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{Decluttering} Soft teddies and dustmites

soft teddies Mr 8 had an allergy test late last year and most recently I also had Miss 8 tested as well.  The results were they both are allergic to dust mites.  This is one of the most common allergies, and I’m sure most people don’t realise this could be the reason to alot of sinus or […]

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  • Rebecca

    Did you know that freezing toys for a few hours (I usually do it overnight) wrapped in a pillow case and then into the sun will also kill dustmites. This is something I do for the favourites that are delicate! ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Gosh. My kids (and my husband more so) are so attached to their soft toys. I hate them and believe they're just clutter and taking up too much storage space. Both kids have 2 or 3 absolute favourites but I'd love to get rid of the rest. Any ideas on how to approach this? I think my husband would be more devastated than the kids. ReplyCancel

  • I discovered Bosito's EucoFresh last year and love it. I also vaccum the boys' mattresses every now and again too. Didn't know about the freebies. Thanks Katrina. ReplyCancel

  • [...] HERE I posted about dustmites and many of you recognise similar symptoms that you and your kids are having and could possibly be dust mite related.  I recommend you visit your GP, speak to them about it and they may refer you for the allergy test.  It is all covered under medicare.  [...]ReplyCancel

  • TJ

    Which charities take soft toys? I've tried in the past, offering kids toys and books to Vinnies but they said they won't take them because they don't sell, and in the case of soft toys, can cause a health risk. I found this strange as I'm not interested in what money they can make out of my hand-me-down toys – I just want them to go to kids who don't have anything. ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Ilievski

    I am going to struggle with this a little. Did a cull just before Christmas and still have HEAPS. Id say we donated half.

    The dust thing might just be enough to get me accross the line.

    Am not making any promises (LOL addicted to STUFF!) but will certainly revise the collection we still have. To halve again would probably still be more than plenty. Ill give it a shake and let you know how I get on. -Hope that makes me accountable enough. ReplyCancel

  • Joelene Accatino

    Wow. I was given heaps and heaps of soft toys for the birth of my baby boy. Not sure I can part with them just yet as he is only 5 and a half months. May need to do something when it gets close to his first birthday. May look at some toys (gadgets) that my husband and I have lying around that we don't need instead. ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    I have done this part of my declutter several times – but there's always an excuse for some more teddies to go to a new home!

    My eldest daughter's other nanna thought that new born babies needed one of every "cute" (subject to opinion!!) teddy, softy and THING in every shop, and she HAD to have them as soon as she was one day old. I even had to smuggle a 4' high teddy bear out of the house one year because it took up space and gave my daughter nightmares! I have now got her down to just a few special ones. (Now that's a long term de-clutter!)

    My toddler loves dollies so we have three special softies plus her dolly collection, and I have bagged up all the softies she never plays with (some of which were almost brand new) and given them to friends to take to this year's M.R.A toy run. ReplyCancel

  • [...] she collects.  We donated a few teddies to charity, she can’t keep a lot as they store dust mites and flare up her allergies. [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] That’s a great idea Jennifer.  I actually shower first then make my bed just before getting dressed, this has been my habit for quite sometime.  Dust mites are such horrible little creatures, I vacuum and air beds in sunlight regularly as we are a high allergy family.  More details about that HERE. [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] far we have turned coathangers ready to declutter clothes in 6 months time and purged a few extra soft toys.  I am trying to catch up with a few tasks over the next week or so, so then we can have 1 task [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] far we have turned coathangers ready to declutter clothes in 6 months time and purged a few extra soft toys.  I am trying to catch up with a few tasks over the next week or so, so then we can have 1 task [...]ReplyCancel

  • anonymous

    Approximately 18 months’ ago, my household disposed of fourteen tea chest size boxes and one wool bale bag full of soft toys. ReplyCancel

  • SB

     Like everyone else, my son received about 20 stuffed toys when he was born.  While I think it’s lovely that people thought of him and bought him a gift, I now have a massive pile that is taking up space in his bedroom (and collecting dust!).  He is almost 1, so I think I’m prepared to part with some of them now.  Can anyone recommend a good place to donate them to?ReplyCancel

    • Erin D

       lifeline, vinnies and red cross often take them if they’re in good condition, also look into charities that like Salvation Army etc!ReplyCancel

  • SB

     Like everyone else, my son received about 20 stuffed toys when he was born.  While I think it’s lovely that people thought of him and bought him a gift, I now have a massive pile that is taking up space in his bedroom (and collecting dust!).  He is almost 1, so I think I’m prepared to part with some of them now.  Can anyone recommend a good place to donate them to?ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina, you might be interested in a naturalproduct that Norwex sells too, called Mattress Cleaner.  It is a spray that you can use on any soft furnishings, toys, bedding, carpets etc.  Lots of people have had great results with the reduction of dust mite allergies when they use the spray, and you only need to treat the items every 3-4 months.  If you are interested in a bit more info, visit my facebook page where in the notes section you will find some more information about it :-)ReplyCancel

  • Cindy

    Thanks for the information.ReplyCancel

  • Kellysfushnchups

    I’m 26 and still have a box full of soft toys from my childhood, being an only child i am still quite attached to them and not sure i can part with them, but i am careful not to do the same to my kids, they only have a couple of special ones and a couple of extra ones and i ask friends and family not to buy them. i buy them books instead as they are easier to pass on when the kids have grown out of them, again keeping a couple of special ones to pass down to their kids later. ReplyCancel

  • Melodene

    Vac bags age the best you put in your favs and suck all the air out less space used and no dust!ReplyCancel

  • Ali

    I have two bins of soft toys i my dining room.. and one box in the shed teh kids play with them every now and then and the ones in the box are from my childhood and ones i brought back from england.. they are in a box till kids leave home then they will be displayed in one of the rooms.. so as much as i want to declutter and i know I should get rid of soft toys are my one thing I just can’t do.. ReplyCancel

  • Jeni

    Oh, my kids have some gorgeous teddies, maybe I’ll get rid of the ones I kept for them that were my special teddies when I was a kid… for a startReplyCancel

  • tahlia

    is it bad that i have more soft toys then both my kids?ReplyCancel

  • […] Place decorative cushions on line in sunshine for a few hours to help remove dustmites […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Place decorative cushions on washing line in sunshine for a few hours to help remove dustmites […]ReplyCancel

  • Amie

    Kat, any tricks to washing the really big stuffed toys that don’t fit into the washing machine? Cheers, AmieReplyCancel

    • mumof6

      I have a small washing machine so I use my bath for large items eg doonas quilts etc. This would work with soft toys as you have lots of room to swish them around and can add softener if there is no problems with alergies.ReplyCancel

  • natashababie

    Any ideas on how to wash the stuffed teddies that talk. I use to cut the boxes out of them and just wash but one of my girls is in love with this teddy and I can’t mess it up but it is in need of a deep cleaning. I just never feel that their clean with a wipingReplyCancel

  • kylie

    wow , fantastic . My 5 year old has terrible allergies , thanks so much I just purchased those products and will def wash all teddies every week , thanks so muchReplyCancel

  • Kira Greenwell

    My son also is allergic to dust mites. We had him allergy tested because he kept getting a nasty cough and hay fever symptoms. Due to the allergy his soft toy pile has now dwindled to a couple special ones. I also use a bit of clove oil in the wash to stop any mould/bacteria growing on the toys as well.

    On a separate note we also went and bought the AllergEnd mattress/pillow/doona cover protectors designed specifically for dust mite allergies. A little bit expensive as an initial cost but we have seen a massive improvement in symptoms and you just pop them in the wash with the sheets – easy peesy!ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    You really should look into Norwex cleaning supplies. They have a mattress spray that is enzyme based which eats the dust mites. Your kids could keep stuffed animals too!

    JessicaHainstock.norwex.bizReplyCancel

  • kelliemanning

    Hi. I was reading your post, which I just love, and couldn’t help noticing that your children have one of the same toys as my son, the striped tiger with the belly button button! We recently lost ours on a camping trip and I was wondering if you could help me out with where you got it, as I purchased mine 9 years ago in Europe whilst on a Contiki trip. If not, I would greatly appreciate if you would be able to give me any details off the label so that I might be able to track another one down. He was a particular favourite of my son’s and he is devastated that he’s gone missing. I know this is a bizarre request but I would really appreciate any help you may be able to give me!!ReplyCancel

Decluttering 52 Things Challenge – Task #1: Turn coathangers

One thing that I am sure we have way to much of is…..CLOTHES!!  So today, I put the first Decluttering 52 Things Challenge task to you: Let’s make a start on determining which clothes you no longer wear, I would like you to either: Turn all your coathangers and clothing the opposite way you usuallly hang […]

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  • Awesome Love it! I know I have clothes in my wardrobe that I never wear. ReplyCancel

  • Joelene Accatino

    I have so many clothes hanging in my wardrobe it really isn't funny. :) My husband keeps telling me to make room and I keep replying to him, "I will, one day". Well today is going to be the day. I literally can't fit any more coat hangers in the wardrobe that I bought an extra rack hanger from the cheap shop so I could hang more clothes…. Well here goes. ReplyCancel

    • Joelene Accatino

      Just divided the clothes up into three piles: 1- what I still wear; 2- what I don't wear/maternity clothes; and 3- rubbish (too worn). The #2 pile filled up a big plastic crate, so you would think I would have heaps of room in the cupboard… nope, not yet. Might just leave it for today and try again tomorrow. But I did make a difference in there, and it is a start. :) ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        At least you made a start Joelene!! Now did you actually go back…lol :)ReplyCancel

  • Julianne Burke

    Definately taking this challenge. Great idea. Wish me luck! ReplyCancel

  • Thankyou Katrina, this is just what I needed. I made a start 2 weeks ago, by removing all maternity clothing (apart from the expensive outfit I wore to my sisters wedding, which I will sell) from my wardrobe and split into 4 piles. One for cousin, one for friend, one for charity and one for bin (far too worn). Celebrated the fact that I don't need them anymore, by buying myself some much needed and deserved new clothes. (I blogged about it on my new blog).

    I procrastinated on the rest – too hot, too tired, too busy! I want the 3rd bedroom back, so no more procrastinating. Today I tackle the rest of the clothing and make the time to get them out of the house permanently. ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    With renovating & not having enough wardrobe hanging space as it is I really need to get serious about doing this. I have so many clothes – too big, too small, maternity (no more kids happening here), in addition to what I do wear. I sorted into piles not so long ago in the hope of culling some but just couldn't make the final step to remove them for good. I did however get rid of some maternity at the time.

    Time to get serious & revisit the piles & purge for good! Wish me luck! ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy

    I'm up for the challenge. I wanted to mention a few tips that I have used in previous culls, for clothes that live in drawers and shoes place a little bit of masking tape on the sleeve, waist band or across the top of shoes. In 6 months time the clothes and shoes that still have masking tape on them can be given away.

    Also check out if you have a local preloved fashion market, such as Raid My Wardrobe (Newcastle, Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney), Round She Goes (Melbourne), Refrock (Brisbane)and, there are more in other areas, inquire about selling your quality worn fashion items at a stall. I made so much money from items that were too small (and they weren't designer brands) and had heaps of fun.

    Also rather then sell labels on ebay check out Facebook and local mums and bubs groups (for maternity clothes and kids fashion). You would be surprised at what other people grab and with many women unable to afford maternity clothes they will be well worn and an appreciated gesture. ReplyCancel

    • Joelene Accatino

      Thanks for the tips Chrissy. I know it's really nice to give to charity and all, but when your in need of that extra cash, it's great to know some options you can do. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are great tips Chrissy, thankyou for sharing them. I have never thought about looking for preloved fashion stores, I know of one locally will have to keep them in mind when the 6 months is up!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    I just love this challenge, perfect for the first one. I have not made a start yet, but will be following each challenge :) Thankyou so much Katrina for all your effort to put into helping make OUR families and house more organised, you are truly an inspiration. ReplyCancel

  • Alison Dines

    Katrina, you are spot on again. Thank you for providing the inspiration and the motivation I needed to get going on the enormous clothes culling task that awaits.

    I am taking your challenge a step further and applying it the my children's clothing. I have been the lucky recipient of several bags of hand-me-down children's clothing over years and I whilst i am extremely grateful for them, I have wrongly just integrated them all into our wardrobes instead of taking the time to assess their value.

    So, now I am going to tackle ALL our wardrobes, discard, organize and pass on what I can.

    Phew, feel exhausted just thinking about it. Might need a cup of tea first! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      lol :) that’s a great idea to do it in the kids clothing as well!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    I followed this challenge, and it took me five minutes. My problem….. i cannot afford to buy new clothes. I have been letting out, taking in and "making things do" for two years and it's not getting any better. I am STILL wearing tshirt maternity tops i was given second hand, yet i've dropped two dress sizes. I can't even spare a few dollars a week to buy from an op shop, because all that money goes to keeping my kids in clothes. Unfortunately… every single item will get worn again, even though i wish i could create a "funeral pyre" with them :( ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      ooh no Nat, I know the kids are very important and we want to make sure they are clothed and look the cutest they can be. But if you can save for a few weeks you deserve some new clothes, even from the op shop. Find some that will fit you and make you feel great. Mum's need to look after ourselves if we don't who will?? ReplyCancel

  • SkrapPrincess

    This is on my to – do – list for the weekend (full time worker)! Will report back. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I'm going to hold you to it and will check back in with you :P ReplyCancel

  • Something I'm tackling early next week. Though I will be doing your option as I'm the sort of person to just 'pull' the item off the hanger (well, not pull, but not remove the hanger with the item), so I'll set up the same system as yours I think.

    Thanks heaps for the ongoing motivation! ReplyCancel

  • Beck Salmon

    okay so the coathangers are turned, but I have already picked a few things out I dont wear and I know I wont. I am having an issue with one pair of pants though, I dont want to get rid of them but I have had them for ages and I really want to fit back into them again. I dont think i will ever get that small now I've had kids. :( ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hang them where you will see them everyday, to give you motivation to get back into them. All you can do is try your best :) ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Love this challenge – extended it to husband and kids :D Still a work in progress, but I am getting there. One thing that I found was some clothes that were still good and I liked them – but were from when I was pregnant. To save money, I have decided to use the material to make some clothes for winter for my daughter (some tights/leggings) as it is the perfect material for it and will be lovely to have her wear something that I wore when I was pregnant with her!

    Looking forward to a De-cluttered house and life!! ReplyCancel

  • Karene

    Love this idea but my wardrobe has been done. Had to put it all back together when the rail fittings literally snapped from the strain, and because I don't have shelves, all of my clothes ended up on the floor. My hubby has shelves but they were so full that I couldn't fit his clean washing in them. I've been nagging him for years to throw out the stuff he doesn't wear so after I cleared our my side he did his. We removed enough clothes from our wardrobe to fill a tea chest sized removalist box which ended up going to the Kelmscott fire victims a few days ago. Will definitely use this idea in future though. ReplyCancel

  • I'm in! My wardrobe needs an overhaul! ReplyCancel

  • Joy

    I am definately in. Sick of a very cluttered wardrobe. ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Graham

    We moved house last year and I found that although it was a very stressful and busy time it was a great time to go through my wardrobe and organise, throw away and send to the op shop any clothes that weren't being worn anymore. So…. First challenge done ;) All ready for the next one please :D ReplyCancel

  • I am a bit late to this party and have been meaning to sign up for ages. I am in and going to do a serious catch up this week. I love to have a house of order and can't wait to do some decluttering. Thanks so much for putting this today you are blessing the lives of many. Look forward to meeting you at the conference. Naomi x ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I cannot turn my coathangers around (sends me mad), so I staple a piece of paper with the date (printed on the computer) to each coathanger and when I wear the item of clothing I remove the paper. At the end of the year, all the items with paper still on the coathanger leave my wardrobe and go find new homes ReplyCancel

  • Michelle S

    I have way too many clothes, and now that my baby's asleep – You've inspired me (as you often do)! Watch me move… Ready… Set… GO!!!! ReplyCancel

  • I'm a bit late, but I'm joining in! I'm off to turn my coathangers now ReplyCancel

  • [...] are on a roll to declutter, so far we have turned coathangers ready to declutter clothes in 6 months time and purged a few extra soft toys.  I am trying to [...]ReplyCancel

  • What a novel idea, Katrina! Thanks for the challenge – I'm signing up (although I really hope it doesn't take me a year to declutter my home/life!)

    I'm also going to sneak the hubs' coathangers around too – he has way too many golf shirts LOL! ReplyCancel

  • Elle

    done, but i have draws aswell that i need to go through :/

    thanks ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    I’m so glad you have all taken on the challenge,I will check back with you all in 6 months time when it’s time to cull what we havne’t worn!ReplyCancel

  • I did a declutter in the wardrobe not toooo long ago .. but you know I still have the same things I wear again and again … I so could prob get rid of more … so I am going to be joining in on this challenge !!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    I’m a bit late with this one as I’ve just discovered your site but I’m definately joining in :)ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    Starting late but definitely starting! Found you on FB – thanks so much for this wonderful resource!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Allison, never to late to start, that’s for sure. I hope you enjoy all the further tips and ideas!ReplyCancel

  • [...] you complete part 1 of the decluttering clothes challenge?  See all my spare coat hangers, i’ve decluttered, part 2 coming [...]ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Done! I’ve done all my kids and my wardrobe. Woooooot!ReplyCancel

  • alih

    i am taking up the challenge to declutter this year starting tomorrow!!ReplyCancel

    • Awesome Alih, you can do it, follow along with all the upcoming tasks I post about too!ReplyCancel

    • Penny

      Me too, my new years resolution is to get organised!ReplyCancel

  • newsurfiegirl

    I don’t have much hanging in my wardrobe, it’s mainly folded on shelves but perhaps if I declutter the hanging space I will be able to hang more and fold less!!! Double win in my books! Off to tackle the hanging items in my wardrobe.ReplyCancel

  • Sally Trewick

    My NYE revelation was to organise my life and my house – getting there but l’ve just found this website and am excited to read more….ReplyCancel

  • Honestly the best thing I did while I was pregnant and since my little one has been born is de-clutter the house, I have got rid of so much stuff that was just taking up space, however I think our house is in serious need of another de-clutter as things are starting to pile up with out a place, honestly though once you have done a massive de-clutter it makes the house feel more open and light, plus it means less to clean :PReplyCancel

  • Bronwyn

    I’m a late starter, but I am beginning your challenge today. I will catch up as quick as I can.ReplyCancel

  • I_want_2B_a_declutterbug

    going to do this one tomorrow on mine, hubbys and the kids clothesReplyCancel

    • It’s a great idea, really gives you a good indication of what you aren’t wearing and what is taking up space.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie

    started this unknowingly on the weekend.  Got rid of garbage bag full of kids clothes and similar one for me.  My main issue is with the folded stuff too.  they seem to be stacked to the ceiling and I know I dont wear that many t-shirts or jeans!ReplyCancel

  • Ok I am jumping on the wagon need to do something to get my home organisedReplyCancel

  • Rachael B

    Yep, I am definitely on board.  I may have to move house, so this is the bestest idea in the world! Thank you for your motivation :)ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    You can count me in on this one! I look forward to donating clothes – but mainly so I can get new ones when I want to & have them fit rather than squeeze them in! lolReplyCancel

  • Done-all turned around.. suggestion for folded stuff in drawers?ReplyCancel

  • Nadine Toscano

    I love this task! But im like you and cant stand my coathangers the wrong way around. Ive been meaning for years to buy some nice wooden hangers for my cupboard so ive decided that as I wear an item ill put it back on a wooden hanger in a seperate section. At the end of the exercise all the clothes still on wire hangers will go to charity and all the hangers can go to the dry cleaners (or to the charity if they need them) and im left with all my favourite clothes on my nice new hangers :o)ReplyCancel

  • I am starting it today.ReplyCancel

  • Annalee

    Just saw your challenge.  Would like to join in.ReplyCancel

  • CaughtGypsy

    Hi – just found your challenge and I have already done item one. All hangers turned for both of us (didn’t include the kids). Even the process of turning them all araound had me discarding several items. I also worked out what I would be happy to re-home and as a result of that have actually re-homed them. Very worthwhile activity all around! ReplyCancel

  • Danelle69

    I did this with my Summer clothes and now my winter clothes, and have already been able to give my Summer clothing a purge, it was a great feeling.  I have way too many clothes.
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  • Kristie

    Yep, I’m starting today – this house is driving me nuts! ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    I place all my winter season clothes in a suitcase or large plastic tub and place it on my top shelf in my wardrobe for six month then rotate with my summer clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Ali

    I have been seeing this and a friend of mine commented that she is doing the 52 week challange.. I keep coming in and out having reads people comments, your site pages, facebook page I think i am now hooked I am going to get up in the morning and go and swap my coat hangers around and look at the clothing I have and see what can really be thrown out.. your comment about stuff being stored away as treasures I am sooo that person.. and it is time i threw out some stuff my mind can already see what can be removed from my life thank you for your website, ReplyCancel

  • cindy

    i always find the kids easier to do than myself..possibly because i happily buy them new clothes but hate clothes shopping for myself…i need a wardrobe revamp i am sure as i am still wearing tshirts i have had since my daughter was born and she is now 12.ReplyCancel

  • marie

    I am taking this challenge as well!!!!ReplyCancel

  • cher

    i am doing this!!!!! right now!!!!!! thanks
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  • shoppegirls

    A fabulous idea and one I will consider as I need to purge so many but find it so hard to part with them. I also sell the more expensive/designer labels or too to good to throw out at my shop.
    Vicki
    http://www.styleonv.bigcartel.com/ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Hi,
    I have also recently culled a lot of clothes that were too small or I didnt like any more as we moved interstate 6 weeks ago. My problem is that I wear the same clothes over and over again until they are worn out. I come from a poor childhood where I had 1 good outfit and it was only worn to church etc. As an adult I keep any new clothes etc and have difficulty wearing them as they are too good even if they are not expensive. My mother has the same problem and will wear worn out clothes when she has newer clothes in her wardrobe. Does any one else have this problem?ReplyCancel

    • poobelle

      I can relate. Although I never, ever wear worn out clothes, I always hesitate about wearing my favorite outfits, because I don’t want to “waste” them on the wrong event and don’t want to ruin them with too many washings. What it means is that I don’t enjoy my favorite clothes a lot of the time before they are out of style. I have had a few dresses I have only worn once and not because they were “special occasion” but because I just worried about “wasting” them. I am really working on this by never wearing anything I don’t love, even at home. I find it helps my self esteem to look nice, even at home, and for just myself.ReplyCancel

  • MissL

    I took the plunge over the last few days and pulled out all the things I haven’t worn in a long time and listed them on FB for sale! Step 1, decluttering – underway! THANK YOU !
    If any one wants to invest in my clothes (some of which are still new with tags!) Check them out here!
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/237589909702342/ReplyCancel

  • [...] so I decided to take the opportunity to go through my closet before we left the apartment. (The first task of the Decluttering Challenge is to turn clothes hangers…I’ve decided to take it a step [...]ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    I’ve always considered myself to be really diligent with decluttering but the fact is I still lose things so I’m taking this challenge on. Know it’s a bit ambitious so close to Christmas and as someone who loves Christmas and has a 2 year old I’m following your recommended daily tasks for being organised for Christmas! Giving this coat hanger turning a go. :)ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Saw this on Pinterest and taking the challenge. I’ll be doing my husbands closet also.ReplyCancel

  • beckie

    I was just wondering if you were doing anything like this again in 2013?ReplyCancel

  • Future Mrs. Humes

    I do this about 2 times a year, but because of limited closet space, I only have 21 tops in total. Too keep my variety up, I donate my clothes to a Clothes Mentor-like organization where I can take the money I make and buy more clothes. Otherwise it looks like I’m wearing the same 3 tops all of the time.ReplyCancel

    • Future Mrs. Humes

      I forgot to say that my fiance does this as well. At the end of each 3 months, we look at the clothes that were not worn and they are separated into 3 piles.

