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    My efforts for today are small as for what left the apartment but I guess some gone is better than none at all!

    Out the door today was a can of potatoes and 2 boxes of angel hair pasta (gave them to a friend as they had too high of carb count for what I'm supposed to have). Also got a small purse size calendar in yesterdays mail for 2021 but didn't need it so put it on the give-away shelf in hopes someone else can use it.

    Oh and the best give-away I did this week was when my almost 2 year old great-granddaughter was here and I gave her a small baby doll that I had here and a cute teddy bear. She was happy with both and the smile on her little face made it the best give-away I think I've ever done! 😀

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    Erma I remember growing up and we would use our winter coats over us to keep warm. We had blankets on the beds but sometimes it got really cold and we didn't have extra blankets. Maybe that is why I have a thing for blankets and spreads...I have plenty....

    I put out a box of easter eggs and no one wanted them....garbage men took them this morning...I kept a few dozen.

    I picked up a case of puffed cereal, two cases of chips and tomorrow will pick up 30 lbs. of oatmeal for the food pantry one day this week...out of my house.

    Have a box of stuff to give to my grandson. Going out of my house on Sunday.

    Gave my middle grandson his mattress, frame, sheets, and comforter. Out of my house.

    I'm getting there.....

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    always good to have extra blankets just in case. just like everything all in the amounts. found I still hand sand buckets etc in the shed so gave them to reno guy plus plastic rake and other sand stuff..thought all that stuff was gone. plus the blow up bowling games from a few years ago event. still working on the thrift store boxes. some shoes are in there. went though shoes in closet ..couple of the kids into the garbage. too worn. why they just don't throw them out in the first place...

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    Big donation pickup this morning, all my parents' stuff. Still a lot more to go. I am holding dad's coats for out local charity coat drive, they will open in about 2 weeks. Hm, that reminds me to ask the local group if they want small furniture pieces because they do emergency housing also. No charities accept upholstered furniture but there are some wooden pieces (tables & chairs) that might be useful. Of course I have to transport in my car so that's a factor.

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    dd cleaned out some clothes so keeping some for reno guys kid and rest to thrift store. still need to go though my shoes did get rid of 2 bags of books to local used book store today. so about 40 or so paperbacks etc. put the bag into the big box from a shipment so been adding to it.

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    clothes given away, shoes gone though and bag in box for thrift store. stamps shipped for free which was a bonus. 2 bags of books delivered to store. going though yarn to give some away too. w some old photos to go too.

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    Took a huge box full of legal size folders and a box of books and misc things to our local charity shop but they only accept donations on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10-3....will try to get it back there tomorrow or Wednesday....
    Gave a box full of misc. to neighbor....
    I am just looking forward to Nov. 16th so I can get these shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child out of my living room....80 shoeboxes and about seven huge boxes of fillers.....I'm ready for them to be gone....

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    I have another pickup coming Tuesday morning. Still a few things to pack up. I can ask hubby again about tennis racket and golf clubs not used for 25+ years. I saw a tennis ball recycle bin at the local tennis court, did not know such a thing existed but I can toss a few there.

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    gave away the exercise bike, couple costumes and a game so more space. some more stuff into thrift box..stuffies, books etc. more to go though too but slowly but surely.

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    I have a box sitting on a chair by front door to take to my friend....has some crosses in it as she wants to do a cross wall and I had five or six I wasn't using so will give to her....also have her kids halloween candy....crystal punch bowl and a small sleeping bag for her son....hope to drop off this weekend.....
    Counting the days till November 16th...it's a Monday and husband is taking day off so we can drop off my shoeboxes and boxes of fillers for Operation Christmas Child....opens at 10 and we will be there at 10:01.....my living room is going look so empty.....

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    It sounds like you are all doing great with getting rid of things. Woo hoo!

    I too have gotten rid of a few things here and there but at the point, it seems more like - slow and steady wins the race because it's not a lot at a time.

    I've gotten rid of close to 10 - 2020 calendars that this past summer, they had cart fulls of them at the Ollie's store and they were totally free. Well, my friend and I grabbed quite a lot of time and now I kind of wish I would have gotten even more as I've been recycling them.

    It takes time but I go through and any pictures at all that I can make a pretty postcard out of, I will take a postcard template and trace out a postcard shape on the picture and then will cut it out from the calendar page. Some I can actually get 2 or 3 postcards out of one picture which makes me happy! I have regular postcard backs and when I'm making the postcards, I will make sure the front picture is on a stable backing that will hold up in the mail and then when done will attach the back part to be able to address is.

    Not only do I get the postcards but the days of the week on each page, I trim out (as long as it's not in the middle of a part I'm going to use for a postcard) and I keep the days of the week as they have different colors of the days of the week for each month and then I'll use them in my planner (I had cut a weeks worth out and the colors really brighten the planner up a lot!) So, what all is said and done, I'll have a lot of postcards to send and things to decorate my planner with. Oh and also my craft cart will have more room in it as well, once I get all of the calendars torn apart and cut up. lol

    Have an awesome day!

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    Wow....that is creative.....what a good use of extra calendars.....

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    Sounds like fun Scarlett. I usually save my calendars (don't write on them) but had to buy a 2020 calendar this year because I didn't have one from 1992. If I am lucky I can re-use it in 2048.

    2021 is a repeat of 2010 so I will fish that out and hang it up. But I may grab some 2021 calendars when the supermarket has them cheap, because I like the postcard idea. You can also make envelopes out of the pages. I sometimes do that with magazine pages.
    Stop trying to organize all of your family’s crap. If organization worked for you, you’d have rocked it by now. It’s time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

    If you're not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You're not going to start using it more by shoving it into a closet.

    Use it up, Wear it out,
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    BookwormPeg and ContraryHousewife - Well, FINALLY I am getting close to the end of the calendars. Hooray! It seems to take forever and a day to rip up the scraps that I can't use from the pages. I rip them up pretty small and do that just for the reason that when I do, I can get A LOT more in the garbage bags (which are just regular store bags.)

    It's amazing to see how much one can get into them when you rip things up small like that, if possible! I figure that for me it's less trips out to the dumpster with bags AND too, it takes up less room in the dumpster (we have one dumpster that is emptied twice a week for a building with 68 apartments in!)

    And too - each time I save room in the bags by tearing things down small to fit more in them, that means overall, less bags that I have going to a landfill somewhere. Every little bit makes a difference I guess! 😀

    Have an awesome weekend!!

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    If it's paper scraps I put it in the recycle bin, or burn it. Every few years I go through our files and pull out old receipts, bank statements, etc and we have a bonfire. Right now I am using check registers from 10 years ago as fire starters for the grill.

    I'm making postcards this weekend, too. Found a stack of off-cuts from our wedding invitations. Nice paper, I will use it for the address side.
    Stop trying to organize all of your family’s crap. If organization worked for you, you’d have rocked it by now. It’s time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

    If you're not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You're not going to start using it more by shoving it into a closet.

    Use it up, Wear it out,
    Make it do, Or do without. ~unknown

    Because we, the people, have the power to build a better future. KH

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