Clutter Challenge Final Link Up

I set out last January to make this a year of getting rid of stuff. You know, that stuff that sneaks in and multiplies in your home until your closets and drawers are jam-packed, the dust builds up because you don’t want to move everything to clean around it, and the kids don’t know what to play with because their toys are so jumbled it’s not fun to pick through stray pieces and parts anymore.  No?  It’s just me?  Well, carry on then.

At the beginning of 2010 I set a goal of ridding my home of 2 extra items per day. 720 items in 365 days.

In the end, I’m at about 650ish items with another box started.  Not too shabby considering I delivered my fourth child in September.  A few observations:

  • 720 items ain’t nuthin’ really.  When you look around my home, you absolutely cannot tell I’ve been getting rid of stuff for a year.  I’m not sure what to think about that.  We certainly aren’t hoarders, but we are abundantly blessed.
  • It’s important to get the whole family in on the challenge.  Our children have started to loosen their grip a bit this year, as I’ve tried to teach and explain that 1) we don’t have room for all of their toys, 2) they don’t play with all of their toys, and 3) another child would be blessed with what they no longer need.
  • Toy Story 3 is not the movie to watch before a decluttering spree.  {tears}
  • Even though we were constantly getting rid of things, other items were constantly finding their way into my home!  New baby gifts, birthdays, holidays… I need to adapt my friend Kate’s “One in, One out” rule.
  • I really, truly am attached to some of my stuff, and that’s okay.  There are things around this home that have zero value other than sentimental value, and that’s good enough for me!  I want to share that part of my life with our children and grandchildren someday.
  • I need to do this same challenge another year or two… at least keep going until I see and feel a noticeable difference.

I am going to stay on the declutter wagon for 2011, but I am passing the Declutter Challenge Linky torch to A Slob Comes Clean. Nony has agreed to encourage you all and host a monthly link up for accountability, and I plan to join in as often as possible (read:  when I’ve got something to show for my efforts).

Nony’s hosting the 2010 Year End Declutter linky tonight, too. Head over and link up, and be sure to let her know you’re “in” for 2011!

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  1. I completely agree about Toy Story 3. Seriously? I bawled! My poor husband was concerned for me. :)

  2. Good for you!! I agree, I’ve been getting rid of stuff all year long, and yet somehow my house still has plenty of “stuff”!

  3. Too funny…any of the Toy Stories would be bad because they will surely result in a renewed love for the toys you were certain could be easily cleared out!

  4. Thanks for doing this challenge! I still have more to go…

  5. Oh my goodness, that is hilarious about Toy Story 3. I will have to remember that….

  6. thanks for hosting this! although I didnt make it to 720 and it’s hard to tell I got rid of anything here(especially with 5 of us), it felt good to let go of stuff! I plan on continuing this year, hopefully surpassing what I accomplished this year!

  7. I totally get you on Toy Story 3! :P

  8. Antoinette says:

    Our church women’s group is doing a “stuff exchange” 3 times this year. We clean out our closets/cupboards/other recesses of the home and share. Whatever no one else wants is donated to the local thrift store and food bank. I absolutely love it because it encourages me to get rid of things (over 300 items this latest time around) AND I score some pretty awesome stuff for free…last time it was diced tomatoes with green chilies and a wonderful skirt <– note that I definitely do NOT bring more home than what I gave away :-). YEA FOR CLEARING CLUTTER.

  9. I think you did great! I’m constantly amazed that no matter how much I declutter, I find more that needs to go!!!

    Thanks for passing the torch to me, I’m excited to keep this going.

    And oh boy, the TS3 thing is toooo true. I’m sentimental enough as it is, don’t show me those sad-eyed-toys holding hands. I cried like a baby.

  10. Thanks for hosting this link-up this year. I surpassed my goal, but I still have a long way to go in the decluttering department. I love my storage areas, but they also encourage the collecting of too much stuff.

  11. I wish I had adopted this rule last year. I’m currently moving and wish I didn’t have so much stuff to move.

  12. This challenge was so good for me. We moved last summer, and that is a wonderful opportunity to Manure Out, as my Mama calls it. I love charts and tracking my progress, so I made a grid on the computer for about 720 things. As I decluttered, I filled in one little box for each item. I know, it takes time to do that sort of silliness, but it encouraged me enough that I’m going for another 720. I think I’m close to 1/3 of the way there already.

    And I’m just about to the place where ALL my stuff finally has a home, after moving from a big house to a much smaller one.

    • Manure Out. THAT kind of phrase, that I *Only* hear from you, is why I love you so. :) btw — the kids have been talking about you lately. Told them we’d make a visit when it gets warmer. I don’t even like to go to the post office when it’s so crazy cold out!

  13. Oh, Toy Story 3…*sniff*. even my husband teared up. (Don’t tell him I told you that!)

    I did a 365 items purged in 365 days challenge…and I made it! whew! and I didn’t miss ONE SINGLE THING. I couldn’t even tell you ONE thing we got rid of. Isn’t that crazy??

  14. I know your post is 8mo old, but I can’t help but comment… I’m trying also to declutter, and with 4 children it’s hard! SO, with Christmas coming in a few months, I’m considering asking family to give limited…or to do a gift card or “gift certificate”. For instance, my parents could give a home made gift certificate, “1 night, kid free” :)

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