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This is the history of my de-hoarding effort in 2012-3, when I was counting items out. Tallies  are currently being used in 2017 to casually count items in the current month. The History page has been converted to take the past months of the 2017 effort. I am not filling targets, I am not keeping track of where I am in relation to the goals I set, etc. As I said, it’s casual. What’s below is what remains from when I was not being casual about it in 2012-2013.

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The reason why the numbers both go down and up is that I was discouraged when I started and all I was counting how many things I had yet to get rid of. I need the psychological boost of counting the quantity out as it goes UP too!

Format: date, old items out, percentage of items still req’d, new number  & percentage of items purged (goes DOWN as I progress), total number of items out (goes UP as I progress) (difference between the old number items out and the new one).

Target sections are marked *** and are another 250 items out.

2012’s data is listed at the end here.

Jan, 2013 –1/1/13: new 11919 99% remaining, 159 items out, 1/2/13 new 11847 98% remaining, 231 items out, 1/3/12 new 11825 98% remaining, 253 items out *** (target section), 1/5/13 new 11803 97.7% remaining, 275 items out, 1/6/13-1/8/13 new 11672 96.7% remaining, 406 items out, 1/9/13-1/10/13 new 11655 96.4% remaining, 423 items out, 1/11/13-1/13/13 new  11612 96.1% remaining, 466 items out, 1/14/13-1/18/13 new 11582 95.9% remaining, 496 items out, 1/19/13-1/20/13 new 11503 95.2% remaining, 575 items out *** (target section), 1/21/13-1/23/13 new 11405 94.4% remaining, 673 items out, 1/24/13-1/28/13 new 11149 92.3% remaining, 929 items out *** (target section), 1/30/13 new 11075 91.6% remaining, 1003items out *** target section (1,000), 1/31/13 new 11059 91.6% remaining, 1019 items out

February, 2013 — 2/1/13-2/3/13: new 11026 91.3% remaining, 1052 items out, 2/4/13-2/7/13: new 10842 89.8% remaining, 1236 items out, 2/8/13-2/13/13: new 10812 89.5% remaining, 1266 items out ***, 2/14/13-2/23/13: new 10768 89.2% remaining, 1310 items out, 2/24/13-2/28/13:  new 10730 88.8% remaining 1348 items out

March, 2013 — 3/1/13 (Book counting adjustment): new 10443 86.5% remaining 1635 items out ***, 3/2/13-3/3/13: new 10408 86.2% remaining 1670 items out, 3/4/13-3/7/13:new 10371 85.9% remaining 1707 items out, 3/8/13-3/14/13: new 9374 77.7% remaining 2704 items out *** (Feb goals met, 2013 items out), 3/15/13-3/24/13: new 9247 76.6% remaining 2831 items out, 3/25/13-3/31/13: new 9188 76.0% remaining 2890 items out,

The below is such a disorganized mess that I am NOT going to try and organize it online on the fly. I will print this page out and come back and make the lists make sense again, sigh! J 4/28/13IN
bought print, pot strainer, 2 books, 1 bowl, 6 tshirts, 1 bookcase
3 candlesitems sold 3/1/13-3/31/13 add 36 for group records
32 pcs to btd
38+36 records of sold items = 74
(70 pcs pulled)
old % remaining,  items outsold/donated 56 pieces at flea mkt
to swap shop 9 plastic hangers, 3+1 books, 1 plate
49 items sold @ flea mkt
21 books out in book dumpster
8 donated @ flea
27 donated @ mkt
45 books donated at btd
143 paperchase
used door (closet)4/1/13-4/28/13To trash:
To dump (swap shop) 8 candle cups, 4 hangers, 3 books+10 books
Donated 3 books to library
Reveal: entry, vegetable garden (mulch raked away)
Used: fireman’s pole, cat shelf,6 pcs hardware to mount pole, 1 bookcase
2 canistersTo landing pad: (not counted til used, tossed or “put away”)

Returned: 1 book
Sold: 1 desk, 1 chair, 2 computers w/2 keyboards, 1 rug, 2+20 books
Moved from LANDING PAD: 1 chair into booth,marked for sale
Consolidation (a/k/a the Arlo Guthrie school of stuff management.)
vase filler 1

