Update on the 500 Things Decluttering Challenge

Items loaded up and ready to go to Salvation Army - 2 bags of clothes and 10 boxes of miscellaneous household items.  Just the tip of the iceberg!
Items loaded up and ready to go to Salvation Army – 2 bags of clothes and 10 boxes of miscellaneous household items. Just the tip of the iceberg!

As I said here, I’m taking part in the same Challenge that Money Saving Mom has been blogging about:to declutter 500 items this month.  The origins of this challenge actually come from Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy, which has a 14 day plan to get rid of 500 things.  I needed more than 14 days so I made up my own rules and gave myself until the end of the month.  LOL!

My Progress

I’ve been at this about a week now and so far I’ve found 286 items to either donate or toss.  I’ve donated all that I could, and have already taken 10 boxes of miscellaneous items plus two big garbage bags full of clothes to Salvation Army!   Everything else was either trashed or recycled, depending on the item.  So far, I’ve the biggest categories of items that I’ve decluttered are clothes, Christmas ornaments, office supplies, and pantry items.  Where have you done the most declutting so far this year?

How’s It Feel?

I have to say, purging always feels good.  The less stuff you have – specifically the less UNUSED stuff you have – the easier it is to organize what is left.  And yet, I am finding myself feeling slightly very overwhelmed.  I’ve made all the easy choices (clothes,my office, expired food, Christmas ornaments, etc.).  Easy, peasy!   I know the 2nd half of this challenge is going to be much harder.  I’ll have to make some tough choices to hit my goal for this month.

What I’ve gotten rid of so far is just a small drop in the bucket of all my possessions, despite frequently trying to purge the clutter from my life. There is still plenty of excess in my house. P-L-E-N-T-Y.   I could, and may, do a decluttering challenge every month this year… I know I could easily always hit my quota.  Am I the only one whose ‘treasures’ seem to multiply like bunnies?

I’ll post another update when I hit my 500 item goal.  Until then, thanks for following along in my journey!  I appreciate all your support.

Oh, and speaking of clutter, I promise not to clutter up your Facebook feed if you “like” my page!  🙂

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