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  • #158502

    Welcome to the ATAD challenge !

    The challenge is about getting rid of one object a day, for… a month ? A year ? It´s up to you how long you want your challenge to last.

    Whether you give away, trash or donate the object is immaterial, but it must be gone from your life and space. Putting it into storage doesn´t count; though you are allowed to, say, collect the things in a box to donate them at the end of the month.

    Oh, and you´re also allowed to cheat and fill your quota ahead of time, like throwing out 7 things on Monday, making that a week´s worth of ATAD.

    By telling us on here what you got rid of today will not only help with the accountability issues, you´ll also help others rethink their possessions (he got rid of his xyz ? Come to think of it, do I really need mine ?)

    So, what did you set free today ?

  • #164862

    suzjazz
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I get rid of 3 bags a week on the average. And I still have tons left to get rid of.
    But I’m not giving up!

  • #164864

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Taking my own advice, I got rid of 2 hobby related books. One for yesterday and one for today.

  • #164877

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Dog love is good. So is spoiling dogs with pools 🙂

  • #164879

    irishbell
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    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    3 older cookbooks I don’t ever remember using, several pens/pencils that were not re-usable or refillable, a couple dice that I’ve kept for probably 15 years- cuz you never know if you have all 5 dice in that yahtzee game, 3 or 4 items of clothing that I no longer wear, some old silverware that doesn’t match what I use now, 3 info pamphlets that come with video games, 2 USB cords for iPods- we still have at least 3 left, old stationary that did not have envelopes that fit. Gosh- I do this at least once a month- I do not know where it comes from.

  • #164883

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I got rid of some medicines today. Some of them were expired, while some were for problems that I don´t have any more (goodbye cold sores, thanks raw food !)
    I´ll take them to the pharmacy tomorrow, I hope the guy will be in a good mood and give me some herbal candy as a reward.

  • #164888

    chacha1
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I have a box and two bags and a stack of things ready for the month’s trip to Goodwill. Last weekend I sorted out about two dozen music books or pieces of sheet music. This weekend I sorted out 11 big heavy artsy craftsy books and two novels to pass on to the library/a friend. And I made a pair of earrings for my friend out of stuff I already had – does that count?!

    Last month’s Goodwill trip was three bags full, plus a CD drawer thingy. I haven’t been counting but I think I’m probably right around one “thing” per day for the year. 🙂

  • #164893

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yes, making something does count because you are using up materials into something useful. I made a quilt not long ago with fabrics I already had stashed.

  • #164897

    Sky
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today I added to my donate box: 3 art books that I’ll never look at again and a huge handfull of pens that will go dry before I ever use them.

  • #164903

    nellieb
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I made a large donation to a local ministry today. It included old organizing bins, two pens, several pieces of costume jewelry, five watches, kitchen utensils, two pairs of scissors, and some other stuff. I also listed my Nikon D40x on eBay on Sunday. No offers so far but as soon as I list something on eBay, I mentally consider it gone and will do whatever I must to sell it within the next month. I also gave my neighbor a bottle of wine I’ll never drink, a box of large tea bags (won’t use) and something else I can’t remember, LOL!

    You can get an idea of all the items I’m eliminating from my life by reading my blog at http://drawerbydrawer.wordpress.com/ and I know several of you subscribe. Thanks!

  • #164912

    nellieb
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    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I have a camera bag by the door to leave with me today as well as a small bottle of mouthwash I don’t like, my boyfriend does so it is going to him! I am finally letting go of a Radio Shack weather radio, I had several of them, bought in the 80s, LOL! One last item, some powdered drink stuff, it is being given away, too!

  • #164914

    bandicoot
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    i am travelling for business in korea again, and lovely people here are giving me gifts!
    i am going backwards in decluttering, but forwards in international relations!

    yesterday i was given two beautiful injection-moulded silicone moulds.
    they really are divine, but they aren’t right for my production.
    fortunately, i can pass them on where they will be lurved very much.

  • #164920

    ArtGal
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    This weeks “bye-bye” items are:
    The big, brown 300 pound blanket (ok, it wasn’t THAT heavy, but once under it, you were pinned to the mattress!)
    150 white plastic hangers (I don’t even know why I had these…or else I’ve given away A LOT of clothes!)
    2 film cameras
    3 frames
    Dog dishes and accessories for a dog that passed away over a year ago 🙁
    2 chairs
    and 2 boxes of things that I was going to fix and know I never will (and haven’t missed!)

  • #164930

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today I gave a co-worker household cleaners that I either have a) too many of or b) don’t use. It felt so good to hand them over to someone else who could actually use them!

    I am also bringing some clips (ones you would use to close packages of food, etc.) to my mom. My husband and I have too many!

  • #164932

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    A gardening book that I´ve never used, and it´s big and heavy !

  • #164947

    Sky
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Out today: a paper hole punch, stapler, staple remover, handful of pens ( where do they come from?), tin mold and some old gift bags..

  • #164950

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    If this counts, today I returned a ream of legal sized paper to the store. I bought it for a project but later decided to switch formats. I can’t think of anything else I’d use that size paper for. It felt nice to get that big thing out of my room. 😀

  • #165010

    habithacker
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    This is an awesome project…I’m going to incorporate it into my plans and website.

    But with a twist: in addition to one thing out a day, if anything is brought home, on that particular day an additional (an equal) number of items must be tossed as well. Today I’m going to take a look in my closet, where, if I have any sense at all, I should be able to find a week’s worth of items.

    Thanks for this thread. It reminds me of Gail Blanke’s Throw Out Fifty Things. The trick to her “only” fifty things is that she considered one thing to equal one category. So, for instance, if I were to toss a hundred books, that would count as One Thing in her schema. Ten shirts? One Thing. I’m impressed by how much y’all have accomplished.

  • #165033

    Sky
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    A sewing pad to cut on, a magic pencil and a desk.

  • #165041

    nellieb
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today’s offerings were: 4 plastic shoe boxes that did not have tops; my first digital camera, a Mavica with camera bag, battery charger and instructions; a book on cats I bought 15 years ago for $4.95 and never used as a reference; a new jigsaw puzzle still in its shrinkwrap, totally not my taste and why did I buy it in the first place? A magazine and in my car is another fold up chair to donate, and during a new client consult, she had three of the milk carton storage boxes that are in my car to donate tomorrow; oh, and a girlfriend mentioned her neighbor gave her a cat bed a year ago that her cats don’t like so it’s also in my car to give to my neighbor or another cat lover! Wow!

  • #165104

    ArtGal
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    …a heavy wood bench, a bedspread, a 35mm camera with lenses, kitchen utensils, and 2 chairs for this week. 🙂 WAHOO!

  • #165105

    ojorojo
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    A pair of winter boots, a bunch of old bras, bunch of old socks, 2 shoeboxes.

    To go up on Freecycle: cell phone and night splint

  • #165107

    ojorojo
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Forgot the monster I was truly happy to get rid of: big wooden mail sorter than only managed to be a heavy junk paper magnet. I had put it on a high shelf in the closet to get it out of the way. Gave it to friend who really needed a mail sorter.

  • #165137

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Since we started this, I’ve been working outside fixing the ugly in my garden. It was strictly mental clutter purging.

    We disconnected the VCR today, (we never used it) because we had to get a cable box. There is limited room and something had to go. Seven of the remaining tapes will go to charity plus the VCR, 4 tapes were trashed.

  • #165139

    Sky
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    It rained today so I stayed in and found these things to declutter: 3 unused greeting cards, 2 bed sheets, 7 coasters, a sun catcher with a crack, 6 horse brass and all my old flower seed packets.

  • #165218

    ojorojo
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Going through the bathroom I found unused shower curtain rings, roller-massager thing I don’t remember buying, 2 old razors, old make-up, old toothpaste. They all went out in the trash.

  • #165272

    repete
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I don’t think I can keep up with y’all, but I did toss the dog’s medicine that expired two years ago.

  • #165277

    ArtGal
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    GIANT jewelry case is GONE!
    It looked a little strange with 3 rings, 2 bracelets, 5 necklaces and a dozen earrings in it (de-cluttered jewelry last year!) Didn’t want to be tempted to buy more jewelry to refill the case.

  • #165298

    Christine
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Committed to liberating a thing a day. Thank you for the motivation!

  • #165299

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I got rid of a window fan that stopped working, and I also got rid of a box from a window fan that has been in the closet for years. I assumed there was a fan in it. No fan. Just a bunch of fan related things from over the years. Pays to look in those boxes, right?

  • #165322

    babsro
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’m getting ready to move next week so have been doing some steady decluttering for some time, but my decluttering for today is those small plastic baskets that have snuck into my home somehow over time. Out they go!

  • #165344

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Hello. I just found this site the other day. It seems to be a useful helpful supportive tool to help in the fight to declutter:) and so here’s my first post:

    1. Set up a donation box into or near to which I placed for give away: a. dress; b. 2 old printers; c. glass cup; d. book; e. old headset
    2. Threw away: a. some old ice from the freezer; b. 2 small take out containers of chile hot sauce; c. old gift bag; d. some dust; e. old food from refrigerator; f. twist ties; g. make up samples; h. old fax machine
    3. Recycling: set up a recycle box and put newspapers in it and collected plastic bags to recycle

  • #165348

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Karen: it´s ok to miss some days, no pressure !
    Sunny1: you´re welcome !

    I haven´t reported since a few days, but I did keep up with the uncluttering.
    Gone: 3 DVDs, 1 gardening book, salt & pepper shakers that I haven´t managed to sell, and a bunch of Reader´s Digests.

  • #165349

    bluegreen143
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I just discovered this thread! Today I threw out all of my holey, mismatched or otherwise dingy socks, a few broken clothes hangers and some ring binders that have been sitting empty for a while.

    Yesterday I recycled all of my university paper notes (finished my exams and graduating next month) except for few things I still need.

    It kind of reminded me of finishing high school, when me and a couple of friends made a bonfire with our notes. Great fun and very liberating :).

  • #165357

    sluke00
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I also just found this. Sounds like a great way to keep up with getting rid of things.

    Today I am throwing away some old dried kidney beans that have seen more flavorful days.

  • #165392

    Mae
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Ok, so I am at least looking for answers. My first day posting. I see a lot of people taking action, soooo, I will discard one piece of trash, in the trash can, per day; from my bedroom.

  • #165393

    ceduke
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today my husband tossed about half of his CDs! I’ve found a big box full of stuff to donate this week and he decided to add to it. 🙂

  • #165406

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    1. Recycle: a) big bag of plastic bags; b) cardboard box and newspapers and brown paper bags
    2. Tossed: a) old bottle of supplements; b) some old cash register receipts from the plastic bags that are going to recycling; c) regular trash; d) old plastic utensils; e) 2 hand towels; f) coupons and flyers; g) old papers and stuff on refrigerator (under magnets); h) dust; i) large can of food that is old and rusty; j) food seasonings and rack; k) mail offers and cd mailer; l) empty bottle; m) telephone book; n) disposable plastic lids
    3. Donations (set aside in/around donation box: a) plastic containers; b) books

  • #165448

    sluke00
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I had a garage sale today. A large percentage of my items sold, and almost everything that is left went to Goodwill today or will be going to another charity at the beginning of the week. We were even able to give away an old recliner that had been sitting in our basement – unused – to someone who could use it (rather than just trashing it).

  • #165467

    sirisimilla
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I just offered up 10 books on facebook and got a taker within the hour. Hurrah! I like this challenge. I’m going travelling in 4 months’ time and I have an awful lot of stuff to get rid of!

  • #165468

    repete
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    In the past two days, I tossed old makeup in the wrong shade and stretched out hairbands.

    Today, I tossed four electronics equipment boxes. I’ve been debating on these, but I decided that I would scan the barcode on the box as proof of purchase and that made it easier to let them go.

  • #165479

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    1. Recycle: a) newspapers
    2. Toss: a) old envelopes and mail and paper; b) old jar and bottle; c) plastic bags; d) old catalogs; e) regular trash; f) old material; g) old hotel shampoo; h) dust; i) old soap bottle; j) hand towel; k) one sock; l) more twist ties; m) old napkins; n) left over food
    3. Donations/Give Away: a) shorts; b) made into cake to give away: apples, flour, butter, spices, sugars, honey, etc; c) mat; d) clothes hanger; e) dress; f) perfume set; g) earring holder

  • #165493

    sluke00
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today I gave away 6 DVD’s, a pair of candlestick holders, a purse, and a comb.

  • #165499

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    big stack of magazines to a friend who loves them and hasn’t read them yet
    bag of books by the door for the next bookswap

  • #165531

    repete
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I finally did it: Donated my wedding dress!

  • #165532

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    1. Recycle: a) newspaper
    2. Toss: a) starter planter plastic container; b) book; c) dust
    3. Donations/Give Away: a) dress; b) top; c) easter grass; d) wrong sized toilet stopper thingy

  • #165536

    mdfloyd
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    A few months ago I put a basket beside the bedroom door and every time I come across something to donate, it gets tossed in the basket until the basket is full.

    I both proud and disgusted that I bought a sports top and matching pants, had to have them hemmed (twice), finally wore them once, decided they didn’t fit me the way I wanted them to — so into the basket they went. Normally I’d let them hang in the closet until they magically fit “better” (never) or until they were ancient — then throw ’em out. As if keeping them in the closet, unworn, would somehow make up for the money I spent on them.

    Duh.

    But I’m getting better!

  • #165550

    chiwi
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    boxed for next week’s yardsale:

    17 ceramic figurines
    40 xmas ornaments
    4 glass vases
    3 packs magnet bag clips
    6 fridge magnets
    4 acrylic tumbler glasses
    2 t-shirts

  • #165558

    irishbell
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Nothing for me, but today daughter #2 brought over clothes she no longer wants to see if her sisters want them. What they don’t want will go in a bag for goodwill. I’m glad to see my girls have a fairly easy time letting go of things. I believe it is the difference in the way I was raised (keep everything forever) and they way I raised them (if you don’t use it/wear it/want it- give it away to someone who will).

  • #165563

    Sky
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    a large desk (DH and I are now sharing a desk, yikes!)
    paper clip holder
    sun catcher

  • #165596

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    1. Recycle: a) newspaper; b) paper
    2. Throw Away: a) towel; b) envelope; c) perfume; d) old food in pantry (milk, molasses, cranberry, etc); e) old wrapping paper
    3. Donate/Give Away: a) 2 books

  • #165604

    inchbyinch
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    This is the first time I’ve been motivated to participate in a forum, but I’ve enjoyed reading all the posts and decided to jump in. My family is tired of living in a rather costly storage facility. We all want our space back, so I’m taking this up as a personal challenge to clear the clutter.

    Whenever anyone comes over I joke and say we’re planning to audition for the currently popular “hoarder” show, but really, it’s no joke. I actually feel like a borderline hoarder. I have taken many “before” pictures of my home (more than once) but have never been able to achieve the “after” shots. There isn’t one normal room in our house.

    This is what I threw out/recycled so far today: the rubber coaster off the botton of my travel coffee mug which I will never glue back on; an empty Nabob coffee tin that has possibilites as a storage canister; many expired coupon flyers; the crumpled wrapping paper from my daughter’s fake birthday (her birthday isn’t until November and her sister had a birthday; she wanted one too, so we provided one complete with cake and presents!).

    What I am struggling with: an empty Purdy’s chocolate box (lovely purple and gold); an empty memo cube box with a cute picture of a dog face on it; a Vaseline body lotion sample – do I throw them away or donate them? I hate to waste anything that has potential to be recrafted in some way and indecision paralyzes me. What my right hand is trying to get rid of, my left hand is going behind my back and taking out again.

    Seriously, I truly respect everyone’s efforts, my own included. I hope to do better next post.

  • #165608

    chiwi
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    as of lastnight & this morning, will sell at June yardsale:

    32 memo pads
    35 boxes novelty thumbtacks
    35 boxes novelty binder clips
    35 novelty magnets
    35 packs novelty erasers
    31 packs novelty pens
    12 packs decorative file folders
    10 mini decorative clipboards
    120 packs of various stickers

  • #165638

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    1 a raincoat and scarf to the clothing drop-off bin
    2 extra cat toys she doesn’t want anymore (she is a princess and she gets bored)
    3 more books into the bookswap bag

  • #165647

    repete
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @inchbyinch You keep going! There is some great advice on this website and I would encourage you to browse it.

    Today I tossed the end of a rope coil that was too short to be useful.

  • #165651

    Sky
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    dropped off at Goodwill:
    bun warmer
    various small office stuff
    sewing cutting board
    bag of clothes
    tossed:
    used up dog toys (and bought 2 new ones)

  • #165653

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    1. Recycle: a) newspaper
    2. Throw Away: a) old teeth whitener kit; b) more twist ties; c) dust; d) old food in pantry; e) handout
    3. Donate/Give Away: a) book; b) hot shot curlers; c) 3 doggie piggy banks

  • #165668

    GardenGirl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Into the recycle bin:
    – a bunch of outdated gardening-related catalogs;
    – a bunch of outdated office-furniture catalogs;
    – the innards of a couple of old spiral-bound books (ripping the paper out of the spiral thingie was a PITA, but it’s done);
    – a couple of very old, ugly cardboard magazine-file boxes.

    Also, I’m making another pass through some of my gardening books and cookbooks, and have put more of them into the sell/donate pile. (This is still in progress.)

  • #165670

    irishbell
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    a few hundred old photos- duplicates, blurry, didn’t know who they were, landscapes I don’t remember, photos that I look at now and wonder, what was i thinking when I took that?…

  • #165678

    chiwi
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @irisbell – great job! i did the same today too. 🙂

    i used my new (yay) cross-cut shredder to rid about 400 old pics: unflattering shots, insignificant candids, “ugh people” from the past, travel pics, etc. anything/anyone i deem unworthy of going in a photo album has the fine privilege of meeting Spanky McShredder.

  • #165680

    bandicoot
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    i got home from my long biz trip two days ago and i spent yesterday clearing the mail and my desk.
    it had blossomed and bloomed in my absence and now it is back to under control.
    i have unpacked.
    i have laundered.
    i don’t want to put the bags away though because i’ll be packing again soon.
    i will compromise and put them under the daybed.

  • #165703

    repete
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    An old mop cover. Doesn’t fit my current mop. I was keeping it, because…why?

  • #165704

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I threw out 2 old sweatshirts that I’d wear around the house, but never out in public.

  • #165711

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Recycle: newspaper
    Tossed: old magazine and flyers and handouts and coupon
    Donate/Give Away: shower caddy and 2 books

  • #165749

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    6 pairs of jeans
    1 pair of shorts
    7 blouses
    1 swim suit
    1 pair of lounge pants
    2 t-shirts
    1 jacket

    TA-DA…lol

  • #165750

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Following the footsteps of irishbell and chiwi, tossed some old photographs of landscape.

  • #165769

    sluke00
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    This week I have thrown away: a half-eaten bag of rice cakes, 2 DVD’s, 2 gift bags, papers that I received at the hospital when my youngest was born, a mechanical pencil with no eraser end, an ink cartridge with no barrel, a booklet of expired coupons, 9 thank you notes/cards that I had received from others, and an outdated jar of bouillon cubes. I have also given away a highchair.

  • #165773

    ArtGal
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Threatened to toss out the hubby today…but he took me to a movie and made nice 🙂
    Did clean out my purse of unnecessary what-nots…it DOES feel lighter! Also gave unwanted furniture from the basement to the Free Store.

  • #165777

    ceduke
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I ate a ton of leftovers out of the fridge today, does that count? 🙂

  • #165778

    ArtGal
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    My vote is yes…well, as long as they were still fairly fresh and not a health threat 😉 I think I will now do the same!

  • #165788

    Lounger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    A bag full of excess coathangers
    Three black shirts that had seen better days
    A lovely long jacket that stil fits but I haben’t worn for at least five years – finally gone.
    Three printer cartrides to recyclying.
    A box for photos that I was given and never liked.
    A bizarre love token from a guy in college about 18 years ago. (18 years!!)

    I have bought several very old atlases and LPs this week for a project, so all the above is for the sake of one-out-one-in. Oh OK, I admit sorting it all out was done while procrastinating about the work I need to do!

  • #165790

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Tossed some receipts (some from 2008!!!), old supplements, napkins, catalog, empty pill containers (one from 1999!!!),

    As an aside, because of the cleaning out I am doing triggered and supported by this thread, I cleared out a shelf in the pantry and I’ve been able to move some pots and pans to live comfortably there instead of all cluttered-like in another place.

  • #165791

    GardenGirl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Into the sell/donate pile:
    * 2 old thermoses (still functional, but unused for a long time, since I work at home now)
    * 3 cookbooks (taken out of a box of books that was packed & taped; I’m going through a couple of those boxes again)

  • #165796

    terriok
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    8 Tracks!

  • #165801

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    8-track tapes?

    Funny. 🙂

  • #165803

    ceduke
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    An almost full box of whitestrips that expired in January. Hubby kept saying he’d get to them…
    Two empty pill bottles.
    I’m running out of stuff to declutter! What a great feeling!

  • #165805

    suzjazz
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’ve got to start selling my stuff on ebay.
    I’ve been going to Goodwill every week for a while with several bags. There is a book drop at the supermarket that I have been using a lot lately. I have about 5 large bags of stuff waiting to go after the holiday is over. In the bags:
    1) a huge fake fur quilt which weighs a ton and is impossible to clean
    2) kitchenware we never use
    3) books (believe it or not, we had 3 copies of The Joy of Cooking–I tried to throw out 2 and keep the newest one but BF made me retrieve one of them because it has recipes the other doesn’t have! I said, “Are you going to make these recipes?” “Yes,” he answered, so I let him take it back, but I am itching to sneak it back into the bag.)
    4) clothing

    I tried to get rid of several dozen plastic hangers at Goodwill but they wouldn’t take them. The guy who worked at the truck glared at me and told me not to mix non-clothing items in the same bag with clothes. Who knew?

    I get rid of at least one thing a day but my house is still too full of stuff.

  • #165816

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I gave a three-inch stack of postcards to a collector, and my sister gets my leftover art supplies from art class. She really wants to use them and I don’t have any plans for them.

  • #165819

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donate: box of mismatched plastic containers and lids

  • #165823

    ojorojo
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Finally unloaded old cell phone via Freecycle, gave away half full bottle of Bleach.

  • #165828

    repete
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Never used the lids for my french onion soup crockpots, so I finally tossed them.

  • #165830

    bandicoot
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    a friend dropped off some soapnuts and chia seeds for me to try.
    they return with her tomorrow.

    a quick 20 minute purge of the filing cabinet tonight really cleared a lot of old paper clutter fast.
    i was shredding and dropping into the recycling bin at full speed.

  • #165836

    sirisimilla
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donated about 200 books to a secondhand bookshop the other day, they were delighted. Sadly the books aren’t the real clutter problem in my house, so I need to make better progress with all the random bits of stuff lying around…

  • #165838

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Wow, 200 books is still a big chunk! I wish I could do that…

    I’m in the process of cleaning out my bins of memorabilia which were hidden away in the basement though. Right now I’m taking a break, but I managed to nearly fill an outdoor bag with trash, and made a nice pile for the yard sale we plan to have.

  • #165839

    irishbell
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Hubby and I cleaned the 3 1/2 stall garage yesterday. It was fairly organized to begin with, but as we were getting to the items we were giving away…. you know what happens when you get on a roll. Lots of stuff went, some trashed and some given away. The 2 biggest items given away were a wrought iron table/chairs and a lawn mower.

  • #165840

    GardenGirl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Added to the donate/sell pile:
    * 2 Pyrex casserole dishes
    * 1 ancient metal clip-on lamp shade (grow lamp)

    Also took a bag of papers out to the recycle bin.

  • #165842

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    To Donate: knife block with knives

  • #165845

    bandicoot
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    today: a set of eight porcelain spoons for using with chinese food.

  • #165847

    GardenGirl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Went to the mall today to return a winter hat that I didn’t wear (still had the price tag on). I was a little embarrassed to return something so out of season, but the lady at Eddie Bauer was very nice. (No time limit on returns there.)

  • #165849

    sluke00
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yesterday I gave away a huge batch of mega blocks. Today I returned some borrowed items to their owner: infant car seat, mobile, baby bathtub, and a set of mega blocks in a wagon.

  • #165851

    SunshineR
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’m moving and selling my house…and someday I want to travel…seeing clearly that a lot of my things such as large piles of unread magazines, paper clutter, and closets of clothes that are too small are holding me back.
    Every time I get rid of things it does get easier. I plan to help my boyfriend declutter and redecorate his place with things we can agree on: well, usually ;).
    So glad I found this forum. Offering encouragement and praise to each poster.

  • #165852

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Posting early for tomorrow (Tuesday)

    Donate/Give Away: Hamburger grilling tool; old board games
    Toss: Old dress

    Cleaning Tip: I’ve been using a face mask while I clean. The last time I cleaned out the garage I got a sinus infection so I’m using the mask this time.

  • #165869

    repete
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I finally got my son to recycle the plotter he brought home after he helped clean out a lab at school. It sat in the basement for over a year collecting dust and stubbed toes, but it is now recycled. Some kids bring animals home, mine bring home electronics.

  • #165881

    chacha1
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    This weekend I weeded out five of my eleven books on yoga (I’m a part-time teacher/trainer, but six is enough) and three more books from the art collection. Also gave away a novel to a friend. Transferred old writings from 3.5 floppies to my laptop (thanks to a new old computer in the house that had a floppy drive!), so now the floppies can be destroyed. And sorted-out and transferred tax backup, for years we must still keep, from a horrible old file cabinet to R.U.B.s (Really Useful Boxes) so I can shred the older stuff. Yee ha!

  • #165909

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    am itching to give away some mismatched photo frames, bought a mirror with place for 4 photos in it (not as tacky as it sounds, actually;) so I can get rid of 4 frames on a shelf. Mirror goes on the wall, if I can figure out how to attach things to a plaster wall without creating massive holes, like last attempt. Can’t do it with tomorrow’s schedule: committing to Thursday then. Public commitment here.

