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Annatori, you're doing great! A runner and a dancer?! How fun!

Graduate school is hard; maybe not the studies as much as the determination to keep going. I got half-way through a program and just didn't finish. I was paying for it myself & it got too expensive. I always envied those whose company paid.

I see you're doing well at losing weight, too. I lost 20 pounds last year & have gained 4 back. Send positive thoughts my way!!

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Awesome quote! I am doing so much more in my 30's than I ever have. I am a runner now.... a dancer... and a college graduate (getting ready to go back for graduate degree).

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I'm glad you like my quote! Obviously I like the quote too. Am I living it? That's another matter! I guess it just inspires me, and we'll see if I ever "become what I might have been!!"

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I also have been reduced to small living areas since I got divorced, thats a reality check! Anyway, I was amazed at the 'stuff' that I thought was so important, yet there is so much of it that I really can't find my way around things. Good idea to get rid of one thing a day until I am satisfied with the results. emoticon

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I love your quote "it is never to late to be what you might have been". That is so inspirational to me, it makes me feel that this is really possible! emoticon

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Taking 5-10 min. every day to plan the next, is a great idea. I'd say I have done that "sometimes!" It takes self-discipline. I'll have to keep working at it.

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take 5-10 min everyday to plan the next day. it helps me get stuff done and mutitask when it is sensible and single task on the jobs that need it. i tend to make things more complicated, so i just break down a situation (make a list pro/con if neccesary) and then make a decision/take action.

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I know what you mean. I'm in a studio apartment. My living space is dinning room, bedroom, music room, library, entertainment room, and plant room, all within 4 walls...Tired of looking at STUFF so I am giving things away. Oh yeah, I forgot my floor vase corner. Just imagine no closets in here either. Yikes!
The stuff we accumulate.

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Hi everyone,
Went to a garage sale on Saturday and bought a CoolPix digital camera for only $15 - all the chargers/cords/CD/everything - and I'm enjoying it a lot!! The couple are elderly and moving from a house to a smaller apartment - I joked that they should have had many many more boxes of "stuff" outside!! Got to get rid of all those things in our life! So today, I'm emptying another shelf!
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Hi. The secret to the green bags is that:
1. Do not rinse vegetable/fruit.
2. The must be dry when placed in the bag.
or////You can wrap a clean dish towel around individual moist veggies/fruit and place in a plastic bag. emoticon

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If your area has a Freecycle site, you can post your wants and offers there. I gave away four bags of clothes a few weeks ago...the lady was so happy to get clothes that were in such good condition. I also like to go to Goodwill or other thrift shops to shop for clothes for work.

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i haven't tried those yet. They just seemed too expensive for us to buy. We just buy only what we can use before it goes bad. Seems to work well for us. :)

Life is too short to live it on the sidelines... now I just need to get my butt off the bench!!


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Has anyone had luck with Forever Green Bags? they did well wiht my peppers, but bad with my lettuce and strawberries. I wonder if as the bags pull out gasses, the als oremove moisture, because one bag had water drops, but everything was dry when i put it in there.
I think iu will keep using them to see if i have any luck.

