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#121 of 459 Old 01-03-2007, 12:33 AM
 
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Tonight I tossed:
1 magazine
3 of dd's old, stained shirts
1 of my old, stained shirts

FUN!!

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15 pieces of Clothing
6 Books
1 V Smile Baby (christmas present listed on ebay)

Total:21/300

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If I go on a rampage, there will be one and only one. I may get rid of a lot of stuff but I will end up leaving most things half done. Which is what I did to begin with. It really does help subscribing to this thread though. I feel the need to do something just so I can post my progress. I went through the girls books after they went upstairs, 29 books gone. I do feel kinda bad counting these because we will be getting them some new books, but maybe not for awhile, and not 29 of them. These are the books that when they asked to read we were always like, no not that one. But we have such a hard time getting rid of books...And is it sad that I went through their toys with them, but had to wait to go through their books without them? I knew exactly which ones needed to go, there is still one that I need to find that is possible my dh hid somewhere. I was hoping for an even 30
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So I did get started today. I got 100 items together out of my kids rooms with dd's clothing that is too small I have it next to the door to take out to the car tomorrow. The kids room is clean now and mostly decluttered although the toys is a whole other story. They will come later. Tomorrow will be my room and bathroom if I get to it.

100/750(decided to commit to that)
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so does it count if dh dropped a box of christmas ornaments and we had to throw most of them out?!? at any rate, mostly i've been cleaning today, but hope to be back on the decluttering wagon in the next few days. other than the broken stuff probably only about one to two dozen items went today.

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Yesterday I took 14 pieces of baby clothes, one baby bjorn, and one grocery cart cover to the resale shop. So that's 16 items and hopefully a little cash!
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This is how we got the dishes under control. We can only fit a small number of dishes in the kitchen cupboards now that most of them have been torn down. As a result, we have to wash dishes every day! I imagine it would work well with laundry too...

Dishes use to be a problem for me too. I had like 5 sets. Why on earth did I think I needed that many??? I got one set I LOVE for my wedding this past July and that was the only one I kept. Im a clean sink freak, and have been for the last 2years or so. thanks to fly lady and her darn shiny sinks!

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count me in! I'm aiming for at least 100 items by Friday (the National Kidney Foundation will be in our area for pick up) and another 200 more by the end of the month!

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I nearly made my December goal, so I think I will stick with the same number (200).

Yesterday I Freecycled/Freeshared a battery charger, 4 batteries and 4 adapters.

So, 9/200 for me so far.

I am going to try to sell some items this month (usually I just donate or give away.)
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do I need racketball rackets? hmmmm
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I have yet another bag of little pieces of paper, notes envelopes and such to recycle, and I discovered I still have the phone book for 2004-2005, so it's on it's way out too.
Not much more, working slowly, I WOH.
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Previous total:23/150
Today 3 Jan I got out of my house:
1 tea kettle
1 dish towel
1 hanger
1 file folder case
1 pant/top set
1 coffee cup
1 necklace
4 ice cream bowls
4 desert bowls
2 baby bottom pant thingies
1 cookbook
2 packages of cards
3 books
1 magazine
2 kitchen spoons
1 un-opened packet of elastic
New total: 50/150 - not bad for the 3rd day of the month and I have not gone through any rampages yet - lol

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count me in. I'll try 150.

Me+DH (2006)
DS (2005)
DD (2008)
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I recycled/gave away FIVE phonebooks! I even kept three. :
Plus a magazine.

Add that to the box from a few days ago and I'm already at 7/100. Slow and steady...
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My kitchen counter is covered with stuff to donate and sell, and I have two Rubbermaid containers of toys and clothes in DD's room. I don't feel like I can count it because it's not out of the house yet, but I probably have at least 150 items in "pending mode," LOL. We also inventoried our china and crystal to sell. That's easily another 150 items. I just hope I can get all this stuff OUT of the house soon.
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so far 94/500 ... not bad for a few days work

I've decluttered a significant amount of yarn (mostly acryllic that I donated to my nephews' preschool) and cleaned out the crafts cupboard a bit. I *need* to work on my desk ... but yikes! I think I need a strong pot of coffee and some gathering up of the courage for that one ... maybe this weekend? :

Sounds like we're doing awesome folks! LOVE reading everyone's success - inspiring!

