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Like Storage Wars, but without the camera crew

I want to get rid of a houseful of stuff, but I don't have the time or energy to sell it on Craigslist or hold a garage sale. Are there services that will pick up & sell things for me? Location: Seattle. [more inside]
posted by cdefgfeadgagfe on Aug 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Housesitter Calamities

My house/catsitter broke things while I was gone for ten days. [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Jul 14, 2014 - 42 answers

"But chief, you've barely touched your banana kaboom"

My 30th birthday is next week. Where in Chicago can I get a free birthday ice cream sundae? [more inside]
posted by custard heart on Jul 11, 2014 - 6 answers

To be there, or not to be there?

Ex wants to pick up room full of stuff this Saturday. I don't want to be there. Is that cool? [more inside]
posted by Classic Diner on Jun 17, 2014 - 22 answers

I lose everything and I need to stop!

Not sure how to express this problem. I've had this as long as I have lived. Basically, I am little absentminded and lose track of where things (like wallet, phone, keys) are really easily. It hasn't been too bad until recently. [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Jun 9, 2014 - 27 answers

How to remotely sell stuff on ebay

I'm tying to help a family member sell a bunch of stuff. He lives in rural Northern California and I don't particularly want to deal with ebay myself. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Apr 21, 2014 - 16 answers

Gag gifts from your uncle.

I'm looking for examples of a category of novelty/gag gift that I'm having trouble articulating precisely. The best I can do is that it's the kind of kitsch that your uncle (Or Michael Scott/David Brent) would find hilarious. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Feb 24, 2014 - 20 answers

De-stuffing for the stuff-intensive lifestyle?

I have a lot of stuff and desperately need to declutter. But I'm also a crafter, a DIY-type and a mom to small kids, which means I have lots of quasi-legitimate reasons to hold onto Stuff. Given that all these objects are potentially useful, what algorithms can I use to distinguish between "useful, but toss" and "useful, so keep"? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Feb 19, 2014 - 27 answers

Flight stuff for Toddlers

We'll be flying with a two year old for the holidays and I'm about to place an amazon order for toddler headphones so he can watch a few favorite shows if things go poorly. Anything else I might want to add to the order? [more inside]
posted by HMSSM on Dec 18, 2013 - 23 answers

How to have a great time in New Orleans?

I’m travelling with my significant other to New Orleans between December 29th and January 3rd, so we are looking for recommendations (food, bars, entertainment, etc.) Specific details and questions below the fold! [more inside]
posted by turniphead on Dec 6, 2013 - 6 answers

I need a different kind of spreadsheet app for OSX

Is there a spreadsheet app that's geared more toward creating sortable lists of stuff? I know I can do this with Apple's Numbers app, but it feels so clunky. I don't want column "A" "B" "C" and so forth. I want to name the columns, just as the columns in iTunes are named (song, album, rating, etc). I don't want to right click a column and choose from a list of options to choose "Sort Ascending/Descending". I want to click the column title and have it sort based on that column, just as iTunes does when in song view, or in a playlist. Click song, the list is sorted by song. Click album the list is sorted by album. I'm not working with any calculations. I want to create easily sortable lists of my stuff... like wine! [more inside]
posted by Mr Ected on Jun 15, 2013 - 12 answers

Using a relocation service to move to Qatar from the U.S.

I've obtained an extended leave of absence from my tenured position and will move my family of six to Qatar this August. We have been given an allowance of $2,500 for shipping our stuff. How do I locate a good shipper? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on May 28, 2013 - 13 answers

How to fit two lives into one house

I'm moving in with my SO in a couple of months. I have, roughly, twice as much stuff as he does. How can I pare it down? Any tips or tricks or advice for going from a single/flatsharing household to cohabitation when you're a packrat? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jan 14, 2013 - 36 answers

The Best Gear for the Rest of Us.

