declutter challenge wrap-up

YOU DID IT!

You have made it 46 days, decluttered 460 items (or more) and spent 460 minutes give or take reclaiming your home.

How are you feeling?

I know I am feeling rejuvenated from all this purging. It’s like a huge weight off my shoulders.

However, whenever I complete some sort of challenge or training program I always feel a little lost when it’s over. There is no longer someone or something telling me what to do and when to do it. I know this feeling well (it happens after every single half marathon I train for) and it becomes all too easy to lose the momentum we had going.

before declutter pic     kid drawer after pic

 

The pictures above show one of our drawers that we decluttered. I was able to eliminate and move enough things to turn this drawer into a kid friendly drawer. It now holds the kid size cups, bowls, etc. The best part about it is that it’s a bottom drawer so now even Amelia can get the items for herself.

before declutter pic
Utensil drawer before. It was hard to find anything in there.
after declutter pic
After decluttering (we eliminated at least 2 dozen utensils and gadgets) we moved items into two separate drawers. It is so much easier to find things now.

I don’t want you to slip into your old ways.

You have come too far to go back now, and 46 days later you have developed a great habit that takes just 10 minutes out of your busy day. Capitalize on this momentum and keep going.

Next steps

  • If you still have areas of your home you haven’t decluttered, then continue spending 10 minutes a day until you’ve made it through your house completely.
  • Make sure those piles of items to be donated get put in your car and get dropped off.
  • If you have chosen to sell some of your decluttered items, be sure they all get listed. Determine a sell by date – you don’t want those items cluttering up your storage areas for months and years to come.
  • When you have decluttered every space in your home, go back through one more time. You will be amazed at what you are willing to part with the second time around. I decluttered my closet 4 different times – always finding something more to purge. (side note: no new clothes were bought or acquired in between those 4 sessions either)
  • Once you have decluttered every space in your home twice, it’s time to organize. You will only havethe things you want to keep. Then and only then, can you look for the cute organizer to get everything in place.
  • Hold yourself accountable to this new simpler life. Really take a moment to think about what items you want to bring into your newly decluttered home.

You have made a great habit of setting aside 10 minutes a day to work on this challenge, now what?

declutter time

Here are some great ideas for how to spend those 10 minutes to begin a new habit.

  • Pray or read the Bible. (remember this all started because of a Lenten Challenge- now you have even more time to talk to God)
  • Meditate or journal. Whatever activity helps you to center yourself and relax
  • Read for fun or personal development
  • Get some exercise. You could do a short walk, do some lunges, squats, push-ups. You’d be amazed at how good you can feel in just 10 minutes of exercise a day.
  • Take a nap
  • Spend the time on your “me” activity whatever that is
  • Listen to a podcast. This may or may not be obsession of mine.

You can choose to do whatever you wish with those 10 minutes, but I advocate that you spend them on yourself. Do something that will help you to be a better person, and yes, spending 10 minutes on “me” time does help you to be a better person.

 

Thank you for joining me on this journey into decluttering. We have only begun our journey into simplifying life. If you stick with me, I’ll motivate, encourage, and challenge you to find joy in the simple things and reclaim your time so you do the things you want.

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