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33 Days of Decluttering - November/December 2014

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Day 26:

  1. 8 necklaces, beat up, tarnished and just old - trash.
  2. 7 bracelets, stretched out - trash.
  3. A bunch more clothes - donate.

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Day 27: Cleaned off the vanity - 

  1. Lush Toothy Tabs x 3. This seemed like such a good idea, lol. Turns out, I can't stand them. Trash.
  2. LMDB Lash Serum - I just can't seem to get into using this. It's been open for several months now, so trashing it.
  3. 3 lip pencils that were really cheap and do not have a great color pay off. Too hard as well. Trash

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I'm back with more stuff!!

 

1. I went through my work pants last night and got rid of several old pairs as well as a few that no longer fit.  I found 2 pair with tags on them that I forgot to return, so those went back to the store last night along with all the ones that I ordered that didn't fit.  I ended up purchasing 2 new pair of work pants at the store and keeping 2 pair that I ordered, so all my work pants fit and I have enough to get me through a week. 

 

2. I also cleaned out my purse and tossed receipts that I don't need and got all my Christmas receipts together in one place.  I tossed a few old store coupons and got the valid ones together in an envelope so I remember to use them.

 

3. I went through the mail and hung the Christmas cards up and tossed all the junk and shredded all the credit card offers.

 

I've been working a lot of OT this week, so getting this much done has been an accomplishment.  I hope to be back this weekend with more stuff.

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I haven't been caught up at all since after thanksgiving. 

Between then and now, I have gotten rid of a lot of things, but also accumulated more through shopping.

I got rid of 15+ boxes that I have been hoarding, and the packing materials. I always thought that I would use them one day for shipping, but they take up so much space in my apartment.

Sold one goldentote item, and returned another

Sent out SS gift, so the items I have been shopping for my SS have left my clutter, and also shopped my stash

Sent out gift to boyfriend and his family, more stuff out of the clutter

Used up a bottle of Kiehls toner that is huge and i have been using for over a year, finally! Also used up moisturizer samples, serum samples, and other samples

Cleaned out junk in the kitchen and the living room. 

 

I can't say that i have less clutter now, since new items have been coming in. I need to have an one item in, one item out rule for myself, especially for my closet lol.

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Day Four:

 

12.  foil packets of foundation (5) that are marked something like medium or sand.  These are always going to be too dark for my pale self.  I have left them in a common area and told roommates to please indulge themselves.  

 

13.  Julep kajal eyeliner.  Lost one of the caps and never liked it in the first place - trash

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Day 28:

  1. Benefit Eye Bright pencil - I recently received two eye brighteners that I like a lot better. Trash.
  2. Some craft supplies - donate.
  3. Some loose leaf teas that are past their prime - trash.

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Doubling up today so that I can get 33 days in before we go out of town.

 

Day 29:

  1. Beat up pencil box - trash
  2. A couple of beat up spatulas - trash.
  3. Some beat up gift bags and boxes - recycled.

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I'm so excited to post my last 4 days of de-cluttering!

 

Day 30:

 

I helped my husband go through his clothes. He purged:

 

1) Pants x2 (Donate)

2) Jeans - has holes (Trash)

3) T-shirts x4 (Donate)

4) Dress Shirts x2 (Donate)

5) Ties x3 (Donate)

 

 

Day 31:

 

Went through our linen closet and got rid of:

 

1) Set of old sheets (Trash)

2) Face cloths x2 (Trash)

3) Towels x3 (Trash)

 

 

Day 32:

 

I de-cluttered our shower and body products as well as our first aid and medicine products.

 

1) ½ bottle of shampoo I don’t like (Trash)

2) Lotion that’s almost finish but I’m not crazy about it. (Trash)

3) Expired sunscreen (Trash)

4) Expired bottle of cough medicine (Trash)

5) Expired tube of polysporin (Trash)

 

 

Day 33:

 

For my last day of de-cluttering I decided to go through my makeup collection again and see if there’s anything I need to get rid of.

 

1) Mascara - Expired (Trash)

2) Liquid Eyeliner - Dried up. (Trash)

3) Lip Sticks x2 - Don’t wear them. (Trash)

4) Cream Highlighter - Don’t like. Used once, giving to a friend. (Pass Along)

 

 

Final Total = 263 items B)

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Today I put three pristine full-sized single eye shadows, two pristine lip glosses, and two gently used makeup bags in with my pile to donate to the YWCA.

 

Its almost a shame Christmas is right around the corner - getting rid of stuff is starting to feel better to me than getting stuff. lol

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Day 31:

  1. Lunch bag with broken zipper - trash.
  2. Lip scrub from Lush. It expired before I could use it up and I wasn't super fond of it anyway - Trash.
  3. A stained shirt - trash
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Ok, so I guess I'm not good at decluttering a small amount every day because I just picked 2 days to MAJORLY declutter.

 

I'm going to count this a success because I got rid of lots of old make-up, knick-knacks, random crap, clothes, shoes, old toiletries, etc. I ended up with a huge bag + large box to give to Goodwill, 4 large trashbags full of garbage, and a re-organized vanity, bedroom, and bathroom! YAY!!!

