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  • Container Clutter Confessions - Small Notebook
    that I do keep glass jars but I limit myself to six at a time They are extremely useful I use one for holding the change I find in pockets while doing the laundry one for corralling my daughter s colored pencils one to store bacon fat one to fill with homemade chocolate syrup yum one for homemade salad dressing and one for storing cut onions so they don t stink up the fridge much better than a plastic bag I don t have a shoebox problem I just leave the boxes at the store so they don t even come into the house okay I ll admit to having one or two for school diorama projects but no more than that Now as for the bags Guilty I swear they breed in my closet Marcia Francois says January 12 2011 at 12 38 pm I have a deep deep love of baskets and brown paper gift bags I justify it that they don t take up a lot of space but I don t use them all and hmmm if I had to be 100 honest I probably wouldn t even go through them in this lifetime Winnie says January 12 2011 at 11 03 am I have a seasonal cardboard box disorder In October and November I collect boxes of varying sizes so I can ship things to my kids for Christmas This is before I know what I m shipping I then spend January and February gettig rid of them Laura says January 12 2011 at 11 08 am Oh how I love my containers I have containers in waiting here but not to worry I also have a container to hold my containers LOL I guess that s why I m an organizing junkie Jen Dear Mommy Brain says January 12 2011 at 11 16 am I do the same thing Boxes and scraps of ribbon paper fabric and random other odds and ends I just can t bring myself to part with them Nicole says January 12 2011 at 11 20 am Haha I just put about 5 empty rubber totes in the back storage room in my basement I guess I hope when I need to store something I think of them rather than buy new ones And thanks for the reminder about butter tubs cottage cheese tubs all of those culprits Need to clean out my stash Nicole s last post sleeping success Karen CandidDiversions says January 12 2011 at 11 21 am I just threw out last night all the shoe boxes our family of 6 has collected in the past three years Yes it was a lot Why was I saving them They might be useful Turns out that space they were taking up is a lot more useful I m still hanging on to a few baby food jars but they have to fit in the little box I ve set aside for the purpose What is it about containers that just screams Keep me And why do I keep listening Karen CandidDiversions s last post Top 10 Ways to Improve A Dismal Day Susan SmallCompilations says January 12 2011 at 11 31 am We tend to keep every possible receipt just in case I don t recall a time when I ve ever needed that receipt I kept from Target when I bought bread and dog food so I probably don t really need them all Our desk and bookshelves have tons of them I think it s definitely time to break that habit Karen Z says January 12 2011 at 11 57 am Been there I have a husband who does this so I just changed the container on him Now we dump all of our receipts except the ones for major purchases which get filed immediately with any manuals guarantees etc into the receptacle for the shredder If for some reason he needs to know how much we paid for toilet paper last month he knows where to go Once a month or so I pay one of our kids a couple of bucks to shred the receipts and put them in the composter where they ll decompose until ready for use in vegetable garden Debbie M says January 12 2011 at 9 38 pm Receipts for things that come with manuals get stapled to the manuals A few other things with warranties get the receipts stapled to the warranty descriptions The rest go in an envelope I have one envelope per month and at each new month I look at all the receipts from the previous year and usually toss them all Having my receipts in an easy to find place has helped me several times over the past couple of years since I started this system Specifically I use them when I want to return something and when I want to research my buying such as comparing prices for staple goods across stores or adding up my purchases of fast food or groceries for the month Living the Balanced Life says January 14 2011 at 11 51 am I like this idea for storing receipts as sometimes they do come in handy Thanks for the tip Bernice Living the Balanced Life s last post Talk to God and then listen se7en says January 12 2011 at 11 32 am Oh Small Notebook I love you I read this post and smiled My husband hates to get rid of stuff even boxes we have a garage full of empty boxes even for appliances we no longer have Every year we have a garage declutter and get rid of boxes we no longer need ANYWAY I have found a use for smallish empty boxes when I get rid of stuff he notices the gap straight away and wants to refill it straight away I have compromised I pop a box in the gap it needn t have anything in it which eases my we can t own this much stuff pain and it eases his I can t stand empty spaces pain Happy together forever I am working on losing the boxes but progress is slow very slow I have to say whenever we have to return something in its original packaging he always comes up trumps and out performs everyone I know Karen Z says January 12 2011 at 11 49 am Here s a tip if a large box comes into your life immediately put it to use as a container for donations Unless you re doing a HUGE purge chances are that by the time it s full you ll know if the item that came packed in it needs to be returned so you can put it in the trunk of your car and drive it to the donation center without guilt pamela says January 12 2011 at 11 35 am This is THE most interesting and comfortable comment thread because my name is Pamela and I m GUILTY of all of the above oh except for the bacon fat uh And do you know what s worst about being in such like minded company I m cringing here as I spit out my confession We re packing to move and I despaired of ALL THIS STUFF and decided the only way to cope in the time given is to take it all and sort later Consequently I have filled bin bags and boxes with oh yes EMPTY containers of every sort Including twelve of those fill to the brim and vacuum flat storage bags many shoe boxes jars tubs file boxes and tupperware Deep and mournful sigh Stop laughing Now Living the Balanced Life says January 14 2011 at 12 02 pm If possible when you move have everything that needs to be sorted through put into the garage or basement and then go through it and only take into the house what you are going to use and then put it away My daughter was basically in the same position last year and that is what she had to do Worked pretty well for her Bernice Living the Balanced Life s last post There is a God and it isn t me Tracey says January 12 2011 at 11 48 am I was completely guilty of this until just last week I am still somewhat hoarding shopping bags not plastic the REALLY nice handle paper bags Baby steps Tracey s last post Baby Weight Katie Imperfect People says January 12 2011 at 12 04 pm Cute title I just did a guest post for Megan at sorta crunchy about ways to repupose containers not posted yet but nothing on shoe boxes ha ha So yea get rid of em I probably have a few i need to get rid of too Thanks for the confession Linda says January 12 2011 at 12 07 pm I SO identified with this confession I used to hoard empty boxes of all sizes in case I need them for the gifts I buy for birthdays Christmas etc I also used to hoard plastic shopping bags and paper sacks But I m almost rehabbed now I return the plastic shopping bags to Wal Mart to be recycled and I try my best not to ever get paper sacks The boxes were hard to let go but I now only occasionally keep a good small box CC says January 12 2011 at 12 07 pm Good grief I am going to print out this post and put it above my gift wrapping table I too place way to high a value on boxes For heaven s sake What is the worst that can happen if we throw them out Right Thanks for inspiring me to declutter in this way Love your blog btw Just added Google friend connect to mine and would love to have you stop by and join in the fun Thanks CC http currentlychic com CC s last post Snow Snow Snow Living the Balanced Life says January 14 2011 at 12 05 pm I hang on to any carboard boxes I get never many as I am in a constant state of purging and not evrything can be put in a garbage bag plus I had to pay for the garbage bags lol As I empty out plastic containers I am trying my best to get rid of them although I have a large one right now I can t bear the thought of donating it Maybe hubby can use it back in that messy building he calls a workshop Bernice Living the Balanced Life s last post Talk to God and then listen Pattie says January 12 2011 at 12 29 pm I m still laughing Yesterday I collapsed dozens of empty boxes from all over the house and carried them up to the attic for storage I did not even realize anything was amiss until I read your column I m not de cluttering my life I m spending my time rearranging the clutter Tomorrow the boxes GO Anna says January 12 2011 at 12 31 pm Oh it s not