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

 

 

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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 Update

In the fall of last year, two friends told me that if you don’t love something, you should get rid of it. At the same time I was reading Sink Reflections by the FlyLady, Marla Cilley. She is a big advocate of decluttering. Basically she tells you to get rid of things you don’t use, need, or love.

I was hearing and reading this, but honestly, I couldn’t comprehend doing it. Get rid of my stuff? All my stuff? Stuff that didn’t have a name, but it was mine. I would look around our home and just couldn’t think of anything to take out of it.

I knew that our house was packed to the brim. We didn’t have pathways through it, but I knew it was too full. I just didn’t know where to start.

Things are different now.

The Box

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The Contents

  • 2 lip glosses
  • bath mat
  • cuticle oil
  • bed skirt
  • bathrobe
  • scarf
  • 9 shirts
  • 3 nightgowns
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 2 puzzles
  • wooden mailbox
  • 3 stuffed animals
  • 1 large bundle of pens
  • plastic tiara
  • 2 baseball caps
  • wall sign
  • ceramic egg holder
  • penguin toy
  • pig candle holder
  • bunch of plastic eggs
  • bowl
  • eyeshadow brush
  • book
  • large potpourri sachet
  • kitchen timer
  • decorative pig pin
  • curling iron cover
  • pig rubber stamp
  • 3 figurines

That’s 47 items, and that brings us to a running total of 529 items that have left our home. Good!

There was so much in our house. There still is. I had to just force myself at first; and I only started because I knew it was a problem. I had known that for a long time, but it really hits you when you have a kid and realize that you have to start making room for him/her.

I started getting rid of things that were just random and useless. Then I started getting rid of some duplicate items. Now I’m letting go of things that I felt guilty about getting rid of. Letting go of the things I don’t want, use, need, and finally(though I have trouble admitting it) the things I don’t love.

Maybe I’ve become attached to some things that have no sentimentality to them. Maybe someone that holds an important place in my life gave me a gift or something they didn’t want. Maybe I think it was expensive to begin with and that alone should be reason enough to keep it. All these excuses just hold me back from a life that isn’t so complicated and cluttered. I’ve been holding myself back.

Letting go can be really hard. Whether it’s¬†your grandfather, your cute pigs,¬†the world’s best chiropractor, or that quilt your mom gave you. Obviously these are not all on the same playing field. I’m just saying¬†that sometimes you have to let go and move on. Otherwise, you may be stuck in the same place for a long time.

Tell me what you think.

Are you having trouble letting go? Are you finally getting there?

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

 

Declutter Challenge Update

Have you been eyeing some dusty items and thinking,”Why do I still have this?” Me too!

This week’s box had a little help from DH. Yay! It’s always encouraging when your family joins you in clearing out. Yup.

This week’s box…

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What’s in the box?

  • skillet
  • 3 mixing bowls(nesting)
  • cheese grater with attachments
  • spatula
  • canned soda preserver(Weird, I know. I only tried it once…)
  • wine bottle opener
  • plastic food container with lid
  • travel mug
  • screwdriver set
  • 8 books
  • Bath & Body Works Smart Soap dispenser
  • bottle of hand soap

21 items. Add that to our running total of 306 and that brings us to 327. Okay. Slow and steady is my pace. Slow and steady wins the race. I’m just going to keep saying that to myself. Eh. ūüôā

How are you doing? Are you tackling a project that has been on the back burner for awhile? Great! Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of items you have in your humble abode? Just scroll back…slow and steady. It didn’t happen overnight, and it won’t get cleaned up overnight.:)

Have a great Friday!!!

SAJ

Decluttering…

It’s Thursday and that means an update on my declutter challenge.¬†I went through a couple of dusty boxes in the cellar this week and consequently, I have a little¬†more to¬†go in¬†The Box¬†than I normally do.

The Box

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The Contents

  • primitive storage container
  • chimney lamp shade
  • silicone baking mold
  • large framed deer print
  • 7 decorative storage tins
  • metal cheese grater
  • 3 tea infusers
  • stuffed pig toy
  • pig keychain
  • 2 picture frames
  • new bath set in tin
  • small candle
  • decorative food tray
  • cookie roller
  • 15 books

That’s 38 items this week and that brings the grand total to 271. Slooowly making it to the goal of 1200.

I hope you’re having great success at decluttering too. Slow and steady wins the race…

What clutter have you purged from your home this week?

Saj

 

Declutter Thursday!

This week at my house: widespread illness. Yes, it’s like a revolving door here. Once you think you’re better- there’s more! So maybe we can hope for better health in the new year.

I do have a box to show you today, thankfully.

The Box

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The Contents

  • sunglasses
  • bottle of hair gel
  • Burt’s Bees gardener kit
  • small votive holder
  • 2 bottles of perfume
  • cookbook
  • 2 purses
  • large candle
  • table runner
  • dog sweater
  • portable cd player
  • VHS tape
  • 3 greeting cards(new)
  • notebook
  • 7 glass dishes
  • portable cassette player
  • wooden plaque

27 items this week. Not too shabby. Altogether, that’s ¬†233 items removed from the house. Excellent!

How’s your decluttering going? If you’re not a borderline hoarder-¬†congratulations.¬†Any goals you have this year¬†that seem a tad overwhelming? How are you handling them?

Tomorrow’s Friday. Happy Friday!!!

SAJ

p.s. I think I’m having pancakes for supper tomorrow night. Maybe with fruit. I used to like the fake syrup. The stuff that said “butter flavor.” Oh the shame. I still don’t mind it…