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Its finally garage sale time! I'm pricing items and getting them all ready! Technically nothing has left yet, BUT this is the best opportunity I have to catalog what I'm getting rid of. And since its all going whether it sells or not, I'm not worried about misrepresentation. If it doesn't sell, its getting hauled to Goodwill the same day. So here is the list of stuff I've gone through so far:

 

1 diaper bag

10 DVDs

1 fake Dopplar 

46 assorted books

3 pregnancy books

10 cookbooks

27 stuffed animals

1 Wii accessory

33 misc infant toys

37 kid books

1 Barbie outfit (yetch)

1 dry erase calendar

1 crib comforter

1 wallpaper border

6 receiving blankets

4 baby blankets

2 blankets

7 crib sheets

3 lap pads

=194 items

 

old total 188/2012

new total 382/2012


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2 Modems

2 Pairs Toddlers PJs

2 Random things I can't remember currently

 

6 + 1403 = 1409/2012

 

$68 + $78 = $146

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2 peices of furniture

15+ boxes

2 books

 

532 so far ...

 

More to come tonight ...
 


 

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1 3 5 6 9 medicine droppers, holy crap i keep finding more everywhere i turn!

1 pile of recipts

1 pile of artwork

1 dog kennel candle holder (given to my by the most clutterous woman i know, my great aunt)

1 ratty pair of ds's underwear

1 pair of underwear too small for me :(

1 pile of papers

1 bubble mailer

1 dried up marker

3 baggies

1 hair binder

1 pair of hospital socks

1 broken glass globe

5 items of clothing

1 scarf

1 pair of jeans to the trash

 

= 34 (combined with 4 from last post i didn't count in my total yet)

 

=706

 

34.7% done!

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Box

Men's Jeans

4 Plastic Eggs

2 Bookmarks 

4 Pictures

2 Batteries

Business Card

4 Diapers

Wash Cloth

2 Books

Robe

 

 

 

23 + 1409 = 1432/2012

 

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Well, it looks like my decluttering just reached a new level - one I'm not particularly happy about. One of our rooms is infested with mice droppings (and mice) - the room that is currently housing ALL of our stuff that is yet to be packed. We've caught three mice in the last two days and there are still a couple at least, roaming around. :(

 

I feel like throwing everything out, but I have so many goods in there that I can no longer purchase. Books that are out of print, lego that is no longer in production, clothes from my own childhood etc

 

I feel so icky and sad! What would you wash or throw away? I have books packed in bubble wrap.. the bubble wrapped books were put a plastic garbage bag that was a bit loose and they were sitting in a box that was 'closed' but not sealed. The box had mouse droppings on it. I did not check the plastic garbage bag for mouse droppings as the bag is black and the only way to check would be to shake the bag (which I'm not willing to do). The bubble wrap and the books themselves didn't have droppings on them. Can I assume they are safe? Would you throw them out? I worry about cross contamination and colonization - like the bacteria from the poop spreading around and beyond the actual poop.

 

Lego boxes with poop on them but the contents inside are new in lego manufacturing sealed bags (i.e unopened)... Keep and wash? I'm probably bordering on paranoia but I'm so grossed out right now.

 

As far as I know, we don't have Hanta Virus cases in Australia. Some believe that's due to it not being correctly diagnosed as we do have Hanta Virus positive rodents being bought in from asia. So a lot of my concern is being based on the fact that the poop may contain the virus. I'd like to 'pretend' it does and take the proper precautions (just in case it really does).


 

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More goodies:

 

31 pairs of shoes (!!)

