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#1 of 128 Old 12-02-2007, 03:47 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Anyone in?

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oooo.....count me in!

We are downsizing so tons of things must go!

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Yay!!

I'm excited@!

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I'll try to be in. I need to get a move on before baby makes his or her grand appearance! Amazing how I had so many plans and so much time and now....ack. crunch time!

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I'm in too!

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!

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I'm in! I only reached my halfway mark in November and probably brought too much in! Need to purge!

Happy December Decluttering!
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I'm in for 150 items!

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.

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I'm in for another 300!
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I'm in but can someone direct me to the 'rules' please - what counts, what doesn't? I've been lurking for a while and I'd really like to dump the lot : but I can't seem to get motivated.

Thanks in advance
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I am so in

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

woohoo!!!
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I sold 3 bookshelves, train table w/ train set and a computer desk today.

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I just lurked a bit on the November site so I'm not very savvy BUT I totally need this and would love to join in... I think I better start small though so maybe 100 items? This will be heavenly...

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I'm in. I met my goal of 300 items in November. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I'd like to declutter another 100 items but this month I'm only going to count things that I:

* Sell
* Swap
* Donate to a specific charity drive (Toys for Tots, One Warm Coat, etc.)
* Gift

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.
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OK, I'm pledging 50 things before Christmas.

I also need to pledge to de-clutter my desk and KEEP IT THAT WAY!
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I'm still working on the master bedroom challenge slow & stead wins the race they say though! I'm in for thinning out some stuff this month too. Tree ornaments are top of the list... I need to get rid of the horrible plastic balls that 18month old ds wants to eat, I tried salt dough but he ate THAT too :

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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I gotta try this.... I am going for 50 items from the storage side of my closet, need to make room for Christmas stuff...and I pledge a trip to the salvation army to drop off 4 bags of clothes by Friday!!

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I'm in. Is it okay if I join and don't set a goal, though? I'm nearing my 8th month and I'm not sure how much energy I'm going to be able to expound I desperately need to work on getting stuff out of my house, though, to make room for the baby, particularly in my bedroom.

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I'm in but can someone direct me to the 'rules' please...Thanks in advance
Ditto!
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I'm in. We will be moving (headed back East somewhere) early on next year and so everything extra must go by the 31st.

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Im in for 500 this month. I still need to declutter the basement.
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I'm in for 100 items. I did a lot of decluttering in November and unloaded about 6 full garbage bags but I got more work to do. I want stuff out before the gifts start coming in. :

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I'm in! My goal was 200 for November and I made that goal plus some! So, this month, I'm going to set my goal to 150.
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So, I guess there are no rules I'm in with a goal of 100 items this month. Nesting has me by the throat so I'll probably get rid of more than that but I want to have a small goal since I am eight months along, I might burn out soon.

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already have a 'selling' pile going and about 5 or 6 items going out to charity..YAY. only 95 more to go! :0

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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.
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I'm in, but I always lose track when I'm counting. I do well with lists, though:

*DD1's closet
*my/DH's bedside table
*kitchen cabinets
*entertainment centre
*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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I'm in. So far since last week I've gotten rid of 7 boxes of books, 3 to FreeCycle & 4 to Half Price Books. i have one bag of clothes to go to the donation bin & another box of books to give to a friend from out of town who'll be heading this way soon. Will continue with clothes & other items & figure out a total per week.
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Yes, yes, yes. Me! I am in.

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.

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It seems to me the rules are simply to list de-cluttering goals for the month. Easy peasy!

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!
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I am right there with you Mikaela...both with the goals and the desire to get at the organizational (or lack thereof) root of the problem. My dining room table is always covered too!

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...

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