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Not sure if this is possible in 5 months…


I don’t remember how I stumbled across this, but between my new scrap space, and annual summer decluttering urge, it was only natural I wanted to join in.  Basically, the author of “You Are What You Keep,” is trying to simplify her life by purging 2010 items in 2010.  While my house could probably stand to shed that much poundage, I decided my scrap space needed its very own purge.

Here are my basic rules.  Anytime I get rid of an item, I count it towards my total. I can “get rid of” something by…

1) using it up.
2) passing it on.
3) tossing it out.

What counts as an item?

1) anything removed from packaging is counted individually (e.g., I have any and all heart-shaped items stored in a jar just for heart-shaped items.  :-)  Anytime I use one, even if it came in a package of 10, I’m going to count it as one item.)  The packaging is long gone, and if that’s the case, it’s been around for years, and I’ve probably already used at least 50% of the original product.  Time to blow through the dregs!
2) anything that is stored with its “kin,” has to be used up completely or tossed.  (e.g., I have a rough rule of 75% usage on alphabet stickers.  So if I create a title with stickers, but there are still enough letters to justify putting it back in my stash, I won’t count it towards my purge.  But if I use up enough that I can toss the sheet, then I’ll count it as one item.)
3) scraps large enough to be stored with my 12×12 papers, count as an item.  (i.e., if it’s from my scrap folder, it doesn’t count.  If it gets put back in with my papers, I don’t count it, but if it gets put in my scrap folder or the remains are trashed, it counts.)

What if I buy something?  (Yeah, I will.)  Even in the middle of such an ambitious purge.  I already have, in fact.  LOL  So, those items will cancel out items I’ve purged. Motivation to keep the shopping to a minimum, and to ramp up the exodus.

Finally, I reserve the right to count stuff off any layouts completed this year. :-) If I haven’t posted them, and I made them in 2010, they’ll be included in the count.

Including my first purge post and my latest layout, here is the current count:

Purged:
1) Pink scallop circle punch
2) Circle tab punch
3) Pack of chipboard embellies
4) Weathered ABC stamps
5) Filigree ABC stamps

Retreat Recharge Regroup Refocus LO:
6) large pp scrap
7) 1 sheet brown cs
8) journaling index card

Purchased:
-8) aqua deco tape
-7) $ stamp

YAWYK Scrap Challenge:  6/2010

Eek!  I better get crackin’!

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13 thoughts on “Not sure if this is possible in 5 months…”

  1. Hey, this sounds like a great idea. I have soooo much stuff and have gone in to collector rather than user mode. I’m not sure I can do all that (2014 items) but it sounds like a dare to at least try. Thanks for sharing your idea for decluttering :)

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