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Welease Woderwick

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Here is a brand new, shiny and surprisingly uncluttered thread for all of us who want more order in our lives. The old thread is now here in Limbo if you need to refer back to it.

<small>[ 11. February 2013, 06:32: Message buggered about with by: Kelly Alves ]</small>

[ 13. February 2013, 13:25: Message edited by: Marvin the Martian ]

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Aww, a baby thread. I love new threads! *Pets thread gently*

We have bring-and-share-a-pudding lunch at church tomorrow so some of the Christmas food will be decluttered there. [Biased] Meanwhile I've been going round the house this morning trying to decide on the next area to declutter... I got partway through my dressing table the other day and lost interest. [Hot and Hormonal]

Nen - showing some symptoms of attention deficit disorder.

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I need to sort my room out, and generally make it all fit, but I am hopeless at getting rid of things. [Help]

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quote:
Originally posted by Nenya:
... I got partway through my dressing table the other day and lost interest. [Hot and Hormonal]

Nen - showing some symptoms of attention deficit disorder.

I inadvertently decluttered my dressing table... I discovered a forgotten box of dressy earrings but have now lost it again.
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I have just discovered that listening to a talking book while I clear the debris of my life keeps me on task.

It sounds so simple, but has made a huge difference to my life [Yipee]

And yes, I do know I lead a boring life.

Huia

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Huia, that sounds like a really really good idea. I may give that a try next week when I start work on sorting this junkyard of a flat out in earnest. Meanwhile I'm still in Christmas mode - one day to go [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Huia:
I have just discovered that listening to a talking book while I clear the debris of my life keeps me on task.

It sounds so simple, but has made a huge difference to my life [Yipee]

And yes, I do know I lead a boring life.

Huia

I listen to talking books or iPlayer while tidying, often comedy CDs or radio 4, it does take your mind off it. last week I listened to the first 2 series of the radio 4 comedy, Old Harry's Game.

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quote:
Originally posted by Smudgie:
Meanwhile I'm still in Christmas mode - one day to go [Big Grin]

Indeed. It all begins in earnest tomorrow.
[Big Grin]

Nen - ignoring the piles of paperwork and wondering how much of the unopened box of Quality Street can be consumed before the end of the day. [Biased]

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Well, the Hippo bag is here and almost full! We've taken up the old stair carpet and removed most of The Mess that was down the side of the house. Later this week, we're gong to tackle the Cupboard Under The Stairs.

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Serious decluttering needed here. One barrier, if the whole place is a mess, where do you put stuff to sort? Where do you pile stuff to garage sale? That requires an non-cluttered space before you start!
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Now the tree is down I can give the lounge a serious going over tomorrow, there's presents, toys and paper hiding away in corners. I might also reduce the books on the shelves to make room for those sitting around the landing.

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Belle, that's my problem exactly. I can't even reorganise cupboards because there's nowhere to put the stuff while I'm reorganising. The only place really is the bed, with the result that it all gets taken off and hurriedly dumped on the floor at the end of the day! I need my son to go away for a month, or something, so I can use his bedroom.. except I'd have to do his bedroom before I could start!!!

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I have lost an important piece of paper. This has the potential bonus that finding it is the most important thing to do today, so I can legitimately spend time decluttering the study till I find it.
(It will only be a bonus if I do, in fact, find it!)

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quote:
Originally posted by Belle Ringer:
Serious decluttering needed here. One barrier, if the whole place is a mess, where do you put stuff to sort? Where do you pile stuff to garage sale? That requires an non-cluttered space before you start!

Sniff sniff sniff (Boogie the bloodhound) - do I detect and excuse here [Biased]

Find some bits of floor to mark out as declutterig zones [Smile]

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I haven't found my Important Bit of Paper, but I have found a money-off voucher which expired 22 May 2007.
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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
quote:
Originally posted by Belle Ringer:
Serious decluttering needed here. One barrier, if the whole place is a mess, where do you put stuff to sort? Where do you pile stuff to garage sale? That requires an non-cluttered space before you start!

