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The 10-Day Declutter Challenge you need!

I don’t know about you guys but I have been feeling very stuffed recently. My mind has been cluttered with so much which weighs heavy on me. So I thought with spring coming by, it was time for a 10-day declutter challenge. It will be an amazing occasion to refresh your home, donate things you don’t use, or get rid of things that are broken or outdated

I feel like a 10-day declutter challenge is perfect as it’s not too overwhelming and you can take your time with each step to declutter daily with a clear mind.

A day-by-day 10-Day Declutter Challenge!

Before embarking on the 10-day declutter challenge, I had previously written posts about items I no longer buy, or at least try to avoid, and things I’ve stopped purchasing for financial reasons. I believe these habits help reduce clutter and make this challenge more enjoyable.

Day 1: Medicine Cabinet/Toiletries

One of the first things you should clean up is your medicine cabinet and your toiletries. It’s time to remove all the expired medicine you have as well as any expired skincare products! While some may believe that medicine doesn’t necessarily have an expiration date and that it’s a ploy from pharmaceutical companies to make you spend more money, it’s important to acknowledge that using a product that expired three years ago might not be as effective when you’re sick. Aside from medicine, ensure all your skincare products are up-to-date and your makeup isn’t too expired to prevent skin irritation.

Once everything is cleaned and purged, it’s time to organize! I love using storage bins for easy access and clear organization.

Day 2: Desk, library, and office closet

This is particularly important for people who work from home, as having a clean working space leads to a clear mind.

I often throw all my papers and files into drawers, which end up overflowing with useless documents. So, I go back and ensure all the papers I have are important and up-to-date, disposing of anything unnecessary in the recycling. I use clear containers for different purposes to keep my drawers organized for as long as possible (I also use it for my makeup drawer btw).

If you have a library or bookshelf, it might be time to tidy it up a bit and ensure you like all the books in it. You can donate unwanted books to libraries or shelters, or even sell them on Facebook groups. I prefer not to purchase physical books; I’d rather rent them from the library or purchase them on Kindle. However, every year I somehow accumulate books or magazines that I don’t use!

Day 3: Emails and computer.

Cleaning up my computer and emails is probably my favorite thing to do, and I don’t just do it during a 10-day declutter challenge! With multiple email accounts, it’s challenging to keep everything neat and organized. It’s annoyingly common for files to take up too much space on your disk and slow down your computer significantly.

I use this external disk to help me organize my files better. At this point, I only keep one or two years’ worth of files on my computer, while the rest goes into the external disk. However, I ensure that everything I transfer to the disk is necessary and worth the space.

Day 4: Kitchen drawers and Cabinets

Cabinets and drawers are all about organization and making your kitchen more user-friendly. Here are some items I love in my kitchen and would recommend 100%!

You could also donate all the items you haven’t used in the last year or that you have doubles of! If you decide to change up your kitchen plates and cutlery for newer models then you can donate your old one!

Day 5: Kitchen Pantry

Growing up in a low-income household, it was always crucial for my parents to maintain a well-stocked pantry in case we needed food and didn’t have money. Every Saturday, we would receive weekly flyers from stores with their discounts, and my mom would meticulously go through them to find the best deals for pantry items. She would buy a few extras to ensure they would last until the next sale. Even after moving out, I’ve retained this habit and need to always have a well-stocked pantry for emergencies.

To prevent waste and ensure nothing expires in my pantry, I do this at least twice a year: I gather items nearing their expiration dates and prioritize using them before they expire. Anything that’s expired goes into the garbage, and if there are items I no longer enjoy but haven’t expired, I give them away.

Day 6: Decluttering your entryway

Your entryway is typically the first thing your guests will see upon entering, even if it’s part of an open-concept space where they can also see your living room and kitchen. Moreover, after a long day of work, coming home to a cluttered entryway isn’t exactly welcoming. While everyone organizes their entryway differently, for me, it’s where I store all my winter gear, shoes, and coats, so it’s crucial to declutter these items to maintain tidiness and organization.

A few years ago, I started organizing my entryway based on the season, which has significantly helped reduce clutter.

Day 7: Nightstands

I don’t know about you, but I tend to just toss things I don’t need into my nightstand. Throughout the year, I convince myself that I’ll eventually use those products, but in reality, very few things ever come out. Cleaning up your nightstand is a quick task that usually doesn’t take much time. You might even discover new products that were hidden at the bottom of the drawer, or you can create a pile to give away items you no longer need but are still in good condition.

Day 8: Linen Closet

I believe the linen closet should be refreshed every few years. Regardless of how much linen you have, there are bound to be some items stained permanently, which is quite bothersome. Whenever I encounter a stain that I can’t remove, I tend to stash away that towel, telling myself I’ll deal with it later when I have more time. However, that “later” never seems to come, leaving me with towels that I never end up using!

During my last linen closet cleanout, I realized that I owned three bathrobes even though I live alone and I am a towel girl, not a bathrobe girl. Sometimes I see a sale and it’s just too good to say no too! All those went to charity!

Day 9: Cleaning supply

I realize I love purchasing cleaning products especially now that I live alone; I can buy a new product every week just because I see it on TikTok. Cleaning for me is a coping mechanism and it helps me with my anxiety; which means I do a lot of it. And with spring cleaning I have an urge to get more product.

My cleaning supplies are scattered throughout the bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen. I highly recommend gathering everything in one place to start. Then, it’s a good idea to consolidate any duplicates and discard products you didn’t like. It’s also time to say goodbye to old rags, sponges, and brushes.

Day 10: Bed Room Closet / Dresser

I saved the closet and dresser for last because I anticipated that this would be the most time-consuming task. Fashion can be quite tricky as it’s a means of expressing our identity, and our clothes often reflect who we are. I’ve found myself with clothes in my closet and dresser that still have the tags on them because I made impulsive purchases without considering whether they truly fit my style or needs. These clothes have never been worn and likely never will be.

I recommend removing everything that no longer fits you, items with holes, rips, or permanent stains, and anything you haven’t worn in the last two years. If the clothes no longer serve you, they might serve someone else!

Create two piles: one for items to give away and one for items to discard.

Q&A About a 10-Day Declutter Challenge

What is the 12-12-12 rule of decluttering?

Originating from Joshua Baker, the idea of the 12-12-12 rule of decluttering consists of three simple steps: 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to put in their rightful place.

This rule can be applied pretty much every day of this 10-day declutter challenge!

How to declutter in 10 days?

I think the goal is to go slowly but steadily, always remembering why you are doing this and the benefits it will bring you. In the end, all you want is to feel less stressed and crowded in your own space and focus on other aspects of your life that are more meaningful to you!

Something I realized while decluttering is the difference between the questions “Have I used this product in the last year?” vs “Will I use this product in the next year?” The former will put you in a better headspace to give away your stuff or throw it out without guilt.

I hope this 10-day declutter challenge will be as fruitful for all of you as it was for me!

Until next time,

Sofyah,

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Sofyah Ov is the founder of Sofyahscorner. Through her travels, she emphasizes the art of living comfortably while adventuring, showing readers how to strike a harmonious balance between world exploration and the soft life. Having lived in 3 different continents, the writer, passionate traveler, and lifestyle enthusiast would love to teach you how you can have it all!

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