Challenge: How to De-Clutter Your Home in 30 Days

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Many people are too busy nowadays and usually, don’t have time or are trying to find too many reasons to avoid cleaning the mess in the house over the years. People store or hide a lot of things in their houses that sometimes are never used in their lives.

A psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter explains that messy homes and work spaces leave people feeling, helpless, anxious, and overwhelmed, so usually the clutter is recognized as a significant source of stress in their lives.

Additionally, the research shows that clutter can cause anxiety and depression, especially in women. The study conducted in 2009 followed 60 dual-income spouses and analyzed what language they used while giving self-guided home tours. By their words, researchers grouped participants into two types, those who described a stressful home or others describing a restorative home. Those participants who used “stressful language” had an increased depressed mood compared to those who used “restorative language.”

According to UCLA anthropologist Jeanne Arnold, “Cortisol data show a link between unhappy verbal characterizations of arrays of household possessions [chronically messy, cluttered rooms or unfinished remodeling projects] and higher stress levels as measured by the hormone cortisol in the MOTHERS in the study,”

To help the families with that problem here we present

  • 30-Day DE-CLUTTER Challenge

By following that challenge everyone can say goodbye to stress and anxiety and make a clean and calm home new reality.

1)         Empty One Junk Drawer

It’s not important how many drawers you have in your house, you can choose one and tackle it. You should clean the old flyers or bills, golf balls, dried out elastic bands, and follow the good rule that if you haven’t used something in the last three months, you probably don’t need it.

2)         Purge Your Closet of the Things You No Longer Wear

When it is time to take a trip to your local thrift shop, you have to think twice about a piece of clothing. Look at your clothes at home and if you don’t use them, you want to lose them.

3)         Go Through Your Movie Collection

People keep their favorite movies, but this collection is growing and ones they will be forgotten. So, whether VHS tapes or DVDs are donated or they are left for the local landfill, it is the same because they are not used, they are forgotten.

4)         Clean out Your Television Stand

Everyone should clean old VHS tapes, DVDs and cables placed on the TV stand if are not used anymore. Because the majority of people spend a lot of time in front of a television, it is a good idea to make it as clutter-free as possible.

5)         Go Through Your Mail Pile

Starting to stack the flyers and newspapers is first that everyone should do quickly. If they want to keep them they can store them and place them on the less used places (indoors or outdoors) or they should be recycled. The important mail items, like bills, can be filed safely. Today many people opt for electronic billing, which will help to keep the mailbox clear.

6)         Clean off Your Kitchen Table

The kitchen table is a very frequent place of the house and one day it can be clean and the next day it can look like an open concept storage unit. The laptops, dirty dishes, books, and loose sheets of paper shouldn’t be found there because that place has to be free and clean for eating.

7)         Purge Two Kitchen Cabinets

For the average family with four member kitchen sets of cups, dishware, and cutlery should be for that number of people. The rest of those things can be stored in other places because they are used by hosting friends or family members. If the sets are not used the best way is to donate them. Fewer dishes mean an easier life because people have less responsibility for washing them.

8)         Discard Old Books

People use old books for décor, but there is a very distinct line between a beautifully placed coffee table book and an open book that should be returned. Of course, the favorites should be kept, but they can be offered to others for reading. Donating books is also a good idea, so they can be placed in a box on the street. Many people will stop and grab some of them.

9)         Clean out Your Wallet

Because your wallet is likely to reach every time, it may be the easiest thing to clean. Emptying it and returning only things that are necessary for daily use should be steps to follow. Nobody needs the empty gift cards, creased business cards, faded receipts, and whatever else you’ve managed to slip in there.

10)       Clean out Your Purse

All packs of gum, crinkled wrappers, old lip balm, soiled tissues, definitely should be cleaned from the purse purge. After emptying everything of the purse and getting rid of all the garbage or old items, in the bag should be backed only essential things, such as wallet, small makeup, and hygiene bag, a pen or pencil, a little pack of tissues, which depends on the person. Carry only things that you have to!

