Day 13 Ten Year Old Clutter

18 small things to get rid of

Ten Year Old Clutter

I’m working on getting rid of 18 things for 113 days before the end of the year.  Things have been slow but I’m determined to make the goal before the end of the year.  I’m starting with 18 things for day 13.  I grabbed a bucket in the basement to go through and before I knew it, I had a huge pile.  Everything in the bucket was dated 2007.  This time, instead of just grabbing a pile of receipts and small papers and counting it as one day, I actually wanted to count every little piece.

Counting each piece this time was important to me because these things, even as small as they are, have been taking up space in my basement for 10 years!! What’s even worse is that this stuff was all the junk that was in one of my cars when I cleaned it out.  Half of it was garbage.

My favorite thing in this group is the card with 5 earrings.  They’re all different!  What happened to the other ones?

Day 8 Mounds of Receipts

Receipts everywhere!  That’s what started this round of decluttering. I had receipts in my purse, in my car, and on my end table.  They kept falling out all over the place.  Time to go through them and purge!

I found a few other things besides the receipts:

  • Cat harness
  • Glove
  • Sock
  • Comb
  • 3 Horse project packet
  • Half eaten bag of BBQ chips
  • Flashlight
  • 3 packs of hamburger buns
  • Bag of plastic bags
  • Bag of way more than 5 receipts lol

Day 8 puts me at 144 things gotten rid of in July that I never have to pick up again!


I think this puts my Grand Total at 2,519 things that I never have to pick up again. Yay!  I finally made it over 2,500!!!  

 

Day 7 of the July Challenge

So many reasons to keep up at this pace.  I even have a new slogan:  18 things a day until 2018.  Even though it technically qualifies as a SMART goal, I don’t know if it really is.  It’s a little hard to keep up.  I can do my best though and everyone in my house will be better off for it whether I make it or not!

I even did the math.  If I can do it for 112.11 days out of the remaining 174 days of the year, I will have gotten rid of 2018 things.  And that will put me pretty close to 5,000 things in total.  Maybe I’ll make more than 112 days and actually reach the 5,000 goal.  Ok, enough day dreaming for now.

Here’s my 18 things for Day 7:

  • Shape-Ups shoes
  • Tupperware pitcher.  I like these pitchers but I have a bunch of them and I don’t need a bunch.
  • Fisher Price veterinarian clinic
  • Empty shoe box
  • Nail clipper kit
  • The Box Blockbuster movie
  • The Upside of Anger Blockbuster movie – I don’t know if the movies are actually in the cases.  I didn’t look.
  • Pink Peeps.  I won’t let the kids eat these so obviously they’re from someone else.  We do eat the yellow ones though.  And Peeps people, if you’re reading this, even people who eat candy look at the ingredients.
  • Toothpaste.  Out it goes, more bad ingredients.
  • A sock – yes, just one 🙂
  • Pillow
  • Half drank bottle of water.  You all know what I’m talking about.  I have, however, found many uses for these half empty bottles of water.  It works in my clothes iron.  I pour it into the cat dishes.  The plants don’t mind it either.
  • Cat snow pants.  Yes, you read that right.  Cat snow pants.  It snows here.
  • Western hat
  • Black clogs
  • Empty pill bottle
  • Empty jewelry gift box
  • And, last but not least.. are you ready for this?… Teen Compression Short & Cup.  New.  Still in the package.  This was actually part of a white elephant gift that I got last Christmas at work.  It’s been in the back of my truck for no reason ever since.

126 Things So Far in July

day 7 of the July Challenge

A Few Minutes Here, A Few Minutes There and Progress!

