Christmas is over, and the new year is only a few hours away (at least here in Norway).
B and I spend Christmas in UK this year. Hanging out with my brother, his wife, his wife’s uncle and my mum 🙂 This year we tried the best we could to keep our “gifts” to usable/edible items, things like chocolate, marzipan, candy’s and kakemenn (for my brother.. he loves them), stuff that you can pretty much only get in Norway (as most of them are made here). I think we left them happily munching on stuff when we left to go home 😉
We have been back a couple of days, and as we are nearing the new year, I decided I needed one more run towards a declutter goal I had this year, that I haven’t told you about before!
When I finally finished this year’s 21 day challenge in August, I was thinking;
“Hey I’m almost at a 1000 items, I should be able to shed a few more during this year. I have another 4 months to go… ”
And I thought out this elaborate plan that maybe I should shoot for decluttering as many items during 2017 as I have written about on this blog since I started my declutter journey in 2014.
So how many items would that be then missus Anne?
Well, lets see now – that would be 634 items in 2014, 561 items in 2015 and 437 items in 2016… (mumbling and calculating under my breath… ) – that’s 1632 items!
I should be able to do that!! I still have 4 months to go.. no problem!!! (remember.. this is what I was thinking in August.)
Well here we are, at the last day of December and my total for the year is at 1508 – that’s 124 items away from my imaginary 1632!
I’ve been thinking about this, and it probably didn’t matter if I did it or not… but I haven’t been able to get it out of my head.. I really want to get to the 1632!
I have a lot of digital decluttering that needs doing, something that will be my main focus in 2018. I decided to cheat and start early, and what better place to start than my iPad mini, which I use every day.
So that’s what I did!
I knew I had way, and I mean way to many apps hanging around on my iPad, and that I could really do with a cleanup. I checked (Settings/General/About) and found that I had 468 third party apps residing on my iPad. I know.. crazy, right! Who need that many apps? Well I certainly don’t… even so.. I found it harder than I thought to whittle down the apps. For the purpose of a count of items, I’ve decided 5 apps = 1 item
From 468, to 318 = 150 apps less
= 30 items
Getting some of the apps out of the way, I decided to move on to my iPad emails! One of my challenges with e-mails is that, with my e-mail provider, they sync to the iPad, iPhone, PC and remains on the server. Problem is, when I delete something, I need to do it on all 4 places 😦 (haven’t figured a way around this yet). So safe to say, it’s a pain keeping up on it all, and it shows…
To find out how many e-mails I had on my iPad, I marked all emails with a flag, so the total would show in the Flagged section of my email program (now.. this is probably not a good idea, if you already have a lot of flagged emails for later reference – I had some, but I checked them first to see if any was important to remember anymore, and they weren’t). For the items count, I’ve decided that 10 emails = 1 item
From 2007, to 1296 = 711 emails gone
= 71 items
Just to throw in some actual physical stuff – I figured that shredding a pile of papers that was waiting to go, probably wouldn’t be a bad idea.
I have a portable shredder that I use with a specific trash bin. I can typically shred around 200-250 pieces of paper before the bin is full. Food store receipts? Well then we are talking probably 700-800. Since I’m counting items, I have decided that one full bin equals 10 items out-the-door. This time around, it was a mix of regular paper and store receipts, which equals a lot of single pieces of paper.
I shredded 3 bins full
= 30 items
That’s a total of 131 items for today!
And my new grand total for 2017 = 1639!
I guess I passed my silent goal of 1632, yayyy 😉
That’s it for 2017 – no more decluttering!
Until next year 😉
It’s day six of this years first 21 day declutter challenge.
Whilst I’ve been sitting here, the last couple of weeks, feeling sorry for myself (that is what you do when you have the flu, isn’t it?) I have at least been a tiny bit useful with my time.
I have been going through some of my paper monster. You might remember I started a paper scan/purge task in December, well.. rather I tried, doing a scan/purge run, and I flunked miserably since I got hit with bad migraines.
Well.. during this flu (which is getting much better now, thank you) I decided to do some more paper purging (scanning I’m leaving for later), and I’ve been shredding papers like a looney tune.
I have a portable shredder that I use with a specific trash bin, because they fit together like gloves. I can typically shred around 200-250 pieces of paper before the bin is full. Food store receipts? Well then we are talking probably 700-800.
Why am I telling you this? It’s because as part of my 21 declutter challenge, I’m counting items, and I have decided that one full bin equals 10 items out-the-door.
So how did I do?
Well, let’s see… the last week or so, I’ve shredded 8 overfilled bins, resulting in
3 big bags of shredded paper leaving the house!
With my fancy bin counting this makes
180 ITEMS OUT-THE-DOOR 🙂
Why do I shred my papers?
It’s because I value my privacy. Any information with personal details, I just shred by default.
It’s a good habit to have, because then I don’t have to worry to much about people finding a lot of details about me in the trash.
I’m hoping this will keep me safe from identity theft and such.
Am I done yet? Heck no.. I still have loads of paper to go through.. this was just shredding round number 1.
OK then… guess I should get back to the shredder then, for round 2…