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Clutter Tip of the Week: Grab 10

I have to tell you, I’ve lost some momentum on the clutter front. Oh don’t we all! That’s how we got here in the first place, am I right? I’ve been at this for quite some time now and while I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel, sometimes life just changes your plans. The last few weeks have been a roller coaster for me but those details are for a different post. Today, I’ll tell you what I have gotten done clutter wise and a favorite challenge of mine that helps me get through the days I just don’t feel like doing anything.

55 Toys from the playroom (d)
8 Magazines (r)
5 Items on the counter (r)

68 = Total for the week (d = donate, r = recycled, s = sell, t = trash)

This is the most embarrassing total I have posted to date but hey, sometimes that’s life and at least my house is lighter than it was before. And my playroom! Yay, my playroom. It’s finally in a manageable state – details coming soon.

Now for my first declutteirng tip:

When I find myself in a spot where I just can’t bring myself to tackle the clutter zones in my home, I like to play a little game I call “Grab 10”. Grab 10 can be played in one room of your home or throughout your entire house. The title pretty much speaks for itself but I’ll explain it anyway. As quickly as you can, find 10 things that just don’t belong in your home anymore and don’t stop until you do.

On days when that’s all the time or energy you have, then Grab 10 will be enough (psst … that’s actually more than the number of items you need in a day to finish 2,011 in 2011 so that’s really something) — but, where this game really comes in handy is on the days when doing it feels particularly therapeutic. It’s on those days, I challenge you to try Grab 10 in each room of your home. This is honestly the best piece of advice I can give you on decluttering. Try it and you will see, rarely will you stop with only 10 items … and if by chance, you play Grab 10 throughout your home, well, then it will probably look as if you’ve cleaned your house as well. BONUS!

Whether you are joining us for the 2011 in 2011 challenge or not, I’d like to ask you to play Grab 10 sometime this week. Keep track of your 10 items and come back here and let everyone know what they were and what you plan to do with them (donate, sell, recycle, or trash). Who knows, maybe you’ll get bit by the declutter fever and decide to go all the way.

I’m happy to welcome Jen and Samantha to our group this week and I invite you to follow along with them on their journey as well. Catch up with all the 2,011 in 2011 participants here:


Stacy is seeing the world in a whole new way – through the eyes of her children. She writes about the little things, the big things and all the “stuff” in between at Kids Stuff World.

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7 thoughts on “Clutter Tip of the Week: Grab 10”

    • Thanks Lisa! As is right now, I’d never be able to have you over :( unless you were here to help me purge … or redecorate … or craft … oh heck, whom I kidding? I’d just love to have you over :)

  • these are great — good luck in your process! thank you so much for the happy comment on my suess poem, and including it on your blog :) made my day! have a good week.

  • You are doing awesome! We will all have weeks where we find a hundred things and other weeks where we just find a handful. Just keep it up!

    My 10 things yesterday were that I went through our linen closet. I found some old sheets that I will never use again and a duvet set that I can’t use because it attracts cat fur like it is going out of style.

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