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 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

day 7 of the July Challenge

Pots and Pans Fill the Cupboards

When I was about 12 years old, I spent my summer babysitting for a little boy up the street.  We didn’t normally cook food but on one particular day, the mom gave me something to cook.  I had to ask the little boy where they kept the pots and pans.  At my house, we had about 10 different frying pans to choose from, a bunch of the quart size ones, and about 20 in between sizes.  There was no shortage of pots and pans.  Small ones and big ones.  Nice ones and well used ones.  I thought everyone had that many pots and pans.  It was normal to me.

He told me which cabinet they were in.  Cabinet?  Just one cabinet?  I opened it up and there was only one pan of each size.  I remember the day very vividly even though it was a long time ago.  It was strange to not have so many choices, almost confusing to me. I asked him where the rest were and he told me that was all they had.  Searching through the rest of the cabinets, I was panicking a little bit.  When I asked him why they didn’t have more, he asked why they needed more.  We cooked a lot more after that and it was nice to know that even though there were only a few pots and pans, it was enough.  We didn’t need anymore.

Pots and Pans Everywhere

I remembered this tonight as I looked around my kitchen at all the pots and pans everywhere.  Why do we have so many?  A lot of them even have teflon flaking off and they should be thrown away.  If we only had a couple, there would only be a couple to wash.  There wouldn’t be stacks of them.  I would be able to put them away instead having to leave them out because they don’t fit in a cabinet.

What about you?  Do you have lots of pots and pans?  Or just a few? I’m curious to know which is more common.

Day 6 and I’m in the Kitchen

Did I happen to mention how much I like the randomness of my challenge for July?  I just need to declutter 18 things a day from anywhere in the house.  I went into the kitchen to make dinner, opened up the refrigerator door and saw 18 things waiting for the decluttering to begin!  Unfortunately, I’m not posting a pic because the things that came out of the refrigerator weren’t, shall we say, very photogenic?  So, no pics today!  I’m not going to list them out either because I tossed them as they came out.

Minimal Fuzzies in the Fridge!

I am also happy to report that nothing was more than 2 months past it’s expiration date. There weren’t really any fuzzies either.

I’m up to 108 things for July!

Day 4 It’s a Holiday but Still Time for Decluttering

I woke up this morning very thankful for a day off.  I’m already getting behind on my July challenge and it’s only the 4th!  It was a great opportunity to get caught up.  18 things a day didn’t seem like a whole lot, until I started doing it.  So, I started cleaning out the bathroom closet.  I said I was going to do it a few weeks ago but procrastinated.  Since I haven’t been able to shove anything else in it for awhile, I knew I would find stuff to get rid of.  There’s still a lot more in there but this is it for today.

The List:

  • No More Tangles (hasn’t been used in years)
  • Mascara (hasn’t been used in even more years)
  • Mascara (ditto)
  • Black cherry shower gel
  • Blue hair color (I thought we could use this to paint the horse blue at fair for the costume contest.  He could be an Avatar but that would probably be mean)
  • Shower power
  • Shampoo (can shampoo go bad?)
  • Coconut Lime Breeze shower gel (this is brand new and will be out on the free table)
  • Toothpaste (it’s only a couple years past the date stamped on it)
  • Cocoa butter
  • Hotel shampoo (Of course I take the ones we don’t use there.  Doesn’t everyone?)
  • Aloe vesta lotion
  • Deodorant (Ok, this item is of particular concern to me.  Thankfully it’s new and still has the foil wrapper over the holes because it’s liquid.  Yep, liquid.  How in the world does that even happen?  I don’t get it.)
  • Body spray (this is brand new too and will also be headed for the free table.)
  • Skin so soft
  • Vinyl
  • Hand towel
  • Pillowcase

Hopefully I can find some more spots like the bathroom closet where there’s plenty of things to get rid of!  I still have a few shelves in here so I’ll head back in a few days.

Day 2 of the July Challenge

Day 2 was a very busy day and we didn’t get home until late at night.  I still managed to get 18 things together.  Things are going well so far.  I’m hoping that the randomness of this challenge doesn’t make it too hard to see progress but I think it will be okay.

