Beck Diet Solution - Beck De-Clutterers - NO CHOICE GET RID OF IT February Challenge




onebyone
02-01-2010, 09:54 PM
Hello Becksters.

I'm challenging those of us who wish to, to join in the NO CHOICE GET RID OF IT declutterers February challenge!

Spring cleaning comes early as we say NO CHOICE to getting our spaces in order and getting rid of excess stuff as we get rid of excess weight and excessive(ly) poor food habits to be replaced by good clear spaces, clear thinking, and easy to move around in homes, cars, offices, basements, garages and bodies.

Let's declutter in February 2010.

Please join in and report on your specific challenge and set yourself a goal for the end of the month. If you have a plan please commit it here so we can all share and learn from what we do/what worked/what didn't.


onebyone
02-01-2010, 10:08 PM
Hi coaches

I got a call from the Cerebral Palsy Society people and they will be in my area to pick up used household items, clothing and books on Feb 8th. My goal is to have 10 things for them to take away, be it 10 boxes, 10 bags, 10 items, or a mix of these but 10 fair sized objects will be labelled "CP" at he door waiting for them 8 am Monday morning. I will pack my dishes into the CP boxes and get out the dishes from my grandmother's house that I took when my mother moved into her senior's residence. This was my plan then and I need to see it through for feb 8th so CP can cart away my extra cups, dishes and pots and pans, plus the cutlery I was gifted with that I hate using - poor design! Completely "handle heavy" and if given a chance they will fall on the floor. Awful.

The specific area I will focus on first after the dishes is the living room and the bookcase in the corner. I will remove and give away the books I don't love, the knick knacks I don't care for, and clear out the space in front of the bookcase. next I will clear off around the coffee table and along the opposite wall where there is a stack of boxes to be used in artwork. Garbage day is Thursday night so I'll have to get at some of this tomorrow night.

I also want to tackle my desk which I cannot use for all the clutter and the set of drawers which I bought to handle my clutter and has now disappeared within a sea of "temporary" surface clutter.

So in this order I will tackle the:
DISHES to give away
DISHES to keep
BOOKSHELF in LIVING ROOM + floor space in front
OPPOSITE LIVING ROOM WALL
COFFEE TABLE
DESKTOP
SET OF DRAWERS/SIDEBOARD TOP SURFACE

Immediate goals:
1) a few extra bags of garbage to be thrown away this week-Thursday
2) CP give aways ready for Monday = 10 significant items gone

NO SPACE? NO CHOICE. GET RID OF IT.

BillBlueEyes
02-01-2010, 10:20 PM
I'm definitely in on this. Gotta think of a plan.

My commitment tonight is to have a plan by this weekend for what I'll toss before the end of February.

What a great idea onebyone! [I think, LOL.]


maryblu
02-01-2010, 10:36 PM
I'm in. Will need to share plan later.

Interesting that you included cars, onebyone. Since that is pretty much my office, it might be my biggest challenge. And the food I keep in there is so *not Beck. *laffin'.

For some of my issues, now is the time. I have lotza old paperwork that needs shredding or burning, and I can do a bit of that at a time in the furnace. Not good to burn too much paper, but I can do some.

Thanks for a great idea/challenge! Every little bit helps as long as I don't bring more in, and it is not that I am such a gatherer of "stuff". I just don't deal with the stuff that happens. Ain't that the truth?

onebyone
02-01-2010, 10:37 PM
I'm definitely in on this. Gotta think of a plan.

My commitment tonight is to have a plan by this weekend for what I'll toss before the end of February.

What a great idea onebyone! [I think, LOL.]

Well, it looks as though we really are heading overseas, and much sooner than I thought it could happen, so I have got to take this seriously now or I'll be panic cleaning a few months down the road. I can't let that happen. Both DH and his trainer R have indicated to me that London is DH's destination and that it will probably be before the end of the year. DH tonight said maybe the summer :eek: I gotta get moving and I need help and encouragement to get this done ahead of time.

Thanks for joining in.

onebyone
02-01-2010, 10:43 PM
I'm in. Will need to share plan later.

Interesting that you included cars, onebyone. Since that is pretty much my office, it might be my biggest challenge. And the food I keep in there is so *not Beck. *laffin'.

For some of my issues, now is the time. I have lotza old paperwork that needs shredding or burning, and I can do a bit of that at a time in the furnace. Not good to burn too much paper, but I can do some.

Thanks for a great idea/challenge! Every little bit helps as long as I don't bring more in, and it is not that I am such a gatherer of "stuff". I just don't deal with the stuff that happens. Ain't that the truth?

