I finally got around to taking a picture of the collection of stuff that is leaving the house! Some of this was counted in December and January. Just when you think you are finished, more stuff can be removed!
36 items gone for February!!
Short and to the point post today.
We decluttered 318 items in January.
Barb walked 137,834 steps, averaging 4,446 steps per day, which equates to 63.55 miles according to the Accupedo app.
I know I started the filing cabinet BUT I opened the desk drawer for something and decluttering the stuff kicked in.
How many of you have correction film and no typewriter?? Well we don’t any more!
And how many small worthless sharpeners do you have? We had 5! Being the person I am, I had to test the three sharpeners I thought I might use (those that catch the shavings). The scientist in me set up an experiment – sharpen brand new pencils (I have 41 to pick from) and twirled them in the sharpener for 20 turns to compare the effectiveness of each. Results are shown below. Conclusion: NONE WORK worth a darn and need to be decluttered.
So I had a few “minutes” to spare today. Why not declutter something, since I need to catch up to Melinda @ PurpleSlobInRecovery.com
I went to the filing cabinet and decided to tackle a small section of work-related papers. I pulled out this pile of stuff I hope I never need again! (Sure hope I don’t change grade levels before I retire!)
There are 165 double-sided pieces of paper and an unknown number of single-sided. I think it is probably close to 300 because the single-sided pile is about twice the size of the double-sided stack after sorting. The double-sided are going into the recycle bin. The single-sided are going into the scratch paper reuse pile.
I cleaned off my desk yesterday and removed 128 pieces of paper and other random stuff – mostly work related! It just sort of piles up in a corner quietly and stealthily. Some things in the pile were – gasp – put back where they belong.
I also removed 2 items from the bedroom closet (an old jacket and dress shoes I know I haven’t worn since Labor Day 2008 – our niece’s wedding) and John is getting rid of a raggedy belt.
131 items gone in one afternoon!! Feeling accomplished!
It’s been a while! We ENJOYED THE HOLIDAY SEASON without the usual craziness of house cleaning! This is our first weekend home in a month – more on that to follow.
Decluttering update: in 2018 we removed 548 items from the house. We aren’t quite ready to get rid of counting – we think it keeps us accountable for the stuff coming into the house and “forces” us to examine what needs to leave.
On that note, Barb decluttered one shelf of the refrigerator this afternoon. It is embarrassing to show this pic BUT it needs to be done. We are pretty certain this stuff has been in there since before Christmas, oh my! Time to get back into Decluttering the Stuff!!