Items to give away
1 copper candlestick holder, nice but I never use it and I have many others 1 glass block with a pansy and a saying about motherhood given to me by my daughter, sentimental but I’m trying to limit how many decorative items I have
Items going in the trash
7 screws – these are not regular screws they obviously belong to something but I have no clue what it may be. Since they have been in this box for almost two years I’m going to assume I don’t need them 2 envelopes of photograph negatives – can’t even tell what they might have been or when the photos were taken 2 keys, again something I have no idea what they open and haven’t needed them in almost two years 1 plastic knob that no one knows what it goes to
So that’s it for the first report a total of 14 items. Have you done any decluttering this month? Share in the comments – I’d love to hear what you are getting rid of.
I’ve worked out a schedule for the year and there will three challenge periods, each lasting for one hundred days. There will be a few weeks in between to evaluate what I did and plan for the next period.
For the first challenge I have five goals. Hopefully it isn’t too much to add onto my plate. The first goal is to declutter one hundred items. This is a continuation from last year. I have gotten rid of a lot of things but there is still stuff I think can be removed. One of the great things about last year’s work is that my hubby decided to join in. He is continuing to work on it this year and I’m hopeful that we will get this house decluttered this year.
The second goal is to stay within my budget. I need to pay closer attention to our spending and try to rein in our expenses. No more letting receipts pile up for months before figuring out where our money is going. I’m going to choose a weekly time where I enter receipts and check to see how things are going. I’m going to do a better job of using what food we have to try and bring down the grocery bill.
The third goal is to read 15 books. My to be read list has over two hundred books on it but when I go to the library I’m always seduced by the new titles and never seem to cross off anything on my list. I’m going to start using the request a book feature from my library website and get some books from my list. I’m also going to see if there are any more that are not really relevant anymore and take them off the list. I look at some of the titles and have no idea what they are about or why I put them on my list in the first pIace. I want to read at least five books from my list during this challenge period.
The fourth goal is to exercise for at least ten minutes six times a week. I am very consistent with my am and pm stretching routine. In the morning I do a few yoga poses, hold a plank for one minute and do the neck and hip stretches. In the evening I do a few yoga poses and my neck and hip stretches. Monday through Friday I have been riding the stationary bike for ten minutes but on the weekends when I have my granddaughter I haven’t managed to fit it in. I’m going to try to take a walk on the weekends.
My fifth goal is to spend at least one hour a week working on a hobby. There are a lot of things I have the materials to do but haven’t taken the time to do them. I’m still working on what I’m going to do since there are so many possibilities. I know that the first one will be my granddaughter’s quilt. It was supposed to be done before she was born and she turned two last November. Definitely want to get it done.
Well I guess that is enough for now. I’ll be starting on Monday and I’ll be back some time next week to let you know how things are going.
Total from January through March 215 items gone
So, even though I haven’t been updating I have been faithfully decluttering. I’m just going to give the totals for each category rather than list each item individually.
46 items tossed in the trash
43 books to be read removed from my list
29 items given away
4 items recycled
129+ items sold I forgot to count how many vcr tapes I took to Half Price Books I know there were at least 30 probably more
That brings the grand total up to 466 items!! I met my goal for the year but I’m going to continue and shoot for 100+ for the last hundred days of the year. Which will get me over 500 by the end of the year.
I am rolling along on this goal – total of 78 for this month’s activities. Will easily make my goal of 300 – thinking I should shoot for 500.
Here’s how it went –
Trash – 25
1 hotel room keycard from a vacation years ago 1 hot hands packet that expired 7/15 1 glue on fingernail tip 1 pie crust expiration date 12/15 1 bottle of ginger – don’t know how old but it no longer has any scent 1 fitness tracker notebook-partially used 1 broken VHS rewinder 1 dried up marker 1 lid for a marker saved in case we lost a lid and needed to replace one but now can’t find any markers that it would fit 2 dried up pens 12 packets of expired seeds from 2011 3 plant info tags for plants I killed
Gave Away – 22
2 checkbook covers 1 tree wrap 4 plastic tubes that florists use to keep the stems from bending 1 decorative pin 1 package of silicone food savers 1 box of activated charcoal toothpaste 1 spaghetti scrubber 1 lunchskins brand sandwich bag 1 lunchskins brand snack bag 1 ice pack- we have more ice packs than any one family needs 1 package of bee’s wrap 1 bamboo cutting board I already have 3 plus 2 wooden cutting boards 1 package of “Fresh paper” 1 stasher – silicone storage bag 1 veggie brush 1 container of deodorant cream 1 small glass water bottle – again we have more water bottles than one family needs 1 silicone to go cup
Removed – 14 5 computer folders of articles, blogs, etc with links that no longer work or items that I am no longer interested in 9 places to visit off my travel bucket list because of lack of interest, money and/or time
Recycled – 17
1 empty contact lens cleaner bottle 14 manuals for items my kids no longer have 1 book of deposit slips for a bank that no longer exists 1 book of checks for a bank that no longer exists
Another month in the books. Let’s start with the good – decluttering. I have been doing a really good job with this goal. This month I got rid of 76 items. Since I still have a bunch of things that could/should go this may be my easiest goal to achieve.
Another good thing was getting to bed on time. I really made an effort to get in bed by 10:30pm this month. I made the goal 26 out of 31 days this month(83%). And I’ve been keeping it up so far this month.
I did a better job of keeping track of my efforts with the boy ending up with 21 out of 31 days(70%). I can see progress and we will continue to work on getting him to take more responsibility for making sure his daily tasks are done.
Now for the bad – I was on the computer past 10 pm for 22/31 days(29%)! I just can’t seem to pull myself away from it. I always say that it doesn’t keep me from falling asleep but does it mess with the quality of my sleep?? I’m not sure about that anymore.
On to April’s goals – still going to declutter at least 25 items and work on training the boy. My third goal this month is to exercise for at least 5 minutes everyday. I’ve really gotten away from doing anything and need to get something going. I’ve been doing some exercises using my body weight and light dumbbells 4 days a week, yoga 2 days and taking a walk the other day. I’ve also been trying to do a minute or two of stretching before I go to sleep. It isn’t much but I need to start the habit of doing something and then I can build on it.
What are your goals for the month? Please share in the comments
Goal – to remove at least 300 things/activities/people so I can focus on things that move me forward and/or bring me joy.
February total – 72 items
Trash – 29
4 water bottle caps – not sure why I was keeping them, 4 packets of dressing that were opened but have gone bad, 1 broken hanger for pants, 1 Boy Scout belt – the boy somehow tore off the metal tab and then picked at it till it unraveled, 8 plastic lids that have no matching containers, 9 manuals for items the boy no longer owns, 2 check pads for a bank account that no longer exists
Recycle – 16
one Rubbermaid lid without a matching container, 15 batteries
Give away – 27
10 packets of tea taken to church for the coffee hours, 3 clip on ties too small for the boy, 1 pair infant shoes, 1 spatula and 1 mixing spoon given to the scout troop since we received a nicer set, 2 checkbook covers, 1 cellphone case, 1 hands free headset for a cell phone, 2 cell phones, 5 cellphones with chargers – I have no idea how we ended up with all the cellphone stuff but it is out of the house now