By Caroline Bujold
If you’ve been meaning to get a little more organized this year and lack motivation, don’t know where to start or feel like the task is insurmountable, these decluttering and simplifying challenges might just be what you need to finally get you on your way to organized nirvana.
The beauty, in most of these exercises, except for one, is you can do them at any time, it doesn’t matter if you start on January 1st, today or in a month. Added bonus, since these are online, you have the option to interact with others on social media, ask questions if you’re stumped and peek at how everyone is doing on their challenge.
The concept of minimalism is still somewhat new to me and in an effort to better understand it, I went to the pros.
Although these challenges cost money, I’m comfortable recommending them, because I’ve done them both and thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and exercises.
1. 30 Days to a Simpler Life by No Side Bar $15 (USD)
No Side Bar is well known for their expertise on all things minimalist. Their series of daily emails promises to help “Free yourself and experience the happiness you deserve “.
Each day has a theme, contains an overview of the topic and sometimes questions to reflect on. There are also suggested readings and a daily challenge.
2. A Simple Year by Be More with Less $240 (USD) – Time sensitive
Time is running out to join A Simple Year: Registrations open until January 15th.
In this year-long challenge, you get lessons, articles and a live online presentation, plus Q&As with the experts. Each month has a theme such as clutter, money and cooking. Some were more interesting than others to me, but the information was valuable regardless. There is also a Facebook group to interact with other participants.
Decluttering & Simplifying
If you’re not quite ready to drop money on a course, check the following list of free challenges.
3. Project 333 by Courney Carver
Are you dreaming of an uncomplicated morning where dressing up elegantly will come with ease? Than you should check Project 333 by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less. The idea is to dress with 33 items for 3 months. Although Courtney gives you some rules to follow, she also insists on making sure you adjust the challenge so it works for you. It’s an experiment I haven’t tried yet, but keep marvelling at.
4. #31Days2GetOrganized Challenge by Peter Walsh
If you’re looking for a simple and quick way to get motivated to declutter, this is the challenge for you. Suggested daily challenges are meant to take only 10 minutes and are highly satisfying once done. They may even give you the momentum to go further in your decluttering journey. I’ve joined a couple years in a row and highly recommend it.
5. The 2nd Annual 30 Days Simplicity Challenge & The Simplifying 2017 Series by Emily Ley
Emily Ley has a great, short four-part series about simplifying life. It’s an inspiring read that will have you reconsider what it means to be organized. The link provided here starts on No 4, but you will find the links to part 1, 2 and 3 on the post.
Through her brand, The Simplified Planner, she’s also presenting a series of daily simplicity prompts. Again, these are short and easy to accomplish in a short period of time. You can also see the series from last year.
6. Simply Clean Decluttering Challenge by Clean Mama
Along the same lines, Becky’s Simply Clean Decluttering Challenge offers daily prompts to keep you on your toes in 2017. You can follow along on her blog with a printable checklist and also on Instagram. In both cases, you get a few lines explaining the task for the day.
7. 30 Day Clutter Blitz by Organise My House
There is still time to join the 30-Day Clutter Blitz Challenge. You’ll receive a daily email explaining the clutter buster daily job that should take you only 15 minutes to accomplish.
A Fresh Start for your Home
Are you ready for a greater challenge? Then make sure to check these two step by step guides to freshen your home.
8. January Cure by Apartment Therapy
Feel like tackling bigger projects in your home? The January Cure is the fresh start you need. The program is broken into daily assignments taking around 10 to 60 minutes from Monday to Thursday, with a bigger weekend project and a printable calendar to follow along.
9. Your Guide to a totally organized home in 10 weeks by Houzz
This home organizing challenge will get you all the way to March. Each week tackles an area of your home and is complete with a seven-day plan to organize that space. It’s a very complete, well done challenge.
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