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get rid of all my clutter

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get rid of all my clutter (read all 13 entries…)
Progress as of Aug 13, 2013

I have made it my goal this summer to go through a minimum of one box per week. Some weeks have been too busy, in which case I add an extra box the following week. Generally speaking, I usually end up doing more boxes than I intend to anyway.

This goal is starting to pay off in more ways than one. Yesterday, I chose a box to go through that has been sitting on a high shelf in the garage for years. When I opened it up, I found notes from my mother on family history items that will move my genealogy research forward considerably. There were some old photos, too, and the best find of all – some of my mother’s jewelry, including her wedding rings!



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More progress made

I am embarassed to admit that my desk in my home office had become such a mess that I could no longer even use it, because of all the paper stacked on the desk. I have now purged most of it and filed the remainder. I have also purged most of the papers sitting in my file cabinet, many of which were at least 15 years old or older (this was due in a large part to my husband hanging on to a lot of paper). Together, we went through the cabinets and purged most of it. Some of the files and papers, which were only his, I did not touch. However, they have all been stored in a central location and I have suggested that he take some time to purge. If he doesn’t, that is not my problem. I have dealt with my paper issues; he can deal with his when he is ready.



get rid of all my clutter (read all 13 entries…)
Another accomplishment

I forgot to mention a HUGE accomplishment I have made in the past month. Both at work and at home, I had accumulated literally thousands of emails (dating back to 2007), that were just sitting in my inboxes. I decided recently it was time to get rid of digital clutter, too. I devoted an hour a day for about a week at work and managed to either refile or delete all emails. For the past two weeks, my work email inbox has not contained any emails older than one week. I finally gathered up the courage to do the same thing at home this past weekend (32,000 + emails in my inbox, some read, some not) and filed or deleted all of it, and now that email inbox is also clean. It feels good.



get rid of all my clutter (read all 13 entries…)
Stuck

Sad to say that five years later, I still have not accomplished this goal. I have decided this goal is too general, and am going to do baby steps, with more specific sub-goals.

I did manage to sort through papers on my desk at home this weekend. I now have a functional office space again!

Between now and the end of July, I am going to focus on my garage storage. I will be going through one box per week and dealing with purging most of it. I have not used any of this stuff in years, so how much do I really need it?



newsurfiegirl is still around just not saying much!

get rid of all my clutter (read all 30 entries…)
I am actively working on this again

perhaps I should list things I am decluttering daily so I can see my progress and gain motivation from it!



cia007 is a "Romatic Spiritual Tree-Hugger!"

get rid of all my clutter (read all 62 entries…)
Toys and kiddo clothes

Preparing for garage sale next week. Did a mega purge of son’s room, books…toys…and clothing. At least 5 boxes of stuff to sell, and haven’t even started on the playroom yet. His room can still be further de littered especially on the shelves, but I am satisfied with the purge.

Glad hubby didn’t look at what we were getting rid of, he is too sedimental.



cia007 is a "Romatic Spiritual Tree-Hugger!"

get rid of all my clutter (read all 62 entries…)
2 bags of clothing...down!

Went on a rampage this afternoon and took out 2 full bags of kid clothes- gone. I can tell I need to do more, but I am getting my declutter groove back on!

Future decluttering targets as follows:

kid clothes
kid books
all other books
adult clothes
shoes
toys
magazines
refrigerator
pantry
makeup drawers
large downstairs closet
garage
kitchen cabinets
laundry room



cia007 is a "Romatic Spiritual Tree-Hugger!"

get rid of all my clutter (read all 62 entries…)
Book Explosion

Time to purge my son’s books….dad found great deals over the last few years on books at second-hand stores and they have multiplied. My son is a bookworm and he has read most of them and outgrown many. Last year we had the best success at the garage sale selling children’s books and toys, so we will be doing this again! I need to box up the ones to sell and store them in the garage in a pile marked “garage sale.”



newsurfiegirl is still around just not saying much!

get rid of all my clutter (read all 30 entries…)
Do weeds count as clutter?

if so I have decluttered quite a lot!



cia007 is a "Romatic Spiritual Tree-Hugger!"

get rid of all my clutter (read all 62 entries…)
Paper EXPLOSION! by cia007

Paper paper everywhere, on the counter and on the chair…
in places it shouldn’t be, in every room…it’s bugging me!

Wage a war, I must…I must….
Or with all this paper my house may bust.

Mr. Mailman, please understand,
all these ads and catalogs are unplanned…

To recycling it all must go,
for it is time for me to just say “NO”!!




 

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