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?




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


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!


Declutter Diary and random thoughts…

It’s Thursday and that means I have a picture of a box on the floor in my living room for you! How thrilling. 🙂 It is for me actually; it means I’m getting an excessive amount of stuff out of our home.

The Box


The Contents

  • cloth book cover
  • 2 hats
  • small quilted tote
  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • 3 hangers
  • VHS tape
  • package of vitamins
  • large candle
  • small stuffed animal
  • letter opener
  • small plastic container with lid
  • mini blind cleaner
  • 3 paint brushes
  • scrub brush
  • pig knick knack
  • bottle of body spray
  • one coaster…hmm
  • 13 items of clothing
  • 30 paperback books

That is…66 items. Sweet. That makes a grand total of 165 items I have removed from our home in just 4 weeks! It’s encouraging. That’s good because there’s plenty more to be removed if I want to hit my goal of 1200!


Sorry for the slow down here on the blog(also with our videos)- Beks is a busy person. I don’t have such a good excuse. Our laptop fell the other day and keeps trying to reboot/repair. Imagine a sad face here. Oh well. This stuff happens to everyone. I’m working on getting it fixed, but it’s going slowly.

We took the Little One sledding a few days ago. I think she enjoyed it. We did too.



DH with DD. Don’t know where the dog came from. 🙂


Our dog isn’t that old, she just likes to shove her nose deep in the snow. She really loves snow. We think something may be wrong with her.

Earlier this week, one of our African geese was attacked by a weasel. I was pretty upset about it and, of course, the geese were very upset about it. The weasel is MIA and I’m worried it will happen again. I have taken measures to keep the geese safe, but they are not the only animals we have that could potentially become prey.

Did you know that a weasel can get through an opening the size of a quarter? Our geese are quite large, probably between 12 and 16 pounds. That’s one ambitious weasel.

How do I know it was a weasel? Funny you should ask…I walked in on it attacking the goose. I think I surprised it by turning the light on. I know I surprised it when I started shouting at it and smashing a milk jug full of water against the wall in an attempt to scare it off. Seems silly, but it did work.

We have set a live trap for the weasel. In case you’re not familiar with live traps, it will not kill the animal it traps. In case you’re not familiar with weasels(I wasn’t), they are notoriously elusive.

Well, that wraps it up for now. How is your week going? Any goals you’re working on? Got a solution for weasels?

Have a great Friday!



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


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!



Declutter Challenge Results: Week One

It’s been a week since I challenged myself to get rid of 200 items in my house. How’s that challenge working out? Hmmm. Well, I have a box full of stuff I’m taking to the thrift store. The contents of this box were cleared off of a pool table in the cellar. I don’t think I’ve seen that pool table for a year. Here’s a picture of the box which must leave the house…within the week.


I haven’t really made too many rules in this challenge- but I think it may be necessary. Especially considering the large amount of stuff crowding in on us here!

The contents of this week’s box:

  • set of sheets
  • rc helicopter
  • Swiffer WetJet cleaning pads
  • sink faucet
  • Christmas tree garland
  • package of baby bottle nipples
  • tote bag
  • 2 nonstick skillets
  • plastic Coca-Cola cup
  • board game
  • 2 empty spray bottles
  • 3 small hand lotions
  • bottle of baby gas drops
  • 3 bottles of shampoo
  • 2 bottles of lotion
  • roll of contact paper
  • 2 bottles of body wash
  • bar of soap
  • dish drying rack and drain board
  • 14 VHS tapes
  • 4 books
  • 1 dvd

If I counted correctly, that’s 46 items!!! That certainly exceeded my expectations for the first week. This is a bittersweet victory because this hardly made a dent into the piles of…piles. Yeah, I definitely need to make up some rules for this challenge and definitely change the number of items to get rid of. I’ll post that next Thursday.

I’m excited to be able to use the pool table again! Have you challenged yourself to declutter? Are you thinking that you’re a borderline hoarder? Have you shocked friends and family with your abilities to collect stuff?

Have a great evening!