Good day, my peoples!

Firstly, the *feature photo is NOT of my home. This was a pic I sourced from Pixabay. (although at times, I have felt that this is my life)*

January is over and my January declutter challenge is past its conclusion date. This declutter challenge really got me motivated. I would actually like to continue the challenge on a month-by-month basis. Although I would really like to challenge myself and you, for all of 2019, that’s a big ask. I prefer having declutter buddies throughout this process as it somehow makes it so much easier. So, I think I will continue this challenge for February and I do hope you will continue with me!

For my last half of the January declutter, I purged 1 item a day (at least!). I realized early on in this challenge that paper clutter is my biggest problem. Bills (ooohhh…the bills!), Magazines (which I successfully managed to purge. Yay for me!) and books. I have always had a weakness for books. Everyone knows this, so I receive even more books. Occasionally, I get gifts of whatever some people manage to find at the used book shop for basically free. The problem with this is; Although people know I like to read, they have no idea what I like to read. I feel full of guilt to rid myself of gifts, so I keep them. I keep them all. This creates some spacial issues. (Also created the RBRC) Speaking the truth, I hate romance novels. I’m not a big vampyr fan, and research written in the 70’s is out of date many times over. So, I purged. This was my focus for the last 2 weeks. Purging my books and only my books. I gave away +2 full bags of books, then created 1 shelf for my ‘to-reads’ (Especially for the RBRC) and then I can pass these along (& hopefully the dictionary also!).

Looking at my shelves now feel so nice. A relief almost. It started me thinking about things. It’s strange how we spend so much time wanting items, but then when our homes are ‘full’ all we want to do is to clean it. How much time and energy of our lives do we actually invest into our possessions? Β In my mind, it is quite much. This should be something we take into consideration when making future purchasing decisions. Because that book costs far more than the 10 cents someone paid for it. I was surprised to find that I had been dragging these books around with me for years. Why? How much of my mental and physical energy have I wasted on some junk that I won’t ever read? How much space has it taken in my small home? How much extra electric have I paid for these items to be there? (This is a big one when sorting the refrigerator) How many times have I dusted these useless items?

Now on to more important matters…. How was your January declutter challenge?

365 Days of New posted about her success with the January declutter Challenge and she has photos!

Janet’s Writing Blog posted about her success this month and drops a big hint that tells me maybe she continues with me?? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

I am pinging some of the awesome people who joined in with not only this declutter challenge, but varying degrees of eliminating the junk, and I cannot wait to hear how it went!

Unexpected in Common Hours

Ghost MNC

Leggy Peggy

Saguren

Through My Lens

Elle Knowles

Time in our lives is valuable. I hardly think that there is anyone out there who actually enjoys cleaning. So isn’t it time we surround ourselves only with the people, items and activities which we enjoy and let everything else go?

Let’s keep this decluttering train rolling! Who’s with me for February?

-Mliae

*Feature photo sourced via Pixabay

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26 Comments on “January Declutter Challenge Is Complete! Shall We Continue It?

  1. Thanks for the ping! Reading this post made me realize that I have a whole new ‘paper pile’ of my own to sort out. Whenever I get my next billion dollar idea, I jot it down and eventually end up storing all these pieces of paper in files which I have stored away in a large drawer under my dest. The only time I really use that drawer is to find a password or any other information that I need right then and there. I’ve been meaning to sort through everything (by meaning to sort through it, I mean planning to in the future when I have the time) but never get round to doing it. The intimidating amount of paperwork I have under there and the hours it will take has replelled my efforts for far too long if I say so myself. Thankfully inspired by you, I hereby commit myself to sorting through at least one page every day until it is done. That might not seem like much, but knowing me, one page will turn into 30 most of the time and I should be completely done in a week or two. Big ups for decluttering the lives of many as you do your own. I am hereby not aloud to sign off from work until I’ve taken care of at least one page. Thanks again for the needed push.

    • Oooohhh I understand the idea papers. I do this myself and then can never find what I’ve written down again. Nice that you at least have it in a collection. But yes, you should absolutely go through that. We will hold you accountable for 1 paper a day. No leaving work until this task is completed!
      Actually, 1 item a day is a nice way of doing this. I agree. That it is easy to get motivated and do more, but does not allow you to do nothing. So, win-win
      You are welcome and I am so glad you are continuing on with us!

