Welcome to our Declutter Challenge!
I am so excited to have you here with me.
What is the Declutter challenge?
This declutter challenge is designed so that you can declutter your home and get your life back, without having to set aside days at a time to get it done.
During the next four weeks, I will guide you through simple steps that will help you let go of all those material objects you’ve been holding on to.
This challenge is a live challenge, starting August 2019, however, you can access it any time and still get all the benefits of a lighter lifestyle.
Make sure you get access to our exclusive challenge-specific resources
You can find out more, and get access here!
Let’s be real for a moment
We all want that gorgeous Pinterest-Perfect home. Unfortunately for those of us with kids or super insane schedules, it can be really hard to maintain.
This challenge isn’t about picture-perfect, it is about creating a space you feel happy and calm in.
A space that will allow you to spend more time doing what you want to be doing instead of picking up toys or rearranging clothes you never wear.
Clutter can be bad for our physical and mental health (you can read more about that here). When we live in a home that is weighed down by $3 Kmart trinkets, we lose focus and motivation. So let’s change that!
You need the right mindset
This is so so important to the challenge. Your mindset will be the charge of whether you succeed or fail.
Here are some things that are awesome to keep in mind when starting this challenge.
Remember why you’re doing this
Are you doing this because you want to have less to clean? Or because you know that it is affecting your mental health?
It can be any reason, as long as you have a reason! You need to remind yourself that you are doing this for you, and for your family.
Think about how nice it will be to have a clutter-free house
This is the best thing to think about. Imagine having a friend pop by and you don’t have to worry about 8 loads of laundry hanging out on the dining room table. Why? Because you’ve culled most of it and you now have the time to actually do your laundry without it getting overwhelming!
I am pretty sure that this, for a lot of us, is our end-game. We are sick of having so much stuff. That we are stuck in an endless cycle of tidying just to clean!
Your memories are not tied to the object
So many of us (myself included!) hold on to things because we feel that we need to preserve a memory.
You may have a pile of forms from every school excursion your child has been on, or saved every item of baby clothing.
It is essential that you understand that even without those items, you will still have the memory – and you will have the time and space to make more memories!
If you feel you need a visual reminder of the memory, my best suggestion is to take a photo of it before you bin/donate it. Then store all of those photos on a secure hard drive. This will allow you to keep the memories without the clutter
Stop using your children as an excuse
I hear it so often. “I can’t get rid of my kid’s toys!” “What if one day they decide to play with it!?”
Remember – That’s the thinking that got us into this mess in the first place!
This is a hard truth, but you need to hear it (so did I!).
Your children don’t need 4 toy boxes, clothes for every hour of the day and enough hairbows to keep Jojo Siwa in business.
Your love for them is not measured by how much they own.
Before I became a mother, I thought Luna needed to have the best of everything. She had so many toys at one point that I could easily open a toy library and she’d still have things to keep her entertained.
Now I have realised that she doesn’t need all that stuff.
90% of what she had, she didn’t even play with. Plus, the things she enjoyed playing with the most were usually from my kitchen drawers – such as plastic measuring cups and spoons.
I have since culled a huge amount of her toys (with more to go) and she hasn’t even noticed!
If your children are older, then you should ask them what they love, and get them involved in the process. Explain to them the thrill of donating and helping others and let them experience it all first hand!
An excellent way to ease the guilt of getting rid of your children’s untouched toys is to look at your “keep” pile and divide that into two. Store one of the piles in a box, and rotate the toys every few weeks. Then things will seem like new, and you will have a lot less to clean up.
The layout of the challenge
The layout of this challenge is simple. It is a bi-weekly challenge, which means that twice a week you will be set an actionable task and be provided with a printable checklist.
Supplies for your declutter
Boxes and/or bags
1 for donate, 1 for trash and 1 for things to sell.
Basic cleaning supplies
Cloth and all-purpose spray generally do the job for decluttering.
If you want a natural APS recipe, you can check one out here.
Having music always makes the job seem easier
Your mini-challenge checklists
If you haven’t got access to them yet, make sure you do that before you get started! (You can get them here); and
Get excited, we are about to get this party started! By the end of the month, your home will feel lighter, be easier to maintain and you will have more time to do the things you love!
It is highly recommended that you do not buy storage containers.
Why? Simply because this encourages you to keep items that you would otherwise get rid of. It just adds to the problem!
If it doesn’t already have a place in your home, ask yourself, does it really belong?