      Pile 1: Clothes that are being thrown away

      Pile 2: Clothes that we know we will never wear and are donating.

      Pile 3: Clothes that we know we will never wear, but don’t want to get rid of (i.e. concert shirts, or high school/college shirts). Those shirts are being turned into t-shirt quilts.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    My best friend just turned me on to this site! I love it…such great ideas. I am going to start turning my hangers around as soon as I get off the computer. ThanksReplyCancel

  • mrsirish

    This is the next task on my declutter to do list! I did the drawers today.ReplyCancel

  • NaomiB

    I have been doing a bit of decluttering, have given some clothes to friends and sold a few pieces on ebay, but still feel I have a long way to go. I saw one of my FB friends with your link and have subscribed. I hope this will inspire me to keep going and finish the declutter. :)ReplyCancel

  • I turned all my hangers around on my birthday. Got rid of a lot of stuff just going through it then, but at the end of the year I will get rid of whatever i haven’t worn. I have also been real honest with myself and if I put something on and decide it doesn’t flatter me, out it goes.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I turned my two kids clothes inside out and other the space of a week or 2 discovered they didn’t wear half the clothes…we have now decluttered and given away 3 bags worth to friends and charity and im now starting on my own wardrobe! Love this idea for my dresses though…seems to be my downfall :/ReplyCancel

  • Siobhan McCartney

    Right – day one. Having said I’ll start with the kitchen I’m actually going to do this RIGHT NOW with my hangers. I did this a couple of years ago but never followed through so while I’m up there I’m going to bag up the clothes that a already have their hangers the wrong way round! Here we go then!ReplyCancel

    • Siobhan McCartney

      OK so I’ve turned the hangers of everything I haven’t worn in the last 2 weeks other than new buys. I’m getting rid of 3 card is, a padded bullet (got talked into buying it and it always made me look like a sumo wrestler), 9 tops/sweaters/blouses, 12 pairs shoes, 5 bags, 5 scarves & 1 pair gloves. I’m going to try to sell 2 pairs of shoes with their matching bags as bought for weddings and I’ll never wear again. Pleased with my start.ReplyCancel

  • Ally Kenyon

    Going to go do this right now! Thank you for the inspiration :)ReplyCancel

  • […] so I decided to take the opportunity to go through my closet before we left the apartment. (The first task of the Decluttering Challenge is to turn clothes hangers…I’ve decided to take it a step […]ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Petersohn

    I’m going to start this today as I’ve been meaning to sort out my wardrobe for months now. I find it really hard to throw out clothes (I know I haven’t worn this shirt since I was 15 but I LOVE IT!) so this is a good chance for me to cut down to the clothes I wear regularly, and cull the ones I don’t.ReplyCancel

  • leah

    Yep, started. Turning all my coathangers around as soon as I get off this computer and upstairs. We want to downsize and move – so thank you. Was feeling very overwhelmed.ReplyCancel

  • leah

    Also sharing with family and friends.ReplyCancel

  • […] have been experimenting with the hanger trick for the past few months and have discovered that most of the clothes in my wardrobe that are in […]ReplyCancel

Decluttering 52 Things Challenge – Step 6: Create a to-do list

Do you have a to-do list that’s a mile long? Have you created a list, but never find time to complete it? Do you realise you have tasks to complete but just can’t make a start Today I would love for you to create your to-do list.  If you would like, add your to-do list in […]

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  • I just found your blog from the list of Aussie Bloggers Conference Attendees and love it. You have such great advice on here.

    I am on a big declutter mission, so will be using your advice! Thanks. ReplyCancel

  • Lou

    I am a list girl for sure! If I don't have a list I get nothing done. I try and work on the list first thing and tick as many things off as possible and then I get slacker as the day goes on (but at least i've done something for the day). ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    I love my lists!! I have a schedule on my fridge for my daily routine and then I have my to do lists in a book. As I have a lot going on in my life I have seperate lists for different activites so I don't feel overwhelmed at the size of one list! I have a list for housework/cooking, a list for my uni work, a 'when I get time one day list'(the not so urgent, just wish list things on this one).

    I feel more organised when I know what jobs I have to get done and I can prioritise better when they are right in front of me and I love the feeling of satisfaction when I can tick each task off!

    Whenever I don't get one task done it gets rolled over to the top of the next days list to ensure it gets done.

    Glad I am not the only one that loves my lists….some of my friends laugh and tease me (in a loving way) which sometimes make me think I am a little over the top but I just love feeling orgnanised, life is too crazy for me with 5 kids and studying full time externally to not be orgnanised :) ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Kat – You are a legend, if not for you my kitchen bench would still have bits of paper all over it!!!

    I bought two of those A4 box draw thingys, you know the ones that sit on top of each other in an organised office? They now sit on my kitchen bench next to the fruit bowl, the top one is for current items and the bottom one is for filing.

    Now I know some may consider them ugly on my kitchen bench but they are much nicer than the pile of cluttered paper that used to be scrawled over most of the benchtop. Hubby is also very happy with the new look. I think too that if we are having people over and I want to remove the draw thingys, they will be easier to hide than a huge pile of papers ;-)

    Thanks again

    Kim xx ReplyCancel

    • That's a great idea, Kim! My kitchen bench is definitely the dumping ground of our home! My home is never going to be 'perfect', and as much as I'm to blame for it lol I hate the paper clutter, so this is probably a great compromise – thanks :) ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    Well as i have said before we have alot of stuff in the shed since we moved over a year ago – and it hasn't been touched. Well GARAGE SALE this weekend, so hubby and I also decided that the house needed to be cleaned out – so over the weekend we tackled the 3 kids and main bedroom, done. We decided to clean out the front room and make it a reading room with my ikea bookshelf, a nice little table and chairs for us and some nice cushions for the girls, done. We are half way through the lounge/dining and phone table/paperwork/bills area. We also sat with the kids tonight after dinner and organised what tasks they will be doing on a daily basis, and have also given them a night each where they choose dinner and help prepare. We are already feeling so releived with what has been accomplished and I am also happy to say our to do list that we created is getting smaller, we have left – Bathroom, Kitchen, side room and laundry clean out… We want to tackle the garden and yard… And make a life a little less hectic. So thank you for all your inspiration as I am sure we would still be unorganised and in a RUT. THANK YOU… ReplyCancel

    • Kellie

      Oh and before I forget I have a dressing table, chair and set of bedside drawers that were my grandmothers and I have not been able to part with them, Well i am happy to say after your tips on sentimental items I am able to have these items sitting with the Garage Sale stuff ready to sell. So THANK YOU again.. ReplyCancel

  • These last couple of days I have done a massive adhoc declutter of my house.

    Feels so cleansing.

    Most of the items will be going down to flood/cyclone victims, makeup went to friends, books have been sold of.

    Can sleep easy tonight!

    Details and photos are on my blog :) ReplyCancel

  • samone

    Organised groceries to be delivered…best thing I've ever done! ReplyCancel

  • [...] Step 6: Create a to-do list [...]ReplyCancel

Declutter 52 Things Challenge – Step 5: How to part with sentimental items

PLEASE NOTE:  For the purpose of this post, let’s presume the ‘sentimental items’ as items you hoarding away, not currently using and don’t know what to do with.  This doesn’t include items you lovingly display on the wall or china cabinet and giving true purpose to. This is a question I have been asked alot […]

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  • Alicia Ilievski

    Hey whilst decluttering my linen cupboard I came upon a couple of unused pillow cases. Some where from my daughter (now 5) cot sets, some from my sons cot and a couple of full sized ones from our spare bed. They are all brand new.

    I 'repurposed' them by putting them in my gift wrapping box. I used 2 yellow ones to put my daughters gifts in for her SPongebob themed bday. I tied a blue ribbon around. The birthday sacks wre a hit. It meant less wrapping for me, looked super cool in photos and was easy for storing all her loot in after she had opened all the gifts from her party. Just something I thought I would share. xxx ReplyCancel

    • Clancy

      Much better for the environment too! :-)ReplyCancel

      • I did the same thing for Christamas, except I made the bags from old Christmas material and ribbon. Tags attached using the ribbon and then collect them at the end to reuse next year!ReplyCancel

  • Sorry but you didn't convince me, LOL.

    My sentimental items are happily staying stored in boxes. Even though I don't look at them often, I like the fact that I can look at those things whenever I like and remember such great times, that honestly if I didn't have these objects to remind of them, I probably would forget. ReplyCancel

  • I have just stumbled upoon your blog. I have been overwhelmed by the task of decluttering so I have decided to declutter 11 things a day for 11 days and blog about my progress to keep me on track. I am going to read your 52 week process though as I am sure I will gleam many tips!! Thanks Stacey x ReplyCancel

  • Karene

    If you are finding it hard to let go of things then try reading Lessons in letting go – confessions of a hoarder by Corrine Grant. It's her story of changing from a fully fledged hoarder who falls apart at the thought of throwing out anything, even old broken toys and clothes from her childhood, to being completely clutter free both physically and emotionally in 12months. Found it inspiring and gave me a new perspective on how we view our 'stuff'. She learns that we don't need every single thing from a period of our life to invoke memories, but just one or two things. She also visits refugees who have had to flee their war torn homes, and the thing that they miss the most is not their possessions but their stability. Made me feel so much more grateful for what I have and that the 'stuff' that I procrastinated about throwing out is just that, stuff. The end result is that I am decluttering with ease and I am keeping only what I need or what is important to me. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Is that Corrine Grant the comedian, she's so funny, I'll keep my eye out for her book….thanks Karene!! ReplyCancel

      • Karene

        yeah it is. It was a really good but easy read. I was on holidays so I finished it in a day and half. Have been passing it around my friends who also feel overwhelmed by their chaotic cluttered homes. Hopefully it will inspire them out of a hole too. ReplyCancel

  • Kimberlee Tan

    i do not why i often keep items but i always think they will come in handy one day!! Thank you for this post i shall take it to good use by disposing some of my items! ReplyCancel

  • Thelovedays

    I found my kids’ baby clothes very hard to part with. I guess it’s similar to peoples’ reaction to clearing out a person’s clothes when they’ve died? Anyway, I heard a wonderful tip: keep one bag of favourite clothes from your baby days and repurpose them by turning swatches of the material into a blanket or quilt! I have my bag, all I need now is a class on quilting :)ReplyCancel

    • I saw this in a TV show, Gilmore Girls maybe??? and I love the idea, I have kept the most sentimental of kids clothes and a dress of my grandmothers, I hope one day I can do the same.ReplyCancel

  • Clancy

    Oh I love this idea! I struggle BIG TIME with ditching my children’s clothes (and toys actually)… This has inspire me to make a quilt from them. Great idea, thank you!
    PS I will upload a photo once I’ve done it :-)ReplyCancel

  • Taking photos is a great idea! I like to hang on to baby things… I have decided I am going to keep a few special items for the kids’ memory boxes and donate the rest. In terms of muslin wraps and blankets, NICU’s or SCN’s are always in need. I am sure local hospitals could use them as they are always running out. ReplyCancel

  • [...] Step 4:  Start the 52 things in 52 weeks Challenge – it’s not too late to start now Step 5:  How to part with sentimental items Step 6:  Create a to-do [...]ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    My kids ‘Bunnykins’ stuff …ReplyCancel

  • vicky varvadouka

    This is very helpfull! Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • MelodyJain

    some of my mums belongings from before she passed away … her hats….and more ReplyCancel

  • [...] me come up with some practical ideas on how to use them. (ETA: Katrina does have a blog post about how to part with sentimental items. She hasn’t completely convinced me, but it’s something to mull over.) Share [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] Step 4: Start the 52 things in 52 weeks Challenge – it’s not too late to start now Step 5: How to part with sentimental items Step 6: Create a to-do [...]ReplyCancel

  • […] me come up with some practical ideas on how to use them. (ETA: Katrina does have a blog post about how to part with sentimental items. She hasn’t completely convinced me, but it’s something to mull […]ReplyCancel

  • Nik Kapernick

    I read Corinne Grant’s book after hearing her on a podcast one night and realising “That’s me too!” I have blogged my experience of letting go of sentimental things, some I had held on to for over 30 years. http://www.nicole-let-it-go.blogspot.comReplyCancel

    • What a fantastic idea to blog about it, I’ll pop on over and check out your blogReplyCancel

Steps for Decluttering Challenge

I love that so many of you have started, added to and are up-keeping your lists on the original post, DECLUTTERING 52 THINGS IN 52 WEEKS.  Today I have put together all the information discussed on the blog so far about De-cluttering, follow these steps and take this journey with me to de-clutter your house and make a home […]

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  • Sandra

    I'm so proud of myself…yesterday, I de-cluttered my freezer and gave away meat (although, it wasnt my choice that the freezer defrosted….) but I felt good giving good food away to people who could use it.

    ALSO, I gave away one of the slow cookers we had so that my sister in law can do slow cook meals on the nights she works late. Didn't realise we had a second slow cooker, how bad is that? But its gone now, so that feels good :-) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh no that's terribe :( That's great that you could find other's to use it and it didn't go to waste. ReplyCancel

  • I love to declutter. I can't think straight without regular decluttering.

    Thought I'd better check out/follow everyone who is attending the AusBlogCon. Pop over to bigwords if you get a moment x ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Harvey

    I dont know where to start with my de-cluttering, its so depressing ReplyCancel

  • Kids started back at school this week, and my son starts his full time preprimary next week, so it's all systems go here from Monday. Have done bits and pieces around the house but has been hard with the kids home.

    My eldest 'lost' her double bed today (the 'owners' asked for it back, last minute mind you, but that's another story….) so I'm starting there – basically because I moved EVERYTHING out of her room and only the necessary items are being returned in there – she's more of a hoarder than me! I was SHOCKED to find what was under her bed and I only tidied and half heartedly decluttered just before Christmas. Time to be RUTHLESS!!! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That would of been great motivation to get in there and give it a good tidy up. Did she love her new improved room?ReplyCancel

  • Begordon

    What a great site! I’ve known i have to de-clutter for a while now, but i just had no idea where to start. And i feel less depressed about it – 30mins a day/staring small feels achievable! 52 weeks here we come!ReplyCancel

1st step to de-cluttering | Creating your organising goals

Wow, I am overwhelmed by the great response to yesterday’s post, De-clutter 52 things in 52 weeks Challenge.  As I mentioned on the facebook page, it maybe easy for some, but then I know it will certainly be difficult for others.  However I will help you, I plan on doing some posts on how to […]

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  • Hi Katrina

    I have only just come across your blog, but have been reading through it madly since yesterday. It is very timely that I have found you, as de-cluttering and becoming more organised is something that is very important to me in 2011. I look forward to reading along with you and hopefully implementing some of your ideas.

    Thankyou for sharing :)

    Mrs KT ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thankyou Mrs KT, I hope you enjoy what this year will bring!! ReplyCancel

  • 1. I want to feel “ CALM “ while I’m at home.

    2. I want to spend more time doing “ work on my new business “ .

    3. I want an area of the home where I can “ relax “.

    4. I want to organise “Kitchen“ room first.

    5. I always loose “Keys“ .

    6. I want to be all organised by “ Easter “ .

    7. Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “10 boxes of family photos that don't belong to me“ . ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That has to be a hard one Corinne, what are you going to do with the family photos?? Are the owners of these photo's still alive? I created an album for my Dad which included photo's of his 60 years. Great gift to give, put them together in an album, the ones that aren't in an album place in a photo box for them to store?? Let me know if I'm on the right track to helping you? ReplyCancel

  • Bec H

    1. I want to feel “ relaxed “ while I’m at home.

    2. I want to spend more time doing “ more things with the girls “ .

    3. I want an area of the home where I can “ cook without clutter “.

    4. I want to organise “my“ room first. Did the office yesterday and it looks great

    5. I always loose “my keys“ .

    6. I want to be all organised by “ end of this year ready to be EGM“ .

    7. Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “lots and lots of things- definitely my baby clothes and baby things ReplyCancel

    • Vicky

      Hi Bec H,

      I recently read on another site an idea that may help you. It suggested making(or I gues having someone make for you) a quilt out of outgrown baby clothes, and then using this quit on your childs bed, or as a TV blanket for the cooler months. I though it was a great idea to keep the memories without hoarding those bags/boxes of clothes you can no longer use. I only wish I had found it before I got rid of my boys clothes!

      Vicky ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    1. I want there to be calm in the house for the family – stop rushing here and there

    2. I want to spend more time with my family and for myself

    3. I want an area where I can sit, relax and read.

    4. I want to organise my kitchen – get rid of stuff that hasn't been used for months.

    5. I always lose the phones – just as well they have a locator button, just wish my mobile did!

    6. I would like to be organised by April/May

    7. Something I don't need anymore, but having troble parting with are the boxes out in the shed that have moved with us 3 times and never been opened.. ReplyCancel

  • Leila

    1. I want to feel "relaxed" at home

    2. I want to spend more time with my children individually and as a family.

    3. I want an area where i can do anything, create, paint, do a puzzle etc.

    4. I want to organise my bedroom so we actually have one again not just a bed with a storage space and no visable floor.

    5. I always loose my mobile charger and mobile.

    6. I want to be organised by December 1st 2011.

    7. Something i don't need anymore but am having trouble parting with is those clothes that i have just in case i fit into them again. ReplyCancel

  • Stacey K

    1.I want to feel “ JOY“ while I’m at home.

    2.I want to spend more time doing “ SCRAPBOOKING “ .

    3.I want an area of the home where I can “ RELAX “. For me this means organised & clean

    4.I want to organise “LAUNDRY“ room first.

    5.I always loose “my temper“ .

    6.I want to be all organised by “ yesterday!“ .

    7.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “my potty mouth!“ . ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I want to feel at peace while I’m at home.

    I want to spend more time playing with my boy without worrying about what needs to be done around the house.

    I want an area of the home where I can relax.

    I want to organise the lounge room first.

    I always loose the phone, keys.

    I want to be all organised by 30 June 2011.

    Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with not sure I can narrow that down to one thing! ReplyCancel

  • Tam

    I want to feel “ CALM & NOT UNDER PRESSURE “ while I’m at home.

    I want to spend more time doing “ THINGS WITH MY KIDS – AT SCHOOL & HOME “ .

    I want an area of the home where I can “ RELAX AND WATCH TV IN PEACE “. (my area is nearly finished)

    I want to organise “ THE LOUNGE/STUDY “ room first.

    I always loose “ PAPERWORK “ .

    I want to be all organised by “ 1ST APRIL 2011 “ .

    Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “ OLD PAPERWORK (EVEN THINGS LIKE STUPID POWER AND PHONE BILLS FROM 2000 “ lol ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    I want to feel "under control" at home.

    I want to spend more time doing "my craft"

    I want an area in the house where I can "sit and relax without looking at mess and clutter"

    I want to start in the "lounge room."

    I always lose "my keys and my phone."

    I want to be organised by "my birthday June 13th."

    Something I don't need anymore but am having trouble parting with is "all the kids 'artwork' from school and preschool." ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy

    1. I want to feel LESS CLUTTERED and DESTRESSED while I’m at home.

    2. I want to spend more time doing READING.

    3. I want an area of the home where I can ENJOY PLAYING WITH MY CHILDREN.

    4. I want to organise LOUNGE room first.

    5. I always loose MY DIARY .

    6. I want to be all organised by AUGUST 2011 .

    7. Something that I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with UNUSED WEDDING and ENGAGEMENT PRESENTS.

    Loving your blog Katrina, thanks for the inspiration. ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    We've just bought our own house, so here goes my list

    I want my children to live in a house where there is no chaos.

