Declutter Challenge Update

Here it is, nearly the end of the year. My goal was to rid my home of 1200 items by the end of the year. Have I done it?

Um, I’m getting there.

As usual, I’m expecting a frenzied rush to the finish here. Then is this the last post of the declutter challenge? I’m sure that’s what you would believe. But, alas, I can procrastinate with the best of ’em.

****Wait, hold on a sec. My little dog is barking and needs my attention now. If you don’t care why- just skip past this next section.****

Okay, we can all relax now. One of our dogs here is a Yorkiepoo. She’s a little quirky when it comes to her water dish. If the water dish becomes half empty(or half full, depending on your personality type) she barks at it for about 20 minutes, or until you fill it completely. I have realized this is because the charms from her necklace(or rabies and license tags from her collar- once again depending on your personality type) hit the bowl as she drinks and she doesn’t like the sound. It freaks her out!

Easy fix, but I must do it immediately when a certain child is asleep. That would be my child. Let sleeping children sleep as long as they need to- that’s my philosophy!

So if your dog is barking for what seems like no reason, well, chances are good that there is a reason. I won’t tell you how long it took me to finally take a break and watch her for a little bit to find out why she was barking like that sporadically.

****Back to decluttering.****

The BOX (and items that I didn’t have a box for. I’m not an office supply store, you know. I don’t keep all sorts of boxes on hand for this…)

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The Contents (super long list- feel free to skim)

  • cast iron skillet
  • children’s slippers
  • 5 plastic food storage containers
  • makeup bag with some samples of makeup
  • cuticle pushing tool
  • 3 sweaters
  • water balloon kit
  • 3 body pillow pillowcases(funny because I only have one body pillow)
  • 4 books
  • 10 small stuffed animals
  • 2 shirts
  • cute primitive nightlight(not a match. primitive d√©cor, if you will)
  • 3 pairs of shoes/sandals
  • 9 candles of various sizes
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • 11 drinking cups/glasses
  • 2 bottles lotion/shampoo
  • 53 (yes, that’s right- 53) kitchen utensils(i.e. measuring spoons, whisks, spatulas)
  • rolling pin
  • parmesan cheese shaker container thingy- it’s glass with a metal lid, sometimes people put crushed red pepper in it. You know what I’m talking about?
  • 7 bracelets/hair accessories(odd combo- trying to keep the list compact…)
  • 4 pig figurines
  • small basket
  • ball cap
  • cloth diaper cover
  • box of cotton swabs
  • 3 glass cutting boards
  • 2 flour sifters
  • hot dog container(plastic container specifically for holding hot dogs…I know!)
  • 1 lonely pan lid
  • cookie jar
  • pie plate with lid
  • small bell
  • 2 wooden/ceramic plaques
  • personal flotation device(that’s random)
  • 2 plates
  • glass candy dish
  • plastic sand castle bucket
  • ice bucket
  • vase
  • costume beard(long story…)
  • 2 greeting cards
  • glass serving dish with lid
  • felt ornament
  • pig trash can(so cute)
  • rain coat
  • 12 boxes of tea
  • new salt grinder with salt in it

Upon seeing the boxes of tea and salt shaker I feel I should mention again that not all of these items go to a thrift store. Some of them are given to friends- who are willing or unaware recipients. A very small amount goes in the trash. Seriously, out of all these posts, maybe 5 items were trashed. Just because you don’t want something anymore doesn’t mean that someone else wouldn’t be tickled to have it. Keep that in mind when you’re decluttering.

Okay- that is 169 items. That brings the grand total to…883. Oh boy. I’m in trouble. Um, I literally don’t know if I can get rid of that much stuff in such a short amount of time. I should change my goal. Hehe- just kidding.

I really have no time with everything else that is going on. So I just won’t sleep. No. That won’t work.

I hope you’re doing well and that you aren’t procrastinating the way I have been!

Update to come!

SAJ

p.s. I know the pile in that picture looked pretty bad, but I had to hurry and put everything on the floor before DD came and started playing with it all. Which she did, but I got it in the vehicle pretty quickly after taking that picture! Get the stuff out!

 

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Decluttering continued.

See? I’m doing it. I’m getting rid of some of my excess. Actually, I’m getting rid of a lot of my excess. And it feels wonderful! Very liberating!

