Day 18 The Single Gloves and a Handful of Markers

day 18 decluttering challengeI wonder where the other gloves are…

Stray socks and gloves are OUT!  I don’t have time or enough energy to match them all up so if their pair is missing, oh well.  I’m going to keep getting rid of them. I’m also getting rid of markers, a comb, some bottles of bubbles and a pencil.  I’m done playing around, this stuff has got to go!

 

Day 10 of Bedroom Decluttering. Was it enough?

I think this is day 10 of decluttering my bedroom.  I’m getting very close to 500 things that I’ve let go.  I was hoping to get to at least 500 by this weekend so we’ll see in a little bit.  Last night, as I was working on it, I looked around and thought… I could start over right now and find another 500 things to get rid of.  It’s certainly much better than when I started but I can’t believe how much is still in there.  I’m pretty sure that I could fill up almost my whole truck right now with all of the bags and boxes ready to be donated.

Here’s the list for the weekend. Is it enough to get to 500?

  • Blue velour pajamas
  • Brown pants
  • Pajama top
  • Red fleece shirt
  • Green shorts
  • Pajama pants
  • Pink top
  • Black top
  • Hippie top
  • Yellow shorts
  • Pink pajama top
  • Light blue pajama top
  • New York hoodie
  • Flower gift bag
  • Teddy bear gift bag
  • Joy gift bag
  • Snowman gift bag
  • Tissue paper
  • Piece of wrapping paper
  • Snow ball maker
  • Side of a computer
  • Pillow covered in cat hair
  • Mattress cover
  • Body pillow
  • Green shirt
  • Blue pants
  • Black skirt
  • Some weird fruity short set
  • Gray T-shirt
  • Room divider for a tent
  • Bag of mints from last Christmas
  • 6 single socks (can’t forget those!)
  • Messed up tie
  • Sheet music
  • The other shoe that I found in the beginning
  • 3 Ninjas VHS tape
  • Leather Blackberry holder
  • Blue lantern (that I think I might keep..yea take this off the list)
  • Little tube of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter
  • Tips, hints and shortcuts for a cell phone
  • Little M&M notepad
  • Brown velour pajama set
  • Denim capris
  • Pair of jeans
  • Hello Kitty Nintendo DS Case (this is going on eBay)
  • Flowery comforter
  • Really cute light purple hoodie with paw prints on the front
  • Pair of slippers
  • Zipper pouch

This was a pretty boring list but that’s 53 things to get rid of… did I make it??? Oh wait, I’m keeping the lantern so it’s only 52!

Total Bedroom Decluttering After Day 10 = 509 Things!!!

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bedroom decluttering day 10

I’m so so so excited!  I actually did it!  I made it to 500 things in 10 days of decluttering!

Unfortunately, I just missed my other goal of getting to 2,000 things in the whole house. But I’m really close…

Grand Decluttering Total = 1,996 Things that I never have to pick up again!!

I think that I might have to find 4 more things in my bedroom to get rid of before I go to bed tonight.  Or maybe I’ll go to 14 days of decluttering in that room.  That would probably make the most sense.

I haven’t really decided what area I’m doing next so this will give me a few more days to think about it.  This week was looking a little less busy but that’s all changed.  It’s another busy week with things going on almost every night.

The Never Seen Before Picture of the Living Room

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This is one of the After Pics. It’s taken a year to get it like this.

It’s taken me a year to get the living room to the point where I’m not embarrassed to let anyone in. Even though I’ve gotten rid of over 1,300 things, there’s still way too much stuff in here. Early in the decluttering process, I was wondering how other people could have things but not have a disaster like I did. I realized that I didn’t have any storage closets or any place to put things. If I was ever going to change things, I would need to get rid of as much as possible and then find a place to keep the things I wanted.

After thinking about it for awhile, I decided to add shelves along the back wall of my living room with the additional plan of putting up a wall to hide it all.  I was going to make it like a pantry so I could keep mostly kitchen things and random living room things in there.  It hasn’t quite turned out the way I wanted.  There’s no wall up yet so you see all these shelves when you first come in the house.  Not exactly a clutter free look.  So, I’m thinking of putting up a curtain or something before Christmas, just to block the view of it.  Here’s the pic with all the shelves on the other side of the room.

