Are you looking for tips on how to declutter and finally have a clean home? Having a cluttered home can be stressful and can even make you feel anxious! I know that I feel so much better when my home is organized and everything has a spot.
The thought of decluttering can leave some people feeling overwhelmed, but It doesn’t have to! I’m going to show you how to banish the overwhelm and come up with a realistic plan to help get you started today!
First lets discuss the benefits of decluttering…
Benefits of Decluttering
- Cleaning- Having a home with less stuff makes cleaning so much easier.
- Stress- Have you ever been late because you couldn’t find your keys? Or phone? Trying to find an item in a sea of mess can be stressful. Having a designated space for items that is clearly visible can help to reduce stress.
- Embarrassment- Do you dread someone unexpectantly coming over and seeing your messy house? Or maybe you don’t invite people over because of how your house looks? Getting your home decluttered means you will feel more confident about having people over. And you won’t have to do the dreaded 15-minute cleaning scramble when guests are due to arrive.
- Debt- Decluttering can help you find items that can be sold. You can use that money to pay down debt! (p.s. check out my FREE finance planner to help you will your financial goals)
- Organizing- Once you get rid of excess stuff in your home, organizing becomes much easier. And you might actually enjoy it!
- Finances- Did you know that having your house clean and free of clutter can help you save you money? Think about all the times that you couldn’t find something or you simply forgot that you had it to begin with and then you went to the store and bought a new item. Now you have two. Or maybe you lost a bill that was due and now you have a late fee. Boo!
How Do I Start Decluttering?
Set A Deadline
A deadline will help hold you accountable. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to declutter your whole house in one weekend but having a clear goal in mind with a deadline is going to help you stay on track and help you to ACTUALLY declutter your home.
Criteria To Let Things Go
When thinking about getting rid of stuff you’ll need to ask yourself a few questions about each item.
- Have I used this recently?
- How often do I use it?
- Is it expensive and hard to find?
- Do I have the space to store this item?
- Will I ever finish this project?
- Do I have any duplicates?
- Is it worth repairing?
- And for my Marie Kondo fans, does this item spark joy?
Do you have doubles of anything in your home? If so now is the chance to get rid of those. Why do I do this first? Because for me getting rid of doubles is an easy win and helps motivate me because I can see the progress right away!
Keep, Donate or Trash Pile
Designate three separate piles; keep, donate, or trash. This helps make the process so much easier.
Once you make those decisions, all you’ll need to do is put the keep stuff in a designated spot and get rid of the rest!
Decluttering Tips & Tricks
Start With One Room
It can be tempting to have a goal to do the whole house in a weekend, but that can cause overwhelm. So start with one room at a time and when you’re finished, move on to the next room.
Start With One Item At A Time
So for example lets say you’re doing your bedroom. Pull out ALL the clothes and go through all of the clothes first. Separate them into the keep, donate, trash pile. Then move on to your nightstand, ect.
Once you have your items in your keep pile, find your seasonal items. Then organize them in a place that makes sense in your home.
Get a labeler if you can! Then when you start to organize the things you are going to keep, label boxes and totes so you can find things quicker.
Remove Obvious Stuff
Remove anything that is obvious like garbage, misplaced items, ect.
I like to grab a laundry basket so that I can put stuff that doesn’t belong in that room in the basket and then put it where it belongs.
Fill Trash Bags
When you create your keep, donate, trash piles, have trash bags handy. Then you can immediately put your trash in the bags.
Take Before And After Pictures
I love a good before and after picture. Take a picture of the before so you can look back and see all the hard work you did. Give yourself a pat on the back because you rock!
Set A Timer
You don’t want to get burned out so set a timer and then take a break. This will help you stay motivated and not feel so overwhelmed.
Do I Need A Professional Organizer?
Nope! But there is no shame in hiring one. If you’re feeling completely overwhelmed and stressed out and can afford a professional, go right ahead! Sometimes it makes sense to hire someone for peace of mind.
But I have faith that you can do it. Just set realistic goals and know that it’s not going to all happen in one day! You’ll get there.
How Do I Declutter My House Fast?
Set goals. If you’re motivated to get it done fast, set goals that are realistic. To make things go faster, create a plan. For example, Saturday is the bedroom, Sunday is the kitchen and so on. Also, don’t be afraid to recruit family members to help. After all, they helped create all of this.
How To Declutter The Kitchen
The kitchen has the least amount of sentimental items. So I like to start there but you can start with whatever room makes sense to you! I start out by first making sure the kitchen is cleanish. I know, I know, we’re about to start making it a mess so why would I make sure it’s clean first?
Simply to create space so I can have room for the stuff that I pull out. I don’t do any deep cleaning, I just make sure dirty dishes are put in the dishwasher and that there is space on the counter for all of the items that I’m about to pull out.
Having extra mess while I’m decluttering makes me feel anxious. So that’s what I personally do.
Here is what I go through and separate into piles.