Here’s my list…

  • Diet Iced Tea
  • Decaffeinated Tea
  • Lemonade
  • Cold Brew Tea
  • Week old hot dog buns
  • Pasta salad
  • Molasses cookies
  • Roll of streamers
  • 2 pairs of breeches
  • 2 concession signs
  • Catalog
  • Two week old brownie
  • Pharmacy bag
  • Catalog post card
  • Jalapenos
  • Water chestnuts

After 2 days, I’ve gotten rid of 36 things.

The Challenge for July

I’ve done lots of challenges with Anne Lene @ minimalistsometimes but today I am starting my very own because I know what I want to accomplish in July.  Since today is the 1st, I figured it was the perfect time to start.  ProsperityandCalamities had given me the idea to find some new websites with some new ideas for motivation.  It inspired me all right but I still need to spend some more time looking over those sites.  For now, I’m going with this.  18 things each day in July.  It’s baby steps (only 18 things a day!) that will hopefully look like a big step by the end of the month (558!)  My secondary goal is to find a new idea for August.

Here’s my list for day #1:

  • Yarn
  • 3 labels
  • 2 Metlife flyers
  • Pair of socks (Purpleslobinrecovery – it’s a PAIR!!)
  • One orange glove (they can’t all be in pairs you know!)
  • Empty glue stick
  • 3 pieces of junk mail
  • 2 Ninja Turtle Jello molds (these are going to be worth a fortune someday, I just know it, and I’m still getting rid of them!)
  • Pillow case
  • Empty movie case
  • Empty letter template
  • Goofy little thing about signs.  This is one of those stupid FB things but of course someone had to print it for me because if you look at Taurus, it’s Hoarder.  Guess what my sign is… Taurus. Nice.

That’s it. 18 for today.

Now I have a million other things that I need to run off and do.  Simple enough!

So Much Stuff in the Living Room

I would really love to say that once I got my living room decluttered the first time it stayed that way but that’s not what happened.  As usual, the mounds of things built back up again.  It took a long time but there’s a mountain right in the center of the room.  Well, I have 3 days off and I’m going to tackle it!  I’ll be getting rid of as much as possible and making sure that the things I keep have a place.

No one in the family thinks I can finish it in 3 days but I’m hopeful.  I’ve gotten rid of a lot and there’s a lot more to get rid of.  Cleaning it up goes much faster when there’s not as much stuff.  I’m ready!  I might post pics when I’m done but right now, I just can’t get myself to do it but I can’t believe it got this bad again.  I’m quite embarrassed by it but I want people to know that this decluttering takes time and a set back is just a set back.

I’ll be back later with some updates!

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



Getting Caught Up on the Decluttering Count

My entire house has completely fallen apart. I’m so unorganized right now that I’m not sure I can remember everything I’ve gotten rid of but I’ll try to give you a quick run down:

(The consignment sale at the horse fair went really well!)

These are the things that we sold at the sale:

Leather Lead Line
English bridle
Nylon hay net (brand new)
Sticker book
Coloring book
Bell Boots
Red breast collar
Western headstall
Red and black lead line
Fly sheet
25 other things (HA!! I can’t remember what they were! They really weren’t important to me I guess! You have to list everything out that you’re selling so I know that I sold 36 things.)

Total Count of 36 things sold at the horse fair.

Here’s the things that I cleaned off my dreaded front porch today:

27 clothing items
Disposable litter box (we have to buy these to take to the 4-H cat show every year)
9 bottles that were painted gold for my daughter’s wedding
Small mirror
3 empty boxes
2 saddle pads
26 pieces of junk mail

Total Count of 69 things off the front porch today.. YAY!!!

So, I’ve gotten rid of 105 things in the last few days. I can’t believe that it added up to so many! There’s such a mess here right now that it doesn’t look like I’ve gotten rid of anything at all but I still feel good that I found this many things to get rid of.

It looks like the last time I counted was back in February when I took down the Christmas tree.

My grand decluttering total then was 2,135 and now I’m up to 2,240.  What a great number!  It’s still a far cry from the 5,000 that I’m hoping to get to by the end of the year but there’s still 8 months left.  I can still do it!