Originally Posted by PoetryLover
LOL! Usually I'm the one breaking things in my house.
Me too! DH says I have a genetic predisposition to destruction. It's frankly embarassing. We've gone through 2 full sets of wineglasses since we got married. He's threatening to replace them with sippie cups.
Originally Posted by meandk0610
i know that i'm way late but i figure better late than never. i'm going to try to get as high as i can and would like some pointers.
how do you count paper? paper is my biggest stumbling block - so many things that i'd love to read if i only more (life)time.
Welcome! I've found that once I start decluttering paper, it gains momentum quickly. I am also guilty of stockpiling things I'd love to read, so I've had to develop strategies for dealing with that habit. Here's my strategy:
- all paper goes into one "in-box" in the house -- a wire basket I keep in a cabinet. This corralls it so it doesn't cover every surface.
- each week, I set aside time to deal with all the paper at once: pay bills, file things in my file box, recycle and shred. This keeps the box manageable (more or less -- there's always some detritus at the bottom that I never get to!)
- things I want to read go into a pile and that pile gets taken up and put in the bathroom magazine rack. I figure, that's the only place I get a chance to read, anyway!!!
- about once a month, I scrub the bathroom floor and clean out the magazine rack. Anything that looks old, I pull out and recycle. This gives me the opportunity to read things if I really want to, setting a generous time-limit on how long I can hold on to it before I give up the fantasy that I will have time to read everything. :)
Of course, paper I've been hanging on to for a long time is harder. I've found that it's easier to get rid of stuff if I can't decide on a place for it. For example: that old Time magazine someone gave me on the train because she thought I might like it? It's cool, and the story about how I got it is neat, but there's nowhere to put it. Pitched. I won't miss it. But articles I printed to use in grad school that might come in handy in my research? They take up a lot of space, but I really might need them, so I file them appropriately in a big cardboard file box, then put the box in the basement.
Greeting cards are the hardest things for me to pitch. I save them for a period of time, then put the pretty ones in a box and recycle them as gift tags.
Of course, there's always the last-resort option: get a scanner and turn all your paper clutter into neatly-organized digital clutter. At least it takes up less space!
Here's my (SLOW moving) tally from this week:
- 2 more books sold on Amazon
- 20 baby items given to a friend
- 20 bags of aluminum cans sent to the scrapyard
And this week starts a massive cleaning venture, so I think 2011 by the end of December is definitely do-able for us! :)
ETA: Here's today's total, as I try to wrestle my seriously messy house back into some semblance of order:
12 containers with lids - donated to soup kitchen
8 lids without containers (how do these keep multiplying?!?!) -- recycled
phone directory - recycled
weird promotional cookbook - recycled
cookbook my SIL will love - regifted
book of fake tattoos I bought when I was 17 -- finally thrown away
CD case -- thrown away
10 magazines -- recycled
glasses case -- donated
pile of random paper -- recycled
box of dead plants -- thrown away (I know, I know. Why on earth was I keeping those??)
clothes steamer -- donated
tea set -- donated
wooden basket -- donated
Curious George mask DD made and then scribbled on -- thrown away (it was seriously creepy looking)
Today's total: 42!
Edited by Comtessa - 10/3/11 at 8:04pm