  My OCD is making me twitch.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GlitterIsMyDrug on January 24, 2014, 11:00:47 AM
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I haven't worn pantyhose in the last year.  But they are in the original packaging, and they weren't cheap.  Opinion?

I can't remember the name of the charity right now (and it's going to drive me nuts all day until I DO remember it), but there is one that takes work-appropriate clothing for women that need clothes for job interviews and first jobs but can't otherwise afford it.  They may be interested since there are a lot of workplaces that haven't yet embraced the bare-legs-as-fashion thing.

Question for y'all....  What about CD's?  Do you keep them in the plastic cases or put them in those binders?  Every organizing blog I've read says to ditch the cases and buy those binders to put the CD's in.  I get that it saves room, but for some reason, I'm a little quirky and OCD about ditching all those cases, though they could probably be recycled.   And I teach dance lessons so I have a TON of CD's.  The saved space would be awesome, but still....  My OCD is making me twitch.

Is this charity Dress for Success? (http://www.dressforsuccess.org (http://www.dressforsuccess.org)/)

As for CDs, all mine are in binders and I've managed to break the majority of the jewel cases (not on purpose just because I'm me). But these look awesome and might make the twitching stop: http://www.containerstore.com/shop/collections/mediaStorage/cDsCassettes?productId=10030546 (http://www.containerstore.com/shop/collections/mediaStorage/cDsCassettes?productId=10030546)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 24, 2014, 11:03:09 AM
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I haven't worn pantyhose in the last year.  But they are in the original packaging, and they weren't cheap.  Opinion?

I can't remember the name of the charity right now (and it's going to drive me nuts all day until I DO remember it), but there is one that takes work-appropriate clothing for women that need clothes for job interviews and first jobs but can't otherwise afford it.  They may be interested since there are a lot of workplaces that haven't yet embraced the bare-legs-as-fashion thing.

Question for y'all....  What about CD's?  Do you keep them in the plastic cases or put them in those binders?  Every organizing blog I've read says to ditch the cases and buy those binders to put the CD's in.  I get that it saves room, but for some reason, I'm a little quirky and OCD about ditching all those cases, though they could probably be recycled.   And I teach dance lessons so I have a TON of CD's.  The saved space would be awesome, but still....  My OCD is making me twitch.

I did this. I bought CD envelopes, and put both the liner notes and the CD in. And chucked the cases. I was able to get rid of two CD towers, which I replaces with one of those open cube shelf units. I put 3 of the CD cases in one square, and it takes up so much less room. And honestly, i don't miss the cases at all.  Maybe you could try a few, and keep the cases, and see how it goes. if you're ok with it, then do the rest.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: SCMagnolia on January 24, 2014, 11:08:28 AM
Dress for Success! That's it!!!! 

That CD organizer looks awesome!  I can still keep the artwork and liner notes (which also contain some of my notes for dance classes) and it looks like I can just pull those sleeves out to take CDs to class with me. 

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 24, 2014, 11:10:37 AM
Dress for Success! That's it!!!! 

That CD organizer looks awesome!  I can still keep the artwork and liner notes (which also contain some of my notes for dance classes) and it looks like I can just pull those sleeves out to take CDs to class with me.

These are what I got (but larger) , since i can put them out of sight. http://www.amazon.com/Case-Logic-CDE-48-Capacity-Wallet/dp/B00011KM3I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390583360&sr=8-1&keywords=cd+wallet
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on January 24, 2014, 11:15:23 AM
Use your OCD powers to catagorize and alphabetize each CD binder/organizer.   ;D

My brother has a fairly large album collection, stored in milk crates and all alphabetized.  My oldest nephew is quite the DJ - has a great mixing board and these HUGE speakers, including an extra subwoofer.  He was DJing my brother's 50th birthday party, using my brother's albums and other people were grabbing albums and putting them back willy nilly.  Nephew was freaking out because my brother would be freaking out about everything no longer being alphabetized.  Someone made a comment.

I countered with, 'Brother and I have CDO.  It's like OCD but with the letters in alphabetical order, as they should be!'  I love that line.  And my bookshelves are alphabetized by author and then by title, if it isn't a series.  The series' get kept in order but if the author has more than one series, those are alphabatized by the name of each of the series'.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GlitterIsMyDrug on January 24, 2014, 11:18:43 AM
Dress for Success! That's it!!!! 

That CD organizer looks awesome!  I can still keep the artwork and liner notes (which also contain some of my notes for dance classes) and it looks like I can just pull those sleeves out to take CDs to class with me.

They have them for DVDs too, which is what I've been looking into because our DVDs are running amock at this point. My CDs are in CD sleeves, ideally with their album artwork (ideally being the key word here), and then sorted by genre into different binders...and then alphabetized in there....I went a little nutty.....
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: SCMagnolia on January 24, 2014, 11:24:48 AM
SiameseCat,  I might like those because they'd keep things dust-free, but are the sleeves big enough to put all the CD art/inserts in with the CD itself, too?

Outdoor Girl, I totally get it! Books, movies....  They're all sorted and in order!!!  And Glitter, I already have my CD's sorted by genre, then by alphabetical order.  At first, it was just easier to find music for my classes that way -- teaching salsa?  All the Latin dance CD's are in one place.  But then....  Even the stuff I've bought just for my own listening over the years is by genre!!! 

Gawd... I need help!!!! 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on January 24, 2014, 11:25:22 AM
I need help with my decluttering.  We are doing the world's slowest move, which is great for decluttering.  I have a printer paper box stuffed full of pantyhose.  Most of them are still in the original packaging.  I haven't worn pantyhose in the last year.  But they are in the original packaging, and they weren't cheap.  Opinion?

It's hard to get rid of things that we paid a lot of money for, isn't it? But really, the expense is a red herring. It doesn't matter of the item was expensive or not; what matters is if it has value for you. Not always the same thing. Sounds like the pantyhose don't have value for you, but they might for someone else.

I like the idea of donating items to organizations or people I know will use or appreciate them.  On the other hand, if you did spend a lot of money for an item and it still has value, you could always try to sell it to recoup some of your cost. 

The important thing is if you don't use it or love it, you're paying rent to hold on to something useless.  Find a way to let it go.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 24, 2014, 11:57:57 AM
SiameseCat,  I might like those because they'd keep things dust-free, but are the sleeves big enough to put all the CD art/inserts in with the CD itself, too?

Outdoor Girl, I totally get it! Books, movies....  They're all sorted and in order!!!  And Glitter, I already have my CD's sorted by genre, then by alphabetical order.  At first, it was just easier to find music for my classes that way -- teaching salsa?  All the Latin dance CD's are in one place.  But then....  Even the stuff I've bought just for my own listening over the years is by genre!!! 

Gawd... I need help!!!!

For the most part, yes. I will confess, and some may cringe, if it were too large, I simply ripped the cover off, and stuck that in. I did find that by doing it the way I did, It meant I couldn't use every sleeve, as there are 4 on each page, both sides. So sometimes if the inserts were larger, it didnt' quite fit, so I ended up alternating, which worked. But...I just wanted them out of sight, and so how they went in wasn't as much of an issue for me as was getting them out of sight.

Regarding DVDs; I got rid of a lot of them, esp if I could stream them through Amazon Prime (or Netflix, if you have that).  I figured why keep them around, if I could simply hit a couple of buttons and voila, watch.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 24, 2014, 12:01:26 PM
I need help with my decluttering.  We are doing the world's slowest move, which is great for decluttering.  I have a printer paper box stuffed full of pantyhose.  Most of them are still in the original packaging.  I haven't worn pantyhose in the last year.  But they are in the original packaging, and they weren't cheap.  Opinion?

It's hard to get rid of things that we paid a lot of money for, isn't it? But really, the expense is a red herring. It doesn't matter of the item was expensive or not; what matters is if it has value for you. Not always the same thing. Sounds like the pantyhose don't have value for you, but they might for someone else.

I like the idea of donating items to organizations or people I know will use or appreciate them.  On the other hand, if you did spend a lot of money for an item and it still has value, you could always try to sell it to recoup some of your cost. 

The important thing is if you don't use it or love it, you're paying rent to hold on to something useless.  Find a way to let it go.

I'm kind of the opposite; for me, once its been purchased, cost isn't really an issue, for the most part. I've given things away, and would rather see someone use them, even if they did cost me $$. At Christmas, I gave my cousin in law a leather jacket I'd had sitting in my closet and no longer wore. She kept saying "are you sure, are you sure?" I told her yes, plesae take it, wear it, and enjoy it, esp since it looked so good on her. I've had others ask me "do you want any $$ for this?" but again, if I know someone likes something or can use it, I'm all for giving it to them, so its not cluttering up my house.

The only exception is some of my Vera Bradley collection. I have waaay too much, and my tastes have changes, so I'm contemplating getting rid of some of my bags. But, that being said, while I didn't pay full price, they aren't cheap, so I'd rather try and sell some of them, than give them away. I don't know why I'm like that about these only, and nothing else, but I am.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: KenveeB on January 24, 2014, 12:55:26 PM
I countered with, 'Brother and I have CDO.  It's like OCD but with the letters in alphabetical order, as they should be!'  I love that line.  And my bookshelves are alphabetized by author and then by title, if it isn't a series.  The series' get kept in order but if the author has more than one series, those are alphabatized by the name of each of the series'.

You say that like it's a bad thing. ;) My bookcases are the same, except they're first sorted categorically. Can't have sci-fi, romance, and nonfiction sharing the same shelf-space! (Oh, and my series are sorted chronologically, not categorically.)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sophia on January 24, 2014, 01:12:44 PM
I countered with, 'Brother and I have CDO.  It's like OCD but with the letters in alphabetical order, as they should be!'  I love that line.  And my bookshelves are alphabetized by author and then by title, if it isn't a series.  The series' get kept in order but if the author has more than one series, those are alphabatized by the name of each of the series'.

You say that like it's a bad thing. ;) My bookcases are the same, except they're first sorted categorically. Can't have sci-fi, romance, and nonfiction sharing the same shelf-space! (Oh, and my series are sorted chronologically, not categorically.)

Much better than my husband's method.  By size.  Between us we have a lot of books, and the ManCave basically became the Library.  The shelves are adjustable, so many of the shelves are adjusted paperbook high.  I can not find anything.  (Sigh)  But I can't complain because I just ask him for it, and he finds it.  But it does mean that my Travel books are on 3 different shelves.  Some of the books are double-depth too. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on January 24, 2014, 02:08:41 PM
For CDs, I ripped them all onto my computer, as that's the only object I use for listening to music these days. Before that, I removed them from the jewel cases and kept them in binders, often with the liner notes in one pocket and the CD in another (essentially taking up two pockets per disc). I did generally keep the jewel cases, though, because the idea was that someday I would have more space and I would put the two back together. However, I could keep the jewel cases in inaccessible places.

For DVDs, I'm trying to do something similar, though I'm not technologically at the point where I can have all my movies be digital. So, I still have a lot of DVDs/Blu-Rays. I'm trying to put them into binders, and then I keep the cases in an inaccessible storage location, because someday I would still like to reunite them and display them on a shelf. I have one DVD tower where I still have DVDs in their cases, and unfortunately it's now become kind of a value judgment... Like, oh, this is one of my favorite movies, I'll keep it in the case on the shelf! ::) But I have so many favorite movies that this doesn't really work.

I have all the Sean Bean Sharpe movies on DVD, for example... That's 14 individual DVD cases, I think. I should just put them in a binder, get those cases off my shelf, and free up some space for the DVDs trickling onto my coffee table.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on January 24, 2014, 02:13:05 PM
Oh, on another topic, I've been doing the thing with my closet where after I've worn something, I turn the hanger around when I put it back in the closet, so I can see at a glance what I've already worn. It appeals to my sense of fairness where I want to wear all of my clothes the same number of times. ::) It also makes sure that everything in my closet gets pulled out and worn at least once, so I can see how it's holding up--some I haven't worn in years just because they were stuck at the back and hard to get at.

I've gotten rid of a couple sweaters so far. One, after I wore it for a day, I saw that the sleeve had ripped out at the seam sometime during the day! It would be easy enough to fix, but on the other hand, I am looking for reasons to discard things, so out it goes. Another one, weirdly, was starting to discolor around the cuffs and hem. It was a lavender sweater and the edges were getting kind of yellow--I don't know why, I don't wear lotion or anything that could be staining it. Oh well, guess its time had come...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: violinp on January 25, 2014, 12:10:45 AM
I've finally decided to get my room clean. It has looked like a pigsty for far too long.

My progress so far:
- I've thrown away a goodly amount of junk - papers from long ago, cheese wrappers, what have you
- I've washed and put away almost all of my clothes, put the out - of - season clothes in my storage box, and decided in part what clothes I'm giving to charity.
- I've cleaned out under my bed for the most part, and my storage boxes fit under there nicely!
- I've pulled my junk out of the closet, and put my dad's storage box (long story short, my parents have to store some stuff in my room) in the closet.

I'm hoping to clean up the floor, move most of my books to backpacks (don't have enough room to put them all on bookshelves), and put my Christmas ornaments in the closet in the next week or so, since I don't work most of the "normal" workweek. Then, I have to decide what I'm going to do about re - arranging my room, because it doesn't really work in the way I need it to right now.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on March 16, 2014, 04:02:24 PM
Inspired by the thread on Not Wanting her 30 year old baby clothes, I decided to go through the clothes in the attic. Since the youngest child is now 8 years old, I don't anticipate that I will need them again, and probably won't be wanted when the children are older, either.

So far I have brought down 4 plastic storage bins and condensed it down to just one. I just can't make myself give up any of the clothes with Winnie the Pooh and friends on them. Otherwise it would probably be 1/2 of a bin.

I am only up to 18 month clothes, so I have a few more to go.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: violinp on March 16, 2014, 04:08:10 PM
I've finally decided to get my room clean. It has looked like a pigsty for far too long.

My progress so far:
- I've thrown away a goodly amount of junk - papers from long ago, cheese wrappers, what have you
- I've washed and put away almost all of my clothes, put the out - of - season clothes in my storage box, and decided in part what clothes I'm giving to charity.
- I've cleaned out under my bed for the most part, and my storage boxes fit under there nicely!
- I've pulled my junk out of the closet, and put my dad's storage box (long story short, my parents have to store some stuff in my room) in the closet.

I'm hoping to clean up the floor, move most of my books to backpacks (don't have enough room to put them all on bookshelves), and put my Christmas ornaments in the closet in the next week or so, since I don't work most of the "normal" workweek. Then, I have to decide what I'm going to do about re - arranging my room, because it doesn't really work in the way I need it to right now.

Very late update on this, but I got it all done! I can see all the floor that doesn't have furniture on it, and everything is clean and/or put away. Yahoo! I ended up filling the trash and recyclable dumpsters with all the junk I had in my room, and that's saying a lot, considering they're almost the same height as I am.

I even ended up finding my dad's novel that he'd tried to get published more than a decade ago (my room used to be my parents' office for several years), so that's been cool reading and connecting in another way with my dad, since I, too, have aspirations to be a writer.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on March 17, 2014, 08:36:09 AM
I was going to go digging for this thread in a week or so, glad someone else bumped it! :) I am almost done reading my backlog of magazines and getting rid of them. I have another week's worth to go, and then they will all be gone. I have been working on this for over a year--I could have just thrown them all out right away, but I felt like I wouldn't learn anything from that, so instead I've been reading the magazines and tearing out only the articles I wanted to keep, then recycling the rest.

I feel good that I've (almost) accomplished this, and I think it's given me a certain discipline as well, so that I won't let the magazines pile up in the future. I actually really love magazines and look forward to subscribing to more once I get rid of these back issues, and I think I will now be more aware of them piling up and not let that happen (either by getting them read, or canceling the subscription faster).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on March 20, 2014, 09:05:30 AM
I am glad it got bumped, too, since my house is getting out of hand, again.  Especially the kitchen.  Ugh!  I want to plan a day to go over it from top to bottom and not only declutter but repaint the cabinet inside and out.  (I hate painting so maybe I can get DH to do that).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: bloo on March 20, 2014, 09:21:08 AM
Thanks for starting this thread, Bijou! I just discovered it.

I ruthlessly decluttered my kitchen of all the tools that I haven't used in a year. I am not looking at the empty spaces with an itch to fill them. The empty spaces are quite calming to me.*

Artist William Morris said, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." I've personally amended that to "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful. Bonus if it's beautiful." Just my personal mantra that is setting me free in my own home.

I'm having a massive yard sale in May. My DH is getting rid of his/my hunting stuff, his ice fishing stuff and a few other things of his. I'm getting rid of my canning stuff, my wingadingdingy Francis book collection (in fact my entire library), all my unused kitchen tools (this is a massive amount of stuff), clothes I haven't worn in a year, office supplies unused for years, and actually the list could be endless.

*I think that's one of the reasons I enjoy looking at modern or transitional houses on www.Houzz.com so much. The clean, uncluttered lines are very peaceful. Houzz has a fun app for phones or tablets and I'm creating the most interesting ideabooks with it!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 20, 2014, 09:57:40 AM
Thanks for starting this thread, Bijou! I just discovered it.

I ruthlessly decluttered my kitchen of all the tools that I haven't used in a year. I am not looking at the empty spaces with an itch to fill them. The empty spaces are quite calming to me.*
 
 
I need to do this as well. Its on "my list" I have one drawer, that came off the thingy that holds it in place, a good 2 years agao. have i called maintenance to have it fixed? NO! I keep saying once i go through the drawers, and empty the cabinet below, AND my hosue is clean, none of which seem to happen at the same time, i will.

As for magazines, i just chuck them if I haven't read them. I figure if they've been sitting for that long, i won't read them, so they need t ogo .
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on March 24, 2014, 11:34:57 AM
I finished all the bins in the attic this weekend, up the one that younger child hasn't used yet. I have condensed all sizes of Newborn to 6X (about 11 bins) down to 4 bins total. And have 6 or 7 bins of clothes to donate. I made the mistake of letting youngest child see the larger ones and she was miffed at me giving away all her clothing. She felt better seeing I was keeping the fancy stuff.

Next I have to go through my closet again and get rid of stuff.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on March 24, 2014, 02:16:30 PM
I am done with my magazine backlog!! Well, it's a little anticlimactic because I have a few new magazines that I haven't read yet, so I'm not letting myself subscribe to more until I finish those. The New Yorker has been quite good lately and rather hefty--it's a lot to read each week, much denser than my Entertainment Weekly for example. But the two new magazine subscriptions I want to start are monthly so they shouldn't really interfere. If I can't get them read within a month something is quite wrong.

Even just tearing out the few articles I really liked and want to keep, I'm getting quite the collection of random paper bits. I wonder if I should go through them and scan them, then throw the paper away. Then I think, duh, I could probably just go to the magazine's website and get a PDF of the article if I want to save it electronically. Would that be more trouble or less, I wonder.

And would I ever read them if they were electronic only? I have this idea that someday I could have binders with the paper articles that people could browse through, kind of like coffee table books (if I ever had room for such a thing). Maybe that is just silly, though.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Amara on March 24, 2014, 02:23:02 PM
The New Yorker is a great magazine but no matter how many times I've thought that I can do this--read it when it comes, then toss it--I fall behind. The last time it was almost three months, but I got to that "oh, I'll read it and next week's together" stage. I have learned my sad lesson. New Yorker = Clutter. And there's no way around that for me.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 24, 2014, 02:26:08 PM
I am done with my magazine backlog!! Well, it's a little anticlimactic because I have a few new magazines that I haven't read yet, so I'm not letting myself subscribe to more until I finish those. The New Yorker has been quite good lately and rather hefty--it's a lot to read each week, much denser than my Entertainment Weekly for example. But the two new magazine subscriptions I want to start are monthly so they shouldn't really interfere. If I can't get them read within a month something is quite wrong.

Even just tearing out the few articles I really liked and want to keep, I'm getting quite the collection of random paper bits. I wonder if I should go through them and scan them, then throw the paper away. Then I think, duh, I could probably just go to the magazine's website and get a PDF of the article if I want to save it electronically. Would that be more trouble or less, I wonder.

And would I ever read them if they were electronic only? I have this idea that someday I could have binders with the paper articles that people could browse through, kind of like coffee table books (if I ever had room for such a thing). Maybe that is just silly, though.

I'v learned, through experience, i can save all the articles I want, but I have never once gone back and looked at them again. So I just don't keep any. and sometimes when my magazine pile gets too overloaded, I just chuck them, and honestly, never miss them.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 24, 2014, 02:27:26 PM
I did a final, once and for all, cleaning of my closet yesterday. A couple of weeks ago, i went through all my summer stuff, and cleaned out a bunch and took it to Goodwill. This time I did what was hanging (one large walk-in that holds all my stuff) and pulled out what doens't or hasn't been worn, and I also got rid of a lot of stuff that is now too large. I don't ever plan on being that size again, so its gone too. What an awesome feeling!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on March 24, 2014, 02:31:56 PM
I am done with my magazine backlog!! Well, it's a little anticlimactic because I have a few new magazines that I haven't read yet, so I'm not letting myself subscribe to more until I finish those. The New Yorker has been quite good lately and rather hefty--it's a lot to read each week, much denser than my Entertainment Weekly for example. But the two new magazine subscriptions I want to start are monthly so they shouldn't really interfere. If I can't get them read within a month something is quite wrong.

Even just tearing out the few articles I really liked and want to keep, I'm getting quite the collection of random paper bits. I wonder if I should go through them and scan them, then throw the paper away. Then I think, duh, I could probably just go to the magazine's website and get a PDF of the article if I want to save it electronically. Would that be more trouble or less, I wonder.

And would I ever read them if they were electronic only? I have this idea that someday I could have binders with the paper articles that people could browse through, kind of like coffee table books (if I ever had room for such a thing). Maybe that is just silly, though.

I'v learned, through experience, i can save all the articles I want, but I have never once gone back and looked at them again. So I just don't keep any. and sometimes when my magazine pile gets too overloaded, I just chuck them, and honestly, never miss them.

Yeah, I kind of wonder about that myself. I think I will have to sit down and go through the "saved" articles, and see if I'm still interested in them, or if I can't even remember what I was thinking when I tore them out. If I can even pare down the pile that would help a lot.

I am really committed to getting all the new magazines read from now on! But we'll see. I think the key is to be more aware of my previous failure, and cut myself off earlier if it looks like it's repeating itself. I mean, I literally had YEARS of back issues, which is just nonsense. I should have cut myself off after ONE year, if not sooner.

Now, about all the blank notebooks and stuffed animals I've accumulated instead...  :-\
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 24, 2014, 02:35:37 PM
I am done with my magazine backlog!! Well, it's a little anticlimactic because I have a few new magazines that I haven't read yet, so I'm not letting myself subscribe to more until I finish those. The New Yorker has been quite good lately and rather hefty--it's a lot to read each week, much denser than my Entertainment Weekly for example. But the two new magazine subscriptions I want to start are monthly so they shouldn't really interfere. If I can't get them read within a month something is quite wrong.

Even just tearing out the few articles I really liked and want to keep, I'm getting quite the collection of random paper bits. I wonder if I should go through them and scan them, then throw the paper away. Then I think, duh, I could probably just go to the magazine's website and get a PDF of the article if I want to save it electronically. Would that be more trouble or less, I wonder.

And would I ever read them if they were electronic only? I have this idea that someday I could have binders with the paper articles that people could browse through, kind of like coffee table books (if I ever had room for such a thing). Maybe that is just silly, though.

I'v learned, through experience, i can save all the articles I want, but I have never once gone back and looked at them again. So I just don't keep any. and sometimes when my magazine pile gets too overloaded, I just chuck them, and honestly, never miss them.

Yeah, I kind of wonder about that myself. I think I will have to sit down and go through the "saved" articles, and see if I'm still interested in them, or if I can't even remember what I was thinking when I tore them out. If I can even pare down the pile that would help a lot.

I am really committed to getting all the new magazines read from now on! But we'll see. I think the key is to be more aware of my previous failure, and cut myself off earlier if it looks like it's repeating itself. I mean, I literally had YEARS of back issues, which is just nonsense. I should have cut myself off after ONE year, if not sooner.

Now, about all the blank notebooks and stuffed animals I've accumulated instead...  :-\

I;ve cut back on my subscriptions too. i just never read them, so i figured wy bother? I have one left, and when that's done, that's it. I barely have time to get the important stuff done, let alone fun stuff like that  ;D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: bloo on March 25, 2014, 09:49:32 AM
I am done with my magazine backlog!! Well, it's a little anticlimactic because I have a few new magazines that I haven't read yet, so I'm not letting myself subscribe to more until I finish those. The New Yorker has been quite good lately and rather hefty--it's a lot to read each week, much denser than my Entertainment Weekly for example. But the two new magazine subscriptions I want to start are monthly so they shouldn't really interfere. If I can't get them read within a month something is quite wrong.

Even just tearing out the few articles I really liked and want to keep, I'm getting quite the collection of random paper bits. I wonder if I should go through them and scan them, then throw the paper away. Then I think, duh, I could probably just go to the magazine's website and get a PDF of the article if I want to save it electronically. Would that be more trouble or less, I wonder.

And would I ever read them if they were electronic only? I have this idea that someday I could have binders with the paper articles that people could browse through, kind of like coffee table books (if I ever had room for such a thing). Maybe that is just silly, though.

I'v learned, through experience, i can save all the articles I want, but I have never once gone back and looked at them again. So I just don't keep any. and sometimes when my magazine pile gets too overloaded, I just chuck them, and honestly, never miss them.

Yeah, I kind of wonder about that myself. I think I will have to sit down and go through the "saved" articles, and see if I'm still interested in them, or if I can't even remember what I was thinking when I tore them out. If I can even pare down the pile that would help a lot.

I am really committed to getting all the new magazines read from now on! But we'll see. I think the key is to be more aware of my previous failure, and cut myself off earlier if it looks like it's repeating itself. I mean, I literally had YEARS of back issues, which is just nonsense. I should have cut myself off after ONE year, if not sooner.

Now, about all the blank notebooks and stuffed animals I've accumulated instead...  :-\

I;ve cut back on my subscriptions too. i just never read them, so i figured wy bother? I have one left, and when that's done, that's it. I barely have time to get the important stuff done, let alone fun stuff like that  ;D

You are not kidding!

I used to love Reader's Digest as a kid so my mom gifted me with a subscription and I was disappointed with the magazine in it's current format. Same with Better Homes & Gardens. So I subscribed to Taste of Home but I think I'll even let that lapse since all the recipes can be accessed online. In other words, I will pay to subscribe to that online but that's it for magazines. I'm done.

Throwing out that stuff feels like throwing out important information. So I just need to keep my library online. Less clutter that way.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 25, 2014, 10:09:07 AM

You are not kidding!

I used to love Reader's Digest as a kid so my mom gifted me with a subscription and I was disappointed with the magazine in it's current format. Same with Better Homes & Gardens. 
Throwing out that stuff feels like throwing out important information. So I just need to keep my library online. Less clutter that way.

Oh me too! My grandmother had stacks of them she kept, back in th 70's, and I'd read them whenever we were there (only child, and nothing on the 6 tv stations we got back then when we were there) so the adults would talk, and I'd sit quietly in the LR and read them over and over. I hate it now. its terrible.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on March 25, 2014, 02:39:07 PM

You are not kidding!

I used to love Reader's Digest as a kid so my mom gifted me with a subscription and I was disappointed with the magazine in it's current format. Same with Better Homes & Gardens. 
Throwing out that stuff feels like throwing out important information. So I just need to keep my library online. Less clutter that way.

Oh me too! My grandmother had stacks of them she kept, back in th 70's, and I'd read them whenever we were there (only child, and nothing on the 6 tv stations we got back then when we were there) so the adults would talk, and I'd sit quietly in the LR and read them over and over. I hate it now. its terrible.

Yes, I fondly remembered Reader's Digest and recently subscribed to it for a year. It seemed much less substantial to me now, focusing heavily on feel good human interest stories--kind of like People Magazine but smaller, and no celebrities. I think I only ripped out a couple of articles from the entire year to save. I have really enjoyed subscribing to various magazines to just one year--I don't know why I had it in my head that I had to commit to the magazine for life or something, I think that's how I got so many back issues piling up.  :P
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Margo on March 30, 2014, 06:29:11 AM
I'm (finally - it's been a long slog) moving house later this week. I did one big burst of decluttering when I first decided to put the house on the market, and little bits and pieces since.

This weekend I'm trying to get rid of things I don't need, rather than move them to the new house - yesterday I took 4 big bags of clothes and books to a charity shop, 1 bag of books to donate to the library, and 2 big black bags of rubbish and several half empty tins of paint to the tip.

I'm sure I will still be moving some stuff I don't need ,but a lot less of it :) I haven't had time to go through all of the files of paper work to see what I can shred or bin, et, but at least all of that is in one place.

I went through my kitchen cupboards, and was pleasantly surprised that there wasn't much to throw out - I expected to find some out of date food, and was also reviewing whether there are any pan etc that don't get used, but there weren't!

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: darling on March 31, 2014, 05:01:34 PM
I'm moving in July, so I started decluttering a week and a half ago. I still have a long way to go before I'll be happy with the level of stuff to be moved, but I have plenty of time. Our goal is to go through at least one storage box every evening (my son is in college, and has a job, so this works out good for him).

My biggest hurdle is going to be the laundry. We have coin operated machines in our building, and they have been in poor repair for quite some time. They finally got two of the three dryers working someone normally, but with 22 units in the building, 3 washers and 2 dryers just don't cut it. We've been limping along, doing one load or two a week, as we can get in, but that doesn't allow for any catching up. I need to just suck it up, find a good laundromat, and get it all over and done with. The only ones on our side of town are very sketchy. There used to be a very fancy laundromat with a bar and pool table, but that closed down a few years ago, and wasn't replaced. I could totally go for a glass of wine while waiting for all of my clothes to wash and dry at once. :)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on March 31, 2014, 08:46:24 PM
I inspired my oldest to clean out a basket of stuffed animals. Now to get the other child to clean her room.

I also went through the gadget drawer in the kitchen and pitched anything broken or too old.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: bloo on April 11, 2014, 06:57:32 PM
I've been perusing some decluttering and minimalist websites and got a pretty good idea that I immediately implemented.

This one in particular:
http://unclutterer.com/2010/07/29/strategies-for-seeing-clutter/

gave me the idea of taking pictures of my place to 'see' it in a different light. Yikes! I just started walking around taking snaps with my tablet and what was normal to me was 'cluttery' in photos.

I have a couple of corkboards in my dining room and stuff is tacked haphazardly to them. Ick. Poof! They're gone. I cleared a bunch of stuff out of my living room and dining room because of the photos.

It almost looks like I just moved in. Pretty cool. 8)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on April 17, 2014, 02:55:08 PM
So, I had my gallbladder removed recently. That's "decluttering" my insides, right? ;) But this inspired me to change to a very low-fat diet, which in turn meant I had to get rid of a lot of my current food. I sent a box of unopened stuff to a food pantry and passed some opened stuff on to people I knew. Of course I bought new, low-fat food, but not as much since I'm also trying to do smaller portions.

Since I was in a "toss it out" mood I also filled a box with stuff to be taken to a resale store--we have a great one that will take almost anything in decent condition, even electronics, so I got rid of some funny plastic cups, an old (functional) DVD player, some other electronic things, potholders, etc.. I went through all my kitchen cabinets looking for stuff that I didn't need/want anymore.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GratefulMaria on April 17, 2014, 03:36:15 PM
Getting rid of plastic bins here!  DH, DS1, and DS2 have an amazing collection of Legos.  This past week-or-two, I've been sorting, bagging, and storing them in a cabinet we got from my mother.  Giant Ziploc bags to the rescue, they use up much less space, and the bins are for either a Useful Purpose or out the door for donation.

Next week I'm starting on household linens.

Lynn2000, can't top your declutter -- hope your recovery is quick and complete!   :D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: snowfire on April 17, 2014, 11:21:16 PM
Defrosted our big freezer this last weekend.  Got rid of a bunch of stuff that had gotten lost in the back for more time than I care to admit.  Anything that looked freezer burned got tossed & things that were ok, but older got moved to our kitchen fridge/freezer for quick use.  Much more room & determined not to let things age out anymore.   
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on April 18, 2014, 08:41:10 AM
Sorted 8 boxes of books!

I have been buying and collecting paperbacks since childhood. These bookds were stored in the basement after running out of shelf space long, long ago. I looked at each book and if I couldn't remember anything about it, it went. If I remembered but couldn't imagine ever wanting to read it again, it went.

My children also helped me sort the many children's books. They are not the least sentimental about old books, so unless they remembered wanting it read over and over, they put it on the donate pile.

we still have a lot of books, but a lot less than before.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on April 18, 2014, 09:42:14 AM
Lynn2000, can't top your declutter -- hope your recovery is quick and complete!   :D

Thanks! The doctor said it had probably been bothering me for a while and that I would have more energy once I recovered, so I am looking forward to that! Sometimes I think my biggest obstacle to decluttering is just lack of energy to sort stuff and get it where it needs to go.

Also, at my parents' house we went through a lot of my bookshelves and collected several bags of children's books to donate to a local school, per their ad in the paper. I'm not sure if the books have actually been delivered yet, but hey, I did my part! :)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on April 18, 2014, 02:30:57 PM
Sorted 8 boxes of books!

I have been buying and collecting paperbacks since childhood. These bookds were stored in the basement after running out of shelf space long, long ago. I looked at each book and if I couldn't remember anything about it, it went. If I remembered but couldn't imagine ever wanting to read it again, it went.

My children also helped me sort the many children's books. They are not the least sentimental about old books, so unless they remembered wanting it read over and over, they put it on the donate pile.

we still have a lot of books, but a lot less than before.

The library in the town my parent's used to live in LOVED us. I worked in publishing for 5 years and had literally several thousand books in my parent's basement. Every year my mom would make noises and make me get rid of some for the library's annual book sale (she was a volunteer). Slowly, but surely, the piles went down!

Now that I have e-readers, i keep very few books. I don't have the space, and I don't like the clutter.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on April 18, 2014, 02:31:53 PM
My new project is to start small. Maybe do one drawer, cabinet etc. each night, a few nights a week. if i do that, it will only take me 30 mins or less, and i can slowly accomplish a lot more than trying to do ti all in one day, and getting frustrated.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Phoebelion on April 19, 2014, 05:52:17 AM
Today is officially "go thru the fabric and get rid of it" day.  DIL and her niece are bringing bagels and we're going to spend several hours (yes I have
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on April 19, 2014, 11:26:27 AM
Today is officially "go thru the fabric and get rid of it" day.  DIL and her niece are bringing bagels and we're going to spend several hours (yes I have

I would offer to give it a new home - but, in lieu of getting rid of fabric - I am requiring myself to buy NEW stuff only if it is buttons, trim, lining, or otherwise essential to finish a project made from the stash.  Patterns in my current size if on sale are acceptable - styles do change - but I need to finish my Excel spread sheet...so far I've found about a dozen duplicates.  Sold six to one buyer (three patterns in two size ranges - Connie Amaden Crawford's Butterick patterns are very, very popular and classic in styling).  I'm waiting to list the others until I can do them in one batch.

Yahoo! has a couple of groups (Sew It's For Sale and Craft Items For Sale) that are just for sewing & crafting items - if you want to try getting some of your money back.  People also post requests (called "In Search Of") for things that they need a bit more of (Star Wars or Wizard of Oz quilt fabric are two of the requests I remember, sometimes a sewing machine manual, or various notions that are either no longer available or not available where the poster lives - some people in rural areas find it easier to order stuff to be brought to them than to try tracking it down within driving distance....or "driving distance" may be too long to bother with on a ranch in the back of beyond).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: POF on April 19, 2014, 11:33:08 AM
What  I do is when I put anything away I straighten and purge the area.  if I keep up with this, then i never get a big build up ... ( except for DH's "areas").  He has some hoarder tendencies. 

At firdt this takes a lot more time, but as I do it more and more, everything gets addressed.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Margo on April 19, 2014, 01:37:27 PM
I'm now in the unpacking phase of my house move and I am finding that there is stuff which, when it comes to finding somewhere to put it (new house is larger, but has less built in storage, plus I want to wait until I have redecorated before I put up too many shelves et.) I think maybe I can do without. I've got 2 large bags of clothes to take to a charity shop next week, and I am going to *try* to see whether I can do without some of the books which have been boxed up since September.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: demarco on April 19, 2014, 03:20:58 PM
My new project is to start small. Maybe do one drawer, cabinet etc. each night, a few nights a week. if i do that, it will only take me 30 mins or less, and i can slowly accomplish a lot more than trying to do ti all in one day, and getting frustrated.

I'm doing the same thing, siamesecat, although not as often. I was successful for a while tackling bigger projects but one drawer at a time is all I can cope with right now. I'm lucky if I can do one drawer every two to four weeks weeks but it's still better than nothing.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on April 19, 2014, 06:11:40 PM
I spent some time this afternoon going through my patterns.  I have been entering them on a spreadsheet and pulling the duplicates or others that I won't be making (first time or again, whichever applies) aside to a stack to list for sale. 

I'm not done yet, but I have gotten more than 2/3 of the way through, it looks like. 

Except for the Stretch & Sew patterns (larger size envelope than most) and a few more that are in a stack of Un Finished pr Ojects (UFOs).  There are just over 200 patterns listed so far and thirty of them are going to go.  Including at least eight duplicates...sigh.  This inventory will be going on my tablet with an office program that SHOULD let me open it while I'm shopping...and it includes a description.  LATER, I may do a photo gallery, but not today.

It cleared some floor space...not as much as I'd hoped, as the patterns that I haven't entered into the spread sheet are still in the boxes on the floor...but there are fewer of them!

Back to sewing...it's still my mother's birthday present from 1 April - but it's closer to being finished, at least!

Only in a sewing room does measuring progress in such small increments make sense.  I'm used to working with 1/4", 5/8", and similar small numbers on seam allowances, buttonholes, and the like!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on April 19, 2014, 11:01:24 PM
Like several of the PP, I am working on organizing my sewing area. I have all the small pieces hung over file folders in three crates. I'm trying to find at least two more of those crates and my mantra is: sew it up or quit sewing. I know that I can't quit sewing so I will get it sewn!

(Small sidebar: I'm collecting fabrics to make a wall hanging quilt for a librarian friend. Today I found fabric that has the words to the "Monkeys jumping on the bed" story. It will go so well with the Wimpy Kid, Curious George, and Dr. Seuss fabrics that I have already found. I have 5 years to get this one done, so I can enjoy the hunt!)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Phoebelion on April 20, 2014, 05:09:29 AM
Sorry about the dropped part of my post yesterday - didn't realize it happened.

DIL and niece really helped me purge the fabric and were thrilled.  Went from 12 boxes (hanging head in shame) to 4.  They each took home 2 boxes and are dropping the rest at the local church that makes lap quilts for the local convalescent homes.  We even went thru the patterns and they took home some of those.  DH was very impressed when he got home last night.

Now if I could just talk him into working on the garage:)

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on April 20, 2014, 10:49:54 AM
I kept plugging "just a few more patterns" into the inventory last night. It looks like I'm about 2/3 done - maybe a little more.

Ended up with 230 entries and almost fifty of them got pulled out to list for sale.  About ten of those fifty are duplicate copies, same pattern & same size.  There are a few classic or basic patterns that I get in more than one size range, in case a family member wants something sewn for them.

I do have some "missing" Stretch & Sew patterns (much larger pattern envelopes) and pattern books (envelope with the patterns is still bound into the book).  They will be going on a book case and not the new wire pattern drawers.  Part of the impetus to sort through things has been to cull down to what will fit in the drawers, what is currently in style (or classic enough not to matter), and in the correct size range.

Then I finish a few UFOs that have been hanging around and get some sorting out done.

I had ended up with two Longaberger sewing baskets - I gave one to my sister, because as kids, we got "matching" sewing baskets for Christmas one year.  Those were small "toy" baskets - although the needles, thread, and small scissors were REAL, they weren't big enough to hold full sized sewing projects.  Barbie doll clothes, maybe, but no more than two projects at a time...roughly the size of a 4" x 6" index card file (recipe cards).  The Longaberger basket is larger - but intended to store tools & notions (and it had the two layer plastic liner in it, to help her organize things).  (I looked for a link to the correct style - and didn't see one - sorry about that).

She's not quite ready to retire but she's mentioned thinking about taking up sewing again.

And I need to break down and organize MY notions & tools into my Longaberger sewing basket now, so it will be easier to keep up with them (instead of into several different locations around the sewing room - where ever I laid them down "for just a minute" the last time I used them).

But first, I need to finish Mom's birthday present so I can put it in the mail tomorrow...which will clear off some space!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Ms_Cellany on April 21, 2014, 05:19:30 PM
Our place has a guest house. When we moved in a year ago, it was so dingy and musty that we just crammed junk in there to deal with later (tm).

This weekend, we decided that we haven't missed whatever is in there, so we sorted it all into "take to dump," "take to thrift store," and "take to Habitat for Humanity."  Then we ripped out the carpeting and shop-vacuumed the inch-thick layer of dirt underneath.

We're looking forward to priming and painting, not least because we won't need to use dropcloths!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GratefulMaria on April 21, 2014, 06:19:38 PM
My new project is to start small. Maybe do one drawer, cabinet etc. each night, a few nights a week. if i do that, it will only take me 30 mins or less, and i can slowly accomplish a lot more than trying to do ti all in one day, and getting frustrated.

I'm doing the same thing, siamesecat, although not as often. I was successful for a while tackling bigger projects but one drawer at a time is all I can cope with right now. I'm lucky if I can do one drawer every two to four weeks weeks but it's still better than nothing.

This is the only way I can get started on anything:  I tell myself I can stop after a small section, or one shelf, or whatever applies.  This way there's years of work ahead of me.   :-[  When I was chafing about my (lack of) progress last night, DH reminded me that "it stays done," which was heartening.

Today I cleared a bunch of linens from some cubbies we're offering to DS1 and his GF; some went to new cabinet, most to a huge donation bag.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on April 21, 2014, 06:25:04 PM
I kept trying to get VorGuy to pick a place with a guest house or a garage with a second story something or other over it.

It would have been ideal for guests, his home office, or my sewing studio. 

But it was one of the things that the house that he fell in love with early in the search didn't have...and he'd quit looking once he found the house HE liked.

Sadly, for me, he claims that this is his last house as he doesn't want to go shopping again (well, unless he really, really has to - he wants to "age in place" like his parents have so far - but since HE picked a larger two story house, that won't be as easily done for us as their somewhat smaller single story ranch house).

At least it has an upstairs family room that has proven ideal for a sewing studio! 

But the attic of the garage and the house turned out to have had a lot of "stuff" left in them from the previous owners.  The main house attic got cleaned out before we added insulation & vents for air circulation - but the garage attic...is still looking like a bad flea market's leftovers got dumped up there.  Barely a place to stand and NO LIGHT.  The stuff was taken up before 2005 in biodegradable plastic garbage bags.  Which are flaking and breaking when you try to lift a bag up to toss it down the access ladder...

And our still packed extra boxes that he had a year to unpack...but never did...are crowding the garage itself.  Which has now been declared "my" problem.  I'm trying to hold out for his help after he retires in 2016...it's only another 20 or so months...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: otterwoman on April 22, 2014, 08:00:14 AM
I'm so proud of myself.  I've lived in this apartment for 2 years now, and I FINALLY got to the boxes of my books that have been stored in the spare room closet.  I sorted through them and filled up 2 underbed storage boxes with books, and ended up with a full box for Freecycle.   There is a box and a half left, full of mostly magazines that need to be sorted through and homes found for them.  Mostly sewing magazines (Sew news). 

And now I have space in a closet!!!  woohoo!

My local library has a magazine swap bin. People can just leave their old magazines and other people can take what they want out. I leave my old magazines there.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: demarco on May 06, 2014, 07:27:48 PM

A local charity is picking up donations in my neighborhood tomorrow and I have spent a couple of days gathering things for them. They are accepting toys so I took this opportunity to sort through my stuffed animal hoard, which I have been keeping in the attic. I was hoping to cut it down by half but I was only able to part with about 15% of it. DH gave most of them to me for special occasions and I found it very hard to part with those. I was able to part with most of my jigsaw puzzles. They take up a lot of room so it will be good to have them gone. I went through a bunch of party type clothes that I have only recently been able to fit back into. I was able to bag up most of those without too much angst. I was planning to donate a bunch of kitchen utensils but it turned out they were not in good enough condition to give away. Today was trash and recycling day so I got rid of those this morning. I was able to assemble a box of dishes to donate. All in all, I did not get as much done as I had hoped but it's something.

I have saved every cancelled check I've ever written. Checks are small so the whole mess only fills a couple of boxes but still.... I dragged them out of the basement recently so I could shred them and found that I could not.  I started looking at them and it was such a trip down memory lane, "So that's how much we were paying for electricity in 1981!" I couldn't shred a single one.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on May 06, 2014, 11:05:05 PM
Trying to convince Mr. Sirius that he doesn't need to keep his old camo uniforms from when he was active duty military has been a challenge.   He retired in 2004, and except for the desert camo boots I have yet to see any of the other items out of their box.  He took his blue uniforms to Goodwill almost on his way home from his last day, and now refuses to wear blue if he can possibly avoid it.  He also kept his duffel, but that's useful for storing sleeping bags.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GratefulMaria on May 07, 2014, 08:04:40 AM
Trying to convince Mr. Sirius that he doesn't need to keep his old camo uniforms from when he was active duty military has been a challenge.   He retired in 2004, and except for the desert camo boots I have yet to see any of the other items out of their box.  He took his blue uniforms to Goodwill almost on his way home from his last day, and now refuses to wear blue if he can possibly avoid it.  He also kept his duffel, but that's useful for storing sleeping bags.

My DH has 28 years in, so I feel the pain of curating various sets of uniforms.  How about the stacks of old FMs?  On the plus side, I'm in the process of making room to use an old foot locker as a window seat.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: demarco on May 12, 2014, 06:45:02 PM
I've been DVRing episodes of Hoarders for inspiration. Today I watched an episode for 15 minutes, then went to the basement and loaded a bag, then watched for another 15 minutes and so on. I got four bags done that way.

I couldn't make any headway with one thing, though. I have a big box of German books from college. They smell moldy and I can no longer read them but I cannot seem to let them go.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: bloo on May 12, 2014, 07:47:11 PM
Those hoarding type shows get me off of my duff to chuck stuff out. I'm minimizing for a few reasons. I don't plan on living in this big drafty house for more than 3 years. Maybe less. We've winnowed down the hobbies and all the detritus that goes with it. It feels lighter. It will be easier for us to move if we're already reducing our stuff right now and trying hard not to accumulate more.

Just had a yard sale last week and cleared $1000. It felt good to get a bit of money (compared to what we paid for those things). It felt great to get rid of the stuff we weren't using.

Also, I keep thinking about what I would grab in the event of a cataclysmic emergency. What would be important to me?

My loved ones. That's it. It makes it easier for me to let go of things I don't currently use.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 12, 2014, 07:50:56 PM
THAT is an impressive yard sale!

I'm hoping to be posting in this thread soon.  I have a room I call my 'hoarder' room.  It has all sorts of stuff in it right now that needs to be put away, filed, sold, donated or tossed.  I had a call from one of the charities that will come around and pick up household articles which they sell to Value Village to raise money for the charity.  So if I can get a box or two filled by the time the pickup rolls around (I think it is next week), that would be great.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on May 12, 2014, 10:39:09 PM
For things you can't bear to part with:  Don Aslett has what he calls an "emotion withdrawal box" for things like that.  Pack them in a box, date the box 6 months in the future, and leave them alone.  If after six months you still can't let them go, then give them another six months.  After awhile you'll find that you can let them go.  Another thing you could do is look through them, find a few pictures, etc. that are decent (not moldy), cut them out, paste them in your picture album, and get rid of the books. 

 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 13, 2014, 07:55:31 AM
For things you can't bear to part with:  Don Aslett has what he calls an "emotion withdrawal box" for things like that.  Pack them in a box, date the box 6 months in the future, and leave them alone.  If after six months you still can't let them go, then give them another six months.  After awhile you'll find that you can let them go.  Another thing you could do is look through them, find a few pictures, etc. that are decent (not moldy), cut them out, paste them in your picture album, and get rid of the books.

