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post #41 of 197
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Originally Posted by boigrrrlwonder View Post
So, I have a box of books I decluttered. Are books worth the hassle of trying to sell? If so, what's best: e-bay? Amazon? A different online book store?
The books I just did, they weren't worth it, some kids, some paperbacks. I have some sewing/craft books that I need to go through and some of those are sellable/tradeable at the bookstore or when I meet up with my sewing buddies but that's just because I'm attached to them and hate to let them go. I've also never tried selling anything online before.
post #42 of 197
So today I got through about 1/4th of the garage. I got rid of 173 items. Since I have almost reached my goal of 200 items for the whole month, I'm changing my goal to 400...

173/400
post #43 of 197
Well, I"ve started! And yesterday I did:

16 items recycled (empty bottles, jars, etc. just sitting in the laundry room?)
2 pieces paper
4 broken toys
1 purse broken beyond repair

23/300
post #44 of 197
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mamaspirit View Post
So today I got through about 1/4th of the garage. I got rid of 173 items. Since I have almost reached my goal of 200 items for the whole month, I'm changing my goal to 400...

173/400
Wow, you are off to a fantastic start!
post #45 of 197
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Originally Posted by lightheart View Post
I'm in.

My Goal... a zillion!
I'm with you!

We've got family coming to visit starting the 19th. Not staying with us (thank goddess!) but in town for about a week altogether, so coming over a lot I'd imagine. And for the last few years every time anyone is visiting our usual awful mess is always at it's worst. So my big goal right now is a total declutter of the living room (I'm about 30% there right now), kitchen, bathroom and yard (yup, our yard is one of THOSE yards - the blight on the neighborhood yards - but not for much longer!). Living room will take a few more days, kitchen and bathroom 1 day together, the yard? well that's always a work in progress anyway. And if I'm REALLY going strong maybe the bedroom will get done too. (Inevitably if I dump all the junk from other rooms in our bedroom when we're having people over, ds will take people in there to show them how messy it is. Why does he do it?!? So embarrassing!)

So far this month I've gotten rid of about 70 items (donate, trash, recycling) and about 20 pounds of paper (cleaned out the filing cabinet, dumped old catalog piles).

Living Room: 30%
Kitchen: 0%
Bathroom: 0%
Yard: 0%

Items gone: 70
Pounds of paper gone: 20
post #46 of 197
OK, back from the thrift store drop-off:

-- microwave
-- shelving unit
-- curtain rods, hardware and tiebacks (10)
-- 6 board games
-- lamp
-- kitchen items (3)

Some big items are gone and I'm quite happy about that

27/50
post #47 of 197
Pop in for quick update! Working in storage room closet. Realized 90% of the "stuff" is DHs and he needs to go through it all. I don't know what half the gadgets are? "My" stuff has been taken care of.

One more box of goofy stuff we don't need in the van ready for charity drop off. Good thing the charity shop is "on the way"....

Now I'm going to have to do like some of the other PPs and hit the filing cabinets. Have shredder, butterfly net and pith helmet handy.... : This could be ugly....
post #48 of 197
Thread Starter 
12 more assorted items tossed whilst tidying up & folding laundry.

57/300
post #49 of 197
I went to Goodwill yesterday and dropped off all the stuff that was sitting in my trunk... Now I have trunk space and less clutter to deal with! I actually got a twinge as they wheeled off a box of 20+ vases and almost ran after them to get one or two back, but I stayed strong.

Also I downsized our plates/cups/etc cupboard. And believe it or not, I've actually kept the whole kitchen clean since! As in, no piles of dirty dishes! I was afraid DH would freak out about it since he usually gets pretty upset about my decluttering, but I don't think he even noticed. Huh. I went from around 20 of each item to either 6, 4, or 2 of each item (depending on what it was) and eliminated three BOXES of stuff from TWO shelves. :shock Funny how that works.
post #50 of 197
I need to hop back on the band wagon in a crazy way. My goals this month are:
Organize work filing system
Get rid of huge box of outgrown clothes
Purge unneeded stuff in the bathroom
post #51 of 197
Yesterday I threw out a coffee cup. It was actually one of my favorites but broke. I'll count it anyway. Today I got rid of seven broken toys. I also put a few more items in the donation box and the garage sale box, but I'm not counting those till they're donated or sold.

I threw out like six pieces of paper (junk mail mostly). I won't be able to make real progress on my paper goal till I get a shredder (next shopping trip) so that I can get rid of old bank statements and such.

so...the totals are

19/103

and 6/200 papers

ETA: SHOOT! I knew I was forgetting something! I came back from the store with no shredder.
post #52 of 197
I would like to attempt to do this challenge. I considered it last month, but . . . . I'm not going to set a number of items decluttered goal. I think my goal for now will be time spent decluttering/organizing.

I'm trying to decide if I want to have a garage sale or not. So for now I will be boxing up things to begin pricing. I really do not want to do the sale, but I sort of promised the kids that they could try to sell some toys. I don't feel like I can back out.

My goal will be 30 minutes a day for 20 days this month.

I've been trying to do this for 2 months with no luck. I hope that posting here will help me feel accountable.

