I was challenged by a friend to join her for 40 days of decluttering. Every day for 40 days I was supposed to tackle something – Clean out the fridge, go through old clothes, finally sort through the ever growing pile of mail, delete the thousands of emails in the inbox, finish a project, etc. So I did it! For the last 40 days I have been organizing, sorting, and getting rid of old stuff that we just don’t need. Some days took some creativity but below is my 40 days of decluttering! Hopefully this challenge will continue for me. Hopefully it has given me the inspiration I needed to see that tackling one small thing a day adds up quickly. And hopefully it is a habit and a lifestyle that I can intentionally keep up.
Day 1: Painted J’s bedroom
Day 2: Went through my shoe collection and donated many that I never wear
Day 3: Organized the mess that was the top of our fridge
Day 4: Went through a pile of outside junk and cleaned up the area
Day 5: Went through our freezers – Got rid of a few things that were well-expired and “re-inventoried” so we know what to eat for the next few weeks!
Day 6: Organized outside toys and got ready for spring
Day 7: Followed up on emails and phone calls that had long been on the to-do list and designed and ordered my doula business cards!
Day 8, 9, and 10: Went through drawers around the house and reorganized, child-locked what needed to be locked and got rid of the “junk” drawer stuff we NEVER use!
Day 11 and 12: Worked on our chain link fence and cleaning up the play area
Day 13: Finished J’s room – hung pictures, hung a shelf, put his books that have been in totes on the shelf, etc
Day 14: Organized the creams and ointments
Day 15: Tackled the “odds and ends” laundry basket that had been accumulating all the objects that I didn’t have a home for in the house. Finally made myself make a spot for everything or get rid of it if I really never use it.
Day 16: Organized J’s closet
Day 17: Revamped our shoe area – got rid of the totes they were kept in and got an end table to keep them in
Day 18: Organized J’s plates, cups and bowls and got rid of ones we never use
Day 19: Finished our bathroom!!!!! Wood trim – Check! Pictures – Check! Closet nook – Check!
Day 20: Went through the bathroom magazines and got rid of the old ones that just accumulate and accumulate
Day 21: Made arrangements to get rid of the couch we never use – Cleaned under the couches and realized my son could be on the big comfy couch with all the treasures he stores in it!
Day 22 and 23: Painted the playroom
Day 24: Went through the fridge – cleaned it and got rid of expired things and old left-overs
Day 25 and 26: Finished the play area outside (Just waiting for grass to grow!)
Day 27: Organized the desk and got rid of old papers/files
Day 28: Put up shelves and organized extra toys
Day 29: Caught up on laundry and donated clothes I never wear
Day 30: Put aside toys for donation that we don’t use
Day 31: Switched over J’s clothes to the next season and size – put some aside to pass on to a friend
Day 32: Touched up living room paint where we have chipped it over the years
Day 33: Finished the wood trim in the living room
Day 34: Organized our keys and our entertainment center
Day 35: “Found” our end table again – It had been covered with a collection of odd and ends – went through things, found homes, organized blankets, etc.
Day 36: Touched up our bedroom paint from where we chipped it over the years. Finished the wood trim!!
Day 37: Organized the car
Day 38: Worked on my daycare packet (handbook, contracts, etc)
Day 39: Set up our “patio” space so we can sit outside bug free, grill and enjoy our yard.
Day 40: Salvation run to donate a truck full of things!
Since the last day of the challenge, so far I have continued – not as diligently, but continued none-the-less. We’ve sorted through basement things, attic things, under the sink, and more. We’ve built shelves, donated goods, and finished projects. A little everyday makes such a difference and living a simpler, organized life is refreshing and freeing. I challenge you to join the challenge.