2 sets of blocks

2 pictures

2 outdated calendars

1 alarm clock

1 set of Cyclebeads

3 sets of drumsticks

1 drum key

1 drum pad

1 flag

3 baby bottles

3 items of Christmas decor

1 door shoe holder

1 computer game

1 tummy time pad

5 toys

1 coffee pot

1 microwave

1 toaster oven

1 decorative rag doll

4 books

16 Precious Moments collectibles

4 porcelain figurines

Total: 87

 

Old total: 382/2012

New total: 469/2012


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Well, it looks like my decluttering just reached a new level - one I'm not particularly happy about. One of our rooms is infested with mice droppings (and mice) - the room that is currently housing ALL of our stuff that is yet to be packed. We've caught three mice in the last two days and there are still a couple at least, roaming around. :(

 

I feel like throwing everything out, but I have so many goods in there that I can no longer purchase. Books that are out of print, lego that is no longer in production, clothes from my own childhood etc

 

I feel so icky and sad! What would you wash or throw away? I have books packed in bubble wrap.. the bubble wrapped books were put a plastic garbage bag that was a bit loose and they were sitting in a box that was 'closed' but not sealed. The box had mouse droppings on it. I did not check the plastic garbage bag for mouse droppings as the bag is black and the only way to check would be to shake the bag (which I'm not willing to do). The bubble wrap and the books themselves didn't have droppings on them. Can I assume they are safe? Would you throw them out? I worry about cross contamination and colonization - like the bacteria from the poop spreading around and beyond the actual poop.

 

Lego boxes with poop on them but the contents inside are new in lego manufacturing sealed bags (i.e unopened)... Keep and wash? I'm probably bordering on paranoia but I'm so grossed out right now.

 

As far as I know, we don't have Hanta Virus cases in Australia. Some believe that's due to it not being correctly diagnosed as we do have Hanta Virus positive rodents being bought in from asia. So a lot of my concern is being based on the fact that the poop may contain the virus. I'd like to 'pretend' it does and take the proper precautions (just in case it really does).

Personally, I'd wash up whatever I could with soap and water, being sure to keep my away from my face, maybe going so far as to wear a mask. Things that the droppings could work into though and live within the fibers, like fabric, I'd toss. If a lego box just needed a good wipe down, that'd be ok. But if its coated inside and out, I'd toss the box. I'd keep the books, no worries. Maybe use a damp cloth to wipe them down, but I doubt anything got on em. 

 

My two cents, but I am by no means a cleaning specialist. Sorry about the mice. Its so dang frustrating, those boogers sneak in everywhere!! :(


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Things that left the house:

jeans

2 serving dishes

1 router box

6 bath toys

electric razor

shirt

traffic signs

lantern

5lb weight

flip flops

nalgene

firefighter helmet

crayons

window stick

diaper cover

ice pack

maternity pants

twin sheet

robe

bowl

socks

playdough thing

(28)

 

Things that came in the house: (from my last and final trip to my grandma's house to help her move)

2 swim rings

2 shirts

bike

2 pair maternity pants

soap dispenser

5 books

markers

1 freezer jar

2 vases

water bottle

airsoft gun

chair pillow

pj pants

bath rug

5 toys

basket

baby sleeper

1 mixing bowl

3 couch pillows

pitcher

duck

6 kitchen towels

baking dish

crock pot

4 pillowcases

binoculars

cleaning cloth

2 picnic blankets

2 flashlights

ceramic bowl

ceramic jar

apron - kids

air mattress

pump

2 hand towels

wind chime

lunch bag

car game

puzzle

tablet

2 little bags

7 kids jewelry

shield

 

we own 494 less things than we did on Jan 1st.

 

sold more dishes +$45

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Personally, I'd wash up whatever I could with soap and water, being sure to keep my away from my face, maybe going so far as to wear a mask. Things that the droppings could work into though and live within the fibers, like fabric, I'd toss. If a lego box just needed a good wipe down, that'd be ok. But if its coated inside and out, I'd toss the box. I'd keep the books, no worries. Maybe use a damp cloth to wipe them down, but I doubt anything got on em. 

 

My two cents, but I am by no means a cleaning specialist. Sorry about the mice. Its so dang frustrating, those boogers sneak in everywhere!! :(

 

Thanks so much mama! smile.gif I've decided to keep the books (I'm a bit of a germ freak) and even though there were no droppings on them, I wiped them down with a bleach solution.

I found some information that might be helpful for anyone facing these critters.