Not a box, but this has worked for me in the past. I'll do a closet purge, and sometimes keep things I may think I'll wear. After that season, I'll do it again, when in the purging frame of mind, and much of what I wNted to keep goes. I do that with other stuff as well. If I'm in the purging mode, I find it easier to get rid of stuff, and most of the time, once it's gone, I don't even remember having it!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on May 13, 2014, 09:31:25 AM
I also prefer to purge in stages. I'll go through the same box of stuff several times over the years, and each time find myself getting rid of a little more.

I also find that digitizing, or saving a little bit of something, can help me get rid of the bulk of the physical objects. For example, one could lay out a bunch of books and take a photo of them, or record their titles in a Word file, or tear off a couple covers to keep (if the books are moldy and were going to be trashed anyway).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: demarco on May 13, 2014, 12:22:56 PM
I'm minimizing for a few reasons. I don't plan on living in this big drafty house for more than 3 years. Maybe less. We've winnowed down the hobbies and all the detritus that goes with it. It feels lighter. It will be easier for us to move if we're already reducing our stuff right now and trying hard not to accumulate more.

I hear you!

We may be relocating when DH retires in a few years. I keep thinking that all the decluttering I can accomplish now will really pay off if and when we make the big move. The last thing you want to do when moving is purge at the last minute because bad mistakes will be made.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 20, 2014, 01:04:12 PM
More decluttering is happening in my apartment!!  I bought a new set of shelves that fit better in the spare room closet, so I pulled everything out of there and put the new shelves in.  Yay, they fit perfectly!  In the process, I noticed a great deal of empty boxes - yes, I save them for mailing stuff, but honestly, how many do I need??  So most of them went out to the dumpster.

On a roll now, I put another appliance box in the hard-to-access closet behind the bedroom door, and then I noticed a couple of huge Dell boxes in the bottom corner.  Hey! I haven't owned a Dell for years!  So out that all comes, and suddenly I have room all over the place!! I can store more stuff in the closets so there's more room in the apartment! 

Then I managed to Freecycle my old VCR and a whole box of VHS tapes to go along with it.   Even MORE space! 

I'm a little giddy about this.   

I feel the same way! when a lot of clutter is gone, and I have more space to store things more efficiently, it makes me happy. I need to go home tonight and finish putting stuff away, etc. from my trip last week.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Amara on May 20, 2014, 01:28:57 PM
I am not finished cleaning out my books but nearly there. I'll finish up after work and am, to my surprise, quite excited about getting them all out of the house and having relatively few left. The living room bookshelves will be filled but almost nothing else. I have to say I really never expected this of myself so I am very pleased. :)

What is most exciting is that a bookstore owner in town is coming by around 6:30 this evening to buy them. While I know he won't take them all I am in hopes he buys most of them. The balance will go straight to the thrift store.

I won't stop reading but from now on it's buy or borrow, read and let go. I won't go the e-reader route; tried that once, hated it. But I can now have an even more minimalist home without those now unneeded bookshelves (that will go up on CL).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: lilfox on May 20, 2014, 03:13:06 PM
I forget if I posted this before but I was able to donate about a dozen large trash bags full of baby clothes a few months ago, most to Goodwill and some to a friend for their new baby.  It really opened up some attic space!  I'm about ready with the next batch of outgrown clothes from DD and DS, but not quite - still have to sort through to see if anything makes the "special enough to save" bin.

I organized my craft space into a cubby system and turned the cheap ugly plastic 3-drawer bin that previously held craft stuff into a wrapping station.  I didn't get rid of much in terms of volume (yarn odds and ends, fabric scraps with no purpose), but the way things are set up now looks far less cluttered and haphazard since everything is tucked away in drawers or fabric bins.

I love organizing but sometimes it's hard to admit when an organizing system just isn't working.  I haven't found a good one for the kitchen utensil drawer.  I keep trying to organize by function, but things just end up put wherever they physically fit.  I suppose thinning out the items is probably the best answer...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: guihong on May 20, 2014, 07:31:01 PM
I forget if I posted this before but I was able to donate about a dozen large trash bags full of baby clothes a few months ago, most to Goodwill and some to a friend for their new baby.  It really opened up some attic space!  I'm about ready with the next batch of outgrown clothes from DD and DS, but not quite - still have to sort through to see if anything makes the "special enough to save" bin.

I organized my craft space into a cubby system and turned the cheap ugly plastic 3-drawer bin that previously held craft stuff into a wrapping station.  I didn't get rid of much in terms of volume (yarn odds and ends, fabric scraps with no purpose), but the way things are set up now looks far less cluttered and haphazard since everything is tucked away in drawers or fabric bins.

I love organizing but sometimes it's hard to admit when an organizing system just isn't working.  I haven't found a good one for the kitchen utensil drawer.  I keep trying to organize by function, but things just end up put wherever they physically fit.  I suppose thinning out the items is probably the best answer...

That was my worst area.  Thinning out is first!  Get rid of duplicates, oddball measuring cups, obscure things you never use.  Then, I took an old canister and used it to hold wooden spoons, spatulas, things I would use while cooking.  Third, I took some small plastic tubs (like Rubbermaid) and sorted what was left by size. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bethalize on May 21, 2014, 12:56:27 AM
I decluttered one of my kitchen cabinets. I now have FOUR sizes of plastic tub with lid. Just four. They all stack nicely. All the other plastic boxes of varying sizes have found a new home with my father who can't eat ice-cream fast enough to get plastic boxes for use these days (ice-cream here often comes in plastic boxes with a lid).  Okay, I feel guilty that I am getting rid of perfectly serviceable plastic boxes and that I bought NEW plastic boxes when I had lots already, but it is very nice to be able to open the cupboard and rotate the shelf without having a landslide of tupperware.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 21, 2014, 08:24:47 AM
I recently decluttered my plastic containers. I had some I bought, throwaway and some not, plus some from various take out meals i never used. those went, and some of the older throwaway ones went, so now I have a manageable supply.

I also went through my utensils and got rid of a lot i simply don't use. Its amazing how many you accumulate. i also had a bunch of "vintage" stuff i got from my mom, and some had been my grandmothers, which I took down to my mom. Its her problem now. hehehe - i figured I'd give her first crack at them, and then she can donate them as she chooses.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Amara on May 21, 2014, 08:33:14 AM
A side benefit of decluttering: money. I received a check for $650 last night for the books the local bookstore owner bought from me. And he is recommending someone here he knows and trusts who sells books only online who might take a bunch more that he couldn't use. The possibility of even more money--yay!

Anything left over will go to my favorite thrift store. And given how my various bookcases look I will be giving away at least two of them once the books are out of my house. Win-win-win!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 21, 2014, 12:12:59 PM
A side benefit of decluttering: money. I received a check for $650 last night for the books the local bookstore owner bought from me. And he is recommending someone here he knows and trusts who sells books only online who might take a bunch more that he couldn't use. The possibility of even more money--yay!

Anything left over will go to my favorite thrift store. And given how my various bookcases look I will be giving away at least two of them once the books are out of my house. Win-win-win!

I have several small bookcases scattered throughout my apt, and have managed to get rid of a lot of physical books, by getting them on my Kindle. I am so much happier now that I've done that, and have less clutter on my shelves. I have one pretty large one I may try and get rid of altogether alhtough my mom I think wants it, and i don't know if can/want to schelp it 400 miles in the car.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on May 21, 2014, 07:55:06 PM
A side benefit of decluttering: money. I received a check for $650 last night for the books the local bookstore owner bought from me. And he is recommending someone here he knows and trusts who sells books only online who might take a bunch more that he couldn't use. The possibility of even more money--yay!

Anything left over will go to my favorite thrift store. And given how my various bookcases look I will be giving away at least two of them once the books are out of my house. Win-win-win!
If you know which cases you want to get rid of, mention it to the book buyer. Some times they will buy them.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Amara on May 21, 2014, 10:24:58 PM
That's a good idea, Gmatoy, but I doubt either of these two guy would be interested. The bookseller has a lovely store here, and the online seller, who is coming tomorrow evening, probably wouldn't be interested. Still, I'll ask. I don't know where or how he keeps his books until they sell so maybe ...

Thanks!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on May 24, 2014, 09:54:50 PM
I have been half-heartedly working on my sewing/guest room. It would be easier if I had somewhere to actually go though the stuff other than the bed... still I'm working on it!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on May 27, 2014, 10:10:08 AM
I really wanted to have something to contribute to this thread again! So over the last few days I cleaned a bag full of clothes out of my closet and drawers. I also got rid of a lot of extra hangers which were taking up space. I was getting irritated because my clothes were kind of jammed into their spaces and I was worried they were getting damaged, so now they feel like they have a bit more breathing room.

I also cleaned out my silverware/catch-all drawer in the kitchen (I only have one) and got rid of a shocking number of plastic spoons etc. from take-out places. ::) And I went through the magazines I'd already read and tore out the articles I wanted to save; and then went through some (though not yet all) of my saved articles, to winnow that collection down.

Yay!  :D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Celany on May 28, 2014, 01:57:50 PM
My mom is a hoarder*, so decluttering is sort of an on-going thing for me, even when I technically don't "need" to declutter, because I have enough space for all of my stuff.

As it's springtime, I am doing my regular spring clothing cleanout. And...as I'm coming to terms with my butt never being a 2/4 again, but entrenching itself firming in 6/8 territory, I'm getting rid of A LOT of pants/tight-waistbanded skirts.

Aaaaaaaand forcing myself to finish painting my apartment, so that I can transfer the extra touch-up paint to mason jars, and get rid of a dozen gallon paint cans.

I also pulled down my MASSIVE box of mending (embarrassingly massive; I think I had something like 30-40 items of clothing in it). I got rid of everything that's so old that I don't like it/won't fit in it anymore, and have been making myself mend 1-2 things a week. If I keep it up, I'll be done by the end of the summer, and I can keep something else in that giant bin (maybe extra pillows & blankets).

*An actual, Hoarder TV-level hoarder. Little pathways through rooms stacked high with crap & all. Sigh.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 29, 2014, 02:34:01 PM
I just remembered something I did for my closet. I used to use those padded satin and canvas hangers, which were nice but took up a LOT of room. I then bought those flat, velvet covered ones. WOW what a difference. they take up about 1/4 of the space.  So I guess that kind of counts as decluttering!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GratefulMaria on May 29, 2014, 07:27:14 PM
Making lots of headway, but seeing everything that's left to do has been discouraging this week.  Our walk-up attic is a combination of storage and our bedroom now that my mother's moved in and we put her in the master.  So not only do we have old boxes of things we've kept or have told the kids we'd keep for a while, but our bedroom furniture, plus some furniture from my mother's that's earmarked for DS1 and DS2.

We're donating at least a Hefty bag a week, plus recycling and just plain trashing more.  There's just so. much. left.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on May 29, 2014, 08:16:50 PM
http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-useless-products-that-nobody-can-throw-out/

I found this fascinating as the list does have things I find hard to get rid of when decluttering
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: bloo on May 29, 2014, 11:06:16 PM
http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-useless-products-that-nobody-can-throw-out/

I found this fascinating as the list does have things I find hard to get rid of when decluttering

The one about books was hysterical!

One of my friends, Tara, lost her mother 2 years ago. Her father is moving out of their home and into something smaller and easier to manage. Tara and her sister, Denise, were going through 50 years worth of stuff. They caught their dad boxing up books to put into storage and one box had a complete set of encyclopedias from 1962. He wanted to keep them! Tara told her dad that she's pretty sure no one her dad knows will need information pre-dating the moon landing what with the Internet and all.

Tara and Denise, in the end, did convince Dad to get rid of a lot of the books, including the encyclopedias.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Celany on May 30, 2014, 09:21:00 AM
I am soooo happy to say that I keep culling at my books and I've finally gotten down to about half a bookcase (from three+ gull bookcases). I only keep 4 kinds of books now:

1) books that have "hard" information that I want in book form (I have a small collection of survivalist books that detail cooking/canning/basic electrical maintenance & other things)
2) books that are reference books that I once went through & marked the hell out of & still use (these are mostly trade-type books)
3) a couple of coffee table/outrageous photo books. Because this http://www.catster.com/molz/why-paint-painted-cats-book-burton-silver-heather-busch (http://www.catster.com/molz/why-paint-painted-cats-book-burton-silver-heather-busch) is so much more fun to flip through in person, versus on an ipad.
4) bathtub books. mostly sci-fi/fantasy & if they fall into the tub (and some of them have fallen in at least half a dozen times), it's ok. Only about a dozen of those.

Everything else, I've slowly been migrating to formats I can read on an ereader. Having the extra space is wonderful.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: guihong on May 30, 2014, 09:28:17 AM
I'm embarrassed to admit that I culled my cookbook collection in preparation for moving.  The criteria for a keeper was that it had to have at least five recipes that I had used (and liked, obviously), and I had to have used it in the last six months.  The embarrassing part was that out of 68 cookbooks and magazines, I kept six.  Five I actually use (and one of those is my BH&G big book, with conversions and tips), and the sixth is my mother's that I don't use but won't give up for sentimental reasons.  With all the recipes online today anyway, I just can't see schlepping all of those books to the new house.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Celany on May 30, 2014, 09:41:19 AM
I'm embarrassed to admit that I culled my cookbook collection in preparation for moving.  The criteria for a keeper was that it had to have at least five recipes that I had used (and liked, obviously), and I had to have used it in the last six months.  The embarrassing part was that out of 68 cookbooks and magazines, I kept six.  Five I actually use (and one of those is my BH&G big book, with conversions and tips), and the sixth is my mother's that I don't use but won't give up for sentimental reasons.  With all the recipes online today anyway, I just can't see schlepping all of those books to the new house.

POD. I didn't have that many, but I think I used to have twenty-something cookbooks. Of the half-dozen or so I kept, they're mostly raw cookbooks, because "cooking" raw is one of the few things that I've found having the tried-and-tested-cookbook-from-a-pro is worthwhile. Other than that, I feel like I can find amazing recipes for nearly everything else online.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 30, 2014, 11:55:25 AM
I'm embarrassed to admit that I culled my cookbook collection in preparation for moving.  The criteria for a keeper was that it had to have at least five recipes that I had used (and liked, obviously), and I had to have used it in the last six months.  The embarrassing part was that out of 68 cookbooks and magazines, I kept six.  Five I actually use (and one of those is my BH&G big book, with conversions and tips), and the sixth is my mother's that I don't use but won't give up for sentimental reasons.  With all the recipes online today anyway, I just can't see schlepping all of those books to the new house.

POD. I didn't have that many, but I think I used to have twenty-something cookbooks. Of the half-dozen or so I kept, they're mostly raw cookbooks, because "cooking" raw is one of the few things that I've found having the tried-and-tested-cookbook-from-a-pro is worthwhile. Other than that, I feel like I can find amazing recipes for nearly everything else online.

I'm not sure how many cookbooks I still have, but I do know they fit on one shelf. Some are simply sentimental, others I actually use. One which I have never used, but would love to, is the "Pie and Pastry Bible" which my mom gave me one year for Christmas. I keep saying I want to make all the yummy stuff in there, but never do. i just don't have the right space/tools etc.

Some were hard to part with, esp since my parents gave them to me, but I managed. I only kept a few, mainly the ones my dad chose, since he shared my love for cooking.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on June 01, 2014, 05:49:43 PM
I went through some (though not yet all) of my saved articles, to winnow that collection down.

I went through the rest of my saved articles today and threw out a lot. I'm actually not sure what to do with the space I regained, just because it's in such a specific spot. I think getting rid of a lot of the articles just gives me room for... more articles in the future. But, that's fine. I'll collect a bunch up and then winnow them down again later.

I've also been ruthless in disposing of underwear and bras that are looking raggedy, or don't fit me well.

And, I've been going through my many shirts and donating/discarding those that are too big, getting worn out, or that I just don't like for some reason.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Amara on June 01, 2014, 06:09:51 PM
This thread is so invigorating! As I mentioned earlier, I cleared out my bookshelves, removing about 300 books. Of those, about half were bought by three booksellers, netting me $750! The rest are due to be donated to my favorite thrift store next Saturday and slowly, in batches, they are going in my car's trunk. I am not even tempted to look at them. I will be so excited when they are all gone.

Two of the four bookcases in the den have been advertised in the barter section of CL; in exchange, I'd like to get some tallish potted plants to turn my part of my driveway into an outdoor dining area with more room than the porch.

It's so odd to me that for so long I thought I'd never get rid of the books. And here I am, eyeing even more. It feels so freeing!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Amara on June 03, 2014, 11:45:12 AM
Where do you use your work computer now? If it's on your lap maybe a lap desk would work better. Then offer the desk up on Freecycle again.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GratefulMaria on June 03, 2014, 12:39:42 PM
I took a step backwards this weekend.  *hangs head in shame*   Someone on Freecycle was offering this nice little computer desk, which would be just *perfect* for my work laptop, so I picked it up, dragged it upstairs, and realized that I have NO WHERE TO PUT IT.  I don't even have a corner to shoehorn it into.  I have no idea what I'm going to do with this thing, but it's so perfect!
I keep thinking, over and over, 'It'll fit in great *there*, but then what do I do with what's in that space already?
Help me!

First off, be kind to yourself.  :-)  If you can't use it as a nightstand or telephone table or something, then definitely send it on its way.  Nothing wrong with giving it a try.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Carotte on June 05, 2014, 11:43:49 AM
I've made a dent!
I came back to my parents' place to try and tidy up my old room (I've left it 1 year ago and did not move a lot of stuff beside clothes and a tenth of art/craft supplies), two days I've been at it, mostly to try and 'centralize', test and discard/keep things like markers, put all the pencils in one place, all the X in one place...
It's gone from 4/5 shoe boxes of "stuff" (some of it not even mine) to being neatly organized in a big Rubbermaid bin.
I've tested all the batteries I found along the way, put the good ones in a box and the others in a "to discard appropriately" box.
I've tested spray paint cans, the empty or too old ones in the box to the recycling center.
Knickknacks of the toy or plushy persuasion went in a box, along with kiddy coloring markers I don't mind passing kids using (because the parents, and me, would not like them to be handed the alcohol markers  ::)).

I'm a bit bothered by the 100+ Cd's I still have, I don't listen to them or care for them anymore, but I think my only solution is to take a handfull at a time back to my place to take them to a second hand shop, and I'm not sure they'll even take all of them. Hopefully it's enough to cover the price of transportation  ::).

Tonight and the next time I'm here I'll take care of the papers I still have, like the big pile of diploma paper research that I'm pretty sure I'll never consult again.

Something that added some difficulty with all this is that my parents have (understandably) used my room to stock things, like tons of fabric (I'm not even sure where my mother had the room to have that much fabric, boxes and boxed that I don't see fitting anywhere else.).

What I learned from all this:
- I, sadly, doesn't need to buy another pencil for the next ten years.
- Too much stuff! Argh! I'll be trying to live zen and clutter free as much as I can, meaning no cute vase or decorative bowl just for the sake of it  :( but maybe instead gourmet chocolate  ;D.
- One in, one out. Since I don't like trowing things out, it'll cut down on the in part anyway  :D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Celany on June 05, 2014, 12:14:52 PM
My work has a "donate clothes & shoes" box and for the last two days, I've brought at least a couple of items of clothing/shoes that I never wore (or wore once & still look brand new). It feels so good to get things out of the house.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on June 05, 2014, 06:48:20 PM
My work has a "donate clothes & shoes" box and for the last two days, I've brought at least a couple of items of clothing/shoes that I never wore (or wore once & still look brand new). It feels so good to get things out of the house.

I swear that sounds like a great job perk to me! Not have to go out of my way to get rid of things? Oh, yes, job perk!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Celany on June 06, 2014, 10:15:43 AM
My work has a "donate clothes & shoes" box and for the last two days, I've brought at least a couple of items of clothing/shoes that I never wore (or wore once & still look brand new). It feels so good to get things out of the house.

I swear that sounds like a great job perk to me! Not have to go out of my way to get rid of things? Oh, yes, job perk!

It has been so amazingly helpful. I had dragging stuff off to donate, so I usually only go when I have 1-2 of those big blue ikea bags worth of stuff to take, since I have to go by subway to the nearest location and it is EXTREMELY annoying and time-consuming to get to. And of course, when I have that much stuff, I will frequently go through it "just one last time" to make sure I'm OK with everything I'm getting rid of. And we know how that often ends...  ??? ::)

But now, I decide to get rid of something, I take it to work the next day, and it's gone. The difference that has made is big. I know longer have a corner in my bedroom that is nearly perpetually filled with "to donate" clothing!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on June 06, 2014, 11:22:42 AM
I'm going through my shirts to donate the ones that are too big now. Usually I test the shirt by wearing it to work all day. Of course then as soon as I decide I want to donate it, I feel this urge to rip it off right then and there, which I don't think my co-workers would appreciate! Then I like to wash things before I donate them, so I have to remember which items go and which stay until I've had a chance to do laundry. That is their chance to creep back into the closet when I'm not paying attention.

I'm getting rid of the shirt I'm currently wearing. The weird thing is, I wore one exactly like it, except in a different color, earlier in the week and I thought it was fine. ::)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Celany on June 06, 2014, 11:31:34 AM
I'm going through my shirts to donate the ones that are too big now. Usually I test the shirt by wearing it to work all day. Of course then as soon as I decide I want to donate it, I feel this urge to rip it off right then and there, which I don't think my co-workers would appreciate! Then I like to wash things before I donate them, so I have to remember which items go and which stay until I've had a chance to do laundry. That is their chance to creep back into the closet when I'm not paying attention.

I'm getting rid of the shirt I'm currently wearing. The weird thing is, I wore one exactly like it, except in a different color, earlier in the week and I thought it was fine. ::)

I just did that with a ton of black leggings! I wanted to get rid of all the pairs that don't stay up over my expanded buns, but then to do that, I have to WEAR them, and then WASH them and then who can tell two pairs of black leggings apart?

So what I started doing with putting black sharpie on the labels. I know to check the label, & then I can donate the ones with a black slash on the label as soon as I wish them.

Black sharpie is generally permanent, & isn't such a big deal if it isn't, when I do a load of darks. If you have lighter colored things, you might want to do what I do for my pants with different inseams (that I have a collection of for different heels heights): I just handstitch a thread of a different color for each inseam into the label, so it's easy to check. You could even see if any of your shirts have a label that's loop-shaped & knot a white thread around it, so you know to toss the white-threaded ones.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GratefulMaria on June 06, 2014, 12:36:01 PM
Checking in here for some motivation.  I'm at the point where I can't put off the paper decluttering any longer, and we're at over twenty years' worth.  Working my way to a more comfortable home one flimsy receipt at a time . . .
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on June 06, 2014, 12:55:17 PM
I knew you guys would have some good ideas for marking clothes I want to donate! :) I might try knotting something through the tag. The shirts are light-colored and somewhat delicate--I thought about a safety pin but worried it might get snagged on something and tear in the washer or dryer. I don't know if that's reasonable or not.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on June 06, 2014, 02:53:08 PM
I'm packing to go home after a five week stay.

It's looking like I may need to leave a few things behind (I come back in a bit over five months for another, longer stay - so I can pack lightly & take them back then).  Or, in the case of a purse with a tear - it may just hit the trash can before I leave.  Sometimes things are worth repairing when you're home - but not when you're traveling!

I do not donate torn or worn out items.  There were too many hand-me-downs in my closet growing up...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Celany on June 07, 2014, 03:05:27 PM
I knew you guys would have some good ideas for marking clothes I want to donate! :) I might try knotting something through the tag. The shirts are light-colored and somewhat delicate--I thought about a safety pin but worried it might get snagged on something and tear in the washer or dryer. I don't know if that's reasonable or not.

Perfectly reasonable, Lynn.  I wouldn't put a safety pin into anything delicate.  Tying a ribbon through the tag would be a good alternative, just make sure it's knotted tightly so it doesn't come undone in the wash.

Even though I've washed safety pins by accident a ton of times (usually using them to do a quick temporary pants hem) & never had a problem, I always worry that it will eventually snag, which is why I try to use the thread or sharpie.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: audhs on June 08, 2014, 08:51:47 AM
I went through my 7 year olds room yesterday with her help.  We threw out a large garbage bag of junk, and filled a mid sized box with stuffed animals to give away.

She still has more stuff than I can deal with, so much little junkie items that kids collect.  I blame birthday party goodie bags and school prizes for good behaviour.  And my husbands brother, I don't want their kids hand me down toys we have enough of our own.  I'm finally putting my foot down and saying no instead of letting the kids bring things home from their place.

I did my 9 year olds room a few weeks ago, I've discovered that my older daughter has trouble getting rid of paper stuff, school assignments, greeting cards, crafts, etc.   and my younger one has trouble giving away stuffed toys she loves them all.


I've also given up explaining why I'm not keeping all their hand me down clothes and toys for my youngest.  She's 6 and 8 years younger than my other two, I'm not keeping all that stuff for that long in hopes she'll either like or be able to wear them.  Just not doing it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: magicdomino on June 10, 2014, 10:33:10 AM
Wish me luck.  I've been concentrating on the outside this spring (and apparently goofing off all winter).  As a result, the kitchen counters are a rumor, my dining table is a big pile of Stuff, and the living room is full of boxes.  My nephew is coming up for a few days this summer, maybe as soon as late June, and would like to stay with me.   :o  At least the guest room has only (only?) the Christmas wrapping stuff.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: demarco on June 22, 2014, 06:04:23 PM
I started shredding bank statements this weekend. I have them going back to '94. I'm beginning there and working forward.  My shredder  is supposed to take 8 sheets at a time but I can only do 4 sheets of bank statements at a time because the paper stock is thicker than the usual. It's always something....
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on June 22, 2014, 06:47:57 PM
I notified my boss back in April that, come the new year, I only want to work two days a week.  So then I'll have time to do a lot of the sewing I've planned to do...I hope.  I went to an estate sale yesterday and bought some more fabric, but this fabric has the potential for being made into clothing, whereas most of the fabric I got from my late aunt's house was all quilting material and, as such, couldn't be used for clothing as it's 100% cotton.  One of the pieces is a sky blue and apple green print T-shirt weight fabric, and I'm planning to make a tank top out of it because there isn't enough for a T-shirt.  There are also large enough pieces of gabardine to make skirts and slacks from.  Most of my clothes are so old that they're wearing out or fading, which usually isn't an issue since I work at home, but I'm thinking of volunteering at a library that's only two blocks from our house so I'd need something decent to wear.   
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on June 22, 2014, 07:36:44 PM
I went through my 7 year olds room yesterday with her help.  We threw out a large garbage bag of junk, and filled a mid sized box with stuffed animals to give away.

She still has more stuff than I can deal with, so much little junkie items that kids collect.  I blame birthday party goodie bags and school prizes for good behaviour.  And my husbands brother, I don't want their kids hand me down toys we have enough of our own.  I'm finally putting my foot down and saying no instead of letting the kids bring things home from their place.

I did my 9 year olds room a few weeks ago, I've discovered that my older daughter has trouble getting rid of paper stuff, school assignments, greeting cards, crafts, etc.   and my younger one has trouble giving away stuffed toys she loves them all.


I've also given up explaining why I'm not keeping all their hand me down clothes and toys for my youngest.  She's 6 and 8 years younger than my other two, I'm not keeping all that stuff for that long in hopes she'll either like or be able to wear them.  Just not doing it.

My mother was so happy to have two girls 14 months apart and two boys 21 months apart.  She was expecting that clothes would get handed down & get a lot of extra use - like her and her two younger sisters did (granted, the youngest was 15 years younger and styles had changed way too much by the time they fit her). 

My sister was shorter, rounder, and hit puberty six years older than I did.  The clothes Mom saved for years...might have fit her in her late thirties - but by then they were hopelessly outdated in style and color.  High school clothes don't work for engineers working in an office - she never even tried them on as a possible Halloween costume...

Baby Brother turned out to be tall & skinny (until he started managing a restaurant in his college years) while Older Brother (#3 of 4 kids) was somewhat shorter at the same age, more muscular, and very few things that fit one survived to be worn by the other (boys playing football, going hunting with BB guns, riding bikes, and doing stuff outside with Dad wear their clothes out faster than the two of us girls did).

Hand me downs came from Mom's baby sister for me - but they didn't fit Lil Sis, either.  My brother's clothes, that survived, did end up going to various cousins...with nine on one side about the same age and six on the other also about the same age, there were boys and girls that had a better chance at anything that survived...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on June 23, 2014, 10:12:10 AM
I'm doing a staycation next week, and along with decluttering, I'm hoping to get some major cleaning done, the stuff that you think you want to do, but simply never have time for. I bought new shelf liner for my kitchen, the spongy kind that doens't have adhesive, so i'm going to pull everything out of my cabinets, clean them, and put this down, and hopefully get rid of some things, or at the very least,pack away some stuff I don't use, but wnat to keep

I am so looking forward to my week off at home! something I never get to do.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on June 24, 2014, 10:24:43 AM
The larger L shaped computer desk went out, free, on both Freecycle & Craigslist - and got picked up, I think it was the Craigslist post that they responded to, but it went quickly.

A newer, smaller Ikea Flarke desk ($10 off Craigslist) replaced it - for the computer.  A sewing machine desk ($20 - it has an area that raises & lowers to the left of the machine for flat bed & free arm sewing) from the Goodwill (labeled as an "eating desk" for some reason) will be holding that sewing machine next to the computer table (it's an embroidery machine that uses a computer to run the embroidery software).  I have enough tables for the other machines (serger, cover hem, sewing machine, and treadle sewing machine - I don't hoard, they each do something that the rest of the machines don't do - the treadle machine works when the power is off). 

I'm trying to get the sewing room set up to work more efficiently - one machine may get moved downstairs to a larger office desk while I use it as a quilting machine with accessories (baby quilt or two to finish for a three year old DGS - how did he get so big so fast? and a second for my sister - possibly a third, if I have time).  The desk upstairs is about 20" by 40" (.5m x 1m) and the downstairs one is easily four times larger - much more space for the quilting frame & rollers for the quilt to move around the sewing machine.

http://flynnquilt.danemcoweb.com/shop/product/flynn-multi-frame/

This one, just an older model.  I have the parts - I do need to do a little assembly...there will be more decluttering as I finish the baby quilts, as I will use the quilt batting & backing fabric out of my stash!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: dlws92 on June 24, 2014, 01:54:30 PM
Whew....glad to read here and get inspiration!  Recently my inlaws both passed within 6 months of each other and I spent 3 days bagging and hauling stuff from their three walk in closets.  That resulted in 48 bags to be donated.  There are also 3 storage units to be gone through as well.

That made me come home and look at my own stuff and decide stuff has to go!  I'm getting past holding onto strange random things....like the single leg warmer my late mother crocheted back in the 1980's, a collection of 30 of my late dad's flannel shirts..but I'm still having trouble letting go of projects.  You know what I mean...those things you're going to fix/use/upcycle.   

What's the strangest thing you've held onto and why?  Want to know if anyone can beat my single leg warmer.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on June 24, 2014, 01:58:32 PM
a collection of 30 of my late dad's flannel shirts

I'd be tempted to have these made into something, if they were really important.  Like a quilt or a blanket or something.

I'm hoping to tackle some of my mountain of paperwork this weekend.  I need to find some receipts to get reimbursement and some receipts to be able to return a couple of things under warranty that no longer work.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: otterwoman on June 24, 2014, 02:29:08 PM

What's the strangest thing you've held onto and why?  Want to know if anyone can beat my single leg warmer.

When I was in college as an art major, I mailed my father a high heeled shoe. No box, just the shoe. I wrote a nice note on the upper and wrote his address on the sole and paid for postage. It was delivered safely to his house. He kept that shoe until he dies. My stepmom may still have it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on June 26, 2014, 07:26:49 PM
Flannel shirts also make great pillows. Not too much work in those and, if I had my father's shirts, I would make them for everyone in the family. Unfortunately (or, for the sake of my house, fortunately) I have nothing of my dad's things.

I have been trying to get the sewing area in a manageable condition. To do that, I have been cleaning shelves and trying to clear out stuff. So I have been sewing, reading books, clearing out duplicate patterns, etc. It is taking much too long to get done! But I'm sticking to the plan and hope that by the end of summer, I'll have it somewhat contained.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on June 27, 2014, 02:25:00 PM
Even though my staycation doens't start until 4pm today, I've begun my decluttering. I emptied out, and cleaned the big cabinet below my counter I keep my pots and pans in. And discovered I have not one, not two, not three, but four coffee/makers pots. For one person.

I'm keeping the vintage Farberware perculator that was my mom's since it still works and is awesome. Getting rid of two others, and also keeping the Chemex one I got for Christmas.

I also found 2 Farberware pot lids, circa 1960's or 70's. I'm not quite sure why since the pots are gone! 

And finally, and I need to figure out what to do with it, a mandolin slicer, professional grade, I think, and rather pricy, that was my dad's. After he died, my mom gave it to me, where its sat in the box, for the last 7+ years. I'm either going to try and sell it, or ask one of my friends who love to cook, and would put it to good use! its too nice and pricy to simply donate.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on June 28, 2014, 12:43:45 PM
Continuing on with the kitchen cabinets. And amazed at how much really outdated food I am chucking. My strategy lately has been to but much less but maybe a little more frequently so I don't waste as much. Buts it's a hard habit to break! I am however, finding I have leftover room in each cabinet!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on June 29, 2014, 11:23:03 PM
I worked on one room this weekend. It ended up being more organizing than getting rid of stuff, but I did find some old magazines to recycle and a few broken items to toss. At least I can walk through it without tripping on stuff anymore. But now that I can see the walls I have to get out the long duster to reach the cobwebs in the corners.  :P
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: guihong on June 30, 2014, 12:36:13 AM
Another kind of decluttering here-began in earnest to unpack from the move.  Kitchen and baths were already pretty well set, now it's the rest of the house.  Happy was I when I broke down my first box, and hopefully I can sell the boxes back to the box company this week.  I'm trying to reclaim my dining room, aka the "Put everything in there" room.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on June 30, 2014, 02:22:09 PM
Another kind of decluttering here-began in earnest to unpack from the move.  Kitchen and baths were already pretty well set, now it's the rest of the house.  Happy was I when I broke down my first box, and hopefully I can sell the boxes back to the box company this week.  I'm trying to reclaim my dining room, aka the "Put everything in there" room.

I have one of those - I call it my hoarder room.  As soon as I get the hats I need by Friday done, that's my next project.  As well as organizing my yarn stash.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: EveLGenius on June 30, 2014, 03:52:56 PM
I started what I hope will be a chain-reaction of decluttering.  I have a long tray that holds about 20 orchids in a west window.  I bought a very nice (for a thrift-store find) cabinet to put under them.  First, I repotted all of the orchids.  Then DD put all of the board games into the cabinet, which both organized them and gave her some room in her bedroom.  Then I took the old cheap plastic shelves that had been under the orchids down into the furnace room.

In the (hopefully) near future, the cheap plastic shelves will be set up in the furnace room.  Then I will organize various tools either onto the shelves or onto the pegboard next to the shelves.  This will give me space and incentive to go through all of the little boxes of misc. tools and crap in the furnace room.  Then I'll expand into the shed, and hopefully even the garage.  I don't expect all of this to take place in the next few days, you understand; I'll be happy if I get as far as the shed before snow flies.  Fortunately, all of the areas in question are at least 50% organized, so it's just a case of concentrating on the unorganized spots.

My reward for doing all of this was the discovery that one of my favorite orchids has two buds.  It's a purple-and-orange Cattaleya, and I can't wait to see it!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on July 03, 2014, 09:27:47 PM
Another day of trying to get the sewing room under control...The good news is that I found some scarves that I bought to use while making doll clothes. Even better is the fact that they are the color that I'm planning on using next, so they will get used quickly.

Still more in the "get it organized" stage than the "decluttering" stage. Although I will say when you get everything where it  belongs, you can see the duplications!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on July 10, 2014, 10:47:14 AM
I got my 'hoarder' room cleared out.  All the kitchen stuff is back in the closet.  I still have to go through all the papers and get them filed or shredded but at least I can get in the room now!

I have a pile of stuff to be donated or recycled.  I'm going to post the babyfood jars and the Costco Mixed Nut Jars on kijiji and see if anyone wants them, for free, before I recycle them.  I'll do that this weekend and if no one messages me before garbage day on Wednesday, I'll recyle them.  Then I'll box up the stuff I have for donation and wait until I get another one of those, 'We have a truck in your neighbourhood' calls.

There is still a little more work to be done in that room but at least now, it is usable and I can hopefully make myself file bills and stuff as they come in, rather than letting them pile up.  I've said that before, though...   :-[
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on July 11, 2014, 01:22:42 AM
I was cleaning today and realized that cleaning will only get me so far. I need to start get ruthless in the decluttering department! So, I filled 5 bags to go to the thrift store, got 3 more bags out to a friend, and waded through a batch of sewing magazines and took out the "timeless" how-to articles and recycled the rest. Plus , all floors and the bathrooms are clean and the dining area is almost ready for our company tomorrow! (I'm exhausted, but I really feel good about what I got done.)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on July 11, 2014, 09:20:47 AM
Not quite through with the decluttering the sewing room - but I did do something to let me get rid of part of my four cubic feet of magazines - I bought the sewing magazine archives on DVD so that I could do something else with the paper copies - I just haven't finished gathering them up from the various Unfinished prOjects (UFOs) that they are stored with, in some cases.  The pattern for that project came from the magazine and the instructions are in the magazine, so the magazine is with the fabric & cut out fabric pieces.

Articles could also be scanned to the computer & saved for reading on screen - filing the paper copies as a back up might or might not be needed (copyright issues change from country to country).

The Japanese craft books from an aunt's overseas trip are going to be sorted through after summer vacation.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 11, 2014, 09:31:09 AM
My final act of decluttering will be next weekend. Right now, in my DR I have a set of short wire shelves. which go from the wall to just before the window. And outside my door, in the little recessed area i have a vintage, metal, utility cabinet wiht shelves. I used to use it as my pantry, but kept forgetting i had stuff in there.

so the shelves are being dismantled, and the cabinet will now go in the corner of the DR. they can hold more than the shelves, and will be out of sight!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: magicdomino on July 15, 2014, 03:22:35 PM
Wish me luck as I go forward into the breech, or something like that.  I have houseguests coming at the end of July or early August.  The guest room still has all the Christmas wrapping stuff scattered around, plus some sewing stuff from making a Halloween prop last year.  The dining table is piled up.  The living room is full of boxes.  The kitchen counters have only small spaces available for cooking.  Oy.  Oh well, I've been meaning to work on decluttering for months, and now I have an incentive.  At least the guest bathroom only needs to have the cat litter dust washed off.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 16, 2014, 09:45:30 AM
I have a confession to make. At the last minute, I pulled the one coffee pot out of the bag for Goodwill. As in, as I was taking it out of my trunk to bring into them! But if that's all I kept, I guess its not all bad.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: demarco on July 16, 2014, 12:49:54 PM
I have a confession to make. At the last minute, I pulled the one coffee pot out of the bag for Goodwill. As in, as I was taking it out of my trunk to bring into them! But if that's all I kept, I guess its not all bad.

Not bad at all. I've done that a lot. I'll put a bag in the garage and leave it there until I'm going near the drop box or wherever else I'm taking it. I'll have second thoughts at the last minute and pull something out. Overall we're making progress and that's what counts.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on July 16, 2014, 02:15:07 PM
So, I've decided that I am not going to buy stuff without a plan of action: what will it be used for and how soon, where will it go, what will leave to make that space available. The last one is there because there is no room anywhere in my house! I'm not good at decluttering as I always have a use for it or DH bought it for me and would be crushed if I gave any of his gifts away. (He would be dismayed to know that I have a reoccurring dream in which I watch him drive away and immediately pack up hundreds of his gifts and give them away.)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on July 16, 2014, 04:13:52 PM
Went through my closet and armoire again and gathered up 4-5 kitchen-sized trashbags of clothes. My rule was I had to absolutely love something to keep it.  Some I bought vowing I'd lose the weight and get into them. They're now several years old and dusty, but still nice. I've decided to try to love my body the way it is now. So, out they went (donated). Yes, I still have too small clothes that I'm not ready to give up yet, maybe the next time. Baby steps.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on July 16, 2014, 07:51:05 PM
I paid my credit card bills on line and *filed the paperwork*!  I also filed my cable bill and any receipts that were in my wallet.  I hope I can keep this up and keep the hoarder room from reverting back to a hoarder room.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Winterlight on July 17, 2014, 08:44:24 AM
I'm currently going through my bookshelves. At this point I probably have a shelf full of books that are going somewhere, plus the four large piles on the floor. I've promised myself that two of those piles will be dealt with by Saturday night. The library book sale people are going to love me.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on July 17, 2014, 10:55:10 AM
We are still on vacation - we get home Saturday around lunch time (local) - we're about 80 minutes from home, so it won't take too long.

Decluttering will have to wait while I do a little bit of catch up on laundry...I have some ideas on where to start.

I have some clothes that are two sizes too small that might end up being sorted out, when & if I get down to that size again, I'm going to want new clothes!  So some of them may end up going to a charity shop...

I may also line up the various coffee makers and see if anyone in the family needs a French press....I can't get rid of all the spares until after VorGuy retires, because there are time when we need one coffee pot, one for decaf, and a third for hot water for chocolate or tea - but after he retires (about 18 months) - I can sort the kitchen out a bit more ruthlessly.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on July 17, 2014, 01:13:01 PM
I had two suitcases--small and large--and I threw the large one away because it was broken, and then the small one was donated because I really don't use it. And then I bought a new large one, because I'm going on a trip for work soon.

I also donated a bag of clothes and a set of sheets. The sheets weren't "worn" but they were old and I was tired of them, and felt I had too many sheet sets for their designated storage area. They are dark blue with stars--the stars used to glow in the dark but not anymore. However as sheets they are still perfectly fine.

As a start for my next donation bag I have a pair of yoga pants that are way too big. I'm on my second round through the shirts in my closet, looking for ones that are too big, to get rid of, but I haven't encountered any yet. Oh, also I threw out a pair of socks the other day that were worn. I have a ton of worn socks that I'm keeping for crafts already, so out they went.

I have also been anti-cluttering, as in, I have not bought a single book all year. I am on track to read a record number of books this year, after which I almost always send the book away from my apartment.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: DragonKitty on July 17, 2014, 01:46:05 PM
I have 2 coffee makers  that I have as backup for the current one I've been using for about 13 years.  Maybe I should put them in the Garage Sale pile.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 17, 2014, 02:02:57 PM
I'm going back through my closet this weekend and getting rid of more clothes that are too large. I refuse to keep them since I don't ever plan to be able to fit into them again. Added incentive, I guess.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on July 17, 2014, 02:48:08 PM
I have 2 coffee makers  that I have as backup for the current one I've been using for about 13 years.  Maybe I should put them in the Garage Sale pile.

Warning: That is like asking for the current one to break down! (Go ahead and do it, I'm just kidding!)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on July 17, 2014, 04:34:34 PM
A good place to donate sheets, towels, blankets, etc. is your local animal shelter or your own veterinarian.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on July 17, 2014, 09:14:29 PM
A good place to donate sheets, towels, blankets, etc. is your local animal shelter or your own veterinarian.
I gave a lot of pieces of polar fleece to one in my community.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: cicero on July 19, 2014, 08:28:11 AM
Cleaned out my closet- threw away about six bras, some old and bedraggled some brand new never worn that I bought by mistake but couldn't bring myself to toss "cause they're still new". Yeah, well new or not , I'm never going to wear that side pinching uncomfortable underwire minimizer.

Eta: I also tossed other old bedraggled clithing- one big bag full
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 21, 2014, 12:00:25 PM
I did another round of decluttering my closet. I have to strike when I'm in "ruthless" mode. I now have a couple piles of too large, or not-worn-in-a-while clothing. I've found as I get smaller, I'm not quite as upset at getting rid of the larger stuff as I was before. Two dresses I bought last year, which aren't worth trying to take in. Those went, along with some other stuff, and things I haven' really worn. I've come to the realization while I can use some black tops, I don't need as many as I have, and some of the older ones are going.

And then I went online and bought a dress to replace the two I'm donating :)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on July 21, 2014, 05:56:47 PM
I did another round of decluttering my closet. I have to strike when I'm in "ruthless" mode. I now have a couple piles of too large, or not-worn-in-a-while clothing. I've found as I get smaller, I'm not quite as upset at getting rid of the larger stuff as I was before. Two dresses I bought last year, which aren't worth trying to take in. Those went, along with some other stuff, and things I haven' really worn. I've come to the realization while I can use some black tops, I don't need as many as I have, and some of the older ones are going.

And then I went online and bought a dress to replace the two I'm donating :)

Well, two out and one in is a pretty good ratio!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 21, 2014, 08:03:50 PM
I did another round of decluttering my closet. I have to strike when I'm in "ruthless" mode. I now have a couple piles of too large, or not-worn-in-a-while clothing. I've found as I get smaller, I'm not quite as upset at getting rid of the larger stuff as I was before. Two dresses I bought last year, which aren't worth trying to take in. Those went, along with some other stuff, and things I haven' really worn. I've come to the realization while I can use some black tops, I don't need as many as I have, and some of the older ones are going.

And then I went online and bought a dress to replace the two I'm donating :)

 
Well, two out and one in is a pretty good ratio!

It is but I've bought others too. But in a smaller size  :)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on July 28, 2014, 09:19:58 AM
That happens to me sometimes, too. Especially the staring part. I like to think that my brain is sort of defragmenting and planning and emotionally accepting getting rid of some things.

Last night I also had the urge to start cleaning out a particular space under the bed--after I was already supposed to be asleep! Sometimes you have to harness that energy and use it whenever it appears. Though last night I just told myself to get over it and go to sleep. ;)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on August 11, 2014, 03:57:35 PM
So, this past weekend I finally cleaned out under the bed! It was quite a trial. My bed is built-in to the bedroom and it has this cavity carved out underneath it that you can only access from one-half of the foot of the bed. And the designers felt two feet was a perfectly good amount of space to leave between the foot of the bed and the wall. So, just getting into a position to reach under there and drag something out requires a certain amount of gymnastic ability.

I got all my blank notebooks out and sorted them, chose about a dozen to get rid of, then packed them back up. I learned that 1) I have enough notebooks to last the rest of my life; and 2) I will apparently buy anything that has the Eiffel Tower on it.

In the end my bedroom really doesn't look any different to the eye. But, I know that many things have been thrown out or piled up for donation, other things moved into those places, and thus other places are freed up.

Next I will be tackling a stack of plastic drawers which contains a lot of receipts and stuff like that. I've emptied out the two easiest drawers so far. I want to get rid of the whole thing as there's something else I'd like to get that would be stored there.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: magicdomino on August 11, 2014, 04:38:33 PM
What is it about dining tables and Stuff?  As part of a major house cleaning for house guests, I cleaned off most of the stuff on the dining table.  One corner was still occupied, but at least more than one person could eat on it.  That was last week.  Yesterday, I realized that most of the surface was covered again.  Granted part was the Sunday newspaper, and some stuff was from cleaning off a small table, but you'd think it would stay clear a little longer! 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 11, 2014, 10:37:38 PM
Worked on my sewing desk; got rid of old thread on a wooden thread rack, moved some to the other rack and took down the first rack altogether! If anyone else walked into that room, they would not see what I got done. But I do and it makes me happy!

I planned that decluttering my sewing room was going to be, in large part, using up stuff I had. I know that will take longer, but I can not stand to waste the money I spent on those things, especially since I would just have to buy them again! So far it has been working out as planned, except at a slower rate. I helped DGD to make 4 skirts with fabric I already had. :)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 12, 2014, 07:46:20 AM
My own place isn't getting decluttered but I've been doing a lot of work on my Dad's place in preparation for him moving to an apartment and putting his house on the market.

Oh, my deity, the paperwork!  Gathered up from all over the house but now all organized in one file box with everything else that was out of date getting burned or recycled.  It was insane.

It really doesn't look like we've done very much but it's coming along.  He gets the apartment on Friday and we're hoping to get him mostly moved in this weekend, finishing on Labour Day weekend with the final clean up of the house to put it on the market.

I'm so tired...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 12, 2014, 12:02:06 PM
My own place isn't getting decluttered but I've been doing a lot of work on my Dad's place in preparation for him moving to an apartment and putting his house on the market.

