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    This sounds like a good challenge for me, I'm in!

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    I'm so excited to see so many of you joining this challenge! Right now my house is total CHAOS (can't have anyone over syndrome!) and it has reached the point where, even though I want to do something about it, it feels a bit overwhelming like I just don't know where to start. Anyone know what I mean? I like the idea someone mentioned about baby steps. We take baby steps to conquer our debts and other things we want to do so that sounds like a good idea for this too.

    I do know one place I can start....STOP BRINGING MORE STUFF IN! Maybe if I could remove one item for every new item that comes in it would be okay, but I seem to be failing miserably at getting rid of things.

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    I am going to start with my office.
    It is the most chaotic part of the house.
    My plan:

    Closet:
    Remove everything from the shelves
    Evaluate each item: do I love it? will I use it? Is there room for it?
    Deal with item: Throw away? Give away? Keep and find home?

    Bookcase:
    Remove everything from the shelves
    Evaluate each item: do I love it? will I use it? Is there room for it?
    Deal with item: Throw away? Give away? Keep and find home?

    Desk:
    Remove everything from the shelves
    Evaluate each item: do I love it? will I use it? Is there room for it?
    Deal with item: Throw away? Give away? Keep and find home?

    End tables:
    Remove everything
    Evaluate each item: do I love it? will I use it? Is there room for it?
    Deal with item: Throw away? Give away? Keep and find home?

    File cabinets:
    Remove each file
    Evaluate each item: Scan, copy, or throw away
    Deal with item: Enter into program? scan and upload to internet

    File boxes:
    Remove everything from each box
    Evaluate each item: do I need it?
    Deal with item: Throw away? Keep and find home?

    Paper pile:
    Remove from floor
    Evaluate each item: will I use it? Is there room for it?
    Deal with item: Throw away? Keep and find home? Make or put into file

    CD/DVD shelves:
    Remove everything from each shelf
    Evaluate each item: do I need it? do I love it? will I use it?
    Deal with item: Throw away? Keep and find home? Give away?

    Will begin working on this tomorrow.
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    Change/Piggy Bank Jar Challenge (I use it for my clothes allowance)
    All silver change into piggy for 1 year (Oct 2019)
    Household savings account $200.00 monthly, current bal. $2600.00
    My savings: current bal. 100.00
    Pay extra on mortgage/loan/auto $50.00 @ monthly


    Projects for 2018: Done
    Replace wooden pathway with concrete
    Cemetery Plots and burial plot for kitty
    Payments for cemetery products $80.00/$1875 per month x2 yr. begun in March 2017
    Pay off old and closed credit card


    Projects for 2019:
    New porch (from dh's vacation fund, this summer)
    New garage door (next week, $900+tax)
    Hire out yard clean-up, bush trims, weeds ($400)
    Major declutter house (in progress)
    Major declutter garage (in progress)
    Re-decorate my bathroom (in progress)

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    Great walk through Emily!

    I think I might keep a before during and after photo album.

    I'm on my mobile phone at the moment but will try and write down the steps one by one and edit this post.

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    OK, here's my plan for the bedroom. It feels like this alone will take all year.

    Big Challenge: Convincing my pack rat, opinionated husband to help me out with this, or at the very least put up with my changes.

    1) Put away clothes (to be sorted/evaluated at a later date).

    2) Dust, clean and vacuum everything.

    3) Install shelf in closet using spare wood from office. Possibly put shelving in odd space between bedroom/bathroom for use as a linen closet.

    4) Remove unnecessary furniture. This would include (you will not believe this): Cradle, chair, rocking chair, seaman's chest, unused wide screen TV, 1950's TV in cabinet, cat tree, teddy bear table, antique high chair. Maybe the changing table too (but that holds alot of DD clothes).

    5) Sleep in guest bed for a few nights. If it is comfortable, swap giant king bed for full guest bed to make more space in bedroom. If we go with this, get the antique full bedframe from my mom and dad, paint it black, set up in bedroom.

    6) If we go with the bed swap, we will also need to repurpose or locate some bedside tables and get rid of the folding table behind the bed.

    7) Touch up crib with paint and set up.

    8) Get the larger dresser out of Mum and Dad's garage and repurpose it in our bedroom. Consolidate into one big dresser to save space. Sort and weed out old clothes (goal date for this is March 1, local environmental group is holding a clothes swap. I can choose as many items as I donate).