  • #165910

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I went through my photographs and only kept the special ones. I gave away all albums (which are now empty, nobody looks through the albums anyway) and I labeled and dated each photograph. I sorted them by year into a photobox so now it is very easy to keep my picture frames rotated. Since each photo has a date on the back, it is really simple to put one away and pull another out.

    My next task is to scan, crop and re-print the oddly shaped photos into the 4×6 size because it’s easier to manage and frame. I also plan to scan them ALL so I have a digital copy for backup.

    Woot!! This is a time consuming job, and I only had one small box to begin with!

  • #165937

    bandicoot
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    today: a mattress protector excessive to my needs. i gave it to my house keeper and she’s thrilled.
    how about garden produce, does that count?
    i gave away 50 passionfruit, 20 guavas, 20 lemons and a huge pumpkin today also!
    we cannot possibly eat it all.

  • #165941

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Tossed: a dress

  • #165943

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    My parents were give a jumbo remote control, which they didn’t want, so I took it thinking that it would be fun to use for a while, but I came to my senses. It’s going to Goodwill today with the rest of my donations.

  • #165950

    chacha1
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    LOL this thread is completely out of control!!

    This morning I decluttered my first-aid drawer and tossed out four tubes of treatment creams that were past their expiration dates. Also combined two boxes of Band-Aids into one.

    Also, last night we finally ate a dinner prepared with some marrowbones I bought on a whim and have had in the freezer for weeks. Yum.

  • #165951

    sirisimilla
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yesterday I threw out three bras that no longer fit me, and today I lugged two large bags to the charity shop, full of clothes, vases, kitchen utensils, old teddy bears, fabric, all sorts!

    It’s true, it does get easier as you go, you start itching for things to get rid of. I also just discovered the hardware shop across the road from me takes old batteries for recycling, which is great because I never know what to do with them…

  • #165952

    chacha1
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Ah so. Batteries, as well as old medications and electronics, can usually go to a city’s hazardous-waste collection point. Our city does an annual drive, but there’s a permanent collection center at UCLA which is very near to us. Should be something similar in any major city.

  • #165954

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I am in Austria and it is law that every shop which sells batteries must accept old ones for recycling. So on my way to work I pass a grocery store and in 30 seconds I have tossed my batteries into a box et voilA!

    they are very environmentally conscious here. I have learned a lot about how to be more earth friendly! They have seen what industrialization does to a continent and are very cautious about preserving what remains

  • #165955

    terriok
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Would you believe that last night I tossed about twenty 8-tracks which I had carefully boxed up and labelled a couple of years ago?

  • #165959

    ArtGal
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @ terriok…I believe it 🙂 …I just got rid of about 50 cassettes from the late 80’s!

    I am not sure if this counts…I had let my yard clutter up over the past 2 years (not with trash, just weeds) and yesterday and today I got rid of ALL the weeds (poison ivy included) and chopped down a small tree (gave the wood to a neighbor 🙂

  • #165960

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    It counts in my book, ArtGal. 🙂

  • #165965

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    bandicoot: if you don’t mind me asking, where do you live that you can grow passion fruit, guavas, lemons, and pumpkins? Passion fruit and guavas are tropical zone plants and I think they grow near the equator???

    Tossed: shorts

  • #165971

    sluke00
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    To give away: 16 children’s books, 1 children’s DVD, 3 children’s videos, large metal serving plate, pair of children’s sandals, 2 pairs of infant slippers, infant winter vest, infant pants, infant 2-piece outfit, 4 infant sleepers, 6 infant onesies, 30 pair of infant/toddler socks, 8 winter shirts, 2 nightgowns, swimsuit, bowl scraper, large basket, and 6 bottles of pop

    Thrown away: a gift bag

    Last week my husband sorted out 16 books from his collection and gave them away.

  • #165989

    Christine
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donated four WW cookbooks to the local library today. Now I just have to tackle the rest of the cookbook shelf!

  • #165990

    bandicoot
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    i live in a weird place…the wet tropics of australia, but elevated and inland about 30 km.
    so it’s tropical but it’s cool tropical and wet tropical.
    pretty much everything grows either here or towards the drier end of the tablelands.
    if you google malanda, you’ll get heaps of info.

  • #165991

    bandicoot
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    ma.ya….good work! kitchen counters are good things to see!

  • #165998

    sirisimilla
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @chacha1: I live in London, so recycling opportunities vary depending on your local council, and mine can be a bit rubbish (pardon the pun!)

    @djk: Austria’s policy sounds brilliant, hopefully they’ll institute something similar here!

    Today I’m photographing three pairs of shoes and a couple of jackets to sell on ebay.

  • #166003

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today I got rid of a bunch of paper trash. I also almost went out to buy my boyfriend’s parents a thank you card for letting me stay with them, then realized that I still had a cool postcard left (which I had forgotten about and re-found from previous de-cluttering!). They are from out of state so I sent them the postcard and said thanks instead!

  • #166017

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Thank you Bandicoot. Malanda looks beautiful and lush and nice; a place I’d like to visit one day and see up close!!! Didn’t know Australia had a rain forest.

    Tossed: receipt, newspapers, lots of stuff from the underwear drawer,
    Donate/Give Away: pants, 3 tote bags, bras
    Recycle: more plastic bags

  • #166020

    ojorojo
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Stack of mags to recycling bin.
    20 books posted on paperbackswap (what’s not requested will go to public library), to avoid getting 20 books back I’ll donate some of the credits or let friends pick books they’d like to get.
    11 books to table in lobby of my building.

  • #166023

    nellieb
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @tariok: Monday I tossed two boxes of VHS tapes I had recorded from the late 90s and early 2000’s of figure skating competitions…which after viewing one time, have never looked at again…GONE!

  • #166034

    maryann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I cleaned out a once-declutterred-but-messy-again closet yesterday and found even more stuff to get rid of:

    Dressy fuscia jacket (think 80’s)
    My husbands out dated, uncomfortable shoes he has worn maybe 5 times since our wedding in 1997…
    Nice, used twice shoulder bag
    Three muslim resuable shopping bags that I never use
    A hemmorroid sitting pillow used once when I was pregnant in 1997 (LOL!!)

    And a brand-new pair of brown dress boots that I have hated since the day I bought them and never even took the tags off but can’t take them back to the store because my disorganized life kept me from returning them before the receipt expired 2 years ago(AARGGH!)

    🙂

  • #166035

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Wow 365lessthings, terrific! Congratulations! I’ll check out your story! How does one sell on ebay and how does it compare to selling on Amazon.com?

    Tossed: flyers, catalog, newspaper
    Recycle: Physically took plastic bags (lots) and dropped off in recycling bin

  • #166039

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    donated: 2 photo frames, 2 bras (one never worn, one worn a couple of times), a top (still with tags)
    tosseed: candlestick

  • #166043

    ojorojo
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Tossed broken shredder, pot with broken handle, old handle bag.

  • #166046

    ojorojo
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Emptied large plastic container w lid and put out to recycle

  • #166078

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Tossed: old large zip top bags, equipment packing foam container, receipts, newspapers, trash container, plastic planter, sponge, screen scraps, stack of old VHS tapes and empty sleeves, bubble wrap, hair pin, empty jars, plastic containers (as in empty sour cream containers), old material (maybe from high school days?)

    Donate/Give Way: plastic tupperware food container

    Start to put items for donation in to bags/boxes in preparation for actual physical give away next week.

  • #166083

    repete
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Old bathing suit, box for the printer, broken lamp, and trash can with broken lid.

  • #166088

    ArtGal
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Gave 2 tvs to a home for the elderly…see, I knew I could do it! 🙂 (Well, it’s a start!)

  • #166099

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donate: plastic hangers, bra, book
    Toss: paper

  • #166105

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Sunday: a bunch of small things from the garage shelves such as pots, tags, bits of string, etc.

  • #166108

    sirisimilla
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Just chucked out about 7 or 8 homemade CDs, and put another 10 or so in the pile for the op shop. I’m also having some success with some ebay auctions, so we’ll see how that goes.

    @365lessthings: I’ve been working backwards through your blog and I’m really enjoying it! It’s really inspired me to think about the things I can let go of. Come October all my worldly possessions need to fit in a few boxes in my dad’s attic so I can go travelling, so there’s a big incentive to pare down. Plus any cash I can make from clearing out is a big help to the travel fund!

  • #166121

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Recycle: Newspaper, bottle caps (they just started taking these:)
    Toss: old top/pants outfit, irritating promotional flyers, spatula, packing material, blouses, sweater, dresses, gingerbread house kits
    Give Away: potted plants, kitchen equipment (still a “?” on this one but placed in the give away pile), cookie cutters, vision ware bowl that is non-aluminum and non-porcelain-based poison but is heavy, unwieldy, clunky, and a funny shape in a way that makes it take up a lot of storage space, alarm, lunch pail

  • #166131

    GardenGirl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    A bunch of stuff left the house Thursday night, for a garage sale at a friend’s house Friday-Saturday. Sold a few things; then we hauled everything left over to a Volunteers of America donation center.

    Had a shred-fest a couple nights ago (shredded a bunch of old bank statements and canceled checks, and some old work-related papers). Took the two trash bags of shredded paper out to the curb last night, and the city recycling guys picked ’em up this morning.

  • #166135

    ninakk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’m *so* a Justin Case girl (citing humbly someone on the first page of this thread), it makes me both laugh and cry, possibly at the same time.

    Yesterday, I went through four ringbinders of archived bureaucracy and was – to my ENORMOUS relief – able to remove a pile of papers about 2 in high. Since it’s personal stuff that would make an identity thief not only drool but probably get horny about too, I’ll have my darling mother take them to her office to for proper disposal through one of those munching machines. Will pass the bag to her tomorrow. Hooray.

    Today I’ve flipped through three magazines and have marked only a few articles that I’d love to keep. Once I have a scanner (soon can’t come soon enough), I’ll have the articles on my computer whereas the magazines will be passed on to either mom or my sister before they chuck them to recycling.

    I’ve also taken a load of old batteries to the store today (new EU law says that any place that sells batteries has to have recycling stations for them too, thumbs up for that one!), some of which have lived under the sink for a couple of years already… Achievement of the day.

  • #166144

    bandicoot
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    i am currently roaming around kuala lumpur.
    i finally got absolutely sick of my thrashed samsonite bag with the mangled wheel that bangs and screams, and i bought myself a very lightweight, slightly larger bag.
    for an hour i considered posting the old samsonite home….they are expensive bags.
    then i told myself to GET OVER IT and be grateful i didn’t have to listen to that wheel dragging behind me ever again.
    so, i have uncluttered one thing, but i did replace it.
    an upgrade!

  • #166153

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I began what should be a life changing project yesterday, so I consolidated information, got rid of duplication and put the rest into an unused binder. It takes up half the space.

    Also, I found a three year old money order that wasn’t used for it’s intended purpose. The money will be deposited into my account today.

  • #166154

    irishbell
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    We are almost at the end of a 7 week long basement sauna/bathroom installation, it is amazing how much trash/recycling comes with this project. Every week the bins are almost overflowing.
    @JuliaJayne, a life changing project sounds intriguing to say the least, is this something you’re able or willing to share about? Good luck with it.

  • #166163

    sluke00
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    To donate/give away: 5 children’s books, a heart-shaped plate, 3 sippy cups, a pacifier holder, a manicure set, 8 small hair clips, and a pair of jeans.

    To throw away: a vaporizer that never worked right, 2 jars of dulce de leche that were far past their prime, a large can of outdated formula, and a full bag and a partial bag of some very low quality chicken nuggets.

    I also sent out three books that had been requested by others through PaperbackSwap.

  • #166166

    chacha1
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    This week, to swap: seven more books from the art collection. To donate: two big pleather patio pillows. To sell: a collection of chandelier ornaments.

    sluke00, so sad about the dulce de leche! that stuff wouldn’t last long enough to spoil in OUR house. 🙂

  • #166167

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Irish, This forum doesn’t feel the right place to mention my project, but I am in the process of figuring out if I want to document the whole thing in WordPress or Live Journal, even though I write about as well as a 9 year old. lol

    Once I get something set up I will be ok with sharing what I am up to :).

  • #166170

    ArtGal
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    …I got rid of a not-so-great (former) house guest! 🙂

    Also, an end table that traveled room-to-room and never had a true home…and an old mailbox that I was going to “turn into something one day.”

  • #166184

    bandicoot
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    you get extra points for decluttering the house guest!

  • #166195

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donate/Give Away: potted flower and herb plants, flower and herb plant slips, beautiful 6 foot holiday garland, scarf, sandal, corner wire shelving, cut herbs, yet another printer, plastic containers and lids, mixing bowl, measuring bowl, animal feeding tray, art supplies, pants, top, wooden sticks to friend’s son to use as gardening stakes, citrus juicer, miniature TV, tai chi DVD, hat, keyboard, dictation software, book

    Toss: dress, skirt, socks, top, 3 long dresses, pants, bra, old bottled water taking up space in the pantry – will use to water plants :), envelopes, sandal, plastic hanger, flyer, pie tin, broken pottery, coupons, newspapers, material, dust, bubble wrap, storage box, catalog, magazines, plastic container, diskettes, tee shirt, plastic bags, more underwear, hairpins, toothpaste

    Recycle: newspapers

    Note: 365lessthings mentions in her blog not shopping as a byproduct of uncluttering. The same thing happened to me: I didn’t buy extra things last night because by my daily uncluttering I was reminded that I really didn’t need or want that new liquid cleaner and etc. since that would be more unnecessary things added to my already much too much stuff. For me this is a very pleasant surprise and welcome change 😀

  • #166200

    ojorojo
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Old photos from event I go to every year.
    2 empty electronic boxes

  • #166208

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Not much, but I got rid of a few dead pens and pencils, and then tossed some paper clutter.

  • #166216

    ninakk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yesterday, I organized miscellaneous bags and boxes of food, i.e. moved their content into glass jars of varying size. I like to have all things in the pantry in see-through jars that can be washed in the dish washer. My husband will start to learn a new language soon, so I labelled most jars using that one instead of English. I also made a list of a few bigger-sized jars that I need to buy next week. The empty plastic bags were tossed and the boxes thrown to recycling. Hooray, looks a lot nicer again. And I enjoy the knowledge of a fairly organized pantry even when the doors are closed 🙂

    I gave my sister a nice t-shirt, which has become too short for me to wear, and finally decided that a couple of objects can indeed be donated instead of continue to demand precious closet space.

    I agree with bandicoot about extra points for decluttered house guest. And, needtocleanhouse, isn’t that a nice feeling, not always jumping for the credit card as a first reaction!?

  • #166220

    GardenGirl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Gone (to friend’s house): A bookcase I’ve wanted to get rid of for a looooong time.

    Gone to an electronics recycling company: old UPS & batteries, 2 old phones, 1 old backup drive (no data; it used cartridges).

    I was tempted to keep one of the phones as a backup, even though it didn’t work well anymore, just because it is nearly impossible to find cordless two-line phones with the feature set I want (voice-mail indicator; no answering machine). But I didn’t.

  • #166226

    Claycat
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Several boxes went to a church bazaar today. Mugs, napkin rings, candle holder, paintings, other odd items. Gone! Yay!

  • #166252

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yes ninakk, it felt shockingly good to not buy things that would have only added to the unneeded clutter:)

    Donate/Give Away: more plant slips (by request), started setting aside for Sunday transfer some opened bottles of wine to someone who makes rosemary wine reduction sauce – but now that I’ve gotten to looking at them, some covered with dust, I am having second thoughts at least about some of the very old bottles – maybe they have turned to vinegar which I am told they can do, and I’ll probably end up selecting some to give away and some to toss as well as going through unopened gathering dust bottles to give away

    Toss: packing material, flyers, empty supplement bottle, empty pill containers, pet carrier, towels, shirt, bra

    PS per 365lessthings blog post of June 12, 2010: yes, decluttering so no one else will be burdened by it. An interesting and motivating thought. Makes me want to unclutter quicker. Toss out more, more. Slave driving my self.

  • #166254

    HappyDogs
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I went through my office bookshelves and threw out all the outdated programming books. I also went through all my dog training books but could only part with two (sorry Jon Katz you did not make the cut). I tried to throw out the Scooby Doo stuffy but my dog rescued and adopted it. 😉

  • #166257

    Claycat
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    LOL, HappyDogs!

  • #166264

    bandicoot
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    today i walked through the amazing gift shop at the victoria and albert museum in london and saw about a million things i would have loved to own.
    and i looked and enjoyed and kept on walking.

  • #166266

    GardenGirl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Tossed: 3 packages of laser-printable Avery labels, various sizes; ancient, not used much, and not very sticky anymore.

    Wondering if I should get rid of (toss or donate) a package of media mailers — they’re fine & usable, but with Web-based services like Dropbox and YouSendIt.com, I don’t need to mail CDs to people very often, if ever, anymore. Hmmmm….

  • #166272

    GardenGirl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Finished going through the cookbooks and food-related books, and put one more big book in the donate/sell pile. So after the cookbook sorting, the books that did take up two boxes now take up one. (I have more than one box of cookbooks, but now have one fewer box of them altogether.)

  • #166274

    ArtGal
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @ bandicoot…awesome job!

    Today’s tosses include old garden tools (because I don’t really have a garden) and 6 lbs. of dried art clay that had become a big brick.

  • #166281

    ojorojo
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    chipped plate, kitchen faucet that was replaced, 2 grubby white t’s

  • #166282

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    GardenGirl – If you can find a place (like Goodwill) to accept those media mailers that would be great. I used to sell a lot on eBay and those kinds of envelopes came in handy! I am sure someone would love to have them!

  • #166283

    sluke00
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Sent off 11 more books for requests on PaperbackSwap.

  • #166288

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    finally wrapped and mailed a box that needed to go for a couple of months now. Took up more mental space than physical. Glad it is gone!

  • #166290

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: newspaper, catalog

    Give Away: plants, wines

    Would have loved to have walked through that museum and museum shop with you!

  • #166291

    chacha1
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    DH finally took our old multifunction printer to Goodwill on Friday. Its functions don’t all work anymore, but the printer part does, so they can use it.

    I decluttered/organized our front closet so that the boxing gear can go in there. Some things from the closet were moved into newly-available space in the kitchen. Into *my* Goodwill pile went a set of party platters, never used, still in their box, and a bag of novels.

    I now have two cartons and … let’s see … five bags to go to Goodwill, plus the box of party gear. And a carton of art books to swap.

  • #166292

    HappyDogs
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’ve decided to sell the Spode Christmas china my mom gave me. I’ve used it once. It was her dream to have it, not ever mine. Also, give away the everyday dishes, which are a bunch of mismatched mini-sets. Then, get out the beautiful Dansk china that I have never used and use it as my everyday dishes! Why not?

    I’m also going to figure out if my little girl tea set is worth anything, if it is, sell, if not, send to my nieces to play with. It is still wrapped in newspaper that talks about President Kennedy’s moon landing plans…..lol.

  • #166300

    GardenGirl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    themusiclivez — If I get rid of the media mailers, I’ll make sure I donate them instead of tossing them in the recycle bin. Thanks for letting me know that people still use them.

    Some things that are definitely going in the recycle bin — manuals for a couple of very outdated software applications. (Outdated, as in, one of them says “Windows 95 and Windows 3.1 compatible”; heh.)

    chacha1 — you’re on a roll!
    And HappyDogs — good for you. No reason to keep dishes you won’t use and don’t want.

  • #166307

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    In keeping with and inspired by the “What if a truck hit you?” question posed in 365lessthings on her blog:

    Give Away: Barbecue sauce, steak sauce, sweet Chile sauce, eggplant, heating pad, new dark chocolate chips, new marshmallows, new jelly beans, new cake mix, Dad’s very old vodka, Kahlua, and peppermint snaps to my sous chef friend, new flour, new oatmeal (going on a low glycemic food plan so giving away these sugary and things that turn immediately into sugar things – the baking things go to my baker friend), cookbook

    Toss: newspaper, 2 pairs of shoes I’d been holding on to forever because I got them in Italy, old old old wine, cocoa powder, cooking sherry, vinegars (2), oyster sauce (2), old old old Seagram’s Wild Strawberry Banana (2), laptop box and software and cable and instruction materials, books (3), folders (2), magazine, corn meal box with recipe I briefly thought about keeping the box for, old can of soda w/ expiration date of July 05!(:0), old phone, box of old clothing, pamphlet

    Getting prepared for Wednesday transfer of things to charitable organization (yikes, so much stuff to transport)

  • #166317

    sirisimilla
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Sold off 10 items on ebay this week: shoes, skirts, dresses, bags etc. I made roughly £50, so I’m delighted! I’ve also started filling a large box with items to go. Next weekend I’ll go through them and decide which are for ebay and which are for the charity shop.

    So why does my bedroom still look a total mess??

  • #166359

    LGmed
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Sold: 5 books to underclassmen…

    Trying to give away: pile of old magazines (why is it so hard to get rid of perfectly useless paper and glue?!), a whole assortment of kitchen stuff I just don’t use. Still waiting to see if Craigslist will work for magazines, the kitchen stuff is ready for when the charity pick-up guy drops in tomorrow.

    Technically, that’s 12 somethings, 5 books and a year’s worth of magazines that aren’t out of my house. YET! The frustration will subside, right?

  • #166364

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: shorts and blouse, newspaper

    Organizing stuff to physically transfer to charitable organization tomorrow.

    It’s been a lot of work and I’ll feel so much better once the stuff is actually gone gone gone!

  • #166370

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    While filing a few papers yesterday in the folder I have for my parents, I decided to go through it and get rid of anything that wasn’t needed. I should do this every time I file something, but I don’t.

  • #166385

    LGmed
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Update: Today I got rid of 2 of the textbooks I sold. The buyer of the other 3 is picking those up on Friday. Charity is coming this afternoon to pick up my assorted kitchen items!

    Now, for the confession of the day. About 2 months ago, I cleaned out my closet. I was pretty ruthless, throwing out a lot of things that don’t fit (and probably never will again) along with some things that technically fit but are unflattering and never see the light of day. On clean-out day, I had the discipline and self-knowledge to say to myself, “if these things don’t go out the door, they’ll end up back in the closet! They will go out today!” So they did. They made it out the door…. into the trunk of my car. Shamefully, they’ve been there since. Until today! Today I dropped them off at Catholic Charities and it feels like my car lost 200 pounds! I’m glad that someone will finally get some use out of those clothes that have been weighing on my mind (and my car).

  • #166392

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I leave charity stuff in the trunk all the time. It drives the husband nuts. lol

  • #166421

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Recycle: Plastic bottle and caps, newspapers

    Toss: Pants, material, large old decorative pillow

  • #166422

    HappyDogs
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Dropped of a box of books in the break room at work this am. Miraculously they somehow dissappear, usually by early afternoon. Although the scifi books take longer than the chick lit.

  • #166424

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Ugh, I am the biggest trunk culprit there is! Sometimes it takes me weeks to get to Goodwill! However, I can honestly say that once the stuff goes into the trunk it definitely DOES go out – it just takes some time to get it there. Just this weekend I got rid of a bag that had been hanging out in my car for about three weeks.

  • #166426

    chacha1
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I have a bag of wine corks in my trunk, intending to take them by the wine shop for those who collect them for tackboard projects, etc. Of course I keep not going to the wine shop because if I go in there I will buy too much wine. Those corks will probably turn to mulch.

    Two more art books joined the swap box this week!

  • #166428

    Rosa
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I totally do the trunk thing. I have a standing weekly “take things to the thrift store, shop there, and go out to dinner” date with a friend – we both have young kids so we pretty much always actually need something, my son just outgrew all his shirts again. But it often gets bumped for something else going on, so any time we have an out of town trip planned part of getting ready to go is dropping stuff off on the way to fill up the gas tank.

  • #166431

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I didn’t have much time to unclutter today (12 hour shift), but I returned a stack of movies that I had borrowed to my boss. I also didn’t actually mail this yet, but I packaged up some miniatures and photos which are being given to the friends who wanted them.

    I brought IN two sweet little kittens today. I hope they eventually turn into fierce unclutterers themselves by clearing up some of these mice problems. Hehe.

  • #166433

    ojorojo
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Old digital camera went to an 11 year old girl who will definitely enjoy it.
    Posted another 12 books on paperbacksawap and it looks like at least 5 are going away.
    Put several books in the lobby of the building and most are gone.

  • #166434

    Sky
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    We’ve been busy….
    2 bookshelves
    kitchen cabinet
    weight bench and weights
    copy machine
    old computer
    misc. office stuff

  • #166442

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    a robe, some work supplies, and tomorrow a whole bunch of soap will be exiting

  • #166448

    irishbell
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    5 photo albums, thanks to decluttering my old photo collection.

  • #166464

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    40 voices!

    Recycle: plastic bottle and cap

    Give Away: physically turned over lots of newly washed off dusty bottles of wine to sous chef to use in his sauces and will be turning over more tomorrow (it’s about time I let these decorative pieces go), and physically turned over sweet chile sauce, steak sauce, and barbecue sauce to a cook by training

    Toss: pie tin, receipts, newspapers, paper bags, box, plastic bags, magazine, napkins

  • #166465

    atul4
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    The initiative taken for the concern is very serious and need an
    attention of every one. This is the concern which exists in the
    society and needs to be eliminated from the society as soon as
    possible.

    Travel Planning

  • #166468

    JustMe
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Gave away: 3 boxes of clothes to the thrift store.

    Threw away: 3 bags of old paper (old bills that should have been thrown away a long time ago like the phone, cable, etc).

    Feels good to get rid of it all.

  • #166469

    Rosa
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Wow, 3 boxes? That’s awesome. I took a paper shopping bag and a medium-sized box of miscellaneous stuff (vases, clothes, books) to the thrift store last night, and then today we weeded books and came up with another grocery bag full to haul away.

  • #166472

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Give to Dad: A stack of DVDs

    Recycle: plastic bottle and cap

    Toss: receipts, junk mail, irritating irksome flyers

  • #166474

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yesterday we cleaned out DH’s nightstand and shredded a huge pile of old receipts, outdated trade show badges and flyers, put 30 (!) dead batteries in the recycling bin — they’ll go with the UPS which died yesterday: it’s not been our month for electronics — tossed a double handful of pens, pencils and highlighters into a craft box for a neighbor’s small children, and put what was left into a much smaller nightstand.

