Weeks 10 – 52 (That’s embarrassing) : The 365 Declutter Challenge – I did it!

Well Hello There! Soooo I guess I’m overdue on an update for the 365 Declutter Challenge. You know, the one from 2014? Sorry I went missing for so long! Those of you who emailed and left comments while I was away – thank you! It meant a lot to know that I was missed.

Life got in the way for a while and then when I went back to blog again, and I couldn’t access the back end of my blog! Something went wrong with an auto-update and I didn’t know how to fix it. But once I asked the awesome folks at Dreamhost (I use them to host my blog) for help, they fixed the problem in 20 minutes or less! Yay! If only I had asked them sooner!

And then I just had a hard time getting started again. You know what’s weird? As much as I wanted to blog, I felt kind of guilty doing it. I felt like I really should be doing dishes, laundry, or putting groceries away that have been sitting on the floor for days.

But here’s the thing: My house actually looks better when I am keeping up with the blog. I thought that was true, and my sister confirmed it for me. So I shall continue on!

Now for the update! I took lots of pictures of the things I was decluttering, but due to disorganization and technical difficulties, I can’t access them. Boo. I was going to let that stop me, but that’s silly! Here’s the best I can do right now. This is what my decluttering sheet looked like when I went to update it:

2014 decluttering chart with stickies

I got rid of lots of clothes, paper, shoes, stuffed animals, magazines, catalogs, an Aerobed, a toddler basketball hoop, broken buckets/outside toys, cookbooks, and a vacuum cleaner!

My goal was to get rid of 365 things in 2014 (one thing a day). I did it! I actually got rid of 479 things! Here’s the final decluttering chart for 2014:

Final 2014 Decluttering chart

The Big Question: Did it make a difference?

Even though 479 things left this house, I can’t say it was enough to really make a difference. It is definitely progress, and I am happy about that. It’s moving in the right direction for sure. But there are still too many things in this house, and I am determined to continue decluttering.

I know that my home will be more peaceful and less stressful. I know that I will be able to spend more time on things that are truly important if I am not spending so much time managing and digging through clutter.

What’s Next?

I am planning to continue blogging and sharing about my decluttering adventures. Maybe some other things thrown in there, too. Even though it’s a late start, I did print out the 2015 version of Nourishing Minimalism’s Decluttering Chart. I haven’t decided for sure about what goal to set this year, but I’m thinking 500. It’s tempting to try for 2,015, but I’m still not sure I can manage that in 1 year. We’ll see!

I know a bunch of you were also doing the 365 Declutter Challenge. How did you do? I’d love to hear about it! I’m also taking requests if there is anything in particular you would like me to write about this year. 

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21 Responses to Weeks 10 – 52 (That’s embarrassing) : The 365 Declutter Challenge – I did it!

  1. You’re baaaaack! Yay!!!!

  2. Farm Girl

    Glad you are back to inspire us!

    I would love to hear advice on ‘inheriting’ items from grandparents that might have value, and do have sentimental value. I have ‘only’ had them for 10 years or so. Found a small box of cancelled postage stamps from the 1940’s to 1970’s from countries all over the world – see…they might have value!!

    • Elizabeth

      Thanks! That sounds like a good topic! I might need to interview some decluttering experts to help with writing that one.

  3. Natasha

    I’m so glad you are back. I’ve wondered for a while how you are doing. It gives me such hope to realize I’m not the only one with WAY too many things. You’re so brave to take pictures and post them online. I’m not brave enough to do that but your willingness to share your struggle uplifts me and gives me hope!

  4. Congratulations and welcome back! I was excited to see your blog pop up in my Bloglovin’ feed tonight. I can’t wait to see more of your posts.

    • Elizabeth

      Thanks, Jean! I need to pop over and see what’s going on with you, too! I’ve noticed that when I’m not blogging myself, I tend to not visit other blogs, either. I need to go around and do some catching up.