A few minutes here and a few minutes there and voila! Progress!  I feel like I’m doing a good job with it but I wish you could tell a little bit more.  I don’t feel like I’m making much of a dent lately but I know there’s progress.  Well, here we go…

  • Halloween night light
  • Cell phone case
  • Make up bag
  • Holding the Ropes mug
  • Pack of little gift bags that say Baby on them
  • 2 candle holders
  • Brand new Corvette t-shirt
  • Wisconsin Badger t-shirt
  • Kids Power Super Snacks Recipe book
  • Kids Power Lunch Munch Recipe book
  • 2 Little Books

I have to stop and tell you about this quick..  I’m watching an episode of Hoarders as I’m doing my decluttering.  This episode has a man named Lonnie with a fabulous collection.  It’s really cool stuff.  It’s hard for me to watch him have to make the decisions to get rid of some of these things.  He has three houses full of millions of dollars of stuff.

One of the things that he agreed to get rid of were some red cowboy boots that belonged to Liberace.  They’re awesome.  I don’t know where this auction is but all they could get was $10. That one made me cringe so I’m sure it was really hard for him to watch that.  They were telling him, “See, no one wants your stuff.”  But I can’t believe they only got $10 for them because every pair of cowboy boots are marked at least $30 at the thrift stores around here.  Maybe they need to hire better auctioneers.  Or better yet, this guy needs to open his houses up to the public and charge admission.  It’s not a mess at the houses.. he has it all set up really fantastically.

And here’s a fun twist to the end that I didn’t see coming.. Matt Paxten bought the boots!  Yay!  And they said that Lonnie was going to open up his house during the next Nevada Days Celebration.  Lonnie, charge admission!

And now back to my decluttering list…

  • Vest
  • Little lamp shade (I have no idea where the little lamp is or what it even looks like)
  • The case for a broken horse shaver
  • The shaver charger in the case
  • The charger cord
  • Shaver oil
  • 2 blade covers
  • Empty battery package
  • 2 foot piece of rope
  • Empty deodorant container
  • Tank top
  • Brand new balloon valance (why do I have so much brand new stuff?)
  • Christmas plaque (It’s nice but I don’t think it was taken down the last three years and I’m just sick of looking at it)
  • Daily Bugle case that holds some kind of Mega Bloks toys
  • Little toy sword
  • Last but not least, and something that might need to be pried from my hands, is a Sun Pantry Oven Fruit Dryer.  I got this with every intention of actually using it.  I was very excited but I’ve had it about 2 years now and do you think I’ve tried it yet?  No, I haven’t and this thing is pretty big.  It takes up a lot of space.  I was thinking of trying it this weekend and then deciding whether to keep it or not but I changed my mind and decided to just get rid of it.

That makes 30 Things Decluttered!

With a grand total so far of 2,364 things that I never have to pick up again! Now that’s what I call PROGRESS!!

(That number doesn’t even seem possible! I can’t wait to reach 2,500 in no time at all.  Yay for progress!)

Finally Some Real Progress on the Front Porch

It’s only taken me months to do it but I have finally made a dent on my awful front porch.  It would be great if I could proudly say that I got rid of so much that what’s left on the porch is all that’s left.  But it’s not.  I have a few buckets of stuff in my living room still.  Some of it is to get rid of but I haven’t had a chance to go through them yet.  When I open my front door now, it makes me smile.  It’s so nice.  Thoughts of what I can do to decorate are already popping into my head.

I can’t remember everything that I got rid of but I’m going to add some to my count:

  • 10 DVDs
  • Big tiger rug (this is an awesome rug but we had it in the horse trailer and it smells like horse now)
  • Pair of boots
  • 3-D puzzle
  • 15 pieces of mail
  • 2 Rags
  • Shoe Lace
  • Clothespin
  • Pair of shoes
  • End Table
  • Empty Box
  • Face stuff for the horse

Total front porch decluttering count for today:  36

I’m pretty sure there were quite a few more things but I can’t remember what they were.  I wasn’t really worried about counting as I was getting rid of stuff.  I was just tossing away as fast as I could.   After I filled up the garbage can, I thought, oh yea, I should’ve been counting.

Grand decluttering total: 2,276

 

 

A Very Organized Kind of Hoarding

kitchen1 Today I want to talk about my recent visit to see family in Tennessee.  After this visit, I’m completely convinced that hoarding does indeed run in families.  I’ve read that there’s different levels of hoarding but there’s definitely different kinds of hoarding too.

