Another thing I'm trying to do, besides get rid of junk, is to make sure that everything that stays has a real home. Not just some pile on the counter, but a real place to be put away. I've found that I'm much more successful and consistent about keeping things neat if there is a home for things. The kids are better at cleaning this way too. Things that don't have a home inevitably end up in a pile on some horizontal surface in my house. And stay there. Not good.
After surfing around and reading some articles about clutter, I decided to host a Goodbye Junk Challenge. Do you have junk like this that you want to deal with once and for all? Do the Goodbye Junk Challenge with me!
In reading online somewhere, maybe unclutterer.com, I came across this idea to get rid of one piece of junk a day for a whole year. What a great idea, I thought! Being the beginning of a new school year, it seems like the perfect time to start a new challenge like this, so here's what I'm thinking:
*Get rid of one item each day. It must leave your house for good...donate it, trash it, recycle it, give it to someone, sell it on ebay, whatever, just so that you don't ever have to deal with it again. More than one is fine too, but if you just get rid of one thing a day, that counts!
*Find one item that needs a home, and give it a home! Maybe something that you've never known where to put...figure out a place. Or maybe just put something back in it's rightful home. Easy!
*Leave a comment or link a post about how you're doing. Let's encourage each other!!
That's it... quick and simple, right? Want to join me? Let's see how much junk we can get rid of together!
Here are a few other details:
*Feel free to make this challenge fit your life. Want to do a week worth all on Saturday? Fine! Want to fill up a box before taking it to Goodwill? Great! Just make sure that the stuff you pile up to leave your house actually leaves your house, otherwise, you'll just be going through it all again in the future, and who wants that?
*If you miss a day here and there, or even a whole week, don't give up! There are no Junk Police to knock on your door, and ask what you've donated today. You don't have to do the whole year. There is no right or wrong. Just clean until you're happy!
*Remember there are lots of sites out there with helpful ideas. Unclutterer.com and http://orgjunkie.com are two of my favorites.
*Just for kicks, meaning, 'because there is a math-y nerdness in my blood', I'm going to weigh the stuff I get rid of. For example, when I started Monday, I filled up a basket of stuff. 19.2 pounds. Tuesday, it was lighter weight stuff...about a pound. Today, I pulled out 5 pounds of stuff from my china cabinet. You don't need to do this, unless you want to. I just thought it might be fun to see how much I've donated once I'm done with the year! I'm sure it will be staggering...I'm shocked that the little pile I've got for Goodwill is already over 25 pounds in 3 days! You could also make a pile, take a picture of it when you donate, whatever. Or just be happy it's gone. Like I said, do what works for you.
It's a win-win challenge. I/we get a nicer, cleaner, more organized house, and Goodwill (or the charity of your choice) gets to benefit from our donations!
Are you ready to take the
Goodbye Junk Challenge?
I hope so!