Originally Posted by ~Adorkable~
ok i really want to be part of this, i need a cheering section. i am sure i have 5000 things to get rid of easy.
so rules? i see folks are all a bit different.
- do you count things that are just clearly trash or just item that you could have held onto and decided to throw out (this is not to say that i haven't held on to things that are clearly trash, cause i have)
- like when it comes to food, I'm thinking it just counts when i clear out pantry items, not when i throw out bad milk?
- i dont think i get to count weekly recycling, i order too much on amazon, might be counter productive to give myself credit for all the shipping boxes!
so you subtract from the number when you buy non consumable things? ouch
I count things that are trash if they're things I've been hanging onto for a while. For example, some friends helped me move and tossed things in random boxes. The boxes sat in various closets for years and went through several moves. When I *finally* went through them in 2010 for the decluttering thread, I counted the trash I had been carrying for so long. I did. And then I threw it away!
Normally, I do not count trash, though.
I do count spoiled food in the fridge, as it encourages me to keep science experiments at bay.
Regarding papers and such, I sometimes count individual pieces if it's something hard for me to part with, like old letters or cards. Mostly, I will count a pile as 1 pile of papers.
I count boxes if I've been saving them to use for a while, and I count them individually.
I count most everything else individually, like clothing, toys, dishes, etc. A bucket of legos would just be one bucket of legos and a stuffed toy is counted as one. If I donate a bag of baby clothes, I count each item in the bag. If I gave away 10 spoons, I'd count each spoon individually.
I don't subtract the items I bring into my home, although I am mindful of them.
Originally Posted by beanma
I'm just going to lurk and be inspired by you people. I don't want to count items. I do want to declutter, though. This year I have cleaned out my Mom's house (she and my dad lived there 50+ years) and moved her into a retirement place and right after Christmas we had to move her into Assisted Living and had to downsize further. I've taken one full car load to the thrift store yesterday, but I have many, many more. I have a lot of her stuff, but plenty of our own stuff, too. I'm really okay with getting rid of much of it, but I just am overwhelmed by the chaos. Our garage is just a jumble and you can't even walk around in there. Some of it is furniture that I would like to keep. Some is antique furniture I would like to give away to my cousins who expressed some interest. Lots of boxes of stuff. The basement is just about as bad, too.
You're welcome to post and estimate the items you've gotten rid of. Seeing the progress, even if not exact, might be motivating. Rules don't matter so much, as progress is individual. Basically, do it the way that will motivate you the most and that will keep you gaining momentum. Whether or not you meet the goal of decluttering 2012 things, your home will show the improvement.
Originally Posted by nstewart
Here is a question for you ladies:
I have a bunch of clothes that are too big on me. I've lost a ton of weight BFing DS and weigh about 20lbs less than I did pre-pregnancy. I kept all the clothes thinking I'd likely gain back weight when I returned to work, which hasn't happened (so far anyway, but I'm also still BFing). I also think they'll get used when I'm pregnant with no. 2 (hopefully later this year) and/or after that baby is born. Should I get rid of all this stuff? Some of it is work clothes, some is stuff like jeans. I could also try to get some of the work clothes taken in (a few nice suits and dresses for example). I don't know what to do, I don't want to spend $$ on new stuff down the road but I don't want to be a hoareder either!!
I kept my very favorite pieces. As I was losing weight after having my first son, I kept the "too big" clothes, knowing they'd fit as I was losing weight after a second child. But I only kept my favorite, most flattering pieces. These are usually classics. Also, if you love certain items and want to have them tailored to fit, go ahead and keep them. I'm actually going to do a major purge, as I've learned to make a bigger wardrobe from classic pieces in certain color schemes that are easy to mix and match. Styles do change (especially over a few years) and I consider that when deciding what to keep. I also save money on desired brands by shopping at consignment stores. Basically, by only keeping clothing that I love, even if I have relatively few items, I feel like I have "more" because I can see what I have and mix and match various items. It's kind of like decluttering toys; children are able to better focus on playing with the toys they do have and enjoying them more when there are fewer toys and they're not so overwhelmed by them.
Originally Posted by Super Pickle
Hi! I'm Erin, mom of 4. I've been a member of MDC for over 8 years but never participated in a thread like this before. So one question: do you just keep editing your original post with the stuff you declutter? Or do you make a new post every time you dump a load?
I generally click to go to my last post so that I can see the number I left off. Then I make a new post itemizing what I've decluttered since and coming up with a new total.