      • Yes I’ve thankfully thrown them into folders, according to what sections of my life they pertain to. Please do keep me accountable, it’s a great way for me to make sure that I actually do it. Did quite a bunch today already and actually enjoyed doing it.

      • That’s great! Enjoying decluttering is the best feeling, no?!
        Speaking the truth, I am quite envious of your ability to organize your notes. Mine are just….every place. How do you do it?

      • My OCD stops me from putting loose paper in a drawer. I fear it will get lost and therefore lose its value. I have files for almost everything (online is for all my ‘online’ endeavours, body is for my health goals, fitness and diet plans etc, spiritual is for church notes, messages or Bible verses (I’m a Christian), general has stuff like identification, bank stuff and legal documents, future is for future business plans and ideas I can’t do now, and I have a variety of other files for other projects I’m currently working on. For me, putting it loose in the drawer is like a small step above throwing it in the trash.

        Since I only end up using under 10% of the stuff there, stuff that is no longer revelant (plans I’ve already finished) probably makes up the bulk of junk. Unfortunately (or fotunately?), I am an avid list maker. To-do lists and schedules make me feel like big goals are merely a bunch of steps that I need to take. This really helps me in achieving much, but I often get excited and write new lists without going through fat files to discard what I’ve already done.

        I keep them in the drawer in case I get lost or am unsure about what to do next, but plans often change and new lists are made a few times over the course of my endeavours.

        When I open my drawer, I simply pick up the file I need, slip the note in and put it away. I use flip files and all the cover pockets have front pages with a single word written in permanent marker. It’s like my own language. I know exactly what ‘online’ ‘future’ ‘body’ ‘spiritual’ ‘future’ or ‘general’ means.

      • You, friend, have taking organisation to a whole other level. If I could be that organised with my files, life would be so much easier. I understand it though. My ‘files’ are just piles of paper on my desk and I can never find what I am searching. I like to make list also, but they find themselves on the papers pile – to not remind me to do anything.
        Interesting that you have OCD. I was reading just last week about OCD & cleaning/ OCD & clutter. Quite interesting how it can drive one to either purge or collect. Do you feel that way?

      • Absolutely. My OCD causes me to create more paperwork than I need in an attempt to have control over what I feel like I don’t have control over. This helps me break down daunting tasks into achievable steps, but excess paper storage is the cost. I have spent the last few years learning to differentiate between habits that help me and habits that hurt me. I try to recognize that the habits that hurt me as ones that don’t serve me and then try to replace them with new ones that do. I see my own OCD as a power that needs to be controlled instead of a weakness. For example, I can trust all my figures since I read them a few times over before doing anything with them. Thankfully, I am the type that over-organises.

      • It is logical. To my mind, it seems that you have done quite well in controlling the OCD just by flipping unhealthy habits into healthy ones. That is to be admired!
        Now I understand what you are dealing with, I see how the 1 paper daily is a good standard for you. Because I don’t think you will stop with 1 paper only, in any case. Have you decluttered your 1 paper today?

      • Thank you. I did a few yesterday, and will do at least one later today πŸ™‚

  2. It’s so interesting to see what people keep and what clutters our lives. Thanks for sharing my post. I’m nervous for my February challenge which is no online spending. I figure if I spent all this time decluttering, I should be more cautious about what I’m buying online. I also have another drawer and under my bed to tackle so my January challenge will inevitably spill into February.
    So glad to be tidying with you . πŸ™ŒπŸ»

    • It really is, isn’t it? Before I started this challenge, I never would have believed it if someone told me that paper items would be my kryptonite. Hah.
      No online spending in Feb? Wow πŸ˜€ I love that! You can do this! It’s difficult, but so good. Afterwards you will be asking yourself an entirely different set of questions when you are making a purchase.
      Awesome! February it is then! I am sooo glad you are continuing with us!! πŸ˜€

    • Keep at it, girl! You’ve got this! Reaching goals is a great feeling. I love it πŸ˜€

