When you look around your house, how does it make you feel? Are you relaxed? Cozy? Comfortable? Stressed? Anxious? I often feel overwhelmed. When I look at my house I see all the renovations we would like to do, but aren’t currently planned, the toys on the floor and the dusting that needs to be done. Our house is smaller than the last house we lived in and not having a proper home for everything really makes the space feel cluttered and disorganized and it really does give me anxiety as crazy as that sounds. People talk about having a home that is “lived in” and embracing the mess, but to be honest, I like a clean and tidy house. Not for my friends or neighbours or my husband, it’s for me. A clean house makes me feel calm. Am I the only one? Or do you feel that way too?

I’m not a great housekeeper. I wouldn’t say I’m terrible, but cleaning the house is not one of my favourite things. One thing that DOES HELP is having less stuff. Less stuff equals less mess and less things to clean up. It’s also a lot easier to clean up when everything has a proper pace and things aren’t stacked on top of each other, falling out of cupboards. So when a friend of mine asked me to participate in a 30 day minimalism challenge for September, the answer was a hard YES! I knew it would be the perfect time with my daughter going to school to get back into a routine and get organized!

 

How the challenge works

You can start whenever, but it’s easiest to keep track if you start at the beginning of the month. For the first of the month, you get rid of one thing, on the second day, you get rid of two things, three on the third day, all the way to the end of the month. On the thirtieth day you get rid of 30 things! Click HERE for a video from The Minimalists to see more what it’s all about. By the end you’ll have gotten rid of nearly 500 things. And you know what, that’s just it, they are JUST THINGS! Things that are holding you back from being free and relaxed 🙂

Some Tips

1. I highly recommend doing it with a friend or anyone who will hold you accountable. There were a few times where I messaged my friend when I needed a little boost and she was always helpful in providing some fresh ideas and encouragement to keep going. Plus, when you know you have someone to check in with at the end of the day, it makes it easier to follow through. 

2. I have been working on decluttering my house since we moved in nearly 2 years ago so my focus was more about organizing and making sure things have a proper place. I recommend knowing what your goal is and tailor your 30 days towards that. For me, I was happy if I decluttered one area per day. I didn’t want to get hung up on the exact number of items because I wanted it to be meaningful. I could randomly pick from downstairs things to get rid of, but instead I decided to focus on the upstairs, where we spend most of our time.

My goal is not to become a minimalist at all, it is to enjoy being in my own home and when things get messy, that’s okay. What makes me happy is knowing things have a proper place to put them away when we clean up. Getting rid of clutter that we don’t need sure helps with that! 

3. If you can’t commit to the full 30 days that’s okay. Do what you can, make the challenge work for you and if you need to take a break partway through, that’s okay! I have other commitments next week, so I’m putting my 30 day challenge on hold and will resume the following week. It’s better to plan that out ahead of time and know what your expectations are then you won’t be stressing yourself out!

 

4. Stay focused. I find this one really hard. When I started cleaning out my closet, I got distracted and decided that it would be a good time to rip the closet apart and start another renovation project…. and now the closet AND the bedroom are completely torn apart! I’m glad I was motivated to get going on this project, but I do find it easy to get distracted and then focus on other things. Again, having doing this with my friend, it was kept me going!

5. Check YouTube for some inspiration! The Minimal Mom was recommended to me and I have really enjoyed watching her videos. Click HERE to see! 

My Progress

So you don’t feel bad about your house and to hopefully inspire you, I’m sharing a few of my before and after shots! If you’ve been following along on my Instagram stories you’ve likely seen some of this already! Feel free to tag me @sewbrightcreations when you share your before and after photos! 

Have you ever done a minimalist challenger or other type of decluttering challenge? Tell me about it!

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