21-Day Decluttering Challenge

21-day decluttering challenge

As a practicing minimalist you wouldn’t think that I’d need a decluttering challenge, but I do. I accumulate stuff just like Every. One. Else.

So let’s debunk a fallacy right now: Decluttering is not something you do once. It’s something you do again and again each year.  Because…

…people give you things you don’t always use.

…and you buy things you think you’ll need but then never end up using.

…and your life changes, including your interests and needs and the size of your waistline.

All of these things make decluttering an ongoing pursuit, and I’m overdue for a pass through my possessions.

My primary motivation for decluttering is always the same: To create space for new things to grow in my life.

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I’d love you to join me. What new things would you like to create space for? A new relationship? A new hobby? A new business? A new healthy way of living?

Let’s not make the common mistake of trying to cram this new thing into our current life and space. Our clutter, unfinished projects, unsightly junk, and neglected objects are weighing us down—stealing precious energy from something new we’re trying to grow.

So let’s create some breathing room, K?

Join me on a 21-day decluttering challenge:

  1. Every day, for 21 days, find 10 objects to get rid of.
  2. These objects can be physical or digital (though I recommend that you stick to physical as much as possible because they offer a better psychological bang for your buck.).
  3. Get rid of them. (This step is obvious but for real–how many times have you created a donate pile and then let it sit in your closet, car or entryway for months?)

Easy, right? I’ll be sharing what I’m getting rid of, plus a couple things that I’ve found to be helpful with decluttering along the way, so follow my progress, and share your own, on Instagram.

Ready? Go.

I use these unexpected things to spark joy

#beautility drawstring bag

Like a lot of people (and by a lot, I mean over 1 million), I read Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, this past year. If you’ve read it, you know that her “spark joy” message really clicks with people, me included.

If you haven’t read her book, the spark joy message is basically this: When it comes to the things you own and the activities you do, listen to your heart. If they spark joy, keep them. If they don’t, get rid of them.

You can see the wisdom and simplicity in this advice.

I realized after reading the book that there was one area I really wanted to spark more joy in. This area is not what you think. It’s not clothes. It’s not shoes. It’s not furniture or artwork. It’s not even blogging or photography or any other hobby.

It’s everyday, utilitarian objects. 

Yes—you heard me correctly. I want my dustpan to spark joy. And my soap container. And maybe even my soap.

Basically I want my humble utilitarian tools to be beautiful. I’m searching for beauty + utility, or #beautility.

These drawstring bags fit the criteria. I could use any kind of bag, really, for storing and transporting stuff—even used plastic bags from Target (but blech). But these are far more beautiful. When I see them doing extremely ordinary things, like corralling my sliced sourdough bread in the freezer, I smile. Like Kondo said, they spark a tiny flame of joy, which can make a surprising impact on the quality of my day when added to other small sparks.

I made these particular bags myself, including the triangle stamp pattern, but you can find similar bags here.

Do you take a no-nonsense approach to your practical tools, or have you ever bought something because it was useful and attractive (even if the attractive version was more expensive)? What did you buy?