"Every minute you spend looking through clutter, wondering where you put this or that, being unable to focus because you're not organized costs you: time you could have spent with family or friends, time you could have been productive around the house, time you could have been making money."
Oh, a heap of clutter pretty much sums up our home perfectly. We are a family of nine. That is huge in the time that we live in now. Nine people, three inside dogs, four inside/outside cats, and various fish tanks. Toys, clothes, books, dishes, and everything else. Finding things like a letter I am looking for gets shuffled into a pile, then another pile to be taken care of later. Later might be a long time away. Oooops!
A good family member of mine, Melissa got me hooked on a 30 day declutter challenge. I cannot remember where we ended up getting the idea from. The video below does explain how the decluttering of 1,000 items works. That is as simple as 35 items per day. Not that hard to do if you think about it.
After our first and second round of decluttering, everyone was asking how are you doing it? That was easy to answer. I am just sick of the clutter and there is so much stuff we have and don't use. On the first day I started in an easy room. For us that is the living room. There isn't a ton of items in there. Only takes a little bit of time to go through, straighten up, and then done for the day.
Things I asked myself for each item:
As I stated the two times this challenge has been started and finished we were quite successful. The only problem that I have is that more stuff comes into our home after other items have left. My bad! To fix this after this time around is if anything comes in a new outfit, book, toy, etc. something has to go out. That will help keep the simplified life we are trying to teach our children not to mention myself, too. Moments are measured by memories made not by what material items one person has in their life.
Would you like to start the declutter challenge? Get some family, friend, or coworkers involved. Add a lottery tree where everyone puts in $5.00 in tickets or the same thing but a restaurant gift certificate. Any type of reward would do. The person with the most items gone wins. It could even be broken down into how much was donated, trashed, or sold. The possibilities are endless. Whatever you decide, have fun with it. When you are done, you will feel a lot better. Blessed be!