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 there’s still time for you to join in!)

To join us, purchase access to the Kickstart to Clutter Free online video course (on sale now for $5.99), and then enter your email below to receive an invitation to our exclusive Embracing a Simpler Life Kickstart to Clutter-Free accountability Facebook group!

Because when we do this together, we’re much more likely to stick with it and be successful!

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

We’ll be completing the challenge together, January 11th-28th, and taking the weekends off.

In addition to the Facebook group, I’ll also be checking in with my progress here on the blog once per week, starting today!

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. For me, it was worth the $5.99 to join. 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I moved on to my paper sorter, where I was able to identify 9 outdated items.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After going through my entire file cabinet system, I gleaned 35 items or files that were outdated or unneeded.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!


Kickstart to Clutter Free Challenge Q&A


Q. Who is this challenge for?

A. It is for any Embracing a Simpler Life readers who would like accountability and a clear plan for simplifying their home to start 2016! Please purchase access to the course and the fill out the form below to receive an invitation.

Q. How much does it cost?

A. This video course is now on sale for only $5.99. It’s simple, straightforward and motivating, just the thing I need to give my home a declutter-boost.

Q. When will the challenge run?

A. We will begin January 11th and end January 28th, working 14 consecutive days with breaks on the weekend (along with Crystal Paine, Money Saving Mom, who is live blogging her progress.)

Q. What if I can’t find 500 things?

A. I have this question myself! I figure, if I don’t have 500 things to get rid of, I will still get rid of all the clutter. When it’s all gone, whether that is 100 things or 499 things, I will have succeeded!

Q. Where can I buy the course?

A. Find it HERE.

Once enrolled, don’t forget to register to join our free Facebook Accountability group here:

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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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