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Taming the clutter

December 27th, 2010 at 07:17 pm

I'm in New Year mode. The tree is down and I'm trying to tame the clutter.

I've set out two boxes-- a donate box and a sell box. Both are almost full. Every time I walk by, it seems like I'm putting something in there. I'm determined to stick to my decluttering goal this year. The disorganization is wearing me down.

I've been leaving a donate box out on the counter at all times, and it has helped me stick with decluttering. When I have something in hand, I make an instant decision about whether it stays or goes. There is no thinking about it or dealing with it later, when it's so easy to just drop it in the donate box. Then, I drop the box(es) off at Goodwill once a week.

I also broke down all of the cardboard boxes that had been lingering in the garage. I will be by the recycling drop off on Wednesday. I'll take as many as will fit in the car, until I'm box free. They tend to pile up in the garage in winter and around Christmas.

I also have some things to sell on Craigslist, namely my former vintage chrome table and chairs. I bought the booth to replace them, and the old set is now just sitting on the sun porch. It's got to go!

And, the two big projects on my mind:: the laundry room (ergo, organizing all of the holiday decorations and kids outdoor pool toys which are down there), and my office. If I can get everything we don't need or use out of those two spaces, I'll probably hit my declutter goal for the year. They are catch-alls for things that have no home or need to be dealt with, but later.

The laundry room is first. I'm hoping to start on it this weekend.

5 Responses to “Taming the clutter”

  1. Swimgirl Says:

    I'm totally with you! Tree down! Junk piling up to donate and sell! Go, Us!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I ALWAYS have a donate box ready to fill. It works great. Good luck with the clutter!

  3. beawealthywarrior Says:

    I just posted about de-cluttering as well. If something comes it, something has to go out as well. I like the idea of having a donate box sitting around.

  4. ThriftoRama Says:

    The donate box works for me. I always have an empty diaper box sitting around, so it not only helps me instantly sort stuff, it keeps the boxes from piling up!

    I got rid of a lot last year, but there is always more that can go. I think I'm getting a little more serious as well. I'm not as sentimental about stuff.

  5. baselle Says:

    We do kitchen bags that we set out in a used bookshelf against our carport. Things are kept outside but still dry, and somehow the look tells thieves not to bother. I think we are one of the few people who actually likes hearing that the donation truck is coming past.

    I got a thank you from DH for donating a whole set of condiment containers - salt shaker, pepper shaker, cream bowl, sugar bowl, oil cruet, vinegar cruet. We just didn't use them and they were taking up space.

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