11)       Purge Your Makeup Drawer/Bag

Keep in your makeup bag the items used the most often and your lipsticks, and eyeliners in separate places.

12)       Clean out Empty Containers in the Shower

It’s a syndrome for the majority of people that no one ever wants to be the one to finish the shampoo, so it can sit there sometimes for months, and it is just taking up space. Everybody should just pick up a bottle and give it a quick shake to find out whether it’s empty or close to it.

13)       Purge Your Bathroom Cabinets

Many unwanted things could be found in the bathroom cabinets, so cleaning hygiene products packaging, old mouthwash, empty toothpaste tubes, and anything else you find would be the right way to do it!

14)       Go through Your Family’s Shoes

Worn and old shoes are not worthy of keeping, but if there are good and not used shoes the best way is to donate them to a thrift shop or friend.

15)       Purge 2 More Kitchen Cabinets

Same as done under the number 7.

16)       Organize Your Linen Closet

In case some people stay over, it’s always nice to have extra linens, but having them a lot will just overdue the linen closet. Taking an inventory of everything stored in the linen closet can help in getting rid of the old and holey blankets and sheets. Some people who own a backyard, keep them stored out there for cooler nights, but many donate them.

17)       Purge Your Medicine Cabinet

Discharging old or expired medication is something that should be done permanently, so everything with the expired dates is recommended to be returned to the pharmacist for safe disposal. Many people nowadays are trying to live life more holistically, so they are swapping those medications for natural supplements!

18)       Go Through Your Freezer

Checking the expiry dates of the food in the freezer has to be a regular activity for every family. The old food should be thrown out, but if the food is good, then a shopping trip should be canceled and first eaten the products from the freezer.

19)       Clear off Your Kitchen Counters

It’s time to clean the counters of the crusty plates, dirty glasses, and the food from the past week, which is still sitting in serving bowls. Facing a mountain of dishes in the kitchen can be uncomfortable.

20)       Empty Another Junk Drawer

See number 1.

21)       Go Through Your Fridge

Like in the number 18. Follow the same ideas.

22)       Purge 2 More Kitchen Cabinets

Similar in number 7.

23)       Get Rid of Unused Accessories (Hats, Jewelry, Etc.)

Every person the best knows her/his taste in fashion and accessories, so, if something doesn’t suit her/him or isn’t on the list of liked items, putting it in the donation bag or presenting it to the loved ones is best that can be done.

24)       Clean out Your Car

Start cleaning the car by getting rid of the empty bottles, crumped receipts, old tissues, and whatever else is there found. The mats, compartments, and the interior should be cleaned with non-toxic car cleaner. Vacuum cleaning is a part of this work.

25)       Discard Kids Unused Toys

The toys that are inbox and they haven’t been used for a long period, they should be put up for donation or sale. Asking kids do they still want them will easy that activity. If are wanted they should be cleaned with the help of kids and put on a secure place.

26)       Organize Toys That Are Left

The toy bin can be a designated place where all the toys will go. Be aware that the toys belong to the children, but they’re still toys under your roof.

27)       Go Through Board Games and Electronic Games and Donate What’s Unused

Likewise, the other games go with board games and game consoles. It is the best way to keep them neat and tidy in one place because they are usually little moving pieces and wires. If are not used in your house, be sure that someone somewhere will find immense joy in them.

28)       Organize and Discard Cleaning Supplies

Getting rid of all toxic cleaners and replacing those with natural alternatives should be an attitude of every family that intent to live healthily. This will create a safer and cleaner home!

Most natural cleaning supplies are made with ingredients that can be found in every house, in the kitchen or pantry!

29)       Purge 2 More Kitchen Cabinets

See number 7.

30)       Get Your Newly Organized Home All Polished

When everything is organized again, the cleaning should be very easy as a breeze!

Sources:

[1] Carter, S. B., Psy.D. (n.d.). Why Mess Causes Stress: 8 Reasons, 8 Remedies. Retrieved from www.psychologytoday.com

[2] journals.sagepub.com

[3] The Clutter Culture. (n.d.). Retrieved from magazine.ucla.edu

[4] www.huffingtonpost.com

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