Oh, my deity, the paperwork!  Gathered up from all over the house but now all organized in one file box with everything else that was out of date getting burned or recycled.  It was insane.

It really doesn't look like we've done very much but it's coming along.  He gets the apartment on Friday and we're hoping to get him mostly moved in this weekend, finishing on Labour Day weekend with the final clean up of the house to put it on the market.

I'm so tired...

I feel your pain. I helped my parents clean out 30 years worth of stuff when they  moved from NJ to VA, and then a couple years later, after my dad died, my mom from the bigger house to a smaller one. Her final move, so I'm told now, will be in the next year or two, to an independent living facility closer to me. Bit huge PITA to do that, but happy she will not be 8 hours away, and will have less "stuff" for me to eventually deal iwth.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 12, 2014, 12:04:20 PM
We already took a dumpster worth of stuff out of the basement.  We could probably use another one but we may make do with just a couple of dump runs.  We'll see how it goes...

This coming weekend will be the first weekend my brother has been down.  If he says that it doesn't look like I've done anything, I might need bail money on Monday...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on August 12, 2014, 12:24:55 PM
WHY OH WHY do I get the decluttering urge at 8pm??   Last night I just Could. Not. Sleep until I'd moved a bunch of stuff and sorted, and honestly, I sat on the bed and stared at the shelves on the opposite wall of the bedroom for a good 20 minutes, thinking about where I was going to move *that* to, and what would I move into that spot, and how could I arrange that better??   I couldn't calm down until after 10pm, and I had a pile of old pillows and boxes by the front door to be taken out and tossed in the dumpster on my way to work.
And I get up at 4am.  That alarm was a killer. 

But there are some lovely, glorious empty SPACES.......
Sometimes I get that same thing happening to me at weird hours.  I love it because when I get up the next morning the house is neater. 
I did just that thing a couple of weeks ago.  I have one dresser and have trouble fitting my trousers and shirts into it because the drawer is too small.  I sat there staring at the dresser in the middle of the night and suddenly, after having the dresser for 5 years or more, noticed that the undies drawer, which has a lot less in it was in the biggest drawer, while I struggled to fit my outer clothes into the skinny drawer.  Hello?   I switched them around right then and there!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 12, 2014, 01:05:57 PM
We already took a dumpster worth of stuff out of the basement.  We could probably use another one but we may make do with just a couple of dump runs.  We'll see how it goes...

This coming weekend will be the first weekend my brother has been down.  If he says that it doesn't look like I've done anything, I might need bail money on Monday...

Got you beat. My parents had three :)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 12, 2014, 01:06:48 PM
WHY OH WHY do I get the decluttering urge at 8pm??   Last night I just Could. Not. Sleep until I'd moved a bunch of stuff and sorted, and honestly, I sat on the bed and stared at the shelves on the opposite wall of the bedroom for a good 20 minutes, thinking about where I was going to move *that* to, and what would I move into that spot, and how could I arrange that better??   I couldn't calm down until after 10pm, and I had a pile of old pillows and boxes by the front door to be taken out and tossed in the dumpster on my way to work.
And I get up at 4am.  That alarm was a killer. 

But there are some lovely, glorious empty SPACES.......
Sometimes I get that same thing happening to me at weird hours.  I love it because when I get up the next morning the house is neater. 
I did just that thing a couple of weeks ago.  I have one dresser and have trouble fitting my trousers and shirts into it because the drawer is too small.  I sat there staring at the dresser in the middle of the night and suddenly, after having the dresser for 5 years or more, noticed that the undies drawer, which has a lot less in it was in the biggest drawer, while I struggled to fit my outer clothes into the skinny drawer.  Hello?   I switched them around right then and there!

Isn't is amazing how all of a sudden the light bulb goes on and you wonder how it was you never thought to do that thing before? It's happened to me as well. And then I wonder where my brain has been all this time!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on August 12, 2014, 01:38:07 PM
Sometimes I get that same thing happening to me at weird hours.  I love it because when I get up the next morning the house is neater. 
I did just that thing a couple of weeks ago.  I have one dresser and have trouble fitting my trousers and shirts into it because the drawer is too small.  I sat there staring at the dresser in the middle of the night and suddenly, after having the dresser for 5 years or more, noticed that the undies drawer, which has a lot less in it was in the biggest drawer, while I struggled to fit my outer clothes into the skinny drawer.  Hello?   I switched them around right then and there!

Isn't is amazing how all of a sudden the light bulb goes on and you wonder how it was you never thought to do that thing before? It's happened to me as well. And then I wonder where my brain has been all this time!
It is amazing.  I makes me wonder what else I am overlooking!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: demarco on August 12, 2014, 06:54:20 PM
I had eight file boxes of "dead files" in my basement when I started my file weeding project months ago. I am down to six boxes now. Today I started scanning some paperwork that I do not need to keep but cannot bring myself to part with. Once I get through it I can shred the originals and eliminate another box. Baby steps but it's all I can manage as far as paperwork goes. I am irrationally attached to paperwork.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 12, 2014, 07:43:10 PM
I got my Dad's down from a four drawer filing cabinet, desk drawers, various piles all over the house to one file box.  And since I'm the one who does his taxes, it's set up in the way it works best for me, with clear labels for Dad to file stuff as it comes in.

My own stuff is in one little two drawer cabinet.  The bottom drawer is the previous 6 years, required to be kept for tax auditing purposes.  The top drawer is all the current stuff.  I've been good about filing everything after my hoarder room clear out a month or so ago.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lady Tempest on January 10, 2015, 12:09:47 AM
Bumping the thread for motivation and because Christmas brought out my hard nosed side.  For various reasons the apartment has not been well looked after for the last year or so, and I was very stressed about hosting Christmas dinner. 
So I picked a weekend just before Christmas and started tackling things I've been putting off for a long time.  Before I was done I had four bags of garbage, another four of recycling, and two boxes and two bags for Goodwill, and the place is much cleaner.  I feel much lighter now, and I actually had room for the Christmas tree. 
I'm going to keep going now that the holidays are over; no more Ms. Nice Guy.  As OutdoorGirl has recommended, if it has been more than a year, it's outta here!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: crella on January 10, 2015, 02:07:39 AM
Good for you! It feels good to make progress!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: YummyMummy66 on January 10, 2015, 05:05:27 AM
My poor husband.  He always says that if he is not used, he will be outta here!  Lol....

I am not a pack rat.  He very well could be, but lucky for him, he has me. 

That being said, we have been in our home now for nine years.   We do get rid of stuff from time to time, but it is now time for another major declutter.

I started with Christmas stuff.  This was pretty much well done from previous years, but I bought new Rubbermaid tubs at Wallyworld and now everything Christmas is in red/green tubs all nicely stacked in a corner in our basement.  I want to go thru the rest of our stuff in there and re-tub and organize. 

I have six huge Lowe's cardboard boxes of things that I have to give away or get out of the house. I am going thru an extra bedroom which I have to finish this weekend.  Gave the queen bed to my son and we are getting a daybed from an FB yard sale sight tomorrow.

My goal is to major declutter by Spring and get this stuff out of the house.  I will take pictures and put them on our local FB yard sale sight for free.  I have done too many yard sales. I am not pricing.  Just come get it and we are good.  Anything left over, will go to Goodwill.

Then our Spring project is my husband's garage.   We need a good week to do that.  He can never find anything and he knows I am good at organizing.  After that, he had better not complain he cannot find anything!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: AvidReader on January 10, 2015, 10:37:20 AM
When we moved into our home 22 years ago, I thought we'd never acquire enough stuff to fill it.   Right......   Well, sometime within the next 10 years or so, we will likely downsize...hopefully later rather than sooner.  I don't want to face a massive shedding program before the stress of a move, nor do I want to move stuff that I really won't want or need.  Not that we are running a clutter-o-rama here.  My almost-a-packrat of a DH describes my decorating style as "Spartan." 

That all said, I've started going room by room in order to reduce the size of my heap.  Three cartons of books went to the library for their Friends' fundraising sale...with more to come.  Untold numbers of bags and cartons of stuff went for a charity pickup...with more to come.  Going through the kitchen drawers was a revelation of tools and implements that go back to the 70s.  Metals went to recycling and the rest got tossed.  As we put up and took down the Christmas tree, I ruthlessly edited ornaments past their prime.    My mantra is that it is OK to have an empty shelf in a closet.   And my other mantra is that no one gets to reduce the size of their heap by increasing the size of mine. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Celany on January 10, 2015, 11:36:55 AM
My vertigo has improved enough that I can do a limited amount of things and we decided about a month ago (me, my SO (Don), and his other SO) that our bedroom situation needs to be changed around.

Long story short: Jenny (Don's other SO) has a lot anxiety issues and needs to have a room that she can have entirely to herself and shut out the world when she needs to be alone. When Don & Jenny moved into my place, we had 2 bedrooms to use. One we made a communal bedroom, & one is the spare bedroom (because we don't all sleep (and I do mean sleep) together every night. We all sleep together some nights of the week, and Don & Jenny sleep together some nights and Don & I sleep together some nights, so we need 2 bedrooms). Because I'd already been living in the apartment, and we didn't do a good enough job of mixing our stuff up, the bedroom I'd been using remained sort of my room/the spare bedroom, and the communal room became Jenny's hide-out room. But since it's also supposed to be the communal bedroom, that has caused some issues (very very long story). So we decided to pull ALL the furniture out of both bedrooms this month, repaint both rooms, make the spare bedroom into Jenny's room, and rearrange the furniture in a way that works better for both rooms AND get rid of stuff that we don't need.

Whew!

In cleaning out the spare bedroom, I have already found a TON of stuff I don't want/need. And I'm doing that thing - ya'll know The Thing? Where you want to get rid of stuff, but if it still works/is good you want to donate it, but donating things involving finding places to take them, and then schlepping them when the place is open (and I have to tell you, this is one of the rare times when I miss owning a car & living outside of NYC. Taking things piecemeal on public transit when you have a bad arm, chronic pain and vertigo instead of putting EVERYTHING into a car & making one trip...ugh, five magnitudes harder), hoping that they really WILL be open until 7 like they said when they called...so things end up sitting in your home for months (or maybe even years) in the To Be Donated stack, which turns into a pile, which turns into a mountain...

Yeah, I'm going to try really hard not to do The Thing.

Clothes I can donate easily (hurrah!). Everything else? I'm going to do a little looking to donate it, and if it's not easy to do, it's going to go by our garbage for the building with a "Free/Still Works" sign, & if nobody grabs it, I'm tossing it. The part of me that's super environmentally conservative is very unhappy with that, but I've got to get crap out of here.

And doing it while we're in the middle of rearranging two bedrooms...that's prime crap-tossing season...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: JoW on January 10, 2015, 11:57:57 AM
Celany - some charities will pick-up donations if you have enough to make the trip worthwhile.  I won't hurt to call and ask.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Celany on January 10, 2015, 12:58:49 PM
Celany - some charities will pick-up donations if you have enough to make the trip worthwhile.  I won't hurt to call and ask.

I've tried before, and I'll try again, but my experience in NYC is that they're more likely to suggest that you rent a car yourself or get a taxi or figure it out on you're own. It's been a number of years since I called inquiring, and maybe the change in economic climate would make a difference, but last time, I was met with incredulity that I've even ask.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Ereine on January 10, 2015, 01:21:51 PM
I've been doing a decluttering project lately. I usually go through everything every few years and get rid of stuff and organize the rest and it will always be as bad the next time. My living area isn't usually too bad (though not at all spartan) but my closets are embarrassing. The worst is a walk-in closet that you can't often really walk into, I live in a studio apartment and it's the main storage. I'm a bit of a back rat and have hobbies that require a lot of supplies and that isn't a good combination with a smallish apartment. My goal is to go through all my closets and I started with the walk-in closet. My plan was originally just organize my clothes and I got some new storage and laundry bins from Ikea for it. Now it looks so nice that I want to go through the rest of the closet, it's full of boxes of all sorts of things. Some of it has nostalgic or practical value but there are lots of things that I don't really need or want. Like a box of knitting swatches, with no idea of the yarn or needle size. Or a box of used padded envelopes, I used to do craft and book swapping and so they were useful but now they just take space. I also have a box of things I got from the craft swaps, cards and crafts and I don't really know what to do with them. They don't have much sentimental value but just throwing them out seems wrong. There's also a box full of papers from the six months I spent studying abroad ten years ago, maybe I'll just save the most interesting ones.

One thing I managed to after years of planning was to take expired drugs to a pharmacy. I don't know why it took so long, I even moved some of them with me a few times. I felt embarrassed by it, but my mother had just gotten rid of her expired drugs and apparently there were some that were my father's (they divorced 15 years ago) and possibly my great aunt's (she died in 1908s). So it's either not as uncommon as I thought or it's just genetic. I still need to get rid of broken electric things, there's recycling place reasonably close but I don't have car either and though my town is like a tiny village compared with NYC it still takes quite a lot of time and effort on public transport.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 10, 2015, 01:38:52 PM
I finally took down my tree and decorations today. A couple years back, I really declutter ex my Christmas stuff, but I took a page out of moms book this time. She and I went through all her ornaments, tossed some, and brought back a partially filled shoebox with others. Some from childhood that I refuse to part with. I then went through mine, doing the same thing, and using the same shoebox to gather some to take back to my mom, for her church's annual sale,which they call "Attic Treasures" they're too nice to simply donate but not too many, and they will benefit the church.

I also went around and organized and put away all the little piddly things that seem to breed overnight between my purse and work tote, I had 4 small makeup bags, which I organized, including 7 lip balms. Really????? Now all I have to do is take a ton of trash out tomorrow, and then clean from top to bottom. If I do it this weekend, I'm off all of next so I can play!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: faithlessone on January 10, 2015, 01:57:24 PM
Tomorrow, I've decided, I'm going to declutter my wardrobe. Anything I didn't wear in 2014 is going to get put in a pile, and then I will decide on a case by case basis. Hopefully I can clear enough that I'll be able actually see what's in there again!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bethalize on January 10, 2015, 11:23:18 PM
Today my husband decluttered the utility room. I think he was inspired by how tidy the rest of the house is after my nesting phase. He said it had needed doing but I have no idea what tipped because that has been true for years.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 11, 2015, 07:20:18 AM
I just have to say how nice it was to come home rom work last night and see all surfaces clean and clutter free!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Ms Marple on January 11, 2015, 08:08:31 AM
I have been decluttering since September. It started out with books and then it started snowballing. I have never been a packrat but we have been living in this house for 9 years and both sets of parents died during this time. In September, I first went through books and magazines,  which was followed by opening other cupboards. Everything which was not used, was put on the dining table, boxed up and taken to goodwill. I asked certain people if they wanted certain things. If yes, I gave it away. If not, I took it to Goodwill.  I decluttered my wardrobe several times, followed by the linen cupboard, shoes, handbags, bathroom, etc. In December I had reached the attic. There not much clutter there, but I got rid of other decorative items, my wedding dress and anything I got my hands on.

Then we got 2 kittens, better known as the demolition squad. They have been doing their own decluttering thing with my stuff, when not playing with their own toys... I still want to get rid of my mother's best china dinner service, but I am looking for suitable place. However, when I run out of patience, it might still end up there.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: AmethystAnne on January 11, 2015, 01:28:50 PM
My house looks like the attic threw up. I'm usually out of the house M-F from 6am to 6pm. Which makes the declutter project harder.

Yesterday, I pulled out the microwave cart, installed a shelfe and a wall-mounted pot rack, cleaned the floor of the cart's location, cleaned the microwave, cleaned under the microwave, dumped the crumbs from the toaster, and pushed the cart back into it's place.

I removed my RevereWare pots and pans from the small, crowded lower cabinet, and used hooks to hang them from the rack. I put some pieces of vintage pottery on the shelfe, freeing up part of the counter top. I put the basket of food storage bags in the place where the pots and pans used to be.

A whole bunch of small steps will eventually get the job done.



Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on January 11, 2015, 08:00:15 PM

A whole bunch of small steps will eventually get the job done.

Thank you for reminding me of this! I get discouraged!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Julian on January 11, 2015, 08:26:34 PM
This thread has inspired me to start decluttering.  The house isn't at the 'little tracks through' stage, but just too much stuff, not put away, and groups of Things getting together and multiplying.  I'm hoping to make it feel a lot more clutter-free, and added bonus make it easier to keep clean. 

Over the past few months I've reorganised and decluttered the kitchen (twice), making it much more user-friendly.

Last month I decluttered my wardrobe, and gave away two enormous bags of clothes - most with labels still on  :-[ - darn inconsistent sizing!  The friends who received the bags kept all but a couple of shirts.  These friends also scored my fabulous Silver Star saucepan set that I can no longer use (doesn't work on the induction cooktop) and they love it.  I also got rid of old quilts and pillows beyond their use-by, they went to some pet owners.

Next step was a thorough clean-up of the bedroom. 

The week after that I reorganised my bedroom - moved furniture, the works.  It looks much bigger now, even with the same amount of furniture in it.

Yesterday I started on the 'office' aka that room where everything lands...   ::)  It's bad.  So far I've managed to get rid of a heap of books that I will not read again, or that I have on Kindle.  As I replace more, more will be going.  I have a massive box now filled with books to go.  The bookshelves have been cleaned and reorganised.  The mostly empty one after the great book purge will be to house my yarn/craft/fabric stuff.  I managed to empty the Last Box from when I moved 4 years ago - fabric, patterns, bits and bobs of sewing stuff.  Still to go is the desk clean up, move furniture, rationalise the extra seating and get all the 'shed' stuff to the shed.  It's a really big room, and it could look great.  It wouldn't be a huge problem except that you must pass through this room to get from the front door to the lounge room.

Next jobs after this are to reorganise the garage and clean/reorganise my wine rack - which is also covered by shed stuff.   ::)  And a few billion dust bunnies. 

After reading this list, I think I need to visit the wine rack sooner rather than later...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bales on January 11, 2015, 09:10:30 PM
Anyone have any advice for when you get "stuck?"  By that I mean, I try to declutter and where I get hung up is trying to figure out the best WAY to organize what I have.  Basket? Bin? Oh, let me go to Home Goods to see what they have... no, let me look online to see what's out there... oh, look at this on Pinterest!... and then before you know it, things are just still in piles and not organized because I can't find what I think is perfect to organize it. 

I know I have to just "make do" with what I have (which is plenty - I'm don't have any shortage of bins/baskets/boxes!) and make a separate list of things to be on the look out for, but look for them at a separate time.  Any words of wisdom here?  It's like I can't move forward unless the end result is clear in my mind.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GreenBird on January 11, 2015, 10:53:03 PM
I get stuck trying to figure out the "best" way to organize stuff too.  What I've heard is
"Don't let perfect stand in the way of progress".  Don't set your goal to make things perfect - set your goal to make things better than when you started.  You'll never actually make things perfect, and if that's your goal, you end up paralyzed before you even start.  Focus on making things better, and it's easier to move forward.  I've found that organizing is kind of a learn-as-you-go process anyway.  As you learn what works well for you and what doesn't, your organizing systems will need to change and adapt.  So you never can really reach perfection, but you can reach "works well for me" and "works better than it used to". 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Copper Horsewoman on January 12, 2015, 07:24:44 AM
To whomever got this thread revived, thank you! I have been doing some interesting declutter on our clothing. My dh keeps wearing his jeans until he's nearly R-rated (too many holes!) and his t-shirts til the neckbands are raggedy.  So I chopped the legs off the jeans, cut them into strips and knitted myself a nice bathroom rug!  The legs from three pairs of jeans made about a two foot square mat that is cushy and very washable.  I then got hold of some of our old, stained, tattered t-shirts and other knit shirts, stripped them and the rug I got from that (nicely striped in our favorite colors) is three by two feet! So the nasty, thin rugs that are about ten years old are out, and "new" cushy ones are in! This only took about three days of spare time, I was happy.
Yesterday, I started reading this thread, then went and got my kitchen cupboards (well, half of them) cleared out and the counter below that half. Wow, space.  I have a penchant for cookie tins and plastic storage containers, but when the lids go AWOL, I need to identify and pitch.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 12, 2015, 10:41:07 AM
To whomever got this thread revived, thank you! I have been doing some interesting declutter on our clothing. My dh keeps wearing his jeans until he's nearly R-rated (too many holes!) and his t-shirts til the neckbands are raggedy.  So I chopped the legs off the jeans, cut them into strips and knitted myself a nice bathroom rug!  The legs from three pairs of jeans made about a two foot square mat that is cushy and very washable.  I then got hold of some of our old, stained, tattered t-shirts and other knit shirts, stripped them and the rug I got from that (nicely striped in our favorite colors) is three by two feet! So the nasty, thin rugs that are about ten years old are out, and "new" cushy ones are in! This only took about three days of spare time, I was happy.
Yesterday, I started reading this thread, then went and got my kitchen cupboards (well, half of them) cleared out and the counter below that half. Wow, space.  I have a penchant for cookie tins and plastic storage containers, but when the lids go AWOL, I need to identify and pitch.

I mentioned upthread, I think, that I did this in July when I took a week's "staycation" I also kept and found in another cabinet, some of the disposable containers, which I now use for stuff I put in the freezer, esp anything tomato based, since it bugs me to see my nice matching ones get discolored. And I'm happy to report that 6 months in, i haven't lost any containers or lids, and the cabinet where I put them so nicely is still very nicely organized.

I'm planning on taking another week this summer, and will try and tackle the misc stuff in my living room closet. Living in an apt, I have that, a pretty dcent sized linen closet, and a bit walk-in in my bedroom. so the LR one holds all the misc stuff. My mom is giving me a larger plastic container, which I think i can use to condense the contents of one box, and a smaller container. i hope so.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: sylviatexas on January 12, 2015, 10:51:49 AM
' You'll never actually make things perfect, and if that's your goal, you end up paralyzed before you even start.'

absolutely!

& it's so easy to get sidetracked onto something fiddley.

Yesterday I couldn't find my keys, looked through the bathroom shelves...
organized my earrings!




Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 12, 2015, 12:45:50 PM
Anyone have any advice for when you get "stuck?"  By that I mean, I try to declutter and where I get hung up is trying to figure out the best WAY to organize what I have.  Basket? Bin? Oh, let me go to Home Goods to see what they have... no, let me look online to see what's out there... oh, look at this on Pinterest!... and then before you know it, things are just still in piles and not organized because I can't find what I think is perfect to organize it. 

I know I have to just "make do" with what I have (which is plenty - I'm don't have any shortage of bins/baskets/boxes!) and make a separate list of things to be on the look out for, but look for them at a separate time.  Any words of wisdom here?  It's like I can't move forward unless the end result is clear in my mind.

I've gone about it in two different ways. I'll start cleaning a room, say my LR. I will either go around and pick up everything that goes in another room, like the kitchen, and take care of those things. Then everything that goes in the bedroom, and put them away, and so on.

Or, I'll start with an area, say my coffee table, and put everything on it where it belongs, and move onto everything on teh floor, on the couch, and so on.

As far as trying to organize, sometimes I will do really well, and get to the end, with a bunch of misc papers i want to keep, and sometimes they just end up right back in the bag they came out of. Everything else, items to be shredded, tossed, etc. are done, but sometiems you have to just admit defeat, and go back at a later date.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Celany on January 12, 2015, 01:47:47 PM
Anyone have any advice for when you get "stuck?"  By that I mean, I try to declutter and where I get hung up is trying to figure out the best WAY to organize what I have.  Basket? Bin? Oh, let me go to Home Goods to see what they have... no, let me look online to see what's out there... oh, look at this on Pinterest!... and then before you know it, things are just still in piles and not organized because I can't find what I think is perfect to organize it. 

I know I have to just "make do" with what I have (which is plenty - I'm don't have any shortage of bins/baskets/boxes!) and make a separate list of things to be on the look out for, but look for them at a separate time.  Any words of wisdom here?  It's like I can't move forward unless the end result is clear in my mind.

When I get stuck, I usually move on to declutter another area of the apartment/type of thing. I've found that sometimes, I can't declutter one thing (Thing A) until I declutter another thing (Thing B) and that getting Thing B in order opens up more/better options for handling Thing A. Sometimes it's a whole chain - I can't do Thing A until I do Thing B. I can't do Thing B until I do Thing C. And so on...it doesn't happen for everything, but when I notice that pattern, if I try to muscle through Thing A, I'll end up revisiting Thing A after I do Thing C, then Thing B anyways, so I might as well just start with Thing C.

If that's not the kind of decluttering you mean, then sometimes it helps to think about what I'm keeping together and why, and if another way of storing things makes sense. Maybe the stuff I have grouped together really doesn't belong together, and if I separate it out, I'll have an easier time of figuring out how to store everything and where it goes.

I hope some of those thoughts help!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 12, 2015, 02:35:33 PM
   

When I get stuck, I usually move on to declutter another area of the apartment/type of thing. I've found that sometimes, I can't declutter one thing (Thing A) until I declutter another thing (Thing B) and that getting Thing B in order opens up more/better options for handling Thing A. Sometimes it's a whole chain - I can't do Thing A until I do Thing B. I can't do Thing B until I do Thing C. And so on...it doesn't happen for everything, but when I notice that pattern, if I try to muscle through Thing A, I'll end up revisiting Thing A after I do Thing C, then Thing B anyways, so I might as well just start with Thing C.

If that's not the kind of decluttering you mean, then sometimes it helps to think about what I'm keeping together and why, and if another way of storing things makes sense. Maybe the stuff I have grouped together really doesn't belong together, and if I separate it out, I'll have an easier time of figuring out how to store everything and where it goes.

I hope some of those thoughts help!

I do this too. I have a small apt, and sometimes will have several large bags of trash (not food, but paper, shredding remains etc.) and it helps me to figure out waht needs to be done in sequence. Like this weekend. Clutter up and away on Sat. Yesterday, trash out to free up floor space. Then dusting and vacuuming, then putting the last few things away, and voila, it was done.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bales on January 12, 2015, 04:31:27 PM
Thanks - those suggestions help.  GreenBird, you're right - the progress is important and one reason I get stuck is I'm not sure what will work.  But I can try different things and if something doesn't work, then I can change it later.  You'd think I would've thought of that! 

And Celany, yes, other times the "order" comes into play as well.  If I can't do Y until I do X, but I'm not sure of the best way to do X, then I guess I have to just stop and look for X organizing methods on pinterest, or shop online for the perfect organizing tool, or research where to donate something, or go on E-hell for a break.  LOL

Siamesecat - you just helped me figure out how to clean my DR table - aka "the holding ground" for all that comes in the door. 

Really, thank you all.  I have so many areas I want to de-clutter/organize.  I think I'll give myself a goal of just picking one thing to do each weekend (linen closet, clothes, office / filing) and once I see the progress, it'll get easier.  I love this thread!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on January 12, 2015, 04:56:00 PM
If you're on Facebook, Peter Walsh is doing a 31 Day Challenge for January.  Today is Day 8 (guess he didn't start until the 4th?) At any rate, it's to clear out the space under a sink. Just small things and you can pick and choose.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on January 12, 2015, 07:15:59 PM
I've found that you don't have to wait until you have a lot of stuff to donate to the closest charity reseller - but I have a car & run errands a couple of times a week, so I can drop off a box, bag, or several on Tuesdays (I am half a block from the Goodwill to drop off lunch for VorGuy - there is a two piece spicy fried chicken "special" for ninety-nine cents at Popeye's that he looks forward to on that day).

If I need to clear counter or table space so that I can more easily sort things out at a reasonable height instead of bending over or sitting on the floor to get into boxes - then I clean off a table or the counter & set aside what needs to be shredded, boxing & donating what might be worth donating, or trashing what is too worn or broken to be worth donating. 

I have noticed, when thrift shopping, that there are more "seriously worn out" things on their shelves than there used to be.  It's one thing to see a leather bag or shoes with wear on their rack for $5 or $10 - but a bag with a strap tearing off the bag, the heel broken, or a strap (sandal or purse) tearing in half - or the lining of a leather skirt or bag is half torn/rotted out?  Who donates stuff like that instead of trashing it?  Answer - apparently a lot of people, with the current recession economy.

Reminds me - I need to go buy another shredder.  They live as long as I am the only one in the house who touches them.  If anyone else tries to feed something into them, the danged thing jams and never works again.  This will be the third one since we moved here in 2005 (we brought the one from our last house with us).  I guess three in ten years isn't that bad...but they were all working fine until someone else tried to use the danged thing!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 12, 2015, 08:11:22 PM
[quote author=VorFemme link=topic=129411.msg3260595#msg3260595 date=1421111759

 

Reminds me - I need to go buy another shredder.  They live as long as I am the only one in the house who touches them.  If anyone else tries to feed something into them, the danged thing jams and never works again.  This will be the third one since we moved here in 2005 (we brought the one from our last house with us).  I guess three in ten years isn't that bad...but they were all working fine until someone else tried to use the danged thing!
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That's actually about right. I've lived here 10 years and use mine regularly and am on my third. They really don't last all that long.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on January 12, 2015, 08:30:51 PM
I have one I moved with me and I've lived here for over 10 years...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on January 12, 2015, 09:27:35 PM
Does reading about how to do it count? I'm loving this thread & I have next week off...so then I'll be able to add something pertinent.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on January 13, 2015, 09:31:38 AM
[quote author=VorFemme link=topic=129411.msg3260595#msg3260595 date=1421111759

 

Reminds me - I need to go buy another shredder.  They live as long as I am the only one in the house who touches them.  If anyone else tries to feed something into them, the danged thing jams and never works again.  This will be the third one since we moved here in 2005 (we brought the one from our last house with us).  I guess three in ten years isn't that bad...but they were all working fine until someone else tried to use the danged thing!

That's actually about right. I've lived here 10 years and use mine regularly and am on my third. They really don't last all that long.
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I would have less trouble believing that if they had gotten more regular use.  The shredder could sit there for months, waiting for me to sit and feed it the stack of papers by it...but if one of the guys tried to shred three sheets of paper, plugged it in, and turned it on for the first time in weeks - it would manage to have the letter folded paper bunch up, feed crooked, or other wise jam up somehow to make it impossible to get the thing clear so it would work again. 

I'd go so far as to call it a curse - it would work fine *until* the moment one of them used it.  I think what gets to me is that it feels like I am getting the equivalent of only a few days use out of it for the expense of owning it for two or three years...maybe I just need to run it once a week instead of once every month or four.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on January 13, 2015, 12:39:24 PM
Do you oil your shredder?  We paid some decent money to get a good-quality shredder and some shredder oil for when I had to go through all my late aunt's paperwork, and periodically oiling it does help keep it running.  However, sometimes something thicker would go through it, so I'd have to get out the needle-nosed pliers.   I got pretty good at unjamming the thing. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: AvidReader on January 13, 2015, 03:40:09 PM
Regarding shredders.  Usually there is a finite number of sheets that can be shred at one time.  Check the manual.  The limit on our shredder is 5 sheets.  When I tempt fate, the process grinds to a near standstill.  Could exceeding the limit be leading to a shredder's premature demise?  Also, no staples.  We've had our shredder for at least 15 years, likely much longer.  When DH started to tempt fate, I wrote in sharpie on the shredder, "5 sheets at a time, no staples."  We're still going strong.  Our trash hauling service will take shredded office paper in clear (like dry cleaner's) bags for recyclling. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on January 13, 2015, 03:44:41 PM
I think that my issue might be buying a "light duty" shredder - then "saving" things up for a long period of time so that by the time I'm using it, it is working too long & overheats.

Still doesn't explain how the guys can turn it on and jam it with the first thing that they are running through it.

Unless they can't count to six sheets and are overloading it...which I wouldn't put it past either of them to *not* notice the molded on instructions about "max of six sheets".  All three of us are near sighted.  I'm just a bit obsessive about reading instructions every single time...them, not so much.  More along the lines of "What instructions?  I didn't see any instructions!"
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: demarco on January 13, 2015, 09:07:20 PM
Paper is a major part of my clutter problem and I have wasted a lot of time and squandered a lot of momentum because of inadequate shredders. Our first shredder was supposed to handle three to four sheets and it couldn't handle more than one or two at a time. Our latest is rated to handle nine sheets and can,  in fact, manage only four, maybe five. Our second shredder was supposed to shred credit cards. It jammed irretrievably after about the third card.

I also get very frustrated by the confetti mess whenever I empty the bin.





Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on January 13, 2015, 09:25:30 PM
After some time with a pair of needle nose pliers - I now have two working shredders...in a two story house, I think I'll take the old one upstairs.  At least until I get caught up on the shredding - then it can go to the Goodwill...as it isn't clutter, yet.  Yeah - there is enough paper up there to use one there and another one downstairs, too.

Once the paper is under control, I'll decide what to do with the "extra".

They handle credit cards - one at a time in the center only - where there is a little "cut out" with a pictograph of sliding the credit card in narrow side first (rather the same way that you'd do at the ATM). 

I did learn not to run plastic shipping envelopes through - even if you cut out the paper label, the plastic "sticks" to the blades.  So, I still need a pair of scissors for some things - but the sheets of paper from old files or various "drafts" of things sitting on the printer are now going through the shredder with (at most) one file copy needing to be kept. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: rachellenore on January 13, 2015, 11:17:39 PM
My husband and I recently bought and renovated an RV to live in for a few years so that encouraged us to part with a lot of possessions. So far we've donated about 8 medium sized boxes of stuff and threw away another 4 boxes' worth. Soon we"ll be building a closet and under-bed storage and I'll make the final cuts to our wardrobe. This move has been so fulfilling.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on January 14, 2015, 09:13:18 AM
while putting away the Christmas decorations I have been culling out broken, non functioning, or I just don't like them ornaments and other things, so far only a small box, but I am not done.

Of course, at least a 1/2 dozen new tree ornaments were purchased or given this year...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Alicia on January 14, 2015, 09:45:16 AM
since you have such large amounts of paperwork try burning. Paperwork for disposal makes great firestarting. If you stuff a small cardboard box supper full of paperwork and then put on fire you dispose of all of it all at once and burn a nice fire . Just my method.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Alicia on January 14, 2015, 10:00:59 AM
since you have such large amounts of paperwork try burning. Paperwork for disposal makes great firestarting. If you stuff a small cardboard box supper full of paperwork and then put on fire you dispose of all of it all at once and burn a nice fire . Just my method.

Apartment dwellers have limited burning options.
Good point.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: JoW on January 14, 2015, 11:44:02 AM
I burn in my grill.  Cook steaks in the summer.  Destroy old files in the winter. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: andi on January 14, 2015, 05:55:29 PM
I have three years worth of paper to shred, I'm so far behind. I'm going to do a grill burn when it's all sorted, Im afraid of how many garbage bags of trash that would be to haul out.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: artk2002 on January 14, 2015, 10:14:46 PM
My local UPS Store offers shredding. I don't recall what I paid, but I dropped off three huge boxes of old financial papers and it wasn't too much.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jpcher on January 16, 2015, 03:21:27 PM
I haven't been keeping up with this thread, but I just wanted to share a PSA Warning!

When sorting through your clutter, make sure you put that box of precious stuff you want to keep far, far, far away from the boxes/bags that you're tossing.

Someone in your household just might decide to do you a favor and toss everything. :'(



Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on January 16, 2015, 05:34:31 PM
I just double checked the two empty printer boxes (we have a color printer networked on an Ethernet cable and a laser printer that networks over the wireless - with a college student and a high school teacher in the house - it is easier to have only have two printers to keep in ink & paper at one central location instead of a printer at every desk in the house.  No installation disks had been left in the boxes and the manuals that were in there are set up to be filed in the cabinet - the boxes are now broken down and in the trash.

I hadn't realized that we bought the one printer before Windows 7 came out...good thing that the software for it got updated (it also got an update for Windows 8).

Now to offer the "plain" brown boxes on Freecycle for other people to reuse for shipping or storage.

It is amazing how much space a pile of empty boxes can take up.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: sylviatexas on January 16, 2015, 09:05:57 PM
'put that box of precious stuff you want to keep far, far, far away from the boxes/bags that you're tossing.'

you mean like when I sorted my socks into 2 plastic bags, with matched pairs in 1 bag & odd socks in the other?

& threw away one of the bags?

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on January 16, 2015, 09:18:48 PM
'put that box of precious stuff you want to keep far, far, far away from the boxes/bags that you're tossing.'

you mean like when I sorted my socks into 2 plastic bags, with matched pairs in 1 bag & odd socks in the other?

& threw away one of the bags?

Waves hand wildly, call on me, I know, I know!!! The wrong bag, wasn't it? And no, I don't know from experience or anything....Okay, I think my growing nose is telling on me! :-[
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Esther_bunny on January 17, 2015, 01:17:29 AM
I have been trying to declutter....
In our house/garage we have my stuff, DH's stuff, and stuff of my dad and stepmom's house that wasn't wasn't sold in the estate sale (and some stuff I didn't have time to sort through but had to clear out of the house so it could be rented).

My dad collected some cool things like wooden puzzle boxes and wooden animals (the kind that are like dolls in that they have joints). There are also tons of photo albums from them and some that were from my grandparents. One thing I have learned is I can contact the public library, archive section, and they will take documents and photos from our family and store them there. That is cool but I kind of don't want to get rid of the photos permanently but I also realize they take up a lot of space, so I'm torn.

I have gone through my closet and donated bags of clothes I no longer wear and clothes I will never fit into again. I had to be honest with myself in that either I wont be a size 10 again or if I am those clothes will no longer be my style.

As far as decorative items and such that were my dad's, I'm  trying to come to terms with the fact that I don't have to keep everything that he collected. I can keep 1 or 2 and it won't mean I love him any less if I let some things go.

It's all so time consuming though. I just try to work on it a little bit at a time.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: sylviatexas on January 17, 2015, 02:48:58 AM
Can you scan the photos & documents to your computer?

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Esther_bunny on January 17, 2015, 02:58:49 AM
I can and have thought about it but what if something happens to the hard drive? But then again what if something happens to the photos.

Probably should scan them in, *that* will be a process that takes months...scanning and cataloging...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on January 17, 2015, 09:08:39 AM
I went through the linen closet and got rid of:
two sets of curtains that don't fit anything in this house
multiple table clothes with either small holes or stains that won't come out
sheet sets where the fitted sheet elastic was completely worn out or the top sheet had holes (darn cats!)
ragged towels

my youngest was worried I was getting rid of her preschool quilt, but felt better when I showed her which piles were keepers and her quilt was in that one.

fortunately, I did keep track of the correct piles  :)  (sorry to hear about you mishaps)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Cluracan on January 17, 2015, 09:52:59 AM
I can and have thought about it but what if something happens to the hard drive? But then again what if something happens to the photos.

Probably should scan them in, *that* will be a process that takes months...scanning and cataloging...

There's one good answer to this problem.  You can upload the photos your computer as well as a site like Dropbox or Flickr, which will allow you to store your files for free.  (Though, I do think you have to pay if you want more than a certain amount of space.)  That way, if anything happens to your hard drive or you ever want to change computers, your files are still safe in the cloud.  Another option is an external hard drive.  This is more pricy, but you won't have to rely on an internet connection or a site outside your control.  The more places you back something up, the less likely it is you'll lose it. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on January 17, 2015, 10:40:58 AM
Mom used a slide scanner (worked only on an XP computer - so getting a new computer in 2012 would not have helped) to get all the slides (cheaper than printing photos on paper in the past) into digital form.

Then she bought several flash drives and passed out a copy to each child & kept one for herself.  My adult daughter also got one, I think that the other grandchild with kids did, too.  The unmarried grandkids can get copies of the photos from their parents. 

Reminds me, I might want to go in and caption some of them with a bit more detail...when, where, & who come to mind.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: stitchygreyanonymouse on January 18, 2015, 06:43:27 PM
I finally took the giant bag of donations to the charity shop down the road, then came home and noticed about 5 different things I'd meant to add to the pile. :( Good thing it's close and has late hours!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: andi on January 18, 2015, 08:03:48 PM
This is going to sound silly, but I got my purse cleaned out and then the jar of old receipts.  My purse was a mountain of little slips of paper amd trash. Turns out p, I managed to lose two important work receipts so can't get reimbursed for some items I bought last month. My out fault.

But, I switched purses amd dropped the one off to be cleaned. The one I'm using now is smaller so I have to be more organized.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on January 18, 2015, 09:07:41 PM
I went through 6 bins and consolidated and removed things, so now I have only 3 bins. However, DH took one and put it where the stack of three had been, so no difference in the amount of floor being taken up.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 19, 2015, 09:50:55 AM
This is going to sound silly, but I got my purse cleaned out and then the jar of old receipts.  My purse was a mountain of little slips of paper amd trash. Turns out p, I managed to lose two important work receipts so can't get reimbursed for some items I bought last month. My out fault.

But, I switched purses amd dropped the one off to be cleaned. The one I'm using now is smaller so I have to be more organized.

Not at all. I did that last weekend, with my purse and work tote bag. I had 4-5 small cosmetic bags, each with the same things in them, so i dumped them all out, and consolidated them. One has my meds in it, another lipstick, perfume, etc. and another wipes, bandaids etc. I also cleaned a lot of other stuff out of them! I found 7 chapsticks between the two. Um, even for me, the queen of chapstick, that was a bit much.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Coralreef on January 19, 2015, 09:58:42 AM
Tax time will soon be upon us and this is the time I use to sort through all the paperwork/utilities/insurance/receipts that have accumulated during the year.  It takes me almost a full day but it feels good to know that everything is up to date.  Each type of paperwork gets its own plastic holder (yeah dollar store) and the paper shredder gets a good work out in March.

I find decluttering paper is worse than decluttering the closet or the bathroom cabinets.  I really, really need to psych myself up to do it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on January 20, 2015, 11:17:19 AM
I have been decluttering a lot lately as I've been off for the holidays. I have a lot of stuff, I like a lot of stuff, but I think it looks nicer now and not so disorganized or sloppy. Unlike my dad and some of my other hoarder relatives, I don't feel the need to keep every single thing that passes through my hands; but, I tend to accumulate stuff until I reach a tipping point, and then I'm able to look at a pile with fresh eyes and purge a bunch of stuff from it.

I went through my books and blank notebooks and got rid of a number of things, then reorganized the rest. I also went through a couple of bins where I keep random things and threw out some stuff, making room to store new things, thus freeing up where the new things had been. Mostly these are things like books and DVDs and magazines. I could go through the magazines and probably cull a lot, but I decided not to get sucked into that this time--leave something for the future.

I also went through this big box I've had sitting near my door for ten years. At one point it contained very important records from school, home, and work. However at this point, it's so old that I was able to throw a lot of the contents (and eventually the whole box) away without even thinking about it. Windows 98 manual? Yeah, I think I can part with that. Then I took the opportunity to sort the saved documents into an accordion folder (which I already had set up).

One tip I have is to approach something as an inventory, rather than a decluttering. I have several bins where I store creative projects and I decided I was going to organize and inventory them, so I would know what was there. As I went through stuff I found a number of loose sheets, extra folders, etc., and was able to throw some stuff out and combine other things that ought to be together. I hadn't actually planned on throwing anything away at all and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of unnecessary stuff I was able to get rid of. I was literally writing down what was left and for a lazy person like me, knowing that I either have to get rid of something or write it down is a great motivator to throw stuff away!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on January 20, 2015, 11:59:03 AM
My work begins tomorrow.  I have an appointment with the auction folks first thing tomorrow morning to go through my Dad's stuff and some stuff of mine I want to get rid of.  Once that appointment is done, I start carting stuff to their hall for them to catalogue it and set it up in various auctions to be sold.  It'll be a HUGE relief to get this crap stuff out of my house.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on January 20, 2015, 12:56:22 PM


One tip I have is to approach something as an inventory, rather than a decluttering. I have several bins where I store creative projects and I decided I was going to organize and inventory them, so I would know what was there. As I went through stuff I found a number of loose sheets, extra folders, etc., and was able to throw some stuff out and combine other things that ought to be together. I hadn't actually planned on throwing anything away at all and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of unnecessary stuff I was able to get rid of. I was literally writing down what was left and for a lazy person like me, knowing that I either have to get rid of something or write it down is a great motivator to throw stuff away!

What a great idea, Lynn! Helps to separate the emotional tugs and anxiety we sometimes feel when we think we have to declutter.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: daen on January 21, 2015, 11:21:54 AM


One tip I have is to approach something as an inventory, rather than a decluttering. I have several bins where I store creative projects and I decided I was going to organize and inventory them, so I would know what was there. As I went through stuff I found a number of loose sheets, extra folders, etc., and was able to throw some stuff out and combine other things that ought to be together. I hadn't actually planned on throwing anything away at all and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of unnecessary stuff I was able to get rid of. I was literally writing down what was left and for a lazy person like me, knowing that I either have to get rid of something or write it down is a great motivator to throw stuff away!

What a great idea, Lynn! Helps to separate the emotional tugs and anxiety we sometimes feel when we think we have to declutter.

Agreed. That's brilliant.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on January 21, 2015, 12:02:47 PM
**Happy Dance**

The lady from the auction/consignment house said that a lot of my stuff is really sellable and the rest will bring in *something*.  I get my house back next Friday!  I'm so excited.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 21, 2015, 01:13:51 PM
**Happy Dance**

The lady from the auction/consignment house said that a lot of my stuff is really sellable and the rest will bring in *something*.  I get my house back next Friday!  I'm so excited.

YAY. I felt the same way when i took my 3 huge boxes to the PO just before the holidays, to send off clothing to sell. I did that with a lot of my stuff, to an online "consignment" shop. while they give little, i had enough stuff that they would take, and made a little over $400.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on January 21, 2015, 01:20:39 PM
I have more like 50 boxes of stuff - some of which isn't even boxed up yet.  So here's hoping that my take will be a little more than that.  Not that much of it is specifically 'mine', mind you, since the majority of this is my Dad's stuff so the money will be going to him.  I'm going to get them to do a separate consignment for stuff that is specifically mine.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on January 21, 2015, 01:25:22 PM


One tip I have is to approach something as an inventory, rather than a decluttering. I have several bins where I store creative projects and I decided I was going to organize and inventory them, so I would know what was there. As I went through stuff I found a number of loose sheets, extra folders, etc., and was able to throw some stuff out and combine other things that ought to be together. I hadn't actually planned on throwing anything away at all and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of unnecessary stuff I was able to get rid of. I was literally writing down what was left and for a lazy person like me, knowing that I either have to get rid of something or write it down is a great motivator to throw stuff away!

What a great idea, Lynn! Helps to separate the emotional tugs and anxiety we sometimes feel when we think we have to declutter.

Agreed. That's brilliant.

Thank you! I had actually never tried it before, but I'm going to apply it to other things I have a lot of. Maybe I will decide to keep them all, and now I will know what I have and where it is. Or maybe I will realize I have three blue widgets that are all identical, so probably I could part with a couple (or at least one).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 22, 2015, 10:37:54 AM


One tip I have is to approach something as an inventory, rather than a decluttering. I have several bins where I store creative projects and I decided I was going to organize and inventory them, so I would know what was there. As I went through stuff I found a number of loose sheets, extra folders, etc., and was able to throw some stuff out and combine other things that ought to be together. I hadn't actually planned on throwing anything away at all and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of unnecessary stuff I was able to get rid of. I was literally writing down what was left and for a lazy person like me, knowing that I either have to get rid of something or write it down is a great motivator to throw stuff away!

What a great idea, Lynn! Helps to separate the emotional tugs and anxiety we sometimes feel when we think we have to declutter.

Agreed. That's brilliant.

Thank you! I had actually never tried it before, but I'm going to apply it to other things I have a lot of. Maybe I will decide to keep them all, and now I will know what I have and where it is. Or maybe I will realize I have three blue widgets that are all identical, so probably I could part with a couple (or at least one).

I go through phases of decluttering. its funny; i can look at something that a month or two before I swore I couldn't bear to part with, and am like, why am i keeping that! and out it goes. So i try and do mine and strike when the iron is hot. this way, i get it done, and out, and quite honestly, more often than not, I can't even remember what it was I decluttered!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on January 22, 2015, 10:40:14 AM
I have more like 50 boxes of stuff - some of which isn't even boxed up yet.  So here's hoping that my take will be a little more than that.  Not that much of it is specifically 'mine', mind you, since the majority of this is my Dad's stuff so the money will be going to him.  I'm going to get them to do a separate consignment for stuff that is specifically mine.

