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.   :)

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.   :)