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#1 of 35 Old 11-10-2007, 04:28 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I really love to declutter but sometimes it gets tedious and boring so I've decided to make a game out of it. So what you do is pick a type of item or area of the house, post how many to declutter and you and the next person declutters that item or that room. Then they list a type of item and how many to declutter, etc. And if your feeling really motivates, go ahead and do both!

Example:
4 pairs of shoes OR 4 items out of your bathroom

Ok..I decluttered 4 pairs of shoes

Now declutter 2 toys OR 2 items out of your bedroom.

Etc.

You get the general idea.
Ok, I'll start







Declutter 10 items out of your living room OR 10 books

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" --Leonardo Da Vinci
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Done, I got rid of 10 old plastic junky broken toys from my living room!

Next person, declutter 5 articles of clothing or 10 items from your bedroom!
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Okay, so I put in the donate pile:

two pair of shoes, one suit, two pairs pants, two skirts, two shirts, and a sarong. Thats ten items of clothing from my bedroom. Wow its amazing how quickly you can keep going once you get started!

Next, get rid of three broken items that you won't have time to repair or five items from the kitchen.

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Oh, I need the broken items one. Goodbye broken colander, broken tp holder stand, and busted window screen.

Next person; clear 6 items from bathroom closet and or medicine cabinet, OR
6 items from your coat closet!

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And working in the coat closet:

Goodbye to two board games, 1 mismatched shoe, 1 pair of shoes I no longer wear, 1 small makeup bag hiding within my summer purse, 1 jacket 3 sizes too small.

Your turn: Go get rid of 5 items in your entertainment center (old movies, cd's, etc.) OR go clean out 10 items from your car!
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Aaaah, that felt good. I got rid of 54 cassette tapes and videotapes (we don't even have a VCR anymore).

Next up: Get rid of 3 out of date items from your fridge or freezer OR clear out 5 items from your basement/crawl space/garage.

I'll be back....

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Goodbye old mustard, rotten salad mix and wilted green onions


Next: get rid of 10 pieces of paper from your desk area OR 5 items from your bedroom

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" --Leonardo Da Vinci
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5 things gone from my bedroom

Next: 10 things from your "junk drawer"
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5 things from out of our junk cabinent (really about 30, but do little nails/screws count?)


Next up: 10 old magazines/newspapers or 5 things from your utensil/gadget drawer in the kitchen.
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Done. I cleaned out my utensil drawers.

Next: declutter 5 items from your utility area
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I don't know where my utility area is! And I really wanted to play! Someone do the utility area and I'll go after them!
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Done. Three unused laundry baskets, an old dog dish and a group of unused utility towels are gone .

Now declutter 5 items from outside of your house (deck, porch, backyard, etc).

OR

Clean out 5 unused items from your linen closet.

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Okay, 2 hot tub filters, a bucket and 2 hoses cluttering the yard have now been put away for the winter.


Clean 5 items off your computer desk

OR

clear out 4 items from one the kid's bedrooms

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Just did my computer desk at work.

Next: Take 3 things to your car that belong elsewhere (friends, library, store, goodwill)

or

clean out your email inbox and contacts!
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Ok, Inbox and contacts cleaned out (I must admit, I have 3 email accounts, but I only tackled the most-used one today!)

Next:

5 items from your "unmentionables" drawer holey socks, worn out undies, etc.

~OR~

Clean out your coupon envelope and recycle the expired!
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Did it!

Next:

5 things from under DC's bed

or

3 things hanging on your fridge
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I guess I posted at the same time as above poster b/c I cleaned my "unmentionables" drawer too. I threw out seven pairs of panty hose. Panty hose! I don't wear panty hose ever! That felt really good!

An honorable mention: by necessity (computer issues I had to clean out my inbox and all my "to be saved" folders and put everything into folders that make sense. It was a HUGE task and overwhelming but once I got going it was OK. And once I got finished it felt amazing!!

I don't want to confuse the game so next poster, just do what bumblebeej said!

I'll be back, I'm soooo needing this...

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5 items from the underwear drawer gone!

Edit: Oh no, I cross-posted too. So reposting the previous "next"

5 things from under DC's bed

or

3 things hanging on your fridge
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I didn't think my underwear post would be so popular :
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You didn't see my undies drawer.

Next up!

5 things from under DC's bed

or

3 things hanging on your fridge
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Thanks for this! I did the fridge.

Next, 5 books you're finished with

or

10 things from the basement/storage
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Whew, 10 items from my basement have been tossed (6 computer books for long gone computers, old computer supplies/accessories).

Next person...

Find 5 items of clothing that can be donated (take them out to your car to drop off later today)

OR

get rid of 6 items from you collection of tupperware or other plastic food containers (does everything have matching lids? If not, toss it out).

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Great! I had a bag of clothes that is now in my trunk. It may be there a while as I can't go today, but it's a step!

Next person:

Go through your pantry and find 4-5 items to donate this week. (B/c it's a holdiay week, most grocery stores have boxes for donated items)

or

Go through a pile that's bugging you (mail, kids school papers or artwork, magazines, etc.) and put everything in it's place or recycle it.

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OK, so I just did my own! I went through a giant pile of mail and put (almost) everything where it's supposed to go. I even made a few phone calls and paid a buried bill. Ahhhhh.... I feel so much better!

next person:

Go through your pantry and find 4-5 items to donate this week. (B/c it's a holdiay week, most grocery stores have boxes for donated items)

or

Go through DC's clothes and get rid of everything that no longer fits or is no longer seasonable. Put these things in their proper places, ie, to donate, consign, toss, etc.

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OK I did this:
Go through your pantry and find 4-5 items to donate this week. (B/c it's a holdiay week, most grocery stores have boxes for donated items)

I now have a huge bag ready for pick-up on Saturday. Good timing


Next up:

Clear off the top of your kitchen or dining room table!

~OR~

Clean out your purse/laptop bag/diaper bag!
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Done. My island and my kitchen table are clean now.

So....I'm having a hard time coming up with a new one....

Go through your spice cabinet and throw away out-of-date/unused bottles.

-OR-

Go through the bath toys and throw away the icky ones.

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I just threw out some bath toys.

New one:
Put away or toss in a load of laundry (I know you have some)
or
throw away 5 cosmetic items that are over a year old

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Put away or toss in a load of laundry (I know you have some)

Yes, I just did this. DD decided to drag the blanket off our bed and across the dog's :

So, it's now being washed -- we need it tonight!!

Next up (I'm stealing unused options from the previous posts )

Throw away 5 cosmetic items that are over a year old

~OR~

Go through your spice cabinet and throw away out-of-date/unused bottles
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Thank you for throwing the spice cabinet back into the mix because I just finished mine. 7 items consolidated and 12 items tossed. Wow...it looks awesome. I never knew I had so much room in there.


Now...

Toss the garbage/litter collecting in your car

OR

Toss 6 items from your medicine cabinet or other bathroom storage

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