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It's almost August right? EST it is already...
So I am needing some motivation. I am trying for 10 things a day... 310 or more
who's with me?
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Ten things out the door?

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ooh! i've skipped a few months. i'll join in this time!!! My goal is to get the filing cabinets going. Maybe i can toss 500 papers and file another 100?
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Count me in! My goal is to get rid of everything in my garage! I have so much to sell and give away from Junes Decluttering Challenge. I will also make a new goal to throw away 200 paper items and finally file all lose paper and to toss/give away 10 additional things daily

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we are moving in three weeks!!!

my goal is to have a garage sale and anything that doesnt sell...give it to goodwill
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I'm in! I need the motivation this month. I feel like I'm almost done decluttering, and baby will be born in Sept, so I'm really slowwwwing down now. But there are so many places I forgot about checking, like a desk in our basement, that need attention. I feel like if I don't get to it now, I'll *never* get to it...

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I'm in!!

This summer I've done that thing I always do where I get about halfway there with decluttering and organizing and fizzle out...

I have not done the challenge before...how does it work?

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I'm in for real this time. I'll do the 10 things/day, although some days each "thing" might just be a piece of paper... : [and not because that's all I've *got* to declutter... just that that might be all I have time for in a given day.]

Thanks for the motivation!

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I'm back! Thanks for starting the thread!

OK, my continuing list...

- Clean out the den- shred or organize bills and papers
- Purge clothes post-baby that will never fit again
- Clean basement (this is stuff that I never unpacked from my move 4 years ago)
- Organize basement with shelving and storage
- Purge old magazines
- Clean out the linen closet- donate old blankets and sheets
- Organize bathroom closet, toss old meds and beauty products
- Declutter kitchen of appliances never used anymore
- Continue to purge book throug PBS.

I crossed a few things off my list last month, but still have a lot to do. Unfortunately, it's 90+ degrees here this week and, while we have A/C, I'm not super motivated.

I'm also thinking about selling my maternity clothes. I definitely plan on having another, but, really, what are the chances I'm going to want to wear the same clothes again (I can't even imagine putting on a certain pink top I wore continuously for the last weeks of m my pregnancy)? Will they be in style? Or in good condition? Plus, I could be hugely pregnant during a completely different season.

Any thoughts?

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A very simple goal. I want to clear my bedroom dresser top. I really hope to do it by this weekend. It shouldn't take a month It should only take an hour actually, but the getting to it . . . . . ahhhhhhhhhh.

Anyway, I'm making my goals short and sweet right now. Top of my dresser. I'll go from there
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I need to join in this month. I was very good and got a bunch of stuff out the door yesterday, but there's a ton left in the basement that still needs to find its way to a new home. It's even sort of sorted out! My goal is to get it into bags, up the stairs, into my car, and dropped off at the thrift store.
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I'm in. Still working on my garage though. It really seems neverending. Hopefully I can pack all that stuff off to Goodwill soon.

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I'm off to a great start! I just re-discovered the dining room table! One bag of papers recycled, a small bag of garbage disposed of, several items to donate boxed up and moved, and several 'lost' items found. The room itself needs further attention but I'm thrilled to have the table back.

I also found someone to take two old keyboards, a computer monitor, and an old printer that have been cluttering our hallway for -- oh, I dunno, um, maybe a YEAR? :

Thanks, mamas.

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I will do the ten items a day from my (DH's basement. That place is a wreck. I need a dumpster!
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I'm in. I'm dedicating 15 minutes a day in my schedule to decluttering. I bet I can find 10 things each day.
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Well I only popped in once in July but I did get close to 800 items out...mostly donated in July! My goal was 1000, but I can blame it on awesome summer weather, two children under 3, doing legal stuff to press charges on my former babysitter......
Okay so my goal for August is another 1000 items!
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It's almost August right? EST it is already...
So I am needing some motivation. I am trying for 10 things a day... 310 or more
who's with me?
Oooh, I like the idea of X things per day! I think I can do 3 things a day, for a total of 93.

