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I am pleased to report that the stack of books approved to go for donation has increased by 25! Got through another box today, again only adding two to our amazon listings :P. But we did sell a few books already and thanks to some pricey professional books that were sitting around, we've made about a hundred bucks! The rest is mostly novels though so we probably won't make another hundred before it's time to give all the books the boot.
142/220

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Originally Posted by MissRubyandKen View Post
Oh yeah, I have a ?. My grandma is staying with us (temporarily as long as her plans go right). Do I need to count the stuff she is bringing in against me? I feel like its a no because her stuff likely won't be staying with us. Besides, she is bringing in a LOT of stuff, lol. Some of it she already owned, but she also is buying stuff too. She is a foodie and likes to cook. She has cooking supplies in three other family members houses too. If she doesn't have just the right tool for whatever she'd like to do she either won't make it or will go buy it. So, what do you all think?
I think your grandmother's things should only count in your favor. By supplies you probably mean food ingredients, but if she was going to buy anything non-consumable that would live at your house (like a certain type of cooking tool, I mean), then that would count against (in my book, anyway). Otherwise, no- you are hosting! You can't go pick through her stuff and get rid of it or not allow it in (LoL!) so that shouldn't count. But if she buys an ingredient that you don't use, getting rid of that would count toward your goal! Most people don't count groceries coming in because they are all going to be used, but when an ancient can of this or a half box of that are obviously clutter, getting rid of them counts!
...If the other family members (in whose houses she has stuff stashed) are close enough to visit, it would be nice to have them bring the stuff to make her feel more at home. Yes it goes against the purpose of the challenge, but then your grandma can use up those ingredients instead of buying a whole new one for your house! And, that's cabinet space in a relative's home that you are helping to declutter- instant karma .
post #362 of 548
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Originally Posted by MissRubyandKen View Post
Oh yeah, I have a ?. My grandma is staying with us (temporarily as long as her plans go right). Do I need to count the stuff she is bringing in against me? I feel like its a no because her stuff likely won't be staying with us. Besides, she is bringing in a LOT of stuff, lol. Some of it she already owned, but she also is buying stuff too. She is a foodie and likes to cook. She has cooking supplies in three other family members houses too. If she doesn't have just the right tool for whatever she'd like to do she either won't make it or will go buy it. So, what do you all think?
First off, welcome! As to the bolded part, I think it depends on whether the tools go with her when she moves. If they stay in your house, I think they're your clutter. For me, hosting someone's stuff is the worst because you can't throw it out at will. And presumably the tools she's buying aren't essential to you or you'd already have them, right? So I'd make sure she knows that whatever she brings needs to go with her when she moves.
post #363 of 548
Uh-oh... I went shopping today and brought in 9 items...
I feel good about it though, cause they were all for cleaning/organizing

Here's my total so far:


01/06: 36 items
01/07: -9 items
running --------
total: 25/75


(My goal is half, since I'm on vacation starting the 21st, and started late).
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eek, i've forgotten to post in a while!

culled:

2 bags of clothing - 35 items or so
table
2 chairs
4 large boxes
broken kiddy gate
2 push toys

total:
post #365 of 548
14 more items chucked.
That bring's todays new total to 5 for the day.

01/06: 36
01/07: 5

41/75

Hmm... Perhaps the magic number of 150 won't be too difficult to achieve after all, even considering that I'm leaving on the 21st...
post #366 of 548
-1 empty dvd case
-Sent over 30 plastic bags to the bag recycling bin at the supermarket so giving myself 1pt for each 10 bags
-2 old shaving creams DH didn't like

232/150
post #367 of 548
Got rid of some of Kate's undies that no longer fit her and socks. She even helped me! We put them in a bag to donate to other children and she says that she cannot wait for those kids to get her "presents".
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Originally Posted by FillingMyQuiver View Post
-Sent over 30 plastic bags to the bag recycling bin at the supermarket so giving myself 1pt for each 10 bags
Thanks for mentioning that.. I totally forgot to count the large bag of bags I brought to the store recycling box the other day... I think I will do what you did and give myself 1 point for every 10.. I'm pretty sure it was about 30, so that means 3 points... plus the misc.. stuff thrown away earlier:

