June Purge: Losing 100 Stuffs in 30 Days

by Andrea on June 9, 2011

Did you know that getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate about 40% of the housework in the average American home?*  Hmmm… this may just be my solution to getting two things that I have been lusting after since having Mo.   (1) Clutter free home.  (2) Beautifully clean home.

Brian and I go back and forth between what types of things we should keep and what we can do without.  I say I want to live in a clutter-free home where everything has its place. He says he wants it to look like someone actually ‘lives’ here. Since having Mo, and acquiring ALL of the extras that come with this teeny tiny person, I sometimes want to crawl out of my skin when I look at all of the stuff.  (Too honest?) Armed with my new statistic and the fact that Brian doesn’t enjoy joining me in cleaning our home, I have now convinced him that with less stuff, we’ll clean less.

So this month we are challenging ourselves to purge 100 total items from our home. This means that if we bring anything new home, we have to purge an extra item to make up for it.  This little challenge was also inspired by iheartorganizing’s say farewell to 30 things in 30 days.  We’ll do things a bit differently, but it’s in the same spirit.  We won’t count consumables, but we’ll count each book or pair of shoes.  Hopefully, it will make us think long and hard about what we bring home.  Is this new item more important/interesting/functional/pleasing than something else we already own?

Given Mo’s FOUR HOUR NAP TODAY (I was pretty sure something was wrong, but nopes, just sleeping), I already made some great progress.  I tackled our bookshelf and kitchen cupboards.  Oooo, I’m really looking forward to seeing how we do!

Interested in whipping your home into shape?  Check out I’m an Organizing Junkie’s collection of weekly posts on 52 ways to organize your home.

*Fun stat according to National Soap and Detergent Association

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