30-Day Organize-athon | Day 1: Declutter Your Living Area

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Welcome to the 30-Day Organize-athon!

In today’s 5 minutes we’re going to express-declutter your living area.

Take a deep breath, and imagine inhaling a sense of clarity, freedom and order. Then get started!

Day 1: Declutter Your Living and/or Entertainment Area

Step 1: Grab a large garbage bag.

Step 2: Quickly make your way around your living and/or entertainment area, tossing these items into the bag as you go:

  • Magazines other than the current month’s
  • Newspapers other than today’s
  • Knick-knacks – unless you really love them
  • Tatty coasters
  • DVDs no-one watches any more
  • CDs no-one listens to any more
  • Games no-one plays any more
  • Remotes and technology no-one uses any more (including old game consoles)
  • Food
  • Books you’ve read and won’t re-read, or will never read
  • Videos, cassettes, computer floppies, camera film – any storage device for which you no longer have hardware
  • Framed photos – unless they’re genuinely special to you
  • Tatty cardigans, socks and other apparel strewn around the furniture
  • ‘Displayed’ items on shelves that collect dust but hold no meaning for you
  • Dead potted plants
  • Threadbare or stained cushions, throws, rugs, etc
  • Anything else that isn’t loved and/or used regularly.

Step 3: Put your bag by the door or take it straight out to the car. (Take it to the tip as soon as you can.)

Step 4: If there’s something genuinely valuable in there, and you’d lose sleep over tossing it, then you can put it into a separate charity store bag. But if it’s junk, just let it go. If it doubt, don’t over-analyze – toss it.

And you’re done!

Got an Extra 5 Minutes?

  1. Return items that don’t belong in the living area to the proper place – the kids’ bedrooms, the office, the kitchen, etc.
  2. Straighten the coffee table and wipe it down.
  3. Neaten remotes, DVDs, and anything else that lives in the living room.
  4. Fluff up the cushions.

Now doesn’t that feel more like a ‘living’ room?

The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra

Move fast. Don’t overthink. Let it go!

Start the 5-minute timer now.

Leave Your Comment Below…

Please leave a comment below to say you’ve completed today’s task.

And I’ll see you back here tomorrow!

593 thoughts on “30-Day Organize-athon | Day 1: Declutter Your Living Area

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  2. Tammi says:

    I am such a procrastinator that I completed day 1 yesterday and am just now putting in my comment. Lol. Well, this plan will help me with the clutter and my procrastination. Yay!

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  4. Vera Mizell says:

    Day 1 – 10: Well, I’m back at it again, but because I volunteered at the Center for the Blind today, I only spent another 15 minutes boxing more books. Still have more to go and a few CDs plus I haven’t taken the knick knacks off the living room shelves (need more boxes and some packing materials for trophies, pictures, etc.)

  5. Vera Mizell says:

    Day 1 – 9 Rest and recouperate – that is if you call going to two meetings and spending three hours pruging files in my computer. Will be back at it tomorrow.

  6. Vera Mizell says:

    Day 1 ( 8) Still hanging in there. Only worked 15 minutes today (after all it’s Sunday). Still managed to fill one more box of books. Actually the book shelves are in the spare room, but there were books that needed to be boxed with the others. I will probably finish those and also work on the one in my home office. A lot of the books are interspersed in the three rooms. They need to be boxed according to category for sale.

  7. Vera Mizell says:

    Living room- (Day 1 – 7)
    Spent 1-1/2 hours boxing still more books – now have twelve (16 X 12 X 12 boxes and have at least one more to go. When I get to my home office and reading room, I wil have two more six foot shelves of books to box. It is very tedious and tiring, but a task that must be done so I can move. FYI, I will have an estate sale before I move.

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