Is this the year you are going to do the “great home declutter” and turn your home from a cluttered, overstuffed embarrassment into a clean, organized and joyful space?
Is this the year you’re going to embrace minimalism (or at least a form of it) and devote the time you want to, to those things that are a real priority for you?
Is this the year you are going to halt clutter in its tracks, take control back and let your home be something that serves you?
Come join me and 33,203 others in the “2018 in 2018” decluttering challenge!
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Rid your home of 2,018 items in the year 2018.
- Each time you get rid of an item, put an “X” on a square (or black it out, depending on who’s helping check the boxes!!)
The rules are your own: If you have a stack of magazines to get rid of, you may
- count it as one item or
- you can count each one as an item.
- You may even guess the number! The point is just to get rid of it.
- Keep the chart on the front of the refrigerator or a cupboard where you can watch your progress and keep motivated.
- If you have children, get them involved! Let them mark the boxes. Use different colors for different family members so they can see how much they contributed!
- Plan out a celebration after each 100, 500 or 1000 is reached (you’ll need to decide how much you have to get rid of, and how rewards motivate you).
- Then, join the community on Facebook for motivation and encouragement!
- If you are getting rid of an item that you know you need to, but have been avoiding for whatever reason. Count it as a more substantial number: 25, 50, 100, depending on how much emotional relief you feel when it’s finally gone.
- When decluttering your home, set aside the sentimental items to be sorted last. They are emotionally charged and take much more effort to get rid of, thus giving you a sense of “decision fatigue” and limiting what you accomplish in the areas of your home you need to simplify most.
- Have a designated place to put all the sentimental items; this can be there “holding facility” until you are ready to devote some time to those emotional decisions.
- Focus on one room until it’s complete. The tendency it to run from room to room grabbing up things to declutter, but if you want to see actual change in your home, pick one room and sort every shelf, drawer, closet and category before moving to a different room.
- Ask the right question. Don’t ask “What do I want to get rid of?” instead, pull everything in the category out and ask yourself “What do I love/use/enjoy enough to keep?”
- Start with a plan. It’s easy to be gung-ho at first and jump in with both feet, but having a clear idea of attack means you will be so much more successful. For example, this might be writing down categories in each room and working on one room a month, or it might be following a workbook or joining a group coaching course where you have accountability and constant motivation. Pick the one you know you will stick with and follow it through.
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