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How to Use the Calendar:
When I think about decluttering, I categorize my process into four main categories: paper, digital, home, and time. So, that’s exactly how I’ve organized this calendar. Here’s a quick overview of my October Decluttering Calendar for 2023:
- Week 1: Tackle Paper Clutter
- We’ll start by decluttering those paper piles.
- Week 2: Home Sweet Home
- This week, we’ll focus on a specific area of your home. In October, we are focusing on the Master Bedroom.
- Week 3: Digital Declutter
- Let’s tidy up your digital world. Specifically, this month, we’ll be decluttering and organizing our emails.
- Week 4: Specific Categories
- We’ll dive into specific areas that might be easier to declutter. This is my favorite way to declutter!! Check out my article How to Declutter By Category to see why!
On the weekends, I follow my Sunday planning routine to help organize and make the most of my time each week.
A few reminders for the October Decluttering Calendar:
- Remember, each daily task is designed to take just 15-20 minutes.
- You can always delve 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 get in the right mindset.
Grab your Free October Decluttering Calendar here:
Tackle Paper Clutter- Week 1
- Day 1: October starts on a Sunday, which I think is the perfect time to organize your week. Download my Sunday Planning packet now to help get you organized and ready to head into October. Read about the 7 Things I Do on Sunday for a more organized week.
- Day 2: Sort through your paper pile. This is a quick 15-minute sort. You are simply sorting into keep, toss, or shred piles.
- Day 3: Take care of any “action items” in your paper pile. For example, if you had to keep a paper bill so you could pay it…PAY IT! 😉 Then, if you can, get rid of that paper.
- Day 4: Take the time to shred the paperwork that has essential information. If you do not have a shredder, may I suggest this one or look into a place in your city with free shredding days.
- Day 5: Take 15 minutes to file away your paperwork. If you have to keep a physical file, then, of course, do it, but I would suggest keeping your files in a digital organization system.
- Day 6: Take 15 minutes to tidy your home office. It can make such a difference with relatively little effort.
- Day 7 & 8: Enjoy the Weekend and Plan your upcoming week!
Declutter your Master Bedroom- Week 2
- Day 9: Wash all the linens in your Master Bedroom.
- Day 10: Take 15 minutes to declutter your closet quickly. Don’t spend too much time thinking about it. Grab and declutter!
- Day 11: Take some time to declutter and organize your jewelry. I know for me, my jewelry starts piling up in the bathroom and on my nightstand. Take this time to put it back into your jewelry organizer or wherever you keep your jewelry.
- Day 12: Relocate items that have traveled to your master bedroom but belong elsewhere in the house.
- Day 13: Take donation items to the donation center.
- Day 14 & 15: Enjoy the Weekend and Plan your upcoming week!
Digital Declutter- Email– Week 3
- Day 16: Each day this week, unsubscribe from 3 email distribution lists. Except this one, of course 😜
- Day 17: Spend 15 minutes deleting emails. See how many you can delete in this time.
- Day 18: If you are finding a certain category of emails that you want to keep, create a folder for those emails. For example, “school” or “coupons.”
- Day 19: Take the time to move the emails you want to keep to the folders you have created.
- Day 20: Continue these action items throughout the week. Can you make it to INBOX ZERO?
- Day 21 & 22: Enjoy the Weekend and Plan your upcoming week!
Declutter By Category (15 minute challenges!)- Week 4
- Day 23: Declutter your purse or personal bag.
- Day 24: Declutter a drawer of your choice- might I suggest the junk drawer?
- Day 25: Declutter your canned goods and consider giving them to an upcoming food drive.
- Day 26: Declutter your blankets- donations centers and pet shelters need blankets this time of year!
- Day 27: Take 15 minutes and declutter worn-out and mismatched socks.
- Day 28 & 29: Enjoy the Weekend and Plan your upcoming week!
Last week before November:
- Day 30: Reflection: What went well this month? What goals do you have for the next month?
- Day 31: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
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