Welcome to our first 30-day challenge! If you’re like me, setting goals at the beginning of the year and then working on them all-year long is too daunting. I forget them, I lose enthusiasm, or I get bored. So this year I decided to do monthly challenges and offer them to anyone who would like to do them also.
If that’s you, please feel free to join the accompanying Facebook group, 30 Day Nonfitness Challenges. Click here to see what it’s like and to join. It’s free, and there are no obligations. Join the challenges that interest you. Do as much or as little as you’d like. Personalize to suit your needs. Frequent posts by group members will keep us all enthused and focused.
With this first challenge, the goal is to do at least 15 minutes each day. It’s totally up to you if you do more. Dejunking is the goal, so if you decide to clean and organize while you’re at it, that’s a bonus and totally up to you. So, depending on the day, go at the level that works for you and isn’t totally overwhelming. Also, depending on your circumstances, some projects suggested will take more than 15 minutes. In that case, set a timer, do part of the task for 15 minutes, then stop if you’d like. If it’s something you really want to continue, make a plan to finish the job. If it’s not that important to you, then consider yourself done.
Now, let’s get started!
Click here to print the challenge chart.
Keys. Remove any keys from your keyring that you don’t use on a regular basis. Store infrequently used keys in a jar. Toss any that are no longer applicable. Try to keep just 3 or 4 keys on your main key ring. Have loose keys around the house? Gather them up and put them in the jar too.
Pens and pencils. Sharpen dull pencils. Toss any old pencils or pens. Store in one place per area where you’ll be using them. Place in old mugs, vases, mason jars, etc. Or store in a specific area in a drawer.
Purse and wallet. Clean out pockets. Keep only essentials. Toss old shopper reward cards if you’re not using them. Tuck receipts into a box or organizer. Update or remove photos. Cut up old credit cards (close accounts if not using), insurance cards, etc.
Smart phone. Remove any apps you no longer use. Organize keeper apps into folders.
Email inbox. Unsubscribe from at least 5 batch emails. Create folders for 5 most-used emails.
Fridge items. Toss any expired items, such as salad dressings and condiments, as well as leftovers after 4-7 days.
Medicine and prescriptions. Toss expired medicines. Make note of items needed.
Linens. Toss old towels and washcloths until you have a manageable pile. Toss old linens and keep just 2 sets per bed.
Digital Photos. Start with the past week or month. Keep only the best photos. It’s totally up to you if you want to make this a long-term goal and move backwards a month at a time.
Shoes. Donate any shoes you haven’t worn in the last year. Period.
Clothes. Donate any clothes you haven’t worn in the last year. Period.
Jewelry. Donate or toss anything you haven’t worn in a year or that isn’t sentimental or expensive.
Cosmetics. Toss anything that is over a year old.
Nail-care products. Toss anything old. Polishes thicken over time. Try thinning with a little nail polish remover. If the end result still isn’t what you want, toss.
Loose change. Toss in jars kept in specific locations, such as the laundry room or bedroom. Take to the bank or coin machines to exchange for extra cash.
Old statements. Focus on your 2 biggest, bulging files. For me, it’s utilities bills and bank statements. Shred any statements that are over 12 months old. Archive any you think you might need and put in out-of-the-way storage.
Car console crap. You know that spot in between your driver and passenger seats where you store junk? Yep, that’s it. Toss nonessentials. Store only essential items such as sunglasses, lipgloss, tissues, and a little spare emergency change.
Trunk junk. Open the trunk and eyeball it. What do you notice first thing? A soccer ball from last summer? A bunch of junk? Keep emergency essentials and anything you use regularly. Put away, donate, or toss everything else.
Eating utensils. Toss any that are bent, chewed up by the garbage disposal, or otherwise gross. Donate any you really don’t need. Total bonus if you have an organizer and take a few minutes to separate them into designated bins. Total, total bonus if you label each bin so your family members might put items back in the right spot.
Cooking Utensils. Donate any utensils you haven’t used in a year. If it’s a bulky item used infrequently and you just can’t part with it, store it in an out-of-the way place.
Spices. Toss spices that are really, really old. Actually, they should go after a year or two for best flavor. Bonus if your spices are organized in a rack.
Books and magazines. Donate books that you’ll likely never read again. Toss magazines that are from last year. Consider unsubscribing from any that you can read digitally.
Bathroom essentials. Yep, it’s the drawer with the toothpaste and gunk in it. Give a quick toss to any items you don’t use daily or on a very regular basis. Keep 1 toothbrush, 1 tube of paste, and dental floss. Store extras in a hall closet so you’re not sorting through clutter every morning.
Pantry goods. Shelf by shelf. Toss expired items or donate things you really just won’t eat. Don’t organize anything unless that’s your next goal. Just toss and shut the door after. 🙂
Socks and underwear. Toss or repair anything with holes or stains. Toss missing sock matches.
Cleaning supplies. Toss anything you no longer use or that is expired. Make note of replacements needed.
Misc. stuff. Got a junk drawer or cupboard? Open it and quickly toss immediately obvious junk. Don’t think too hard. Move bulky items that are needed but interfere with closing the drawer or door easily. Bonus if you organize a little bit as you go, putting like items, such as nails, screws, rubber bands, clips etc. in baggies or small containers. Don’t get fancy. The main goal is to just purge.
Freezer food. Shelf by shelf, toss anything over a year old. Tried a bag of something and didn’t like it? Toss or share with someone who would like it. Choose 1 or 2 items that you’ll use this week. Don’t worry about organizing, cleaning, or defrosting the freezer, unless that’s your goal.
Crafts. At first glance, which things can go? Old paints? Scraps of fabric or paper? An unfinished project that you don’t care about anymore?
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We work on these challenges together. Click here to see our next challenge. Join my free 30-day Nonfitness Challenges Facebook group, and learn from other group members. We choose different themes every 30 days. Participate only in the challenges that interest you, at the level you’re most comfortable with. Click here to find us on Facebook.
What would you add to the list? Any tips to make the challenge easier?