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Old 02-19-2017, 03:16 PM   #81
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DH and I sold our 4 bdrm 2.5 bath house last July. We are renting our daughters 2 bdrm 1 bath 800 square foot house for now. Lucky for us the house has a 700 square foot basement for all the stuff we didn't get rid of.

We are currently selling all the "stuff" we didn't get rid of on craig's list and offerup. Doing ok. We may only be selling for $10 or so but we have over $700 right now and the "stuff" is out of sight and out of mind in the basement.

If it was up to me, I would just take it all to Goodwill or the dump, but DH loves selling our "stuff".
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I was selling of my "packrat" brother's collection of old magazines from the 48 through 56 period. Got $0.50 each instead of all that weight. Another buyer bought non-working items that looked good for movie sets. Managed to get the 1-800-GOT-junk charge down significantly. Estate sale, then Criagslist, including free for cottages by appt., finally the junk guys.

I learned a lot. One guy bought the contents of the fridge for $10. Yuk!
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Old 02-19-2017, 03:22 PM   #83
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Friend of ours is cleaning out his recently deceased brothers garage / repair shop. He is sure that there are some very rare and valuable pieces of automotive parts in there, but he is not in the position to be able to identify. all going to the metal scrap yard. it's a shame really, but he's 75 +\- and is not at all interested in maximizing value. he just wants it all gone.
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Old 02-20-2017, 03:26 AM   #84
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We've been losing money lately on decluttering but gaining space. It cost $100 to ship sports equipment to one of the kids and $10 to recycle an old microwave. But it is worth it to start seeing shelves and drawers with lots of empty space. We would eventually like to downsize to about half the space we have now so that means half our stuff has to go.
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DW coined a phrase the other day as we are muddling through on phase 2 of our RE decluttering: " the final decluttering", as in ' they won't let you take that into the assisted living facility. We are not at the ' final decluttering' stage yet, I hope.
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force yourself to relocate to a remote Hawaiian island in the next two weeks. I did that a few yrs back had 2weeks to sell a lot of stuff. It was easy to know what was worth the most or underpriced as the hounds were all over that. lost a ton of money but half that stuff I never missed.
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Funny, I thought you found out that you had actual cash money hidden in a book you sold. I'm sure that happens a lot too.
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force yourself to relocate to a remote Hawaiian island in the next two weeks. I did that a few yrs back had 2weeks to sell a lot of stuff. It was easy to know what was worth the most or underpriced as the hounds were all over that. lost a ton of money but half that stuff I never missed.
That's awesome! I am envious of both the fast decluttering and the great move!
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I don't declutter to make money, so I usually don't bother trying to get the best price for everything. My goal is to get things out of the door fast.

We had to do a lot of decluttering when we downsized from 2500sqft to just over 1000sqft five years ago. Now we are getting ready to upsize back up to 2500sqft yet I have decided to do another round of decluttering before the move. I have become much better at "letting go".
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Planning to move aboard a 34ft boat in ~18 months. We WILL NOT be putting anything in storage (save a small box or two of 'keepsakes').

Boy, that'll force some decluttering!! I'm doing pretty well getting rid of stuff, DW not so much (so far).....
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Planning to move aboard a 34ft boat in ~18 months. We WILL NOT be putting anything in storage (save a small box or two of 'keepsakes').

Boy, that'll force some decluttering!! I'm doing pretty well getting rid of stuff, DW not so much (so far).....
Awesome plan.

A friend moved into a class A, after 5 years they came back to dispose of the stuff in storage.
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Sigh, I'm a minimalist. DW has hording tendencies. It's a constant struggle to find a balance. Just because something has value doesn't mean it'll be easy to monetize it.

Here's how to start an argument at my house.... (me kicking a disassembled pile of aluminum tubing on the basement floor) Yes dear, I understand it's a $900 amateur radio antenna, but, you don't have any use for it and you've mentioned a number of times you were going to sell it, but, it's still here on the floor and I really want to throw it out.
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Sigh, I'm a minimalist. DW has hording tendencies. It's a constant struggle to find a balance. Just because something has value doesn't mean it'll be easy to monetize it.

Here's how to start an argument at my house.... (me kicking a disassembled pile of aluminum tubing on the basement floor) Yes dear, I understand it's a $900 amateur radio antenna, but, you don't have any use for it and you've mentioned a number of times you were going to sell it, but, it's still here on the floor and I really want to throw it out.
I've got lots of boxes on the floor so to speak.

On deck is liquidating the contents of 3 family members households, in addition to our empty nest get rid of work stuff de-cluttering. It is a challenge in 1 of them since there are valuable antiques and artwork. In my own house the dilemma is I paid $60 can sell for $30 but shipping will eat $18.
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I recently sold a 1987 Brother Electronic Typewriter on Ebay. I sold it for $15 and it cost $23 to ship via UPS from CA to New Jersey (I charged $38 for shipping because that's how much the USPS wanted and later I realized that UPS would do it cheaper). I think I used the typewriter once or twice. I'm so happy I got it out of my house!
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Essentially you lost the money when you bought the things that like most things planned on becoming junk. When you decluttered, you only realized this existing loss.

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Another way to think of decluttering assume you did not do it and left it to a post mortem estate sale to get rid of how much do you think you would get then? If you get that or more you have done well.
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Essentially you lost the money when you bought the things that like most things planned on becoming junk. When you decluttered, you only realized this existing loss.

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True, I have realized this, and now hardly buy anything.

When I fix something, the screws and nuts I didn't use, I now take back to the store instead of putting them on the shelf in the basement.

I have a ton of stuff to get rid of, problem is some of it is an emotional issue for a packrat
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During recent decluttering we re-discovered a set of monogrammed sterling silverware that belonged to my family. Looks like we are going to sell it for the silver content - getting an estimate on the value now. Seems a shame, but we will never use them and our kids aren't interested either.
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During recent decluttering we re-discovered a set of monogrammed sterling silverware that belonged to my family. Looks like we are going to sell it for the silver content - getting an estimate on the value now. Seems a shame, but we will never use them and our kids aren't interested either.
Yeah, silver is pretty bad right now. I have 4 lovely monogrammed napkin rings, 3.75 oz. of sterling silver, from my Ex's family, and they're fetching almost nothing on e-Bay. I'd have no problem sending them back to my SIL (my Ex, her brother is deceased) but I don't think she'd be interested- she showed no interest in an elaborate sterling silver yo-yo that her mother had bought for her father years ago when I asked. That's also not worth much.

Last month I sold DH's digital Nikon camera on e-Bay (one of the first, so expensive at the time but now older technology) plus an extra lens, and then sold the flash unit separately. What I got was a fraction of what we paid for all of it but it was gathering dust (I have my own cameras) and wasn't going to get any more valuable so I sold it all. DH got a lot of wonderful pictures over the years so I'll just think of the depreciation as rent. It was well worth it.

Also sold a silk Hermes scarf a relative brought back from Paris for me 30 years ago. It was beautiful but I don't wear scarves that much anymore and I wanted someone else to enjoy it. That went for $160.
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Essentially you lost the money when you bought the things that like most things planned on becoming junk. When you decluttered, you only realized this existing loss.

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Old stuff that I think would be neat to have = collectibles = expensive.

Old stuff that I have = junk = worthless.

Lesson to be learned- Stop converting collectibles to junk by spending money on them!


It is really hard to get rid of stuff. But one of the most important things to learn is to quit buying stuff because it looks like a good deal or it may be worth more some day.

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