Accepting the 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge for 2010?

If you want a
golden rule that
will fit everything,
this is it:
Have nothing in
your houses that
you do not know
to be useful or
believe to be

William Morris

As TCOYou is fairly new and small, I'm not sure how much of my history you may know or do not know. My first blogging endeavor, the 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge blog, was just to highlight an event that was going on inside a Delphi forum where I participated. I'd decided to work on myself by committing to decluttering one item from my home per day for the next 365 days; decluttering was easy for me but doing anything routinely was not! So, I asked on the forum "Who wants to join me?" The response was amazing! In addition to forum participants, I'd hear that they had spread the word to coworkers, family members and friends. For one person alone, I could count their reach to 8 people! That same person convinced me that I needed to create a blog as a central point for those outside the forum.

That year of blogging taught me a lot about blog creation and how much I love sharing information with others. This is what brought out the idea for the Taking Care Of You blog and how I became a blogger for real.

Now, with everyone on the 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge blog starting at different times, I thought it would be unifying if there was a monthly date when those of us in the challenge could celebrate our anniversary together. I announced that the 22nd of the month would be our anniversary and, on that day each month, I would send out an encouraging message and a gift called a Focus Challenge.

The Focus Challenge was to serve as a reminder to everyone that, actually, we are not doing this all alone. Many other people are right there beside us doing the same thing, at the same time. Some are going through the same challenges, and some face others, but we are all united in one purpose!

With a brand new year just around the corner, many of us are already preparing for a fresh start! I wholeheartedly believe that living by that quote above is one of the best ways for Taking Care Of You. Those who've accepted and completed their own challenge to declutter at least one item from their lives per day for one full year are already 365 objects lighter, and freer.

Are you ready to accept your own 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge?

If so, declare your acceptance on the 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge start page and you'll get to see for yourself how amazing you will feel just one year later!

Remember those little Focus Challenges I mentioned before? Well, I pasted the link to each of them below, for your convenience.

Please, remember these were issued monthly just to give a little kick of motivation for the coming week. I am sharing these with you to help motivate, not to overwhelm yourselves; the clutter does that to us already!

So, whether you use these as weekly challenges for the first 12 weeks of 2010
or to use them as monthly kickoffs for each of the coming 12 months,
Focus Challenge #1Focus Challenge #5Focus Challenge #9
Focus Challenge #2Focus Challenge #6Focus Challenge #10
Focus Challenge #3Focus Challenge #7Focus Challenge #11
Focus Challenge #4Focus Challenge #8Focus Challenge #12
(this one you create
for yourself!)
Until next time...Take Care Of You!

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Trish said...

I just ran across your 365 Days blog and am planning on taking the challenge - I'll post about it soon. Glad to have found you and looking forward to reading more!

Suzanne Sergis said...

Hello Trish. Thanks for announcing that you'll be accepting your own 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge!

WOO HOO! I'm so excited for you. This challenge is something I felt was super-doable for everyone--to declutter one thing per day.

Just imagine this for a moment...Your efforts will result in 365 unneeded, unloved, unwanted, unused things leaving your home in the coming year...and, almost effortlessly. This excites me. I hope the thought excites & motivates you as well!

Trish said...

Thanks! I'm thinking of seeing if some of my readers want to join me so we can encourage each other. I would like to post one of your focus challenges each month and wanted to know if it would be okay to quote a couple of paragraphs from each one. If not, I'll just give a one-sentence description and, either way, I'll link back to the original post on 365 Days.

Feel free to email me if that's easier - trish1225[at]gmail[dot]com

Janet said...

Hi Susanne,
I'm glad to see you are starting the challenge again. I was going to do it on my own, but it will be more fun to have others decluttering along with me.

Suzanne Sergis said...

That would be awesome if you could gather a group together! It really does make it more fun that way. Better for the accountability factor too. ;-)

I emailed you regarding posting the focus challenges.

If there's anything I can do to help you while your taking your challenge or posting about it on your blog, please let me know!

Suzanne Sergis said...

Hi Janet, nice to see you over here at! Posting a new year, new 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge over here was to spread the news around...especially for those who like the 'ultimate' perfect start! ;-)

I hope you'll post about your challenge on the Flyladies & More forum to rev up some decluttering excitement over there. And, maybe, share a comment every so often over here on TCOYou to be an inspiration here as well!

I'm debating on whether I, personally, want to commit to another challenge. There's a lot of life to live in those 365 you might recall! ;-)

Suzanne Sergis said...

I am looking forward to this challenge. Thanks for the button is going up on my blog

Suzanne Sergis said...

Hello Nancie! Congratulations on accepting your own 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge. I've added your blog to the list of challengers on the 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge blog.

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