Twelve Days of Decluttering

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How in the world did December already happen?

The past two weeks have been crazy around here, and the next few promise to be pretty wild as well. Our church’s big Christmas production (which I wrote and am directing) starts Friday night, so blogging will likely take a backburner to life.

I wasn’t going to worry too much about that, but then I got one of these lovely, coveted orange cards in the mail last week.

Yep, the Clutter Fairy will visit my house on the 13th of December.

I never like to waste these opportunities, so my goal for the first twelve days of December is to FILL UP this box.


It is the huge-mongous box that our dishwasher came in, so it will hold a LOT of stuff.

Yesterday was December 1st, and we put up our Christmas decorations. This meant re-shuffling our everyday crdecor. There’s no better time to declutter than when you’re moving things around anyway.

I’ve been despising those sticks-in-a-jar for a while now, so they went in the box.

Then, when opening up our Christmas Tree Corner, I decided that the totally useless bookshelf needed to go as well.

It’s the bookshelf that made Hubby seriously question my sanity when I brought it home from a garage sale about a year ago. I admitted openly to him that he was right and I was wrong.

We never needed that bookshelf.

It’s just so difficult to break myself from the delusion that ONE more SHELF will solve all of our clutter problems.

It didn’t fit in the box, but it’s ready to go out the door and is somewhat hidden in my kids’ hallway until the 13th.

But in the spirit of putting something in the box for each of the first 12 days of December, I also wrapped up a few decor items which shall remain un-pictured out of respect for the well-intentioned givers who might just be reading my blog.

There’s still a lot of box-space to fill in the next 10 days, but I’m hoping my box-filling-goal will help me see some decluttering progress in the midst of the busy-ness of this coming week!

Do you have a box you could fill?

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    December is such a busy month for many. I have kept my Dec goals really simple. I don’t have a box but I do have a super large bag. This IS the year for a major purge of my Christmas decorations. Also hosting a numeric challenge to kick off Dec, in hopes of doing more than just keeping my head above water with the housecleaning during the holidays. Good Luck with your Christmas play! And I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.

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    I love the idea of having a box to fill…so simple. Better than a pile of stuff teetering somewhere.

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    Laura O. Garcia says:

    Just remember that you must be able to remove the box when full. I filled a medium box with books and magazines to be donated and it ended up too much for one person. I got a smaller box that was more manageable. It is going to the local used bookstore or the public library ‘friends of the library’ bookstore. Still trying to compile a list of places to take items I come across that would greatly benefit from my clutter and utilize it best. Any ideas and suggestions would be greatly helpful and appreciated. Thank you, from one procrastinator to another. Laura

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    I did my files: warranties/junk/stuff we no longer own. And, i moved a shelf. I’m also picking the areas that are getting on my nerves the worst. My “putting off item”: the garage, because there is nothing worse than wet snow clothes hanging over cardboard and other junk I meant to get out of there, and when older people have to come through that way to avoid slick steps!

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