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January Declutter Calendar- 2024

Looking to declutter and get organized in 2024? Check out my January Declutter Calendar now, and get started with your decluttering journey.

Download your FREE 2024 January Declutter Calendar (plus two bonus Calendars!) to Start this new year clutter-free and organized!

This is an image of the Free January Decluttering Calendar from The Organized Military Life

How to Use the Calendar:

Are you ready to declutter and get organized in 2024? I have designed my calendar to tackle these areas to help you to declutter and organize in the new year!

  • Week 1: Focus: Seasonal– Take down and declutter holiday decor.
  • Week 2: Focus: Paper– Declutter and organize medical and dental files.
  • Week 3: Focus: Home– Declutter different categories in your bathroom.
  • Week 4: Focus: Digital– Declutter and organize your phone contacts.
  • Week 5: Focus: Categories– Declutter old pens, pillows, and jewelry.

***Note*** I follow my Sunday planning routine each weekend to help organize and make the most of my time each week.

Here are a few reminders for the January Declutter Calendar:

  • Remember, each daily task is designed to take just 15-20 minutes.
  • You can always dive deeper if you like, but the goal is to keep it manageable.
  • Decluttering and organizing are personal journeys, so make it work for you.
  • I recommend reading my article, “Choose Your 15 Minutes a Day,” before you begin to create the right mindset.

Grab your Free January Declutter Calendar here:

January Decluttering Calendar

Download now and receive two bonus pages!

1st-Week Focus: Seasonal- Take down holiday Decor

  • Day 1: Monthly Reset! Take the time to do monthly items on your to-do list.
  • Day 2: Take down holiday decor.
  • Day 3: Declutter any unused, broken, or unwanted decor from this season.
  • Day 4: Pack away decor in move-ready boxes.
  • Day 5: Take the items to the donation center of your choice.
  • Days 6 & 7: Enjoy the Weekend and Plan your upcoming week!

*Note: If you like to keep your decor up through January 6th (like they do here in Spain), feel free to swap week one and week two! As always- make decluttering work for you!

2nd-Week Focus: Paper- Medical and Dental Files

As the new year starts, it’s a good time to get any old or current medical, dental, and orthodontist files in order. Take the time this week to set up a good physical and digital system of medical files for your family. Also, take note of any lingering appointments that you need to take care of and start setting those appointments!

  • Day 8: Collect all of your medical, dental, and orthodontic files in one place.
  • Day 9: Sort through the pile: Keep, Toss, or Shred!
  • Day 10: Scan Important Files into your digital file system
  • Day 11: Place the most important papers into plastic sheets and file physically.
  • Day 12: Shred and dispose of any papers that you do not need to keep.
  • Days 13 & 14: Enjoy the Weekend and Plan your upcoming week!

**To read more about my 5-step paper process, check out my article here.

3rd-Week Focus: Area of the home- bathroom

This week it is time to focus on a bathroom of your choice. I already know that I am planning on tackling our master bathroom. Since moving this summer, it has been an area that has constantly caused me stress. Make sure to follow along on Instagram and Facebook as I plan to document my process there!

  • Day 15: Declutter Hair Accessories
  • Day 16: Declutter Medicines: throw out anything expired or take it to your local pharmacy for safe disposal
  • Day 17: Declutter Makeup- Throw out anything old, unused or broken.
  • Day 18: Declutter all Medical/First Aid Supplies.
  • Day 19: Declutter Towels and Linens
  • Day 20 & 21: Enjoy the Weekend and Plan your upcoming week!

4th-Week Focus: Digital- Phone Contacts

This is one of my favorite digital decluttering categories because I feel like I can make great progress in a short time. Take this week to declutter your phone contacts and create some order within your list. I know as a military spouse who is always moving, my contact list needs constant updating, but I think this is one that everyone can benefit from. Try replacing 15 minutes of your social media time with these tasks this week and let me know how it goes for you!

