30-Day Challenge: Declutter Your Life

When you look all around you, do you see stacks of mail that need to be processed? Perhaps you’ve got books laying around along with a million miscellaneous scraps of paper with scribbled notes on them. Remember that thing you were going to fix that you put aside until you had more time…and now you’re tripping over it every day?  Whether you want to be more disciplined, more organized, or just plain happier, clearing out the clutter and freshening up your environment will make a huge difference. In fact, you may not realize how much your psyche is affected by clutter and how different you can feel until it’s all gone.

Well, now is a great time to get a fresh start by trying this 30-Day Challenge. Thirty days from today, you could finally have your office cleaned up, or that space in your attic. Perhaps you’ll finally tame that monster hiding in your garage and have room to, once again, park your car. I feel like clutter is a type of psychic cancer, eating away at your creativity, your energy levels, your inspiration and totally draining your motivation even before it gets started. Well, it’s time to change that. It’s time to rediscover your inspiration, your creativity and your floor! Here’s how:

 

30-Day Challenge:
Declutter Your Life

 

Pick an area in your home that is badly in need of decluttering. More than likely, you instantly know where it is. Every day, for the next 30 days, spend 15 minutes sorting, moving, organizing, shredding, cleaning, packing, filing, throwing away, and completely clearing out all of the clutter from one room, nook, crawl space, storage area, garage, or room of choice. This may include drawers, boxes, trunks, storage containers, bags, shelves, and any place where there might be junk, clutter and piles of who-knows-what.

Setting a timer is very helpful so you can work without having to watch the clock. Also, having a very clear start and stop time every day will make the task seem more manageable.  If you choose to work more than 15 minutes on a given day, you’re free to do so. But regardless of how much time you work over, you’ll still need to spend your usual 15 minutes the next day. It’s only for 30 days and it’s only 15 minutes. You can do this!

 

If you only spend just 15 minute per day, you’ll be amazed at how much progress you can make in just a few days. But in 30 days, you can transform, brighten, and uplift a room or area that’s been wearing on your nerves. When people imagine their dream home, they typically imagine a home that’s neat, clean and organized. After this 30-Day Challenge, you’ll be on your way to more cheerful surroundings. Although, once you adopt this behavior, you may want to consider keeping it.

Let me know if you’re going to give this a try. I’m a few days into this particular challenge and I’m already feeling better about my space. I’d love to hear how you feel when your 30-Day Challenge is finished. Good luck!

 

Comments

  1. 4 days in – started on my computer area in the living room and hope to have the whole room done, with the “keeper” mail and records actually in their right folders in the file cabinet by the end of 30 days as well as what needs to be in storage until summer. Have been putting in 30 – 90 min each day. Realizing how much paperwork I have. Think I need an easier career!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Peggy. Sounds like you’re off and rolling. An easier career? You could try to become a professional lottery winner. That might cut down on the paperwork. :-) Good luck with your 30-day challenge. I’m on day 8 for declutter in my office. I’m so please with the progress I’ve made so far.

      My problem isn’t so much cleaning (though I do procrastinate on that). My problem is having the right system in place to stay organized. There needs to be a process for handling every little scrap of paper that I put in my office. I was using the GTD (Getting Things Done by David Allen) system and that was working well, but when I gutted my office to do some work on it, my system got totally interrupted and threw me back into chaos. However, I’m getting things under control now and should be back on track soon. In fact, I might get to the point where I finish sorting and getting organized before the end of the 30 days, in which case, I’ll clean the walls and floor, blow out my computer, and other various things.

      Keep up the great work on your 30-day challenge. Cheers!

  2. Today I finished day 30 of my own personal 30-Day Challenge to declutter my office. I never missed a day and the results were absolutely wonderful. My office is nearly empty, which is a good thing.

    Now I’m thinking about buying more furniture so I can take my office organization to the next level. I’m so glad I did this. I spent only 15 minutes per day. It’s really the effort of trying this!

  3. Thank you for this suggestion! I’m going to start this today. My boyfriend and I have WAAAAAAAYYYYYY too much stuff! Our apartment is filled with boxes (still around from moving 4 months ago) and every surface is covered with stuff! The stress it causes me is immense. I feel like I am a slave to all this stuff! To get it all cleaned up and cleared out is going to require his participation as well (a lot of it belongs to him). I’m going to tell him about this 15 minute technique and hopefully get him on board! Thanks again!

    • Vanessa, I think it’s great that you’re going to try this. My results were amazing. It’s so simple to just spend 10 or 15 minutes a day chipping away at the clutter. Not to mention how much better you’ll begin to feel right away. I hope you’ll come back here and leave an update when you’ve finished your 30 days. Best of luck to you both! :-)

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