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Re: De-clutter challenge - 30 or 60 days
« Reply #100 on: August 13, 2017, 02:49:23 PM »
rosy: I would love to come and help you. I have helped many of my friends through the years but I live in NV.

RN: my good friend lost her 19 yo daughter to a rare liver disease 5 years ago and it is tough. I helped her clean out her room so I have some idea of what you are going through.  Hugs:))

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Re: De-clutter challenge - 30 or 60 days
« Reply #101 on: August 14, 2017, 05:48:56 PM »
To Cassie,
Thank you for your sweet thoughts.. It is hard, but it helps to have many friends.  Also, I have been filling my time helping my parents.


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« Reply #102 on: August 14, 2017, 06:30:21 PM »
So sorry to hear about your daughter, RN. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to lose a child.

I had another weekend of crossing nothing big off, but have been making steady  progress on the pantry and refrigerator. Still have the damned black olives. Other thing in the wings: giant bags of frozen berries and green beans from Costco. Over the winter I would have used them, but I keep getting distracted with fresh produce. I don't want them to get freezer burned so will be doubling down.

Looks like we'll be out of town this weekend, too. My BFF is having a last minute engagement party, plus our shared hometown has been in the news recently for not-good reasons and I just want to...be there for a day or two. But at least I can try and get something done about the crawl space at my mom's house.

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« Reply #103 on: September 15, 2017, 06:33:06 PM »
Never did get back to my challenge. Oh well...other family matters just became more important. My father is recovering well and the time we spent helping him was extremely important in getting him on track. I'm going to try to keep plugging at it over the next few months and start 2018 with it all done...maybe?

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« Reply #104 on: September 18, 2017, 05:59:27 AM »
I never did any of my challenges.
  • One of the things (getting rid of a bodice) is on my todo list for this week. I have given up on selling, too much fuss and too weird people on the phone. Donating it in a clothes box on my way to work is easier.
  • Dumping an electrical device requires me to visit an electronics store further away. That will have to wait until I visit that direction.
  • Last thing: taking pictures and selling my wedding dress just takes time. And I will probably need to put it on as well and need to look representable in it (newly washed and combed hair etc). Maybe next weekend.
  • My DH won an electric bicycle. He tested it and the bike does not work the way he likes it and needs a lot of modification before it can be useful. Electrifying his present mountain bike probably is a cheaper option with a better result. So the new bike will be sold.


I will also have these things done by 2018, at least putting the dress and the bike out for sale. If they will get sold in the coming months is of course uncertain.

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« Reply #105 on: September 18, 2017, 08:23:11 AM »
While I do the adult thing, selling a snowmobile and other big craigslist relevant items, my college son has it all over me for decluttering.  Over the summer, he separated out older lego figures and sold them online.  He was able to pay for a new racing seat and aluminum support system for his sim racing (about $600).  Now that he's back at college, he took the old yu-gi-oh! and Magic the gathering cards that he salvaged from all around the house.  He just sent me a message asking if he can use the money to invest more at Schwab.  $150 from those stupid cards!  And here I thought only the brio wooden train stuff would be worth anything (for which we've recieved zero so far and the local consignment shop won't accept anything that's not a complete set with box and instructions). 

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Re: De-clutter challenge - 30 or 60 days
« Reply #106 on: September 18, 2017, 12:18:56 PM »
Sigh, another one checking in with a report that I did not work on my challenge.  As I expected, it is difficult with Mr. O in the house.  Also, where did the time go?  I can hardly believe it's been a month.  I think I will take my cue from Mongoose and keep putting effort into this.


Well today was the final day of my first challenge this summer.  I got through 2 of the 4 boxes in a month...not too bad.  I finished it off today by taking the shred bin down & emptying it into the recycle dumpster.  All those pages are officially gone!

Next challenge period will be Aug 19-Sep 17.  I think this will be harder as Mr. O will be around the house all of this time.  I don't know why I find it harder to focus on chores when he it in the house, but I do, so...

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« Reply #107 on: September 18, 2017, 02:07:01 PM »
The black olives are (STILL) haunting me, but I did everything else but my mom's crawl space! Sadly, my grandmother passed away this summer, so helping my mom deal with her house has been a higher priority. I'll be there again on Sunday for another carload of bits and pieces, and need to look into renting a truck to deal with the furniture. So cross four things off, add like 15 more...

