De-Clutter 2012 Challenge Finale

I don’t know about you but “De-Clutter 2012 Challenge” has been a rewarding experience for me so far. But I learned that it’s definitely a “work-in-progress” as it’s never really “done” or “finished” and that I will need to continue to de-clutter in little bites and organize throughout the year.

And I will definitely use Debbie Lillard‘s easy C.P.R., method to Categorize, Purge and Rearrange to organize my life. But the biggest take away from this challenge for me was not to hold on to things for sake of saving them, ‘just in case’ I need them later. I also need to organize volumes of photo albums that I haven’t really touched since we started using a digital camera, not to mention thousands of photos that are taking up space in my hard drive.

I will continue to use following tips I’ve mentioned during this challenge and tackle a sizable number of tasks to tackle every day.

  • De-Cluttering Tip #1Leo Babuata’s De-Cluttering Tips
  • De-Cluttering Tip #2 Manage Your To-Do List
  • De-Cluttering Tip #3 How to De-Clutter Sentimental Items
  • De-Cluttering Tip #4 Debbie Lillard, Professional Organizer’s Tips on How to De-Clutter
  • De-Cluttering Tip #5 Simple Scandinavian Design
  • De-Cluttering Tip #6 Living the Transformation
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    So as promised, I am listing the items that I’ve donated, recycled, and left for future consideration/donation during this challenge. And I continue to make piles and organizing more items to be donated, recycled, and use later.

    DONATED:

    CLOTHES
    1 Wool Suit
    5 Pairs of Wool Pants
    2 Denim Pants
    3 Cotton Sweaters
    2 Turtle Necks
    1 Hat
    1 Scarf
    3 Winter Jackets

    BOOKS:
    5 Textbooks
    12 Hardcover Books
    17 Paperback Books
    4 SAT Prep Books

    MISC:
    1 Sleeping Bag
    1 Sm. Vacuum Cleaner
    5 Towels
    5 Coffee Mugs
    6 Flower Vases
    2 Slightly Used Luggage

    RECYCLED:

    8 Glass Jars
    28 Magazines
    17 Notebooks
    4 Wine/Liquor Bottles

    Left to donate later

    3 XL Bags of summer clothes

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    It feels great to finally see some progress in each corner of my house. Yes, I still have a lot more to get through but little by little, I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

    And as the Quakers’ belief in “non-consumerist lifestyle based on being and becoming, not having”, I hope to live as simple as possible.

    Thank you all for participating in this awesome challenge with me. I hope you’ll continue to strive to live simpler lives with less clutter, less ‘stuff’ and more space in your home and in your mind.