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End of Year Decluttering Challenge, Anyone??

post #1 of 32
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So I just found this part of the website and have been totally inspired to get rid of stuff. I read the whole thread of those who got rid of 150 or so items by Thanksgiving and was wondering if anyone was up to a new challenge for the end of the year.

I have a new baby due in April, but the "nursery" is so full of boxes (from when we moved last February ), I'll never be able to get it painted and furniture moved in if I don't start NOW!! Plus, we're military and will likely be moving sometime next year. I don't want to have to mess with all the excess and a new baby and a move, so I'll cut out the one thing I have control over.

My goal is to get rid of 160 things by December 31st (20 days, 8 items a day), but I really think I can do better than that!

So is anyone in with me? I work so much better with some motivation and support!!
post #2 of 32
I'm in!
post #3 of 32
I've gone through stuff a couple of times this year. I was just thinking this morning that today would be a good day to start going through things with the kids befor ethe holidays. I'm in!
post #4 of 32
Thread Starter 

I got started!! Yeah me!!!

I started today, even though I got too little sleep last night. Who knows, maybe that helped!

I got through about 1/2 the kitchen, cleaning, de-cluttering and re-organizing. I got together about 20 items (counting all the misc gadgets as 1) to be donated to a local thrift store.

Then my husband came in and said "But that's brand new" (2 year old rice maker that has never been used), and "But I thought you loved this!" (2 year old garlic press, also never been used). Yeah, so he's not going to be any help with the whole declutterizing, but he's cute so I'll keep him. (And still get rid of the stuff. I figure if I've had it since we got married and I haven't used it yet, i probably don't need it!!)

I'm so proud I actually got started!!
post #5 of 32
I weeded out some toys today...a big black garbage bag full. Also got rid of some old stained towels...taking those to the animal shelter. It feels good. I'm gonna try to get rid of more stuff...going through the kitchen sounds like fun...8 items a day? I think I can do that. I've also got some stuff up on ebay.
post #6 of 32
I just wandered over here ... but count me in!

8 items a day sounds so much more do-able than thinking about all the clutter we have going on in every room in this house. Just a few things a day is a lot less over-whelming.
post #7 of 32
Count me in, although I seem to be failing at most of the decluttering challenges lately. : I think it's because I've already done the really easy stuff and now I need to move on the harder things. I have a new mantra, though, that I learned from someone on MDC and hopefully it will help. "Possessions are a burden, possessions are a burden, possessions are a burden."
post #8 of 32
I just took several years worth of magazines to the kid's school art teacher. She was glad to have them and they left a lovely clean spot in the downstairs hall. I pat self on back!

Now onto other cluttered spots.
post #9 of 32
i wanna play!
post #10 of 32
Thread Starter 
Ok, so I didn't get through the rest of the kitchen today (only a couple more cupboards to go though) and I only got about 3 things to give to the thrift store, but I planted 10 trees!! (yeah Arbour Foundation!! ) Does that count as decluttering??? I still have a little time left to get 5 more things today, but I don't know that I have the energy..... just want to sleeeeeeppppp

DH did (finally) go through his colognes (I think both his mom and his sister give him a couple new ones each year) and got rid of 20 or 30 bottles. Yeah for DH!! So proud
post #11 of 32
i'm in! I seriously need to make space for new baby things.... i'm due in 6 weeks and clothes/diapers/everything is still in boxes. so today i started clearing out room in the closet by packing up a box for a mother in need (from the MDC holiday helpers thread)!!
post #12 of 32
Sounds like a plan!I think I'll get the whole family involved. But for them I will let them combine their things to total 4-8 and definitly 8 things for myself.
This was a great idea!!!!!!!
post #13 of 32
Well, thanks to you all for your inspiration! I finally attacked the 3rd bedroom! This is a room in which all our "junk" got stashed over a year ago when we moved in and then pretty much hasn't been touched

I threw away several bags of trash, marked some items for GoodWill, and found some baby toys of J's I didn't even know we still had which will come in handy for the new baby next summer. More than 8 things, for sure, but I set my timer (a la' FLY lady) and did just 15 minutes here and there and it didn't seem like so much work. I have more to do in there, of course, but I can do it 8 items at a time now and I do finally feel like we can at least open the door now
post #14 of 32
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Yeah! I finished the kitchen today and got my 8 items. Then I really cleaned everything... DH is so impressed. He said "This is the first time the Kitchen has looked clean since we moved in." You can SEE the counter tops!! Almost all of what little there is!!! Very exciting day! Now if DH would just take the stuff I bagged up and drop it off at the Thrift Shop by where he works, that would be awesome. It may have to wait until I go in to volunteer there on Friday.

I also went through one of my file drawers and not only found DH's passport that he's been needing for 6 months or so (but it's expires so still does him very little good : ) but I got rid of about 6 inches worth of papers and burned them! That felt good too.... I think I'm going to pull out a couple more file folders and see what else I can get rid of.

So I'm up to about 30 items so far plus the 20 or 30 DH got rid of. Go us! ! I hope ya'll are as excited as I am about this!!!
post #15 of 32
I am in. though I am having issues with giving away things tht were given to the girls for presents (i don't care a bunch of them). what if someone asks about said toy? but I am happy to declutter my stuff. I did give away to very large bags of toys/book and clothes. I need to declutter my cookbooks...and the hall closet, which is full of clothes that don't fit but in terrific shape. it will be hard to do 8 a day but I will try....o.k. whineing.....sorry oh, I do have a ? though. we have been given some wine that we are not fond of, where can we take that?
post #16 of 32
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Originally Posted by brendon
oh, I do have a ? though. we have been given some wine that we are not fond of, where can we take that?
Use it for cooking?

Off the top of my head:
Reds I use in spaghetti/tomato sauces
Whites I use in Tetrazzini
post #17 of 32
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by brendon
I am in. though I am having issues with giving away things tht were given to the girls for presents (i don't care a bunch of them). what if someone asks about said toy? but I am happy to declutter my stuff. I did give away to very large bags of toys/book and clothes. I need to declutter my cookbooks...and the hall closet, which is full of clothes that don't fit but in terrific shape. it will be hard to do 8 a day but I will try....o.k. whineing.....sorry oh, I do have a ? though. we have been given some wine that we are not fond of, where can we take that?
I don't have any suggestions on the gift thing.... I have the same problem. But as for the hall closet with terrific clothes, you might try a consignment shop. That way you'll get something out of it, which for some (me) is more motivation to get rid of it.
post #18 of 32
I do not have a specific item count goal, but in the past week we have donated a tv, coffee table, monitors, scanner, printer and are waiting for other freecycle people to pick up a file cabinet, stereo and whatever else I post soon!

Our big problem here is letting go of books, ours & kids. I've considered turning the dining room into wall to wall, floor to ceiling shelves for a home library...
post #19 of 32
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Originally Posted by brendon
we have been given some wine that we are not fond of, where can we take that?
Could you re-gift it to someone who would enjoy it? Or put it out when company comes over?
post #20 of 32
Hi everyone! I'm totally in... So it's now the 16th... And that means including today, I have 16 days left to free myself of 160 possessions. Woohoo! 10 a day since I'm starting late - that's doable, I think!

I'm working on my thesis today, but as I take breaks, I'll have to see what I can find to pass on to Goodwill. Oh - going down to the basement would DEFINITELY be a good place to start

Ok... I'll check back in later to let you know how many items hit the road today...
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