    I want each room to feel like home

    I want to stop loosing things!

    I want to create spaces that can be used for multiple purposes.

    I want others to feel at home in my home.

    I want to be organised before winter.

    I want to reduce, reuse and recycle in my home (my children are all into this at the moment as well)

    Wish me luck. ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Ilievski

    1. I want to SIMPLIFY my home life

    2. I want to spend more time at home "DOING" not spending. (As a shopaholic I usually find some excuse to hit the shops – my biggest challenge will be to stay off online shopping sites eeek)

    3. I want to use my "CRAFTING SUPPLIES" only buying when I really have a need (not just because it is the latest greatest, on sale or adorable)

    4. I want to organise "SHED" first. So much waste in here…Wasted space (I truely see the opportunity for a kids craft zone here)…wasted junk (stuff we had to had but then never use or hardly use) It makes me stressed just being in there.

    5. I always loose "MY MIND" Eeeek that sounds really crazy LOL. We call it Happy hour here but it is anything but. From 3pm I am going to get the kids out and about (we live near the greatest beach and parklands so no excuses)rather than suffer the regular afternoon meltdowns.

    6. I want to be all organised by 1st of October 2011. (Am having a HUGE Halloween party this year so need to have everything sorted waaaaay before then)

    7.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “A LOT OF MY SEASONAL ITEMS“ . I LOVE to decorate (any and every occassion) My collections are ever growing. This year I plan to cull, catalogue and store well only the things I really love. – This is a MASSIVE job…anyone want to HELP?? ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Ilievski

    Ohh and something I really want to put out there in 'public eye to see land'

    I really want to start a BLOG. I have no idea how. I only just started really reading other peoples. Im soooo hooked. It scares me as I already feel so far behind (weird comment?).

    Eeeekkkk sorry for my frequent and long winded posts.

    xxx ReplyCancel

  • 1.I want to my home to feel more spacious and inviting. (it is rather small and lounge furniture is too big for the space, so it is a challenge)

    2.I want to spend more time scrapbooking and sewing at night, instead of collapsing on the lounge and feeling overwhelmed by the clutter that surrounds me.

    3.I want an area of the home outside where I can sit, relax and watch the kids play – and not be cluttered with bikes, scooters, gyms etc

    4.I want to organise the main bedroom first, and make room for bubby's "stuff"

    5.I always lose…. hmm, what don't I lose? There is always something I can't find because it's been put back in a different spot.

    6.I want to be all organised by 16th October 2011 (2 weeks before DD#1's birthday).

    7.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with (hmm, tempted to write "lazy husband who hates changing things" here, lol, but I won't) – box of kitchen items (including ceramic platters and decor food containers) that have been in the shed since we moved in 4 years ago (no space inside), huge pile of "series" books I've read, large storage bag of pre-pregnancy clothes from #1 and #2. OH, and possibly a box of photo frames that are still waiting to be hung on the walls. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ok Kylie, duly noted, I'll help you through all those items you can't part with. Later this week I am showing you what I did with some of my 'decor' containers I had in my pantry which were replaced with Tupperware. As for the items you loose, create a home for them and always return it back to it's home. I know easy to say hard to do, but you just need to change your habit. ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    1. I want to feel “ relaxed “ while I’m at home.

    2. I want to spend more time “ cooking & playing with the kids “ .

    3. I want an area of the home where I can “ take time out without seeing clutter or mess “.

    4. I want to organise the “ entry “ room first.

    5. I always loose “ paperwork “ .

    6. I want to be all organised by “ 1st December 2011 “ .

    7. Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “ Everything! I am a horder so very hard list to narrow down “ . ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hopefully I'll be able to help you kelly. I plan on writing a post a week dedicated to the declutter 52 things challenge. Well have you organised by 1st December for sure!! ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    1.I want to feel “ HAPPY “ while I’m at home.

    2.I want to spend more time doing “ SCRAPBOOKING “ .

    3.I want an area of the home where I can “ BOOKWORK “.

    4.I want to organise “SPARE“ room first.

    5.I always loose “THE REMOTE“ .

    6.I want to be all organised by “ 1ST NOVEMBER 2011 “ .

    7.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “OLD CLOTHES“ . ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      A great tip I have heard is moving all your coat hangers the opposite way. Each time you have used a piece of clothing hang it on a coat hanger the correct way , after a designated amount of time eg…between now and winter, whatever you haven't worn (eg, all the coat hangers the wrong way), throw away. I am currently doing this, but have 2 areas in my wardrobe. I have moved all clothing I don't think I will wear to one side, before winter whatever hasn't been worn will be donated to charity or ebay'd. ReplyCancel

  • 1. I want to feel “ relaxed “ while I’m at home.

    2. I want to spend more time “ entertaining “ .

    3. I want an area of the home where I can “ exercise “.

    4. I want to organise the “ kids “ rooms first.

    5. I always lose “ the remote control “ .

    6. I want to be all organised by “ 1st November 2011 “ .

    7. Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “ are my books “ . ReplyCancel

  • karen

    to achieve. Answer these questions for me: (My answers are in red)

    my decluttering goals:

    1.I want to feel “ happy and at peace “ while I’m at home.

    2.I want to spend more time doing “ family building “ .

    3.I want an area of the home where I can “ create craft and art “.

    4.I want to organise “the office“ first.

    5.I always loose “my mobile phone“ .

    6.I want to be all organised by “ 1ST october 2011 “ .

    7.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “my husbands car magazines“ . ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL, the car magazines, we had a huge pile of them, hubby couldn't bare throw them away, instead gave them to my son to look at he cut up and created his own little magazine with favourite pictures and then I threw them into the recyling bin. ReplyCancel

  • Tara

    1.I want to feel “ ORGANISED, CALM and IN CONTROL" while im at home

    2.I want to spend more time doing “ ALL MY CRAFTY THINGS and OUTINGS WITH MY FAMILY" .

    3.I want an area of the home where I can “ CREATE". (my area is nearly finished)

    4.I want to organise “THE MASTER BEDROOM" first.

    5.I always loose “THE REMOTES"

    6.I want to be all organised by “ JULY 1st “ .

    7.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “SO MANY THINGS :(“ . ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      How exciting, would love to see a photo of your 'Creating' area when your finished. ReplyCancel

  • 1.I want to feel CALM & AT PEACE while I’m at home.

    2.I want to spend more time doing TRAINING IN POLEDACING

    3.I want an area of the home where I can RELAX & CROCHET.

    4.I want to organise LIVING room first.

    5.I always loose MY SUNGLASSES .

    6.I want to be all organised by 1ST OCTOBER 2011.

    7.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with are MY OLD BOOKS & RECIPE BOOKS/MAGAZINES. ReplyCancel

  • [...] mentioned in the 1st Step to Decluttering – Create organising goalspost, that I always loose the phone.  What I did mean was the home phone, which never get put back [...]ReplyCancel

  • Alison Dines

    1.I want to feel “ HAPPY “ while I’m at home.

    2.I want to spend more time doing “ STITCHING “ .

    3.I want an area of the home where I can “ WORK “.

    4.I want to organise “GIRLS ROOM“ room first.

    5.I always loose “MY SUNNIES“ .

    6.I want to be all organised by “ 1ST MAY 2011 “ .

    7.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with "SENTIMENTAL BABY CLOTHES“ . ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Alison, maybe you could create a little area, use a basket like I have for my phone and keys and always have a home for them. My basket is right near the garage door, handy place :)

      Baby clothes are hard to part with. I did see in a magazine, somebody made a quilt from all the kids baby clothes, I loved that idea, sadly saw it after I got rid of all mine. ReplyCancel

  • KarenT

    • I want to feel “ RELAXED “ while I’m at home.

    • I want to spend more time doing “ READING & playing with Ruby without thinking of all the things to be done“ .

    • I want an area of the home where I can “ READ/WRITE “.

    • I want to organise “2nd bedroom“ room first.

    • I always lose “paperwork“ & sometimes my cool….

    • I want to be all organised by “ 6th June 2011 “ .

    • Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with is knick knacks/ornaments

    We have an 8 month old and I feel quite overwhelmed with all the tasks I need to get through to achieve my goals… Daddy has his own list and they often take precedence. He's not pushy!! Just bub is breastfed and generally a bit more keen on mummy, so daddy has chance to get more done… ReplyCancel

  • Marion B

    Dear Katrina,

    I stumbled across your site a few weeks ago whilst looking for tips on how to organise a pantry. Since then I have been both hooked and inspired and can't wait to read your blog each day. I live on my own and do not have any children so not all of it is relevant to me but I am so grateful for the daily hints to keep organised. Ten years ago I had breast cancer and had treatment for about 12 months, in that time due to a very unhelpful/unsupportive husband things got very disorganised at home and then a year later we separated. Since then my clutter and disorganisation has increased so much that for about the last 7 years my house has become so untidy/cluttered I have not had any one over to visit except my parents because I am too ashamed of it, and I have felt that it would be an impossibility to ever get it straight again. Now with your help and tips I have taken the first steps on the mammoth journey to re-claim my home (and my sanity). Not only do I have to tidy up and sort things out (and throw lots of things away), I need to teach myself new habits so that I keep things tidy, as in the past I have tidied only to find myself back in the same situation a month or two down the track. I even made a list to stick on my wardrobe door of things that must be put away each night before going to bed! And I make sure my dishes are done each night before going to bed. Both of these things alone are major improvements for me. I now know its just a matter of keeping at it and not getting disheartened. My goal is to have the house tidy by the end of this year (sounds like a long way off but its probably going to take that long). So thank you from the bottom of my heart for your wonderful site – you have given me hope! And here are my answers to your questions:

    1. I want to feel “ CALM “ while I’m at home.

    2. I want to spend more time doing “ BEADING “ .

    3. I want an area of the home where I can “ BEAD “.

    4. I want to organise “MY BEDROOM“ first.

    5. I always loose “IMPORTANT PAPERS“ .

    6. I want to be all organised by “ CHRISTMAS 2011 “ .

    7. Something that I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with “SO MANY MANY THINGS!“ .

    Thank you for sharing :)

    P.S. I thought your first video was very good – good on you for being brave enough to do it!

    Marion xx ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      ooh Marion, your post has touched my heart, I'm so thankful that what I am doing is able to help you. You have been through so much and I understand how hard times in your life can leave your house as a last priority. I have seen it happen first hand to a family member so I can imagine the task you have ahead of you. I really hope you enjoy the posts ahead filled with ideas and challenges to declutter your home and routines to get it clean and tidy. I hope you reach your Christmas goal and feel content to invite your friends and family over for Chrismtas or pre-christmas celebrations. thankyou so much for your message, it's such an inspiration for me. Would you mind if I shared it with the rest of the readers (I can keep your name off if you prefer), as I know there are so many people with alot of clutter out there to know they aren't alone and together we can all create more comfortables homes. ReplyCancel

      • Marion B

        Hi Katrina, you are most welcome to share my post and hopefully it can let other people know there can be hope for them too, I don't mind if my name is on it. Thank you for your wonderful work :) ReplyCancel

  • Kate Douglas

    1.I want to feel “ FRESH “ while I’m at home.

    2.I want to spend more time doing “ COOKING, SCRAPPING AND READING “ .

    3.I want an area of the home where I can “ STUDY (IN PEACE!) “.

    4.I want to organise “STUDY“ room first.

    5.I always loose “THE KEYS AND WORK LANYARD“ .

    6.I want to be all organised by “ 7TH MARCH 2011 “ (Start of Uni)

    7.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “UNI NOTES AND TEXTBOOKS“ . (I need some advice on this one…) ReplyCancel

  • Denise

    1. I want to feel RELAXED in my home with all the clutter around me.

    2.I want to spend more time CARDMAKING AND SCRAPBOOKING.

    3. I want an area of the home where I can CREATE IN HARMONY

    3. I want to ORGANISE my craftroom FIRST.

    4. I loose LOTS OF THINGS

    5. I want to be organised BY JUNE.

    6. something I have trouble with parting is GIFTS. ReplyCancel

  • Mrs Rhodes

    1. I want to feel “sane“ while I’m at home.

    2. I want to spend more time “reading, and learning instruments and languages“.

    3. I want an area of the home where I can “do all of the above“. (I have this area – my lougeroom)

    4. I want to organise the “hallway/blocked unused front door“ first.

    5. I always loose “important documents“.

    6. I want to be all organised by “1ST April 2011 “ .

    7. Something that I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with is “Lots of Baby Pink fake fur fabric for sewing a snow jacket with a hat and stolle – Russian/Playboy Bunny inspired – that I'm never going to wear. I could sew it for my distant unborn children, but that's probably 5-10 years before they would be old enough to wear it! …Plus many other sewing projects, that have never been realised…“. ReplyCancel

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  • Susie Fletcher

    1.I want to feel “ RELAXED “ while I’m at home.

    2.I want to spend more time doing “ THINGS WITH MY TODDLER SON, MY FAMILY & MYSELF RATHER THAN WORRYING ABOUT ALL THE THINGS THAT NEED DOING, “ .

    3.I want an area of the home where I can “STUDY“.

    4.I want to organise “STUDY/OFFICE AREA“ first. (which unfortunately is part of the lounge room).

    5.I always loose “LOTS OF THINGS“ .

    6.I want to be all organised by “ 1ST NOVEMBER 2011 “ .

    7.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “LOTS OF STUFF, I AM A HOARDER OF THE WORST KIND!!“ . ReplyCancel

  • 1. I want to feel "focused" when home

    2. I want to spend more time painting and sculpting.

    3. I want an area of my home to organize my business from.

    4. I want to organize my tools and equipment in the garage.

    5. I always loose my focus on my work.

    6. I want to be organized by march 11th.

    7. Something I don't need anymore, but am having trouble parting with are old magazines and unused books, and papers. ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    I want to have an organised home
    I want to have order in my life
    I want to declutter
    I want to cook healthy meals
    I want to scrapbook lots
    I want to spend time with my family
    I want to spend time with my friends
    I want to stay in touch with friends far away
    I want to be focused at home to get jobs doneReplyCancel

  • Katharyn

    Thank you so much for this website! I came across it somehow on facebook, and have needed something like this for sometime.
    I am 36 and have decided it’s past time to stop blaming the environment I grew up in & the lack of modelling I had in this area. It’s time to say that I was very loved, that I was fed healthily & they did the best they knew how. Now that I’ve figured that a tidy space is important to me, I will celebrate the good of my childhood, and learn to do the best I can so that I have the physical & emotional space to enjoy my family. I struggle to ‘start’. Once I have started I can keep going pretty much till I’m done, but it’s the starting. I’m pretty good at re-organising an area that has bugged me for a few weeks, but I struggle in that reorganising to throw things out & leave surfaces completely clear. Also keeping things in that reorganisation is difficult. Now that I know what I will celebrate, what I struggle with, what I’m aiming for, and that I have finally found a concerned community to be accountable to, that won’t mind being bombarded with my epistles, I feel energised & motivated to get going! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Tomorrow I’m going to Nanna’s to help her sort out & down size, and will do so each Monday afternoon till she doesn’t need this help, then it will just be for a cuppa. Please keep me accountable to this, too. I can’t let other things become more important/interesting than honouring & serving her with love & time & company & help.

    1. I want to feel “calm & organised” when home
    2. I want to spend more time “having friends over for meals” and family time, rather than housework in family time!
    3. I want an area of my home where I can read in uncluttered peace & quiet.
    4. I want to organize kids craft/creative area, then my desk first.
    5. I always loose my forms & papers to be returned to the kids school.
    6. I want to be organized by part 1. April 10, part 2. July 28.
    7. Something I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with are old letters & birthday cards, 3 files of recipes, anything else in my filing cabinet.ReplyCancel

    • Asterix

      Katharyn,
      Your story is almost identical to mine.
      My mum always had a neet and tidy house and I assumed it would be naturaly the same with me. Not so! The job just seems so overwhelmingly dificult that i just keep putting it off.
      How has your organising been going? have you been able to keep it up? hope you are doing great!ReplyCancel

      • Good on youit may feel overwhelming at first, but the relief and good feelings are even better! Procrastinating just makes it harder. Prove to yourself that you can overcome any overwhelming thing by taking it one little thing at a time. Spend 10 mins a day taking one draw out and putting only what you need back in. Turf what you don’t want to charity or the bin every day! :) You will begin to see results in just a few days, im sure. You can do it! :DReplyCancel

    • I am also interested in how you are going. My mum was a hoarder and i am slowly but surely following in her footsteps. She passed away last year suddenly and now i am cluttering up my home with her stuff and mine. Have you been able to keep it up?ReplyCancel

    • hehe indeed!! Great! Yes, its hard, but i know you can do it! Keep up the excellent work! Good luck!ReplyCancel

    • one way not to lose forms and papers for your school is to put them on the fridge with the day and date of return in BIG letters!
      Another is to put them next to the phone if you use it a lot or somewhere you go to/use a lot! Good luck!ReplyCancel

    • Deb

      I want to feel free and content when I am at home
      I want to spend more time enjoying my house and farm
      I want to have tidy cupboards and sheds
      I want to organise the office first
      I always loose documents
      I want to be organised by 1 December 2013
      Something I don’t need any more and have trouble parting with: – stuff
      too good to throw away or give away.ReplyCancel

  • I hope not to late to start this…

    I want to feel “ ENERGIZE AND CALM “ while I’m at home.

    I want to spend more time doing “ NEW HOBBIES, PLAYING WITH KIDS AND MY NEW BUSINESS“

    3.I want an area of the home where I can “CALL HOME OFFICE“.

    4.I want to organise “KITCHEN“ first.

    5.I always loose “SO MANY THINGS“ .

    6.I want to be all organised by “ 1ST JANUARY 2012 “ .

    7.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “MY BIRTHDAY CARDS COLLECTION SINCE 1994!! IT TOO SENTIMENTAL“ .ReplyCancel

  • Mellissa

    1. I want to enjoy my time at home!
    2. I want to spend more quality time with my family!
    3. I want a guest bedroom!
    4. I want to organise the study first, but I afraid it will be my most challenging area and I don’t know where to start… argh! This is also the room I want to turn into a guest bedroom.
    5. I always loose paperwork!
    6. I want to be organised by 1st December 2011!
    7. Something I don’t need anymore but I’m having trouble parting with is the belly cast of my first born. I had grand plans for it, but never did anything and now it’s just sitting there gathering dust… hmmm!ReplyCancel

  • Kyles

    1. I want to feel “ RELAXED “ while I’m at home.
    2. I want to spend more time “in HAPPY pursuits with the kids rather than constantly nagging/washing/cleaning…” .
    3. I want an area of the home where I can “see the floor/desk/couch“.
    4. I want to organise “Study/Office“ room first.
    5. I always lose “Tax receipts“ .
    6. I want to be all organised by “ YESTERDAY! But I’ll have to settle for 1st January 2012 “ .
    7. Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “toys that were mine that the kids have inherited but no longer play with, and toys the kids were given when they were born.“ .ReplyCancel

  • wendy

    please is to late to join the challenge????ReplyCancel

  • wendy

    1. i want to be able to get into rooms easily, to renovate/paint them.
    2. i want to be able to sit and have down time, without seeing mess to put away.
    3. i want to be able to quilt again.
    4. i want to be able to pass on great cleaning habits to my wonderful children!
    5.i need to stop saying to visitors ” excuse the mess.
    6. i want to establish better more efficient ways to tidy up.ReplyCancel

  • Rhondastatham

    I’m going to do this challenge in 2012

    I want to feel “ calm and relaxed“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time doing “ things for me “ .
    I want an area of the home I can use as a guest room
    I want to organise “Kitchen“ first.
    I always loose “my phoine“ .
    I want to be all organised by “ 1st December 2011 “ .
    Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “my old clothes and shoes”ReplyCancel

    • You can do it! By doing this I hope you are able to find more time for yourself that you are wanting :)ReplyCancel

  • brella

    I’m going to do this challenge in 2012.

