Do you feel like clutter is taking over your life? Are you constantly reorganizing, but never actually feel organized? Then you need to try this 30 Day Minimalist Declutter Challenge I created!
This Minimalist Declutter Challenge not only focuses on decluttering physical things, but mental things, as well. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as decluttering your physical things.
Why do you want to declutter?
Decluttering the things you don’t need in your life creates space within your home and mind. By having just what you need and use, you free yourself from many things including:
- Reorganizing clutter
- Always having to clear your clutter
- Having so much to move around to clean, which makes cleaning faster
- Searching for things, because they don’t have a designated home
When you remove clutter from your home, you can focus more on what is important and less on what isn’t. Wouldn’t you prefer more time with your family versus cleaning or organizing clutter?
How to do you start decluttering your home?
I always suggest to start with the space that bothers you most. This space causes the most frustration in your mind, so starting here will give you a big win from the beginning, which is important.
From there, you should declutter working through least sentimental categories all the way up to your sentimental items. When you start with the less sentimental items, the decisions are quicker and easier to make. Then when you do get to those more difficult items, it won’t be as hard to identify as clutter or necessity.
An alternative is a declutter challenge, which is what I’ve personally put together for you and myself! Here are a few things you’ll see throughout the challenge:
- Categories to declutter
- Finding a specific number of items to declutter
- Self-care exercises
- Phone decluttering
I tried to include a combination of all of these, because they are all important to improving your mental clarity.
Questions to ask when you’re decluttering
Before we get into the explaination of the challenge, you need to know what questions to ask when decluttering. This helps you distinguish what is essential and what isn’t
- When was the last time I used/wore this item?
- Do I like this item or do I have something else I prefer?
- If I didn’t have this item, would I miss it?
- Would I purchase this item if I saw it in the store today?
- If the item is torn/broken/needing altered, are you going to fix it within the next week?
Asking questions like these will help you in the decluttering process, but only when you’re honest with your reply. If you feel yourself wanting to tell a little white lie, then you know you don’t need that item.
Now that you know why decluttering is important, where to start, and what questions to ask, let’s dive into the 30 Day Minimalist Declutter Challenge’s Daily Tasks.
Minimalist Declutter Challenge: Daily Tasks
Day 1: Declutter 5 items //
Find 5 items you can toss or donate. Keep a box for the entire challenge of donated items. If an item needs tossed, do so immediately.
Day 2: Countertops //
Clear your counter tops of everything, wipe them clean, and add back only what is necessary. Everything else needs a new home, tossed, or donated.
Day 3: Meditate for 15 Minutes //
I read the book 10% Happier by Dan Harris, and learned about the benefits of meditation. I am a skeptic, but I wanted to give it a try anyways.
The instructions I have read for beginners include: concentrate on your breaths, focus on the in and out motion, and if you find yourself drifting, bring yourself back to your breath.
Day 4: Junk Drawer //
We all have them, but why? It’s time to break up with the Junk Drawer for good! Find a place for everything by giving a new home to the item, tossing, or donating.
Day 5: Clothing //
Time to cull your wardrobe! Remove the pieces you don’t love wearing and anything that doesn’t fit you currently.
Related Post: My Capsule Wardrobe Using Project 333 Guidelines
Day 6: Digital Cleanse //
Turn off all electronic devices for one day. Take this time to enjoy the company of your family, time outdoors, reading a book, etc.
Day 7: Accessories //
Time to clean out jewelry, hand bags, belts, scarves, etc. Leave the shoes for tomorrow.
Day 8: Shoes //
Time to purge shoes! Anything you don’t love wearing or doesn’t fit needs a new home.
Day 9: Pamper Yourself //
When was the last time you took time for yourself? Today is all about you! Enjoy a nice soaking bath, an all natural face mask, or maybe even go get a pedicure/manicure.
Day 10: Declutter 10 items //
Find 10 items to donate or toss! I’m sure over the past few days there have been some things that have stuck out to you. Grab them up and give them a new home.
Day 11: Social Media //
Social media is designed to help people connect through multiple platforms, but how many of these people only post negative things, do you actually know that person, and why did you follow that person to begin with?
If a person isn’t adding value to your life, it is time to unfriend them. Don’t worry, they won’t be notified. You should only follow or friend people who add something to your life or make you happy.
[Added bonus: Clear out and sort your emails. Unsubscribe from all promotional emails. You have much more important things in your life than to delete multiple promotional emails everyday. Even if you feel you can’t do without a certain store’s promotions, unsubscribe! Give it a try and see if you miss it. I didn’t! Plus, if you do miss it, you can always resubscribe.]
