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Flylady De-clutter kit

Hi everyone, occasional lurker, rare poster.

I am very tempted to buy this for myself. I have been thinking about it for a year now, but I keep thinking I might be able to find those bins somewhere else for less... am I crazy? Or should I just bite the bullet and get on with it? TIA!

Re: Flylady De-clutter kit

  • I assume that you could find foldable laundry things like that at Walmart - although not as pretty and labeled.  I'm not sure how much those would be though individually.  Have you tried looking?
  • That's what I was thinking, but I haven't seen anything like that (or anything that wouldn't take up more space - lots of cute bins that I would probably just fill up :( ), and when I search online, I find simialr bins in the $6-12 range each. I just wondered if I was looking in the wrong stores/searching with the wrong terms.
  • they are pretty cute. but the size says the base is only 13x13, and if I have stuff to declutter, I need MUCH more than that.  That's barely the size of a kitchen trash bag.

    Two of them get stuffed with trash bags anyway, to give/throw away.

    Today I decluttered my magazines...well, ok, I started...and I already have a box full.

     I am also really watching the $$ and not spending on anything unnecessary as I have some other financial goals, so I'm not buying anything to declutter.

    Hey - that's pretty funny -- buy more stuff so you can declutter!!

  • A couple thoughts:

    1) you can get pop up hampers for cheaper, i'm certain. wrapables.com have some decent ones on sale (14" w x 23" h) for $4.

    2) these are good for ONGOING sorting -- ex -- you'll have all 3 set up in a laundry room for you to constantly add to as you live your life. It's probably most meant for laundry, actually. It is NOT an ideal solution for going through the house or rooms for initial sorting. Not big enough, and quite frankly, "throw away" should be a trash bag, and "give away" can be something you can cart with you to good will -- we use shopping bags.

    Don't waste the money if you're just looking for a kick start tool to get motivated. And, if you want a set that you can have year round, don't get sucked into the marketing of "special sorting bins". And don't get 3 if you don't need 3 -- that just instantly creates more clutter! Invest in one or two. Shop around, use coupons, get free shipping, whatever -- no need to invest more than $10 for something like this!

  • Thanks Kathy! I was trying "foldable" and "collapsable" but not pop-up! This is exactly what I was hoping to find!
  • honestly -- that's PRECISELY how they get ya -- using a fancy term like "collapsible" instead of a basic term like "pop up" -- you pay for that marketing!

    Glad it helped!

  • I am opposed to anything you have to buy in order to declutter.  Honestly, if this is for you to declutter room by room, just make piles.  Trash goes in the trash can or a trash bag (and should continue for that matter, you already have a trash can--why do you need a special bin?).  If it needs to be put away, then put it away right away.  If you are working on decluttering or picking up an entire room, use laundry baskets during the process.  You'll have to process what's in the baskets, because you'll need them for laundry.  This just forces you to get more organized!  We have a continuous pile of "give away" constantly.  We keep it in the front hall closet, and add to it.  When there is enough, I run to Goodwill.  It's a great motivation to continually declutter.

    Don't be fooled by commercialism into buying more stuff that you don't really need!

    (Sorry--just my opinion--I'm a little tired of stuff right now)

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    I am opposed to anything you have to buy in order to declutter.  Honestly, if this is for you to declutter room by room, just make piles.  Trash goes in the trash can or a trash bag (and should continue for that matter, you already have a trash can--why do you need a special bin?).  If it needs to be put away, then put it away right away.  If you are working on decluttering or picking up an entire room, use laundry baskets during the process.  You'll have to process what's in the baskets, because you'll need them for laundry.  This just forces you to get more organized!  We have a continuous pile of "give away" constantly.  We keep it in the front hall closet, and add to it.  When there is enough, I run to Goodwill.  It's a great motivation to continually declutter.

    Don't be fooled by commercialism into buying more stuff that you don't really need!

    (Sorry--just my opinion--I'm a little tired of stuff right now)

    Ditto, I don't think you really need containers for this. Just sort & put away as you go.

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  • I do need containers, and large ones, becuase our place is a disaster. I tried with smaller cardboard boxes and never finished because the box overflowed. BUT the laundry basket idea is awesome - now I just need H to get his clothes out of every single laundry basket we own.

    I'm telling you - we are a disaster. I'm ready to get a divorce just so I only have to deal with my own mess. I keed, but you get my drift

  • I would suggest using boxes and going to the donation center and trash often.  I found that making about 3 smaller trips to our local Goodwill allowed me to easily exchange our old college stuff for our married stuff.  This would certainly be cheaper!
  • They do have a similar type of this item at Walmart. I want to say they were $4 each. The ones I purchased are white mesh material and have a navy edge on them. They are in the home section where the clothes hangers, ironing boards, etc are sold. They fold completely flat in two simple folds, which is no where near as complicated as the FL ones. I keep one downstairs and the other upstairs as I need to pick things up.

    I have also used laundry baskets or just made piles and went from there. But I like these the best since laundry baskets seem to stay full here and these are easier to carry than piles. I only put the "put away/keep" items in these bins. Trash goes in a trash bag and give away goes in either a box if we have one around or a lawn trash bag.

    Good luck on your decluttering!

  • I have a pop hamper that I use when it's time to sort laundry or I stash it in my suitcase for trips, etc. ?I know I got it at BB&B for pretty cheap (probably used the 20% off, too). ?

    While it's convenient, it doesn't seem necessary to buy the color coded and labeled ones to declutter ;-) ?

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