Have you ever walked into a room in your home and wanted to turn around and walk right out because of the mess and clutter? I can’t tell you how many times I have felt that way. Sometimes it feels like despite the fact that we give away stuff, we still have way too much. It’s taken time but I’m finally to that point where stuff is stuff and we don’t need to hold onto every little thing. With that being said, join me for the Take 5 Challenge:
You’ll need a timer, energy 🙂 and a place (bag?) to put the clutter in that you’re getting rid of.
Ready, set… LIVING ROOM!
Take your timer and set it for 5 minutes. In those first 5 minutes, take everything that you know you AREN’T getting rid of and put them in a pile. This would be things like pencils, papers or whatever you might have that just needs to be put away.
If you gather everything in those 5 minutes and have time left over, start putting things away. Set the timer for another 5 minutes and finish putting away everything you can. If you have a pile of clean laundry on the couch *cough* like I do right now *cough* don’t worry about that. It will probably take longer than 5 minutes to fold and put that away. However, if you have left over time, sure, go ahead and tackle it until the timer beeps.
Now take your timer for one last time today and set it for another 5 minutes. In those last 5 minutes, go through the room and gather the clutter. Pick out at least 5 things to give away, trash or put aside for a garage sale. Put them in the bag or bin (or trash) and place it in a designated spot until you can take it to the second hand store or sell it.
We’re going to take each room in the house like this. While you might decide to get rid of more, the point of this challenge is to be quick, giving us a jump start into decluttering. I might do a more intense declutter challenge later and we will be tackling organization along the way, but for now, just take 5 and start there.
If you’re participating in the Take 5, please comment below and feel free to link up any posts you make regarding the challenge. I would love to see pictures and hear results.
Ready? Set? Let’s go take 5!