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Organize & Declutter > April/May Room challenge..declutter a room of your own choice
clutterwarrior's Avatar clutterwarrior 09:29 PM 01-13-2012

Would anyone like to join me in a decluttering challenge of their own choice?

 

I really need to declutter 2 rooms in particular...my craft room and the spare room. The rest of the house is quite orderly, just seem to have trouble with these 2 rooms.

 

The spare room is particularly daunting to start, so I am going to start with my craft room.

 

Just took some before photos, which although embarrassing I will share as I know that putting it out there will motivate me to get started! 

 

 


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These drawers are great storage for all my scrapbooking papers and supplies, but I have ended up storing clothes in 4 of them.

 

 

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These shelves are great but I need to pull everything out see what I can get rid of and tidy it all up.

 

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clutterwarrior's Avatar clutterwarrior 12:24 AM 01-14-2012

If nobody joins me that is not a problem by the way...will just use this thread to keep track of my progress. orngbiggrin.gif

 

Just spent the last 2 hours sorting stuff, have made some progress!

 


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clutterwarrior's Avatar clutterwarrior 04:13 PM 01-14-2012

A bit disappointing that nobody wants to declutter a room with me yet lol..... but never mind. 

 

Don't think I will do any today, I need a break from it.


laohaire's Avatar laohaire 04:27 PM 01-14-2012

Your progress is looking good.

 

I'll join you. I'll even take pics. I was feeling fabulous a week ago, but now I feel drained. It's been like that for me for the past 4 years. I've actually started on this room (a week ago when I was feeling good) but I don't know when I'll be ready to start it up again.


clutterwarrior's Avatar clutterwarrior 04:47 PM 01-14-2012


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Your progress is looking good.

 

I'll join you. I'll even take pics. I was feeling fabulous a week ago, but now I feel drained. It's been like that for me for the past 4 years. I've actually started on this room (a week ago when I was feeling good) but I don't know when I'll be ready to start it up again.



Thanks laohaire... my motivation goes up and down too. guess that is why I am hoping that taking photos and writing about it here might help!  smile.gif


clutterwarrior's Avatar clutterwarrior 02:09 PM 01-15-2012

Steps I need to take:

 

1. move and clear out wooden rack

2. take all things from behind computer

3. store temporarily

4. clean desk

5. bring up wooden organizer from garage

6. clear area under Clip It Up

7. sort and tidy shelves one at a time


mirpnmama's Avatar mirpnmama 09:44 AM 01-16-2012

I will join you - Last night I made a room by room list of what needs to be de-cluttered, or changed in every room in the house - some of the stuff is little things I can tackle in a day, some are a bit trickier - and some are depending on hopefully getting a tax return! I am gonna look at the list and pick one thing to do during the day today, and one thing tonight and I will post in a bit - your craft room looks amazing by the way!! One of our major projects is turning one of our "bedrooms" ( we all co-sleep so the "bedrooms" for the kids go to waste or become crap catchers) into a lego/game/craft room - we just turned one of the other bedrooms into a music room last week! :) Looking forward to this thread!!


mirpnmama's Avatar mirpnmama 11:26 AM 01-16-2012

Ok, so along with my daily stuff (homeschool stuff, work stuff etc) my "special chores" today : de-clutter 12 items from downstairs playroom, clean off shelf in laundry area, declutter sheets!!!!!!!).  The stomach bug went through our house this past weekend and really clued me in to the fact that we have some sorry sheets! We have a queen and twin pushed together and for some reason have about a million twin flat sheets, and like,nothing else - so really kind of excited to go through and get RID of a bunch!!


sk8boarder15's Avatar sk8boarder15 12:08 PM 01-16-2012

My goal for this week is to decultter our bedroom. I need to get it done as fast as possible because we will be selling our house soon. But I will join in as well! I'll try to take before pictures today! 


sk8boarder15's Avatar sk8boarder15 03:08 PM 01-16-2012

I'm gonna do it... gonna post pictures of our mess of a bedroom. 

 

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Ok I don't know why this is upside down... anyone know how to edit pictures in here? 

 

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Ok.. these are the right way on my laptop. Can anyone help? 


clutterwarrior's Avatar clutterwarrior 03:32 PM 01-16-2012

Not sure why they are upside down but I managed to see them by turning myself upside down! winky.gif


justmeandmybrood's Avatar justmeandmybrood 06:27 AM 01-17-2012

Ooh, ooh!  I will join in on this one!  Our storage room in the basement is a heaping mess, and with an upcoming move (again!), I do not want to have to unpack the same mess I have in there.  I will take some pictures; may need some help to actually post them though redface.gif  I will try to search for some directions on how to post...


mirpnmama's Avatar mirpnmama 07:38 AM 01-17-2012

Got the 2 "special jobs" done yesterday!! But did not get to the 12 item de-clutter :(. Today I am going to do that, and re-organize the little bay window shelf in the upstairs playroom - I would post a picture of it, but i have NO IDEA how lol!!!! 


clutterwarrior's Avatar clutterwarrior 04:52 PM 01-17-2012

I have had to stop working on my craft room temporarily as organising my son's room has taken over as a priority.

