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July Decluttering Challenge!

post #1 of 137
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Welcome to the JULY decluttering challenge!!
If you participated in last month's challenge, feel free to share your accomplishments & what you'd like to do differently this month, if anything.
Post your goal- whether it is number of items gone, number of bags, rooms, whatever works for you

Are there items that haven't been used in a long time, are just taking up too much space, or have been outgrown? Time to get those outta there!
Be sure to post your progress as you work towards your goal- it's inspiring to see how far you've come in your effort towards a more simplified home!
post #2 of 137
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My goal for this month is 500 items. I have successfully decluttered around 300 items a few months in a row, but this month we are getting ready to move, so I am going to be in major purging mode! Nesting helps with that!
post #3 of 137
I just got rid of a TON of stuff, so I'm going to go with 300 this month.
post #4 of 137
Hi Rikki Jean, thanks for starting this!

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Welcome to the MAY decluttering challenge!!
However I must issue you a cut and paste speeding ticket!

Hmmm. I have never had success with decluttering goals of numbers, like the FlyLady's 27-fling boogie. It hasn't worked well in my mind somehow. But what the heck, I'll say 300 and really try to make it work.

My house appears pretty de-cluttered, which is pleasant, but I have clutter that I've put into categories like freecycle/goodwill and try-to-sell (these are stashed in attic/closet but I would rather move them on out, rather than store them). I have never made offers on freecyle and I've never tried to sell used toys/CD's, etc. I am wondering if the mamas on this thread would be a resource for helping me overcome my blocks/ challenges in these endeavors? I want my stuff to end up finding a good home (freecycle) and also (in terms of selling) to see the monetarily remunerative(sp?) side of decluttering.

And then there's the hidden clutter, the closets that I overhaul, then shove stuff in blindly, then overhaul, etc: what I wish is that I would make them *usable* you know, so it's more functional. I want to somehow break that cycle....

And then there's my dd's room.

I have been paring down things as I've been going through this major transition in my life, and I'm hopeful.
post #5 of 137
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My goal for this month is 500 items. I have successfully decluttered around 300 items a few months in a row, but this month we are getting ready to move, so I am going to be in major purging mode! Nesting helps with that!
Wow, Rikki Jean, 300 for a few months in a row?! That's fantastic! You must feel so much lighter, and so inspired.

How have your challenges evolved as you've moved down through the layers?

And yes, nesting is GREAT for decluttering! Give that nest lots of peace and breathing room.
post #6 of 137
Oh good--someone finally started July's! I felt funny, too, strting it, so glad that you did Thanks! Well, I didn't technically meet June's goal, but I started counting differently after I declared my goal, and that had a lot to do with it. This month, I think I'll set my goal to 300. A little lower, but we have a couple of weeks of camp this month, and so lots of running around:

So far, I am off to a good start:

34 random toy pieces and junk gone from ds1's room as we continue moving him upstairs
10 items from out of the fridge
1 major paperwork project finished and faxed--insurance paperwork and supporting documentation from my car accident in April--Woohoo, $$$ coming back to me!!! (and going towards billsbut at least I get to see it )
8 items sold on the trading post and mailed (and I mailed the two items that I sold at the end of June, too) So far my total for July is: 53/300!!! If I get close, I will revise upwards:
post #7 of 137
I didn't "officially" join last month's challenge, although I did declutter a lot. This month, I don't have a # goal, but more of a group of different areas to declutter: girls' clothes, my closet, rearranging/purging homeschooling bookshelves, etc. My "goal" is do be DONE with all that by the end of July, because I'll be almost 9 months pg in August and just want to be DONE!

I'm making some good progress, but I'm so tired all the time it is hard. We have to make some room in our small-ish house for the new baby though!
post #8 of 137
I'm just going to continue with my year long goal of 2007 items. So far I'm at around 950 give or take.

I hope we are able to have our garage sale this sunday but it depends if DH has to work or not.