- Pots, Pans, And Utensils
- Cups, Mugs, And Water Bottles
- Plates, Bowls, Kids Dishware And Utensils
- Expired Food From Refrigerator
- Expired Pantry Items
- Dish Towels, Wash clothes, Old Sponges
- Cutting Boards
- Appliances You Don’t Use
- Mixing Bowls
- Bag Clips
- Disposable Utensils
- Food Storage Items That Are Missing Lids
- Shopping Bags
- Oven Mitts/Hot Pads
- Junk Drawer
- Individual Condiments From Restaurants
- Spices, Sauces, Condiments
How To Declutter The Bathroom
I do the same thing in the bathroom as I do in the kitchen.
- Travel Size Toiletries
- Nail Polish
- Old Toothbrushes
- Expired Medicine, Vitamins
- Hair Accessories
- Old Purgume, Colognes
- Worn Out Towels
- Hair Products, Appliances You Don’t Use
- Bath Toys
- Nearly Empty Toiletry Bottles
How To Declutter The Bedroom
In the bedroom I like to start with clothing and then move on to other things in the list. I make my bed, and then pull out every article of clothing and put it on my bed. Then I go through every one and put it in the right pile.
- Chargers That You No Longer Use
- Clutter From Nightstand
- Worn Out Bras
- Empty Boxes
- Jewelry You No Longer Use
- Paper Clutter
- Luggage You No Longer Use
- Socks With Holes
- Old Pajamas
- Worn Out Underwear
- Old Bathing Suits
How To Declutter The Closet
Pull everything out and then start going through everything to see what pile they belong to. Refer back to the criteria for letting things go if you struggle with this.
- Shirts You Haven’t Worn In A Year
- Pants You Haven’t Worn In A Year
- Clothes You Won’t mend
- Old Tot Bags
- Shoes You Don’t Wear
- Hats You No Longer Wear
- Purses You No Longer Use
- Games And Puzzles
- Misc. Accessories
- Extra Hangers
- Sheets Or Blankets
How To Declutter The Household Items
I just follow the checklist and go through all of these items. We always seem to have random wires everywhere!
- Random Wires
- Old Video Games
- Old Cameras And Accessories
- Outdated Computer Software
- Old Calendars
- Old Paperwork
- Expired Coupons
- Frames Not Being Used
- Expired Loyalty Cards
How To Declutter The Living Room
Start your piles and then look around the room for any of these items. It’s amazing how much stuff can be accumulated in the living room.
- Old Blankets
- Worn Out Throw Pillows
- Knick Knacks You Don’t Love
- Old Magazines
- Movies You Never Watch
- Remotes For Electronics That You Don’t Use
- Old Books
- Seasonal Items, Decor
How To Declutter The Laundry Room
If you don’t have a designated laundry room then find the storage space where these items are kept and start going through each item on the list.
- Broken Clothes Hangers
- Unused Detergents
- Socks Without A Match
- Old Lightbulbs
- Store Hangers
- Broken Laundry Baskets
- Cleaning Supplies Not Being Used
- Used Up Dryer Sheets
- Stained or Damaged Clothing
- Buttons And Other Misc. Items
- Lint Piles
How To Declutter The Play Room
I like to go through the playroom with a garbage bag and pick up random papers that are on the floor. Then I pick up the big items and decide what pile they belong to. Next, I put everything in the middle of the room and start going through everything one by one.
- Old Coloring Books
- Paper Crafts
- Pencils, Colored Pencils, Markers
- Puzzles Missing Pieces
- No Longer Loved Stuffed Animals
- Books No longer Read
- Cheap Toys
- Broken Toys
- Outgrown Dress-up Clothes
- Toys No Longer Plated With
Remove Clutter From The Office
There seems to be lots of clutter accumulation in my office so I actually have to go through it quite often.
- Multiple Boxes Of Envelopes
- Craft Supplies You Don’t Use
- Broken, No Longer Working Pens
- Receipts You No Longer Need
- Dried Up Markers
- Warranty Information You Don’t Need
- Empty Ink Cartridges
- Old Power Cords And Chargers
- Outdated Textbooks
- Sticker Notes, Paper Clutter
- Old Planners, Duplicate Supplies
Remove Clutter From The Attic Or Basement
Go through all of the stuff in your attic or basement on this list. I can usually find things right away that need to go. I then set up my piles of keep, donate, and trash.
- Gift Bags You Won’t Use
- Unused Christmas Decor
- Anything That’s Expired
- Anything You Will Not Use In 12 Months
- Sentimental Items In Boxes
- Workout Gear You Don’t Use
- Old Party Supplies
- Unused Batteries
- Wrapping Paper, You Won’t Use
- Seasonal Decor
Remove Clutter From The Garage
I start with the big items that need to go to help clear the clutter. Then I go through the garage just like the rest of the rooms.
- Duplicate Tools
- Broken Tools
- Outgrown Kids Outside Toys
- Empty Bottles
- Expired Lawn Chemicals
- Grill and Accessories
- Seasonal Gardening Tools
- Unfinished Projects
- Scrap Wood You Won’t Use
- Sports Equipment
Declutter Your Home Checklist
So you go through all this work to get it organized but how does it STAY organized? By creating systems! Designate a spot for items, label where things go, be intentional about what you buy in the future and do regular mini purges if you start to notice that things are piling up again.
Are you looking for a checklist to help get you started? I’ve made a FREE printable declutter checklist for you.
Have you tried decluttering before? How did it work out for you?