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Week 5: The 365 Declutter Challenge – The Purple Coat

It’s time to give updates on week 5 of The 365 Declutter Challenge!

It was kind of a tough week for me. Maybe I can blame some of that on my cold, but maybe it was just me having a hard time making decisions and saying goodbye to things.

I spent way too much time wandering around my house with the vague idea that I needed to find things to get rid of, but having trouble picking anything.  But I persevered, mostly thanks to the fact that I knew I had to get this blog post up. Thanks so much for helping to keep me accountable!

Here’s what I ended up with:

decluttering the purple coat

  • A purple coat. This coat was passed on to me maybe 2-3 years ago. It’s a nice warm coat and I kept it to use as a “backup” coat that I might use when it’s really cold. Well, it’s been really cold and I haven’t been wearing it. Why am I holding onto a perfectly nice warm coat just to have as a backup? Someone else might be so thankful to have this coat to keep them warm every day! Giving this coat away makes me happy.
  • A T-shirt and some pants that Mr. RSS picked out to send out the door. (For those of you who are new around here, “Mr. RSS” is my husband’s nickname here on the blog, short for “Mr. Ready Set Simplify”)
  • Some old baby medicines. Most of them expired in 2007 or 2009. I counted these as 4 because there were 4 different types of medicines.
  • Cell phone chargers – 1 broken and 2 very old. I counted these as 2 instead of 3 since 2 of them were identical.
  • A rocking horse (see picture below). This guy has been hanging out on this chair in the basement for too long. Time for him to get out and get some exercise! It turned out our church’s nursery really needed something like this. Perfect!

Rocking Horse on a cluttered chair

That made 10 things for me for week 5:

Counting clutter - 10 more things!

How was your week? 

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Week 2: The 365 Declutter Challenge – The clothes didn’t fit in the drawer

Time for the Week 2 update! If you want to catch up on what I’m doing in this challenge, check out these previous posts:

I’m Decluttering 365 Things in 2014!
Week 1: Easy Bake Oven!

I have a fairly simple update for you today. The inspiration for this week’s decluttering was my son’s shirt drawer. As he was putting away his clean clothes, he said, “Mommy, I can’t put these away, they won’t fit in my drawer.” 

Instead of telling him to just put them somewhere else for now, we took action and I said, “I’m sure you have some shirts that don’t fit you anymore or that you just don’t like to wear that much. Let’s get rid of those until we have enough room for you to be able to easily close this drawer.”

It didn’t dawn on me until now that I should have taken a before and after picture of the drawer. Oh well. We ended up getting rid of 6 shirts and a random pair of underwear that fit him 3 years ago. On a different day, we discovered a pair of pants that were too small. That’s 8 things heading out the door! The pile on the right is going to his cousin, and the pile on the left is off to Goodwill.

boy clothes to give away

Working towards that 365 goal…

week 2 decluttering update

What have you been decluttering? Inspire me!

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