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#121 of 268 Old 10-04-2006, 03:06 PM
 
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I am definately in. We are moving from a 1100 sq ft apartment to a 700 sq ft apartment. I freecycles a ton of things yesterday...about 50. I am purging as I pack. Now to convince my husband that we don't need so much stuff...


Maybe if I tell him that he can use the money from the stuff he sells to buy that PS3 that he wants so badly......it just might work....MUAHAHAHA

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Household Hazardous Waste:
Here's a category of clutter that will make you feel good to get rid of. Your local landfill or transfer station probably has a schedule of when they will accept household hazardous waste.

On Saturday my husband will take a truckload of old computers and other electronics from his employer (years worth of junk) because our dump no longer charges a disposal/recycling fee for electronic waste. So I'm packing a box of stuff from our household as well. These are things that need to be recycled or carefully disposed of because they can release heavy metals or poisons if landfilled or incinerated.

I'm taking:
-smoke detectors (have a minute amount of radioactive material)
-alkaline batteries
-rechargeable batteries
-rodent poison (UGH! generously left by our landlord--we used traps and kitty cats and never needed poison!)
-mercury thermometers
-almost-empty aerosol can of spray sealant foam
-paint
-nail polish (Well, I consider it hazardous waste! Our dump has a re-use store for things like paint and garden chemicals. I'm hoping they'll take nail polish, too.)

When you declutter items like these--especially those with mercury, which is toxic in small amounts--please collect them and take the time to find out the appropriate means of disposing of them. You can find info about your area's waste disposal in the phone book or sometimes even online.

Oh, and someone had mentioned pharmaceuticals--they can be taken as household hazardous waste as well. Definitely don't flush 'em! Fish and frogs are exposed to enough birth control hormones and viagra already!
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Household Hazardous Waste:

Oh, and someone had mentioned pharmaceuticals--they can be taken as household hazardous waste as well. Definitely don't flush 'em! Fish and frogs are exposed to enough birth control hormones and viagra already!
I know it wasn't meant to be funny... but if frogs are using viagra- at least they have birth control, too My chuckle for today
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Add 40 to that and I now have 60.
Plus 38 and now, I am up to 98

This is a tree on fire with love, but it's still scary since most people think love only looks like one thing instead of the whole world. *
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Ok I feel like I am so behind I only have 20 items!! But I did clean out the closet under our stairs and you can actually walk into it now!

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Plus 38 and now, I am up to 98
Ok....add another 80 and that makes 178

This is a tree on fire with love, but it's still scary since most people think love only looks like one thing instead of the whole world. *
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Just estimating...

Went through my spice cupboard....20 old bottles gone
Taking to a cousin who's due in feb.... 30 pieces of boy clothes in case she has a boy, plus a bag of huggies that the baby has outgrown
Taking to donation.... 3 bags of clothes, probably 80 pieces of clothing

Tally: 130

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Dropped off 11 items of clothing culled from the closet to charity bin so combined with my previous total of 64 items no brings me to:

GRAND TOTAL: 75 items yay!!
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I'll try for the challenge!
10/4: 35 items to Goodwill
10/6: 18 items recycled/trashed
10/7: 24 books to library book sale, 20 items to Goodwill
10/15: Photographs, school stuff, saved wrapping paper for time spent and emotion involved rounding to 100 items, physical count >200

Total: 194
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I really wish I had taken before and after pics of the closet dh and I just sorted through. You couldn't walk into it... until now that is! I counted the clothes as bags of stuff, except a couple of "bigger" or "special" stuff like a winter coat. Those I counted separately. Then we were just on a roll, so we added a couple things from random places that we know needs to go.

TOTAL TALLY: 25... well, it's a start!

Sell/Give Away
Activity Table
Bag of kids clothes and shoes
Bead and wire toy
Bouncy seat
Outgrown kids snowsuit
Roller skates
Quilt
Leopard blanket
Softball glove
3 bags of adult clothes-1 men’s, 1 women’s, 1 maternity
Messenger bag
Purple dress
Orange antique coat
Grey coat
Black suit
Fancy purple skirt
Bike lock

Trash/recycling
Broken folding stool
Expired food from the go bags
Clothes with shot elastic, etc.
Foam rubber toys (that dh accidentally ruined)
Well worn, much loved black boots
Few dozen hangers

Happy with my DH, 2 kids, dog, fish, and frogs
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Ok...20 magazines today! Gone!
Plus, 1 2'X2' box of paper recycled.
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Tossed: 7 items
Sold: 8 items
Donated: 60 items

I haven't even started on books, papers and the piles of empty moving boxes (we moved 18 months ago ). And I still have 2 more kitchen cupboards to go through...I'm sure I'll make it to 200 items, but realistically I don't think I'll make it to 300.

Running total: 126 items GONE, GONE, GONE!!!

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Silly question:
Do things like receipts that have been languishing in the car waiting to be recycled count?
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Didn't get anything done yesterday. We went for Chicken Wings and Ale with some friends of ours that deserved a free dinner from us.

