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2018- time to clean up

Whatever your goals for this year are- here is your thread.
Organize that laundry room? Clean out the kids space? Toss 2018 things? Finally finish unpacking (oh yeah we did move in back when it was 2010 oops). Whatever your goals are, whatever you want to accomplish - track those things here. No judgement, no flack, just support from other tired families and exhausted mommies.
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Today I cleaned off a bookshelf. I'm pretty confident in my gluten free skills and haven't referred to the 'library of gluten free' in several years. Time to head off to the re-sale book shoppe and see if I can get a few dollars. I have a few yarn books I'm not going to use, some fiction that can be passed on. Kid has a box from his room. and one burnt up busted spatula.
todays total : 58 items
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My daughter is way better at decluttering than I am I have realised. It is putting me to shame. Have to make a new start with this new year I am blessed to be part of.

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Today I cleaned off a bookshelf. I'm pretty confident in my gluten free skills and haven't referred to the 'library of gluten free' in several years. Time to head off to the re-sale book shoppe and see if I can get a few dollars. I have a few yarn books I'm not going to use, some fiction that can be passed on. Kid has a box from his room. and one burnt up busted spatula.
todays total : 58 items
Well done zebra15 I need to get rid of many recipe books too. I am uncertain though whether I should wait to give them to my daughters when they move out, but they will probably not want a heap of old books.

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Well done zebra15 I need to get rid of many recipe books too. I am uncertain though whether I should wait to give them to my daughters when they move out, but they will probably not want a heap of old books.


If you have the space for them, maybe you could keep one classic/favourite for each daughter and get rid of the rest.


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Thanks katelove. I sorted out some of them and gave my oldest about ten books. She seems pleased, as she is planning to move out in 18 months so she is gradually collecting things for her new home.

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If you have the space for them, maybe you could keep one classic/favourite for each daughter and get rid of the rest.

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Or sort them : if no one likes to bake then donate those, if no one uses a crockpot then get rid of those, if someone thinks they can use the smoothie book keep that one etc. I've also found that its much easier to google what i need than to try to find it in a book, on a shelf, in a pile that no doubt will topple over. Or i can ask 'alexa or siri' and they can tell me.
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18 items bagged up for goodwill donation on Friday
$25 recouped from the bookstore

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$25 recouped
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My goal is to deal with 24 years of accumulated kid-stuff by picking away at one small bit every week. Homeschooling supplies, books, games, toys, outgrown clothing, used sports equipment, tools, craft supplies, etc. etc.

I started this past fall and have made some significant progress. But it's hard because dh hates throwing things out, and I rely on him and his truck to take things to the waste transfer station (we don't have garbage pickup or anything like that). We also pay by the pound for waste disposal, which is an added challenge. Also, I'm only home one day a week. Still ... gotta keep plugging away.

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My goal is to deal with 24 years of accumulated kid-stuff by picking away at one small bit every week. Homeschooling supplies, books, games, toys, outgrown clothing, used sports equipment, tools, craft supplies, etc. etc.

I started this past fall and have made some significant progress. But it's hard because dh hates throwing things out, and I rely on him and his truck to take things to the waste transfer station (we don't have garbage pickup or anything like that). We also pay by the pound for waste disposal, which is an added challenge. Also, I'm only home one day a week. Still ... gotta keep plugging away.

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Do you have access to a moms group or HS group in your second town that could benefit from the '24 yrs of stuff'? Or does the 2nd larger town have a donation store etc. It might be easier to take a box with you each week to the 2nd town and distribute the items?
Larger cities tend to have 'we buy used things' type stores, families that are willing to take used items for their kids and more goodwill/donation stores. Even the k-12 school might like the art supplies, books, a daycare might need the toys, aftercare can use the games etc. All just thoughts from a mom who is also buried in stuff even with a constant flow of in-out.
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That's what I already do, yes. The main issue is with the things that really do just need to be thrown out. And sorting those items out from the others.

