If you have been wanting give minimalism a try this 30 Day Minimalism Challenge is just what you need.
How to 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!
To get started, you’re going grab the FREE 30 Day Minimalism Challenge Printable in the Free Printables Library.
The printable is going to be your guide through this process.
You’ll notice that everything is set up for you for each day during the challenge.
No thinking, no planning. All you have to do is what is in the box for that day.
Think of the printable as your own minimalism game. Your goal is to cross off each box, and then you win!
And the prize is amazing! You will be well on your way to having a less-cluttered home that serves you and your family so that you can relax and enjoy life instead of being burdened by your belongings.
So, what are the rules to this minimalism game?
30 Day Minimalism Challenge Rules:
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.
2. 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!
How to Get Started with the 30 Day Minimalism Challenge
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.
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30 Day Minimalism Challenge FAQ’s
What is the 30 Day Minimalism Challenge?
This challenge is a fun and easy way to get started with minimalism. Each day includes one decluttering task that makes the entire process easy and removes the overwhelm of large decluttering projects. You can do anything for 30 days right?
What is the minimalist lifestyle?
That is going to depend on who you ask, but today you are asking me, so I am going to give you my definition. I like to define the minimalist lifestyle as the intentional pursuit of living with less so that you can enjoy life more.
There are varying degrees of minimalism from radical to minimal-ish, but I feel strongly that we all get to create our own definition of a minimalist lifestyle.
However, a typical hallmark of minimalism is a decluttered and simplified home which is exactly what this challenge is focused on.
How do I start with minimalism?
There are many ways to get started, but the majority of minimalists begin by decluttering physical items from their homes. Clothes, toys, shoes and other gadgets and appliances that are not being used are usually the first step in the process.
Is minimalism good for families?
As the mother of a minimalist family, I would have to say yes. The benefits of minimalism are many:
- less money spent on items that are not used or loved
- less mess and clutter to clean
- more time for relaxing and playing vs cleaning and tidying
The list goes on and on. Ultimately the changes help to reduce the amount of stress and overwhelm that everyone feels with regard to housekeeping and dealing with clutter.
When family members are less stressed, everyone is happier and more kind to one another.
Don’t forget to grab your copy so you can get started today!