Thrilled to see you're going to give this a whirl too. I don't have a car but I know many people who use their cars for storage. When we have a rental car for a trip or something we clutter it up very quickly. Very easy to do that. I may need to put DE-CLUTTER MY PURSE/BACKPACK/POCKETS on this list too... hmmm. Not this month-I'm already committed. I'm 100% with you on the paper clutter. I will be facing some of that head on this month. Thanks for joining in :D

gardenerjoy
02-02-2010, 10:35 PM
Thanks, onebyone.

My committment is to empty the balcony off my study. It's got boxes there from when we moved three years ago! And it needs to be empty so that we can get a ventilation hood over our stove, a process that will include running stove pipe through the floor of the balcony and up to the roof.

midlifecrisis57
02-03-2010, 12:11 PM
I'm so in! Even though I'm moving into a bigger house and I did some decluttering before moving, I could still do more! I have way too many books, I am a bibliophile. One thing I have done is get a kindle, cuz it cuts down on storing these volatile objects called books--with their suseptibility to moisture and mold. But I will keep this goal in mind and keep you up to date. Right now I'm trying to restore old wood floors before the movers arrive. Note: One thing I will not part with is my frog collection, so don't even think about it!!!!!!

gardenerjoy
02-06-2010, 07:43 PM
I unpacked two boxes today!

maryblu
02-08-2010, 01:20 AM
It appears that my de-cluttering effort will be much like my weight loss journey..not structured, no big gains(or losses, as it were), but slow, steady progress.

To say I will keep up my pledge to weekly filling my two paid -for pick up trash cans is a cop out. I will do that, because, *da** it, I pay for it! The trickier part, of course, is the recycling. I am filling up garbage bags of old clothes, and stuff to give to a friend for her spring garage sale, but the nasty part is recycling old electronics and hazardous waste...yuk! Not fun. No wonder I put it off. I am making progress, and if I keep doing it, little by little, it will be gone...hmmmmm.....if*I*keep*doing*it, *little*by*little*it*will*gone.

Magic!!

onebyone
02-08-2010, 08:24 AM
I am here to report that my grand plans for today's CP charity pickup are 10% what I pledged to do.

I have one bag of clothes waiting on the doorstep for them.

What happened I ask myself and I come up with this: I really don't want to part with stuff but I need to and will have to soon enough. I am hoping to do so voluntarily, thoughtfully, and not under the duress of "eek! we're moving!"

Also I've been out everyday with not a single day of being at home all day and I have to dig my way to my stuff in some rooms. I can't just walk up to my bookshelf inthe living room ; I have boxes at the base of the bookcase. Why I couldn't just push them aside is beyond me, and I guess at this point it is a bit beyond me. HOWEVER one bag of unloved clothes are leaving. Very happy to have done that. CP will be back around in two months. If I do a little at a time (a la Maryblu's strategy) I may have a pile of stuff for them next time. Maybe I'll have to go one box, one shelf, one drawer at a time.

O well.

onebyone
02-08-2010, 08:26 AM
I unpacked two boxes today!

Congratulations! Are these boxes from your balcony?! I have boxes I brought home from my mother's house when she moved in the fall that need to be unpacked. Maybe I'll start paying attention to them soon... !

onebyone
02-08-2010, 08:29 AM
I'm so in! Even though I'm moving into a bigger house and I did some decluttering before moving, I could still do more! I have way too many books, I am a bibliophile. One thing I have done is get a kindle, cuz it cuts down on storing these volatile objects called books--with their suseptibility to moisture and mold. But I will keep this goal in mind and keep you up to date. Right now I'm trying to restore old wood floors before the movers arrive. Note: One thing I will not part with is my frog collection, so don't even think about it!!!!!!

I have a big book collection as well and magazines! So many of those all waiting for an "art project/collage". Has your furniture arrived? It's exciting going into a new space and making it your own. Enjoy it.

gardenerjoy
02-13-2010, 10:11 PM
I unpacked a third box today.

onebyone: 10% is better than 0%!

maryblu
02-13-2010, 10:30 PM
Yep, I'm still goin', too. Part of it is the fact that I am having my cupboards redone and painting all over the house, so have to move stuff around anyway. I sure have alotta shtuff.

BillBlueEyes
02-14-2010, 07:33 AM
I sure have alotta shtuff.That describes my environment to an h.

gardenerjoy
02-16-2010, 09:47 PM
Another box unpacked.

gardenerjoy
02-17-2010, 08:13 PM
I moved another box off the balcony. It was mostly frames and pictures so it went, still packed, into the pile of similar items in my closet for that project.