What forums do you know of that discuss good gear at budget prices? I'm aware of Budget Light Forum for flashlight aficionados and Poor Man's Watch Forum for watch junkies. What else is there? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Jan 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Stuff. What the heck to do with it?

What do most people do with all the cards, letters, notes, trinkets and other crap that gets collected over the years? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Jan 3, 2013 - 52 answers

Might as well have the best.

You've done the research; what's the best? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket on Nov 8, 2012 - 46 answers

Purging all of the things

Have you ever done a large purge of your possessions? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Oct 22, 2012 - 77 answers

What to do with Big Box of Ex-boyfriend Bad

My ex-boyfriend and I broke up in May. We started off as friends, and he really wanted to remain friends after the break up. This week he did something so beyond the pale that he is absolutely no longer a part of my life. I have items-gifts from him as well as a few pieces of his clothes. I'm not sure what to do with them. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Oct 5, 2012 - 37 answers

Carry All the Things???

How do I carry around all my stuff with grace and avoid looking stupid? I carry around a lot of stuff everyday, and it's extremely annoying. People are always commenting about how I have "so many bags" but I really am not sure how to streamline my stuff. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Sep 27, 2012 - 46 answers

Looking for awesome "of the month" clubs

What are some awesome/offbeat/unexpected "of the month" clubs? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jul 20, 2012 - 26 answers

How long to hang onto stuff after a friend breakup?

What are my obligations in holding onto stuff after a friend breakup? Particularly, with friends-of-friends? [more inside]
posted by corb on Jul 2, 2012 - 33 answers

Thingamabobs? I've got (more than) twenty!

What do you with your "stuff" as you try to create an uncluttered living space? [more inside]
posted by atayah on Mar 7, 2012 - 27 answers

Get it out of here

How do I ship my ex-fiancee's stuff across the country? [more inside]
posted by TrialByMedia on Feb 14, 2012 - 33 answers

I build all the things!

Cool Science Construction Projects! After I've built my Dobsonian telescope, machined my Gingery workshop, and constructed my Farnsworth fusion reactor, what do I do next? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on Jan 19, 2012 - 7 answers

A New Year selling old stuff

I have a bunch of cool stuff I want to sell. Clothing, furniture, original art work, books, vintage items, etc. But I can't stand eBay. [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Jan 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Which mementos from my childhood should I keep?

Please help me, I'm overwhelmed with stuff. I have way too much stuff in general and I'm making a real effort to get rid of as much as possible. I did a massive storage closet clean out over the weekend and I discovered that my mom set aside five large boxes of things from my childhood for me. What should I keep? [more inside]
posted by tinamonster on Dec 5, 2011 - 28 answers

What can I do to my office to help keep me calm, focused, and motivated?

What can I do to my office to help keep me calm, focused, and motivated? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Sep 27, 2011 - 10 answers

How do I move cross-country by mail?

How do I move cross-country by mail? [more inside]
posted by melissam on Aug 22, 2011 - 21 answers

material girl

How can I transport all of my stuff very cheaply? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Jun 24, 2011 - 19 answers

Sentimental baggage - literally

How do you beat clutter if said clutter is sentimental? What methods do you use for evaluating sentimental objects or souvenirs? [more inside]
posted by mippy on May 23, 2011 - 52 answers

Vexed Ex Libris

Help me prune my book collection! I have over a thousand books and really need to slim it down. I'd like to reduce the book count by at least one hundred but can't seem to do it. Many have sat unread for years. In the past, I've said to myself that I'll read them 'someday' as an excuse for keeping them around. I'm fooling myself. What process, criteria or rule of thumb should I use to help me prune my library, overcome the (admittedly) irrational tome attachment, and make my collection a plum size once more.
posted by storybored on Mar 3, 2011 - 32 answers

Unclutter my life!

TorontoFilter: How do I get rid of my extra stuff? [more inside]
posted by custard heart on Dec 18, 2010 - 13 answers

How can I get rid of Grandma and Grandpa's STUFF ?