    The old one goes out with the rest of the old bedroom set on Wednesday, along with our old TV and DVD/stereo, our son’s student desk and bookcase: a Deaf school is having a fundraiser for their sports program, and one of the organizers is coming to pick it all up.

    By the way, hi — I’m Lucy. I couldn’t find an intro thread, so in the spirit of not cluttering up the forum I’ll introduce myself here. 🙂

  • #166475

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Hi Lucy! welcome

    today it was a whack of recycling and a cushion we don’t need anymore, and three more books on the heading-out-the-door bag

  • #166477

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Welcome to the forum, Lucy, that is awesome!!
    Today I got rid of:

    A notepad
    Empty fishbowl and supplies
    A pillow
    Some paper clutter

  • #166483

    Rosa
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I don’t even know if this even counts because none of it was ours. But my brother lives in a 3rd world country and comes back here for a month every summer. Last year we stored his bike, helmet, & biking gear for him, and he (and my parents, who are full-time RVers) use our house as a mail-drop site for deliveries when they are going to be here.

    So, tonight after we picked him up from the airport my brother took his bike, bag of gear, helmet, a 20# bag of soy protein powder, a pair of shoes, a mysterious REI box, and a box of DVDs with him. HOORAY!

  • #166489

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    If it was in your house and is now no longer in your house, I think it should count!

  • #166500

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Welcome Lucy! Rosa, I vote that it counts too.

    Give Away to Folks: battery operated blood pressure monitor, batteries

    Give Away/Donate: 3 shrek McDonald’s watches to friend’s really cute little brother, another bottle of steak sauce, broken pendants

    Toss: receipts, 4 old pots, plastic bowl, plastic hanger, coffee measuring spoon, strainer for coffee percolator, plastic utensils, box, jewelry

  • #166504

    irishbell
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Rosa, I think that counts double.It wasn’t even your stuff and you still store it for others, it’s doubly nice to be rid of!

  • #166509

    HappyDogs
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Sent two A.A. Milne books to my little nieces, along with the china tea set I had when I was their age, and the one my MOM had when she was their age.

    Trying to figure out a way to send my brother the lefse iron and the very very old Krumkake irons. All 3 very heavy. Shipping will kill me!

  • #166515

    chacha1
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    To Goodwill – old crocheted tablecloth and old futon slipcover (both still in bags from the cleaners) and 20 Georgette Heyer romances.

    To trash – a dozen files’ worth of random paper from old health insurance, financial planning, research, and general interest.

    To shred – old account statements dating back 15 years.

    (dusts off hands)

  • #166516

    Kamakazi
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Sold about 55 DVDs on Craiglist.
    Sold about 15 DVDs on Amazon.

    Seems like a lot, but barely scratches the surface on what I have. I am getting there though. Also, got a ton of money from it, not sure where that is going yet.

  • #166517

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    After work: all the dead batteries and the UPS go to Batteries Plus for repair/recycling, and the bins full of bottles will go to the bottle bank.

  • #166533

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today I watched Toy Story 3 and that made me think of all the plushies and dolls I still had packed away in storage… I brought them all up and started to thin them out. I can’t believe how many I originally had.

    I filled a grocery bag of them to be sent to the family yard sale pile (or donated if not sold). Two action figures are being sent to one of my friends and I gave two plushies to my youngest brother who really wanted them.

    And I still have a lot left!

  • #166534

    pkilmain
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today – 3 bags of clothing to the thrift store.

    Happy Dogs – will those heavy irons fit in flat rate boxes? The limit on those is 70#. Even if you had to use more than one, shipping would be more reasonable.

    Anyone – your public library would love to have any extra pens and pencils! At least the one I worked at did!

  • #166537

    Rosa
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Oooh, pkilman, that’s a good idea.

    When my mom downsized she gave me a bunch of stuff. One thing was a giant plastic bag of pens and pencils. It’s been 3 years, and we’re nearly through all of them – I think next year for my birthday I might buy myself a couple nice uniball pens because I will have used up the last of these 🙂

  • #166539

    ceduke
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today while we were packing for our move DH tossed 1 1/2 boxes full of old video games. 😀

  • #166546

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Recycle: box, brown paper packages, newspapers, plastic bottles and caps

    Toss: coffee grinds, gift bags, more plastic bags, receipts

    Give Away: bag

    Found(!): coffee grind measuring cone and book, both of which I’d exasperatedly searched for in vain earlier

  • #166556

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    They haven’t left the house yet, but I think the decision was big enough for me to go ahead post it here. I decided to thin out my manga (graphic novel) collection and put 64 volumes up for sale. Whew, big chunk! They take up a lot of space and haven’t been read for over a year.

  • #166557

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Ginger, WOW!

  • #166558

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    2 seed starting kits that were purchased back in the day when I was still an enthusiastic gardener. The plastic was cracking and there was nothing to salvage.

  • #166597

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Finally tossed a bunch of old markers (the scented kind), sharpies that don’t write anymore and refills for pens I can’t find. Why do we keep this stuff?

  • #166626

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Ann: because we think we’ll go through them and decide which ones still work.

    The old TV is out of the TV room! I am going to vacuum and then put the zafu and zabuton in there as extra seating, and then I’m going to start going through the CDs/DVDs and decide which can go to the shop.

  • #166639

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Give Away: 2 miniature ice cube trays

  • #166644

    irishbell
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    A few bits and pieces of junk left from the basement remodel-screws, brackets, broken bits of I don’t know what they are…

  • #166648

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Consolidated three different tool boxes and threw away all the old screws, nails and junk that accumulated at the bottom. Put the two smaller tool boxes in the “give away” bin.

    Threw away a folder of “Stick on letters” from my son’s elementary school projects. He’s 24 now…don’t think he’ll need 2″ gold letters any time soon.

  • #166662

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Holy cow, you guys, you would not believe how much stuff is in my living room right now. And it’s all leaving at 2! Better still, our wonderful neighbor has lent us his heavy-duty handtruck and offered to help move any really heavy pieces.

  • #166666

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Trash: A bunch of my son’s old magazines and “old girlfriend” stuff (with his permission, of course).

    Give away bin: Two never used photo albums and two picture frames

  • #166671

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: Receipts, dust, box, shower rungs, broken glass, plastic container, paper, loose paper napkins

    Give Away: Porcelain hand made whistle and toy

  • #166675

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donated: two nightstands, large mirror, student desk, old home theatre system. The rest will have to go tomorrow, as the guy’s truck broke down and the largest things wouldn’t fit into his friend’s SUV.

  • #166678

    GardenGirl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Wow, lots of decluttering progress happening all over the place. Big “yay” for everyone. 🙂

    Set aside for donation: an old lamp (still works; not really my style).

    Dropped off at The UPS Store for return shipping: clothing I ordered that didn’t fit. Usually I try to do returns as soon as possible, so I can get the $ credit as soon as possible, but these two sets of items (from 2 vendors) sat here for a couple weeks, ’cause I was so busy. I have one more order to return (to a local store).

    Also, I recently cleaned out my garden shed and tossed a bunch of stuff.

  • #166681

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    This is day one of my item purge. I have some areas of my house that I have completely organized in a way that makes me happy and successful in keeping organized, but the rest is a bit of a war zone. For those areas I am focusing on one small part of each room a day. I am hoping for at least 3 items a day leaving my house over the next month.

    Today I packed up to donate 3 pairs of shoes that I have not worn in the past year and tossed many, many pieces of paper, receipts, and just general trash.

    Tomorrow I am going to start in on my books, which I have terrible trouble parting with, but am going to find at least 3 to donate to the library book store.

    Oh, I also found 25 cents, so I have earned a bit from uncluttering.

  • #166695

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Give Away: 4 wooden sewing boxes, cook book

  • #166702

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I am hauling the waterbed parts out to the porch; wave your pompoms if you’ve got them — this stuff is heavy!

  • #166711

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Trash: MORE of my son’s old girlfriend stuff

    Give away: unused picture frame

  • #166714

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donated: Three books that I could easily download and read if I ever wanted to read them again. (War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, Frankenstein as well as some books that I should have gotten rid of a while ago because they are not worth reading again, but I won’t list in case someone here is a huge fan)

    Trash: All my old hair ties and such that had seen better days.

  • #166718

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donated: All of the waterbed parts EXCEPT the mattress, which was still in the basement (takes two people to get it up the stairs); we had to pick the cat up from the vet, and they came by and picked up everything on the porch without texting us, even though we gave them our number.

    The funny thing about this? The TV, which started all this, is STILL in the living room — that also takes two people to move it (it’s an old rear projection monolith), and neither of us felt like tempting vandalism by parking it on the porch unattended, so we figured we’d wait until they showed with the truck and three or four of us could muscle it in then.

    *bangs head on table*

    Oh, well. It’s progress, right? There’s a whole room in the basement that’s empty except for a waterbed mattress . . . .

  • #166719

    Claycat
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Wow! Lucy1965, you have been busy!

  • #166720

    HappyDogs
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    All the old dishes taken to the thrift store, the good china is now all I have and I likey. The old glasses are set out to box up for the thrift store and the new matching glasses are in their place. I have Zen-like cabinets! Next up: somehow sell the Christmas china my mom gave me, and eBay the teacup set that will probably bring $100.

  • #166721

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’ve decided to get on board with this, after going back and forth for a while. I got a planner recently – every time I get rid of something, I make an X on that day. If I clear out multiple things in a day, I make that many x’es ahead. Yesterday, I got rid of our leftover wedding supplies:

    A bag of mini organza bags
    Three gift bags (I’m counting this as one item)
    A pack of miniature white boxes for party favors
    Six rolls of tulle
    Six boxes of mini bottles of bubbles
    Four boxes of white “bridal” lights

    I technically got rid of over 100 individual pieces, but I felt like listing them all separately, especially when the total number of items only filled one “office” box, was cheating. The bubbles and tulle I only listed separately because I had a hard time parting with them – I kept thinking I might have a use for them.

    All of these items I put in a box with a “FREE” label in the break room at work. They were all gone (all 54 bubbles!) within an hour. 🙂

    I’m currently collecting, over the course of two weeks, things to donate and take to our local Goodwill. I’ll tally up the total once I’ve finally gotten the box out of the house!

    You guys have been so inspiring, thank you – keep it up!

  • #166722

    HappyDogs
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @GirlOverboard Congrats! The wedding stuff is hard to get rid of, there are so many memories attached to it, and folks will all tell you to hold onto it! It is especially hard when you are just starting out in life and don’t have much — the temptation is to hold on to what you do have! At least that is how I felt!

    (disclosure: just recently got rid of my 80s wedding dress and felt sooo happy about it. That thing had been sitting there for HOW long? 🙂

  • #166725

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Aaaaaaand they’re gone!!!

    The 52″ rear projection TV, a six-drawer dresser that matched the rest of the retired bedroom furniture and had been taking up space in my living room for 3 years, and the mattress for a queen-sized waveless waterbed. 🙂

    I felt so happy to have it out (and for a good cause) that I called my neighbors and made sure they were home so that I could bring their handtruck back immediately. Now it’s not taking up space waiting to be returned.

    When I take the other cat down to the vet this afternoon (how do the fuzzy little wretches know it’s the weekend? HOW??), I’m going to ask if they could use a 65-gallon Blitz Stack-and-Store, a Drinkwell Big Dog fountain and/or a medium plastic Thermos cooler (once I’ve given them a good scrub).

  • #166726

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @GirlOverboard and HappyDogs That’s fantastic! Congrats to both of you!

  • #166727

    HappyDogs
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @lucy1965 WOW, you have been busy too! Nice!

    I got rid of my old TV a few years ago. It wasn’t nearly as big as yours! I live in the city, so I just hauled it out to the curb on a Saturday morning (when the garage salers are trolling my ‘hood) and it got “recycled” almost immediately. I get rid of lots of things that way, actually. It surprises me what folks will take and what they won’t. They will take wire hangers and old seats from cars, as an example, but won’t take picture frames or books. It’s so odd.

  • #166728

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Got rid of two college textbooks that I knew I would never use again along with a large blue disk chair that was way too big to fit where I would have kept it now, and was no longer that comfortable. All three things hard to part with because they were not really inexpensive at the time (but at least I felt like I got my money’s worth out of).

  • #166730

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: can opener

    Recycle: newspaper

    Give Away: family of 3 doggy banks going to friend’s cute little brother

  • #166746

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @HappyDogs – I spent $55 on my wedding dress and it’s currently sitting balled up in a bag, waiting for a destroy the dress session lol. I determined before I got married that I have no need to keep anything from the wedding because I will always have the most important part of my wedding – my husband. If I don’t get a DTD photo session with my photographer by the time the weather gets cold again, I’ll be sending it through the wash cycle then donating it if it comes out fine. 🙂

    I’ll be going through my box of donatables tomorrow, so I’ll be back in this thread within the next 24 hours! Thanks again everyone!

  • #166749

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    finally left the house: stack of magazines that was waiting for a friend to pick it up

    thinking way too much about: a pair of shoes I have had for a very long time and barely worn but they are so heart-poundingly gorgeous I hate to give them away.

    If I form the situation as my favourite uncluttering question: “does this support my current goals?” the answer would be that, since my current goals include being able to walk in my shoes, then, the answer appears to be “no”

    Sigh.

    Now that we’ve worked that one out together, anyone want to weigh in with how I don’t live a garden-party life so why am I keeping a beautiful garden-party bag?

  • #166752

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Give Away: 1 pair of pants, 1 shirt, a sweatshirt, a book series I will not read though again.

    Tossed: 2 pairs of pants, 5 shirts (They are too old/dirty for me to even think that Goodwill would want).

    I also took all my CDs and moved them into sleeves (it took hours). So all that extra space taken by the plastic cases is gone. My collection now takes up maybe a 4th of the space, is in a box so I don’t have to worry about dusting them, and I got to keep my booklet and the paper on the back as well. In case anyone is looking this is the CD case I got (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Init%26%23153%3B+-+320-Disc+CD+Case+-+Silver/9511423.p;jsessionid=C319CD071A3CB33826B0C4CEF6C7C362.bbolsp-app04-30?id=1218117343305&skuId=9511423) it is a bit silly because it locks, but is the one that best fit my space and needs.

  • #166754

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    garden-party bag and gorgeous shoes, plus a belt, gone

  • #166755

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Give Away: 5 pairs of shorts, 6 shirts, 1 sweatshirt, 1 sweater, and a pair of shoes…I have way to much clothes.

  • #166757

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    djk, I like how you followed a mission statement so I came up with one for me:

    Mission Statement: To enhance life by beauty, joy, and a clean house

    So when in doubt I’ll ask myself, will keeping [or donating, recycling or tossing] this enhance life by beauty, joy, and a clean house?

    I feel your agony about the shoes! Me, I would have kept them. It was hard to toss those old seen much better days shoes I got from Italy. Oh, feeling some pain and agony . . .

    Give Away: 6 Happy Meal toys and craft supply carrier and 3 wooden cigar boxes to friend’s cute little brother, blouse

    Transfer: Small fan (need to clean it off first)

    Donate: plastic bowl, box of kitchen odds and ends

    Toss: hand carry luggage, envelop, receipts, dust, tag, umbrellas (7), material, decorative plastic leaf sprigs, plastic bags, old spices/herbs, broken plastic, cardboard pet carrier, towels, DVDs, shoulder pad, post it note, newspaper, computer packing box and packing material, box, DVD sleeves, kitchen towel

    Recycle: plastic cap

    Thanks again to djk for inspiring me.

  • #166758

    HappyDogs
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Out: broken melamine bowl set that I paid too much for at Williams-Sonoma, extra 1 cup measure I had kept because it was my grandmother’s, some super heavy mixing bowls I do not use.

    In: Coach gold platform sandals ($45!), a B&W peace sign scarf ($2), and a pair of Seven jeans ($12), all from the used clothing store.

    Net: love/love or however they say it at Wimbledon.

  • #166759

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today I got rid of 4 patterns which I will never use and some ribbon. I have a friend who wanted them so I gave it to her!

  • #166760

    pkilmain
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    ValH – Thanks for the CD Holder link. I’ve been looking for something to hold mine! I have several different ones that hold 10-12, which is fine for the computer programs, but doesn’t work at all for music.

  • #166767

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Threw out: Six bathroom items I no longer use, seven pairs of underwear I no longer wear.

    I also tossed more into a “donate” box in my room, but we’ll count those when I actually take out the stuff to donate!

    Keep on goin’, everyone!

  • #166772

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Bulk rubbish pick up week starts tomorrow and some people have lots and lots of stuff waiting on the curb. One house had all of the curb in front of their house filled with things like a large propane barbecue grill. Another had one of those big screen televisions among the tons of things fronting their home. Looks like major house cleaning or people moving or people redecorating or something. Tall, wide and deep, dense rectangular shapes full of stuff, with chair legs and the like sticking out from place to place. Wow! Think this is the first time I have seen so much set out in front of so many places. Do you think our declutter forum . . . nah . . . (just kidding)

    Toss: Rusty outdoor shelving once used for potted plants, end table, bag of crafty material (set outside but want to go through before tossing all), lipstick, makeup bag, tissue, pie tin, lamp I have and always will hate, craft ribbons, paper, twigs and leaves, lint

    Recycle: cardboard, newspaper, broken pieces of pottery, earring holder, bracelet holder, coffee grinds

    Give Away: clear storage carrier with handle, Dad’s old vodka, peppermint snapps, Kahlua, plant cuttings, plants

  • #166785

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Nothing exciting today, not much time to work on organizing.

    Toss: Old socks

    Give Away: Unwanted iPod headphones and socks (that I knew someone would want).

  • #166787

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    A great day we sold our 1980 chevy van we bought to make a camping great out of and haven’t yet so my husband parted with it. Delivering tomorrow. Also sold a small utility trailer we donot need hanging around the driveway. And sold a pickup truck we bought for my son who will get his license in January he never really liked driving it the stick shift was hard to manage. Woohoo now on to the little stuff

  • #166795

    mamadanielle
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    today I got rid of three glass vases. now I’m left with just two, which I think is plenty! I gave them away on freecyle.

  • #166798

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    51 Voices!

    Toss: 5 bags, envelopes, bum bag, gift bag, little plastic bags, small box of cookie decorations (sprinkles and the like), honey, almond paste

    Found(!): findings

    I noticed that the propane grill that had been placed on the curb for bulk rubbish pick up was already gone from the pile the next day – it was huge – needed a truck to take it and lots of people. Wonder who took it and how they managed to move it.

  • #166809

    pkilmain
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    When I cleaned out my folks’ house in 2005, we got rid of all kinds of big things – exercise bike, cheap dressers – by just taking them to the curb the night before trash pickup. All of the rest got donated (neighbors got furniture, TV; Goodwill and women’s shelter got clothes, dishes, etc), sold (car, tools) and dumped (we rented a dumpster). It was very liberating, but then none of it was mine.

    Today’s elimination: stacks of magazines to library, old/unused toiltries to trash.

  • #166821

    SodaPunch
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    i ate the last box of donuts on the kitchen table so that’s what i cleared out today, lol.

  • #166826

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Haha, SodaPunch, that is awesome. One of the biggest areas that I need to clear out are all of my frozen foods. A lot of frozen food eating (and less buying) in my future.

    Donate: 7 books. I am looking forward to the free time I will have this weekend as I am taking a class this summer that is taking away all of my uncluttering time.

    A thing a day total: Looking at all of the major things I have donated to tossed it comes to 54 items. (31 pieces of clothes or pairs of shoes, 19 books, 3 other items).

  • #166853

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Old office supplies, notebook paper, old scratch papers…we had plenty and it was all pretty “roughed up”.

  • #166855

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    today: not much really but am working on using up what is in the freezer. So fish. yup. got rid of fish today.

    btw SodaPunch I love that. Doughnuts WILL be clutter unless a stern and forceful approach is taken. Well done, Grasshopper.

  • #166857

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: mat, towel, jar lids, bottle, coffee grinds, plastic bags

    Give Away: toy, frozen yogurt, herb

  • #166866

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    *triumphant grin*

    Given away: Rubbermaid tub full of yarn and knitting gear, huge box with a partially completed quilt and its bits and bobs, craft books, reproduction Vogue patterns and fabric, to an elder drop-in center

    Consignment: free weights, kettlebell, stability balls and accompanying books

  • #166868

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    LUCY!!! you did it!

    and…do tell…how does it feel?

  • #166873

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @djk I keep going to my bedroom and peeking in the closet — there’s a shoerack on the floor and that’s ALL. (Which reminds me: *grabs winter shoes, puts by front door to drop at cobbler’s for waterproofing/sole repair*) Then I go downstairs and I look at the spot where the big box was. Then I bounce around and hug myself because it’s GONE and I don’t have to feel guilty about it any more.

  • #166874

    SodaPunch
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    selling to the used book/music store: 3 magazines, 1 book, 3 vhs tapes, 5 cd’s

    for a pic of the stuff… http://sodapunch.blogspot.com/

  • #166889

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Give away: 7 more books!

    Before I started doing this I would have said that I had already purged all the books I no longer needed/wanted, but I keep finding new ones everyday.

  • #166892

    Rosa
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    We just took out six bags of recycling. We have had two big parties since the last recycling pickup so we had two entire bags of glass bottles.

  • #166907

    ojorojo
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Backpack & magazines to lobby for anyone to take.
    Cell phone to co-worker.
    More books to paperbackswap.

  • #166912

    Rosa
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    A bag of kids books, assorted kids clothes, a throw blanket I never liked, and some read-and-release paperbacks.

  • #166919

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Give Away/Donate: Pants, new bra, leotard, shoulder pads, shoes

    Recycle: plastic bottle, coffee grinds

    Toss: earring card, belt, shoes, box, metal grid shelving, beef bullion cubes, packaged sauce mixes, dry onion soup mix, dried shrimp, dried squid, tomato sauce, dried out pens, another bum bag, empty DVD sleeves, newspaper

    Regret: wish I’d kept a pair of shorts to wear around the house instead of tossing them – I liked them a lot, they were comfortable, and had a tear that would be acceptable around the home; and most importantly, I would have enjoyed and worn them a lot if I’d kept them to wear around the house.

  • #166922

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    3 old glue sticks from elementary school (son is 24 now), a box of paper hole reinforcements, a half dozen replacement erasers for a mechanical pencil that is LONG GONE. Not a lot, but trying to do something DAILY.

    Next big project: Closet in the (affectionately titled) Weight Room – I shudder to think of what I will find!!

  • #166923

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Recycle: Two trash bags of styrofoam packing “peanuts”

  • #166926

    SodaPunch
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    lucy1965 – ohhh! i’m always using peanuts for the stuff i sell on ebay. 🙁

  • #166927

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @SodaPunch Sorry! I’d have pushed them through the router for you if I’d known! 😉

  • #166931

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Give Away: 3 more college textbooks that I don’t think I will ever need again.

  • #166938

    Zora
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    A 25-year-old portable typewriter (a well-made, once-expensive, Adler). Hadn’t been used in 20 years. I took it to the last typewriter repair place left in Honolulu and just GAVE it to the old guy running the operation. Figured if anyone could get it to someone who could use the dang thing, it would be him. He looked a little surprised.

  • #166941

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    From one of my previous posts, I mentioned that I planned to sell off a major part of my graphic novel collection. 11 books left the house today. =)

  • #166942

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Give Away: 3 book cases (although one does not really count because I replaced it with another that was more functional) and three purses from my teenage years.

    Recycle: A pile of magazines and clippings that meant something to me at some point, but no longer hold the same value.

    Congrats Ginger! I need to work my way through my manga collection as well.

  • #166957

    repete
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    7 trash bags of old linens to the trash.
    2 trash bags of old linens to charity.

    I guess it says something that I had 7 bags that were in such poor condition that I wouldn’t give them away.

    Oh well, problem solved.

  • #166960

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’m taking credit for the following because it was I who planted and nurtured the seed decluttering. 🙂

    Last night my son got rid of a large box, a full laundry basket and a big garbage bag full of clothes and who knows what else. Needless to say I am proud of him, and he seemed very pleased with himself. He is carefully going through all of his things getting rid of what he doesn’t need. Although that means there is a lot of his stuff piled in the office/den, I’d rather he unpack the right way instead of just stuffing crap into his room.

  • #166966

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    7 tubes of dried up caulk and a caulking gun from a far-forgotten DIY project.

    Recycle: 7 quarts of unopened motor oil for a “special” car we no longer own.

    Some carwash stuff…We gave up washing our own cars a lonnnnnnng time ago!!

  • #166969

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @karen Maybe it says that now you have the time to do it properly, and a better understanding of who you are now and what you need and want in your life? 🙂

    @JuliaJayne Hooray! Absolutely take credit for planting the seed!

    Going to consignment after I clean them: two pairs of trousers, two tops and a pair of flats that aren’t in colors that flatter me. This is my contribution to the epic closet clean-out that will be taking place this weekend: DH agrees that since he works from home four days a week, it’s time to thin out the work clothes — and he’s agreeable to the idea of a capsule wardrobe, as he doesn’t like thinking about what he’s wearing.

  • #166973

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Old broken table top fountain (remember those?) and a box of New Year’s celebration decorations that we haven’t used in 15 years.

    Put some old luggage items and picture frames from my late in-laws that none of my husband’s siblings wanted into the giveaway area.

    Put the posters and old stereo from my old (hated) office into the giveaway area. Liberating!!!

  • #166975

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: label, paper, newspaper, dust, cellophane bag, gift bag, cardboard large egg flats used for crafts, craft supplies, tin foil, dress protectors, dress

  • #166987

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Found three more tops and a red fleece crusher hat that I wanted to like, but it looks awful on me. Out they go!

  • #166989

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @ Val, thanks!! Yeah, I really enjoyed them while I had them but there are only a few series that I truly read over and over anymore.

    Today I went through my hair, cosmetic and jewelry drawers and used up near-empty bottles and got rid of a nice pile of things I no longer use.

