I've found a ton of things that I've been looking for, as well as some cleanup. Also starting to gather items for craigslist/kijiji which I won't count until they are out of my house:
Mystery meat from who knows when
4 frozen bananas
8 random expired items from my pantry
5 pairs of holey socks
2 x world's ugliest pot holders
1 piece of cloth not good for anything
1 bathmat with holes
whole lot of paper
2 tea strainers to my aunt and mom
Foldup chair and wire cutters to my neighbour
I'm joining! We'll have a new little one this July and our already small house seems to be shrinking by the minute, so I'm letting go of even more stuff this year.
I've already let go of:
2 unwanted Christmas presents
And have the following items put away for donation/garbage:
A bucket load of old socks and undies that I seemed to miss in my clothing declutter last year - yet to be counted
Heaps of kid books (we've pared down even more) - yet to be counted
I'll be back to update my count tomorrow once I go through all the socks, undies and books.
2 / 2014
I just made an account to join in on this thread. I have used this method before and found it very motivating.
We are expecting our first baby at the end of June and plan to buy a house/move sometime between April and October so I aim to do 2014 things in 6 months (then repeat, perhaps). I plan to do 2014 things at work too (I am a clutter bug AND cleaning out the old employee's clutter too).
116/2014 (mostly small items in two cardboard boxes)
$0.00 but found the bag of broken gold jewelry I misplaced but plan to sell while sorting through the boxes! :)
I am excited to join you ladies and I look forward to celebrating our success as we move forward.
1- 10 Misc trash found on the table next to the computer. I had to look for the giftcards my sons received for Christmas and couldn't find them. Pushed everything off the table (except the computer) and went through it all.
11-12 2 carseat straps that we no longer use- trashed
Got started today. Earlier I had gone through books and clothes, today I actually got rid of them at the local bookstore and Goodwill.
18 books sold/donated to local bookstore (got some sweet store credit, bought my friend's kid a couple of books for a birthday present)
17 items of my old clothing
13 baby clothes/toys
2 cheap wall sconces that I don't know why I bought a year ago
One cotton bag
3 / 2014
I'm feeling so energized about decluttering even further this year. I'm looking forward to more breathing space. We acquired a few lovely things over the christmas period from family and I'm a big believer in "out with the old - in with the new" so I need to find some new spots to put it all in and balance the house again. The more I declutter, the more I feel like the house is "mine" and house pride kicks in :)
92 more items added yesterday, mostly easy stuff to get rid of--trash in a purse, old receipts, stuff I would not still have on the counter if I hadn't been pregnant and "lazy" the last 3 months etc.
Got rid of a few more things while cleaning this morning.
6 random broken toys and things
9 CDs (can't imagine myself suddenly wanting to listen to late 90s pop and hard rock again...and if I do there's always Pandora LOL)
Amazingly, moving after 10 years in one place didn't get me to 2013! But then again, I didn't actually sort through half the boxes sitting in my basement either (eek!). Pregnancy really distracted me!
So far this year:
20 or so items given to my nephew
1 towel thrown out
4 diapers sold ($36)
5 fruit pouches my son hated given to my sister's kids
1 bra to the donate pile
2 scarves to the donate pile
= 33 items/2014; $36 made
So I went on an unpacking mission this weekend. I made a small dent but I still have half a room to unpack. We put everything into the spare bedroom when we moved in...made it much simpler and I don't have boxes laying everywhere.
1 13 gal. trash bag of misc papers and items (I will count as 50 items)
1 39 gal trash sack misc items. (100 items)
3 broken toys
3 pair shoes
3 bags books (about 30)
6 empty boxes
195 + 128 = 323
Tomorrow I tackle the rest of the books, games, puzzles and mass amount of clothing that we have seem to accumulated. Hopefully I can also get to the filing cabinet and get that organized.
1 broken toy to the trash
1 broken hanger + 3 other items (cannot remember what though !!! ... if i don't make notes, it slips my mind ....)
13-16. dried out markers, stack of papers, shoe box lid, old pen box- all trashed
I trashed 48 items, mostly the result of cleaning out the fridge and pantry and consolidating packaging after a grocery store trip.
11-15 clothes (left old stuff at hospital)
9-26 .... cleaned up inside of backpack + a catch all tray in the kitchen
9 items- cleaned out kitchen utensil drawer, tossed rusty veggie peeler, broken meat thermometer, and worn, faded medicine cups & spoons
8 condiment pkgs of stuff we don't use
2 power cords for small appliances we don't have
3pcs to a broken cheese grater
5 opened pkgs of fast food utensils
1 8yr old aquarium pump used for homebirths- there was a lot of bittersweetness to this b/c it truly marks our family being done with child bearing. This pump filled the birthpool for my 5 home waterbirths.
Total for today- 28
1 bag of misc. trash from the floor (aprox. 20 items)
3 sheets of paper fully used up into recycling
6 items from the fridge tossed
23 toys into the donate pile that is being picked up next week
4 old toothbrushes
7 pairs of shoes - donation pile
10 pieces of plastics that my city doesn't recycle, brought to work for recycling
17 more today = 50/2014
14 pantry items (expired)
6 items left/recycled at the post office- having a po box means most stuff never makes it home! yeah!!!
5 pantry items
4 skeins of yarn turn into presents!
24 items trashed from the tops of DH's and my cluttered dressers. They were used as drop spots for everything.
Challenge total- 68/ 2014