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Old 01-06-2006, 08:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
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OK, ground rules...

First of all get any holiday stuff put away, returned, taken down etc before you can begin challenge!! This is something you should do- does not count towards the challenge!!!

We have done these before its amazing what gets donated, put on ebay, the tp, thrown out whatever.

Remove 500 items from your home. The reason the number is sooo high is some of the new mamas posting in this section and their stuff they are talking about-yikes! You have until Jan 31st to get all items removed and then brag about your conquests! Be sure to check in and brag brag brag about what went out the door because it helps others decide to try it as well!

Things you can count in the 500 items (believe me it adds up quick!)

-your 1998 income tax return (counts as 1 item not every piece of paper) shredded. and any years before count as one item.
-last years calendars
-any old cables/cords from your pc, old cell phone etc count as one each
-any filled manilla folders in your file cabinet- toss the whole thing its one item!
-a box of bills in your attic is one item.
-expired anything in your fridge, pantry, freezer, cabinets that you throw out when going thru them. Like those old spices you used once 3 years ago you know!
-each container you find that has yuck on the sides counts as one
-cooking utensils and pots/pans w lid etc count as one item each
-linens count as one- so a set of 3 = 3 items
-old soaps, half used boxes of whatever, count as one each
-stacks of magazines- each one = one item
-happy meal toys, giveaways etc all count as one each
-each article of clothing counts as one item each.
-add anything else you can think of and share!!!

So this should get us started. Remember when looking at something and not sure- ask yourself "do I think this is useful and/or beautiful?" answer is no- get rid of it.
Remember some stuff is good that you do not need or have the space for it
so maybe look into ebay or our own tp here. Don't wait until Garage sale season to unload. If needed, call a charity right now to arrange a pickup next week and another at the end of the month to help you.

Are you in??

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Oh i'm so so so IN!!! I NEED THIS! I had to LOL as i read the first part about christmas stuff... b/c it is Jan 6th and i have *most* of the stuff gone and out to the shed but i do still have some wraping paper and bags in my bedroom and my nice boxed ordaments in a big box in my living room under the bar needing to go into my closet (i refuse to store thoes outside since they were form my grandmother one for every ear till i was 21) but they do need put up and the bag of stuff sitting next to them needs boxed and put into the shed.... So i'll report back after that stuff is done... but to get 500 items out of my house will help so much and i'm hoping that atleast 100 of thoes can be old toys of the kids that they don't play with anymore since they got so much new stuff from christmas!!!
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Well, I took a bunch of stuff to the women's crisis shelter eariler this week, so I'll just count yesterday and today!

13 plastic bowls I never use *BOXED UP*
baby food puree-er thingy *promised to friend, in diaper bag*
2 oak barstools that we never use anymore *to brother, GONE*
1 quilt rack *to mom's, GONE*
20 paperwork items *GONE*
10 magazines/ect. *GONE*
5 old cups *trashed*
1 box Pringles *trashed*

TOTAL 51 ITEMS!!!

I went thru our office stuff today It's BAD! I'll just count this as 20 items, but we had insurance policies all from 2003 and since! It was an entire bag of paper items, but my file cabinets look so nice and organized! I added a few new hanging folders,and re-orgainzied a few things. I"ll aske DH about throwing out the old tax returns, we have since 1996

I also tackled one of my major clutter spots today! The area on the bar (that we never eat at, hence the getting rid of barstools) is where we put all of our bills, mail, ect. It makes a HUGE mess all of the time, and keeps my kitchen looking messy. Last year or so, I bought 2 of those little paper orgaizer thingys, with 3 trays in them, and they've both been on the cabinet to keep the paper at bay/organized. TOday I got one of them cleaned out, re-organized, and put the other one w/ current magazine/catalog, ect. stuff in DH's office space in the basement! It looks SOOOOO much better! I'm only counting that as 10, but It was WAY more. How do we get all of this STUFF!!! We do run a home business, so we get bus. stuff and personal stuff, and TONS of paperwork.

