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post #101 of 137
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Originally Posted by Rikki Jean View Post
168/500.

I added a ton to my garage sale stash last night, but I didn't get to count, so I'll do that this afternoon!
So, the addition I made to the gs pile was 53 more things, so that brings me to 222/500. Whoohoo!
post #102 of 137
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28/100. Slowly but surely!
And I think that I should be able to count cleaning out my fridge, lol.

36/100, more if I would've counted the fridge. Moving next weekend, so I sure I will go way over the 100 goal then. :
post #103 of 137
Cleaned out hallway closet full of old toys & misc. junk. Some stuff to be given away & some to the trash. Now I just have to tackle
Other hall closet
bedroom closets
linen closet
Every time I open a door there's a possibility of an avalanche. Although, I don't think I have enough time left in this month to accomplish these tasks.
post #104 of 137
i keep meaning to do this and now its the end of july...i thought i could do my decluttering....back in APRIL! : i didn't have a car that month and spent lots of time at home...and didn't get a darn thing done! phooey.

ok so my questions. how do you tell your self that your not going to need something later? i know i have fabric and batting that i haven't touched in AGES and i always feel like as SOON as i throw it out i will want to use it for SOMETHING....course my sewing machince is a POS so i would have to buy a new one first in order to do a project but you get the point right? i have trinkets and statues of dolphins/whales from when i was a teen...but i know i'm never going to put it up...theres no shelf space! (and i don't want to dust it).

how do you do this with kids? mostly its the closets that need to be decluttered, then the shed and then organizing whats in plain site. since the best time to declutter is when the kids sleep i can't do their closets! :

what do you use for storage? the plastic storage bins, trash bags? if i am going to really declutter like i want, i want something thats going to hold up, and make things look really good plus when we move i don't have to repack it. i really don't want ANYTHING thats stored besides holiday items though...is that possible!

unfortuneatly its the end of july and we are going away for a month on vaca so i can't even start until sept!

oh and i know most of the things i have aren't worth anything at all but i also feel like that i am going to end up throwing something of value out b/c i just want to get it done..i hate throwing away $$$$. i am HOPING to have a garage sale in the fall but i must declutter first..so then where do i put the decluttered stuff that needs to be sold? i also don't want to save stuff that just isn't worth trying to sell but i don't know how to sort that either.

sorry for all the questions!
post #105 of 137
Cleaned out one of the bathroom cabinets...11 more

189/300
post #106 of 137
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Originally Posted by dhinderliter View Post
ok so my questions. how do you tell your self that your not going to need something later?

how do you do this with kids?

what do you use for storage?

..so then where do i put the decluttered stuff that needs to be sold?
-- I just have to be real with myself. "Do I want this? Need it? Where will it go in my new house?" Sometimes I am kind of mean to myself- "Just get rid of it, stupid!" I have to put my foot down or I will talk myself out of it.

-- I do it all when my toddler is asleep. Otherwise she will just take things out of boxes or become upset because I'm ignoring her. Sometimes I will ask her grandparents to watch her for a few hours while I get stuff done.

-- Rubbermaid storage bins are perfect. I used to use Space Bags (vacuum sealed) but they puncture and leak too easily, and then they are only as good as an ordinary trash bag. I like the Rubbermaids because they are neat and tidy, and they keep air/water/bugs out.

-- I put everything I was getting rid of into laundry baskets and boxes. When I accumulated enough to start getting in my way, they were moved to the garage. Then I had the garage sale. Everything that didn't sell is still in there until next week when we move, and we'll just dump it all at Goodwill or something.

Hope that helps!!!
post #107 of 137
Ok, I didn't keep count of the items I sold at the garage sale but I did make $80 or so and there was a decent amount gone. I still have a ton left, though. I have someone buying a big box of Tupperware stuff for $5 when I posted it on Craigslist. I am going so cheap now because I just want it all gone!!!
post #108 of 137
Gatecrashing the thread, but I've thrown out 211 things plus 158 papers this month! Mostly counting out of interest while organising the house from top to bottom.

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ok so my questions. how do you tell your self that your not going to need something later? i know i have fabric and batting that i haven't touched in AGES and i always feel like as SOON as i throw it out i will want to use it for SOMETHING....course my sewing machince is a POS so i would have to buy a new one first in order to do a project but you get the point right? i have trinkets and statues of dolphins/whales from when i was a teen...but i know i'm never going to put it up...theres no shelf space! (and i don't want to dust it).
Do an experiment - clean up one area or get rid of a few things, NOW, before you go away. Then see how you feel when you get home to open that one nice clean cupboard/drawer. And did you really need whatever it was that went? You can do it in stages, too. Choose somewhere that doesn't have much sentimental attachment, clean and organise and declutter it, keeping stuff if you have to, then go through it again in six months, and you'll probably throw out more.

I just steeled myself to throw out five pairs of old jeans. I mean, I'm sure I could have sewn something out of them if I were creative enough, and if I actually LIKED the look of re-sewn denim things.

My mother loves to send me smelly girly products, but I don't use them. Of course I felt guilty about getting rid of them, until I found a charity that gives them to women in shelters. How much c-nicer is that? Instead of an expensive clarins moisturiser sitting in my bathroom going off, someone is pampering herself with it.