  • Day 22: Start deleting old contacts- remember, they cannot see if you delete them and chances are you can get ahold of most anyone through social media or email if you need to.
  • Day 23: Keep deleting!
  • Day 24: Delete, delete, delete!
  • Day 25: Once you have decluttered your list make sure you have updated information for the contacts you keep- addresses, birthdays, email, etc.
  • Day 26: Keep adding info and start categorizing into groups for easy retrieval
  • Day 27 & 28: Enjoy the Weekend and Plan your upcoming week!

**Looking to do a digital detox? Check out my article here.

5th-week Focus: Declutter By Category

I love using these short weeks to declutter small categories for easy wins. If you find that these categories aren’t relevant to you, are there similar categories in your home that you can find to do a quick declutter? Let me know in the Facebook group how it went for you!

  • Day 29: Declutter old pens- if they are broken or don’t work- throw them out!
  • Day 30: Declutter old pillows- if they are shabby, stained, or ripped go ahead and donate or throw them out.
  • Day 31: Declutter jewelry- take a quick 15-minute look to see if there is anything that you have not used or worn in the last year.

Free bonus calendars:

A Blank January 2024 calendar from The Organized Military Life
Blank Calendar for 2024
Image of a blank January calendar- a free download from The Organized Military Life
Blank Calendar that could be used every year!

Ok, so I need to know how the January Declutter Calendar works for you! I’ll be jumping onto my Instagram stories to share my progress, but if you have any questions or want to share your success, please head over to my private Facebook group Organization Tips and Tricks.

January Decluttering Calendar

Download now and receive two bonus pages!

Happy Organizing, y’all!

7 Responses

  1. This is a wonderful step by step process. It takes a little time if people follow and they will feel less overwhelmed with the task they have to do to get things done.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is terrific, Jana! I love the way you set the focus for the week and describe what you are doing. I also really like the way you are consistent. You always have meal planning and grocery shopping on Saturday and you do your weekly planning on Sunday. I’m not consistent about meal planning and grocery shopping but my family no longer lives with me so it’s easy to shop on the fly. I am consistent about planning my week (like you) on Sunday. I believe that doing that sets me up to be successful and accomplish my weekly goals.

    1. I feel like the grocery shopping, meal planning, and cooking take up a large part of our weekend, but it’s a necessity in our house with 3 kids. Living overseas has changed things a bit in that I feel like it’s a little bit harder to do a huge shopping trip. So I still have to supplement throughout the week. But, yes, I love setting my week up on the weekends. The weeks when I don’t definitely feel a little more hectic! Thank you so much for reading.

  3. Great advice, and I feel like I’m ahead of the game, as I’m Jewish, so I have no Christmas decorations to take down! 😉 I didn’t realize Spain had a cultural tradition of keeping decorations up through the 6th! I also find that more and more doctors provide all medication through digital portals instead of in print; for example, I no longer get a postcard/letter saying, “Hey, your mammogram was great!” (though I print the document from the portal for my own records).

    As a professional organizer, my favorite thing you said (which I’m going to steal, with credit, for my clients) is, “Start deleting old contacts- remember, they cannot see if you delete them and chances are you can get ahold of most anyone through social media or email if you need to.” You can find almost anyone through LinkedIn, or failing that (eek) Facebook!

    Great stuff! Happy New Year!

    1. Ah thank you so much Julie. Yes, here in Spain they celebrate the 3 Kings Day and that’s also when they open presents- kinda makes sense when you think about it! Yes, I feel like most of our medical records are on various portals, but as a military family I always need hard copies to bring to the next place. It’s annoying. 😝 Happy New Year to you as well!

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Jana Arevalo- Declutter Coach, The Organized Military Life

Hello! I'm Jana

Hi! I’m Jana! I have been a military spouse for 18 years, and I am experienced when it comes to PCS moves, organizing new spaces, and creating more efficient systems for my family. I understand the feeling of anxiety and overwhelm that can come with clutter, and that’s why I love helping military spouses, busy moms and small business owners declutter and organize their homes, digital lives and paperwork!


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