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2019 has really focused of decluttering this house. We made a lot of great changes (new flooring, new roof, painting, etc.) and I absolutely cannot wait for all the transformational fall and winter projects we have planned.
But I knew it wouldn’t feel complete until we got rid of the extra clutter that was bogging down my mental space.
Let’s be honest with ourselves though.. decluttering is way easier said than done, and let me just say I’ve tried it all and nothing is sticking in its entirety. I’ve tried Kon Marie, I’ve designated a room per week in my planner and I’ve tried the ‘ol impulse weekend cleanout.
But even after all that, and a couple of years of focusing on having less stuff, the house is nowhere near what I’d like it to be. It still feels cluttered and stressful. I also have little mental energy left to take any big projects right now so when I came across this 30 day purge challenge with A Bowl Full of Lemons I figured I’d give it a try.
What I’m loving about it the most is that this challenge is divided up into little bite-size pieces to complete one day at a time so there’s less overwhelm. This was meant to be a quick and easy
For now, so as to not be the perfectionist, I am just going to follow the declutter challenge and try not to do the extra areas in each room and see where it takes me. If it happens that I’ve got the energy to keep moving on certain days, then I will.
Another thing I want to note is that Toni @ A bowl full of lemon says this challenge should take no more than 5 minutes per day. EVEN BETTER! There is no pressure and no overwhelm. Set your timer for 5 minutes and be done when your done.
If you absolutely need to, get a basket to put the items that you know just don’t go where you’re decluttering and deal with them after to feel even less overwhelmed. But beware, this is an easy way to accumulate a pile of “I’ll deal with it later.”
Since I’m starting the challenge on day 5, I had a little catching up to do and ended up a little out of order, but here’s where I started. By the way, DON’T feel like you need it to be perfect. Get what you can done, even if you don’t complete every challenge because even if you complete 1 challenge you’ll be better off than if you hadn’t.
Day 1 Bathroom counter
I like this one – this is an easy start for me as this year we already decluttered the countertop so there wasn’t much to remove. Just a little tidying & wiping down.
What I had to buy: Nothing! This was a free declutter with a feel-good result.
Day 2 Purse & wallet
This was another easy one for me as I tend to clean out my purse weekly, but ALWAYS a breath of relief to finish and make you feel like you’re put together.
I did get rid of an extra box from my allergy meds, a few receipts, and some extra hair ties. It also pushed me to do a quick reorganization of my purse organizer.
I recently purchased this purse organizer so there was less stuff just floating around in my big bag. I needed a bigger bag for work for hauling my water, coffee, snacks & lunch back and forth. I love it because it also keeps things like my essential oils and lip gloss upright.
What I had to buy: Nothing! This was another free challenge for me as I had already purchased my organizer earlier this year.
Day 4 The freezer
This one hurt a bit. There was quite a bit of food and plastic that had to be thrown out that hurt my soul to just throw it in the garbage. This is the worst part about clutter – things get lost in translation so you waste money by throwing them out or by buying new ones not realizing you already had a stock of it. The result was amazing and ended up taking me a bit longer than the 5 minutes, but it was 15 minutes tops – and I’ll take it for the mental relief.
What I’d like to buy eventually: bins for the freezer to organize fruits, veggies and cooler packs.
There is one more tool that I have to say I can’t live without and it’s Toni’s book The Complete Book of Home Organization. I purchased it back in January and use the tips and systems from it weekly to tackle each area of home organization in really clever ways. I cannot say enough good things about the beautiful, userfriendly layout and would HIGHLY recommend this for anyone looking to transform their disorganized home!