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April/May Room challenge..declutter a room of your own choice

post #1 of 59
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Would anyone like to join me in a decluttering challenge of their own choice?

 

I really need to declutter 2 rooms in particular...my craft room and the spare room. The rest of the house is quite orderly, just seem to have trouble with these 2 rooms.

 

The spare room is particularly daunting to start, so I am going to start with my craft room.

 

Just took some before photos, which although embarrassing I will share as I know that putting it out there will motivate me to get started! 

 

 


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These drawers are great storage for all my scrapbooking papers and supplies, but I have ended up storing clothes in 4 of them.

 

 

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These shelves are great but I need to pull everything out see what I can get rid of and tidy it all up.

 

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Edited by clutterwarrior - 4/2/12 at 5:39pm
post #2 of 59
Thread Starter 

If nobody joins me that is not a problem by the way...will just use this thread to keep track of my progress. orngbiggrin.gif

 

Just spent the last 2 hours sorting stuff, have made some progress!

 


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Edited by clutterwarrior - 1/16/12 at 2:27pm
post #3 of 59
Thread Starter 

A bit disappointing that nobody wants to declutter a room with me yet lol..... but never mind. 

 

Don't think I will do any today, I need a break from it.

post #4 of 59

Your progress is looking good.

 

I'll join you. I'll even take pics. I was feeling fabulous a week ago, but now I feel drained. It's been like that for me for the past 4 years. I've actually started on this room (a week ago when I was feeling good) but I don't know when I'll be ready to start it up again.

post #5 of 59
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Originally Posted by laohaire View Post

Your progress is looking good.

 

I'll join you. I'll even take pics. I was feeling fabulous a week ago, but now I feel drained. It's been like that for me for the past 4 years. I've actually started on this room (a week ago when I was feeling good) but I don't know when I'll be ready to start it up again.



Thanks laohaire... my motivation goes up and down too. guess that is why I am hoping that taking photos and writing about it here might help!  smile.gif

post #6 of 59
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Steps I need to take:

 

1. move and clear out wooden rack

2. take all things from behind computer

3. store temporarily

4. clean desk

5. bring up wooden organizer from garage

6. clear area under Clip It Up

7. sort and tidy shelves one at a time

post #7 of 59

I will join you - Last night I made a room by room list of what needs to be de-cluttered, or changed in every room in the house - some of the stuff is little things I can tackle in a day, some are a bit trickier - and some are depending on hopefully getting a tax return! I am gonna look at the list and pick one thing to do during the day today, and one thing tonight and I will post in a bit - your craft room looks amazing by the way!! One of our major projects is turning one of our "bedrooms" ( we all co-sleep so the "bedrooms" for the kids go to waste or become crap catchers) into a lego/game/craft room - we just turned one of the other bedrooms into a music room last week! :) Looking forward to this thread!!

post #8 of 59

Ok, so along with my daily stuff (homeschool stuff, work stuff etc) my "special chores" today : de-clutter 12 items from downstairs playroom, clean off shelf in laundry area, declutter sheets!!!!!!!).  The stomach bug went through our house this past weekend and really clued me in to the fact that we have some sorry sheets! We have a queen and twin pushed together and for some reason have about a million twin flat sheets, and like,nothing else - so really kind of excited to go through and get RID of a bunch!!

post #9 of 59

My goal for this week is to decultter our bedroom. I need to get it done as fast as possible because we will be selling our house soon. But I will join in as well! I'll try to take before pictures today! 

post #10 of 59

I'm gonna do it... gonna post pictures of our mess of a bedroom. 

 

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Ok I don't know why this is upside down... anyone know how to edit pictures in here? 

 

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Ok.. these are the right way on my laptop. Can anyone help? 

post #11 of 59
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Not sure why they are upside down but I managed to see them by turning myself upside down! winky.gif

post #12 of 59

Ooh, ooh!  I will join in on this one!  Our storage room in the basement is a heaping mess, and with an upcoming move (again!), I do not want to have to unpack the same mess I have in there.  I will take some pictures; may need some help to actually post them though redface.gif  I will try to search for some directions on how to post...

post #13 of 59

Got the 2 "special jobs" done yesterday!! But did not get to the 12 item de-clutter :(. Today I am going to do that, and re-organize the little bay window shelf in the upstairs playroom - I would post a picture of it, but i have NO IDEA how lol!!!! 

post #14 of 59
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I have had to stop working on my craft room temporarily as organising my son's room has taken over as a priority.