Sniff sniff sniff (Boogie the bloodhound) - do I detect and excuse here [Biased]

Find some bits of floor to mark out as declutterig zones [Smile]

Start by throwing away everything that can be thrown away. You can take stuff to the recycling or charity shop if you can manage this, but you can also give yourself amnesty from this. The priority is to get stuff out of the house.

Don't overthink it, if it's hard to throw something leave it for now. Concentrate on clearing stuff out. That should clear some space.

Put stuff in the room it is supposed to live in. Then you will be able to see how much stuff there is for each room and it will be easier to sort.

Ask yourself if you are really going to make enough money from the garage sale to make the effort worthwhile? If not, get rid of the stuff as above. If the stuff is worth serious money a dealer will come and value it and take it away for you. Or place some individual small ads in the classified section of your local newspaper.

I have decluttered my shoes and cleaned out the bottom of the wardrobe. The survivors are packed in plastic boxes and shoe bags.

Embarrassing moment yesterday. I had stashed some boxes in the fitted wardrobe in the attic in an effort to make the room look more room like and less like a storage area for our prospective buyers.

The man opened the wardrobe doors and a large box fell out onto him.


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My usual untidy-housekeeping style has just recently got worse with the addition of a new dog who used to scavange to keep alive. He counter-surfs like nothing I've ever seen before - usually from on top of any surface he can fit his four paws onto, knocking everything around or onto the floor (crockery, glass and even on one very sad occasion a much-looked-forward-to bottle of wine).

And so far he's managed to snort his way through two plastic, twist-top jars of chocolate powder (unscathed!), two full pots of jam, any number of supposedly securely packaged buns, biscuits and binned bread items. If I nip to the loo for a moment, and leave anything vaguely resembling food, it becomes a ripped-up, crumby mess in less time than it takes to....... flush the toilet.

There's egg in the carpet where half a dozen boxed eggs bit the dust - shells and all. And last week I found him wandering round the garden with a Baker's Complete bag over his head and shoulders, banging into walls and trees. The only thing he hasn't done yet is open the fridge.

I shall have to take on a whole new idea of tidiness for the new year! But because he scavanges non-food items, too - anything in a packet or on the counter - I think it'll have to be, very reluctantly, a crate for the times I'm out of the house.

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quote:
Originally posted by Thyme:
quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
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Originally posted by Belle Ringer:
if the whole place is a mess, where do you put stuff to sort? Where do you pile stuff to garage sale? That requires an non-cluttered space before you start!

Sniff sniff sniff (Boogie the bloodhound) - do I detect and excuse here [Biased]

Find some bits of floor to mark out as declutterig zones [Smile]


That assumes the floors aren't already piled with stuff!

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Start by throwing away everything that can be thrown away. You can take stuff to the recycling or charity shop if you can manage this, but you can also give yourself amnesty from this. The priority is to get stuff out of the house.

Yes, I think that's the key, not trying to place it with someone who might like it ("Clara would love this blouse I've never worn, she's coming to visit in July so I'll save it for her" doesn't get it out of the house now!) and not thinking in terms of "I can surely get a few bucks for this at a garage sale or if I would learn the Ebay game" (that doesn't get it out of the house NOW.).

A huge part of the problem is that I accidentally became the resting site for the storage room of stuff of a homeless woman who wants me to sell the items piece by piece and told me prices. Unrealistic prices of course, we all over-value our stuff. I got an offer for her china set that was way lower than what she said to sell it for but higher than it goes for on Ebay (the set was once very popular), I emailed her for permission to sell at the lower price but she scolded me for something irrelevant instead of responding to the offer.

So I emailed her last week that in February I will pack up one footlocker of things I think are treasures for her, and sell everything else because I have to start getting the house cleaned out to sell and can't be waiting for her approval of prices anymore. (Some year I'll sell the house, right? Gotta start cleaning!)

