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If you are anything like me, when December 26th hits, you are ready to throw out the entire contents of your house. It may have something to do with the perfect storm of all the new stuff accumulated at Christmas, combined with the desire to start off the new year with a clean slate. Whatever the reason, take advantage of the itch to organize and utilize the momentum to make it happen.
Tis the season for organization challenges, and so I rounded up my favorites, including descriptions and links for each.
If you know yourself well enough that you'll never complete a challenge, then rather than making a new year's resolution that you won't keep, just schedule some time with me right HERE. There are more details about my services on my website HERE.
In a nutshell, I will make things better. By the time I leave your house, the "AGGGHHHHHHH!!!!" will be gone, and replaced by the "Ahhhhhhhhh......" of a freshly organized space. You will be more productive in the new year and more at peace with your home. Give me a call or send an email with any questions.
Now, on to the challenges...
Emily Ley's Simplicity Challenge- Free
I want to be Emily Ley when I grow up. :) I love her asthetic, books, Simplified Planner, and Instagram Stories. She’s adorable, honest, practical, and killing it in her business, all with grace and a smile on her face. She doesn’t over complicated organization. So, when she says she is doing a 30 day challenge, I’m all in!
She just wrote a book called, The Simplified Life, which got up to #3 of all books on Amazon! You can purchase it HERE. In January, she is launching a challenge which coincides with the topics in her book. She’s also just created a Simplified Life Community Group on Facebook that you can join HERE. It already has 12,000 members and has great tips directly from Emily.
When you sign up, you’ll receive a free Simplicity Challenge E-book that you can print out and follow. You can count on great emails, blog posts, and Instagram Stories on all the topics she covers in her challenge.
A Bowl Full of Lemons Home Organization Challenge- Free
Toni with A Bowl Full of Lemons is one of my favorite organization bloggers to follow. She has done this challenge for 7 years now and you’ll be joining over 80,000 others in her Facebook group. She goes through each area of your home one week at a time, so by the end of the challenge, your WHOLE home will be organized.
You’ll get a packet you can print out to follow and lots of emails to guide you.Toni is a great writer, has TONS of content on her website, and takes beautiful, drool-worthy photos. She has a companion guide/book that she’s written called, The Complete Book of Home Organization. I also enjoy her Instagram Stories where she shares what she makes for dinner each night. I’ve taken some screen shots of some great recipes!
Clean Mama's The Clutter Challenge: A Home Reset- Free https://www.cleanmama.net/2017/12/clutter-challenge-need-home-reset-january.htm
Becky with Clean Mama, is an organizational guru who has been around for a long time. She focuses on keeping your house clean by offering checklists, printables, cleaning products, books, and more.
Her challenge is set up with a weekly checklist. Each week, you work through different areas of your home and follow the checklist. You can download a free printable Clutter Challenge Checklist on her site, receive emails, and join her private Facebook Group called the Homekeeping Society that is 55,000 people strong. She also has a book called Simply Clean if you are left wanting more.
Allie Casazza's Declutter Like a Mother Challenge- Free
Allie is a Minimalist mom on a mission. She has a 30 day challenge that focuses on decluttering for 30 minutes a day. She gives you a focus area for each week. When you join you’ll get emails to keep you focused and on task. She is also very active on Instagram Stories if you want to get to know her better.
You can also join her Facebook Community for support and encouragement. If you want more after 30 days, she has a course that you can purchase.
Week 1 focuses on the bathrooms and closets. Week 2 on the kitchen. Week 3 on the kids’ toys. Week 4 on clothing. That’s it!
Working Parent Resource's The Deliberate Life Challenge- Free
This challenge is for you working mamas out there who are always feeling burnt out and overwhelmed.
Sarah Argenal, of Working Parent Resource, has created “a series of free monthly challenges to help burned out working parents simplify their lives, streamline their time, remove distractions, reduce stress and live more deliberately in 12 different areas of their life in 2018.”
Each month focuses on one area of your life. Some of the focus areas are time and productivity, decluttering, habits, improving focus and energy, marriage, parenting, and more. If one of your goals is to be more intentional this year and create a life in line with your values, Sarah’s challenge is perfect for you.
Organize 365’s 100 Day Home Organization Program- $497
I’ve been following Lisa Woodruff with Organize 365 for a few years now. She is a go-getter and cranks out amazing content on a regular basis. She has taken all of her blog posts, podcasts, and worksheets and launched a 100 Day Home Organization Program.
This is the only challenge that isn’t free, but you do get more content as a result. Lisa sends you daily emails, and you'll have access to her in a private Facebook community. You’ll also get a daily video, detailed instructions for your daily task, links to blog posts or podcasts on the topic, and links to the products she recommends.
Lisa is very down to earth and practical in her approach. You won’t see the kind of “Pinterest Perfect” photos as you will on other sites, but you WILL get your house organized and systems in place to keep you organized.
SIGN UP & TELL SOMEONE
If you do decide to sign up for a challenge, one of the best things you can do is to give yourself some outer accountability. Take one minute and let me know which challenge you are going to do. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell your spouse or friend that you are going to do it. Then, go and join their Facebook community for support. I'll check in with you and see how it's going.