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Anyone doing a HUGE declutter before 2009?

post #1 of 40
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I am! I am amazed at the amount of "stuff" that I have in this place and I need to get rid of it all! I need to be well organized and clutter free so I can think and function better. At the moment it's crazy b/c I took all my "stuff" out of the closet and it's all over the place and my hallway is filled with my donations!

I'm doing really well so far!!!!:

I 'd put stuff aside that I was going to give a friend or maybe sell,but that just went into the donation box. My friend has a lot of stuff all ready and her kids will be getting even more stuff soon enough. I won't sell anything! I know I'll place the ad on craigslist but people will take forever to come and buy it.

Here's a small list of things I've done so far to get organized.

-made a little collage with my stamps to hang
-put photos in 2 frames that have been sitting in a box for 2 years
-cut up some pj bottoms for rags
-put an old beat up folding chair outside my door,to be used when putting boots on or may be tossed on garbage day (not sure yet)
-went through closet and dresser and added to the donation bag
-had to get a box for donations

Added to donation bag/box
-knife I never,ever use and never,ever will
-a teddy bear and Curious George that just isn't special to me anymore
-picture frames
-deck of cards used once by roommate for a Halloween game
-book on childcare I didn't read much of and know I won't
-an old purse I don't feel is special enough for my collection
-a bag of purses (NEW) that I won't use (had them for about 3 years)
-some material and old shirt I bought for a project I'll never make and don't want to now anyway
-an old wrap skirt
-a bedspread bought just over 10 years ago that was used twice to hang on the wall
-new blinds a former roommate had tossed in the trash and I dug out
-3 plastic water bottles that I used once

There is more stuff but I can't remember all of it now!


I also went over a few "bathroom" items and will do it again later. I have tons of body lotion and all kinds of bubble bath and stuff. Some brand new and some used a little,but I don't know what to do with it. I guess see if friends want it or offer it on CL for free.

This feels so good! I'm really able to let go of a lot of stuff. More then I was able to before. I'd hold onto things that had some kind of sentimental value to me or things I thought I'd need. Not sure what changed,but I'm so glad I'm able to put more and more in that donations box!

My goal is to be organized and clutter free before Christmas and the New Year. Anyone doing this type of challenge?
post #2 of 40
Thread Starter 
More stuff just went in the bog donation pile! I also put together a little bag of toys I had left over from when I did home daycare to give to the little one that I now nanny for.

My storage closet is nice and clean now and has lot's of room for the extra toilette paper and other supplies that are actually needed.
post #3 of 40

Decluttering is Changing our Lives!

I was so excited to see these discussions! I am new here and love that everyone has similar values in this department.

We live in a 1 1/2 story home, where our 4 children (ages 3, 4, 7, & 10) get the entire upstairs. Now, we're pretty thrifty and don't spend a lot on useless things, but if anything does get up there, I swear it multiplies! Anyway, we went through everything in 2 weekends. Our philosophy was that if we didn't see them playing with it in at least the past 4 months, it was gone. All the clothes were tried on, and if it didn't fit - outta there!

The life upstairs is so simple and wonderful, now. Kids aren't throwing things all over the place just to get to what they really want. They are enjoying the things they like. Honestly, my boys only really play with Legos, Lincoln Logs, and a farm and castle playset, and some cars. The girls only really like Littlest Pet Shop, arts & crafts, books, and that's about it. (I have really cool kids.) Now that the rest is gone, they actually play more, and everyone spends a whole lot less time cleaning!

I have too much guilt in just throwing things away, especially since so many things are still in great shape. I plan sell online or give away most of the items we've cleared out, and promote some recycling through reuse in the process.

