I don’t know how it happened, but we’ve been taken over by stuff here on Wallace. There’s stuff everywhere. Frankly the stuff is suffocating. I’ve decided to take control of the stuff and embark on a 30 day get chucked challenge.
What is the 30 day get chucked challenge
Basically, you pick one thing to throw away on day one. On day two, you chose two things to throw away. You guessed it, day three you find three bits of stuff to throw. By day 30, if you stick to the challenge, you’ll have purged yourself of a huge 465 pieces of stuff. Do you think I can do it? I feel like I’ve got this.
No doubt the first half of the challenge will be simple. Things will get tricker at the pointy end of the challenge. It helps that I am not very sentimental and have kids with the usual kid paraphernalia. The 30 day get chucked challenge feels almost like a game and doesn’t seem overwhelming. Sure, it’s not necessarily methodical but that suits me and my scattered personality. A shelf-by-shelf, room by room approach almost seems to complicated. If I’m honest, I need something like this challenge to get me motivated.
Where will I start
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” – William Morris. If only I lived by those words! For some reason, stuff we don’t know what to do with sits on shelves. Day one will probably involve me spotting an object that I don’t love/serves no purpose and finally dealing with it! I’m certain that there are objects on Wallace that we have held on to because of guilt. I sit here and can see a glass candle holder that we received as a wedding present in 2008. I don’t love it and we have never used it. Why then do we still have it? Guilt! We feel guilty about giving it away when it was probably an expensive gift and presumably the family that gave it to us thought we would like it. There’s also a (fake) parrot sitting on a shelf. We used the parrot for the big lad’s pirate party in July 2014! We have no further use for the parrot yet he moved to Wallace with us. I just don’t know how to deal with him. Ultimately he needs to meet his demise but I feel guilty about buying him for one of use and then tossing him out.
Where else will I look
When I am done with removing visible items, I will delve into the boys toys. Those dinosaurs with limbs that fall off and random plastic snakes and lizards will be out of here. My wardrobe and beside table and the bathroom and linen cupboards are all prime targets for decluttering. I could go crazy in Mr Wallace’s shed but apparently that’s forbidden. My big aim is to empty our ‘play room’ (read: junk room) and transform it into a functional space. Time will tell.
Not all of the stuff will necessarily be chucked in the 30 day get chucked challenge. Of course, some things will be thrown out. Chuck it, so liberating! There will be two other categories, donations and stuff to sell. I’ll let you know if I make any money!
When does this thing start
My 30 day get chucked challenge will begin on May 1. Yes, I know that May has 31 days, but there is no time like the present. But maybe on the 31st day I’ll celebrate by throwing out a decent bottle of wine. I’ll probably even empty the contents first.
Fancy playing along? I’m sure the 30 day get chucked challenge would be so much more fun with a buddy! Does the thought of ridding yourself of 465 items sound appealing? Less stuff has to be simpler. I’ve joined Twitter for the challenge and will post pictures each day of my haul using #30daygetchuckedchallenge. That makes it really officially! Plus, I don’t want to clutter up your pretty Instagram feed with my banished stuff. I will also give you a weekly update, with a tally on what I have chucked, donated and sold. Who is with me?