For me, the promise of a garage sale is simply and excuse to hold on for longer. I have a small craiglist bag that's been there for six months.
post #109 of 137
Slowly cleaning out my garage. So far 1/2 bag trash, 1 huge box of donates. 50 items.
post #110 of 137
OK, the charity pick up truck is coming first thing tomorrow morning, so I think I have to consider myself as done as I'm going to get! There is a slight chance I'll get to my craft area for decluttering tonight, but since I think that will take a lot of willpower on my part (to give things up there) I would probably need more than an hour or two to do the area justice!

Here is what will be going out tomorrow for donation:

--1 bag of my not-needed clothes
--1 bag of girl clothes
--1 bag of board games
--1 bag of tupperware
--Several boxes of books
--3 stick horses
--1 b*tt-ugly plastic Dora the Explorer doll (not ugly because it's been used, it's practically brand new)
--kitchen stuff: an old set of utensils, two utensil drawer organizers, a "chopper" thingy (my knife works better), an ice cream scooper, assorted other little knicknacks
--a cheap telescope that never worked well enough for our needs
--a stack of CDs from when we were young and foolish
-- a "real film" camera
--a large boom box (the radio part works, the tape player needs help)
--a bag of stuffed animals
--a pair of ice skates
--a wicker picnic basket


...and I'm sure a bunch of things that I've forgotten about at the bottom of the boxes.

I don't know how many things that is, but it's a lot. The bags mentioned are all large black garbage bags, stuffed pretty full. It is SO exciting to see all the empty space we are creating! Now I just need to reorganize what we DO have.
post #111 of 137
Inviting my mommy playgroup over to dig through my stuff leftover from the garage sale. I don't care much about money anymore (even though we need it), I just want it GONE!!!
post #112 of 137
I understand how you just want it OUT! I have a few things that I want to sell but not sure I have the patience for it!

On Saturday I have a women comming to pick up a few things and she is bringing me a plate of home made cookies,but they won't clutter my place for long!

So far I have :

* 2 BIG bags (garbage bags) of stuffed animals I can't use

* a pretty big bag of clothes my neighbour had in the trash pile! (all nice)

* a medium bag of my old clothes

*about 15 pairs of NEW panties I got from ebay (to small)

* a plastic dish rack I can't use in this place

* a medium bag of toys,inlcuding a car track set AND a HUGE transformer
thing


Tomorow I should look through my Christmas ornaments.I know there are afew I can't stand! I also have some ash trays the previous tenent left.
post #113 of 137
I'm up to (drumroll, please) 16/100! Wheeeeee!
post #114 of 137
I did something! i was mean and ruthless. i had a big box sitting in the hall with baby clothes and a dolphin clock...and i threw them out! they are in the trash as we speak! i did keep the brand new (intel) backpack and my quilt batting and brand new fabric although i am not sure what i will do with it...but its in a much SMALLER box so as not to be tempted to fill it up! i also cleaned of the kitchen table which we don't use....it was alot of junk. not really anything that i was wanting to keep/throw away kind of thing just something that needed to be done. i am not counting the items cause that would mean i would have to look through the boxes..and i don't want to be tempted again. but i am very happy!
post #115 of 137
I haven't been keeping track very well, but I'm going to guess 50/100. Halfway there!
post #116 of 137
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Originally Posted by dhinderliter View Post
I did something! i was mean and ruthless. i had a big box sitting in the hall with baby clothes and a dolphin clock...and i threw them out! they are in the trash as we speak! i did keep the brand new (intel) backpack and my quilt batting and brand new fabric although i am not sure what i will do with it...but its in a much SMALLER box so as not to be tempted to fill it up! i also cleaned of the kitchen table which we don't use....it was alot of junk. not really anything that i was wanting to keep/throw away kind of thing just something that needed to be done. i am not counting the items cause that would mean i would have to look through the boxes..and i don't want to be tempted again. but i am very happy!
: Once you get the ball rolling it's so much fun!
post #117 of 137
21 more...went into swap packages and a couple other assorted things.

210/300
post #118 of 137
I'm afraid I have not done well with counting the items. But I'm definitely doing well. I've gotten into freecycle and loving it. Things that I hang onto because I see some value in them, even though I may never ever use them, it's so much easier to release them when someone responds with enthusiasm and suggests they'll appreciate and care for the item!

One example from last night is a moth eaten wool blanket that was my grandmother's. Today I'm going to trade the blanket for some cloth napkins, getting me closer to my paper-free goal (we have family cloth and mama cloth THANKS to the wonderful MDC fairies!!!!!).

Freecycle has really changed my energy around letting go of unnecessary things.

I don't remember if I posted but I did go to the consignment shop with the toys, and although I only got $16 store credit, hey, they weren't earning me any more money in my attic. I have been sorting through stuff to find stbx's things so he can have them, which also frees up the house.

I have a BUNCH of books on tape. Is there any way to get a $ return on them?


ETA: When I offered the blanket on freecycle I described the moth holes, and the responder said she would patch them. I didn't want to leave the impression I had not mentioned the holes! I am just delighted that freecycle allows me to find people like that.
post #119 of 137
I sold a nightstand, a wicker bookshelf, and an exercise bike on Craigslist. I also got someone to buy some knick knacks leftover from my g-sale while they were here. Then I invited two mommy friends over to raid my leftovers and take what they wanted for free. They took probably 25 things all together!!! I was so happy to see them go!
What's even better is that the old, sentimental clothes I was having trouble parting with will now be worn by my friends, so I get to know they will have a good home and I'll get to see them on people I care about.

Selling an area rug through Craigslist tomorrow!
post #120 of 137
63/100
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