  • #166993

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    My husband and I travel here and there and usually bring home the travel size shampoos, conditioners, body lotions and shower gels the hotels often provide. We had accumulated a HUGE amount…several drawers full. A few weeks ago, I went thru all the drawers and pulled out and bagged the items that, in my estimation, we would not use. I am planning on donating them to either a homeless shelter or a women’s shelter, but I am kind of at a loss…is this something they would want?

  • #166994

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Ann – I have never tried donating them there, I don’t stay at hotels enough to accumulate them, but have always heard that is a good place to donate them do. And it can’t hurt giving them a call.

    Give away – 3 more books! I keep thinking I have no more I can part with, but it has become a game to find more.

    Toss(recycle) – Old boxes and cardboard.

  • #166995

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    One of our local women’s shelter is grateful to receive those little bottles.

  • #166997

    SodaPunch
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    threw away: papers, junk mail, 1 lipstick

  • #166998

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I have organized charity drives where we dropped off travel toiletries to women’s emergency shelters and safe houses. We would not donate anything less than half full (the bottles are tiny). They were very grateful. Also things like new toothbrushes still in their packages (bulk purchasers, you know who you are!) and any old linen as long as it is clean. Towels.

    Some of the shelters we worked with yearly had women fleeing dangerous domestic situations with just themselves and their children. After trauma the first few days they have nothing with them, and the shelters are often by necessity a bit, well, sterile looking and feeling. These shelters are normally hidden (duh, don’t want those violent men finding them) so you may have to ask around. If you approach a regular homeless shelter for the disadvantaged, they will normally share the wealth, as it were, if they get a huge donation of one item, then they will pass it on to other shelters and vice versa.

    I worked for hotels and we collected all the old but very good linen, old blankets, and discontinued toiletry lines, as well as toilet paper (good hotels will never let the roll in your loo go less than half full. So where do those remaining halves go? to all the employee toilets–but there is always way too much that cannot go back in the guest rooms. They need tp at these shelters, and they simply do not care if each is half a roll.

    something to remember–I had people working with me on these drives with no sense of what was trash–sending garbage to someone sends a message about how you view their value as a human.
    So, although it seems obvious to most of us, those musty sheets? wash. Those toiletries? leaking with gunk under a cap that was not properly screwed back on? wash off the outside, or toss in the garbage. I collected boxes (the ones where envelopes and paper come in at work, which are normally thrown out) where everything could be stacked and organized neatly, not bin liners and bags that do look like you are giving garbage.
    *steps off soapbox*

  • #167005

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Trash – end piece to old weight set. Half-full bottle of tiki-torch oil (tiki torches long gone)…a box for a watch – no watch, just the box…

    To give away area: Old corkscrew. I seem to be positioning for a large Goodwill run. Even to the point of organizing stuff for the NEXT run. LOL

  • #167006

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donate: two trash bags full of clothing from our closet, mostly DH’s — he now has a wardrobe full of pieces he’ll wear regularly, that actually fit, and aren’t faded or ragged at the hem. He needs a new belt and his shoes could stand a good cleaning *puts them in the bag to go to the cobbler’s* but otherwise he’s set.

    The shirts he wears at company technical seminars are going to be cleaned and folded, sorted by color and then put into Space Bags and stored downstairs. That’s another 18 items out of the teeny closet, on top of the trash bags! There is room for air to circulate around the clothing!

  • #167007

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Give Away: 3 books and 18 mangas, but I am hoping for more as I will be ploughing though my room this weekend.

  • #167008

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: large flashlight, aggravating flyers, newspapers, dust, grime

  • #167012

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Give away: 3 books, 4 decorative candy tins, and quite a number of decorative erasers (I give myself one point for getting rid of the bunch) from when I was a kid (they were fun to find a look at again, but I have no need to keep them, although I may snap a picture of them before they leave.)

    Disturbed: A ton of dust!

    If I look through all I have gone through thus far, that is 56 books, 34 clothing related items, 7 random objects, 4 pieces of furniture for a grand total of 101!!! items. I am really happy, although I see a lot more I need to get rid of.

  • #167018

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    a whack of dried-out pens

  • #167029

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Putting on the latex gloves and face mask to have a go at it! Where’s that shovel? Well, okay, maybe a trowel instead.

    Toss: duster, plastic bags with zip tops, 4 bags of polyester fill/stuffing, paper, old box of tissues, odds and ends

    Recycle: cardboard boxes, egg carton and flat

    Found(!): long lost and very welcomed and much loved supplies

    Came out to a total of 3 kitchen trash bags. Putting them and 2 large trash bags in the bin!

    I was listening to a CD talking about a quick purge of stuff and it mentioned that some people will rent one of those large trash containers like they have at construction sites. That reminded me of a friend who went to help clean her friend’s place and her friend said she wanted to rent one of them to toss her tossables into. Hmmmmmmm.

  • #167031

    Zora
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Dusted the living room bookshelves. I didn’t focus on decluttering, but I did sort out a bag of books (about 10) that can go to the library. There are a great many fiction books that I would like to replace with ebooks … but I don’t think they’re in e yet. I’d have to scan and OCR them myself.

  • #167035

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I threw out a ratty pair of shorts.

  • #167045

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: kitchen towel, toilet paper, plastic knife, herbs/spices, latex gloves, more plastic bags both regular and lock top, cellophane bags, more shower rungs, old tablet, dusty paper and wrap, plastic containers, plastic cover, bubble wrap, material, book cover, receipts, newspaper ads, lingerie, stuff from refrigerator, batteries, towel, ratty old unused composition book

    Give Away/Donate: butter, eggs, cake mixes, vanilla, yogurt, chocolate powder, tea, oil, sugar, napkins, plastic spoons, frosting, almond extract, bird seed, plastic spoons, brand new lingerie

    Recycle: cardboard boxes, newspapers

    Found(!): 2 nice gift pouches

  • #167046

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    No other than normal trash yesterday…I didn’t look for any!

    To give away bin: Pewter three footed bowl for dip (I guess) that I have NEVER used. Also a measuring cup that you can slide to give you the desired size…but I can’t figure out how to work it…so bye bye!!

    Tomorrow is a Goodwill day…Yay!!!

  • #167050

    Rosemhs
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Hi everyone

    New here and I love this thread. I’m trying to get inspired because it gets so depressing dealing with the clutter. Actually though it does look better when I see more space.

    I didn’t throw out too much today but I got rid of a blue sweater that had shrunk and gotten shapeless; bubble wrap; a small cardboard box; a cream face foundation from Sephora/Smashbox in a case which had however broken up; and various little things.

    Also made an attempt at Swiffering while I was at it.

    I’ve also found that there’s an electronic recycling event on Saturday so I’m going to plan for that.

  • #167051

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Grabbed a bucket of old baseballs and whiffleballs on the way to the trash and dumped them!! Yay! Now I just have to go thru the bats and golf clubs. Boys and their toys!!!

  • #167052

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Turned on a movie on my laptop, dumped out my dresser drawers and searched through all of my remaining clothes and found 14 shirts, a ton of socks and 1 hat to either donate or trash.

    Also got rid of some toys from when I was a kid, some doll clothes, and a ton of other random stuff.

  • #167064

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I need a truck and some encouragement. Or for one of these places accepting donations to pick up their durned phone, c’mon, guys, I want this stuff gone!

  • #167065

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today I got rid of a video game, some collector pins, and a book. ^_^

  • #167067

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Oh, love the idea of culling while watching a movie! Makes it even more fun! Good work, I am impressed by how much everyone has gotten done:)

    Toss: 2 towels, 2 handbags

  • #167070

    pkilmain
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Several paperbacks to the library (along with my borrowed books); few more clothes to the thrift store.

  • #167073

    chacha1
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Sorted out 30+ paperbacks, now available on Kindle, and one big CD binder for Goodwill pile. Took to vet’s office: 1 old bath towel, 3 old hand towels, and 4 old face cloths.

  • #167074

    chacha1
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Oh, also gave away 4 books to a friend, and a bottle of fancy face cleanser that doesn’t suit me to another friend.

  • #167080

    HappyDogs
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Results of kitchen re-org project: 10 boxes in garage to go to various charities, a bunch of not-good-enough into trash, and friend took some nice glasses and one mug. Loads of empty space, and I have my empty cupboard back. When I first moved in, I had so few dishes that I ended up with an empty cupboard. A friend could not stand to see that, so she put a coupon in it. I will have to look for a coupon now. 🙂

    ps the margarita was very refreshing…..

  • #167082

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    23 Space Bags later, the walk-in cedar closet in the basement has been emptied, thinned and repacked, with entire sets of winter bedding in one bag. The scary cat quilt is safely isolated from everything else *grin*

    Donated: four fleece blankets, a pink quilt set, and a set of Jane Austen novels (I have a complete set as e-books, and these are in very small print)

  • #167083

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Ah, I’ve moved a couple of steps back – I went shopping. I took my young cousin out and bought her clothes as a graduation gift and picked a few things up for myself as well.

    However, I have a pile of clothes for donation growing every day and having a few new pieces has inspired me to get rid of more to make some room. Hopefully I’ll be back this weekend to report a large number of donated items to push me ahead on the schedule again. 🙂 Wish me luck.

  • #167096

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    got rid of a big bag of books (about 30-40) at our regular English-language bookswap, but came home with 10. Well, I guess I am still up.

    What I need to get rid of but am not quite sure how: dead laptop.
    It is completely dead, but a friend said I had to do something to it to remove all the data to protect myself–but since I can’t turn it on to wipe data, and I wouldn’t know how to do it otherwise, I don’t feel comfortable bringing it to the computer-recycling place.
    any advice?

  • #167099

    HappyDogs
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @djk Your local government *might* have a recycling place (similar to http://cearinc.com/). Ask your local city government offices to find out. If not, just pry that puppy open and take out the hard disk. You can dispose of most of the laptop safely, it is just the hard disk that you need to have crunched up. Most modern shredding facilities will do this for a fee.

  • #167100

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @djk What HappyDogs said — our local Health Department always promotes the e-waste events in our city, and you should be able to turn some up with an on-line search.

    If you’re nervous about messing with the guts of your hardware, you might take it to a repair shop and ask them to remove it for a fee; if nothing else, be sure you disconnect the power cable and remove the battery (and possibly the secondary battery) before you start unscrewing the back.

  • #167102

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Those of you who read the forum on “what have you learned about yourself during your decluttering” might recognize me as one who indicated that I had filled up my house with other people’s stuff because I could not deal with the death of loved ones (among other things)…

    Today I took the notebook that I had set up when I was handling my brother’s estate and shredded the contents, then threw the notebook and the dividers into the trash. He has been gone over ten years now, not forgotten, of course, but the business end of his demise is done. It was time.

    I feel pretty good about making that step.

    I also took a huge box of newspapers from a long ago event and gleaned it down to 2 magazines and 2 newspapers.

  • #167103

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @Ann That’s a huge step; congratulations!

  • #167105

    Rosemhs
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Put together three just laundered articles of clothing I don’t want with some others which I will be giving away in a couple of weeks.

    Taking a wooden footrest/stool and a never used still wrapped IKEA pressed wood table and will leave them for my building people to take.

    Great thread!

  • #167110

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Good luck GirlOverboard. Congratulations Ann. Good work everyone. Progess not perfection although perfection is okay too.

    Give Away: potted herbs, herb cuttings, bird seed (to wild birds)

    Toss: veddy old yellowing telephone, passionately abhorred flyers, paper, newspapers

  • #167139

    bandicoot
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    what fabulous progress everyone is making!
    it’s like peeling layers off an onion, isn’t it.

  • #167144

    Lounger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    40 bottles of nail polish in a bag ready to go to an artist friend who paints with them. I remember buying some of them 20 years ago! I already gave him a box of nail polishes a while ago. Have kept six favourite colours that I do actually wear.

  • #167149

    Rosa
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    We’re all on a roll! it’s like late spring cleaning.

    I broke a lamp last week, so it went out in the trash last night. First, my partner had to fix it but when he couldn’t fix it with parts on hand I took it out instead of letting him talk about rewiring it. No new projects!

  • #167151

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donated: Yesterday I loaded all of the boxes that were waiting in the staging area in the basement into the car, added a couple of other things and headed straight to the thrift store drive-through. A trip to the consignment store is planned for later today. Out, stuff, out!

    (Okay, one thing did come in that wasn’t a replacement for something that had worn out, but I tossed two similar items to keep things even: it’s a frame for the postcard my son sent from Paris. I’m so proud of the man he’s grown up to be, and so happy that we both came through the bad times to see it, that I think it’s all right to make space for a symbol of that. Everything else he’s bringing back is consumable — I gave him cash and a list for a Lush run at my longed-for Covent Garden shop . . . and I’m justifying, a little. *grin* Ah, well, progress rather than perfection, right?)

  • #167157

    Lounger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Lucy – the postcard is definitely a treasure!

    As well as the nail polishes I’ve just taken two jumbo-sized bags of stuff to the charity shop: clothes, bits and bobs, four books, a jug and a mug. It’s getting to be quite a habit – having a quick whip round the flat to see what I can get rid of whenever I go to the shops. Thhe trouble is I’m fully aware that I’m procrastinating. My focus should not be on clutter right now – it should be on WORK. (Shouldn’t even be on here. Bye for now!)

  • #167163

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Lounger — thank you for that. Now go work! 😉

  • #167170

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Thanks Lucy and Happydogs! I didn`t know that the hard disk was something I could just remove like that. Not such a techie girl…
    there are some cool places here that repurpose computer bits and other things into functional art (old washing machine drums into ultra-cool fruit bowls, etc) so I have places to bring it once I manage to remove the hard disk.

    I’m sad to say goodbye to Larry. (Larry Laptop) I really loved him. Having a good tool is what makes me sentimental. ‘Course, could be the cost of replacement that makes me blue. If I were suddenly rich Larry would have had the old heave-ho without a blink of remorse from me 🙂

  • #167171

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @djk Awww, hon! You’re more than welcome, and I understand completely your sorrow over Larry; when Tilda the First went to Silicon Heaven, it was the complete lack of cash for a replacement as much as having to share equipment to get on-line that was upsetting (I don’t have a separate workstation, but only use the laptop). As soon as DH’s employer surplused a bunch of laptops, I got one as a birthday present and as soon as all the data was moved, TtF got a kiss and a data wipe and was taken to the next e-waste event without a tear!

    Thrown away/recycled: a box full of ancient tax documents, empty seed packets and other random bits of cruft, moldy on the bottom from the Great Water Heater Meltdown of ’07. I do not even know why that box was still in the paint room, but it’s gone now.

  • #167174

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Give Away: Toy, cookies, candy, relish dispenser (really cool dispenser)

    PS Hi Lounger, I procrastinate too and feel I may as well procrastinate positively profitably propitiously this way! Go team go!

  • #167176

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    ha ha ha LMAO! TtF! I thought I was the only one who gave lame names to my ‘puter

  • #167178

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @needtocleanhouse The dispenser is cool, or it’s cool that it’s gone? 😉

    @djk Oh, no, by no means.

  • #167186

    Lounger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I was planning to have an internet-free day today, and concentrate on the WORK. But…. eek…. here I am again. Your messages have reminded me that I’m not supposed to be here. For one day only I am tossing the wonderweb!

  • #167188

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I feel productive when I unclutter! And it gets progressively (exponentially) easier to release clutter as I go along. Unlearning the how to clutter didactic lessons of days of yore.

    Give Away/Donate: tank top, thermal under top, microwave egg cooker, kitchen gadget, eye glasses, sweatshirt, garlic roasters, scarf, soy sauce, body polish, shoes, books

    Give Away to younger girlfriend: 2 brand new striped tops, 1 brand new turtleneck blouse, 4 long pants, brand new leggings, clothes hangers, blouse

    Give Away to another friend: 2 brand new turtleneck blouses, sweater blouse, 2 more turtleneck tops

    Toss: paper towels, receipts, plastic bag, papers, tissue, mini hair dryer, old bathroom cleaning supplies from under bathroom sink, scrubber, door mat, grime, dryer strips, latex gloves, envelope, some browser bookmark whole categories, formerly nice top, jar, box, can of soup past its expiration date, margarita salt, rice, red powder in jar (don’t know what it is – maybe paprika?), molasses, spices, vitamins, supplements, mustard, empty pill/medicine bottles, very very very old meds and the like from a medicine cabinet, plastic sorters, lots of shoes, gift wrap paper, pants, bathroom supplies

    Recycle: egg carton, newspaper, shoe box

    Considering: giving away a telescope and folding chairs and CD player

    Thought: As I am going through clean laundry the thought occurs to me: “If the rule is to have only things you love then do I give away most of my clothes in this pile and just be rid of them since I almost detest most of them??? Oh, and what about the one I do love that has a little tear in the band where it is hidden by the top? Do I impulsively toss/give away/donate and then rue the day I did because I have no clothes to wear? I don’t want to have to buy new clothes. Do I keep these clothes I hardly ever wear just in case I need them to wear in a pinch, or do I give them away ambivalently?” Well, decided to give them away decisively determinedly and definitely! I feel so relieved and unburdened and lightened!)

  • #167200

    Rosemhs
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Getting rid of a large glass shelf-thing that belonged to my TV stand but which I never attached to it.

    Going to the electronics recycling event tomorrow, going to recycle a large radio, a tiny tv (non-digital so no longer usable) and some computer speakers.

  • #167202

    Rosa
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    My kid admitted he never has and never will play with the Sit N Spin we got as a gift, so it’s going; also a stack of plates that were just 1/4 inch too wide to fit into my dishwasher, which I held onto through the birthday party two weekends ago and have been washed and are getting donated now.

  • #167212

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    DS is home! And everything he brought us is consumable: lemon chocolates and Twinings teas and chocolate biscuits, and honey and real Dijon mustard and the GOOD Nutella, and tons of things from Lush with refillable tins! What a good boy!

    This morning he asked if his partner could have our old electric kettle (Overstock had factory reconditioned models of the Breville programmable kettles) and agreed to let two of his childhood pieces of furniture go.

    So —

    Gifted: Breville electric kettle, to DS’s lovely partner

    Donated: child’s bookcase, battered foam flip-chair, torchiere that lived in the living room for a while and then wandered around the house before ending up in the basement

  • #167213

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Great day today!!

    Donate: A HUGE TV that was blocking some drawers in the library. Should have called much sooner! Two young guys with a lift gate truck…no problem.

    Trash: Old MacBook pro boxes – distributed the innards to appropriate storage.
    Webber grill box I was waiting for space in the recycle bin.
    Shredded old checkbooks from closed accounts (5 years old)
    Moved a box of late in-laws “special” papers to an area for sibling review.

  • #167220

    pkilmain
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Cleaned out my jewelry box and bedside table drawer with my second cup of coffee.

    Donate: bunch of costume and too “cutesy” jewelry (much belonged to or was a gift from my mother, who died in 06); a handful of single earrings; 3 sets of earbud headphones (which I hate).

    Thow out: various business cards, receipts, etc. that were once used as bookmarks; some of the plastic bracelets for various causes (kept those for those causes I’m passionate about)

    Find new home: pedometer, stopwatch, extra batteries, pens and pencils

  • #167224

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    As I was heading out, DS brought me a bag of clothing he’d outgrown, so add three pairs of trousers to the “donated” tally for today!

    Better still, he and his partner went around the house marveling at how much more room there is; it’s good to know your work is appreciated.

  • #167229

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: mirror

    Donate: large totebag

    Side Note: woman I gave racy lingerie suitable for bridal showers to was veddy happy and she wanted all of them. I’m not sure if I had the same suppressed silly grin on my face that I saw on hers.

  • #167236

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donate: 8 books, more headphones (seriously, I have given away like 6 since I started cleaning my room…where have they all come from), other random stuff.

    Toss: Old posters, and other junk.

    Since I have started I have gotten rid of at least 4 large boxes of donations and junk, and yet I am no where close to done. It makes the amount of stuff I have seem overwhelming.

  • #167237

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Alright, so I finally got the boxes and bags piles into the car and off to Goodwill, after weeks of off and on picking though my wardrobe and some of the boxes under my bed. We lugged out 57 articles of clothing and other misc toys, office supplies and small housewares. Today, the weight of 97 total items has been lifted from my shoulders, putting me at a little over 100 days ahead of “schedule.” I’ll still be looking for items every day, because there is still much to sort through!

  • #167239

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @ValH The woman who taught me to garden said “Little and often, Lucy, that’s how you stay on top of it all.” *points up at the title of the forum* You didn’t accumulate it all in a day, and you don’t have to do all of it today.

    @GirlOverboard Yay, it’s out of the house! I think you’re standing straighter!

    At the consignment store: a glass wasp trap, a terracotta statue of a cat, a framed French botanical print, and two woven market baskets — the last of the things I’d been hanging on to from my first marriage, which ended 15 years ago; a wooden chair not up to the consignment store’s standards went straight to the local thrift store a few blocks away.

    I honestly feel lighter.

  • #167240

    mdfloyd
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’m retiring in 90 days (yea!) so I need to make room in my home office for all my work office stuff (I’ll be doing freelance work). I thought I’d done a good job of decluttering a year or so ago, but nope! Threw out three big bags of trash, including ancient software, dried up White Out, old note pads, hanging file folders so old they no longer held up, dried-up markers, and a hideous pink metal clip.

    Donated 25 heavy duty special mailing envelopes, 7 storage containers, 2 cassette tape racks, salad spinner, jogging suit, sheet set, pant hangers, a wicker trash container I never liked, a scarf, and a new pair of flip flops I didn’t like.

    I still need more room in my two filing cabinets, so they’re next!

  • #167247

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    On the way home I thought about being able to throw things away and found myself eagerly looking forward to getting back so that I could continue my quest to clean house and declutter! What a change from always resisting and becoming utterly overwhelmed and tired at the thought. While those feelings sometimes lurk around, these days they are more often like background static rather than what used to often sound like a full orchestra playing Beethoven’s 5th or Madame Butterfly singing her agonized song of painful betrayal into my left ear. The orchestra and operatic singing do, however, visit intermittently but for relatively short periods; and when they do I either rest or work through the music.

    Give Away/Donate: Iron on transfers, books, 2 photo albums, puzzle, bag, shoes,
    hose/stockings, glass serving bowl (perhaps to my trained chef friend and his family – I’ll have to wash it and would like to fill it with something), more miniature ice cube trays, 3 promotional coffee cups, gift bags, cellophane gift bags, slow cookers, charcoal starters, 2 smoker/grills, telescope, folding chairs, pots and pans, salad spinner, salad dressing, fruit, audio books

    Toss: dust, chips, prebaked gingerbread house kit, candle wicks and related craft material for when I was going to custom make candles (wow, I’d forgotten all about it), newspaper, material, garden hose, package, misleading brochure, catalog, receipt, plastic jar, note and handout that I had stuck on the refrig with magnets, ice cream, hot fudge sauce, cat scratching pad, shirt, DVDs, books, coffee table, large decorative pillow, plastic wrap, makeup

    Recycle: paper

    Release: wishful thinking, embodiment of the saying “With a friend like that who needs enemies.”

    Prepare: For physical donation this week by boxing things up

    Next Project: go through drawer(s) while playing a movie on my computer;)

  • #167248

    Claycat
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Well, I tried to donate some books to the local library at the beginning of the week. They usually take them, but they turned them down, because they are “busy” with the summer reading program. I’m feeling very thwarted. I’ll have to save them in the back of the car until I go to the big city to take my MIL to her doctor.

    Sometimes it’s actually hard to donate stuff! LOL

  • #167251

    Rosa
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Claycat, when my son was an infant I chose a charity shop to donate to, not because it’s the best charity, not because it’s closest to home, but because it has a drive-through dropoff that’s open every day and most evenings.

    It was too hard taking different things to different places. Now my kid is walking and being marginally helpful, I donate more to our neighborhood shop, but it’s only open 5 days a week so I still take a lot to the drive-through one.

  • #167254

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donate: Box of books, and other junk. I have given up listing things separately.

    Trash/Recycle: Box of random things and papers I sorted through.

  • #167256

    SunshineR
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    needtocleanhouse–are those miniature ice cube trays kind of like metal clothes hangers? do they secretly multiply inside their storage area?… LOL…I had some too and they were broken so they went in the rubbish can.

    Boxed up lots of extra kitchen items this past week as I prepare for a yard sale. (The items are in good shape so I hate to donate them)

  • #167258

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today I went through my closet and got rid clothing I no longer wear, doesn’t fit, or has been worn to shreds. I filled up a whole trash bag! I also made my sister sort through hers too and we had this little clothing swap going on. I had some clothes that fit her but not me, and vice-versa!

    Then I made a pile of clothing which needed repair and forced myself to fix them. There was one skirt in particular which has been in my closet for TWO years and I haven’t worn it once because it needed to be taken in. Pretty horrible. I can and will wear it now!

  • #167263

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I posted once already, but had to post again. I just got rid of two bags, a drawer divider, a hat, a sweatshirt, and three books. All significant to me because they were all things that I had decided against parting with before, but was able to get rid of this time.

  • #167277

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Have a movie on my computer as I look through a desk drawer:

    Recycle: paper
    Toss: envelopes, label

  • #167315

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Threw away: That ONE bra that I own with padding that I thought made me look good when I was 21 that I now realize is totally the wrong size for me and doesn’t look quite right.

    Also, dozens upon dozens of images and documents from my work computer that I no longer need. I set up Dropbox to better share documents/photos/etc. without having to put them on the company network.

  • #167316

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    lots of dead flies and dust, normal recycling and garbage out, tossed food past its useful date.

    used up some items, was able to decant a number of foodstuffs from bags to canisters, so I could toss original bags.

  • #167319

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Give Away: food, clothing, fresh herbs
    Toss: bottoms of pants I never wear now transformed into comfy shorts I will wear

  • #167323

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Recycling’s gone out (including the contents of the shredder bin), glass bottles are at the bottle bank.

    Donation box: two 15-year-old programming books and four pairs of underpants that have never been worn — two pair still have the tags on.

    I’m stalling on the laundry: I need more Space Bags for the big things, but can’t get more until payday.

  • #167324

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: A bottle of tikitorch oil, 2 bags old plant food, an old playmate igloo cooler used as a lunch box.

