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  1. Good luck! I’m with you on the shoes. We recently got married, so we are trying to sell all of our old items that were replaced by new gifts, and sell all of our wedding decorations. I’m definitely looking forward to having my guest room back!

    • Selling wedding decorations was so fun! I loved meeting all the brides-to-be! Best of luck to you with your sales and decluttering, Rachel.

  2. I hear ya, sista. Downsizing into this 250 sq ft unit has forced me to confront my pile of junk. No, I do not need 3 boxes of paper. No, I do not need to keep my pity trophies from youth softball. No, I do not need my clay pot I made at age 8. I also figured out I don’t need 8 million tupperware containers or more than one can opener. It’s so easy to hoard stuff when you have the space!

    • Oh my gosh, Gwen. Yes! We live in a 3 BR, 2.5 bath house. And I literally sobbed when we moved in because I thought I didn’t have enough space for my stuff. Now I know space isn’t the issue. Stuff is.

  3. Ugh I feel your pain. I currently use 2 closets, the bigger dresser in the bedroom, and still have seasonal items stored in the basement. Lucky you’ll at least have one walk-in! That’s my dream!

    Where do you sell your clothing/shoes when you do? I know a previous post mentioned ThredUp. Is that the only place you use, if not donating?

    • Nope. I use Poshmark more for clothes than Tradesy simply because I don’t have as many designer clothes. I find I can sell everything from Michael Kors to Target on Posh. I’ve only used ThredUP once, and now I’d actually probably be hard pressed to do it again. They now charge the $10 processing fee, so I’d probably end up in the negatives if I sold with them. The last time I used them, I got $5.40.

      I also have some really good luck at a local consignment store. Plato’s/Clothes Mentor are good, too, if I’m just looking to unload.

  4. Thanks for sharing this. I’m always curious about people’s shopping habits, especially in the PF world.

    Living in less than 800 sq feet with 2.5 people and 2 cats, I have no choice but to keep it lean. I do prefer it, anyway. It stresses me out to see clutter everywhere, and when I last moved, I only had, like 10 boxes, which was pretty sweet.

    With that said, your closet space is like, my dream. I hate bureaus (so clunky) and wish I had enough space to hang everything so I could look at how cute my clothes are when I wake up 🙂

    • Oh, yup. I definitely have a dresser, too. I haven’t shopped aside to replace things (and now for maternity clothes) in probably three years. But I just can’t bring myself to get rid of everything…until now.

  5. I heard you can get your car seat installed by your local fire department for free. 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about little Half Penny!

    Ugh, I totally feel ya. We aren’t expecting yet, but the current Future-Baby-Room is full to bursting with all of our stuff (Mr. Picky Pincher doesn’t believe in storing things in the attic). We’ll need to do quite a bit of decluttering or better organizing before the room’s inhabitant arrives!

    • I’m so excited to overshare about Half Penny! It’s amazing what happens with guest rooms or empty rooms, isn’t it? Having overnight guests when we first moved in might have slowed my clutter strategy some. Maybe. 😉

  6. kim domingue

    Lol! A bouncer is like a swing but with springs at the top of the chains/ropes it hangs by. It’s most useful for a baby that’s using their legs somewhat. You hang it low enough that the baby’s feet are flat on the floor and when they push against the floor the bouncer….errrr, ummmm…..well, it bounces up and down, lol! A swing, of course, swings back and forth with no bouncing. Do you remember watching Tigger from Winnie the Pooh bouncing on his tail? That’s a bouncer! Lol!

    And shoes? When I started decluttering, I started in the closets. I too had expanded into a neighboring room’s closet on top of the master bedroom closet. I thought it would be fun to count how many pairs of footwear I owned. I stopped counting at 200 and went and huddled in a corner, hiding my face in shame!. I’m down to 62 pairs and that’s including flip-flops, slippers, hiking boots, rubber boots and yard shoes. Sigh. I had more success getting rid of clothes! BUT! The hubs and I are now sharing the walk-in master closet and ALL of our clothing and footwear is in there. We have no dressers or chest of drawers in our bedroom at all. We do have a tiny coat closet in the foyer for jackets and totes. We have a small secretary with three drawers that holds hats, caps, gloves, dog leashes, sunglasses, ect in the foyer so all “leaving the house” stuff is right there at the front door….easy to grab on the way out, easy to put up coming in! But we no longer have excess apperal shoved in every closet and nook and cranny! And I’m still decluttering a bit at a time. I have a wicker hamper in the foyer that I drop things into as I decide they need to go. When it’s full, I bag the stuff and drop it off at Goodwill, get my receipt and go home! Good luck with your current decluttering goals!

  7. If it makes you feel any better, I once bought a pair of camp chairs to replace the pair I knew I had, but were stuffed too deeply in the closet to bother getting out. I’d like to think I wouldn’t have been willing to do that if they cost more than $10 each, but who knows? We definitely need to do some decluttering work, but we’ve been putting it off for so long. I think we need a 100-day deadline over here!

  8. I try to part with anything I haven’t worn in a year. If I never felt the inkling to put it on, I probably don’t love it that much. I also ask how much would I pay to buy it again if I didn’t already own it? Less than $10? It can probably go too. 🙂 As for new things, I only buy it if I like it more than what I am currently wearing. Plus it’s 1 in 1 out in my closet. They are super simple rules, but they keep things from piling up. 🙂

  9. I love Kim’s example of Tigger as bouncer. It’s pretty good!

    You can do this! We embarked on a similar adventure pre-JuggerBaby and I’m really glad that we did. We’ve worked hard on keeping the clutter down since, too, and compared to other baby-having households, we’ve done a decent job.

  10. Good luck! Yes, Half Penny will want some closet space, eventually. And kids toys all seem to be like the ones that expand in water…you didn’t realize you had so many bulky, hard to store items in your house until they are merrily going around pulling them all out at once.

    I need to at least try to match you with one thing a day, and go way past 100 days. We’ll be taking some stuff down to my nephew this weekend, who is celebrating birthday #1. A bunch of Thomas the Train stuff should leave our house and go to a good home.

  11. You have at least 4 years before half penny starts expressing desires for closet space. We store snowboarding gear, pool noodles and Shirley’s clothes in Kenny’s closet and he doesn’t seem to mind. Shirley’s closet has my and Rob’s clothes. Rob and I don’t have a closet.

    We live in a small house, so we just have to deal with the closet shuffle.

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