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post #101 of 222
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Originally Posted by MyLittleWonders View Post
I went through some more CDs today from my hutch. I uploaded what I wanted to my iTunes and am getting rid of them. 3 go back to my mom and the rest to GWill ... so now I'm at 200 items! WOO HOO!!! Plus I'm doing major throwing away of junk in the kitchen and am not keeping track. I feel like I can finally "FEEL" how my house will be decluttered, simplified and organized. We are now in a time-limit because our new carpet will be laid on Monday. Nothing like a happy deadline like new flooring to encourage oneself.
The only thing keeping me from doing something like that is fear that my hard drive will die and then I'll be without all of that music. It sure is tempting though!
post #102 of 222
Want a good laugh? Check out my blog entry today I think I may have . . . . issues : :
post #103 of 222
I think I could meet this month's challenge just by recycling the incoming mail... today's count, 25 items, was entirely junk mail and paper scraps. :

Okay, 25 + 50 the other day + the 40 I had = 115/300!

Yay!

Recycling 10 pieces of junk mail just doesn't give me the same rush as eliminating 10 unused kitchen tools or 10 outgrown shirts, though. With luck I'll have time to dig around and do some *serious* decluttering around here soon.

Thanks, mamas.
post #104 of 222
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Want a good laugh? Check out my blog entry today I think I may have . . . . issues : :
I love it Shannon and so can relate!
post #105 of 222
Returned several items to their rightful owners:
1 book
1 toy
3 pairs of toddler shoes
and donated 1 size 1 disposable diaper to the church nursery

So my new total is: 47/175
post #106 of 222
That's funny Shannon, that's me too. Let me know how that works for you.

I'm getting in gear to get started for today, too hot to go outside or be out in the weather so it's a good decluttering day! I can hear the junk a-calling me...

steeeeeelllllllllaaaaaaaaa!

ETA:
So far today:

1 old mattress cover that doesn't fit any of my beds (?)
1 John Wayne plate
1 bluebird plate
3 sweaters that fit no one in this house
1 cd tower (with no cds in it)
1 box of books that hadn't been opened since I moved in here 2 years ago
1 box of trash from various sources
3 suits
1 raincoat
1 box of clothes that don't fit

Not going to tally up until the end of the day, I'm on a roll!

OKay, think I'm done, it's been a trying day. Tally stands at 14 for the day, good enough.
post #107 of 222
I got through the two underbed boxes that had been stored under the old bed today. Most of it, I was able to throw away, some needed to be filed or set aside. Some of it was really hard to go through, as it was from right after our daughter was stillborn, and when dh was gone to Korea for a year right after. A lot of it was old school papers from ds, since he insisted on mailing everything from school for Daddy to see while he was gone I also found a few items to donate as well as a perfume set that is still good that had been discontinued. So my new total today is:

2 underbed boxes gone through
2 purses cleaned out
2 mismatched gloves thrown away
13 magazines and catalogs gone
2 bags of trash

so my new total is 68/175! Over 1/3 of the way there
post #108 of 222
I came to a horrible realization that has ground me to a halt. I realized that no matter how many little things I get rid of (which is mostly what I've been doing, and what I feel I can continue to do), it doesn't make much of a difference. And we currently have empty rooms (for future kidlets, etc.) that we will inevitably fill up with stuff.

I'm feeling pretty low about that. Any encouragement?

But I did get rid of one thing today. I'm falling behind. It's time to get cracking. I still haven't worked on my pantry.
post #109 of 222
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Originally Posted by VeganCupcake View Post
I came to a horrible realization that has ground me to a halt. I realized that no matter how many little things I get rid of (which is mostly what I've been doing, and what I feel I can continue to do), it doesn't make much of a difference. And we currently have empty rooms (for future kidlets, etc.) that we will inevitably fill up with stuff.

I'm feeling pretty low about that. Any encouragement?

But I did get rid of one thing today. I'm falling behind. It's time to get cracking. I still haven't worked on my pantry.
I hate that! I feel that way too, all the time. No matter how many times I declutter, it creeps back up on me. I guess it's going to be a maintenance issue, forever. Don't get discouraged...we just have to maintain!

I've made so much progress on the office/guest room (my goal room), but I had to stop working on it for a while while DH worked to convert the closet into a computer nook.

So, I took a break from that and redecorated/reorganized DS2's room, for a grand total of $64:

repainted walls using paint & supplies we already had - $0
repainted headboard and dresser - $10 (8 cans spray paint)
new knobs for dresser - $10
picture frames over his bed - $8
pics of him in various activities - $0 (printed at home)
desk chair from 2nd hand store - $10
3 yards plushy fabric from remnant table (to recover chair) - $6
2 stools and 1 lamp from Ikea - $20

Here's his shelves/desk area:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8671453@N03/1067358623/

Bed and dresser:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8671453...n/photostream/

Desk area close up:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8671453...n/photostream/

I'm fairly pleased with how it came out, considering how little I spent. I think the brown paint on his furniture will "grow" with him (he's 11).

Holly
post #110 of 222
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Originally Posted by VeganCupcake View Post
I came to a horrible realization that has ground me to a halt. I realized that no matter how many little things I get rid of (which is mostly what I've been doing, and what I feel I can continue to do), it doesn't make much of a difference. And we currently have empty rooms (for future kidlets, etc.) that we will inevitably fill up with stuff.

I'm feeling pretty low about that. Any encouragement?

But I did get rid of one thing today. I'm falling behind. It's time to get cracking. I still haven't worked on my pantry.
This is mostly the type decluttering I end of doing--the stuff that you can't really see. But what I have found is that it feels better even if you can't see much or any difference. there is something different, even if you can't quite put your finger on it. My hotspots tend to build right back up, but they do it slower because I have become more aware of what I keep in the first place. So I think it does help, it just takes a bit to get to that point sometimes.

