3 Decluttering Challenges for the Long Weekend

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With a four-day holiday weekend coming up for many of us, I couldn’t help but think about how this extra time could also be a golden opportunity to kick some clutter to the curb and get your life back on track.

After all, who needs an extra day to binge-watch TV when you could reclaim your space and your sanity?! 🧹🌞

So, why not seize this moment to tackle that overflowing closet, chaotic kitchen, or that pile of papers you’ve been avoiding? You’ve got a whole EXTRA day to make your space a little slice of organized heaven.

🌟 Here are 3 Decluttering Challenges for the Long Weekend 🌟

Find 10 – 20 minutes and do these!  (Reply to this email for accountability when it’s done!)

  1. Do a “Zone Blitz”

    Focus on one area at a time. Instead of ripping everything apart in a frenzy of enthusiasm, take your time and tackle your closet, pantry, or that messy drawer. Set a timer for each zone—15 minutes to 3 hours—and watch the clutter disappear.

    2. Do the “3-Box Rule”

    This is an oldy and a goody because it works. Corralling things that you are relocating as you declutter helps you instantly feel momentum.
    So grab three boxes, tubs, or laundry baskets—really any decent-sized container will do. Use one for stuff to keep and move back to their homes, one for things you’re willing to donate, and one for items that are destined for the recycling or worst case, trash. As you move through your spaces, sort items into these boxes to clear surfaces and get you set up for next steps.

    The trash and recycling can be discarded every time the container gets full; the donations can be transferred to your car, if you have one, or by the front door so they leave with you on your next round of errands outside the home, and the stuff you’re keeping can be married into their correct homes as you finish your working session for the day.

    3. Add one Sentimental Swipe

    Feeling sentimental? I get it. As the last major holiday of the summer, this weekend is a great time to examine those items that truly hold meaning for you. And remember, “When everything is precious, nothing is precious,” so don’t let sentimental clutter overwhelm your space.

    Everything you own isn’t of equal value—monetarily or emotionally. If you gloss over getting clear and honest with yourself, you dis-serve the items, your memories, and yourself—and no one wins.

You end up surrounded by things that more often than not obscure your memories rather than enhance or highlight them–that’s how things remain cluttered.

Why not take this time to examine what’s really important to you, what actually matters and gives you that warm feeling, and let go of things that no longer serve you or delight you?

That will be a labor of love that delivers big benefits to you and those you love.


Want more tips? Check out Andrew’s workshops.


  • Andrew Mellen

    Andrew Mellen has been called “The Most Organized Man in America”. His message is simple: Get rid of clutter and everything opens up. Everything means everything—your workspace, your home, your time and your life. Without clutter to distract you, you will finally have free time for what matters. One of the pioneers of professional organizing, Andrew travels the world speaking and teaching. He also works with individuals, and global brands including the New York Mets, Genentech, American Express, Time, Inc. and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is passionate about organization, sustainability, and mindfulness, and lives by his motto: More love, less stuff! Find out how Andrew’s expertise, compassion and sense of humor can help change your life and your relationship with stuff today. http://www.andrewmellen.com

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