Spring has sprung!
It is officially Spring and since we are stuck in our home for the foreseeable future, I have decided to declutter challenge. And what is better than a declutter challenge?
Every Spring our neighborhood puts on a community-wide yard sale. But this year that has been canceled. I do, however, plan to declutter my home and donate as much as I can to those who really need it.
Seven Day Decluttering Challenge
Since being home…since being self-quarantined for the last 9 days, I have noticed a ton of items in my home that we just do not use anymore. We can get rid of and free up extra space in the home. So let’s get started.
Day 1 – Declutter your workspace of paper clutter
Paper clutter is the bane of my existence. I have piles of mail, notes, kid’s artwork, scribbles of paper and then some all over my desk. In fact, we just replaced the desks in our office and I have less storage space and have a huge box of items I haven’t touched in over a month. I can probably get rid of everything in that box.
Day 2 – Declutter home junk drawer
Alright mama, I know you have it. We all do! That one drawer that has collected all the odds and ends that don’t have a proper home. My drawer has gotten way outta hand and may have spilled over to a bin. It is definitely time to clear that out and get rid of what we don’t need or haven’t even seen in over a year.
Day 3 – Declutter laundry room
I am going to go ahead and say it. My laundry room is basically my junk drawer for larger items. I can honestly tell you I have no idea what is in there outside of my washer and dryer. It is definitely time to go through and clear out that room.
Day 4 – Declutter Craft Supplies
Well…I am starting to see a theme here. My kid’s craft supplies are insane. Too many paint containers, a bunch of coloring books that no one has touched in years. And who knows what else.
Day 5 – Clean out bathroom vanity
I can be a bit of a product junkie. I have hair products that I know I need to get rid of but I keep just in case I run out. I never run out and I never need that old jar of hair gel. Then there was also that time that I subscribed to a beauty subscription box. I may have 2, or 4 boxes under there as well. So it’s time to get in there and empty out the old products and unused beauty products I do not plan on using.
Day 6 – Clean up your email inbox
How many newsletters have you subscribed to that you never read? Too many to count I bet! I have slowly unsubscribed from the newsletters I don’t read. But have you noticed how many offers are popping up on Facebook lately? We have nothing better to do I suppose than sign up for a webinar that automatically signs us up for a newsletter. Resist the urge if you really don’t need the webinar and if you do unsubscribe as soon as you can. In the meantime, checkout your unread emails and go ahead and unsubscribe to as many newsletters as you can.
Day 7 – Clean out Closets and drawers
Lastly, let’s thin out our closets. Remember that jumper you bought in 2017 but haven’t worn in 3 years. Yeah, its time to get rid of that. How about old college t-shirts that you haven’t worn in almost a decade and now have holes in them. No, Sarah, you will not be making a t-shirt quilt out of them. When will you even have the time you are a busy mom! Time to toss them! Get rid of clothes you haven’t worn in a long time, clothes with holes or clothes you can no longer fit. Donate them to your favorite local charity. You will feel so much better.
This simple declutter challenge will not only help you remove some of the unused items in your home but will also take the weight off your shoulders and decrease some of your stress and anxiety. Hop over to my Facebook group Mom in Combat Boots – Productivity and Mindfulness and let me know how the challenge went for you!