Sunday, June 8, 2008

Congratulations Challengers!

While reading an article on Time.com titled Ask the Experts: 5 Steps to Clutter-Free Living, I read the following:

If that seems too daunting, there's the 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge, which has people promising to donate, sell or toss one unused item from their homes everyday for — you guessed it — a year.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of you "people" who have accepted your own 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge by way of the FlyLadies & More forum, through this blog or by way of someone else's challenge!!

You have been noticed and recognized for your commitment! Keep going, you're doing terrific!

I am new to the blogging world and am just noticing the use of badges to signify participation in an event. I've created one for us to use too! If you'd like one personalized with your start date, just let me know. I hope you enjoy my present to you. :-)


Right click on the button image, choose "Save Image As" and save it to your computer. Upload it to your favorite hosting site...mine is Photobucket.com. Finally, paste the link to it (where it is hosted) in your blog.

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31 comments:

  1. Great new button, thanks! I'm slowly trying to navigate Delphi without getting sucked into waaay too much computer time. I'll be in & out - but cheering you on, nonetheless!
    :-)

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  2. Beth, I really appreciate your support! I do my best to cheer you all on; it's great to be cheered on too. :-)

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  3. Thanks! Its going on my blog!

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  4. thanks for a great challenge!

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  5. Jolene: You're welcome. I can't wait to see you sharing your proud decluttering accomplishments right alongside it. You are doing awesome!

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  6. Amanda: You're welcome. I'm so proud of you for sharing your decluttering journey on your blog. You deserve to own this accomplishment and keep your motivation meter charged up!

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  7. I do bereave I am accepting the challenge!! Thanks!!

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  8. I have accepted the challenge (and just posted my day 1 on my blog http://mylittlecowboys.blogspot.com)

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  9. Kellie: Congratulations on accepting your own 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge!! Awesome Day 1, too, I might add. :-)

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  10. I think I'll play along, if it's not too late. I really, really need to get busy with some decluttering, but I often get overwhelmed. This seems doable.

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  11. I'm looking forward to giving this a shot!

    Thanks...

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  12. I'm taking one - does it count if you have things lined up for freecycle and craig's but haven't posted or it hasn't been picked up. i.e. sitting in the garage. for a few weeks?

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  13. Jen: Congrats on accepting your own 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge.

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  14. Mamabiz: It's never too late to accept your own 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge! So, don't feel late....you joined the party as soon as you found it. ;-)

    Although we started at different times and are following different timelines, we are all right there decluttering alongside you.

    Decluttering one item a day is all we ask of you; anything more and you are just giving yourself extra credit.

    This challenge is something I felt was super-doable for everyone.

    Just imagine this for a moment:
    Your efforts will result in 365 unneeded, unloved, unwanted, unused things leaving your home in the coming year...and, almost effortlessly. This excites me. I hope the thought excites & motivates you as well!

    Congrats on accepting your own 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge!!

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  15. The Stewart's: Great question! This challenge is FOR YOU and you are only accountable TO YOU.

    If you choose to run your challenge as decluttering meaning that you've set aside an item, with the intention of getting it to a new home but haven't, that is your choice.

    It really depends on the type of declutter you are. For some of us, this is just procrastinated decluttering and not decluttering in its purest essence...Meaning that the item is out of your face & out of your space.

    To keep perfectionism and all-or-nothing paralysis at bay, I would highly recommend that you stay true to the purest sense of decluttering and not count the item until it has been mailed away, picked up, etc.

    Hope that helps and that you do choose to accept your own 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge! Starting is almost always the hardest part of doing something. And, in my eyes, we only truly fail when we don't start.

    If all else fails, remember to start small! Don't have an "all or nothing" attitude. Adopt a babystep, "anything I do today is better than yesterday" kind of mentality.

    TODAY choose one thing...tomorrow one more…and on and on. Decluttering doesn't have to be "a project" or something to set time aside for; it just has to be started. The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. To me, decluttering is about A CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE OR ATTITUDE more than a project that gets crossed off a "to do" list.

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  16. I will try this. Today I found 15 catalogs, 5 cardboard mailing boxes, 2 old empty printer ink cartridges and 8 bottles of nail polish - must decide which ones I want, nail polish that is. I will keep the mailing boxes for two weeks - I have a friend who does heavy duty e-bay - and I need to send a few things to the family in SC. I think it's what I need.

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  17. Linda: Congrats on beginning your own 365 Days of Decluttering journey. The 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge is FOR YOU and you are only accountable TO YOU.

    Decluttering just one thing a day is all that is required to stay true to your challenge. Any more and you are just giving yourself extra credit. In it's truest essence, that is 365 unloved, unneeded, unwanted, unused items leaving your space. I was thrilled at the prospect of this. I'm glad you are as well!!

    Have fun!

