What I Learned From the Clutter Busting Challenge

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Lessons Learned From the Clutter Busting Challenge

If you have been following me this past month you know I took on clutter in my home with the Clutter Busting Challenge hosted by Money Saving Mom. So instead of working on one room of my home for this month, I worked on whatever area came to my attention for that day.

Using this technique I actually was able to tackle the clutter that was causing the biggest problems in our home. Which after a month of clutter busting is looking really much better. I was also able to spend some time in the rooms that I have already completed earlier this year and make sure they were staying clutter free.

As I worked each day in a “clutter hot spot” I realized that most of the items I was holding onto, the items making the clutter, were items we don’t really need, or items that I was just being too lazy to do something about, or I had kept thinking I might need someday (such as the receipt I found from 2006).

The truth be told most of the clutter busting I did each day only took me 10-15 minute tops. I would limit myself to clutter busting only long enough to get the 7-10 items for the day so I wouldn’t get burnt out on clutter busting. The items removed are items I probably won’t miss at all and I am so glad to have them gone.

One of the lessons I learned  during this challenge was to pace yourself. I know with myself if I see a task that I think is just too overwhelming I am more apt to shove it back, hide it away or put it off. But when I gave myself permission to just work until I found my seven items for the day the task was suddenly much more manageable and almost inviting. If clearing out clutter can ever be inviting. 🙂

So for the rest of this month be on the lookout for more posts about other things I learned while clutter busting. I will be covering things like, managing all those free magazines, paper clutter keep it from invading your space, too tiny-toss it and a few other ideas I have for posts.

The room for this month will be the master bedroom. It should be an easier task as I have already went through some of the closet and some of the drawers.

What area of clutter will you be tackling this month, if any?

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Here’s Each Day’s Post of the Clutter Busting Challenge

Clutter Busting Challenge Intro
Clutter Busting Day 1
Clutter Busting Day 2
Clutter Busting Day 3
Clutter Busting Day 4
Clutter Busting Day 5
Clutter Busting Day 6
Clutter Busting Day 7
Clutter Busting Day 8
Clutter Busting Day 9
Clutter Busting Day 10
Clutter Busting Day 11
Clutter Busting Day 12
Clutter Busting Day 13
Clutter Busting Day 14
Clutter Busting Day 15
Clutter Busting Day 16
Clutter Busting Day 17
Clutter Busting Day 18
Clutter Busting Day 19
Clutter Busting Day 20
Clutter Busting Day 21
Clutter Busting Day 22

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