The 30 Day Declutter Challenge - The Good Habits Club
Spring Cleaning 2022: The 30 Day Declutter Challenge
Spring Cleaning can be an overwhelming task. There's a lot to get done! How do you even start?
This month, in the Good Habit’s Club - We tackle Spring Cleaning. One space at a time, an easy way to a less cluttered home by the end of the month.
Are you ready to get serious about decluttering? I sure hope so! You see, once you begin to remove the clutter from your home, you will be amazed at how much more peaceful and organized you feel. Your days will become easier, as well as more enjoyable. The best part is, you will only spend 30 minutes a day on this challenge. That's right. 30 minutes a day!
Before we get started, here are a few things that are important for us to discuss:
How do I know what to get rid of?
Just ask yourself these three questions:
- Do I need it?
- Do I use it?
- Do I love it?
Super simple, right? If you need it, you keep it. If you use it, you keep it. If you love it, you keep it. Everything else can safely be let go. If you don’t need, use or love an item, then it's not really serving you well, which makes it clutter.
LOVE • WANT • NEED
Here is a list of over 100 things you can get rid of today!
KITCHEN/DINING - Keep only what you will use, and keep what is in good condition. If it doesn’t get used often or is chipped, scratched, or dented, toss it. Make sure lids go to specific pans and get rid of mismatched ones.
- Extra Mugs/Glasses
- To-go water bottles. Aim for one per person per household
- Kitchen Tools
- Anything rusted
- Serving Ware
- Expired food/canned good
- Tupperware lids/bottoms
- Cleaning Products
- Kitchen Appliances
- Expired Fire Extinguisher
- Extra bags
- Extra unmatched containers
- Soy Sauce/Ketchup Packets
BEDROOM/CLOSET - If you haven't worn it in over 2 years...it doesn't fit...toss it!
- Bridesmaid dresses/Costumes
- Extra hangers
- Duffel Bags/Backpacks that are never used
- Worn-out Bedding
- Unmatched Socks
- Under the Bed
- Bedside Table
- Excess hats
- Old Bathing Suits
BATHROOM - Keep the counters clean, Use the inside of cabinet doors for storage, have a caddy for each Family member, Add style and function with apothecary jars.
- The scale (You don’t need one ever!)
- Old Makeup/Nail Polish
- Old Sunblock
- Commercial Grade Soaps/Lotions and products
- Expired Medication
- Old Toiletry Bags
- Hair Accessories
- Hair Tools - Blow dryer,
- Travel Shampoos/Conditioner/Lotion
- Sponges, Loofah,,,over 2-3 months old
- Products you do not like or use
LIVING/FAMILY ROOM If you're not sure, the answer is NO. Sell things on Ebay and buy some organizing containers! Keep flat surfaces Clutter-free everyday.
- Cheap furniture
- Furniture that doesn’t fit
- Extra throw pillows
- Excess throw blankets
- Old/non used electronics
- Dead Plants
- Old Candles
OFFICE - Purge the papers. Get rid of excess folders, dried out pens, markers. Create a printing station, a mail station. Use binders and folders to categorize and color code.
- Old receipts
- Excess/Old Office Supplies
- Travel Brochures
- Junk Mail
- Knick Knacks
- Old notes/notebooks
- Expired coupons
- USB Flash drives - Toss the cheap old ones
- Old Business cards
- Broken phone chargers
- Tax papers older than 10 years
- Bills /papers to recycle, shred or file.
- Outdated cameras
- Old rubber bands
- Ticket stubs
- Pens/Pencils just keep what you need on desk
CRAFT/WRAPPING - Invest in a craft storage cart, that can double as furniture.
- Discolored wrapping paper
- Ripped Tissue paper
- Fabric/paper scraps
- Dried up Glue
KID STUFF - No matter what age, have them join you on what to keep, what to toss and what to donate. Tight closets can add a hanging organizer or sweater organizer.
- Broken Toys
- Games/Puzzles/Cards with missing pieces
- Outgrown Toys
- Baby Blankets
- Kid’s Art Work - Take pics and store them digitally
- Old Birthday Candles/Party Supplies
GARAGE/ATTIC - Just do a little at a time...Rome wasn't organized in a day. Keep things off the garage floor, wire open shelving, add pegboards, plan layout like a department store.
- Old/Broken Sports equipment
- Dried up Paint/Brushes
- Extra Flower pots
- Unmatched Gloves
- Outgrown Toys
- Leftover project pieces
- Broken drill bits
- Cardboard Boxes
- Broken tools
- Cardboard Boxes
- Christmas Lights
- Seasonal Decor that you never use again
- Christmas decor you never use
Remember, the goal is to have a minimal, organized and uncluttered living space. If that means that you need to purge your home of items you don’t use or even love, then you should do so. If you believe in the 30-day challenge, then let it be a way of life and go through this process every 30 days (or at least once every year).
Download our free 30 Day Declutter Calendar - 30 Day Challenge