Spring Declutter Challenge: Lingering Stuff

spring-declutter-challenge Welcome to week one of the Spring Declutter Challenge! This week we’ll be focusing on The Lingering Stuff.

The Lingering Stuff

Let me explain. You know that broken curling iron sitting in your bathroom drawer or the pair of shorts you haven’t worn since 8th grade? That stuff. The items that you keep thinking to yourself “I should get rid of this” as you place it back where it was and don’t touch it again for months.

Sometime this week grab a box or basket and quickly go through your house, your cabinets, drawers, etc and remove all the lingering stuff that you’ve been meaning to get rid of. Since we’ll be working on each area of the house individually you don’t need to sit down and spend any time evaluating if you should get rid of something at this time. Just grab the items you know don’t fit, are broken, you don’t need, etc. and throw them in the box.

Since this should go pretty quickly without much thought this weeks task should be fun, easy and motivating!

Once you have gathered everything you know you need to get rid of make some decisions:

  • Toss: broken, unusable items
  • Give Away/Donate: items that might still be of some use to someone else
  • Sell: items that you want to get a little money for

Don’t let the lingering stuff linger any longer!

If you’re going to sell it, put it up for sale on ebay/craigslist/local classifieds and give yourself a deadline. I usually will try to sell smaller value items for about a week and if it doesn’t sell, it gets donated. Larger items like furniture or expensive electronics I usually give a bit longer. The key is to not let it sit around for another 6 months or a year because you were unable to sell it.

If you’re going to donate, put the box of donations in your car immediately so they’re no longer in your house and it’ll be easy to just swing by the thrift store to donate the box.

I would LOVE to hear about your progress in the comments below or even via email. Feel free to even tweet or instagram your progress with the tag #ABDeclutter, I’d love to see photos! I’ll be sharing my progress in next weeks post and would love to share some of your progress as well.

Remember: If you don’t love it or it’s not useful, you can do without it and will be happier for it!

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Spring Declutter Challenge

spring-declutter-challenge What it is about springtime that makes us want to clean and start fresh? If you’ve been around the blog for any length of time, you’ve probably heard me say a hundred times how obsessed I am with decluttering and simplifying. Having less stuff around the house means less to manage, less to clean around, less stress and more time! Even though I’ve been consistently selling, tossing and donating excess for the past few years now, more stuff always finds it’s way into my house. Am I the only one? Think of it this way: we constantly bring things into our homes whether it’s mail, items we bought, receipts, gifts, etc. without thinking about it. But it takes thought and effort to get those items out, so of course it’s going to build up! I’d be surprised if you didn’t agree!

This spring I am excited to host a Spring Declutter Challenge! It’s an 8 week challenge starting on Friday March 20th, 2015 which is the first day of spring. Every Friday for the next 8 weeks I will be posting different areas of the home to focus on, some tips and tricks for decluttering, what I got rid of the week before, etc.

I would LOVE for you to join me and let me know how you’re doing in the comments. If you blog feel free to use the image above, just make sure you link back to this post so your readers can join in on the fun.

Of course, if you’re reading this after we have begun or even finished the challenge you are welcome (and encouraged!) to follow along on your own time. Throw it on your schedule for the next 8 weeks and watch your home become more simply, peaceful and easy to manage.

Spring 2015 Declutter Challenge Schedule

  • Week One: The Lingering Stuff
  • Week Two: Kitchen
  • Week Three: Living Room
  • Week Four: Master Bedroom
  • Week Five: Kids & Guest Rooms
  • Week Six: Bathrooms
  • Week Seven: Closets
  • Week Eight: Garage

Make sure you save this page because as each week passes I will link to the corresponding posts above!


I will be excitedly sharing my progress and hope that you will keep me updated on your results as well!

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Nursery Progress

nursery-progress That’s a crib. In our house. In our bedroom. The first day waking up to the crib in our room was such a trip. In a few months a little baby will be living here with us. We decided with our current living situation and for ease of night feedings that Baby Barker would room with us for at least the first 6 months or so. So her nursery is now a “nursery nook” in our bedroom. Our plan is just the crib and then a changing pad on top of our dresser. Original plans included a glider, but once we moved into the new room we’re be sharing with baby girl we realized it might be a bit cramped. So we’re going to give life without a glider a try and see how it goes!

For now my projects for the “nursery nook” are to put some art (some pieces from my sister pictured) on the wall above the crib, make a little mobile for the crib and create an organizing system for all her baby things in our closet and linen cabinets that are in the room. I’ll definitely be sharing progress as we move along, but I was just excited to share our new room, freshly painted an just barely there grey, with a little baby crib next to our bed.

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Digital Shop Launch!

shop-launch I have exciting news: I am officially launching my own little online shop. This has really been a long time coming since I stopped selling on Etsy, which is a long story I’ll probably share one day. The shop is full of digital downloads from wordpress themes to blogger templates to printables for baby showers, weddings and more. While the products for sale are a bit scatterbrained, it makes total sense because so am I! I love creating so many different things and I’m excited to share them all with you in one place. My goal is to get it a little more organized so it’s easier to sort through, but for now it’s all there and ready for you!

Of course, I still offer my custom graphic design services so if you don’t see what you need in there, but have an idea you can always, always contact me and we can chit chat.

As an exciting little promo I’m offering 50% off of ANYTHING in the shop. I just want to make sure everything is working well and wanted to give you guys a little treat for being such awesome readers. Use the code 50LAUNCH through March 15th, 2015 to get 50% off anything in the shop.

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