  3. How did you get a picture of my house?! πŸ˜‚ no. I’m really not that bad. I am decluttering a little every day. Speaking of books…most people cringe at the thought of purging their books. When we moved to a much smaller house 5 years ago it was do or die – so I did. I still have my favorites and most cherished, but I mostly read on kindle and Audible now. Onward we go…

    • Hahah….good one!
      I’m glad you brought this up. I have to ask: Has there ever been a day since purging your books, that you regretted doing it? Or are you living life just fine and don’t miss a single one? I’m having these weird ‘what-if’ moments where I’m worried that I will regret giving so many away. But I haven’t read them in years, so its not likely.
      ‘Onward we go…’I take that to you mean you are continuing with us?! πŸ˜€ YAY!!! Awesome πŸ™‚

      • Of course I am! There’s always a need for decluttering. I do not miss my books. I was the one who always wanted a library in my house, but with so little room that’s never going to happen. I kept a few that were special to me and like I said, my kindle is full and so is my audible app. Now if I could just sneak a few more of H’s dads book out of the house I’d be happy!
        ~Elle

      • Awesome! πŸ˜€ Very happy to have you continuing with us!
        It’s good to hear that you don’t miss the books. I will keep that in my mind when I am sorting.
        Hah. Believe me when I say that I totally understand the urge to sneak someone else’s items out of the place! *wink wink

  4. Thanks for the link to my blog, Mliae! You’re terrific and you have no idea how much I appreciate your nudging me into this decluttering frenzy. I’m all in for February… and for the rest of the year.

    I’ve cut my magazine subscriptions down to just one and recently changed it to digital. That was huge for me. Past years of magazines have accumulated, though, so I still have those I need to purge.

    The church I’m part of is having a used book sale in April, so that should prompt me to weed out those books I have not read or probably won’t ever read, as well as those I’ll not read again.

    Great blog post, Mliae.

    • That’s fantastic! All of 2019?! YYYYAAAYYYY!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your very kind words! Speaking the truth, it feels so good to read this comment, thank you!
      That is really good that you have reduced your subscription numbers, and that you have taken it digital! I have not yet embraced this digital change. Though I don’t have any subscriptions – I have friends with subscriptions πŸ˜‰ And I had best start telling them not to bring it into my home anymore.
      Donating your used books to your church sale sounds like a fab idea! You get to feel good about your donation, someone else gets to bring home a book(s) they haven’t read & the charity of your choice gets a donation…win-win-win!

      • First, I tried to make a policy that every time a magazine came into my house, one had to either go in the recycle bin or the magazine swap basket at the library. That worked better with printed catalogs that come in the mail. When the new issue arrives, the old one goes in the recycle bin. My next step should be to cancel all my catalog subscriptions and just go to those companies’ websites when I want to order something. This declutter thing is definitely a work in progress.

      • Works in progress are the best kind, no? πŸ™‚
        I think that your process is a great one! It forces you to at least make sure that more clutter is not coming on, while the existing clutter is being sorted. Sounds like a good plan to me!

  5. I’m still going. Books are currently my main target with most going to a telephone counselling service that has three secondhand book sales each year.

    • Hey that’s great! A super win-win πŸ˜€ Do you find sorting books difficult? I am still having quite the time of it.

  6. Thanks for the ping. I had a very successful decluttering January, although most days I just threw out one or two things. I definitely am continuing in February and hope to keep going throughout the entire year. Today I threw away a large, heavy stack of old catalogs. Who in the world keeps catalogs from the year 1997? My husband! Anyway, we got rid of them. I dread tackling my books because I have floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in two rooms of this house, and they are absolutely full of books.

    • That’s great! πŸ˜€ 1 or 2 items is still items that are leaving your home and its good! Really very good!
      Catalogues? You have the paper clutter problem also, I see. It sneaks up on you, doesn’t it? It does me. If I don’t toss every bit of advertisement in the post that day, I find it in the strangest places 1-2 years later. Weird stuff.
      So so happy you are continuing with us! Yay! I am so glad to hear it πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
      Husbands. We should post about this. There are just not enough articles out there about when 1 partner is a tidier and the other a ‘squirrel’. Similar issues here, my friend. I totally get it…

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