Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Monday, March 11, 2013

A Little Decluttering

Back in mid-January, Jemma set a goal to declutter 55 bags of stuff from her home and she has been posting weekly updates. I've enjoyed keeping up with her progress and have been inspired to do a little decluttering of my own.

One thing that I started working on when I began my new teaching job was my wardrobe. It's been 5 1/2 years since I've worked outside the home at a paying job with a dress code, so I decided I would declutter my wardrobe as I chose my outfits each week. I worked my way through my slacks and blouses and shoes, and when I came to an item that I couldn't or wouldn't wear, it went immediately into the donation bag. There were a few items that I wore but that turned out to be uncomfortable or I just really didnt' like the way it looked or fit, and those items ended up in the donate bag as well.

I found a few little things around the house to add to the donate bag - a puzzle we didn't like, an old recipe holder I no longer used, a hoola-hoop that was always getting in the way in the garage, and a set of tunnels that my nieces have grown too big to play with now. I gathered all these items together and took them to our local community outreach center last week.

I also did a little decluttering in my craft room as I was straightening up in there. I had a huge pile of alphabet stickers that I bought as a bulk lot a few years ago that were beginning to not stick as well as they used to. I kept two sheets of each color, then took the rest of them to school - the art teacher said she could definitely use these in collage and decoupage projects.

As I was incorporating the remaining pre-printed patterned papers into my stash, I pulled out these old pre-made pages that were part of a pre-made album. I've never used any of these pages, so I decided it was time to put them in the recycle bin.

I didn't take a photo of these last three items:
*I straightened and decluttered the end table that holds a collection of coloring books, Crayons, and crossword puzzle books - I put a stack of loose pages and miscellaneous smaller books into the recycling bin.
*I cleaned out my yearly file cabinet and shredded all the papers I did not need to keep, adding a large trash bag of shredding to the recycle bin.
*I sold one bag of books and magazines to the local Half-Priced Books store - they really don't pay very much, but it did get that stack of items we won't re-read out of the house.

It's nowhere near 55 bags, but at least it's a little progress. Have you decluttered anything lately?


Cheri said...

I am constantly decluttering, but I still see chaos everywhere I look! I'm signed up for "7 Days to an Organized Home Office" starting next week!

Ellyn said...

preparing to start doing that today! thanks for the motivation

Sian said...

It sounds like a job well done - a bit of wardrobe decluttering is needed round here too. Maybe over the Easter break I'll make a start!

Tammy said...

Great job! A little bit goes a long way. I decluttered when I moved last year and had to downsize so much that I won't need to do it again...ever? Maybe that is a stretch but it feels good to donate stuff and get it out of the house.

Jimjams said...

WOW well done - that's already a good way towards a clutter free home. I'm still a fair way off my 55 bag total and time is ticking!

Karen said...

In getting ready for two upcoming trips, I've been working through my wardrobe as well. I've sent one bag out to charity, and have another one ready to go as well. I'm sure I'm still holding on to some things I should let go.

Lynn Wigren (laew@aol.com) said...

I love to do a big de-cluttering of my house - usually in January. Some things go to Salvation Army for their store. Some are set aside for our annual yard sale. It's just so great to lighten up! Wish I could take care of my extra weight that easily!

S said...

I have one day set aside on my spring cleaning calendar for obvious decluttering - opening each closet and grabbing 6 or 7 things that I know can go. It will be much more than that in my guest room closet - there are still my career clothes from 13 years ago in there! Books would be one thing that I have a very hard time letting go, though.

Rebekah said...

Oh my, somehow I'm behind in reading your posts! I have MAJOR decluttering to do before baby comes!! Hoping to get at some of it this week!

Alison said...

You HAVE been busy, Melissa...a wardrobe declutter is due here too...lots of things that haven't been worn for too long!
Alison xx

Becky said...

I really like your way of decluttering your clothes. May use that idea myself :)

Missus Wookie said...

I need to sort out my wardrobe too - but I'm aware I need to buy more professional clothes. Working from home the clothing style/formality is different to doing client meetings and interviews!