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post #161 of 459

Jan 4 update

OK the offical tally is

My clothes: first bag 80 items has been sold!, 2 items waiting for a bag

Kids clothes: first bag 73 items is being listed on a buy sell trade list today, 30 items in the second bag.

Kitchen: 13 items so far.

Pamper fund: $10
post #162 of 459
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Originally Posted by my2girlz View Post
I'm in for 300 items. It's my 1st month doing this challenge, but I'm on a roll already. I'll update as I go.

1/4 60/300
Today I'm adding these.

1 for the group of stuff I threw out of my wallet
1 for the old expired coupons I threw out
5 piles of junk threw out from tote under my desk
3 magazines

So now I'm at 70/300
post #163 of 459
I didnt get anything done for this today but yesterday I got part of my room done and got rid of 60 items.

160/750

Tomorrow I hope to finish my room and start doing the bathroom.
post #164 of 459
I will shoot for 150.
post #165 of 459
OK, 9 hangers, 9 paper hanger covers and 9 plastic dry cleaner bags and a fleece jacket. I should really only count this as 9, since they were all hanging sort of together. In a quest to find a dress for an upcoming wedding, I cleaned out a bit. My closet looks much nicer now and I weeded out 2 dresses that no longer fit. (I have to face the facts: my boobs will never be able to fit in a size 4 again )

I will donate the 2 dresses and fleece, but only count them once they leave the house...
post #166 of 459
Well, today I actually sold something! We are notorious for hanging onto things we never use until they are worthless, so this is exciting for us.

Also, we returned the desk drawer that we 'liberated' from a desk at work and that then didn't fit in our desk as a replacement for the one we have that has splintery wood sticking out of it. :

So, 1 desk drawer and 1 Baby Trekker later, we are up to

36/150
post #167 of 459
I'm a little late, but I'd like to join. Our lease is up in April and we are hoping to move so this is a good time for me to start decluttering. I'm going to go with 150 things this month. It should be easy if I stay motivated.

post #168 of 459
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Originally Posted by FuzzyOne View Post
trying to not follow in my hoarding mother's footsteps, i have been really clearing things out. i don't have emotional attachment to items (very few anyway) so the job of clearing out, in and of itself, isn't that hard. in december i was able to get rid of 132 items and for this month i have set a total of 400. i haven't started my tally yet, but i have cleared out the entire right side of my kitchen and our two linen closets......i am not sure exactly what my point is - i am just feeling really discouraged right now. if you made it this far, thanks for listening
You need a few successes to post. Can you quickly grab a little grocery bag and run through the major rooms and grab obvious things that are quick and easy to dispose of? Newspapers, magazines, junk mail? That kind of thing? Before you know it you'll be back her posting 20/400 instead of 0/400---another place I was quickly and easily able to add to my count was my kitchen utensil drawers.

Please don't feel discouraged, and remember that the reason there is such a challenge as this is that we're all in this together---and A LOT of people are struggling with clutter. A flylady statement that helps me a lot is "your house didn't get dirty in a day and it's going to take more than a day to clean it" or declutter it---or whatever.

Please come back and post right away when you've tossed some items so we can cheer you on!!


Quote:
Originally Posted by my2girlz View Post
Today I'm adding these.

1 for the group of stuff I threw out of my wallet
1 for the old expired coupons I threw out
5 piles of junk threw out from tote under my desk
3 magazines

So now I'm at 70/300
I'll be posting an updated list tomorrow and I did the same thing today---I was wondering how much it was "worth" (it was so huge, the pile of receipts I threw out), but like you, I'll take a modest "1"

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Originally Posted by Collin'sMama View Post
I'm a little late, but I'd like to join. Our lease is up in April and we are hoping to move so this is a good time for me to start decluttering. I'm going to go with 150 things this month. It should be easy if I stay motivated.


Not too late at all---I joined after the beginning of the month in December and I came across the finish line with flying colors. Welcome.

And come on any other wannabees! It's not too late. It's not too hard and it starts to take on a life of it's own. It even gets easier as you go and you start to get very enterprising about boosting your count (cleaning out the pen and pencil cup, etc.)

