I’m Decluttering 365 things in 2014!

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Hey There! I want to do a post giving you all kinds of updates on what’s been going on around here, but I just need to tell you about this first.

This is one of those ideas that has been hanging out in my mind, and then in my drafts folder for too long – It’s time for action! Here we go….

There’s this problem I have as I go around my house trying to declutter, organize, and just clean up. I often want to put things away and there’s just no room to put it away.

Examples:

  • I want to put away a medicine bottle, and the medicine cabinet is already full.
  • I’m working on this paper decluttering project, so I go to file something, but my file cabinet is full.
  • I want to put away my pitcher, but that cabinet is already so full, it can’t close all the way.
  • My daughter has some new hand-me-down clothes that are sitting on the floor because there is no room to put them away.

It’s frustrating in that moment when I’m trying to do the right thing and put something away, but it won’t fit.

It’s not because all of these spaces are too small. It’s because there is too much stuff in this house!

I know. Shocker.

Money Saving Mom did a Clutter-Busting Challenge in May where she challenged everyone to get rid of 7 things a day for the whole month of May. I really wanted to do it, but I knew at that time there was just no way. (By the way, I’m super excited about her new book coming out in January: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode.)

I read Jen Hatmaker’s book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, and she also got rid of 7 things a day for a month. I was really thinking about trying it and posting here on the blog, but I just didn’t think I could keep up with that pace.

Then I remembered Megan’s blog, Declutter Daily. Her plan was to get rid of 1 thing a day for 365 days. I’m pretty sure she got rid of more than that. I miss that blog, and I always thought that was such a fabulous and simple plan.

So that’s what I’m planning to do:

365 things out the door in 2014!

That’s 1 thing a day. 7 things in a week.

I can do this.

My plan is to post about the things I’m purging once a week. You know I need something like that to keep me accountable!

You can’t trust me to declutter on my own.

Rules:

I might need to make up some rules as I go along, but the overall goal here is to get rid of lots of stuff, not get bogged down with rules. Here are a few thoughts I have going into the project:

Paper clutter: I’ll count a good-sized stack as 1 thing.
Regular household trash/recycling doesn’t count.
A set of 50 marbles counts as 1 thing, not 50.

Want to join me?

Boy would I love it if some of you wanted to do this with me. Let me know in the comments! If you want to join me, you can simply share your updates in the comments of my weekly blog posts.

Or, if you have a blog and you want to blog your updates along with me, let me know, and I’ll figure out a way to do one of those link-ups. (That would be so fun!)

I’m wondering if I need a special name for this project, like “The 2014 Purge” or “Declutter 365″ or something. Let me know if you have any ideas.

Happy New Year and Happy Decluttering in 2014!

Check out the other posts in this series:

Week 1: Easy Bake Oven!
Week 2: The clothes didn’t fit in the drawer
Week 3: Lots of kids’ clothes!
Week 4: Kids’ books
Week 5: The Purple Coat

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37 Responses to I’m Decluttering 365 things in 2014!

  1. YOU POSTED!! WOO!!!

    Very excited about this project. :D

  2. Kim

    Decluttering is an art indeed. How does one balance “recycling or reusing” with purging? The tough part is knowing if the item will be used again or not. . . Tough!

    • Elizabeth

      I think the bottom line for me right now is that even if something can be reused, if I don’t have room for it then I need to let someone else reuse it. It is really hard to get rid of things. I need to be brutal! We’ll see if I can do it!

      • WilliamB

        This is a very sensible thought – that the answer depends on the circumstances and this is the answer that Elizabeth feels fits her circumstances.

  3. Yay! I´m looking forward to your posts. Good luck!

  4. Elizabeth, How exciting!! As an organizer I think the very thing you mention is the most challenging part of organizing a cluttered home – no where to put things away! What a great solution you have for this problem. I bet it turns out on most days it will be easy to get rid of more than one thing :) but for those busy days one thing will be perfect! Our book is about to go up on Amazon and I was just proof reading your story! I love your honesty and perseverance. Happy 2014!!
    I can’t decide which title I like…maybe The 2014 Purge.

  5. Farm Girl

    Great idea!
    I may join you…I have a stack of newspapers with great articles, really really great articles that I wanted to read last month. That may be the first to go on January 1st.

  6. Woo-hoo!! Can’t wait to read your posts on it! I have a couple boxes of stuff waiting to be donated….and probably more I need to get ride of.

