Are you ready to finally declutter your home? Welcome to the 30 Day Declutter Challenge 2021. After participating in this amazing challenge, you won’t even be able to recognize your home!
Decluttering is not only essential for you home. It’s essential for YOU too.
You might not even realize it, but clutter around the house will really put a damper on your mood, the clarity of your mind, and your ability to unwind and relax in your home.
I have put together an easy decluttering plan that’ll get sent right to your inbox for you to use so you can declutter every day without feeling overwhelmed.
So, why declutter in 30 days?
Let’s face it, most of us are lazy. Including me. I tried the whole declutter your home in one day thing but it didn’t work out so well.
I got overwhelmed with the amount stuff I had, the number of rooms I had to tackle, and just the overall idea of the entire process.
Breaking things into tiny chunks makes the process much more durable, less time consuming, and at the end of it, the project actually gets done.
Decluttering and organizing your home (especially your ENTIRE HOME) is no easy task. It can be difficult to know exactly where to start decluttering and even knowing what to declutter.
But before we jump into the free 30 day declutter challenge printable, I have together a few tips to help you get started.
Tips For Decluttering When You Don’t Know Where to Start
Start with a plan for each room
You wouldn’t a new project with plan, and decluttering your house is no different. Lucky for you, you’re getting the 30-Day declutter challenge which has your plan already laid out for you. But let’s talk about the purpose behind that.
Big projects are hard. And like we talked about before, breaking things into smaller chunks makes things more manageable.
Think about it, when is the last time you looked at a big project you had to complete and found yourself extra excited to start?
Not very often, right? I mean, of course, the idea of completing something you need to do itself is exciting. But actually doing the work? Not as exciting.
Establish yes and no sections
As you go through each room each day during the challenge, you are probably going to find a lot of things that need to go.
Make sure you establish definite yes and no piles so you don’t get things mixed up and confused.
It’s okay to let things go
As you go through your house and declutter, there’s no doubt you are going to find some things that you really want to keep. But if know in your heart that you’ll probably never touch it again, it’s time to let it go.
And that’s okay. As a rule of thumb ask yourself if you have used the item in the last 6 months. If not, it’s time to part ways. If you have, you will have to make the decision if the item is worth keeping.
Declutter first, organize later
For me, the best part of decluttering is the organizing that comes after it. If you are super excited to organize, make sure that you completely declutter before you start.
The last thing you want to do is organize on top of clutter. Clear it out first, and then you can make the magic happen.
P.S If you plan on doing a massive organization situation after you are done decluttering, be sure to read to the end to find all of my home organization posts that you’ll need!
Take before and after pictures
Nothing will motivate you more than looking at what you have accomplished and how far you have come.
Take before and after pictures of the area/room of your house to give you that little extra push to get through the 30 days.
Don’t make it seem like a chore
Make decluttering your home fun! Throw on some comfy clothes and turn on your favorite music to lift your mood and to keep you going.
30 Day Declutter Challenge
Here’s a run down of what you are actually going to be doing every day during the challenge. You will be focusing on a certain area of the house over the course of a few days so that you can see your progress faster.
I find that this is way more motivating than jumping around from space to space because then nothing will ever feel complete.
Day 1-7: Kitchen
On days 1 through 7, you will be focusing on decluttering your kitchen area. Each day you will tackle a different area in the kitchen such as your fridge, pantry, countertops, etc.
I chose to put the kitchen in the challenge first because this may be one of the hardest areas to declutter for some of you, (like it is for me). And it will be easier to push through at the beginning than it will be at the end.
Day 8-11: Bedroom
You will be focused on the bedroom during days 8 through 11. During this time span, you will be decluttering your dressers, underneath your bed, your nightstand area, and you will also have a free day to declutter any other spaces you may have in your bedroom.
Day 12-14: Closet
This is the most fun part in my opinion! Days 12-14 are all about your closet. If you want to learn more about how painlessly purge your closet, check out this post!
Day 15-18: Bathroom
Days 15-18 will be dedicated to decluttering your bathroom. You’ll be tackling your cabinets, counters, and more!
Day 19-22: Living Room
The living room is probably the most used space in your home and in return, probably one of the messiest. On days 19-22 you will be decluttering your bookshelves, coffee table, TV stand area, etc.
Day 23-25: Office
I know not everyone has an office space in their home. If you don’t, use these days to declutter your workspace wherever it may be in your home.
Day 26-30: Other
To wrap up the 2021 30 day decluttering challenge, you will be focusing on smaller spaces in your home these last few days such as your laundry room, garage, patio, linen closet, etc.
You can dedicate a day to each space, or you can pick one to complete throughout the remaining days!
How to Declutter Your Home in 30 Days
The declutter challenge printable shows what specific area you should be decluttering each day. Here you’ll find even more ideas on exactly what to declutter in those areas.
- Sort out any piled up clothes and put them in their home
- Discard old sheets and linens that aren’t used anymore
- Declutter your nightstand area
- Clear out your dressers
- Get rid of any unused pillows / put away any seasonal pillows
- Unused Purses
- Sort out any extra hangers and remove any broken ones
- Set aside any clothes that don’t fit into a giveaway pile
- Throw out clothes that have rips and holes
- Dust and wipe down your closet surfaces
- Organize your clothing items by season
- Discard worn-out towels
- Throw away empty beauty products: hair, makeup, skincare
- Old perfume
- Clear out your medicine cabinet
- Declutter your counter space
- Throw away any broken or unused appliances
- Go through loose hair accessories
- Coffee table area
- TV Stand
- Refrigerator: expired, unused food
- Pantry: expired, unused food
- Tupperware with missing pieces
- Old/broken kitchen utensils
- Broken dishes
- Old dish towels and dish rags
- Under kitchen sink
- Go through any loose papers and discard the ones you don’t need
- Sort out any unused cables and cords
- Get rid of any excess office supplies
- Declutter and organize your desk space
- Old pens and markers
Ready to Organize?
Check out these home organization posts to organize your newly decluttered space!