30 Day Decluttering Challenge

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Join our facebook group HERE to participate. Each day for the next month we will give you inspiration and ideas to tackle your homes clutter.

I also hope to foster a truly vibrant and helpful community around this challenge to support and cheer each other on.

It’s not always easy to let go of the “stuff” in our lives but I believe it will open the doors to a more relaxed and enjoyable home. Please work with us in shaping this challenge into it’s best form. We want your feedback and suggestions over the next 30 days.

Let us know how we can improve the process and would also love to hear about your struggles and wins too!

Each day in our facebook group I will send out a reminder of the days suggested decluttering task and you can take it and run with it, modify it or even do something completely unrelated.

The point of this is to take consistent daily action and inspire/be inspired by our group along the way!

Once you have joined the facebook group, here’s Day 1’s task below…

DAY 1 – Grab Two Giant Garbage Bags And Get Started

We all of “that” room with our biggest amount of clutter. Maybe it’s your garage, basement, attic or closet that is just bursting at the seems. For me, it’s definitely our garage. This is the room that is truly a catch all and where things get thrown at random. Over time these things build up and are forgotten. I’d like to challenge you today, to grab the two biggest garbage bags you can find and fill them up with items to trash and or donate immediately!

Ask yourself, is this item broken? Has this item NOT been used in the last year? Is this item a duplicate/Do I have another item that does the same thing? If you answered YES, then it’s time to let it go.

Suggested time: 20 minutes. This really shouldn’t take too long. The point of this task is to grab the easy pickings that are in plain sight and get a quick dose of accomplishment.

Important: This challenge is all about follow through! Once you fill your first bag with items to trash – put it in the trash! Once a bag is filled with donation items, take them to the thrift store or friend. But do it the same day! I am guilty of this too. Plenty of times I have created a donate pile only to let it sit for months before I ever brought it in.

Take action, follow through and then share your success no matter how big or small with our group here.

Good luck!

Day 2 – Freshen Up Your Kitchen Starting With The Fridge

Today we are going to tackle what is arguably the most used room in the house, the kitchen. The key to not getting bogged down is to move quickly and decisively through the steps. We are just decluttering and wiping down surfaces, drawers as we go. When I’m doing a kitchen cleanout I usually start with the fridge. It’s something you look at dozens of times a day. So, when you have completed the cleanout, you’ll feel a big sigh of relief!

First, start by getting out a warm bucket of soapy water, a sponge and bring your garbage over to the fridge to make getting rid of that mystery meat and take-out you never ate quick and easy. Pull everything out and wipe down the shelves and drawers and then as you put containers back, wipe off the bottoms and any drips. Move on to the freezer following the same process, getting rid of all expired food. Next, I like to move onto the pantry and spice cupboards. Again, emptying the cupboard and wiping it down. After tackling these three areas you will start to feel like you are building some momentum!

On to the cooking utensils, pots and pans, tupperware etc. Go through and get rid of anything broken. Like that melted spatula you have been meaning to replace or those water bottles with out the matching lid that you just keep shoving further back into the cupboard. The idea is to get rid of what doesn’t work once and for all to give room for what does function to be easily accessible.

So, we’ve dealt with the food, what we cook it with and all the cupboards are clean! If you haven’t yet –
now is a good time to tackle the area that seems to always be a mess – under the kitchen sink. Can you consolidate multiples of your cleaning supplies to make room? Are there any sponges that can be thrown away? Now is the time to move stuff you have been stashing here to its proper home.

If you are feeling ambitious, now would be a great time to clean out the oven and microwave. You could pre-soak those before you start and they will be ready for a quick wipe down when the decluttering is done. Other things to consider doing while you are decluttering and you have more than an hour to devote to this, is putting drawer liners and cupboard organizers in. You will already be clearing out the cupboard so this is the time to buckle down if you have been meaning to tame the beast that is your spice cupboard or tupperware drawer. Happy Decluttering!

Ask yourself, is this item broken/spoiled? Has this item NOT been used in the last year? Is this item a duplicate/Do I have another item that does the same thing? If you answered YES, then it’s time to let it go.

