Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spring Cleaning Challenge: 30 Spaces in 30 Days

About a year ago, I did a 20 Bags in 40 Days challenge. Although marginally successful in the actual challenge, I did a lot more decluttering and organization than I would have done otherwise.

Fast forward to this morning when I woke up and thought to myself,  "Happy April! Spring cleaning time?"

I'm going to take the main steps from the 20 Bags in 40 Days Challenge but apply them to a 30 Spaces in 30 Days Challenge. By the end of this month these 30 spaces will be decluttered, deep cleaned, and organized. Some days I know I won't be able to get to a space but other days I will be able to cover multiple spaces. I am going to take photos along the way to try and capture the change and improvements to our home.

Challenge Steps
1. Make a list of 30 spaces. Start by naming each space in general (i.e. kitchen) and then, if needed, break up each general space into smaller, more manageable spaces, i.e refrigerator, pantry, etc.
2. Label paper bags: Donate, Recycle, Repair, and Trash.
3. Pick a space and get started! Remove all items from the space, clean it, return items that you are keeping to the space and place remaining items into the appropriate paper bag. Repeat the process with each space.

Step 1...

  1. Bathroom
  2. Bedroom
  3. Bedroom - Closet
  4. Bedroom - Nightstands
  5. Bedroom - Dressers
  6. Office 
  7. Office - Desk/Filing
  8. Office - Bookshelves
  9. Office - Closet
  10. Guest Room 
  11. Guest Room - Closet
  12. Living Room
  13. Dining Room
  14. Dining Room - Bar Cabinets
  15. Kitchen
  16. Kitchen - Refrigerator
  17. Kitchen - Pantry cabinets
  18. Kitchen - Under sink
  19. Kitchen - Other cabinets
  20. Kitchen - Drawers
  21. Family Room 
  22. Family Room - TV stand
  23. Family Room - Cubbies
  24. Family Room - Bookshelf
  25. Garage 
  26. Garage - Laundry
  27. Garage - Holiday storage boxes
  28. Garage - Other storage
  29. Garage - Yard work supplies
  30. Backyard - Garden
I threw in our garden because I want to get it cleaned up and new stuff planted by the end of the month. 

Want to participate in the challenge with me? Let me know in a comment or via e-mail: industriousjustice [at] gmail [dot] com.


  1. Replies
    1. Glad you're on board! I'll post updates here. Got one small space done yesterday!

  2. Hi Emily! I'm new to your blog, but very excited to try out your list (well a modified one for my house of course)! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Amanda - You're welcome! I'm about to post an update now. :)

  4. These are great, I'll be sure to follow these steps. Thanks.
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