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#61 of 96 Old 09-25-2006, 02:11 PM
 
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I'll join! I'm seeking that "freeing" feeling as well and need the encouragement to get started. This thread is very inspiring. We don't have a ton of stuff, but we have absolutely no space, so even still it looks cluttered. I've started going through DS' stuff and deciding what is a "have-to-keep-for next-baby" and what can go. I'm just so tired of feeling overwhelmed by mess that I can't keep clean. Some of it hurts to let go of, but I can't keep up, so it's got to go.
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I have two more bags and a fan to take to the charity shop!!!

My telephone table is beautifully clutter-free (there are only 5 things on the entire table), and one shelf of the bookcase has also been streamlined.

I'm becoming addicted to empty space!

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if only to get inspired. We did a big purge and yard sale a couple of months ago. Unfortunately it rained buckets (unpredicted) on yard sale day all morning. I have outgrown baby clothes boxed up for a friend's grandchild (still cooking). I did manage to send a rocking/riding toy to my SIL for my nephew.

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I took another bag to the Goodwill yesterday. (Unfortunately, my friend gave me an even larger bag of hand-me-downs, so I didn't exactly make much progress! )

In the course of my de-cluttering mania, I unearthed two girl's Columbia winter coats. (Size 4-5 in a periwinkle blue, size 10-12 in a bright lime green. One is too small for my daughter, one is much too large.) If anyone is in need of either one, p.m. me, and you can have them.

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I'm just getting started, but so far I have one very large box of clothes and one kinda large box full of clothes and shoes that DH is taking to Goodwill this week. Plus, lots of clothes that I threw away because they were torn or stained. I realized only afterward that I should have kept some to cut up for rags. But, I'm just getting started with all of this, so this is a good lesson I'll remember as I continue to declutter.
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delivered about 7 bags to goodwill
2 boxes of clothes to the consignment shop
gave away several large toys to my niece (they can clutter up my sisters place now) :

about 4 bags of crap and clutter and trash in the last 3 weeks or so
cleaned out the office/sewing room today and can actually find things

cleaned the pantry and hallway closets whew

damn! that feels good
my house is actually getting in shape~~~ really good shape:

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Hope it's not too late too join because I SO need to do this. I only have a studio, but ... ummmmm ... I'm kind of a clutter bug. Not to mention, kind of messy. Let's just say that I actually have to make paths to the kitchen and bathroom from my bed in order to make it there without tripping on anything. : I have things that I haven't worn since GRADE school.

In December, I'm moving in with my boyfriend, and I would love to do it with just the necessities. And zero clutter. Then maybe I can tackle his house.

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I have another bag full of "stuff" ready to go to the charity shop. And I gave 2 cat dishes to my neighbour along with a brownie pan, (since she makes wonderful brownies and has no proper brownie pan, whereas I never make brownies, and, therefore, do not need a brownie pan ). I also returned some toys another neighbour had lent to my daughter.

I still see clutter when I look around, so that hasn't changed much, but I can feel my thinking changing, and I think that may be even more important in the long run.

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I've been too busy the past few days to get back to my decluttering, but I'll be doing a lot tonight. DH brought home some boxes from work for me so that I can put all my give-away stuff in them! Yay!!!
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I've filled another bag but I've become stalled too. I tried to declutter some toys, but unfortunately the children found the box and everything in it became instantly alluring. They had not played with them for months and months before that.

I have had so little time and energy, but I need to get organized because that will be the case for some time to come. I keep checking in here for some inspiration.

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I posted this on my blog, but last night I went through my scrapbooking supplies and put a full third of them into the Ebay box! Earlier in the week I cleared out the hall closet, getting rid of conventional cleaners, and that freed up the space for the rest of the supplies to have a home, so they're not just in boxes in the corner of my bedroom.

I took five boxes of clothes to our local homeless shelter yesterday.
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We went to the dress rehersal of "Cats" on Wednesday. The admission for dress rehersal is a tin of food for the foodbank (per person), so I brought 5 tins of food...

Can I count this toward my decluttering goal?

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A little late, but I'd like to join...
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WOOHOO!! I got rid of a 6 ft aquarium and aquarium stand today, plus some misc fishtank junk. I am SOOOO happy. My dh kept saying he wanted to sell it, but then never did. I posted it a few times on craigslist, and only got one response. So I finally posted it on freecycle and it is GONE. I can see my fireplace again. :-) I feel so much better about my living room and kitchen now.