    I want to feel “relaxed and calm” while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time doing “things with my children”.
    I want an area of the home where I can “read without mess around me”.
    I want to organise “our bedroom” first.
    I always loose “paperwork”.
    I want to be all organised by “1st December 2012”.
    Something that I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with “is all my University and school work”.
    ReplyCancel

    • let’s create a little place of peacefulness for you to read this year brella!!ReplyCancel

  • kira

    Doing this in 2012 too!
    I want to feel calm, organized and happy while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time doing crafts and time outside with my son.
    I want an area of the home where I can craft.
    I want to organise home office room first.
    I always lose my cell phone .
    I want to be all organised by March 31, 2012 .
    Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with my work clothes .
    ReplyCancel

    • I have some great office organising posts coming soon Kiri, which I am sure will help you in your mission!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous

    Here’s to a clutter free 2012! Here are my goals
    – no mould in 2012 (don’t ruin stuff with poor storage and lack of use!)
    – more space
    – less chaos so I can find my things
    – I already have enough of everything – stop shopping !
    – honour the things that I really like, want, need by getting rid of the rest
    – let go. Just because it it “still good”, “a bargain”, “valuable”, “old” – doesn’t mean I have to have it/keep it. Let it go.ReplyCancel

    • Love this!! Well done…now the hard part – actually doing it. :) With this list, im sure you will! Good luck. Keep us all posted on how youre goingReplyCancel

  • Cheekygrin87

    I want to feel at peace while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time with my son.
    I want an area of the home where I can start my son’s baby album.
    I want to organise my room first.
    I always loose the keys to my desk.
    I want to be all organised by end of June 2012.
    Something that I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with the bean bag hahaReplyCancel

  • KiwiGirl

    I want to feel CALM while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time doing PHOTO BOOKING .
    I want an area of the home where I can EXERCISE.
    I want to organise MY ROOM room first.
    I always lose MY KEYS .
    I want to be all organised by EASTER WEEKEND 2012 .
    Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with PAPERSReplyCancel

  • Holly Connors

    1.To declutter my house
    2.To keep organised with my scrapbook committments
    3.To completely re-organise my scrapbook room/office
    4.To get rid of unwanted items on ebay, giveaway or bin them
    5.To maintain a healthy lifestyle and get my body pregnancy ready
    6.To do all my christmas and birthday shopping earlier this year
    7.To have a supply of hand made cards ready to go so I don’t have to make them at the last minute all the time
    8.To get on top of debts, save money and splurge on an overseas holiday
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  • mim

    I want to have a home that i dont dread returning to.
    I want a home that allows for spontaneous get togethers an welcomes folk to drop in.
    I want to provide a home for our youngest who is on oxygen and tube feeding 24/7 that
    gives him the maximum amount of freedom in safety. he has a primary immunodeficiency for which he has plasma every 4 weeks – thus I want to have a home that I can clean effectively and efficiently every day .
    I want to declutter and simplify all of our lives – ie. my husband and our 6 childrens, so
    that poseesions do not control our lives.
    I want to get rid of everything that i have been hoarding for the last 20 years – especially children’s designer clothing and toys.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I want to organise my childrens toys so they can actually play with them.
    I wanto to be able to see the dresser/cupboard tops in the bedrooms
    I want to tackle one room per fortnight, and to keep the cycle going
    I want to have storage areas in my lounge/living roomReplyCancel

  • Kyla

    Ì want to feel more relaxed, calm and contented when I am at home.
    I want to spend more time having friends over for dinner and getting out and about with my 3 children and husband.
    I want an area at home where I can relax and read.
    I want to organise our main bedroom first.
    I always loose my mobile and keys.
    I want to be all organised by the 1st July 2012.
    Something that I don’t need anymore is old school pictures and paperwork.
    I want to organise the childrens rooms and toys, so that it is a more tidy and calming environment.
    ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel in control while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time doing my craft, knitting in particular, but also some sewing.
    I want an area of the home where I can relax.
    I want to organise the kids’ rooms first.
    I always loose my keys .
    I want to be all organised by the middle of August 2012.
    Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with …..reams and reams of very old paperwork, but only because it is a chaotic mess and I can never
    ReplyCancel

  • I want to have a home that I do not feel embarrassed to invite my friends into.
    I have to declutter my spare room which has become a dumping ground for everything not in use…I want a room for guests, not junk.
    A total reorganisation of my kitchen/dining/lounge area is a must.
    I want my home to feel peaceful again.
    I am a hoarder – I must learn to ‘let things go’.
    ReplyCancel

  • GrnMtGirl

    I want to feel more “Pleasure, Comfort and Peace” while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “Reading, Writing, Organizing Pictures and Cross-Stitching.”
    I want an area of the home where I can “Keep My Library, Exercise and Work at a Desk.”
    I want to organize the “Pink” room first.
    I always lose “Bills.”
    I want to be organized by “April 2013.”
    Something I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with “Anxiety.”
    ReplyCancel

    • You can do it, together we’ll create the room that you will enjoy relaxing in.ReplyCancel

  • newsurfiegirl

    1. I want to feel peaceful and relaxed at home.
    2. I want to spend more time doing crafty things.
    3. I want an area of the home where I can sew without having to pack it up all the time!
    4. I want to organise the kitchen first.
    5. I always lose lots of things at the moment it is my guillotine for scrapbooking.
    6. I want to be all organised by February 28 2013
    7. Something I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with is old birthday cards and other written memorabilia.ReplyCancel

  • Beckucwparkyn

    I want to feel relaxed at home
    I want to spend more time at home doing my Favorite things ie beading & painting.
    I want an area of the home where i can sit and do these things.
    I want declutter and simplify my home
    I always important documents
    I want to be all organised by end of June 2012.
    Something that I don’t need anymore my Tupperware.. How many containers do i really need LOLReplyCancel

  • ka konotopsky

    I want to feel “ content “ while I’m at home.I want to spend more time doing “ memory books “ .I want an area of the home where I can “ work on pictures and memory books“. And start new hobbies ie: shadow boxes I want to organise “office“ room first.I always loose “important papers“ .I want to be all organised by “ September1, 2012 “ .Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “some schooling books/materials“ .ReplyCancel

  • Bebe21

    I want to feel fulfilled while I’m at home.I want to spend more time doing stuff with my family (i work full time) .I want an area of the home where I can entertain family and friends I want to organise office room first(dont we all).I always loose time… where do all the hours go??I want to be all organised by christmas 2012Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with birthday cards and baby things…its hard!! ReplyCancel

  • mrc2211

    I want to feel organised while I’m at home.I want to spend more time sorting out photos and creating photobooks.I want an area of the home where I can not sit amongst any clutter and everything has a place! I want to organise the study first.I always loose important papers, keys, my mind!I want to be all organised by 1st December 2012.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with is kids artwork and clothes I haven’t worn for 2 years!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate R

    Hi, I have always been a working mum and the used to the house being chaos. Now that I am a stay at home mum, my focus is organising the house and the family. I could not have done it without the daily updates and your website. It has been an enormous help. I answered the above questions as:

    I want to feel more organised while I am home. I want to
    spend more time working on the Project Life scrapbook. I want an area of the
    home I can meditate in and I want to organise the living area first. I always
    lose focus and I want to be organised by September 2012. Something that I have
    trouble parting with are the toys around the house.ReplyCancel

  • W0111018

    I want to feel relaxed at home.
    I want to spend more time studying.
    I want an area of the home to call my own – no one else’s stuff there!
    I want to organise the living room first.
    I always lose socks.
    I want to be organised by Christmas 2012.
    Something I don’t need any more but am having trouble parting with is mismatched crockery.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I have a tiny house. When I moved in a bit over 6 years ago I was very VERY choosey about how much I brought with me. My dear little house is now groaning full of ‘stuff’. Time to bring back my ‘less is more’ mind set. I know this is not going to be easy – what do I do with my kids ‘Bunnykins’ stuff?ReplyCancel

  • Hey Kara

     I want to feel relaxed while I’m at home.I want to spend more time doing photobooking.I want an area of the home where I can sit peacefully and have no clutter in sight.I want to organise living room first.I always loose my keys.I want to be all organised by Christmas 2012 .Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with baby toys. ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    I want to feel happy when I’m at home. I want to spend more time doing sewing. I want an area of the house I can just relax in without feeling guilty. I want to organise the office first. I always loose my son’s hat. I want to be organised by the time my second child arrives (trying to get pregnant currenlty). Somethings that I don’t need anymore but am haveing trouble parting with stuff mum kept from my childhood (she kept a lot of stuff!). ReplyCancel

  • Danae

    I want to feel like I can be stress free when Im at home.
    I want to spend more time relaxing
    I always lose my bills so we are always behind.
    I want to be organised soon.
    I’m having trouble getting rid of “stuff” I never know whos it is and if we need it for a toy/game/something important, so i just end up keeping it “just incase”ReplyCancel

  • I want to declutter my front room but I have been meaning to sell all the stuff but havent for the last 3yrsReplyCancel

  • Asterix

    -I want to feel RELAXED while at home.
    -I’d like to spend more time SEWING, AND DOING CRAFTS.
    -I’d like an area of the home where I can LEAVE CRAFT PROJECTS WITH OUT HAVING TO CLEAR THEM AWAY (have been using dinner table. havent done craft in over a year now)
    -I’d like to organise the MAIN LIVING SPACE first.
    -I always loose UNPAYED BILLS AND OTHER PAPER WORK.
    -I want to be organised by THE END OF THE YEAR.
    -Something that I don’t need anymore but am haviving trouble parting with is BOOKS. OLD SCHOOL STUFF, CHILDHOOD TOYS.
    I am determined to declutter my house once and for all! at the moment I’m well on my way to being on the TV show HOARDERS! NOOOO!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Hi Katrina, your yellow party sounds like a great idea. Spotlight has a huge range of plastic plates, cutlery, balloons, napkins, etc, in individual colours. Pinatas are always popular with kids. Most importantly, have fun! ReplyCancel

  • I want to declutter so I have more time to do pinterest projects! ReplyCancel

  • As with many ladies out there especially Katharyn we are alike……having my mum pass when i was a teenager is soooooooooooooo hard. With no older role models around me it makes it hard, but as a Mum now i want to be able to show my children how to be house proud as my Mum was :))
    I want to feel LESS STRESSED while i am home.
    I want to spend more QUALITY PLAY TIME with my children.
    I want an area of the home where i can STUDY.
    I want to organise KITCHEN first.
    I always loose TIME as im always late, rushed, unorganised and feel like im catchin up all day everyday!.
    Something that i dont need anymore, buthave trouble parting with is KITCHENWARE.
    PLEASE HELP ME!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    I need to feel free of clutter in my home so my head is clearer !! I am a mum of 3 boys, with a toddler of 16 months and starting my own business from home. I need to get organised, i hate clutter yet it`s everywhere in my home. I love the idea of the challenge , yet i need to do it faster. Back to school february 2013 is my goal date, to start my year fresh and ready.
    I want to feel calm
    I want to be in control.ReplyCancel

  • mrsirish

    I am coming at this later than the rest but plan to do the “declutter 52 things in 52 weeks” in 2013!
    I want to feel calm and relaxed when I am at home
    I want to spend more time playing with my son
    I want an area of my home where my son can play with his toys
    I want to organise my son’s room mainly and reclaim the lounge

    I always loose my motivation! No, really I mean the TV remote
    I want to be organised by the end of June as we are taking on a new business and I want to be ready
    Something I don’t need anymore and have trouble parting with… Hmmm… lots of things… trinkets on my dresser and some shoesReplyCancel

  • The Yellow Party sounds awesome! :) Have fun!!
    If it were me, I would be using lots of Yellow food colouring, pineapple drinks, pineapple, mangoes, nectarines and bananas as well as yellow balloons, yellow table cloths, yellow ribbons and streamers, cut out stars and suns, gold decorations even. I’d make up a game to do with bees or anything else to do with an animal with a yellow colour. Get the kids involved! Spotlight is great for coloured decorations.

    The challenge you have set for us is fantastic!! :)
    Im in the middle of trying to sort out the two rooms my daughter and I live in before school starts – so this is perfect timing for me!
    1. I want to feel “RELAXED, IN CONTROL, HAPPY and COMFORTABLE“
    while I’m at home.

    2. I want to spend more time “PLAYING, COOKING and GARDENING“.

    3. I want an area of the home where I can “STUDY or RELAX“.

    4. I want to organise “CAYLEY’S“ room first. Then organise “MY” room and NOT put it off!!.

    5. I always lose “MY PHONE, WALLET and SANITY!“.

    6 I want to be all organised by “SAT 2nd FEB, 2013“.

    7. Something that I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with “LOTS
    OF STUFF!! But mostly, old stuffed toys and my old paperwork…OUT!!”
    Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    Thank you for this website! I don’t even know how it fell into my lap, but ours is not to question why! Am just grateful it did….I know I’m late but I’m going to jump straight in…

    I want to feel unterrified that visitors will pop in unannounced when I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time writing.
    I want an area of the home where I can write.
    I want to organise the study first.
    I always loose the remote control.
    I want to be organised by Easter 2013.
    Something I don’t need anymore but am having trouble parting with is my cd’s.

    Can’t wait to jump on board the Organised Housewife train! Wish me luck!ReplyCancel

  • [...] been doing more reading and this entry has inspired us to set out some goals. This is what we hope to achieve with our [...]ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn O'Neill

    Ok I know I’m two years late for this but I’m so up for this Challenge…My whole life isnt working due to clutter…
    My Goals are:
    1 I want to feel at peace when I am at Home
    2. I want to spend more time gardening
    3.I want an area of the home where I can Study my masters undistracted
    4.I want to organise my bedroom first
    5. I always loose important papers
    6. I want to be organised by Jan 2014
    7.Something I don’t need anymore but I’m having trouble getting rid of is old clothes and mementos
    Looking forward to doing this challenge…ReplyCancel

  • Siobhan McCartney

    I want to feel relaxed and at peace while I’m at home
    I want to spend more time crafting and relaxing
    I want an area in my home where I can craft
    I want to organise the kitchen first
    I always loose my pride in my home!
    I want to be all organised by Christmas Eve 2013 so I can entertain with confidence and pride
    Something I don’t need anymore but am having trouble parting with is my 4 storage bins of fabric from when I was out of work and crafting full time for extra moneyReplyCancel

  • SistaSonya

    I want to feel relaxed, at peace and organized when I am home
    I want to spend more time reading and spending time with my family
    I want my classroom to be cleaned, finished and organized in my home
    I want to organize my kitchen & classroom file cabinet first
    I always lose my keys, my phone and shoes in my home
    I want to be organized by October 1, 2013 so that I can plan and enjoy the holidays with people who are most important
    Something I don’t need and having trouble letting go are personal items and memories. Storage building is filled with things that can be thrown away, put to better use or given away.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Drayton

    I want to feel “relaxed and restful” at home.

    I want to spend more time “baking and cooking”

    I want an area of my home where I can “read”

    I want to organise my “Kitchen” first

    I always lose “smaller items that I put away ‘in a safe place’ ”

    I want to be organised by “December 2013″ so I can enjoy Christmas

    Something that I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with is “appliances that I WANT to use, but never get around to using them ie. ice cream maker”.ReplyCancel

  • SERENE

    I want to feel ‘ relaxed ,peaceful and restful and organised’ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time doing reading, learning, decorating and living elegantly
    I want an area of the home where I can meditate,read and dream’. I have a lot of area, just have not made it into open beautiful space.
    I want to organise ‘study room’ first.
    I always loose time because feeling overwhelmed and end up doing the same things in circles and not getting into the more exciting and bigger things that I want to do.
    I want to be all organised by 30th July 2013. (at least 80% of every room and area) I started 2 days ago. On my second room.
    Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with ‘old magazines with good articles’ReplyCancel

  • Kat Tat

    Oh so wonderful to hear everyone else comments.

    I want to feel “ RELAXED “ while I’m at home. Oh yes is that humanly possible???
    I want to spend more time doing “ creating and learning“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “ tat, and sew, and dye and and and and and and stuff.
    I want to organise “the kitchen from hell“ room first.
    I always lose “everything“ .
    I want to be all organised by “ End of September hmm that might be totally unrealistic- hopefully by end December 2013 or when we move into new house “ .
    Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “Boxes of fancy dress gear. boxes and boxes and boxes “ . Oh you get the idea.ReplyCancel

  • Brianna Carson

    I want to feel organised while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time with my daughter.
    I want an area of the home where I can organise our paperwork and hopefully in the not too distant future some study.
    I want to organise spare room first, full of papers! All over the floor….
    I always loose my mind, my memory is the worst!
    I want to be all organised by the end of January 2014 (need to purchase a desk and filing cabinet or something).
    Something that I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with all sorts of junk I can’t think of exact examples at the moment though…ReplyCancel

  • gt83

    I want to feel organised while I’m at home
    I want to spend more time doing activities with my little girl
    I want an are of the home where I can sew
    I want to organise the office first
    I always lose screwdrivers
    I want to be all organised by September 2014.
    Something that I don’t need but am having trouble parting with is…my year 12 drama portfolio (it is 13 years old and large, cumbersome and not in the slightest bit useful but I invested so much into it I can’t bear to throw it away lol).ReplyCancel

    • MariaW

      I found for some things I have had to take baby steps to part with it. Have you thought about turning some of your portfolio into a scrapbook or a collage to display?ReplyCancel

  • Tami

    I want to feel organized at home.
    I want to spend more time with my kids, organizing, scrapbooking/compiling family tree for my kids.
    I need an area to do the above and to create an office for my husband.
    I want to organize our bedroom first.
    I always loose the bills & mail.
    I want to have the entire home organized by March 1, 2015.
    Something that I don’t need anymore, but is very difficult to get rid of, is my parents old clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Gracious

    I want to feel “ ACCOMPLISHED “ while I’m at home every single day.
    I want to spend more time “ EXPANDING MY KNOWLEDGE “ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “ FOCUS IN MY BUSINESS AND
    STUDIES “.
    I want to organise the “ HOME OFFICE “ first.
    I always lose my “ MOBILE PHONE “ .
    I want to be all organised by “ 1ST NOVEMBER 2014 “ .
    Something that I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with “ BOXES OF OLD CLOTHES THAT DON’T FIT AND ARE OUT OF STYLE “ .ReplyCancel

  • Annmarie

    I want to feel organised whilst @ home
    I want to spend more time playing with my baby boy
    I want an area of the home where I can play with my boy
    I want to organise the office first
    I always lose gift cards/vouchers
    I want to be organised by October
    Something I don’t need anymore but having trouble departing with are unused kitchen appliances from our gift registryReplyCancel

The Declutter 52 things challenge

The De-clutter ’52 Things in 52 weeks’ Challenge As we have 52 weeks left of this year, I thought it fitting to create a challenge for the year to help you de-clutter your ‘things’. Rules: De-clutter, meaning throw away, give to charity/friend, find a better purpose for. Disposing of groups of things =1 item eg.  5 towels or 3 […]

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  • [...] I came across   The De-clutter ’52 Things in 52 weeks’ Chal­lenge , and thought that it sounded like a great idea, so I have decided that I am going to join in with [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] all the tempting 2011 reading challenges, I’ve decided to take on The Organised Housewife’s De-Clutter 52 Things Challenge. Each week I need to de-clutter one item (which means one large item or one group of similar [...]ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    These are my 52 things, I hope you all enjoy this challenge :)

    1. Old feather doona and cover.

    2. Nailpolish ReplyCancel

  • Aileen

    btw .. great!!! idea .. and the school books were from primary school havent got to the rest yet :s LOL

    1. 8 mugs

    2. old school books (seriously the kids have been out of high school for yrs) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      lol, the things we hold onto, great job Aileen for purging them!! ReplyCancel

  • This sounds fantastic. I am such a hoarder.

    1. All my single bed linen. (I no longer have a single bed). ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Great reason to remove it from the house!! ReplyCancel

  • Renee S

    I'll join in too, or at the very least make a start, haha:

    1. Bag of clothes no longer worn regularly

    2. Box of old uni notes- Most of which can be accessed electronically, or are saved on the computer

    3. 5 books ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      You have made a start, keep going, you have done really week so far!! ReplyCancel

    • Renee S

      4) 3 cane arm chairs gathering dust on the back verandah

      5) A trip to the tip- mostly cardboard, broken washing basket and other random stuff

      6) Selling our old motorbike next week- Should clear some room in the shed! ReplyCancel

      • Renee S

        I just forgot that I added another bag of clothes to the list- The clothes I had been hanging onto hoping that I would fit into them again- It is now over 2 years since I had my DD and so most were out of style anyway- I kept just 2 pairs of jeans! ReplyCancel

  • I am looking forward to getting our own house again and doing this. I think hubby and I should go back to our unit and do this before we start packing things up to move. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Absolutely Keely, you should purge as you pack so you aren't taking your clutter with you. ReplyCancel

  • Tara

    yayyyy i cant wait this is perfect!

    1. old towels ReplyCancel

    • Tara

      2. On top of the fridge yayyy

      3. bookcase in the lounge room all the dvds, books and toys are super organsied and all broken crayons and toys were ither binned or put in a pencil case

      4.The boys toys which i did before christmas one of the OHW challenges but i keep on finding things ive missed lol

      plenty more to come, the master Bedroom is the killer eeek im reclaiming it though, my craft/sewing corner, my little bosys room (well finish decorating it) and then outside under the pergola and the carport ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      And don't we all have too many of those, great start Tara!! ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    What a great Idea – I just started my kitchen so I'll see how many things i can get rid of in there, We moved at the end of 2009 and I still boxes in the shed that say kitchen – I obviously don't need that box either. Thanks for the inspiration..

    1. 12 mugs – why do we always end up with so many coffee/tea cups! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I wonder how many items in that box you will keep…hmmm??? ReplyCancel

  • CANT WAIT!

    1. Today I am decluttering my eldest daughters bedroom while she is on holidays with her grandparents – her desk should only take a couple of hours…. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      How did you go Kym cleaning up your DD desk, can you add anymore to the list?? ReplyCancel

      • Oh boy – have been in a declutter frenzy when the kids were away for a week – got back Sunday and hmmm…

        here is what has been ACCOMPLISHED!!!!

        2. Linen cupboard – 2 bags to to take to the op shop.

        3. All kids wardrobes – clothes sorted into season and charity bags

        4. Laundry cupboard – rid of unused cleaners,

        5. sorted through and made my way to the bottom of ironing basket in uncluttered cupboard! (Massive accomplishment)

        6. Toy cupboard – kids had sorted a few toys each to give away prior to Christmas (great advice there Katrina), also resorted puzzles and games back into rightful places, turfed broken bits

        7. Under the kitchen sink

        8. Office desk drawer

        9. Husbands old uni notebooks recycled

        10. filing cupboard

        11. 2 drawers into the kitchen hutch sorted thru – one turned into a party drawer – cards, gift bags, tape and ribbons etc with scissors

        12. Cookbooks – minimised into family faves and what I want to try

        13. tidied up outside and weeded out vegie garden!

        phew! Found myself even getting to jobs such as painting over marks on the walls, fixing my daughters broken wardrobe door knobs, putting trellis up in the garden. Don't know if these will go towards getting organised or not! Am bloody exhausted, but extremely satisfied! ReplyCancel

        • 14. Got some great drawer organisers and went thru a drawer in the desk that was a jumble of cords – computer, ipod, mobile phone and guitar amp cords. Sorted each of these into their categories and into a box of their own. Easy!

