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Join Me for the Clutter-Busting Challenge in May!

Clutter-Busting Challenge: Get Rid of 7 Things Every Single Day in May

Beginning May 1, 2013, I’ll be hosting a Clutter-Busting Challenge right here on

I’ll be going through my house from top to bottom during the month of May. And to keep me motivated and accountable, every week day at 2 p.m., I’ll be posting a picture of 7 things I got rid of that day.

I’ll invite you to join me in this project, by challenging yourself to find 7 things to get rid of every day, too. I’ll have a link-up on the daily post where you can share a picture of the 7 things you got rid of that day, too.

Who’s with me in this clutter-busting challenge? Leave a comment to let us know you’re in.

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  • Keli says:

    I am in! I was already thinking I needed to get rid of things in May so this is perfect!

  • Sandra says:

    I’m in! I’m not sure I’ll find 7 things each day, but I’ll give it a try. It might be fun if you do rid of 7 things each day to hold onto them for the month and post a picture of what you’ve gathered collectively at the end of May.

    • Crystal says:

      I think I’ll just want them out of my house! 😉

      • Sarah in Alaska says:

        I’m game.

        I guess I’ve wondered about this. Do you make a thrift store run daily? Throw stuff in the trash? Put it in your garage sale pile? I’m betting a bit of all three.

        I almost don’t like getting rid of stuff in small amounts just because I don’t want to make repeated thrift store runs for a few items.

      • Luba says:

        Me too, Crystal!

    • Kelly says:

      I did this several months ago with 4 items per day and tried to keep them until the end of the month. Even organized in neat piles, it too up SOOO much room! The multiple runs to the thrift store was worth it to claim that real estate back.

    • cheranne johnson says:

      I think I would just want to get rid of them. Maybe make a weekly trip to donate and daily offerings on freecycle 🙂

  • I guess I picked the wrong day to completely purge my house of excess! Oops! LOL!

    Have a great challenge!

  • Amy says:

    I am in! We are finishing up a kitchen renovation this week, and I am determined to keep clutter at bay in my new space. Great timing – thanks!

  • Beth says:

    I’m in. Maybe an Instagram thing?

  • I am so in! Last summer in June I did a whole house organization and it really helped me to get rid of a lot of things. Now that just about a year has gone by I see it’s probably time again to weed some stuff out.

  • Katie L says:

    I’m in!! We’re moving this summer, we’re expecting a baby in June. I desperately need to basically touch every single thing I own and decide whether it’s worth keeping or if it needs to go. The April challenge really motivated me, so I’m looking forward to this!

  • Monica says:

    Looking forward to it! I think I may have to double up the amount to 14. I am hanging on to way too much stuff. Lol!

  • I LOVE this and completely support it! We move 2 to 4 times/year, and housesit, so our stuff is super-minimal. Every year I say we can’t get rid of any more, but then we do!

    I probably won’t be joining the challenge though, since everything we own (except a chair) fits in our car as-is. We can’t get rid of 217 things! We’ll be thingless!

  • Anna says:

    I’m in!

  • kate says:

    I going to try to participate – I’ve never done one of your challenges before. I moved in October and got rid of a bunch of stuff then, but I’m starting to feel cramped in my new (smaller) space, so hopefully I can find more to get rid of.

  • After the 30-Day House Cleaning challenge, it’s opened my eyes to how much easier it is to keep the main rooms of the house clean when they’re decluttered. I desperately need to do this challenge to get to the “other” areas and get them purged, cleaned, and organized!

  • Victoria says:

    I am so excited about this one. Not only do I need to attack clutter but my hubby and I plan to go away just the 2 of us in June for a few days to celebrate our anniversary and decided that I would raise most of the funds by selling items in our home we no longer need, so this challenge will help me get rolling with that!

  • Kara says:

    I really love all these monthly challenges! Thanks!! Please keep them up 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    I’m definitely in. Clutter is taking over my life. Getting rid of seven things a day sounds really manageable.

  • Shelley says:

    We are in the almost to the end of a Kitchen remodel and I know there are more things I will want to declutter.

  • Sarah says:

    I’m in! While I have recently done a pretty serious purge of the visible areas of the house (although I am sure there is more that could go!), there is still a lot of stuff that needs to go in the more unseen areas. I’ll be focusing my efforts on the master bedroom closet, kitchen cabinets/drawers and bathroom cabinets/drawers.

    I am also loving these monthly challenges. Just curious, though, where did the magic number of seven come from?

  • Sarah says:

    I SO need to do this! Count me in 🙂

  • Shelly says:

    One of my goals for this year is to declutter my whole house. We have lived in our current home for 15 years now and we have stuff that was just put away or placed on a shelf and hasn’t been touched in years, well I have cleaned it but it has just stayed in the same spot. This will be a great motivation to get some of the clutter cleared out this month.

