Decluttering my life is something important to me. Over the last few months I’ve been working on myself a lot and other things like decluttering my house for example have been pushed aside. Yes, I’m admitting I’m not super woman & cant do a hundred things at once. But this weekend while I was cleaning, I began really looking at my house and realized that I really need to do a deep cleaning of our home. That there are numerous things throughout my home (inside & out) that we don’t use, add no value, & just simply take up space. It’s time I get back on the decluttering wagon.
Of course, this isn’t going to happen overnight but from now till the end of 2016 I’m making it my mission to get rid of 2000 things in our home. If you think about it, it’s kinda of interesting that I would have 2000 things clogging up our lives, taking up space & adding no value, which in the end will take up my time that could have been spent doing something enjoyable, doing something that added value to my life, & or spending it with the important people in my life. It’s kinda of embarrassing. But I’m not even close to being a hoarder. I can’t imagine so people’s home & how many things that are taking over their lives. It’s crazy when you think about it. Now think about your home & your situation? How many things (big or small) could you live without?
Now 2000 may sound like a lot but if you break it down, it really isn’t. 2000 things @ 38 weeks equals 52.63 items per each week. If you divide that by 7 it’s only 7.51 things a day I need to get rid of. Piece of cake, right?!
And because I’m all about sharing, I’m going to share my progress with all of you. I’ll even break it down to let you know what I’m doing with the things for example: where I’m getting rid of my things like selling it, donating, or simply throwing it away. That way I can honestly share what I do with my things, which I hope inspires others to join in with me. And I want to show people how easy or hard it is to make money from what we have in our house. Any money I make from decluttering, I’ve decided to put towards my credit card, hoping to have it paid off by the end of the year with only using the money I make from this endeavor.
1. bag of stuffed animals the girlies no longer love– put in yard sale pile (April 30th we are doing a school wide yard sale that we can rent spaces from. I’m doing it with my daughter so it’ll only be $7.50 for a space)
2. two shirts that no longer fit my boys- put in yard sale pile
3. 5 brand new texture paints I’ve been holding on to for a yr now- put in yard sale pile
4. 3 pairs of skinny jeans that I’ve been saving for when I lose all my weight- put in yard sale pile ( if I ever get to my goal, I’ll just buy myself some new jeans. Holding on to my skinny clothes hurts my weight loss journey more than it motivates me)
5. 5 pairs of shoes- donated to goodwill
6. 2 cake pans I haven’t used in 2 yrs-put in yard sale pile
7. 2 Furby booms- Sold super quick on Craigslist….made $10
8. rug remnants- trying to sell on Craigslist
This week’s breakdown is:
*3 items on Craigslist (2 sold & 1 waiting to be sold) making me $10 so far
*5 items donated to Goodwill
*12 items + bag of stuffed animals (about 20 in bag) for our yard sale on April 30th
totaling: 20 items & $10 in cash for 30 mins of work
FYI-If you look at my list, each item has numerous items in it. I didn’t see the need to count things individually like doing 8 stuffed animals as my week’s goal. If I did that to begin with, I’d take even longer than I am to declutter my house, & I’d lose steam. But you can do whatever suits you. It’s all about our own unique goal, perspective, & how fast or slow you want the process to go. For me, by the end of the year I’m hoping to have more than 2000 items gone.
How about you? What have you gotten rid of lately? How’s the decluttering going? Have you pushed it aside like I did? If so why don’t you join me & share your progress each week with me. I would love to hear your thoughts, see your progress, &/or ways you can make money from it.
Sew Crafty Angel,