I will be helping my mom with this in the next year or two. She is thinking of, and most likely will, move back closer to me, either back to NJ or perhaps PA, and going into an independent living facility. There is one about 35 mins from me, which she is quite interested in. that would be so fabulous to have her that close! right now she's 400+ miles. I know moving and so on will be a colossal PITA, but well worth it in the end. She has some lovely furniture, and will bring what she can fit, and sell the rest. And get rid of a lot of her other stuff in the process.

But in the end, having her that much closer to me will be so nice. Esp since she's still very independent, and will keep her car, for the time being.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: mandycorn on January 26, 2015, 05:09:49 PM
My parents have a new decluttering approach: they host family dinner and insist us kids all go down in the basement and sort through a set number of boxes before they'll feed us. Last night we did shoes (soooo many shoes! 3 daughters/20 years worth of abandoned shoes). I left with three pairs of baby shoes I wanted to save and my sister had two pairs of keds for my nephew. Other sister didn't want any.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on January 26, 2015, 06:41:39 PM
My parents have a new decluttering approach: they host family dinner and insist us kids all go down in the basement and sort through a set number of boxes before they'll feed us. Last night we did shoes (soooo many shoes! 3 daughters/20 years worth of abandoned shoes). I left with three pairs of baby shoes I wanted to save and my sister had two pairs of keds for my nephew. Other sister didn't want any.

I love your parents! Think they would mind if I used their clever idea?
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on January 27, 2015, 08:37:03 PM
Got one more container, it holds either letter or legal files. I'm using it to "file" fabrics. So, another step in organizing my sewing room.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on January 27, 2015, 11:12:25 PM
Found missing quilt fabric today - washed it, ironed it, folded it, and put it away while pulling out the three pieces that I need for an urgent project for VorGuy.  A banner went missing last semester and the replacement needs some alterations to work.

He is paying for the *good* quilting fabric...so it's kind of a paid commission.

But a number of the fabrics no longer match planned projects...some decluttering will be done by posting them for sale on a sewing "yard sale" mailing list...just not this week.  Tracking down the font for the lettering that I need to do comes first!

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Ereine on January 28, 2015, 01:12:35 AM
I finished my decluttering project yesterday. It seems embarrassing that it took me three weeks, especially as the clutter was mainly in drawers and cupboards and closets but I've gone through almost everything I own (there's still a storage space in the basement but I'm leaving it for summer) and gotten rid of a lot of things, donated a lot of things and organized some things to work better.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on January 28, 2015, 07:45:21 AM
My Dad's stuff goes away on Friday.  So this weekend, I'm going to start my own decluttering.  I think I'm going to start in my bedroom, getting my yarn stash organized and going through my closet and getting rid of any clothes that are too big for me.  I've lost about 20 pounds or so and more than a whole size, at least in pants.  I'll keep the size that's just a bit big but I'm ditching the ones that would be around my ankles without a belt!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: mandycorn on January 28, 2015, 03:46:32 PM
My parents have a new decluttering approach: they host family dinner and insist us kids all go down in the basement and sort through a set number of boxes before they'll feed us. Last night we did shoes (soooo many shoes! 3 daughters/20 years worth of abandoned shoes). I left with three pairs of baby shoes I wanted to save and my sister had two pairs of keds for my nephew. Other sister didn't want any.

I love your parents! Think they would mind if I used their clever idea?

Do it! They're trying to empty grandma's house next summer to rent it out and I think it worried them how much of their own stuff they needed to weed through to make room for her stuff.

I'm not looking forward to getting into the boxes and boxes of schoolwork they always made us save, though...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: daen on January 29, 2015, 09:29:32 AM
My parents have a new decluttering approach: they host family dinner and insist us kids all go down in the basement and sort through a set number of boxes before they'll feed us. Last night we did shoes (soooo many shoes! 3 daughters/20 years worth of abandoned shoes). I left with three pairs of baby shoes I wanted to save and my sister had two pairs of keds for my nephew. Other sister didn't want any.

I love your parents! Think they would mind if I used their clever idea?

Do it! They're trying to empty grandma's house next summer to rent it out and I think it worried them how much of their own stuff they needed to weed through to make room for her stuff.

I'm not looking forward to getting into the boxes and boxes of schoolwork they always made us save, though...

I think that, at this point, you (and your sibs) may want to ask yourselves "Is there anything in my old schoolwork that I want to see again? If so, do I want to see it badly enough to counterbalance the time and effort it will take to sift through all those boxes?"

If the answer to either question is No, tell your parents you're taking those boxes, unopened, to the shredder/recycler/dump when you leave - so you can go straight to supper.  ;D

(Granted, this is a bit simplistic. Naturally, if any of your siblings disagree, you may all be stuck going through those boxes. If there's a chance that something important is in the boxes, you may likewise be stuck. But if you consider that those boxes have sat in the basement for X years and no one has needed to go into them to find something, how likely is it that you actually need something that is in those boxes? Going through them now will only create mental attachments to more stuff that you haven't felt a need for until you saw it again.)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: sylviatexas on January 29, 2015, 10:29:31 AM
When my mother moved to assisted living, her sister & my brothers "went through" everything before they let me know!

Not realizing that the locusts had stripped everything, I borrowed a friend's pick-up truck & went to my mother's house, only to find that what was left was trash & whateveritems no one else had wanted.

I sorted some things into groups & called my aunt to come over.

I showed her the Bibles & textbooks that had been dumped in a box of trash;
lo & behold, they were family Bibles & my grandmother's (my mother's & aunt's mother) schoolbooks from the late teens (1910's), when students had to buy their books.

The math book had my grandmother's notes in the margins.

I suggested that, rather than trash usable items, she might call someone at their church to pick up the Tupperware & the other books, especially the whole set of children's Bible stories, & I took a few things.

including a box of papers that contained a whole stack of photos of a trip my parents had taken in the 40's with their niece, my cousin Pat.

She was tall & beautiful & wore circle skirts & saddle shoes & sweaters, & she & her kids & grandchildren were thrilled to get the photos.

Also in the box was a whole life insurance policy my father had taken out on me when I was born.

I got nearly $300 when I cashed it in.

soooo.....

Maybe it's a good idea to look through those boxes.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: mandycorn on January 29, 2015, 01:10:23 PM
My parents have a new decluttering approach: they host family dinner and insist us kids all go down in the basement and sort through a set number of boxes before they'll feed us. Last night we did shoes (soooo many shoes! 3 daughters/20 years worth of abandoned shoes). I left with three pairs of baby shoes I wanted to save and my sister had two pairs of keds for my nephew. Other sister didn't want any.

I love your parents! Think they would mind if I used their clever idea?

Do it! They're trying to empty grandma's house next summer to rent it out and I think it worried them how much of their own stuff they needed to weed through to make room for her stuff.

I'm not looking forward to getting into the boxes and boxes of schoolwork they always made us save, though...

I think that, at this point, you (and your sibs) may want to ask yourselves "Is there anything in my old schoolwork that I want to see again? If so, do I want to see it badly enough to counterbalance the time and effort it will take to sift through all those boxes?"

If the answer to either question is No, tell your parents you're taking those boxes, unopened, to the shredder/recycler/dump when you leave - so you can go straight to supper.  ;D

(Granted, this is a bit simplistic. Naturally, if any of your siblings disagree, you may all be stuck going through those boxes. If there's a chance that something important is in the boxes, you may likewise be stuck. But if you consider that those boxes have sat in the basement for X years and no one has needed to go into them to find something, how likely is it that you actually need something that is in those boxes? Going through them now will only create mental attachments to more stuff that you haven't felt a need for until you saw it again.)

Oh, that's a brilliant point! Thank you! They did have the foresight to separate things by kid and by year, so I could always just take my boxes away unopened and straight to the dump, even if my sisters want to do some sorting. I may look through the early elementary boxes, just to see if there are any craft projects worth saving/sharing with my teacher friends, but I can't imagine 3-12 grade will yield anything cute or interesting. I definitely haven't needed any of those reports yet!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on February 18, 2015, 08:33:27 PM
I completely emptied and sorted the upstairs linen closet. I got rid of all table clothes with holes or stains, sheets with holes or mismatched, old towels, etc. It is amazing how much room there is in there now.

I partially sorted the downstairs linen closet, the kids had overnight camp when school was out for Presidents Day weekend and needed twin bed sized sheets. I got rid of all the sheet sets that had holes or worn out elastics on the fitted sheet.

My husband is taking all the rejected sheets and towels to our Vet's office. They collect them to use for rescues and shelters.

I need to finish the downstairs closet for all the other sizes of sheets, blankets, towels etc.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: MaryR on February 18, 2015, 09:56:49 PM
One of my cats got locked into the linen cabinet overnight. Of course, she peed while she was in there. Totally not her fault, except for the part that she snuck in when she shouldn't have. So, I pulled everything out, washed it, folded up the sheets and towels that we haven't used for years and took them into the local St. Vincent.

While I was there, I mentioned my bookshelves full of moldering paperbacks and mourned that I was going to have to throw them in the trash. They said that they actually liked getting them because they could sell them for a few pennies each to a pulp company.

So, now I have a nice clean linen cabinet, I learned that I have a whole lot more hand towels than I thought I did (I use them for everything), and a kick in the rump to deal with the bookshelves.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on February 19, 2015, 06:59:38 PM
http://www.whitehouseblackshutters.com

"Decrapifying" 40 bags in 40 days. Thought this might be of interest.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: andi on February 19, 2015, 08:02:02 PM
I've started a list. I'm taking a "stay-cation" during spring break and want to clean out Boo's room, the office and my bathroom/ closet. I think it's doable in 5 days. I got my 2 makeup bags organized into 1 cute tray to get and threw out 5 things
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on February 20, 2015, 09:22:25 AM
Trying to get my boss to declutter at work. Technically she's open to doing it and agrees it needs to be done; but she's very controlling, and wants to be right there deciding which things stay and which go. Which is reasonable, except she never seems to have time to do this. And, when she's involved, we have to listen to the life story of every object before it gets thrown away.

I made an executive decision to put the book Windows 2000 for Dummies in the recycling bin yesterday. We'll see if she even notices.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: sylviatexas on February 20, 2015, 11:16:53 AM
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Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on February 20, 2015, 12:15:38 PM
I've started a list. I'm taking a "stay-cation" during spring break and want to clean out Boo's room, the office and my bathroom/ closet. I think it's doable in 5 days. I got my 2 makeup bags organized into 1 cute tray to get and threw out 5 things

I did that last year, and am doing it again this summer. It was wonderful! i can't wait fo this year!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: kudeebee on February 20, 2015, 11:54:15 PM
I am retiring from teaching in 1 1/2 years, so I have been decluttering my room this year.  Had my teacher assistant help me with a sweep of all drawers and cabinets and boxes last semester.  This semester I am going through all the folders of papers of "ideas to use/plans to use someday".  I figure if I haven't used them yet, I probably won't.

Also going through usb drives and files on my computers at home/school and consolidating/eliminating files.

Also, as i teach each unit this year, I am cleaning out the materials, papers, etc that I didn't use.  Next year as I teach each unit, it will all go away.  When I am done May 2016 I want very little to have to pack up and take with me.

It feels really good to be doing this.  Don't want to be like several of my friends and have to make several carloads next year and then still have the daunting task of storing all the stuff and then cleaning it out.

On the personal front, I am cleaning out my office.  Have shredded and tossed a lot; have scanned what needs to be kept and organized in files; have found some papers that need to go to lock box.  Can't wait to have a clean office, organized files, and room!  Feels good already, can't wait for it to be done!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bales on March 07, 2015, 03:53:07 PM
I have a success story!  Last Sunday, it was snowing (again - been a looooong winter in New England) and I suddenly got a burst of energy and just... simply... started.  First the desk, and then just went around the room from there.  I started with a floor I could barely see (this room was the "catch all" for all the junk that didn't have a home) and now it's almost downright barren in here!  The floor is so... big!  And the stuff that went to the basement (legitimately - like seasonal clothes) were put away in order in the basement, too.

I didn't end up donating much - just a box or two, but I organized everything I kept.  It's amazing how much storage room I have when I actually USE all the drawers, shelves, etc. 

It's been a week now and it's so easy to keep it clean now that it's no longer the dumping ground.  It's like I'm fiercely protective of the clean space!  It's such a weight off - and a fantastic feeling of accomplishment that I'm still feeling a week later!  Thank you to this thread for giving me inspiration!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: andi on March 07, 2015, 07:55:11 PM
On Monday Boo got his room started. You can see the floor again and we got rid of a large bag of trash.  The. He cleaned the fish tank.  I got the "man cave" room picked up, reorganized, dished amd vacuumed. Felt good
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: kudeebee on March 07, 2015, 08:28:20 PM
Office almost done. Went through last files last weekend and two huge shopping bags went into the recycle bin and another huge one was full of shredded material.

One of my students needs community service hours, so she has been helping me in my room.  She is helping me clear out notebooks and will be assisting with the cd's this week and the tall cabinets.  It is starting to look so good and almost empty in some ways!  Will have a lot of teacher stuff to put in neighborhood garage sale this spring!  Trying to figure out where to put items that are on a medium size bookcase so that I can bring that home and use it here.  Thinking there is a space on top of a file cabinet in my teacher area that could be better utilized.

This week's task after school is to finish organizing my college son's room.  He goes to college 19 hours away (too far for this mama, but he loves it there and has received a great education).  He graduates in december 2015 and was only home once in 2014 due to school and internship.  So we took his furniture to him when he moved in a house with friends.  We cleaned out his furniture drawers before moving him, of course, but just packed it away.  Then we cleaned the carpet and moved the small guest room furniture in.  Now I need to finally go through those boxes and bags and put stuff away--have his permission to cull out what is left as needed--and pack away his mementoes for him to take later (yearbooks, scout stuff, etc). 

We cleaned out the small guest room closet--it is in the upstairs hall right now--then cleaned the carpet, painted the room, and made it a home office (with the stationary bike in there as well) for my husband to use when he needs to work at home.  After son's room is set, will tackle all of my scrapbooking, sewing items, etc that came from that closet and are still in boxes in another storage area.  that will be a big job, but want to have items ready for garage sale.

Now, I just need to convince hubby to go through all the tools in the garage--we have ours, my dads and his dads!  Too many!   
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on March 08, 2015, 02:19:44 PM
Point out that a new college graduate might be able to use a basic assortment of tools (a hammer, a couple of screwdrivers in regular & Phillip's, a pair of pliers, and so forth & so on).  A small tool chest set up & stored with your son's stuff for him to pick up after graduation won't take up much room (and will clean some of the spares out of his dad's tool bench - plus be a reminder of his father & grandfathers when he uses their tools).

It might be easier to cull the tools if they are going to stay in the family...

And sewing rooms need a couple of screwdrivers & a pair of pliers, too.  Sometimes the danged needle needs persuading when you're working with thick fabric or leather.  A hammer can beat down a thick seam on denim...or hang a thread rack!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on March 08, 2015, 03:21:52 PM
We want to put some shelves into our garage for storage.  Right now there are boxes of miscellaneous "stuff" in our garage, all scattered about, and no one could park there if they wanted to.  We've also got some bookcases to set up.  Most of our junk is books and fabric, although we have plenty of "stuff" that we'd like to get rid of.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: AvidReader on March 08, 2015, 04:17:24 PM
A busy weekend.  I filled a trash bag with odd bits of fabric and linings, leftover from projects over the years.  If there wasn't enough to make a pair of pillow covers, out it went.  Had a half-dozen of the cardboard tubes that fabric is rolled onto.  Broke those up and will be putting them out for our trash hauler who takes cartons/cardboard for recycling.  Cleared a 7' long closet shelf with just that.

Removed photos, no longer on display, from frames.  The photos (people identified and photos dated) went into boxes and the frames went into the giveaway box or trash can.  From a great-aunt's estate we received an album of photos we had sent her over the years, duplicates of what we already have.. :o..the album is already in the trash.  And more from her estate.....a small box of photos of unidentified persons who are unknown to DH (from his side of the family).  Out they go. 

I'm trying to downsize-in-place.  No particular plans to move to a smaller home, but jeez, how did I end up living with all this cr*p?
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on March 08, 2015, 07:14:34 PM
As I was starting to put up my Easter decorations, I was also starting a bag of the decorations that I don't really like anymore. So I have a bag that will go into the trunk of DH's car to go to the thrift store. I hope when it is time to pack everything up, I can make myself part with more!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: otterwoman on March 09, 2015, 08:10:44 AM
I went through nine storage totes of fabric and three trunks of medieval garb, pulled out about three totes worth of stuff. I then posted all of it for sale on Facebook sites. I've gotten about $300 in selling it, and some space back. I still have more fabric to go through, I just can't reach that section of the sewing room yet...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Julian on March 09, 2015, 07:17:00 PM
I didn't actually throw much out, but yesterday I cleaned and reorganised my garage.  It's a three-car garage, and it's been getting progressively more cluttered over time.  I couldn't even get my motorcycle out.   :-[ 

Now, everything is in its place, everything has a place, and I know exactly where that place is.  And the bike can get out, as can the ride-on mower, without moving a ton of stuff around. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: JoW on March 09, 2015, 08:39:11 PM
I did a partial cleaning of my garage over the weekend.  I now have 3 boxes, each about 1 cubic foot (28 liters) of paint and oil and cleaning products ready to take to the hazardous waste collection place Wednesday. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ladyknight1 on March 17, 2015, 08:32:48 AM
We decluttered over the weekend. Got rid of 3 55 gallon bags of trash, donated 2 55 gallon bags of clothes in good condition and moved a lot of items out of our living space.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ladyknight1 on March 17, 2015, 01:19:52 PM
A baby step - no more paper magazines. Buying all subscriptions digitally, and they are cheaper!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on March 17, 2015, 01:24:37 PM
I have an appointment for April 1st at the consignment shop so I need to go through my closet and pick out the best 25 pieces to sell.  I can probably pick out a whole lot more than that but it's a start.  And the things that aren't in good enough shape for consignment, I can bring into work to have them donated.  The mother of one of the guys I work with has all sorts of little charity connections and it makes it easy for me since it isn't an extra trip!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ladyknight1 on March 17, 2015, 01:41:27 PM
DH got rid of the stereo equipment he's been storing for 22 years!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on March 17, 2015, 04:27:39 PM
My dad, who is a hoarder, has now started hoarding things on the DVR. ::) I think that was really inevitable. In my Bible lecture this weekend I learned, "To everything there is a season, a time to keep and a time to cast away." I think I will try reminding him of that, as he's a minister and it might penetrate... (Should he complain to me about Mom wanting to delete his Christmas specials, that is.)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: oogyda on March 18, 2015, 06:53:00 AM
I'm so pleased with Oogydh!  We bought a huge wallbed for his "office" that has shelving units on each side of it.  They're only 16 inches wide...so not too big by themselves. 

I had taken everything off the walls to paint before the bed was delivered, but he went through everything else in there and got rid of a couple boxes worth of stuff, rearranged a bit and was able to get rid of 3 bookshelves that lined the perimeter of the room. 

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ladyknight1 on March 18, 2015, 11:35:31 AM
My in-laws have a three car garage packed floor to ceiling full of various sizes and lengths of PVC pipe, various junk and some useful tools. There is a 5 foot wide walkway in the garage between piles. They needed more room, so they bought a big shed. It is packed full. They have two bedrooms completely full of junk. There is more junk on the front and back porches. MIL rented a POD storage shed for more junk.

My MIL has towels from the 1960's. Every time she gets a new set (once a decade), she puts the old ones in the guest bathroom linen closet.
MIL loves to go estate sale shopping and loves to buy wooden cabinets with shelves that have glass fronts. MIL has lined all the rest of the rooms of the house with them.
MIL has all the craft projects and gifts from the daycare she worked at in the '70s and '80s.

I seriously hope they get the junk out while they are physically able. So much of the stuff they have has been exposed to Florida heat for 30+ years and is unusable.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 18, 2015, 11:45:45 AM
A busy weekend.  I filled a trash bag with odd bits of fabric and linings, leftover from projects over the years.  If there wasn't enough to make a pair of pillow covers, out it went.  Had a half-dozen of the cardboard tubes that fabric is rolled onto.  Broke those up and will be putting them out for our trash hauler who takes cartons/cardboard for recycling.  Cleared a 7' long closet shelf with just that.

Removed photos, no longer on display, from frames.  The photos (people identified and photos dated) went into boxes and the frames went into the giveaway box or trash can.  From a great-aunt's estate we received an album of photos we had sent her over the years, duplicates of what we already have.. :o..the album is already in the trash.  And more from her estate.....a small box of photos of unidentified persons who are unknown to DH (from his side of the family).  Out they go. 

I'm trying to downsize-in-place.  No particular plans to move to a smaller home, but jeez, how did I end up living with all this cr*p?

I did the very same thing, about 5 years ago, after helping my mom move. I had also helped her and my dad clean out 30 years worth of stuff for their first move, then her, after he was gone, and she downsized. I decided that I wasn't going to wait until whenever it was i moved (no plans to), but instead maybe a couple times a year, so its a continual process.

But I too wonder how I end up with so much stuff!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on March 18, 2015, 11:53:04 AM
I kept most of the pictures I got from my aunt's estate, as I'm very interested in genealogy.  Fortunately, someone way back when identified the people in some of the photos, and I've used those to identify people in other pictures.  Some of the pictures are priceless, like pictures of my great-great grandfather and his wives (not at the same time) and my great-grandparents as children.  I did, however, weed out a bunch of duplicates, pictures of nothing in particular, and fuzzy pictures (someone either needed glasses or had a lousy camera, as there was close to a whole album of pictures like this from vacations).  What I did was, I got some mailing boxes and mailing envelopes, labeled them with the names of my siblings, my dad, and my remaining uncle on that side, and divided up the duplicates.  I also sent pictures of their families back to them.  Things like my grandfather's Bible went to my dad.

I also found some pictures labeled "Richard and his girlfriend."  Richard is my dad, and it was obviously my dad at about age 17, but the girl with him was definitely not my mother.  Not only that, in every picture of her I found, she has the same sour expression, even one where she's holding a puppy.  I sent a copy of one picture to my dad, and he told me about this particular girlfriend.  As for the sour expression, apparently she always wore that. 

I got rid of a lot of pictures simply by disposing of those that I knew no one wanted, e.g. pictures of my aunt's pets who had crossed the Rainbow Bridge years ago, things like that, although I kept the kitten pictures of the cat I adopted.  I still have a lot of pictures to go through, but at least now I can take my time and not have to rush.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on March 18, 2015, 01:15:24 PM
Im sitting next to 2 boxes, one of clothes and one of random stuff. Off to Goodwill later this week.

The clothing box is mostly my sweaters...I didn't realize how much I like sweaters as I was putting the rest away for Spring/Summer and had 4 storage totes full of the sweaters I am keeping  :o
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bethalize on March 19, 2015, 08:20:22 AM
My husband piled up two weeks of daily newspapers to read
 Sorry, my love, if you have spare time enough to read all those you can do some of the things that need your attention instead and read the best articles online.

DH got given a car washing kit from a sponsor. He never wsdhes his car so why have it sitting around?
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ladyknight1 on March 19, 2015, 08:34:24 AM
I am giving myself a moratorium on purchasing paper notebooks and pens. I have... too many. I am also ripping out old course notes/shopping lists/packing lists and using what is left in those. I probably have enough large, nice notebooks to last me until I start my PhD in 2018.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: pwv on March 19, 2015, 09:56:41 AM
My HOA sponsors a community yard sale every summer, so I start my spring cleaning in January.  So far I have 5 boxes of stuff to get rid of.   
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: andi on March 19, 2015, 11:07:01 AM
Ours is April 17, I really need to get started.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on March 20, 2015, 10:15:36 AM
My parents are clearing out their three bedroom house and paring things down to move into two bedrooms (office & bedroom) at Youngest Brother's (largest house and all one floor - Mom has had both knees replaced, the stairs at my house are not her friends).

They have cleared the small file cabinet of records from maternal grandmother's house and estate, shredding what no longer needs to be kept, and passing out what memory items the siblings might have wanted - I gave them a spare shredder so that they could shred together & get it over with twice as fast.  Their old one turned things into strips, the newer one turns things into very short strips - for added peace of mind.

They are working on their own file cabinet.  So far, their tax returns and records from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s are gone...Dad called and happened to mention finding notes on how much it cost to fill up their gas tank in 1962, the year my youngest brother was born...

I just emptied my shredder...I'm not quite caught up, but I'm not as far behind as I was in getting rid of accumulating papers!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: lilfox on March 20, 2015, 03:53:04 PM
Due to an ill-fated house renovation that was going to reduce our storage space, we ended up going through boxes of stored stuff that hadn't seen the light of day in years.  Most of the coffee mugs went to Goodwill along with various baby related things.  DH was able to sell one piece of exercise equipment too, so that freed up some floor space and brought in some cash.  Lots of electronics went to recycling, including my late lamented TiVo (though we kept the remote, sans batteries, for a baby toy).  I let go of some long held fabric and some other stuff I've been carting from place to place since college.

It never feels like a net loss, since we seem to replace things at a one to one rate (case in point: the exercise thing DH sold became surplus after we bought a different, better exercise thing).  But DH is at least as much a stickler for organizing and having a "place" for everything as I am, so things look under control for the most part.  Except DD's room...  It's weird to see the same pack rat tendencies in her that I know I had as a kid. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on March 23, 2015, 10:55:38 AM
My pajama drawer was getting really full (hard to close) and I had just acquired yet more things to put in it. ::) So I was looking through it and ended up picking out some things I really like, that I could have continued wearing, but they were older, and kind of too big (though that hardly matters with pajamas). And I put those things in my bag of stuff to give away, and now my drawer closes better.

I haven't gotten rid of the stuff yet; the bag is still in my living room. It's even partially open, so I can still see some of my stuff every time I walk by. So far, I have not regretted taking them out of the drawer to get rid of them. It just seems like it was their time to go. I had several good years with them, and now maybe someone else will enjoy them, while I enjoy different things.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Carotte on March 23, 2015, 06:02:04 PM
I'm at my parent's place for a few days so I tried my usual "let's declutter a bit" method of going through my papers and stuff.
I already have a  got a good sized garbage bag of paper to put in the recycling but the real winner was the moment I went "hum, what's in that box?".
I literally blurted "crivins!"* while opening it. 120 MiniDiscs, half were mine, half my brother.
- MiniDiscs are now an obsolete storage media, they existed between the CD and the MP3. Brother and I never had portable Discman, we had MiniDisc players.
They are re writables so I might not be able to listen to them anymore but there are still people using them to record music since the quality is pretty good or something. Point is, I don't have to throw them out. -

I contacted my brother about what he wants me to do with his half, and I'm going to try and sell them on graigslist, I already had 10 new, unopened MD I wanted to list, so now's the chance.

*Ok so it wasn't "crivins", I just like how ehell subs some words, so if I had said it in english I'd like to think I'd straight up say "crivins".
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ladyknight1 on March 23, 2015, 06:20:26 PM
My DH made major progress clearing out his closet and his side of the room. I am very proud.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on March 23, 2015, 08:25:11 PM
I have finally started to put away the fabric I bought at the Sewing Expo last month. It is going much slower than I thought it would! Still, I'm going to try to keep at it until it is done and in some sort of order. I have already sewn some of the Christmas gifts I have planned. (And picked the storage place and told DH where it is. So, in November, I will remember telling him.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: kudeebee on March 24, 2015, 01:24:09 AM
HOA garage sale is coming up in a 6 weeks.  I have started "laying the seed" with dh that he needs to go through his closet and clean out.  He has several shirts he hasn't worn in a year or so and these need to go.  Some are too short for him and others he just doesn't wear (these are the ones that get pushed to the far end of the rod).  He also has several pairs of shoes he doesn't wear anymore.  Then we need to clean out the garage stuff.  May take all of the 6 weeks to get this done!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ladyknight1 on March 24, 2015, 08:18:12 AM
One major benefit of the work we did last weekend is I can now find any item of clothing within a minute. So much easier!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Carotte on March 24, 2015, 02:39:19 PM
Better late than never right?
Everytime I came back to my parent's it would make me cringe to see the PC tower stuck in my old room. The PC tower who hasn't been used in 5 or 6 years, who is quite obsolete, and who no one would want it even if we gave it up with free money and a kitten.
I was waiting for my father or even my brother to take care of it, a self-imposed "they're better suited for it/they actually know how to do it".
Yep, 6 years later I finally took a screwdriver to it, asked google to show me how, removed the hard-drive and put the carcass in a bag, looked up where to drop it off.
Turns out I didn't even need a screwdriver! and it took me 10 minutes, would have taken 1 if I knew what I was doing, still better than 6 years.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Esther_bunny on March 24, 2015, 06:46:43 PM
Oh dear. Today alone I filled 2 bags of clothes to donate (and one cold therapy machine that is not worth enough to sell), and 3 bags of papers, trash, etc, and 1 small bag of clothes I need to return for a refund. It looks like I have done absolutely nothing.

I may get stronger and get rid of my drawing table (4 years and it just holds other stuff) and seriously try to whittle my wardrobe, those size 10 jeans won't be in style if I ever fit into them again.

Started on my pantry: out of date items and pieces to things we no longet have. My trash is full and my house looks the same!!!!!

I'm still determined to keep going though, I don't want to have to sort this stuff later when/if we move!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: AvidReader on March 25, 2015, 08:11:59 AM
Oh dear. Today alone I filled 2 bags of clothes to donate (and one cold therapy machine that is not worth enough to sell), and 3 bags of papers, trash, etc, and 1 small bag of clothes I need to return for a refund. It looks like I have done absolutely nothing.

I may get stronger and get rid of my drawing table (4 years and it just holds other stuff) and seriously try to whittle my wardrobe, those size 10 jeans won't be in style if I ever fit into them again.

Started on my pantry: out of date items and pieces to things we no longet have. My trash is full and my house looks the same!!!!!

I'm still determined to keep going though, I don't want to have to sort this stuff later when/if we move!

The most difficult part of any project is getting started.  You accomplished that. 

I had stuff I hadn't touched in over 10 years and I.knew.I.just.had.to.let.it.go.  It took a while to get started, but once I did, I felt like the burden.of.too.much.stuff. had been lifted and my next decluttering project was that much easier. For example, my wardrobe for work.  I retired 9 years ago and haven't worn even one piece of it since. 

Amazingly, lightning has yet to strike me for getting rid of stuff.

DH is the most visually oriented person I've ever known.  He has to see stuff to have the memories which is why he hangs on to things.  I want to get him started and I think what I'll have to do is have him take photos of the stuff, so he has the visual reminder, then we may be able to dispose of the items appropriately. 

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 25, 2015, 08:26:13 AM
Oh dear. Today alone I filled 2 bags of clothes to donate (and one cold therapy machine that is not worth enough to sell), and 3 bags of papers, trash, etc, and 1 small bag of clothes I need to return for a refund. It looks like I have done absolutely nothing.

I may get stronger and get rid of my drawing table (4 years and it just holds other stuff) and seriously try to whittle my wardrobe, those size 10 jeans won't be in style if I ever fit into them again.

 

You will get there, and begin to see results! Just keep at it!

I also had the aha moment where I realized even if i was able to fit into all those too small clothes, I'd held onto them for so long they were woefully out of style! that helped me to get rid of things.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on March 25, 2015, 07:24:37 PM
Ran into a disgusting mess in one of my kitchen drawers, so last night I cleaned the drawer and everything in it. Next week is my week off, so I plan to do the rest of the kitchen then.

On a side tangent, DH has a habit of which he needs to break himself. I say, " So next week, I will put the things I think we should get rid of on the table so you can save anything that you really use and I don't." He says, "You just need to go through and get rid of stuff. We have too much stuff."

Bonus points if you read his statement with a tone of: I'm instructing a stupid person on how to pour water out of a pitcher.

So, if I get rid of everything I think needs to go and you can not find the slotted spoon that you must have to be able to save earth from the invaders, you can not complain. Ever.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: EveLGenius on March 25, 2015, 07:55:59 PM
I got two projects done.  First, DH and I raked leaves in the back yard.  We meant to do that in the fall, like usual, but there was some odd weather.  The leaves didn't fall until very late, and as soon as they fell we got rain and snow at just the right intervals to keep them too wet to rake.  It feels very good to have them gone.

Then I weeded the filing cabinet, tossing everything that didn't look useful any longer.  More importantly, I did the shredding as well.  Tonight when I took out the trash, there were four bags of shredded paper in the recycle pile.  Yay!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on March 26, 2015, 09:18:55 AM
I am working on getting rid of my old scanner and laptop, and purchasing new scanners. The old scanner was actually an all-in-one printer, but I didn't print very much. It still works but there aren't drivers available for Windows 7, which my new laptop is. Once I get those two things off my desk, I will buy a new flatbed scanner, which being just a scanner is much smaller than the old one, and supposedly has a way to make it sit vertically when being stored, so that would take up even less space. I'm also getting a combo feeder/wand scanner, which is pretty small and has a case you can put it away in. I've already picked out the new equipment that I want, so that should give me motivation to get rid of the old stuff!

And once I have working scanners again, I can continue my quest to digitize photos, creative works, and financial information, and get rid of the paper.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on March 26, 2015, 05:43:57 PM
I'm going through my shirts to donate the ones that are too big now. Usually I test the shirt by wearing it to work all day. Of course then as soon as I decide I want to donate it, I feel this urge to rip it off right then and there, which I don't think my co-workers would appreciate! Then I like to wash things before I donate them, so I have to remember which items go and which stay until I've had a chance to do laundry. That is their chance to creep back into the closet when I'm not paying attention.

I'm getting rid of the shirt I'm currently wearing. The weird thing is, I wore one exactly like it, except in a different color, earlier in the week and I thought it was fine. ::)

I just did that with a ton of black leggings! I wanted to get rid of all the pairs that don't stay up over my expanded buns, but then to do that, I have to WEAR them, and then WASH them and then who can tell two pairs of black leggings apart?

So what I started doing with putting black sharpie on the labels. I know to check the label, & then I can donate the ones with a black slash on the label as soon as I wish them.

Black sharpie is generally permanent, & isn't such a big deal if it isn't, when I do a load of darks. If you have lighter colored things, you might want to do what I do for my pants with different inseams (that I have a collection of for different heels heights): I just handstitch a thread of a different color for each inseam into the label, so it's easy to check. You could even see if any of your shirts have a label that's loop-shaped & knot a white thread around it, so you know to toss the white-threaded ones.

Chiming in really late.

You could dedicate some net bags, like maybe a net laundry bag (a big one) to holding those "to wash and then donate" clothes. You can throw the entire net bag into the load, and that'll keep the garments separate.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Esther_bunny on March 26, 2015, 09:37:04 PM
CRUD MONKEYS!, decluttering is addictive! Cleaned the spice cabinet and the junk drawer and found a home for some unopened art supplies! My artist friend is really really good and is thanking me with some cocktails and shuffleboard :-)

I'm  still going to hang on to my brushes and some paints and canvases but since I started doing hair that has become my creative outlet.

The worst part will be culling my book collection. I love books but I know I have some I won't ever read again. I refuse to get rid of my cd collection even though I have itunes, I've had to re-add music before and that was a nightmare.

Funny thing is, the decluttering inside the house is really either a procrastination from doing the garage OR that will be my final decluttering project.

Besides just getting rid of stuff I'm also doing it so when we get new flooring it won't be as huge a task. I can't believe how fun this is, so liberating!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Please pass the Calgon on March 27, 2015, 01:07:50 AM
Reading through this thread for inspiration. My 10 day Spring Break starts Saturday and our big plans are to totally declutter/dejunk our 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. The majority of it isn't "bad" but with all 3 kids having aged 7 years since moving here there a ton of stuff they just don't use anymore, and the same for DH and I. I had a medium size dumpster delivered yesterday so we aren't limited by an outdoor trash can that's full before we even start and stocked up on the heavy duty bags we use to transport things to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

I've listed out the various areas we need to work on and assigned them to days. Big tasks get a full day, smaller ones are 2-3 per day. Ive been working on a different small task most evenings this week in preparation.

I'm just so tired of spending my off hours dealing with clutter. Even our dogs' toys are driving me nuts lately...the Dane thinks it fun to drag them all out again as soon as I put everything in their basket.

Wish me luck....I'm definitely going to need it!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: AvidReader on March 27, 2015, 09:48:12 AM
Reading through this thread for inspiration. My 10 day Spring Break starts Saturday and our big plans are to totally declutter/dejunk our 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. The majority of it isn't "bad" but with all 3 kids having aged 7 years since moving here there a ton of stuff they just don't use anymore, and the same for DH and I. I had a medium size dumpster delivered yesterday so we aren't limited by an outdoor trash can that's full before we even start and stocked up on the heavy duty bags we use to transport things to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
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Impressive! 

May I recommend that along with your amazingly ambitious goals you have some surprise treats up your sleeve for achieving them one-by-one and to keep everybody motivated?  For example, for us, a delivered pizza for dinner would be a treat.   When spirits and morale start sagging and the pace starts to slow down in mid-afternoon a couple of days into it, "If we get this declutter-project-of-the-day done, we'll have pizza delivered for dinner tonight."  Yay!   Or whatever works in your family...an evening out to see a family movie, etc. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on March 27, 2015, 10:06:03 AM
Years ago we moved a bunch of stuff into a storage bin as a fast way to declutter our home in order to put it on the market. And there it sat.

A month ago, we committed every Saturday to the task of clearing out 3 boxes each week and driving them directly to the thrift shop associated w/ my son's school. We've been moving at a pace of about 7 boxes, and we have only a few things left; they'll come back this Saturday.

Of course, that means some of this is coming into our house.
And our DD is home from college, so I've been insisting that she help declutter stuff from her closet so we can reassemble the shelving there..

And so we have boxes open everywhere; the place looks like a bomb went off or something.
But things are moving out!

Books especially; I think we've donated about 6 boxes so far.

And stuffed animals are the next big, tough problem. The kids want to keep way too many of them.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on March 27, 2015, 02:02:34 PM
Toots, a lot of the time, things get worse (or look to be) before they get better. Just keep powering through!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on March 28, 2015, 11:10:22 PM
I have finished 3 drawers in the kitchen (out of 8.) When I have finished the drawers, I'll start on the cabinets. Then onto the coat closet! (It is my vacation, so I'm trying to be productive!)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Cricket on March 29, 2015, 03:51:26 AM
I had a huge meltdown about the state of our house about 18 months ago and we worked on the house for a couple of months until I got very sick. I was unwell for almost a year, where a good day was being able to get out of bed. I only left the house a dozen times in that year, mostly for medical appointments. So, our house was never finished and in the intervening time, it has become worse. Something has changed, though, and now DH and I seem to be on the same page ... we have too much stuff (DH couldn't see this before).

This past week, DH has been sorting through his papers, computer and console games, and clothes. He's been shredding a lot and getting rid of a lot of stuff. I have sorted through my clothes and filled 8 garbage bags to donate, plus 2 bags that are good for nothing. I still feel I have too many clothes, but I'm sick of looking at them and trying to decide whether to keep it or donate it. I've put a temporary hold on that task and moved on to another.

The hardest thing for me has been to go through my stash of material. Some I can list for sale without a qualm, others, well, I don't have a project in mind, but I don't want to part with it either. I told DH that I was keeping aside ONE box for stuff I wanted to keep "just because". That made the process of sorting through the material go a lot faster and less stressful. I've also told DH that once the just-because box is full, I have to remove stuff before I can put more stuff in.

I read through the whole thread and am impressed with you all. Two that stick out for me are Lyn2000 and her magazines - I had a huge smile on my face when you reported that you had read all the back issues. The other is gmatoy - I was so interested in how you organised your craft/sewing area.

We have a long way to go, but I think this time we will get there ... eventually.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: AvidReader on March 29, 2015, 07:19:08 AM
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I have sorted through my clothes and filled 8 garbage bags to donate, plus 2 bags that are good for nothing. I still feel I have too many clothes, but I'm sick of looking at them and trying to decide whether to keep it or donate it. I've put a temporary hold on that task and moved on to another.

The hardest thing for me has been to go through my stash of material. Some I can list for sale without a qualm, others, well, I don't have a project in mind, but I don't want to part with it either. I told DH that I was keeping aside ONE box for stuff I wanted to keep "just because". That made the process of sorting through the material go a lot faster and less stressful. I've also told DH that once the just-because box is full, I have to remove stuff before I can put more stuff in.
<snip>

We have a long way to go, but I think this time we will get there ... eventually.


I try to keep in mind the 80/20 rule when it comes to clothes.  80% of the time, we only wear 20% of what's in the closet.  That helps tremendously; I think my "wear" percentage is higher.  The rule doesn't apply when it comes to things we only wear on special, dress-up occasions, of course. 

I admire your approach to your fabric stash....I had a piece I bought overseas 24(!!!) years ago that I held on to, well, because I liked it; I never really had a project in mind because it was more a souvenir.  I recently saw a quick project to turn cute sturdy fabric into a new ironing board cover.  Well, about 2 hours later, there it was, out of the box and on the ironing board.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on March 29, 2015, 11:08:02 AM
I'm in the sewing room, finishing a couple of fleece throws.  I've used the serger to trim the selvages off, run a line of stitching along the edge using my 1/4" presser foot, turn under, and feather stitch (or something) along to self bind the edges so that they don't curl up or stretch out of shape.  They're going out to their new owners in two weeks (Grandma always has something hidden in her suitcases - it's traditional, my grandmothers did it, my parents did it for the kids - at least some of the time, and I'm doing it for my grandkids). 

Sometimes it's something small...this time it's a fleece throw for DGS with Marvel comics heroes all over it and the second one is a surprise.

Then I have to steam clean some spots on the stairs & upstairs hall and get back to doing something with a cut but not sewn chemise for the Renaissance Festival in Georgia - the current ******* cotton is going to be "too hot" - I have some rayon blend that should be a lot more comfortable in warm weather.  Menopause seems to = never ending hot flashes. I'm wondering if it ever ends.

I'm also sorting through things on the shelves and have a large paper bag of "stuff" ready to drop off at the Goodwill.  I'm sure there's more in the stash - but I'm thinking that I need some new clothes that fit and are in better shape.  Getting rid of the tub of "too small" clothes would have the benefit of letting me go back to sorting out the cold weather clothes from the hot weather clothes (it does get cold in Houston, it's just not cold enough to snow very often - when the summer temperatures are hotter than human body temperature, other people's fall weather seems cold by comparison).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ladyknight1 on March 29, 2015, 12:04:26 PM
Clearing out old textbooks (prior courses) and listing them on half.com for sale. Only one couldn't be sold that way as it was a special my university only book.  ::)

Cleared out a small cabinet and organized movies, photos, books, games that were haphazardly placed.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on March 29, 2015, 02:24:17 PM
Cricket, Thank you. My DH might not think I have done enough, but now that it is all labeled, sorted by use, etc. I can find everything so much easier.

(DH's mother only bought what she was going to sew and she sewed that before buying more...Um, yeah, not me.)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on March 30, 2015, 09:43:23 AM
I read through the whole thread and am impressed with you all. Two that stick out for me are Lyn2000 and her magazines - I had a huge smile on my face when you reported that you had read all the back issues.

Thank you! I was very proud that I finally read them all. As I said before, it would have been faster to just throw them away unread (and that would be perfect for some people), but I knew that 1) I would still feel like I'd failed, and 2) I would forget that failed feeling faster and just stack up more!

I think I've reached magazine saturation--I got behind over the Christmas holidays and they gradually built back up. Everything is still just from March, but considering that March is almost over... But, I have a plan. Once I finish my current book I will read X number of magazines before starting my next book.

Sometimes it does feel like one step forward, one step back, so I'm not making much progress. I donated some pajamas, so that drawer can finally close; but, I did all my laundry yesterday, and now I my leggings/undershirts/underwear drawer will barely close. ::) On the bright side, in a few weeks I will feel comfortable packing the leggings away somewhere else until fall, as they're the heavy fleece ones I wear for extra warmth.

But, this weekend I got rid of my old all-in-one printer and laptop (free electronics recycling at Staples), and ordered my new scanners. I'm getting a flatbed, and also one that's a combination of feeder and wand. Even together they should take up less room than the printer did, and I'm hoping the combination of different formats will make it faster and more convenient for me to scan things (many of which can then be tossed).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on March 30, 2015, 10:09:54 AM
Yeah, I liken it to a Rubik's cube. You have to make it look a lot worse before you can make it look better. It's just part of the process.

And we did find a way to suck those animals into the room without using up floor or shelf space; I'd forgotten I'd made them, but each kid had a long fabric sling that hung above their beds (on the wall, or under the upper bunk) for their animals to go in. DD actually was willing to get rid of several stuffed animals.

Now I just have to figure out what to do with them. Donating them involves washing them. I'll confess it here--I'm really tempted to simply throw them out and lie about where they went.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on March 30, 2015, 10:17:42 AM
I'm beginning a ruthless decluttering project next week, while we're off on spring break.

My priorities are:

Kids' toys: donating anything they've outgrown.  Tossing anything that is broken.  Finding a better system for organizing the stuff we have left.  I predict these will be categorized as such:

Kids' books.  They really have too many and many are to young for them.

The stuffed animals that are clearly breeding

Everyone's clothes.  I've been trying to put aside things that my youngest has outgrown as I'm doing laundry but I really need to go through their closet.  I have a bunch of stuff I never wear.  And my husband has a whole shelf full of jeans that no longer fit.  I need to convince him they need to go bye-bye. 

The electronics that have been cluttering up our house.  We have 2 computers and 3 TVs that need to go to the recycling center already.

I'm going to try to get into the kitchen too but I went through that last year.  It would be more of a cleaning/reorganizing than decluttering.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on March 30, 2015, 11:48:53 AM
I cleaned out my sock and underwear drawers this weekend.

Surprisingly, I did not have any odd socks once I matched all the loose ones. but I got rid of all the socks that won't stay up, have any holes in them, or just can't remember wearing. My husband uses them for cleaning the cars and tosses them when too dirty or too many holes.

I also got rid of many under things for the same reasons as the socks.

Both drawers now open and close very easily

Next I'm going through the accessory drawers.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 30, 2015, 12:37:54 PM
I cleaned out my sock and underwear drawers this weekend.

Surprisingly, I did not have any odd socks once I matched all the loose ones. but I got rid of all the socks that won't stay up, have any holes in them, or just can't remember wearing. My husband uses them for cleaning the cars and tosses them when too dirty or too many holes.

I also got rid of many under things for the same reasons as the socks.

Both drawers now open and close very easily

Next I'm going through the accessory drawers.

This is my issue. It's not because I can't bring myself to get rid of socks/undies etc. that don't fit, are worn out, won't stay up, i just never think to do it! I've gotten better though. I've chucked a couple of pairs of socks after wearing them, and they kept falling down. Undies get tossed when the elastic starts to wear at the waistband. I buy cheapo Hanes cotton, so its not like they cost a bundle to replace.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: daen on March 30, 2015, 01:03:50 PM
I went through my side of the living room bookshelves today. I estimate that I decluttered 25% of the books, which are now packed in boxes. I'll drop them off at the library book sale depot today.

I suspect that I will be reorganizing my knitting again, but that happens with some regularity and doesn't seem to "stick" as far as decluttering goes - it just ends up back in chaos. However, if all goes according to plan, we'll be building a new house within months. In order to build said house, we need to empty and demolish the current one (which isn't worth saving), so there's a lot of decluttering looming on my horizon.

I want to declutter more, but so much of my stuff is either our stuff or intermingled with my husband's, so I really need to get him on board, and I'm not sure what that will take.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: AvidReader on March 30, 2015, 01:37:11 PM
<snip> However, if all goes according to plan, we'll be building a new house within months. In order to build said house, we need to empty and demolish the current one (which isn't worth saving), so there's a lot of decluttering looming on my horizon.

I want to declutter more, but so much of my stuff is either our stuff or intermingled with my husband's, so I really need to get him on board, and I'm not sure what that will take.

Some years ago, we replaced the wall-to-wall carpet in our house with hardwood flooring.  On the second floor, that included the bedrooms and the hallway.  The company said that we'd have to move everything out of the rooms, even the contents of the closet shelves because of the dust.  At that point, I did a major declutter and my thinking was that it was one thing to haul everything down stairs, but I decided that hades would freeze over before I'd haul back upstairs anything that I wasn't committed to for the long term.  Cleared out a lot of stuff.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on March 30, 2015, 01:43:31 PM

This is my issue. It's not because I can't bring myself to get rid of socks/undies etc. that don't fit, are worn out, won't stay up, i just never think to do it!

