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post #641 of 1298
Everything was delivered yesterday.

I also donated a new book and a check to the local library on my DD's behalf. (We donate to a charity of our choice during our birthday months. DD chose the library this year.) = 1 (physical item)

My plan to do finances was realized yesterday, but I did not get to the paperwork decluttering. Maybe today...
post #642 of 1298
celebrating the small victories! 18 magazines, 1 bag of recycled paper (junk found around the house), and 16 random bathroom bottles (old hotel lotions etc) are gone!
post #643 of 1298
I have decided to attempt this challenge, although it is already April, I will give it a shot. Looks like I will have to get rid of about 50 things a week to make the total of 2010 by the end of the year!!

One thing can someone please clarify for me? It seems that some people are counting individual items while others are counting a bag of things as one item?
post #644 of 1298
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Originally Posted by clutterwarrior View Post
One thing can someone please clarify for me? It seems that some people are counting individual items while others are counting a bag of things as one item?
That's true! Do whatever works for you. To most of us it makes sense to count a stack or a bag or box of paper as 1, 10 or 50 items (pick what seems reasonable) for instance, but if you want to count each individual sheet so you feel like you are making progress then by all means do it! whatever gets you there
post #645 of 1298
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Originally Posted by kdtmom2be View Post
That's true! Do whatever works for you. To most of us it makes sense to count a stack or a bag or box of paper as 1, 10 or 50 items (pick what seems reasonable) for instance, but if you want to count each individual sheet so you feel like you are making progress then by all means do it! whatever gets you there
Thanks..yes I guess whatever gets us there, that is very true.
post #646 of 1298
All that stuff went out the door last week and we already have a new pile going. DH found a pair of shorts that don't fit his body well nor his lifestyle any longer. DD found a shirt that is way too short (fits her otherwise, though, LOL). I'll count those when they leave the premises.

Meanwhile, I did some paper decluttering and recycled a large basket's worth. = 3 (I still have shredding and more paperwork to go through, but this is out of our house now.)
post #647 of 1298
OK I threw out at least 150 clothing items over the last 2 weeks...it took 2 trips to donate those to the charity bin.

This week I also I threw out 12 plastic containers with lids missing
and 20 pairs old underwear and 15 plastic cutlery

Today...
1 novelty pen not working
1 novelty toothbrush of son's not working, both into the bin

To donate:
2 unused notepads
8 sticker books
8 happy meal toys
4 toys

Total 221/2010
post #648 of 1298
Cleared out more tonight..

4 expired tubes of cream
heel scraper
1 keyring
container of kids old craft stuff
15 pairs of DH's old undies...he has no idea and bet he won't notice them gone, teehee...


Total 243/2010
post #649 of 1298
Where is everybody?

Today so far I have thrown out:

11 items clothing
sports shoes son grown out of
old dictionary

I'll be back!



Total 256/2010
post #650 of 1298
Whew! It was only 9:30 pm, but it felt like midnight! Busy, tiring, and exciting day today!

Lots of decluttering left the premises today, too!

* Donated 21 random items to two neighbors.
* Recycled 47 old magazines (craft 50%, house/home decor 25%, specialized 25%) of mine. I kept two from my entire stash and I am bringing them on vacation in a few days and will donate or recycle them along the way.
* DH recycled 15 old magazines (66% professional, 34% personal) of his. [ALL the mags were years and years old, so not worth donating.]

Decluttered the filing cabinet. Whew! What a CHORE!!!! Normally, I only count each waste basket full as 3 for this challenge. Not this time, Baby. I counted each file I went through (43) and apparently I skipped this task last year since all of 2008 was still in residence. Also, I don't think I've gone through some of these files in a decade or more! DH helped me with the receipts files. OY! We found oodles of receipts for items we haven't owned in a l-o-n-g time. I skipped the "house" files and the "product documentation" A-Z file sorter and the "electronic manuals" on purpose. The latter two have been decluttered recently enough and the first one will naturally get decluttered because we are going through a re-fi right now. As it is, we got rid of two one-foot high piles! (One was non-sensitive recycling and the other needs to be shredded.)

