The Room A Month Extreme Decluttering Challenge

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Are you ready to get serious about breaking up with your clutter piles for good? I know I am and I have hatched a plan that I think will help me and you both.

Now this is really going to help you toss that clutter!

 

The Room A Month Extreme Decluttering Challenge

If you are a regular reader here at Snail Pace Transformations you know that currently I am on a 22 week RV trip with my family. This RV trip has given me lots of time to think about what I really want my home to look like–and I want it to look a whole lot less cluttered than it does now.

The trip has also given me the opportunity to live with significantly fewer possessions for just over 5 months–and I don’t miss more than a handful of the items we left at home. I miss my couch, my bigger kitchen counters and oven, my toilet and shower and a real bedroom door (our RV just has curtains). Those are pretty basic things. Not one of them could be considered clutter.  There are a few other things I miss from time to time, like my bread machine, and during colder parts of the trip my warmer winter coat. Still my list of things I miss is significantly shorter than the list of things I left behind.

Yet I still can’t bring myself to just call a friend and say, “Hey, can you empty my house before I come home?” That seems just a bit too radical so here is what I plan to do instead.

I am going to box up one room each month and what items don’t come out of those boxes by the end of the month are either going to be sold or donated.

How The Room A Month Extreme Decluttering Challenge Works

Week One

Box up all items of the room for that month except for the basic needed furniture of the room. I am talking bare bones furniture. For example, if you are doing your living room then leave just the couch and TV and perhaps an end table or two.

Finding an area to store the items might be tough. I suggest thinking about where a week or so before you start this challenge and then use that time to make room in that area of your home to store things. Perhaps you have a guest bedroom? Room in the basement? A storage shed? A garage? Wherever you choose try your best to make sure it is some place out of sight so you don’t feel like you are living in chaos for months and so that you are not tempted to take things out of the boxes every time you pass them.

Week Two

Do nothing! Simply let the stuff sit in the box, bringing out only those things you truly need or miss. Example, perhaps you really do need that table lamp to read by at night, or perhaps you really miss seeing those cute pictures of your kids. Dig out those types of things, but nothing else.

Week Three

Repeat what you did week two.

Week Four

After two weeks of doing nothing now comes the bigger task. Go to the boxes you stashed and divide the piles up between those items you want to sell and those items you want to donate. You haven’t seen any of these items for almost a month now so your attachment to them should be significantly less than what it once was.

The hard part is going to be not getting reattached to those items. Here is what I plan to do to limit that and I suggest you do it too. Purchase a good sized tote like this one and make it your keep box–or you can use one you already own. You can keep only what fits in that box (you can decided if the lid has to shut or not) the rest has to be sold or donated.

Remember: you lived without those items for a full month now. How badly can you really need something you haven’t used in a month?

Repeat this one month challenge room by room until each and every room in your home is done.

Drastically reduce your household clutter with this extreme decluttering challenge!

 A Few More Rules To Keep You Honest & Successful

In order for this challenge to work you have to be truly honest with yourself and set rules that will keep yourself in check.

Reselling Rules

After the first month of the challenge is done you should find yourself with items to sell. What I want you to do with those items is place a date  on the outside of the box that is four weeks from the day that you decided you would sell them. So if April 1st was the day you did your sorting then write May 1st on the outside of the box.

Now sell, sell, sell and if items are left in that box after the date passes then it is time to donate, donate, donate.

Let’s face it, we all have good intentions about reselling our items, but often those items just become neglected, gather dust and clutter up our homes. We want a 100% decluttered home when we are done so the sell pile at the end of each month must go.

Need some help with reselling items? Check out my Reselling Tips page where I share everything I have learned about reselling items.

Can’t decide whether to resell an item or donate it? Check out this post that offers guidelines to follow that will help you answer that exact question.

Donation Rules

If you would rather donate items than sell them, that is 100% okay. However, you still need to give yourself a few rules so that you do have a clutter free home at the end of this challenge.

Here is the most important rule to follow when donating items: get the items for donation out of your home as fast as possible. I suggest putting the donation boxes into your car the day you pack them and then head straight to the thrift store when you are done. The longer donation boxes sit in the home the more temptation there is to grab something out of them. Plus, a stack of boxes in the corner becomes clutter really fast and again–the aim of this challenge is a clutter free home.

Drastically reduce your household clutter with this extreme decluttering challenge!

How To Stick To The Room A Month Extreme Decluttering Challenge

In order for this decluttering challenge to work you need to stick to it for as many months as you have rooms and if you have a garage, garden shed, or attic you need to add a few more months to the challenge.

Decide ahead of time what will help you stick to the challenge. Do you need accountability? Join my Snail Pace Decluttering Facebook group. Do you thrive on rewards? Then decide what you can give yourself each time you finish a room. It could be something simple like allowing yourself the time to just sit and enjoy the newly clutter free room for an afternoon without feeling guilty about sitting that long or it could be something bigger like a weekend away once every room in the house is completed.

