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Old 09-22-2012, 12:36 PM   #436
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We had our sale on Thursday and cleared $145 after 4 hours. Not bad considering that other than collecting stuff around the house in advance, I just tagged it as I set it out that morning. This sale was much nicer than the first one I had a few years ago. No major hagglers, everyone was very nice & we sold a ton of little things.

The biggest bonus was that I set out some free things like an old computer desk, TV, and bookcase storage unit that were too heavy to easily haul and they were all taken!

I bagged up the leftovers since we didn't really have enough for the second day. There are a few things I'll try on CL but the rest is already in the car to donate this weekend.

DS went through the toys under his bed and I need DD12 to go through her clothes again. I plan to tackle the rest of the garage this weekend while the weather is nice. I have gone back through some drawers & closets & feel pretty good about what is left. Plan to go to GW tomorrow or Monday once I have more of a load to take over there.


The basement is my last major project because I have bins and bins of photos and I'm not sure how I'm going to handle those. Do you make albums for each kid or just family albums? I have stuff to make scrapbooks but have not made many at this point.
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:51 PM   #437
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I usually try to get rid of stuff when the DF is not home. Not anything special just stuff no one has used in years. As far as DH, his mom has all his old toys he was never allowed to use them outside. We do have items saved for kids including TONS of Gi Joe's and their cars (wow they are worth money already but DS would never sell), large pop corn tins full of match box cars (was used for toilet training) DD has a few teddies from WDW (again worth a ton of money duffy bears in weird colors and she would never sell too bad the one bear would pay for an entire trip) doll house, rescue heros and some wooden toys. So it is not like I got rid of everything. I was thinking one crawl space/closet is enough. We live in an old house where closet space is premium. Who knows when or if they have kids they would even want to have the stuff. So how do I get DF on board? DS says he does not want anyone over due to our house. It is not hoarded just cluttered but maybe there is no difference.
Also consider whether DF will allow DS to have those items once he's grown with kids of his own. If not, then it's just hoarding.

My IL's saved everything of DH's. They even bought doubles and have them new in the boxes. YET, DH isn't allowed to have any of HIS toys back for our kids. And the IL's have filled their house full of stuff. So much that when I first was dating him and I went to their house, I was helping his mom with laundry and I didn't realize the room I was in was the garage. I thought it was just some packed full storage room! Apparently there are a couple cars under all that junk too.

So I'm pretty firm with DH about keeping stuff just to keep it. I always tease him about "valuable plastic". Helps keep the destashing tension at bay.
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:53 PM   #438
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The basement is my last major project because I have bins and bins of photos and I'm not sure how I'm going to handle those. Do you make albums for each kid or just family albums? I have stuff to make scrapbooks but have not made many at this point.
Have you considered photobooks? It would be a major project to scan in all the photos but once they are in the computer and backed up and uploaded to a photo site, you're pretty secure to get rid of the paper copies and just keep negatives.

And then as free photobook codes come up, you could make books based off the time period. Like Jan-Jul of xyz year and Aug-Dec of the same year.

The photobook take up so little space and if you got the same size each time they woudl line up nicely on a book shelf.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:47 PM   #439
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So it seems I nagged DH into decluttering.

He said less stuff was the lesser of two evils especially since he didn't have a reason to hang onto things we haven't used or thought about for years.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:23 PM   #440
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First of all, our MIL must be related. Same here only she would not even let him play with the toys when he was younger.

Second, if you have anymore info on scanning and uploading to make books I am interested as that is my major hurdle.
Last week I started shredding doubles of photos of the kids when they were young. I guess so that I could not take them back
Sentimental is my issue. I have a hard time. Just plain ordinary stuff is easy.


Going to try to list roller blades today on CL. Do people still use them? Or maybe donate them.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:39 PM   #441
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Minnie-Mickey,

I've been uploading photos to shutterfly and making books that way. I am starting with '06 just because it was handy right when I decided to make the book. LOL But my parents are scanning in all the old photos and cleaning them up using photoshop. I can't seem to understand photoshop so I've left the scanning up to my step-dad. But if you just wanted to do it without messing with the picture I know there are handheld scanners that would probably make quick work of it.

With shutterfly I just let it make my books and then went into self edit mode to move frames around and use the story board feature to place all the photos I wanted on the same page.

Here's the one I made for the 2nd half of '06, just to give you an idea how they come out. It took a lot of hours to make just the one esp because I didn't want to end up with a million pages in the book. LOL
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:18 PM   #442
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First of all, our MIL must be related. Same here only she would not even let him play with the toys when he was younger.

Second, if you have anymore info on scanning and uploading to make books I am interested as that is my major hurdle.
Last week I started shredding doubles of photos of the kids when they were young. I guess so that I could not take them back
Sentimental is my issue. I have a hard time. Just plain ordinary stuff is easy.

Going to try to list roller blades today on CL. Do people still use them? Or maybe donate them.
I have an ion photo/negative scanner. It is so simple to use. The resolution is high enough or enlargements.