My clutter is bad, someone else's stuff on top of my clutter is affecting my life. Most people go thru it at some point, have to take in their parent's or child's stuff for a while.

But I also need to face "my own clutter is bad." Always has been. I need some attitude adjustment towards insecurities and sentimental attachments and "might come in handy sometime" etc clutters. Decluttering my mind would have a side effect of less clutter in the house.

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I can see the carpet in my study! And I've finally found the Important Piece of Paper! Sifting through the teetering heaps has made me realise just how much I still have to do; decluttering the study is going to take weeks. [Frown]

Our paper recycling box is full to overflowing with a week to go before recycling collection day.

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But I also need to face "my own clutter is bad." Always has been. I need some attitude adjustment towards insecurities and sentimental attachments and "might come in handy sometime" etc clutters. Decluttering my mind would have a side effect of less clutter in the house.
Belle Ringer, I found it useful to think of it in terms of 'you've had your use out of it'. Just because you have owned something for ever doesn't mean you have to keep it indefinitely - you owned it, you used it, you enjoyed it, now set it free!

And the other side of it, of course, is 'if you haven't used it in ten years what in the world makes you think you ever will?'. Its space is more valuable to you than its presence.

My current dilemma is a huge dolls' house, the size of a chest of drawers, that I was 'lent' over 60 years ago. The idea was, it would be mine until the woman who owned it had children, which she never did, and now we have lost touch entirely. It has enormous sentimental value but nothing financially, and it is so big I can't imagine Miss S - assuming she has a daughter, please excuse gender-specificity - ever having room for it even if she wanted to.

Ah me ...

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Those things, such as the dollhouse, have sentimental value beyond cost or space needed. I have a few things like that (smaller, but still...) and I would rather apply my declutter rule to other stuff first.

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Maybe I should tidy it up and repaper the outside, and then use it as storage? I could keep towels or stuff in there .... hmmm.

Mrs. S, considering

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quote:
Originally posted by The Intrepid Mrs S:

My current dilemma is a huge dolls' house, the size of a chest of drawers, that I was 'lent' over 60 years ago. The idea was, it would be mine until the woman who owned it had children, which she never did, and now we have lost touch entirely. It has enormous sentimental value but nothing financially, and it is so big I can't imagine Miss S - assuming she has a daughter, please excuse gender-specificity - ever having room for it even if she wanted to.

Would taking lots of photos of it and putting them in a lovely frame help? (And then the thought of a child somewhere - who did have the space - enjoying it?)

[Smile]

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Is there a museum locally that might welcome it?

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A doll house lent 60 years ago by an owner no longer in contact, is a doll house the owner doesn't want or she'd have stayed in contact to make sure she got it back some day. Lent 60 years ago, if she was 20 then she's 80 now and probably living in too small a space for it.

I felt really bad when I gave away a stamp collection someone had loaned me, but after several years and several moves there was no way to find him and give it back, and I can't be expected to hang on to someone else's stuff forever just in case we bump into each other down the road.

If you ditch the doll house and the owner shows up to claim it a couple years later, you tell her it was terribly in the way for a decade but you couldn't find her and had to finally get rid of it to reclaim your own life/house.

If you would enjoy using it for storage, then fine. Otherwise, it's firewood. Unless a museum would love it but they are usually short on space.

(Always easier to ditch someone else's stuff! We should trade houses and do it for each other.)

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quote:
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(Always easier to ditch someone else's stuff! We should trade houses and do it for each other.)

Ain't that the truth!

It isn't that I'm concerned about the owner rolling up and demanding it back. The trouble is that, in and of itself, it isn't well proportioned; only having four cube-shaped rooms means that it takes up a lot of space for its play value. But, I loved it so much - sixty years ago when I were a child, toys were a lot harder to come by and accordingly much more appreciated!