This is a truth about decluttering.

There are some pretty powerful forces that bring things -into- your home.
Some of them aren't even under your control.
   Birthdays, Christmas, and the like guarantee a influx of stuff.
   Then, new needs develop, so you go get things to meet those needs.
   And old activities fall off without you actually making a conscience decision to get rid of stuff.

I found that a powerful thing to remember; it helped me get more proactive about weeding out. And it was easier to forgive myself for keeping stuff.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: magicdomino on March 30, 2015, 02:19:21 PM
An article from the Washington Post on who might not be interested in the results of your decluttering:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/boomers-unwanted-inheritance/2015/03/27/0e75ff6e-45c4-11e4-b437-1a7368204804_story.html?tid=pm_local_pop_b

The article has a bad habit of stereotyping -- not all Boomers are collectors, not all Millennials live a minimalist existence by choice -- but it does make the point that the next generation may not be as invested in your Stuff as you are. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on March 30, 2015, 03:27:17 PM
I lost some weight, and suddenly all my underwear was too large.  Out it went, replaced by new sets that do fit.  Then I started straightening my dresser drawers.  Since I can now wear some items I couldn't before the larger items are going to Goodwill.  I'm going to be working 3 days a week starting April 1, and one of my days will be a clean/cook/dejunk day; the other will be a sewing day.

Since I work at home I don't need a lot of office clothes, but I have a lot of clothes left over from when I did work in an office, and some, like a royal blue and olive green peachskin tunic I love too much to send to Goodwill.  I've been trying to restrain myself from buying clothes I don't need, so for the last year all I've bought has been a pair of jeans on sale to replace ones I could no longer wear because they were too large, and some new underwear. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on March 30, 2015, 05:28:05 PM
I only have 1 more drawer to do in the kitchen. It is the lid drawer and it will be harder than the other 7 put together. Dreading it, so I have told myself that if I get it done, I can do something fun.  ;)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on March 30, 2015, 05:31:28 PM
gmatoy--I bet it won't actually take you longer than 15 minutes. I double-dog dare you to set a stop-watch (my kitchen timer will work as one, and I have one on my phone), and start.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on March 30, 2015, 05:34:57 PM
gmatoy--I bet it won't actually take you longer than 15 minutes. I double-dog dare you to set a stop-watch (my kitchen timer will work as one, and I have one on my phone), and start.
I'm emptying my email; however, I will start do it in 10 minutes. And thank you!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Krism on March 30, 2015, 05:37:58 PM
This thread is such an encouragement to get rid of stuff - I've got a Rubbermaid tote full of clothes that will be headed for the thrift store tomorrow!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on March 30, 2015, 06:52:50 PM
47 minutes! But it is done! Drawer out, emptied, cleaned. Space in the cabinet, where the drawer goes, cleaned. Tupperware lids sorted and put in zip lock bags with labels. I did not take the time to match them up with the containers, but I may do that in the future. All medicine bottles (empty ones) thrown out.

Toots, thank you! I was spending more time dreading it than doing it!

Tomorrow: coat closet.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on March 30, 2015, 10:35:24 PM
47 minutes! But it is done! Drawer out, emptied, cleaned. Space in the cabinet, where the drawer goes, cleaned. Tupperware lids sorted and put in zip lock bags with labels. I did not take the time to match them up with the containers, but I may do that in the future. All medicine bottles (empty ones) thrown out.

Toots, thank you! I was spending more time dreading it than doing it!

Tomorrow: coat closet.

Oops, I was wrong--sorry! Now I'm glad I didn't bet you in a backwards bet--I was going to say, if you can do it in less than 15, you win. I'd have lost!

(you keep your meds in the lids drawer?)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on March 30, 2015, 10:38:32 PM
Oh--I want to brag about my new decluttering tool.

My DD is away at college. Lots of the stuff is hers.

So I created a Facebook album that's private to her and me. And I can easily drop pictures into it from my iPod Touch. So I take a picture of something and put it in that album w/ a note, and ask her to just comment "keep / defer / toss."

We'll see if she actually does it now!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on March 30, 2015, 10:56:47 PM
47 minutes! But it is done! Drawer out, emptied, cleaned. Space in the cabinet, where the drawer goes, cleaned. Tupperware lids sorted and put in zip lock bags with labels. I did not take the time to match them up with the containers, but I may do that in the future. All medicine bottles (empty ones)
Toots, thank you! I was spending more time dreading it than doing it!
thrown out.

Tomorrow: coat closet.

Oops, I was wrong--sorry! Now I'm glad I didn't bet you in a backwards bet--I was going to say, if you can do it in less than 15, you win. I'd have lost!

(you keep your meds in the lids drawer?)

No, DH puts the clean, empty bottles in there. In case we need them. ::) So, today I decided we didn't need them.  And no need to be sorry; I knew from past experience that it couldn't be done in 15 minutes. Maybe if everyone put the lids back into the zip lock bags...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 31, 2015, 12:24:51 PM
I lost some weight, and suddenly all my underwear was too large.  Out it went, replaced by new sets that do fit.  Then I started straightening my dresser drawers.  Since I can now wear some items I couldn't before the larger items are going to Goodwill.  I'm going to be working 3 days a week starting April 1, and one of my days will be a clean/cook/dejunk day; the other will be a sewing day.

Since I work at home I don't need a lot of office clothes, but I have a lot of clothes left over from when I did work in an office, and some, like a royal blue and olive green peachskin tunic I love too much to send to Goodwill.  I've been trying to restrain myself from buying clothes I don't need, so for the last year all I've bought has been a pair of jeans on sale to replace ones I could no longer wear because they were too large, and some new underwear.

This made me laugh since all my undies are too large now too! I continue to wear them though; since they aren't falling down, just a bit baggy, and being single, there's no one I need/want to impress. At some point, I may buy some new ones, but for now, these will do.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 31, 2015, 12:34:28 PM
An article from the Washington Post on who might not be interested in the results of your decluttering:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/boomers-unwanted-inheritance/2015/03/27/0e75ff6e-45c4-11e4-b437-1a7368204804_story.html?tid=pm_local_pop_b

The article has a bad habit of stereotyping -- not all Boomers are collectors, not all Millennials live a minimalist existence by choice -- but it does make the point that the next generation may not be as invested in your Stuff as

you are.

I found this article very interesting! My mom was born in 1935, and I was born in 1965,  so we don't fit into either the Boomer or Millennial category. I will say, when I first moved out, and even now, after two moves on my parent's part, we've managed to come to an understanding. When I moved out on my own, I was lucky in that they had enough furniture, I had to buy nothing. Except for a bed. My mom describes my decor as "early, middle and late attic"

And when she and my dad moved, and then she again, and now that she's contemplating downsizing and moving again, she simply asks do you want this, would you be interested in this, and if I say no, she's not offended, and disposes of it another way. We each get right of first refusal. I know she's got a bunch of nice antiques I said were my inheritance, but now that she'll be downsizing, and I live in a small apt, there is no way I can take any of it. Maybe a chair, if we swap one out, but the other stuff, will be sold.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: AvidReader on March 31, 2015, 03:30:23 PM
I'm a boomer and DS is a millenial. Yes, I read the article in The Washington Post and wasn't surprised at all.  We are decluttering and downsizing-in-place.  I give him first refusal in the event he was needing something and the something from Mom and Dad's house would do.  I try to do this without pressuring or inducing guilt in him. I'd rather do it this way than he notices something missing from the house and says that he could have used it.   For the record, he has taken a few things and declined others.   I mean, hey, in the end, it's just stuff.   We have few precious antiques or family heirlooms.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on March 31, 2015, 04:09:49 PM
Oh--I want to brag about my new decluttering tool.

My DD is away at college. Lots of the stuff is hers.

So I created a Facebook album that's private to her and me. And I can easily drop pictures into it from my iPod Touch. So I take a picture of something and put it in that album w/ a note, and ask her to just comment "keep / defer / toss."

We'll see if she actually does it now!

Genius!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on March 31, 2015, 04:10:45 PM
thanks, Jayhawk! I'm inordinately proud of it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Julian on March 31, 2015, 11:54:29 PM
We bought a new pod coffee maker for Housemate, which came with, literally, 8 cartons of pods.   ::)  My kitchen is very big,but there's no spare cupboard space and the benches have become very cluttered over time.  So on Saturday and Sunday I totally decluttered the benches, found a home for the cartons of pods, reorganised, reshuffled and generally rationalised what was there, and I now have a tidy, uncluttered kitchen.  And (ta dah!!!) benchspace!

I bought new matching cannister sets for the forty thousand various different coffees and teas HM likes.  (I have three cannisters - coffee, tea and sugar.)  I bought narrow wire shelves to go on the benchtop to enable stacking.  I rummaged around in the cupboards and found two deep heavy stainless steel rectangular containers that are perfect for keeping the cutting boards standing in line, and all the various cooking tools in the other one, without toppling over.  I moved the big ceramic water filter so it's no longer in danger of <crash!!!  oops!!!> incidents.  I've cleaned out and reorganised the messy, messy under-sink corner cupboard so everything is clean, clearly visible and easy to reach.  I rehomed two gorgeous handmade casserole dishes that were my birth-mother's - I never used them but they are so pretty! - and a cookie tray too large to fit in my oven, plus a spare picture hanging tool set.  I reorganised the plastic container cupboard (had to fit in all the mismatched but handy containers that used to hold coffee, tea etc) which no longer cascades out onto the floor when the door is opened.

Now, if she ever, ever tries to get rid of that gosh darned coffee maker, we are going to have words.  She has a bad habit of absolutely positively definitely wanting something desperately, then getting sick of it and giving it away.  Not this time - I paid for that little sucker and it's staying...   >:D  Besides, I've now made room for it and the necessary accessories. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: guihong on April 01, 2015, 12:04:28 AM
I, too, am so inspired by this thread.  Today was shopping/clean out the fridge and freezer day.  When I finished that, I just kept going and cleaned out my condiments/dressing/baking stuff cupboard.  That took two bags of trash.  Who needs six (!) jars of (outdated) pizza sauce, especially when I never make pizza?  ::).  I must have bought it in a fit of "It'll be fun making our own pizza!"

Then I cleaned out the large pantry that goes from ceiling to floor.  Everything opened (and not with packets inside) got tossed.  When I shopped, I bought just two boxes of cereal, to replace the five or so boxes that together might have made one bowl  ::).  Old pancake mix got tossed, as did mashed potatoes that I wildly overbought one Thanksgiving or Christmas.

I cleaned out the "drink and snack" closet, reorganizing the cans I store in there, and tossing chips that no one eats.

Then I decided I was going to do the entire house!

I'm glad that someone else said their house looked worse than when they started, or didn't look any different.  I feel the same.  But, I know that slowly I'll emerge with the house I want.

As for old underwear/socks/bras: someone commented that since they were single and didn't have anyone to "impress", what's the point of buying new or pretty ones?  I said the same to DD16 the other day when she was shopping for her underthings.  She promptly called me on it, saying "Mom, you should make yourself feel good first!"   I know I have to do this, I know she's right, but it feels "wasteful" :(.  I have a feeling that the food stuff and paper isn't going to pull up old feelings of "You're fat, so you don't deserve sexy/beautiful things" the way the underwear issue will.  That doesn't mean I'm not going to do it.

So let my DD challenge all of us to buy the pretty things for ourselves!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on April 01, 2015, 08:06:30 AM
I tried on a whole bunch of clothes last night.  The nice stuff went into a suitcase to go to the consignment shop tonight.  The less nice stuff but still good is in a pile on the floor, to be brought into the office on Tuesday to a coworker who will take it to his mother who has her fingers in many a charity pie and it will all find a home.  I still need to do some more work - I'd like to get at least one drawer free for my boyfriend to put stuff, since he's started leaving a few things at my place.  And it's driving me crazy to just have them left on the bedroom floor!

I hope to do my taxes tonight.  Which will include some shredding of old stuff so that will do some decluttering, too.

My underwear is just a smidge big and I don't feel like spending money to replace it all right now, with an impending strike.  But I did add some pretty ones in the correct size to wear around boyfriend.   ;D

I have a whole lot of stuff still to tackle from when I had my Dad's stuff at my place before it went to auction.  Which reminds me... I haven't seen a cheque from the auction house yet!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on April 01, 2015, 11:49:37 AM
I, too, am so inspired by this thread.  Today was shopping/clean out the fridge and freezer day.  When I finished that, I just kept going and cleaned out my condiments/dressing/baking stuff cupboard.  That took two bags of trash.  Who needs six (!) jars of (outdated) pizza sauce, especially when I never make pizza?  ::).  I must have bought it in a fit of "It'll be fun making our own pizza!"

  emerge with the house I want.

As for old underwear/socks/bras: someone commented that since they were single and didn't have anyone to "impress", what's the point of buying new or pretty ones?  I said the same to DD16 the other day when she was shopping for her underthings.  She promptly called me on it, saying "Mom, you should make yourself feel good first!"   I know I have to do this, I know she's right, but it feels "wasteful" :(. 

So let my DD challenge all of us to buy the pretty things for ourselves!

Hehehe. That was me. And I do agree with your DD. But as I'm still losing weight, so I'd rather wait until I"m where I want to be, and then buy nice things. Plus, I'm a big believer in comfort over looks, so I'm content to stick with my loose, granny undies for now. But you can bet when I find some that are pretty and comfy, I'm buying them!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on April 01, 2015, 01:12:01 PM
Here's my encouragement to you to "use the pretty soap" (or buy nice underwear, or whatever).  I was helping a client organize her photography studio and she told me the story of when her mom died. Client found a beautiful bar of soap that mom never used (not sure if Client gave it to her or not). client brought it home and used it. She said everytime she used it in the shower, she cried for her mom.  So, use the soap, the china, the "nice" linens, whatever. Enjoy. If they get broken, torn or used up, at leave you've gotten some enjoyment out of them instead of having stuff gather dust in your cupboards.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lynn2000 on April 01, 2015, 04:00:14 PM
Here's my encouragement to you to "use the pretty soap" (or buy nice underwear, or whatever).  I was helping a client organize her photography studio and she told me the story of when her mom died. Client found a beautiful bar of soap that mom never used (not sure if Client gave it to her or not). client brought it home and used it. She said everytime she used it in the shower, she cried for her mom.  So, use the soap, the china, the "nice" linens, whatever. Enjoy. If they get broken, torn or used up, at leave you've gotten some enjoyment out of them instead of having stuff gather dust in your cupboards.

POD! I have a ton of notebooks/journals. Probably enough for my entire life. I already went through them over the holidays and got rid of a few lesser ones, repacked them so they didn't take up as much space, etc.. But, I know some people who love notebooks, and collect them, but are saving them for something special, which in their case often means they never get used. I'm going to use all of mine. My goal is to have them beat up with broken spines, sitting in the burn bag because I've not only filled them with writing, but then digitized the writing, so I don't need the notebook anymore.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Gwywnnydd on April 01, 2015, 04:11:57 PM
I cleaned the shelves in my refrigerator.

In the process I touched all the things, and threw out the stuff that was simply never going to be used (bottles of ginger beer concentrate that I ended up not caring for, an unidentified chutney-ish stuff, some pepperoni that had migrated to the back of the fridge and threatened to demand voting rights...).

It's a small step, but it's a step.

And now none of my fridge shelves are sticky!  ;D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: magicdomino on April 02, 2015, 09:45:17 AM
Here's my encouragement to you to "use the pretty soap" (or buy nice underwear, or whatever).  I was helping a client organize her photography studio and she told me the story of when her mom died. Client found a beautiful bar of soap that mom never used (not sure if Client gave it to her or not). client brought it home and used it. She said everytime she used it in the shower, she cried for her mom.  So, use the soap, the china, the "nice" linens, whatever. Enjoy. If they get broken, torn or used up, at leave you've gotten some enjoyment out of them instead of having stuff gather dust in your cupboards.

Especially use the pretty soap if someone gave it to you and you like it.  After my mother died, I found several baskets of fancy soap, lotions, and the like sitting around untouched, still in the plastic.  Some I had given to her.  I have no idea if they were left unopened because she didn't like that kind of stuff, or because she was saving it for a special occasion.  Knowing Mother, it was probably the latter, but what kind of special occasion would you need for peppermint foot lotion?
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Carotte on April 02, 2015, 10:26:03 AM
My SO put aside a dozen tee to drop in a donation box, it's a good start, but that's what he gets in not even 2 years of conferences! One  time he brought back 3 from the same one, one from being a speaker, one for winning a technical challenge and the regular one! So I hope it's not a once in a lifetime thing :).
Plus, in volume 12 of his tee is about half of my whole wardrobe.
I have a few tees myself that are good to discart.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: sylviatexas on April 03, 2015, 02:15:59 PM
'After my mother died, I found several baskets of fancy soap, lotions, and the like sitting around untouched, still in the plastic'

This kind of breaks my heart.

My grandmother raised 12 children on a threadbare shoestring, some of them during the Depression.

Her sheets were coarse muslin, her bedcovers were the most basic of scrap quilts.

During the post-WWII economic boom, her children would give her smooth, soft, luscious percale sheets for Mother's Day every year.

When my grandmother died, my aunts found all those sheets, still in their J C Penney packages, in her linen closet.

She was saving them.

My new motto, based on that experience & on the stories y'all have shared here, is:

Spritz on the perfume.
Slather on the lotion.
Use the good china.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on April 03, 2015, 02:48:16 PM
'After my mother died, I found several baskets of fancy soap, lotions, and the like sitting around untouched, still in the plastic'

This kind of breaks my heart.

 

My new motto, based on that experience & on the stories y'all have shared here, is:

Spritz on the perfume.
Slather on the lotion.
Use the good china.

I do the first two. While I may be waiting to buy nicer undies, i do not skimp at all on my beauty products. I have friends who are appalled at what I spend, but hey, its my indulgance and I enjoy it.

My mom does #3, but not china; she uses her good silver all the time. Its just her, and when I visit, her and me, but she likes it, its out, so she uses it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on April 03, 2015, 07:40:55 PM
I picked "good dishes" at our last house that were microwave safe (no metal trim) and dishwasher safe - because I want to use my "good stuff" without worrying about it.

VorGuy bought our "good tableware" after college - stainless steel Oneida "heirloom" weight and pattern - I was a bit upset at first, because he picked out his mother's pattern while I was in classes a thousand miles away...but I have grown to like it (and we've added long handled iced tea spoons and the various serving pieces in the same pattern - he didn't like the steak knives in that design, so we've never bought them). 

My only regret is that he went out to buy "our good china" while I was in the hospital after having VorSon...and the Midnight Madness Sale items were not returnable.  Metal trim, an overly ornate design that (according to web research) does not do well in the dishwasher, and just not to my taste.  He's so happy with it that it stays on display in the china cabinet...but if he wants to use it, he gets to wash it - by hand; dry it - by hand; and put it away... the same "deal" as the gold trimmed bar glasses that he fell in love with back in college (that I have never used) that I made when he insisted that he had to have these particular glasses.

If it doesn't go in the dishwasher, then he gets to use them whenever he wants..to clean them himself afterward.

They still look brand new.  I do dust them once in a while...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on April 03, 2015, 07:55:31 PM
I got rid of a lot of magazines! I'm so pleased with myself! But I still am hoping that when my DH isn't looking, I can get rid of some of the things he has bought for me. (He loves to buy children's books for me because I'm a teacher. I want to read and donate. His feelings are hurt when I do that. :()
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on April 03, 2015, 08:43:41 PM
I got rid of a lot of magazines! I'm so pleased with myself! But I still am hoping that when my DH isn't looking, I can get rid of some of the things he has bought for me. (He loves to buy children's books for me because I'm a teacher. I want to read and donate. His feelings are hurt when I do that. :()

Donate them to the library at school with a bookplate showing his name as the donor?
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: andi on April 03, 2015, 09:23:23 PM
The boys have plans for after the game tomorrow, so I'm going to tackle my closet. We have a huge neighborhood garage sale in two weeks, I want to s of stuff to go
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on April 04, 2015, 10:14:32 PM
I got rid of a lot of magazines! I'm so pleased with myself! But I still am hoping that when my DH isn't looking, I can get rid of some of the things he has bought for me. (He loves to buy children's books for me because I'm a teacher. I want to read and donate. His feelings are hurt when I do that. :()

Donate them to the library at school with a bookplate showing his name as the donor?

No, he and I donate books (thousands) to the local school libraries. But the ones he buys for me, he expects to see on the shelves. At this point I'm hoping for another grandchild to give them too. That won't upset him. Because of his FOO, he can be very sensitive about gifts. He is very generous and wants (& needs) to see that you love what he has given you.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on April 04, 2015, 10:18:43 PM
Today I did the coat closet. I got rid of a huge amount of shopping bags, some coats, sweaters, and snowsuits.  We already made a trip to the Goodwill and donated them. I'm a happy camper! The door closes, there is room for the coats of our guests and it is now off of my to-do list!!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: AvidReader on April 06, 2015, 01:04:18 PM
I just finished reading "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing," by Marie Kondo, and was inspired to add to the recyle bin, literally a half-pound of bits and pieces of non-precious metal jewelry, pins and other memorabilia going back decades.  I certainly haven't worn membership pins or awards from any number of organizations that I was a member of.   I got the joy out of them at the time, and then into a box they went.  I took the point of view that it was time for the metal to be recycled, possibly into pins or other memorabilia that would bring joy to someone else.   In the grand scheme of things, they did not take up a lot of space, but it was certainly a long-standing sticking point in my decluttering process. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on April 06, 2015, 02:53:43 PM
I just finished reading "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing," by Marie Kondo, and was inspired to add to the recyle bin, literally a half-pound of bits and pieces of non-precious metal jewelry, pins and other memorabilia going back decades.  I certainly haven't worn membership pins or awards from any number of organizations that I was a member of.   I got the joy out of them at the time, and then into a box they went.  I took the point of view that it was time for the metal to be recycled, possibly into pins or other memorabilia that would bring joy to someone else.   In the grand scheme of things, they did not take up a lot of space, but it was certainly a long-standing sticking point in my decluttering process.

I ordered this book last night and am looking forward to reading it. I'm on a "konmarie" Facebook page and am getting lots of glimpses and encouragement there!  Good job on getting over a sticking point.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on April 06, 2015, 03:41:19 PM
I just finished reading "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing," by Marie Kondo, and was inspired to add to the recyle bin, literally a half-pound of bits and pieces of non-precious metal jewelry, pins and other memorabilia going back decades.  I certainly haven't worn membership pins or awards from any number of organizations that I was a member of.   I got the joy out of them at the time, and then into a box they went.  I took the point of view that it was time for the metal to be recycled, possibly into pins or other memorabilia that would bring joy to someone else.   In the grand scheme of things, they did not take up a lot of space, but it was certainly a long-standing sticking point in my decluttering process.

Over Easter, the single dad in the family was telling me that this book had transformed his home, and his approach to his stuff. I need to get it from the library too.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: demarco on April 06, 2015, 05:51:32 PM
I've been finding it hard to get anything done lately, least of all decluttering, but today I went through a couple of file drawers and was able to isolate a small pile of receipts for shredding and some papers for recycling. It's hardly anything considering how much I want to get rid of but at least it's something.

I think my next step will be to bag up some way-too-small clothes for donation.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: andi on April 06, 2015, 06:34:28 PM
I went through my closet and dresser on Saturday. All the cloths that don't fit, I don't love, might fit again someday but are out of style are in the garage sale pile. Shoes, purses, etc as well.  I got all the empty shoe boxes out and the bags of plasitc bags. Also the old golf club sets. Hubby needs to go through all the extra bedding (from when we had the hunting cabin) so we can donate all the old sheets and blankets. I have a floor again!

Then I hit Boo's closet and took out everything he's outgrown. I had nice t-shirts and pants that still have tags. I may try to take those back to Khols before the sale. 4 pair of shoes, if we stay I'll sve those for the Samaritines Purse Christmas Child donation his school does each year.

I'm getting rid of all my old China - it's not "me" anymore.  It's not dishwasher safe (or microwaveable). Service for 8 and serving pieces.  We have 2 older computers that need to be wiped and go as well.

Hubby needs to go through the garage and his closet before the 17th. (Huge neighborhood sale). If we wind up moving I want to take as little as possible since we're most likely going to downsize.

Right now my dining room and office are "stageimg areas" amd a mess, but it'll be better soon.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: AvidReader on April 11, 2015, 07:18:51 AM
Also from the Marie Kondo book I mentioned in #631 above...  She advocates getting rid of all paper.  Well, that may work in Japan, but maybe not so much here.  What I did do this week was locate pdfs of all the owner's manuals to all the appliances, devices and outdoor type machines (lawnmower, etc.) and save them to a usb.  Seems that after initial set-up, we have never needed to refer to them and just stuck them in a file.  I asked DH how many times he referred to the snowthrower manual since he bought it in 2003.  Try, like never.  By getting all the manuals in electronic form, I was able to place into recycling a grocery store paper sack chock full of manuals and liberate nearly one entire file drawer (little victories).  What I did hang on to were purchase receipts....might be handy in a warranty situation, but rationally, that is not likely for the 12 y/o snowthrower or any of our other gracefully aging things.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on April 11, 2015, 08:43:33 PM
I filled three wastepaper baskets with magazines, papers and clippings that I thought I needed to save. I'm feeling good about that. I need to go through all of my holiday (except Christmas) decorations and streamline those. Maybe next week. After I pack up the Easter decorations. Those I went through those as I was putting them out!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on April 13, 2015, 01:13:14 AM
I just spent too much time looking for a pattern that I had just seen while working on the sewing room. Must work on making space for all of the patterns to be in the same place! (I have three different places now.)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: kudeebee on April 13, 2015, 01:44:17 AM
What I did do this week was locate pdfs of all the owner's manuals to all the appliances, devices and outdoor type machines (lawnmower, etc.) and save them to a usb.  Seems that after initial set-up, we have never needed to refer to them and just stuck them in a file.  I asked DH how many times he referred to the snowthrower manual since he bought it in 2003.  Try, like never. 

Great idea!  This is what I plan to do as well.  DH wants to keep all these around and I know only one or two have ever been looked at.

Still working on cleaning out at school.  Garage sale at the end of the month and I want to have a nice sized teacher section.  Dining room is the catchall room for anything garage sale.  Now to talk dh into going through his garage stuff.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on April 13, 2015, 07:52:13 AM
Also from the Marie Kondo book I mentioned in #631 above...  She advocates getting rid of all paper.  Well, that may work in Japan, but maybe not so much here.  What I did do this week was locate pdfs of all the owner's manuals to all the appliances, devices and outdoor type machines (lawnmower, etc.) and save them to a usb.  Seems that after initial set-up, we have never needed to refer to them and just stuck them in a file.  I asked DH how many times he referred to the snowthrower manual since he bought it in 2003.  Try, like never.  By getting all the manuals in electronic form, I was able to place into recycling a grocery store paper sack chock full of manuals and liberate nearly one entire file drawer (little victories).  What I did hang on to were purchase receipts....might be handy in a warranty situation, but rationally, that is not likely for the 12 y/o snowthrower or any of our other gracefully aging things.

I never thought to do this! I will be adding this to my list of things to do when I'm on my staycation this summer.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on April 13, 2015, 08:03:30 AM
I once again cleaned out my closet. I find it very therapeutic, esp when I can get rid of things that are too big! Compared to what I had two years ago, I have very few clothes left, although I definitely have enough for the summer. I quit my second job, so no longer do I have to worry about wearing something comfortable that i won't roast in on the days I work there.

I will also have more free time, so i don't have to try and cram going to do my laundry into one of the two free nights i have each week.

I have 3 bags to donate, and another 3 to send to this one website where I sold a lot of my other stuff. Shoes and bags included. Last go around, i think i sent 6-7 boxes and made over $400.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: mandycorn on April 17, 2015, 12:54:22 PM
I bought new garage shelves last weekend and that prompted me to organize the garage so I could get rid of the old one and install the new ones. I managed to haul three huge bags of garbage down to the community dumpster, including several really raggedy cardboard boxes that I had laying on the floor of the garage "protecting" it from dirt, but really just creating a tripping hazard.

I love my new shelves, and my success at organizing pushed me to keep going inside. I did the dining room table two nights ago and then last night, I cleaned out the miscellaneous cabinet and the top of the fridge. The cabinet had tablecloths, pet supplies, light bulbs, and exercise equipment all jumbled together. Now it has the table decorations on one shelf, pet things all together on another shelf, and exercise gear in the bottom. I was able to move all the household bits and bobs out to the new garage shelves, get rid of something like 6 phone books, and throw away a lot of empty packages of cat toys. And the top of the fridge only has candles and a plant, instead of piles of expired coupons!

I think I'm going to tackle the junk drawer tonight. I bet there's more stuff that can go out to the garage and probably a lot of things that can just be tossed!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Gwywnnydd on April 17, 2015, 02:42:34 PM
I did some significant work on my back porch today.
Stuff that had been hanging out, waiting for me to locate the circular tuit for a dump run got moved off the porch (onto the ground below. I'm calling it "the staging area"), I sorted through all but one of the containers being used as storage out there. I now have a large pile of stuff for the dump, a large box of stuff for my local Buy Nothing group, and a much cleaner back porch.

Now I need to post on my BN group that I need someone to come get the box, and sort/gift the contents (because if I wait until I have the time/energy, it wont get done).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: magicdomino on April 17, 2015, 04:10:08 PM
My new shelves arrived!  Yay!   To alleviate confusion: I've become obsessed with Origami shelves.  http://www.origamirack.com/
I love that they are surprisingly sturdy for their size, but they fold up nicely.

I have two of the small Origami ones.  Right now, they are on the carport holding seedlings.  Thanks to the wheels, I can move them in and out of the sun, so that they don't get sunburned or too dried out or drown in the rain.  When the babies go out into their beds, I can fold the shelves up for storage or move them to another job. 

The large shelving units in the basement aren't Origami, but they are also on wheels.  Love the wheels!  I use them for storing holiday decorations.  Most of the year, they can be packed together, but are still easily accessible when October comes.  (Or December.  You know, that other holiday.  ;-)  )

If anyone is interested, Origami shelving occasionally shows up on Woot.com at a discount.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: cattlekid on April 22, 2015, 12:35:05 PM
Worked two hours this morning:

2 large bags of clothes in the truck ready for Goodwill
1 large bag of clothes ready to be sold on Bookoo
Found an unused $25 gift card for one of the local malls
Found some fabric from Joann's with the receipt.  $16 back to me when I return it tomorrow.

I also found a tax form that I thought was lost forever.  This may help us get back a tax penalty we had to pay on a prior year's return.  If that's the case, this will be the most lucrative two hours I have spent in a LONG time.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on April 22, 2015, 12:58:14 PM
I'm beginning a ruthless decluttering project next week, while we're off on spring break.

My priorities are:

Kids' toys: donating anything they've outgrown.  Tossing anything that is broken.  Finding a better system for organizing the stuff we have left.  I predict these will be categorized as such:
  • Equestria Girl/Barbie/Monster High/Ever After High dolls
  • and their accoutrements
  • My Little Pony
  • Legos (OH the Legos...)
  • American Girl type dolls
  • and their accoutrements
  • dress up clothes

Kids' books.  They really have too many and many are to young for them.

The stuffed animals that are clearly breeding

Everyone's clothes.  I've been trying to put aside things that my youngest has outgrown as I'm doing laundry but I really need to go through their closet.  I have a bunch of stuff I never wear.  And my husband has a whole shelf full of jeans that no longer fit.  I need to convince him they need to go bye-bye. 

The electronics that have been cluttering up our house.  We have 2 computers and 3 TVs that need to go to the recycling center already.

I'm going to try to get into the kitchen too but I went through that last year.  It would be more of a cleaning/reorganizing than decluttering.

I wanted to update my decluttering progress.  The girls and I pulled out every single toy they owned and put it all into categories.  Then we went through each item.  I was able to get rid of the small Happy Meal Toys and a bunch of broken bits and bobs.  I was also able to get rid of a lot of stuffed animals (filled a whole large trash bag). I was most pleased with the amount of dress up clothes that were too small/torn/stained, etc. they agreed to get rid of.  When we were done, the amount of toys was manageable and the whole area looked much neater.

Then my MIL got wind of what we were doing and pulled out a bunch of crap she insisted I keep because they were old clothes from when I was a kid.  Then my husband decided I would regret throwing away a torn up dress I wore when I was 6 (I won't) and insisted I just store them in our (full to bursting) basement.  So I got it out of the area but not out of the house.  And I was just so mad because my MIL is the one that complains the loudest about how much stuff the kids have.  >:(  The bags are still waiting to go downstairs and I'm debating on whether I should just "accidentally" put the one with the things I wanted to get rid of in the garbage on the way down.  He and his parents are slight hoarders and it is so frustrating.  They pulled the same thing with the books the girls no longer wanted.  Instead of taking them to the thrift store, I have to put them in our stuffed to the gills basement.   ::)

But in more positive news, I also went through the junk in our dining room, that is used more for homework/games and I was able to put a bunch of games in the donate pile.  The kids never use them and they were fine with it.  I'm pretending this is all going into the basement too.

I also cleaned out a bunch of drawers we're using for bathroom storage and got rid of all the half used, 3+ year old lotions and potions and those drawers look so much nicer.  And I was able to weed out the kids' closet.

I really wanted to get into our closet and the kitchen but I ran out of time.  Maybe some rainy weekend.

My husband swore to me that we'd get rid of the electronics while I was off but he got really busy and it never happened.  I really need those things to go away but I can't lift them myself.

The really nice thing that happened is that a friend of ours moved to the other side of the country and was giving away all of his stuff.  One of those things was a very nice couch and all we had to do was pick it up.  We got rid of the couch that I've daydreamed about setting on fire and the new couch really looks nice in the room.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on April 22, 2015, 01:38:49 PM
Then my MIL got wind of what we were doing and pulled out a bunch of crap she insisted I keep because they were old clothes from when I was a kid.  Then my husband decided I would regret throwing away a torn up dress I wore when I was 6 (I won't) and insisted I just store them in our (full to bursting) basement.  So I got it out of the area but not out of the house.  And I was just so mad because my MIL is the one that complains the loudest about how much stuff the kids have.  >:(  The bags are still waiting to go downstairs and I'm debating on whether I should just "accidentally" put the one with the things I wanted to get rid of in the garbage on the way down.  He and his parents are slight hoarders and it is so frustrating.  They pulled the same thing with the books the girls no longer wanted.  Instead of taking them to the thrift store, I have to put them in our stuffed to the gills basement.   ::)

I feel for you. FOrturnately, I'm the one with collector/hoarder tendencies and I'm the one who is working on decluttering. So I give the boxes to my husband and he makes them disappear. We all feel better that way.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: AvidReader on April 22, 2015, 01:41:40 PM

<major snip>
.....I have to put them in our stuffed to the gills basement.   
<major snip>

Take care with that overstuffed basement.  My late DMIL's basement was full to bursting; she couldn't part with stuff.  After her death, my DFIL decided to sell the family home and the basement had to be emptied.  Most of the stuff being "saved" had to be trashed because decades of generations of mice had made comfy homes in everything. 

Be brave, you're on a roll.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: JoW on April 22, 2015, 01:57:50 PM
I wanted to update my decluttering progress.  ....
Then my MIL got wind of what we were doing and pulled out a bunch of crap she insisted I keep because they were old clothes from when I was a kid.  ......
Quick, while your MIL is not at your house, take that crap out of the garage and hide it in your car.  Drop it at the thrift shop this week.  You have to do it while the objectors aren't ooking. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: demarco on April 22, 2015, 02:29:12 PM
I wanted to update my decluttering progress.  ....
Then my MIL got wind of what we were doing and pulled out a bunch of crap she insisted I keep because they were old clothes from when I was a kid.  ......
Quick, while your MIL is not at your house, take that crap out of the garage and hide it in your car.  Drop it at the thrift shop this week.  You have to do it while the objectors aren't looking.

Oh, yeah. I learned this early in life. I detailed my hoarder lineage in the "Hoarders I have Known" thread. Basically, my grandfather, my mother and my brother were hoarders. I remember being about ten years old and announcing that I was going to clean out the old broken toys in my room. My brother said, "Can I go through your trash before you throw it out?" I refused to allow this because even at that young age I knew my family well enough to know that everything I tried to get rid of would be either back in my room or piled up somewhere else in the house. I suspect my brother and probably my mother went through the stuff after I put it out but at least they didn't bring anything back in where I could see it.

If there are hoarders in your midst, it's smart to declutter on the sly.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on April 22, 2015, 03:38:36 PM
I wanted to update my decluttering progress.  ....
Then my MIL got wind of what we were doing and pulled out a bunch of crap she insisted I keep because they were old clothes from when I was a kid.  ......
Quick, while your MIL is not at your house, take that crap out of the garage and hide it in your car.  Drop it at the thrift shop this week.  You have to do it while the objectors aren't looking.


Oh, yeah. I learned this early in life. I detailed my hoarder lineage in the "Hoarders I have Known" thread. Basically, my grandfather, my mother and my brother were hoarders. I remember being about ten years old and announcing that I was going to clean out the old broken toys in my room. My brother said, "Can I go through your trash before you throw it out?" I refused to allow this because even at that young age I knew my family well enough to know that everything I tried to get rid of would be either back in my room or piled up somewhere else in the house. I suspect my brother and probably my mother went through the stuff after I put it out but at least they didn't bring anything back in where I could see it.

If there are hoarders in your midst, it's smart to declutter on the sly.


I did the actual process while everyone but me and the kids were out of the house.  I had this stuff ready for the garbage bin and she went through it.  I should have just taken it right out but I was adding general household garbage to the bag.  Also, I never dreamed she'd be so attached to some jankey dresses I wore in 1978.  Seriously.  The girls have worn them to the point they're falling apart.  They're not even good enough for the rag bag.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: kudeebee on April 22, 2015, 10:38:17 PM
I did the actual process while everyone but me and the kids were out of the house.  I had this stuff ready for the garbage bin and she went through it.  I should have just taken it right out but I was adding general household garbage to the bag.  Also, I never dreamed she'd be so attached to some jankey dresses I wore in 1978.  Seriously.  The girls have worn them to the point they're falling apart.  They're not even good enough for the rag bag.

Put the items in bags that you can somehow mark.  When mil and dh are not around, get rid of them.  Now you have learned that when you have items to get rid of, get them out of the house right away before mil or dh can see them/go through bag.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: demarco on April 26, 2015, 10:20:15 PM

A charity that picks up once a month in my neighborhood will be coming by tomorrow.  I've got eight bags of clothes to leave out for them. I'd like to set a goal of a certain number of bags every month. I don't want to be too ambitious with it because then I just get discouraged....
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: TootsNYC on April 26, 2015, 10:30:50 PM
I wanted to update my decluttering progress.  ....
Then my MIL got wind of what we were doing and pulled out a bunch of crap she insisted I keep because they were old clothes from when I was a kid.  ......
Quick, while your MIL is not at your house, take that crap out of the garage and hide it in your car.  Drop it at the thrift shop this week.  You have to do it while the objectors aren't ooking.

Definitely! And let me encourage you to have some backbone; your MIL is *not* the boss of you. You do not have to do a darned thing she says, especially not with your stuff or your kids' stuff. And your DH doesn't get to say anything about your stuff either.
  Be firm!

Next time, never ever ever let them near the stuff you're throwing away. Find a way to keep it completely out of their radar.

Or, if it's truly not donatable, tear it up really badly before you put it in the garbage.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on April 27, 2015, 04:25:34 PM
I'm reading The Magical Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and trying to implement her method. I am being humbled because I thought our home was pretty well "clutter free," but I'm seeing it with new eyes and letting go of more and more stuff that doesn't Spark Joy.  Even getting DH in on the action. We went through our bookshelves yesterday and let go of a goodly amount; I'd say at least 25%.  We'll either sell them at an upcoming garage sale or donate them to our local Friends of the Library for their event.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: andi on April 27, 2015, 04:53:37 PM
We participated in out neighborhood garage sale last weekend. The weather did not cooperate much, so we were not able to get a lot of the larger items out. However, my closet, the storage closet , Boio's clothes closet and garage were well represented.  We made $400 to put towards medical bills and I have aust for Craig's list.

If we wind up moving, there will be lots more furniture for sake and I'll need to make a trip to the city dump to shred. We missed the free clean up on that
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: mandycorn on April 30, 2015, 12:21:26 PM
Lots of banks and credit unions in my area offer free shredding days, so you may be able to find another opportunity for that one, andi. I'm really impressed by your garage sale total, though!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 20, 2015, 09:53:31 AM
A friend posted this on FB. She makes some really good points, esp about not being afraid to be able to replace something, if it turns out you need it, vs. keeping it indefinitely, in case you  do need it! the only thing i disagree on is under the bed storage. i have limited space, so I do have some things there, but i go through and consolidate and purge that too, regularly.

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/08/the-urge-to-purge/
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: workingmum on May 24, 2015, 12:23:52 AM
You all have inspired me. I live with a hoarder... 11 year old DD. She takes after my gran. When we were going through gran's house just before she passed away, we found fabric she had purchased before I was born.. and I'm 39! Unfortunately, DD is the same. She has bits of paper and clutter all over the house. I hate clutter.. it stresses me and it's just more to clean!

After reading this thread I have decided no more! We have boxes we havent opened since we moved 8 months ago! I started by listing some cabinets for sale that I got a few months ago that have been sitting around waiting for me to do something with. I figured if I havent moved them in months, chances are, I'm not going to. Next is an antique replica side table and chair I picked up months ago - why I have no idea as they don't match anything else in my house!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: BlendedFamily on May 24, 2015, 09:40:33 AM
Yesterday my main hallway closet got cleaned out and organized. Yay! I took the mirrored doors off as they are always falling off of the track and the last thing I need is an accident for 18 month old ds!! As I was organising the closet, I also did the front entrance and powder room.
Today a very big terrarium (with bearded dragon) leaves my home. I'll be sad to see the beardie go but we've found it hard keeping care of him with he little guy around. The only plus is that that will clear up the corner in my dining room! I feel energized getting some stuff done!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on May 24, 2015, 05:53:56 PM
Does decluttering my car count?

I cleaned out my car and threw out a bunch of junk ranging from an old, holey blanket to maps from the Pleistocene era.  I don't live in an area that gets a lot of snow, so being stranded in the snow isn't really an issue.  However, I did find a container at Goodwill, an old pet food container with a flip-top lid, for my car tools.  I located three screwdrivers, a pair of needle-nosed pliers, a pair of vise-grip pliers, my spark plug socket wrench, and all my bungee cords, and put them into this container, which is in the plastic bin next to the jumper cables that I keep in the back of my car.  My car is a hatchback, so there's no trunk, and it looks neater with everything in the bin instead of all over the place.  I also found two umbrellas that I knew we had but didn't know where they were.  I've decided to keep the folding chair in the back, as it has come in handy a few times.  Now my car looks a lot better, although it could use a good vacuuming.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on May 24, 2015, 08:40:43 PM
Totally counts, Sirius!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bethalize on May 24, 2015, 09:48:38 PM
I am feeling proud of myself. I have Freecycled my great-grandmother's treadle sewing machine. It had some sentimental value as I learned to sew on it with my beloved grandmother but it was big and the wood was very water damaged. After paying for it to be serviced I never used it. I gave replaced it with a tea trolley that not only holds the telephone and the plant just as well, it has a smaller footprint and has a shelf underneath where all the odd bottles of drink can live. I might even use it as a tea trolley one day.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: otterwoman on May 24, 2015, 11:31:09 PM
I am feeling proud of myself. I have Freecycled my great-grandmother's treadle sewing machine. It had some sentimental value as I learned to sew on it with my beloved grandmother but it was big and the wood was very water damaged. After paying for it to be serviced I never used it. I gave replaced it with a tea trolley that not only holds the telephone and the plant just as well, it has a smaller footprint and has a shelf underneath where all the odd bottles of drink can live. I might even use it as a tea trolley one day.

I belong to a Facebook group for vintage sewing machines enthusiasts. Let me say Thank You for freecycling your machine instead of throwing it away. I hope the new owners love it and make wonderful memories on it, as you did.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: SamiHami on May 25, 2015, 09:08:52 AM
I'm feeling paralyzed by clutter right now.

I'd made fairly good progress decluttering my house some time ago, then we had to clean out my IL's house only to discover it was a hoarder's paradise. They kept the downstairs fairly neat, but we never had reason to go upstairs. There were reasons we had to do things very quickly and a lot of stuff, who knows what of value-wound up in the landfill, sadly.

Anyway, we grabbed what we were able to and brought it home. In our rush we took a lot more stuff than what he really wanted; we wound up donating a good bit of it. But we still have a ton of their stuff that we aren't sure what to do with.

Then my own mother passed away on May 1st this year. Dad has been going through stuff. They have a rather large house and we've always known mom stashed stuff all around the house, but she always kept things very neat so it wasn't noticeable. While cleaning out some of the rooms we've discovered tons of stuff...hoards of light bulbs (she didn't want to convert to "Obama bulbs" so apparently created her own little stockpile). Tons of clothes. Collections...she collected all kinds of stuff. I've been helping Dad go through things and we've been donating a lot but there are also some things that my brother and I aren't willing to part with, but it adds to the clutter in our own homes. Just where am I going to put 250 jacknives? That's my half of her collection. A set of bowls I always loved since childhood-yet I already have far too many dishes in my kitchen. Things are getting way out of control and I am feeling paralyzed and don't even know where to begin with clearing out my house.

DH and I have very clear ideas of how we want the house to be organized. We just can't seem to get there. I don't even know where to begin...sometimes I think I'd like to just move somewhere else and just take DH, the cat and leave everything else behind...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on May 25, 2015, 09:53:35 AM
I remember reading a book in the 1980s about a Catholic woman with eight children in Oklahoma, USA(I think that was where they lived - she was a writer in the style of Erma Bombeck - but with more children and she mentioned religion a bit - for those of you who know who Erma was).  I mention the Catholic because the writer wrote that into her humor, since it related to having had eight children and there were times when she was getting the family ready for church and funny situations arose, so it did get mentioned in her books.

There was a tornado.  Their home was demolished.  She and the kids made it to the storm shelter in their yard and the husband was downtown, out of the path of the tornado.

It relates because they stayed in a friend's summer home "at the lake" while house hunting.  She mentioned how easy it was to move into a "new" house with only a few suitcases of clothes and the check from their insurance company in their bank. 

While it sounds like it would be so much easier - most of us would really, really miss those few things that we really treasure.   
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 25, 2015, 09:57:22 AM
Some decluttering accomplished at my house but not by me.  My BF is sick today and is at my house.  He wanted some little jobs to do if he was feeling up to it.  So I gave him a big pile of stuff to shred.  Which he has apparently done.  He's got a couple other little jobs to do and I'll go home for lunch so I can give him a couple more little things to do, if he's up to it.

Right now, he's doing the very important task of petting my poor, neglected cat.  She hasn't had a lot of time with me/us lately because we've been so busy.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: SamiHami on May 25, 2015, 10:06:00 AM
Some decluttering accomplished at my house but not by me.  My BF is sick today and is at my house.  He wanted some little jobs to do if he was feeling up to it.  So I gave him a big pile of stuff to shred.  Which he has apparently done.  He's got a couple other little jobs to do and I'll go home for lunch so I can give him a couple more little things to do, if he's up to it.

Right now, he's doing the very important task of petting my poor, neglected cat.  She hasn't had a lot of time with me/us lately because we've been so busy.

I'm really wanting a fire pit. It seems like it'd be easier and quicker than shredding a bunch of ppw.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 25, 2015, 10:13:47 AM
Yup.  The BF's parents have one at their place and his mom burns all kinds of stuff.  But you have to be careful and do it on a day after it has rained and there isn't a lot of wind, since the ashes tend to drift and some of them are still hot and can start a fire where you don't want it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: otterwoman on May 25, 2015, 11:05:24 AM
I remember reading a book in the 1980s about a Catholic woman with eight children in Oklahoma, USA(I think that was where they lived - she was a writer in the style of Erma Bombeck - but with more children and she mentioned religion a bit - for those of you who know who Erma was).  I mention the Catholic because the writer wrote that into her humor, since it related to having had eight children and there were times when she was getting the family ready for church and funny situations arose, so it did get mentioned in her books.

