Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Dumpster Arrives!

Last week we ordered a dumpster because we have taken down our back deck and have heaps of deck wood to get rid of.  I also took advantage of the dumpster to get rid of a few items to large to dispose of in the regular weekly garbage. 


We got rid of a memory foam mattress topper, (which was not weighed and so was not included in this weeks total), a humidifier, and a sled.


The dumpster was nearly full with all the debris from our deck, but my added portion totalled 21.6 pounds. 


The bin gets picked up later today, and I will continue my purge next week. 


The 2000 Pound Challenge:

Previously Purged:  705.8 pounds

Purged Since Last Post:  21.6 pounds

Total Purged To Date:  727.4 pounds

Pounds Remaining:   1272.6 pounds to go

I am working towards purging 2000 pounds of my belongings, no matter how long it takes me!  I was inspired by the "100 Thing Challenge", but knew I had to take a different approach.  Instead, I decided to try to purge 2000 pounds of stuff.  It's taken me longer than I thought it would, but the past few months I have been getting motivation and de-cluttering advice from www.flylady.net

If you are drowning in clutter, want to take control of your life, or your home just doesn't make you happy, I invite you to join me!  Try a 5 or 10 minute de-cluttering session.  

I used to think that just isn't enough time to make any difference.  And yet now I've purged hundreds of pounds, and feeling so much better and less stressed.  I invite you to take a leap of faith and start in on this journey with me.  It doesn't matter that I started before you.  Just jump right on in, where ever you are!  There is no "right" time to start.  You don't have to start on the first of the month, or a Monday, and certainly not when you feel like you have enough time to dedicate to organizing and de-cluttering.  Nope!  You just need to put 1 thing in the garbage or in a give-away pile and you will be on your way.   :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Little Can Add Up to a Lot

I haven't posted in a while, but I have been working away at my 15 minutes of de-cluttering about every other day on average. 


Over the past couple of weeks I have moved from the garage to the master bedroom, spent some time in the bathrooms, and even a bit in the mudroom.  The amount purged each session was minimal (often just a couple of pounds) but in all it has added up to 13 pounds of tossed belongings.  Some of it was even donatable.  Yep, a little purging on a consistent basis can add up.


I still have a bit of catch-up that I want to do before I go to bed  tonight, so let me go straight to posting my progress so I can back to it:


The 2000 Pound Challenge:

Previously Purged:  692.8 pounds

Purged Since Last Post:  13.0 pounds

Total Purged To Date:  705.8 pounds

Pounds Remaining:   1294.2 pounds to go

I am working towards purging 2000 pounds of my belongings, no matter how long it takes me!  I was inspired by the "100 Thing Challenge", but knew I had to take a different approach.  Instead, I decided to try to purge 2000 pounds of stuff.  It's taken me longer than I thought it would, but the past few months I have been getting motivation and de-cluttering advice from www.flylady.net

If you are drowning in clutter, want to take control of your life, or your home just doesn't make you happy, I invite you to join me!  Try a 5 or 10 minute de-cluttering session.  

I used to think that just isn't enough time to make any difference.  And yet now I've purged hundreds of pounds, and feeling so much better and less stressed.  I invite you to take a leap of faith and start in on this journey with me.  It doesn't matter that I started before you.  Just jump right on in, where ever you are!  There is no "right" time to start.  You don't have to start on the first of the month, or a Monday, and certainly not when you feel like you have enough time to dedicate to organizing and de-cluttering.  Nope!  You just need to put 1 thing in the garbage or in a give-away pile and you will be on your way.   :)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

One of My Biggest Purges to Date

The progress continues in the garage, and oh boy!  There are a lot of random things with some significant weight that I have been able to get rid of!
I've gotten rid of a guitar, a box of umbrellas, more clothes, a bunch of books, and much more. 
My garbage can is over-flowing, which means it's going to take me more than a week to have it picked up from road side because we have a one-bag-per-household limit in our city.
The trunk of the car is quite full with things to be donated.  It's on my "To Do List" to do a donation run tomorrow, I just hope it's open tomorrow so I don't have to hang on to this stuff any longer than I have to.
Also during my purge, I found several bags and boxes of items ready to donate.  I started this purge over a year and a half ago, and it's possible they've been sitting in the garage to be donated for nearly that long.  I don't remember if I weighed those items out or not.  These items were purged back in the day when I didn't include a donation run as part of my purge.  I placed items in the car or garage with no real plan of where to take them and when. 


And so there they sat!


I erred on the side of caution and placed those items in the car ready to be delivered tomorrow without weighing them out again because of the possibility that I had already weighed them out.  Still, the progress in the garage continues, and I've made a significant dent in my goal to purge 2000 pounds.  I purged a total of 51.0 pounds!  Wow!  That is one of my biggest purges yet! 
Getting to 750 pounds is my next milestone number, and if I can squeeze 60 pounds of clutter out of that garage by then I will get there before the end of the month!
Keeping up with the daily routines and all the hotspots in the house remains a challenge, but it's seen some very small improvements.  It's get there.