Grandpa died, and left a house full of items to his five children. Seven years ago, he died. The problem resulting from this has been a never-ending Stuff deadlock in which nothing can be distributed, and nothing can be thrown away. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Oct 16, 2010 - 24 answers

Got Junk? Yes.

How does one go about selling a bunch (and I mean, a LOT) of fitness equipment (good, bad, and unknown quality), and also try to get a return on months and months of storage of this stuff? [more inside]
posted by Debaser626 on Sep 20, 2010 - 5 answers

But, Where Do I Waste My Income Now?

Where are the best places to buy used music gear online? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jul 13, 2010 - 5 answers

What's a passport cover for?

What travel products do you actually use? [more inside]
posted by donajo on May 14, 2010 - 54 answers

Papa needs a brand new bag!

Help me find the perfect bag for my needs. I'm trying to lighten the load and the bag I bought in a pinch while abroad is already falling apart. It's the right size and more or less the right configuration, but it's a POS. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Apr 16, 2010 - 15 answers

My grandpa passed on. This is some of his stuff!

My grandpa died. Some stuff remains. Will you be my personal Antiques Roadshow? [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Mar 31, 2010 - 21 answers

Schroedinger's Junk Drawer

Decluttering Filter: Imagine you're emigrating, or moving with only a van or so. What items are the ones to keep, and which are best to replace? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Feb 10, 2010 - 19 answers

Something to get off my chest

If I strap a suitcase to my chest so that it's open, almost like one of those trays that an old-style 'cigarette girl' has, and walk on the street downtown, selling little odds and ends, is it legal? [more inside]
posted by Sully on Nov 27, 2009 - 8 answers

Can my landlord toss my stuff?

Can my landlord throw out my stuff in a storage unit? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Nov 20, 2009 - 11 answers

What really long lists can I put my name on now to thank myself later?

Long Term Planning: I just submitted my name to the Packer season ticket waiting list, which is supposed to be 30 years long. I don't even live in Wisconsin, but life could take me anywhere in 30 years, and I like the feeling of knowing it might be an option one day. Are there any other lists or similar things I should do now? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit on Nov 16, 2009 - 31 answers

Importers / Wholesalers advertising on Google?

Any have experience dealing with online wholesale importers as an end consumer (i.e., not a retailer, just a guy who wants some buckles) ? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire on Oct 23, 2009 - 1 answer

Magically delicious.

Help me send my friend in Ireland some very American things. [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel on Sep 27, 2009 - 31 answers

....but what if I need it someday?

Okay. I have too much stuff. It's a major pain in my derriere, but just treating the symptoms of too-much-stuff-itis has not cured the disease. [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu on Sep 22, 2009 - 40 answers

what does babby need?

I am going to have a baby sometime in the next month. What things do we need to have before the baby gets here, and what things are we better off waiting on? And what are we better off skipping altogether? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Sep 8, 2009 - 30 answers

BABY CAR SEAT/STROLLER

Which baby car seat should I buy for my soon to be born grandson? Are the baby stroller/car seats combo's a good idea.?
posted by Tayniksgranny on Aug 18, 2009 - 24 answers

GrossFilter: Sometimes when I talk for long periods or get really mad, I get this buildup around my lips and eyes.. which I discover afterwards and feel embarrassed that all that time I had shit growing on my face.

GrossFilter: Sometimes when I talk for long periods or get really mad, I get this buildup around my lips and eyes.. which I discover afterwards and feel embarrassed that all that time I had shit growing on my face. [more inside]
posted by In Heaven on Jul 18, 2009 - 4 answers

how much for this tank?

How much should I charge for a 57 year old 1,000 gallon propane tank in perfect working condition, but poor cosmetic condition? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on May 8, 2009 - 11 answers

I need a home for my stuff.

Self-storage solution for linens, toys, etc.? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Dec 27, 2008 - 8 answers

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