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I'm in for 200 things this month I'm sure I'll be tossing as I finish unpacking from moving, because I got to the point where I was just throwing random junk into boxes to be done packing.

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I'm also thinking about selling my maternity clothes. I definitely plan on having another, but, really, what are the chances I'm going to want to wear the same clothes again (I can't even imagine putting on a certain pink top I wore continuously for the last weeks of m my pregnancy)? Will they be in style? Or in good condition? Plus, I could be hugely pregnant during a completely different season.

Any thoughts?
Not that I want to *discourage* you from decluttering - but maternity clothes that I *like* are the one thing I'm glad I kept in all my decluttering, and I don't keep many things. Styles have changed out in the stores in the past 10 years, and so much of what they sell now is not my style - either it doesn't fit right, isn't modest enough (I don't have the body for the plunging necklines and low rider jeans ) etc. But that is just me... if you think you'll be able to replace it, and want to - donate away!!

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I'm in ... we are in the middle of painting and will have new carpet put in next week ... I want so much out of here before we have to move furniture for carpet. I don't want to move clutter out and just move it back in. I already filled two huge black garbage bags yesterday for Goodwill, and another smaller one for a friend of mine. Plus I have a box of books to donate too. And that's just the beginning ...

Our bedroom closet is next, followed by the playroom (cutting toys by 50%), and finally the rest of the garage. My goal is by the time dh goes back to work in September and officially start our hs'ing year, our house will be newly painted, carpeted, and simplified. And, once it's back together, I'm FlyLady'ing it ...

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I have an office/guest room that is currently my Secret Shame...that's the door we don't open. The carpet has been peed on so many times and partially eaten, as well, that we need to replace it, but I have to be able to empty out the room first. So that will be my August goal! Tame the office before school starts.

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I just took a carful of stuff to Goodwill so I'm going to round and say about 100 items.

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ooooo, I've never been to this board before but I am soooo in! My garage is a disaster and has been for two years! 10 items a day I'm sure I can do!
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This is my first time on the decluttering board too...

Do we get rid of 10 items a day or does it count to sort/organize/store the items?

I need all the help I can get!

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I've taken the past few months and I'm back on board this month.
I got rid of 6 grocery bags full of items and then another garbage bag full. All donated- a mixture of toys and clothes, a few movies and misc. items.
I am going through our baby and toddler clothes to organize them and I'm getting rid of anything that fit the kids funny or I never ended up using for one reason or another. It's amazing how much we have accumulated over the years!

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I got rid of 4 things today! I exceeded my goal! That's good, because I'm sure I'll slack off at least one day this month . . . .

So that puts me at 4/93.

Catherine, mama to Preschooler Girl 9/08, and Toddler Boy 3/11

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I did 15 today, more tomorrow when I finish moving out of my old place!

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Just checking in... I haven't had a chance to do anything today. Last night before I posted to join, Dh felt motivated to clean out and re-organize the closet in here though. Found a skirt I can take back to wal-mart!

I got inspired a few days ago and hung up some of dd's artwork from school. Got the papers up off the floor and made some room to sort in.

so we've go a good start going.
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This is my first time on the decluttering board too...

Do we get rid of 10 items a day or does it count to sort/organize/store the items?

I need all the help I can get!

you can count it however you want to. I count it if I put it away where it belongs especially if the item was homeless before i put it away.
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I'm in!!

This summer I've done that thing I always do where I get about halfway there with decluttering and organizing and fizzle out...

I have not done the challenge before...how does it work?

Mama to DDs (12) (15) & : (21 pounds, should I worry?)
Just set a goal for yourself. It can be a number of items for the month, a number of bags to donate, a room you want to work on....whatever is going to work for you to get you motivated. Its especially fun to track your progress in your sig. Check in with us as often as you need to to stay focused. GOOD LUCK! and
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