It's really impressive to see all the "junk" that everyone is gettig rid of. I think everybody is doing a magnificent job. I already feel a little bit better with the stuff that I've already gotten out of my life. AND I'm not even close to done yet.
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Yeah, I would count the receipts cluttering your car! But maybe as one category, not every receipt! It takes only one decision to recycle or toss them all at once. BUT if you're entering them all into Quickbooks (!), I'd count 'em individually!

How about things that are currently USELESS but can be made USEFUL again by simple cleaning, mending, repairing, etc.?

I propose if you have, e.g., a pile of clothes that need mending and you will actually use them once they are mended, it's fair to count each item. They don't go away, but they stop being clutter. But they don't count until they're fixed!
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Can I get 5 items credit for washing, drying, folding, and putting away 5 loads of laundry? That's what I did instead of decluttering last night. Just kidding, but my house *is* infinitely less cluttered now than it has been for the past few weeks!
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82 items
+35 items
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117 items

So sad... We have a buffet that we keep our TV on in the LR. Out of the whole cabinet, we only used the top skinny, silverware drawer regularly. (Pencils and odds and ends; scary stuff) The rest of the space was filled with old school papers, bills, movies we don't watch, little bits and pieces of our lives from over the years. I hate looking at all that stuff. I even found the reciept for the first set of snow tires I bought for my car.

I found the stuff so depressing I actually cried. I saved a couple special things, but most of the stuff went into recycling. I think it's because I'm sitting home jobless and wondering if I made the right choices in the past. Of course, by making the choices I did I met DH. So that's good I also found a little card that said "Your future is as bright as the promises of God! Trust him in all things." on the back: Love Mom & Dad. I think that's when the tears started!

Wish me luck! I still have 1 more depressing area to clean: the huge shelf in my closet with school papers, birthday cards etc dating back to Kindergarten!
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You can do it Heather!!!

So, have you come up with something fabulous to do with the nice empty buffet yet? Do you have any pretty collections that have been languishing for a lovely new home of their own?
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OK me too!


15 and counting!:
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Just listed a ton of stuff on the TP, answered a few ISOs, and I LOVE the idea of household things that cant be thrown away but taken to a place. That will be dh's job this month!!

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15 freezer things
old bag of plastic cuttlery
old holey sweater
9 toys

141 total
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Worked on DD's room: toys, clothes, stuffed animals.

Only totalled out to be 16 things though (clothes I'm counting as one thing)

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Ok....add another 80 and that makes 178

Annnnnd.....85 more makes 263

I am gonna make 500, I am gonna make 500!

This is a tree on fire with love, but it's still scary since most people think love only looks like one thing instead of the whole world. *
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Recycled 4 magazines - so I'm up to 18.

You know, I could probably reach 500 in no time if I just did it and stopped *thinking* so hard about everything I am getting rid of. Who to give it to, do I try to sell it?, will I regret giving it away? etc. etc. Anyone else just think so much that it impedes your progress?
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I am going really slowly. I have items that are sitting and waiting for pickup on Freecycle but I don't want to count them until they are really gone. I gave away two books to a friend which were brand new and I have taken soil, pots, and 3 packages of seeds to school since we are studying plants this year.

Total: 13- Boy do I have a long way to go

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Dh told me I lose points since I brought stuff into the house
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i am so in on this... thank you for posting this thread! i cant wait to start tallying up my 500 items i really need to declutter in a big way. i think we'll have a garage sale and save all that money back for our christmas fund... and only spend it on items that are neccessary to finish up gifts we are hand making and donate to good causes.
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I haven't checked in for awhile, but I am over a hundred items. I seem to hang onto bottles of vitamins and herbs forever. I realized that I will never use them since they are expired and they all went in the trash the other day. Go me! Plus I put up for sale on ebay most of maternity stuff since I've outgrown a lot of it. It hasn't sold yet but if it does then that is another 30 items.
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And I threw out 2 nasty frozen meals out of the freezer that I don't think even the dogs had any intention of eating.
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so far:

6 scrapbooking items (2 spools of ribbon, 3 idea books, and a huge stack of papers)

33 magazines

2 catalogs (trashed - though i still have time to fish them out if i find out that recycling them for home use counts for points, and i may then make paper out of them for stationary for christmas gifts)

2 packs of specialty printing paper (photo paper and iron ons)

1 book

1 journal (blank)

1 old outdated planner

1 zippered pocket we never have used

1 partly used nobook (used pages removed)

1 hand-decorated door hanger

1 handmade recipe book (blank inside)

1 handmade card (blank inside)

1 magnet we will never use

1 old empty printer cartrige

1 - junk drawer cleaned out

1 - junk cup cleaned out

1 - bundle of fabric scraps

1 - goal journal i dont need to keep any longer

i think that's a pretty good start and i didnt even get up from my chair!

total thus far: 57 items
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