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« Reply #108 on: September 19, 2017, 07:26:37 AM »
While I do the adult thing, selling a snowmobile and other big craigslist relevant items, my college son has it all over me for decluttering.  Over the summer, he separated out older lego figures and sold them online.  He was able to pay for a new racing seat and aluminum support system for his sim racing (about $600).  Now that he's back at college, he took the old yu-gi-oh! and Magic the gathering cards that he salvaged from all around the house.  He just sent me a message asking if he can use the money to invest more at Schwab.  $150 from those stupid cards!  And here I thought only the brio wooden train stuff would be worth anything (for which we've recieved zero so far and the local consignment shop won't accept anything that's not a complete set with box and instructions).

Smart kid. Yes, strangely, old games, cards or devices are worth surprisingly much for an interested person, especially if you have the original box. It is also a good habit of him to sell stuff and make place for new stuff. If getting money for it is his motivation, then it is a double win.

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« Reply #109 on: September 19, 2017, 08:33:45 PM »
We've the commenced the attack on our crammed and dysfunctional shared office space!

The paper clutter in there is amazing to behold.  I cleared out half my desk drawers -- just half! -- and ended up with a whole garbage bag full of shredded papers. Why have I been living with this trash?


The junk mail has overwhelmed us this year.  We made the mistake of donating to a charity that then shared our address with every other group that wants money in the whole universe. We were trying to do something good!  And have been hit with constant annoyance as a result.
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« Reply #110 on: September 20, 2017, 02:38:19 AM »
Our department at work is moving to a new part of the building. So I have also finally thrown away a plastic rack with papers I wanted to keep, but were hardly relevant after 2 years. Now I had only 2 sheets left and I can probably scan them and keep the scans.

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« Reply #111 on: September 29, 2017, 04:04:46 AM »
I finally threw away a corset that I received as a gift from my DH many years ago, but have never used.

I still need to plan a trip to a place where I can dump electrical devices. I want to combine it with other purposes.

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« Reply #112 on: October 09, 2017, 04:01:56 PM »
We've the commenced the attack on our crammed and dysfunctional shared office space!

The paper clutter in there is amazing to behold.  I cleared out half my desk drawers -- just half! -- and ended up with a whole garbage bag full of shredded papers. Why have I been living with this trash?


The junk mail has overwhelmed us this year.  We made the mistake of donating to a charity that then shared our address with every other group that wants money in the whole universe. We were trying to do something good!  And have been hit with constant annoyance as a result.

Welcome to dealing with the paper tiger:) @marble-faun. I swear paper clutter has been my lifelong nemesis

Update: Lots of little wins here and there - my major achievement has been ruthlessly making use of a permanent donation box in the hallway. A few more trunkfulls have left the premises.

Remaining projects:
Re-organization of the studio area - about to commence again - tomorrow. Making progress a little at a time. Already organized a good part of it, two-three hours at a time. I'm making this a priority, because I want to make jewelry gifts for Christmas and need a nice, organized work area.
 
Utility room aka the hell hole - de-clutter and reorganize. Purchased a new shelf and I'll enlist Mr. R's help this weekend - then I'll clean up and hopefully be done with it for another six months or hopefully longer, before it all disintegrates into a disaster area again.

Still planning on another trash - de-clutter - donate round, in the bedroom. I'll do that as the mood strikes me - probably a shelf or two at the time to start with. I have a feeling the trash bin and the donation box will get a workout there and really, bedrooms are easy enough to keep organized.

Paper organization in the study - 4-5 boxes to go. I'm de-motivated - thinking of reverting to 30 minute clutter attacks to get the job done - I'm sick of looking at it.
There is cabinet that is in desperate need of organization.

Some time this week, I'll clear out that last remaining living room cabinet - that is it and should be doable within the next four weeks.

I should be done just in time for the holidays - let the baking and decorating and gift making begin - it is almost the season:)



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« Reply #113 on: October 09, 2017, 06:51:19 PM »
Just wanted to say - Good Job everyone!:)

It does take time and commitment and effort, but it is utter satisfaction to see progress! I did not finish everything I hoped for within the last deadline. But, drumroll - I'm back to keep going and finish the job!

