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Let it GO! Decluttering (simplifying) your life of (people, places or things) success stories?

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  • LoveyCharLoveyChar Posts: 537Member Member Posts: 537Member Member
    @ReenieHJ That's a sweet story. I keep jars on my kitchen windowsill. The pickles would have found a place there along with my Depression Era glass. Pennies from heaven is sweet. I put some pictures of ancestors up in my wall two Christmas's ago and ever since then, I have been getting at least one visitor. No harm has ever come of it except once in a while I get creeped out.

    @Madwife2009 I am not opposed to photographing the artwork. This might be a great way to declutter for me!

    @cory17 I hope you were able to recycle that paper; that is alot of paper!

    Regret: My husband through away a child's booster seat after cleaning the garage yesterday. Had I known it was in the trash, I would have donated to Goodwill or put up for free on Craigslist. Nothing was wrong with it; it just needed a good cleaning. Oh, the guilt I carry...
    edited January 29
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Posts: 3,059Member Member Posts: 3,059Member Member
    @LoveyChar
    Don't feel bad about the booster seat. Laws for children car-seats have changed a lot in the last couple of years and many of these old seats are not longer allowed since they would not pass the new safety check.
  • NewLIFEstyle4MENewLIFEstyle4ME Posts: 4,205Member Member Posts: 4,205Member Member
    Decluttering "operations" for the next few/SEVERAL weeks:

    1.) re-organizing slimming down my perfumes and bath products and "pretty-fying" those areas.

    2.) now that my closet is much more empty, making it cuter and designing/"pretty-fying" some kind of area for my shoes

    3.) cleaning the shutters in ALL the rooms

    4.) getting rid of more books to make a dedicated/lovely looking but practical space for my candles and incense.

    5.) start selling some stuff. I been telling myself for a LONG time, that I don't like/HATE to sell stuff, because it's a PITA (pain in the "attitude") I've talked myself into just giving stuff away or tossing it. This is/will be a BIG ONE for me. I'm going to humble myself and DO IT!

    6.) I super decluttered the attic last year, but there is still more I can get rid of.

    7.) de-clutter the kitchen pantry once more

    8.) slim down my fur-baby's toy & stuff collection...stuff it doesn't play with and is just collecting dust and taking up space.[/quote]



    #6 DONE, got rid of a LOT more stuff and looks soooooo GOOD! My sons found some extra wood up there (from when we had some wooden floors laid down some years ago), they laid down a proper floor up there and it's looks absolutely tremendous YAY+BOOM=WOWWWWW! :triumph:


    edited January 30
  • theleadmaretheleadmare Posts: 345Member Member Posts: 345Member Member
    Over the next few weeks, I want to get my sewing room properly packed for transport when we move. Apart from possibly tacking up a hem, I don't see that I'll be doing any serious sewing until we either have a new house or I'm on maintenance. We don't have a house yet, but any packing up like this is useful against the day that we discover, OK, seven days to pack and get out of this house!
  • LoveyCharLoveyChar Posts: 537Member Member Posts: 537Member Member
    @Gisel2015 Thank you for the comment, sweet of you to care...

    @NewLIFEstyle4ME Good for you for humbling yourself and selling what you can! I just listed breastmilk storage bags for sale. I will clear out some space in the pantry when those are gone!

    @theleadmare Way to chip away at it! I hope your move is smooth.

    I'm going to get rid of some more things today, but what...I do not know yet...
  • NewLIFEstyle4MENewLIFEstyle4ME Posts: 4,205Member Member Posts: 4,205Member Member
    LoveyChar wrote: »
    @Gisel2015 Thank you for the comment, sweet of you to care...

    @NewLIFEstyle4ME Good for you for humbling yourself and selling what you can! I just listed breastmilk storage bags for sale. I will clear out some space in the pantry when those are gone!

    @theleadmare Way to chip away at it! I hope your move is smooth.

    I'm going to get rid of some more things today, but what...I do not know yet...

    THANK YOU Char for posting this! I think you listing your items for sale is wonderful, because you're getting rid of something you no longer need and someone is going to get something they want and need. I haven't yet sold anything, BUT...your post is encouraging me to "get to it" sooner. <3o:)<3
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Posts: 3,059Member Member Posts: 3,059Member Member
    I continue to clean-up and organize (and throw away), papers every day. Today it was my desk's turn. What I don't need or want was shredded, and what I am still "thinking" about went to the corresponding folder in one of the drawers. At least they are out of sight. Once I have the time, I will start cleaning those folders too. The desk looks clean and tidy. Hope it last!!!

    My next step is to check and organize one of my storage cabinets in the office. It holds a lot of the greeting cards that I get from the organizations that I support, plus old pictures, and other things that I will soon find out ;) . My greeting card organizer is full so I ordered one from Amazon and as soon as I get it, I will dig into the cabinet with all my might and soul :) .

    @NewLIFEstyle4ME: Congratulations on completing another goal (#6 this time). One day at the time will win the race.

    @LoveyChar: Thank you for your kind comment. By the way, I didn't know that breast milk storage bags existed. Oh dear, I just gave away the fact that I am old!!

