Originally Posted by Junonia
However I must issue you a cut and paste speeding ticket!
Oh, wow, I sure am a dork!
It's fixed now!
Originally Posted by Junonia
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!