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post #1 of 17
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Ever notice that cleaning ones environment can lead to changes in yourself? Generally I'm known as a big time pack-rat. Terrible, infact! I have SO much junk the average person would go crazy living in my space (lots of nick knacks on my shelves). So I've decided to downsize. Last week I took out a bag of "garbage" and a box of stuff to the salvation army. Today, I spent 5 hours cleaning and reorganizing our computer room which had accumulated 8 years worth of stuff.
It's amazing how clean and fresh it feels in here. Gone are the days of clutter, or at least until my dad gets to it My next mission is to find a way to profit from the complete Commidore 64 system that we have. If that fails, it's GARBAGE! I feel so much better now, life is changing and I've been waiting a long time for it to start
post #2 of 17
FLYLady says: "If you don't love it, if it doesn't make you smile, get RID of it." Words I'm attempting to live by, 15 minutes at a time!! I'm a packrat, genetically double-whammied to be so. I have to really work to keep the clutter away!

http://www.flylady.net/ Shameless plug, I know, but she's kept me sane this last year!!!!
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sylorna
My next mission is to find a way to profit from the complete Commidore 64 system that we have. If that fails, it's GARBAGE!
You should sell it on EBAY. You can make lots o' money on old 80s stuff!! Man I loved Commodore 64....
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sylorna
Ever notice that cleaning ones environment can lead to changes in yourself? Generally I'm known as a big time pack-rat. Terrible, infact! I have SO much junk the average person would go crazy living in my space (lots of nick knacks on my shelves). So I've decided to downsize. Last week I took out a bag of "garbage" and a box of stuff to the salvation army. Today, I spent 5 hours cleaning and reorganizing our computer room which had accumulated 8 years worth of stuff.
It's amazing how clean and fresh it feels in here. Gone are the days of clutter, or at least until my dad gets to it My next mission is to find a way to profit from the complete Commidore 64 system that we have. If that fails, it's GARBAGE! I feel so much better now, life is changing and I've been waiting a long time for it to start
When my Beloved Corkie died I worked through my grief by cleaning. I threw out so many things I had been holding on to by telling myself I would never get around to using it or looking at it.

NOW, however I kind of wish I had not been quite so "strong"! Some things still mean a lot even if I don't see them all the time.

I have NO use for my late Mares' blankets or bridles or halters BUT I finally decided I NEED them as reminder of them! So some "stuf" IS necessary to keep!
post #5 of 17
Oh, I need a flylady to come clean out my house! I can't seem to clean quicker than the mess accumulates!
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by journey
You should sell it on EBAY. You can make lots o' money on old 80s stuff!! Man I loved Commodore 64....
We thought about that...but it worries me that it'd be my first sale. It'd be a huge lot and I'm not really sure how to go about wrapping up a moniter in the first place. There's a store pretty close to us that sells things on e-bay on your behalf (I'm thinking they get commission or something). We're thinking about looking into it.
post #7 of 17
WOW! If I lived closer, I'd certainly buy your Commodore 64!!

I really need to cleanse my environment really! Because I've been doing so much practical work, I have very little room to sit in my studio now!

You've inspired me!
post #8 of 17
I like to 'unload' every once in a while. It makes me feel organized to sort out all the junk. My local Humane Soc has a summer rummage sale. I put stuff in boxes in the garage through out the year and if i dont retrive it, volunteers come and pick it up and make it go away. It makes it easy for me to give up some nice things that i dont really need.
post #9 of 17
I'm the opposite, I hate clutter and mess and am normaly really tidy. I haven't done much cleaning since the kitties moved in (3 weeks ago) so things are starting to get messy and I hate it!

When I lived at home the house was always untidy, I think that's why I'm so opposite now. When I moved out I took the opportunity to get rid of anything that I didn't need, and now there's just two drawers of 'junk' in my place, which I keep meaning to sort through, but out of sight out of mind!



