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  1. Craigslist is my friend!
    We just picked up free sword ferns, and will be downloading some chairs this year.

  2. People often forget that you can attack clutter from both sides – reduction of existing clutter and mitigating the accumulation of new stuff.

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  4. Good for you for decluttering! I always find it hard to get started, but once I get going I always feel better. I can just feel the energy flowing more freely through my decluttered home!

  5. Been in major decluttering mode myself. Have rid our place (via the means you suggest) of over 700 things since the first of the year. And I still have the two worst spots to go. I’m pretty grossed out by how much excess we live with!

  6. I like your green spin on decluttering. I used to do http://www.flylady.net from time to time, but the ideas you’ve shared here add an eco-ethic.

    For a fun discussion about paper piling systems and the wonderfully positive concept of “optimal mess” you might read “A Perfect Mess” by David H. Freedman.

  7. Even though we finally found our dream home, we are constantly decluttering. Even the kid’s stuff! A lot of the time they do not even notice it is missing!

    Freecycle is awesome!

  8. You know a rolltop/one of those fold up desks are definitely the way to go. I have one and so does my husband and they are right next to each other in the living room. They were both given to us and really just blend in with the furniture, but they are a great place to stash paperwork. I put it there, close it up, and then it is a decluttering situation all on its own because when you can’t close it, it is time to break out the paper shredder:)

    Megan

  9. You know, I just scored a hanging file-folder box at Kohl’s on clearance and it really helped me cut down the paper clutter. We have a big filing cabinet for the “business” stuff like taxes and other documents, but now I have a folder for each of my projects that I can get to really quickly in a fairly attractive box that I don’t mind sitting out in our sunroom (where my desk is).

    Now I have an inbox and when it gets full (or hopefully more often than that–I’ve been trying to do this once a week), I go through it, deal with anything that takes 2 minutes or less, then file the rest so that it doesn’t expand beyond the confines of the inbox. I’ve been at this for a little over a month and it seems to be working!

  10. Oh, how I long for a recycle bin! I love these ideas. They get me in the throwing-everything-out-the-window mood.

  11. When I cleaned out the basement of our rental I felt that a weight was lifted off of my shoulders. A weight that I didn’t know that I had because all of the clutter was neatly put on shelves along the walls of the basement. The only bad thing about the big clean out was that I didn’t have a lot hiding placing for Christmas gifts I purchased early. :)

    If you donate items to charity you might be able to take it off of your taxes if you make an itemized list of the items and get a recipt from the place you donate them. My husband poo-pooed the idea but I did it anyway (I made the list as I cleaned and boxed up the items to save time.) Turns out that we got a lot of money back on our taxes beause of it. He was impressed.

  12. WOW! we must be on the same wavelength! I just cleaned off my counter as well- now sits a nice strawberry bowl filled with culinary (and some medicinal) herbs- the kitchen looks great and even though there is snow on the ground outside, I got to dig my hands in some dirt and do some planting. I am also giving away my stuff on my blog (right now it is books) every day I give away something new (now through march 21)
    Those other resources you mention are great!

  13. I have a passionate love affair with craigslist. I get rid of most things on there and buy so much through CL also. In fact, my older son’s wardrobe comes almost exclusively from CL – I just fill in the gaps where I need to. When my younger son (our last) outgrows his clothes, they get listed on CL.

    I’m excited to get the spring cleaning bug here. Hasn’t hit yet, but it will. Have fun cleaning!

  14. This is such a great post. Great reminder for everyone on where to go.

    (Now, is there a 12 step program for people like me who obsessively check in with Craigs and Freecycle many times daily )

  15. My recent resolution in this regards occurred when I sold some DVDs on Amazon at the same time that I donated to a charity. I was like, why didn’t I just donate the DVDs to a charity and save myself the hassle of having to list and send them, and then giving that money to a charity anyway? Being able to just dump my old stuff lifted a HUGE weight off my shoulders.

  16. Love this post! So much timely information. I am so ready for a spring cleaning/de-cluttering day (or two or three).

    I hope you’re feeling better… sending lots of good energyyour way!

  17. Good post! I just discovered your blog today and really like it! I’ve been struggling with the whole “getting rid of things when they could possibly just end up in the dump” idea, and this was helpful. Thanks!

  18. With only a few days left in spring, now is the perfect time to be thinking about decluttering, organizing, and clearing up anything you can so as to enjoy the (oh so short) summer!

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