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    Barn day yesterday so didn't get rid of anything. Today I managed to get rid of a 3 panel wood framed rice paper screen by foisting it off on a neighbor! YAY! Maybe I'll look for something else to get rid of today since I didn't get rid of anything yesterday!

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    I'm hoping to down size within the next 5 yrs. Got to get rid of stuff too.

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    My yard sale pile is huge and out of control. I'm ready to do this even though i really dislike yard sales. I told my husband that whatever doesn't sell, back up the truck & trailer and we are hauling it to Goodwill immediately. I don't have the energy or time to have multiple yard sales between now and the summer before we move but I'm willing to give it one good round. Then...that's it. I'm done...
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    Sounds like a plan, Teen! I’m happy to report that even though I didn’t find anything to rehome/donate yesterday, I did manage to get rid of a bunch of old jewelrymaking/metalsmithing catalogs- don’t know why I kept them all these years, all companies involved list everything on the internet nowadays....freed up some room on my desktop bookshelf at any rate and they were recyclable! Now to find something to get rid of today...

    Meanwhile I hope everyone on the east coast is staying safe and out of the storm, it’s a doozy, Here in VA there were times the wind was blowing so hard yesterday that the 2nd floor of my house was actually swaying- YIKES! And from what I understand we just got a small bit of this monster. Hoping the best for folks along the Mid-Atlantic and New Enlgnd coasts.

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    Rob: That would be super scary to have your upstairs swaying some. I also hope everyone can find a safe place to wait out the storm.

    Teen: It sounds like you have a great plan for after your garage sale.

    I decided it was time to start sorting and putting away squares that were tossed randomly in a sweater-sized tub and also to cut small donated pieces of fabric stuffed in a sandwich-sized bag. I am quickly ironing and measuring the squares/fabric and if they are not a size I use, I am cutting them down with a ruler or my die cutting machine.

    I have been watching/listening to some Craftsy shows today while working on the above projects. I have also been webbing a quilt top.

    A funny little story: I was looking for a new ruler that I had purchased last week from my LQS. I wanted to do the block of the month but couldn’t find the ruler anywhere. I did, however, get some unexpected cleaning done while looking for it. . Finally, I decided to look in 2 more places. Of course, it was in the second place and right where it should have been-in the drawer with my other speciality rulers! Lol!

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    Way to go Ryder. How long do you plan to keep rehoming?

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    retiredT...I'm always amazed at how much time it takes to go through the scraps...am sure the Go really helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by petthefabric View Post
    Way to go Ryder. How long do you plan to keep rehoming?

    Until I can see the horizontal surfaces in my office, studios, bedroom, living room, dining room, etc. and there is a designated place for everything that I decide to keep LOL!

    That will probably take several years at this rate, but at least it's a start. I still can't figure out how 2 people who don't like to shop have managed to accumulate so much stuff...

    Yesterday and today I got rid of a lot of excess paperwork and more magazines-- paperwork got shredded and magazines went to the recycle bin. Tomorrow is a barn day, so may not get anything gone again until Tues. I'm on a roll...

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    You guys are rockin it!! While going through our 40ft container in the back 40, I stumbled upon a collection of the American Rifleman magazine...from 1954 - 1994. Over 450 magazines. Many still in the plastic. OMGoodness.... These were inherited from a neighbor years ago.....So, I did some research and posted them for sale on various sites including my DH's club. Fingers crossed that these sell.... I am pleased to share that the contents in this container are now, either boxed up, taped and labeled to move, or transferred to the yard sale pile. Love it! I was not looking forward to going through that thing after 30 years of accumulating and "storing"... Phew!

    Rob....what is barn day? What do you do on barn day? And, what do you keep in the barn? I've read this from you before but now my curiosity has peaked. Lol!!
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    Teen- barn day = going to the barn where we keep our horses. 16 years ago when we started keeping our horses there the drive took 35 to 40 minutes, but with all the development that’s happened over the years it now takes 45 minutes to an hour to get there. By the time we get there, bring the horses up to the barn, groom, tack up, ride, clean stalls, cool horses, feed horses, take them back to their paddocks, and drive home, it’s pretty much an all day thing.

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    Rob, I'm lucky because all of the land near our barn has been zoned agricultural and I live on the edge of the city, so it still only takes 15 minutes to get there. The urban sprawl right to the edge of the city is alarming. We can see apt buildings looming in the distance as we ride. But, they can't come any closer. Hooray! The number of boarding barns that were sucked up before the city put in the zoning laws was alarming. Finding a place for your horse means an hour drive now for most people. Luckily, I've been with this barn for 10 years so I'm pretty safe.

    Today I am organizing a space in my basement because tomorrow I get my Grace-type frame and quilting machine! It is a B Line quilt frame (Made in Canada) and comes with a Husquvarna Viking Mega Quilter. I know this type of set up has limitations to it is a place to start in the world of long-arming and I figure this will show me whether I really want to take that plunge.
    So, I've invaded my son's "man cave" and pushed all his furniture down to one end, swept and put up lights and now I wait. Tap, tap, tap. Maybe I'll cut some backings and batting so I have something ready to practice on. And review some Youtube videos so I have some idea how to load the thing.