Suggested time: 20 minutes to 2+ hours. Maybe you just want to clean out the fridge for 20 minutes or perhaps spend a solid 2 hours deep cleaning the fridge, organizing pantry and wiping out cupboards. Set a timer and go!

Important: This challenge is all about follow through! Once you complete going through spoiled and expired and broken items – put them in the trash! If you have donation items, take them to the thrift store or to a friend. But do it the same day! I am guilty of not doing this too. Plenty of times I have created a donate pile only to let it sit for months before I ever brought it in.

Take action, follow through and then share your success no matter how big or small with our group here.

Day 3 – Time To Tackle Those Clothes You’ll Never Wear Again

It is very easy for clothing to collect and build up over time. Clothes that no longer fit because they are too big or too small now. Items with holes in them. Items that are completely out of style. I think we are all guilty of holding on to items for too long. I know I am!

Remember back on day 1 of the challenge when I asked you to grab two giant garbage bags? Lets do that again. It’s actually quite gratifying to purge your dressers and closets of excess clothes. I think one of the biggest benefits is that you eliminate the frustration of having to sort through all your clothes to find the good stuff. Have you ever been running late and said “ugh! I have nothing to wear!” Well, the truth may just be that you have too many clothes you’ll never wear and it makes it hard to find the good stuff you know you look good in.

Take action: For this task, I like to take all my clothes and dump them onto my bed. Everything! Get that dresser and closet completely empty. Then start sorting into keep, trash and donate piles. I think you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve been holding onto unnecessarily.

Ask yourself, is this item ripped or has holes in it? Has this item NOT been worn in the last year? Is this item a duplicate/Do I have another item that does the same thing? If you answered YES, then it’s time to let it go.

Suggested time: 30 minutes to 1+ hours. Maybe you just want to clean out one dresser for 20 minutes or perhaps spend a whole day tackling all the clothes in your 6 person family. Whatever your mission for this task – set a goal and a timer and get to work!

Important: This challenge is all about follow through. Once you complete going through every last item of clothing and sorting the good from the bad – put it in the trash! If you have donation items, take them to the thrift store or to a friend. But do it the same day! I am guilty of not doing this too. Plenty of times I have created a donate pile only to let it sit for months before I ever brought it in.

Take action, follow through and then share your success no matter how big or small with our group HERE.

Day 4 – Books and Magazines

‘Not My Precious Books!’ I used to have hundreds of books that I have now reduced down to just a handful that I truly love. For me, the fact that we were moving was the big motivator. There is nothing heavier than a box full of books so I think it was easier to let them go. Going through our library before the move, I asked myself #1 – will I ever read this book again? and #2 – do I truly love this book? If I answered yes, then it stayed.

Now, understand that there is nothing wrong with having a large library of books in your home. They make for beautiful decor and a wonderful place to cozy up on a cold/wet day. The issue arises when you have an excess for your space and items that will never be read again or you don’t truly love. If that’s the case, it’s time to let them go!

Take action: Grab some boxes and start sorting your collection. You’ll have to battle the excuses that will start hitting you – this book was expensive! This book has such a pretty cover! This book was a gift! Etc.

Ask yourself: It may be tough to let go of so many books but really think of it in a similar way to your clothes. Will you ever read/wear it again? Do you have multiple copies? Is it ripped, stained, missing pages, no binding?

Suggested time: 30 minutes to 1+ hours. Some of us may have just one small bookshelf and others could be legit members of over readers anonymous and have rooms full to the brim with books. Whatever your mission and wherever you are starting from for this task – set a goal and a timer and get to work!

Important: This challenge is all about follow through. Once you complete going through every last book/magazine and sorting the good from the bad – put it in the trash! If you have donation items, take them to the thrift store or to a friend. But do it the same day. I am guilty of not doing this too. Plenty of times I have created a donate pile only to let it sit for months before I ever brought it in.

Take action, follow through and then share your success no matter how big or small with our group HERE.

