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Decluttering in process a long time....things that have helped me

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Just want to post that on the end of a personal decluttering challenge....I love how my house is looking.

Roomier and easier to clean. The kids really play with their toys.
We can always find what we are looking for. Less laundry, fewer dishes at meal time, less sorting through junk in the bathroom.

I still have a ways to go. It is a big, old farmhouse with many generations of folks having lived here. Also, we are blessed with many caring folks in our life that dote on our children and pass on their gently used goods. And grandparents that like to shop at holiday and birthday time.

That being said - the biggest help was donating or selling most in progress projects that had been in progress for a really long time. That quilt I was meaning to sew. That doll that I was meaning to fix. That this or that that I was meaning to do this or that to. Gone. Freecycle was great for this and some straight in the garbage.

I have been throwing out more than ever before, but it is still minimal and if it has lots of life left I never toss it. Coupons, event clippings and all sorts of things that find their way to my fridge hit the recycle bin about once a week. Only takes a second and keeps it so much simpler. Plus, I feel less pressure to do things I didn't even know I felt pressure about. One of us chooses an activity, mark on it the day we are going and that stays on the middle of the fridge. Makes it fun and we are actually making it to more activities/outings.

All the "just in case" items that haven't been used in the last year are gone if I can't put them to use RIGHT NOW!

Emptying out whatever I am sorting and making piles of like items and narrowing from there. Individually each usually merit keeping, in a pile it seems like a lot of repetition.

Removing overly stained or too small clothes when I fold the laundry. Makes it ready for donating or selling at this point.

Anyway, I love reading others ideas and thought I would share some that really have helped me. Please add your own!
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Thanks so much for the tips! I have so much left to do.. it's been slow-going. But it's great to hear from someone who has been so productive!
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