Jill

Goal
0/600 minutes
post #53 of 197
my update;
-went through lots of books and thinned them out, put them on swaptree for now
-have 3 garbage bags full of trash, paper (I have serious paper clutter problems, I like to read blogs and stuff off the internet, but can't read for long without getting a headache, so I print it!)
-cleaned out my office and got another bag of trash
-got two big trashbags full of old clothes and shoes for the kids.

We will make a spot in the garage for all the stuff we can tryto sell at a yardsale or on ebay, then we usually set a date and whatever doesn't sell goes to goodwill. the kids are trying to buy nintendo DS's and so they are very motivated to go through their stuff.

our goal for the next few days:
-Tomorrow: craft supplies, scrapbooking supplies
-Weekend; One more garbage bag of clothes, one garbage bag of toys and books
-We have several pieces of computers, old screens, printers, etc. my husband is taking to the recycler!
-We are tearing up the carpet in my daughters bedroom, it's gross and putting out to the curb!!!

I'll be back in a few days, trash day is friday, we are trying to get about 20 bags of trash or the equivalant of that.
post #54 of 197
March goal-300

today 40/300
cleaned out our sock/undies drawers
post #55 of 197
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Originally Posted by mamaof6 View Post
My goal will be 30 minutes a day for 20 days this month.
That is such a great idea! And easier to keep track of, too.

I'm joining in this month! We moved from a large-ish 2bdrm last September into a tiny 1bdrm and it felt at the time like we had got rid of half of our stuff to do it, but it's so cramped in here that I'm sure we have to get rid of another half just to be comfortable (and less crazy - mess makes me crrrrazy).

Our apartment is very, very messy.

So my goals are:

-to (this weekend!) rent a car and fill it up with stuff to donate
-clean out my craft cupboard and craigslist my yarn/knitting stuff
-clean out the who-knows-what bin under the bathroom sink
-get ruthless in the bedroom closet (the "when I lose weight clothes" )
-organize photo albums and get rid of the rest (I inherited a giant bin of unsorted photos.... it's a completely exhausting-looking task)
-figure out how many blankets we *actually need* (we have about 30? or something? and basically they're all over the floor getting dirty and it feels like I'm washing them *all the time*) and getting rid of the rest!

I think I can handle all of that. I'm feeling very motivated lately.
post #56 of 197
So today we are supposed to go to our homeschool co-op, but a sick child and very sore back (I slipped and fell on ice yesterday) are keeping us home. If my back holds up I should be able to do 30 minutes of declutter/organizing.

Happy decluttering everyone !!!!!

Jill

Goal
0/600 minutes
post #57 of 197
We are planning to downsize and I'm realizing that even if we don't I'm better off with all this stuff just gone anyways. I'm thinking the more we get rid of the more comfortable our space will be. We're already in to March a bit but I'm going to set my goal for 800 items.

So far
25 Children's clothing Items
30 baby socks
1 Pink Car Seat Thing
1 Book
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Total 57/800 Decluttered

We've got some larger items like a dishwasher we've got listed on Craigslist but I'm not going to count that stuff till its actually gone.
post #58 of 197
This is my first post in this forum. We live in a smallish house with three young children, and have a lot of clutter. I'm aiming to get rid of 60 items per day = 1860 total. I think this is doable, as we have lots of extra books, magazines, clothes, craft and office supplies, obsolete electronics, etc. -- and that's not even counting the garage and the storage unit. I'm also going to do what Share Bear suggested: add to the "get rid of" list when I bring new items in to the house. I'll estimate our intake of stuff at 18 items so far (mostly kid stuff -- some essential items, others not so much : ). So, 1860 + 18 = 1878.

Here are a couple of my motivational images:

1) Once the hallway is clear, the children will be able to play "ghosts" (running through the house with blankets over their heads, shrieking) without me worrying about them knocking over a stack of boxes.

2) I'm looking forward to making a really huge pile of junk out front, to be hauled away on our town's annual clean-up day next month. I want the neighbors to gasp and say, "wow, look at that pile of trash." I want people to drive in from miles around, just to stare at it. And then, quite suddenly, the truck will turn the corner, drive up and do its thing, and then it will all be GONE.

[To be honest, we don't have that much actual junk -- most of it is going to be donated -- but I still love this image. I want to be the queen of the trash pile for a day. ]

3) We all enjoy making trips to the thrift shop, because there's a good park (with a fenced playground) that we can stop at on the way home.

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Anyway, here's what's gone so far:

25 pc children's clothes
6 towels
5 tote bags
8 toys
7 worn sippy cups (recycled)
14 jars, yogurt tubs, etc. that I was "saving" (recycled)
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65 / 1878

I also have hundreds more items already boxed & bagged for various destinations, but I'm not including them until they're out of the house.

Looking forward to checking back in with you!
post #59 of 197
Well, I wish I could say that my back kept me from decluttering yesterday, but it was the computer. I think I have a little addiction going on here. Today is another day. I'm shooting for 60 minutes to make up for yesterday.

Happy decluttering everyone !!!!!

Jill

Goal
0/600 minutes
post #60 of 197
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Originally Posted by boigrrrlwonder View Post
So, I have a box of books I decluttered. Are books worth the hassle of trying to sell? If so, what's best: e-bay? Amazon? A different online book store?
you could try paperbackswap if you are interested in trading them in for new (to you) books. otherwise, i'd say not worth it, but that's just me personally, the longer stuff sits around because i'm going to 'do something with it' the more stuff piles up!
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