The 90/52 decluttering challenge involves decluttering for 90 minutes every week for one year. Today I am showing you what I got decluttered during month six of this challenge.
Month 6 Of the 90/52 Decluttering Challenge: This Is Not Working
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Why The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge Is Not Working For Me
I keep forgetting to set a timer
When I thought up this challenge late last year, I wanted to see what would happen if I followed the advice of other decluttering gurus.
Why 90 minutes? You have probably heard decluttering gurus say 15 minutes a day devoted to decluttering will keep your home under control and that is true. But let’s face it–some days fitting in 15 minutes of one more thing isn’t possible. That is why I want you to concentrate on 90 minutes each week.
However, I have a habit of just digging into decluttering without even looking at the time, let alone setting a timer. This leads to a space decluttered and no idea of how long I was working at it.
I keep forgetting to take before and after photos
This year seems more filled with activity than when I did the original 52 weeks decluttering challenge. I keep decluttering whenever I have a minute here or there, instead of setting aside a specific time to declutter. This means I am rushing to declutter as much as I can in tiny pockets of time–which isn’t conducive to remembering to pause to take photos.
I am not working on one room until it is done
Initially, I said I was going to do this…
But honestly, most rooms don’t need a top to bottom declutter, thanks to our family finally slowing the inflow of stuff into our home significantly over the years.
What I Am Doing Instead
I fill tiny moments with decluttering
Being a mom, wife, landlord, friend, homemaker, blogger of not one but two blogs, reseller, and battling a few minor health issues keeps my days packed. I thought I could find a 90-minute window of time to declutter each weekend, but that just isn’t proving to be true.
What I do have is 5 minutes while I am waiting on my daughter to grab the things she needs to get out the door to work or school (she still needs me to drive her places). I have 10 minutes while the pasta is cooking. I have 2 or 3 minutes while I am waiting for the kettle to boil to make tea.
I have kept a box readily available to put donation items in
I made this a habit during this challenge a few years back. Our home always has a donation box that is kept in a high traffic area so it can remind us that we need to put items we don’t need in it–and we do. So far, seven boxes have gone to the thrift store. That is just over one box a month and these boxes are not small!
Thank goodness for Amazon Prime, it gives me a steady supply of empty boxes to use for donations!
I am reselling items with some regularity
Every month of this challenge so far, I have sold at least one thing. During February, March, and April, I spent at least one to two hours each week listing items on eBay. I have slowed down now that it is summer because I want to be out enjoying the good weather while it lasts.
Despite the last two slow months, I have pocketed $635 from selling items we no longer use. I am hoping this amount will be over $1,000 by year’s end.
I think reselling counts as time spent decluttering as I am getting rid of items that are clutter to us. However, it takes significantly longer to list and sell clutter than it does to throw it in a box and donate it. I enjoy reselling and we use the money from it to fund our date days. If it weren’t for these two things, I would probably spend my time actively decluttering and give up on reselling.
When someone speaks a need and I know I have that item laying around–I give it to them
This year I am keeping my eyes and ears open for needs I can fill with our clutter. So far, I have helped kids go on a mission trip with my abundance of finished crafts that were sitting in a cupboard. I have helped a tornado victim pack up her belongings by giving her every last large empty plastic tote I had in my attic. These are just two examples, but there have been more and I am hoping there will be many more to come.
I am focusing on hot spots on my home when I do have an extended amount of time to devote to decluttering
As I said before, thanks to my original 52 week decluttering program and my family’s commitment to bring less stuff home, our rooms are no longer full of clutter. That isn’t to say we don’t have clutter; we just don’t have rooms full of it. What we have instead are what I would call “clutter hot spots”.
There is the study cubby off the hallway, the cabinet under the downstairs sink, the big storage closet off the kitchen. These are the places I need to concentrate on whenever a chunk of time to declutter becomes available. When I have small moments as I described above, I hit the never-ending hot spots like the table where I have everyone dump papers that need my attention or the kitchen counters.
So What Is Going To Happen To The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge?
I am not giving up on 90/52. I have always said that the best decluttering plan is the one that works best for you. Turns out timing my decluttering doesn’t work so well for me. But it might work for you and if it does, that is excellent.
It is essential to always be willing to try new methods of decluttering as you never know until you try if a particular style of decluttering is going to be the one that leads to that organized home you have always dreamed of.
I am going to continue doing monthly 90/52 decluttering challenge updates. In the updates I will direct you to the original way I set out the challenge, and then I will tell you what I decluttered that month and what clutter I sold.
I am going to figure out how to trigger my brain to remember to take photos more often throughout the month because I know they lead to more interesting decluttering blog posts. And I am going to continue to encourage you to jump in and start decluttering or if you already have, to keep decluttering not just until your house is decluttered, but regularly for the rest of your life so you never have to deal with mounds and mounds of clutter again.
It isn’t too late to join the challenge. Join us in the Snail Pace Decluttering Facebook group and be supported in your decluttering journey.
More Of The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge
- The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge: All The Details You Need To Join In (it is never too late to join)
- The Resell It Challenge: Generating Income From Clutter
- Month One Of The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge: The Master Bedroom & Paperwork
- Month Two Of The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge: The Attic
- Month Three Of The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge: The Storage Cupboard
- Month 4 Of The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge: The Dreaded Paper Avalanche
- Month 5 Of The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge: The Children’s Bedrooms
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