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.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
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.
There are links below for a printable calendar and a discard list. 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.
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.
We mindlessly add things to our lives and rarely subtract without great intention.
There are many obvious reasons to unclutter our homes, and a maybe even a few not so obvious ones:
The calendar I have prepared for my Unclutter Your Nest Boot Camp has us working 4 days a week for the entire month of January, going room by room. The amount of time you put in each day is up to you. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish in 30-minute increments.
For many of you, this schedule may not work into your ‘real life’ schedule. No biggie. This is just a proposal and feel free to move days around to better suit your life.
You may only be able to dedicate the time to this project on weekends. Work at your schedule. I will send out ideas and encouragements based on this calendar, but you can also bookmark them, pin them or just come back to them later. Each weekend I will have a post dedicated to the two areas to be cleaned that week in your mailbox, with suggestions, information and motivation.
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In addition to the calendar link (in blue right above), I’ve prepared some discard sheets (in blue right below) 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.
update 1/3/2016…Because mom always knows best…I’ve attached another discard sheet with columns for the quantity of each item discarded and a place to calculate the value of your donations for tax purposes. Thanks for the suggestion mom.
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.
So, are you ready to unclutter your nest and lighten your load? I am so ready for this …but the family is a bit nervous. I think they’ll thank me in the end. I’m looking forward to hearing of and seeing your successes and triumphs as you remove the clutter in your home and your life. I will have the first segment; bathrooms and bedrooms, in your inbox this upcoming Sunday morning.
Until then, enjoy your week and Happy New Year!