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Old 08-27-2006, 08:34 PM   #16
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Count me in too. My goal is to have our main living area decluttered and junk-proofed by Christmas.....hopefully sooner. With 8 kids, an infant and a teenager, the kids pull things back out faster than I can get it all put away.

I had planned to work through our schoolroom/playroom today, but ran into a major glitch at lunch time. I found NASTY LITTLE GRAIN WEEVILS had invaded a few boxes of mixes in the cupboards. So we spent the day emptying cupboards and sorting as we put the good stuff away. Saddest part is, for all the hours I worked in the kitchen, the only way you can see the change is to look in the cupboards, the counters are still a mess.
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Old 08-28-2006, 09:11 AM   #17
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I found some too in my cupboards so now everythign comes out of the box or bag it came in and into a air proof plastic container. ewww
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Old 08-28-2006, 09:21 AM   #18
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I'm in, too. We did a whole lot of decluttering Saturday, and the kids are going to do a mini yard sale on Saturday (and keep what they make), so that's inspiring them to purge, too. I like the idea, because it means I don't have to sit out there all day, I can just kind of keep an eye but let it be their project.

So we've done way more than 7 days' worth, but I will do this to stay on top of it. There is still so much to get rid of, this was just a way to get started.
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Old 08-29-2006, 12:30 PM   #19
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OK I really, really need to do this.
Although I think for me, I need to do a more drastic method for a while, maybe 27-fling boogie/Flylady drastic.


I honestly do not know where to start!
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Old 08-29-2006, 07:16 PM   #20
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One thing a day and that's it. It's suppose to be simple, so that you will do it. I have 7 piles of blackberry bushes, tree limbs and such in my backyard. My dad is going to help me load it up and get it to the green recycle on Thursday. Can that be my 7? I am so tired, but it feel so good.
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Old 08-30-2006, 07:08 PM   #21
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Well, my piles kept growing together. So, here they are. This has taken me three days. I'm sorry I missed the pictures of the boys covered in dirt. I brought a big blanket and all the toys from storage and put it on the lawn. I didn't get before pics because my dh had the camera. I've got to get my own camera.

I feel so good. You can burn a lot of calories doing yardwork.

The Blackberries and brush were grown all the way up to the front of the garden shed and just about as high. They went all the way back to that fence. That shed is pretty big. That is a pile of blackberry bush.


Monty is keeping the rats away. I hate rats and I was terrified one would attack me. They are huge here. I think they are as big as my cat. In fact, my cat won't catch them Monty has to.


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Old 08-30-2006, 07:14 PM   #22
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I'm in on this!!
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Old 09-01-2006, 08:55 PM   #23
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So, do we just edit our post saying we are doing this?



I got rid of 5 or so DVD's this week, but they will eventually come back to me so I guess that doesn't count.
I threw out 2 catalogs yesterday
I threw out a pillow today.
Sept. 2- 1 children's book; 1 undergarment
Sept.3- a LLL catalog from 2002!!! and a child's game from Wendy's; some papers of DD's, and some dead flowers.
Sept 5: a kid's puzzle, some recipes I cut from a magazine
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Old 09-02-2006, 06:08 AM   #24
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I forgot to count But I threw away at least 6 pieces of clothing (too stained to donate) and some small outside toys
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Old 09-03-2006, 08:25 AM   #25
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Oh, I keep talking about decluttering my basement, I do a little, the basement floods, then things get stacked up and are REALLY disorganized, then I try again, get distracted by life or by trying to declutter somewhere else...and keep buying stuff that comes INTO my house!

I have good intentions. Oh, and I READ tons of books on how to simplify our lives...putting it into practice is a bit harder, though. I am still trying!

I do declutter closets and drawers on a regular basis, but it seems like even that is a neverending cylce.

7 things a day...it may be worth a try.
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Old 09-03-2006, 07:42 PM   #26
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I went through the kid's dressers today and now have a big bag of trash and an even bigger bag of Goodwill clothes
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Old 09-03-2006, 07:59 PM   #27
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I cleaned up Sam's craft table - I threw out dried-up playdoh, dried-up markers, a Smokey-the-Bear Coloring book that was in disrepair, A cardboard Simba mask that was scribbled on, and old drawings that weren't cute/interesting.

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Old 09-03-2006, 08:20 PM   #28
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Let's see--
30+ clothes in the swap

To my mom today--
3 items of hers

And I packed a bunch of ds's outgrown clothes--not gone, but not cluttering his dresser drawers either

In the next 7 days...fabric scrap that I have no use for, and I returned two more items to mom...and she sent home with me a box of clothes, a bag of toys, and a child-size table just like the one we alreay have... (Gotta love that grandma instinct!) Guess I better catch up since i should have done 4 more items as it was...
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Old 09-09-2006, 06:46 PM   #29
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I'm in!
Lemme see....what can I grab and chuck?










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Old 12-06-2006, 09:34 AM   #30
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For those of you planning on accepting this challenge I would highly recommend reading the book "Scaling Down - Living Large in a Small Space". Check out this blog for some inspiration. As a result of this information I have taken 1 large plastic garden bag, and 3 boxes full of stuff to the Salvation Army and filled another garbage bag full of papers and magazines to be recycled.

http://www.northofthe49.com/blog/?p=66
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