  5. Melissa

    Yahoo, you’re back! I thought the earlier email update was only a tease. I’m still cleaning via “sweep pile” I’m in the midst of organizing clothes, winter is getting packed away, girl clothes under 18 months and all boys clothes are getting passed to my cousin! I hope to have it done beforeshort sleeve weather is officially here 🙂

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Melissa! I meant to say something about a couple of old posts that were sent out in the last couple of weeks. I didn’t send them, but I’m sure it’s related to me allowing my domain to expire, and then getting it back again. Something about that seemed to trigger an auto-send of my most recent post (that wasn’t recent at all!).

      Kids clothes are just constantly needing organizing and decluttering, aren’t they? Good job working on it! 🙂

  6. I’m so pleased to see you’re back! I only found your blog a couple of weeks ago, read it start to finish, and then saw it wasn’t being updated and I was soooo sad. No more! Good luck with the 2015 challenge. I’m doing it, and have got rid of 600 things so far this year. It helped that I hadn’t done any decluttering before, so I went for the easy stuff. And lots of small things like giving away my collected assortment of coloured card got me to 50 straight away!

    My rule is I count everything that can be used on its own. So a piece of card = 1, but a jam jar AND lid = 1, a jewellery making set, even though it’s full of individual beads = 1.

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Advicist! I’m so glad you are here! I really need to go back and read my whole blog myself. I think I would learn some things from that reflection.

      Wow!!! 600 things so far this year!!! You are a rock star! But I have to ask, what is a coloured card? Your rules sound great to me!

  7. Abigail

    Congratulations! I’m so excited to see you posting again. Spring is making me think about doing more de-cluttering and I need inspiration! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your epic before and after posts!!

  8. MPF

    I’m so glad you’re back! I was starting to worry!

  9. Tiffany C.

    Yay for decluttering! You inspired me to do my own this year. We have already gotten rid of over 300 things this year. Our goal is 2015 things in 2015 🙂 For every one hundred things we get rid of I take my kids somewhere special, during the cold weather it was the discovery museum. What, if anything, do you use to help motivate your kids to help you? I think half our problem is that we have too much stuff, and the other half is that we hardly put anything where it actually belongs. Maybe as we have less stuff it will become more obvious when things aren’t where they should be… Looking forward to hearing about your little successes. They always encourage me, every little bit counts.

    • Elizabeth

      300 things is awesome, Tiffany!I like your motivation for the kids. I don’t have anything quite like that, but I have started playing a little decluttering “game” with the kids. I call it “Pick Favorites.” I should do a post on it, but basically I pick a topic like stuffed animals or books. Next we put all of those items (usually just the ones from one room) in the middle of the floor. I give the kids a number of favorites to pick. They each pick that number of favorites. I am allowed to pick too, if I want to. 🙂 Then we donate the rest! My 8 year old actually requests to play the game!

  10. Sibylle

    You would be amazed how much you have to remove before it’s starting to show. Over the last few years, I removed about 3,000 things from our house (just things, papers weren’t counted!) and yes, it does show, even without opening the closets and drawers, but we are only two people… It is VERY satisfactory, though, to start a one-a-day-for-a-month-challenge with friends and not being able to get through because there really isn’t anything that counts (I don’t count papers, trash from old building projects or anything that gets dumped/recycled, just items that can be sold/donated etc) – so looking forward to more updates!

  11. Melissa

    A little progress here, I just sent a large trash bag full of coats and jackets to Newark Naturals! My cousin is getting all of our hand me downs. She’s gotten boys up to 4t. My son is switching over to 8s so I have lots to pack up for 6/7 and 5t is mostly done. Girls she’s gotten up to 18 m and once my littlest is done with 24m she’ll get that too! My second youngest flew into 5t so I’m still getting 4t out of the laundry mountain to pack away. (I have a huge pile of clean laundry that I grab what is needed from, I only tackle folding when everyone is sleeping!). Miss your posts, have you made tidying a habit?

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