Welcome to the 31-day home decluttering challenge! Get rid of the clutter and get your home in order with this simple plan!
If you’re like me, staying on top of the clutter can sometimes feel completely overwhelming, especially after the holidays.
Often, quite a few new items have made their way into the house. If you have kids (and generous family members), the influx of new stuff can be significant.
After coming up with several different home decluttering ideas, it seems like a challenge is in order.
This year, I decided to create a 31-Day Home Decluttering Challenge for the month of January. Get a jump-start on decluttering and organizing your home for the new year!
31-Day Home Decluttering Challenge
Declutter your home in just 15 minutes a day with this simple decluttering challenge!
Every day, grab a timer, set it for 15 minutes or more, and work as fast as you can in the area designated for that day.
If you have more than 15 minutes to spend, that’s great! If not, you’d be amazed at how much you can accomplish in just 15 minutes when you work fast.
Keep in mind, we’re not going to be doing any deep cleaning during this time. This is just a time to get rid of the clutter. We’ll work on the deep cleaning later.
I’ve created a few handy printables for you to use, which you can download below. Here are the areas we’re going to be decluttering for the next 31 days:
Day 1: Entryway/Coat Closet/Mudroom
Day 2: Living Room
Day 3: Linen Closet
Day 4: Main Bathroom
Day 5: Master Bathroom
Day 6: Purse/Handbag
Day 7: Master Bedroom
Day 8: Master Closet
Day 9: Nightstands
Day 10: Kids’ Rooms
Day 11: Kids’ Clothes
Day 12: Kids’ Toys
Day 13: Junk Drawer
Day 14: Dresser Drawers
Day 15: Fridge
Day 16: Freezer
Day 17: Pantry
Day 18: Kitchen Cabinets
Day 19: Kitchen Drawers
Day 20: Games
Day 21: Medicine Cabinet
Day 22: Kitchen Counters
Day 23: Dining Room
Day 24: Paperwork
Day 25: Paperwork
Day 26: Desk/Office
Day 27: CDs and DVDs
Day 28: Books
Day 29: Laundry Room
Day 30: Craft Room
Day 31: Basement/Garage
How to Customize This Plan
Obviously, 15 minutes won’t be enough time to make headway in a big area like the basement or garage, especially if there’s a lot of clutter there.
Feel free to spend more time if you have it, but if you don’t, spending 15 minutes getting rid of clutter in each area is better than nothing!
Also, all homes and families are different. You may not have some of the rooms/spaces on the list. If not, feel free to add or eliminate areas that don’t apply to your family or home. This may allow you to spend more time in some of the other areas, or take that day off.
You may notice that I’ve included “paperwork” on the list twice. That’s because paper can be such a huge issue in many homes, and I figured it might take more time. If you’re all caught up on your paper piles, feel free to work in a different area for that day.
I’ve included 31 days of decluttering ideas, but you don’t have to work all of the 31 days. I usually don’t do tasks like decluttering on Sundays (to have one day of rest), but there are a few simple things that wouldn’t be a huge project. For example, decluttering your purse (the day 6 task) is a simple job that could be done on a Sunday afternoon or evening.
What You Need to Declutter Your House
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The supplies needed for this decluttering challenge are simple. You just need the following items:
Label your boxes “giveaway,” “put away,” and possibly “to sell,” if you intend to sell them at a garage sale or online.
How to Declutter
When you’re ready to declutter, grab your supplies, set the timer, and go through the designated area for that day as quickly as possible.
Quickly go through the room/drawer/area and evaluate the items that are stored there. Do these items serve a useful purpose or bring you joy? If not, then it’s probably time to get rid of them and give your home some room to breathe.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. —William Morris
If the items are something you no longer need or want, but they’re still usable, put them in the box labeled “give away,” or “to sell.” If the items are damaged or not usable, go ahead and put them in the trash.
Work as fast as you can while the timer is ticking. When the timer goes off, you’re done for the day!
More Homemaking Ideas
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- 7 Things to Do Every Day to Keep Your House Clean
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective Homemakers
- How to Love the Home You Have
Free Decluttering Printables
I created a few simple printables to help you along on this decluttering journey. Download the free printables below (click on the link and then download it to your computer and print it off):
Join in the Home Declutter Challenge!
I hope you’ll join me in this 31-day home decluttering challenge! I’m planning to start the challenge on January first, and I’ll be sharing some of my progress over on Instagram, using the hashtag #31dayhomedeclutter. If you decide to join in, I’d love for you to use the hashtag and tag me so I can cheer you on!
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