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March Decluttering Challenge! C'mon and join!

post #1 of 197
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Let's chuck out that clutter. What are your goals for the month?

I am hoping to finally start to attack the horror that is the spare room/walk in closet upstairs. I would like go for another 300 items purged this month.
post #2 of 197
I'm in... but only for a modest 50

I'm due this week, and I'm not sure how much energy I have left to declutter!

I'm going to go ahead and count the two items I sold yesterday because I didn't count them for February:

- 2 pushing/riding toys sold

2/50
post #3 of 197
I'm in.

My Goal... a zillion! yes, I'm motivated... lets see what I get done!

updated 4:30 pm 3-1
126/zillion

12 bathroom
31 fabric
15 sewing
9 my dresser
33 cedar closet
26 catch all
126 TOTAL
post #4 of 197
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Originally Posted by lightheart View Post
My Goal... a zillion! yes, I'm motivated... lets see what I get done!

Too funny!

I had that kind of motivation in January, but as the belly gets bigger, I am sloooowing down!
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post #6 of 197
I'm in, but not sure what to set for a goal. If I can get any decluttering done, it will be a victory.. having a newborn makes it tough to complete anything!

But, we'll say.. 50 items.
post #7 of 197
I'm in! I'm going to set a goal of 50 items and see where that gets me.
post #8 of 197
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by lightheart View Post
I'm in.

My Goal... a zillion! yes, I'm motivated... lets see what I get done!

0/zillion
Good luck with your very lofty goal!


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Originally Posted by SNRPMom
Hello All. Can a Newbie join in? Haven't been able to find an "Introduce Yourself" thread so I hope this is ok.
Of course you can! Anyone can post here to keep track of their decluttering efforts. Welcome!
post #9 of 197
I want to get moving on decluttering, but I don't really get the counting items thing. But I'm looking to move this summer, and I don't want to drag more stuff than I need.

This month I want to do:

My son's toys.
My clothes.
I've decluttered most of my papers, but I don't have a system that works, so they're piling up again. I want to devise a better system.
I have two magazine subscriptions, and I'm going to dump both of them.
post #10 of 197
I'm really enjoying this, 126 things are boxed up ready to leave this house and I've only been at it 7 hours.

It's the easy stuff though, things that I know should leave, things I have set out on top from before that I had plans to get rid of. Once I do this intial sweep through the house it will get tougher, like looking in my dresser, sure I got rid of some, but looking at my T shirts, I have way too many, but I don't want to really go through them quite yet because I'm still wearing cold weather stuff... excuses escuses escuses.

Today it's been easy counting things, I keep a little note pad and I've been jotting down to do's as I work so whenever I write something down I'll write a number and it's fun to sit and total it up. This is the first time I have ever counted the things that are leaving.

I'm done for the night though, bath water is hot, going to wash me and the boys and go treat us to Chinese buffet so I don't have to cook! :

Oh and in my totals I did not count the birdfeeder that we finally hung outside and the chocolate bar I ate that was stashed in my sewing area

It really is a good feeling to purge so get moving Mamas and Papas!
post #11 of 197
I'm in for 31. Yeah, it's only a little, but I'm a recovering pack rat. Plus, I've added my personal rule of it *must* actually be out of the house to count. I have boxes of stuff "decluttered" that I mean to sell, or donate to charity, or put on freecycle, or whatever.
post #12 of 197
i'm in for 167 - i am trying to do 2008 in 2008, and that breaks down to 167 or so a month! (i like to manage things in like-size chunks...). i was over 170 for noth january and february, so let's see if i can do march! i have been doing units - shelf and drawer at work, one of the bookcases, &c. i think march might be time to tackle the kitchen!
post #13 of 197
300 for me this month!

0/300
post #14 of 197
Can I join you too?

I've actually already been doing this lately. I'm really trying to simplify our home and lives. My goal this month is to get through my garage and only have what I absolutely need still in there when I'm through.

I'll pick 200 as my number...

0/200
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post #16 of 197
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lightheart View Post
I'm really enjoying this, 126 things are boxed up ready to leave this house and I've only been at it 7 hours.

It's the easy stuff though, things that I know should leave, things I have set out on top from before that I had plans to get rid of. Once I do this intial sweep through the house it will get tougher, like looking in my dresser, sure I got rid of some, but looking at my T shirts, I have way too many, but I don't want to really go through them quite yet because I'm still wearing cold weather stuff... excuses escuses escuses.

