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Sergius-Melli
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Originally posted by Thyme:
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.

Congrats.

I went home yesterday after work, pulled out one box of books, unloaded them all, and then promptly packed them all back in again with one exception - which is now taking the place of my bedside book after I finished the last one the other day...

Not very successful yet on my part!

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Well done Thyme! That's really something to be proud of, accepting that the space is more useful to you than a *possible* financial return.

Mr S took two boxes of Stuff to the charity shop today. Hooray. Now back to the nagging re putting the rest of the stuff on eBay - I feel like Marge Simpson without the blue hair, practising her least nagging tone 'Homie ...'

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I tidied the junk cupboard yesterday - you know, the cupboard you throw stuff into to tidy for visitors. It's my version of the cupboard under the stairs.

I had to take most of the stuff out of it so that electricians could replace my fuse box yesterday so took the opportunity to tidy up, throw things out and generally declutter a little bit. I can now get the Hoover in easily without having to shove it in and close the door swiftly before it falls out again... Massive win.

Last month I had a good sort out of books and magazines because someone gave me two new 8ft bookshelves to add to the two I already had... My books are a lot more organised now and I got rid of some magazines that I'd moved with from Birmingham ... [Hot and Hormonal]

I also went through my yarn stash and fabric stash and tidied them. I was pretty ruthless and got rid of quite a lot of fabric in particular, and whilst doing so found a blouse I used to love that had been retired to the fabric pile because it was too small. It now fits perfectly, so that was nice and felt like a good return for my efforts.

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Books are the bugbear of the literate peripatetic. I used to go through them each move and keep all the ones I thought I might read one day etc. One Big Move I took the opposite tack. I kept only those that were either signed by the author or inscribed to me as a gift from someone I could still remember, on the basis that ALL the others could be replaced. It was magic. Not psychologically easy, but I got rid of many more than I retained. And all the rest went to a charity shop, of course. In fact, I was aided in the task by the manager of the shop in question, which also helped.
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Congratulations Little Miss Methodist! And great that you found the blouse and it fits. Fabulous.

Sergius-Melli - well, progress not perfection is the watchword. At least you got them all back in the box again and not on the shelf! I've done that sort of thing many a time and just put everything back on the shelf or in the cupboard.

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My next decluttering task is the bookshelf on the landing - mostly pulp fiction so that should be easy, yes?

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After eight years of doing virtually nothing in my house (difficult to care when you're working full time and madder than a bagful of weasels) I made a major decision. I put an ad for someone to help me sort and clean my house on gumtree. I got a ridiculous 78 replies and I think I've found the right person.

She's starting in a fortnight and she's going to do four hours a week for five weeks to work with me to declutter and clean and then going down to two hours a week just as a normal cleaner.

This is a huge weight of my mind as things had got so bad that I didn't even know where or how to start but working with someone should provide the motivation to get my house back.

Wish me luck because it's going to be quite a stressful experience.

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I have decluttered the fridge of jars. The jar half full of mouldy duck fat was easy to throw out. The jar half full of mincemeat from Christmas 2011 - well, I'm not sure. It smells fine, & I've mixed it with half a jar of apple puree and a slug of calvados...butI am just not quite sure whether to use it. What would you do?

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quote:
Originally posted by Dormouse:
I have decluttered the fridge of jars. The jar half full of mouldy duck fat was easy to throw out. The jar half full of mincemeat from Christmas 2011 - well, I'm not sure. It smells fine, & I've mixed it with half a jar of apple puree and a slug of calvados...butI am just not quite sure whether to use it. What would you do?

I would use it. In fact I did use last year's mincemeat with a nice slug of brandy added.

The mince pies were delicious.

My Dad used to work in a Christmas pudding factory (yes-really!) and they always put the left over puddings from the year before into the new mix.

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quote:
Originally posted by Dormouse:
The jar half full of mincemeat from Christmas 2011 - well, I'm not sure. It smells fine, & I've mixed it with half a jar of apple puree and a slug of calvados...butI am just not quite sure whether to use it. What would you do?

I used 2011 mincemeat in 2012's mince pies spiced up with extra brandy, and it tasted just fine! I suspect that there may have been some 2010 mincemeat blended into that too. [Biased]

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If it hadn't been opened, I wouldn't have a problem. It is the fact that it's been opened (albeit in the fridge) for over a year that makes me pause...

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My sister has an absolutely gorgeous recipe for Christmas Pudding Ice Cream. It sounded very similar to this one for Mincemeat Ice Cream.

Jengie

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The ice-cream sounds delicious! (Both kinds - I love Christmassy flavours.)