          15. Dejunked and organised the craft drawer.

          16. Cleaned and organised fridge so it was ready for new shopping.

          17. Old baby clothes donated to a friend.

          18. Organised bookshelf in entrance hall.

          19. Bought wooden shoe rack to have by back garage door where we enter the house – great for gumboots, sneakers etc.

          20. Donated old food dehydrater to charity. ReplyCancel

          • 21. old dvds kids are too old for

            22. clear out baby books.

            23. Sorted and organised kids school work and artwork from past years.

  • Brilliant!! This helps with my New Years Resolutions :)

    1. Stroller with heaps of attachments/fittings, 3 bags of baby clothes, baby bath, baby pouch and a bag of maternity clothes. I still have WAY too much baby clothes and toys sitting around – I think you would fall over if you saw my house!! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That's a great effort Lisa, as long as you keep up with it you'll be declluttered in no time!! ReplyCancel

  • I'm moving in 3 days, so have been declittering for a month. So I guess I'll count:

    1. 3 trailer loads of rubbish/broken furniture/ appliances to the tip

    2. 2 boxes of Tupperware sold to a friend last night.

    3. A box of cook books

    4. The broken coffee machine

    5. Yoghurt maker I gave to a friend last night.

    We're having a garage sale this weekend. Selling old tv & tv unit, a desk, boxes of Tupperware, 5 boxes of books and tones more stuff! ReplyCancel

    • 6. 6 mugs from the gigantic mug collection we have

      7. 4 tins of chickpeas that are out of date

      8. 3 more boxes of rubbish

      And that's just this morning! ReplyCancel

      • 9. Rotten chair

        10. Broken chair

        11. Garage sale items that didn't sell to charity/tip

        12. 4 items of clothing that are beyond repair/use for anything

        13. Old tea towels since MIL gave me a whole set of new ones for Christmas.

        14. Old mop & bucket.

        15. DH cleaned out his 5 toolboxes and is now down to 4! two boxes of tools and a box is gone!

        16. All my better homes & gardens, Notebook & money magazines

        17. Old keyrings that are useless/broken

        18. Broken plastic that can't be replaced

        19. DD's old school bag

        20. Leftover flyers from a play I directed 6 years ago. I kept a few but turfed over 300. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hope your garage sale and move went well. Cook books are one of my items I need to de-clutter too, must go through them. ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Hopefully I can keep up with this, my new years resolution is to declutter and organise my house LOL I'm starting in the bathroom but am going to be away for a week from next Sunday.

    So far I've done a cupboard and a shelf and thrown out –

    1. a few half bottles of shampoo, conditioner and liquid soap (by combining them into one container each LOL)

    2. nail polish that I'm not going to use ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      You have made a great start. I'm sure you'll keep up, I will randomly post ideas on what do de-clutter through the year to help. ReplyCancel

  • Meredith

    What a great idea. Count me in.

    1. Travel brochures from bedroom floor.

    No overseas travel for us this year. – recycled

    2. Stuff by the front door off to the OP shop. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      The front door is one of the first places I start when I clean and de-clutter. It's always the first point everybody sees. Great start!! ReplyCancel

  • Why dont we find some way of collecting this stuff and donate to the flood victims because they have lost everything. I think the red cross collects all donations and then separates into sizes and items etc. ReplyCancel

    • Kim

      Cate – I just got rid of 3 bags of clothes and shoes and a friend 9 bags ! to a fellow who is on his way to Emerald now with them. I felt good about going through the cupboard and even better knowing someone needs them. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Cate, I did try looking into this but from what I saw is they would prefer $$ donations. I'm not sure where to deliver items of clothing, sheets and towel, I would love to donate to them, do you know where to send them too?? ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    I have a LOT of decluttering to do this year so I am doing 52 'areas'.

    This week I started with my office. Have already thrown out 2 large bags of rubbish – how much I get done today depends on kids and how much time I waste on the computer. I'd turn it off but it's acting as my stereo atm. LOL ;D ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      52 area's is a great idea Tanya, please keep your list up-to-date I would love to see how you are going!! ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    Great idea! It's just the motivation I need. I'm going to start in the bathroom. There are plenty of half full bottles I can get rid of in there… ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      And alot of people don't realise that alot of lotions and makeup need to be thrown out within a certain period. Great start Vanessa!! ReplyCancel

  • Tam

    I'm so in this – it is just the motivation I need ;).

    1. Large bag of kids toys moved (some sold, some given to charity) ReplyCancel

    • Tam

      1. Large bag of kids toys moved (some sold, some given to charity)

      2. Pot cupboard, appliance cupboard and drawers cleaned out and items no longer needed/used boxed up and dropped to the In-laws for niece to collect :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Toys are our biggest form of clutter, and paper, perfect place to start your de-cluttering, keep up with the list!! ReplyCancel

    • 3. Basket full of clothes (found in shed) bagged up for Good Sammy's bin

      4. Linen cleaned, sorted and nice and tidy! 1 bag of towels re-homed with niece, 1 bag of linen re-homed with Good Sammy's

      5. Bag of boys shoes given to neighbour

      6. Baylee's room tidied up and all unused toys & clothes removed & disposed of ReplyCancel

    • 7. Bundle 10 books no longer reading donated ReplyCancel

      • 8. Kitchen bench clean and EMPTY! All recycle/junk mail removed and binned. ReplyCancel

    • I was forced to clean my daughter's room again Thursday as we had to give her double bed back to the rightful owner – OMG! What a mess! Once the bed was pulled apart I was totally disgusted – I couldn't move ANYWHERE, even where her bed was. So this started a huge 'chuck-a-thon' in her room…

      9. Removed a HEAP of old school papers/books and disposed of in the bin

      10. A bag of shoes (about 8 pairs) given to our neighbour's daughter

      11. A bag of clothes (5 or 6 jeans/shorts and 5 tops) given to our neighbour's daughter

      12. A full rubbish bag of paper/junk/rubbish disposed of in the bin

      My daughter has been warned to NEVER do that again! lol ReplyCancel

  • [...] between The Organised Housewife’s “Declutter 52 things” challenge and Org Junkie’s “52 weeks of organising” challenge, I think I am set to get [...]ReplyCancel

  • janet

    I've just cleared out the bookshelf…. have one bag of books ready to donate to the local library… it was tough parting with some of them but this must be done….

    Next…. go through DVD drawer and Photos but first to change the baby's pongy nappy!!!! ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Ok I am in. There are some spots in my house that need some serious decluttering.

    1. On top of the fridge

    2. Husbands clothes

    3. Boy's wardrobe

    4. Top of fridge

    5. My shoes

    6. Children's books

    7. Platter cupboard

    I think that should keep me busy for a while!

    Jo :) ReplyCancel

  • Lyndall

    Goodo – let the decluttering begin!

    1. Light fitting replaced by a new ceiling fan

    2. Bag of hand-me-down clothes given for my daughter which she doesn't fit into

    3. Out of date street directory

    4. Old billy can replaced by a new one

    5. Better Homes and Gardens magazines… it's time to tear out the articles I'm interested in and free up some shelf acreage!

    All of the above are going to a garage sale at a local church in a few weeks… note to self: must not buy back more than i give away!!! ReplyCancel

    • Lyndall

      6. Replaced utensil holder

      7. Spice rack

      8. Body butter (unwanted gift) ReplyCancel

      • Lyndall

        9. Pool fountain (for a pool we removed years ago!!!)
        10. A hand-push mower (thanks EBay!)
        11. A high chair we have replacedReplyCancel

        • Lyndall

          12. A kettle
          13. A toasterReplyCancel

          • Lyndall

            14. Shoes that were well past their use-by date!

  • Ok, so we started the 52 week challenge by sending a MASSIVE garbage bag full of toys over to the Salvos… Didn't really make much of a dent in the copious amount of toys that litter the lounge room though =/ ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Martinez

    Totally doing this! here is what I have done so far

    1. 1 diaper box of magazines

    2. 1 colander that doesn’t fit anywhere (replaced by new Pampered chef one)

    3. 1 black trash bag, and 1 large tote full of clothes for good will (not including husbands or daughters clothes)

    4. 1 large tote which is holding clothes to be donated(goodwill can have it)

    5. 1 cookie jar

    6. 2 cell phone chargers

    7. 1 box of furnace filters that came with the house ReplyCancel

    • Melissa Martinez

      8. 1,304 emails that have been just sitting in my inbox

      9. 3 VHS movies

      10. 2 never opened boxes of Aqua Globes

      11. 1 pair of winter boots no longer usable ReplyCancel

      • Melissa Martinez

        12. 39 hangers

        13. Bedding- 1 feather bed and the cover, 4 pillow cases, 2 pillow shams, 2 sheet sets and a mattress cover

        14. 3 pairs of shoes

        15. 17 Books

        16. Packing envelope collection (used up many to send out books)

        17. 1 Infant crib light up music box thing

        18. 1 Baby monitor

        19. Lamp shade

        20. 2 decorative pillows

        21. 2 file cabinet drawers of old paper work

        22. Plastic grocery bags back to the store

        23. 2 back pack/messenger bags ReplyCancel

  • I am joining in too!!

    So far:

    1. Decluttered mine & hubby's wardrobe of old clothes and given to charity

    2. Decluttered desk of all old bills/mail/junk mail/papers

    I am setting aside a separate page on my blog for this too!! ReplyCancel

  • Carly

    YAY! Started this at the end of 2010, and need to keep going! I have a large box of computer cables, chargers, broken webcam and camera; kids clothes that I thought I would hand down, they can go to Vinnies; garage/shed; kids toys; old sheets and pillowcases; old towels; tupperware not used; etc etc etc!!! ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I'm in!

    Part of my new years resolution is to regain my house (& in turn my sanity). This will help me keep on track & accountable.

    …My List…

    1. Ute load to the dump/recycle centre from downstairs of broken stuff & general rubbish that had been collected. Included 2 old microwave, baby kick & play thingy, old car batteries from behind the shed, broken esky, etc,etc…

    2. 4 washing baskets of baby clothes to a friends sister, no more babies in this house, so that meant all the sizes from 0000 to 00, pretty much anything Bubba J has grown out of. Also gave some maternity clothes, the baby sling, a front pack, a play mat, sippy cup, burp pads & a couple of wraps.

    3. ReplyCancel

    • Kelly

      UPDATED LIST!! from #3.

      …My List…

      1. Ute load to the dump/recycle centre from downstairs of broken stuff & general rubbish that had been collected. Included 2 old microwave, baby kick & play thingy, old car batteries from behind the shed, broken esky, etc,etc…

      2. 4 washing baskets of baby clothes to a friends sister, no more babies in this house, so that meant all the sizes from 0000 to 00, pretty much anything Bubba J has grown out of. Also gave some maternity clothes, the baby sling, a front pack, a play mat, sippy cup, burp pads & a couple of wraps.

      3. 4 sippy cups that kept getting put in the cupboard, they should have been binned a long time ago.

      4. Went through kids colouring in books, recycled any that had torn pages or were beyond ratty.

      5. Sorted all the size 1 & 2 & 3 clothes we had (& after 3 boys that is a lot!!!) – keep pile of size 1 into Bubba J's drawers, rest given away (well swapped for a hessian frame dog bed! that was needed). Size 2's sorted into keep pile which needs to be boxed & labeled, the rest to be given away. Size 3's sorted into keep pile, straight into Master 2yrs drawers & rest to be given away.

      6. Emptied kids soaps into one container & recycled empty bottles – don't know why my bathroom cupboard was breeding them.

      7. ReplyCancel

      • Kelly

        ..UPDATED LIST..

        7. Cleaned out deep freezer & the little freezer – sorted through & lets just say with the stuff on the bottom of the deep freezer the dog won't go hungry for awhile.

        8. Went through the tea towel pile, any old ratty ones got removed & either put in hubby's camp bag or in the shed rag bag.

        9. ReplyCancel

        • Kelly

          ..UPDATED LIST..

          9. Kids dance camera thingy that connects to the TV – collecting dust as the novelty wore off, time for a new home for it at my goddaughters! ReplyCancel

          • Kelly

            10. Ancient toaster oven that came with the house when we purchased it well over 5yrs ago – in the bin, frayed cord.

            11.

  • wow what a fantastic idea.

    I'm definitely going to play along.

    i will be back shortly with the start of my list! :)

    Good Luck everyone! ReplyCancel

  • I'll sign-up. I need something to keep me on track to clear the clutter in my home.

    1. Four bags of my daughter's old clothes

    (Declutter challenge blog post: http://www.readingupsidedown.com/?p=1923) ReplyCancel

  • Brilliant Idea and something to keep me motivated!!

    1. broken toys (in the bin)

    2. single bed quilt cover with bleach on it

    3. whole bag of old quilt covers that haven't been used for 6 years or more!

    3. school books from grades 2 and 4. ReplyCancel

  • Cate – great idea about the Red Cross – because all of my sheets, quilts etc would be perfect for everyone up north who have lost everything – I'm surprised there isn't an appeal for collections started already??? ReplyCancel

  • [...] I am overwhelmed by the great response to yesterday’s post, De-clutter 52 things in 52 weeks Challenge.  As I mentioned on the facebook page, it maybe easy for some, but then I know it will certainly [...]ReplyCancel

  • Fabulous. I'm here via Reading Upside Down's blog. I'm a hoarder from way back.

    1. Magazines I think I will go through and tear pages out of only I never have. (Big stack. Gone!) ReplyCancel

  • Kath

    Just what I needed……we are vanishing under clutter here and I have just started the massive cull. So far…

    1. Large bag of kitchenware to Vinnies (goodbye non-Tupperware!!)

    2. Scary scrapbooking paper stash down to one Cropper Hopper holder

    3. 40 Scrapbook mags to Vinnies

    4. 0000 and 000 baby clothes ready for Vinnies/giveaways/Kids and Baby MArket ReplyCancel

    • Kath

      5. Got rid of the electronic clutter….cleared 10 pages worth of emails!! ReplyCancel

      • Kath

        6. DVD Shelves (our big purchasing weakness) cleared out and reorganised ReplyCancel

        • Kath

          7. Forgot to add…Christmas decorations thinned out and stored in one area in the garage ready for next year (thanks to my husband on that one) ReplyCancel

      • Carmen

        One I cant do without even getting out of my chair! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I love the Cropper Hopper holders, I have 3 and would like to cut it down to 2, hopefully use some of the old stuff to cover school books? You are certainly on a great path to declutter you have done a wonderful job so far! ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Okay im in too!! Have just cleaned out the tupperware cupboard..

    Tomorrow's job is the laundry and storage cupboard in there….

    Then its DD's bedroom, in particular under her bed!!!! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL, Melissa, I have only just noticed one of my DD's is hiding stuff under her bed. Something I used to do as a child so I can't get too cranky. Maybe I might add baskets so it doesn't look like such a mess?? ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    I so have to do this, so much to do, where do I start oh my goodness… ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hmm…Melanie, which is the most cluttered room/area, you could start there. Or, you can start with the least cluttered and then you will have it de-cluttered faster and feel motivated enough to go to the next room/area ReplyCancel

  • Michelle B

    Would love to join in.

    1. cleaned out 1st draw in display unit ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Great start Michelle, what's next on your list to de-clutter? ReplyCancel

  • I'm in, I really need to do this so this is great motivation.

    1. Give all pregnacy clothing to Smith Family (I have NO intention of wearing them again) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Great step 1 Rebekah, I am sure it will go to a good home!! What's next on your list of things to de-clutter? ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    1. old magazines

    2. playroom shelves – what do all those bits go with??? ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Put them all together in one box so they know where to look for the 'bits'. Your off to a great start Karen!! ReplyCancel

  • Great idea!

    1. box of baby lotions and shampoos that I didn't end up using. (gave them to a preggy friend). ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Love it, better than throwing them away is finding a better home for them…what's next on the agenda Tina?? ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    What a great idea. This week I've cleaned out the sewing box :o) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Awesome start Melissa :) What will you declutter next, don't forget to update your list!! ReplyCancel

  • Elena Booth

    I'm going to join as well.

    I have started with a green recycle bag of books I've read that I won't be reading again that I'm going to donate to Lifeline. I've cleaned up half my bookshelf and hope to finish the other half next week. So far I have about 15 books. I've also updated my book database so I don't buy these books again. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That's a wonderful start Elena, love that you have a book database, great idea!! Keep the decluttering going!! ReplyCancel

  • Karene

    Good thing that I was already planning to 'go through the house' because I came up with 57 areas of my home and yard as fast as I could type them. Ridiculous.

    Linen cupboard

    Plastics / Tupperware cupboard

    Sort and donate toys- bedroom

    Sort and donate toys- family room ( yes there is too many to do in one go and it's easier to hide from the kids this way)

    B's wardrobe

    Give away B's too small clothes

    Throw out stained cot sheets

    Get rid of remaining baby stuff

    Store T's out of season clothes

    Top of T's wardrobe

    Most of the soft toys

    Bathroom cabinet – anything that I don't use

    Laundry cabinets

    Move painting stuff to the shed

    Nail polishes (when do I get time to paint my nails anyway with all of this decluttering to be done)

    Ensuite cabinet

    Mags in ensuite ReplyCancel

    • Karene

      Still going…….

      My wardrobe – donate clothes and shoes to fashion swap

      Hubby's wardrobe (might be dreaming with this one)

      Chest of drawers- top and drawers

      Bedside drawers

      Under the bed

      TV cabinet – family room top and inside

      Bags and hats that we don't use regularly

      Kitchen bench junk piles and daily meds basket

      Pantry

      Misc kitchen stuff cabinet

      Top of the fridge

      Move T' too small clothes to the shed

      Kitchen storage corner

      Videos and recorder

      Find a new home for N's hobbies and models

      Move scrap booking stuff to spare room

      Make a home for electronic stuff- ds, iPod chargers etc

      Tidy kitchenette

      Clear off desk

      Sort through years of paperwork and file only what's needed, chuck rest

      Purge filing cabinet of old stuff

      Sort top of desk and shelves

      Clean out printer cabinet

      Tidy bookcase

      The nasty junk corner

      Coffee table – 2 piles of mags

      Food mags- file wanted recipes and throw mags

      Scrapbooking mags – purge and/or store away

      Gaming cabinet

      Kid's DVD cabinet

      Give big pram and accessories to friend

      Throw out old outdoor toys – faded and brittle, broken etc

      Dead plants

      Old woodpile from dead tree

      Old washing machine

      Big boxes near the bin

      Dead weeds in side yard

      Remove creeper from front path

      Medicine box

      Prune trees and palm

      Clean out freezer

      And all this after we filled a skip bin from the shed in Oct. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow Karene, you are certainly organised to de-clutter, have you already purged these items?? Keep it up!! ReplyCancel

      • Karene

        I have also been in a frenzy. So far I have done:

        Sorted and threw out toys in the family room

        Top of the fridge

        Kitchen storage/junk corner

        Medicine box

        Desk

        Bookcase

        My wardrobe

        Hubby's wardrobe

        The horrible corner of junk in the spare room

        Moved scrap booking stuff from dining room to the spare room/study

        Made a home for the small electronics, all put into labelled bags and threw the boxes

        Some of these projects have also involved new storage furniture and repurposing or moving others.

        I still have heaps to go but are excited about the progress that I'm making. if you would like to follow my journey join me on my facebook page Cleaning up Chemical free with Norwex where I have been making daily posts and showing before and after pics. Taking 2 weeks holidays this weekend so I am taking photos and doing this project while I am away so that I don't lose momentum. Good luck to all ReplyCancel

        • Karene

          Forgot to add these completed items

          Old washing machine

          Big boxes near the bins

          ( thanks to my neighbour who added these to his tip run x)

          Nail polishes. ReplyCancel

        • Katrina

          Wow great job Karene, will definately go check out your facebook page! ReplyCancel

          • Karene

            ThanKs Katrina and Well Done to everyone else for your progress.

            I'm back from hols and my older one is back to school so I'm getting back into my decluttering.

            yesterday I did:

            Throw out old cot sheets

            Get rid of remaining baby stuff

            B's wardrobe

            And the Linen cupboard. Boxed up more than two big packing boxes of linen for charity.

            Unfortunately my family room is currently full of boxes for charity etc but they're just a trailer ride away from their new homes

            Check out my Facebook page Cleaning up Chemical Free with Norwex for before and after pics of my journey so far.

          • Karene

            On the day that the recent Kelmscott bush fires ripped through and destroyed numerous homes, two lovely ladies, that i didn't know, ( we have a mutual friend) came to my home and took all of my boxes of decluttered stuff that was otherwise bound for the Salvos. One of them was due to drive a car to Perth (600kms) the following day for her parents and decided to fill her trailer with anything that she could get that would be of use. It felt great to be able to help these devestated families in such a positive and immediate way. Luckily the stuff that I had decluttered included clothes, toys, linen, baby items, and kitchen items. 5 tea chest sized boxes gone from my living room. Win win.

          • Karene

            More completed items to add

            family room cabinets – top and insides done

            Threw out over 100 magazines today, food and scrap booking. I love reading them but rarely open them a second time.