Mrs. S, feeling OLD.

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quote:
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And the other side of it, of course, is 'if you haven't used it in ten years what in the world makes you think you ever will?'. Its space is more valuable to you than its presence.

I have this question problem with books - or more properly, Mr. S-M has this problem with my books and asks the question constantly... I have them everywhere, in the cupboard under the stairs, under the bed, everywhere I can store I have to store because I can't part with them... some aren't particularly impressive or important, but I'm a book hoarder and refuse to part with a book even if I've not read it since Noah was in short-pants.

I really need someone to come round and just sort my books whilst I'm not there, I would probably be amazed at how much space I would gain from this exercise!

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Welease Woderwick

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NO!

Not never! Not no now!

I HATE other people messing with my books - it gets me really anxious! Herself moved a few today, or I thought she had, and I got all strange about it - then I saw they were still there and she was only dusting them - PHEW!

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I also have books everywhere, and not necessarily on shelves. I have managed to recycle my old nursing text books but can't get my husband to part with any at all.
Today I cleared a square metre of floor in my sewing room/study and sorted my boxes of patterns. I may shortly revisit these boxes now they are organised and actually get rid of some of the patterns.

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Originally posted by Welease Woderwick:
NO!

Not never! Not no now!

I HATE other people messing with my books - it gets me really anxious! Herself moved a few today, or I thought she had, and I got all strange about it - then I saw they were still there and she was only dusting them - PHEW!

Whilst I hate the idea too - the only solution to me decluttering the unnecessary and out-of-date things would be for someone to come in and do it - Mr. S-M knows full well never to do it (it would be out in the old rabbit hutch if he tried) but one day I need to do it...
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Originally posted by North East Quine:
And I've finally found the Important Piece of Paper!

That's great news! The loss of Important Pieces of Paper can dominate your life, glad yours is found. [Big Grin]

I've had to do a re-think about books; always they've been a non-negotiable with me. But when we were clearing my mum's house out in the autumn we just had to throw quite a lot away. It was absolutely heartbreaking [Waterworks] but I had to be realistic about who was going to give them house room (me) and whether they were going to get read or just collect dust. In most cases the answer was the latter.

I will always have loads of books, and they collect wherever I am... bedside table, desk, workstations, bathrooms... but I really am committed to decluttering them this year.

Things that have sentimental value are always really hard. When we were clearing my mum's house I learned from my brother that there had once been a boxful of letters that my grandmother had written to my mum, but my dad had thrown them away years before. I never knew my grandmother and would love to have read some of her letters. Just the knowledge that there were some that are now lost to me makes me sad. [Frown]

Nen - who wouldn't want anyone, even (or perhaps especially) Mr Nen, decluttering on her behalf.

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I think I would be able to cope with someone else de-cluttering, I suspect it would be liberating to give someone else the responsibility and just let go.
Last week my FIL gave my husband a stack of back copies of The Economist which he thought I might like to read. So basically he has de-cluttered them to my house. I think tomorrow I will spend a couple of hours flicking through them and then stick them in the recycling bin [Smile]

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I have books my Grandmother gave me 40-50 years ago that I have never read, never reached for to read. I have books I bought 10 or 20 years ago with the intention to read them "someday." I have books I loved as a child, but if I reread one now, yawn. I have travel books from places I've been and places I thought I was going to go that I haven't looked at in the decades since the trip (planned or actual).

I was uncritically taught "books are your friends" but are they? They can't bring you chicken soup when you are sick!

Several decades ago I got rid of enough books that they were all single-layered on the shelves. I estimated 1000 books gone. I have missed one of them, just one. But if it were here double or triple layered behind other books I wouldn't be able to find it anyway.

I'm going to work really hard on the question why I have so many books I haven't opened nor wanted to open in decades! Yes they are almost all of them irreplaceable. That matters only of they are in fact of important value. Maybe a lot of my books belong in the hands of someone who would actually want to read them, instead of sitting dusty on my shelves?

