We Did It! So Can You! {Fall edition} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: We Did It! So Can You! {Fall edition}

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We Did It! So Can You! {Fall edition}

Do you have clutter in your home but don't know where to start purging?  Do you feel like you don't have enough time to declutter?  Have you seen all the 365 Items in 365 Days posts and thought "I really should do that", but you keep putting it off?

You're not alone!  But you also don't need to stay in your paralyzed state.  You CAN declutter!  And to prove it I want to share some stories of people Just. Like. You. 

Welcome back to the "We Did It! So Can You!" series.  This series is about real people decluttering their homes, one day at a time!  Busy people, with too much stuff, who decided to take the plunge and purge.

It's been awhile since I posted the first post in the We Did It! So Can You! series.  Too many other things to blog about!  But I want to get back to sharing some of the success stories from the 365 Items in 365 Days series.

Ready to be inspired?!  

Today I want to introduce you to Carly.  She's been part of the 365 Items in 365 Days Facebook group pretty much since the beginning and has been doing a great job decluttering this year!

Carly decided on January 1st that she was going to purge one item from her home every day for a whole year.  Because she's had difficulty keeping New Year's Resolutions in the past, she decided this year she'd make her resolution public.  So she started a blog called 365 Things I Can Live Without.  Every day she posts pictures of one item that she purged that day.

Isn't that great?!  And she has stuck with it every. single. day.  It is exactly the kind of decluttering I was envisioning when I created this challenge.

Carly has shared her journey in the 365 Items in 365 Days Facebook group and gives us regular reminders of what day in the year we're on, or how far through the year we are, so we can all measure our progress in the challenge. She's shared when she is struggling with decluttering certain items, and encouraged group members when they are getting discouraged. 

Carly has purged items of clothing, dishes, kitchen gadgets, video games, remotes, shoes, books,

Here are some pictures of just a few of the things Carly has decluttered this year.



Carly even got her boyfriend involved and he decluttered some things from their apartment too, like video games and CD's.  

What I love about Carly's decluttering journey is that some days she purges something big.  Like her prom dress.  Or photos.  And other days it's something little, like bag clips.

And some days Carly just decluttered one item.  But other days she tackled a whole area.  And after decluttering that area she organized the items she was keeping.  Like under her bathroom sink.  Or her entry.  Check out this before and after!

What a difference!  

So how about you?  Have you been putting off joining the 365 Items in 365 Days challenge because you think it will be too hard?  If you have, then please don't delay any longer!

No matter how busy you are, you can find time to declutter one single item per day.  It's not overwhelming then.  You don't have to find time in your schedule to declutter a whole room.  Just find one item every day that you no longer need, use, or love.  Like Carly!

Thanks for joining this challenge Carly and for sharing your journey with us!  I have full confidence that you will continue right up until December 31st and I am curious to hear at that point how you feel about your home and the difference decluttering made!

If you're overwhelmed by clutter, then join the 365 Items in 365 Days Challenge today and get started.  A little bit at a time makes a big difference.  Start purging and start living the life you want.

Check out Carly's blog 365 Things I Can Live Without for more decluttering ideas!

What's your motivation for decluttering?  What holds you back from purging?  What area of your home will you tackle first?

Happy organizing decluttering!

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  1. Uhm, I've been reading you for a while now through the BOBB group on FB and so how did I not realize you had a GROUP for this? AHH! I so need to join. Seriously. Like - yesterday (okay, sooner, really, but off to see now!).

    1. It's been around since January Andrea, but depending on what I'm posting about, it doesn't come up all the time. Definitely join the group though... it's a wonderful bunch of people who really inspire and encourage each other on our decluttering journeys!

  2. I've been putting things off too. Best intentions and all that, but I just seem to be too busy with more important stuff.

    1. It's definitely hard to juggle decluttering with other tasks, but that's the beautiful part of this challenge... you only have to declutter 1 item each day! That doesn't take long :)

  3. Once the sale on my in-laws house is final and all of our traveling back and forth to Indiana has ended I will have A LOT of decluttering. You are going to be my go to for sure!

    1. Sounds like you're in the midst of a pretty busy time, but hopefully life will settle soon and you'll be able to start decluttering Mandee. I'll be here :)

  4. This is awesome. And her photography is so striking and creative, too. I love how she made it fun!

    1. Yes Lara, I totally agree. That's why I wanted to feature her. She really did well with every aspect of this challenge!


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