This IS the year!


I can’t believe we are two weeks into the new year already, it feels like it was only yesterday I was hanging out the window watching all the fireworks πŸ˜‰

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, of which I’ll tell you more about later πŸ™‚

I’m not really one for making a lot of new years resolutions, and I’m not about to make any big ones now either.

BUT, I have decided that 2017 is the year to get my s@!t done (pardon the french).

I tend to have all sorts off projects in the making, and never really getting them properly off the ground. Like my paper clutter scan and purge (that went belly up before Christmas), my photo collection scan and purge that I have been planning the last “few” years, my read a book program that I’m still not done with, and I could go on….

So I think it’s time I put some serious elbow grease into this, and get some of this stuff done, once and for all!!!

And I can’t think of any better way to get started, than kicking it off, with the earlier promised 21 day declutter challenge!

I know a lot of you have started this years decluttering already, and I am a little late to the party, but you know what they say, better late than never πŸ˜‰

Now for some “rules”:

  • Out-the-door – at leastΒ 231 items.Β Since this is a 21 day mini version of The MinimalistsΒ MinsGame, where the concept is day 1 = 1 item, day 2 = 2 items and so on up to day 21 = 21 items. 21 days makes for 231 items.
  • I will be jumbling the days, which means that some days I might be getting rid off a lot and some days there will be less. As long as the total is more that 231, I’m good πŸ˜‰
  • As my health is still not quite up to par Β (as you probably have gathered from lack of postings lately), I will only be counting the days I actually do some decluttering. Which means MY 21 days challenge might take a week or three longer than everyone else’s. I hope that is OK with you all πŸ˜€

Well, now that the rules have been set, I’ll be kicking it all off… tomorrow!

That should give you guys ample time, to join in πŸ˜‰

Just kidding, I know a few of you are already knee deep into this years declutter round, like Barb and John who are at 504 items already, and Jen who are 457 itemsΒ this time around.

Now it’s up to the rest of us to catch up a little.. what do you say Melinda, are you in?

Anyone else? Let me know, and I’ll link to you as we move along

See you all tomorrow πŸ™‚


  1. nrhatch

    Good luck, Anne. I’m better at decluttering than in counting or documenting stuff that goes out the door. But I have recycled lots of paper so far this year ~ including 4 years of slips (2013 – 2016) from our Gratitude Basket.

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    • Anne Lene @ MinimalistSometimes

      I know, it’s hard doing the counting and documenting. I have gotten rid of quite a few things that have never made it down “on paper”. But writing it up and counting, is strangely satisfying, AND it keeps up the momentum πŸ˜‰

      As you know I had to throw in the towel on the paper stuff last year, but I’m hoping to pick it back up this year, I wish I was doing as good as you guys. It’s great when you get it all done in the beginning of the year, means you don’t have to think about it until next year? πŸ˜‰

      I’ve heard about gratitude baskets/jars, and I have thought about it several times, but I’m not ever really good at keeping up on things like that 😦 it last for a little while and then I kinda forget… yeah I know.. me bad! Maybe one day… πŸ˜‰

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  2. declutteringthestuff

    We are going to skip the official 21 day challenge this time around – as you said, we’ve already gotten rid of over 500 items so far in 2017. We will gladly cheer you and anyone else on!! Can’t wait to see your progress this time around! Happy decluttering everyone!!

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  4. revdarkwater

    Oooh, I need the gratitude basket explained to me, please!

    Anne Lene, before those meddling Romans imposed their calendar, northern Europeans KNEW that the new year began in the spring. So I think you’ve got an early start, right? (smile)

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    • Anne Lene @ MinimalistSometimes

      Lol, absolutely early start πŸ˜‰

      I think the gratitude basked (Nancy, arrest me if I’m wrong) is that you write down on a piece of paper what you are grateful for that day, or maybe even something good that happened that day that put a smile on your face, and then collect all your gratitude notes in a basket or a jar. Then when the year is over (or whenever you need a pick me up), you sit down and go through you jar reading all the things you were grateful for that year.

      I think it’s a way for us to notice the little things, to take a moment and reflect over our day, to stop rushing thought our life.

      On that note.. I think I need to find a jar…. πŸ˜‰

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