30 DAY LIFE CHANGING DECLUTTER DETOX: For Your Home, Body and Mind
As we gear up for the fall and the busy holiday season, there’s no better time to declutter the house!
With two little girls, cleaning is sometimes the last things on my to-do list. It’s overwhelming how much stuff we can accumulate in a week’s time!
With this 30-day Home Detox, you can start to feel better, have more energy, feel more productive and possibly shed a few pounds as we approach the busiest time of the year!
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WHY YOU SHOULD DECLUTTER AND HOW IT IMPACTS YOUR BODY AND MIND
As mothers we all know that sometimes being busy does not always mean being productive. When you have a clutter in your home, you can become mentally cluttered as well. Let me explain…
You may miss your exit or end up having to turn around and go home because you forgot something.
With excess clutter in your life you’ll end up doing twice as much work and become much less efficient.
Having clutter in the home can cause you to become anxious, restless or have a sense of unease. It reminds you of things that you need to do but aren’t doing, and can make you feel like a failure.
As you sort through the mess and start to declutter, a sense of ease will come upon you, giving you an extra boost of energy to focus on the more important things in your life.
In this fantastic book, Peter Walsh explains that, “research proves that it plays a big role…people with super-cluttered homes were 77 percent more likely to be overweight or obese”
Moms are twice as likely to eat more unhealthy snacks with a disorganized kitchen than those of a clean and tidy one.
It’s time to declutter! So lets get down to business…
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Day 1 – PAPERWORK
Are there mounds of paper work on your desk or what used to be your dining room table? Go through bills, old receipts and scratch paper left over from your kid’s homework.
Throw out or shred anything not still needed and file away the rest.
Day 2 – FRONT ENTRYWAY AND/OR COAT CLOSET
Pull out the coats and shoes from last winter that no longer fit and place them in bags to donate. Put any out-of-season finds into bins and place in storage.
If you do not have a storage, they can be placed in the attic or the basement.
Day 3 – CLEANING SUPPLIES
Go through your cleaning supplies. Throw out those nasty, bacteria infested rags and sponges. It’s time for them to be replaced.
Discard what products you don’t use and combine partially filled bottles of the same cleaning products.
Day 4 – PURSE
Empty the bottomless pit we moms call purses. Git rid of the old receipts shoved to the bottom, dried out pack of gum and the00 dirty napkins thrown in there.
Place make up and other essentials in a purse pouch so its easily found and transferable from handbag to handbag.
Day 5 – PANTRY AND OTHER DRY FOODS
Go through your spices and dry foods. Throw out anything that has expired and rearrange the rest according to what you use most often.
Day 6 – REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER
Toss out the expired foods or anything you know that your family won’t eat. Make note of the foods that are soon to expire and plan a dinner around those.
Day 7 – CATCH UP DAY
We all need a little break here and there. Even from decluttering. Take this day to take a breather or catch up on a missed day.
Day 8 – KITCHEN CABINETS
Go through your kitchen cabinets. Organize Tupperware bowls and toss out any ones that no longer have lids. Sort through pots and pans and arrange them by size or most often used.
Eliminate unused gadgets and utensils.
Day 9 – MEDICINE CABINETS
Dispose of any expired medications and organize bandages/bandaids for easy-to-reach access.
Day 10 – ENTERTAINMENT AREA
Organize DVD’s and BluRays and place each movie in their respective cases. Bundle messy those millions of cords. For a cleaner entertainment area, check this out.
Day 11 – DINING AREA
Sometimes the dining room table can quickly become the catch-all. Free up the clutter by clearing off the table and have the family make a commitment to keeping it clean.
Day 12 – BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Go through old books and magazines, donate what you know you won’t read again and throw out the rest.
Day 13 – JUNK DRAWER
Another catch-all is the junk drawer. Toss out anything that is no longer used and organize the rest into small containers or a drawer organizer.
Day 14 – CATCH UP
See day 7.
Day 15 – ATTIC/BASEMENT
Make sure to time this one so you don’t burn out. The attic/basement can be overwhelming. Don’t let it. Make sure to time yourself. Allow for 15-20 minutes to tackle what you can and utilize your catch up days to finish the rest.
Day 16 – BATHROOM CABINETS
It is time to go through your multitude of beauty products. Throw out anything that you don’t use, nail polish that dried up and empty hairspray cans that got shoved to the back.
Arrange what you use on a day-to-day basis in the order in which you use them.
Day 17 – DESK
Declutter your desk by shredding any unneeded papers and file away the rest. Toss out any old calendars and weekly planners that are outdated.
Also, go through your smaller office supplies and organize them according to what you use often.
Day 18 – MAKEUP
Get rid of any make up that is dried, cracked and expired. Anything that does not fit your style now as a mom, in the trash it needs to go.
I know that you have several shades of lipsticks that you never use, because I am guilty of it too. Those need to go as well. If you haven’t put it on in months, toss it out!
Day 19 – LINEN CABINET
Go through your linen closet/cabinet and sort through anything that you no longer use, but are still good. Consider donating them. Anything that is holey and super dingy, toss them out.
Day 20 – YOUR BEDROOM CLOSET
Sort through your old clothes. Ask yourself when the last you wore it and if you would purchase it again. If its recent and you would, it gets to stay. If its a no, then it goes!
Day 21 – CATCH UP
See day 7.
Day 22 – SOCKS AND UNDIES
We all know how the dryer eats socks. If your socks are singing, ‘One is the loneliest number…’ toss them out.
Those undies that are holey and (to not disgust you because we all have them) stains, need to go in the trash right now!
This is my favorite day. I promise you will feel spectacular when you grab your dailies the next day!
Day 23 – NIGHTSTAND
Declutter the top of your night stand by clearing off anything that does not belong by the bed. Your kid’s teddy bear doesn’t belong.
Once you are done with that, go through the drawers. Keep only what you use right before going to bed or need through out the night.
For me, I love keeping a bottle of water, lotion for my hands and feet, and my charger close by.
Day 24 – KID’S CLOSET
It is the day for your kid’s clothes they’ve out grown. Anything that you don’t plan to keep for your youngest, if its still good, pack it up for donation.
Day 25 – KID’S TOYS
I HIGHLY encourage doing this WITHOUT your kids. I have tried and tried again to do this with my little one, and failed miserably.
Declutter + Kids = Disaster!
Sort through the toys that they haven’t played with for a while and check to see if it still works. Put it in a box to donate to your local non-profit.
What has missing parts and doesn’t work with new batteries, toss it out!
Day 26 – LAUNDRY ROOM
Open those laundry cabinets, decide what you use on a regular basis and get rid of the rest.
Day 27 – CRAFTING AREA
This was a tough day for me and can be hard for any mom that’s crafty. But show no mercy! Get rid of what you KNOW you won’t use. Get you one of these craft organizers to get down and dirty with your decluttering!
Day 28 – CATCH UP
See day 7.
Day 29 – GARAGE
Just like you did with the attic/basement time this one out. It can be overwhelming, but don’t let it. Tackle what you can in 15-20 minutes and make a commitment to tackle the rest on a near date in the future.
Day 30 – CAR
With kids, the car is one of the first things that gets cluttered. Bring a few trash bags with you; one for the garbage and another for things that need to make a trip back in your house.
Go through each section of your car and throw out what does not belong in the car! Come back on another day and break out that vacuum and treat your car to a nice bath. It will thank you later.
You did it! Day 30, you made it! You now have a declutter home, life, heart and mind. How do you feel? Let me know in the comments what difference this made in your life.
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