Use It Up Challenge – decluttering with a twist

The November Use It Up Challenge is here and it's all about tackling sentimental clutter.

We all have stuff in our house. Items bought with the intention of using but then we don’t get around to it. The next thing you know, those things are shoved in the closet or on a shelf and you forget all about it. Worse is when you go out and buy that same item again. Now you have two and you still aren’t using them! We may have even made decluttering goals but haven’t stuck with them. Perhaps you tackled a few easy to declutter items but now aren’t sure what to do next. Even after decluttering the home, there may still be items in it that probably could go. What about those items you still want to use? After months or years of owning it, is there any hope of actually using it? Yes, there is! That’s where the Use It Up Challenge comes into play.

Use It Up Challenge

What is the Use It Up Challenge?

This is a monthly decluttering challenge that focuses on using the items instead of simply getting rid of them. This helps to reduce waste and also gets your money worth out of those items. Each month, a new category is chosen and we will focus on that category all month long. However, you don’t have to stop once that month ends. Keep decluttering and using up those items all year long. It will have a huge impact on your home and life at the end of the year.

If you are joining in, be sure to share your progress on social media using #IHUseItUp. I’d love to see how everyone is getting along with the challenge.

Does it need to be used up in one month?

No. Some categories may take longer to use up than others. However, if you are able to use up a category of items in a single month, then that’s great!

The point is to make an effort to use these items. Even if it takes you several months or a year, what matters is that you are using it.

Who can join?

You! Yes, you. I encourage everyone to join in on this challenge. Let’s make an effort to use up the stuff in our homes.

I hope you join me for the Use It Up Challenge. Be sure to check back at the first of every month for the focused area.


  1. I love this idea!!! This really pushes accountability when using a monthly challenge:)

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      Thank you! I hope it helps a lot of people with their decluttering struggles.

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