Day 55 Creepy Doll and Cute Minnie Mouse Earring Tree

Too bad I’m not a doll connoisseur.  Sometimes creepy dolls are worth money.  There’s two grandmas who always used to give one of the girls these creepy dolls.  They always told her that she should keep them because they would be worth money someday.  Of course, me being Mom, and her being a kid, I guess I was expected to make sure they were taken care of.  It might have been easier if either one of us actually liked the dolls even a little bit.

Creepy Doll on the Move

Over the years, I’ve packed and repacked them.  Moved them to this bedroom or that bedroom.  Took them to the basement and back upstairs again.  I even moved them to an apartment she lived in for a few short months after high school.  But now they’re back in my house again being moved from room to room again, sorted and resorted. I decided with this doll that I’m not going to feel guilty getting rid of them. She doesn’t want them.  I don’t want them either and they are taking up space.

(Honestly, this doll isn’t quite as creepy as a lot of the others but this one has some moldy spots on her dress which automatically puts her in the creepy category.)

The Minnie Mouse Avon Earring Tree

This earring tree is cute and from the early 90’s.  This brings back good memories but only a few. It doesn’t bring me joy and I’m never going to use it.  There’s really no reason to keep it.

About the most useful thing in this lot is the heart basket.  It even had stuff in it when I found it but I don’t have any place to put it right now.  I don’t like it enough to keep it around any longer.  Boy oh boy, this is getting easier by the day!!

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Day 54 One Lonely Mitten and Some Old Wallpaper

I can’t believe how easy it’s getting to get rid of 18 things every day.  I remember when I started and it took me a couple hours to get to 18.  Now I usually end up with close to double that in less than a half hour.  Maybe it’s because I’ve been down in the basement the last few days.

Look at that cute mitten!  I love those mittens but I have no idea where the other one is.  The green thing in the middle is a cut out of one of my kids’ hands.  It made an antler for a reindeer decoration.  Thankfully, the diary doesn’t have anything written in it and I still have some of that old wallpaper hanging in my kitchen.  I guess we kept it in case we ever needed to replace any of it but now it’s so old that I would just get new stuff.

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Day 51 Fun Things

The lone socks aren’t that much fun but most of the other stuff is.  I have cases for 2 Katamari games.  These were really fun games that I used to play all the time.  You’re a little guy who pushes around a sticky ball that picks everything up as it moves. You start out with little tiny things like paperclips, tacks, and pieces of gum.  The more you pick up, the bigger the ball gets. Eventually, as the levels progress, the ball gets big enough to pick up cows, horses, cars and buildings.  I think there’s even a level where you pick up stars and planets.  I have the game on my phone now so I don’t play these anymore.

Letting Go of More Toys

A few of the other things are the gang from the Clifford books, Mrs. ClausM & M, a Magic Treehouse book, and some little toy horses.  There is a lone glove too which also isn’t much fun.  That’s it for this batch of 18 things!

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Day 50 Unused Lids and Finally a New Count!

Recently, I got one of those multi-size lids so I only need that one. I don’t need all of these that have been in my basement for years untouched.  There’s also computer sides and a beach bag that was packed at least 12 years ago.

TIME FOR THE COUNT!!

I’m on day 50 of my 115 (or was it 120?) day challenge of getting rid of 18 things per day.  I’m aiming for 2018 things before 2018.  For this challenge, I’m at 900 things that I’ve gotten rid of!

That makes my GRAND TOTAL since I started this decluttering effort 3,869 things that I never have to pick up again!!

I can’t wait until I reach 5.000.  I knew there was way too much in this house but I never imaged there were that many things.  10,000 things is a very realistic goal.

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Bottlenecked in the House

I have stuff pulled out of everywhere right now.  My living room looks like a tornado went through it.  Thank goodness it didn’t.  My basement has bags and boxes waiting to come up.  My kitchen is still torn apart from the broken pipe.

Once everything is either put away or taken out of the house, I think it’s going to feel a lot less cluttered.  But right now, it’s hard to move around at all.  It’s more like an Olympic sport trying to climb over everything to get from room to room. Even finding a little spot to take my pics is getting hard.

I hope I can pull it all together once and for all! Soon!  Like, before Christmas.  I have a busy next couple of weeks though so it’s going to be hard but I’ll keep working away at it.  I’m glad it’s a short week at work.

Day 48 Waffle Blocks and Boots

I have a really hard time letting go of the kids’ toys but things are moving along fine.  My mindset is finally changing.  I can’t let in the new until I let go of some of the old.  I’m not going all Rambo and getting rid of all of them but there’s a lot that I’ve been hanging on to that I don’t need or necessarily want to keep anymore.  It’s all just taking up space.

Day 53 Letting Go of the Calendar but Keeping the Memories

You know I’m serious when I get rid of something from The Milwaukee Wave.  I have so many good memories  of watching the soccer games with my kids and hanging out for awhile after them.  Those were some of the greatest years we ever had.  We had so much fun and I miss doing that stuff.

The rest of these things are just little putzy things.  I should probably keep the magnet doll thing because I think it might have been a grandma’s or something but I’m letting it go.  I’m working really hard and am more determined than I’ve ever been to get this stuff out.

I know that baby steps will get it done but bigger steps will get it done faster and that’s what I need right now.

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