            Threw out some old ornaments that I'm not attached to

  • Andrea

    We moved house twice this year… the most recent move was December. I have a garage full of boxes! Going to go thru each box one by one and declutter that way. I also have to declutter all my paperwork in the study/office area. And declutter the filing cabinet. And I would like to declutter my wardrobe… all the clothes that no longer fit me – no point in having them take up valuable space! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      exactly Andrea, you are following the right path to de-cluttering your house!! ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Ilievski

    Ohhh you know I want to join in. Count me in!

    1. Before Chrissy I got rid of 10 100 Litre containers of stuff…Umm yep thats heaps huh? I gave it to a friend to sell on EBAY. I took a small amount of the profits and then told her she could keep whatever else she made. I never get around to selling stuff on EBAY. So my number 1 is getting over the EBAY thing.

    2. I started my own version of Project life. Its kinda a cheapskate version, as I didnt have the funds this time of year for the real deal. My local scrapshop was closing down so I got my whole kit (excluding the folder which I already had) for $60. Best part is everything is co-ordinating but its my choice of colours. Rainbows!! I loooooooooooooove it. So you might ask how does this relate to decluttering? Well, I have sooo many craft items that I just keep adding too. This year I am using things I have. Sooo FUN!

    3. This weeks challenge for me is the presents cupboard. Can you believe after Chrissy I still have stuff in there…I plan to wrap and label everything in there and NOT BUY any more items for it. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow Alicia, that's amazing, great job!! I agree Alicia, I recently went to a scrapbooking shop at then end of last year, but this was the first shop I went to all year (excpet for the scrapbooking expo mid year). I am the same, I want to use up all my craft things too, which will create more room for 'other' things. I'd love to see a pic of your Project Life you have made, sounds wonderful!!

      I love the presents cupboard, I always have things in there. Mainly Lego for boy's and bead making kids for girls, general presents for kids friends through the year.

      Your off to a great start Alicia, keep it up!! ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I did start this just before Christmas. I need this badly but not feeling so bad after reading everyone else. We all must be the same !!

    1. Old nailpolishes – from 3 containers to 1;

    2. Hair accessories into one box and old stuff thrown

    3. All bandages/first aid stuff in one box we can actually find it all now.

    4. Old clothes and shoes from one cupboard (more to go) – into 3 bags and off to Emerald with a friend for the flood victims together with 9 bags from a friend.

    More to go – way way more to go. Kim ReplyCancel

  • Jenni

    ok, I'm in!!

    1. kids toy room decluttered and all toys gone through. toys no longer used gone!

    2. Vanity in ensuite. gone are half empty bottles and things we don't use anymore!

    next up the linen cupboard!!

    thanks katrina for the motivation and breaking a big seemingly insurmountable job into smaller manageable ones :) ReplyCancel

    • Jenni

      3. linen cupboard done! all unused/old linen donated or binned.

      4. bathroom vanity cleaned out and proper storage put in to hold and organise things that actually belong in there! everything else is gone!

      5. my wardrobe cleaned out. all ill fitting or unused clothes sold, given away or donated!

      6. my relax area in the garden (not technically in the house) but very cluttered and a mess – not relaxing at all! all plants replanted, trimmed, mulched and re arranged in an aesthetically pleasing manner surrounded by new mulch :) now it's relaxing!

      7. cutlery draw sorted. excess cutlery only used when guests over now stored in storage tub in cupboard. cutlery tray cleaned out and refreshed! nice and neat!

      8. two childrens cupboards and clothes all sorted through. anything too small or stained given away, put in the garage for selling (when I get time!) or donated!

      9. xmas decorations culled and donated/binned!

      next up the dreaded third draw and the bookcases! ReplyCancel

  • Stacey K

    1. Email subscriptions ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy

    1. School books

    2. Baby Clothes ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    I am almost on a permanent declutter as the kids and the husband seem to leave little things all over the house! I have started the "52" challenge with the following:

    1. 2 large boxes of magazines – all pics and articles I want have been taken out and put in new folders for crafts, inspiration board pics etc.

    2. Kids toys to our local op shop – on Christmas Eve we took a small bag of toys, books and games out of each child's room as they would be getting new presents the next day. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I have seen magazines on so many lists, great start keeping only the articles you need! ReplyCancel

    • Natalie

      3. Chucked all cheap nasty christmas decorations before storing boxes for the year. We have a 7' high tree and it's always full. Anything that was looking worse for wear went in the bin, all plastic baubles went in a bag to give to ac care or similar so someone who needs it will have a pretty tree next year.

      4. Sewing cabinet/trinks/boxes/shelves totally sorted. This took all day! I was given a cupboard for Chrissy which now holds boxes and baskets with all the little tools, ribbons, etc where i can find them and put them away properly. I gave all my small scraps to my mum because I don't have the patience for patchwork. I sorted patterns and made sure all the bits were intact. I used the ton of paper bags we take home from the supermarket to put fabrics and the patterns I want to use them with in bags and then stored them in a big tub at the bottom of the cupboard. Suddenly i have shelves and drawers and boxes clear and empty. My sewing space is in my bedroom so it needs to be neat, and i have finally manged it :)

      5. My kids clothes sorted and mended. We have a kids opshop where we can sell good kids clothes for a small commission which goes to a special needs kids charity. I sell all the items I can because after a few weeks I have some extra money which always goes towards good quality new shoes for next season. I took four bags this month. ReplyCancel

      • Natalie

        6. Went through odd trinkets and ornaments that have been hanging around for years. I now have one pottery bell that was given to me by my "honourary nana", hubby has one ornament that is special to him, and my older daughter has donated some small cheap ornaments to the nappy change table (to keep my toddler busy while we change her nappy!).

        7. The laundy – this is the back entrance point of our home and I hate my friends walking in to this huge space and then having to navigate around everything! We gave a ping pong table to ourselves as a family present this year – and then had to work out where to store it! The washing machine and sink have had all the odd junk taken off the top and from around them. I put an old table that we weren't using against the opposite wall to fold washing on as soon as it comes in from the line – this stops it breeding on the couch or bed! I used a small storage tub for ironing so it gets done more regularly. The laundry basket went under the table to hide it from view, but i still need to invest in a multiple basket so there's less sorting on the floor on washing days. ReplyCancel

        • Natalie

          My decluttering has taken a hit. My partner has flown to Perth for a wedding, it is my almost nine year old's birthday on Saturday and I have come down with Ross River virus!! NOTHING has happened except the absolute basics this week! However I have returned a big box of stuff to their owners (mostly my mum). All those odd things that float from one house to another, like books, blankets, containers (from yummy things that have been cooked for me :) and so on). This week is going to be a "throw it in the cupboard and try to forget it's there" week. I'm pretty disappointed but life is not known to run smoothly. :( ReplyCancel

          • Katrina

            Oooh no Natalie, you poor girl. You have so much on your plate then to come down sick, worst timing. You have still done a great job with returning items back to owners. You need to rest, while you rest read some great books/magazines that will inspire you when you are back to better health. I hope you start to feel better soon xx

  • Okay, I'm in! I started before the New Year arrived, so I'm going to cheat a little and include the areas I've already decluttered! (Truth be known, they'll probably need doing again before the year is out anyway!)

    1. Christmas Decorations

    2. Tupperware

    3. Recipe books

    4. Pantry

    5. Miss O's clothes

    6. Master L's clothes

    7. Maternity clothes (found a bag that I'd forgotten to pass on!)

    8. Utensil drawer

    9. Top cupboards in ensuite ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      You have made a great start Fi, keep that list going!! ReplyCancel

  • KymT

    Great idea, hopefully can do it before the end of the year, baby 2 due next week so won't be decluttering for a while, but love to watch everyone! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kym you may have had bub already, but I wish you all the happiness with joyous time will bring :) ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Harrison

    Hey there, I am really loving the inspiration you give me to get things done. After a full on christmas with 6 very spoilt kids, my house is looking more like we have been robbed than the organised paradise i desire. So i will take you up on your challenge, and slowly but surely sort this place out…. Again…

    :-)

    1. Rediscovered my kitchen bench. Drink bottles away, broken toys fixed or thrown out, unused containers put away or donated to charity, Toaster & kettle now shining. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Great start Jacqui, I could just imagine the Chaos with 3 kids, you have a different 'organised paradise' before the end of the year!! ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    So looking forward to the end result – this is MY year! Now that my new wardrobes and linen cupboard are pretty much complete, I can get stuck into organising the house again. We are saving to renovate (major repairs) the bathroom next and also finish the half-done laundry.

    So, onto my list….

    1. Found a temporary solution to hubby's mess of tools and supplies from building wardrobes – nails, screws, small tools he has no-where for (we have no garage and shed is a disgrace!), so the main room no longer looks like a construction zone. Still a few large things he needs to take care of, but I cleaned up his huge mess of little things. That set of plastic drawers I removed from the bathroom now has a new purpose, lol (in the laundry for now till hubby cleans up the shed).

    2. Huge collection of plastic shopping bags that were threatening to take over my laundry. ReplyCancel

    • Kylie

      3. outdoor shoe rack. Old one was falling apart, looked tacky, attracted spiders etc (it was closed in) and was the cause of several cries of "where are my yard shoes", "mum, where are my thongs". new open streamlined wire shelf system with shoes lined up neat. Old unworn shoes have been tossed. Front patio looks neater, is easier to sweep the leaves off and I have space for a small plant. ReplyCancel

      • and more

        13. My books – a rather large collection. I now only have 6 novels that I haven't read sitting on the shelf with a few cookbooks. Some are being stored (keeping my collection from just one author instead of several authors), some for selling and some for donating.

        14. The children's books – a few out for donating, but most are being put away for rotation and some in a basket on their own bookshelf in their bedroom – just a real good tidy of the shelf

        15. Games – 4 being donated that are either not played with much or outgrown now, ready for the more grown-up version at a later time.

        The whole bookshelf has had a total transformation and I am super proud. Have taken before and after pics and will show off soon.

        16. Items from my stock – one of my goals is to clear all the stock this year. I have taken some colouring/activity and poster art packs to donate to children in the flood affected areas.

        17. Left-over toddler size nappies from my children, since they are still perfectly good (one pack still unopened, the other almost full), they are being donated to flood victims.

        18. A piece of unused exercise equipment – out for council pick-up since it got damaged from all the rain we got.

        19. old fan that works when it wants to – out for council pick-up

        20. Big boxes – one from new fan (hubby has nasty habit of letting them sit and collect dust, but I got rid of it straight away!), one from new shoe shelf, one from trampoline, one from baby bath stand – all out for council pick-up. ReplyCancel

    • Kylie

      4. Top of laundry wall-cupboard.

      Old post boxes have been put out to the dump pile for hubby. I had all intentions on re-using the boxes, but they have been sitting up there for over 12 months, so out they go.

      Found a canvas storage box, and have put it to use for storing xmas decorations.

      Still need to clean up the garden decorations from my daughters 3rd birthday party (over a year ago!), but ran out of time, but they are down low and in my face, so they have to be done, lol.

      5. The cardboard box of christmas decorations. De-cluttered and re-organised. (Also packed away my new table/shelf display items in newly organised boxes). Found a better, easier to reach spot for them instead of in the roof cavity, so now I can reach them instead of relying on hubby (better organised for next christmas already! lol) ReplyCancel

      • 6. Basket of my daughters clothes that needed ironing – ok, not really decluttering, more an organising task, but since the basket was sitting on the lounge, it is working towards decluttering the loungeroom, lol.

        7. I also tidied up the 3rd bedroom/storage room after hubby kinda trashed it getting something out – it is now looking a little more managable for re-organising and swapping rooms. A lot more work to do though. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Great start Kylie, I bet you are happy to have your main room back for it's true purpose. Keep it up!! ReplyCancel

      • Thanks Katrina,

        Yes, having my bedroom back will be a blessing. I've been camping out in my kids bedroom since bubby was born (not having her in that room with the dust and mess). Hubby has been away at work all week and the weather is not motivating him to paint, but I have done little bits of tidying to make things feel a bit better and easier to deal with when it comes time to re-organise/swap around all 3 bedrooms. ReplyCancel

        • I've also started my own blog now too, lol.

          It's going to be slow to start with, but hoping to keep it going ReplyCancel

          • Katrina

            You'll get there Kylie, I visited it the other day, will pop back regularly to see how you are going!!

    • 8. The Laundry Tub – bought a caddy that can be hung off 2 hooks/screws and used that to corral my "tools" for cleaning the washing machine each week – old bottle brush, old toothbrush and cloth – instead of them sitting on ledge under taps. It hangs up just under the wall cupboard above the taps. Looks a lot neater, now the only thing sitting on the ledge is a stray peg that needs to go back in the basket.

      And a mammoth job being split into several small jobs – the bookcase in the loungeroom. I will definately have to blog about this one, I'm even taking pics!

      9. DVD collection – adult movies, childrens movies, cartoons, series – have purged 3 so far, with another 6 or so in a "maybe" pile, but they have been dusted and reorganised into categories onto a different shelf. The main difference is the sheer volume of random stuff that was cluttered onto the shelf with the DVDs. Oh, and I can now see MY DVD collection, meaning I may just watch a movie or 2 when I'm having a break.

      10. Gathered all kids CD's & christmas CD's into a black CD box with DS and games (mine, lol) – will put a nice label on the front.

      11. Put all Wii games into a black DVD box (looks so much less cluttered, would like to do it with all DVDs as well, but planning on a new TV unit with media drawers). Room for more Wii games in the box.

      12. Dusted and re-arranged photo-frames of kids and purging collection of candles sitting on the shelf.

      More to come….. ReplyCancel

  • Amy W

    So funny to come home from a few days away to find this challenge on your blog, I was only talking about it to a friend a couple of days ago and she is doing the same thing after hearing a de-clutter expert. I was inspired then and now even more so!

    So far today I've done the fridge.

    The next 2 days will see me tackling all the stuff from my old dplace that has been sitting around since my husband and I moved in together. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I'm so glad we could inspire you both. Just to have that motivation is a great start!! ReplyCancel

  • Stacey McMillan

    Oh I am so in, although for the life of me I cannot get your button to work in my sidebar, terribly frustrating…lol

    Hopefully Ill get it to work somehow, any tips would be greatly appreciated! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      ooh no stacey, have you got it working yet?? ReplyCancel

      • Stacey McMillan

        still not yet, but I have managed to start my declutter!

        1. All of my kids drawers and wardrobes! ReplyCancel

  • Hi, Just love the idea. This was my plan for this year so it will be great to have company while doing it. My son starts school in a couple of weeks and my daughter starts kindy. I have a website I am about to launch selling kids preloved clothes. So I have so much to clear out and make room for my business. With the kids out of my hair I can really get stuck into their rooms.

    Now to go plan my plan of attack. I'll be back. I would love to put this on my blog when it is up and running also. I a sure there are a lot of mum's/wives would be interested. ReplyCancel

  • I've just started a list on my blog!
    http://heyhoewarren.blogspot.com/p/52-things-chalReplyCancel

  • 1. Big garbage bag of paper clutter! (can't wait to come back! Me that is, not the paper clutter) ReplyCancel

  • Louise Sullivan

    1. Clean out, tidy and reorganise plastics/tupperware cupboard

    2. Top of fridge with books, hidden textas from children, etc.

    3. Pack up and take 12 cups and saucers for staff tea room at kids school

    4. Pass on to friends smaller children dress up clothes

    5. Clean out and tidy cupboards in the bathroom including disposing of old medication

    6. Pack up old magazines and give to Mum's workplace tea room

    7. Throw out all old shoes and 'odd socks'

    8. Gumption kitchen sink now sparkling ReplyCancel

  • 1. THROW AWAY seven years of diaries and calendars after transferring any pertinent information or snippets to PUT AWAY. ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    Fantastic starting this afternoon… in the kitchen

    kitchen bench dumping ground to be honest,

    and buying a sorting draw/tub thing from officeworks so things stop ending up on the bench for some semi permanent time cause I can't throw things out!!

    so..

    1. last years calendars and all flyers brochures from 2010!! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      youl have made a start Nikki, that's awesome, keep it up and remember to update your list on here!! ReplyCancel

  • Sue D

    Hope you get this…not too good with the computer. I'd love to join in too. Have started 2 days ago to declutter. I find it so hard to throw things away. Once I've decluttered my house I'm hoping my brain will stop jumping from one topic to another!!!!

    1. Sorted the filing cabinet

    2. Gave away chest of drawers

    3. Tossed son's spirit dispenser, home brew kit, punching ball

    4. maps

    5.christmas tree (daggy) and decorations

    6. 2 prs earrings

    7. one old port

    8. bits of old carpet

    9. 2 books (more to go) (Started with husband's…he'll never miss them) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Our heads do that don't they, I couldn't get to sleep last night cause I had so many things on my mind…lesson learnt deal with them before going to bed :) You have made a great start Sue for 2 day's of de-cluttering!! I'll help, hopefully can post each week about the de-clutter challenge. ReplyCancel

  • 1. clean out old handbags {07/01/2010}

    2. fold clothes (4 baskets worth) {07/01/2010}

    3. tidy closet in flat {07/01/2010} ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Clothes folding is a horrid task isn't it, thankyou for sharing the kids, great start!!!! ReplyCancel

  • Cool! This is one of my NY Resolutions so I am IN!

    1. Broken sandwich toaster

    2. Old magazines ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wonderful start Sam, what's number 3 on your list?? ReplyCancel

    • 3. Cleaned out the cupboard under the stairs so we had space to store Christmas tree & decorations

      4. Had light fittings installed (that were in the cupboard under the stairs for a year!) and discarded the boxes….Hub wanted to keep the old light fittings but I put a stop to that :) ReplyCancel

      • 5. Sorted arts & crafts, threw out one bag trash

        6. Re-arranged DD12's room, threw out 4 bags trash

        7. 1 bag DD12's clothes to charity

        8. 1 box DD12's figurines and toys to charity ReplyCancel

        • 9. Cleaned out bathroom cupboard and threw out old make-up, lotions and potions

          10. Organized jewelry and got rid of broken useless pieces ReplyCancel

          • 11. Sorted the Warranties and Manuals file. Threw out old manuals and expired warranties.

            12. Attacked the filing tray. Filled the shredder twice.

          • Sam @ Learn. Create. Do.

            I may be a bit behind but I’m still working on it :)

            13. Sorted through my old dress patterns and threw out the ones I know will never ever come back in fashion
            14. Sorted through all my fabric stash which had been stored away for years. Threw out those bits that were unable to be used.
            15. De-cluttered my Google Reader
            16. Unsubscribed to emails I don’t follow or read
            17. Old TV
            18. Old microwave
            19. Bike frame
            20. Cardboard boxes

          • Never behind Sam, you are doing really well. I need to declutter my google reader too, I haven’t looked at it for months :(

          • Katrina

            you are on an awesome decluttering path Sam, great efforts! Glad to hear you have cleaned out your makeup, I should post about that sometime as there are many that don’t realise there are expiry dates on all moisturisers and make up. Keep it up!

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  • Today we tackled our storage unit. Too many things to count but we did get rid of:

    2 car boots of stuff to the local thrift/charity store

    1 car boot of stuff to my now-married daughter's home

    1 car boot of flattened cardboard boxes home for recycling

    1 really large plastic bag full of rubbish (probably equivalent to 4 garbage bags!

    Plus we converted several square metres of cluttered space into organised storage – and found the power packs for the Christmas lights we lost two years ago!! (I knew they were somewhere, so hung on to the lights and was able to reunite them on the spot, as today I put the decorations back into storage!!!) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      wow what a wondeful job Yvette, you are on a roll….keep going!!! ReplyCancel

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  • Hmm, I just made a tremendous start. Can't wade through my office yet, but reached in tentatively and snagged an envelope from the Social Security guys from 2006 that lay on my desk. Shredded it! Social Security probably won't exist when I need it, anyway.

    Thank you! ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    #2 The kitchen cupboards (I have decided it might be best if my lovely BF doesn't put away the dishes cos he doesn't seem to 'get' my system) :oP ReplyCancel

  • On a roll now! Do you have shredding companies in Australia? We have a few small places in Alaska that offer bags to fill. I've almost filled one bag with bank statements, stocks 'n bond reports, and anything else personal, and will deliver it for shredding this week. (There—I've committed that outloud!) Bonus: I can watch my paperwork get shredded, and return home with new bags. This represents a huge, long-procrastinated job, and I'm grateful for the nudges. So grateful that I'm helping to spread the word about you. Thanks! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      yes we have shredding companies, but I really only know about business's using them I'm not sure if they are available for personal users. We have purchased our own shredder which lives under our office desk. Your doing a great job Jan, i'm sure that would of been a big job. What's next of the agenda?? ReplyCancel

  • karen

    de-cluttering…my goal is to have all my home organised, and de-cluttered by mid october 2011… as we may be moving again and I want to be ready… to only load one truck this time… last time we moved a removalist did it and we were supported by a relocation allowance… not likely to happen this time. so I begin: this week. 1. bag of clothes we have not worn for last 18 months… including mine, my 3 year olds, and my husbands. my 7 year olds clothes will be stored as potential hand me down. 2. donate unsold stock (I class as dead stock) from my closed down baby shop business – help flood relief effort perhaps. 3. cull from my magazines collection and husbands magazine collection. 4. cull any decoration items from my past that I don't really need any more, especially items I have kept from my childhood. 5. donate all vcr videos as we no longer use video player. 6. donate 3rd tv that is sitting in garage. 7. sell and make some money from my stroller. 8. sort through clothes and decide what to keep, repair, donate or make into rags. 9. steam clean all carpet in house. That's enough to start with!! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow, awesome effort Karen, especially parting with items from your childhood. You have made a great start! ReplyCancel

  • Stargazer22

    Love the web site will have to take some more time to read. I have a mamouth task ahead of me and I have only just googled decluttering and I have found some great tips. Now to get ready with some garbage bags and boxes marker pen and lables. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      You have made the first stop to start! Get all your boxes ready and go for it, once you start you won't stop! ReplyCancel

  • I'm a little late starting this challenge but got started. I'll have to throw some extra out to catch up!