I'm on a ROLL, so watch out for more! I'm off to clean out more cabinets!
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Thats the idea! I am at 110 items to date (1/6). As I make my way thru things such as drawers and filecabinets etc it will grow. My list so far includes things such as nail polishes that seperated! Now for the bathroom and the empty bottle etc!!

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WOW! 500 items seems like SO many! Can I actually do this??
Not sure but I sure want to try! Thanks for the challenge...
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I was reading this thread earlier in the evening when my computer froze up and had to be shut down. I took this as a sign that now was the time to declutter! I managed to get rid of 85 things so far. That was only tackling the dining room counter and closet. I don't think I'll have any trouble at all finding 500 things to get rid of.

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Thanks for keeping us motivated! I'm in. I am planning to do lots of decluttering this weekend, but made a bit of a start today before reading this thread:

* mailed off 6 items I sold on eBay (a PITA but that's another story)
* tossed 2 old baking mixes that have been in our pantry forever
* tossed 3 broken toys

Hope to be back with LOTS more later this weekend.
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I'm in! I was on a decluttering roll several months ago, but it got pushed aside (probably during my first trimester & feeling crappy). I need a fire lit under my butt!

So I just put 33 items up on Freecycle. If no one wants them there, I will bring them to the donation center. Plus I got rid of old calendars, etc. for another 3 items. That's my official start: 36 items.

Tonight or tomorrow I plan to go through the baby clothes I saved from dd & get rid of ones I *know* I won't use with this new babe.
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Ok, all christmas stuff gone and put away!!! I got that done, then i started in the kitchen while the girls were eating dinner. I went through my medicine cabnit in the kitchen and trashed about 5 bottles of old pills the dogs were on at one time or another, and about another 10 paper items out of there too, i can now fit all my meds/vitems that were on top of the microwave in the cabnit! YIPPY then i went through my bills and trashed all the old ones that i paid last month online (which is about 70% of my bills). so that was prolly about 10 paper items. so that's 25 items as of tonight...

Tomorrow my plan is to tackel the rest of the kitchen and laundry room i'm guessing i could 200 tomorrow alone in thoes two rooms and i need to still get my livingroom, both kids rooms, and my bedroom, and two bathrooms!!! I will update hopefully tomorrow afternoon when i'm done with these rooms!!!
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Oooh! I am so in! Especially with all these inspiring stories. So first thing tomorrow, down comes the tree and other decorations, and all x-mas things get put away.
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I'm in. 500 will be a stretch, but I think I have that many things that should be removed from the house. I put a bunch of stuff on Freecycle this morning - I'll have to count it up next week, when people are picking it up.

We have company coming next week, so I am ready to clean this place up!

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500? woah! i'm not sure if i can get rid of that much stuff. i recently did a decluttering of our home 5 months ago and gave away so much to charity. i easily gave away around 150 items, most in near new condition (and that was just from one room ). it was hard and gut wrenching, but i did it. in the end we only managed to declutter 1.5 rooms in our apartment, and then moved into our home.
now that we have moved and dd is climbing everywhere and raids all cupboards and drawers, i decided that once and for all we were going to remove everything we don't want or use. period. dh has been a hoarder in the past but i've talked to him many times about it and asked about the logic of keeping it all if it wasn't in use. he couldn't come up with a good reason and started to see the light. he is now 110% on board with me! he even opened the cupboard and said he didn't want 2 of his work sweaters that he doesn't like wearing and that we should give them away to someone who will put them to use.

i'm not sure how many items i have so far.. i'm guessing in the 70's range. i started the declutter a week ago. i went through 6 boxes in the last 24 hours and organised our books and a shitload of papers.

it's amazing - once you get started, you don't want to stop! and it's also amazing how easy it is to live peacefully when you open a cupboard, find what you want in an instant, take it out and use it. no searching, no yelling, no cussing.

anyway, i'm off to shred some no longer needed documents..
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I'm in!!!

DH is the one responsible for putting away the Christmas decorations, so I'm going to go ahead and get started on the decluttering even as he's working on unChristmasing the house

So far today I've pitched/set aside for donation/posted on ebay/recycled 43 items (10 t-shirts, 1 bag of bubble wrap packing material, 6 bottles of vinegar - to be given to a friend who cleans with it, 13 old pictures, 3 empty boxes, towel warmer, 6 salad bowls, a towel rack and a hanging knob that never managed to be put up in the bathroom).

