Today we begin the 30 Days to a Clutter Free Home Challenge!
“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.
Tip toe if you must, but take the step.” -Naeem Callaway
Are you as excited as I am? I hope so!
Let’s go into this knowing that at times it’s going to be difficult. At times we will want to quit, to give up like we have in the past. But we cannot let that happen – not this time!
Everyday remember that it’s just 30 days and at the end, there will be a great impact on the state of our homes as well as our mindsets. We will keep our eyes on the prize!!
If you get disheartened, repeat to yourself, as many times as necessary: “Old ways won’t open new doors” – Author Unknown
Tips and Tricks
Below are some tips and tricks that I have gathered from Ye Old Google to help us on this Clutter Free Home Challenge:
- You must listen to some fun, upbeat music, your favorite Podcast, or an Audiobook. Nothing makes a difficult task even harder than watching the clock.
- Start out by tidying the house if possible. Move things into their proper homes.
- Stay focused on the daily task. Shut off your phone. Turn off the TV. Try to do the task when you know the kids will be napping / in quiet time / at school etc…. It is so easy to become overwhelmed and distracted.
- If you can’t decide on an item, set it aside and come back to it when you are done with the day’s task. If you still can’t decide (which is a good indicator that you don’t need the item), see #5 below.
- Put anything you are having a hard time getting rid of into a box. Seal it up, put the date on it, and put it in a place where you won’t see it every day.
If you use something out of the box, you must immediately make a home for the item.
Whatever is not used within one year goes to donation!
- Make a pile of To-do’s. For example, receipts that need to go in the tax files, forms or mail that needs to go into your file cabinet etc… and set a date for when you will tackle the task. Stick to your date.
Remember that getting organized is a process, especially if you’ve been putting it off for some time. Staying organized means changing your habits (which we will discuss at length at the end of our challenge), otherwise you will end up right back in the same spot you are in now – Cluttered homes and minds, overwhelmed, and stressed out.
“The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your
complex tasks into manageable tasks, and then starting the first one.” – Mark Twain
P.S.: It’s not too late to join the challenge! You know you want to!