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Good tips! Thanks all

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Great ideas, Mindyogi! I do most of that too.
And, because we have city-wide recycling, I go through the house every week getting paper to the box, plastic/glass/cardboard etc. into the box. Makes my actual garbage very small, and keeps my home space more liveable and less cluttered. My mother had a "junk drawer" and a junk shelf, and a junk corner, and a junk closet, and . . . Awful way to live - surrounded by junk all day every day!!
Magazines don't even get into my house - I cut/tear out what I want if it's a freebie and throw the rest into the recycle box, or I go down to the library and read it for free.
Cheers everyone . . . I love the ideas here! - Celia
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I just joined the team so Hi everyone!
I thought I would add to what I've been reading here-
1.) A great place to donate shoes to is http://www.soles4souls.org/
2.) I buy clothes for work on ebay- you can get nearly new clothing for a small fraction of the price. I also buy new running shoes there. Just make sure that once you've placed your max bid you don't increase it or you could loose out on the savings.
3. )I don't know about online clothing swaps, but my girlsfriends and I have one every few months. a great way to swap out your wardrobe for free! We've also done it with our books.
4.) As for mail clutter, I have one box for whatever passes this rule: If the IRS or my insurance may ever need to see it OR if I will actually put it in a scrapbook to remember it-it goes in the box. If not I read it and recycle/shred it. Once the box is full, I sit down and go through it while watching TV. I file away things I need to keep and shred the rest.
5.) A similar thing happens at my house for magazines. I keep them all in one pile and go through them while watching TV or the news. I file recipes I may want and recycle them.
6.) Donating. Every 3 months I go through my closets/cupboards and donate clothes, shoes, dishes, books, etc that Idon't use or have forgotten I have. And make sure to keep the reciepts for taxes!


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IMREITE - You are so right! I've found myself buying things on sale and then getting them home to find that I already have a few months worth in my pantry! Now for canned foods, I usually buy when they are on sale, even if I have some already, because of a long shelf life and then I try to add those things to my menus more often.

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A good hint is to make a list of "needed" items before looking at the sales. I've bought things i rarely or don't use because they were a "good bargain"

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Jeans for $3 at Khols???? Wow, I need to check that out because as I lose weight I don't want to keep spending $35 or more for every size I lose until I get to my goal! : ) And I hope I'm going to need new jeans on a regular basis!

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I don't have a clue but If you find the clothes swap let me know, sounds a bit extraneous for one or two items but if people live nearby or for a lot of items...?

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where is the clothes swap here on spark people? I also shop at thrift and cleareance racks at dillards.
So much fun to snag a bargin.
Also I am pretty good at unloading things. Don't like clutter so buy what you need and like what you buy, or it is not a bargin.

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1/21/09 1:39 A

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OH YES!

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Does Kohl's carry plus sizes?

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I got new jeans at Kohl's for $3. I got underwear for my daughter for .69 and lots of cute things for my granddaughter for gifts. I'm not trying to promote Kohl's or anything like that but I am on their mailing list and they sent me a 30% off coupon at Christmas time. Combine that with the clearance items and I got all my shopping done for just a little money.

That said I usually freecycle and thrift store shop. I rarely buy new (underwear and shoes being the exception) and I NEVER pay full price.

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I have heard the same thing about Kohl's. My daughter shops there for nearly everything. And some of my co workers have talked about the bargains they have found there: Boots, workout clothes, household items, etc.

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TEVA, if your library's collection is online, you can check things out that way and then pick them up at the library. We can renew that way, too. Very easy...and if the collection's good, you'll ask yourself, "What's Amazon?"

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I've got a goal (this is the third year in a row) to declutter 5 things a week. Some weeks it's clothes I've grown out of, or no longer can carry off at my age, another week it might be books. Lately I've started asking around before I take something to the thrift shops. This year for the holidays I gave a co-worker who likes a certain type of purse one I've had for over 15 years and haven't carried in nearly that long. Another friend got a coffee pot that never gets used.

Also I got a public library card! When I thought about how much I was spending on paperbacks and books (Amazon can be addicting) it was just unreal. Now I only get non-fiction from the Library and recently instead of buying an Indian cookbook I checked three out of the Library and got some great recipes without adding another cookbook to my life!

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I have begun from buying clothes at..KOHLS! In my area, Kohls is actually CHEAPER than the thrift stores! Crazy, I know, but if you hit Kohl's 90% off rack, you can find a brand new sweater or blouse for cheaper than Salvation Army, even often cheaper than SA's 50% off Fridays! for $2.00, I just couldn't even make a pair of pants for that much!

There is also a "clothes swap" team here on Sparkpeople, where people have gotten together to send one another clothing they've outgrown! How fun is that?!

