Let The Decluttering Begin – The Clean for Spring Challenge



Let’s get this straight, normally I don’t pay much attention to the notion of spring cleaning.  Not that I don’t clean my house, I just don’t clean every nook and cranny every spring.  I clean as needed.  And seriously, who wants to spend time inside cleaning in the spring?  But after three houses, two boys and 15 years of marriage, I realized just how much stuff we have accumulated.  I’m talking A LOT of stuff.  And lately I have just had it with how this stuff is taking over my house.  Especially the toys, so many toys. Just straightening up was becoming too much, as I was running out of places to put everything.  So instead of spring cleaning, this year I am ‘cleaning for spring’.

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally started the major project I have been wanting to do for several years – declutter and organize my house.  I mean really organize my house.  I’m talking bins, orgaziners, etc. in every room.   And now that I’ve started, I just can’t stop.  I’ve been decluttering at least one cabinet every day for the past 2 weeks.  The result is addicting and I can’t wait to keep going.

And now I am challenging you to do the same.  Let’s get our homes clean for spring!

This challenge was inspired by a fellow blogger’s similar challenge – 40 Bags in 40 Days.  I loved her idea of using the time of Lent to clear out the junk.  It’s the end of winter, and instead of going stir crazy, we can channel that energy into cleaning.  I want to give her the credit for having this awesome idea and inspiring me to put my own spin on it. For her, it’s more about clearing out all of the ‘extra’ unwanted items from your home.  For me, it’s that and getting all that stuff you still want organized. I hope you will love my challenge too.

My challenge is simply to get to it when it comes to organizing.  As I said, it’s here to simply make you think about it.  To say, “Hey, I want to get organized too!”  And good news, it’s a lot easier than you think. There are so many organization tips and products out there to help.  Let’s tackle one room at a time, I started with my kitchen.  The goal is to remove every item you no longer need, want, or simply don’t like anymore.  Put these things in boxes and bags and donate or save them for a garage sale {if you’re brave}.  I did that once and it was more hassle than I’d like to go through again, so my philosophy is everything that is in good condition will be donated, the rest will go to the trash.

What’s the timeframe?

As long as it takes.  Days, weeks or months, depending on how much work you have.  Do a little each day, an hour or less.  Before you know it, your home will be organized.  If setting a goal date will help, do that.  My goal is to be done by spring, which, living in Chicago means June, maybe May if I’m lucky, so I’m not too pressed for time.

Any rules?

No, this challenge is more of an inspiration than something to be graded on.  Let’s call it a casual challenge. It’s a starting point to get you on your way to the home you’ve been dreaming of.  Use the comments to share your results and ideas and help to inspire others to get their homes organized.  Here’s a few of my finished products {more to come as I move on to more rooms, I promise}.  I love these metal organizer racks for pots, baking dishes, cutting boards, etc.  They have made a huge difference. I found mine at HomeGoods.

cabinetorganize1 cabinetorganize2


I apologize for the lack of before pictures.  I didn’t plan this post until I got a good start, so it didn’t quite occur to me to take pictures of my messy cabinets until now.


I can’t wait to help you get your home organized!  And I look forward to getting tons of great new ideas!


Happy Organizing,



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