Follow this simple guide to reducing clutter in your home step by step.
Decluttering. It seems like it’s a word that everyone is afraid of. Now, don’t get my wrong; sometimes I feel intimidated by it too.
I get easily overwhelmed just like you. At times, I have anxiety just thinking about it when I have no idea where to start.
Because as a family of six (with four small kids) it’s not hard for us to accumulate more clothes, food, toys, paper…STUFF we don’t need.
So I HAVE to purge often. Otherwise, it would get out of hand fast and I’d end up on an episode of Hoarders.
This is what I do when I’m struggling
I just decide to start with SOME-thing in a corner SOME-where.
And then, it’s not long before my adrenaline kicks in and this mama is on a roll!
It kind of reminds me of those people renovating their outdated kitchens on The Property Brothers…
Have you ever noticed the release they get from just ripping through their cabinets with that heavy-duty sledgehammer?
It’s amazing, isn’t it?
I promise you: clearing clutter almost feels the exact same way once you’ve got some momentum.
So today, I’ll show how to have a Demo Day of your own. But instead of demolishing walls to open up your kitchen, you’ll be demolishing clutter to free up space you didn’t even know you had!
How can I declutter my house fast?
By far, the best way to do this without overwhelm or anxiety is to take it one room at a time, and to get it done THIS weekend!
Now I know you’re wondering, “oh my gosh, I have so much stuff there’s no way I could have a clutter-free home in two days”…
And you’re probably right. The fact of the matter is everyone’s clutter situation is different.
But I’m pushing you to declutter your home on a weekend for two reasons: 1) clearing your schedule to focus on your home is easier on weekends when you’re not tending to other things, and 2) it’ll force you to get it done faster!
Although this isn’t a race (I’m not going to come knocking on your door Monday afternoon to make sure your entryway is clear), the prize is ultimately your sanity.
Because clutter doesn’t just rob you of your living space; it robs you of your peace of mind too — and that’s the biggest reason I’m pushing you to declutter your home FAST!
And honestly? Two days is a reasonable enough time to kick PLENTY of clutter to the curb…literally!
Now that we’re on the same page, let’s get to work…
Make a to-do list
Before you do anything, you need to make a list of every room in your house that needs decluttering.
Here’s an idea to get you started:
- Bathroom 1
- Bathroom 2
- Dining Room
- Living Room
- Laundry Room
- Master Bedroom
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
Customize your to-do list for the rooms in YOUR house. This is KEY to help you stay focused on decluttering one room at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed.
Get your supplies ready
You’ll need 5 separate boxes and a trash bag. Label each box 1-5 so you’ll know how to separate your items.
Here’s how the label system works:
- Box #1 is the “Donate” box. It’s for anything you intend to donate because you don’t need it anymore — from clothes that no longer fit to that coffee maker you don’t use.
- Box #2 is the “Keep” box. Place all of the items that you intend to keep in this box even if it doesn’t have a “home” yet in the room. (Don’t worry, finding storage solutions to organize your stuff is easy!)
- Box #3 is the “Goes In Another Room” box. This box is for the stuff you want to keep but it has no business being in the room you’re decluttering — like toys you find in the bathroom. #momlife
- Box #4 is the “Pass Down” box. This will contain items you can give to your family or friends.
- Box #5 is the “Not Sure” box. Finally, this box is for the stuff you’re not sure if you want to keep. Because sometimes you’ll come across items that you can’t decide what you want to do with it. But it needs to be used as a last resort and not used as a reason to hold onto your stuff.
Declutter your house room by room
So now that you know where to start and how to get started, it’s time to put your strategy together! Use these simple steps to declutter your entire house:
Step 1: Choose a room from your to-do list to start in. Ideally, this should be one of the smaller rooms in your house so that you can mentally work your way up to tackling those bigger areas.
Step 2: Bring a trash bag into the room with you to get rid of that first.
Step 3: Label your boxes 1-5 so you’ll know how to separate your belongings.
Step 4: Find a corner and start tossing things into the correct boxes. Continue until the room is cleared.
Step 5: Immediately remove every box out of the room except for Box #2 because it contains only the items that actually belong in that room.
Step 6: Empty the contents of Box #2. Don’t worry about organizing it right now. You can create a place for everything later.
Step 7: Repeat these steps until you’ve finished every room on your list!
Remember: as you work through each room it’s important that you resist the urge to jump from room to room. It’ll only slow you down and add to your stress.
Once you’ve decluttered each room, it’s time to figure out what you’re going to do with the boxes that still have stuff in them.
You should put the boxes that have items you plan to give away in your car immediately. That way, the next time you run an errand you can drop that stuff off.
The hardest part about decluttering
Hands down, figuring out what to do with the “not sure” items inside Box #5 is the toughest part of this decluttering process. And it’s one of the main reasons people put off decluttering for months and months. (Guilty!)
A lot of times, that’s because these items have some sort of sentimental value — like your child’s kindergarten artwork, greeting cards from years ago, or your grandmother’s vintage jewelry collection — so it’s hard deciding between what should be trash and what’s treasure, and I get that.
So here’s my advice: deal with this box as soon as you finish decluttering your whole house so it doesn’t become a bigger problem later.
You can start by putting the stuff that’s sentimental to you in a separate container and set it aside in storage somewhere for when you want to go down memory lane.
And then, for all the other items you’re not emotionally attached to, you can keep it in this box and put that away for six months. If you don’t use/look for anything in that box after six months, then you don’t need that stuff.
The good news is, You can do this!
Depending on how much stuff you have, it may take two days or two weeks to go through it all, so it’s okay if you can’t declutter in a weekend.
Just stay committed to finishing every room on your to-do list. Because once you’re done, you’ll feel SO MUCH better about the way your house looks.
And then, you can move on to the most fun (and my FAVORITE!) part…beautifully organize what’s remaining!
So what’s the first room in your house you’re going to declutter? Let me know in the comments.