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The Declutter Update -4/1/19-9/22/19 Edition

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.

The Declutter update – March 2019

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

 

The 2019 Declutter list – February edition

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

The 2019 Declutter List- January edition

Goal – to remove at least 300 things/activities/people so I can focus on things that move me forward and/or bring me joy.

January’s total -65. Great start to the year. I hope I can keep it up – time will tell.

Things that I trashed – total of 37

1 piece of foam – no idea why I was keeping it or where it came from                                      1 pair of slipper socks – too many holes to darn                                                                            1 partial block of henna – so old it started to crumble apart when I picked it up             1bag of dried up rubber bands                                                                                                          1 bag of hard as a rock mini marshmallows                                                                                   1 broken hanger                                                                                                                                   5 manuals for items I no longer own                                                                                               1 fabric scraps to small to realistically be used for anything                                                      1 broken pencil sharpener                                                                                                                 2 refillable pencils – no longer usable due to the boy chewing on them                                   3 cans condensed milk – expired                                                                                                       1 box of oatmeal packets -mice got in them and they were expired                                         2 oatmeal canisters – expired                                                                                                             2 lemonade mixes – hardened into solid mass probably expired                                               1 bottle of salad dressing – expired                                                                                                  11 socks – they had been used to clean the griddle and were no longer in any shape to be     used                                                                                                                                                       1 infant shirt with bleach spots                                                                                                           1 pair holey underwear

Things that I recycled – 6

large bag of plastic bags                                                                                                                        5 cardboard boxes I had been saving in case I needed them for something

Things I gave away – 22

2 pairs of boys pants                                                                                                                             2 binders                                                                                                                                                 1 woman’s sweater                                                                                                                                1 woman’s blouse                                                                                                                               15 assorted tea bags                                                                                                                               1 canister of tea

Is anyone else decluttering this year? Let me know how you are doing and if you have any tips or tricks to share.

100 Day Challenge Progress Report v 10

Really slowing down as the year comes to a close. Not a lot of items to report this week but I hit  the 100 item mark.

Trashed – my husband’s artificial tree – finally got him to agree to let go of this and a handmade angel topper for the tree( I never really cared for this but I thought it was one of hubby’s treasured family heirlooms then this year it finally fell apart and he said it wasn’t really special so we tossed it)

Donating – a hairbrush, a sweatshirt, a sweater, a pair of dress socks and a fabric bookcover

Still have lots of areas to go through so I’m going to keep on plugging along.

How is your challenge coming along? Have you started thinking about a challenge to start off 2017? Let me know in the comments.

100 Day Challenge Progress Report – v 8

This week I got the boy involved in the project. Hopefully I can get him to go through stuff and simplify his stuff. He(like me) has a lot of stuff that never gets touched and could be used or enjoyed by others. He has a lot of pokemon cards that he is willing to let go of. Debating about packaging them to try and sell them so I’m not counting those in yet.

Here’s this week’s total and breakdown – seven items decluttered

trash – small bag of fabric scraps -this was a grab bag I bought at a quilt store. I took out the ones I might use and I’m tossing the rest

donation – hulk costume and a pair of boy’s dress pants -too small to be worn again

two nerf guns

a pair of ladies dress shoes –  I wore them to church this week and I  was really uncomfortable – not sure if it was due to the heel height because I haven’t worn heels in ages or if my feet have grown

and a book.

That’s it for this week. How are you doing with your challenge? Let me know in the comments.

100 Day Challenge Progress Report – v 7

Well I made some progress this week and I’m slowly getting back into the swing of decluttering.

I put 2 things in the donation pile – a pair of corduroy pants that are too short and too tight for me and a skirt that I no longer fit into.

I threw away 3 annual reports and an old church directory.

I gave a shirt and a pair of ear muffs to a friend.

That brings this week’s total to 8 items. Getting closer and closer to my goal.

How are things going with your challenge? Leave a comment and let me know what you are working on.

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