Declutter 500 in 2014 Update + Join Me!

declutterupdate I’m so happy to report that things are going really with with my Declutter 500 in 2014 challenge! I wrote about it at the beginning of the year in my goals for 2014 and I’m going strong. My updated numbers are below, but I just wanted to give an update as to how I’m feeling about getting rid of so much in one year.

Our decluttering really started probably about two years ago. Blaine and I have both seen our parents get buried in stuff (not literally) after a lifetime of accumulating. We both agreed that we didn’t want to spend out lives trying to shuffle around the boxes that take up 95% of the garage or having to move something over here to access something over there. I always say, we are nowhere near where I want to be yet, but we are definitely getting there.

We, all of us, bring stuff into our homes all the time. I don’t physically go out looking to buy stuff, I probably shop much, much less than the average woman my age, but somehow I still end up with more in my house than I intended. Seven thousand pens (exaggeration), two dozen jars I might need, that one white blouse I haven’t worn since probably high school that I insist on keeping in case I ever have to go to a job interview. You know what I’m talking about.

Every time I have to move something to clean under it, every time I have to figure out how to get a drawer to close or need to clear off the dining table again I get frustrated. Wouldn’t it be nice to just have a home that you can live in without shuffling stuff around all day? A simple home means spending less time cleaning and managing items and more time doing things you love to do. That’s my dream!

As of October 24th I have decluttered 324 items! Bonus: I earned $852.50 selling some of it!

These numbers are actually low because I know there are things I didn’t record and I estimated low for a couple of garage sales we had since I didn’t remember (or really want to) count everything that got sold or donated. Now I have two months to get rid of 176 more items in order to meet my goal and I’m feeling so good about this challenge I want you to join me.

Next week I plan on posting a mini challenge: 200 Item Holiday Declutter Challenege. With the holiday’s coming up you know even more will be coming into your house and adding to the chaos. Join me in not only removing items from your home to simplify your life, but also giving away or selling these items to people who will be happy and thankful to have them.

Would you like to join me in a mini Holiday Decluttering Challenge?

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How to Sell on Instagram eCourse now LIVE!


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First I wanted to say I am so excited to launch my first eCourse! It has been such a labor of love over the past few months and all started because I did a post with tips for selling on Instagram in 2012. After that I was flooded with comments and emails asking for more info, specifically, more detailed help on getting started. Over the last few months I’ve put together this course that will walk you step by step from start to finish.

Instagram is a highly visual social media platform that, while not created for the purpose, makes a great place to sell. Whether you’re hoping to make a little extra holiday money selling preloved clothing from your closet or you want to start selling your handmade goods, in the How to Sell on Instagram eCourse I outline step-by-step how to get started.

Personally, I started selling on instagram several years ago. I had a lot of really nice clothes that I loved, but didn’t wear and didn’t want to sell for fifty cents at a yard sale. So I signed up for a new instagram account dedicated to selling and sold quite a bit of my clothing there for much, much more than I’d get locally. I even used Instagram as a platform to raise money for vet bills when my dog got very sick by selling off clothing and vintage items I had collected over the years. The support and community present on instagram is beyond amazing and if you use it right, it’s one of the best platforms for small-scale community selling.


Included in the course are 9 sections outlining the different steps to get started, downloads and my favorite tips and resources.

The eCourse is broken down into several sections:

  1. Intro + Why You Should Sell on Instagram
  2. Preparing to Sell
  3. Taking Photos That Help You Sell
  4. Posting Your Items
  5. Price & Shipping Calculation
  6. All About Paypal
  7. Packing & Shipping
  8. Marketing Your Instagram Shop
  9. FAQ, Tips & Resources


I also included some digital downloads to help you get started:

  • Sell on Instagram Checklist
  • Listing Planner Sheets
  • Several graphics you can use for your own instagram shop

I make sure to cover every aspect of selling on Instagram as well as a lot of tips to online selling in general from paypal to packing and shipping. Included is a video showing how I edit my product photos in less than 1 minute using my iPhone, how I measure clothing, exactly how to set up your Instagram profile so it’s eye catching and informative, how to send money requests and invoices in paypal and much, much more!

If you’re thinking about selling on instagram this eCourse will help walk you through the steps to get started quickly and with confidence!

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Weekly Wishes // No. 12 + eCourse Launches Tomorrow!

Busy, busy weekend! Exhausting, but rewarding. It all started Thursday night when we loaded up all of my sisters stuff to move her from my parents to my house. We filled in the extra space in the truck with stuff my parents wanted to get rid of. Over a lifetime you collect a lot of stuff without even noticing or meaning to and I’m trying to help free them of it (with their permission!). This is why I’m so dedicated to simplifying and decluttering – to avoid a garage, attic and storage space full of stuff I don’t need or even remember I have. So on Friday my sister and I had a garage sale, Saturday Blaine joined in on the fun and we got rid of boxes and boxes! However, we still have a lot sitting around the house waiting to be sorted, sold or donated.

Saturday afternoon and Sunday we spent at Willow Springs International Raceway watching a drifting event. Drifting is so much fun to watch, even though it always makes me a little anxious. Crashing and spinning out into the dirt is very common, but it definitely makes it fun to watch. All in all a good weekend and I’m ready to get to work!


  1. Clean out guest room. Mostly done. Planning on getting the closet cleaned out this week.
  2. Finish eCourse. My goodness. This launches TOMORROW and I need to hustle to get it done!
  3. Closet purge. I’ve removed a lot from my closet and drawers, but I’m definitely not where I want to be yet.


  1. Launch eCourse!!! October 21st is the launch date and I’m so excited to get this out there! Check out some info on the ecourse below :)
  2. Sort through donations & stuff to sell Over the weekend we moved my sister in AND brought a box truck full of my parents stuff  over and had a yard sale. Still have some stuff to sell on craigslist and to sort through some to donate. Hoping to get the house back in order this week. The boxes and just scattered stuff all over the house is making it hard for me to focus on work!
  3. Take donation to the thrift store Once I sort through everything the goal is to get it donated this week so I don’t have donation boxes lingering around the house for weeks like I usually do.


how-to-sell-on-ig Make some extra cash selling items you don’t need or start a small business selling on Instagram! The How to Sell on Instagram eCourse will cover every single step from preparing your instagram selling account, setting up paypal, taking great photos, listing tips and tricks, packing and shipping along with a ton of tips and examples along the way. As an online seller for the past 11 years, I’ve got a wealth of knowledge to share. I have sold on instagram yard sale style to find new homes for preloved vintage items and clothing, and I also currently run Kintage, an instagram only shop. This ecourse will break down every step, every pro tip and answer a lot of questions I get asked. It is web based and will be launching tomorrow, October 21st at 7am! If you’re looking to make a little extra holiday money or start selling your amazing handmade items on instagram, but aren’t sure where to start and need a little guidance, this is the ecourse for you!

Check back tomorrow for the full rundown and to buy the ecourse and start selling on Instagram!


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