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Old 02-15-2010, 04:10 PM   #41
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A non-working ink jet printer to the recycler. One item down---many to go---but hey, it is a start.
FIYes, that's pretty good!!

I have one item so far to start this week's 7 items. I decided to throw out some curlers (the sponge kind, for sleeping on). My curling iron is good enough for morning touch-ups if necessary, and with my curly hair that seldom is needed. I haven't used them in years.
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Old 02-15-2010, 04:53 PM   #42
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I would like to request double points for this one...mwah ha haaaa

I just finished up a box of unsorted papers. Unimpressed so far?

The majority of the unsorted papers were all related to my former
w*rkplace. I found past performance reviews, memos from idiots OWCP staffers trying to reject/delay a legitimate Workers' Comp claim, award certificates for Excellent reviews, copies of technical reports I authored for in-house laboratory w*rk, yadda yadda yadda.

It is now all turned to fine ashes in my fireplace. It was SOOOO liberating to strike that match.

I retained all necessary personnel records I will need to file for my deferred pension in 5 years.
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Freebird, you get TRIPLE points for that, plus a Lifetime Simplification Expert certificate (that I won't give you, because you know that you would just burn it up too!! )

I still have a bag full of that sort of stuff.... hmmm.... maybe I'll wait....
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Freebird, you get TRIPLE points for that, plus a Lifetime Simplification Expert certificate (that I won't give you, because you know that you would just burn it up too!! )

I still have a bag full of that sort of stuff.... hmmm.... maybe I'll wait....
Wooohoooo...TRIPLE POINTS

I'll graciously accept said LSE Certificate and I promise not to burn it up.
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Wooohoooo...TRIPLE POINTS

I'll graciously accept said LSE Certificate and I promise not to burn it up.
Oh yeah, right!! You probably promised not to burn up your
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Besides, I didn't REALLY make one, but you weren't supposed to know that.
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Besides, I didn't REALLY make one, but you weren't supposed to know that.
I'm gonna go sit in the corner and eat worms...
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I'm gonna go sit in the corner and eat worms...
OK, let's see if this works:
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OK, let's see if this works:
Aaawwwww, very sweet. I'm touched. TY

PS The first wise-acre who jumps on "I'm touched" is gonna get .
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PS The first wise-acre who jumps on "I'm touched" is gonna get .
Oh, I love baseball. I'm posting this from iPod touch, so who's "touched" here? You, me or Apple?

Congrats, working with work papers is horrifiying. Very inspiring thread, Maurice. I sealed a box of old clothes today.
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Went through my old college books .. I don't think I need that old text on computer technology from 1975! Got rid of some old Byte Magazines from 1984! Went through all my campground brochures sorted them by state and threw out hundreds of duplicates..
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Okay, I will start with this, but not sure how long I will play. Hopefully, for a long time. I have 4 paperback books and 1 hardback book set aside to pass along to my sister. I put aside 2 pairs of pants and 1 pair of shorts for the Goodwill donation. I threw out 1 bottle of expired Vitamin E.

Kudos to Maurice for starting this thread. You are making the world a better place already. Can't wait to see all the stuff that leaves one's household and can be put to better use in someone else's household. I have been meaning to declutter since retirement, going on 4 years, and you have inspired me. Thanks.
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Aaawwwww, very sweet. I'm touched. The first wise-acre who jumps on "I'm touched" is gonna get .
I was going to add that you're "special" and "touched by a higher power"...........

You should give that bat away to Goodwill.........
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Went through my old college books .. I don't think I need that old text on computer technology from 1975! Got rid of some old Byte Magazines from 1984! Went through all my campground brochures sorted them by state and threw out hundreds of duplicates..

What do you do with your old books? Library?, recycle?
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Today I dropped off all of the stuff off at the church. It was quite an array of plastic bags and boxes.
I feeeeeeeel good.
The pile in the living room has been officially halved. Tomorrow is a good day to continue and finish it up.
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Went through my old college books .. I don't think I need that old text on computer technology from 1975!
I agree with that perspective, but spouse has a different one.

She copiously highlighted & annotated all of her college textbooks during her classes, and even filed homework/projects with them. 25+ years later they're all still boxed up in the garage as "offline memory" reference. The technology may have moved on but she still uses them to make sure she understands what she knew before she goes after the update.

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This would be a good time to suggest that eBay and Craigslist should be consulted for values. Last year I was ready to ditch a dozen crappy-looking silver spoons and ended up earning over $150 on eBay.

A friend of mine pulls down $500-$2000/year going through garage sales for old aviation magazines. By "old" I mean "before 1990". Apparently some of them are collectibles, and he makes his money from the spread between 25 cents and $5.
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What do you do with your old books? Library?, recycle?
I have a used book store here that will pay a bit for them. $4 for a box of em or $8 in store credit.

I got 2 trash bags full of old unused fabric that I will give to a quilting friend to use or pass along. Shredded more ancient check copies and receipts. Loaded up another box of old books.

All this makes me sneeze and I woke up with a sinus headache. More allergy meds needed.
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Kudos to Maurice for starting this thread. You are making the world a better place already. Can't wait to see all the stuff that leaves one's household and can be put to better use in someone else's household. I have been meaning to declutter since retirement, going on 4 years, and you have inspired me. Thanks.

Thanks.

The part that makes me smile is the thought of all those SO's out there thinking "I've been asking him/her to go through that crap for years to no avail, now some guy on the internet posts something and he/she is suddenly all motivated."
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I'll start - here's this week's item: (not my photo)




Its a few years old but still worth something to somebody (I got a new Mac in 08).

I'll be putting this up for sale on Craigslist. I'd do ebay for a wider audience but I don't want to deal with shipping it.


Midweek update - it wouldn't properly boot anymore, so its not going to sell (for anything reasonable anyway). It will be in Friday morning's garbage instead, sans hard drive.

Of course if I had sold it at the time of its last use I could have gotten a couple hundred for it.... such is the cost of proctrastination.
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Maurice,
If the hard drive appears good, but just won't boot to windows, you might try getting hold of a copy of Ubuntu. It's free, and may boot.
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Midweek update - it wouldn't properly boot anymore, so its not going to sell (for anything reasonable anyway). It will be in Friday morning's garbage instead, sans hard drive.

Of course if I had sold it at the time of its last use I could have gotten a couple hundred for it.... such is the cost of proctrastination.

Here is an article outlining several web sites that pay you to recycle electronics, computers, etc:


Fiscal Fitness: Get Cash for Your Castoffs - Manage Your Life on Shine


FYI, I haven't tried any of the sites myself yet.
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