Wednesday, September 30, 2015
So the end of the time frame count is:
Donate - 51 items of kid clothing, 11 pairs of shoes, 2 pool toys, 21 books.
Total - 85 items
Grand total - 314 items.
Wow - considering the initial challenge floating around is 365 items in 365 days, I did nearly that amount in two weeks. Lesson learned is that a small amount frequently is quickly evident in the neatness and appearance of the house. Also, digging into infrequently ventured corners will quickly reveal built up dust and grime that you don't seem to notice on a day to day basis.
Now that the weather is starting to cool off, I would like to work on the garage and the basement storage closet. I also have some chores around the yard, like digging up an oversize bush and pruning all the perennials back.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Trash - 1 old binder full of really horrid knitting patterns, mostly freebies or ripped out of magazines, 1 worn out cat scratcher, 10 old magazines
Donate - 15 books, 1 note pad, 2 beer steins, 4 knick knacks, 2 board games, 2 canvas beach bags
Immediately took everything to Goodwill and dropped it off. I'm having a house full of guests tomorrow for a baby shower, so I can't have piles lingering.
Total - 38 items
Grand Total - 229 items
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Day 10 was busy with lots of errands and driving. I scrubbed the front porch clean and redecorated for fall.
Trash - 1 used up doormat, 2 faded pillows, 1 rusty lantern
Total - 4 items
Day 11 - The morning was taken up by work related jobs - got my flu shot, fit tested for a respirator and learned how to properly don and doff protective gear in case of a potential ebola patient. I worked on a dresser drawer and part of my closet. Also have a large "donate" basket I keep in the closet to toss things into as I go that needs to be emptied.
Donate - 10 pairs of pants/shorts and 1 large basket full of other clothing items.
Total - 11
Grand total - 191 items
Contemplating if it's possible to get a total of 365 items out of the house in the next 3 days. Means I would have to find 174 items in the next two days. Wonder how much I can dig into the kids' toys before they notice?
Monday, September 21, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Trashed - 8 bottles and tubes of facial lotions and potions that were either mostly empty or didn't work for me, 2 glass soap dispensers that were pretty, but had stopped working consistently.
Total - 10 items
Grand total - 166 items
7 more days to go. I have several days off this week so I hope to dig into a few more forgotten corners.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Trashed - Handful of wrinkled, non sticky sticky notes, lots of hole punch dots (Does all this stuff count as 1 item?)
Donate - 3 packages of garage sale price stickers/tags, 1 package of book plates, 4 bookmarks, a giant seam ripper from a drug rep (why is it knife sharp?), 1 package of tapestry needles
Total - 11 items
Grand total - 156 items
Friday, September 18, 2015
Not a big project today as I have to work and we are finalizing the sale of the Mercedes at noon. So a quick clean out under the kids' sink, where C and I stashed various toiletries while renovating the master bath 18 months ago. Haven't looked under there since. Also managed to hit up my bottom vanity drawer and a shelf in the bathroom storage unit. I'm a bit of a product junkie so there's a mish mash of hair and skin products as well as expired eye drops.
Trash: 22 various pieces of skin, hair, and eye care with a few worn out makeup brushes and hair clips and a gunked up drawer organizer.
Donate: a cute but too small makeup bag, hair clip too small for my hair and some sort of bun maker that I could never figure out how to make look right.
Total: 25 items.
Grand total : 145 items
( if I include the Mercedes, 146 ;) )
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Trashed: 1 broken cherry pitter (kept the replacement that was already in the drawer. Why didn't I toss the broken one when the new one was bought?)
Donated: 5 random measuring cups. 1 herb chopper, extra turkey baster, extra apple slicer, extra garlic press, extra bench scraper (seeing a pattern?), pizza cutter, cake layer slicer, 5 random measuring spoons.
Relocated: 10 cookie cutters, mixer attachment, plug for the electric griddle and top for the pressure cooker.
Total: 18 items out of my house!
Grand total ( so far): 120 items.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Trash: 10 magazines, handful of random paper scraps
Donate 4 books
Found - 8 containers of foot moisturizer.
Donate - 18 books, an earring holder, leather notebook, 24 pieces of craft supplies (if I itemize, I'll think of reasons to keep them), a Chinese lantern, poetry dog tags, 4 tchotchkes.
Total- 65 items out of my house.
Somehow, removing bags of stuff from the house makes me feel lighter inside and feel less burdened, even if it's stuff that was completely out of sight.
Trash - 1 pair of sneakers that H has trashed d and outgrown.
Donated - 1 pair out grown boots, 2 sunhats, 1 outgrown party dress, 3 changing table covers, 1 baby blanket, 2 bibs, 2 more packages of pull ups, 3 pieces of clothing I haven't looked at since Detroit.
Total - 16 items.
Wow. That was just 2 drawers and 1 closet shelf in H's room. I'll be back in her room as her closet has turned into a dumping ground for things we didn't want in our own closet.
Monday, September 14, 2015
So without further ado, here is what I removed from my house today:
Donated: 5 glass/ceramic ramekins, 1 metal tin, 2 books, a Diaper genie, a shopping bag of night time pull ups.
Trashed: A large hand full of preschool worksheets/coloring pages, 3 baby bottles, a jar of beans used for play, 6 broken toys.
Total items: 21
We'll see if I can keep this up for more than a day or two. :)