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Caissa
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We periodically try to cull our book collection (thousands and thousand including those in bins in the basement.) We are currently on a one month hiatus from acquiring new books.
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Have today discovered this website for UK folks which for me seems more gentle and personal than ebay for getting rid of stuff to people who live near enough to collect it.

For everyone who signs up and places an item on there to sell this month, they will make a £1 donation to the charity I work for.

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Some friends of ours moved recently into a retirement complex where there is a communal library, which contains a wide range of books donated by the residents, on all sorts of topics. I wonder if it would be possible to create something like this for people who don't all live in the same place. I wouldn't mind setting some of my books free if I were sure other people could enjoy reading them, but could read them myself when I wanted.
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Originally posted by The Intrepid Mrs S:
The trouble is that, in and of itself, it isn't well proportioned; only having four cube-shaped rooms means that it takes up a lot of space for its play value. But, I loved it so much - sixty years ago when I were a child, toys were a lot harder to come by and accordingly much more appreciated!

It may still have great appeal for a child. Is there a child-care center you could donate it to?

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I recently de-cluttered three bookcases full (double and sometimes triple stacked.) I took the path of picking each one up and if I wanted to open and re-read it then and there it went back on the shelf. If I didn't, it went into a bag. About 400 books ended up in bags and went to the local dump where there is a book container which goes to the British Heart Foundation charity shops.
I now have three single stacked bookcases with room for a couple of ornaments and pictures. Very pleased with myself, now to tackle the rest of the house [Hot and Hormonal]

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Originally posted by tessaB:
I recently de-cluttered three bookcases full (double and sometimes triple stacked.) I took the path of picking each one up and if I wanted to open and re-read it then and there it went back on the shelf. If I didn't, it went into a bag. About 400 books ended up in bags and went to the local dump where there is a book container which goes to the British Heart Foundation charity shops.
I now have three single stacked bookcases with room for a couple of ornaments and pictures. Very pleased with myself, now to tackle the rest of the house [Hot and Hormonal]

Applause! [Overused]

When Master S moved out for good, he only took two carloads of Stuff with him, leaving a large-ish bedroom basically FULL. As the Intrepid Miss S wanted the room (a powerful incentive to her to help!) we took 3 months - I'm not kidding, THREE MONTHS - to empty it completely. Half the problem was that he had simply swamped our four bays of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, double and triple stacking them and laying books on the tops of others (a pet hate of mine as an ex-librarian!) so we had all our books hidden behind them.

I packed all the books, lecture notes etc up into crates and heaved them into the attic. Now 7 years later they have only just come down from and been sorted. Most of them went. But I think perhaps he *needed* that interregnum to come to terms with the fact of leaving home properly.

As to the dolls house - thanks for all the helpful suggestions. Day care centres tend to be in shared 'accommodation' and need to pack the toys away. But what I *could* do is put a photo on the noticeboard at the back of church where we can offer things for free (part of our green credentials!)

Mrs. S, very grateful for all your support!

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Having reduced the teetering piles in my study both in size and in number, and having revealed several square feet of carpet (yay!) I strode in happily today, and stubbed my toe on my desk - I'm so unused to be able to walk around the study I'd no sense of where the furniture was. [Hot and Hormonal]
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The book conversation has propelled me into some book decluttering. They haven't left the house yet but are bagged up ready to go.

I am reading one! But only one.

All the dress patterns are sorted. I have researched local car boot sales and there are several, including what looks like an ideal one for prospective purchasers of patterns and fabrics.

I have started measuring and labelling the fabrics.

What I should have been doing is my tax........

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Today I have opened and emptied a box I brought here 5 years [and a week or two] ago when we moved here from the city. Most of the contents I burned and a few bits I kept - I even found an almost new and unused roll of sellotape/Scotch tape/ whatever you might call it where you live - transparent sticky tape.

