The 90/52 decluttering challenge involves decluttering for 90 minutes every week for one year. Today I am showing you what I got decluttered during month five of this challenge.
Month 5 Of The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge: Children’s Bedrooms
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May was a busy month with my children going with their dad to visit his side of the family for a week, my son graduated, and my husband and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary. Because of all the activity, I took two weeks off from reselling our clutter on eBay, but I used the time in the house alone to get caught up on the 90/52 decluttering challenge.
I Finally Caught Up This Month
Yep! I finally caught up on the challenge after months of being behind. While my children were off with their dad, I used the week to declutter their bedrooms. I am cringing at typing that here and publishing it for the world to see, as I know that I may get some “bad parenting” comments because after all–my children are 16, 18 and 23. Yes, they are fully capable of deep cleaning their rooms and they usually do. But they had all come off of hectic school years, and I wanted to do them a favor I knew they would appreciate–the gift of an immaculate room.
Acts of service is a love language that all three of my children respond to, so sometimes I show love to them by doing a chore they usually do without my help. Trust me, all three of my children do regular tasks around the house, and they cook for themselves all weekend long. They are fully independent.
What I Listened To This Month
Instead of setting a timer this month, I kept track of time spent decluttering with how long the audiobooks were that I was listening to. I listened to The Power Of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage, roughly 6 hours long, Rising Strong As Spiritual Practice, approximately 3 hours long, and The Gifts Of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection, roughly 2 hours long.
When you add up all three, that means it took me 11 hours to clean all three rooms. However, I worked slowly, often pausing in my work to fully take in what Brene Brown was teaching. And I did do a lot of deep cleaning in the bedrooms including scrubbing spots off walls, dusting all furniture, changing sheets, and moving all furniture to clean under.
What I Threw Out This Month
When I was done, I had to squish down the garbage to make it fit in our rubbish bin. Only two trash bags in this blue bin were regular trash our household generates; the rest is mainly filled with old pillows. When I made up the kids beds, I realized all their pillows were in a sad state of disrepair, so I surprised them all with two new ones each.
What I Donated This Month
I managed to fill up two boxes to give to the thrift store during May. Most of the contents came from the children’s rooms. While going through their clothes, I found items that were several sizes too small, but still in good shape.
What I Sold This Month
I took two weeks off listing items on eBay this month, but still managed to sell two things, bringing my resell total for the year to just over $625 pocketed. I figure these items add up to about 4 medium plastic totes’ worth of stuff. Combined with the nine boxes I have sent to the thrift store, and the close to one dozen bags of trash gone and my home is feeling less crowded.
I still have dozens of items that I want to list for sale, but over time I know they will get listed and sold. Slow and steady works! See you again at the end of June–this month I am hoping to attack a storage cupboard that desperately needs a good decluttering and organizing.
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More Of The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge
- The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge: All The Details You Need To Join In (it is never too late to join)
- The Resell It Challenge: Generating Income From Clutter
- Month One Of The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge: The Master Bedroom & Paperwork
- Month Two Of The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge: The Attic
- Month Three Of The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge: The Storage Cupboard
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