Clear the Clutter: 40 Bags Update 4

I can’t believe how close we are to the end! Or how much stuff I had to get rid of!

The biggest surprise this week was how many bags we found in the kitchen. I had recently gone through the drawers and cabinets, so I wasn’t expecting much. On Saturday, Logan and I super cleaned the kitchen:  inside and out of cabinets, backsplash, stainless, appliances, floors. Three 3 hours together with vinegar, water, baking soda, and grime–he’s a great guy! ). As were were going through things, we found quite a few things that we didn’t need or use anymore. Guess I just needed him to give me the little extra push to purge in the kitchen!

35.  Around the house (more books to donate–how many places do I have books???)
34.  Under the bed (shoes to donate)
33.  Around the house (more things to take to school for their “garage sale” at the end of the year)
32.  Kitchen (trash/recycling from consolidating multiple jars of things) 31.  Kitchen (really nasty rags that had to be trashed–yes, there is a point when a rag is no longer usable!)
30.  Kitchen (2 small cookie sheets and some miscellaneous utensils)
29.  Kitchen (3 saucepans and lids to donate)


28.  Office (extra little table that didn’t end up fitting in the nursery)
27.  Office (bag of things to return to Target because I’m terrible about making sure to return things in a timely manner)
26. Office (filing cabinet–lots of extra bills, papers, etc that got shredded)
25. Office (empty wine bottles–I put candles in these and use them for centerpieces, but I had too many. So any that couldn’t fit in the wine holder had to go)
24.  Office (magazines and books for Half Price Books)
23. Office (bag of random trash)
22. Office (bag of random trash)
21. Office (scraps too small to do much with went in the trash)
20. Office (several yard+ fabrics that were donated)
19. Office (several yard+ fabrics:  4 bolts, so 2 bags)
18. Office (bag of shredded papers to recycling–these were the ones already stacked on my shredder)
17. Office (paint cans–these were ones still being used in the house so they were consolidated to much smaller containers)
16. Office (paint cans–there were 5 paint cans that got consolidated so I’m counting it twice)
15.  Office (paint cans–these we don’t use anymore so they’re going to be donated…when I can find a place to take them!)


14. Guest room (wrapping paper, bags, tissue paper to toss and donate—goal before the baby comes:  finally get the gift wrap station hung)
13. Kitchen (some nonperishables that went to my school’s food bank)
12. Extra decorating box (old set of curtains, candles)
11. Linen closet (shower curtain, miscellaneous pillow cases, another crummy towel)
10. My dresser (pre-pregnancy unmentionables to toss—these will eventually get replaced, but still)
9. My dresser (more “regular clothes)
8. My dresser (“regular” clothes that I don’t need to be wearing anymore)


7. Nursery (lots of packaging trash from all the beautiful gifts from the shower)
6. Nursery (extra clothes for the wrong season, batting to go back to Shannon, and a diaper tub for Grandma’s house)
5. Nursery (extra swing to give to another set of friends expecting their first baby)
4. Linen closet (I tend to collect all the little samples from hotels, but how many do you really need? And some less-than-great-towels went too)
3. Bookshelves throughout the house (off to Half Price Books)
2. Guest room closet (emptying out that dumping ground for some really random things to head to Goodwill)
1. From all over the house (a whole bag of random things that go back to school)

The current state of my guest room (we’re getting so close!):

As a side note:  Remember back in the post about using natural cleaning products? And I hadn’t tried the peroxide/baking soda combination yet? I tried it on my stainless steel microwave front and sink with mixed results. It did okay on the microwave, but did leave a film that was hard to scrub off. However, this combination did AMAZING on the sink. We had some discoloration and with a little scrubbing, the sink it bright and shiny new!

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