8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home

Is your home in need of some major decluttering? Can't seem to get ahead of the clutter? Here's a great technique to reduce clutter in the home in just eight weeks. Your clutter doesn't have to own you anymore, spend the next 40 days reclaiming your home!

Do you own your stuff or does your stuff own you?

Several years ago, my husband and I discovered that the clutter in our homes was eating away at our peace and enjoyment. It distracted us, made us grumpy, created extra work and messes, and just generally detracted from our lives.

During that season, we began to really tackle all the stuff in our home and view it with new eyes. We asked questions like:

  1. Do I truly find this beautiful or useful?
  2. How long has it been since I actually wore this shirt, used this pan, cared about this book? Will I even miss these things if they’re gone?
  3. What is this clutter costing me in terms of stress, cleaning, storage, maintenance, mental sanity? Is it adding to my life or taking something away?

At the time, we went through our things using this “8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home” plan that I created, mostly for myself. But I also shared it with my readers and in the years since, it’s become one of the most popular things on the blog!

We feel that, in our home at least, it’s a never-ending thing. You don’t declutter once and then poof! Magic! You’ll never need to do it again! (Don’t I wish?)

Instead, we need to keep up with it as time goes on. We slowly acquire new things, our children get bigger and enter different seasons of life, and our priorities change as a family. For us personally, we’re also getting ready to welcome baby #5 in just 6-7 weeks and it seems like the right and necessary thing for us to do, to regain more peace, space, and clarity now, so we can enter both the summer and this family transition

And so, we’re back in “less” mode, ready to declutter again.

With that, I thought it was high time I shared this post again, along with the FREE printable file that goes with it, so that you can also work through your home systematically and get rid of what you don’t really need. Keep reading to learn more about how the plan works, and then to download the file for yourself!

Happy decluttering! ~ Stephanie

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?

The goal:

To spend 30 minutes or less each day working on a specific area of the home

and

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.

Get your copy by clicking on the link below.

8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home PDF Guide

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.

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.

Is your home in need of some major decluttering? Can't seem to get ahead of the clutter? Here's a great technique to reduce clutter in the home in just eight weeks.

Is your home in need of some major decluttering? Do you have any specific goals you’d like to meet, financially or otherwise?

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About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. In 2012, our end walls in the basement started cracking, with the one beside the driveway buckling, dropping the main beam. Everything went under tarps! That year, I got rid of 3000 lbs of stuff, donating to different charities, recycling some and into the trash with some. The next year, while hubby was replacing the walls and painting, I started going through all our clothing (summer and winter) and donated 85 lbs of clothing out of my closet as I had lost 50 lbs of fat off me. In 2014 I went through all the cupboards, storage areas, linen closets, etc. We had 5 garage sales late summer/early fall. We also went though boxes of paper, including university books and notes. After shredding 12 big recycling bags, donating/selling books, we filled our recycling bin, and several of the neighbors’ bins as well.
    The whole point of this de-cluttering is we plan to move into a drastically smaller place in a much warmer climate. Now we must sell most of our furniture and the house. It feels like forever that we have done this and no extra space was showing. We realized that we had empty cardboard boxes in every nook and cranny that we no longer needed. One afternoon we broke down all boxes, filling our recycling bin, the neighbors bin and still had a pile in the garage. That is when we felt accomplished with empty closets shelves and cupboards.
    We still have a ways to go before the house goes up for sale, as hubby is completing the kitchen reno at the moment. Wish us luck! Sheila

  2. Loved this pdf, but noticed something in your “After the Sale” section: You mentioned that donating clothes that are stained or otherwise in poor shape wasn’t really useful, but it’s quite the opposite. Larger donating facilities actually derive income from selling past prime textiles to companies that recycle them. The Salvation Army in particular tries to keep as much clothing out of the landfill as possible. Recycled clothing and textiles can be used to make products including, carpet padding; mattresses and upholstery; wiping rags; insulation and sound-proofing material for automobiles and appliances; as well as rugs and blankets. So please do donate those stained and past prime pieces!

  3. MtMama says:

    Word of caution when doing this – I got rid of several “old” sets of books that ended up being worth several hundred dollars per set! Also some “old” bud vases. Check that the items you are tossing don’t have a retail value before you just send them to the Goodwill or put them in the trash!

  4. When it gets to the point when your stuff begins to own you, that’s when you know you have a problem. Can’t wait until I have the time to dig a deeper into the pdf to see what I can do to fix the problem I have going on. Thanks!

  5. In the middle of this now, and am LOVING it!!!! So great…first heard you on Tsh’s blog :)

  6. Just found this and wanted to say thanks for the pdf! Can’t wait to read it. I love stuff like this!

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