31 Days of Decluttering

Jumpstart your Decluttering & Start Loving your Home Again

It wasn't long ago that I was feeling overwhelmed and defeated by my home. Clutter seemed to be everywhere, and no matter how much I tried, I couldn't seem to make any real progress in decluttering.

On a whim, I decided to try a new challenge on my blog. It would require writing everyday (a challenge in and of itself!), and daily decluttering, which is how the first 31 Days of Decluttering challenge was born.

For 31 days, I went through different areas in my home and made it my goal to complete at least one decluttering task each day. In the end, I couldn't believe how just a little work each day made such a big difference around my home.

Instead of looking around to only see chaos and never-ending chores for my to do list, I saw a home that I could really live in and enjoy. I went from feeling overwhelmed, depressed, and like I never wanted to invite people over to energized and actually at peace within my home, which is the way home should be.

If you're feeling overwhelmed or disappointed by your home, and in need of motivation or inspiration to really make a difference, the new 31 Days of Decluttering course is here to help!

If you're anything like me, you've probably tried decluttering more than once by now, and you just might have some excuses running through your mind about why now isn't the time to take on this challenge. Do any of these sound familiar?

Worry 1: I can't declutter my entire home in only 31 days.

The great news is you don't have to. Let's be honest, our homes didn't become cluttered like this overnight... or even in just 31 days so it's not realistic to think we could solve the problem that quickly.

The goal of the 31 Days of Decluttering challenge is to develop the habit of daily decluttering and maintenance so we won't have to do this work all over again down the road.

Worry 2: I don't have the time right now.

I can relate! Truthfully, our "lack of time" has probably played a huge role in our homes getting to this point in the first place. We've too often lacked the time, energy, or interest to take care of what once were small tasks, and they've grown into giant sized clutter monsters that we now feel even less capable of tackling.

The truth is that we make time for what's important to us, and it's time to make ourselves and our homes a priority.

I know life can be busy and there are days when we truly just don't have the time to do one more thing, which is why each daily challenge will have both a short and long task. That way you can choose to do what you have time for and not feel like you're falling behind.

Worry 3: What if I get rid of something I need in the future?

This is a common concern, and it's probably one of the main reasons we tend to keep a lot of stuff in the first place. Together, we'll work through these thoughts to identify what really needs to be kept. Want to know a secret? The beauty of daily decluttering is that the more you practice letting go of things, the easier it becomes.

You'll also learn how to identify what you truly need and what you're keeping out of obligation, habit, or for security that you'd really be better off without.

Worry 4: I don't think I can do it all alone.

You don't have to! Everyone who enrolls will have access to an exclusive facebook group just for people participating in the challenge. If you're feeling stuck, confused, or unsure of what to do, you'll have an entire community of people there ready to support and encourage you. Best of all, we all know what you're going through because we're in exactly the same place working on the same things.

Can you imagine how much it would cost to have a professional organizer at your side for 31 days? For less than an hour's worth of a professional organizer's time, you'll have an entire group of supportive people answering questions and cheering you on for the entire length of the challenge (and beyond!) as well as guidance and support from me to get you through even the hardest moments.

Worry 5: I already participated in the original 31 Days of Decluttering series on your blog. Why would I need this version?

The original 31 Days of Decluttering challenge was, as I mentioned above, kind of throw together at the last minute. I created it out of my own desperation for change and while it helped, I knew it could be better.

The new challenge has a lot more thought and consideration behind it. I've spent the months since the original series working to make the new 31 Days of Decluttering challenge even better.

The new challenge includes:

  • New areas and items we weren't able to cover before
  • A complete printable workbook to walk you through the preparation, decluttering, and maintaining processes
  • Daily task suggestions based on the amount of time you have that day, and other exciting updates

"The 31 Day Challenge and the 40 bags in 40 days challenges helped me bring sanity and calm to my home during a renovation to create a master bedroom suite with a new bathroom and new walk in closet. Everything in those areas ended up elsewhere in the house before I let 80% of it go out of the house - sold, donated, recycled, trashed... (11 carloads and one uHaul truck!!). I am not yet done, but I now declutter 15 minutes every day as a practice and list the bags that go out (i am up to 125 bags out!). Took me decades to learn these skills and now I am proud of my home and not embarrassed to invite guests in. Looking forward to your new challenge. Thank you. Thank you and thank you again." -Linda L.