 I had to shift my priorities to major landscaping and gardening projects, then to the havoc Irma brought us - that Hurricane easily took three days of prepping for and left an enormous amount of work to deal with. Just boarding up the house took half a day, never mind removing all potential projectiles from an acre of property and then the aftermath.
So much work, anxiety and a horrendous mess.

We're still dealing with the tree damage and a very upset neighbor.

Add in some car issues and car shopping - DMV time etc, then the next wave of recalls and repairs and a second car purchase for my son, throw in some appointments and other important errands and it seems there is no time left.

I've since restocked the emergency supplies and am happy with my new/used car, the back porch got an overhaul, so did the front porch, pavers were installed, gravel was poured in the veggie garden which took over two weeks to put to rights again after a hot devastating summer. The property was cleared of debris from Irma (mostly) still working on the garden.
Had to pressure wash the house, because the leaves and dirt and debris from hurricane Irma clung to the house and were scorched into the walls by the summer heat.
Cleaned up the yard in sections - still a third left to tackle with.
Started the usual fall gardening maintenance - pressure washing flower pots and outdoor furniture and steps and patios and stone borders.....

Did I mention I love my pressure washer? soo much! You should see this old lady waving her magic (pressure) wand - it's fun and it works soo well and the water helps keep one cool in the heat of summer. Ugh - when will we see cooler temps???

Despite all the extra projects - looking back over the year so far - a lot was accomplished and I feel confident I will actually finish with all the remaining projects on my list.

My new deadline - Oct 9 to Nov 9, 2017, which is in plenty of time for the holidays - yay! Lord willing and the river don't rise ...

@Mongoose - you've accomplished so much this year and then helped your Dad too - all time well spent. It is amazing how quickly one shifts priorities to the things in life that really matter. Take a breather and start over in 2018:)

The black olives are (STILL) haunting me, but I did everything else but my mom's crawl space! Sadly, my grandmother passed away this summer, so helping my mom deal with her house has been a higher priority. I'll be there again on Sunday for another carload of bits and pieces, and need to look into renting a truck to deal with the furniture. So cross four things off, add like 15 more...

Yup, @fluffmuffin - you are another overachiever like Mongoose - finish off four projects - list 15 more:) I bet your mom was extremely relieved to have help in dealing with the house - not easy when someone passes away, my condolences.

@Linda - you've completed several projects over time - even if you did not meet your last deadlines. So give yourself credit for all that you accomplished:) You can always start fresh in the New Year if you are out of oomph to deal with all the small stuff, because you seem to have accomplished all the big stuff.
Maybe you are becoming a minimalist?

@Car Jack - you both scored, you and your son:), makes the decluttering a lot more rewarding when you get some money in exchange for all your effort. Although, admittedly I did not even try, I wanted it gone and I was not willing to put more time and effort into selling a few things.
That may change if I decide to let go of some of my gemstones that I've collected.

@oneday - So glad you succeeded in sooo many of your projects - you'll manage the last bit too:) I have no doubt!

Thanks for stopping by and checking in with your progress - it is good to know we are not alone in the war against clutter. We can do this!


I will keep this challenge going and alive until the end of the year - I don't plan on carrying anything over. I'm making one last push to finish every last one of my decluttering projects. Wish me luck:)

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Re: De-clutter challenge - 30 or 60 days
« Reply #114 on: October 10, 2017, 12:17:08 AM »
Rosy, good to see you back!  Glad to hear you came through Irma OK, though not completely unscathed.

Thanks for bumping this thread; happy that it will continue through the year's end.

In July, I eliminated 2 boxes of paperwork.  Maybe I can clear the last 2 in the period Oct 25-Nov 26 (US Thanksgiving weekend).  Life is full and I have to really plan and push to find time to squeeze in the odious tasks.
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« Reply #115 on: October 10, 2017, 02:39:33 AM »
@Linda - you've completed several projects over time - even if you did not meet your last deadlines. So give yourself credit for all that you accomplished:) You can always start fresh in the New Year if you are out of oomph to deal with all the small stuff, because you seem to have accomplished all the big stuff.
Maybe you are becoming a minimalist?

