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post #161 of 548
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Originally Posted by FillingMyQuiver View Post
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)

82/150
Cool. This is one of my favorite aspects of letting go of stuff I no longer use--getting to see how other people benefit. I let go of some work-related items this fall and was able to give them to a single mama who was starting a small business. She was thrilled and it made my heart sing. Way to go helping out your MIL, FillingMyQuiver.
post #162 of 548
This thread has grown quickly! It's fun to see what others have that they're getting rid of.

Here's my update:

26-27. shorts that couldn't be salvaged for anything - trash

28-30. Thanksgiving figurines - Goodwill

31-34. various things that have been waiting at the back door to go to DH's office

35. old craft project - trash

36. door prize - needed to be taken to person in charge of said prizes

37. map - my car

So that's 37/185; 20%!
post #163 of 548
Did some more decluttering this afternoon:

1 Bumbo chair (I HATE that thing, why am I holding onto it?)
8 containers of baby food that someone gave me-dropped off at a friend's house

59/100
post #164 of 548
I am sitting here almost in tears because I just put the baby down for a nap and I looked around the house to start this challenge and could not honestly figure out where to begin! The only room in my house that is clean is the kitchen, and that's because I cleaned it last night. Everything else in my once tidy house is a wreck and I don't know where to start: the laundry piled halfway up the wall in the bathroom? The toy disaster in the living room? The just plain junk piled up ankle deep (and in some areas deeper) in our bedroom? I would like to grab a shovel and trash everything right now!
post #165 of 548
I spent yesterday trying to catching up...
11 books
1 bag of outgrown kids clothes (which I'm just counting as 1 item)
5 items from the kitchen
2 toys
4 items from the bathroom

23/185

I also find books hard to get rid of but they are getting out of hand here. I need to focus in this area for sure, so hooray for the 11 books on my list!!! Anyone ever take their books to a used bookstore for trade? Just wondering if it's worth it or not....
post #166 of 548
Nerdymom I'd start with the toys, easy come easy go.

I got rid of a HUGE suitcase of DD's old clothes (sent them to poor kids in North Africa with DH), gave a Target-sized bag of handmedowns to two different friends according to age/size, and took a stuffed kitchen bag of her clothes to Goodwill. That was my catchup!

For today I'm taking it easy, I'm going for the plastic containers in the kitchen cabinets- too many loose lids with no container to go with them.
post #167 of 548
Holly, I'm sorry you're feeling overwhelmed My best advice is to take a deep breath. I tend to follow FlyLady's approach to doing a "crisis clean".

http://www.flylady.com/pages/FlyingL...iscleaning.asp

I suggest you start a load of laundry at the beginning of the "crisis clean" and in between sessions, reload it into the dryer. Make 1 of the 15min sessions folding, etc.
post #168 of 548
i'm going to continue on the journey in my bedroom. its probably the room in the house that gets the least attention, and the place where things get put when i don't want them messed with or just need to get them out of the way..the laundry room is like that too, but for recycling & such.
here i go.
post #169 of 548
Oh Nerdymom! I soooo know how you feel. Sometimes I look around at everything that has to be done and I literally CANNOT figure out where to start. On the rare occasion when my DH helps do major cleaning, I ask him to tell me exactly where to start. I also have problems with anxiety right now and that plays into it a lot. I have figured out, for myself, that when I can see the floor, I feel much better. So that's usually where I start when I don't know where to start.

Also wanted to share: Someone once told me - when I said that I feel bad for throwing stuff away - that my home is not a garbage dump or a recycling bin. Sometimes when I think about this, I feel better, though sometimes not.

Will post later today with what I declutter. Hoping to catch up after being out of the loop yesterday.
post #170 of 548
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Originally Posted by ShwarmaQueen View Post
Nerdymom I'd start with the toys, easy come easy go.

I got rid of a HUGE suitcase of DD's old clothes (sent them to poor kids in North Africa with DH), gave a Target-sized bag of handmedowns to two different friends according to age/size, and took a stuffed kitchen bag of her clothes to Goodwill. That was my catchup!

For today I'm taking it easy, I'm going for the plastic containers in the kitchen cabinets- too many loose lids with no container to go with them.
Thanks for the hug, I need it! Good luck with your tupperware cabinet...ugh I try not to look in mine!

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Originally Posted by FillingMyQuiver View Post
Holly, I'm sorry you're feeling overwhelmed My best advice is to take a deep breath. I tend to follow FlyLady's approach to doing a "crisis clean".

http://www.flylady.com/pages/FlyingL...iscleaning.asp

I suggest you start a load of laundry at the beginning of the "crisis clean" and in between sessions, reload it into the dryer. Make 1 of the 15min sessions folding, etc.
That is a really good link, thanks! I think I will try that. I did go ahead and sort the laundry and get a load started. It's been too long and I'm running out of, well, everything!! But now here I am on the computer...so... I will go do what she says and put my shoes on. That might help. Oh and turn my computer off!!