After pic of living room

This is the other After Pic with all the shelves.  They hold a lot!

When I sit here and look at those shelves, I’m sure that I can get rid of more things.  There’s still so much decluttering left.  Now that I’ve put most things in the rooms they belong, I feel like it will be easier to let some of it go.  The real trick is to not slow down now.  If I slack at all at this point, I feel like the clutter could easily take over again.  There’s not enough storage for everything and a few new things would be enough to tip it in clutter’s favor.

I’ve posted pics of small areas of some of the piles of clutter but I’ve never posted a pic of the whole living room before in it’s hoarder state.  It’s extremely embarrassing and I probably shouldn’t post it but I want anyone who is feeling hopeless to know that it can be cleaned up.  I can’t lie and say it’s easy or fun because it’s not.  It’s really hard which is why it takes so long.  Letting go of good and bad memory reminders is emotionally draining.  Some days it’s physically hard moving things around.  And it’s always time consuming figuring out the best ways to get rid of things.

The Before Picture of the Living Room

Well, here it is.  Ready to see it?  I’m not! And yes, it’s small on purpose.  Nobody needs to see a great big pic of this mess!
before pic of living room

On the right of the chair in the middle of the room, there was a small path that we used to get through.  That’s the only place in the pic that you can see the old ugly carpeting that was in the room.  I love my new floors.  It’s made such a difference.

I also painted two of the walls yellow which really brightened up the room.  You can’t see it in the before pic, but where there’s some light curtains on the double windows, there were some really dark curtains hanging up.  It’s much brighter and happier in the room now.  I love being in here and I don’t always have that feeling of wanting to be somewhere else.

Day 3 of the 21 Day Decluttering Challenge

I was reading one of declutteringthestuff’s post about a 21 day decluttering challenge that Anne @MinimalistSometimes had posted and thought it sounded interesting!

There’s a plan for the decluttering challenge that goes like this – day 1, get rid of 1 thing, day 2, 2 things, and so on for 3 weeks.  After 3 weeks, you’ll have gotten rid of 231 things.  As you might know, I need to make more progress than that at this point in my decluttering so I’m just getting rid of as much as I can.  I’ve never counted the number of items that I’m getting rid of before so this will be lots of fun!!

I’m skipping ahead to day 3 which would be a total of 6 things by now.  I’ve already surpassed that in 10 minutes.

Here’s the first decluttering batch:

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  • 4 shirts, 1 really cute dress and 1 Falcons sweatshirt
  • Toy milk truck
  • Christmas cassette tape
  • Kids safey scissors
  • A Playstation 2 Neopets game
  • Lilo & Stitch dvd
  • First pillow that my daughter quilted (ouch, hard to give it up but she said to let it go so I am)

That’s 13 so far!  But that’s not enough…

On to the next batch:

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  • Lite-Brite
  • 4 Santa Hats
  • Hair brush
  • 1 nice pair of socks
  • 2 grubby socks
  • Rainbow horse tail bag
  • 1 CD with 1 million recipes on it
  • Merry Christmas sign
  • Santa Beard
  • Curtain
  • 8 bows and ribbons that we put in our pony’s mane at Christmas
  • Crumpled roll of wrapping paper
  • 1 shirt in the picture
  • 22 shirts that aren’t in the picture

That makes 46 for this batch and I’m done for today.

Here’s the stats so far:

Day 3:  59 things!!

Taking the time to stop, count, and take pics is slowing things down a bit but that’s okay.  Once the challenge is done, I’ll go back to just getting rid of things as fast as possible.

I had brought three buckets down from the storage room today and have already gotten rid of a little more than one.  I’m thinking that the next two are going to be a little harder but I’m hoping that I can get all three buckets down to one by tomorrow night.

I Shouldn’t Have Touched the Front Porch

I knew I shouldn’t have tried to work on the front porch tonight.  My plan of working on it Saturday night hadn’t worked out so I should have left it for next weekend.  Instead, I decided to go ahead and start on it.  I only got a little bit done and now my entire living room is full of porch clutter.