So far I have a few areas decluttered. My room, DS room and both bathrooms. So this month I am concentrating on the kitchen/dining area and the living room. I will probably make another quick round through the decluttered rooms.

I am having week long guests in august so I better get my butt in gear!!
post #9 of 137
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However I must issue you a cut and paste speeding ticket!
Oh, wow, I sure am a dork! It's fixed now!

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Wow, Rikki Jean, 300 for a few months in a row?! That's fantastic! You must feel so much lighter, and so inspired.

How have your challenges evolved as you've moved down through the layers?

And yes, nesting is GREAT for decluttering! Give that nest lots of peace and breathing room.
Well, we have A LOT of junk. Even after getting rid of all of that stuff, there is still soooo much more, which is why I'm going for 500 this month, and I'm really hoping that I purge so much that I go waaay over! I'm a pack rat, and am trying desperately to drop the habit. Just throwing things away seems to be the only way to do it! I'm pretty good about Freecycling too. Unfortunately, my e-bay pile has been doing just that...piling...for about three years now. I'm going to have to get it all out this month! :

I'm looking back into the other months I've participated to see what my actual totals were. Let's see here...

November was my first month. I waaaaay overestimated myself, and made a goal of 500. I hit 43. Still though, I was getting rid of things.

I didn't try again until February, as I had been intimidated by my November results. I decided on a smaller goal, which was a great decision. I was also doing the February Kitchen Challenge, so when I went through my cabinets and decided to Freecycle a ton of Tupperware and some other things, I made good progress. I had only decided on a goal of 19 bags of various things, and my final goal was 5/19. Not too impressive, but a good start, considering my history.

March was great. I was doing the March Bedroom Challenge, which was a huge project for me, but it forced me to get rid of tons and tons of stuff, and it felt soooooo good. I was very early in pg, and I was nesting sooooo badly on the very last day of the month, so that was way helpful! I ended up with a total of 129/82, but I was counting "bags of stuff" as just one item, and there were nine bags given or thrown away, so I'm sure that I hit 300, atleast.

In April, I hit 250/300, but my orignial goal was 300. I had some carryover "get rid of" stuff from the March Bedroom Challenge, and I got rid of a lot of that by giving it to our church rummage sale. I also was able to sell some things to a vintage store and a second-hand baby store, and I gave some old clothes to my sister.

In May I hit 298/250. Some of that was old yucky stuff from the fridge (like 20 things), but I decided that it counted. A good amount was junk from under the bathroom sink. There were a lot of really old toiletries (most of which were never even opened; DH's grandma still gives us all "stockings" at Christmas, and they are filled with deodorant, soaps, and stuff like generic IB profen. We don't use most of it as we stick to natural stuff and she puts in whatever she can get at the dollar store! ), and it was soooo good to get those out. I'm not sure why some of that stuff had been sitting there for the last two or three years, just taking up space...


As far as the challenges evolving, it's been interesting. The first time I did this, I looked around and thought, "How in the world is this going to work?" It was really hard to throw things away or give them away, just because everything seemed to have an emotion attached to it. As time has passed though, it's gotten a lot easier.

Probably the hardest thing I've let go of was a bunch of shoes in the bedroom challenge. Most of them were unwearable, because they were so worn out, but they had very strong emotions attached to them, and lots of memories. In the beginning of the month, I asked for suggestions on what to do to preserve their memory, and I just let them sit in a bag for a few weeks. I had plans to turn a few of them into pots for plants, or make some kind of artwork with the sole prints. However, by that last day (the crazy nesting day ), I had made up my mind to just throw them away. So, at the 11th hour (seriously, it was like 11pm! ) I took a few pictures, and asked DH to please take them to the dumpster. I felt fantastic!

