There is a whiff of jasmine in the air. The days are warming up and I have a huge urge to open every window in the house. Spring has sprung!!!
The term “Spring Clean” is a bit of a cliché I know, but I think it’s actually a real “thing”. Why do we get this crazy urge to clean? Please tell me I’m not alone in this.
Anyway, this Spring I’ve decided to take a more methodical approach to spring-cleaning rather than my usual 1 day mad women rampage! I’ve been hearing a lot lately about minimalist living. Have you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up : The Japanese Art of De-cluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo? I haven’t but I’ve seen enough written about to get the idea. You look at something in your home and if it’s not useful or you don’t love it, then you toss it out. (Probably best to avoid this task if you have PMT otherwise there could be an increase in homeless husbands & kids!)
In theory by living a minimalist life we free ourselves up to live more efficient, creative and free lives. Now I’ll be honest, I could not live a minimalist life. I like my stuff, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t apply some of the principals. I can see how just keeping the basic items or things that I truly love in our home could be more efficient. Imagine not having to search 3 kitchen cupboards to find a lid that fits a Tupperware container?
There is a fantastic YouTube channel by Canna Campbell called Sugar Mamma. It’s based around finance and investing but there is also a lot of lifestyle stuff in there. (There is a undeniable connection between waste and wealth.) I highly recommend you take a look. She has a great way of making finance seem glamorous! These are the links ( 30 Day Minamilist Challenge Mini 10 Day Challenge )
Anyway she did this thing called a 30day minimalist challenge. Each day you either throw out, or donate to charity some of your “stuff”. Day 1 you throw out 1 item, day 2 you throw out 2 items, all the way through to day 30 where you toss out 30 items. Over the 30 days that’s a massive 465 items of “stuff”!!
At first I thought I’d do this each day in September as part of a major Spring Clean, but that’s just not practical for me with work and the farm, plus I’ll be travelling for some of September.
I thought about putting it off until November but then a realized that is EXACTLY how the clutter starts to accumulate!!! Let me know if you do take up the September challenge. I know from Canna’s feedback that it’s rewarding, but tough going.
Anyway I’ve adapted it to simply a 30 day challenge. I’ll commit 30 days to the task of de-cluttering even if it takes me all of Spring! Consistency is going to be the key, so to help keep me on track I’ve made a list of areas in my house I’ll be targeting over the 30 days
- Linen cupboard
- Beauty products
- Make up
- Cleaning products
- Horse gear
** I could probably do the entire challenge in these 2 areas alone.
I’ve made a spreadsheet, printed it out and put it up in the kitchen. Hopefully the visual reminder will keep me on track and encourage me to actually finish the task!
I’ll be posting my progress on FaceBook and Instagram with the hash tag #Spring Clean30DayChallenge so I’ll let you know how I go.
Happy Spring everyone!