Day 12: Find a product to use up //
Is there a lotion you have just a little left in, or a sauce that is about to expire? If so, use it for today’s declutter challenge task!
Day 13: Pantry //
Look through everything and check expiration dates. Throw out anything expired or you will not use.
Day 14: Pots & Pans //
A hard day for anyone who cooks a lot. Be honest with what is your favorite to cook with and what pieces you neglect.
A tip I have seen is to see if lids fit more than one pot/pan. If so, you can let go of a few lids, and free up some space.
Day 15: Wake Up 30 Minutes Earlier //
Wish you had more time in your day? Waking up just 30 minutes earlier can help you achieve a more successful day.
Use this time to finish up some cleaning, write in your journal, take your time getting ready, etc. Make this morning your own and make it count!
Make it to day 15, and you’re half way through the Minimalist Declutter Challenge! That means you’re half way to a decluttered home!
Day 16: Linens //
The truth is you only need 2 sets of sheets per bed. Everything else is only taking up space.
You could repurpose the extras into reusable paper towels, toss them depending on their condition, or donate them. Towels are the same.
I’ve seen some minimalist only keep one towel per person; however, that will not be the case for my husband and I.
To each their own, but be sure you find new homes for what doesn’t fit in these means.
Day 17: Cleaning Products //
Do you hoard cleaning products like I do? It’s time to be honest with what products you use and what you are holding onto just because it’s a cleaning product.
Day 18: Journal for 15 Minutes //
One thing I have always wanted to make a habit is writing in a journal. Take 15 minutes to write down whatever is on your mind.
Day 19: Skin Care //
All cosmetics have an expiration date. Most are 1-3 years. Purge the expired and then see what’s left. From here, purge anything you haven’t used in over a month.
If there is anything else left to question, it goes. You will be left with what you use and works best for you.
Day 20: Make Up //
Same rules apply as did on Day 19. In addition, if it isn’t your color, declutter it.
Day 21: Go for a walk //
Enjoy today by taking a walk outside. Be sure to slow down and notice the little things like the color and shape of leaves or birds chirping.
Day 22: Medicine //
Decluttering the expired medicine may rid you of more space than expected. Remember to dispose of medicine properly.
If there is more left than expected, see if there is any medicine you have that doesn’t work for you and dispose of it.
Day 23: Mail/Paperwork //
Only keep papers needed to pay your current bills and papers needed for tax purposes. Everything else can be shredded.
Day 24: Guilty Pleasure //
Today, you have the opportunity to take an hour to enjoy a guilty pleasure. This can be anything from enjoying dessert before dinner, watching reality TV, etc.
Day 25: Crafts //
Do you have craft supplies for projects that you still haven’t gotten around to completing? Do you actually plan to complete the project or have you moved onto something else?
Only keep craft supplies you plan to use within the next two months. Everything else can be tossed or donated.
Day 26: Keepsakes //
Keepsakes are extremely hard to purge, because most people tie memories to items. It is important to remember the memory, but not attach it to things.
If there are things you no longer want, don’t be afraid to ask family members if they want it and suggest donating it if they don’t.
Day 27: Evaluate Priorities //
Make a list of everything important to you at this time. Arrange each item from most important to least. You may find some adjustments are needed.
Day 28: Phone Apps //
Do you have applications on your phone you don’t use? If so, it is time to uninstall them!
For the apps you cannot delete, group together so they don’t take up so much screen space. This will declutter your phone and declutter your mind when you use your phone.
Day 29: Contacts //
Are you like my husband, who still has contacts from 10 years ago? If so, you really need to declutter your contacts!
A cleaned contact list will save you time and distraction from thinking of the past. You are meant to live in the present, so let’s clean that contact list up a bit!
Day 30: Reflect on the Past 29 Days of Decluttering Your Home //
Take time today to think of where you started and how far you have come. Do you have more space? Is your space less cluttered?
Have you discovered things about yourself you didn’t know before this challenge? How did you enjoy the mindful exercises? Did you develop new habits?
Are you ready for this Miminalist Declutter Challenge??
If you have any questions, let me know! I want to encourage all of you to join me in this Minimalist Declutter Challenge in taking our minimalist journey to the next level.
Please comment below if you decide to participate and share with me which day you are most excited about!
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Be sure to check out my personal experience with this declutter challenge to gain inspiration and motivation as you go through it!