Start the New Year Clutter-free – A Challenge!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed it or not, but often when things are in disarray in one area, it bleeds over into other areas of our life.  Conversely, when you take even 10 minutes to tidy up a trouble spot, things start to look up in others!

Sometimes starting with even the smallest things … things you didn’t even know were cluttering your world, it snowballs into big, happy, healthy changes!

This morning, as I received all the ‘save before the holiday‘ emails from every store, promo, or offer I’ve signed up for, I decided it was time to make some little changes.  Step one…

From now until ...whenever they stop coming... I’m going to unsubscribe from all those annoying emails!  GAH!  I rid myself of 3 before I decided you might want to de-clutter with me!!  Leave a comment and let me know you’re up for the challenge!

Email is a great place to start, but if you really want to make a difference in your life… go through your home!  It is amazing how many things we accumulate.  Things we don’t really need… or want.  I did this challenge last year and I am going to challenge myself and YOU to do it this year, too!

Now is the perfect time to start, and it’s not a bad habit to teach your kids as well!  I remember when my son was little, we would go through his room before Christmas and he would put items in 3 piles, one to keep, one to toss, and one to donate.  He donated gently used toys and books to the Women’s Shelter so other kids could enjoy them, he boxed up all of his favorite things for (maybe his kids) the future, and tossed out anything that really didn’t need to hang around any more.    I was SO proud of his choices!

donate – pass on – recycle – toss out

Chaotic surroundings can create anxiety and stress.  Disorder is stressful!!  As we all know stress wreaks havoc on you; you can become overwhelmed more easily and even lose sleep.  If you can rid your surroundings of clutter, you set yourself for a more peaceful existence!  Now who doesn’t want that?!

Start anywhere you want, and free up your space.

100 Item Challenge

I’m going to start in my loo, with all those facial scrubs that I thought I might use; the expired Oregano Oil (it’s so gross I can never bring myself to use it, but I haven’t brought myself to toss it either!!); the dregs of leftover shampoo (because you ALWAYS finish the conditioner in the set before the shampoo… someone needs to rethink bottle sizes); and anything else I can put in my hand and not feel attached to.

Off I skip…

did you see what I did there? Hahaha… skip to my loo

How many items did you rid yourself of?  Let me know in the comments section… and have a happy, clutter-free holiday!! xo

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