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10/27/16 1:50 P

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My nephew is moving across the hall to a bachelor suite on the weekend, so I will be able to really clean that 2nd room. I plan to be off work for vacation on the 2nd week in November, so will focus on deep cleaning that room. I also hope to declutter the closet, so that we can close the doors. The one door has been open to allow him access, so it'll be good his stuff out, then organize it. I can also move some things from my living area into the 2nd room, which will give more breathing space in the main area. Yay!



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10/26/16 5:39 P

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10/26/16 2:50 P

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I don't use coupons. I find them very cumbersome and in Canada, coupons are quite different than the USA - which we all learned by watching Coupon Hoarders. My niece will grab coupons when we walk into the store or if she sees them by the food items, then put the coupons on the food - which is quite helpful. Honestly though, it's only a few cents and the sales are a much better deal. I hope you sorted out where to put your coupons.

In regards to the drinks, next time take those to the local food bank or shelter. That way you know they are being given out to people who need them and not being sold. I wouldn't trust that friend any longer, after doing that. That is sheer greed.




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10/26/16 2:29 P

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I am a little perturbed...

I gave a friend some 12-packs of drinks to give to people who could use them and for free. Guess what? She is selling the cans at work.

Would you be a little ticked off?

Yes, I cleared my house of drinks that were taking up space but wanted people in need to have them.

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10/24/16 7:31 P

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I tend to place coupons in places then forget where I placed them. I need to make a specific place in my house for them.

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10/18/16 2:14 P

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10/16/16 4:32 P

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I live in a house with 2 housemates. I do my chores and just about all theirs. Then, I work at home, volunteer, and do the cooking. I also make gift baskets.

I worked as a file clerk and secretary for a long while when I was younger. So, I like to have everything in order still. As a matter-of-fact, I need to organize the kitchen cupboards and fridge. (Thank you for reminding me...LOL)

I will organize my office too.

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10/6/16 11:05 A

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I live in a small apt and it's cluttered. There isn't much I can do unless I want to return to the days of old, prior to furniture and sit on the floor, sleep on a foamie. I cleaned out one closet this summer and took "treaures" to the local thrift store. I will do the 2nd one when my nephew moves out on his own. It's too tough now, as the air mattress is up against the closet and there isn't any room in the spare room. When I moved here I didn't de-clutter as I usually do as I had a ruptured disc and on morphine. I threw it all into boxes and hired the local "work crew" to move it all. I meant to de-clutter when I healed, then forgot - as it was all in the 2 closets. It felt good to clean out my bedroom closet.



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10/4/16 9:25 A

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In the spirit of this challenge though, I'm going to clean through my kitchen cupboards and clean off the stuff that is being stored above the kitchen cabinets by the end of October. We shop at costco making it harder to store some of the food in the small kitchen.I will be away this weekend (Thanksgiving long weekend) so won't be done for the next week at least but I'll start tonight.

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10/4/16 9:22 A

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I too generally follow the idea of if I haven't used it in the last year, it may be time to chuck it/donate it... or store it... It depends on the item. I do have a tupperware box that is pretty much full of clothes that will fit when lose ~ 10-20 lbs... They are pretty much brand new and can't afford to buy a new wardrobe when I lose 'the' weight - so they are in storage. I haven't worn them in over 3-4 years... but I hope to pull them out soon..

I do find that cleaning house weekly is VERY important for me. Cleaning house means dishes, laundry, general tidy up (not hiding stuff but putting it where it belongs). If I'm in a messy/cluttered/dirty home, it weighs on me. It makes me feel gloomy, unmotivated and like a sloth. It's amazing how much lighter and brighter I feel just by vacuuming my place (i live in a 1 bedroom condo). We have a big dog who sheds...

Since my boyfriend moved in earlier this year, it's been a bit tough. I needed/wanted to provide space for him to have his own stuff too so I ended up donating quite a bit of stuff in order to clear space for him - some clothes, books, knicknaks I didn't use often. Other stuff I put away in storage. I have a storage locker in the parkade - small one which is pretty much full. Plus we have a larger storage locker for the rest of his stuff (and a few items of mine). He is a pack rat... he hangs onto EVERYTHING because he "might" need it in the future. There's no way we could fit all his stuff in my place so most of it ended up in a storage locker he pays for. He is able to live in conditions MUCH messier than I... so I find that the cleaning/organizing often falls on me as it bothers me before it bothers him. He will help if I ask him for it though which is nice.

