I wrote last week a post about how it’s okay not to be okay. Lately, I have been in this funk where I haven’t wanted to do much for myself, my house, or for my site. I find myself just lacking motivation in all areas of my life. I give myself leeway but eventually force myself to get things done. To kick me back into motivation. So join me starting August 1st (MY BIRTHDAY MONTH!) in doing a 30-day Declutter and Cleaning challenge.
I will be documenting my progress on Instagram. Follow along to get updates.
Have you ever woke up one day looking at all the random crap around you? So for the next few weeks, you just keep looking around wanting to get rid of things you just don’t find joy in anymore. That is me… I am in that phase right now. I think doing a 30-day Declutter and Cleaning challenge could be really helpful.
Everywhere I look there is just STUFF laying around. Items that do not have a permanent home and I just can’t take it anymore. I think if I just focus on one area a day I can slowly build up my motivation again without getting overwhelmed. Sometimes we feel that our whole house has to be clean in one day and that can get super overwhelming.
This needs to be quite simple since I am starting from zero motivation to actually do this. But the more I put it off the more I beat myself up for not doing it. It’s a vicious cycle.
I did create a freebie for you if you have no idea where to start. I also have a blank one so you can fill it out yourself to fit your home and your needs. Click here to get access to the freebies page! Whatever you choose is up to you. When I first had this idea to do a 30-day Declutter and Cleaning challenge. I did a lot of research on Pinterest and found a lot of the printables helpful, but had a lot of categories that didn’t suit me, my family, or our house.
Don’t worry… if you don’t want to download the freebie or have a printer. It is okay… I completely understand. You can do this with just a piece of paper and a pen.
So go grab that piece of paper and take the first step… Number the sheet from 1- 30
Do a walk-through
The second step of this 30-day Declutter and Cleaning challenge is to do a walk-through of your house. Because my house is different than your house. Your problem areas might not be the same as mine. So walk through your house slowly and with an open mind. Be honest with yourself and your needs within the house.
I suggest starting at your front door and just look around. For me I notice that our entry table gets very cluttered on the top with mail, knick-knacks and our shoes underneath are all over the place. So I write those down…
1. Entry Table
I then see that Mike has a nice pile of random stuff in the corner of the front room and I notice I haven’t looked for anything or thought of anything in his TV stand since we moved into this house a year and a half ago. Those are going on the list as well…
1. Entry Table
3. Mike’s Random corner
4. Mike’s TV stand
Just keep walking through your house and take note of the areas you normally turn a blind eye to.
Don’t forget while you are doing your walk-through you make note of the things you haven’t cleaned in a very long time. It is okay if your list is longer than 30 because somedays you could double up on some tasks. Like on my list… The entry table and the shoe holder are one and the same. No sense in doing the top of the entry table and not cleaning the bottom. Do it all at once.
And we all know once you start doing one thing you’ll end up having a little more motivation to do some more decluttering and cleaning. So it is better to be over-prepared.
If your goal was to just do the entry table and shoes on day 1 and that is all you did. You feel accomplished for the day. No harm, no foul. But let’s you started with those 2 but because you were in the room… You figured you might as well clean out the random corner of stuff and you put everything where it needs to go or you decide to get rid of most of it. It is still a win-win because you accomplished your 1 goal of the day, but then you did more and now you are like Jack on the titanic…
Once you have your list take a long hard look at it. What are the top items that stick out? You know those tasks or areas that just seem to be catch-alls. Put them at the top of your list to do. We want to schedule our 30-day Declutter And Cleaning Challenge to do the things that will make us feel accomplished first and followed by the other areas we have been slacking on.
Take it slow
This is a marathon, not a sprint. This is a judgment-free zone. Shit happens in life and sets us back. Our goal should be to get things done one at a time without overwhelming ourselves and starting this spiral of negative self-talk. We are always trying to be the best, to be a Pinterest mom, to be aesthetically pleasing, to be that girl… To be a girl boss, a boss babe, a hustler…
It gets overwhelming to always be on the hunt to be perfect and productive. And when it doesn’t happen all hell breaks loose. It spirals this negative self-talk, destroys our confidence, makes us feel like we are not worthy. Which is not the case.
This time it is mind over matter. Nobody really cares what your house looks like. This is an internal thing going on. So give yourself some leeway and do one thing at a time. Nobody is going to fault you if you take more than 30 days. As long as you keep going that is all that matters.
If you need some help and some motivation please follow me on Instagram I will be posting my daily updates there.
Until next time, have a great day! Remember you are a badass!