If piles of paper and clutter are taking over your home, you need to follow these ten simple steps to declutter your home! Start today– I promise you’ll be thanking me tomorrow!
Write down all of the rooms in your home that you need to declutter. Don’t leave any room that’s bothering you off of the list.
Since I want this process to be as simple for you as possible, I’ve created a free declutter workbook to help you clear the clutter! You can grab the workbook here.
② Focus Areas:
Focusing on one room at a time, create a list with each specific area that needs to be decluttered within each room that you listed in the prior step. For this step, you’ll be writing downs things like “office filing cabinet” and “office desk”.
If you’re using the free workbook I’ve created, you’ll see that I’ve made it really simple for you to do this!
Each week create a list of very specific tasks related to the areas that need to be decluttered. Focus on one room at a time until it’s completely clutter-free. I suggest you begin with the room that is bothering you the most. So, if your office is bothering you the most, this week you may be focusing on decluttering the desk in your office.
Your tasks for the week might include:
- Empty and declutter top left drawer
- Empty and declutter top right drawer
Again, if you’re using my free workbook– setting up your weekly tasks will be easy-peasy. Keep the tasks simple- think “fifteen minute tasks”.
④ 15 Minute Challenge:
Set a timer for fifteen minutes each day and focus on decluttering one very specific area that you listed in the prior step. Focusing on one small area at a time will give you a more obtainable goal and will prevent you from becoming overwhelmed.
⑤ Repeat Weekly:
Repeat steps three and four weekly using your list from step two to guide your decluttering process. Before you know it, you’ll be moving from one room to another and feeling very accomplished.
⑥ Declutter Bins:
Set up three designated bins for decluttering; one for things that need to be put away, one for donations, and one for consignment/selling.
⑦ Empty Those Bins:
Designate time each day or one day a week to empty the “put away” bin. At the beginning, it may be a good idea to set a reminder on your phone for this task until it becomes part of your daily or weekly routine. If you have children, get them involved! You could even have a designated “put away” bin for each member of your family.
It’s best to empty your donation and consignment/selling bins every month or so, depending on how quickly they fill up. Again, set a remind on your phone so that it gets done!
⑧ Paper Sorting Bins:
Set up three bins to sort paper as soon as it comes into the house and label them: “Action”, “File”, and “Shred”. The “Action” bin is for bills that need to be paid, field trip permission slips, etc. The “File” bin is for anything needing to be kept long-term such as paid bills, receipts, tax forms, etc. Finally, anything with personal identifying information that you no longer need will go into the “Shred” bin.
⑨ Empty Those Bins:
Designate time each day or one day a week to empty the paper sorting bins. The key to staying on top of clutter is maintaining your systems regularly. Again, I suggest setting a reminder on your phone until this becomes a regular routine for you.
⑩ A Home for Everything:
Every time you notice that a pile is forming, you need to take action. Piles mean that the the items in it don’t have a home.
Benjamin Franklin’s wise words explain the goal of a clutter-free home the best: “A place for everything, everything in its place.”
As soon as you notice a pile beginning to form, take action by finding that item a home!
That’s it! It’s really that simple to declutter your home and start enjoying life! If you haven’t already, be sure to download my FREE printable declutter workbook to guide you through the process!