Monday, January 2, 2012

Conquer Clutter: One Less Thing a Day in 2012

This year, I am going to keep a running list as I get rid of one thing per day. For those of you who really struggle with decluttering your home, this is an easy way to get started. You don't have to worry about going through drawers or closets. Just find one thing and get rid of it.

January

1. Coupon Binder with lots of coupons that expired last August
2. Snoopy candle
3. Shirt that was too small for our son
4. Handkerchief (we have more than we need)
5. Book
6. Springbok Butterfly Puzzle
7. Book
8. Extra Ruler
9. Pen from a business, recycled an extra phone book
10. Bookmark
11. Book
12. Two Hymn books
13. Pride and Prejudice CD
14. Handkerchief
15. Name Plate
16. High School Memento
17. High School Memento
18. Lots of recipes
19. Book
20. Pair of jeans
21. CD
22. Doy Toy
23. Used canning lids
24. Christmas cards received last month - I updated addresses first!
25. Squirt Bottle
26. Bathroom Scale - I can tell when I am gaining weight by my clothes!
27. Men's shirt that had a hole
28. Shirt that was too small for my teenager
29. Coupon binder
30. Favorite pants with a hole that are too big now
31. Slip

February
1. Pair of socks with small holes
2. misc. items from our teenager
3. old pillow
4. book
5. Plastic container
6. Baseball cap
7. Pencil container
8. Bubble wand
9. Sunglasses
10. DVD given to me
11. Plastic Bucket with lid
12. Book - Clean Your House and Everything In It
13. Misc. memorabilia from Louisiana
14. Vacation souvenir
15. Golf tees
16. Marbles
17. Bullets
18. Indian Spice - we have decided that we aren't excited about eating Indian food
19. Spice - Mace - never use it
20. Bracelet
21. Book
22. Container
23. Shirt
24. Shirt
25. 2 cloth napkins
26. 3 Pens and 5 Gift Bags
27. Dress
28. Shirt
29. Jacket

March - Thanks to my teenage daughter cleaning out her room, I will make it through March.

1. Pants
2. Can Opener
3. Shirt
4. Pants
5. Worn out underclothing
6. Paper Clip holder
7. Book
8. Vase
9. Pants
10. Plastic container
11. Picture frame my husband got at a conference
12. Fleece Jacket
13. Shirt from a conference
14. Water bottle from a conference
15. Paperback book
16. Long sleeved shirt
17. Percussion stick bag that was ruined
18. Dog pillow
19. Pair of shoes
20. Lamp
21. Nut cups
22. Shirt
23. Shirt
24. Doll Pattern
25. Another Doll Pattern
26. shirt
27. Book
28. Sweater
29. Tablecloth
30. candles
31. Stained shirt

April

1. Skirt with a hole in it
2. Book
3. Old Pillowcase
4. Shorts
5. Book
6. Shorts
7. Pants
8. Long Sleeved Shirt
9. Shirt
11. Food item
12. Long Sleeved Shirt
13. Pants
14. Pants
15. Shirt
16. Shirt
17. Shirt
18. Shirt
19. Shirt
20. Food item
21. Food item
22. Tablecloth
23. several washcloths
24. towel
25. tablespoons
26. toy car
27. bracelet
28. food item
29. 3 plates
30. handkerchief

May

1. Bath puff
2. Hair cutting kit
3. Water bottle
4. Food Item donated
5. Food Item donated
6. Food Item donated
7. Food Item donated
8. Food Item donated
9. Food item
10. Food item
11. Food item
12. Pants
13. Shoes
14. Ripped Garment bag
15. Towel
16. Sheet
17. Sheet
18. Tablecloth
19. Backpack
20. Stickers
21. Scrapbooking Pens
22. Daughter's Undergarment
23. Daughter's shorts
24. Son's Computer Game
25. Capri's
26. 3 extra contact lens cases
27. Hat
28. Unwanted Candy donated
29. Another computer game
30. Computer game
31. Long Sleeved shirt

June

1. Wallet
2. Tupperware container
3. Short sleeved shirt
4. Long sleeved shirt
5. Computer game
6. Drum Stick Bag
7. Towel
8. Favorite shorts with paint on them
9. Glass Beads
10. Pillow Case
11. Drum sticks
12. CD
13. Dog Dish - our dog is afraid to eat out of her bowl and wants to eat off the floor
14. soap dispenser son brought home from college
15. Old Towel
16. Book
17. Book
18. Book
19. Towel
20. Book
21. Medallion
22. Ring
23. Ring
24. Key Chain
25. Key Chain
26. Key Chain
27. Shirt
28. Shirt
29. Shirt
30. Shirt