just me I m guilty of keeping the really nice shopping bags I have no idea why It always seems like a good idea Like if I m taking a bag I m going to leave somewhere I need it to be a nice sturdy bag with good handles problem is now I have way too many of them Most people want to send the bags back home with me So it s an endless cycle That and I save envelopes Tons of envelopes Why buy paper to make lists on when you can use an envelope I don t need the clutter of all of the envelopes though Today s task get rid of most of the envelopes and bags Jamie says January 25 2011 at 9 46 am Another useful way to use envelopes is for sending checks money and signed forms back to school with your kids Don t buy envelopes for this Those credit card companies are keeping you well supplied Just save all those return envelopes you get in the mail well not all of them But keep a good supply Vanessa says January 12 2011 at 12 33 pm I ve got 13 carseat boxes why I have them involves a crazy preschool story that I ve been keeping since August thinking we could use them to build a box fort After realizing that wasn t gonna happen I figured I d list them on Freecycle and folks could use them for holiday gifts moving etc Un nope didn t do that either Maybe I ll be inspired by this post to put them out with the recycling on Monday Vanessa says January 25 2011 at 11 32 am I did it I recycled them with yesterday s trash recycle pick up Rachel says January 12 2011 at 12 39 pm Oh my we are so good at keeping things we don t need I just cleaned out the empty cardboard flats that Mason jars come in for some reason I had been holding on to almost a dozen of them Thanks for the post Rachel s last post Clarks Memorial Salad Cadi says January 12 2011 at 12 44 pm I m guilty of ALL of these glass jars and we have glass recycling plastic grocery sacks I always have my reusable ones with me but my husband never manages to remember that his are in his truck really nice paper sacks with handles and cardboard boxes if they have lids like what paper reams are shipped in I cover them in pretty contact paper and use them for storage And I do hoard them I have one under my desk right now Guilty Rochelle says January 12 2011 at 12 44 pm I hoard gift bags boxes and tissue paper My husband makes fun of the closet in the basement that is used to store them I have a ton I even hoard wrapping paper I will even save the little pieces that are left over so my kids can use them especially Christmas paper as they buy a lot of little trinkets at the Santa s lane I recycle used wrapping paper at the paper recycling as I could never figure out how people reuse that although I m sure it won t be long till I m saving that too Rochelle s last post Happy Birthday Babe marie clare says January 12 2011 at 1 12 pm hahaha This must be a woman thing My husband gives me a hard time too he has told me that my organizing habit is going to turn me into a hoarder And then we had a good laugh thinking about an episode of that terrible fascinating show thinking about going into a hoarder s house that was full of organizing paraphernalia ha JMS says January 12 2011 at 1 14 pm I value these posts so much I am loving this great inspiration and tackling these tasks head on Away with those extra glass jars and baskets today Jessica says January 12 2011 at 1 16 pm With boxes bags containers I sit them out in an obvious place and they have one week to prove themselves useful If that doesn t happen or I want the space before a week they go into recycle Kait Palmer says January 12 2011 at 1 17 pm Oooh I am such a sucker for baskets Its hard when you move often too as you never know when you ll need a different one for a different space We ve held onto a lot of curtains through 5 moves and while we may not use them all at once it saves money not to have to spend 40 everytime we move on different size window treatments Kait Palmer s last post Hooray for Play Living the Balanced Life says January 14 2011 at 12 10 pm Kait I love baskets too Or little trunk type boxes I have been a bad pile r clean by piling stuff into piles and having cute baskets and boxes always made me feel better Now that I am clearing stuff out and not piling so much anymore I have boxes and baskets that are empty but they are SO cute Can t get rid of them Bernice Living the Balanced Life s last post Talk to God and then listen Becky says January 12 2011 at 2 01 pm My confession is that I m a bag lady S I have numerous bags in every shape size and material This bag fedish started in College I wore one outfit to school another to my first job School kitchen between classes and yet another to my evening job a barber in a local town I had to carry clothes hair and make up supplies shoes perfume etc and of course I m OCD about having everything organized and in its place hense the bags I don t use hardly any of those bags now they just collect dust in my closet maybe its time to de clutter Janetta says January 12 2011 at 2 05 pm If you don t have glass recycling glass jars are always welcome at opshops thrift stores charity shops for people to use for making jam and for storage I use them for practically all my storage in the pantry as I buy most dried foods in bulk saves on packaging and money and stuff looks good in glass jars LLM says January 12 2011 at 2 06 pm I am fiercely anti clutter YET I have a closet in a spare room shoved full of boxes I need to get rid of at least some but I seem to have an irrational fear haha of getting rid of one that would be the perfect size

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  • Selling Used Books: Still No Money - Small Notebook
    a lot of hurt feelings on my part and I am sure on his too I take all my used books to a thrift store which funds the Catholic elementary school my boys attended I buy books I want to read and then donate them back I get great used books inexpensively and they get to sell them more than once Katie says December 10 2010 at 12 22 pm I used to use bookmooch com to trade books I didn t want anymore for ones that I do but I m not reading as much anymore so I have plenty to read before I need to get new ones So at the moment I m donating them to the senior center in town Laura says December 10 2010 at 12 23 pm These sound like a good read I refuse to buy a kindle I m more of a hold a book in my hand kind of gal And I like to reread books too so my bookshelves keep growing I should say Good luck in your move Aaron Griffin says December 10 2010 at 12 26 pm I d like to take this moment to pimp out paperbackswap com you pay shipping around 2 3 to send your book to someone and get a credit to get a book from somewhere else Amazing use of used books Lindsey says December 10 2010 at 12 27 pm I have read the Feldhahn books so I don t need them but I love book posts so I wanted to comment anyway I love to own my favorite books and keep them displayed on bookshelves Looking over the spines and remembering the stories inside is like seeing postcards from favorite vacations Plus I think that books personalize and warm a home Assuming of course that they are books that have been read and loved not Reader s Digest collections that were just bought for the matched set look I do purge from time to time and I get rid of books that I did not like did not finish do not care to remember I take them to Half Price Books where they just make an offer like 20 for everything That way I don t have to think about what I paid versus what I m getting in return But I think it s a good deal to get any amount of cash for something that I don t even want any more Lindsey s last post Advent Accident Cathie says December 10 2010 at 12 27 pm Oh yes please Shanno says December 10 2010 at 12 30 pm I didn t know this until recently but you can trade in your books on Amazon To me it s easier than selling on eBay because you don t have to take a picture and create a listing Simply enter the ISBN number of the book Once you ve entered the ISBN numbers of the books you re trading in Amazon will send you to a page where you can print a packing slip AND postage so you don t even need to pay for shipping I live in a rural area and even at garage sales books don t sell I hate having good books in my closet just sitting there when I know someone else would like them so Amazon works good for me I ve also tried Listia com Shanno s last post JC Penney Coupon 10 off 50 Melinda says December 10 2010 at 12 31 pm I would LOVE to have these books Katie Imperfect People says December 10 2010 at 12 32 pm I have read the book for women it is a great read Good idea on the giveaway Jessica This Blessed Life says December 10 2010 at 12 33 pm I ve only ever browsed through this book at Barnes n Noble but it would be a great dual read for me and my husband Jessica This Blessed Life s last post The Food I Eat December 09 vs December 10 Serena says December 10 2010 at 12 33 pm I d like to read these or read one and have my husband read the other Sarah says December 10 2010 at 12 35 pm I would love to get these they look really interesting What a nice way to pass them on too Good luck in Florence it s my favourite city in the