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4/17/11 2:03 P

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Really great inspiration, motivation and idea!

I'm just in the middle of a major decluttering of my closet.
Don't laugh: I finally realized I won't wear these tiny-sized clothes bought back in the 90's.

They're in perfect condition, so I'm giving them away to a local charity, here in France (Europe).
Gee, loads of them.

I'm also buying ONE pair of comfy walking shoes, and throwing away TWO worn out pairs.

So far, so good!

-Vic

You Go Girl!!! It's ALWAYS Worth It...

(YES, I've changed... PAIN does that to people).


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hmmm an interesting idea. kinda like a monk would do. i might try it.

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This is a really fabulous idea.

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2/9/11 8:03 P

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ZOZO...best of luck with the challenge....I'm sure you will accomplish this goal!

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2/9/11 12:50 P

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i just had a birthday.. i will start this immediately.. i have catching up to do but that won't be a problem.. today is 3 since my bday was monday..i'm shooting for 365.. great motivation!

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2/3/11 11:55 A

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Ha....Nicole, we had the same goal for 2010.
I managed to give away 417 items. Some to individuals, many to Value Village who in turn sell them and donate the profit to local charities, and many just to whomever needed them and would take them. 417 items of "stuff" I didn't need and 417 things diverted from the landfill.

This year, I have made a pact to not buy any new 'stuff' for 2011.
There are obvious exceptions.....food, personal care items etc. When I do need something my mantra will be to buy used, barter, or trade with an emphasis on local produces who are organic or use sustainable practices for the ones who aren't local

IT is WAY easier than I thought. In fact, inJanuary, I didn't even buy groceries.....the only thing I really consumed was gasoline to drive back and forth to work.

I think I'm going to start a blog/message board here about buying nothing new.....


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I've just found a quote I like, but apologies I can't remember where from.
It's about the feeling we might have of it being a waste to pass on/get rid of something.

"... the waste was when you bought it, not when you get rid of it. You bought something you didn’t really need — and the real waste would be to ignore this and not learn from it. "

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I would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people who are the Traditional Custodians of this Land (Melbourne, Australia). I would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend that respect to other Indigenous Australians present.


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1/7/11 2:38 P

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It's a great idea. I know that when my kitchen in my tiny house is cluttered I find it terribly challenging to cook and eat with intent and care. My whole house ends up a giant junk draw. I much prefer to live simply, and I know that to many I already do. But I have a way to go yet before I am content with the Stuff in my house.

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I would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people who are the Traditional Custodians of this Land (Melbourne, Australia). I would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend that respect to other Indigenous Australians present.


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12/19/10 6:23 P

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There is an unspoken pact among our friends to give away 'consumables' at Christmas and birthdays...food items (including and especially home-made), tickets to a show, and so on. It helps keep the clutter down! Also, we are not ashamed to re-gift and recycle items we purchased for ourselves and never used.

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12/13/10 11:11 A

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We are giving away some posessions in leiu of new Christmas gifts-- for example: our eldest son is getting an old VCR and DVD from us for Christmas.

"That which you cannot give away, you do not possess. It possesses you." ~Ivern Ball

"Clutter is just postponed decisions"
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"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." ~Abraham Lincoln


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12/1/10 11:35 P

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fantastic..i'm decluttering a lot and this is very inspiring...

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11/30/10 5:16 P

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I love this! How do you plan to give items away?

I have a similar goal to declutter, too. It's tough to part with my art stuff, especially those odd items I'm saving for collage and altered art that will be used "someday."

I plan to put some items on the "free" section of Craig's List and also Freecycle to get rid of clutter.

Thanks for the inspiration.
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11/19/10 9:19 A

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I was thinking that this might be something I'd like to try for 2011. It would definitely help me organize as well as figure out what I really need in my life to be healthy and happy. Too much stuff.

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11/11/10 12:48 P

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What a very interesting idea? What will you do when the year is up, do you think it is something you will keep up? Or do you think you will run out of stuff?

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11/7/10 7:41 P

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I have discovered a system that works for me:
Do I love it? Do I use it? Is it beautiful? Does it fit?
Every week just look at one room.
Every season (every 3 months) clean out wardrobe ready for new season.
Put away, give away, throw away.

Only do 15 minutes per day.

