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post #81 of 197
Thanks scrapadoozer!

Well, I guess we got started today. We purchased a new TV earlier this week and let DD play in the box for days. We let her know it would be going away and she really got her play time in! LOL Her birthday is coming up and we're holding the party in a park and need to drive a large, handcrafted cake there. So, DH kept one side of the large TV box to turn into a cake carrier and recycled the rest of the box late this afternoon. Our living room feels twice as big now and it wasn't THAT big of a TV. LOL

DH also listed the old TV on freecycle and had three takers in a few hours. We're hoping to have that out of the living room tomorrow sometime! (I'll count it when it is literally out of the house.)

Meanwhile, I am on a self-imposed "consumption diet" regarding my craft supplies. I just LOVE paper and fabric!!!! We had to move out last Fall for two weeks in order to have some work done on our home. I had to pack up most of our personal belongings and move those out, too...pretty much everything except the big furniture items. WHAT AN EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE!!! I mistakenly thought two weeks would be plenty of time to accomplish this task while decluttering and cleaning, etc. Uh, yeah, right. LOL I ended up with my craft stuff being last to be packed and I am telling you even *I* feel I have way too much of it. It was embarrassing and no one said anything derogatory. Well, I am proud to say I got busy USING the supplies once we were back in our house. I went on three scrapbooking "adventures" (mix of events) and vowed to only use what I own. I did run out of adhesive for the first time in my life! Wow! I guess I never really was busy enough in the past or I had way too much of it? With DD's upcoming birthday party, I have once again vowed to use as much of my existing supplies as possible. DD also has a homework assignment due Monday to make a leprechaun trap. DH, DD, and I had fun brainstorming party invitations and the leprechaun trap today and pulled out supplies for both. The trap is nearly done and the invitations are about halfway done and there were no trips to the store. WOO HOO! (Nothing has left the house, yet, so I won't count them.)

Enjoy your day!

March progress: 1/31
post #82 of 197
16 items recycled
2 pieces paper
4 broken toys
1 purse broken
+
1 shower curtain full of holes tossed
1 old bottle of prenatal vitamins that were all soft and squishy ewww
10 burp cloths given to a friend in need

35/300
post #83 of 197
I am seriously stuck. I can not get myself to do anything. I feel like I'm just spinning my wheels. How do you all decide where to start when there's just so much to do? Any ideas? I have two rooms in the basement that are full of boxes that need to be gone through. And my bedroom has also become a storage facility.

I promised the kids a garage sale so they could sell their stuff, but I just don't want to do it. I have compromised and told ds (he's 10) that he could still sell his things, I'll help him price them and I'll help him on the day of the sale, but I'm just going to box up the rest and give away to charity. I am happy with this decision, but now I'm just not getting started. HELP!!!!

Happy decluttering everyone !!!!!

Jill

Goal
0/600 minutes I thought if I made the 0 bigger it would help motivate me to change it.
post #84 of 197
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I am seriously stuck. I can not get myself to do anything. I feel like I'm just spinning my wheels. How do you all decide where to start when there's just so much to do? Any ideas? I have two rooms in the basement that are full of boxes that need to be gone through. And my bedroom has also become a storage facility
Does the big areas scare you? They do me. I have had beter luck with the out and about things and the smaller areas that are not so overwhelming.

I actually started in the bathroom, I emptied everthing not attached out from there (well then I took down the rusted metal medicine cabinet and replaced it with one I had gotten a while back) as I emptied I got rid of things I knew I didn't need/want, then I started refilling the bathroom with only the things I absoultly wanted in there (and some stuff that needs a new spot in the house but has to stay in there until I get something set up so little hands don't get into them) the stuff left either went to proper places to keep them or in the get rid of box or trash. I had some stuff that I didn't know what to do with but I wanted to keep, those have went in this huge pile that I am soon going to have to really go through completly.

I brought a big big garbage can in the house and am using those really big (and expensive) contractors bags they sell from the home repair stores. It's nice, it's big, I don't have to worry about missing the trashcan when I toss or having to change out the bags. (hubby hates them because they are heavy and he has to pull the bag out for me, plus he's the one who has to haul them off to the dump) For give away stuff I'm using boxes, they stack nicely and once full I close them up so I can't see what's in there. I get the boxes for free from behind a local store. Recycable stuff goes where it normally goes.