world Bri says December 10 2010 at 12 36 pm Those books sound very interesting I am also a library girl my husband isn t so much He like Doug has A LOT of philosophy and political science type books as a hold over from his passions in college Many which he keeps to reference during arguments or when reading other books He has started to pare down his collection but has trouble letting go Hopefully on day he will be pocketing money from the used book shop Bri s last post Snack Time Becky says December 10 2010 at 12 37 pm I keep my books but I am now really trying to use the library Pre Kids I would just go buy a book if I wanted to read it Becky says December 10 2010 at 12 41 pm I d love to win that set of books I read the one for women earlier this year and what an eye opener It was a library book so I didn t get to keep it I d love to have them in my collection I don t like how the used bookstores offer you so little money for books you probably spent a lot more for I actually keep accumulating books rather than getting rid of them so I haven t been trying to sell any books lately Catherine says December 10 2010 at 12 41 pm I use the library a lot but still love the energy an owned book gives me Hope I win larissa says December 10 2010 at 12 43 pm That would be helpful Abby says December 10 2010 at 12 43 pm ooh i love these books i d like to also put forth to the SN community the awesomeness of http www paperbackbooks com it s an online book swapping community and i love it we re moving soon too and this has been a great way to give away books to people who actually want them and get credits for any books i might want to order for free in the future Luci says December 10 2010 at 12 44 pm I would love to win this book set Molly says December 10 2010 at 12 44 pm Those definitely looked like interesting books and being the book hoarder that I am I d love to be entered in your give away Kathleen says December 10 2010 at 12 47 pm Like Abby I swap but via http www paperbackswap com I love getting new books or at least credit towards them for my old ones Lisa Russell says December 10 2010 at 12 47 pm I still like regular books even though I have an iPad to read them on I recently sold alot of mine at a yard sale but I also give many of them away CMH says December 10 2010 at 12 58 pm Sounds like something I d really like to read Thanks for the chance to win it Stacey says December 10 2010 at 12 59 pm I would love to win these I am always amazed how differently men and women think Learning the art of communication between the sexes is so important in a marriage and a skill that my husband and I are still trying to master Trixie H says December 10 2010 at 1 04 pm I love books and I don t think that I can give them up totally but I do try to use the local library for reads as well We sell some of our used books on amazon and other online sites from time to time but not as a money maker just as another way to cull the library yes we have a library in our home I would love to read the books you are giving away And Or gift them as well Trixie H s last post Resigning myself from the Insanity that is my life SarahB says December 10 2010 at 1 04 pm Both those titles sounds like interesting reads I love to read and work at a library so have access to lots of great books If I can t find something I want that way I use paperbackswap com to find used books and then repost them on the site when I m done with I weeded out our 600 book collection and was able to get rid of lots of books and get credits for books I wanted I think we are now down to 450 books in our collection A while back I did take a stack of books to a used bookstore as we had several large unexpected expenses hit us time and time again over the course of a few months draining most of our large emergency fund I took 10 books in and received 4 Needless to say I was a bit sad and disappointed I had been planning on going back to that store the following week to sell some unwanted DVDs we had Needless to say I kept them jane says December 10 2010 at 1 07 pm We donate our books to the Friends of the Library sale which is also where we get most of them from these days when not the library This set looks interesting I d love to check it out jane s last post Night Weaning Our Little One Jill Foley says December 10 2010 at 1 11 pm These are seriously on my list of books to read If I win them I will read them and then pass them on to someone else I just donated about 15 books to our church library I still want access to them but don t want them sitting on my shelves anymore Jill Foley s last post Goodbye Susan says December 10 2010 at 1 12 pm I mailed 800 pounds of books cross country when I moved this summer Books are little worlds I love to re explore and they are a tangible record of my life and interests over the years so I tend not to get rid of them The two books you are giving away look very interesting I d love to read them Susan s last post Love or Fear Carla says December 10 2010 at 1 14 pm That sounds like something I d be interested in I might have to read the other one to my hubby though He just might think he knows it all but I know otherwise Don t even get me started on selling used books The days of nursing school are still to fresh in my mind Christina S says December 10 2010 at 1 15 pm This is my forte My husband and I went to the same Bible college so when we got married we had many duplicate books So we were introduced to Amazon You can very easily put in the ISBN number into their system and describe the status of your book with ease and when your book sells you are given a shipping credit To give you an idea we ve been doing that for the last 3 years with random items books cd s odd gifts given to us still in great packaging and they have paid for for every vacation we have taken for the last 3 years which have included professional baseball games in other states It s totally worth it and if it doesn t sell Amazon doesn t charge you any extra fees Dalenna says December 10 2010 at 1 22 pm I give these books to everyone who gets married but don t have a copy for myself I d love to win Kait Palmer says December 10 2010 at 1 29 pm I keep books I know I will read again or use as a reference Or that I want my kids to read I have fond memories of going through my parent s large library as a kid and reading all sorts of random books that peaked my interest Trouble is I re read a lot of books We have three Ikea Billy bookshelves full size full of books at the moment At least I buy 90 of my books used so they usually cost less than 3 Kait Palmer s last post A Little News Pam in Missouri says December 10 2010 at 1 35 pm Sounds like some interesting reads Last year I started reading ebooks and this year I have rediscovered the joy of the library Very few new books at our house any more I ve been feeling the urge to purge our dusty shelves lately too Tara says December 10 2010 at 1 36 pm I d love to read these books and then pass them on to the next person I love the idea of passing to the next person and sharing the love I have a rule now that if I can get it at the local library I don t buy it however since I teach yoga and cook a lot I have a big library of reference books and cookbooks Plus a lot of books I own can t be found easily at the library pinar stroozas says December 10 2010 at 1 42 pm I am usually a library kind of girl also but I would love to read these Ashley says December 10 2010 at 1 43 pm My friends have been raving about those books Maybe it s time I read them Ashley s last post Wisdom Tracy says December 10 2010 at 1 43 pm I would so read these books used to thumb my nose at using gender to explain differences Of course there are so many exceptions to all of the rules but enough is true that I ve become a believer Having children helped reinforce my new beliefs I am getting better at not saving books For one thing whenever I start to get the books organized i e by subject or author I am constantly amazed to discover two copies of some books I guess I must really want to read them When I peruse garage sales or the library sales I will pick up books that I already own just because I ve been wanting to read them Maybe a Kindle would at least allow me to search to see if I already have a book before I get it By the way I checked don t have copies of the two books you are giving away yet Mike says December 10 2010 at 1 44 pm These look like interesting reads I second selling books on Amazon In college there were times that I bought my books from Amazon and sold them back there for a small profit Heck there were even times that I bought them on Amazon sold them to the bookstore for a profit just not as much as if I had spent the time listing them on Amazon julie says December 10 2010 at 1 44 pm I d love the chance to read them I heard Shaunti on Focus on the Family a long time ago Reese says December 10 2010 at 1 47 pm I sell books on half com you get more for than than the used book stores will give you but you have to actually wait for someone to buy them Reese s last post Thankful Tammy aka SkipsMKGirl says December 10 2010 at 1 50 pm These sound like such interesting