The 10×5 Project

There are SO many days that I feel just overwhelmed by the amount of STUFF that we have. There’s just SO much of it and we spend so much of our precious time picking up that stuff and cleaning that stuff and organizing that stuff and buying more of that stuff.

And I’m SO over it. Seriously. But, at the same time, getting rid of stuff is such an overwhelming task! So I thought I would turn it into a SIMPLE family project. Enter the 10×5 Project!

Five people. Five days. Ten things per day.

It’s that simple! I grabbed five empty buckets and lined them up on our couch. Then I challenged each member of our family to take their bucket and put ten things in it that we can throw away, donate, or sell each day for five days.

Yeah, so do the math on that…. yep… that’s 250 things that we got rid of in the last FIVE days! And with minimal effort, I might add!

Rules and tips to make your 10×5 Project go as smoothly as possible:

1. Let each family member choose from their own things. And don’t push anyone to get rid of anything specific. This is supposed to be fun and a group effort… no fighting allowed!

2. Pick a theme each day if it makes it easier. One day could be books, one day could be clothing, one day could be kitchen items, etc!

3. At the end of the five days, make sure you actually get rid of the stuff! If you just pile everything up and then shove it in the garage, you did not actually make any real progress. Take the trash out to the curb and stop by Goodwill with those two boxes full of donations. If you kept anything to sell, take pictures and list it on Craigslist or eBay right away or price and tag it for your next garage sale.

4. It’s totally okay if the five days don’t happen right in a row. We got super busy, so it actually took us about two weeks to complete our five days. But we did complete the project! And that’s all that matters!

P.S. In the name of full disclosure, Max was VERY unhappy about the whole project. He pretty much cried every time we did it, but in the end, he picked out his 10 things each day and was okay with it. Just the idea of getting rid of things was not fun for him. And to be honest, we just got rid of a TON of toys last month, so I don’t blame him! AND, we somehow didn’t take a picture on Day 3, so you’ll have to use your imagination.

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Jenny (290 Posts)

Jenny Solar is the co-founder of The Happy Family Movement and Phone Monsters, Inc. She's a wife to Josh and mama to three kiddos: Max, Ava, and Lia. She's passionate about creating memorable experiences for her family and inspiring others to do the same.


13 comments
KrisDow
KrisDow

Where did you get the bins?

DesaraeSmith
DesaraeSmith

If you ever want to declutter those super cute bins, I'll gladly take them off your hands! ;) This is a fantastic idea!

happyfammvmt
happyfammvmt moderator

Ha ha! I've got a bucket obsession for sure :)

Jan
Jan

Yup. Gonna do this this week.

carolyn
carolyn

Can't wait to do this!

Anna-Leigh
Anna-Leigh

This is a fabulous idea! I think we may have to implement something similar as all of our stuff is just so suffocating sometimes. Good thinking!

Jessie Emeric
Jessie Emeric

Great idea! We'll be moving in May so this is definitely going to be taking place at the Emeric household next month!

Heather
Heather

WE ARE STARTING THIS TOMORROW! Thanks for the great idea! I can totaly do this!

Rosemary
Rosemary

I hope your naked Barbies find wonderful homes. Lol! I'm nutty about having too much stuff. We take a bag to the thrift store at least once a month.

natalie
natalie

Wow! This is awesome!!! And looks like Josh got pretty serious at the end and one of the girls too with all those barbies! Good job mama!!!

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