  • #167346

    jbeany
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Can I play too?
    I’m moving, though, which makes it so much easier to be tough on things. Today’s donate pile –
    Magazine rack – I now pass on or recycle all magazines as soon the new one arrives, so no need to have a place to stack them. I only get 3, anyhow, so they can live on the coffee table until they are read.
    TV tray – left over from marriage. Ex used it; I never did.
    Cute but worn large wooden storage box – I picked it up to put it in the to-be-boxed pile, and realized just how beat up it was, how much space it took up, and how little I really needed it.
    Pile of assorted Christmas decorations – The decorations had to be re-boxed for moving, so I sorted out ones I hadn’t used in ages. Added the knotted pile of outdoor lights to the donate stack, too. I’ll be moving to an apartment, so doubt I’ll need that many.
    Old-school phone – saved for when the power went out and the electronic one on the answering machine didn’t work. I’ve gone totally cellular now.
    Insulated carry pouch for lidded casserole dish – never used in 11 years, even though the lidded casserole gets used all the time. Not much for taking hot dishes to pot lucks, I guess.
    Dozens of knickknacks – all things I haven’t displayed in several years.
    Large oil painting – more my ex husband’s style than mine, so it’s off to my nephew, who is redecorating his bedroom.
    Several dozen books – some to donate, some to give to sister and nephew.

    My house feels lighter already. If only the extra pounds cluttering my rear end were as easy to donate away!

  • #167347

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Gone: Old hairbrush (don’t even know why I had kept it for so long), folders (I think I don’t really need my Scooby Doo ones any more), some computer games, and assorted other thinks.

  • #167357

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    several books, and hair extensions from a costume party, belt, the daily recycling

  • #167371

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    ValH…hahaha Scooby Doo folders!!! I know what you mean…I just threw away a box of scented markers – my kid is 25!

    Today I dumped an incomplete bocce ball set, a plastic tub, a half bag of stucco mix, a half bag of dried out potting soil, a half bag of dried out cactus mix, a wooden wine gift box, a cognac box, some old x-rays, a box that held a medical journal (the journal went to husband’s area for toss/keep decision).

  • #167373

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: makeup, flyers, loose papers, [and in the process of looking for an order list I instead found and tossed] brochure from NYC that I was holding on to because it is beautiful and for sentimental reasons, envelopes, couple really strong book plastic bags I thought would come in handy, magazine, newspaper, health product

    Give Away: a garlic roaster gets transferred to a friend today

    Donate: lots of stuff I stored outside gets transferred to a charitable organization today (I feel overwhelmed by the thought) and I bagged it up but confess that I decided to hold on to some of the things at least temporarily

    Recycle: plastic bottles

  • #167374

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Oops posted again by mistake

  • #167381

    Kamakazi
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Well, with the purchase of my Kindle I have a pretty large box of books that are going to the used bookstore/library (depending on if I can get some money for them from the bookstore or not).

    Crazy thing is I was saving most of them even though I haven’t read any of them in years, some of them I didn’t even particularly like I was just keeping them “just in case” I wanted to read them again.

  • #167382

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I used to heavily scrapbook as a kid and kept telling myself that I’ll start it up again. I have fun memories of running down to the store after grandpa stocked me up with a few quarters, tearing the stickers I carefully chose from the roll, and picking up a piece of paper or two. My mom also used to own a scrapbooking company and she often loaded me up with the extra stock.

    After 10 years of nothing, I decided it’s time to just get rid of the materials and stop feeling bad about never doing it. I’m keeping some of the paper for the use of other projects (I’ve dipped into it for school from time to time), but I have a nice stack of about 400 pieces of paper, stickers and such to get rid of. Not sure exactly what to do with it yet, all the scrapbookers I know use 12×12 and I mostly have 8.5×11 (which was easier to find and more popular back then) so I’ll stick it in the growing garage sale pile for now and see what comes up.

  • #167383

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    also–sent the laptop to recycling heaven, finally. Glad it is out. Can’t stand dead stuff around.

    btw, for ideas of what to do with stuff, here is one of the companies where unemployed and talented people create new things from old. The work and shop are sponsered by the city department responsible for cleaning and garbage systems, and the city department for unemployment, & the ministry for the environment. Cool, huh?´check it out: site’s in German, pictures are universal;)

    http://www.trashdesign.at/

    the gov’t website explaining it in English:

    http://www.wieninternational.at/en/node/20451

  • #167391

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @jbeany Certainly, and welcome!

    @needtocleanhouse It’s okay, hon — there are probably going to be more than a few “OMG what am I doing?” moments. When you’re ready, you’ll let that stuff go; it doesn’t have to be today.

    @Kamakazi I am embarrassed to admit that there are more than a few books just like that on my shelves; I’m hopeful that I can find a way to get the rest of my family interested in doing some thinning this weekend.

    @djk That is extremely cool!

    I have not done anything today as I was sick last night; DH brought all of the cats into our room and deployed them around me to make sure I stayed in bed, but he graciously brought in my laptop.

  • #167401

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donate: Two t-shirts (I have way more than I need and they are starting to get slightly worn), and a hat I am embarrassed to say I ever owned.

  • #167403

    LilyX
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Love this thread! During the last years I’ve decluttered a lot, but I’m never tired of doing it. It’s useful and very therapeutic.
    My options are:
    – swapping (on sites like BigWardrobe)
    – eBay
    – Red Cross bin
    – bookshop for the used books
    – giving away
    – throwing away (last resource)

    I’m tired of both swapping (half the times it isn’t worth it) and eBay (it’s too expensive now, besides it’s not that easy to sell to Italian users). Thrifty stores are very rare here, alas, and yard sales don’t exist (I should try and have one… I wonder if it’s legal!)

    Latest decluttered items:
    – Red Cross: 3 tops (1 old, 2 ugly)
    – given away: incense to a friend, a pair of narrow shoes to my mum
    – thrown away: ugly nail polish, stained raku dish (sigh!)

  • #167406

    LilyX
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Ok, I’m definitely in decluttering mood.

    – Red Cross: pants, ugly cardi and loose socks
    – thrown away: blush, gloss and 2 eyepencils (or remains of)

  • #167418

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Interesting evening. Son has taken a job in Canada and before he left, we asked if we could clean out his closet of clothes he hasn’t worn in years. Surprise! We got a YES!…

    Gifted: 6 pairs of jeans to a co-worker who is losing weight.
    1 shirt (husband’s) to same guy

    To donation pile: 10 dress and casual shirts
    DVD organizer notebook (never used)
    Santa outfit for dog (!)
    Old sheets from first apartment
    Scarf – never worn and quite ugly

    Trash: a basket of old unmatched sox
    a box of old baseball clothes
    three nike shoe boxes

  • #167422

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Missions Accomplished: Transferred garlic roaster to friend & transferred 6 boxes/bags of various and sundry items, and lot of them, to a charitable organization of my choice. It feels okay now but last night as I was facing the task of organizing the stuff (which seems to multiply like the bread that fed multitudes) I had stored waiting outside, I was hearing Madame Butterfly singing in my left ear. “How loud?” you ask: Like a low flying jet just before the sonic boom or maybe even as loud as the sonic boom. I felt so distressed all the while, but feel good now about the accomplishment especially since Madame Butterfly was singing.

    Question: How do inanimate items multiply and how does a house manage to eat things without getting fat?

    Toss: Newspapers, dip, flyers, decoration

    Recycle: cardboard box

    Give Away: mill and brew coffee brewer

    Found(!): great little book bag just right for what I am reading now

  • #167424

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Consignment: terracotta Buddha, cookie jar with Big Ben picture on the side, Cadbury drinking chocolate tin, several teeny glass spice jars

    Donated: a bunch of cheap glass candle holders, three patterns that had successfully hidden from the Great Craft Purge, a tin with geese printed on the side, and a vase

    After discussions with DS, we’re going to repair and find locations for the indoor fountains. Now that the cats have their own Drinkwell, maybe they’ll leave these alone? Yeah, I know, fat chance. 🙂

  • #167426

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donated: Two t-shirts (I was looking at my closet after doing laundry and could not help but think that I still have way too many, so I picked a couple to get rid of), a CD (that I never liked, but felt bag parting with as I paid for it).

    Trash: A ton of school papers that I had multiple copies of.

  • #167444

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: box and packing material

  • #167447

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Mailed (finally): two glass bottles and two toy bowling pins, to a friend in Oregon. She and her family spent Christmas with us (hence the bowling pins); the pitchers are reproductions from my kitchen cabinet. She admired them them during the visit, and when our local dairy switched to glass bottles for delivery, I didn’t need three 2-quart jugs any more. (I have kept one for mixing juice concentrate.)

  • #167448

    GardenGirl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Taken to Goodwill: the old lamp I set aside a few weeks ago for donation; plus a few clothing items.

  • #167454

    jbeany
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’m going backwards. I rented my new apartment this week, and started looking for furniture. Most, but not all, of it will thankfully be even replacements. I’m leaving the ugly hand-me-downs behind. I am ending up with a number of new pieces to replace built in desks, shelves and work benches, however. Even with a floor plan to scale, though, I’m having trouble figuring out what needs to be left behind and what needs to go. I’m gaining an extra 300 square feet, but it’s not laid out as well, so it’s an interesting jigsaw puzzle to fit everything in nicely. I’ve decluttered a lot of junk, so I’m hoping I need fewer storage tubs and cupboards when I get all moved in.
    On the bright side, the apartment complex is right behind a Goodwill store, so anything that doesn’t work when I move in won’t have far to go to find a new home.

  • #167459

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: plastic lid, old hydrogen peroxide (3), old plastic shoe box, old sheers, strainer, rusty large stock pot, another duster, hangers, old hotel soaps and lotions, odds and ends, old over the counter medicine, Chanel powder, specialty soaps, hamper top (don’t know where the rest is), old plastic little containers, decoration, hat, material, umbrella, stuff a relative (yikes!) left a long long long time ago like powder puffs, curlers, curling iron, makeup samples, makeup etc. etc.

    Recycle: cardboard box, small vacuum cleaner, pans and lids

    My friend is cleaning out too and we want to give each other things we find. Ha ha.

    Found(!): Really cool grater kitchen tool which I may end up giving away

    Lesson Learned: Not to give even really old wine to someone new to town who seems a little too eagerly and unseemingly covetous of it.

  • #167461

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’m ready for a good decluttering weekend…more work on son’s closet AND the DH moved some of his stuff from in front of a closet in the “weight room” so that I can start there! Lots of potential. College yearbooks, diplomas, old athletic gear. I can’t wait, but must do errands.

    I am in a quandry about a couple of boxes I found in the “book room” closet. I collect turtles – and, as a child, I received turtle figurines, pins, necklaces, you name it. Over the years, I have packed them up in a box, leaving only three most favorite in a curio cabinet. Do I toss/donate the rest? I don’t have any huge ones any more, but the box is about a shoebox size. I am inclined to keep.

    Also, I have a collection of bunny rabbits…don’t speak to my heart? Donate? Help me out here, fellow declutterers.

  • #167465

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @Ann,
    If the bunnies do not speak to you, that is a clear message you are ready to let them go to someone to whom they WILL speak. Someone who finds them at Goodwill, for example;)

    For collections which speak to you, maybe look at each piece and decide if that particular piece speaks to you, or if you are just keeping it because it “goes” with the rest of the collection. Nothing wrong with keeping things you love. But if you don’t love it: buh-bye!

    jbeany wrote a great insight in another thread:

    “I’m slowly learning to really look at my things. I think I stop seeing things because they have been in place for so long. They become background noise, and I don’t realize that they are there.”

    so if your collection, or part of it, is simply background noise, it is time to say goodbye! Good luck!
    (toddles off to take a critical look in her own closet)

  • #167467

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Ann, I tucked away the method suggested in the posting labeled “Day 197 Gogol’s declutter approach” for future use. Check it out and see if it might work for you and your dilemma. It is located at:

    http://www.365lessthings.com/

    Bon Chance!

  • #167477

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Recycled: a ton of Amazon shipping boxes, and pieces of metal that were destined to be SCA armor — about 15 years ago. When you open a box and say “Damn, I’d forgotten we had those!”? Well past time to toss! I don’t want to have boxes like that any more.

    Gifted: a Drinkwell Big Dog fountain I started trying to rehome three weeks ago (!), to our favorite diner — we bought it for use with the feral cats, but it was simply too large for them; the edge was too high and they had to climb into the bowl to get a drink. The diner has a covered porch open in the summer, and allows well-behaved dogs to join their owners there; the fountain has a gallon reservoir and could be put in a cool spot, with ice cubes added as needed. I adore the place and feel happy about offering something to help make it that much more awesome and welcoming. That it is no longer taking up space in my basement is a bonus. 🙂

    Eyeing with that “gleam” my son talks about: all of the vases in my kitchen cabinet. I love having flowers, but the cats go “Ooooh! Monkey brought us salad!” So the flowers have to stay in my bedroom behind a closed door, and it’s more grief than they’re worth. Because of DH’s allergies, we’ve decided not to adopt any more cats after these three pass; I was going after a pitcher and thought “You know, you could let these go now and then buy one or two that really make you excited every time you see them — all of these except the Fiestaware bud vase are thrift store finds, so you’re out what, $10?” I haven’t done it yet, and I guess I’m asking for feedback.

  • #167478

    SunshineR
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Ann–as time passes, it’s OK to change your collection(s). I agree with djk and jbeany…although it’s taken me years to get to this point.

    Lucy1965–love your idea about gifting the Drinkwell dog fountain to the pet-friendly diner. I wish we had a diner like that nearby. If only the dog would behave during dinner. And about the vases….if they’re not special to you, could you let them go if you had a few that you truly did like??? I think it is worth it to enjoy what we have, and it’s OK to pass along things that others can use if we don’t.

  • #167480

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @Ann Is there a children’s library that might welcome the rabbits? YMMV, but I was able to let some of my soft toys go by pairing them with copies of the children’s books that inspired them and giving them to my godchildren or to our children’s library.

  • #167483

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Lucy: Requested feedback: I would give away all except those I needed/wanted unless they were valuable antiques or collectibles. If you have room for it in storage then that would give you one more reason to keep them; and if you don’t then that would be one more reason to release them. Good luck with making a decision (including no decision which in itself is a decision). Most of the vases I had I gave away a long time ago. They were inexpensive glass types from floral shops. I’m not much of a vase person. I received one recently that I really liked with glass beads/pebbles but have been thinking about whether to give it away or keep it. I’m leaning toward keeping it for now so on the proper occasion in the future I can use this lovely vase to take someone flowers (I have a place to store the vase).

    Toss: skirt, tops, scarf, papers, napkin, receipts, those info forms that come with prescribed meds, battery, empty paper box, unusable old things from a relative who “saves” everything, stationary, dress, hangers, packing material, shelf paper, jar of peppers, wrapping paper, 2 beautiful paper bags I’d kept from NYC for sentimental reasons, gift bags, plastic bags, zip top bag, boxes of old plastic utensils and napkins and plastic cups of parties of days gone by, brown bags, rolls of wax paper

    Give Away: instructional tape, motivational tape set I found at a house sale

    Found(!): cute ceramic bowl, art supplies, 4 bottles of lovely balsamic vinegar from Italy, disposable plates and bowls (going through a cupboard shelf)

  • #167486

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Give away area: Three heavy winter jackets from son’s high school years. Fashionable-not, functional-yes.

    Trash: Hangers, hangers and more hangers

    Pared down: ANOTHER box of my late brother’s stuff. Tossed some old paperwork, gave away some shirts. Box is now half empty and I can combine his other things to this one box. Brothers things have gove from two huge moving boxes and a legal file storage box, to the one legal file storage box. Over time, I will probably be able to pare this down even more.

  • #167491

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @needtocleanhouse, SunshineR I picked the vases up for one or two dollars each except for the Fiestaware piece, and none of them are particularly rare. But they are good-looking pieces, so I might wait until my local consignment store has shifted a bit more inventory and take them there.

    (Is anyone else finding their shops really full? On my last run they said they might not be able to take as much because they were wallowing in inventory.)

    @Ann You’re doing great; keep going. 🙂

    Recycled: what was left of the roll of blue evaporative cooler padding after I replaced the filthy old pads late last night.

    Trash: a dried-out roll of sheetrock seam tape, from the same box as the SCA armor bits.

  • #167492

    GardenGirl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Thrown away: an old rug (small, kept by the front door); it had some sort of backing (rubber?) that was disintegrating.

    Put away: Some paint and various tools (have a little more to do there).

  • #167514

    Zora
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Gave away: a baguette pan, 6 plastic sandwich boxes, 3 ceramic canisters, a handwoven basket from Tonga, a wire basket, a cane basket, a large square plastic box with lid, flower vases, a bag full of plastic picnic supplies, many jars, an insulated lunch bag, a plastic spaghetti container, a Japanese omelet pan, a colander, two fancy oil tins, AND a huge old slow cooker that I hadn’t used in years. That kinda hurt, but I realize that what I do instead of using a slow cooker is to make huge pots of food and freeze them in single-serving containers.

    I stripped my kitchen of just about everything I hadn’t used in the last year. I gave it all to my next door neighbor, who comes from a large Vietnamese immigrant family. Anything I give her, she takes and redistributes.

    Thrown away: a few jars and plastic bags. My kitchen was already fairly clean and organized, it was just full of stuff I didn’t use.

    Still some cleaning to do, but I’ve finished the upper cupboards, where the clutter accumulates.

    Whew! I will reward myself with a Buffy episode.

  • #167515

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Buffy is always a good reward!

    donated: 2 pairs of DH’s jeans, 2 shirts, tossed: mismatched socks, the usual recycling out (do I count that? we recycle all paper and plastic and glass and metal, and we do this pretty much daily, so I don’t normally count it. But it is stuff leaving the house I guess.

  • #167516

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: Old bathing suit, hair clips and scrunchies (it is my second time through them, and there is still stuff to go), and a small box full of random junk I held onto from when I was young.

  • #167522

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: catalogs, sponges, magazines, clipmaster, box, books, jello mold, oven grill, frozen food, pill bottle, food, newspaper, car rubbish

    Give Away: DVDs, book, tupperware

  • #167524

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today I decided to get rid of two of my three journals. I really don’t need three going at once, and with as little as I write (but I DO write), my favorite one will probably last my lifetime. I am moving my favorite entries from the two into the one I’m keeping and shredding the entries which I wish I didn’t write in the first place. Lol. That takes two books off the shelf!

  • #167528

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    To donate: plastic storage box, cat carrier that’s too small, two notebooks

    Recycled: solid foam insulation and reflective bubble-wrappish sheets

    I think I’m burning out on this a bit. No one else at home seems to care about what I’m doing.

  • #167530

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @Ginger, I have tons of only partially used journals, that is my next major uncluttering task. I am looking forward to just getting rid of some of the pages I wish I had never written down. I don’t need to keep those unhappy memories.

    Donate: 2 shirts, a kids watch, some jewelry, a pair of nice gloves, and book stand.

    Toss: Most of another box of random kids things.

  • #167531

    Zora
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Lucy says: “I think I’m burning out on this a bit. No one else at home seems to care about what I’m doing.”

    Sometimes it takes people a while to appreciate cpaciousness rather than clutter. Even if they don’t learn to appreciate it (as I think they will), you’re still making YOU happy. Not just the appearance, but also ease in cleaning and finding things.

    I’ve been wanting a stainless steel travel mug for a long time and when I cleaned my cupboards, guess what I found? TWO of the dang things. They were snugged into a bag and stored way up high. I don’t even remember getting them. Such things will happen to YOU.

  • #167547

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Lucy…keep going!! You’re doing great! If you start to feel burned out, take a day or so off and just throw away ONE THING on those days.

    Okay, so I tackled the bunny box. There were three snow globes that were discolored, with parts that were floating. Tossed. The rest of the box is going to the give away area.

    In my late brothers stuff (as I was throwing it in the shredder) I found a press pass for a 1970 visit by President Richard Nixon to Chicago. My brother started work as a reporter for UPI in the late 60’s…I kept that. It has the dates and his signature — pretty cool.

  • #167552

    GardenGirl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Into the recycle bin: several thick pocket-folders’ worth of work papers (printouts of stuff already done). I probably won’t need to refer to any of that, but if I do, I’ve got the e-files. (More of this type of stuff can prolly go away, but this is enough for one night.)

    @ lucy, I hear ya on the burnout.

  • #167555

    Snowbird
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Just found this forum and love the idea of tackling the *stuff* one day at a time. Give away: 2 pair of shoes, 2 pair of shorts, a pair of shorts and 2 picture frames, and 10 or so cookbooks just taking up space. Toss: several cardboard boxes in storage (recycled). Already thinking about what I can do for tomorrow.

  • #167559

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yep, me too Lucy, I hate being (in my case) unseen and unappreciated. I appreciate your posts on this site for sure! Your posts help inspire and motivate and help me declutter! So, for sure, you and your efforts are appreciated by moi!!! Veddy much.

    Toss: catalog, kitchen bag full of stuff long past their shelf lives left by relative, basket, 2 necklaces, material, receipts, plastic bag, part of a car mat (the part I finally cut out surprisingly easily to fit my pedal layout better), 2 mats, towel, recipe brochure, coffee cup

    Give Away: kitchen tool, herb, cookbook, 3 little magazine type cookbooks (the kind you find at the supermarket checkout stand – impulse purchases), coffee mug

  • #167560

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @Val, your last post actually led me to get rid of even MORE entries. Thanks! lol. You’re right, there is no point in keeping the unhappy ones (even if they aren’t that embarrassing, which are the ones I initially got rid of :P). I will remember the unhappy times anyway and I don’t need another reminder sitting there.

    Stuff to go in the sell/donate/trash/recycle piles today:

    2 Makeup bags
    2 Purses
    Pair of shoes
    Skirt I wore once in three years
    5 year-old cookies that were kept for sentimental reasons. Gross. O_o
    Old lip balm, the package was cute which was the only reason why I had kept it.
    2 empty puzzle boxes (the puzzles were glued and displayed)
    Candyland game (I had two)
    2 Teddy bear making books
    3 barbie-sized dolls
    A toy car
    The box to my favorite action figure that was smashed anyway

    …and I think I just sold a very expensive collectors doll.

    Whew, and it’s not even noon!

  • #167567

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: Old plastic wine carrier, dried up bottle of plastic wood, dried up bottle of naval jelly, bottle of grill cleaner. 6 never used antiquated smoke detectors. Basket of son’s old mismatched baseball and other athletic sox. Also the basket they were in!!! hahaha

  • #167569

    linnefaulk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I really need to do this. Like everything I else, I start out with good intentions, get a bunch done then burn out. One thing I have kept going for 2 1/2 years is my photo of the day challenge. OK, I don’t necessarily take a photo each day but I do process and post a new image each day. I am not a stickler for technicalities when it suits my purpose. 😉

    So I was thinking I could the same thing but actually take a picture of what I got rid of each day.

  • #167573

    Kamakazi
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    linnefaulk: The way I look at it even if I do it for awhile then burn out…I have still done it for awhile and have accomplished whatever I did during that while. Still a positive.

  • #167577

    springchick
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I just stumbled on this post today… I love it! I want to start right away but am away from my house for the summer. Does technology decluttering count? I have my laptop with me and think I will start by cleaning that up and then tackle the house once I’m back home. Have read through this entire thread — so many good ideas! Keep up the good work all!

  • #167579

    pkilmain
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @lucy1965 – I went by the thrift store yesterday, and they had stuff out the door! Bags were heaped in a huge bin higher than my head. I didn’t leave my stuff. The local women’s shelter has started a new store, and I’ll take them there today or tomorrow. Are there more declutterers in the world, or less people willing to shop at the thrift store?

  • #167581

    lextacular
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I love this challenge! As of next week, I will be unemployed and I look forward to getting started on this! I have so much that needs to GET OUT of my house! I am so looking forward to this.

  • #167582

    GardenGirl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Dropped off at Goodwill (on my way home from the grocery store — how convenient): An old plaid throw blanket, maybe woolen. Hasn’t been used in at least 10 years.

  • #167583

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I know I’m coming into this a bit late, but I’d love to join this challenge. I’ve been so overwhelmed by the amount of uncluttering I need to do, and this seems like a great way to make some progress. I will post updates on my progress at my new blog: http://melissaversion2.blogspot.com/.

  • #167584

    sluke00
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Here is what I have done in the past month(ish) – since I last posted – to lighten my load of possessions:
    -sent out 49 books to other people through PaperbackSwap
    -given away a book to a family member
    -donated 3 pairs of dress pants and 3 skirts to charity
    -thrown away 2 bags of frozen ham, 1 bag of frozen zucchini, 1 half-eaten old container of prunes, 6 cards, and 3 junior high yearbooks
    -shredded at least 75% of a 1+ foot tall stack of papers

    It looks like so much when I write it out like this, but I feel like I have just scratched the surface of what I need to dispose of. I know – one step (or one thing) at a time.

  • #167586

    tizzyfit
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    i have a love hate relationship with stuff. Last time I moved I tried really hard to get rid of a lot of it. It was hard, but I decided it was mainly the memories that I was holding onto. Instead of taking the things with me I started this tumblr blog to preserve the memories and let the things go. I am starting the process again, its difficult, but the tumblr has helped a lot. lately Ive even been able to donate items without documenting them. it feels great 🙂
    http://goodbyegoodbye.tumblr.com/

  • #167591

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Tossed: a small box full of fabric I missed during the Great Water Heater Meltdown *shudders* Bugs and moldy leather ballet flats and — it’s on the front porch along with a signed bowling pin (why? I have no idea) ready to go to the dumpster once it’s cooled down a bit

    Moved to the e-waste recycling pile: a box of random controller cards and an ancient processor chip; all of that goes out Thursday morning.

    Found: $10 worth of change (!) while cleaning out a bag languishing in the junk room; it’s now in the change jar.

    There, that’s my Thing for today. Still a bit down about it all — how did all of this get here? How have I not made more progress when it feels as if I am tossing great wodges of crap? — but I will give myself permission to just do a little for the next few days and see where I am.

  • #167592

    irishbell
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    tizzyfit- just took at look at your blog- honest, creative and humorous!
    Well worth a read, people.

