A 10 Month Declutter Project

along with my spending frost, the next 10 months are also going to be one long declutter project.  the two tend to go hand in hand.


the goal: get rid of 50% of the things currently in my possession.  (and obviously, to not bring in anything new!)  i have no clue what 50% is going to be, but i plan on keeping count.

why:
(1) if you've never done a giant purge of your stuff before, let me tell you - nothing else in the world makes you quite as mindful of the crap you're buying and bringing into your home.  you have so much you don't need and probably never needed in the first place.  but somehow, it's there.  taking up space, wasting money, causing stress.  the real way to change your habits is to purge this stuff.  it'll make you think twice before shopping ever again!  even better when you keep track or tackle large projects at once (like over a weekend) because you can really see just how much you got rid of that you didn't need.  and then not buy it again.
(2) specifically, i don't like packing and moving shit i don't need.  with 10 months to go before moving (again, seriously, every year. gah.) i want to clear out everything that isn't totally necessary and/or loved.  also, i still have things in my mom's attic.  granted, it's a christmas tree, 2 empty plastic boxes, and 1 box of way too many halloween costumes, but still.  it's there.  sorry mom.  i've massively decluttered my things before, so i'm not expecting giant results but it's important nonetheless.  50% might be unobtainable, but why not?
(3) i like minimalism.  it feels good.  i feel like i win every time i get rid of something.
(4) during a 10 month spending freeze, getting rid of things is much better than going shopping!

anticipated easiest area: my closet.  it's gotta be practically done by now already, i did so good the last time around.  i've got less than 50 hangers and minimal things in drawers.  and i believe only 20 pairs of shoes.  (but friends and parents reading this, if you ever need a gift idea for me, let me give you this one - victoria's secret gift card. the percentage of things in my wardrobe from there would shock you - as in, 100% of my bras, underwear, pajamas, and yoga pants and at least 3 shirts.  so really.  gift me vs, please and thank you.  it'll be put to good use!)

anticipated hardest area: stuff at my mom's house.  it's almost all holiday related, so i have to assess as each holiday comes around.  plus it's tough to get up in the uninsulated attic (always -40 or +102 degrees) and get stuff out and to a donation place, and since it's not in anyone's way, i tend to procrastinate this area.  but, i will be staying there to watch the dogs for 5 days in november, so that should give me some time to really get things done.

area that needs help: kitchen.  i don't even cook that much and when i do, it's easy - cupcakes, things that take 1 or 2 pots, crockpot cooking.  i have gadgets and i don't know why.  i need figure out what i don't use and downsize.

i think i'll do an update once a month on the number of things i've gotten rid of, plus the number in that category that's left.  i.e. tossed 2 pairs of shoes, 16 left.  to help see if i make it to 50%.  i'm actually anticipating being far under 50%, for the sole reason that i've already decluttered so much.  i know i can do more, but 50%?  probably not.  but i want to try.

27 comments

  1. Wow. This is ambitious. I look forward to seeing how you do!

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  2. LOVE this. I try to do be mindful and do a big purge and declutter at least twice a year, and I totally agree - it feels SO GOOD. The one thing I'm pretty good about though is my kitchen. I didn't have ANYTHING when I got married (lived with roommate who had everything I could ever need) and I was pretty good about only registering for things I would realistically need and use on a regular basis. (i.e. no ice cream makers or cappuccino machines here!) I'm thankful too, because I'm working with a teeny tiny apartment kitchen, and clutter would drive me NUTS!

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    1. I always wonder about crazy long registries! Pretty much, if I'm going to use it once or twice a year, it's not worth the real estate it takes up. My kitchen isn't tiny (in this apartment) but I still just don't like the clutter! Takes too long to find what I'm looking for. So some things have to go.

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  3. I'm not a hoarder because I do love to purge but we are such opposites, haha. Minimalism is so not my thing. I admire your effort and dedications though.

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    1. It's definitely not for everyone. I'm just not into 'decor' and things that don't serve a purpose. Mostly because I don't like cleaning them haha

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  4. Good luck! This sounds like a challenging but fulfilling project :)


    Bailey
    aka Bailey

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  5. This is awesome. Shopping is my therapy. I donate a lot to goodwill, but I buy a lot too. I don't know I have the discipline to get rid of a 50% of my things.

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  6. I need to really think hard in my kitchen. I have a lot of stuff there that I don't use.

