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post #21 of 74
Well I far surpassed my goal already! I was aiming for 50 items, but cleaned out the bookshelf this morning and got 82! So I'm upping my goal to 150 items for the month
post #22 of 74
I'm in for 200 this month. I'm already at 50. I tossed DD's old shoes and gave away some clothes. I need to do more clothes though.
post #23 of 74
Hi all, I am new to this group. I have been lurking for a while trying to get my house decluttered but I have only made a little progress. I think posting here is what I need to get it done.

I have divided my house (minus the office and craft closet) into 4 zones and I am going to try to declutter/clean 1 zone per week. The office and craft closet will probably take the whole month of March to do!

Feb 1st - 7th: Kitchen, Laundry Closet & Hall Bath
Feb 8th - 14th: Dining Room, Living Room & Hall Closet
Feb 15th - 21st: Master Bedroom, Bath & Closet
Feb 22nd - 29th: Girl's Bedroom & Closet

I am so excited about getting this finally done!
-Rebecca
post #24 of 74
16 more from the media cabinet and other spots around the house. It's looking better around here already!

96/300
post #25 of 74

I need mentors and support. 1 bag of carp at a time.

I want to be in. I have a lot of issues so I need some hand holding. I see peoples neat and tidy decluttered homes or talk of doing a room a week and I feel overwhelmed. I'd be doing really good to get through a room in a month. And if I do do that the stuff from the other rooms re-migrate in there. My goal is a black garbage bag full of Goodwill stuff a week at least and an equal amount of trash. Honestly I could easily do a bag a day for the stuff I have, but it seems I'm always sitting and nursing or cleaning up one 3 & 5 yo mess while they are making 3 more. <sigh> Please tell me there are other people lurking who don't have it all together and are overwhelmd by stuff. I know I have the skills, I just organized my mom's 10x12 sewing room that was shoulder high with stuff and a 1 foot path to the closet. My dad had just dumped stuff in there during my mom's illness (she died in Dec). The unfortunate thing (and good, but bad in the decluttering sense) is probably 1/4-1/3 of that is coming here in March when we are up there for her memorial service. I already brought a tote of yarn, knitting, crocheting and tatting stuff and a tote of fat quarters (All really nice stuff I will use eventually) There is still bobbin lacemaking and scrapbooking stuff that will come in March. Not only that, but this summer when dh nearly died and was in the icu there were issues with my mil coming and cleaning. (Talk about humiliating! So there is a bit of emotional bagage with this, so any help, cheerleading, etc would be helpful. If you made it this far, thanks for hangin with me.
post #26 of 74
I've got alot to do, so I am still going for my original 2008 in 2008 I got a late start with only 23 items in Jan. Last night I started on the boys room throwing out 17 items. Then I cleaned out the car & trashed another 12. So that leaves me with 52/2008. I'm starting out slow, but I plan to have some mondo yard sales this spring, I'll catch up then
post #27 of 74
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Originally Posted by thewaggonerfamily View Post
I want to be in. I have a lot of issues so I need some hand holding. I see peoples neat and tidy decluttered homes or talk of doing a room a week and I feel overwhelmed. I'd be doing really good to get through a room in a month. And if I do do that the stuff from the other rooms re-migrate in there. My goal is a black garbage bag full of Goodwill stuff a week at least and an equal amount of trash. Honestly I could easily do a bag a day for the stuff I have, but it seems I'm always sitting and nursing or cleaning up one 3 & 5 yo mess while they are making 3 more. <sigh> Please tell me there are other people lurking who don't have it all together and are overwhelmd by stuff. I know I have the skills, I just organized my mom's 10x12 sewing room that was shoulder high with stuff and a 1 foot path to the closet. My dad had just dumped stuff in there during my mom's illness (she died in Dec). The unfortunate thing (and good, but bad in the decluttering sense) is probably 1/4-1/3 of that is coming here in March when we are up there for her memorial service. I already brought a tote of yarn, knitting, crocheting and tatting stuff and a tote of fat quarters (All really nice stuff I will use eventually) There is still bobbin lacemaking and scrapbooking stuff that will come in March. Not only that, but this summer when dh nearly died and was in the icu there were issues with my mil coming and cleaning. (Talk about humiliating! So there is a bit of emotional bagage with this, so any help, cheerleading, etc would be helpful. If you made it this far, thanks for hangin with me.
I've was lurking all last year & kept saying I should do that, but never did. So I decided this year I MUST, I WILL do it!!! I was & still am really quite overwhelmed by it all. The way I started was rather than with 1 whole room, pick one corner & spend 15 min there. I find that if I can do that I get energized & feel ready to do more. Then again if you just can't do more dor whatever reason...well you've still started You'll be amaze what you can do in 15 min. Baby steps...
post #28 of 74
I have a bag of clothes and a box of kitchen items headed to goodwill this week, ive purged numer ous items already, we're packing stuff into storage for a move sometime this year, so that helps and to get the house ready for market, i feel like I still need to purge more..........today i purged nothing maybe I'll clean something small tonight
post #29 of 74
I'm in... my goal is modest for this month - only 50... that is bearing in mind that I moved on New Years and have already gotten rid of about 40 large boxes of stuff.
post #30 of 74
13 more today

