52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Project 2


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This week I decluttered a much larger project than last week.

decluttering of large bookcaseI decided to tackle the large bookcase in the library room.

I want everyone to know I am not doing any staging with the photos for 52 weeks to a simplified home, instead I am letting you see 100% how we live. I am not kicking cords out of the photo or moving empty boxes, what you see is our families home as is.

decluttered shelf emptiedThe first thing I did was completely emptied the shelf. Normally I will do shelf by shelf but sometimes I find that I am not as brutal with getting rid of things when I do that. There is just something about looking at a pile of what came out of one area that makes you face the fact that you have TOO MUCH, and that lights your fire to let  things go.

big mess decluterSee what I mean? That one book case essentially made 90% off the mess seen in this picture. Seeing it spread out like this made me be brutal about putting things in the donation pile and the pile for the homeschooler’s second hand curriculum sale.

seven generation cleanerBefore I started piling things back on the shelves I sprayed them all down with our homes favorite all-purpose natural cleaner, (which you can try for free this week through the ePantry deal).  The upper shelves especially had a lot of dust in the corners.

I then went through each and every item.

box for saleI filled up the box that I started last week with items for the Homeschooler’s second hand curriculum sale.

stuff for second hand storeThis entire pile is now in the backseat of my husband’s truck waiting for his next day off when he will drop by the thrift store and drop it all off.

trashI also threw out a bag full of trash. Mostly old receipts and such.

shelf all doneWhen I was all done I was really happy with the results. I was able to  give my sharing book bag and several other things a new home off our floor. I also now have an empty basket to drop my purse and keys in when I come in the front door.

What did you declutter this week? Don’t forget to join the Snail Pacing Goal Achievers Facebook group, where you can share your progress on this project or any other goals you set for yourself, and receive encouragement.

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  1. Thanks for your inspiring and transparent posts about this project. I have decluttered a small closet, a bookcase, a dining room countertop, and am working on a large table and my desk which are both located in my bedroom. The Bedroom has to function as an office, too, so you can imagine the clutter temptation there. Just facing it is a large part of the challenge. And then forcing myself to begin. The first step is always the hardest, but once I get started it begins to roll along nicely. It really helps to know that so many of us are working on this project with the same goal…..order and peace in our lives.
    Thanks again.

  2. I decluttered our pantry this week. It was so messy with leftover stuff from Christmas. It looks so much better now, plus I remembered to use up some food before it went bad. Your bookcase looks great, I love the beadboard.

    • Thanks my husband loves using beadboard for backing bookcases. He made the bookcase while we were renovating our home. I looked at the weird bump out a chimney was causing and immediately thought a bookcase would be perfect to use the space and he was kind enough to build me one.

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