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Kickstart to Clutter Free: Day 3 – Kitchen Counters!

You know what this means for me. Kitchen Counters = My dear sweet kitchen island gets to be uncovered again.

Here’s where we started this time:

Clutter Island 2000

It could be worse, right? A little worse?

For some reason I didn’t feel as overwhelmed as I usually do by this task. That makes me happy.

By the way, those Star Wars oranges are delish. Much better than regular oranges.

I actually remembered to start the timer this time. So after 15 minutes:

papers on island

Of course. Papers! Grrrr.

I set the timer for 15 more minutes:

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I recycled a bunch, and these are sorted small stacks.

I decided to go for 5 more minutes to see what I could do. I’m wild that way.

Oh! I almost forgot to show you this Easter basket that I found (yes, in the kitchen, in January).

I put all of the kids’ things that I found on the island in there for them to put away. I left that as one of their chores for the morning.

kid stuff to put away

(Not sure what the story is with this picture in the basket, but apparently there is a stolen lunchbox situation. “Hey! You took my lunchbox!” “Hands up!”)

The 2 piles behind the basket are for me and the hubby.

So here is what is left. A pile of mail and a small pile of papers for me to deal with.

Not Too Bad Island

 

Time for bed! It’s not perfect, but I have to get over being perfect so that I can make progress and not wait for the “perfect” time to be able to make it “perfect.”

Ack! I just realized that I forgot to count the things I decluttered this time! It was supposed to be 25 things. Things I got rid of included: trash, papers (mail, coupons, receipts, cards), and food. The rest of the items were relocated to their correct home. I just counted the papers from my recycle bag and there were 25 there, so let’s call it 30. Whew!

How are your kitchen counters doing? Getting rid of any clutter there?

I’m taking Kathi Lipp’s ecourse Kickstart to Clutter Free. If you are interested in the ecourse, you can read more about my thoughts on it here.

Next stop is the home office, whatever that means for you. Looks like I will be getting rid of more paper….

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Kickstart to Clutter Free: Day 1 – Paper!

Here we go! I’m so excited to be doing Kathi Lipp’s Kickstart to Clutter Free e-course! Day 1 was paper. The assignment was to get rid of 100 pieces of paper.

Kathi thought this might be a hard one for people. Not me!!! Do you know why? Because I have gobs and gobs of paper clutter!

I am really really good at collecting and keeping paper that I don’t need!

Here’s a before picture of my “desk”:

paper clutter

 

I decided to go for a section where I mainly keep the kids’ school related papers, because I knew that most of them could be recycled. I grabbed a huge stack and started going through them quickly.

For this class, each decision counts as an item. So a stapled pack of papers would count as one if you just need to basically look at the top piece and decide, but one piece of paper can also count as one. I had both situations here.

To help me keep track, I grouped the papers I was getting rid of in stacks of 10. I am so distracted, I knew I would lose count if I tried to count all the way to 100 at once.

Here are the papers I recycled. There are actually 310 here! Yippee!

kids school papers

This is the stack of papers I am keeping:

keep papers

And believe it or not, I actually put these papers where they needed to go!

This “Stay at Home” tray is now cleaned out!

Paper tray for school papers

Here’s the “after” picture of the “desk”:

Some papers gone

 

Okay, so there’s lots more to do here, but 310 papers out the door is a great start!

If you are interested in taking the e-course, you can sign up hereIt’s not too late! You can start anytime. You can read more of my thoughts about it here.

Have you decluttered any paper lately?

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Need a Kickstart to be Clutter Free? I do!

Hi Guys! Just a quick post to let you know about this e-course I’m taking:

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Something about the new year always makes me want to ramp up on the decluttering. I know I’m not alone! The problem is that even though I really want to do it, when I look at my mess I get overwhelmed. It’s hard for me to know where to start. Sometimes it’s just hard to start even if I know where I should start!

So when I saw that Kathi Lipp is doing a 2 week kickstart called Kickstart to Clutter Free (affiliate link), I was totally interested.

Here are some things I like about it so far:

  • 2 weeks: 500 things gone. That sounds awesome and a little scary all at once! But what makes it not as scary is that Kathi tells you what to get rid of each day. There are little assignments. She has an encouraging video and paper resources, too.
  • Only 15-30 minutes a day!
  • The course is self-paced and you have continuing access. It doesn’t expire after the 14 days, so you can revisit the materials over and over or spread it out over a longer period of time.
  • There is a place for comments on each day of the class, so you don’t feel like you are doing it alone.
  • Cost: $11.99  – Not crazy expensive or anything, but sometimes paying for something like this means you are more likely to follow through with it (I’ve learned that the hard way). And if you are selling or donating some of the things you declutter, you might just make that money back. And it is a lot cheaper than paying a professional organizer to help you get rid of 500 things!

Just so you know who you are working with for the e-course, Kathi Lipp is a Christian author and speaker. One of her books is Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space. (I haven’t read it yet, but it looks good!) She’s funny and down-to-earth. And she hasn’t always been clutter-free (another reason I like her)!

One of the first things Kathi says to start with is finding someone to help hold you accountable. Soooo I’m planning to blog my way through this e-course. If you don’t hear from me for  a while, you have permission to bug me about it! (Comment, Facebook, email me). And if you want me to help hold you accountable, then comment on this post and tell me you are going to do this with me!

If you want to join me in the e-course, click here to register and let’s get rid of 500 things in 2 weeks together!

By the way, especially for those of you who have been following my blog for a while, I do have a post started giving lots of updates on what’s been going on with me while I’ve been a little absent around here.

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