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    We have another ice/snow day here..Watson we are on the same page. I'm getting a new to me long arm either this week or next. I'm moving things around as well from a spare bedroom. But had to find a home for the things I've moved which means I have to shift things around elsewhere. I know the previous owner so am confident in the machine and she will deliver and help set it up and run me through the running of it. It's a basic machine (Baby Lock) so not alot of bells and whistles which is fine by me. I can free motion or use pantographs. The price is right, too.
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    Rob....thanks for sharing. That sounds cool but bummer they are so far away. I was raised on an Apaloosa horse farm and know, from experience (ugh!) how much work horses can be if cared for properly. Sounds like you fulfill your commitment to these animals. Kudo's!! My girlfriend in Idaho is so excited for us to move there. She has over 27 horses, including mini's that she shows. She thinks I'll be coming over frequently to muck...not happening, tho I will help on occasion. I've done my time thank you very much!!

    Watson & OK...so cool you'll be LA soon. That's on my purchase list when I move, after I purchase all new fabulous furniture for my sewing studio...and the house, of course....and lots of things!! lol!

    i went through another trunk and plastic container that I housed my grad school stuff in. Got rid of a lot of stuff and boxed up the rest. I have to re-license in Idaho and probably take their exams so I kept stuff just in case. Then I sewed some. All good!
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    Sounds like everyone is doing really well! Today I sold my old first generation iPad to a company that specializes in buying cd, dvd, electronics, video games etc. It's out of the house Yay! and the Martha Stewart punches that I put on eBay sold today so I packed those up and will ship them out tomorrow AM! Think I'll play in my quilting studio for a while now as a reward! I'm liking this way of decluttering, it's not that hard to find one thing each day and come up with a way to get rid of it--much less daunting than trying to declutter an entire room at a time.

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    Good for you, Rob! I recommend everyone move to a new house every 5 years. Lol! 30+ years in the same house is overwhelming to sort. Today, I went through our extensive DVD collection, placed most in yard sale, and for those we are keeping, packed those babies up in nifty DVD storage totes. Also, found a VCR that has never been used and placed that in YS pile. This week, we are going through RV, though that's pretty organized but we need to declutter and organize for our month long trip next month. Onward we go...
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    I know what you mean, Teen. We’ve been in this house for 25 years and thethought of trying to pack up everything for a move is daunting!

    yesterday I found more dvds and started another box to sell to the on-line folks. Today was a barn day and we just got back whipped from the cold wind, I may find some more things to put in that box this evening after a bit of a rest. It’s getting pretty exciting to be able to see some surfaces in my office/sewing studio/guest bedroom.

    Something that may be of use to others here: I read through several organizing and decluttering blogs recently and one of them kept saying that the first thing you should do when decluttering a space is to Take Out The Trash. At first I thought “what trash?” Then I looked around and realized that in fact a lot of the visual clutter in my studio spaces Is trash or recyclables like catalogs, magazines, broken stuff that may or may not be fixable,etc. So I’ve been “taking out the trash” every day when I look for one thing to donate or sell.

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    Going to Q Guild tonight. Think I'll donate magazines.

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    Good thought, Rob...Why handle it more than once!
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    Rob: I agree with 'taking out the trash'. I have been going through junk mail, receipts, etc, the past few days and it sure feels good to get rid of it. It amazes me how things pile up even if I am home. Part of my problem was that I had overnight visitors a couple of times recently and I needed to 'clean up' a few areas and I am now going through the things that piled up in another room from my cleaning. I would rather SEW.

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    We went through the RV today....completely emptied it, which I discovered was mostly camping/fishing supplies in addition to our emergency supplies (you know....MRE's and buckets of rice recommended that has 25 year shelf-life?). Anywhoo, I cleaned it for our trip and stored only what we want to take for a month, threw out stuff. The rest was boxed, labeled, and is ready to be moved. Then, I boxed and labeled photo albums (which are many) and, tomorrow, will be donating a box of hardback books to my community library. I'm waiting on bubble wrap I Ordered and will start packing glassware. Feel very accomplished.
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    Such enthusiasm you're creating Ryder. Congratulation Teen on equiping your RV. It makes it so much easier to find what I want when I get rid of what I don't use. Took a heavy stack of magazines to guild and they're all gone. The sack was full, hardly made a dent in the stash of magazines.

    Next month the guild is having a UFO auction. Members take any UFO they would like. It's all laid out on tables with ticket bags. At the end of the meeting the drawings are held. The last time it took an hour with 3 callers and 3 runners to get through all the UFO's donated. Tickets were 25 cents/5 for $1. And there was lots of laughter and fun had by all. Way better than Strip Poker.

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    Teen: Congrats on going through the RV.

    Petthefabric: What a great way to get rid of UFO's plus raise money for the guild.

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    Received my roll of bubblewrap....I'm a girl on a mission now.... Cover me....I'm goin' in...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teen View Post
    Received my roll of bubblewrap....I'm a girl on a mission now.... Cover me....I'm goin' in...

    LOL! I hope you got your mission all "wrapped up"....

    Today I shipped out another box of DVDs and went through my sewing room putting things that are not sewing related into a big box that I will sort through later. I've completely rearranged the room in preparation for my new to me Sweet Sixteen which we are picking up tomorrow! I will probably end up getting rid of at least 2 of my machines since I'm not using them very much any more---but I'm still thinking on that one. If I do it'll be the Kenmore and the White, and possibly even the (gasp!)Featherweight. Really trying to pare things down a bit.

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    So excited to get rid a life size steel carousel horse. It's one of those lawn ornaments that you would wire for lighting a pathway in your yard. I have had that thing in my container for over 15 years with the thought I'd paint it like disney's ....or somewhat like disney's...lol! Never got around to it. My neighbor took it off my hands and plans to make it into an umbrella stand. More power to ya, neighbor. Have at it!!
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