I've been working on decluttering my house for the last 4 months. I started with my desk, then my credenza, book shelf. I got rid of the credenza and bookshelf. All they did was hold junk. I have gotten the linen closet and the hall closets done. Still working on my closet but getting there. Also working on the basement. We have so much crap but I'm doing a little at a time. I also have a donation box in my front living room that I'm constantly putting stuff in. I'll eventually get there!
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current weight: 194.0
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7/12/19 4:48 P
I de-clutter a little at a time, since that is how things got cluttered. If it is a lot of stuff, then I separate it into piles: Keep, Maybe Keep, Get rid of. Get rid of gets thrown out or donated. Maybe keep gets a second look - if I can't think of another use for it or a sentimental reason to keep it, it gets donated. If the Keep pile is too big, I give that a second look as well to determine if I really need it.
I basically put things away constantly, every day. It's just a lifestyle. Despite this, there are areas in our home that attract more than the usual clutter (my family isn't as tidy as I am) and so for those spots I go through them about once a week and throw out, file away, put away, etc for whatever is piled up there. Our hot spots are one end of the kitchen counter and the laundry room, which is just inside the garage door entrance so things tend to get piled in there. And about once a month, I fill a couple boxes of things to take to the thrift store. Clothes, household items, etc.
Yes! I also use multiple methods, for both daily tidying and serious purging. I’m still partially packed, so I take one box and go through it fully: purging, and putting away what survives.
I have a dear friend who shows love through stuff. I get lots of “useful” items. I honor her by actually sifting it. Rather than wholesale donating. If something clicks, I find something else to go.
Those are good days. Bad days, I just ignore it. For now, I’m operating under “better than stress eating. Stress ignoring.” Ha. Plus my time not here can be more than the time I’m here.
What’s cool, is I have storage, as I’m between actual homes, and my work tools/backstock is there. (Write off, expense) so I can have out of season clothes and extras of dishes I will keep out of the room I rent. When I move, I’ll use my mom’s full set of dishes. But for now I have two plates and a few bowls and tea cups.
So I’ve a secondary question. Do you feel that decluttering helps you lose weight? Or at least encourages you to do better in other areas?
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current weight: 136.0
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4/16/19 11:19 A
I clear clutter all the time, every day and there is never any around. It's just second nature for me to pick things up and put things away. I also go through my drawers, closets, cabinets, etc and donate things about once a month. I love to purge!
So many of us have to deal with this issue. I get very emotional when I get rid of things, either thinking that I'm going to need the object as soon as I get rid of it, or that I will save the object to add to a yard sale some day (a day that never comes), in which case I still don't have a place to store it. If there is the slightest bit of vacation memory or a gift from a deceased family member, or friend, I have trouble letting loose of objects.
My house isn't dirty -- it just has a lot of things in it.
I have had to adopt various methods of decluttering, and I am on the constant search for new ideas. I've used Flylady, timed myself, worked during commercials, etc., etc. I've come to believe that there is no ONE method of decluttering. I've tried sticking with one plan, but I never can keep up with it for very long because other things like appointments that I have to go to get in the way, and then I don't feel like decluttering when I get home.
What works for me is to use multiple solutions every day, no matter how much I accomplish. One day I may time myself. Another day I may put a designated amount of objects away. And I may even use another day to find things to donate. Whatever progress I make each day is satisfying, but I tend to put the yuckiest jobs last. For those tasks I just have to pick a time to do them and keep my promise to myself to do it.
Papers seem to be an ongoing problem, so I have made it a habit to never let the mail go further into the house than a few feet from the door where I bring it in. I immediately stand over the garbage pail and go through it. I take everything out of the envelopes, throw out the flyers on the spot. What's left are things like bills which I pay the next day. I also scan all my papers into my computer so there are no papers piling up. It seems to work, but it is a habit that cannot be stopped. It doesn't take long to get out of hand again.
I too used to worry about my kids having a boatload of stuff to do after I die..LOL not that I plan on doing that soon! But what my hubby helped me do is not only declutter but organize! I hate mail it brings sooo much paper into my house... if I didn't have to deal with paper I swear there wouldn't be clutter. The biggest thing was have a mail station, where we bring the mail in, and lay it down (where it used to always pileup) but we put a garbage can there and one of those little black office thingys that you can stand stuff up in, looks like a napkin holder only it has 3 uprights to sort the stuff into, ours is labeled with our names and Important! and any junk mail goes right into the garbage. It now takes us 30 seconds to sort and organize our mail. I thought I was hopeless but putting little things like this into practice helps immensely, and over time more and more stuff gets organized and I know right where it is. Good Luck on your Quest and if you ever want to chat or something I'd be happy to help!
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5/22/18 2:16 A
Decluttering? It seems that I am working at it all the time and not getting much accomplished..I pick over the mail and before you know what's happening, there's a pile again! I worked on mail today and Hubby seems glad, but he hates to have me ask him what he wants to do with some of it....I think that I have gotten into a rut and need to rethink what time of day is best...Perhaps I should plan to accomplish more of the "to do" list before I tackle the clutter. I like the idea of setting a time limit too. I am NOT giving up. When I die, I don't want my son to have to clean up after me. It's no fun. I found this out after my mother died and I have the boxes to prove it! :0(
I choose a full day to tackle one room or one area at a time. Sort into three piles- keep, give away or discard. If I keep stuff I need to have a place to put it. Give away to goodwill or have a charity pick it up Discard throw it out immediately.
Since I have this system I really don't have a lot of clutter or junk.
