This time I have had a lot happen over the last few months- dd2 came early, we need to get her room ready etc.
So this challenge is to list what you intend to get done in the month of may. Make a list and do it. For example if you want to "tackle the garage" right down what it intails and get it to done.
I need to get my dd2's room ready. She will be sleeping in our room for a long while, but having her space is important. So=
Get office equipment out
give table away, move desk and file cabinet into bsmt
make and hang curtains.
get closet ready and hang her stuff in there
move dresser/changing table in and get cd stuff all ready in there.
dh will build dd1 another dresser
find rug for ground since we have hardwood floors
new rocking chair-dh wants to build as well
find a new home for laundry sorter
use up ink in printers and then buy new smaller printer to go w new laptop
take old pc and office chair to dh's office
Also since I have been going back and forth to the NICU, my playroom is a major diastar. It needs major decluttering I want 250 items gone.
if anyone wants to join, lets get going!
Counting items really works for me so my goal is 300 items.
I know May doesn't officially start until tomorrow but I'm going to count some items I just got rid of on freecycle in the past few days
- 5 workbooks
- 4 rubberstamping items
Gave away a game we never played to a friend
gave away free for shipping a math textbook and workbook
I'm accumulating a big pile for the children's consignment store but I won't count those until I actually drop them off.
So my total so far is 14.
I have to think about my list - I'll post later. I was able to get rid of 467 items last month (missed my 500 goal, however). I'm going to shoot for only 200 this month -- I need to focus more on organizing and less on purging this month.
Amys1st: Thanks for starting us off with a new challenge! And congrats on your new DD!
Finished last month with a total of 220 toward my 500 goal. This month I am just going to keep going toward that so I guess my May goal is 280.
My main goal is to keep the house clean until the baby comes so I won't have to clean for a bit after that. My second goal is to get the rest of the baby stuff organized and then once we find out the sex of this one either get rid of all the pink we have or wash it and not have to buy anything My third goal is to move my stuff out of the closet that is now going to be dd's (I have been using it since we moved in 6 years ago because it is a big walk in one).
Happy decluttering everyone!
Also to get the guest room set up as my birthing room
Beyond that, my long term May goals are to keep decluttering in prep for our move at the end of June.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" --Leonardo Da Vinci
I'm setting a goal for 500 items, too. The catch is (and I don't know if this is allowable, but it's what I'm gonna do ....) some of those items may not leave my house. I'm hoping to have a big yard sale in June or July. So, I'm going to be making a "yard sale pile."
My to do list:
Continue cleaning out the garage. Find a home for all those I don't know what to with items so that we can actually park dh's car in the garage.
Start cleaning out the 2 storage closets in the basement. I can probably toss/donate/sell just about everything in there. Maybe I will do another yard sale.
**oldest son's room -- finish overall clean, then finish organizing drawers (he's helping). closet in room, clean out
**empty storage boxes, donate unused/unwanteds, re-store out-of-seasons/keepers
**clean under futon
**big bedroom closet -- clean out, donate, organize
**set up sewing/craft room (including buy storage bins)
**buy somemore baskets for storage
**buy plastic boxes w/lids for laundry room use
**clean out upstairs freezer
**re-organize hallway closets (wejust cleaned one out and turned it into a linen closet, so now I have to work on that one and the previous linen/medicine closet)
**big bedroom -- finish sorting and organizing boxes and piles of clothes
I think that's about enough. I'd like to add the kitchen in there, we'll see how I do with the other stuff. My main goal is always to just keep it picked up but, umm...doesn't always happen
For projects, I would like to clean out our garage!
That alone will take major freecycling and recycling.
I am going to try the 500 item thing and also work on the following three things (suggestions from my dh, who will definitely be my partner in at least the middle one)
1. dd's toys -- getting rid of tons are either very similar or that she is growing out of -- she didn't start with tons, but suddenly has lots. ideally i could sell them for teeny bits of money, but one way or another we need to have lots less toys moving with us.
2. sort through boxes in the basement -- this is still leftover from the february challenge, though there is certainly less there than there was at the beginning of february. we need to go through the boxes, get rid of a lot, put the remainder in smaller boxes, and label them extremely well...
3. Kitchen paraphernalia - we have stuff we never use and we have things like spatulas that really just need to be replaced and knives that really don't cut.
so those are our main goals!
As far as what I can do for this month, hmmmm..... need to organize the front porch more so my honey has a work space, and I can hang up my laundry. (We live in a small trailer for now. Not allowed to have a workshop outside, nor a clothesline.)
*organize my file cabinet to a more manageable level
*hang pictures on walls to get them off my bookshelf
*make books more accessible on shelf, meaning find places for the other things on the shelf!