There was a tornado.  Their home was demolished.  She and the kids made it to the storm shelter in their yard and the husband was downtown, out of the path of the tornado.

It relates because they stayed in a friend's summer home "at the lake" while house hunting.  She mentioned how easy it was to move into a "new" house with only a few suitcases of clothes and the check from their insurance company in their bank. 

While it sounds like it would be so much easier - most of us would really, really miss those few things that we really treasure.

Teresa Bloomingdale, I Should Have Seen It Coming When The Rabbit Died. Ten kids, Nebraska. I love that book.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on May 25, 2015, 12:03:33 PM
I remember reading a book in the 1980s about a Catholic woman with eight children in Oklahoma, USA(I think that was where they lived - she was a writer in the style of Erma Bombeck - but with more children and she mentioned religion a bit - for those of you who know who Erma was).  I mention the Catholic because the writer wrote that into her humor, since it related to having had eight children and there were times when she was getting the family ready for church and funny situations arose, so it did get mentioned in her books.

There was a tornado.  Their home was demolished.  She and the kids made it to the storm shelter in their yard and the husband was downtown, out of the path of the tornado.

It relates because they stayed in a friend's summer home "at the lake" while house hunting.  She mentioned how easy it was to move into a "new" house with only a few suitcases of clothes and the check from their insurance company in their bank. 

While it sounds like it would be so much easier - most of us would really, really miss those few things that we really treasure.

Teresa Bloomingdale, I Should Have Seen It Coming When The Rabbit Died. Ten kids, Nebraska. I love that book.

According to Amazon.com (and the library where I discovered three of her books) - there are more than three...they're just not easily found as they are out of print.

But hilarious and thought provoking, at the same time.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Elisabunny on May 25, 2015, 01:08:45 PM
I'm feeling paralyzed by clutter right now.

...

A set of bowls I always loved since childhood-yet I already have far too many dishes in my kitchen.


First, hugs.  My mom just died too, and my dad is clearing out the house.  There are a lot of things I'd like to keep, but there just. isn't. room.  And I fully understand the feeling of being paralyzed by it all.

Second, the bowls.  Would you be willing to trade out the bowls you already have, for your mom's?  Non-matching dishes can be charming, especially if there's a story behind it.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 27, 2015, 10:28:02 AM
My mom and I are embarking on a pre-de cluttering mission this week. She will be moving and downsizing, but we don't know exactly where or how much space she'll have, so while I'm visiting, we have been going over things, and I have to give a yay or nay, not maybe. So far, so good. It helps I live in a 1br apt, and have limited space, and don't want to pay for storage, as I have no clue as to when, if ever, I may move to somewhere with more space.

So I've committed to a few things, even though they will most like end up in a box in my closet.

We also went through thu things I brought and she has to donate to her church's annual rummage sale. This is where we differ though. She seems to need to get every bit of use out of something, or donate, even when not really suitable. Full unopened pack of index cards? Yes, as office supplies are good. The stack of 15 or so loose ones, a bit ratty In Condition? A baby knit dress I wore? Mind you I am 49, and the hem is ratty and the fabric a bit worn. A knit baby hat with small porcelain bells sewn on? Again, same era. No. She doesn't get how some things have changed, and what might have been suitable when I was young, no longer are. Ugh. I did win that battle. Even when she said they might appeal to someone with no money.


No. I finally said I'll tKe them and will either use or toss them. I also had a very old robe. Has to be at least 20 years old, and as its mine, I don't care, but has a bloodstain inside. I told her she can have it for rags, but emphasized itis not in any condition to donate anywhere.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Nuala on May 28, 2015, 08:34:31 PM
She seems to need to get every bit of use out of something, or donate, even when not really suitable. Full unopened pack of index cards? Yes, as office supplies are good. The stack of 15 or so loose ones, a bit ratty In Condition?

When one is as fabulous as Tina Fey, one can auction 3 opened containers of laxative for charity.

http://www.vulture.com/2015/05/tina-fey-sold-all-her-crap-for-a-good-cause.html

(Language NSFW)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: andi on May 28, 2015, 08:58:53 PM
We're getting ready to move so I'm trying to deck utter as we pack and store for pictures and staging. I want to move the least amount possible since we have to pay per hour. Plus our living space is going from 2600 square feet to 1200  amd I don't want the apartment crowded.  Trying to simplify
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on June 08, 2015, 08:45:56 AM
I managed to clean out the armoire I have in my dining room, and keep my nice dishes etc. packed away in. It started with my mom asking for an inventory of what dishes I have (Grandma's) as she thought adding those I wanted or needed might be a nice gift idea. Ok fine. I wasn't going to do it now, but as I wasn't in the mood for actual cleaning, i had to do something!

So I went through, and now have 4 bags of nice things for mom to donate to her church's annual sale! I told her, be careful what you ask for! I was amazed at how much stuff I'd be shoving in there. 16 packs of various cocktail napkins? 10 are being donated, and the rest I'll keep.

I also am donating pretty much all of my scrapbook stuff. I must 400-500 sheets of paper, and other various tools, punches, etc. As I haven't done a thing with any of it in years, its going. I was a bit hesitant about the paper, and thought maybe i'd keep some, but it would mean looking through it all, which I wasn't in the mood to do, and I remembered that article someone posted recently. Which said, among other things, don't be afraid to know you can get rid of things, and afford to replace them, when and if you need to.

So if I ever decide to scrap again, I'll only buy what I need, for that specific project, at that time, and not randomly buy paper and stuff whenever, just because.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Carotte on June 08, 2015, 10:11:17 AM
This thread (an a general feeling of procrastination) prompted me to look up where my mother could give a few tones of books and some pretty ugly dinerware. I have a few addresses to give her, hopefully it will help a bit. She's always wanting to declutter but it's pretty overwhelming and she's alone in this task so new time I'm there I'll suggest going through the books to weed out.
The places I found aren't too keen on paperbacks and that's the majority of what my parents have, but I'm sure we could easily do a box or two. It's literally overflowing, every bit will help.
And knowing the children's books will go to kids might help curb the "I was keeping them for the grandkids (that don't exist yet)".

The ugly dinerware was a gift from a colleague of hers, since she (the colleague) slept at their house at least once a week my mother couldn't just get rid of them, but I just remembered that the colleague will retire at the end of the year so now's the time to donate them! They're in great condition, and I'm sure someone will love them, they're just not meant for my parents  :P

On my end I sold 130 used MiniDisks, a drop in the ocean but it made me some money and cleared some space and I'm glad I didn't have to trash them.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: pwv on June 08, 2015, 12:09:07 PM
Our HOA-sponsored yard sale was this past Saturday.  I had 7 boxes, 3 large paper grocery bags, an end table and a large tote for sale.  I sold most of it and took the remainder to goodwill.   When I left the donation center I celebrated by going out to lunch.

I'm sure by next month I will have started a box for next year's sale.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on June 08, 2015, 12:38:27 PM
Our HOA-sponsored yard sale was this past Saturday.  I had 7 boxes, 3 large paper grocery bags, an end table and a large tote for sale.  I sold most of it and took the remainder to goodwill.   When I left the donation center I celebrated by going out to lunch.

I'm sure by next month I will have started a box for next year's sale.

My mom and i do this  >:D She takes the stuff for the yearly church sale, and then we begin all over again, starting boxes for the next one! when she moves, we'll have to find a new outlet for our "treasures"
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on June 08, 2015, 01:16:15 PM
In the course of cleaning the closet last week - I have pulled out several things that I have never worn, purses in good shape that no longer appeal to me, a few items of various types that no longer work for me (blouse won't button, sweater shows midriff, or the organization of the wallet or purse makes it impossible for *me* to find things in it), or that the other person (cough, VorGuy, who hasn't worn a business suit more than a few times since he went back into the military in 1992) who has stuff (not just business suits) in that closet that has not been worn more than twice in the last ten years. 

*I did run his items by him before tossing them in the box, so no guilt trips, please.*  Which made for a lot fewer things in the box, as he "might need it sometime".  (sigh) 

Goodwill will benefit.

Some other things are getting dry cleaned - then we will discuss whether or not the *cleaned* item goes to the Goodwill or back into the closet.  If they haven't been worn in the last ten years (business suits that are at least fifteen years old), I don't really see a retired guy wearing any of the suits in the last forseeable future...or carrying the brief case that he hasn't used in ten years...

Some things have got to go.  I'm in the position of trying to hang from 40% to 50% more stuff back in the closet than there is really room to hang in the closet.  I need to figure out what to do - some of the less used things may be put in a Rubbermaid tote and the tote stashed in the bottom of the linen closet...

I'm going through my side of the closet and the two very large Rubbermaid storage totes to get rid of things that haven't been worn in years, while they are in season, to donate.  I think washing them to "refresh" them is a good idea.  Getting down to one tote from two and then storing the out of season cooler weather clothing in the other tote will go a long way to letting me *see* everything hanging on my side of the closet without pawing around in the corner where closet rods overlap....that corner is a good place to stick the Rubbermaid totes, as it should keep things from getting lost back there...

I want to redesign the closet so badly - but VorGuy likes the current design - as there is space to fold up T-shirts and leave them stacked on shelves and space to put shoes where they are off the floor.

He just wants the shoes and T-shirts to put themselves on the shelf instead of persisting in staying where he left them...no T-shirt folding robot in the house, so he eventually goes looking for where he left his shoes...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on June 08, 2015, 01:26:13 PM
My BF's ex just tossed his clothes into garbage bags that he picked up then never did anything with.  So I got him to bring them to my place where I washed everything, tossed everything stained/holey into a rag bag, made a pile of stuff to donate that I knew was too big for him, added a few things that were just butt ugly to the pile.  By the time I was done, the only thing he really had to sort through was his dressier shirts.  We took 5 minutes and he decided yes or no.  The few he wanted to keep got hung up, the rest got put in the donate pile.  (He keeps his dressier clothes at my place since he only wears them when we go out.)

He discovered he doesn't need to buy socks or t-shirts for a while!

He has a few more things that he did bring with him when he left that he wants me to give the same treatment.  He did comment at one point when I tossed something in the donate pile, asking what was wrong with something.  Really?  1. It's too big and 2. It's ugly.  He just laughed and told me to carry on.

I need to give my own stuff the same treatment, though I did clear a lot of stuff out of the closet.  But I need to clear another drawer or two for BF to put his stuff in so it doesn't end up on my bedroom floor.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on June 08, 2015, 01:49:36 PM


He has a few more things that he did bring with him when he left that he wants me to give the same treatment.  He did comment at one point when I tossed something in the donate pile, asking what was wrong with something.  Really?  1. It's too big and 2. It's ugly.  He just laughed and told me to carry on.
 

If there was any doubt, which there is not, this comment proves once and for all you are my long-lost little sis. I would sooo say the same thing. I laughed like a loon reading this. But glad that he's willing to let you help him declutter.

I've decided that tonight I'm going to tackle my LR closet. I'm still in declutter mode, and i figure do it while i;m in the mood, or i'll end up keeping more than i want/need to.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on June 08, 2015, 02:10:50 PM
 ;D

I just checked with a coworker, who had just done a garage sale in support of his daughter(s) school, to see if there was anything in particular that sold well.  Other than plants, everything was hit and miss.  So I'm not going to save stuff up for him and I'll donate as I go.  If there happens to be a box or two kicking around when his next sale happens?  I'll donate them to him.  Otherwise, I'll just dig up and split some plants for him.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Carotte on June 08, 2015, 03:01:57 PM
My BF's ex just tossed his clothes into garbage bags that he picked up then never did anything with.  So I got him to bring them to my place where I washed everything, tossed everything stained/holey into a rag bag, made a pile of stuff to donate that I knew was too big for him, added a few things that were just butt ugly to the pile.  By the time I was done, the only thing he really had to sort through was his dressier shirts.  We took 5 minutes and he decided yes or no.  The few he wanted to keep got hung up, the rest got put in the donate pile.  (He keeps his dressier clothes at my place since he only wears them when we go out.)

He discovered he doesn't need to buy socks or t-shirts for a while!

He has a few more things that he did bring with him when he left that he wants me to give the same treatment.  He did comment at one point when I tossed something in the donate pile, asking what was wrong with something.  Really?  1. It's too big and 2. It's ugly.  He just laughed and told me to carry on.

I need to give my own stuff the same treatment, though I did clear a lot of stuff out of the closet.  But I need to clear another drawer or two for BF to put his stuff in so it doesn't end up on my bedroom floor.

Hehe, I hid a ratty old pyjama top that my SO insisted on wearing behind some stuff, I'll toss it in a year or so. That thing once fit, now the shoulder stiching goes to about the middle of his upper arm, and he still asked me what was wrong  ::)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: otterwoman on June 11, 2015, 03:42:01 PM
I visited my mother last month. While there, I offered to go through her storage shed and deal with anything of mine that she was holding. I found a few things of mine, including some books I thought were long gone. I also found a box of my grandmother's stuff, including a spice rack, full! Grandma had died in 2002.

I also found the photo albums from when my brother and I were little. He had died when he was 7. I hadn't seen these in almost twenty years. I went inside and asked my mother for the right if first refusal whenever she wanted to get rid of them. She told me to take them now, before something happens to her and my stepsisters get there first. So, I spent the next few nights going through 4 boxes of photo and memorabilia albums.

It helped me to go through them with her. It was easier to throw things away with my mom saying that she would pitch them. In the end, I got 5 mid sized boxes out of her storage shed, and shipped 1 box of stuff to me. The family bible from 1839 and photo album with pics of the 1850's people are being sent to a cousin who does genealogy.

I then straightened out the remainder of her boxes, no more boxes on the floor.

Now I need a box of Kleenex and some new photo albums to organize the photos I brought home.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on June 11, 2015, 04:23:35 PM
I visited my mother last month. While there, I offered to go through her storage shed and deal with anything of mine that she was holding. I found a few things of mine, including some books I thought were long gone. I also found a box of my grandmother's stuff, including a spice rack, full! Grandma had died in 2002.

I also found the photo albums from when my brother and I were little. He had died when he was 7. I hadn't seen these in almost twenty years. I went inside and asked my mother for the right if first refusal whenever she wanted to get rid of them. She told me to take them now, before something happens to her and my stepsisters get there first. So, I spent the next few nights going through 4 boxes of photo and memorabilia albums.

It helped me to go through them with her. It was easier to throw things away with my mom saying that she would pitch them. In the end, I got 5 mid sized boxes out of her storage shed, and shipped 1 box of stuff to me. The family bible from 1839 and photo album with pics of the 1850's people are being sent to a cousin who does genealogy.

I then straightened out the remainder of her boxes, no more boxes on the floor.

Now I need a box of Kleenex and some new photo albums to organize the photos I brought home.

Awww. Good for you and Mom.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on June 11, 2015, 10:31:42 PM
I visited my mother last month. While there, I offered to go through her storage shed and deal with anything of mine that she was holding. I found a few things of mine, including some books I thought were long gone. I also found a box of my grandmother's stuff, including a spice rack, full! Grandma had died in 2002.

I also found the photo albums from when my brother and I were little. He had died when he was 7. I hadn't seen these in almost twenty years. I went inside and asked my mother for the right if first refusal whenever she wanted to get rid of them. She told me to take them now, before something happens to her and my stepsisters get there first. So, I spent the next few nights going through 4 boxes of photo and memorabilia albums.

It helped me to go through them with her. It was easier to throw things away with my mom saying that she would pitch them. In the end, I got 5 mid sized boxes out of her storage shed, and shipped 1 box of stuff to me. The family bible from 1839 and photo album with pics of the 1850's people are being sent to a cousin who does genealogy.

I then straightened out the remainder of her boxes, no more boxes on the floor.

Now I need a box of Kleenex and some new photo albums to organize the photos I brought home.

Sounds like a win-win! I wish more families would get things to the right people before the vultures swoop in!

On a personal note: I also had a brother who died when I was seven. My sympathies to you. I know that my few pictures of my brother are precious to me.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on June 12, 2015, 10:03:17 AM
I visited my mother last month. While there, I offered to go through her storage shed and deal with anything of mine that she was holding. I found a few things of mine, including some books I thought were long gone. I also found a box of my grandmother's stuff, including a spice rack, full! Grandma had died in 2002.

I also found the photo albums from when my brother and I were little. He had died when he was 7. I hadn't seen these in almost twenty years. I went inside and asked my mother for the right if first refusal whenever she wanted to get rid of them. She told me to take them now, before something happens to her and my stepsisters get there first. So, I spent the next few nights going through 4 boxes of photo and memorabilia albums.

It helped me to go through them with her. It was easier to throw things away with my mom saying that she would pitch them. In the end, I got 5 mid sized boxes out of her storage shed, and shipped 1 box of stuff to me. The family bible from 1839 and photo album with pics of the 1850's people are being sent to a cousin who does genealogy.

I then straightened out the remainder of her boxes, no more boxes on the floor.

Now I need a box of Kleenex and some new photo albums to organize the photos I brought home.

Sounds like a win-win! I wish more families would get things to the right people before the vultures swoop in!

On a personal note: I also had a brother who died when I was seven. My sympathies to you. I know that my few pictures of my brother are precious to me.

And I lost my younger brother when he was 11. While I do have, and have had, many photos of him, I did discover a few unknowns, in the couple of boxes of my mom's photos I took (with her permission) to scan and so on. I also found some never before seen photos of my mom, and parents, when they were first married, and before. WOW. My mom was stunning!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on June 13, 2015, 02:54:48 AM
I visited my mother last month. While there, I offered to go through her storage shed and deal with anything of mine that she was holding. I found a few things of mine, including some books I thought were long gone. I also found a box of my grandmother's stuff, including a spice rack, full! Grandma had died in 2002.

I also found the photo albums from when my brother and I were little. He had died when he was 7. I hadn't seen these in almost twenty years. I went inside and asked my mother for the right if first refusal whenever she wanted to get rid of them. She told me to take them now, before something happens to her and my stepsisters get there first. So, I spent the next few nights going through 4 boxes of photo and memorabilia albums.

It helped me to go through them with her. It was easier to throw things away with my mom saying that she would pitch them. In the end, I got 5 mid sized boxes out of her storage shed, and shipped 1 box of stuff to me. The family bible from 1839 and photo album with pics of the 1850's people are being sent to a cousin who does genealogy.

I then straightened out the remainder of her boxes, no more boxes on the floor.

Now I need a box of Kleenex and some new photo albums to organize the photos I brought home.

Sounds like a win-win! I wish more families would get things to the right people before the vultures swoop in!

On a personal note: I also had a brother who died when I was seven. My sympathies to you. I know that my few pictures of my brother are precious to me.

And I lost my younger brother when he was 11. While I do have, and have had, many photos of him, I did discover a few unknowns, in the couple of boxes of my mom's photos I took (with her permission) to scan and so on. I also found some never before seen photos of my mom, and parents, when they were first married, and before. WOW. My mom was stunning!

I bolded the part I wanted to comment on: I think that about my mom, too!

And, Siamesecat, isn't it something to realize that so many of us have lived through something so terrible? And knowing that my parents survived losing their son gives me so much respect for them.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on June 13, 2015, 08:09:47 AM
I visited my mother last month. While there, I offered to go through her storage shed and deal with anything of mine that she was holding. I found a few things of mine, including some books I thought were long gone. I also found a box of my grandmother's stuff, including a spice rack, full! Grandma had died in 2002.

I also found the photo albums from when my brother and I were little. He had died when he was 7. I hadn't seen these in almost twenty years. I went inside and asked my mother for the right if first refusal whenever she wanted to get rid of them. She told me to take them now, before something happens to her and my stepsisters get there first. So, I spent the next few nights going through 4 boxes of photo and memorabilia albums.

It helped me to go through them with her. It was easier to throw things away with my mom saying that she would pitch them. In the end, I got 5 mid sized boxes out of her storage shed, and shipped 1 box of stuff to me. The family bible from 1839 and photo album with pics of the 1850's people are being sent to a cousin who does genealogy.

I then straightened out the remainder of her boxes, no more boxes on the floor.

Now I need a box of Kleenex and some new photo albums to organize the photos I brought home.

Sounds like a win-win! I wish more families would get things to the right people before the vultures swoop in!

On a personal note: I also had a brother who died when I was seven. My sympathies to you. I know that my few pictures of my brother are precious to me.

And I lost my younger brother when he was 11. While I do have, and have had, many photos of him, I did discover a few unknowns, in the couple of boxes of my mom's photos I took (with her permission) to scan and so on. I also found some never before seen photos of my mom, and parents, when they were first married, and before. WOW. My mom was stunning!

I bolded the part I wanted to comment on: I think that about my mom, too!

And, Siamesecat, isn't it something to realize that so many of us have lived through something so terrible? And knowing that my parents survived losing their son gives me so much respect for them.

Absolutely. And my brother had muscular dystrophy, so from about age 3 until he died, my mom had a lot on her plate, taking him for PT, doing stuff at home, and so on. She is pretty amazing. I used to sometimes resent that he got more attention than I did ( I'm 4 years older) but as an adult I totally get it now.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on June 13, 2015, 03:04:15 PM
When I was going through my aunt's house, I found what might be the last picture ever taken of my uncle, who was killed in a hunting accident when he was 17.  It's a picture taken on a Christmas day, as he's obviously unwrapping presents, and he looks about 17.  I sent a copy of the picture to my dad, who said he wasn't sure if this was my uncle's last Christmas or not.  He died December 27, 1963. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on June 17, 2015, 03:57:25 PM
I have started the usual summer read down, sew down and clean out. I want to retire but fear: 1) I won't ever do any cleaning since I have all the time in the world and 2) I won't be able to spend that much time with DH, who never does anything more than his laundry and vacuuming.

I'm off to donate books to a teacher friend. :)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on June 17, 2015, 04:07:26 PM
I just pulled out my Rubbermaid totes with the out-of-season and wrong-size wardrobes.  I'm pulling out everything in the XL size to go to someone on Freecycle (I don't feel like getting the wrinkles out to take it to the Goodwill - I might change my mind depending on if I don't get any responses from Freecycle - by that I mean that no one actually follows up to arrange to pick stuff up - I keep getting "I want that" posts that never get followed up on.)

I assume that the "I want that" posts are automatically generated by new "Offers" and the person then picks through the "you got it" replies to pick up only what they really want...to sell on eBay or something.  Because I have had a lot of "I want that" posts that never got followed up to arrange pick up.

Either that or they realize that I am on the other side of Houston from them and it will take an hour or longer just to drive over to my house...and then another hour or so to drive home!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on August 11, 2015, 10:45:06 PM
On July 22 I reported in the I accomplished something today thread:
"We have a short hallway between the kitchen and the living room.  It has three hall-length shelves along one side and were dedicated to my husband's food items...lots of jars of things, packages of odd noodles and sauces and stuff which never got used.  So, in my desperate need to find more storage in our pathetically small kitchen, I decided to look and see what was on the shelves.  It was just a lot of stuff way past it's use by date and some things that had become buried and forgotten.   We recovered about a shelf and a half of space we can now use for stuff we actually want.  This might make a dent in the kitchen clutter.  Yay!  Oh, and I found my iron!  I wondered where it went off to!

My efforts above have turned into a major decluttering of the kitchen...
So, after I got the shelves cleaned out I continued working on the kitchen and moved lots of stuff from the kitchen into the hallway.  I attacked the bookcase in the hallway where we store our many CD's.  I relocated those and am also using that bookcase to store food goods and kitchen stuff.  Result is lots more space in the kitchen. 
Every day since that first day I have been changing  things, getting more and more organized, happier and more stress free than I have been in years.  I think I have cooked more in the last week or two than I have in the past 30 years!  I put all my bags of beans and lentils and in canning jars and have them displayed instead of just the bags of them tossed in a big bowl, taking up space.  My kitchen is under control!  Finally!  And I am oh, so happy and relaxed! 
This wonderful frenzy has spread into other areas of the house, and I am on a roll!.  yay!!!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 12, 2015, 07:10:13 AM


 
Every day since that first day I have been changing  things, getting more and more organized, happier and more stress free than I have been in years.  I think I have cooked more in the last week or two than I have in the past 30 years!  I put all my bags of beans and lentils and in canning jars and have them displayed instead of just the bags of them tossed in a big bowl, taking up space.  My kitchen is under control!  Finally!  And I am oh, so happy and relaxed! 
This wonderful frenzy has spread into other areas of the house, and I am on a roll!.  yay!!!

Yay for you! I feel the same way when i make space for things, by getting rid of things I don't need, and have them organized. I am so much less stressed.

My mom is moving in a couple of months, and we are playing musical furniture. I know of at least one bookcase I may get rid of, possibly two. She may take one or both, or neither. I'm also getting rid of two smaller chairs, and taking on two larger ones in return. And a tall cabinet with glass doors and 3 or 4 shelves, which will not take up much room, can go where one of the bookcases is now, and can hold some things, and display them nicely.

And on decluttering, i started another thread about Poshmark; going to go thorugh my stuff and see what I can post to sell!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 12, 2015, 05:10:34 PM
Bijou, I know that feeling! I moved a ton (okay, only 24) of crates out of the sewing/guest room to make room for an actual guest. I moved them into the computer room. Dh has told me that they can stay there if I work on sewing down my stash! So, since I could almost see the closet door, I moved stuff around and consolidated some boxes and got rid of some stuff. When I was done doing that, I moved six of the crates into the closet! So now I am trying to figure out a way to have both my serger and sewing machine up at the same time. (That would definitely help with the "sew down the stash" agreement I made with DH.)

PS Bookcases are evidently my downfall; If there is a shelf empty, I buy more books to fill them up! I am now on a self imposed ban on buying until I have reduced the books, which would make space for my patterns, or so I keep telling myself!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on August 12, 2015, 05:24:36 PM
Look for duplicates or books that you really do not want to reread.

Or possibly go to Project Gutenberg and download all the "classic literature" that is free of copyright that you can find and get rid of most of those books.  A few judicious selections might work in a guest bedroom - anyone who can't sleep can discover the delights of the classics - like Tarzan or Sherlock Holmes...

I dropped a few things off at the closest Goodwill today. 

Yesterday, I replaced the modem and took the previous one back to the ISP to turn in (it was rented) - it may not have been much - but the one set top high definition digital box had three remote controls with it...so some progress in getting rid of things.

Last month, I turned in a dead laptop and a couple of other electronic devices at Best Buy for recycling.  More stuff as I get enough to be worth the drive there and back.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 12, 2015, 10:17:29 PM
I would like to say that there are no duplications; however, that is only true because I have the books in order and pulled all of the duplications out already. I'm now making myself read 50 pages. If I can not make myself want to read the rest, out it goes. I've started to listen to all of my CDs while I sew. If it annoys me, out it goes. If I love it, it goes back on the shelf. Any that are between, get another rotation, if still not loving it...out it goes. (Sadly, I'm gaining a lot of room for the pieces of fabric that are cut to "charm" size. Sadly, because that is a lot of CDs.)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 13, 2015, 07:22:41 AM
I would like to say that there are no duplications; however, that is only true because I have the books in order and pulled all of the duplications out already. I'm now making myself read 50 pages. If I can not make myself want to read the rest, out it goes. I've started to listen to all of my CDs while I sew. If it annoys me, out it goes. If I love it, it goes back on the shelf. Any that are between, get another rotation, if still not loving it...out it goes. (Sadly, I'm gaining a lot of room for the pieces of fabric that are cut to "charm" size. Sadly, because that is a lot of CDs.)

What I did with my CDS, to cut down on space, was take them all out of the jewel cases, and buy CD wallets. I then cut and kept the "cover" and put that and the CD in the sleeves in the wallet. I went from two tall narrow CD shelves, to 4 wallets in one storage cube.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 14, 2015, 09:53:06 AM
I would like to say that there are no duplications; however, that is only true because I have the books in order and pulled all of the duplications out already. I'm now making myself read 50 pages. If I can not make myself want to read the rest, out it goes. I've started to listen to all of my CDs while I sew. If it annoys me, out it goes. If I love it, it goes back on the shelf. Any that are between, get another rotation, if still not loving it...out it goes. (Sadly, I'm gaining a lot of room for the pieces of fabric that are cut to "charm" size. Sadly, because that is a lot of CDs.)

What I did with my CDS, to cut down on space, was take them all out of the jewel cases, and buy CD wallets. I then cut and kept the "cover" and put that and the CD in the sleeves in the wallet. I went from two tall narrow CD shelves, to 4 wallets in one storage cube.

I had already moved all of my CDs to paper envelopes, several years ago. I have three floor to almost ceiling, 8 1/2 inches wide, Ikea (I think Billy) shelving units. Because of the way they are made, there is about 6 inches on each shelf. They fit into an otherwise unusable space, so I love the shelving, but I am truly trying to get better about organizing.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Carotte on August 19, 2015, 11:15:21 AM
Speaking of CDs, after way too much time (both to a) tackle the CD problem and b) the time it took to list, check, double check, pack them) I've finally did something!

Two boxes for two stores, one with 60 CDs ( at around 0.40Ä the cd..  :-\ breaks my heart but that's the downside of not having to list/wait for a sale/send them one by one) and one with books/DVD/CDs.
I choose two stores, one has brick/mortar stores and the other one is web based, they have you input the barcode or isbn number and tell you if and how much they'll give you for it. I had to check on both sites because where one would give you 0.70Ä the other one was at 5Ä (but most of the time it was 0.40Ä).

In the end that's not much money wise but that's 80 CDs gone, what I'm keeping will go in a folder and I'll get rid of the cases to further the gain of space.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on August 19, 2015, 10:41:27 PM


 
Every day since that first day I have been changing  things, getting more and more organized, happier and more stress free than I have been in years.  I think I have cooked more in the last week or two than I have in the past 30 years!  I put all my bags of beans and lentils and in canning jars and have them displayed instead of just the bags of them tossed in a big bowl, taking up space.  My kitchen is under control!  Finally!  And I am oh, so happy and relaxed! 
This wonderful frenzy has spread into other areas of the house, and I am on a roll!.  yay!!!

Yay for you! I feel the same way when i make space for things, by getting rid of things I don't need, and have them organized. I am so much less stressed.

My mom is moving in a couple of months, and we are playing musical furniture. I know of at least one bookcase I may get rid of, possibly two. She may take one or both, or neither. I'm also getting rid of two smaller chairs, and taking on two larger ones in return. And a tall cabinet with glass doors and 3 or 4 shelves, which will not take up much room, can go where one of the bookcases is now, and can hold some things, and display them nicely.

And on decluttering, i started another thread about Poshmark; going to go thorugh my stuff and see what I can post to sell!

I have not heard of Poshmark and didn't see the other thread.  I did look it up online.  Interesting. 
I love rearranging and getting rid of things.  It's so renewing.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on August 19, 2015, 10:48:12 PM
Bijou, I know that feeling! I moved a ton (okay, only 24) of crates out of the sewing/guest room to make room for an actual guest. I moved them into the computer room. Dh has told me that they can stay there if I work on sewing down my stash! So, since I could almost see the closet door, I moved stuff around and consolidated some boxes and got rid of some stuff. When I was done doing that, I moved six of the crates into the closet! So now I am trying to figure out a way to have both my serger and sewing machine up at the same time. (That would definitely help with the "sew down the stash" agreement I made with DH.)

PS Bookcases are evidently my downfall; If there is a shelf empty, I buy more books to fill them up! I am now on a self imposed ban on buying until I have reduced the books, which would make space for my patterns, or so I keep telling myself!
If you love to sew, this could be a lot of fun for  you! 
Hmmm, I wonder if I can combine some of the storage boxes and bins we have in the computer room.  I'll bet that would end up with my getting rid of a lot of stuff. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on August 23, 2015, 02:14:49 PM
The bracket holding up the rod in my closet recently broke.  What an opportunity to pare down my wardrobe, and I did so.  There were things in there I hadn't worn in over 10 years, and to Goodwill they're going.  There were also some things left over from when I worked in an office, which I haven't done in over 10 years, and those are also going to Goodwill.  I kept two pairs of black dress slacks, and all the others are going to Goodwill.  I also kept one black dress, as I don't have the type of lifestyle that calls for fancy dresses more than once a decade, and the last time I wore the black dress in question was to a funeral.  Plus, it's a top and skirt, so I can mix and match.  I had had several satin big shirts, and I'm sending all of them but the black one to Goodwill, as the black one can be dressed up so many different ways.  This led me to go through my dresser drawers, and I'm sending several T-shirts that I either don't like or don't fit right to Goodwill.  I also went through my scarf collection, and there were scarves in there I had never worn so to Goodwill they go unless I really liked them. 

My SIL said, "If you haven't worn it in a year, you should get rid of it."  While I can agree with that in principle I didn't wear my heavy winter coat last winter, and I'm keeping it.  I also have clothes I only wear during hot weather or during cold weather. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on August 23, 2015, 11:57:26 PM
The bracket holding up the rod in my closet recently broke.  What an opportunity to pare down my wardrobe, and I did so.  There were things in there I hadn't worn in over 10 years, and to Goodwill they're going.  There were also some things left over from when I worked in an office, which I haven't done in over 10 years, and those are also going to Goodwill.  I kept two pairs of black dress slacks, and all the others are going to Goodwill.  I also kept one black dress, as I don't have the type of lifestyle that calls for fancy dresses more than once a decade, and the last time I wore the black dress in question was to a funeral.  Plus, it's a top and skirt, so I can mix and match.  I had had several satin big shirts, and I'm sending all of them but the black one to Goodwill, as the black one can be dressed up so many different ways.  This led me to go through my dresser drawers, and I'm sending several T-shirts that I either don't like or don't fit right to Goodwill.  I also went through my scarf collection, and there were scarves in there I had never worn so to Goodwill they go unless I really liked them. 

My SIL said, "If you haven't worn it in a year, you should get rid of it."  While I can agree with that in principle I didn't wear my heavy winter coat last winter, and I'm keeping it.  I also have clothes I only wear during hot weather or during cold weather.
Your work clothing that is going to the thrift stores will probably be of great use to people who are re entering the job market.  There are even organizations that help people get ready for going back to work.  When I worked at social services one of the departments helped people to get ready for reentering the job market and provided work in office type clothing and clothing for doing job interviews.  I think it is wonderful when people can find things of that kind of value.  A lot of what  you see is everyday good stuff but not work type stuff.  And of course it is always great to free up space! 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 24, 2015, 01:19:40 AM
I love these updates, they help keep me on task!

So, I bought a box that fits on a shelf, sticking out slightly. It holds a lot more books than that space did before and I have liberated several more shelves on the Billy bookcases. So I have moved sewing stuff over and am still clearing up some more space. Floor is almost clutter free and I'm sticking with it this time!

And I'm sewing almost daily!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 24, 2015, 07:30:55 AM
I'm anticipating some decluttering, but more shifting stuff around when my mom moves. I'm getting rid of one bookcase,and replacing it with a glass fronted cabinet with shelves. Not quite sure if that will go where the boookcase is now, or somewhere else. But the good thing is i can take some nice glasses I have packed away out, and put them in the cabinet, which will declutter some closet space!

I also have to make sure that stuff is out of the way when the movers come to bring that cabinet, and also two chairs i'm swapping out. I will be quite busy that week!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Coralreef on August 24, 2015, 07:54:52 AM
I decluttered the bathroom closet/drawers/pharmacy.  Once that was done, I went through my craft/sewing room.  A lot of stuff went to the garbage can, some other will go to Goodwill. 

Almost forgot, the shed also got a clean out  :D .  I can actually get inside! 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 24, 2015, 09:17:59 AM
The clothing consignment shop near me is very fussy with what they take and a lot of stuff can be worn for work.  If you take stuff in there, anything that doesn't sell, you can pick up and either try to sell it again later or donate it yourself.  Or for the truly lazy like me, you can just not worry about picking it up and they donate anything not picked back up to the local women's shelter.  Win win - it's out of my closet, I might get some money for it and if I don't?  It's donated to a good cause and I didn't have to do the driving around to donate it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on August 24, 2015, 10:07:01 AM
And I'm plus sized, so that's an added advantage.  I worked in a hospital records department, so I was always pulling charts and then having to hike through the hospital to deliver urgent dictations.  As a result I wore nice slacks and jackets with short sleeves.  I made most of the jackets myself.  I also wore big shirts and nice slacks.  Until the rod bracket broke I didn't realize exactly how much stuff I still had in that closet that I hadn't worn in years.  While I don't need a lot of dressy clothes I do have a few items that can be dressed up.

The one who needs to clean out his closet is Mr. Sirius.  He's got things in there that he's had longer than I've known him (coming up on 20 years). 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on August 24, 2015, 10:47:28 AM
And I'm plus sized, so that's an added advantage.  I worked in a hospital records department, so I was always pulling charts and then having to hike through the hospital to deliver urgent dictations.  As a result I wore nice slacks and jackets with short sleeves.  I made most of the jackets myself.  I also wore big shirts and nice slacks.  Until the rod bracket broke I didn't realize exactly how much stuff I still had in that closet that I hadn't worn in years.  While I don't need a lot of dressy clothes I do have a few items that can be dressed up.

The one who needs to clean out his closet is Mr. Sirius.  He's got things in there that he's had longer than I've known him (coming up on 20 years).
There are so few nice things in plus size in thrift stores, and I speak from experience.  I now think even more that what you are planning to donate will be so welcome! 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on August 24, 2015, 08:23:40 PM
And I'm plus sized, so that's an added advantage.  I worked in a hospital records department, so I was always pulling charts and then having to hike through the hospital to deliver urgent dictations.  As a result I wore nice slacks and jackets with short sleeves.  I made most of the jackets myself.  I also wore big shirts and nice slacks.  Until the rod bracket broke I didn't realize exactly how much stuff I still had in that closet that I hadn't worn in years.  While I don't need a lot of dressy clothes I do have a few items that can be dressed up.

The one who needs to clean out his closet is Mr. Sirius.  He's got things in there that he's had longer than I've known him (coming up on 20 years). 

We had mildew in the closet back in June - all of VorGuy's suits went to the dry cleaners.  Our son picked out two that he liked for future job interviews & such - they were tailored for his paternal grandfather, they fit his dad except for the hems being slightly long (VorGuy wore heeled cowboy boots when wearing them), and they seem to fit him fairly well.  Maybe not like they were tailored "just for him" - but well enough for a college student to get by with.

And the rest will be going back in VorGuy's closet now that last week's sewage backup has been dealt with.  We still need replacement flooring - but due to one thing and another (college tuition, books, a car repair, and a car accident that we're waiting to see how much it will cost - we'll have to pay the deductible) - it's not at the top of the list of things to do for a few weeks.

Knowing VorGuy, it's going to take a while for him to make up his mind what he wants to do anyway...and knowing me, we're going to have to come up with a solution & color scheme that both of us like.  We have until next week before a contractor we've used before will be available, so, time to do a little shopping and "story boarding". 

He wants tropical beach and I want Roman bath...this might be a bit of a stretch, but I found two or three ideas in a Google search...you really can find anything on Google.

I've cleared two smaller sized wardrobes out of my closet in the last two years - and found that I might be up to sewing some new clothes...I ordered some real linen last night.  Houston has been hot enough to make me want to run around in real fiber clothing...which is not available at a "reasonable" price in plus sizes.  And since I've been a size 14 or larger since high school - I've been defined as "plus size" most of my life.  Why is a size 12 considered "plus size"?  I have not the faintest idea, since a 14 is supposed to be "average"...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on August 25, 2015, 01:39:34 AM
More books, magazines, and fabric out of the house! One whole area is now being used for sewing and it looks better than it ever has!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on August 26, 2015, 07:42:38 PM
Lawnmower died Monday - it's at the shop now.  Van spent the night in the shop Monday night - the part got there late and we had an errand to run on the way home, two minutes before closing is not a great time to go in to pick up something and ask for the details on what was done.  So - I waited until the next morning.

Now - to pull some outgrown purple shirts out of the closet and take them to the Red Hat group tomorrow = if it fits them, they can have it.  I'm getting rid of anything that is more than one size "too small" (and only because I really do need to do something about my cholesterol & blood sugar levels - I'm not diabetic - but I have a lot of relatives who are, so, it's time to get on the prevention wagon a little more firmly).

Anything that comes out of the closet is good right now - we need to empty it, rip out the 10% or so carpet that remains, decide what to do, install new flooring (sooner or later), and possibly do a little painting - then rehang everything. 

Which will let me ask "do you plan to wear this any time soon" of VorGuy.  After he "retires" in early December, there are a few things that can be purged from the closet due to not needing "that sort of thing" any longer!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Carotte on September 08, 2015, 06:08:17 AM
Went through my old school stuff and my mother (highschool teacher) was able to give her maths colleagues/the library 4 compas, a pack of writting paper and a bunch of pens (the promotional kind that always seems to find its way in my room even if they're never mine) that already got some use after being dropped off.
There was also two calculator, one a scientific one (they're still pretty expensive here!) that I'm happy to learn will go to a student that wouldn't be able to buy one otherwise.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 09, 2015, 12:00:21 PM
I am now the proud owner of one "corner o'crap" in my living room! As I've mentioned, my mom is moving, and I have two bookcases she may or may not want, depending on how much space she has. So I have those, plus two smaller pieces of furniture, one i hope to sell another i may keep, plus an old tv i need to get OUT of my apt. NOW. and some misc. items. But its all neatly organized, although i wish the space were empty!

I also managed to get all the stuff I'm trying to sell on Poshmark into two totes, in another corner, along with the bubble wrap, and other stuff I need to pack nd send them out, as well as a bunch of boxes for the same purpose.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on September 09, 2015, 12:16:05 PM
Yesterday we took a load of stuff to the thrift store.  What a wonderful, freeing feeling! 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: dietcokeofevil on September 09, 2015, 12:44:13 PM
This summer we decided to replace the carpet throughout the house.  Which led to us repainting before the carpet was installed, which led to new window treatments, replacing worn out furniture, etc.   It was a very hectic summer and we were dropping stuff off at Goodwill at least once a week

We ended up donating
a couch
2 love seats
 bookshelf
TV
TV stand
dining room table and chairs
tons of plastic storage containers
tons of toys , clothes, sheets, towels, and household items that we never used.

The whole house just looks so great now.  The room are very open.  While we did get new furniture, we replaced multiple pieces with singular ones and just move things around.

We have new counter tops being installed in a couple of weeks, and we still have some boxes of stuff that we need to go through, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now!


Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 09, 2015, 01:10:32 PM
If anyone has old sheets and towels that are perhaps getting a bit ragged, check with your local animal shelter.  Mine takes donations of as many as they can get.  They launder them until they need to be tossed out.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on September 09, 2015, 01:15:23 PM
If anyone has old sheets and towels that are perhaps getting a bit ragged, check with your local animal shelter.  Mine takes donations of as many as they can get.  They launder them until they need to be tossed out.

Yes!

We gave ours to our Vet to give to the animal shelter. Most were fitted sheets that the elastic had gone completely bad.

I have been clearing bookcases. My children are not babies anymore and don't need board books or other baby books. We have saved the ones they remember fondly and cleared all the rest. I have also been going through my hoard of books again. Last summer I sold a bunch to a used book store. This year I'm not going to bother as it wasn't worth the effort and just donate any that I can't remember anything about the plot or don't see me ever reading again.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on September 13, 2015, 03:41:53 PM
I did it!  I did it!  I got rid of some BIG stuff yesterday and I'm waiting for more stuff to go out the door today.  Wow, it feels GOOD.
I'm going to have to write a note for my cleaning lady, telling that I  haven't been robbed, I'm just getting rid of stuff. 
She'll laugh.

Good job! All of you posting make me want to get back in and do some more. No time like the present, right?
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: workerbee on February 25, 2016, 08:18:16 AM
Okay, I'm going to come out of hiding and admit that I love decluttering so much, I actually read this thread regularly for pure enjoyment (I know, it's crazy).

I find getting rid of excess stuff so....cleansing. So I do it pretty often, although it goes in waves (when I have the time and my kids/husband are out of the house!). My kids are now 5 and 8 and there are no more babies on the horizon, so I have finally decided to fully clean out all our baby gear (that's been sitting in the attic for 5 years because we couldn't decide whether to have another). Took a load to the consignment shop last weekend and have a pile for Goodwill this weekend. Babies R Us is having their annual trade-in event this month, so the expired carseats are going there, along with our ancient crib (with the drop-down side that was recalled several years ago).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on February 25, 2016, 10:27:25 AM
Okay, I'm going to come out of hiding and admit that I love decluttering so much, I actually read this thread regularly for pure enjoyment (I know, it's crazy).

I find getting rid of excess stuff so....cleansing. So I do it pretty often, although it goes in waves 

I'm the same way. It makes me happy to get rid of stuff, and have some "free" space. I try and do a big one once a year, and then smaller ones throughout. And if I feel like i'm getting cluttered again, a viewing of an episode or two of any hoarding show cures that pretty fast!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Kimberami on February 25, 2016, 10:45:14 AM
I have a question that I'm hoping someone can help me find an answer to.  We are in the process of clearing out an old room, and we have tons of old trophies.  Some of them are nearly 4' tall.  I hate to throw them in the trash, but I can't keep them any longer.  Is there any organization that could make use of old trophies? 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on February 25, 2016, 11:11:35 AM
I have a question that I'm hoping someone can help me find an answer to.  We are in the process of clearing out an old room, and we have tons of old trophies.  Some of them are nearly 4' tall.  I hate to throw them in the trash, but I can't keep them any longer.  Is there any organization that could make use of old trophies?

Old trophy can be reused. Either by taking apart completely or by replacing the engraved portion. I have also just seen them for sale at GoodWill. If your name is on it somewhere, you could remove that part. 

If they are Really old, could they be made of silver?  If so they could be sold to a metal dealer. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Kimberami on February 25, 2016, 11:26:22 AM
I have a question that I'm hoping someone can help me find an answer to.  We are in the process of clearing out an old room, and we have tons of old trophies.  Some of them are nearly 4' tall.  I hate to throw them in the trash, but I can't keep them any longer.  Is there any organization that could make use of old trophies?

Old trophy can be reused. Either by taking apart completely or by replacing the engraved portion. I have also just seen them for sale at GoodWill. If your name is on it somewhere, you could remove that part. 

If they are Really old, could they be made of silver?  If so they could be sold to a metal dealer.
They aren't made of precious metals.  I wish they were.  :)  Goodwill is a good idea. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: JoW on February 25, 2016, 12:30:17 PM
For those trophies, I would call the nearest place that sells trophies.  They might know a group that re-uses them. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 25, 2016, 12:47:33 PM
For those trophies, I would call the nearest place that sells trophies.  They might know a group that re-uses them.

Local Boys and Girls clubs, maybe?

I failed at my decluttering.  I was intending to completely declutter when I was packing to move.  But then the time frame on getting my house on the market got moved up and I had to just get stuff packed up and in storage out of there.  And then BF got laid off so he's been doing a lot of the packing for me.

So I will have to declutter as I unpack, instead.  Not quite the most efficient way to do it but hopefully, I can get it done.  I'm moving to a bigger house but one section is the in-law suite so I don't want to put too much stuff in there, other than what my Dad will be using when he decides he's ready to move in.  And my BF will be moving in as soon as he gets a separation agreement and he has a lot of stuff!  Although a lot of his stuff will be going in the garage, rather than in the house.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: mandycorn on February 25, 2016, 01:02:43 PM
My parents were sweet enough to care about every single paper I ever brought home from school in grades K-12... Which has presented some interesting challenges. My mom pre-sorted a lot of those papers several years ago in an attempt to declutter her storage room, but leaned toward keeping a lot of stuff so we wouldn't wind up losing something important. Now that she's handed those boxes off to me, I've been enjoying thinning the herd.

I was able to go from 5 paper boxes (the sort that cases of paper come in) plus an art portfolio folder down to two overstuffed scrapbook binders. I need to go buy a third, so I can get them onto the bookshelf, but I was really pleased I was able to do away with so much.

I'll have to clean off my bookshelf in the office to fit them in, so I'm hoping that will lead to getting rid of most of my college text books. I kept the ones I thought might be useful, but it's been 10 years and I've never even opened one of them, so I think the time has come to say goodbye.

