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siamesecat2965

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #300 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!

Lynn2000

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #301 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...  :-\
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siamesecat2965

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #302 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

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #303 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.

siamesecat2965

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #304 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.

Lynn2000

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #305 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
~Lynn2000

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #306 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!


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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #307 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. :)

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #308 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.
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bloo

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #309 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)

Lynn2000

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #310 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.
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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #311 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

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #312 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.   

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #313 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.
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Lynn2000

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #314 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! :)
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