My decluttering goal for December was one item a day for a total of 31 items. I am happy to say that, even with a couple of days left in the month, I met and exceeded that goal! Even with things coming into the house in terms of clothes, etc., given to me by family, I was still able to have more items leave than came in!
I began the month keeping a list of the decluttered items, but, I decided to do a narrative post instead of just posting the list of items!
|Old Wicker Chest|
Some of the items I decluttered included a broken wicker chest that used to be in the family room (bought as a coffee table with storage, used to store gift wrap and my stash of gifts for several years and, more recently, to hold the bags of dry cat food), a non-working can opener, a broken whisk, and broken ornaments, which were simply tossed. Today, four old plastic spatulas (assorted sizes) that were starting to crack and break off were tossed as they were replaced by two new silicone spatulas (a gift from friend R who had asked me what I wanted; I like practical gifts that I can use).
Other items such as the 4-tier plastic shelving unit which also used to be in the family room (which I decided I didn't need to keep as a plant stand, after all), magazines, and catalogs were recycled.
Some items were set aside to be donated, along with the previous months' items that had been set aside for donating. Altogether, about 8 bags of my stuff and 2 bags of cousin P's stuff were picked up by the charity I was donating to, on December 22.
|Gift Using Items from the Stash|
Also "decluttered" were things I had on hand in my gift stash and crafts supplies, such as the new picture frame and ceramic flowers in the gift shown above, fabric, yarn (used for the blanket and a shawl I crocheted), a set of new kitchen towels, etc., which I incorporated into holiday gifts and old Christmas cards and scrapbooking supplies I used for making this year's cards and gift tags, etc.
I will continue my decluttering in the new year, too. I am going to try the one item in/one item out rule where I can, but, I think more items will have to go out than come in if I am to declutter!
Did anyone else declutter in December? Is anyone planning to join me again in January for decluttering?