Do you have clutter taking over your home or a part of your home? I certainly do. At my place, there are a few rooms that are a little out of control. Although I am not a neat freak, too much clutter leaves me feeling a little stressed. Who needs additional stress? I don’t. I will conquer the clutter.
Gaye over at Calm.Healthy.Sexy has taken on a 30 Day Clutter Challenge and has invited her readers to participate. She is challenging herself, and her readers, to get rid of five items per day, for thirty days. She has inspired me. I’ve decided to join her in her challenge. Broken down into small bits like this, that will likely take only about five minutes per day, this is achievable. I can do it (this being said in an encouraging voice).
I have a clutter problem. We have too much stuff, and not enough space to put it all.
I’ve tried tackling the issue before, unsuccessfully. My most recent attempt was last summer, when I decided we would tackle our basement storage room. We still have boxes in there that have not been unpacked since we moved into this house six years ago. Unpacked boxes just scream of stuff we don’t need. I thought we could empty out one box a day, and get through the room in a few weeks. Greg managed to go through his boxes, but I didn’t get through mine. I was letting it pile up, making the task seem very time-consuming.
The storage room isn’t the only space with clutter. Many of the horizontal surfaces in the house have too much stuff on them. I think we have too many things. We don’t buy a lot of stuff, but we probably don’t get rid of things much either. I am also really bad about accumulating paper.
What do you have too much of at your place? Is it too many toys for the kids? Endless kitchen gadgets you don’t use? A closet full of clothes you don’t wear? Too many knick-knacks on the tables, collecting dust? Or like me, is it not just one localized area, but just a bit too much here and there throughout the house?
Having too much stuff makes it hard to see what we do have. Sometimes we forget about really useful things, because they are buried behind other things. We don’t need as much stuff as we have. Letting go of some of it will help me feel calmer. Visual clutter is stressful. Our eyes need a place to rest when we are looking around. It gives our brain a moment to pause.
For the next 30 days, I will take about five minutes each day, to find five things that we don’t need. Some items will be donated. Some will go into the garbage. Some, like all the paper taking over the house, will be recycled. At the end of the 30 days, there will be 150 less things in my house. They will be 150 things that I don’t need. There are probably more than 150 unneeded things in my house, but 5 things a day for 30 days is a good place to start.
I will share my progress here with you in the form of a weekly check-in.
Why am I sharing my clutter problem with you? Two reasons:
- Maybe you have unwanted clutter in your space that you would like to eliminate. In that case, perhaps reading about my progress will help you with yours.
- Making a public commitment will help me stay motivated to stay the course. Back in late January, when I decided my goal was to go to the gym three times a week, I posted about it on Facebook. Every week I reported how I did. At the end of the first month, I had created a new habit of going to the gym regularly, and no longer needed to check-in to keep up the motivation. Dealing with clutter has always been difficult for me. I need as much encouragement as possible to stay on track.
Do you have clutter you want to make disappear? If so, join me in this 5-A-Day Clutter Buster Challenge. There will be no guilt or recriminations here. If a day gets missed, there will be no blame. The next day will be a new day, and I will find five things that aren’t needed. The goal is to de-clutter the spaces around us to help us to feel better, to bring more order, calm and peace into our lives.
If you want to join in the challenge, leave a comment to let me know. I am sure that after 30 days, we will feel better about our spaces.