Seriously, more than 40 of you took the De-Clutter 2012 challenge. I know there are more of you who need to de-cutter. But even if you don’t sign up here, I hope you are clearing out your house and making 2012 the year of simple living, like what my friend Sonya is doing over at Kanelstrand.
And de-cluttering is certainly a great way to start living simply.
I’m In! I just cleaned out about 200 paperback books & 3 bags of household items I’ve not looked at or used in the past few years. Just geting started again. I went through most of the closets this summer and am going back through again. How do we accumulate all this “stuff”? Free-cycle is my favorite way to clear out or, the local womens shelter for clothing
I don’t have as many books as Katie does but I needed to get rid of some. I brought bags of hardcovers to the library but still have some more paperbacks to donate. I already donated about 20 textbooks in September to schools when I couldn’t’ sell them or donate them to the library. I figured, kids who forget to bring books to school can use them.
It was time to let go. My “vintage” wool pants were left out on the curb for freecycle. The old baby blankies went to a local animal shelter. The t-shirt piles from the closet were added to the crafting pile. (I always need t-shirts for crafting.)
Just in case you don’t know what Freecycle is, check online to see how you can join your local chapter. Freecycle is a great organization to get rid of stuff. You don’t even have to drive anywhere. The interested person comes to your front door to pick them up! Now, be careful that you don’t get stuff when you should be getting rid of stuff!
I hear you! I actually started a bit, with several bags and boxes of toys and clothes to donation centers. More toys to our old preschool. And I even sold a few items. But I can definitely purge some more. Thanks for the inspiration!
I clear out little bits and pieces throughout the year. But like Darci said, I can still purge some more because I have a habit of holding onto old clothes and bags, thinking, I can always upcycle them.
Oh, I’m in! I had a goal of cleaning up my office/work area this month anyhow, so I’m going to put it in overdrive. Good luck everyone! I always like to think about my house as getting ready to sell – why wait until you sell it to have it looked all nice and staged and minor things fixed. Do it while you live there!
Jen, you are absolutely right! I should clean as if I am selling the house. That is ingenious! Why wait?
I still have a long way to go but I can see some newly found spaces around the house already. Thank you for your inspiration and comments! Keep ‘em coming and keep spreading the word! Let’s do this together.
What did you purge this week? Share your photos below.
See if you can top my piles!
Have a clean weekend!
If you haven’t joined the “De-Clutter 2012 Challenge“, join today! it’s not too late!