Well, I promised. So here’s my latest effort in the Creating Order 2009 Declutter Challenge!
197-208: e-newsletter subscriptions and RSS feeds
209: worn-out gym shoes. These should have gone when the new ones arrived.
210: a pink blouse. It’s too big and I’m never going back there.
211: a tub of body butter – a free gift and not my thing. It put a smile on my daughter’s face though.
212: a cute Christmas collar for my cat. The joke was good while it lasted.
213: my travel hairbrush which has been replaced.
214-215: 2 containers of makeup past their prime – ugh that smell!
216: a scrapbooking tool I used once.
217-224: out-of-date discount coupons.
Then I spent 10 minutes culling my filing cabinet and found…
225: old passport photos, don’t even look like me any more.
226-228: 3 product disclosure statements, thankfully now available online.
229: a phone plan guide, also available online.
230-237: various documents that I can lose.
238-251: 14! of my son’s phone bills. He now has his own filing box and can deal with this stuff himself.
252: superseded medical information.
253: a 3-year-old receipt. What the? There’s no place for that!
I spent just 5 minutes doing my quarterly medicine cabinet declutter. It’s important to treat medicine with respect. Always dispose of them safely.
254-256: I found 3 that were past their safe-to-use-by date.
A quick tour of the laundry came up with
257-258: rechargable dustbuster and torch, both of which have lost their charge forever.
and 259: a pair of my son’s jeans which are beyond repair.
Rifling through one kitchen drawer came up with
260-265: loyalty cards for places I’m not loyal to.
266: a lanyard.
267: “this book belongs to” labels for my daughter – she can have them at her place.
268-297: 30 business cards (the info has been captured).
One shelf in the pantry uncovered
298-318: various items ranging from stale spices to too-dry dried fruit and
319: a novelty biscuit tin, not my thing.
Culling my bedside drawer unearthed
320-321: 2 old diaries. I write them to capture and acknowledge my feelings, not keep them for future generations.
322-324: lotions and potions past their prime.
325: a pack of “simplicity cards”, enjoyed and passed on to someone else to keep the love going.
326: another pen that doesn’t work and
327-338: tatty bookmarks.
Another tour of the kitchen came up with
339: a milk frother
340: a fridge eye mask
341: an ugly wooden tray
342: a wall-mount for a phone which won’t be wall-mounted.
All in all not a bad haul, and I kept my promise to you to reach 300 by the time I reported in. But I’m lagging behind if I’m to meet my challenge. Is anyone else finding it hard? And is that because it’s hard to part with stuff? Or is it because, like me, there’s not much stuff to part with? Or maybe there’s another reason – no time, lack of motivation, you need help from someone else? Please share by leaving a comment. Your successes and struggles will comfort and spur others on.
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