Day 5 – Purge and Organize Your Junk Drawer

Sometimes I think we can get stuck wanting things to look perfect and pinterest pretty but really we just need to get the job done with what we have on hand. Today we will tackle the junk drawer. I believe the key to getting this part of your home under control is to first purge truly junk items and then create organization through small bins for different types of items.

I came across a blog post from Love and Renovations that emphasises how you do not need to go buy fancy organizers. You can get away with simple cardboard cut-outs to get the job done. Buying organizers is fine. Just don’t let it cause you to procrastinate!

Have a read here: How to Organize Your Junk Drawer (Without Spending a Dime)

Extra credit: Now, I am sure many of us have expanded beyond one single junk drawer. Before our recent move, we had one drawer in the kitchen, two in the laundry room and whatever didn’t fit there started getting thrown in cupboards. I’d love to see you attempt to purge anything you can identify as additional junk “drawers” like we had and go to town there as well!

pic via – oprah.com

Suggested time: 15 to 45 minutes. Some of us may have just one junk drawer and others will have several overflow drawers and cupboards that have become catch-alls. Whatever your mission and wherever you are starting from for this task – set a goal and a timer and get to work.

Important: This challenge is all about follow through. Once you complete going through every last item in your junk drawer – put the truly junk items in the trash! If you have donation items, take them to the thrift store or to a friend. But do it the same day. I am guilty of not doing this too. Plenty of times I have created a donate pile only to let it sit for months before I ever brought it in.

Take action, follow through and then share your success no matter how big or small with our group HERE.

Day 6 – Bathroom Decluttering

The bathroom is another one of those places in the home that is very high activity and the items needed throughout the day are many. So, naturally things will begin to pile up and become unorganized without a bit of intention.

Bathrooms are a good place to start if you are having a hard time picking a room to begin your decluttering journey with. All the items are small and easy to move. You’ll also get a very quick hit of accomplishment once you see your work completed!

Take action: I recommend emptying everything out of its current place and going through each item one by one and and asking yourself the usual questions… Is it broken, do I have a duplicate, can this be consolidated into a smaller container, have I used this item in the last year etc. Make your two piles – trash and donate. Then follow through with the actual trashing and donating action!

Resource: I found a wonderful blog post by Clean and Scentsible that can help you go even deeper into decluttering your bathrooms and gives really great suggestions. They also have a wonderful printable checklist just for this room!

 

Go visit the blog post and download the printable there – 20 Things to Declutter from the Bathroom

Suggested time: 30 to 90 minutes. Some of us may have just one bathroom and others will have 3+ to tackle. Whatever your mission and wherever you are starting from for this task – set a goal and a timer and get to work.

Important: This challenge is all about follow through. Once you complete going through every last item in your bathrooms – put the truly junk items in the trash! If you have donation items, take them to the thrift store or to a friend. But do it the same day. I am guilty of not doing this too. Plenty of times I have created a donate pile only to let it sit for months in my garage before I ever brought it in.

Take action, follow through and then share your success no matter how big or small with our group HERE.

Day 7 – Desk/Work Space

Not all of us have physical desks but we all probably have a place where we like to pay the bills, sort mail and keep important papers. These spaces can quickly become cluttered with paper that we no longer need in our lives. Lets tackle this today.

I like to physically touch and look at every single piece of paper to make sure I don’t accidentally throw out something important. Checks waiting to be cashed have been found! There’s also the myriad of small items like pens, pencils, erasers, etc. Make sure to sort and purge the trash from your desk drawers as well.

Take action: Gather all your papers/mail/misc “desk” items together and start sorting into keep, junk, donate and recycle piles. Then make sure to file away and organize your most important items.

I’d love to see a before and after photo in our group HERE.

Day 8 – Catch Up With 2 More Giant Bags

Over the last 7 days we have thrown a LOT of tasks at you. So, let’s do some catch up and make a huge dent in our clutter! Go ahead and grab two giant garbage bags and don’t stop till they are full. Head to your room/space that requires the most work. Maybe your garage or attic or basement. Perhaps you still have clothes to purge? We all have that “spot” that continues to grow and grow. Lets attack it.