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There we go put a lid on it! Nicely done! I will be honest I had no idea about old sheets and blankets to pet care centers, Thanks alot! emoticon

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emoticon People throw so many things away...poor landfills. Many schools are always looking for odd objects. We can't have enough pens. So if you have too many pens..bag them all up and donate them to your local school or preschool. They come in very handy.

Schools will usually take different collage materials, old phone books (smaller better), craft supplies, etc.

Recycle what you can...

Place and free ad on freecycle.com (every area has a board pretty much). You can also request items. I had a person come and rake all the pine needles out of my back yard for free because she needed them for a craft project. I have taken a new treadmill, a bag of pine cones and some other odd stuff off of peoples hands for free. Your junk is another person's treasure. Think before you toss.

Animal shelters will take old torn and worn sheets, clothing, blankets and often opened food supplies.

Look to see what your community needs before you toss in the trash! Call around!

The way I declutter: I have a trash can with a lid in the house with a bag inside of it. When cleaning, if I find something I no longer need.. I put it in the bag. It has a lid on it..so I don't miss what I can't see. At the end of the week I take the bag out..tie a knot in it and drop it off at the local shelter or salvation army. I have added a place on my goals to drop off 1 bag each week. It seems to work for me!

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Oh boy, so simple and such a life saver. Thanks. emoticon

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I wear New Balance and have noticed that Kohl's has good shoe sales... emoticon

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Thanks I love those prices, especially on Keen and the bargain basement too!

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That would be nice if they offered a coupon...unfortunately, I don't buy any Nike sneakers. Brooks seems to do the best for my issue and I can get them at a discount on sierratradingpost.com.


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Nice website but Nike should offer a coupon incentive...unless I missed it! On another note I have to take the Summer clothes and put them away still, I need hangers. Lol

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I started a list...and I've been marking things off as quickly as I write them down. One of my items was to get rid of all my "old" sneakers. I have a terrible pronation problem, so my really good sneakers only last about 6 months, then they make my feet hurt. I've held on to them because I didn't just want to throw them away. Here's a great way to "recycle" your old sneakers. I'm heading to the Nike store today with 5 pairs!!!


www.nikereuseashoe.com/get-involved/
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I need to do that - I always make lists then lose them!

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A while ago I made a list of all the things I needed to do - things I had promised people, things that needed to be replied to etc, and then I set about reducing the list - everytime I had a few minutes I looked at it and did something towards the list - now - amazingly the list is down to three things - I can knock them out by the end of the week - and then I WILL stay current, how cool is that!

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WTG, Debbie! My husband's been doing this with socks for years.

As soon as I pick up the mail by the front door, I sort it, recycling all the paper "junk mail" and putting the rest on my desk. Cuts down on clutter.

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Buy socks in bulk. All plain in black, white and another color and then spend less time trying to match them.

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"can't believe how fast stuff piles up!"

It is amazing!

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I'm with you on shoes, SARITALUCY...especially since I have to wear orthotics in mine and need a good, strong, brand-new shoe for my feet to feel halfway decent.

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I agree that shoes I have to buy brand new. I was surprised when I had a garage sale how many people bought used shoes. For some reason, shoes are something I am funny about being used.
I do like shopping at the Goodwill. I need to go through our stuff and donate though. I can't believe how fast stuff piles up!

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We donate our clothes to Goodwill or the Lupus Foundation, which actually sends you a bag in which to place your donations out at the curb. I no longer work, so I get my clothes at thrift shops or online, at some of the less expensive clothing sites featured on mypoints.com. I trade in my points for $50 Walmart gift cards, which I can always use.

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I grew up buying second hand at the thrift store and got some pretty nice items such as Eddie Bauer sweater and Levi's blue jeans...I am going to start going again starting this week..

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I also buy all my cloths at thrift shops. But underwear, shoe and socks I always buy new. Salvation Army is my favorite. My daughter love getting toys there. We also do all our donating to Salvation Army.

