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Clear Out the Clutter Challenge: Who’s With Me?

I’m having my yearly garage sale next week so this week I’m hard at work clearing clutter out of our rooms, cupboards and closets in preparation. Since I love to encourage simple living on my blog and because I also believe you save a lot of time and money by being organized, I thought it would be fun to include you all in my Clear Out the Clutter Challenge.

Starting tomorrow, we’ll be working through our homes room-by-room in an effort to ruthlessly rid our lives of unnecessary things. You’ll get to see real-time before and after pictures of my efforts (yes, I’m even going to show you inside my closets and cupboards–as humbling as that may be!).

I’ll also be sharing ideas for how to streamline your lives, keep things more organized and clutter-free, and how to make money and bless others with your extra stuff. In addition, I’ll be giving away some of my favorite organization resources and tools to some of you who participate in the Clear Out the Clutter Challenge.

Are you with me? Stay tuned for your first assignments tomorrow morning.

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280 Comments

  • Kim says:

    I’m in, as well!

  • Erin says:

    I am DEFINATELY in! Weekend of May 14-15 actually! My husband and I started cleaning out our store room this weekend and I’m going through the kids toys this weekend! Ready to get serious and do some major cleaning and selling! I’m really hoping to make enough to pay for our Milwaukee Zoo and hotel trip over labor day weekend!!

  • says:

    I am getting stuff together to donate to our Church Yard Sale. I lack the time or motivation to do my own yardsale (not a Saturday morning person!), but I feel great donating to my Church, it’s tax deductible that way, and all the extras go to Goodwill anyway, so it will end up with someone who needs it more than me! We are trying to clear out the “spare” junk room for our 1 year old’s bedroom – we’ll get her moved out of our room eventually!

  • says:

    I am in! I am getting ready for a baby in 2 1/2 months and just finished a basement remodel. I will link up on my blog too. Thanks for the extra incentive. Staci

  • Kristen says:

    I’m in, I want to start this badly along with some of friends!

  • says:

    Hi Crystal! Thank you for this challenge! I am with you, girl! I just found out that we are moving June 2011, which is a ways away, I know. However, we have an adoption to complete and a house to sell before that time comes, so I think now is not too early to start getting things ready–simplifying, organizing, fixing up the house, etc. I want this to be a smooth move, not a crazy time… Thanks–I’m in!

  • Carrie says:

    So…has anyone else received the instructions for today? I can’t find them…

  • Monica says:

    I am in!!!! We just went through a ton of clothes and I too am getting ready for a sale.

  • Nicole says:

    Sounds like fun! I am having a garage sale next weekend! I need to clean out and declutter, I just hope I can convince my hubby to do it too!

  • Annie R says:

    I’m in. I’ve been sorting through things slowly since January. We’ve been in our house over 2 years, and some boxes are still unopened. Yikes! My big sale is April 24, and I’m in high-gear to finish cleaning out. Thanks for the challenge!

  • Becky says:

    I had just started this myself. It will be good to have some extra help and motivation to keep going. I have a yard sale at the end of the month.

  • says:

    This is an on-going project in my house. With three growing girls, the clutter keeps coming. Here’s a post I wrote recently about how empowering it was for my then-three year old to declutter her room:

  • says:

    I’ve been working on this little by little. I can’t figure out where it all comes from.

  • Lisa says:

    Yea! This will be great motivation for me. I can’t wait!!

  • Paula says:

    I am definately in.

  • Jennifer I says:

    Yes, please! I am trying desperately to clean up and clean out. Just did my boys’ room this weekend, except for the windows, but get a little intimidated at the thought of doing the rest of the house. (I keep up on cleaning out kid toys and clothes pretty well.) Inspiration, please!

  • Kristina Clegg says:

    If you have a lot of kids stuff, think about selling it at a Just Between Friends sale near you. Go to to see if there is one near you. I made over $500 at our last one! Just a thought, happy cleaning!!

  • laura says:

    Count me in!!! I am trying to sell my house for potential commercial property and I am getting rid of everything unnecessary. I am not doing a yardsale. I am donating it all to the family domestic violence shelter. They need this stuff much more than we do!!

  • Charlotte says:

    I am in. We currently live in a small house and having 3 children: 9, 2, and 1 yrs old, I need to simplify and organize even more. Two weeks ago, my husband and I gathered and organized clothes that the children can no longer wear. We will sell these items very inexpensively at a local church sale next week. We also organized closets that same week. However, I know I need to purge some more. Excited about doing this.