  7. ChrisCloen

    I wasn’t planning to do this, but l realize when looking for a picture frame yesterday, I sent three small ornament framesto to thegarage sale pile…l guess l am in!

  8. I’ve been trying to declutter something every day currently, or multiple things. But with the numbering, if I get rid of a bag of papers, it counts as one thing. If I get rid of 10 sheets of expired medication, it counts as 10 things, as I had to handle every sheet to check the expiry date.

    • Elizabeth

      Great, Holly! I think the most important thing is that we are actually getting rid of these things, right? I know I’ll have times when I’m not sure if/how to count something, but I know whatever I do I just need to keep going. Thanks for your comment. :-)

  9. Jessica

    Great post! And funny that I just find this great place recently where I can “declutter” to others in need!! Already posted 3 items!! Yay!! (((www.gifteng.com)))

  10. I love this idea! It doesn’t seem overwhelming at all to get rid of one thing each day. I think it would actually be hard to stop at one thing each day. Since I’ve been suffering from that the walls are closing in on me feeling, I may just have to join you…of course, I’m thinking of going the 7 every Saturday route and would be so tempted to count 50 marbles as 5o things! Can’t wait to read about your progress on this one.

    • Elizabeth

      Thanks, Jean! 7 every Saturday is great – I’m mostly thinking about it in that way, too, although I’m trying to put something in the bag every day so that I don’t get behind/overwhelmed. Let me know if you think you would want to link up a blog post and I’ll do a link-up even if it’s just you. :-) I’m thinking I’ll do my weekly post Wed. or Thurs. – let me know if one is better than the other, too.

  11. Good stuff! This year I have a number of daily small bites I’m doing. Read a chapter a day, write everyday, knock out one adoption task each day. I like this. I think I’m going to add it. Thanks for giving us this attainable idea!

  12. Josine

    A very stimulating initiative. I like the idea, but am not sure if I can do it. It sure would be good for our home… But my husband unknowingly helped: he bought some new cloths last week and I said: “1 in, 1 out”. We then went through his wardrobe and he got rid of a lot more than what he had bought. I even added a few not -worn items of my own.

    • ChrisCloen

      When we travel, it often entails up to 6 or more days of driving each way. We save those clothing items that are still presentable, but past their prime for these times. Bras that are getting worn, socks that are looking thin, tops and bottoms, that might be comfortable but have seen better days. They become part of our travel and trash wardrobe. Our closet gets cleaned out as we pack, and there is no pile of laundry by the time we reach our destination.

    • Elizabeth

      That’s great, Josine! I need to do a better job at the “1 in, 1 out” rule!

  13. Stephanie

    Sooo glad you are back to blogging! I will take this challenge with you. We are hoping to sell our home and build a new one this year. In the interim, we will have to move to temporary housing, so with two moves planned in a year, a good purging project is just what I need. I will likely need to get rid of way more than 1 item a day, but the attainability of a smaller goal will keep me motivated. And, I must go ahead and warn you that commenting on your posts once a week might not be attainable for me (I have never done this kind of thing), so you’ll have to be patient with me…I promise to catch up on weeks I miss when I do post. ;)

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Stephanie! I’m so glad you are joining me!! Yes, moving and purging do go hand in hand. I look forward to hearing your updates when you can!

  14. I would LOVE to join you in your quest and see how many things our family can purge this year!
    I am going to add you to my “must follow list”

  15. April

    I would love to join!!! I need the motivation!!!

    • Elizabeth

      That’s great, April!!! I usually get the weekly update post up on Wednesdays. I look forward to hearing about the stuff you are sending out the door!

  16. For some reason I just got this. I’m in! I’ve already started, so I’m not going to self-sabotage by trying to catch up, just do one a day from here on out. Your problem (nowhere to put stuff) is the same as my problem!

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Jan Elizabeth! Welcome back! Let me know if you continue to have problems getting my emails and I’ll see if I can look into it. I think you are right-on in your idea to just start here (instead of trying to catch up). I’m excited to hear about your progress!

  17. Betsy

    So I just found your blog last night and it is so encouraging! Count me in! I’ll be a bit behind, bu there’s a lot of year left…

    • Elizabeth

      Welcome, Betsy! I’m so glad to have you join us! If it feels like too much to “catch up,” you can always just give yourself a modified goal, like maybe 300 at this point. But you are right, there’s a lot of year left! I hope you will comment and keep us posted on how you are doing. :-)

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