Minimalist Declutter Challenge: 30 Days to Declutter Your Home

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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 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

  1. When was the last time I used/wore this item?
  2. Do I like this item or do I have something else I prefer?
  3. If I didn’t have this item, would I miss it?
  4. Would I purchase this item if I saw it in the store today?
  5. 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.

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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 anyway.

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: How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe; My Project 333 Experience 

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.

Related Post: 5 Reasons You Need a Social Media Detox & How to Successfully Unplug

[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.] 

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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.

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Day 23: Mail/Paperwork //

Only keep papers needed to pay your current bills and papers needed for tax purposes. Everything else can be shredded.

Related Post: How to Organize Paperwork in Your Home the Easy Way!

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 Minimalist Declutter Challenge??

If so, I’ve got a checklist to help you work your way through this challenge in the FREE Resource Library! It also includes a lot of other helpful resources like workbooks, ebooks, more checklists, and other things to help you declutter!


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Final thoughts

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!

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41 thoughts on “Minimalist Declutter Challenge: 30 Days to Declutter Your Home”

  1. This has been awesome!!!!! I initially started on the first of this month and was making good strides, then I got sick with a head cold and missed a few days. However, I’m a determined soul so, I rearranged the schedule and did some of the lighter activities on the days that I haven’t felt well. So far, so good. We’re hoping to move within the next couple of years and I’m determined to “travel light!” I am so glad that I found your challenge. It is definitely on time for my family! My kitchen hasn’t looked this good in YEARS!!!!! I plan on completing the challenge and then continue for 3 more cycles of the 30 days and focus on the 3 most cluttered rooms in my home. Thank you for this life-changing challenge!

    1. You have no idea how much your sweet words mean to me, Sharon! I am so so glad you are sticking with it, even with a cold. Moving is definitely a great motivation to rid your life of the excess. I cannot wait for you to update me saying that your entire home feels as good as your kitchen does! It really does change things when you focus on necessity and use of the things you own [of course, necessity can also mean things you believe to be beautiful and cherish]. šŸ™‚

  2. I like the idea of minimalism. I have been working at it (kind of) for the last year. I am in my 60’s so, it might be the era I was raised in. Parents of the depression and having 8 siblings. The family moto was “keep it, ya never know when you might need it.” So, it’s a real challenge for me but, I’m not giving up. One thing I’m trying to focus on is stopping the flow of what comes into the house. My husband is a collector too so, I am trying to enforce the rule a place for everything and everything in its place. If it doesn’t have a home he needs to find a place or re home it. I am going to do this challenge. If it goes well the first 30 days, I plan to just keep doing it every 30 days until I am where I want to be. Counter tops are a continual challenge. I usually feel like I’m preparing meals in a war zone. Thank- you for the inspiration of the challenge.

    1. I know exactly the situation, Patricia! Growing up was about the same for me. It took a while to transition out of that mindset, but, once I did, decluttering my home became so much easier! My husband was resistant at first. We boxed up a decent size box of clothes he was not ready to part with at the time. We kept it for almost a year before he looked in it again only to see that he would not wear 70% of what was in the box. Patience and persistence are key to getting others in your home on board. I cannot wait to hear how this challenge works out for you! It really changed my life, and I hope it does the same for you!

  3. I am a longing to be minimalist….just starting. This is going to take me awhile….sigh. I am dealing with pictures right now. I am sectioning them all so that I can first attack the bigger items. The problem is finding a place for things. And books….too many self help books that I have kept for so long meaning to read them and keep keeping them because I know they would be good. Self help notes from the boundaries coarse I took and all the others. Sorry but my list is too long. Do you have any tips about getting rid of books and notes etc? I guess its a matter of what I think I want to read??? Sometimes I go into my spare room and walk out in tears because there is so much to deal with. Being tired from work doesn’t help. I could try this challenge but I want to print it out. Is there a printer friendly version so I can check off what I have done…..and accomplished? Thank you for sharing your tips and advice.

    1. Tracy, I understand the difficulty in decluttering, especially with books. My advice to declutter books specifically is to read the synopsis. If it sounds like the next book you want to pick up, it is a keeper. If it does not interest you, time to donate or sell it. I used to have a decent book collection, and now I am down to one bookshelf that I cannot fill completely. Each time I look at my books, it now sparks joy! Before, it was a burden.. With notes, ask yourself when was the last time they were of value to you. I used to keep notes from conferences, but I found that if I was not actively applying them after the conference, I was never going to use them. I am not sure what all is in your spare room, but there are two ways you can start with it. 1. If you already have something in mind you want to declutter, start there. You will create motivation to continue. 2. If you do not have anything in mind, start with the pile closest to the door and work your way through one step at a time. I have done it both ways, and to be honest, I did my best work when I was just fed up with everything and wanted to toss it all. Being in one of them moods works best for me, because I am determined to make a big dent. I am not sure if you are that way, but if you are, give it a try! I did not create a printer friendly version of this, but you may be able to print off the existing picture… I am happy to help in any way that I can, so if you ever need any help feel free to contact me! šŸ™‚

