Project: Simplify: Getting things OUT the door and paper sorting

This is the last week of Project: Simplify over at Tsh’s blog, Simple Mom. And this week we get to pick whatever project/hot spot we want! Sweet!

I was really tempted to pick a new spot (I have plenty that need decluttering!), but I decided the best thing would be to finish up some of what I have already started.

Tsh’s post announcing the hot spot is really good. I felt like she must have read my blog and she was speaking to me on several points, especially what she said about working quickly.

So I picked 2 projects from previous hot spots:

1. Actually get the clothes, shoes, and toys that were bagged and boxed up from weeks 1 and 3 OUT of the house!!

I know my son looks like he is in pain, but really he is just saying cheeeeeeeeeeeeese.

Why is that last step of decluttering so hard for me? I think at least part of it is deciding what exactly to do with it. Should I give it to a friend? Who? Should I donate? Where? Should I sell some of it? How? I need to just make a decision and take action!

Theoretically, this should not take much time once I make a decision! I think having the deadline of doing it this week will help!

2. Sort the rest of the paper clutter that I gathered.

I’m not saying that I’m going to get it all filed and taken care of this week, but I want to at least sort the 3 containers of very miscellaneous papers. What I learned from the one container I sorted in week 2, is that most if it can be recycled and doesn’t need to stay in my house, sitting around causing me stress.

The 3 containers to sort:

Gabe really likes to be included, as you can see!

And I still have my sorting boxes all set up, with papers there waiting for new paper friends to join them:

There's Gabe, snuggling with the shred box 🙂 I love that boy!

 Are you working on a decluttering project this week?

Do you have a hard time getting decluttered stuff out of the house?

I always like to hear your advice/ideas, too!

As usual with this project, I hope to post results on Friday or Saturday!


16 Comments on “Project: Simplify: Getting things OUT the door and paper sorting”

  1. I am doing the linen closet this week, but I ABSOLUTELY have a problem getting stuff out the door. You know that old saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions? I always have the best intentions, but the worst follow through. I need to just plan a trip to Goodwill directly following the completion of a project. Right now I have 4 trashbags of stuff in the back of my car just waiting to be donated… I have a tough time squeezing it into my weekends and the donation drop closes before I can get to it after work.

    so you are NOT alone! I need a solution too!

  2. Barbara says:

    What a great idea to finish up with the last few weeks of decluttering! I know with big projects, I cannot get it done that fast. Six months ago, I completely redid my Dungeon aka my Office/Dumping Ground and repurposed it into a homework area/playroom. It took forever and a day, but I did it and I feel great.

    Anyway, this week I am working on my “Bags o’ Stuff.” I lean towards being a “bagger,” or someone who throws stuff in a bag if I don’t know what to do with it. The reasoning is that I will go through it later. Well, that later never comes and subsequently, my bedroom has 5 giant bags of Weird Stuff to go through. I think I will tackle one bag a day. Literally, this stuff belongs All. Over. The. House. I’m exhausted thinking of how much sorting and running around I need to do trying to find homes for all that stuff. Ultimately, I think I’ll need to do some serious thinking and just purge most of it.

    **BTW- I have read from many blogs that the best way to quickly clean up a cluttered house is to throw stuff into a basket and stow the basket away until you can go through it. Um, yeah. So that would NEVER work for me. I would have a Basket Room!!! Guess it works for some people!!!

    • I am SOOOOO with you on the “Bags o’ Stuff!!” I tend to do that when I’m doing a “quick clean up.” In fact, I just did a bag on Sunday! I’m super guilty of that when I need to clean out my purse, too. It wouldn’t be so bad if I went through the bags within the next day or so, but that doesn’t happen here either. Future projects….

  3. I use the basket method, but I go through the basket right away. I find it works as a way to quickly get that “results” list and it forces me to go through the basket. I find when I try to declutter one room at a time I end up just moving junk from room to room. This way it all gets picked up and I HAVE to sit and go through it. I think setting it aside would make me end up with a pile of piles, for sure!

  4. Sarah Godwin says:

    I’m always working on decluttering. I try to do one box, shelf, drawer, etc. every day, if possible, since we have way too much clutter. Some days I do more; some days I do less. I always have a stash in the guest room or garage for donation. I donate to AMVETS every time they call, which is about every 6 weeks, I think. I also take things to Goodwill frequently. The quicker you get it out of the house, the better. Some people like to sell their things, but I find it usually isn’t worth the time or hassle for as little as you get, so I donate. That way it doesn’t sit around the house so long and risk becoming part of my clutter again. I give to friends or family if there are things I think someone I know would use or like.

  5. Messy Wife says:

    Same problem here. One of my “reasons” was that I wanted to wait till I get it all done which, of course, never happens. Sometimes, I can’t even understand myself – I drive by a Goodwill donation center or a Salvation Army donation center almost on a weekly basis!

    I used to not bother selling my things but I guess the recent economy has put some stress on me. I intend to try selling some like new clothing on eBay and some like new kitchen ware on craiglist. I don’t know, I guess I want to overcome these initial fear of selling things and kind of hope that this could be the beginning of something…

    Oh, and here is an article I found recently on selling on craiglist:

  6. WilliamB says:

    A problem I have sometimes is that I want to find a “good” home for the item. Frex, I don’t want to donate my work suits to Goodwill because their full potential won’t be realized; I want to donate them to a welfare-to-work or prison-to-work program. Then I need to find such a program. Then I need to find a location. Then I need to find their donation rules and times. Then I need to connect with them, value the suits, and get the donation made; inevitably the donation hours are not compatible with a working person’s schedule.

    I also have a dozen high-value items I want to sell, but have been having trouble getting Craig’s List to work for me.

    So, yes, I understand the problem.

    • Google is great for finding such info!! 🙂

      I had every intention of selling big ticket stuff, but not a nibble on craigslist! I got frustrated and just donated it, which ended up giving us a hefty tax deduction, hooray! Perhaps try eBay if CL isn’t working for you. Or just a plain ol’ garage sale?

      • WilliamB says:

        eBay and garage sale wouldn’t work for me. I’m not interested at all in the hoops that eBay makes you jump through to be a seller. My neighborhood isn’t garage-sale friendly: there aren’t many, so people don’t come, so there are even fewer… I think there’s a twice-a-year one a half mile away, but given that it would take all day and garage sale prices are notoriously low, I don’t know if it’d be worth my time.

        I may just have to get over the mental hump that I should get money for this stuff, darnit! and donate the whole lot.

  7. Messy Wife says:

    So, have you found a new home for your things? Any tip to share?

    • Hi! I have made some good progress. The last 4 days have just been so crazy busy that I couldn’t get a post up, but I should be able to post about it sometime today! I need to jump over and check on your progress, too!

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