Nov 23, 2008

Update on the Throw/Donate 50 Things Pledge

Remember when I pledged to declutter my house over on Monniblog's site? Well, would you believe I've already met this 50 items goal and then some. In one day, the hubby and I cleared out our bedroom closet and under the bed and under the dresser.

Here's a list of some of the items we donated today:
1. 3 table lamps

2. 2 bags of clothes and towels

3. a laundry basket that is too small for us

4. a painting that hubby got from work

5. 2 vases

6. a Spanish on cassette course

7. a ton of desktop photo frames

8. Photocard software for PC

9. 3.5 inch floppy disks

10. a trash bin

11. a bunch of shoes I don't wear (boots, high heels I can't wear, etc.)

12. cat dishes

13. figurines (cats, wolves, etc.)

14. candle topper, looks like an old lady hat with posies in it.

15. candle holders

16. 8 books

17. blankets

18. dish rags (though they were in nice condition)

19. rabbit fur/skin decoration thingy

20. clock radio

21. rabbit ears for television (though I don't think anyone will want those much longer)

22. reusable water bottle for walking etc.

Some Items we held onto for no reason and that were oftentimes broken made their way to the trash, including:

1. a blender

2. ripped blankets

3. broken frames

4. broken glass knicknacks

5. broken candle holders

6. software for printers that no longer exist here

7. beabag footstool

8. empty cell phone boxes for phones we no longer have (LOL)

Have I met the pledge? I think so...but I'm sure there is more to come.

If you haven't signed up, you better get on over there. Check it out and sign Mr. Linky.


Unknown said...

Good job! I didn't sign up for the pledge, but I can feel a major clean up coming on for myself. I just can't start the holidays with a bunch of clutter around me!

Serena said...

I couldn't resist. It was a great motivator.

Marie Cloutier said...

Wow, good for you. I've been trying to de-clutter too, although I haven't joined the challenge formally. You're an inspiration! :-)

Serena said...

Marie: Thanks. I took the challenge as a motivator. I've been thinking about decluttering for some time. I even put things aside that we can regift.

Jeannie said...

That's great, Serena. I donated my stuff today too. :D

Luanne said...

Wow - I'm impressed ( and guilty) I am a terrible packrat and as luck would have it - I married one too. But we're running out of room, so I think I need to start taking an objective look at some stuff.....

Serena said...

Luanne: According to the declutter experts. If you haven't used something in the last 12 months, you should get rid of it. That's the yardstick we used.

Luanne said...

12 months Serena - I'm looking at 12 years for some stuff!!! Definitely need to do this.

Serena said...

Luanne: get on this. Think of it as helping others with what they need. You could donate stuff that they desperately need. That's how I look at it. 12 years is a long time. My grandfather is still sifting through stuff my grandmother collected over the length of their marriage...its a lot. and its hard for him, even though it has been more than 10 years.

Anonymous said...

WOW awesome job! Thanks for reminding me about those floppy discs collecting dust!

Serena said...

Jeannie: Ever since I watched the Oprah show this month with the decluttering expert. I've been dying to clean out the apartment. Its my winter cleaning before the holidays really pick up. I never liked the idea of spring cleaning because its too nice to be indoors.

Serena said...

Monica: I found them in a box we never opened in 4 years of living in this apartment. :)

Anna said...

Good for you!! I did a lot of work around my house this week, and now I must focus on my bedroom, especially the closet. That'll probably take an entire weekend, though. LOL I used to not like parting with things, but these days, it makes me feel free.

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Shana said...

Woo-hoo, Serena! Doesn't it feel GOOD to do that? I took a few boxes to Goodwill yesterday. I didn't even take time to pull out stuff I could re-sell, like the Gap, Ann Taylor, etc. I just dropped it all off at the door!!!


Serena said...

Shana: I have a hard time worrying about reselling it. I figure goodwill will get it where it needs to be.