I view January as the opportunity for a fresh start. It is a chance to reflect on our life the way it is now and make any changes that would benefit us. These changes are often things like changes for our health and wellbeing, our routines, home decor and organization and more.
This year, I will be participating in a “challenge” called 40 Bags in 40 Days because what I have decided to tackle this new year is my home. I have a lot of things, not necessarily valuable things, but “stuff”. My husband and I are opposites in many areas of life, which is a wonderful thing most of the time, BUT my “clutter” drives him nuts and to be honest, the amount of stuff in our home is starting to drive me nuts too.
I live life often thinking to myself:
“this would be good if……”
“I will keep this in case we…….”
“I could make a ………”
and this needs to STOP.
40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Zones
Bathrooms – Yes! Even my bathrooms need some decluttering attention. Specifically, the master bathroom. I am a product junkie, but this has changed ever since I became a Norwex Independent Sales Consultant because my personal care routine has become dramatically simplified and chemical free! So, it is now time to get rid of all of the products that I no longer use or need.
Kitchen – I started this decluttering process in December when my husband was cooking (I am a lucky lady) and he was getting rather flustered with the amount of kitchen tools we had in our drawers. My goal for this year is to get through every single area of my kitchen (yes, including my desk).
Childrens’ Bedrooms – As children grow, their needs and interests change. They grow out of their clothing, they learn how to read more challenging books and gain interest in new and different toys. My children, like many others, have a hard time letting go of many of these items and as new clothing, books and toys enter their rooms, their rooms become full and cluttered. I am in the process of teaching them how important it is to regularly go through their things and keep only what they use, wear or need in order to keep their bedrooms a cleaner living place.
Master Bedroom – The children and I have a few dumping zones in our master bedroom. I try really hard to keep “kid things” out of our bedroom, but at bedtime, we spend a lot of time in there as a family and toys, books etc. get left behind. There is also clothing and items in our walk in closet (that is quite small) that are piling up and no longer being used that need to be cleaned up and donated.
I alluded to the fact that I will be tackling some of these projects throughout the year. You see, this Declutter Challenge is just the START for me. I have a BIG job ahead of me and unless I were to make it my full time job, there is NO WAY I would even come close to completing it in 40 days, BUT I will be tackling each one of these areas over the next 40 days in order to make more goals for myself in the year to come.
Each Friday I will be sharing an update of how what I have decluttered in my home. I hope you will follow me and perhaps even become motivated to clean out your living space of things that you no longer need. Please also feel free to join me on Facebook on a daily basis to share with me your progress if you have decided to join me in this challenge.
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