the tidying up letting go of stuff challenge

Edited to add: January 2017 – THIS has been one of the most life-changing books that I’ve ever read. It not only decluttered my house, but also my life. It opened up space for courage and bravery and helped me to LET GO of old paradigms. So because of that, I’m going to re-open the challenge and the email list and share each challenge because it is THAT GOOD. Trust me, this is one thing you will not want to miss. ~Rachel

For years I’ve been wanting to get rid of stuff.

Let me tell you – being a mom of many has allowed much stuff to accumulate in this house. And I know that  so much of my time is spent managing it. Putting it back, sorting it, organizing it, buying things to store it and on and on and on. I’m kind of tired of it.

I want to live with less. Freer.

In fact, in my 16 Things I’m Letting Go of in 2016 post I talked about how one of my letting go things is all of the stuff. Friends, it’s kind of hard for me. I’m just going to be open and admit it, but it is. For so many years there wasn’t enough money to pay bills and people breathed down my neck and I lived in fear. So I learned to be fearful of letting go of things in case I couldn’t replace it.

But this is the year of not only letting go but of also finding ourselves in this journey.

And in that realization came the truth that there must be changes.

That’s why for Christmas I asked for the life-changing magic of tidying up. Yes, I know, a book on cleaning. But for some reason I’ve been drawn to this book simply because it’s different. Kind of a plan. I may be good at writing about motherhood, but tidying up and letting go of? I wanted an expert.


So I’ve made a commitment to read the book and to implement the strategies. And I want to know if you would like to join me in this journey. We’re going to be doing much this year – working really hard to find happiness and ourselves again and I just have this feeling that we’re going to have to let go of stuff. So lets actually start with some physical stuff.

If you’d like to join we’re going to work through the book in six weeks starting on Monday, January 11 For 2017 we will start on Wednesday January 11. Don’t worry about buying the book (although it would probably help) because I’ll write a bit about it and share my tidbits on a post. But, for deeper insight if you’d like the book here’s a link from Amazon ->

the life changing magic of tidying up.

Here are the other three (easy) steps to join.

1. I’ve created a special six week email loop for the book – you can join below where I’ll send you a link to each week’s post and a special challenge for us.

2. Find a friend to join you in this challenge. I have found that having an accountability partner is an awesome thing – when I needed to write my book having someone check in on me made such a huge huge difference. And if you can’t find someone specifically join my Finding Joy  page on Facebook (<– link) and we’ll be chatting about progress.

3. Be prepared for a journey of freedom. Because that is what I think will happen. And the more honest and real we are with each other about this journey – because you know I will be – the more we can grow.

Thanks all! I look forward to connecting more with you and starting this challenge.


Sign up here to be a part of this tidying up letting go of stuff challenge. ALSO — if you signed up last year you will need to sign up again because this is a new email list with new thoughts and some new challenges. Woohoo!

Also make sure to check your email for a confirmation email – you’ll have to click confirm in order to get the weekly emails – if you don’t it will just be listed as pending and hanging in cyber space forever.

Looking forward!


ps. As you’ll read in my first email I think we all might need to invest in garbage bags. Hahhaah.

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36 Responses to “the tidying up letting go of stuff challenge”

  1. January 4, 2016

    Kate Reply

    Love this idea as I’m trying to do the same thing. I’m in!

  2. January 4, 2016

    Danielle Reply

    I’d like to try this. I’ve been wanting to declutter for a while.

  3. January 4, 2016

    Sean Reply

    Where is the link to sign up?

    • January 4, 2016

      Rachel Marie Martin Reply

      There is an email opt in form right above. If it doesn’t work – let me know and I’ll add you. Thank you!

      • January 9, 2016

        Sarah Reply

        I tried submitting my email to sign up but I’m not sure it was confirmed. If not, could you please add me?

  4. January 4, 2016

    Susan Adams Reply

    I’ve been uncluttering my basement and put a ping-pong table down there, so the family can enjoy time together instead of having unused junk cluttering up all the space. It’s like having a whole new area of house.

  5. January 5, 2016

    Mandie Reply

    Just added a big size of clear garbage bags to my grocery order! Can’t wait to follow along and do this with yoy. I have lots of stuff that needs to go.

  6. January 5, 2016

    Karin T Reply

    I’m so excited for this book. I actually bought it for myself last month as a gift to myself. Glad to have friends in the journey.

