Declutter Challenge week 2

13 down and 33 to go.

Days that is.

If you are joining us on the Lenten Declutter Challenge, you should have already decluttered 130 items.

130

That is a lot.

Give yourself a pat on the back, because you’ve eliminated 130 items from your home.  You are doing a great job!

Whether you find this easy or difficult it is something to be proud of.

If you haven’t yet made a trip to your local donation spot, you will want to do that soon. That is a lot of stuff piling up. You will appreciate this whole process more if you don’t have a pile of “junk” hanging out to look at or walk past.

This past week I learned a couple more things about this process that might help you.

  1. You may want to declutter your children or significant other’s things. Resist the urge- those are not your things to declutter. You must declutter your own things or household things.
  2. When it comes to decluttering household things, it is easiest if I make a pile of what I want to get rid of and then provide my husband an opportunity to veto. Rarely has he vetoed and usually once I explain why something is going he rescinds his veto.
  3. Try to stay in one area/room until you’ve gone through it all. This might take multiple days/weeks, but that’s okay. Staying in one spot helps you to stay focused and feel a sense of accomplishment. You’ll notice bigger change by doing it this way.
  4. Not counting items we are throwing away (Cassidy’s rule for us) has proven very challenging for me.

Don’t worry if you miss a day or a few, Cassidy and I used this past Sunday to catch up on a couple of days. She got so into the process that while we went through her bookshelves she was able to get two days ahead.

I must share my proud mom moment.

As a born organizer (my mom swears I had to have been born this way, because she didn’t raise me like this) I have been so impressed with how much Cassidy, my self-proclaimed pack rat, is taking to this challenge.  She has even been telling people at school.

I’d love to see pictures of all that stuff you’re decluttering out of your homes. Be sure to check out Facebook and follow what everyone’s doing.

Please comment on how it’s going and any advice you may have for others.

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