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    • charlies_mum
    • By charlies_mum 28th Feb 07, 6:15 AM
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    Enough is enough - the great declutter
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    • 28th Feb 07, 6:15 AM
    Enough is enough - the great declutter 28th Feb 07 at 6:15 AM
    Right, I have a house full of stuff (4 beds and double garage full), and have decided that enough is enough.

    I am going to start getting rid - Ebay, car boots etc. with an aim to being more or less clear by the end of the year, and hopefully make some money. Anyone else up for the great 2007 clear out ?
    Last edited by charlies_mum; 28-02-2007 at 6:20 PM. Reason: changed the title to make it more clear what I am trying to do
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    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 28th Feb 07, 6:46 AM
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    Don't forget...

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    • shell2001
    • By shell2001 28th Feb 07, 6:50 AM
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    • 28th Feb 07, 6:50 AM
    Hi Charlies Mum

    We have been doing this over the last month or so (as house on market) and it really is a lovely feeling. I have 2 garden sheds that I can now get into without breaking my neck. It feels good to have freecyled so many things and know they are helping someone else.

    I have got a bit listed on ebay, and plan on listing some more once I can find boxes big enough for some of the items.

    Good luck and remember before you bin anything (stuff that you cannot sell) stick it on freecycle - you will be amazed that its probably just what someone else is looking for!
    • brummiebabe
    • By brummiebabe 28th Feb 07, 6:51 AM
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    • 28th Feb 07, 6:51 AM
    Count me in....I made the decision about 4 weeks ago that I was going to totally declutter. I've started selling on ebay (made around 140 so far!) and have been making regular journeys to charity shop/tip. My DH has booked a day off this week just so that we can clear the loft...this had become our 'dumping ground'. I have already got rid of a lot from up there..but we're going to sort it once & for all!!!!

    It feels very therapeutic I must say!!!!!
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    • otterspasm
    • By otterspasm 28th Feb 07, 6:52 AM
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    • 28th Feb 07, 6:52 AM
    I am totally with you on that one.Started trying to get my house a bit clearer last summer when I found out, most happily that I am expecting our second child. The problem I have is that cleaning the house well is impossible cos there is stuff everywhere! I have to move things in order to hoover or dust etc. I keep looking at the flylady thread on here and wishing I could get to the house to clean it.

    After several months of car booting and freecycling and giving stuff to charity I can now clean my dining room without having to clear it first and our bedrooms are pretty much tidy every day. Our DS is only 2 1/2 at the moment so tends not to mess his room up much. The living room needs more work and the study/computer room. Reaaly cluttered still. Am going to prune DS's toy cupboard today so that we can get his toys in it.

    I am right with you on this one. Hoping to become a flylady! New baby now due in 8 weeks which will throw us out a bit but am determined. Let me know how you get on with yours.

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    • Aldeney
    • By Aldeney 28th Feb 07, 6:53 AM
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    Good luck with your challenge charlies_mum. I've been meaning to do the same for months so I'll follow your lead and get on with it.
    • charlies_mum
    • By charlies_mum 28th Feb 07, 7:06 AM
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    • 28th Feb 07, 7:06 AM
    Thanks everyone, glad I'm not the only one stepping over boxes to get into rooms. Some of the stuff hasn't seen the light of day for years, so why on earth have we still got it !

    I don't want to be overfaced, so will start by just tackling one corner of a room at a time, and will have to go to the tip / charity shop or freecycle before DH comes home, looks what I am binning, and rescues it
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    Yep, count me in. We're moving at some point in the next few weeks and have had to empty the loft and so on. Most of the ebayables I've already packed and I'll do them once I'm at the next place - mostly as I was due to move this Friday so wouldn't have time. I have, however, recently freecycled a filing cabinet, my dining table, a pushchair, an unopened wedding present of a dartboard (and this year will be our 5 year anniversary!), a small but working tv which was in the house when we moved here, and the baby walker which takes up too much space, I'll just get hold of another one if / when we have a new addition.