    1. dust collecting potpourri off the toilet ReplyCancel

  • Hi,

    Just letting you know I am making an effort to take on this challenge – I have started in the kitchen, and am completely reorganising my cupboards – MASSIVE job, but I'm finding it rewarding, considering now I am on the downhill run haha.

    So far, I have thrown out 2 garbage bags of "stuff" and have a box full of other things ready to donate.

    Hope those garbage bags count for at least a couple of items in the challenge – haha!

    Thanks for the inspiration – keep it coming!! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Absolutely Monique, start making your list of the items that were in the garbage bag, great start!! ReplyCancel

  • Oooops, forgot to add the items!!

    1. One broken kettle + one usable one to charity.

    2. Several out of date and unused foodstuffs.

    3. One broken blender (why oh why did I hang on to that???)

    4. Several glass jars for storage to charity.

    5. Several unused kitchen utensils given to charity.

    + Heaps more that I haven't counted 'cos I can't remember exactly – just threw them in to box/bag in a frenzy. ReplyCancel

  • okay, I'm in a little late, but I figure it's only two weeks in and I've got two things to list!

    1) bag of broken, tatty or torn Christmas decorations

    2) made rags out of old clothes not good enough for giving away ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      repurposing the clothes, great idea to create them into rags! ReplyCancel

      • I keep meaning to do it and end up with bags of clothes sitting around in the bottoms of cupboards cluttering them up so this time I just did them as I sorted instead of putting them aside to do later.

        This week I've added

        3. boxed up surplus kitchen items that don't fit in my new house to put in storage

        4. neatly stacked the boxes of books that can't be unpacked yet into a cupboard out of the road

        5. found other homes for things like extra linen that get dumped into my bedroom ReplyCancel

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  • The cleaning frenzy continues…

    1. One broken kettle thrown out + one usable one to charity.

    2. Several out of date and unused foodstuffs thrown out.

    3. One broken blender (why oh why did I hang on to that???)- Tossed in garbage

    4. Several glass jars for storage to charity.

    5. Several unused kitchen utensils given to charity.

    + Heaps more that I haven’t counted ‘cos I can’t remember exactly – just threw them in to box/bag in a frenzy.

    6. An electric grill – gave to charity.

    7. Cleaned out one side of my son's cupboard – 1 garbage bag of rubbish thrown out.

    8. Cleaned out son's dresser drawers – 2 shopping bags of out grown clothes to charity. ReplyCancel

    • Still more – from other side of son't cupboard.

      9. Chucked out an old vacuum cleaner – no longer working.

      10. Further 2 bags of out grown clothes for charity.

      11. Nappy bag – about to wash to give to charity.

      12 Yet another bag of papers, cards, old boxes etc for the rubbish bin….. ReplyCancel

      • Still going through my boy's bedroom:

        13. ANOTHER bag of garbage – broken toys etc…

        14. Box of toys – set aside for donation when 5yo isn't looking… ReplyCancel

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  • 25. Old paint cans taken to a recyclers

    26. Left over large toy cardboard boxes from Chrissy taken to the Visy Centre

    27. Cleaned walls

    28. Old crock paint donated

    29. 2 old scooters to charity ReplyCancel

  • Renata

    Ok I am in and so far enjoying it! Finally reclaiming my organised pre-kids self after being sleep deprived and chasing my 2 kids around for the last 3 years!!

    1. My clothes ( clothes kept under bed, in cupboards)

    2. My shoes

    3. Kids plastic cups

    4. Kids books in their bedroom

    5. Consolidated christmas decorations

    6. Cook books ReplyCancel

  • Fun, fun, fun! I am always decluttering, so it will be rewarding to make a list of everything I chuck out this year!

    1. Three bags of paper from study

    2. Three bags of out-of-date food from pantry (must do that more often!)

    3. Three bags of food from fridge (obviously need more Tupperware!) ReplyCancel

    • 4. One bag of out-of-date medicines from medicine drawer.

      5. Tidied linen cupboard.

      6. Threw out 3 old pillows and made two sheets and a pillocase into rags.

      7. Gave four rugs and a woolen underlay to my mother-in-law.

      8. Bought 3-bag laundry sorter for washing.

      9. Bought new bookcase for study and reorganised all my stuff!

      10.Packed books into containers, awaiting a bookshelf I will buy in a few months.

      11. Sorted Tupperware cupboard. ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    …My List…UPDATED FROM #11..new post as it won't let me reply again on the old one!

    1. Ute load to the dump/recycle centre from downstairs of broken stuff & general rubbish that had been collected. Included 2 old microwave, baby kick & play thingy, old car batteries from behind the shed, broken esky, etc,etc…

    2. 4 washing baskets of baby clothes to a friends sister, no more babies in this house, so that meant all the sizes from 0000 to 00, pretty much anything Bubba J has grown out of. Also gave some maternity clothes, the baby sling, a front pack, a play mat, sippy cup, burp pads & a couple of wraps.

    3. 4 sippy cups that kept getting put in the cupboard, they should have been binned a long time ago.

    4. Went through kids colouring in books, recycled any that had torn pages or were beyond ratty.

    5. Sorted all the size 1 & 2 & 3 clothes we had (& after 3 boys that is a lot!!!) – keep pile of size 1 into Bubba J’s drawers, rest given away (well swapped for a hessian frame dog bed! that was needed). Size 2?s sorted into keep pile which needs to be boxed & labeled, the rest to be given away. Size 3?s sorted into keep pile, straight into Master 2yrs drawers & rest to be given away.

    6. Emptied kids soaps into one container & recycled empty bottles – don’t know why my bathroom cupboard was breeding them.

    7. Cleaned out deep freezer & the little freezer – sorted through & lets just say with the stuff on the bottom of the deep freezer the dog won’t go hungry for awhile.

    8. Went through the tea towel pile, any old ratty ones got removed & either put in hubby’s camp bag or in the shed rag bag.

    10. Ancient toaster oven that came with the house when we purchased it well over 5yrs ago – in the bin, frayed cord.

    11. Double up kids Baby Einstein DVD's we ended up with after the box set was given to us. Giving away to a friend with a young bubba.

    12. Sort through kids stuffed toys, reduce to one basket (NOT overflowing!). Take to the op shop bin.

    13. ReplyCancel

    • Kelly

      13. Diaries – with the diary I'd purchased myself plus Christmas presents I ended up with 4 diaries for this year. Reduced to one! 1 given to a friend, the rest to the local op shop.

      14. My email inbox – created a few folders to keep important emails for easy reference & deleted LOTS! Vow to stay on top of this task now!

      15. ReplyCancel

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  • Carly

    Haha! The last two days have been manic! I have gone through my linen press and have given a bag of sheets and pillowcases to Lifeline; and today organized my wardrobe with the clear shoe boxes and a hanging jewelry organizer (I got mine from Diva). Again, another bag for Lifeline! Tomorrow I am getting into my messy office…

    My husband thinks I'm nesting!!!!!! LOL ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      well done Carly, keep up the good work. Dont stop now!! ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Fergie

    Ok I'm in!!! (better late then never!!)

    I have decluttered a few things so far this year so here they are;

    1. Old Scrapbooking and cardmaking mags (I tore out the projects I liked)

    2. Old papers (mail etc)

    Now instead of reading all your wonderful decluttering items (I got ip to #43) I figure my time is ether spent going through the cookbooks, pantry, girls rooms etc!!! 40' today in Melbourne perfect day to let the hubby and kids watch tv while I tackle the clutter ) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      your on a roll Kelly, do you have more to add to the list?? ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Graham

    Ok I am here eventually too hehe!

    1. Bench downstairs (1 bag of rubbish collected!)

    2. Junk mail accumulating on coffee table

    3. All old phonebooks

    4. Broken electric frypan into bin

    5. Not really a decluttering thing but it has been staring at me for a while – cleaned the birdcage (unoccupied since the last resident, Cutie the canary passed away :( ). Now it is all shiny and ready for a new feathered friend :)) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      You have made a great start Melanie, have you found a new feather friend?ReplyCancel

  • Leila

    Ok so i'm finally here, have made a start but have so much more to go! (I'm a self confessed hoarder but i'm working on it and getting better at disposing of things that we no longer need)

    1. I sorted my princesses hair clips (thanks for the old container idea, was going to throw those when i do the plastics cupboard!)

    2. Sorted our camping gear, worked out what needed replacing and threw the useless items away (unfortunately i now have a heap of things we want to buy as well lol)

    3. Sorted out the childrens plastic plates/bowls and discarded those that are no longer useful to us (pink ones mainly, princess is off to school this year)

    4. Cleaned out the car and threw away lots and lots of paperwork that we had been storing in there from our trips etc for the last 12 months (no idea why we were storing them at all) ReplyCancel

    • Leila

      5. Clean out plastics cupboard found 6 ice cream container lids with no bottoms lol (i use them for camping ice blocks to keep the esky cool)

      6. Sort through the current washing and folding (a mountain for all 6 of us as i hadn't sorted/folded for almost 2 weeks *insert embarrassed face here*)found a full bag of girls clothes that no longer fit my princess and bagged them up for a friends little girl… many just preschool/play clothes but i'm sure they'll come in handy either as clothes or rags for him)

      7. Sort through loungeroom toyboxes (3 small ones) and dispose of broken toys, bits and pieces and paper that had been stored in them from the kids, put usable pencils into a pencil case and dispose of those thats leads were broken or pencils were broken.

      8. Previously cleaned out utensil drawer and placed everything into a small storage tub, i pull out what i need and whatever is left in the tub at end of year gets boxed up to go to charity or bin.

      Currently writing a list so i can remember the areas i want to do and those that desperately need doing! ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        you are doing so well Leila. That is such a great idea to use icecream containers to make ice bricks, clever!! ReplyCancel

  • Alison Dines

    I've started a little late… but I'll catch up!

    So far I've purged:

    1. open boxes of food from the freezer that should have been used up by now

    2. itchy jumpers that still fit my daughters, but they hate wearing them so out they go

    3. 2010 christmas cards

    4. old catalogues.

    So much more to do though….

    Ali ReplyCancel

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  • Joy

    I am definately doing this challenge. My goal this year is to have a fully organised and functional house. 52 items – that should be fairly easy to achieve. ReplyCancel

    • Joy

      Here we go:

      1. Old magazines

      2. Kids books

      3. Kids clothes

      4. Rusty Dish Draining ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine

    Ok enough procrastinating…….this IS the year to just do it!

    1 – Quit smoking & dispose of smoking paraphanelia! (4 days in and gave all the bits away today!) So no more temptation!

    2 – Miss 7's bedroom & bookshelves, 3 bags of clothes & 1 big box of books to charity!

    3 – purchased folders today,to photograph kids artwork and scrap, then chuck the big things out! (read this somewhere in the blog and was motivated to try! The girls are up for it too, they are looking forward to taking the photo's themselves and decorating them!)

    Next on the list – my bookshelf……..kinda scares me I love books, but i shall endeavour to be brave: )

    Thanx for the motivation ReplyCancel

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  • Have loved reading everyone's lists- it's inspiring!

    So I thought I'd share mine.

    1. A vegetable peeler.

    2. Clothes (5 tops and a pair of shorts)

    3. an old purse (why was I keeping it anyway?) and some old handbags.

    4. 3 pairs of shoes

    5 another 3 pairs of shorts, and 5 tops, and a jumper

    6. 10 x reusable shopping bags (those things breed!)

    7. A years worth of “Super Food Ideas” Magazines (12).

    8. A maternity bra, that I’d worn once or twice, that didn’t fit right.

    I sold it on a website called “mamalogue”. So hopefully the person I sold it to will wear it, and love it. :)

    9. Nursing pads, and pregnancy vitamin supplements I had left over- given to a pregnant friend who could use them! ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    been throwing stuff out but not making my list. oops.

    1. gave away spare slow cooker

    2. sorted pile of junk mail, cut out coupons and threw the rest.

    3. emptied old food out of the freezer that has been there for over a year (quiche and desserts, old ice blocks)

    4. Selling off all my old scrapbooking stuff on ebay, slowly.

    5. threw away an old bbq from the backyard.

    6. sorted pantry and threw away old food, expired.

    thats all for now…geez there's so much to do. messy house from renovating. wish i could mark off "ripping up carpet and throwing away" as one of my items hahaha

    Now that I am accountable for 52 items, I'm going to be more motivated to do them now.

    thanks :-) ReplyCancel

  • Kate Douglas

    So a little late, broken computer! But I have already started and a well on my way! :)

    1- Under bathroom sink

    2- Kitchen plastics and appliances

    3- Laundry products/junk

    4- Crockery

    5- Utensil drawer

    6- Cutlery drawer

    7- 'Junk' drawer (2nd top drawer in the kitchen!)

    8- CD's

    9- DVD's

    10- Cleaning products (kitchen)

    11- Gaming Basket

    12- Cosmetics TUB!

    13- Nail Polish TUB

    14- Jewellry basket

    15- Hair accessories container

    16- Craft box

    17- Drawing bucket

    18- Gift wrapping box

    19- Bedside tables (all 3 bedrooms)

    20- X-mas decorations box

    21- Medicine cabinet

    22- Kitchen shelf (above oven)

    23- Clean Car (wash, vac, detail, SMELL)

    24- Uni 'stuff'

    25- E-mail inbox (ongoing…) ReplyCancel

    • Kate Douglas

      26- New desk = complete tidy and revamp of my office/study area! ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Awesome challenge! I'm excited about this one. I'm taking it as 52 clutter clearing sessions or areas, what I've done so far:

    1 Area around stereo

    2 Laundry cupboard (left of washing machine)

    3 Shelves of tall cupboard in laundry

    4 Basket and baby clothes to charity ReplyCancel

  • Carmen

    This is great motivation!!! All these areas of clutter and items of clutter I never realised actually were clutter until now!

    My youngest just started full-time school this week so I am finding I am at a bit of a loose end! I will attempt….(drum roll plese)….

    52 things in 52 days!

    (started with my email)

    Wish me Luck :) ReplyCancel

  • I have so many things to do.

    1. Books

    2. DVD's

    3. Jewelery

    4. Tupperware

    5. My clothes

    6. Hunbby's clothes

    7. Sons clothes

    8. Daughter 1 clothes

    9. Daughter 2 clothes

    10. Garage

    11. Kitchen bench

    12. Desk

    13. Photos

    14. Board games ReplyCancel

  • Susie Fletcher

    Ok – just joined and i've made a start!

    1. my bedside table (top of, draw & cupboard) – it was overflowing before & now it's practically empty!! ReplyCancel

    • Susie Fletcher

      oh & I've also started

      2. scanning alot of paper stuff I just can't seem to toss (i'm a serial hoarder) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      you have made a great start Susie, what is no. 2 on the list? ReplyCancel

  • 1. Tin candle holders and broken flowerpots, old dolly
    2. Expired pantry items
    3 bags of clay scraps.ReplyCancel

  • I got rid of an old dryer. I’m really trying to simplify my home. I’ve got a box of books to heavy to carry to the car to donate!ReplyCancel

  • Tash

    1. Old wedding magazines (married now, wont need them)gave away free on local facebook page
    2. Did the turning coat hanger challenge…already threw out loads that were incorrect sizes or just looked raggy and old. LOVE the new space :)
    3. Old tafe paperwork and assignments which i havent looked at for3 yearsReplyCancel

  • 12. Ironing
    13. Organised computer desktop
    14. Tidied study
    15. Unsubscribed from a heap of emailers
    16. Tidied Tupperware cupboard (again!)
    17. Returned some dud goods to Kmart – got $100 back in my purse!ReplyCancel

  • some more de-cluttering done…
    13. Sorted through my old dress patterns and through out the ones I know will never ever come back in fashion
    14. Sorted through all my fabric stash which had been stored away for years. Threw out those bits that were unable to be used.
    15. De-cluttered my Google Reader
    16. Unsubscribed to emails I don’t follow or readReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I need to declutter my google reader too, sadly it has over 1000 unread, that will take some time :( Your doing so well Sam!!ReplyCancel

  • and that would be threw not through, doh!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    it is the 30th March and I have started decluttering every where.

    1. My daughters room – clothes and toys not for her age (3mths old)

    2. All the hand me downs given to us while I was pregnant (all boys stuff)

    3. Organise our file box (get rid of stuff not needed anymore)

    4. Sort out all my school work into folders etc.

    5. Go through everything saved on my computer.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Great start Rachel! Great idea to sort through the computer.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    …My List…UPDATED FROM #14

    1. Ute load to the dump/recycle centre from downstairs of broken stuff & general rubbish that had been collected. Included 2 old microwave, baby kick & play thingy, old car batteries from behind the shed, broken esky, etc,etc…
    2. 4 washing baskets of baby clothes to a friends sister, no more babies in this house, so that meant all the sizes from 0000 to 00, pretty much anything Bubba J has grown out of. Also gave some maternity clothes, the baby sling, a front pack, a play mat, sippy cup, burp pads & a couple of wraps.
    3. 4 sippy cups that kept getting put in the cupboard, they should have been binned a long time ago.
    4. Went through kids colouring in books, recycled any that had torn pages or were beyond ratty.
    5. Sorted all the size 1 & 2 & 3 clothes we had (& after 3 boys that is a lot!!!) – keep pile of size 1 into Bubba J’s drawers, rest given away (well swapped for a hessian frame dog bed! that was needed). Size 2’s sorted into keep pile which needs to be boxed & labeled, the rest to be given away. Size 3’s sorted into keep pile, straight into Master 2yrs drawers & rest to be given away.
    6. Emptied kids soaps into one container & recycled empty bottles – don’t know why my bathroom cupboard was breeding them.
    7. Cleaned out deep freezer & the little freezer – sorted through & lets just say with the stuff on the bottom of the deep freezer the dog won’t go hungry for awhile.
    8. Went through the tea towel pile, any old ratty ones got removed & either put in hubby’s camp bag or in the shed rag bag.
    9. Ancient toaster oven that came with the house when we purchased it well over 5yrs ago – in the bin, frayed cord.
    10. Double up kids Baby Einstein DVD’s we ended up with after the box set was given to us. Given away to a friend with a young bubba.
    11. Sort through kids stuffed toys, reduce to one basket (NOT overflowing!). Take to the op shop bin.
    12. Diaries – with the diary I’d purchased myself plus Christmas presents I ended up with 4 diaries for this year. Reduced to one! 1 given to a friend, the rest to the local op shop.
    13. My email inbox – created a few folders to keep important emails for easy reference & deleted LOTS! Vow to stay on top of this task now!
    14. Old baby monitor – given to a friend.
    15. Broken umbrella thrown out.
    16. Old computer hard drive mother board thrown out, why on Earth did I even keep this??
    17. Old surge protected power board, thrown out, very dangerous that it was even kept after it had tripped.
    18. Small wooden wine rack – taken to op shop as it had never been used.
    19.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    …My List…UPDATED FROM #14

    1. Ute load to the dump/recycle centre from downstairs of broken stuff & general rubbish that had been collected. Included 2 old microwave, baby kick & play thingy, old car batteries from behind the shed, broken esky, etc,etc…
    2. 4 washing baskets of baby clothes to a friends sister, no more babies in this house, so that meant all the sizes from 0000 to 00, pretty much anything Bubba J has grown out of. Also gave some maternity clothes, the baby sling, a front pack, a play mat, sippy cup, burp pads & a couple of wraps.
    3. 4 sippy cups that kept getting put in the cupboard, they should have been binned a long time ago.
    4. Went through kids colouring in books, recycled any that had torn pages or were beyond ratty.
    5. Sorted all the size 1 & 2 & 3 clothes we had (& after 3 boys that is a lot!!!) – keep pile of size 1 into Bubba J’s drawers, rest given away (well swapped for a hessian frame dog bed! that was needed). Size 2’s sorted into keep pile which needs to be boxed & labeled, the rest to be given away. Size 3’s sorted into keep pile, straight into Master 2yrs drawers & rest to be given away.
    6. Emptied kids soaps into one container & recycled empty bottles – don’t know why my bathroom cupboard was breeding them.
    7. Cleaned out deep freezer & the little freezer – sorted through & lets just say with the stuff on the bottom of the deep freezer the dog won’t go hungry for awhile.
    8. Went through the tea towel pile, any old ratty ones got removed & either put in hubby’s camp bag or in the shed rag bag.
    9. Ancient toaster oven that came with the house when we purchased it well over 5yrs ago – in the bin, frayed cord.
    10. Double up kids Baby Einstein DVD’s we ended up with after the box set was given to us. Given away to a friend with a young bubba.
    11. Sort through kids stuffed toys, reduce to one basket (NOT overflowing!). Take to the op shop bin.
    12. Diaries – with the diary I’d purchased myself plus Christmas presents I ended up with 4 diaries for this year. Reduced to one! 1 given to a friend, the rest to the local op shop.
    13. My email inbox – created a few folders to keep important emails for easy reference & deleted LOTS! Vow to stay on top of this task now!
    14. Old baby monitor – given to a friend.
    15. Broken umbrella thrown out.
    16. Old computer hard drive mother board thrown out, why on Earth did I even keep this??
    17. Old surge protected power board, thrown out, very dangerous that it was even kept after it had tripped.
    18. Small wooden wine rack – taken to op shop as it had never been used.
    19.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle L

    So it’s april 3, and I just discovered this. I have done some reorganisation decluttering since christmas, but still have lots to do. Thanks for the inspiration to keep going, will post after I’ve done more.ReplyCancel

  • natalie harrison

    1.8 coffee mugs
    2.3 garbage bages of boys clothes
    3.2 garbage bags of boys toysReplyCancel

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    I am quite new to this blog and I must tell you that I am loving it already. I highly admire your writing skills and feel that this is one of the finest blog post I have ever read.
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  • JustKay

    Hi, i know im late in the year, but im starting too. After reading all you de-clutter comments i have a list of thing i would like to do this week
    1. kitchen plastics cupboard
    2.bathroom cupboard
    3. buffet cupboard
    4.stationary cupboard
    thats just the start for now as i have a fair few hours ahead of me :(ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    So, I’m starting late. Never mind – it’s very likely we’ll be moving in the next 3 months so doing this now will make things much easier! Also, I’m home with an ear infection that’s making exhausted and useless for work, but for sure I could do some small or sitting-down things (like sorting the tupperware cupboard). I’ve already made a list to get going with!