One of the things I discovered teh first time I did this was when I was feeling low about it not making a difference, I stopped witht eh heavy duty decluttering and did something really visible, lke the pile of magazines in teh living room, or the mismatched and water etched glasses inteh cabinet. Somethign with immdeiate noticability. Then, I would get back to the hidden closets and such. HTH!
post #111 of 222
I agree with Carrie, when it seems like I'm not "doing" anything with all this decluttering, I like to take a time out and do something super visible. That was my point for doing the toys here in the front room the other day. I'm looking at them day in, day out and there are entirely too many (still!) I took one day and pared them down to a more manageable level, and now when I look around it feels good.

It does feel better, even if I can't put my finger on why...
post #112 of 222
Shannon, I read an article once that said if you tend to be like that to change what you're mentally saying to yourself to "I choose to make my bed" or "I choose to get _____ bags of clutter out of the house in August." Said it makes a big difference to your motivation when you make it a postive statement, rather than "I have to _______". You could give it a try & see if it helps.
post #113 of 222
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Originally Posted by Em T View Post
Shannon, I read an article once that said if you tend to be like that to change what you're mentally saying to yourself to "I choose to make my bed" or "I choose to get _____ bags of clutter out of the house in August." Said it makes a big difference to your motivation when you make it a postive statement, rather than "I have to _______". You could give it a try & see if it helps.
Great idea! Thanks, Em T!
post #114 of 222
Ok, new day! Started on ds1's closet and found:

13 shirts that no longer fit and
2 pairs of pants that no longer fit
1 top to a rubbermaid container, without a bottom
post #115 of 222
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Originally Posted by kissum View Post
24 since I last posted. 87/200.
96/200. I threw out some dvds cases that I've kept despite the fact the the dvds themselves have been missing over a year. :
post #116 of 222
Mamas, thank you so much for the encouragement. I will work on something visible today so I can feel like I'm accomplishing something.
post #117 of 222
All right, I got most of my junk out of the basement and into the family room by the door. Now I have to get some initiative to get it out the door and into the car. It's 100 degs today, so I'm not too excited about that.

I've bagged almost everything I had intended to donate, but did I decide to keep two things that should have gone. A huge Lands' End diaper bag (that doesn't look at all like a diaper bag) because it really does work well as a travel bag. And the shoes I wore at my wedding. Yeah, it was 7 years ago, they are really high heels, and I doubt I'll ever wear them again. But I did put *back* into the donate pile this really awesome pair of red heels that I also know I'll never wear again. But they were such a good deal 8 years ago (I think I've worn them 3 times). You never know when you'll need a great pair of red satin heels. (thinking about pulling them back out of the pile...no...it's time to let go...the only parties we go to these days involve wiping frosting out of someone's hair...)

I'd better get that stuff in the car soon.
post #118 of 222
Annie - Good job, now get that stuff out of your house! I'm just like that too, I have to take it out immediately or *something* is coming back out of that pile lol!

Added to my earlier total:

13 shirts
2 pants
1 lid
1 box of random stuff from closet, just gonna count the box as 1
2 blankets for homeless shelter

And I think I'm done for today. I went outside for an hour or so with the kidlets and the heat did me in! It's sooooooooo hot! We ran through the sprinkler and got soaked, and it was fun, but now I just want to fix dinner and go to bed. How many more hours of today? Jeesh. Baby has a diaper full, maybe I can count that as something to declutter?
post #119 of 222
Ok, I've stopped keeping track. We are going through the playroom right now (more than likely turning it back into a bedroom so each boy has his own space) and have been chucking stuff left and right. The cool part is that the boys (well, the older two) are helping decide what to keep and what to get rid of. We are taking one type of toy out at a time, laying it all out, and having them choose their favorite pieces to go in a new, smaller bin. We plan on rotating only 2 or so "types" of toys in the house at a time and want the amount of each type to be minimal (ie: only the hot wheels that can go in the hot wheels "suitcase" thing, only the Little People that fit in the small shoebox bin, plus two "accessories"). I'm excited and think by minimizing not only the overall toys, but each type, and then only have a couple different types in the house at one time, they will be more likely to engage in play and also will be able to actually clean up after themselves because it won't be so overwhelming.

Last night dh and I started talking about our "vision" for our home. I am reading Peter Walsh's book It's All Too Much (HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend), and he recommends that be your first step. Once we identified our vision and started talking about that vision in terms of individual rooms, we could better identify what we want in each room and what needs to leave. Today I sat with our oldest (6) and asked him to work on his bedroom vision with me. We identified the activities he likes to do in his room (sleep, read, play Lego's, and do hs'ing work), where he wants to do each activity, and what he needs in his room in each area to be able to do each activity. So, his dresser is clothing, plus two Dodger's pictures and a new alarm clock. His desk will have a pencil case with pencils/pens/crayons, a drawer with paper, and the Lego instruction booklets. His closet will have a cubbie for baseball equipment, swimming equipment, shoes. And he'll have two large bins, each with smaller color-organized bins, of Lego's. And he asked for a bookshelf to be hung over his desk for his Magic Treehouse books. So, I'm happy with that, and I believe it'll be a system he will be able to keep up on his own.

Now off to continue the rest of the rooms ...
post #120 of 222
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Originally Posted by kissum View Post
96/200. I threw out some dvds cases that I've kept despite the fact the the dvds themselves have been missing over a year. :
11 more today. 7 boxes, a broken hanger, and a couple of receipts. OH, and I popped DD's ball pit, accidently on purpose. It was ugly and I didn't want it anymore. So I stuck all the balls in a laundry basket and she is just as happy!

107/200.
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