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2017 Declutter Challenge: Week Three + Week Two Recap

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the 2017 Declutter Challenge: Week Three! If you are just joining in on the fun, jump over to the introduction page, and print out the free printable for this challenge! You will also want to go through Week One’s tasks and Week Two’s tasks before you start on Week Three’s tasks! If you have followed this challenge from the beginning, let us do Week Two’s recap and introduction to Week Three’s tasks!

[If you want to skip this past week’s review, keep scrolling until you see the 2017 Declutter Challenge: Week Three.]

Week Two’s Tasks Review

  1. Clear all contents from the foyer/mudroom and put everything in its proper location.
  2. Deep clean the foyer/mudroom after removing everything. [Do not forget the baseboards!]
  3. Catch up on all laundry. This includes folding/hanging it and putting it where it goes.
  4. Clear out and declutter all items in laundry room cabinets and/or shelves.
  5. Deep clean cabinets and/or shelves in laundry room. Then organize all products into the cabinets and/or shelves.
  6. Clear out and declutter everything in your bathroom cabinets, including linens, face and hair products, samples, and cleaning supplies [if you keep any in the bathroom].
  7. Deep clean EVERYTHING in the bathroom, including countertops, cabinets, shelves, toilet, and shower/bathtub.
  8. Put everything you are keeping in your bathroom back into the desired location to have an organized, and functional bathroom!

 

How you did with each task.

I want to hear all about your progress!

Were you able to declutter enough to make your kitchen and dining room completely organized?

What was the hardest part of Week Two’s tasks?

What was the easiest part of Week Two’s tasks?

How many items did you declutter?

Let me know below in the comments!!

How I did with each task.

  1. Cleared it out and actually found my gardening shoes! [Winning!]
  2. Clean and clear!
  3. Laundry is something I do not let accumulate. This is mostly to do with having less than 40 items of clothing, not counting sleepwear. I caught up on this, washed our bed sheets, bath mats, shower curtain, and regular curtains. Now everything feels clean!
  4. I have one small shelf for our laundry products, so I did remove a couple of things. I used up a laundry detergent bottle, so I removed it. From there, I organized my products according to necessity. For instance, my detergent is closest to the washing machine, then vinegar (I use this as a fabric softener), a backup detergent that I make myself if I am ever in a bind, our hunting detergent, and tennis balls for when I wash our pillows. One thing I want to do with this space is make it prettier. I want to paint the shelf and find prettier containers for my detergents and fabric softener. One reason I have not done this already is because I am trying to find a laundry detergent that my husband and I both agree in using. So far we have not had any luck on agreeing…
  5. Since I do not have much of a laundry room, I decided to tackle my cleaning supplies. I decided to let go of the Borax and Washing Soda, since I no longer make my own laundry detergent. I also let go of the Febreeze. The Swiffer duster box [pictured below] contains an off brand version of this product that does not work like the real Swiffer dusters, so I let them go as well. The Zote soap is actually something my husband uses, so it was relocated to his shop. Then I had an extra spray bottle I did not need. I kept my Thieve All-Purpose cleaner, Dr. Bronner’s soap, glass cleaner, vinegar, Dawn dish soap, floor cleaner, BBQ cleaner, and of course, Baking Soda! A year ago, I had so many cleaners with harmful chemicals. Now as I look at my cleaning supplies, I am very pleased with my progress. I love not having an entire cabinet dedicated to my cleaning products, as I have in the past.
  6. Decluttering my bathroom went better than I had thought it would. I let go of over 100 bobby pins, a brush and some worn out hair bands, an empty shampoo bottle, dry shampoo that did not work for my hair, old makeup I no longer used, new makeup that I would not use, and a couple of skin care products.
  7. Deep cleaning my bathroom was a lot of work! I am going to tell on myself a little bit… One thing I despise having to clean is my shower. I normally give it a good scrub on a regular basis, but really deep cleaning it, not so much. I really took my time cleaning it as best as I could. Baking soda was my best friend when trying to get through the hard water that had built up in some areas. Now my shower looks better than new! After I finished deep cleaning the shower, the rest of my bathroom went pretty quick.
  8. My bathroom is another area that I need to focus on prettier organization. If you have followed my blog for a while, you have probably seen my shelving unit a few times. I purposefully ignored the fact that this has been a functional storage space versus a pretty storage space for a few reasons. One of these reasons is due to downsizing and working through what we have. I used to coupon, so I have a lot of a few things we need to use. Second, I wanted to have time to discover what I needed. After a year, I have a pretty good idea of what we need, so now I want to focus on pleasing my eyes when I look at this space. The storage space under my bathroom sink needs a little help as well. I plan to search for either a shelf that will fit in it, or possibly a few containers. Pinterest will soon be my best friend when it comes to finding inspiration for these two spaces.

Hardest Part: Decluttering my makeup and skin care.

Easiest Part: Cleaning up my laundry space and foyer/mudroom.

If you would like to see photos of my progress for this week, follow me on Instagram! I am sharing what my progress looks like over there for this week!

