May Decluttering Challenge!

Well hi there!  

It's time for another 30 day decluttering challenge and a chance to win a 5 hour organizing session! 

The rules are the same as last time: 

1. You need to get one item out of your house every day - by donating, recycling or trashing it (as a last resort!). 

2. You need to comment every day on either the daily photo I'll be posting to our Facebook page or to this blog post.  Simply name the item you threw away.  

On May 31st I'll draw the winner of a 5 hour session from the group of people who posted something every day. 

I'm a firm believer that less is more and that the less we own, the more easily we can care for our homes and focus on the important things in life.  I am also a recovering shopaholic who loves the thrill of a good deal.  Calling my company "the simplified life" is a daily reminder to myself to work on this.  At this point I have pared down tremendously, but I'll be doing the challenge along with you...as well as not purchasing anything (other than food or toiletries if what I currently have runs out) for the next 30 days.  

If one item a day is too easy for you, The Minimalists and Nourishing Minimalism offer some more extreme challenges (and Becoming Minimalist offers several creative ways to declutter).  If you do more than one item, please post everything you're jettisoning to help encourage others.