Hello Uncluttering compadres! So, how did you do last week? I hope you are having great success during this Unclutter Your Nest and Lighten Your Load Boot Camp. The 207 pounds of stuff that we took out of our home from our bedrooms and bathrooms has really energized and motivated us to keep at this unclutter process. Now I’m chomping at the bit to get the unclutter going on in other areas of our home.
If you are just starting the Unclutter Your Nest and Lighten Your Load Boot Camp, then pop back here to get your calendar and discard sheets.
I’ve got to be honest, while weighing it is one more step to take, it has been so motivating. If you are a goal oriented person, seeing those numbers on your scale increase will surely motivate you to keep going. And if I’m at 95lbs, I promise I’ll find something that weighs 5 lbs to take it to 100.
During this process it has occurred to me that I am attempting to lay hands on just about every item in my home. That’s quite an undertaking, but it’s so invigorating to shed stuff and reassuring to know exactly what is in my home
So grab your ‘kit’ and let’s get going. For each area:
See here for a list of places to donate your gently used items or recycle other items.
If you are at all like me, the kitchen is a clutter gold mine. I am on record as being a sucker for kitchen gadgets. Maybe ‘sucker’ is too nice a word…the truth is that I think I have a kitchen gadget ‘problem’.
My brief stint at Williams-Sonoma only enabled my ‘problem’. So that said, my first order of business was to set aside all my favorite kitchen gadgets and cookbooks to protect them from the tsunami of the unclutter machine!!! Here’s how I went about shedding 117 pounds of kitchen clutter:
And remember that ‘Christmas’ feeling you might get when you discover some long lost item? Well, I was reminded that I needed another shield for my KitchenAid Mixer to prevent the flour from flying out of the bowl because I had lost half of the one I had, probably when we moved 10 years ago.
So in this unclutter process, I threw out the ½ of the shield that I still had and wrote down on my ‘gift ideas’ list that I needed a new shield. Well, when I went digging into cabinets later that day, you’ll never guess what I found? The missing half!!
These rooms are full of paper. Paper is one of those things that comes in so frequently and we don’t know quite what to do with it, so we file it away. Because you need to lay your hands on every sheet of paper, the office takes a good amount of time.
It may be that you put all the papers you need to go through in a box as you work through your office with the intent of ‘processing’ some of them this week and the rest over the next week or couple of weeks. Just make sure you stay on it.
Once I’m done with this Boot Camp…I really want to move our home to be as paperless as possible.
Through this process we’ve recycled 315 pounds of paper that we just didn’t need to have because it was outdated or otherwise unnecessary. Let me say that again…315 pounds of paper!!
Most of the 315 pounds of paper were professional documents from my husband’s business, but we all hold on to documents in case we need them for taxes or other purposes.
There are some statute of limitations after which you can safely discard your documents. Suze Orman has detailed what should be keep for how long here.
RECYCLE THESE ITEMS AFTER YOU’VE DIGITIZED THEM:
This will take some time and you may not get it all done this week, but if you plan to do a little bit a day, you can work through it. Once again, put them all in a box and spend an hour a day weeding through them. I have a Canon Pixma MX922 which is a printer/scanner/fax machine/copier and it works perfectly for this. I would imagine most machines with a scan capability would accomplish this task.
I made a file for each year and saved each photo to the appropriate year.
It makes scanning receipts, and other documents, so effortless that there really is not excuse for me to not do this on a regular basis. The software that comes with the scanner is well integrated such that when you scan a receipt or document, you are immediately prompted as to how and where you want to save the document/receipt.
I would imagine most crafters have a drawer (or 2), a box (or 2), a cubby (or 2) or a bag (or 3) of ‘best laid plans’ craft supplies. You know what I’m talking about..don’t you? I hope you do. Please tell me you do.
I once purchased ALL the fabric necessary to make a queen size quilt, although I had never ever quilted before. I had great plans, but they never got off the ground and that fabric found a home somewhere else along the way, though I don’t quite remember where.
So here’s our tally thus far:
Office/Craft Room 485
808 pounds of stuff has been taken out of our home! Holy Cow!
Catch up on all 4 weeks:
We’re starting the second week of our Unclutter Your Nest and Lighten Your Load Boot Camp. Isn’t your home breathing easier with X pounds of stuff taken out of it? Aren’t you breathing easier just knowing you have fewer things to tend?
I’ll be back next weekend with suggestions for your laundry room, den and linen/coat closet. Until then, enjoy your lighter home. And don’t forget to share your pictures and success stories at #unclutteryournest on Twitter and Instagram. I love seeing them.