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The "Bag A Week" Club

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  • SamuraiLandsharkSamuraiLandshark 3428 replies22 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,450 Senior Member
    I started this last year. The first few months were easy. The next few months, not so much. I was getting house ready for some remodeling.

    When I got the urge to purge, I went a little crazy and a few times purged too much. I also boxed up stuff I needed and am still looking for!

    One thing that did work for the "maybe keep" bags - put those aside for a while. Maybe a month. Then go through them again and see what I wanted. It was easier to go through with fresh eyes and not rush to junk if I wasn't sure about keeping.

    I do not do a bag a week anymore. Just when I can.

    Also, I found great happiness in putting stuff on my curb for scavengers. I usually would out out Friday night and garage salers would come by and pick up.

    Do the best you can. Lightening your load is a good feeling.
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  • harvestmoonharvestmoon 876 replies78 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 954 Member
    I started a bag today with all of the socks I'm never going to wear! It surprisingly filled up a good half.

    Tomorrow I'll continue with shirts and sweaters.

    ETA: Pairs of socks that are brand new. I've found that I routinely wear the same fifteen pairs or so and let all of these new ones people give me collect dust in my drawer.
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  • SamuraiLandsharkSamuraiLandshark 3428 replies22 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,450 Senior Member
    Those socks are handy for cleaning and stripping paint and oiling wood cabinets.

    I keep one bag of them in a cabinet fir those chores. Then toss them.
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  • collage1collage1 1677 replies69 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,746 Senior Member
    gosmom,
    you said: -random cords, chargers that I have no clue what they belong to, going to Best Buy for recyling

    We keep all random cords in a basket and, last year, I put the unidentified ones in a box and labelled it with the date. It's been a year and I now want to get rid of them, operating under the assumption that if we haven't needed them in a year, we're likely to never need them, but wasn't sure what to do with them. I can give BB a call but you just drop them off and they figure out how to dispose of them?
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  • murmurmurmur 306 replies33 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 339 Member
    I am in, I did this when I stopped working donated suits and such to Dress for Success, have tried to keep up but can see the clutter returning, baskets of cards, piles of magazines. My D & I did take a laundry basket of test books and AP books to Half Price last week and got some cash. This will keep me motivated.
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  • JustaMomJustaMom 2652 replies94 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,746 Senior Member
    After reading the thread the other day, I realized my New Years resolution for 2013 (and 2102, 2011, 2010...) was to clean out the linen closet. It's amazing what accumulates in there. I looked at the calendar and discovered I had less than a week to go, and put on the stereo, super loud, 6 favorite CDs, on shuffle, just they way I used to clean the house years ago, boogie woogie style! Several hours and 6 bags later, I was heading to Goodwill donation center, and I feel great! Next up, the kitchen cabinets. Now THOSE really need some help!
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  • gosmomgosmom 1898 replies55 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,953 Senior Member
    collage1....our Best Buy has cord/charger/etc., recycling bins right as you enter the front door....
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  • emilybeeemilybee 13139 replies35 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 13,174 Senior Member
    Countingdown, I take hand-me-downs from my sister all the time. She spends a bloody fortune on clothes and they always look brand new when I get them. Just ask your sister - if she's not interested she'll just say no thanks.
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  • VeryHappyVeryHappy 18315 replies322 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18,637 Senior Member
    Hand-me-downs are the best. Goodwill is second-best.
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  • HImomHImom 33963 replies387 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34,350 Senior Member
    OK, I'm in. The kids have been begging us to declutter and it's past time. Thanks for starting this!
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  • Class2012MomClass2012Mom 1979 replies200 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,179 Senior Member
    For those purging, can I suggest that you also consider donating to organizations in addition to Goodwill? There are many places who would love to have your things for people who can't afford to even shop at Goodwill. For example, I volunteer as a CASA for kids in the foster care system. Many foster families are in real need of bedding (sheets, blankets). We also take clothings for kids infant through 20 (including maternity clothes), toys, books, backpacks, etc. Some kids go into foster care with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Coats and warm clothes maybe to homeless shelter. Nothing wrong with Goodwill, but sometimes your things can make a bigger impact given to charities where the items are given directly to those in need.
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  • MansfieldMansfield 792 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 794 Member
    I'm in. I hate clutter. The bigger question is "will H be in?" He hates throwing stuff away. I think I'll just make things "disappear."
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  • peacefulmompeacefulmom 667 replies41 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 708 Member
    I'm in. I think I will schedule this for Sundays. Goals always work best for me if I assign them to specific days.

    Haha Mansfield! I get it. My H has become better recently. We take photos of things that are sentimental or meaningful. It makes the tossing easier! Before that, things would just "disappear."
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  • MinnymomMinnymom 652 replies35 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 687 Member
    Love this idea... Wish DH did.:-/
    Had DS14 clean out his closet yesterday. Got rid of lots of "Grade A" junk at Goodwill. Last tax deduction of the year!
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  • zeebamomzeebamom 1356 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    I'm going for something every day - it can be a single item or a bag of stuff. I've got to get rid of the mess.

    Today I cleaned out my underwear drawer. There were things in there from when I was going through radiation 6 years ago. Gone, gone, gone.

    ETA: your school district may have a clothing bank that would welcome gently used kid/teen clothing. My daughter works in the after care program in the district and took in a bunch of old games. My sister's classroom is getting a stack of children's books.
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  • Sally22Sally22 712 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 722 Member
    Ok- what is your plan of attack? Start in one room and clean out a drawer etc and move on? Or start on closets?

    My biggest trouble is my kitchen desk and drawers. I have a drawer full of chargers, the drop off at Best Buy sounds like a plan.
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  • shellfellshellfell 3249 replies11 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,260 Senior Member
    I'm in. I always resolve to deal with clutter, start off well, but quit before I've made much of a dent. Doing a bag a week may make it much less overwhelming.
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  • abasketabasket 18868 replies847 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 19,715 Senior Member
    Wow, you guys are on it!!!

    I can see all the trash bags/Bose lined up already!
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  • VeryHappyVeryHappy 18315 replies322 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18,637 Senior Member
    DH told me that I consider to be "clutter" anything that belongs to him.

    He's not wrong. :D
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  • abasketabasket 18868 replies847 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 19,715 Senior Member
    I tend to be a "start with one room, one section at at time" kind of person. My next target is the coat closet in the foyer - SCARY in there!!!

    Also a great feeling when you revisit an area you have cleaned out - it looks so great!!!
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