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Picture your dream home. I bet it's not filled with clutter, am I right? The photo you pinned on pinterest of the perfectly staged home doesn't have stacks of papers on the dining room table does it? Or clutter filling up every nook and cranny on the bookshelves? Or in the garage? Yeah, neither does my dream home.

We thought we'd share with you our progress for decluttering our home and simplifying our lives (we shared about starting the process here). Over the course of about eight weeks, we've downsized a TON. We've gotten rid of four loads of stuff in our 4Runner and donated to garage sales and to our local teen challenge. We've sold items on CraigsList and we've given stuff away to friends.  It really is amazing how quickly things accumulate! Here is a list of what we've accomplished and what's left to do (as far as we know). Check back periodically for more updates on our progress and tips for how you can simplify your life!


Entryway bench
Dresser turned TV stand
Hutch to family
Floor Mirror
Ford '71 F100
Wedding dress/veil/shoes 
Back patio set
Sofa/Loveseat/Chair/Ottoman to family
Floor Lamp--to family
Camping/Hiking Backpack


Contents in hutch
Linen closet
Vanity in master en suite
Bobby Pins
Nail Polish
Old Paperwork (shred)
Wrapping and tissue paper
Dog stuff
Medicine Cabinet


Photos in albums and slimline albums
Cleaning supplies
DVDs (maybe purge some)
Scanned CDs onto the laptop

DONATE (we support our local Teen Challenge):

Sports equipment to family (golf clubs, basketball, soccer ball, etc.)
Kitchen items to garage sale
End table to garage sale
Shoes (13 pairs!)
TV Trays to garage sale
Chalkboard to garage sale
Books to garage sale
IKEA Coffee Table
Craft supplies to friend
Silk lingerie hangers to garage sale
Recipe Books
Jewelry to friend
Small coolers
Boardgames to garage sale
Christmas decorations/lights
Picture frames
Wooden step stool
Sheets and blankets
Purses and wallets
Gloves and hats
Floor Rugs to garage sale
Desk lamp
Sleeping pillows
Butter dish/lid
Large black wire basket
Garage tools to family
Curtain Rod
Curtains (x2 sets)
Camping Chairs (x2)
IKEA end table to garage sale
OREGON DUCK memorabilia to friend


Cancel gym membership
Cancel smart phones x2


Break down bookcase
Break down desk
Old make-up
Plastic storage containers (recycled)
Random containers and jars (recycled)
Compilation CDs
Socks (holey)
Mementos from childhood

Look at all of those hangers we could get rid of!

UPDATE (4.28.16, 6.15.16, 7.4.16, 7.10.16, 10.2.16): We've gotten rid of MORE stuff!!!  If you can believe it!


our 51" Flat Screen TV!
Blue Ray Player
Living Room Furniture (couch, love seat, chair, ottoman) to family
Sewing Machine + Supplies
Ford '71 Mustang Mach 1
Office Desk Chair
Compound Bow and accessories


Life Jackets
Sleeping Bags (x2)
Large Coleman cooler
Random cords and plug ins
Box Fan
Wind Chime
Computer Desk
Bend Wall Sign
Large Silver Vase
Green Fleece Blanket
Hanging Shoe Organizer (to a neighbor)
Large Green Exercise Balance Ball
Unopened Wrapping Paper
Punching bag to our karate dojo
Wheel Barrow to family
Edgers x2 to family
BBQ to family
Camping Tents x2
Ironing Board
Go-Fit Balance Ball
Large flowering pots x2 to family
Kitchen stuff: mugs x15, wine glasses x12, pots x2, lids x2, cake platter and lid, creamer dish, sugar dish and spoon, gravy boat, wine corks, label, wooden spoons, spatulas x2, knives, pizza cutter, egg slicer, cheese slicer, can opener, strainer, nut crackers, salad tongs, salad bowls x2, pumpkin carving tools, apple corker, salad spinner, lg serving bowls x3, mixing bowls, glass salad bowl, plastic pitcher, glass pitcher, trivets x3, matches, cookware guards, chopsticks, shot glasses x3, flask, serving spoons x3, butter dish and lid, paper towel holder, chip and salsa bowl, white ceramic tray, hand mirror, bread pans, round pans, pizza pans, square pans, round cake pans, deep dishes, square pyrex dishes, pyrex pans, cookie sheets, jelly roll sheets, cookie jars, tongs, potato peelers, can opener, sauce pans x2
Table cloths to family
Table protector to family
Placemats to family
Table runner to family
Dining Table and 6 chairs to family
Lg Ladder to family
Candle Snuffer
Case Logic CD Case Holder
P90X Pull Up Bar
Mail Sorter
Trifle Bowl to family
Cement bricks and pavers x50 to family
Laundry hampers x2 to family
Ink stamps
Kitchen towels
Christmas tree stand
Jump rope
Table clock
Gel ink pens
Kitchen aprons
4-piece luggage set to family
Lawn Mower
Left over paint cans to our house painters
Blow up Queen Camping Mattress
Shoe Laces (new x4)
Leveler (extra)
Stapler (extra)
Rain Boots/Snow Boots
Scissors (extra)
Hair Dryer (replaced)
Bushnell Binoculars
Wooden Dish Rack
Picture Frames
Cheese Grater
GHD Styler Holder + Heated Pad
Mason Jar Soap Dispenser


Easily over 100 Wooden Hangers (Teen Challenge wouldn't take them, boo!)
Plastic Computer Chair Mat
Front Door Wreath (plain)
Wreath Hanger
Cutting Boards x2


  1. Whew! Quite the list you guys have tackeled already!

    1. Yes it is! And so much more to do! It feels nice to get rid of stuff! In another week or two I'll be sharing the progress on selling our home.


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