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    2021 Decluttering Thread

    I expected someone else start a new thread (Come on, DS ) for the new year. I just shipped out some toys and tools sold on Ebay. Just posted some more items for sale.
    "I'd buy that for a dollar!"

    #2
    I've failed you all . Thanks for starting the new thread!

    We actually worked on a bit of financial decluttering today. We just got back from the bank where we redeemed a mature savings bond. We also did the paperwork for a medallion signature guarantee to consolidate two accounts. I had started the process last month and was initially (and mistakenly) told I didn't need an MSG. Then the transaction got declined because it turns out we did need one. Today was the first opportunity we had to get over there. It will take 2 business days so we should have it by the middle of next week and can resubmit the transfer paperwork. Hopefully that will get finalized soon.

    I also did some impromptu physical decluttering this morning. We had a problem with our washing machine yesterday. While I was fixing that, I finally decided to get rid of the old dehumidifier that has been there since we bought the house (26+ years ago). I had never bothered because the previous owner had built in a frame for it suspended from the basement ceiling, but it was time for it to go. I took down the device itself and then tore out the frame. That corner looks so much brighter and more open now, and we can stop banging our heads on it.
    Steve

    * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
    * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
    * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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      #3
      My wife is a queen of Facebook Marketplace. She's bought & sold everything from clothes & kids toys to furniture & cars, typically at a shockingly fast pace.

      Yesterday she managed to sell our queen-size bed frame that's been crowding our bedroom since we upgraded to a king-size bed in October. More surprising was that the buyer lives in a different state, 300mi/5hrs away!

      It'll be a couple weeks before they drive out this way to pick it up, but they paid half upfront, and we're glad to be soon getting our floor space back. We've got a large beanbag lounger that's been waiting to get in that space.
      "Praestantia per minutus" ... "Acta non verba"

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        #4
        Originally posted by kork13 View Post
        My wife is a queen of Facebook Marketplace. She's bought & sold everything from clothes & kids toys to furniture & cars, typically at a shockingly fast pace.
        I find that things I list on Marketplace either sell within 30 minutes or never. There is rarely any in between.
        Steve

        * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
        * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
        * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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          #5
          Originally posted by disneysteve View Post

          I find that things I list on Marketplace either sell within 30 minutes or never. There is rarely any in between.
          That's sort of how this bed went. On there since October/November, finally January when it sells. We reduced the price a few weeks ago, which stung a bit, considering the build quality & good shape it's in despite a half-dozen moves all across the globe... But it's had a good run (~13 years), and we can't use it right now, so we figured to let it get appreciated in a new home.

          By contrast, we sold DW's car in Alaska in literally less than 3 hours. That was mind-blowing. Plus, the guy shows up with a bank envelope filled with $15k in CASH. That was a pain in the butt to deal with (lacking any local banks).
          "Praestantia per minutus" ... "Acta non verba"

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            #6
            Just dropped off a few boxes at Good Will yesterday, plus we re-organized some things in the garage over the past few weeks. We start a main floor house renovation so as we are packing up the kitchen, living room, and dining room I imagine we'll be doing a lot more decluttering in the next 2 months.

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              #7
              I went through my FB friends list and snoozed for 30 days all of my hyper-partisan friends on both "sides."

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                #8
                Originally posted by scfr View Post
                I went through my FB friends list and snoozed for 30 days all of my hyper-partisan friends on both "sides."
                Ha!
                Feels good doesn't it?


                Brian

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                  #9
                  A friend of ours was collecting household items for a relative of hers. Said person was in a bad situation. She took her two boys and ran in the middle of the night. Settling hastily a couple hours away in a rental house, they had nothing but the clothes on their backs.

                  We gave them a coffee table, a microwave, two lamps, a chair, and several boxes containing silverware, pots, pans, mugs, dishes, and glasses.

                  It felt good to declutter.
                  It felt better to help someone out.

                  Brian

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by bjl584 View Post

                    Ha!
                    Feels good doesn't it?

                    Heck yeah! My uncluttered feed once again feels social!

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by scfr View Post
                      I went through my FB friends list and snoozed for 30 days all of my hyper-partisan friends on both "sides."
                      I cleaned a number of people off my FB list in the months leading up to the election. It’s much nicer not having that in my life anymore.
                      Steve

                      * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                      * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                      * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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                        #12
                        Donated a box of glassware and some t-shirts. Gave away office chairs to friends. Tossed out some more cables and AC adapters I simply don't have a use for, burned CD/DVDs I've backed up. Managed to find some more finance paperwork to shred. Running on fumes for items to dump. I may have to make more of an annual attempt than quarterly.

                        I even cleaned out SMS/EMail inboxes, and contact lists on phone.
                        "I'd buy that for a dollar!"

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                          #13
                          My wife and daughter changed their hair care products a while back. There were still 11 bottles of various product around, some still full, some partially used. My daughter gathered them all together and I listed them on Buy Nothing last night. I got a bunch of responses and messaged 8 people to split it all up. One was already picked up. The rest are pending and will hopefully be gone soon.
                          Steve

                          * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                          * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                          * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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                            #14
                            I got rid of an old kerosene heater the other day.
                            My friend was looking for one to heat his garage while he was working on a car that he is restoring.
                            I had an extra one, so off it went

                            Brian

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                              #15
                              I listed a couple things on ebay. One item was a set of controllers I scrounged from a retail video game kiosk back in the 80s, I thought maybe I'd get $30...someone bought it for $196!

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