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My class is finally over for the semester, so I need to get my butt in gear!
I just cleaned out underneath my sink and gathered a bunch of shampoos/conditioners that I really don't like.. so I just listed those on freecycle and hopefully they will be gone soon.
We are also getting rid of the bookshelf we have. I think I'll keep it for the yard sale, though.
Speaking of which.. that's only a week and a half away. Ugh. So much to do! :

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Went through the food cupboard and got rid of 30 items that I won't be able to use before we move. I am going to donate them to the food bank. Also got rid of 8 pairs of too-small shoes. So 45/300!

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Someone from freecycle came this morning and picked up the bag of toiletries. The cupboard under my sink looks so empty! It's strange
I also decided to freecycle the shelves, so hopefully those will be picked up this afternoon.
My goal for this afternoon is to declutter 100 items. Most will either be freecycled or will go into the yard sale box.
Will update later

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This past week I have:

given 4 toys my grandkids are too old for & a rolling container to friend's baby

gave 2 $25 off cards from Coldwater Creek to friend whose not retired & needs a work wardrobe

cookie tin to woman who requested it on FreeCycle

6 small bags of clothes/household items to local thrift donation bin

stack of books to visiting daughter

skirt to other visiting daughter

miscellaneous magazines to free box at the library

picnic basket I intended to paint but didn't that sat outside till it was too damaged was tossed, ditto old shower curtain & book discovered to have missing pages in the middle, drat it

6 boxes books sold at Half Price Books--inventory that hadn't sold on ebay or Amazon

going to list on FreeCycle a backpack style purse
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Shelves were picked up by someone on freecycle.
Decluttering the laundry room/ master bedroom today- I'm almost afraid of what I may find


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I picked up another plastic grocery bag of unused toiletries to get rid of & threw away several out of date things in the bathroom, eye drops & stuff like that. Continuing to chip away at it.
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We did a rough cleaning of the garage today, and I did a couple kitchen cabinets yesterday. Out went:
25+ Rubbermaid containers & lids
10+ spare sippy cups
20+ flower pots
6 cans of various hazardous materials (paint, etc.)
1 winter decoration
1 bicycle (ok this is still here--hoping to sell it)
1 changing table (same--still here, hoping to sell)
1 broken laundry basket
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I did so well today! I decluttered while DD was napping. I donated:
27 gift bags, kept 8
30 pairs of socks and pantyhose
18 nail and hair items

Yesterday I got rid of some stuff on freecycle.
5 puzzles
1 suitcase casino
1 huge bag of new golf balls

There is some more stuff on freecycle that I am hoping to get rid of on Monday!

So my new total is:
127/300

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I had put bags of donations in the van. When we were out last night getting some movies, I had dh swing by Goodwill and we got them out.

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Today I tackled the top 2 shelves of our linen closet, which is where we keep medicine, cleaners, bath items, etc. I bought some small crates to organize it. I got rid of so much stuff!! I couldn't count it all, but at least 50 items (expired meds, bath & cleaning products we never use, sample size stuff we'll never use, random junk I have no idea why I haven't thrown away before!). My total now is up to 423, probably more that I didn't count. And I only set a goal of 200. Ha ha ha. Yay! I can't wait until my CD organizer comes so I can get rid of 200 jewel cases.
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Wow, everyone is on a roll! It's very inspiring. Backpack purse got asked for but the person hasn't shown up yet. I'll give her till tomorrow, then contact the next person on the list.
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Oooohhh, getting rid of hazardous materials (a PP got rid of some) is such a good idea! I never even thought of that and I have a bunch of cans of teeny bits of paint and some used motor oil. They have been sitting around because I have no idea what facility to take them to. I need to do some local research and figure out where these are supposed to go. Thanks for the idea!:

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Okay, we cut down 3 small trees today. Does that count? Also found some more flower pots to ditch, and 8 quarts of oil to give away. And I cleaned another shelf in the closet, so got rid of two huge balls of rags that had gotten stuck together in the wash. Instead of detangling them, I had just shoved them into the closet still attached to each other. I also got rid of a lot of dd's artwork today.

I did get a new 3-bag hamper today, though. So I guess I need to subtract one! But it's definitely going to make laundry more efficient.
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I actually sold a couple pairs of Robeez. I went through some of my old clothes that I was fooling myself about (sure, I'll fit into those...maybe) and got rid of about 3 pairs of jeans, 3 shirts and a skirt. Now, I need to get rid of the old paint and oil stuff!

40/80
Yay! Half-way there for me!

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3 bags, 1 big box, 1 big item for giveaway
3 bags of trash

I keep thinking I'm going to run out of stuff!!! Not yet.
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I keep thinking I'm going to run out of stuff!!! Not yet.
Me too; I cannot wait for that day! :
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finished two pairs of shorts - one for dd2 and one for me! So, those projects are now useful and no longer clutter!!!

Also, put a bunch more things in the giveaway pile - too tired to count.
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Me too; I cannot wait for that day! :
It is coming, right?
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I got DH to move the donate box out to the truck - and started a new one!

I have sorted through my junk box till it's half it's size and downsized it to a smaller rubbermade tote. In order to keep peace with my "might need that later" side I do permit to keep odds and ends that will fit in the box.

