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#61 of 296 Old 03-04-2007, 12:08 AM
 
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Added another 50 items today. that makes me 100/300 for the month.
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I'm joining again this month. My goal is 450. So far:
Clothing: 45

45/450
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Doing really well!

We decluttered books today, which usually has been hard since books are something we love! Went from not being able to fit them all on the shelves to a little over 2 empty shelves! Two boxes ready to go from that. We didn't even fight either, DH got rid of stuff willingly I got rid of btn 5 and 10 sweatshirts and about 15 shirts that were hung up. I definitely need to go through my hung up clothes more, but trying things on with my arm in a cast is difficult, so it will wait.

I worked on the basement yesterday yesterday morning and then we worked together on the basement for an hour or so last night and made a LOT of progress! Our exgirlfriend came and picked up the last of her stuff and we took a van-load of stuff including two coolers we can always borrow if we need over to my parent's house that they can put to use. Threw out a baby swing that didn't work well and a rug that the cat peed on. I put away my craft supply overflow from upstairs (adult stuff I don't want the kids getting into). It isn't organized, but that's ok with me at this point. In that area, the things being in drawers is enough for me.

The storeroom is almost cleaned up. I need to go through board games and puzzles, convince myself to donate my old dresses from high school dances, and put away or toss the rest of the things in my 'gifts' box that got wet when there was a leak. Our keeper boxes need reanalyzed again to see if we still want ot keep those things, but they are contained in tubs so that can wait until the rest of the basement is clean. I'd also like to get our almost finished bottles of alcohol taken care of- a lot with like one shot left in them from hosting parties.

Sorry so long, this really helps to organize my thoughts and motivate me though!
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I MUST do this this month. I'm feeling a reall juggernaut in my Compact pledge and I'll bet I get inspired by ditching more crap!!
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Well, I was doing well - got a total of 301/750 things out the door. Yay for me! Then dh comes home from work, and great-grandpa gave him a bag of stuff for the kids. Great. 3 more matchbox cars, 2 foam airplanes, a coloring book and a yo-yo added to the kid clutter. Thanks GGpa! Also went to the SPCA perpetual yardsale and picked up a silk scarf for dd, 2 metal pots (for the sandbox - I'm tired of plastic buckets that disintegrate in the sunlight) and a cute dress for dd (she's outgrown all of hers) all for $2. At least it is all really useful stuff. (boy, hows that for justification )

Back to the decluttering!!! The spare room is almost ready for mom (eek - 3 more days to get it ready). Our master bedroom has hardly been touched. But our yard is a little neater.

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I didn't set a goal, how about 500? this is my first time really getting things out of the house. HOWEVER, today I got all baged up 207 pieces of clothing for donation and its all in the car ready to be dropped off.

So 207/500!

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I got the stomache flu this weekend, and only got through one bag. But... one bag is better than nothing! So...1/10.
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I've half-way cleaned out my dds' closet and already surpassed my goal just with their clothes.So I raised my goal a wee bit!
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I got rid of 10+ pieces of junk mail and catalogs that had collected again on my desk, and 1 bottle of baby lotion that made the baby get a rash. I thought I might use it for me or pass it along eventually, but dh made the executive decision to chunk it after me telling him "Oh no! That gives him a rash!" after he innocently put it on Connor. So I am at 24/250...slow but steady progress. If I can do just 10 items a day for the month, I will have my goal and then some!
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Cleaned up a little in my bedroom. another 33 items gone.

88/900
20 barbies and accessories
5 misc toys to trash
15 hangers

128/900

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i got rid of over 30 things yesterday! must go update

to clear off the computer desk i took all the random pieces of paper w. names, numbers, emails on them and made a folder on the computer with them and recycled the paper. i feel so much better now that my desk is nice a clean!
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I totally flaked on February. But I got a good start this past weekend. Aiming for 1000 items this month to make up for February. I ended up bagging up 4 large garbage bags full of crap. I didn't count them, though (DH was helping me, he would have thought I had gone mad if he caught me counting our junk!) There were at least 50 items per bag, though....so I'm going with:

200/1000.
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Count me in!!!

In late February we donated TWENTY bags to the Lupus Foundation. TWENTY and it's just the beginning.

We're moving cross country in a few months and are taking this opportunity to totally streamline and take with us only:

The things we love.

The things we use.

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I forgot to count the items, but I donated a huge bag of kids clothes to the local family centre today (but i bagged them up last month so maybe it doesn't count). Glad they're out of the house! I also threw away two pairs of dh's underwear that were full of holes, and a box of broken glass from the past 6 or so months.
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20 barbies and accessories
5 misc toys to trash
15 hangers

128/900
Cleaned out the girls' dresser. 33 more gone.

161/900

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Finally got rid of three huge plastic bags that our new mattress came in.

So, up to 221/250.
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random papers on computer desk - 30
old clothes - 18
old towels we don't use - 9
bag - 1

total - 58 for yesterday/today

457 + 58 = 515

I made my goal!

