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Originally Posted by mags.bubble View Post

40 more things out the door!

 

659/2011


Still here! Haven't itemized everything lately, but got rid of 65 more items for a new grand total of 724/2011!!

 

I'm trying to stick to 170/month to get to the year's goal! Hmm, seems I'm running behind. I think I can clear out another 126 items this month still.

 

Haven't been able to keep up on all the posts, but reading when I can! You foolks are amazing!! Thanks for the continued motivation.
 

 

post #1162 of 1617

easter basket dd made at preschool (does that make me a mean mommy?)
2 expired pantry items
notes for a blog post that I posted last year
some old recipe clippings
piece of sea glass
misc. old receipts
broken toy
set of pastels ruined by dd
3 water bottles

 

1269

post #1163 of 1617



 

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Originally Posted by caedenmomma View Post

I am torn between trying to sell stuff on e-bay vs. getting rid of stuff through Goodwill.  Our local resale store pays so little for child's clothes that it is hardly worth taking things there.  Any ideas?  p.s.:  editing to say that I did check out that thred.up site, but the $15/box fee is no good for me.


I think that for those of us who are clutter-challenged, the idea of selling stuff is just another clutter-crazymaker.  My inner dialogue on the topic usully sounds like this:

 

"Ooh, here's a nice Thing that I don't use anymore.  I'll get rid of it.  But oh, wait, it really IS such a nice Thing.  Maybe I could get some value out of it if someone else out there also thinks it's a nice Thing.  I'll set it aside on this shelf/in this box/in this closet to be sold online later." 

 

Red flag!!!  Send in the clutter police with sirens blaring!!!  The worst thing you can possibly do when decluttering, IMO, is set stuff aside to deal with later.  Because 'later' never comes -- or it comes so far in the future that you still have years of dealing with that clutter ahead of you.  Just ask pear_shaped, who had to bring fabric on a transoceanic journey and hold onto it for 15 years before it got used.  (I loved that story, btw!)  We all have boxes of stuff like that. 

 

OK, so that's not to say that I don't do it anyway.  I currently have a bag full of clutter that has been waiting to get listed on Ebay for three years now.  And a shelf of books in the front closet that are waiting for some lucky Amazon shopper to scoop them up.  But for the most part, the nice Thingies go straight to the Salvation Army or St. Vincent De Paul collection.  They are likelier to do good in that context than sitting in my closet/shelf/basement box any longer.  And I can write them off on taxes and get them out of my house. 

 

Someone on this thread said, early in the year, that one reason she gives away even Very Nice Clutter, instead of trying to sell it, is that she is never going to get anywhere near the original value of the item by selling it.  And that the illusion of getting "value" back just encourages her to pile up more clutter.  When you have to give away nice stuff that cost money, however, because you have too much of it, then it hurts a bit.  And that bit of pain can help with curbing the buying/collecting/hoarding patterns that got us all into this mess in the first place. 

 

All of that being said, however, here are a few observations about when it might be a good idea to try to sell stuff.  For me, I use the following formulae:

  • Ebay: I sell anything that has a designer label (people do name-brand searches) and anything obviously collectible (vintage clothes, old movie posters, etc.).  Also things that are in high demand online because you can't get them in stores very easily (brand-name cloth diapers, wraps/slings, etc.). I start all my auctions at less than $1, figuring that the real end goal is to get rid of it, not make money. 
  • Consignment/antique shops: I sell anything that has the tags still on it (consignment shops) or looks like someone else might appreciate it as an 'antique' (whether I think it's actually 'antique' or not -- I let the store judge that and set the price on it).  I take whatever price they offer, remembering, again, that my goal is to get it out, not make money on it. 
  • Amazon: I only list things that will sell for $5 or more, since Amazon's outrageous commission pricing and low shipping rates make it impossible to break even for less than that.  If it's selling for less than $5 on Amazon, it goes to Half-Price Books, where I happily accept 50 cents or so for the privilege of getting it out of the house. 
  • Other odds and ends: any trinket that looks like it might be gold or silver, no matter how junky, goes to the gold-buying people.  My last trip there earned me over $80 in junk jewelry from ex-boyfriends. Things that look really collectible or worth a lot of money  (like old coins or musical instruments or real jewelry) I sell to people who deal specifically in those things. 

