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10 Day Declutter Challenge

Jacob Gernaat

Jacob is originally from Kalamazoo and has since made his home here in Rochester. He's a recent graduate of our own local Rochester University...

Jacob is originally from Kalamazoo and has since made his home here in Rochester. He's a recent graduate of our own local Rochester University...

Jan 6 4 minutes read

We're all spending more time inside these days...

If you’re like us, the words “spring” and “cleaning” in the same sentence may make you turn the other way. But in an effort to add some structure to our days and begin the new year off on the right foot, we're starting the 10-Day Declutter Challenge! Whether you're wanting to prepare your home to sell or you just want to tidy up a bit around the house, this challenge is for you! Before you deep clean everything, you need to declutter. 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 the whole process a little less daunting. Happy decluttering!

Make sure to tag us on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #10DayDeclutterChallenge! 

The Kitchen


Junk Drawers & Countertops

Everyone has at least one (or more...) 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 if you don't toss them. Go through your pantry, fridge, and freezer to get rid of all expired and unwanted food items.


 Kitchen Cabinets

If you’re the type of person who loves getting free cups at every event you go to or has way too many plates, it may be time to part ways. You can donate anything you don’t need or toss anything that’s had too much wear and tear.

The Living Room


 Books, Movies, and the Mail Pile

The need for DVD's has significantly decreased over time. If you have a bunch sitting around, chances are you can toss them out, give them away, or at least find a better way to organize them.


 Toys, Games, and/or Office Supplies

If you have kids, it’s likely you have a lot of toys laying around. Go through the toys and games they’ve outgrown and set them aside to donate.

The Closets



If you haven’t heard of Maire Kondo yet, she has great tips on how to sort through your clothes. Check them out 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 an assortment 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. 


 Linen Closet and Medicine Cabinet 

Did you know that medicine expires? It does, so those old prescriptions and cough medicine 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 that one perfect 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 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 you no matter what's going on in the world.

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