July
1. Shirt
2. Shirt
3. Shirt
4. Shirt
5. Playmobil
6. Star Wars Bank
7. Bulletin Board
8. Jeans
9. Underclothing
10. Jewelry Box
11. Shorts
12. Shirt
13. Chair
14. Computer
15. Toy
16. Undergarments
17. Long Sleeved Shirt
18. Long Sleeved Shirt
19. Long Sleeved Shirt
20. Long Sleeved Shirt
21. Toy
22. Toy
23. Short Sleeved Shirt
24. Short sleeved Shirt
25. Halloween costume
26. Plastic Container
27. Clothing used for a Pioneer Trek
28. Greeting Card
29. Socks
30. Washcloth
31. Hand Towel

August
1. socks
2. T-shirt
3. CD
4. Shirt
5. Music Book
6. Music Book
7. Underclothing
8. Hot Wheels cars
9. Misc GI Joe stuff
10. washcloth
11. short sleeved shirt
12. underclothing
13. short sleeved shirt
14. wash cloth
15. Short sleeved shirt
16. Wash cloth
17. Wrapping paper and bags
18. wash cloth
19. Short sleeved shirt
20. Short sleeved shirt
21. Short sleeved shirt
22. Short sleeved shirt
23. Jeans
24. 30-50 items to the food bank
25. Short sleeved shirt
26. Short sleeved shirt
27. Short sleeved shirt
28. Short sleeved shirt
29. Skirt
30. Lunchbox
31. Long Sleeved shirt

September
1. Picture off the wall that I didn't really like
2. Shirt
3. Cloth napkin (s)
4. Book
5. Shirt
6.  Skirt
7.  Skirt
8.  Sweater
9.  Sweater
10.  Skirt
11.  Pants
12.  Broom
13.  Shirt
14.  Ladle
15.  Blazer
16.  Ripped shirt
17. Salsa bowl
18.  Jeans
19.  Shirt
20.  Sweater
21.  Hat
22.  Neck Warmer
23.  Gloves
24.  Pattern
25.  Unwanted Sewing Notions
26.  Scarf
27.  White slip
28.  Black slip
29.  Interfacing
30.  Tie

October
1.  Boots
2.  Book
3.  Book
4.  Book
5.  Shirt
6.  Snow Suit
7.  Several leis
8.  Extra plastic lids that don't fit any bowls or containers
9.  Purse
10.  Shirt
11.  Underclothing
12.  Office supplies - markers, pencils, etc.
13.  Torah book I bought that didn't have English translation
14.  Etiquette Book
15.  Tightwad Gazette
16.  10 inch clothes pin my husband got as a gift
17.  Book - Wisdom of the Hebrew Alphabet
18.  Package of Green Tea (we don't drink tea) given as a gift to my husband
19.  Drum brushes
20.  Bunch of key chains, bracelets, etc.
21.  Percussion stand
22.  Pair of Drum sticks (not chicken!) #1
23.  Shorts #1
24.  Pair of Drum sticks #2
25.  Shorts #2
26.  Pair of Drum sticks  #3
27.  Shorts #3
28.  Mouse pad
29.  Computer disc and case
30.  Water Bottle
31.  Ring

November

1.  Water Bottle
2.  Greek Book
3.  German Dictionary
4.  Humidifier
5.  Book
6.  Shirt
7.  Skirt
8.  Notebook w/plastic sleeves for cards, stickers, etc.
9.  Arabic language book
10. Skirt
11.  Duplos
12.  Office supplies
13.  Plastic container and lid
14.  Cloth grocery bag
15.  Cake pan
16.  Cooling Rack
17.  Shirt
18.  Shoes
19.  Boots
20.  Jacket
21.  Jacket
22.  Shirt
23.  Shoes
24.  Shirt
25.  Jacket
26.  Sweatshirt
27.  Boots
28.  Gave away extra deodorant and personal care items to someone who needs them.
29.  Broken gold chain - sold
30.  Hot wheels car

December

1. Towel
2.  Shirt
3.  Book
4.  2 bottles of craft paint
5. Pajamas
6.  Overalls
7.  Shirt
8.  Scarf
9.  3 Drum Heads that were replaced
10.  1 pair drum sticks
11.  Chaise
12.  Lamp
13.  Snow blower
14.  Mask
15.  Fleece vest
16.  Mask
17.  Down Vest
18.  Mask
19.  Mask
20.  Coat
21.  Sled
22.  REI Jacket
23.  Tart Pan
24.  North Face Down Coat

25. Shirt

26.  Pants
27.  Book
28.  Book
29.  Cloth Bag
30.  Box of Christmas Cards we bought a few years ago and never sent.
31. Expired medicine that we replaced











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