Decluttering your home can seem like an overwhelming job. Today I’m going to show you how to declutter your home quickly. Follow these decluttering tips to declutter every room of your home.
Decluttering your home can be a very overwhelming task. From knowing where to start to figure out what to get rid of. I want to make this as simple for you as possible. The decluttering tips I’m sharing will help you conquer your clutter in no time.
Getting rid of clutter is rewarding and makes it easier to keep your home clean. Let’s get started.
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How To Declutter Your Home
If you find this post too extensive, I created a free printable for you. This decluttering checklist you can print off and use to declutter your home.
Before I get into my decluttering process I want to share a few decluttering tips that I’ve found that helped me declutter my home. These decluttering tips hopefully will help you know where to start and know what to say goodbye to.
How do you start to declutter a room?
Not knowing where to start is a very common problem that many people have. The problem is we tend to look at the entire room or the entire mess and not just a section.
Break the room into small sections
If you are drowning in clutter there’s no way you’re going to get through the clutter quickly. So break the room into small sections.
You might have to rethink small. Think a drawer, shelf, tabletop as sections.
I like to mark the section with a sticky note marked:
- Section #1
- Section # 2
- And so on for a whole week.
This will set up a decluttering schedule for you.
Declutter your home in 20 minutes
Decluttering needs to be an ongoing thing. The reality is items are going to keep coming into the house so it’s important to keep ourselves in check and purge from time to time.
Let’s look at the 20 minute decluttering process.
What items you’ll need:
To declutter your home you’ll need:
- 3 baskets, containers, or bags – label them donate, recycle, and garbage.
- Timer – using your stove, an egg timer, or your phone will work.
Once the baskets are labeled it’s time to get started. Set the timer for 10 minutes.
Sort the small section you’ve chosen into the 3 piles, donate, recycle, garbage.
When the timer has gone off or you have finished (whichever comes first) the section it’s time to clean up.
Set your timer for another 10 minutes. In that time I want you to clean up. Throw away the garbage. Bag up the donations, and finally, put the keep items away.
If you’d like a quick reference to decluttering your home, download the free 20-minute decluttering checklist.
Getting rid of clutter
The clutter didn’t appear overnight so you can’t expect it to leave that quickly. By breaking the room into small sections and only spending 20 minutes at it (more on that soon!) you will not feel overwhelmed.
You’re going to see improvement quickly and you’ll still have time to do what you need to do each day.
What to throw away to declutter your home
We tend to hang on to broken items because “we’ll fix it when we have time” then you are still looking at it 7 years later. Or you used that second egg beater 5 Christmas’s ago when you had everyone over but you never have again.
We don’t want to waste our money but when is enough, enough?
Here’s how I handle that.
Throwing away broken items
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Are you completely in love with this item?
- Is this item fixable?
- If so, is it worth it?
- Have I purchased a replacement?
- Can I fix this or do I need to have someone fix this for me?
- If it’s going to be fixed, when EXACTLY is this going to be fixed?
You are putting yourself on the spot to make this happen. If you’ve purchased a replacement toss it.
Figuring out if it’s worth it to fix, will it cost more than it’s worth or cost more than buying a new one?
Remember, material items don’t have feelings, we do and if it’s been sitting in your home collecting dust and space for years, it might be time to toss it.
Getting rid of clutter you don’t use
This might be harder for people because this clutter is still working but it isn’t used. My rule is a year. If you haven’t touched it in a year, it’s probably safe to say goodbye to the item. However, there are exceptions to this rule.
- Seasonal items
- Hand me downs (with exceptions)
If there are items on a table that haven’t been touched in a year or more. It’s a safe bet that you won’t be needing those items and you can send them to a second-hand store.
If this is hard for you just remember how you feel when you walk into this room. Are you happy when you walk in? Are you frustrated? Overwhelmed? Keep that feeling inside when you are going through those items.
If you only use them once a year it might be a good idea to find a storage area for them. But if you know that you will use these seasonal items again, keep them.
It is a good idea to take inventory of these items so when that time of the year comes around, you don’t forget you have them and end up buying something similar.
Hand me downs
Decluttering hand me downs is tough. If you know you are going to be growing your family you don’t want to throw away all of those baby clothes. However, you do want to toss the clothes that are broken, stained, or just not something you use (regardless if it was a gift or not).
How do I declutter my bedroom?
You can use the same decluttering system in any room of your home. Work at getting rid of items in your closet that no longer fit or that you wear. Narrow down shoes, and accessories.
How can I make my room less cluttered
Take the time every night to clean up any mess that might be laying around. Put dirty clothes in the basket, wipe down tables, and the biggest thing is to put items away.
Tidy up as you go, and consider the minimalist style where less is more. If you ask how can I make my bedroom clutter-free? Follow these tips to take your bedroom organizing to a whole new level!
How can I keep your home clean?
Decluttering is a process and you’ll want to make decluttering a habit. Spend a small amount of time each day so you can keep the clutter at bay.