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January Declutter Challenge

Hello all πŸ™‚

First off, no, this is not my home. I sourced the feature photo via Pixabay. However, sometimes this is how it feels when you’re drowning in clutter. (Or when you initially combine households or add flatmates) We’ve ALL been there!

As I mentioned in my Happy New Year post, I have set forth a 31 day challenge for those who wish to join me, to discard one item every day for the month of January. Discard meaning: Give away, donate, sell, use up or toss. At the end of the month, you have successfully rid yourself of 31 items and at 1 item per day, hopefully no-one has gone into Β a state of shock.

I actually love this challenge! I have been keeping a record of what I am able to discard daily. Sometimes it has been nothing more than an empty jar of daycream. However, since I only need 1 jar and not 3, this jar will not be replaced and therefore counts πŸ˜‰ For the first half of this month I have managed to toss 2 chipped coffee mugs and several chipped/cracked plates plus 3 random salad bowl that go with nothing and usually find themselves being used for plants. I forced myself to go into the depths of my wardrobe (depths meaning: I love this, but it’s 3 sizes off what I wear and there’s no need to hang onto it in case I lose weight) and donated several beloved pieces for a Red Cross initiative. This wasn’t exactly easy. However, I think I have found my surprise nemesis. Books and magazines. It has come to my attention that I collect magazines. I never knew I collected them, but judging from the piles of years out of date publications – I’m a hoarder. Yikes! I pulled them out from every corner I had just managed to stuff them after reading. I flipped through them all to make sure I had indeed read it (yes – all of them), tore out any wow-me recipes and begrudgingly put them in the bin. There were a lot. And I am still finding them! As for the next half of this month, well, I will be doing that day-by-day.

As for the wonderful people who decided to join me, I’m linking to you and asking you: How’s it going?

Janet

365 Days of New

Ray

Unexpected in Common Hours

I would really love for anyone else who feels inspired to join us in the challenge, to join in! There are no requirements like reblogging or even posting about it yourself. Just 1 thing a day on the journey to a cleaner, simpler, happier lifestyle.

How are you controlling your clutter?

-Mliae
*Photo sourced via Pixabay

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33 Comments »

  1. I’m doing a slightly different declutter. On the first day, I got rid of one item, on the second day, two items. I’m upping the get-rid-of goal by a minimum of 1 additional item each day. Today I took two bags of books to a secondhand store and they took more than 15, so I’m a bit ahead.

    • That’s great! I have heard of this challenge. It’s wonderful if can do it. I think I would be having twitches on day 20 though πŸ˜‰

  2. This is such a great initiative, and I am glad that you have encouraged people to donate whatever they can. I am going to start doing this today. Today, I’ll start with a rack of cd’s from years ago. I’ll download the songs I still like and find a place to donate them. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Hei, that’s super! Thank you so much for joining πŸ™‚ Cd’s are a great idea to start with because you can still keep the music, but just gain some space by donating the physical cd’s. I like that πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! You are correct in this. I have found that I really can do quite fine without the things I formerly considered as ‘necessity’.

  3. OMG!!! As soon s I read this ; I went straight to my coffee mug cabinet and cleaned house!
    Oh we are going into a de clutter marathon! Thanks for the motivation!!!!

  4. On de clutter! You really REALLY. Got me going!!! THANK YOU!!
    I have a car full of things going to Salvation Army and goodwill.

    And I’ve only just begun! !

  5. Fantastic idea! I so need to get rid of so much junk around here. I did sort of start, by (yikes) going through my bookshelves a little, and got 2 paper bags full to donate, or maybe sell at the used book place. Also went through my sticky notes that have piled up. I try to get rid of at least one thing a day…hopefully I’ll keep it up! Thanks for this!

    • Oh wow! Books are no joke πŸ˜‰ Sticky notes are the devil… I totally understand that! You keep at it and so will I. Thanks lady! πŸ˜€

  6. The challenge is going great for me, and I intend to continue it all year. I have thrown away one item per day except that two days ago I cleaned out a junk drawer and threw away an entire bag of odds and ends.

    • Awesome! I think I will also continue the challenge for much longer than this month.
      You hit the junk drawer already? You must have loads of willpower! I keep getting stuck in the ‘what if….’ trap. Guh :/

      • I actually was looking for something that I thought was in the junk drawer. Didn’t find it, but that’s what got me started cleaning out the drawer. I’m going to keep the challenge going all year if I can. I have so much useless stuff in this house!

      • Haha! I love that. Frustration can be channeled in amazing ways, no?
        Keep it going! We can be clutter support buddies πŸ˜€

  7. Thanks for checking back in with me and the friendly tag. I’m doing well with my challenge and am on track to complete my goals. I posted about my plans and will post my results at the end of the month. It feels so good to be organized! I have my closet done and both kids closets and dresser drawers. I’m moving on to junk drawers. Feeling the tidy frenze and running with it.

    • That’s so great to hear and I loved your post! πŸ˜€ Ride that Tidy frenzy wave for as long as you can. It feels so freeing somehow to look around and see the space where things aren’t anymore!

  8. So far, so good. I’ve recycled two large and a bunch (8?) other cardboard boxes, and a stack of paper. I discarded an old, corroded dog water bowl from three dogs ago and several old worn-out, sad-looking Christmas tree ornaments that I’d just held onto for sentimental reasons. I’m trying to learn that getting rid of an item doesn’t erase your memory of it. You still have the good memories associated with it.

    • Wow! You’ve done A LOT! That’s great πŸ˜€
      Sentimental items are the hardest, for certain. That’s a good idea, to remind yourself that the ‘thing’ isn’t the memories. Those are the difficult ones….

  9. I am constantly decluttering and wondering why I saved it to begin with! Too much stuff in this small house. Sometimes I make a run to Goodwill when H isn’t around so he can’t see what I’ve gotten rid of. πŸ˜‚ ~Elle

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