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  1. I made a big push yesterday - 4 hours. I have...

    I made a big push yesterday - 4 hours. I have houseguests coming this weekend so am trying to focus on just making the house presentable at this point but still am finding stuff to get rid of. One...
  2. Thread: February Purge

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    Iris Lilies, I envy your dining room table find!...

    Iris Lilies, I envy your dining room table find! Congrats!

    Debbie, wow! You got rid of a lot, and I applaud your decision to cut uncomfortable shoes out of your life.
  3. Good going, Chicken Lady!

    Good going, Chicken Lady!
  4. Thread: February Purge

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    Iris Lilies, I call those kinds of decisions...

    Iris Lilies, I call those kinds of decisions "pre-cluttering." Good for you for recognizing none of those things was exactly what you wanted. Rosarugosa and frugalone, it seems like you both are...
  5. Thanks, early morning, for your kind words, and...

    Thanks, early morning, for your kind words, and great job on your jewelry. I love the fact that you and your DD reacted to feeling "blah" by decluttering - such a healthy way to deal with that!
  6. Thread: February Purge

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    Got rid of a mini-fridge I had to remove from my...

    Got rid of a mini-fridge I had to remove from my office at work, and a neighbor came and carted away a playhouse that is now more age-appropriate for his daughter than for mine. Also took 8 items to...
  7. So I've spent a lot of time this week doing...

    So I've spent a lot of time this week doing things *related* to decluttering, like returning stuff to stores and donating items but have been avoiding really going through stuff at home. But last...
  8. Thread: February Purge

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    Happystuff, I'm realizing we need a "give-away...

    Happystuff, I'm realizing we need a "give-away box" prominently displayed in our upstairs hallway. My daughter is actually pretty good about getting rid of stuff, so I think she'd use it.
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  9. Yes, it's taken me to middle age to realize if I...

    Yes, it's taken me to middle age to realize if I go through my closet and dressers to weed out stuff before buying new clothes, I find that I don't end up buying much. I need to develop the same...
  10. Thread: February Purge

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    My mantra: "Any step forward is a step forward!"

    My mantra: "Any step forward is a step forward!"
  11. Thread: February Purge

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    Took 25 books to the local used bookstore and...

    Took 25 books to the local used bookstore and library, 19 items to thrift store, 44 wire hangers to the dry cleaners (they will take them back!), and threw out 7 items from my closet that had holes...
  12. Four more hours today. I'd had this idea that...

    Four more hours today.

    I'd had this idea that I would tackle ALL my clothes today, but it actually took me four hours just to deal with the stuff hanging in the closet, which felt a little...
  13. Yes, I know it will be hard to maintain the...

    Yes, I know it will be hard to maintain the cleanliness of this room, but it does help to know guests are expected - very motivating! Also, I've bought some new furniture for other rooms to store...
  14. Sounds like a strong start, Chicken Lady!

    Sounds like a strong start, Chicken Lady!
  15. I did another hour and a half today. The big...

    I did another hour and a half today.

    The big exciting task I've been working on is transforming our middle bedroom from a junk room into the guest bedroom I've wanted it to be. I've probably got...
  16. Thread: February Purge

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    February Purge

    Gave one hand-me-down from my daughter to a friend with a younger daughter. It's a start! :)
  17. Frugalone, thanks for those tips - I will check...

    Frugalone, thanks for those tips - I will check out those resources too.

    Today, I put in 3.5 hours. Unfortunately, a lot of my time on the house the last few days has been less on decluttering...
  18. Wow - it was so nice to come back to this thread...

    Wow - it was so nice to come back to this thread and see all the different things people are counting!

    I'm still on a break from writing - probably until February 19th - but it's inspiring to see...
  19. Give it a 100 (or 20, or 30) Challenge - February 2018

    In August 2017, a few of us were inspired by the video at the link below. It's the story of a woman who went to the gym 100 times to try to get herself out of a rut. I saw it when George Takei posted...
  20. That's fantastic, nswef! Keep it up!

    That's fantastic, nswef! Keep it up!
  21. Thread: January Purge

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    Thanks, mschrisgo2 and Teacher Terry for the...

    Thanks, mschrisgo2 and Teacher Terry for the encouragement. January and February and July and August are the months when I have to make my big pushes, so I'm doing my best!

    This community really...
  22. Thread: January Purge

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    Nice progress today: 23 hand-me-downs to family...

    Nice progress today: 23 hand-me-downs to family friends, 16 items to Goodwill, an old package of diapers passed on to neighbors with a little one, 2 items of clothing returned to a store.

    New...
  23. Thanks, Chicken Lady! Here's to another big...

    Thanks, Chicken Lady!

    Here's to another big push in February! We do these things as we can. Progress, not perfection.
  24. Yppej, a full trash barrel is a sign of success,...

    Yppej, a full trash barrel is a sign of success, I'd say.

    Well, I FINALLY belatedly started working on my office today. I ended up focusing on other goals in January, and that is okay, but now I...
  25. Thread: January Purge

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    Iris Lilies, I hope your basement clean-out went...

    Iris Lilies, I hope your basement clean-out went well.

    My daughter and I went through her clothes and books and found one book (torn up) and three dresses (with holes and/or permanent stains) for...
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