109/300
post #31 of 74
Cleaned out a drawer in the kitchen, so now I'm up to 106/150
post #32 of 74
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Originally Posted by thewaggonerfamily View Post
I want to be in. I have a lot of issues so I need some hand holding. I see peoples neat and tidy decluttered homes or talk of doing a room a week and I feel overwhelmed. I'd be doing really good to get through a room in a month. And if I do do that the stuff from the other rooms re-migrate in there. My goal is a black garbage bag full of Goodwill stuff a week at least and an equal amount of trash. Honestly I could easily do a bag a day for the stuff I have, but it seems I'm always sitting and nursing or cleaning up one 3 & 5 yo mess while they are making 3 more. <sigh> Please tell me there are other people lurking who don't have it all together and are overwhelmd by stuff. I know I have the skills, I just organized my mom's 10x12 sewing room that was shoulder high with stuff and a 1 foot path to the closet. My dad had just dumped stuff in there during my mom's illness (she died in Dec). The unfortunate thing (and good, but bad in the decluttering sense) is probably 1/4-1/3 of that is coming here in March when we are up there for her memorial service. I already brought a tote of yarn, knitting, crocheting and tatting stuff and a tote of fat quarters (All really nice stuff I will use eventually) There is still bobbin lacemaking and scrapbooking stuff that will come in March. Not only that, but this summer when dh nearly died and was in the icu there were issues with my mil coming and cleaning. (Talk about humiliating! So there is a bit of emotional bagage with this, so any help, cheerleading, etc would be helpful. If you made it this far, thanks for hangin with me.
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Greetings,
I too was feeling very overwhelmed and couldn't get started .. and then I found the "10 minute challenges" Thread........ it was a great motivator .... even when I am really tired -"I can do 10 minutes" ..its amazing what you can do in 10 minutes...... the other break through for me was giving myself permission to let go of things I had been hanging onto for years.

With 6 kids I am sure just doing the basics (cooking and laundry) is pretty time consuming.
Sometimes I will ask my family to help with a 10 minute challenge -- wow .. then I really get lots done
post #33 of 74
6 more from our bedroom today. Not much but every bit counts, right?

115/300
post #34 of 74
I have been decluttering with a vengance lately so I hate to put a limit on it. I got rid of about 800 pounds last month (can we say Problem with Hoarding? LOL!!!). I've been averaging a garbage bag a day this month. This afternoon I bagged up 4 garbage bags of craft supplies to get rid of, plus several bags to give to people (FIL and Freecycle). I also Freecycled tons of stuff.

I just want it gone!!!!
post #35 of 74
Katie, I totally understand what you're feeling. Before I got some momentum decluttering/simplifying, I was completely overwhelmed. The only thing that worked for me was to set the timer for 15 minutes and throw as many things into a trash bag as I could in that amount of time. Anyone who has given birth can endure 15 minutes of focused decluttering is what I kept telling myself, LOL. Once I had several garbage bags of clutter (old papers, broken toys, odds and ends) gone, it became easier to focus on one area (room, cupboard, etc)

Set really small goals and use a timer. When the timer rings, walk away. You'll feel SO good because you actually accomplished your goal. Do it several times a day if you can, and you'll see results from those short bursts of decluttering.

And be ruthless about what you toss- if it's not blessing your family right now, chances are that you don't need it. When I waver about keeping/donating something, I ask myself if the item will bless my family more than another family RIGHT NOW. If the answer is no, then it gets donated.

Good luck! Don't get discouraged- you can do it! Just start small
post #36 of 74
Deep cleaned the top of my computer desk today and purged 22 more items. It's so nice and clean here now!

137/300
post #37 of 74
Worked in our bedroom today. 47 items gone! There is still so much more to do in that room alone!

184/300

ETA: 27 more from the dining room & bedroom. :

211/300
post #38 of 74
I started decluttering in November and can't even count the amount of stuff that's been donated or pitched. My advice is to start slowly. I did my desk one day, a drawer the next etc. I'll warn you it does become kind of addicting. I do a first pass and toss obvious stuff, leave it for a while and do a second pass and pitch any questionables that I wasn' tsure of the first time.
post #39 of 74
I am going for the upstairs of our house this month....kitchen, dining room/mess room minus the paperwork (I'm not ready for that!), toys space, livingroom, bathroom. So far I have donated 1 couch, dining table and some misc. kitchen stuff. Today I took everything out of the livingroom vacuumed, dusted, shampooed and only put back the minimum. Tonight and tomorrow I need to deal with all the clutter I created. Then my challenge will be to get all the recycling, trash and donations out the door. Everyone is doing great! I think this time I really might take back the upstairs of my house. That would be wonderful!!!
:bgbo unce
post #40 of 74
Sorted Clutter
Tossed 3 bags garbage
Recycled 1 bag
Put away lots
Carried 3 bags to Donate out to the car!

Now for the harder less obvious, more tedious stuff...time to set the timer! It did help to do some of the not so fun stuff this morning and I think the decluttering I have been doing for about a year may be reaching a critical point where things I hope will turn from messy everywhere to fairly deeply simplified and manageable.....heheeehe wouldn't that be nice, maybe I am still dreaming.
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