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Our families clutter piles got pretty bad in 2014. I didn’t do my normal Christmas cleaning, which really helps, and I also didn’t join various bloggers in decluttering series all year long either.
When I was recently reading Ruth Soukup’s new book “Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets Of The Good Life” her chapter on simplifying her possessions convinced me that it really is time I gave the house a top to bottom decluttering.
Now I know most books say clear a few days, and get the whole house done. But, in my current stage of life, finding a few days to do nothing but declutter is next to impossible.
So instead I decided to break up my home into 52 areas one for each week of 2015 .
I am also making a few rules.
Rules for 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home
- I can work ahead if time allows, but not to the point where I let other priorities of my life slide.
- I cannot fall behind more than 2 weeks at any given time. If I do I have to catch up right away
- I will not save anything for reselling that has a reselling value of under $20. All items below that price point go straight to a locally run thrift store that uses the proceeds they earn to run their soup kitchen.
- I am setting up an area in the basement for resale items. I plan to date items with a sticky note when I place them in these boxes. I will go through them at the end of each month and any item that have been in them for longer than 4 weeks must be sold that very day, or it is off to the thrift store they go. No exceptions no matter what the value of the item.
- I am approaching the decluttering like I am moving, if I wouldn’t want to take the effort to pack, move and unpack the item,out it goes.
- I am going to be realistic about what I can do at this stage of life and not save things for the “hopeful” next. As in “when the kids have graduated and I no longer need to devote hours to homeschooling, I can sew and then I will want all these yards of fabric”.
I plan to use you my readers to hold me accountable and to humble me. By showing you my mess I hope that I won’t let things slide this bad again. I am also hoping some of you will join me so we can support each other.
Every Tuesday I will write a short 52 Weeks To Simplify Your Home, with a before and after post of my decluttering area that week, as well as tips I am learning that are helping me to simplify my home, and links to helpful resources on the topic of decluttering, organization, house cleaning, and simplifying your home.
Here is my list of 52 areas in my home that I will be decluttering . These 52 areas cover my entire home except for the basement and our shed. Those are my husband’s domain, and hopefully seeing me declutter will inspire him to do the same.
I divided up each room into areas. My plan is to work one room until it is 100% done and then move on to another room. I don’t plan to follow the areas in the order listed here, but pick and choose as I go to satisfy my creative spirit a bit.
1. White bookcase
2. Brown bookcase
3. Black cabinet
4. Basket table
5. Shoe containers
6. All table tops
8. China Cabinet 1
9. China Cabinet 2
10. Baskets under folding table
11. Top of folding table
12. Dresser top
13. Black side board
14. Bay window
16. 1 side of white cabinet
17. other side of white cabinet
18. TV cabinet one side
19. TV cabinet other side
20 Side tables
22. Baskets on floor.
23. Upper cupboards
24. Lower cupboards
25. Cupboards on fridge wall.
Boot Room Area
26. Coat rack
27. Boot bins, and bin on floor
28. Counter top area
29. Upper cabinets
30. Top of stair area
31. Storage area on the way down the stairs to the basement
Upstairs storage closet
32. Black side shelves
33. Upper 1/2 of wire shelves
34. Lower 1/2 of wire shelves
35. floor area and peg wall.
36. Under sink cabinets and counter
37. Tall cabinets
38. Tall cabinet
39. Counter and under sink cabinet
40. All shelves
Study area and hallway
43. My bedside table
44. Hubby’s bedside table
45. Under bed
46. Wall down Jack’s side of the bed
47. Wall down my side of the bed
48 End of bed area
49. Half of closet
50. Other half of closet
51. Longest wing
52. Shortest wing & wing lined with shelves.
I would love to think that perhaps I am not the only one out there with a home that has become more cluttered than it should be. I would also love to think that I am not the only one that can’t declutter it all in a weekend or even a week.
If you too have too much clutter, and your daily life doesn’t allow you to tackle it all in a short amount of time, I would love to have you join me in my 52 weeks to a simplified home challenge.
Grab a notebook, pen and a cup of coffee. Spend a few minutes going from room to room looking for clutter and giving each clutter hotspot its own week. Keep the spots small so that they are doable in a small time frame each and every week.
Make your own list of rules. Keeping a few things in mind. Will you donate items or sell them? If donating them when and where? How high will you let the donation pile build before you donate it?
Make sure if you are thinking of selling things, that you have a plan of how to sell them before you begin, and set yourself a deadline to sell them. Life just might be too busy to both declutter and sell, and if it is, isn’t a decluttered home worth the money you might lose when you donate the item instead of selling it.
Don’t forget to also think of those you might be helping by donating items. Find a locally owned thrift store that donates funds to causes you agree with. This really helps me feel okay with donating over selling when I know we could put the money made by reselling to good use if I just had the time, but in my current stage of life I often don’t have the time.
Once your list is made make sure to do one more thing and join the Snail Pacing Goal Achievers Facebook group, where you can share your progress see how others are doing, and get encouragement and tips.
I made it even simpler for everyone to join by making a free printable for those of you who would rather fill in the blanks and follow my preset rules than make up your own. Download it here.
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Lets get on with it. Lets toss the clutter and embrace the awesome feeling of a simplified home.