Happy New Year! The response to yesterday’s announcement of the Creating Order 2009 Declutter Challenge! has been phenomenal. I feel really encouraged by everyone’s getting into the spirit of the challenge with their participation, predictions, comments and emails.
Haven’t heard of the Creating Order 2009 Declutter Challenge!? Take a look at yesterday’s post for all the juicy details. Then get involved.
Ok, so here’s my first report. I had no idea I’d be able to declutter so much stuff on just the first day.
1-11: pens – leaky, broken, dried up – from my son’s school supplies
12: a broken compass
13: a cracked sharpener
14: a dried out correction pen
15: an empty glue stick
16: a pencil too small to use, all headed for the bin
17-32: various dried up felt pens
33-50: magazines, headed for friends via the basket at my front door
51-56: cookbooks. If my friends don’t need them, the charity shop can have them.
That means I’m over my week’s target on the first day! How did you go? Well, here are some results from enthusiastic declutterers. They’ve decluttered an average of 11 items each, ranging from painting books, magazines dating back to the 1970s and knitting UFOs (unfinished objects) to a roasting rack and a battery-operated duster that didn’t live up to its advertising.
They’re sharing wisdom too. One reader wrote, “If a super-organised person whose working life is devoted to helping others can identify 5 items to declutter daily, what target should an OCD with hoarding and depression set herself, still making the task realistic and achievable? Angela, I’m raising your 5 items to 10. Go on all you others, join the challenge!”
Another wisely said, “We should all have less clutter by the end of the challenge – as long as we do not bring more into our homes.”
So now it’s over to you. Add your “stats” to the comments of the blog posts along the way. I look forward to hearing your stories.