30-Day Declutter Challenge
It’s the middle of January and by now you’ve probably broken one or two of your resolutions for the year or maybe you’ve ditched them all! I’m not really one of those people that makes a long list of resolutions every year on January 1, but I did make a goal this year to get a grip on clutter in my home and keep things organized. I am normally a very organized person, but my oldest is getting married this year and my youngest is graduating from high school, so I feel like my brain is being pulled in 50 different directions all at once.
Here is a great checklist for you. It enables you to keep your mind on one task per day. Checking things off a list is fun! You can choose to save this image on your phone. Or, if you prefer, there is a simplified black and white text pdf version that you can print!
The part I like the best about this list is that you can start any time. You don’t have to wait for the first of the month or join a Facebook group with others and then feel bad when you fall behind because, well, life happens! So, print it off and hang it on the fridge or put it on a clipboard and then get to work. I may not declutter one area every day, but some of them are quick and easy enough to do a couple in a day.
Another great idea while you declutter is to have a “donation” box or bin so that when you come across something that is too nice to throw out, but that you don’t have a use for any more, you can make a donation to your local thrift store.
A few good questions to ask yourself while you declutter:
1. How long has it been since I used this item?
2. Do I like it?
3. Does it work properly? Is it broken?
4. Do I have more? If so, how many do I need?
5. If I keep this what will I get rid of to make room for it?
6. Can I locate this information elsewhere? (Probably on the internet)
I’m from a small mid-western town in Michigan where I have lived since I was in elementary school. I married my high school sweetheart and we have two teenage children. I enjoy flower gardening and anything else that I can do outdoors during the summer months. As a family we love to camp all around this beautiful state of Michigan that we call home. When I’m not working full-time at my “real job”, I escape from the everyday stresses of raising teenagers through sewing and crafting. I started my Etsy shop with just aprons and have branched out from there. I’m not afraid to try something new and have several “Pinterest Fails” to show for it!
NOTE FROM KAREN: My home is filled with “April Wilson originals”. She is the crafty woman I wish I could be. :-) Here is a link to some of her homemade items you will LOVE! CLICK HERE FOR APRIL”S SHOP!