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 one of this challenge.
Month One Of The 90/52 Decluttering Challenge: Paperwork And The Master Bedroom
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Week One: Paperwork And Shoe Bins
So I know my original plan said I was going to tackle the master bedroom for the entire month of January, but as I said it is a loose plan. With it being the beginning of the new year I was itching to get the printables I use for daily life under control as well as make a book to track my goals for the year.
Although I showed the members of my decluttering Facebook group the before of this drawer that holds my printables in a Facebook live video, I forgot to snap a picture so you are just going to have to believe me when I say it was BAD. Each time I wanted to make a copy of a printable for work it took me several minutes to find it.
I dislike wasting precious minutes of my day looking for items so I made this drawer top priority for the first week of the 90/52 challenge. I found a binder that wasn’t being used and filled it with sheet protectors and then slid the printables inside so now when I need one, all I have to do is quickly flip through the binder. It now takes seconds to find the one I want instead of minutes.
With my printables under control, I went on to printing out my goals for the year and then making some basic printables to track them.
I then created a goal tracking folder using one of these plastic three-prong folders with pockets.
With that done I felt ready to attack the new year and my new goals.
While my set of goal tracking printables was printing I spent some time going through our shoe bins.
I ended up tossing two bags of worn out shoes in the garbage.
I also placed one pair of barely worn shoes in the box for the thrift store. It has become a goal of mine to send at least one box of in items in great shape that we don’t need to the thrift store each month.
If you can’t imagine finding 90 minutes a week to declutter, this goal might be more doable for you.
I am doing both this year. This is the third year I have done this so it is more of a habit now than a goal. As I go about my day at home and see items I know we are not using I take the few seconds to grab it and toss it in the thrift store box.
By mid-January, this box was already full with a mixture of clothing and kitchen items.
And I am currently working on filling this box. Thanks to Amazon Prime and Boxed.com orders I am never without a box to fill. I keep a small stash in our attic so there are always at least three medium-sized empty boxes available–just in case I go on a decluttering rampage and end up filling three in one day. And yes, that has happened.
Week Two: Top Of Dresser And Removal Of A Small Table
The second week I spent 60 minutes decluttering in our master bedroom and then the last 30 minutes creating some new printables for goal tracking that I realized I needed throughout the week.
This poor dresser, it continually gets clutter dumped on it.
By the end of the hour it looked much better! This after picture was taken over a week later so I am proud to say that so far we are keeping it clutter-free.
During that same hour I was also able to get rid of all the clutter found on this black table and then take it downstairs to the living room where it can serve a more functional purpose than it was in our bedroom.
Week Three: Paperwork Found In Master Bedroom
I spent the entire 90 minutes of week three going through papers in our master bedroom
That big basket had all the paper stuff you see on the floor in it and the little plastic tub was overflowing at one point too. This picture was taken about halfway through the 90-minute session.
This picture was taken when I was almost done and shows the pile of paper for recycling and then the one-sided paper that I placed in the box under my desk. I like recycling as much paper as I can and I also want to make sure it is all used up before it heads to the recycle bin.
As you can see, my second box of the year for the thrift store already has one item in it. I am hoping to add others to it this weekend and perhaps be able to give two boxes to the thrift store this month. For years now seeing boxes leave my home makes me giddy. The less we have, the less time it takes us to maintain it all.
We bought this paper shredder off of Amazon years ago and I have been so pleased with its performance. It can do up to 6 sheets of paper at once and has a slot for shredding credit cards. I used it nonstop for almost the entire 90-minute session and it kept on working the whole time.
When I was done, I was left with a stack of college-ruled notebooks with anywhere from a few pages left in them to about half their pages left. I took them downstairs and placed them near where I do my morning devotions. One of my goals this year is to memorize 52 bible verses. Each morning I write out the verse of the week several times so I will likely use up the rest of the notebooks that way.
I am guessing this is the first of many bags full of shredded paper for this year. When I did my first 52-week decluttering challenge a few years back, I got rid of a lot of easy to toss clutter and left behind a lot of the paper clutter and sentimental clutter to deal with later.
Some of that paper still has not been dealt with, I plan to deal with all of it this year during the 90/52 challenge.
I couldn’t bring myself to shred our old tax returns. Why? Because I love looking at them every once in a while to see how far we have come financially over the years. Since they only take up a small box and we have plenty of room for that little box without making our home appear cluttered, I feel like it is okay to keep them for now. However, if we were to move, I would shred them because I dislike packing even one item we don’t need.
What types of papers do you keep even though you don’t need them?
3 Posts To Help You With The Most Common Decluttering Stumbling Blocks
- How To Reduce Paper Clutter Without Going 100% Digital
- What To Do When The Clutter In Your Home Isn’t Yours
- The Original 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Free Printable Plan
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