Or maybe you have a specific space from the last 7 days you haven’t completed – see it through today.

Take action: Grab your two big bags, set a timer, put on some music and don’t stop till you have completely followed through with a trip to the trash can and/or a trip to the donation center.

I’d love to see a before and after photo in our group HERE.

Day 9 – 100 Item Burst

Ok, I know we have already been through a lot of rooms and purged a ton of things so far. But you still have room for improvement! Today I’d like to challenge you to get rid of 100 items. This may sound like a lot but really it’s not. You could break it down by room or focus on just one. 20 items from 5 different rooms and you are done!

If you need a bit of inspiration here’s a post with 40 Items to declutter from Country Living.

I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash or donate them. Share in our group HERE.

Day 10 – Kid’s Toys

When my kids were toddlers, I jokingly referred to myself as “the keeper of the plastic crap” aka their toys. For a few years we were living in a home with a finished basement and let me tell you it was heavenly! It functioned as the kids playroom and during the winter we spent several hours a day down there when it was much too cold for this momma to even think about going outside. There was one downside to all that of course – Some days we could barely walk through the room! It is amazing how quickly toys can accumulate. A few birthdays, Christmases and some “road side treasures” as my mother calls things pulled from the neighbors trash and you are well on your way to a toy hoard. “Toys are expensive” you reason… “I can’t possibly throw them away!” At some point it becomes too much and something must be done to tame the beast! Here are some things I found helpful during that time and that I use in every part of our home to the point that the kids know the rules and point out when it’s time to let something go.

1. Is it ripped, torn, stained, broken or missing too many pieces to function?

What good is a board game missing 90% of the pieces, let it go! Is the playroom rug displaying evidence of every flavor of juice you have ever bought? Time to haul it to the trash. Is that Bratz or Barbie doll suffering from being attacked by the scissors of a wanna be hair dresser? Put it out of its misery and into the trash.

2. Are you keeping toys because you would feel like you would hurt the feelings of the person who gifted it to you?

Let go of the guilt and the gift if it just isn’t played with. Or if it came from a grandparent who lives nearby maybe you could suggest that the toy go to their house so they can enjoy playing with it when the grandchildren come over.

3. Have your children outgrown a toy developmentally or size wise?

Have you ever noticed how bigger kids can turn even the sweetest teddy bear into an injury waiting to happen? If your kids stopped playing with something years ago it’s time to pass it onto someone who can use it. If it’s in good working order, you could even sell it. One thing I have done to make letting go of beloved toys easier on the kids is to offer them the money made from selling the toy. It softens the blow a little when you hand them some cold hard cash.

4. Do we just have TOO many toys to fit in our home?

After a few years in the home with the great basement, we moved across the country with only what we could fit in a very small car. After we arrived in our new town I went a little nuts at garage sales, buying every toy that caught the kids eye that was under $5. A few months later, I looked around at our crowded living room and realized we needed to haul half of it away. Blogger Erin Spain has a great idea of limiting your toys to a certain number per kid. You will have to assess what will work in your home. If you have a large family, maybe you have designated toys that belong to the family and everyone gets to keep say 10 personal toys. You have to be realistic about the space you have for toys and still have space to actually play with said toys. The blog Practically Hippie also has some great ideas to include kids in this process and keep it from becoming a huge fight.

LESS REALLY IS MORE. Happy decluttering!

And as always – I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash or donate them. Share in our group HERE. Before and after photos help inspire the group!

Day 11 – Master Bedroom

Today we are tackling the master bedroom and looking to purge as many items as possible! I don’t have a huge problem with clutter in the bedroom. One thing I struggle with though is the dirty clothes situation. Something that has helped is to place my dirty clothes hamper where I tend to naturally already throw my dirty clothes. In a perfect world, I would place dirty clothes out of sight but whenever I have put my dirty clothes hamper in a closet or even in the laundry room, they just never make it without first spending several days piling up on the floor!