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WOOHOO!! I got rid of a 6 ft aquarium and aquarium stand today, plus some misc fishtank junk. I am SOOOO happy. My dh kept saying he wanted to sell it, but then never did. I posted it a few times on craigslist, and only got one response. So I finally posted it on freecycle and it is GONE. I can see my fireplace again. :-) I feel so much better about my living room and kitchen now.

That's awesome!

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On Saturday morning, I "made" my son take everything out of the garage and put it on the cement parking pad. Then I swept the garage and put things away one by one. (I filled the dumpster with stuff that didn't deserve to live in the garage anymore. )

It looks great in there! There are a few things that are only temporary (the paint for the still-in-progress kitchen project, the seeds for my garden in June, et cetera), but even those have a place and are stored neatly.

Now for the rest of the house... :

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Oh! Oh! Me! Me! Can I join?! *waves hand frantically* Please?

I've gotten rid of a lot of old toys; the deal was that for every new toy DS got for his birthday, he had to get rid of something old. The new toys weren't even allowed into the house until he'd cleaned out his old things. So far, so good! They're still cluttering up my kitchen until I can take 'em to Goodwill, but hey... some progress is better than none, right?

I am also getting rid of two, count 'em, two desks in my teeny 12x12 living room. All I'm keeping in there is the futon and a bookcase to hold DVDs and the telly.



And can I please share with you a little "epiphanette" (that's a teeny epiphany) that I had the other day?

For years we've been rich in "things;" we've always had a lot of "things." But now the things are weighing us down and keeping us from who and where we really want to be, so...

Instead of being rich in "things," it's time to concentrate on being rich in "space."

Finding space and peace of mind, right where you are. Knowing that the less you own, the more control you have.
Realizing that less is not more, because you don't want more. You have too much already.  Less is best!                              www.lessisbest.net
    ...
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Where did everybody go? (Are you all buried under piles of clutter? )

I just had to share about my successfull week end. I completely de-cluttered and rearranged my kids' "study area". It looks so great!

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There is a little "area" (for lack of a better word) between my entryway and my kitchen. The deep-freeze lives there, and there is also a table that is too small to seat my whole family, too nice to get rid of, kwim?

I moved everything out from against the walls and vaccuumed thoroughly. Then I sprinkled the floor where the deep freeze goes with lavendar oil. (The carpet had a funny smell, and I don't want/can't afford to have it steamed at the moment, so... The heat created by the deep freeze also sends the fragrance of the essential oil into the room. ) I put the three 5-gallon buckets of wheat that were in my bedroom between the wall and the deep freeze. Now they are closer to the kitchen, (which means I may actually remember that I have all that wheat, and, more importantly, feed it to my family ) but they aren't immediately visable. I topped the deep freeze with a mattlesse tablecloth that I forgot I had : and placed a basket of fruit on top (to be eaten for after school snacks). Next, I put the table against the window, and placed an antique suitcase underneath it. I moved the extra school supplies that were under my bed in a Rubbermaid tote into the suitcase (please tell me I'm not the only one who buys two cases of notebooks when they are on sale for 10 cents per notebook during back-to-school!) I plastered the outside of the suitcase with some really cool travel stickers that we had received from some children's magazine. Then, I put a piano bench that had no permanant home (mainly because we have no piano ) next to the table for seating. I put my eldest son's collapsable music stand, the English dictionary, and the Spanish dictionary inside the seat of the piano bench. (The piano bench is positioned so that the "open side" is away from the table, for ease of access.) I placed a large wicker basket between the table and the wall as a place for backpacks, and left room between the wall and the basket for my eldest son's cello. Then I put a porcelain jar (without a lid) in an old wooden cheesebox on the table to hold pencils. (The box holds the pencil sharpener, et cetera) Finally, I placed a straight-backed chair against the last wall for my son to sit in while he practices his cello. (The piano bench would work, but this way his brothers still have a place to sit and do their homework while he practices.)

