Who’s up for a challenge? Before you run, don’t worry, I’m not talking about one of those New Year’s fad diets that is over before it started. I’m talking about a real, doable cleaning challenge. Pinterest-lovers unite, ‘cause this one’s for you.
My Crafts, Tips, & DIY board on Pinterest is loaded with cleaning and organizing tips, some of which I actually use and some that I just like to pretend I’ll use one day. One thing I have found myself pinning a lot lately is anything relating to decluttering and living with less. I know, I have a toddler and two dogs, how am I ever going to overcome the clutter? Well, friend, 2017 is the year that I say no to holding on to meaningless things “just in case I’ll need it one day.” So join me. Join me in this detox of all things random just taking up space in your life. Just say no to clutter.
In order to complete this challenge successfully you will definitely need to enlist a partner-in-crime, be it your husband or your bestie, because trust me when I say, you’ll need someone there to tell you, “it’s time to get rid of the sheet that Charlie chewed a giant hole through 3 years ago.” What? It’s a very soft sheet.
To make this challenge easier, I’ve broken things down into categories based on where most of us are likely to need a good detox o’ random things. I’ve also included a link to a Google Doc that you can print, stick on the fridge, and check off as you go! Whether you take the whole month of January to complete the challenge or you do this all in one day is up to you. For me, the quicker I get it done, the better I feel and the faster I can move on to something else.
Be sure to let me know in the comments if I left anything off the list – and of course, how your experience with the cleaning challenge went!
Fridge/Freezer: Toss old, expired, freezer-burned, or unidentifiable food (you know, those Tupperwares in your freezer that may have gravy – or is that caramel sauce?)
Pantry: Toss old, expired food (some things like crackers you can toss in the lake for the ducks). Set aside food that is still good, but you know you’ll never eat, and donate to a food pantry. Consolidate dry foods that are the same (such as pasta or rice).
Junk Drawer/Mail Center: Toss or recycle pens that don’t work/pens with no caps, duplicate takeout menus, post-its that don’t stick, old business cards, and expired coupons. Shred old mail, checks with old bank account numbers, and old receipts.
Drawers/Cupboards: Recycle Tupperware with no matching lid/bottom or Tupperware that is scratched or stained. Donate measuring cups or spoons that aren’t a full set. Donate/Recycle small kitchen appliances that don’t work or are missing pieces.
Wallet: Shred/Recycle old club or rewards cards, old receipts, old business cards, and expired credit cards. Empty some loose change into a piggy bank to lighten up your wallet.
Pockets: Toss dried out/old lipbalm or lipstick, old cough drops, broken toys, empty wipes containers, and any other random knick-knacks.
Drawers: Toss stretched out or broken hair ties, old makeup, expired contacts, dull razors, dried out deodorant, and any hotel samples you know you’ll never use (some charities will take these as donations).
Cupboards/Linen Closet: Donate old towels, sheets, or pillowcases that have gotten scratchy or faded, toss expired medicine (safely!), and consolidate half-empty bottles of cleaning liquids (that are the same).
Shower/Bath: Toss out old bars of soap, old loofahs, empty shampoo/conditioner bottles, and old body wash (be sure to recycle the containers!)
Toy Bins: Donate or toss out toys/puzzles with missing or broken pieces, torn stuffed animals, random mismatched toys, and broken crayons. Donate toys that have not been played with in a while.
Bookshelves: Donate or recycle books with ripped or missing pages.
Filing Cabinet: Shred old or unnecessary documents.
Desk Drawers: Toss out pens that don’t work or pens without caps, broken paper clips, post-its that don’t stick, pencils without erasers, and donate or toss out old cords/wires/software discs/computer manuals.
Closet: Donate clothes you haven’t worn in awhile, uncomfortable shoes or shoes that don’t fit, old purses/wallets you don’t use, and worn-out belts.
Drawers: Toss out any ripped underwear, socks, or tights, and loose buttons, donate bras that don’t fit, old t-shirts, mismatched socks, and bathing suits that don’t fit.
Other areas that probably need a once-over: your car, garage, attic, basement, foyer, and backyard storage.
For more cleaning inspiration, check out 6 Things in Your House that Need to Be Cleaned ASAP.
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