    9) Research possibility/affordability of a new rug, same with curtains and art work for above the bed.

    10) Make new bedspread (I already have the fabric)

    OK - off to do steps one and two today, maybe 4 if I decide to shove everything in the guest room for now.

    What do you think of moving stuff into one room to deal with it later? Some furniture could be used in other rooms in the future.

    I started a before and after album. It's here:
    https://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/...e-our-bed.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by daylily View Post
    I can use some task and goal setting advice too. If you (in general) were going to clean your bedroom as a project, how would you begin? How would you outline the tasks? What "baby steps" would you take? I would be interested in hearing the baby steps for other projects too.
    I think the first thing I would do is to identify everything that is currently in my bedroom that doesn't belong there and find a new home for it. (Knowing me, I'd probably throw it in a big box and toss it in the garage to be sorted later...but I'm trying to take a more mindful approach this year because I know that "to be sorted later" hasn't worked so well for me in the past.)

    Also, I tend to work clockwise around the room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luckybustert View Post
    "to be sorted later" hasn't worked so well for me in the past.)
    This concept is what got me where I am today..lol

    Thank you all for posting your baby steps. I really need them. I go into my bedroom and just get overwhelmed and don't know where to start.

    I hope to see more posters listing baby steps too!

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    I'm in too. I sooooo need to get my house in order.

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    Yes, I am in. Since we're in the middle of a move and unpacking... I feel like this may be somewhat easy or will it?!

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    I used my Christmas money to buy an organizer for my closet and a few baskets. Planning on clean sweeping it later this week. I'm sure it will take a few days bc I want to really get rid of everything in there that doesn't belong and go through all my clothes. Daunting task, but I am so ready to do it!

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    Mahalo for this great idea LB!! My DD and I started going through things a few weeks ago - ostensibly for a yard sale I'll be having later in February. However, I have decided to make a detailed list of whatever I have put away for the yard sale and take it all down to SA tomorrow - take as tax deduction this year and will still have plenty of stuff for the yard sale.

    Tonight I am going through all my soccer shirts to move out as many as I can (lots of tournaments = lots of shirts!!)

    Think I'll keep a running list regardless of where it goes out of the house!!

    Shall report back later!!

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    I'm definitely going to do this, though please don't expect a lot of enthusiasm from me. There is nothing I loathe as much as housework. I'd rather spend the afternoon at the dentist! I used to manage better, but the older I get, the less energy and more physical challenges there are to doing it. But I could do a lot better than I do if I just would. And I should, because I agree - I feel much better in a clean and orderly house.

    For January I am only going to focus on the kitchen, which most urgently needs attention. I tend to let dishes wait and I have such a tiny apartment kitchen, two countertops, totaling about 5.5 feet. That means three or four things sitting on one of them makes it look like everything in the place is piled up there and makes it hard to work.

    So baby steps:

    1. All the dishes washed before bed. If I've had a really big cooking day I might cut myself a little slack. Otherwise, done.

    2. The countertops must be cleared off and wiped down. Things that belong in the stockpile, like the box of salt that's been on my counter for a week now, get carried back to the stockpile.

    3. Clean the floor more often. I seriously slack off on this, because mopping kills my back, but I really have to just grit my teeth and do it.

    4. Dishes in the drainer overnight -- I usually do dishes before bed -- get put away in the morning.

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    Oh LB, how wonderful that you've created an FV challenge that has been a personal one for quite sometime. I've been working on this slowly, inch by inch, piece by piece for 2 years now.

    I'm In!

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    I worked in our master bedroom walk in yesterday. Unfortunately, this is also our office area.

    I was able to go through all the papers on the desk, sort, trash, file those.

    I organized the clothing and put some of that in the giveaway pile in the garage.

    Anything that didn't belong in there was removed last night. It was either put in it's new spot or moved to the giveaway pile. We have been decluttering for a little over a year now, so there wasn't a ton to get rid of. It just needed a good cleaning/straightening up.

    I need to vaccuum it and it's done. Will work on master bedroom/bathroom today.

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    I am so in for this challenge. I need it badly. We really need to declutter. I would love to be able to bake, work on new projects, create crafts and all those other fun things. Unfortunately, I can't really do that b/c everything seems so chaotic. I just need to get rid of stuff and come up with a specific cleaning schedule.
    Looking forward for all the advice from everyone on here and also having a place to be accountable. Thanks for starting this.

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