  • Em says:

    I so need to do this…I may need to continue into June as well.

    We have a get together at our house this coming weekend with people we do not know. I am so looking forward to getting rid of 28 things before they arrive!

  • Mel says:

    Love this!!! Thanks for doing this series. This is something I struggle with so I’m totally on board!

  • Tammy McGregor says:

    I love this idea. I even asked my mom to do it with me. And I will make my 6 year old son do this in his room. 🙂

  • Cindy says:

    May is a perfect time for this! Our busiest week of the year is the first week of May and we were already talking about the need to purge thereafter. I think even in the busiest week I can find 7 things a day to purge. While I like the idea of putting it all aside to purge at the end of the month, I’m thinking many small trips to Goodwill are in my future!

  • Jessica says:

    Totally joining!!!

  • pat kleinmaier says:

    Count me in. Thinking of putting house on market so every little bit helps

  • Tere J says:

    I’m in! 7 things is easy! I have an entire garage to empty out! 😛

  • Rachel says:

    Count me in! I was just thinking that the closet/room that I decluttered about 4 months ago needs it again badly so this will get me motivated! 🙂

  • Marilyn Ueno says:

    A perfect challenge! I don’t want to go overboard, however I have lost this past year due to recovering to surgery, so I have a lot to decluttering = 7 things declutter ex from each room each day! I know this will work!

  • amy k says:

    groan…. i HAVE to do this though… we recently added #6 to a house barely at 1000 sq ft and there is way too much STUFF! not looking forward to the process, but looking forward to the result! 🙂

    • Heather says:

      hey! sounds like me! After July when this baby is born, we will have 5 people living in a 950 square foot apartment. I feel like I “like” everything we have, but I don’t use it all, and we have too much! We need more room for the people!

    • Jess says:

      We are 5 people in 800 square ft…also NEED to do this!

  • Tiffany Toomey says:

    I’m in this with you

  • Terri says:

    I need this type of challenge! Thank you!

  • Robin says:

    I’m in! 🙂 I can’t wait.

  • Lauren says:

    Yes! I need this encouragement to declutter. I don’t know where to begin.

  • Amy Smith says:

    I’m definitely in on this one! I’ve been thinking about doing this lately, anyway, and this is the perfect way to keep me motivated!

  • Count me in!! I am getting ready to move in May so this is coming right on time.

  • Rachel says:

    Great timing! We’re planning to move within the next month or two. I’ll be joining in on this one!

  • Sharla says:

    I’m so in! I kind of half-heartedly started de-cluttering again last week but this will give me something to be accountable to and that’s always a good thing.

  • I’m in! Spring cleaning for May- yahoo!

  • Melanie says:

    I’m in! I am SO sick of the clutter!

  • Angela says:

    I’m in! I didn’t do so well with the cleaning challenge last month, but clutter is definitely something I’ve been feeling lately. One reason I hate our apartment is that it has so little space! But, to be honest, a lot of the stuff that takes up the space we don’t have is stuff we can do without.

    I don’t know if I’ll find 7 things every day, but I’ll certainly try!

  • Bon says:

    Im in! We have too much stuff for a two bedroom house, and I’m also tired of tripping over toys!

  • Heather says:

    OK I am in! but will have to cut it short because I have to pack and move this month! Do you have tips on where to start when it is time to move! I have an 8 week old foster baby and homeschooling and i am stumped as to how to do this ….

    • Aleah says:

      We moved 3 times in one year and are not professionals by any means! But what worked for me was to figure out what we could get by without — extra clothes, dishes (use paper or just keep out exactly how many plates/cups/etc you need and pack the rest), movies, books, etc. Pack all nonessentials first (stuff you don’t use every day), and just keep telling yourself, “One box a day!” Even on crazy days, you can commit to that 🙂 and most days, you’ll find you can do even more!

  • I got rid of a lot of clutter before we put our house on the market this spring, but since we sold it and are moving at the end of May this will be a good challenge to undertake!

  • dawn says:

    I am so with you:) I can’t wait. I am on the verge of being a small time hoarder. Not trying to go there so I can’t wait.

    • Collette Robbins says:

      Yep! I am with you! I will be making up for the first couple of days I missed. Have a lot of stuff to purge!

  • Debbie says:

    I’m in! Sounds like a great idea!

  • Aimee says:

    I’m in! We moved last October, had our second baby in November, and have had a crazy several months of severe medical problems-all the clutter from the old house got moved to the new house, and I’m sick of it!

  • Becky Iliff says:

    Getting ready for a garage sale in June so going to get rid of the clutter and hopefully make a little cash at the same time.

  • Liz S. says:

    I”m in! Can’t wait for this, will be doing it along with a cleaning challenge

  • Cassey Stanger says:

    This is definitely something I need to do.

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