Beware - decluttering is addicting! We love the upstairs so much now that we are moving downstairs and getting rid of our own needless things. It's going to be so great!
post #4 of 40
Thread Starter 
I don't bad for getting rid of my stuff at all. I asked my neighbor to come up and have a look in my donations boxes and she ended up taking most of the stuff from me. She also gave me a great curtain that I think will fit perfectly between my bedroom and living room area! :

I just have a small bag of stuff left now that can easily be dropped off at the second hand shop soon. I know I need to try clothes and on and get rid of more clothes,but I did put a HUGE dent in the closet. I also set up a little project of putting together a photo collage soon with some little postcards and pictures from my travels. I'm saving that for a "snowy day" project and some hot chocolate or a nice mug of tea. I love how shiny and clean my floor looks and how much space I have now.
post #5 of 40
We've been going through our house and getting rid of stuff. I'm off for 4 days next week and plan on doing more. I'm not going to give away anything until after the 1st of the year because we've already given away a lot this year. I think we've hit our max in charity right offs.
post #6 of 40
HUGE HUGE HUGE!!! we are moving, want to be in the new house by Dec 20 so I've been going through the whole entire house, it's amazing what I have gotten rid of in my boxing and I'm sure that when I unbox I will be getting rid of even more... some of that might take until 2009 or maybe even 2010 though
post #7 of 40
I’m glad I’m not the only one! I was going to hold off until after Christmas, but I already feel like the clutter is encroaching, especially in DS’ room. Yesterday I went through all his toys in his room and in the living room downstairs. I filled a box with stuff to donate. I also found an unopened box of wooden blocks in DS’s closet - he received 4 boxes of blocks for his 1st birthday over a year ago. He plays with two of the packages of blocks, I already re-gifted one, and now I will donate this last one to toys for tots. I also have a couple more toys earmarked for donation, but because the Ils will be here over Christmas and I don’t want them asking where X went, I’ll keep these things till they come and then I’ll donate them :. I suspect I will have even more to donate *after* Christmas.

Last weekend I did a major purge and clean out of my craft supply closet. I also cleaned out old files in my file cabinet to make room for 2008 files to go in deep storage.

I’ll probably do a purge of clothes after Christmas. The other thing I need to take care of is DS’ cloth diapers. I’ve got a lot of cloth diapering supplies that I need to sell or something. Right now, there is a huge sack of stuff just sitting in his closet. I’m no good at selling stuff online…I don’t have the time to devote to it. But I’d really like to get some money back for all this stuff. Suggestions (and please don’t say diaper swappers – that place totally frustrates me)?
post #8 of 40
Since I'm due in a few weeks and feeling nesty as it is...(combined with the holidays coming ACK) I'm definitely going to be decluttering!
post #9 of 40
I've been trying to declutter all year - it's been a slow process, though. Today DH is taking a snowsuit to Coats for Kids at work, as well as some food bank food... At the end of last week I went through 4 (no kidding it was ridiculous) bins of toys and downsized to only 2 small wicker baskets. My daughter is actually enjoying her toys more and not feeling quite so overwhelmed by the masses of stuff, I hope.

Take care,
El
post #10 of 40
I have been dumping bin after bin of stuff at the local thrift shops -- who knew we had so much? And I always thought we were the kind of people who didn't have a lot of stuff. Turns out we have huge amount, I am just masterful at hiding it in the attic/basement/cupboards.

I have this one reeeeeeeally bad cabinet. The place where stuff gets dumped -- stuff that we may need, that has sentimental value, stuff that has been overlooked and shuffled around before. I have a deadline to get it done, clean to the walls, painted and repurposed. Must get started.
post #11 of 40
I'm in the midst of a very scary decluttering project...
post #12 of 40
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Originally Posted by slsurface View Post
I’m no good at selling stuff online…I don’t have the time to devote to it. But I’d really like to get some money back for all this stuff. Suggestions (and please don’t say diaper swappers – that place totally frustrates me)?
I'd say Craigslist... I sold a bunch of CDs in October and they got picked up quite fast.

I'm wanting to do a major decluttering project - I feel like we're drowning in STUFF. We have a storage unit and I want to get rid of it because it's just plain stupid to spend $100 storing stuff you don't use. DH has heart palpitations whenever I suggest we get rid of some things though. He's ridiculous.
post #13 of 40
I have been doing major decluttering. Only a few weeks left though ... see my siggy! There is a huge need for toys and kids clothing with the Holiday Helpers.
post #14 of 40
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Originally Posted by slsurface View Post
I’ll probably do a purge of clothes after Christmas. The other thing I need to take care of is DS’ cloth diapers. I’ve got a lot of cloth diapering supplies that I need to sell or something. Right now, there is a huge sack of stuff just sitting in his closet. I’m no good at selling stuff online…I don’t have the time to devote to it. But I’d really like to get some money back for all this stuff. Suggestions (and please don’t say diaper swappers – that place totally frustrates me)?
You could try the TP here.

