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post #61 of 121
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Originally Posted by mama2babybeans View Post
My clutter is really getting annoying.. I just came across a $20 coupon that I could have used at a store where I bought ds's winter coat :
I need to keep better track of my stuff!!

Yeah, I'm right there with you. I just went through a bathroom cabinet (found 30 items for the trash! WTG!) and combined with what is in my refrigerator, I have like 8-10 bottles of kids tylenol, cough syrup, etc. Most of these are duplicates because when the kids get sick, I always think I'm out and that I need to buy new. I'm taking someone's idea (was it this thread...no, I think it was the "there is definately something wrong with me" thread) and getting plastic containers for all my bathroom supplies: "cold/flu" "kids illness" "homeopathics" etc. I swear I have 25 or 30 body lotions (all gifted to me---I'm really lazy about lotioning myself )


keep flinging.
post #62 of 121
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The containers really help.. I organized our cupboard and went through all the medicines. I was amazed how many expired things we had! Not only were they taking up space, but I could have given one of those to the kids by mistake! :
post #63 of 121
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Oh, and I love the 'keep flinging' motto
post #64 of 121
previous total 295/500

7 more items sent to a MIN
7 photo frames I bought ages ago for a craft project I never did and never will given away on freecycle
1 worn out dish rag thrown away

310/500
post #65 of 121
I think I'm a little late in starting but this is a great week for me to fling!! My goal is 150 before Christmas!! Eek...I better get moving! We keep things pretty cleaned out here but I'm confident that if I dig deep I can simplify even more!
post #66 of 121
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post #67 of 121
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Originally Posted by pbandj View Post
I took my old broken laptop to PC Recycle, along with a cd burner we never use. Then went to VV (it's easiest for me to drop off, I don't know of any other better charity type donation places), and unloaded a whole vanful of stuff. Yay! We can actually use our living room now! Now if I can just go through the 3 plastic bins of pictures....
My pictures are a mess, too.. I started an album, but I have SO much more to do! :
post #68 of 121
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Previous total: 175

Plus 85 toys (small things mostly )
some to the trash, some to Goodwill, and a few to a MIN.
Yeah! :
260
post #69 of 121
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Originally Posted by mamablair View Post
I think I'm a little late in starting but this is a great week for me to fling!! My goal is 150 before Christmas!! Eek...I better get moving! ...

Don't worry, just make a beginning. I bet you're surprised how many things you can get rid of. I guarantee making your goal will be much easier than you think!

I'm off to declutter my pantry! OMG!!!: : : : : :
post #70 of 121
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mamablair View Post
I think I'm a little late in starting but this is a great week for me to fling!! My goal is 150 before Christmas!! Eek...I better get moving! We keep things pretty cleaned out here but I'm confident that if I dig deep I can simplify even more!
You can do it!
post #71 of 121
Woot! Woot!: I just flung 42 clothing items of DH and I. Everything from socks with holes to clothes I keep thinking I'll wear and haven't yet!! This is great!! And I thought I kept a pretty tight ship around here...wow! More to be done...I'm on a roll!
post #72 of 121
previous 324/500
trashed/recycled/donated:
31 pieces assorted mismatched plastic food storage containers (btw I now have 20 assorted pieces with lids---this still seems like too much by half)
6 glass jars (pasta sauce, mason, mayonnaise)
30 assorted pesonal care items (from bathroom) lots of empty bottles, hotel sized stuff, used razor blades, etc., etc., etc.)

current 391/500

Next Targets:
finish pantry (spices, food, vases, odd plates, utensils)
finish bathroom (more personal care items)

goal before christmas: craft cabinet (I may need some hand holding)

Fling!Fling!Fling!
post #73 of 121
I have three specific areas in mind~
~My childrens toys need to be thinned out and organised.
...Most have a place to go but some don't.
...some just don't get played with
...Cupboard in the hall between our bedrooms must be cleaned out and used for board/card games
~Paper! Every time I clean I throw papers that need to be kept (or papers I don't feel like sorting at the time) in boxes and I have way to many boxes! So declutter and organise my paper mess.
...I have a fileing cabinet, it's high time I start using it again.
...put and keep a trash can next to my computer desk
~Laundry; in the past couple months I have tossed five bags of wrong size, worn out, un-used clothing. I need to keep going because we still have to much!
...it's overwhelming sometimes so for now I just keep washing and sorting so I have less of it to deal with.
...need some nice laundry hampers for our bedrooms

So I will put a box for books and other items as well as bag for clothing by my porch door and throw five items in each every day. I will take a little bit out of each paycheck until I have enough to get the hampers I want for each bedroom.
post #74 of 121
I spent some time downsizing my closet and got rid of clothes that I don't even remember wearing. Will be donating 13 more items and got rid of a splitting wooden spoon. so now I'm at 31/100
post #75 of 121
I'm starting late....but here I go! I have tons of stuff to get rid of and now that the nausea has lifted I'm ready to get started!
post #76 of 121

439/500

previous: 391/500
  • 27 old, yucky unusable spices and food items (trashed)
  • 8 various linens (donated)
  • 13 pieces of dc's artwork (trashed)

current:
439/500

Fling!Fling!Fling!
post #77 of 121
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I just posted a HUGE offering on Freecycle. I don't want to add the items to my total yet, because technically they're not gone yet.. (still sitting on my porch) but hopefully they will be soon! :
post #78 of 121
Well... I've totally slacked off. My goal was 1500 by New Years (I started in late October) but I'm revising it.

So far I'm at 700. But only maybe 60 of that is from this month. I do have one last donation pickup scheduled for this year - Dec. 28. And I have a few big big piles in my basement for that. So I think I can hit 1000.

But. Even if I don't, it's okay. There are 700 fewer items in my house. I never have to look at them again. Or fret about finding a place for them. Or clean them. Or even think about them. It feels great.
post #79 of 121
Okay, I've been at it for three days, I'm so thrilled I'm at 126/150. My goal was to reach 150 by tomorrow and I'm hoping to surpass that this afternoon!! What a great idea and when it's put in challenge mode I actually get it done!!
post #80 of 121
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260 plus:

30 CDs
rocking horse
ride-on toy
2 sun shades
mirror
14 VHS tapes
10 cassettes

=319
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