It does help that I’m trying to follow the FlyLady method. For whatever reason it seems to be working for me. Also, the more you get rid of the easier it is. In the beginning it is hard.

The Box

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What’s Inside?

  • 9 x 13 cake pan
  • broiler pan
  • 2 pie plates
  • 9 x 9 silicone brownie pan
  • griddle
  • 2 bottle koozies
  • glass pot lid
  • 3 bottles of baby lotion
  • small ceramic piggy bank
  • bottle of hair conditioner
  • 5 shirts
  • coat
  • 3 bricks of Wonder Soil
  • 2 coin purses
  • pair of kid’s shoes(you know- my kid’s shoes- not some random kid. weird.)
  • small basket
  • microwave food cover
  • 2 glass serving bowls
  • small candle
  • 2 pairs of cat nail clippers
  • 2 books
  • 3 cloth tote bags
  • colander
  • level(a tool for making sure stuff is level)
  • handle set for a Bissell carpet sweeper
  • bottle of Aquaphor
  • 8 ornaments
  • 6 small stuffed animals
  • 4 bracelets
  • 3 bottles of shampoo
  • small breath mint tin(minus the breath mints)
  • 2 pairs of scissors
  • 2 combs
  • small dishpan
  • Reynolds Handi-Vac sealer

70 things altogether! Pretty good. That brings the total to 714.

Gotta keep at it. That’s what you would say too if you saw my house. Sad face here. For me.

Anyway- let’s keep it up! It’s nice to have little spaces being cleared.

Are you decluttering? How’s it coming along?

SAJ

 

 

Decluttering- back on the wagon!

I am nearing my deadline. 1,200 items removed from my house by the end of the year. I was doing pretty well. Then I just kind of stopped unintentionally.

You know. Things come up. Bad timing. Whatever.

I kept thinking I should start this up again.

Now I’m really under pressure!

Here it is: The Box.

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What’s in it?

  • 2 towels
  • 2 blenders
  • 8 knives
  • 4 oven mitts
  • 3 funnels
  • 2 pie servers
  • bottle of lotion
  • onion keeper
  • 2 headbands
  • corkscrew
  • book
  • 2 whisks
  • 3 spatulas
  • 2 coffee mugs
  • wallet
  • 4 CDs
  • 2 bracelets
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • glasses case
  • 3 ornaments
  • 2 can openers
  • 2 car window shades
  • 4 sweaters
  • 2 board games
  • veggie peeler
  • 2 serving spoons
  • paper towel holder
  • 3 skirts
  • 6 shirts
  • kitchen hand towel
  • jacket
  • pair of pants
  • pair of socks
  • 4 dresses

78 things I got out of the house. Some of those things aren’t pictured because I gave them to a friend before I took the picture. ūüė¶ That’s okay. These aren’t the most interesting pictures anyway. It’s the journey that’s important. Right?!

The last time I did a declutter box, which was in June in case you were wondering, the total was 566. So now it’s 644.

Now as long as I don’t stop doing this for 4 months, I should be okay. As long as I stay on track.

Hopefully if you’re decluttering or getting rid of your hoard- you’re sticking to it! Good luck!

Updates soon…

SAJ

Declutter Thursday. It’s almost Friday.

It’s late at night, but I have a box and I want to share it!

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Here’s what’s in it:

  • new set of plastic sandwich containers
  • pair of children’s shoes
  • 2 placemats
  • George Foreman grill
  • new cookie press
  • metal grater
  • VHS movie
  • small wicker basket
  • candy spoon mold
  • 5 fabric kitchen appliance covers
  • beer can poultry roaster stand (oh man…)
  • 2 water bottles
  • aluminum fry pan with lid
  • small bag of hair accessories
  • decorative pillow
  • medium sized candle
  • doll clothes
  • 2 children’s shirts
  • baseball cap
  • water filter
  • pair of socks
  • makeup brush
  • Tupperware ham keeper (it seemed like a good idea)
  • single cup coffee maker
  • small bag of random craft supplies
  • 2 stuffed animals
  • box of shower curtain rings
  • Frisbee
  • small makeup bag

37 items in this box…Well, some were on the floor. ūüôā Not bad. That brings the total to 566. Only 634 more things to get out of our house!

Actually, since my goal is to hit 1200 items by the end of the year, it looks like I’m almost halfway there with my time and how much I’ve been able to get out of the house. That’s promising, right?

