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    Okay Toffeekit...what do I do with Mom's knick knacks? Some of these are collector's items...the Blue Mountain pottery and hand carved and painted sandpiper. It's all been sitting here because I don't know what to do with it all? Just package it up for the thrift store?

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    PS. The frames are going to be used for our photos I think. I'm negotiating with DH about trimming or resizing some of the photos to fit the frames. Then we can get rid of our crappy frames.

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    We've been donating that kind of stuff, Peanut. Mom and Husby thought that stuff was worth a lot as collectibles, too, but in reality, not so much when you can pick up stuff like that for a quarter at most any garage sale, unless it's truly unique and special which most things aren't. We finally realized the little bit of money we might get after running all over the countryside trying to find buyers and wasting time and gas wasn't worth all the hassle and just dumped them. We donated a set of antique silverware last week, in fact. Glad it's gone.

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    Cleaned out the computer area today. Lots and Lots of paper clutter is gone. Not much to shred so most will go to the recycling.
    Sold a baby swing today so that is out of here.

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    Thanks SD. I'll release it to the world then!

    We went back for another swing at things tonight. Emptied out a magazine basket by the love seat. Tossed 95% of what was in it. I can't believe I kept my mother's old magazines!!!

    Also talked to DH about what to do with my art papers and art board. I like them, but not enough to move them, kwim? I may use them. I may not. If I find someone who can use them locally I may just give them away. We have a local shop that takes in art supplies and then sells them to other people. Kinda like an art thrift store. I don't know. Have to think about that... it's only one portfolio of stuff, but it's a large portfolio.

    I also have some art supplies to go through for the third or fourth time. I keep whittling those down. I think I'm finally ready to release more of that too.

    But in the back of my mind is the need to box up some of this stuff I'm just piling up to go to the thrift store. And the need to go through camping supplies before spring. Itching to get in there to donate sleeping bags to the thrift store. Should those be dry cleaned first? I hate to spend money on cleaning something that big before giving it away. But maybe it's best?

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    Thrift store stuff here goes out the door as fast as I can get Husby to load it in the van or truck. Usually he takes it the next workday, unless it's a big load or furniture or something he needs me to help with getting it into the store. We don't have room to store it, and then there's always the desire to find an excuse to keep it.

    I wouldn't donate dirty stuff. If we donate something, it has to be in good enough shape that we'd buy it ourselves, and I wouldn't buy dirty clothes or other items. Can you machine wash the sleeping bags? If you can easily and cheaply wash them, then do that. Otherwise, can you give them away?

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    I don't know if it was this is the thread wherein I wondered how many pounds of trash we hauled out last year. Husby looked it up and it was 2,660 pounds. That included the usual household trash, but didn't include any corrugated cardboard that was recycled, no recycled papers, cans, glass, etc, no hazardous household waste, no appliances or electronics, etc., just outright trash. It did include the furniture we trashed, cabinets, and other smaller stuff. We also threw out three old computer monitors, three TVs, and a scanner but those are a separate fee and not included in the trash we get rid of by the pound. It also did not include anything we donated, and we were sometimes hauling that stuff in by the truckload. I bet we threw out, donated, or gave away easily another ton and a half of stuff not included in the tally above and not including the pool table. And then of course there was an unknown amount of poundage sold on the garage sale.

    We done good!

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    I'm working in my office/craft room and who knew I could get that much stuff in there? This is going to be a a project but once it's done it's done! I already have games and books in boxes to go to the library and senior center on Monday!

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    Hey all. I have made great strides on the lg. pantry this week. 4 garbage bags out and 2 of recycle.
    I have organized and cleaned 14 of the 20 shelves. And cleaned out 1 of the 4 cupboard units. The floors has much less of it. The MIL has a lot less overflow and I took down and cleared the Card table that was up for 3 yrs.
    I determined I need to put the table back up to bring the baking supplies out to get a wire rack unit I have out. That will prob. be mon. Tomorrow I am working on 3 more of the shelves I think. I determine to be about 50% done. The absolute cut off date to finish is the end of January. I am using a lot more food from home and havent eaten out in about 2 weeks now. Proud of that.