That should free up space to allow me to sort my puzzles and board games onto shelves and get them out of the office closet. I can easily see how this is going to snowball to organizing my whole office! I'm excited!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: KenveeB on February 25, 2016, 01:35:16 PM
For those trophies, I would call the nearest place that sells trophies.  They might know a group that re-uses them.

Local Boys and Girls clubs, maybe?

I failed at my decluttering.  I was intending to completely declutter when I was packing to move.  But then the time frame on getting my house on the market got moved up and I had to just get stuff packed up and in storage out of there.  And then BF got laid off so he's been doing a lot of the packing for me.

So I will have to declutter as I unpack, instead.  Not quite the most efficient way to do it but hopefully, I can get it done.  I'm moving to a bigger house but one section is the in-law suite so I don't want to put too much stuff in there, other than what my Dad will be using when he decides he's ready to move in.  And my BF will be moving in as soon as he gets a separation agreement and he has a lot of stuff!  Although a lot of his stuff will be going in the garage, rather than in the house.

I decluttered before I moved but still did more as I unpacked and realized I didn't like something as much after all or I didn't have a place for it. Designate a box as your Goodwill box and drop stuff in it as you go.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 25, 2016, 01:37:05 PM
'A' box?  Maybe more like 20 boxes.   :P
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on February 25, 2016, 05:19:43 PM
This is small, but could have a big impact.  When my job ended last year I was looking through my closet for all the equipment my previous employer had sent me, and I came across a pair of shoes still in the box that I'd gotten mail ordered some years ago.  They were never worn, and I can no longer wear that style due to foot issues.  So, they sat in their box on my office/sewing room floor until I was going to take them out to the garage and add them to our mountain of "stuff to donate." 

A few days ago I got an e-mail from my podiatrist's office.  They were soliciting donations of new or gently used shoes for charity, so today when I went for my appointment I took this new pair in and donated them.  I hope someone who needs a nice pair of shoes for work gets them, as they're black leather tie shoes that would be ideal for work.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: KenveeB on February 25, 2016, 06:27:13 PM
'A' box?  Maybe more like 20 boxes.   :P

A box. When you fill it up, you put it in the car to go to donation. Then you set out another box. ;) Eat that elephant one bite at a time!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: JoW on February 25, 2016, 09:24:49 PM
'A' box?  Maybe more like 20 boxes.   :P

A box. When you fill it up, you put it in the car to go to donation. Then you set out another box. ;) Eat that elephant one bite at a time!
and take that box to Goodwill the next time you drive anywhere.  Otherwise some of that stuff may make its way back into the house. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 26, 2016, 07:48:54 AM
I can't actually take anything to Goodwill!  The local chapter has closed down due to bankruptcy.   ::)

But we have a couple of different charities that will pick stuff up at your home; you just have to call them and find out when they will next be in the area and book a pick-up for that day.  So once I get settled and have at least a couple of boxes, I'll give them a shout.

Once I put stuff in the donation box and close it up, I'm really good about not picking stuff back out of the box.  My biggest problem is going to be BF picking stuff back out of the box.  Or getting him to let go of some of his stuff in the first place.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Carotte on February 26, 2016, 03:51:18 PM
In a fit of procrastination I went trough part of my wardrobe, pairing up loose socks (pretty happy to find out only three are mate-less), making one laundry load of only bra and getting 8 of those in a bag to be donated. They're in great condition and I'll clearly never wear them so everyone wins.
I also went from 60 jewel-case CDs to 3 small CD binders.
That's after selling off a good 50+ CDs so quite some space saved.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: guihong on February 28, 2016, 09:52:09 AM
I pulled everything out from underneath the bathroom sink (which is a double, so there was a lot in there).  I sorted everything into categories, pitching everything I didn't love the scent of, was almost empty, or that I had too many of (who needs 10 tubes of toothpaste?)  That was five bagsof garbage  :o.  Then I sorted everything that was left into containers.  Now I don't have any loose things flopping over back there :).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on February 28, 2016, 11:38:23 AM
I did that last month - I bagged up all the hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions in zip lock bags.  I'm all set to pack for a flight or toss one of each into my gym bag (the stuff in the dispenser leaves my skin too dried out - so I take my own and lotion). 

I also passed along a few of them to VorGuy for the shower - there are a couple of brands that I can't use - but that he loves the scent of.  If I have company - I'd probably clean the guest bathroom & set it up with a "set" of what was under there (I even found a shower cap, a sealed toothbrush, and a sealed comb/brush combination under there). 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on February 28, 2016, 10:44:31 PM
I did that last month - I bagged up all the hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions in zip lock bags.  I'm all set to pack for a flight or toss one of each into my gym bag (the stuff in the dispenser leaves my skin too dried out - so I take my own and lotion). 

I also passed along a few of them to VorGuy for the shower - there are a couple of brands that I can't use - but that he loves the scent of.  If I have company - I'd probably clean the guest bathroom & set it up with a "set" of what was under there (I even found a shower cap, a sealed toothbrush, and a sealed comb/brush combination under there).

I take my hotel stuff up to the local elementary school.  Some families can not afford to buy those things for their children to take to camp. (Our school district does a week long camp for fifth graders.) Because I sub at the school, I don't keep the stuff in my house very long.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on February 28, 2016, 10:48:44 PM
I did that last month - I bagged up all the hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions in zip lock bags.  I'm all set to pack for a flight or toss one of each into my gym bag (the stuff in the dispenser leaves my skin too dried out - so I take my own and lotion). 

I also passed along a few of them to VorGuy for the shower - there are a couple of brands that I can't use - but that he loves the scent of.  If I have company - I'd probably clean the guest bathroom & set it up with a "set" of what was under there (I even found a shower cap, a sealed toothbrush, and a sealed comb/brush combination under there).

I take my hotel stuff up to the local elementary school.  Some families can not afford to buy those things for their children to take to camp. (Our school district does a week long camp for fifth graders.) Because I sub at the school, I don't keep the stuff in my house very long.

I had a half dozen from our last two trips - I had packed up a shopping bag or two full previously to pass along to close acquaintance (? - not quite a friend - we're both members of a group) who is on a limited income. 

Sometimes it depends on how many you have on hand as to what you want to do with them.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on February 28, 2016, 11:03:42 PM
I did that last month - I bagged up all the hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions in zip lock bags.  I'm all set to pack for a flight or toss one of each into my gym bag (the stuff in the dispenser leaves my skin too dried out - so I take my own and lotion). 

I also passed along a few of them to VorGuy for the shower - there are a couple of brands that I can't use - but that he loves the scent of.  If I have company - I'd probably clean the guest bathroom & set it up with a "set" of what was under there (I even found a shower cap, a sealed toothbrush, and a sealed comb/brush combination under there).

I take my hotel stuff up to the local elementary school.  Some families can not afford to buy those things for their children to take to camp. (Our school district does a week long camp for fifth graders.) Because I sub at the school, I don't keep the stuff in my house very long.

I had a half dozen from our last two trips - I had packed up a shopping bag or two full previously to pass along to close acquaintance (? - not quite a friend - we're both members of a group) who is on a limited income. 

Sometimes it depends on how many you have on hand as to what you want to do with them.

Yes, of course. And, for me it is how I can do good and get them out quickly. I think everyone knows of someone or some group that could use them...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 29, 2016, 07:50:42 AM
My physiotherapist's office collects them for the youth outreach program.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Coralreef on February 29, 2016, 10:00:57 AM
I decluttered the filing cabinet.  All my paperwork is in order and up to date, everything sorted in separate folders.  I have two largish boxes of shredded paper to show for it  :) . Next step will be the clothes drawers sometimes this week, if life permits.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Seraphia on February 29, 2016, 12:51:19 PM
I went through my closet while I was out on maternity leave. One whole bag of socks and pjs to the donation box, plus two pair of very nice dress shoes. All the rest are now nicely organized in the hangar, and even that little change has made such a difference.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on February 29, 2016, 04:53:29 PM
I went through my closet while I was out on maternity leave. One whole bag of socks and pjs to the donation box, plus two pair of very nice dress shoes. All the rest are now nicely organized in the hangar, and even that little change has made such a difference.

If I had gone through my clothes after having a baby, I would have had an empty closet! It took forever for me to fit into non-pregnancy clothes!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: guihong on March 01, 2016, 06:14:34 AM
I've sorted through several boxes (yes, boxes) of school supplies, folders, notebooks, and paper.  It gives me pleasure to test each pen and marker and toss the dried up ones :).  Sorting each item by type (all the pens in one box, all pencils in another, etc.) and soon to find homes in my snazzy new filing cabinet gives me a great feeling of organization and peace of mind.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 01, 2016, 02:50:06 PM
I went through my closet while I was out on maternity leave. One whole bag of socks and pjs to the donation box, plus two pair of very nice dress shoes. All the rest are now nicely organized in the hangar, and even that little change has made such a difference.

The best thing I ever did was get rid of those wide, padded hangers that I used to use, and replace them with the thin, velvety-covered ones. They take up so much less space, I was amazed at how much free hanging space I had! without getting rid of any clothes! Before that, my long walk in closet was full on both sides, from front to back.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Carotte on March 01, 2016, 06:35:21 PM
I've sorted through several boxes (yes, boxes) of school supplies, folders, notebooks, and paper.  It gives me pleasure to test each pen and marker and toss the dried up ones :).  Sorting each item by type (all the pens in one box, all pencils in another, etc.) and soon to find homes in my snazzy new filing cabinet gives me a great feeling of organization and peace of mind.

Not sure I posted here when I did it in september but after a tour of my stuff my mom gave her school library a big batch of paper and a few handfull of pens that delighted the staff.
I'm pretty sure I could do another pass...

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Seraphia on March 04, 2016, 01:33:45 PM
I went through my closet while I was out on maternity leave. One whole bag of socks and pjs to the donation box, plus two pair of very nice dress shoes. All the rest are now nicely organized in the hangar, and even that little change has made such a difference.

If I had gone through my clothes after having a baby, I would have had an empty closet! It took forever for me to fit into non-pregnancy clothes!

Oh, I didn't touch the work clothes - just the comfy stuff. After all, if I'm on maternity leave and still not wearing that PJ shirt, it's definitely not getting worn!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on March 04, 2016, 05:52:30 PM
I went through my closet while I was out on maternity leave. One whole bag of socks and pjs to the donation box, plus two pair of very nice dress shoes. All the rest are now nicely organized in the hangar, and even that little change has made such a difference.

If I had gone through my clothes after having a baby, I would have had an empty closet! It took forever for me to fit into non-pregnancy clothes!

Oh, I didn't touch the work clothes - just the comfy stuff. After all, if I'm on maternity leave and still not wearing that PJ shirt, it's definitely not getting worn!

Ah, I remember that feeling! Comfy or out!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on March 05, 2016, 09:38:02 PM
Nothing like cleaning your house to make you feel better!  Today is very wet, rainy, cold and windy. Kind of dark and dreary.  I don't do well with that kind of weather, although I love the rain which we badly need.  It's the darkness that gets to me, I guess. I suppose I would like a few breaks of sunshine in between.  Or maybe I'm just feeling a little down the dumps in general, for some reason.  I wanted to crawl in bed and just be there.  In fact, I did, just that, but only for about 5 minutes before I pulled myself up by my bootstraps and put on Carole King's Tapestry CD and started cleaning and organizing the kitchen, which has recently fell into clutter land.  I'm glad I did that because it feels a lot better in there now.  I'm still feeling kind of out of sorts so I've tuned my guitar and I'm going into my bedroom to play some music. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lady Tempest on April 18, 2016, 06:02:17 PM
As I mentioned in the small hugs thread, I lost my job at the beginning of March.  Since they are now paying me to not work,  I'm using the time to declutter and tackle a number of tasks I've been putting off.  This weekend my city ward held an "Environmental Day" - wherein you can bring a number of diverse things to them and they will properly dispose of them. 
So I got rid of: four VERY old computers (after divesting them of their hard drives), one CRT monitor which was taking up about three square feet of real estate all by itself, one tube 13" TV, one 19" tube TV, one defunct DVD player, one corded telephone with answering machine and two cordless phones whose batteries had died, two keyboards and a partridge in a pear tree  ;D .  What scares me is, it barely made a dent in what's left.  I have a very long way to go, but it felt soooo good to get rid of that stuff! 
I had to come here and tell you all about it, because this thread and the I Accomplished Something thread have been so inspiring to me in the past couple of years, I had to give back  :)  I'll keep posting as I go.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on April 18, 2016, 06:06:54 PM
doesn't it feel good to remove stuff?

I sent another 2 - 3 small boxes of random stuff to GoodWill this month. I hope to fill another box before the end of the month.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on April 18, 2016, 10:28:01 PM
One end of my couch now has 8 bags of clothing and hangers going out. The clothes are lovely, but if I don't wear them, they need to go out.  The hangers are going out so I won't refill them. Less is more. Less is more. Less is... (I spent way too much time on one  rod in my closet than I should have, muttering that phrase.) There are three rods on my side of the closet. Sigh.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on April 19, 2016, 05:58:21 AM
I start moving a week tomorrow.  I didn't get much of a chance to purge while I was packing because I was on a timeline and just had to get it done.  Plus, my BF did a lot of the packing while he was laid off so I didn't see what went where.  But unpacking?  Everything is going to be assessed and if I haven't used it or worn it in a while?  Out it goes.

I'll have a few piles:  garbage, recycle, donate, sell for scrap, sell on kijiji and keep.  The keep stuff will get put away where it is supposed to go.  The garbage and recycle will go out to the garage and the scrap will go in the shed we're going to set up - when there is a full truckload or the price of scrap goes up, out it goes.  The donate stuff will go into boxes and bags to be dropped off the week after the move.  Somewhere.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ladyknight1 on April 19, 2016, 07:29:56 AM
I'm decluttering my office. First to go, the food stash of unopened oatmeal, juice and other treats. Fortunately, we have a student food pantry that can use them.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lady Tempest on April 19, 2016, 11:08:27 AM
Outdoor Girl, where are you donating, now that Goodwill is out of business?  I've been dropping off to Value Village and Salvation Army. 

(And let me take the time to say how impressed I've been with how you've handled your move, and moving your Dad!)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on April 19, 2016, 11:56:37 AM
Thank you!  *blushes*

Clothes, I bring into work.  One of the guys in my office does a lot of charity work.  Kids and smaller stuff goes with him to Guatemala the end of January and the rest goes to the David Busby Street Centre, for the most part.

Other items, I call up either Cerebral Palsy or Diabetes and hold it for when they have a truck in the area.  Though I don't know if they come out as far as I'll be living after I move.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on April 19, 2016, 12:21:05 PM
Goodwill is out of business?

When did that happen?  Or is it just in your (shared?) local area?
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on April 19, 2016, 12:27:58 PM
Just our local area.  The affiliate has had their rights to use the name pulled, too.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: SamiHami on April 19, 2016, 12:58:59 PM
I've been struggling with decluttering for a while. A lot of it has to do with my DH, who has a very hard time giving up stuff. Invariably, any time I ask him to get rid of things to cut down on clutter, he ignores his stuff and goes straight for mine (as in, "Well, why do you need this?" while holding up an item that I use frequently  :P). His parents were hoarders, so he comes by it honestly.

I did a great job of decluttering a few years back. Got my kitchen beautifully organized; life was good...ah...

Then the IL's passed away and we ended up with a ton of stuff from their house. Stuff we still don't need, stuff that is still sitting in the same spot it got dumped on when we brought it home. So, we got rid of a bunch of it and then my mother passed away last year. Dad decided to cut down on the clutter in his house and gave me and my brother more stuff. Again, still trying to cull through everything and figure out what to do with it.

Now Dad has decided to move to a small apartment. The move happens on Thursday. I will be receiving some bigger pieces of furniture, which is okay; we know where they are going to go. But then there's everything else. They lived there for 40 years, so everything is a memory. It's going to be a tough weekend, trying to balance what needs to be saved and what can be let go.

I am determined, however, that I will not be buried under a pile of stuff that I can't enjoy and appreciate. DH and I have been getting rid of things (good for him!). We are renovating our house soon and when that happens I want it to look nice.

I see many challenges ahead.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on April 19, 2016, 01:15:34 PM
If you have nice stuff, just not stuff you want to keep, look into an auction house.  There is one local to me that does an on-line auction; they keep a percentage of the sales.

It didn't bring in as much money as I'd hoped but it was something.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: EveLGenius on April 19, 2016, 06:22:23 PM
I'm slowly but surely decluttering various parts of the house.  Last week was the local horse fair, and I managed to gather up five bags full of stuff to take to the 4H used tack sale.  I came home with half a bag of stuff that didn't sell, and a check for over $300!  Now THAT's an incentive to declutter!

I somehow doubt I'll be that lucky with the Tupperware cabinet, but AmVets will be picking up donations this week.  Good enough- it'll be out of the house.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: SamiHami on April 20, 2016, 08:14:58 AM
I'm slowly but surely decluttering various parts of the house.  Last week was the local horse fair, and I managed to gather up five bags full of stuff to take to the 4H used tack sale.  I came home with half a bag of stuff that didn't sell, and a check for over $300!  Now THAT's an incentive to declutter!

I somehow doubt I'll be that lucky with the Tupperware cabinet, but AmVets will be picking up donations this week.  Good enough- it'll be out of the house.

Nicely done!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Seraphia on April 21, 2016, 02:20:09 PM
Has anyone tried the Marie Kondo - Art of Tidying method? tl;dr stop asking "What should I get rid of?" and start asking "do I love it?", so that you are only filling your house with the things that are useful and make you happy.

My mom read the book and has suddenly gotten her closet reduced by a third, her books by half, and almost 90% of her papers painlessly. I thought it was a bit much to drag out every piece of clothing I owned, but just going through my stuff one drawer at a time has made me realize how much of my stuff I don't use because I don't actually like it that much.

The kitchen utensils are suddenly breathing easier in their drawer, and I'm eyeing the spice cabinet next.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on April 21, 2016, 02:29:58 PM
Has anyone tried the Marie Kondo - Art of Tidying method? tl;dr stop asking "What should I get rid of?" and start asking "do I love it?", so that you are only filling your house with the things that are useful and make you happy.

My mom read the book and has suddenly gotten her closet reduced by a third, her books by half, and almost 90% of her papers painlessly. I thought it was a bit much to drag out every piece of clothing I owned, but just going through my stuff one drawer at a time has made me realize how much of my stuff I don't use because I don't actually like it that much.

The kitchen utensils are suddenly breathing easier in their drawer, and I'm eyeing the spice cabinet next.

I haven't but...losing weight was a huge decluttering motivator for me. Once i pulled out all the stuff that was too big, i still had a pretty full closet. And as I got rid of more and more, I was amazed at just how much stuff I had! I'm at the point in my life now, the thought of buying anything else makes me think where will i put that, and will i actually useit? wehther its clothes, household or kitchen stuff, etc. I've become quite adept at not accumulating more, and in the process, saving money!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on April 21, 2016, 02:50:05 PM
I cleared off our dining room table.  It was buried under "stuff" (most of it Mr. Sirius' books) and looked terrible.  So, since I wanted to change the tablecloth, I cleaned.  Obvious trash went into the can or recycling, depending on what it was.  His mail/paperwork, etc. went into a bin.  I put the pens into a cup with other pens, put the business cards into a small box with some I had, and put all the books that weren't actually in someone's hand being read into the nearby bookcase.  Removing the books eliminated a lot of the mess right there, as I swear half of Mr. Sirius' library was on the table.  We tend to be eater-readers when it's just him and me, so our dining room table tends to collect books. 

Even with the bin of his "stuff" still sitting on the table it looks so much better despite an ugly tablecloth (which I got for free at an estate sale).  I've also been working on the garage, and have a huge bunch of stuff to be donated.  I got a nice coat for free with a catalog order, but the sleeves are too short for me and the neckline of the coat engulfs the bottom part of my head so I'm going to donate it. 

I was reading the local "what's happening in Town" paper this morning, and discovered that there's going to be a "get rid of medicines" event next weekend.  There's also going to be a library book sale at the end of April, and I've managed to complete several series inexpensively that way, so next weekend I'll be busy.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: GardenGal on April 21, 2016, 02:54:47 PM
I've been trying to declutter stuff in our bathroom. On past vacations I had purchased some lovely hand-made soaps, meaning to give them as gifts.  I still had some on hand, 8-10 years later, and the wrappings were worn looking, so no longer really suitable as gifts, altho the soap was still fine and I could have re-wrapped it, I guess. Instead, I've been really enjoying it myself, a little bit of a treat every day.

Also, when we moved to California over 30 years ago we had gotten bumped to first class on our flight, and were given (by the airline) these charming little zippered bags with toiletries inside them.  We didn't use them on that flight (too short), but I kept mine and a week ago found it tucked way at the back of one drawer. It had been there so long that the plastic zipper had fused closed and I had to use a scissor to open it. All the creams and lotions were ruined, of course, and even the cute little nail files and other metal items were by now coated with rust. Had to throw everything away, which was fine, but how much nicer it would have been to just been able to enjoy using them in a timely manner.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: jayhawk on April 21, 2016, 04:10:29 PM
Has anyone tried the Marie Kondo - Art of Tidying method? tl;dr stop asking "What should I get rid of?" and start asking "do I love it?", so that you are only filling your house with the things that are useful and make you happy.

My mom read the book and has suddenly gotten her closet reduced by a third, her books by half, and almost 90% of her papers painlessly. I thought it was a bit much to drag out every piece of clothing I owned, but just going through my stuff one drawer at a time has made me realize how much of my stuff I don't use because I don't actually like it that much.

The kitchen utensils are suddenly breathing easier in their drawer, and I'm eyeing the spice cabinet next.

I've read the book and agree with about 90% of it. I'm a member of National Association of Professional Organizers and this book was all the buzz about a year ago. I did amaze myself with all the stuff I got rid of using her method (had thought I'd already decluttered my home - apparently not). I think the consensus among professional organizers is that decluttering is an on-going process and not something that is "one and done."  I think that paper is THE WORST and it's taken me 2 or 3 times to really pare it down.

I think the big benefit of using Mari Kondo's method is that you become much more mindful about bringing new stuff into your home because you are now thinking "do I love it?" before buying.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Carotte on April 21, 2016, 04:31:24 PM
Has anyone tried the Marie Kondo - Art of Tidying method? tl;dr stop asking "What should I get rid of?" and start asking "do I love it?", so that you are only filling your house with the things that are useful and make you happy.

My mom read the book and has suddenly gotten her closet reduced by a third, her books by half, and almost 90% of her papers painlessly. I thought it was a bit much to drag out every piece of clothing I owned, but just going through my stuff one drawer at a time has made me realize how much of my stuff I don't use because I don't actually like it that much.

The kitchen utensils are suddenly breathing easier in their drawer, and I'm eyeing the spice cabinet next.

I've read the book and agree with about 90% of it. I'm a member of National Association of Professional Organizers and this book was all the buzz about a year ago. I did amaze myself with all the stuff I got rid of using her method (had thought I'd already decluttered my home - apparently not). I think the consensus among professional organizers is that decluttering is an on-going process and not something that is "one and done."  I think that paper is THE WORST and it's taken me 2 or 3 times to really pare it down.

I think the big benefit of using Mari Kondo's method is that you become much more mindful about bringing new stuff into your home because you are now thinking "do I love it?" before buying.

I've been thinking about getting that book for my mother, she's always talking about decluttering but at the same time always getting new things. It's a never endind uphill battle :p
I also try to be more mindfull with what I buy nowadays but that didn't stop me from getting yet another mug so...

She asked for my help selling some books and I found the perfect app for that and that was great.
I've used a second hand bookstore twice and if you do it online you can input the ISBN numbers and it will tell you if they'll take the book and for how much and in the past I had to input the numbers by hand, but I found an app that scans the barcode, keep the number in memory and you can send the list of scanned numbers to your mail in a spreadsheet format. Copy and paste that and bam!
Also good if you plan on keeping all your books/CDs/etc but want to keep a list of what you have.
It would have saved me so many hours last times  :(
 - it's the QR and barcode scanner by Geeks.Lab.2015, found it on the android Play Store but I'm sure there's plenty more of those -
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lady Tempest on April 21, 2016, 06:19:51 PM
Today`s baby step involved getting rid of the stuff stored in our parking spot in the garage, where it had rested temporarily after removing it from my parents place (which is a whole other can of worms).  Also, a couple of kitchen appliances that have only seen the light of day once or twice since we`ve owned them, and not recently.  All out to Value Village where I hope they will make someone else very happy.  Every little bit I manage to get rid of is a victory!

I don`t recall who it was who said their hubby was their biggest obstacle but I`m right there too.  While my DH doesn`t turn it around on me it can be incredibly difficult to get him to part with anything, even though I know it`s been years and sometimes decades since it saw the light of day.  He`s also infamous for keeping things that will never work again, such as broken headphones.  Seriously, why did you keep these.  It drives me absolutely nuts >:(.

Tomorrow, since I don`t have anywhere to be, I`m going to start tackling the reams and reams of paperwork that are taking over.  Still looking for scientific proof that paper can`t actually self-replicate  ::)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: o_gal on April 22, 2016, 07:07:49 AM
When my Mom and Dad downsized last fall (going to a retirement community), they gave us a bunch of stuff. Included was 7 large moving boxes of Precious Moments figurines. She had gotten rid of the boxes they came in* and they were just wrapped and stuffed into the moving boxes. I've finally gone through all the boxes and wrote down the name of each piece, the year it was made, the serial number, and the mark on it. It think it comes to somewhere close to 200 figurines. Next will be entering them into the computer to then compare online to see if she had any of the few that will actually sell for any money nowadays. The rest are going to our church's garage sale coming up in May.

* Yeah, I know that having the original box will make them more valuable. But most of the boxes were damaged because she bought the majority of the figurines from a garden and gift center outside of Pittsburgh that was selling them cheap. The damage was smoke and water damage from back when the center was torched by arson.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ladyknight1 on April 22, 2016, 08:01:30 AM


I haven't but...losing weight was a huge decluttering motivator for me. Once i pulled out all the stuff that was too big, i still had a pretty full closet. And as I got rid of more and more, I was amazed at just how much stuff I had! I'm at the point in my life now, the thought of buying anything else makes me think where will i put that, and will i actually useit? wehther its clothes, household or kitchen stuff, etc. I've become quite adept at not accumulating more, and in the process, saving money!

This will be mine. I have a few smaller sized pieces of clothing that may work, a few jackets that can be taken in, but the vast majority of my clothing will be tossed or donated. I'm to the ordering a few pair of pants in smaller sizes stage.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on April 22, 2016, 10:00:58 AM
When my Mom and Dad downsized last fall (going to a retirement community), they gave us a bunch of stuff. Included was 7 large moving boxes of Precious Moments figurines. She had gotten rid of the boxes they came in* and they were just wrapped and stuffed into the moving boxes. I've finally gone through all the boxes and wrote down the name of each piece, the year it was made, the serial number, and the mark on it. It think it comes to somewhere close to 200 figurines. Next will be entering them into the computer to then compare online to see if she had any of the few that will actually sell for any money nowadays. The rest are going to our church's garage sale coming up in May.

* Yeah, I know that having the original box will make them more valuable. But most of the boxes were damaged because she bought the majority of the figurines from a garden and gift center outside of Pittsburgh that was selling them cheap. The damage was smoke and water damage from back when the center was torched by arson.

My friend is facing something similar as the executor of a very close friend of hers' estate estate. Only her stuff is Swarovski crystal animals. LIterally Hundreds of them. Since she also has to clean out the house, sell off the belongings and sell the house, and works full time, and helps out with her DH's business, time is scarce so she hired a company to come in and appraise the stuff and hold an estate sale. And was surprised to find the crystal isn't worth much at all, since its pretty common. But as she says, the fact its not valuable makes it easier to list and sell as she doesn't have to worry about is she asking enough for it, etc. Good luck with it all!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on April 22, 2016, 10:59:26 AM
I hired someone to appraise and hold an estate sale for my late aunt's estate, since I was her executor.  Smartest way I could have handled it.  They found things in places I didn't know the house even came with, like the closets in the garage where they found a bunch of vintage clothing.  Members of my family had lived in that house since 1935 (this was 2012) so I knew there'd be a lot of stuff, but the amount that was actually there was unbelievable.  About the only thing that was even somewhat valuable was an antique secretary that had been in the house since at least the 1940s.  It showed very prominently in a photo of my dad when he was 13-14 years old, and my dad is 83, so we could prove it was at least c. 65 years old.  Plus, the estate sale lady, who also owned the local antique shop, asked me if the chair that was with it was the original seat, and my dad told me that as far back as he could remember that chair had been with that desk. 

Lots of junk in that house...plus a few things that were priceless (to me), like pictures of my great-great grandparents.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on April 22, 2016, 12:32:48 PM
I hired someone to appraise and hold an estate sale for my late aunt's estate, since I was her executor.  Smartest way I could have handled it.  They found things in places I didn't know the house even came with, like the closets in the garage where they found a bunch of vintage clothing.  Members of my family had lived in that house since 1935 (this was 2012) so I knew there'd be a lot of stuff, but the amount that was actually there was unbelievable.  About the only thing that was even somewhat valuable was an antique secretary that had been in the house since at least the 1940s.  It showed very prominently in a photo of my dad when he was 13-14 years old, and my dad is 83, so we could prove it was at least c. 65 years old.  Plus, the estate sale lady, who also owned the local antique shop, asked me if the chair that was with it was the original seat, and my dad told me that as far back as he could remember that chair had been with that desk. 

Lots of junk in that house...plus a few things that were priceless (to me), like pictures of my great-great grandparents.

My friend, who is quite frugal, initially didn't want to have the estate pay for that, and figured she and her DH could just do it, but as she got into the house, and realized what a huge job it was going to be, she decided that no matter how much it cost, and it's fairly reasonable, it was a smart choice  to have someone else do it, especially since they know exactly what to do, how to price etc. She just has too much going on to do it herself.

Her friend really had little of value; aside from some personal belongings, which my friend has for safekeeping, and will distribute as said in the will, once all is finalized. But the furniture etc. isn't at all valuable, and the house is being sold "as is" as it needs some updating and work. Which all the beneficiaries are perfectly fine with, so no issue there.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on April 23, 2016, 02:57:13 AM
Does it count if you go through an entire drawer and only find two things to donate? :-[ Today I decided, since we have had some very unusually warm weather for this time of the year, I would go through my tank tops and shorts drawer.  Two things and I half want to go get one of them back! But I won't.

In the mean time, I have been continuing the work on the sewing/guest room. Someday someone (other than me) may want to be in there. I'd like for that to be possible. Much stuff out and other stuff gone through and homes found. I will continue, but have to take a short break because I'm having surgery on Monday.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on April 23, 2016, 12:16:49 PM
My sister and I had originally thought much the same thing - that we'd clear out the house.  However, this was a large house, and since it had been lived in by members of my family since the 1930s there was a lot of stuff.  So, I contracted with the lady who ran the local antique shop who also did estate sales, and she and her co-workers worked on that house for the better part of a month before the estate sale.  I got the job of going through all the personal papers they'd bring me.  Some of these papers were very interesting, like my great-grandmother's divorce decree from her second husband; most of it was junk to be shredded. 

My sister did help quite a bit in one area:  My late aunt had been a quilter, and had a great deal of equipment plus many quilt kits.  My sister is also a quilter, and she knew how much these things were worth.  We also found a catalog showing the prices of most of the quilt kits, which also helped us in determining prices, as I didn't have a clue how to price quilting kits or frames, etc. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Elisabunny on April 23, 2016, 12:18:47 PM
Does it count if you go through an entire drawer and only find two things to donate? :-[ Today I decided, since we have had some very unusually warm weather for this time of the year, I would go through my tank tops and shorts drawer.  Two things and I half want to go get one of them back! But I won't.


It totally counts!  You went through the drawer and determined that , yes, you will wear everything.  I suppose you could follow up in autumn by going through it a second time to make sure you really did wear all the pieces.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Nuala on April 25, 2016, 02:35:56 PM
After many delays, I got DH to help me bring stuff to the local thrift shop. Four trips in the pickup, plus one carload of books.

Fitbit says I walked more than five miles and traversed 82 flights of stairs.

We still have a lot to do, but DH got a lot of positive feedback from the workers at the thrift shop, so I hope it won't be as difficult to motivate him next weekend.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lorie_P on April 26, 2016, 07:23:58 AM
I am so glad I discovered this thread! Reading the post have been the swift kick in the pants I needed to get going on my house. Thank you everyone!!!

I am a small to medium hoarder. I have always been I'll easily admit. I still have boxes from our last move in 2001 I need to get to. I was working on stuff when my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and my dad was her primary caregiver. I'm an only child, they were older and lived an hour and a half away. They had their own hoarding tendencies being children from the depression and large families. I grew up with saving stuff for just in case. When my dad died in December 2009 from cancer, my mom was in the last stages of her disease. I found myself with a two bedroom ranch with full attic, garage and shed full of 45+ years of stuff! It took me 3 years of going over there every weekend to get it cleared out to the point I was able to rent it. The last of it is in my basement and garage waiting for me to get going. The first year was the worst because I was my mom's guardian until she followed my dad to heaven in July 2010. Then I had to settle two estates along with my regular life of wife, mom of a college freshman and a high schooler, and my job...Plus Boy Scouts...Church...Yeah, I was busy! I've nibbled at it over the past few years but this year I finally have time to make a major dent in it all. It didn't accumulate overnight, so it won't go away overnight.

I remember when my mom was cleaning out her mom's house after she died in 1976. It took her a full year going over almost everyday to clear out a 2 story victorian with fill basement and workshop in back. Fortunately, it was in the same city. She kept saying she didn't want to do to me what her mother did to her by leaving so much stuff to content with after her death.  Sadly, medical issues and dementia caused her to break that promise. I don't blame her. But I am more that determined to keep that promise to my kids. Wish me luck! 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ladyknight1 on April 28, 2016, 12:11:59 PM
^Congratulations!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Copper Horsewoman on April 28, 2016, 06:05:51 PM
Wow, LadyJaneinMD, you have lit a fire under me! I'll have to redouble my efforts to declutter, myself.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on April 28, 2016, 09:24:02 PM
Well done!  I'm really hoping to get rid of a lot of stuff as I unpack at the new place.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on May 07, 2016, 09:45:24 PM
I'm recovering from spinal surgery and can not do much around the house...and I'm not allowed to leave the house. Sigh. So I decided to look through some baskets of stuff and decide what to keep and what to donate. It is amazing what you can do in ten minutes or less! I'm not making huge inroads, but every little bit helps. (Both the amount of clutter in my house and the boredom.)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on May 08, 2016, 12:21:42 PM
I've been working on our garage.  I lost my job last year, so now I've got the time to do it.  Anyway, I've gotten rid of what felt like tons of old magazines - I had Astronomy magazines dating clear back to 1980 - and even though I still get that magazine the information in the older issues is now very much outdated.  I kept the first issue I ever got and the issues from the 1980s and 1990s that particularly interested me or in which a letter of mine was printed (there were three of those) but that cut the stack down to maybe a half dozen plus some articles from a pile two feet high.  Now I'm working on the late 1990s and early 2000s. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on May 08, 2016, 05:38:22 PM
I managed to get in a few minutes of organizing today before our adult children showed up with food and presents. The gifts were lovely and thoughtful; I can put them away in a matter of minutes without having to toss things to make room for the new stuff. Hurrah!!

And in those few moments,  I cleared off the TV stand in the sewing room so it now has the TV and not all of the other junk on it. I've measured the stand and think I have a plan to replace it with something that will work better for the space. Just need to be careful that replacement will, in fact, be better.

One of my plans for getting more space back is to read and donate books. Or admit that I won't ever really read them and just let them go already. I'm doing pretty well on that front.

This thread is so helpful for helping me to hold myself accountable. Thank you all for posting; it is a kick in the pants that keeps me going.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 09, 2016, 05:37:47 AM
I've managed to put one small box aside for donating stuff and I've managed to throw out some containers as I've unpacked from moving.  But the main work is still to come because the boxes I packed early were the stuff I wanted to get rid of but didn't have time to sort and figure out.

It'll be slow going but I'll manage it.  I can't believe how full the new house is when it is almost twice the size of the old place!  And we haven't even moved much of BF's stuff over here yet.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 09, 2016, 08:16:03 AM


One of my plans for getting more space back is to read and donate books. Or admit that I won't ever really read them and just let them go already. I'm doing pretty well on that front.

 

Do you have a tablet or ereader? What I did with my books was sit down, and figure out which were available in e-book format, and if they were, the actual book got donated. Doesn't mean I'll buy them all right away, but if I know i can get it sometime in that format, i don't need to keep the bookl
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on May 09, 2016, 12:20:42 PM


One of my plans for getting more space back is to read and donate books. Or admit that I won't ever really read them and just let them go already. I'm doing pretty well on that front.

 

Do you have a tablet or ereader? What I did with my books was sit down, and figure out which were available in e-book format, and if they were, the actual book got donated. Doesn't mean I'll buy them all right away, but if I know i can get it sometime in that format, i don't need to keep the bookl

I don't have either of those; it is up to me to read or pass them on! Freed another Billy CD shelf the other day. Doesn't sound like much, a single shelf; However, I got a whole lot of fabric pieces put onto that shelf, so I'm happy. Between reading and sewing my stash down, it will get better. (Probably at the same rate I'm recovering from the surgery.)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 10, 2016, 11:01:30 AM
The unpacking is going slower than I'd hoped but I have managed to get rid of some stuff.  I've tossed a whole bunch of cosmetics that moved with me back in 2004!  And I've recycled a bunch of plastic containers that either don't have lids or don't seal well enough for using to put soup in the freezer.  I'll eventually get more Ziploc or Glad plasticware so it stacks nicely in the cupboard.  But you'll pry those peanut butter jars out of my cold, dead hands.  They are perfect for freezing pumpkin pie filling, pumpkin, mashed banana, nuts for baking...

The master bedroom and bathroom and the kitchen are functional.  I'm going to finish those three rooms completely then start tackling other rooms one at a time and get everything unpacked and either put away or purged!  BF's job is to deal with the garage.  It will be his domain, for the most part.  I want to be able to park my car in my side of the garage in the winter so I don't have to brush off the snow but the rest of the time, it'll be the dogs' crate once we get something built.  Works really well; paint the floor and accidents are easy to clean up.  Though I suspect we won't have many of those once we get a good routine established.  And we have a back-up of the foyer in the house for days that are too cold or hot for them out there.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: JoW on May 11, 2016, 09:52:24 PM
Be careful what you pitch.  A year or two ago I pitched an envelope labeled "Don't Carry", stuff I had removed from my wallet a decade earlier, without looking inside.  6 months ago I was about 90% done with the decluttering and realized I hadn't run across my social security card. 

To replace a social security card you have to show someone at their office your birth certificate and driver's license.  I found my birth certificate in March, went to the Social Security office in April, and my new card arrived last week.  This time I'm storing it in a clear sheet protector along with my birth certificate and my long-expired passport. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 12, 2016, 07:41:41 AM
A buddy of mine moved 4 times in 3 years or some crazy timeline like that.  He had half a dozen boxes that he never unpacked from the first move.  At the last move, he just tossed the boxes in the landfill and never even looked in them.  I couldn't do that!  I have to look at everything.

This morning, I was working on putting stuff back in my filing cabinet.  I'm purging some of the stuff I've kept so I have room to add BF's stuff.  Law here requires that you keep 6 years of tax records, including the current year, and I kept everything from that year, including all the utility bills and so on.  So I'm pitching the bills from the older records but keeping the banking information and tax information.  And I just realized that the 2010 file I just put in there can actually go.  I only need to keep 2011, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.

So the bottom drawer will be all the historical records and the top drawer will be the current records and all my appliance manuals.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on May 12, 2016, 12:54:40 PM
So the bottom drawer will be all the historical records and the top drawer will be the current records and all my appliance manuals.

Wow! When I have recovered from the surgery, I'm going to try to do this. You are my positive role model! I need one and there are none in my family!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 12, 2016, 01:10:33 PM
So the bottom drawer will be all the historical records and the top drawer will be the current records and all my appliance manuals.

Wow! When I have recovered from the surgery, I'm going to try to do this. You are my positive role model! I need one and there are none in my family!

This is one of the areas where I am quite organized.  Though filing is not my strong suit and I end up filing everything in bursts about 4 times a year.  I'm really going to try to file as stuff comes in and is dealt with.

The other organized area is laundry.  So it's been driving me crazy that my bedroom hasn't been set up properly.  But it is almost there; I just have one dresser drawer left to organize and fill.  I have removed one of the dressers from the bedroom so I lost two drawers - BF had the other three.  I've managed it by putting rarely used stuff in boxes up on the shelf.  So I've got a box of heels and purses and a box of rarely worn clothes that I need to keep - slips and shapewear that I don't wear very often but need to keep for those few occasions.  And I did get rid of some stuff, mostly clothes that are now too big. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lady Tempest on May 12, 2016, 04:27:40 PM
It's funny you mention filing, Outdoor Girl, because that's what I'm doing; making a point of going through my filing for the last mumblety-umpteen years and actually dealing with it.  In the past I have had the bad habit of piling things up on the couch, especially paperwork, and then having to toss it all into a box in order to find seating for an occasion.  The box lands in the spare room where it is promptly ignored till I need something desperately from it.  Which may range from several days to several years  ::) :-[
I have a lateral filing drawer in a piece of furniture acquired from an old employer years ago, which I've emptied; and a drawer in the desk acquired at the same time.  I'm debating if I need another two drawer cabinet on top of that, and trying to find a place to put it.  Which necessitates another round of "clear one piece of furniture, move it out, move another into its' place".  It's a never ending saga, but I'm pleased that in the last couple of days I've tossed two bags worth of paper recycling and another of shredding.  I'm determined to conquer the filing monster once and for all.
Oh, and I finally and reluctantly got rid of my Gazelle.  Still have mixed emotions about that.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Mustard on May 13, 2016, 07:28:14 AM
It's funny you mention filing, Outdoor Girl, because that's what I'm doing; making a point of going through my filing for the last mumblety-umpteen years and actually dealing with it.  In the past I have had the bad habit of piling things up on the couch, especially paperwork, and then having to toss it all into a box in order to find seating for an occasion.  The box lands in the spare room where it is promptly ignored till I need something desperately from it.  Which may range from several days to several years  ::) :-[


I once read that someone was so fed-up with not being able to find a letter she'd left in a 'safe place' (and couldn't find) that she went out and bought a large box and labelled it 'a safe place' so she knew where it  was.  I mentioned this in conversation this week; the woman I was talking to said that her mother had 'mantelpiece boxes'.  Every piece of paperwork that came into the house that needed to be dealt with a some point went on the mantelpiece.  When the heaps got too big, her mum would sweep it all into a box and put it in the spare room.  So if anybody wanted something, they had to go to the mantelpiece box.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Sirius on May 13, 2016, 03:43:44 PM
I went through my huge box of pictures and stuff yesterday.   It wasn't nearly as painful as I thought it would be.  Nearly 90% of it ended up in the dumpster, and I only kept pictures of my father(sob!) and my family.  That's all I need.  Now I have a nice trunk to fill up with stuff to be moved.

What made it easy is realizing that nobody really cares about my trips to Hershey Park and the Renn Faire, but mostly the fact that I'm a really bad photographer.   LOL  The pictures were awful.

I had an entire page in a photo album of pictures with thumbs in them, but they made me laugh.  I still have the thumb picture of my brother standing in front of the house where we grew up, and he was holding his dachshund.  I'm also a really bad photographer.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: crazycatlady331 on May 16, 2016, 08:27:42 PM
I've been pretty good lately about decluttering.  my job has me traveling for long periods of time, so I'm really trying to pair down the stuff.

What helps me
1) Little Free Library--- there's one about 4 blocks from me, and it is amazing (if you haven't heard of it, it's like a 'have a penny leave a penny' for books).  Anyone who walks by can pick up a book to read, no fines or anything like that.  Sometimes there's gems in there.
2) H&M clothing recycling program-- they take clothes in no condition to donate (think old underwear, holey socks, mismatched socks, ripped or stained clothes, etc).  Apparently they are trying to make jeans out of the fibers from the old clothes.  I've worn through my rattier clothes (under and over) and am slowly purging them throughout the process.  Life is too short to wear clothes with holes in them.  (They give you a coupon for every bag you bring in, and I've given many away to people I see with a large purchase). 
3) Good thrift store (affiliated with my local SPCA) and two cousins who wear about the same size.  I never have to worry about where to send my (decent) used clothes.

4) (skipping line to emphasize)-- Rules on incoming stuff.  At the beginning of 2016, I made a DO NOT BUY list and I have it on my bedroom mirror (post-it).  When I get ready every morning, I'm reminded of what not to buy.   Some are just don't buy period and others are 1 in 1 out (shoes).  5 months in, I've mostly adhered to the list. 

I've also let people know that I'm (for the most part) not interested in receiving stuff as gifts.  If they wish to get me something tangible, I ask for coffee.   For things I used to spend money on, I find other sources.
Books-- public library (paper and digital).  If I really want to own a copy, I check used or Kindle store.
Music-- Streaming free with my Amazon prime account.  Use my ipod for non wifi use (such as in the car)
Magazine subscriptions--- digital (Kindle)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Giraffe, Esq on May 17, 2016, 10:29:00 AM
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4) (skipping line to emphasize)-- Rules on incoming stuff.  At the beginning of 2016, I made a DO NOT BUY list and I have it on my bedroom mirror (post-it).  When I get ready every morning, I'm reminded of what not to buy.   Some are just don't buy period and others are 1 in 1 out (shoes).  5 months in, I've mostly adhered to the list. 
{snip}

If it's not too personal, would you mind sharing what's on your DO NOT BUY list?  I've gotten better at not buying stuff by reminding myself I already have 8 pairs of black dress shoes, etc.  But it really only seems to stop me re: clothes/shoes.  I'd be interested what other stuff to be aware of not tracking in.

I have a super tiny yay -- I threw away an old lipstick.  I tend to keep my makeup way past its usefulness, but I loved the color and it still had some in the tube.  And yet, I was in my medicine cabinet for something else and saw it and said, "You know what?   I don't wear this one for a reason.  It's too old, it's crappy." And I picked it up and threw it in the trash.

Super tiny in light of all I have to purge, but it felt like an accomplishment to just be okay with the "waste".
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on May 17, 2016, 12:57:46 PM
{snip}

Super tiny in light of all I have to purge, but it felt like an accomplishment to just be okay with the "waste".

Ah, but the journey starts with a single step. A win is a win!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 17, 2016, 02:36:49 PM
{snip}
4) (skipping line to emphasize)-- Rules on incoming stuff.  At the beginning of 2016, I made a DO NOT BUY list and I have it on my bedroom mirror (post-it).  When I get ready every morning, I'm reminded of what not to buy.   Some are just don't buy period and others are 1 in 1 out (shoes).  5 months in, I've mostly adhered to the list. 
{snip}

If it's not too personal, would you mind sharing what's on your DO NOT BUY list?  I've gotten better at not buying stuff by reminding myself I already have 8 pairs of black dress shoes, etc.  But it really only seems to stop me re: clothes/shoes.  I'd be interested what other stuff to be aware of not tracking in.

I have a super tiny yay -- I threw away an old lipstick.  I tend to keep my makeup way past its usefulness, but I loved the color and it still had some in the tube.  And yet, I was in my medicine cabinet for something else and saw it and said, "You know what?   I don't wear this one for a reason.  It's too old, it's crappy." And I picked it up and threw it in the trash.

Super tiny in light of all I have to purge, but it felt like an accomplishment to just be okay with the "waste".

I have started doing this too with cosmetics! I will admit I like the nice, pricy stuff. And as such, I will make very effort to get the VERY last drop or smidge out of something. Even if I have 3 more unopened, lying in wait! So i've actually been able, a couple of times, to chuck the container, with some product, no matter how little, in it.