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Bought 1 refrigerator storage, 2 candle cups, 1 bookcase, 6 canisters
1 pillow, 1 clamp

out
1 hanger 4 books, 1 intertube, 1 bookcase, 85 books, 1 pillow

old 9188 76.0% remaining 2890 items out
new 8803 72.9% remaining 3275 items out

4/29/13-4/30/13

OUT
To dump (swap shop) 3 books
Donated 126 books in market donation book bin
To family/friends: 1 box stationery
Clean/purging goal: 1 antique booth closed
Used: 9 seed packets
3+126+2+9=140

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Bought 13 seed packets
Got one box stationery
-14
140-14=126

  • old 8803 72.9% remaining 3275 items out
    new 8677 71.8% remaining 3401 items out

5/1/13-5/10/13

OUT

To trash: 4 unreadable books (3 in book dumpster, 1 that had gotten wet in the trash), 1 pair underwear, 5
To dump (swap shop) rug, 2 muffin tins, 8 socks 11
Donated 10 bags, packing material 12
To family/friends: 1 bin daylillies, 5 forms 6
Reveal: to the garden wall 1
Used: 10 seed packets, 3 tins, 2 sweaters, metal rack, 1 tin, 2 more seed packets, 19
To landing pad: (not counted til used, tossed or “put away”)
4 metal bins, 1 roaster, 1 crib
5+11+12+6+1+19 = 54

Found new home/put away: daffs from in front of the garden wall, lamia on top of the garden wall (1st move of ?) 2
Sold: 9 books, 1 camera bag, 1 paper cutter, 1 chair, 5 books, tackle box,  17 vase,book, jewelry box, 1 book 3
Moved from LANDING PAD: 2 large frames 2
Consolidation (a/k/a the Arlo Guthrie school of stuff management.)
craft 6 office 2 pantry 2 10
paperchase 1+12+5=18
2+17+3+2+10+18=52
Stuff designated to sell/reuse/donate/give away (not counted til gone)
2 pillow covers, 2 books, towel rack, 2 large frames, 1 pkg Tshirts, 4 balls yarn, 1 oil filter, 2 pcs fabric
54+52=106
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Bought 1 tool holder, 4 metal bins, 1 roaster, 4 tins, 1 crib, 2 wrist weights, 3 scissors, 2 fruit jars, 1 bedspread, 2 muffin tins, 6 books 28

and stuff I no doubt missed? 10
1+4+1+4+1+2+3+2+1+2+6+10=36
106-36=70

  • old 8677 71.8% remaining 3401 items out
  • new 8607 71.3% remaining 3471 items out

5/11/13-5/16/13

OUT

To trash: 1 pc wood, 1 box 2
To dump (swap shop) 8 pcs clothing 8
To family/friends: sign 1
Used: 3 pcs wrapping paper, 1 card, 1 envelope 5
Found new home/put away: 2 boxes of books moved to new storage 2
Sold: wine rack, dish, mirror, 2 mugs, 1 jewelry box 6
100 books/other items cataloged 1
paperchase 5+3

+33

Stuff designated to sell/reuse/donate/give away (not counted til gone)
bowl, 5 plates, 2 lamps, angel chorus (5 pcs), teapot/mug (2 pcs), 1 book, 5 window sconces, 1 bottle opener,

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Bought angel chorus (5 pcs), teapot/mug (2 pcs), steamer (4 pcs), 3 books, 5 window sconces, 1 bottle opener, bowl, 5 plates, 2 lamps, 1 tin, 2 candle holders, sign, wreath

-33

  • old 8607 71.3% remaining 3471 items out
  • new 8607 71.3% remaining 3471 items out

5/17/13-5/20/13

OUT

To trash:
To dump (swap shop) 1 catalog, 1 magazine 2
Donated 189 items, mostly books 189
To family/friends: 1 book 1
Clean/purging goal: probably at least one target section, as there’s nearly 200 items in this tally! 😀 1 (3,500 goal)
2+189+1+1 = 195
Returned: 2 pieces of hardware 2
Sold: 5 books to bookstore,3 books, 1 camera at flea market, 9             horn, coca cola related piece, 4 utensils 6
100 books/other items cataloged 2
Used: 1 mailer, 1 sheet wrapping paper, 1 packet seeds, 3
2+9+6+2+3= 22
paperchase  I sheeted some receipts while at the flea market, but haven’t counted how many yet!