The hoard in my house is a combination of too much stuff combined with a lack of organization, or lack of storage space – not sure which would be a more accurate description – maybe both.  The more things I get rid of, the easier it is to organize the remaining things but my organizational skills are minimal.  But things were the complete opposite here.

Lots and lots of things but everything has a proper place.  There’s definitely a lot of hoarding going on but it’s VERY organized.  They have way more of everything than two people could possibly need and most of it is used frequently or is useful in some way.

You never need to run to the store because you can’t find something, it will always be in it’s place.  I’m just not this organized.  The amount of stuff was a little overwhelming to me but it didn’t take long to get used to it.  The house is very clean, there’s just a lot of stuff, and I am used to that.

The Very Organized Kitchen

There is way too much food.  Way too many storage containers.  A million cooking utensils.

How many cooking utensils can one house have?  I have enough to fill up two drawers so maybe I have just as many but it doesn’t seem like it because they aren’t out on my counter.  They are put away in the drawers. Maybe it’s easier to put them away when you’re done using them if they’re out on the counter.  Or maybe they just ran out of drawer space.

too many cooking utensils

Storage containers apparently come in every shape and size imaginable.  There’s not a drawer of them, there’s 4 full drawers of them, each one very neatly stacked with about a hundred little containers.  The refrigerator is packed full in a very organized manner too.  Everything has a place and if you put something in the wrong place when putting it away, everything ends up a mess.  You put it right back where you got it from and then everything stays organized.

organized hoarding

And then there’s the pantry.  Two people live here but you would think there’s at least 6 or more by how much food is in the house.  They frequently feed the entire neighborhood which is good because there’s no possible way that two people could eat this much food in a year, maybe even two years.

full kitchen pantry

How Much Food is Too Much?

If you want to eat something in particular, they have it.  They probably have at least 10 of them but the problem is that they can’t eat it all.  You can pick something up and find that the expiration date was years ago.  They’ll still eat it.  I just can’t do it.  Maybe a few months past the date if it’s a dry item but years?  No thanks.  Sometimes you’re lucky and you’ll find something new because they never stop shopping but so much of it goes bad.

food pantry

full pantry

I’m not sure why they need hundreds of cans of soup or 40 boxes of crackers.  They have two full pantries.  The main one has a big refrigerator and a big upright freezer.  The other one is full of chips and snacks.  Even lots of candy!

It’s Not Just the Kitchen

I’ve talked a lot about the kitchen but that’s not the only place in the house where you can find anything.  It’s just the most fascinating.  How they can organize this much stuff is way beyond me!  So let’s move on to another room in the house.  The Man Cave.

The Man Cave is full of collectible cars and things like that.  It’s a bad case of collectible hoarding but you can still get in the room because once again, the organization is phenomenal.

collectible hoarding

collectible car hoarding

Most of the other rooms are the same way.  Every closet in the house is neatly packed.  All the shelves are being fully utilized and if there’s an empty space, it won’t be for long! I don’t have enough time or energy to organize like this.  It’s great they can do it but it’s not for me.  I’d rather keep getting rid of things until there’s a manageable amount of things in my house that’s just right for me.

Is your mess organized?  Are you a collectible hoarder?

Cleaning Out the Old Horse Trailer

We finally had some beautiful weather the other day and I was able to clean my horse trailer out.  It had to get done because I bought a different one and I need to sell the old one as soon as possible.  My truck isn’t big enough to haul a horse trailer and it’s on it’s last legs.  Once I sell the trailer, I’ll be able to buy a different truck.  We managed to fill up 3 big bags of things to sell at the Midwest Horse Fair next week.

Time for the pics!

cleaning the tack room

It doesn’t really look like that much stuff, does it?  It’s hard to see it all in the picture though. You’ll see it much better when it’s out on the driveway!

Cleaning it out!

cleaning out the trailer

There was a lot more in there than you thought, right?  I loved that trailer because of all the space it had in the tack room but unfortunately it just wasn’t big enough for my horse.  I’m glad that we found a lot to get rid of.  Still not sure how it all fit.

