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The 2017 declutter thread

Post by Penguin » Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:18 pm

Rules:

1) Make whatever rules or goals you like, these are just suggestions. Everything is optional, pick whatever you want.
2) Estimate the number of grocery bags (or equivalent) you would like to declutter from your house. Let me know and I'll add you to the list.
3) As an alternative to 2), choose a task which you want to do (eg clean out the garage)
4) Grocery bags can be sold or given away but generally reused.
5) Keep track of your progress, hints/ tips/ inspirations/ ideas on this thread.

Previous threads:

2014: viewtopic.php?f=38&t=86397
2015: viewtopic.php?f=38&t=89815
2016: viewtopic.php?f=38&t=127797




CloudNine: 50
DigDig: 100
Ducks: 100
Jenbt: 40
Penguin: 50
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Re: The 2017 declutter thread

Post by Penguin » Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:21 pm

I'm going to go for 50 bags again. I know I went over that goal last year, but I had the benefit of a quickly growing baby for the last two years and I would think still will start to slow done.

We have sooooooooooooo much stuff, but it's hard to now how much is clutter. With four people in a two bedroom unit and no garage or outside area, things are going to be cozy, no matter what. We can barely move in the house at the moment, but I'm not sure how much is useable and how much just needs to be chucked.
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Re: The 2017 declutter thread

Post by DigDig » Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:09 pm

Ok, I'm aiming big given hubby is on board now, so put me down for 100! I know bub will take longer to outgrow things now that she's over 1, but I'm still hopeful. We still have a LOT of stuff.
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Re: The 2017 declutter thread

Post by Mummy woo! » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:15 am

I'm sewing in my lovely cleared out new sewing space - just some shorts for Oobiwoo to test out where I have everything - there is a shelf I keep bumping that will have to move a bit, but otherwise all happy.

BUUUTTTT DH has decided he wants to make one of these:

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So on Tuesday afternoon we are going to pick up an old piano from Gumtree freebies. I guess my tally for the year will then be about -150 :smt005
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Post by DigDig » Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:20 am

Wow! That is beautiful!
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Re: The 2017 declutter thread

Post by Jenbt85 » Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:27 am

We are definitely slowing down, but this coming year I reckon I can get rid of 40 bags.

I'm blown away at how much we had in the house when I started two years ago. There's one room that needs decluttering at the moment but I feel like the house is relatively under control otherwise and it's things like cot blankets and outgrown clothes that will go now.

I don't lose things anymore!!
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Re: The 2017 declutter thread

Post by Mummy woo! » Sat Dec 31, 2016 3:58 pm

Jenbt85 wrote:We are definitely slowing down, but this coming year I reckon I can get rid of 40 bags.

I'm blown away at how much we had in the house when I started two years ago. There's one room that needs decluttering at the moment but I feel like the house is relatively under control otherwise and it's things like cot blankets and outgrown clothes that will go now.

I don't lose things anymore!!
Yes, I knew I still had a fair bit to go, but I thought I'd already done a good job decluttering my fabric stash but I just threw out over half of it and I don't think I'll miss it! And I catalogued as I packed it away, so when I went to find something this morning it was right where I thought it would be :D

Makes it easier to avoid the sales too, I think!
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Re: The 2017 declutter thread

Post by Jenbt85 » Sun Jan 01, 2017 6:02 am

Mummy woo! wrote:
Jenbt85 wrote:We are definitely slowing down, but this coming year I reckon I can get rid of 40 bags.

I'm blown away at how much we had in the house when I started two years ago. There's one room that needs decluttering at the moment but I feel like the house is relatively under control otherwise and it's things like cot blankets and outgrown clothes that will go now.

I don't lose things anymore!!
Yes, I knew I still had a fair bit to go, but I thought I'd already done a good job decluttering my fabric stash but I just threw out over half of it and I don't think I'll miss it! And I catalogued as I packed it away, so when I went to find something this morning it was right where I thought it would be :D

Makes it easier to avoid the sales too, I think!

Absolutely. While I still spend too much generally, I'm more mindful about what I bring into the house. We bought things for the kids that built on current toy collections or gardening stuff.

This year, I would love to get back into my pre pregnancy clothes so that I can chuck out most of my wardrobe.

Your declutter and cataloguing sounds so organised!
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Post by Mummy woo! » Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:26 am

Jenbt85 wrote: Your declutter and cataloguing sounds so organised!
Only the fabric - everything else is chaos!
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Re: The 2017 declutter thread

Post by DigDig » Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:00 pm

I'm really impressed by the cataloging MW. That's super organised.
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Re: The 2017 declutter thread

Post by Penguin » Sun Jan 01, 2017 7:39 pm

I'm on the board with nine bags.

I took the girls to the park with other forum/ RC ladies and came home to a very sweaty DH purging the house. The children were dispatched to Parla and BM and I joined DH. This was our second day of cleaning/ decluttering, and TBH there's probably another four or five days for us to do. It's probably 50% cleaning and 50% decluttering.

Also got the cot side removed and moved into R's room for little miss I Can Climb.,
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Re: The 2017 declutter thread

Post by Ducks » Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:32 pm

Ok, I'm in.
I just filled 12 bags and took them to charity bin. Spent about an hr emptying the kids drawers of outgrown and excess clothes. I have at least that much more stashed in a cupboard from over the past year. I just need to remove them!!! Plus the rest of the house...I'm guessing i could comfortably remove 100 bags of reuseable goods plus rubbish.
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Re: The 2017 declutter thread

Post by Penguin » Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:03 pm

Several garbage bags of clothes and toys (I decided to chuck all the Little People) but can't find a charity bin with any space. I will never cease to be amazed by the shit that people leave outside overfull bins. Carseats in the rain? Foam mattress with ripped cover? No one's going to buy a mattress from a charity shop, let alone when it's been sitting out in the rain for goodness knows how long. We just had 70mm of rain in the last few hours, so all the people who were leaving bags at the steps of the op shop wound the corner have now left a massive pile of wet soppy crap to meet the volunteers tomorrow morning. Way to treat a charity, people.

Have stashed the bags in our broken car on the street for the time being - it's pretty much expensive, ineffective extra storage for us now :roll:
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Re: The 2017 declutter thread

Post by Ducks » Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:28 am

Our school has a bin that's hidden from the street so it wasn't yet full...but yes, every other bin in the area was overflowing. Last time i got enthused about decluttering, the opshops didn't start accepting donations until the end of january. I lost momentum quickly...
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Re: The 2017 declutter thread

Post by Baby Blue Eyes » Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:15 pm

I have a regular garbage bag in my store room for stuff to go into it for Lifeline, currently it is overflowing and will have to get rid of it
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