All of us want a cleaner, less cluttered home, but sometimes life gets in the way. It’s rare to have a full day to go through every inch of the house and declutter your home. Even if you do find the time, after a room or two, you’re tired of going through everything. That’s where the 30 bags in 30 days Declutter Challenge comes in. Instead of spending hours decluttering your home, you spend a few minutes per day. Each day, you grab a bag, fill it with specific items you no longer want or need, and then you’re done for that day. At the end of your 30 days, you will be free from the clutter in your home, and you will have only sacrificed about 30 minutes a day to do it.
So how does this all work?
The goal of the 30 Day Declutter Challenge:
The goal of the 30 bags in 30 days Declutter Challenge is to get rid of every item in your home that no longer serves a purpose. The process is intended to get rid of items that are broken, stained, unnecessary, expired, or that you simply don’t like anymore.
The outcome of the 30 Day Declutter Challenge:
At the end of your 30 days, your home will only contain the items that you like and that you use. Your home will be less cluttered, and you will have a new mindset toward junk and clutter entering and staying in your home. Not to mention, it will be much easier for you to clean and declutter moving forward because you’ve already put in the hard work upfront.
How the Declutter Challenge works:
Each day, grab a bag or box to begin your declutter challenge. There’s no limit to how large your box or bag can be, but it should not be any smaller than a grocery bag.
Spend no more than 1 hour decluttering per day. Remember, you have 30 days to accomplish it all. Don’t burn yourself out by trying to do it all at once.
It’s okay to take the days out of order. If it’s the day to clean the pantry but you want to tackle the linen closet instead, go for it!
Focus exclusively on decluttering. You may have the urge to start to reorganize things or do a deep clean while you are getting rid of items. Save that for later. This time is for you to just go through your belongings and put them in the bags. You only have an hour, so use it wisely.
Don’t stress about fully filling your bag. If you tossed the items you wanted to, then you are done. Don’t feel obligated to always fill the bag to the top.
Getting rid of bulky items like large electronics or furniture may count as your bag for the day if you choose to dispose of them.
30 Bags in 30 Days Declutter Challenge Calendar
To help you declutter your home, we’ve created a 30 day declutter calendar with 30 days of ideas to get you started. You do not have to follow the items in sequential order. Cross them out as you complete them to help you keep track of your progress. If a day doesn’t apply to you, get creative and think about things you know are cluttered that are not on the calendar. This could include your purse, under your beds, or other specific areas that collect clutter. To print out the 30 day declutter schedule,open this pdf.
Good luck with your 30 days to declutter challenge! After completely the 30 days, you likely won’t have to do this challenge for at least another year. You may want to revisit a few of the items each month, though, to continue to maintain a clutter-free home.