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Here's my plan...anyone want to join me? :)

post #1 of 75
Thread Starter 
I really should have joined in that July 1st challenge, but I just came across that thread.

Starting Sunday I am giving myself ONE WEEK to declutter the entire house. The glitch here is that I can only declutter my stuff and none of dh's (and he has way more clutter then I do), but I've decided that I can only control what I have control over and I just have to let the rest go.

So, I don't know if I should have a total number of items in mind. I'm just going room by room until I'm done. I'm hoping it is over 500. We'll see.

I was also planning to deep clean each room as I decluttered, but I've decided to declutter first. If there is still time left in the week, then I'll tackle some cleaning projects.

Of course, I'll update here frequently. That's really the motivating factor!

So just one day left to be lazy and then I'm getting in gear for real this time!
post #2 of 75
Oooo, this sounds good.
post #3 of 75
you have my full support.

i think i may join you too.. but i dont know if i can come up with 500 items though. we have a moderate amount of crap left (i've done several little purges over the past year and in the first few got rid of ALOT).
post #4 of 75
oh, and definately do the deep cleaning after you've de-cluttered. ok i decided.. i will be joining you. i'm going to start with the kitchen tomorrow and move onto the bedroom (clothes).
post #5 of 75
I'm the decluttering Queen... if it cannot be thrown away, it all goes into those smart storage boxes. That includes the little mans toys and S's tools and CD, paperwork etc etc.

Hail the storage Box !!
post #6 of 75
Thread Starter 
Yay! I have company! I'm itching to start. I'm going to start in ds's room since it h as the least clutter and I can knock one room off my list very quickly. Then either the kitchen or my clothes.

See you tomorrow!
post #7 of 75
I'm in!

I just brough two kitchen trash bags and one black trash bag to gw. All that was in them was clothes : .

It was so fulfilling
post #8 of 75
This is just the thread I was searching for. I finally threw my hands in the air today and had a good cry. I am now ready to declutter EVERYTHING!!! Dh is a packrat and he finally gave me permission to "throw it all away". I'm sure he doesn't really mean it, but now that he's said it, tomorrow it begins....
Good luck everyone!~ Lets see what all we can do in one week!!!
post #9 of 75
Thread Starter 
Let's get at it!

I'll have to say that I couldn't have picked a worse week! I only got a couple of hours of sleep last night and just drove 4 hours (got up at 2:45 a.m.). I have HOURS of bookkeeping to do for dh's business. I have 3 meetings this week, 3 social events scheduled, and my friend is due to have her baby any day now. I'm exhausted and I haven't even started yet!

However, I am still really looking forward to this decluttering! I'd like to have the bulk of it done by Thursday morning, as that is trash day for us. I think I'll also see if a charity will pick up stuff from here at the end of the week. Otherwise I'll load it up in the car.

I'm starting in ds's room. Just need to grab a trash bag and a box for items to donate.

Post updates, please, my fellow declutterers!
post #10 of 75
Thread Starter 
Well, I just did ds's room!!! Honestly, it is very organized already. I thought I'd get rid of a few clothes (already pretty well picked through) and a couple other things. Imagine my surprise when I was able to bag up to donate:

3 stuffed animals
10 books
9 videos
30 pairs of socks
3 pairs of shoes
11 articles of clothing
1 baby monitor
1 picture frame

and into the trash went:
1 broken back massager (he used to play with it)
1 bottle of gas drops (misguided advice when he was 2 weeks old)
1 bag of cut-up fleece (do not use blue fleece to line white diapers!)
19 hangers
1 package from a shopping cart cover

So from my MOST organized room I just purged 91 items!!! :

Must decide which room to tackle next! This is so much fun!!!
post #11 of 75
Thread Starter 
Well, I decided to just go ahead and do the guest room, which is next to ds's. It is mostly empty. The closet has dh's work clothes. I keep craft stuff and Christmas stuff in the top of it. Again, I thought it would be just a few items.

To donate:
1 champagne glass (!)
1 roll of ribbon
several yards of fleece (again, don't buy blue fleece for white dipes)
1 necklace
1 embroidery floss winder
10 x-stitch books
5 potholders
1 lighted tree angel
1 Noel pillow
1 Peace pillow
1 felt snowman
3 dishtowels
3 ornaments
1 ceramic (?) snowman
1 musical nativity
1 gift book
1 bath towel
2 wash cloths
1 johnny jump-up

and trash:
1 smooshed bow
21 old containers of paint
1 bag of dried up balloons
8 random pieces of trash
2 old brushes
3 plastic rings
3 marbles
1 pkg of ponytail holders (if you could see how short my hair is, you'd laugh)
1 film container of itty-bitty nails (what were they for??? and glazing points)
3 long-unfinished x-stitch projects (oh the hours!)
3 old pr. earrings
1 piece of shrinky-dink plastic!!!
1 travel sewing kit (partially used)
1 empty film container
1 picture frame
1 gift bag
2 gift boxes
2 bags of fabric scraps

total for guest room: 93
Grand total so far: 184
post #12 of 75
trini - you rock

I haven't gotten any rooms down. This morning while the kids were having breakfast I went through a box that was sort of a catchall beside my computer and threw away one shopping bag stuffed full of papers and old mail and put a three ring binder in the donate pile.

