This year my readers and I are spending 90 minutes a week clearing clutter from our homes. Here is what I managed to declutter during the second month of the 90/52 Decluttering Challenge.
Month Two Of The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge: The Attic
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First A Confession
I ended the second month of this challenge behind in the goal of 90 minutes a week. I plan to make it up during the next few months.
Why did I fall behind? Tax preparation and a vacation. One necessary, but time-consuming when you have several self-employment streams going and the other not necessary, but oh so lovely!
But that is one thing I like about a flexible challenge; I can make it work around my life. I will make decluttering a higher priority than I usually would for the next month or so until I catch up.
15 Minute Sessions Of Attic Decluttering
I thought it would be fun to take before and after pictures of the 15-minute session I did in the attic. These sessions were done back to back one late afternoon. I made a simple chart above so I could shoot a picture of it after each session to help me remember the order of the photos (you will notice I forgot to take pictures after the second session–sorry).
The Attic: Otherwise Known As The “Toss It” Room
Except for people who were born naturally tidy I think we all have one of those rooms–or perhaps one of those closets or drawers. You know the one, it is where you toss stuff that you are not yet ready to deal with.
In our home it is our attic and since it is made up of three very narrow wings it can get out of hand fast. These pictures are so embarrassing, especially since I do a significant sort through and clean up of our attic every year.
Every time I give the children something to put up in the attic I say. “Don’t put it in the walkway, stack it on top of the other totes already there.” Um, I think these pictures are visual evidence that my children do not heed my instructions on this matter.
And if you are wondering why so many patio cushions, it is because we bought them on clearance in the fall knowing that we are planning a patio remodel this spring and that we had plenty of room in the attic to store them until then. Yes, this attic space is a little too handy.
Most of the mess on this wing of the attic is made from Christmas items I had one child bring up here, with those famous instructions of “put it away neatly,” and then I didn’t check their work until now. Clearly we have a different idea of what neatly means.
And as you can see by the three smiling Amazon boxes, our family is big into Amazon Prime these days. They have used school workbooks in them that need to be dropped off at the recycling center. I have a few more to collect here and there and then I will drop them off all at once. For now, they sit in the attic waiting.
After the first 15-minute session I had most of the walkway on the biggest wing of the attic cleared out.
I also added several empty plastic totes to our collection of empty plastic totes. Before starting my 52 weeks to a Simplified Home challenge several years ago there wasn’t an empty tote to be found in our home, now we have at least a dozen or more in various spots of the attic and house.
I probably should donate a couple, but part of me beams with pride created by a job well done whenever I see them so for now I continue to let the pile grow while I deal with decreasing other collections in our home.
This box and bag of books are now at the thrift store–making the boxes of items given to the thrift store during the 90/52 challenge a total of five.
After the third 15 minute session, the walkway in this wing of the attic was clear–that blue tote went downstairs shortly after this picture was taken.
And during this session, I found several empty binders in good shape to add to the boxes for the thrift store. If I continue to donate boxes at the same speed as I have these first two months of the 90/52 challenge I could have as many as 30 boxes of stuff gone from my home by the end of the year.
That is 30 boxes of stuff I no longer have to reorganize, dust or tend to in any way! I am looking forward to that. And that total doesn’t include the stuff I am reselling as I go along.
Nor does it include the trash I am tossing. I have thrown out five bags of trash so far so that means I could potentially have 30 bags of trash out of my home by year’s end. And then there are the items I keep putting in the recycling bin; I find them harder to chart. I do try to recycle or give away or sell as many items as I can–putting just worn out stuff and shredded paper documents in the trash.
One of the five boxes of stuff came from this cupboard where I kept all the handmade items I have made and had yet to give away as gifts or sell. I gave every single one of them to a friend who is taking part in an auction to raise money for a mission trip her children are a part of. That felt pretty darn good and now I have a whole cupboard to fill up with my creations again.
I had pretty much slowed my production of crafts to a halt due to not knowing what to do with the surplus of finished products. Now I think I will keep my eyes and ears open for ways to donate to such things when a surplus builds up again.
Items Sold This Month During The Resell It Challenge
To motivate myself to sell the items I have put aside to sell I asked my readers to join me in a Reselling Challenge — you can get all the details here.
So far in the past two months our family has pocketed $414.17 (higher than the picture since I sold one more item in February after this picture was taken). If we keep it up at this rate, we will pocket over $2400 by the end of the year and have that much less stuff to deal with.
How did you do this month with 90/52? Leave a comment below sharing your progress. Is this the first time you have heard of the 90/52 challenge? It is not too late to join–get all the details here and make sure to ask for an invite to the Snail Pace Clutter Removers Facebook Group.
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
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