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post #401 of 548
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Originally Posted by brooklyn_warbler View Post
can i jump in and do this plan, too? i didn't notice the challenge until today but i reeeeallly need it!
Jump right in, mama!

I'm doing a modified plan too because I am going on vacation on the 21st and I started late too, so my goal was only 75.

But I've decluttered 51 items in the 5 days that I've been participating. With still 11 days to go, if I can keep up the same pace, I'll be making that original 150 number without difficulty!

YOU can do it! Pick your goal (maybe 100 items, since you have 20 days left) and go for it! Maybe you'll be like me and you will surprise yourself too!
post #402 of 548
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Originally Posted by mommaof3boz View Post
ALSO everyone needs to post their "gift to me because I am giving the gift of a decluttered house to my family" gift. What is it going to be ladies? You each deserve it no matter how many items you part with, whether 150 or 500.
ok, I'm going to get penalties for these, but yesterday I put in two online orders for things I've wanted for a while... a flannel slip, since I wear skirts 98% of the time and it is REALLY cold right now.. (I've been wanting this for over a year!!).. And two sets of fleece sheets.. One for our queen bed, one for DS's bed, since it is cold and DS doesn't even have flannnel sheets! and the fleece ones just sounds sooooo Yummmy!! (and they were on sale!! )

Kym
post #403 of 548
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Originally Posted by Mirta View Post
And two sets of fleece sheets.. One for our queen bed, one for DS's bed, since it is cold and DS doesn't even have flannnel sheets!
Fleece and flannel sheets... OMG, where have I been? That's a great idea.

We're using plain old cotton ones, and it's soooo cold!

I might have to go shopping for sheets today!
post #404 of 548
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Originally Posted by Kivgaen View Post
Fleece and flannel sheets... OMG, where have I been? That's a great idea.

We're using plain old cotton ones, and it's soooo cold!

I might have to go shopping for sheets today!
Sorry to lead you into temptation! One of my friends had mentioned the fleece sheets on her facebook status... that was what got me..

Fleece sheet set
these are the sheets I ordered.. If you select a set, you can actually enter your zip code and see if any of the near by stores have any in stock.

$10 off in store coupon

Online coupon codes

Kym

PS.. you can get flannel sheets almost anywhere fleece are harder to find.. thus the links..
post #405 of 548
I thought I was done with this challenge, but the greatest thing about this challenge is that it is soooo motivating! I was 2 items away from meeting my goal but I just brought in 5 more items... so I'm going to add that up for a total of 200 items I need to get rid of.
So I'm at 173/200.

My reward is an evening at a coffee shop with a good book.

Looking forward to the February challenge...
To everyone having a hard time getting rid of books:
It was soooo hard for me to get rid of books since I love books so much. But I did what another poster suggested. I looked at all of my books and got rid of the ones that I have not looked at for several years. I keep my reference books and several other books that I have gone back to many times. I do feel lighter though...

Mirta - the link for the fleece sheet set did not come up.
post #406 of 548
Making a stop at the thrift shop to drop off my donations, but before I do, I went through my china cabinet.

-3 glass vases I haven't used since receiving them 7yrs ago
-a picture frame I haven't used in 7yrs.

267

We're heading out today for food shopping. Making it a point not to get anything else, too.
post #407 of 548
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Originally Posted by Kivgaen View Post
Fleece and flannel sheets... OMG, where have I been? That's a great idea.

We're using plain old cotton ones, and it's soooo cold!

I might have to go shopping for sheets today!
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Originally Posted by Mirta View Post
Sorry to lead you into temptation! One of my friends had mentioned the fleece sheets on her facebook status... that was what got me..

Fleece sheet set
these are the sheets I ordered.. If you select a set, you can actually enter your zip code and see if any of the near by stores have any in stock.

$10 off in store coupon

Online coupon codes

Kym

PS.. you can get flannel sheets almost anywhere fleece are harder to find.. thus the links..
FYI, I spotted these sheets in Marshalls today when I went in to look for gloves for my DS (he lost one of his.. ) They had no sets of mittens or gloves in his size... BUt they had some absolutely delicious feeling blankets and comforters..plus those sheets... Uhh oh... I am soooo craving them... I told DH if we had them all on our bed we might never get out of it!! But I seriously think I found my dream bed stuff... <sigh> This is why I normally stay out of stores!

Kym
post #408 of 548
24 items of baby clothes to friends - 95/150

Keeping on it today, gotta make up for the days I missed recently.

ETA 25 more baby clothes 120/150

ETA again, 5 more baby clothes and a book 126/150
post #409 of 548
127. bag of *old* black beans - instead of composting, I cooked them for the chickens (I know that sounds silly, but seriously, we weren't going to eat them, so I decided to put them to good use instead)
128-130. 3 kitchen gadgets to freecycle
131. a small thermos brand thermos, vintage plastic
132-181. 50 containers & lids to recycling
182-199. kitchen plastics to freecycle
200-202. 3 Starbucks milkshake cups, sold for $15 !!!

+ 23,648,225 leaves (we counted ) - DH is raking them up and they are being put in the garden as mulch. So, technically, they aren't leaving the "house" per se, but they are out of the grass!!! **AND** - the grass is green! Due to the unprecedented freeze in Houston, everyone else's grass is dead, but ours was insulated by all the leaves. Yay for procrastination!