  • CINDY says:

    HELP!!!!!

  • says:

    Can you confirm if we are starting this today? Are you posting the updates and assignments on or , not here on MSM?

    thanks!

    Trixie

  • Ann B says:

    I am in. Our neighborhood Garage sale is in a few weeks an I can’t wait to get rid of some of this stuff. I also desperately need to clean the garage!

  • Gigi says:

    I am so ready and in for this. Any clever ideas for small apartments are welcome.

  • Holly says:

    This is great! I need to get ready for a community garage sale at the beginning of next month! I’ll play along as I’m able to in the evenings.

  • says:

    I’m in! We are having a yard sale at the end of the month and the spring cleaning bug has definitely bitten me!

    Happy organizing!

  • Jessi says:

    Woohoo! there’s a big sale coming up and I need to gather all of my things to sell.

  • says:

    I’d love to join. We have a garage sale planned for this weekend and it’d be great to have extra motivation to get through everything. I’m amazed at the pile we already have. We have a sale every year, so how do we have so much stuff to sell? We live in a small apartment and try to be minimalists, but it still adds up!

  • Lisa says:

    I am so ready to join you on this one! I went through our hall closet yesterday and couldn’t believe how much stuff I found to get rid of. I can’t wait to tackle the rest of the house!

  • Michelle says:

    Did I miss the assignments somewhere? for this morning?

  • Dora says:

    Count me in on the challenge…I want to be clutter free and to get organized in my small little townhome. What a great idea; I’m looking forward to all of the ideas and especially the challenge.

  • says:

    We are moving in June so this is perfect timing! Maybe we won’t have to move so much junk…and can have a yard sale and make a little money too(it’s amazing what some people will buy!)

  • Kathy says:

    Thank you thank you thank you…I need inspiration…I am a horrible packrat and maybe seeing someone else get rid of their stuff will help me part with my piles of junk

  • Kim says:

    Count me in! Although I feel like I have to sneak away old toys from the kids while they are not looking 😉

  • mary says:

    I am definitely in. I need some major help in the decluttering dept.

  • Rose P says:

    I’m in. Was not ready to start tomorrow, but I guess I am now 😉

  • Tracy Zeringue says:

    I have the spring cleaning bug. I have thrown out 4 bags of trash and have a number of items to get rid of via garage sale, ebay, Craigslist, GoodWill. Tomorrow is trash day so that helps motivate me too.

  • says:

    I’m in, oh boy I have so much stuff that we could get rid of

  • Naomi says:

    I started doing this about a month ago. We have lots of stuff in our garage and more will be there. Will have a neighborhood sale the beginning of June and what I do not sell will go to the Salvation Army. Our children are grown and gone and our house is so full. We do not need everything. There is no reason why we cannot live much simpler. I cannot wait for the challenge

  • Crissy S. says:

    For once, I am ahead of the game!

    I learned to start in the rooms away from the living room. This is because once my living room is clean, I feel like I have success and stop. So, I started with my bathroom. I’m ashamed to say that I have so many samples that I haven’t even touched so I won’t have to buy much shampoo for a while!

    Next, I went through my bedroom and especially my closest. One pile was clothes that still fit. Two piles were clothes that, regardless of fit, I was not going to wear again so they go to the consignment shop or Goodwill. Two other piles were clothes that don’t fit now. If I am not losing the weight that I keep promising to myself within 3 months, those piles go to Goodwill or the consignment shop.

    I’m currently working on the kitchen and den at the same time. I’ll let you know how that goes!

  • Tabatha says:

    I’m in!! Maybe this will kick me into gear for Spring cleaning that I just can’t seem to get started this year!! 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    Oh I am so ready! Count me in!!

  • Kimberly Yue says:

    I am joining in! Actually, I have been decluttering since the day we bought our house (November) and I haven’t stopped since! Many things were just given away, but I have 8 boxes of things going to my moms garage sale in May and hoping to double that in the next few weeks. Good luck to all my fellow declutterers!

  • Tracey H. says:

    We’re assuming we’ll be downsizing once my dh is employed. So I’m decluttering with a vengeance and planning a garage sale within the month. I am looking forward to your challenge and suggestions.

  • Melanie Brownsberger says:

    I am trying to do this right now but have the syndrome of “mayb I’ll use that someday.” I’m in.

  • Heidi says:

    I’m so in! Can’t wait! I would also love tips on how to do a successful garage sale from start to finish.

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