Kathleen in PA Don't let perfection stand in the way of your progress
Sell your house then panic? Mostly joking - now that we have moved and survived it, less stuff is coming in the house and recycling is being done every week so it doesn't pile up. My peeve is our tiny paper with 40 flyers. I like it to go out as soon as we've both read what we need to.
Karen Beaverton ON Eastern Daylight Time
current weight: 220.0
Fitness Minutes: (15,653)
5/10/18 11:21 P
I joined a Facebook group called “40 bags in 40 days”. They suggested donating or throwing out a bag each day. I made a list of 40 places in my home I wanted to clear—-a drawer, a shelf, a closet, etc. I would pick something each day and then mark it off. At first it didn’t seem like much progress, but halfway through the list I could see the difference. On the days you’re really busy, pick smaller areas like one shelf. The Flylady is a good online site. As I get older I’m very determined not to leave a mess for my daughter to clean up some day.
I've learned the Japanese method of Kai-Zen which is how to overcome laziness and how to work at always improving. Set the timer for ONE MINUTE and START. When it goes off you can quit. If you wish to do more, then you can, but you don't have to and then give yourself credit for what you have accomplished. STARTING is the hardest part of anything, so Kai-Zen says we can do anything for ONE MINUTE. Use this with children as well, at the same time each day. Then give them credit for what they did. I find this works for clearing clutter, since it is so easy to procrastinate, but I can do it for ONE MINUTE. Of course, I usually feel like working longer, but I know I don't HAVE to do more.
We had to sell our business and temporarily retire to start making a real impact in our home. I am 55 and rather regret a lot of money spent on "stuff" we don't really need. It's much harder to get rid of it than it is to buy it. My suggestion to all you youngsters is live minimally. Surround yourself with gifts, pictures and things that really mean something to you. Work to get rid of the rest and don't replace it. Keep your home and your lifestyle simple. You won't regret it.
Julie or Jewelzee or Jules Early years—Minnesota born & bred Late teens—Arcadia area near Scottsdale, AZ Love, marriage, career and kids—livin' large in Lebanon, IN Dreaming of my retirement—heading to the Ahwatukee Foothills of Phoenix!
Specific goals, as in: "Saturday I'm going to throw out or donate 10 things I don't wear from my closet" and "Sunday I'm going to throw away all the makeup I have that is more than a year old" and "Monday I'm going to go through my Tupperware and pitch everything that is stained or doesn't have a lid." All these projects can be finished in half an hour or less.
Pick one cabinet, drawer, or other spot a day. Don't go all in and burn out. Set a timer for 15-30 minutes and stop when it goes off. I do not do well without some kind of structure, so I have an app on my phone to help me with my house. It is free on android. It's called cleaning organizer. You can modify it to fit your needs.
I try to do a little at a time - but I've started setting specific small goals to accomplish, because that tends to motivate me to get things done.
I've hired organizers a couple of times - but the only time I really found them helpful was during my last move - my older son was 16 months old and a handful, and the organizers helped me get stuff put away and identify things I either didn't need or didn't need right away and could safely store. I hired them again right before my second son was born - but I feel like they really didn't do much I couldn't have done myself.
My problem is I have too much clutter... that just saying pick it up and put it in it's place sorta doesn't work for me.
So I try to do decluttering some areas at least once a month. The past 30 days I managed to sort thru lots of genealogy stuff (Papers, albums, loose photos) I got from my Aunt 4 years ago. I sorted thru some stuff because I had a personal appointment at my home ... so I tidy up and threw out or donated some stuff.
My goal by the end of this year is too have alot less stuff in my home. I had a house fire in 2011 and I still have things packed up from that also.
As several have said ... pick an area and just do it. Get 3 boxes... keep, donate, trash. You'll will feel so much better when you do!!!
Started 9/27/13 to release myself from my 'FAT' cocoon ~ Restarting 9/1/17 my journey!!!!
I use this KETO Calculator to figure my min/max amounts http://www.mydreamshape.com/keto-calculato r/ Carbs 18-24 g; (5%) Fat 129-174 g; (80%) Protein 55-73 g; (15%) calories 1456-1956 as of 2/6/17 (recalculate at 10-20 lb loss)
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Get the carpet cleaned! It's a great way to clean up clutter and simplify. Seriously, I've started getting up a bit earlier and doing some tidying before work. After work, I just want to come home and crash.
"Sable" Clearwater, FL Eastern Standard Time Fitbit Charge 2
"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." Confucius
I have heard every 5 years just move, the decluttering will happen plus you find so many things you forgot you had. LOL I don't have to make time, I do it when I want to clear an area. I have downsized twice in the last 11 years, so my clutter is minimal to me right now. But over the last move I have used the bringing me joy into the decision of keeping or not. I am not to the point of throwing pictures, etc away and will probably never get to that level but I have lightened the load.
KISS-Keep It Simple Sweetie! Have you ever wished for different? Now is the time to make it happen.
I was told do things in 3's. 3 minutes, 3 articles, 3 places that clutter happens. I usually do more than 3 things. But when or if things get to point of clutter back to 3. It helps and I don't get overwhelmed with where to start.
I told someone once I was a commercial cleaner, they said I didn't know you worked, I replied I don't, I clean during commercials, you would be surprised as to what you can get done in a commercial. Well I now have Roku and no commercials, so now I use a timer, I pause my show and set my timer for 5, 10 or fifteen min. then resume my program. It real helps, but I did like the commercial cleaning best.