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Let it GO! Decluttering (simplifying) your life of (people, places or things) success stories?

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  • JessiBelleWJessiBelleW Member Posts: 726 Member Member Posts: 726 Member
    pennysob wrote: »
    Want to declutter but paid good money for some things, and don't have time to have yard sales. I just can't bring myself to just give some stuff away for nothing. Need suggestions on to get over the need to hold on to some things.

    @pennysob could you list things online? On eBay, a local buying or selling group or even Facebook marketplace? You won’t get retail for most things but you might be able to rid yourself of things you no longer need and get a bit of cash back too
  • kellibee2000kellibee2000 Member, Premium Posts: 77 Member Member, Premium Posts: 77 Member
    @Matahairi I love your post and identify with it so much. Thank you for putting it out there!

    @RubyRed427 I am working on this, too! I have sorted through 100 books, and I gave away any book I cannot get through the library and would read RIGHT NOW or is an absolute favorite I would read time and time again (which is precious few).
  • RubyRed427RubyRed427 Member Posts: 3,434 Member Member Posts: 3,434 Member
    @Matahairi I love your post and identify with it so much. Thank you for putting it out there!

    @RubyRed427 I am working on this, too! I have sorted through 100 books, and I gave away any book I cannot get through the library and would read RIGHT NOW or is an absolute favorite I would read time and time again (which is precious few).

    Sounds like we are on the similar path with books! Happy reading!
  • SwtHedgehogSwtHedgehog Member Posts: 149 Member Member Posts: 149 Member
    A few years ago, we put most of our DVD into a DVD book and donated the covers to the library, and they were super grateful because the covers are always in need. You can always check your library for things outside books that they can use.
  • suzij27suzij27 Member Posts: 181 Member Member Posts: 181 Member
    Many libraries will accept donations of games and puzzles.
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Member Posts: 3,980 Member Member Posts: 3,980 Member
    @cory17

    Great idea! I should do the same but I know that I will get a push back from my husband, since he knows that I am not a Xmas person.

    We have a huge Xmas tree and the kids and their families don't come very often anymore since they don't live near by. I would like to get a smaller and easier to put together tree, decorate it with the ornaments that have special meaning and donate the rest. I never decorated much for Halloween and I gave away the few things that I had, a couple of years ago.
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Member Posts: 3,980 Member Member Posts: 3,980 Member
    Ladies and gentlemen, we are having competition :D ...

    Bed Bath & Beyond's stores have always been chaotic. Now it's decluttering Marie Kondo-style

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/21/business/bed-bath-and-beyond-flagship-store-new-york/index.html
  • jenilla1jenilla1 Member Posts: 11,121 Member Member Posts: 11,121 Member
    Sableness wrote: »
    My mom used to watch an episode of Hoarders and then go clean a drawer or something right away. We had a hoarder relative and never never never want things to get to that point.

    Hoarders has the same effect on me. I immediately want to go clean or organize something!
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Member Posts: 3,980 Member Member Posts: 3,980 Member
    Greetings everyone! Just an update to keep this thread going.

    No major de-cluttering or re-organization on my part for the last two weeks. I have been cleaning drawers and disposing of unwanted things as I go along and it has been effective. I checked my closet this week and I decided that there are not items to get rid of right now. I haven't been using many outfits due to pandemic/quarantine in the last year and half so it's like finding new clothes that I didn't remember I had. I did organize the shelves and I probably will dispose of some fall and winter stuff after I try them again. Too hot to do that during the summer heat.

    My next project is to check the drawers where I have table runners and tablecloths. I am not entertaining much anymore and I doubt that I ever will. My kids don't live nearby, two of my grandchildren are all grown up and the other two are in middle school so nobody comes very often, not even for the holidays. Old DVDs and music tapes are also on my list. I am having surgery on 8/16 so I will have to do what I can before then but take a break until I am back to normal.

    @PatriceFitnessPal, I was wondering if you accomplished your July goals/challenge as planned. Good luck to the rest of you, stay safe, and enjoy the summer the best you can. G.
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