101 in 1001 Update

2.24.2015
i've been doing really well on my 101 in 1001 list over the years.  yes, years; i started july, 2013.  making my end date the end of march, 2016.  so just over 1 year to go, and just 20 things left on my list.  feel free to check it out to see what i've already done (ask if you want to know about anything in particular.)

but this post is about the 20 things i have left.  i've resigned myself to the fact that there's a few that i know won't get done.  namely visiting meredith in california and going to nashville.  with going to vegas in april and buying a house in august, there's just no way i'll have the money to spend on any other travel.  (yes, i could go to cali from vegas, but at that time meredith's baby will have just been born, and there's 400,000 things i can think of that i'd rather do than see a newborn, including sticking forks in my eye and dipping my feet into a piranha tank.)  the surprise baby also put a damper on #64 on my list, celebrate her wedding.  the boyfriend has not proposed yet, and she won't get married until the baby weight is gone anyway.

as for the rest, i do think i can hit all of them within the next year.  the one i'm most excited about is currently #13, "completely declutter my parent's house."  in what could possibly be the best news in, well, ever - my mother has finally admitted defeat and surrendered control on decluttering their house.  to me.  yes!!  she called saying 'you need to spend some serious time here, this is just out of control.  it's too much stuff.  it's embarrassing, no one should have this much stuff.  i need help.'  finally.  now, before you go thinking my mom is a hoarder, here's some before shots.





she's honestly pretty minimal compared to a lot people.  decor and tchotchkes has never really been her thing.  but she has attachments to sentimental objects and stuff that could potentially be useful, like things from my high school and pens and printer cartridges.  here's the problem though, she really pushes the limits on sentimental and useful.  the stuff from high school?  my 11th grade report card.  the printer cartridge?  for a printer she no longer owns.  this is the crap that just has to go.  along with eleventy billion vhs tapes because man, those really annoy me.


it's the little things.  see when you look at the computer room up close?  that's a lot of unnecessary crap.  and the room with the rug and it's closet?  that's my old room.  it should be empty, but my dad can't emotionally let the furniture go and my mom then sneaks more things in there.  i guess it's nice that they love me, but guys... it's time to let go.  i haven't even had a bed in that house for 12 years.

so that is what i'll be doing for the next few weekends, until that place is half empty from what it is now.  and i couldn't be happier about it, because decluttering, sorting, and organizing is my absolute favorite way to spend my time.  some people like to lay on a beach, i like to clean out their closets while they're gone.  hopefully my mom doesn't totally regret letting me take control but... she should probably order a dumpster at this point.

challenge accepted.

27 comments:

  1. My house would probably be your worst nightmare hahaha. I mean, it isn't super cluttered, but we do have a lot of stuff!

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  2. Will you come over to my house and de clutter all my stuff?! So exciting that you've kept this up for so long. Really impressive. And only 20 items left?! I think you're allowed to skip a few

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  3. Oh, enjoy. Decluttering spaces that *seriously* need decluttering is so much fun. I got to do it to my stepdad's house and man, the difference was absolutely incredible. Good luck!

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  4. Umm where is the stuff??? Seriously I think you would have a heart attach in my house.

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  5. My parents, specifically my dad, are meticulous. But like yours, they have areas. However, if I even tried to decluttered it, they'd stage an old school protest. It's so awesome of you to do it for them!

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  6. Lol! I like organizing - but the mental picture of you in people's closets when they're gone is pretty hilarious. And I've never been a fan of organizing other people's stuff - they never let me throw things away! Sometimes you have to pretend, "Oh, I'll take it and sell it" or "I could really use one of these 3 identical things you don't need."

    Exciting to be so close to your 101 things! That's a lot of stuff!!!

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  7. You could totally make this a side job. I'd hire you! I need to get working on my list...

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  8. SO awesome!! Have fun with that!!! :) My parents are wanting to downsize since they have been empty nesters for 5+ years now so they are working through all that sentimental 'junk' and I have to literally TELL my mom to throw things away lol!

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  9. Wow look at you go! You are a pro at organizing!

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  10. I wouldn't even know what to do in that house. It looks decluttered enough already!

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  11. I'm not sure how much stuff I have left, but I am actually surprised at how much stuff I've crossed off

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  12. Can't believe you only have 20 left, that's amazing! And my home is open to you anytime you want to declutter. I try so hard but it's there and then I am keeping a box of VHS...oops.

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  13. Well, I wish I was as motivated as you. I have done basically none of the things on my 30 before 30 list since I created it almost 2 years ago. How do you do all this, wonder woman?!

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  14. I think this is so funny. Both of our parents (mine and my hubs) are both hoarders and keep everything. While we are so minimal.

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  15. You're doing great on your list! I'm really hoping to knock my next one (which starts in June) out of the park. 3rd times the charm right?? Want to come declutter my place? Although I really don't have that much stuff to begin with...

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  16. I feel like Im missing something Steph. Those are the before shots?? haha ... that house does NOT look like it needs decluttering. Please visit my apartment for some real life declutter stuff. PS. you are rocking those goals!

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  17. Your mom's house looks like you've already been through it. haha. I'm interested to see what you two get rid of. :)

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    1. haha I have been through it a bit, but she's good at hiding things in closets and in the attic and basement. Like a squirrel. We'll have a lot to go through!

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  18. you and SMD are organizing wizards; your mom's house is going to look amazing!!

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  19. You are too funny, I love that organizing is your laying on the beach. :)

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  20. I think most people have areas. Your parents' aren't that bad! This will be fun! Go get it!

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  21. sweet baby jesus you can never come into my house if you think hers is cluttered. I am a true hoarder compared to that.

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  22. seriously you can come to my house any time you want. i really just need to sit down and go through everything - my husband has stuff like notebooks from high school, it drives me bonkers. he wont let me throw them away, they take up too much room!!

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  23. Happy rex manning day! :]

    love the blog. (i am convinmced you and i are the same person)

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  24. Aw thank you! That's the best compliment I could get :)

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