Every Wednesday I’ll post about how many items I’ve decluttered for the 365 Declutter Challenge. I’m going to keep a running tally of how many items I’ve decluttered. If it seems that 365 items is an easy goal and I meet it quickly, I’ll probably strive for the 2011 items goal. It’s a little scary, but hopefully it will challenge me in a good way! I am going to do my best to work on some decluttering this weekend, and hopefully I’ll have some good before and after pictures. My office is a disaster zone; items keep getting thrown in there and never put where they are supposed to go.
Here are pictures of the things I’m getting rid of this week.
This brings my total item count to 16. We’re getting there!
If you want to post on your blog that you are participating in the challenge, here is a button that you can share:
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Just copy and paste the html! It’s as easy as that. Thanks to Mrs. Accountability from Out of Debt Again for the wonderful buttons!
Here are some hints I’ve learned while decluttering:
-If you’re looking for a big impact, look to large items that you don’t use. When you remove them, it will make a huge impact.
-Don’t declutter a significant other’s items unless you have their permission. It’s not cool to ditch things that aren’t yours. You may end up tossing something the other person loved. Kids toys are a go, though!
-Try to figure out if the item will sell for a good amount of money before tossing it. Generally if I think something will bring less than $5, I donate it. If I think it will bring more than that, I keep it to sell on eBay or Craigslist.
-Designate a box or an area as your drop off zone. We have an area in our dining room that we put items in to take to Goodwill. Items I’m going to sell go into the extra bedroom.
If you’ve participated in the challenge, please link to your posts here: .
Get ready for next Wednesday!