    On the MIL apt. We tossed the recliner,a furniture set,another chair and a bookcase. I hope to open up the Mother in law suite for tv watching by the end of Feb. I have a hutch I want to put in here too.

    All this clearing has motivated Dh to mess w/ his disaster of a bsmt office too. All for it buddy!!

    The warm weather will be the garage. I have to let go of stuff adult kids dont care about,many bikes,a glider swing. I know there is crap in there from his college stint and tons of other stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanut View Post
    Okay Toffeekit...what do I do with Mom's knick knacks? Some of these are collector's items...the Blue Mountain pottery and hand carved and painted sandpiper. It's all been sitting here because I don't know what to do with it all? Just package it up for the thrift store?
    Hi, Peanut: well, I have quite a lot of stuff that came from my stepfather, who collected antique china: and it gathers dust, and I take it down and carefully wipe it clean and put it back again and it is NOT going with us when we move house later this year.
    All it has done, for over a decade, is gather dust. There's a lesson here.

    We have a specialist dealer who manages one of the charity-based recycling shops: she is expert at getting the best prices for the charity. I have no worries at all about the charity having the profit from this old stuff. Someone will buy it for REAL MONEY and it's less for me to be concerned about.2016 Household  Purge / Declutter Challenge-img_0014.jpg

    I've learned that this MUST be done, helping MyLovelyMan (not aided by his rotten sister) to deal with their late mother's stocks of "valuable" stuff. I've searched the 'net, found comparable prices and left it to them to decide whether they keep (they won't!), they sell (they won't - too much trouble) or they donate. HE will: his rotten sister is unable to make any kind of decision . . .
    So I will donate the things that my stepfather treasured and they will go to someone who will also treasure them.

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    Today: see photo above. I've wrapped and put to one side, to go to the Charity-society dealer, FIVE items.

    It wasn't easy. I've kept them because HE chose them but in the end, as I say above, all I've done for over a decade is clean them and often, not even notice them as I passed by.

    Someone will love them. Someone will buy them. And the charity society will have a bit more money to do their good work.

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    Hmm...I don't know if we have someone like that here. I'll have to ask around, because I sure am not averse to them going to charity either. In fact, that's an excellent idea! Usually that means taking them to the Salvation Army thrift store locally. They run a homeless shelter, women's shelter, adopt-a-family program for Christmas, etc. Maybe I'll just wrap them up and donate. I might keep one or two pieces...

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    The rule here is, if WE don't love it, it goes. I've quit feeling obligated to keep something just because someone else cherished it. It freaks my mom out every time I say that, but sorry, I don't have enough space, energy, time, or patience to keep a bunch of stuff that means nothing to ME, no matter how much it might mean to HER. We do keep nice things we like and try to make sure we keep at least one thing from people who meant something to us, just as a remembrance. If that's the case though, it's usually something small.

    I agree about the dang dusting, TK. I feel exactly the same way. If I have to care for something, in general it better be doing something for me besides just sitting around making more work for me.

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    Oh, I'm in!

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    Okay, so we went through Mom's travel knick-knacks. Lots of original work by craftspeople there. Hated to do it. But DH picked one item he liked and I picked a pair of small chickadees and a carved elephant.

    We decided to try and sell or donate the pewter photo frames and instead pull up Mom's considerable stack of brass frames for our mantel. It's a more traditional look, which is what this house is.

    Both of us are struggling with what to keep because we don't know our decorating style...or can't decide on one. I think it's traditional. We live in a 1928 home. We still own china and silverware and use them on a regular basis. We like fine glassware. It's funny because a lot of our furniture is modern...with the exception of our Craftsman era living room chair.

    The issue becomes...if we move, what are we moving into. That will probably be a modern situation. What we want there will not be the same as what we have here, in all probability. But I am not going to keep something "just in case" we use it down the road! Especially in the home decor department.

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    Keep what you love. That's much more important than trying to match a style, IMO. For permanent things like kitchen cabinets or light fixtures, I think it's somewhat important to stay true to the original style of the house since that's a relatively permanent thing. But for movable things, what difference does it make if you just let your personal taste guide you? It's your home, not a layout for a magazine. You only have to make the two of you happy. There's nothing wrong with an eclectic decorating style.

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