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post #121 of 261
51/150. Slow and steady.
post #122 of 261
another 37

262/500

Over the half way mark since I raised my goal! -but still a ways to go
post #123 of 261
I am so in on this!! We have needed to declutter for a long time and now I have a few pressing reasons to do so (baby coming and a couple of family members might be moving in with us for a little while)...

I am going to aim for 500....I think I will have no problem getting there!

so far 0/500...I will start tomorrow after work!
post #124 of 261
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Originally Posted by sunnysandiegan View Post
Well, right now, DD gets most of the credit for all the decluttering going on in our house! She rocks!!! At this point in time, I believe we have gone through 90% of everything she owns.

Clothes - She donated enough to get everything neatly into one dresser from two (different sizes, but still) and into half of her closet from 2/3rds.

Toys/play items - She donated oodles of stuff of her own free will. The quantity left is very reasonable.

Arts/crafts - She went through it all with a smile today and gave away an entire box full.

Misc - She has literally gone through every single item in her bedroom, her closet, her areas of the family office, her section in the extra room, and two of three areas in the living room. The only spot left is the games & puzzles area in the living room. Guess we'll do that tomorrow...

Meanwhile, DH quickly scanned his hanging clothes and did a THOROUGH purge of his areas in the family office a couple months ago and is doing a "quickie" (LOL) again as I type.

I have been mostly helping DD, or rather I've been cleaning up after the little tornado! LOL In between her decluttering, I have managed to go through all the family linens and all of our "product documentation" (paperwork - warranties, care & use instructions, etc. - on items we own). I also went through our fire-resistant box and sorted out the important papers that have piled up since the last time I did it (almost a year ago). This all on top of the major overhaul of our storage closet, including Christmas decor, that I previously mentioned.

The net result of all this, thus far, is a HUGE MESS on our master bedroom floor!!! I'm not counting, but I will take and share a picture of the massive pile that leaves our house on Friday, January 2!
As promised, here are the pictures:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/33329635@N07/sets/

Click on the Closet Challenge Set to see all the work we did since Christmas.

The other day I quickly tidied up the hall closet. I do not recall if we donated anything from there, but I doubt it. It wasn't too bad, as you can see from the above pictures (in the link).

Yesterday, we went through the living room cabinets with all the games and puzzles (2 cabinets in the entertainment center for a total of 4 shelves). DD has outgrown most of the little kid versions of board games and we are now able to play the original versions that we already owned. We have changed tastes and pasttimes since becoming parents and were able to let go of many games we have not played with in years! This was a major release of stuff and really freed up these spaces so that we can now see everything inside both cabinets and DD can take out and put away games and puzzles easily on her own. They are super organized, too...one shelf for all puzzles, one shelf for all non-board-games (cards, twister, bingo, yahtzee, etc) in one cabinet...and all the board games now fit in the other cabinet on those two shelves. DH & DD pulled everything out and sorted into keep and donate piles. I had veto power (with discussion... LOL) as I neatly put it all away.

We also did the office cabinet yesterday. That was quite a challenge all by itself. I remembered to take pictures, so that is documented on the Flickr link above. I started my desk drawer, too, but didn't quite finish. It is still 2/3rds empty, but the part that does have stuff in it sure looks pretty. LOL

The last picture on the link in the closet set is the pile of stuff we tried to donate today. It filled the trunk of our car! Unfortunately (or is it fortunate in the long run... thinking past our current predicament?), the first, second, and YES third charities we went to today to donate all these items were FULL!!! Not one of them could accept any donations right now because they were packed full...every truck on the premises and the hallways and store rooms were overflowing. WOW!!! I'll call first tomorrow. I've never encountered this before...
post #125 of 261
another 22 thingies so...

199+22=221/1000 over a fifth of the way there
post #126 of 261
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Originally Posted by sunnysandiegan View Post
It filled the trunk of our car! Unfortunately (or is it fortunate in the long run... thinking past our current predicament?), the first, second, and YES third charities we went to today to donate all these items were FULL!!! Not one of them could accept any donations right now because they were packed full...every truck on the premises and the hallways and store rooms were overflowing. WOW!!! I'll call first tomorrow. I've never encountered this before...

