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500 Things Decluttering Challenge: Day 4 (60 more items decluttered!)

500 Things Decluttering Challenge

It’s Day #4 of the 500 Things Decluttering Challenge! Today, we were supposed to clean out the home office — whether that’s an actual room or a corner of a room or a pile on the kitchen counter. We were challenged to get rid of 50 items.

In all honesty, I didn’t think I’d find many items to get rid of. I thought we kept our offices pretty pared down (Jesse has an office and I have an office that also serves as our guest bedroom & Kaitlynn’s closet/storage).

Well, when I started going through all of the drawers, I was surprised that I came up with not just 50 items, but 60 items to declutter — things like paper, a selfie stick we don’t use, outdated business cards (I didn’t count each card or the numbers would have been WAY higher!), notebooks we no longer use, and more!

Today’s total: 60 things decluttered

Total for the entire challenge: 198 items so far!

I’m keeping a running total of all my items decluttered during this challenge as I thought it would be fun to not only do Daily Totals but also Overall Totals.

How many items did YOU declutter today?? Leave a comment and let us know. 

P.S. You can read more about the Decluttering Course I’m going through here. If you’d like to join me in going through it in January and get the videos, information, and printables every day, you can go here to purchase to get it for just $5.99 right now!

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  • I’m going to hit the office tonight, but so far I’ve only got 23 items decluttered (2 days worth of work). Not good! I know every little bit helps, but this slow pace is frustrating. Between a full time job and a one year old I just don’t have enough spare energy to really dig into things the way I’d like.

  • Jessica says:

    Donate: 30 baby size hangers from my 9 year old’s room, 15 shirts, 1 pants and 3 dresses from her room, 1 candle
    Toss: 1 bag of trash from 9 year old’s room, 1 bag of expired / freezer burned food from chest freezer

  • Ashley says:

    We just have a desk in our front room (which I hate) that is our home office. I started by going through the drawers and easily found 50 things (a lot of garbage) to declutter. I could have kept going but I didn’t have the time today. I plan on doing this challenge every quarter to keep up with the clutter anyway!

  • Nancy says:

    We had a dresser that was part of a bedroom set. My sister had the matching bed and another dresser, and when she gave them to her adult daughter we were happy to pass along our dresser to reunite the set. So I guess that’s one big item to count as decluttered…in July! The contents of that dresser have been piled in a laundry basket since then, and last night I sorted through it to see what is in there. I had no idea I owned that many socks! And slips & pantyhose, I’m pretty sure it’s been a decade or more. I also found & recycled Christmas cards from 2012 and a bunch of my daughter’s school papers from first grade. (She’s in ninth grade now.) Why did I keep all that?

  • Jenny says:

    Once again I did a lot of cleaning up in the office so I’m happy with that. I tossed another 25 items (10 receipts we no longer need and scraps of paper- EASY!, 10 items I’ve had a really hard time letting go of- just in case items we don’t need, and 5 books I can sell). Hooray!

    106 items total so far.

  • Kristina Holcomb says:

    So… I am sad to say that just between the paper, my bedroom and office I am well over 500 already. WOW! It doesn’t seem like there could be that much stuff but there it was… hiding in drawers and closets. I couldn’t really do much with the kitchen but I was also able to pull several things from the cabinets and pantry that I will take to church to use for food boxes we make to give to the needy. I am super excited to see how much m ore stuff I can find to get rid of. I never really realized what a burden it can be just to have so much stuff but it really is. I already feel so much relief and it’s only the fourth day!

  • Marsha says:

    135 today. 413 total.
    I found today difficult to get started. I simply did not want to face reality.
    Even with the slow start, I am encouraged to conquer another stack of items.

  • jan says:

    Just happened to find your web site, and it looks awesome. I have been working on decluttering my house, but it sure seems to be taking a long time. That and I am driving others nuts with my “need” to declutter. I am glad to see a place I can come and get inspired 🙂 thank you

  • Annie D. says:

    We don’t have a home office, so I decided to tackle my kitchen junk drawer today. I threw out 21 items. I couldn’t believe some of the goofy stuff that had been tossed in there over time!

  • kelly says:

    Mostly paper, and a few other little things. Total for today: 85

  • Nicole ross says:

    I am still on my closet. I was able to get rid of 19 things today. I didn’t have much time so I was glad I was able to squeeze 10 minutes in!

  • Heather says:

    Does five bin bags of shredding count towards your decluttering challenge? Contemplating starting the challenge today, however did spend some time shredding confidential paperwork yesterday…… My office is just a clutter room currently…..

  • Karen says:

    Wow, I didn’t know there was a specific area to clean each day . . I’ve been ADHD cleaning /de-cluttering while house at once . . not difficult in this mess!! We are keeping a running tally of how much we’ve gotten rid of and I intend to continue this tally until we are pared down enough to downsize from a 1200 sq ft house to a houseboat . . Um also going to try to find what areas you have dec-cluttered each day so i can do that ?

  • Renee says:

    70 Items thrown out. Woo Hoo!

  • Darcy Hicks says:

    One office area (mostly a bookshelf and craft/extra stuff cabinet) and I cleaned out #76 items bringing my total to #362!

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