2021 Decluttering Review

2021 was memorable for so many reasons, but I’m going to focus on our decluttering.

We decided to continue tracking our decluttered removals. We decluttered 1715 items!

1715 items decluttered in 2021!!

Now that may not seem like much but this now brings our “official” decluttering numbers to 20717 items removed since I began this journey in 2014.

Is it possible we decluttered more than this? Of course! But these are the number of items we intentionally made a decision to remove from our home. I also did not count the dozen or so boxes my brother brought to me from my parents’ home. A majority of that stuff was donated or trashed but I still had to go through them and decide to not keep most of it.

I still have some areas in the house I want to declutter and just need the time to do so. Anyone else have this issue??

  • Printed pictures – both that I’ve taken and those from my parents’ home
  • Digital pictures – I wonder if I should have a separate decluttering sheet for digital decluttering. Cleaning out an email “box” might meet our 2022 in 2022 goal.
  • Garage
    • we still have many boxes of books out there. We recently had a discussion and are giving up on our vacation home with a library dream. Digital reading devices while traveling are so much easier to use.
    • we have “old” supplies for various projects that can be whittled down. How many plumbing PVC connectors do we really need as backup?
  • Work related stuff – I’m getting closer to retiring (hooray!) and some of the resources just aren’t needed here (or at all). So much is available online now.

Weekend Chores!

Hoping everyone is well and safe for this holiday weekend. We are both doing chores around the house – this will keep us away from others for the weekend!

John is working on the sprinkler system in the back – this seems like a never ending project. This is what happens when you get multiple leaks in the pressurized line, dig up to fix it, and realize the previous owner didn’t use the proper thickness of pipe. No wonder our water bill was so high compared to everyone else! I really wish I had taken a picture of the roots growing into the cracked pipes. He is also adding a new line.



I decided to do a little decluttering as I was cleaning. We replaced my iPad with an iPad mini for my birthday so the old cover can go. My iPad was so old, they would only give me $20 for the trade-in. Guess it is better than nothing.

When I got into a kitchen drawer, I found these old Weight Watchers point “calculators”. Guess they can go since they now have a great app for tracking your points and determining points for various foods.

An old sleep shirt and a couple of nonworking pens – you would have thought no more would exist in our house but you are wrong. I was also able to convince John to get rid of these baseball themed pajamas – he would wear them one day a year for pajama day at school/work and well . . . he’s retiring this year!

And these old headphones! Who uses corded headphones anymore?? These are so old they are literally falling apart.