Friday, April 18, 2014

Clutter Busting Challenge April 2014 Part 3

I will continue to purge until I'm sure there is nothing left that needs to be re-homed. I will put anything that I find that I don't need directly into my donation hamper. I will continue to donate at the end of each week. I will do a maintenance purge every Spring and Fall. I'm hopeful that I will not have to make purging into such a long project again. I feel confident that I am almost to the point of being finished.  I can't believe I have purged that much stuff over the last . My home feels lighter and I am free from caring for so many things that we can live without. 






























Friday, April 11, 2014

Clutter Busting Challenge April 2014 Part 2

I'm almost to the point that I would say I'm at a comfortable minimalist level. I have enough of everything I want and everything I need. My home looks and feels great. More of Him Less of Me.


My donations this week:

I worked on redoing all my door wreaths this week. I found some fake flowers that I had saved that I do not want anymore. I'll share my updated wreaths in a future post.

 












I purged the last of my organizing/clutter books this week. I had keep a couple by Emilie Barnes after my book purge a couple weeks ago. I had put them on my laundry room shelf  instead of on my bookshelf with all my fiction books. I read them one last time in March and then put them in my donation pile. This was my third time this year purging these types of books and my last since I have purge all of them at this point. I will not buy any more books with this theme because I figure if I need ideas I can check some out from my local Library.














Holiday stuff, and clear nail polish.














I went through my stationary and Christmas card and found several stacks to donate.














2 Curtains.














Plastic containers, a bag, body spray, and 3 pillows.














3 laundry baskets














A box of old candles that I used to remake candles with years ago.














A wood crate.














Craft books and patterns.














A box with 2 completed latch hooks, a book, shorts, pencils, and Christmas picks.














A Chair.















You may be interested in my other Clutter Busting Challenge posts that I have done during the 40 Bags in 40 Days:

Clutter Busting Challenge March 2014 Part 1

Clutter Busting Challenge March 2013 Part 2

Clutter Busting Challenge March 2014 Part 3

Clutter Busting Challenge April 2014 Part 1

Thursday, April 10, 2014

40 Bags in 40 Days: Days 26-31

We are 31 days into the challenge and I have decluttered 40 bags of possessions. Wow, I have hit my goal of 40 bags. I can't believe I have purged that much stuff.  There are 9 days to go in the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge and I'm going to keep going and see what I can find to purge from my home.

I donate everything to a local charity called The Clothes Closet. They give donated items away free to anyone in need. I have recycled 2 boxes of paper into a paper dumpster in my village. My normal trash that I put onto the curb has stayed the same amount each week. 

I have re-purposed and redecorated with some of my possessions but the bulk of my purge has been donated by the end of each week. I'm leaning more toward minimalism. I've been working on it for awhile and am almost to the point were I feel like I'm done. I have revisited each area several times over the last 3 years to purge and organize. I have some left to revisit in the basement but I'm almost finished.

I've been spring cleaning during this challenge since my home was already in good shape before it began. I have been working on a few projects lately. I bought a little cabinet and organized my office supplies. I organized my cards, made dividers, and put them in mini totes. I redid most of my door wreaths this past week.


My Purge Pile for this Week:

2 large trash bag, 3 laundry baskets, a box of candle stuff, a wood crate, 2 grocery bags, and a chair. I'm counting this as 40 bags in 31 Days.















































































Friday, April 4, 2014

Clutter Busting Challenge April 2014 Part 1

This week I went through holiday stuff. I bought a little magnifying cabinet at the thrift store for $5 this past weekend. I am purging the supplies that came in it and using the little cabinet for office supplies. I will share about that in a future post. I redid my card boxes and will share that later.


Easter Stuff















Fall Stuff














Valentine Stuff that I gave to my daughter Brittany.















Magnifying Glass and Stuff














Notebook, Magazine, and Food. 














Card Box, and Cards.














Sheets.














Weights that I gave to my daughter Nastasja.














I had a mini baby shower for my grandson on Sunday and gave him gifts that I have been collecting for several months. Its not clutter but it is something that is no longer being stored in my home. I gave my daughter Brittany a sewing machine and a baby play gym that I forgot to take pictures of. 















You may be interested in:

Clutter Busting Challenge March 2014 Part 1

Clutter Busting Challenge March 2013 Part 2

Clutter Busting Challenge March 2014 Part 3

Thursday, April 3, 2014

40 Bags in 40 Days: Days 20-25



I'm estimating that I have purged 24 bags during this challenge. I have donated things in boxes, grocery bags, large trash bags and several larger items that didn't fit in a box or bag. This would be counting boxes as a bag, groups of small grocery bags as a bag, or several larger items as a bag. It's my challenge and I make the rules. LOL That's not bad considering we are 23 days into the challenge. We don't count Sunday's during the season of lent as we take the day off to worship and rest. 


My Purge Pile for this Week:

A box, 6 grocery bags, a pail, decorations, 1 large grocery bag, 2 large trash bags, a sewing machine, and baby play gym. I'm counting this as 33 bags in 25 Days.





















































This isn't clutter but gifts for my grandson that I have been collecting for several months.














I gave a sewing machine and baby play gym to my daughter Brittany that I forgot to take pictures of.
 

You may be interested in:

40 Bags In 40 Days Challenge

40 Bags in 40 Days: Start Day

Clutter Busting Challenge March 2014 Part 1

Friday, March 28, 2014

Clutter Busting Challenge March 2014 Part 3

I continue to be amazed each week by how much I continue to find to purge from my home. I think I am getting close to be done and I can't possibly find anything more but I dig a little deeper for thing we don't need.


School Supplies, Deep Fryer, Scarves, Containers, Hangers, Food, Server, and an Eye Glass Case.















 
Cookbooks and Baby Stuff















A Picture and Mirror.
















A Heater
















 3 Large Totes of Homeschool Books.

 













Baby Clothes.

I'm giving them to my grandson.
















Baby Blankets and a Pillow.

I'm giving these to my grandson.



















Hanging folders.















a box of paper.














You may be interested in:

Clutter Busting Challenge March 2014 Part 1

Clutter Busting Challenge March 2013 Part 2

Thursday, March 27, 2014

40 Bags in 40 Days: Days 14-19


To keep me moving forward on my minimalist journey I like to join Challenges like 40 Bags in 40 Days. It makes it fun, keep me motivated, and I have support from others. 


A couple of the Challenges I have done over the last year are:
Clutter Busting Challenge http://moneysavingmom.com/
Zone Defense http://lifeasmom.com/
Creating Peaceful Organized Homes http://orgjunkie.com/


My Purge Pile for this Week:
1 large trash bag, 4 grocery bags, 3 large totes, a heater, a picture, a mirror and a box.
I'm counting this as 23 bags in 19 Days.