  7. January 5, 2016

    Nancy King Reply

    Thanks Rachel! I love reading your posts glad to see this one! It has been an ongoing quest since last year, truthfully quite a few years! But I finally made up my mind last year to do something about it! Was going to hire someone but knew it was going to be costly… So a friend help me thank God! I had a yard sale I got rid of a lot, but I look around and I still feel like there’s more to do! I am down to, papers recipes books note cards more personal stuff. And clothing yes I like to have a variety but sometimes I feel that there’s too much i can’t make up my mind on what to wear! LOL Then, there are seasonal decorations, I like to change things around the house. I thought I had it all organized but every time I take something out the house gets to be such a mess… I didn’t get the book yet but do I need the book to get through this six week program with you ? You’re starting this on Thursday, 7 January right? Can forward to putting a closure on this part…

    • January 6, 2016

      Jennifer Reply

      Nancy, I thought I saw the start date as Jan.11th. I am going to order the book too. That gives us a couple of days to get it.

      • January 6, 2016

        Rachel Marie Martin Reply

        The start date is January 11…. I know some people have purchased the kindle version as well.

  8. January 5, 2016

    Tiffany Reply

    I need this ! I’m excited as I have entirely TOO much stuff in our home. Thank you

  9. January 5, 2016

    Mandi Reply

    I just got this book a couple days ago and have read most of it already and started the journey……still a long ways to go

  10. January 6, 2016

    nana Reply

    let’s get started

  11. January 6, 2016

    Tina Reply

    I bought the book about a month ago and declutterd my clothes – and when I put every single item I own on the floor t was disgraceful!! I got rid of 3 rubbish bags full and I could do the process again – and get rid of more. I’m looking forward to this journey!!

  12. January 6, 2016

    Marla Murasko Reply

    I am so looking forward to this challenge and it came at the right time. We moved about 6 months ago and even though we moved a few times prior this time I realized we have more then we need and I am ready to let things go. Like to mentioned to live a freer life. Thank you.

  13. I just ordered this book and am looking forward to reading it. I’m very tempted by a weekly e-mail challenges, but I think I’ll wait until the book arrives to commit!

  14. January 11, 2016

    carrie giles Reply

    Are we supposed to do something today or just start reading the book?

  15. January 19, 2016

    Helen Reply

    I am reading this book too, started just after Christmas.
    We are moving house so it’s certainly given me the kick up the bum to declutter!

    I think I’ve really taken to been grateful for what you have concept in this book- when she says to say thank you to everything , it’s helped me to be appreciative of what I’ve got and what I can donate 😊So far I’ve done my clothes and working in my 2yr old and 6month old stuff.

  16. January 28, 2016

    Gina Anderson Reply

    Wow. I’ve just started doing a tidy up letting go, (not from this book, just general advice and self motivation). So glad I’ve come across this. My story is similar to yours, I have a fear of not being able to replace items. I’m fed up now and that’s my motivation. I want to make life simpler, peaceful and free.. I want to live, not just exist in a constant rut. So I will be signing up as I’ll need all the encouragement I can get… And after, I’ll work on the rest of the family lol

    Already stripped down my lounge yesterday, my clothes today. So far, so good :)
    Thank you. Love all your posts. God Bless xx

  17. February 9, 2016

    Melissa Reply

    I don’t know why I put off reading this but I kept the tab up…plus about 10 others that I mean to come back and read. I want to reach through my phone and get a huge hug from you! This is so me…specially the first 2 paragraphs. I love all you write. I was coming out of a holiday funk and was also post-partum . Ready to let go of some things.

  18. Rachel…is it to late to join this group as I believe you all are at the end of the journey….I would love to do this, I need to do this, I feel like I drag bags of clutter with me everywhere I go!!! So depressing! So unorganized! Blah!
    I will order the book at least! Thank you! I love all your encouragement!

    • March 21, 2016

      Rebecca Reply

      I too came into this way too late but went ahead and registered for Rachel’s email. Curious to see if she can automate them to come at me all at once or weekly so I can feel accountable too. I read the book last year and sorted my clothes but then didn’t move forward and then the holidays and then and then and then and here I am half a year later not moving forward.

  19. May 25, 2016

    Diana Ramirez Reply

    Hey Rachel,

    I just saw your week six post on Facebook and was wondering if there is any way you could send me the other emails as well? Thank you so much for the pieces you write. They are truly inspirational and let me know I’m not the only one with mommy struggles.


  20. January 6, 2017

    Kelly Mandros Reply

    I submitted my email to sign up for the challenge, just not sure it is going thru as I haven’t received an email. Can you make sure I’m signed up?
    Thanks! Looking forward to it! :)

    • January 8, 2017

      Rachel Marie Martin Reply

      I would check your spam folder. Sometimes new email has a pesky way of migrating there.

      • January 9, 2017

        Kelly Mandros Reply

        I checked spam and junk mail and I’m not finding it :(

  21. January 9, 2017

    Pamela Henderson Reply

    I’m over here in Scotland and have taken the plunge and signed up! I’m a bit of a cluttery lass but long for clear spaces especially the kitchen which always seems to end up a dumping ground for everyone! And I can’t even mention the garage!! So looking forward to tackling it and doing as much as I can x

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