30 Bags in 30 Days Decluttering Challenge

Want to declutter your house without getting overwhelmed? Try removing just ONE bag of clutter a day! Use this printable 30 Bags in 30 Days Decluttering Challenge to stay on track!

Raise your hand if you’ve ever walked in to your daughter’s room with a trash bag threatening to throw a bunch of stuff away… Well now you have an excuse! I don’t mind a bit if you blame it on this decluttering challenge. (Wink wink!)

Decluttering can seem like a monumental task! Especially if you’ve been undercover-hoarding stuff for years and years! Or if your daughter has to keep every stinkin’ Happy Meal toy that she’s gotten since she was 2… and now she’s 10!

And if your house is a cluttered mess, you may feel completely overwhelmed to the point that you give up before you even start.

That’s where this easy 30 day decluttering challenge comes into play…

By focusing on ONE small area each day, and making it your goal to fill JUST ONE bag of clutter from that area, you’ll have 30 bags of clutter out of your house in only a month.

30 BAGS!

Just think about how much of a difference 30 bags would make in your own home… For me, 30 bags of clutter would probably fill my entire kitchen. That’s A TON!

graphic of printable decluttering checklist that says free 30 bags challenge

And I’ve got a FREE printable Decluttering Checklist to get you started… so let’s jump right in…

How to do the 30 Bags Decluttering Challenge

The beauty of this decluttering challenge is that it focuses on just ONE area a day, so it’s more manageable. If you start any type of “challenge” and you can’t even make it through the first day, then you’re more likely to quit before you even really get started.

Here are some tips for how to do this 30 Day Decluttering Challenge and actually make it through the full 30 days!

  • Print off the 30 Bags in 30 Days Decluttering Challenge printableI’ll show you how to get it down below! Hang it on your fridge or bathroom mirror so you don’t forget to fill your bag of clutter for the day!
  • Get 6 large cardboard boxes, plastic totes or trash bags I’ll tell you why later!
  • Choose a day to start the challenge
  • Get a bag – The size of bag that you need will depend on the area that you are decluttering for that day. For instance, your junk drawer will probably only require a plastic grocery bag, but you may need a garbage bag for your linen closet. You can also use a large box… this is YOUR challenge so do what works for you!
  • Declutter items that you no longer need or want from the assigned area and put them in your bag

But, what do you do with your bag of clutter, you ask? Well you have a few options…

What to Do After You’re Done Decluttering

So, after you’re done filling your bag with clutter, you’ll need an action plan to get that junk out of your house for good.

I recommend that you put 8 large boxes in your garage/foyer/etc to sort your bag of clutter each day by category. Just keep these 8 boxes in your home for the full 30 days, and add to the boxes as you go. Then, after your 30 Day Challenge is over, you can get those boxes out of your house for good.

sticky notes that say keep recycle sell declutter trash donate

Here’s a breakdown of the 6 boxes you need to sort your clutter:

  • Donate – Items to donate to local thrift stores, missions, or churches
  • Family/Friends – Items in good condition that you think your family or friends would love to have
  • Sell – Items that you feel are of value and are worth your time trying to sell on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or Ebay
  • Trash – Items that are unsalvageable or worthless – You technically don’t need a box for this category… You can just place your junk straight in the trash after you fill your bag for the day.
  • Recycle – (Optional – if you have a recycling bin)
  • Repurpose/Fix– Items that you think can be up-cycled or that may require small fixes (Only save these items if you will commit to fixing or reusing them)

You may find it helpful to also have boxes for these two categories, but this may be better suited to a different type of decluttering, like this Declutter Your House in 7 Days Challenge

  • Relocate– Items that you wish to keep, but belong in a different room of the house
  • Store – Items that you need to keep for sentimental reasons, or items that are only used seasonally

30 Bags in 30 Days Decluttering Challenge

The 30 Bags in 30 Days Challenge is simple… Just commit to removing one bag of clutter from your home everyday for a month. You can use this easy guide to help you focus on one small area each day:

  • DAY 1: Kitchen Cabinets
  • DAY 2: Kitchen Pantry
  • DAY 3: Kitchen Drawers
  • DAY 4: Under Kitchen Sink
  • DAY 5: Junk Drawer
messy junk drawer
Freezer inventory sheet
  • DAY 8: Linen Closet
  • DAY 9: Bedroom Closets – Go HERE for ideas for what to do with old clothes after you declutter!
  • DAY 10: Nightstands and Drawers
  • DAY 11: Shoes
  • DAY 12: Master Bedroom
  • DAY 13: Guest Bathroom
  • DAY 14: Medicine Cabinet – See how I organized my medicine cabinet and made super cute DIY basket labels HERE!
labeled storage baskets of medicine and first aid supplies
important documents organized in file folders
  • DAY 23: Art and Craft Supplies
  • DAY 24: Holiday Decorations
  • DAY 25: DVD’s and CD’s
  • DAY 26: Car – Anyone else feel like they get an entire bag of trash out of their car every single week? 🙂
  • DAY 27: Garage Shelves and Storage
  • DAY 28: Boardgames
  • DAY 29: Purse
  • DAY 30: Electronics – old phone chargers, remotes, etc.

After you’ve finished the first 30 days, you may feel like a Decluttering Master! If so, I’ve got you covered… Tackle even more clutter by decluttering and organizing your kitchen countertops.

Then, move on to one area that you probably haven’t thought of to declutter, the digital files and photos stored on your computer! I’ve got an awesome post on how to declutter your computer files!

Free 30 Bags in 30 Days Printable Checklist

Want a FREE printable decluttering checklist to help keep you on track?

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When you sign up for my FREE email newsletter you’ll get access to my entire freebies library as a gift… there are a TON of printables for kids’ activities, home management, cleaning, meal planning, and more!

Just use the form below to sign up and then check your inbox!

Hope you find this Decluttering Challenge helpful! I’d LOVE for you to leave me a comment and let me know how it goes!

Happy Nesting!

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  1. I also have signed up because Iโ€™d love to have access to the freebies and any other helpful organizing or activity tips you may have to share. Just not sure how to get to the printables? Or how to even print this chart.

    1. Hi Amanda! My email service doesn’t show your email address as having signed up at all… Did you enter your info in the big box at the bottom of the post that says “Get the free printables”? I can go ahead and email you the freebies info and templates right now. Thanks for reaching out! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Debbie! Thanks for reaching out… I see that you’re confirmed on the email list, and you should have received a welcome email with the link to print. I will just go ahead and email you the freebies directly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. HELP! I can’t figure out how to download this. I have followed the directions but have no clue what to do when I get the search box. Did I see in another persons comment that we can join “something” and then will just be able to download the chart? Would love to do this. Thank you. He

    1. Hi Helen! When you sign up for my free email newsletter (sign up box at the bottom of the post), then you get access to my entire library of over 60 free printables. But I can just email you directly so you don’t have to go through those steps… Sending it over right now. Have a great day, and good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Love the concept. This sounds like something that will not overwhelm people. Thanks. I will be starting my own 30 day and see if I can complete it.


    1. Hi Pat! Yes, just focusing on one bag a day is much easier than trying to do your entire bedroom, kitchen, etc. Plus, not many of us have an entire day to work on stuff like that. Thanks so much for your comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I can’t find how to print the 30 Day Declutter challenge. I signed up gpr emails used password read the article and nothing to print.

    1. Hi Carolyn! All of my free printables can be found in the freebies library… you should have received an email with the password after you signed up. I will go ahead and send you the password and the 30 Days Decluttering Challenge now so you don’t have to go searching for it. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