30 Day Declutter Challenge: Less Equals More

Take the 30 Day Declutter Challenge: Less Equals More

As happy as we think buying stuff makes us, it comes with a price, and it is not only the price we pay for it.  We must give it space in our homes, and we must give our time and effort to take care of it.

The Real Cost of Things…

  • Cost
  • Space
  • Time

As I have started to think of things in this way, it makes me think a little differently when I am making buying choices.  There are things that I think I want, but as I think about them in the context of what I am actually trading for these things, I find myself realizing I do not want it as much as I think I do.

It also makes me think about what I already have, what I purchased before I realized the real cost, things in which I am still paying for with my space and time.

So periodically, I like to declutter. It is not necessarily something I enjoy the act of doing, but I sure do enjoy the feeling it gives me after I am finished. I feel empowered and like my stuff is not owning me and like I can better enjoy the things that matter. We are happier with less.

Periodically decluttering also helps me to stay better focused with my current buying decisions.

Having too many things keeps us from enjoying the things we do love. It takes time, space, and money.

So less means…

  • More $
  • More space
  • More time

Less is more.

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Simplicity.

Less stuff. Less work. Less expense. = More money. More time. More joy.

Less equals more.

Let’s do this! Here is a 30 Day Challenge to get you started!  Do a challenge every month or periodically through the year.  It is a wonderful feeling at the end of the month to see the progress you have made.

Free, Printable 30 Day Challenge – 30 Day Declutter Challenge
Less Equals More

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16 Comments

  1. misssrobin July 19, 2014 at 3:29 am

    I love to declutter! When my life is going according to plan I do it at least once a year. There are seven of us in our home, so stuff seems to grow all on its own. If I don’t declutter, we get overwhelmed. And I need space!

    I hope your decluttering brings you peace of mind and all the other things you’re looking for. Best wishes and happy Sharefest!

    • Art of a Beautiful Life July 19, 2014 at 6:36 am

      Ha ha! Yeah, I do not LOVE to do it, Robin. But I LOVE the feeling after I am done. lol Isn’t it amazing the stuff we accumulate? We have lived in the same house for over 20 years. When we moved around all the time, this never happened. We traveled light. I miss that feeling. OK, NOW I want to go declutter. lol

  2. Joanne Viola July 19, 2014 at 6:32 am

    I had to come visit you back from The SITS 🙂 To declutter is a wonderful feeling bringing such a freedom. I actually wrote about this as well –> http://daysnthoughts.com/2014/07/16/the-sacred-whitebox/
    Love when I learn more on a topic already striking home. Have a great weekend! Nice to “meet” you too!!

    • Art of a Beautiful Life July 19, 2014 at 6:42 am

      It really does. I just responded to Robin’s comment and was remembering what it felt like when we moved around all the time and how we traveled light. There was definitely a sense of freedom in that. Thank you so much for stopping by, Joanne. I look forward to connecting more!

  3. Debra@AModernTranslation July 19, 2014 at 6:47 am

    I try to declutter twice a year – spring & fall. I just did a mini-decluttering in my laundry room. Afterwards I did have a moment of “ahhh”. 🙂 I like your challenge, I may use it to change things up in the fall. Visiting from SITS. Have a great weekend.

    • Art of a Beautiful Life July 19, 2014 at 7:11 am

      Thanks, Debra! It’s nice to meet you! I also try to do it periodically. I find doing it in layers helps. Sometimes I’m not ready to part with something the first time around, but the next time, I am. You have a beautiful weekend, too.

  4. Simone July 19, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Hi there, this came just at the right time. I am going to start to declutter my home. It definitely needs doing and your chart will help me out. Thank you for sharing this x

    • Art of a Beautiful Life July 21, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      You’re welcome, Simone! Glad you found the 30 day challenge and hope it helps! I love seeing progress when I do these things. It helps to keep me motivated.

  5. Leah July 19, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I am all about de-cluttering at the moment. It seems a never ending journey because we just accumulate so MUCH stuff! Thanks for this printable. Visiting from SITS Sharefest.

    • Art of a Beautiful Life July 21, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      It does seem never ending, Leah. It is amazing what it takes to stay on top of it. And just think, this is with us being more conscious of what we are buying because we de-clutter regularly. Imagine what it would be if we didn’t. lol Thanks for stopping by to visit, Leah!

  6. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom July 21, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Sign me up! Seriously… sign me up!

    Every summer my inlaws host a family garage sale and every summer I go through the cleaning, purging, selling, and donating phase. I keep wondering WHY, oh WHY do I do this annually. How do I let things stack up again?

    Thanks for this challenge. I will be taking it seriously!

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

    • Art of a Beautiful Life July 21, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      It is a never ending process, Jennifer. There always seems to be something to throw out. I am just always afraid I will need it as soon as I do. lol What a great thing to do as a family. I love that.

  7. Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri July 21, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Topaz:

    I heart this post. I just finished my summer decluttering and it felt so wonderful to clear out space and donate some of my items. It makes me much more cognizant about buying anything additional. I also love that my daughter takes an active role in helping me clear up her space too. It is a fantastic way to show children that there is so much joy in simplicity.

    • Art of a Beautiful Life July 21, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Hi Rudri! It really does feel good, doesn’t it? And kudos to you teaching this to your daughter! There really is so much joy in simplicity.

  8. Helen January 2, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks for your inspiration

    • Art of a Beautiful Life January 5, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      You’re welcome, Helen. Thank you for stopping by to read and say hello.

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