Are you trying to figure out how to START decluttering? Do you need to simplify your home, but your life is crazy busy? Then this Decluttering Challenge is for you!
I challenged the Simplify Your Stuff group to spend the remaining days of the month focused on decluttering in short burst. But, after thinking about it, I realized that this challenge would be good for anyone wanting to get their home in order. So here’s your sneak peek into challenges we tackle in the coaching program.
Decluttering Challenge – Quick. Easy. Motivation.
The specifics are in the video, but here is the summary for those of you who prefer to read rather than watch.
Decluttering Challenge Details:
As you go about your day, pick one area to declutter.
When you get ready in the morning, you may find that to be an ideal time to declutter one drawer in your bathroom. Or perhaps you can clean out the pantry as you while you are preparing a meal in the kitchen. You might even find yourself with a spare two minutes to quickly go through your junk drawer. It doesn’t matter when or where, but find one cabinet, drawer, basket, counter to declutter every single day during this challenge.
Then, set a timer for 2 minutes.
The short timeframe is beneficial for several reasons. When it comes to decluttering, people tend to overthink. I got this as a gift and – even though I don’t need it – I feel bad getting rid of it. What if I need this again? This is the time to be logical; not to let your emotions take over.
When you have a short timeframe to work, adrenaline kicks in and your instincts take over. You’ll know deep down that your drawer will be more organized and you’ll be able to find what you need when you need it – especially if there’s less clutter.
You can do more than you think…especially under a time crunch!
Finally, get rid of the low-hanging fruit.
Don’t spend time contemplating about getting rid of your grandmother’s heirloom hairpin or your childhood trophies. No, this isn’t the time to deal with sentimental items. Instead, focus on those items that are easy to eliminate.
I’ve found these items usually belong in one of two categories:
1. Items to trash.
Trash can be anything you would normally put in the trash bin or recycling container. Old papers, envelopes, packaging, broken items, old worn out pieces are a few great examples of items discard. However, there are also perfectly acceptable items that you don’t need, but you can’t give to anyone else either. Examples include old makeup, undergarments or other personal items. I’m sure you’ll come across many other items that should be added to this list!
2. Items to donate.
The second type of item you should focus on decluttering during these short working sessions are items that you can take to a donation center. There are plenty of items in your home that don’t belong in the trash can and would take more time, energy, effort to sell than they are worth. Instead, keep a donation box by your side while you declutter and take it to the donation center as soon as it is full.
You can take this challenge once a day or multiple times each day. The only real guideline I would suggest is that you make a commitment to follow through each day until the end of the month. Don’t skip a day! You’ll have decluttered more than you thought possible.
The hidden benefits.
As you work, you might find yourself motivated to categorize/organize the rest of your belongings in each small area you declutter. You might even keep decluttering long past your original time limit.
There are plenty of ways to simplify. But this challenge is a simple way to take a huge step forward with your simplification goals.
Are you in?