31 Day De-Clutter Challenge

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Happy New Year everyone!

I’ve had a little blogging break over Christmas which has been lovely. I’ve really enjoyed spending time with my family and actually getting on top of the housework – a little! New year is a time to look back, reflect and envisage where you want things to be going. I don’t believe in resolutions, more like ongoing goals that are achievable. With this in mind, and to kickstart a de-cluttered mind this year, I’m starting a de-cluttering challenge for you (and me). The main bulk of it will be in my parenting Facebook group, where I’ll be posting the daily prompts and helping you through, and motivating myself to keep going too.

The idea is that each day is manageable small areas, and you can spend 5 minutes, 15 minutes or more if you get stuck in. There are a couple of free choices, or you can go along with the daily suggestion. I first got the idea from Katy from Katykicker.com, who is a money saving and organisational blog, but I’ve adapted it to suit me.

The hardest thing for me is sentimental items, or things that I’ve become attached to because I’ve had them so long! This morning I went through my picture frames and photo frames. I’ve had them in piles since we moved or decorated and haven’t wanted to put them back up. With so much of our lives online now, there’s not so much need to have photos on the wall anymore. So I took out the photos and stored them in an envelope and the frames are going to charity. I’m getting some new storage boxes from Ikea for bits that I need to keep. I’ve thrown out or donated a lot of the kid’s old toys. I found a stash of belts that are all too small for me – if I do lose weight at some point I’ll buy another belt!

So I’ve made a start, and once you start and get into the rhythm, it gets a lot easier. I hope to see you in the Facebook group in the coming days, let’s get de-cluttering!

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  • Reply Anneka Little Avery

    Definitely giving this a go! I need to declutter lol the hardest thing I did to get rid of are my books!

    January 4, 2018 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Lisa

    Decluttering is one of the main things I have to do this year in time for our new baby. I think I will probably dip in and out of this challenge since we have a long way to go. I’m not so good at this stuff since I’ve become weirdly sentimental with everything including clothes!

    January 4, 2018 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Rhiannan

    I always dread decluttering but always LOVE it when its done! With 4 children it is so east to accumulate rubbish.

    January 4, 2018 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Nichole

    I love decluttering as when it’s done I feel a sense of relief and freedom. This year we are doing something different with decluttering which is for a future blog post. :-).

    January 4, 2018 at 2:58 pm
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      Sounds exciting!

      January 4, 2018 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Jo - Pickle & Poppet

    I’ve been spending what time I can clearing through, I’m pretty cut throat about de-cluttering and so I don’t have too many issues. It’s feels like it is the right time for me to have a full on clear out though as we’re hoping to move this year and I do not want to be taking rubbish with us! x

    January 5, 2018 at 8:50 pm
  • Reply Helen aka Welsh Mum Writing

    Have you tried the Kon-Marie method? If you do you’ll never go back. You use less space to store what you have and you ditch all the stuff that doesn’t add practical or emotional value. Life changing! #pbe

    January 5, 2018 at 10:23 pm
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      I haven’t but I’ve heard of it

      January 8, 2018 at 10:47 am

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