Day 30 of the January Money Diet – Declutter One Place

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Organizing has many benefits. Along with the inner peace that comes from working and living in a calm space, organized living means less time looking for lost items and a visually pleasing, harmonious environment.

Clearing space is a gift we give ourselves.

Homework assignment #30: Today’s challenge is to spend at least 15 minutes decluttering one area. It can be a small or big project, depending on how much time you want to devote to it. You could simply straighten up your desk, get rid of unnecessary papers and clean your computer monitor until it sparkles. Or spend thirty minutes organizing the medicine cabinet. You could clean out your refrigerator and wipe down the shelves.  Unclutter the coat closet. Tackle one wall of the garage. Spend the afternoon straightening up the basement. It’s up to you. Just organize a space, and bask in the rewards.

For inspiration, you might enjoy these websites — with tons of tips and information:


Organized Home

Get Organized

Creative Organizing

If you clear a space and like the result, be sure to let us know about it!

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P.S. In case you’ve just joined us, the January Money Diet is a challenge to take a 31-day break from nonessential spending. Even though January is winding down, you can learn more about the money diet here — and jump right in!


Win a Deluxe Happy Simple Living Gift Basket

In honor of the January Money Diet, I’ll be giving away a gift basket chock-full of home and garden goodies and a copy of my cookbook, 101 Things To Do With Bacon. This Friday morning, February 1, I’ll draw one random name from everyone who commented during the month (the cut-off is midnight MST tomorrow, Jan. 31) and that lucky person will win the gift basket. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by this month to share your ideas, thoughts and experiences about taking a 31-day break from nonessential spending.


About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Day 30 of the January Money Diet – Declutter One Place

  • Dina

    I cleared off the buffet in our kitchen… I found my husbands will sitting there!!! I guess when we got back from the notary it was put there while taking off a coat or something and forgotten!!! Glad we found it and now have it in a safe place!!!

    I oiled the wood top to the buffet for the first time since we moved here over 2 years ago = WOW!!!

    Loving how things are coming together this month! Thank you for your guidance!!!

  • Mariah

    Our high counter in the kitchen always collects stuff, now it looks lovely and I feel so much better!

  • Deborah Gore

    Sewing room straight and ready for the next project!

  • Martha

    One kitchen counter corner is now scrubbed within an inch of its life. While cleaning, found a bag of starbucks coffee that I can turn in and get a free cup!

  • Lyn

    Kitchen work space – Done! It took 45 minutes, but I feel so much better!

  • Hi Eliza, just the other night I emptied my tiny closet and found I was able to cut the items I was storing in nearly half. Now it’s much more functional and I was able to eliminate a small shelf I was using for storage which now goes to a little girl for a book case in her bedroom saving her parents the cost of buying her one.

  • We have a pool table in our front room and it has become the catch-all for mail, packages, cards – you name it, it’s been on the table. I took everything off except my husband’s corner where he keeps his keys and things he needs to take to work (just one small spot). It’s amazing the difference it made to the appearance of the whole area! Thanks for all the ideas and challenges this month.

  • ElainieMay


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