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10/3/16 8:20 P

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I just joined so I still have to read everything. I thought I'd start here because I really need to organize my house. Long story short, I have a house full of my own stuff plus things I inherited. So organizing it all is multi-layered since there are sentimental attachments. My goal for the next 3 months is to at least get it in some type of working order. What has been stopping me is this "food coma" I've been in of overeating and having no energy to tackle the house. Now I'm back on track with my food and I'm hoping that will lead to more activity with the house.

So I'll be reading all the tips here.

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4/18/16 3:34 P

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Hi BEETEACHABLEand Paula:

I missed your post, BEETEACHABLE, last winter. Oops. I hope everything is going well for you. My back healed up well. Both the ER doc and I were worried that the disc had ruptured (again), but it turned out to be tight muscles. Between the medication and massage therapy, it got all sorted out.

Thanks for the links Paula. Hope all is well!



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4/13/16 7:44 P

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Tips for organising the junk draw:

keepcalmgetorganised.com.au/tips-for
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Another great article on Decluttering:

www.frugalrules.com/declutter-your-h
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9/29/15 5:33 P

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Every thing that you said about your 2nd bdrm is ours to only without the niece, and we could use a niece that is awesome that you have her. I am sorry to hear about your back. I understand I gave up today to just do sparking because my emoticon are barking (feet) emoticon .Like you said it will all work itself out. You feel better soon suppose to emoticon here today hope cable and internet stays with us emoticon emoticon emoticon


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9/29/15 1:50 P

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Yeah it's even tougher when you live in a small space and that's my issue. My 2nd room is currently doubling as a computer/office room and my nephew's sleeping space. Therefore, I can't put anything in there, as it's already full. Ah well, it'll sort itself out.

I'm down for the count with deep cleaning as I wrecked my back on Thursday. I missed work on Friday and went to ER. I'm on medications and it's helping, but I still can't do very much. My niece (7) helped me with groceries on Saturday. She put it all in the cart, hauled it to my apt, got it all organized for me to put away and that sure helped me out. Otherwise I'd have to send her brother grocery shopping with a list and my debit card - never know how that'll turn out. haha! We might have ended up with nothing but cookies. haha!!



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Oh do I know what you mean I have been clearing out this house for the last week, finally got one room down to actually putting donations in bags and some to the garbage I even hit garbage pick up this week, still got work to do but I am tired tonight. The wiring has a temporary fix on the cable but at least I have internet, emoticon Have a great night see you soon. emoticon emoticon

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9/28/15 3:19 P

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Sorry to hear about the wiring issues. Hopefully it'll be sorted all out really soon. I am putting some things up on Freecycle even though I find it to be like 'work.' At least it'll clean out the kitchen as I'm tired of the junk sitting there.



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emoticon SASSISPRNNG been awhile had some wiring issues on outside of the house (cable company) problem's not the whole problem but 4 days of it anyway emoticon I understand about the donation situation sad that people take from the boxes like that. I am making some progress better than none eh.


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9/15/15 12:30 A

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I rarely used the re-use shed because people tended to take out items, then put those items up for sale - online or at garage sales. I also found it very dirty and people rude who used it. But I took my clients there (at their request) and at times, when I had no other options, drop off items. I usually take things to the thrift store, but it's small and they usually close down acceptance of items during the garage sale season. Small town issues eh.



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SASSY really sorry to hear that, we are lucky in that case there are donation boxes all over our city.

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9/14/15 1:48 P

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I'm doing the same. Unfortunately the re-use shed closed down due to unsanitary conditions and physical fights over the free stuff, and our thrift store stopped accepting donations, so my boxes of stuff to give away is piled up in my kitchen. I hope the thrift store will take it, as the garage sales ended and they aren't being hit up as hard with boxes of donations. Otherwise, I'm not sure what I'll do with this stuff.



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emoticon Hello all I am getting a good start on declutering my house right now, and you are right SASSISPRING it is, very overwhelming, but one small step @ a time. emoticon emoticon



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5/27/14 1:52 P

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Good for you. Sounds like you have a good plan with the cleaning and decluttering.



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I took a proberbial "page from a family member's book" --- if something hasn't been used &/or enjoyed within the past year, it goes out of our home --- the exception of things belonging to our grown children. Slowly we are getting those things into their right homes! It is hard when those "right homes" are states away & mostly we do our back & forth visiting by air.

