the fogue abode: One-Year Declutter Challenge

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

One-Year Declutter Challenge

Happy Wednesday Friend! 

Who here has a cluttered house? (insert raised hand emoji)



Who here needs some system to organize the chaos? (insert raised hand emoji)

 


Who here has tried one of those 30 days declutter challenges, only to fail because we don't have time to devote to an entire area...every day...for 30 days straight? (insert raised hand emoji)



I'm tired of falling short on decluttering my home.  Just to have the clutter culminate until I feel like we could star on an episode of Hoarders Buried Alive.  Ok, I'm just kidding on that last part, sort of.  This year has me wanting to focus more on creating cohesion out of what we already have.  But if you're like me, that's going to require some time and freedom to work at my own pace.


So I have created the One-Year Declutter Challenge which will allow you to do just that.  At the beginning of each month, with your free Declutter Challenge guide, we will tackle one area of our home.  This will allow me and you to decide when we tackle that month's task.  You will be able to devote the necessary time to unpack the area, make decisions on what stays and what goes and develop an organized system for that space.  This will leave you with a much more desirable home than if you were to rush through an area a day.   

I'll check back with you again at the end of each month to show you our progress along with some tips we learned during the process.


GRAB YOUR FREE PRINTABLE HERE



Before I leave you to decluttering, I wanted to share some valuable advice that will make the process of decluttering much more effective. 
  • Start by completely unpacking the area you will be organizing.  Take it all out.  Then give that area a good cleaning while you're at it.
  • Next, organize your items in groupings that make sense with your space.  Put away anything that doesn't belong.
  • Take a good hard look at items that could be donated or thrown away.  Ask yourself these questions: have I used this within the past year?  is this item out of date?  does this provide meaning or purpose to my life?
  • Finally, the fun part, create a new system of organizing that works for you.  Bring in bins, totes, and trays to help better organize your things.  The Dollar Tree and Amazon are great resources for these items. 

Don't forget to download your free Declutter Challenge guide and get started.  Jump into the challenge where you can.  Today we are rounding out January, so get those stuffed pantries in ship-shape.  Check back on Monday to see how our Pantry Decluttering went.  I can't wait for you to declutter along with me!  Cheers to a clean and organized 2018.   

11 comments:

  1. I totally need to purge my house... thanks for breaking it down so I can tackle it one month at a time.

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    1. Good luck! Let me know how your months go.

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  2. Love that you broke it down into months. So much easier to tackle if you don't try to focus on the whole house all at once, but rather some parts/individual rooms at a time.

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    1. Yes, I'm like that dog off Up, "squirrel", if I try to tackle my whole house at once. It usually makes an even bigger mess and nothing gets organized.

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  3. Great idea! And so much more realistic. Thanks for sharing at our link party!

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  4. YES!!! I'm all about decluttering and it.takes.time. Our whole house needs a good once over...or twice over! LOL

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    1. It absolutely takes time. I hope that this one task a month idea at least gives you guys the opportunity to take a full weekend and devote to decluttering. Thanks for the comment.

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  5. I LOVE this approach! It's so refreshing to see a realistic approach to decluttering. The 30-day thing has never worked for me.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

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    1. Right! I know with my busy life, I'm lucky if I get one to-do checked off in a month. Hopefully this helps us get the task done and be a little more efficient at it instead of rushing through it in a day.

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