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post #141 of 548
Welcome all! Not much time to work today, but I did get rid of five things:
two blankets
two cookbooks
mailed a borrowed book back to a friend--unfinished projects clutter my mind space. It feels good to have that bit of clarity back!

"Nothing is sacred except you"--Brooks Palmer, Clutter Busting
post #142 of 548
Didn't get to declutter today. I spent all day in the ER with my grandmother - she's doing just fine now.

Hi Amy!!
post #143 of 548
My first challenge, but came at a perfect time. I've been going crazy with the chaos in my house and I have a TON of stuff I need to get rid of! DH and I sent the kids to grandmother's house and we got rid of an extra large garden bag full of toys and clothes to send to Goodwill! I know that's a ton more than five, but if i only did five a day I wouldn't get very far ;-) And yesterday I got rid of 4 bags of old clothes and a rice cooker that only made sticky rice.
post #144 of 548
Count me in! Thus far, I've gotten rid of 23 items.

I'm feeling weighed down by clutter and I have so much to get rid of, but I always think of some reason to keep things. I have to overcome that.
post #145 of 548
3 sweaters of DH's to the goodwill bag

37/150
post #146 of 548
Well today I spent a few minutes giving the coat closet a more thorough straightening than it usually ever gets. I thought I'd gotten everything back in place after my grandmother's ten-day visit (no clue how she managed to get everything all jumbled!, but when I came up with only one coat and two hats (all Dahlia's and just barely too small), I was baffled. Found another jacket of D's and a hoodie (keeping) stuck in the other side. Remembered that I got matching camo babylegs with pink bows to go with the warm camo jacket. Up to five things, every one of them in good condition and in season now so they need to get out of here asap! I also organized the extra nonperishables we keep there, (ETA: which led me to my mom's camera in the pocket of a longer jacket I don't wear that much, the loss of which led to hours of yelling and buckets of resentment that finding it won't even make up for... >sigh< one good reason not to have coats that sit in your closet unused ) and then attacked the two heaping sinkfulls of dishes that were waiting.... I am glad I didn't get such a decluttering rush tonight because I need to SLEEP!
61/185

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Originally Posted by boogiemonster View Post
I'm at 23/150.

We're in temporary housing, and only brought about half of our belongings with us, so I didn't think we had enough for me to declutter 150 things. I'm giving it my best, though!
I can relate to some extent. I'm sure you can follow the spirit of the challenge and put objects to the test, even if you don't end up getting rid of five a day.. although they can add up really easily, so you might be surprised at how much can go!

It is so true about the change in energy! Whether your space is small or large, it is more peaceful when it is organized and minimal.
post #147 of 548
Today I didn't give myself much time, but easily found 20 things in my kitchen that I could toss or give away. I started a box for give-away, and filled two garbage bags of stuff to throw away. I always have this notion to save certain things, because surely I will find a way to reuse them in some crafty way, and then never do it. I had a grocery bag full of dp's 2-liter soda lids and dp's empty pill bottles. Plus about 10 empty coffee containers. It HURTS to throw them away, it just seems like such a waste. but... it's not doing me any good to keep it. Sigh.
post #148 of 548
While making my coffee this morning, I found to get rid of:

-a favor bag full of lollipops no one in my house will eat
-bag of snack nuts no one liked
-baggie of rancid nuts that got lost in the fridge
-container of peanut brittle my DH never ate
-broken timer
-broken meat thermometer
-a water bottle no one ever uses
-3prs of duct tape molds of my kids' feet (used them for felted slippers, don't need them anymore, besides, their feet have since grown and I can make more)
-a candle holder I received 7yrs ago that I've never really cared for
-2 glass dinner bells I received as a favor at a wedding 6yrs ago, I don't like them, why have I carried them through 3 moves???

This morning I've decluttered:

-9 misc facial products/ lotions/ HBAs
-box for my diva cup (I store it in its bag, empty box has been in the bathroom for about a yr)
-open can of formula from when DS2 weaned off the bottle (about 6mo ago)
-25 old coffee cans/ plastic containers and their lids

70/150
post #149 of 548
Quote:
Originally Posted by bjorker View Post
I had a grocery bag full of dp's 2-liter soda lids and dp's empty pill bottles. Plus about 10 empty coffee containers. It HURTS to throw them away, it just seems like such a waste. but... it's not doing me any good to keep it. Sigh.
I know the feeling. I'm going to go through my hall closet later today where I have some coffee containers and things that I'm "saving for a craft use" or whatever, but have yet to use. It's doing me any good sitting in there taking up precious storage space and every time I go in that closet I feel overwhelmed by the clutter. Time for it to go. The closet needs a change of energy
post #150 of 548
Can I guess at the amount of things?

- My mil brought over a big garbage bag full of clothes that we looke through and took out what we needed and now the bag is off to the second and store.

- Ornaments, boots, mp3 player, glass pans, broken pampered chef pizza stone, a recycle bin full of paper!, a singing fish, some xmas decorations, expired medication

80/150?
post #151 of 548
Coming to this a bit late but motivated none the less!

5 a day should be easy in our house
post #152 of 548
I'm in late, but already successful! I tackled the DVD cabinet today and took out everything. Organized the DVDs and set aside the VHS tapes to go through. I got rid of all of mine and the rest were left for DH to go through. To my shock, he said, "Get rid of all of them." He asked me to write down the titles to a few so he could replace them with DVDs, but off to the thrift store 50 VHS tapes go!
post #153 of 548
Someone wants my non-digital camera! They're coming to get it today.

so:

6 - camera
7-11 books

Dh is on board, too -- and boy, does he need it
post #154 of 548
I've gotten rid of 15 articles of clothing so far. Slowly but surely!
post #155 of 548
I was just telling my mom about my decluttering and how we have A LOT of wine glasses. DH and I picked a few that we love and my mom asked if she could have the rest She was going to go buy some cheap ones at the store, but now we kill 2 birds w/ 1 stone

-11 wine glasses
-1 potato masher (an extra)
-7prs outgrown kids shoes

89/150
post #156 of 548
I did it last night! In one big shot. I got rid of over 100 items of clothes and a ton of paperwork.

Will do more tonight to see if I can get to 300 by 2/1.
post #157 of 548
So far I got rid of three boxes of kids toys that the kids had outgrown. I am at 35/150 for now. Tonight I move to my closet and clothes.. eeek!!!
post #158 of 548
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post #159 of 548
Quote:
Originally Posted by FillingMyQuiver View Post
While making my coffee this morning, I found to get rid of:

-a favor bag full of lollipops no one in my house will eat
-bag of snack nuts no one liked
-baggie of rancid nuts that got lost in the fridge
-container of peanut brittle my DH never ate
-broken timer
-broken meat thermometer
-a water bottle bottle no one ever uses
-3prs of duct tape molds of my kids' feet (used them for felted slippers, don't need them anymore, besides, their feet have since grown and I can make more)
-a candle holder I received 7yrs ago that I've never really cared for
-2 glass dinner bells I received as a favor at a wedding 6yrs ago, I don't like them, why have I carried them through 3 moves???

This morning I've decluttered:

-9 misc facial products/ lotions/ HBAs
-box for my diva cup (I store it in its bag, empty box has been in the bathroom for about a yr)
-open can of formula from when DS2 weaned off the bottle (about 6mo ago)
-25 old coffee cans/ plastic containers and their lids

70/150
Impressive!
post #160 of 548
Got rid of ALOT from the garage last night. A whole truck load of trash and a nice pile of things to donate.
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