Here’s what the porch looks like now.  The first picture is after I moved everything into my living room.  The second picture is the before pic.  It’s hard to tell that it’s the same corner but you can tell that it is if you look at the red bridle bag hanging by the window.  And yes, those saddles were under all that stuff.  You can see the horn on the western saddle sticking out a little bit. The porch is stacked almost 4 feet high with everything under the sun like that sledding tube, a hose, a cereal holder and lots more.

I think these are some of the most embarrassing pictures that I’ve posted so far. You can really see the hoarding in these pictures.  It’s just piles of STUFF.  Why is there never any organization?  It’s going to take a few more months before this porch really gets cleared out but the more that I get rid of, the easier it gets.

Here’s a few pics of the other corner on that side of the front porch.  You can see the glider chair now!!  There’s still a lot of things on it but at least you can see it.  Before it was completely buried.  If there were shelves or a cabinet or something like that in there, things could finally get organized.

The stuff on the chair is all ready to be gotten rid of. I just can’t get myself to take it to St. Vinny’s or Goodwill.  There’s a lot of brand new stuff in there.  Selling it is a huge hassle too so I think I want to go with the free table method of giving it away.  Unfortunately, it’ll have to wait until the weekend.  It will just have to stay piled up until then.

This is only one side of the front porch and there’s still a lot of stuff that I haven’t cleaned up yet.  The other side is stacked at least 3 or 4 feet high too.  I’ll do a little bit everyday.  I can’t wait to see the end result.  I’m hoping to make some nice improvements by Sunday.

Update:  It’s been a few months and the front porch is still a disaster.  I still haven’t found a way to organize anything and it’s still the catch all place for everything that comes in or out of the house.

Cleaning Anxiety from a School Bus

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Should I give away the school bus or keep it?

This school bus was really causing me a lot of anxiety today.  I’ve kept it around for awhile but it’s not something that I really need nor did I think I was very attached to it.  It does turns out that it’s a Fisher Price school bus.  I was thinking it was Little Tykes but it’s not.  It’s Fisher Price and I collect Fisher Price stuff which is maybe why I have it in the first place. Or it’s possible that I bought it for my twins when they were babies but I don’t really recall them even playing with it very much.  So why has this one toy been such a struggle to let go? (Which I didn’t do by the way)

Besides the fact that it’s made by Fisher Price, I do have one more reason to keep it.  It’s a very durable toy and great for toddlers.  I have two kids getting married later this year so sometime within the next two years, I’m thinking that at least one of them will have a baby.  Then when they come see me, I will have toys here for the baby or babies to play with.  I don’t want to keep hundreds of toys around the house for them but I think this one is worthy of keeping, for a few more years anyways!

It took me forever to come to this decision.  I was really stressing out about it and finally decided that I should just keep it.  It wasn’t worth the anxiety that I was putting myself though trying to figure out what to do with it.  Although there’s not much room left in the storage room, I figured that this toy was small enough that I could put it in there for now.  Maybe it won’t make the cut on a future decluttering attempt but for now, it’s staying.

 

Less Clutter = More Plays

Less clutter means more time for fun!  Today I spent about an hour cleaning up in my living room.  It looked good after an hour (Yay!) so I was able to go to the kids’ high school musical without having that gnawing feeling like I should be staying home to clean up clutter.

The musical that they did was Aida.  It’s about a Nubian princess who has been captured and enslaved by an Egyptian leader.  She falls in love with him but he is betrothed to the Pharaoh’s daughter.

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The kids all did a great job!  They have so much talent.  The two main characters were fabulous.  They both have great singing voices.  None of the actors and actresses forgot their lines.  Not that I could tell anyways.  I always wonder how they can memorize all that.

The stage crew did a wonderful job on the set.  I didn’t get a good picture of it but they had one backdrop that was solid black with lights to simulate a night sky.  It was really cool.  My daughter told me that they rented that one specifically for this play.

