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  • KeriAKeriA Member Posts: 3,611 Member Member Posts: 3,611 Member
    What I have found is that once you've had an area cleared for a while, not having it cleared off will bug you.

    I really like order, and it's SO nice to be in a household where the other people in it also like order and, even though I'm the main housekeeper, they aid and abet the creation of order. (I'm not talking about the cats. The younger one is named Nyx, Daughter of Chaos for a reason.)

    I like order too. I used to be the one to put things away. I hate how people leave things on the kitchen table. At some point though I gave up the fight. So then we needed to declutter everything. It was really my daughter who got us going. Now we need to have an agreement where everyone puts things where they belong. Or every Saturday morning we set aside a time and all do it together.
  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 379 Member Member Posts: 379 Member
    KeriA wrote: »

    Basically we are finished with decluttering our whole house except for our garage/converted to a storeroom and 1 small basement room. My husband needs to do a few things in the office upstairs. So this feels good.

    I'll bet it does! That's great progress. I love reading about your progress and that of everyone else on here. Right now I'm decluttering to make more room for winter stores. I have some shelves that are kind of haphazardly stocked, and could use some reorganization. Already did a bit of that and have more room for dry goods. It fools good to look at things when they used to be chaotic and now are orderly. Besides, it's another excuse to move around.

  • WildColonialGirlWildColonialGirl Member Posts: 15 Member Member Posts: 15 Member
    suzyjmcd2 wrote: »
    I have found that when I declutter, it’s very freeing. I’m a huge fan of Freecycle and also belong to a trading group on FB.

    A friend of mine just told me about Freecycle. Can I ask where you do your trades or have others pick up? I wouldn't want to give someone my home address.

    You can arrange to do pickup in public places if you prefer, or you can deliver to the person’s home. I’ve done deliveries for people who didn’t have transportation.
  • WildColonialGirlWildColonialGirl Member Posts: 15 Member Member Posts: 15 Member
    Gisel2015 wrote: »
    I have an excel workout sheet with 4 columns labeled:

    1) Category (organizing, de-cluttering, cleaning, etc)
    2) Chore (could be a room, a drawer, boxes, garage, cars, etc.)
    3) Status: on going/started, pending, etc
    4) Completion/Date: The date that the chore was all done (bolded and in red)

    It helps me to keep track of what needs to be done, register the completed task(s), and to add notes if the cleaning or whatever, was delayed/pending (reason). For me it is another way to be more organized, and to start with the easier task that can be done quickly. It is a morale boost.

    This is good! I’m going to try that.
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Member Posts: 3,556 Member Member Posts: 3,556 Member
    Gisel2015 wrote: »
    I have an excel workout sheet with 4 columns labeled:

    1) Category (organizing, de-cluttering, cleaning, etc)
    2) Chore (could be a room, a drawer, boxes, garage, cars, etc.)
    3) Status: on going/started, pending, etc
    4) Completion/Date: The date that the chore was all done (bolded and in red)

    It helps me to keep track of what needs to be done, register the completed task(s), and to add notes if the cleaning or whatever, was delayed/pending (reason). For me it is another way to be more organized, and to start with the easier task that can be done quickly. It is a morale boost.

    This is good! I’m going to try that.

    Good for you, but I warn you that if you don't check the list and complete the tasks nothing will get done. Been there and done that! :'(:#
  • AlexandraFindsHerself1971AlexandraFindsHerself1971 Member Posts: 1,625 Member Member Posts: 1,625 Member
    I got a lot of decluttering done in the guest room. It serves a lot of purposes; it's my sewing room, it's my crafting room where I play with faux flowers and make arrangements, it's where I wrap presents, and it's where I keep out of season items. I still need to do more on the closet once we get the bed in (We're waiting on the frame and mattress) and I know what I'm keeping where, finally. But all the pillows and blankets and mattress cover and all that stuff is now all corralled in one laundry basket so that I can find it all and keep it clean in the meantime, and I got a lot of the boxes I'm saving for Christmas cut down and stored tidily, and that solves that nicely.
  • LoveyCharLoveyChar Member Posts: 1,463 Member Member Posts: 1,463 Member
    Two-year-old son shattered a television from the inside today, shocked it lasted this long. Anyway I didn't know that Best Buy will recycle old TV'S, DVD players,chargers, laptop, keyboards, batteries...and so much more. In some places it's now illegal to throw it out.

    I'm relieved to have this option. I just wanted to share this with you.

    Also some automotive stores will recycle automobile batteries and oil.

    I think we should all help each other out where possible. I can't stand the thought of throwing this whole television in the dump.
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Member Posts: 3,556 Member Member Posts: 3,556 Member
    @LoveyChar

    Thank you for the information about Best Buy recycling program. I didn't know, but maybe my husband does. It is helpful because I know that I have electronics parts to get rid of.

    A word of advise to all of you, before you recycle/throw away phones, laptops, tablets, or PCS, make sure that they are really clean of all data. Hackers may steal sensitive and personal information.

    Last week, I was happy to take a bag full of clothes and shoes to the donation center. I have been keeping them for several months because the center was closed or with minimal hours of operation.

    Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving! <3
  • msalicia07msalicia07 Member Posts: 319 Member Member Posts: 319 Member
    sgt1372 wrote: »
    I'm all for ridding your life of toxic people, if they're not relatives, and limiting your contact as much as possible, if they are. I have no problem doing this.

    On the other hand, while I'm not a hoarder, I have a problem getting rid of anything that I paid $ for and still think may be useful even if I haven't used it for years.

    I occupy a 2900 sq ft house with 5 bdrms & a 3 car garage all by myself and every room and storage space is full. I also rent a 10x20 storage space that is the same. However, the house is still neat and looks uncluttered.

    The fact that the house is already full is what prevents me from buying any more stuff. If it was empty again, like when I first bought it, I would just buy stuff to fill it up again. So, for me, it's best to leave well enough alone.

    Not sure what decluttering "places" means unless you're talking about getting rid of excess houses, condos and/or time shares. Fortunately or not, I do not have any real property other than my house and have no need to rid my life of any excess places.

    You remind me of my grandmother 😊. She could fill every square inch whatever the space might be. She was compelled to just give those spaces a purpose, even if no one would use those rooms.

    Of course some people enjoy having more stuff than others. Personally I’m a minimalist. I believe younger generations are saving less and are generally more detached and clutter free, for one reason or another.
    edited November 26
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