I am confident I can get to 500 this month simply because I have so many old photographs that need to be put in albums - and I know that I don't want to spend good money on albums for pictures that simply aren't album-worthy! So I'll pitch a good number of pictures, I'm sure... I had intentions of doing scrapbooks, but I find that it's just not me. I don't have the creativity or the time to put into the scrapbooks. So I'm going to sell the scrapbooking supplies I have and use the proceeds to buy proper albums that I will use (as in, just slide the pictures in the little slot ).

The basement as a whole needs a serious look - so I'm going back down there after I post. I'm sure I'll be back later with another update!

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This is off to a good start! A few questioning if they can get to 500.

Remember going thru your fridge and throwing out 5 expired things counts-incl the celery that got forgotten! Go thru papers, videos, medicines, books, old school reports, texts, packages of photo negs, old batteries that need to be recycled, the garage alone could have 500 items according to my dh. He has pitched about 25 items so far.

So my number right now is right under 200 w dh's stuff incl. Last night I took a big shopping bag and just went thru the kitchen junk drawers etc. It was filled with stuff to toss. Plus now you can find things in there.

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500? woah! i'm not sure if i can get rid of that much stuff.
it's amazing - once you get started, you don't want to stop! and it's also amazing how easy it is to live peacefully when you open a cupboard, find what you want in an instant, take it out and use it. no searching, no yelling, no cussing.

anyway, i'm off to shred some no longer needed documents..
i think you will suprise yourself!

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I am up to 178. Over 3/4 of that total came from the kitchen/diningroom NOT including the fridge or pantry. I had no idea there was so much useless stuff in just those two rooms. I am feeling sick today but after I have a rest I am hoping I can get up to two hundred today. It feels so good to unburden us from this stuff.

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Well so far this morning i got 2 kitchen cabnits cleaned out and some plant shelfing that holds only junck as i kill all indoor plants.... so i got rid of 35 items now i'm up to 60 items... i'm hoping to just get through the kitchen today and wait for the laundry room tomorrow, i have 3 extra kids here now so that isn't helping but my sister in law wanted some of her kids to come over, she has 6 so 1/2 of them came over.... 6 kids age 1,3,3,5,5,7 this is a little crazy!!! LOL
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Since last I posted, I've done away with 16 photos, 14 documents, 1 cd, 1 HUGE stack of random paperwork, 2 empty boxes, 2 packages of sweets that really shouldn't go to my hips, 1 dress, 3 hair products, 6 wedding cards, 1 picture frame, 7 glass jars, 1 vase and 1 dirty piece of linoleum that was hiding under the kitchen sink.

So 43 plus all that brings me to... 99 items of my 500.

And now - I need to reward myself with a relaxing shower Have a great day, all! Keep up the good work!
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Alright. Christmas tree and decorations down. I have an open window up listing all the books I am asking to trade. If they are not gone before my birthday (the 28th), they are going to goodwill. I have also pulled clothes from my drawers, some sheets and other things that are just too much to put on the list for trade so they will be going to goodwill (probably Monday as I drive by there on my way to court).

Sooooo...I can only count a few things perhaps 5-10 items that I have thrown out but am definetly getting rolling. Just getting the Christmas tree down was amazing for me! Last year it was February! before it came down.
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i AM in!~
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I am now getting stuff on the TP and ebaying! At least I can make a few bucks to support my cloth diaper habit!

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Well, I went through the 'to file' paperwork pile tonight. Got 20 items there. And 18 items went to the thrift store box yesterday (books and clothes). Last week I posted 12 items on freecycle. So, that brings me to an even 50.

I've got to clean the bathroom tonight, but I don't forsee a great number of things to throw out there.

I did make a box of baby clothes to sell, but I'm actually going to wait until I sell them to count them.

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Well, at first DH was annoyed with my purging but then he decided to join in on the fun and helped me tackle the biggest clutter hole in the entire house...the canning closet. It went from a disaster area to a perfectly neat and clean closet with plenty of available shelf and floor space. I am now up to 346 items gone and I can thank that closet for my total.

