Three big girls (10) + (almost 9!);
One little boy (6) and a full on toddler (8/12) born with TAPVR (repaired at 6 days old).
I tried this once before, I think in August, but did what I always do and started off strong and then fizzled...:
Now I cleaned and straightened my house for Thanksgiving and want to keep it that way for Christmas...but I also want to work on the internal organization so it doesn't quickly fall apart. KWIM?!
Today I will sort all of the paper piles from the dining room that I pushed under my bed before Thanksgiving!
Susan Mama to DD(12) DD(15) & :
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I got rid of 20 cds yesterday, so I have 130 left to go!
This is my first time joining the challenge. I hope I can make my goal despite all the things likely to come in from the holidays.
we are moving dec 31st...
I have one bag in the car to drop off at goodwill so far
and a HUGE pile of stuff in my bedroom to sort through...list on Craigslist to sell and/or dontate to goodwill
* Donate to a specific charity drive (Toys for Tots, One Warm Coat, etc.)
I have set these rules for myself because I have found that I don't have that much trouble getting rid of things like worn clothes, broken toys, etc. but I have a harder time getting rid of things that I perceive to have value. So I have a big pile of stuff to sell, a bin of giftable things that I have picked up, etc. I'd really like to whittle these things down this month.
So far I have sold 1 child's dress, swapped about 17 items (with about another 40 to go out tomorrow from the November quick reverse swap), gifted one item, and donated a coat and 2 books to charity drives at DS's school. So I'm at 22/100 so far.
Today one box of toys (probably 36very large 'lego' types, a pile of little people accessories and some action men as 3yo has agreed to be limited to 2 )
One queen size bed that was stored on my covered patio is gone, ebayed and one bulky double jogger pram leaving tomorrow by the same route! Plus a box of linens & such that is ready to go to lifeline with the toys. I don't really have a number goal in mind but I'll shoot for having no more clutter IN after Christmas.. if I do a good job thinning the ranks before then I should balance it out at least
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Dh will be done classes soon and I have to get the stuff out before he sees me.
yeah, I know, I know, but he's a packrat and I can promise that he has no clue about the stuff I want to get rid of. But if he sees it, he'll want it. Just like the kids
So I want to get it out while he's at work. I'm still leaving MOST of his stuff, I just want to declutter.
*my/DH's bedside table
*pare down holiday decorations
Okay, that's enough for now, with company in town this month and a newborn in the house :.
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This morning I made great headway on a HUGE project that has been looming for a very long time. Sorting through, organizing, and preparing to store long-term our book collection. I got so much done in a few hours (in a freezing cold garage!) that I am in awe of myself.
I think I'm 1/3 to 1/2 way through this project and when it is done, we will have more garage space and a much neater garage.
Yesterday I decluttered the yard and got a huge amount of cluttery brush moved to the brush pile. Also I moved all the little things that had accumulated around the garage. Good thing, too, because we had a snowstorm last night. Nothing like a snow prediction to get the yard cleaned up.
December is traditionally a month of slowing down for me. But I am going to work on keeping the house tidy and clutter-free and continuing to amass things to donate (and I will go at least once to drop them off this month).
I might get around to Craigslisting and Freecycling some big-ticket things I have lined up in the garage. I'm mostly ready, but need to clean up the pics I took and get the listings done, then deal with people.
Some holiday projects create clutter, so I am going to do my best to erase the clutter I create.
And I'm not going to give myself guilt for holding off until January to deal with the mending/sewing and organize the camping gear.
I'm linking this months challenge with one of my 43things goals, "get rid of stuff." I just love it when things connect like that Our goals for this month are:
- Keep coffee table clutter-free for the month.
- Keep dining table clutter-free for the month.
- Clean out and organize armoire/computer desk; designate places for the stuff that keeps cluttering the coffee and dining tables
- Finish dressing room organization (hang up vision boards, purge clothing) and trim work (crown molding, quarter-inch round molding, caulking, painting).
- Donate or sell 50 items.
This is our first de-clutter challenge, and it’s hard to know where to draw the line. I don’t want to overestimate our ability, but at the same time, it is a “challenge,” right
Also, the clutter around the house is due in large part to organizational issues. We wanted to take a holistic approach and actually solve the problem, opposed to just the symptom. I’m thinking that it’s unreasonable to say “keep the tables clutter-free” without addressing the issues of why the tables are cluttered. The stuff has to go somewhere, right?
Okay… here we go Clutter be gone!
I also like the idea of setting general goals rather than counting items:
Deal with dining room table issue
Organize bill drawer
Straighten basement, donate excess
I'm sure I'll think of more...
On we go...
Susan Mama to DD (12) DD (15) & :