Next, I would focus on clearing out nightstand drawers and tops. These seem to be major drop zones and can collect a lot of items that don’t need to be there. Misc important papers – go file them! Also, things like books you are done reading, electronics etc.

Take a look at your decor too. Do you really need that many trinkets on top of dressers? What about wall art? Would it be more relaxing to have one or two of your favorite pieces instead of dozens of items that are not as meaningful? Be ruthless.

Lastly, are you using part of your bedroom as general storage because you don’t have enough room elsewhere in your home? This is a sign it’s time to get the clutter under control. Take this time to focus again on getting rid of clothes you’ll never wear again and books you’ll never read too.

And as always – I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash or donate them. Share in our group HERE. Before and after photos help inspire the group!

Additional reading: How to Declutter Your Home: The Bedroom (Shalom Mama)

Day 12 – Photo Collections

Do you have tons of “real” photos piled high in boxes from decades past or perhaps thousands of digital photos on thumb drives or CD’s? If so, it can feel completely overwhelming to think of downsizing, organizing or decluttering these highly sentimental items. But it must be done! I’d start with all the physical photos and at least try and organize them by year or event or person. If you have duplicates, consider mailing them off to another family member or friend that would appreciate them. I think the key is to simply bring some form of organization to your collection for starters. As you go, you will find blurred/accidental photos that can be trashed etc.

Once you have organized your physical photos and sorted them all into keep, trash and giveaway… it’s time to move onto those digital files. I’d recommend simply making sure you have a backup of them in some form. Then you can begin sorting them or just find a good place to store them.

Here’s an excellent blog post to help with the technical side of things: Tips For Decluttering Photos (From Overwhelmed To Organized )

We have never been big technology people. I’m sad to say we used disposable cameras to document our honeymoon! We snapped a couple of photos randomly for anniversaries and other holidays but we never toted around a camera.

All that changed when we had our first child 5 years later. We took tons of pictures and videos to document each smile and milestone they reached. Adding the second kiddo certainly escalated things! I haven’t been the best about keeping up with printing photos but what I have tried to do is keep all the digital copies in one place, my computer.

I organize them by month, which seems to be easier for me because there are always random photos taken that didn’t take place at a big event like “Aunt Julie’s Wedding”. Our digital camera broke about 3 years ago and we realized that we took about 90% of our photos with our smart phones anyway, so we never replaced it. Regardless of what I used to take the pictures, I always made sure to go through the photos before I put them on my computer to delete all the bad pictures. I feel like this is a really important step to not getting bogged down by our photos.

I made this simple by asking one question, “Would I pay to have this photo printed?”. This really helped me get critical about what was good enough to save and prevented us from drowning in photos.

Now I knew it wasn’t the safest thing to only have the photos saved on the computer but I kinda put off getting a back up. Then about a year ago my beloved computer started acting funny. Shutting off randomly and all manner of crazy stuff that made me think it was on its way to computer heaven. The first thing that came to mind after I stopped day dreaming about the sweet new laptop was THE PHOTOS! I ran right down to Best Buy and got a giant thumb drive and saved a copy of all my photos onto it.

You can google other storage options and decide which is best for you. But I think the main thing is going through them and deciding what to keep. I feel fine just having them saved a second place but you could also think about printing them out and putting them in albums, perhaps that seems overwhelming to you, I know it does to me. Really its okay, the world is not going to end because you don’t do this, give yourself some grace!

Now, we probably all still have plenty of printed photos from the days before digital cameras. Tackling those lovely envelopes with pictures of your thumb, the floor and all other manner of photos gone wrong will probably bring a smile to your face. And all the film! I can’t even get over how gingerly I handled all the processed film and held onto it “just in case” I needed another copy printed. I feel like even though you might have 30 years of photos to go through, since you would be doing it all by hand and not on the computer, it might go faster! Get a shoe box or a fancy photo box from JoAnns or Michaels or Staples and start sorting those babies. Even if you just start with getting rid of the bad photos and get them boxed by year you are well on your way to feeling better about this area of your life.