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Originally Posted by sky*hawk View Post
Oh Nerdymom! I soooo know how you feel. Sometimes I look around at everything that has to be done and I literally CANNOT figure out where to start. On the rare occasion when my DH helps do major cleaning, I ask him to tell me exactly where to start. I also have problems with anxiety right now and that plays into it a lot. I have figured out, for myself, that when I can see the floor, I feel much better. So that's usually where I start when I don't know where to start.

Also wanted to share: Someone once told me - when I said that I feel bad for throwing stuff away - that my home is not a garbage dump or a recycling bin. Sometimes when I think about this, I feel better, though sometimes not.

Will post later today with what I declutter. Hoping to catch up after being out of the loop yesterday.
That is a really good point. A lot of our family give us stuff that they don't need/want anymore, because they know we don't have a lot of money. But I don't really want this stuff, I'm pretty happy with what we have. Maybe I could get up the nerve to actually say that? doubtful. But maybe if I get rid of some of it they won't notice?
post #171 of 548
Okay, deep breath... I'm late to the party, but I'm in on this.

I've tried flylady for years, and it has helped, I've learned quite a bit, incorporated a few things... but I'm just too lazy to stick with it, and it's too easy to ignore all the reminder emails.

But this thread is harder to ignore. Plus, you ladies are more "real" -- active, responding in 'real time' not just in pre-programmed scheduled emails, and I'm more personally involved in the conversation so it's more accountable.

We really need some big decluttering, I've just been putting it off because it's so big. But 5 a day? I can do that. And maybe more.

The kids have, over the past while, received many quality toys that we love. Which there is hardly room for due to all the junk toys. We need to get rid of those.

Craft stuff? I've read about people getting rid of stuff that had been sitting unused 'for future craft projects'. I think that's a great idea. I don't think I'll be doing that, though... in my case, part of the reason I haven't gotten around to those craft projects is because of the clutter! How could I justify working on these projects when there are still things that need to be done in the house? I'm going to hang on to these as future rewards, things I can indulge in when the house is better off.

Also, we have a room in the basement that got a lot of mold damage (previously unknown misconnected pipe from the upstairs bathroom... mutter mutter) and we have to gut the room, take up the carpets... maybe repaint while we're in there (I've always hated the colour of that room since we moved in 1.5 years ago)... most of the 'stuff' in the room is either washable or undamaged, but there is stuff that did get too damaged from mold to be worth keeping. I haven't junked much of it yet because it's just too depressing and overwhelming.

Things I'm not going to count... my cousin gave me 3 large garbage bags of her decluttered clothes. I went through them, picked out the things I could use, and rebagged the rest to pass on. I don't think it would be fair for me to count those towards my 150 total lol... well, maybe count '1' for each bag, since I'm still getting them out from my living space.

Oh, and I wanted to respond to this:
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Originally Posted by Gray's Mommy http://www.mothering.com/discussions...s/viewpost.gif
I'm in! There is nothing that says "I love me" more than getting rid of junk

Wow, I never thought of it that way - and I like it - more motivating...
This is pretty much straight from the Flylady bible. "Fly" actually is an acronym, for "Finally Loving Yourself". She often says things like "what better way for your family to feel loved than to have a clean toilet to throw up in when they're sick?" Sounds weird, at first, but then you think about it... when you're already so sick that you're going to hurl, do you really want to be spending quality time with your head plunged into a filthy, smelly, dusty, stained bowl? In other words, loving yourself, and loving your family, is what motivates us to keep things tidy.

Ideally, of course lol...
post #172 of 548
yay! clearing number three!! (here are one and two)

2 more pairs of outgrown shoes
6 canned goods
1 huge bin of plastic play food
2 poinsettias
1 string of popcorn garland (compost)

old cocoa mix and smokey almonds no one liked
one jar unidentified bulgar type product
bag of stale bulk organic popcorn (actually this is brand new so I'm returning to the store)
box of corn starch that expired you don't want to know when
agar agar box unopened but why the heck did I buy that 3 years ago?!?!

2 more canned goods (all are collecting in a grocery sack to go to my local food bank)
1 jar ancient pumpkin seeds that got trapped at the back of the pantry
2 mini pots from poinsettias (WHY was I really trying to shove these in my craft cupboard?!
16 mismatched socks or old underwear with holes in them :0 (these are in the rag bag for now but will get tossed if I don't do any deep cleaning in the next week and a half)
1 knit cat I made for the girls that no one really liked

that bring the total up to 30 purges total with a total of 77 items gone!

