Kickstart to Clutter-Free, Day 1: Getting Rid of Paper Clutter

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Today I officially embarked on the 500 things in 14 days decluttering challenge!

And I don’t know about you, but lightening my home by 500 unneeded or unwanted things sounds freeing.


Day 1: Paper Clutter

I’m not going to share about this course in detail on my blog, because I don’t want to scoop it! Kathi Lipp has put together a great resource, and I want to make sure to direct you back to it. I am loving the challenges!

Each of the 14 days is geared to target a different area of the home. The first day we tackle the most tedious of these… paper clutter!

The goal today was to eliminate 100 items of paper clutter.

Now, I’m not one to keep a whole bunch of paper clutter, so I wondered whether this would be possible.

I dove right in, starting with the obvious, the junk drawer.

Thanks to a recent clean-out, I was only able to find 11 items here.

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I moved on to my paper sorter, where I was able to identify 9 outdated items.

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After my two “obvious areas” were clear, I needed to start hunting. Between my office, bedroom closet, and kids’ craft drawer I discovered another 39 items to discard.

(This forced me to finally update my address book so I could trash the Christmas card envelopes I’d been saving…)

With the whole main level decluttered, I had still only mustered 59 items, so I moved to our downstairs file cabinets.

After going through my entire file cabinet system, I gleaned 35 items or files that were outdated or unneeded.

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This brought my total to 94 items discarded! At only 6 away from the goal, I was not about to admit defeat. I began to dig deeper, and found 6 more items to thin out from a file folder I had overlooked upon first glance.


I did it! This is the pile of stuff I was able to recycle.

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What a great feeling knowing my entire house was free of all paper clutter, upstairs and down!

It was also satisfying to see how my new lifestyle has prevented excessive amounts of paper clutter from building up.

Day 1: Success!


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  1. Kathy says:

    Hi Katie-can this challenge be done any 14 day?? As you can tell, I’m way behind. Just wondering if I can start the 1st of February?

  2. Sarah says:

    I love this challenge. This is the motivation I needed to tackle the chaos that has become my guest bedroom closet! I am cleaning out the filing cabinet today. 🙂

    Like you, I am wondering if I will find the 500 items since I clean out the clutter fairly often. I will be following along and will consider it a win regardless of the number of items I toss.

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