Take care,
El
post #15 of 40
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Originally Posted by Krisis View Post
DH has heart palpitations whenever I suggest we get rid of some things though. He's ridiculous.
My husband is without a doubt the biggest obstacle in my house decluttering. He's STARTING to get a little bit on board, but it's to the point now where I will say "We need to get rid of *insert something like these old McDonald's miniature hockey jerseys, because we have no space for them and you don't use them" and he'll say "Ok." and I'll say "HOLY."

Take care,
El
post #16 of 40
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Originally Posted by ellemnop View Post
My husband is without a doubt the biggest obstacle in my house decluttering. He's STARTING to get a little bit on board, but it's to the point now where I will say "We need to get rid of *insert something like these old McDonald's miniature hockey jerseys, because we have no space for them and you don't use them" and he'll say "Ok." and I'll say "HOLY."

Take care,
El
EXACTLY. The same thing happened last night to me! "We really should get rid of your old computer books since you've had them since we were married 2 years ago and you haven't opened them once." "Ok."

"ARE YOU SERIOUS?! CAN I GET THAT IN WRITING?!!"
post #17 of 40
We're just getting started also. We have way too much stuff (esp. clothes, it's insane, we still have clothes from before we met....almost 12 years ago)., so we're really trying to downsize. The one thing I can't seem to get rid of is all our books. So first we're going to do clothes, then toys, then odds & ends (knick knacks, bath stuff, etc), then we'll see about the books. I know I should donate some, I just can't seem to bring myself to do it. Would it be so wrong to minimize everything else but keep the books?

ETA: I do feel very lucky, dh completely agrees with me, though he feels the same way about the books so he's no help there LOL).
post #18 of 40
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Originally Posted by Maeve View Post
We're just getting started also. We have way too much stuff (esp. clothes, it's insane, we still have clothes from before we met....almost 12 years ago)., so we're really trying to downsize. The one thing I can't seem to get rid of is all our books. So first we're going to do clothes, then toys, then odds & ends (knick knacks, bath stuff, etc), then we'll see about the books. I know I should donate some, I just can't seem to bring myself to do it. Would it be so wrong to minimize everything else but keep the books?

ETA: I do feel very lucky, dh completely agrees with me, though he feels the same way about the books so he's no help there LOL).
Books are really hard for both of us too. We both want to have a library room someday and so getting rid of our books is painful. I've settled for getting rid of ones I know I shouldn't keep (old fantasy books that are a little more graphic than I understood at age 12!) and ones that I know we'll never ever read (DH's old textbooks on Muslims and Politics for a class he never went to. Yeah.)
post #19 of 40
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by slsurface View Post
I’m glad I’m not the only one!

I’ll probably do a purge of clothes after Christmas. The other thing I need to take care of is DS’ cloth diapers. I’ve got a lot of cloth diapering supplies that I need to sell or something. Right now, there is a huge sack of stuff just sitting in his closet. I’m no good at selling stuff online…I don’t have the time to devote to it. But I’d really like to get some money back for all this stuff. Suggestions (and please don’t say diaper swappers – that place totally frustrates me)?
I'm so glad people saw this post! lol It feels so good to see things clearly now and have space in my closet for the things that I do actually need. It also felt so good to see my neighbours face when she thanked me for her goodies and her little girls face when she found the Curious George and BIG teddy bear that she got from me. Today I went to see them and she was so happy about the body butter I gave her,said it worked so well for her dry skin. I liked it to,lived the smell,but I had way to many things that were similar!

About the diapers can you sell them on CL or maybe a consignment shop that sells baby gear?
post #20 of 40
Not a huge declutter, but we always try to rehome items we no longer need/use. It's a great time of year for that.
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