So it’s already Jan 20th, more than half way through the month and I haven’t made a post yet even though I told Carly I would take over on like the 3rd. It’s been a long week this week with sick kids and stomach flu going through the house. Thank goodness it hasn’t hit me.
So lets see if I managed to find 20 things to get rid of. I had been looking through the house constantly with the blog in mind, and there is so much in the house that I want gone. It’s going to be a great decluttering year!
- A blue winter jacket – it’s just a regular warm 2 layer type jacket, but it’s too small for me now. I don’t want to hang on to it till it fits me again.
- An old game thingy – plugs into the tv, you don’t need a playstation or anything with it, just the right plug on the tv. The kids have tried to play it a few times, but it’s old and not really good, and they’d rather just play on the wii.
- Baby Bumbo seat – I’ve tried to use these with a few of the kids, but they always figure out how to get out of them, so they are more of a nuisance then anything.
- Stuffie – Do you know the kids show Max and Ruby? We have a Ruby stuffie and Ahnikha is happy to let it go.
- A playsckool toy of different shapes – I hope I don’t regret this one. Lukas has a lot of toys, so it really is ok. It’s just a nice toy in great shape.
- A horse stuffie – Not sure where it came from either. Ronan decided it could go. So we’ll let it go.
- 4 tier office paper holder – It’s probably from the dollar store. It’s pretty terrible quality.
- One of the kids bowls – it doesn’t stack nicely with the other bowls, so it’s got to go,even though it’s a nice bowl and the kids all like it
- Bag of clothing – I went to a kids clothing swap today and get rid of a giant value village bag of clothing. But in turn I brought clothing home too. So I’m not sure if it counts, but I’m going to count it.
- A hooded towel – We used it for the babies. They are all too big for this little hooded towel now.
- A few bras – I have a few bras that don’t fit me, and I’m not sure when or if they ever will. I don’t even know how I got them!
- A pair of jeans – size 30, never in my adult life have I been that size. Even if I lose all the weight I wanted, I’d never fit in them. Thank you dutch hips.
- Skorts – I also have these skorts that I’ve had for years, not sure why I never got rid of them before. They’re pre-kids, my hips aren’t going to fit back into them.
- Kids sippy cups – had a few without lids and lids without bottoms. So they went.
- Hair roller things – they don’t work for me, my hair is too long. So they found their way to the garbage.
- A ball of yarn – I used up a ball of yarn to make my son a creeper from Minecraft. It’s not out of my house, but its not in my stash anymore.
- Lunch bags – I had a friend give us lunch bags for the kids, and I didn’t have the hurt to tell her no, so I took them. But they have just been hanging around the house since. I found one just now, and its going to go away.
- Fabric softener – James used to do some work for a company that often had sample products come looking for people to be their distributor. We got some all natural fabric softener, yrs and yrs ago. I have never used it, and so its going. It smells terrible, in sure its gone bad by now.
- My sister gave me awesome oven mitts for Christmas and so I got rid of the old ones.
- James has a pair of swim shorts he doesn’t like he’s willing to get rid of.
So there’s the first 20 things of the yr. Hopefully I can do this daily for you all now that I know how to do it from my phone, easy peasy.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, this can be the hardest part, where do you even start? Of course, there are many answers to this question, but I’ll just tell you what worked for me. Start with the area of your house that drives you the most crazy, embarrasses you, and quite possibly is the dumping ground. It will be the most motivating, you’ll see the biggest difference, and it will make all the other areas a bit easier to handle.
The trick (and hardest part) is to really push yourself. It might be a hard decision to make, but try to think about it logically rather than emotionally. If you know that you don’t need it, let it go!
Here is this week’s decluttering items!
A shirt of Evan’s (came free in a beer case), a shirt of mine (too small) another 2 shirts (too short, as usual), a pair of dress pants (but it’s that weird material and when you walk it goes swissshhh swisssh, and drives me crazy…er), 2 pieces of fabric (I keep saying I’ll use but I haven’t), a dress I made (a very long time ago), a big stack of papers, mostly from school (old projects that aren’t my favourite, not something I would show somebody else and I don’t enjoy looking at them, so why keep them?), a cord (but I can’t remember what I bought this for like 10 years ago), a CD ( I don’t know what’s on it but I’m sure it’s not important), a sticker (where would I put that?), a necklace (not really my style), a picture of stairs from Independence Hall (I took a long time ago but haven’t put up), some folders, a notepad, a little box, a coffee tin, and a few other things here and there.
