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#61 of 106 Old 12-18-2006, 02:37 PM - Thread Starter
 
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You guys are doing so good! I keep thinking that during the holidays I'm not going to be able to get a whole lot done, so I'm trying to step it up so I hit my 200. I got rid of a TON of baby items yesterday. My girlfriend is having a little girl soon, so I'm giving her all of the gender neutral clothes that I have. I also gave her a sling I made that we don't use anymore because it's made for a smaller baby (not for my chub!). I also weeded through dp's closet and mine a bit too...so the new update is:

120/200

Almost there!
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Ladies! Our thread is getting bumped down! Oh no!

Are you guys still decluttering? I got rid of about 15 things last night. Mostly baby stuff. I have so much freaking baby stuff it is ridiculous. Why did no one tell me I didn't need everything under the moon for my first?
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i've been slacking...but i did cash in $27 worth of coins today! I'll only count that as one item, though

so i think i'm at 61/200
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i've been slacking...but i did cash in $27 worth of coins today! I'll only count that as one item, though

so i think i'm at 61/200
Nice!! I've been making money off of my decluttering too!! I sold an old wedding dress for $200 (I never wore it- long story), I sold a car that I bought for $400 for $1000 (I have no idea), I've sold random cd's and dvd's on the 'for sale' webpage at my work. I'm doing pretty good. Making money and decluttering! It removes so much stress! You know every day you look at that pile of junk and say- WTH am I going to do with that? And *poof* gone. I removed all of the things I'll never wear again from my closet, and now when I open my closet, it's all clothes that fit me and I love!!! This has been so refreshing.
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Nice!! I've been making money off of my decluttering too!! I sold an old wedding dress for $200 (I never wore it- long story), I sold a car that I bought for $400 for $1000 (I have no idea), I've sold random cd's and dvd's on the 'for sale' webpage at my work. I'm doing pretty good. Making money and decluttering! It removes so much stress! You know every day you look at that pile of junk and say- WTH am I going to do with that? And *poof* gone. I removed all of the things I'll never wear again from my closet, and now when I open my closet, it's all clothes that fit me and I love!!! This has been so refreshing.
as long as we don't end up buying more 'clutter' with our $, we'll be good!

i definitely consider rounding up the spare change decluttering, though--DH has so many piles and baskets/cups/whatevers full of coins it's :
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I took 63 stuffed animals (new, with tags attached) to my husband's office today for the Toys for Tots drive.

I plan on clearing out some more stuff for Good Will soon.

63/200
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Went through ds's closet and two medicine cabnets. That brings me up to

68/200-woah! need to get moving!
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Well, the Kidney Foundation will be here tomorrow to pick up stuff, so I needed to get busy.

Sitting by the front door ready to go:

4 items I just received as gifts but don't need
5 random items from the laundry room
7 articles of clothing from my closet
18 articles of ds's clothing
30 books
6 random kitchen items
5 trash bags full of clothes/toys that have been in our garage (probably a couple hundred items, but I'll just count it as 5)

I could pull an all-nighter and gather more stuff, but I just don't feel like it.

total so far this month: 108/200

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I am up to 65/200 in one day!
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I just put the items out on the porch to be picked up. I added 3 more largish things. This feels so good!

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It may be near the end of the month now, but I just saw this and am going to get rid of as much useless stuff as I can!
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I took 63 stuffed animals (new, with tags attached) to my husband's office today for the Toys for Tots drive.

I plan on clearing out some more stuff for Good Will soon.

63/200


We have like 15 stuffed animals in the house total and I was starting to feel crowded!!! I'm still trying to decide which ones to get rid of

I am kind of organizing as I go, and it is great! My closet looks absolutely fab now and is a lot easier to work with.
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Question :
On the Nov. 500 challenge it said this:
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Your old tax record from 1998 counts as one item to be shredded.
Let's say I had a desk full of random paper I could recycle...what would that count as?
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On the Nov. 500 challenge it said this:


Let's say I had a desk full of random paper I could recycle...what would that count as?
I would count that as one...That could too easily be 200 items!
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I would count that as one...That could too easily be 200 items!
LOL that's what I figured
Everytime I have a stack from a different room I'll count as one - so that'll probably end as 3 total.
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got rid of some more stuff... let's see....
tons of scrapbooking supplies
suitcase
3 more books
returned a friend's baby clothes
gave away 3 cloth diapers, 4 covers
empty box from the kitchen


80/200
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allrighty...i cleared out 54 more items today - that brings my total up to 132. i stll haven't actually left the bedroom yet and my husband hasn't gone through his part of the closet yet either. i can't believe that i have this much to get rid of in the bedroom alone. i am on to the kitchen tomorrow and i am suspicious that may push me over my total. wish me luck...
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Yea! Did DS's room and toy box and all of the extra blankets!

added 75 items

143/200
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Just one more item went out the door today. But every little bit counts!

