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Bijou:
I wish we had an ongoing thread on decluttering.  I think quite a few have been started, but I couldn't find one, sooooo...

I'm bragging!  I started again on a decluttering binge and am doing so well!  I have been able to let go of a lot of things that I couldn't before.  I have lots of art books and supplies and I have passed quite a few of my most important ones (translates to things I was holding on to for dear life, in case i ever decided to paint, do colored pencil work, etc.).  I fortunately have quite a few people with artistic bent in the family who are happy to take them off my hands.     
I am also mercilessly throwing things into the thrift store box.  I put quite a few things in a box to be stored, and went through it again this morning and was able to pull out some items and put them where they really belonged...in the thrift store box.  Ahhhhh,  what a relief!
Not only that, I got a few pictures that had just been displayed by leaning them against the walls, up on the wall. 
What I find myself doing most of the time is just rearranging all the knick-knacky kinds of things I have filling every space instead of reducing the visual noise by getting rid of the ones that are not that important to me.  I have rocks crystals, stones, etc coming out my ears.  They are all safely in a box going into storage.  I love how they make me feel, but in the midst of all the mess they are just annoying.  I know where they are so when I get a handle on things I can get them out again. 
I'm going to be getting some plants to put here and there for the freshness and life they bring to the space.   
I'm feeling pretty good about this!  And feeling good keeps me going.
Anyone else on the decluttering wagon?

jayhawk:
Congratulations! My biggest joy as a professional organizer is to see my clients have the experience you are having! It does get easier, doesn't it? It is also an ongoing process  - as you've found out, this time around, you've decluttered items you weren't able to part with last time.

I tell everyone that Done Is Better Than Perfect.

Step back, admire your hard work and reward yourself!

daen:

--- Quote from: Bijou on August 10, 2013, 06:00:47 PM ---I wish we had an ongoing thread on decluttering.  I think quite a few have been started, but I couldn't find one, sooooo...

I'm bragging!  I started again on a decluttering binge and am doing so well!  I have been able to let go of a lot of things that I couldn't before.  I have lots of art books and supplies and I have passed quite a few of my most important ones (translates to things I was holding on to for dear life, in case i ever decided to paint, do colored pencil work, etc.).  I fortunately have quite a few people with artistic bent in the family who are happy to take them off my hands.     
I am also mercilessly throwing things into the thrift store box.  I put quite a few things in a box to be stored, and went through it again this morning and was able to pull out some items and put them where they really belonged...in the thrift store box.  Ahhhhh,  what a relief!
Not only that, I got a few pictures that had just been displayed by leaning them against the walls, up on the wall. 
What I find myself doing most of the time is just rearranging all the knick-knacky kinds of things I have filling every space instead of reducing the visual noise by getting rid of the ones that are not that important to me.  I have rocks crystals, stones, etc coming out my ears.  They are all safely in a box going into storage.  I love how they make me feel, but in the midst of all the mess they are just annoying.  I know where they are so when I get a handle on things I can get them out again. 
I'm going to be getting some plants to put here and there for the freshness and life they bring to the space.   
I'm feeling pretty good about this!  And feeling good keeps me going.
Anyone else on the decluttering wagon?

--- End quote ---
*raises hand timidly*
Me.
Well, soon.

We're finishing out our contract and going home in about two months, and we're going to try to fit everything into two suitcases and a carryon apiece. We've been trying not to accumulate stuff, but things sort of collect in the corners over time.
Next month I plan to get serious about weeding through the stuff I want to take back and the stuff that belongs to our furnished apartment, to see what can stay, what can be donated or trashed, and what can be packed.
I also plan on starting the cleaning process early in the less-used corners of the apartment, so I'm not frantically cleaning and packing the day before we leave. Been there, done that, used the Tshirt to clean the windows on moving day.

I suspect that when we get back, we will do some decluttering as well. There's a ton of stuff that's been stored for a year, and aside from my books, I haven't really missed most of it...

JoW:
I'm trying.  Oh how I'm trying.   I got rid of a 30-year old stereo 2 weeks ago.

The next big item I need to get rid of is a set of encyclopedias from the early 60's.  Gorgeous books.  They haven't been opened since about 1970.  No one has any use for them.  They belong in the recycle bin.  But it hurts to pitch them. 

TootsNYC:

--- Quote from: jayhawk on August 10, 2013, 06:18:28 PM ---Congratulations! My biggest joy as a professional organizer is to see my clients have the experience you are having! It does get easier, doesn't it? It is also an ongoing process  - as you've found out, this time around, you've decluttered items you weren't able to part with last time.

I tell everyone that Done Is Better Than Perfect.

Step back, admire your hard work and reward yourself!

--- End quote ---

When I'm sick of my day job, I want to go work for a professional organizer. In the middle of a career crisis a few years ago, I almost did.

My problem right now is that I get all sort of great "swag" from my day job. I need to man up and toss it.


My favorite way to declutter is to "Toss Ten."

("toss" meaning "send out of my house by trashing, recycling, donating, whatever")

I count to ten based on how I'm feeling. If I'm feeling energetic, the one of the "things" I toss might be "all the pens on the dresser." If I'm feeling low, I count each pen individually.

But usually I start a Toss Ten fortnight by making sure I get rid of ten things every night.

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