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#1 of 271 Old 12-17-2007, 02:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am removing 2008 things from my home by 31 December 2008.

Anyone care to join me?

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I am in. I look forward to this challenge. Thanks for posting. Elizabeth
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I am in! I am Compacting next year also (see thread), so I should actually be able to get rid of 2008 things without adding 2008 things in their place
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I'm planning to do this as well. Thanks for starting this thread!
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Yeah, I'm in. I'm terrible at counting items, though.

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I am in! I am Compacting next year also (see thread), so I should actually be able to get rid of 2008 things without adding 2008 things in their place
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a2mama:

Sounds like you and I have the same ideas. I am also going to Compact in 2008.

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I'm in...I actually am cheating a little because I started keeping count back in November. Hopefully the early start will keep me motivated. Off to go see what my previous total was....
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We may be moving, so it could be easy (if DH cooperates).

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interesting, i hadnt thought of having a goal of things to get rid of.

I think i may be joining
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Sounds good to me!
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Yeah, I'm in. I'm terrible at counting items, though.



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Thanks for the enthusiastic, warm welcome! I can't wait to get to started and get to know all of you.
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Sounds like you and I have the same ideas. I am also going to Compact in 2008.

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I think the two challenges will complement each other nicely. It's nice to know there are others out there to get through this with
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IM IN and we are doing a major 'buying halt' in 2008. Right now im in the mindset to pantry challenge as much as possible for the next 2 mos...
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I'm in. Can I count each square foot of our house when we sell it??

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I'm in. Can I count each square foot of our house when we sell it??
maybe minus the square footage of your new home

I'm in, but also terrible at keeping count :

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We still have our old house and we rent. We moved to another city within about 1 week of deciding to move and my husband has had trouble getting time off to dedicate to getting us out of the other house. I've gone back and worked on it on my own, but now that the babe is here, it's been difficult. We're going back for a few days for the holidays, so I told him that we need to just not worry about going through each box to see what we need. We just need to toss it all in storage and get the house on the market! I went back 2 months ago and had it repainted and repairs done. Now, it needs to get sold!

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I'm *so* in with this! I've been decluttering the past few months, but still have a LONG way to go. I've really been focusing on not bringing stuff *in*, and on trying to convince family NOT to give us so much random stuff.

DH is off all week next week, so I will get started then (can I count it towards my 2008 in 2008 even though it will still be 2007? )
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I'm *so* in with this! I've been decluttering the past few months, but still have a LONG way to go. I've really been focusing on not bringing stuff *in*, and on trying to convince family NOT to give us so much random stuff.

DH is off all week next week, so I will get started then (can I count it towards my 2008 in 2008 even though it will still be 2007? )
I think I'll count late 2007 stuff as 2008...whatever motivates, right?

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I am hopping onboard with this one too. I'll try and check in at the end of the weeks with my new total.

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And here two years ago when I started the 500 declutter challenge some people here were like wow thats a lot. glad to see others wanted to get rid of this much! My goal would be not to bring it back in.

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At the end of the November declutter thread I was at 105/2008

Adding:
41 outgrown boys clothes to a friend
11 things to a MIN
5 items to a pick-up charity (2 pairs shoes, baby toy, maternity shirt, baby hat)
1 pile of newspapers recycled (I'm counting these because they were being saved from the day my sons were born. I was supposed to save them forever I guess or cut out headlines and make into a special keepsake. Well, who wants headlines about the DC sniper or the war....5 years later they weren't done anyway....and now I don't need to feel guilty anymore)
Sold 1 ball pit (and 100 plastic balls!!!)
2 items trash - old sandals and unrepairable backpack
1 clothes item donated to foster care program
threw away 2 fridge magnets I hated
freecycled bath gift set and a T-shirt with a saying I despised

New total: 171/2008
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Way to go Jennay. I bet that felt cleansing.
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I'm in.

I started this morning.

30/2008!
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I'm starting to count now too and i have to write everything here otherwise i'll never keep track!

6 shirts/sweater to FIN
4 pairs of tights to FIN
3 piece sheet set i wasnt using to FIN
4 re-usable shopping bags to FIN (wasnt using these either, i apparently have an addition to non-plastic shopping bags)
5 pieces of baby cloths to FIN
1 returned pair of shoes (doing it tomorrow, but i'm putting it on the count today)
1 envelope to send stuff to FIN (excited about this since i always keep packing from things shipped to me and rarley ship stuff out)

24/2008
i've got a boat load of things to sell on ebay or craigs list. I'm on my way to clearing out the junk and since i'm also compacting i wont be bringing in more to replace it
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Look at all you cheaters!!! I'm kidding. Decluttering is great no matter what.

I'm giving myself permission to wait until January. I've decluttered 177 out of my goal of 150 for the month and am behind on getting holiday gifts ready. The hardest part, for me, is the waiting to continue, but I'm doing my best to wrap up things for other people first.

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I'm going to start on New Year's Day. I have stuff in mind to get me started. Problem is, Christmas comes right before New Year's. Argh!

I didn't count my donations to FIN.

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I started this morning. I bagged up two garbage bags work of donations for Salvation Army. I bagged them in the garage and stuck them directly in my van. I got about 40 items in each bag (they sort it there), and after doing the math, I realized that I will be removing approx. 50 bags of clutter from my house. That is a lot of stuff--stuff that can be used by others, stuff that I shouldn't have bought in the first place, stuff that was trying to fulfill a need I thought I had, just stuff.


80/2008
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ok.... **deep breath** i'm jumping on board. we're going to have monthly threads, though, right? you know so we don't have a 90 page thread.

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Monthly threads for sure! ("2008 in 2008 declutter - January thread" and so on.)

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count me in!!! I have been TRYING to get organized recently but it's proven to be a major challenge with four kids and no help. Wish I had the money to pay someone else to go through and get rid of all of the CRAP piling up behind closet doors and on shelves in this house.......
I like the accountability that this thread presents.
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