We are entering into year 4 of our 30 day Declutter Challenge. Who has been around this blog for long enough to remember the first year? I am asked all the time about how to declutter your home, so this challenge will walk you through every room in your house and help you do just that!
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How to Declutter your Home
Especially after the holidays, we have all acquired more – but with things slowly creeping back to ‘normal’ I am sure I am not alone wanting to clean things up and get rid of so much of the extra stuff.
Last year my friend Jen and I did a declutter your home challenge called ‘6 bags for 6 weeks’. 6 weeks was a bit long and overwhelming for everyone involved, so we have reinvented the challenge!
This year, Jen and I will be leading a declutter your home in 30 day challenge. This blog post will serve as my hub post for information on the challenge, as well as a way to find all my additional resources.
I will walk you through this challenge as well as some general guidelines when it comes to decluttering your home.
A Bit About Me and My Organizing and Decluttering
Like I said above – this is year three for me walking through a declutter challenge with my readers and followers. As a mom of 4, one thing I have been very passionate about is finding ways to embrace my kids’ toys and passions in a way that doesn’t make my home feel like a cluttered mess.
Sometimes for me that means a DIY to allow for a functional and beautiful way to keep things accessbile. Sometimes it means a creative way to store things, and sometimes it just means knowing what to declutter and minimize to lessen the ‘stuff’.
This next month will be a combination of those skills and posts to help give you unique tips that hopefully change your mindset a bit when it comes to kids’ stuff.
30 Day Declutter Your Home Challenge
This 30 day Declutter Challenge will be run with my friend Jen – you can check out her declutter hub here. On that page you will find all of her blog posts and resources to help you as well.
The Important Details on How to Declutter your Home
Alright – so here is what you need to know and do for this challenge!
First things first – Grab your documents and officially sign up! You will get all of the documents immediately to declutter your home, but will also get weekly emails going forward with a packet of additional information, helpful posts, and my favorite products! As always – you can unsubscribe at any point.
When does it start? – This session we will be walking through the 30 day declutter challenge right along side you here on our blogs and Instagram starting Jan 2, 2023.
However, if you are reading this at any other time in the year – start when you are ready! Feel free to chat with me on Instagram (@arinsolange) if you need help or motivation!
What do you need? – The documents that you get to your email for free when you sign up, time, and motivation. Everything else is optional. We will walk you through products and techniques to help in the declutter process, while also helping you to organize what is left – but that doesn’t mean you have to do it the way we do – let us serve as inspiration for a strategy that works in your home with your family!
Prizes – I know that is highly motivating, right? We have done this differently over the years, but this year – I will be giving prizes out to those who participate. Simply tag us in Instagram posts/stories so we know you are joining in!
So How do You Declutter your Home?
Getting your house down to what you need, and ridding it of the clutter will make you feel so much better. I have worked with my followers on some ways I do this over the years, and I am always so excited to hear how much they love joining in.
Taking one space at a time, but really committing time to getting your house and life organized is the only way to do this process. We will be walking you through one space a day to make this feel more feasible and less daunting.
What is the Declutter Goal?
You will have 2 goals in this challenge:
- To check off every section of the 30 Day Declutter Your Home document.
- To rid your home of at least 30 bags of ‘stuff’ and track that on your document.
Where does everything go?
30 bags of stuff to get rid of can sound kind of daunting. But I can tell you that last year I decluttered more than 60. Some spaces of your home will not have much, but other areas will have bags and bags!
For me personally I considered a trash bag a ‘bag’. But don’t get caught up in the details. The goal is to just push yourself to let go of things you don’t need. You will have some choices on where those items go:
- keep – items that bring you joy, or you truly use in your life!
- donate/sell – if you are going to donate and live in St. Louis check out this post for some great places to donate.
- fix – but you have a time limit!
- throw away – One thing that you will find is we have lots of trash. I know it can feel daunting with the trash aspect because no one wants to just throw tons of stuff away, but trash is trash.
With selling or fixing there needs to be a time line of sorts, so one week after this challenge ends you need to have committed to having everything dropped off at a donation site, or picked up. If you haven’t fixed it or sold it at that time then it likely won’t happen and it’s probably time to part ways!
Why Do This Declutter Challenge?
There are probably other declutter challenges out there, but both Jen and I have loved doing this challenge with our readers and followers, and we think you will too.
We will be helping along the way with new blog and social posts that will help you find the best products, and walk you through the best tactics. Both Jen and myself have a strong passion for this – but we are also both so unique in our tactics.
Between the 2 of us we have 7 kids 10 and under. We recognize and know the difficulty of committing to something like this, but also know that if you do you will be so glad you did.
Along with blog posts, we both follow our progress on Instagram via posts and stories, so you will have plenty to follow along on there too. So just know that this is very much something we are doing with you!
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We will also have some guests jumping in with great skills and tips along the way, so our hope is to really truly help you kick this year off well and feel decluttered in your mind and home.
Declutter and Organization Posts
Below is a list of some amazing posts and resources I have already written to help you in this process. I will continue to add to this resource list as the challenge goes on.
Organizing your Kitchen with Kids stuff – free pantry basket labels in this post
Pantry and Fridge Organization
Best Closet Organization Items
DIY Wood Closet ( or linen closet) shelves
How to organize a bathroom with a pedestal sink
Toy Organizer Favorites and Playroom Organization
Maintaining your Organized and decluttered life
Where to donate Items in St. Louis
Save This Page and Post
In order to easily find this hub page full of all your resources on how to declutter your home be sure to bookmark this post, and pin the photo below. Like I said – we will continue to add to this post as the month goes on. Hopefully you love doing this 30 day declutter your home challenge and we can’t wait to get to know you all during this process on Instagram (@arinsolange) and Tik Tok.
Jamie thielJanuary 2, 2020 at 11:59 pm
If love to do this!!!
TaraJanuary 28, 2020 at 8:47 pm
Im so late to the party but I’m going to try and catch up.
Whitney AlleyJanuary 4, 2021 at 5:31 pm
I haven’t received my documents yet. How long does it usually take?
ArinJanuary 4, 2021 at 9:07 pm
Hi Whitney? did you get a welcome email? If not – check your spam. If you still don’t have one, shoot me an email at [email protected]
LeslieDecember 29, 2021 at 5:05 pm
I found you on Instagram and I cannot wait to do this challenge!
ArinDecember 30, 2021 at 10:04 am
So excited to have you!