Your mini challenge for June is here… and it’s not just getting out of your pyjamas by noon!
Wondering what your mini challenge for June is? Watch the video above or read on to find out!
We’re in lockdown here in Victoria at the moment so there’s nowhere to go. Although that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s not much to do. Afterall, it was about 3:30pm before I showered and got out of my pajamas today with all the remote learning and other stuff I had going on! So I appreciate that some of you may not need any more to do.
But if you’re at home and you would like to do another challenge (that’s not just to get out of your pajamas by midday) then your mini challenge for June is… to declutter one area of your home.
Here are 6 basic steps to help you with this month’s challenge:
1. Decide what area you will declutter
So, the first step is to decide what to declutter. And remember, it doesn’t have to be a whole room, although it might be. It certainly doesn’t have to be the whole house. But pick a room or pick a shelf, a drawer or a cupboard. Any area that you know you want to work on.
And often, you know.
What’s that one place in your house that really annoys you?
It might be your own bedroom, a kid’s bedroom, a wardrobe or, like me the other day, I was de-cluttering my son’s drawers, because every top he put on looked like a three-quarter length sleeve. And every pair of pants looked like pedal-pushers! So all of a sudden I was decluttering his drawers and pulling out the next size up hand-me-downs from the top of the cupboard and organising them into his drawers. Nothing like an impromptu organising session!
Some other common clutter corners in your home might be your pantry, the fridge, a cupboard or your junk drawer. It could even be your garage. The key is to pick an area you want to do, that will make a difference and that feels manageable to you.
Truly, if you just declutter and organise one drawer this month, that’s better than nothing.
2. Ask yourself these questions…
When you’re ready to start, really think about what’s not working for you in the space. What’s the problem with the space as it is. What do you find frustrating about it? What’s difficult about it? And then conversely, what would you like the space to be? How could it function better? What’s your vision for the space? How would you like to use the space? How do you want to feel when you’re in that space?
Always start with the declutter first. That way you know how much and what type of stuff you’ve got to organise and find a home for before you actually start to put things away. And always remember your vision for the space. Only things that will add to that vision and help create the feeling you want in the space should stay. Not sure what to do with your unwanted stuff? Check out my free resource here for sustainable ways to declutter anything you no longer want or need.
Once you’ve decluttered, it’s time to put things away. Group like things together. Put things you use regularly in the easiest to reach places. And make sure everything has a home.
So, are you ready for your June Challenge?
If your answer is “YES!”, great! Now you need to make time to do it.
5. Schedule time
Grab your diary or your calendar. Yes, right now!
Have a look and see where you can allocate some time this month to either do the project if it’s a smaller area or at least start the project, if you’re going to need to do it over a number of sessions.
Making an appointment with yourself in your diary and sticking to it is key!
And just remember, starting is often the hardest thing. Often once you’re on a roll, you’ll find that you can go longer than you think you can.
6. Photograph it
Finally, I want to encourage you to take photos before you start and again when you’ve finished. Even if it’s just for yourself. (Although I’d love you to post them in the challenge post on my Facebook Page so we can all cheer you on and see the fruit of your hard work by the end of the month)! It’s really cool to see the transformation and it’s especially good because sometimes it gets worse before it gets better.
So, now you know what your mini challenge for June is, are you in?
I really hope you’ll join me.
“Where to from here?” I hear you ask.
Mid-month I’ll be checking in to see how you’re going. I might even do a live session on Facebook where you can ask me any questions you might have.
And at the end of the month, I’ll be asking how you went and how you feel about your newly decluttered space. Plus, I’ll be asking to see your after photos!
And don’t forget to tell me below which area of your home you’re going to declutter!
Good luck and have fun.