1/7 8/5

242/255 -- (Penalties added for new things purchased.. )


Kym
post #369 of 548
76 - Silly plastic watch dh bought me (that says "Facebook Ruined My Life" -- I love Facebook! ... and am too old for plastic watches)
77 - penguin that a necklace came in
78 - a bra that doesn't fit
79 - a bracelet I never liked
80 - handmade plastic necklace

81-85 - children's books to be given away

Yay!
post #370 of 548
-small random pieces of broken toys, etc, we'll say +2 b/c they were small
-2 cardboard boxes that were just cluttering up my sideboard

236
post #371 of 548
My first foray into preemptive decluttering: I canceled a subscription to a magazine that I wasn't digging (no, not you Mothering) thus saving money, time, and trash. I had five issues remaining, so I'm giving myself five items. 220/210
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01/07 Helped eldest dd bag up one bag of clothes no longer fitting. Haven't counted yet, just didn't want to forget . I will edit when I count. nak

31 items

92/150
post #373 of 548
Got my 5 today! Then bought five new pairs of underwear so I need to get rid of 25 more things. That will have to wait until tomorrow though.
post #374 of 548
Too much to individually write out, but I pitched a lot. And went and bought bins to organize DS's toys and a duster for me, so my tally is now: 60/185
post #375 of 548
Got through another box of books today- third box in a row from which only two books were worth listing! But we are up to six sold now, so ....it works.
I guess for now I am still at 142/220 ...might be able to update later with an improvement tho!
post #376 of 548
Cleaned out an upper closet shelf and under my kitchen sink.

-more little random pieces of trash, an old phone charger, plastic container +4
-1 disgusting scrub brush that wasn't even ours and has been sitting under the sink since before we bought this house 20 months ago
-empty coffee can saved for goodness knows what
-large ziploc bag of old bottle nipples
-3 empty boxes from toys in recycling now

246

ETA~ cleaned off our dining room stereo shelf

-2prs broken scissors
-10 pens/ markers that are out of ink trashed (giving +1 for 5 pens)
-1 broken flashlight head
-3 old chapsticks
-another thermos added to the give away box

253

more kitchen decluttering

-3 plastic kids cups w/ crazy straws- SIL gave these as a party favor for my neice's bday- we try to limit plastic especially the cheap stuff- g'bye
-broken whisk

257
post #377 of 548
I signed up for this challenge but haven't started decluttering yet. Life has been a bit busy with DD starting preschool on Jan 4rth. I'll cruise along from Jan 10th - 30th - 20 days, 5 each - making a total of 100 items.

Off to read the thread from the beginning to get me motivated.
post #378 of 548
so far today 22 cat toys & 1 bag cat treats.. freecycler will be picking them up later

1/8 23/5


Total for the Month 265/255 -- (Penalties added for new things purchased.. )
post #379 of 548
went through a few of the craft drawers

-3 empty plastic coffee containers (recycling)
-empty chalk box
-random trash cluttering the drawers
-yucky paintbrushes trashed

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post #380 of 548
Still at it. I did bring in a few things so I have to work EXTRA hard to keep it balanced.

Again, I've stopped counting for the most part but am making the extra effort.
I cleaned out my craft space and a few of the items I brought into the house were for organizing. Three baskets and three rubbermaid bins. I do have people from freecycle coming in the next day or two to pick up one box of unwanted yarn and three boxes of books- woohoo. You can actually WALK into our closet now!

Today I began working on the office. Plenty of work in there still to go. A few notable things I pitched: an old cell phone, jewel cases, blank index cards that had browned, x-mas cards from years ago I never sent

I last extra item I have to make up for is a piece of fiber equipment I purchased

I'm going back to attack more clothing. I realized that my most dreaded task in the entire housework sphere is laundry and I think it's because there is just TOO MUCH and it's just out of control. Even though I have given away two boxes worth I still have AT LEAST that much more to go to get things down to a more manageable level.

keep it up! Everyone is doing GREAT
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