And as always – I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash or donate them. Share in our group HERE. Before and after photos help inspire the group!

Day 13 – Laundry Room

This room had become a major drop zone for our family as it was just inside the garage door that we always entered into the house from. So it became a combo of mudroom and laundry and utility all in one. The biggest issue was all the shoes! They would just end up taking over the entire floor and tripping over them was a regular occurance. Then the counters in our laundry room would also become a “catch all” of misc items we didn’t know what to do with. Can you relate? It’s time to tackle this chaos!

Take action: First get the room free of laundry and all the clothes folded and put away. Next, gather up everything on the floor and on the counters, in the cupboards and on the shelves and start sorting… keep, donate, trash. And be ruthless! This is the time to purge items you haven’t used in months, are broken or are no longer useful. This is also a great time to see about setting up a simple organization system where it makes sense. If your shoes are always on the ground – create storage cubes for them with a basic shelving system of some sort. Are your broom and mop always falling over when you open the door? Buy a simple wall mount to hang them out of the way. Do your best to purge and then bring order.

Recommended reading: 6 Tips to Organize a Laundry Room (The Spruce)

And as always – I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash or donate them. Share in our group HERE. Before and after photos help inspire the group!

Day 14 – Movies and TV Stand

Today is the day to go through your movie collection and whatever space you use to store electronics near your television. There came a point in our own family when we completely stopped buying DVD movies because they always seemed to get scratched and ruined within just a few weeks. Perhaps it’s time to make the switch to a DVD/VHS free home for you as well? Something to consider!

Take action: It’s time to purge all those movies you know are ruined, will never watch again or would just like to donate. Take some time to also go through your tv stand/media center and purge any items that are broken or not in use any longer. Like that old VHS player that’s 20 years old or that speaker you know is blown.

Recommended reading: How to Declutter Your Media Cabinet in 1 Hour!

And as always – I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash or donate them. Share in our group HERE. Before and after photos help inspire the group!

Day 15 – Catch Up With 2 More Giant Bags

Over the last 14 days we have thrown a LOT of tasks at you. So, let’s do some catch up and make a huge dent in our clutter! Go ahead and grab two giant garbage bags and don’t stop till they are full. Head to your room/space that requires the most work. Maybe your garage or attic or basement. Perhaps you still have clothes to purge? We all have that “spot” that continues to grow and grow. Lets attack it.

Or maybe you have a specific space from the last 14 days you haven’t completed – see it through today!

Take action: Grab your two big bags, set a timer, put on some music and don’t stop till you have completely followed through with a trip to the trash can and/or a trip to the donation center.

I’d love to see a before and after photo in our group HERE.

Day 16 – Family Room

It’s time to tackle one of our most used rooms – the family room! This should be a place you can truly relax and unwind. Let’s get everything out of here that doesn’t assist with that use.

Ask yourself, is this item broken? Has this item NOT been used in the last year? Is this item a duplicate/Do I have another item that does the same thing? If you answered YES, then it’s time to let it go.

Important: This challenge is all about follow through! Once you fill your first bag with items to trash – put it in the trash! Once a bag is filled with donation items, take them to the thrift store or friend. But do it the same day! I am guilty of this too. Plenty of times I have created a donate pile only to let it sit for months before I ever brought it in.

Recommended reading: Decluttering the Family Room – HGTV

I’d love to see a before and after photo in our group HERE.

Day 17 – Vitamins and Medicine

Time to tackle the medicine cabinet or wherever you store medicine and vitamins. I can bet there are plenty of expired items lurking in the back of that cupboard!

Recommended reading: Getting Organized Challenge (Medicine/Vitamin Organization – abowlfulloflemons.net)

Take action: Grab your garbage bag, set a timer, put on some music and don’t stop till you have completely followed through with a trip to the trash can and done some organizing.

I’d love to see a before and after photo in our group HERE.