Now I think I'll change it to 200 for March. YAY!
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I just took back one item to walmart and deposited/recycled over 80 bottles then the machine couldn't take any more so I still have a lot in my car! The bummer is that I can't find my slip worth $4+ for the bottles! It must have fallen out of my pocket. Well at least most of them are out of my basement!

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Joining for the first time. I'll do 500.

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Seeing your goals and progress posted gives me encouragement to jump in!

I'm in for the basement. We have a frightening number of bank boxes--148 to be exact, plus 3 tea cartons and lots of miscellaneous stuff--covering most of our basement. And worse, most of the boxes are filled with a jumble of stuff with no rhyme or reason.

How did we get here?!? Some boxes we packed in a hurry and stored when we moved overseas once, then we brought new stuff back, more boxes that we stored when we went back overseas, and 18 new boxes that came back with us this fall, plus 15 boxes of dh's papers and treasures that mil brought in Jan from her basement. Mil is coming for another visit in April and bringing the rest of dh's belongings (I haven't dared asked how much is left)

My goals for March:

1. 600 items out

2. get down to 50 bank boxes

This will mean being ruthless with my stuff and getting dh involved since most of the "treasures" are his. I'm going to try to bring a box per night up to him to sort through.


Progress so far:

-box of 10 VHS movies left out with "free" sign on it
-2 packs of flash cards and 1 mega madlibs given to my teacher neighbor
-a box of 26 books freecycled
-16 other items freecycled
-4 bags of junk trashed
-3 bags of recycling

62/600
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I got through some of the piles of clean laundry in our bedroom tonight.

3 shirts w/ holes
2 socks w/ holes
1 pair itchy socks
1 sock with no match
3 baby blankets
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10 items

Total 45/150
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Well, so far, each time I've done this, I haven't met my goal, but I'm not giving up! I'm carrying over some of the defecit from last month, and adding a few things from the bedroom challenge.

-7 bags of "stuff" (anything) to be given away

-10 pairs of shoes to be given away

-25 pieces of clothing to be given away or sold for cheap

-5 bags of papers to be recycled or shredded (I know that sounds nuts, but I am a major paper collector, a habit I'm desperately trying to break!)

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Okay, so far I've listed on freecycle and/or given away already:

1 lingerie dresser (YAY!)
1 box of babyproofing supplies
3 large bags of clothing
1 bag of bras (!)
1 spice rack
1 bag baby toys and clothes
1 bag old toiletries
1 duffel bag
old batteries
5 very old jars of rancid nut oils (aromatherapy stuff - way in the back of a shelf in the bedroom)
a tape recorder
a big tupperware bin

More to come! Wheeeeeeee!!!

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16/500

I got rid of some old egg cartons (we have chickens).

DS seems to be having a growth spurt these days. Shirts that fit last week are belly shirts now. I'll be washing then donating a bunch this weekend.

Maybe DH will clean out some old textbooks. I'll also go at the filing cabinet again.

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20 pieces of junk mail that accumulated on the counter I was able to throw away. so 120/300

I also since I was there grabbed the rest and filed it away.

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Cleaned out the girls' dresser. 33 more gone.

161/900
I'm in craigslist heaven.

Yesterday I sold 3 toy bins for $10
Today I sold a dresser and matching bookshelf for $100

and I threw away 6 broken toys.

172/900

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Why is it that when I'm decluttering, somehow the world knows and conspires against? Dh came home with a box of stuff some guy had given him - jigsaw puzzles and games. I did keep three games (Sequence, Stay Alive, and Scrabble), but will donate the rest. Sheesh. And my mom is coming tomorrow, and I'm sure she has stuff for the kids.

But the games did inspire progress. They needed a home. They are not living on my side of our closet. So I cleaned out the upper part of the entertainment center to stash them in. Wow - I had forgotten how many stacks of paper I had decluttered to the Ent.Ctr. And while I was doing that, dh went and cleared out his nightstand and part of the pile of stuff next to our bed. I didn't count what he got out, but it was most of a trash bag of stuff. Yay!

So, not counting dh's trash cleanup, I am at 439/750 !!!! Wahoo - and I'm not stopping when I hit my goal! I am so loving the way my living room and kitchen are looking. My son's EarlyStart teacher even commented on how the living room looks like adult space now. It's so much more peaceful when the clutter is gone.

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This is decluttering, but not getting rid of, but I was so excited I had to share. We just moved Clara's exersaucer: (I know I know, someone gave it to us, she didn't really use it much) to the basement! I totallly feel that the living room is SO much more adult now! We just have her bouncer (she naps there) and her high chair left! YEA! So I don't think I can count that since we are probably going to keep it for the next one, but I was excited to have it out of the living room!

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joining late

right now want to go through front closet, kitchen, master closet and the boys closet. i'm gonna say 500.

we did a bit last night but i didn't count. maybe 50?

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