 

Everything else goes straight to charity, except big stuff I don't want to haul anywhere, or broken stuff, which I Freecycle and let other people deal with.  (I do feel bad, sometimes, that I'm contributing to other people's clutter problem...)  And here's the hardest part: everything I want to sell, I try to get into a highly visible place where it is obnoxiously in the way, and I put a date on it.  If it isn't sold by that date, it goes to the Salvation Army or out on the lawn.  It does NOT get stored for later.  It does NOT get tucked back into the basement.  Etc.  For me, selling stuff is my biggest challenge for decluttering, and I'm trying to really limit how much I'm trying to sell, and give more of it away, instead.  I have to say, it was so freeing to give away a laptop that has been sitting in the closet for five years waiting for me to get around to wiping the hard drive and selling it online.  The irony of that, of course, is that in the intervening years, the laptop has aged beyond any resale value it might have had anyway. 

 

post #1164 of 1617
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Originally Posted by mags.bubble View Post




Still here! Haven't itemized everything lately, but got rid of 65 more items for a new grand total of 724/2011!!

 

I'm trying to stick to 170/month to get to the year's goal! Hmm, seems I'm running behind. I think I can clear out another 126 items this month still.

 

Haven't been able to keep up on all the posts, but reading when I can! You foolks are amazing!! Thanks for the continued motivation.
 

 



Got motivated yesterday afternoon after posting...

 

kids clothes outgrown - 2

luggage tag

pound of coffee that was given to dh who is preferst a different kind

plastic cup

golf tee

swim suits pieces that are too big (i lost 10lbs) - 4

scrub pants

decorative broom

bb hat 2

old lotion

cleaning rags - 5

BB mitt

pen

ceramic tchotchke

wall shelf

space heater

basket

reusabel bag 2

box of tampons

hairtye

mittons

bra

shirt - 3

sweater

pillowcases 2

scrub jacket

laundry baskets 2

lunch cooler

PJ top

belt

socks - 7

 

New total 775/2011 

 

Going throught the house is getting harder & harder. I was already quite decluttered, but really wanted to use this thread to challenge me to take it to the next level. Ofcourse I can only do that with MY things. My dh has stuff issues but it is kept controlled to the garage & his office. It is so sad to see how overwhelmed he is with his things. DD is grown and moving to a new apt. I'm hoping to let go of some furniture & other items for her so that I have less to dust or collect things on! She is starting from scratch, so it is helpful. I pretty much told her to tell me what she wants. That way I don't become the Mom that dumps clutter on her kids! LOL!

 

My 2 ds keep most of their stuff confined to their room. Other than the few shared toys/books they have in the family room. They have to clean their rooms every saturday. One son 'gets it' and tries to keep stuff to a minimum, but the other really struggles with that.

 

Today is bathroom cleaning day. Yeah, I know too fun!! I will keep my out for anything else to add to the list. Only 75 more items to make my monthly goal of 170.

post #1165 of 1617

Bathrooms are clean. Found more clutter:

 

  1. almost empty bottle of H2O2
  2. old bottle of shampoo
  3. wipes that smell nasty
  4. glass jar
  5. glass jar
  6. travel toiletry kit we never use
  7. ikea plastic bag
  8. slip - actually found in my closet, but I have 2 only need 1
  9. torn pillow case

 

784/2011

 

post #1166 of 1617

Quote:

Originally Posted by caedenmomma View Post

  I am torn between trying to sell stuff on e-bay vs. getting rid of stuff through Goodwill.  Our local resale store pays so little for child's clothes that it is hardly worth taking things there.  Any ideas?  p.s.:  editing to say that I did check out that thred.up site, but the $15/box fee is no good for me.


