We are having such a good response to the Declutter Challenge and are excited about bringing all this organization information and tips to everyone.  We have people from Florida and Minnesota joining in on the purge, so thanks for everyone spreading the word and helping others to start living organized.

We already have questions about organizing your home coming in so we will try to get some of the addressed each week. If you have any organization tips or advice you would like to share as well, please let us know. So now, off to the organization questions!

1.  You expect I can purge my whole crawl space in just 31 days?  Are you crazy?

Answer:  No, I expect you to do it in one weekend!  Okay, if you are dealing with a huge pile, your purge and declutter process may take longer.  Everybody’s situation will be different.  But think about this, if your crawl space is full of stuff, there is a good chance you don’t need most of it and if you do, is it organized enough to find anything?

Sorting through these kind of dumping areas (crawlspaces, basements, storage rooms) can be a daunting task.  If you’ve placed an item in an area like this, it probably isn’t that important to you.  Go through these spaces quickly and be brutal as you declutter.  If the job is really big, ask a friend or two to come and help.  After all, isn’t that what friends are for?

2.  I’m going away for part of the month so I can’t do the 31 Day Declutter Challenge.

Answer:  We’ve set up the 31 day declutter challenge for this May, but depending on your schedule , you could run the challenge a bit longer.  Just make sure you keep an end-date as a goal or else you won’t give it the attention it needs.  Maybe you miss one of the weekends for the big cleanups; that’s okay, you can catch it up at the end.

All the organizing tips, hints and information will remain on this blog so you can access them any time. If you have one room you want to organize, you can simply work on that day or section you need organized on your own and at your own pace.

3.  I’ve already gone through my house and decluttered, so I don’t need this challenge.

Answer:  If you’ve already purged your house, then great for you.  We all want to be where you are.  Pass the Declutter Challenge on to others because you already know the benefits of doing a good clean out.  Also, you may have some of your own tips or hints you would like to share to help us all get the most out of decluttering and so we can all start living organized.

Many people have had questions about how to subscribe.  There is a box to the left, or you can fill in your information in the place below. If you’ve already registered it will just give you the option to modify your profile.

6 Responses to The First Questions About The Declutter Challenge

  1. Debra says:

    I have recovered from a long overdrawn depression. How do I motivate myself, I am really having a problem of getting started or once I start continuing.

  2. Karen Biko says:

    Debra, I understand that coming from a place of depression can be a very difficult challenge in itself. The only advise I can offer you at this point is to remember that YOU have the ability to make changes in your life. Take the challenge slowly, one step at a time. Work on one small area and keep your eye on the end result, applaud yourself as you declutter. Each area that you get organized and let go of the ‘stuff’ of life that weighs you down is a huge accomplishment and a step closer to a fresh start.

    Good luck, and feel free to let me know how you are doing.

    –Karen

  3. Mary Lou says:

    Unfortunately, following illness/injury, my entire home needs decluttering. Where do I start? Most visible rooms like kitchen/living rooms or upstairs in craft rooms and bedrooms to make room for storage…I am motivated!!

  4. admin says:

    Hi Mary Lou,

    There never seems to be a “best” place to start, but what I have found works best for me is starting in my storage room and/or garage. By starting in these space I have places to put items I have taking up space in other rooms. Of course, it does come down to what you really need to keep as well! If you have’t signed up for our free email system to guide you along, take a couple of seconds to go register on the top right of the page and we will send you “The Declutter Rules” to help you get started and then weekly emails to guide you along the way to a decluttered home!

    Thanks,

    Karen

  5. luba says:

    My elderly mom lives with us and is reluctant to throw anything away. I think it is part sentimental and also the loss of control over her advanced age. (96). How do we declutter her bedroom and yet help preserve her dignity and ability to make decisions about her room? Stuff is all over the place.

  6. admin says:

    Hi Luba,

    It’s a very challenging situation when you have to deal with your parents items. I go through a similar situation with my mother as she is a bit of a hoarder and hates to throw out anything she may be able to use later.
    I’ve also been on the other side where my husband’s parents both passed away and we were very involved with going through everything left behind. At times it became a bit overwhelming and we had to deal with decades of memories. We couldn’t possibly keep everything so we had ot make soem difficult choices. The lesson we learned from it was we needed to help our parents make decisions earlier about what to do with prized possessions.
    If your mom isn’t quite ready to give up certain things at least put a plan into place as to who might get certain items. Once you start going through many of the things you could even let her know how much joy it would bring to certain people if she let go of some items early. It would not only make the recipient feel good to have these memories, but it would also make your mom feel good to see that they went to a happy home.
    Not sure if that entirely helped ou out, but hopefully it planted a seed of what to do. Good luck,

    Karen