We’re still more than a week away from April, but I thought I’d get a head start on planning for my challenge this year!
Last year, I introduced the April Declutter Challenge! I did my own variation of the minimalist challenge over the month of April, where on the first day, I decluttered 30 things, on the second day, 29 things, and so on and so forth. I would like to do it again this year! I am going to change the rules a little bit, however. (If you’d like to see the rules I made for the challenge last year, check them out here!)
- Remove items from living space
Out of sight, out of mind. My plan this year is a little different than it was last year. My rules from last year indicated that I gave things to the thrift store on a weekly basis. But then later, in talking with a friend, I learned that some of the things I had been giving away could have been of use to her. So, instead of immediately getting everything out of the house completely this year, I’m going to put everything aside and then invite friends over for a sort of rummage “sale” in my living room. If there are things people want, they can have them! And anything left over will go to the thrift store at the end of the month.
And, in the meantime, I will be keeping things out of our regular living spaces, probably in the back porch or shed. Or maybe basement. Depending on how I feel at the time.
- Bring garbage away daily
This one is the same as last year. Decluttering counts for garbage, too… but why save it. Take it out!!
- Avoid buying things
This one will be the most difficult, but I don’t see the point in getting rid of hundreds of items from my home if I’m just going to be bringing other things into it at the same time. It makes no sense! Obvious things like food and hygeine necessities are clearly excluded from this rule.
- Share your successes
I really enjoyed going on Instagram and sharing the things I was decluttering last year. Join me! Use the hashtag #AprilDeclutterChallenge on Instagram and see what kinds of things other people are getting rid of! I’ll be posting @Alysalovely.
What counts towards decluttering?
-Things you’ve borrowed from someone and are returning to them
-Things that are still in good working order that someone else can use
-Things that are total crap
So, who’s with me? 🙂