Welcome to the Unclutter Your Nest and Lighten Your Load Boot Camp! I am so pleased that you are joining me on this month-long unclutter-ing of our homes, and by extension, of our minds.
I am truly not a hoarder, but we have accumulated way too much stuff in our 30 years of marriage. We have a home with an attic, as well as crawlspace storage, so it’s been very easy to stash stuff away without realizing exactly what we are stashing and what we are accumulating.
We are planning on putting our house on the market in the near future and I have no intention to pack, move and unpack stuff that I really don’t want, so it’s time to get this unclutter party started. And January is always a great time to unclutter your home and mind in anticipation of the year to come.
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Or, click the button below to have the discard list sent directly to your email inbox. I find it motivates me to dive into a project with both feet and seeing the fruits of my labors really encourages me to keep going, plus you can keep track of your donations for tax purposes.
This plan has me focused on this one thing for the month of January and therefore more likely to get it done instead of dragging it out over a longer period of time I will also be documenting what I’m discarding which is motivating, but will also be helpful for tax purposes as you can deduct the fair market value of your charitable contributions.
Just remember to try to attach a value as you go along. Here is a site that will give you some guidance as to the value of your charitable contributions.
And because it’ll be even more fun and even more motivating…I am going to weigh what I take out of our home. The load that I take out of my home will be both physical and emotional. I really have no clue what all my discards will weigh, but I’m very curious.
Let’s just say that the number is 500 pounds, which is not unreasonable given the number of books we have in our home. If I do move 500 pounds of clutter out of my home, there will be a huge weight lifted out of my home (literally) and off of my mind (figuratively).
Plus…I’m a quantifier. To be able to say that I got rid of X lbs of stuff is easy to wrap my mind around.
You may only be able to dedicate the time to this project on weekends. Work on your schedule.
In cased you missed it, I’ve prepared some discard sheets for you to document your discards if you chose to. I definitely get motivated when I can document my progress, but that is just me. I give myself a little ‘you go girl’ each time I reach 50 items/categories. Use the sheets if they will help you stay motivated and accountable.
Take a few minutes to figure out where your stuff will go. Click here for some organizations that will gladly accept your gently used items, as well as some options for your recyclables.
During this 4-week Decluttering Challenge, we will tackle all of the areas of our homes. In Week 1, we will begin to unclutter our nest in the Bathrooms and Bedrooms. Week 2 share decluttering tips for our kitchens, offices, and craft rooms. We will lighten the load in our den, living rooms, playrooms, coat closets, and laundry rooms during Week 3. Our busy 4 weeks of decluttering will end in the Attic and Garage.
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