    1. Top of fridge
    2. Sort cleaning stuff and move to newly free space on top of fridge.
    3. More organising than decluttering, but – wound all my embroidery threads onto spools and put them in a divided-up plastic box, in order of their DMC numbers. Wow – now I can find the one I want without tipping them all out!ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    4. Old clock that doesn’t work anymore
    5. Old microwave that doesn’t work anymore
    6. Running magazines – much as I enjoy it, my knee will just never hold up. Bonus: I found my prescription sunnies that have been missing for months behind the mags. No more squinty driving for me.ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    17. Wiped my old, slow computer to donate.
    18. Filing box 2ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    19. Tupperware cupboard – where on earth did all the bottoms go? I have a surfeit of tops!
    20 Top of the chest of drawers.ReplyCancel

    • Katy

      I have all of your tupperware bottoms!! ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    21. Camping gear drawer
    22. Miss 3’s pencil and texta box
    23. Clothes drawer 1
    24. Clothes drawer 2
    25. Clothes drawer 3ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    I absolutely love your blog and wish I had found it sooner, better late than never I guess.

    I have just started on my decluttering and am very happy with the results so far.

    1. Buffet – throwing out unnecessary items we haven’t used in a long time
    2. Tupperware cupboard
    3. Kitchen cupboards (drawers are another task all of their own)
    4. Linen cupboard
    5. My clothes drawers – packing away pre-pregnancy clothes until a later date (currently 31 weeks along)ReplyCancel

  • I think it’s time for me to join in :) I have been decluttering the garage, we have a heap of old paperwork that has needed to be gone through. I do need to keep some of it, but not all or it. So my number one is to finish the paperwork burn :)
    Thanks so much for the challengeReplyCancel

    • Deanna

      I love shredding old paper work/bills etc!!!! Your local pet shop loves the shredded paper for the animals. I am not an animal person at all but love giving this too them as i am helping out. The pet shop is at the shopping centre i go to do my food shopping so it’s too easy! Shredders can be bought almost anywhere. I got mine at the post office!ReplyCancel

  • Hi I’ve just discovered this challenge and i have decide to start…
    Decluttered the bathroom cabinet,
    1. Given away half used conditioner, epsom salts and various other items
    2. Selling handcreams that were an unwanted gift and have never been opened
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    • It is amazing what people do buy. I had a garage sale once and sold exactly that, they were one of the first things to go.
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  • Anonymous

    Today is the beginning for me to finally get organised and stay organised. I love the helpful tips that you share Katrina and I will take before and after pics to keep me motivated.

    As it is over half way through the 52 week challenge I plan on tackling two tasks each week between now and the end of the year and this week it will be the kitchen pantry and sink cupboard and over the weekend it will be my wardrobe.

    Wish me luck xxReplyCancel

    • I love your motivation Susan. Great idea to take before and after shots, please share them if you can. This month on the blog is all about wardrobe organisation so be sure to check it out.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I just did the de-cluttering of our two bathrooms and OMG I had three shopping baskets of items that I don’t use anymore. It really only took me about half an hour to do it and I can shut the doors of our vanity without have to push things further in LOL.

    Will definitely be de-cluttering more of our house soon.

    Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

    • I bet it has created alot of extra room for you, great work!ReplyCancel

    • Heather

      I was able to donate a lot of unused items to a women’s shelter nearby. They are always grateful for bathroom items.ReplyCancel

  • Attila_the_mum

    Loving this idea & it doesn’t matter when you start as long as you just start.

    Just a suggestion that maybe local schools, day care centres, day care mothers or playgroups could benefit from the “charity” stuff or even items that are perfectly good but just not used any more.

    I gave my youngest daughter’s school clothes & old socks to the public school she was leaving as they use them for emergency spares for kids who need them. IE: sick on them, littlies who wet their pants, kids who leave jumper at home, etc.

    I’ll be following this idea myself but think I might draw a diagram of each room as well, take photos & chart my progress in a special diary, just to give myself incentive to keep going when I lose a bit of momentum.

    Good luck all :)ReplyCancel

    • brella

      What a fantastic idea to chart the progress. Otherwise you can forget you have achieved so much! :-)ReplyCancel

  • wendy

    1. a giant king single couch!!!! it takes up soooo much of my lounge, we love it because its such a family couch but seriously not practicle, so its GONE to a friend.
    2. a bag of my old clothes GONEReplyCancel

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  • Mandii79

    I have just found this site so I am starting mine today 27th December 2011.

    Today I went through my bathroom and I threw out
    *Some bath toys that don’t get used and some that were gross
    *Old razors and razor heads
    *Out of date creams
    *hair rollers never used
    *many combs
    and some other stuff I can’t remember now

    And gave away
    *Some body creams and soaps no-one has ever usedReplyCancel

    • You can start anytime Mandi, and you have made a great start at that, good on you!ReplyCancel

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  • Deanna

    WOW WOW WOW! Just found this website through Facebook and This is like domestic Porn!!! hahahahah. I love it! Will jump off the lounge now and start from one end of the house and make my way to the front. Bathroom, here i come!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ckgoz1

    I found this site today too! I went to unpack my bags after our holidays and I’ve ended up de-cluttering and cleaning our entire bedroom. It looks so different and spacious and beautiful!! Thanks for the little push Katrina!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda

    need a idea to store all my ‘green’ (reusable grocery) bags. they take up 2 shelves!ReplyCancel

  • J Shepherd

    I bought a new dinner set in the sales. AND I actually threw out the old one (an old miss matched set) . I didnt save some bits . like i would normally do (just in case). ReplyCancel

  • Suse T

    Just a thought, even though it’s now 2012. We have had flooding near us for the past two years. I’m sure that the organisers in those areas would love some of your ‘stuff’. Pre-loved baby clothes on the move here as we speak ‘so excited’.ReplyCancel

  • newsurfiegirl

    Started with the wardrobe now gone or ready for a new home are
    1. 5 dresses
    2. several plastic bags
    3. rollerblades along with safety equipment

    Now to start with the kitchen…ReplyCancel

  • Motherof2

    Is it too late to start this?
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  • foody4eva

    Started last week with the kitchen – 3 pottery canisters and utensil holder have found a new home, anything else in my corner cupboard that has not been used in the past 12/12 is GONE!!
    I love your website and your daily facebook updates, thanks for sharing with us :) ReplyCancel

    • Great work!!ReplyCancel

    • foody4eva

      Have now de-cluttered my birthday card/wrapping box, 3 drawers in my buffet unit, organised the kitchen drawer with the drawer dividers from Target – next onto my magazines! Thanks for your inspiration Katrina!ReplyCancel

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  • Beckucwparkyn

    im starting this today Im so excited finally my little house will be organised with out having junk around thankyouReplyCancel

  • Playboy_princess_101

    I started to declutter about 3 weeks ago getting rid of items once a week, i started in the kitchen, and got rid of all the extra cups, plates, glasses, pots, fry pans, toasters, kettles that I no longer needed as ive brought new things that all match…then last week I went through some of my clothes and got rid of just over a bag full of clothes…I have also been through my son’s toys and 3 bags later he isnt as cluttered. im hoping today to get through his clothes..everything I get rid of goes to charity. Makes me feel better knowing someone out there who may be struggling can get household items or toys for their child :)ReplyCancel

    • That’s a fantastic start! Definitely another little child will enjoy many hours of fun!ReplyCancel

  • Just found you, and love this, We brought a new house in December (big house) and it was my new years resolution to become de-cluttered, it’s hard with 3 girls under 7 and my husband who keeps his mags (but doesn’t have time to read them), and myselve who doesn’t like to get rid of anything just incase. I have decided to speedup the de-cluttering by starting with the baby toys, my baby is a toddler (and we don’t plan on any more), so the baby toys are going up for sale on a local FB page, the only thing is the time it takes to take the picture and load and write about it, but 2 things sold already. But I’ll get there, otherwise it will go down to charity. Thank you for this motivation and will start following your posts.
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  • wattlebabies13

    I have been decluttering for years…we have taken loads for recycling or to the dump. We have just redon the bathroom so I have just removed lots of old shampoos, lotions, soap dishes, etc. Sent hair straiteners etc to my Daughter (they were hers) and we now have a larger but much more organised vanity unit with a lot less items than before…..I am slowly working through my craft room…but that is a long term job and extremely difficult for me to dispose of…..but I will get there although sometimes I wish someone else would just make the decisions….thanks for your site…ReplyCancel

  • Kd_johnston

    i have lots of problems with clutter around my kitchen and office area and also in my bedroom i love reading and i just have books everywhere. I really struggle with the paperwork though i can never find anything and it drives my husband nuts but as i have just recently become a stay at home mum of 3 teenagers i think now is the time to get my act together.ReplyCancel

  • I_want_2B_a_declutterbug

    would there be any chance of starting now??? I need some inspiration and motivation ReplyCancel

    • Absolutely, jump in now and just follow along. We are currently organising the office. Sign up to the daily task emails or follow along on facebook and I will give daily challenges to help you through. Good luck!ReplyCancel

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  • Jane

    Oh yes, yes, YES!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Jane

      Hi Katrina,
      Today I tackled my pantry. Your’s was such an inspiration! I threw out 6 bags of rubbish, old food etc. I also cleaned the oven. I’m feeling very pius at the moment. One declutter down, 51 to go …ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    I have just found your amazingly perfect site and I am taking on the challenge BIG TIME.  I am so excited to get started can’t wait until tomorrow morning when the kids have gone to school to tackle our wardrobes.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I have also found it really helpful to go room-by-room :) actually gets quite addictive once floor space and table space emerge! ReplyCancel

  • Just me

    Well, I am on time for other appointments, but hey – better LATE than never for this. yesterday I got rid of 1 bag of clothes, and it felt so GREAT! Of course, more to do. Today, I found something to return to a store (it was beautiful but didn’t fit me), so ended up with 1 really nice thing in exchange. Time to get rid of more things! Amazing how many clothes we own we really don’t use. Getting excited about selecting a few key pieces to build a new fall wardrobe around (AND GETTING RID OF THOSE THINGS THAT WELL – aren’t going to work)……

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  • ITSTIME

    Better late than never! I did a little the other day and got rid of 1 bag of clothes. Now I wake up and everyday try to get rid of things. If I continue to gain momentum, things I thought were impossible are possible. Today – well, the basics – trash and recyclables, and then we will see what REAL things I can declutter.
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  • Ann C

    October 8, 2012 is my start date!!!ReplyCancel

  • MRS.S

    Staring this today.Oct.16,2012.Starting in my schoolroom/dining room.ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    I have felt peace and relaxation a couple of times in my adult life in my homes. The first was when my ex-husband and I divided household items. He took 75% of the belongings (very materialistic). Then 6 years later (after I had amassed ‘stuff’) was when I was putting the house on the market to sell and move in with my new husband. I decluttered the house to make it appear larger and to allow prospective buyers to walk in and see it as somewhere they could live.

    It must have worked because I sold it the first day!!

    BUT move ahead, and my new husband and I were not only blending families, but two 4 bedroom homes, and following my parents passing a 3 bedroom home!! So try cramming 11 bedrooms worth of stuff into one 4 bedroom home undergoing renovations to fit in the new blended family!!

    Even now, 19 months later, I am decluttering. letting go of things that were my parent’s, and sorting.

    I find your daily tasks help me to keep on track for cleaning while decluttering.
    Thank you so much for all your work!!
    Heather – Ottawa, CanadaReplyCancel

  • Elly

    Hmmm, already been decluttering for quite a while… Main tasks done to date:
    1. Dispose of my clothes that I haven’t worn in the last 12 months (having had two kids close together and recently just started wearing my regular clothes again… Bye,bye maternity clothes!)
    2. Disposed of expired medicine and food items.
    3. Sorted out the laundry, still a work in progress due to needing somewhere to place banished toys.
    3. Sorted out kids clothes as both have outgrown their clothes and have moved onto next size. One is in size three and the other is in size five. Next step is to organise disposal of size two and below, either to give away to friends, to the op shop and only keep the really nice items. Also need to store the size four clothes as well as any bigger size already been received as gifts from people!
    4. Declutter the bathroom vanities (one in main bathroom and one in toilet room), disposed of items not used for a long time, placing any useful items in one place until decluttering was complete. Worked out I didn’t need to buy any more bath wash or soaps for a while!
    More to come….ReplyCancel

    • Elly

      Oh yes, item number 5: dispose of unwanted chemicals used for cleaning after having to deal with a wet kitchen floor and needed to located the plumbing problem = cleared out the cupboard under the sink. Disposed of electrical applicants that were not working anymore! This looks like it is item 6. Wow!i have had a productive holidays decluttering… Will be slowing down now that I am back at work this week but hope to have one day each week to finish off decluttering room by room… Will be looking for your tips as I do each room, kitchen is next!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    I am going to do this…as I am finally getting the kitchen I have wanted and I don’t want it full of clutter!!ReplyCancel

    • Jude

      My 9yo daughters room is done! Complete with whiteboard with her weekly schedule and crates for everything! We are both delighted!ReplyCancel

  • Great idea. I’m currently working on organizing our study/craft room. Today’s task is emptying and getting rid of boxes that are cluttering the floor.ReplyCancel

  • LL

    Gee, I’ll only start this challenge two and one-half years later than, well, almost everyone else. If I’d known about it in a timelier manner, our home would already look great! We had an exceptionally long winter this year in Alaska, and while the temps today were in the 90s, less than a month ago we still had snow covering our yard and much of the driveway, limiting true spring cleaning, although I’d started “trying out” clearing out my child’s closet — meaning I was stuck in the oh-but-they’re so-cute-or-never-worn-and-what-if-someday-we -have-another (more likely that a total stranger would leave a baby on the doorstep than the stork visit again…. truly the clothes should go). Anyway, 240 miles downriver from us, one of my favorite villages flooded when an ice jam forced water and bus sized pieces of river ice throughout the village, killing essential services, knocking homes and businesses off foundations, causing people to flee with sometimes just the clothes on their backs as they tried to get to the evacuation point, or ride the flood out in a boat. THAT was my giant impetus to grab all those kids clothes, my fat clothes, my so-skinny-I’ll-never-again-wear-them- jeans, and hustle tush to the local 1st stop for evacuees site at a local church. My child whined, “Why can’t we do this later?” and I explained about the flood, that people didn’t have clothes Right Now. Generally he hangs on to everything (oh God it’s genetic) but I was so proud of him carrying in five bags of kids clothes himself, and I felt blessed that we were able to actually see people pick some of the items we’d brought in immediately, come up to us and say “thanks.” Talk about putting clutter in perspective. And then, I came across your site via Pinterest. I’ve read many of your ideas and plans, watched videos you’ve posted, and finally feel that with your tips and motivations I’ll be able to give our family the home we’d love to live in. I can honestly say your site has provided life changing insights for me, and I thank you in advance for your insights.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela

    I love how this is somehow motivating me to pull a finger out and declutter my house. I have a tendency to do a lil here and a lil there and nothing really gets done. I have just a whole heap of “Stuff”. Things I think I will need and things I want to keep but cant find a place for.
    I hate my paper pile, Its huge and there is important documents mixed with school newsletters mixed with flyers….Its last on the to do list.
    I just finished upholstering my daughters bedhead so first thing to do would be to clean up the mess I made.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    1. Old pasta/beans out of date from store cupboard
    2. old half finished bottles of wine (how on earth I left wine I do not know)
    3. Oh my god, mouldy food from fridge (terrible)
    4. Some children’s drawings (the not to be kept ones)
    5. 2 dresses put in the sell pile, going to create a bulk lot for TrademeReplyCancel

    • karen

      Noting my start date – 27 June 2014ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        you can do it Karen!!ReplyCancel

      • Lynn

        I started my decluttering journey 3 days ago. After “inheriting all my parents belongings after they went into a nursing home and my daughters belongings when she went overseas for a holiday 7 years ago and never came back (she’s living in Europe). I have a storage unit, a 6×6 shed a smaller shed and my house packed with other peoples stuff. I quit my job and am beginning to declutter and simplify my life. So here I start. I hate sending things to the tip though but lots of stuff is really just junk and so old and out of date no-one could use it. All the rest of the stuff is going to the Good Sammies. I don’t have the energy for garage sales and I don’t want strangers knowing where I liveReplyCancel

    • lynn

      Yep I had a half empty bottle of wine in the fridge I had to get rid of it had been there for ages. So I emptied down the drain and put the bottle in the recycle binReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Lynn did you know you can freeze wine?? I’m not a big wine drinker, so I freeze it for casseroles :)ReplyCancel

        • lynn

          no I didn’t but that’s a great tip, thanksReplyCancel

  • Monica Burnell

    Let the De-cluttering begin!
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5 steps to clear your clutter

Pin It Now that we have established what clutter is in yesterday’s post, it’s time to make a start on clearing it away.  It is highly unlikely you will become organised until the clutter is gone. Getting Started  1. Get organised To start decluttering you will need.  1. 4 labeled plastic storage boxes labelled:  charity, sell, rubbish, […]

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  • Great tips. Having a little patience, taking your time and giving some thought to your storage needs, you can not only "Clear your Clutter" but also have an organized home. ReplyCancel

  • I have trouble with decluttering because I like to make new homes, but because I live out of town can't always get the basket or box that I would like to make things neat & tidy & then the decluttering will last a week or so…*sigh* then I lose motivation.

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  • Di

    I’m loving your website and I’m now motivated and ready to de-clutter my home and my life. I have tried to click on a few of the links here but they seem to have been deleted.
    Any chance we can see them again?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      You can do it Di, you sound determined, you go girl!! I didn’t realise they aren’t working, I closed down my old site a few weeks ago, it may have messed up with a few links. I will have to fix that up. As an alternative try using the search box in the sidebar or use the categories. Thankyou for letting me know!ReplyCancel

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  • Jamesj333

    Awesome tips thanks Katrina

    Cheers JackyReplyCancel

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  • Okay I am going to do the fridge todayReplyCancel

  • kayla

    I love your website I always look forward and make time to read it ReplyCancel

  • Janet

    I got sick of keeping every one of my kids pictures, craft items and ‘creative projects’ that include cardboard boxes and egg cartons, so now I choose the really great ones to keep but take a photo of the other items and then throw them out. This means that I can still keep the memory but lose the clutter. This works for heaps of things that we have emotional attachment to.ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful! Thank you :-) I especially love that “remember” list, though one thing to remember is missing… I save things with the “I can make something of this” justification. I’d like to add: “if you have saved it to do something of, give yourself a deadline. If you haven’t used it in 3-6 months, you won’t. It will take more energy to save it and have the expectations stress you, and it will take space from things you actually do make something of. Give yourself freedom to create and let go.” or something like that :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    Well I followed your tips and I’m excited to say I did a whole room today. It was really hard to begin with but it slowly got easier :) I’d be de-cluttering the bedroom at the moment but hubby made me stop! Thanks!!! ReplyCancel

  • Bec Waterhouse

    We had two microwaves and gave one away. Of course, the one we kept is the one that blew up lolReplyCancel

  • It sounds easy … ;)ReplyCancel

  • Karolina Maria

    Regarding the rubbish bin…. my big thing is that I’m a recycling queen. Most things can be recycled, if not composted, which makes it even harder to simply “trash” items that I know I don’t want and no one else would either, because I don’t want it to just sit on a landfill. I want to dispose of it conscientiously, but that quickly becomes overwhelming. I started collecting such things (old batteries, expired medicine, etc.) with the intention of taking them to the landfill to be properly recycled, but I haven’t made that trip yet. I suppose I answered my own concern – start with a “rubbish bin” and make it a separate project to go through the rubbish bin and divide into recycling/compost/garbage. :)ReplyCancel

    • Irene Tanya Samek

      I just have a large cardboard box and readily throw recyclable things in :)ReplyCancel

  • Have just come across this site. 2 questions….how do I find time to declutter (or clean or whatever) when I am so busy reading this blog of yours and how does a person declutter when her husband is bringing back inside everything that is set aside for charity or the bin????ReplyCancel

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What is clutter?

Do you have alot of clutter, do you feel overwhelmed by the mission ahead to clear it away?  Do you loose things not knowing where you put them?  Clutter not only makes your home look untidy it will make you feel miserable, has a negative effect on your mind and emotions.  Living like this will leave […]

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