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Another One Bites the Dust Clutter List

IMG_1999Well. Whew. Another full car load of stuff for the thrift store, plus an almost-full garbage bag ready to go. I’ve been ruthless, ruthless I tell you. After being guided by two of my new favorite people: Peter Walsh and Joshua Becker, something really clicked, and our home is slowly transforming into a freeing space that we can love.  (Aside from their obvious talents, I’ve found both Walsh and Becker to be really nice guys.)

We still need furniture, having inherited a miss-matched collection. At midlife, with three kids, we are looking forward to a future where we stop treating our home as if it were our first rental out of college. Better to do without than to do with wrong. Letting go leaves the hand open to accept the worthwhile.

As you can see below, the list is getting long, which is both a source of pride and embarrassment. If this much stuff needed to be de-cluttered… I know I am not alone. Tell me I am not alone.

Here is my updated de-cluttering list. The items in bold are the newest accomplishments.

  • One section of the basement
  • Kids’ school paperwork
  • Old Word Processor (a whole project since it had data on it)
  • Hope Chest–emptied and ready for donation
  • Right food pantry
  • Second box of photos
  • Paperwork (10 minutes)
  • Inherited sewing notions
  • First Aid
  • One box of old photos
  • Sweaters
  • Towels
  • Sweatshirts
  • Underwear drawer
  • Make up and toiletries
  • Laundry room shelves
  • Recipe magazines
  • Baskets
  • Rags (Ugh, why was I keeping so many–was I worried about a shortage?)
  • One kitchen cabinet
  • Cookie sheets, muffin pans and platters
  • Pens and Pencils (Until I went around the house and actually gathered them all up, I had no idea how many we had! A bunch went in the trash and a bag full of nice ones were donated to my son’s kindergarten teacher, who will have enough writing instruments to last until said son is in college.)
  • One kitchen drawer (Goodbye chip clips. I sent them to a new friend I met online who was in dire need of some.)
  • More books! (The recent purging and a prompt from organizing guru, Peter Walsh, has made me brave enough to get rid of another large box of books.)
  • The Junk Drawer!!!
  • Master Bedroom Bedding (I even sewed a button on to our comforter cover–a bit of mental clutter solved)
  • Kids Puzzles and Workbooks (I somehow missed this when I did the toys earlier in the week)
  • Socks (All five of us plus the bag of single socks)
  • Utensils
  • Belts
  • Some photos (This will be a long project)
  • Children’s closets (3)
  • Flat surface two (Bedroom dresser)
  • Pots and pans
  • Small appliances
  • Flat surface 3 (Left kitchen pantry)
  • Under the kitchen sink
  • The Car (Hint for those in freezing weather: Grab a laundry basket. Make a mad dash to the car. Fill the laundry basket. Dash back in the house. Sort in the warmth of the living room. Oh, and don’t forget to wear shoes. Brr.)
  • One large food pantry
  • Magazines
  • Flat surface one (Produce bin)
  • Toys (one large contractor bag–whoo hoo)
  • Children’s books
  • Children’s videos
  • Adult Books
  • Cookbooks
  • Adult medicine cabinet
  • Children’s medicine cabinet

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My Morning in Pictures

The wind gusts are swaying the trees today and making a lot of noise.

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For breakfast, I made Strawberry Banana Cream Oatmeal in the crockpot. You can get the recipe here.

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There is homemade chicken stock simmering on the stove, right now.

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I’m still de-cluttering and organizing. This was the junk drawer.

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This guy got caught last night licking out the roasting pan .

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Keeping the Clutter in Check

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Once you do a major de-clutter (or even a minor one), how do you keep the clutter in check? It is tough, since the stuff really does seem to reproduce itself, or should I say breed. I don’t remember ever buying that sock with the toes. Mutant DNA.

There is no way around it. Regular maintenance needs to be done. Clutter has to be busted before it can fully establish itself. That means that you have to scope out your spaces and conquer. For example, just now I looked away and when I looked back, a coffee cup had popped, mysteriously, on to my bedroom dresser. Ack.

What the coffee cup must come to realize, though, is now that the surface of that dresser has been cleared, it stands out like a sore thumb, um white mug. Just ask the small tube of hand creme that tried to infiltrate the flat surface of the kitchen pantry yesterday. Eventually, our stuff will get the message that clutter is not tolerated. Especially when certain items watch other certain items wind up in the trash or leave the house in donation boxes.

I’ve been a little lazy under the weather in the last few days, and the kids are battling one virus after another, so I’m having to push though with the clutter busting challenges. Still making good progress, though.

Here is my updated clutter busting list.

  • Master Bedroom Bedding (I even sewed a button on to our comforter cover–a bit of mental clutter solved)
  • Kids Puzzles and Workbooks (I somehow missed this when I did the toys earlier in the week)
  • Socks (All five of us plus the bag of single socks)
  • Utensils
  • Belts
  • Some photos (This will be a long project)
  • Children’s closets (3)
  • Flat surface two (Bedroom dresser)
  • Pots and pans
  • Small appliances
  • Flat surface 3 (Left kitchen pantry)
  • Under the kitchen sink
  • The Car (Hint for those in freezing weather: Grab a laundry basket. Make a mad dash to the car. Fill the laundry basket. Dash back in the house. Sort in the warmth of the living room. Oh, and don’t forget to wear shoes. Brr.)
  • One large food pantry
  • Magazines
  • Flat surface one (Produce bin)
  • Toys (one large contractor bag–whoo hoo)
  • Children’s books
  • Children’s videos
  • Adult Books
  • Cookbooks
  • Adult medicine cabinet
  • Children’s medicine cabinet

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De-cluttering Toys

De-Cluttering Toys

Helpful Tip: When de-cluttering toys, remember to remove any batteries. Otherwise, a rogue toy may give you away. Oops.

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January 21, 2013 · 1:25 pm

Organizing and De-cluttering This Week

Organizing and De-cluttering This Week

The secret stash of books in my nightstand. Apparently, I’m worried about suffering that terrible fate of being trapped in my bed by a roving band of maurauders and having nothing to read.

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January 20, 2013 · 1:54 pm