How to declutter every room in your home quickly

Removing clutter from your home can be a very overwhelming task.  From knowing where to start to figure out what to get rid of. In this post, I'm going to share with you how you can declutter every room in your home quickly.  I'm going to also show you my daily 20-minute decluttering tips so you can quickly conquer your clutter.

Not only is getting rid of clutter rewarding but it also helps keep your home clean and you'll have an easier time of organizing 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.

 In this post, Jenn shows you how to declutter every room in your home quickly.  She also shows you how her 20-minute decluttering process works.  Declutter your home and become more organized by only spending 20-minutes a day at this.  There's a free decluttering checklist too to help you become more organized. #cleanhome #declutter #decluttering #wheretostart #wheretostartcleaning #organizedhome #declutteryouhouse #clutterfree #howtodeclutteryourhome #howtodeclutter #declutterandorganize

With everything that you have going on in your life, the last thing you want to have to worry about is the clutter.  Unfortunately, self-storage is a 30 billion dollar industry. Which means that a lot of Americans have a hard time saying goodbye to their clutter.

Before I get into my decluttering process I want to share a few decluttering tips that I've found help me with the decluttering process.  These decluttering tips hopefully will help you know where to start and know what to say goodbye to.

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How to declutter?

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.

Here’s how I’m able to choose:

I pick a room that we tend to use a lot.  

The reason why I choose this room first is that we are constantly looking at the clutter causing anxiety.  I am constantly thinking about the clutter.

Another reason why I choose this room first is that we are going to see the reward quickly.  If you tend to use this room you’ll see the clutter but you’ll also see it clean too. This helps with giving you a quick win.

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 I like to 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.

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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.

The next problem people face when it comes to decluttering is:

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How to know what to throw away when decluttering?

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 Christmases 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.

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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.

My friend Katie with Organizing Moms has a great post about how to let go of clutter.

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Let’s talk exceptions.

Seasonal items.

If you only use them once a year it might be a good idea to find a storage place 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

This 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).

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How to declutter your home

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.

Before the clutter takes over.

Since my life is crazy I don’t have weekends to devote to the clutter that’s why I only spend 20 minutes on it.

I know that I can spare 20 minutes most days (yes there are days that are too busy and that’s okay).

What items you’ll need:

To start decluttering today, just grab 3 baskets, containers, or bags, label them donate, recycle, and garbage.  Then, grab a timer (or your phone) and you’re ready to go.

I created a video of my decluttering process.  In this video, you’ll see me declutter a basket that is busting at the seems.  I spend 10 minutes sorting and 10 minutes cleaning up. This way I’m ending my decluttering session cleaner than I started.

My hope is that this video will help motivate you to start decluttering your home today.

If you'd like a quick reference to your decluttering process, download the free 20-minute decluttering checklist.

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How can I keep your home clean?

By reading this post, and watching the video you are on your way to conquering the clutter.  There are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you are successful with decluttering your home.

Remember to think small when you are decluttering.  Clutter is overwhelming and not something we want to have.  If you look at an entire room you may feel too overwhelmed to start.  Create about 7 sections in a room you want to declutter.

These 7 sections will give you a week's worth of decluttering.  You’ll only be spending 20 minutes at it so you don’t have to worry about finding the time to do it.

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.

The only way to declutter is to part with broken and unused items.  If items are broken beyond repair there’s no reason to hold on to them.  If you haven't used something in a year or more you probably won’t and it’s okay to say goodbye to them.

Use the free decluttering printable to help guide you through the decluttering process.

For some extra amazing inspiration, check out Martha Stewarts clear your clutter post.

Thank you so much for stopping by, below are a few other posts that I think you might find helpful.

Have an amazing day!

Jenn