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Decluttering the house seems like a HUGE task. Who am I kidding? It is a huge task. Just thinking about it makes us stressed out. So, is there an easy way to go about it? Yes. The Declutter 365 challenge is meant to make this daunting task easy for you.
What is Declutter 365?
The fundamental idea behind the declutter 365 challenge is straightforward, to make decluttering a habit by doing small tasks every day so that you can get big rewards without taking too much effort.
You do not have to work very hard for a week and get backache. You must take it one day at a time.
You will be provided with a simple task every day that would not take more than 15 minutes. This is because if we do not know what to do, we spend half of the time deciding what should be done.
That is like another responsibility for your brain. If you take up a declutter 365 challenge, you must read the task and get it done.
There are many systematic year-long plans available online. You can even sign-up for some of them and get your daily tasks delivered to you via email. If you follow this every day for the whole year, you will be able to declutter your house within 90 hours or so. Notable, isn’t it?
How to Create a Declutter 365 Challenge?
Many websites provide a list of 365 small tasks online. You can download those and get a printout. Some people find it convenient to paste a copy to the refrigerator door or a wall to have easy access to it.
Keep completing the tasks and ticking them off. You will be surprised by the progress at the end of the year.
You can also download empty templates for Declutter 365 challenges for free. They can be filled according to you. Ideally, you should be starting the Declutter 365 challenge at the beginning of the year (the month of January), but it is beautiful if you do it later.
You can also make a template all by yourself. If you are creative, you can add colors and pictures, draw beautiful borders, etc.
A Declutter 365 challenge can also be written in your journal. It all depends on you; the only thing you need to ensure is that you complete all the tasks on time.
If you procrastinate and leave it for another day, the tasks will keep piling up one above the other. Remember that this is a challenge.
What and How to Declutter?
Decluttering essentially means to remove what you do not want or need. Some obvious things should be removed, like broken objects or expired food. But, after a certain point in time, you will realize that you cannot decide what to throw away because one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right?
Here is a golden rule for you: Keep in mind what should be given away, not how you will organize what you need. You can declutter almost 20-50% of the stuff you have. It would help if you kept an open mind even when it is hard for you.
According to a study, you will be more effective if you move the stuff you are dealing with to a new location. First, eliminate all the obvious items like trash. Next, see what you do not need and if that can be sold.
Keep the items away that you wish to donate. Gather everything that should be going to another room or place. Buy organizers if necessary. Drawer organizers are a great option to keep your stuff inside the drawers organized.
Here are some categories of stuff that you should include in you declutter 365 challenge list:
Items That are Useful But you Do not Use Them:
All of us have such stuff that we buy out of excitement but do not use. They do not work for you. It would help if you considered donating these. They will take up space.
Clothes That Are Not Comfortable:
Do you have some clothes in your wardrobe that fit you, but do not wear them because they are not comfortable? It would help if you let them go.
Old and Worn:
There are some items that you buy, and they prove to be just incredible. You use them and a lot, and they still function well. But if you wish to keep little clutter inside your house, you should consider giving away these as well.
So, there you go. Be brave, take up a challenge, and complete it like a boss. You will thank yourself soon.