Saturday, May 7, 2016

Tidying and Purging in the Entrace Way

With spring weather arriving I took to cleaning out the entrance way that we use most often and got rid of garbage, clutter, and things we don't use or don't fit anymore.  It resulted in 13.2 pounds of stuff being collected and removed from the house.  

The 2000 Pound Challenge:

Previously Purged:  1058.8 pounds

Purged Since Last Post:   13.2 pounds

Total Purged To Date:  954.4 pounds

Pounds Remaining:   1045.6 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, December 30, 2015

An Update on the Purge

I have done a few decluttering and purging sessions over the past few months, and my have updated my progress to reflect that I am so close to my half way point!  My progress is sporadic, but whenever I do a little bit I weigh what I am getting rid of to track it here whenever I think of it. 

Some renewed inspiration also came when I discovered the KonMari method of tidying up.  That really helped to get things going again until I was hit with a busy fall.  Now with New Years right around the corner, I feel  another wave of renewed inspiration (or perhaps it's a renewed sense of panic having not completed this goal yet!). 

Either way, progress was made in 2015, and here is where I will end the year:

The 2000 Pound Challenge:

Previously Purged:  797.4 pounds

Purged Since Last Post:   143.8 pounds

Total Purged To Date:  941.2 pounds

Pounds Remaining:   1058.8 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.   :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Getting Re-Acquainted with the 15-Minute Decluttering Session

Oooh... August 2014 was my last post... has it ever been a while since I have done a purge!

I won't go into a long story about why I haven't, because I really don't know.  All I know is that life is pretty good for me, and even though I have not made any progress on my 2000 pound goal, in quite a while, things have been happening and progress has been made in other parts of my life -- albeit slowly, as it has been a good 8 months or so since I last posted.... No Nobel Peace Prizes or anything...

But today I fit in a 15 minute purge, which has led to 3.8 pounds of garbage, recycling and donations.  Here is my total:


The 2000 Pound Challenge:

Previously Purged:  793.6 pounds

Purged Since Last Post:  3.8 pounds

Total Purged To Date:  797.4 pounds

Pounds Remaining:   1202.6 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.   :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

This Week's Progress on my Purge, and a Re-Cap

My progress on my goal has been pretty minimal since my last post, but of often before a really good productive purge comes a few weeks of not much progress, so I'm not stressing out about it much. 


I feel like I am going through the motions a little bit, but baby steps are still steps in the right direction.


In the last day or two I have 7.2 pounds from the office which is the room I am focussing on for the month of August.  Slowly, slowly, slowly but surely I am getting the house in order. 


Each month I have focussed on a room and resolved to spend 15 minutes there each weekday with the intention of having the room "done" by the end of the month.  Now that we are over half way through the year, I think I would have been discouraged to realize that not a single room has been re-organized to the vision in my head with the exception of my master closet.  In addition to the closet in the master bedroom, I have worked on the master bedroom, the garage, the playroom, the mudroom, and the nursery since the start of the new year. 


Why am I not discouraged?  Well, truthfully, sometimes I am.  Sometimes I feel like all this effort has resulted in 5 failures out of 6.  I probably could have seen a lot more progress if I had been more consistent about actually de-cluttering for 15 minutes a day.  I don't think a week has gone by that I have decluttered every day as planned.


But most of the time I see that the rooms I have worked on are significantly better than they were before.  I also keep in mind that it's a HUGE step for me that I move on at the end of the month to a new room instead of "finishing" the room.  If I did not keep my perfectionism in place I would still be working on the first room on my list because it would never be exactly "perfect".  I would be months behind in tacking the rooms that I wanted to tackle instead of just not quite where I want to be with the end result of each of the rooms that I have been focussing on, and there is a BIG difference there.  I would be so discouraged about how far behind I am if I were looking for perfection before moving on that I probably would have given up my goals by now.  Moving on every month (no matter how little progress had been made that month, and sometimes there was very little), has done wonders for my overall progress, because I am always moving forward instead of getting "stuck".


Here's my progress over the past couple of weeks.


The 2000 Pound Challenge:

Previously Purged:  786.4 pounds

Purged Since Last Post:  7.2 pounds

Total Purged To Date:  793.6 pounds

Pounds Remaining:   1206.4 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, July 31, 2014

Getting Caught Up in a Game of "Catch-Up" Has a Price


Wow.


The progress continues!


I took a week off last week because I went away for 5 days for a little cottage get-away with my son, and my sister and her family.  It was a nice vacation, and I received a lot of joy seeing my son take such pleasure in being in the water and digging in the sand.


Since my return I have tried to play catch-up.  Playing catch-up is my perfectionism shining through:  When I miss a day of de-cluttering (I aim for 15 minutes a day), I try to make up for it the next day by doing 30 minutes of de-cluttering.  The problem is, that I will go several days without de-cluttering, and so I try to schedule in an hour or more of de-cluttering to make up for the missed days, and that just isn't what the FLYLady system is all about. 


If you have not heard of the FLYLady's system for de-cluttering, cleaning, and maintaining your home, it is the system found at www.theflylady.net.   The FLYLady always reminds her followers to just "jump in where they are", and don't worry that they are behind or didn't start sooner.  They are to just jump in, wherever they are, and start doing 15 minute de-cluttering or cleaning missions.  


I always seem to have trouble with this and feel absolutely compelled to make up for missed days.  I just can't let go of it.  Today, for example, I have 4 day's worth of cleaning missions, and 2 days of de-cluttering to make up for, and they are there, in black and white, on my To Do List for the day.  As I write it, I know it's insane to get caught up in this game of "catch-up".  Logically I know it is not making me more productive (I am not getting other things done), and I know that this is not good for my well-being to essentially "punish" myself by doing hours of cleaning and de-cluttering when I could be doing something more productive, or that will help me grow as a person, or just something that I enjoy more.


Catch-Up though, while suffocating, does have the lure of perceived progress.  Since my return, I have gotten rid of an old tv, and some clothes that have totalled 59.0 pounds.  That "progress" comes at a price though.   I know.  And is something I need to work on.


The 2000 Pound Challenge:

Previously Purged:  727.4 pounds

Purged Since Last Post:  59.0 pounds

Total Purged To Date:  786.4 pounds

Pounds Remaining:   1213.6 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.   :)

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.   :)