I think just dropping stuff off at goodwill (ours even has a drive thru drop off!) is so much easier than freecycle or craigslist BUT I've never used either one.
TP is so hit or miss and e-bay fees add up soo fast. I think some of the stuff I've got posted is going to end up being donated or yardsold anyway. I talked to a mama yesterday at work (customer not co-worker) and I might offer her some of my cloth dipes.
I agree with the pp, books are hard to go through. but with my recent 2 trips to the local used bookstore, I've made $31.50 There is a thread thats fairly recent about de-cluttering bookshelves. I'll try to find it for you. http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=585070
And if I had been collecting records for 30 years and had thousands it would be super daunting to go thru them. (I've been collecting for about 15 years and have only a few hundred)
My recent activity:
Yesterday I took a box to the bookstore and another box to good will. (2)
The day before I took 3 bags to goodwill. And went through my glovebox and threw away a handful of stuff (4)
Also yesterday I got Olivia to go through a box of her stuff and she filled up half a grocery bag (paper) While she did that I found a huge box of shoes that are too little for her. (2 pending)
I've still got some boxes in the computer room that are posted on tp and some boxes in the pantry that I'm donating. I was out earlier today and should have taken them then but I really thought I had a stomach virus so I only did essential errands. Plus other pending items scattered throughout the house and garage (maybe 10 pending that I can think of)
thats 5 more for my tally!
and 12 pending (gotta get those out)
BUt I am definately upping my goal to 50. Gosh that feels properly intimidating.
I've been documenting the decluttering process in my blog. So far, I've decluttered two areas - the two main floor closets. I've gotten rid of:
-15 pairs of shoes
I've also downgraded the Christmas ornament collection. There used to be 4 boxes of crap. Now we have one large rubbermaid tub, plus the fake tree (which I'm very seriously considering trashing. I just feel guilty adding something so large to the landfill). For estimation sake, just to have a number, I'll say:
-100 Christmas ornaments
My next task is the kids' rooms. I'm going to try and widdle their wardrobes down to 7 outfits each. Yikes!
My total to date:
So off to change my goal, we are going big now, if I don't make it, I don't make it. I am happy with what I have gotten done and my dh is very impressed. So we are going to double it, 1000. I think that is pretty cool, considering I started my goal at 200.
Sold 50 items of clothes yesterday (made about $200)
sold 10 diapers (made about $100)
got rid 8pcs of kids dishes
Freecycle (and if not picked up, thrift store):
1 - santa decoration
1 - santa hat
1 - Fisher Price car window shade (set of 2)
1 - Diaper Genie
1 - black rimmed 8x10 frame
6 - black rimmed 5x7 frame
1 - primary colored cloth balloons wall decoration set
1 - 3 mint green cloth placemats
1 - 4 plastic blue/white Christmas placemats
1 - brand new with tags Border Collie dog door mat
1 - 2 Christmas blue/white kitchen floor mats
1 - 4 piece set primary colored puzzle picture frame
1 - keyed door knob set - no key
1 - Easter bunny knick knack (wooden)
1 - black Sony canvas bag
1 - Disney Princess pink Halloween candy bag
1 - black medium/small purse
1 - white plastic silverware drawer caddy
1 - Size Med (prepregnancy size 7-16) Pregnancy Support band
1 - Small light orange/white clutch purse (plastic)
1 - Small white satin w/sequin flowers child's purse
1 - Small black velvet w/sequin flowers child's purse
1 - Small black satin child's purse
1 - Pink Barbie elbow/knee pads
30 - girls' clothes
19 - baby clothes
16 - miscellaneous clothes
4 - shoes
9 - Baby stuff: 6 sippy cups, 1 toddler plane shaped plate, 2 blankets (1 is pink, 1 is blue/yellow)
3 -mini Christmas tree decorations (got rid of the tree, still had the decs)
1 - Big toddler desk with lamp
1 - broken alarm clock
1 - 2 pillow cases
1 - 1 shoe missing its partner
1 - Pumpkin kitchen mat that was ratty looking
122 items purged.
Perhaps I should increase my goal?
Oh, Freecycle can be a pain when they don't show up. I simply put it on my porch with instructions to only PU (and not bother me). I give a deadline. If the stuff isn't gone by such-and-such time, off to the thrift store it goes!
-1 broken microphone
-11 dead pens
-a stack of old bills that was 6" thick (I'd say it counts as about 40 items!)
-3 broken/scratched CDs
-1 old crumply failed sewing project
-1 broken alarm clock
I also vacuumed and cleaned the room, so it looks spiffy. But there's still 4 drawers to go through. I'll be working on it over the weekend.
My total to date:
Obstruct livery vehicles!
but other than that
previous total 204/500
25 clothing items (im getting there)
1 useless tin from cookies
2 candlestick holders
1 cake mix
1 old disgusting smelly sponge
new total 234/500
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anyway, i have purged 143 additional items to go to the goodwill. i haven't been counting garbage at all. i still have to go through the left side of the kitchen. desk, guest bedroom closet and the master bathroom cabinet. also, i have to go through the nursery and get rid of a massive amount of clothing in preparation for new baby. i am starting to realize that i am going to easily meet my challenge, but i am not going to raise it because i want to give myself a break and will set a new challenge in february.
that brings my total to 235/400.
2 flatware organizers that won't fit any of the drawers in the apartment
1 extra can opener
10 empty dvd cases
1 big stack of old reciepts
For at total of 59/300...and 241 more things to go
We've still got a lot of unpacking to do so if I can keep tossing while unpacking we should start out pretty organized.
. : Jill, mama to 5 kiddos, soon to be 6 in June 2013 : .
I think this brings me to 43/351 items for the month. I really have to get on the stick and get some stuff out of my house.
I cleaned out the basement toy box and am throwing away about 35 items and am getting rid of about 10 toys that will head to Once Upon A Child sometime this week.
i don't know what to do about stuff thats not selling. i guess i ought to just give it away but the fact is we could use the $$$. some of this stuff i have listed several different ways. as different lots versus individually etc. i try to bump my tp threads different times of the day so they get seen yk. nothing happening with it though. i think maybe i just give it away. it wouldn't be that much $$. : thats how i feel about it.
ive still got a lot pending too maybe 10 that i can think of right off.
i think i've inspired my mom. i took two bags to goodwill for her this morning also.