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Declutter Challenge 2024 - Before We Begin



Like any challenge, we need to do a bit of prep before we get going.


Decluttering is all about getting stuff out of your space. That includes:

  • Garbage

  • Broken and damaged items

  • Things that belong in other spaces in your home

  • Stuff that needs to be returned to a Sew Mate

  • Objects you no longer need, use, or like

  • Things that no longer serve you

  • Stuff that no longer makes sense in your space


Already overwhelmed? Just take a deep breath, and tell yourself that "You Got This".




Be Ready With An Exit Strategies

Have donation boxes ready, and know to whom they will be sent. Find out when they accept deliveries and plan when you will drop them off. Understand what your local area can recycle, and where the recycling centre is. Have a trash bin nearby.


Grab a timer

I like to use this cube timer ( I grabbed it off of amazon https://geni.us/2fimdT (amazon)). It's easy and fast but you can also use the one on your phone, your watch or your microwave.




Grab a Journal

Handling your stuff will create squirrels (i.e. cute and good ideas that distract you from decluttering). Have a journal, post-it notes, or your smartphone ready so you can write them down and deal with them later. Last year I added white boards to my space as well but it's what ever you can easily access.


Have a Declutter Buddy

And be a buddy to someone else. My husband without any prompting from me started cleaning his space. It's nice to see him clear his space. Share your stories on Facebook or Instagram using #declutterchallenge2023 and #jgidqdeclutter2023.


Know Where You Are Going

Have a picture in your head of what your space will look like at the end. Forget the fancy filming sets or the 2000 sq foot sewing studios. See the potential in what you have.


You Need To Commit

If you are really serious about doing this, set time aside every day when you will get it done. I'm going to do it first thing in the morning because I like checkmarks, and checking something off at the beginning of the day energizes me. But that might not work for you. Maybe just before lunch, or after dinner fits into your schedule better. Just make sure you pick a time when you still have the energy.


Know Your Limits

These are meant to be short 15-30 minute bursts of decluttering. It's not a marathon. Decluttering is a cycle. We live in a time where material things (no pun intended) flow in and out of our lives. So if at the end of 21 days, you still have work to do, simply start again.


This year will be interesting as I think my sewing room is not as cluttered as it was last year. But my studio needs a lot of attention as so much has just been dumped there in the past three years. But I do like a challenge and the payoff is a space where I love to create.


And I know that there will be personal discoveries along the way. I can honestly say that I am looking forward to what to what I uncover this year about my stuff and myself this year. I hope you will join me.


To set yourself up for success, try out my tips and tricks.







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For the first time in many years quilting I was asked to repair a quilt (I made many years ago) that a puppy damaged. I usually save leftover scraps for just such an event but as it had been many years since I gifted this quilt I had purged most of the fabric.


i was able to put together enough leftovers to fix the quilt but a lightbulb went off. Why am I keeping these scraps!? Now I plan to gift the leftover scraps, along with the quilt, and have the recipient store the scraps.


P.S I have gifted probably 50 quilts and do not make scrap quilts.

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Joan Macleod
Joan Macleod
1月01日

I can’t see “ I’m in “ button

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Karen
Karen
1月02日
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You can right click on the thumbnail and save it, or take a picture of the thumbnail and crop it.


Either method will work.


Karen

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I can’t find the I’m in button either to Download

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Cathy Sargent
Cathy Sargent
2023年12月31日
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https://www.justgetitdonequilts.com/post/declutter-challenge-2024-before-we-begin

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Teresa Simmers Eberly
Teresa Simmers Eberly
2023年12月30日

New to the challenges and quilting in general. I too can't figure out how to download the "I'm In" button. Can anyone here help me?

Signed,

A 68 yr old NON tech savvy quilter.

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Karen
Karen
1月02日
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You can right click on the thumbnail and save it, or take a picture of the thumbnail and crop it.


Either method will work.


Karen

いいね!

I can't find the "I'm In" button. Can you help me, please??

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Karen
Karen
1月02日
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You can right click on the thumbnail and save it, or take a picture of the thumbnail and crop it.


Either method will work.


Karen

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