right arrow
Examples: Monday, today, last week, Mar 26, 3/26/04

The "Bag A Week" Club

134689200

Replies to: The "Bag A Week" Club

  • MansfieldMansfield 793 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 795 Member
    I think I've got you all beat. I recently shredded some checks from 1978. They were in the bottom of a file cabinet in the basement. It was kind of funny to go through the checks. There was a check made out to my credit card company for my Christmas shopping. It was for $156. I remember thinking I'd gone overboard that Christmas!

    Yesterday I cleaned out the folder with all the instruction manuals. I finally tossed out the manual from the Fisher Price baby monitor, circa 1986.

    Right now, I am on a roll and I am ruthless.
    · Reply · Share
  • numom2016numom2016 22 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 24 New Member
    Mansfield, I don't even know which appliances we own anymore. But the 1986 baby monitor instructions must take some kind of prize! I threw them all out, ha. No one in my family seems to notice how ruthless I'm being so I think I'll just keep going!
    · Reply · Share
  • morrismmmorrismm 3382 replies181 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,563 Senior Member
    In my bag of blankets were baby blankets. My kids are all in their twenties. OMG the stuff we find!
    · Reply · Share
  • CountingDownCountingDown 13323 replies110 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 13,433 Senior Member
    Shredded lots of old financial statements today and cleaned out more files. Have a box downstairs with medical claims back to 1990. That will be a TON of shredding since all the claims had SSNs on them back then... We have every tax return we've ever filed downstairs, too. I think DH would veto ditching the 1983-2000 returns, though...

    My sister said she would be thrilled to get my clothes, so I have three boxes packed up for her so far. Have two boxes for S1 and DIL which are in the car ready to drop off at the PO.

    I have a couple of files with manuals for various devices in the house and I cull through those every couple of years.
    · Reply · Share
  • 2016BarnardMom2016BarnardMom 1849 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,852 Senior Member
    Do you all find that the longer you're at it, the more ruthless you become? I know I end up pitching more stuff as I go because I just get so tired of dealing with it.

    I'm good about ditching my tax returns. Seven years and out- As I finish up the taxes and go to file it, I take the oldest one out and shred it.
    · Reply · Share
  • CountingDownCountingDown 13323 replies110 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 13,433 Senior Member
    As a corollary to ditching and organizing: I am making a list of all our various accounts, insurance policies, etc. so in the event anything happens to me, DH and/or the guys will know which end is up. Perhaps we'll even get wills done at some point! :eek:
    · Reply · Share
  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 38426 replies465 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 38,891 Senior Member
    Re: SSN on old documents. I found and old transcript, and surely enough the darn thing had my SSN printed on it! In the good old days Mr B had his driver's licence number printed on the checks for convenience - so the store clerks did not have to write it down. Can't imagine doing this nowadays! I wanted to just throw those checks in the recycle bin since we moved from that address long time ago and the bank is no longer around, but can't do that - the DL number is still the same... Yes, one has to be very careful with old documents.
    · Reply · Share
  • CountingDownCountingDown 13323 replies110 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 13,433 Senior Member
    Found DH's old paystubs from his previous employer in a file today -- 1996. Had his SSN *AND* our (still current) checking account number on them for direct deposit. Yikes!!!!
    · Reply · Share
  • 1moremom1moremom 3870 replies95 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,965 Senior Member
    There are companies that offer document destruction and some local businesses around me offer free shredding occasionally.

    I cleaned out my pantry yesterday and pitched a few odd food items that were out of date. Also came up with two feet (shelf space) of cookbooks that can go to the AAUW book sale.
    · Reply · Share
  • JustaMom5465JustaMom5465 1575 replies81 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,656 Senior Member
    I don't want to derail but I can resist commenting on the SSNs and old documents. When I was in college (this was in the mid-late 80's), whenever exam or course grades were posted, there was just a big (dot matrixx) printout hung in the window, BY SSN, for all to see.