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OK, I sent an email to my playgroup to offer up all my scrapbooking supplies (half a room worth of stuff). I'm going all digital baby! I already have a reply. I just have to arrange a time with the momma. I'm also giving all my fabric scraps away to another momma. YEAH!!!

Oh, and we completely decluttered the dining room today. I started there, thinking how much can we possibly get rid of. It's a relatively small, uncluttered room. Well, I started there and did 4 kitchen cabinets and the top shelf of the pantry. We completely filled the back of the van with stuff for Goodwill.

So, I have not kept count of everything, but I am feeling so great already! Dh doesn't have to work much until after New Year's, so we talked about working on a room a day, until we fill up the van with stuff to donate. The Good Will is only about 2 miles away, which makes it really easy to drop off stuff on our way somewhere.

This is SO liberating!
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I'm joining quite a bit late, but here I am. I joined the 500 group too for extra motivation. I already got rid of 52 items of clothing! How's that for a start?
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Just took a very quick run-through in the kitchen as I was taking trash outside to be picked up. So 10 more items, plus two very big boxes that have been sitting in the basement.

124/200

If ds cooperates today I may play a game to see how much else I can get out the door before the trash truck comes today. I never know what time it is going to come, so it's a kind of fun game.

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Got rid of 5 more things last night. I know it's not much, but I'm organizing as I go and my house is finally starting to actually look less clutered. Hurray! So:

140/200

I'm almost there! I really do need to go through my junk drawers.
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I don't know why, but even though ds's room is the most organized room in the house, I tend to keep working on decluttering it. Maybe because he grows out of things so quickly, plus he isn't attached to things like dh is (so he won't complain). So I went through his room again and found 26 items to toss and the following to give away: sling, 4 blankets, diaper bag, travel wipes containter, wet bag. I'll add to the list a pack-n-play that we're passing on, too.

I also was going through the Christmas box last night and got rid of 5 things (including the box, which ds and I broke when I was pushing it around the living room with him in it).

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Alright, here's my list!

To donate to the Thrift Store here on base:
52 items of clothing
38 toys
42 items of misc. junk in a box I haven't opened in a year!
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132 and counting. just a week to go!
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Some was freecycled, some given away, some thrown away...but here is me so far.

1 thing of papers
5 magazines
3 boxes
expired coupons
un-needed papers from wallet
baby bathtub
bag
purse
18 bottles
6 packs of bottle liners
4 owners manuals for things we no longer own
2 shirts
1 box of cards


=45/200
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I have been on a rampage this week, and man do I feel good. I cleaned out our basement, and came away with FOUR huge outdoor type trash cans full of trash. (Most of it was stuff that was here when we moved in, including four mops...who on earth needs four mops?)

Stuff I've Given to Vinnie's So Far:

two crib sheets
four baby blankets
about 18 tons of clothes DD has outgrown
several movies
giraffe statue
border collie statue
Russian spoon
Brass ducks
DH's "adult collectible" toy motorcycles
four banana boxes full of books
four huge giant picture frames
a baby swing
a Johnny Jump Up
a Pack 'n Play (Who on earth decided that those things are portable? They weigh a ton!)
black trash can
2 plastic vases
2 baskets
a towel with cat eyes on it that always sort of scared DS

On the porch to go to Vinnie's as soon as they're open again:
a gray trash can
a bunch of bibs
a giraffe mug
a lamp
a huge bag of tiny toys
two obnoxious, noisy plastic puzzles
a service bell (???)
a twisty drum
an old afghan
five sheets and two pillowcases

In a box, ready to go to the P.O. and shipped off to SIL & BIL
25 cookbooks
a pair of Carhart insulated overalls

In the garage waiting for trash day:
a broken high chair
an ugly, smelly blue office chair
two huge, old ugly chair cushions
eight hideous, huge curtain rods

Ad Placed in "To Give Away" section of local paper:
antique sewing machine
antique radio

Listed on eBay:
four never used waterproof pads
a brand new set of sheets
a never used Chinese caligraphy set
a never used microscope

I hate the holiday for slowing my purging! To quote Vixenmama, FLING, FLING, FLING!

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In a mad Christmas Eve rush, I went through some stuff in the bedroom and got rid of 29 more items. Most of it was trash, but I am giving a few things away.

If feels good to get rid of stuff before all that new stuff comes in tomorrow!

193/200

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argh! Christmas seriously put a damper on the decluttering around here...every present that came through the door had me thinking of what i could get rid of to balance it out. At least i've put away most stuff, trashed and recycled what wrapping i could, and started to box up some of DD's toys to be stored in the attic for a while....also listed some stuff on FSOT this morning...so no new tally, but i've started to get organized anyway...
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Serious, serious decluttering happening here.....we have two laundry baskets full of stuff waiting to be boxed for donating. Toys, clothes...oh, and a full box of books as well. More to come!
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