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  • XiaolongbaoXiaolongbao Member Posts: 845 Member Member Posts: 845 Member
    Given that we moved at the beginning of July, we had large piles of deconstructed cardboard boxes in unused corners. They are now all either bagged or boxed and in one large pile in the garage, and I am researching recycling options. We're going to borrow a truck soon, so it makes sense to take them somewhere in one go when we have the truck.

    Last time I moved I advertised all the boxes as a free giveaway on a local Facebook group. They were snapped up almost immediately. The guy who took them was moving his mother and was very thankful to get them all. You could try something like that.

  • hiparihipari Member, Premium Posts: 948 Member Member, Premium Posts: 948 Member
    Given that we moved at the beginning of July, we had large piles of deconstructed cardboard boxes in unused corners. They are now all either bagged or boxed and in one large pile in the garage, and I am researching recycling options. We're going to borrow a truck soon, so it makes sense to take them somewhere in one go when we have the truck.

    Last time I moved I advertised all the boxes as a free giveaway on a local Facebook group. They were snapped up almost immediately. The guy who took them was moving his mother and was very thankful to get them all. You could try something like that.

    Last time I moved it was due to plumbing being redone at our aparment complex. They did it block by block, and every block had to vacate for 10 weeks and then we could move back in. Once we moved back, I simply looked at the work plan and put a piece of paper on the bulletin board in the next block to move out saying ”free boxes at block X, call this number”. A mom and her two toddlers came to pick them up in less than 3 hours, and she said that was the first thing she had managed to do for the move. They were due to vacate in 2 days and she looked so exhausted and grateful for the boxes she was about to cry harder than her toddlers.

    Lesson of the story: donate those boxes, someone probably needs them.

    I’m scheduled to move again just before Christmas. We bought an apartment in a new building that’s being constructed, and the estimated move-in date is exactly one week before Christmas Eve. I’ve been decluttering and going through things way too slowly, I need to read this thread for inspiration!

    I’ve been struggling even with daily cleaning and decluttering. My husband is currently a stay-at-home husband and in charge of all chores (he’s furloughed), and he asked me to pick up all of my stuff from the floors so he can run the Roomba tomorrow while I’m at work. It took a whopping 7 minutes to clear shoes, bags, laundry and other random junk that had fallen on the floors. I really have no excuses.
  • tnh2otnh2o Member Posts: 108 Member Member Posts: 108 Member
    Even though I am not much of a clutterbug I would also keep things "just in case" No more. I moved twice in the past year and I'm continuing to downsize. Any clothes that don't fit by the end of year are going. I also realized I had stuff for the life I thought I was going to have. I live in the woods during a pandemic with a bunch of crystal. I'll put that in the "to go" pile too.
  • Madwife2009Madwife2009 Member Posts: 1,370 Member Member Posts: 1,370 Member
    Spent a day this week shredding boxes of paperwork that went back as far as 1989. It was a job I'd been putting off for way too long but it's done now. It probably took a lot longer than it should have as some of it invoked memories of days out, holidays, etc.

    Anyone want some animal bedding?
  • Diatonic12Diatonic12 Member Posts: 11,565 Member Member Posts: 11,565 Member
    @Sand_TIger I knew someone who saved all of their old foil tv dinner trays. Had them stacked all over the garage. They're gone now, didn't seem like a hoarder just liked certain things. Containers, tv dinner trays, country magazines, readers digest and old newspapers. Stacked floor to ceiling in the garage. Could not drive a vehicle in there. Those had to sit outside in the brutal winters while that stuff sat safely inside.
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Member Posts: 3,541 Member Member Posts: 3,541 Member
    @KeriA

    Excellent job you have done de-cluttering your house and fixing your finances during the pandemic, and on top of that losing weight. You should feel proud of yourself. Keep up the good work!

    @Diatonic12

    Good grief, my husband will not allow the cars to spend anytime whatsoever ever outside the garage. And we don't have snow or cold winters in my neck of the woods. He probably will not object to me sleeping in the garage, but the cars... :'( ? No way! On the other hand, our garage could use a nice cleaning and de-cluttering, but I am not doing that on my own.
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  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 374 Member Member Posts: 374 Member
    Diatonic12 wrote: »
    @Sand_TIger I knew someone who saved all of their old foil tv dinner trays. Had them stacked all over the garage. They're gone now, didn't seem like a hoarder just liked certain things. Containers, tv dinner trays, country magazines, readers digest and old newspapers. Stacked floor to ceiling in the garage. Could not drive a vehicle in there. Those had to sit outside in the brutal winters while that stuff sat safely inside.

    Yeah - I wonder what a person would do with that many dinner trays? I just hope they were clean! Most of my old cruddy plastic containers are gone and I never saved too terribly many of those. :)
  • Diatonic12Diatonic12 Member Posts: 11,565 Member Member Posts: 11,565 Member
    @Sand_TIger o:) I don't what in the world they were thinking. Perhaps, making their own tv dinners one day. Sigh and alas, it never happened and they were all thrown into the bin.

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