Maybe I am alone in this, but I love doing challenges! I think the reason I like them so much is because they break otherwise large, daunting tasks into smaller more manageable ones. That is why I made Project 52 and started the Read a Book a Month Challenge. I wanted to find a way to accomplish my goals without getting overwhelmed or worse, giving up part way through.
For Project 52, I break down all of the projects I want to work on over the course of the year and plan one project a week. Of course some projects may take a little more than a week, while some weeks 2 or 3 projects may get finished; it all depends on the project and what our schedule looks like that week. Either way, my goal for this challenge was to make my long list of “to do” items feel more manageable by breaking down the tasks.
The same was true for the Read a Book a Month Challenge. I have been wanting to read more, but it just never seemed to happen. I figured (and hoped!) that I wasn’t the only one who had this issue! It was my hope that by setting a realistic goal of reading one book a month, that I would be successful in making more time to read. And hopefully it has also helped those of you who have joined me in this challenge.
So far I have been successful in keeping up with my projects and my reading, and I credit that in part to having them presented as a challenge broken down into smaller tasks. For me, this seems to be the key to accomplishing the goal of whatever challenge it happens to be. So, since it’s been a goal of mine for awhile to purge and declutter my house, I figured that there’s no time like the present to begin!
…Enter the 30 Day Decluttering Challenge!
This is a 30 day challenge that I will be starting on March 1st, but it is something that you can join in and do anytime of the year. No matter what day or month you start in, the end goal is the same; to declutter and simplify your life and home. And who doesn’t want that?!
The “rules” of this challenge, so to speak, are super simple. Each day throughout the month you find at least one item to donate, sell or throw away. If you can find more than one item, then that’s even better! You may even find as you go though this process, that getting rid of only one item a day is too easy. If that’s the case, then for you the challenge could be to donate, sell, or throw away 3, 4 or 5 items a day (or whatever number works for you!).
Maybe you have so much stuff to purge that 1 item a day just isn’t enough to effectively declutter your home like you want to. In that case, aim to get rid of more that 1 item per day; again, finding a number that will work for you throughout this challenge.
The goal is the same no matter how many items you get rid of each day (as long as it’s at least 1 a day!). Having less “stuff” that we don’t use, need or love means less clutter and more empty space; less to clean and more free time; less chaos and more calm. Maybe I am alone in this, but when there is visual clutter all around, it causes a certain level of stress in me; when my space is cluttered, my mind is cluttered too.
As I have begun to really focus on purging and decluttering my house, I am finding that I like living with less! Since I live with my husband and two young children I know that there will always be “stuff” to deal with, but when there is less of it things just seem to work better. I am not spending all day picking things up, or even worse reminding my kids to pick things up! And when it does come time to clean, knowing that everything has its own place to go back to makes things so much simpler and less stressful.
I know that I will never have a Pinterest perfect home that looks like the photos in magazines where nothing is ever out of place and things look spotless all the time. And you know what, that’s okay! Yes I want my home to be clean and tidy, but there is a family who lives here, and that’s more important that than perfection. I often times have to remind myself of this, but at the end of the day, I just want my family and the people who visit our home to feel comfortable and welcomed; I want to spend less time cleaning and more time with the people who matter most.
Right now, for me, that means getting rid of the things we don’t need; things that are just getting in the way of my goal to have less “stuff” in our home and ultimately in our lives. I truly think that living with less will add more real value to us as a family, and for me personally. Maybe my family and I are not ready to become minimalist yet, but we can work toward a life filled with the people and experiences that matter the most; and not the “stuff” that fills our home and lives.
If you have been wanting to tackle the clutter and extra “stuff” in your home, then now is the perfect time to start by joining us in this challenge! How we approach this challenge will look different for each of us depending on our current circumstances and what our goals are, but nevertheless the end result should be the same; letting go of the stuff we don’t need, use or love.
I am super excited for this challenge, and have already started to go through my house and purge! We will definitely need to have a yard sale this summer! I hope you are just as excited about this process as I am! Are you ready to take on this challenge with me?