For the past couple of weeks I have been aiming to declutter at least 1 item a day. Even if it’s something small and dumb like an old box I was saving “in case” I ever had to ship something about that size. Or, oh hey, I have a bunch of 8.5 x 11 ziploc bags left over from my last job! I can scoop kitty litter into those!
I struggle with the how, though. Some things are easy - decent clothes go to the charity shop that supports a LGBT health center, we have Little Free Libraries all over to stick books in. But a lot of my stuff needs decluttered because it’s broken or falling apart. Like, what do I do with the old fitted sheet that’s currently on my bed, that I noticed last night is literally in shreds on Boyfriend’s side? How does that even happen?! (Sigh. Probably cats is what happened.) I hate putting stuff in the landfill but I certainly can’t donate that. I have cut up shredded towels for rags but something like a sheet isn’t absorbent or good for cleaning or anything.
Another nemesis right now is a scratching post that my cats have outgrown; it’s very small and great for tiny kittens but, well, they’re not tiny any more. No one wants this. Apparently cat shelters will not take these at all? I’ve asked around and that seems to be a global rule. Probably because it’s hard to really clean them well.
I also have really struggled with Freecycle and Buy Nothing and similar - people never, and I do mean NEVER, show up when they say they are going to. And they get PISSED if I can’t be home for a handoff during work hours even when I clearly say in my post “Pickup evenings and weekends only.” I think I am going to start doing porch pickup if I use this again; my current neighborhood doesn’t seem to have a porch theft problem and if it does go missing, oh well, it’s not like anyone’s out money.
At any rate, if we do move forward with our plan to GTFO of Chicago within the next few years, shit has got to go. A friend runs a group yard sale every summer so I’m going to try and get in on that to unload some nicer stuff; going to have to be small stuff only though, no furniture or anything, as I don’t have a car so I can’t haul furniture to her place.