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

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  • RetiredAndLovingItRetiredAndLovingIt Posts: 597Member Member Posts: 597Member Member
    I love to go in the ReStore places, too. Some are great, others pretty junky! The one where we used to live had furniture & the one close to daughter does, too. But the one close to us now does not. It does have new flooring & area rugs & some even have new cabinets you can order. The fun is “in the hunt”, lol, found a shade for daughters ceiling light that had gotten broken. Only paid $15 for whole fixture & resold the light for $10, so the large glass shade only cost $5!
  • Madwife2009Madwife2009 Posts: 1,293Member Member Posts: 1,293Member Member
    I forgot! I have discovered that decluttering is, in fact, highly infectious.

    I saw my mum earlier today and she told me that she's fed up of all the stuff she has. She's decided to get rid of everything she doesn't use. I asked if she needed any help... and got funny looks from DH.

    If this keeps up, maybe we can all "infect" someone and declutter the world.
  • znaoiecznaoiec Posts: 850Member Member Posts: 850Member Member
    @AliNouveau Good job with the decluttering. I too have the problem with my sons worrying about me giving away their stuff. Both are adults and live multiple states away. I keep reassuring them that I have too much of my own stuff to focus on right now to bother with their stuff. But it does make them nervous. :)

    @NewLIFEstyle4ME Nice find with the perfume!

    @RetiredAndLovingIt I have noticed that some ReStores are great and others are junky too. Recently I noticed two stores have moved into more approachable shopping areas vs industrial areas. Their merchandise seems more upscale too as though they are being more selective. It made me wonder if the organization is taking a new approach to attract more people. The old location of our local store was pretty remote and I doubt many people knew about it.
    edited September 22
  • NewLIFEstyle4MENewLIFEstyle4ME Posts: 4,024Member Member Posts: 4,024Member Member
    AliNouveau wrote: »
    I have recently begun a decluttering of my house. I'm having some surgery in mid October and will be in a sling for potentially 6 weeks. All the friends and family who want to help out are neat freaks so I want the house in order. Can I tell you it feels lighter. If that makes sense. I have always been good working out and working out pretty hard but this is an even better feeling. My garbage bins are full, I've put at least 30 cookbooks to the curb and the neighborhood nannies are in heaven. My husband and son keep worrying that I'm giving their stuff away. But they will get it eventually. It feels great. Here's a before and after from yesterday. Took me 5 hours, my legs were sore, back too and I've bruises everywhere. Next up is all the kitchen drawers and then I move upstairs after doing the hall closet. w25x5ekhhahw.jpg
    6091ry0i29ku.jpg

    You're my total BOO and shero for posting those pics AND for sharing your WINS with us...you ROCK, period. YAY YOU and BOOM!
    <3 o:) <3

    P.S. Your kitchen is fabulous honey--YAY YOU once more!!!!!

    ETA: Girl...decluttering and cleaning up all the time/everyday is SUPER exercise for me (called N.E.A.T. exercising and is the only exercise I used in my entire weight blastification. AND you will be in my thoughts and prayer regarding your surgery in mid-October
    {{{ <3 Hugs <3 }}}}.
    edited September 22
  • NewLIFEstyle4MENewLIFEstyle4ME Posts: 4,024Member Member Posts: 4,024Member Member
    DH decided to fix the kitchen walls before moving the big fridge/freezer from the kitchen. Fair enough.

    Walls are now fixed, hole left has been turned into a cupboard.

    Big fridge/freezer is now in the garage. Just needs a quick clean then it can be advertised.

    I WILL get my dishwasher back tomorrow!
    I forgot! I have discovered that decluttering is, in fact, highly infectious.

    I saw my mum earlier today and she told me that she's fed up of all the stuff she has. She's decided to get rid of everything she doesn't use. I asked if she needed any help... and got funny looks from DH.

    If this keeps up, maybe we can all "infect" someone and declutter the world.

    Girlllll...you posts MADE MY DAY and made/makes me smile from ear to ear with JOY! YAY YOU!!!
    You are telling to T.R.U.T.H. when you say decluttering is infectious, because it REALLY is. May take the gang longer than others, but all aboard they become as they see YOU MEAN BUSINESS and with or without them, you're getting rid of a lot of ugh/yuck and woe that clutter is and can be. Again, it may take some family members longer than others, but around here, they have caught the "fire" of use it or lose it, clean/uncluttered is COOL.

