Thursday, March 15, 2012

30 Day Declutter Challenge

Bless me Internet for I have sinned.  It's been 3 weeks since my last post.

Between my husband traveling for business, a sick preschooler, an influx of Etsy orders, spring planting, and general mayhem, I've been derelict in my blogging.   Forgive me dear readers, as I attempt to remedy that.

As we start to head into warmer spring days ( you hear me, Mother Nature? I'm talking about you!) I've been feeling the need to clean and purge.  I usually get this itch a few times a year, and I've learned to listen to it when it comes along.   You see, I come from a long line of hoarders - and I fear I may have inherited this same tendency.

For those of my family members reading this blog post, "hoarders" may not seem an accurate phrase to you. Feel free to substitute clutter bugs, pack rats, collector, gatherer, etc.   What I know for sure is that I never want my son to feel as I did after my mother passed he just wants to take a match to the house rather than sort through it.   I feel it creep in on occasion.  The need to squirrel away items.  To assign value to inanimate objects that aren't worthy of my space  - mentally or physically.  To become attached to the THING, rather than the MEMORY. 

And so it's time for a 30 day declutter challenge.   Each day, from now until April 15 (Tax Day!) I will challenge myself to find at least 10 items to either donate, recycle, or throw away.  That's 300 items gone, banished, never to return to my home by mid April.   Three hundred items that aren't beautiful, useful, or loved.  Three. Hundred.

With Ostara right around the corner it's time for new beginnings.  Out with the old, in the with new.  So I'm clearing it all out to welcome in spring and to start fresh. I'll be posting photos as I go of the objects leaving our home - and when I'm done, of the clean spaces they've left behind. 

Join me if you want - you can link up your blogs in the comment sections of each 30 Day Declutter Challenge post.  

Simple Mama


  1. This post makes me want to grab all my stuff and hold it tight! LOL. I *might* have a "stuff" problem, too.

    BTW, any fun easter-y projects to share? I need inspiration!

  2. I'm actually working with my son on a project as we speak. It should be up in a few days. :)

  3. oh thank you, I needed the reminder!

    WILL be decluttering starting this weekend.

    I have already discarded a big piles of magazines... like 30 +

    thanks for the inspiration.