    That being said, minimalism is definitely not my thing. But you rock it! I know you'll do well with this.

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  7. if it weren't for my husband and mom, there wouldn't be as much crap in my house as there is now. my husband, as much as i love him, loves to collect things that we don't need because he's of the mindset of "but what if we need it eleventy billion years from now? those bazillion cords and odds and ends might come in handy one day!". when we moved into this house and did the basement, he stuck his flag in it and said "this is my workshop!" which is mancode for "don't come in here and complain about the mess or try to organize this shit". whenever i go down there to look for something...omfg i can't even.

    so hell yes to minimalism. looking forward to your updates!

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  8. I need to do this too. My fiancé is a hoarder though.. its so hard for him to throw things out. He would probably have a panic attack if I started doing this.

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  9. wooo I needed to hear this today! I'm doing a closet clean out and I need to just get rid of crap. you are awesome.

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  10. You inspire me!! For a girlie girl with a ton of clothes, I actually do not own a lot of shoes either. I used to buy a lot of shoes, but I found I rarely wore the wild colors and it was a waste. I feel like you really only need one of two pairs of fun shoes-like pink glitter heels. I mostly buy black and neutral shoes now. I am also hard on shoes, which is why I don't think I will ever spend more than about $250 on a pair. I am not frugal by any means, but I don't think I could ever get Loubs!

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  11. I LOVE decluttering! It makes everything in the world right lol

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  12. I love this! I feel like I "win" every time I donate/sell/pitch something, too. I want to lead a more simplified life and decluttering is a constant work in progress. Luckily I haven't done much shopping at all in the past 18 months, so that helps, but I still have years of crap that I'm working my way through.

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  13. I need to declutter SO BAD. I can think of ten things off the top of my head that I should just go ahead and get rid of right now.

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  14. YES, yes yes to the first sentence of your "Why" - moving so many times over the past seven years has made me incredibly mindful of the crap that we buy. Even now that we're trying to furnish a permanent place and put down roots I'm being so careful and minimalistic with what we're putting in our home. Good luck with this, and don't forget to donate your clothes - even small appliances or homegoods to your local womans shelter :)

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  15. Are you breaking it up into zones, tackling a certain area each month or so? We moved 3 months and based on the amount of stuff we still haven't taken out of boxes, we have WAY TOO MUCH STUFF. I really want to declutter but my husband is a major packrat (why oh why is he sentimentally attached to old cds?) so it makes it challenging.

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    1. I think so. I think it'll be easier to track if I do 'all closet' then 'all kitchen' etc etc. Closet should only take a day, but kitchen I might work on for a full month. haha who knows, maybe I'll get bored one cold January weekend and knock out everything at once!
      I feel the same about the moving thing - I unpacked it all, but there's FOR SURE things I haven't touched since I unpacked it... September 1. That stuff has likely got to go. Thankfully it's just my things and I'm not sentimentally attached to any of it!

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  16. Good luck on the purge, I did that once, when I relocated to Ottawa, I had one week to get back home, pack up my house and move , knowing it was to a smaller place I was sharing with Kent. Sure made it easy to purge though

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    1. Eek! How'd you manage in such a short time frame?! That's impressive!

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  17. Very inspiring! Best of luck! How many shoes are you looking to make it to? I'm just curious as I know you have a job where you have to dress professionally, so I wonder how many professional verses casual. I know that my closet is lighter than many of my friends but I just counted and I have around 24 pairs. I read this article yesterday about decluttering, you might find it interesting http://nyti.ms/1sXPKGB. I want everything in my closet to be something I love to wear, it is just hard to find those perfect pieces for me.

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  18. You're super ambitious! I'm excited to hear how it goes :)

    Sarah
    Sweet Spontaneity

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    1. I'm excited for it! I'll definitely post updates. It's a big undertaking, but I think it'll be worth it in the end!

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  19. I need to do this. Like seriously. We have so much crap that just has been accumulating...we have to do something before we run out of space. Decluttering really helps my mind become at ease as well!

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  20. I desperately need to do this! Imagine the amount of things (clothes, kitchen gadgets, furniture etc) in a normal apartment squished into an NYC apartment and there you have it!

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  21. I am so in awe of your declutter skills! I have been trying to scale back but I can always do better.

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  22. I started going through my closet this weekend. I already have a stack of clothes to give away so that makes me happy! I love your list of places to tackle.

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