When we dropped off our stuff yesterday they also had a ton of stuff, I think new years inspires people to clean there houses
post #127 of 261
almost didn't do any today but then i'd never make it to 500 so i got my act together and did 77! and i still have so much stuff! though it is getting harder as i'm working through my project areas...

77+262=339
post #128 of 261
Note to self, check out the thrift store.
post #129 of 261
I'm up at about 300.

I did a major purge/reorganization of our kid and adult craft supplies. Let go of some nice craft kits, esp for crossstitch and embroidery that I will never get to. My eyesight isn't getting any better. Knitting and crochet make more sense for me. Also realized that I will never scrapbook and that is ok. I don't need three bins of scrapbooks and supplies.

Cleared out 2 walls of my freezer room for pantry/kitchen storage space to take the burden off my tiny kitchen.

I am not ready to get rid of the breadmaker, juicer or ice cream maker....but they get stored for months at a time. Not much call for bread baking in the summer or ice cream in the winter. The juicer and dehydrator mostly get used for garden overflow in the fall...Don't know if I'd replace any of these if they died on me, but don't want to declutter them now knowing that I would use them in future.

I had 4 pieces of furniture I was planning to get rid of and ended up only getting rid of 1, but rearranged my spaces to make use of the others.

Next big challenges-- kitchen cupboards, office (again, because I have to organize specialty papers that got decluttered from the craft area into a filing cabinet), toy storage closet. And the toyshelves and bins, again, though I did those before Christmas.

And then my family's clothing....got a long way to go. 1000 isn't going to be a problem, I don't think.
post #130 of 261
13 more for total of 70
post #131 of 261
Tidied away Christmas today and did more decluttering, DH tidied all his random computer wires away into proper lidded plastic crates, so I could collapse the grotty old falling-apart boxes! Hurrah!

Mostly tidying today, very little actual stuff-removal:

22+221=243/1000
post #132 of 261
another 61 for an even 400!

339+61= 400/500
post #133 of 261
I am still working away, though I took a break over the weekend.

Today I tossed 12 kitchen items and put 20 kitchen items in the goodwill bag.

32=39=71/200

I am going to try to get to 200 today so I can be done!
post #134 of 261
I found 16 more things, mostly toys, for Goodwill.
post #135 of 261
I'm in! I think I'll go for 500 items for the month. I starting going through my sewing supplies today and purged 46 itrms.

46/500
post #136 of 261
only 5 more today but with all the problems i've to deal with i need a break!!!!!!

405/500
post #137 of 261
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Originally Posted by sunnysandiegan View Post
As promised, here are the pictures:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/33329635@N07/sets/

Click on the Closet Challenge Set to see all the work we did since Christmas.

The last picture on the link in the closet set is the pile of stuff we tried to donate today. It filled the trunk of our car! Unfortunately (or is it fortunate in the long run... thinking past our current predicament?), the first, second, and YES third charities we went to today to donate all these items were FULL!!! Not one of them could accept any donations right now because they were packed full...every truck on the premises and the hallways and store rooms were overflowing. WOW!!! I'll call first tomorrow. I've never encountered this before...
The stuff is still in the trunk. I am planning to donate it all tomorrow!

We've already started a new bag of stuff to donate, too.
post #138 of 261
I have a goodwill truck coming to pick up a bunch of stuff on Thursday! I can't wait to reclaim some space! I've then told dh that he has boxes to go through and get rid of. He seems to keep all the boxes from practically everything JIC we were going to move. I told him that obviously we won't be moving for a while. I think we are pretty settled where we are!

I may not count the stuff, but I do have pictures I may try and upload later!
post #139 of 261
Still going through the sewing supplies! 36 more items gone. I might get some more done later, too!

82/500

ETA: 23 more gone!

105/500
post #140 of 261
Threw out some ratty dress-up wigs and set aside some items for donation -- 8 items, 308/1000.

Today, I'm going back in to the dress-up purge. I do NOT need the equivalent of 4 garbage bags of dress-up stuff for my children. No matter how cute my 2 yr old looks in every single item....
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