It can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days to establish a habit.
It all depends on the difficulty level of the habit as well as the individual’s resistance to forming habits.
But the average time to make a habit second-nature is 66 days. (All of the above is according to this study).
Maybe before you had kids, you didn’t really have to make decluttering a habit. Even if you aren’t a parent, taking this challenge can prepare you for when you are someday, or it can help you stop being a packrat like I was! I have since learned that decluttering is a great life skill.
So let’s start by making it a habit.
Why 100 Days?
Just in case decluttering is one of those complex habits, or in case you’re resistant to habits, 100 days sounds like a good number to start with. It isn’t quite as intimidating as 254, but it’s a solid start.
I’m even building in some wiggle room for you because the challenge will actually take place over 123 days (May 1-August 31). You can skip nearly a month and still complete the challenge!
Details of the Challenge
Over the next four months, I’ll send an email every other week with a short “Tip of the Week.” Each one will likely be 1-3 paragraphs long. Just enough to serve as a reminder and provide some inspiration, but not so much that it takes up all the time you had for decluttering.
You will be in charge of remembering to declutter even on the days in between so that you can form it as a habit.
You get to check your decluttering off for the day whether you declutter for one hour or one minute.
My recommendation is that you do it for 15-45 minutes a day depending on your schedule. But even if you just do one minute a day, that would end up being over an hour and a half total. If that’s more than you would’ve done otherwise, it sounds like a win to me!
If you feel like there’s no way you could even find 15 minutes a day, that’s ok. We’ll discuss that during the challenge, too. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in 5 minutes if that’s as much time as you can afford to focus on decluttering.
The topics for the posts include:
- How to keep from being overwhelmed as you get started
- Having kids help declutter
- How to adjust the KonMari Method for those who have kids (or only short chunks of time to work on decluttering)
- Combating daily paper clutter (mail and kids school work)
- Tricks for decluttering the kitchen
What you get for Participating
At the end of the challenge, each participant will receive the first chapter of my upcoming book, From Packrat to Clutter-Free.
For those who actually complete the challenge by decluttering for 100 out of the 123 days, they will receive a digital copy of my entire book. (They just have to send me a copy of their chart or tag me in a social media post of it.)
How to enter the Challenge
1. Simply enter your email address into the bar at the top of this page or in the pop-up box.
2. Make sure you check your junk mail in case your confirmation email ends up there.
Once you’ve subscribed, you’ll get each post sent to your email. If you’re like me, you wouldn’t remember to check the blog every other week for the latest post.
Plus, if you don’t sign-up, then you won’t get the first chapter of my book at the end of the challenge since I won’t be posting that to the blog.
And don’t forget to share this with your friends so they can take the challenge with you!
The first post will help you get started by making a simple chart to track your 100 days.
I’m so excited to help you become a little more clutter-free by establishing this habit!