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#1 of 173 Old 08-31-2007, 04:07 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I know we have another day, but I figure I will get started if I post it now! I met my August goal at least 10 days ago, and am losing steam (read: sitting on my rear and haven't done anything since).


My goal this month is 300 items


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You are one ambitious mama! good luck!
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I'm in. Goal is 200.

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ok I am in too, I am going to say 250 items..
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I'm new here & think this is a great challenge for me. As this is my first time in -- I'll try for 150.

I'm going to start now...I'm off!
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Perfect timing! I am in the midst of a major overhaul here. Kinda a spiritual cleansing after finallyreleasing my DH. (soon to be ex) I am gonna aim for 500 items as I have toys and clothes and papers galore to trash. (or donate as far as the clothes go anyway)
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Ooh I have to be in this one! I have a boxes and bags full of stuff on my back porch that I have to make DH haul off. I think there are probably 200 items back there almost ready to go.

Problem: I still need to purge so my goal is to get at least 100 more items out of the house.

So my totals for the month: 300 items
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Oh yeah I'm ahead I guess. I just hauled off stuff today (probably about 40-50 items). An umbrella baby stroller, a box full of newborn outfits and bottle nipples, and a large garbage bag of maternity clothes. I took them to a preggo friend.

I'm not going to include that in my monthly totals but there's some out of my house. Yeah!
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I think I'm gonna have to join this one. We are getting out first floor tiled this month so everthing needs to be moved anyway.

Since I've not done it before I'll go for 200 items.
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I'm in too.

I don't have any idea how many items I'm going to purge...but I'll make a stab at 100?

I want to be systematic about this so here's what I'm tackling throughout this month. I'll change them to pink as they are done:

1. Filing Cabinet
2. Closet in the nursery
3. My clothes closet
4. My daughters' clothes
5. Garage
6. Storage Garage Outside
7. Closet in the Guest Bedroom
8. My desk
9. Kitchen Cabinets
10. Bathroom Linen Closet

Okay, I'm giving myself three days for each area.

Yahoo!! I'm glad I found ya'll.

 

 

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I'll do 30 items a week to start.
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I am so in! Shooting low for 200 this month. We just got rid of a TON of stuff in August so hopefully I don't have much left. LOL

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i'm in, i'm still focused on the paperwork in the computer room though and i'll have to think about a number goal....

papers add up so fast
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I'm in. I HAVE to get my bedroom done this month, it's so bad it's dangerous. I'm going to say 100 items, but it could well turn out to be more...

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I'm in too. My goal is 200 this month as I don't have a lot left to let go. My goals are to get the following decluttered and organized:
  • Under vanity in master bedroom
  • Under bathroom sink
  • Closet in master bedroom
  • Storage shed
  • Kitchen- all of it
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Okay I've been busting my rear cleaning out the back porch this morning. Turns out I WAAAYYYY underestimated how much crap was back there. Keep in mind most of it was tiny baby clothes but here are the totals I have so far today:

6 big black garbage bags full totaling:
100 items, 100 items, 50 items, 125 items, 50 items, and 125 items

So total for today so far: 550 items!

Considering this I have to up my total goals for the month. I said 300 items. I suppose now I'll be brave and go for a whopping total of 1000 items as my new goal. Lets see if this can be done. (Probably as I have so many tiny items to clear; i.e. baby onesies.)
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0/100

1. Filing Cabinet 1
2. Closet in the nursery
3. My clothes closet
4. My daughters' clothes
5. Garage
6. Storage Garage Outside
7. Closet in the Guest Bedroom
8. My desk
9. Kitchen Cabinets
10. Bathroom Linen Closet

Okay, today didn't get off to such a great start. But I DID sit down at the filing cabinet for a few minutes and look at it apprehensively.

That's a start, right?

 

 

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We have been making MAJOR progress on our basement this past week. After 6 trips to the thrift shop with donations last month, and an 13'x8' dumpster filled from the garage, I know that I can't match August's progress again with all of September's obligations. But my goals are:

- FINISH decluttering and cleaning the basement
- at least 2 carloads to the thrift shop
- have 1 yard sale next weekend and freecycle/donate the leftovers
- 15 minutes general house organizing per day.