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ugh- ate my post, what I was saying- MM, can you rent a dumpster? they are usually available by size and time needed for a fixed cost and more economical than this 'pay by the weight' nonsense (lol) you have going on up there.
In my area the dumpster is usually parked in your driveway or yard, you fill it and the dumpster company simply arrives to take it all away. Sure you might look like 'that family' for a week for 2 but its a quick and effective way to clean out.
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Whole darn house probably needs paring down. Contemplating renting out the basement which is currently the nearly only place we are storing the "I don't know what to do with this" stuff and a ton of books, it's hard to get rid of books for me but a lot of them are probably kids books which could really get on out of here. Anyone want a photo enlarger?
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what I was saying- MM, can you rent a dumpster?
omg no, that would cost a fortune, it would have to come from hours away! And the cost of our waste fees isn't all that much, nor do we have all that much to throw away ... maybe a few bags. It's just $2 (Cdn) per bag but it works as a disincentive, especially to dh. And for me ... well, I've spent 30 years working really hard to minimize the waste I create so it's hard for me too. We generate one bag of garbage every 4-6 weeks at our house in "town" and normally less than that at our place in the village. I feel so guilty filling a garbage bag, let alone more than one!

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Anyone want a photo enlarger?
I sold one on kijiji last summer (so, no I don't want yours ). I didn't ask for much, and the guy was so thrilled to get it! If he hadn't bought it I would have offered it up on our regional "OMG It's Free!?" FB Group.

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Or sort them : if no one likes to bake then donate those, if no one uses a crockpot then get rid of those, if someone thinks they can use the smoothie book keep that one etc. I've also found that its much easier to google what i need than to try to find it in a book, on a shelf, in a pile that no doubt will topple over. Or i can ask 'alexa or siri' and they can tell me.
Yes I always usually google for recipes, so in reality I probably don't really need any books! I am rather attached to some of the older ones though.

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Yeah I have "aspirational" cook books that I should probably get rid of. I also inherited my MILs stuff which is hard to part with as she didn't have much, but it's not stuff that we use.
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I need to get my desk/office space under control. I don't even know where to begin (gulp!) Thanks for starting this!

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I'm not sure what your process for cleaning up is, but sometimes I find with stuff like desk organization, it helps to take everything away at once then only return things that belong.
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I'm in. I really need to go back to getting rid of things and make sure to only bring in absolutely necessary things. I had a few good years where I have gotten rid of over 2000 items but then I've slacked on actively decluttering for the last couple of years.

2 things in the trash this year so far

729 things gone & $286.75 recuperated in 2014
2852 things gone & $2098.11 recuperated in 2013
3445 things gone & $2201.34 recuperated in 2012
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Where on earth do all these yarn tags keep coming from?
I gave a zip lock bag of 'ends' of yarn to yarn club yesterday. They are planning to make 'magic balls' at some point. I'm sure I have more 'extra left overs' if i felt like looking (i dont).

Adding 50

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7 more ^$#%*%# yarn tags

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Thanks, I have to get much cleaning done, this gives me some inspiration.
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My goal is to clean out our storage area in the basement, organize outgrown clothes and toys, and get ready for a yard sale this summer.
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10 yarn leftovers to yarnclub for a project
2 more pesky yarn tags


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145 items gone
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Threw away 9 items from the fridge/pantry. All different kind of flours that have been expired for quite some time.

three toiletries items in the trash

reorganized the beans/flours shelf in the pantry

729 things gone & $286.75 recuperated in 2014
2852 things gone & $2098.11 recuperated in 2013
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Five items to the e-waste center.

Four big board game boxes given away. Now the game cabinet doors close all the way

Small stack of papers/receipts dealt with appropriately then recycled or trashed.

729 things gone & $286.75 recuperated in 2014
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2 towels tossed out
purse
50 shredded


TOTAL
197 items gone
$25 recouped

finally broke down and bought a shredder, had one years ago it died and have been managing with out for years. the time came that we need one again. started to clear out some files and shredded the first file this weekend. there will be much more weekly shredding (change in the way mail is now done) along with a deep cleaning of papers this year.
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old faded layering tank (not even close to white anymore)
chapstick- probably from george H bush administration
finished up mini purse sized bottle of lotion

TOTAL
200 items gone
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Badly need to sort out my garage which is full of boxes, garden equipment and baby toys. At the moment it's impossible to find anything as it's like a jungle in there. You guys have convinced me to start "operation declutter" and stop procrastinating.
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