Welcome to the Nourishing Minimalism Yearly Decluttering Challenge!

We are decluttering 2022 items in the year 2022!

If you're ready to join us, enter your name and email and the tally chart will be sent right to your email inbox!

How to use the yearly decluttering chart:


  • 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 magazine 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 hundred is reached.
  • Then, join the community on Facebook for motivation and encouragement




  1. Charlene on December 27, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Thank you. I’m looking forward to decluttering in 2015!

  2. Amy Williams on December 28, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Thanks for fixing the link! That was much easier! 🙂

  3. faye on December 29, 2014 at 10:41 am

    you have sent me the email for the chart but i click on it and it just sends me back to this page….help!!!!! xx

    • Rachel on December 29, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Click on the yellow button, enter your email address and the chart will be sent to your email right away. If you haven’t seen it, check you junk or spam folder in your email.


      • Cassandra on January 12, 2015 at 2:15 pm

        I follow those directions and am sent in a continuous loop of clicking the link and the yellow box and entering my email. Even tried a second email. CANNOT PRINT THIS CHART!

        • Rachel on January 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm

          I’m so sorry you’ve had issues Cassandra. You can check your spam folder, or any other mail folders, or you can email me and I’ll send you the file.

          • Kara on January 28, 2015 at 2:22 pm

            I’m having the same issue, it keeps bringing me back to this page & wants my e-mail address.

          • Rachel on January 28, 2015 at 7:32 pm

            Feel free to email me and I can send you the file.

  4. Holly on December 30, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    The link in the email takes me back to this page, asking me to enter my email again…

    • Rachel on December 30, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      If you click the yellow button and enter your email the file will be sent to your inbox. (Check your spam folder if you don’t see it) I wasn’t able to attach a file directly to the newsletter email, so this is the way I had to store/send the pdf.

  5. markov on December 31, 2014 at 4:03 am

    I signed up for sheet but got subscribed and no sheet. Link to get sheet starts process again. One email not two. Looks good but would like to look at sheet but nyeh.

    • Rachel on December 31, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Check your spam or junk folder. It will probably be there.

  6. Bex on January 4, 2015 at 1:29 am

    I checked my spam folder and it’s not there.

    • Rachel on January 4, 2015 at 2:05 am

      You can search for “2015 in 2015 Chart” (that the title of the email) and if you can’t find it, just email me by replying to any of the emails you have gotten from me.

  7. LB Scantlin on January 4, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I got the email, but it just links me back here asking me to subscribe to the newsletter again. Still can’t get link.

    • Rachel on January 4, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Check your spam or junk mail folder. You should have gotten 2 emails- a welcome email and then also an email titled “2015 in 2015 Chart”

  8. Angela on May 24, 2016 at 12:07 am

    I’m totally doing this for 2016!!!! It’s May 23rd and I live in a small 1 bedroom apartment but I think I can still get 2016 things out of here and make space for the things I really want to do.

  9. Barb on August 23, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I started 3 weeks ago before I found out about your challenge. I have already thrown away 3 large black trash bags of old clothes. Some of the clothes given to me were already used when I got them 8 years ago. Some I’ve had a lot longer. I figured they were long past an expiration date, so they are now buried in the land fill. Thanks for your encouragement.

    • Rachel on August 31, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      Great job Barb!! 🙂

  10. Beverly on November 2, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    When is 2017 coming out? 🙂

    • Rachel on November 8, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Typically mid-December. 🙂

  11. Shelley on January 3, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Thank you! Looking forward to filling in all of the 2017 spots this year! Happy new year!

  12. Trina on June 17, 2017 at 6:07 am

    I never thought of my depression and anxiety as the reason for my clutter. Thank you for letting me know I really am not crazy. Now I have pruff to show my sister’s. Thank you!

  13. Erika on March 3, 2018 at 2:24 am

    What about incoming kids art, junk mail, etc? Do those items count? I’m a regular decluttering gal so I don’t even think I have this many items!

  14. Cathy Duren on May 21, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    I get the depression and anxiety about clutter. I also have a husband who has buildings full of stuff, junk, whatever you want to call it, and when I step in the shop or the barn it sends me into more depression. It does not bother him.. I have just turned 70 and find I don’t have the energy to even tackle it…What do I do? I don’t want my heirs to have to deal with all our stuff 🙁

    • Rachel Jones on May 22, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      If it’s just in his space, then talk to him about what he would like to do about it. If it’s in areas that you believe is mostly “your” stuff, then take on a small task each day. Another good way to work through it is to ask a friend to help you or hire a professional organizer (who will help you get rid of things) to come in and walk you through it. But if it’s basically things he has collected, then he needs to deal with it. I know that doesn’t help your heirs, but you can’t do things that like for other people, it either causes relationship issues, or he’ll find a different place to store collections. ❤️

    • Jane Mize on July 12, 2018 at 11:23 pm

      I agree with Cathy about your stuff and his stuff. Every time we moved one whole extra rooms was all for my husbands stuff. ie. clutter. Except One end table in the living room he agreed to, as I did, to keep the rest of the house picked up and uncluttered.
      I thought when we moved he would have gotten tired of moving all the stuff in his room but he never did. For some people it is about loss from their childhood or a space in themselves that was never fulfilled. HE WAS NOT A HOARDER.
      I AGREE I do not want to have my kids clean out a great deal of stuff. Keep being an example for your husband and kids of
      Being a minimalist your kids will appreciate it. Set aside extra money and give it to the adult child that understands your efforts. Many people use 1 800 Got Junk that will help them clear out homes storage units and make the process much easier for everyone.

  15. Jane Howlett on May 27, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    I hope I have joined really need to get this done.

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  17. Paige on December 30, 2018 at 2:24 am

    Hi! I signed up but the chart I received is for 2018. Can you please help with this?

  18. Christine on March 21, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    I signed up and didn’t receive the chart. Checked spam and trash.

    • Rachel Jones on March 22, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      Sent you an email 🙂

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    When will the new decluttering challenge be available?

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