A friend of mine shared the 30-day declutter challenge with me…if you are unfamiliar with this – it is simply that you fill 1 bag a day with unwanted/unneeded items and donate them or sell them. The idea that over 30 days you will be able to declutter (or mostly declutter) your home and get yourself on track to get your house in order.
Now my goal with this is to have my kids participate as well. I am overwhelmed by the excess we have everywhere. I have pretty much stopped buying them anything but essentials, but it doesn’t matter. We are overflowing. So to get this under control and help my kids learn better how to minimize as well, I want them to be part of it. Do you feel the same way?
Use a declutter chart
I have made a helpful free printable declutter chart for everyone in the family. It has made the process more efficient for us over the last couple of weeks as we have worked through the list.
It takes about 15 minutes a day (sometimes more, sometimes less) for each of us to grab a grocery sack and fill it up, and I can tell you already the difference it has made with the kids. They are playing with their toys more, able to keep their room cleaned up better and they don’t fight as much. That is a huge bonus for me!
While I work in the area listed on the chart I have them work in the playroom, their bedroom or another area where they might have things that they can go through. This is also helpful for them to learn how to get rid of things that they aren’t using anymore. We often will take the items and donate them. Depending on what it is, you can also sell some of them on places like the Facebook Marketplace, local ad sites, Ebay, etc.
Here is the free printable declutter chart which include things like toys, clothes, blankets, games, books, electronics, movies, decorations, craft supplies, tools, and more! I hope you find this list helpful and I would love to hear things you would add, and what has been useful.
LIST OF DECLUTTER CHALLENGE DAYS
- Kitchen drawers
- In the Kitchen cabinets
- Kitchen Pantry
- utility closet/under the kitchen sink
- laundry room
- office/desk drawers
- office shelves
- old papers/magazines
- bathroom drawers
- bathroom cupboards
- under the beds
- linen closet
- coat closet
- stuffed animals
- pet items
- guest bedroom
- living room(s)
- sofa tables and end tables
- extra shelves/tables
I hope you try this as well! If you do, please let me know how it goes for you and anything that you found helped you be more efficient or productive in your task.
After you get done decluttering, you will definitely want to go through and organize everything. Be sure to check out all of our great posts about cleaning and organization and what you can do to make it easier!