30 Days to Kick the Clutter Challenge

Ready to challenge yourself to clean out and pare things down this year? Here’s a brand new challenge to try!

Ready to challenge yourself to clean out and pare things down this year? Here's a brand new challenge to try!

30 Days to Kick the Clutter Challenge

I’m going to try to make this short and sweet because I know you have a lot going on right now.

I think that January is a great time to set new goals for yourself. Not resolutions….goals….things with actual steps and actions.

And I don’t know about you, but no matter how many times I declutter, things come creeping back into my home again. So I thought this January was a perfect time to “Kick the Clutter”! Of course, if you are reading this during a different month, any time is a good time to declutter!

I’m going to make this really simple for you because decluttering doesn’t need to be complicated.

I’ve come up with a 30 day checklist so that you can have one area of focus every day of the month. Hopefully, this will help to inspire you to get things cleaned out, even when you hit that rut of “there’s nothing left to clean out!”

I’ll be following along with this challenge myself and posting over on YouTube and Instagram how I’m doing along the way. Be sure and comment here with your own personal challenges or over on those videos and posts as they come up throughout the month.


Here’s how to use this checklist:

  • Do one thing on the checklist each day.

You don’t have to do them in order if you don’t have time for a longer item that day, but be sure and do one each day. Don’t get behind! There are only 30 days of the challenge and 31 days in January so you have one day of grace. πŸ™‚ If you don’t want to do one every day and want to take off Sundays, use one day a week to double up on challenge areas.

  • Fill in the blank days with areas of your home that I might have missed.

I’m sure you have different areas of your home that I didn’t cover on this list as I have areas that you might not have. For example, one day I have to “declutter” the root cellar but I didn’t put that on your list since I know it’s not a common thing. Review the list before you start and add to it and adjust it as needed.

  • Mark the checkbox each day you accomplish decluttering in that area of your home.

This will help keep you motivated as you go throughout the month! You can also tag me on Instagram or YouTube (@littlehouseliving) so I can cheer you on!

See the first video on the Kick the Clutter Challenge on YouTube HERE.


Not quite sure how to get started decluttering? Here are some articles that may help:

Living Slower Book

I will also have an entire chapter in my new book, Living Slower with detailed decluttering plans if you don’t feel like this challenge is enough or you want to do more later. You can pre-order my book for 40% off HERE!

Are you joining me in this challenge? Which areas of your home do you need to declutter the most?

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19 Comments

  1. Pre-ordered “Living Slower” and look forward to slowing down. Also, my biggest problem with ORGANIZATION & CLUTTER is the old filing cabinet. I have been putting off organizing my files for over 2 years! I have purchased expensive file systems but to no avail. Oh, one last thing. The computer was to have eliminated the need for printed everything you see on the screen, but it has done little to eliminate my printing things of importance, at least to me. Have you any ideas???

    Thanks for setting me on the Living Slower tract. Now onto the bane of my existence: Filing!

    1. I hope you enjoy the book when it comes out! Filing is a tough thing to work through here too. We are currently trying to work on a new system for that.

  2. We moved in the middle of September and I am not all unpacked yet so I think that I am not ready for this. Maybe later.

  3. I’m looking forward to this challenge. Like I think everyone else, my problem is not starting it but being overwhelmed and then giving up. I pre-ordered your book and looking forward to reading it. Your first book was well written, with beautiful pictures and full of helpful tips that it’s one of my favorite reference book for DYIs. Thanks for such a helpful site!

  4. Plan on starting and going to work very hard to complete the tasks. It will be very hard for me as it will be I’m sure for alot of us. Definitely looking forward to the rewards. Good luck to all!

  5. It seems I’m always decluttering. The new thing I’m focusing on this year – if I don’t want to deal with it, donate it!
    It’s fun to do a challenge with others!

  6. Happy New Year to all, we have already started a few days after the holidays and we are donating our extras to our local humane society thrift store. Since I’m hoping to find a new homestead in a few years I figure it’s less to pack and move πŸ˜†.Good Luck, wishing you Peace and Blessings for 2022

  7. Started the challenge yesterday. I decided to declutter and organize my 4 kids’ toys and books since we’re starting school back soon. I’m sure I’ll find more when I get to decluttering under the beds πŸ˜„, but for now it feels great to get it accomplished. Since I know there will be days in January when we will be gone or maybe not feel well, I decided to double up on the days when I have more time. Thanks for the challenge!

  8. Thank you so much for this! I really need to declutter and do a purge in my home! I will have read several of your blogs on decluttering and how to get rid of sentimental items. I know I can do this with the help of the good Lord and I’ll be using your list for motivation. Keep the good posts coming! God bless you my friend!