The Why: Because a challenge is a fun way to encourage some accountability. And because decluttering every single day changes the way we think about our stuff and causes us to take pause before bringing something new into the house.
And because it is way more fun to give that cute pair of shoes away to a good friend who will wear them than a thrift store!
The How: I created a facebook photo album on my personal facebook and called it 100 Days of Decluttering. Every day I find an item around my house that isn't getting as much use as it ought to and I take a picture and post it to the album. My friends can comment on the pictures to call dibs on an item they want. It has been a lot of fun, and in the 13 days I've been doing it I've freed our home of a pair of shoes, and extension closet rod thingy, a basket, some decorative items and throw pillows, a number of books, clothing accessories, various dishes, a lamp and a vase.
The Verdict: I find I'm thinking about the items in my home through a whole new lens. When I open my kitchen drawers, I actually see the items I don't use instead of ignoring them all together. I'm also a lot less inclined to buy something I don't truly need with the daily reminder that eventually stuff just gets in the way.
And it's fun.
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