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:
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...