I love those challenges that I read online about decluttering – whether it be the Minsgame, the #30DayGetChuckedChallenge or another inspiring challenge doing the rounds. But to be perfectly honest, I don’t always have the motivation or the time to devote to decluttering my home daily. And to be even more honest, sometimes I just feel ill, or too tired to tear myself away from the latest boxset after a long day at work. So in order to keep on top of my home, I keep it simple. I just do my own challenge – the 10 item tidy challenge.
So what does it involve? Well, it really is as simple as it sounds. It just involves getting up, hitting one of those clutter spots and committing to decluttering/tidying/sorting 10 items. It’s amazing how taking tiny steps like this can really make a difference. Quite often, I’ll take a rubbish bag to my son’s room with the aim of binning ten items from his floor (he’s ten, so hasn’t learned to tidy just yet) and before I know it, I’ll be tidying out a drawer or shelf. Or I’ll grab ten items of clothing that need washing and I’ll find myself putting a full load in the wash. If I’ve got more time (and determination) I’ll start on a clutter spot, such as the drawer where I put my mail if I don’t have time to do it immediately or the car, my least favourite place to clean. Not feeling so motivated? Then I’ll sort 10 items and get back to my movie, my book or take a nap….but at least I’ve done something.
Why does it work? Even when we’re tired, sick or just taking it easy, there’s always things we need to do (unless we have a personal assistant). So the next time you make a cup of tea, put away ten things in the kitchen, put ten things in the dishwasher or empty the bin (there’s bound to be way more than ten things in there). Using the bathroom? Throw away those empties while you’re there. Have a teenager/messy child in the home – make their room your go-to place for your tidy challenge this week. Ten things might not seem like much, but it’s do-able. And slowly and surely, you’ll find the your child’s room looking neater, those shelves will start looking tidier and who knows? Your good habits might start rubbing off on the rest of the family 🙂
I’d love to hear if you have any quick and easy tips for keeping your home nice. Please comment below if you can, as I enjoy hearing from you.