One of the most difficult parts of decluttering is just getting started. That is why I decided to create some mini-challenges to help you start the process and gain momentum. You can even help hold yourself accountable by joining in on the conversation in the comment section and letting us know when you complete each task. I’ll be here to help if you run into any problems and to cheer on your successes! Let’s get started!
This Week’s Challenge
Top and Outside of the Refrigerator
Approximate length of time to complete: 10-20 minutes
Step 1: Getting ready
Clear everything off of the top and outside of your refrigerator. Using a little soap and warm water, wash the top, front, and sides of your refrigerator. Be sure to clean the handles as well as the water dispenser tray if you have one. Step back and enjoy how clean and uncluttered your refrigerator looks!
Step 2: Evaluate the items that you removed
- Recycle obsolete coupons, schedules, and lists.
- Throw out broken magnets.
- Consider donating some magnets if you have a bunch.
- Put old photos or art projects into albums or scan them to save digitally if you want to keep them.
- If there are things on your refrigerator that you didn’t know were there, dispose of them or find a new home for them where they will be relevant.
- Avoid buying bulk items or oversized boxes if they don’t fit in your pantry.
Step 3: Return the items
As you return the items to the top or outside of your refrigerator, be intentional about where you put things so they don’t get overlooked. Remember to keep only a few things on your refrigerator. Most items would be better suited to keep in a different spot because the more overcrowded your refrigerator, the more likely that things will get lost in the chaos.
Step 4: Make a plan
After you are finished with your project, take a minute to think about when you can revisit this area. The refrigerator tends to be a magnet for various types of paperwork and it will only be a matter of time for it to return to its cluttered state if you don’t maintain it. I keep a monthly whiteboard calendar on my refrigerator, so for me, it makes sense to do a quick refrigerator tidy-up at the end of each month when I update my calendar. For you, it may make more sense to maintain it a different way. The important part is having a plan.
Congratulations! You did it!
If you completed this clutter challenge and you would like to share your thoughts, questions, or tips you have discovered, leave a comment.