4 Week Minimalist Challenge: Week 3 Update

Hey guys! We have made it to week 3 of the minimalist challenge! Yay! If you haven’t heard about my minimalist challenge yet, don’t go any further! Start here.

This week’s challenge was a doozy: clean out all the storage closets in your home. Before starting this challenge, I surveyed what I was getting myself into. I have 2 closets in my basement, a coat closet on the main level, a hallway closet on the 2nd floor, as well as closets we use for storage in the guest room and the office. That is 6 storage closets that needed to be cleaned out!

Not going to lie, I really didn’t feel like participating in the challenge this week. I had so much going on over Memorial Day weekend and was feeling super lazy. My graduate classes started back up this week too and I was feeling pretty sorry for myself (lol)! However, I remembered how incredibly easy and quick the past week’s challenges have been, and I become motivated to just knock it out.

The thought of 6 closets was pretty intimidating, but I knew I would feel so good once they were cleaned out. I started in the basement. The basement closets really did not need too much work, thankfully. I keep our seasonal decorations down there. We have all of them organized in tubs, wreath bags, or tree bags (Christmas trees) so I didn’t need to go through any of that. I rearranged a little bit so that things were not precariously stacked anymore like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We also keep all the extra folding tables and chairs down there which I rearranged as well. Within 10 minutes, I felt good about how the basement closets were looking and I moved on.

Next, I tackled the coat closet on the main level. The floor of the coat closet had turned into our dog item storage area and the top shelf had a basket overflowing with hats and gloves. I convinced my husband to donate a bunch of his hats because no one needs 50 University of Maryland hats! I also organized and rearranged all the dog stuff. This closet didn’t take very long either! I kept rolling on to the upstairs closets.

After quickly tackling the hallway closet, I jumped into the guest bedroom closet. The hallway closet just holds some extra towels and sheets so there wasn’t much to do there. The guest bedroom closet was another story! I found a box that literally had been sitting there since the day we moved in. It had not been touched in over a year! It contained a bunch of random things including my husband’s old college notebooks. Why do I have notebooks in my home with random physics scribbles that are over 5 years old? Buh-bye! 

We also keep our luggage and extra blankets/pillows in there. I rearranged and organized all that stuff too before moving on to the most cluttered closet of all – the office closet.

There was 2 massive boxes in the office closet that still had not been unpacked since we moved here a year ago. Most of the items got tossed because if I hadn’t missed them in a year, then I must not really need them! I had some pleasant surprises when I found two gift cards and a few items I had actually been missing. Now, I can actually see the floor in that closet!

After about an hour, I had breezed through all the closets! It went by super quickly and after it was all done, I felt so good.

I am so happy I decided to start this challenge because it has helped me clean out different areas of my home without feeling overwhelmed. I have mentioned this before, but it is super easy to give up or never even start because the thought of cleaning out the whole house is just too much! By breaking different tasks down to just an hour or two a week, you can slowly chip away at everything until you are left with an organized home from top to bottom.

One of the many reasons I decided to start this challenge, is that I want to apply some of the minimalist principles to my life. Minimalism is the belief that by ridding yourself of unnessary belongings, you can have the freedom to focus on what really matters. Adopting a minimalist lifestyle allows you to save more money since you are buying less items, spend less time cleaning, locate items in your home faster, keep a tidier more organized home, and be less stressed!

One of my favorite quotes says, “The less you own, the less that owns you.” I think that statement is pretty powerful and I try to remind myself of it often!

If you are participating in my minimalist challenge, let me know how it is going for you!

Check out week 1 and week 2 here!

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