Reward: hmmm. not sure. maybe a pedicure?

((adjusted goal, due to shopping expedition: 330))
((also going to aim for 2010 in 2010 ...))
post #410 of 548
I noticed a truck with a bumper sticker that said "eliminator" on my walk this morning and thought: "I should wear that on a t-shirt this month" (but of course I don't want the extra thing in my house)...

#228, 229: canning jars
#230: candle thing
#231-251: 200+ pieces of paper
post #411 of 548
Out of curiosity... how are you ladies counting shoes and boots?

I have several pairs of shoes and boots that are too small for DD and DS, and several single ones that don't have a match. Should I count the single ones as half of an item and the pair as a full one, or count each pair as 2 items and the mis-matched as an item each?
post #412 of 548
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Originally Posted by Kivgaen View Post
Out of curiosity... how are you ladies counting shoes and boots?

I have several pairs of shoes and boots that are too small for DD and DS, and several single ones that don't have a match. Should I count the single ones as half of an item and the pair as a full one, or count each pair as 2 items and the mis-matched as an item each?
Well, I'd count a mismatched shoe as one item, and I'd also count a pair of shoes as one item. But maybe logic isn't my strong suit.
post #413 of 548
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Originally Posted by treespeak View Post
Well, I'd count a mismatched shoe as one item, and I'd also count a pair of shoes as one item. But maybe logic isn't my strong suit.
That's what I've been doing too.

So I got rid of my five today, plus I think thirty in penalties, and five extra. Yay!
post #414 of 548
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Originally Posted by treespeak View Post
Well, I'd count a mismatched shoe as one item, and I'd also count a pair of shoes as one item. But maybe logic isn't my strong suit.
This is how I would count the shoes too. The goal is not just to make our quota but to get more things out of our homes. If you have a pair of shoes, you're not going to get rid of one shoe and keep the other, right? Nor are you going to keep a random unpartnered shoe. So each option counts as 1 item out of the house.

I'm thinking of going for the 2010 in 2010 too... but it seems very daunting to count it that way. It's about 167-168 items per month, which isn't far off from what we've been doing for this challenge.

Once our new basement storage area is done, the plan is to go through the boxes before they get put in there. We want to put things in plastic see-through tubs so we can find them, and get rid of stuff that we no longer plan to use. I should be able to meet the 2010 quota no problem (if I can get over emotional attachments to things. That is my weak spot in decluttering.) The storage area should be done in the next few weeks, I hope. DH has a few things to finish up down there (earthquake retrofit and framing the new doorway) and then we can move in the shelving.
post #415 of 548
Well I finally got rid of some stuff today, so finally got STARTED on the challenge *sigh*

We went to work on cleaning out the 'mold room'. I didn't count each individual item as we tossed it, but it was easily 50 things... some old shirts that I was supposed to repair the sleeves, but never will and now they stink anyway... some old memorabilia that doesn't mean anything to me anymore... that sort of thing.

So, 50/150. It's a start!
post #416 of 548
Well, I brought some items into the house from my shopping trip, a larger storage bin for all the new Playmobil pieces my older kids got for Christmas, a new meat thermometer (our other one broke and I tossed it), a kitchen time (I'm going to use this to set my time for the computer, the kids' time outs, other activities, etc), and H&R Block At Home to do our taxes.

So, that's 4 items in, I need to get rid of an additional 20 items.
post #417 of 548
01/10-

3 old food jars I saved and haven't used, recycled
4 boxes I've been hanging on to since x-mas, just in case something needed returned, recycled
1 good sized stack of papers, recycled
1 old calendar and several catalogs, recycled
3 makeup items, practically new, given to my sister
1 inedible gingerbread house we made for decoration, trashed
1 too small kid belt, going to thrift
1 too brand new too small pair of kid slippers, going to thrift (dd received for x-mas, wrong size)

counting as 9 items

101/150
post #418 of 548
ok, jumping in --

1. one 1/2 used container of face wash i haven't used in 3 years
2. one 1/2 used container of coconut hair oil that was giving me build up and that i haven't used in 2 years (why was i hanging on to this?)
3. one unopened jar of "natural anti-dandruff creme" from india
4-5. two mugs we don't use
6-11. five glasses we don't use

the last things i put in a box on the street -- normally someone will take it over the course of a day (love living in the city! ), but if it's still there tomorrow i'll try to freecycle. the opened stuff i threw out.
post #419 of 548
203. a vintage Kodak Colorburst 250 obsolete camera to freecycle after trying to sell it for months ...
204-208. 2 lamp shades, 2 woven beach mats, and a rug - all put out to the curb and WALKED away!!! yay!!
post #420 of 548
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Originally Posted by jrabbit View Post
203. a vintage Kodak Colorburst 250 obsolete camera to freecycle after trying to sell it for months ...
204-208. 2 lamp shades, 2 woven beach mats, and a rug - all put out to the curb and WALKED away!!! yay!!
There is something so gratifying about bringing stuff out to the curb and having it disappear. I like freecycling too, but the curb thing brings such instant gratification.

Mostly plowed through paper today:
252-562: 100+ recipes
262-282: 200+ sheets of paper from files
282-292: note books, binders, file folders

As a side effect of going through all my papers, I'm just about ready to file our taxes. Usually that doesn't get done til March.
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