have given away nothing, sold nothing so far this month.
thrown away lots of stuff, but i am not gonna count any of it. will count from now through the end of the month.
Homeschooling mom to four kids, ages 18, 18, 10, and 6.
Originally Posted by RainyDaze
About the college textbooks - is there someplace that would want them? I don't need them anymore but I loathe to toss out books. Would a library want these outdated books?
I am giving all my art books to either the library or a used book sale that is happening at the end of the month in my town. I thought of calling the local small art schools but maybe just the library.
I do know that a cousin who worked in the peace corp several years ago taught in Africa. He requested textbooks and we sent him two science books which he said were a life savor. So that maybe a route to take.
before, donated 15 mags
recycled 10 mags
donated pile 53 items (need to drop off)
threw away 4 bags of trash. part of me wants to count the paper inside one of those bags as they were kids dittos, but paper isn't supposed to count. 3 of the bags of trash were just waiting for someone to move them outside.
threw out 5 broken/empty mismatched containers in the kitchen.
so far, 87 items.
now, can i count what i do in my grandmother's place? i will be there next week with decluttering being the goal. that would almost be unfair, 150 items a day sounds like it would be easy.
Amy - Blessed wife to Jesse (the best dad in the world), mother of 10 on earth plus 8 in heaven. PROUD to be a Catholic! :
Originally Posted by SpiralChrissy
I'm WAY behind : I've only gotten rid of about 4 things. YIKES! It's a race for me try and catch up in time...
2 storm windows
1 screen window
2 wire wreath rings
On Friday I am taking stuff to 2 different consignment shops
1 bag of 1 and 2 flow Avent nipples, bottle lides, nipple cover thingies
4 complete Avent bottles
1 Whisper Wear breast pump
1 Medela trombone breast pump
1 package of drawer latches
2 sippy cups
1 generic bottle
1 whoozit tummy time toy
1 teddy bear
4 girls t-shirts
3 pr pajamas
2 pr leggings
2 long sleeve shirts
1 hat with matching shoes
3 pr pants
1 terry cloth robe
4 light sweaters
1 pr shoes
3 nice shirts
2 pr pants
And then, I am hosting a clothing trading party on Saturday night, so hopefully I will manage to get rid of more than I get. I would say I have 2 or 3 bags of stuff set aside for that, so I will guess that at 10 items of clothing per bag, it is an estimated amount of 30 items going out of the house for that event!
So, I think I am at approximately 77 items out of the house! Yay!
........hmmm, does returning stuff count too? Because then it would be 80, I have 3 big baby items going back to the original owners on Saturday too.
Woohoo! I felt like it wasnt that much stuff leaving the house, but listing it like this makes me feel really liberated!
(1 was mostly toys that were missing pieces/broken)
I started with the walk-in closet, getting rid of any clothes I hadn't worn in the past 6+ months. Next I worked on my computer desk, which had also become a major mess zone. It seems like anything with a flat surface became a home for miscellaneous stuff. Then I went to the floor. Anything that hadn't served its purpose in the past 6+ months got taken out. My next chore is to create an area of the bedroom for my scrappbooking area. I have my craft table. I need a few shelves to store my scrapping albums, books, paper, stickers, gadgets... and then I need to sort all of my stuff so I can set it all up.I have my craft table. I need a few shelves to store my scrapping albums, books, paper, stickers, gadgets... and then I need to sort all of my stuff so I can set it all up.
Wife of 1. Mom of 3. Conquering disability challenges, one achievement at a time.
Its Sunday and dh is working on cleaning out the garage.
At first he moved things out and sweeped etc and threw out here & there as he went. Then he started piles- things going back in the house, things to be returned, toss, and put back in the garage. At one point there was talk of painting the walls. I said he was welcome to do that once he cleaned out the supply closets on the wall and his work bench drawers. They were filled to the brim with stuff. Also since he does woodworking everything gets caked with sawdust. I always forget he is a "stuffer". Meaning he will shove stuff in a box, drawer, bag whatever to move things out of the way quickly. The drawers have pads & pads of paper with a quick drawing of a project, tons of ball point pens, screws, packaged whatever, recipes, post its (much to dd's delight!) etc. I guess since I outlawed doing that in the house several years ago, he does it in the garage. So since its 94 degrees today as a high, I doubt he will get to the painting today.
We also are giving back a container of books, throwing out some tools that have not been touched in years, finding things (oh theres that...)
So at this point, I have no clue what my total is but its just right.
I am just glad we got to do the garage this month.
everyday we filled my sister's van with donations. everynight with trash. we did a bad thing i feel guilty over, but she has paid for trash pick up for a year and not used it so i guess it evens out. (left it at a city pick up location, late at night)
there was still more stuff, but we left some things to better show the home. my son counted 56 belts. those were just the ones that didn't go with an outfit. i have no idea how many things we got rid of. old cosmetics. oldest prescription i found was from 1980, but mom said they found an older one before i got there.
i just got rid of juice glasses in my own cabinet. i only took useful things from my grandmothers. the family seemed really surprised that i didn't want more stuff that was free. i am sorry, broken pottry doesn't remind me of my grandmother. i have some of her hand made baby clothes to frame. that will be nice. but i didn't need it all. i don't drink tea, i don't need a tea set. i don't like to polish silver so i didn't want it. ("you don't want the silver shrimp forks???" 'no, i don't polish silver, nor do I eat seafood')
i know at some point i won't feel like everything is clutter again. but i hope i am never this bad in my golden years. i know she was depression era, but old empty make up bottles and dried out food coloring helps no one. i even left all the new bottles of cleaner. nope. don't want it. didtake all the baking soda, vinegar and salt
I think people of this frame of mind think they are saving for something in the future, they just do not know what that is or when it is. A friend of mine's husband saves things he says are of value or valuable. I do not know how they are worth so much money in a box in the bsmt but whatever.
On a happy note,
After working on the garage, we took a bunch of old stains, finsishes etc to a recycle center- a total of 12 cans of stuff. Then dh started to prime the walls in the garage.