Cheers everyone, there is a concept called " body clutter" that ties in to our addiction to consumption.


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hey! I just saw this post today to and I'm really interested to read everyone's thoughts on getting rid of things. I live in a very small apartment, but I still feel like I have too many things. For a while, I was putting a tick mark on my calendar for everything I brought in and at the end of the month, trying to put just as many ticks up for things I had gotten rid of. I figured that if I counted a bag of garbage or a load or recycling as one item, I should be running a deficit. I am inspired to get back at this! thanks for the motivation!

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8/21/10 11:37 A

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I just happened on this post today and I love the concept. You have inspired me to clean out the closet! I have collections of things I will never use and never wear. After reading everyone's comments I realized how oppressing walking into my closet makes me feel. Time to lighten the junk! Thanks for the idea!

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2/2/10 11:32 P

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Love this. So great. I'm a tiny bit too late to do 365 things since it's Feb 2; but am committed to "unstuffing" for the rest of the year. Am fairly uncluttered in general, but your idea of opening up a little more space all year long is amazing. Who knows what will flow in?

Thanks for sharing this. Reminds me of that Leonard Cohen song about the light flooding in.

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Just found this thread, and I had to join the team to say: what a fantastic and inspirational idea!!

My husband and I have a very tiny house that we love dearly, and we're doing all we can not to give in to what everyone seems to think is the natural progression of things: up-sizing to a bigger house someday.

One of the arguments that people always use when we say we plan to live in this tiny house forever is, "where will you put all your stuff?"

And we tell them that if we have too much stuff to fit in the house, then the house isn't too small, we just have too much stuff!

This plan of giving things away seems to be a great way to achieve that goal. That, and we're getting really clever with storage space. ;)

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Way to go, Debbie!



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Well, I took a box to the thrift store today, so I'm caught up through the end of the week.

I have one very large clutter challenge in my life--yarn. I crochet, and I think I have a yarn addiction. I have tons of the stuff, and when I see a yarn display in a store, I get all excited, I just want to buy more. So, I'm trying to use what I have instead. I've decided that each time I make an item out of yarn in my stash (not new yarn) and either give the item away or take it to the consignment shop, it will count as 1 item down.

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I think that giving things up also teaches you to live with less in general, which saves money, resources, time--and so much more. :-)



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1/18/10 9:31 A

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This is an interesting goal but one that makes a lot of sense. Clutter, no matter where it is in our lives, can literally clog our environments, our bodies, and our relationships. I had not heard of the book "Material World" but took a quick peek at the PBS site about it. Wow! That is very interesting and humbling. I have been decluttering our house lately and it makes me feel as though I can breathe easier to get rid of stuff I don't need anymore. Just do it smartly (donate, recycle, etc.)!

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1/17/10 10:42 A

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I don't want to get too whoo whooo but spiritually, this a great thing to do. It challenges the ego to find its center in yourself and not the material things. Our identities have become the materials.

Honestly, I'm not very good at it as I moved accross country with nothing so am in the process of obtaining things for the home but in some areas of the home it is a practice I should begin practicing :-)

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1/16/10 3:35 P

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In spite of having to do a bit of catch up for the last 5 days I'm caught up! 16 items either in a box to the Goodwill or thrown in the recycle or in the trash or in the compost. The composted one was emptying a jar of dehydrated green bell peppers that have been in my pantry for over 5 years. I never use them 'cuz I always go for fresh!! Bye bye junk!

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PARROTWOMAN-
I have seen that book and yes, it's eye-opening.

Good luck with your goals everyone and thanks for the positive response.

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1/14/10 7:02 A

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Wow, this is a good idea!

We have entirely too much stuff, despite moving 4 times in the last six years. I really should go thru each room and get rid of a bunch of stuff. We have too much kitchen junk, too many books, and too much hobby/craft supplies that we never use, just for starters! And, like ANIDUCKTHISTLE, too much paper.

Thanks for sharing your goal, Coach Nicole!

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1/13/10 8:10 P

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Ouch! Ow ow ow! Parrotwoman that really hits it where it hurts. It would take several days to get my stuff out of the house, garage, shop, barn into the front yard to get a picture of it. And then who in their right mind would want to put it all back??

