Are you as ready as I am for the declutter challenge? I’m giving my closet the side-eye already. It’s time is coming so soon, my clothes should be very afraid right now.
While the group officially begins the challenge together on January 6th, I know some of you have the energy and desire to start right this second!
There are a few things you can do RIGHT NOW to make use of that positive momentum that you’re feeling.
GET A HEAD START.
Use your declutter challenge packet to get a head start and start tackling your toughest room right now. Get as far as you can on it, then finish it up during that week of the challenge.
This may sound like advice that is contrary to what I’ll say a million times in the challenge: don’t play catchup and stay with the group. During the challenge, use the positive peer pressure and the group momentum to keep moving forward even if you miss places. In the end, you’ll get more done than if you get stuck.
Both of these things are true, you can work on your trouble spots between now and January 6th, but then also stay with the group once the challenge officially begins.
READ THE REQUIRED READING.
Writing decluttering inspiration is one of my very favorite topics, so there is A LOT available to read!
Reading will you get into the right mindset to let go of your stuff, because as much as you want to declutter so much right now, you are going to run into obstacles. There are reasons you have clutter, and the required reading will help you discover new ways to think about your stuff.
You may feel like you can skip the reading and get straight into the decluttering. Just remember to go back and use the decluttering articles as inspiration for when you hit roadblocks and stall your decluttering progress. It will help you get your mind right and keep going!
CLEAN UP CHRISTMAS.
This may sound like the obvious thing to do between now and the challenge, but I’ll say it anyway. Before you start decluttering, you can use some of that clean-up energy to get Christmas put away. I love my Christmas decor … for a while. I put my decorations up after Thanksgiving and take it all down on the 26th. That’s as long as I can personally deal with all the extra clutter of holiday decorations, lol.
Keep your decorations up for as long as you want, but don’t feel guilty if you’re ready to take them down and start decluttering with a clean slate.
GET CAUGHT UP ON LAUNDRY.
It is a fact, one of the obstacles you’re going to encounter during the challenge is laundry. Not just that it’s one of those things that has to keep getting done no matter what, but also, you just might run into piles of dirty or piles of clean laundry while you’re decluttering each room.
Take this time before January 6th and get caught up on laundry. That way you can start with a clean slate and just maintain it during the challenge.
If you need tips about getting laundry in control, I have some tips on how to tame the laundry monster. In fact, cleaning, especially laundry, is one of my favorite other things to write about when I’m not writing about decluttering. (Maybe I need new hobbies?! 😂)
The 91 Day Declutter Challenge is a big undertaking, so whatever you need to do to get there, get yourself mentally ready!
If you can commit to this challenge, clearing the clutter from your home really does have the power to change your life for the better. You will be surprised how that clutter is doing more than just getting in your way physically, there is an emotional weight to clutter.
Clutter is a weight that has built on top of you so gradually, you don’t even realize anymore that it is holding you down.Find this quote and more in your required reading …
I want to help you lift that weight right off. We can do this together.
I hope you’ll be joining us! Let me know in the comments what area you are most excited to declutter!