Yep I have been torn like this for years...but as I just wrote in another thread, a week ago I listed some brand new things on ebay. I was taking advantage of the free listing if you start bidding at 99c. ...and I was very disappointed that they all sold for only 99c!

 

But the really good thing that has come out of that is it has COMPLETELY killed my desire to do ebay....I am just going to toss it all!!!   Space and my time are so much more valuable than the possible small amount I could make.

 

 

post #1167 of 1617

1222

 

8 items of my clothing..yay!

2 bad coathangers

 

1232/2011

post #1168 of 1617

571 plus:

 

13 books back to taking library at school (but that was bad because I came home with 9 more- but 6 are like magazine-sized, so they take up less space).

DH cleaned out under the bed (due to the mite problem in the house) and agreed to get rid of 6 pairs of shoes. He's keeping 7. This is good, but he's never been a shoe guy. I must have 60-70 pairs of shoes, and that's down!  The shoes are going to some kind of water charity at DDs school. I told him that he beat me on shoes and challenged him to come up with work clothes for the clothing drive at my work. I'm donating:

9 suits,

1 dress

1 pair of pants

1 button down shirt

1 sweater shrug

 

I'm counting the suits as 1 item a piece since they take up one hanger in my closet. But some of them are 3 piece suits. Anyway, my closet has never looked better!

 

New total = 603

 

 

 

 

post #1169 of 1617
1636 + 59 baby items to a friend

1695
post #1170 of 1617
  1. Plastic thingy
  2. shower head
  3. unused photo albums - 2
  4. stack of papers - 2
  5. books - 10
  6. picture frame
  7. tupperware lids with no bottoms - 2
  8. magazine

 

784+20=804/2011

 

I am starting to see that if I complete this challenge I will be at my goal of owning VERY minimal items. Ofcourse, my house will still be full of my children's & dh's belongings. That's okay, because it isn't their goal or desire to own the minimum - it's mine. I may actually count my things when this is done....I'll have to define how to count shared items...

 

post #1171 of 1617

4 Envelopes

Old Appointment Card

Wallet

7 Expired Freezer Items

Travel Mug

2 Magazines

 

591 + 16 = 607/2011

post #1172 of 1617

- 2 empty food cartons DD appropriated as 'toys'

- old sugar bowl

- DH's old wallet

- gift box

- old greeting cards (this is hard!)

 

post #1173 of 1617

broken china repurposed as garden decor

2 dud pens

dud pencil

4 expired pantry items

grubby old folder

lots of random bits of paper

coloured paper pad

plastic container with hole in it

 

1245/2011


Edited by clutterwarrior - 5/19/11 at 12:04am
post #1174 of 1617

- bottle of hairspray that had to be unclogged every single time I wanted to use it (and I ask you, what's the point of hairspray that doesn't spray?)

- 4 kitchen utensils

post #1175 of 1617

More stuff to Goodwill!!

Mens clothing--26

Womens clothing--3

 

Plus a whole kitchen bag of shredded papers/paper trash out with the trash on Tuesday morning!!

 

Total--30 items...

 

Grand total so far--298/2011

 

Pretty decent for less than three weeks of doing the challenge...and not counting the stuff I bought to donate to various outreaches (that has gone out) and not counting our regular trash!!

post #1176 of 1617

repurposed a souvenir t-shirt I've never worn but couldn't part with (I've had it for 7-8 years) into a dress for dd

repurposed an old pair of dh's trousers into trousers for dd

 

1271

post #1177 of 1617

ugly tray

sugar bowl

 

1273

post #1178 of 1617
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Originally Posted by goinggreengirl View Post


1029/2011

Pair baby shoes
broken salt and pepper set
jumperoo
5 expired fridge items
Pair baby sock rattle
hanging file folders

1039/2011
post #1179 of 1617

17 items of clothing
2 slipcovers
 

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post #1180 of 1617

pile of photos

4 plastic sleeves

dried up glue stick

brochure

old uni notes

catalogue

vintage stuffed koala

2 kids books

 

1257/2011

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