 

I need to get rid of the furniture that is there and buy a desk for his room, as he is turning 10 in February and I think it is overdue for him to have a proper desk to work at.

 

I spent a few hours working in his room yesterday with him and got the shelves cleared.

 

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Now I have to clear space in the garage, so we can move the shelves down there to use them as storage. I haven't decided where I will put the small bookshelf yet.

 

I have to store some of his toys, and sell some of them.

 

The books...some need to be stored, some are going to be donated to the library, or the hospital perhaps.

 

That wizard in a chair sitting on top of the shelves, weighs a ton!  My inlaws gave it to him recently, just when I was trying to declutter and now we have this thing that I can't even lift to move!  I am not sure what we will do with it yet...need to consult with DS.


mkksmom's Avatar mkksmom 05:16 PM 01-17-2012
I'm late to the party, and I have mostly decluttered my "storage room" already, but I still have more to go. This is the point where I always tucker out, so maybe posting here will let me finish up!.
mirpnmama's Avatar mirpnmama 11:59 AM 01-18-2012

I hate that - when you get to a point and just tucker out....you can do it mkksmom!!!

 


mkksmom's Avatar mkksmom 07:35 PM 01-18-2012
I putzed around in the storage room a bit today, but mostly got caught up on other stuff I was neglecting while decluttering. I don't like the projects left in there. Sorting through old paperwork, sorting and organizing years worth of photos. Taking stuff to the basement and attic. I also have to paint a dresser in there and find a new home for the rug.
clutterwarrior's Avatar clutterwarrior 09:52 PM 01-18-2012


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I putzed around in the storage room a bit today, but mostly got caught up on other stuff I was neglecting while decluttering. I don't like the projects left in there. Sorting through old paperwork, sorting and organizing years worth of photos. Taking stuff to the basement and attic. I also have to paint a dresser in there and find a new home for the rug.

Yeah I often find that too, I start one job and get distracted by many others!  But I guess the bottom line is that you are still getting stuff done.

 

 

Started moving the books off that bookshelf in my son's room, it's a slow process though due to multiple distractions round here currently.
 

 


3xMama's Avatar 3xMama 02:41 PM 01-19-2012

I am so here! I've been doing this in my kitchen already, but I'm glad to see that there is a thread! I'm about halfway through so pictures aren't going to do much anymore. Most of the seen clutter has been moved already! Its been so awesome to get things organized and cleaned! I'm finding so much stuff we just don't use anymore. I'm going to have to pull together a garage sale this spring to get rid of it all. 

 

Here is my list of stuff to do, things I've already completed I've crossed off:

 

Clean oven

Organize oils/vinegars, get rid of old/unused

Organize and wipe out baking cabinet

Organize all appliances and fit them into cabinets

Organize spices

Clean fridge-inside, outside and freezer

Wipe down walls

Declutter main counter (its a catchall mainly for mail/paper)

Wall counter declutter

Strip and wax floor

Clean out the garbage can (though that may have to wait for spring!!)

Wash window and window sill

Clean off tops of cabinets

Wipe down inside of all cabinets and drawers

Organize and weed through utensils

Clean dishwasher inside and out 

Tupperware cabinet

Clean and organize lazy susans

 

I'm hoping to keep this up and go through the rest of my house room by room this year. I'm rather daunted by it, but my house really needs it. Going room by room should help me focus. I tried to wash all the walls at one time in my house once and about cried!! Lets get it done!!


justmeandmybrood's Avatar justmeandmybrood 06:26 PM 01-19-2012

I started as soon as I saw this thread the other day - our basement storage room is in dire need of decluttering.  My problems now?  Crafts, some baby stuff (pack and play, mobile piece, etc. that we still need around), and stuff to sell, ergh!  I posted 6 things on Craig's List and should be selling one this weekend, already sold another thing.  I have a few things to ebay (a non-digital SLR camera, video camera, and 30 yr old Barbie stuff) and a box to yard sale.

 

Now what to do with the box of yearbooks?!?!?!?!


zebra15's Avatar zebra15 03:57 PM 01-20-2012

HI, I'm late to the party, as usual.  I just posted in the 2012 thread that I need to organize my kitchen pantry.  I am still dealing with my 'craft' and storage closet from december.  I am moving slow on my own closet as that is deemed MOMMY"S SPACE and I want it to be 'perfect'.  I'm sure you all can understand.

 

I really need to take a full day and tear apart the pantry, and re-organize the thing.  Then take a day and meal plan based on what we have in inventory for the next 30-60 days.(and stick to that plan).  I have so much pantry items its just not funny.  I coupon like crazy and things come for free or almost free (a necessity on my zero income house right now) but I must be organized so they do not expire.

