Day 58 More Dolls Hiding in the Basement!

These dolls are not creepy dolls.  I actually like these dolls but for some reason they look really dirty, especially the Precious Moments doll.  That one was always one of my favorites but it has a bunch of stains on it.  I would’ve kept the Cabbage Patch Kid but I figured as long as I was getting rid of the others, that one might as well go too.  It has weird wirey hair anyways.

There’s a bunch of small toys that I’m getting rid of too.  It’s amazing how many times that I’ve gone through these things and decided to keep them.  This time, even seeing them in the picture doesn’t make me want to keep them.  I’m perfectly okay with getting rid of them,   I’m getting impatient with this process but I’m thankful it’s getting easier and I’m looking forward to having a manageable amount of stuff in my home.

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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 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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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 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 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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