  • #167594

    GardenGirl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @Lucy — I also wonder sometimes how all this stuff got here (never been much of a shopper, and it’s just me and the cat here now), and wish I could see a more obvious effect of the clearing out done to date. It’s a slow process.

    A friend pointed out that if I’m clearing stuff out of closets/attic/basement (which I am), the effect won’t be seen in the house’s living areas… but hopefully it will be felt on moving day.

  • #167597

    Revertive
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today I mailed a textbook to Amazon Textbook Buybacks ($54 gift certificate incoming) and repurposed an old sari into a bookshelf curtain.

  • #167598

    tizzyfit
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @irishbell
    thanks for the encouragement. I haven’t updated it recently but you (and this forum) have inspired me to keep on trying to pare down. Its great! I’m glad I stumbled onto this site today!

  • #167601

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Okay, while moving computer equipment boxes to the junk room, I found a little more:

    Recycled: an armful of hand-outs from technical conferences past (I put the DVDs containing all the data in a prominent place) and a cracked SIGG bottle.

    Donated: Box with two steel water bottles, a hot drinks travel mug, a cheap plastic wall clock, miscellaneous electrical bits and pieces; dropped at the thrift store while out on a cupcake run.

    Found: DH’s suit bag, now with the rest of the luggage.

    Trash: the box of fabric and bowling pin, now in the dumpster.

    That’s not bad.

  • #167606

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donated: Ceramic Snow White figuring, a decorative candle figure, a pair of plastic bears in period pieces, a plastic Native American woman, 3 random little plastic figures, 3 decorative pencil sharpeners, small ceramic faced doll, and a plastic pony.

    It was go through the boxes of thing from when I was a kid day yet again.

    Although not something moving out I was glad to have made enough progress organizing that I had room to display more of my figurines that I do care about. I am hoping to cull things to the point that I only have what I can (and want to) cleanly display remaining.

    And looking back I have have donated or tossed over 200 significant things this far, which I am really happy about. (And have yet to miss any of them).

    As for the people who take pictures of the items (or are thinking about it) I take pictures of some of my items, but I think it would be too much extra work for me to bother with all of them. But I do enjoy being able to look back at pictures of some of my items I really cared about (ex: some of my stuffed animals I got rid of).

  • #167607

    notgreg
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Hi! New here, but I’m loving this idea. So I started! The laundry room in our complex has an area where people can ‘donate’ things that are still useful but no longer necessary, which is a handy alternative to the garbage.

    I got rid of the charger from my first cell phone (why did I keep that?), some bars of soap from when I made it for christmas presents (something like 5 years ago), a stuffed monkey from an old halloween costume, and an ugly tissue holder.

    My boyfriend sort of got into the spirit too, so he got rid of an unattractive glass vase from a wedding centerpiece.

    Can’t wait to keep going.

  • #167609

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I am excited to have some fellow ATAD devotees to share with!! 🙂
    I am moving to the Netherlands in a few months, and will be leaving pretty much everything behind, so to reduce having a huge task in a few months, I am doing it one day at a time.
    I only have a few things that I am really reluctant to part with, so I will have to plumb my feelings about these items over the next few months to see if they are worth the cost and drama to move over to the much smaller apartment of my beloved Dutchman.
    Thanks in advance for the support and accountability!
    Today: a top enter litterbox my cat hated (curb-alert on craigslist)
    about 20 pens donated to work

  • #167626

    Claycat
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    MovingtoLowlands, you might also check out the Moving Overseas thread. I’ve really enjoyed that thread. It’s about getting rid of almost everything in order for a couple to move to Japan. They are leaving in just a few days!

  • #167631

    Katrijn
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Great idea!
    Ok, starting today. I’ll probably will be set for a month only on inspecting my cluttered drawers ;).
    I’ll be ‘re-using’ a few shopping bags to gather the ATAD stuff: ‘donate'(mainly old kids clothing), ‘upcycle’ (mainly old clothing for use in crafts), ‘repare’ (mainly clothing with holes from my kids).

    Today: part of a camping lantern, a little bag that used to hold my earplugs, a never-used cardholder for my bike and a little piece of soap my son made (I know, difficult, but I really can’t hold on to everything my children make at school).

    I decided to include along with the ATAD-project the ‘RATAD’-project’. Just as important in decluttering for me: Relocate one thing a day.
    When I was going through the drawer looking for my thing of the day I found at least 5 other things dat weren’t stored in the designated place. So I’m going to relocate (at least) one thing a day to the right place.

    Today: 4 craft items from the drawer to my craftbox.
    _____________________________________________________
    start: 2010/07/21, ATAD count: 5, RATAD: 4

  • #167635

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Just joined this forum but have been on this mission for several months now. My goal is to have my closets decluttered by my fiftieth birthday (late November). I try to get rid of at least one thing a day, mostly through my local http://www.freecycle.org group. Yesterday I gave away a pair of sneakers that my daughter received as a gift but that never fit her/Three toys that my daughter has outgrown/A backpack and a messenger bag that are no longer being used. Along with freecycle, I’ve also made a commitment at http://www.stickk.com, and I report on my progress every week. I’m glad to have a new tool and support group in this most worthy mission!

  • #167637

    stars
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Hi,

    I want to join this group. As a start, I have thrown out one old umbrella today 🙂

  • #167639

    hsthomas
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Just joining the list; what a great idea! My thing today: a box of software disks and manuals from two PCs ago. It felt good!

  • #167641

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I got rid of a stack of magazines for first item: http://melissaversion2.blogspot.com/2010/07/atad-day-1-item-1.html

  • #167644

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’m going to jump start this challenge for me with a whole lotta THINGS today lol. Today I’m throwing away all of these scratched CDs I have in my desk at work (I don’t know why I think they’ll magically play one day) and all of my condiments/business cards/and all other rigamaro from my desk. For accountability sake the items are: about 10 cds, all take out menus (I should brown bag it anyway), condiments, and old birthday cards from coworkers.

  • #167645

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yesterday, decluttered my house of… my brother in law, his girlfriend and their baby. They were only supposed to stay with us for a week and ended up being here for a month, leaving my parents-in-law to sleep on the couch that whole time.

    They’ve finally left to go be jobless and mooch off of other family members a state away. They took all of their crap (boxes and boxes of… healing crystals) and their clutter (boxes and boxes of leather-working and jewelry-making materials) so we now have our dining room and living room back! I can actually get to the shelves in the corner of the room, there is space to sit on the couch and I CAN SEE MY DINING ROOM TABLE! Hurrah!

    Today, I threw out a straggler pair of underpants that managed to slip by in my last round of almost-never-worn undergarment elimination. 🙂

  • #167647

    Revertive
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today: Took 5 washcloths and 1 hijab to the masjid for others to use. (Washcloths for cleaning walls and so forth.)

  • #167651

    ajeanne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    This is the best idea. I’ve been thinking about those old, cheap florist’s vases cluttering up the top of a kitchen cabinet for ages. Now they’re in a box by the door (six of them), ready to go to Goodwill when I go out to buy groceries later this afternoon. It’s a small thing, but it’s making me smile. Took 10 minutes. :)))

  • #167654

    didyouwoof
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I discovered this site (and the OTAD idea) late last night, and this morning I started by throwing away some make-up that I’ll never used and that can’t be donated because I tried it on once.

    I haven’t had time to go through all 23 pages of posts; I wonder if anyone can tell me if anyone’s created a template to keep track of what’s been disposed of each day?

  • #167662

    spirits4me
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Found this trail on Lifehacker…what a great idea. My husband will be thrilled too as he says we have just too much ‘stuff’.

    I got so excited that I went through my closets and donated 5 garbage bags worth of clothes and 3 bags worth of shoes. I know that’s not very inventive but it sure made me feel good and like I accomplished something.

    I’m excited to read through the posts and see the other creative things that are out there…or outta there as the case may be. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • #167670

    slbatl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’m going to start out with just a 30 day ATAD goal for myself and see how it goes. About 6 months ago I moved from a 2300 sf house to a 630 sf condo, so I’ve already done a lot of purging and de-cluttering, but I’m sure I’ve still got more than I need. I will also be buying some things during this time since I got rid of so many old things that were way, way past their prime when I moved, so I am going to keep track of both “in” and “out” items here. Hopefully the outs will still outweigh the ins when all is said and done. Wish me luck!

    Today I put 3 bobble heads from an ex-boyfriend in my thrift store bag.

    Day 1 Total — 3 Out; 0 In

  • #167672

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Wonderful idea! I will start today and try for a year. It is good timing because I need to work on my bedroom/junkroom.

  • #167673

    jbeany
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @slbatl – oooooh, an IN tally vs an OUT tally – now that I need! I’m moving, so as I clear, sort and pack, I’m getting rid of tons of things, but I’m also getting new things for the new place. Couch for couch and kitchen table for kitchen table is easy, but it’s the smaller stuff I have to watch out for. I got rid of one piece of art work, but ordered 2 from etsy last night. Oooops. All the knickknacks and artwork are currently collected in one spot, waiting to be bubble wrapped and packed. Time to go look at them and determine which one goes in the out pile to compensate!

  • #167678

    pkilmain
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Taking my earlier idea to jbeany and have stuffed an old sweatshirt full of fabric scraps to make a dog bed and will take it to the animal shelter by the end of the week! And I turned a bunch of good fabric into a quilt for an 8/7 wedding gift, and am working on another for the same couple’s 3 month old baby (not everyone gets things done in the right order 🙂 ). Need to get back to cleaning out clothing. I refuse to buy more hangers!

  • #167679

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donated: 9 logoed bags, 2 notebooks, 1 reusable shopping bag that was too flimsy for regular hauling

    Recycled: the remaining cardboard shipping boxes

    Three boxes of dead hard drives, memory chips, controller cards and so on are loaded into the car for the e-waste event tomorrow morning. DS and I cleaned, folded and put away the air mattress, and now the front room is completely empty. I can mop it tomorrow. I think I’ll take another day off after the drop tomorrow morning, as I can feel the depression getting worse.

  • #167681

    QuiltLady
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    This summer I’ve been thinning out my quilting books and magazines. Fortunately, our local guild has a sharing table. My best plan is to give but not receive! Today, I added a book (barely opened) to the bag I take to meetings. Someone will enjoy it!

  • #167683

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today was a day that I had to force myself to throw something away…I was in a hurry, but managed to clean out a drawer in the garage.

    Toss: 2 caulk guns, outdoor timer, misting system replacement hose, ball flapper that wasn’t right for our toilets, old instruction manuals, 2 old toothbrushes and two old calendars (06 & 07).

    Give away area: 6 baseball practice shirts, 2 elastic baseball belts, a beanie, big plastic laundry tub.

    Time for some serious discussion with the DH about some of the “collections” in the weight room…Beer Steins from his father, PG Wodehouse books from my brother.

  • #167684

    busymomof4
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I just discovered the OTAD idea and it is wonderful! I just decided while on vacation that I was going to come home and work really hard at getting my house into the condition that I want it to be in. I am tired of clutter…tired of messes….tired of my kids not cleaning because there is not a place for everything…so to make me live the life I want, I decided that I need to do this. For today, I took a trash bag into the garage. I threw away straws, appointment reminder cards, lids from fast food cups, kids’ school papers, and biggest of all, my son’s backpack from last year that had grown mold somehow. It was nasty and I am SO glad that I got rid of it. Without OTAD, I don’t know how soon I would have discovered it out there.

  • #167686

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Goodwill- robo charger for a robo I dont have anymore. Trash- hair ties that I dont like any more! It is small but it is a start!

  • #167688

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Cleared off a bulleten board to move it to a more functional spot and covered it in fabric while I was at it.

    In the process I got rid of 26 pins that were on it, and a number of pieces of paper.

  • #167696

    jbeany
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donate pile by the door for trip to town tomorrow…
    2 sets of king sheets and a king comforter and pillow shams. (Buying new bed, getting a queen size. No point in keeping the extras until then.)
    Hat and t-shirt from coaching softball team. (Moving, won’t be coaching anymore.)
    Extra blood pressure cuff and stray stethoscope from ex hubby’s volunteer EMT days.
    All the extra cutie-pie magnets from the fridge.
    Several bottles of unopened Avon products that I’m not ambitious enough to try to allergy test on myself. (Gifts.)
    Also tossed a personalized shirt I never wear, and a pair of paint covered pants.
    Used a supply of opened, large medical dressings to wrap some fragile antiques for moving. Who needs to pay for bubble wrap? 🙂
    Packed 3 different boxes of things that are going to new homes with some of my friends. Stopping to mail them tomorrow, so that much less in my space!

  • #167698

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    into bag by door to go out–more books
    tossed: contents of file for a course that ended this week

    @Lucy–you are doing great with the purging–is everything else ok?

  • #167714

    stars
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today I tossed 1 old hair product that I was no longer using.

  • #167722

    LilyX
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Thrown away: an old decorative pillow which I tried to wash… it kinda rotted! Haha. :[email protected]

  • #167725

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Thanks Claycat, I will check out the Moving Overseas thread!!

    Yesterday: 3 old stained bed pillows
    Today: went through my 3 small jewelry cases, picked out things that might have value, the rest will be donated.

  • #167726

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    You’re all going to laugh:

    Trash – strobe light and a fog machine (with a bottle of liquid fog)

    No, I don’t have a pole in my living room, hahahahah

    Also, went to Goodwill this morning, so my giveaway area is ready for the next group.

    Lost the battle with DH on the beer steins and books. So I will have to find a way to store them in a neater and less space consuming way. Bummer!

  • #167730

    Katrijn
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @ Anita: Maybe you can find a friend or relative with a car to drop the bags off? You can give him/her a little ‘present’ in return. That’s one thing less on the ATAD-project ;).

    In the bin: a cellphone cover for a cellphone I no longer own, and at least 3 other items from the drawer but I already forgot what it was. Won’t miss those :).
    Relocated: 2 little notebooks from the drawer to the bookshelf.

    start: 2010/07/21, ATAD count: 9, RATAD: 4

  • #167731

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @djk I have albinism and summer SAD, and this year it’s kicking my backside HARD: I can’t wait for the move to Scotland, but I’ve got to wait another year until DS graduates, and it’s bright and hot and hurts my eyes even with the prosthetic lenses . . . .

    *deep breath* I’ll be all right, I’ve got a session with my therapist later today. Thanks for asking, babe. 🙂

    Recycled: 30 (no, really!) hard drives, 20 ancient controller cards, 17 outdated memory sticks, 5 motherboards, 3 LED lights and a processor on a piece of foam (doesn’t quite scan, but the heck with it), at the City Health Department hazardous waste collection event, and holy cow, people, I think half the city was in that queue! The guys collecting things said they were on their second truck.

    Securely disposed of: 2 outdated epi-pens, a bottle of prescription medication and a bottle of cat vitamins, at the City Police pharmaceutical drop-box.

  • #167739

    Peter
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    A friend of a friend gave me a draft of a novel he wrote. He gave it to me years ago and I’ve never read it yet kept it out of guilt. I tossed it today.

    I also tossed a program from a Cirque du Soleil show.

  • #167743

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Wow. 50 then quickly 60 then 70 now 84 voices!!! Amazing!!!

    Lucy, thanks for your update. I’d been worried too.

    Toss: two big bags of trash mostly of old unusable stuff left by a relative (oh, uh, feeling resentful)(sometimes I feel like I need a land fill or at least a small construction dumpster – for the trash that is, although on second thought maybe for the resentment as well), lint, sink strainer, large mail envelopes, dental floss

    Give Away/Lend Away: adjustable indoor gate

    Recycle: Started brown bag to keep together items to recycle into which went cardboard, newspapers, typing paper, empty shoe box, brown paper bags

  • #167744

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @Lucy, that has got to suck in the summer! no wonder you are looking forward to Scotland–wonderfully romantic misty grey days is what I always had on visits at least 🙂 but I hope the blues pass soon for you.

    and for ATAD, didn’t get rid of much except a lot of dust and cat hair, and packing material.

  • #167746

    slbatl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Brought a couple things In today — a new pair of sandals to replace an old, worn out pair (old pair went in the trash) and a new pair of running shoes. The old running shoes are staying and will be washed and used for indoor exercise so I don’t drag any outside nastiness over my floors.

    Still ahead of the game though!

    Day 2 Totals – 4 Out; 2 In

  • #167760

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Sorted through two boxes of books and small plastic objects. Sent many of the small plastic objects to plastic object heaven (I think the Green movement needs to take on Happy Meals as a mission!). The rest of the stuff sorted to storage, Goodwill, or Freecycle.

    –Valerie

  • #167761

    jbeany
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @ Anita – Sometimes thrift stores will do pick-ups. Maybe call a few of the closest ones, and see if they will stop and get the bags?

    Some OUT, some IN. I do better when I only go through the drop off door at the thrift store, and not the one to the store as well! Bought a handful of books, but 2 were on my wish list, and the rest were kid books that I’ll read and pass on to my nephew, so it may be clutter, but it won’t be permanent clutter. I never feel bad about books, since 99% of what comes in goes right back out within a month.

  • #167765

    JesLacasse
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I just heard about this from a friend of mine, and she and I decided to take this challenge head-on! We even started a blog about it (like, I literally started it this morning and asked her to contribute), you can read about our adventures at athingadaychallenge.blogspot.com!

    Since I’m moving at the end of the summer, I decided that now was the time. I’ve been in my current apartment for four years, and it is truly amazing how much stuff you can amass in that amount of time.

    Coming up, four things I got rid of today: magazines, a couple of books, and pedal pushers. Pics on the blog.

    Cheers,
    Jes

  • #167766

    QuiltLady
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Not a very big thing, but today I gave a Nintendo DS game I finished to a friend.

  • #167769

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donate: 3 band pins

    Toss: Old watch, it was too cheap to justify the cost of replacing the battery, and a bag of papers and scraps.

  • #167771

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    All trash for today.

    A romba that is dead, dead, dead.
    More hair tie backs.

  • #167774

    ajeanne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Day 2. Broke down 10 cardboard boxes of various sizes for the recycle folks. Also put out a box of old catalogs (!!) that was cluttering up my office. I’m enjoying looking around for the next items to go. :))

  • #167787

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today I went through the cabinet while cleaning the bathroom and tossed the “mystery toothbrush” among other small things we don’t need.

    I also realized that I could very comfortably fit everything I own into my walk-in closet now! (minus my bed, which is 15 inches too long but it would fit otherwise). Cool! Less impressive for I still live with Mom and Dad and don’t have a lot of furniture, but nice that I can fit my personal belongings in there with plenty of room to spare. The first move I make is going to be easy! >D

  • #167789

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    tossed: 5 mystery bottles of condiments from back of fridge.

  • #167790

    SunshineR
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @Ginger: WTG! Celebrate!

  • #167792

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Give Away: cute cat combination teapot/cup to friend who likes all sorts of uncaffeinated teas

  • #167796

    Kamakazi
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donated 60ish books to the library.
    Sold 40ish DVDs to the local Vintage Stock.

    While I don’t get rid of something every day, when I do I try to make it count.

  • #167814

    pkilmain
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @Jack Tego – you must be related to my husband! He has tons of stuff like that, but well organized and stored in an outbuilding. He really is the neat, uncluttered one of us otherwise. And in the paperwork department, my pile is challenging me daily.

    Today, started filling another dog bed with fabric scraps; cleaned out the fridge and tossed the “science projects” and bottles of salad dressing with less than 1″ left…..

  • #167819

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @Jack Tego – I have so many old school notes and such. I still can’t part with them, and although they are organized, they take up a lot of space. I am working on scanning them because I have not yet had the guts to toss them.

    Donate: One jacket, I liked it, but it always felt too short and was thus awkward to wear…and so I hardly ever wore it.

  • #167823

    springchick
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Hi everyone, I’m new, just found this thread a few days ago and posted that since I don’t live at home during the summer I’d just start with some computer decluttering. Well, I came home for the weekend, so I thought I’d really make it count…

    Last night I tossed 4 boxes of old receipts, some so old that both sides were blank because the ink had completely faded. I also went through 3 packed full file drawers and got rid of enough stuff that it now all fits in one drawer. Also added 7 boxes of duplicate check carbons and 4 years worth of old pay stubs to the “need to shred” box.

    This morning I took a quick trip through my closet and bagged up for Goodwill:
    – 14 tops (3 new with tags, but really ugly — did I buy these?)
    – 1 pair of wool trousers that make my legs itch
    – 1 pair of very faded cargo pants w/ zippers at the bottom
    – 1 pair of polyester dress pants
    – 1 pair of black pants with elastic in the waist (were these mine?)
    – 1 pair of capris in a very strange shade of coral
    – a nice suit that I made myself but is no longer in style
    – a purplish wool blazer that once looked nice with jeans, but now just looks… purple
    – 5 swimsuits I haven’t worn in at least 10 years
    – 3 pair of silk pajamas that make me sweat too bad to enjoy them
    – 1 pair of flannel pajamas that make me sweat even worse
    – 3 pair of Christmas socks (I’m sure the grandkids will get me more)
    – 2 pair of stretchy black gloves

    Also to Goodwill:
    – 13 purses (I could have sold most of these on eBay I’m sure, but I already have way too much stuff sitting around waiting to be sold on eBay)
    – 2 wallets
    – 3 little cosmetic bags
    – 3 belts
    – 1 lipstick holder
    – 2 pair of sunglasses with colored lenses
    – 1 large plastic water jug
    – 4 sports water bottles
    – 2 travel mugs
    – 2 beanie babies

    Threw out:
    – a plastic bag of assorted restaurant napkins and plastic cutlery
    – 1 pair of gross, icky slippers
    – a framed wedding photo from a previous marriage

    Bonus: I found $10 wadded up in a 5-year old grocery receipt and I found my birth certificate, which I have been desperately looking for, inside an old wallet.

    I feel good 😉

  • #167824

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Gifted: the instruction manual for the electric kettle my son’s partner is using, found while going through the junk drawer in the kitchen.

  • #167829

    QuiltLady
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today I tossed 37 catalogs (always buy online anyway) and put a nearly new pair of cute shoes in box to donate to DAV. (I love the fact that they pick up, especially since I live in a small town 20 miles away from them.) I wore the shoes three times before deciding they were never going to fit/look right. How can shows that are visibly too big still pinch??? No more shoes by catalog!

  • #167841

    ajeanne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    It was a busy day today, but I’ve been eyeing a little appliance that’s been sitting on the top of a cupboard for years. Someone gave it to me because she never used it. Now I’ve never used it, either. So, I started a new Goodwill bag & it’s the first item. Just one thing today, but that particular thing has been bothering me. :))

  • #167844

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    bunch of unused kitchen tools, duplicates and misshapen food storage containers

  • #167845

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    The good news is that it is getting harder to find things to [easily] release; the bad news it that it is getting harder to find things to [easily] release. There’s a lot of stuff that I will have a more difficult time deciding whether to release or not. Also, there will be things I dread and resist looking through as in shudder at the thought.

    Toss: receipts, plastic bags, more shower rungs, drain cleaners, canned goods, newspapers, bottles of water (from old emergency supply) which will now be used to water plants, spray bottle, plastic bottles, dust (I actually swept with a broom)

    Give Away/Donate: Seasoning, barbecue sauce (3 bottles), kitchen appliance and utensil, chairs

    Recycle: plastic bottles, pie tins

    Found(!): eyeliner I just purchased the other week and needed as my eyeliner has been used up; and a clear baking pan I had just thought would be nice to have so that I could make two recipes, instead of just one pan, for a function this weekend (yea!) [GWIMW]

  • #167846

    Reed
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’ve been a frequent reader of unclutter.com for months, but just discovered this thread. How inspiring to find so many others who are getting rid of at least one thing every day.

    I began my Downsize Challenge on August 1, and an now JUST SEVEN DAYS away from reaching my goal of 365 consecutive days of downsizing.

    Please check out my blog about the effort: http://www.reedisdownsizing.blogspot.com

    I’d love to have some feedback from fellow downsizers!

  • #167847

    springchick
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @ Reed: I love your blog! It’s amazing the results that come in a year with a slow and steady effort! Congratulations!

    Only being a couple days into this effort, it is still really easy for me to find things — just walk into any room and pick up stuff that needs to go! I am sure my enthusiasm will wane over time and it will eventually become more difficult to find things, but right now — full speed ahead! I love reading all the great posts here as inspiration and ideas!

    Today’s declutter items:

    To Goodwill: 8 empty ice cream buckets w/ lids; portable speaker; empty nuts & popcorn tin; 8 2-pk. sticky notes still in wrapping; writing pad with cows on it, still in wrapping; 3 shopping/to-do list pads, still wrapped; 8 little portable rulers and a sheet of mail seals (that I keep wanting to pull out of the pile and add to my altered books ephemera stash, but so far I have resisted).

    To Trash: A broken child’s toy and a ratty pink hoodie.

    To Donate: Old cell phone (to “Cell Phones for Soldiers”) and 6 colorful metal buckets (to the camp where I work to use in the store to hold toiletry items).

    This afternoon I am tackling our office space, which has become a dumping area as we have cleaned out other rooms of the house.

  • #167849

    hsthomas
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    After starting on Wednesday of this week, I promptly forgot about finding a thing a day. Now I’ve remembered, and I’m three things behind! So today it’s three things. First: an old (at least 7 or 8 years!) non-working film point-and-shoot camera. More later…

  • #167852

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Continuing to clean out daughter’s closets. In the last 24 hours, I’ve freecycled one book, fourteen kiddie CDs (Raffi, etc), and three puzzles (with all the pieces counted).

    I have put off this project for such a long time, and its amazing how satisfying it is now that I’m actually doing it. We have lots of closet space in our house, but most of it has been unusable for years because all the closets are filled with outgrown and outdated stuff.

    –Valerie

  • #167856

    irishbell
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    2 large(13 gal) bags of teenage girls clothing.

  • #167858

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I got home from work last night and discovered my laundry room flooded from a broken pipe in the ceiling. All the cabinets over the washer and dryer were wet, too…so, it was a forced cleanout of those areas. Trash: several empty shoeboxes…to goodwill area: my sewing machine. Other things in adjacent rooms got wet, too, so some were trashed (dog food – not really clutter) or Goodwilled (lego sets in boxes – remember, son is 25).

