Decluttering – and a challenge? 9


A few weeks ago, on Facebook, I found out that some of you are interested in decluttering. How about you?

Me, me!

I know I am!

I’ve seen people doing a 500-thing challenge, or a X number of day challenge, or a number of other formats, but it seems like decluttering is something many of us are looking for. Especially given the time of year!

I’ve got a slightly different impetus, and so probably a slightly different goal than most of you: we’re moving this summer. And everything that we keep is something that needs to be packed and unpacked in the move – as well as the regular dusting-and-straightening-and-picking-up-off-the-floor that comes with things.

And so, here is my slightly startling goal: to touch everything in our house in the next 60 days. I’ll let you ponder that for a second. Yes, I do mean everything.  It doesn’t sound like too much until you start thinking of drawers, cabinets, boxes, kids’ clothing, storage…I’ve already given away a bunch of things, but there always seems to be more, even as we work to minimize incoming items. But I’m going to do it to get our moving weight down – and some of the mental weight that comes with this.

I want to minimize, clean up, and make things easier. You know, after I’m done with this project. Certainly not easy for now. 😉

This “challenge” is up to you.  What do you want to get out of it? Are you going to try and play along? Or pick some of the days? Or just cheer from the sidelines? I’d love to hear some of your decluttering stories.

I’m going to be (bli neder!) posting my progress.  I may be using this blog to keep me on the straight and narrow, but that’s a perk of having a blog, right? I’m doing smaller bites – not whole rooms, but smaller pieces, like our board games area (next on my list) or tablecloths stash (coming up). I’ll try to get before and after pictures and give any thoughts on what I’m passing on as we go.

Any other takers?


About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.


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9 thoughts on “Decluttering – and a challenge?

  • shoshana troppe

    id love to correspond w/ you and offer some free tips.i work as a professional organizer and the word de-clutter is my idea of a fun time.Ask away…Board games.be specific and i will answerr if i can.good luck.

    • Amital Post author

      Thanks Shoshana. I’m working my way through. My problem isn’t storage space – I’m really, really good at tucking things away. My problem is minimizing what we have just enough so we have what we need but not too much. Any thoughts on that, I’d love to hear them!

  • Kayla

    I’m in! At least, i’m INterested… I just need to make time when I’m already up to my eyeballs in day-to-day :/ It’ll happen, though, I need to daven!

    • Amital Post author

      Davening is critical. I’ve been trying for 15+ minutes most days – but again, my goal is a little more in depth than I’m guessing most people are aiming for!

        • Amital Post author

          Flylady is interesting, but I found it too overwhelming. What I’m doing is choosing one or several areas and then taking everything out and sorting. I set a lofty goal that I’m going after piece by piece.

          • Yocheved

            Thanks, I also found it “too much”, but I guess you can choose – either decluttering, or the zones, or a 5 minute room rescue. I never understood how it all fits in. You have good advice. But what makes you MOVE aside from Pesach? I need more incentives. And it’s hard to decide what to do with things sometimes…