In our attempts to declutter, we actually have more clutter than before! We've bought several new storage cupboards and trays, which are currently in the dining room in various states of self-assemply. Two of them are for the spare bedroom, but can't go in there until we've emptied and un-assembled the dressing table in there that will be given to mother-in-law. It's getting a bit complicated... [Eek!]

On the plus side, we've bought another, bigger Hippo bag, so this shouldn't create a new Mess at the side of the house. And we can finally dispose of the office chair and bird table that are still lurking down there.

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Good luck Chive. I hope your helper really helps, and the process is useful on more than just a practical level.
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If it hadn't been opened, I wouldn't have a problem. It is the fact that it's been opened (albeit in the fridge) for over a year that makes me pause...

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My mince pies this Christmas were made with mincemeat left over from 2011 mincemeat. It was in a plastic tub - probably a kilo, or a kilo & a half's worth originally - which had been opened and half used, then kept in the larder cupboard ever since. I added cranberries and cointreau to one trayful of pies, and added some even older crystalized ginger to another.
No-one seems to have suffered any nasty after-effects.

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I think I put on weight just reading that wonderful ice cream recipe!

Bring it on!

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Mr S took two boxes of Stuff to the charity shop today. Hooray. Now back to the nagging re putting the rest of the stuff on eBay - I feel like Marge Simpson without the blue hair, practising her least nagging tone 'Homie ...'
A combination of disgusting weather here on Saturday and a free listing weekend on eBay did the nagging for me - I had just decided NOT to say anything when Mr S voluntarily fired up TurboLister. Man what a pain - it took both of us *4* hours to get 23 items loaded. [Ultra confused]

There are 49 people watching one item! [Yipee]

And anything that doesn't get sold can go to the tip - I'm sorry, the Domestic Refuse Recycling Facility. [Devil]

Mrs. S, busy collecting packaging materials

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We are redecorating and thus theoretically decluttering room-by-room. Today I took boxes 25-28 of obsolete teaching resources and other long out-of-date paperwork to the recycling dumpster at the local dump [with more still to be sorted]. We have given away ten boxes of teaching materials to a young student, with another four waiting to be delivered.

The issue is going to be disposing of the redundant shelves and chests of drawers now cluttering our rumpus room, while lounge, dining, master bedroom and study look shiny and new.

We also have thousands of books, but in the end will probably donate the ones no longer of interest to us to our regional university, which stages a massive annual book sale occupying the whole floor space of the Great Hall.

It's a huge task, but after nearly 35 years of marriage, and a cumulative 74 years of teaching, we really need to savagely cull our collections. The redecoration has been a strong motivator.

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I went into the Oxfam bookshop in next town today and organised the man there to come round some time in the next few weeks and pick up the circa 500 books that are currently in a pile on the spare bedroom floor.

It's starting....soon my house will be immaculate.

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How come I can lie in bed picturing things "I can get rid of that," "I never use that" but when I get up and see the same items in real life it is hard to impossible to put them in the "get rid of" box?

I swear things have claws and cling to you.

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Did a massive clean of the kitchen just after new year's, before my housemates came back from their holiday. Pleased to report that the "broken windows" theory has been working well, and they have been tidying up after themselves EVERY NIGHT so far since!! [Yipee]

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quote:
Originally posted by Belle Ringer:

I swear things have claws and cling to you.

Yes!

My craft room is a complete overcrowded mess, so I have decided to sell most of my craft supplies (I have thousands of beads I will never use) on ebay. All that stuff has been weighing on my mind, so it is time to be rid of it.

Also, I will be taking one of my sets of china to give to my niece when we drive up north in October.

I have managed to talk the gander into giving two chairs away. Believe me, this is a triumph.

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quote:
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I will be taking one of my sets of china to give to my niece when we drive up north in October.

Lucky you. The kids don't want my china, or grandma's china. They have their own tastes. Mostly, they don't want anything that can't go in the microwave or needs to be hand washed. I'll be putting Grandma's china out in the garage sale.
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Talk to the Grandkids before you do that--generations tend to pendulum swing.

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When I downsize in the future, I intend to pile all my spare belongings into one room and invite all the kids and grandkids over to take what they want. Then the rest can go to a charity shop.

But of course, when the time comes, I expect I will find it much more difficult than that.....

