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post #81 of 137
Decluttered two boxes of "miscellany"- full of little things like thumbtacks, bobby pins, nails, and coins.

Recycled a ton of receipts from an old box of them, most from baby shower items we received two Februarys ago.

My garage is full to the BRIM. I can't wait for our garage sale next week!

I feel like things are going slow- I've only gotten rid of 24 items. But next week there will be so much less, and what does not sell is going to consignment or a donation site.
post #82 of 137
Went through my clothes today - now have one big black garbage bag full of things to donate. This weekend was the "kids' book" decluttering, and unfortunately I wasn't as ruthless as I would have liked, but I did find a few graocery bags full to donate. I have trouble getting rid of books since we homeschool. *My* books are next, and another pass through the kids clothes.
post #83 of 137
I've been getting rid of things by freecycle, and tomorrow I take a collection in to the consignment shop (crossing my fingers). I am just so pleased to be making progress.
post #84 of 137
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Originally Posted by amyable View Post
This weekend was the "kids' book" decluttering, and unfortunately I wasn't as ruthless as I would have liked, but I did find a few graocery bags full to donate. I have trouble getting rid of books since we homeschool.
Yes, this is a hard one! I hate to get rid of any that could be of value to them. But we have more than we can handle, way more. What to do?
post #85 of 137
28/100. Slowly but surely!
And I think that I should be able to count cleaning out my fridge, lol.
post #86 of 137
Thread Starter 
I just counted my current garage sale pile, and it's 66. I'd like it to be more like 200, but I don't think I'm going to get that much collected by Friday night (the garage sale is Saturday). Anyway, it's a start!

88/500

I'm hoping to start packing for our move on Sunday, when I'll be doing lots and lots of purging!

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Originally Posted by kissum View Post
And I think that I should be able to count cleaning out my fridge, lol.
Go for it! I count the fridge stuff sometimes!
post #87 of 137
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Originally Posted by Rikki Jean View Post
I just counted my current garage sale pile, and it's 66. I'd like it to be more like 200, but I don't think I'm going to get that much collected by Friday night (the garage sale is Saturday). Anyway, it's a start!
We're having a garage sale too. Sending good profit vibes your way.
post #88 of 137
I tried to target a few projects this month instead of just counting things and it's just not working for me. I have a hard time committing to a big project! Well, to be fair, I have a hard time finding time for such, but I can grab 10 or 20 things to toss/donate in a matter of minutes. So--no update from me. I'm still getting rid of things, not counting, and not touching my project zones. oops
post #89 of 137
SO far so good! I've taken out 1 van load! Threw away 7 bags of garbage! (Big ones too not just kitchen bags!) It feels soooooooooo good! The garage is getting cleaned out so well! I took before pictures! I have to load them onto photobucket to share. (My mother thinks I'm nuts for showing these pictures to the public but I feel really good about it!) It helps alot to put these things out there and to know that other people are the same way! And we're all trying to make things better! Well off to post pictures! Erin!
post #90 of 137
Congratulations to all those who are doing so well! And good luck with the garage sales.

I'm up to 15/100, still not so hot. Hopefully I can get myself in gear for the rest of the month!
post #91 of 137
10 more...slow going right now!

162/300
post #92 of 137
Girls; I am not doing so well with my goal this month; I havent touched my junk drawers.

Maybe I'll try touching just one tomorrow and hopefully the bug will hit;
I've been doing a little other decluttering, but avoiding my goal!! Argh.

Yes, I must get on with it!!!!
post #93 of 137
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Originally Posted by amyable View Post
Went through my clothes today - now have one big black garbage bag full of things to donate. This weekend was the "kids' book" decluttering, and unfortunately I wasn't as ruthless as I would have liked, but I did find a few graocery bags full to donate. I have trouble getting rid of books since we homeschool. *My* books are next, and another pass through the kids clothes.
Instead of just giving away your books, you can post them on www.paperbackswap.com, and when people request them, you mail them away. Then you get a point for a new book that you can save for when you need a book to supplement your homeschooling.
post #94 of 137
I just found this thread and I am so inspired by everyone's dedication to simplicity. I am constantly cleaning and sorting and purging, but I never gave myself a number goal before. I will try for 100 since the month is halfway over, and see how it goes.

: I am sure to be kicking up some dust! It helps that we tend to move so much, but I know there is so much we have that we are not using.
post #95 of 137
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I even threw out my bouquet from my wedding.
I struggle with this as well. Mine is at my parents house. I hastely threw it at my Dad as I was leaving for my honeymoon and said, "Hand this up to dry". It is still hanging 2 years later. It has a beautiful blue rosary from my ILs in it and I could also save the ribbon. But I'm having a hard time letting go of the flowers, even though eventually it will just be a pile of dust.
post #96 of 137
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Originally Posted by Rikki Jean View Post
88/500
Last night: 3 old, broken items in the trash, 5 bags of recycling out of my kitchen (I know that recycling will always be there, but we have to take our recycling elsewhere since there is no p/u for it at our apt., so it takes DH mooooonths sometimes to get rid of it ), and 28 magazines and catalogues (recycled).

I have atleast 100 more magazines that I can get rid of , but I need to go through them and swipe any articles I might want to keep. I also have a bunch of old magazines like Seventeen (I think I have my very first one from 1995, which I swiped from my mom's doctor's office! ), which will go to the infamous e-bay pile...those shouldn't be that hard to figure out shipping on though, so I should just do it!

I did a bunch more on Wednesday, and I wrote down my totals, but I can't find the paper, which seems to be lost in the paper clutter (I haven't gotten there yet). I remember the big stuff though, so no biggie:

40 water bottles to the recycling

1 item of my mom's sent home with her

3 of something else that I can't recall...lol


So, 168/500.

I added a ton to my garage sale stash last night, but I didn't get to count, so I'll do that this afternoon!


Keep up the good work everyone!
post #97 of 137
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Originally Posted by bdoody11 View Post
I struggle with this as well. Mine is at my parents house. I hastely threw it at my Dad as I was leaving for my honeymoon and said, "Hand this up to dry". It is still hanging 2 years later. It has a beautiful blue rosary from my ILs in it and I could also save the ribbon. But I'm having a hard time letting go of the flowers, even though eventually it will just be a pile of dust.
I don't know enough about flowers to know if it's too late for yours, but I pressed some petals from mine, then mounted them on archival backing and sprayed a sealant on them and framed them. I don't know how long it will be before mine turn to dust--we shall see!
post #98 of 137
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Originally Posted by sunanthem View Post
Instead of just giving away your books, you can post them on www.paperbackswap.com, and when people request them, you mail them away. Then you get a point for a new book that you can save for when you need a book to supplement your homeschooling.
LOL, I'm the paperbackswap queen already. The books I'm giving away are mostly old library discards or books we have worn out all by ourselves - not in good enough shape to give to paperbackswap, but maybe someone else can use them.
post #99 of 137
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Originally Posted by VeganCupcake View Post
I don't know enough about flowers to know if it's too late for yours, but I pressed some petals from mine, then mounted them on archival backing and sprayed a sealant on them and framed them. I don't know how long it will be before mine turn to dust--we shall see!

That sounds nice! I cut the blooms off the stem of my bouquet (well, the roses at least, the other flowers didn't hold up - many of the petals have separated but it is still all in a ziplock bag high up in my closet -not dust yet after 13+ years! I'm sentimental about almost nothing, but I will probably keep my wedding dress and those flowers forever.
post #100 of 137
16 more (15 patterns & one stray sock. )

178/300
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