You know what I find the hardest place to clean and organize is all the papers in the file drawers. I never know what I'm suppose to keep and what I'm free to throw away. We have a home business and you do have to keep a lot of stuff to prove to the gov that you've been good! I wish THEY'D be good---another story to gripe about there.
Anyone else have that dilemma?

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it's a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they're terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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I want to do this, too!

Have any of you seen the book "Material World?" These 2 people traveled all over the world, and in each country they would find an average family and get them to put all their possessions in front of their house, and then they'd take a picture. The photos are fascinating. In some countries, the families had 5 or 6 possessions, and in the US, the possessions filled a whole cul-de-sac. I would like to get my possessions down to a point where I wouldn't be embarrassed to have my picture in that book!

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1/13/10 12:23 P

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What a great goal! I won't join daily - the thought of having to pick something to get rid of, other than the daily newspaper is just way too overwhelming! But I will make it a weekly goal.

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I've already thrown 11 things in a box. If I throw in 2 more things tomorrow I'm caught up! This is great! Thanks Nicole for a beautiful idea and the encouragement.
My house is going to get de-cluttered and I won't leave a mess when I leave this earth. I had to clean up my mother's mess and I don't want to do the same to my son and his family.
Thanks

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I don't do it every day, but that is a great goal.
We have the local chapter of a Cerebral Palsy foundation come by and pick up any unwanted items every couple of months.
It has helped the "clutter" make it's way out of my house. I used to have a hard time with it. If it didn't sell on eBay, it was just too good to throw away, and our local Salvation Army is so picky, sending you home with half of the items you try to donate...
I'm so thankful to the CP van, because now, when I don't need something anymore, I know exactly where it is going. My kids are super at giving away items, since they know it helps those in need.
I will take your tip and find something every day from now on.
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I pretty much did this in a weird odd way, by moving across country. now the place I moved into was furnished, so all my stuff in storage up north needs to be gutted. It is cheaper to buy new then to bring my stuff down here, since I am a cheapskate, I like thrift stores. Anyway, I will go back to MN in the fall and clear out what is left and pack up the few things I want to bring back to TX. I have realized, so much I don't need. Period. Thank goodness, there is a thrift store nearby my folks where my stuff is stored.

I have a friend in AZ who has a goal of getting down to 100 possessions. here is is blog: www.chrisobyrne.com/theme-for-2010/?
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He actually started a new blog just dedicated to this:
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Also a great idea!

I try to do that when it comes to clothes/shoes shopping. If I get something new, I have to get rid of something old...I do my best but it doesn't always work 100% of the time. ;-)



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Two great blogs--thanks, Nicole!

Last year, I made a resolution that I would have a net reduction in possessions each week. In other words, if I didn't buy anything, I would get rid of one thing, but if I bought 1 thing, I had to get rid of 2 things. I exempted food and supplies (like toilet paper) from the equation. It helped me declutter even though I didn't keep it up all year.

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I think you should do it! People who know me find this funny b/c I actually haven't accumulated much stuff in life so far--my house is pretty clutter-free. But I still think we all have a lot of things that aren't doing us any good or adding to our lives--and could be repurposed or given to others! Let me know if you decide to join in on the journey! ;-)

I have to admit, just a few days in, I feel extremely productive and "lighter" already.

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Great idea Nicole, you've got me pondering it for myself. At 63 I've collected a lot of...er...jun...things! It's a great time to give away, throw away and face undone projects.
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Hi everyone-
I have been meaning to share my BIG goal for 2010 in some of my relevant teams, and now is as good a time as any. It is to give up one item I own every single day for a year, for a total of at least 365 items by the end of the year. I'm super excited for this for many reasons.

I also started a blog to keep track of all the items I get rid of. Feel free to check it out and follow along if you'd like. I hope the stories behind each thing as well as the difficulty for choosing what to give up with get more and more entertaining as time goes on. I also hope to update it with some general observations I encounter during the process.

www.dailydeclutter.blogspot.com

Thanks for following along! I figure that the more people I tell about my goal, the more likely I am to stick with it. (I have learned that from SparkPeople!)

I almost forgot! Also of interest, my best friend Liza started a blog about her goal for the year: to give up packaged food products. (Liza has written for SparkPeople, too.) She's sharing her journey here:

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