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Weeks 7: The 365 Declutter Challenge – House Guests!!! Before and After pics, too!

Hi Everyone! Sorry I missed doing a week 7 update! I’m hoping to get week 8 posted tomorrow and then I’ll be caught up.

Here’s what happened: Our dear friends who live out of state called to let us know they were coming into town for a funeral. I offered to let them stay here if they needed a place to stay. They accepted!

A couple of crazy things about this:

1. Am I crazy??? Have you seen the state of my house?? Serious disaster area!

2. This is a 3 bedroom house. We have 5 people in our family. They have 7. Last time I checked that means 12 people in a 3 bedroom house. Crazy! But super fun, too!

A couple of good things about this:

1. We were motivated to clean and declutter. We had to, or people would be standing, sitting, and sleeping on clutter.

2. These are awesome friends (they were both in our wedding). They know us well enough not to expect a super tidy neat and clean house.

Well, Mr. RSS was not kidding around about making progress in the basement. Here’s what he was able to accomplish in less than one day.

Ready?

Before:
(FYI – these are before pics I took in January, so that rocking horse is in the pictures even though I got rid of it a few weeks ago):

cluttery basement

After:

basement progress

Before:

basement clutter party

2 After shots:

Yay!

Much better

What went out the door?

3 old computers

old computers

2 shoes (actually 3 individual shoes – 1 pair and 1 single), a book/cartridge from an old LeapPad (water damage), and a bag of miscellaneous clothes and kid stuff (I counted this as 10 things)

shoes, book, cartridge

7 boxes of mostly clothes (I counted each box as 15)

boxes of clothes

Soooo that means I had a lot of little x’s to make….

121 things out the door!

121 things out the door for week 7!!!

In summary: My husband is a decluttering rock star.

What have you been up to? Any decluttering?

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My Husband Rocks at Decluttering | Man on a Mission Strikes Again. This time: Paper Clutter

This man puts me to shame when he gets to decluttering.

It took me 7 weeks to go through one box of paper clutter.

Mr. RSS went through about 6 boxes of paper clutter in ONE day!

He sent 4 or 5 big black trash bags of paper clutter out the door!

A few things that helped him: 1) I kept the kids busy (Huge help, right?!) 2) A bunch of the paper was damaged from our little basement flood. 3) It was really really old paper clutter (much of it around 10 years old).

He was working in the basement. Here’s the before picture. I didn’t think to take one that day, so this is a few months ago. He basically took out that front row of boxes.

Some other things were moved around, so it’s a little hard to see the progress, but notice that bookcase that you can just barely see in the first picture is now quite visible.

Here we have a pile of empty boxes (plus there’s at least one that got recycled):

And the bonus? He found a $100 saving bond that was a gift for our son, and $25 cash that was a baby gift for our now 7-year-old daughter. Gotta love that!

4 Decluttering Tips from Mr. RSS

1. Tenacious focus.

2. Remember the #1 goal is to purge.

3. Don’t tie emotion to objects or pieces of paper.

4. Hold to the stuff of this earth loosely.

Happy Decluttering!

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