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How to Declutter your Home, One Day at a Time

Updated on July 3, 2012
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Clutter is a problem for most people's homes, you may even be looking around you now at the clutter in your own home. But don't fret! It's easy to fix and it doesn't have to take forever. It may seem like an impossible job, but by taking it one step and one day at a time it's easy!

1) Write a list
Write out a list of the areas in your home that are in serious need of decluttering. Now break that list down into smaller areas. For example, your list may look like this:

Bedroom

  • Wardrobe
  • Bed side table
  • Book shelf
  • Left Cabinet
  • Right Cabinet
  • Under bed

2) Once you have a list...
Once you have a list of the areas that need decluttering, decide on a time or times that you can work on an area. It doesn't need to be long, an hour a few days a week is more than enough when you get stuck into it.

3) Set up a cleaning schedule
In your planner, diary or calendar pencil in the times you've allocated for decluttering and give yourself a goal for that day, for example:

Monday 16th: Clean out wardrobe
Tuesday 17th: Clean out bed side tables
Wednesday 18th:
Thursday 19th: Clear out clutter on bookshelf
Friday 20th: Clear out clutter in left cabinet
etc.

I say pencil in only because some days you may feel motivated to do more than your goal and on others unexpected things might pop up that will stop you from working on that task. Don't stress about it, plans change! As long as you're putting some effort in a week, you're getting closer to your end goal!

4) DO IT!
There's no point in writing about it or scheduling tasks if you're not going to do it. Turn on some music and think of your home once you've finished all of your areas. Take a moment to look at the areas you've decluttered and look at just how good they look!

While you're decluttering, make sure you're also organizing things in a way that works for you. This might be making sure all of your most used utensils are in one place in the kitchen drawer or that your never worn clothes aren't in the way of your staple items in your wardrobe.

5) Keep on top of it - set up a clutter station
Once you've decluttered and organized an area, keep it that way! This means making sure you don't just throw pens into your desk drawer or dump your clean clothes on the floor of your closet.

One idea is to set up a clutter station in a high traffic area of your house, for example you may come home and always throw your things onto the kitchen bench or bookshelf by the front door. Make sure you aren't just leaving your things there to get lost or clutter up the space by keeping a tray or box to put things into that need to be organized later. Set aside a few minutes a day to sort out your clutter station and put things in the right spot.


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    • Sushma Webber profile image

      Sushma Webber 5 years ago from New Zealand

      A much needed reminder to declutter. It is like a never-ending challenge for me. Thanks for your tips, will make an attempt to follow you suggestions.

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      Kristy Sayer 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Sushma, I wish you the best of luck! It's really easy to declutter your home when you break it down into smaller steps, the key is staying on top of it!

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks! I always get to Step 3, then stop. Time to Do It! Thanks for the encouragement.

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      Kristy Sayer 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Good luck Sid, you can do it! :)

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      Rachel Papworth @greenandtidy 5 years ago

      Good tips. I help people all over the world declutter and create homes they love (http://www.mygreenandtidylife.co.uk) and I'd add:

      - When you declutter an area, always take everything out of it to start off, rather than just removing the items you decide to get rid off, or rehome. This ensures you consider every item, rather than cherry-picking.

      - Allow yourself to be 'not sure'. Have a box/bag to put the items you can't decide about and come back to them at the end of your session. When you've had time to subconciously process your thoughts about an item you may not have seen for some time, it'll be easier to decide.

      Best of luck Sushma, Sid and all declutterers everywhere.

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      Kristy Sayer 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for the tips Rachel - I always empty everything out first but I forgot to include that in my hub! :)

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Such an important topic! With 5 kids, I find I have to de-clutter daily and at least twice a year go through pretty much every cupboard. I do the take everything out idea also. Although I sometimes do give/throw away things I later wish I had, I am always so glad to finally be able to get to the things I do keep!

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