If you are interested to read how we let go of 50 things in our home, the reasons behind why we did it and what we let go of…read this post!
DONATED = 6 bags/boxes and counting…
GIFTED = 2 bags worth to friends and counting…
SOLD = $300 profit
Our 50 Things:
- rooster Halloween decoration – donated
- broken serving dish with sentimental value (1) – recycled
- old vases (4) – donated
- old linens (7 placements) (4 baby blankets) (5 crib sheets) (2 mattress covers – gifted) – donated
- old magazines (24) – recycled
- clothing (Sarah) – donated
- engine stand – sold
- guitar – sold
- toiletries (extra bar soap/lotion/dental floss) – donated
- never worn necklaces and bracelets (4) – donated
- never worn headband (1) – donated
- expired medicine and vitamins – garbage/recycled containers
- wire baskets (2) – garbage
- old candle holders (3) – donated
- wooden license plate – donated
- kids toy ironing board – donated
- Tupperware Chopper – donated
- Compound Mitre Saw – sold
- recliner – donated
- floor mop – garbage
- baby crib – sold
- extra kitchen items (for example baby forks/extra measuring spoons etc.) – donated
- food pantry items – donated
- road map book of Portugal from our honeymoon – donated (We have three children; we are not flying anywhere, any time soon)!
- clothing (Isaac) – donated/sorted and waiting for younger son
- clothing (Max) – donated/gifted
- clothing (Emma) – donated/gifted
- children’s toys – outgrown/too young/broken – donated/garbage
- race Helmets – expired
- gift bags (8) (broken/crumpled) – recycled
- bar glasses/shot glasses/random wine glasses – donated
- spring jacket – never fit properly – donated
- children’s books – donated
- juice jug (1) – donated
- Steam mop – it reminds me every time I look at it that it was a poor purchase choice for us – donated
- bench cushion – donated
- baby crib – sold
- beer cosy – donated
- old sunglasses – donated
- wall clock – donated
- change purse – donated
- ratty old purse – garbage
- terraphone – sold
- wall picture (s) – donated
- Volvo light
- central vac hose – donated
- never used cutting board – donated
- welder – sold
- bed rail – sold
- magazine holder – donated
- The emotions of getting rid of stuff are challenging. It feels inappreciative to get rid of a gift but we decided that we love the gift givers more than the item. The item doesn’t really matter and if it is bothering us then we need to remove it from our home! It takes up mental and physical space.
- The biggest barriers to getting rid of stuff are the fears of “What if I need (item)” or “What will (person) think if I get rid of this”.
- Prior to this challenge I was convinced that I had pared down our home fully. This challenge proves to me that you can keep going. Each time that I try to de-clutter it gets more and more difficult to find things to let go of.
- I love organizing. I love the “high” of de-cluttering. It keeps me focused and the trickle down effect is amazing. The first step is removing unwanted items but as an added advantage it increases the function within our home.
- It has been a great source of camaraderie between my husband and myself trying to work toward our goal.
Let me know if you decided to attempt the 50 Things Challenge. What is your progress? Do you love it? Do you hate it? In my opinion, it was well-worth the experience and effort. Not only does our home feel lighter, so do we (and not to mention our wallets are heavier…)!
I am very thankful for what I do have and that is; a supportive husband and wonderful kids!