Last month's 10 items per day was easy to meet since we had soooo much excess, but now I'd like to concentrate on the basement this month versus counting items.

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As usual, I'm in!

Since I was able to hit 500 last month, but I don't think I have quite as much purging to do this month, I'm going to go for 400. That still seems like soooo much to me, but I know that's it's not, really, especially with all of the junk that I have!

Last night, while DS was distracted by home vidoes of himself, I was able to hit an oooold box full of stuff from my teens/youth. I threw away 90 things! I also made a large pile for sale/freecycle, but I won't count that until it's actually gone. I'm so glad that I'm already on a roll for the month!

90/400

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Purged 2/4 filing cabinet drawers this morning of about half their contents! Woohoo!

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Well I don't think I'm going to accomplish much today. Looks like I'm going to have to go to MILs this afternoon. I'm going to try to get a few things done before I go though. We're hauling off all the stuff I bagged yesterday though so at least that is something.
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I was able to get rid of all outdated stuff from my bathroom cabinets in Aug. and last night I got rid of all the outdated stuff from my kitchen cabinet. I didn't count it all, but I am guessing around 15 things. That is alot for me. I intend to go through all the paperwork in the office. I should be able to get at least 200 pieces.
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My goal this month is to clear out my bedroom. It's like a tornado of clothes, books, and junk in there. I want to get rid of at least 100 items and have the whole room decent by the end of the month.
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Okay, today didn't get off to such a great start. But I DID sit down at the filing cabinet for a few minutes and look at it apprehensively.

That's a start, right?
Mama, I've been doing just that for months and yeah, it is a start

my totals for today are

10 papers trashed
6 objects put away
20 papers filed mostly to temporary filing (2 things went to the permanent files)

36 total! yay!

i'm still thinking about a number goal but i'm thinking about really challenging myself and going for 1000.....with paper it adds up fast, i just hope i can stay motivated:
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  • Under bathroom sink
  • Closet in master bedroom- DONE!
  • Storage shed
  • Kitchen- all of it
  • Under vanity in master bedroom- DONE!


Today I met my declutter challenge goal in just 2 areas. We were ruthless and got rid of lots and lots of things. I stopped counting but we took around 130 things to the thrift store and threw away at least 100 more. w00t! My master closet is sooo tidy and the space under the master vanity is bare.
The very best part is that the thrift stuff was taken to the thrift store donation center and the trash to the dumpster. Usually thrift stuff just sits by the door.

Tomorrow we'll be doing the living room and the rest of the master bedroom. So exciting to see this stuff finally go.
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Wow you all are doing great, I haven't started yet.

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Okay I got boxed and bagged up more stuff yesterday before I was done. Mostly some toys and lots of old household things DH had when we got together. 364 more items. I just went threw a huge bag of clothes brought to us for DS when he's older. 46 more things off to sis-in-law tomorrow.

Total to date: 960 items

Who knew you could possibly have this much crap in your house? No wonder why it never seems to stay clean. To think I still haven't even touched half our rooms. Once again I'm going to up my totals. I'm not stopping after 40 more items. No way. I'm on a roll now. New goal: 2000 items. Let's see how close I can come to that.
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I'm going a little smaller this month, as it's a busy one for me. We'll be going and painting our new place this week and hopefully getting moved in, and then I'm going to have to work like a madwoman to get everything put away and organized in time for the little man's birthday party! I already know that I'm going to end up with way more stuff as my mom has gone a bit overboard in buying things for little man, but he is her first grandchild so I forgive her....somewhat.

So I'm only setting my goal at 200 this month.
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an 13'x8' dumpster filled from the garage
I read that wrong and thought it said "filled from the GARBAGE"

I am in for the challenge. We are overall in good shape, but there is always room for improvement.

I'm in for 150. I need to go thru the boys clothes.
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