LONG LISTERS JANUARY 2018 - Let’s Have Fun! Jan 5, 2018 12:37:26 GMT -5 cando, TwinkleToes, and 2 more like this Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostBack to Top Post by LauraLotsaStuff on Jan 5, 2018 12:37:26 GMT -5 Good morning January let's type as much as we want people! . OK! This is a post for my bedroom, this week I have been focusing on clothing reduction. I set a goal for myself to get 25 things out of my closet, cause I thought that would make a dent. It didn't. I took out 10 more. Then 10 more. Then I lost count. So I have now removed over 50 hanging items from closet and still have to squish to get things in or out. My next strategy is to group all the like things together to see what I have too much of. See, I have already removed things that don't fit, things I don't like, things I don't wear, things that fit but don't look right. It's still overflowing with things that I can and would wear. Just too much of it. So if I can see that I have 18 jackets or 10 pairs of black pants that all fit--i can let more go. Did the same thing with my dresser and chest of drawers, but those are also too full.I have been, by my opinion, ruthlessly culling. I have thrown out clothes, shoes, jewelry, and many many other things that I have looked at in the past and decided to keep. Of course there is still lots that I'm keeping (see closet) I'm trying to think about how I looked at all those last year and kept them but never used them. It just really bugs me to get rid of things I use. Like my pajamas. I have about 5 PJ sets and maybe 5 more flannel PJ bottoms. I can barely squish them in my dresser, but every one fits fine and is in exc shape. Do I need that many? IDK. How many do I need? 2 sets? 3? Maybe 2 extra pants? When I'm not going outside, I wear those pants all day because it is the most comfortable thing to wear. I think the real problem with me having too many clothes is that I don't like to do laundry. The more I have the less often I have to wash! I can improve that, my mom gave me her old washer as the one I had was a cheap used replacement for my good one that died, but it only lasted a few months then the agitator quit working. It's fancy, digital display and is a huge pain in the rear to use. I hate the lid lock, the sensing feature, how long it takes to start, you can't open it while it's going, blah blah blah. But it was free and it works. It is energy efficient so it uses less power and a lot less water.Have been making progress in the bedroom, I cleared the shelf to organize (not complete) and the dresser top and 1 nightstand. Will finish today but had to go to bed. My other goal for bedroom--beside the obvious to have a semi-normal RM with more than just a tunnel path--is to get ALL the laundry baskets emptied. I think I had over 10 in my room plus various 31 utility totes filled. There were towels and blankets and sheets with no where to go, plus a repair stack plus a have stain stack plus an IDK stack and various halloween costume things. I emptied 5 baskets and 3 totes. THe front of my dresser and closet door are currently accessible without climbing or stepping over! There are at least 2 more laundry baskets on the other side of the bed, and a GIANT pile of things in the swivel rocker in front of a desk which you can barely see. So, lots more to still do. Work in progress! If I can get it done today, that would be great but would still leave the closet--scary. But my long-term goal is to be able to rearrange the bedroom furniture. Impossible in the current state since you could barley walk in it. Need to make a store trip for storage boxes that will fit in my closet for my halloween things, I keep these and reuse from year to year. Also a long term house goal is to swap out all the cardboard boxes for real storage totes. If I'm keeping it, it will at least be in a proper box. Anything in cardboard is instantly recognizable to be donated or as a temporary spot for things that need a home. New strategy is to date those "temporary" boxes as a a visual aid. I have decided not to sell anything regardless of value with the exception of furniture and exercise machines. This hurts me a bit, but I need the space and mental freedom now, and keeping boxes sitting around waiting for a buyer will not help me. Also, I would rather spend the time decluttering than taking pictures and writing descriptions and answering emails/phone calls.GOOD luck all, I'm getting started!