This fall, my husband and I began to go through our possessions, attempting to really clear out the unnecessary items as much as possible. We got rid of almost 2 van loads of stuff, which is hard to believe.
Even harder to believe is the fact that we don't miss any of it. At all. Instead, we found that we enjoy being in our home more, and we spend less time cleaning and maintaining things. Having less proved to be a very, very good thing.
So good, in fact, that we're not finished yet. This summer we'll be going through our home in a detailed, step-by-step decluttering process.
Over the course of 8 weeks, or 40 days (not including weekends), we want to purposefully assess each area of our house and our possessions, and pare down to what we truly need, use and love. Everything else? It will be sold at a garage sale, donated to others, or taken to the dump as a last resort.
Are you eager to free yourself from the demands of your material possessions, so that you can fully enjoy and engage in the parts of your life that are most important? Relationships with family and friends, time spent with the Lord, serving and giving to others, opening your home for hospitality, having time for creativity, for rest, and for purposefully pursuing the things you are most passionate about.
When we free ourselves from "stuff", we have so much more to give to the things that really matter.
Will you join me in 40 days of decluttering our homes?
To spend 30 minutes or less each day working on a specific area of the home
To find 10 items to get rid of each day
At the end of 40 days, we can expect to be released from 400 things that we don't need… can you imagine the effect that this will have on your home and life?!
I do realize, though, that it's summer. We want to be outdoors, enjoying time spent with loved ones, soaking up some sun, and having a whole lot of fun making memories. I don't want to spend days or weeks cooped up in my house as I sort through what we own.
That's why I created a plan to work through your house very systematically, but in 30 minutes or less per day. There might be the odd task that is a more daunting one for you and it will require more time. On the other hand, some of these tasks will be a piece of cake for you, and could be finished in 10 minutes flat. On average, most tasks shouldn't take more than 30 minutes, and the areas that I think will require extra time have been broken down into bite-sized or multi-day tasks.
Are you ready to join me?
To guide you through the process, I've created a PDF file, sort of a mini-ebook (8 pages) with some thoughts on decluttering and getting started, tips on working through the process, and then a step-by-step 40 Day Plan.
Download your copy by clicking on the link below.
I made this plan detailed and specific because that's how I work best. If someone just tells me to take a week to declutter my house and go through it room by room, I'll get lost and overwhelmed.
This 40 day plan was created by mentally walking through each and every part of my home. For example, the kitchen is broken down into bite-sized pieces over the course of 7 days (with individual tasks like drawers one day, kitchen linens another, and cookbooks/recipes on another). Clothing is split up into individual closets, dressers, and even a specific day for shoes. I included the random areas, like the medicine/supplement cabinet and first aid kit, videos/DVDs/CDs, and holiday supplies and decorations.
Every day, you'll know exactly what to work on. It's all spelled out, and organized into manageable tasks, to keep it from being overwhelming.
How you can follow along:
Since it is summer, and I'm actually taking some time off from writing actively for about half the summer, I opted not to make this a blog challenge or to use a link-up.
Instead, I'll be working through the 8 week plan myself and tracking my own progress on the "8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home" Facebook page. I'll go ahead and begin this coming Monday, July 2nd.
(Note that this Facebook challenge is now finished.)
Please go ahead and "like" the page to follow along. I'll be sharing my own photos as I work through each of the 40 days, and I would love to have you join me by sharing your own progress!
You can also share on Twitter, using Instagram photos or just regular tweets, with hashtag #8weekdeclutter.
It's important to mention that you don't have to follow along perfectly, day by day. If you start a week after I do, or even want to get going before me, that's fine. The point of following along with Facebook or Twitter isn't that you'll necessarily be on the exact same step as me or anyone else, but rather than we'll all keep encouraging each other as we press on!
This is going to be so good
Honestly, I'm excited to begin. Our household purge last fall was such a positive thing and I am eager to remove more and more of the clutter from our home.
I've also set some goals for what I want to use the garage sale money more... even more motivation!
I hope that many of you will join me on this challenge and experience along with me the increased freedom and peace that comes from taking control of your belongings, instead of letting them control you. You will be happily surprised by how much more less really is.