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quote:
Originally posted by ecumaniac:
Did a massive clean of the kitchen just after new year's, before my housemates came back from their holiday. Pleased to report that the "broken windows" theory has been working well, and they have been tidying up after themselves EVERY NIGHT so far since!! [Yipee]

Whilst I may have continued to avoid even contemplating sorting out books again, I did do the kitchen yesterday, spent the day emptying cupboards, cleaning them and then reorganising things so the space is used much more effectively. I also managed to throw/give away a couple of things I've had hanging around at the back of the cupboards never to be used... I feel like I did some good, albeit small, decluttering yesterday... [Yipee]

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Not a regular on this thread but saying this so you can hear and I have to report back.

I am currently going around the house collecting all the ridiculous piles of paperwork which are all over the place since the move. They are all going on to the table in the conservatory and then tomorrow is going to be Paperwork Day as I have no other commitments. My aim is for the table to be clear by the end of the day.

I may have to invite someone for Sunday lunch as extra table-clearing motivation.

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Not a regular on this thread but saying this so you can hear and I have to report back.

I am currently going around the house collecting all the ridiculous piles of paperwork which are all over the place since the move. They are all going on to the table in the conservatory and then tomorrow is going to be Paperwork Day as I have no other commitments. My aim is for the table to be clear by the end of the day.

I may have to invite someone for Sunday lunch as extra table-clearing motivation.

Well, you've told us now Birdie - we'll be expecting you to report back [Smile] We may just turn up for Sunday lunch as well, of course! Good luck, we'll be rooting for you...

Mrs. S - whose paperwork needs decluttering also but it's in a filing cabinet! [Two face]

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Ergh - plan thwarted by the arrival of a nasty cold. I've done a bit of sorting into piles of different categories, but my head is too wooly to make decisions about the finer details! Having a cup of tea then back to bed.

Satisfying amounts in the 'recycle' and 'for mr b to deal with' piles already though!

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Chorister wrote:
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When I downsize in the future, I intend to pile all my spare belongings into one room and invite all the kids and grandkids over to take what they want. Then the rest can go to a charity shop.

When my father died and my mother had to go into care, she gathered the three of us and divided her collection of crystal and china between us. While it was a small collection, some pieces from her glory box dating from the late 30's and into the 40's are now very valuable over and above the emotional and familial value which they hold.

My own children, now in their twenties and early thirties want to go through the same process before it becomes urgent, as we have all seen too many ugly family disputes arising from estates.

@snowgoose - My wife's craft room is much the same, and we have the overflow collection of ballet costuming resources in the rumpus room. For these reasons the craft room will be the last to be decluttered and redecorated. We have to finish every other room first so that we have moving and sorting space to deal with the craft room.

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My mother and my grandmother stuck labels on the bottom of ornaments and glassware to denote who they were going to.

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Slight tangent/ Does anyone know how to go about getting a vase valued, preferably for free? When my elderly neighbour died, she had a large collection of ornaments. Her family didn't want them all, and her grand-daughter gave me a vase, as she thought it went well with my wallpaper (it did!)

A few years later my mother claimed to have spotted the same vase on Antiques Roadshow and it was "very valuable" Obviously if it was valuable, I'd return it to her family, but I don't want to spend good money having it valued, based on something Mum saw on TV.

It's stamped Royal Doulton on the base, a solid pottery type of vase, rather than china, and it looks as though it was painted while wet, and the colours ran, giving a blurry effect. It's glazed.

I like it very much and hope that it's not worth anything!

/End tangent.

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quote:
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Slight tangent/ Does anyone know how to go about getting a vase valued, preferably for free? When my elderly neighbour died, she had a large collection of ornaments. Her family didn't want them all, and her grand-daughter gave me a vase, as she thought it went well with my wallpaper (it did!)

A few years later my mother claimed to have spotted the same vase on Antiques Roadshow and it was "very valuable" Obviously if it was valuable, I'd return it to her family, but I don't want to spend good money having it valued, based on something Mum saw on TV.

It's stamped Royal Doulton on the base, a solid pottery type of vase, rather than china, and it looks as though it was painted while wet, and the colours ran, giving a blurry effect. It's glazed.

I like it very much and hope that it's not worth anything!

/End tangent.

Have a look on-line. There are forums for pretty much everything where people will have a look at items for you and give you an impression of what they think about it.
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There's this site. Do you see anything like your vase there?

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There's this site. Do you see anything like your vase there?

That links right back to this thread.
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No, I've had a look several times on google images to see if I could see it. There are dozens of different Doulton vases! There are vases with same colour scheme dating from the 1930s, valued at about £40-£60 pounds, but to my untrained eye, they look "better" than mine, in that they have a distinct pattern over a blurry background, whereas mine is all blurry IYSWIM.
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Lot 54 (scroll halfway down) has a jug with the same blurry finish - but I'd say my vase is more attractive than the jug, because it has different colours melding into each other. It's a combination of strong colours (deep blue, pink, brown, yellow, bluey-green) and soft lines. Looks lovely full of pink carnations!
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What about these.