I am so pleased with the final results! I especially love that it cost me NOTHING, gave a purpose to a few things that had just been malingering in my house, and freed up space in my bedroom. (And all of my sons told me that it made doing their homework much simpler. Now if they would just stop leaving their homework until Sunday night...)

Keep up the decluttering, mummas. It's soooo worth it! (Now I'm inspired to tackle the sitting area!)

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Only 48 days left of 2006....
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I went through my kitchen on the weekend. My pots and pans cupboard is looking wonderful, spare, with only the things I really use in it. And I can find them in seconds now. I got rid of a few gadgety things too, don't need them. I bundled them up with some toys the kids have outgrown for charity collection on Thursday. Also, almost a whole bag of women's and children's clothing. My house is looking a little better but I still have a long way to go before the big move next March/ April.

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Just wanted to post that when you are decluttering rather than tossing it you should check to see if anyone here http://www.spatulagirl.com/holidayhelper/helper.php
could use any of the stuff. You would be helping another mama or family and decluttering at the same time.

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How is everyone doing? Even if you haven't met the ultimate goal of a clutter-free home, are you seeing substantial progress?

I've been noticing that in the areas that I have de-cluttered, it takes very little time to put them to rights when they do get messy. I it!

Even the areas that aren't totally "finished" are getting better, and we're doing less and less of the frustrating "Where is my..." hunt when we're trying to get out the door.

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How is everyone doing? Even if you haven't met the ultimate goal of a clutter-free home, are you seeing substantial progress?

I've been noticing that in the areas that I have de-cluttered, it takes very little time to put them to rights when they do get messy. I it!

Even the areas that aren't totally "finished" are getting better, and we're doing less and less of the frustrating "Where is my..." hunt when we're trying to get out the door.
K, I have noticed vast improvements too, in time it takes clean etc. I got another box and two garbage bags out of the way over the long weekend. I feel much more organized. I found some money. Well, really just some coupons for about $20 on things we would have bought anyway. However previously I wouldn't have known where to find them at all.

Now I am home with two sick little ones for the past couple of days I am not panicking about the mess. I know it's just surface stuff and I know where it goes. It will only take about 10 mins tops, perhaps a half hour to tidy up the whole house, if indeed I could get to it.

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I just took, last week, 6 large trash bags to Goodwill. And all of that came out of my closet! Why did I ever even have so much stuff? :

And I still need to get rid of more! Or rather, I need to hurry up and use the pile of t-shirts I set aside for sewing, and then Goodwill the leftovers.

After this, I still have to go through books, photographs, shoes, DVDs, CDs, etc.

I have to say, though, de-junking is addicting!

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Evidently, my de-cluttering is wearing off on my children, because last night I came home to a clutter free dining area, sitting room and study,& my middle son was vaccuuming!

The boys are planning a "room-decluttering" next weekend (they have a sleepover planned already for this weekend), and all 4 of my children are doing much better at putting their things away...maybe because "away" is no longer full to bursting? :

If I just keep plugging away at Mount Washmore, I should reach my goal of a de-cluttered home by 31 December. (I've already streamlined my wardrobe to the bare minimum; my daughter's is next...)

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Hey all !! I am new to the thread !! GREAT IDEA !! I'm in !!
How is this being done, are we just posting our progress or are we all tackling a certain room at a time..............sort of a Cyberspace Decluttering Swat Team !!
I hope (will) get started on the Holiday break !!
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I came home from a 3 week trip to find a mouse in the basement....so that is what got decluttered this week...I tood 2 truck loads to Goodwill (SUV back, not pick up truck back)...and trashed 2 big garbage bags and recycled I don' know how much paper!!! At least 3 paper bags full!!! the garage is on the hit list when DH gets home from deployment!!!
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I'm having a hard time decluttering. We've been packing for our move to happen on 12/22 but I just keep shoving things that I don't use.

For example, DH pulls a little bin out of the kitchen cupboard and starts going through it. I jumped in and started reminiscing on many of the items in there. He says, you haven't opened that box since we moved here (20 months ago!). This is all very familiar with what I'm packing away!

Help!!! : I don't know what to do. I'm having such a hard time putting things in the Freecycle box I created, for the sole purpose of decluttering!! There are 5 bins of which I've moved from home to home in the last 4 years.. yet have not ventured in them or really opened them up much. Yet I can't bring myself to toss the contents away!!!
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