Collectible Cereal Boxes?

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I found some cereal boxes from the 1990s in our basement.

Yup, it’s that bad. We have kept cereal boxes for 15 years. Sigh.

These lovely varieties feature Tiger Woods (when he was still wholesome enough for Wheaties), Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz, and Eric Lindros (it looks like it’s signed, but it’s not a real signature).

Well, that’s three more items for the recycling bin.

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Decluttering Status Update #3

I’ve just completed month three of my decluttering journey. While I’m still decluttering (albeit at a slower pace than when I first started), I’m finding it difficult to keep posting about it. I just don’t feel like it anymore.

This Christmas, I suggested to my family that we give each other consumable gifts or items we had lying around the house. My aunt that moved to a condo gave us a raw prime rib roast. All I had to do was put it in the oven and 1.5 hours later, we had the YUMMIEST GIFT EVER! So I’d say my idea of consumable presents was a success! As well as a bunch of goodies I baked, I gave away lots of items I found around the house, but I didn’t keep track of them all for this blog. Oops.

Anyway, here is a status update for December.

Total Items out of the house: Approximately 115 (it’s actually more, but I’m not counting the all the items I gave as presents)

Breakdown of items:

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Travel Documents

IMG_1477I found a whole bunch of guidebooks, maps and boarding passes from various cities I’d visited over the past several years floating around my room, in bookshelves, in the closet, under my bed. Don’t ask.

I had kept them as mementos of my travels but I’ve found I’ve rarely (or never) looked at them once my trips ended.

So, I put them all in the recycling bin. Now, I realize I may end up regretting this in the future. Case in point, I had forgotten that I ever even visited Regina and I only remembered once I saw the map that I’d kept from that trip in 2000.

However, I think that perhaps I don’t need to remember every thing I ever did in my life. I think if a trip was eventful or important enough I’d remember it.

Besides, I need to keep some room in my brain for living in the present.

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Decluttering Status Update #2

I’ve just completed month two of my decluttering journey. Here is a status update.

Total Items out of the house: 333

Breakdown of items:

While the variety of items I’ve gotten rid of is down this month from last, the number of items has more than doubled, thanks to all the books. I probably could have accomplished a bit more if I hadn’t taken a two-week break, but we all need a rest sometime.

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Decluttering Status Update #1

I’m one month into my decluttering journey and I thought I’d write down how much I’ve accomplished in the past thirty days.

Total Items out of the house: 160

Breakdown of items:

Considering my goal was 30 items (1 item a day), I’d say it’s going pretty well so far. It’s actually more than 160 if you count the individual items of clothing and cutlery, but I just stuffed them in boxes and bags and didn’t count them.

I know I said this after the big CP pickup, but even though I’ve gotten rid of so many items, it’s hardly made a dent inside the house. It is, however, a little better, so I’m encouraged to keep chipping away at piles of clutter.

I do expect decluttering to become more difficult though as time goes by. It’s easy to get rid of things I consider to be useless or garbage, but one day all the “garbage” will be gone and I’ll start reducing the things I think have real value, be it sentimental or actual. That won’t be so easy.

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Cleaning out the bucket under the bathroom sink

IMG_0960For some reason, we have a wooden bucket filled with plastic items used for hair styling under our bathroom sink.

This bucket has been quietly sitting and collecting dust (an embarrassing amount of dust) for months (dare I say years) without one of us using any of the items in it.

I decided to do an inventory of the items in the bucket. I dumped everything out in the bathtub so I could give them a good wash.

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  • 17 hair clips
  • 13 combs – including one from an airplane flight my parents took 19 years ago.
  • 3 plastic brushes – including one shaped like a Christmas tree
  • 2 plugs – which don’t fit in any of our sinks or bathtubs.
  • 1 hair styling tool
  • 1 pumice stone
  • 1 sponge
  • 1 piece of string
  • 1 rubber glove

Total – 40 items

I managed to get rid of 26 of them.

  • Garbage Bin – 2 plugs, 1 pumice stone, 1 sponge and 1 piece of string
  • Recycling Bin – 12 combs, 3 brushes and 1 hair clip.
  • Donation Bin – 5 hair clips

I kept the rest, but not in the bucket. Now I have to figure out what to do with a nice empty wood bucket. One thing’s for sure – I’ll never have to buy another hair clip again.

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No More Kumon!

Look I got 100%!

Look I got 100%!

I participated in the Kumon Math program for several years during my childhood. I made it all the way up to level L. Okay, okay, it was only level K.

I guess it doesn’t really matter now since the only math I need to know is how to figure out much I can save on chicken when it’s 30% off at the grocery store.

This is not to say that Kumon math is a waste of time. I’m sure it’s produced a lot of math geniuses. I, unfortunately, am not one of them. But just think of how bad at math I’d be if I didn’t do Kumon. So there.

Anyway, back to the decluttering part of this post, since this is a blog about decluttering, not a thesis on the merits of after school math programs. I thought I’d thrown out all of my old Kumon stuff, but poof! Out popped some more worksheets hiding in the basement bookshelf. Into the recycling bin they go!

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