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Wow! Mine has two sets of initials on the base - JH and WK or WR or WB. Googling Royal Doulton JH hadn't provided an answer. Mine's a different size, shape and colour scheme but I've no doubt it's painted by the same person.
Thank you, Jengie Jon!

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Apologies for derailing the thread.

To return to decluttering - we have an aged king size duvet lurking, which wasn't going to be used again, but it seemed a pity to take it to the tip. Our vet, who does pro bono for a nearby animal sanctuary, has said it can be used to make a sick animal comfy. Apparently there's an ailing goat who will be very grateful! Result!

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Apologies for derailing the thread.

To return to decluttering - we have an aged king size duvet lurking, which wasn't going to be used again, but it seemed a pity to take it to the tip. Our vet, who does pro bono for a nearby animal sanctuary, has said it can be used to make a sick animal comfy. Apparently there's an ailing goat who will be very grateful! Result!

We give all our leftover bedding to a charity that helps resettle people who have been left with nothing (women fleeing abusive situations, homeless being housed, etc etc). I know yours has already gone to the goat*, but other shippies in that situation, please don't assume because you won't use it again it's only fit for the tip. Mr S was going to take an old set of bedlinen along to the food bank for onward transmission this morning - but as he has had to walk a mile or so through falling snow I relented and let him off till next week!

I tell all potential donors to look at their stuff from the point of view of someone who otherwise would have *nothing* - to cook in, sleep under, whatever, and it's surprising how much more appealing it becomes!

(end of sermon - sorry!) [Hot and Hormonal]

* better than going to the bad, or to the tip!

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Wow! Mine has two sets of initials on the base - JH and WK or WR or WB. Googling Royal Doulton JH hadn't provided an answer. Mine's a different size, shape and colour scheme but I've no doubt it's painted by the same person.
Thank you, Jengie Jon!

There is a group on facebook that might be able to help you:

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I want to get rid of some functional but unsightly filing cabinets. So have started re-organising the contents into boxes and arch lever files.

But I didn't/don't have any clear plan for the filing storage alternative.

I've reached the stage where the room and the files are in chaos. It is as much effort to abandon the project and put everything back as it is to go on.

I think I am going to have to start again from scratch.

I have managed to get rid of some papers though.

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What about yer bog standard IKEA bookcase? Shelves can be adjusted to the height of the files/stacked boxes.

Insofar as any paperwork is organised in this house, it lives on the lower reaches of bookshelves in box files labelled 'bills', 'statements', 'important stuff' etc.

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What about yer bog standard IKEA bookcase? Shelves can be adjusted to the height of the files/stacked boxes.

Good idea, we have an Ikea here in Thyme City but I forget because it is new. It is an attic room so the walls are not full height. I will need to do some careful measuring. I think I need to get all the paper into boxes and files first so I know what amount of shelf space I need.

I don't have a good feeling about this. I think it is going to make the filing more difficult and therefore the old 'PILES' system will re-emerge. [Frown] The filing cabinets are unsightly but they do keep it all under control. Too late now.

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Thanks to the snow, Mr Bug and I spent most of today decluttering. We now have a tall shelf unit in the bathroom for storing towels, loo rolls etc. Also two plastic shelving units in the spare bedroom, which I'm mostly using to store bed linen,although Mr Bug has commandeered two of them as his 'man drawers'. We've also hidden away the snooker table top that was previously in the dining room, so for the first time in several years I can access all of my bookshelves again. All in all, very productive. [Yipee]

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I don't have a good feeling about this. I think it is going to make the filing more difficult and therefore the old 'PILES' system will re-emerge. [Frown] The filing cabinets are unsightly but they do keep it all under control. Too late now.

There's really no better place for papers than filing cabinets! Can you paint the cabinets, or put them behind a curtain?

The only alternative I know is to buy lots of filing boxes and buy bookshelves to store them on.

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I don't have a good feeling about this. I think it is going to make the filing more difficult and therefore the old 'PILES' system will re-emerge. .

It's why I favour the open-top style of box file. You can see what's in there and when it fills up, you are prompted to decide whether you really need to keep 15 years worth of back whatever.
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May I join you?

Six bags to the charity shop in last two days. Am renting out spare room for a few weeks which has galvanised me I to action. Spare room is supposed to be office but of course for last few years has basically been junk dumping ground.

Have still got a way to go though. Not to mention the other rooms.....

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