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I am so very thankful that the door of access is permanently open to The Creator & His beloved Son, Christ Jesus!

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5/15/14 1:41 P

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I am slowly working on this because it's creeping into my life and driving me bonkers. I plan to hit the storage room very shortly because I can't even walk in there. I needed a container for my nephew, didn't have time to deal with the stuff I took out of the container, so it's scattered on the floor. It's the first thing people see when they come into my apt, so I am going to focus on getting that clean and organized first.

I did take a pile of stuff to the local thrift store and other stuff hit the garbage (as it was badly damaged). It's getting there slowly.



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3/25/14 1:15 A

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I wear the same clothes year round, so I don't have anything to put up for the different seasons. Even when I had money, I had no real interest in clothes, drove some of my friends crazy. haha!! Winter is still hanging on that far south, wow. It's sure been a long winter, especially in areas that don't have much cold to begin with, in the winter. Up here in northern BC it's down to -10C at night, we are still getting spring snow (snow that doesn't really stick, just blows around) and the river is still frozen. I did though manage to open up the window on Sunday and let some air come in, which sure was good. :)



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I am working on actually putting away my winter stuff this week since I never really put it up, it has been sitting out and so now I have to put all of this stuff in bags and pull out the summer stuff. Of course since it is still trying to hold onto winter even in Atlanta, I am going to hold on to a week's worth of sweaters. YUK!

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3/23/14 12:47 P

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That's a really good start, good for you on taking that first step. When it's that overwhelming it's best to take one step at a time, then later, you look back and go 'wow, here I am, I'm really doing awesome, did I ever do good work." You will get there. :)



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I have to agree that clutter leads to disorganization with your life to include your finances. Right now my whole life is out of control and it shows with my weight and fiances. But I have taken a step forward and have cleaned out two very messy places and have another 6 to go before I feel like I have made progress. I used to be healthier, happier and financially more stable.

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I don't have much clutter, but I sure can't lose any weight.


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2/12/13 2:12 P

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That's really good. Keep it up. :)

I don't have many possessions because of living poor for many years. It surprises me how quickly though it can build up, even with little stuff. One area I do need to go through are some boxes I've put into the closet when I moved. I've also cut down my library, given many books away - many I inherited from my grandfather. I've read them and it was time to move them on.



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2/11/13 2:31 P

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I've cut way back on possessions so my biggest challenge is just keeping the accumulated mail off of the counter.

Original SW on 1/1/11 - 204.4 lbs.
Original GW on 9/1/11 - 134.5 lbs
Original GOAL ACHIEVED! 70 lbs. banished!

New SW on 6/6/16 - 183.8
New GW by 12/31/16 - 135

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2/9/13 3:11 P

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How is everyone doing with this goal? I admit that I'm sitting in a mess, so tomorrow is D-day, or shall I say cleaning day. My energy level is increasing, so it's time to hit the apt and start cleaning.



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1/17/13 12:03 P

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I've heard of the book and people I know who read it, really liked the humour. It's hard to stay healty when you are dealing with clutter and chaos. It doesn't mean that the home has to be spotless, it simply means that you are not in a state of stress over not finding things, not knowing where bills are, not having to wade through garbage to get to the kitchen Ė so instead you run out and buy quick premade food. Itís also each individual, what is clutter to them . I know myself, when Iím feeling really stressed out, cleaning helps to move through the energy. I also know that if Iím feeling overwhelmed, I sit down and escape through movies, allowing it to pile around me. Or if I feel I have no control in my life, I will scrub down to the last bit of dust with a toothbrush, in attempt to gain control. I find it really interesting.



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I recently read a book called Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? that suggests a correlation between the clutter in our lives and weight gain. The author maintains that in many cases the two are related and that by reducing our clutter and getting organized we have a much better chance of getting physically healthy as well. It was interesting.

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One goal that was created by members was decluttering the home weekly. The reasons that members asked for this goal was that many found that budgets and bills were being lost in piles of clutter. It's often true, our home reflects the chaos we experience, therefore, if we clean up our homes, organize and sort things out, we can track our money easier.

Let's use this board to share tips and ideas on organization along with tips on decluttering a home. Some folks use this time to put together items for sale, making a little money through cleaning. Other folks use it to organize books and reciepts, while others use it to organize meals and daily schedule. Whatever your reason, let's work together as a team to clean up and organzie our homes.



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