 

I don't know how to post to internet, nor do I want pics of my space for all to see.  But if you lived closer I would be happy to invite you over to look and hELP ME.


clutterwarrior's Avatar clutterwarrior 07:36 PM 01-20-2012

Hi and welcome Zebra 15, justmeandmybrood, 3XMama, and everyone else who has joined in too! Welcome.gif

 

 

I got a lot of my son's books stored away yesterday in boxes, but only the ones I really want to keep like the Dr Seuss ones and Mr Men ones, the rest are going to charity.

 

Not really feeling much like doing anymore this afternoon as it is raining and miserable, I am going to have some 'me' time instead doing some craftwork, and keep going with the decluttering tomorrow. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


tropicana's Avatar tropicana 09:38 PM 01-20-2012

i'll join. i will try to take pictures tomorrow when it's daylight. it's my old bedroom, which i hope to use again one day real soon. (been sleeping with my son in another room.) here's what needs done:

 

* clothing, clothing, clothing. the bed has been repository for all folded clothing and towels that need put away. put away is all over the place. first i need to sort it into piles, then put it away, or ask my kids to put it away. also, hand me downs that have come my way. also need put away, or passed along. i will need to employ several kitchen sized garbage bags to fill with the give-aways. doing this alone will take care of about 80 percent of the problem in this room. it's a BIG problem. i've probably got 2-3 hours of work just to deal with the clothes.

 

* miscellaneous. this is the other category of clutter. financial papers. photos. a few baby items that are suitable to "sell" in a consignment shop. this might be 5-7 hours of work. i don't know. i have a hard time decluttering papers. i get wrapped up in the "what ifs" and don't trash much / enough.

 

this room has become the catch-all for clutter, and i hate that!

 

once i get the clutter cleared, i want to sew a new bedspread for the bed (in purple, using PLUSH fabric) and buy a few new pillows and a down comforter to make the bed lush and inviting.

 

otherwise, the room is in pretty decent shape.

 

encouragement, please!!


zebra15's Avatar zebra15 09:56 PM 01-20-2012

Clutterwarrior, you and I have 'worked' together over the years...  I know we can conquer so much in 2012!

 

I've decided to finally get the last stuff from my old roommates house in the next couple months.  There is NO WHERE to bring it here so I must deal with that stuff quickly and efficiently as well.  DS has some lego sets left and I have tons of craft supplies.  Everything needs to be sterilized and then quickly determined 'keep or sell'.

I can probably sell the craft stuff on the homeschool lists I'm on or ebay.  Lego's will be sorted and kept for now.

I'm feeling the need to cut all material ties with this woman.  She is going down like the Titanic and while my things are minimal, I WANT THEM.

 

Makes total sense  right?


clutterwarrior's Avatar clutterwarrior 11:40 PM 01-20-2012

You can do it Tropicana!!  I do admire your ambitious plan to sew a bedspread, I am so NOT a sewing type unfortunately.

 

Yep makes total sense Zebra15. thumb.gif


sk8boarder15's Avatar sk8boarder15 08:09 AM 01-21-2012

So I haven't gotten to the bedroom at all this week :( But I have gotten more progress done on our kitchen and dining room, which are to be painted soon so they need to be as empty as possible. If I could find some one to buy our darn piano, that would be so awesome!! 


MamaFern's Avatar MamaFern 08:35 AM 01-21-2012

ugh. i need this! i want to work on my bedroom. i have way too much stuff in my closet and things under my bed that i cant even remember what they are. i want it to feel serene and calm..right now it feels a bit cluttered and chaotic. pictures when the sun is up...

 


tropicana's Avatar tropicana 04:08 PM 01-21-2012


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* clothing, clothing, clothing. the bed has been repository for all folded clothing and towels that need put away. put away is all over the place. first i need to sort it into piles, then put it away, or ask my kids to put it away. also, hand me downs that have come my way. also need put away, or passed along. i will need to employ several kitchen sized garbage bags to fill with the give-aways. doing this alone will take care of about 80 percent of the problem in this room. it's a BIG problem. i've probably got 2-3 hours of work just to deal with the clothes.

 

unbelievably, i got through the entire load of clothes today. the bed is now empty!! i could sleep in it tonight. but i want to make the bedspread first. and probably wash all the sheets too just for a fresh start.

 

thank you for this thread. it got me started. 

 

now for the pile of papers...


sk8boarder15's Avatar sk8boarder15 05:13 PM 01-21-2012

Woo Hoo! Got to working on our huge mess of a closet today and we have gotten rid of 5 garbage bags of clothes, and 2 boxes of stuff! Thats in addition to 2 bags of trash! Its slow going... but its PROGRESS! 


zebra15's Avatar zebra15 11:00 PM 01-21-2012

I used a couple item from the pantry... thats gotta count for something  right??  plus i had SNAPPLE in there...  total score for me!  I wonder what else is hidden in there... 4 shelves and the floor space... could be a drink gold mine


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