One of my favorite things about the high school plays is that the kids do almost all of the work for it without much adult help.  I’m sure the adults do a lot more than the kids know but as far as putting the set together with all the backgrounds and props, they’re pretty much on their own.  I think that’s great because it teaches them so much and when they see it all come together to produce the final product, they feel good knowing that they’re the ones who built it all. They put in a lot of long hours and hard work and they get to see it pay off.

A Little Bit of Clutter is Okay

I stayed at a friend’s house last week and realized something about clutter.  A little bit is okay.  The house doesn’t have to be perfect to look good.  It doesn’t have to be 100% free of any and all clutter. There can be a little bit and it’s okay if people stop over to say hey.

My friend’s house is very nice.  It doesn’t look like a mess at all when you walk in.  Sure, they could get rid of some things but then the house would  look like a museum, not a home.  I sat there for quite awhile looking around trying to make myself soak it all in.  I’m pretty sure that I am completely blind to clutter since I’ve lived with it so long.  I had to really look around to see the small piles.

Embrace the Clutter

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I keep saying that I want everything out of my living room but that will never happen and I need to accept it.  There will always be a few pieces of mail that will need to be attended to.  Hopefully, there will always be shoes that need to be put away.  I can get them more organized and into a functional space but they will still be there. I need to have pens on my desk and video game controllers by the TV.

Of course there’s still a lot more to get rid of and more remodeling to be done but a little bit is okay and I realize that now.  I will not get all upset when there’s a a few small piles sitting around.  I will straighten them up and leave them where they are or move them to a more appropriate place.  I will do my best to make sure that they stay manageable and don’t get out of control and take over the entire room.  If I live that way long enough, maybe the piles will start to appear again and I won’t need my camera to see them.

Less Clutter = More Fun!

Today was one of those days where I didn’t want to leave the house because I’m right in the middle of a drastic decluttering and I really wanted to finish it today.  I’m busy for the next week and a half so this was my last chance to get some things done.

But we had a few events going on and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to miss them.  One was an award banquet for my daughter and the other one was going to a national show horse barn to see a demonstration about different riding disciplines.

I decided that we needed to have fun and not let the hoard hold us prisoners!  I think I made the right decision.

We got to see this:

and this:

The demonstration was awesome but then afterwards, we were able to go walk around the barn and got to see one of them training a few of the horses.  It was fabulous.  They have a huge indoor round pen where they do the training which is great.  He said that they even train the horses to drive in that round arena. I wish that I had one of those for working with my mini horse!

After we left that barn, we went to our barn and helped clean and got the horses in for the night.  We couldn’t take our horses out though because there was ice everywhere.  It would have been too dangerous trying to walk them to the arena so we just got to say hi to them and that’s it.  After watching that demonstration, we really wanted to work with our horses a little bit.

We got home late but I was able to do quite a bit.  My son did a lot by himself before I got home so he is officially moved into the other bedroom now.  The smaller room is now the new storage room and it’s about half way full.  I still have one more room full of stuff that needs to go in there and then we’ll be able to move pretty freely through the whole house, all except for that room, the basement and the garage but it will be awhile before I get to those.

Drastic Decluttering Efforts Underway!

I couldn’t take it anymore!  I’ve been working in that “storage room” for weeks and just wasn’t getting anywhere at all.  My normal techniques to get rid of clutter just weren’t working in there.  It’s the really hard stuff to let go of and I wasn’t making progress.

It’s been extra frustrating because that’s the biggest bedroom in the house and there wasn’t a single person who could get in there to enjoy up-!  So today, I decided that was it.  I had to make a drastic decision.  It’s  not exactly the best decision and I’ll probably regret it but I had to do something to change the course of that bedroom.

We’re moving everything from the storage room into my son’s smaller bedroom so he can move into the big room.  I will feel much better knowing that the biggest bedroom in the house is being occupied by a person and not a bunch of STUFF.

We’ve been at it for a little over an hour and we’ve gotten a few big things out, like a box spring and the bunk bed frame.  Then we took a break for dinner.  I’m trying to take pics as I go but it looks pretty darn bad so I don’t want to post them yet but here’s a teaser.

Bunk bed in the clutter