Are you participating in the 2013 in 2013 Declutter Challenge? How did you go over January with your decluttering efforts?
If you haven’t started yet, it’s never too late to join. Head over here to find the January checklist, as well as the Slow Your Home forums, where all kinds of fabulous folk are keeping track of the clutter leaving their homes. It’s inspiring to see what improvements people are making to their lives!
As for me, I joyfully simplified my way through the month and decluttered:
- Kids clothes x 63
- Maternity clothes x 47
- Craft items x 10
- Side table
- Christmas tree
- Toys x 36
- Storage boxes x 7
- Shelving unit
- Christmas decorations/decor x 12
- Books x 6
- Baby bowls/plates x 4
- Jewellery supplies x 500-plus (but I’m only counting it as one)
Give Away (to friends/family):
- Kids clothes x 45
- Toys x 15
- Jewellery x 31
- Broken toys x 31
- Misc. x 12
Progress to Date: 323 unwanted items are gone!
(And damn it feels good.)
February is the Month of…
February is the month of Bathrooms, Laundry and the Office/Study.
Which means that February is also the month of paperwork – a clutter trap in many homes that strikes fear in the heart of many.
You can dive straight in to the February checklist, which can be found right here. (Just click the link and the list will start downloading automatically.)
We will be decluttering the following areas over the next few weeks:
- Candles/Gift packs
- Bath toys
- Out-of-date lotions etc
- Cleaning supplies
- Mismatched socks, etc
- Clothes waiting for ‘repair’
- Storage – food, outdoor toys, rain gear, etc
- Filing cabinet
- Desk surface
- Computer desktop and hard-drive
- Email inboxes
- Old bills, paperwork, tax information, etc
- Papers requiring action
- Papers waiting to be filed
Again, the February Checklist can be found here, and it includes links to some helpful articles both here on Slow Your Home and other sites, that may make the projects easier to tackle.
Last year I put togther a huge guide to dealing with paper clutter around the home, and to this day it’s still one of the most searched-for topics on the blog. So if you need some guidance on how best to start, let alone finish such a big job, check out the three-part series right here.
How are you finding the Challenge so far? Any areas you are itching to get into? Let me know in the comments below…