It can be extremely overwhelming to begin the journey of decluttering your home. Believe me, I know. One look in that bedroom closet or living room and — nope, no way. Maybe next week. I’ve been there, done that. But, after researching online I found a great way to start the process. This can take as much or as little time each day as you’d like. It’s called…. 30 Bags in 30 Days Challenge. I did this challenge after already having downsized by at least 50% and still managed to find 30 bags worth of junk in 30 days.
The 30 Bags in 30 Days Challenge was created by the YouTube Channel My Great Challenge. That link will send you straight to her playlist of her decluttering her home for the 30 day challenge. I binged watched the entire playlist in just a few days. If she doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know who will.
The rules are simple:
- Go through your home filling at least ONE bag per day of things to get rid of. These things can go into one of four categories – Trash, Donate, Recycle, or Sell.
- The bigger the bags, the better. However, you can choose whatever size bag you would like for the challenge.
WORDS OF ADVICE
- My advice for the first day is to go from room to room gathering all the visible trash or things you know you want to throw away. That is a great way to get the actual trash out of the way so you can start purging other items later.
- Another piece of advice is to put your bags of donation items in the trunk of your car immediately after filling it. This will help keep the temptation of going back through it to a minimum and will also keep you from forgetting it at home. That way when you’re in town close to wherever you choose to donate, you can drop it off quickly and on your way to your next destination.
- As for the recycling pile– be honest with yourself. If you don’t think you will ever make it out to that recycling center then just trash the items and maybe start incorporating recycling into your routine later. The main purpose of this challenge is to rid your house and living space of the clutter, not just move it to another part of the house.
- That being said, same goes for your Sell pile. If you don’t think you will ever get to listing those items online or having that yardsale, then donate the items or find someone who may be willing to help sell them for you. If you are able and willing to actually sell your items, you can sell them on your town’s Yardsale pages on Facebook, eBay, or even at an actual garage sale.
- As for makeup, bath, and body items — if it’s expired, toss it. No question. However, if it something that was maybe given to you or you’ve had a while that you never use, try checking out your local women’s shelter or homeless shelters. A lot of times, they are more than happy to take them off your hands and the people at the shelters will be ecstatic about getting some new items they can use.
I will be writing more blog posts with my advice and some tips and tricks for decluttering your home. This is just to give you some of the basics that I’ve learned and help you find a starting point.
Here are a few more YouTube Channels that decided to do the 30 Bags in 30 Days Challenge, in case you need a bit more inspiration:
If you have started your decluttering or minimalist journey, how did you start? How did you get past that sense of being overwhelmed?
Good luck, everyone! Happy decluttering! Believe me, you’ll feel so much better after this challenge. Like a breath of fresh air!