Hop on!!
post #169 of 459
1 Snuggli
1 Magazine
3 Stuffed Animals
1 books
2 toys

For a new total of 29/300...off to a slow start but am hoping to have a chunk of time to specefically devote to decluttering.
-Pam
post #170 of 459
Ok I am gonna try this. My depression has made me lack motivation and not finishing the prior decluttering challenges has only made it worse. Add lack of time single parenting four kids and the sheer magnitude of this task (I really need this : ) makes it seem overwhelmingly daunting. So I am setting an easy goal for myself (then maybe I can feel good reaching it and keep going!) My goal is to get rid of something everyday- even if it is only one item! So even on my worst days I can always lay my hands on SOMETHING to get rid of. If I only get rid of 31 things then that is 31 less cluttering my house. Hopefully I will do more. I have already done this so far and tonight I went through my babies room and got rid of a lot of cheapo and broken toys. So I am off to a great start (for me at least )
post #171 of 459
I'm in. While I could probably go for 500, I'll shoot for 250. I have a lot of homeschool curriculum that needs to be sold, and it isn't quite the season for it. Plus, it is a bit chilly to work in the attic to declutter, but it needs to be done before the baby comes.

Let's see:

15 decoration items for Christmas that I don't need (Salvation Army)
8 things sold on eBay
2 books sold on Half.com

Hey, this is easy. 25 things and I didn't even get out of my chair yet.
post #172 of 459
My current total: 39/250

Includes a couple items sold on TP, a couple items returned, and lots of trash/recycling. I went through my son's computer games, most of which were in broken jewel cases (thrown away). I put the CD-ROMs in little sleeves instead, so was able to really neaten up the computer area and they now take up less space. Yay!
post #173 of 459
woohoooooooooo im proud of me so far

16 adult clothes items
13 childrens items
1 knee brace
1 coffee maker
8 UGLY placemats
4 soup bowls
4 burner covers
3 empty bins
1 pocket book
1 bottle lotion
1 stack junk mail
20 hangers
1 game controller
1 neck messager
1 basket
1 small trinket box
1 ball yarn
1 necklace
1 writing pad
1 ugly tie
1 complete video game system
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82 items!
total 87`````/200
post #174 of 459
okay, two bookshelves done and another run through the craft closet plus a "fly by" at the pantry equals 243/500 (methinks my goal should have been higher )

I'm SO inspired by reading what all you folks are setting free - way to go us! I can already tell that I feel lighter and happier. I get a big grin whenever I see the two bookcases and that's just the start of it, I know.

I checked out Organic Housekeeping from the library and she begins the book by talking about decluttering and downsizing. It felt really good to think "hey, I'm already on my way"

Keep it up, you wild decluttering mamas & papas!
post #175 of 459
I was out of declutter mode yesterday, but I am back on track today. I went thru the silverware drawer, cleaned the bottom and set my 3 y.o. dd to sorting (great task) I threw away 2 old knives and a couple broken baby utensils. I put aside to give away 9 baby forks and 10 baby spoons. I also gathered up 12 plastic utensils for dh to take to work for use there.
post #176 of 459

153/200

maybe I should have set my goal higher?
anyhow I went through the cs tower behind the computer
44 Cd's
22 broken/empty cases
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total 66
new tally 153/200
post #177 of 459
May I join?

I've been decluttering for a couple months and am doing well. 900 in September/October, 250 in November, and 1150 in December. We have so much left to go!

This month my goal is 1200. So far I've purged 342 items. Mostly from the kitchen cabinets, with the remainder from closets and my office.

Today I am sorting toys and bathroom cupboards. Should be hundreds of times to get rid of!
post #178 of 459
Previous: 150/400

Recycled:
2 telephone books
1 magazine
1 Sears catalogue

Trashed:
1 purfume sample of Obession for MEN (Why do I have that? lol)
1 container of hair glue
1 empty container of hair mousse
1 dish sponge that has never been used yet I've been holding onto for 3 years.

Pawned off on family:
1 MICROWAVE!
6 chemical cleaners

Current: 165/400

Everyone is doing so well!
post #179 of 459
well i haven't done anything yet today. oh wait, yes i have. i threw away a thing dd brought home from school it is her dressed as an elf but her expression is so sorrowful in it, and we don't do christmas anyway. but i need to put other stuff in the trash now to cover it up. i don't want her too see it.

i am about to head outthe door with those 3 boxes of books. + 2 library books to return.

and i'm taking a bag to goodwill also. or maybe a whole box. today is truck day at work so i can get as many boxes as i want.

i'll update tonite.

rock on !!!!
post #180 of 459

I'd like to join

We too are going to be moving this summer, so I might as well start now in getting rid of things. I am a horrible pack rat, and my DH hates it, so he will definatly be on board. It's really hard for me to let go of things that I think I might possibly need some time down the road, even into the far distant future, so I am setting a goal of 500. Big enough that I'll have to work for it, but we have so much stuff crammed into this little apartment that I shouldn't have any trouble.
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