The 16-Week Full-House Purge (+ FREE printable!)

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2019

Exactly 1 year ago, I shared my personal challenge to complete a full-house purge BEFORE the New Year.

It was a very simple, very doable plan that I plugged away at little by little, each week for the last 16 weeks of the calendar year… meaning my house was purged, decluttered, and organized BEFORE the New Year!

It was glorious! 

I shared my progress on the blog every 5 weeks, and from what I gather, MANY of you enjoyed following along with me and decluttering your own homes before the New Year! 

Here are a few quick-links to my purging updates from last year: 

My Initial Challenge and “Instructions”

My 5-Week Update

My 10-Week Update

My 15-Week Update (this was my final update as I didn’t have 16 spaces.)

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Since this post series was so popular last year, I thought it would be fun to try again… I even have a FREE printable this year too (it’s editable!)

Feel free to download it and edit directly on your computer or print and fill it in by hand. Then use it to help you purge every space in your home! 

A FEW NOTES:

I intentionally left the printable blank because, in my opinion, there is no way I could create a functional printable for the vast majority if I chose the items to purge or the tasks to complete in each room of the home (I wouldn’t even be able to identify each room for other homes).

Also, due to the way this challenge works, it can be started and stopped ANY time throughout the year, so please feel free to start whenever the timing feels right for you (however, don’t use this as an excuse to put it off “until later”!)

If you don’t have 16 spaces in your home, enjoy finishing your challenge earlier, or divide up some of your larger spaces into 2 weeks. 

And finally, if you’re really ambitious (and like fun number games), you could actually complete this 16-Week Challenge THREE times each calendar year — taking roughly 1 week off between cycles and one “bonus week” off for a vacation (for a total of 52 weeks!) 

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The Basic 7-Step Process: 

** You may want to go back and read my initial post to familiarize yourself with the concept. 

STEP #1 = Download and print (or edit electronically) 4 copies of my free printable (this will give you a total of 16 “cards” to fill out).

STEP #2 = Dedicate areas in your home/garage for Trash, Donations, Items to Sell, Items to Give Back, and a “Maybe” pile.

STEP #3 = Make a list of every space in your house and write/type the name of each space on one of your printable cards.

STEP #4 = Assign each space to one of the next 16 weeks and jot down some of the things you’d like to accomplish in that space on the provided lines.

STEP #5 = Allot a little extra time to each particular space in your home on the “scheduled week”, doing as much as you can and stopping when the week is finished. Enjoy checking tasks off your list!

STEP #6 = Repeat Step #5 with every space in your home. 

STEP 7 = Share your progress with me in the comments, by shooting me an email, and on social media (make sure to tag me if you do!)

I know it might seem simple — maybe even TOO simple — but in my opinion, this 16-Week Full-House Purge Challenge is a GREAT way to quickly work through your ENTIRE house without getting bogged down by perfectionist tendencies, sidetracked by procrastination, or overwhelmed by everything else you COULD be doing.

Simply focus on ONE room for ONE week…

Do as much as you can in that space, then move on to the next space (even if you don’t finish everything on your list).

So what do you say?

Will you join me this year? 

Just think, in 16 weeks, you’ll be ringing in the New Year with a list of spaces you have ALREADY decluttered… instead of a laundry list of organizing goals waiting for you!

Won’t that feel amazing! 

Download your FREE Printable and get started purging your first space THIS week! 

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21 comments

  1. Andrea Schwake

    09/18/2019

    I love the idea of doing this purge rotation several times a year. That way, if you “fall off the wagon” or get busy and miss a week, you know that it will come back around in the rotation again. Thanks for all the great ideas!

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    Andrea Reply:

    it is a fairly simple way to make sure you work through your entire house a couple of times each year… and yes, if you skip or miss a space, you know you can come back to it later!

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  2. Natalia

    09/13/2019

    Thanks for the reminder! AND for the printables! I love lists (on paper) and these are very cute!

    I’m doing it again! This week is the “Fridge and freezer” week (yes, I added this because I want to give it special attention to make plans to eat from the freezer and clean it out before the “stocking” season begins. Next week it’s the garage.
    And then I’ll start all over again, with the living room.

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    Andrea Reply:

    That’s a great category — Fridge + Freezer! It should really be separate since they take up a decent amount of time.
    See… that’s why I don’t write out everything for people and just leave the printables blank — thanks for sharing your good idea!

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  3. Ashley Gaver

    09/11/2019

    I’m definitely diving into this. How exciting to already be ahead of the game when everyone begins their New Year Declutter!

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    Andrea Reply:

    I love being “ahead of the game!”

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  4. Christine

    09/11/2019

    I’m with you this year! We’ve been in our new house for a year and it’s time. My problem is always figuring out what to write on the checklist. I have one of those minds that both doesn’t see mess and gets overwhelmed by it simultaneously! Gonna go reread your first post…

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    Andrea Reply:

    I’d write things like:
    dresser drawers
    nightstand
    closet shelves
    closet rods
    under bed storage
    etc. etc.

    Or for the kitchen:
    fridge
    freezer
    pantry cabinet
    food storage
    spices, seasonings, condiments
    baking items
    linens
    etc.

    Give yourself lots of small spaces so it doesn’t seem as overwhelming to tackle one and then be done!

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    Christine Reply:

    Thank you, that was actually super helpful! Subcategories instead of single tasks. That will work for me!

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    Andrea Reply:

    oh good — have “fun”!!

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  5. Cristiana

    09/11/2019

    I’m in!
    You inspire me. You make everything feel so doable, your readers have no excuse. Thank you for being here!
    Greatings from Portugal.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hello Cristiana! Welcome aboard this fun (and totally doable) challenge!

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  6. Ashley Gaver

    09/10/2019

    Andrea,
    I have been following your blog for years now. I just wanted to say I’m continually so impressed with your consistency. No matter what, I know that you’ll always have several new posts up during the week. It’s so comforting and refreshing to know that you’re always there with fresh ideas to inspire me each week.
    Thank you for all the effort and time you put into your work!

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    Christine Reply:

    Completely agree!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Ashley!
    Consistency is KEY for me — in all things in life. If I stop, it’s really hard for me to get going again! 🙂

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  7. Christina

    09/10/2019

    I wondered if you would do this again. I just said to my husband I was going to do a room purge a week until the first of the year, like Andrea did last year! Perfect timing!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay — glad to have you following along this year!

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  8. Machee

    09/10/2019

    I’m in! I have 13 weeks until my 4th is born, so I’ll adjust a bit, but this will help with all the nesting energy I’ve had lately! It will be nice to not feel like I have to ‘do it all’ right before the holidays and new year.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay — congrats on baby #4! It will be SOOOOO nice to have much of your house purged before the baby arrives (plus, you can totally use your “nesting” instincts to your advantage here!)

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  9. Kari

    09/10/2019

    I’ll join you! I always switch from working part time to full time every January. It will be great to have this done before that time comes. I always see so many challenges around the New Year that are motivating, but I know that it definitely isn’t the time of year for me to add anything to my plate. This will work out perfect. Thanks Andrea!

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    Andrea Reply:

    oh wow — this is great timing for you then!

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