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May Clutter-Busting Challenge: Day 13 & 14

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I’m joining Crystal of Money Saving Mom in her May challenge: Clutter-Busting Challenge: Get Rid of Seven Things Every Single Day in May!   Wanna join me?  Here’s what you do…

Each week day in May go through your house and find 7 things you can toss, donate, recycle, sell, or find someone else who can use them.  That’s it.  These can be big or small things, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you actually throw them out, sell them, donate them, recycle them, or find someone else who can use them. But such a simple challenge can reap huge rewards.  I bet many of us will find more than 7 items some days.

Day 14

Happy Monday!  Let the decluttering continue…

I didn’t post an update on Friday so this haul includes Friday.  We also spent some time over the weekend decluttering a few areas of the house including the backyard.  I tossed a bunch of backyard toys that were damaged or that my little one doesn’t play with anymore.  My husband had the urge to purge so he filled 2 bags with clothes (and hinted that perhaps I should address my clothing).  I went through tons of magazines and tossed/recycled many boxes and items taking up space in the garage.  I also purged items from our upright garage freezer.

Feels good!  I have to admit that I don’t want this month to end because I’m loving decluttering!  It’s becoming an illness.

Here’s what I got rid of:

  • 37 magazines
  • 2 bags of men’s clothing (one bag not pictured)
  • Charging station
  • 1 pair baby socks
  • Backyard toys including small wheelbarrow (not pictured)
  • Items past their prime from upright freezer in garage
  • 1 bag of papers for shredding/recycling (not pictured)

Did you do more decluttering?  If you have a blog and would like to share a link to your 7+ items as well, please feel free to do so in the comments.  If you don’t have a blog, please still share in the comments about your progress!  Encouraging one another is a big aspect of this challenge!

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May Clutter-Busting Challenge: Day 12

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I’m joining Crystal of Money Saving Mom in her May challenge: Clutter-Busting Challenge: Get Rid of Seven Things Every Single Day in May!   Wanna join me?  Here’s what you do…

Each week day in May go through your house and find 7 things you can toss, donate, recycle, sell, or find someone else who can use them.  That’s it.  These can be big or small things, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you actually throw them out, sell them, donate them, recycle them, or find someone else who can use them. But such a simple challenge can reap huge rewards.  I bet many of us will find more than 7 items some days.

declutter day 12

I had a hard time getting motivated to do anything on my to-do list today.  I enjoyed my walk (yes, on the to-do list)…until I got hot after 45 minutes and looped back for home.  But other than that, I was in the mood to do nothing.  Lazy bones syndrome.  I forced myself to tackle a few chores and then I decided to have my little one find a few things she could do without while I cleaned up our coat/hall closet.

Along with another brown grocery bag filled with more papers to recycle, here’s what I got rid of today:

  • 8 magazines/catalogs
  • 1 book that came in a cereal box
  • wires
  • 4 DVDs
  • dried out Purell and Wet Wipes
  • toy animal
  • white (pink) board

Did you do more decluttering?  If you have a blog and would like to share a link to your 7+ items as well, please feel free to do so in the comments.  If you don’t have a blog, please still share in the comments about your progress!  Encouraging one another is a big aspect of this challenge!

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May Clutter-Busting Challenge: Day 11 & A real friend shows you the inside of her fridge

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I’m joining Crystal of Money Saving Mom in her May challenge: Clutter-Busting Challenge: Get Rid of Seven Things Every Single Day in May!   Wanna join me?  Here’s what you do…

Each week day in May go through your house and find 7 things you can toss, donate, recycle, sell, or find someone else who can use them.  That’s it.  These can be big or small things, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you actually throw them out, sell them, donate them, recycle them, or find someone else who can use them. But such a simple challenge can reap huge rewards.  I bet many of us will find more than 7 items some days.

fridge exterior day 11

You know I’m being honest with ya when I show you my fridge.  Fingerprints and all.  And that’s not all, folks.  I’m going to show you the inside of it.  That’s true friendship.  Doesn’t get much deeper than that. 🙂

I didn’t get started on clutter-busting until late in the day, but I managed to get my 7+ items.  Whew.  I also tossed a lot of stuff from the fridge, wiped it down, and organized it.  So here’s what the inside of my fridge looks like now (I forgot to take before pics…aren’t the before pics the best???)

right fridge door day 11

The right fridge door.  We pull from this door daily.  Butter, honey, jams, etc.  I tossed a couple jams that had expired.  I hate wasting, but I found a little mold on some marmalade jars. 

left fridge door day 11

The left fridge door.  Though we’ve had this fridge several months now, I haven’t removed that bright yellow label because removing all labels from appliances scares me.  What if I forget what it says?!

main fridge interior day 11

Fridge interior.  Although this probably doesn’t look organized to you, it IS organized just how I like it.  I think most people have a fridge “system” and this is what works for me.  Also, this isn’t a completely honest representation of how my fridge normally looks.  This is what it looks like when I’ve hit just one market for the week.  My shopping schedule was thrown off a bit with a sick little one, but tomorrow I’ll hit up Trader Joe’s so it’ll fill up even more.   Yes, I am Danielle and I love food. 

