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Old 01-02-2013, 06:55 AM   #91
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I am so in!

Just deep-cleaned the family room...boy was there a ton of stuff shoved and stuffed in the entertainment center! WOW! Donated three bags of kids games that have been outgrown, random craft supplies, and children's books. One bag of trash to the curb. Lastly, took out the recycling...not that hard but it seems none of us can get it out to the plastic can in the garage...

Today, plan to tackle the spice cabinet...something that I don't think has been cleaned out in five years or better! Also plan to begin shredding paperwork that I have begun sorting.

Thanks for the inspiration, everyone!
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:13 AM   #92
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I know!!! That's why they are sitting in a box!!! Lol I highly doubt they are museum worthy though. Appraisals from where? That's where I don't know where to start. Museums. Okay good idea for some info.
There is a term for stamp collecting, but I don't know what it is, I'm too lazy right now to goggle. Anyway, a little back history on my hysteria. My grandfather was an avid stamp collector. When he died in (late '60's early '70's) my father and uncle had a guy come to look at the stamps. He offered them money right then and there, which they took. I think it was one of the biggest regrets they had, because years later they saw pictures of stamps that sold for a pretty penny. Yep, my grandfather had stamps like those in his collection.

So, while they may not be museum quality, some might be worth something to the right collector. Or, some could be worth millions. It has happened. Maybe your great-grandmother's collection is worth more than you could have dreamed of .
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:14 AM   #93
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I am the whacko that never has any clutter. Ever. I feel like every closet is organized and everything completely in it's place. What disappoints me however is I could always always find stuff to sell on ebay for disney money. Sadly when you are clutter free you have nothing to sell!!! What I did do last night though is told DD13 to go thru her closet and anything in there that she doesn't feel GREAT about herself, it should go. I did this before Christmas and while I thought I didnt have much stuff , I surprised myself and had 1/2 garbage bag for Good wIll. I like threads like these, they keep me motivated!!
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:23 AM   #94
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I know!!! That's why they are sitting in a box!!! Lol I highly doubt they are museum worthy though. Appraisals from where? That's where I don't know where to start. Museums. Okay good idea for some info.
There is a term for stamp collecting, but I don't know what it is, I'm too lazy right now to goggle. Anyway, a little back history on my hysteria. My grandfather was an avid stamp collector. When he died in (late '60's early '70's) my father and uncle had a guy come to look at the stamps. He offered them money right then and there, which they took. I think it was one of the biggest regrets they had, because years later they saw pictures of stamps that sold for a pretty penny. Yep, my grandfather had stamps like those in his collection.

So, while they may not be museum quality, some might be worth something to the right collector. Or, some could be worth millions. It has happened. Maybe your great-grandmother's collection is worth more than you could have dreamed of .
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:24 AM   #95
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I'm in! We may need to move this year (DH is job hunting). I looked around our dungeon of a basement and shuddered to think of organizing enough to sell the house.

So.....My goals for the first half of 2013, once Christmas is put away:

1. Our upstairs bedroom - declutter and clean
2. Basement - declutter by sections
3. Papers - go through filing cabinets, clean out, and file other papers
4. Dining room - clean out china cabinet and dry sink (drawers are packed)
5. Kitchen - declutter cabinets
6. Living room - declutter magazines, DVDs, and games
7. DS19's room - deep clean (it's really, really bad)
8. DD13's room - clean -- recently decluttered, so it's not so bad
9. Linen and front hall closets - declutter
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:16 AM   #96
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I'm in. Two basement halves and two ugly old sheds full of house reno stuff that we haven't touched since the reno started 3 years ago. UGH stuff outside is moulding, don't think will be keeping much from outside!

Hopefully this will help me actually get to it. Fifteen minutes a day right?
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:48 AM   #97
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For those who are new to decluttering, flylady.net can be a great resource and help keep you motivated!

We are moving to Florida this year!!! I am so excited but everything has to go! We have already thrown away/donated a ton, but there is always more!!! I am going to try to give each room 1 week to work on and then move to the next, i can always revisit... We plan to put the house up in May, but I want to be "ready" by April
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:49 AM   #98
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Wow, 7 pages since yesterday. If this thread keeps up at that rate, I am in major trouble. I will never keep up!

I really wanted to start re-painting the whole main level of the house as I spent two weeks scrubbing the walls (ceiling to floor) before Christmas. Eight years later and I'm ready for a color change. But... I want to purge too and that should probably come first.

