30 Day Home Declutter Challenge.
You’ve finally put your foot down to say goodbye to months’ or years’ worth of clutter that seems to take up every corner of your home. But where do you start?
Decluttering your home can seem like a daunting task. Some people are more attached to their objects than others, but this process teaches how to let go of those attachments and focus on living your life instead!
As our team often declutters to fit our less-is-more lifestyle, we have learned tips and tricks on how to clear things out efficiently. While some people may need more time and some people may only need a day or two, we have found that dedicating a month to this process is the most practical. Thirty days gives you enough time to evaluate each section of your home and determine what’s junk and what brings you happiness.
If you are looking to find more peace and clarity through living a less-is-more lifestyle, here is our month-long decluttering routine that you can implement for your spring cleaning this year!
Pre-Decluttering: Setting a Tone
Saying goodbye to old possessions and clearing things out can feel irritating that you have so much to clean. However, you want this to be an enjoyable process so that you don’t give up halfway through the month!
1. Our team recommends setting a positive tone throughout the home to inspire optimism.
This could mean playing your favorite playlist in the background! You could also light a scented candle or diffuse essential oils for a mood-setting aroma. Scents of peppermint and lemon are clinically proven to promote concentration and energy: perfect for cleaning and decluttering.
2. Don’t have your TV playing in the background, as it can distract you from the process!
3. Have boxes or biodegradable trash bags ready to go.
We suggest having one section for trash, one for donation/resell, and one for keeping. By putting items into boxes immediately, you’re more likely to remove them from your home in a timely fashion.
After performing rituals that help you feel comfortable in your home, you can start your course of elimination.
Week One: Wardrobe
The first week in your month-long decluttering process, we suggest starting with your wardrobe. Organization expert Marie Kondo suggests starting by tackling your clothes because we tend to have the least amount of attachment to them. In addition, seeing an organized and minimalist wardrobe that was once bursting at the seams can also propel you forward in your decluttering mission.
Start by undertaking what we all probably own most of, our clothing. First, ensure there is nothing left in the washer or dryer, and put all of your shirts, pants, dresses, etc., in the middle of your room. You should then start sorting in piles of what to keep and what to discard.
To maximize efficiency, take photos of the items you are selling online as soon as you decide you no longer want them. You can sell these items on sites like on Poshmark, Depop, or Craigslist. When sorting, ask yourself when you wore it last, or if you think it will be in style next season.
When deciding which does to keep, there are certain concepts to keep in mind:
- Have you worn them in the past year?
- Did you buy them for a particular outfit that you don’t wear anymore?
- Did you purchase them for an activity you no longer participate in?
- Are they damaged or too small?
22 billion pairs of shoes end up in landfills each year, so before tossing out your worn-out footwear, see if they can be reused in any way. Look out for shoe-recycling programs such as Nike’s Reuse a Shoe Program, or donate them to your local Goodwill store.
Donate old jewelry that you don’t love anymore. Consider repurposing old family heirlooms into pieces you can wear day-to-day!
This category contains hats, gloves, bags, ties, scarfs, socks, etc.! If it doesn’t bring you happiness, say goodbye!
Friday: Kids Wardrobe
Many children’s wardrobes are filled with items that no longer fit their growing bodies! Consider donating your children’s clothes that are too small to families in need like the Forgotten Children organization.
Over the Weekend
By now, you may have boxes or bags of items you are ready to donate and sell. Over the weekend, take them to respective donation centers or resell centers near you. Check online for where you are looking to donate or trade to see if you need to make any appointments or if there are specified drop-off hours.
Week Two: Kitchen, Bathroom, and Laundry
Monday: Cupboards and Refrigerator
If this isn’t a part of your regular cleaning routine, mark it in your calendar to keep your kitchen clean. Toss old and expired food and products. Check out our post on reducing food waste so that you can get the most of your groceries!
Tuesday: Kitchen Drawers and Cabinets
Wednesday: Cleaning Supplies and Linens
Thursday: Bathroom Cabinet
Friday: Laundry Room
Week Three: Office & Living Space
Thursday: Living Room
Week Four: Garages, Basements, and Attics
Pace yourself. These areas of the home are where we tend to store all of our unwanted items. Each household has different places where they keep most of these miscellaneous pieces. This project can seem daunting, so have the whole family help out!
Clearing out the junk gives you a bigger space that you can dedicate to something meaningful. For example, why not turn your basement into your personal craft space or gym?
DONE! After a month of hard work, you’ve created a living space that feels like home. Without clutter, you can spend less time cleaning and worrying about objects and spend more time focusing on what truly matters to you.
Do you plan on embarking on this decluttering project? Take before and after photos of your home and send them to us on Instagram or at firstname.lastname@example.org.