31 Days of 10-Minute Purging Tips – What Now?

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We did it! We finished the 31 Days of 10-Minute Purging Challenge.  We’ve worked hard and tackled areas ranging from our toolbox to our makeup and everything in between. But now that we’ve finished purging what’s next? 

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Don’t worry if you missed a couple of days, you can go back and do them anytime. Let’s take a quick look at all we accomplished (and if you missed a day or two, it’s easy to take 10 minutes and catch up).

Getting Started

 Day 1 – Gift Wrap & Suplies

Day 2 –  Holiday Decorations

Day 3 – Plastic Containers and Lids

Day 4 – Jeans

Day 5 – Small Toys & Email Inbox

Day 6 – Kitchen Appliances 

Day 7 – Office Supplies 

Day 8 – Plastic Cups & Glasses

Day 9 – Socks 

Day 10 – Sports Equipment 

Day 11 – Medicine & Vitamins 

Day 12 – Scarves, Belts & Accessories

Day 13 – Pet Toys or Coat Closet 

Day 14 – Workout or Yard Work Clothes 

Day 15 – Junk Drawer 

Day 16 – Shoes 

Day 17 – Kitchen Utensils 

Day 18 – DVDs, CDs, Cords & Cables 

Day 19 – Flashlights & Batteries

Day 20 – Makeup & Bathroom Cabinet 

Day 21 – Yard Equipment

Day 22 – Magazines & Newspapers 

Day 23 – Top Shelf in Pantry or Closet 

Day 24 – Car 

Day 25 – Books 

Day 26 – Toolbox 

Day 27 – Purse, Backpack, Briefcase 

Day 28 – Linen Closet 

Day 29 – Sweatshirts & Sweaters 

Day 30 – Coffee Mugs 

Day 31 – Wallet & Keys 

Now that we’re done here are some tips that will help you maintain your newly organized spaces.

Get Rid of Those Purged Items Now – If you haven’t yet, take those donations in this week. Deliver the items you’re giving to friends or family members this week. Get those items you’ve purged out of your house now (or at least by the end of the week). 

Take Time to Admire Your Hard Work – Take a few seconds each day to admire your newly purged and organized areas. Remind yourself how much you enjoy having the weight of all that stuff gone and how your’re able to enjoy life more in your new space. 

Use the One In, One Out Method – Now that you’ve made more space in your home, don’t fall into the trap of filling your newly cleared space with new schtuff. Only bring an item in if you’re willing to get rid of an item at the same time. One new pair of shoes in, one old pair of shoes out. One new book in, one old book out. It’s simple if you stick with it. 

Make Time for Purging Maintenance – We accomplished all this purging by just spending 10 minutes a day. Commit to spending 10 minutes a week to maintaining your newly organized home. Depending on your situation, you may need to go back and spend more time to be able to finish one (or some) of the tasks or you may want to do a refresher purging review of one of the tasks to maintain your new organized spaces.

Review Your Goals You set both long-term and short-term goals when we were getting started with the challenge. Review those goals and revise them if necessary. Review your goals periodically to help keep yourself on track and motivated. 

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Thanks so much for joining me for this 31 Days of 10-Minute Purging Tasks challenge. Is there an area that we missed and you still need to purge and organize? Let me know and we can work on it together in the future.

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8 Comments

  1. Congratulations on a wonderful challenge. I’m sure that those who participated are feeling great, and are perhaps motivated to carry on!

  2. Love the idea of one in and one out. I think that might be a hard one for me in some areas. I have so many posts to catch up on!

  3. It feels so good when I get this done! Last week I cleaned my closet and a portion of our attic and it felt wonderful. Now this weekend I’ll finish the attic after that it’s off to the basement. It never ends, does it?

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