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

 

Decluttering Thursday

What a busy week! I hope everyone has made it safely through Winter Storm Stella. It was really windy here and, of course, there was a good amount of snow.

This week’s box is small in number, but I feel good that I’m letting go of some things that I “had to have.” Only a couple of the items fell into that category, but since I feel that I could be called a borderline hoarder(maybe)- it feels good!

The Box

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The Contents

  • old lard bucket(heehee)
  • Nalgene water bottle
  • 2 large piggy banks
  • trivet
  • slate welcome sign
  • small markerboard(not the same as last week’s markerboard)
  • 4 cookbooks
  • drinking glass

That is 12 items. Eh. Not so great this week. Better than nothing, but could be better.

Okay, that brings the grand total to 306 items out of our home! Nice to make it past the 300 mark. Still, I need to crack down on this stuff if I want to make my goal.

How are you doing with your decluttering? Any victories? Are you having a lackluster week like me?

Let’s try for a better box next week! We can do this. 🙂

SAJ

Declutter Challenge Update

Kickin’ the collecting habit one box at a time! My box seems small this week, but the important thing is that I have a box to show you. I didn’t just ignore the elephant in the room. The elephant being this whole challenge thingy.

I love that I’m posting all this decluttering stuff. I know probably some people skip right over this post- and I can’t blame them. Especially if they don’t have a problem with keeping everything. This is a little bland for people that are naturally organized. But for those of us that struggle with collecting and organizing, this might be just the right kind of encouragement! It certainly is for me.

Let’s see this box.IMG_2180.JPGAh, yes. There it is. What’s in it?

The Contents

  • 3 balloon weights
  • 7 kitchen utensils
  • a book
  • small dry-erase board
  • 10 items of clothing
  • set of sheets

That’s it. 23 items. The grand total(so far): 294 items. Okay! We’re almost to 300. And…906 more items leaving our house will bring me to my goal. I probably shouldn’t have figured that out. A little daunting.

Are you ready to pass on the things you don’t use anymore? Remember that you don’t have to trash everything when you declutter- chances are good that someone else may enjoy or need things that you don’t enjoy or need anymore! Donate them to a thrift store, a church yard sale, or your local shelter. Sometimes it makes it easier to let these things go if you know someone else may benefit from your decluttering.

Are you feeling more organized? Are you clearing out? Doesn’t it feel good?

Saj

Decluttering

Another week, another box! This week I didn’t really get a chance to sit down and go through any boxes or piles. Boy, that sounds bad. Sounds like I have loads of junk all over the place. Oh wait…I do. Heehee.

It’s okay, because I’m really getting something accomplished now! Years of nothing, and now I take bags every week to the thrift store. I’m actually starting to see a difference too. It feels great!

The Box

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The Contents

  • small basket
  • pedometer
  • box of note cards
  • small tin of moisturizing cream
  • loaf pan
  • 13 kitchen utensils
  • 2 containers of beads
  • 3 bottles of aftershave
  • 18 pieces of clothing

41 items this week- bringing the grand total to 206! Wow- what if I hit 1,200 months before the end of the year? That would be great. So great.

If you feel overwhelmed with stuff everywhere, I encourage you to try this too. Just filling one box or bag a week with things to donate, or even give to friends to enjoy, makes a difference over time.

Take care of yourself today- do something for yourself. Read, bake, knit, shave your head, put on that risqué color of lipstick- enjoy it!

Saj

Declutter Diary

It’s Thursday. That means I show you a picture of a box full of stuff I’m donating/giving away.

Today was a long day because I went through and organized two boxes of paperwork. It was tedious but so worth it. Now they’re gone! Woohoo!

After I went through those boxes, I put together my declutter box for you to see. It’s kind of nice showing you, because I feel accountable. I’m actually decluttering because I feel like someone might notice if I stop!

The Box

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The Contents

  • 3 candles
  • small plastic container with lid
  • 3 pig knickknacks
  • hair clip
  • headband
  • game on CD-ROM
  • 31 books

This week’s total number of items: 41! That brings the grand total to 99 items- not bad for 3 weeks. I have decided that my former goal of getting rid of 200 items for the year is a bit silly now. So I’ve changed the number to 1,200. I feel like that’s enough to keep me moving and stay focused. I might have tried for a higher number but I think as I declutter there will be less and less to actually clear out. That’s my hope anyway!

So, how are you doing? Any particular goal that you’re working on for the year? I hope you’re making progress on it! Don’t give up!

SAJ

 

Target Advent Calendar: Day 4!

It’s Monday, and that means we have a video for you. Yay! If you’ve used the product in this video- please let me know how you liked it. 🙂

Today, Target’s February beauty box was released and I wasn’t sure whether I should get it or not. It was priced at $10.00 which is on the high end of what they charge for a box. You can see some of what will come in the box, so I checked it out. They had a mascara in it and it looks like it’s from a more natural company, so I got it. 🙂

Truthfully, by the time I get the box in the mail I will have forgotten what will be in it. That’s good though, it will make it more fun when I open it!

I’m going to be going through a couple of totes that are full of clothes in the next few days. This is in the hope that I will have more to show for my decluttering efforts on this Thursday’s declutter post. I’m crossing my fingers!

Thankfully we are through with the stomach virus here! And that meant a lot of dishes to be washed. And laundry. And there was plenty of wiping doorknobs and light switch covers. Bleh.

What’s going on in your neck of the woods? Are you going to grab a Target beauty box? Have you successfully kept yourself from getting sick so far this winter?

SAJ