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Decluttering in 15 Minutes a Day!

Updated on July 15, 2018

Cleaning a Disastrous Mess in 15 Minutes a Day

Are you sick of the mess in your house? Would you like to be able to invite friends over again? Would you like to have some clutter control?

It's possible!!! All it takes is 15 minutes a day, a strong desire to get it done, and the extraordinary strength to let some things go. It won't necessarily be easy but by breaking it down into 15 minute time increments, you'll achieve clutter control before you know it!

Pick A Small Spot to Start On - Only one area at a time!

Pick a small area and work on it exclusively for 15 minutes.  There's no getting distracted!  Stay in this area and stay focused!
Pick a small area and work on it exclusively for 15 minutes. There's no getting distracted! Stay in this area and stay focused!

Declutter in a single small area

We're only going to focus on one small area at a time. We'll focus on that small area and only spend 15 minutes a day on it. You won't believe your eyes or your timer at how much you really can accomplish in such a small amount of time!

Here's the area that I picked to start with. It's that collect all area right inside the front door where everything seems to accumulate. Let's see how much I can accomplish in 15 minutes.

Before you start, Take a Picture! - Digital works Best

Have you ever tried this? If you've lived with the mess for a long time, it's probably invisible to you but take a picture, and wham! There it is! It's like removing the cloak of invisibility from all of the piles of stuff!! The stuff becomes part of the background and your brain will block it out.

Digital works the best for this process because you will physically see instanteous results. You will actually be able to see a difference in 15 minutes and wow it's amazing how good it will make you feel! When you see a difference, you get motivated to keep going and the more you get rid of, the easier it gets.

Ready! Set the Timer! Go!!

I use the timer on my iPhone but you can use any timer that you prefer. Some watches have timers on them. My oven has a timer. I have a stand alone timer. Whatever you have and whatever works, use it!

No excuses here! It's only 15 minutes of your time each day and you will accomplish so much. Before you know it, it won't take more than a few minutes to clean your entire house.

I know that's hard to believe but it's true. The less things there are in your house, the less work you have to do to keep it up. It might take awhile to get to that point but you will if you keep working on it every day or almost every day.

Time's Up!!

You're done!
You're done!

Done with that Declutter Session

I only spent 15 minutes working on this spot. I threw a lot of stuff away - receipts, wrappers, and expired coupons. I put away a bunch of pens and a necklace. There were a lot of little connectors that I put in the basket. I organized the letters in the letter holder but they will need to be gone through tomorrow. At least if they look a little more organized, I wouldn't be so overwhelmed when my next 15 minutes starts.


You can already see a difference after only a small amount of decluttering!
You can already see a difference after only a small amount of decluttering!

Decluttering Gets Easier

I don't know about you but I think it looks a lot better! It should only take another day or two of these 15 minute cleanings. The next time I do this, as long as I don't wait too long, it will be much easier. And each time after that, it will get done faster and faster until one 15 minute session is all I need to finish the job. These small areas can hold a lot of stuff and it collects quickly in certain spots.

This is just an easy basic technique to get started. If you need more intensive help, visit When I first realized that my house was out of control, I found her website and it helped immensely!

Did you think it would look this good after 15 minutes?

See results

Day Two - 15 more minutes!

This area is looking a lot better!  Remember all the clutter that was sitting around?  It's gone now!
This area is looking a lot better! Remember all the clutter that was sitting around? It's gone now!

Almost Done

There might not be quite as noticeable as a change because I spent most of the time going through the mail that was in the slots. It was a lot of old bills and ads that someone stuck up there and then forgot about.

I think it's looking much better! One more day of this and then I'll be moving onto something else. I don't really want that second basket sitting there but I haven't decided what to do with it yet. Maybe I'll figure it out tomorrow or get busy giving it away. It's best to get rid of as much as possible but sometimes that can be hard.


If you are struggling to part with things, remind yourself of this;

You need to get rid of the old so that you can let in the new....

Not only new things but new friendships

And new loves

New hobbies

And maybe even new pets.

Free up some space and you will free up your soul.

On To The Next Area - First 15 minutes

You can go all the way around the room 15 minutes at a time. I got rid of a ton of stuff in this next area! What a great feeling!! I can never understand how one area can fill up with so much stuff so fast. It seems I get rid of a bunch of stuff and then a bunch more comes home. I think the trick is to do this often!

Here's the Progress After 2 - 15 minute segments - I love the feeling of accomplishment!!

This One Area

Tonight, all I wanted to concentrate on is this one area. This took me 2 - 15 minute segments. But, like I said, I really got rid of a lot - unmatched mittens, excess scarves, too small shoes and empty boxes. There were things that people had given me that I didn't really want and those went too. I had more to get rid of than I had even realized.

Decluttering Process

Have you ever tried this technique? It's pretty basic and you may have already tried it. I find this works really well for me so I'll use it every time I get stuck. I don't seem to have the attention span to do much more without getting overwhelmed by it all. If I try to do more, the time seems to be wasted because I get too distracted. I start putting things anywhere I can find a spot instead in the places where they belong.

For more before and after pics of a de-hoarding project, visit

How Easy is it To Spend 15 Minutes a Day?

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      5 years ago

      Sounds better then my "I'll do it tomorrow" plan. I'll give it a try!

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      5 years ago

      I tried it and it works.

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      5 years ago

      I learned about the 15 minute rule from Flylady, and love it! Her site can be a bit on the kindergarten-teacher side, but it really, really works.

    • JenwithMisty profile imageAUTHOR

      Jen withFlash 

      6 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks!! I find that this is most useful when I have so much to do that I don't know where to start!!

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I have tried this, but not as much as I should. Love the way you've documented it!


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