    Decluttering is a lot like weight maintenance, management AFTER reaching your goal weight. If (not when but IF) we start ignoring stuff or allowing ourselves to say/think..."let them do it" or I'll do it tomorrow, going back to our old way of thinking and living about ignoring mess and putting off tomorrow what we should be doing today...honeyyyyy--that clutter and dirty clothes and ironing forever catches you unawares big-time. For me, I have to be on it everyday, because when I don't and leave off laundry, sweeping, tossing stuff and not putting stuff back in it's place IMMEDIATELY IF NOT SOONER--BAM! Here come the clutter and ugh faster than you can say "who shot John", FOR REALZ!



    edited September 22
  • NewLIFEstyle4MENewLIFEstyle4ME Posts: 4,024Member Member Posts: 4,024Member Member
    znaoiec

    I'm thrilled you're here, period. {{{ Hugs and High Fives }}}}
  • AliNouveauAliNouveau Posts: 33,106Member Member Posts: 33,106Member Member
    AliNouveau wrote: »
    I have recently begun a decluttering of my house. I'm having some surgery in mid October and will be in a sling for potentially 6 weeks. All the friends and family who want to help out are neat freaks so I want the house in order. Can I tell you it feels lighter. If that makes sense. I have always been good working out and working out pretty hard but this is an even better feeling. My garbage bins are full, I've put at least 30 cookbooks to the curb and the neighborhood nannies are in heaven. My husband and son keep worrying that I'm giving their stuff away. But they will get it eventually. It feels great. Here's a before and after from yesterday. Took me 5 hours, my legs were sore, back too and I've bruises everywhere. Next up is all the kitchen drawers and then I move upstairs after doing the hall closet. w25x5ekhhahw.jpg
    6091ry0i29ku.jpg

    You're my total BOO and shero for posting those pics AND for sharing your WINS with us...you ROCK, period. YAY YOU and BOOM!
    <3 o:) <3

    P.S. Your kitchen is fabulous honey--YAY YOU once more!!!!!

    ETA: Girl...decluttering and cleaning up all the time/everyday is SUPER exercise for me (called N.E.A.T. exercising and is the only exercise I used in my entire weight blastification. AND you will be in my thoughts and prayer regarding your surgery in mid-October
    {{{ <3 Hugs <3 }}}}.

    Awww thanks
    I'm addicted I think. I was kept busy today but kept thinking of my next cleaning space.

    I can't wait for Monday morning when I empty out every cupboard and inventory what I have. I have a friend who has asked for any kitchen stuff I want to give away.
  • AliNouveauAliNouveau Posts: 33,106Member Member Posts: 33,106Member Member
    Doesn't my island look pretty all set up for my friends to come over for a baking lesson !!!!
    I'm getting used to this aesu39oe5au6.jpg
  • NewLIFEstyle4MENewLIFEstyle4ME Posts: 4,024Member Member Posts: 4,024Member Member




    AliNouveau wrote: »
    Doesn't my island look pretty all set up for my friends to come over for a baking lesson !!!!
    I'm getting used to this aesu39oe5au6.jpg

    It super does and I LOVE that you're "getting used to this" because decluttering and living more simply is definitely something one has to get used to, if they aren't naturally organized and stuff. YAY YOU, have fun with your baking party.
    AliNouveau wrote: »
    AliNouveau wrote: »
    I have recently begun a decluttering of my house. I'm having some surgery in mid October and will be in a sling for potentially 6 weeks. All the friends and family who want to help out are neat freaks so I want the house in order. Can I tell you it feels lighter. If that makes sense. I have always been good working out and working out pretty hard but this is an even better feeling. My garbage bins are full, I've put at least 30 cookbooks to the curb and the neighborhood nannies are in heaven. My husband and son keep worrying that I'm giving their stuff away. But they will get it eventually. It feels great. Here's a before and after from yesterday. Took me 5 hours, my legs were sore, back too and I've bruises everywhere. Next up is all the kitchen drawers and then I move upstairs after doing the hall closet. w25x5ekhhahw.jpg
    6091ry0i29ku.jpg

    You're my total BOO and shero for posting those pics AND for sharing your WINS with us...you ROCK, period. YAY YOU and BOOM!
    <3 o:) <3

    P.S. Your kitchen is fabulous honey--YAY YOU once more!!!!!

    ETA: Girl...decluttering and cleaning up all the time/everyday is SUPER exercise for me (called N.E.A.T. exercising and is the only exercise I used in my entire weight blastification. AND you will be in my thoughts and prayer regarding your surgery in mid-October
    {{{ <3 Hugs <3 }}}}.

    Awww thanks
    I'm addicted I think. I was kept busy today but kept thinking of my next cleaning space.

    I can't wait for Monday morning when I empty out every cupboard and inventory what I have. I have a friend who has asked for any kitchen stuff I want to give away.

    I know, I don't call it "addicted" I call it developing new and better habits. When I think about it that way, when I think about my decluttering AND maintaining my decluttered areas, when I think about my living in a more clean/organized/simplified life and home, it makes me feel stronger and more clear minded and joyful and encouraged. You're doing soooo well--YAY YOU!

