I cleaned off the top of the fridge today WooHoo! theoretically, only boxed stuff is supposed to go up there, along with disposable plates/cups/flatware for when we host large groups. But it had become a catchall. The final staw was today when a something slipped, knocking over and spilling an oatmeal container filled with yummy, made this week homemade granola and spilling about 4 cups onto my kitchen floor. I quickly was able to get rid of 48
items, including old cereal that we didn't like but I held onto "just in case", misc. papers, bags of valentine, halloween and easter candy, stale crackers that weren't very good to begin with, ziploc baggies of take along snacks that were now very stale, almost empty bubbles bottles, and a few pieces of kidart that were well past their prime (faded, ink had run, etc). The worst was that I found really good imported chocolate that had gone bad because I didn't know it was up there
The only things I put back were foods we were currently eating out of, take out menus, and a few disposable items, neatly in my server basket. I still need to dust, but that requires climbing, and so will have to wait.
so my new total is 118/175!!
ETA: In the interest of full disclosure, I did pick up a few mostly kid books from the TP this weekend, so I suppose I will subtract that from my total when they come in. But ds2 LOVES books, and they will be perfect for him. I also got a decluttering one for me