books I just got a Kindle and have enjoyed it very much but we are huge library users Hubby still has a few book series that he insists on keeping I m hoping he ll be more willing to let them go before our cross country move in a few months I like donating books to the library because we get more of a tax donation than we would for selling them except his college books which I sell online Taryn says December 10 2010 at 1 57 pm Sounds interesting to me Sara says December 10 2010 at 1 57 pm As a newlywed I d love to read these with my husband I generally sell books on half com as well Tru says December 10 2010 at 1 57 pm Oh I hope I win Thanks for the chance Quetee02 says December 10 2010 at 1 58 pm I tried to donate mine to the library but they no longer take them and ended up giving them to a BlogHer charity event I had been holding onto them for a while Here in NYC people often leave books on their stoops so passersby can scoop them up Quetee02 s last post Planning Nias First Christmas Casey says December 10 2010 at 2 03 pm I try not to acquire books unless I know I ll want to keep them but when it does happen I try to either pass them along to others who would appreciate them or resell them at a used book store You can usually get double the store credit in lieu of cash payment so I could exchange them for other books I wanted to read Vanessa says December 10 2010 at 2 05 pm There s room on my bookshelf Thanks Maja says December 10 2010 at 2 26 pm My books are posted on paperbackswap com and or donated to my library Although I try not to buy books using mostly the library I sometimes end up buying them at the thrift store when I can t help myself because big fat hardcovers to keep for sometime later without due date or late fee are so irristible to me I need to either love them or in case of an apocalypse they d have some use for survival Old German English law translation books do not make the cut Even if they were 200 Because in an apocalypse the need to translate into German is likely minute I also keep original German books by German authors that I liked but don t know if I ll read again because I d be unable to check them out at the library if I wanted to Great giveaway Stacy says December 10 2010 at 2 27 pm Thanks for the giveaway What a good idea to do with books you loved Trish says December 10 2010 at 2 34 pm I would love to have the books Heidi says December 10 2010 at 2 37 pm Thanks for this great contest I have read some other books by the same author that I really enjoyed Maybe I will get a chance to read these two if I win Angela says December 10 2010 at 2 45 pm I ve listened to her speaking on Focus on the Family and I would love to get those books Angela s last post Thats why they call it Buyers Remorse Carrie says December 10 2010 at 2 57 pm Keep and sell I love our little used book store and we have quite a number of older and newer books that transition through I love finding a like new book for 3 that I can give as a gift I love my books love love love and it s very hard for me to part with them Yes they take up space but since we have the shelves for them I m okay with it When we were living overseas I was always sad by how few books I could take with us wow the weight adds up so if we ever find ourselves back on the travel route I think I ll have to invest in a Kindle I know it would make the hubby happy Carrie s last post Thankful For Birthday Edition Nancy says December 10 2010 at 3 01 pm I post the ones I can on paperbackswap com Others are sitting in boxes in our attic space waiting Lady Dorothy says December 10 2010 at 3 03 pm I have a really hard time giving up books They are such treasures When I do get up the gumption to do so I usually donate them Lady Dorothy s last post Second Sunday of Advent Nancy says December 10 2010 at 3 07 pm I ve heard a lot of talk from a lot of difference places about the Feldham books so I m definitely interested We usually end up just giving them away either to a friend or on Freecycle almost not worth the very very little that you make selling them Nancy says December 10 2010 at 3 08 pm Oops FeldhaHN nor FeldhaM Sorry bout that katevp says December 10 2010 at 3 08 pm We usually donate to Value Village and they in turn donate money to a charity like the Diabetes Association and I am interested in the books kate katevp s last post T minus 3 days M in TX says December 10 2010 at 3 18 pm Sounds very interesting Dawn G says December 10 2010 at 3 22 pm I usually sell to the used bookstore or donate to a shelter Thanks for the chance to win Kate F says December 10 2010 at 3 34 pm Sounds interesting I would enjoy checking them out Amanda says December 10 2010 at 3 34 pm I am a total book slut I would love to read these books Natalia says December 10 2010 at 3 41 pm If it looks like it might get a price worth the effort I will list it on Amazon you can be surprised what gets a good price there otherwise I list it on Bookmooch or leave it in a random place after listing it on BookCrossing I would be really surprised if the downturn in books at your local second place is due to ebooks I would put it down to more people selling on Amazon or the economic downturn sending people to libraries rather than bookstores to get the books they then later sell Are there any figures on this though as it would be interesting to know Rachel says December 10 2010 at 3 45 pm not interested in the giveaway I have a three step process for old books I list them on half com and or amazon com for a couple months then I double list on paperbackswap com after a couple more months I unlist anything left and donate it for the library sale Kelly says December 10 2010 at 3 45 pm I m a librarian k 12 but my husband likes to joke that I am anti book because I frequently ask him to purge his paperbacks and 2 ton engineering texts I break my book collecting rules for children s books however Aren t we forunate to live in a land where access to information and services is free to all in a public library I promise that if I win the book pair they d be read here and passed on to be enjoyed again Frances says December 10 2010 at 3 54 pm I m an avid library girl myself but hubby got me a used kindle for my birthday I ve found that it doesn t decrease my library use or get me to spend more on books maybe even less There are so many great books in the public domain that I can download for free I ve used it to declutter and donate books we got from used book sales that I could download for free I ve also used it to download books the library doesn t have for less than I could buy the used version The library is always my first choice but for a book that I ve just got to have the kindle is a great environmentally friendly and money saving tool I can also read my favorite blogs for free and surf the net on it when I am traveling That kind of free service is really hard to beat Oh and you can share ebooks with family devices and sync up with smart phones so you re never without a book to read All ebooks are saved in an archives folder and easily retrieved to reread or pass on to a family member I was really skeptical at first but I ve really come to love the kindle Lisa says December 10 2010 at 3 56 pm Books are my downfall and your two to giveaway sound fascinating Lisa s last post OMG I m So Tired Iris Treasuring the Journey says December 10 2010 at 3 59 pm I would love to give this 2 book set a read through and then I would pass them on to someone else My sister and her husband come to mind since they seem to have the perpetual problem of comuunicating and understanding one another As for what to do with the excessive amount of books I list them on Half com and Amazon for one month then donate them to either thrift store or local library My husband and I were just talking the other day about not buying books anymore but instead visiting the library That is one of our New Year s resolutions Tiffany H says December 10 2010 at 4 05 pm We are book lovers in our house and do a little of all of the above buy keep sell donate borrow and are slowly transitioning to e books Thanks for the opportunity to win your book would very much like to read it Brandie says December 10 2010 at 4 13 pm I would love them Maggie says December 10 2010 at 4 19 pm I m totally a book addict and I keep most of them but the ones I don t want to keep get taken to the second hand book store for credit or donated I m going to check out paperback swap it s probably just US I hope Aus has something similar BTW I have For Women Only so if I win please draw again Maggie s last post Poppy Doll Rachel says December 10 2010 at 4 28 pm Similar to your post my husband prefers to accumulate books and I m a library book reader I do buy some books reference guides as well as used books to support the library and a local non profit I tend to cycle the used books back to the same location that I ve bought them from or send them to friends and family to read I m intrigued by the two book set would love to read it Rachel s last post Oh to live in Zone 7 Alisha Hauser says December 10 2010 at 4 29 pm These sound like a fun read My hubby I would probably get a