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10 Day Declutter Challenge

Jay Marks

Jay has been selling real estate since 1993 and has had the opportunity to help several thousand clients buy and sell real estate over those 30 years ...

Jay has been selling real estate since 1993 and has had the opportunity to help several thousand clients buy and sell real estate over those 30 years ...

Jan 12 4 minutes read

New year, fresh start...

Anyone else get the itch to declutter at the start of a new year? We love a fresh start to the year, and that includes a fresh start in the home! Whether you're getting your house ready to sell later this year, or you just want to get rid of some stuff for fun - this challenge is for you! I mean, the less stuff you have, the less stuff you need to clean. 

Our 10-Day Declutter Challenge will help you slowly tackle decluttering your home to make it a little less daunting and a little more fun if you’re the type of person who likes to cross things off a to-do list every day. Happy decluttering!

If you join in the fun, use the hashtag #10DayDeclutterChallenge on Facebook and Instagram! 

The Kitchen


Junk Drawers & Countertops

Before diving too deep in grandma’s china we’ll start small. Everyone has at least one (or two or three) junk drawers in their kitchen. Clean these out first, throw away any actual “junk” and organize the rest.


 Pantry, Refrigerator, and Freezer

Remember those frozen pretzels you bought last year when you were craving them? They’ve probably expired or will stay in there for another year so it’s probably best to toss them. Go through your pantry, fridge and freezer to get rid of all expired and unwanted food items.


 Kitchen Cabinets

Now we can dive into the good stuff. Maybe you've got an overly healthy collection of mugs or those free cups you get at events. Or you're still hanging on to your plates from college. You can donate anything you don’t need or toss anything that’s been used too much.

The Living Room


 Books, Movies, and the Mail Pile

Unless you’re stuck in the ’90s or like to collect DVD’s there’s no reason to keep piles of them. You can toss them out, give them away, or put them in a box tucked away.


 Toys, Games, and/or Office Supplies

After the holidays, we always go through our kids' toys and games and pull out anything they’ve outgrown or don't play with as often to donate or sell.

The Closets



If you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo yet, she has great tips on how to sort through your clothes that actually work. In short, only keep items that "spark joy." Check out Marie's tips here.


 Shoes and Accessories

Just like with your clothes, sort through your shoes, belts, bags, hats, and anything else that may be hiding in your closet. Throw out or donate things that don’t fit or are not used anymore.

The Bathrooms


 Under the Sink

The space under your sink is probably filled with a couple of things... cleaning products, old lotions, and a few half-used bottles of shampoo. Take some time to go through which products you'll actually use and toss the ones you know you won't or those that have expired (yes, those items do have expiration dates!). 


 Linen Closet and Medicine Cabinet 

Did you know that medicine expires? It does, so those old prescriptions and OTC medicines should probably get tossed out. This would be a great time to put old towels in the garage for chores and to refold all the towels in an aesthetically pleasing way. 

The Bedrooms


 Nightstands and Tops of Dressers

For the last day, let's clear off your nightstands and the top of your dressers and first give them a good dusting. We find that these areas are often neglected and tend to collect a lot of dust. Then, re-evaluate what you have on top of these spaces - is everything functional? Do the remote batteries need to be replaced? Can you get rid of anything here?

Yay! You've Reached the End of the Challenge! 

Do you need advice on getting your home ready for the spring market?  We're here to help!

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