How many times do you reorganize your clutter? Probably more than you care to admit, right? Well no worries! The 2017 Declutter Challenge is going to help you clear out the clutter for good, so that you can enjoy life and stop reorganizing the clutter.

2017 Declutter Challenge: Week Three

This week is a week many of you have probably been waiting to do. This week is all about the bedrooms!

The bedroom is a special place in a home, but is often treated as any other space in the home. A bedroom should be a space that feels cozy, relaxing, and peaceful. A bedroom should not be full of things that make you think about cleaning, organizing, or anything else beside bedroom things.

This week we are going to tackle everything within the bedrooms in our home, including our dresser, nightstand, closet, and under the bed! We are going to create a place that is serene, calming, and organized! We are going to turn our Master Bedroom into our sanctuary, our guest bedroom into a hotel inspired space, and every child’s bedroom into a room they can rejuvenate for the next day.

Our work is definitely cut out for us, but we are getting that much closer to being finished with decluttering for 2017! I promise, this week will not be as difficult as the past two weeks, as long as you follow my tasks and guidelines!

Before you get started….

As always, I want you to close your eyes and envision what these areas would look like in your dreams. Think about what attracts you to a master bedroom. Think about what kind of guest room you would personally like to stay. Then think about what you would like your child[ren]’s bedroom to look like. What all do you need to remove, organize, or refresh?

My perfect bedroom [or guest room] is light and airy feeling. Very few things on the walls, so that my eyes are able to rest. My night stand includes a lamp and possibly one other item. When I look at the bed, specifically, I envision a fluffy comforter, cozy throw blanket and pillows, and maybe a warm rug to the side for when I roll out of bed in the morning. All I can think is how at peace I am when I enter this space.

I know this can be tough to envision. If you need motivation to see such spaces as your dreams show you, jump on Pinterest or Google, and search for your dream bedroom.

Week Three Tasks

  1. Remove anything from your Master Bedroom that does not belong in it, and find a proper home for it.
  2. Pull everything out from your closet and put it on the bed. Sort through each piece, decide whether to keep/toss/donate, and only add pieces back into your closet that are in your keep pile. If you have a maybe pile, sort through it again and determine each piece’s outcome.
  3. Remove everything from your dresser drawers and put it all on the bed. Repeat the same process as you did for step 2.
  4. Pull out anything from under the bed, declutter, put in a proper home, and if under the bed is its proper home, return it.
  5. Declutter your nightstands. You do not need random things within your nightstand. Be intentional.
  6. Declutter your child[ren]’s room. Be sure to sort through toys, clothes, and/or anything else they have in their room.
  7. Declutter and refresh your guest bedroom.

Related Post: Wardrobe Rebuild: New Wardrobe You’ll Love in 6 Easy Steps

Guidelines

  • Put your focus this week mostly on your bedroom. We want to create an oasis, so take your time decluttering in your space.
  • When sorting through your wardrobe, be honest with yourself. You only wear 20% of the clothes you own 80% of the time. No you do not need an item you are second guessing.
  • When sorting through your under garments, toss anything with holes or tears in them. You deserve better than that!
  • Your nightstand does not need random things in it. Only keep necessities, such as lotions, a book, alarm clock, and/or candle. Everything else needs a new home.
  • When you finish decluttering your bedroom, ask yourself if it feels like you envisioned. If not, take the necessary steps to get it there. Do not finish this week with a half finished master bedroom! You deserve a space you feel relaxed, calm, peaceful, and cozy. Make it you goal to accomplish this, this very week! Do not hold off any longer!
  • For your child[ren]’s toys, discard anything they no longer play with, that is broken, or they no longer want.
  • Do not be afraid to include your child[ren]. Explain to them that less fortunate children will have a chance to play with toys they no longer want. Let them be part of this process. They may let go of more than you think!
  • For your child[ren]’s clothes, remove anything that no longer fits or has holes.
  • The guest bedroom should feel welcoming for your guests. Include a few magazines or books in this room, along with a candle or diffuser to freshen the room, and ease of access for a cell phone charger.
  • The guest bedroom should be ready at anytime for a guest, but please remember to freshen it up so that your guest cannot tell that it has been ready for them since the last time they might have visited.
  • Remove anything from the guest bedroom that you would not want your guests to have access. This can include things such as a DIY project you may be working on, cleaning supplies [what guest wants to clean?], or anything that is supposed to be in storage and ended up in the guest bedroom.

I realize for some this week is going to flow through this easily, while others find this very difficult to accomplish. If you are one who finds this difficult to accomplish, please do your best to push through and get it done! You will love the end result of this week! Tackle one of these steps each day, and you will get there.

For those who find this week a little easier, I challenge you to go back through everything you have accomplished so far and reevaluate your progress. Is there an area you would like a second shot at decluttering? If so, tackle it!

Again, I never promised this challenge would be easy, but stick with me and we will get through it! 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 [If on desktop it is in the column to the right. If on mobile, it is located below a photo of me.], or by email [erin@thetannehillhomestead.com].

