Day 37 Papers and a Peppermint

More papers. ¬†Whatever happened to everyone going paperless? ¬†Some of these papers are from our county fair stall decorations. ¬†I told the kids to throw everything away but apparently they just couldn’t do it. ¬†So now I’ll be throwing them away.

decluttering challenge

Day 26 Paper Clutter


One of the toughest things for a hoarder… paper! ¬†It multiplies. ¬†Really, it does. ¬†I don’t touch my mailbox for days yet it fills up to the top by the end of the week. ¬†I thought I was doing great in the paper department until I started going through random bags around the house. ¬†They started to pop out all over the place. ¬†As you can see, there’s way more than 18 papers here but I’m still counting them as 18 for the day.


Day 19 Letting Go of a Few Books

A Few Books and Small things

All these little things are adding up quickly. ¬†Maybe that’s why I keep them around so long. ¬†They’re small and they don’t seem to take up too much space but I still have to pick them up. ¬†I feel like getting rid of them won’t make much of a difference but there’s so many! ¬†It has to be making a difference.

I have 3 books here. ¬†I’ve been picking up books lately because they look interesting but as I’ve said before, I’m a very slow reader. ¬†One book could take me months to read. ¬†Since I haven’t touched any of these books, well, ever, I think it’s time to let them go to someone else. ¬†I have plenty here that I really do want to read and I have to stay realistic about how long it will be before getting through them.

I thought about keeping the knee high nylons but then I remembered that 10 year old elastic usually disintegrates. ¬†There’s more hair ties, little kid scissors, bead necklace, some old ibuprofen and other small random things. ¬†I’m glad to see this all go. ¬†I don’t want to pick any of it up ever again.

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 11 More Random Pieces of Paper

I bet you were thinking that I had given up after Day 8 of my self imposed challenge that I keep changing. I’m still at it! ¬†I’ve just been busy but had a little time today to get back at it.

Here’s my 18 for today. More pieces of paper to fill up my recycle bin. Better for them to be there than on the stairway where I found them stuffed in a bag.