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2 Books

1 Cassette 

1 Zipper

Tupperware container with lid

Back to a picture frame

 

676 + 6 = 682/2011

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4 pyjamas to the ragbag

3 of DH's summer shirts that didn't pass the coathanger test!

large soft toy

jacket

9 tops/jumpers

4 old coathangers

plastic jug

old cleaning liquid

spray bottle with unknown contents

 

1456/2011

 

 

 

post #1263 of 1617
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Originally Posted by clutterwarrior View Post

3 of DH's summer shirts that didn't pass the coathanger test!


 

What is the coathanger test?

post #1264 of 1617
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I've been editing my last post back on page 49 for a long time because it wasn't letting me post any new replies.  Something was wrong with the rich html editor I think.  I've been hovering around there for a long time because it seems like everytime we get rid of something, we also get new things, so the total has remained the around the same.  But I'm tired of being stuck on page 49! So hopefully this post works!

 

Also.. why is it that I've gotten rid of over 1300 things and many of those were furniture or big items, but yet it still feel crowded in here?  I even went around like a crazy person and counted everything that is left, and it looks like around 3000 things are left.  We have about a 999 sq. ft. 3 bed, 2 bath apartment.  It always feels like there is WAY too much to clean up, too much to walk over, and its just too crowded.  It's really stressing me out. We have a tiny loveseat, not a couch. No microwave in the kitchen.  Only one small TV.  One way-too-small-for-our-family dining table.  No coffee table.  Only one bookshelf.  It seems like it shouldn't feel this crowded.  Maybe it's just because my 1 year old constantly throws everything on the floor.

 


 

Oh, how I have felt like this too. My home isn't much bigger than your apt, but I just can't stand stuff all over the floor (and I hate things piled, too)! hopefully, with less things the cleanup is nice & fast! I had been wondering about you because I am so in awe of your method of counting. I think that I may try this for next years challenge once I meet this year's. I am really getting down to the nitty gritty with this 2011 challenge. It is really making me question my sanity in regards to my desire for minimilism.  Way to go and I am glad you are off of page 49!!!
 

 

post #1265 of 1617
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Yes that could very well make it feel crowded if the floor is messy very often.  Toys all over the floor can make one feel agitated and uptight, and that feeling can also add to the feeling of being crowded in and unrelaxed. 

 

Also there is a possibility that you may be feeling unrelaxed for other reasons, which could give you a stressed jangled feeling that decluttering is not going to completely solve.

 


So true. Sometimes it is so hard to determine the source of agitation. Really good point. But, clutter sure does make it worse if even if it isn't the original source!


 

 

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What is the coathanger test?


I learned it on this forum last year....you hang all the clothes with the coathangers backwards. Then you check at the end of the season and see which things haven't been taken off the railing. When he wears them I wash them and hang them up forwards, so I know which ones he never wears. 

 

post #1267 of 1617
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you hang all the clothes with the coathangers backwards. Then you check at the end of the season and see which things haven't been taken off the railing. When he wears them I wash them and hang them up forwards, so I know which ones he never wears. 

 


Brilliant!  I'm going to try it.  The only problem is, DH doesn't believe that one should get rid of something if it hasn't been worn in a season.  Or a year.  Or five years.  He thinks, "perhaps someday I will want to wear this thing."  I don't know how to convince him otherwise.  And if I make something quietly disappear, one day he'll come looking for it and say, "hey, what did you do with that thing-I-haven't-touched-in-fourteen-years that used to be in my drawer-full-of-untouched-junk?"  *Sigh*

 

Yesterday, I had a major decluttering victory of my own: I finally managed to go through my yarn stash and reduce it from three boxes to one.  The "one" is yarn that I love that I picked out for specific projects for specific people.  This doesn't mean I'll ever get to those projects, of course, but at least I'm hanging on to only the things I really like, and got rid of all the random other stuff that other people had passed on to me.  I passed it on to a Freecycler who was looking for it.  Hooray! 

 

Even though it was a LOT of yarn, I'm going to count the boxes as two items. 

I also got rid of an instruction manual for a drill we've never owned, and a stack of clutter from the kitchen clutter-collecting bowl. 

That makes four more. 

 

post #1268 of 1617
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Originally Posted by clutterwarrior View Post

you hang all the clothes with the coathangers backwards. Then you check at the end of the season and see which things haven't been taken off the railing. When he wears them I wash them and hang them up forwards, so I know which ones he never wears. 

 


Brilliant!  I'm going to try it.  The only problem is, DH doesn't believe that one should get rid of something if it hasn't been worn in a season.  Or a year.  Or five years.  He thinks, "perhaps someday I will want to wear this thing."  I don't know how to convince him otherwise.  And if I make something quietly disappear, one day he'll come looking for it and say, "hey, what did you do with that thing-I-haven't-touched-in-fourteen-years that used to be in my drawer-full-of-untouched-junk?"  *Sigh*

 

Yesterday, I had a major decluttering victory of my own: I finally managed to go through my yarn stash and reduce it from three boxes to one.  The "one" is yarn that I love that I picked out for specific projects for specific people.  This doesn't mean I'll ever get to those projects, of course, but at least I'm hanging on to only the things I really like, and got rid of all the random other stuff that other people had passed on to me.  I passed it on to a Freecycler who was looking for it.  Hooray! 