Are you decluttering too? Do you want to?

SAJ

Goodbye Clutter!

Okay, not all the clutter is gone- but I’m working on it! Oh how good it feels to donate to the thrift stores.

Although… it could be said that it’s not an entirely¬†selfless act on my part. I definitely relish that moment when I get to walk away from those bags/boxes packed with things that used to take up precious real estate in my home. It’s an almost giddy feeling.

The more I declutter, the more I feel like I was a hoarder. I didn’t have pathways through our house, but there were issues that were popping up.

Have you ever heard,” A place for everything and everything in its place?” Well, more and more frequently I would find myself trying to clear off the kitchen table or picking up in the living room, and I would realize that I had no idea where to put something. Things were¬†coming into our home¬†at a steady pace, but there wasn’t any available space for them. And nothing was leaving…

Thankfully, that set off some warning bells. And now I am accountable through this declutter challenge. It’s making a difference.

Okay, enough of that.

The Box

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The Contents

  • 2 oven mitts
  • 18 dishes(random- plates, plastic storage containers, etc.)
  • 1 bottle of nail polish
  • 3 binders
  • 2 cassette tapes
  • 4 packages of CFL bulbs
  • decorative tin with sewing odds and ends
  • ceramic mail holder
  • artificial flowers
  • 2 small candles
  • soap dispenser
  • pig ornament
  • lip balm
  • combination lock
  • turtle sponge holder
  • 3 small pig statuettes
  • 3 small bear statuettes
  • potato basket magnet
  • 2 small planters
  • 4 packages of hand warmers
  • pair of sneakers
  • 3 flashlights
  • pliers
  • large box of zipper storage bags
  • 16 pieces of clothing (sweaters, shirts, and pants)

 

That’s 75 items, bringing the running total to 482!!! Yay!

Alright, this is good.

How are you doing this week? Any victory for you that gives you a giddy feeling? Feel free to share it. It’s exciting!

I hope you feel encouraged. ūüôā

SAJ

 

 

Declutter Thursday…on a Friday

Spring is a busy time of year. So much to do inside and even more waiting for you outside. I kind of cleaned my fridge out yesterday, but only half way. My toddler was taking a nap while I attempted the job, but woke up and wanted some attention. And the weather was nice. So that was the end of that!

I am quite happy with this week’s box because my DH contributed to it as well. That’s encouraging!

The Box

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The Contents

  • 24 drinking glasses
  • decorative tin
  • 2 packages of gasket covers
  • Frisbee
  • foot scrubber
  • 2 rulers
  • snow globe
  • small tube of hand lotion
  • hat
  • package of utility hooks
  • 2 ramekins
  • 6 chowder bowls
  • 4 bottles of body wash
  • 2 placemats
  • 2 sweaters
  • 2 wall plaques
  • brooch
  • pedometer
  • new toothbrush (thought I should specify…)
  • answering machine tape
  • 2 books
  • wall clock

60 things in the box(es) this week- bringing the running total to 407! Great! I’m about a third of the way to my goal. I can do this!

How are you doing? Are you just starting to declutter or are you just in “maintenance mode” now?

Happy Friday!

SAJ

Decluttering!

Aaand we’re back to the decluttering. Oh man. We went on a family trip for a wedding a couple of weeks ago¬†and I felt like there was more in our vehicle on the trip back home than there was at the beginning of the trip. That means it’s a great time to get back to the declutter challenge. (So sorry I dropped the ball on that for the past few weeks!)

The Box

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The Contents

  • cosmetic bag
  • book
  • candle
  • spatula
  • 4 dresses
  • 4 shirts
  • bathrobe
  • skirt
  • sweater
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • winter hat
  • scarf
  • gloves

I usually don’t list off the different types of clothing, but I wanted the list to look longer so I’d feel better about myself. It seems to be working. 20 items this week- pretty good. That brings the total to 347 items.

I’m going to be positive here- that’s 347 items that are no longer in my home. You know what? It has been over a month since I’ve posted on this challenge. That’s a month with no declutter boxes, and still I’ve managed to purge 347 items from our house. That is A LOT of stuff!

Okay, now for a little reality check. My goal is 1,200 items by the end of the year. Must keep moving…

How are you doing? Did you get rid of a lot of stuff recently? If you did- congratulations!

SAJ