Day 18 – Kid’s/Guest Bedrooms

Today we are tackling the kid’s/guest bedrooms and looking to purge as many items as possible! Get the kids on board to help too.

Focus on clearing out nightstand drawers and tops. These seem to be major drop zones and can collect a lot of items that don’t need to be there. Also, things like books you are done reading, electronics etc.

Take a look at the room’s decor as well. Do you really need that many trinkets on top of dressers? What about wall art? Would it be more relaxing to have one or two of your favorite pieces instead of dozens of items that are not as meaningful? Be ruthless.

Lastly, are you using part of your bedroom as general storage because you don’t have enough room elsewhere in your home? This is a sign it’s time to get the clutter under control. Take this time to focus again on getting rid of clothes you’ll never wear again and books you’ll never read and general misc items that are piling up.

Recommended reading: KIDS’ ROOMS: 39 THINGS TO PURGE NOW

Take action: Grab your garbage bag, set a timer, put on some music and don’t stop till you have completely followed through with a trip to the trash can and done some organizing.

I’d love to see a before and after photo in our group HERE.

Day 19 – Holiday Decor

Now is the time to tackle Holiday decor! This is another tough one because everything has the potential for a very high level of sentimentality. I read a short and to the point article over at Apartment Therapy that summed up purging holiday decor quite simply – Ask yourself one question… “Do I love it?” and for everything else? Donate it! Take every item through this one question and you’ll be amazed at how much you can let go of.

Here’s the full article: It’s Time to Purge Your Holiday Decor: Use Our Two Simple Rules to Declutter

And as always – I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash or donate them. Share in our group HERE. Before and after photos help inspire the group!

Day 20 – Makeup and Lotion

I know we have already tackled the bathrooms but perhaps you are in need of a little extra push to clear out and organize your makeup and lotions specifically. Today is the day to do a final purge of these items!

I read a great article from a girl who did a “no new makeup until everything I own is gone” challenge. The result? Clearer skin, a simpler routine and more time in the mornings. Sounds like winning to me!

Here’s the full article: I Went On A Beauty Product Purge & It Cleared Up My Skin. Here’s What’s Left In My Bathroom

And as always – I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash/donate/consolidate them. Share in our group HERE. Before and after photos help inspire the group!

Day 21 – Entryway

Today we are taking on the entryway to our home! Maybe you have a closet by the front door, a cabinet used as a general drop zone for keys and shoes or perhaps you really have no foyer/entryway organization at all and everything just ends up either on the floor or somewhere else in the house.

No matter your situation, I am sure there will be plenty to declutter and get organized! Take action and don’t stop till you have the entryway tamed. Here’s a great article I found from Mom Of 6. She tackles both the entryway and mudroom and gives lots of great tips along the way…

Recommended reading: How to Declutter Your Entryway and Mudroom!

And as always – I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash/donate/consolidate them. Share in our group HERE. Before and after photos help inspire the group!

Day 22 – Pet Items

No pets? See Day 1 above or choose to catch up on any area that needs more attention.

Our pets require a lot of “stuff” every day – leashes, toys, food, waste cleanup and bedding etc. As stuff breaks or is no longer useful it can begin to clutter up our homes quickly. Take time today to sort ALL your pet related items into trash, keep and donate. I think you’ll be amazed at how much you can let go of.

The next big key to managing their items is to create “stations”. I found a great article at rover.com that will surely inspire you. Take a look here…

Recommended reading: Must-See Organization Inspiration for Dog Lovers

And as always – I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash/donate/consolidate them. Share in our group HERE. Before and after photos help inspire the group!

Day 23 – Catch Up With 2 More Giant Bags

Over the last 22 days we have thrown a LOT of tasks at you. So, let’s do some catch up and make a huge dent in our clutter! Go ahead and grab two giant garbage bags and don’t stop till they are full. Head to your room/space that requires the most work. Maybe your garage or attic or basement. Perhaps you still have clothes to purge? We all have that “spot” that continues to grow and grow. Lets attack it.

Or maybe you have a specific space from the last 22 days you haven’t completed – see it through today!

