In a world filled with constant stimuli and a never-ending influx of possessions, finding peace and clarity can often seem like an elusive goal. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the chaos surrounding you, it might be time for a transformative change. Welcome to the Ultimate Decluttering Challenge—a 7-day journey that promises not only to tidy up your physical space but also to declutter your mind and elevate your overall well-being.
Welcome to my Year Long Thorough Declutter Series. We declutter 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Each day we do a daily task based on the room we are working on. Today, our task is to start decluttering your clutter in your living room. If you prefer watching videos, check out my youtube channel here. Today, we’ll look at some tips for decluttering broken or unused electronics from your living room.
The best way to develop a new habit is by slowly and daily application. We will begin a new daily declutter habit starting with the 2nd bathroom. In the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series, we will declutter 30 minutes a day, five days a week on weekdays. Sign up to receive daily encouragement and motivation.
Plus, you’ll learn your specific daily task to work toward completing the goal of a Year Long Thorough Declutter where you will declutter every space and learn how to start to purge your house. Are you ready to finally get organized? If so, will you join us? Leave a comment below to subscribe.
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Currently we are working on how to unclutter the Living Room. The daily task for today, Dec. 4, 2023, is to begin to declutter broken or unused electronics from your living room. Remember, we are focusing on just the living room area, so don’t declutter your whole house. We will cover each room separately.
The Ultimate Decluttering Challenge: Transform Your Life in 7 Days
Day 1: Setting the Intention
The first step in any transformative process is setting a clear intention. Take a moment to reflect on why you want to declutter your life. Whether it’s to create a more peaceful home environment, reduce stress, or make room for new opportunities, articulating your goals will give your decluttering journey purpose and motivation. Begin thinking of an area of your home that is cluttered and causes you the most stress. You will tackle that area next on Day 2.
Day 2: Tackling the Physical Space
Begin with a single room or area in your home. If you don’t have time for a whole room declutter, pick an area, such as the kitchen countertop. Start by taking everything out and sorting items into three categories: keep, donate, and discard. Be ruthless in your decision-making—ask yourself if each item truly adds value to your life. Embrace the minimalist mindset, and remember that less clutter means more space for the things that truly matter.
Day 3: Digital Detox
In today’s digital age, clutter isn’t limited to physical spaces. In this ultimate decluttering challenge, we will dive into your digital life by decluttering your devices. Organize your files, delete unnecessary apps, and streamline your email inbox. A clean digital space can have a profound impact on your mental well-being, reducing feelings of overwhelm and increasing productivity.
Day 4: Wardrobe Revamp
Your closet is a reflection of your personal style, but it can also be a source of stress. Take a critical look at your wardrobe and curate a collection of clothing that brings you joy and suits your lifestyle. Donate or discard items that no longer serve you, and consider adopting a more sustainable approach to fashion.
Day 5: Emotional Decluttering
True transformation involves more than just physical spaces. Take time to reflect on your emotional well-being. Identify toxic relationships, negative thought patterns, or unresolved issues that may be cluttering your mind. Consider journaling, prayer, or seeking support from friends, family, or a professional to help navigate and release emotional baggage.
Day 6: Mindful Consumption
Shift your focus from accumulating possessions to mindful consumption. Before making a purchase, ask yourself if the item aligns with your values and if you genuinely need it. By adopting a more intentional approach to consumption, you’ll not only reduce clutter but also contribute to a more sustainable and fulfilling lifestyle.
Day 7: Cultivating Daily Habits
As the challenge concludes, reflect on the progress you’ve made over the past week. To maintain the positive changes, cultivate daily habits that support a clutter-free lifestyle. Establish a routine for tidying up, practice mindfulness, and be mindful of the things you bring into your life. Consistency is key to sustaining the transformative effects of decluttering.
Embarking on the Ultimate Decluttering Challenge is not just about creating a tidy living space; it’s a holistic approach to transforming your life. By decluttering your physical space, digital life, emotional well-being, and consumption habits, you open the door to a more intentional, fulfilling, and peaceful existence. The journey may take only seven days, but the positive impact can last a lifetime. Are you ready to embrace the challenge and transform your life? The power to do so lies within your hands—start today!
Ultimate Decluttering Challenge
1.Only spend time on your specific daily task.
2.Do not get side-tracked or distracted.
3.Work within a time of day that you have the most energy and stamina. This is one of the most useful declutter motivation tips. Listen to your body and work at decluttering when you feel the most alert and energized.
4.Avoid thinking too long about whether to keep or discard an item. This is one specific way for How to Be Ruthless When Decluttering.
5.Avoid cleaning during your declutter. The goal is to purge the dead weight. Getting rid of the clutter is your priority. Cleaning can be accomplished later. Read on for more declutter motivation tips and my room specific deep clean checklist, though, as you will begin cleaning after your declutter.
Hacks for the Ultimate Decluttering Challenge
1. boxes -preferably ones you can donate (Avoid plastic storage bins because you may be tempted to just store the items and not part with them.)1. boxes -preferably ones you can donate (Avoid plastic storage bins because you may be tempted to just store the items and not part with them.)
2. sturdy trash bags
3. marker/pen to label boxes
Decluttering Tip: Avoid using storage bins to declutter. Storage bins tend to tell your brain to “store” the items for later. That is just delaying decisions. If you aren’t getting rid of items when you declutter, you are not truly decluttering. This is why I recommend a trash bag, also. A trash bag tells your brain to “trash” the item.
Obviously, recycle if you have that option. The boxes you use should be ones you are willing to part with, so I recommend sturdy cardboard boxes. As to donations, there are many charities that will come pick up your items for you at your home.
I use one in particular where you can book an appointment for pick-up online. This is so convenient, as it saves you the hassle of hauling stuff away yourself. Scheduling that pick-up also motivates you to declutter by a certain date.
Steps for the Ultimate Decluttering Challenge
1. Start by eliminating trash first- use a sturdy trash bag
2. Sort items by category if needed so you can see what you have
3.Get rid of items that don’t work or that work poorly, expired items, anything you don’t love, anything that you’ll never use again
4. Box up the donations and trash/recycle the rest
5.Select a charity to donate your items and schedule the pick-up if that is an option
How Do You Declutter Your Entire House (and get it deep clean?): Need to deep clean?
First, My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.
Second, My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.
Third, My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.
Fourth, My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.
Fifth, My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.
You can get your printable Daily Housekeeping Routine and Deep Cleaning Your House Schedule here. This 15 page printable kit is delivered digitally to your email for you to print and personalize. What Does a Deep Clean Include? It includes a daily schedule, calendar pages, and deep cleaning checklists for every room and area of your home. Check out the link above to see a sample page of what you’ll get in my printable set designed to help you create your personal Homemaking Checklist.
Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home. You can find that here.
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Step 1: Check out this post on the 1st step you should take to get organized. If you don’t have a calendar, you can grab my free weekly printable calendar page here. It is in my shopify store, but it is totally free, so you won’t be prompted to put in any payment information. It is a free download and will be delivered straight to your email.
Step 2: Create a daily Housekeeping Schedule. You can use this series to start to set up your own schedule. You can also use this simplified weekly schedule.If you often ask: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Or, if you struggle to get organized and have tried and failed time and again, you can likely find out which of these 11 reasons cause you to fail to get organized.
Step 3: How do you remove clutter? How Do You Declutter Your Home?.…Sign up for the Declutter Series and get your entire home decluttered in just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.”Declutter Your Home” checklists are provided in each email.
Step 4: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Use a timer and use the Deep Cleaning Checklists above. They will help you get your home sparkling after you’ve decluttered.
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