I hear ya on the itemizing...too much work!! I did count up how many items in a few different categories...(for example: baby, women's clothes, men's clothes, toys, and housewares)...but individually listing each thing is NOT for me!! That's not simplifying anything!!
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I find that writing a list of what I am getting rid of actually motivates me, so it depends what works for you.
I couldn't be bothered though to write each item separately like 1. spoon, 2. spoon, 3. spoon etc....but just writing '3 spoons' is pretty easy LOL.
Edited by clutterwarrior - 5/11/11 at 10:24pm
dh's moldy shirt
some bits of electrical wiring
expired pantry item
darned a sock that had been cluttering up the top of a dresser for a couple of months
used two and a half meters of fabric I've been saving for the "right project" for FIFTEEN years...it even made a transoceanic move with me...to make a pair of trousers and I LOVE them.
I've lived in my house for over 10 years, but that was my list from this January. I purged over 2010 things last year with the challenge, but haven't been able to get everything listed on here though. I've been making a list in my notebook. I tend to go in spurts instead of every day.
OK Gray's Mommy, your list totally made me crack up. How long did it take you to collect all that clutter???
I'm trying to get at least 5 items a day out of the house. I figure that if I stick to that, I might make my 2011-item goal.
- formula sample from the hospital (good riddance, too)
- goofy baby hairbrush/sponge thing, also from hospital
- 2 old Mylar balloons
- broken pencil
- icky piece of wrapping paper I was saving for some unknown reason
Today is looking to be a good decluttering day... I'm hoping to catch up a bit now that I'm done babymooning...
Isn't it a great feeling when you finally get to use something you have held on to for so long.
Last night I unearthed some tracksuit pants and a really nice quality jumper that my oldest daughter wore when she was 8....they now fit my son, 11 years later, so it was worth keeping them all that time. :)
Going with my parents to East Texas for various family members, etc....
Pairs of shoes--7
Tomorrow I will go through the stuff they didn't want, count it up, then haul it off to Goodwill...then I'll add in those totals too!!
Edited by Rainey Daye - 5/14/11 at 11:09am
old beach ball
furby kids ball
2 packets of scrapbooking things
big pile of old kids bracelets
more than 50 old hair ties and headbands!
old storage thing with pockets to hang on door
deodorant I can't stand the smell of
Edited by clutterwarrior - 5/14/11 at 3:44am
to Boss' resale shop charity:
Bathroom accesssories consisting of:
2 wash cloths
2 hand towels
soap dish (with unopened soap)
toothbrush holder (all really hard - part of my wedding registry for the first apartment we lived in and I ADORED that stuff. Just loved it. But it never really worked when we bought a house. I hope someone else likes it. I tried to sell it but got no takers).
2 crib sheets (one unopened)
1 small pillow case (matches above)
collection of baby einstein videos (3 or 4).
2 pair of shoes pitched/donated to some kind of water charity?
4 broken Cassette tape boxes (yes, you read that correctly).
DD's cardboard creation
random trash from under DD's bed.
New total = 565.
Yesterday DD sorted through about 2/3 of her books and agreed to get rid of about 45 (well 15 to give away and 30 to baby bro).
We have the final shelf to do today but I think she will still be left with 225 book. It's a start.
Edited by Ellien C - 5/14/11 at 7:24am
Scheduled to go out:
14 books back to taking Library
8 books to day care
7 books to be sold
4 books to Library for $.25 shelves
torn pjs partially made into baby wipes 2 year ago (for Holiday helper thread that never got to the mama). Finally used when we were all vomiting and now THROWN AWAY
Edited by Ellien C - 5/14/11 at 9:14am
Yes, but I'm hoping it doesn't encourage me to keep up old habits. But to be honest, I've learned so much from doing this challenge about what gets used eventually and what doesn't.
I thought we were the only ones with multiple broken irons! We have two right now, one that doesn't work at all (dh has been meaning to fix it for a few months,) and another that heats up but doesn't make steam. And I tossed another really old crusty one back in January or February. It's such a relief to know there are other iron-challenged people out there.
Our basement flooded and DH and I have been working on cleaning it out all day. I don't think I can keep up with numbers, but maybe just writing in will inspire me to keep some kind of track of what we are ridding. So much of what we need to get rid of is crap that people gave us since DS was born in March, 2010! I am torn between trying to sell stuff on e-bay vs. getting rid of stuff through Goodwill. Our local resale store pays so little for child's clothes that it is hardly worth taking things there. Any ideas? p.s.: editing to say that I did check out that thred.up site, but the $15/box fee is no good for me.
Yes I agree, and I am absolutely over hanging onto things anymore, even for future possible grandchildren, which may be less than ten years away but I have decided to get rid of most of the toys etc as I would rather get them something new when the time comes.