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  18. I accept this challenge!!! I really will need help and encouragement. I have such a hard time letting go of stuff.
    I started doing this a few days ago. I have managed to get rid of more than 1 items everyday, so far. Yeterday I tossed 3 bottles of nail polish, and some paper clutter. Am I on the right track with this? Is it ok to just toss something small?

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  19. @Mammie Hello and congratulations on accepting your own 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge!

    You are doing terrific. Anything counts ~ no matter if it was something small, huge, garbage anyways, etc. If you deal with a piece of paper clutter off the desk or table pile, it counts. If it's a holey sock in the laundry that doesn't just get thrown back into the drawer but in the trash (over here they get a new life as a hand glove for cleaning), it counts!

    Decluttering physical objects can become a bit addicting, as well as decluttering the mental clutter that was with it! Congrats, again, on taking this journey with us and getting rid of unwanted, unneeded, unused and unloved items in your life.

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  20. This is a GREAT way to start the new year. I'm in! I began with the sewing room at the end of 2009!

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  21. @SarahWelcome! Congratulations on accepting your own 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge.

    Decluttering physical objects can become a bit addicting, as well as decluttering the mental clutter that was with it. A journey starts with a single step. Congrats, again, on taking this journey with us and getting rid of unwanted, unneeded, unused and unloved items in your life!

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  22. Hi,
    I have been decluttering lately on my own but this challenge will keep me honest. I tend to start out with good intentions and then get bored and/or lazy and stop. I am IN.

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  23. @TallKathy Welcome! Congratulations on accepting your own 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge.

    Is this the Suzanne of the past writing to me through you? Seriously, I know exactly what you mean. I would get lost reminiscing during decluttering, make it this huge project that became too easy to procrastinate doing or just get on a decluttering high followed by a crash & burn (kind of like 1 step forward, 2 steps back because I wouldn't want to attempt decluttering again for a long while!)

    Congrats, again, on taking this journey with us and getting rid of unwanted, unneeded, unused and unloved items in your life! All I ask is "one a day" to stay true to ourselves and our challenge. Doing this for 365 days in a row is helping to build routine and continuity into our thinking. It is helping us to see that it's not "all or nothing", have a block of time to do it or don't, etc. This is just a simple and pure challenge--one thing each day.

    ~ Suzanne
    365 Days of Decluttering Challenge
    Taking Care Of You

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  24. What a great blog! And a healthy challenge. I am a big fan of decluttering but I still have some trouble spots and mental blocks about certain types of items (printed photos,baby toys, arts and crafts supplies) and areas (my basement). So...how can I get one of those great buttons for my blog?

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  25. @ Sarah and Family Welcome and thank you! Congratulations on accepting your own 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge.

    Check out the links on this post for ideas to help you with that clutter. Also, here is a great inspiration source for decluttering your basement: Conquer Clutter By Intention. I saved the "My Declutter Workbook" idea prompts in Word (for Mac) and made a PDF to share on the Delphi forum where this challenge originated. Here is a link to it.

    Right click on the button image, choose "Save Image As" and save it to your computer. Upload it to your favorite hosting site...mine is Photobucket.com. Finally, paste the link to it (where it is hosted) in your blog.

    ~ Suzanne
    365 Days of Decluttering Challenge
    Taking Care Of You

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  26. Ok, I'm sold. Can I beg for one with my start date? I don't know if you still do that, since this is clearly something started a long while while ago, but if so, please drop me a line via my email (in my profile). Thanks so much! I'd love to do a review for you on my blog too, if that's ok!

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  27. @jenheadjen I'll let you know via email if I can give you a personalized button. The program that I used for that is on an old computer that has since become my kids' computer...and who knows what they might have done to the programs on there by pushing random buttons!

    When you put the button on your blog, or post about your challenge, please let me know so that I can add your blog to the list of challengers on the right.

    Of course, you're welcome to review the 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge and/or blog. Please send me an email or post a comment when you do so I can share a link to your blog on here.

    Congratulations on your almost here newest addition. I hope your labor and recovery go very well!

    Happy decluttering!

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  28. I feel really behind the times!
    My blog entry outlining my challenge goes live Dec 31, 2010 for an official start date of Jan 1, 2011. (http://spoiledchinesegirl.com/2010/12/challenge-accepted-365-days-of-decluttering-for-2011/) The supplied link might not work until that date, but I promise it exists!

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  29. Hello Angela!
    Congratulations on accepting your own 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge. I've added your blog to the list of challengers on the 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge blog.

    Please remember, this challenge is FOR YOU and you are only accountable TO YOU. Decluttering physical objects can become a bit addicting, as well as decluttering the mental clutter that was with it.

    A journey starts with a single step. Congrats, again, on taking this journey with us and getting rid of unwanted, unneeded, unused and unloved items in your life!

    ~ Suzanne
    365 Days of Decluttering Challenge
    Taking Care Of You

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