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It can work however you want - we usually post projects we're working on, items or loads that were donated or sold, and ask questions. It can be very inspiring to read and share progress. Just pick whatever you want to work on and jump right in!
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Start small, start big. However you want. Personally I recommend starting small so you don't get overwhelmed. A drawer in the kitchen or dresser, a closet, a shelf in the bathroom.
When you remove it from the house come here and tell us what you purged, it's very liberating sharing it with others.
Thanks for the advice! I decided to work room by room. I think that will keep me feeling good and motivated each time I complete a room. Hopefully it will not get junked up again while I am working on another room. The front hallway is first. While the kids are home, I can have them try on all their winter/summer gear and get rid of what no longer fits. The closet is so crammed I'm surprised people don't get stuff falling on them when they open the doors.

I think my husband does not quite understand the purpose of purging... Last week he spent a couple of days taking apart the cupboard we keep the pots & pans. Totally reorganized it so our new pots & pans fit better and will not get scratched. However, instead of getting RID of the old pots & pans, he stored them in the basement. Get this... come summer he wants to melt them down for his metal lathe... That man of mine has some strange hobbies...

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why the heck did I have 7 bottles of nail polish when I probably wear nail polish a total of 30 days each year??!?
LOL - I love nail polish. I don't get to wear it often (takes too long to dry) but I love all the different colors. I came across these wall hanging nail polish organizers and I am going to get one hung on my bedroom wall. Then they will be organized nice & neat instead of dumped in a box in my closet. And since I discovered (ok... my DD13 did) Sally Hanson's QUICK dry nail polish - I can start wearing them more again.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:59 AM   #99
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Hidee ho destashers!

Hello all, I am OP for both 2012 and 2013 destash threads. Sorry I have not been on since creating the thread, busy busy busy!

Today I destahsed 2 bottles of finger nail polish, bottom to a bathing suit and some paperwork.

Let me back up....
We had plans to move to Florida in June of this year 2013 but life took some turns and we arrived here April 04, 2012. I know a little about destashing as we moved from a 4 bedroom/2 bath/kitchen/dining/living/playroom house with a car port AND a large shed INTO a 40 foot rv.... ....

In short, YOU! can do it!
I have very little to destash now BUT I am here to support, encourage, answer questions about destashing for you

Without going back to see who it was that is moving to Florida this year, I am more than happy to answer any questions I can to help you.

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Old 01-02-2013, 12:12 PM   #100
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I think my husband does not quite understand the purpose of purging... Last week he spent a couple of days taking apart the cupboard we keep the pots & pans. Totally reorganized it so our new pots & pans fit better and will not get scratched. However, instead of getting RID of the old pots & pans, he stored them in the basement. Get this... come summer he wants to melt them down for his metal lathe... That man of mine has some strange hobbies...
OK so summer is his end date. Make a deal, it's not gone by July 31, you get the right to take it to Goodwill. At least you know in 6 months it will be gone forever.
Does he have another space to store them besides the basement?
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:14 PM   #101
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Woke up a little while ago and my husband has caught the decluttering bug! He cleaned the fridge and is now reorganizing the pantry and cabinets.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:17 PM   #102
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I shared this last year but I figured I'd do it here since we have a lot of new faces.
When purging the kids toys I came across an idea on Pinterest for showcasing toy cars. I used an 8x8 shadowbox for the kids cars and they could only keep what fit in one box. It made them really really selective and they chose wisely. I made one for each of the boys and DD has about 1/2 of one full.
The end result was 3 shadowboxes up on their shelves and probably 50+ cars donated to Goodwill.

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Old 01-02-2013, 12:21 PM   #103
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Not so much a destash, but I got all of the Christmas decorations down and put back in the loft. DH is going to help me get the tree out of the stand this afternoon and once the stand is put away, we will be Christmas free for another 11 months!! WOOHOO!

DH has decided January will be focused on his books and my focus is mostly going to be on my craft room. I converted the dining room into a craft room last year but it's become the catch all room. I need to remove the stuff that doesn't belong and pare my scrapbook supplies down to 1/2 so I can have room for my cross stitch stuff which has been relegated to the basement.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:25 PM   #104
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2013 De-stash

I am in.

My goals for January is to wipe out all of the cupboards in the kitchen and review contents. I also need to rework my home office and make it somewhere where I actually want to work again.

There are other areas that could use attention, but I will focus on these two areas first.
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I was able to get my dresser and the coat closet done yesterday. Today I am going to go thru books/cd's and take to a second hand store to sell. Even if i only get $10 it is better then them just sitting there collecting dust. DH posted his bow on Craigslist today as he hasn't touched it in 2 years. If he sells it that will be another $300 to add to our WDW vacation fund and something out of our closet.
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