Are you ready to declutter your home?
Do you feel like you’re drowning in clutter? I know I certainly feel this way from time to time. It’s amazing how the clutter around you can actually affect your mood, isn’t it?
According to Psy.D. Sherrie Carter of Psychology Today, messy homes and workspaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed.
If you look around and see STUFF cluttering your home, it’s time to do something about it!
Why You Need To Declutter Your Home
One of the main reasons you should declutter your home is that it reduces stress in your everyday life. It also frees up space in your home that you might not even know existed.
It’s amazing how removing stuff makes even a small space feel so much bigger.
Are you a clutter bug?
Is your house cluttered with unnecessary items that are keeping you from living up to your full potential?
Yes, clutter can keep you from living life to your fullest potential!
Clutter is anything that doesn’t have a PLACE or adds VALUE to your life. They’re unneeded items that don’t bring purpose to your life!
How to recognize if clutter is a problem
If you come home after a long day at work and your home is a disaster.. how do you feel when you walk in the door? Your stress levels will likely increase while thinking of everything you need to pick up or clean.
When all you want to do is sit down on your couch, relax, and enjoy your family, dealing with clutter can ruin your night. If meaningless STUFF is taking away your time, now it’s time to declutter.
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How To Declutter Your Home Fast
My favorite tip when you begin the decluttering process is to remember you are DECLUTTERING your home. So many people get decluttering and cleaning confused.
If you don’t want your home to look cluttered, you have to actually get rid of stuff.
Yes, cleaning will make your home look amazing for a minute or two… But then you’ll be back at the same point you are right now.
And the cycle will start all over again.
So remember, before you start this process, “cleaning” and “decluttering” differ.
Declutter room by room
The easiest way to get rid of clutter is to go room by room. Yes, this is going to take time, but that’s okay.
Depending on the size of your home, this will be a big task!
Heck, you might even want to call in some backup.
Before you start decluttering, I recommend starting with the rooms you use the most! If you start decluttering a room you don’t go in often, such as the attic or a basement bedroom, you will not see your progress immediately.
If you start in your main living area, you’ll see progress within the day, motivating you to keep going!
What rooms should you declutter:
- Dining room
- Living room
- Main floor closets
Don’t overdo it
Have you ever tried cleaning your entire house in one day? Yea, me neither…
I’m not talking about picking up the toys and other clutter on the floor. I’m talking about a full-blown deep cleaning of every room in your house.
If you have, I bet it was exhausting, or you didn’t finish. The same goes for decluttering.
It can’t/shouldn’t be done in one day. Unless you hire some help.
Try to declutter your home for 2 hours, then stop and bask in your glory. Spend the rest of the day admiring your accomplishments, and start again tomorrow.
How To Get Rid Of Clutter
So you’re planning to declutter your house starting tomorrow. What will you do with all of the extra stuff you don’t need? Here are a few options for getting rid of your junk.
Have a garage sale
Remember, your junk might be someone else’s treasure. Garage sales are an easy way to make some fast cash. Yes, garage sales take some upfront work, but it’s always been worth it in my case.
Are you new to your area? If so, garage sales can be a great way to meet all of your neighbors too. The most popular days for garage sales are Thursdays through Saturdays.
When I went through my pantry recently, I probably had 8 or 9 glass flower vases. They all went straight to my recycling bin and freed up so much space on the floor. Do you have any unneeded glassware, boxes, or other recyclables? If so, bring them to the nearest recycling bin.
If you have items that aren’t worn, donate them. The Salvation Army is great for bringing gently used clothes and other household items. If you want to get rid of clothes or household items ASAP, most towns have Goodwill.
We always try to donate valuable items to help others in need. Many organizations accept winter jackets, snow pants, and boots for the less fortunate during the winter months. You can always donate to family and friends as well.
Facebook: There are many ways to sell used clothing and household items online; however, Facebook garage sale sites are my all-time favorite. If you want to declutter and make some extra money, try your town’s Facebook garage site or Facebook Marketplace.
