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So I just found this part of the website and have been totally inspired to get rid of stuff. I read the whole thread of those who got rid of 150 or so items by Thanksgiving and was wondering if anyone was up to a new challenge for the end of the year.

I have a new baby due in April, but the "nursery" is so full of boxes (from when we moved last February ), I'll never be able to get it painted and furniture moved in if I don't start NOW!! Plus, we're military and will likely be moving sometime next year. I don't want to have to mess with all the excess and a new baby and a move, so I'll cut out the one thing I have control over.

My goal is to get rid of 160 things by December 31st (20 days, 8 items a day), but I really think I can do better than that!

So is anyone in with me? I work so much better with some motivation and support!!
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I'm in!

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I've gone through stuff a couple of times this year. I was just thinking this morning that today would be a good day to start going through things with the kids befor ethe holidays. I'm in!

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I started today, even though I got too little sleep last night. Who knows, maybe that helped!

I got through about 1/2 the kitchen, cleaning, de-cluttering and re-organizing. I got together about 20 items (counting all the misc gadgets as 1) to be donated to a local thrift store.

Then my husband came in and said "But that's brand new" (2 year old rice maker that has never been used), and "But I thought you loved this!" (2 year old garlic press, also never been used). Yeah, so he's not going to be any help with the whole declutterizing, but he's cute so I'll keep him. (And still get rid of the stuff. I figure if I've had it since we got married and I haven't used it yet, i probably don't need it!!)

I'm so proud I actually got started!!
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I weeded out some toys today...a big black garbage bag full. Also got rid of some old stained towels...taking those to the animal shelter. It feels good. I'm gonna try to get rid of more stuff...going through the kitchen sounds like fun...8 items a day? I think I can do that. I've also got some stuff up on ebay.
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I just wandered over here ... but count me in!

8 items a day sounds so much more do-able than thinking about all the clutter we have going on in every room in this house. Just a few things a day is a lot less over-whelming.

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Count me in, although I seem to be failing at most of the decluttering challenges lately. : I think it's because I've already done the really easy stuff and now I need to move on the harder things. I have a new mantra, though, that I learned from someone on MDC and hopefully it will help. "Possessions are a burden, possessions are a burden, possessions are a burden."
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I just took several years worth of magazines to the kid's school art teacher. She was glad to have them and they left a lovely clean spot in the downstairs hall. I pat self on back!

Now onto other cluttered spots.
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Ok, so I didn't get through the rest of the kitchen today (only a couple more cupboards to go though) and I only got about 3 things to give to the thrift store, but I planted 10 trees!! (yeah Arbour Foundation!! ) Does that count as decluttering??? I still have a little time left to get 5 more things today, but I don't know that I have the energy..... just want to sleeeeeeppppp

DH did (finally) go through his colognes (I think both his mom and his sister give him a couple new ones each year) and got rid of 20 or 30 bottles. Yeah for DH!! So proud
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i'm in! I seriously need to make space for new baby things.... i'm due in 6 weeks and clothes/diapers/everything is still in boxes. so today i started clearing out room in the closet by packing up a box for a mother in need (from the MDC holiday helpers thread)!!
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Sounds like a plan!I think I'll get the whole family involved. But for them I will let them combine their things to total 4-8 and definitly 8 things for myself.
This was a great idea!!!!!!!

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Well, thanks to you all for your inspiration! I finally attacked the 3rd bedroom! This is a room in which all our "junk" got stashed over a year ago when we moved in and then pretty much hasn't been touched

I threw away several bags of trash, marked some items for GoodWill, and found some baby toys of J's I didn't even know we still had which will come in handy for the new baby next summer. More than 8 things, for sure, but I set my timer (a la' FLY lady) and did just 15 minutes here and there and it didn't seem like so much work. I have more to do in there, of course, but I can do it 8 items at a time now and I do finally feel like we can at least open the door now

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Yeah! I finished the kitchen today and got my 8 items. Then I really cleaned everything... DH is so impressed. He said "This is the first time the Kitchen has looked clean since we moved in." You can SEE the counter tops!! Almost all of what little there is!!! Very exciting day! Now if DH would just take the stuff I bagged up and drop it off at the Thrift Shop by where he works, that would be awesome. It may have to wait until I go in to volunteer there on Friday.

