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May Declutter Calendar: Creating Calm in the Chaos

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Check out the May Declutter Calendar to help you declutter your paper, home, and digital life this month!

Download your Free May Declutter Calendar now!

May 2024 Declutter Calendar

How to Use the Calendar:

Are you ready to declutter and get organized this May? I have designed my calendar to tackle your home, paperwork, and digital life for a fresh start to spring!

  • Week 1: 1st of the month reset and prepare for the month!
  • Week 2: Focus: Paper– Declutter and organize your HOME paperwork.
  • Week 3: Focus: Home– Declutter different categories in your LIVING ROOM.
  • Week 4: Focus: Digital– Declutter and organize your DIGITAL JUNK DRAWER.
  • Week 5: Focus: Categories– Declutter keys, hair accessories, spices, DVDs, CDs, and reusable water bottles.

***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 May Declutter Calendar:

  • Remember, each daily task is designed to take just 15-20 minutes.
  • You can always do more 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 May Declutter Calendar here:

May Declutter Calendar

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1st-Week Focus: 1st of the month reset

  • Day 1: Monthly Reset! Take the time to do the monthly items on your to-do list.
  • Day 2: Take today to go through your paper pile.
  • Day 3: Clear out any of last month’s donations!
  • Days 4 & 5: Enjoy the Weekend and Plan your upcoming week!

2nd-Week Focus: Paper- Home files

  • Day 6: Gather together all of your “Home” papers. This can be your mortgage, lease, home insurance, utilities, etc.- anything about the home’s running and maintenance.
  • Day 7: Go through the pile and decide what you will keep, toss, and shred. You may find that you’ve been hanging on to papers from a few houses or leases ago. Now is the time to let those go. If you need help deciding what papers are essential and not required, check out this article from Kiplinger.com.
  • Day 8: Once you’ve decided which files are important, take the time today to make a digital copy by scanning them to your computer and backing them up to the cloud or hard drive. This ensures that you would have a backup if anything were to happen to the physical copies. Also, you can access these files remotely if you are working off a cloud system.
  • Day 9: Today, file these papers in your physical file system. If you are looking for a way to organize your physical binder system (if that’s what you use), make sure to check out List & File’s military life binder inserts to keep you organized. (I am an affiliate with List & File, and any purchases made through my link will result in a small commission! Thank you for supporting military spouse businesses!)
  • Day 10: Shred all the unnecessary/outdated paperwork that includes important information such as names, addresses, account numbers, etc.
  • Days 11 & 12: Enjoy the Weekend and Plan your upcoming week!

**Check out my article here to learn more about my 5-step paper process.

3rd-Week Focus: Home: Living Room

  • Day 13: This week, let’s tidy up the living room! Start by clearing out the easy targets: trash, broken, and unused items that you can identify quickly.
  • Day 14: Today, take a moment to review any reading material you have on hand, whether physical copies like old magazines or newspapers or digital content stored on your devices.
  • Day 15: Declutter any old throw pillows or throw blankets. In my home, these items tend to multiply, and I have to dedicate time to clearing the excess!
  • Day 16: Declutter any decor, including candles, picture frames, wall hangings, or anything that is outdated or no longer matches your style.
  • Day 17: Declutter any electronics or cords. These items tend to accumulate in or around the entertainment center in our house, so take the time to get rid of anything you don’t use.
  • Day 18 & 19: Enjoy the Weekend and Plan your upcoming week!

4th-Week Focus: Digital Junk Drawer

Ever heard of a digital junk drawer? It’s the catch-all space where unseen clutter accumulates in the cloud—forgotten downloads, saved screenshots, and passwords. This week, dedicate time to clear out these sneaky digital pockets and reclaim clarity in your cloud.

  • Day 20: Today, if you don’t already have a cloud system, dedicate some time to setting one up. If you have a cloud system, ensure that all your systems function correctly, allowing you to access your digital life remotely seamlessly. Also, double-check that your cloud system’s automatic backups are turned on to safeguard your files in case of device damage, loss, or theft.
  • Day 21: DOWNLOADS- It’s a sneaky place where files can accumulate unless you direct them elsewhere. I set my settings always to prompt me to choose where to save a download, preventing buildup in the DOWNLOADS folder. If you use a Mac and want to change this setting, follow this tutorial.
  • Day 22: NOTES- I find NOTES incredibly useful for various purposes, and the best part is how seamlessly they sync between my phone and computer via the cloud. However, by the end of the month, I often find my NOTES overflowing. Take time today to organize or categorize these digital memos to keep your digital space tidy and efficient.
  • Day 23: Screenshots- Today, dedicate some time to clearing them out. Additionally, you might want to consider adjusting your settings to prevent saving all of these images automatically.
  • Day 24: Passwords—Review your saved passwords and delete any outdated or unused ones. This is a simple step toward streamlining your digital life and enhancing online security. To read more about password security, check out my article here.
  • Day 25 & 26: Enjoy the Weekend and Plan your upcoming week!

5th-week Focus: Categories

I love decluttering by categories!! Sometimes, tackling an entire space in my home can feel overwhelming, so breaking it down into smaller parts makes it seem much more doable. So here are a few categories for this last week of May that you can tackle in about 15 minutes!

  • Day 27: Keys- With all the moving we’ve done, it’s no surprise we’ve amassed quite the collection—keys from different houses seem to pile up endlessly. Take a moment to sift through your drawers and key ring, and bid farewell to the unnecessary keys.
  • Day 28: Hair Accessories- In a house of three ladies, hair ties, brushes, scrunchies, and bobby pins roam everywhere. Take today to collect them all in one central location and go through broken or worn-out hair accessories.
  • Day 29: Spices and condiments- go through and find the expired or clumpy spices and throw them out. For your condiments, do the same and make a note if you need to purchase more this week at the grocery store.
  • Day 30: DVDs and CDS- Today, let’s tackle our DVD and CD collections. While they may hold sentimental value, the reality is we rarely watch DVDs or listen to CDs anymore. However, they can come in handy during moves or times without the internet. Take some time to sift through your collection and identify any scratched discs or titles you already have digitally.
  • Day 31: Reusable water bottles/cups- I don’t know how these multiply, but our water bottle collection seems to grow by magic. It’s like the scene in Gremlins, where they get wet and other gremlins spring forth from their body! I have no idea how that happens, but it does! Take today to get rid of any old, or unused reusable water bottles or insulated cups.

Important Military Holidays in May:

  • May is National Military Appreciation Month
  • May 1, 2024 – Silver Star Banner Day 
  • May 10, 2024 – Military Spouse Appreciation Day
  • May 13, 2024 – Children of Fallen Patriots Day
  • May 18, 2024 – Armed Forces Day
  • May 27, 2024 – Memorial Day  

Free bonus calendars:

May Calendar with military holidays:

May Calendar with military holidays
Blank Calendar for 2024
Free Blank Calendar

Ok, so I need to know how the May Declutter Calendar works for you!

May Declutter Calendar

Download now and receive two bonus pages!

Are you getting ready for a PCS? Grab my PCS purge, 10-day declutter checklist, plus 10 PCS decluttering tips now!!!

Happy Organizing, y’all!

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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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