 

Even though it was a LOT of yarn, I'm going to count the boxes as two items. 

I also got rid of an instruction manual for a drill we've never owned, and a stack of clutter from the kitchen clutter-collecting bowl. 

That makes four more. 

 

post #1269 of 1617

I needed some new motivation to get me going with this, so I just worked out that there are 194 days left in the year, which means I need to throw out 2.8 things per day to reach my total. lol.gif

 

3 things per day sounds doable, so I think I can do this! thumb.gif

 

I am off to find 3 things! smile.gif


Edited by clutterwarrior - 6/20/11 at 4:53pm
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Whoa, I'm glad for the reminder!  Thanks!  I'm on track for 5.2 items a day. :)  If I aim for 6 a day, I'll be done by the first week in December!

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Whoa, I'm glad for the reminder!  Thanks!  I'm on track for 5.2 items a day. :)  If I aim for 6 a day, I'll be done by the first week in December!



Cool!  I just edited the amount in my post, realised it was wrong later last night, and it is only 2.8 things per day I need!

post #1272 of 1617

Large pile of old university notes

ceramic four leaf clover vase

Simpsons eggcup

 

1459/2011

 

 

post #1273 of 1617

2 binders of comic/anime cards
8 more magazines (where do they keep coming from???)
6 rolls of tape (we still have 3 and that will last long enough)
desk name plaque
broken office chair
11 items of clothing
magnet
pen
10 hangers
5 pairs of shoes (I figure if they have been sitting long enough to get dust on them, it's time for them to go)

2 tins

plastic pitchfork

4 ties

1 hat

3 pairs of gloves

leg warmers

3 pairs of nylons

2 scarves

3 pairs of DS's shoes

chewed up sippy

8 books

photo organizer

baby beanie

 

842/2011

post #1274 of 1617

I am going to join in somewhat late :) I went through a few boxes of baby clothes and managed to get rid of about 40 items, either for charity or for my sister's upcoming baby. Because they were small and filled only two grocery bags, I will count them as 2 items because I have a LOT of decluttering to do. SO I guess I have 2 out of 2011 items lol, good motivation to get started on that tonight!

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I am going to join in somewhat late :) I went through a few boxes of baby clothes and managed to get rid of about 40 items, either for charity or for my sister's upcoming baby. Because they were small and filled only two grocery bags, I will count them as 2 items because I have a LOT of decluttering to do. SO I guess I have 2 out of 2011 items lol, good motivation to get started on that tonight!



It's never too late SaraMum....last year I didn't start till May and ended up tossing over 4000 things by the end of December!

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I started late last year, too, and and tossed just over 2010 things. You can do it!

 

I'm thinking I might not make my goal this year, but as long as I'm poking along on a continuous basis, I'm happy with my progress. Sometimes it's just reminding myself to get rid of things I don't need instead of saving them for the off chance that I might need them someday. So I'm not adding so much to my clutter these days and I'm still chipping away at it being mindful about it. This mindset has made a huge difference in my life.

 

Welcome to the thread, SaraMum.

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It's never too late SaraMum....last year I didn't start till May and ended up tossing over 4000 things by the end of December!



 

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lurk.gif

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1728 plus 8 more is 1736.

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2 bags fabric sraps

bag of craft supplies

7 report folders

sling

9 patterns

2 photo albums

expired epi pen

2 bras

3 pair underwear

2 mini box crayons

3 purses

ricew bag

22 road maps

stack hangers

pair shoelaces

3 expired driver's licences

expired library card

razoer brush

3 photo albums

caerole dish

shoe rack

2 lamps

huge stack of photographs

stck of recycling

razoer

electirc shaver

clippers

lint brush

stack of garbage

stack of recycling

waffle iron

bag of ribbon

box of beads

bag of craft supplies

bag of office supples

scrapbooking papers

cross stich fabric

4 knitting patern books

cross stich pattern book

cross stich waste cloth

stack of wrapping paper

2 shawls

baby sweater

baby hat

felted ball

97 + 1590 = 1687

post #1280 of 1617
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1337/2011

5 shirts
12 flats made into fitteds and inserts
10 baby clothes
12 kitchen towels (no idea why I had to many!)
10 baby washcloths
2 frames
1 photo album
100 photos
1 broken suitcase
2 water bottles
2 old containers
1 bunch of brochures
1 changing pad
1 shell
3 wedding favors
1 plastic case
5 misc trash from baby's toy bin

1494/2011
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