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 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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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

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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