I also went through one of my file drawers and not only found DH's passport that he's been needing for 6 months or so (but it's expires so still does him very little good : ) but I got rid of about 6 inches worth of papers and burned them! That felt good too.... I think I'm going to pull out a couple more file folders and see what else I can get rid of.

So I'm up to about 30 items so far plus the 20 or 30 DH got rid of. Go us! ! I hope ya'll are as excited as I am about this!!!
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I am in. though I am having issues with giving away things tht were given to the girls for presents (i don't care a bunch of them). what if someone asks about said toy? but I am happy to declutter my stuff. I did give away to very large bags of toys/book and clothes. I need to declutter my cookbooks...and the hall closet, which is full of clothes that don't fit but in terrific shape. it will be hard to do 8 a day but I will try....o.k. whineing.....sorry oh, I do have a ? though. we have been given some wine that we are not fond of, where can we take that?

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oh, I do have a ? though. we have been given some wine that we are not fond of, where can we take that?
Use it for cooking?

Off the top of my head:
Reds I use in spaghetti/tomato sauces
Whites I use in Tetrazzini
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I am in. though I am having issues with giving away things tht were given to the girls for presents (i don't care a bunch of them). what if someone asks about said toy? but I am happy to declutter my stuff. I did give away to very large bags of toys/book and clothes. I need to declutter my cookbooks...and the hall closet, which is full of clothes that don't fit but in terrific shape. it will be hard to do 8 a day but I will try....o.k. whineing.....sorry oh, I do have a ? though. we have been given some wine that we are not fond of, where can we take that?
I don't have any suggestions on the gift thing.... I have the same problem. But as for the hall closet with terrific clothes, you might try a consignment shop. That way you'll get something out of it, which for some (me) is more motivation to get rid of it.
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I do not have a specific item count goal, but in the past week we have donated a tv, coffee table, monitors, scanner, printer and are waiting for other freecycle people to pick up a file cabinet, stereo and whatever else I post soon!

Our big problem here is letting go of books, ours & kids. I've considered turning the dining room into wall to wall, floor to ceiling shelves for a home library...
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we have been given some wine that we are not fond of, where can we take that?
Could you re-gift it to someone who would enjoy it? Or put it out when company comes over?
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Hi everyone! I'm totally in... So it's now the 16th... And that means including today, I have 16 days left to free myself of 160 possessions. Woohoo! 10 a day since I'm starting late - that's doable, I think!

I'm working on my thesis today, but as I take breaks, I'll have to see what I can find to pass on to Goodwill. Oh - going down to the basement would DEFINITELY be a good place to start

Ok... I'll check back in later to let you know how many items hit the road today...
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what an awesome thread! I will totally get rid of some junk in my bedroom. In fact I'm committed to painting the bedroom between the holidays so I can feel like I have a cave... this momma bear needs a cave... dark blue and no junk and new curtains in our bedroom.

anyway, happy clearing to all of you and by the way..if some of you have some Gently used clothes and toys.. don't just give them away... we have some moms in need here at MDC.. and they want your GU toys and clothes and cloth diapers for their children.

take a look, do you have something that fits?

http://www.spatulagirl.com/gentlyused.htm

here's the general thread about our MINS (Mother in Need)

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=373747

(Just so you know I sent 27 pounds in a 16x16x16 box fedex ground and it only cost me 14.) So, nice to recycle my son's nice clothes and other stuff to these mommies...and got rid of stuff too!!

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Tracy - I love that you shared those links. Thank you for doing that! I had already looked through spatulagirl's list once, but it was good to take another peek. As this is our first babe, I have no outgrown clothes or toys to share... And my clothes and my husband's clothes don't match anyone who is currently on spatulagirl's list.

As much as I had to admit it, most of my "stuff" is just that... stuff! Certainly not anything on anyone's wish list...