 

Here's just one of the boxes from my clean-out/declutter session yesterday:

 

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It shows some of the makeup I got rid of as well in the ziplocks.

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Day 25 -- a measuring cup where all the measuring marks have rubbed off, thus rendering it useless,

an inadvertent toss-out of a cup that I dropped and broke while rummaging around,  looking for things to declutter, a half-full bag of potting soil that's been hiding in the garage for years, and frankly I'm afraid to know what's going on in there.

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Two pristine lipsticks from GWPs went in my donation pile for the women's shelter.  I took a mini lipstick & mini lipgloss to work called it a present and gave to a colleague who appreciated it.

 

The recycling bin went to the curb tonight full and it will be empty tomorrow so I will be able to purge some more stuff - probably shredding old personal documents in the near future.  Conveniently, there is now a clothing donation bin in a parking lot across the street from my office. 

 

Purging my old unnecessary belongings is making me feel really good.  Donating things that can still be used is important to me.  While I need to free up space yet I don't want to be wasteful.  I have a ways to go though I have definitely made a dent!  

 

There are some unopened dry goods and canned goods in my pantry which I am planning to donate to the food bank in the near future.  

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I should have taken a 'before' but anyway, here's my vanity after reorganizing all my makeup.

 

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All my makeup is stored in this vanity, in my daily make-up bag, and in my medium-sized train case. I still need to do a little more decluttering, I think- like especially for some of those old perfumes that I never even wear! But other than that, I'm happy!

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When I replaced my big old bathroom vanity with a smaller more modern one resulting in increased floor space but the storage space decreased significantly.  The bathroom etagere I ordered a few weeks ago arrived today so I can use it to do a better job of organizing my bathroom.  

 

Today I attacked a high shelf in a storage closet at the end of the hall where I discovered items which haven't seen the light of day in years.  Some items are still useful like the first aid kit while others - like the four cosmetics bags and an old wallet have to go.  Three of the cosmetics bags and the old wallet are in respectable shape so they're getting donated. One of the cosmetics bags is worn so it got tossed.  

 

There was a first aid kit in the closet which obviously hasn't been needed/used in the house so I plan to put in my vehicle along with the emergency car kit I won at a recent staff party.  

 

Later tonight I'm going to stand up on a chair and take down the items on the highest shelf.  Odds are I will be trashing and/or donating most of what's hiding up there.

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Day 33 - last day for me!

  1. A bottle of expired vitamins - Trash
  2. Mini Stability Ball and dvd - who am I kidding, I am never going to use this. Donate
  3. Lanyard for my work keys that broke. I was going to try and fix it since I really like it, but I know it will sit here collecting dust. Trash.

Thanks for this challenge @@miss lawson ! I have rid my home of more than 100 items and it's really exciting!

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When I replaced my big old bathroom vanity with a smaller more modern one resulting in increased floor space but the storage space decreased significantly.  The bathroom etagere I ordered a few weeks ago arrived today so I can use it to do a better job of organizing my bathroom.  

 

Today I attacked a high shelf in a storage closet at the end of the hall where I discovered items which haven't seen the light of day in years.  Some items are still useful like the first aid kit while others - like the four cosmetics bags and an old wallet have to go.  Three of the cosmetics bags and the old wallet are in respectable shape so they're getting donated. One of the cosmetics bags is worn so it got tossed.  

 

There was a first aid kit in the closet which obviously hasn't been needed/used in the house so I plan to put in my vehicle along with the emergency car kit I won at a recent staff party.  

 

Later tonight I'm going to stand up on a chair and take down the items on the highest shelf.  Odds are I will be trashing and/or donating most of what's hiding up there.

Sounds like you are doing some serious decluttering. Love it! It feels so good, doesn't it? Let us know how the new bathroom vanity works out for you with the new storage solution!

 

Day 33 - last day for me!

  1. A bottle of expired vitamins - Trash
  2. Mini Stability Ball and dvd - who am I kidding, I am never going to use this. Donate
  3. Lanyard for my work keys that broke. I was going to try and fix it since I really like it, but I know it will sit here collecting dust. Trash.

Thanks for this challenge @@miss lawson ! I have rid my home of more than 100 items and it's really exciting!

Congratulations on completeing this challenge! That is so awesome!

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Sounds like you are doing some serious decluttering. Love it! It feels so good, doesn't it? Let us know how the new bathroom vanity works out for you with the new storage solution!

 

My old vanity was so ugly and dated - I am definitely happy its gone - it just had two doors and no drawers.    This is what the new vanity looks like - it doesn't stick out from the wall very far so there isn't a lot of storage space inside.  Though using one of these inside of each of the drawers in the new vanity helps keeps smaller odds and ends organized.  The etagere is like looks like this and I like it a LOT - it was the only storage option I could think of that wouldn't take up a bunch of floor space in my small bathroom.  The toughest part about getting the etagere set up was getting it out of the box. There are cheaper ones out there but they look like a legendary pain in the rear to assemble.

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