It’s time for a 30 day challenge. Are you ready? I have been meaning to embark on this challenge for the last month, and well, I kept getting sidelined. So, since every Wednesday is Anti-Procrastination Day over at Fly Lady, I decided I needed to start today.
This challenge is to declutter your home. Some of you may have this under control – I’m guessing most of us don’t. I certainly don’t. We have much more STUFF than anyone needs.
Last month I set myself a target to get rid of 500 items from my house! I’ve seen other ladies that have attempted even more and I’m sure I need to get rid of at least 1,000 things. The first day I attempted to declutter the house went well; I disposed of about 100 items. However, I got tired of counting and tracking and it just took too much of my time. So no more counting for me, instead I’m shooting for only keeping those things I really need or that make me happy. And hoping for a clutter free home in the process.
I skipped over to FlyLady and found her advice for deciding what to keep and what to throw out or give away.
What to declutter? Things to ask yourself as you get rid of your clutter:
- Do I love this item?
- Have I used it in the past year?
- Is it really garbage?
- Do I have another one that is better?
- Should I really keep two?
- Does it have sentimental value that causes me to love it?
- Or does it give me guilt and make me sad when I see the item?
Cleanse this room of everything that does not make you SMILE.
My plan is to: 1) Be merciless, 2) tackle one room at a time, and 3) spend some time every day working towards this goal. Some days I may dedicate up to an hour for decluttering, others I might be able to spare only 10 minutes. But the goal is to keep moving foward over the next 30 days.
Stay tuned; I’ll keep you all posted on how it goes. If you decided to join in, please let me know. We can help each other stay accountable to our goals. My hope is that my home will look more like this when I’m done with the next 30 days.