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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Update on the Water in the Basement

Wow this is stressful!  I’ve probably said it before but my basement is way worse than I keep telling myself it is.  I went down there and found a small-ish puddle of water.  The first thing I did was fill up an entire garbage bag in about 5 minutes so the water could start drying up.  I couldn’t get in very far but I’ll come back to that.

Then I saw a couple of buckets that I’ve been meaning to look into so I started going through those.  There were some cute kid clothes in there but they smelled all musty so out they go.  I couldn’t quite get to the bottom bucket so I had to pull it out and that’s where the nightmare was.  More water.  The biggest problem is that I don’t know if this water is the water from last night or if there’s another problem somewhere.

In the meantime, while I was moving things around, I filled up another two big garbage bags in about 20 minutes.  Have you ever met a box hoarder?  I have one living here and there has to be a couple hundred boxes down there.  There’s empty boxes and boxes with little accessories in them everywhere.  I should’ve taken some pics before I started because I’ve already made a dent down there.

Yes!  You read that right!  I made a dent in about an hour!  It really is possible to get better at this!  It’s still a mess though so I will get some before pics.  My allergies are going crazy so I have to take breaks often.

Words That A Hoarder Never Wants to Hear

I took one of the kids to see Spider-Man tonight (good movie by the way!) and sometime during the movie, I got a text from home.  A PIPE BROKE.  Those are horrible words to hear when you know that a hoarder spends most of their time in the basement.  I couldn’t deal with it tonight and I have to work tomorrow but as soon as I get home, that’s where I’ll be headed.  I guess I’ll get lots of my challenge days done at once!  Oh well, it’s good timing because I was just about caught up anyways.

I’ll update this more tomorrow when I’m able to assess the damage.

Day 46 Christmas is Coming so Fast

It’s kind of nice that this is another pile that seems like a lot of things!  (Probably because they’re not all papers!)  There’s only one thing here that I had to really think about.  It was the gift card tin.  Goofy, right?  But it’s totally re-usable and Christmas is only a few short months away.  At Christmas time, I won’t be able to find it anyways.

The Qixels are brand new.  I thought the kids might like them but they’re not playing with them.  I could use it for a Secret Santa gift at work in a few short months but again, I probably won’t be able to find it when I need it.  The little tiny gift bag is cute too but I don’t need it right now. I feel a little bit like I’m cheating with the jeans because I think they may have been counted already.  Even if I did, they didn’t make it out of the house the first time so I’m counting them again.  It’s only 3 things so I’m not going to worry about it too much!

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Day 45 Hanging On To Kids Clothes

I’m not sure why sometimes 18 things seems like so many and sometimes it’s nothing but I’m always happy when they add up quickly.  I’d like to say that it’s always easier now but it’s not really.  Most of these clothes have survived multiple rounds of decluttering efforts and I’m finally getting rid of them.  They don’t fit anyone here.

Last time around, my daughter said she wanted the light pink gloves but it’s 2 winters later and she still hasn’t worn them once.  She doesn’t like pink.  So they’re finally going into the get rid of pile.

Those papers in the plastic bag are cake decorating instructions.  I’ve been using frosting tips since I was a little kid so why in the world would I keep that?  It came with a set that I bought so that’s probably why but I don’t need them.  Maybe someone else could use them.

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Day 44 Party Bag and Pretty Paper

I was sitting here wondering if I will ever get to the point of more things going out of the house than coming in on a regular basis and it made me laugh.  Visions of stacks of mail, leftover 4-H craft supplies, horse and household supplies all went through my head.  It’s hopeless.  Ok, not really!  I’m going to beat the clutter!

When I get to day 50, I’m going to total up the days so far.  5,000 things by the end of the year is totally do-able and I’m not worried about reaching that goal.  Wouldn’t it be great if I could get to 6,000?  I might just aim for it!

Mind Blown!

When I’m posting normal decluttering posts, I like to end them from the perspective of how many fewer things that I will ever have to pick up again.  The thought of never having to pick up 5,000 things again is mind boggling!!  That number is huge!  But it’s for real.. I actually had to touch these 3,000 some things to put them in the buckets and bags that I’m finding them in.  Every piece of paper and every toy, hair tie, and sock was touched at least once but probably more!

Day 42 The Socks

SOCKS!!! Just when I start thinking that I’m never going to get past all the papers, out pops more socks!  There’s definitely too many socks! It’s like a bad dream.  Everywhere I turn there’s more.  And I’m not sure which is more boring: the socks or the papers.

I asked my son if he wanted some of the black ones because occasionally he needs to dress up.  He said yes and then promptly set them down next to himself on the couch.  When he left, he didn’t take them.  So guess where they are.  They are in the garbage with the rest of these.

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