The Minimalist Challenge
Take the 30-Day Minimalism Challenge. Each day, challenge yourself to get rid of a set number of items, starting with one item on day one and increasing the count each day. By the end of the challenge, you’ll have purged a staggering amount of clutter –496 items in a 31-day month! And, yes, putting a mug in the dishwasher that you find in the family room totally counts!
Create a bingo card filled with various decluttering tasks or categories. Write each task or category on a poker chip and put the poker chip in a container. Randomly choose poker chips and play until you’re out of time or energy (but not too long—the goal is to have fun; not get burned out). As you complete each task or declutter each category, mark it off on your bingo card. It’s OK if you stop playing before getting a bingo–just put the card away until you’re ready to resume decluttering.
Choose a broad category you want to declutter (examples include paperwork, clothing, toys, etc.) Set a timer for anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes and challenge yourself to find a certain number of items to donate, recycle, or discard within that time. This game encourages you to seek out hidden clutter and eliminates the pressure of deciding what to keep, shifting the focus to what can be let go.
Declutter with a buddy! Agree with a friend that you’re each going to work in your individual homes for an agreed upon number of minutes (20-30 minutes is a good range). At the end of the time, see who has decluttered the highest number of items. The good news is—you both win!