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Trash/Recycling
7 pairs of shoes
7 egg cartons
3 empty boxes
some twine
some used dryer sheets
2 broken coffee mugs
1 drinking cup
1 broken spaghetti spoon
1 empty febreze bottle
1 plastic "belongings" bag
2 sports bottles
18 cooking magazines
4 "cookbooks"
1 tackle box
1 recipe card holder
3 sets of recipe cards
1 pair holey gloves
2 broken rice cookers
1 stool
popsicle/craft sticks
plastic spoons
blade covers

So, the stuff that I've actually removed from the apartment - 61/300 things

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trash/donate/give away

21 junk toy/plastic
4 stencil brushes
1 sheet stickers
1 sm.piece of embroidery
10 packs of paint chips (the entire Martha Stewart paint chip collection)
1 eyelash curler
1 pacifier
1 lipgloss
2 packages of permanent markets (not with kids...no way)
20 used up pens
14 small metal locker doors (garage)
1 broken tub lid
1 scuzzy t-shirt
1 scuzzy mattress pad
2 scuzzy shorts
10 toys
19 prs. kids socks (!!!)
10 mismatch socks
8 prs. girls unders
16 kids clothing items
144/750
fling! fling! fling!
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I went through several boxes in the basement today and bagged up a lot of trash. Old papers, moldy stuff etc. I also packed up a fair amount for the donation pickup in the morning. I'll count the donations tomorrow when they actually leave the house, but the trash I'll add to my tally now.

Included in the morning's garbage are Dh's stacks of photocopied handouts from high school, and copies of his resume from 1986. :

Ideally these would have gone to recycling, but that's not for another two weeks and the papers are pretty rank with mold and mildew.

So far - 50
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Cleaned an amazing amount of CRAP out of my diaper bag. That feels goooooood.
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Today I didn't get the numbers that I wanted, but every bit counts

2 bags of recycled paper
Set of Sheets
4 notepads
7 Pictures
4 Pens
1 Pedometer
1 picture frame
1 coupon holder
1 address book

154/1000
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My internet has been out all day so the rough count is close to 200 items decluttered and about eighty of those were in the bag that left the house this evening for $10 that is going into my new 'momma needs pampering' fund.

I'll get you guys the actual tally tomorrow after I've cleared out some more.

BTW, I almost had to do the hiemlick on Dh when I told him what the tally for the last 48hrs was. I guess the moral is don't toss out big numbers like that when your Dh is eating dinner.
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Well, back at work for one day and it has kicked my behind. Everyone's behind really as we all seem to have gotten sick So, only one item today:

a RioVolt Mp3 player (ancient technology as DH would say) to Freecycle.

It turns out the person who wanted our hideous cat bowl also posted a want ad for an Mp3 player so she's taking both! I think I need to start paying more attention to the wanted ads on Freecycle.

Total: 34/150.
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I got rid of 18 things! I got 14 food items out of my kitchen pantry. All of these were foods that DH and I don't like or that I like and can not seem to cook properly (buckwheat noodles!) or that moved to this house with us 1.5 years ago and we haven't used them yet. The other 4 is the way I have decided to count the receipts for our household finances. I am WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY behind in getting our finances together. I haven't balanced all our accounts since last February. Getting this up to date is one of my major goals for January. I have decided I am going to count 1 hour of time spent on this as 1 item discarded from my house. In reality it is a lot more pieces of paper than that, but more than the paper it is the mental clutter being removed.

Oops. Forgot to do my running total. I am at 46/351 items discarded.
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Can I join? I just moved, and man what a great chance to declutter! I got approx:

- 10 garbage bags of garbage (maybe 12
- box of shoes
- sofa
- headboard for bed
- rusty bedframe
- dog crate
- old stereo
- heavy old mirror
- painting
- 6? bags of women's and children's clothing
- broken fan
- 2? bags toys
- 1 box toys and books
- 1 box assorted crap
- another HUGE box assorted crap
- bag of old crappy tupperware
- bag of oldish food from fridge
- bag of oldish food from freezer

It is so easy to declutter when moving! I started by packing some clutter, but I didn't get fully packed before we started moving. And geez, when you're physically exhausted you have to *really* love something to be willing to lug another box, IME.

I am so excited to start anew! Woohoo!!!!! I may still have too much stuff, and I am going to stay hardcore about getting rid of it. My new place is going to be so beautiful to live in! I can't wait.
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I'm in for 300 items. It's my 1st month doing this challenge, but I'm on a roll already. I'll update as I go.

1/4 60/300

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previous: 124/400

Trashed:
2 pairs of underwear
6 tubes of lip gloss
8 tubes of lip stick
4 eyeliner
6 eye shaddow

current: 150/400
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Today to the salvation army went:
1 kitchen playset
1 christmas tree stand
3 christmas dcoration items
1 baby toy
2 pairs of shoes
60 books (childrens and adults)
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69 items!! :


I also posted 6 items (all toys) on Craigslist, so hopefully they will sell quickly and be out of here!!

Salvation Army rejected the kitchen set (RE: too big)... so only 68 items officially gone.
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We got another very large garbage bag of garbage out of the garage yesterday. Lots of broken toys and other debris that has been collecting in there for the past 6 months. That makes 11/20 bags/boxes so far.

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I forgot to mention a battery I took to recycle and a couple of bottles too. I also sent 4 more things with DD to preschool.
So that brings me to 14/100.
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