During the month of January I participated in a decluttering challenge group on Facebook. The idea is that you get rid of one item on Day 1, two items on Day 2, three items on Day 3, etc. By the end of the 31 days, your house is 496 items lighter.
Did I actually get rid of that much? No. I didn’t keep up with it every day. And a few of my decluttering jobs yielded so many tiny items that I didn’t actually count the number. But I DID get rid of more than I would have otherwise which is a good thing.
- I cleaned out the bottom part of our linen closet and threw away a couple of wastebaskets full.
- I cleaned out the large, middle drawer of my desk, yielding half a large wastebasket full.
- I hauled three large plastic totes FULL of clothing, books, kitchen items, etc. to the local Re-Use Center, as well as an old television.
It’s the tip of the iceberg but it’s a start.
I’m now kind of addicted to this decluttering thing and have high hopes for the state of my storage areas by the end of this year.
Would you like to join me this month? I’d love to have company on this journey to household organization.
Here’s how the decluttering challenge works:
Each day you get rid of the number of items corresponding to that day. For instance, today is February 2 (yeah, we’re starting a day late) so you get rid of two items. If you’d like to catch up, make it three. Tomorrow is the 3rd so get rid of 3 items. If you follow this exactly, every day, by the end of this month you will have released 435 items from your home.
If you decide to join me I’d love to see or hear about what you are decluttering. That was the part that was fun in the Facebook group. We posted photos and/or shared lists of items we got rid of. I don’t want to set up a separate Facebook group for this, at least not at this point, so here are a few ways you can participate:
- Post pictures on Instagram with the hashtag – #LWDdeclutterchallenge.
- Post on the Life With Dee Facebook page. Again, use the same hashtag – #LWDdeclutterchallenge.
- Comment here on the blog. You can come back to this post to do so or on any post during the month of February. I respond to all comments here on the blog so you can be sure I’ll see it.
- Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put LWDdeclutterchallenge in the subject line.
This is a fun and fairly painless way to declutter. I recommend that you get a large box or plastic lidded container and designate it for this project. Decide ahead of time where you will take your discarded items which aren’t trash. As I mentioned, I took mine to a Re-Use Center. The one we have takes anything usable and then gives it away free. I love this idea! But there are lots of other options, depending on what’s available in your community. The important thing is to get the items out of your house as soon as possible. If you live near a drop-off location or pass by one regularly, it’s not a bad idea to get rid of the things you declutter the same or next day. You don’t want to get second thoughts and start rummaging around in your giveaway box!
Now, this isn’t the only, or even the best way to declutter. This is just one way. Here are some others:
Or just make up your own rules. Maybe you commit to getting rid of at least one item a day, and more on the days you have time or are especially inspired. Even one item a day means you’ll have gotten rid of 29 items by the end of the month.
The important thing is to pick a method that you will stick with.
So, are you in? If so, leave me a comment. If you plan to share on Instagram I’d appreciate a link in the comments. I’ll search the hashtag periodically but if you leave me a link I’ll go follow you right away. And if you aren’t already following me, here is the link to my Instagram profile:
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Oh, one more thing. If you participate in one of the ways listed above, your name will go into a drawing for a copy of the popular book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo.
I have a copy in perfect condition which I’ve already read. In the spirit of decluttering, it’s time for me to release it and let someone else enjoy it.
*Note: Book giveaway is over.