Stuff designated to sell/reuse/donate/give away (not counted til gone)
2 typesetters drawers
———————————————195+22=217

Bought
1 jar, 2 typesetters drawers, 2 books, 2 benches, 1 table, 4 pcs of hardware -12

217-12=205

  • old 8607 71.3% remaining 3471 items out
  • new 8402 69.6% remaining 3676 items out

5/21/13-6/4/13

OUT

To trash: office supplies 1
To dump (swap shop) plastic plant hanger, 3 books, 1 book on tape, 5       Donated 2 flower pots, 1 puzzle, 7 books 10
To family/friends: about 10 food items , 2 books, bar special soap, 3 pkg craft supplies, 2 flower pots,
1+5+10+18=37
Found new home/put away: fabric loops 1
Sold: 2 pc casserole, 3 grill plates, cup/saucer, 2 books, 10 pc doll clothes, compressor, 18
Used: wire milk crate, wrought iron wheel, 2 “S” hooks, cardboard carton,        4 31 seed packets & plant starts, 3 manila envelopes, 2 book mailers 36
Consolidation (a/k/a the Arlo Guthrie school of  stuff management.)
craft 8

1+18+4+36+8=67

paperchase 2+18+7+10+8+10=55

Stuff designated to sell/reuse/donate/give away (not counted til gone) balloon whisk, stapler, 2 vases, jar

37+67+55=159

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Bought 2 pkg craft trees, 3 pkg mini craft baskets, 3 pkg craft supplies, 40 other misc. pieces at a community sale -48

Given 6 pkg craft supplies, 1 plastic container  -7

48+7=-55

159-55=104

  • old 8402 69.6% remaining 3676 items out
  • new 8298 68.7% remaining 3780 items out

6/5/13-6/8/13

OUT

To trash: 1 catalog, 2 maps, cassette box, video tape, 2 plastic sleeves,7                 5 cat toys, 4 catalogs, 2 broshures 11
To dump (swap shop) frisbee, 2 hat boxes, 1 magazine, 1 book 5
Donated 21 magazines 21
To family/friends: 1 postcard, 10 plastic bags 11
Reveal under bookcase, top of other bookcase, in front of 3rd bookcase 3
Returned: 4 magazines 4
Found new home/put away: 231+24+68 books 323
Sold: hood ornament, 5 china angels 6
Used: display box, hasp for same, 1 bag potato starts,1 box, 2 bags,         5               1 tomato cage, 2 bookcases, 3
Consolidation (a/k/a the Arlo Guthrie school of

stuff management.) 2 bags potting soil into the garden, 1 bag used soil into the compost heap 3

paperchase 2+18+3+6+13+30+1+3+2=78

Stuff designated to sell/reuse/donate/give away

(not counted til gone), stained glass box, anatomy book,

———————————————402

Bought display box, hasp for same, 1 book

402-3=399

  • old 8298 68.7% remaining 3780 items out
  • new 7899 65.4% remaining 4179 items out

6/9/13-6/12/13

OUT

To trash: 6 wall o’ waters, 2 sleeves. 3 broken chairs, 11
To dump (swap shop) pin, 2 books 3
Donated 1 plastic bag to bookstore, 7 romances to donation bin 8
To family/friends: 1 corbel, 1 book, 1 bag, 1 book, 1 pillow 5
To landing pad: (not counted til used, tossed, sold or “put away”) 5 boxes of books & papers, 1 wire shelving extension, 7 books
11+3+8+5=27
Returned:1 book to bookstore, 66 game books & a file box, 4 magazines 72
Found new home/put away: 1 magazine, 31 CDs, 3 duffels 35
Sold: 6 sf/f and 1 romance books, 3 platters, 1  doll closet, 1 peg rack 12
Moved from LANDING PAD: 5 boxes out of the living room 5
Used: 20 sleeves, 1 basket, 1 duffel, 8 seed packets 10
paperchase 2+4+4+18 25
72+35+12+5+10=134+25=159
Stuff designated to sell/reuse/donate/give away (not counted til gone),
stained glass box, anatomy book,2 rattan suitcases, 2 mugs
———————————————27+159=186-10=176

Bought  1 bottle, 7 plates, 2 mugs -10

  •  old 7899 65.4% remaining 4179 items out
  • new  7723 64.0% remaining 7355 items out *** (target section)
  • revision: new 7723 61.0% remaining 4355 items out *** (target section)

