I suppose I should come right out and say it. This decluttering update is no where near as saucy as last month. That’s right: I’ve decluttered a bunch, but I haven’t sold any undies or tossed any hemorrhoid cream this month.
What I have noticed though, besides the fact that I have next to no shame as a blogger anymore, is a dramatic difference in our lives. Decluttering hasn’t made me rich, and it hasn’t made me famous. (Unless you count my appearance on Tiny Bites, which totally counts!)
But I am finally starting to notice the breathing room that we have in our lives. Mornings run smoother, and there’s less to take care of each evening. That means more time for my family and more time for
sleep procrastinating on my blog.
I know that decluttering will likely be a lifelong process. Still, being able to savor this feeling makes all of the hard work worth it. And it’s been motivating as all get out, which meant we had a really productive August
What I Decluttered in August
- 8 pieces of toddler clothes – I’m still packing away most of HP’s clothes, but I am trying to get rid of duplicates. These made a nice donation to a local foundation that was looking for items.
- 18 pieces of men’s clothing – In the strangest twists of faith, my husband created what amount to a PE teacher capsule closet for himself. He has enough items to mix and match throughout the week (plus an outfit change on sweaty days – yet another reason why I won’t teach PE). And that’s it. If nothing else, it forces us to really stay on top of laundry.
- 21 pieces of women’s clothing – I basically whittled down my entire summer wardrobe and got rid of most of it. I wouldn’t go so far as saying that I have a capsule wardrobe, too. But I am giving myself major back pats.
- 2 pairs of shoes – One pair went to DSW’s shoe recycling program, and I sold another pair on Poshmark.
- 4 belts – I used to really adore fashion bloggers. In fact, I’m still pretty obsessed with Kendi. I bought a bunch of really cute and completely impractical belts, and I’m finally at peace with the fact that they’re too much work.
- Shoe cabinet – When you go from more than 200 pairs of shoes to about 20, you end up with a lot space. So I ditched another storage cabinet. I tried to pawn it off on my husband, but his sneakers and basketball shoes take up way too much space. I listed it for free and out it went!
- 122 classroom library books – I haven’t been putting classroom clutter in any of my totals, but this seemed worth mentioning. When I switched rooms, I had to downsize an entire bookshelf. So I combed through all of my books and removed duplicate triplicate copies and less popular items. I offered them up to students first and then brought 6(!) boxes to my library for them to sell for a few cents each. Perhaps because I’m enjoyed so many of the benefits of a decluttered home, I’m trying to also extend that to my work. It’s working!
Items decluttered: 54 (This doesn’t include any of my classroom items).
Money made: $12
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How I Know I’m Not Done Decluttering
While I’m tempted to puff out my chest and pat myself on the back, I know our decluttering journey isn’t over. In fact, with a now two-year-old, I know it’s really only just beginning. Here’s what I caught myself saying last month:
- “How many times can you lose your keys in a day?” My husband was running late last month because he couldn’t find his keys. Then, he came home much later than he intended because he lost his keys at work.
- “That’s a lot of notebooks.” My mom found my stash of notebooks, and she’s not wrong. Amazingly, I attended a money and media industry conference, and I resisted all the stationery swag! I’m so proud of me. Now to use up what I have…
- “I need my computer. No, my other computer.” I finally broke down and bought a new Chromebook. My previous laptop had broken keys and next to no memory left. In all honesty, I should have replaced it at least a year prior. But since it’s not totally dead, I haven’t decided what to do with it. HP is interested. That means I might just let him play around on it until our community does electronics recycling again.
So Tell Me…Did you do any decluttering? Are you donating or selling? A little of both? Any tips or tricks that I can steal?