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Old 09-22-2012, 03:43 PM   #443
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I went through our coat/shoe closet by the back door today and pulled out 6 pair of shoes that haven't been worn in ages to donate. I also went through the kids' winter coats/snow pants/boots to see what was too small that could be donated. I can actually close the door completely now - yay! It kept popping open due to too many coats shoved in there, and honestly, how many does one family need, anyway? I will probably start going through the gloves and mittens in another week or so to see what is missing a mate and can be tossed.
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:37 PM   #444
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The basement is my last major project because I have bins and bins of photos and I'm not sure how I'm going to handle those. Do you make albums for each kid or just family albums? I have stuff to make scrapbooks but have not made many at this point.
Photos are my downfall. A few things, first go through the photos quickly.
Step 1 - get rid of any photos of people you don't know or don't have means to identify.
Step 2 - Purge all blurry photos
Step 3 - Purge duplicates
Step 4 -Make piles to mail to family and friends of their kids/family/etc.
Step 5 - Sort into some sort of categories. I have most photos sorted chronologically but I also have sections for each kid. Most of these are either pictures that I don't know the date of or are extras of school pics, photo sessions, etc.
Negatives go into a binder with negative sleeves.
If you have or are doing digital backups or make sure you have multiple back ups. Websites crash or go out of business, iClouds can be compromised, discs can get scratched, hard drives can fail. I have a binder of CD's at mom's house, I have a binder of CD's here, I have an external hard drive and all of my pics on my laptop.
I accidentally deleted my iPhoto once losing 30,000+ pics. It took 3 days but DH was able to recover 95% of my pics. I have done multiple back ups of everything now.

As for albums:
I have a school album for each kid. Each 2 page layout has a fall and spring picture, class picture, report card and either a hand writing sample, a favorite project or a drawing.
They each have a sports album, in chronological order.
Disney albums are by trip but each trip typically takes up 2 albums so I am switching to Digital for those going forward.
The rest I do an album a year all chronological. I started following Becky Higgins Project 365 but now she is doing Project life. I use Creative Memories picfolio albums because I can slide the pics in, journal a little and it's done.
These I plan to do digitally in the future as well because the albums take up a lot of room.
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:41 PM   #445
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Today I purged DD's clothes and got rid of a pile of clothes she didn't like/were to small/she wouldn't wear. We also swapped summer and fall/winter clothes.

I also sorted my summer clothes and fall/winter clothes as I switched.

All together I got rid of about 40 pieces of clothing.

DH also got the shade and the new curtain rod up in the bathroom.
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:58 PM   #446
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Idea for Matchbox cars. I had the kids pick out their favorites and we put them in shadow boxes. I think I got the boxes at Ikea.
We then purged the rest of the cars.

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Old 09-22-2012, 08:02 PM   #447
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BernardandMissBianca, I just love your shadow box idea. I need to do that with my Disney pins. Your photo solution is very clear, and reminds me a lot of Andrew Mellen's solution for photos.

I haven't gotten to my photos yet. But, I've used Andrew Mellen's Unstuff Your Life book as a great resource for my decluttering. The thing that really struck me was 'you are not your stuff.' Grandma's chotchki is not Grandma. You can get rid of the stuff and still love the person that it belonged to, or who gave it to you. Well, that's a paraphrase, but the sentiment is there. Sometimes I'll take a picture of an item that has sentimental value, and then get rid of the item. And I remind myself that by getting rid of the item, I am not getting rid of my affection and admiration for the person who gave it to me. And, no one would give you a gift that they knew would be a burden for you. Gifts are supposed to give delight, and joy. If you don't love it, or it doesn't serve you then out it goes.
But, darn. Decluttering is hard.
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I read 30 comic books yesterday and decided that I no longer wanted this batch anymore, so I posted them on-line for sale. hopefully they will be gone within a couple of days.
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Well, the entire family cleaned out the shed this weekend. I think I might finally have DH on board. We convinced him to put a kids sized pool table out for free. It is in good shape with everything. No one used it much. Problem was always where to put it. Anyway, out on the sidewalk for free all weekend. It is still there.http://www.disboards.com/images/smilies/wink.gif
Everyone is thinking what I am thinking it is too big. Anyway, it did get him thinking that the stuff he though was "so great" and he can't give it away. Maybe now he will be more receptive.
I am asking for a scanner for christmas for the photos. The book was so creative. I love the shadow box for match box cars. I would not have even thought to do that. We have one with pins but it is a work in progress.
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Banner weekend in the house this weekend!!

On Saturday:
I cleaned out the bottom of our clothes closet - resulted in yet another pile for good will and even more trash/recycling. The pile that used to be waist high is now a handful of purses & totes that take up nearly no room.

DH cleaned out his sock & underwear drawer because (wait....for....it....) I asked him to!!! They were so stuffed I couldn't put his laundry away.



On Sunday:
We went through the clothes in the closet. We are going to WDW on 10/5 and DH needed to sort through his stuff - he tends to just buy what he needs for a trip but I KNEW he didn't need to. He lost a lot of weight this year and nothing in the house fit so we packed that stuff up to give away - some to his brother, the rest to good will.

Then I started to tackle the store room downstairs. There is a whole ton of junk down there. I got rid of a few dumb things right away. I brought up about 10 bags of clothes to sort through. I found enough to round out my clothing needs for the trip and DH only needs to pick one maybe two pairs of shorts. Of those 10 bags, three are going back into storage (out of season or one size too small for DH but he's almost there). We have 5 more bags for good will and of course more things were thrown away.

I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. It's a very small light but it's there now. The storage space downstairs isn't in a big heap anymore since I spent some time organizing it a bit and stacking things right instead of things being on end and sliding around when something else was moved.

Next up is the desk - it's our hot zone.

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Related to all this...I was listeing to a podcast this morning about simplifying life and of course it touches on decluttering. One of things the podcaster mentioned was that at first it's hard to let go of things but the more you do it, the easier it gets but just keep going and eventually it will get done.

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