 

I need to get rid of the furniture that is there and buy a desk for his room, as he is turning 10 in February and I think it is overdue for him to have a proper desk to work at.

 

I spent a few hours working in his room yesterday with him and got the shelves cleared.

 

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Now I have to clear space in the garage, so we can move the shelves down there to use them as storage. I haven't decided where I will put the small bookshelf yet.

 

I have to store some of his toys, and sell some of them.

 

The books...some need to be stored, some are going to be donated to the library, or the hospital perhaps.

 

That wizard in a chair sitting on top of the shelves, weighs a ton!  My inlaws gave it to him recently, just when I was trying to declutter and now we have this thing that I can't even lift to move!  I am not sure what we will do with it yet...need to consult with DS.

post #15 of 59
I'm late to the party, and I have mostly decluttered my "storage room" already, but I still have more to go. This is the point where I always tucker out, so maybe posting here will let me finish up!.
post #16 of 59

I hate that - when you get to a point and just tucker out....you can do it mkksmom!!!

 

post #17 of 59
I putzed around in the storage room a bit today, but mostly got caught up on other stuff I was neglecting while decluttering. I don't like the projects left in there. Sorting through old paperwork, sorting and organizing years worth of photos. Taking stuff to the basement and attic. I also have to paint a dresser in there and find a new home for the rug.
post #18 of 59
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Originally Posted by mkksmom View Post

I putzed around in the storage room a bit today, but mostly got caught up on other stuff I was neglecting while decluttering. I don't like the projects left in there. Sorting through old paperwork, sorting and organizing years worth of photos. Taking stuff to the basement and attic. I also have to paint a dresser in there and find a new home for the rug.

Yeah I often find that too, I start one job and get distracted by many others!  But I guess the bottom line is that you are still getting stuff done.

 

 

Started moving the books off that bookshelf in my son's room, it's a slow process though due to multiple distractions round here currently.
 

 

post #19 of 59

I am so here! I've been doing this in my kitchen already, but I'm glad to see that there is a thread! I'm about halfway through so pictures aren't going to do much anymore. Most of the seen clutter has been moved already! Its been so awesome to get things organized and cleaned! I'm finding so much stuff we just don't use anymore. I'm going to have to pull together a garage sale this spring to get rid of it all. 

 

Here is my list of stuff to do, things I've already completed I've crossed off:

 

Clean oven

Organize oils/vinegars, get rid of old/unused

Organize and wipe out baking cabinet

Organize all appliances and fit them into cabinets

Organize spices

Clean fridge-inside, outside and freezer

Wipe down walls

Declutter main counter (its a catchall mainly for mail/paper)

Wall counter declutter

Strip and wax floor

Clean out the garbage can (though that may have to wait for spring!!)

Wash window and window sill

Clean off tops of cabinets

Wipe down inside of all cabinets and drawers

Organize and weed through utensils

Clean dishwasher inside and out 

Tupperware cabinet

Clean and organize lazy susans

 

I'm hoping to keep this up and go through the rest of my house room by room this year. I'm rather daunted by it, but my house really needs it. Going room by room should help me focus. I tried to wash all the walls at one time in my house once and about cried!! Lets get it done!!

post #20 of 59

I started as soon as I saw this thread the other day - our basement storage room is in dire need of decluttering.  My problems now?  Crafts, some baby stuff (pack and play, mobile piece, etc. that we still need around), and stuff to sell, ergh!  I posted 6 things on Craig's List and should be selling one this weekend, already sold another thing.  I have a few things to ebay (a non-digital SLR camera, video camera, and 30 yr old Barbie stuff) and a box to yard sale.

 

Now what to do with the box of yearbooks?!?!?!?!

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