5 Days of Decluttering is an easy and enjoyable way to lead a clutter free life.
It’s about taking small daily steps and learning the habit of decluttering.
Working small works big!
If you declutter 5 things a day for 5 days every week in a year you will clear your home of 1300 usless items!
With 5 Days of Decluttering there is no need to turn out cupboards and boxes. It’s a simple, manageable method of regaining control which helps you to live with only the things you love and cherish.
How much does it cost?
You can use the tools on this site and the support of the Facebook group to do the course on your own or you can pay £5 to buy one of the printable books which have more information and set tasks for each day. If you choose to do the course on your own pick 5 areas, one for each day and stick to them! If you buy the book the areas will be chosen for you.
How long will it take?
You will need to commit to 5 minutes a day for 5 days.
How do I start?
Find a cardboard box, or a carrier bag that can be hung up somewhere. This is perfect for people with nosy animals or children who like unpacking boxes!
Sign up to your local Freecycle, or Freegle, which ever is more active in your area. These are of course free and they are full of people willing to collect your unwanted stuff. Alternatively, have a charity shop in mind to donate your clutter to at the end of the week.
What will I need to do?
During the course of the week you will be filling your box or bag with things you no longer need.
The quickest way to get rid of it is to offer it as a random box of car boot bits and get a Freecycler to come and collect it.
Because this is a short introduction to easy decluttering methods it is important to get rid of things quickly, there will be time after to put things you want to sell on Ebay or whatever.
With this in mind, you will not be decluttering anything with a reasonable re-sale value in the 5 days.
This video shows you how it works – you sneak in, grab 5 things (use the decluttering checklist) and get rid of them.
What do I get if I buy a book?
The books guide you through 5 Days of Decluttering – each day has a different theme or method of identifying clutter and at the end of the week you will have decluttered at least 25 things from your home and life. The book contains printable PDF’s that go alongside each prompt, a decluttering checklist you can use for every area of your home and a recluttering checklist with easy strategies to help you stop recluttering.
What is the end result?
- You will create a bag or box of at least 25 items that someone will collect and take away from you through Freecycle or you will take to a charity shop.
- You will learn skills that will help you keep control of your clutter.
- You will develop the habit of decluttering through the week.
Can I do more?
If you want to declutter more than 5 things a day that is great, but don’t get carried away because it can be overwhelming to take out the entire contents of a cupboard and go through it. Decluttering 5 things a day is a nice, easy, gentle way to regain control over your home.
What happens if decluttering brings up strong emotions?
Sometimes things we have around us can hold strong memories. If something you would like to de-clutter holds a memory that you’re not ready to process yet, that’s fine. It’s perfectly ok to leave it until you have the support you need to do so.
What have people said about 5 Days of Decluttering?
“Phew! I feel better now, thanks. This is the great thing about doing this as a group Love it!” “The course provided a painless way in to clearing away the clutter. Having the group there helped sort out some of my shame and embarrassment. It was great to know I’m not the only one! I feel I’ve now got some handy tools that I can keep using too. Linda” “Normally I don’t declutter because I know I will feel like I’m drowning. Not even did I not drown on this course, I actually enjoyed it and had fun. “ “The Facebook group was both inspiring and a big support.”
“The prompts are so practical it’s easy to turn them into a habit – and I’m very non habitual around decluttering!” “Lisa Cole is helpful and encouraging! Loved donating my bag of “stuff”. And that did not include what I threw out or recycled. Great class!” Erica “It’s been brilliant – so simple, but just the kick up the ass I needed” Debbie “I am finding this 5 things in 5 minutes approach brilliant because I can now make better decisions about things before I let them become clutter just by asking the questions on the printable worksheets. Every time I go to a cupboard or drawer now I’m looking at my stuff in a new way and making decisions instantly instead of waiting to have the energy or motivation to clear out the entire cupboard in one go. Decluttering is now a thing I do every single day in some small way, you’ve taken away that mammoth task monsta completely. Mwaaaah’s xxxxxxx Clare”