Here’s the emptied out horse trailer!

clean horse trailer

See, it has tons of space for a lot of stuff.  You just need to have small horses that fit in the horse area.  Just kidding.  They don’t really have to be small.  My horse has an usually long neck so that’s why it’s too small for him.  The new trailer only has about half the amount of space that this one does so we had to get rid of some of the stuff.  We also put some of it in the tack stall at the barn but that needs to be cleaned out too.

The tack stall at the barn and my front porch are the other two places where I keep too much horse stuff.  I’ll have to get through those two places before the horse fair.  I don’t have much time left!

Finally taking down the Christmas Tree

Yes, it’s February and my tree is still up.  The last two years there was so much clutter that I took the tree down as soon as possible after Christmas.  There wasn’t room for it.  This year, the tree was in a new spot for the first time since I bought the house 18 years ago.  I love the new spot!  It looks great in the less crowded room and the lights brighten everything up.  The ornaments are adorable.  I’ve really enjoyed having it up.

This year, I actually went through the things in my Christmas buckets and actually got rid of a few things.  I don’t have a lot so even though it wasn’t many things, it was still a good portion of what I have.  A few years ago, I had a lot of Christmas stuff.  It was hard hauling the buckets up and down the stairs because they were so heavy.  Then, with all the clutter around, it was hard to find places to put things so I would have to pack away other stuff.  So, I just got rid of a lot of it and kept my favorite things.

Here’s the things I’m getting rid of this year:

  • Salt and pepper shakers on a sleigh
  • Halloween decoration that ended up in the bucket
  • Goose candle
  • Cookie cutter ornament
  • Gift card holder (I could keep this and use it but it smells really funny inside)
  • Broken ornament
  • Dancing Santa with a broken arm.  The kids loved this but it’s time for him to go.
  • Tree skirt.  It’s just really dirty but I don’t think it’s washable.
  • Dove?
  • 3-D glasses
  • And last but not least, a broken ceramic Santa.  This one I’m still debating about.  It’s broken I know.  But my mom painted it when she was younger and I’ve always loved this since I was a little kid.  One of my kids broke it a few years ago.  I might have all the pieces so I could glue it back together.  I might have to leave him in the bucket for another year.

christmas clutter

Christmas Decluttering = 11 Things

Grand Decluttering Total = 2,135 Things that I never have to pick up again.

Hard to Track Progress in the Kitchen

Things in the kitchen aren’t really good things to take pics of.  Most of the things to get rid of belong in the garbage rather than a donation box.  I keep throwing things away before I remember to save them for the pic.  Unfortunately, it’s probably going to throw my count off but I’ll keep trying to keep it as accurate as possible.  I also haven’t really been able to count days either.  It’s just been weird in the kitchen so far but maybe it’s because I’m doing as much cleaning as decluttering.

Here’s the little list:

  • 3 packs of cat treats
  • A moose hat from Moose Jaw pizza place
  • Plastic spoon
  • Flosser
  • Coupon
  • Opened frosting pack
  • Empty container
  • Firecrackers
  • Cat boots (my daughter had to get these for one of our cats and of course she won’t wear them!)
  • Top of a toothpick holder
  • Cold medicine
  • 4 egg cartons
  • Hot chocolate packet that expired in 2014
  • Can of half eaten frosting
  • Potato
  • A really nice Tupperware mini chopper

21 Things… slow and steady will win the race in this room

Kitchen Decluttering Total = 95 Things

Grand Decluttering Total = 2,124 Things that I never have to pick up again!

Is getting things a blessing or a curse?

Every time I get rid of things, they’re almost immediately replaced by a well meaning person.  I always wonder if I’m blessed for giving things away or if I’m cursed and I’ll always have a hoard of stuff at my house.

It’s been less than a week since I donated all those bags of clothes and today, someone brought a great big giant box of clothes for me.  Thankfully, a lot of them are too small or not my style so it’ll be easy to get rid of them but some are going to make it to my room.  I’m thankful yet a little stressed.

Am I blessed or cursed?