2017 in 2017
Clearing out Clutter - A Challenge
I joined a Facebook group that has the goal to clear out 2017 items of clutter from your home in 2017. Wow, many of us really need this kind of inspiration.
The average American home has over 30,000 items in it. Unfortunately, many of those are not really wanted but we just haven't cleared them out. It isn't easy to get rid of things.
Joining this group should inspire me to really get going. Follow along if you want to clear out STUFF too and reduce the stress from overcrowded home situations.
No Clutter = Calm and Clean
Getting the Stuff Out of the House
To help me make progress on my goal, I've signed up for regular pick-ups from the Red Cross or Disabled Veterans. I'm really lucky that in Central Florida, that these agencies will come right to your house. They send out an email telling when their next round of pick-ups will be in your area, then that inspires me to start rummaging out more clutter to meet their deadline.
I put the books, clothes, and other discards into bags and boxes, then label it for RC or DV or other agency. These get placed just outside my garage for them to take. They leave me a receipt for tax purposes, though we never find it works for us to itemize.
This pick-up system is such a help for me, as otherwise, I'm likely to let the bags and boxes pile up in the garage until I have a free day to haul it to Goodwill or some drop-bin.
Do You Have Too Much Stuff?
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Big and Small, It Has to Go
We had a huge hot tub on our patio and once we decided not to keep it, I felt a bit overwhelmed about how to get rid of such a large item. I contacted a spa company and found they would be willing to buy it for a minimal amount and take it away. Whew. Here's my photo essay on the spa-removal project where you can see how they removed it (https://niume.com/post/320380). They had to take a panel out of our screen room to accomplish this.
On the small side, I'm cleaning out my recipe box. Many of the recipes date back to my Suzy-Homemaker days of the 1970s. In the early days of my marriage, I diligently clipped recipes from magazines and pasted them onto cards. I even tried a few. Since then, they've sat in the box which has moved from Maryland to Texas to Florida without further use.
By this point in our lives, we have our favorite meals and prepare those from memory. Paella, pot roast, pulled pork, BBQ ribs, etc. When we do want to try something different, we tend to hop onto the Internet to find a recipe. So, the old recipe box filled with cards is getting thinned out. I'm such a hoarder, that if the back of the recipe card is blank, I save it for scrap paper. The other ones end up in the recycling bin.
Caution: Don't Bring More Clutter into Your Home
Too Often People Think They Need More Space
It's not more space that we need, it is less stuff.
Hanging on to books is my downfall. I love books. I even decorate with books. I have books on my tables. I have books in my bathroom.
Start by donating non-favories
You attach special meanings to an object
Take a photo of it and save that, then let go of the item.
Avoid the Lure of Bargains
Change Your Habits
Reasons to Try Minimalism in 2017 - 30 Day Challenge to Simplify your Life
Gave Away Three Plants
I'm on a decluttering mission and today, I was able to clear out a few more things. My lanai was getting too crowded, so some of the large plants needed to go. I put an ad on Next Door Neighbors and got calls right away.
Here's my advertisement: Three Free Plants - The first one is a pineapple plant. You can have it and the pot it is in (has a slight crack in the pot).
The 2nd one is an aloe plant that needs to go into a larger pot. I would like my pot back after you replant the aloe.
The 3rd one is a five-year-old rosemary bush I would like the pot back from that one, once you replant it.
Any of these can go into the ground or keep in a pot for the lanai.
The great part about posting ads on the neighborhood site, is you get almost immediate responses. Within 3 hours, I had calls and the people came to get the plants.
One lady came in her golf cart. She was new to the community and had to call three times to get directions when she took wrong turns.
We tied the big plants onto her golf cart and I told her to drive very slowly on her way home. I was afraid one would fall off when she made a turn, but she made it home fine.