There’s something about a challenge that makes you want to do it – and win. Today, we’re starting a 15 Day Declutter and Organize Challenge. For those who want to join in, keep reading!
If you read my post here, you’ll know that I don’t like “stuff.” I am used to a relatively empty space – no couch, no tv, not much of anything. I’ve only ever needed a bed for sleeping and sitting, and maybe a table and chairs for eating. Other than that, I found furniture to be unnecessary. You could say I embrace a very simple and minimalistic lifestyle. Here’s how.
How to Declutter and Organize
It’s easy to say “clean up”, and that’s the end of it. However, I know that’s not the case. Living with people who have this unexplainable attachment to things makes you see that there’s more to it than what the eyes see. It’s a mental thing.
When you’re ready to declutter, I’ll be honest with you and say it’s going to be a journey. Letting go of things can get really emotional. I’ve seen it, and it might not be so easy. Is it worth it? I would say yes. After a good declutter and organization session, I have yet to hear anyone say it wasn’t worth it. It was hard, and it sucked, but afterwards, you realize that it needed to be done, for whatever reasons.
Things to consider when taking on the Declutter and Organize Challenge:
- You’ll need time. Time to think about what needs to be done and why it needs to be done. Time to process everything that is happening. You’ll need time to let it all sink in, and then you’ll need time to enjoy your progress.
- Everybody needs a plan. If you jump into this challenge without a plan, you’ll fail. Make a plan and stick to it. If something doesn’t work, you can adjust. Just don’t stop.
- Everything needs a place. Before you start the challenge, make sure you have a place for everything. Grab some boxes of items that need to be donated or given away. Things that need to be thrown away should be thrown out the same day. Don’t give yourself a chance to re-think it. Just chuck it.
- Items in this challenge include cleaning – don’t forget to vacuum/sweep/wipe down the area for a fresh new start.
One Room, One Thing at a Time
Ideally, you want to clear out one room at a time. Doing everything in one day is possible, but if you need to take the time, please do so. Like I said, it can become an emotional ride, especially if you’re throwing a lot of things out. I used to keep things for sentimental value too, so I get it. However, after all the tears (there were many), I wouldn’t trade the feeling of being free from all that stuff.
When you’ve decided which room to take on, put on some gloves and maybe a mask if it’s a bit dusty, and get to work.
Empty out the room first. Sort through your items and put them in the proper boxes (Donate, Throw, Give Away, Keep). Once something has been sorted, DO NOT CHANGE IT. Just leave it.
Once you’ve sorted everything from that room, clean the room thoroughly and put the items you’re keeping back inside. I recommend organizers like baskets or bins to keep things within reach and in sight. If you can’t see something, you won’t use it. If you don’t use it, you don’t need it.
Once you’re done with a room, cover your Donate, Give Away and Keep boxes for the next room. Take the Throw Away box to the trash. If the other boxes are full, distribute them to where they belong, so you can start fresh tomorrow.
The Declutter and Organize Thought Process
If you haven’t seen or worn something in a year, you probably won’t ever. You don’t need, so get rid of it. Some things to ask yourself when sorting through items:
- If I had the choice to buy this again, would I?
- Can I make a digital copy of this and throw this away?
- Am I keeping this because I need it? Why do I need it?
- Do I have more than 1 of these?
- Can something else I own do what this does?
Sometimes we keep things, because they hold sentimental value and/or we feel bad for getting rid of these items. You can always take a picture of something and keep it in that form (digitizing). That way, it takes up less space, and it’ll last forever. Be careful to avoid digital clutter, though.
Once you have developed this though process, you’ll get used to thinking about items as the items that they are. Eventually, you’ll realize that they’re just things – they hold no real value. The value is in the memories you hold and not the actual thing. It’ll get much easier to let of “the thing”, because that’s all it really is now.
The 15 Day Declutter and Organize Challenge
Today, I’m starting this challenge, because what better way to start off February than becoming more in tune with yourself and your needs. This month, you’re going to work on adding more value to your life, and there’s only one way to start – getting rid of the things that just take up space.
Going into this challenge, you’ll need a few things:
- An open mind. If you’re not ready to understand yourself and the way you think, no one else will be.
- Dedication. It’s going to be hard for most people to let things go. It’s worth it though, but you’ll have to see for yourself.
- Reflection. At some points, you’ll need to sit down and reflect. This is good for your mind’s health and helps you keep going. Think about why you’re doing this and what there is to gain from it.
Now, let’s start this challenge! The next two weeks will be life-changing.
Sign up to take the challenge, and you will receive 16 prompts that you can print out and stick in your planner to keep you on track. Don’t stop. Get it. Get it.
If you’re into planners and bullet journals – or you just like stickers and calendars, I have an Etsy shop, The AC Studio Design filled with my personal designs.
Embracing Cozy Minimalism
When I decided I wanted to down-size my stuff, there was a lot to go through. You can check out here just a small amount of just makeup that I had to get rid of, because I wasn’t using it. I kept them just to keep them. It hurt to through them out, but once they were gone, I was so relieved. Relief is not a thing you think you’ll feel afterwards, but it just rushes over you. It’s such a great thing.
There’s minimalism, and then there’s cozy minimalism. Whatever your preference, there’s much to gain from these lifestyles. Personally, I enjoy cozy minimalism, because now, I like having just few things more than the bare minimum. I think minimalism is beautiful, but the people I live with like the couch and television. I think I can live with a couch and a television.
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