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Lynn2000

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #405 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.
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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #406 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.

siamesecat2965

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #407 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.

gmatoy

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #408 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!)

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #409 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.

gmatoy

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #410 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.

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #411 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

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siamesecat2965

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #412 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 :)

gmatoy

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #413 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!

siamesecat2965

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #414 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  :)

Lynn2000

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #415 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. ;)
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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #416 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.
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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #417 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! 

gmatoy

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #418 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. :)

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #419 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...
After cleaning out my Dad's house, I have this advice:  If you haven't used it in a year, throw it out!!!!.
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