Benjamin Franklin famously said:
If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!
So it is for this reason, that day 1 of my declutter challenge is all about planning. However, before you make any plan, you need a start point and endpoint. For me, that means taking a before photo of each room, so that I can see the “here and now”, and then setting goals for each room that I’m focusing this time around.
I created my own 90 Day Decluttering Planner, so I can make use of the tools in there whilst I set about removing another layer of clutter.
As before, I’m starting with my bedroom. It’s my place of sanctuary and needs to be a place that I can relax and sleep. We did a major declutter last year and so it’s in much better shape, but it’s worthwhile taking a fresh look at the room and removing another layer.
My new vision for my bedroom is a quiet space where the surfaces are clear and easy to keep clean.
Over the next few days I plan to:
- wash, iron and put away any clothes
- declutter my clothes
- clear all surfaces apart from my bedside cabinet
- give the room a clean, including washing the carpets.
- I’ll also put fresh bed linen on the bed.
Breaking it down:
- each day I’ll do 1 wash and iron
- day 2 – declutter my wardrobe
- day 3 – declutter my dressing table
- day 4 – declutter my chest of drawers
- day 5 – declutter my bedside cabinet
- day 6 – clean the room and wash the carpets
- day 7 – wash the carpets
Later in the year, we’ll get someone in to give the whole house a fresh lick of paint, covid permitting. I have to be careful because many scents trigger my asthma, including the smell of paint!
If you’d like to take my 30-day decluttering challenge, you can access it via my email list for free, or visit my Vault, where my decluttering challenge is just one of a range of challenges, toolkits and resources available to subscribers.
For me, this is about clearing away the things that no longer serve me, so that I can step into the person that I want to be in 2021.
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