Thursday, January 7, 2010

2010 Decluttering Challenge

In case you haven't noticed, I've decided this is my year to get my stuff together-mentally, physically, emotionally-everything. Over the past 5 years, we've moved 6 times each with it's share of drama. Whether it was losing the house we were buying on contract or our ceiling caving in, it's been a series of "You have GOT to be kidding me!" moves. That results in lots of just throwing things in boxes and going. I admit I'm no Martha Stewart, as much as I long to be, so boxes will sit untouched, or barely touched, because I simply don't know what to do with the contents or don't want to take the time to sort them.

When we moved this time, I vowed NO MORE! I have been going through piece by piece, item by item and either putting it in its place, or putting it in a box for a HUGE yard sale this spring. So far, we've put something like 50 boxes into storage until our yard sale. I also am making a huge leap for my packrat self-anything we don't sell is going to be donated to a charity here locally, not coming back in my house. I grew up quite poor, and through my adult life have faced more times of poverty than I care to think about, so its very hard for me to just let those things go that we spent good money on. BUT, I've been doing alot of soul searching the past few months, and came to realize that God provides no matter what, so I can let things go. I want to bless others with things we no longer need or can use, while making our home more comfortable.

All that rambling to say...I'm going to participate in Amy's Declutter Challenge The goal is to get rid of 730 items in 365 days. I'm a few days late joining the party, but I KNOW I've already decluttered at least 730 items, so I'm going for 730 more! I'll do a post at the end of the month rounding up what I've gone through to get rid of, and post pictures for proof so ya'll know I'm really doing it!


Sharmane said...
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Sharmane said...

Oh my goodness, this is a flipping fabulous idea. I'm already all amped up to get rid of stuff after watching Oprah's episode on hoarding count me in Sista! Alrighty now; off to go check out the 2010 decluttering challenge.
~ Sharmane