Are you ready to declutter your home? Are you looking for some motivation and direction to help you start the process?
Welcome to the “Get Rid of It” series! This month I will post a series of easy, quick tasks that will help you begin to banish clutter in your home.
This series is designed for people who don’t want to spend hours upon hours on decluttering. I tried to make each daily task something that you could probably accomplish in twenty minutes or less. I scheduled the tasks that I thought would take longer for the weekends.
Guidelines for the Clutter Free Home Project
- Each task is supposed to be easy and quick. Set a timer for 20 minutes each day and limit yourself to doing that much decluttering to start with. If you feel the urge to keep going after the 20 minute mark, you can. But remember, any progress you make in those first 20 minutes is still good progress!
- Only pull out as much as you can put back in 20 minutes. I’ve done so many decluttering projects where I’ve taken everything out with the intention or organizing it, and I’ve gotten tired and burnt out and abandoned the project.
- Focus on progress, not perfection. If your aim is to banish clutter in your home, every little bit of progress you make will get you one step closer to your goal.
- The tasks can be done in any order you want. I will post one each weekday, and one on the weekend. If you find you have more time during the week to do one of the longer weekend projects, you can swap things around.
- Try not to skip a day, and don’t double up. You want to keep your momentum going, and you don’t want to get burnt out. One task each day should keep you moving towards your goal.
- Get support! The Beautiful Useful Project’s Facebook page has been growing in leaps and bounds. There are so many awesome, supportive women in the group that you can share your successes and challenges with. Join our group and let us know how the challenge is going for you!
Are you ready to accept the challenge of the Clutter Free Home Project? You can prepare yourself for the first quick and easy challenge by doing the following:
How to Get Ready for the Clutter Free Home Project
- Find a timer you can use each day. I just use the one that’s built into my phone.
- Make sure you have trash bags in your home. You’re going to be doing some serious decluttering!
- Remember to focus on progress, not perfection. Pinterest is awesome, but it’s not always realistic. Don’t compare yourself to others (who might just be showing you their “best” photoshopped images anyway). I like to take a picture of the area I’m decluttering before and after the declutter. It helps me see the progress.
Daily Decluttering Tasks
- Magazines and Newspapers
- Lame Mugs and Stadium Cups
- Messed Up Gift Bags and Tissue Paper
- Linens You’re Not Using
- Junky Toys
- Phone Books
- Gross Towels
- Toiletries You Don’t Like
- Faulty Socks
- Freebies You Aren’t Using
- Questionable Food in the Freezer
- 50 Pieces of Paper
- Duplicate Kitchen Items
- Plastic Shopping Bags
- Declutter Something That Makes You Feel Icky
- Old Technology
- Questionable Food in the Pantry and Cupboards
- Trash in the Car
- Clothes You Haven’t Worn in Forever
- Outerwear You’re Not Wearing Anywhere
- Dead (or nearly dead) Plants
- Reusable Bags
- Excess Writing Utensils and Office Supplies
- That Thing You’ve Been Meaning to Sell
- CDs and DVDs You Never Enjoy
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