 

http://www.ibiblio.org/archives-archivists/msg03840.html

 

We caught a live (baby) mouse tonight and released it far away. Couldn't bring it in me to destroy it once I saw it cowered in the corner. duck.gif


 

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Oh I wouldn't be able to kill it either. Especially since we have pet rats lol. I always use live traps if the need ever arises.

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Oh I wouldn't be able to kill it either. Especially since we have pet rats lol. I always use live traps if the need ever arises.

 

Pet rats? That's ambitious lol

 

My dh made up a live trap and all four that we have caught so far have been caught with it. I have a hard time enough killing roaches, let alone something furry that squeeks.

 

It didn't help when two of my kids came to the trapped mouses' aid with some freshly buttered bread. rolleyes.gif


 

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We got rats because our kids wanted a dog, but a new dog seemed like an overwhelming amount of work for me on top of the kids- rats are like the dogs of the rodent world- really social and smart and they actually like to sit on your lap and cuddle.  But they are way way easier to take care of than a dog :)

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I had pet rats in high school and absolutely loved them! I'd get more in a heartbeat if I had the space. They were really awesome pets.

 

New items out:

1 baby swing

3-3 ring binders

1 organizer

4 yarn skeins

21 stuffed animals

2 totes

1 king size mattress pad

3 Mr. Potato Heads

8 Potato Head accessory kits

55 additional random accessories

1 bag of very old diapers

10 plates

15 misc toys/small books

2 pair shoes

1 steamer

2 baby bottles

3 tins

1 coffee grinder

19  misc small kitchen gadgets

1 travel mug

8 mugs

1 plastic crate

2 filing cabinets

1 pillow

2 bags random closet garbage

total: 168

 

old total: 469/2012

new total: 637/2012 joy.gif broke 500!!

 

Tonight, I'm sorting through all the baby clothes! That should add a really healthy number to my total! thumb.gif

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Quick question: We rent from my FIL. The garage if full of his crap, mostly stuff that he no longer wants. In theory, he and DH will go through it all this week to clean the garage up for our garage sale in a few weeks (I say in theory because he was supposed to do this when he first moved out three years ago and has promised to do it yearly ever since eyesroll.gif). Since that junk has been taking up room in my garage for so long, can I count it as it will be stuff out of my house??? Or because its technically not *mine*, I shouldn't count it??? headscratch.gif


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don't dare to look up how many days since I last posted ... am going very slow ....

 

today it took me about 6 hours (doing other stuff in between so as to decrease my anxiety level about deccluttering ...)

but I got rid of another 42 items !

 

399 / 2012

 

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Quick question: We rent from my FIL. The garage if full of his crap, mostly stuff that he no longer wants. In theory, he and DH will go through it all this week to clean the garage up for our garage sale in a few weeks (I say in theory because he was supposed to do this when he first moved out three years ago and has promised to do it yearly ever since eyesroll.gif). Since that junk has been taking up room in my garage for so long, can I count it as it will be stuff out of my house??? Or because its technically not *mine*, I shouldn't count it??? headscratch.gif

 

You can count anything you want :) And especially since it's going to free up a lot of space in your house and it's been there awhile, I'd count it.

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Quick question: We rent from my FIL. The garage if full of his crap, mostly stuff that he no longer wants. In theory, he and DH will go through it all this week to clean the garage up for our garage sale in a few weeks (I say in theory because he was supposed to do this when he first moved out three years ago and has promised to do it yearly ever since eyesroll.gif). Since that junk has been taking up room in my garage for so long, can I count it as it will be stuff out of my house??? Or because its technically not *mine*, I shouldn't count it??? headscratch.gif

 

I would count it as it has been sitting in your house for well over two years. thumb.gif


 

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I'm adding 50 more items for today. 35 that I could count right now plus heaps of random bits and bobs over the day that I'm putting as 15, even though it was well over that.

 

Plus one huge box of recycling and many mores boxes which have left the house.

 

Total: 582 / 2012


 

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5 clothing items

cleaned out the car for...

