So, you want to declutter your home but you don’t know where to start. What you need is a plan, like a printable decluttering checklist to follow to keep you on track. If you have been wanting give minimalism a try this 30 Day Minimalism Challenge is just what you need.
Declutter with the 30 Day Minimalism Challenge
Let me guess, you’re here because you are ready to finally take control of your home.
Maybe the holidays are coming up or you have a big event to host.
Perhaps you are tired of the constant feelings of stress and overwhelm when you look around your house and see all the stuff that has taken over your space.
You don’t even know how it got this way, but you know it’s out of control.
- The stuff
- The stress
- The constant mess
It’s gotta go!
I know that feeling, because that is exactly where I started too.
I hit rock bottom as a new mom, with two young kids:
- I hated feeling anxious, depressed and overwhelmed in my own home.
- I dreaded coming home after work, only to start my second job as homemaker.
- I was tired of nagging my kids and spouse to clean up.
That’s when I discovered minimalism: living a life with less stuff and instead focusing on experiences and relationships.
The results were life-changing:
- More sleep
- More joy
- Improved mood
- Less time spent cleaning my house
- More time spent with family
Who knew that getting rid of a bunch of crap could do that?!?!?
If all of this sounds like what you are looking for- keep reading!
How to get started with the 30 Day Minimalism Challenge
You can grab the printable in the Free Printables Library
Here’s the deal: there aren’t any hard and fast rules with this challenge.
I made it that way on purpose.
If there is one thing that I have learned about the process of decluttering is that it is a uniqe process for each individual.
That being said, there are two tips that will set you up for success:
- Know your why
Sit down and take a few minutes to close your eyes and imagine what your life would be like if your home was no longer a cluttered mess.
Visualize your home looking neat and tidy and envision how it makes you feel.
Grab a piece of paper and jot down 3-5 reasons how minimizing will improve your life.
Something like this:
I am ready to declutter so that I can feel when I .
Post this on your fridge or bathroom mirror as a constant reminder of how your life will improve when you complete this challenge.
- Tell someone what you are about to do
It’s a scientifically proven fact that when you tell someone about a goal, you are much more likely to accomplish it.
So, before you get started share this idea with someone:
- Tell a close friend or family member
- Send someone a link to the post and ask them to do it with you
- Join our Facebook group with others who are hoping to simplify their homes
- Create an accountability group with a few friends to do it together
Now, let’s get started!
Tips for Decluttering Success:
Step 1 – Get access your printable decluttering checklist here (along with the rest of my printables library)
Step 2 – Get your supplies ready
When you are decluttering your home you are going to need a few things:
- Garbage Bags
- Donation Bins
- Tape and markers for labeling items to be stored
Step 3 – Get started!
There are two ways to use this minimalist challenge:
- Tackle each area as numbered on the checklist and follow it exactly.
- Start with the spaces that you consider to be the easiest.
Neither of these methods is right or wrong.
This is all about what is going to work best for you!
It doesn’t really matter if you complete them all in order, what matters is that you make progress and feel successful.
If that means that you do them out of order, then that is 100% ok.
As you go through each category on the list you are going to have items that fall into three categories:
- Throw Away
In my experience it is best to donate or throw away any items almost immediately. Don’t let them sit in your garage or car for weeks. All this does is delay your progress.
Instead, before you get started find a few places that accept the types of items you have in your home and know when they are open so you can donate the items as soon as possible.
Also, if you have trouble deciding what to keep, donate or throw away, this should be helpful:
I am so excited that you have decided to explore minimalism and discover the benefits of living with less.
I can’t wait for you to have a calm and clutter-free home that allows you to relax and enjoy your house.