Spring Decluttering Challenge



It’s Time For a Spring Decluttering Challenge – 037


In episode 37, we introduce our March decluttering challenge which is all about doing our best to create inner calm through outer order.  We introduce the book that we will be reading this month.  Hint:  It’s by my online pretend best friend 🙂

We share some staggering statistics about how much ‘stuff’ we all have and then we get into the details of how exactly the challenge will work this month as we play the MinsGame.

I’m diggin’ a new skincare routine and Jenny’s diggin’ a fun and silly group that sing songs that seem like they are for kids but we both find them entertaining.

Jenny’s win is related to (surprise surprise) decluttering and organizing her son’s closet.  My learn is related being hangry and rude to John and then resolving to do better.


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What You’ll Hear (and don’t want to miss!)


1:13: Jenny and I introduce the topic for this month and then share some staggering statistics on the amount of ‘stuff’ that we all have.

6:34: We introduce and explain the MinsGame which is the decluttering challenge that we will be doing every day this month. We hope that you’ll play along!

7:56: Who Are You Anyway?  Do you feel like you would like less clutter in your life and Do you have trouble letting go of things?

11:57: Listener Feedback: We have a very sweet comment in the Facebook group this week!

14:00: What Are You Diggin’ Lately?  I’m diggin’ a new skincare routine and Jenny’s diggin’ Koo Koo Kangaroo.  It’s as crazy as it sounds.

18:45: You Win or You Learn: Jenny’s win is about re-organizing her son’s closet and my learn is related to being cranky with John when I’m hungry.

23:23: We wrap it up for this week.  Next week we will check in and see how our decluttering challenge is going.  We hope you are playing along!


Resources + Links Mentioned in This Episode:


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The KonMarie Method by Marie Kondo

Book: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Book: Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

Book:  Outer Order Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

Decluttering Challenge Game: MinsGame

My esthetician Kanwal’s website: Imann’s

Koo Koo Kanga Roo

Picture of Jenny’s son Ethan’s newly organized closet:

Ethan's Closet



Key Quotes:


According to the LA Times, there are 300,000 items in the average American home and according to NPR, the average size of the American home has nearly tripled in size over the past 50 years. The fact is, as a planet, we are making stuff cheaper and buying more and more.

Another staggering fact is that 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage—the fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the past four decades. (New York Times Magazine).

And while 25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them and 32% only have room for one vehicle. (U.S. Department of Energy).

British research found that the average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but plays with just 12 daily (The Telegraph).

3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they own 40% of the toys consumed globally (UCLA).

The average American woman owns 30 outfits—one for every day of the month. In 1930, that figure was nine (Forbes).

Some reports indicate we consume twice as many material goods today as we did 50 years ago (The Story of Stuff).

Over the course of our lifetime, we will spend a total of 3,680 hours or 153 days searching for misplaced items.The research found we lose up to nine items every day—or 198,743 in a lifetime. Phones, keys, sunglasses, and paperwork top the list (The Daily Mail).

Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on nonessential goods—in other words, items they do not need (The Wall Street Journal).

The $8 billion home organization industry has more than doubled in size since the early 2000’s—growing at a staggering rate of 10% each year (Uppercase).


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The Improvement Project podcast is hosted by Dr. Peggy Malone and Jenny Couse.  Peggy is a health care provider who encourages her patients every day to create better habits associated with their health and wellness.  She is wife to the hilarious and heavily bearded John, with whom she takes many adventures. Dr. Peggy is also a human being on a mission to create better habits for herself and by doing so, she hopes to inspire others to take up the challenge with her!  Jenny is a marketing professional in the international trade sector.  She and her husband Jeff are parents to hilarious 5 year old Ethan.  Her year of monthly habit resolutions in 2015 piqued her interests in how habits are created and best kept.

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Until next time,

Let’s get to work on improving your most important project.  That’s YOU!  Stay focused and get after it!

Thank you so much for listening.

Big Love,

Peggy and Jenny