100 Item Decluttering Challenge Update #2

23 receipts from Christmas 2017 decluttered!  Heck, at this rate, all 100 will be from the desks.

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Challenge total = 63 items

How are you doing??

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100 Item Challenge Update #1

We have decluttered 40 items!!!  How is it going for you??

2 pairs of earrings
1 necklace
1 college pin
1 pair of shoes
1 bag of beads to an old shirt
34 random pieces of paper from our desks

 

Decluttering The Stuff Challenge

We are ready for a new decluttering challenge!

How about 100 items?  We should probably set a deadline – how does May 1st sound?  That would be 9 days with an average of 11 items per day.  I know some of you will do all 100 in one decluttering event and that’s ok.  I’m just feeling the need for some accountability on getting rid of some stuff!

Who’s ready to join me in a quick “GET THE STUFF GONE” challenge?  Remember that even 1 items is one less item cluttering the place!

April 2018 financial update

I can’t believe another year has passed!  We really did a number on our goal of paying off everything by purchasing a new car and motorhome.

Our goal for the last year was to pay off $50,000 and have $20,000 in savings.  Well, neither one was achieved.

So before the car and motorhome are added in, we paid off $32,355.33 in previous debt.

  • Mortgage is now at $96,827.40 ($9425.34 paid off)
  • Student loans are now at $25,183.76 ($19508.63 paid off)
  • Cars before new purchase $0.00!!  ($3419.36 paid off)

New Debt: ($7150.19 already paid off!)

  • New Car $33,884.83 (paid off $5979.78 so far)
  • Motorhome $106,355.97 (paid off $1170.41 so far)

Total paid off during previous year: $39,505.52   This is much less than our $50,000 goal.  We did take a trip to Hawaii this last year.  We’ve gotten into the bad habit again of eating out more often.  We need to reassess this category in our budget.

Savings account has $14,118.49

Total debt = $262,251.96

New goals:
* reduce debt by $50,000
* get savings up to $20,000
* try not to spend too much on the new granddaughter.  It’s gotten easier to not spend much since the showers are over.

 

Old Computers

We recently “inherited” 2 old computers within a week of each other.

“Inherit” probably isn’t the best word to use here.  Mother-in-law recently decluttered Father-in-law’s desk (he passed almost 3 years ago) and was going to just throw away his computer into the trash.  John grabbed it and brought it home for me to “clean out” and decide what to do with it.

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Now “cleaning” an old computer when you know what you have on it is so much easier – you just transfer everything to the new computer, digitally wipe it clean, and get rid of it.  I started going through files and quickly realized my time could be spent doing more enjoyable things (like decluttering my own computer!)  This computer hadn’t been accessed in the previous almost 3 years.  How much of it would I really want to download??  They didn’t have any photos saved.

My job became much easier with the decision to 1) remove the hard;  2) have John destroy (literally) the hard drive (I think he used a drill and hammer);  3) have John take the destroyed hard drive and rest of the computer to hazardous waste.

I know we could have sold some of the parts BUT it really isn’t worth the effort.  How much would we really get from a 3 year old computer???

After my Dad passed, Mom was decluttering some stuff.  She also wanted to throw out an old computer.  What’s with people just wanting to throw out computers????  This one was about 10 years old and hadn’t been used since she got a laptop about 5 years ago.  I didn’t even bother to turn it on – just removed and destroyed the hard drive and send the stuff on its way.

Now back to thinking about clearing out my own computer!