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I am now up to 346 items gone
Wow! I'm impressed. I managed to weed out another measly 17 items today (mostly clothes), bringing me to 53.

I did also buy some fabric today to make new bedroom curtains. : I don't need to deduct that from my total, do I?
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I have a moving box of clothes waiting to go to a shelter or freecycle. Just need to reorganize garage from putting away xmas stuff and I will tackle the rest of my house!

YAY!!!
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I wonder how long it will take me to count the crap in the boxes in the garage?
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I got rid of 11 items yesterday. Today, I managed the following:

* 65 items in trash/recycling (cleaned out the bathroom cabinets, wire hangers from the closet, a few items from the fridge, etc.)
* 19 items (old bath towels, dh clothing, a few toys) donated to Goodwill- I drove them there right away!
* My husband donated his change jar to ds- we took it to a coin counting machine, then ds took the proceeds to the bank. About a zillion coins, but I'll count the whole jar as 1 item.
* A grocery bag full of misc. papers, catalogs, magazines, etc. (I'll count it as 4 items so it will bring me to 100!)

I have 5 items "pending"- I am giving them away and waiting for someone to pick them up Monday.

I have a big pile of toys and clothes I need to sell but I'll count those as I sell them.

Thanks for all the inspiration! The numerical goal is really motivating to me!
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Ok i'm in for another update!!!
I managed to attack most of my kitchen today even though the 6 kids in my house managed to make more work for me in the kids bed rooms!!!

Cleaned out the fridge/freezer/deep freeze got rid of 35 items mostly feed the stuff to my outside dog (she was in heaven LOL) or trashed the old stuff.
My snack/cooking good cabnits got rid of 16 items
Storage cabnit about 7 items when to the trash 10 items when home with my sil when she picked up the kids.
Cabnits around the my stove lost 8 items to my SIL also.
When i got the mail yesterday i went through it right when i got it insead of letting it pilll up somwhere so i threw out 6 paper items.
Old cleaning itesm, and old plant stuff 10 items
kitchen suplies that need to go to grandma 3 things in the car
here's a shocker tuperwear stuff (like old butter things cottage cheese ect) 28 items that i just don't need i mean how many left overs do i really need to have in my fridge... so out they went.
So grand total is 123 items plus the 60 from ealier that's 183....

Also something motivation i did was snaped some photos before i started with my cabnits open and stuff ... then when i was done took some more... i'll upload some at the end of the month maybe sooner if i have some extra time!!
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oh my gawd, i've been cleaning for EIGHT hours straight. i really should sleep now.. but couldn't resist the urge to come in and update!

i worked on the 2nd bedroom (the dumping ground in our house) and i can't believe it actually echos in here now!!! i'm about 3/4 of the way through the 2nd bedroom and the cupboards are organised, the clutter is gone, the floor has been vacuumed - twice, and the papers and cards are all ready to be filed away.
i'm going to take some pictures tonight and hopefully post them tomorrow night. i don't know what my count is right now... i'm guessing around 150 at least? eight hours ago it was 70, so i'm doing good!

ok i'm off for the night!! keep up the good work ladies!
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Does it count double if I get DH to declutter?

DH states he counted about 150 items in 1/2 the kitchen alone. And he's not done!! He went through the pantry, was able to get rid of some old pans (thanks to the MIN thread), and got rid of the "tupperware" cabinet. He also culled out his "cookbooks" and whatever fell out behind the refridgerator. And an old coffee pot! He won't tell me what else he threw out cuz I'll be upset with him, he says! LOL

Then I went through and tossed some old sippy cups and kiddy cups from the restaurants we used to go to and misc lids. I also went through the kids drawers and I have a big bag of clothes to go to my nephew and several boxes to go to my sisters. My nephews bag should go out this month however, my sisters I'm gonna have to keep for several months so I'm gonna need to find a place for it. I was able to throw out some items that were stained or not worth passing down (about 7 items) and an old tape and some garbage. I also started a box of toys and books for my sister and tossed some old/broken books/toys (about 5). Overall, I think we're at about 200 items at this point.

This is so fun!
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