Tuesday, January 26, 2010

365 Items Decluttered: The Rules

If you want to take this challenge, you can make up your own rules as to what counts as an "item". I'll tell you about our rules. You can use them, or not. Feel free to make this up as you go along.

I wanted to count things that were somewhat substantial. Yes, we did get rid of some large items, like the dresser shown above. Several of the items we got rid of were on the small side. Even small things add up especially 365 of them, but I made the following rules for our challenge:

- We didn't count stuff we would have thrown out anyway. Like a paper plate. ;-) That's garbage. If you have an issue throwing away garbage, you need help that you aren't going to find here.

- We didn't count pieces of paper. Large catalogs or binders, yes, but not single pieces of paper. If you have a bad paper problem, you may want to try a "Toss 365 Pieces of Paper" challenge.

- I also didn't count tiny things as 1 item, like Handy Boy's McDonald's toys. I put them into a bag and counted the bag as 1 item. We found a big pile of packing peanuts in the basement. I put them into a bag and counted them as one item. Again, your mileage may vary.

- I counted a pair of items that go together, like shoes, as ONE item.

Those were pretty much the only rules we made. Another thing that I wanted to do was to dispose of all these items in a responsible way. Items that could be recycled were put into our recycling bin for curbside pickup. Some items were passed on to other adults or children who could use them.  We sold some items to people that Handy Man knew; other items were sold on Craigslist. 

Several things were donated to Goodwill. Yes, there were a few things that were put into the garbage, but we tried to recycle and donate when possible. Some things are just beyond repair!

If you are taking this challenge, what are your rules?


Jill Scott said...

I love this idea. I've never heard of the 365 Day Clutter Challenge. What a great idea.

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