31 Bags in 31 Days Update

Have you been wondering how my 31 Bags in 31 Days project is going?  I haven’t abandoned it, in fact, I am going strong!

I realized that my family had an awful lot of clothes to get rid of.  It was kind of crazy to see all that we had, and to realize that we only liked half of it and only wore half of that – at least that is what it seemed like!  After going through the kids clothes, my clothes, and even Matt jumping on board to pare down some of his old clothes, I think I met half of my 31 bags goal.  OK, perhaps not that many, but it was significant.

After going through the clothes and the toys, I wasn’t quite sure where to go next.  I had already filled 20 bags.  A lot of that was going to different homes, but there was a significant amount of stuff I trashed as well.

It was, and still is, time to get to the more difficult stuff.  

The first stop I made was my yarn stash.

I love all things fiber.  Actually, all things crafty, but we will get to that in a bit.  I have had a lot of yarn for a long time.  I love it all.  But, I realized there were several skeins that I was never going to use.  Some were skeins I thought I would love, but then couldn’t get into knitting with them, and others were pretty but not practical for what I actually will knit.  So, it was time to start getting rid of some of it.  And I did.  One bag of yarn out the door.

I got through the yarn and then looked over at boxes of fabric and a huge scrapbook organizer.  I knew it was time to start weeding out what I don’t use. 

I started scrap-booking about 15 years ago.  And unfortunately, it has essentially stopped at this point.  I don’t have the time, or I don’t make the time, to work on scrap-booking.  When I was able to leave all of my supplies and scrapbook pages out in a craft room, I was more apt to work on it.  That room has now been taken over by my children!

I am sad to say I haven’t gone through my scrapbook supplies in a couple of years.  Instead, they just sat in a travel organization system in my room.  Once I finally made the time to go through it, I realized there were a lot of stickers that were no longer usable as well as a bunch of other stuff that I wouldn’t use in the future.  Out went a bag full of scrapbook supplies.

Once I went through my scrapbook supplies, I thought the next logical place to go would be my pictures.  This is what I have been working on for the past few days, and it is a lot more difficult than I imagined.

I literally have pictures from when I got my first camera, way back in 1990 – at least that is the date on the back of the pictures. 

Obviously this has slowed down my 31 bags project a little bit.  I’m not planning on throwing away all of my pictures, however, I am weeding out the pictures.  I have always been someone who hangs onto everything that might have a memory attached to it.  But, I am finally in the frame of mind where I can get rid of a lot that isn’t meaningful to me anymore. 

It is going to be a long process to get all of those pictures organized, into albums, and on the shelf; one that needs to be done.

I think that I am pretty close to hitting my 31 bags goal, but I have a feeling that this project is going to continue into April…I made the mistake of going into the attic to look for something.  That is my husband’s domain, and I can tell there is a lot that is just being stored at this point, not used.

How are you doing with your de-cluttering?  Have you found areas that you don’t usually look at when de-cluttering, but have finally decided to take on the challenge?


  1. I just signed up on this app called totspot and I'm inlove!
    I sold a couple of individual pieces but see I need to get serious and start selling the clothes in bundles. I can tell it's going to be work but it needs to get done.

    1. Sounds like a great app! I will have to check it out! I love to think that I can sell a lot of the stuff that we have, but sometimes it is so overwhelming to think about all the work of selling that I end up donating instead :-) The bundle idea is a good one.

  2. Progress! I love it, sounds like you're making great changes and weeding out the old! Great work Mama!

  3. We hit a bump in the road in our decluttering. We had to pause to help my Mother-in-law with some help at her house (which is WAY worse than ours, plus she has never ever started to get rid of stuff but now she is on a rip to do it but not physically able to do it herself) and ended up bringing some to the Goodwill, and some home to our house as well. So between the two houses, we have gotten rid of a lot of stuff, but in ours by itself, it no longer looks like a significant change because we still have a lot to go through before sending it on. Thanks for the inspiration to keep going though!

    1. We had a little pause here as well, I was/am sick and definitely not feeling the de-cluttering. I was in the more "sit and drink tea" mood last week :-)


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