1 bag full of papers/art/reciepts/mail, recycled

1 garbage bag of stuff

1 broken kids window shade

3 plastic restaurant cups, recycled

2 pieces of twine (still there from the christmas tree tied to our roof *blush*)

4 hair ties to my sister

 

AND (hooray!!!)

8 sewing repair projects finished and out of the repair bin!

 

 

so far today...


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It didn't help when two of my kids came to the trapped mouses' aid with some freshly buttered bread. rolleyes.gif

 

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17 magazines

2 bags

 

505/2012

$458


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new things:

9 diaper covers

photo album

2 tablecloths

2 super hero masks

2 pair sunglasses

1 tutu

1 jar of rocks

2 pair sandals

32 clothing/shoes items

^ all sent by mom in the mail

 

volleyball plaque

4 bath toys

skirt

3 garden things

4 toys

14 clothes

cosleeper

cookbook

plant/plant pot

 

 

things that left the house:

2 playground balls

5 bathroom things

1 sander

1 little backpack bag

toilet gasket replacement

a huge box of zipties

bowl

notebook

textbook

box of cards

sunglasses

3 framed pictures

box

2 pair shoes

giant bag of beads

18 clothes

1 paper grocery bag full of gift bags/ribbon/wrapping stuff - counting as 10 things

soil test kit

air mattress

5 magazines

flashlight

all the stickers in the house. they were driving me insane.

2 pair shoes

binder of old school notes

2 umbrellas

ball

5 plant trays

bowl

3 books

watering can

1 water gun

pair of shoes

multi-utensil thing

nightlight

16 books

starcraft 2 box and all the stuff inside

2 swim rings

1 toy

7 toy cars

2 decks of cards

little chair

10 notebooks/coloring books/workbooks

40 organic gardening magazines

20 hangers

 

we own 600 less things than we did on Jan 1st.

 

+$11.25 consignment shop

+$6.15 thredup

$390.90

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old shorts...hard to get rid of they were a favourite pair, but they finally keeled over and died.

 

 

506/2012

$458


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4 summer tops

scrapbooking magazine

 

512/2012

$458


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Stained Onesie

Old Mattress Protector

Mattress

Foam Pad

Towel

2 Large Pieces of Plywood

5 Sheets

2 Pillow Cases

 

14 + 1432 = 1446/2012

 

$68 + $78 = $146

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2 Sippy Cups

Plastic Easter Egg

 

3 + 1446 = 1449/2012

 

$68 + $78 = $146

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New Total:

1653 1681/2012

$1967.95

 

More than 3/4 of the way there!!! jumpers.gif

 

 

Wow, I haven't posted (or tossed) in forever. Not much to add.  Managed to clean out some pantry shelves on Friday and found 7 expired food items to toss.  Slowly but surely.  I also re-consigned some clothing that hadn't yet sold at the consignment store for another month.  So far I've made $38 on what they've sold but I won't add it to my total until my consignment period is up on June 10, then I'll add the full total.

 

New Total:

1688/2012

$1967.95


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Another car load of crap gone:

 

27 baby items and toys

45 pieces of my clothing

30 pieces of DH's clothing

40 pieces of baby clothing

2 random cloth grocery bags

1 box of sewing patterns returned to MIL

3 plastic flower pots

 

= 148 

+ 369

= 517 things tossed/sold/donated

 

 

 

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baby pants

two play mats

two dozen baby toys (WHY did we have two dozen baby toys?!)

40 plastic seedling pots 

 

67 + 302 = 369 things out of here

 

 

 

 



 
 
 
 

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Wow! I haven't been here in a long time. I am so impressed by everyone's decluttering!  Well my friend had a garage sale last Saturday and I gave her 2 big tubs of stuff to sell. Whatever didn't sell she donated. The sad thing is that it was a neighborhood-wide garage sale, and my kids took their pocket money around the block and bought a bunch of toys! Aaaaargh! But I'm going to give myself credit for 50 things gone anyway. I didn't count, but I think it was about 50.

 

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