Have you ever wanted to challenge yourself to declutter and destress your home? We created this simple to follow challenge that you can start any time – any day. Start your own 10 Day Challenge whenever you want! Here is some guidance to get you moving from day to day. The best part is – all these tasks can be done ins just 10 minutes!
Day One – Home office: Set your timer for 10 minutes! Let’s start with a clean sweep. Take everything off your desk and get it clean. When was the last time you cleaned your desk surface? Do a quick sort of what’s on the floor - to be filed, action, bills to pay, trash. Establish a Sunday basket – as in a basket where you put your Action items. Resolve to clean out the basket every Sunday (or the best day for you). That’s 10 minutes. By the end of the day resolve to either finish your filing or do some work from your Sunday basket. Throw away the trash and enjoy your clean and tidy desk!
Day Two – Fridge: Today we are tackling the fridge. Set a timer for 10 minutes - take everything out of the fridge, yes everything! Do a quick clean. Zone your items like with like. Also make sure you through out anything that has expired - very important! Organizing the fridge is tough because you do it and it looks great but then you go to the grocery store again and it all goes to hell in hand basket. But it can look neat and organized if you zone and have a general idea of where things should go.
Day Three – Countertops: I love a clean counter top. Not only are less cluttered counter tops tidy looking, they are easier to clean! Today I really challenge you to take things off your kitchen counter tops. Only use your insta pot once a month? Then why is it taking valuable counter space? The rule of thumb is that if you use it at least once a week then it can stay in the counter, but anything used less than that should be stored. I’m pretty passionate about cleaned off counter tops.
Day Four – Mail: Don’t walk into your house and let it land anywhere other than where it goes. I have baskets by my garage door that I do a quick sort into for what it is / who it belongs to. Mail never lands on my kitchen table or island. Designate a basket or bin for mail and stick to it - don’t let your mail pile up where it doesn’t belong ! Have piles of mail? Address it today. Sort and stash! Piles are bad.
Day Five – 20 Item Toss: This has got to be my favorite day! Take a garbage bag and walk around your house. Toss twenty items! It’s easier than you imagine. Get ready - Toss !
Day Six – Medicine Cabinet: Oh a good one. When was the last time you focused on your medicine cabinet? First task - set the timer for 10 minutes. The take everything out and check expiration dates. Note what meds you might have to replace / refill. You don’t need to do a lot of micro sorting - separating out a med for every ailment. I recommend a macro sort - one bin for medical and one bin for first aid. You might find some surprises in your medicine cabinet - for instance we have ours in our kitchen so my husband started storing oven mits in the cabinet ! Umm... no. That’s definitely not where they go! What did you find?
Day Seven – Closet: Ok don’t get overwhelmed. This one is a big one. Set the timer for 10 minutes. You have two options -1. Start decluttering. Go through each item and decide if you will keep it. Ask yourself - would you buy this again? You’ll probably be able toss quite a few pieces. Or 2. Turn all your hangers around - live your life for 6 months. Any items on hangers still turned around should go… you’ve just proved to yourself you don’t wear them!
Day Eight – Basement: Who ever tackles their basement? What is even down there? Set your timer for 10 minutes and just do an assessment. This is a go back and do it later project but you need to know what is down there and what you’re working with. This project may require more planning - like getting a dumpster. I recommend getting a Bagster from Home Depot. It’s an enormous bag that you can fill up then Call them to come pick up and discard. Super Easy. In my basement I have an old desk that needs to go - either Facebook Buy Nothing group or Bagster. What’s in your basement? Don’t get overwhelmed- it’s all about making a plan.
Day Nine – 10 Minute Declutter in Every Room: This one is going to take a little longer. What I’m suggesting you do is a 10 minute Declutter in EACH ROOM of your house! You’ve been flexing your decluttering muscle for 9 days now - you got this. Fluff pillows, move things off your coffee table that don’t belong, tidy your kids’ homework area ... you’ll be able to fill many minutes throughout your home as you tidy and Declutter. Enjoy - this should be fun! Then sit back and appreciate your super tidy home!
Day Ten – Kitchen Drawers: The final challenge is kitchen drawers. Pick one drawer today, set the timer for 10 minutes - and go to town! Of course I’ll recommend taking everything out, cleaning the drawer, decluttering the contents, then putting things back neatly. I find with kitchen drawers that internal compartments are great for organizing. Here’s a tip - old cereal boxes can be cut in half and used as drawer organizers!
There you have it – an easy 10 Day Challenge you can start anytime. Just 10 minutes a day for 10 days – that’s 100 minutes of organizing and decluttering. You can do it! If you need additional guidance on how to do the challenge just drop a comment below and we’ll get back to you to help!
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