If you have not yet, grab my FREE printable from the challenge introduction post to keep track of your progress!

To be sure you are notified each week of the new challenge, subscribe via email [If on desktop it is in the column to the right. If on mobile, it is located below a photo of me.]!

We are half way there! I cannot wait to read about how your decluttering went for week two, and how it will go for week three! Let me know in the comments how many items you have decluttered these first two weeks, and how many more you think you can within these next two! 

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Christie
    January 18, 2017 at 8:42 am

    This is such a great idea! I love how you break everything down into manageable tasks! I’m feeling motivated to declutter now lol. I have two rooms I need to do so bad!

    • Reply
      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      January 18, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Yay! I am so glad you found motivation to declutter after reading this, Christie!

  • Reply
    Marette Flora
    January 18, 2017 at 8:49 am

    This is a great challenge you came up with! I have decluttered my makeup, but I still need to go through the bathroom storage to declutter and organize it. I don’t buy a lot of items, but I was given quite a few products from friends, relatives and Influenster that I need to make decisions about! It’s fun and inspiring to read your progress!

    • Reply
      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      January 18, 2017 at 10:12 am

      I am so glad you find this inspiring, Marette! I am also glad you are working with me at decluttering your space. I try not to buy a lot of products as well, but mostly because I can get carried away with products.

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    Diana
    January 18, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I love that you have such a set goal for your decluttering process! We’ve been doing the same at our home trying to prepare for Baby Girl in May. It’s certainly a massive task! Nice job.

    • Reply
      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      January 18, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you, Diana! It is a task, but one that is very rewarding! Congratulations on your baby girl coming in May! That is so exciting!

  • Reply
    Cara
    January 18, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Clearly, I flip-flopped the weeks because I did bedroom stuff this past week. That’s okay I’ll work on the laundry for next! It’s always my biggest struggle anyways, because I often let it accumulate, which isn’t good I know. Your tips are always so helpful Erin!

    • Reply
      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      January 22, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Regardless of what order you declutter, the important thing is you are riding your life of the excess, Cara! Laundry used to be my biggest struggle as well. I used to go two weeks without washing clothes [because I had so many!]. But now I find it enjoyable to see the hangers and drawers full, rather than having clothes baskets full of clothes to wash.

  • Reply
    Jen
    January 19, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Definitely going back and reading your first two posts. I have tried so hard to be intentional in all I kept when we moved back in August. We are guilty of having two overflowing storage units, but at least it’s out of the house. I’m amazed at the small amount of clothes I actually wear. I was able to weed those down to almost nothing. Half my master closet is empty! I spent this last week re-doing my daughters’ room, from painting to putting furniture together. Next I’m going to tackle all their toys! You’ve created a great list here, so now I have a jumping off point – thank you!

    • Reply
      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      January 22, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      I am so glad this challenge can help you, Jen! Being intentional is very important when you are downsizing or decluttering. It took me a while to realize that was a major key to dwindling down to keeping on what I love or could use. I am excited to hear how it goes with decluttering your children’s toys!

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    Katie Kinsley
    January 19, 2017 at 7:14 am

    After all this winter cleaning I’ve been tackling, I found out that I am moving. This means that everything I’ve organized is going to be uprooted once again. Super stressful!

    • Reply
      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      January 22, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Oh no, Katie! Well the good thing is you will hopefully only be packing and moving the things you need, use, and/or love!

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    Sarah Jean Althouse
    January 19, 2017 at 9:19 am

    My parents are coming this weekend for the inauguration so I’ve been on a deep clean of the entire apartment. I finally tackled our huge medicine box and threw out so much stuff. Felt good!

    • Reply
      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      January 22, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      I love decluttering medicine for some reason, so I bet it did feel good! I loved getting to see your pictures on Facebook while you were at the inauguration, Sarah Jean! I think it is so cool that you get to experience those things first hand versus on a TV screen.

  • Reply
    Jessica Jade
    January 19, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I love that you include free printables with your challenge.

    • Reply
      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      January 22, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Thank you, Jessica! I want to make this challenge as successful as I can for you!

  • Reply
    karissa
    January 19, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Great challenge! I decluttered a lot in 2016 and am moving this year so am continuing to purge. It feels great to get rid of things we don’t need.

    • Reply
      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      January 22, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      How exciting, Karissa! I bet you love getting rid of things you do not need, so that you do not have to pack and move them into your new home! You can actually start out completely decluttered!

  • Reply
    Sheila Jo
    January 21, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    This challenge is laid out very well! I have plans of cleaning out my closet next week – wish me luck…

  • Reply
    Bobbie
    February 20, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Been lurking and gleaning inspiration but haven’t been able to participate much due to a lingering flu. I am tackling my laundry room and dining room table today (school is out)

    • Reply
      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      February 20, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      I understand, Bobbie. The flu can be terrible! I am glad that you are still pushing and tackling things! Let me know how it goes for you!

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