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post #41 of 193
I'm tentatively signing up for 200 items, with the caveat that DH is about to start a sales job that will keep him out of the house from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. almost every day of the week. I work from home with almost no childcare, so basically, I'm on my own here! But I seem to have stalled out on the decluttering, and need to make some progress.

200 items here I come!
post #42 of 193
this is addicting! so far i've gotten rid of 23 items today, bringing my total so far to 33. whoo-hoo!

sarah
post #43 of 193
130/500! More work to be done in the basement and garage tomorrow.
post #44 of 193
I had to WOH today, so I didn't get anything done. However, I had a realization I wanted to share:

I don't need 6 travel mugs. I only need that many if I don't do dishes every day. I let things pile up then say - wow, I have so many dishes to do. But if I ran out more easily, I'd have less to do and I'd have to do them more frequently, meaning that not only would I have less, but I'd also have a neater house.

I know, very .
post #45 of 193
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Originally Posted by michelle524 View Post
I had to WOH today, so I didn't get anything done. However, I had a realization I wanted to share:

I don't need 6 travel mugs. I only need that many if I don't do dishes every day. I let things pile up then say - wow, I have so many dishes to do. But if I ran out more easily, I'd have less to do and I'd have to do them more frequently, meaning that not only would I have less, but I'd also have a neater house.

I know, very .
I had that revelation awhile back with sippy cups and thermos bags. I kept acquiring more, figuring they would make my life easier. Instead, I lost them just as quickly but had twice as many to track down : Erm...not that that stopped me from acquiring a few too many Sigg bottles

Once my DD1 falls asleep, I'm sneaking in there and cleaning out her closet I'll report back with a total soon!

Oh, hey, Michelle, where are you in NJ???
post #46 of 193
14 items of girl clothing packaged up to hand down to a friend! Tommorrow my goal is to begin on my massive magazine pile in my bedroom..

Goals
Get paper clutter under control
master Bedroom Simplify, simplify!
Pie cabinent clean drawers
Scrapbook area (in master bedroom) find it under the clutter

Items: 62/250
post #47 of 193
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Originally Posted by melissel View Post

Oh, hey, Michelle, where are you in NJ???
I'm in Sussex County, near Sparta. How about you?
post #48 of 193
I've been sick as a dog the past few days, but I did manage to rid my house of 1 old binder (that the puppies pooed on ) and 1 old cat litter box. So even in my illness, I've decluttered 2 items.

It was the best I could do
post #49 of 193
I'm in.

My main goal for this month is to clean up my desk/sewing area, including the filing cabinet. What a mess! If I get that done I will work on the rest of the family room. I am shooting to get rid of 250 items.

0/250
post #50 of 193
Question: when clearing out paper clutter (say, crafts, painting, etc. the kids bring home from school) does each paper count as one item? Or do the "crafts" count as a single item? How do you tend to count them?
post #51 of 193
I went through my "to try" recipe box and I got rid of 40 more things.

170/500
post #52 of 193
TARGET AREAS:
Office:
sort paperwork
organize file cabinets
clean off bookshelves -3
organize craft supplies
clean off sewing table

clean off desk
clean out boxes -4 finished 3 boxes

Living Rm:
clean off end table
clean out coffee table

Kitchen: clean off table

Bedrm: clean off shelves

31/100 items
post #53 of 193
Quote:
Originally Posted by aprildawn View Post
Question: when clearing out paper clutter (say, crafts, painting, etc. the kids bring home from school) does each paper count as one item? Or do the "crafts" count as a single item? How do you tend to count them?

For me it depends on how much the stuff is. I might count one pile, or if there's say 2 bags of whatever. I also consider the time. If it took 2 seconds to ditch a whole bag of something, I might say 1 bag. But if it took me an hour to sort through 5 files of paper, I might say 5 files. Finally, I also consider the amount of space it took up.

Mostly I just decide what number will make me happy and round me out for the day!
post #54 of 193
So I started tackling the massive magazine pile in my bedroom.. 135 magazines going out of the house, and about 15 more to go through and pull articles out, I am pretty pleased..I think I only kept around 10-12 magazines!

I think I am going to need to up my goal for # of items for the month! I might go up to 750, but I haven't decided yet..

Goals
Get paper clutter under control
master Bedroom Simplify, simplify!
Pie cabinent clean drawers
Scrapbook area (in master bedroom) find it under the clutter

Items: 197/250
post #55 of 193
TARGET AREAS:
Office:
sort paperwork
organize file cabinets
clean off bookshelves -3
organize craft supplies
clean off sewing table

clean off desk
clean out boxes -4 finished 3 boxes

Living Rm:
clean off end table
clean out coffee table

Kitchen: clean off table

Bedrm: clean off shelves

33/100 items
post #56 of 193
Just got done with both bathrooms. Yay! I'm at 112/500!!
post #57 of 193
I was still sort of decluttering when DS woke from his nap. He was still pretty sleepy, so I laid down with him and we both fell asleep. For an hour!! I needed the sleep, but I was so busy! Leave it to kids to make us slow down.

Anyway, I cleared the linen closet out, I know, it wasn't on my original list. But, I got rid of 3 blankets, 4 pillows, 1 comforter, 5 misc. pieces of bedding. I also got rid of one printed ebook and a dog toy my aunt bought for DS. Yes, you read right. My aunt bought my son a dog toy. And, finally, I tossed one dog toy that is so mangled I couldn't stand to look at it anymore. So that's, 16.

173/600
post #58 of 193
I'm in
1. Masterbedroom closet...it's a mess
2. Garage...another mess
3. Toys...too many, purge, purge, purge
4. Clothes...too many, purge, purge, purge
post #59 of 193
We went through the garage today. We brought cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic/glass bottles, and paper to recycling. We got rid of old paint cans and garbage at the dump. My dad took some big things to a metal scrapping place. We finally have everything out of storage and that's one less bill to worry about. Although I didn't count everything - I'm just going to guess that was about 200 items (that's probably on the low side).

ETA - +18 from the master bedroom

388/500.
post #60 of 193
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Originally Posted by sarahlyao View Post
10 papers from the office. at least it's a start.

sarah
thats how i got started last month and just look at my sig

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Originally Posted by michelle524 View Post
I had to WOH today, so I didn't get anything done. However, I had a realization I wanted to share:

I don't need 6 travel mugs. I only need that many if I don't do dishes every day. I let things pile up then say - wow, I have so many dishes to do. But if I ran out more easily, I'd have less to do and I'd have to do them more frequently, meaning that not only would I have less, but I'd also have a neater house.

I know, very .
my philosophy exactly! i had a roomate in college and his mom got us this big set of dishes when two of the other of us already had a full set and it was just way too many dishes. i fantasized daily about smashing them out on the deck and then sweeping them into the lake

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Originally Posted by superstella View Post
I've been sick as a dog the past few days, but I did manage to rid my house of 1 old binder (that the puppies pooed on ) and 1 old cat litter box. So even in my illness, I've decluttered 2 items.

It was the best I could do
WTG

I got some plastic file filders on clearance yesterday and hope to put them good use this weekend.
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