I think it also stems from wehn I didn't have a much money, and I'd splurge, so by George, I was going to get every. last. bit. out. Now, it doens't seem so wasteful to tyr and do that.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ladyknight1 on May 17, 2016, 02:52:04 PM
Any discarded makeup goes into my moulage injury simulation kit for my first aid course.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: SwissArmyGirlfriend on May 19, 2016, 06:48:23 PM
Does anybody have any leads or tips on good websites for clothing resale? I think I've seen a few people mention Poshmark? I'd love some insider reviews on that or others! I have always used (and had success with) Thred-Up, but they're currently backed up enough to have a waiting list of several months if you want to send in items. I've done some Googling, but most of the ones that seemed to be similar (Threadflip, Twice) have closed up.

I like Thred-Up because they deal with a decent amount of lower-end stuff - I'm not trying to sell designer, by and large, more like mall-type brands. They also do the selling for you, i.e. you send in stuff and they pay you a percentage and then list it, so you don't have to deal with shipping or waiting for things to sell. And although I'm in my 30s I have to wear junior's sizes, so a site like that with a good junior's market was perfect for me. I would love to find a similar site but so far am not hitting any gold in my digging. Even a swapping-type set-up (i.e. no cash payments) would be fine but none of those seem to operate on the Thred-Up type model where you don't have to ship single items one by one as they are sold/ taken.

Help me, fellow declutterers, if you have any wisdom! Thanks!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 20, 2016, 10:59:52 AM
Does anybody have any leads or tips on good websites for clothing resale? I think I've seen a few people mention Poshmark? I'd love some insider reviews on that or others! I have always used (and had success with) Thred-Up, but they're currently backed up enough to have a waiting list of several months if you want to send in items. I've done some Googling, but most of the ones that seemed to be similar (Threadflip, Twice) have closed up.

I like Thred-Up because they deal with a decent amount of lower-end stuff - I'm not trying to sell designer, by and large, more like mall-type brands. They also do the selling for you, i.e. you send in stuff and they pay you a percentage and then list it, so you don't have to deal with shipping or waiting for things to sell. And although I'm in my 30s I have to wear junior's sizes, so a site like that with a good junior's market was perfect for me. I would love to find a similar site but so far am not hitting any gold in my digging. Even a swapping-type set-up (i.e. no cash payments) would be fine but none of those seem to operate on the Thred-Up type model where you don't have to ship single items one by one as they are sold/ taken.

Help me, fellow declutterers, if you have any wisdom! Thanks!

I've been on Poshmark since August, and have done pretty well.

My first advice is to read everything you can, about how it works, their FAQ's etc. know the policies and procedures. Also look at online reviews. Yes, you will see many that are not good at all, but, i think a lot of it has more to do with the fact people don't know how it works, or bother to find out, and then get annoyed when things don't go like they think they should. the more you know, the better off you are. Basically you control what you sell, how you price it at, and who you sell to, and for what price.

It's fairly simple, but does take some time. Basically you sign up, create an account, and start filling your "closet" which is what your page of listings is called. You take photos, and list your items. Be very descriptive and detailed, and make sure the pics are not blurry, etc. You can sell any brand on Poshmark, from high end couture down to stuff from lower end stores, and everything inbetween.

You can bundle if you want, but if you turn on that feature, you must offer a discount, which I choose not to do, but I will bundle and discount on a case by case basis, and have done so.

They take a flat fee of 2.95 for items under $15, and 20% for items over. In return, all you have to do once you sell is print out a label, pack it up, and take to the PO to ship. It's pretty easy. Once your item is received, and accepted by the buyer, your funds are released. you can have them direct deposited into a bank account or request a check.

I'll be honest, because there are hundreds of thousands of users, you will find those who lowball on offers, and are generally clueless, rude etc. But I've done very well, and never had any issue. My attitude don't set your expectations too high, and know exactly how it works, and if it seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, but PM me if you'd like any other info, or have other questions!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: SwissArmyGirlfriend on May 20, 2016, 12:43:25 PM
Thank you so much, siamesecat2965! That's very helpful info!

I'm going to go take a look at Poshmark right now, and I will probably shoot you a PM for a few more details. I appreciate it!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 20, 2016, 12:44:47 PM
Thank you so much, siamesecat2965! That's very helpful info!

I'm going to go take a look at Poshmark right now, and I will probably shoot you a PM for a few more details. I appreciate it!

No problem! there's a ton more stuff out there to know, etc. But generally speaking, I've done pretty well with it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on May 20, 2016, 01:15:42 PM
My own "Do Not Buy" list involves cake & icing mixes (I don't make them - why bother?); fabric store stuff (unless it's from a "going out of business sale" - like the one Hancock Fabrics is currently having in the USA - I will miss them); and makeup bits & bobs - I buy *one* all-in-one kit a year and toss it a year later, because I don't wear makeup but two or maybe three times a year. 

I need to add earrings & other jewelry to the list - or at least make them a buy one & clear out one item - because my storage rack is full.  I have a dozen earrings that I wear on what could be called a *regular basis* and a few more that are worn for "best" or only to a Renaissance Festival...a couple of bracelets, two or three watches (need to get a new battery for one), and maybe four necklaces that get worn with any regularity.  I do need to save some for "best" even if I don't wear them that often...but how many "Red Hat" sets do I need?  I think that the three that I remember having is plenty...and one might get "recycled" for a Dirty Santa game this coming December, since I have never worn it...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: crazycatlady331 on May 20, 2016, 03:05:03 PM
{snip}
4) (skipping line to emphasize)-- Rules on incoming stuff.  At the beginning of 2016, I made a DO NOT BUY list and I have it on my bedroom mirror (post-it).  When I get ready every morning, I'm reminded of what not to buy.   Some are just don't buy period and others are 1 in 1 out (shoes).  5 months in, I've mostly adhered to the list. 
{snip}

If it's not too personal, would you mind sharing what's on your DO NOT BUY list?  I've gotten better at not buying stuff by reminding myself I already have 8 pairs of black dress shoes, etc.  But it really only seems to stop me re: clothes/shoes.  I'd be interested what other stuff to be aware of not tracking in.

I have a super tiny yay -- I threw away an old lipstick.  I tend to keep my makeup way past its usefulness, but I loved the color and it still had some in the tube.  And yet, I was in my medicine cabinet for something else and saw it and said, "You know what?   I don't wear this one for a reason.  It's too old, it's crappy." And I picked it up and threw it in the trash.

Super tiny in light of all I have to purge, but it felt like an accomplishment to just be okay with the "waste".

Not a problem
Charging cables/accessories/power banks (I went a little nuts on them in the last two years)
toiletries (use up what I have)
hair accessories (broke this, but I did break a few clips)
candles (use up what I have)
clothes (1 in 1 out--- so far 2 pieces for 2016 and one was to replace a pair of ripped pj pants)
shoes (1 in 1 out-- all my shoes must fit in a storage bin under my bed and I don't need 5 pairs of black ballet flats)
stationary/office supplies (weakness of mine and must make a dent in my stash).

This is my first year with it and I wanted to start reasonable.  Next year's may be bigger.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lady Tempest on May 21, 2016, 09:06:40 AM
I got through the first round of paper sorting last night!  Can't believe just how much stuff I've gone through already.  This first round produced four bags of shredding and three green garbage bag-sized bags of paper recycling.   Now for the secondary, more detailed sort and to get all the files made and labelled.  At this rate it will only be another month or so before I'm done  ::)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on May 24, 2016, 03:11:56 AM
I'm feeling pretty good, today!  I've been going through old paperwork and am preparing to do a lot of shredding.  I am so sick of excess paper!  It sure feels great to toss things into my shredding bin.
We are also working on our same old junky storage room (where the computer is and used to be the second bedroom).  I would love to convert it to a craft/sewing/computer/office space. 
We've had a laptop computer now for about 6 years, but still have the big, fat, old monitor and tower from our old set up.  Why, you ask?  I have no idea!  We also have a five shelf unit of old, obsolete computer books.  They are on their way out, but not quickly enough for me!  I think I'll tell my husband t donate them to the library annual book sale...we always go there and he buys computer books...if he thinks he can buy them back in September at that sale, he might be less hesitant to get rid of them.  On the other hand, why would I want to risk his bringing them back into the house!  Bad idea!   :o
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 24, 2016, 08:07:13 AM
 
We've had a laptop computer now for about 6 years, but still have the big, fat, old monitor and tower from our old set up.  Why, you ask?  I have no idea!  W

If you have Best Buy near you, if you bring it in, they'll recycle at no charge. I had two old towers and a giant moniter. I pulled the hard drives from each, which I still have, but took the guts in to recycle.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Elisabunny on May 24, 2016, 12:09:42 PM
 
We've had a laptop computer now for about 6 years, but still have the big, fat, old monitor and tower from our old set up.  Why, you ask?  I have no idea!  W

If you have Best Buy near you, if you bring it in, they'll recycle at no charge. I had two old towers and a giant moniter. I pulled the hard drives from each, which I still have, but took the guts in to recycle.

Hmm, I just found an old MacBook.  I wonder if they'd take it...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Nikko-chan on May 24, 2016, 12:12:07 PM
I am going to turn on Pandora and go throw away some of my old clothing
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on May 25, 2016, 12:41:42 AM
 
We've had a laptop computer now for about 6 years, but still have the big, fat, old monitor and tower from our old set up.  Why, you ask?  I have no idea!  W

If you have Best Buy near you, if you bring it in, they'll recycle at no charge. I had two old towers and a giant moniter. I pulled the hard drives from each, which I still have, but took the guts in to recycle.
Unfortunately, we don't have a Best Buy near us.  There is a guy who teaches electronics at a local high school and he does take things in for students to work on.  I think he would even accept these.  I should check with him.  I would also pull the hard drive.  Even though there isn't anything sensitive  like financial stuff which we never do in the computer, it makes me uncomfortable to think someone is looking at anything of mine.  I have writing and drawings in there and lots of emails over the years and I don't think you really can completely delete information from a hard drive.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 25, 2016, 09:17:03 AM
 
We've had a laptop computer now for about 6 years, but still have the big, fat, old monitor and tower from our old set up.  Why, you ask?  I have no idea!  W

If you have Best Buy near you, if you bring it in, they'll recycle at no charge. I had two old towers and a giant moniter. I pulled the hard drives from each, which I still have, but took the guts in to recycle.
Unfortunately, we don't have a Best Buy near us.  There is a guy who teaches electronics at a local high school and he does take things in for students to work on.  I think he would even accept these.  I should check with him.  I would also pull the hard drive.  Even though there isn't anything sensitive  like financial stuff which we never do in the computer, it makes me uncomfortable to think someone is looking at anything of mine.  I have writing and drawings in there and lots of emails over the years and I don't think you really can completely delete information from a hard drive.

Maybe check out some other electronic stores? I also know in my town, you can take it to the recycle center there.

I hear you; that's why I still have my hard drives. I know you can do stuff to destroy, etc. but they take up so little room, I figured I'd just hang onto them, to be on the safe side.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: crazycatlady331 on May 26, 2016, 01:10:38 PM
We've had a laptop computer now for about 6 years, but still have the big, fat, old monitor and tower from our old set up.  Why, you ask?  I have no idea!  We also have a five shelf unit of old, obsolete computer books.  They are on their way out, but not quickly enough for me!  I think I'll tell my husband t donate them to the library annual book sale...we always go there and he buys computer books...if he thinks he can buy them back in September at that sale, he might be less hesitant to get rid of them.  On the other hand, why would I want to risk his bringing them back into the house!  Bad idea!   :o

I'm not sure if you're in the US or not, but a lot of municipalities have electronics recycling days (Google is your friend here).

I know upthread Best Buy was mentioned, and you said they're not near you.  I believe Staples also takes old electronics for recycling (I'd call first though) if you have one near you. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 26, 2016, 01:51:11 PM
And the electronic recycling discussion has prompted me to finally decide to get rid of what remains of my dad's old stereo system. The speakers are already gone, but I still have the receiver, CD player and some sort of master thingy that controls the on and off and switching for it all. It literally dates from the 1980's, and is pretty much obsolete. I think i was sort of hanging onto it, thinking I could get speakers etc. nad perhaps for sentimental reasons.  But its huge and probably not compatible with anything current, so out its going.

I'm also not a huge music listener to begin with, so really I don't need anything at the moment, and when I do decide on something, I'm leaning towards something like the Bose soundtouch, a wireless music system that runs off your home's wifi. Small and has the ability to stream, which really is all I need.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Copper Horsewoman on May 30, 2016, 11:09:37 AM
B/G: I come from a family of savers/hoarders. In defense, that generation was immigrant/Depression-era, and having stuff was a form of security. My mother passed away last October at 93, a widow with little connection to my stepfather's family. There are only two members of my blood family left alive besides me, my aunt (Mom's younger sister) and a distant cousin in another state. I live two states distance from my aunt, who is the sole heir and executor of Mom's estate. I readily acquiesced to this, she took care of my Mom and her husband both as they declined in health for the last 10+ years. /End BG

My aunt called and asked me to come and help her get Mom's house ready for sale. I went there for ten days and found that she has made but little progress in this, partly because she picks up a piece of paper, reads part of it, then says "oh, I'll save that for later to go through it". Or an object "we might need this, let's put it aside" or an article of clothing "do you want this, she paid X for it". Please note, Mom was a petite size 12. I am nearly six foot, clothing size 16, wear shoes four sizes larger and even her rings won't fit on my pinkie.
I did manage to get her to let me shred statements, etc., from ten years ago. Over 20 huge garbage bags of shred later, plus four large bins of recycling for ancient magazines, wire hangers, etc., and four complete fills of the large sedan she drives going to the charity shop, we can walk through the three bedrooms. I also spent a marathon day getting the utilities switched to her name until the house sells, (cable TV still not done, she has to show up in person at their office with certified copies of Mom and stepfathers' death certificates!) I did get all the photos corralled in three dresser drawers for her to look through, got all the important papers pulled out of books and magazines where they were bookmarks (!) and put into one drawer. I went through ALL her jewelry and made three boxes: one for good jewelry, one for costume jewelry and one for the "I'm not sure if this is good or costume".  Found her wedding ring set in a dish with broken costume and some safety pins.
Haven't touched the living room, dining room cabinets, or Kitchen cabinets yet. Next time.
I have the feeling when Aunt passes on, I will be left with three houses to declutter and sell (she still has not sold my grandmother's house, over 20 years after she passed away, yes, she still pays the utilities, taxes, and upkeep).
Sorry this is long, I am still decompressing. Can't wait for Round 2.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Elisabunny on May 30, 2016, 02:25:00 PM
My father is having to go back and forth to HomeState to help his sister clear out their mother's house.  Sister wants to sell try to sell absolutely everything, while DF wants to just dispose of the junk.  ::)

Off-topic: one of the non-junk items that might come to me is a treadle sewing machine that still works!  ;D  Does anyone know where to find replacement belts?
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: otterwoman on May 30, 2016, 02:32:03 PM
My father is having to go back and forth to HomeState to help his sister clear out their mother's house.  Sister wants to sell try to sell absolutely everything, while DF wants to just dispose of the junk.  ::)

Off-topic: one of the non-junk items that might come to me is a treadle sewing machine that still works!  ;D  Does anyone know where to find replacement belts?

There is a FB group for Vintage Sewing machines, https://www.facebook.com/groups/VintageSewingMachines/?fref=nf , there are people there who sell replacement parts. Also, it is a fabulous place to ask questions.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Elisabunny on May 30, 2016, 02:36:30 PM
Thank you!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on May 30, 2016, 03:21:20 PM
I am making arrangements to help my Father clean out the house later this year.

My deceased Mother wasn't Quite a hoarder, as there is not garbage saved, but she really liked to hold onto junk.  Stuff like the "pirate ship" my brother made when he was 7 years old. He doesn't want it, but my Mother could never get rid of it. Or the linen closet full of non matching sheets where all the elastic is bad in the fitted sheets and none of the flat sheets match the fitted ones. and the ratty towels that still must be good for something. Or the shoes that she wore in the 1970s before she had to stop wearing high heels.

I am pretty sure none of the stuff in the house is worth anything, not even enough to be worth wasting our time with a garage sale. But I need to get there to look at it all.

My Dad has saved computer magazines back to the 1980s because he might want to read them sometime  ::)

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 30, 2016, 04:41:41 PM
The local animal shelter would likely really appreciate those old towels and sheets.  My town will take as many as they can get.  They use them until they fall apart in the wash.  If they only get one go out of them?  At least they got used.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on May 30, 2016, 05:28:50 PM
The local animal shelter would likely really appreciate those old towels and sheets.  My town will take as many as they can get.  They use them until they fall apart in the wash.  If they only get one go out of them?  At least they got used.

Thats what I did with the sheets and towels that I cleared out of my linen closet a few years back. I intend to do that with any my Father doesn't want to use as rags for cleaning cars, etc.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: lorelai on May 30, 2016, 05:34:47 PM
I have been enjoying your posts in this thread for quite some time and now hope to join you all in this mission of decluttering! There is so much to work through in my home. Room by room, drawer by drawer. I just finished up a school program and have the summer off for the first time in over a decade, and would love to hack away at the clutter.

I was wondering if anyone has advice for how to stay motivated when life gets in the way? Sickness, family issues, general stresses.... I've had two weeks now to get started and there's always a reason not to.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Copper Horsewoman on May 30, 2016, 07:33:24 PM
I have been enjoying your posts in this thread for quite some time and now hope to join you all in this mission of decluttering! There is so much to work through in my home. Room by room, drawer by drawer. I just finished up a school program and have the summer off for the first time in over a decade, and would love to hack away at the clutter.

I was wondering if anyone has advice for how to stay motivated when life gets in the way? Sickness, family issues, general stresses.... I've had two weeks now to get started and there's always a reason not to.
The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. A few ideas:

Set a timer for a period, like an hour, work nonstop 'til the timer goes off, then take a short break. Rinse, repeat a couple of times, knock off for the day. Repeat daily.
or
Commit to tossing out some set amount each day. One bag, one trunkful to Goodwill, whatever.
or
Pull one drawer out, sort it, go to the next.
or
Commit to get one area or room straight. Ignore everything until that is clear.
The toughest thing is consistency, not how much you get done in a day.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on May 31, 2016, 01:20:18 AM
I've actually found that this thread is good for keeping me motivated; I want to be able to chime in with "Me, too!" I've even done some decluttering while recovering from surgery. Small amounts, but I'm eating that elephant!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: snowfire on May 31, 2016, 12:07:37 PM
Since DH & I have been dealing with his mother's house I am getting motivated to clear out stuff from mine.  We had to get under the house today to get a replacement part for a light fixture & we pulled out 4 boxes of stuff that is going to get donated or sold.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: lorelai on May 31, 2016, 02:44:02 PM
I think one bite at a time is really good advice! As well as using this thread. Today my son is better, and I've beaten the bug, but my DH woke up ill, so my free time is limited. Is there ever a day where life doesn't get in the way?

That said, I am not longer able to do the chores outside of the house that I planned to, so with more time in the house I decided to tackle one decluttering project. First I have to do my regular household chores. And then I'll pick a drawer. (I haven't actually done it yet, but am writing here to stay accountable!)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on May 31, 2016, 02:47:10 PM
 
We've had a laptop computer now for about 6 years, but still have the big, fat, old monitor and tower from our old set up.  Why, you ask?  I have no idea!  W

If you have Best Buy near you, if you bring it in, they'll recycle at no charge. I had two old towers and a giant moniter. I pulled the hard drives from each, which I still have, but took the guts in to recycle.
Unfortunately, we don't have a Best Buy near us.  There is a guy who teaches electronics at a local high school and he does take things in for students to work on.  I think he would even accept these.  I should check with him.  I would also pull the hard drive.  Even though there isn't anything sensitive  like financial stuff which we never do in the computer, it makes me uncomfortable to think someone is looking at anything of mine.  I have writing and drawings in there and lots of emails over the years and I don't think you really can completely delete information from a hard drive.

Maybe check out some other electronic stores? I also know in my town, you can take it to the recycle center there.

I hear you; that's why I still have my hard drives. I know you can do stuff to destroy, etc. but they take up so little room, I figured I'd just hang onto them, to be on the safe side.
We have hazardous waste disposal days here.  That might be an idea.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 31, 2016, 02:51:43 PM
I have a couple of boxes going for stuff I no longer want and a box with some clothes in it that are too big.  And they've just been sitting there since we moved and I started unpacking.

So I think I need to get those boxes closed up and get them donated.  I can start a new box as I continue to unpack.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bijou on May 31, 2016, 02:52:27 PM
We've had a laptop computer now for about 6 years, but still have the big, fat, old monitor and tower from our old set up.  Why, you ask?  I have no idea!  We also have a five shelf unit of old, obsolete computer books.  They are on their way out, but not quickly enough for me!  I think I'll tell my husband t donate them to the library annual book sale...we always go there and he buys computer books...if he thinks he can buy them back in September at that sale, he might be less hesitant to get rid of them.  On the other hand, why would I want to risk his bringing them back into the house!  Bad idea!   :o

I'm not sure if you're in the US or not, but a lot of municipalities have electronics recycling days (Google is your friend here).

I know upthread Best Buy was mentioned, and you said they're not near you.  I believe Staples also takes old electronics for recycling (I'd call first though) if you have one near you.
We have hazardous recycling here.  There is s Staples in a town about 120 miles round trip from here.  We'll be going over there one of these days.  I should give them a call to see if we can dispose of these things through them.  That is if I can get my husband's grip off of them!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: artk2002 on May 31, 2016, 03:41:25 PM
We've had a laptop computer now for about 6 years, but still have the big, fat, old monitor and tower from our old set up.  Why, you ask?  I have no idea!  We also have a five shelf unit of old, obsolete computer books.  They are on their way out, but not quickly enough for me!  I think I'll tell my husband t donate them to the library annual book sale...we always go there and he buys computer books...if he thinks he can buy them back in September at that sale, he might be less hesitant to get rid of them.  On the other hand, why would I want to risk his bringing them back into the house!  Bad idea!   :o

I'm not sure if you're in the US or not, but a lot of municipalities have electronics recycling days (Google is your friend here).

I know upthread Best Buy was mentioned, and you said they're not near you.  I believe Staples also takes old electronics for recycling (I'd call first though) if you have one near you.
We have hazardous recycling here.  There is s Staples in a town about 120 miles round trip from here.  We'll be going over there one of these days.  I should give them a call to see if we can dispose of these things through them.  That is if I can get my husband's grip off of them!

Staples does recycling (according to their web site) and will even give you trade-in value for some things. Check their site to see if they'll take what you've got.

I recycle electronics at a county facility. They do all kinds of hazardous stuff too. Very convenient, I drive up, give them my zip code and then pull forward to where a couple of guys in bunny suits take everything out of the back of my car.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Carotte on May 31, 2016, 05:15:24 PM
Regarding electronics/appliances I think the rule/law in my country is that if a store sells X they have to offer a way for their customers (general public) to bring X back to them to be recycled.
Thruth is I haven't payed much attention to it since I haven't had anything like that to recycle/get rid of, but I do know that for appliances they have to take it back and if you had the new one delivered they'll take the old one if you ask them too.

I actually tonight gathered empty batteries and empty printer cartridges to take them to the shopping mall next time I go there - the batteries I could take them to the grocery store but they don't have a bin for the cartridges.

Small steps...
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: lorelai on May 31, 2016, 07:07:30 PM
Just wanted to thank you for the advice - I ended up cleaning all day and almost didn't get to my decluttering task but forced myself to just because I posted here! Wow that worked.

Ended up sorting my graters/baking/can and bottle opener drawer and making space for them in separate places, and then getting rid of a bunch of duplicate items. Felt great.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on June 01, 2016, 09:19:49 AM
So I had the most bizarre dream last night; i think in part from reading this, and watching some of a Hoarders marathon over the weekend. I was in a house, not sure if mine, or whose, and I was getting married! In said house. To who? i have no idea.

So anyway, the house began to fill up with people I knew from various stages of my life, college, former co-workers, HS classmates, some I'm friends with, others, well, not really. And they kept bringing stuff in, as in stuff to be recycled, chucked, or donated. the house literally started to fill up like that of a hoarder, with no room to move, and tons of people.

I finally got annoyed and told everyone to get out, and take their stuff with them, since it was affecting MY wedding.

It was just so strange. Amazing waht your subconcious can dredge up.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: magicdomino on June 01, 2016, 10:28:46 AM
A couple of weeks ago, the local BookCrossing.com group had a give-away table at a book festival.  Sixty-four books left my house, seven came home with me, not counting the leftover ones that will be going to a bookcase at a Starbucks.   I would have given away more, but several, including one mystery series, got reprieves.   Really need to get more ruthless next year. I swear, these things have glue on them or something. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: who me on June 05, 2016, 08:56:30 AM
I went through my huge box of pictures and stuff yesterday.   It wasn't nearly as painful as I thought it would be.  Nearly 90% of it ended up in the dumpster, and I only kept pictures of my father(sob!) and my family.  That's all I need.  Now I have a nice trunk to fill up with stuff to be moved.

What made it easy is realizing that nobody really cares about my trips to Hershey Park and the Renn Faire, but mostly the fact that I'm a really bad photographer.   LOL  The pictures were awful.

Thank you for this, my mothers been gone for almost 14 years and she was quite the traveler, so I have her albums, people I don't know, I thank you for the permission to get rid of the albums.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

Who  8)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: who me on June 05, 2016, 09:09:31 AM
{snip}
4) (skipping line to emphasize)-- Rules on incoming stuff.  At the beginning of 2016, I made a DO NOT BUY list and I have it on my bedroom mirror (post-it).  When I get ready every morning, I'm reminded of what not to buy.   Some are just don't buy period and others are 1 in 1 out (shoes).  5 months in, I've mostly adhered to the list. 
{snip}

If it's not too personal, would you mind sharing what's on your DO NOT BUY list?  I've gotten better at not buying stuff by reminding myself I already have 8 pairs of black dress shoes, etc.  But it really only seems to stop me re: clothes/shoes.  I'd be interested what other stuff to be aware of not tracking in.

I have a super tiny yay -- I threw away an old lipstick.  I tend to keep my makeup way past its usefulness, but I loved the color and it still had some in the tube.  And yet, I was in my medicine cabinet for something else and saw it and said, "You know what?   I don't wear this one for a reason.  It's too old, it's crappy." And I picked it up and threw it in the trash.

Super tiny in light of all I have to purge, but it felt like an accomplishment to just be okay with the "waste".

Super tiny in light of all I have to purge, but it felt like an accomplishment to just be okay with the "waste".

I hope that you don't mind me saying this is a very big thing that I have to take to heart, the "I might need this someday" etc. 

Sometimes the smallest steps are the biggest!!!!!!

Who
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: pwv on June 05, 2016, 09:51:36 PM
I went through all my closets and dressers and removed all the clothes that were too small or that I haven't worn in years.  Resulted in two huge bags that were delivered to the Salvation Army last Friday.

Had a yard sale Saturday and have several bags and boxes of leftovers to be taken there tomorrow.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on June 06, 2016, 07:29:36 AM
I'm itching to do a major decluttering of my apt again. I'm off the week of July 4, so it will have to wait until then.

I also caught myself watching some of the Hoarders marathon on this weekend. I think that has something to do with it as well.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ladyknight1 on June 06, 2016, 08:11:54 AM
We cleared out all of DS school papers for middle and high school. We have his yearbooks, awards, letters, t-shirts, but no more papers!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on June 06, 2016, 08:55:43 AM


 

Super tiny in light of all I have to purge, but it felt like an accomplishment to just be okay with the "waste".

I hope that you don't mind me saying this is a very big thing that I have to take to heart, the "I might need this someday" etc. 

Sometimes the smallest steps are the biggest!!!!!!

Who

Somewhere upthread, someone posted an article about the whole "keeping things because you might need them someday" idea, and one thing it said was something about don't be afraid to get rid of things you think you might need someday, and don't be afraid that you might not be able to afford to replace them if you ever do need them again. Or something along those lines.

I know me, and I'm guessing a lot of others, will never actually need that thing we were afraid to get rid of, because there was a very teeny tiny, ever so slight chance we might need it at some point in the future. I can count on less than one hand the number of items I've purged, and needed to replace. Most of them, never gave it a second thought.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ladyknight1 on June 30, 2016, 09:47:22 AM
^ Look at you!  :D

I'm going through 20+ year old textbooks, and even the library and schools don't want them. I'm going to see if Red Cross International does.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on June 30, 2016, 10:06:56 AM
I'm finally to the point that I will be unpacking boxes that will mostly be packed right back up to send to charity.  Or thrown in the garbage/recycling.  I figure if I haven't used it in the 6 months since I started packing before moving until now, 2 months after the move, it likely is something I need to consider getting rid of.  The exception will be books, cookbooks and cake decorating gear, though I want to purge a bunch of that stuff, too.

We have company coming to stay next weekend so I have to make a real effort to get the spare bedrooms livable and clear out the boxes in some other areas.  A lot of the boxes may end up getting shoved in the crawl space, mind you, to be gone through later.

And another small wrinkle that will affect how stuff is dealt with:  a teammate is in the process of leaving her 6 year relationship and will be looking for a place.  I've offered our in-law suite for short term, if she needs it, with the proviso that she'll have to move out when we talk my Dad into moving in, which will hopefully be by the time the snow flies.  I told her it wouldn't be available until next Sunday; she's not sure what she is going to do yet.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on June 30, 2016, 04:32:11 PM
The decluttering continues!!   I will be offering up a microwave cart and computer desk soon, hopefully this weekend, on Freecycle.   More magazines, more books.  There's a couple of little things that I will be getting rid of as well.   Meanwhile, I'm packing and pushing food on everyone I know (the more I bake, the less I have to pack, right?)
Official move-in date is Tuesday, August 2nd.   Meanwhile I'm still in shock.  I'm buying a house!!!


If I were closer than Texas, I'd be offering a place to stay for any homeless patterns, fabric, notions, jewelry findings, and the like.

Even as I have all of the patterns that I can find on my cutting table to be weeded & pruned.  Again.  I realized that somehow I lost track of which pile was which (keep, post to a sewing-only-stuff site to sell, or offer to Lil Sis since they are her size).   Or set aside for a couple of nieces, DD, or DS to go through (cosplay ideas & Renaissance Festival garb).   The keep pile was obvious - but it's still (to be realistic) too many patterns for my available storage space. 

This time - I'm posting signs on the various containers as to which is which. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: JoW on June 30, 2016, 05:01:49 PM
^ Look at you!  :D

I'm going through 20+ year old textbooks, and even the library and schools don't want them. I'm going to see if Red Cross International does.
Ask a local bookstore if they have a way to recycle those books.  I got rid of a lot of 30+ year old textbooks at Half Price Books.  They didn't pay me for them but they recycled them for me for free. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ladyknight1 on June 30, 2016, 06:09:27 PM
All of our used bookstores have closed, but I will check with the one local we have left. Most bookstores here are Barnes & Noble or one Books a Million.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lady Tempest on July 07, 2016, 05:13:15 PM
I was away for three days last week, helping my aunt and her husband with packing and tossing as they have bought a new, much smaller house and are moving.  In the process, I acquired my grandmother's china and a couple of other kitchen items.  Of course, this means that now I have to find a place to keep all of it, and that precipitated a kitchen decluttering session in my own place. ::)

So far, I've purged three paper boxes worth of stuff, mostly drinking glasses, mugs and serving pieces, and I'm not done yet.  And I'll be the first to admit, some of this stuff hasn't seen the light of day in years so it feels good to be free of it.  Also in the outgoing pile are a one-cup and a ten-cup coffee maker.  They work fine, but we never make that much coffee anymore so the Keurig will be more than sufficient.  And as someone upthread pointed out, if we ever do need one, we can buy another, it will not break the bank.

I am a sucker for sentiment, especially right now, and I just couldn't let Grammy's china go.   :-[  So for now I will keep it, and re-evaluate my feelings about it down the road. But I am definitely taking Outdoor Girl's advice to heart, and getting rid of things that don't get used.  It has become my mantra  :D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on July 07, 2016, 08:39:21 PM
Spare bedroom is set up.  I do, however, need a 12 step program for my yarn addiction.  It didn't all fit in the two dressers in the spare room and I had to use a couple of laundry sorters I'd planned on getting rid of to store the yarn in the closet.  So I need to get knitting or crocheting and get some stuff made for charity to clear out my stash in a big way.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on July 07, 2016, 09:40:22 PM
  So I need to get knitting or crocheting and get some stuff made for charity to clear out my stash in a big way.

I love when "helping others" is the solution to a problem.  ;)
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: kudeebee on July 08, 2016, 01:03:26 AM
I set out five large garbage bags for DAV pickup last week.

Currently working on boxes/bags that will be donated to Savers.
Have a bag of old cellphones to take to Verizon, old glasses to go to Walmart, and hotel toiletries to be given to my friend who works with abused children and their families.

Also making a pile of teaching items I no longer need to be given to any teacher friend who wants them.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on July 09, 2016, 05:30:54 PM
Yesterday a good friend took me to the Ikea store. I bought 2 utility carts in blue. Put one together last night and started the transfer of stuff out of the massive wooden TV cart and into the utility cart. Color me happy: very, very happy, indeed! And, as I'm taking things out of the old, massive cart, I'm deciding if it even needs to be here at all. So two bags are ready to go out tomorrow.

I'll say it again: this thread is helping me with keeping my "stuff" under control. Thank you all.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Mad Goat Woman on July 09, 2016, 07:17:16 PM
I went through my fabric stash this week, and chucked out things I can't use, and kept bits and bobs for the Braidwood Quilters as a donation box.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on July 09, 2016, 08:59:27 PM
I got a new washing machine, a new dryer, and a new dishwasher today - they'll be delivered next week (one of them has to be brought to the local store from one about forty miles away & the store wants to make only one delivery to us).  The dishwasher in this house is over 25 years old...it's about time to replace it (we bought the house 11 years ago).  The washer & dryer were bought in 2002 and came with us from our last house...the dryer still works fine.

The washing machine...not so much.

I am flabbergasted as we did not go shopping planning on getting all of these today!  The clutter that I need to get rid of now is the old washer & dryer (dishwasher is "too old" and not in good enough shape, the racks are rusty & pins are starting to break off).  But I'm going to really enjoy the using the new appliances!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Giraffe, Esq on July 10, 2016, 06:18:19 PM
I have a box of old high school theatre performances and dance recitals on VHS that I keep intending to take to the library and convert to DVD to be able to toss the bulky (and unplayble for me) VHS tapes.

I went into it and realized, huh, there's a bunch of other papers and stuff in here.

I tossed and shredded an entire trash bag full of papers.  I shredded mail from 2012!!!  (Bank statements I didn't bother to open because I followed the account more often online, etc.) 

Now the box only has the VHS tapes and is more than half empty.   ;D
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on July 11, 2016, 01:18:33 AM
Got the other utility cart put together. Have been trying to get things rearranged. Even with getting rid of things, the two carts may not be enough to hold what I want to keep. Time to step back and reconsider.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 11, 2016, 07:52:53 AM
I was on vacation aka staycation last week. i thought I had more to do than I did, but still managed to shred (and empty 4 times!) a large bag of paper etc. I also rearranged both my large LR and linen closets. And got rid of all the misc boxes I'd been saving for my Poshmark sales. Which I don't need.

Didn't quite finish all I wanted to but that's ok. the big stuff got done and that's all that matters.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: lorelai on July 11, 2016, 12:13:16 PM
I have stuff to declutter in every room but I have one that is my room of shame. It's been cluttered since we moved into our home 5 years ago. I thought I would tackle the room prior to the baby coming and then on my maternity leave, and neither of those things happened. Then I started grad school and there was no chance for the room after that!

This past week I have focused my efforts on that room alone. And I am proud to say that I have organized and decluttered all the visible parts of the room, getting rid of 2 bags of trash and 4 bags of recycling. It feels so good to have a clean space in which I can focus and work.

My next plan is to tackle all the non-visible spaces in the room. The desk/file cabinets and the closet and the dresser drawers. One drawer at a time.

Thanks for the inspiration, everyone.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on July 11, 2016, 10:26:25 PM
Well, I reconsidered and realized that books need to go and patterns need to be consolidated. The TV has a temporary place and once the cart that it was on is gone, I can rearrange and find a better, safer place for the TV. Moving the metal Ikea carts in before moving the bigger, wooden cart out was not ideal, but it couldn't be helped. I am on a sewing marathon (woke up one morning with an idea that makes me happy and like I do have a creative bone in my body...not just following a pattern, this time.)

Because I had back surgery, I can only do so much at a time. I've been using the breaks to read some of the books before I give them away. My new mantra is: if I've tried to read them twice, give up and give away! There are too many great books out there to "punish"  myself into reading them before getting rid of them.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: lorelai on July 13, 2016, 03:03:49 PM
Reading is one of my favorite things to do so that sounds like nice incentive to declutter!

I made a goal to declutter one thing every day in my home, whether it's a drawer or bag or box or tabletop. I hadn't succeeded in doing that, but added to my goal that as an alternative, I could tackle some long-standing thing that I've procrastinated on that's been niggling at me. Sometimes it's an email from months ago that's been plaguing my inbox. By expanding my goal it makes it easier for me to be successful at it. I may not get to a drawer, but surely I can take the time to write back to a friend and let them know how I'm doing.

Today I tackled something that I've been meaning to do for 6 months! It was submitting a health claim and gathering a bunch of evidence, making copies, and organizing everything. I finally did it today! I mailed it off. It felt so good to check that off my list. And by completing the task, it resulted in more decluttering in my home office. I'm feeling really good right now.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 14, 2016, 07:47:34 AM
Reading is one of my favorite things to do so that sounds like nice incentive to declutter!

I made a goal to declutter one thing every day in my home, whether it's a drawer or bag or box or tabletop. I hadn't succeeded in doing that, but added to my goal that as an alternative, I could tackle some long-standing thing that I've procrastinated on that's been niggling at me. Sometimes it's an email from months ago that's been plaguing my inbox. By expanding my goal it makes it easier for me to be successful at it. I may not get to a drawer, but surely I can take the time to write back to a friend and let them know how I'm doing.

Today I tackled something that I've been meaning to do for 6 months! It was submitting a health claim and gathering a bunch of evidence, making copies, and organizing everything. I finally did it today! I mailed it off. It felt so good to check that off my list. And by completing the task, it resulted in more decluttering in my home office. I'm feeling really good right now.

I'm like that as well, sometimes the one thing you do is simple, and takes only a few minutes, but if you can get a few done in a few days, I know I feel so much better.

My latest decluttering is my email. I have two accounts, one personal, and one for shopping etc. I'm terrible about deleting stuff, even though 90% of it isn't necessary to keep. Between the two accounts, I have 11,500 emails. Actually more I think since my phone won't show all. So i've it my goal to delete at least 300 a night from the larger one, and between 100-200 on the other. Its just laziness on my part, but I'm hoping to get it done within the next 10 days or so. Beacuse I'll do my 300, and then think wow, let me do some more, and i just keep going.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: lorelai on July 14, 2016, 12:31:05 PM
Email clutter is a great one to tackle. I've been getting a lot of spam from friends lately whose accounts have been hacked. Including someone who recently passed away :( I try to be really careful in what I open but one day I just thought - well what if I get hacked and all these people I never communicate with anymore get emails from me? So I am trying to make a point of going through my email address book and deleting people that I no longer communicate with. If I need to reach out to someone surely I can find a way to do so.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 14, 2016, 01:31:15 PM
Email clutter is a great one to tackle. I've been getting a lot of spam from friends lately whose accounts have been hacked. Including someone who recently passed away :( I try to be really careful in what I open but one day I just thought - well what if I get hacked and all these people I never communicate with anymore get emails from me? So I am trying to make a point of going through my email address book and deleting people that I no longer communicate with. If I need to reach out to someone surely I can find a way to do so.

Mine isn't that but a lot of shopping. Made me realize just how much i do! Hahahahaha And then of course once you buy online, you get daily, weekly, etc. emails. Enough.

Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: gmatoy on July 14, 2016, 03:20:08 PM
TV cart and 4 bags of books and misc. stuff gone!

I've been working on cutting up the jeans that I bought to make DGD a bedcover/picnic blanket for when she goes to college. (2 years, so I'm ahead of this one...Don't want to take bets about finishing it on the day of graduation, though.) Still, I started!

Having DS and his family over for dinner tonight, so need to go clean up a little.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Lady Tempest on July 14, 2016, 10:41:57 PM
Four full boxes of kitchenware donated to Value Village, and I was able to help my Mom out by giving her a replacement for the 1.5 quart Pyrex bowl she broke.  I may yet get my grandmother's china unpacked!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Outdoor Girl on July 15, 2016, 08:03:07 AM
I usually have about 45 minutes in the morning to get stuff done.  I usually do things like unpack the dishwasher and reload it or wash a sink of non-dishwasher dishes, or fold laundry and put it away.

This morning, I went through a box and got all the paperwork filed or put in a box for shredding or into the recycle bin.  And got some applications filled out that BF and I want to hand in tonight for membership in a local club.  I'm hoping we qualify.

Next week, my goal is to sort through the piles of stuff hanging about in the kitchen so I can get my kitchen cleared right out.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on July 15, 2016, 05:40:29 PM
New washing machine & dryer installed yesterday.

Nobody contacted me about selling the old dryer (washer is not working properly) - so I put it on Freecycle.  Someone is coming to get it "after work" - I'm waiting for them to call or text me. 

I got the packing bits that the delivery guys didn't clear up to the street for trash pickup this morning...and made a note to tell VorGuy to check the next time we order more appliances (kitchen remodeling is in the plans - original stove top & wall oven - they *need* replacing sooner rather than later). 

It seems that what used to be one flat fee (delivery, installation, taking away the old appliances, and cleaning up the packing materials) is now at least two or more fees - delivery, installation, and removal - I'm not sure about the clean up.  But I still have more of the packing *stuff* to take off the washer & dryer, as they didn't completely remove every scrap of packing foam & tape.

As to what happened with the dishwasher - well - I'm really not happy...it seems that the original electrician who worked for the builder didn't install an outlet under the counter for the dishwasher - it was wired directly into the house's electrical system.  And since you have to take the dishwasher apart to get it out, there was no way to know that until it was no longer in working condition.

I really hate standing & doing dishes due to stone floor tiles and plantar fasciitis - it goes beyond discomfort and into pain, if there are more dishes than will fit into the dish rack.

We're going to be using paper plates until an electrician can get here & wire in that outlet some twenty-nine (29) years after the house was built.

Twenty-nine years?  No wonder the "original appliances" are failing!  We've replaced the hot water heater last month, the dishwasher will be finished installing later this month, the wall oven & microwave combination is probably next on the list, and the counter cooktop (stove top) is on the list, too (one of four burners quit working roughly eight years ago - we've been in the house for just over 11 years now).  The washer & dryer came with us from our previous house (bought in 2002) and the fridge was bought in 2005 as part of setting up the house when we moved in. 

No wonder kitchens are so expensive to remodel - everything in this one seems to need replacing (even the stone tiles have cracks in places).
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: ladyknight1 on July 16, 2016, 02:55:12 PM
Got rid of old mail and bills, cleaned out lots of sale ads and had lots of "help" from the 3 month old kitten.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: who me on July 16, 2016, 04:03:13 PM
Be careful what you pitch.  A year or two ago I pitched an envelope labeled "Don't Carry", stuff I had removed from my wallet a decade earlier, without looking inside.  6 months ago I was about 90% done with the decluttering and realized I hadn't run across my social security card. 

To replace a social security card you have to show someone at their office your birth certificate and driver's license.  I found my birth certificate in March, went to the Social Security office in April, and my new card arrived last week.  This time I'm storing it in a clear sheet protector along with my birth certificate and my long-expired passport.

So this week I was going  though a box from the master room closet , mostly newspapers and magazines from 2002 I found an old wallet of DH's it had his original SS card in it, look thorough EVERYTHING!!!

Good news is 2 boxes gone. :-)

WHO 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Giraffe, Esq on July 16, 2016, 07:50:54 PM
I had some super old cell phones that I kept as "backup" in case the newer one crashed before it was time to upgrade.  Of course, I never got rid of them, so I had three hanging around.  (Plus my current phone and current backup!)

I finally took them to the Verizon store for recycling.  There was a small part of me still holding out hope there would be some slight trade in value for them (nope!), but the most important part is that they are out of my house!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on July 16, 2016, 09:33:16 PM
New washer & dryer delivered and installed on Thursday.  Old washer (needs repair to work well) and old dryer (works perfectly - just needs the wire with the plug replaced due to the repair people having brought the wrong one - nobody called to ask after I told them "I'm not sure" when asked at the store).  Who moves the dryer & unplugs it to check what kind of plug it might have - never thought about that...

If anyone goes shopping for a new dryer - take a photo of the outlet behind your dryer, it means that you can show them what kind it is and they'll be sure to have the correct wire with them to install on the back of the dryer.

Our cat had mammary cancer & a second *growth* (unknown reason - not a mammary tumor, but...) - we had to have her put to sleep earlier this week.  The cat things are going away slowly - I am sure that if I pulled the fridge out, there'd be something under it...but I'm not quite ready to get rid of *everything* just yet...the used cat litter, however, was not considered a "keepsake".  It got trashed that afternoon.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: JoW on July 17, 2016, 07:15:20 AM
I had some super old cell phones that I kept as "backup" in case the newer one crashed before it was time to upgrade.  Of course, I never got rid of them, so I had three hanging around.  (Plus my current phone and current backup!)

I finally took them to the Verizon store for recycling.  There was a small part of me still holding out hope there would be some slight trade in value for them (nope!), but the most important part is that they are out of my house!
That's a great way to get rid of an old phone.  Many phones given back to Verizon don't get recycled, they get re-purposed.  They are set to only call 911 and are given to women at a Battered Women's shelter.  This allows the women to call for help when their X finds them. 
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Bethalize on July 21, 2016, 05:01:40 PM
I have weeded out of my cake decorating things everything that takes time and attention to do. I have a small child, if I can make a cake it isn't going to have hand made icing flowers on it. The box to go up the loft needs repacking carefully to make everything fit. Buttercream swirls and photo printing for the next five years!
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: otterwoman on July 30, 2016, 08:21:02 PM
I did a few weeks of going through a kitchen cabinet or drawer every day, pulling out what wasn't being used. Heck, I found things I didn't know we owned! Got rid of some of those also.

Last week, I started on my sewing/library room. I want to get rid of some shelving that blocks a window, so I had to empty the shelves. I ended up going through all of my books. I pulled out 2 boxes full. For some, I was still hesitant to get rid of them...until I looked them up on Amazon. All but one was available for one penny used. So, I know that if I ever need that book back, I can get it for $4 ($3.99 shipping). I took the books to my club meeting and more than half found new homes. The rest will go to a local library for their book sale.

I also pulled out the fake Persian rug that had been rolled up in a corner for the last 8 years and it is now in the living room. If I have it, I should be using it.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: VorFemme on July 31, 2016, 12:47:12 PM
I went through the kitchen earlier this week.

Some things are back in the cupboards (promised to DD, if & when I do decide to get rid of my Spice o' Life glass casserole dishes & sauce pans).

Spare dishes and pots & pans with no "family history" are being offered to someone who is going off to college.  VorGuy has told me that he will replace with new stuff what I clear out - because we are replacing the wall oven & counter stovetop (the house turns 30 next year and they are clearly the "original" appliances) with something intended for use with the new appliances (changes in technology mean that  pots & pants can now be "out of date", too - amazing).  I'm also going for lighter weight, as my wrists aren't what they used to be fifteen or twenty years ago....

Today, I am in the sewing room - tossing empty boxes (the hard drive is in the computer - I don't need the box), shredding "stuff" as I find it, or otherwise trying to deal with it *one last time*.  I have a dozen patterns going to a niece who is into cosplay, I'm sure that the corset pattern will be useful, as will a couple of the other costume patterns.  Not sure about all of them, but she did check out photos and selected these.  DD has a box (Renaissance garb), VorSon has a box (he gets the kimono pattern, as he asked first), and some of them are going to be going back into *my stash* - I'm just trying to reduce the size of that pattern stash by at least a third....40% would be better.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING
Post by: Tierrainney on July 31, 2016, 06:46:49 PM
Wish me luck. I have just arrived at my Dad's house to help him clean out all my Mom's stuff. She wasn't quite a hoarder but she has a lot of stuff. She passed a way 2 years ago. My Dad is getting remarried and his new wife eould like to be able to use a closet. I will be here all week. I do not anticipate I can fix the entire house but hope to empty at least the master closet and front hall closet.
Title: Re: DECLUTTERING