Sort. Save. Splurge. is a 30 day challenge to simplify your home so you can save for what you really want. The rules are simple and this is how it works:
- No spending beyond groceries and necessities for 30 full days. No new clothes. No mani/pedis. NO SHOPPING! Nada. You can buy a new toilet if starts dying on the job, obviously. Just refrain from making it rain in the aisles of Target.
- Pick something you really want, but wouldn’t normally buy. Splurge. Treat yo self…. Just not yet. Print out a picture. Write it down. Whatever works. It could be anything. Obviously personal finances and budgeting come into play here. Aim for something that you could pay for in cash at the end of the 30 days. Busy mom with little to no down time? How about a full spa day with zero interruptions? Actually, I think I figured out my own personal splurge item.
- Do the daily tasks. I’ve made it easy for you and worked out the details. I’ve made a list of what to sort through each day. The first week will be easy, but the following 23 days will be a little more time consuming (depending on how much stuff you have).
- You “earn” towards your splurge item for every bag/box/heap of junk you get rid of. Pick a monetary value for each bag/box you get rid of. Pick a reasonable amount you can afford. Donated a bag of clothes? Record $1/$5/$10 etc. to the accountability chart (printable below). I’ve chosen to make each of my bags worth $5, which means that if I complete the 30 full days, I’ll have $150 to spend my splurge item.
- BONUS ROUND. If you get rid of more bags/boxes/heaps of junks or sell any of your daily tasks, you can add that your bank. Huzzah!
- DO NOT PASS GO! You can’t decide to skip an entire weekend just because your refuse to get rid of any shoes or clothes and still claim your prize. You didn’t start this challenge because your house is perfectly organized, right? Right. Every little bit counts and some days you may only get rid of a small amount of stuff. That’s okay. Also, some of the daily tasks may not pertain to you, so pick another problem area in your home to work on that day.
What if you do the tasks and legitimately have nothing to get rid of? Not a single expired bottle of medicine or pantry item? Pat yourself on the back and count an imaginary bag on your chart.
Does it have to be a full trash bag or box? Nope. All that matters is that you get rid of something related to the day’s prompt. Remember, every little bit counts.
What do I do with all the stuff I sort through? Sell what you can, donate what you can’t and trash the rest. At the end of the month, everything goes. All of it. I’ll give you a pass if you’re selling large items, but if it doesn’t sell relatively quickly, you should probably consider donating it and getting the tax write off instead.
I’m going to go through each of the daily prompts here on the blog starting tomorrow, but remember you can start whenever you want. Have any burning questions, leave them for me down below in the comments?
You in? The link to the free printable is below, clicking the link will take you to a “checkout” page. Just enter your email and first name and you’ll get an immediate download link and a copy will be sent to your inbox. Alright, let’s start simplifying!