    I don’t know if this whole exercise “counts” in the ATAD forum, but it was surely a mess.

  • #167859

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Just a thought: As I declutter household items I find I am also decluttering in other areas of my life

  • #167861

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @Ann I’m so sorry; what a thing to deal with when you’re tired after work! I’m hardly the Queen of ATAD, but for what it’s worth, I think it counts.

    @needtocleanhouse That sounds interesting; I would like to hear more about it.

    HUGE thing happened yesterday: DH agreed that it is time to start on the junk room! He is the child of Depression-era parents and has been clinging desperately to 20-year-old software, and for him to admit that it’s time to let some of it go is a huge change. I expect there to be a lot of “two steps forward, three back” happening, but I can work with that.

    Consignment: four vintage glass refrigerator boxes. I finally admitted that I worried so much about damaging one of them by using it that they weren’t worth the space, took ’em to the consignment store and will get a set of Snapware’s Glassware fridge boxes the next time Costco gives me a coupon for them.

  • #167864

    slbatl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Put an old trivia game that I haven’t played in years in the thrift store bag.

    Day 4 Totals — 5 Out; 2 In

  • #167865

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Hello,

    I’m a long time lurker and decided to delurk as I’m moving in 6-9 weeks and want as much stuff gone as possible (I’ll be moving from a 3rd floor walk up to another walk up apartment.) I figure that the more stuff I can get rid of the better.

    So far today I’ve given away 30 VHS taps (pre-recorded movies) thrown out another 30 plus blank tapes and recycled a small stack a magazines.)

  • #167875

    jbeany
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @MSP – I’m moving too. The lowest quote for movers I’ve found so far is $85 an hour. Whatever I’m taking, I better really value it for that price!

    OUT – Real Estate for Sale sign, number and letter stickers to go on sign, garage sale tags, a magazine, a box of tiny safety pins. All to a friend who can use them.

    OUT – a room thermometer to the donate bag. Realized there is a vacuum cleaner attachment rack with the attachments still in it hanging on the wall in the washer/dryer alcove. No idea what machine they used to attach to. It’s been there forever, so it’s another white noise thing that has faded into the background. Removing that is on tomorrow’s chore list.

    In – 3 empty boxes to pack with!

  • #167883

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Going through the Irish coffee mugs and the margarita glasses and the wine glasses and beer glasses, one thing is very clear to me: I need to either get rid of these or drink more. 😉

    Cleaning out the Snapware box, I found two ice cube trays for long skinny sticks for water bottles. I’d completely forgotten about them. Out they go!

  • #167884

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Thanks, Lucy…the only good part was the forced cleanout.

    Continued with the cleanout of my son’s closet. Trashed a bunch of hangers, single running shoe, part of an indoor putting set, empty shoe boxes, mismatched sox.

    To Give-away area: A DVD player, Disneyland souvenirs (backpack with some pins, a Goofy hat, a Lilo hat), some beanies.

  • #167887

    jbeany
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    One more OUT for the day – packing for an overnight trip, and dug out the stack of nestedluggage. My dad’s duffel from Vietnam is tucked in with my usable luggage and duffel bags. It’s still usable, I suppose, but I’m never going to use it. It’s got his name and service number on it, and the routing tickets from his last trip home. Okay, time to let loose of something I’ll never use. Tucking a note about him and when he served in the pocket for the next owner, and donating it.

    I’ve still got his dog tags, and all his service ribbons, as well as some of his photos of ‘Nam. Much smaller, and easily stored in a small cuff link box that he owned. The box does go out on display in my own house.

    Less is lighter, less is lighter…..

  • #167896

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Leaving the house: 3 beanie babies, an old barbie, and 12 other kids figures/toys. I am still deciding which will be donated and which will be tossed, some are rather old.

  • #167897

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I didnt bring any clutter home from a convention that was full of vendors! If it was not something that I could use I said no thank you! I will get caught up on getting rid of items tomorrow!

  • #167900

    ajeanne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Broke down 4 more cardboard boxes for recycling (somehow, they keep piling up around here). Also put dozens of old catalogs & magazine in the recycling, too. Out, out!

  • #167907

    jp
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    This summer started a new habit that gets things out of my home every day. Since recycling is somewhat inconsistent at my bldg, I walk a handlful of newspapers, mags, and catalogues to the paper recycling bin at my train station. I’ve now moved past recent items and keeping on top of incoming: I’ve begun eyeballing the “save for reference” magazines. Took some useful ones to my office, but more importantly, I’m starting to get then out. I give myself a couple of minutes in the evening to look at a couple magazines, cull whatever it is I think I can’t find elsewhere as information or imagery, and then take them out.

    I’d not have been likely to just wipe out a whole shelf and tie it up for recycling bundles in a Saturday morning, but the task of moving out a few each day seems to keep me from raising silly objections or waiting to do some massive scanning or filing scheme.

    It’s a daily challenge now. I have to walk out the door with stuff that’s leaving. Returned books to a friend last Sunday, recycled an excess of glass jars from a cabinet shelf yesterday.

    And as a bonus, I walk home with a lighter load than I carried when I left home. Every day.

  • #167908

    garakuta
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    two disposable lighters. i have still too many of them left though.

  • #167909

    springchick
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Most of my decluttering for today is stuff that came off our boat when we sold it earlier this year. Since then there have been 4 plastic totes of stuff sitting in the foyer… no more!

    To Goodwill: 3 velour pillows; marine compass; duffel bag; cooler bag; 4 can coolers; 2 bags of plastic cutlery; folding beach mat; toaster; hand-held mirror; 2 pr. sunglasses; 2 chair cushions; a t-shirt; baby blanket; lamp; manicure set; 3 little cosmetic bags; snowman Christmas ornament; 7 gift bags; a wire file organizer

    Thrown Out: Lots of outdated and/or partially used first aid and toiletry items; 3 mostly used bottles of suntan lotion; 2 bags of unopened snack mix; 2 remotes that don’t seem to belong to anything we own

    Donate/Give Away: Child’s life vest (to my daughter for grandson)

    Recycled: 13 cardboard boxes

    It’s been a productive decluttering weekend for me and I feel great about it! I’m headed back up to the cottage this evening so my ATAD efforts will be more difficult as I don’t have a lot of extra stuff there, although I am still going to try for a thing a day.

  • #167911

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    90 voices!

    Lucy, I’m not sure of it all, but uncluttering people. Being more selective about my life in general. Being more caring of my self and life in more ways than household clutter. You don’t exist to a narcissist except for what use you are to him/her, so letting those go as soon as I am able to discern them. How about you? Finding any changes? If you would like to continue this conversation perhaps we could start a separate thread.

    Donate: Rice Krispies, Oats, Dry Roasted Peanuts, Raisins, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Butter, Miniature Marshmallows, Creamy Peanut Butter, time and energy, money

    Give Away: bread pudding, birdseed, chinese soup spoons

    Toss: empty box, tissue

  • #167912

    spacadet
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yesterday I dropped three bags full at Goodwill. A marble chess set I never played and never wanted to dust (I mean, display). A black wool peacoat that was always too big for me. Six pairs of shoes. Some other small household items.

  • #167918

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    overly cutesy small gift box, blank book, small electronic game I haven’t used in a long time, coffee-table book.

  • #167923

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @needtocleanhouse Yes, quite a few even in a month. Any of the existing threads we could repurpose, or shall we go with a new one?

  • #167924

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: Unused paper towel holder from under the bathroom sink. A box of “scrubbing bubbles” pads for the toilet bowl cleaning system I tossed a while back.

    I had to fix the toilet flapper, but tossed whatever else was unused in the box – if I have to fix another toilet, I’ll have to get the parts then. But I probably would do it that way anyway.

  • #167925

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Lucy, I started a new thread (“Decluttering the Home Leads to Decluttering in Other Areas”) rather than changing someone else’s one; and took the liberty of re-posting both our prior relevant posts there to continue our discussion.

  • #167928

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donate: 10 more kids toys.

    Toss: Some old boxes I was storing things in.

    I have gotten rid of over 235 things (and some of the smaller items I bunched and counted as one)!!! And it has only been a month. Granted I still have a long way to go and am holding onto a lot that I really don’t need to, but I think the gradual progress is better (and easier) for me that telling myself all at once that I don’t need those kids toys any more. I am really happy with what I have done! And congratulations to the progress of all of you as well.

  • #167929

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    While waiting for desert to finish baking, cleaned out son’s dresser drawers. Trash: Singleton sox, old tshirts, misc junk. To goodwill: Shirts from colleges he thought about attending (never worn), two baseball jackets that were from his friend, other old tshirts either never worn or worn out.

  • #167932

    ajeanne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Inspired by the posts here. Found another 1/2 box (bankers’ box size) of old catalogs/magazines/journals that I can recycle. Put the full box (including the ones I culled yesterday) out by the recycling.

    I still have 1/2 a box of things to review… saw someone’s post here (which I can’t seem to find at this moment) about looking through magazines a few at a time to see about keeping/recycling them. I’m going to do that. I’m sure some of these things I’ve saved can also be recycled. Some, though, will have great ideas for blog posts & articles.

  • #167940

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Ok- was gone for a couple of days.
    Today in the trash- one hot wheel car and one vouge mag!

    One a day challenge started 7*24*2010
    Items Gone- 6
    Goal is 365

  • #167941

    Peter
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    When I buy something new I tend to save the box for a bit in case I need to return or exchange the item. I realized I had a box taking up space on a shelf for an item I was definitely keeping. So I tossed the box.

    I also turned all my printed t-shirts into rags for dirty garage work. Emptied a whole drawer.

  • #167942

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I pulled down a bunch of boxes from the attic to go through, hopefully purge most of the stuff, and store properly. There is a box of old newspapers where I think I could toss the whole thing, but I want to go through them to make sure.

    I am so thrilled to be doing this because I found my box of historical fiction. I was a huge historical fiction fan in 6-8th grade. I had been a bit sad when I went through my bookcases earlier and thought that I had gotten rid of all of it because there are some I would have gone back to read. So it was great to find the box and look through those books again. Out of the 30 books I picked out the four that I remembered the most dearly and packed up the rest to head over to the library bookstore.

    Donate: 26 books!

  • #167947

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Found a few more things to get rid of….
    Donate- 4 nice mixing bowls that I havent used in a year or more.
    Trash- Cell phone holder that fell in the water.

    One a day challenge started 7*24*2010
    Items Gone- 11

  • #167948

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    ValH, Historical fiction! I love historical fiction.

    Toss: 4 kitchen bags full of things left by relative a long time ago (toiletries, make up, wrapping paper, tissue, personal hygiene items, make up bags etc etc). resentment mostly gone, feeling of resignation and resolve setting in.

  • #167955

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Gave away an old Quicken software package (that I never used once) on Freecycle. Took three bags of stuff to three Goodwills and a Salvation Army. All of the bins were full, so I’ll try unloading them again today.

  • #167956

    JuliaJayne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I wasn’t going to count this, but I changed my mind. We had a series of storms 10 days ago that flooded our basement, twice. Almost everything that was on the floor was ruined. The stuff that got ruined wasn’t valuable, and it should have been trashed a long time ago. One room in the basement is now completely empty. I like it even if it desperately needs painting.

  • #167961

    irishbell
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’ve found that my cleaning days are the times when I find stuff to get rid of. I really don’t have clutter to speak of, but when I’m cleaning I always manage to find something in a drawer, or in a box or wherever- that can go!

  • #167965

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today I went through my fabric stash for the second time and got rid of even more pieces that I will never use! Right now I have two sewing bins and my ultimate goal is to get it back down to one.

    I also got rid of a very large Pikachu pillow, haha. I have used it for many years and the fabric was getting beyond the point scruffy…time to go and I don’t need a replacement!

  • #167966

    busymomof4
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today, I posted 4 Space bags and one formula coupon on Freecycle. I will soon be going through kids toys so will have much more to donate/sell/trash. Yesterday, I got rid of a whole pile of school papers that I was keeping from the kids as well as newspapers and other mail. On Saturday, I got rid of a bunch of CTMH catalogs that a friend had given me over a year ago.

    I am slowly going through my house and getting rid of anything I don’t need. This will probably take me the next 5 years! But, I am keeping at it so far, so that is good.

  • #167971

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @ JuliaJayne & Ann: I vote that your basement & laundry room “forced” “Act of God” decluttering counts! Most certainly! I’ve been through flooding, both (hot) water in a laundry room and in another place (a half basement unit I lived in) rain water during a storm so I can empathize with you both. It’s a mess and frightening and such a big pain in the bum to deal with, at least for me it was! And if you have carpet, OMG! I heard about a 1/2 pump or something that starts automatically pumping if there’s water – it’s used to protect basements from flooding. Hope all is clear and clean and dry for you both.

    @ Anita: I vote that your using up food you have in your pantry for the purpose of decluttering and not buying anything new for your pantry until you do counts for ATAD. Thanks for the link to the yummy looking food blog and picture of peanut butter bars! I liked the links on it too. I’ve been thinking about wafflelizing and there’s a link to that on the blog. Thanks Anita! I may be making those bars too especially since I’m not a peanut butter person either.

    Toss: brown paper bag and plastic bag hiding in the pantry

    Recycle: Cardboard box

    Release: a person I just met whose wife does everything for him and the family while he goes off and plays and who manages to blame other people for the choices he himself makes. Does releasing irresponsible blaming others people count toward ATAD decluttering? Yes, for me I guess it will.

    Put the 4 bags into the rubbish bin and now it is almost full of the weekend’s trash/toss items! Woohoo, way to go, if I do say so myself. Amazing how much just a little by little adds up. And thinking of it as just doing a little today makes me feel okay about doing it rather than feeling overwhelmed and doing nothing.

  • #167974

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Recycle: plastic cooler I didn’t realize was split up both sides until I had it nearly completely scrubbed out. Ah, well.

    Gifted: a Blitz Stack-n-Store with the original measuring cup, found on a neighborhood clean-up pile, scrubbed out and given to DS’s partner to hold food for her puppy.

  • #167975

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yesterday I brought down 8 boxes from the attic. I am down to 3 small boxes I am keeping. One of some quilts I got as a baby, the other 2 contain a few glasses and plates (I live with my parents and they don’t need them, but they were a good deal and I will be using them when I am out on my own, so they will go back up into the attic.)

    Toss: Box of newspaper and a box of other random things and 4 childhood dolls (they are old, in well loved condition and don’t have value as collectors items.)

    Donate: A box of various things.

  • #167978

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Oh, hey, I forgot —

    Gifted: Roll of landscaping fabric, to my next-door neighbors

  • #167979

    jp
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donations released today: two towels, one skirt, one sweater.

    Sometimes the “launder and put into the donation pile” plan slips a cog, and things end up back in closets and drawers. Not today! Clean and out!

  • #167983

    QuiltLady
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Four inches of rain in one hour, on already saturated ground, equals water coming up through the drains in the basement. Result: LOTS of stuff left the house the weekend — won’t even name it all.

    On the other hand, my daughter came into town and left with all 57 volumes of our Great Books of the Western World and 15 yearbooks. She and her friend will actually read some of them, so good transaction all around. It cleared three shelves in one bookcase!

  • #167992

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    More things goes 20 CD roms (including a full install of Windows 95! and a few more magazines.

  • #167994

    springchick
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yesterday I started a Goodwill donation bag up at the cottage and put in a pair of capris that I don’t like to wear because the fabric is heavy and scratchy.

    Today’s item is the little ceramic bowl that once held a candle… not sure why I kept it or what I would even use it for.

  • #167995

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Im behind by 5 days, but have been a good little declutterer:
    Donated: 5 storage baskets that I dont need
    4 t shirts that are cute but dont pass the velvet rope test
    1 pair flip flops
    1 running shorts that are too short for these thighs 🙂
    Trashed: 3 pair of ugly underwear that I would never want my BF to see me in

    Posted: a TV, DVD player and digital tuner, on craigslist, but no hits yet. I was really hoping to get at least $25 for all of them 🙁

    So I am trying to convince myself to just start “packing” for my move, even though it is at least 3 months away. Has anyone done any packing for a move that far out? Maybe I just want to do start because I am eager to do SOMETHING and have so long to wait, and I hate waiting!

  • #167998

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I got rid of a pair of DEATH SHOES. I loved these sandals and wore them heavily for three years, but they have lost all traction on the bottom and I am slipping everywhere (even on the carpet!). I don’t exactly want to slip down the hardwood stairs so out they go.

  • #168007

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    to donation pile:
    one unused bag of cat-scratch-proof screen for windows to stop kitty from diving out after the great prize of a big fat bug.

    discarded: procrastination–did a couple of little jobs around the place which were waiting to get done. Took a year (in one case) and a few months (in the other) plus half an hour together today. Yippee for ditching procrastination!

  • #168009

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I finally tackeled a suitcase with clothes that I had stored a bit ago. Donated 10 shirts and a pair of pants, turned into rags 20ish shirts that were too worn or stained, and kept 4 shirts.

    Also found 6 books to give to the library and forgot to list a box of barbie furniture that will be donated.

  • #168010

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Trash:
    ANOTHER bottle of tiki torch oil (!), a shoebox full of old stereo wires – just in case! hahaha

  • #168013

    jbeany
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    The post about VHS tapes the other day got me pondering my own. I have only a dozen tapes left. It seems like a lot of clutter, even if I do like to watch the tapes occasionally. So I transferred book credits on paperbackswap.com to the DVD section, and either ordered replacement DVD’s for my tapes or put unavailable ones on my wish list. I’m not waiting until they all are replaced. The VCR and all the tapes are leaving for the thrift store today.

  • #168024

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Returned: bag of miscellaneous heavy bolts, brought over by a neighbor when we put up the ceiling mount for our movie projector and never returned

    Okay, folks, I am really coming up against heavy resistance to going out and buying some new workout pants. I’m going up to five days a week, more advanced classes, and I’ve lost five pounds; my current pants are hideously baggy and my teachers need to be able to see my knee placement to make sure I don’t injure myself.

    Part of it is “NOOOOOOOO other people seeing my legs!”, and part of it is arguing about whether I truly need them. Help?

  • #168028

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    congratulations!

    toss the saggy-kneed ones! get some new ones which will be flattering to the new lucy1965-5! (Does this make you Lucy1960 now? Or is that the new math?;)

    seriously, if it is possible to get new ones, feeling good about well-fitting clothes is a blessing. In my case, having good fit makes me feel spurred on to greater efforts. FWIW.

  • #168029

    GardenGirl
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @ MovingToLowlands — “Has anyone done any packing for a move that far out?” — yes. I’ve started packing, and I don’t have a date set or a place to move to yet, and haven’t even talked to a real estate agent yet. Along with doing house repairs, I needed to start packing to convince myself that I’m serious about this (have been thinking about moving for several years).

    @ Anita — People give me cat-themed gifts, too, and most of them have eventually wound up at Goodwill. (I’ve kept a few things I really like.)

    My decluttering has slowed down, for now, but I have identified several more books that can go in the Sell/Donate pile.

  • #168033

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Lucy! Get the new workout pants. Trash the old ones. You don’t need them anymore…not even for a “just in case”. Trash or donate them.

    Congratulations on your fitness commitment. Yay! for the 5 pounds of “Waistline Clutter” trashed!!

  • #168036

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @MovingToLowlands — *raises hand* We are, if the Gods of the Real Estate Market are kind, moving out in a year’s time; everything in the house is subject to “Are you willing to pay to ship this across the ocean?” levels of scrutiny. Sizewise, we’ll be going from 3000 square feet to maybe 1200 if we’re lucky, so everything in the basement and the addition has to be moved into the original part of the house or eliminated. It’s a big job, and if I start now I have a chance.

    @djk and Ann All right, all right! I will donate the old pants. I hadn’t thought of it as “waistline clutter”; must remember that! 🙂

  • #168040

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I have been doing well culling things I do not need, especially clothing and am at the point where today I went shopping for a couple of new things to replace ones that no longer fit well or were a bit to worn. So one shirt out and one shirt in, two pairs of black pants out and two in, at pair of shorts to replace a pair of longer shorts that were going out, and a pair of gray pants gone because I did not need two pairs.

    So, donating 5 things, and bought 4 so overall progress even after shopping. And I was only replacing, not buying and additions.

  • #168041

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I now have two pairs of bike shorts (will be taking back a top and bra that don’t work with the rest of the workout clothes and getting another pair), and the pants are in the wash and will be donated tomorrow. My son is very sweetly making reassuring noises: “Mom, no one will notice that your tummy still sags a little; they will be saying ‘Damn, look at her legs!’ So deal, okay?”

  • #168044

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yard waste can: the failed remains of an attempt to dry plums; container scrubbed out and refilled with plum fruit leather — much more successful!

  • #168046

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: more stuff left a long time ago by relative (1 1/2 kitchen bags very heavy)

  • #168051

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    What great ideas! When I get discouraged I read a few posts and know I can find at least one thing to go out the door!

    Today-
    Donated-
    one purse and pair of scrapbook sccisors
    Trash-
    Conference paperwork
    Personal paperwork

    One a day challenge started 7*24*2010
    Items Gone- 15
    Goal is 365

  • #168052

    jbeany
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @MovingToLowlands – I started sorting stored clutter pre-move in January. I’m moving at the end of August. I’ve got 3 weeks left, and I’m still not sure if I can get everything I want done, so, yes, start early and work on it often!

  • #168053

    angelyn
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’ve been inspired by this blog. I just had six days off from work and I dug in and decluttered everything possible and rearranged my furniture. I just purged a few months ago. I can’t believe how much I missed. Many bags to the thrift store, some items sold online, very little garbage and recycling — very happy about that. I’m not done, but almost.

    A lot of people here have mentioned books. I used to buy books, DVDs, etc., and had a lot of overflowing bookshelves. I sold everything and now I use our gorgeous new library. I save money and everything goes back to them. I can also go online to reserve books. So don’t forget your local library

  • #168060

    mr.positive
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I do not even usually read or write in blogs, but this topic is absolutely inspiring.
    Thank you.
    I will be getting rid of 100 things in 1 month.

    – July.27.10 ——————————————————–
    1.Garmin GPS [craigslist] [thank you iPhone, no need for gps anymore]
    2.A giant clutter of old documents
    3.Got rid of phone numbers of all the people I have no care for or do not remember [i dare you try it. it is liberating]
    4.Big Jug of Epson Salt.
    5.t-shirt
    6.t-shirt
    7.t-shirt
    8.t-shirt
    9.vest

    – July.28.10 ——————————————————–

  • #168062

    mr.positive
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    – July.28.10 ——————————————————–

    10. Small camera bag
    11. TokyoFlash watch [this one was hard to let go: http://www.tokyoflash.com]

  • #168080

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Gave away today on Freecycle to a happy mom: One pair of girl’s roller skates, five bottles of party bubbles (Cinderella style), A box of sidewalk chalk.

  • #168089

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: pill bottle, dust, old flyer, battery

    Give Away: cereal, oats, peanuts, peanut butter, marshmallows, butter, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins

  • #168097

    hsthomas
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Trash: Old pair of shoes not wearable by anyone (why did I keep them?)

  • #168099

    mr.positive
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    12. Ex’s broken sex toy
    13. Unused jewelry
    14. A very heavy box of magazines and books.
    15. 50 pieces of small sized wood board which i was keeping for an art project that I don’t have the time for (nor the desire)

  • #168108

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I went through another box of toy from when I was a kid and found 14 things to get rid of, I kept only 6. I seriously have no idea how I managed to store all of this stuff before I started purging my room.

    I also tackled my key chain collection. I have over 200 of them, although they are not that bad to collect because the entire collection fits into two shoe box sized containers. Anyway, I found 30 to part with!

    So 44 more things gone!

  • #168110

    jp
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yesterday:
    Recycled 7 recent catalogues – not even very old, but knew I’d seen what I’d needed to see.
    Returned to office a small stack of books that migrated home.

    Today:
    Returned another small stack of journals
    Bags are ready for a walk to donation site, but won’t post until the items are OUT, later this evening if weather holds.

  • #168111

    jbeany
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Scanning more of my grandmother’s endless pile of photos today. Cleared the kitchen counter of stacks of them sorted by year. Also scanned pages from genealogy books, so I at least have basic family info, even if I’ve never shared my mother’s fascination with tracking down every family member as far back as she could.

    Out – a large bunch of photos in the trash, a couple of ugly frames in the donate pile, 3 large boxes of genealogy info to give to the local geneo society.

  • #168114

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @jbeany, keeping genealogy books is nice because you never know if some future generation might want the information. We are still trying to figure out what to do with some poster sized papers with family trees laid out that we inherited from a relative.

  • #168122

    ajeanne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Bought a few things (clothes) the other day, but more than made up for it with today’s stuff going out to Goodwill….
    * Indian basket… nice! Was my Dad’s. Haven’t found a place for it in 2 years, plus it’s entirely the wrong color & style for my home. Out!
    * Four long-sleeved shirts (I found it easier to go for things that aren’t in season anyway.)
    * Perfectly-good underwear that never fit right
    * A stupid lei from a Hawaiian dinner years ago
    * Two nice sweaters that I cannot bring myself to wear (catalog purchase–never worked out)

  • #168125

    QuiltLady
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Things I took to work and left in the “give away” zone: Two EW magazines, a tea-for-one pot & cup, 5 pieces of corporate memorabilia.

    Sent home with daughter: Three Nintendo DS games.

    Other: Went through 25 old issues (2005-2007) of Quilters Newsletter Monthly and pulled three patterns to save. Put all the other magazines in a bag to take to August’s guild meeting to give away.

    This may not count completely, but it was an accomplishment and left the house: Completed a redwork block for our guild’s auction quilt. (Don’t care that much for redwork, but I made the commitment.)

  • #168131

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Reading these posts…. wow some great ideas on what to let go of. Some of them are very brave in my eyes!

