Decluttering Challenge: +52 Items, 68 items total!

I’ve been sick, so I apologize for not getting the post up on Wednesday.  It seems that my immune system isn’t up to par.  This week I decluttered 52 items, which brings my total up to 68 items! I think it’s going to be a little more challenging than I thought to get rid of 365 items this year.  I’m really going to have to go through things and figure out what really is worth keeping and what’s not.  It does feel good to get rid of things, and I think when I have a big pile of stuff to donate that it feels more impressive than if I have more of the smaller items.  I don’t have pictures this week because I can’t find my digital camera (I didn’t get rid of it- at least I hope not!).  I’ll be sure to have some up next week.

How is your decluttering challenge going?

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Declutter 365 Items in 2011: 16 Items

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:

Decluttering Tips

-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!

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Decluttering Challenge: 365 in 2011

As you may already know, I am a little bit of a decluttering freak.  A minimalist lifestyle speaks to me, and although I don’t think I’ll ever be a “100 things minimalist”, I still value the basics.  With the start of a new year, I decided that I would start a challenge.  Declutter 365 items from my house this year.  I don’t think this is a stretch, but it will challenge me to keep up with the amount of Stuff that resides in my house.

While you declutter, look for items that you can sell either on eBay or Craigslist.  That way you are not only decluttering your home but you are also making a few bucks at the same time!

Are you up for the challenge? I’d love for you to join in.

Here are my ideas:

365 Decluttering Challenge

-Have a weekly check in for those participating.  I think it would be awesome if participants would post photos on their blogs of the items they’ve decluttered.  Maybe even before/after photos of the rooms would be a good idea!  I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for before and after photos.  I think they are so inspiring!

-If you’re hard core and you have a lot of Stuff, you may want to consider upping your goal to 2011.  Personally I didn’t want to undertake this goal because we’d probably have nothing left if I did!  If you can stand to purge more items, go for it!

-Keep an eye on what goes into the home.  Of course, it’s easier to live with less if you’re not bringing more items in! Keep it simple.

These are fairly simple guidelines.  I think it’s a fairly easy concept- simplify your life and home by decluttering 365 items in one year.  If you’re up for the challenge, let me know below in the comments, and I’ll add you to the group!

Happy decluttering!

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