If you’ve been putting off a clutter clear-out, consider this decluttering challenge.
Even though we know how to declutter, our procrastination tendencies kick in when it’s time to get started. We think, “today is the day to start decluttering” and our friend, procrastination steps in and offers the following …
- “There is so much to do.”
- “Where should we start?”
- “Is that really the best place to start?”
- “What’s on Netflix?”
- “Did you exercise today?”
- “This is going to take forever.”
- “Come on, it’s your day off. Do you really want to spend it decluttering?”
- “There will be plenty of time tomorrow to get started.”
The secret to combating procrastination is to build momentum. It also helps to trick procrastination into having fun. Instead of making your decluttering project a big chore, turn it into a challenge. Bonus: a challenge may interest decluttering resistant family members too.
Procrastination will fight our intention to spend a full day decluttering, but 10 minutes? We can do anything for 10 minutes. Choose a space, set a timer for 10 minutes and put 10 items from each space in a box or bag. By the time you finish, procrastination won’t know what hit him. Use the momentum you create by tackling another space, or going for 10 more items in the space you are in.
You may not need to declutter all 10 of these spaces so choose the ones that resonate with you and add on spaces as needed. Craft this decluttering challenge to fit your lifestyle.
Decluttering Challenge: 10 Spaces, 10 Minutes, 100 Items
Dump the contents from your daily bag. Only add the items you use back in. Let go of the rest.
Get rid of old cosmetics (see this for expiry guidelines), expired prescriptions and OTC meds (here’s how to dispose of them). Take a sweep through each drawer and cabinet. If there are unopened items (toothpaste, shampoo, soap) or similar items that you know you will never use, donate to a local homeless shelter.
3. Hall Closet or Storage Area
I’ve never seen the inside of your hall closet, but I can almost guarantee there are things in there you don’t need, don’t want and don’t even remember you have.
If there are other things you never use, let it go and make space. Donate unexpired, unopened items to your local food bank. Or, challenge yourself to use everything in your pantry before buying anything new.
Make the space near where you sleep simple and peaceful.
6. Outdoor space
Tackle balconies, porches, front yards and backyards. Even when it’s outside, clutter is clutter.
From the glove box to the trunk, do a sweep of your car. You’ll probably eliminate that annoying rattling noise in the process too.
If your inbox has become a 2 year to-do list, start deleting for 10 minutes at a time. If it’s a lost cause, consider email bankruptcy (select.all.delete.).
What’s swirling around up there? Write down 10 things that are on your mind, weighing you down, and preventing you from thinking clearly. The simple process of moving your worries from brain to paper will help you figure out the next step.
Are there things on your desk, in drawers or hiding in a filing cabinet that you can easily let go of? Let go of the things in your office that don’t contribute to you doing good work.
Now that you’ve let procrastination know that you are doing it anyway, consider these other decluttering challenges and resources to continue to build decluttering momentum.
- The Big Simplicity Episode from the Soul & Wit Podcast
- Decluttering Burst: Let go of 100 items in less than an hour
- Let go of these 52 things from your life.
- Mins Game
- Minimalist fashion challenge Project 333