Drastically reduce your household clutter with this extreme decluttering challenge!

When I Plan To Begin My Own Room A Month Decluttering Challenge

I plan on getting started with my own Room A Month Decluttering Challenge in July. I will blog about my progress on Mondays here on Snail Pace Transformations and would love to have you join me.

Who is in? Tell me your start date in the comments below. Together we can transform our homes!

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25+ Decluttering Posts To Help You Say Goodbye To Clutter Forever!

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If you are having a problem with clutter, chances are I have written a post that will help you. In fact, over my many years of blogging I have written over 25 posts that will help you say goodbye to clutter forever.

No matter what your clutter problem, is chances are this list of over 25 posts on decluttering will help you say goodbye to clutter forever.

 

Today I thought I would help you out with your decluttering needs by listing all my decluttering posts in one place.

And if you need more help than a blog post can provide–join my Snail Pace Clutter Removers facebook group where you will find a group of people who can offer you support on your journey to tossing clutter for good!

25+ Decluttering Posts To Help You Say Goodbye To Clutter Forever!

A Super Simple, Yet Highly Effective Way to Eliminate Clutter | Snail Pace Transformations

A Super Simple Yet Highly Effective Way To Eliminate Clutter

How to Stay Motivated and Kick Your Clutter to the Curb for Good! | Snail Pace Transformations

How To Stay Motivated And Kick Your Clutter To The Curb For Good!

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How To Stop Being Embarrassed By Household Clutter

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How To Start Decluttering When You Feel Overwhelmed

The BIG Decluttering question: Resell it or Toss it? A How to Decide Guide | Snail Pace Transformations

The BIG Decluttering Question: Resell It Or Toss It? A How To Decide Guide

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The Financial Cost Of “Someday” Stockpiling

Having Trouble Decluttering? Swap Questions And See Results! | Snail Pace Transformations

Having Trouble Decluttering? Swap Questions And See Results!

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4 Essential Items For  Efficient Decluttering

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3 Great Books On Decluttering

If you would like even more in depth help with your clutter problems here is a list some of the best books on decluttering that I have read to date.

1. Clutter’s Last Stand: It’s Time To De-junk Your Life!

2. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

3. 31 Days To A Clutter Free Life: One Month to Clear Your Home, Mind & Schedule

(Please note: Although I like the advice in this last book I do believe that it will take more than 31 days to clear most homes of clutter)

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A Super Simple Yet Highly Effective Way To Eliminate Clutter

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If you have been trying for years to find a decluttering method, you can stick to this super simple yet highly effective decluttering method I am sharing with you today. It just might be the simple plan that will help you kick that clutter for good.

A super simple way to get rid of clutter for good! Decluttering made easy.

A Super Simple Yet Highly Effective Way To Eliminate Clutter

It is so simple the plan can be explained in a single sentence

Pick a number of items to toss each day and then stick to that number each and every day.

I did this for a month with Crystal of Money Saving Mom when she held a Clutter Busting Challenge one year. Essentially the challenge was to get rid of 7 items each and every day for an entire month. It made a huge difference in the clutter level in my home and was such a simple goal to stick to.

Currently there is a member of my Snail Pacing Clutter Removers Facebook group who is getting rid of 10 items a day. Her plan is to continue doing this until she can’t seem to find another item to toss. Then she plans to go back and organize what is left.

Why it works

For me I think picking a number of items worked so well because the number was small and therefore I could fit the task into even the busiest of days. Plus, if I did get a day behind I could easily do that math in my head and get back on track the next day. (7 +7=14)

If you really needed to you could hang a blank calendar on your fridge and put a big X on the days that you manage to toss your chosen number of items. Many people find this to be super effective for making a new goal a habit for life.

Remember: pick a number that works for you

You know just how bad your clutter problem is and therefore how easy it will be for you to toss a certain number of items each day. You also know your schedule and how much time you truly have each day to search for items to toss. Remember being clutter free is for you. This goal is for your benefit and no one else so make it all about you. Don’t fall into the comparison trap thinking, “Well, so-and-so is tossing 20 items so I’d better at least toss that much.”

No way! If your schedule is cram packed right now and just tossing one item a day seems right, then go for an item a day. That is 365 items a year gone from your home and that can make a big difference. That is the power of Snail Pacing.

When it gets hard to toss the number you set–reevaluate

Unless you did set your goal at one item a day, eventually using this plan you are going to have to begin to really dig for items and that could mean spending way more time looking for an item to toss than you did when you started.

When this starts to happen to you it is not time to stop, but time to reduce your daily items tossed goal.

Why not stop? In our modern world we are always bringing new items into our home. Attacking clutter must be a lifetime exercise if we want our homes to stay clutter free for good.

So what is your number? Share it with me in the comments below.

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