Onward to the Finish Line for Week 27 (Decluttering and Simplifying 2010)

I’ll admit it: In the weeks leading up to the halfway point in my yearlong decluttering and simplifying project, I had very little to tell you about. Simply put, not much clutter left my house and I didn’t accomplish much that would be considered progress toward simplifying my life.

Some things got done, of course, and I told you all about them. But I would have preferred having much more to report.

But this week has been better.

Re-energized from a week of celebrating with myself what I’ve done so far, I’m moving on.

Last Saturday, I finally completed a major project in my office. I cleaned around and under my “desk” (the six-foot folding table at my left that collects things I don’t want to deal with, apparently) and took it down. I don’t plan to put it back either. That area is temporarily home to some crates that hold my bookselling shipping supplies, but I’ll get that condensed into a smaller area soon. Only one big project remains in my office: Cleaning the computer components off the old sofa behind me and removing them all from the house. Once that’s done, a few manageable bits of clutter remain in this most stubborn of rooms.

Today, I finished cleaning out and eliminating four more of the now 32 crates that hold the books for by online bookselling business. My inventory is much lower than it has been in the past, so I don’t need as many crates as I did. Eliminating these four means that once the sofa is gone from my office, all my bookselling crates will fit into my office — where they belong. The ones in the hall and living room won’t be cluttering up those areas anymore.

I’m also sorting out some DVDs I’ve seen that now need to be resold. If you’ve been following this project from the beginning, you know I’ve done that before. The pile grew again, so this bit of maintenance was necessary.

I probably won’t deal with that old sofa this week, but I’m going to make an effort to get something important related to this project done this week.

As I enter the second half of this journey, the house is less cluttered than when we moved in, and that feels nice. I’m still excited about this project — and that’s saying something. The fact that I haven’t lost interest means I must surely be on the right track.


  1. We are prepping for a yard sale and have decided to put it all out there. It’s forced us to do a major unclutter of the house, garage and shed and then wonder how we collected so much stuff! I can’t wait to sell and give it all away next weekend.

  2. Congratulations, Courtney! I hope you make some money, but you’ll enjoy giving away the leftovers, too.

    Thanks for continuing to comment on my blog. I like having you here.

  3. Hi Gip,
    Well done so far! I find decluttering takes me ages, I always have to look at everything, find things which I had forgotten about and usually put it all back again!
    Best wishes,

  4. Thanks, Kate, for visiting my blog. Welcome!

    Deal with each item as quickly as possible and move on. That’s my best advice. See the post linked below for more lessons learned…

  5. You’ve come a long way so far, be proud of your accomplishments!

    Remember this is a marathon, not a race. Just keep plugging on and eventually you will see that finish line in the distance. Your heart will race, your pulse quicken and you will be renewed with a fresh new spirit and when you finally cross that line you will realize that you did it and you are a WINNER!

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