The other things in the box were small, old, (possibly antique) kitchen items. Does anyone know how to get those into the hands of people who would appreciate them? I think Goodwill would throw them away, but a collector might really enjoy them. One piece is a large glass candy thermometer, about 10 inches long and nearly the size of a quarter in circumference. Good ol' mercury in the measuring tube, I'm sure. It's got a metal clip on it to hold it in the pot with a wood ball so that you can fiddle with the position without burning yourself.

BillBlueEyes
02-17-2010, 08:20 PM
I remember a candy thermometer like that. Good thing you don't live near, LOL.

[Question for self: You haven't made candy since you were a teenager. You have no intention now. Why do you lust for it?]

.

Justwant2Bhealthy
02-20-2010, 10:15 PM
BBE ~ nostalgia! :D

My dear fellow Canadian ~ you have a plan, but no plan of action! :lol: Don't throw a book at me now ... ;)

Actually, I do know how you feel; we had to move last year too, and we gave away an untold number of bags and boxes of stuff to goodwill. To get started, I told myself that I had to do at least 1-3 bags or boxes a day until we moved; and boy did that help! Plus, I started with one room at a time, until it was complete ... :hug:

gardenerjoy
02-22-2010, 06:49 PM
Emptied another box. This one was helpfully labeled "Misc Books 8." I assume that once meant something. It turned out to contain books about hiking in Missouri and in Florida. No plans for going to Florida at the moment, but if we started hiking in Missouri, that would be an incentive to go to Florida next winter and do some there!

maryblu
02-28-2010, 09:18 AM
Just want to report that the de-cluttering continues, little-by-little. Amazing the analogies between this activity and slow, steady weight loss. Just keep doing it, moving forward, taking the action in a prescribed and methodical way,and success will follow. Of course with the de-cluttering activity, it is easier not to backslide! Ex: Yesterday I gave away my latest issue of Nutrition Action Newsletter, because I was done with it. Hoarding a magazine doesn't have the same appeal to me as a decadent morsel of my favorite food treat. Interestingly, though, I couldn't resist the current issue of O magazine in the checkout line; the headline, "De-clutter your life". ROFLMA.:D The key will be to give it to one of my favorite pack rats when I have read it.

I have no idea what percentage of my work is done and what remains. It is safe to say I am not half way. Even if you take the basement and garage (ugh) out of it, I have not yet turned the halfway mark. The challenge is I have friends painting the entire house so it is chaos moving stuff from room to room. I have kept my pledge of 2 full garbage cans per week and I am organizing as I go. I am getting so organized I can't find a thing. :dizzy::dizzy:

Who is in for March? I am in until I can get in the garden; at that point, the clutter is safe until freeze up. Priorities, you know. Gardenerjoy, serious zone envy for your first day of gardening activity.

Ruthxxx
02-28-2010, 11:47 AM
I'm in for a March declutter. There is really no need to save National Geographics from 1970 and later, is there? And then there's the box of stuff I brought home when I retired in 1998. It's time!

BillBlueEyes
02-28-2010, 02:23 PM
End of month report for February; no progress. As minor defense, I was sick for a couple of weeks and working flat out for a couple. Oh Well.

But, I sign up for March (new thread for a clean slate?).

Need to cheer for maryblu bringing home an item (O Magazine) to help de-clutter; now that's my way of thinking. Did I tell you I've now accumulated three, as in 3.0, books about decluttering? I have them together on a shelf. Seems like a good idea. Maybe I should add O Magazine to them.

maryblu
03-01-2010, 12:03 AM
K, clutter freak Beckie coaches, top *THIS:

Today I threw away a box of Sucrets dated coded Oct. 1995. Date coded, mind you! I don't even *like Sucrets..well, obviously.

Check book registers, unused, with calendars for the years 1992, 93, 94. The sad part about that is, I moved here in 1995, and there was more than 1 of them..*sigh.

Was standing brushing my teeth with the medicine cabinet open...*DOH..threw away XSO's toothbrush; he left May 15. roflmao.

See ya in March.

onebyone
03-01-2010, 10:25 AM
No progress to report really. Didn't do any of the things I had laid out for me to do. I think for this next month I will just aim to do something as in an extra bag of garbage, a box put aside for goodwill, or just adhere to flylady suggestions of doing 15 minutes of focused de-cluttering activity or her "27 fling boogie" where you toss away 27 things-don't stop until you've got 27 things in a bag OUT OUT OUT. Keep going truly is the message.

Good job everyone. We'll get there!

onebyone
03-01-2010, 10:27 AM
We're continuing the pursuit of clutter-free space in the March thread.
Join us there!

gardenerjoy
03-01-2010, 02:09 PM
February report: I didn't clear the balcony of my study, but I made a lot of progress. I'm down to three boxes and some miscellaneous stuff. I'm re-upping for March!