The 2000 Pound Challenge:

Previously Purged:  641.8 pounds

Purged Since Last Post:  51.0 pounds

Total Purged To Date:  692.8 pounds

Pounds Remaining:   1307.2 pounds to go

I am working towards purging 2000 pounds of my belongings, no matter how long it takes me!  I was inspired by the "100 Thing Challenge", but knew I had to take a different approach.  Instead, I decided to try to purge 2000 pounds of stuff.  It's taken me longer than I thought it would, but the past few months I have been getting motivation and de-cluttering advice from www.flylady.net

If you are drowning in clutter, want to take control of your life, or your home just doesn't make you happy, I invite you to join me!  Try a 5 or 10 minute de-cluttering session.  

I used to think that just isn't enough time to make any difference.  And yet now I've purged hundreds of pounds, and feeling so much better and less stressed.  I invite you to take a leap of faith and start in on this journey with me.  It doesn't matter that I started before you.  Just jump right on in, where ever you are!  There is no "right" time to start.  You don't have to start on the first of the month, or a Monday, and certainly not when you feel like you have enough time to dedicate to organizing and de-cluttering.  Nope!  You just need to put 1 thing in the garbage or in a give-away pile and you will be on your way.   :)


I Can See the Floor of the Garage!

I've been much better this week about doing consistent 15- minute purges.  I've not been perfect, but I've purged several times the past two weeks or so compared to the once or twice a month I was doing throughout the early spring.


The garage has proven to be a fairly easy place to purge.  A significant amount of the stuff has been out in the garage since we moved in (ew...) 4 and a half years ago now.  


Today I packed up 17.4 pounds of old clothes to give donate.  Earlier in the week I tossed 11 pounds of trash, and a box of things to give away that tipped the scales at just over 10 pounds.


The downside has been that some of the stuff from the garage has made it's way back into the house.  It's all stuff that doesn't have a home and it has gotten strewn around the house.  Ugh.  It's actually quite bad.  I have not done enough 5 minute fire drills, or spent enough time doing "hot spots" as the FlyLady likes to call them, to keep the house looking presentable.  Ultimately, the state of the house as a result is stressing me out. 


I have an evening to myself tonight, so hopefully I can get the main floor back into shape.  It's a bit daunting to deal with because the stuff that is coming in from the garage that I am not ready to purge yet is all stuff that was out there because I didn't know what to do with it or where to put it. 


I will, however, press on! 


The 2000 Pound Challenge:

Previously Purged:  602.8 pounds

Purged Since Last Post:  39.0 pounds

Total Purged To Date:  641.8 pounds

Pounds Remaining:   1358.2 pounds to go

I am working towards purging 2000 pounds of my belongings, no matter how long it takes me!  I was inspired by the "100 Thing Challenge", but knew I had to take a different approach.  Instead, I decided to try to purge 2000 pounds of stuff.  It's taken me longer than I thought it would, but the past few months I have been getting motivation and de-cluttering advice from www.flylady.net

If you are drowning in clutter, want to take control of your life, or your home just doesn't make you happy, I invite you to join me!  Try a 5 or 10 minute de-cluttering session.  

I used to think that just isn't enough time to make any difference.  And yet now I've purged hundreds of pounds, and feeling so much better and less stressed.  I invite you to take a leap of faith and start in on this journey with me.  It doesn't matter that I started before you.  Just jump right on in, where ever you are!  There is no "right" time to start.  You don't have to start on the first of the month, or a Monday, and certainly not when you feel like you have enough time to dedicate to organizing and de-cluttering.  Nope!  You just need to put 1 thing in the garbage or in a give-away pile and you will be on your way.   :)


Monday, June 23, 2014

The Garage Continues It's Make-Over

I spent some time working on getting rid of the clutter in the garage.  I normally take the weekend "off" from de-cluttering, but I had an evening to myself and just got the itch.  I purged a total of 14. pounds.


I continued in the garage today and purged another 13.2 pounds in just 15 minutes.


A small space is opening up in the garage, and I am optimistic about having it cleaned out by the end of the month.  It will be close, but the sort has been easy there.  Most things have been in there for 5 years, so the vast majority of stuff is being tossed without much agonizing decision-making.


Here is my summary of my progress to date:




The 2000 Pound Challenge:

Previously Purged:  575.6 pounds

Purged Since Last Post:  14.0 + 13.2 = 27.2 pounds

Total Purged To Date:  602.8 pounds

Pounds Remaining:   1397.2 pounds to go

I am working towards purging 2000 pounds of my belongings, no matter how long it takes me!  I was inspired by the "100 Thing Challenge", but knew I had to take a different approach.  Instead, I decided to try to purge 2000 pounds of stuff.  It's taken me longer than I thought it would, but the past few months I have been getting motivation and de-cluttering advice from www.flylady.net

If you are drowning in clutter, want to take control of your life, or your home just doesn't make you happy, I invite you to join me!  Try a 5 or 10 minute de-cluttering session.  