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How To Organize Room By Room
Ready to organize room by room? Enjoy these tips for eliminating unnecessary clutter in different areas of your home.
Decluttering your kitchen and dining room
Your kitchen and dining room are probably one of the most used areas of your home. The more counter space you have, the more stuff piles up.
Where To Start:
1. Start by removing any unnecessary clutter from your countertops and table. Try and make it a habit to clear off your table and kitchen countertops once a day. Don’t let mail and kid’s art projects pile up to the point where the clutter overwhelms you. Once you remove the clutter, sort it out and get rid of it.
2. Go drawer by drawer, cupboard by cupboard. If you take everything out of your kitchen cupboards at once and set it in the middle of your floor, you’ll lose your mind. Dump out one drawer at a time. Put back what you use. Put the rest of the stuff in your donation box. Then move on to the next cupboard.
3. Get rid of extra plates, bowls, cups, coffee mugs, kitchen utensils, and pots. Don’t let these items take up room in your kitchen. A lot of us have multiple of these items. You don’t need it if you haven’t used it in the last year.
4. Let’s face it many of us have multiple kitchen appliances just sitting in our pantry. If you feel guilty about getting rid of it, give it to a friend. Just get it out of your house.
5. Toss old Tupperware that is damaged or missing lids. I love these Tupperware sets. Out with the old, in with the new!
6. Clear out under the sink. Get rid of old cleaning products you don’t use. Add additional storage, such as this awesome under-the-sink organizer. Group together your cleaning supplies in a caddy.
7. Go through your refrigerator. Wipe it down and throw out any old or unopen items. To keep organized, add some of these neat refrigerator organizers.
8. Take snacks and cereal out of their boxes in your pantry. Add snacks into neatly named clear bins so your family can see what’s in each bin. These storage organizers will really help you keep your space clutter-free.
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How to declutter your living room
It can be overwhelming to have one of your most-used spaces cluttered with toys, whether from your kids, dogs, or you! Here are a few tips to remove clutter from your favorite space, your living room.
- Do your end tables have drawers? If so, go through them. Get rid of all of the magazines you’ve already read. Chances are you will not reread them anyway.
- Go through bins of toys or any other hidden clutter.
- Add storage if you need it. If you can’t stand having toys everywhere, buy a basket or two. Once you have gone through the toys and decided which ones you’re keeping, put the others neatly in a basket and store them under an end table or in a corner.
- Piece by piece, go through every item in your living room. If you don’t use it, it has to go. You’ll be surprised at how happy this process will make you when it’s over.
How to declutter your bathroom
Most bathrooms are small! The more people you share your bathroom with, the smaller the space feels. A handful of bath toys on the floor can soon send you into sensory overload… So, where do you start?
- Declutter your medicine cabinet! Throw away all expired medicine and products you don’t use daily or monthly.
- Get rid of extra towels and wash rags you don’t use. You don’t need more than 2 per person.
- Keep hair appliances off of the countertops. Store them under the sink or in a basket on a shelf.
- Most of the clutter lives under your bathroom sink. It’s amazing how much stuff you can hide under there. Take everything out if you use it, keep it if you don’t toss it. Get rid of all of those mini shampoos and conditioners you’ve accumulated over the years.
- Add storage baskets under your sink; this will keep all the items you use organized! I love these plastic bins for under the sink! They fit under the sink perfectly and are plastic, making them easy to clean.
- Use organizers in all of your drawers! This is a life changer!! We use these organizers, which are similar to what you’d use to sort your utensils in your kitchen. This way, you don’t end up with toothbrushes cluttering your sink.
- Lastly, go through all of the products you have in your shower space. Get rid of any items you don’t use. If you have kids, go through their bath toys.
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How to declutter a bedroom
Most of us don’t spend much time in our bedrooms, yet it’s usually one of the messiest spots in our homes. It’s amazing how that works, isn’t it?