    I have *loads* of clothes to ebay as family members keep giving me their unwanted stuff, but to do it I've got to do the photographs and write the descriptions etc and I only get mornings on my pc as it's in my 2 year olds room at the moment - he goes to bed from say 12 till 3 - and I've just not got round to it. I will though, and I must! Imagine all the things I can buy for the new house with the money! (yep...replacing the existing clutter with new and exciting clutter!)
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    • By nearlyrich 28th Feb 07, 7:42 AM
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    • 28th Feb 07, 7:42 AM
    I am helping my mum declutter she has been hoarding since she got her own house in 1959, I don't think she has thrown anything away, clothes, shoes, bits of paper, cards, it was all in wardrobes, drawers etc. I have taken several car loads of clothes to the charity shops and at least three car loads to the tip so far and I'm still only on the first room.
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    Me too
    You've inspired me to join the local freecycling group - I've just emailed them to join. I moved into my boyfriend's house last July and we're still trying to merge two houses into one. I should be letting my house, but I can't because it's full of my clutter!
  • the optimist
    (yep...replacing the existing clutter with new and exciting clutter!)
    by clairefun
    That's the idea, isn't it?
    Count me in, too. I've been meaning to do this for ages and just need a kick up the backside to do i!
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    • lil_me
    • By lil_me 28th Feb 07, 9:40 AM
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    www.dontdumpthat.com has groups in most areas now aswell.

    I've been decluttering, but just typical gave all the baby stuff away then friend finds out she's expecting! Only thing I kept is the cot which I can't part with properly yet, so she is borrowing that
    One day I might be more organised...........:confused:
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    • Skint_Catt
    • By Skint_Catt 28th Feb 07, 10:10 AM
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    Oh God, does this mean I have to start what i've been putting off for years????

    I want to live minimalist, but however much I get rid of, there always seems to be more! having trouble selling clothes on eBay but their too good to give away!

    Just got a filing cabinet so there should be NO paper ANYWHERE - yeah right! :rolleyes:

    *sigh*

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  • the optimist
    Oh God, does this mean I have to start what i've been putting off for years????
    *sigh*

    Catt xx
    by Skint_Catt
    My thoughts exactly! That why I'm hoping that this thread will help me to get started and do it
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    • onredbull
    • By onredbull 28th Feb 07, 2:36 PM
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    Any Tips ???
    Hiya everyone,

    I have also tried to start de-cluttering as i have so much stuff.

    I found bank statements, papers, documents, utility bills ect from 1995 and have kept them all up until present day, have tried to shred some and throw away (recycled) but cant seem to throw others away.

    I have got school books, silly sentamental things from school ect from over 13 years ago.

    Can anyone give some easy starting advice ?

    I signed up to flylady but ended up spending too much time reading everything on computer and not doing anything.

    I have got 4 boxes with these stickers on them - "Throw Away, Give Away, Put Away & Ebay" but not throwing anything away - just moving things back and forth.

    I REALLY COULD DO WITH SOME HELP !!

    COULD A THREAD BE STARTED WITH A STEP BY STEP GUIDE OF WHAT TO DO - STARTING WITH A LITTLE EACH DAY ?
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    • Skint_Catt
    • By Skint_Catt 28th Feb 07, 2:55 PM
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    The boxes are a good idea, though in theory everything is for eBay in my house - except it's just not moving!!

    Catt xx
    • Rikki
    • By Rikki 28th Feb 07, 4:27 PM
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    That's the idea, isn't it?
    Count me in, too. I've been meaning to do this for ages and just need a kick up the backside to do i!
    by the optimist
    Ditto this.

    I have registered with ebay to start selling. So I go online get nervous end up on here and then the times all gone.

    Feel free to kick my backside into gear.
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    • charlies_mum
    • By charlies_mum 28th Feb 07, 5:01 PM
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    I'm worried that I'll start will all good intetions, and then give up - maybe we should be like Weightwatchers, declare what we have achieved each week and then maybe the shame of failure will keep me going
    • pollys
    • By pollys 28th Feb 07, 5:17 PM
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    I've started my decluttering. I find it easier to start with the area that bugs you the most eg the groaning bookshelves, the childrens toy boxes, the shed. When that bit is done move onto the next. I find the most difficult bit is then getting the stuff to the charity shop or recycling centre, my car boot is full of my decluttering efforts, tomorrows job I think.
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    • mookybargirl
    • By mookybargirl 28th Feb 07, 5:32 PM
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    I've been putting lots on ebay in the last 6 weeks or so. Made about £200 and it's all been clothes/stuff we've never or will never agin use. It's great to effectively make money from nothing ......
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