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I always buy new shoes, and only leather ones, but I don't spend much on them. ($15-$20 on sale) I buy plain styles for work and so they last me a long time, and I buy leather sneakers too, but at Walmart or other low cost store for $15-$25 and I'll buy a few pairs if the deal is very good.
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Shoes is the only thing besides underwear that I buy new but I buy the least expensive ones or when they are on sale.

When life hands you trouble slow down and stop to smell the roses. Life is so short, live like today is the last day of your life. Enjoy.
My name is Sherry and I am from Erie, PA but live in Ijamsville, MD for the time being.


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11/2/08 7:23 P

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What about shoes? What is your take on this item I know for sure I have to get mine new but it is the one item I splurge on spending from $40 to $150.

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I only buy my clothes at thrift stores. When I find I'm not wearing something and it is just taking up space it then gets donated back to the thrift stores in my area.

When life hands you trouble slow down and stop to smell the roses. Life is so short, live like today is the last day of your life. Enjoy.
My name is Sherry and I am from Erie, PA but live in Ijamsville, MD for the time being.


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When my closet gets to full to keep tidy, I pack up stuff for salvation army. Since the drop off bin is at the mall where I work, I've started to bring it in in smaller amounts so it doesn't get out of hand. This saves the bags too.

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Log in reminders from a website I'll call birdtalk.com have become all to annoying for me ...On the other other hand it is nice that from time to time I get email reminder that they miss me and that I should log in...Well that being said I haven't forgot this website but I am busy moving at my own pace and no I haven't forgot you because I hope this could be a community that I can chime in once a month or twice every year or no times at all just the feeling of having something as a fall back, a sort of connection to a community. I am touching base with everyone here to let you know that it is ok to forget us every once in a while clear your mind and come on back when your ready...Like Motel6 "we'll leave the light on for you!"

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9/29/08 1:47 P

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Hi everyone, my clutter problem is all the mail and junk (papers) I hold on to. At times it seems too much to even organize. I have a big box by "my spot" in the living room and I swear I'm going to go though it but never do...
I have cub scout info, high school news letters, bills, statements....ugh. Makes me sick just thinking about it.

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9/28/08 6:13 P

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Great thought about taking care of what you own. I haven't put any of my clothes in a dryer in about 3 years. It makes everything last so much longer!! And think of the electricity we're saving!

My husband is a true believe of buying quality. Sometimes we pay a bit more, but whatever it is, it usually lasts a lot longer than buying something super cheap (and cheaply made)!

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that's cool, I donate as well to the salvation Army. I shop at Goodwill though.

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I'm always donating stuff to the Salvation Army. It is also one of my favorite places to shop. I get my daughter most of her toys there. Kids only play with them for a little while then get board, so why pay full price. I have been working hard the past few weeks to get clutter out of my house. It feels so much better and easier to manage the home.

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My week starts on Sunday.
DH works every Sunday so it is a new week for us.

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What day do you start your week on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday?

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Yesterday...sounds like I'm about to sing a Beatles tun Lol! Well I can say I thought of a new affirmation/quote; "Buy what you can afford, and take care of what you own." This means to get what you need in order to survive and live day out and day in but don't forget the maintenance of the previous bought items and the upkeep to keep them running longer...I would say pressing clothes with care, cleaning the bathroom, or a certain kitchen appliance. Does it take time? Yes! But it is well worth the peace of mind. Think about it!

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I do this daily, and always have! I hate having clutter around!!! Great tip!

Julie co-leader of Frugalists and Simple Living Team


 
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Take the baby steps it takes to throw away one thing a day...these are things you can try to donate, but if you are a quick get it done person like me then trash it immediately and feel the release. Aaaaah! OK. where do I start? Well take the millions of pens that get collected that are lying around the house throw them away! And those cheap hangers that some how make it how with us from the stores that too throw them away! Here is another good one to unclutter the fridge throw away any food that has not been used in the last month, yes when you decide to eat again you can buy again but for now throw it away!!!

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