kick out of them I LOVE books and use paperbackswap more often then our local used book store to pass on our old books Handy Man Crafty Woman says December 10 2010 at 4 35 pm Love books here I just DO NOT see the appeal of those e readers like the feel of paper books just too much That said I do try to pass on books that I just know I won t read anymore I only keep ones that I ll read again I m a re reader or that have lots of sentimental value We have books in nearly every room but not loads I could probably stand to pass on a few more I do donate some to Goodwill It is hard to get rid of older books Check with libraries or places like that call first Some good ideas here for where to donate Handy Man Crafty Woman s last post Organizing for Christmas Part 2 Decorations Eliz K says December 10 2010 at 4 51 pm My husband and I are unfortunately book collectors We each had too many books when we got married and we re still accumulating them There are too many good ones out there and I always enjoy re reading them even just a chapter or two We do have an awesome used bookstore tiny little place PACKED with books where we take our books for money or credit I have heard such good things about the For Women Men Only Eliz K s last post now and forevermore amen Alissa says December 10 2010 at 4 55 pm When I moved two years ago I just donated a lot of my books They weren t anything special and I figured it would be easier than trying to sell them That said of the things that moved with me I wish I d gotten rid of my crap and kept more books angelvalerie says December 10 2010 at 5 43 pm Great idea Alissa Save the Children Fund in Australia have annual book sales as a fundraiser and so collect book donations throughout the year Booklovers buy up the books at about 5 a box and Save the Children makes money to support their projects Win win win angelvalerie s last post the rules we live by Tammy Hawkins says December 10 2010 at 4 58 pm I recently went through my books too Check out my advice here http tamdiego wordpress com 2010 10 30 the book challengelearning to be honest with yourself I donate most of my books Last month I thought I d try something new and sell some books to a used book store Out of a whole box full of good titles they only wanted two books and offered me 3 50 for both One of which was a brand new new york times best seller SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR who I had met What a joke Here are my two methods if it was a great read I regift it to someone I feel would really appreciate it Otherwise I donate it The 3 50 wasnt worth trying to find the place planning to go there during business hours parking and dealing with the disappointment of feeling ripped off Tammy Hawkins s last post How to celebrate National UNfriend Day Dee says December 10 2010 at 5 07 pm There is one used bookstore that I go to that gives pretty good trade credit but most books I get from the library I have read some of Feldman s other books but not the two you mentioned so I would love to win Colleen 365lessthings com says December 10 2010 at 5 15 pm I am a library girl too so no need to enter me into the book give away I am glad to meet another human being who isn t into collecting books They seem to be the one clutter item that 90 of aspiring minimalists don t seem to be able to live without owning Not this little black duck I have one shelf like you and if something new ever comes in unlikely something else has to leave to make space Amy says December 10 2010 at 5 24 pm I started reading these books a couple years ago at my in laws and they looked really good I d love to actually finish them Krista says December 10 2010 at 5 30 pm Would love to win these angelvalerie says December 10 2010 at 5 41 pm I too have come to the conclusion that selling old books is not worth it much better to pass on to others I now have several friends who are not able to spend money on books that receive my read books they can then go and trade them in or pass on to other friends I cannot get my library of books down below 3 bookshelves though its my absolute minimum BTW I have read those books and they are good reads All the best to those who would like the gift angelvalerie s last post the rules we live by MichelleH says December 10 2010 at 5 43 pm I don t buy many books my librarian and I are very good friends lol The ones I do buy Isave a few but most go to Paperback Swap when I m done No e books here but maybe Santa will bring me a Kindle Daniela Waddell says December 10 2010 at 6 08 pm I love used books I have lots and I give away lots and buy more It s a big cycle I d love to read or regifts these books Thanks Nicole says December 10 2010 at 6 09 pm I m a library user too but had to borrow for women only about five or six times waiting for others to return it in between times until I finished it I haven t taken the same risk in order to read for men only so I would LOVE to win this set and be able to read them both uninterrupted What a great find for whoever wins Lisa says December 10 2010 at 6 13 pm I would love these books and my marriage would benefit I m positive Thanks Kristy says December 10 2010 at 6 25 pm Oh I would love to read a book with some great insight Dyan Euler says December 10 2010 at 6 46 pm I have tons of books but I am thinking a e reader should be on my christmas list but I just love books so I would def love to win this set thanks don mae says December 10 2010 at 7 00 pm I would love to have this set I weed through my books every couple of years And it s strange how my KEEP books change from year to year Eventually I will part with some I hung onto Like college textbooks romance novels self help books I won t part with my collections though I have several authors I love and have all of their books Those are my keepers All the rest Eventually will be donated to our local library Good luck with your paring down don mae s last post Things To Still Come And Next Year Kelly says December 10 2010 at 7 01 pm I mostly trade my old books via paperbackswap or wind up giving them to Goodwill This is a great giveaway thanks Jenn says December 10 2010 at 7 12 pm I sell most of my old books through amazon with amazon fullfillment so they aren t in my house I buy 99 of my books on kindle now though do get some from the library Tricia says December 10 2010 at 7 41 pm What a great way to recycle your old books Sounds like a great set would love to win them Pennie says December 10 2010 at 7 51 pm When I ve sold books back to a used books store I ve noticed that the store credit they offer you is usually higher than the money they ll offer Fine if you want more books Not so great when you just want to get rid of them and earn some money in the process I LOVE to read I d love to read this set Well one out of the set anyway I can give the other one to my husband haha wayside wanderer says December 10 2010

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  • Drop Off Old Computer Parts at Goodwill - Small Notebook
    Tote steadymom says July 19 2010 at 7 40 am This is really good to know Rachel I always have a pang of guilt when I wonder what to do with old technology things go out of dates so quickly Thanks for passing this along Jamie steadymom s last post What Makes You a Steady Mom Mandi Ehman of Organizing Your Way Jessica says July 19 2010 at 7 46 am Thank you so much for sharing this Rachel We have so many old monitors printers etc sitting around our office There hasn t been a really easy way to get rid of them so my boss has procrastinated on it But now I know there is a Goodwill location that will take them and it s barely a mile from our office Wonderful information to have Jessica s last post Weekend Roundup Zoanna says July 19 2010 at 8 22 am Be sure to erase all information from your hard drive first Zoanna s last post Another Summer Project Linen Closet Clean out Preeti Heart and Mind says July 19 2010 at 3 53 pm Rachel This is good idea there is another non profit name escapes me right now that takes old computer and electronics and fixes it to use it in African schools where they would not normally have computer otherwise Preeti Heart and Mind s last post 10 Life lessons that I wished I had learned earlier Part 2 vegeater says July 19 2010 at 3 59 pm I have done this super easy just drop it off I feel great when my stuff doesn t end up in a landfill Kait Palmer says July 19 2010 at 5 38 pm Good to know For less altruistic people or people trying to get out of debt asap like us there s Gazelle com where you can sell your old stuff for a small profit They took my old laptop that wouldn t even turn on and paid me 75 for it plus they handled the S H Every little bit helps Kait Palmer s last post All Duct Up Tonya says July 19 2010 at 7 31 pm This is such a relief I hate it when this stuff ends up in landfills Goodwill is everywhere no more excuses people Do the right thing Thanks Rachel I m getting ready to move and I will be simplifying AGAIN including a printer and a scanner Tina RideonToys says July 20 2010 at 1 18 pm I have a very old fax machine and a printer that don t work any more just sitting in my garage taking up space Thanks for giving me some motivation to do something with them Tina RideonToys s last post The Ezy Roller Riding Toy Is Unbelievably Unique Erin says July 20 2010 at 10 56 pm Hi I have an award for you on my site Dropped Stitches Please stop by to pick it up xo Erin angelvalerie says July 21

