Decluttering Cure

Every Big Decluttering Project Needs a “Catch-Up” Day

published Sep 23, 2020
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Apartment Therapy’s Decluttering Cure is a free 20-day decluttering program, guaranteed to leave you with a lighter, leaner home. You can sign up here to get all 20 lessons delivered to your inbox.

When it comes to transforming your home on this decluttering journey, I make a point to tell you that the goal is progress, not perfection. That’s true for your efforts, too.

If you missed a Cure assignment because you were busy, that’s OK. If you missed six because you just didn’t feel like doing them, that’s OK, too. If you did one thing so far, that’s fine. If you finished everything until now but you really need a break, that’s good too.

Decluttering Tip: When you’re taking on a big cleaning or decluttering project, schedule a “catch-up” day into your plan to tie up loose ends or give yourself a well-earned break.

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Today is a a day all about giving yourself grace, and getting realistic about what you can handle…

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Day 16: Take a catch-up day.

There’s no real Decluttering Cure assignment for today. I’ve left today blank for you to fill in with whatever task you’d like some overtime to take on.

Here are a few things you could do:

  • Do one of the assignments you missed from earlier in the Decluttering Cure. You can see all the assignments here.
  • Put your “one-room reset” space back together, if you haven’t already.
  • Take on another chunk of your paper clutter or sentimental clutter.
  • Use the five questions to declutter your own category of stuff, like toys, cords, electronics, packaging, or samples.
  • Or just take a day off, if that’s what your spirit needs most.

You’re working hard to make your home the best it can be, and that’s impressive and impactful in any amount. You’ll get to finishing everything your home needs, little by little.

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