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Originally Posted by echospiritwarrior View Post
I sure hope so! This thread has been so amazingly good for me (and a lot of other's I imagine too). Especially since we are a family of four living in just over 800 square feet it made an enormous impact in just keeping things functioning smoothly on a day to day basis.

I think the next challenge should be slightly different. Keep with the penalty thing, but something more along the lines of maintenance/routines??? I don't know, what do you think?
I agree. I don't need to declutter (I don't have that much stuff!)
What I need is someone to bust my butt about keeping the house clean!
post #542 of 548

Inspired by the challenge

Hello all!

I've been taking the clutter challenge to heart, and my dh has joined forces with me in a remarkable display of patience with my clearing urges!

I just wrote about our experience of your challenge on my Mama Renew blog on Mothering.


Thank you, Mommaof3boz, for the nudge & inspiration. And to those of you who came upon this thread too late for this month's challenge - you can start at any time! February works well too (and there are less days = less items!)

post #543 of 548
I wish I would have seen this thread. I avoid this forum since I am a clutter mess. This sounds like something I can handle. What is the next thread going to be since it is almost the end of the month? I will join in then.
post #544 of 548
Okay, please post suggestions for Feb.

I'm thinking keep with penalties: 5 items out for every single item brought into the house
construct (if you don't have one already) and carry out a maintenance plan/routine 5 out of every 7 days??? I usually have one unscheduled day a week and then there's one day in case of emergency/sickness etc.

what do you think? more/less/different ???
post #545 of 548
What do you mean by routines? Like cleaning routines?
post #546 of 548
I think cleaning routines, yes. Something like setting a schedule and sticking to it. Or a list of deep cleaning and little cleaning projects to get done by the end of the month (for example, I NEVER clean my windows. They have blinds that rarely get pulled up so I don't think about it. Or, cleaning the trash cans? I never do that. Or vacuuming once a week or scrubbing floors?)

I don't know. I just know that I don't have enough things to get rid of 5 things a day for a month. I would have no stuff!
post #547 of 548
I just wanted to post and say for the record that I actually succeeded in this challenge.

I decluttered about 300 items this past month and feel great about it!
Thanks for the opportunity to get rid of stuff I don't need.
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I went thru my boxes of materials and made 3 cloth diapers and insert for a friend who took in a baby and is caring for him. I am going thru it today to make some cloth diapers for another friends baby shower. I figured I should use it up since I spent $ on it and have no extra $ for gifts
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