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  • Just What Everyone Needs, Right? - Small Notebook
    Tru dat Jenny says June 14 2010 at 8 00 am I have stopped buying books on how to simplify my life I just started doing it Not with huge effort but one small step at a time It works and my life now is definitely simpler than last year this time Jenny s last post Praise Report Pam says June 14 2010 at 7 15 am Well I am actually going to defend this item for a special class of people I have seen many homes cluttered with the country motif and an item like this may inspire them to take a baby step toward a more simplified life Jenni Life from the Roof says June 15 2010 at 8 29 pm I agree with Pam this sign is definitely not my style but I know people who are really clean and decorate with this style so to each their own I guess Jenni Life from the Roof s last post Diaper Deal of the Decade Debbie Cheaper by the Bakers Dozen says June 14 2010 at 10 57 am Hah I might have purchased that 15 years ago Baby steps right Every cluttered mountain is scaled one tacky plaque at a time Debbie Cheaper by the Bakers Dozen s last post Tooting My Horn Summer Edition Michelle says June 14 2010 at 11 04 am If it was only that simple right Larissa says June 14 2010 at 10 16 am AMEN to all the comments Stuff like that usually makes me gag Betty Jo says June 14 2010 at 11 38 am That is too funny Betty Jo s last post simple food Ruth says June 14 2010 at 10 46 am That is rich And good for you for catching the irony Courtney Carver says June 14 2010 at 11 50 am Speechless but smiling Courtney Carver s last post Clearing the Clutter You Can t See Jacobsmom says June 14 2010 at 10 54 am oh yeah that looks real simple Scribhneoir says June 14 2010 at 10 56 am That s so funny Rachel thanks for the laugh and yeah Morgan said it well I hadn t heard the words frou frou in ages they have completely disappeared from my life yeah I guess life is simpler here in the hills Carylanne says June 14 2010 at 11 16 am This is way too funny I have a simplify sign that is very plain shabby chic vintage looking it s actually quite nice looking not at all like the one pictured and have never hung it up It s actually on the list for the next antique flea market sale Jen C says June 14 2010 at 12 43 pm This is hilarious I just finished reading the book Simple Prosperity by David Wann and in one section he talks about all the stuff people buy to decorate their homes and making their homes look like model homes and how ridiculous that is This

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  • Spring Cleaning: Saving on the High Cost of Storage - Small Notebook
    folding tables and two fans I am having a hard time to part with They hold memories of the good time I had with my friends and customers scrapbooking when I owned my home biz I hope to either donate or sell them this summer when our school load is lighter I have been spring cleaning my home by minimizing the stuff we have and tackling the way overdue projects we have laying around the house I only devote two days per week for the tasks I can see myself doing summer cleaning as well as fall and winter cleaning I have decided this year is the year of parting with my stuff and finishing up all of the delinquent projects Less is more is my this year s motto and one bite at a time is my daily house work motto Kait Palmer says April 12 2010 at 10 00 am This fully resonates with me as we just moved a couple weeks ago and are still in the process of getting rid of stuff I keep having that nagging feeling too What if we move in 6 months and I need another tupperware drawer You make a great point you can always get it again and most likely get it used for a much better price Kait Palmer s last post Drinking Wine From a Dixie Cup mamie says April 12 2010 at 9 20 am I may get to downsize again from 2300 sq feet and 5 acres to 1400 sq ft and 1 33 acres In the country this can feel small I know hard to imagine I am so ready to purge the big stuff I have 3 sofas for the love of Mike I am ready let the curb raiders commence Thank you Goodwill you are next on the recieving list Megan Meanwhile back at the ranch says April 12 2010 at 9 25 am Great reminder We don t have a storage unit but we would need one if we didn t have so many outbuildings We moved over 3 years ago and were not deliberate about what we moved and kept or where we put it Now we are spring cleaning and purging and it feels so good and makes it so much easier to keep things tidy We started with the garage basement and porch laundry and will do the kitchen and bedrooms too There are so many silly little things like grocery bags nails etc that have multiple homes in our house and are taking up 3 times more space than they need to be it s silly Meredith from Penelope Loves Lists says April 12 2010 at 10 26 am We just got rid of a perfectly good TV through donation just bc we d upgraded and it didn t make sense to keep it in the garage but I d dithered over getting rid of it for a while What if we needed it It was perfectly good Well now that we donated it I feel much better We can use all the space we can get in our tiny house Meredith from Penelope Loves Lists s last post Stop Doing Your Laundry and Here s Why Amanda G Simple Day Simple Life says April 12 2010 at 10 34 am I am working to become one of those people who gets rid of something once they replace it with something else It s been hard but I ve been putting things on Craigslist that are free It s also been oddly liberating As far as kids clothes I m taking a page out of your book and am making quilts out of them They will be lovely to have when my boys leave to start their own lives and I m feeling sad Amanda G Simple Day Simple Life s last post Link Love Gardening Jenn says April 12 2010 at 10 46 am This has always been my weakness keeping things because I may need it one day Who needs a ratty old comforter I ve been working hard over the last few years to reduce my compulsion to keep things for what if and clean out a few things every month I plan to tackle my craft storage room on the second floor next week after we all recover from the flu Jenn s last post My Secret Obsession Finger Paint Bev says April 12 2010 at 10 30 am We downsized a few years ago and gave a lot of things away but there was the inevitable pile of things that we didn t have room for and were not ready to part with So we rented a storage unit for a little while That little while turned into 4 years and we d go there maybe once or twice a year to retrieve Christmas decorations and then put them back One of my new year s resolutions in 2009 was to get rid of the storage unit When we cleaned it out I was so mad at myself when I saw what we had been storing Lots of things that held memories but have no place in our daily lives as evidenced by us not missing them even once in 4 years Some of the precious stuff had been packed away from moves made years ago and never opened I pared down the Christmas decorations got rid of the stuff and then calculated what we had spent for storing things we didn t even want I could have paid for my beautiful new fancy front loading washer and dryer for what we spent What a lesson Now anytime that I think I m running out of room I look for something to purge Mel says April 12 2010 at 10 36 am Great post I purged tons of stuff before our last move and continually comforted myself after each Craig s List transaction with It s easier to move this money that In the same vein we saved so much of the move b c we could move our small stuff inside our vehicles and didn t have the rent a U haul type truck then we just scoured Craig s List in our new city and re bought what we needed to replace We truly made saved money coming and going Rachel says April 12 2010 at 10 53 am Oh yes I m always thinking about moving and cash is so much easier to carry than a huge old TV gail says April 12 2010 at 10 38 am i have a hard time letting go but i have been forced to do so in the last couple moves we made and about 95 of the stuff i dont miss at all i did have to sell some family antiques and i do miss those but i keep reminding myself they were just stuff now with another move on the horizon maybe out of state i m looking at downsizing again just cuz it ain t worth the cost of moving it we are using a storage unit to pack boxes in since our apt is so tiny and i m hoping to sell some stuff on craigs list tho i m not much of a salesperson good post Rachel says April 12 2010 at 10 55 am I used a storage unit for about six weeks last year when we were packing for our move It was so handy We didn t have room to climb around boxes in our apartment so as I packed them Doug would carry out one or two a day to the storage unit until moving day It made the move much less stressful to not have to live around all those boxes