We also added some items to the charity pile, but I will count those items when they leave the house.
post #651 of 1298
Thread Starter 
Given to a friend:

9 crib sheets and blankets

Trash/Recycle:

1 large pile of paper
1 air freshener
1 cabinet lock
1 broken door stopper
1 worn out pair of shoes


Total: 14

14 + 448 = 462/2010
post #652 of 1298
eek, it's been over 2 months since I last updated, naughty me, I ran out of steam! But now I am back

I'm slowly catching up with the thread... rere!!!!! Well done

Now, over the past 2 months I have decluttered a few things, but I haven't kept track of numbers. I do have one full sealed charity bag from that period so I'll start with that, I can't actually remember what's in it (isn't that very bad?!) so I'll just count it as one unit...

1 bag of random stuff that I can't remember - charity
2 leaky vacuum storage bags - bin
3 of DH's shirts - charity
9 children's clothes - charity
1 pile duplicate photos - shredded then binned
1 pile old blank negatives (why was I keeping them?) - binned
1 catalogue - recycling
1 pile of receipts - recycling

I also let go of a lot of crafty bits and bobs to friends over the past few weeks, I had fun sorting my unwanted remnants etc. into fun packages for their children to play with. I think there were 5 packages in total, so...

5 assorted craft packages - friends
5 old envelopes - used to package the crafts

I have a huge pile of shredding to get through, I'll count that when it's done!

So I return to my counting with
1220+29=1249/2010

It's fab to see this thread still going strong
post #653 of 1298
Speaking of shredding, DD got through about half of our shredding when it overheated. It has been over an hour and it still won't work. She was doing a great job only feeding it 3-4 pieces at a time and not shoving them, etc. She even took breaks for her own sanity. I hope it works again soon.
post #654 of 1298
bummer, hope it's not wrecked!

I tossed a few things today and in the process found some toys that have been missing that are suitable for DS to play with, like the ball for the shape sorter (rather than just having a variety of shapes)

misc stuff - 3
post #655 of 1298
Thread Starter 
Small update but didn't want to forget

Trash/Recycle

1 sweater that I wore to work and realized it looked really old and yucky
1 pile of paper

Donate

1 cardigan
1 jacket


4 + 462 = 466

I plan to do a bunch of stuff this weekend
post #656 of 1298
I have been throwing stuff away and donating with out keeping track. I think I'll start back in with the counting and give myself 25 for the last few weeks.

I find the biggest obstacle for us now is clearing out paperwork and managing it.
post #657 of 1298
Hi!
I'm a late-joiner, but I have been feeling the spring/new year pull to de-clutter! We moved while I was pg w/ DD and I'm ashamed to say that she's nearly a year old (I'm talking in days) and we STILL have boxes.

So, I'm starting today. Is it okay with you all if I join in?
Here's my weakness:
Stuff that I think has monetary values. Cash is tight and I find myself holding onto things that I think I will list on CL or ebay or whatnot.... and then I never do :P
So, my personal challenge is to DONATE the stuff and GET IT OUT.
I won't count it until it is literally, actually out of the house

whew. Gonna start now. Thanks for listening.
post #658 of 1298
whew! I just tackled one of the worst shelves in our living room. It's still not great, but I got rid of 17 CD ROM games to sell (or toss after the swap if no one wants them) and about 50 other CD related items, either CDs, cases, etc. And there's a hefty bit of paper to be recycled too.

Count for today: 70

And I managed to find the last peice of paper that I needed to be able to file my taxes on that shelf too, so I can make the phone call to the accountant tomorrow and take it all in. yay!
post #659 of 1298
Well done kdtmom2be!

Update for me..

Trash/recycle:

6 magazines
4 unopened cans of food that have been in the cupboard too long
old doona (quilt)

Donated:

1 child's shirt

Sold on ebay and posted:

4 childrens clothing

Total 272/2010
post #660 of 1298
Last night I had trouble getting to sleep so I got up and decluttered!

Trashed:

8 old lipbalms/glosses...who knew I had so many
1 old lipstick
1 old concealer
1 old pump bottle handcream
dried out pack of facial wipes


Recycled:

7 scrapbooking magazines


Total 291/2010
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