*dun out the clothes... we have too many for the space we're in.
[ ] Shelf in the cat closet (hall closet became the cat's room so that it can escape from the dogs... but now my AC, fan, vacuum, BBQ stuff are displaced!
[ ] Dump old equipment from old job that apparently doesn't want it's equipment back
[ ] use that above space to put all our financial stuff in one place
[ ] Put officy type stuff in a box (envelopes, current bills, etc) instead of on baby's dresser
[ ] Buy fabric and make a diaper stacker to corall the piles of baby's diapers
[ ] Realistically go through fabric in storage and dump ruthlessly
[ ] Cut remaining diaper fabric into diaper peices
[ ] Clean bottom cupboard and make mouseproof
[ ] Dump old mouse traps so cat doesn't get stuck in them
[ ] Go to dump
[ ] Dump most of the toxic cleaning supplies, assemble a cleaning caddy with the rest
[ ] Organize DH's and my closets again
[ ] Sew curtain for my closet
[ ] Sew curtians for the kitchen, living room, hall
[ ] Go through stuff stashed under our bed
[ ] Clean out freezer
[X] Clean out fridge
[ ] Organze cleaning rags (any ideas? We use a ton of rags since tryign to break the disposible paper towel habit!)
[ ] Sew dust covers for mixer, grain mill, espresso machine, coffee maker
[ ] Dishes daily
[ ] Vacuum daily
Heather , momma to ' Parker- 10, Carlee- 7 and our baby Genevieve Faith - 8-27-10
I hit the plyroom today and weedled out a ton of junk etc that seemed to find its way in there. I also have a big box going in the living room that I added all kinds of odds and ends to. Also I donated 10 hardcover books to the library today- they were very happy w the selection.
I arranged for a pickup of a charity too so this will all be gone before long!
dh is going thru his clothes tonight since his dresser is filled to the brim and add the big garbage bag I have going in our bedroom.
I was planning to think about my list while DD was napping today, but I am wiped out and napped too
Tomorrow's plan is another load to the thrift store (books, clothes, VHS tapes)
Clean out all of my junk drawers.
Use the three large drawers in the linen closet for all the blankets I clean out of Isaiah's closet.
Find some type of shelving unit for Isaiah's closet.
Get rid of the old dresser shoved in Isaiah's closet.
Find a space or a drawer strictly for my PTO and School Board paper work for the new school year.
Clean my closet and give away all the stuff we dont need in it.
Clean out the cupboards and clean them out, tossing away that mystery spice that I have carried around for 10 years.
Clean the front porch by tossing out the laundry basket full of matchbox cars that no one every plays with (they just toss them into the bushes fun fun) and all other junk finding its home on there.
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Now that's a mouthful!!!
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--get clothing donations out of house
--get lawn clippings out of garage
-- cull baby clothes already outgrown, move in new
--sort through at least 12 storage bins, reduce contents to fit in 6 bins
--fill 3 new boxes of household items for donating
--recycle at least 24 inches (stacked) of no longer necessary office paper
-- sell 30 books to a used book store (and do not replace!)
--fill 8 boxes for the garage sale AND price the items
66 books, 17 videos, cassette tapes, pet items, bag of summer clothes.
I sold DD's old playgym too.
I'm counting the bag as only 1 -- so 95 items. Oh, and three old blankets to the animal shelter. So, 99 + 3 = 102
My to-do list is to make my to-do list :
My issue- we have been on the declutter bug for about 3 years or so now. We are real good about not having it around so how the heck do we manage to find stuff to give to this sale when we have less and how do people who do not get this stuff out of their home live with it????
Buy a laundry sorter http://www.stacksandstacks.com/html/product34_0.htm
Sort through kids clothing so I know what I need to buy for this baby
Go through all of our clothing and get rid of un-worn, worn out, too small clothing
Put away cold weather clothing
Repair drawer on Jacobs dresser
Find a dresser for baby
Start saving for a new vacume
Declutter kids toys
I am dune in June so we'll see how much I get done.
OK - I had said 500 & I'm sticking with it, but we're off to a ssssllllooooowwww start.
DH did a little on the garage yesterday & we got rid of 10 things. BUT - then we got distracted and had to quit.
So - woot! - 490 to go. The best part is we put it out for trash & the scrap metal folks came & got most of it within the hour, so at least I don't feel too bad about just tossing it in the trash.
I really want to get started on the attic and/or basement this weekend.
Originally Posted by m9m9m9
I have 2 large rubbermaid totes of stuff I have bought over the past 2 months sitting in my basement and I haven't had any reason to get any of the stuff out in 2 months which tells me I didn't need it in the first place!