Inside: Do you lack space? Have too much stuff? Feel frustrated when you look around your house? Then join us for the 7 Day Decluttering Challenge!
Tomorrow is D Day, and the “D” stands for decluttering! Are you in?
Maybe you’re on the fence, wondering, Why should I do a 7 Day Decluttering Challenge? Don’t underestimate the power of a good purge to lighten your load–both mentally and physically. I took a short decluttering class a couple of years ago, and what surprised me most was how much lighter I felt. Seriously. Besides cleaner rooms and more space, the decluttering process paid off in ways I hadn’t expected, and I’ve been wanting to do another round since then.
3 Simple Rules
- Choose your number of items. How many total items will you get rid of? My first decluttering experience I did 500 items in 14 days, and, no, it wasn’t as hard as you might think. (I’m not a hoarder. I promise.)
- Pick your locations or categories. Where do you want to focus your decluttering efforts? You can choose locations, such as the garage, or categories, like clothes. Or you can mix and match. You can go with seven different locations or categories or devote all of your energy on one, like the basement. You decide.
- Determine how many items per location or category. You might only have a few items in your bathroom, but the bedroom closet is a mess. Allocate more items to the closet, then. You might be wondering, So what if I go under or over the amount? If you don’t get enough things from one category, move the remainder to another category. If you go over? Yay! Pat yourself on the back. But don’t subtract item amounts from elsewhere. That’s defeating the purpose.
It’s important to tell someone to keep you accountable. So I’m telling you. Here is what I’m doing:
250 items in 7 days
Location and areas – how many items:
kitchen – 25
spare bedroom – 25
junk drawers (yes, plural) – 25
paper – 100
closet – 25
living room – 25
clothes and shoes – 25
Okay, I’m putting it out there. Ready to do battle with my stuff tomorrow. Gathering my boxes and trash bags and marching bravely into the kitchen. But first I might stop by the fridge for some inspiration, in the form of pumpkin pie ice cream. But I’ll get there. Come heck or high water, I’ll get there!
Stop by tomorrow for Day 1.
So how about you? Are you in? Tell us about it in the comments. Heavy doses of empathy welcome!
Resources: Don’t Want It? Get Rid of It!