Welcome to the 2017 Declutter Challenge: Week One! I am so excited you decided to join me in decluttering our life from all the things that have finagled their way into your home, car, and/or life this past year. I have got some big goals for us to be able to remove clutter and distractions from our lives. We deserve more than worrying about our surroundings, what we need to clean next, or what may be lurking behind closed drawers and cabinet doors.
Let us make 2017 a year of working towards our goals with nothing in our way or holding us back!
What do you say? Are you ready to declutter?!
2017 Declutter Challenge: Week One
For week one, we are going to jump right into the heart of the home and its sidekick. We are going to get it clean, decluttered, and organized! I know you are probably thinking I am crazy for making us start in the kitchen and dining room, but honestly, I see better way to start this challenge! We are going to get the hardest part over within week one, and then the rest of this challenge will feel like a breeze!
I am not sure about you, but if my kitchen is a mess so is my cooking and mental state. It is hard to think of relaxing when the kitchen is not clean and tidy. Random thoughts prowl through my mind, and I cannot shake them until my kitchen is spotless. This week’s tasks are going to weed out these random thoughts we may have, like:
Dishes need to be done….
Why do these bowls not have matching lids?
Where did I get these cups? Did I purchase these cups, or was it my husband?
No, I cannot read your mind or see into your kitchen, but I can tell you all of these things are far too common. 2017 is the year to change this madness! Let this year be the year we take the time to organize it, keep it organized, and keep our mind clear of our kitchen. We all deserve peace of mind when it comes to the heart of our home. Am I right?!
The tasks I have lined up this week will take our confused, cluttered mess and transform it into the best working space possible. You are more than welcome to tackle these a day at a time or all at once. Also, if a task does not pertain to you, feel free to alter it accordingly or replace it with another. Please do not eliminate a task altogether, because the goal is to get decluttered.
Before you get started…
I want you to close your eyes and envision what your dream kitchen and dining room would look like. Think about what attracts you to a kitchen or dining room. Then think about how your kitchen and dining room will transform into this vision.
Personally, I envision mostly clear counter tops, a place for everything, and unexpired food! When I look at my kitchen and dining room, I want to think peace, essential, and organization. My dream kitchen and dining room is possible, and so is your dream kitchen and dining room!
Week One Tasks
- Clear and clean all counter tops and dining table.
- Declutter and organize cups, plates, and storage containers.
- Declutter and organize pots, pans, and small appliances.
- Clear out, clean, declutter, and reorganize the pantry and refrigerator.
- Empty, clean, declutter, and reorganize drawers.
- Declutter and clean any extra furniture, such as a buffet, china cabinet, and/or drink bar.
- Declutter linens, such as table cloths, wash cloths, kitchen towels, etc.
- Deep clean as you go and you will have a spotless kitchen and dining room when you finish.
- The simplest way to declutter in the kitchen is to remove everything from the cabinets, clean the cabinets, then rework what you are keeping back into them.
- Check expiration dates. If we have pasted the expiration date, chunk it! If the expiration date is approaching, find a way to use it.
- Keep in mind how many things you USE versus THINK you use. You may be surprised by how many extra things you have.
- Do not be afraid to move things to another cabinet or drawer. I am already planning on moving my spices to the opposite side of the kitchen to make sure they last as long as possible. [Right now they are too close to the stove and the steam is clumping up some of them.]
- Duplicates are not your friend! They only take up space. If the item you have is of quality, the duplicate will be a space waster. If the item you have is not of quality, consider replacing this item with something of better quality.
- Just in case items are another space waster. If you have not used it in past 6-12 months, you do not need it! If you have used it within the past 6 months, consider if there is something else you already use that can do the job.
- Ask yourself if an item deserves to take up space in your home. If you do not value it enough to let it take up space, you can remove it from your home.
If you have problems, feel free to contact me. I do not mind guiding you through this process. You can comment on this post, through one of my social media platforms [in the column to the right], or by email [email@example.com].
Also, if you did not grab my FREE printable from the challenge introduction, be sure to jump over there and print it! It will make tracking your progress much simpler! There is even a goal section for you to write out the goal you have for yourself!
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I cannot wait to read about how your decluttering goes over this next week! I know you will do great! Make sure to count how many items you decluttered, because I want you to share them with me next for the week one recap as well as the start of Week Two!