6/13/13-6/18/13

OUT

To trash: 30 yo technical study guide, 44 trade magazines 45
5 mouse stained books+1 metal piece of a car we no longer own 6
2 old bats insulation, 1 pen refill, 8 books (3 time life, 1 craft, 4 other), 5 paperclips, pen box, desk credenza 3
1 pc cable, 1 telephone line, 2 plastic thingy, 2 plastic bags, 1 container lid 7
marble,  1
To dump (swap shop)  drawer organizer, highlighter pen set,2                                3 pens, 1 refill (dead), 1 case, 20 pcs clothing 25
Donated 4 books 4
To family/friends:  10 pcs chalk 10
Clean/purging goal: target sections 2
Reveal top of bench in attic, wire basket 2 trunks, corner of attic,
under eaves in attic left of the door, 5
Found new home/put away: 2 hinges, 1 pc webbing, 1 equipment case 4
7 markers, 4 books,3 baskets, fruit “tree”,2 enamel shelf standards 17            8 enamel shelf brackets, 5 upright teak shelf standards, 1 old papercutter,  14     6 plastic covered wire shelves, 1 large teak shelf, 4 white shelf standards 11
12 teak shelves, 1 metal table top 13
Sold:  4 math books, 1 bound nat’l geographic 5
Used: 4 plastic bags, 2 bats insulation 6
paperchase 2+11+13+11+3+2+61+308=411

———————————————596
596-4=592
Bought 1 box contractors bags, 1 coat, 2 jars -4

  • old7723 61.0% remaining 4355 items out
  • new 7131 59.0% remaining 4947 items out

6/19/13-6/22/13

OUT

To trash: 3 magazines, 3 pens, 8 sleeves, 1 holey shirt, 8 batteries, 23
caulk tool, 1 new (dropped) light bulb 😦 ,                                        02                             1 refillable marker that you can’t buy refills for anymore, 1 page protector, 02    2 magazine file dividers, 2 sleeves 1 tabletop 05      23+9=32
To dump (swap shop) 1 book, notebook, 2 shirts, 2 coats, stuff sack,            07 glasses case, 2 book covers, 16 photos 19
To family/friends: 1 book, 3 pcs teachers supplies 04
Clean/purging goal: another target section! 01                              7+19+4+1=31
Reveal front right corner of the attic, behind 2 bookcases  03
Found new home/put away: 2 page lifters, 3 pkg sharpies, 5 misc. notebooks 10
Sold:  2 prisms, 1 shelf, 4 pcs china 07
Used:  3 pkg plant starts, 10 pkt seeds, 5 bins, 3 bin lids 21
Consolidation (a/k/a the Arlo Guthrie school of stuff management.)
office 3,attic 2, paperwork 1     06

3+10+7+21+6=47

paperchase 9+7+223+43+17+1+3+7+37+24+7= 378

Stuff designated to sell/reuse/donate/give away (not counted til

gone), 4 books, 1 plate, another batch of old photos

———————————————31+47+378=456
IN
Bought 3 books, 2 bowls, was given 2 books, bought 2 chairs, 1 case TP,       13      3 pcs  organizers, 1 shipping box, 3 rolls of packing tape, 2 pkg light bulbs,     09 3 pcs teacher supplies,  3 pkg sharpies,  1 pkg labels, pen refill, 08

13+9+8 = -30

456-30=426

  • old 7131 59.0% remaining 4947 items out
  • new 6705 55.5% remaining 5373 (2 new target sections, not one!)

6/23/13-6/25/13

OUT

To trash: 14 catalogs, 2 locks w/out keys,2 paperclips,     18

4 books (got wet), 7 pcs masonite, 13 photo trays,          24

10 magazines/catalogs,                                      10
18+24+10=52

To swap shop: 1 pr jeans, 1 panty hose, 5 shirts, 6 shirts,    13

1 bicycle jumper, 2 pairs of shoes,1 pr golashes, 1 message book 05
Donated 1 robe, 1 pair ski pants, 1 pair dockers      03
13+5+3= 21

Clean/purging goal: 1 target section 01
Reveal under the kitchen desk, kitchen floor, stairs,  03
Found new home/put away: camera,  3 pr pants, 10 shirts, 4 suitcases
full of winter use materials & clothes
Sold:  3 chairs, hood ornament,
100 books/other items cataloged 01
Used: 2 backer boards, camera bag 03
Consolidation (a/k/a the Arlo Guthrie school of stuff management.)
1+3+18+4+1+3=20

paperchase 2+20+5+12=39
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52+21+20+39=132

