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Join us for a 5-Day Homemaking Challenge! (Day 1 Assignment)

How to Eliminate 99% of the Paper Piles at Your House

Who needs some motivation and inspiration to clear out some clutter?? ME!

So guess what that means? I’m bringing you all along with me. 🙂 I’m going to be clearing out clutter and re-organizing things at our house this week and I’d love for you to join me.

Every morning this week around 8 a.m. CT, I’ll post the assignment for that day. Then, at 8 p.m. CT, I’ll post my accomplishments for the day! You can either link up your blog posts (if you’re blogging about the challenge) or just tell us in the comments what you accomplished that day.

Today’s Assignment:

1. Get dressed in something that makes you feel great.

2. Make a short to-do list for the day.

3. Tidy up your kitchen — do the dishes, straighten the fridge, and wipe the counter tops off.

4. Choose at least one drawer in the kitchen to clean out — remove the contents, wipe down the drawer, get rid of items you no longer love, need, or use, and then put everything back in an organized manner.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I’m also going to be reading through The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (can you believe I haven’t read it?) and blogging my thoughts as I read the book this week, too. Today, I’ll be reading pages 1-33.

Who’s joining me? Leave a comment to let me know if you’re planning to participate!

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90 Comments

  • Suzanne says:

    I’m in! Yay–so happy to be doing this with others. Much more motivating. ☺

  • Ashley says:

    I’m in! We’re having a garage sale at the end of the month and I would love to add even more to our already growing pile!

  • Sam says:

    Love these homemaking challenges. I loved the book, it just seems soooo overwhelming right now, that’s why I think your challenge is best for me right now. I so don’t want to deal with the Tupperware that is falling out of the kitchen cupboards, but that is where I will start.

  • Vicki Tallacksen says:

    I am in😁

  • Marissa says:

    Yay! I’m in!!! This is great, I love challenges:)

  • Cynthia Berg says:

    I asked my husband for that book last week, and he happily bought it for me. I just finished it last night and have already cleared out two 13 gallon bags of mine and my daughters’ clothes that no longer fit us. I can’t do a huge clean like she recommends due to chronic health issues, but I am determined to clear out at least a bag or two of my own things each week until I only have what brings me joy. So glad to see that you are resting up and healing.

  • Aimee Wiley says:

    I think you will really enjoy this book, Crystal! I just read it this past month and blogged about it (as have countless others). I ruthlessly purged my already sparse wardrobe and folded everyone’s clothes Kondo style:)

    I will say, after a few weeks, I still love her way of folding for my own things, but it is more time consuming to fold seven people’s worth of laundry that way, and my kids just haven’t gotten on board yet. It has been a long re-training process with much resistance, and getting them to then put their clothes away the “right” way has only been nominally successful. I have been debating whether to just give up or to keep at it with them until they finally give in;)

    Oh, but overall, this book and blogs like becoming minimalist have transformed my thinking. I am doing a one-month series on simplifying/minimalism on my blog this month as I journey through the “stuff” in my home and heart to find that place of “enough” and no more.

    I will definitely be joining up with you this week, and my kitchen cupboard contents are currently spread out on the counter. I have a good stack of giveaway already started!

  • Yvonne says:

    I’d love to participate in this challenge. Thanks!

  • amanda says:

    I finally listed some items for sale that have been sitting in our storage room!! Not a kitchen drawer, but feels just as good

  • Kelly says:

    YEA!! I want to join!! This HOPEFULLY will be the jump start I need to get organized!

  • Erin R. says:

    Sounds like a great idea as the school season officially kicks off.

  • Martha says:

    Count me in–anything to help the house as we all venture back to school.

  • samantha says:

    With the kids now in school, it’s time for Mama Bear to get to work on cleaning up this house! Thanks for the challenge, I’m in!

  • Jennifer says:

    I’m in! I love the accountability of a challenge.

  • Dawn says:

    I always LOVE your organization challenges!!! They have helped me tremendously!! And I’m sure this one will be no exception 🙂 I’m in too!!

  • Connie says:

    I’m in…just took a load to the Salvation Army today! But have plenty more to get rid of…unfortunately.

  • Rebecca says:

    Yes! I need this. My kitchen needs this too!

  • Samantha Reid says:

    Perfect timing. I’m in!

  • Melanie says:

    Me please!! 🙂

  • Stephanie says:

    I’m totally in!!

  • Valerie says:

    I love it!! I’m in. Day 1 challenge accepted and completed!!!

  • Nicole says:

    I’m in, but I’m reading this at 11:30 pm on Monday night so I’ll be one day behind.

  • Donna says:

    One day late but totally in! Thank you!

  • traci says:

    I’m in – still cannot wait until you do the month challenge like before – that is the last time my ducts and doorknobs got cleaned LOL

  • Susan Iskowich says:

    I’m in! Probably not going to do a kitchen drawer clean out though, as I did a closet clean out in order to try and find a favorite pair of exercise capris that have gone missing 🙁
    I LOVED the book. Personally, I think it can be quite overwhelming to do a total rehaul like she suggests, but I do get her point of how it can seem so much easier to just do things like ALL clothes at once, not just main closet, then hall closet, etc. Her way of folding clothes is so smart, too, but like one of the others said, it is hard getting the other three members of the household to do it and I don’t always want to be folding their clothes, but I think with some time and re-training, it will all work out.

  • Tee says:

    You know I’m in for this! I need a little organization – too much happening lately leaving me with a home-disaster, and adding to the stress. Maybe a little house-keeping will help!

  • Becci says:

    I’m in too! Perfect timing since my kids are starting back to school on Wednesday!

  • I’m in! I have skimmed through the book but I wI’ll be more intentional now! Thank you for the kick in the you know what!

  • Diona says:

    I’m late to the party but totally in!

  • Zoe says:

    I’m in! Have the book but haven’t opened it yet.

  • Renee says:

    I am ALWAYS in the mood to declutter. I’m in for the 5 day challenge & am going to request that book at the library 😉

  • Kimberlee Hopkinson says:

    I am late to the declutter party wagon, but I really need help, I have a detailed list of things to do in the house, then I usually go to that room and stand there just staring at everything that needs to be done!

  • Vanessa says:

    Awesome! My husband and I just read that book and really enjoyed it! Now we are trying to keep up with daily life and try to tidy all the things. 🙂 Looking forward to joining in this challenge and looking forward to your thoughts on the book.

  • Jana says:

    I’m in! I just saw this tonight but I will catch up with Day 2!

  • Michelle says:

    Cleaned my fridge and a drawer!

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