Other than that, I boxed up some nicer clothes to sell next fall in the consignment sale. I posted some swimware on the TP, which I will consign soon if no one here needs it. My closet looks "thinner" already and I am glad!
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Today I filled up a huge black garbage bag for goodwill just in toys from my Daughter's room! Unbelievable that she hasn't noticed anything missing yet. I guess that's a sign that things were getting out of hand, huh?

I am slowly but surely making my way through the whole house this week getting rid of anything I possibly can. I am so tired of the mess! I feel like I have totally lost control of my house!!

So, I guess my May goal is really about attacking clutter, then next month I want to work on routines for laundry and cleaning. I have hope

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just wanted to mention that i was getting really lazy on my goal this month and forgot about it. Well I got rid of stuff in my drawers that was about 20 things and then got rid of a entertainment center, a couch, and a table yesterday heheh on my birthday yep that will be my present for myself if i can get this house cleaned and decluttered by the time hubby comes back from deployment. Anyway that makes it 73 out of 250 and still getting rid of stuff today so we will see what it is tomorrow. hope everyone makes their goal i am really going to try this time. thanks

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: I got rid of a bunch of sheets & curtains, two more big bags of clothing, a toaster, 2 flashlights, a duster, and the bike is sold.

423+42=465

I'm definitely upping my goal next month to 500
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I asked dh to go through his closet last night, as it was getting out of control again. He pulled out a ton of shirts and all of his jeans. Then I found a home for them all with someone else who can use them. Wooohooo! Although, I wish he would have kept some of these and gotten rid of some others...

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I got rid of these on freecycle:
1 slushie maker
3 sippies
1 box of puzzles
1 comforter set
1 box of kitchen utensils

I am giving these back to MIL when I visit her this weekend:
1 sweatshirt
1 dress she gave me that didn't fit
7 parenting books
1 bag of Pampered Chef stuff she ordered
1 bag of wrapping paper she left here

threw away
1 broken flashlight

sold
6 items of clothing


152/300

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I viciously attacked our 5-shelf bookshelf today. My goal is to make everything fit into our two-shelf bookshelf. I think it just might fit now, but I boxed the "keep" books to move so I haven't tried it yet. I have a box of textbooks to sell (closer to the start of fall semester) and a pile of books to sell on amazon or donate to the library.

I threw out all of DH's old game CD's that he hasn't touched since we moved in here (about 1.5 years) Figured he wouldn't miss 'em if he hadn't needed/wanted them by now.

ETA: I am contemplating trying to convince him to ditch the (his) TV in this move. We don't pay for cable or use it for rabbit-ear channels either, we only use it for a movie maybe once a month - and that requires a substantial amount of duct tape to get anything in color. Lemme tell ya, it's a real keeper
He has this collection of John Wayne DVD's that we never watch, but I think it might be asking too much to ditch those. They don't take up too much space, so I guess I can live with them.
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i spent 5 hours cleaning yesterday...mostly "psycho neat freak" cleaning as dh calls it...
my basebords are all purty again... along w/all the outlits...
did the linen closet AGAIN and dh has his marching orders...
umm...i've done just about EVERYTHING except for stuff on my list...i can't really figure out if this is a good or bad thing!
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yeah! I got rid of 5 garbage bags full of tupperware that had 20 or so things of tupperware 2pitchers and 6potholders wow that is 151 /250 wow I might just make this yet still getting the kitchen done today and have to go throught pots and pans then next is my room and office wow i might just go over my goal this time : I am so excited.

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Well I havent been on this thread since March sometime I think. It's kinda late to set a goal but I think I can get a couple hundred items. I went through a chest this morning and got rid of at least 50 items put into the garbage and another bunch of stuff to give away. Im going to count that in a few along with the pile of stuff in the laundry room.


Ok so a question..what do I do with the box of barbies that was in the chest...I dont want to add to the toy collection they play with(trying to cut it in half as it is) My mom told me not to give them away because they are special. Which I know I can do what I want with them. Do I offer to let her keep them at her house? (she is also half heartedly decluttering) Do I just stick them in a bag for goodwill? Any thoughts would be appreciated. I threw away a bit of barbi stuff this morning. Somehow some of them had sticky legs. None of them are really in good shape because their hair is weird. Ken looks ok though he didnt have actual hair its just plastic. I have such a hard time getting rid of things I am "supposed" to keep.
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ok tried to post this earlier but didnt work. I got rid of 5 garbage bags of 20 things of tupperware,2 pitchers and 6pot holders plus the 73 already that makes it 151/250 wow i might make this yet. I have two more garbage bags of about 20 pots and pans (all were handme downs) that i will be getting rid of today so that will make it 171/250 I think i might make my goal this time yeah!!! wish me luck

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May i ask a stupid ? How do the barbies make you feel is it sentament that makes you keep them or your mom. If it is sentament keep the better looking ones and take pics of the rest or if they were your childrens if you have pics of the kids with them make a collage picture with them that will be better then keeping them if you dont want them. Also you can always get the pictures copied and make one for mom as well if that is why she is keeping them. If it is just mom then throw them in a bag and tell her if she wants them she can have them. (that is if it makes you feel overwhelmd to keep them, I too am working on this) Anway that is just my two cents on it hopefully there will be more answers to your question. hopefully i helped out a little.

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