I also spent a further hour in Mrs E's room bagging up clutter now she has retired. I shall try to convince Himself to run a jeep load over to her next week sometime.

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The Hippo bag is almost full and Mr Bug has gone online to arrange collection! We almost have a clear passage down the side of the house now, which is quite a novelty.

As an aside to this, I've decided to declutter my time by resigning from a committee that I foolishly signed up for without considering the cost.

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Belle Ringer
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quote:
Originally posted by Polly Plummer:
Some friends of ours moved recently into a retirement complex where there is a communal library, which contains a wide range of books donated by the residents, on all sorts of topics. I wonder if it would be possible to create something like this... I wouldn't mind setting some of my books free if I were sure other people could enjoy reading them, but could read them myself when I wanted.

I don't think it's possible to have someone else house your stuff at their expense plus their guaranty it will be available to you. People often want to donate to libraries on the grounds the book will be on the self "forever"; doesn't work. Libraries have their own agendas.

I'll bet that senior center library doesn't accept any and all books, or they'd be overwhelmed when people brought their entire room and a half floor to ceiling libraries saying "house all of this for me."

My Mom's place had a library of books donated by residents, but it also had volunteer librarians to make sure the number of books accepted fit on the shelves and that the collection was varied instead of overwhelmingly romance or world war 2 or outdated once loved by someone college texts.

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I suspect this will horrify some people but, having checked their value, I am gradually reusing illustrations (and associated text) from fairly dilapidated childrens story books by turning them into birthday cards. It is tough because some of the books were my mother's but no-one else will be interested in them and it will help me declutter, even if very slowly. And hopefully they will give joy to the recipients.
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Belle Ringer
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Originally posted by daisydaisy:
I am gradually reusing illustrations (and associated text) from fairly dilapidated childrens story books by turning them into birthday cards. It is tough because some of the books were my mother's but no-one else will be interested in them and it will help me declutter, even if very slowly. And hopefully they will give joy to the recipients.

I have seen people buy old books and tear them apart to sell as separate art objects the illustrations. You aren't the first!
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quote:
Originally posted by Belle Ringer:
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Originally posted by daisydaisy:
I am gradually reusing illustrations (and associated text) from fairly dilapidated childrens story books by turning them into birthday cards. It is tough because some of the books were my mother's but no-one else will be interested in them and it will help me declutter, even if very slowly. And hopefully they will give joy to the recipients.

I have seen people buy old books and tear them apart to sell as separate art objects the illustrations. You aren't the first!
A local book dealer even sold the Book of Mormon a page at a time:
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In 2005, Schlie became somewhat of a controversial figure among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when she announced plans to sell pages from the book for $2,500 to $4,000 apiece. She estimated she has sold 40 of the book's 588 pages, each mounted in a wooden frame.


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Now there's a thought. I'll see if any of them are good enough to frame.
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quote:
Originally posted by Belle Ringer:
quote:
Originally posted by daisydaisy:
I am gradually reusing illustrations (and associated text) from fairly dilapidated childrens story books by turning them into birthday cards. It is tough because some of the books were my mother's but no-one else will be interested in them and it will help me declutter, even if very slowly. And hopefully they will give joy to the recipients.

I have seen people buy old books and tear them apart to sell as separate art objects the illustrations. You aren't the first!
I've often used book pages in altered art and art jewellery. I think birthday cards are a great idea.

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I've done it! I've taken the fabrics and dress patterns to the charity shop. They were happy to take them. So I am seeing it as a charitable donation.

I couldn't work up the energy to try a car boot sale. When I get into a decluttering frame of mind I need to get the stuff out quickly.

I feel quite drained. I had a huge emotional investment in the things and they have bothering me for a long time.

Perhaps I will be able to start making things with the keepers now.

My resolution is not to acquire another stash, not even sale bargains, but only to buy what I need when I need it.

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