:-)
Although my living room looks pretty minimalistic, we have a lot of hobbies and piles of gear for those hobbies. That is the one advantage of having an oversized house: we store the hobby gear in the extra bedrooms. Two of them are not very tidy, as the stuff in there is in frequent use. The third room on the attic is not the worst room, as it has a lot of cupboards where the various stuff is stored. Despite that my husband's freediving gear is in a bag on the floor and he has also put up a bicycle on a home trainer on the other side of the room. Minimalism is not the right word to describe our household. But at least the living room looks pretty neat, as does our entrance and my half of our clothes cupboard.

But we have been selling the hobby gear that we are not using. That is important in the process. Having gear for hobbies is one thing, keeping the gear for any hobby you ever had but don't practice anymore is just not smart. Buying some new shirts is okay if you also ditch the ones you don't wear. Now I have just one pile of T-shirts, not two. That should do.

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« Reply #116 on: October 16, 2017, 05:12:44 AM »
Yay company! My father has improved enough that we should only have a couple of weekends when we need to help them get situated for winter. We restarted the decluttering this weekend! The cars are done with the exception of one tiny bit of one. I'm re activating as well for October 15-November 15. I second (third?) wanting to finish these things up so they don't carry over to 2018. We may continue on through December if the list grows...

1. Finish cleaning/rearranging business area.

2. Finish ceiling.

3. Paint inside bathroom cabinets and stain/seal new cabinet doors. One of two still needs to be completed.

4. Room by room decluttering (8 total). The cars are so clean and nice (removed months of kid detritus) that I really want the house nicer too!

5. File all the paper I sorted during the last challenge stint.

6. Outdoors:
Prepare yard for winter.
Make room in house for plants that need to come inside.
Blueberries: weed and surround with the lawn edging we got for free.
West side of business building: stake red raspberries. Cut everything else back to the ground and start over in Spring. Fill in the holes.

Clean and declutter the basement. This weekend we finished about half of it.

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« Reply #117 on: October 17, 2017, 03:26:07 PM »


REMAINING PROJECTS:

1. Re-organization of the studio area - about to commence again - tomorrow. Making progress a little at a time. Already organized a good part of it, two-three hours at a time. I'm making this a priority, because I want to make jewelry gifts for Christmas and need a nice, organized work area. MINOR PROGRESS
 
2. Utility room aka the hell hole - de-clutter and reorganize. Purchased a new shelf and I'll enlist Mr. R's help this weekend - then I'll clean up and hopefully be done with it for another six months or hopefully longer, before it all disintegrates into a disaster area again. ALMOST DONE - YAY!

3. Still planning on another trash - de-clutter - donate round, in the bedroom. I'll do that as the mood strikes me - probably a shelf or two at the time to start with. I have a feeling the trash bin and the donation box will get a workout there and really, bedrooms are easy enough to keep organized.

4. Paper organization in the study - 4-5 boxes to go. I'm de-motivated - thinking of reverting to 30 minute clutter attacks to get the job done - I'm sick of looking at it. SIGH - ADDED TWO MORE BOXES TO SORT ... oh, well Found the boxes in the utility room and I am all bummed out about that.

5.  Clear out that last remaining living room cabinet (from a previous purge)

I should be done just in time for the holidays - and family visiting in Nov/Dec - wish me luck:)

See updated list.
Meanwhile I'm still working on the garden which is always labor intensive - slow progress, but progress nevertheless:) Sowed lettuce seeds and planted peppers yesterday. Looks like I have a few herb survivors after the heat of the summer after all - re-potted and powerwashed some pots.
Worked on sorting the utility room stuff and did a ton of special household laundry, silk pillow case and fur throws... yesterday.
Son stopped by and grabbed a lot of goodies out of the donation box... today, plus some things I held back for him to see, all that was a hit with him. So there, success:) 

@Mongoose - glad to see you back on track and your Dad doing better, that is good news indeed.
I am not-not-not willing to add anything more to my list. I am planning on deep cleaning and de-cluttering a few things in the shed and the kitchen and the Bathroom mirror-medicine cabinet, but ssshhh this is no longer an official list - I will do what I can at my leisure.
Baking - decorating - out of town company - holiday entertainment and a garden party are at the top of my list for half of November and all of December.