Let’s get rid of your clutter:
- Start with your bedroom closet. Take all of your clothes out; I mean everything. Go through each piece one by one. If you wear it, often put it back in the closet. If you don’t wear it, put it in your donate pile. If you think you might wear it in the future, put it in your closet with the hanger facing the opposite direction of the rest of your clothes. Give it six months. If your hanger is still backward (you haven’t worn it), toss it!!
- Go through your sock and underwear drawers. Remember, there are only seven days a week. Do you need 30 pairs of socks if you do laundry twice weekly? NO!
- Get rid of anything you have outgrown or no longer wear.
- Free your nightstand of papers and other things that have been piling up. Get rid of any books that you haven’t read or don’t plan to read.
- Don’t forget to look under your bed. I know we all hide stuff under there from time to time. If it’s under your bed and you’ve forgotten about it, chances are you aren’t going to use it any time soon. Add it to your donate pile.
- Always make time to fold your clothes! Don’t let them pile up at the end of your bed. I know we’re all guilty of this!
- Always put your dirty clothes in the hamper. I added a cute wicker hamper to our bedroom (instead of just in the bathroom). Now my husband has no choice but to put his socks in the hamper instead of on our bedroom floor.
How to declutter your garage
I’m not going to lie. You might need to set a timer on this one. Decluttering your garage is a lot of work. It took us two months to completely declutter our garage this summer.
Yes, it took the whole summer, but it doesn’t have to. Garages usually contain big-ticket items, so it takes longer. We went the route of selling everything, so it took time. You can declutter your garage faster if you have more time on your hands.
Where To Start:
- Takedown all of your storage bins and go through all of your holiday decorations. Get rid of anything old, broken, or items you don’t use.
- Get rid of kid stuff that they no longer use! Everything from bikes, helmets, life jackets, toys, and kiddie pools.
- Donate or sell old tools you never use.
- Hang up a pegboard for all of your tools to hang on.
- Get rid of old dressers, refrigerators, and other large-scale items that are taking up space. In their place, add storage shelving racks to organize the stuff you keep neatly in your garage.
- Get hooks to hang your bikes up when you aren’t using them. This creates so much extra free space.
Declutter your home checklist
Now that you have a game plan on decluttering your home, I thought I’d give you a short checklist of things you can toss out RIGHT NOW! We all have these items lying around our homes but, more than likely, do not use them.
1| Throw-Out Old DVDs and CDs
We all have old DVDs and CDs hiding in our homes and vehicles. Chances are you don’t listen to most of your old CDs or watch those old DVDs sitting in your basement. So, get rid of them.
This past summer, we got rid of all of our DVDs in our garage sale. It was a little sad, but guess what I haven’t even noticed. WHY?? Because we hadn’t watched them in years and chances are we weren’t going to watch them again. So if you have old DVDs or CDs taking up space, donate them and take back your time and space.
2| Shoes That Don’t Fit
Do you have shoes that are old or worn? We all have shoes that sit in our closets that we don’t wear, but we keep them because someday we might! If you haven’t worn them in the past year, you aren’t going to wear them again. So cut your losses and donate them.
They won’t be missed.
3| Medication That Is Expired
Have you gone through your medicine cabinet lately? Take a few minutes to sort through all of your medication in your cabinet. Toss anything that is expired or that you don’t use anymore. What you’ll find stashed away in your cabinet that you didn’t even know you had is amazing.
4| Holiday Cards
So who hoards greeting cards?? I know a majority of us do. I do. Or did. We feel guilty throwing them away, so they pile up in our closets, drawers, and basement. Take a few minutes and sort through them. Find the ones that have some sentimental value to keep.
Toss the rest. If you can’t do it, set them on your table and have someone else do it when you’re not looking.
5| Appliances That You Don’t Use
Do you have any extra appliances sitting around your home that you don’t use? Do you have more than one crockpot or blender? If so, donate them. Do you really need more than one blender? Probably not!
Your kitchen, basement, or where ever you hide these extra appliances will thank you!!
6| Pens and Pencils
We have so many pens and pencils lying around our house.. probably in the hundreds. Do you have a similar issue? The funny thing is more than likely, you only use one or two. I know I have a favorite pen. Collect all those pens and put them in a small box, and only bring one out when you throw another one away.