From my dss room (and I'm not even close to finished!) this is what I've done so far :

to donate:
2 pairs of shorts
3 pairs of pants
18 shirts
2 one piece outfits
1 jacket
1 blanket
1 dress (old maternity dress that ds#2 found in my closet, wore around for a while and ditched under his dresser)
7 cloth diapers
6 stuffed animals

trash:
1 sock and 4 random pieces of trash

total so far : 47 items and 1 bag of papers
post #13 of 75
Thread Starter 
Bellona, you are doing GREAT!

I had to take a little break. While ds was napping I did some paperwork for dh and then tried to take a bit of a nap. I am SOOO tired. Of course, by the time I lay down for my nap, ds was up. I might as well keep working, since I can't nap when he is awake!

We'll both get some lunch and then tackle another area. I must say that he has been very cooperative during this. I keep finding little things for him to play with and it has has helped that in both rooms so far I've been able to keep the stuff I'm sorting through up high and out of his reach. I never realized how many little chokey things I have.
post #14 of 75
OK I am so inspired by this I .....

took three (count 'em) ONE, TWO, THREE black trash bags stuffed so full you could barely carry them of clothes to GW today!!!!!!!!!!! It had to be at least 150 items. Also last night I went through years of pictures. Sorted out all the goofy "I'd never want that in an album or scrapbook", the ones I have 6 shots of the exact same thing, blurry ones, eyes shut accidentally. Kept all the good ones and pitched the crap. I had : two black trash bags full. It was ridiculous how many we had been given by well meaning family members of ones we already had. I can't count that towards the goal cause it was well over 500 by itself.


Thank you OP for this inspiration!!

Melissa
post #15 of 75
Thread Starter 
Yay, Melissa!!!

Don't you just love the feeling when you get a job done like sorting the pictures? It doesn't have the visual impact of getting rid of 3 bags of clothes, but it also feels wonderful!

How are all the other mamas doing??? (Probably decluttering instead of online like me. )

I did a bit more and will post later. Need to do some more bookkeeping for dh while ds is napping.

ETA: I just read your post more carefully. (Did I mention how TIRED I am?) You had 2 black trash bags of photo junk? Wow! That is absolutely amazing!
post #16 of 75
Jumping in w/ both feet! I have a bunch of stuff tha tneeds a new home! We plan to have a yard sale in a few weeks, so my stuff will be counted when it is packaged/priced and ready to go... now I"m off to get started!
post #17 of 75
Tomorrow.


I do plan to completely declutter the entire house by the summer's end.
post #18 of 75
Argh!! Have you ever tried emptying out a closet with an almost 2 year old SITTING IN IT????? It's been a long slow day

I'm still working in my dss' room. In addition to what I posted before I've purged

1 Mcdonald's play restaurant set
1 of those annoying popper push toys that my kids have never played with
3 more cloth diapers
4 more shirts
61 random pieces of trash (pen caps, pieces of paper, pieces of crayon, odd broken toys and anything I don't recognize )
1 toy purse
2 more stuffed animals
2 books (I have another pile, but I haven't counted them yet. they'll make it on the next post)
1 rattle
1 hat
2 pairs of pants
44 junky plastic toys in all shapes and sizes
1 pair of slippers
2 pairs of shoes
1 talking dora doll
1 baby brush and 1 baby comb
3 noisy toys with no other purpose than to cause insanity

total this post : 131
total so far : 178 and one shopping bag of papers
post #19 of 75
Argh!! Have you ever tried emptying out a closet with an almost 2 year old SITTING IN IT????? It's been a long slow day

I'm still working in my dss' room. In addition to what I posted before I've purged

1 Mcdonald's play restaurant set
1 of those annoying popper push toys that my kids have never played with
3 more cloth diapers
4 more shirts
61 random pieces of trash (pen caps, pieces of paper, pieces of crayon, odd broken toys and anything I don't recognize )
1 toy purse
2 more stuffed animals
2 books (I have another pile, but I haven't counted them yet. they'll make it on the next post)
1 rattle
1 hat
2 pairs of pants
44 junky plastic toys in all shapes and sizes
1 pair of slippers
2 pairs of shoes
1 talking dora doll
1 baby brush and 1 baby comb
3 noisy toys with no other purpose than to cause insanity

total this post : 131
total so far : 178 and one shopping bag of papers
post #20 of 75
I wanted to ask...are you all organizing as you go or saving that for later?
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