Here's the rundown on what went into the goodwill box yesterday. A hand-painted pitcher and 4 matching hand-painted glasses (wedding gift that we haven't used in 2 1/2 years!), 4 mugs, and a bizarre housewarming gift (round glass bowl with candles to float in the center). Those are my 10 items for yesterday. We'll see what I can find today...
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I took some baby steps this week. I went through and found a bunch of hats, gloves, scarves, boots and a jacket that I'm donating to a local winter clothing drive. I also weeded enough sweaters to fill a trash bag and I will be donating those too.
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Wow Impressive Mamas! Since I have been on a declutter kick for about 2 years now, it takes us very little time. BUT, we are having an u/s after the first of the year and if we are having a boy- out goes the girls clothing. If not, its a bonus baby as dh says.

So I may start a new year challenge. I have done some of the challenges before (like this past summer) and it really works!!

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We're totally in! We're actually moving from an 11 room double-wide (2bd/2ba) to a 4 room (1bd/1ba) apartment for the new year so we'll be getting rid of all we can!!!

Packing and purging is so hard to do with a 1 month old though. I'm thinking I'll ask some older ladies to come over and hold dd while I go through things during the week. It goes faster if I don't wear her bc I'm still getting used to babywearing and I cannot stand putting her down for much time at all (if any when possible...)

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I'm the one who started this thread and I have to say that my husband and I have won the challenge. Though not in a way I'd hope that anyone would emulate.

Our house burned down last night (after I had spent the entire day decluttering the living room!!). So we are now practically possession free. I'd say that's about the fastest way to do some major decluttering. You find how little the possessions really matter (though 3 of our 4 animals died in the fire and those matter quite a lot in actuallity).

We've been blessed with some wonderful church members, Air Force family support, family members (including extended that I haven't spoken to in years) and neighbors who have been so incredibly kind to us, helping us in more ways than we can count. Though we currently don't need anything that I can think of, I am asking for one thing, your prayers. We are in desperate need of the strength and comfort that can be brought to our lives through prayers.

Thank you and keep decluttering the usual way! I'd still love to hear that ya'll are keeping up with the challenge!!
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RiBe ccaLin - I am SO sad to hear about your housefire. And I'm so sorry about the loss of your pets. You have SUCH a positive attitude - and I am so thankful that you and your husband are safe and sound, surrounded by amazing friends and family.

I commit to praying - and I will watch to see if you update us at all in the coming weeks. PM me if you have specific prayer requests.

Many blessings to you.

Everyone Else - After RiBeccaLin's update, I feel particularly ashamed to be complaining about the stuff I haven't gotten around to pitching... I just need to make sure to pitch the trash, donate the nice items and share with whoever is in need. And today (since I'm wide awake at 6:20am) is a great day to see if I can double my goal. 20 items out the door today. Wish me luck!
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Um.. wow... about the fire... what's scary is that dh and I have been saying that a big fire would make our downsizing move so much easier

Be careful what you wish for?

We did sign the papers on the 1 bedroom apartment yesterday so now we're really committed! We've definitely gotten rid of (or put in boxes or bags to get rid of) more than 160 items now though!

So many more to go... I wish we'd gotten the fire instead...

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Um.. wow... about the fire... what's scary is that dh and I have been saying that a big fire would make our downsizing move so much easier
I don't know how much easier this will actually be! Now we have so many people collecting things for us, I think me might very well have more stuff after the fire than before!! It's amazing how a tragedy can bring people together and it most definatly has brought out the best in so many people around us. I can't tell ya'll how truly blessed we have been! It's beyond words.

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We did sign the papers on the 1 bedroom apartment yesterday so now we're really committed! We've definitely gotten rid of (or put in boxes or bags to get rid of) more than 160 items now though!
YEAH FOR YOU what an awesome start you're going to have on the new year!!! And it will definately make moving a lot easier. Congrats!! and keep it up!!
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I'm in... not sure I can do 16 items a day since I started late, but I'll definitely sign on for 10 items per day.

I am working from home today and can't wait for lunchtime so that I can get to decluttering!! I just can't decide where to start first!

So sorry about the fire. It is an amazing testament of character that you are able to say that you feel so extremely blessed just after a major personal tragedy. My thoughts are with you!

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