Take action: Grab your two big bags, set a timer, put on some music and don’t stop till you have completely followed through with a trip to the trash can and/or a trip to the donation center.

I’d love to see a before and after photo in our group HERE.

Day 24 – Hallways

Today we are going through all our hallways and decluttering as much as possible. Does your wall art still inspire you? Do you have misc furniture that has just become a drop zone and serves no specific purpose and even worse makes your hallways too narrow to walk normally through?

We’ve already discussed the entryway of our homes, so I’d like you to move beyond and make sure all your hallways are free of clutter as well.

Recommended reading: 8 golden decluttering rules for an organised hallway

And as always – I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash/donate/consolidate them. Share in our group HERE. Before and after photos help inspire the group!

Day 25 – Attic Day!

If you have an attic in your home, today is the day to make a huge dent in the clutter that may have collected up there over the years! Perhaps you have stacks of mystery boxes from your last move? Or maybe you inherited a family members items and never took the time to sort them? Whatever your situation, make a plan, set a timer and get to work!

Recommended reading: How to declutter your attic and keep it that way – in six easy steps

And as always – I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash/donate/consolidate them. Share in our group HERE. Before and after photos help inspire the group!

Day 26 – Winter Gear

It’s time to sort through all that winter gear… hats, gloves, skis, sleds, boots, winter jackets etc. These items take up a lot of room and without a good purge and organizing they can overwhelm any space. Take time today to sort through it all and put every item into keep, donate or trash.

Recommended reading: 15 Decluttering Tips for the Cold Months

And as always – I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash/donate/consolidate them. Share in our group HERE. Before and after photos help inspire the group!

Day 27 – Garage

The garage can be a BIG job and it’s also nice to have some good weather on hand as well. Do what you can for as long as you can. If you are prepared to tackle the whole thing in one go – Take some time to read through this great article from Realtor.com…

Recommended reading: How to Declutter Your Garage: Purging Your Home’s Pigsty

And as always – I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash/donate/consolidate them. Share in our group HERE. Before and after photos help inspire the group!

Day 28 – Basement/Crawl Spaces

Only a couple more days left in the challenge! Today I’d like to see you declutter as much as possible from your basement and/or crawl spaces. These areas are definitely prone to massive amounts of clutter accumulation and need to be regularly sorted and purged.

This could be a MASSIVE job if you have a large basement that has been a catch all for decades or maybe you just have a small crawl space with a few boxes that haven’t been looked at in years. Whatever your situation, set a goal, set a timer and get after it! Trust me, you’ll feel so much lighter when you are done.

Recommended reading: HOW TO DECLUTTER A BASEMENT AND …keep it that way!

And as always – I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash/donate/consolidate them. Share in our group HERE. Before and after photos help inspire the group!

Day 29 – Yard and Garden

It’s time to take in some fresh air and do a purge of the yard/garden of your home. Broken kid’s toys, yard debris that should have been dumped, broken pots, scrap metal and lumber, etc. Our yards can become major collection zones of clutter and left un-kept will soon takeover. Maybe you have a shed that needs sorting? Whatever the case – take action today, set a goal, set a timer and get cracking. Tomorrow is our last day of the challenge. Let’s finish strong!

Recommended reading: Conquer the Clutter in Your Yard: Get Rid of These Things Now

And as always – I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash/donate/consolidate them. Share in our group HERE. Before and after photos help inspire the group!

Day 30 – 100 Item Burst

You made it! Today is the last day of the challenge and your task is to find a final 100 items to trash/donate. I know your home is already so much lighter and happier with all the hard work you’ve put in so far – but now it’s time for one final push! Find that last space that you’ve been putting off and go for it!

And remember, this challenge is just the beginning. I’d love to have you stay on and continue to work at beautifying your home and keeping the clutter at bay.

Recommended reading: 8 Daily Habits to a Clutter Free Year

And as always – I’d love to see a photo of all your items laid out before you trash/donate/consolidate them. Share in our group HERE. Before and after photos help inspire the group!