    @theleadmare: Good luck finding a new house and with all the packaging that you are planning too. No easy to do both things at the same time.

    @ReenieHJ: What a sweet story that was, and nice memories too.

    @Madwife2009: Good job in keeping your bedroom organized. I like the idea of photographing the artwork. I may need to do that too.

    @cory17: nice of you cleaning that high % of papers. And maybe seeing all the extra cluttering that your mom accumulated thru the years can help you and your husband not to do the same. That is what I am trying to tell my husband…

    That's all for now ladies, and have a great Friday and weekend.
  • cory17cory17 Posts: 560Member Member Posts: 560Member Member
    @loveychar This is a school and went into "recycling" bins but it being LA, kindof doubt whether really is happening. But noticed that the more I went through and saw useless, & more useless (& guess got tired of it), the easier it was to just throw it out. So much waste but pointless to have it all just sitting there. Guess that applies to everything else.
  • LoveyCharLoveyChar Posts: 537Member Member Posts: 537Member Member
    @Gisel2015 I read your post about decluttering and organizing papers the other day. This, too, is one of my problems and I am working on this also.

    Ladies, I had a productive day! I decluttered and I'm still working on it but soon, when I have more time, I will share my progress with you lovely ladies!
  • mi_nina_lolami_nina_lola Posts: 360Member Member Posts: 360Member Member
    He1loKitty wrote: »
    One of my goals for 2020 is to stop wasting time and energy on people and things that don't reciprocate my efforts. I'm also not going to "force" anything that isn't working for me or doesn't feel right. I'm not going to do things just because I feel like I should or just because someone else wants me to.

    this! needed to read this at exactly this moment. thanks for the reminder :)
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Posts: 3,059Member Member Posts: 3,059Member Member
    He1loKitty wrote: »
    One of my goals for 2020 is to stop wasting time and energy on people and things that don't reciprocate my efforts. I'm also not going to "force" anything that isn't working for me or doesn't feel right. I'm not going to do things just because I feel like I should or just because someone else wants me to.

    this! needed to read this at exactly this moment. thanks for the reminder :)

    I agree!!!!! <3
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Posts: 3,059Member Member Posts: 3,059Member Member
    LoveyChar wrote: »
    @Gisel2015 I read your post about decluttering and organizing papers the other day. This, too, is one of my problems and I am working on this also.

    Ladies, I had a productive day! I decluttered and I'm still working on it but soon, when I have more time, I will share my progress with you lovely ladies!

    Good for you Char, but I warn you that it is a never ending chore. One day everything is neat and in order, and the next a bunch of papers show up out of nowhere that need to be checked or read before throwing them away. Just take one day at the time. The good thing is that once you get rid of the big pile of unneeded and unwanted things, the rest will be easier to handle. Good luck!
  • theleadmaretheleadmare Posts: 345Member Member Posts: 345Member Member
    I have a card in my file that shows up on Sunday nights that warns the people with desks downstairs to tidy their personal areas. I will dust and put everything back if it's neat, but if it's a pile of piles, I won't. There's also one that tells me to weed the magazine and catalog piles.
  • EvamuttEvamutt Posts: 1,638Member Member Posts: 1,638Member Member
    Hello everyone, I was on here for a little while, a while back. I've been very busy helping our daughter get rid of almost everything with her move out of town. She literally only took what she could fit in her car with her 3 kids. We donated bags & bags of household stuff & clothes. I only took a few things I could use although I was very tempted to take more. After she left last week I've been de cluttering too. Got rid of several pots I never use & have been cleaning out my walk in closet. Not nearly finished. I have so many clothes I never wear but keep them just because they're near new because I hardly ever wear them. I also have "nicer" clothes hanging in closet that I hardly ever wore & don't really dress up so I need to get rid of those too. I also got rid of several blankets we never use. It's really hard because I think I'll use them in the future
  • snoo61snoo61 Posts: 521Member Member Posts: 521Member Member
    Got some dusting done yesterday. Today I got all the things dad sent with the dog sorted out and put away. Too many old towels, but I'll sort them when I'm taking dog rugs to the shelter.
  • theleadmaretheleadmare Posts: 345Member Member Posts: 345Member Member
    I cleaned out my closet yesterday. I've dropped a size and will drop more, and I don't have room to have stuff that's too big for me cluttering my closet. I left two unfitted dresses and drapey shawl-jackets that will do in a pinch if I have somewhere to go in a hurry formally (At least for a few more sizes) and the shirts and yoga pants that still fit. My girlfriend is doing this too, but she's starting at a 26/28 pant. So I packed up the size 20 pants that were in decent shape for her, and gave her my 2x tank tops to wear now with sweaters. My closet is quite bare now, but that's fine with me.

    I have next size down prepurchased and hanging on red hangers, and I'm waiting for next size down underwear and yoga pants. I'll sort my closet out every size I go down, since I'm wanting to go several sizes down, and I don't ever want to come back up.
  • LoveyCharLoveyChar Posts: 537Member Member Posts: 537Member Member
    I love reading these decluttering stories ^^^, all of them! I got rid of two big, full bags of recyclable paper last night and I'll get rid of more "stuff" today, although, I haven't figured out where to start yet. Just start, just do it, right?!?
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