So many have been trying to come up with New Year’s Resolutions.  Are you?  I don’t and don’t encourage them.  We make them only to feel a level of frustration … especially when it only last’s a few weeks.

What I like to encourage is setting a goal or goals and doing a paradigm shift in thinking.  What would you like to see different in your life this year?  Do you feel like you need to lose weight?  (BTW diets and finances are the two major resolutions started each year).  Well, let me ask you this?  Is your home a cluttered mess?  If so, perhaps that’s the focus for you because studies show that women who live amongst clutter can have high cortisol levels.  High cortisol levels can bring on many health issues … one of them weight gain.

Perhaps if you deal with the clutter, the pounds might start dropping off.

So, let’s start this new year propelling you to have the mindset of de-cluttering, paring down, releasing items that you no longer need or want.  Items that are truly causing stress in your life. 

Notice I didn’t start this “Challenge” for January 1st.  Nope, it’s not about formula’s or schedules.  It’s about a plan and a strategy and encouraging you to success. 

Let’s take the next 31 days (whenever they start for you) and find these items in our home. Think very seriously about giving away, donating and in many cases just throwing away.  You’ll be surprised how good it feels to be ridding yourself of things that are no longer needed or wanted.  It will get you thinking differently about your space and you will begin to enjoy the less clutter.

Here’s the list:

            Day 1 – Earrings without a match

            Day 2 – Old ties

            Day 3 – Happy Meal toys (hope you do a shift this year and choose not to eat there)

There we’ve got mom, dad and kids covered.  Let’s move on:

            Day 4 – Clothes that don’t fit

            Day 5 – Toys with missing pieces

            Day 6 – Old Magazines

            Day 7 – Cords for devices you don’t have any longer

            Day 8 – Old burnt out candles

            Day 9 – Expired food/spices

            Day 10 – Sauce packets from restaurants

            Day 11 – Old worn out Tupperware

            Day 12 – Expired medication (don’t throw down the toilet or in garbage)

            Day 13 – Rags with holes

            Day 14 – Old Birthday/Christmas cards received

            Day 15 – Underwear with holes

            Day 16 – Old nail polish

            Day 17 – Old makeup (it can grow bacteria)

            Day 18 – Old pillows

            Day 19 – Old toothbrushes

            Day 20 – Socks with holes

            Day 21 – Broken toys

            Day 22 – Old receipts

            Day 23 – Movies you don’t watch

            Day 24 – Old hats/gloves/scarves

            Day 25 –Old cleaning supplies (recycle at Hazard waste facility)

            Day 26 – Clothes haven’t worn in 6 months to a year

            Day 27 – Toys that don’t get played with

            Day 28 – Worn out shoes

            Day 29 – Take out menus (Google is your friend)

            Day 30 – Plastic children’s cups from restaurants

            Day 31 – Old books

Get started, keep track and let me know how many items you were able to remove from your home.

Happy de-cluttering!!

Your Health, Wellness and Organizing Expert … believing in you!


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