Must start cleaning rather than playing with kittens............
post #10 of 17
Sorry to admit it, but I'm obsessively tidy. If something is out of place, I will walk by, try to ignore it....but always end up going back and "righting" it. Still, with 3 boys, a husband, a dog and a cat in the house with me, stuff does accumulate! Every once in awhile I have to go through the boys' rooms, when they aren't home, of course!
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sylorna
We thought about that...but it worries me that it'd be my first sale. It'd be a huge lot and I'm not really sure how to go about wrapping up a moniter in the first place. There's a store pretty close to us that sells things on e-bay on your behalf (I'm thinking they get commission or something). We're thinking about looking into it.
I wouldn't even begin to try to pack a monitor. DHs NEC went kerflooey about a month ago, and he was going to have to ship it to get it fixed (it was in warranty --- just) and we went through h*ll getting a box and packing the thing ... when he discovered it was going to cost about 40-50 bucks to ship the thing he just said forget it. Which I thought was for the best as I just couldn't see it making it to its destination in one piece!

For what it's worth, you can do a "local pick-up only" on eBay, although you'll still get folks from Timbuktu asking "Will you ship?" no matter HOW many times and how large a typeface you put in your ad "NO SHIPPING!" (been there done that.) We've sold a few things, and the local p/u worked for us. If you're uncomfortable having someone come to your house, you can always meet somewhere.

Cindy
post #12 of 17
I once kept a child hood home iron candelabra for for 20 yrs. It was hammerd iron and beautiful in the gothic way. i never used it. I had enough of it and tossed it. 5 month latter mom asked for it back. There is a reason we are all being pack rats?
post #13 of 17
How DO you sell on Ebay? I have some plastic horses I want to get rid of but when they sent me the fee's it appeared by the time I paid the fee's I would not make a cent!
post #14 of 17
I really haven't figured out how to make money on ebay but I figure as long as I break even and get rid of some of the stuff in my apartment I don't care. Right now I'm going through the VHS tapes, I've had for years that I don't watch.

Recently I've really gotten into the idea of simplifing my life which includes getting rid of a lot of junk I've collected over the years. I still dread doing the closets though, and I've only lived here a couple of years.

The bookshelves are also daunting, I love to read and have three bookshelves that are packed full but I know I need to get rid of some old books that are out of date. Will probably get it done when I reorganize the livingroom/dinning room area of the apartment.
post #15 of 17
It's been a while, best I remember there's an "insertion fee" which is fairly minimal (at least it used to be!) and then they get a percentage of the final sale price. It's different for big ticket items like cars and motorcycles. You can also add a lot of little toots and whistles for the listing which IMHO does nothing but increases eBay's profit. If you've got something someone wants, they'll find it without fancy listing frou-frou .

Cindy
post #16 of 17
GrayKittenLove, that's how I initially got into eBay, I was winnowing my book collection waaaaaaay down (I think I had something like 1,500 or more titles?) Selling books is easier as packing the things is simple and you can send them media mail which if someone isn't in a hurry makes it more worth it to them to bid on it. Doesn't make sense to pay a couple of dollars for a book and then 6-7 bucks in shipping, but media mail is usually less than 2-3 dollars.

If you've got anything that's even vaguely collectible (for instance old adolescent series like Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, or old-old children's books) or unusual (I have a book on Japanese Architecture that I doubt you'll find many of even on eBay) you might want to look into it. It makes sense to go on there and do a search on a particular title first, just to see how common it is and what it's going for.

Cindy
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by RoseHawke
GrayKittenLove, that's how I initially got into eBay, I was winnowing my book collection waaaaaaay down (I think I had something like 1,500 or more titles?) Selling books is easier as packing the things is simple and you can send them media mail which if someone isn't in a hurry makes it more worth it to them to bid on it. Doesn't make sense to pay a couple of dollars for a book and then 6-7 bucks in shipping, but media mail is usually less than 2-3 dollars.

If you've got anything that's even vaguely collectible (for instance old adolescent series like Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, or old-old children's books) or unusual (I have a book on Japanese Architecture that I doubt you'll find many of even on eBay) you might want to look into it. It makes sense to go on there and do a search on a particular title first, just to see how common it is and what it's going for.

Cindy
My dream is to have the whole collection of Nancy Drew in the old 1960s (or whenever) hard covers.
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