Maintain a Clutter Free Home By Doing This Every Year

I started my journey to minimalism with a yearly decluttering challenge and it’s something I continue each year to keep order in our home and keep our material items to the minimum amount that I want.

Each year I run a challenge on my blog- to get rid of the same amount of things as the year, for example in the year 2015, the challenge is to get rid of 2015 things.

We started decluttering with this challenge in 2008 and though my mindset towards stuff was shifting dramatically, it wasn’t until 2011 that our home started taking on more of a minimalist look. So by that point I had gotten rid of well over 10,000 items, but I still had a lot of stuff.

We continue to use the chart and though, now I’ve reached the point where I don’t always get rid of 2000 things in the year, having the chart gives more incentive to the kids to get rid of things. We have a large family- so things come in the house and I need to make sure that things continually leave the house as well.

I let the kids mark all the boxes and they get excited to do it. Several times through the month I will ask them to find 5 or 10 items that they are willing to get rid of- either throw away an art project or craft, or put an unloved toy or article of clothing into the give away box.

And I do still have a give away box. Sometime I get frustrated that I still have a giveaway box sitting in our house, but it’s necessary; because life is so much easier without clutter!

Clutter is anything doesn’t belong anywhere.

If items don’t have a place they belong, then they just aren’t serving a purpose in our lives (because if they were really important and useful, we would give them their own place) and if they get left there- the clutter creates stress. So they need to go.

You can get your own decluttering chart by clicking here.

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Are you going to join this challenge? Or do you have another method to maintaining a clutter free home? Let me know in the comments below.


About the author, Rachel

Hi there! I’m the Joyful Space Specialist. it’s my desire help others create a joyful space of their own and enjoy their time spent at home.


  1. Jill on 03/22/2015 at 2:07 AM

    I am enjoying participating in this challenge. I have mapped out a decluttering plan for my home and try to tackle one little area each week. I document the whole process with photos so that I can see where I’ve been and how far I’ve come.

    • Rachel on 03/23/2015 at 7:15 PM

      That’s great Jill!

  2. Anna on 03/23/2015 at 12:24 PM

    First year participating in the 2015 declutter challenge! My husband is so supportive and I am so very thankful for that!! A drawer, closet, cupboard, shelf at a time are all little steps that will eventually make BIG impacts.

    I find it a NECESSARY item to have a Give Away/Donate Box at all times. Makes it much easier to gather those items in one place till it’s time to make the trip to the Donate drop-off location.

    • Rachel on 03/23/2015 at 7:16 PM

      Thanks Anna! That’s so great!

  3. Christine on 03/31/2015 at 10:53 AM

    Thank you for sharing that bit about starting decluttering in 2008 and finally seeing the end goal of a minimalist look three years later. Even though I’m at the 1,200 mark on my decluttering chart, sometimes I feel that there’s not much progress. I’m encouraged now to keep at it, knowing that this is a long-term, and continual, process. Thank you again for all the encouragement!

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