I used to think that just isn't enough time to make any difference.  And yet now I've purged hundreds of pounds, and feeling so much better and less stressed.  I invite you to take a leap of faith and start in on this journey with me.  It doesn't matter that I started before you.  Just jump right on in, where ever you are!  There is no "right" time to start.  You don't have to start on the first of the month, or a Monday, and certainly not when you feel like you have enough time to dedicate to organizing and de-cluttering.  Nope!  You just need to put 1 thing in the garbage or in a give-away pile and you will be on your way.   :)


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Baby Steps De-Cluttering in the Garage

I spent about 15 minutes in the garage and actually found some salvageable items that I am going to take to Good Will.  I have to be careful because I don't have time to do it now, and I have been known to let items sit for weeks, or even months before bringing them in.


I will be putting the bags in my vehicle as soon as I finish my post, and have already put a Good Will run on my List for tomorrow with a priority setting of "Urgent". 


In total, I am donating 10.4 pounds, which is a conservative measurement because there were a few items that were tossed directly into the recycling bin and not included.


In addition to the 10.4 pounds that I am purging, it's also worth celebrating that I have purged 2 days in a row!  I was in a rather prolonged dry spell and it's been a VERY long time since I purged 2 days in a row.  I am a superstar!


The 2000 Pound Challenge:

Previously Purged:  565.2 pounds

Purged Since Last Post:  10.4 pounds

Total Purged To Date:  575.6 pounds

Pounds Remaining:   1424.4pounds to go

I am working towards purging 2000 pounds of my belongings, no matter how long it takes me!  I was inspired by the "100 Thing Challenge", but knew I had to take a different approach.  Instead, I decided to try to purge 2000 pounds of stuff.  It's taken me longer than I thought it would, but the past few months I have been getting motivation and de-cluttering advice from www.flylady.net

If you are drowning in clutter, want to take control of your life, or your home just doesn't make you happy, I invite you to join me!  Try a 5 or 10 minute de-cluttering session.  

I used to think that just isn't enough time to make any difference.  And yet now I've purged hundreds of pounds, and feeling so much better and less stressed.  I invite you to take a leap of faith and start in on this journey with me.  It doesn't matter that I started before you.  Just jump right on in, where ever you are!  There is no "right" time to start.  You don't have to start on the first of the month, or a Monday, and certainly not when you feel like you have enough time to dedicate to organizing and de-cluttering.  Nope!  You just need to put 1 thing in the garbage or in a give-away pile and you will be on your way.   :)




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Organizing and Purging With a Litttle Bit of Positivity!

Purging and organizing, when it's a big job, can be a bit of a drudgery.
But only if you let it!
I've been guilty of allowing my purging to become a daunting and dreaded task.  Well, no more!  Not today!  Today I plan to get rid of my bad attitude I've let myself get into and post nothing but positive things.
So.... Today I did some more work in garage.  WOOHOOO!  :)  It was a breeze to find things to get rid of because some stuff had been sitting there so long I couldn't have kept it even if I had wanted to!
I purged a whole garbage bag full of stuff, and I feel great!  I tossed out a whopping 8.4 pounds.  Wow!  I worked for half an hour, and in that short time I got even closer to my 2000 pound goal.  This goal started as a challenge to toss, recycle, or give-away 2000 pounds of my stuff.
This is only my third 15-minute block in the garage, and already I am noticing a difference.  I can only imagine how great it is going to look at the end of the month!


The 2000 Pound Challenge:

Previously Purged:  556.8 pounds

Purged Since Last Post:  8.4 pounds

Total Purged To Date:  565.2 pounds

Pounds Remaining:   pounds to go

I am working towards purging 2000 pounds of my belongings, no matter how long it takes me!  I was inspired by the "100 Thing Challenge", but knew I had to take a different approach.  Instead, I decided to try to purge 2000 pounds of stuff.  It's taken me longer than I thought it would, but the past few months I have been getting motivation and de-cluttering advice from www.flylady.net

If you are drowning in clutter, want to take control of your life, or your home just doesn't make you happy, I invite you to join me!  Try a 5 or 10 minute de-cluttering session.  

I used to think that just isn't enough time to make any difference.  And yet now I've purged hundreds of pounds, and feeling so much better and less stressed.  I invite you to take a leap of faith and start in on this journey with me.  It doesn't matter that I started before you.  Just jump right on in, where ever you are!  There is no "right" time to start.  You don't have to start on the first of the month, or a Monday, and certainly not when you feel like you have enough time to dedicate to organizing and de-cluttering.  Nope!  You just need to put 1 thing in the garbage or in a give-away pile and you will be on your way.   :)