I can't wait to see the transformation that takes place when your home goes from cluttered and embarrassing to a place you actually love, but you might be wondering...

How will I do that? In the 31 Days of Decluttering course, you will learn how to:

  1. Honestly evaluate why you have clutter
  2. Decide what you want your life and home to look like and discard things accordingly
  3. Learn how to determine what you truly need and what you can get rid of
  4. Develop daily decluttering habits
  5. Establish a strategic maintenance routine for long term success
  6. Receive encouragement and motivation from group support

The idea of tackling your clutter may feel overwhelming. Thankfully, you'll have the 31 Days of Decluttering course and facebook support group to guide you every step of the way.

Foundations Module

Activities, questions, and worksheets to help you identify where and why you have clutter. You'll also develop a game plan for success for the 31 day challenge. (Available September 12th)

Daily Tasks Module

Starting Monday, September 19th, you'll have access to the first of 31 Days worth of daily decluttering tasks, which will vary by time and intensity so the challenge works into your schedule and life.

Printable Workbook

A 20+ page workbook to help guide you through the series, track your progress, provide a little inspiration, and get to the bottom of your clutter issues.

"After several years of not wanting to invite anyone over due to severe 'House Shame' issues, I found the '31 Days of Decluttering' blog series online and started decluttering my house in April using all the tips provided. I found the tasks easy to manage and got stuck in, space by space, room by room. I also loved the encouragement given by the Facebook group which accompanies the blog, not only by the members of the group but by Emily herself as well. By the end June, and 60 bags of clutter leaving my house with no regrets, I realized I would have no problem inviting anyone over, while continuing to maintain the work done in the house to keep it looking nice and less cluttered... Thanks to Emily’s blog, and the wonderful Facebook group I belong to, which has given such wonderful motivation and support, I have had a fantastic breakthrough in my 'house shame' issues, and am worlds away to how I was living earlier in the year. It’s great to be able to inspire others with my decluttering results which I have shared with the Facebook group, and have also started my own blog to keep myself accountable - I do not intend going back to my old clutter-filled ways!" -Kate D., blogger at The Declutter Club

When does the course start?

Immediately! You'll have instant access to the course so you can start right away!

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! You'll be able to access the challenge, including any and all future upgrades and updates, forever, which means you can do the challenge over and over again or simply refer to it when you need a little inspiration.

What's your refund policy?

It is of the utmost importance to me that you are happy with this challenge. If for some reason you aren't, you may request a refund within 7 days of purchase. When requesting a refund, you must provide proof that you've completed the foundation and daily modules up to that point as the challenge will only work if you do. (Trust me, if I could create a program that would declutter our houses for us I totally would!) I'm certain that if you make time each day to work on daily decluttering you'll see great results in only a month's time!

How do I access the challenge?

After registering, you will receive an enrollment email with your login information. You'll be able to login to Teachable and access the various modules when the course becomes available on September 12th.

Are all of the days available when I login?

Yes, and you'll be able to move through the course at your own pace.

I have another question...

Please don't hesitate to email me (Emily) at myloveforwords {at} gmail {dot} com with any additional questions you may have. I'm happy to help!

Still undecided?

The 31 Days of Decluttering challenge is perfect for you if...

  • Your home is cluttered!
  • You feel overwhelmed by the excess in your home and want to make progress, declutter, and lead a simpler life, but you don't know where to start
  • You struggle to keep up on tasks
  • You want to create daily decluttering and maintenance routines that work for your life
  • You need some extra motivation to get started
  • You appreciate and are helped by group support or get inspired by watching others make progress

And most importantly...

  • You're ready to make a change! You want to create the life and home you've always wanted, and you're ready to do the work to dig yourself out of your clutter.

Most of all, I want you to know that you can do this. I promise!

I know what it's like to feel defeated by your home, to struggle with just the necessities and feel like you're barely getting by, to be completely overwhelmed and like you're never really making any progress, and I don't want you to feel that way anymore. You can have the home and life you've always wanted, and the 31 Days of Decluttering challenge can be the first step in getting you there.