How many times have you started off with fantastic intentions of actually getting organized? You just know this time will be different. With the arrival of March, I am in Spring cleaning mode, but this year I have decided to be a little more cautious with my enthusiasm and not jump into this project with full force.
Many people often begin tasks and projects with great intentions. They are excited about the new venture. They have a plan. They start full of energy and then somewhere along the way they get discouraged. The project is taking too long to complete. It’s bigger than they realized and lose their momentum. Or sometimes, they are not seeing any real progress and they throw in the towel.
Well friends, I’ve been there and done that more times than I would like to admit. Due to this, I am approaching my spring cleaning in a whole new way and I would love it if you would join me!
This year we are going to go from being Domestically Disheveled to being Dynamic Domestic Divas! 😉 And the best part…we are going to do this in 15 minutes a day! So how are we going to do it? I’m so glad you asked!
Let’s begin our decluttering challenge by using our Brain Purge system. Go through each room of your house and write down everything you want to address and declutter. Remember, this process takes a few days, so get started with this as soon as you can. You can check out the Brain Purge system here, in case you missed it.
Next, you will need to look at your list for each room and put a star next to the item (only one) that bothers you the most. What causes you anxiety when you go in that room? Is there something that is making your husband crazy when he sees it? Or is there an area of that room you cringe to have guests notice when they come over? Whatever that item is for you, put a star next to it.
We are going to do little projects room by room instead of tackling the entire room at once. This will help you to see progress more quickly and you won’t get overwhelmed when we mix thing up a bit!
Great! Now let’s do the same thing for each additional list you have from your Brain Purge.
Now, once this is complete, you should have one starred item for each area of your home. I have 19 areas in my home, so I have 19 starred items (1 per area):
These starred items will be where we begin our focus for decluttering.
My 19 items include:
Get rid of old DVDs
Purge the formal serving ware cabinet
Organize kitchen towels
Organize seasonings & spices
Declutter guest bathroom towel cabinet
Purge paper holders
Get rid of boys’ old shoes that no longer fit
Clean out old candles and replace with new
Purge old / broken/ or games with missing pieces
Remove all ripped or old towels
Donate Nicky’s clothes that no longer fit (dresser)
Organize toiletry items in boys’ bathroom
Donate Joey’s clothes that no longer fit (dresser)
Organize medicine cabinet
Declutter window seats
Remove all unwanted items from top shelf of master closet
Purge all unwanted / needed items from nightstand
Organize hat shelf
Now here comes the fun part…decluttering! But wait…there is one very important thing we need to focus on in order to achieve success and see progress! Are you ready? We are only going to declutter for 15 minutes each day! That’s it! Fifteen minutes is the perfect amount of time to make progress, but not overwhelm yourself. It’s also a manageable amount of time even if your schedule is already jam-packed! Also, once you see how manageable it is to find 15 minutes in your day, you may be surprised that you can find a small time slot like this a couple of times each day.
As we begin our decluttering, we need to really look at each item that crosses our path and ask the following questions:
- Do I love it?
- Do I need it?
- Can I live without it?
If you don’t love it, don’t need it, or you can live without, it’s gone! You cannot organize clutter, so we have to purge before we organize. Which leads to our next step…what to do with the items we are getting rid of?
For this step, you will need 3 containers. Label them as Keep, Trash, and Donate.
As you go through each area of your home, place the corresponding items in each basket. At the end of each 15 minute round, discard all of the items in the trash basket. Place your keep items back where they go and place your donate box in a closet, out-of-the-way, until you need it for your next 15 minute purge.
Each time you complete an item on your declutter list, be sure to cross it off.
Once you have completed your entire list, it’s time to start a new list until all of the items from your Brain Purge are complete. I will be doing this Declutter Challenge for all of March and sharing my progress here. If I haven’t finished all of my items by the end of the month, I will keep going and I would encourage you to do the same.
I’ll be posting my progress here on Fridays and I’ll also share some of my decluttering successes on Instagram as well.
So, who’s with me? Come and join the fun! Just 15 minutes each day can make such a huge impact. Not only will you feel successful, but you will see progress and that will motivate you to keep going!! You CAN do this!
What area will you start decluttering first? Share below!