If you decide to go with the big storage rooms first, what about pulling 1 or 2 boxes out of that room, going through them in a different room so that it isn't so overwhelming.

for the yard sale for the kids, no suggestions. I have found that I get way more done if I just give away the things instead of trying to organize a whole other thing like a sale.
post #85 of 197
Okay, I keep saying I'm going to do it. Now I will. I am aiming for 300 in March. My problem is not choosing to get rid of stuff, but actually getting the collected items/bags/boxes of stuff OUT of the closets once I've decided we don't need them anymore!

I will likely get rid of much more than 300, since I laready have about 600 boxed and bagged since january. All sitting taking up valuable storage space.

so I will only count new additions to the pile, and only count them when they are OUT the door!
post #86 of 197
Lightheart: Does the big areas scare you? They do me. I have had beter luck with the out and about things and the smaller areas that are not so overwhelming.

My whole house scares me.

If you decide to go with the big storage rooms first, what about pulling 1 or 2 boxes out of that room, going through them in a different room so that it isn't so overwhelming.

I like this idea. I definitely think it would make the job seem easier. Thanks!!!

for the yard sale for the kids, no suggestions. I have found that I get way more done if I just give away the things instead of trying to organize a whole other thing like a sale.

Yes. So I will let ds#2 have a table with his stuff and I'll just give away the rest. I won't have to advertise because there is a city wide sale coming up and our neighborhood is a big sale area.

Jill
post #87 of 197
1 Diaper Bag
1 Kid's Bookend Thing
11 Books
12 Pieces of excess packaging
1 Pile Old Coupons
4 Bottles Contact Solution
5 Used Up Bath Containers
2 Unusable Medicene Droppers
1 Mp3/CD Player
2 Bowling Balls w/bags
1 Baby Einstien Play Gym
1 Baby Changing Thing
1 Old Picture Frame
1 Jumpy Baby Thing
1 Book
1 Video Camera
1 Christmas Tree
1 Girl's Dress
1 Potty Chair
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53 Itmes

New Total 160/800
post #88 of 197
I tackled 'the pile' it's not all gone but I took a big chunk out of it I worked more on deep cleaning the living room, around the woodstove area and right under the ladder going up to the loft today. Didn't get much to toss out 3 more books, 3 toys, 3 junk, and a printer... so my total is... drum roll please...

281/zillion and 10lb paper

I really like this keeping track, I feel very accountable to you guys.
post #89 of 197
Our old TV went out the door to a great family today. Our living room is clear in the walking area now! WOO HOO!

March Progress: 2/31
post #90 of 197
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MamaPam View Post
1 Diaper Bag
1 Kid's Bookend Thing
11 Books
12 Pieces of excess packaging
1 Pile Old Coupons
4 Bottles Contact Solution
5 Used Up Bath Containers
2 Unusable Medicene Droppers
1 Mp3/CD Player
2 Bowling Balls w/bags
1 Baby Einstien Play Gym
1 Baby Changing Thing
1 Old Picture Frame
1 Jumpy Baby Thing
1 Book
1 Video Camera
1 Christmas Tree
1 Girl's Dress
1 Potty Chair
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53 Itmes

New Total 160/800
Sounds like you had an awesome decluttering day!
post #91 of 197
Thread Starter 
68 more outta here, primarily from the evil storage room. Lots of dd's outgrown clothes, some broken stuff and some fabric. If I keep working in that room I am going to go waaay over my 300 item goal for the month.

226/300
post #92 of 197
Hello Mamas, I'd like to join too. I've done some decluttering in the past month or two but haven't been keeping track of how many items I've gotten rid of. I find it incredibly motivating to follow these threads and feel happy when I liberate stuff from my home! We REALLY need to declutter. After reading some threads here I realized how much unnecessary stuff we have......... it's hard to get rid of some of it, so I'm starting with the most obvious stuff.......

Right now I have two boxes sitting by the door to go out to charity. I decluttered my table linens, bookcases, and have been quietly culling dd1's toy and book stash. I make myself a rule - once I put it in the box or bag, I can't look at it in there again (because sometimes I want to take it out again). It feels so good to clear junk out! Good luck to all for meeting your goals!
post #93 of 197
Okay, it's Monday !!!!! A new week and I am feeling motivated. Today I plan to really push myself. I'm setting big goals because I've been such a slacker. I plan to spend 30 minutes in my kitchen and 30 minutes in my bedroom and 30 minutes in the dungeon (basement). I am determined to change that big "0" to a 90.

Happy decluttering everyone !!!!!

