This challenge is to not only help you dump clutter, but to make it easier to stop buying junk in the first place. Not only will the challenge help you get rid of stuff you already have, but you won’t be able to bring in more stuff while you’re participating in the challenge. This is not just about getting rid of stuff, it’s also about making a habit of simplifying and spending less on stuff we don’t need.
The 5/Day Clutter Challenge
The guidelines are simple.
- Dump 5 things: Find 5 things a day that you can get rid of. Size doesn’t matter. It could be a spoon or a chair. you have to dump them though. Break up with them. Tell them ‘it’s not you, it’s me, I need more space.’ (It’s true!)
- Set them aside: Find somewhere to put your things aside like your garage, laundry room, or a front hall closet. Use a box (my preferred method) or a reusable bag (if you’re like me and have 600 of them). Don’t worry-at the end of the 30 days or once a week you can get rid of your items. We’ll talk more about that later.
- Mark it down on a list: If you’re going to track what you’re selling or donating a list is handy. A quick item note, an estimated dollar amount for something used, and you’re good to go.
- No shopping: Oh yeah, and you can’t buy anything for 30 days that isn’t a need. No shopping from Target’s dollar spot (in fact just stay out of Target), and no buying more stuff. Obviously you can still buy groceries and buy new sneakers if yours need to be replaced, but if you can wait-wait.
- Get rid of it all: At the end of the week or 30 days (whatever works for you) those items will be gone or in process of leaving. And you’ll be ready to keep going.
By the end of 30 days you’ll have 150 things to get rid of, though I suspect you may get rid of much, much more. Even better now you’ll be ready to start Spring with a clean slate and maybe even a little cash in your pocket.
FAQs about the 5 a Day Clutter Challenge
When can I start?
Anytime! This is not a time-based challenge, start when you’re ready and go for 30 days.
Why 5 things a day?
Listen, I know you’re busy. I am, too. While it can feel great to clean out your basement over a weekend the idea is to get into the habit of getting rid of clutter continually. It’s a habit you want to have so not only will you be getting rid of clutter, but you’ll be more conscious of what you bring home.
Where do I put all this stuff?
This is key-find a space that is out of the way. ESPECIALLY if you’re getting rid of toys, books, and kids’ stuff. They’re notorious for finding that thing they never touched for 3 years and claiming it’s their favorite. If you live in a small space try a closet especially if it means you have to clean it first! 😉
Can I get rid of more than 5 things a day?
Absolutely! Just make sure you don’t try to do 35 things in one day and call it done-the point is to get rid of things every day. Bonus points if you multiple the 5 things by the number of people in your house. (Bonus points are only good for an internet high five.)
Where do I get started?
It’s up to you. What area bothers you the most? Is there a ‘hot spot’ you see every day? Your closet. Your shoes. Your jewelry. The kitchen. The toys. OMG, start with the toys. Books (I know, but sometimes they need a new home).
Can I make the kids (and my partner) to do it, too?
Sure! But bribing them works best. Offer them ice cream or a movie night or your unconditional love. They usually require bribery unless they’re mini-organizers like my daughter who gets excited when we organize. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!
Didn’t I see a similar challenge somewhere else?
There are a lot of great clutter challenges, but this is the one I created. You can always join more than one-the more clutter you get rid of, the better!
Read more about the challenge and how you can participate including our newsletter, Facebook group, and more here.