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 four of this challenge.
Month 4 Of The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge: The Dreaded Paper Avalanche
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I Am Still Behind, But I Am Catching Up
I have still not completed all the minutes of decluttering I should to be up to date with this 90/52 Decluttering challenge, but thanks to a change of perspective I am much closer to catching up than I was last month. To figure out what that change of heart was you are going to have to read this post.
To keep myself more accountable to where I am in the challenge I created this chart using OpenOffice on my computer. I am very visual so a chart like this inspires me to keep at it.
The Clutter Hot Spot I Decluttered This Month
This would be what is affectionately known in our home as “the dump table.” If you have a piece of paper and you don’t know what to do with it, you dump it here. Small random item? Dump it here. Need a place to put stuff when setting the table for dinner? Dump it here. Got a pocket full of receipts? Dump them here. I could go on, but I think you get the point…
The sad part is that I already gave this table a severe decluttering in January of this year and here it is April–already in desperate needs of another session. We can’t help ourselves; we are a family of dumpers. BUT–over the years I can say that on the main floor, we have gone from several dump spots to just this one. So we are slowly reforming our “dump it” ways.
After and During Decluttering Session One
I used the stopwatch function of my iPhone to time my decluttering this month. Above is the picture of what the table looked like after eleven minutes of decluttering. During those eleven minutes, I quickly realized I was going to need a few decluttering tools.
I grabbed my trusty paper shredder that has given our family years of use as well as a box for papers to keep, a box for things that go elsewhere, and a laundry basket for items to recycle.
After The Second Decluttering Session
During this session I made a pretty big dent in the piles of paper that were on top of the three drawer paper organizer that my daughter used to organize the table when she tidied it up as a birthday surprise for me last month. It was lovely of her, but as you will notice in the after photo near the end of this post, I didn’t keep it here. I decided instead to use a container that would leave us more able to dump stuff in it. Why work against a habit when things look neater when you work with it?
After The Third Decluttering Session
Look at all that paper in the recycling bin beside the table leg! And it gets even more full during the final session of decluttering.
Why oh, why in this digital age do we get so much paper? I have done what I can to reduce it from even coming into our home, and yet a pile builds each week.
After The Final Decluttering Session (Before I Wrote This Update)
Above is what the table looked like before I had to give up devoting extra time to decluttering so that I could then dedicate it to writing this update. After spending almost two hours decluttering the area the job isn’t 100% done. I still have some papers in the box to deal with as well as a box full of items that belong elsewhere to empty. However, I do think I have come up with a simple system to keep the area a bit less “dump” like.
I kept the two small baskets to collect random small items and the larger basket is holding a binder full of papers that we refer to often and a few inexpensive clipboards, one that holds coupons and the other that holds papers with information about upcoming appointments and events. I am thinking of replacing the basket with a metal magazine holder similar to this one. I think it will hold the clipboards and binder better.
That is what I got decluttered during month four of the 90/52 decluttering challenge. Now onto how much clutter I sold this month. And why I am okay that this challenge for me has become heavy on the reselling of clutter and light on the active decluttering of spots in my home.
Why I Am Concentrating More On Reselling From Now On
I am now spending 60 minutes of the 90 minutes each week reselling items each Sunday. At first I was only going to count it as 90 minutes of decluttering each month, but this month I decided to face facts, I only have so much time to devote to decluttering and reselling. Honestly, between a year of 52 weeks to a simplified home and then two years of donating one full box a month to the thrift store, our home’s clutter is down to two major types: paper and items that have enough value to make them worth the time spent to resell them.
I need to devote an hour a week to listing items to have enough sales each week to make it worth my effort. That leaves me with 30 minutes each week to devote to paper shredding and to organizing our home. I think this will work best for our family’s decluttering needs this year.
I want you, however, to do this challenge in a way that suits your family best.
Reselling Totals This Month
This month I have pocketed $79.06 and have a few days in the month still left for items to sell. That brings my total for the year to $581.36. I am pretty happy about that. But you know what I am even more pleased about? The empty space in my home that I gain each time an item gets shipped to its new owner.
It isn’t too late to join the challenge. Join us in the Snail Pace Decluttering Facebook group and be supported in your decluttering journey.
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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