ETA: even though I still have a bit of a packratish tendency, each time I go in for an 'attack' it seems easier and easier. I'm not sure if it's having a goal in mind or the challenge or what but I LOVE it! I know I've been getting rid of more clothing items than I'm counting. It should be easy to get rid of hundreds of items! I'm also keeping a tally on the dry erase board on my fridge, keeps it someplace so that I can see the progress I've made so far plus helps me keep track until I can get back on here to post.THANK YOU for this challenge! I will keep it up!
post #173 of 548
Just did a quick purge through the bathroom closet.

-broken charger/ cleaner for an electric razor (was replaced 6 months ago)
-4 misc facial products/ HBAs
-1 set shower hooks we no longer use
-gave 10 clean egg cartons to a local farmer (thought I was keeping them for more crafts

105/150
post #174 of 548
I'm making great progress! I started with my china cabinet and got rid of wedding gifts that have been sitting unused for 8 years! Now I'm working on the kitchen. I've gone through all the drawers and am working on the cabinets.

Does anyone know how to safely dispose of old/expired medicines? I've got so many expired supplements and other expired medicines and prescriptions. I don't want to flush them and contaminate the water, and I don't want to toss them in the trash either. Any ideas?

I'm telling lots of my friends and family that I am doing this. Hopefully that will keep me accountable!
post #175 of 548
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Originally Posted by nerdymom View Post
I am sitting here almost in tears because I just put the baby down for a nap and I looked around the house to start this challenge and could not honestly figure out where to begin! The only room in my house that is clean is the kitchen, and that's because I cleaned it last night. Everything else in my once tidy house is a wreck and I don't know where to start: the laundry piled halfway up the wall in the bathroom? The toy disaster in the living room? The just plain junk piled up ankle deep (and in some areas deeper) in our bedroom? I would like to grab a shovel and trash everything right now!
That is EXACTLY where I was yesterday, except that my kitchen was a mess. So, DH and I cleaned our boys' playroom. Even though we had so much work on the rest of the house, by cleaning and reorganizing their playroom we got rid of a TON of stuff AND they were so busy in their new playroom that we were able to take down the tree!

Today I've cleaned out the area around the hot water heater. I found a few things that belonged to other people, they have been notified, and I got rid of a few things. I think, for me, the best way that I will do this will not be from getting rid of a specific number of things, but of going through EVERYTHING I own and getting rid of what we don't need, use frequently, or isn't absolutely beautiful. In the last week I've probably gotten rid of over 150 items!
post #176 of 548
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Originally Posted by nerdymom View Post
I am sitting here almost in tears because I just put the baby down for a nap and I looked around the house to start this challenge and could not honestly figure out where to begin! The only room in my house that is clean is the kitchen, and that's because I cleaned it last night. Everything else in my once tidy house is a wreck and I don't know where to start: the laundry piled halfway up the wall in the bathroom? The toy disaster in the living room? The just plain junk piled up ankle deep (and in some areas deeper) in our bedroom? I would like to grab a shovel and trash everything right now!
Permission granted! It's your stuff. You can do it. Clutter causes your mind to go foggy and you to feel stuck. If you can find a toe hole, get one thing into a bag it will propel you on to the next and the next. Every item that you let go of will let go of you. You'll get your precious energy back. Pretty soon you'll be riding an energy wave and tossing like crazy. You can do it!
post #177 of 548
Got rid of my five today. I am not listing what they all are every day, because it would always be like:

1. book
2. book
3. broken-and-outgrown baby toy
4. ripped piece of clothing
5. no idea WTH this is but if I needed it, I would know what it is

So that's my generic list for every day.
post #178 of 548
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Originally Posted by lolar2 View Post
Got rid of my five today. I am not listing what they all are every day, because it would always be like:

1. book
2. book
3. broken-and-outgrown baby toy
4. ripped piece of clothing
5. no idea WTH this is but if I needed it, I would know what it is

So that's my generic list for every day.
post #179 of 548
1 and 2 worn out sheets from my boys beds - bin
3 broken grater -bin
4 and 5 broken trainers and worn out shoes - bin
post #180 of 548
1 microwave steriliser, never used
1 dustbuster, no longer working
1 bag of plastic bags
1 insulated coffee mug (a remnant of my working life
1 empty bottle softener
2 old, old, old pillows
4 worn out towels
6 baby facewashers, never used
1 alarm clock, no longer used

Tally: 43/150

DH is totally on-board. In fact, a large part of the above list is what DH has asked me for permission to declutter yesterday and today.
I still have to do some paper decluttering, which I'm excited about tackling
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