Today it's been easy counting things, I keep a little note pad and I've been jotting down to do's as I work so whenever I write something down I'll write a number and it's fun to sit and total it up. This is the first time I have ever counted the things that are leaving.

I'm done for the night though, bath water is hot, going to wash me and the boys and go treat us to Chinese buffet so I don't have to cook! :

Oh and in my totals I did not count the birdfeeder that we finally hung outside and the chocolate bar I ate that was stashed in my sewing area

It really is a good feeling to purge so get moving Mamas and Papas!
Great start!!!

I managed to get rid of nine things yesterday. Woo-hoo! I guess that's not so bad considering I got that many mostly from just decluttering the coat rack.

9/300
post #17 of 197
I have had a part-time maid for the last few years (part of the culture here, AND not to mention twin pregnancy and twins!). Well, I fired her. Leaving my iron on upstairs for 2 days was the straw that broke the camel's back. Sooooo, as I've been trying to figure out where to start, I'm shocked to find just how much is dirty that either A) it's gotten that way so fast because I can't keep up or B) it never got cleaned well by the maid. Other thing is, the maid didn't organize my piles or junk for me, because well, she can't read English and surely can't tell what goes where unless I show her where it goes.

I live in less than 800 sq. ft.

And now for my big confession: I'm a piler. I have piles everywhere. Wanna know where? Kitchen: next to the front door, 3 on the counter, on top of the fridge, on top of the microwave. Kid's Room: on top of both cabinets, top of the changing table (been doing diapers on the floor), inside a wardrobe, in the extra bed. Spare bathroom: top of the washer, next to the washer, back of the toilet (which has the front HALF of the seat missing). Dining/Living/Main room: 3 piles on the table, on on each side of the TV, one on each side of the shelves on the TV stand, 3 on top of my upright piano, the whole top of the keyboard part of the piano, the piano bench, tops of all the bookshelves and inside the bookshelves, inside one of the 2 playpens for the babies, between the playpen and sofa. My bedroom: under the beds, tops of the wardrobes, 2 piles on my vanity table, inside my wardrobe, next to the bed, one behind the computer chair, one under the computer table, in front of my bookshelf, teetering on top of the bookshelf, next to the laundry pile(s), in a corner.

Does it sound that bad? Cuz it sure feels bad. I was barely managing with help 4 hr a day to just get dinner on the table for my family. Caring for my children takes all of my time. DH might as well be child #5... I've had the new toilet seat sitting there waiting for it to be put on. Won't pick up after himself. Won't take out even the garbage. His duties consist of: going to work, taking older 2 out for 30min in the evening, helping with bedtime routine. That's it. I feel like I"m drowning. I want to hire more help but don't want my children attached to someone else, AND it would take me weeks to train the person.

I'm going to try to do it myself. Have decided to start up with FlyLady again. Printed off my routines yesterday. Here I go. Anyone wanna do before and after pictures?

Goal for this month: 300. Is this reasonable? 10 a day?
post #18 of 197
-- stack of papers shredded and recycled
-- misc crayons and junk from kitchen drawer

Someone was supposed to come and pick up something from Freecycle today, but bailed :

We're really overdue for a drop-off to the thrift store. Maybe Tuesday...

5/50
post #19 of 197
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Originally Posted by MamaRabbit View Post
Goal for this month: 300. Is this reasonable? 10 a day?
MamaRabbit:
I read your post earlier and didn't have time to reply, but I see you lowered your goal now. I think your new goal sounds attainable! It will also depend on how you decide to count your items. Some people count each item, some count by bag, some don't count - they just look for progress in a room!

It sounds like you have a lot going on, so I think setting daily goals of 10 a day is doable -- especially if some of your piles are paper (like on my desk )

Good luck to you!
post #20 of 197
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MamaRabbit
Goal for this month: 300. Is this reasonable? 10 a day?
I think so. Dedicate some time to it every day and if your house is anything like mine you'll have 300 in no time.

Cleaned out the cookbook/assorted junk cabinet in the dining room and managed to get 36 items out of here. Boy, did I have a ton of redundant baking tomes! Going to Goodwill now to donate them.

45/300
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