Do you feel closer to me now?  😉

declutter pile day 11

Here’s what I got rid of today:

  • 15 magazines
  • 1 broken flag
  • Build-a-Bear Workshop box
  • Expired items from the fridge

Did you do more decluttering?  If you have a blog and would like to share a link to your 7+ items as well, please feel free to do so in the comments.  If you don’t have a blog, please still share in the comments about your progress!  Encouraging one another is a big aspect of this challenge!

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May Clutter-Busting Challenge: Day 9

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I’m joining Crystal of Money Saving Mom in her May challenge: Clutter-Busting Challenge: Get Rid of Seven Things Every Single Day in May!   Wanna join me?  Here’s what you do…

Each week day in May go through your house and find 7 things you can toss, donate, recycle, sell, or find someone else who can use them.  That’s it.  These can be big or small things, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you actually throw them out, sell them, donate them, recycle them, or find someone else who can use them. But such a simple challenge can reap huge rewards.  I bet many of us will find more than 7 items some days.

day 11

I’m plugging along with this challenge and feeling the impact daily decluttering has on our home.  Ahhhh, love it!  I didn’t post about days 5 through 8 because last week was hectic and included some very unexpected moments, but I did work on the challenge though I didn’t take pictures.

Here’s what I got rid of today:

  • 4 magazines
  • 3 plastic serving utensils I purchased for a birthday party which I didn’t like even when I bought them.  Go with your gut, D!
  • An often-used, but much abused dress-up tutu that the dog got to yesterday
  • A dull knife with nicks (Hmmm, what did hubby use it for?)
  • Several past-their-prime bath toys
  • The broken handle to a fan
  • Several catalogs, papers, coupons, etc (not pictured)

Did you do more decluttering?  If you have a blog and would like to share a link to your 7+ items as well, please feel free to do so in the comments.  If you don’t have a blog, please still share in the comments about your progress!  Encouraging one another is a big aspect of this challenge!

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May Clutter-Busting Challenge: Day 2 through 4

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I’m joining Crystal of Money Saving Mom in her May challenge: Clutter-Busting Challenge: Get Rid of Seven Things Every Single Day in May!   Wanna join me?  Here’s what you do…

Each week day in May go through your house and find 7 things you can toss, donate, recycle, sell, or find someone else who can use them.  That’s it.  These can be big or small things, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you actually throw them out, sell them, donate them, recycle them, or find someone else who can use them. But such a simple challenge can reap huge rewards.  I bet many of us will find more than 7 items some days.

day 2 through 4

I’m still in love with this challenge.  I didn’t post on day 2 and 3 so this picture includes days 2-4.  I trashed MANY items so they aren’t included, but the bag is filled with clothes, toys, and kitchen items.  I also recycled about 20 magazines and catalogs.  And I love getting rid of extra electrical items like old phone chargers.  I got rid of more than 7 items each day and  I feel lighter already.

Did you do more decluttering?  If you have a blog and would like to share a link to your 7+ items as well, please feel free to do so in the comments.  If you don’t have a blog, please still share in the comments about your progress!  Encouraging one another is a big aspect of this challenge!

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May Clutter-Busting Challenge: Day 1

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Happy May!  I have a feeling May is going to be a good month.  Power of positive thinking, right?

To get me going on the right track, I’m joining Crystal of Money Saving Mom in her May challenge: Clutter-Busting Challenge: Get Rid of Seven Things Every Single Day in May! 

*Note: I am a big fan of Crystal, her plan and goals for debt-free living, helpful tools, and  her nonjudgmental, encouraging personality.  She shares her experiences & advice with such grace and understanding.  In addition, her challenges are simple yet beneficial to myself, my family, and my home. 

Wanna join me?  Here’s what you do…

Each day in May you go through your house and find 7 things you can toss, donate, recycle, sell, or find someone else who can use them.  That’s it.  But such a simple challenge can reap huge rewards.  I bet many of us will find more than 7 items some days.

I’m having my husband and little girl join me in the challenge.  They may not take part each day, but they can certainly help many days of the month.  Among other things, it’s a great way to spark continual conversation with my 4-year old about helping those less fortunate than us, recycling, cutting back on waste, being grateful for our many blessings, and keeping our home clutter-free and peaceful.

Each day I’ll share a picture of the 7 items we are booting out of our home.  If you have a blog and would like to share a link to your 7+ items as well, please feel free to do so in the comments.  If you don’t have a blog, please still share in the comments about your progress!  Encouraging one another is a big aspect of this challenge!

I was eager to begin–I ♥ decluttering!  Here are the things I’m purging today:

day 1 pic

We didn’t spend more than a few minutes on collecting items today because we were pushing dinner hour.  So Munchie and I each claimed a spot (I took the kitchen and she took a toy basket) and we took less than five minutes to find our items.  We trashed a few items before I took this picture so our item total was 16 or 17.  Woohoo!  Imagine what we could do in 15 minutes?  Or 30?

Alrighty…your turn!  Do come back and let me know if you find any items to get rid of today.  🙂

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