fumblebee says September 14 2010 at 10 17 pm When we sold our condo a few years ago this is what we did too It helped make the place look bigger to potential buyers and gave us a head start on the actual move Now we are getting ready to move again and will do it all over The rule is that moving day everything gets cleared out and we are done with the storage unit I am also trying to minimize what actually gets sent in the first place Dana says December 19 2010 at 2 27 am We did the same thing When we were getting ready to sell our house three years ago when the market had just started it s downturn we packed up everything and put it in a storage unit except everyday essentials We moved all of our larger pieces of furniture into storage to make rooms look bigger We left only the essential pieces and staged the house like they do on Sell this house We painted every room the same neutral color had the carpets cleaned put out fresh flowers and plants we painted the front porch put new door knobs and a new kickplate on the front door Total fix up cost including the storage fee was 645 dollars We sold the house in 15 days When most of the houses in our neighborhood were taking at least 180 days I credit the use of the storage facility for helping us to clean out and sell our house so quickly Jacobsmom says April 12 2010 at 10 48 am Great article I m inspired to get rid of my swing that I m saving for baby number two It was a hand me down anyway and I m sure I can find another one just as quickly and maybe cuter I do wish I knew how to find smaller organizations that needed things I can probably donate Especially for those old electronics Must look up Btw what is the commentLuv box Rachel says April 12 2010 at 10 57 am The commentLuv box is a tool for people with blogs You can see when some people comment it shows a link to their last blog post the commentLuv box is what puts that link there mary mendez says April 12 2010 at 10 57 am Green Demolitions in the NY NJ CT area will pick up your nicer bigger pieces as a donation and supply you with a receipt for tax purposes They resell the items and the proceeds go to charity This is a nice option to Craigslist for things like Grandma s cherry breakfront that weighs 700 pounds or that new in box wall oven that no one wants to buy 888 887 5211 Julie says April 12 2010 at 11 08 am I was wondering anyone know of a good internet site to easily sell off books I have a lot of nearly new books that I simply do not need Rachel says April 12 2010 at 11 28 am Most books don t hold much resell value so it can be tedious to sell them one at a time Powell s will give you an online offer for all your books If you like the offer then you ship your books to the Powell s warehouse in Portland and they pay you via PayPal You can sell them one by one on sites like Amazon or Half com You can swap them for other books using sites like PaperbackSwap com You can take them to a Half Price Books store to get a cash offer for all of them at the same time You can list a collection of books on Craigslist You can donate them to Goodwill and take a tax deduction Does anyone else have ideas for books heather says April 12 2010 at 1 41 pm most public libraries have regular friends of the library book sales we try to take books there i ve never had a library turn down shopping bags full of books DVDs tapes the bonus is not only do you get to free up your own space come sale time you can score OTHER books for usually a quarter each aaaand then whenever you get around to reading them back to the library and you re only out a quarter heather s last post What I Did On My Easter Vacation Plus Housekeeping nina says April 12 2010 at 6 24 pm With paperbackswap you have the advantage of creating a wishlist of the books you really want Over the past three years I have received almost every book I have wished for It is a bit of work on the send side but it is delightful to receive the books you really want for free Julie says April 13 2010 at 1 42 am Thank you all SO MUCH for all the help My husband and I are total bookworms academics who when we married joined together boxes and boxes of books I think I ll check out the paperback swap for fun I love having a literal book but I wonder if maybe I will eventually get a book reader i e Kindle Nook etc so that I can still read a lot of books without the heavy boxes of books We have an apartment and no real plans of owning a home anytime soon who needs yardwork so it makes some sense Anyone else contemplating shedding book pounds in favor of the electronic book readers CK says April 20 2010 at 7 52 am I use an e reader now and also read real books I use paperbackswap com for actual books since some of the books I want aren t available in e reader form yet Also my library allows check out of e reader books My solution works well for me and I ve now been at it for over a year I estimate that I ve avoided buying 150 actual books in that time frame Katie says April 12 2010 at 12 09 pm I am a purger I love to get rid of stuff I m also sentimental so I also keep things But I have specified places where I keep that sentimental stuff Like my cedar chest ANd a small trunk in the attic I also love keeping my children s artwork however it piles up so quickly that I have started to take pictures of it all and will make a yearly book of their artwork BTW I really love your site Katie s last post This kid Jenni says April 12 2010 at 6 35 pm I have a one year old who has yet to start creating things but I have been wondering how to tackle this once the pieces of artwork start coming home The yearly book of artwork is a GREAT idea and one I will incorperate from the beginning Thank you Becky Clean Mama says April 12 2010 at 11 18 am I just sold two sets of antique glassware dishes I ve been holding on to them not using them and they became a burden Feels great to have the extra cash and space Buffie says April 12 2010 at 12 29 pm I work for a company that owns several mini storage facilities I m amazed by the number of people who have units there for years and never even get into them Don t get me wrong storage facilities can be useful We used onefor a few months last year while we were selling our house It helped our house show better and we felt that it was worth the investment for a few months to help our house sell Buffie s last post Working on That Elusive Balance Karen says April 12 2010 at 1 43 pm We just recently had to face the prospect of moving at no other time is the amount of STUFF that we own more crucial thought inducing or overwhelming The apartment we could have moved into for slightly less than what we re paying now had only a few downsides less storage space We ve decided to stay put but this weekend went through most of our closets boxes bags nooks and crannies and cleaned out the clutter Part of me actually WANTED to move into the smaller space so we d be forced to part with some things Instead we now just have more wiggle room in our current place And it feels SO good Karen s last post Tips From Dad brenda says April 12 2010 at 12 45 pm Another thought I hit on the solution of giving away old clothes and getting a benefit a tax deuction As we were sorting and deciding what to give away we would lay it on the bed and take a photo with the digital camera then put it in the bag At the same time we opened up an excel sheet on the laptop wrote a two three word description of the item and an estimated value Took a bit longer but not much Once we were done gave it all away then at tax time add up the excel sheet and deduct the total value If we re ever audited we have the photos uploaded in order so we could easily show how we got to that number A bit more cumbersome but worth it because I tihnk we tend to undervalue if it s all in bags Plus I ve floated this idea with a couple accountants and they said it was great and would not definitely withstand an audit Brenda p s we did this on December 31 a good family activity during the holiday break and that way we got the deduction for last tax year Kika says April 12 2010 at 1 24 pm I ve never used a storage unit before and wonder if most people ever pick up their stuff My sister used one for maybe a couple months or so when evicted from her appartment and owed 500 Hard for me to see when she ll ever have

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  • Janet Jackson’s Guide to Decluttering - Small Notebook
