See my progress in the 31 Day Declutter Challenge and share yours!
31 Day Declutter Challenge
We’re one week into the 31 Day Declutter Challenge so I wanted to give you an update on my progress and hear about yours. (Be sure to leave a comment or a link below.)
Decluttering Challenge Update
I don’t know about you, but I find that sometimes the clutter is made up of items I don’t want to get rid of, but I just need to find a place for them. (One of the first rules of organization is “A place for everything and everything in its place.”)
That was my first problem for this challenge because last month when we visited my mom I brought back several boxes of items that were my grandmother’s. I want to keep them, but I hadn’t unpacked the boxes so they were just cluttering up our living space.
The first area that I addressed was my office.
I had stacked several of the boxes here, so I unpacked these.
I also cleaned off this shelf.
Unfortunately I forgot to take a before photo but it had become a serious hot spot for clutter. I originally moved it there temporarily when I cleaned out my office a few months ago and then I couldn’t decide what to do with it so I left it there on the wall across from the breakfast nook and outside our bedroom.
I decided that I did want to use the shelf in my office so I cleaned it off and moved it back.
It’s not fully “styled” yet, but here’s the shelf in my office space.
DINING ROOM WALL AFTER
And now this wall is uncluttered …
and it really opens up the space.
(Please note our Fixer Upper kitchen that I desperately want to update, but with which I am learning to be content. It could be A LOT worse.)
And these are some of the items I unpacked. I just love antique glassware and this vintage panda planter was too cute to pass up.
In upcoming weeks I will actually be discarding items instead of just unpacking them — LOL!
If you’d like to join me, you can choose one or two focus areas like I am, or you can use my free 31 Day Decluttering Checklist with simple daily 10 minute decluttering tasks.
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Stephanie O. says
I desperately need to declutter the house, but my problem is I’ve been working a lot, then when I’m home I’n just not feeling it! Thanks for the encouragement, and I love what you’ve done with your house so far! Lots of changes since the last time I saw.
Thanks so much Stephanie!
I totally understand the issue of being tired after work. I just want to veg out and do nothing. One of the things I love about the Declutter Challenge Checklist is that it gives me small steps I can take in 5-10 minutes, which is very motivational to me when I don’t really feel like doing anything. Maybe that will help you too. 🙂
Kitchen decorating trends seem to change every 10 years or so. I got solid surface counter tops 15 yr ago in my home & now they are passé. Appliance colors that are trendy change too. I guess the manufacturers do that so we will be enticed to buy new ones & spend $. I like how you are mostly content with your home & make do with what you have. I do plan to update the kitchen in my vacation condo as it has 45 yr old cabinets. I think items that were installed in 1975 are worthy of an update! I replaced the old bathroom vanities & they literally crumbled when they were pulled out. Sometimes old things need to go.
Yes! 1975 era laminate is what I have and they are literally falling apart.
Thanks for your encouragement about my being content. I’m so happy that everything is white at least. It makes it much more tolerable. Now if we could just keep the counter tops from disintegrating we’ll be good. Haha!
Katy in Africa says
We just got back from a work trip, so I’m behind, but going to try to do multiple a day to catch up. One thing I started on this trip was Konmari folding and found it made unpacking my clothes from the bag to the box in my closet much easier.
Also, I love your big flower painting. Love those colors!
Thanks Katy! When I saw that painting at the thrift store I HAD to have it. 🙂 I do the Konmari folding too and it makes my drawers feel so much more organized.
Katy in Africa says
Knowing it was from a thrift store makes me love it all the more!
Me too! 🙂
I’m making progress. Have removed four trash bags of various things no longer used or needed.
I’m thrilled with the difference it makes.?
That is AWESOME progress Rebecca! Good for you! 🙂
What about painting the ceramic tile on the floor? Maybe a gray that tones with the walls? I know I’ve seen it done before….
Ooh! Now that’s an idea I hadn’t considered. Thanks Laura!