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post #441 of 548
I just gave a friend the following for her new baby:

1 My Breast Friend
22 newborn prefolds
1 nip snappi
1 Bundle Me
1 wipes warmer
1 new package of wipes
1 nip replacement pad

28 items out of my house! Plus, dh threw the tree out!

1 christmas tree
2 old, busted ornaments
1 lei

32 items out of my house today!!!!
post #442 of 548
one empty face wash bottle out
3 empty shampoo bottles out


136/150

hoping to keep at it today...
post #443 of 548
4 items picked up by freecyclers today, (one I hadn't even listed yet!! (I answered a wanted post!)) plus more pick ups scheduled for this week!)
10 more items thrown away!

1/12 14/5
post #444 of 548
I'm behind-- didn't get rid of my five yesterday-- so today I have to make up a total of 170.
post #445 of 548
I'm signing up late, because I just came to look at MDC in seeking help for my new year's resolution of de-cluttering. Once I found this thread, I realized I found the group for me.

Right now, I am trying to go through the mountains of sewing stuff and scraps that I have collected over the years. I can find five bits a day to throw out. It won't be so overwhelming like that. :-)
post #446 of 548
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Originally Posted by LilLilly View Post
My biggest problem is that I feel wasteful to just throw things away, but in reality I know probably no one wants my half-burned candles! I tend to keep things because if it isn't something that is donatable, I just keep it in case I may need it later. I sew, and fabric scraps tend to take over my sewing space.
This is the same situation that I am in. Plus, I find what is really trash out and about, pick it up because a bird might try to eat it if it stays where it is, and bring it home to add to my collection of too much stuff already.
post #447 of 548
I gave my daughters teacher 6 pairs of pants, they had slight staining and she can use them if a student has an accident or gets wet.

post #448 of 548
301-306: puzzles and shape sorter-donated to local organization

"Keep the things that feel alive to you. Things have either a living or a dead essence. When you clutter bust your life and home, you will very quickly become aware of the difference, and you will drop the dead things into the trash can." Brooks Palmer, Clutter Busting
post #449 of 548
so yesterday I got rid of a large garbage bag full of old baby clothes. I don't quite know how many items but am guessing at 30.

203/200

Okay, I think I'm done for this challenge. I am really proud of myself! Looking forward to the next one.
post #450 of 548
218. a bag of mismatched infant socks that I have been hanging onto for at least 6 years - no joke. I'm penalizing myself for not ridding them sooner by counting the bag as one item ... there could have been 40 socks there. (they are from the children's resale shop I used to own - I was keeping then for the infamous "someday" craft project)
219. a bunch of plastic bags given to the veggie co-op we shop at on Wednesdays. again, penalty for hoarding ... sigh. when I finally get the rest out of my car, I'll take a few extra points.

--janis (feeling good about this purging - hoping it will rub off on the kids)

goal: 330, but it will probably have to be increased next week since I think I'm going thrift shopping again.
post #451 of 548
So I got rid of the five that I didn't get rid of yesterday, plus five for today. Then I got rid of a bunch of penalties and got my quota down to 35. Then my mother went and pre-bought some presents for DS's birthday in two months (we live with my parents), so my penalties now add up to 85. But I'm thoroughly exhausted, so that 85 will have to happen tomorrow!
post #452 of 548
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Out went our culligan water tank thing and four bottles. We were due for renewal and decided no. That is huge, those items are big.
post #453 of 548
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Originally Posted by jrabbit View Post
218. a bag of mismatched infant socks that I have been hanging onto for at least 6 years - no joke. I'm penalizing myself for not ridding them sooner by counting the bag as one item ... there could have been 40 socks there. (they are from the children's resale shop I used to own - I was keeping then for the infamous "someday" craft project)
219. a bunch of plastic bags given to the veggie co-op we shop at on Wednesdays. again, penalty for hoarding ... sigh. when I finally get the rest out of my car, I'll take a few extra points.

--janis (feeling good about this purging - hoping it will rub off on the kids)

goal: 330, but it will probably have to be increased next week since I think I'm going thrift shopping again.
Infamous someday craft projects. Love how you phrased that. I've let go of a few of those too, and it's just such a relief. Not only do you get more space, but you no longer have that hanging over your head. More time in the future to do what you want to do.
post #454 of 548
You all are chugging along! I am still packaging a book or two a day and picking up lots of random pieces of paper that my daughter plays with, but haven't done any serious decluttering in the few days since I've posted. Really, I am holding out until I go to my former home and honestly with the way things are going I might have to get rid of the majority of my possessions... I only have one bedroom here (losing that soon too) and just can't afford to move or store them. So I am going to loosen up on this challenge a bit, if I am able to do some sort of count I will report back about what all I was able to shed that has been stashed away at my ex's since last April!
post #455 of 548
Got rid of another five tonight (books), so tomorrow will only be 85 total rather than 85 in penalties plus my regular 5.

I absolutely count the random bits of paper. Clutter is clutter.
post #456 of 548
Change of plans! Found several boxes of stuff I left in my room at home when I moved to college, that never caught up with me... craziness!! I never thought I would throw away photos but there are whole rolls from summer camp that I never kept in touch with anyone in them, etc. :P Just now I pitched 35 items and 75 photos. How to count photos? 205/220 plus the photos and wayyyy more to go.
oh and I totally forgot about the library books I returned/brought on Monday. I returned four, I think ....ended up bringing five home. So I am at 209/245 Two more just came in on loan from another library, too :P
I decided to count five photos as one.. 1:1 just wouldn't be fair, but they are harder to get rid of than plain paper so 10:1 didn't work either. So the photos I pitched so far add fifteen to my total....
224/245!
post #457 of 548
139/150

1 jacket to donations
1 pile of papers to recycling bin
1 cruddy paintbrush to trash
post #458 of 548
54 more items gone today. I got rid of all most of our VHS movies (we don't have a VHS player anymore), and decluttered a bunch of shoes/boots that didn't fit and/or were missing partners... bringing my total to:

105/75!

WOOT! I made my goal for the month. Lets see if I can double it and hit that magic 150 mark before we leave on the 21st!

Now... what is it that I'm going to reward myself with. I need to think about this for a few minutes
post #459 of 548
Yesterday, I consolidated a box of baby items, so, 1 empty box to the trash. The day before I consolidated another, so, another empty box to the trash. Plus, I threw away 2 boxes I was saving to use to wrap items, plus a box a Christmas ornament came in, plus a bag I was using to store gift bags. I put all of those in the bin I bought this weekend for Christmas items.

Total: 6 items to the trash.
post #460 of 548
I have to cut my total back to 101 -- I went and bought myself a flannel sheet set.

This challenge has really opened my eyes to the number of items that I bring into our house on a regular basis. I have carefully thought out every purchase I have made since starting this. Before starting this challenge, I never realized how quickly the net total items in my home was constantly growing!
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