For anyone not quite ambitious enough to join 2012 in 2012, I'm going to be issuing 100 a month challenges. You can join these at any time and take a few months off when needed.
So - can you get rid of 100 things this month?
I'm in! I almost made it to 2011 items in 2011, but 100/month sounds much more doable to me this year! I'm going to subtract stuff that comes in, though, which I think I can do if it's month-by month. I'm feeling grateful that I didn't start subtracting until after Christmas! I shudder to contemplate it, honestly!!!
Today I've decluttered a broken toy I was planning to fix.
But we added a few more Christmas gifts:
- a ginormous plastic dollhouse
- a baby toy
- an ornament
So I'm currently at -2 for the month. Time to get to work!!!
I should do this. We're having a baby and moving this year. There is so much to clean up.
I cleaned off my desk this past Sunday.
12 A pile of Thank You notes I carefully wrote after my 40th birthday party and never mailed (I'm 41 now)
1 The Morgue (A collection of of images cut from magazines to use a visual references from when I was a graphic design student 13 years ago. Hello Google Images.)
1 A huge pile of paper
10 a bunch of pens, markers, and mechanical pencils that didn't work.
5 Several goopy paint brushes.
While this didn't result in a net loss of items I organized all the various cords needed for devices that charge/sync with my computer. I also shelved a bunch of books that migrated to my desk during National Novel Writing Month.
I'm not good about counting as I go. The above numbers are estimates. 29 items. 71 to go for January.
I had an ambitious day of decluttering!
- broken appliance cord
- Taco Bell sticker book DD has insisted on saving for months but finally let go
- 20 random toys
- lullaby CD I never opened -- regifted
- 14 of my old clothing items -- including a spiked dog collar from one of my more-embarrassing college-era phases.
That brings my total for January to 35 items. Only 65 to go!
5 more shirts and the box is packed and ready to go
1 weird stuffed animal dd finally agreed to get rid of
1 giant bolster pillow that has since been replaced.... But maybe I should keep that one formy bed?
Really weird furry vest from DH
old receipt for shorts pitched.
43 to go.
Clearing out Christmas over here...
3 hideous plastic bows
1 candy cane "reindeer" ornament of approximately the same vintage as yours truly
3 ancient soaps molded in Christmas shapes (at least, I think that's what they were...)
8 ornament boxes -- consolidated ornaments
Getting rid of lots of ornaments and other geegaws, too, but I haven't counted those yet. Our holiday decorations get a little sparser every year. This makes me very happy, esp. when I remember what a pain it is to get the boxes up and down from the basement or attic.
50 items to go!
I will join this one as well since I failed miserably at 2011 in 2011 but I do hope that I can get 2012 in 2012 which is why I will start with 100/month . I like the idea of subtracting what comes in so that I really am getting more stuff out of the house than in. I am going to start with the kids closets this afternoon! And I already did 27 itemsw over the weekend :)
Okay, Mom and Dad came over today and helped clean out my garage.
- 2 giant bags full of trash
- broken sled
- broken telescope that we trash-picked in the first place
- 2 big chunks of wood
- box full of lawn chemicals leftover from DH's less-environmentally-conscious days (i.e., before I came along and vetoed petrochemicals on the grass & garden)-- about 7 items
Also, found a nice collapsible cooler DH and I had bought as a gift for my parents and forgot about. So that went home with them, too.
So, 14 items out.
BUT, subtracting our trip to the thrift store on Saturday...
- stainless steel thermos
- 2 new shirts for DH
- baby hat
- 3 pairs of pants and a coat (for me ...I needed a smaller size )
and closeouts at the supermarket (bad bad bad...)
- 9 new kitchen storage containers
So, my total for this post is -2. Gah. 52 to go.
ETA -- Hey, wait, it was only 6 containers! So I'm really at 1, not -2, and have 49 to go. Phew. I'd hate for today to be a total waste.