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post #81 of 173
I personally count it when i resolve to get rid of it, when i move it to the car/garage/other holding spot, and again when its gone (not all in the same month though - but if its a holdover from last month yes)

This month I'm working on papers so this month I'm counting every single piece I touch. Like if its an unopened piece of junk mail and I toss it without opening it then its 1 but if I have to open it and file a portion of it then the paper filed is counted as 1 and the enveloped trashed is also counted as one.

But really whatever keeps you motivated is the way to go.

Last night I started out working on my "temporary files" trying to clear them out, and move those things to the permanent files. Here are my totals:

4 files created
2 files deleted
2 files merged (from 4 to 2)

80 papers filed!!!

15 papers trashed

that makes 103 papers handled last night and I'm down to just 1 big box to go through. Its a massive improvement looks wise too. I am so proud of myself.

I'm at 280/2000 for the month. I may revise my goal. It's funny, I really had no idea how many papers to shoot for all I could see was these two big boxes. So far its been lesss than i thought. And way less intimidating now that I've started.

I had been putting this off for way too long.
post #82 of 173
I'm in

100 items for the rest of the month.

(I went through a massive decluttering this summer, so, I'm not sure I have a lot left to declutter! And I took out a bag of stuff this weekend).
post #83 of 173
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kissum View Post
Cleaned out the car tonight. I didn't count, but I think a good estimate is 20 items, probably more though!
52/300
Another 25 ish yesterday.
72/300.

I also got rid of one thing of polenta, some guacomole, a whole bag of tortilla chips, and an entire package of grapes.
Can I count those?
post #84 of 173
31 items so far today ( clothing, bassinet, one breastfeeding pillow)


New total: 1226/2000 items
2 boxes of food
1 garbage bag of clothes
1 large box of shoes
post #85 of 173
Goal is 150 -

Today I've been working in the bedrooms. Sent to Freecycle or given away: 20 baby outfits, toys, play jewelry, 3 of my dresses, 3 purses, lots of misc. old art supplies, maternity clothes, etc. Grand total = 56 items cluttered. Only one small bag of trash to the trash can.

Tomorrow, I'll be working on my desk -- lots of paper to recycle there!
post #86 of 173
1 electric breastpump and accessories (sterilized, packed, to be mailed tomorrow to expecting friend).
22 odd socks. Some are very odd.
2 old ratty pj pieces. Ripped, stained...an embarrassment all around.
4 plastic cups (trying to rid of plastic - I'm almost completely purged of eating/drinking plastics)
3 sippy cup lids (no bottoms!)
1 sample can of Isolmil advance soy
5 baby utensils (to be sent to above friend)
1 random plastic bowl

Sooooo...39/100...unless I want to be sneaky and count all the breastpump accessories individually...then I'd probably hit close to 100!!!

I'll post some on freecycle, and then what doesn't get claimed...well, it's getting tossed. I'm not generous enough to hold onto stuff for months just to find someone who wants it (although I take bags to goodwill of anything I can, but, I'm thinking that 3 sippy cup lids aren't exactly in high demand)
post #87 of 173
DECLUTTER: 10/100 items

1. Home office - desk
2. Home office - filing cabinet
3. Home office - 2nd desk/floor/closet
4. Our bedroom
5. Our closet - Started...
6. Bathroom closet
7. Rubbermaid bin in DD's room
8. Bureau in DS' room - DONE
9. Living room shelves
10. Pantry
11. Washer/dryer area
12. Kitchen cabinets

First 10 items all clothes from DS' bureau - some to a friend + rest to Goodwill. In our town Goodwill + Planet Aid both have bins in the Wal*Mart parking lot so you can drop stuff anytime - don't shop there, but drop in the bins frequently. Only drawbacks are no donation receipt + large items do not fit in the bin opening.

Kim
post #88 of 173
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Originally Posted by kissum View Post
I also got rid of one thing of polenta, some guacomole, a whole bag of tortilla chips, and an entire package of grapes.
Can I count those?


2 more shirts
1 pair of pants
1 jacket
1 book
1 shopping bag full of trashy stuff


so 77/250
post #89 of 173
So, last night I had a complete freak out about my life. I can no longer stand to live with all my stuff. It's sort of making me crazy. In addition, I want to try to move to a smaller house next year and I'll never convince DH we can do it if we have to move ALL THIS STUFF!

I'm having a yard sale this weekend and what doesn't sell and can't go on ebay/half.com is out of here. Donations, trash, I don't care, but it's not coming back into the house.

