Last month, I purged our house of 465 possessions. It was surprisingly easy and I am sure you could do it. If you’ve not heard of the 30 day get chucked challenge, it’s basically a de-clutter challenge. On the first day you throw one possession, two possessions go on the second day, three things on the third day and eventually you’ll be free of 465 things. Here are my tips for a 30 day get chucked challenge.
It doesn’t have to be 30 consecutive days
In theory, you start the challenge on the first day of the month and finish on the 30th. That’s obviously easier said than done. I cruised along to about day 25 and then hit a speed bump in the form of sick kids. The thing I realised is you can just pick up where you left off and continue on your merry way to being free of 465 possessions. I might have been collecting 25 possessions on the 28th but I kept plodding along.
Some days you’ll be really motivated to throw stuff out. Other days you’ll feel a bit ho hum about it. Do the ‘easy’ areas on those days. Easy areas for me were the bathroom cupboard (who knew sunscreen had such a short use by date), the pantry, my wardrobe and the bookshelf. Other areas where unwanted items lurk include the linen cupboard, the dreaded ‘third draw’ (you know the draw that has wooden spoons and ends with about 17 of those useless champagne bottle stoppers), the toy boxes, the jewellery box (I had so many earrings that had lost its pair), makeup (also very short shelf life), cables and cords (we had chargers for phones we got rid of years ago), manuals (we had manuals for appliances we no longer own), the list goes on!
Get rid of it
This might sound obvious, but once you’ve decided you don’t want an item, make a decision to either bin it, donate it or sell it. If you’re donating or selling it, do it quickly. It kinda doesn’t count as de-cluttering if that item then floats about your house waiting for it’s journey to the Vinnies bin or to be photographed and put on Gumtree. I might be speaking from experience here.
Ban junk from the house
Something that I realised during the 30 day get chucked challenge is that so many of the possessions we don’t want or need were given to us. I realise that makes me sound like an ungrateful cow. The thing is, people have different tastes. It is super tricky though, rejecting a gift or other free stuff is almost impossible. I suppose what I’ve learnt is to either be honest and admit you don’t like it or don’t be consumed by guilt and move the gift on quickly. I swear guilt is the reason we have so many possessions. But just because someone gave you something doesn’t mean you need to keep it.
I’m not known for my decisive nature but during the 30 day get chucked challenge I uttered the words ‘just chuck it’ a lot of times. I have a new catch phrase, if in doubt, chuck it out! I had clothes in my wardrobe that I’d contemplated throwing out so many times but kept. They are now gone! There’s something about the challenge, and needing to reach a set amount of possessions to throw, that makes you ruthless.
My biggest tip for a 30 day get chucked challenge is don’t be intimidated by the 465 possessions. Take it one day at a time and focus on the items for that day (as in 23 items on day 23). One of the best things about the challenge is that we are still getting rid of stuff. The challenge gave us a de-clutter bug. I suspect I’ll embark on another 30 day get chucked challenge at some point.
I’d love to know your de-clutter tips!
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