  • AliNouveauAliNouveau Posts: 33,106Member Member Posts: 33,106Member Member



    AliNouveau wrote: »
    Doesn't my island look pretty all set up for my friends to come over for a baking lesson !!!!
    I'm getting used to this aesu39oe5au6.jpg

    It super does and I LOVE that you're "getting used to this" because decluttering and living more simply is definitely something one has to get used to, if they aren't naturally organized and stuff. YAY YOU, have fun with your baking party.
    AliNouveau wrote: »
    AliNouveau wrote: »
    I have recently begun a decluttering of my house. I'm having some surgery in mid October and will be in a sling for potentially 6 weeks. All the friends and family who want to help out are neat freaks so I want the house in order. Can I tell you it feels lighter. If that makes sense. I have always been good working out and working out pretty hard but this is an even better feeling. My garbage bins are full, I've put at least 30 cookbooks to the curb and the neighborhood nannies are in heaven. My husband and son keep worrying that I'm giving their stuff away. But they will get it eventually. It feels great. Here's a before and after from yesterday. Took me 5 hours, my legs were sore, back too and I've bruises everywhere. Next up is all the kitchen drawers and then I move upstairs after doing the hall closet. w25x5ekhhahw.jpg
    6091ry0i29ku.jpg

    You're my total BOO and shero for posting those pics AND for sharing your WINS with us...you ROCK, period. YAY YOU and BOOM!
    <3 o:) <3

    P.S. Your kitchen is fabulous honey--YAY YOU once more!!!!!

    ETA: Girl...decluttering and cleaning up all the time/everyday is SUPER exercise for me (called N.E.A.T. exercising and is the only exercise I used in my entire weight blastification. AND you will be in my thoughts and prayer regarding your surgery in mid-October
    {{{ <3 Hugs <3 }}}}.

    Awww thanks
    I'm addicted I think. I was kept busy today but kept thinking of my next cleaning space.

    I can't wait for Monday morning when I empty out every cupboard and inventory what I have. I have a friend who has asked for any kitchen stuff I want to give away.

    I know, I don't call it "addicted" I call it developing new and better habits. When I think about it that way, when I think about my decluttering AND maintaining my decluttered areas, when I think about my living in a more clean/organized/simplified life and home, it makes me feel stronger and more clear minded and joyful and encouraged. You're doing soooo well--YAY YOU!

    You're right it's not addicting.

    I thought of this while I showered this morning. It's like a gigantic confidence boost because it's a huge sense of accomplishment. When I run i hate it but it feels so good after. I've burned calories and I feel I want to tell the world I did something hard. Haha.

    This decluttering is similar. It's a frigging awesome workout, it Feels great after and I want to show the world what I've done.

    All of these things boost out confidence and make us feel better about ourselves so really we are working on our mental health
  • serendipity22serendipity22 Posts: 248Member Member Posts: 248Member Member
    I went through my closet this weekend. When I was done, I had three bags worth of clothes to donate. I have donated one bag and I will donate the other two by next weekend. I don't have a car so I can only take one bag at a time to donate. Among the things I donated were a couple of pairs of jeans that were too small. I was saving them for when I got to a thinner size. I decided that when I lose the weight, I will just buy new jeans. I found a box of belts. I don't wear belts that often but I realized that I had 18 belts. I kept 3 and put 15 in one of the donation bag. I also donated a bag of books last weekend. I still have more stuff to sort through and organize but I'm making a lot of progress.
  • AliNouveauAliNouveau Posts: 33,106Member Member Posts: 33,106Member Member
    My dishwasher is installed. No more clutter from dirty dishes because we're too tired to wash them!!

    Dishwashers really are a gift from the gods!!! Ours was broken for a but and man it was horrible.

    I have successfully emptied eery single drawer and cabinet in my kitchen and refilled it. I learned I had way too many frying pans which are now at the curb along with some mugs and other things I don't need. I feel so clean and fresh despite sweating all day doing this. MY kitchen island has had every exterior and interior inch scrubbed and cleaned. We could sell our house at this rate!!! We won't though. Now to get my son from school and since hubs is working late tonight I'll do the hall closet after that while I figure out dinner :)
  • RelCanonicalRelCanonical Posts: 2,941Member Member Posts: 2,941Member Member
    AliNouveau wrote: »
    My dishwasher is installed. No more clutter from dirty dishes because we're too tired to wash them!!

    Dishwashers really are a gift from the gods!!! Ours was broken for a but and man it was horrible.

    I have successfully emptied eery single drawer and cabinet in my kitchen and refilled it. I learned I had way too many frying pans which are now at the curb along with some mugs and other things I don't need. I feel so clean and fresh despite sweating all day doing this. MY kitchen island has had every exterior and interior inch scrubbed and cleaned. We could sell our house at this rate!!! We won't though. Now to get my son from school and since hubs is working late tonight I'll do the hall closet after that while I figure out dinner :)

    I want to do a kitchen cabinet emptying as well. I haven't cleaned out my cabinets since I moved in (when I did a deep clean) and I'd say it's where I currently am the least organized.
  • snoo61snoo61 Posts: 507Member Member Posts: 507Member Member
    I chopped some bell peppers, and got them in the freezer today. Going back to NY next week, (babysitting) so I started packing for that trip. Otherwise, straightened rooms as I went in and out.
  • AliNouveauAliNouveau Posts: 33,106Member Member Posts: 33,106Member Member
    Two bags of old shoes and coats are in my car waiting to be dropped off to the needy. Got to use my drill to install rods in the closet and the closet is organized. I scribbled all the wainscoting and baseboards and some walls that had finger prints. The ground floor is officially decluttered.

    Next up the hallway upstairs and the bathroom. That's tomorrow's task after I spend the morning at the hospital doing paperwork for my surgery.
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