I'm starting today. I'm gathering up everything I can find and it's going to the garage for the sale. And I'm starting with the towels and linens from last night's post!

My goal is 500 things by the end of the month. I'll post later today with how I do, counting up the sale pile as well as the trash.

0/500
post #90 of 173
Go Michelle, woooohoooo!

Today, I rid myself of

10 more broken toys
1 cd tower

More to come, I'm feeling motivated!

88/250
post #91 of 173
22/100

They turn purple when I've finished, the numbers are Sept. dates that I worked on that area.

1. Filing Cabinet 1 2 3 4
2. Closet in the nursery 5 6
3. Storage Garage Outside 8
4. My clothes closet
5. My daughters' clothes
6. Garage
7. Closet in the Guest Bedroom
8. My desk
9. Kitchen Cabinets
10. Bathroom Linen Closet

I lost some steam after finishing the storage shed, but I'm reposting today because this afternoon I'm tackling the closet again.

Some unloved stuff will be leaving my house today.
post #92 of 173
19 more misc. items

New total: 1245/2000 items
2 boxes of food
1 garbage bag of clothes
1 large box of shoes

I'm hoping I can get some more done today. I've been cleaning up so hopefully I'll find more. I may start working in the office. Lots to go in there paper wise although I may have to up my total again if I start cleaning out that place!
post #93 of 173
9/12 Update:

I worked hard today. I cleared out clothes, shoes, papers, the fridge, some cabinets. Grand total: 110!! 110 things either trashed or put to ebay/yard sale!! Go me!

I'm tired, DS is horribly fussy today and I have to work tonight, so I won't count the stuff that was brought to the garage before today. But I did so well today, I may not count them in my finally tally!

110/500
post #94 of 173
1 old bottle of baby lotion
1 old bottle of baby powder
2 expired tubes of cream
8 more shirts
1 jacket
13 VHS tapes

114/250
post #95 of 173
43/100

They turn purple when I've finished, the numbers are Sept. dates that I worked on that area.

1. Filing Cabinet 1 2 3 4
2. Closet in the nursery 5 6 12
3. Storage Garage Outside 8
4. My clothes closet
5. My daughters' clothes
6. Garage
7. Closet in the Guest Bedroom
8. My desk
9. Kitchen Cabinets
10. Bathroom Linen Closet

Yahoo!! Nursery done. Onto my closet tomorrow.

My plan is to pack up the summer stuff (it is getting cold here) and unpack the fall/winter stuff.

If I don't love it anymore, send it on.
post #96 of 173
Threw out 3 old food items, 4 broken toys.

33/200
post #97 of 173
Oh no ladies I'm backsliding! I've been plotting on some of the old baby towels and even some of the jeans for crafts. I'm thinking about making some denim outer fitteds and some terry diaper doublers with them. Would it still count if I used it to make things that we could use? Oh boy this stuff needs to get out of my house before I go crazy with projects!
post #98 of 173
DECLUTTER: 20/100 items

1. Home office - desk - DONE
2. Home office - filing cabinet
3. Home office - 2nd desk/floor/closet - Making good progress...
4. Our bedroom
5. Our closet - Started...
6. Bathroom closet
7. Rubbermaid bin in DD's room
8. Bureau in DS' room - DONE
9. Living room shelves
10. Pantry
11. Washer/dryer area
12. Kitchen cabinets

Spent the early morning hours today sitting on the floor in my home office sorting through tons of stuff. Filled (3) grocery-store-sized plastic bags with junk; going to call it (10) items as there was lots of paper trash. The fabulous news is my desk has been rediscovered; found myself peeking into the office a few times today just for the sheer joy of seeing that clear space. Still need to tackle the 2nd desk, closet, + misc. Rubbermaid bin in here...

Kim
post #99 of 173
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kissum View Post
Another 25 ish yesterday.
72/300.

I also got rid of one thing of polenta, some guacomole, a whole bag of tortilla chips, and an entire package of grapes.
Can I count those?
Another 32.

104/300.
post #100 of 173
1 dress
1 pair of shorts
2 shirts
1 free sample pouch soy formula (expired)
4 changing table liners/mats/not sure what they're called
1 box "instant" washcloths - received as a shower gift, now regifting.
6 promotional army D-rings
1 promotional army key chain
1 promotional army bracelet (my husband is a recruiter).

18 more items. So, 57/100
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