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. 🙂

SAJ

 

 

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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