By Rita Wilkins
The Downsizing Designer

If you are reading this blog, you must be interested in finally decluttering your home in 2022.

You might have tried many times before to declutter, but you’ve gotten overwhelmed, frustrated, then you get stuck, lose motivation and never finish. And the clutter just keeps building up!

You’ve probably read countless articles, listened to podcast after podcast and you’ve probably tried every imaginable way to succeed.

Chances are, you’ve listened to how someone else did it, how they succeeded at decluttering.

It might’ve worked for them, but when you tried it, it didn’t work for you!

While it’s painful to admit that you failed at decluttering your home in the past, you’re reading this blog for a reason.

You’re interested in taking on a new challenge in 2022 to declutter once and for all.

You are ready and willing to do what it takes to finally succeed at something that’s important to you.

I’m going to show you how to design your own personal decluttering challenge because when you design it yourself,

  • You’ll be empowered, motivated, and ready to take action because you will develop a personal challenge that works for you, your personality, and your schedule.

It is designed by you and for you… that’s why this works.

Once you learn how to design your own personal decluttering challenge,

  • You can use this technique to create new challenges each week, each month until your entire house is decluttered.

Once you use this practice and know what works for you and your schedule, you will develop sustainable habits that you can integrate into your lifestyle, your schedule so that you can finally succeed at decluttering in 2022 and remain clutter-free in the future.

Are you ready?

I’m inviting you to get a pad and paper to write down this simple step-by-step process of…


How To Design Your Very Own Personal Decluttering Challenge In 2022


1. Pick one area of your home you want to declutter

  • That is bothering you the most.
  • That is impacting the quality of your daily life.

Example: Master Bedroom Closet

It takes you so much time to get ready.

You keep wearing the same clothes over and over because your closet is packed with clothes that don’t fit, that are outdated, and that are in need of repair.

It bothers you because it seems like you never have anything to wear.

Sound familiar?

Action step: Pick one area of your home that bothers you and list reasons “why”?


2. Ask yourself “What does success looks like after this area is decluttered… after you’ve accomplished this big goal?”

Example: Master Bedroom Closet

When your master bedroom closet is decluttered, you will find it easy to locate the clothes you want when you want to wear them. You know those clothes fit you, look good on you and are in good repair. You no longer waste time looking for things and feeling like you have nothing to wear.

You might even say you love your closet!

Action step: Write down what success looks like when you have accomplished this big goal.

A bedroom closet that is organized and looked neat.


3. Ask yourself “How will you challenge yourself to accomplish this goal in that specific area?”

Example: Master Bedroom Closet

  • You will challenge yourself to get up 30-minutes earlier each day this week, try on every piece of clothing in your closet.
  • Donate, consign, or discard the items that don’t fit, don’t look good, and don’t look like “you” anymore.
  • You’ll then organize your closet so that you can find what you want when you want it.

Decluttering tip: Keep your challenge simple and manageable.

Break down the large projects into manageable chunks.

Action step: Write down how you will challenge yourself to accomplish this goal. Be very specific.


4. Share your challenge with family and friends

This is the accountability piece of your decluttering challenge. It is critical to staying on track and staying motivated.

Example: Master Bedroom Closet

Action step: Share your written personal challenge with your spouse, kids, and friends.

You will let them know your daily progress.


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5. Make your personal challenge part of your daily routine

  • Take before and after pictures. It’s motivating to see progress!
  • Repetition helps form good habits that are sustainable.

Acknowledge yourself for sticking with it. Who knows, you might even start to miss the daily routine because you look forward to checking off more progress each day

Prove to yourself you’ve got this! You can, you are, and you will succeed at decluttering your home in 2022.

Action step: Document your daily progress and take before and after pictures.


6. Use your personal decluttering challenge and accomplishments to inspire your family and friends

Your family and friends will see that you have done it and they will be inspired to do it too!

Action step: Write down who you would like to inspire and motivate to declutter by sharing your own decluttering challenge and success.


When you personalize your decluttering challenge…

When you design your own decluttering challenge…

You’ll be far more empowered, inspired, and motivated because you have designed something that works for you that you deeply care about.


I would love to hear from you to get your feedback. Tell me about your personal decluttering challenge and how it is helping you succeed in 2022. Email me at

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