    Also do you remember when your FULL credit card number - and expiration date - were printed on grocery store receipts, which we all dropped in the parking lot. (Who cares? How could you possibly use a CC# with no card??) :)

    Back to bag-a-week. Today, I will tackle a bookshelf in our family room since we're getting some new furniture.
    · Reply · Share
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy 18317 replies322 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18,639 Senior Member
    Also came up with two feet (shelf space) of cookbooks that can go to the AAUW book sale.

    I did the same thing when we moved a year ago. There were cookbooks in there that had originally been my mother's or that people had given me when they didn't know what else to get me. Got rid of them and have no regrets. I just kept the ones I use all the time, and the one S2's GF gave me. If I want a recipe for something specific and it's not in one of my books, I just look on-line.

    I need advice: What do I do with my grandmother's Limoges china? I never use it -- the dinner plates are on the small side, and they require hand-washing. Everything has tiny chips so Replacements won't take it. It's not particularly valuable either, according to various websites I've searched. I could give it to Goodwill or a consignment shop, but I feel guilty getting rid of it. Advice?
    · Reply · Share
  • garlandgarland 15900 replies198 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 16,098 Senior Member
    I don't have a good answer, but it worries me. My mother has a house full of family china--heirlooms going back several generations. God bless her, I plan on her living another 20 years, but some time we're going to have deal with this--piles of half-sets and stray pieces. I really don't want them, and my kids are the only members of the next generation, and I will be surprised if either wants them. I'd be happy with selling the lot, but that would be considered scandalous in my family.
    · Reply · Share
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy 18317 replies322 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18,639 Senior Member
    Frankly, I don't think selling is an option. In order to sell, you need a buyer!
    · Reply · Share
  • SamuraiLandsharkSamuraiLandshark 3428 replies22 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,450 Senior Member
    Maybe look at Pinterest or Etsy for inspiration with random china. What about turning it into a craft and giving as gift to famiky members or friends?
    · Reply · Share
  • gouf78gouf78 7773 replies23 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 7,796 Senior Member
    Take a photo of it or make a scrapbook page about grandma and her china and then send it to consignment or donate it.
    I had a friend who saved her grandmother's china for 20 years and it ended up eventually in the trash. She wishes she had given it to somebody who could have used it 20 years earlier.
    On another thread someone mentioned saving furniture for their kids. No way I would do that unless it's just a small heirloom piece. Tastes, homes differ.

    Hate to brag but I started this cleaning process in October. My garage is at least a third cleared out. I did get RUTHLESS--but it felt so great! The garbage and Goodwill were my best friends.
    · Reply · Share
  • numom2016numom2016 22 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 24 New Member
    Today I will burn up old tax returns (more than seven years old) I forgot about the fact that social security numbers used to be printed on everything...
    · Reply · Share
  • limabeanslimabeans 4649 replies105 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4,754 Senior Member
    I've lived in this house for way too many years, 30+. Each day, I have a new closet or cabinet to attack. Today's closet will be the family room. I warned my DH.

    I'll have to burn up those old tax forms too. I bet they date back to when we first moved here. UGH!

    Garland, I'm right there with you. What to do about my Limoges china? Some of it is REALLY old. Some pieces even have gold trim, which of course can't be stuck in the DW. There is all sits, downstairs in our dusty basement. 12-piece sets, plus tons of serving platters and casseroles, etc. At least the sterling (12 x knives/forks/spoons, etc) are easily stored.

    Then, there's the stuff my mom left here when she moved east. That's not fancy, and there's lots of broken pieces. Think I'll toss those too.
    · Reply · Share
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy 18317 replies322 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18,639 Senior Member
    limabeans, if you don't want the sterling flatware, I'll take it off your hands. :rolleyes:

    I have two and a half sets and I use it all the time.
    · Reply · Share
  • harvestmoonharvestmoon 876 replies78 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 954 Member
    Dropped off 2 bags today before the snow storm hits! It was all clothing, but next is shoes and accessories. :)
    · Reply · Share
  • moonchildmoonchild 3266 replies30 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,296 Senior Member
    Big bag of of purses ready for goodwill! I'm on board!
    · Reply · Share
Sign In or Register to comment.

Recent Activity