    2. Books are my kryptonite too. I have a 6 shelf book case. And decided to keep only what would fit in this. I ended up with 2 1/2 boxes that I couldn’t part with so I decided to take one book at a time and read it to to determine if it’s worthy of my book shelf. Actually the first book, lost my interest halfway through and took me forever to finish. It’s gone. We have a half price book store that will give you 5 or 10 dollars a box for books. I had a problem of what to do with the discards. I also am using our local library. If the book can be gotten from the library, it’s gone. I have a kindle reader. If I can get it on my reader, it’s gone. Hope this helps.

      1. That is great advice, Particia! Thank you for sharing that! I have decluttered my books over the course of a year, but it was definitely not easy! I love the idea of switching physical books for ebooks/kindle books.

  4. I came across your blog from something I saw on Pinterest and I wanted to stop back by and say you have inspired me! I cleaned out our 2 junk drawers and threw out a lot of junk, put a lot of things back in their proper place and even added to our box of items to donate! Thank you for sharing your journey with us šŸ™‚

    1. Oh YAY! Thank you so much for letting me know, Christy! This is one of the main reasons I blog, so it means the world for you to take the time to comment and tell me of your experience! I hope you enjoy this challenge, should you decide to give it a shot!

  5. This is an awesome challenge! I so need to declutter my home more šŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up to the Weekend Wind Down Link Party!

  6. PINNED! I’m so ready to try this. The only line that made me stop was the “makeup” one. Most of mine is in good condition (powders last a lot longer than you think) but I did “toss out” a LOT of lippies the other day. Makeup is definitely were I hoard (I have a whole shelving unit for it). . . But I’m willing to try the rest! Thanks for the great “challenge”!

    1. I used to be the same way with makeup, but after moving several times, the collection slowly started shrinking. I also realized I use the same products repeatedly. I was tired of holding onto the “just in case” items, so I purged them! Good luck with the challenge and let me know how it goes for you!

  7. This was a perfect post for me to read today! I need to declutter so bad. I just moved into a new house not too long ago and I told myself I would declutter in the unpacking process – but of course that never happened! It’s time to get rid of the junk and for everything to find a “home” and not just lay around in random places šŸ™‚

    1. I know the feeling! I did that the previous time we moved, but this time I had a place to store things so I could take my time unpacking! It was so worth the wait. About 85% has left for good! I still have a few boxes to finish unpacking and then I am going to post some pictures of what I am letting go of, to show how possible it is to live without the unnecessary. I promise it will blow your mind!

  8. This is great! I have been meaning to get a jump ok my spring cleaning, but struggling on where to begin; thanks for a super helpful plan!

  9. LOVE!!! I’m pretty good about decluttering or throwing things away as I realize I don’t need or use them, but there’s always room for improvement! One of the things I do to help that is every time I buy some new clothes, I find something else to donate. Or every time I pick a shirt out of my drawers and don’t remember the last time I wore it or wanted to wear it, it goes in a pile to donate. When time comes to donate, if I haven’t gone looking to wear that shirt, then away it goes!

    1. I love your ideas of choosing what stays and goes. It is nice to only own things you love and use/wear. All of the things I have chosen to let go of are being stored until I completely finish the process, and I have not went looking for a single item. It’s amazing how you can be torn on whether or not it goes, but if you make the right choice, you never regret it.

  10. Our counter tops are so cluttered! Mostly my husbands stuff from his pockets…wallet, pocket knife, keys, etc. I always move them and somehow they always end up right back there the next day.

    1. My countertops used to be the same way! I found that using a small basket as a catch all helps quite a bit! This way it keeps it centralized. For us, leaving things on the counter became a habit we couldn’t seem to break, so this was our compromise.

  11. This is a great idea. I know I could benefit from getting rid of a lot of stuff. I may give this challenge a try. Meditation is great! I highly recommend it.

    1. That’s awesome to hear! Thank you so much! I tried meditation, but it didn’t work out so well. I may have been too comfortable šŸ˜‰ However, I have been wanting to give it a second try.

    1. Thank you so much, Emily! I need to share some of my before pictures, so you can see how much I have decided to live without! It’s taken me a long time to get to where I am, but if I can do it, anyone can! I hope you will participate with me!

  12. Breanna Catharina

    Great post! I clean out my space religiously, but there are some items you listed that I might add to my rotation. Thanks! XOXO

    1. Glad I could help! I go through my belongings on a pretty regular basis, I’m hoping this challenge will allow a little longer between declutterings. Do you mind sharing which items you might add to your rotation?

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