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I decluttered to reclutter just in time for Christmas!

While some people start their next years Christmas shopping on Boxing Day, I didn’t start shopping until well into December. I figure it reduces excess buying. Within my shopping time I had some selling time and donating time. It helped me from over-buying by keeping me busy and gave me a few bucks to buy my first ever Lululemon items. Two headbands. Pre-loved of course! I am not a huge name brand person so it was a big stretch for me to give in to a name. But I had heard they stay on nice and I get sweaty at the gym. So as a compromise I wear the symbol pointed at my neck. I will not be a walking advertisement. I got a killer deal at just $16 altogether (If I remember correctly).

For the first time I started selling things on a Facebook local auction group. It was a great way to get rid of some “stuff” that was just hanging around the house or in Christmas boxes. I went a little nuts at a after Christmas Michaels sale a few years ago leaving me with a million little stockings etc… Some items sold for only a buck but it is the decluttering that counts!

I also used the auction group to buy a couple of my kids biggest Christmas gifts. I will post some pictures of those tomorrow.

I was glad when I found out my oldest son’s school had planned a weekly food bank donation competition for the month of December. It was a great way to get my yearly donation in. Each week they focused on different food types so that the food bank would end up with some variety. Each week I had an opportunity to look through our cupboards and grab up anything that we haven’t used and could live without. The cupboards look wonderfully unstuffed!

So if you haven’t pre-decluttered for Christmas it’s not too late! Peter Walsh started a Facebook challenge for January. 10 minutes a day to change your ways. Today was socks. I will be keeping an eye on his ideas all month. Maybe he has some ideas on how to get my butt organized into starting my course!

If you did declutter, what did you get rid of?


“The secret to successful decluttering is this: You will never get organized if you don’t have a vision for the life you want… Ask, ‘Does this thing create that vision or get in the way of that vision? If it does, hold on to it with all your life. If it doesn’t, why is it in your home?”
— Peter Walsh

“If price is the best thing about something, you should not buy it. Ever.”
— Peter Walsh

“The only kind of clothes you should have in your closet are clothes that fit you, clothes you look great in, and clothes that garner you tons of compliments when you wear them. Don’t have ‘wish’ clothes in your closet. Those clothes exist for only one reason: to mock you.”
— Peter Walsh

About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.



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