Jill

Goal
0/600 minutes I thought if I made the 0 bigger it would help motivate me to change it.
post #94 of 197
I just found this thread and I really need it.

I just skimmed the others posts, and I didn't see any consensus about whether a huge garbage bag of stuff counted as 1 item? I have a LONG way to go, so I'm going to set myself goals of bags/boxes.

My goals:

5 large boxes of toys

5 kitchen garbage bags of PAPER (catalogs, junk mail, old bill stubs, dd's unfinished doodless etc.)

5
large boxes of books

5 large boxes of miscellaneous junk (knick-knacks, kitchen stuff)

10 kitchen garbage bags of clothes, bedding, towels, etc.

~sigh~ Yes, I really have that much crap in my house.
post #95 of 197
This is so addictive! Today I lugged some boxes down to my car to get rid of.

I cleaned through old VCR tapes, putting some in a bag to donate. I got out a box of candles and candleholders that has been sitting in a box since we moved 2 yrs ago. That's gonna go. I culled some more of dd1's toys and some premie clothes that never fit either of my children but were used for dd1's dolls. More baby clothes, books, knick-knacks, toys, linens, old curtains I'm not going to use again.

It felt so good to toss them into the bag. Take that and that! Get out of my life and stop giving me more work! Cha!

So good!
post #96 of 197
I recently started a new practice to eliminate stuff even coming INTO our home in the first place. IT IS WORKING!!!

We have mailboxes away from our house and we have HOA dumpsters and we have assigned parking not near our house. It sounds rather odd when typed online, but it is nice in person. LOL Anyway, Our car, mailbox, dumpster, and front door are not in a logical path and consequently, neither DH nor I are very good at getting stuff out of the mailbox regularly or getting trash out in a timely manner. However, I walk DD to/from school everyday. That, too is not in a logical path to/from anything except one dumpster. Well, I have decided that going off-path is good! I have been walking the long way three days a week after school in order to swing by the mailbox. On the walk toward our house, I go through the mail and hand DD the trash (or the keep...whichever she wants that day). We pass our house and dump the trash pile DIRECTLY in the dumpster! WOO HOO! The junk mail isn't even coming in the door anymore.

Today, though, my hands were very full and the mail did come inside. I immediately went through it and on our way out tonight to an event, I dropped the junk mail into the dumpster. It sounds small, but it felt like a huge accomplishment!

I don't think I can count that, though. LOL

Enjoy your day!

March progress: 2/31
post #97 of 197
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by sunnysandiegan View Post
I recently started a new practice to eliminate stuff even coming INTO our home in the first place. IT IS WORKING!!!

We have mailboxes away from our house and we have HOA dumpsters and we have assigned parking not near our house. It sounds rather odd when typed online, but it is nice in person. LOL Anyway, Our car, mailbox, dumpster, and front door are not in a logical path and consequently, neither DH nor I are very good at getting stuff out of the mailbox regularly or getting trash out in a timely manner. However, I walk DD to/from school everyday. That, too is not in a logical path to/from anything except one dumpster. Well, I have decided that going off-path is good! I have been walking the long way three days a week after school in order to swing by the mailbox. On the walk toward our house, I go through the mail and hand DD the trash (or the keep...whichever she wants that day). We pass our house and dump the trash pile DIRECTLY in the dumpster! WOO HOO! The junk mail isn't even coming in the door anymore.

Today, though, my hands were very full and the mail did come inside. I immediately went through it and on our way out tonight to an event, I dropped the junk mail into the dumpster. It sounds small, but it felt like a huge accomplishment!

I don't think I can count that, though. LOL

Enjoy your day!

March progress: 2/31
We live in a rural locale and have to pick out mail up at our tiny little post office. This has been a real blessing to us clutter wise as there is a big old recycling bin to throw junk mail into right near the door as you are heading out of the building. It never has to come home with us and it really does help.

I got rid of 12 things yesterday. A pattern, some broken toys, some of my old clothes. Not much but every little bit helps.

238/300
post #98 of 197
Ok so I got to 60 minutes. It felt good. I hope to do another 60 today.

Happy decluttering everyone !!!!!

Jill

Goal
60/600 minutes
post #99 of 197
mamaof6
post #100 of 197
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mamaof6 View Post
Ok so I got to 60 minutes. It felt good. I hope to do another 60 today.

Happy decluttering everyone !!!!!

Jill

Goal
60/600 minutes
Awesome!
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