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#241 of 459 Old 01-10-2007, 10:51 AM
 
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I rarely have good luck with craigslist - at least better than freecycle. I have had your same issues. It's very frustrating
well, I'm glad I"m not the only one. the person who was DEFINITELY coming yesterday just emailed and said forget it. To the thrift shop everything goes- this stuff has got to get out of here.
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I would definately count those presents when you mail them!

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.
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I'm starting a bit late, but I'll do my best to catch up!

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
-8 jackets/snowsuits
-5 hats/mittens

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:
128
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Okay, well, after totally, well, pretty much, clearing out the upstairs junk room, where I was throwing everything. And bringing it all down to the basement, I have added 120 to my list today. It is actually getting hard to do though. My dh hasn't taken things out to the car yet. I am tempted to just do it myself. I have like 5 boxes downstairs just waiting to go. I went through and got rid of all plastic dishes except 4 small plates and bowls that we might want when baby starts eating. My dh actually went through his bar glasses and picked out like 10 to go. I am so very proud of him. And we currently have 4 empty plastic boxes. I am really happy with how this is going, but it won't be going anymore if I can't get these current boxes out so I can do more work. Oh well, may try going to do it anyway and maybe I will clean out the car while I am at it.
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I just realized after changing my sig that I once again am too close to my goal. And the whole must get moving thing really doesn't apply anymore...
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.
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I wouldn't wait for DH to get the boxes out of the house. Unless you're preggers or there is a reason for you not to lift them, get rid of them. I just took 3 big bags of stuff to GW. Up to 150/500. I feel like I'm really moving, but I know I have a long way to go. I need to have DH look through his bookshelf. I need to go through mine and DS's.

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I am 30 weeks. I got some of the out to the garage, but I couldn't get the bigger ones and really carrying a box on my belly wasn't pleasant, I have a protester... But I now have 5 empty plastic boxes, with 3 more mostly empty. Can't decided to toss, donate or relocate some of the stuff... I think those are going to be a hard one to get rid of, the plastic boxes, he won't want to get rid of them since we can use them to store stuff. Stuff we don't have anymore!
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Well we went through a big part of the kitchen last night and now we are up to 250/500. So exactly half way there!!! Yay!

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Sold 50 items of clothes yesterday (made about $200)
sold 10 diapers (made about $100)
got rid 8pcs of kids dishes

174/300
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.

219/300

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After a whole week of not doing anything, I finally got off my butt and purged some stuff...

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

Trash:
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.

Previous: 70/200
Now: 192/200

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!
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DId the rest of the kitchen and now I am up to 316. Woo hoo!

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I love freecycle! I got rid of 36 things today! Woohoo!

36/200
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10 pairs of earings
5 things from the fridge
2 rings
1 bowl

current: 350/400 I'm almost to my goal! woot.
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Forgot to update yesterday. so between yesterday and tonight i did 100 items. puts me at 440.

440/750
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My goal this month was to get rid of the desk from the office, and now it is completely clear except a lamp and a printer. If I can get rid of the two broken printers on the other desk, I can put this printer over there, and WOOHOO! desk will be gone.

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OK. Lame update here:

1 tin out of DH's drawer
1 pile of outdated coupons, etc from last year.

I need to step it up a bit...
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I started the computer room last night:

-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:
185
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OK, goodwill *finally* came to pick up all the clothes (which they were supposed to do last month 3 separate times and never showed up : ), and i've sold some diapers that don't fit anymore, and donated some others to a mom. so right now i'm at 250/500. woo!

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I threw out so much junk today that was in our attic-it felt great! I probably threw out at least 30 things today. I also have a HUGE pile of stuff to give away or sell. DH wants to have a yard sale, but that wouldn't be until the spring, and I really want to get rid of this stuff now.

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186/500, and I feel like I'm running out of spaces to declutter. I'm going to have to get really nit pickey if I'm going to make my goal.

Amanda, mama to Owen (11/05) and Connor (10/07) and Aria (12/09) Recycled Wool Longies and Reusable Baggies
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Im guessing the christmas tree I finally got rid of and burned doesnt count. LOL
but other than that
previous total 204/500

today
25 clothing items (im getting there)
1 useless tin from cookies
2 candlestick holders
1 cake mix
1 old disgusting smelly sponge
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total 30
new total 234/500

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we finally just got our christmas tree down today too

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.
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15 empty boxes
1 book
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.

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I cleared out 3 more bags of clothes today (mostly kids stuff) and one broken dresser. That makes 15/20 bags/boxes (I'm counting the dresser as 1 bag/box) for me. My motivation today was the fact that the dresser was broken and I need to somehow squeeze 4 kids worth of clothing into one dresser and one closet. Since I'm also on a no-spend month buying a new dresser was out of the question. I was surprised at just how much stuff they had in there that they never wear. What's even more shocking is that I went through their clothes 2 weeks ago and thought I had done well at decluttering their wardrobe! Maybe I should go through my stuff again...

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I got rid of 55 more items today -- some ice packs from the freezer, some bras that are too small for me, and my daughter's old potty. I finally had to accept that my breasts will never fit into the bras I had pre-pregnancy. This brings my total to 160/500.
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When I got home from work yesterday, the 10 azalea bushes from the planting bed in front of our house were gone. I intend to make this bed into an herb garden. Last summer, DH and I had cleaned out about 1/2 the bed. My aunt said she wanted the azaleas, but we could never co-ordinate a time to get them to her. A couple weeks ago, she decided she did not actually want the azaleas. So I mentioned to a neighbor that he could have them. Yesterday they were dug up and already planted in the neighbors yard. This is really terrific because I have bricks to edge the bed, plus topsoil and manure to dig into it (I'm in Florida and all we have for dirt is pure sand). I also have a long weekend coming up! So I'm going to be able to get some stuff out of the garage and get some of these herb seeds planted. I'm really excited about this!

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.
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Okay, not much, but a big accomplishment. 3 bottles that had less than enough to use in our shower. You know how hard those things are to get rid of... So while small in number, feels better in our shower now
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Since going no 'poo about three weeks ago, I donated all of my unopened shampoo/conditioner bottles to the womens shelter. YEA!! (already accounted for in my tallys)

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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.

219/300
Just got rid of 2 dvds and 1 outfit.

222/300

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got going this morning. finally went through a box of school supplies that has been sitting in mygarge for a year. donated most of that to dd's school. took that big box of shooes and went through it. most of that went to good will. took the bag dd filled up also and some stufff from my pantry area. got rid of 4 boxes of stuff today!

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.
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