The ‘5 in 5’ decluttering challenge

DSCF4010Here’s a quick way to inject some fun into the process of getting rid of your excess stuff. I’m going to call it the ‘five in five’ game.

The challenge is to find five different things you no longer need in your home, in just five minutes.

And sorry, items you’ve already set aside to discard do not count.

It’s best done as a contest against someone else, but works as a solo game against the clock too. And it is tough.

My wife, Ruth, and I tried it out this evening. I managed to find three items of clothing, a brochure and the oldest of my three laptops (why the hell have I kept three laptops?) but it was just in the nick of time.

Ruth, well, she found three things. But she tried to palm off two items already earmarked for the charity shop, which I was having none of, so her total was one really. I also had to tell her off when I caught her rooting through the bin. Naughty.

So round one to me. Hurrah.

Anyway, it’s one way to alleviate the boredom of decluttering, especially when it has been taking you weeks, months or even years. Get set, go!

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