Decluttering Challenge: 2018 in 2018

Declutter 2018 in 2018
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.

Sign up here, and the FREE chart will be sent directly to your email inbox:

I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, I'm telling you it's going to be worth it.


About Rachel Jones

Hi there! I’m Rachel Jones, and I founded Nourishing Minimalism in 2012 at the beginning of my minimalist journey. If you're looking for encouragement in your journey, I created a FREE Facebook Group - feel free to join me there: Nourishing Minimalism Facebook Group and I share videos each week on YouTube


  1. Adrienne on 12/15/2017 at 10:26 pm

    I have tried many times to sign up for the emailed 2018 form sheet. I have been checking both spam and regular email folders and haven’t received anything. Can someone help??

  2. Sharon on 01/01/2018 at 3:11 pm

    I clicked the link to see the minimalist home tours, nothing comes up. I wish I could see a few inspirational pics. I Guess google may have some. Thanks for the chart! I’m ready!

  3. Kim on 01/02/2018 at 10:26 pm

    I can’t print out the 2018 sheet.
    What else can I Do?

    • Rachel Jones on 01/04/2018 at 7:52 pm

      I emailed it to you Kim. ❤️

  4. Bethany on 01/04/2018 at 9:16 pm

    I’m super excited about 2018 in 2018! My mother has finally decided this this is the year to clean out her house, and I’m hoping that the chart will help her too! Thanks for the encouragement!!!

  5. ogden kruger on 01/24/2018 at 7:38 pm

    looking forward….can’t wait to get my chart and get started!
    thank you!

  6. Elizabeth Smith on 01/28/2018 at 1:27 am

    I signed up, but have not received the list yet. Would you mind emailing it to me, please? Thank you so much!

  7. Carolyn Davis on 02/02/2018 at 8:12 pm

    I also signed up for the list earlier this week and have not received it in my email (or spam/junk). Looking forward to starting this challenge!

    • Rachel Jones on 02/14/2018 at 11:48 am


  8. Ariel on 02/13/2018 at 12:03 am

    Never received the chart. Can I get it emailed to me?

    • Rachel Jones on 02/14/2018 at 11:48 am


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  13. Rachel on 08/01/2018 at 4:05 pm

    hello, I signed up but a didn’t receive the 2018 in 2018 print out. I checked my junk folder as well.

    • Rachel Jones on 08/03/2018 at 10:41 pm

      I just emailed you Rachel!

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  15. Amber on 11/16/2018 at 5:16 am

    Will there be a new 2019 challenge?

    • Rachel Jones on 11/18/2018 at 10:18 pm

      Definitely! I roll out the new tracking sheet mid-December. 🙂

  16. Caroline on 12/08/2018 at 6:39 pm

    I’m so glad to hear. I’ve been using your tracker since 1/1/2018 !! It was a great motivator because I love checking off things as complete and seeing my progress. December is not over but I have taken almost 1200 things out of my home. Maybe it was more but I counted a box of books as one thing, one bag of clothes as one thing etc. I’ll try to reach the goal next year but sure loved my progress!!! I going to save my 2018 sheet as my motivator!

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