Bought 2 tins
132-2=130

  • old 6705 55.5% remaining 5373  items out
  • new 6575 54.4% remaining 5503 items out (new target section)

6/26/13-6/30/13
OUT

To swap shop: 1 circuit board, 3 books 04
To family/friends: roll of tape 01
Clean/purging goal: 1 target section 01
Used: cleaning product 01 (special use item)
Consolidation (a/k/a the Arlo Guthrie school of stuff management.) pantry 02
Sold canning jar 01
paperchase 1+

——————————————— 11

Bought bowl, card, basket, magnet -04

11-4=7

  • old 6575 54.4% remaining 5503 items out
  • new 6568 54.4% remaining 5510 items out

7/1/13-7/8/13

OUT
To trash: 1 carton, mailer,1 goblet 03

To swap shop:
2 books, 4 pcs clothing, 12 bags, 12 napkin rings, 1 spice rack, 1 matchbook display, 2 doilies, 1 length damask,
4 sconces 39

To family/friends: jar, bag of insulation bats, case of soda, tray, mug, sconce 06

Clean/purging goal: Kept up with my floor cleaning for 2 weeks — yeah! 01

Reveal 2 parts of the bedroom 02

Found new home/put away: 2 crates, 4 screws, 3 bags charcoal 09

Moved from LANDING PAD: 3 sap buckets (counted below)

Sold 3 paperbacks, bookcase, 1 hardcover, 8 small tins, 1 book-shaped box, sunflower flag, bench 16
Used: 2 L brackets, 4 screws, 4 nuts, 2 cafe curtain supports, curtain rod, 2 curtain panels, 2 bags, 2 pkg notes, 3 sap buckets, 22

Cull/Consolidate: 2 boxes 02

paperchase 42+30+11=83
Stuff designated to sell/reuse/donate/give away (not counted til gone) 1 shelf, 6 hot mitts

———————————————167

Bought 1 book, foundry mold, watering can, wire grid, was given 1 book, 6 hot mitts, -11
167-11= 156

  • old 6568 54.4% remaining 5510 items out
  • new 6412 53.1% remaining 5666 items out

The reason the numbers both go down and up is that I was discouraged when I started and all I was counting how many things I had yet to get rid of. I needed the psychological boost of counting the quantity out as it went UP too!

The format is: date, old items out, percentage of items still req’d, new number  & percentage of items purged (goes DOWN as I progress), total number of items out (goes UP as I progress) (difference between the old number items out and the new one).

Target sections are market *** and are equal to another 250 items out. When I just list the start date for the month (as immediately below) they are NOT marked

1/1/2012 old 0, 100%, new 10,057 100%, 3 items out  (+3)
2/1/2012 old 10, 057 99.7% , new 9324 92.7%, 736 items out  (+733)
3/8/2012 old 9324 92.7% new 8749 86.9% 1311 items out (+575)
4/6/12 old 8303 new 8290 82.4% 1770 items out (+459)
5/1/12 old 8290, 82.4% new 7148 71.0% 2888 items out (+1118)

6/1/12 old 6677 66.4% 6/3/12 new 6652 66.1% 3348 out (+460)

7/1/12   old 61.1% 3854 3854 out (+506)

8/8/12 old  5785  57.5% 4215 out new 5645 56.1% 4355 out (+501)

9/3/12 old 5136 51.1% 4865 out new 4975 49.5% 5026 out (+668)

10/1/12 old 3763 37.4% 6238 out, new 3705 36.8% 6296 out (+1270)

11/1/12-11/2/12 old 2751 27.3% 7254 out new 2642 26.3% 7363 out(+1070)

12/5/12 old 1709 17.0% 8351 out new 1588 15.8% 8472 out(+1109) 12/31/12 old 98 1% remaining 9962 items out new 98-154 (56 over)

10,116 items out

  • Should have been 6/30/12 5030 items out.( met 9/5/12)                         
  • Should have been 7/31/12 5868 items out. (met 9/11/12)              
  • Should have been 8/31/12 6707 items out. (met 10/15/12)         
  • Should have been 9/30/12 7545 items out. (met 11/7)                              
  • Should have been 10/31/12 8383 items out. (met 12/6)
  • Should have been 11/30/12 9222 items out. (met 12/21)
  • Should have been 12/31/12 10,060 items out. (met 12/31)
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