Week 6 - Challenge Wrap-Up {Net Zero Clutter Challenge 2016} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Week 6 - Challenge Wrap-Up {Net Zero Clutter Challenge 2016}

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Week 6 - Challenge Wrap-Up {Net Zero Clutter Challenge 2016}

It's the end of the month! And the end of the #NetZeroClutter challenge. How did you do?  Did you feel overwhelmed during the month with all the stuff that entered your home? Did your decluttering help you enjoy this festive time of year?

Each week this month I shared decluttering tips and ideas to help you declutter a different area of your home.  Hopefully you found them helpful and you're ending the month with the same number of items in your home (or maybe even less!) than what you started the month with!

This week is a chance for you to look at your overall numbers and see how you did! Even if you didn't keep track, I'm sure you can feel the difference decluttering made :)

This Week's Decluttering Focus

Nothing specific to focus on now that this challenge is over. BUT, if you didn't declutter as much as you would have liked this month (it is a very busy month after all!), or you loved that lighter feeling from the decluttering you did in December and you want to keep going... I've got lots of other decluttering options for you!

  • Join the 365 Items in 365 Days challenge! I started this challenge 3 years ago and I love seeing and hearing stories from all the people who have been decluttering their homes during that time.  You can start this challenge at any time and you can declutter whatever you want whenever you want. The main goal is to declutter at least one item every day for 365 days. Then at a minimum you will have decluttered 365 items in a year. It's a way to make decluttering part of your every day life and to keep you decluttering even when you don't feel like it or when life gets busy. It's also perfect if you are overwhelmed and don't think you can fit a lot of time for decluttering into your life. Just one item. Everyone can do that! Get all the details of the 365 Items in 365 Days challenge here

  • If you want to jump start your decluttering, you can follow the 31 Days of Easy Decluttering series. Each day for 31 days I share tips for decluttering a different item or space in your home. Spend about 10-15 minutes each day for 31 days and you'll see a big difference in the clutter level in your home!  Find all the posts in the 31 Days of Easy Decluttering series here.

  • If you've been decluttering for awhile and still feel like you need to declutter more, get some fun and creative ideas from the Decluttering from A to Z series. After a few general posts about decluttering I share a list of ideas of items you can declutter starting with a different letter of the alphabet each day. Sometimes seeing items listed will make you think of items you can declutter that you hadn't thought about before. Or maybe you'll look at your home a bit differently and find things you can let go of that you didn't think you could on your first pass through decluttering. Check out all the Decluttering from A to Z posts here!

  • If you've already decluttered most of the "regular" clutter in your home but you still have a lot of sentimental items, you're ready for the Decluttering Sentimental Items series. This is not for new declutterers. You need your decluttering muscles warmed up before you tackle the sentimental stuff. Otherwise you'll get overwhelmed and discouraged and give up. Trust me. If you're ready to let go some of your sentimental items though, check out all the Decluttering Sentimental Items posts here!

Choose the series that best fits where you are right now. They will all help you as you declutter! 

And no matter what decluttering you're doing, whether you join the 365 Items in 365 Days challenge or not, I highly recommend you join the 365 Items in 365 Days Facebook group! It's a really supportive and encouraging group of people who are all decluttering. No judgement. No guilt. Just people doing their best to declutter who will cheer you on as you do the same :)  You can join the 365 Items in 365 Days Facebook group here.

Decluttering My Post Holiday Items and Storage Room

Well I didn't get to my storage room. We booked a spontaneous vacation so my storage room will have to wait. I don't keep my Christmas bins in there anyway though so I'll still be able to tackle it at another time.

And my Christmas stuff is still all up. With all the rush of finding a place to go for our vacation and packing, there just wasn't time to take it all down and pack it away. I'm sure there will be more decluttering of our Christmas items when I do though.

I did get some random decluttering done as I put away some of our Christmas gifts and as I packed for vacation though! {Sorry no pictures this time... this was all on the fly!}

Here's what I decluttered this week:

  • 29 old candies, cookies, and crackers (found more in our pantry when I was putting away new Christmas goodies)
  • 1 pants that are too small for my daughter
  • 1 of my daughter's bathing suits with elastic that's too stretched to wear
  • 1 book (Christmas gift that is below my daughter's reading level)
  • 3 crafts/activities from Christmas Eve
  • 1 poster my son no longer wanted
  • 15 games we no longer play (quick decluttering as we packed games to take on vacation)
  • 1 pair of boots that are too small for my daughter
  • 1 bag of craft beads my daughter no longer wants
  • 1 bottle of lotion since I received a new one at Christmas

So that makes 54 items out this week. Not bad considering I was so busy! This is usually a big decluttering week for me as I love to start the new year off with decluttering, but I'm sure I'll do lots in January.

My Progress in the #NetZeroClutter challenge

Only 12 items entered our home this week - 1 gift I received, 2 calendars we bought for our kids, 1 pair of new boots for my daughter, 1 program from a hockey game, and 7 gifts we bought for upcoming celebrations.
I decluttered 54 items this week and brought in 12.  So that puts me at -42 items this week in the #NetZeroClutter challenge and -150 items overall.  Woohoo! I'm ahead for the month. And I honestly wouldn't have decluttered this month if it wasn't for this challenge. It's good to have this kind of accountability!

What's Next For You?

Tally up your final numbers of items in and out this month so you can track your progress! Pat yourself on the back for whatever decluttering you did... every bit helps! Take some pictures and share your progress on social media using the hashtag #NetZeroClutter.  Let me know how you did in the challenge so I can celebrate with you!

Decide which of the decluttering series I shared above will help you the most and plan time in your daily or weekly schedule for 2017 to read a post and declutter! Think about how much better you'll feel this time next year :)

Sign up to receive my blog posts by email so you get each new post in your email inbox.  I'll be sharing more decluttering posts in January to help you kickstart the new year. You can unsubscribe at any time if you don't want to continue receiving my blog posts by email.

Don't forget to join our 365 Items in 365 Days Facebook group!  You'll be able to share with others what you're decluttering and feel encouraged and inspired by everyone else who is also decluttering!

If you'd like more decluttering ideas, you can check out my Decluttering/Purging Tips & Ideas board on Pinterest.

So that's the wrap-up of the Net Zero Decluttering Challenge!  I've enjoyed doing this challenge and I'm excited you joined me.  I loved hearing all the stories of how much more you enjoyed your holidays because you weren't overwhelmed by all the stuff in your home!

How much did you declutter from your home this week?  How were your overall in / out numbers? Which decluttering series are you going to follow in the new year?

Happy organizing decluttering!

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Here are all the posts in this challenge in case you missed any or want to share some with your friends or family!