Starting a 30 Day Decluttering Challenge

Last Updated on 21/09/2021 by Jenna

Inspired by the recent Netflix feature The Minimalists: Less is Now, it seems fitting to take advantage of the extra time we have at home during lockdown to jumpstart some spring cleaning by starting a 30-day decluttering challenge.

Every day for a total of 30* days, I’ll be shaking off some excess bit-by-bit as I weed out one item
on day one, two on day two, three on day three, and so on. These items will either go to recycling, be donated, or sold.

Along the way, I’ll show you my thought process and decluttering progress.

GIF of Chippy the Dog against a white background. On a decluttering challenge, he is pushing a broom much larger than his body across the floor, tidying up bits of colourful paper scraps. As he moves past us, we can see he has overseen a litte pink heart-shaped scrap of paper behind him.
GIF by @chippythedog​​

Letting go of stuff can be hard! But life feels easier in a tidy, well-maintained space. A space where you know where everything is and don’t have to dig through stuff you no longer love or use.

*Some improvements to the rules of this decluttering challenge: 30 days does not have to equate to 30 consecutive days. What’s important is to get the process started. Let’s also toss out the “everything gone by midnight” rule. It is entirely unhelpful if you’re donating or selling items and have to wait for them to be picked up, dropped off, shipped, auctioned off, etc. Take your time! The point of the exercise is to ultimately de-stress by creating tidier surroundings, not to add additional stress to your life.

Update

Since writing this post, I have completed my 30 day decluttering challenge. It was honestly easier than I thought it would be! If you need some inspiration to get started on your own decluttering challenge, check out all 465 items I decluttered from my own small home over the course of this minimalism game here.

It was amazing how once I got started, I just kept finding more random stuff to declutter.

At the end of the challenge I felt like I could keep going for another 30 days. So I’m sure this wasn’t my last minimalist decluttering challenge!

Check out my full 30-Day Decluttering Challenge Review if you’re curious how the experience was. It also contains lots of tips for starting your own #minsgame!

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