    own garage sale Thanks for sharing Mallory s last post Forty Five Weeks Rosa says September 8 2009 at 8 52 am Hilarious I guess I will make a plan to get rid of crafts that I intended to do but have sat around for about 7 years and moved from home to home Thanks for this perspective The Nester says September 8 2009 at 11 49 am brilliant not that I ve come to expect anything less The Nester s last post An Inexpensive Pot Rack marissa says September 8 2009 at 12 19 pm What a humorous way to get a great point home Now every time I hear about Janet Jackson I m going to be in the mood to unclutter Jennifer says September 8 2009 at 2 12 pm SO cute and yet SO true That is how I got rid of the clothes in my closet OH GOODNESS It worked Jennifer s last post Wordless Wednesday Munchkin Juice says September 8 2009 at 4 16 pm I think you may have just convinced me to donate my beautiful armoire that inexplicably is not selling on craigslist even though it is well priced and I included pictures Juice s last post I Don t Know What Came Over Me Sandra Gonzales says September 8 2009 at 7 11 pm That s a great song to declutter to Condo Blues says September 8 2009 at 9 00 pm I d sell the clothes to a consignment shop and the sports equipment to a Sports equipment consignment shop I agree with getting rid of things that don t earn their keep but I d like to make a little money off of the stuff you know as rent Condo Blues s last post Grow Flowers in Old Lawn Chairs Jen says September 8 2009 at 9 03 pm I so have to show this video to my sister we cleaned her entire room out this weekend two days 5 garbage bags 8 boxes of recycling and 6 bags of donations later we could see the floor again she had a hard time letting things go that video could have added some humour to the ridiculous amount of times I asked her when the last time she wore something was Amanda says September 9 2009 at 2 29 pm I ask myself that question everytime I m decluttering my house I have a huge problem with junk drawers I have them all over the house Whenever I m looking for something and can t find it in the drawer I start pitching things The funny thing is there is never really anything in the drawers worth saving I have to hit myself in the forehead and ask What were you thinking Amanda s last post The Daily Grind Routines That Keep Life Moving dutchgirl says September 9 2009 at 6 55 pm I am so laughing over here That is perfect Gotta love Miss Jackson dutchgirl s last post

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  • Decluttering (Peacefully) With Your Spouse - Small Notebook
    used it in a while I can get rid of it Nope It is best to ask Sally Parrott Ashbrook says January 20 2009 at 3 35 pm When my husband and I downsized from a 1300 sq ft apartment to one that was about 800 sq ft we gave away about a third of our belongings We gathered all sorts of stuff together to give to a nonprofit in Atlanta that helps transition homeless people into apartments Whenever I was struggling with whether to keep something I would ask myself whether it was better for X a mixer a 6th 7th and 8th casserole pan etc to sit on my shelf unused or rarely used or whether it was better for it to go to a family who didn t have X and would use it Knowing that my beloved but not entirely useful to me stuff wouldn t go to waste and would even go to a family that might struggle to afford it otherwise made it much easier for me There have been very few things I regret giving away and none that I couldn t replace in time Sally Parrott Ashbrook s last blog post Step Two in the Year of Self Care Commit to Weekly Grocery Planning se7en says January 20 2009 at 6 22 pm Brilliant post I usually let the chaos build up and then have a grand tossing out unfortunately that is not my husbands style his level of mess tolerance is much higher than mine we have both learnt to chill a bit I can barely breathe in a clutter and he doesn t notice it Now I have an on its way out area near the front door and he knows that if anything is there he can either find a permanent spot for it or if it lingers I will just donate it along I try and do a little bit of decluttering all the time rather than build it up to a huge chuck out it eases the departure pain se7en s last blog post How to feed Se7en SoBella Creations says January 21 2009 at 10 21 am I think in decluttering a balance has to be found There is no way that I could ask my husband to part with a baseball card collection that he started when he was 8 years old As far as my children s toys are concerned they get to decide what goes to another child or home I have set rules for gift givers like no more stuffed animals we have a lot of them no baby dolls my girls don t like them SoBella Creations s last blog post Candice N Katies Art Joy from Just Plain Joy says January 21 2009 at 4 12 pm All these are so true I find if I start cleaning and organizing my husband is much more likely to jump in as well It s almost contagious I noticed it once and

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  • Declutter Your Home - Small Notebook
    the mantra we still use One thing at a time first things first next thing is It s like a cleansing breath when we get overwhelmed with our DIY list at home Jen in KS s last blog post How d we do and what s ahead Sandra says January 16 2009 at 10 05 am Thank you for number 10 Like Dana said the others are a piece of cake I am actually in a phase where I think I throw recycle donate too many things Rachel says January 16 2009 at 10 33 am These are great suggestions everyone It s true you re never quite done Christine says January 16 2009 at 10 34 am To go along with 4 encourage each other My fiance is a pack rat whereas I make regular sweeps to see what else we can get rid of I always want to get rid of more than he s willing to let go Sometimes I have to remind him that we never use the junk and sometimes he reminds me of reasons to keep things that in my zeal to declutter I forget about It s always a compromise KS says January 16 2009 at 10 35 am If you want to get rid of old towels check with your local animal shelter Mine requests donations of them Also many thrift stores sell clothing that they can t use to the rag trade I m just noting this because of item number 2 SofaSophia says January 16 2009 at 11 14 am As for a motto and I can t remember where I read this one you could use I m moving overseas Of course this is a lie but it can help you prepare for any adventure that might be coming your way and leave you with a decluttered home in the meanwhile Nicki at Domestic Cents says January 16 2009 at 11 25 am For me it s also a good idea to declutter one spot at a time I can t work on 5 different rooms Focusing my attention on one room at a time makes me feel like I m making progress Nicki at Domestic Cents s last blog post Good Reads Alliteration Edition Sarah Life in the Parsonage says January 16 2009 at 11 31 am All good suggestions The one that s really motivating me right now is everything no matter how big or small takes my TIME if I have to move it walk around it or pick it up it needs to be of value and use or it has to go sounds harsh Sarah Life in the Parsonage s last blog post Too Random for a Title Kim says January 16 2009 at 11 35 am My most important thing is DON T buy storage containers etc BEFORE decluttering After you re finished you ll find that you need less containers or maybe none at all I like 8 I list things for 3 days on eBay if they re in good condition If they don t sell there I ll post on craigslist for the same amount of time After that it s off to Goodwill or our emergency food clothing bank jill says January 16 2009 at 11 54 am Just the pep talk I needed I love a Top 10 List I was very tempted to print it out and post it on my bulletin board It would have just ended up on a pile on my desk with the intention of putting it on the bulletin board But I DIDN T Why not Because that would be creating more clutter for myself Yay See how I m getting it You can be very proud of me o V Higgins says January 16 2009 at 11 59 am Great post as usual I have the decluttering bug too The hard part is I like to declutter dear hubby s stuff too He s a bit of a pack rat 8 is really good because my mom has literally an entire wall full of boxes of books old homeschool stuff that she keeps saying I want to sell on Half Ebay she s been saying that since I started college in 2003 There are more boxes filling up my old bedroom too Seriously it s not worth storing for longer than a month or two if it doesn t sell or you don t have time to list it just get rid of it you ll feel so much better I need to do another decluttering run for me if it s out of sight guest bedroom closet then I forget it s there until I look for something and then I go aruggh think Charlie Brown when I open and see a mess Megan SortaCrunchy says January 16 2009 at 12 02 pm First of all I struggle with 10 so much The GUILT I have an incredible knack for remembering where every time came from particularly gifts and I feel so guilty throwing out things that I know were lovingly picked for us I need a new mantra for purging those un useful gifts My main mantra for decluttering is Bird by Bird inspired by Anne Lamott s famous book on writing I get SO OVERWHELMED so easily I have to remind myself to work in small chunks and small bits of time Decluttering is so love hate for me I hate the process and put it off to the point it is way more work than it ever should have been But then I love the ultimate reward of a well edited home Megan SortaCrunchy s last blog post evidently things are tough all over gonzomama says January 16 2009 at 12 02 pm these decluttering posts are coming at a great time for me i am gearing myself up for some serious room changing and organizing that needs to be done in our home i think i

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