    So far today-
    Donated-
    17 items from the kitchen, some of it was silverware that didnt match.
    4 shirts, I dont know why they where still in my closet
    1 nightgown
    Trash-
    1 pair of pants- beone repair

    One a day challenge started 7*24*2010
    Items Gone- 38

  • #168132

    SunshineR
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @QuiltLady–congrats on finishing your block.
    @jbeany–I find that the older I get, the more I am interested in genealogy.
    @valh–keep those posters…maybe someone can help with ideas. Do you have a local library that has a genealogy area? I know that we do and there is at least one tireless volunteer who has been featured in our newspaper for her life’s work. She assists people with questions and preserves our local history.

    Yesterday–trashed 2 wooden chairs that were way beyond repair (cheap and ugly to begin with)…cheers and bye-bye.

  • #168136

    jp
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Tonight took a couple of bags of things to a thrift donation center that’s open late.
    Donated:
    four bras that were just ill-fitting, a poor purchase
    four books
    two shirts
    one comforter
    one small afghan

    Uncluttered me:
    Walked half an hour there, half an hour back.

  • #168150

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I haven’t really been doing a “thing” a day…more like a room or area a day. Since this weekend I’ve taken care of:

    Kitchen junk drawers
    Bathroom counter (old skin creams, cleansers bought but I never tried, etc.)
    CLEANED OUT MY ENTIRE EMAIL!!!! (over 1200 emails GONE, WOOHOOO!!!)
    And today I’m uncluttering my desk at work.

    So glad I found this blog and forum 🙂

  • #168155

    sharonus
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I learned about this challenge from the Unclutterer blog. I’ve been reading along for a week or so and now I’m ready to jump in and do it.

    I live in a 900 sq ft apartment with my husband and two kids (4.5 and 6). I liken our place to living in a puzzle. When it’s time to clean up, it’s like putting together that puzzle. You need to do it just “so” or not everything will fit. That means we end up living with a lot of stuff out!

    Yesterday, I got rid of a plastic kids picnic table on Freecycle. It was too small for my kids (it was probably to small for them last summer) so it went to a mom who said her daughter is really excited about it.

    I’m going to borrow @wel2mynightmare‘s idea about putting the date I started and the “things out” in my posts. Mostly so I can remember how far I (will have) come. 🙂

    ATAD challenge started: 7/28/2010
    Things out: 1

  • #168161

    Ginger
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Amazing, 94 voices!! This thread moves so quickly now. Welcome guys!

    I decided to list a few “collectables” up for sale, but I feel like I shouldn’t count those until they actually leave the house…

    I honestly feel like I’m running out of stuff to get rid of. I’m going to go on a break, and then sort through it again in a few weeks and re-evaluate. By then I will be back from vacation with a fresh mind. Thanks guys, this thread is so encouraging and I’ll still be stalking it, because it’s fun to read!

  • #168162

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Trash: 1/2 bag rose food, 1/4 bag “all purpose compound” – whatever that is, 1/2 bag citrus food. Empty bug spray bottel.

    Recycle: Rusty paella pan

    Goodwill area: Nice Paella pan with lid (we don’t do paella)…

  • #168164

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @jp: your post about walking reminded me of walking in NYC where it is an art. I never do as much enjoyable walking as when I go there. It’s pretty easy to get around as the city is laid out in grids and so many interesting things to pass by going from here to there. The subway is great too. Hope you enjoyed your walk.

    toss: sponge, paper bags, plastic bag, postcard

  • #168168

    mr.positive
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    16. another box of magazines & books
    17. 16mm film [switched to digital cinematography]
    18. weird geometry art set
    19. old external HardDisc

  • #168178

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Thanks to one long-haired gray cat with a fondness for sleeping in underbed drawers, today has turned into “Clean All The Things” Day: the Bedroom Edition!

    Tossed: Two bags of items of an intimate nature. No, you don’t get more than that. 🙂

    In the donation pile: a pair of underpants, never worn and with the tags still on, that I missed during the last round, plus a scarf in a shade that’s completely unflattering to me.

    Except for my wool coats and trousers (which are safely in Space Bags), two scarves and a silk dress headed for the dry cleaner’s and what I’m wearing, every other bit of clothing I own is either in the wash, waiting its turn or out on the line. Now I can really size up where I am in my decluttering!

  • #168181

    hsthomas
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Goodwill box: 5 pairs of shoes
    Toss: One pair of shoes

    Started ATAD challenge: 7/22/10
    Items out: 8

    While going through my shoe collection, I found brand new, never-worn shoes that I forgot I had! Now that I’m on my way to a distinctly “non-corporate” career, I probably will never wear them, but they’re BRAND NEW. I’m having trouble giving them away, knowing how much they cost. Anyone else have that problem?

  • #168183

    sharonus
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @hsthomas: I do have that problem. It helps if I can give whatever it is to someone I know really wants or needs it. It makes it easier to extricate that thing from my life than it would be if I were just donating it to Goodwill.

    Items out today:
    – Book: “The Healthy Baby Meal Planner”
    – Book: “How to Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems”
    – Used packing envelope
    – Old stamps in various denominations (counting as 1 item)

    I sent the books to a friend who is pregnant. The cookbook has some good recipes for kids and one of my children can’t fall asleep unless I’m in the room but who am I kidding? I haven’t cooked from a cookbook in at least a couple years, and if I had read the sleep book look ago, I might not be laying on the floor of my son’s room until he falls asleep. 🙂 Anyway, if I suddenly have a desire to read either I can get them from the library.

    The best part of sending these was getting to use up stamps of various denominations that have been hanging around forever. I even taped a prestamped postcard on the front to use as a mailing label. That postcard has a 20 cent stamp on it. Anyone remember when postcards were 20 cents? I do! 1995-2001. (I looked it up on the internet. :)) I’m pretty sure the postcards I have are circa the beginning of that range…

    ATAD challenge started: 7/28/2010
    Things out: 5

  • #168186

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @hsthomas The “sunk cost” fallacy has tripped up many of us (and still does).

    Think of it this way: the money that you originally spent is GONE. Yes, you could try to sell them on eBay or through consignment, but once you factor in your time and the costs of shipping/the store’s cut, are you realistically going to get that money back?

    You might ask around to see if there’s a local organization that helps to provide the long-term unemployed with professional clothing for job searches/interviews, and donate them there: you might get a tax receipt and you’d know that whoever did get the shoes would appreciate them greatly.

    And if it’s welcome, may I offer my congratulations on that “non-corporate” career? The best part of my job is being able to work from home in a T-shirt and yoga pants, and they’d have to offer me a LOT more money to get me back into suits!

  • #168187

    jbeany
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Ex-hubby/computer tech was here today to help me switch from old computer to new, smaller and faster one. He asked if I was keeping a framed Salvador Dali print he had bought for us years ago. Ummmmm – don’t know if I even still have it. If it isn’t already gone, it’s under the couch – one place I haven’t yet reached in the ongoing decluttering and packing efforts. Break out the flashlight and have a look. Ooops. Yup, it’s still there, along with a stack of other things I didn’t remember owning or storing there.

    OUT – Salvador’s dog/fruit bowl/mountain print; a large framed photo of a lovely bridge shot by ex-hubby, who claimed that as well. Also sent home a bunch of drink mixes to his step kids, and half a batch of no-bake cookies. (Working on the pantry clean out, too. Half the oatmeal is now gone.)

    Also OUT – A mirror and a photo frame from under the couch that landed in the donate pile.

    I added a wrought iron open weave bowl to the to-be-packed pile. It was under the couch as well. (Don’t ask why – I don’t have any answers to that.) I really don’t remember owning it, but I decided to keep it because I like enough that I probably would have purchased it if I saw it in a store. Does it count as an IN if you already had it but just didn’t remember it? (Totally crazy, I know!)

  • #168191

    hsthomas
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @lucy1965, THANKS for your suggestion! It reminded me of a local organization, “Dress for Success,” that helps women put together an outfit for job interviews and work. Perfect! NOW I’m excited about getting rid of those new shoes!

  • #168192

    ajeanne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    End of the day…. had to find something. Starting a bag of books to donate to the library. Found five that I can totally live without. Bagged.

  • #168195

    whyawhelk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    This week: An old computer which I refused to bin until I’d removed the hard drive, just in case. It was sitting next to the dryer, and had been there for about 8 months, and had reached the point where I didn’t even notice its presence anymore. I took the hard drive out and trashed it. Donated eight mismatched glasses and a never-used bread machine from the kitchen. Binned a broken tricycle, various old kids’ toys that were scattered around the garden and a carrier bag full of half-used and expired makeup, lotions and potions from the bathroom. In my zeal, I managed to convince my other half to donate 4 coats from his extensive coat collection that took up our entire coatrack. All in all, it’s been quite a productive week.

  • #168204

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    A pile of my late brother’s photographs. Don’t need/want pictures of his ex-wife. EVER. hahaha

  • #168209

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I am still going through all my stuff I had in the attic. It was invisible clutter, but time to go through it.

    I am toss/donating about 40 kids meal toys and other little figures.
    I tossed 5 barbies that had either discolored, became sticky, or had previously been mutilated by a vacuum.

    Today I will be going through two bins of baby doll clothes to see what I should donate and what I should toss.

  • #168212

    ninakk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I chucked out a bag filled with old medical magazines that I’ve only had time to flick through in high speed. I will never know everything that is in them so why fill shelf meter after shelf meter with “important information” “just in case”. There is something called PubMed for electronical searches if I *really* need to know what was in precisely those magazines… *deep sigh*

    Best part? There are still magazines worth of two more similar-sized paper bags that I need to go through. Maybe I should do myself a favour and just THROW THEM OUT ALREADY? I mean, I become attached to Very Important Information and can’t let go again. Is there something wrong with me? Anyone have a diagnosis? If I’d simply chuck them out, I’d never know what I should have known. Aaaaargh 😀

  • #168213

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Went through my basket area and got rid of the one that I will NEVER use. To the goodwill area.

    Went thru another discovered pile of my late brother’s stuff and consolidated it into the box I had set aside for him. Tossed: Condolence letters to my parents from people I never knew.

    Found: a box of small mason jars that need cleaning, gleaning and consolidating with other such items.

  • #168218

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: old hotel soap and shampoo, brown paper bag, plastic bag, dust, paper

  • #168219

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Got rid of some software I never used and never will. Also one dog brush gone.

    One a day challenge started 7*24*2010
    Items Gone- 40

  • #168221

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    in the donation pile, waiting for a trip: shoes which hurt my feet all day. Swore up and down they were going in the pile the moment I limped through the door. They did. (besides, I had had them for 5 years, they didn’t owe me anything after all that hard wear)

    some things were tossed and replaced with better: two mediocre scrub brushes, pair of scissors, sock hanger thingamajig, old nasty wobbly paint-covered plastic stool, husband’s hideous old bathing trunks. Catalogue.

  • #168226

    lucy1965
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donation pile: brown cotton eyelet sleeping shorts (why?), a blue T-shirt that’s full of holes and one wool sock. Really, going through my entire wardrobe and finding only 5 things to toss? That’s not bad at all.

    Here is a funny thing: after doing a clothing purge for DH so that I have access to half the closet space, all I’ve got on the rod are a bathrobe and four pairs of trousers.

  • #168228

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I just wrote a really long post in the Pantry Clean Up thread, so I’ll just keep this short and say I tossed a bunch of expired foods from our pantry last night! I didn’t even keep count. I’ll hopefully be doing a little more of the same tonight. 🙂

  • #168231

    chacha1
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    An old metal roasting pan and cookie sheet that I never use, the one because I like my Pyrex better, and the other because it won’t fit in our elderly apartment oven. Not to mention both were duplicates [guilty look].

  • #168232

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Goodbye 5 baby and other dolls. They are photographed and ready to head out soon. I am actually working to see if I can get them cleaned enough that it might make sense to donate, if not they will likely be tossed, but they are in a pile in the kitchen and will not be kept so I am fine listing them.

  • #168233

    Claycat
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Well, my old collectible, childhood lamp just went into the trash, because the cat knocked it down and broke it. Oh well! I was trying to figure out what to do with it. Now, I don’t have to worry about it.

  • #168238

    jbeany
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Too many INs today, and no OUT until I started reading on here again. Tossed a couple of small binder note pads with only a couple of pages left in each. The binder rings were huge and always tangled up with each other, making the small stack of post-its and scratch paper look twice as big as it really was. Not much, but still something.

  • #168244

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today:
    Donated: 7 books, one to a friend, the rest to the donation area at work (I need to get an apple box from work to start a large donation for my sangha’s library)

    Returned: Two shirts and pair socks that were borrowed by my Nederlander when the airline lost his luggage the last time he visited

  • #168245

    hsthomas
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: One irreparably damaged pool float

    Started ATAD challenge: 7/22/10
    Items out: 9

  • #168249

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Recycle: plastic bottles

    Give Away: kitchen utensil, energy bars, ring, bracelet

    Toss: old indoor gate

  • #168255

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today I tossed two full tubes of lipstick. I guess maybe I was waiting to like those colors?

    One a day challenge started 7*24*2010
    Items Gone- 42

  • #168256

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donated: 1 pair blue shorts, 1 pair grey capris that are 2 big, 5 books, and a handfull of magazine

    Tossed notes from college classes a took 7 years ago

  • #168258

    ajeanne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yesterday: Sorted through some books in an old box. Three were trivial & damaged beyond using. I put them in the recycle bin. Set aside the rest to either donate to the library or sell on Amazon.com.

  • #168260

    Sky
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’ve finally taken 2 dresses to Goodwill that I never wore. They were like new but I never felt comfortable in them. Also, a skirt, several t-shirts, pajamas and a hot glue gun and some craft items.
    Cleaned out my pantry and am letting 3 boxes of organic pop-tarts that taste like cardboard go.

  • #168262

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Donate/Toss – Two tubs of baby cloths/doll cloths. About 20 pieces. And a two sets of markers.

    Started a bit over a month ago, have gotten rid of about 441 things!

    Although as I started with a really cluttered room and a lot of stuff in the attic I think I had an unfair advantage.

  • #168263

    pkilmain
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Decluttered my car while at the gas station – tossed all the trash! Also took the thrift store donations to the store (I won’t make a special trip just for this, so while I marked this stuff as donated a couple weeks ago, it really only made it to the store today.) I did bring in several paperback books for a car trip next week, after which they’ll get re-donated, and a sweater vest and corduroy shirt for my husband.

    Next on the agenda is the paper on my desk – ugh.

  • #168265

    sharonus
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I missed yesterday, so I’m going to have to make up for it with two posts today.

    Things out:

    * 2 partially completed baby books — One for each of my kids.

    Obviously, there’s a lot of guilt associated with this. However, I had to admit to myself that I could never complete those particular books even if I tried. They included things like the dates each tooth appeared (uh…?). It was kind of freeing to release these to the recycle bin. If I continue on the declutter path maybe I can put together some homemade baby books for each child. (With a lot less details, obviously!)

    * 1 old check register

    I thought my kids could use it to play, but they have enough notepads. Recycle bin!

    * 1 envelope with a bunch of old stamps on it

    I finally found something to mail (I typically do everything online) and used up an envelope that started with a 32c stamp on it. (That’s from 1995, folks!)

    ATAD challenge started: 7/28/2010
    Things out: 9

  • #168266

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Two more things today!

    1 long jacket, I had two of them and it never gets cold enough where I live to wear them, so it is one.

    1 Karate outfit, I don’t do it anymore

  • #168269

    Peter
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    My daughter’s craft bin was overflowing. Tossed a bunch of crayons that didn’t work well, some plastic bits that weren’t doing anything, moved the colored pencils from a box to a bag that only had erasers in it. Got everything to fit nicely.

    Decluttering rule of thumb: if it doesn’t fit then you’ve got too much.

  • #168270

    jbeany
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Two more hours scanning my grandmother’s photo albums. Saved a few, scanned many, tossed most. That’s plenty of OUT for one day.

  • #168277

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Hey, lots of people on rolls. Good job folks.

    Toss: material

  • #168279

    djk
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    donated: sweater, 2 vests, 4 shirts, 1 pr. khakis belonging to DH, no difficulty for me there;)
    about 50 plastic and metal hangers which I located way at the back of the closet, apparently waiting for a shopping spree or something

    in outbox: dress I think I wore once and no longer fits

    back to outdoors: bat the cat was doing her best to catch at 2 a.m. above our bed.

  • #168281

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Freecycled two scented candles and some landscape fabric. My daughter just cleaned out her marker drawer. Three-quarters had dried up!!

    –Valerie

  • #168285

    hsthomas
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    • Donate: A pair of “fur” lined slippers, never worn (except once to find out I didn’t like them).
    • Toss: About 20 paper shopping bags with handles. Obviously the “someday” that I might need them never came. While I would love to run my numbers up, I’m only counting the bags as one item.
    • Donate: My new shoes (still had the tissue paper inside the toes!), two pair, to a friend who will give them to the Dress for Success organization.

    Started ATAD challenge: 7/22/10
    Items out: 13

  • #168287

    Shortbird
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Ah, paper carriers… the paper recycler’s friend! We have the type of recycling container that has a hinged flap: a paper carrier is so useful to keep the flap open and stop it slamming on my fingers;)

  • #168288

    jbeany
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I added a couple of board games to the OUT pile last night, and tossed some old decks of cards and assorted clutter from the collection of toys I keep for visiting kids. Saved a few fun things that work for all ages that I really love, like a vintage wooden block stacking game that is just as much fun with a couple of seven year olds as it is with a group of wine-soused adults. Multi-tasking at its best!
    Found some more OUTs this morning when I removed the glass fronts from my curio cabinet, to pack them for moving. The curio was a hand-me-down from ex-hub’s gram, who had extra shelves made so she could wedge an entire collection of mini teddy bears in it. I don’t use all the extra shelves. I like it with only the original 3, and very few things in it. So all the extra glass shelves landed in the OUT pile, too. I saved only one extra, which will sit invisibly on the wood bottom, so I have a spare for breakage. 7 others are leaving.

  • #168289

    ajeanne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yesterday: Three t-shirts that I really don’t like into the Goodwill bag.

  • #168292

    mdfloyd
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yesterday threw out a bunch of old school notebooks and papers, and about five old broken cassette tapes along with 10 scratched and cracked cassette tape holders. Today threw out about 20 ink pens, 3 ancient torn 3-ring binders, blank paper pads my birds have chewed up, and posted several meditation cassette programs on half.com. Threw out two big trash bags of stuff — home office is getting more clear, though I still have way too many books.

  • #168296

    QuiltLady
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Into the donation box: Pair of boots and two pairs of khaki pants that don’t fit right.

    Virtual de-cluttering: E-mail in-box reduced from 260 unread and/or unfiled to 48.

  • #168299

    ajeanne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today: From my son’s room (he hasn’t lived here for the last 13 years): Three bags of junk to trash. One to recycling (plus broke down two boxes as well). One bag of stuff for Goodwill. Also, two old framed pictures & another empty frame ready for Goodwill, too.

    From my office: One box of greeting cards that would have been perfect for a certain friend (but only for her). She’s been out of touch for years (misunderstanding), so the cards are in a bag for Goodwill, too.

    Not a bad day.

  • #168300

    MaryB26
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I have been lurking at this forum for over a year and today I registered. I am slowly decluttering and this site inspires me to stay motivated. I live with a hoarder/clutterer and some days it gets impossible to keep up with the mess of papers, dvd’s, books that my spouse leaves around the house not to mention any snack food wrappers and spills.

    Today I decluttered: 3 old socks, one old t-shirt, some old yellowed envelops, some miscellaneous papers that had dust caked on them from early 2009. I did a quick check in my pantry and threw out old expired food.

  • #168302

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Two bags of girl clothes to Goodwill. Three toys freecycled.

    My second post today!

    –Valerie

  • #168315

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss: more things left so long long time ago by a relative

  • #168334

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Took a bag of photos and semi-organized…in the process, tossed duplicate photos from old little league teams and old junior high basketball…also unframed a few pics and filed the pics but put the frames in the give away bin.

    Give away bin: Porsche flag that was my brother’s.

    This weekend, DH and I “organized” our wine locker and were able to consolidate some boxes so I have a whole bunch to breakdown to the recycle bin. The best part was being able to “even up” the stacks.

  • #168337

    ValH
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Toss/Donate: A small box of random things.

    Went through my boxed up plates, cups and such and found two cups, a thermos, two water bottles, and 3 bowls to donate.

    Most excitingly, have scanned in a tossed a two inch high stack of notes from my classes in college, still have a good bit to go, but it is progress.

  • #168341

    Peter
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Posted a week ago: “A friend of a friend gave me a draft of a novel he wrote. He gave it to me years ago and I’ve never read it yet kept it out of guilt. I tossed it today.”

    Today I learn this same friend of a friend killed himself some time last month. 🙁

  • #168348

    QuiltLady
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Tossed: “Stuff” from water-in-basement episode. (This is stuff that’s been stored for more than years.)

    Placed in Donations boxes: Set of green cafe curtains that I took down from my sewing room when we replaced all of our windows. Pots and pans, placemats and napkins, and other miscellaneous “stuff” that’s in good-enough condition for someone to use.

    Gave away in break room at work: 4 more pieces of corporate memorabilia.

  • #168350

    jbeany
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @ Peter – that’s tough news to hear about anyone.

  • #168351

    Peter
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @ jbeany – thx. i’m quite shook up over it.

  • #168354

    SunshineR
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @Peter: I am feeling empathy for you.

  • #168355

    SunshineR
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I feel guilty about posting this right after Peter’s loss…
    Today I was able to let go of some sentimental clutter (donated) as well as donating 36 pieces of clothing which were mostly too small (some pieces I have had up to ten years!); a few pieces were just plain bad memories which hurt every time I saw them; others were handmedowns that I didn’t care for. Some things were beyond repair and went into the rubbish.

  • #168357

    Sophie
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Two extremely old and marked baking trays that I were in the house when I moved here and have never used.

  • #168358

    sharonus
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @Peter – I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. It’s such a tragedy when something like that happens.

    I wonder if, subconsciously, you knew he was already gone and that helped you release the draft? Are you feeling guilt over having released the it (“I knew I shouldn’t have thrown that out”)? Or do you feel okay with it?

  • #168359

    sharonus
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today I:

    * Donated 4 pairs of shoes from my daughter. She gets a LOT of hand-me-down shoes from her cousins and we moved up in size.

    * Trashed 1 pair of shoes from my son. We replaced those, but if I wasn’t trying to be conscious of clutter, they’d probably be around for a while.

    ATAD challenge started: 7/28/2010

  • #168360

    ajeanne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    @Peter…. that’s so sad about your friend. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • #168361

    ajeanne
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Today: Recycled docs from old notebook (Board meeting from 2008). Filed the tabs for use later. Repurposed the notebook for something today. This meant there was room on the shelf for the new stuff. So, making things just a little easier.

  • #168374

    Peter
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Thanks everyone for the sympathies.

    @sharonus – I feel guilt. I know if I knew he was dead before I threw out his draft that I probably wouldn’t have tossed it. But thinking about it… thinking about the articles I’ve seen on this website about getting rid of sentimental clutter… I’m not sure I would have been any more inclined to actually read the draft. So it still would’ve been clutter, just much harder to get rid of.

    I think finding something else to unclutter will make me feel better. I’m gonna go search for something.

  • #168375

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Yesterday:
    Donate: 30 books to Library donation pile
    2 binders, 2 notebooks to my college bound sister
    8 pieces of clothing
    Trashed: 3 year old paystubs
    20 torn, marked or damaged books (my dog LOVES book corners)
    Listed: 10 books to Half.com
    1 pair exofficio pants with tags to Ebay
    Boxed for removal: about 10 items to a garage sale box

    The beginnings of my international move…

    My two bookcases are nearly empty!! Oh man, I wish I had taken photos of them

  • #168390

    Anonymous

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I just officially joined today, but have been mentally on board ever since Erin mentioned this challenge in her blog. I helped my son move a few weeks ago, and I realized how much junk we all hold onto. I refinish and sell old furniture through a local antique store, but there is so much stuff that I just need to donate.
    Yesterday took three boxes of stuff to Goodwill. I will start a new pile for next weeks run.

  • #168393

    Ann
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Hi, Ann in Kansas – WELCOME!!!

    Trash: More duplicate photos, photo envelopes.

    Give away pile: portable clothes hanger from son’s visit back east last summer, photograph of a Ferrari that belonged to my brother that my mother thought was “good” – whatever that means.

    Peter: I understand the guilt part. If you have read any of my posts, you will notice that I have been dealing with a lot of my late brother’s stuff because I felt guilty that he died (young) and I am alive and very healthy. A lot of the stuff I kept because I had space and it was comforting to my mother to keep it. My brother and I had lived on other sides of the country for 20+ years and had no friends or activities in common…so I had a lot of pictures, letters and such that meant nothing to me at all. Or to my mom, I expect, except as they related to being my brother’s possessions. It is hard to overcome.

  • #168396

    gypsyharper
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    I’ve been wanting to join in since Erin posted about this challenge on the blog, so here goes. I’m going to try really hard to release at least one thing every day until my house only contains things that I love and use and have space for, BUT, I’m not allowed to beat myself up if I miss a day. 🙂

    Tossed (yesterday): one pair of broken headphones
    Returned (today): six library books

  • #168399

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    100 voices!!!

    Give Away: brand new (old) pillow cases and bed sheets to a family temporarily taking in 3 minor relatives due to a family crises

    @Anita: Oh, that happens to me too and now I know the reason! Thank you! Hope you feel better soon.

  • #168438

    jbeany
    Member

    A Thing A Day: uncluttering your home one thing at a time

    Cleared out the tool cupboard this morning. Everything except the toolbox and the dremel, sander and drill cases now fits in a milk crate. All painting supplies and a new gallon of eggshell white paint were dropped off at a friend’s house. She’s recently purchased the house, and is getting ready to do some remodeling, so she can use them, and I won’t have to store them at my apartment. Another bag is going to the neighbor’s garage – things he can use. Another bag landed in the donate pile, and got left at the Salvation Army store on my way through town today, along with the rest of the OUT pile. A few things got left in the bottom cupboard for the people who are purchasing my current place, like replacement tiles, etc. What I need to pack to move now fits in 1/4 of the space all the tool clutter was previously taking up. Ahhhhh.

  • #168453