So that’s what I have for this week! It did fill up a whole box though so I’m pretty happy with that.
Feel free to share what you’ve decluttered this week, or if you haven’t, tell me what you’re struggling with!
Well, here is what I’ve found for this week! (Not including the wooden base). A lamp (I never use), an old project from school (there are ones I’m more proud of), a box of beer bottle caps (yes, apparently we were collecting them), a pair of yoga pants (too big, they fall down), a dress (I have other ones I like better) another dress I used to wear all the time (but the halter top ring thing broke), a book (it was good, but I’m not going to read it again), a bunch of socks (Evan’s old work socks that have seen better days), a sheet set (soooo thin, and the elastic is so worn out for the fitted sheet), moisturizer (from years ago, I don’t think it’s supposed to be this thick), a shirt (it’s a little too short) and about 10 or so other shirts and pajama pants and things (just found that I don’t wear them anymore, they were hard to say goodbye to, clothes are a tough one for me.)
And there ya have it! That’s my decluttering for the week. Feel free to share what you’ve decluttered this week, I’d love to hear it!
Okay maybe that was a little misleading, but I’ve seen this heading so many times! The truth is… you can’t declutter your home in 10 minutes… and if you can, well the clutter will just come back. Decluttering your home takes a lot of work. It’s a lifestyle change… and it’s so worth it!
This is similar to seeing the “Lose 20 pounds in a week!”. It’s not going to happen, and if it does, you can be sure it’s on its way back real soon.
Losing weight and decluttering is actually kind of similar. Although we often look up the best ways to do both, it’s fairly obvious isn’t it? To lose weight… exercise more… eat better. To declutter… get rid of more… bring in less! Both easier said than done!
I certainly don’t have a model home, (and it definitely doesn’t look the way it does in the pictures everyday!) but we’re working towards it! It’s come a long way and it’s a process that will take time. Not only do you have to get rid of the things you already have, you also have to commit to bringing in less stuff (which also has the affect of spending less money, and isn’t that nice!)
Well, before I pack everything up for the donation box / recycling / garbage… here’s this week’s decluttering! A terrible old mop that scrapes against the floor (ah!), a garbage bin (it doesn’t fit a grocery bag which I use as garbage bags so I never end up using this), the top of a different garbage bin (again, that garbage bin doesn’t fit a grocery bag), 2 knives (I have much better knives!), 1 necklace (I wore it to my sister’s wedding, then wore it like ALL the time, now not so much…), 2 bracelets (I never wear them), a belt (too small), a bathing suit bottom (I don’t have the top anymore, plus it’s probably like 10 years old), 2 bras (too small), 3 pairs of tights/pantyhose (I never wear these), a dust pan (it’s old and curved so all the dust goes underneath, plus I have more dust pans than brusher sweeper things), labels (I don’t have a printer), sleeve protectors (don’t need ’em), and some old magazine clippings (recycling!).
The inspiration for this post comes from a video I saw this past week. I’ve pasted the link below, it’s about a man that lives in a very tiny apartment, and how he lives with less stuff. No clutter issues at his place! There was one quote that really stuck with me, maybe it will mean something to you too!
“At the end of the day, what do you even need for living? You need a nice comfortable mattress and nice clean sheets, running water, shower, and a stove to cook something. That’s actually what you need. You don’t need so much more stuff”
We buy so much stuff we don’t need for all sorts of reasons. Although the initial rush of buying something new and taking it home may be nice at the time, chances are you’d be happier with less in the long run. There are so many temptations out there, and the sales! Oh the sales! But if you’re buying it just because it’s a good deal, you’re probably just buying clutter. Put it down…and walk away. You don’t need that!
“…when you find out you can live without it and go along not thinkin’ about it, I’ll tell you something true… the bare necessities of life will come to you.”
– The Jungle Book