The 10-Day Challenge

So here I am on Day 2 of  Ruth Soukup’s Unstuffed 10-Day Challenge.

Good tasks to get me on the declutter track.
Good tasks to get me on the declutter track.

And I’m keeping the journal that she has available for download.

The living room is really the first room that I can say meets my expectations.
The living room is really the first room that I can say meets my expectations.

The first day I was supposed to create a “Vision” for my home.  I want my home, The Glade, to be welcoming and ready for anything.  That implies that it is uncluttered and clean. I’ll be able to find things easily because they will be in their place.

Charlie is the king of "box it and save it".
Charlie is the king of “box it and save it”.

I was also asked to consider with whom I share my home. At this point in time only Charlie and I live in our home.  He is a self-professed clutter-hound.  He just mentioned something like that to me yesterday morning. I think he would like everything to be calm and organized so I’ll need to be helpful to him in that area.

One of Charlie's boxes of goodies.
One of Charlie’s boxes of goodies.

The one thing I thing I took away from Session 1 is that my reality should match my vision.  Which led right into Session 2: Get rid of 10 things.

Can anyone think of a reason to keep these lampshades?
Can anyone think of a reason to keep these lampshades?

Take away #2: Our clutter problem is not an organization problem it’s a we-have-too-much-stuff realization.

A box of extinct electronics.
A box of extinct electronics.

So here’s what I’m getting rid of:

  1. Journal — I dropped it off to new owner on Tuesday night.
  2. Books  —  Planning a book swap.
  3. Kitchen utensils — Offering all duplicates to family and friends.
  4. Sheets — Giving to son for his home.

    I filled the bag with sheets and let it go.
    I filled the bag with sheets and let it go.
  5. China — Giving full sets to the next generation.

    A set of china we're ready to let go of.
    A set of china we’re ready to let go of.
  6. Furniture — 3 pieces, at least destined for new owners.
  7. Clothing — I could pick 10 items just from my clothing.

    Until our closet is complete my clothes are relegated to the bed in the pink bedroom.
    Until our closet is complete my clothes are relegated to the bed in the pink bedroom.
  8. Pens and Markers — If they don’t work they’re gone.
  9. Old Papers  — Anything more than 10 years old (except income tax returns and house information) is history.
  10. Ironing Board — I have 2 ironing boards in the house so taking this heavy, awkward third one to church for the giveaway table.

    I loaded this heavy, awkward. out-dated ironing board into the car and left it at church.
    I loaded this heavy, awkward. out-dated ironing board into the car and left it at church.

I feel lighter already.

What are you getting rid of?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “The 10-Day Challenge”

  1. I am all ready for another free table this weekend….. if the weather cooperates!! I have two things that I’m really struggling with letting go. I don’t need or really even want either one but they’re both brand new and keep thinking I should sell them but I have no intentions of doing that. I’m pretty sure that if I put them out on the table, they’ll be gone and I won’t even remember them!

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