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Thread: Another 40 Hours of Decluttering Using Flylady's Timer Method: Dec 2018 - Feb. 2019

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardnr View Post
    You know yourself best. Sounds like for you, the key is to keep going as you have committed to here.
    I think so, Gardnr.

    2.5 more hours today. I'm realizing I won't make 40 hours by February 19 because I've been a little behind and then I have to go out of town next week. But I'm hoping I can get 25 hours completed before my trip and then possibly get all 40 completed by the end of February. We'll see.

    New total: 16 hours.

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    It took me 4 hours to finish. Most of that was cleaning because it has been to cluttered to clean in 7 years. It looks as good as it can with keeping his junk in file cabinets. He has 3 desks in there so every inch of wall space has a piece of furniture. My class started back up last week so I need to grade. I finished reading both books written by a slob comes clean. She has a technique that works for people that struggle. I like how nonjudgmental she is.

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    DH brought down from our attic a large box of curtains. They were custom made 32 years ago. I didnt even know we had moved them to this house the house we have had for 30 years. Haha, poor DH, he gets the blame for a lot of clutter but who is responsible for this outsize box? ME!

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    People with attics or basements tend to do that)

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    Teacher Terry, congrats on finishing!

    Iris Lillies, I totally get it. I can't believe some of the things I've discovered I've held on to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejchase View Post
    Teacher Terry, congrats on finishing!

    Iris Lillies, I totally get it. I can't believe some of the things I've discovered I've held on to!
    one excuse is that we lived with our belongings packed up for more than a decade while we rehabbed this house
    Plaster dust everywhere, and etc. No point in putting up final decor, it all would have been ruined or in need of constant dusting.

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    Because we have moved a lot it kept us from building up a ton of stuff. In Wisconsin we lived in a big house with a basement for 14 years. There were 5 of us. So quite a job to get rid of stuff when we moved to Kansas for my job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken lady View Post


    in General, over time, the more decisions I make, the easier it gets. And when you peel a layer back, the next layer becomes the “easy” layer
    This is how it works for me.

    On Saturday, I looked at one area that is a big source of shame for me: about 10-12 bags in a corner of my bedroom containing clothes and household items (shower curtains, etc.) I bought, decided against, and never got around to returning. On Saturday, they were just too overwhelming for me to contemplate (Should I take them to the thrift store? See if I can still return any of them?). I just felt so guilty about letting them sit there for so long and about the money wasted if I can't return them now.

    Well, today, after focusing on easier stuff over the weekend, I started to face them. Good news: I found out I can still return three skirts that arrived 18 months ago (!!! so embarrassing to admit this publicly !!!) - that's a refund of almost $200! I also found I can still get store credit for most of the other things. So I packed them up and they are ready to be mailed tomorrow.

    I mostly just got to the clothes - still have to face some of the household items - but it's a start.

    So that was two hours today. New total: 18.

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    Echase, that’s awesome that you can still return that stuff. Awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher Terry View Post
    Echase, that’s awesome that you can still return that stuff. Awesome!
    Aw, thanks for the encouragement. So nice to have a cheering squad here.

    I thought I was done for the day, but then I found another box of paper in my bedroom, and in the course of trying to figure out if it was just all recycling or not, I ended up going through it (not all recycling - but most). One more half hour. New total: 18.5.

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