7| Coffee Mugs and Water Bottles
Do you collect coffee mugs or water bottles? If so, have you sorted through your collection lately? Like pens, most of us only use one coffee cup or our favorite water bottle. The rest sit in a cabinet.
Sort through yours; toss the ones you haven’t used in the last month or two.
8| Your Junk Drawer
We all have a junk drawer somewhere in our house. I don’t even know why… When did a junk drawer ever become a thing? Sort through your junk tossing anything you don’t use. Then organize it neatly. Once a month, remember to stop and examine the drawer and get rid of anything you don’t use.
9| Books and Magazines
Books and magazines that you haven’t touched in a year can go. Magazines are usually one-time reads, so if you have a pile of them, donate them to the nearest library. Most of us only read books once as well. Most libraries will take used books. Take advantage of your local library. Check out a book and bring it back.
This is an awesome way to save money and keep book clutter out of sight.
10| Old Blankets, Sheets, and Towels
How many beds do you have in your home? Now, how many pairs of sheets do you have in your home? If you have more than two pairs per bed, discard a few pairs. The same goes for blankets and towels.
Take the number of people you have in your house and time it by 2. That’s how many towels and blankets you should have in your house. If you can get by with even less, that’s great!
FAQ About Decluttering Your Home
Can you declutter your house in one weekend?
It is possible to declutter your home in a weekend, dependings on its size and how much stuff you truly have. If you have an entire weekend with no distractions, I would definitely think it’s possible with help.
How do I create a decluttering checklist?
Are you ready to declutter your home but need a decluttering checklist? Thankfully for you, I’ve created a free printable decluttering checklist just for you. Grab our declutter your home checklist below to get started!
Should I hire a decluttering service?
Hiring a decluttering company isn’t necessary if you think you can tackle it yourself. However, if you have the funds and you don’t think you have the time or energy to declutter on your own. A professional declutter service might be right for you.
Final Thoughts On Decluttering Your Home Quickly
I hope the above tips get you on the road to decluttering and organizing your home in a timely manner. If you haven’t decluttered your home in the past, I hope you have the courage to try it.
Have you decluttered your home before? If so, how often? Let me know in the comments below.
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I never thought about having 30 pairs of socks! UGH! Going through those drawers today.
Thank you for some great ideas
Thank you for this guide! One of my resolutions for 2021 is to declutter and stick to a consistent cleaning schedule, so I’m going to try to follow your tips. So far this month, I’ve deep cleaned and decluttered the living room and I even got a carpet cleaning. Working on decluttering my children’s toys is going to be one of the hardest tasks for me, but I’m definitely going to be enlisting my kid’s help with that!
I took all our DVDs that we still watch out and put them in a 300 CD disk zippered case. We recycled the boxes and just put the disks in the sleeves. It condensed everything down into one case that fits nicely in our TV stand is much more compact and looks much nicer than having the DVDs everywhere. It made our living room look much less cluttered. Works for CD and video game disk collections too. of course
That’s a great idea!
I like the guide and it helps for de-clutter, but we have things in our den that are collections and take up space but we don’t want to get rid of them.
Thanks for checking out the post! Keeping things that have monetary or sentimental value is understandable!
This is exactly what I needed to read. I don’t know how many times I’ve started to declutter my house and have gotten sidetracked cleaning it. Then I wonder why I can never maintain it. It seems so obvious now that I’ve read it! And why do I own 30 pairs of socks?? It means I either have a ton of socks that never get worn just taking up drawer space or I put off washing them for a month in which case I have a bunch of dirty socks just sitting around all the time! So many good points in this post. Thank you for opening my eyes!
Thanks for checking out the post. I’m guilty of collecting socks and it consumes my drawer space lol It’s probably time for me to do some decluttering again too!
This is a great guide and motivates me to get started. I can think of so many things I don’t need.
I’m glad you liked this guide! Thanks for checking it out!