Does decluttering and organizing your home seem like too big of a challenge to manage? Decluttering is such a simple idea, but when you think of all the rooms in your home, all the boxes and bins and closets full of stuff, it begins to look daunting. And that’s just the beginning.
We haven’t discussed the fact you’ll have to decide whether to keep or toss sentimental items, half-finished DIY projects, and items that could be useful again one day. The entire process is more than daunting; it’s overwhelming!
But today I’m going to share with you a manageable way to organize and declutter. Here’s how to Organize Your Home with a 30 Day Decluttering Challenge!
Organize Your Home with a 30 Day Decluttering Challenge
The best way to deal with a big task like organizing your home is to break the task up into small, more manageable chunks. What’s more manageable than doing a task a day?
Rather than attempting to declutter and organize your entire home in one weekend, a 30 day decluttering challenge helps you to spread the task out over a whole month. You declutter only one area a day.
Most of the daily tasks will take between 30 minutes to an hour, which is a pretty manageable amount of time. If you’re already pretty well-organized, you may spend only 15 minutes on some days!
While the 30 day decluttering challenge is designed to fit within a typical 30 day month, you don’t have to wait until the first day of the month to get started. You can start on any day that you like (and there’s no time like the present!).
Technically you’re not supposed to skip days (which is why it’s called a challenge), but sometimes life happens. Don’t beat yourself up over having to miss a day. Just make sure you’re not making excuses because you don’t feel like organizing that day.
It’s too easy to say, “I’ve been doing pretty well with the challenge, but this is going to be such a busy week. I’ll put it on hold until next week.” That’s how challenges get forgotten! If you’re truly devoted to getting your home organized, you need to get right back to the challenge after missing a day.
It’s like exercising. If you’re not a sporty sort of person, you won’t want to exercise in the beginning and will have to make yourself do it. But once it’s a regular part of your day, you’ll start not to mind it so much, and may even enjoy it!
For those who think I have it all together…this should make you feel better. 1. I have one kid who has been puking. 2. One kid had testing today. 3. Husband says he’s not feeling well 4. I have had pressure in my ears for 4 weeks now. I finally went to the Dr yesterday and got a diagnosis. 5. I work from home and I homeschool. 5. My husband said if I don’t wash underwear he’s gonna have to buy new ones. I’m trying to find the negative in that. ?? Momma’s, there will be days like this or even weeks. Sometimes the laundry piles up. The house gets messy. The “to do” list seems never-ending because you can’t even get started on it. Take heart. Tomorrow is a new day! Despite the mess of my laundry room I have shuttled the teenager to and from testing. I was given a gift of art from my youngest and he said I was the best mom ever! He doesn’t notice the laundry room. I have cuddled the sick, puking middle child and cleaned his bucket over and over. He too says I’m the best mom. We read together today. We talked about Jesus. Tomorrow. Tomorrow his mercies are new. #laundry #laundryroom #laundrymess #homeschool #homeschoolmom #teachthemdiligently #beingamom #mommasaidtheredbedayslikethis #awefilledhomemaker #homemaker #homemaking #awefilledveteranswife #wivesoffaith #hooahdevotionals @c.prater @hooahdevotionals @wivesoffaith @awefilledveteranswife
30 Day Decluttering Challenge Tips
To make the most of your 30 day decluttering challenge, here are some tips.
First, complete the challenge in order. It’s designed to have the theoretically most difficult areas first. Once you complete the first week or so, it should be smooth sailing from there. T
he challenge is designed to keep you motivated. If you skip around with the tasks, you’re likely to wind up leaving all the difficult rooms for last, which will have an adverse effect and you’ll more than likely quit before it’s complete.
Second, remember that there are several different ways to declutter. You can throw things out, donate things, give things to family/friends, or re-organize things that you actually plan to use.
Re-organizing also has several different techniques. You can put things in bins, baskets, jars, or cupboards. Those bins and baskets can go in all sorts of areas, including under beds.
You could even purchase or create a storage system product to put those bins/baskets on. Home organization is a big challenge for many people, so all sorts of handy products exist to help you find places for the things you decide are worth keeping.
Lastly, keep in mind that your main goal with this 30 day decluttering challenge is to declutter, not just to move stuff around. Re-organizing broken things, DIY things you never plan to finish, and things you don’t plan to use again does not help make your home more organized.
An organized home doesn’t just have a bunch of bins and baskets everywhere full of stuff. It has bins and baskets for things that people in the home sincerely want and have a need for.
My 30 Day Decluttering Challenge Printable
With all of that in mind, here are the tasks I chose for my 30 day decluttering challenge printable.
Day 1- Fridge
Day 2- Freezer
Day 3- Pantry
Day 4- Summer Items
Day 5- Winter Items
Day 6- Holiday Items
Day 7- Garage
Day 8- Attic
Day 9- Kitchen Cupboards + Drawers
Day 10- Bathrooms
Day 11- Linen Closets
Day 12- Clothes
Day 13- Clothes Accessories
Day 14- Shoes
Day 15- Kids’ Clothes
Day 16- Kids’ Toys
Day 17- Jewelry + Cosmetics
Day 18- Junk Drawer
Day 19- Medicine/Vitamins + First Aid Supplies
Day 20- Movies + Games
Day 21- Books + Magazines
Day 22- Pet Supplies
Day 23- Computer
Day 24- Smartphone
Day 25- Home Office
Day 26- Paperwork
Day 27- Laundry Area
Day 28- Cars
Day 29- Pick your own
Day 30- Pick your own
To use my decluttering challenge printable, just check off the tasks as you work your way through them. If something doesn’t apply to your home (maybe you don’t have any pets), don’t just take the day off.
Instead, cross out my suggested task and write something else in. You also have to pick your own tasks for the last two days. The rule is that you have to declutter something for each of the 30 days! Good luck!
Have you ever completed a decluttering challenge before?