Anyway, my biggest challenge now is going to be getting through the mounds of papers. I've planned to attack them in the previous months, but I have just been too busy tackling the things that are easier to just pitch, kwim? I'm definitely a paper collector, and it haunts me, as I can never find anything easily because even though I collect, I'm very bad at filing and organizing. So, I think that's my biggest challenge right now.


Okay, sorry for writing a novel. Decluttering is obviously a big deal in my life!
post #10 of 137
I'm in. I've been counting all month. I'm a decluttering geek. I'd like to get rid of 300 items this month.

So far...
63/300
post #11 of 137
Didn't reach my June goal of 100, but I didn't count each and every item either. This month I'm not sure of a number goal, but I do have a behavior goal:

When packing for our move (toward the end of this month), I will not put in a box ANYTHING I am not CERTAIN that I want to keep.

So far I have 3 boxes/laundry baskets of stuff that is going into a garage sale. I'm adding more daily.
post #12 of 137
My goal for June was 100 or 150--I've forgotten : ! And I don't know if I succeeded or not because by the end of the month we were moving and things became rather chaotic. This month, in the unpacking, I keep finding things and wondering why I packed them, since I haven't used them in living memory.

So for July, I'm going for another 100. I've been looking at my closet, and I have too many clothes that I don't wear. Time to get rid of some more!
post #13 of 137
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Originally Posted by NoliMum View Post
Didn't reach my June goal of 100, but I didn't count each and every item either. This month I'm not sure of a number goal, but I do have a behavior goal:

When packing for our move (toward the end of this month), I will not put in a box ANYTHING I am not CERTAIN that I want to keep.

So far I have 3 boxes/laundry baskets of stuff that is going into a garage sale. I'm adding more daily.
I need to do this. I moved last month and am moving again in August (not happy with this place I'm in now). So, my goal is
100 items.
I have been here for a month and am actually thinking that the many things I have not unpacked might be great freecycle candidates.

Oh, and if I manage to get rid of my changing table that i have not use ONCE since moving I'm counting it as 10 things, due to space, lol. I'm attached to it for some weird reason.
post #14 of 137
This is my first decluttering challenge. My house is pretty much decluttered already (I throw away everything that's not bolted down!), but I do have a couple of goals for this month:

1. List all the items I have waiting for the Trading Post
2. Clean out kitchen junk drawers and keep them that way!
3. Organize my pots, pans & mixing bowls differently in my kitchen cabinets.

I think that's it for now!
post #15 of 137
I'lll join!! My house looks decluttered but I know there is more I can do. I wasn't in last month's challenge but I sold TONS at a garage sale and donated the rest. At least hundreds of items.

Now I have two big garbage bags for Goodwill....

I'll go for 300 this month!
post #16 of 137
Last month I joined for the first time and reached my goal of decluttering the bedroom dresser/closet, the hall closet, the bookshelf and mantle.

In honor of me joining my first organic food and raw milk co op, I'm going to work on the kitchen this month.

I want to clear out old unused spices from the spice cabinet, and 3 unorganized junk drawers. Also clear some glasses and kids bowls and things since we have too much.
post #17 of 137
Did some more work in the room swap. My allergies are going nuts from the dust, but I got another 34 pieces of broken toys, trash, and half crayons gone. Oh, and also a lava lamp that adly was no longer safe to use--the metal had melted at the top : Didn't know they could do that--I'm glad the house didn't burn down while we were using it!

So my new total is 88/300!
post #18 of 137
Rikki Jean, thanks for sharing your journey with us. You have processed a lot of emotions as well as stuff! Way to go.

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Unfortunately, my e-bay pile has been doing just that...piling...for about three years now. I'm going to have to get it all out this month! :
Have you done Ebay before? Maybe we can team up and mutually support to get this happening this month. Wouldn't it be great to move that stuff out?
post #19 of 137
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Nope, I haven't done it before, which is probably why I've been procrastinating so badly. For some reason, I find it quite intimidating... Support would be fantastic!
post #20 of 137
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Whoops, double post.
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